DEBJAE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DEBJAE DEBJAE'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/ Re-start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661624 April goals: <BR> <BR> 1. Get off my butt <BR> 2. Run 3 X's week...at least 2 miles every time <BR> 3. Weight train 2 X's week <BR> 4. Wean myself off junk & sugar...AGAIN!!! <BR> <BR> I have been OUT of commission for a few months. I’ve been here, done this and pulled myself out of the funk into the wonderful world of fitness before. I haven’t done any type of physical activity in a while. There were several false starts but nothing stuck. <BR> <BR> It’s a new month, a new start, w... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 10:28:46 EST The Fitness Room http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5602169 I moved into my current apartment with full intention to use the fitness room they provide free of charge. I don’t know what took me so long but yesterday I finally followed through. It was clean, it smelled clean, and the machines are in good shape. <BR> <BR> It was awkwardly quiet. There were two other ladies there on treadmills and they had their headphones on. I wasn’t listening to music because I didn’t have my armband phone holder with me; plus, I kept looking up the next exercis... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 10:12:19 EST Getting my money & nutrition in order! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588141 Have you ever thought that overeating and overspending are correlated? I think so. <BR> <BR> Over the last week, I have been working to come up with a budget, one that won’t leave me starving or on a beans & rice meal plan. I believe it can be done but I know it won’t happen with a snap of my fingers or just because I say so. It will require real effort and eliminating the easy swipe of my debit card. <BR> <BR> Thanks to the frequency in which I USED to pay with my debit card, I was abl... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 13:29:56 EST Orthotics? Really? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534762 I have one fallen arch which puts pressure on my ankle, knee, hip and shoulder on one side. It's not painful but I've been seeing a chiropractor for four months because of my lower back. Getting regular adjustments has helped tremendously and I've been weaned down from two visits a week to one every 3 weeks. <BR> <BR> He did a scan of my 'stance' while I was barefooted and that is when he recommended custom orthotics. I think my number was around 114, not exactly sure. They submitted i... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 10:20:13 EST Planning for Fall/Winter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531889 I have the potential to be the most organized person ever…I’m not though, I just have the potential to be. Sigh. I also have the potential to be the biggest couch potato ever…but I can’t afford to buy a new wardrobe every other month so I try to limit those days and offset with active days and getting off my booty. This time of year always proves challenging for me though. Cold fronts come around more often and I am easily drawn to the coziness of my couch, a blanket and a good John Sanfo... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 12:02:31 EST I am...one Tough Mudder! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5526438 WARNING: LONG but detailed & helpful for future tough mudders :) <BR> <BR> First, I guess Sparkpeople limits how many fitness minutes we can log in per day? On Sunday, I did the Tough Mudder in 5 hours start to finish, (more to follow). On the right side of the screen in Sparkpeople where it has this week’s fitness minutes, it only has 120…which is 2 hours not the 5 that I did. For the month, it shorted me by 180 minutes…BOO!! I know what I did though so it’s okay. Maybe I will add mo... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 11:16:10 EST Swimming, running & strength http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510792 One of the status notes I put up yesterday was “my swimming totally stinks but my running and strength kick tail”. Recently, I decided to take swimming lessons to avoid drowning in an upcoming mudrun/obstacle race. I am not a natural in the water, much to my disappointment. <BR> <BR> I don’t have a fear of the water I just never learned to swim. Before these lessons I could only doggie paddle but I would hold my breath for some reason. I also had this overall anxious feeling with tightn... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 13:23:17 EST To Join a Gym or Not... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5507015 I don't know why this decision is giving me fits but it is! <BR> <BR> I got rid of all my workout equipment (weights, bands, tower) when I downsized for my move. I didn't think I'd have room for it and I was right. Unfortunately, I haven't done any sort of strength training in two months...not good! There's a small fitness room at my apartment that has weights and some cardio machines but I have yet to set foot in there. <BR> <BR> There are two or three gyms close by that have ALL the... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 13:03:37 EST Bye-bye September http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500335 It’s been a month, really? While I am good about logging in every day, it’s been a month since I’ve written a blog; my how time flies! <BR> <BR> I have had some challenges with binges and sweets in the last month. Thankfully, they haven’t gotten so out of control that I gained too much, only 6 pounds. I’ve kept up with my running 3-4 times a week and I’m sure that’s helped. <BR> <BR> I’m starting swimming lessons after work this evening. Me. At 42. I attempted them several years ago,... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 12:50:11 EST August came & went http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5469812 Okay, over the last month…the downsizing was a success! I moved from a 3/2 duplex into a 1/1 apartment. Although I was DREADING the sorting, garage sale, packing and unpacking of my stuff went well; I can say that now that it’s all past me. It’s time to get back to a routine! <BR> <BR> Running-I am trying to train for a half marathon, for two reasons. I have the Tough Mudder obstacle/mud run coming up in October and its 12 miles. I also want to just simply run a half marathon, to prove ... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 11:00:20 EST Squat Challenge & Dating Naked (rated G) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5440894 Starting today, I’m doing a Squat Challenge I found on facebook. It’s very simple: start today with 50 squats and continue this every day, adding 10 to the previous day’s amount. On the last day of August, I should be doing 250 squats!!! There are rest days, maybe one a week or something like that. I’ll let you know how I’m doing along the way. I would love it if you want to join me!! The link is at the bottom. <BR> <BR> Now, it’s on to the good stuff, or uhm, frustratingly good stuff... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 10:32:32 EST Motivation & Accountability feedback wanted please! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5426569 What do you do to stay motivated? Those of you who work out routinely, a few times a week every week to every day…what drives you to it? Do you set small goals, as in a few pounds or inches at a time? Do you have a fitness model you look to? Is it medical related, like lower blood pressure or keep diabetes away? How do you keep from burning out if you’re exercising several days a week? What about rewards, do you reward yourself? <BR> <BR> I seem to be in a slump; while not a bad one wh... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 14:47:04 EST Not Even Trying Is Easier http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5404535 My last 2 blogs (from three weeks ago & longer) entailed my adventures with a stray kitten and the wonderful ringworm he had. I was concerned about it but a few sparkers assured me it was no big deal, to love that kitten anyway. <BR> <BR> Well...the kitten was easy to love BUT the ringworm I got was not. I am a clean person, I didn't handle the kitten much and when I did I had gloves on thinking that would make a difference. HA!! I was so naive and ignorant, hoping for the best. It is a... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 11:23:57 EST Kitty, moving and my back... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5379174 The best thing besides rescuing the little cute kitten is that I no longer am tempted to snack in the evenings. He is ALL up in my business if I sit on the couch. Thanks, this will help me in the weight loss challenge at work. I am not an inside cat person, yet here I am with multiple cat toys on my kitchen/living room floor and a litter box to clean as a bonus! I hate the litter box. My goal is to get the little guy well and find a loving, attentive home for him. I fear for my new couc... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 13:00:18 EST Stray kitten=ringworm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5373609 That's a terrible title but it's the truth. <BR> <BR> The poor, tiny thing (weighed 1.5 pounds) has ringworm...and I mean he has it in several spots! I need realistic advice here!! I know it's contagious and the vet told me in a matter-of-fact way that my chances of getting it were pretty good...yay me. <BR> <BR> I would like to minimize this. As of right now, the protocol is medicated baths 2-3 times per week for a month for Nitro, the kitten, then after a month, once a week if necessar... Fri, 31 May 2013 12:07:05 EST Goals for June...and a kitten? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5372583 One of my Spark teams got me thinking this morning about my goals for next month. I posted on their team page, and here I’ve added some to my first list. <BR> <BR> CONTINUE w/current ST 4 days a week <BR> Today, I’m on week 4, day 4 of a 12 week program. I enjoy this; it’s structured and varied so I don’t get bored. I do, however; need to get some more weights. I am almost maxed out at the top of what I have at home and I know that won’t be enough to carry me through all 12 weeks. Craig... Thu, 30 May 2013 12:57:53 EST MFP http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5364569 I got the Sparkpeople app for food tracking several months ago and it was a pain, to say the least. I quit trying to make friends with it after the first day then eventually uninstalled it. <BR> <BR> I track sporadically online, on my work computer but it always seems like the site is slow, much slower than any other site online so I don’t believe it’s my computer. <BR> I had heard others mention my fitness pal and never really paid attention to the details, I just knew it had something t... Wed, 22 May 2013 12:22:10 EST Two hours eleven minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5362379 21 obstacles over 4.5 miles <BR> 60 burpees, broken into 2 sets of 30 as punishment for 2 incomplete obstacles <BR> <BR> It was an extremely challenging yet fun day at the Spartan Sprint yesterday. I fell three times and have as many scrapes/bruises to prove it…twice running on the rocky trail and once in the thick, squishy mud. My official time was 2:11:49. <BR> <BR> Obstacles consisted of the following in no particular order: various mud pits over and between small hills, carrying con... Mon, 20 May 2013 14:11:18 EST Career change? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5342215 I have a good paying full time job. I don't hate it...but I show up frustrated and leave the same way, if not worse. It's not something I want to be doing now, let alone the rest of my life...not even in the general field of work. <BR> <BR> I got my bachelor's in psychology two years ago, took 12 hours towards a Master's degree in counseling then fizzed out. Since then I re-located with this company but I know I need a change. This position is a technical/chemistry/mechanical type and I ... Wed, 1 May 2013 16:11:25 EST May thoughts… http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5340962 Note to self: the next time I’m on a streak of so many weeks without junk food I can’t even remember…stay away from it!! Last week was an off week and now I’m trying to recover. While I haven’t been working out more than 2X a week prior to last week, I had been able to stay away from anything bad for me…notice “had been”. <BR> <BR> Maybe it was all the extra workout days I put in last week that threw me off-kilter. But, more than likely, it was my lack of self-control and a need to cal... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 16:37:30 EST Crossfit or not? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5332655 Yesterday was my first crossfit experience. <BR> <BR> We did the clean/press/snatch, if that's even worded right or not. The "coach" asked if I had done any previous bar work and I said NO, never and I also expressed I had zero experience with crossfit. She started me out with the lightest bar (not sure of weight) then she moved me onto the 35 lb bar with 10's on each side, then she added another 5. I had no clue what the end game would be, where this workout was headed. The final weig... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 08:53:17 EST Wall of Shame http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5312618 As part of my company's wellness benefits, we get a blood screening once a year. It shows all the good stuff...glucose, iron, hemoglobins, cholesterols...everything. We just had it done a few days ago and with the results available 24 hours later online, this has apparently sparked some to consider their health. <BR> <BR> Several of the guys did a weigh-in and are having a 45 day challenge to see who drops the most percentage of weight. There are only two females and I wanted in on the ... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 12:22:25 EST Good things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5266012 Something strange has happened. I've maintained. Without trying or busting my tail. I'm guessing it had to do with that awful cold and follow-up sinus infection killing my appetite...which of course came after losing my dog and losing interest in just about everything including food. No, I didn't starve myself just wasn't the usual snacker I had always been. <BR> <BR> I have exercised once or twice a week but not every week and the biggest shocker of all...I haven't had any candy or swee... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 13:02:20 EST Just catching up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5238523 The comfort of a blanket, a good book and my couch has been more appealing to me than a regular exercise routine. The empty spot left by losing someone close is slowly healing. I’m trying not to feel weird about it and not to force it; I think of him often and remember all the endless ways he kept me company. He was my dog and since I blogged about it last time, I won’t go into detail here but this type of grief has been something new to me. It’s about missing his presence; since it was ... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 10:11:58 EST Bittersweet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5186214 Hello all my Sparkfriends! I hope this blog finds you happy, healthy and optimistic in the New Year. <BR> <BR> For me, 2012 was a good year with a very bittersweet ending. I had to say good-bye to my best four-legged buddy on Christmas Eve. I was glad to see him go peacefully but so very saddened that he was no longer going to be my ‘shadow’. I am doing better than expected and believe it is from my knowing this was coming and having told him good-bye and other things I wouldn’t have had... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 13:14:17 EST A No-Go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5162069 I had hoped to re-vive my mojo by doing another round of livefit. I had excellent intentions of seeing it through. I had my meal ideas in full swing (which makes all the difference in clean eating), I took my beginning measurements and pictures, and I did the strength training days 1-3. I could tell on day two ST that I wasn’t excited about it, I was dreading it instead…on day 2!!! I did okay with the clean eating but had two days where I had to have something sweet. Then I fizzled out a... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 11:19:42 EST This is what's up lately http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5157070 I am on my fourth day of Livefit…I did it first last Spring and made it through week 9 before I got some stomach bug that wiped me out! I had forgotten how sore I would be; but it’s a good sore, not the “I can’t walk or sit” kind…at least not until after I do legs tonight! The clean eating is going better this time I think. I have ideas written down for meals ahead of time and don’t leave it to last minute to figure it out; which results in disaster. <BR> <BR> Which brings to mind…does ... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 12:11:00 EST Improvising http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5149411 At the beginning of this week, I set my status to reflect my 7 day goal of exercsing for at least 30 minutes every day. Sunday & Monday went well. Tuesday when I walked through my door at home, it was cold in my house, I was cold. I don't normally run the heater until it gets to the lower 60's and under...I hate that stuffiness in the air, especially when I sleep. I would rather layer on clothes and get under a blanket than run the heater. <BR> <BR> Anyway...I wasn't feeling stripping ... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 11:11:59 EST Reality check for a realist http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5140399 So I've been struggling since the time change. It really is jacking with my mojo...that and the upcoming holiday season. Well, who am I kidding, it started with Halloween...and won't end until February but lets hope I can turn it around well before then! <BR> <BR> Yes, the time change effected my running because I was running in the evenings after 6 pm and now since the neighborhood where I run is so dark early, I won't run for safety sake. I tell myself to get home, get changed and get o... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 12:26:55 EST Day 30 (last one) TDBC http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5129313 What are you most proud of about your journey towards healthy living during the last month? <BR> <BR> Mostly I'm proud that I completed this blog challenge. I am usually a sporadic blogger...sometimes one or two a week, other times it's weeks in between my blogs. AND the fact that I had to reveal personal stuff...I don't usually get so personal. <BR> <BR> But the question is regarding my healthy living during the last month. So I would have to say my personal time on my 5's. I had never... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 08:42:30 EST Day 29 TDBC http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5128267 There is so much MORE to you than your wellness journey. Please share 10 facts about yourself that aren't related to your weight loss journey, how you eat, or how you exercise. <BR> <BR> 1.I am the youngest of six children. <BR> <BR> 2.I am 41, single, no kids. <BR> <BR> 3.Never been married and no desire to change it; would love to find a guy that we compliment each other’s personalities. <BR> <BR> 4.My favorite shows are Survivor & The Amazing Race. <BR> <BR> 5.I love to dance; count... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 09:43:33 EST Day 28 TDBC http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5127067 What do you do for wellness? For example, to increase emotional, spiritual, or intellectual well-being? <BR> <BR> Let me just state first: I LOVE this question!! I feel very strongly that too many people ignore their mental well-being...think it isn't important. I say from time to time that if people paid more attention to their way of thinking and how to grow/improve it, they would be happier! <BR> <BR> This encompasses many things for me. I feel it's so important to keep learning new... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 09:25:29 EST Day 27 TDBC http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5125857 Have you ever hired anyone to help you with your journey? A personal trainer. A dietician/nutritionist? A wellness coach? A life coach? What worked and didn't work? <BR> <BR> No I have not hired any one person to help me specifically with my journey. I have joined gyms at different points in my life but never employed any trainers for individual attention. <BR> <BR> For the most part...I have never been really overweight and out of shape to where I felt like I needed that much help. Th... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 08:05:31 EST Day 26 TDBC http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5124477 Do you like to exercise alone, with a partner, in a small group, or in a large group? Why? <BR> <BR> I am used to exercising alone at home but I am very flexible on this. I also enjoy group workouts in a class type of setting. <BR> <BR> If I'm running...I would prefer to run alone or with someone that is at my stride/pace. If I'm doing a 5k and I end up in a bunch of people, I will speed up to get out of it. It makes me a little uncomfortable to be boxed in when I'm running...I always... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 07:52:19 EST Day 25 TDBC http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5123285 Is there any form of fitness/exercise that you tried and gave up? Is there something you would like to try? <BR> <BR> Tried & gave up? I don't think so. It is more of a 'gets bored easily' so I move onto something else. Nothing comes to mind that I've tried and didn't like so I quit. That's not my style...I will give it my all and I am interested in just about anything active/athletic. <BR> <BR> I saw a groupon offer for boxing the other day and was very interested in that. It's going to d... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 07:59:01 EST Day 24 TDBC http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5122873 When did you incorporate healthy fitness goals into your lifestyle? <BR> <BR> It started September 2011 when I got serious about a lifestyle rather than a quick fix. <BR> <BR> My goal was for it to be a habit to be conscious of my health; for me to automatically consider the health benefits of what I was eating and how much physical activity I was doing. <BR> <BR> Now it is. I weigh my options and often make changes to recipes so the are less fattening <BR> <BR> Sat, 3 Nov 2012 20:07:25 EST Day 23 TDBC http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5121182 What are your current fitness goals? <em>365</em> <em>363</em> <em>350</em> <em>401</em> <BR> <BR> 10K <BR> more running=more often & longer distance <BR> learn to ballroom dance <BR> yoga <BR> <BR> I want to do a 10K...I've done several 5k's and they were fairly easy...so I naturally want to move on to the next step! Which leads me to my next goal...more running. I was at 3x a week but only doing 3.5 miles so I'll need to increase the distance and eventually add anot... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 08:20:11 EST Day 22 TDBC http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5119952 What is your current workout/fitness routine? <BR> <BR> With the exception of this week, I normally run 3.4 miles three times a week and do Jackie Warner's Xtreme Timesave DVD twice a week. I have slacked off and planned to re-do the Jamie Eason Livefit after the first of the year...or maybe after Christmas. It's just easier to wait because of busy times, visiting friends and family and I know the first few months of the year will be easier for me to accomplish a three month plan! <BR> <... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 08:16:52 EST Day 21 TDBC http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5118820 Did you or do you have any disordered eating habits - binging, purging, excessive calorie restriction or excessive exercise? How did develop (or how are you developing) a healthier relationship with food? <BR> <BR> I have never done the purging, excessive calorie restriction or excessive exercise. The binge eating was something I used to struggle with. I would consume a whole box of white cheddar Cheez Its on a regular basis...also I struggled with sweets (large amounts at once) but it's ... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 08:55:14 EST Day 20 TDBC http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5117691 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5038746 </link> <BR> <BR> What are your favorite healthy foods? What healthy foods have you 'discovered' along the way to better eating habits? <BR> <BR> Whole wheat pasta is one of my favorites. I don't usually do sauce but I add some garlic and onion powder to it for flavor. Very simple but satisfying. If I have guests, I will make my own sauce from canned tomato paste, olive oil & seasonings. <BR> <BR> I... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 09:30:34 EST Day 19 TDBC http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5116444 What 'unhealthy' food(s)/drink(s) do you refuse to give up? Any that you have given up completely? <BR> <BR> <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> Uhm...no. I drastically cut back on one type: <BR> Chinese food-used to devour the buffet a couple times a week...have only had ONCE in the last fourteen months. <BR> <BR> Still have the following on occasion (which translates to once or twice a week to once a month): <BR> Fast food-usually it's Chic Fil-a; chicken sandwich and waffle fries or Dairy Queen ... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 08:29:40 EST Day 18 TDBC http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5115693 Do you have a go-to meal for days when you have to be on the go, no time to stop to eat and no refrigerator or cooler available? <BR> <BR> Fortunately I do not find myself in this predicament often. But when it arises if I can get myself by with some random snacking on almonds I will do that. If it's a more public situation especially with a group I will go with the healthiest option there is. <BR> <BR> For instance...if it's a wedding where it's totally inappropriate to bring my cooler (lo... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 14:31:45 EST Day 17 TDBC http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5114822 Do you have any meals/snacks that you repeat over and over? What are they? <BR> <BR> YES! I tend to eat the same things on a regular basis. I'm single so I can do this without someone else complaining. <BR> <BR> Breakfast : fried egg on whole wheat toast with milk or just toast with a banana and yogurt or whole wheat oatmeal pancakes with milk <BR> <BR> Lunch : whole wheat spaghetti with roasted Brussels sprouts / yellow squash / zucchini and sometimes grilled shrimp. Or grilled tilapi... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 16:17:58 EST Day 16 TDBC http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5113414 Do you follow an eating 'plan'? (Vegetarian, paleo, South Beach, Atkins, yada yada yada) How has this helped you live a healthier life? <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> This has changed or evolved over the last year and I plan on it continuing the rest of my life. <BR> <BR> I am always interested in a healthy eating plan and I do my best to follow it. Over the years, I have tried the South Beach which allowed me to drop weight FAST but I went to bed hungry...didn't really learn anythi... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 09:13:34 EST Day 15 TDBC http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5112149 What is your favorite weight loss, fitness, or wellness blog (or website or magazine) outside of sparkpeople? <BR> <BR> Oh, uhm, that's kind of hard to decide. Spark is my automatic 'go-to' every day. When I was doing the Livefit challenge, I did go to bodybuilding.com quite often to get the workouts and see examples of the strength training lifts. <BR> <BR> In general though, I will click on just about ANY headline that spouts something about success with fitness, nutrition and weight... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 08:39:58 EST Day 14 TDBC http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5110896 What life style changes have been easier than you expected? Why do you think that was? <BR> <BR> Easier than expected? Cutting out fast food was easier than I thought it would be. I live within at least a mile or two of several fast food places so the temptation is definitely always there. It's one of the first simple changes I made...no fast food. I think it helps to realize how much money I save by not spending it on fast food. I also see it as globs of grease so it just isn't that a... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 08:23:20 EST Day 13 TDBC http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5109664 What has been the hardest life style change you've made for the sake of losing weight, getting fit, or becoming healthier? Any tips for making that change easier? <BR> <BR> Trying to eliminate emotional eating is the most difficult for me. <BR> <BR> If I'm sick, I'll eat stuff that tastes really good (but totally unhealthy) to counter the effect. If I'm lonely or depressed I I do the same thing. <BR> <BR> Food never lets me down; it makes me feel good from the moment it grazes my lips... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 09:35:56 EST Days 10, 11 & 12 TDBC http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5108539 Yes, I'm playing catch up. Over the weekend, I didn't have access to the 30 day post questions...and navigating on my smartphone is not always the best option. <BR> <BR> DAY 10 <BR> Why are you working towards the goal you talked about on Day 1? Particular health goal? Size goal? Activity goal? Vanity goal? <BR> <BR> Oh...I have a fear of being overweight and it getting away from me to the point I'd be so big I wouldn't care anymore. <BR> <BR> My mother was obese...I don't know her hea... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 13:45:22 EST Day 9 TDBC http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5104670 How old are you and do you think your thoughts about weight loss, fitness, and wellness have changed over time? <BR> <BR> I just turned 41 a couple of months ago. My ideas of fitness, weight loss and wellness have definitely changed over time. <BR> <BR> I was always the 'tall and skinny' one; I always ate whatever I wanted whenever I wanted and never gave a second thought to how it affected my mind or body because I never gained any weight. I was always active so I did as I pleased...unt... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 08:34:12 EST Day 8 TDBC http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5103613 What do you think will be different when you reach your goal weight? If you are in maintenance, what did you think would be different? What actually was different? <BR> <BR> I don't expect any difference when I reach my goal SIZE not weight! Everyday I will still have to be mindful of my phsical activity, my mental health (to motivate my body) and the food I fuel my body with. It is a constant state I expect to be in...I'm sure if I got lazy and changed something, I would gain weight and ... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 10:36:59 EST