DARAELISE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DARAELISE DARAELISE'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/ Have you looked at yourself naked today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5193299 (I was originally going to post this under the Look Better Naked team message board, except I realized that my answer got more than a little off-topic. Therefore, I decided to post it here, where I know it won't get flagged for going on a tangent!) <BR> <BR> I look at myself naked all the time. Not because my body is super-fabulous (oh, hell, no), but because it's mine and it's a part of taking care of myself. Y'know, stuff like making sure that the cat scratch isn't infected, and that th... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 14:57:22 EST When do you stop losing weight and move into maintenance? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5136758 I visited my family in Florida this past weekend, and my mom said to me, "You know, you look really good where you are right now. You shouldn't try to lose too much more." <BR> <BR> This gave me pause. One, I realized that I actually WAS close to my goal weight (I'm just seven pounds away from 125), and two, that I was, on some level, thinking about readjusting my weight loss goal by an additional five or ten pounds. After all--says she dryly--you can never be too thin, right? <BR> <BR... Thu, 15 Nov 2012 20:26:01 EST Full circle, yeah? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5132562 I am once again the size I was when I first joined SparkPeople in order to lose weight for my younger brother's nuptials. Five years, and fifty-five pounds later... or is it 110 pounds, since I gained fifty-five pounds and lost them again? Hmm. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'd kept my bridesmaid dress from four years ago (the one that had to be let out because I'd gained ten pounds between initial measurements and final fitting), so I put it on yesterday out of curiosity. <BR> <BR> IT WAS LOOSE.... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 10:28:19 EST Running. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5090014 I have tried so many times in the past to articulate why I like running, but I keep getting caught up in tangents, like how self-conscious I was when I first started running, or how I felt like I couldn't consider it "running" for a long time because I would alternate between walking and running. <BR> <BR> Well, chuck that. <BR> <BR> Running is running, whether it's nonstop or broken up. I am proud to say that, after reading Dr. Mama's blog entry "Listen Up, Maggots", found at <link>doct... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 12:57:51 EST Craving sweets (and, yet, not wanting any of them). http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5069697 I actually went out in search of sweets this evening (I'm premenstrual and I crave chocolate like Greek gods yearn for ambrosia), but it was a frustrating experience. Why? you didn't ask, but I'll pretend you did. Mainly because every time I found something even remotely acceptable, I would automatically check the nutrition label, freak out, and put it back on the shelf. Heck, I even stopped in Krispy Kreme and came out empty-handed. I kept thinking about the high sugar content in the dou... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 21:49:59 EST The SparkPeople Cardio Blast DVD. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5011907 Back about a month or so ago, when I spun the Bonus Wheel, I was awarded the above-referenced workout DVD. I didn't think anything of it--wasn't even sure if I'd GET it (sorry for doubting, SP!)--and then *plunk*, it came in the mail two days ago. <BR> <BR> Today was the first time I popped it into my DVD player and gave it a shot. I did Walk It Out and Jump Rope, and whoa! While the former workout was gentler than the latter, both got my heart pumping and sweat pouring down my body. I... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 10:24:10 EST Food dreams. Ugh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5011065 Does anyone else have food dreams? I woke up yesterday morning tasting a McDonald's hamburger and fries in my mouth. In my dream, I'd been chowing down on them like there was no tomorrow. I think the fries were even super-sized(!). I'm pretty sure that I also had Chinese take-out. I wish my subconscious mind would cooperate with my weight-loss efforts and make that stuff taste vile in sleep-land, but no-o-o-o-o. What I really remember is waking up and thinking, "Oh, god, I hope I didn'... Sat, 11 Aug 2012 15:19:53 EST Le comparison photo. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5005716 (Because starting any sentence with "le" automatically makes it sound French, am I right?) On the left: me on March 21st. On the right: me on August 4th. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l127168266.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm rather stunned by the difference. I've lost 30 pounds since March, but the changes have been gradual. Doing a side-by-side comparison makes it seem... dramatic. Tue, 7 Aug 2012 20:52:51 EST Huzzah! moment. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4990342 I just realized that I'll have logged in over 1,400 fitness minutes by the end of this month. Craziness! And this is with an 8-5 job Monday through Friday. I plan to keep pushing this momentum forward in August and beyond. <BR> <BR> That is all. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Sat, 28 Jul 2012 10:44:24 EST Back on the chain gang (or something). http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4989771 Well, my dietary rebellion didn't last very long. McDonald's on Monday, and some birthday cake and ice cream on Wednesday. And, in spite of being on the lazier side this week (due to my period), my weight hasn't shot up. Mind you, it hasn't gone DOWN, either, but I prefer to look at the positive side of this scenario! <BR> <BR> Now, when I say "lazier", I mean "I only went to gym the twice this week instead of three times" and "I didn't take a walk every evening after work". I went two w... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 20:27:58 EST I'm off the wagon and I'm hiiiiitchin' a ride! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4983938 I knew my period was closing in due to loads of physical symptoms: cravings, cramps, cravings, water retention, cravings, tiredness, cra--eh, you get the picture. Anyway, it finally hit today. Thankfully, it happened during my lunch break, so I could go home and take some pain killers. At least I had a lot of things to do for the rest of the work day, which helped distract me somewhat from the discomfort. Afterwards, though, I wanted something yummy. <BR> <BR> Thus, forgive me: I have s... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 21:30:08 EST Maybe it's just me, BUT-- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4979746 I went to Walgreens yesterday for a pack of sugar-free gum. As the cashier rang up my purchase, she asked me if I wanted to donate a dollar to a juvenile diabetes cause. I shrugged and said yes. It's a good cause, after all. <BR> <BR> Then, without batting an eyelash, she asked if I wanted to try a delicious new chocolate bar for only $0.69. Um, irony much? Look, I've been a cashier; I know that you're pushed to sell wares at the register. But WHO thought that pairing a diabetes char... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 21:08:27 EST The accidental experiment. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4976837 I was lazy on Sunday and didn't go grocery shopping, so my usual afternoon munchies--two Nature Valley dark chocolate granola squares--have been MIA at work. However, I'm not going wild with cravings when three o'clock rolls around. If I'm hungry, I have a piece of fruit or some nuts. <BR> <BR> Now I'm wondering how long I can actually go without chocolate. With it being so close to my cycle, I doubt I'm going to keep the little chocolate demon off my shoulder for long, but we'll see if... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 21:31:20 EST Okay, so... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4970950 I started with SparkPeople back in July 2007, right? I weighed 133 then. My goal at that time had been to lose 20 pounds for my younger brother's wedding in March 2008, since I was a bridesmaid. I stayed on for a few weeks (maybe a month), tracked some meals, made a few posts in the forums, and then disappeared. (I'd gained 10 pounds by the time my brother's wedding rolled around, and needed the dress let out.) <BR> <BR> In January 2009, I reappeared. I weighed 159. My goal was to los... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 08:55:22 EST Tiiiiired. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1708282 Note to self: eat breakfast on Fridays! Most days I just do brunch and I'm fine. However, I woke up at 6:45 this morning to make my 4-hour-long Watercolors class that starts at 9 in Niceville. On top of that, I was at school until 2:20 because I had to meet with JB regarding Portfolio Development. By the time I had anything to eat, it was close to 3PM. <BR> <BR> I was amazingly functional, but moody and exhausted. On a tangent: I have so much to do this semester that all of it isn't... Fri, 16 Jan 2009 22:15:23 EST Plateau, Pluto, Platypus... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1701904 Argh. I've hit a minor plateau. I've been hovering around 150 for a week now. It's a little frustrating. I know that you shouldn't look to the scale for validation, but it sure helps as a visual motivator. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to figure out why I'm not budging. Am I being too restrictive in my diet? Am I building muscle? At least it's not water retention, seeing how I drink nothing but water, and I drink a minimum of eight 8-ounce glasses a day. Oh, wait. My cycle is coming due. ... Thu, 15 Jan 2009 09:33:15 EST Pants are fitting better. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1680122 I have noticed a marked improvement in the way my favorite pair of large jeans are fitting. On Christmas, they were so tight that I had difficulty zipping them up, and my thighs strained against the material. They're a bit more comfortable now. They'll fit really nice when I lose two more pounds, and from there... Well, I'm focusing on progress one step at a time. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> My next clothing goal is to fit into a couple of t-shirts I bought from Threadless.com. If you ha... Fri, 9 Jan 2009 21:58:49 EST School starts again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1668080 It starts this afternoon, in fact. Introduction to Psychology at 12:30. I'm... SO unprepared for school. <em>2</em> It's like, whoa, break went by in a blink. I'm looking forward to this semester. I think it'll be great in terms of flexibility for exercising. <BR> <BR> Okay, so, technically I only need two classes to graduate (the first I listed--behavioral science; the second is a physical science course, so I'm taking Astronomy). Both of these courses are Monday and Wednesday. ... Wed, 7 Jan 2009 10:16:21 EST Entry the first... the second time around. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1657484 So... I didn't really utilize SP when I first joined in July 2007. Didn't blog much, or post on message boards. By August of that year, I'd pretty much stopped all activities--big mistake. See, in fall 2007, I took a full course-load at my college for the first time. <BR> <BR> As those of you who are college alumni or current students like myself know, four classes a semester is hectic, not to mention stressful! Oh, I reveled in it, though. The problem was, I threw myself into academi... Mon, 5 Jan 2009 10:10:20 EST Tense muscles! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=647336 Ack! I just yawned and attempted to stretch my arms over my head at the same time, but my shoulder muscles seized up. PAIN. I guess I've been a little anxious about Summer Semester winding down at college. July 31st is coming too soon/not fast enough. At least I'll have a blissful three-week vacation before the Fall Semester begins. Wed, 11 Jul 2007 00:01:02 EST Fatty restaurant food is fattening. Yeouch. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=635768 I went to Chili's for lunch today, and ordered a house salad (with balsamic vinaigrette dressing) and a smoked turkey sandwich. Ate the salad--picked out the croutons--and half the sandwich. Didn't touch the french fries. After college, I came home and looked up the nutritional information on the food I'd consumed several hours earlier. Holy crap. <BR> <BR> How, how can two ounces of balsamic vinaigrette contain 27 fat grams?! And don't get me started on the sandwich... I love the foo... Tue, 3 Jul 2007 21:48:29 EST Entry the first. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=634804 I finally had a breakthrough on my weight today! I was worried that I'd be stuck at 133 forever. I think the nuts helped. I was starving last night after dinner and trying to ignore it. Then I remembered a passage in "YOU on a Diet" about how eating a handful of nuts can satiate hunger. So I filled a dry-measure quarter-cup with pecans and, like magic, the pangs went away. <BR> <BR> Sure, nuts are fatty, but it's the unsaturated kind--plus, it's full of protein and a bit of fiber. I'... Tue, 3 Jul 2007 09:57:21 EST