DATABLUE's SparkPeople Blog DATABLUE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Betty Crocker can eat my stretchy pants. Have you ever read a cookbook or fancy food magazine and thought "Someday I'll do that." and then turn around and just make something easy out of a box? That's been the story of my life for a long time, but it turns out Someday has finally arrived. I ordered the Sparkpeople Cookbook and I have never been more pleased. I'm enjoying the hell out of the recipes, and they're surprisingly easy to make. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I made a Tomato and Feta Cheese Frittata for breakfast, using shallots... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 18:31:36 EST Building a Morning Routine When I was little, I was most likely to be in the most trouble in the morning. My mom would wake me up over and over again, only to check 5 minutes later and find me asleep again. Often times this wasn't a conscious decision on my part, and when I did wake up it was to find my mom standing over me in the midst of raging over my inability to get up. I would stumble out of bed, grab whatever clothes were handy and stumble to the kitchen where I would begin getting breakfast ready for my sibl... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 17:19:13 EST New Year New Choices It's been awhile since I've participated in the website, though I've been using the meal planner and the recipes. Life took a funny turn on me in December. First, my trip home imploded into an all-out war between my siblings and I regarding issues with my mom's mental health. I came home not speaking to some of them, but we were able to put that aside a week later when my cousin, and best friend, lost her husband suddenly. It was shocking and incredibly sad, as after 10 years of fertilit... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 20:02:05 EST Stumbling Last night and this morning were not my most motivated of times. I got home and my boyfriend had made dinner. I was so hungry and it was so good (brown rice and black bean burritos) that I had seconds. Then I had some mochi that my friend had brought me, because he didn't know that I was trying to eat healthy. This morning I was having trouble getting going, so I didn't pack a lunch or make my breakfast. I ended up picking up a banana and a Cliff bar at the gas station on my way to work.... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 14:59:36 EST I am a rockstar! Yesterday morning I got up and the sun was shining. My dog gave me sad puppy eyes so I put her in the car and we went to the dog park. I'm lucky enough to live near a huge dog park, so we had a nice long, brisk walk through the park. I got my exercise in, though it was nothing compared to the crazy running, jumping joy my dog was having. Someday I want to be able to jog with dog, not only to keep both of us healthy and happy, but because I love to watch the obvious joy my dog gets out of ... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 15:20:53 EST Yay! Also Booo! Yay! <BR> <BR> I weighed in this morning and found I was down 6.5 lbs from last week, which of course gave me a much needed burst of energy and good-moodiness. We also had some great news financially, as my bf got a call back from a job he had applied for, our landlord was very friendly in extending the time we had to pay rent, so we're not as stressed about it, and and and monkeys! <BR> <BR> Booo! <BR> <BR> I'm still struggling with trying to get out of bed early enough to get some exe... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 15:20:42 EST One Week In So we've been following SparkPeople for a week now. It's been interesting and easier than I expected, it's really nice that my boyfriend has been really supportive and is helping with the meal plans and cooking. A lot of the food we had this week from SP meal plan has been really good and we're looking forward to another week of it, and to adjusting the meal plan to incorporate the food we already have as money is starting to get very tight. <BR> <BR> I fly out Sunday for Iowa, as my mom i... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 17:39:05 EST This Blog is Boring Dinner last night went well. The restaurant serves ginormous portions of everything, so I didn't order anything except a side of steamed asparagus, then took one of the tiny bread plates and filled it from my boyfriend's plate. I was able to enjoy my favorite Chicken Saltimbocca and still stay in my calorie range for the day. <BR> <BR> I love my boyfriend, very much. We've even discussed marriage to a certain extent, but while our night out was fun, the evening ended in tears. An issue w... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 13:56:22 EST Small Steps It's closing in on the end of my first week trying to stick with my Spark plans and it's gone well. I haven't been trying to rush out and do everything at once. We printed the meal plan and the grocery list and have been following it all week. We've made a couple of exceptions because of my boyfriend failing to understand the purpose of some things. For instance he bought 2% milk instead of Skim, but since I've been skipping the snacks most days (I usually pick something from breakfast/lu... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 18:44:54 EST Empty Calories full of Love and Acceptance Sometimes life sucks. It's true for everyone. This year has been one giant sucker punch to the emotional gut for me. <BR> <BR> Earlier this year my best friend's 10 year old son died in a tragic home accident. I loved that little guy, and told everyone he was just another one of my nephew. I did a lot of telling myself to "stay strong" so I could be there to support my friend, and I did. Then when I would get home, I would curl up on the sofa with the highest-fat, highest-carb food I ... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 14:08:46 EST Day 2: The Battle with the Disgusting Monster Yesterday I convinced my boyfriend to try the SP thing with me. At least to follow the meal plan with me for a week. I printed the pre-generated meal plan and shopping list from the website, we ordered groceries online and I made a run to the store for the fresh fruit and veggies. We were prepared! <BR> <BR> Well... sort of. <BR> <BR> I was scrambling this morning to get the dog out and fed, the cat fed, breakfast made and my lunch ready to go with me to work. (I have not showered today... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 13:22:54 EST Completion Percentage I am a notorious non-finisher. My whole life I have given up on things halfway through. I've aced english assignment after english assignment, only to barely scrape by in the class because I don't complete the term paper. I've started a "Healthy New Lifestyle" at least twice a year for the last 20 years, and still I find myself staring down the barrel of my 30s 200 pounds overweight. The only thing I've ever finished is my meals. <BR> <BR> Still, it's not too late, this time I'll finish.... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 15:56:16 EST