DAOCCHICA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DAOCCHICA DAOCCHICA'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/ It's been a while! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5225126 I really didn't realize how long until I looked at my last post. <BR> <BR> What a downer that was to skim through! Well, actually it wasn't a downer really. <BR> <BR> I am still hanging in there! I only really gained about 5-6 lbs over the holidays, I wasn't exercising deliberately (walking here and there long distances, but not for so-called exercise). And eating a mix of really bad food and really good food. I have lost a couple lbs of what I gained over the holidays, which is great! Star... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 01:53:12 EST What am I fighting for really http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5118423 I don't really want to blog about this.. I don't really want to blog period.. But it may be good to get everything out. I am not trying to self pity or feel sorry for myself.. This is what I have truly dug deep inside for.. and this is what I found.. Probably the true reason why I am on this roller coaster. <BR> <BR> I have been on such an emotional roller coaster the past week or so.. It's been really bad. Normally I don't have depression issues anymore or anger issues (period).. but the pa... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 21:48:04 EST Need to get some Zzz's after this :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5110628 What's up sparklers!? How are everyone's weeks going so far? Mine just started today, but so far, so good! <BR> <BR> Sooo I recently applied for a promotion at work and applied to help out with the new hire class next month when they start working accounts and calling. I haven't received word about the promotion yet... but I get to help out with the class! I am so excited and so happy! Yay! <BR> <BR> I got on the elliptical tonight and was on for 32 mins. I upped my large interval from 4 t... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 23:44:46 EST Quite a week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5107499 I gained a little this week (about a pound and a half). I did switch my scale to a digital.. which adds 5.4 lbs.. but it is way easier to get a good reading with it than with the dial scale. I have been losing inches though, so that is always good. <BR> <BR> I am going to get a gait analysis tomorrow for new running shoes at a local running store.. I tried running this week and I was reaalllyy hurting (the sides of my ankles), I am pretty sure it's my shoes. I love to run, I want to run so ... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 19:49:17 EST The 14th of the month must be my lucky day :D http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5098869 7/14 is when I started this journey. <BR> <BR> 8/14 is when I quit smoking. <BR> <BR> 10/14 (TODAY!).... My 3 month sparkaversary, 2 months of being smoke-free (almost 9 weeks!).. and my first 5k ever.. <BR> <BR> 19:05 pace. I kept up the same walking pace almost the whole time.. and ran about five 3 minute intervals throughout the race. All with blisters forming on the soles of my feet (I think my shoes were too lose :/ ). I made it.. I did it :) And I will do it again and again. There w... Sun, 14 Oct 2012 16:57:35 EST I did it again.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5097161 I can't get away from it.. it's like a fire deep within me... No matter how much my mind wanted to steer me away.. my heart and my body yearned for it. I didn't do it for that long (due to a slip up with my ipod falling INTO the treadmill lol).. but that few minutes lit a fire back under me. <BR> <BR> Still.. slow and steady wins this race. I started back up with my running again today :) I love running.. and kiiiinda hate it at the same time.. It is truly a love-hate relationship lol. I am... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 02:11:39 EST Sunday update. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5090243 Gained 1 lb this week.. so back at 250. I haven't ordered take out at all.. I have been drinking soda tho (coke zero and the pink rockstars with 0 calories and 0 carbs). Since I have been so lazy the last few weeks I have just been throwing food together for lunches that may be good if I keep the portion sizes in check.. but I haven't been because I have been so hungry. I feel like I am hungry all the time. <BR> <BR> I haven't exercised at all this week. My 5k is next Sunday. Tons of things... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 16:36:54 EST Update time!! :P http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5080829 This past week I have been way more relaxed than the last couple after my surgery. As of last Monday when I wrote my last blog I decided to start again from the ground up. Doing small things to help my body.. just a little bit at a time. I think that is what I needed. I was stressing too much!! <BR> <BR> As far as exercise goes... I worked out on the elliptical twice this week, 25 mins a piece and at high intensity. Last week I only worked out once. So I am starting to get back into a sched... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 16:31:06 EST Just a little update. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5073396 No up or down scale difference this week, which is good... and bad! But I am thinking more on the lines of a LOT better than UP. But I have a feeling I keep losing muscle. <BR> <BR> Went for my kidney stone follow up today. The doc said he cant see anything left. But there still may be something in there. He said they found a smaller stone when I was at the hospital so he wasn't quite sure if it had passed or not. I also told him what I had been doing with my diet and exercise and he still t... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 19:10:44 EST I have all these wants and hopes and wishes and dreams... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5068293 But I just haven't found the motivation since after my surgery. Where did it go? I have no clue. Maybe I burned myself out? Maybe it's the diet change AGAIN? I miss my routine that I had.. I miss my almonds that I had for snack every day. I miss my egg and spinach breakfast burritos on whole grain tortillas... I miss my berries and baby carrots.. along with so any other foods that were healthy and I had gotten used to eating, and actually found that I loved eating. I have been depressed. An... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 20:12:11 EST Wow!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5065484 Today has been a day of surprises!!! I am really happy. <BR> <BR> First, I won the BLC 1st week weigh in, yay! Wow!! GO CATS!!! <BR> <BR> Second is work related and I can't really talk about it but things are going AWESOME. <BR> <BR> Third!! Went back to exercising today. It was hard to get in the gym but I took baby steps all day to get there. I packed my backpack this morning with my workout clothes and took it with me to work today, so I wouldn't have any excuse. All throughout the day ... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 21:32:25 EST Week 1 of BLC #16 Challenges! (Go Cats!!!!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5061730 Weighed in this morning and I am at 250 now, 5 lbs under what I was before my surgery!. <BR> <BR> Going to start back up my exercise routine Tuesday (God help me lol). Struggling with laziness the past few weeks. It is so nice to just lounge around the house. But I can't give up everything that I have already done and what will come in the future. <BR> <BR> So! For this week's BLC challenges there are two I wanted to blog about! This week I made an exercise plan to get back on track (yay!).... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 15:09:05 EST In limbo... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5056521 I normally only weigh myself once a week, but since I haven't been exercising I want to make sure I am still within my calorie range and just making sure I am still AT LEAST maintaining my weight. So I have been getting on the scale almost every day. It seems like I am balancing between 250-252! It's awesome that I am still losing wieght.. but I am afraid I am losing muscle! I am still taking it easy at least until I get fitted for better running shoes (this Sat) at the local running store. ... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 18:40:23 EST Trying to get back on track! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5051939 Hey all! Hope everyone had a good weekend and have an amazing week coming up!!! <BR> <BR> Weighing in today I lost 6 lbs of the 11 that I gained during the hospital stay. So I am back at 260. I am happy :) I am still trying to get my appetite back slowly but surely. But I feel a lot better than I did the last time I blogged!! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I get to call the doc who did my surgery and either speak with one of the nurses or schedule a follow up appt. I really need to know what caused th... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 03:59:00 EST Lose a teeny rock, gain 11 lbs!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5048436 That's right, since last Sunday I have gained 11 lbs and am back up to 266.. lol. <BR> <BR> Tuesday morning I went in with pain, they did a CT and found the stone and told me to take my pain meds, drink tons of fluid, and go home. I went home, and around 11pm started getting really bad pain (that percocet couldn't fix) and nausea... So I went back to the hospital around around 12-1am.. They talked to the doc and the doc wanted to move me to a hospital that was about 15 miles away, but had a... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 11:24:28 EST Home finally http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5047367 Thanks for all of your wishes and encouragement on my last blog!! <BR> I just got home from the hospital.. they had to do a Lithotripsy, where they use sound/shock waves to break apart the stone. Been in the hospital since around 11pm the last day I blogged.. so the 4th. I am doing ok now, just need to rest. Thought I would let everyone know! Thu, 6 Sep 2012 16:37:28 EST 5k your way to a.. kidney stone?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5044683 Nonono, I didn't get a kidney stone because I am training for my 5k... but It sure feels like I did!! <BR> <BR> I think it was a couple weeks ago I wrote about having a kidney stone and it passed very quickly (about 20-30 minutes and it was gone). And that was right after I quit smoking, and right before I started my 5k training. <BR> <BR> So this morning.. what a morning!! I woke up at 4:10am (I only hit snooze ONCE, GO MEE!). I DID NOT WANT TO GET UP! I was moaning and groaning.. but I g... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 21:53:11 EST Tomorrow.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5043224 ... starts my second week of the 5k training program! So, I have gotten over the initial soreness and I have had 2 days for my body to recoup... although.. I did swim laps yesterday (it was soo much fun!). But I let my body rest today. It is actually getting kind of hard to NOT exercise for one day.. I feel so lazy!! I feel like I am "miss on the go" during the week. It is crazy how I feel with one day I don't exercise. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I am supposed to be walking 3 mins and running 2 min... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 23:14:21 EST Update day! Pics and progress.. whew.. gonna be a long blog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5041429 Let me just say that this blog will probably be long! I have tons of things built up over the week that I just didn't have time to write about!! :) So thanks everyone for sticking with me! <BR> <BR> I will start off with this morning. Weigh in time, I was at 255! Which is m first reward! Eyebrow waxing, here I come! Well.. when I have the money of course.. lol I will have to wait until next payday. 18 pounds down since 7/14/2012. Here are some pictures!! I haven't posted any up in a while!! ... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 17:01:39 EST Middle of the week update! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5037371 Just wanted to type up a quick update! <BR> <BR> As far as my goals go... <BR> <BR> 1. I finished my 5k program's week 1 day 2 this morning! My legs feel like jello lol! But I ran better than last time and was able to focus on working on my form (ie standing up straight and not looking at my shoes when I run or start to get tired lol). Kind of glad it is dark in the morning when I run.. still a little self conscious outside.. lol. But I tried walking fast on the treadmill last night and I c... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 11:44:06 EST Thanks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5034430 Thanks for everyone's support on my last blog! <BR> <BR> I finished my first day of "5k your way" today. I have to say, I am a little surprised! I got a little over a mile in the 20 minutes. It was 4 minutes of walking and 1 min running x4... the minutes that I was running went by super quick! My new shoes seem to fit very well and are so comfy! But my legs feel a little like jello, lol! It's an awesome feeling. I was a little anxious this morning when I first got up, but once I got outside... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 10:07:57 EST Getting back on track! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5033612 This past 2 weeks have been up and down and up and down! Gained a bit of weight, lost inches, lost 1 pound since my last weigh in though, so happy about that! I have cheated a few times in the past few days with food because of my parents being here and all. But I have kept up my exercise, even if it is just doing a lot of walking or swimming. <BR> <BR> I have been cutting out more and more things for my motivation board... along with some tips and recipes! And I am getting ready for my couc... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 18:57:21 EST I am so confused http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5031725 .. I am confused with the calorie tracker and fitness tracker. Every time I change my fitness goals or "if you know how many calories you burn, put them here" ... My calorie range goes up or down.. and sometimes drastically. I am so confused... I am trying to stick within my calorie ranges for the day but when they change so much, I can't keep up! Like this week I did 2 (well it was more like 4) hours of heavey house cleaning and put that into the tracker (I was going up and down stairs, swea... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 13:20:47 EST Been so busy, here is a little update! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5030702 First off I know why I was feeling like crap last time I wrote in my blog... I had a kidney stone that I passed that next evening! Normally what would have been a 6-8 hour ordeal at the hospital only took about 20-30 minutes. I don't know if it was being really hydrated or drinking pure lemon/water (lemon is supposed to help with the kind of stones I have). But I was grateful it didn't last long. <BR> <BR> I think I am starting to get a sinus infection. And I think I have gained about 5 poun... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 16:17:19 EST Sooo tired today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5025608 My body just feels tired.. and I don't have a lot of energy. Which is bad! I need energy for all the things I need to do!!! Maybe it's a combo of the heat and humidity? Maybe it's because my metabolism lowering because of not smoking? Maybe a combo of all things?! I feel like CRAP! I am supposed to be feeling better!! :/ <BR> <BR> I forgot my vitamins at home today.. but that is the only thing I really did differently. I did have a coke zero.. I haven't had a coke in a month.. so I splurged... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 22:35:26 EST Getting stuff done slowly but surely! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5023794 What a week/weekend it has been! So many ups and downs! But today I feel more level headed. Every once in a while I feel like I am going a little crazy, but it goes away faster and faster now. I feel so much better than I have been feeling. <BR> <BR> I am craving food more and more now. Cottage cheese and chocolate to be exact.. lol. I do have only dark chocolate and only allow myself 1 square at a time (But last night I had 4 total throughout the evening/night). And cottage cheese isn't to... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 18:21:52 EST Thank goodness it is the weekend! Weigh-in time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5021959 I did take pics today but not to compare.. I probably won't do comparison pics for another week or two. <BR> <BR> I have been so busy this week... <BR> <BR> Today I stepped on the scale and I am 256.5 .. I was truly surprised ..lost 1.5 lbs even when quitting smoking (I am totally off the patch now btw, 2nd day off of it). <BR> <BR> I am happy.. but I have some tough things ahead the next 2 weeks. Clean, clean, clean! My dad and step mom are coming in on Thursday!!! <BR> <BR> Today and... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 15:19:52 EST Everything ties together, some how, some way.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5018833 I have been so emotional the past couple days. Especially after work.. when it is just me. No one to take my mind off of things, no work to take my mind off of things. <BR> <BR> So many thoughts running through my mind. I am not worried at all about slipping up or quitting anything I have accomplished so far, that's for sure though. I am tough, I can stick this out. <BR> <BR> The last few weeks have been mentally and physically trying on me, in ways I never thought possible. In ways I neve... Fri, 17 Aug 2012 00:01:25 EST Just a quick note to self... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5017761 ...and anyone else out there who is in my situation, or will be.... <BR> <BR> I am not planning on losing any wieght thie next couple weeks. If I drop a pound or two, awesome! But I am not going to set a big expectation for myself that I may not be able to reach, just sets myself up for dissapointment. <BR> <BR> The reason why is that when you quit smoking your metabolism changes a bit. Normally that is PART of the reason why people gain wieght after they quit (the other reason? they just ... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 09:05:15 EST Day two almost done, yay! OMG the dreams! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5017381 Well I am going to start off with my workout tonight.. I actually made it 3.5 mins at high intensity on the elliptical today, I was out of breath, but am starting to be able to control my breathing a lot better. I contribute that to the non smoker status and the hard work I have been putting in. Although, I read it takes at least a month for your lungs to get back to normal breathing wise, and a few weeks for circulation to get back to some what normal.. I will be there soon! <BR> <BR> I fou... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 23:24:22 EST It is very weird! Yep! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5015849 First off I want to say thank you to everyone for your kind words and words of encouragement on my last blog, and all my other blogs too!! Sometimes I don't have enough time or enough energy to reply to each one, but I love and take to heart every single one. It is awesome to have friends like you all! You guys help keep me accountable, upbeat and positive :) <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> Second off, this day has definitely been a weird one! <BR> I am noticing I am not taking up *as much* room w... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 22:29:56 EST Lying scale and Smoking is a no-no. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5015112 Ok, so I had a few problems with scales a few weeks ago, my friend's was saying one thing and mine was saying another, so I calibrated my new scale to hers, sounds ok, right?! Wrong! I have been worried that her scale has been off this whole entire time, not mine. And this morning I realized I was right. I needed to stop lying to myself. My scale was saying 255 this morning (oh the happiness) BUT that is wrong, I know it is wrong... Her scale still says 260 (after about a week and a half? Som... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 12:34:20 EST Sunday pictures, 1st month DONE! Weigh in results! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5012415 Stepped on the scale and between Tuesday and today I lost another 2 pounds, was awesome to see! And finally back to my routine of weighing in every Sunday, now in the morning! Got the scale thing all figured out! <BR> <BR> But I am finding myself less energetic on the elliptical, I was only able to do 24 minutes today. One of the factors may be my knee, it was kinda hurting and I don't know why. I stretch a little before working out and stretch after. So, after I got off the elliptical I did... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 17:47:41 EST This week... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5008990 ...has been such a blur. A blur of emotions. A blur of lifestyle changes... of birthdays and baby showers... of work and sweltering heat! Oh my gosh! <BR> <BR> I saw the scale move once, lost 1 pound, on Tuesday morning (I decided to weigh myself then since I wasn't able to last Sunday). It was kind of shocking at first, but I decided not to let it dictate ANYTHING. So I learned firsthand to pay more attention to how my body is feeling and what I am seeing rather than what the scale says. A... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 23:13:55 EST Losing inches! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5004426 Figure this would help me out as I still don't have a scale yet until probably tomorrow! :) <BR> <BR> in 12 days I lost... <BR> <BR> Waist- 3.25 inches! <BR> Hips- 3.25 inches! <BR> Thigh- 4.5 inches! WOWIE!! <BR> Upper Arm- 1.75 inches! <BR> Neck- 1 inch! <BR> Calf- .75 inches! <BR> <BR> Total of 14.5 inches lost! <BR> <BR> My BMI weekly (the first 3 weeks including starting day)- <BR> <BR> 43.6, 42.8, 42.1!! <BR> <BR> Most of the bmi calcs suck.. I am really 5'6" 1/2 and cant put the... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 00:53:28 EST Oh noes, I DID have something else to blog about! The Color Run! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5003939 I was reading through different themed 5k's - <link>greatist.com/fitness/best-themed-run<BR>ning-races/ </link> I have seen tons of things on pinterest about The Color Run <link>thecolorrun.com/ </link> . But never really thought much of it until last night. I took a look on the site and they have one in PHOENIX! It looks like so much fun and it is for a good cause (different local charity every city). Next one is the end of January 2013 so it won't be hot out yet (YAY). And It would g... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 19:01:36 EST In limbo.. kind of lol. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5003915 I got a scale today and it's off from what I can see. I am not reading too much into it because I know a lot of things factor into the scale. My friend got sick last night so I wasn't able to weigh in.. It has kind of thrown me off a little! I am getting used to routine and it threw it out of whack lol. Her BF is bringing over the other scale I normally use so I can calibrate it to mine. And I am going to take measurements tonight. I can definitely see a difference the past few days in inche... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 18:46:31 EST Sunday pictures!! End of week 3! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5002160 I find myself so busy during the week that I don't blog that much.. but I still find time to take pictures!!! I have a couple pictures taken this week and some I took this morning. Weighing in this evening and taking my second set of measurements also! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l628436007.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Last night we decided to do water exercise on Saturdays instead of the normal gym cardio. Did ALOT of arms and legs in that water, omg! Also some stomach... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 16:10:45 EST Noticed the first little thing with my pants today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4995708 I haven't been able to see much difference in my clothes yet until this evening when I put on my capri jeans (just washed i might add).... They are getting baggy in the thigh area! Yay! <BR> <BR> Does anyone remember the very first time they saw something different on how their clothes fit? I know I will probably remember this day (and many to come) for the rest of my life! <BR> <BR> Went to the store tonight and got some new stuff to try.. turkey burgers, kashi golean, and shrimp.. to nam... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 02:12:52 EST Weekly Weigh in - 2! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4992505 Just a quick update! <BR> <BR> Awesome workout song #1 - Revolver - Madonna <BR> <BR> 4 pounds lost this past week :) That makes 9 pounds so far. <BR> <BR> I'm tired! <BR> <BR> Hope everyone had a good weekend and keep going this week!!!! <BR> <BR> Tell that little voice in your head that says "You can't do this" to SHUT UP!! <BR> <BR> 2 things I noticed this evening: 1, when I walk into the store with gym clothes on after I work out I get a lot of looks (all of them were good lol)... 2... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 01:54:46 EST Sunday pics! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4991864 This week I am really going to watch my salt intake, I have not added any extra salt into things but I have to watch what is in the packaging MORE closely. I went to Subway on Friday and OMG everything the menu except the veggie delight has TONS of sodium. I got the sub with the least amount, but it still had quite a bit. The 6 inch turkey on 9-grain whole wheat with avocado, spinach, onion, american cheese. Very good I may add, just don't add the sweet onion sauce, it does NOT taste good wi... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 15:48:59 EST Last day of my second week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4991222 Didn't go over my calories today even though it's technically a cheat day. But I realized something today. I am still watching my calories on my cheat day but I am not watching the quality of my food so much, so I guess that is just my way of cheating, but not really at the same time.. lol. <BR> <BR> I do have to be very careful because today and last Saturday I found, after I ate even though I was full, I still wanted more of what I just had (cuz it's just so darn good). So It is teaching ... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 02:13:48 EST Just a pic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4989978 Was all in all feeling very good today.. I made healthy stuff for our work potluck.. and only ate what I made.. and had 1 Hershey kiss, dark chocolate. I can see tiny changes here and there. :) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l336808748.jpg"> Sat, 28 Jul 2012 00:00:59 EST Grounded http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4987031 Last week I felt like I was floating in the clouds with everything I was reading and learning... I was.. so ... I can't find the word, lol. I am feeling more grounded this week than last. I think it's a good thing. I see that I am making progress and I actually am starting to feel like what I am doing is real. I honestly thought last week that I would wake up from a dream. It feels like it is starting to be a lifestyle now. <BR> <BR> I am finding what foods work best for me and what doesn't ... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 22:13:44 EST Weekly weigh in - 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4982519 5 pounds down. 95+ more to go! <BR> <BR> I can honestly say I am surprised and very happy. From the things I have been reading about having PCOS and trying to lose weight, I thought It would be more gradual. I know it will probably start tapering off after a while but for now it is simply awesome. <BR> <BR> I couldn't have made it through my first week if it weren't for sparkpeople... and my family and friends (and myself of course!!) who have all been so supportive.. When I think about how... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 00:40:14 EST Every Sunday, a new pic in the same clothes. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4981888 I am going to post a new pic every Sunday wearing the same clothes as I have in all of the other Sunday pictures. Just so I can compare all of the weeks together. I think it will be fun and exciting to actually see through a picture how my body is changing. Sooo I have last week's pic compared to the first week's pic. Don't think there are any changes, but I know it is gradual :) Gotta start somewhere right!? :) <BR> <BR> <BR> **Edit: I have a feeling my cat Neesha is going to be in almost ... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 15:40:17 EST Saturdays... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4981225 This whole week I have been hemming and hawing about having a "cheat day" every week. I have talked to a few people that have said it is a good thing to do. So I decided Saturdays to be my cheat day. BUT I am still going to have limits. I ate my regular healthy food at breakfast and lunch. But normally my best friend BBQs on Saturdays. I went over to her house and had a hamburger (it wasn't very big) packed with tons of veggies but also cheese ( a teeny bit of ketchup, mayo and mustard). I al... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 01:48:07 EST What I am noticing.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4979961 Just a quick thought that I can jot down and track... <BR> <BR> I am working on breathing in through my nose and out with my mouth, finally today I went the whole 22 minutes (yay longest time so far!) of my workout while doing that. I can belt out a song now without getting having to stop and catch my breath. Only after a week it seems like my lungs are able to handle more and are getting stronger. I don't get as winded when going up ONE flight of stairs. <BR> <BR> I seem to not be AS hung... Sat, 21 Jul 2012 00:27:02 EST Been a long week.. and still have one more day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4979735 It has been a long week.. Trying to get used to everything.. and worrying about everything. I have been so lucky at work. People have been so supportive. Last night I went back to the store and got tons of veggies and some carb-like things (that's what I was lacking!). I thought I still liked carrots.. I took a baggie with me to work and started munching.. but iick! I can't eat them, they are too dry :/ The girl who sits behind me traded me her teeny weensy grapes (soo cute!) for them.. so I ... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 20:54:37 EST Day 5 already? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4976810 Can't believe it has been 5 days since I started eating healthy and working out! This morning I woke up and saw that my feet weren't swollen like normal. I have reduced my sodium intake to barely anything. I hope the swelling during the day goes down in the next few months.. I miss wearing nice shoes! <BR> <BR> I want to weigh myself sooo bad but I don't have a scale at home. I have a feeling I would look at it every day and I really don't want to do that. Since my bestie comes over to work ... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 21:17:54 EST