CHANGINGSAM's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CHANGINGSAM CHANGINGSAM'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/ #144 - Life. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5634695 Hi friends! <BR> <BR> So much for my comeback to Spark People. I really do miss being on here, but it's been pretty difficult with life getting in the way. Here's a little update: <BR> <BR> 1. I am now gluten free! About a month and a half ago, I decided to take the plunge and go gluten free. A lot of thinking went into this decision - before choosing this, I was feeling awful. Tired, moody, digestive issues, etc. Although I have only been on this for a short time, I feel a lot better. <B... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 20:32:04 EST #143 - Making a Comeback? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5580061 Hi all - Thanks so much for your support on my last blog. I was truly down and out about gaining the weight back. I haven't exercised or eaten healthy at all since that blog, and oddly, I'm ok with that. I believe that I have finally accepted my body for the weight it is at. I'll be honest though, some days are better than others. It's especially hard when I can't button up my work pants, but I am learning that it is a reaction to my lifestyle that I am currently living. <BR> <BR> My fiance ... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 21:55:34 EST #142 - Please help. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538907 Hi all. <BR> <BR> I can't believe it already the middle of November! I also can't believe that it's been well over a month since I have been on here. There are two reasons for that, so let's get into them. <BR> <BR> I posted a status over a month ago about starting a new job. I work for BlueCross BlueShield, and I absolutely love it! There are so many opportunities not only to keep me busy during work (my old job never had anything for me to do) but also health-wise. They encourage us to g... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 07:01:07 EST #141 - Current State of Mind. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5482747 I feel... like I am slowly learning who I am and who I want to become even though I have a long road of healing, forgiving, and patience ahead of me. <BR> <BR> I wish... that I could live closer to every member of my family. I miss them so much. <BR> <BR> I need... to learn how to choose my battles because sometimes, it isn't worth it to lose someone you love. <BR> <BR> I am worthy... of love not only from others but from myself as well. <BR> <BR> I am thankful for... everything that I am... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 13:10:04 EST #140 - You're Never Too Old to Learn. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5480708 Here's what I am learning while on this journey: <BR> <BR> 1. Progress, not perfection -- In the last post, I said that I refuse to worry about my food. I'm not going to stress myself with calorie counting; it doesn't help me at all. However, I can't help but stress *a little* when BJ and I eat out a lot. This weekend is a great example. We were pretty busy, so we ate out fair share of fast food. Even though my food choices weren't perfect, I found ways to make progress -- getting the small ... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 14:48:43 EST #139 - Determination, not Motivation. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5476739 I can't believe that it's been a month since I've blogged on here. The previous blog was about August goals; truth be told, I did not stay dedicated to them. In fact, I haven't had any motivation to be healthy because of this nagging feeling of regret and failure regarding my foot injury and weight gain. No matter how hard I try to forgive myself, I can't. I was *so* close to my goal I could taste it. Because of this, I chose to take a hiatus from Spark People. In reality, I've allowed myself... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 12:06:25 EST #138 - August Goals. #BackOnTrack http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5440929 Hi Sparkfriends! <BR> <BR> As I mentioned in the previous post, I have been pretty busy lately with job interviews. It seems like I am getting a call every day! Woo hoo! <BR> <BR> Since my last blog post, I haven't really been the healthiest, so when I read the article about the Back On Track challenge, I decided it was a good time to try again. <BR> <BR> I weighed myself this morning, and I was at 159.8 lbs. Truth be told, it was disheartening, but all I can do is try again. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 10:57:00 EST #137 - MIA. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5425186 Happy Thursday, Spark Friends! <BR> <BR> Sorry I have been MIA lately, but there's been A LOT going on. <BR> <BR> Since my last blog, I've been really battling with my emotions and food cravings. I've been trying to find a new job as I am not happy (although I am grateful) with my current job now. I have been searching for over a month now, and I have not heard anything back. In addition, finances, relationships, and my injured foot have all led to a bout of depression. Because of it, I al... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 10:32:43 EST #136 - Learning to Love Me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5389987 This post is going to be a bit personal. It's going to highlight the not-so-wonderful aspects of who I am as a person. It's a tough post to write, but it's time I come clean with myself. I'm hoping writing it out as well as hearing support and suggestions will help me. Here goes: <BR> <BR> I have a lot of self-hatred; I feel like I'm worthless. Feeling this way breeds lack of confidence about who I am and how I look. I let others opinions about me matter. All of this has been holding me back... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 13:09:35 EST #135 - Four Steps Forward, Two Steps Back. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5387765 Guess what?! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2003382150.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm a walking girl again! Soon, I'll be running! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> My sister-in-law, a chiropractor, suggested I go see my chiropractor since it seemed like my foot was getting worse. Yesterday, I headed to his office to see if there was anything he could do, and to my surprise, he had me walking out the door! <BR> <BR> Basically, when the dresser drawer fell on my foot, it knoc... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 08:36:13 EST #134 - Day 2. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5380133 Yesterday was a pretty good day for me in regards to my mini-challenge. In fact, I'm kind of enjoying it a bit. However, it been tough when it comes to guilt and coming to terms with some food. I'll explain more in a minute. <BR> <BR> Breakfast -- <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1946267528.jpg"> <BR> Pictured is a Luna peppermint stick and a Oikos strawberry Greek yogurt. This is probably one of my favorite breakfasts because it's so easy and fairly healthy. Plus, th... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 09:53:37 EST #133 - Day 1. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5378991 Lately, I've been going through a lot -- trying to find a new job, healing my foot injury, worrying about the upcoming races, etc. These things have produced lots of emotions which have led to plenty of binges. These last few weeks have been tough, and I had decided to quit my journey of finding health and a lower weight. <BR> <BR> I've realized, though, that quitting my journey wasn't going to help me at all. In fact, it only added more problems -- how I felt about myself and how I felt phy... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 10:34:04 EST #132 - I Have a Problem. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5373466 Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> It's been a few days since my last post; I guess I just haven't had much to share. Yesterday, I had an appointment for my foot injury, and I'm being booted for another two weeks. I'm a little disappointed, but I'd rather it heal correctly than for there to be problems down the road. <BR> <BR> Last time I posted, I talked about how this injury was a blessing in disguise because it provided an opportunity to focus one area of health -- food. While I'd love to tell you h... Fri, 31 May 2013 09:46:15 EST #131 - Foot Update. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5357492 Thanks to all of you who have sent goodies and well wishes in regards to my foot injury. It's been tough the last couple of days, but I really appreciate the love. <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> I haven't discussed what I did, so I'll do it now: <BR> <BR> On Sunday, I was getting ready for church, and my clothing garment was stuck at the back of the dresser drawer. I pulled the drawer out, laid it on my lap, and retrieved the garment. As I was putting the drawer back into the dresser, it fell an... Wed, 15 May 2013 13:36:10 EST #130 - May Goals. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5340889 Since my last blog on Friday, I've continued to struggle with eating and exercise. Instead of being upset about it, I decided to make some goals for May. Hopefully, these goals will put me back on track with my healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Attempt to limit gluten to 1 meal a day 5x a week. <BR> <BR> I think this is a good starting point as I've felt a bit overwhelmed by the gluten issue especially when eating out. However, at the grocery store, I try to stick to organic and gluten... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 14:51:27 EST #129 - Rough Time. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5336183 I'm having a tough time picking up the pieces. I'm on the verge of quitting. <BR> <BR> Last weekend, I went out of town for my birthday. On the Friday before, I was excited because I had a plan to be as healthy as I could be. However, when you are out of town with loved ones who don't necessarily strive to be healthy, it's tough especially when it comes to food. What seemed like one bad food choice led to another bad food choice. This happened all weekend long; it also happened Monday, Tuesd... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 09:45:02 EST #128 - Weekends/Vacations. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5331742 Hi Spark Friends. <BR> <BR> I hope all of you enjoyed your weekend. <BR> <BR> For the weekend, I went out of town to see the South Carolina Gamecocks play the Kentucky Wildcats (baseball). This was my first time at an SC baseball game, and I absolutely enjoyed every minute of it. I usually only go to the football games, but over the last couple of years, I’ve somehow become a baseball fan. I guess I love watching people be active since becoming more active myself. <BR> <BR> As for being h... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 12:38:13 EST #127 - Gluten. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5311218 I think I spoke too soon. <BR> <BR> Day 1 (Tuesday) of gluten back in my diet produced no reactions. However, on Wednesday morning, I woke up with a sore throat. It wasn't more than I could handle, and really, it went away fairly quickly. Throughout the day, though, I had a lite headache. When dinner rolled around, I decided to try gluten again. I did have a smaller reaction after supper - feeling out of it and a little more tired than usual. This morning has confirmed that I most likely ha... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 09:58:45 EST #126 - 30. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5310131 When I stepped on the scale this morning, I was in for a big surprise. I've finally reached 30 pounds lost! What a feeling! I still can't believe it's true. <BR> <BR> I've said this in other blogs, but I'll say it again because it's the truth. I never thought I'd ever see this day. I never thought I'd lose even 10 pounds. It's almost like a virtual slap in the face - "Girl, what were you thinkin' when you were doubting yourself?!" <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 12:21:52 EST #125 - Only One More. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5309103 Hi Sparkfriends! <BR> <BR> It's been a couple weeks since I last posted. I'll catch you up! <BR> <BR> 1. Weight - Since beginning the cleanse, I've lost 6 pounds! I only have ONE MORE pound to lose until I hit the big 30 pounds lost goal! Wow. I just reread that sentence; it's so weird to read. Back in June 2012 (when I began), I never thought I'd ever get this close to my goal. Shoot, I never thought I'd keep 10 pounds off. It's a wonderful feeling! I still have about 7 pounds that I woul... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 15:53:53 EST #124 - Tell Me I'm Crazy. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5295216 Hi all! Hope you all are doing wonderfully! I guess I need to play catch up: <BR> <BR> In my last post, I talked about doing a cleanse. Well, I'm in the process of doing it, and boy, it's been tough! I miss grains and dairy a lot. I won't complain though as I'm feeling more energetic than I have in a long time. In fact, I'd LOVE to go for a run; however, I can't because the cleanse is not only a break from dairy, grains, soy, and meat, but it's also a time for rest. Walks and Yoga are things... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 15:55:24 EST #123 - Hoping for Some Answers. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5257367 I'm sorry that I have been MIA the last month or so. I have been dealing with a lot - exhaustion/lack of energy, brain fogs, headaches, asthma, bloating, irritability, etc. Truly, I have dealt with the issues for several years with some days being better than others. In the last month, it seems like all of that has hit at once, and it’s been rough. All I want to really do is sleep; I don't want to get out of bed or exercise. Headaches occur daily. The list goes on. With all of this, my time o... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 10:48:27 EST #123 - Self Love. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5250367 First off, I want to say thank you to all of my Spark Friends for all the love and encouragement on the last post as well as while I've been "gone". I'm still not 100% yet, but I am working on it. <BR> <BR> We live in a society where we have to be thin to be beautiful. We have to look like a super model in order to avoid getting bullied or joked on. I'll be honest, I began this journey to look better in my clothes which in turn will boost my self-confidence. It has worked for the first 20 po... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 12:05:53 EST #122 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5233200 This blog is meant to be honest - with you all but especially myself. A few of you have told me that I inspire you; while I am grateful for the comment, I feel like the last three weeks have been the opposite of that. I've let you all down. More importantly, I've been letting myself down. <BR> <BR> Three weeks ago, I caught a stomach virus, and it took all week to recover. Right after that, I had a sinus infection that left me miserable. After finally feeling better, I was determined to get ... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 12:24:12 EST #121 - A Letter to Myself. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5219991 Dear Samantha, <BR> <BR> I know that the last two weeks have been rough. First, you had a stomach virus, and now, its sinuses/cold. I know you aren't feeling well, and the lack of energy is frustrating. However, turning to crappy food won't help your body; in fact, it only leaves you feeling worse. For example, Monday night's Mexican dinner didn't help you at ALL! You felt sick (both sinuses and stomach) and bloated. Heck, the Taco Bell you ate yesterday just made you feel guilty. You KNEW y... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 11:15:21 EST #120 - FitBit Review. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5194741 Although I received my FitBit just less than a week ago, I have already formed an opinion on it, and I wanted to share it with you just in case you were thinking of getting one. <BR> <BR> Let me first start off by saying that for the longest time, I didn't want one. I have a desk job in which I don't get up much. My boss is very weird about things, and I wasn't sure how I could get in steps without him getting mad that I wasn't at my desk. However, I started considering it in December when B... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 10:39:03 EST #119 - New Years, 5K Race, & FitBit. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5186144 <em>408</em> I hope every one had a great New Years! <em>408</em> <BR> <BR> I relaxed with family and friends as well as took time to treat my body right (exercising, eating well, sticking to portions, and drinking my water). For someone who always struggles on the weekends and holidays, this is a major plus for me. I did SO much better on New Years than I did at Christmas. It's like something clicked for me these past four days. I think it was the idea of a new year full of new opport... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 12:45:26 EST #118 - January Goals. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5178629 2012 has been a great year for me. I've lost a little over 20 pounds, I'm healthier than I've ever been, and I'm working out more. When I was 174 lbs, I never thought I would get to where I am now. I know, though, that to get to my desired weight, I need to do a little better, so below are my plans for January: <BR> <BR> 1. Eat cleaner/try a new clean recipe once a week. <BR> 2. Workout 5-6 times a week. <BR> 3. Sleep more (8-9 hours a night). <BR> 4. Drink more water (8-12 cups a day). <BR>... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 10:20:42 EST #117 - Decisions, decisions. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5176652 Hi all! Hope everyone had a great Christmas! I did although I ate too much and barely exercised. I'm not particularly proud of it, but it is what it is. I enjoyed spending time with family and friends, and that's what it's about. <BR> <BR> Anyways, I received some money for Christmas, and I really want to put it towards something I will enjoy as well as something that will further my journey. I've really been thinking about getting a FitBit One or a BodyMedia Fit Core, but I'm just not sold.... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 12:15:35 EST #116 - Sandy Hook Elementary School. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5170295 If you were like me, I was devastated to hear the news about Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday. I couldn't believe how someone could take innocent lives of 6-7 years olds. It broke my heart that they would never be able to smile, laugh, or learn. Not only do I hurt for the victims, but it hurts to think about how these families have prepared for Christmas only for their child to be taken away. Presents will remain unopened this Christmas. <BR> <BR> With that said, we have a chance to ch... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 15:56:20 EST #115 - Just a Blog. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5170105 I probably should do my update from last week, but I'm not happy with how my weekend went. Instead, I decided to show you all what I bought myself as a reward for losing 20 pounds. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1932960009.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I bought this shirt off of <link>FeedJustOne.com </link> . It was only $10, but I fed 16 girls in Uganda. (They have shirts for $20 that feed $30 girls in Uganda.) I loved the idea that I was rewarding myself while also he... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 11:50:47 EST #114 - Holiday Party NSV. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5164140 Yesterday, I went to my first Christmas party of the season. It was for the new museum that will be opening up in March; the Director wanted to give back to her volunteers! <BR> <BR> Before heading to the museum, I wanted to get in some quick exercise, so I took a 35-minute walk around the inside of my apartment (silly, I know, but it was raining outside, and I didn't have time for the gym). During this walk, I gave myself a pep talk and came up with a plan. My plan started out with "no soda... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 09:19:58 EST #113 - Week 2 of 4 Week Challenge. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5161975 Recap of last week: <BR> <BR> Week Two (December 3-7) <BR> <BR> Exercise: <BR> 1. ST at least 3 days a week (20-25 minutes): 3 days completed. <BR> 2. Cardio at least 4 day a week (20 minutes): 5 days completed. <BR> <BR> Eating: <BR> 1. Sticking to portions: 4 days completed. <BR> 2. At least 3 fruits/vegetables: 5 days completed. <BR> 3. Track food: 4 days completed. <BR> 4. 8 cups of water a day: 6 days completed. <BR> <BR> Other: <BR> 1. No soda: 7 days completed. <BR> 2. No candy: ... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 09:59:26 EST #112 - Week 1 of 4 Week Challenge. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5154702 I can't believe it's already December! Time has really flown by. I would post December goals, but I started last week with a 4 week challenge that will carry me through this month. I think I will start recapping each week to see if I am staying on target. <BR> <BR> Week One (November 26-December 2): <BR> <BR> Exercise: <BR> 1. ST at least 3 days a week (20-25 minutes): 1 day completed. <BR> 2. Cardio at least 4 days out of the week (20 minutes): 6 days completed. <BR> <BR> Eating: <BR> 1.... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 12:20:42 EST #111 - Holiday Goals. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5150618 I realized that I have not shared my goals for the next 4 weeks. I said I would, and I completely forgot! Anyways, I decided to just be healthy over the next several weeks. If I lose weight, great! If I don't, that's cool too. Below are my goals: <BR> <BR> Exercise - <BR> 1. Strength Train at least 3 days a week (20-25 minutes). <BR> 2. Cardio at least 4 days a week (20 minutes). <BR> <BR> Eating - <BR> 1. Stick to portions. <BR> 2. At least 3 fruits/vegetables per day. <BR> 3. Track food. ... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 13:05:21 EST #110 - Holidays. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5146905 Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! I had a blast hanging out with family; plus, the food was great too! <BR> <BR> I did well on Thanksgiving. I got up early, worked out, drank my water, and stuck to eating until full (not too full!). So, my first Thanksgiving on this journey went well. I wish, though, that I could say that the rest of the weekend went that way too. Black Friday shopping (all night and into the wee hours of the morning) messed me up. It's always a tradition for my famil... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 10:03:30 EST #109 - Update. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5128299 Since my last blog, I have been trying very hard not to binge/overeat. I'm happy to say that I have stopped TWO binges before they've happened. The last two days, my boyfriend and I have decided to work out at the gym after work. I get off at 4:30PM, and he gets off around 6PM which leaves about an hour and a half with nothing to do. (A little background: this used to be my time to exercise before my boyfriend decided to go to the gym. Sometimes, I still work out during this time on his rest ... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 10:06:28 EST #108 - A Binge? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5121392 Last night, I sort of had a binge, but I also had a victory. <BR> <BR> I went to my Mom's for dinner. It's our "Girls' Night" that her and I do every Thursday. We eat dinner, and we watch our favorite shows. Yesterday, I texted her that I had a craving for spaghetti, so that's what she made for dinner. The problem: My first "serving" was more like a serving and a half. Afterwards, I went back for seconds. (This time it was more like a serving.) I wasn't exactly happy with myself, but someti... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 11:24:39 EST #107 - November Goals. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5118848 <em>431</em> Happy Halloween, everyone! <em>424</em> <BR> <BR> Please be careful tonight! <BR> <BR> ----------------------- <BR> <BR> October Review --> <BR> <BR> Not the best month. I took about 2-3 weeks off this month due to shin splints and lack of motivation. I'm not proud of this. However, I am proud that I turned it around. I will say that I reached my weight loss goal of 152 lbs this month! Woo hoo! <BR> <BR> --------------------- <BR> <BR> November is here, and it's tim... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 09:18:53 EST #106 - My First 5K. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5099832 Friday night, I was a bundle of nervous energy. I worried about my broken/bruised toe, and if I should just walk the 5K. My shins holding up were also a big concern. I started doubting that I could even do this race. These doubts and worries really set in the next morning at 7am. <BR> <BR> I tried to push those fears out of my mind as I got ready that morning. My boyfriend saw it all over my face, and he gave me a pep talk. I don't know if you've ever seen the movie "Remember the Titans", bu... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 12:01:36 EST #105 - Update. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5096253 It's been awhile. <BR> <BR> Although I'll admit that my "mini-break" from Spark was refreshing, it had its consequences. Honestly, I've allowed my emotions to control me. I've been upset that my shins haven't healed. I've been a little depressed because I thought that I should take time off after my race to allow them to heal; however. this wasn't something I wanted because I was hoping that this race would renew my motivation. So, while some emotional eating has occurred, I will say that I'... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 09:46:15 EST #104 - Day 16: Wednesday (10/3) Check In. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5086377 <em>274</em> Water: 8 cups. <BR> <BR> <em>319</em> Fitness: I'm following a push up challenge that started two days ago. It's 50 push ups a day. So, I did that. Also, I walked/ran 3.19 miles in 41 minutes. My 5K time was 39:29! Another PR set! <BR> <BR> <em>190</em> Food: Again, I had another so-so day in terms of food. I ate out twice yesterday. I had Subway for lunch and Japanese for dinner (junior bowl though!). This week, I guess I've just been lazy, but I haven't felt like prep... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 10:10:14 EST #103 - Day 15: Tuesday (10/2) Check In. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5085196 <em>274</em> Water: 6 cups. <BR> <BR> <em>319</em> Fitness: Yesterday was a scheduled rest day. <BR> <BR> <em>190</em> Food: I did great up until the time I got home from work. I had a mini-binge on some chips and a couple of pieces of candy. For dinner, I had Wendy's. Not a good choice. <BR> <BR> <em>267</em> Vegetable/Fruit Servings: 3. <BR> <BR> As I said above, last night wasn’t a good night in terms of food. I allowed my feelings to get the best of me. So, I am choosing t... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 12:25:48 EST #102 - Day 14: Monday (10/1) Check In. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5083545 <em>274</em> Water: 10 cups! <BR> <BR> <em>319</em> Fitness: I walked/ran 3.27 miles in 45 minutes. I had another PR - 3.1 miles in 41 minutes! Yesterday's run was just what I needed. The beach was beautiful, and I felt great. I didn't even look down at the timer. I just ran! <BR> <BR> <em>190</em> Food: I did really well yesterday. For breakfast, I had 1 cup of 1% milk mixed with Carnation Breakfast Essentials; I also had a Luna Bar and a serving of almonds. Later, I had a morning ... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 09:49:54 EST #101 - October Goals. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5082409 So, after writing the morning blog, I took some time out to make some October goals. I scaled them back a bit as well as how much I will be exercising. So, here they are: <BR> <BR> Weekly Goals: <BR> 1. Exercise - 5x. <BR> 2. Drink 6 cups of water daily. <BR> 3. Track food - 5x. <BR> <BR> October 15th Goals: <BR> 1. Be at 154 lbs. <BR> 2. ST - 4x. <BR> 3. Try two new recipes. <BR> <BR> October 31st Goals: <BR> 1. Be at 152 lbs. <BR> 2. Workout - 16x. <BR> 3. ST - 8x. <BR> <BR> Having thre... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 15:03:14 EST #100 - Day 13: Sunday (9/30) Check In. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5081786 <em>274</em> Water: 2 cups. <BR> <BR> <em>319</em> Exercise: I decided to take a rest day because Saturday night, my lower half of my body was tired and achy from my run. <BR> <BR> <em>190</em> Food: Bad day. Let's just say, what didn't I eat? <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> <em>267</em> Vegetable/Fruit Servings: None. <BR> <BR> Yesterday wasn't a good day at all. I took a rest day which I needed, but for some reason, rest days are terrible in the way of food especially if they are ... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 08:52:12 EST #99 - Day 12: Saturday (9/29) Check In. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5080300 <em>274</em> Water: Only 6 cups. <BR> <BR> <em>319</em> Exercise: I got an early run in yesterday morning. I did 3.12 miles in 43 minutes which I think is a PR for me. I also volunteered for the museum yesterday, so I had to walk to the event site from my car. Plus, I had to crank the penny press yesterday: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l467572087.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I got in another workout when making the squished pennies yesterday. This penny press is new... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 08:29:10 EST #98 - Day 11: Friday (9/28) Check In. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5079790 <em>274</em> Water: I think I only had 6 cups. Boo. <BR> <BR> <em>319</em> Exercise: I did 30 minutes of a low-impact seated total body workout. It was pretty intense because I was sweating and tired. I woke up this morning a little sore. Also, I did SP 12-minute seated core workout. <BR> <BR> <em>190</em> Food: Breakfast and lunch were the usual. For dinner, we ate at McAllisters. It's a deli. I was a little bad - I had a bacon spud (two potatoes put together) with a side of ran... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 17:27:34 EST #97 - Day 10: Thursday (9/27) Check In. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5078247 <em>274</em> Water: 8 cups! <BR> <BR> <em>319</em> Exercise: I did 38 minutes of videos yesterday. Let's see: 12-minute seated core workout, 9-minute seated arm & shoulder workout, and 11-minute seated cardio workout. I also did half of the 12-minute low-impact cardio; my shins were hurting after this, so I probably won't do this one again. <BR> <BR> <em>193</em> Weight: So, I've decided to weigh myself whenever. I'm kind of getting tired of weighing myself every day. At first, ... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 10:29:16 EST #96 - Day 9: Wednesday (9/26) Check In. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5076758 --> Water: 8 cups! <BR> <BR> --> Exercise: Confession - I went for a run last night. However, instead of my usual route, I ran on the beach. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l260178879.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It was a tough run because my legs weren't used to the sand (I run on asphalt), but I was glad I took it. Why? My shins didn't hurt nearly as bad as they did Monday. In fact, during my run, they felt great! However, once I got to the asphalt to walk back to the ca... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 08:11:30 EST