CLOEARIEL's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CLOEARIEL CLOEARIEL'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/ Down and out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720717 Whew! Just getting back into it - after some tripping (and not getting to Spark) then my laptop died (still dead, using PC at work), then two and half weeks of pneumonia - I am back. I gained some pounds back (grr) and am hitting the gym again. Thank goodness my clothes still fit anyway. <BR> <BR> I have even started working with a health coach (through work) and am keeping myself accountable. <BR> <BR> Slow and steady, slow and steady..... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 14:01:51 EST Poll - of sorts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5550662 I was at the gym last night - getting some weight training in - and was circling, and being circled, by a group - 4 men and a woman - who seemed to be helping/training each other on the machines near me. <BR> <BR> Now, I ensure to clean my face and take off my makeup before I go to the gym. I am here to get something done, not to be cute (not that I can help it lol). I feel this is the best for my skin and will keep me from looking like something that was caught in the rain when I am done.... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 11:08:11 EST Back in the game http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5550542 I am back in it! <BR> <BR> Last Tuesday I was able to mostly run the group run trail with my group at work - I did it twice - for about 4 miles. (Woo!) <BR> Then Thursday I ran my training - on an incline program (that's new) <BR> And this weekend Hubby and I biked to lunch - about 4.5 miles <BR> <BR> Tonight I am planning to run with my office group - see what kind of movement I can get going. I am also planning for an early Thrusday run as we will be visiting my MIL and won't have acc... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 08:41:27 EST Healing cont.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5544089 So hip is not as bad now - a bit sore, more like a torn muscle I guess. <BR> Ankle is better, perhaps a bit weak, but working without pain. <BR> <BR> New pain - both upper thighs - front only - are sore and hurt to use. This is causing problems as I try to walk quickly or run - as my legs complain LOUDLY when I try. I have stretched and found that the most effective stretch is the runner lunge and pigeon pose - both are very challenging and seem to hit the exact spot. I will ease into the... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 09:05:00 EST healing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5539944 I seem to have hurt myself. <BR> <BR> Since Monday after the run, my ankle, which I turned during the run, and my opposite hip have been hurting. I have put a heating pad on the ankle, and it helps while its on, but is bad again once it's cooled off. <BR> My hip - I'm not sure what to do here. Tylenol? I guess..... <BR> <BR> I am still functioning, but have not run yet this week, trying not to over do it. <BR> <BR> I really don't want a backslide at this point - I have been focused on ... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 09:03:42 EST Zombie Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538174 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l839177021.jpg"> <BR> So I finished. I was a lot slower then I thought, but not the last of my wave. <BR> There was also a lot more weaving and twisting then I thought, as I ran past the 'zombies' on my way through. Note to self - when someone chases you, you sprint. Work some sprints into training if you ever do this race again. Also note that you twist a lot, and ahave turned your ankle a number of times, so train on trails and some pa... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 10:57:03 EST Wacky Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5533723 So my hectic weekend started on Halloween - Got dressed (witch, for those wondering - stripey tights, black dress, wacky pointy hat) headed to work - was late- 4 accidents on the way - then got a call 40 minutes later - hubby had gotten in an accident. He sounded funny when he called so I hightailed it out and over to where he was waiting, with one of the other cars (three car bang-up) and the police officer. He had called the tow, the other person had called a tow and the officer was catch... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 09:21:02 EST next stage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5526343 So I picked up my running - now I am training for a 10K - while getting ready to run a 5 K in 2 weeks. <BR> <BR> Hubby and I headed to the gym got moving and I surprised myself. I saw the intervals and thought they'd be pretty doable - not picturing the small breaks and how they aren't really helping at repeat 3 and beyond. <BR> <BR> Though I did run each and all of the intervals - 10 minutes at a stretch with 1 minute walk in between. That minute FLEW by! I will still trying to breathe... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 09:37:32 EST Still here.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5525427 So this week sees a 1/2 lb loss. 0.5, not an entire pound. <BR> <BR> <BR> OK, it's still down, so that's good. I tried to be good, may have had a cocktail with a smidge of honey in it, but I did not think that would slow me down that much. I ran a lot last week too and eat well. Bother. I was hoping for just a bit more. <BR> <BR> I suppose I will have to push harder. Hopefully it's warm-ish tonight - make me gym it and focus on my speed. <BR> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 10:54:27 EST Taking it one day at a time. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523088 So last night, lovely weather again, I decided not to run. Something told me 3 days in a row might be too much. <BR> I did go for a walk though- it was beautiful. <BR> <BR> Now we come to today - I was tempted, and sucumbed, to a donut. <BR> I am now trying to figure out how to arrange the rest of my day so as to not let that ruin my day. <BR> <BR> It seems to be another lovely cool day, and so I amy run tonight - but what to have for dinner? I packed a lunch, and am at work, so am kind ... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 10:36:26 EST Becoming a runner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5522176 Yesterday I planned to hit the gym and do some ab work after I got home from work. As I was walking to my car, I was happy that the air was cooler then usual. I tried to keep my vents and windows open, but was overpowered by exhaust fumes, so I had to close up. <BR> <BR> I got home, and it was beautiful out! Sunny, a little breeze, cool (OK, cool for FL). I had a bout of inspiration. I wanted to run. Outside. I noticed that my neighbors where also out, walking, with strollers and dogs ... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 10:28:10 EST Anxious http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5520179 So, today is the day. I meet with the other walk/jog/run-ers this afternoon when I get off work to take a run with the Office run club. <BR> <BR> I am excited to meet other people who want to get out there and get moving, and who I happen to work with, to maybe make some friends, to get a good jog in before heading home tonight. <BR> <BR> I am also nervous - Will anyone else show up? Will I be the only one who is still struggling to run? Will I be slower then everyone else and be left be... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 09:45:26 EST Continuing the downward projection... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5519210 Down 2 more pounds. Yay! <BR> Ran another (almost) 5k yesterday - stopped a little early to get cleaned up and going, as we had a list of things to do that day. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is the inaugeral meeting of the run club at my ofice. I am happy and somewhat anxious as I don't run outside often. I feel I should start, as the races I want to do are all outside... So I need the practice. <BR> <BR> In sad news, apparently the Color Run is not coming back to St Petersburg - the closest city... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 09:25:04 EST Feeling weird http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517082 I am supposed to run today, but I have a meeting during the time I generally do - I guess I will be pushing it off until this weekend. <BR> <BR> In the meantime I am FREEZING in my office - they must have put the AC on superdrive. I have noticed that I feel the cold more then I ever did in my memory (OK except that winter in PA when I took habit of sitting ON the vents....) Hubby belives this is due to the fat loss. I suppose he's right - this will be handy come next summer when it's eas... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 15:00:04 EST 7 years? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5515971 Goodness.... I just realized I have been on Spark for 7 years! <BR> <BR> I am glad I took that first step to get healthier and lose weight - thanks to my Spark Buddies who have helped me along and the Bloggers who I love to read and be inspired by. <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> I still have a ways to go, but could not have come this far without support! Thu, 17 Oct 2013 10:39:53 EST 5K.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5515961 So I did it. <BR> My lungs bothered me the rest of the night, but I did it. <BR> with only a 5 minute warm up walk and a 30 second breathing break, I ran a 5k at a 12 minute mile pace. <BR> <BR> Whew! <BR> <BR> Now I am on to increase the run a bit, to get better prepared for the Zombie Run on November 9. We had a team, but half of our team is leaving the country for a bit right around that time, and so will not be participating.... So hubby and I are going anyway! Should be something..... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 10:29:13 EST Running club? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5515184 I got an invite a few days ago from a co-worker whom I had not yet met, offering to meet with some other co-workers due to a survey I filled out about a year ago. <BR> <BR> Turns out he wants to start a walk/jog/run club on our office campus. <BR> <BR> Huh! <BR> <BR> He had two info sessions, there were about 10 in mine, to set up a weekly appointment to run/jog/walk together near our office. <BR> <BR> So apparently I just joined a running club. <BR> <BR> Never thought I would be doing... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 12:58:41 EST Still on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5487026 Have had a slight back slide a few times with celebrations or downright starving! but am more or less on track. <BR> This week is the first fruit since I started. I put some blueberries on my oatmeal. Mmmmmm.... <BR> <BR> Down a few more pounds, but starting to get frustrated at the foods I am able to eat. I want to cheat SO BAD! But am trying to hold on for a while longer.... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 09:20:10 EST Keep on going http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5448677 Here we are, nearly two weeks in, and the only thing I miss is skim milk and really coffee. <BR> OK, and popcorn. I have moments of snack-longing. <BR> <BR> Other then that, going pretty good. Thinking of transitioning this to a Palo thing for near life, need to look into that more to see what we might be working on, as this diet (Idiot Proof) is not something I want to be doing for life. <BR> <BR> Have learned a lot about what has sugar in it (mayo?) and caffeine (mio?) so I can avoid it... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 10:52:56 EST Week one completed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5446596 so got some new batteries last night, weighed this morning (though I was not as ready as if would like to be, enter gross bodily function here) and am down 5.5 pounds this week. Wow. I really hope this keeps up! <BR> Then I will reach my goal faster and can generally add back in other foods and keep my portions down. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Tue, 6 Aug 2013 15:02:43 EST Week two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5444927 OK, so here we are. I have made it through week one. <BR> I tweaked the menu for this week to have less cooking. Last week felt like I spent ALL MY Time working or in the kitchen cooking. <BR> I have left myself go a bit easier this week, added some cold cuts and smoothies. <BR> <BR> If my dying scale is working, this week was REALLY good weight loss-wise though. <BR> I need to get a new battery and try again tomorrow morning to verify. Mon, 5 Aug 2013 08:16:07 EST Idiot proof... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5442489 So here we are, Day 5 of this thing. Have felt a bit cotton-headed every afternoon at about 2:30. Not sure if this is me getting used to the diet or girly nonsense that is also plaguing me. <BR> <BR> Getting tired of cauliflower, which I never really liked any way, so next week will be different (and less cooking, I am SO sick of cooking for each meal) Fri, 2 Aug 2013 16:23:45 EST On a new track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5438364 As of yesterday, hubby and I started a low carb diet (again for me). he wanted to try it, and I know it worked for me, I just did not follow off it very well. <BR> <BR> Sunday, leading up to a week of low impact exercise, ran 4 miles with a friend of ours. My hips are still bothering me (partially girl problems, I am sure) but I did finish it! And jogged the last block too! <BR> <BR> So I am having some difficulty finding the imgredients I am using. I have noticed lots of items on here ... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 09:43:22 EST Back to work! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5384288 I managed to stay on track eating while I was recovering from surgery, but now I am cleared to go back to the gym! <BR> I plan to hit tonight, get a little jogging and perhaps some weights, ease back into my program. <BR> <BR> I hope there are no more medical set backs between now and the new year, at least! Mon, 10 Jun 2013 09:34:53 EST More Medical issues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5335405 So on the MRI where my back issue was confirmed to be a herniated disc (and arthritis in both hips, surprise!), my doctor found a spot for which I was sent for 2 follow up ultrasounds, one internal, which then called for a referral to my OB-GYN. <BR> This called for blood tests, more ultrasounds and a kind, but insistent call for surgery. <BR> <BR> Turns out I had a cyst on my ovary, large enough, and caught suddenly enough, that my Dr insisted it be removed. <BR> <BR> I have kept up on wo... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 14:32:31 EST set back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5210202 So right in the middle of the holidays, I hurt myself. <BR> Woke up one morning and could not stand up. I managed to, after a bit of a fight with myself, get to the bathroom and do the bathroom things... Hubby insisted I try to stand so he could help me get dressedsince I could not bend down either, and I almost passed out, cold sweats and vision going black and all. So he got me into acceptable cloths, gave me a face cloth to wipe off with (cold sweats) and we headed to the ER. The ER to... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 14:38:43 EST Set back times 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5120426 Last week I felt a little weird, my ear itched and was a bit tender. I planned to have it checked out over the weekend, if I could get in to see my doctor. <BR> Not so fast little one. <BR> Thursday, while at work, my ear is throbbing and I feel kinda dizzy. By the time I get off work, I feel I NEED to find an Urgent Care to check this out. <BR> As luck would have it, the Urgent Care walking distance from my house is a 10-10, and I get off work at 8, so I am golden. Go in, see the Doc, ge... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 15:05:01 EST Still yo-yoing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5082328 I am still bouncing about, I am now cutting my calories a bit and planning to try to do two workouts a day. One big (like running, working up to 4+ miles at a stretch) and one smaller, maybe Body Rock tv or a TV show or movie challenge (check pinterest, there are a ton of ideas!) <BR> <BR> Perhaps doing this, even for a little, will pop the plateau and help me move on down! <BR> <BR> Happy October all! Mon, 1 Oct 2012 14:09:14 EST Weekends are killing me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4976279 I have been going up and down about 3 pounds for weeks. <BR> <BR> The only thing I can think, is it must be the weekends, we catch up with our friends and family during this time, and though I endeavor to share or cut my meal in half, I must be overdoing it on things I can not truly calculate the calories. <BR> <BR> I must try to stay home for a bit! Wed, 18 Jul 2012 14:17:43 EST Dressed to thrill http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4926602 This week I am working an eariler shift due to some testing that was supposed to occur. I REALLY like this schedule better, but have been denied it long term. <BR> That said, I am getting up at my normal workout time to get showered and dressed for the drive. <BR> I deceided after a week of jeans and sneaks workwear (I have a fairly relaxed office. ) that I wanted to be a bit more... together. I decided to pick out my outfit last night, thinking (correctly I must assure you) that this wou... Thu, 14 Jun 2012 16:20:25 EST I have ABS!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4913607 So doing random hygeine stuff recently before I got my shirt on and I noticed that I can see my abs. There is some definition under that flab. OMG!!!!!! <BR> <BR> I was so amazed I called my hubby in to see. I guess all those crunches, reverse and normal, and captain chair stuff is really paying off! <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> Tue, 5 Jun 2012 17:41:14 EST Grrr... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4904667 @%#@^%*&!!! <BR> <BR> I had two days off from the gym, holiday weekend. I watched my food all weekend, just missed my workouts Monday and Tuesday. <BR> <BR> Somehow, I gained weight!!!! ARRGHHH! <BR> <BR> Hit the gym this morning, since I missed my monday weigh in, saw this. Ran like I was being chased then hopped on the Arc trainer to burn some calories! <BR> <BR> I am so mad! I want to bounce back and not eat anything, but I feel that would be bad. Wed, 30 May 2012 16:48:30 EST Running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4895051 I am stuck on my running program. <BR> I am at jog 8 min, walk 5, jog 8. <BR> OK, I huff and puff, but I get through it. <BR> <BR> I tried to up my run distance. Yeah, not happening. I was huffing so bad I felt I could not catch my breath. So I changed to walking (my walk speed is not really slow) and resolved to stay where I am for now. <BR> <BR> I was concerned when the third workout of that week was run 20 min. <BR> So I am supposed to go from barely making it 8 min to 20 with nothing... Wed, 23 May 2012 18:41:10 EST Active Day (and night) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4887160 Good morning! <BR> I am offically down 21 lbs! Wooo! <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> I may have damaged that yesterday though. Lunch was free at work in an employee appreciation thing. I had a hamburger, salad with very little Italian dressing, some baked beans, a Turkey Sausage link, a small fruit cup and a slice of cake (it was chocolate...) and water to drink. What I was not expecting was the calorie bomb that was the sausage, Goodness! (Yes, the cake did not help, but I was weak and am m... Fri, 18 May 2012 11:44:29 EST Goal"met" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4872458 I had given myself a goal. Once I was 20 pounds down I was going to fix the tires on my bike. It has been sitting in the garage since the move, and a bit before with all the packing and such. <BR> <BR> Suprise! my honey got me new tires, got a bike (hand me down) for himself and new locks so we can tool around our neighborhood! He beat me to it (by 2 lbs...). <BR> Perhaps this will be the push to lose that 2 pounds and more! Tue, 8 May 2012 14:25:32 EST And she's back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4820156 Back on track. Lost some more pounds while sick. Imagine that! <BR> <BR> I have had to restart my couch to 5k, as I lost the paper with the one I was on, and now can not find it online. Darn! <BR> <BR> So I decided this would be a good time to up my speed a bit. <BR> <BR> So at a 12 minute mile jog and 17 minute mile walk, I am alternating 1 minute running and 90 seconds of walking. Today was day 2 of this venture. So far so good. <BR> Next week we bump the run time a bit... stay tune... Wed, 4 Apr 2012 11:28:45 EST Down with the sickness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4807463 I have been suffering through a nasty chest cold since Thursday. <BR> I should have stayed home today, but I did not. <BR> <BR> Nasty cough, chest pain, headache, sinus pressure, the whole shebang. <BR> <BR> Which means no gym. :-( <BR> <BR> And not really watching my food. Though I have not been really hungry. Tue, 27 Mar 2012 14:22:00 EST Day 3-4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4783784 This weekend was pretty good. Was volunteering at a local flea market for Relay for Life and was there longer then I planned. I ended up getting a muffin and a hot dog so I was not ravenous on the (very fast food laden) drive home. <BR> <BR> Sunday was good, did some shopping, tried a few new recipes and ate some fruit for snacks. I did add a bit of sugar free whipped cream to some berries though... Mon, 12 Mar 2012 13:23:00 EST Day 2 continued http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4777908 I am proud of myself. <BR> <BR> In the breakroom there are 2 cherry danishes, a cinnamon bun and some strawberries. <BR> <BR> And I WALKED PAST! <BR> <BR> I did not have a cinnamon bun, though I adore a good cinnabun. I did not have a cherry danish, though I looked scrumptious! (as for the strawberries, I am at my calorie count and already ate a quart of strawberries today) Thu, 8 Mar 2012 18:17:56 EST Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4777560 Had another soda. I must have been on "auto-pilot". <BR> Darn! <BR> I tried to offset any cravings by having some additional fat (I am usually low on fat) in the form of peanut butter and fruit, strawberries from a town an exit or two down the interstate from me. <BR> <BR> Thu, 8 Mar 2012 14:10:05 EST Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4776041 Had some soda with lunch. It was diet, but that's not any better. <BR> I pack my lunch most everyday, including snacks. <BR> Ate lots of fruit today, feeling kind of indulgent there! I need to add some more veggies instead. Tomorrow is a new day, I will try again when I am packing a new day! Wed, 7 Mar 2012 16:59:45 EST New Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4776036 I just joined the Sweet Tooth challenge! <BR> <BR> I am going to be tracking my sweet cravings here as the challenge progresses... Wish me luck! <BR> Wed, 7 Mar 2012 16:57:33 EST Just another Manic Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4759843 3 more pounds down! <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> And with a Wine Tasting (and all the cheese, chocolate and stuff that goes with it) this past Saturday. <BR> <BR> Now I need to go grocery shopping. I have only one banana and half a head of lettuce for fruits and veggies! <BR> Hard to eat healthy if you do not supply it for your self! Mon, 27 Feb 2012 13:32:07 EST Another week down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4749960 Literally. One more pound lost. I am beginging to think the date Spark calced for me is a little off. <BR> I am planning now to have a cute suit (maybe a two piece?) for my cruise vacation in December (and new clothes, let's not forget the new clothes!) <BR> <BR> Slow and steady keeps it off. Slow and steady keeps it off! <BR> <BR> I saw a really cute thing on Pinterest (if you are on, check me out!), I am not losing weight, I am getting rid of it. I don't want to find it again! <BR> <... Tue, 21 Feb 2012 17:18:13 EST I caved. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4738852 First - Happy Valentine's Day! <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> Hubby has told me we are not doing Valentine's today. He has something for Thursday planned, so I wait and see. <BR> <BR> But since it is Valentine's Day and I have not yet even received a "Happy Valentine's Day!" I am feeling a bit down. I should not care, I mean, it's just a holiday mostly surrounded by chocolate and flowers... <BR> <BR> But I caved. I stayed within my calories for the day, but I bought two heart donuts this ... Tue, 14 Feb 2012 16:47:26 EST Chilly day made better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4736879 It was 34 degrees this morning in my area of FL. <BR> <BR> I was extremely avoidant of removing the covers over me in bed. <BR> I finally gathered enough will power/strength/whatever and got up, shivering, and dressed for the gym. <BR> <BR> As is becoming my habit, I arrived at the gym, picked a cardio machine and remembered that I wanted to weigh myself. <BR> <BR> I stepped on the scale, with an additonal layer of clothes on as my workout gear is thin at best, and was surprised to see the... Mon, 13 Feb 2012 13:41:30 EST Arrrggghhh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4727263 I SOOOO didn't want to get up this morning. <BR> <BR> Today was the "official" start to my strength program (created by my honey. If you recall, I agreed to give 3 months of his choice of work out for me, since I was seeing less results myself.) <BR> <BR> I dragged myself out of bed, dressed in the dark, so as not to distrub my hubby, and headed out. <BR> <BR> I ran, for half the normal time, then hopped on the machines. <BR> <BR> I am glad to say I made it, but I think I need more card... Tue, 7 Feb 2012 13:55:47 EST Entering the Twilight Zone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4725889 I was on vacation last week. <BR> <BR> On a cruise ship. <BR> <BR> <em>340</em> <BR> <BR> I managed to offically work out twice and took the stairs several times (until my knees started clicking as I went down a floor. I took a bit of time off at this point). <BR> <BR> But I was still on a CRUISE SHIP... <BR> <em>340</em> <BR> <BR> You know, buffets around every corner, <em>475</em> <em>481</em> <em>468</em> <BR> <BR> Gorgeous bars to hover about in... <em>181</em> <BR> <BR... Mon, 6 Feb 2012 19:47:02 EST Progress? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4693659 So those you looked will see that, per the scale, I have lost 3 more pounds. (yay!) <BR> <BR> I am a bit confused though, as my measurements are the same. <BR> Exactly the same. <BR> hmm. <BR> <BR> I am not sure how my dimensions stayed the same if I lost weight. Perhaps it was just a temporary water weight thing? <BR> Perhaps I was bloated from drinking 40 oz of water during my kick-butt cardio session? <BR> <BR> I suppose time will tell. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am still kicking my butt... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 15:09:53 EST New aspect added to goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4673948 So anyone who looks at my profile or any post I make can see how much I am trying to lose. <BR> <BR> I just noticed that with this plan, I may be able to reach my goal by July 23. <BR> <BR> Which would give me 4 weeks to tweak anything I would like (maybe add some more weight lifting...) before my birthday. <BR> <BR> Now, it's not a milestone birthday, but what a gift to me this would be. I can only imagine how I will look once I have gotten down where I think I should be, how much energy... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 13:25:34 EST