DAVIEGRRL's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DAVIEGRRL DAVIEGRRL'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/ Long time no sparkpeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4835205 I have been MIA for awhile. <BR> <BR> I was getting super frustrated over not being able to get below 140lbs. So I decided to stop obsessing and focus on just making healthy choices. <BR> <BR> I kept exercising 6 days a week. I kept eating healthy meals full of fruits, veggies, and whole grains. I took several week long breaks from sugar to see if I could (I can!). <BR> <BR> And now I am down to 137.5lbs. <BR> <BR> Only 2.5lbs from my (what I thought was unreachable) goal set way back... Sat, 14 Apr 2012 20:13:59 EST Happy V-day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4738325 We had our big traditional dinner last night. I stayed in my calorie range and thoroughly enjoyed it. <BR> <BR> Today I have planned all my meals and snacks. NOT going to be tempted by the chocolate treats and extra calories they pack. <BR> <BR> This year, I am choosing to love myself. <BR> <BR> That means not treating my body like a garbage can by dumping a bunch of junk in. <BR> <BR> It deserves to be fed well. <BR> <BR> Happy V-day to me! <BR> <BR> Tue, 14 Feb 2012 10:58:27 EST V-Day cometh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4735843 We have a tradition at our place for Valentines. LASAGNA! And not some store bought stuff. Nope. HOMEMADE LASAGNA! Our recipe is loaded with fat and calories. We only eat it twice a year, Valentines and my husband's birthday. <BR> <BR> Of course, we serve it with salad, crusty french bread and some sinful chocolate dessert. <BR> <BR> Best. Meal. Ever. <BR> <BR> My grandma comes to dinner and we treat her as the guest of honor. We dine by candle light. I tuck little Valentines a... Sun, 12 Feb 2012 22:01:58 EST Half Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4730919 I have been invited to run a half-marathon with my cousin and sister-in-law in February 2013. The Princess Half-Marathon in Disney World, to be exact. <BR> <BR> My questions... <BR> <BR> 1) Will there be princesses cheering me on as I cross the finish line? REAL ones? This would be highly motivating. A bonus would be pictures of me with said princesses and some sort of medal. <BR> <BR> 2) Do I like running enough to do a whole heck of a lot of it? The farthest I have previously run ... Thu, 9 Feb 2012 15:42:25 EST Down, but not in the right way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4727959 With my new and improved plan I have gained a pound. <BR> <BR> Niiiiiiiccccceeeeeee. <BR> <BR> Hello Discouragement! Fancy meeting you here. What's that? You want to set up camp and stay a bit? Why the heck not. You can hang out with the 2 lbs that I can't shake from my belly, thighs, and butt. <BR> <BR> Blah. <BR> <BR> And I can't figure out my new MP3 player and it is driving me nuts. I hate exercising in silence. I hate feeling stupid over a tiny little electronic device that ... Tue, 7 Feb 2012 22:02:47 EST Hungry Days v. Not Hungry Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4719461 Am I the only one that experiences the Hungry v. Not Hungry phenomena? <BR> <BR> Some days, I really could care less about food. I'm just not hungry. I still eat my planned meals, but with little thought or fanfare. Eating just isn't a big deal. These are the BEST days because it is easy to stay within my range. <BR> <BR> Other days, I am nothing but hungry and think WAY too much about food. I eat up my planned meals and want more, more, MORE! I have to drink lots of water and stay a... Thu, 2 Feb 2012 22:21:31 EST Stuck http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4714491 I am stuck. <BR> <BR> Stuck at 141.5 lbs. <BR> <BR> My last two weigh-ins have been the same and it is frustrating because: <BR> 1) I gained a pound <BR> 2) I have been stuck with gain for 2 weeks. <BR> <BR> <BR> I WANT MY 10 lbs. LOST PARTY! <BR> <BR> *hmpf* <BR> <BR> Here is what I am going to do to get down to 140 lbs.... <BR> <BR> 1) Attempt to drink an oz of water for every pound I weigh. I read this is helpful somewhere on sparkpeople....141 oz is a lot, but I am set to do ... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 14:11:38 EST *huff*huff*huff* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4699345 I am huffing about after a surprising weigh in. <BR> <BR> I was thinking today was THE DAY I would hit the 10lb lost mark. I am very excited to throw my little par-tay to celebrate this feat. I have been looking forward to seeing the scale read in the 130's. (*insert image of an eager me stepping on the scale here*) <BR> <BR> Weeeeellllllll..... <BR> <BR> Notsomuch. <BR> <BR> BLECK! <BR> <BR> I am actually up 1 lb. <BR> <BR> DOUBLE BLECK! <BR> <BR> I am blaming TOM (you know...that... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 15:48:42 EST Video http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4696095 Tonight my family was playing Wii together. One of the really fun games that you have to run and jump and stuff. We were laughing and have such a great time. <BR> <BR> My husband took a few videos with his phone when I wasn't paying attention. No big deal, just trying to capture the moment for our family blog. <BR> <BR> Well, I sat down and watched the video and was mortified. <BR> <BR> I have been walking around feeling so good about myself and my weight loss. Then I saw me running... Sat, 21 Jan 2012 23:56:31 EST Flat tummy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4689276 I am the mother of two kids...the last one birthed 5 1/2 years ago. They are wonderful little beings that are a source of incredible joy. Bringing them into the world was quite the experience. It left me in awe of what my body is capable of. <BR> <BR> But... <BR> <BR> (you know what's coming, huh?!) <BR> <BR> Pregnancy also left me with a strangely misshapen and flabby tummy. <BR> <BR> For the first two years I didn't care AT ALL. I was too tired and distracted by how huge my boobs ... Wed, 18 Jan 2012 13:57:58 EST BMR http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4686555 I figured out my BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) today. If I did the calculations correctly, that is. <BR> <BR> 1416.36 <BR> <BR> Hmmmmm.... <BR> <BR> Trying to wrap my head around what this means. Once I reach my goal weight, I *think* it is how many calories I can consume and not gain weight. However, this does not account for exercise. If I do my usual 45 minutes x 6 days per week, it goes up to around 1800. Wowser! <BR> <BR> That seems like alot of calories after being on this 1200-... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 11:03:13 EST Another pound down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4682136 140.5lbs <BR> <BR> I am soooooooo friggin' close to my original goal of 140lbs! I must of gotten on and off the scale 8 times yesterday hoping that pesky 1/2 lb would disappear! I am so excited to celebrate after losing all 10lbs! <BR> <BR> My celebration idea... <BR> <BR> 1) Date night with HUBBY! I will serve a delicious and healthy vegetarian meal (creamy kale stuffed portabellas with wild rice, red wine, and flourless chocolate cake) <BR> <BR> 2) I will wear a FAB new (smaller) o... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 13:43:24 EST Nachooooooos! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4669157 I. Love. Nachos. <BR> <BR> LOVE THEM! <BR> <BR> And, being the calorie bomb that they are, I have been avoiding them since October. <BR> <BR> Yesterday my in-laws treated us to lunch at a great Mexican restaurant that has killer nachos. I did NOT want to order a salad. <BR> <BR> My husband, knowing my love of the cheesy goodness with extra guacamole, leaned over and offered to split a plate with me. <BR> <BR> The angel on one shoulder said, "NO WAY! EAT SALAD!" <BR> <BR> The devil on ... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 15:43:19 EST To my future self http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4664698 What did I do today that my future self with thank me for? <BR> <BR> 1. I exercised first thing this morning <BR> <BR> 2. I bought a bottle of my favorite smelly lotion and a yummy new candle <BR> <BR> <BR> Are you wondering why my future self would be happy with these choices? <BR> <BR> 1. Today kid #1 had play practice and kid #2 had ice skating practice in the morning. I got up early enough to exercise and still have time to feed them well, dress them cute, and cart them off to s... Sat, 7 Jan 2012 19:20:23 EST Protein *sigh* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4662624 I consistently do not get enough protein per my daily nutrition feedback reports. <BR> <BR> I really don't like meat much so I eat little of it. I do try to compensate with yogurt and beans. I love peanut butter but hate all the calories. Protein bars and shakes give me horrible stomach aches so I avoid them. <BR> <BR> This week my goal was to get enough protein everyday. I didn't even hit 60 grams once. ugh. <BR> <BR> I am surprised how hard it is for me. I expected to feedback ... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 18:52:14 EST Getting some great perspectives http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4659239 This week I have been reading more blog posts for other sparkpeople members. Mostly those that have successfully lost a large amount of weight and are in the maintenance phase. I love hear what motivated them and how they maintain. A common theme has emerged that has surprised me. It is about so much more than calories and fitness minutes... <BR> <BR> I am here to lose 15lbs...not 90+. My journey is incredibly different than those I have been reading. Some days, though, it does feel li... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 10:42:27 EST 2011 Wrap Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4646505 I am ending 2011 <BR> <BR> - 8.5 lbs lighter <BR> <BR> - Much more aware and respectful of my daily caloric intake <BR> <BR> - In better shape (working out 6 days a week) <BR> <BR> - Wearing a size smaller pants <BR> <BR> - Feeling good about myself and in control <BR> <BR> <BR> I look to 2012 and plan to... <BR> <BR> - Lose 6.5lbs <BR> <BR> - Maintain my weight at 135lbs <BR> <BR> - Continue to work out 5-6 days per week <BR> <BR> - Live a healthy example for my kids <BR> <BR... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 12:40:51 EST Another day, another weigh in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4645652 I LOST 1lb. over the vacation/holiday. <BR> <BR> wowser. <BR> <BR> I also am down a size in pants. Perhaps I only tried them on to to see if they fit. I ended up buying them so could prance around fitting comfortably in a size 7/8. <BR> <BR> Perhaps I have pointed out my smaller rear in the new pants to my hubby about 100 times today. <BR> <BR> This. feels. good. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>212</em> <em>244</em> <em>334</em> Fri, 30 Dec 2011 22:41:28 EST The scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4643941 I don't have a scale in my house. <BR> <BR> I won't allow it. <BR> <BR> Maybe I tend to be a bit obsessive about weighing myself. I recognize an unhealthy obession when I see one. The scale was tossed years ago. <BR> <BR> I only weigh myself, at the most, once a week. <BR> <BR> At the rec center. <BR> <BR> Today we stopped in quick to let the kids romp in the playroom. I usually only weigh myself in a bathing suit. You know, for consistency. I like to get the lowest number possible.... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 20:39:58 EST I'm baaaaack http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4639194 Vacation was awesome. <BR> <BR> I dropped a pants size before we left. I didn't meet my weight loss goal of 10lbs but did get on that plane feeling good about myself. <BR> <BR> I have enjoyed the holidays. I stopped counting calories from day 1 of vacation until today. I just needed a break. I didn't pig out but I didn't stress out, either. <BR> <BR> I haven't weighed myself in a long time. I will get that done this week. <BR> <BR> I will also get back in the regular exercise rout... Mon, 26 Dec 2011 20:05:18 EST stupid swimsuit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4623079 I ordered a new swimsuit for my vacation. A really cute one to show off my flatter tummy and tan. (Yes, I went to the tanning booth in prep for my beach time...go ahead and judge me.) <BR> <BR> I got an email today...IT WILL NOT BE HERE IN TIME! <BR> <BR> Thanks to unexpected issues with a high volume of orders, it will land on our porch 2 days after we leave. <BR> <BR> Bleck. <BR> <BR> I live in a tiny, cold town high in the mountains. They do not sell swimsuits in the middle of winte... Mon, 12 Dec 2011 17:52:17 EST No Gain...No Loss... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4620771 I finally sucked it up and weighed myself today. The good news is that I did not gain. The bad news is I did not lose. <BR> <BR> I am 5 days until Florida and still 2.5lbs. away from the goal. <BR> <BR> I am so happy that I lost 7.5lbs and am back in good shape again. <BR> <BR> I am so frustrated with myself for getting off track for 2 weeks and blowing my progress. <BR> <BR> i have decided I am not stopping after my vacation. I am not stopping until I lose the 10lbs. I need to ... Sat, 10 Dec 2011 23:08:00 EST Back on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4616220 I have gotten back on track with exercise and caloric intake. <BR> <BR> I'm still stressed and tired but still managing to get stuff done. <BR> <BR> I ordered a new swimsuit. <BR> <BR> Vacation is 8 days away. <BR> <BR> I can do this. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>414</em> <BR> <BR> (thinking Zen thoughts...) Wed, 7 Dec 2011 10:43:12 EST Epic Fail http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4612386 Getting overtired + out of town trip + not wanting friends to know I'm dieting = epic fail with caloric intake. <BR> <BR> We went to Denver this weekend to celebrate my husband's birthday and visit some old friends. The family had a great time, especially enjoying the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. <BR> <BR> I was so stressed and tired that by the time we left I had a full-on anxiety attack. I was in my closet trying to pack in the whole 10 minutes I had before we needed to leave.... Sun, 4 Dec 2011 21:06:37 EST Today I'm Tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4606596 I am soooooo tired today. <BR> <BR> I don't want to track my calories. I don't want to work out. I don't want to pack for my trip this weekend. I don't want to play with my kids. I don't want to do my weekly weigh-in. <BR> <BR> I just want to curl up in my bed with popcorn and a good book. I want to completely ignore all that needs done and hide under my covers in warm jammies. <BR> <BR> I have been so wiped out this week I have really struggled staying on track with diet and exercise... Wed, 30 Nov 2011 20:12:50 EST On to the Christmas Season (on a diet!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4601246 This is going to be an interesting couple of weeks. <BR> <BR> I have NEVER watched what I ate over the holidays. To be honest, I have always been a "I will get back on track on January 1st" kinda person. <BR> <BR> Until now. <BR> <BR> I have made up my mind, this year is going to be different. I am not giving in to every tray of sweets at work. I am not sampling every darn thing at the party buffets. I am not going to base all my holiday cheer off of how many goodies I consumed. <B... Sun, 27 Nov 2011 13:42:44 EST 31 days of Sparkpeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4598797 Today I got 25 points outta nowhere. <BR> <BR> I am a little obsessed with my sparkpoints so I had to figure out where they came from. Did you know that for every 30 days you are active on the site they throw 25 sparkpoints your way? <BR> <BR> What a nice little perk! <BR> <BR> For some reason, it gave me a nice boost today. These past 31 days have been very productive, to say the least. New friends, weight loss, regular exercise, and a lovely lift in my self-esteem. <BR> <BR> And do... Fri, 25 Nov 2011 10:30:00 EST Thanksgiving... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4598257 I feel like I did okay. <BR> <BR> I was mindful and just ate smaller portions (or bites) of the high calorie favorites...mostly. I did splurge and eat an entire piece of carmel apple pie. :) <BR> <BR> My goal was to stay under 2,000 calories and I did. <BR> <BR> I am throwing extra time on my cardio workout tonight, because I was out of my target range of calories. <BR> <BR> It was easier than I expected, to be quite honest. I dressed up pretty in a skirt that had been too tight... Thu, 24 Nov 2011 20:05:25 EST Weigh-in #4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4597345 Holy Guacamole! <BR> <BR> I am 142.5lbs! I have not been this thin since before my son was born. That would be sometime in *gulp* 2005. <BR> <BR> I feel sooooooo good. Not just about the weight loss, either. I feel energized! I feel strong! I feel in control! <BR> <BR> It is wonderful to be a good place again. A place where I like my body instead of pinching, poking, sucking in, and disliking what I see. <BR> <BR> I am proud of me. <BR> <BR> And I am beginning to wonder if ma... Wed, 23 Nov 2011 22:02:50 EST That was harder than I thought. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4592939 Eating out, that is. <BR> <BR> I have not eaten out since starting my spark journey almost 4 weeks ago. I have carefully meal planned and packed lunches and eaten before going to potlucks. I am a woman on a mission. <BR> <BR> Today I made a flying trip out of town to visit a relative in the hospital. It has been a stressful week, with two loved ones inpatient. I was talking & texting with my sister (with one relative) while tending to the other. I forgot to eat breakfast but did find a... Sun, 20 Nov 2011 20:13:14 EST Thanksgiving *gulp* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4590661 *heavy sigh* <BR> <BR> I love cooking, especially for holidays. I make EVERYTHING from scratch and enjoy every minute of it. I get giddy over planning the menu and finding all the perfect recipes. I bask in glowing compliments from friends and family when the meal is devoured. It is one of my favorite times of the year. <BR> <BR> This year, I am not so giddy. <BR> <BR> I have never counted the calories of a Thanksgiving meal before. I ran my pecan pumpkin pie thru the calculator tod... Fri, 18 Nov 2011 21:56:04 EST Weigh-in #3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4587685 MUCH better than last week! <BR> <BR> I am down to 144.5 lbs!!!!!! That is a total loss of 5.5lbs! <BR> <BR> Aaaaannnnnddd, my husband ran his hand across my stomach last night and said, "Wow, you are losing and looking GOOD!" <BR> <BR> Boo-YA! <BR> <BR> Off to do my strength training workout. This steam engine is going full steam ahead. Wed, 16 Nov 2011 20:29:05 EST Thoughts on 1,200-1,500 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4585238 I have never counted calories before. I must say I was shocked the first few days of recording my intake. I was consuming ALOT of empty calories. <BR> <BR> I have appreciated having to stay in the 1,200-1,500 calorie range because it is making me mindful of what I put in my body. Are these meaningful calories or empty calories? Is this splurge worth it? Am I REALLY hungry? Will this keep me full until my next meal? <BR> <BR> I never asked those questions before. If I was hungry, I at... Tue, 15 Nov 2011 10:53:19 EST Thoughts on 1,200-1,500 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4585237 I have never counted calories before. I must say I was shocked the first few days of recording my intake. I was consuming ALOT of empty calories. <BR> <BR> I have appreciated having to stay in the 1,200-1,500 calorie range because it is making me mindful of what I put in my body. Are these meaningful calories or empty calories? Is this splurge worth it? Am I REALLY hungry? Will this keep me full until my next meal? <BR> <BR> I never asked those questions before. If I was hungry, I at... Tue, 15 Nov 2011 10:53:16 EST A new day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4580975 So, after my discouraging weigh-in yesterday I am glad today is a new day. I am NOT going to give up and CAN do this! <BR> <BR> Here are 5 reasons I am not going to let the stupid scale bring me down: <BR> <BR> 1) My clothes are fitting better <BR> 2) My tummy is flatter <BR> 3) I feel good about myself and what I am doing <BR> 4) I am showing my kids how live a healthy life <BR> 5) My husband is exercising with me everyday <BR> <BR> Looking at the bigger picture I see how much bette... Sat, 12 Nov 2011 14:53:34 EST Zero http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4580027 That is how much weight I lost this week. I am so discouraged. <BR> <BR> I don't know what went wrong! I exercised just as much and followed my calorie allowance. Blarg. <BR> <BR> I don't have a scale at home so I weigh myself at the gym. I won't lie, I felt like crying in the locker room. Then I felt silly for getting so upset. Then I went to my car and cried a little. Perhaps I wouldn't be so upset if I was knowingly cheating or something. <BR> <BR> I am healthier. That is wh... Fri, 11 Nov 2011 20:13:31 EST 2 weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4577000 I have faithfully stuck to my diet and exercise plan for 2 weeks. It has been different, but not especially difficult or miserable. <BR> <BR> I actually feel quite good about myself. I feel healthy. I feel in control. I feel excited about meeting my goals and rocking it out during our upcoming vacation. <BR> <BR> I am thankful, oh so thankful, that I am not alone. I don't know if I could have stuck to my daily allowance of calories or laced up my gym shoes every day if I hadn't had... Wed, 9 Nov 2011 20:50:00 EST Taking care of me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4571171 I have a husband and children. I take care of them. <BR> <BR> My dear grandmother with dementia that lives a few blocks away. I help take care of her. <BR> <BR> I manage a busy department of a health care facility. Daily I take full responsibility of my patients and the staff I supervise. <BR> <BR> I manage personal and professional finances. I ensure my home and department are comfortable and presentable. I am no stranger to hard work and long days. <BR> <BR> And lately I have been... Sun, 6 Nov 2011 13:45:17 EST Week 1 = 2lbs. lost http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4568604 I didn't gain, which would have been devastating. <BR> <BR> I didn't maintain, which would have been frustrating. <BR> <BR> I didn't lose all 10lbs. in 1 week, which would have been freakin awesome. <BR> <BR> When I first stepped on the scale, I was thrilled. It has been a long time since the numbers moved in that direction. My plan is doable and working! Yippee! <BR> <BR> After a while, I started beating myself up. I started wishing I had exercised more and eaten less. I got discour... Fri, 4 Nov 2011 16:43:39 EST Need to weigh myself today but... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4565106 ...I'm scared to. <BR> <BR> I am scared that all my careful meal planning, calorie counting, and extra workouts have not paid off and the numbers will be the same. I am scared that if that I may give up if that is the case. <BR> <BR> And I ask myself why I let the numbers get to me like that???? <BR> <BR> Shouldn't it be enough that I feel good about myself on this plan? That I feel healthy and in control for a change? <BR> <BR> Shouldn't I be pleased to pieces that my husband joined me... Wed, 2 Nov 2011 13:42:16 EST Thoughts on my first 5 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4559926 I did not start blogging until today because I wanted to spend a few days figuring out the site (and ensuring it was going to work for me!). Now that I have the hang of things, I'm ready to start putting my thoughts down. <BR> <BR> I am here trying to lose the last 10lbs that have clung to my butt, belly, and thighs since my son was born 5 years ago. I am an active person and eat pretty healthy. I kept thinking the weight would come off just by being who I always was. <BR> <BR> Turns out... Sun, 30 Oct 2011 13:44:03 EST