DROSS0616's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DROSS0616 DROSS0616'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/ June: Enjoying Being Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5379180 Happy June! I am keeping up with my monthly goal blogs, taking look back at the previous month and looking ahead to the next month. I am also taking stock of how I am doing on my 2013 goals. <BR> <BR> This year is flying by! I can't believe that teh year is almost half over and that it is almost my birthday. I have really seeing a huge difference in my motivation and mood when we do have the nice weather. Sunny days I am happy and excited to get some workout on outside and on rainy days i... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 13:05:05 EST May: Getting Back on Track!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5342978 Happy May! I am keeping up with my monthly goal blogs, taking look back at the previous month and looking ahead to the next month. I am also taking stock of how I am doing on my 2013 goals. <BR> <BR> This year is flying by! This nice weather in MA and longer days has allowed me to get out and enjoy the outdoors. I have really enjoyed working out outdoors and I think it has improved my mood! I really love the spring and fall! I been keeing up with run/walk intervals since getting the ok... Thu, 2 May 2013 09:09:35 EST April: Spring Has Sprung! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5311196 Happy April! I am keeping up with my monthly goal blogs, taking look back at the previous month and looking ahead to the next month. I am also taking stock of how I am doing on my 2013 goals. <BR> <BR> I am excited for warmer (though it has felt chilly lately) and longer days so that I can get back outside! I also have been given the okay to start run/walk intervals after my leg injury (IT band) so I have started a couch to 5K again to get back in shape. <BR> <BR> How has your month been... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 09:42:41 EST March: Marching Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5268241 Happy March! I am keeping up with my monthly goal blogs, taking look back at the previous month and looking ahead to the next month. I am also taking stock of how I am doing on my 2013 goals. <BR> <BR> How has your month been. I feel like I am making progress but this week has been really tough on me for some reason. The stress is really been getting to me and has effected my eating. The rest of February I really thought I was making headway so hopefully this is just a bad week. I wi... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 09:12:44 EST February Goals: Getting Back in the Swing of Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5257623 This is a blog that I meant to (and thought I did, doh!) post earlier in the month. I am try to get back on track at posting monthly progress and goals. It will hopefully help keep me focused and moving forward more than moving back. So here it goes: <BR> <BR> February 2013 Start Weight: 174.6 <BR> <BR> February Goals: <BR> 1. KEEP FOCUSED ON MINDFUL EATING: I had some issues about obsessing over calories so I stopped counting calories this winter. It seems to be going well. Less bing... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 14:21:03 EST 2013 Goals . . . Better Late Than Never http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5220247 So, I know that this is a bit of a delayed post but I did not want to rush it. I wanted to get my thoughts together and making some meaningful resolutions/goals for the 2013. So here we go..... <BR> <BR> 1. Goal weight by the end of the year of 145 <em>192</em> <BR> I am currently at 174 after the holidays. This is an ambitious (especially after last year) but possible goal (loss of less than a pound a week) but it is something I can strive for and it will bring me much closer to my ... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 14:05:16 EST Laying Off The Calorie Counting - At Least For A While http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5163030 I would like to start off by thanking my sparkfriends! Your response has been overwhelming to my last few blog posts and requests for support! It is great to know you are there. <BR> <BR> So, I have decided, at least for a while, to nix the calorie counting. I know that is a no-no in the weight loss world, but I am on a journey to a healthier life and currently, I think it is doing more harm than good FOR ME! I do believe it is important and I have been doing it for years, but honestly, ... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 09:19:02 EST CAN'T STOP EATING! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5157990 I normally try to write positive blogs entries but as of late (a few months especially) I have been having a lot of trouble. I have been hovering the 160's (which I know is not too bad, still overweight, but much lower than my over 200 high). I have been maintain this number but it has been difficult and I am REALLY struggling. I really enjoy exercise and I am keeping that up no problem. I have not been running as much with the cold temps and short days in full swing, but I have been subs... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 09:24:41 EST December Goals: Enjoying the Holidays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5157014 Happy December! <BR> <BR> Time to look back at the goals set in November (a few days late but I wanted to wait until my wednesday weigh-in). In an attempt to kick start some more progresss I decided at the beginning of this fall to start monthly goals and blog about them. I set them at the beginning of the month and reevaluate at the end. Hopefully this will keep me more accountable and really, just give me some focus and motivation. I will set a weight goal for the month as well as three o... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 11:15:30 EST November Goals: Stop the Binge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5120179 Happy November! <BR> <BR> Time to look back at the goals set in October. In an attempt to kick start some more progresss I decided at the beginning of this fall to start monthly goals and blog about them. I set them at the beginning of the month and reevaluate at the end. Hopefully this will keep me more accountable and really, just give me some focus and motivation. I will set a weight goal for the month as well as three other goals. <BR> <BR> I did not meet my weight goal of 160. I am ... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 11:14:10 EST October Goals: Building A Better Relationship With Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5084879 Happy October! <BR> <BR> Time to look back at the goals set in September. In an attempt to kick start some more progresss I decided last month to start monthly goals and blog about them. I set them at the beginning of the month and reevaluate at the end. Hopefully this will keep me more accountable and really, just give me some focus and motivation. I will set a weight goal for the month as well as three other goals. <BR> <BR> I did not meet my weight goal of 160 but I went down, from 166.... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 09:02:53 EST September 2012 Goals: Adjusting My Relationship with Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5043809 Hello all, long time no blog. <BR> <BR> I have hit a plateau that I cannot bust through (I have been on it for about a year I would say). Basically I lose a few pounds then gain them back, hovering in the 160s. I keep telling myself to keep with it but it is frustrating. <BR> <BR> I have been doing well with nutrition, keeping track of what I eat and only having a few days going off track. Its funny though, when I think the scale will go up (after a weekend of not so great eating) it d... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 10:46:26 EST September Challenge Update: Making Progress But Still Have a Ways to Go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4482341 So, time for an update on my September goal to nix the night time binge. I am definitely making progress but still have a way to go. <BR> I am binging less a night. I think that not allowing myself to eat on the sofa has helped and actually sitting down a the kitchen table for a meal has been good. I always thought it was a waste setting the table for one but I definitely think it makes the meal more special and helps me slow do and actually think about eating. <BR> I also think that addi... Tue, 13 Sep 2011 09:59:43 EST September Challenge: Nix the Nighttime Binge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4460538 So, I am going to start something new this month....a monthly challenge for me. <BR> <BR> I am on a pretty good track...I enjoy exercise and it is a major stress relief for me so I am pretty regular with that (minus vacation, but still active then). Food, I eat healthy most of the time and splurge from time to time to stay sane...but that is definitely where I could do better. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I am going to focus on the normal things but pick one thing every month that I know I need to pa... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 12:00:08 EST That Tricky BMR http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4372174 So I used a BMR calculator today and entered my height, weight an age. What I found was surprising...I was still not eating enough calories at the 1lb/wk goal. The lower end of my calorie range was over 100 calories below my BMR! Maybe that is why I am having issues? Anyway, I changed by weight loss goal to 0.75lb/wk which obviously will take me longer to loose the weight though, honestly, with my lack of success as of late it would have taken be that long if not longer. Hopefully this w... Tue, 19 Jul 2011 10:05:35 EST Reevalutating My Goals - Feeding the Hunger http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4317289 SO, I have been doing so reevaluating of a few things over the last few weeks and I have come to the conclusion that I need alter my plan of attack. Here are some thoughts and issues I have been having as of late: <BR> 1. I have been stressed lately about multiple things, some of which I know what they are, some of which I do not. I know that the the amount of stress and the severity of the symptoms at the moment are not in line with the stressors that I know are present. I need to delve ... Thu, 23 Jun 2011 09:08:30 EST It might be a quarter life crisis or just the stirring in my soul....25 things learned in 25 years http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4302933 As the John Mayer says (well sings? <em>335</em> ) "It might be a quarter life crisis / or just the stirring in my soul." I am officially 25 today <em>44</em> , as of 5:45am, so I have decided that rather than realize I am getting older <em>12</em> (really, I am still a kid a heart <em>183</em> ) I am going to celebrate <em>408</em> the past 25 years and the blessings <em>220</em> and wisdom <em>414</em> (if you can call it that?) that it has brought me. To celebrate, here are 25 ... Thu, 16 Jun 2011 14:14:34 EST Watermelon Dreams http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4238645 As I sit here eating my watermelon I reminded of a story that comes up every June. It is of a girl who is turning 6, and her parents ask her what she would like for her birthday. Expecting the normal 6 year old response of a pony, a bike, or a barbie dream house, the parents get another expected response from their daughter: the unexpected answer. She wanted WATERMELON for her birthday. <BR> <BR> This is a story about me when I was a kid. This is a story that always brings a laugh. It... Tue, 17 May 2011 12:13:55 EST First Time Blogger http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4059902 Hi all! <BR> <BR> So, this is my first time blogging. I have always been nervous blogging and convinced it was not for me, but have decided to to give it a try. <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Let's start with a little background on the road so far. <BR> <BR> So, I have been overweight for as far back as I can remember. I have been a relatively person most of my life, participating is sports (soccer, softball, basketball) since and early age and playing pick up games with kids in the neig... Wed, 2 Mar 2011 09:45:31 EST