CJADERUN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CJADERUN CJADERUN'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/ The Half-Girl in the Mirror http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5974660 When I'm doing my strength training at the gym, I'm always looking at myself in the mirror to make sure my form is good. Form is so important to strength training for both maximum improvement and minimal injury. However, the thing with the mirrors at the gym (or at a dance studio, or most places with mirrors lining the walls) is that it's not one long mirror spanning the space; it's multiple large mirrors next to each other with a seam in between. <BR> <BR> And if you've ever stood in front ... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 11:57:49 EST Newest Motivation: What do you mean I can't take my rings off? Also, Wedding Photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811459 Okay, that's an exaggeration, and probably mostly due to sodium (say what, beers and pizza?) But my wedding rings used to spin on my finger, and now it is an effort to remove them. <BR> <BR> Which is important, because I can't wear my rings while rock climbing--that is dangerous to both me and my rings. <BR> <BR> So let's try this again. I'm trying not to think of myself as yo-yoing, although it seems to be what I'm doing. And I'm still not as heavy as I was a few months ago. Things have be... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 16:55:07 EST The Benefit of Bridal Stereotyping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721405 Last year when I was still trying to eat well (overall), I discovered all the difficult workplace peer pressure that I had heard of but never encountered. There's a celebration, or someone is leaving, or someone had too many cupcakes at their party last night, and they bring the food to the office to share. We all know we shouldn't eat it, but it's only this one time, and we can cheat a little while we're trying to lose weight. <BR> <BR> And then it's this one time the following week. <BR> ... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 12:40:14 EST Salt, the other white meat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715663 When I was 140 pounds, I bought myself a cute pair of Victoria Secret pajamas; pink t-shirt with plaid slacks in a size Medium. I lost 30 pounds, so I earned them. <BR> <BR> Last week, I put on said pair of jammies in all my 166.5 pound glory, and I was stretching that elastic to the max. They were snug around my hips and my thighs, but they were the only clean pair of jammies that I had, so what can you do? No one's going to see me in them. <BR> <BR> Last night, I put on the same pair, and... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 10:31:07 EST CJadeRun? Who is that? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713621 A quick recap: <BR> <BR> - I lost 30 pounds and looked amazing <BR> - I got my dream job... And it was awful. It lasted a month. <BR> - I was a temp for a while. It was okay. I kept working out and tracked my food. <BR> - I got a new full time job, and wasn't miserable! <BR> - I got engaged! <BR> - I got busy with wedding planning! <BR> - I stopped tracking. <BR> - My exercising stalled. <BR> - I took up rock climbing with my fiance, and now we both exercise! <BR> - It got very, very col... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 19:01:44 EST I Was Wrong http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5553410 Oh, 2012 CJ, how naive you were. <BR> <BR> Without a job, you were able to make losing weight your job. Even when you were a nanny, you didn't work a full 40 hours a week and so had all that spare time to go to the gym in the middle of the day, take classes you enjoyed, and just work out sometimes up to 10 hours in a week. <BR> <BR> You thought that anybody could do it if you could do it, all you had to do was TRY hard enough, couldn't they see that? <BR> <BR> But that changed, didn't it? ... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 11:49:52 EST I Can't Decide if I'm Happy With my Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5412233 Fact: I am oscillating between 150 and 155 pounds, and have been for a few months. <BR> <BR> Last October, I was the lightest at 140.5 pounds. <BR> <BR> I....I don't know if I care? <BR> <BR> I watch what I eat; I don't pig out, I eat mostly healthy foods with the occasional treat, and I watch my proportions. I exercise relatively regularly; generally three hours every week minimum, with both cardio and ST. I am fairly trim. <BR> <BR> I am just shy of 5'7" at 153 pounds (for argument's sa... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 09:54:18 EST MY BIG BIG NEWS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5400622 Okay, so the past two weeks I dropped off the face of the Earth AGAIN. And I am sorry. BUT! I am sure you will forgive me when I tell you the big big news! <BR> <BR> Are you ready? <BR> <BR> Here, the following picture should be a good hint: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1860566668.jpg"> <BR> <BR> DIDJA GUESS YET?!?! DIDJA?!??! <BR> <BR> YO HOMIES I AM ENGAGED! FO' REALZ! <BR> <BR> *The Story* <BR> <BR> I don't have a "Proposal Story" so much as a "Ring ... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 20:55:55 EST Gym Blog: One Year SparkVersary?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5380639 ***Gym blogs are a blog series where I write my blogs on my phone while I'm at the gym because I am too busy to write them any other time. Please excuse the inevitable typos.*** <BR> <BR> It occurred to me this morning that I've been actively pursuing a healthy lifestyle for about a year. <BR> <BR> One year and on day in fact. I looked back for the blog that actually started it all. I knew it the moment I saw it: "Trying this again...again." <BR> <BR> A year ago I decided to take everythi... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 18:36:42 EST Gym Blog: Other Minor Updates http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5379462 ***Gym blogs are a blog series where I write my blogs on my phone while I'm t the gym because I am too busy to write them any other time. Please excuse the inevitable typos.*** <BR> <BR> Soooo... I don't really have much to say on the following topics, but just in case you were wondering what I was up to: <BR> <BR> Temp Job: <BR> I was temping for about two months at a mall leading office. It was pretty cool! I made some good connections, kinda liked what I did, and frequently had funny sto... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 18:43:28 EST Gym Blog: My NEW JOB!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5378294 ***Gym blogs are a blog series where I write my blogs on my phone while I'm t the gym because I am too busy to write them any other time. Please excuse the inevitable typos.*** <BR> <BR> So I realize I have so much to update on: how my temp job went, Disney World, etc., as well ad promised blogs I never wrote (like the amazingly romantic thing Boyfriend did for me in January). But it would all be too much for one blog, so one thing at a time! <BR> <BR> Today, I will talk about my new, real,... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 18:37:30 EST Gym Blogs: I do NOT Want to be Here Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5377095 ***Gym Blogs is a series where I type up my blog on my phone because I am too busy to update any other time.*** <BR> <BR> Confession time. <BR> <BR> I didn't go to the gym for over a month. A MONTH. Why? I was overworking, I was busy, I had errands to run, I went on vacation to Disney World... Life happened. Life happened and I didn't go to the gym. I had gained about ten pounds from December to May, and in that month I gained an extra five. <BR> <BR> Last week I went twice. I skipped Th... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 18:29:49 EST Gym Blog: Shut Up and Strength Train http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5342324 ***Gym Blogs is a series where I blog on my phone while I'm working out at the gym because I'm just too busy these days to blog any other time.*** <BR> <BR> So I've been reading a lot of articles my personal trainer has been posting on Facebook. <BR> <BR> They all go like this: Oh My God, Ladies, Shut Up And Strength Train. <BR> <BR> Now it's my turn. <BR> <BR> I hate Hate HATE hearing/reading/learning about women who think that they shouldn't/don't need to strength train. If you fall ... Wed, 1 May 2013 18:21:14 EST My Absolutely Terrible Free Training Experience http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5318274 I know you are all dying to hear about my job and why I've been working so very much, but that'll be later. <BR> <BR> So I mentioned this in my last blog, but I really need to let it known how awful this experience was. <BR> <BR> I told my YMCA trainer, and he just about died from laughter. <BR> <BR> Also of note: for those of you thinking that I might be "too experienced" for a trainer, let me tell you a little secret--no one has ever learned enough of anything. There is always more to le... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 11:03:59 EST Gym Blog: My Temp Job http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5310511 "Gym Blog" is a "series" that I'm running where I type my blogs out on my phone while working out at the gym. <BR> <BR> Today, I am getting my free training session at the gym I just joined by work. They're clearly trying to sell me on purchasing training sessions but, frankly, I'm poor and uninterested. But free is free! This blog I'm typing while I'm doing a fifteen minute warm up, so it will have to be short! <BR> <BR> Work has been AWESOME. I am the temp administrative assistant in a r... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 18:40:09 EST Gym Blog: A FitBit One Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5309266 I might start a series of "Gym Blogs," blogs I write on my phone while at the gym while working out. Goodness knows, I don't have time otherwise. <BR> <BR> I will write about my temp job, but maybe later this week. However, it's been pretty great and I'm pretty happy doing this. I hope it's something I can do long term. Buy more on that another time. <BR> <BR> What I DO want to blog about today is my new FitBit. I've had my FitBit One for a bit over a week now, and definitely have formed ... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 19:02:24 EST Temp Job and Fitbit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5297980 So I promised yesterday that I would post a blog about how my first day went... <BR> <BR> But then yesterday I hit the gym, then I hit Costco, Best Buy, Target, Michael's, Jimmy John's for (late) lunch, Giant, then rushed home to unload purchases and quickly clean the apartment because Boyfriend decided to invite his parents over for dinner for 5...and he invited them at 4 when we were having our late lunch. <BR> <BR> That dummy. <BR> <BR> Then visiting with Boyfriend's parents and dinner,... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 08:14:54 EST The Most Overdue of all Updates http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5295190 So... <BR> <BR> Er.... <BR> <BR> Hey guys... <BR> <BR> *Shuffles feet* <BR> <BR> Ah... <BR> <BR> Well, this is awkward... <BR> <BR> Um...How are you? <BR> <BR> Oh, that's great! Yeah, it's totally cool to see you all working so hard! You've made progress--so awesome! Way to go? And you guys who've been struggling--yeah, I know that feel, bro. But way to keep accountable! You guys are so great. <BR> <BR> Oh, me? Ah, well, I'm, well, it's been a while, huh? <BR> <BR> So February 14, I ... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 15:31:23 EST Update ALL the Things! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5238309 HOLY GOODNESS I have been so busy. <BR> <BR> I am, no joke, typing up this post on my phone at the gym because I am THAT BUSY. <BR> <BR> SO, major points to cover: <BR> <BR> 1.) NEW JOB (!!!): New job is, well, okay. Depending. The honeymoon ended that first week. Long story short, I work for a micromanager who isn't entirely familiar with what my job entails, so she's trying to train me, but when someone from the other center comes in to train me I find out that I've been learning it wr... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 07:48:32 EST Car Stress (Please Help!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5206305 With about twenty minutes before I gotta dash off to my NEW JOB (!!!), I wanted to repost my status update in blog form. <BR> <BR> I am almost in the market to buy a new car. I currently drive a fifteen year old Toyota Camry with over 193,000 miles on it. While I have been very happy with it, I'm thinking of going for something just a bit smaller. <BR> <BR> I am looking for a sedan (though I will consider a coupe) that is safe, reliable, reasonably priced, and offers good gas mileage. With ... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 09:04:36 EST NEWLY HIRED ON A BIG GIRL JOB! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5196694 ***Typed up on my phone while working out at the gym, so I bet this is loaded with errors!*** <BR> <BR> December 2011: Depressed with an overly stressful job and heart palpitations, I quit teaching. While I knew it was the right thing to do, I was heartbroken--my lifelong dream had come to an end. <BR> <BR> February 2012: Applied ad began working as a tutor at a learning center. I was nervous at first, but quickly discovered that it was nothing like teaching--it was significantly better. ... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 10:11:07 EST I am an Introvert: a Confession Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5192744 Okay, okay, okay... I am publicly admitting to something that I've not been wanting to admit to myself for a while. I finally told my boyfriend a couple of nights ago, and now I am sharing here. <BR> <BR> I am an introvert. <BR> <BR> THERE. I said it. And, okay, I realize that most of you think this is the biggest non-deal ever, that it doesn't matter, and what's wrong with being an introvert anyways? (To answer your question: nothing.) My boyfriend's response was, "Yeah. This isn't news. Y... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 09:09:52 EST Yeah, Okay, I'll do This A to Z Thing (stolen from ADARKARA & NIKKICOLE83) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5186251 A - Available or Married: Not married, but not available. <BR> <BR> B - Book: "Born on a Blue Day" by Daniel Tammet (an autobiography by a phenomenal autistic savant). <BR> <BR> C - Cake or Pie? Depends on the type. If I'm given the choice between my mom's black forest cake or my mom's chocolate pecan pie, I really don't know what I'd do. <BR> <BR> D - Drink of Choice: TEATEATEATEATEATEATEATEATEATEA(I like tea no sugar please kthxbai) <BR> <BR> E - Essential Item: Phone--it has everyth... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 13:30:26 EST Why New Year's Resolutions are Dumb (and Why it's Cool if You do Them Anyways) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5183440 Whenever there is a birthday, I make the same joke: <BR> <BR> "So, how's it feel to turn a WHOLE YEAR OLDER overnight?" <BR> <BR> This is because YESTERDAY we were "24," but NOW we're "25" because THIS was the day we were born, and so now we are SO MUCH OLDER. It's not like it took a WHOLE YEAR to get there, or something. <BR> <BR> It's the same thing with a New Year. I mean, I'm always down for a party, but the only things a New Year means is we'll all screw up writing down the date for a... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 09:50:01 EST "No rum balls for you.You are on a diet" and Other Lies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5178476 Recognize the title to this blog? You may have read this blog this morning: <BR> <BR> "No rum balls for you.You are on a diet" and cookies in the disposal..Xmas maintenance <BR> -KANOE10 <BR> <BR> I have to be honest, when I read that line, even in my super-tired-don't-wanna-go-to-work state of existence, I was slightly enraged. And not at Kanoe, but at what I knew I was going to read. And while it wasn't QUITE what I expected, it still fit the bill: <BR> <BR> "One of my co-workers prides ... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 07:44:06 EST Modeling Photos Sneak Peak! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5164766 I was just so excited I had to share! It's only two so far, but here are two watermarked images from my photoshoot last Saturday! <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2034218116.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1048298547.jpg"> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 20:38:33 EST Gettin' Ready for Christmas (Pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5160934 For the first time ever, I have my own Christmas tree. <BR> <BR> And by "I," I mean Boyfriend and I. We have our own Christmas tree. <BR> <BR> So let me tell you the story of this debacle. <BR> <BR> Apparently, Boyfriend and I come from different backgrounds when it comes to Christmas. In my family, we each have special ornaments we place on the tree. The kids each have one we received when we were born, and my parents have ornaments they purchased together on their honeymoon. They're spe... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 09:57:42 EST My Damsel in This Dress Haul! (Pics!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5153381 So there is this little company called Damsel in This Dress. <BR> <BR> Here is her Etsy shop: <link>www.etsy.com/shop/damselinthisdress?<BR>ref=em# </link> <BR> <BR> The owner designs beautiful corsets and accompanying pieces with the purpose to make every woman feel beautiful and confident in her own body. <BR> <BR> Well, on Black Friday she had a Grab Bag sale. There were four levels and two tiers to each level. Each level contained a corset, but you could choose between an under or... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 10:01:33 EST More on my Training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5152298 True Story: I am becoming friends with my trainer. <BR> <BR> This has everything to do with the fact that we are both giant nerds who love swing dancing and rock climbing. He was going to be my ride to dance last night until my body was all, "HEY! REMEMBER THAT TIME YOU WERE A WOMAN? HERE IS SOME CRAMPING AND BLOATING FOR YA! AND A HEADACHE TO MATCH, LOL!" <BR> <BR> It's okay, though--it was a band night and I hate going to band nights. EVERYBODY comes out when a band is there, so there is ... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 07:28:14 EST When I Quit Teaching http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5146982 Fifty-two weeks ago today I did my daily routine. <BR> <BR> I woke up at 5:00. Pulled myself out of bed. Turned on my computer and opened up my webcomics. I pulled out a Yoplait yogurt from the fridge while I read them. I only ate a spoonful or two. <BR> <BR> I hadn't eaten breakfast in months. I felt too sick, too sad in the morning to eat. <BR> <BR> I thought about how for each day of Thanksgiving break I cried, dreading the return to school. <BR> <BR> It had to stop. I knew that I ... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 10:57:55 EST Thoughts on Thanksgiving Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5143238 If you are familiar with the musical "Fiddler on the Roof," then there is one song that probably popped into your head the moment you read the words "Fiddler" and "Roof." I am, of course, talking about the opening sequence, that powerful, joyous number where Tevye informs the audience of the most important thing a people can have--tradition. He explains the traditions of his religion and of his people, why they have them, what they mean, the importance those traditions have. Everybody is fami... Thu, 22 Nov 2012 07:54:00 EST Personal Trainer! (2/3) And Progress Pics! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5142823 So today was my second personal training session. I really, really like him. Totally nerdy and, even better, I just discovered that he's learning to swing dance! His boss cut in and asked if he could stay late, to which he responded that he had dance class tonight so couldn't. I asked him if he taught or learned dance, he said he was learning. "What kind of dance?" "Lindy Hop." I got this smile on my face and (probably) gleam in my eye as I asked, "...Mobtown Ballroom?" "Yeah!" <BR> <BR> The... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 19:15:50 EST As far as I'm Concerned, I'm "Done" with Losing Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5139054 Yeah, you heard me. I'm not at my "goal" yet. I'm still at 142.5 (Wednesday I got down to 142, then was back up half a pound Saturday Morning. Stupid weight), I "only have" 2.5 lbs to go, but here's the deal. <BR> <BR> 1.) The Holiday Season for my family has started--it starts with my brother's birthday, which we celebrated last night. While I will make wiser choices about food this year other than previous years, I'm not going to give up foods because these foods are traditional in our hou... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 07:51:36 EST I Sparked Someone I've NEVER EVEN MET! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5136517 So how is this for crazy: <BR> <BR> My boyfriend texted me, "You just inspired someone to go to the gym." <BR> <BR> As much as I could hope he had meant himself, I was pretty sure that wasn't the case. "How?" I asked. <BR> <BR> Apparently one of his coworkers had asked him about me, and (apparently) the first thing Boyfriend thinks of when thinking about how his girlfriend is is how much weight she's lost. So he pulled up a picture on his phone of me in the purple dress (see my profile pi... Thu, 15 Nov 2012 15:43:12 EST Personal Trainer! (1/3) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5135614 I'm sorry I've been so out of touch recently! I am just so busy all of the time forever. <BR> <BR> The YMCA has a special deal going on--3 training sessions for $139, and it was just what I needed! Because I am super busy, I have had NO time for Body Pump. Ever since my job started (end of August), I've been going to BP for no more than once per week...if that. Sometimes I'd get lucky and be able to have another class, but for the most part I've been unable to. <BR> <BR> Which means I have... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 20:29:10 EST No, I Really do Have the Sweetest Boyfriend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5125746 I always sleep with my phone under my pillow. I don't really know why. I think it's because when the alarm goes off it's easier for me to find it because it's RIGHT BEHIND MY HEAD. Also, to help mute it so it doesn't wake up Boyfriend. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was running around between work and errands all day. I was exhausted by the end of the day, and Boyfriend decided it was my bedtime (despite it not even being 9:00). I was out like a light pretty fast. <BR> <BR> So at what point did my b... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 06:12:48 EST Is This the Weight I'm Meant to Be? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5125020 I realize I can't say I'm in a plateau. Not really. I realize that people have been in plateaus for longer than I've been actively trying to lose weight (almost five months now). I realize I'm at a great weight. <BR> <BR> However, I came up with 140 lbs as my "magic number," and not losing weight for three weeks is frustrating. I'm tired of eating 1300-1750. I'm tired of working so hard to lose to not lose a thing. I'm just...tired of trying to lose weight. So I've been wondering... Maybe th... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 14:44:32 EST Massive Picture Update: Boyfriend's Birthday and Wedding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5123710 Well, here it is--the update I've been meaning to post for ages. <BR> <BR> Part I: Boyfriend's Birthday <BR> <BR> So Boyfriend's Birthday was October 15th, a Monday. The week before I was already preparing. Wednesday before, I made meatballs from scratch, my mother's recipe. <BR> <BR> Of course, I had to make them proper--frying them in olive oil: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l60536033.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I wanted to bake his cake from scratch. His favorite is... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 14:50:57 EST This Belongs Right.... Here. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5122629 I FOUND THIS ON THE INTERNET. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l463549646.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I just felt the urgent need to share it with you all. <BR> <BR> We're all in this together. We are all strong and beautiful because we are working so hard to reach our goals. It doesn't matter what society says about us, or what our peers might think--we are healthy, strong, and beautiful. <BR> <BR> Eat right. Move often. Live. <BR> <BR> I hope you all have a beautiful we... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 15:22:25 EST The Lives of Many SHOULD Outweigh the Ambitions of a Few http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5120533 So you may have heard--this crazy hurricane came through te East Coast and decimated the Northeast. It's kind of a big deal. The death toll is currently 78 in the US (so, not counting the damage it did in the Carrabean. The Atlantic City boardwalk is completely torn apart. The New York subway system is drowned. Thousands are without power. People are suffering and they need help. <BR> <BR> LOLOLOLOLOL SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS BUT, LIKE, THERE IS THIS MARATHON AND WE GOTTA RUN IT DESPITE PARTS OF... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 16:56:09 EST The Only Political Post I'll Ever Write http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5113830 Just a quick post, but it's really important. <BR> <BR> DEAR AMERICANS: <BR> <BR> I don't want to share my views. I don't want to hear your views (unless you post them on your own page.) <BR> <BR> I don't want to talk about the issues. I don't want to talk about who's right/wrong, who's the worst liar, which laws we should create/change. <BR> <BR> But I do want to make this one statement. <BR> <BR> If you are at least 18, and are registered to vote, for the love of all the goodness in t... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 15:05:39 EST Dresses! (With Pics!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5094858 In what little spare time I have, here is a blog about dress shopping! <BR> <BR> So it started a few weeks ago when Boyfriend and I took the day off from Faire. I really, really needed the rest, and Boyfriend was relieved that I would take a break for one day. Not to mention we could get chores done! So I went to work (tutoring) Saturday morning, then came back and went to the mall for some minor shopping. I'd purchased two bras at a local lingerie boutique, but they were expensive and I did... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 06:38:34 EST That Awkward Moment--A Sleepy Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5094598 1.) That awkward moment when you have a great work out at the gym, then realize you forgot your soap and shampoo at home, but somehow remembered your towel. So you just use the all-purpose soap the gym (thankfully) provides in the showers instead. (Yes, Lynsey--I remembered my underwear!) <BR> <BR> 2.) That OTHER awkward moment when you are cuddling with your boyfriend only to be suddenly woken up by said boyfriend as he sticks your nighttime pill in your mouth--the one you're supposed to ta... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 22:10:51 EST The World isn't Red and Green http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5090933 I have a slew of blogs I need to post, mostly about clothes and fun things. <BR> <BR> But once I categorize them from most to least important, this blog comes first. <BR> <BR> We all understand that the world isn't black and white, right? There are grey areas, there are complications, there are things that are okay SOMETIMES, but not ALL the time. <BR> <BR> So why is it so difficult to accept that the same goes for food? There aren't "green" foods that we should eat more of and "red" foods... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 08:16:01 EST Schedule This Week 10/4 - 10/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5086114 Thursday: Wake up 5:30. Finish prepping crock-pot recipe. Leave by 6:35, at work by 7. Separate clothes for laundry, get a load started. Hopefully get another load started just before taking kids to school. Hit grocery store for ingredients for their dinner tonight. Get back, make marinade for dinner, possibly get another load in, hit the gym. Head back, finish prepping dinner along with laundry and dishes. If I have time, hit the bra store before picking the kids up for a strapless bra for m... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 06:21:16 EST Another Apology and Faux Latte http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5080213 Here is another apology for "I'M NEVER AROUND I'M SOOOOO SORRY." <BR> <BR> Even on my "day off" that I took yesterday, I still had time for NOTHING. But that will be for another blog. I still have no time and need to pack a lunch, get in garb, and go to Faire for work today, but I DID want to share my Faux Latte recipe with those you were interested. <BR> <BR> Firstly, I stole from this: <BR> <link>www.thekitchn.com/diy-pumpkin-spice-<BR>latte-96277 </link> <BR> <BR> Then this is what ... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 06:25:48 EST Naughty Naughty Me... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5076295 As I sit here drinking my Coke Zero (don't worry--I had 9 cups of water today, so I'm not under!), I am slightly regretting my dinner choices. <BR> <BR> But only slightly. <BR> <BR> Boyfriend ACTUALLY CAME HOME EARLY. They thought they had been scheduled for the full week for testing, but found out that they were only scheduled for M-W, so they came home after testing today. He'll probably have to go back next week for a few more days, but I'll take it! And he was really craving something..... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 20:51:55 EST Still Here--Promise! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5074571 I realize I've not been as active lately. Having three jobs and working seven days a week will do that to you! <BR> <BR> THREE JOBS! Why, yes! FT M-F, tutoring Saturday morning, and working Renn Faire all day Sunday. In between those three jobs, I'm planning, prepping, and cooking meals, doing laundry, going to the gym, and (somehow) sleeping! <BR> <BR> So the social aspect of SP has become less important in my life. I DO try to keep up with my newsfeed, reading your status updates and blog... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 14:57:29 EST This? This is Not Okay. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5067330 While he is sleeping soundly in bed, Boyfriend does not realize that we have a very serious talk coming up. <BR> <BR> Very serious. <BR> <BR> How many blankets am I allowed to have on the bed now that it is colder? <BR> <BR> True story: I hate cold. Absolutely cannot stand it. You know that feeling you get when someone you really, REALLY dislike comes by, that sort of dreading feeling, where you also want them to screw something up so you can feel even more vindicated for disliking them? W... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 05:56:45 EST Failure is Not an Option http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5064767 Hey, remember that time that I was super peppy, enthusiastic, full of "spark," and totally gung-ho about living healthy? <BR> <BR> Yeah, I miss that. <BR> <BR> I don't know what's gotten into me, lately, but everything health-related is getting less and less invigorating. I mean, even the spark-wheel--I've been getting 2/3 points for my daily spin and 5 for my bonus spins for about a week now! <BR> <BR> Everything is just sort of <em>24</em> . <BR> <BR> I'm tired and disinterested in ... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 11:13:34 EST