DARK_CINDERELLA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DARK%5FCINDERELLA DARK_CINDERELLA'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/ So it's been awhile.... ;p (pic heavy) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5015473 So, in all honesty, I have all but abandoned SP. Sure I log in *almost* every day and spin the wheel. I troll message boards and respond to some. I keep up with the Daily Spark blogs (usually). I read friends' blogs. But as far as tracking? I can't remember the last time I tracked food OR exercise on SP. Not that I haven't been tracking or exercising. In fact, I was doing REEEEAAAAALLY well up until July when we went away for our ten year anniversary. Speaking of which, I promised so... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 17:36:58 EST 2011 and 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4652419 2011 was a pretty good year overall. My life has improved. My weight has improved. I'm stronger, happier, and healthier. I can do 15 push-ups in a row. I completed my first 5K race (and another) and Ruckus. My goals for the year (according to my SP blog) were as follows: <BR> <BR> PLANS FOR 2011 <BR> <BR> 1) I will CONTINUE with therapy. It's the best thing to happen to me. I have decreased the frequency, but I'm definitely NOT ready to be "finished" yet. <BR> <BR> I did continue for... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 20:48:13 EST And where am I one month later? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4573399 On October 3, I took some photos: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l163190031.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and some measurements. I am posting my "end of the month" progress now due to the fact that my period was five days late (for no good reason...grrr), and I wanted an accurate representation WITHOUT the period bloating that I inevitably get. <BR> <BR> So, here is me now: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l329114206.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Or, a bett... Mon, 7 Nov 2011 19:09:30 EST Need Some Feedback..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4534300 Today I went to my doctor for my yearly check-up. Since seeing him last year, I have lost exactly one pound according to his scale. How depressing. Anyways, my check-up was normal. He ordered blood work and then asked if I had any problems. I told him how disgusted I was that despite regular exercise, I wasn't losing weight. I told him I was having about 50% success with keeping my calories between 1200-1400 per day. He then ordered thyroid function tests and took out his prescription ... Thu, 13 Oct 2011 19:31:44 EST Weights and Measures Oct. 3 - Supreme 90 Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4517920 It's the beginning of another month and therefore the beginning of a new challenge. This one is just to see who can make the most changes in one month. So here is my starting place: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l299835097.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Weight: 178.2 lbs <BR> Waist (at belly button): 35.75 in <BR> Hips at widest point: 44 in <BR> Bust: 35 in <BR> Bicep: 11.75 in <BR> Thigh: 25.5 in <BR> Calf: 16.5 in <BR> <BR> Let's see how far we can go in a month... Mon, 3 Oct 2011 21:56:56 EST A bit down..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4513580 This is not going to be an inspirational or uplifting post. I have been having a hard time over the last couple of weeks, despite being insanely busy. Two weeks ago was my "ovulation date," and things happened as they should. Hope is there as it always is, but I have stopped hanging all my hopes on one nail. That nail is getting rusty and bent and can't take the weight. If that nail falls, I would be devastated again, and there is just too much going on right now to take a moment of deva... Sat, 1 Oct 2011 12:05:37 EST Great Race and then some http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4503909 Today was the Great Race in Pittsburgh. The day dawned bright and clear and 62 degrees. The sky was a beautiful robin's egg blue, and the breeze was gentle and cool. My sister-in-law, her boyfriend, and I started the walk down the hill from their apartment. At the bottom of the hill, who are the first two people we encounter? SMILEITSALLGOOD and BAM0827! We continued on to the starting area where a throng of people had already gathered: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople... Sun, 25 Sep 2011 23:08:48 EST A Bit of Sunshine, an Update, and Goals 3 & 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4486590 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l175404631.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Isn't that a nice piece of sunshine? And it means that, yes, I have lost a pound. <em>30</em> I woke up this morning, got on the scale, and was welcomed with the number 175.8. Woot! <BR> <BR> Another accomplishment? Worked out four times last week. And..... <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l241505341.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l165714944.jpg"> <BR> ... Thu, 15 Sep 2011 13:40:59 EST Goal #5 - Vanity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4469695 I am tackling the next "easy" goal on my list with this blog. <BR> <BR> 5) I want to wear cute clothes. <BR> <BR> What makes this goal an "easy" one to tackle is not actually reaching it, but the plan to get there. All I need to wear the cute skirts and tops and pants that I want to is to lose weight and become smaller. Now before everyone starts in on the whole "you can dress well at any size" bit, let me say that I know that. In fact, I know how to dress well. People can never believ... Tue, 6 Sep 2011 14:59:03 EST So what's the plan, Stan? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4456008 Over the next few entries, I am going to take each of my previously stated eight goals and outline my plan to meet each and every one by next August 26. Just as a warning, I am taking them out of order because that’s how my brain works, and that’s the order in which I have developed plans. <BR> <BR> 8) I want a busy schedule but a peaceful mind. <BR> <BR> I am a Type A, independent woman that thrives on a certain amount of stress. I have to be busy to be effective at anything I do. Witho... Tue, 30 Aug 2011 08:16:18 EST It has come to my attention.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4453362 That August 26 was my Sparkiversary. What better time to reevaluate goals and see where I am now in comparison to where I was? As far as weight goes, I am exactly where I was a year ago. Not an encouraging thought, but at the same time I did NOT gain, which IS mildly encouraging. Let's take a look at last year's goals and see how I did: <BR> <BR> 1) "My ultimate goal is to get back down to 145lbs." Obviously, that didn't happen. <BR> <BR> 2) "I will get back to training at least 4 da... Sun, 28 Aug 2011 20:28:51 EST What a week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4451349 So much is going on this week that I don’t even know where to begin. I guess a little backstory is a decent place to start. Prior to this week I had become restless and – quite honestly – bored with life. My job – rather, my boss and her scheduling – have become frustrating. I think Supreme 90 – though amazing – was creating burnout and therefore dropped off. My eating? Ugh, don’t even get me started. Suffice it to say that I basically took ~2 weeks off from every healthy habit I ever ... Sat, 27 Aug 2011 13:46:18 EST Supreme 90 Day Update - Week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4397738 I have a week of Supreme 90 under my belt, and let me just say - wow! I love this program! It's tough but not enough to kill me. And because it's different every day, it's so much easier to keep coming back - unlike my previous attempts at 30 Day Shred and such. Each day makes me give the absolute last of myself, but when it's over there is this immense sense of accomplishment. <BR> <BR> I already told you about Chest/Back and Ultimate Ball. The remaining four days of the week consist... Sun, 31 Jul 2011 14:48:03 EST Supreme 90 Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4375991 Ruckus really made me feel like I could do anything, so I decided to ride that feeling right into my next fitness adventure. Monday I started a program that is starting to get a lot of buzz: the Supreme 90 Day System. The program has been dubbed “an inexpensive alternative to P90X.” I had always been intrigued by P90X, but couldn’t stomach the price tag – especially if it turned out to be impossible for me. Then SP reviewed the Supreme 90 Day system, and I became intrigued. In the box t... Wed, 20 Jul 2011 23:28:07 EST Do YOU play hard? (Ruckus recap) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4373280 Saturday I had the immense privilege of participating in Ruckus Pittsburgh. All I can say is WOW! It was tough (though not as much as I had imagined) and exhausting (in a GOOD way!), but it was also so much fun! A friend and I ran it, and though we did not get the best time (could it be because I kept taking pictures?), we had a blast! I just wanted to see if I could finish without dying, and I wanted to simply have fun. Both goals were accomplished. Oh, and did I mention I took photos?... Tue, 19 Jul 2011 19:14:48 EST LOOONG overdue update, which also happens to be long...with pictures! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4329204 As the title says, it has been entirely too long since I blogged here, and there is a ton to say, per se. There has been so much going on that I'm not even sure where I should begin. Therefore, I'm going to start with an update on my measurements: <BR> <BR> Weight 6/28/11: 176.8lbs <BR> <BR> Measurements: (current/previous/change) <BR> Waist: 32.5 in / 34 in / -1.5 in <BR> Chest: 33.75 in / 34.75 in / -1 in <BR> Hips: 43.5 in / 43.5 in / 0 <BR> Bicep: 12 in / 11.75 in / +0.25 in <BR> Fore... Tue, 28 Jun 2011 21:03:59 EST Leadership http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4228208 I had a dream last night that my hubby and I were part of an experiment of the social type. I was called up as the first participant. There was a floor surrounded by spectators. The floor had several lights connected to buttons. The goal of the experiment was to see if the participants could hit each button when lit within a time limit. After all but one button was hit, the last one would not light. The participant would have one chance to hit the correct button within a few seconds. I... Thu, 12 May 2011 14:16:56 EST Just another shameless plug http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4222356 If you're wondering where I've been in my blog, head over here: <link>mom-in-faith.blogspot.com </link> So much is going on right now, and it's so hard to keep my head up. I update that blog at least 2-3 times per week. Hope to see some of you there! Tue, 10 May 2011 07:44:49 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4180209 So, I haven’t done a very good job the last two weeks. Started off strong with the 30 Day Shred, and then monsoon season (or so it seems) hit western PA. Consequently, my basement flooded, and I was unable to work out on the wet floor. For the first week, I was still diligent. I ran; I used the elliptical; and I used the arc trainer. Then last week even that fell by the wayside. Oh, and by the way, it’s STILL raining. <BR> <BR> Oh, and the diet part of this lifestyle? It took a long w... Wed, 20 Apr 2011 20:54:03 EST Where to go from here......AKA a fresh start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4138791 Last week I ran my 5K (it feels so much longer than that....), and now - after a brief pseudo-break - it's time to reevaluate and go in a different direction. I have learned some things about myself in training for this 5K: <BR> <BR> First, I learned that I need a goal to shoot for. Not a weight-loss goal (obviously that hasn't worked this time around) but an achievable yet tough goal with an unmovable date of completion. Unfortunately, another race isn't going to cut it as my goal. I wi... Sun, 3 Apr 2011 13:34:45 EST JASR http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4123300 As many of you know, Saturday was my first 5K. I did Just a Short Run (JASR) with a friend and had been involved in the SP team leading up to the race. Saturday morning dawned bright and.....actually, no. I conned my hubby into taking me to the race (we were going to have lunch and hang out with his sister in Pittsburgh), and we left BEFORE the first vestiges of dawn even appeared. So, cold (18 degrees) and dark was the way our day began. <BR> <BR> Around the halfway point of our journey... Mon, 28 Mar 2011 08:58:27 EST Update on my HSG: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4115340 Well, it looks like there is no problem at all with me. And the test hurt, but not unbearably. The bad cramps didn't come until AFTER I got off the table. Then they hit with a vengeance. But even those only lasted for about an hour. For those of you medical nerds (like me), this is what the test looked like: <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l191635034.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In a nutshell, you're seeing dye in my uterus and nicely spilling out from my tubes on both sides. In f... Thu, 24 Mar 2011 13:39:41 EST Has it really been a month since I've posted a blog? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4113846 Time sure has flown....I've written at least a dozen blogs in my head, but none of them ever made it here. The funny thing? I've been so bombarded that I didn't even notice that fact until now. In case that statement alone doesn't clue you in, it's been an intense couple of weeks. <BR> <BR> First of all, two weekends ago started a heckish couple of weeks at work. On a side note, what good does it do to complain constantly about your situation instead of just working through it? It makes... Wed, 23 Mar 2011 21:46:07 EST Good News and Bad News http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4044899 So, I had that doctor's appointment today. I won't lie; I was all kinds of nervous. Turns out there's good news, mediocre news, and bad news. <BR> <BR> Good news: he doesn't think I'm too fat. Honestly, this was a huge worry of mine. I thought he was going to look at my chart, look at me, and say "Lady, you can't come in here and ask for help with conception when you weigh this much. What are you, crazy?" Well, needless to say, he didn't say that. In fact, it wasn't an issue at all. ... Thu, 24 Feb 2011 16:19:05 EST Progress, FINALLY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4038686 First, a confession: after the second consecutive disappointing showing two weeks ago, I began to eat everything in sight. At least, it felt like I did. <BR> <BR> And yet, last week's weight really didn't reflect that. I remained stable. And then, this week's weight went DOWN. This week's stats: <BR> <BR> Weight 2/21/11: 177.2lbs <BR> <BR> Measurements: (current/previous/change) <BR> Waist: 34 in / 34 in / 0 in <BR> Chest: 34 in / 34.25 in /-0.25 in <BR> Hips: 43 in / 44.5 in / -1... Tue, 22 Feb 2011 14:22:06 EST Do you ever just want to tear your hair out? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4002261 First things first: weights and measures. <BR> <BR> Weight 2/8/11: 178.2lbs (+2.2lbs since last week! STILL GOING UP! GRRR) <BR> <BR> Measurements: (current/previous/change) <BR> Waist: 34 in / 34.25 in / -0.25 in <BR> Chest: 34.25 in / 33.5 in /+0.75 in <BR> Hips: 44.5 in / 43.25 in / +1.25 in (!!!!) <BR> Bicep: 11.5 / 11.5 in / 0 in <BR> Forearm: 9.75 in / 9.75 in / 0 in <BR> Thigh: 25.25 in / 24.75 in / + 0.5 in (!!!!) <BR> Calf: 17.0 in / 16.5 in / +0.5 in (!!!!) <BR> Body Fat Pe... Tue, 8 Feb 2011 20:54:45 EST It's ok. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3986979 So, I have no idea what I weigh today, but that's ok. After this morning, that's more than ok. I ran - the WHOLE time - a 5K today on the treadmill in 38:24. <BR> <BR> It's more than ok, because I RAN over 38 minutes. It's more than ok because I RAN 3.11 miles. So for today, I don't care what I weigh. That may change when this high fades, but for today, it's all ok. Thu, 3 Feb 2011 12:06:26 EST WTH? I honestly and truly DON'T understand this...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3979960 First, the results before the ranting: <BR> <BR> Weight 1/17/11: 176lbs (+.2lbs from my PERIOD weight and +3 lbs since Friday!) <BR> <BR> Measurements: (current/previous/change) <BR> Waist: 34.25 in / 33.5 in / +0.75 in <BR> Chest: 33.5 in / 34.25 in / -0.75 in <BR> Hips: 43.25 in / 43 in / +0.25 in <BR> Bicep: 11.5 / 11.5 in / 0 in <BR> Forearm: 9.75 in / 10 in / -0.25 in <BR> Thigh: 24.75 in / 25 in / -0.25 in <BR> Calf: 16.5 in / 16.5 in / 0 in <BR> Body Fat Percentage: 40.9% / 41.4% / -... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 09:58:06 EST The Battle for Sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3972368 One of the challenges this week in one of my teams is to write a blog with helpful hints for sleeping well. Oh, how that hits home for me! I have struggled with insomnia most of my life. I've had horrific nightmares that wake me up and keep me up at night. I've had trouble shutting my brain off and therefore had issues falling asleep. I've had restless sleep. You name it; I've struggled with it. Not sleeping is HORRIBLE. Then you take the fact that the less sleep I get, the less contr... Sat, 29 Jan 2011 18:52:18 EST Who would ever have thought my gym partner would be my grandma? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3953529 So, I didn't go back and finish that particular run from Monday. And I took Tues-Thurs off, too. UGH. BUT, I got back on the horse, so to speak on Friday. And boy did I ever! Went to the Y on Friday with my grandma (more on that in a bit) where I ran for 30 minutes (9 running/1 walking x3) and did ~30 minutes of strength training. Parts of me are still a bit sore today. At least it's a "nice" sore! <BR> <BR> Anyways, back to the Y. And back to the fact that my grandmother is my new gy... Sun, 23 Jan 2011 17:39:02 EST Weights and Measures Week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3933041 Weight 1/17/11: 175.8lbs (TOM came to visit today) <BR> <BR> Measurements: (current/previous/change) <BR> Waist: 33.5 in / 33.25 in / +0.25 in <BR> Chest: 34.25 in / 34 in / +0.25 in <BR> Hips: 43 in / 43.25 in / -0.25 in <BR> Bicep: 11.5 / 11.5 in / 0 in <BR> Forearm: 10 in / 10 in / 0 in <BR> Thigh: 25 in / 25.25 in / -0.25 in <BR> Calf: 16.5 in / 16.5 in / 0 in <BR> Body Fat Percentage: 41.4% / 41.4% / 0% change via Omron Full Body Analysis Scale <BR> <BR> Overall, I'm pretty happy. TO... Mon, 17 Jan 2011 11:07:17 EST Weights and Measures keep the world accountable... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3909428 ...Or maybe just me. ;) <BR> <BR> Weight 1/10/11: 174.6lbs <BR> <BR> Measurements: <BR> Waist: 33.25 in <BR> Chest: 34 in <BR> Hips: 43.25 in <BR> Bicep: 11.5 in <BR> Forearm: 10 in <BR> Thigh: 25.25 in <BR> Calf: 16.5 in <BR> Body Fat Percentage: 41.4 via Omron Full Body Analysis Scale Mon, 10 Jan 2011 09:55:06 EST Built-in External Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3903119 This year is shaping up to be full of built-in motivation <BR> <BR> First of all, the hubby has just reconnected with an old college buddy of his within the last week. This particular buddy has invited us out to his house for the weekend in February. I already know I'm going to be extremely self-conscious while we're there. Why? Because he is rich. Coming from my background growing up (which was very poor), I am always self-conscious around people of means. And then, by extension, I wo... Sat, 8 Jan 2011 11:03:28 EST So here's the plan.......(subject to change :p ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3887747 Confession time: I have never run a 5K RACE.....I've gone the distance, but never a race. I always chicken out. I'm afraid of not making it, of coming in last, of people laughing at me, etc. Last year a friend was going to run one with me at Halloween, and then she said she couldn't do it.....which left me alone, and again, I was too scared. Who'd have thought? Me, a coward? Ugh! Anyways, all that to say, I have signed up for a 5K in March - Just a Short Run. I have paid my money. M... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 09:38:25 EST Reflections, Plans......and goal by 6/15/11????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3878599 OK, first off let me apologize if you have been overloaded with analyses of the prior year or resolutions or plans for the coming year. It's just so EASY to take stock at this time of year. It's even built in to the festivities. Everyone wants to know what your resolutions are or if you had a good year. Alas, I am joining the fray. <BR> <BR> REFLECTIONS ON 2010 <BR> <BR> Overall, 2010 was a great year. It had to be. It didn't have a lot to live up to as 2009 was kind of crummy. Bri... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 22:12:52 EST Overemotional, so no fancy blog title today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3803708 Before I start, let me apologize if this sounds like it's rambling or unintelligible. My thoughts are scattered, and I'm emotional. And this is probably whiny and venting, so just a warning. <BR> <BR> First off, I hate being sick. I hate it because it makes me weak. I hate it because it turns me into a big baby. And I don't know what to do with myself. And I don't know what to do with other people. <BR> <BR> I'm always the strong one. I always take care of everyone else, but when I'm... Wed, 24 Nov 2010 12:22:21 EST Oops, I forgot...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3791091 To post my measurements Monday! I did them but just never posted them, so here they are: <BR> <BR> Weight 11/15/10: 178lbs <BR> <BR> Measurements (11/15/10) / Previous / Change: <BR> Waist: 32.75 inches / 33.75 in / -1 in <BR> Chest: 33.5 inches / 34 in / -0.5 in <BR> Hips: 43.75 inches / 44.25 in / -0.5 in <BR> Bicep: 12 inches / 11.5 in / +0.5 in <BR> Forearm: 10 inches / 10 in / 0 <BR> Thigh: 25.5 inches / 25.5 in / 0 <BR> Calf: 16.75 inches / 17.25 in / -0.5 in <BR> Body Fat Percentage... Wed, 17 Nov 2010 21:09:08 EST Moment of Truth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3769456 Was I right in the amount of progress I made? Did my hard work from last week pay off? Let's see: <BR> <BR> Weight 11/8/10: 180.4lbs (-.2) <BR> <BR> Measurements (11/8/10) / Previous / Change: <BR> Waist: 33.75 inches / 35 in / -1.25 in <BR> Chest: 34 inches / 34.5 in / -0.5 in <BR> Hips: 44.25 inches / 44 in / +0.25 in <BR> Bicep: 11.5 inches / 12 in / -0.5 in <BR> Forearm: 10 inches / 10 in / 0 <BR> Thigh: 25.5 inches / 25.75 in / -0.25 in <BR> Calf: 17.25 i... Mon, 8 Nov 2010 08:23:13 EST 1lb gain, but I'm not worried. Yet. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3765495 So, yeah, weighed in at 181.6, but I'm not worried. In fact, I even kind of expected it. Why, you ask? Did I splurge all week? Did I sit on the couch all week? <BR> <BR> I am happy to report that no, I did not eat my way through a McDonald's restaurant. <em>246</em> In fact, the only day I went over on calories this week was yesterday. Instead of my 1200-1500, I ate 1935 calories. Also, included in that 1935 was 3384mg of sodium. We ate Chinese for dinner last night (date night fo... Sat, 6 Nov 2010 05:17:37 EST Remember, remember the 1st of November.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3755450 Oh, wait, that's another day and another story.... <BR> <BR> As for today, I've discovered something about myself. I've discovered that it takes the worry of losing money to get myself motivated again. What does that say about me? And do I care what it says about me? Nah, not really. I'll take anything at this point. So here goes. I put $5 down on the investment that I WILL lose 10 lbs in 10 weeks. And just to keep me honest, here are my current stats: <BR> <BR> Starting Weight: 18... Mon, 1 Nov 2010 21:24:31 EST No need for a test.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3739472 My period just started. Guess it just needed a good ol' horseback riding session to shake itself loose. Time to go have a good cry and then get on with life. Thanks, though, for all your comments. Mon, 25 Oct 2010 15:36:34 EST I just need to freak out a little.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3738260 So, Brian and I have been trying to have a baby since February of this year, and it hasn't worked yet. This month everything worked out the way it was supposed to: Brian was actually in town, timing was right, and the ovulation strip said I ovulated. <BR> <BR> However, I took one of those "early detection" pregnancy tests 4 days ago (3 days before I was supposed to start) and it was negative. I was disappointed, but honestly, I was used to disappointment at that point. I've taken the pes... Mon, 25 Oct 2010 07:50:48 EST Recap of week 1 and plan for week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3607502 What did I accomplish this past week? I succeeded in exercising three separate days this week. <BR> <BR> What do I intend to accomplish this next week? I will exercise four separate days. I also intend to start training seriously for my 5K in October. I've been jogging this week to get a gauge for where I have relapsed to, but no real "training" this week. My other goal for the week is to keep my calories under 1400 at least 5 days of the week. <BR> <BR> I decided to try the novel idea... Sat, 4 Sep 2010 21:07:36 EST What a day, what a day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3583686 Whew! <BR> <BR> SOOOOO, set my alarm for this morning to get up and run at 5AM.......well, hubby wasn't home last night, so maybe I sorta stayed up a teensie weensie bit late last night? <em>40</em> I hit my snooze not once, but several times......and didn't get up till 6:15AM. Oh, and there's this little thing called work that I have to leave my house by 6:45AM for........ <em>29</em> Needless to say, I didn't run before work. Instead, I practically ran my bum off to get there on ... Sat, 28 Aug 2010 17:59:36 EST Old Blogs from Kharahlyn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3579274 Old Blogs: <BR> <BR> Note to Self: Choices <BR> Friday, April 23, 2010 <BR> <BR> I heard someone say today that we all make choices every day. I've heard that statement maybe a million times, but today it really hit me. <BR> <BR> We ALL make choices, EVERY day.... We CHOOSE to wear white or black. We CHOOSE to go to work or not. We CHOOSE to be happy; we CHOOSE to be sad. We CHOOSE to be fat; we CHOOSE to be thin. Yep, I said it. We choose. There may be medical components, of course (trus... Fri, 27 Aug 2010 07:54:21 EST About me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3578041 A bit about me: <BR> <BR> First off, this is my second SP profile. Due to some technical difficulties as well as my desire to completely start from scratch, here we are. For those of you who may have known me, I was Kharahlyn in another life.........Now, on to the "good stuff." <BR> <BR> 1) I am a nurse. I work in critical care, and nursing is my life. Whenever anyone asks who I am, the first thing I say is "I'm a nurse." Yeah, it's that important. <BR> <BR> 2) I have been happily... Thu, 26 Aug 2010 19:39:27 EST