C8TSON's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=C8TSON C8TSON's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Quick Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166400 It seems every time I get back to spark really well, life totally changes and I can't seem to make my way over here. I was doing a fabulous job of staying on track, exercising, and eating healthy along with logging my food everyday...until we had to fire our remodel guy. I won't bore you with all the details, but what was supposed to be finished by ONE guy in a week or less, still wasn't finished after 6 weeks by the ONE guy and his shady sidekick. The shady sidekick completely messed up m... Thu, 19 May 2016 15:21:07 EST HELP! PLEASE READ!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6156160 I had to write a catchy title because I feel extremely passionate about this subject! Monsanto. The evil empire that is quickly taking over our agriculture. The Monsanto Monster is the main company responsible for genetic modifications to our foods, and unfortunately the country I live in has a government in bed with this company. In fact, a HUGE facility is being built right inside my city. <BR> <BR> I plan to share more information about Monsanto here at spark. I realize this is a r... Wed, 4 May 2016 10:17:23 EST What I'm Finally (humbly) Learning About Weight Loss and Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6150633 My title is kind of my intro into what I would like to put into words. Two years ago, I would have screamed from the rooftops what I thought was the key to weight loss and health. I truly, wholeheartedly, thought I had found the magic wand of health; however, today, I sit behind a desk heavier than ever before (at least the last time I weighed in). I have asked the question "why????" more than a million times. I have cried. I have beaten myself into verbal oblivion. I have sought advice ... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 09:56:01 EST Why 1 Minute Scared Me Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6146369 Why did I get scared by one minute? Seems silly doesn't it?! <em>20</em> Well, I am SLOOOOOOOOWLY getting back into my exercise. For those who may not know, I suffered with severe, chronic shoulder pain for a few years. Until the doctors could figure out what it was, I was not permitted to do any exercise, except for some light walking. So, for two years, I basically did nothing for my physical fitness. I took a few walks when possible, but most often, I would cycle through about 3-5 ... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 09:52:23 EST Plans Just Work Better for Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6141423 Good morning! <BR> <BR> So I have decided something about myself. Plans work for me. When I don't have a solid plan to follow, I'm like a distracted, wild kid at Toys 'r' Us! I'm all over the place. I will eat this or that with all inhibitions gone (except for gluten and sodas). I'll think, "oh, this one mini candy bar won't kill me!" Then I wind up eating a couple of cookies later, and maybe some ice cream. <BR> <BR> Therefore, I made a decision over the weekend, and it wasn't di... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 11:19:36 EST Ups and Downs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6138162 This week has definitely been more exciting than a normal week. Started off helping host a baby shower for a dear friend on Monday. Then, spent the afternoon at work watching the women's NCAA Division 2 national championship. I'm happy to report that our team won! I work at a university, and I thoroughly enjoyed the celebration of these exemplary women. It was basically a week long celebration. We had a welcome home party for them and also two honorary presentations. It was completely ... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 22:39:23 EST Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6116758 Happy Friday morning! <em>334</em> <BR> I had a few of you ask what I was making for my "make ahead breakfasts" in my post the other day. So, I thought it would be perfect to share the recipes here! <BR> Both of these reheat beautifully, and are super easy to make. I can't take credit for either one of these. One I found on a paleo blog somewhere (I'm sorry, I don't remember where, but I will give you the correct name, so hopefully that is enough credit for the recipe inventor???). ... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 11:11:52 EST Would Like to Share Some Encouragement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6115265 Hello everyone! I had every intention of writing a blog on my smoke-free-aversary, but I just simply didn't have the time. I was pretty sick with a sinus infection for a good two weeks, and so life just got turned upside down. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I got to celebrate 4 years smoke free on the actual date of February 29th, thanks to leap year! It was such a milestone and an amazing feeling. I always go back to the smoking thing, because it was my first real attempt at reclaiming my health. ... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 14:41:06 EST After a Very Long Battle with Health, I'm back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6097248 Good morning! If anyone is even still out there who would even know I still exist! I have no intentions of crawling back to spark in tears or self-loathing or shame. I have been on a sabbatical, even deleted several of my earliest blogs, and told several people I was leaving spark. I even deleted a ton of friends. The only thing I feel badly about is that I have lost contact with some amazing friends. But, I don't beat myself up for making the choice to be away. I needed the time away ... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 10:52:37 EST This is Just Sick and Disturbing... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5968919 I have become highly passionate about where my food comes from. Therefore, I like to share it whenever possible. However, I absolutely, 100% DON'T like to share with people if they are not wanting to know. <BR> <BR> Example: <BR> If you log in to social media and someone has posted grotesque pictures of dog abuse that show up immediately whether you want to see them or not. Yes, it's out there, and we know it exists, but some are not comfortable with actually seeing it. <BR> <BR> Th... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 23:06:51 EST Day 90 of My Total Health Makeover http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5968282 Today is day 90 of my total lifestyle makeover. I can’t believe I have stuck to a health plan for 90 whole days! I don’t think I have ever been so committed to my overall health. <BR> <BR> I took this time to be away from sparkpeople, mainly to keep my focus in check. I still find it disturbing that spark is consistently promoting recipes that are “healthy” but so blatantly are NOT healthy. But, for my own purposes, I also removed myself from all the spark emails that could pos... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 22:46:02 EST Taking Some Time Away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919817 Hello everyone! I haven't actually been very active on sparkpeople for a long time. I have tried to get into some sort of routine with it again, and it just isn't working for me. <BR> <BR> Today, I am preparing for another extended juice fast. This one is going to be a 60 day fast. I considered keeping a blog about my experience again, but I feel like this time should be for me to totally heal. I have been going through a very difficult time, and I feel like this fast is what I need s... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 18:39:44 EST Very Quick Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899713 I'm sorry for being spark distant lately. I have a lot going on in life and this has just taken a huge back burner for me. <BR> <BR> In five weeks time, my baby has been sick with throwing up illness three times. I did get it confirmed as to what is wrong with him and it is all teething related. Each bout of sickness has brought a new tooth. So, it has been a tiring 5 weeks, and I have barely been getting any sleep at all lately. Now, I am battling a cold just due to being run down. ... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 22:18:48 EST SMILE... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875029 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2061573251.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l138120286.jpg"> Fri, 13 Feb 2015 10:21:45 EST New Routine and More Updates http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864505 Good morning! <BR> <BR> I just wanted to post an update about my progress as well as detail some of the medical things I have been going through. <BR> <BR> On a positive note, I am well established on a very balanced, yet strict, diet. Essentially, I'm 50% juicing my meals (veggie only juices) and 50% eating food--organic meats, veggies, fermented foods, nuts, seeds, and eggs. The weight is coming off, which is nice and I'm enjoying it while it is. I will explain further why I am on ... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:54:04 EST Confessions, and One More Request for Help http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848816 Good afternoon! <BR> <BR> Lately, it's been hard for me to even get out of bed in the mornings. I still have continued pain that usually wrecks my day (and my night as I'm unable to get comfortable). I have hit a total standstill with my weight. I spent two solid weeks adhering strictly to the doctor's plans for me, and STILL had severe pain and weight stagnancy. So, I went crazy. I mean I ate everything in sight for a solid 6 days. Here's how it happened. I woke the morning we were... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 17:18:23 EST Important Information http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834415 Good morning! <BR> <BR> I wanted to share an article I read this morning. Over these past few months of intense healing and life changes, I have discovered that I really do feel passionate about many things to do with our food supply. I once turned a blind eye to it, but now I am aware and I want to be an activist against "big food." I have many beliefs about why things are the way they are now, and I feel we are in grave danger if we continue to abuse our natural God-given food system.... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:23:04 EST Things Have Just Been Tough Lately.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830391 Hello! <BR> I have actually been on a bit of a spark break these past few weeks. Lately, things have been really tough all the way around. I feel bad for not being here offering my usual support, reading blogs, and general spark friendship. Things got to a point where I had to step back and really look at things carefully. I'm really still in this spot for the most part, but I felt I at least owed an explanation. <BR> <BR> My major issue is continuing health problems. Despite my 30 da... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 16:05:42 EST Reboot Juice Fast Results--How it Changed my Life (with pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814829 Hello! I haven't written a blog in a while, so I would like to write a quick post about my juice fast results. I completed a total 30 day juice only fast and I can't begin to tell you how it has changed me. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1452295072.jpg"> <BR> <BR> For starters..... I COMPLETED A 30 DAY JUICE ONLY FAST!!! Ok, it just sounds so surreal, I had to say it twice. I have never finished anything this big with my diet in my entire life. I don't even t... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 11:04:00 EST Day 20- Reboot Update and then a Planned Short Spark Break http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805925 Good evening all! Today is the completion of day 20 of my fast. I'm excited about the changes going on in my body, and really hopeful in the end results. <BR> <BR> At the end of this fast, I will be posting my final results in a blog. I am no longer going to be blogging each day. It's difficult to find the time, and I have somewhat lost my readers--I'm sure because blogging just isn't my strength. <em>39</em> So, from here on out, I will be keeping a journal that is just for me. ... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 20:05:13 EST Day 19-- Reboot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805283 Day 19 is done, and I'm looking forward to starting my last ten days. <em>104</em> Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. <BR> <BR> This is a short blog for tonight. Taking a quick break from painting the bathroom as my hands cramped up. <em>465</em> Goodnight all! Sun, 26 Oct 2014 21:33:24 EST Day 17/18 Reboot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804757 A little catch up this evening! I didn't wind up blogging yesterday because it was just kind of a yucky day. I was having really weird food cravings, and was feeling sad in general. I think it may be PMS rearing its ugly head, but I'm not really sure. It could have just been due to excruciating shoulder pain. I'm still getting some work done, and while I think the doc made a breakthrough on Thursday, I experienced intense soreness yesterday. It was so much better today though. I was ev... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 22:36:19 EST Day 16- Reboot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803521 Today has been fabulous! First of all, I got a new haircut last night that really made me feel better about myself. The last person who gave me a haircut.... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2061658243.jpg"> <BR> really disappointed me. (OK, not REALLY Sweeney Todd, but it was a terrible cut, and the person had a major chip on her shoulder). My haircut before was so bad, people today said, "whoah, your hair looks so much better." Yeah! I totally wasn't offended, ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:27:56 EST Day 15- Reboot I MADE IT HALFWAY!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802764 I can't believe it! Today is day 15 and the middle of my Reboot juice fast! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1227265834.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When I woke this morning, I was excited to weigh in and see a dramatic change. At first, I was saddened that I had only lost 3 pounds since the first weigh in when I lost 8 pounds. Then, I realized, there is no reason to be sad about losing 11 pounds overall in 15 days. Not only that, weight loss was not my focus in this fast; it... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:29:54 EST Day 14- Reboot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802354 Nothing much to report here! Just feeling better every day. I did have a juice today that I did not like though. It was just not good at all. I have liked all of them so far, but this one took the prize on bad-tasting! <BR> <BR> I'm still dealing with chronic pains, which I had hoped would go away by now, but they haven't yet. I'm not sure if I'm still just healing/detoxing, or if there is something else going on, such as heavy metal toxicity. Either way, I'm sure I will get to the bo... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:52:42 EST Day 13- Reboot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801775 Good Evening! I'm a little late in the day with this blog, but it was a typical busy Monday! The day was lovely though, perfect temperature, wonderful sunshine--such a true blessing. <BR> <BR> So, in preparation of the future, I have been trying to come up with a new system for meal planning. In the past, I have skated by every week on a half done menu plan and wound up eating out half the time anyway. Sometimes I would just go stare at the menu with dread; I would dread what fancy mea... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:50:00 EST Day 12- Reboot and a Small Victory! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801116 Day 12 went pretty well. Had some intestinal things going on, but I'm sure it's all just part of the cleanse. Nothing too disturbing or upsetting to my day though. It may have even been the fact that I juiced chard; I have never tried chard before, but I once had an "allergy" to beets. They are all in the same family, so it could have just been a little shock to my system. <BR> <BR> So, for my victory! We had to get out and do a little shopping, thankfully not grocery related. For an... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:25:44 EST Day 11- Reboot--Much Better Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800418 This is a really short post today, but I just wanted to say that today I feel <em>250</em> ! I'm so glad I didn't give in to temptations yesterday. It was tough, but I persevered and made it through ok. Not only that, I feel really good physically! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> The reason today's post is so short is because we are working really hard to get through with as much of the remodel as possible. I can't believe it, but I just sat on the hardwood floor working on my part of th... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 14:42:40 EST Day 10- Reboot--Tough Day in Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799949 I don't honestly know what is going on with me today, but I'm really having a hard time with food cravings. I thought I was past all of that. I woke up craving everything I'm not supposed to have. Not really sure why this is happening. And, I'm not only craving the normal things I can't have, like meat, dairy, or grains. I mean, I'm having strange cravings for foods I haven't eaten in close to a year, such as really bad for you fast food. I'm going to remain strong. I just need some un... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:31:45 EST Day 9- Reboot & Very First Vlog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799206 Clark has his first taste of one of our juices (kale, cucumber, celery, apple, lemon, ginger) and surprises us with his reaction! I'm glad that during our eating out days, we acquired the Rudy's cups--they have been amazing for juices! <BR> <BR> This was a few days ago, and I wanted to share sooner, but it took me a while to figure out how to get it fixed. Anyway, I think I finally got it all figured out for your enjoyment! He actually loves juices so much, we make him his own now and ge... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:11:30 EST Day 8- Reboot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798785 Just a quick update today--but my fast is going really well. I am feeling extremely good today. No more flu-like symptoms, no more intense hunger pangs, no more headaches. The only residual is slight congestion and feeling of tiredness. The tiredness is simply not getting enough sleep. There just aren't enough hours in the day, and thus, I don't get enough hours of sleep. Oh well! One of these days, when our remodel is complete, maybe it will add some structure back into life. <BR> ... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 14:46:12 EST Day 7- Reboot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798012 Today is the start of day 7, and I'm finally starting to feel human again. Yesterday I wound up feeling so ill, I left work around 3:00 and went to bed for two hours. I affirmed once again though, that it's just part of the detox. <BR> <BR> I am not feeling so sick anymore today. My sore throat is nearly gone, my congestion is slowly clearing, and I am certain I am done with fevers, as I had quite an episode with that in the night. I woke up freezing cold, despite my heavy pajamas, soc... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 10:58:57 EST Day 4,5,6 Reboot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797488 I had every intention of writing a blog each day through the weekend, but honestly, I just felt too yucky to keep up with it. I did jot some things down though, so I could keep track of my thoughts. <BR> <BR> Day 4 was the first unpleasant day, in terms of detox. I consistently felt cold, but ran no fever. Felt very tired, like I wanted to nap all day. The good thing is, I lost the headache somewhere between day 3 and 4—what a relief! Some of my pain intensified on day 4 that I chroni... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 14:33:10 EST Day 3- Reboot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795854 <em>213</em> Today is day 3 of my Reboot Juice Fast. I am continuing to move forward each and every day...every meal. This has been so much better than I imagined. I have fought a slight headache off and on for the duration, but I think it may still be related to continuing shoulder problems more than anything. Sleep has been here and there, which is annoying, but I think it's because there is so much to think about for the fast. It's very time consuming to prepare all these meals, but... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 13:15:30 EST Day 2 Reboot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795253 Good morning! First of all, thank you all for coming by and encouraging me on my blog yesterday! It really helped me feel like I can actually do this! So, <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> This is day 2 of my fast, and I'm still feeling pretty good. I got a headache last night about 7:ish that became unbearable by about 10, so I just tried to rest. Then, I thought I was super tired, so went to lay down in my bed, and was just awake. Wide awake. So, a headache a little insomnia, general feeli... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 12:30:37 EST Day 1 -Reboot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794620 I began the day pretty exhausted, but very excited. Set my alarm for 6:00 am to play the song "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor for extra motivation. It worked, because I got right up! <em>334</em> Last night, it took us four hours to go to Sprouts, come home, clean out our fridge (yes, washing of shelves and drawers and all), wash all the veggies and fruits, and organize them into our fridge. It was a grueling process for the beginning, but now that we have a clean fridge, it should no... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 10:47:45 EST A Little Sadness, But Not Enough to Keep Me Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793501 Hello friends. My blog today comes from a little bit of sadness. All of the hard work I put in at the beginning of the year, when I was losing weight left and right is all gone. I have gained everything back I lost after Clark was born. I mean, I'm actually within 8 pounds of what I weighed right after he was born, which is absurd and horrible. <em>39</em> The only decent excuse I have is that I have been on a total exercise restriction for the past six or so months. <BR> <BR> I th... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 15:46:53 EST Clark's 1st Birthday Party (with Pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791397 Clark had a wonderful birthday party with lots of friends and family here to celebrate with him! We really catered to Clark's likes, and he was so joyful and thankful. We hosted close to 30 people (which was completely scary to me) and managed to pull it off without too many issues. <BR> <BR> One thing we did that we were told we were crazy for, was provide a meal. Part of it was the original guest list was composed of family only, but then the list grew....and grew......and grew. So, ... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 23:11:54 EST 10 Things I Would Like to Change Through a Juice Fast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790428 1.) <em>33</em> Reduce or rid myself of chronic inflammation/pain <BR> 2.) <em>20</em> Reset my taste preferences from fat/sugar/salt to vitamins/minerals/whole & natural <BR> 3.) <em>204</em> Improve my physical appearance from looking tired and old to vibrant and my age! <BR> 4.) <em>363</em> Run. I have always wanted to run, and if the juice fast does what it claims, I should be able to. <BR> 5.) <em>334</em> A more positive attitude. More specifically, I hope it straightens o... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 12:42:02 EST Ready to Share My Plan Now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790011 Hello! For a while now, I have been blogging here and there about a new diet that I had been planning on doing in October. I am ready to share the plan now, and I want to start out with a couple of disclaimers. One, I have not fallen into a fad trap with this diet plan. I have done extensive research, talked to many people (including several experts), looked at many different plans, and feel I have found the best fit for me. Two, I AM and will continue to be under the direct guidance of ... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:30:00 EST One Year of Wonderful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786123 I love my sweet birthday boy, Clark! One year ago today, I was given the greatest blessing of my life--my beautiful son! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1286095912.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l976798774.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l248464472.jpg"> <BR> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 12:25:01 EST Big, Bad Shoulder Pain (with pics) and an update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783029 Happy Friday afternoon! I decided to write a blog this afternoon with some updates. In fact, I have decided that I'm going to blog far more often, because I rather miss it. And, I'm going to do so because it makes me feel better to write things down. I think it will help me sort out some things over these coming months of change. <BR> <BR> First off, I had the final procedure done to my shoulder yesterday...or at least that is the hope. If I don't have some significant pain relief, he... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:46:00 EST Last Day to be 20-something http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778030 For the entire year that my husband was 29, I teased him relentlessly that it would be his last year to be "20-something!" I taunted him to the point of no mercy! Well, for the last year, I received reciprocal treatment! <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I turn 30! How exciting! I spent a lot of the past two years setting goals for turning the "dreaded" 30. However, I have recently begun thinking in a different pattern. Two years ago, I would have said, "by the time I turn 30, I wan... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:16:19 EST Considering Letting Go of Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773610 Good evening. I have to be boldly honest here. I have been considering for a while now getting rid of my spark account. I have always loved it here, and felt a real sense of community. Lately, however, I have not felt that (with a few exceptions). <BR> <BR> I am not sure if my friends here are just not as active as before or if spark is losing some spark...or what it is. I have tried to reach out to others here, and even joined some teams to try and spread my wings and get to know s... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 22:25:35 EST Rough Week Behind Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769458 This has been one of THOSE weeks. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Sunday night, I started to feel a little queasy and took to the couch because I was wide awake with a random case of insomnia. I just assumed it was extreme exhaustion from remodeling and running all weekend--you know, the point at which you get yourself so tired, you are too tired to sleep? It may sound strange, but I have dealt with it a few times. Anyway, I wish I had been so lucky. I was up super late, then back awake with... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:43:30 EST Updates, Some Pictures, & Joy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758897 Good morning! I have not been a very dedicated sparker lately. I have been on here everyday, reading people's blogs and trying to be in touch with my friends. I just haven't taken the time to spark for myself. We have had a ton of stuff going on lately, and I am doing well just to keep up with the normal responsibilities. <BR> <BR> First off, the remodel still isn't even close to being done in our bathroom. With work schedules and of course working around a baby's schedule, we really ... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 11:04:32 EST Why, Oh Why, Do I Continue to Punish Myself? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739456 Sparkfriends, I need some help, insight, encouragement...whatever you got, I could probably use it right about now. <BR> <BR> So, I'm supposed to be in the midst of my plan! Or at least PRE-planning for my ultimate plan in October. As of last week, I had proclaimed that I was done with wheat/gluten foods, and would be working towards elimination of soda for my next step. Friends, with the mess that remodel became (see previous blog for details about that), I totally didn't follow my no ... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:54:26 EST Remodeling is a Pretty Good Workout! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737259 This past week, my DH and I took off work for our annual vacation, although this year we decided to stick around and do some much needed remodel. We have been remodeling our home since we got married, and can only work on it gradually as we rebuild funding and time to do it. We hadn't done anything in a year, but that's because we have been having fun else-wise.... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l232277081.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So, here we are starting the biggest remode... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 11:13:52 EST Coming up with a Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730203 For the past several weeks, I have been so busy with so much. Work this time of year is always very crazy for me as it is the end of our fiscal year. That means lots of extra hours (sometimes even at night) and not a lot of time to dedicate to me. Add on that I had company for about two solid weeks, and it has been a pretty crazy month. <BR> <BR> I'm very ready to get back to my daily routine again. During this time, I haven't been eating the healthiest, nor have I had the time to exer... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 23:41:47 EST Putting the Scale Away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704272 Good morning! It's a lovely Tuesday morning after a nice long weekend of MUCH NEEDED rain. It rained off and on all weekend long and it was amazing! <em>27</em> We have been in a serious drought for a long time now, and with the threat of wildfires and blazing temperatures in the summers, it's always welcome to rain as much as it wants! <BR> <BR> The past week has been amazing for me in every way--physically, mentally, spiritually...just great! I can't believe how much better I have... Tue, 27 May 2014 10:31:36 EST