DRAE2409's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DRAE2409 DRAE2409'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/ How many time's the charm? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4262105 It's been probably a good 5 months or so since I made a good-faith effort to track, log, exercise, budget, limit, and all the other things required for a successful SparkPeople endeavor. At first I felt bad, then it got easier and easier, and now I've come back around to feeling absolute guilt. I've gained only 4-5 pounds (it seems like the same 4-5 pounds keep dis- and re-appearing), so I'm trying to be positive and I keep telling myself that's not too bad. Whether it really is or not, I ... Sat, 28 May 2011 20:28:37 EST The Law Enforcement Family http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3925712 I haven't been on here much lately. There's been a lot going on in my life and, for the time being, I'm having a hard time keep track of tracking. I'm trying to be conscientious of what I'm eating (I ate like $h!t today, but otherwise have been fine), but there are some times when there are a million things more important than tracking every bite of food and minute of exercise. <BR> <BR> An accidental fire completely destroyed the home of one of our deputies and his family of 5 two weeks b... Fri, 14 Jan 2011 19:14:24 EST My god man, what happened??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3853617 UGH, last week was CRAP! Too many parties, too many celebrations, and too little time at home--my husband came home Friday night so we were all over the place all weekend. Mexican food was EVERYWHERE. And I LOVE Mexican food. And I have about 3.5 lbs gained in the last 4 days to prove it. <BR> <BR> This woman has GOT to get back on track this week. I told my husband last night, OK MONDAY IS THE START OF BEING ON TRACK AGAIN! I love you, but between 8-9pm is MY treadmill time. Enjoy re... Mon, 20 Dec 2010 10:01:42 EST My Small Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3812234 Thanksgiving was great! I flew down to southern CA with 2 kids and enjoyed the week doing almost nothing, but spending it away from home and with my parents and brother. DH couldn't come because his work schedule got changed due to a new employer, so he had to miss out. <BR> <BR> I was a little nervous when I got to my parents' house and discovered they had no food scale. I rely really heavily on mine, so I had to figure things out food-wise sans scale. My parents' internet combined with... Mon, 29 Nov 2010 13:56:22 EST Zumba?!?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3792016 I'm being harassed by my co-workers to try Zumba. I've finally given in to their pleas, but what the heck am I getting myself into? <BR> <BR> I can't dance to save my life. It's extreme enough that my husband and I had a no-dance reception at our wedding in 2004. He's less coordinated than I am! I can at least roller skate, ice skate, etc...he can handle riding a bike. <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> The girls tell me that one session of Zumba (45 minutes or so?) burns about 400 calories--whi... Thu, 18 Nov 2010 12:17:44 EST My woohoo for the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3786103 I just had my most favorite deputy (#1 out of 40..not bad, eh? LOL) tell me that he could see actually tell I had curves!!!! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Normally, this would NOT be appropriate in the workplace, but he's like a brother to me and he's more obsessive about dieting than I am. We usually compete and make sure to keep each other in check. <em>315</em> He always helps me get back on track when I feel poopy. <BR> <BR> After that compliment, though, I about told him I loved him. T... Mon, 15 Nov 2010 18:45:00 EST I DID IT!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3762849 I ran my first 5k (not an event, but a distance through the neighborhood) in 31:31 today!!!!!!!!!!! <em>312</em> Susan G Komen in April, here I come... <BR> <BR> I can't believe how far I've come. 23 pounds ago, I would have never DREAMED of running that far, let alone running at all. <BR> <BR> My body still doesn't look the way it used to, but I'm basically ok with that. I've brought a life into this world. <em>251</em> And no one's perfect. And I'm FIT for the first time since ... Thu, 4 Nov 2010 21:37:25 EST Glad It's Over... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3760591 Election season, that is. No more ads bashing one party or the other. I am content with the fact that my department will be run just as the way it has been for another 4 years--meaning nothing will get done and important issues will go by the wayside while menial tasks are lifted to priority #1, BUT at least it's what I expected. <BR> <BR> At the higher levels, things are going much better than anticipated...which is good, because our corrupt state needs some HELP! <BR> <BR> And...my plat... Wed, 3 Nov 2010 22:27:41 EST Running in the rain?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3754803 I have a crazy urge to go out and run today. The idea of running isn't crazy, but if you looked out the window and saw what I see, that's where the crazy comes in. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure why, but I always get these urges on days the rain is coming down in buckets and it's windy outside! Yup, that's today. And it'll be dark by 6pm...so let's see how crazy I am when the time actually comes to do it. Oh, and it's about 50 outside, which is fine, but it always feels colder when it's wet. <BR... Mon, 1 Nov 2010 16:33:06 EST A kick-start or a kick in the @$$ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3746308 This morning I feel like poo. And it's all my fault. I take full responsibility. I just wish I would remember this every time I attempt to do the same thing again. <BR> <BR> For the past 4 days, every show that we've sat down to watch has involved pizza in some way, shape, or form. We've been putting off the urge to buy pizza every night. Last night was complete chaos at the house--my husband is trying to build a huge shed out back, but it's raining so he's taken up our entire garage to... Thu, 28 Oct 2010 12:29:44 EST Yummy Sandwich http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3733693 Today I had the most surprisingly tasty sandwich for lunch. I was going to make a turkey and cheese sandwich until I smelled the turkey. I threw it out and we'll leave it at that. So, since I already had my heart set on a similar sandwich, I decided to make a glorified grilled cheese sandwich. I put a slice of Tillamook medium cheddar (BEST FREAKIN' CHEESE EVER...I think it might be in the Pacific NW only), some dill pickle slices, 2 tomato slices, and some spicy brown mustard in between ... Fri, 22 Oct 2010 17:32:20 EST Wow is this random! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3727405 What happens when you have too much energy and too many things going on in your mind? Well, in my mind, it leads to this. Apparently all of my chores didn't exhaust me enough...and I JOGGED 3k worth of my neighborhood, which is why I think I'm way too highly functioning and active for it being 9:32pm. Plus I just ate dinner--yes, it's late, but I waited until I was actually hungry instead of looking at the clock. <BR> <BR> Here's what just went on in my head: <BR> <BR> 1) Mike Rowe must ... Wed, 20 Oct 2010 00:37:49 EST Just me venting (since I use this as a journal)...you don't have to read. :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3723300 The Washington State Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) has committed to ZERO traffic fatalities and/or serious collisions from speed, DUI, or lack of seat belt use by the year 2030. <BR> <BR> That's a lofty goal. And the majority of my position at the Sheriff's Office, as the "Target Zero" Manager, is to coordinate law enforcement to uphold that goal and work toward attaining that goal. <BR> <BR> It's hard to be gung-ho for something I cannot believe in. Sure, on paper Ms Governor has comm... Mon, 18 Oct 2010 12:46:19 EST HELP--Chinese!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3701895 A co-worker just suggested that Chinese sounds good for lunch. WHAT TO EAT??!?! I have limited my consumption of food establishment meals since July, and the few times I have gone out, it's never been to Chinese. THEY BREAD and TEMPURA everything!! <BR> <BR> So, I need to figure out something to eat. I'm thinking Kung Pao chicken maybe? No rice? I'm so lost!! I'm not very picky, so I'll take any suggestions (and sodium count isn't a big deal for me). <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> Fri, 8 Oct 2010 14:14:39 EST Single Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3701562 I took my husband to the airport again yesterday afternoon, so I'm a single mom for 2 weeks again. I take him to the airport with mixed emotions--happy he's been home with our son for 2 weeks, sad because he's going to be gone working 2 weeks, angry because I blame our current Commander in Chief for creating the mess we're in--a mess that forces my husband to work 2700 miles away in order to make money so we can survive. I'm sad because I know that the next 2 weeks are relatively lonely for... Fri, 8 Oct 2010 11:55:48 EST Today's Quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3691542 "The principle is competing against yourself. It's about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before." <BR> <BR> I am usually competing against someone else--namely, my husband's ex-girlfriend who is the mother of my precious 11-year old step-daughter. When I take a step back and look at things objectively, I know there's no competition. He married me. He chose me. I'm thinner and cuter than she is, have a more successful career, have a happier life, etc etc etc. ... Mon, 4 Oct 2010 13:14:35 EST My New Role Model http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3674995 Somehow I ended up Googling Kate Winslet just now. I've no idea how it happened. I can't back track what led up to my mind going that direction. <BR> <BR> But I think she's my new role model. For one thing, she's English. I could listed to her (or any other Brit, for that matter) talk all day long. She's also NOT SKINNY! I think I want to move to England. I'd fit right in! Anywhere else in the world, skinniness is a sign of sickness. Having some fluff means you're healthy and well-f... Mon, 27 Sep 2010 19:12:07 EST Still Not Used to Me... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3663728 After being an XL for soooooooo long, it's really hard for me to REALLY buy the right size. My husband always makes fun of me because I return about 80% of the clothes I buy because I don't like the way they fit when I get home and actually put them together in an outfit! <BR> <BR> I went to Macy's the other day to find some new cardigans. All of mine now are getting sloppy looking because the shoulders and sides are just too dang big. And, for me, it's not worth it to learn to sew or pay... Thu, 23 Sep 2010 00:54:03 EST The Ol' Overeating Habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3659957 Has anyone ordered their "regular" at a restaurant because that's what you used to get--before the SP takeover on your life, that is? I've done that twice lately. And lemme tell ya, when the human body is used to eating smaller, healthy portions of food for months straight, and then you shove probably 1000 calories in it all at once (700 of mine probably in one milkshake alone), it ain't pretty. <BR> <BR> I went to Shari's (like a Denny's kind of 24/7 restaurant) on Saturday after my step-... Tue, 21 Sep 2010 22:35:21 EST Not Making the Numbers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3656804 I've consistently had a hard time making my calories lately. Two days in a row last week I was almost 300 calories shy of my minimum 1200 calories. I don't feel that I'm starving myself--in fact, I don't notice that I'm hungry at all. I mean, I notice, but it's usually right around eating time. Not at odd times that would raise a flag for me. There have been a couple days (like today could be one of them, but I'm not doing that) in which I eat dessert just to hit my calories (usually my ... Mon, 20 Sep 2010 23:51:34 EST Just made up a good snack! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3641703 I grabbed 4 oz of my nonfat plain Greek yogurt on my way back to work from lunch at home today. I also had 1/2c of a blueberry-strawberry no added sugar compote (I posted it on the SparkRecipes site) I made this weekend, since I needed to use it and I could use the fruit serving. <BR> <BR> So for snack today, I mixed the two together. It's DELICIOUS! It totally tastes like a gourmet version of regular store-bought yogurt (without all the extra stuff I don't need). <BR> <BR> Oh, and it's... Wed, 15 Sep 2010 18:32:30 EST UGH! I hate the old days... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3635814 ...meaning the old FAT days. And one of them (well, just the evening part) just came back and bit me in the ass. <BR> <BR> I was doing FANTASTICALLY today. My calories were right on track, I planned on getting on the treadmill this evening. Yeah, didn't happen. <BR> <BR> I partly blame this odd thing women get about every month. I don't usually get that weird thing, so now when I do, it really sucks. I'm exhausted. So there went the treadmill. It's 830p and I'm ready to sleep. Then,... Mon, 13 Sep 2010 23:52:03 EST Will Power! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3630764 I LOVE a recipe that I found on SP--it's chicken and green beans (and I added broccoli and peas) with peanut butter sauce. I LOVE IT!!!!!! <BR> <BR> I served myself 2 portions for lunch today (leftovers rock) even though I felt guilty as soon as I saw it in my bowl. It filled my entire ~2c. bowl. But, knowing that that entire bowl is maybe only 450 calories, I took it to the table anyway. <BR> <BR> Well, I got half way through it, assessed my hunger level, and said to myself, "You know, ... Sun, 12 Sep 2010 15:30:13 EST Another WooHoo at Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3630455 I sometimes feel like a poster child for Spark People. I tell EVERYONE at work who asks me about my weight loss. They've noticed I've lost weight and want to know how I did it, because they see me eating all the time. LOL <BR> <BR> I have a co-worker who, between she and her husband, have spend what I'm sure is oodles of money on Weight Watchers. Hey, more power to them if they want to shell out $80 a month between the two of them. I think she's lost about 40 and he's lost about 80 lb... Sun, 12 Sep 2010 13:08:59 EST Nature is rude. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3626839 I planted 4 Sweet 100s tomato plants, a strawberry plant, and two dwarf green bean plants this spring. <BR> <BR> I don't know that it could be considered that we *ever* really had summer this summer. We had a couple of really hot days, but fall has already come and graced us with cool evenings and mornings. It's been drizzly and mid 60s for a couple of weeks now. <BR> <BR> I have about 150 tomatoes sitting on vines waiting to turn red. They're getting really big for the Sweet 100s variet... Sat, 11 Sep 2010 00:49:45 EST Back on Track...hopefully http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3613524 I ate well (as well as I could at Burger King for lunch without having just a salad) today and went for an almost-3 mile walk, family and all. <BR> <BR> The last 2 or so weeks has been tough--my husband came home so I want to do nothing but sit and enjoy my time with him, my step-daughter started soccer, we had 2 different events to attend where alcohol and lots of food was calling to me; and to top it all off, I've had some horrendous case of pink eye (or something else...I'm still not conv... Tue, 7 Sep 2010 00:45:31 EST I feel ugly. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3601517 Ok, so I have to bitch a little. And I just get teased at work (which I can take because I love the people I work with--99% guys) so I'm venting here. <BR> <BR> I woke up this morning with the dreaded sensation that there was something in my eye. Sure as $h!t, I look in the mirror when I walk into the bathroom (mad right off the bat because who put the insanely bright, albeit only 40-watt, bulbs in the bathroom?!) at 615 this morning. My right eye is all red and nasty. <BR> <BR> Great, a... Thu, 2 Sep 2010 19:09:25 EST Damn healthy eating! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3601216 I've found the downside to eating healthy. It makes me have to go to the store more!! It seems like I go shopping every week for things that are either refrigerated (my new love affair with Greek yogurt) or in the produce section (why can't those veggies last longer?). <BR> <BR> I definitely find that when I don't have fruits and veggies to nibble on at home I eat crap. I try not to buy crap. But when my husband is home from his 2 week rotation at work, he wants crap. So I buy crap. An... Thu, 2 Sep 2010 16:55:37 EST Hi, my name is Delaney and I'm a control freak. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3570445 I've always wondered how someone can be anorexic (or bulimic, for that matter). I love food too much to not eat it, and I love food too much to enjoy it and then have to regurgitate it (plus I absolutely HATE vomiting, but that's probably more than you ever wanted to know about me, anyway). <BR> <BR> But after being counseled by a nutritionist, using SPs nutrition planner, and SEEING RESULTS, I now understand at least where anorexics are coming from. I said this to my husband last night an... Tue, 24 Aug 2010 15:57:13 EST So which water is better? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3565987 I've always heard that it's better to drink room temperature or slightly warm water than to drink cold or iced water. The experts say that your body uses the water better when it's already close to your internal temperature. <BR> <BR> If that's the case, then wouldn't drinking cold water make the body burn MORE calories to heat it up so that it's usable inside the body? Other than tasting much better on a hot day... <BR> <BR> <em>194</em> versus <em>274</em> ? Mon, 23 Aug 2010 12:50:11 EST Skinny Cow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3564300 I've been sitting (not really) on a box of Skinny Cow low fat fudge bars for almost 3 weeks now. I have known the entire time that they're in there but just never bothered to open them. Part of me was seeing just how much will power I could have. I'm impressed that I lasted this long. <BR> <BR> So, tonight, I really had a hankering for some chocolate goodness. I would have normally run to Dairy Queen, gorged on a medium Georgia Mud Fudge Blizzard, instantly regretted the decision, and st... Sun, 22 Aug 2010 23:57:30 EST Clothes don't lie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3556719 This morning I got to put on jeans (newly bought and a size smaller--and JUNIORS to boot since I have no hips even post-baby!!). I love days like today--not because it's Friday, but because I have a meeting all morning with Search & Rescue folk--a very casual bunch. <BR> <BR> So, on my new jeans go and since for some reason it's 45 degrees this morning, I put on a jacket I've barely been able to zip since I had Ethan (March '09). Sure it's been zipped, but it looks more like a wetsuit than... Fri, 20 Aug 2010 10:53:40 EST Camping--HELP! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3550281 We are going camping in two weeks. This is causing minor panic for me. I love s'mores. Camping REQUIRES s'mores--right? And because I eat one, that means I have to eat FIVE! Right? <BR> <BR> WRONG. <BR> <BR> I'm tackling this camping trip as a personal challenge to myself to see if I can NOT gain wait over a three day period. But I think I need some help. I'm going to do my best to pre-plan foods and portion them out (I really should invest in some more of those Ziploc containers wit... Wed, 18 Aug 2010 12:47:40 EST Yay for Coach Nicole!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3548640 I love. Love. Love. this quick ab workout (today was my second day at it). I know nothing of Pliates, and this 12 minute workout flies by like a breeze. I don't feel exhausted when I'm done but I can tell the next day. And I'm trying to get in the habit of tightening my abs whenever I can--while I'm at my desk, while walking in the evening, anytime anywhere! <BR> <BR> So this is my plug for a quick, simple, and seemingly effective ab routine--hubby doesn't know I'm doing it so I hope... Tue, 17 Aug 2010 23:27:37 EST I'd like a side of Pilates with that, please... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3543685 What do you think of Pilates? I just watched the 12-minute ab workout by Coach Nicole on the SP site. Yes, I said watched. I'm here at work, so it's not like I can throw down the arched cat pose in my heels (plus I work with 95% men, so that would be..uh...interesting). <BR> <BR> Anyway, if you do Pilates, what do you think? I'm all of 5' 2 1/2" so I'm sold on the whole "lengthening" aspect. Heck, I'll take all the height I can muster! I'm also 18 months post-baby, and now it's really... Mon, 16 Aug 2010 17:32:02 EST Giving It Up Won't Kill Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3533509 Dieting has a negative connotation--always has, always will. Diets make people think of the things they CAN'T have, can't indulge in, can't eat, can't drink, can't do. Which makes people like me give it a try for a while, end up feeling completely deprived, and binge every few days with the mentality of "@#% it I WANT SOME BROWNIES!" <BR> <BR> I forced myself to come at my Spark journey this time from a different perspective--it's not that I can't have things, it's just that I need to enjo... Fri, 13 Aug 2010 12:19:41 EST Texting Etiquette http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3531295 So my 11-year old step-daughter got a cell phone for her birthday in June. Her mother (a complete crazy if you ask me, but whatever) didn't ask us about it at all and just got her a phone. There were no restrictions given to her regarding her new-found toy, so trying to teach her the manners of cell phones--and especially texting--is falling to my husband's and my responsibility (just like most other important topics in life). <BR> <BR> Needless to say, the kid loves texting. In fact, she... Thu, 12 Aug 2010 20:49:21 EST For those that want a dessert they can feel good about!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3527763 <BR> <BR> <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=694221 </link> <BR> <BR> I did it a little differently, but the instructions are the same. I did two frozen over-ripe bananas and added a fresh banana after breaking up the frozen banana a bit. I added almond extract but didn't like that flavor mix. So I wouldn't suggest that. BUT a tsp or so of vanilla extract is yummy. I drizzled a little chocolate syrup over the top, but it doesn't really need it. It was pret... Wed, 11 Aug 2010 23:00:55 EST Simple Question http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3522776 Knowing what you know now and witnessing the development of his track record, if and when President Obama runs for re-election, would you vote for him again (and did you vote for him to begin with)? Tue, 10 Aug 2010 17:04:51 EST Still figuring this dang thing out... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3522630 I just realized that I could have my own blog on here. I currently have two other blogs floating around the interweb--one that I religiously posted to while I was on maternity leave, and one that I started just recently to track my weight loss journey. <BR> <BR> But, DUH, I could do it here, on the site that I use to manage my journey. What a concept! So I'm contemplating deleting those other two blogs. I mean, really, do I have enough clever things to say to THREE blogs? I think not. <... Tue, 10 Aug 2010 16:15:37 EST