CEPHALOPODLYNN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CEPHALOPODLYNN CEPHALOPODLYNN'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/ Close Encounters http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730191 Today I got back from running (C25K) to find a deer sitting on my front lawn. She let me walk right past her to my door, so I got some great pictures of her. <BR> <BR> Then I was letting my dog out, and I had to shoo her back in doors because there was a fledgling blue jay in our back yard. It was super adorable. If you don't know what a fledgling blue jay looks like, you should google it because they're really cute. Unfortunately, I didn't get any pictures of the blue jay or I'd show you. <... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 23:23:04 EST Good Day X2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717548 I actually had a really good day yesterday. My mom got me a fitbit flex for my birthday and the skirt I needed to finish my comic con costume (I went as Daria). Then we went for sushi which is one of my favorites. I absolutely love sushi. <BR> <BR> Then today I went to comic con with a couple of friends, and all that walking around we did today got me up to like about 16,000 steps. I think my costume came together pretty well, though I'm not going to wear it again tomorrow. It turns out a m... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 23:49:51 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716134 We spent a week in Ireland a couple of weeks ago. It was a lot of fun, but it was Coach tour, so we basically spent the entire week eating, drinking, and sitting around. I put on 5 pounds and pretty much lost all semblance of self control, so that's kind of a bummer. Just something to work at I guess. <BR> <BR> I started a C25K program. Well, okay, I did one day of a C25K program and then switched to the 10k program on the off chance that I ever want to be able to run a 10k I won't have to c... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 23:21:50 EST Snack Attack http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681301 I managed to do pretty well today (so far) despite the fact that we went out for dinner. I had one of those 550 and under calorie dinners at Applebee's and stuck with water since I still had to go home and work on my paper. The only problem is that I've had to drink an inordinate amount of coffee just to focus, and between that and the stress of writing the paper, I've had a really hard time not reaching for extra snacks. I'll probably be up another few hours yet too, so I'm not out of the wo... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 00:47:48 EST Return of the Not-Actually-A-Jedi http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679890 Hey, <BR> <BR> It's been a while, huh? <BR> <BR> Things have been going pretty well. I returned to my old school in Denver, so I have nearly an hour commute to get to class now. I spend so much time at the school this semester that sometimes I think I live there. <BR> <BR> Needless to say, I've put back on some of the weight I lost. It turns out vending machine food is not actually food. Who knew, right? <BR> <BR> Anyway, I was reading this article earlier about how blogging can actual... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 00:35:05 EST Miles To Go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5451365 I'm sorry I haven't been around much. There's been a lot more going on in my life now that I've started going back to school, so it's been really difficult keeping up with everything. I'm trying, but I can't promise anything. <BR> <BR> The summer semester ended last week, and I actually managed to pull of an A in math, despite the fact that math is far and away from being my best subject. The last two weeks before finals hit I didn't get as much time to exercise and I had been eating more, b... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 00:31:04 EST Unexpected http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5413553 I realize it's been a while since I've updated you guys on how things are going, so I thought I'd go ahead and do that. <BR> <BR> I took the Insanity Fit test. I was sore for three days afterwards to the point where I could hardly walk, much less exercise, so I've decided against it going forward with it. We weren't really doing it as a family anyway, since we all keep such different schedules, and frankly it's a little out of my league. I'm back to the elliptical. <BR> <BR> I've been fin... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 19:57:52 EST Titling Things Is The Worst http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5398356 Ok, not really. (See, that's why I have problems titling things. I have a hard time thinking of them, and then I do think of them, and then I have to add, "Ok, not really", because they're not actually true. I think this might be part of the compulsive need to correct everything my mom keeps getting on to me for. Lol, we'll just add that to the list of things I'm working on. <BR> <BR> Someday I'm going to have to sit down and actually write that list just so I can laugh about how weird it i... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 14:39:34 EST Progress Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5396904 Today was a really great day. Not just a great day, but a really great day. Ok, in reality it wasn't any more exceptional than any other day, but it felt like a good day. <BR> <BR> For the past four days, I've been using the elliptical. I kind of hate it to be honest. I get bored really easily, and for some reason our elliptical squeaks so loud it actually drowns out the TV in the other room (maybe that was why we got it for so cheap). So yeah, I hate it, but I feel really good afterwards. ... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 00:10:01 EST Further Than I Thought http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5392054 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1496770974.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My parents were rearranging the guest room a couple of days ago, and I found this old picture. (I took a picture of the picture with my phone, that's why the quality is really bad). That's me when I was a senior in high school. I was 17 and I weighed between 215 and 220 pounds. I've lost somewhere between 30 and 35 pounds since then. <BR> <BR> I just wanted to share it with you, because I've placed it on my desk ... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 13:10:33 EST I Have Accomplished Nothing This Week and that's okay http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5388627 All right, I did not actually accomplish nothing. In fact, I think I accomplished more this week than I've accomplished in the last two months combined. It's just that none of those things are related to my fitness goals. My fitness goals have sort of been shoved to the side in lieu of everything else I've had going on this week. (Dog sitting, classes starting, the Black Forest Fire which was close enough to us that my mom came home early yesterday in case they decided to evacuate us, my birt... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 02:11:11 EST Hanging Lake http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5375157 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l882485306.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I ate around 2,000 calories yesterday, but I also hiked up to Hanging Lake with my dad, so I'm not too worried about it. The hike wasn't that long, but it was pretty much a vertical climb over lots of rocks. Totally worth it though; as you can see, the view is gorgeous. We actually made pretty good time, and afterwards I still had a lot of energy even though my legs were shaking. I'd forgotten how much I love hikin... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 23:51:19 EST Off Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5372106 Tuesday was a pretty horrendous day, I'm not even going to try and gloss over that fact. There's been this whole issue where I found out at the last minute that I need a calculus class in order to take the Marine Science courses at the school I was going to go to, so I had to sign up for classes at a community college at the last minute (which wasn't so bad). Then I found out that because I haven't had college algebra I can't take even pre-calc, so pretty much even if I went to school I would... Thu, 30 May 2013 01:11:22 EST Two Steps Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5368910 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1134438447.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This week did not go so well, all things considered. I have not done any yoga (and I seriously have no idea why I'm so resistant to it, I think maybe it's the bending over; once I'm up I generally prefer to stay there). I blew past my calorie limits more days than I've managed to stay within them. I've been eating a lot of sugary processed foods (mostly coca-cola, I have a weakness, a serious, serious weakness). T... Mon, 27 May 2013 00:50:00 EST Important Lessons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5364103 I have learned some very important lessons today. <BR> <BR> Don't go to the grocery store hungry <BR> Don't eat the second nutter butter, that will make you sick <BR> Don't drink before five <BR> Don't forget that pesky time difference thing when you have to call someone <BR> <BR> And most importantly: <BR> Don't jump rope in loose pants unless you want to lose them Wed, 22 May 2013 00:25:37 EST Goals: Week 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361746 1) Take a walk every day (except Thursday) <BR> 2) Stay within calories limits (for the love of the multiverse!) <BR> 3) Do yoga at least one day (for serious, you used to do this twice a day, once a week won't kill you) <BR> 4) Make those phone calls (you know which phone calls); try not to cry until they're over <BR> 5) Don't worry, be happy <BR> <em>334</em> Mon, 20 May 2013 01:13:17 EST Small Steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5360697 I had to take two walks today. I got my first one in, and then the day started to unravel and I needed to get out of the house for a while, so I took walk number two. It was actually pretty cool because on my first walk I ended up getting uncomfortably close to a deer (I was being careful, trying to get past it), and then on my second walk there was a giant snake sitting on the sidewalk. I got video of it; it was pretty awesome. <BR> <BR> Less awesome: I had two panic attacks an one emotiona... Sun, 19 May 2013 00:27:18 EST Well http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5359870 I've been keeping up with the walking. I've even started doing the longer route whenever possible. It usually takes me 52 minutes to complete and today it only took 47, so that was cool. I ended up with a sun rash though, which was less cool. I'm hoping it can be prevented with sunscreen, but I need to google that to find out. (Also find the sunscreen.) <BR> <BR> I haven't been keeping my calorie limits at all. I mean, mostly I've stayed below 2,000, but always over 1550. Part of it's becaus... Sat, 18 May 2013 01:48:09 EST Weekly Goals (ish) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5356847 Sunday was mother's day so we went to this german restaurant in Colorado Springs and I ended up going over my calorie count by a lot. Yesterday we went to a funeral and stopped by Black Eyed Pea so I came pretty close to going over that day too. Then today we had to go out to eat because I haven't had a chance to go grocery shopping yet with everything that's been happening, so I've ended up going over yet again. The only good news is I've been keeping up with the walking in spite of everythi... Tue, 14 May 2013 22:53:49 EST Now What? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5351584 Today was my dad's birthday, so his co-workers threw a party for him which was pretty awesome. I managed to stay within the upper limit of my calorie restraints (barely), but I didn't get my walk in today thanks to the hail and rain. Yesterday I just walked in place (the SparkPeople GPS didn't work so I just used a pedometer), but I didn't get a chance today. <BR> <BR> I did finally figure out why I've been having such a tough time sleeping the past couple of days (more so than usual, anywa... Fri, 10 May 2013 00:33:55 EST Tuesday Check In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5349253 Still on track with all of my goals for this week so far. I can change number 1 to include Thursday now, since I have to take that day off of volunteering for my dad's birthday celebration. I slept better last night, though I didn't go to bed until around 12:30 because I was watching this TV show I'm now addicted to (Stargate Universe). 10:00 am rolled around way too early this morning, but I did not hit snooze, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much longer the day seemed. Almost worth ge... Tue, 7 May 2013 23:36:33 EST Weekly Goals 5/6-5/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5346826 I managed to stay on target with calories and exercise again today. I didn't sleep very well again last night, but my energy levels were much better today despite that. I don't think it did much for my mood though. However, I'm trying not to dwell on that, so I thought I would outline my weekly goals. <BR> <BR> 1) Take a 30 minute walk every day but Thursday (the volunteer work I do on Thursdays will provide plenty of exercise on its own). <BR> 2) Log calorie intake every day. <BR> 3) Stay ... Sun, 5 May 2013 23:49:32 EST Restless Night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5345734 Another day, another party. I kid you not. I had to bail out early again because I was exhausted. I went to bed at around 10:30 last night, but I didn't fall sleep until around 1:00, and I woke up again at 4:00 (am). It took me two hours to fall back asleep after that. I still can't figure out why some weeks I do fine and other weeks I can hardly sleep at all. Maybe while I'm doing this I'll find an answer to that too. <BR> <BR> The folks decided we needed KFC for dinner which was super hel... Sat, 4 May 2013 22:47:24 EST Interesting Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5344907 I did not actually accomplish any of the things on my relatively short to-do list today, but I still feel pretty good about my day anyway. I took a 30 minute walk earlier which was great. I'm not really sure why I've been so resistant to walking lately; I love being outdoors. I think maybe it's because for a while there going for a walk had the tendency to turn into an affair that lasted several hours, and I really don't have that kind of time. 30 minutes is good though. <BR> <BR> My energy ... Fri, 3 May 2013 23:58:11 EST First Post http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5343842 A couple of the articles I was reading earlier said that dieting usually has a 95% failure rate, which is not exactly the most encouraging thing I've read lately. It's especially daunting since I've personally tried and failed before (a lot). I keep trying to figure out what's going to make this time any different from the others, but I'm not turning up a lot. <BR> <BR> That's really the biggest reason I'm trying to overcome my social anxiety and participate more in the community and social... Thu, 2 May 2013 23:50:28 EST