CLAREBEARSTARE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CLAREBEARSTARE CLAREBEARSTARE'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/ Tonsss of updates! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5253539 Wow, I didn't realize how long it's been since I've blogged! I've been around, but life gets hectic and it's hard to post. I've been a member of Spark for over two years now and I haven't been perfect and like most of us I've fallen off the wagon a few times. However, I am proud to say that I've lost 40lbs and kept it off since being here! <BR> <BR> I got a new job this past year and it's one of the reasons I haven't been keeping up with my blogging/tracking, but it's also been my excuse fo... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 11:36:20 EST One Year Ago.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4403346 One year ago I took the first steps towards a healthier lifestyle. Last year on August 1st I realized that I had, had enough. My weight was out of control, my eating habits were out of control, and the word exercise wasn't even in my vocabulary. On August 2nd I took one of the scariest steps a overweight person takes, joining a gym. I was going to be in my friends wedding in October and I got my dress and it wouldn't even zip. I knew if I didn't get myself in a gym I would never fit in my dre... Tue, 2 Aug 2011 21:45:14 EST M.I.A. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4364347 Well, I haven't exactly been M.I.A. I've only been getting on Spark to log my workouts and foods. However, I have been a horrible blogger lately! I've been so busy with work and everything I just haven't had the time to sit down and write about everything. I have been doing pretty well though, still hitting the gym 4-5 times a week, still tracking everything, still drinking lots of water, and still down to one diet soda or less a week. I even was able to kick my lemonade problem. I switched t... Fri, 15 Jul 2011 10:46:24 EST Day Thirty Two: 100 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4338664 So, yesterday was craaazy! We were planning on a family cookout with my boyfriend's family. When I got up yesterday it was completely dark and rainy out so pretty much everyone decided to bail on the whole cooking out thing. So, his mom called and asked if we were still planning on being there because she needed to get groceries. I figured we may as well go, because it's rare that he ever gets a Saturday off, plus he doesn't get a chance to visit his grandma very often. So, we said we'd go an... Sun, 3 Jul 2011 11:25:36 EST Day Thirty One: 100 Day Challenge (New Goals) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4336291 Wow, I'm on my fourth set of goals I can't believe how quickly this challenge is rolling by! So, here are my new goals for the next ten days. <BR> <BR> 7/1 <BR> <BR> 1. Go to the gym 5x per week DONE <BR> 2. Strength train 3-4x per week DONE <BR> 3. Swim 5x per week DONE <BR> 4. Use the treadmill 3x per week DONE <BR> 5. Drink at least 32 ounces of water per day DONE <BR> 6. Do at least 10 minutes of light cleaning per day DONE <BR> 7. Only one diet soda or less per day DONE (N... Fri, 1 Jul 2011 22:42:07 EST Day Thirty: 100 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4335144 So, yesterday was day thirty of the 100 day challenge which means today July 1st is the start of next ten days. I need to come up with ten new goals sometime today. I'm not really sure what else I want to add. I feel like I'm I am at a pretty good place with my new lifestyle. I've finally figured out a way to make everything in my life fit, lol. I used to have such a horrible time balancing out my schedule. Ever since I started the 100 day Challenge it's really helped me with going to bed ear... Fri, 1 Jul 2011 11:32:04 EST Day Twenty Nine: 100 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4332620 I had such a hard time getting out of bed yesterday. It was pretty sad because I got up and then was trying to find excuses to go back to bed. I spent like five minutes talking myself out of going back. After all of the talking myself out of it I was actually awake, lol! It makes me realize that I am the only one that holds me back! <BR> <BR> 06/29 <BR> <BR> 1. Go to the gym 5x per week Done <BR> 2. Swim 5x per week Done <BR> 3. Use the treadmill at least 2x per week Done <BR> 4. Strength t... Thu, 30 Jun 2011 10:49:44 EST Day Twenty Eight: 100 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4330390 First off I want to start by saying thanks so much for all of the wonderful Birthday wishes yesterday. I definitely had an amazing birthday, my boyfriend made sure of that. We went out with his family on Friday, he had a surprise party for me on Sunday, and then yesterday when I got back from the gym he had roses and a giraffe plush (I'm obsessed with giraffes) waiting for me. Plus, apparently he has my "real" gift coming in the mail. I have no clue how he could possibly top everything he's a... Wed, 29 Jun 2011 11:03:33 EST Day Twenty Seven: 100 Day Challenge / Happy Birthday to me! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4327981 So, I've pretty much decided to just start doing these the day after, because I'm terrible at blogging at night, lol. The good thing is I'm choosing to go to bed early instead of blogging. I think it's a good trade lol. I'm going to keep this short because I need to get my butt to the gym. Then I'm going to spend the day celebrating my birthday with my boyfriend, I have no clue what he has planned for me! lol <BR> <BR> 06/27 <BR> 1. Go to the gym 5x per week Done <BR> 2. Swim 5x per week D... Tue, 28 Jun 2011 11:02:45 EST Day Twenty Six: 100 Day Challenge/Early Birthday Surprise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4325419 So, I should start this by saying I've never had a surprise party in my life. My family is wonderful, but they aren't really surprise or party type people. I mean I've been picking out my own Birthday/Christmas gifts since junior high, lol. So, when Eric surprised me yesterday I was totally shocked. First of all he told me "Don't worry about dinner I've got it covered." Which I was totally fine with, lol anytime I don't have to cook is a good day for me haha! I just assumed he was taking me o... Mon, 27 Jun 2011 10:08:44 EST Day Twenty Five: 100 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4323529 I seem to always be a day late posting these, lol but I suppose it's better late than never right? <BR> <BR> 06/25 <BR> <BR> 1. Go to the gym 5x per week Done for the week! <BR> 2. Swim 5x per week Done for the week! <BR> 3. Use the treadmill at least 2x per week Done for the week! <BR> 4. Strength train 3-4x per week Done for the week! <BR> 5. Drink 40 oz of water per day I only had about 24 oz <BR> 6. Try relaxation techniques 1x a day Done!! :) <BR> 7. Track all nutrition, fitness... Sun, 26 Jun 2011 11:36:17 EST Day Twenty Four: 100 Day Challenge (Who Knew I Had Such Willpower!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4321921 So, yesterday was the whole Birthday dinner for myself and Erin at Cheesecake Factory. I really just wanted to skip out on the whole thing, because I didn't want to be faced with so much temptation. However, I knew my boyfriend wouldn't go without me and I know how much his mom wanted to get the three brothers together for a dinner so I caved. I've been over the menu a million times since they decided on the restaurant. They have huge menu it's so unfocused and none of the food is really wort... Sat, 25 Jun 2011 12:29:13 EST Day Twenty Three: 100 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4319198 Feeling much better today, thank you all for the well wishes! :) Just want to post a quick blog before heading to bed! Hope everyone is well!! :) <BR> <BR> 6/23 <BR> <BR> 1. Go to the gym 5x per week Done! <BR> 2. Swim 5x per week Done! <BR> 3. Use the treadmill at least 2x per week Done!! <BR> 4. Strength train 3-4x per week Done! <BR> 5. Drink 40 oz of water per day Done! <BR> 6. Try relaxation techniques 1x a day Done!! :) <BR> 7. Track all nutrition, fitness, and all other goals daily D... Fri, 24 Jun 2011 01:07:09 EST Day Twenty Two: 100 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4316844 Not feeling to good tonight so I'm going to make this quick and head to bed! Hope you are all doing well!! :) <BR> <BR> 6/22 <BR> <BR> 1. Go to the gym 5x per week Done! <BR> 2. Swim 5x per week Done! <BR> 3. Use the treadmill at least 2x per week Done!! <BR> 4. Strength train 3-4x per week Done! <BR> 5. Drink 40 oz of water per day Done! <BR> 6. Try relaxation techniques 1x a day Done!! :) <BR> 7. Track all nutrition, fitness, and all other goals daily Done <BR> 8. Tidy the house a little ... Thu, 23 Jun 2011 00:10:24 EST Day Twenty One: 100 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4314265 6/21 <BR> <BR> 1. Go to the gym 5x per week Done! <BR> 2. Swim 5x per week Done! <BR> 3. Use the treadmill at least 2x per week Done!! <BR> 4. Strength train 3-4x per week Done! <BR> 5. Drink 40 oz of water per day Done! <BR> 6. Try relaxation techniques 1x a day Done!! :) <BR> 7. Track all nutrition, fitness, and all other goals daily Done <BR> 8. Tidy the house a little each day and clean up the dishes everyday Done <BR> 9. Only weigh-in once a week So far so good! <BR> 10. Cook mea... Tue, 21 Jun 2011 21:54:50 EST Day Ninteen/Day Twenty: 100 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4310356 6/19 <BR> 1. Go to the Gym 5x per Week: Done <BR> 2. Swim 5x per Week: Done <BR> 3. Use the Treadmill, Bike, or Arc Trainer 3x per week: Done <BR> 4. Strength Train 3-4x per week: Done <BR> 5. Drink 40 Ounces of Water Per Day: Done 40 Ounces! <BR> 6. Spend atleast 10 mins. Cleaning each Day: Done! <BR> 7. Track Calories, Fitness, Strength, and All Other Goals Daily: Done! <BR> 8. Blog Daily: Not Done :( <BR> 9. Finish Reading "The Spark": Done reading a chapter before bed <BR> 10. Do All Plan... Mon, 20 Jun 2011 11:02:31 EST Annoyed (Yes, there will be ranting lol) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4308244 I wanted to post a blog and vent some of my frustrations, because no one around here can seem to relate to how I feel. So, my birthday is coming up here in a week or so (June 28th) and coincidentally my boyfriend's brother's wife's birthday is the exact same day, and his grandfather who recently passed his birthday was the same day as well. So, Eric's mom always wants to take everyone out to dinner for their birthdays and because mine and Erin's are on the same day she wants to take us togeth... Sun, 19 Jun 2011 11:09:35 EST Day Seventeen/Eighteen: 100 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4308191 Okay, so I've been terrible about keeping up with my blogs for this set of ten days. Funny how when blogging wasn't on my set of goals I did it everyday just fine, lol. I'm not going to get too down on myself though, because I've been keeping up with the really important goals. :) <BR> <BR> 1. Go to the Gym 5x per Week: Done <BR> 2. Swim 5x per Week: Done <BR> 3. Use the Treadmill, Bike, or Arc Trainer 3x per week: Done <BR> 4. Strength Train 3-4x per week: Done <BR> 5. Drink 40 Ounces of W... Sun, 19 Jun 2011 10:39:38 EST Day Sixteen: 100 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4304032 I had suuch a tough time getting my butt out of the house to work out today. I have no idea why I fight myself so much sometimes. I know that if I don't get up and go I will be kicking myself alll day, yet I still fight lol. I finally pushed through the laziness and had a great workout! I actually upped my treadmill speed by a few points and it felt really awesome to be able to do that! :) <BR> <BR> 06/16 <BR> 1. Go to the Gym 5x per Week: Done <BR> 2. Swim 5x per Week: Done <BR> 3. Use the ... Fri, 17 Jun 2011 00:30:40 EST Day Fifteen: 100 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4301830 06/15 <BR> <BR> 06/14 <BR> 1. Go to the Gym 5x per Week: Done <BR> 2. Swim 5x per Week: Done <BR> 3. Use the Treadmill, Bike, or Arc Trainer 3x per week: Done <BR> 4. Strength Train 3-4x per week: Done <BR> 5. Drink 40 Ounces of Water Per Day: Done 40 Ounces! <BR> 6. Spend atleast 10 mins. Cleaning each Day: Done! <BR> 7. Track Calories, Fitness, Strength, and All Other Goals Daily: Done! <BR> 8. Blog Daily: Done! <BR> 9. Finish Reading "The Spark": Done reading a chapter before bed <BR> 10.... Thu, 16 Jun 2011 01:39:02 EST Day Fourteen: 100 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4300212 I'm not doing so good with keeping these blog posts lately. Work has been a bit stressful because of a few deadlines I've been trying to make. I was going to post before bed last night, but I figured getting in bed early was more important, so I decided to post this morning before heading to the gym. I've been doing pretty well with most of my goals, I think the only one I haven't been doing well with is the blogging everyday goal, lol. <BR> <BR> 06/14 <BR> 1. Go to the Gym 5x per Week: Don... Wed, 15 Jun 2011 10:57:26 EST Day Thirteen: 100 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4296863 Not too much to report today, just a typical Monday! It's always a little rough heading back to the gym after the weekend, but I drug myself there lol. I decided to do a nice long swim today. I've been watching videos about water aerobics so that I can get the most out of my pool time. I love swimming so much I've been doing it everyday. On Mondays and Fridays I swim anywhere from an hour to hour and a half and then strength train. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursday I swim for a half hour ... Mon, 13 Jun 2011 21:50:27 EST Day Twelve: 100 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4295477 Okay, I know I'm a day late posting this, but better late than never! :) <BR> <BR> 06/12 <BR> 1. Go to the Gym 5x per Week: Done <BR> 2. Swim 5x per Week: Done <BR> 3. Use the Treadmill, Bike, or Arc Trainer 3x per week: Done <BR> 4. Strength Train 3-4x per week: Done <BR> 5. Drink 40 Ounces of Water Per Day: Done 40 Ounces! <BR> 6. Spend atleast 10 mins. Cleaning each Day: Done! <BR> 7. Track Calories, Fitness, Strength, and All Other Goals Daily: Done! <BR> 8. Blog Daily: Missed that one ... Mon, 13 Jun 2011 10:59:21 EST Day Eleven: 100 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4292732 06/11 <BR> <BR> 1. Go to the Gym 5x per Week: Done <BR> 2. Swim 5x per Week: Done <BR> 3. Use the Treadmill, Bike, or Arc Trainer 3x per week: Done <BR> 4. Strength Train 3-4x per week: Done <BR> 5. Drink 40 Ounces of Water Per Day: Done 48 Ounces! <BR> 6. Spend atleast 10 mins. Cleaning each Day: Done! <BR> 7. Track Calories, Fitness, Strength, and All Other Goals Daily: Done! <BR> 8. Blog Daily: Doing Now, lol <BR> 9. Finish Reading "The Spark": Done reading a chapter before bed <BR> 10... Sat, 11 Jun 2011 23:25:53 EST Day Ten: 100 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4291840 Okay, day ten was actually yesterday 06/10/11 but I didn't get time to write a blog last night. My brother who now lives in Japan was online so I stayed up and talked to him instead of blogging. So, yesterday was the end of the first ten days of the 100 Day Challenge. So, today I start the next ten days with my next ten goals. First here are my stats for Day 10: <BR> <BR> 06/10 <BR> <BR> 1. One diet soda or less per day: DONE! No Soda <BR> 2. Drink at least 32 ounces of water each day: DON... Sat, 11 Jun 2011 12:31:44 EST Day Nine: 100 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4289121 This is going to be short and sweet, because I'm sleepy! lol Hope you all are having a awesome week!! :) <BR> <BR> 06/09 <BR> <BR> 1. One diet soda or less per day: DONE! Half of a Diet Dr. Pepper <BR> 2. Drink at least 32 ounces of water each day: DONE! 32 Ounces <BR> 3. Workout at the Gym 4-5 days per week DONE! <BR> 4. Do at least ten minutes of light cleaning each day: DONE! Did the dishes a <BR> 5. Track all food and fitness minutes on Spark each day: DONE! <BR> 6. Do strength train... Fri, 10 Jun 2011 00:21:27 EST Day Eight: 100 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4286674 Today was an extremely stressful and mildly crappy day, lol. I woke up at like 5:00 am and my stomach and my side was aching. I kept me up for a few hours, because the pain was so intense. I finally laid back down and slept for a few more hours. I felt a bit better after sleeping a bit longer, but I wasn't sure if I was going to make it to the gym today. I finally decided that I would go and just swim. So, I got in the pool for about 80 minutes and decided to head back home after that. I'm fe... Wed, 8 Jun 2011 22:47:06 EST Day Seven: 100 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4284364 I can't believe I am already on day seven of this challenge. I think these hundred days are going to zoom by! I hope I can keep my momentum as strong as it is now during the first ten days! I went to the gym this morning and did another swim, I can't believe I put it off for so long! The water was a little chilly at first, but after I started swimming it felt awesome! After I got out of the pool and dried off I decided to get on the treadmill for a bit. So, I got on the treadmill, set the tim... Tue, 7 Jun 2011 22:43:59 EST Day Six: 100 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4282224 Wow, it's day six already! Which means the first ten days will be over this coming Friday! I haven't decided what my next ten goals will be. I think many of them will stay the same, but I will be making a few changes here and there. Since setting the first ten days I've been doing really well with my water intake. I have a water bottle that I pretty much carry around everywhere now. I've cut down one diet pop or less a day, usually I drink half a can and give the rest to my boyfriend. I've al... Tue, 7 Jun 2011 00:53:23 EST I DID IT! =) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4281013 This is just going to be a quick blog entry, but I couldn't contain my excitement! I went to the gym and I got in the pool! I swam for about 45 minutes and it was so great! I've always loved the water, but never really had anywhere to swim except mom and dads house (but they live 3 hours away). I liked it soo much that I'm going to start making it part of my daily regiment! I'm going to start swimming for about 30 minutes a day before I do my normal cardio routine! :) Mon, 6 Jun 2011 15:18:43 EST Day Five: 100 Day Challenge/ Taking the Plunge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4279649 Today was uneventful and it was a nice quiet weekend. The boyfriend was at work all weekend so I tried to utilize my time with cleaning, homework, and filling orders. Saturday I was super productive, but today I was a bit all over the place. I hate when I'm so distracted, I'll go from working on one thing and bounce around to another, but never getting done the things I really need to do. I try to keep myself in check and focused, but some times it's hard to do. <BR> <BR> As for my statemen... Mon, 6 Jun 2011 00:51:14 EST Day Four: 100 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4276936 All is pretty quiet on the home front today. I've reached my fitness minutes for the week, so I decided to spend the weekend catching up on housework, homework, and filling my Etsy orders. I've finished my finals, wrote a final paper for one class, did the laundry, did the dishes, and now I'm getting ready to fill my Etsy orders. It's been a pretty productive Saturday for me so far! :) Later I think I'm going to run to Target, because they have beach towels on sale and I want to buy a few for... Sat, 4 Jun 2011 15:03:27 EST Day Three: 100 Day Challenge / Taking Chances http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4275983 Day three of the 100 Day Challenge went along pretty smoothly. I got up early and hit the gym so that I could get home early and have a date day with my boyfriend. We both stay so busy most of the time, so we try to set aside some time for each other. I've been incorporating some more active stuff for us to do to get us out and moving. I have him playing tennis with me now which is a blast (even though we are terrible!). It's still quite fun and it gives me a great workout! Today we decided t... Sat, 4 Jun 2011 00:14:45 EST Day Two: 100 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4273919 Day two started off a little rough and it started early. Now I'm not sure how many of you out there live in apartments, but those of you who do you know how annoying your neighbors can sometimes be. I've lived here for almost three years now and when I moved in I had great neighbors! They were all quite and respectful, but over time most of those neighbors moved out. Now, we are the lucky folks who are sandwiched between the bottom and top floor, so we have noise coming from all angles! Our d... Fri, 3 Jun 2011 00:45:22 EST Day One: 100 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4271428 Today was the official start date for the 100 Day Challenge, and I'm happy to report it's starting off very well! :) Today was the second day that I've gotten up early and every time I hear that alarm go off I get so angry, lol. I've had to set up an alarm clock on the opposite side of the room, I was having too many issues when it was beside my bed. I would either wake up early and turn it off completely or I would simply let it go off and then turn it off and roll right back over. By putti... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 23:25:31 EST Pre 100 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4268540 The 100 Day Challenge officially starts tomorrow, but I decided to start a day early! I have been so bad about getting to the gym, doing strength training, and going to bed/ getting up on time. This challenge is really helping me kick things up a notch! I added all ten of my goals to my "other goals" tracker and I've printed out my goal chart to hang on the fridge. <BR> <BR> 5/30 <BR> <BR> 1. One diet soda or less per day: DONE! One Diet Dr. Pepper <BR> 2. Drink at least 32 ounces of wate... Tue, 31 May 2011 21:55:31 EST What's for dinner? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4267240 Oh, the age old question that I always have trouble answering. I try to keep experimenting with new recipes to keep it fresh. However, I am running out of new ideas lately! So, here is my question: "What's for dinner?" I would love to hear some of your favorite healthy dinner recipes! :) Tue, 31 May 2011 11:24:12 EST 100 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4258982 I have decided to participate in yet another challenge, lol. I feel like being involved helps keep me motivated and holds me accountable for my actions. The newest challenge I will be participating in is called the 100 day challenge. Here is how it works there are 10 sets of 10 days in this challenge. You decide on ten goals for your ten days and you can reward yourself at the end of the ten days if you do well. Now I'm not exactly a Spark veteran or anything but I will have been here for a y... Fri, 27 May 2011 00:40:52 EST I Survived! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4254657 Okay, saying "I survived" is a bit dramatic, lol. However, my mother in law wanted to take us out to lunch today. She's been wanting to take us to Red Lobster for a while now and we all had the day off so we figured why not? Of course I like to be prepared no matter where or what I'm eating. Especially, when it comes to eating out, because something that seems like it wouldn't be too bad for you can really surprise you! Speaking of which they have a dessert called "Chocolate Wave". It looked ... Wed, 25 May 2011 02:19:43 EST Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4252323 So, I'm onto week three of the Fourth of July BLC and sadly I didn't lose any weight this week. I'm trying not to beat myself up, just trying to figure out why. I seem to be a little stuck, I'm counting every little calorie I consume and I'm getting in the fitness minutes. I just don't seem to be making great strides in my loss. I do realize that losing weight is more than just the number on the scale, I haven't measured myself in a while. I'm just going to try switching up my exercise and st... Tue, 24 May 2011 01:01:43 EST Finally Home! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4245831 We made it back home after a nice little mini vacation. We drove down to my parents house on Monday and stayed until Thursday. It was really great to get out of the city for a few days, they live in a small river town in Ohio. I used my phone to make sure I still tracked all of my food for those days. I didn't really "officially" exercise while down there, but I did help out with a lot of house work while we were there. Unfortunately, it was pretty rainy and overcast the entire time we were t... Fri, 20 May 2011 16:25:52 EST Day Six/Seven/Eight of the 4th of July BLC (Team: Cherry Bombs) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4236032 As you can see I'm lumping a few days together here, I've been a bit busy and haven't been able to write down everyday. No worries though, I've still been tracking and keeping everything in check. Speaking of tracking I just noticed the new updates to the food tracker here on sparkpeople. It's kind of cool, you don't have to deal with the pop up box anymore. <BR> <BR> So, today was the first weigh-in for the BLC and I only lost one pound. At first I was upset about it, but then I realized i... Mon, 16 May 2011 11:27:09 EST Day Five of the 4th of July BLC (Team: Cherry Bombs) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4231510 Hi Sparkers! Today was day five of our BLC, and I cut it pretty close on calories! I had a bit of a date day with my boyfriend. We went to dinner and a movie, I didn't go over my calories but I was right at the edge lol. Luckily I made time to squeeze in some exercise! It was a pretty fun day, I decided to cut most of my hair off. It's been so hot out, I figured it would feel much better to get it off my shoulders. I really like how it turned out, I'll post a photo at the end. :) Here are tod... Sat, 14 May 2011 01:15:17 EST Day Four of the 4th of July BLC (Team: Cherry Bombs) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4230248 <em>464</em> <em>464</em> <em>464</em> <em>464</em> <em>464</em> <em>464</em> <em>464</em> <em>464</em> <em>464</em> <em>464</em> <BR> <BR> I'm a bit late with this entry, but better late than never right? Yesterday went smoothly, it's still super humid out but Fergus and I got our walks in anyway. I'm excited because I'm finally at a point where I can find jeans that fit me. Prior to this it was really hard to find jeans to fit, now I'm able to find perfect fitting jeans at Old N... Fri, 13 May 2011 12:30:08 EST Day Three of the 4th of July BLC (Team: Cherry Bombs) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4227058 <em>289</em> <em>289</em> <em>289</em> <em>289</em> <em>289</em> <em>289</em> <em>289</em> <em>289</em> <BR> <BR> Day three went pretty smoothly, nothing to eventful. The weather here in Ohio so crazy though, last week it was quite chilly out and the last two days have been completely humid. Fergus and I took a long walk and I was burning up by the end of it, lol. Tomorrow, I have to go out and find some interesting things to shoot for class. Hopefully it won't be too hot out so I c... Thu, 12 May 2011 01:01:36 EST Day Two of the 4th of July BLC (Team: Cherry Bombs) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4224590 <em>283</em> <em>283</em> <em>283</em> <em>283</em> <em>283</em> <em>283</em> <em>283</em> <em>283</em> <BR> <BR> Well, today was day two of the Fourth of July BLC. Things are rolling along very well thus far! I've been tracking everything I eat, exercising everyday, and drinking more water. I've always struggled to drink enough water, but as of lately I actually like it. At first I just started making sure that every other thing I drink has to be water. Now, I just drink it because... Wed, 11 May 2011 01:41:38 EST Day One of the 4th of July BLC (Team: Cherry Bombs) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4223237 I am doing yet another challenge, because they tend to keep me on track to my goals. So far things are going well! <BR> <BR> First Day Stats (5/9): <BR> <BR> Starting Weight: 370.8 <BR> <BR> Nutrition <BR> Calories: 2,223 Range: 2,030 - 2,380 <BR> Fat: 54 Range: 51 - 89 <BR> Carbs: 305 Range: 256 - 370 <BR> Protein: 124 Range: 60 - 200 <BR> Water: 32 oz <BR> <BR> Fitness <BR> 45 min. walk with Fergus <BR> 15 min. heavy house cleaning <BR> <BR> Week One Goal: To lose 2-3lbs <BR> <BR... Tue, 10 May 2011 13:51:29 EST Happy Mothers Day!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4218128 <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Mothers Day to all you wonderful Spark moms out there! You ladies have the hardest job of all! :) I unfortunately couldn't make the trip home this weekend, but I've made plans to go down there in a few weeks. My boyfriends school semester will be over next week so the week after we'll be able to go down and stay for several days. It will be nice to leave the city f... Sun, 8 May 2011 11:45:35 EST Sunny Day!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4199757 After days and days of rain we finally had a nice sunny day! I was beginning to suspect that the sun was never going to come back, lol. It was quite nice, I took Fergus for a nice long walk we circled the apartment complex a few times. I think he was more tired than I was once it was done, lol! My boyfriend took me out to eat today, we went to Applebees. I did good though, I planned out everything before we went. I got a 9oz Sirloin and steamed broccoli, only 408 calories and 14 grams of fat.... Sat, 30 Apr 2011 01:55:39 EST Shoes! I need your input! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4195399 <em>331</em> <em>331</em> <em>331</em> <em>331</em> <em>331</em> <em>331</em> <BR> Well, since I started this whole journey back in August I've really put my shoes through the ringer. I'm looking into a new pair of athletic shoes, I've been looking at Nike Shox or Reebok Zigs. I was wondering what you guys wear and what you think are great to workout in? So let me know what you think! :) <BR> <BR> Also, last week when we were at the zoo we had our picture taken. I used to DESPISE full... Wed, 27 Apr 2011 23:05:29 EST