DRSUNSHINE1's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DRSUNSHINE1 DRSUNSHINE1'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/ Coaching http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716168 It's a no-brainer that sports teams need coaches to help motivate and direct the action on the field. <BR> <BR> Why is it so hard to realize that we need coaching in other aspects of our lives too? We can't be experts at everything, despite all the imagery of "Superwoman" and "Superman" we're exposed to on a daily basis. <BR> <BR> So, I've decided to try SparkCoach to see if it's helpful to get me off the gaining streak I seem to be on. Back to basics: <BR> -Measure everything <BR> -Track... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 00:43:40 EST Luke! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4528542 Hi SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> I'm sorry that I haven't written Luke's birth story to share with all of you yet. As you can imagine, it's been a rollercoaster emotionally, physically and mentally since bringing Luke home from the hospital last week. <BR> <BR> He was born on 10/1/11 at 12:35am after 34 hours of labor. We did a waterbirth like we wanted to, with minimal interventions and an amazing support team, with the most supportive, gentle, encouraging midwife I could have asked to be ther... Mon, 10 Oct 2011 13:42:19 EST Is Today the Day? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4506657 So, officially, today is our "due date." <em>12</em> <BR> There is nothing happening <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I am definitely getting tired of waiting. I am not really a wait around and see kind of person - I like having a schedule, with definite times to do things. I don't necessarily need a busy busy busy day, but I do like having a plan of A, followed by B, followed by C & D. Just hanging around and waiting for something to start on its own is apparently teaching me the value of p... Tue, 27 Sep 2011 12:01:34 EST Counting down....are we there yet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4469809 So, everyone keeps asking how much longer / what week are you / when are you due. Honestly, knowing the statistics that only 3% of due dates are correct, I purposely forgot what my "official due date" was months ago. I've mostly been focusing on how I feel and what my own internal body clock is saying. Right now, I feel like I have about a week and a half to go. But who knows? Babies come when they are good and ready to, due dates, time tables, and plans be darned. <BR> <BR> Work has s... Tue, 6 Sep 2011 16:03:39 EST Good week / Challenging Week @ 34.5 wks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4426451 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l170239711.jpg">Sorry I haven't blogged in awhile. I wasn't really feeling like sharing much I guess. <BR> <BR> This was both a good week and a challenging week. <BR> <BR> Challenge wise, my 2.5 yr "puppy" had a cyst rupture on Monday night. We took her to the vet that we have only seen one other time for a wellness visit. He proceeded to "clean out" the cyst without giving her any anesthesia / pain meds / etc, with her screaming bloody ... Sun, 14 Aug 2011 16:22:13 EST HRM accurate? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4346220 So, I got my new heart rate monitor on Monday and have been testing it with various exercise activities I do. <BR> <BR> I'm wondering if it's actually accurate and looking for comments from other folks that use one. <BR> <BR> I have been estimating, based on SP's calculator and other online calculators, that 1 hour of Jazzercise, for instance, burns about 450 calories for a high intensity session. While wearing my HRM yesterday and today, I had "calories burned" reported at 864 and 906 f... Thu, 7 Jul 2011 01:15:22 EST Heart Rate Monitor, ho! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4341318 I've been researching and wanting a heart rate monitor for several months now. I didn't have one last year during my weight loss journey and looking back, I think it would have been a great tool to really help me track calories burned. <BR> <BR> My mom sent me a card for my birthday in May with some $$$ for whatever gift I wanted to choose, and I knew I wanted to put it towards a HRM, so I redoubled my research efforts. Two weeks ago, a good friend of mine decided she wanted to have her go... Mon, 4 Jul 2011 21:55:50 EST Better week but still... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4335069 I managed to calm myself down over the weekend, especially in light of most everyone's positive support, here and elsewhere, and had a pretty good week this week in terms of body image and positive thinking. It helped that I was so busy with work that I didn't really have time to be thinking about this. It also helped that I got my hair cut, which I had been wanting to do for about a month now. Glad I did, too, because my stylist is also expecting and yesterday was her last day at the salo... Fri, 1 Jul 2011 11:03:37 EST Disappointing Prenatal Visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4320587 Everything is fine with the baby - heart beat a good 151bpm, size is measuring fine, head down, everything on track for 26.3wks. <BR> <BR> However, I have gained another f'ing 10lbs since my last visit about a month ago. <BR> <BR> This puts me up to 183lbs, somewhere I never wanted to be again in my life. A mental place I hoped to never have to come back to - reminding me of everything bad about being fat that I thought I was done with. A total gain since the beginning of this of 30lbs.... Fri, 24 Jun 2011 17:13:47 EST One week of Jazzercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4306715 I told myself at the start of this week that I could do five days of Jazzercise in a row and that it would help me feel better about a lot of things. <BR> <BR> So I did - I went every day this week (M-F) at 4:45pm - and it was fantastic! <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> I even did most of Thursday's high impact moves instead of low impact because I was feeling extra energetic. <BR> <BR> It makes such a difference for me to exercise regularly rather than not. I start to get weepy, emotional and ... Sat, 18 Jun 2011 12:10:02 EST Updates... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4285749 So, I've been wishy-washy in using Spark in the past six months. <BR> <BR> That might have something to do with my pregnancy :) <BR> <em>80</em> 24wks today. <em>12</em> <BR> <BR> I waited a long time to announce anything online - partly because I feel like so much of our personal information is swirling out there in the internet universe already; partly because I was still having a really hard time with the idea of transitioning from my life as professional / wife / athlete to pr... Wed, 8 Jun 2011 14:22:01 EST Beat Warrior Standard! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3905456 So, just a quick post to say... <BR> -I've been sticking to being active on SP for at least 5-10 min tracking / 5-10 min commenting for the past two days. Go me! <BR> -I attended a Standards fitness testing session with my dragonboat team this morning at the gym we do off-water workouts. It was a series of seven tests designed to test strength, endurance, power, performance and agility. Out of the seven tests (shuttle run, rear delt hold, push-ups, airbench, static lunge hold, chin up and ... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 02:00:44 EST Motivation, in whatever form http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3900274 So, something happened in my family yesterday that has really made me stop and think about what it is I have been doing in the past year, in terms of weight loss, healthy eating, improved lifestyle. All these were choices that I wanted to make; none of them were "required" of me. Maybe I felt that I required them of myself, but there was no outside agency dictating my goals and deadlines. <BR> <BR> I realize in looking at it from this perspective, I was very lucky to come to this road by... Fri, 7 Jan 2011 12:16:58 EST Stepping Forward and Not Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3812769 from a comment I left on a friend's page, <BR> "To say that I've been off the plan/wagon/etc would be an understatement. While I have still been working out, I have been eating whatever, whenever I want. My scale and how I've been feeling definitely tell me that this was a bad idea. So, I'm starting again, recognizing that I'm already far, far ahead of where I started a year ago. I just have to start using my tools again and stop giving in to what's easy and what are old habits." <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 29 Nov 2010 18:25:48 EST Weekly Goals Met http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3702916 So, I have.... <BR> -tracked all week, even if it was at the end of the day and in review instead of as I was going to help keep myself in check. I haven't freaked out about what I was eating, and instead just ate what I felt like within moderation and have kept up on tracking it all. <BR> -tried three new workouts for the week. Tried the final one tonight - "Carribean Workout: Hi-lo Aerobics 1" I didn't do the whole segment, as I had to leave to pick up DH from work, but it will be a goo... Sat, 9 Oct 2010 01:20:43 EST Monday 10/4 Goals Met http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3693083 -1460 calories, not too shabby - and, I'm not starving either. <BR> -Tried Barre3 class tonight with friends. It was a challenge in a new way - I would try it again for sure. <BR> -Shredded this morning with JM for a great start to my day <BR> -Tracked everything I ate and even pre-tracked, which was a great way for me to feel better about what I was eating and not worry about going over on my calories. It was almost like a bonus to realize that I still had food tracked that I hadn't eaten... Tue, 5 Oct 2010 01:16:57 EST Weekly Goals 10/4 - 10/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3690476 So, this week is going to be a little crazy, what with: <BR> -DH's birthday on Tuesday <BR> -Alumni club reception Wednesday <BR> -Oregon Chiropractic Association reception Thursday <BR> -Good friend's bachelorette / wedding / reception this weekend <BR> <BR> Thus, I have to be extra diligent with my goals and planning. <BR> <BR> GOAL = Track nutrition all week, for everything. Let's go, TREX281 and BURNETTABBY, we can do this! <BR> GOAL = 1450 calories / day or less <BR> GOAL = 30 Day Shr... Mon, 4 Oct 2010 02:13:45 EST 1 Year Sparkversary + Before/After Photos! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3655015 So, just a quick blog post to celebrate my one year of community, support, tracking and overall success in utilizing Sparkpeople! <BR> <BR> Here's a recap: <BR> <BR> September 2009 beginning weight = 172 lbs <BR> September 2010 current weight = 148.4 lbs <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l790849588.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l504522910.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l790733598.jpg"> <BR> <img src=... Mon, 20 Sep 2010 12:22:14 EST Sloooooowing down... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3619238 Bleh, I feel like I am in a fog. I have no energy, no motivation to get anything done, no desire to move forward. Funny enough, I am having plenty of anxiety about a number of different topics. Hmmmm, connection perhaps? <BR> <BR> I know what has triggered all this - the change in the weather. It's as if two weeks ago, a switch was flipped to fall and my energy switched off. I've known for the past two years that I probably have Seasonal Affective Disorder and it is definitely being p... Wed, 8 Sep 2010 16:11:03 EST D2L2 30 Day Shred http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3600250 Ahhh! Still quite a challenge this morning with my daily Jillian workout, but improved from yesterday. The cardio segments in this level are killer! <BR> <BR> Also, AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! <BR> <BR> I weighed in at 149.8 this morning! <BR> <BR> Now, this might technically round to 150, and that's okay, but I am super excited to see anything beginning in the 140s on my scale. I can't believe how far I've come and that I am actually getting so close to my goal weight. Its definitely bee... Thu, 2 Sep 2010 11:52:03 EST Level 1 30 Day Shred in the books! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3599020 I finished Level 1 of Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred on 8/31/10 (with a few days off and extra days to make up for it tacked on). <BR> <BR> Today, I began Level 2. Boy, I must have really gained a lot of strength in Level 1 to feel like doing it wasn't that much of a challenge anymore, but that strength is only a baseline for Level 2 - it totally kicked my butt! It was awesome to be sweating and breathing hard and knowing that I am re-challenging my body to adapt and change. <em>320</... Thu, 2 Sep 2010 01:30:17 EST Quick Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3574241 Here is a fly-by blog about the last few days <BR> <BR> -I hit 150 on Friday 8/20/10!!! This was such a huge breakthrough for me. I know I went up a little over the weekend with visiting family and eating a little bit more than usual, but I am back down to 151.0 today. <BR> -Telling my family about wanting to have kids went better than I could have ever imagined. My sister is actually on the same path and has already stopped taking birth control / is taking pre-natal vitamins. How awesom... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 17:14:54 EST Updated Main Page (long-ish post) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3550373 I just updated my main personal SparkPage blurb and publically stated for the first time that my husband and I are seriously talking about having a baby. <BR> <BR> Maybe this doesn't seem like a big deal, but for me, it is. This is a monumental admittance on my part. I have maintained for YEARS to my husband, my family and my friends that while I love kids, I never really wanted to have my own. A big part of that has been my body image issues and insecurity about my weight, looks and ab... Wed, 18 Aug 2010 13:10:13 EST Week #6 Sweden Cultural Visit Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3538073 So, to complete the cultural visit challenge for my Summer Camp Challenge with my SparkTeam, I contacted a few of my best girl friends and invited them to join me in visiting a historic landmark here in the Portland area - Pittock Mansion. You can go to <link>www.pittockmansion.org </link> to read more about the distinguished history of this beautiful estate. It was a great afternoon spent stepping back in history and touring a magnificent home. My DH texted me to ask how it was goin... Sun, 15 Aug 2010 00:25:56 EST Saturdays are a Problem.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3518780 Not because I'm doing things I don't like - quite the opposite! The past two Saturdays have been full of amazing activities. Two weeks ago it was Relay for Life. This past Saturday we spent whitewater rafting and camping with some of our friends. <BR> <BR> The problem comes in that because I'm doing an activity that makes me feel like I'm being active (walking, rafting, etc), I slip in terms of my eating plan and start munching on everything in sight. This would be okay if my activities... Mon, 9 Aug 2010 15:38:00 EST Relay for Life Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3501226 I'm so excited to report that I totally exceeded my personal goal of walking a half-marathon (13.1 miles) at the Relay for Life event this past weekend (7/31-8/1). <BR> <BR> I walked a marathon (26.25 miles!) instead!!!! <em>334</em> <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> I even ran mile 19-20 at 12:30am! <BR> <BR> It was a fantastic event and I had a wonderful time really getting to know some of my teammates while supporting a really worthwhile organization at the same time. <BR> <BR> I even... Wed, 4 Aug 2010 01:31:48 EST Euro Challenge Wk #4 - Le Marché Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3484259 Market shopping list (Monday): <BR> Berries! Beets! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l894807708.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Market shopping list (Wednesday): <BR> Peaches! Honey! Cheese! (for cheese challenge) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l787753723.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I forgot to bring my own bags both times, however <em>39</em> I do take back all my berry baskets and return the glass jar from my honey purchases though. I'm still being green! <B... Fri, 30 Jul 2010 00:33:04 EST 30 Day Shred - Day #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3484251 So, I got the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred dvd from Netflix today and I'm making today Day #1 for completing 30 days of Level 1. <BR> <BR> It was challenging, but not super-tough. I didn't take any breaks and actually probably need to use heavier hand weights, as I only used 5lbs and I use 10lbs at Jazz with no problem. I thought it was a great workout for only 20 minutes and I can easily see myself making it a part of my daily workout. I think that adding in the strength training i... Fri, 30 Jul 2010 00:29:21 EST I Feel Stuck http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3480720 So, earlier this week I felt like I was making progress and staying on or near my [readjusted] goal line. Not so much today. Both yesterday and today I have felt like I'm making choices to not eat when I am bored and otherwise really stay on top of my eating with little to no results on the scale. <BR> <BR> I have been fluctuating between the same 3-4 lbs for the last several weeks and its getting frustrating. I want to hit my next milestone and get to my goal reward of a new workout out... Thu, 29 Jul 2010 00:53:21 EST Dawn to Dusk Paddle Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3469447 So, I ended up completing 5 laps around Ross Island with the team - over 5 hours of paddling, working out to roughly 30-ish miles. <BR> <BR> #1 Must get what is lovingly referred to by all my teammates as a "butt pad." I am so glad I took a beach towel with me and was able to fold it up to give a little squish to my backside. Since I've lost all my padding back there, my bony bottom was rubbing on the hard bench quite nicely until I got smart and used the towel. <BR> #2 This was probably ... Mon, 26 Jul 2010 02:35:42 EST BCPC Dawn to Dusk Paddle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3460066 So, on Saturday I've commited to participating with my dragonboat team, Team Velocity of Bridge City Paddling Club, to raise money for Blue Planet Network's efforts to provide clean drinking water for life to people in developing countries. <BR> <BR> <link>www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/event.p<BR>hp?eid=118103284874934&index=1 </link> <BR> <BR> This is going to be a mammoth effort by everyone on my team, plus many other Portland paddling folks, to man boats continuiously from 8am to 8pm in... Thu, 22 Jul 2010 22:21:41 EST New goal I need to publicly commit to.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3437127 So some of my teammates from my dragonboat team are participating in an upcoming Relay for Life event. I participated with the team last year, but as I had done the 5k portion of a triathalon with other teammates the same morning, I was very tired (and out of shape!) so I didn't stay for the whole thing, or meet any of my goals for taking part in the event. <BR> <BR> I want to participate this year and actually stay for the whole time, as well as meet a mileage goal. One of my teammates ... Fri, 16 Jul 2010 02:01:55 EST Before and Afters http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3414840 Just a quick note to drop off a photo montage I made this morning of my before and afters to date. These show my progression since October 2009. Maybe not super obvious changes, but I certainly feel it! <BR> <BR> Have a great day all! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l819603224.jpg"> <BR> Fri, 9 Jul 2010 13:22:08 EST Bonus Milestone - EEEEEEEEEEEEIIIIIII! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3349234 I am still smiling! I went to the mall after work today to look for some new pants for work. This girl just fit in to size 6 jeans :D This is a first of my adult life! EEEEIIIIIII! *heehe* <BR> <BR> And this is even after not having a fantastic week work out wise and re-doing my measurements this morning which didn't show that I was down that much from last month. <BR> <BR> I have been much more relaxed in my eating this week also. I felt a shift at the beginning of the week and just d... Sat, 19 Jun 2010 01:05:50 EST Milestone 2 Met! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3327988 *happy Snoopy dance* <em>248</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> I met my second milestone goal today! I am so excited to prove to myself that my eating and exercise habits are showing true results, as well as being enjoyable in terms of cuisine and mood. <BR> <BR> I had been planning to schedule my facial for next week, but as I was already downtown today for other appointments, I called and was able to get in right away. It was blissful!! I felt so pampered and relaxed, and my skin is now ... Sat, 12 Jun 2010 20:31:55 EST Of Turnips, Magazines and Kings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3324624 For some reason, I'm thinking "Alice in Wonderland" this morning - probably because we did the Jazzercise routine to Kerli's "Tea Party" song yesterday - fun song, strange but entertaining music video, just like the new "Alice in Wonderland" movie. <BR> <BR> I am feeling so good! The past week and a half has been really on track eating and exercise wise. I am having to incorporate vegetables into every meal even more than normal to keep up with all our CSA veggies plus our own garden's pr... Fri, 11 Jun 2010 14:19:30 EST Wine touring... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3281291 <BR> DH and I did a fantastic wine country bus tour today in celebration of our anniversary and for the holiday weekend. While I did go over on my calories, I still made better choices than I might have in the past. We had a great time with both new and old friends on our luxury limo bus and can't wait to go again in the future. :) <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 30 May 2010 01:57:18 EST Back to It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3275467 Just a quick post to say that I have been very diligent in eating and exercising this week and, surprise surprise, I'm back down to 155! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I'm proud of myself for being much more present in the food choices I'm making, and for incorporating a lot more fruits and veggies in my everyday eating. I've got to - we're bursting at the seams with all of our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) veggies. In fact, I need to look up some more recipes on Sparkrecipes to figure... Thu, 27 May 2010 22:52:30 EST Birthday Binge - Ended http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3263722 So, my birthday was last week. <em>107</em> I definitely used it as an excuse to eat very very poorly. For more than one day. Which while I gave myself permission to do it, felt a lot like cheating. I felt guilty about eating a lot of the things that I did end up putting in my mouth. And yet I kept doing it. For five days. <BR> <BR> *sigh* Wow, I didn't realize it had been that many days. I tried on Saturday and Sunday to reign myself in a little bit, but definitely still w... Mon, 24 May 2010 17:42:19 EST Jazzercise Instructor? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3241185 So, I love Jazzercise. I've been going consistently since February 2010, usually between 4 to 6 days a week. I find it to be a challenging, fun workout that incorporates everything I need to accomplish in about an hour. Plus, their class schedule allows me to fit it in my day around my schedule. <BR> <BR> Needless to say, I'm there a lot and I'm in to it. <BR> <BR> Maybe that's why today, when I was sharing my weight loss success with the instructor after class (he is also the owner o... Tue, 18 May 2010 01:23:55 EST Before and After's - My Journey Thus Far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3240189 So, these are my before and after photos from the first round of Biggest Loser Contest with my dragonboat team, plus the before from the second round. We didn't take afters this time, so I need to get DH to take one ASAP before more things change. I think it's really powerful to have a visual record of how hard I've been working and how far I've come. Maybe the changes aren't super apparent, but they feel like it to me. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l82568... Mon, 17 May 2010 20:07:32 EST Milestone Goal Met!! Yay! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3236081 I did a dance of joy this morning after I got on the scale - I achieved my first major miletsone goal! 155 lbs - this is down from 169 lbs on 2/6/10. That is almost 15 pounds in three months :D <BR> <BR> I can't even express how excited I am about this and how good I'm feeling. I went out for a friend's birthday party last night and wore clothes that I would have been embarrassed and self-conscious in not that long ago. I even showed a little of my midrift! <BR> <BR> So, to celebrat... Sun, 16 May 2010 19:14:21 EST Am I on a plateau? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3224425 So, in looking on how the week is going so far, I'm noticing a trend... <BR> <BR> I'm working out a lot. Like 90 minutes a day a lot. And it feels good, don't get me wrong. I love to sweat and feel like I'm working hard. <BR> <BR> But, I'm also eating a lot more. And that isn't making me feel so good. <BR> <BR> Especially getting on the scale in the morning and not seeing any progress. <BR> <BR> I've identified in the past few days that there seems to be one food each day that just p... Thu, 13 May 2010 01:30:50 EST Working Hard or Hardly Working? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3207048 *begin whining transmission* <BR> <BR> So, I feel like I've worked really hard this week on my eating, on my exercise and just in general on supporting healthy habits. <BR> <BR> I've gained weight all week. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Maybe it's not a lot and it will come back off once my period starts next week (sorry if that's TMI), but it's still discouraging, especially when I'm getting notices that I've "exceeded my calories burned goal by a large margin this week." The last few times... Sat, 8 May 2010 02:01:59 EST Stress and Emotional Eating - Cookie Monster http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3173634 I've had a pretty stressful few days and my eating definitely shows it. Especially my after dinner snacking - apparently I am a cookie monster. <BR> <BR> I completely recognize this as emotional eating to up my "feel good" hormones, as right now my stress hormones are sky high. I've tried to add some extra exercise to balance my eating, and today I actually did really well with my after dinner treat by paying close attention to measuring out my milk and cookies and putting them in attracti... Thu, 29 Apr 2010 01:07:37 EST Doing the Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3100586 I am so back on track and happy with my progress this week. I started out very discouraged and watching the scale creep up up up. Then I did my homework on sodium in food (as if I didn't already know - just needed to do some continuing education on it) and added the sodium nutrient tracker to my nutrition tracker page. <BR> <BR> Did you know that you can track up to 80 other nutrients in addition to calories, fat, protein and carbs on the nutrition tracker? The information will show up ... Fri, 9 Apr 2010 17:41:26 EST Backwards Progress? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3088397 So, in the last few days, I've watched the number on the scale slowly climb up each day. <BR> <BR> Not the progress I was looking for exactly. I've been doing great with meeting my weekly goals for nutrition and fitness and still have room to improve. So why the increase in the number the scale reports? <BR> <BR> Part of me thinks that in the week before and during my period, I gain a few pounds, which are then shed after. This is really frustrating to me, as I'm watching all my hard wor... Tue, 6 Apr 2010 19:33:39 EST Treats http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3077013 So, my DH and I went to see a movie this afternoon. Talk about dangerous territory - I LOVE movie theater popcorn. We usually get a small buttered popcorn and a medium soda to share while we watch the film. <BR> <BR> Today before we went, I decided to do some research on just how bad movie theater popcorn is for you. We've never been ones to get the giant tub or have our own bags. But really, the stats are scary when you realize that if you do indulge in a big bucket, you're basically ea... Sat, 3 Apr 2010 19:33:08 EST Eating the Right Stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3071583 So I've realized in the past two weeks the awesome power of the nutrition tracker and its goals. When I first joined SP, I used the goals for calories/fat/protein etc as suggestions and did a lot of my own guess work with the "Calorie Differential" report. I gently ignored the note from SP that they didn't recommend working with that information to actually see results. <BR> <BR> Big surprise - I didn't see the results that I wanted. I got frustrated and stopped using SP in November, tell... Fri, 2 Apr 2010 01:02:18 EST An Attitude of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3052599 I'm sure that many people have already posted about this, but as I was driving to my 8:15 am Jazzercise class this morning (on a Sunday!), I took a few minutes to really think about and be thankful for a few things: <BR> <BR> -My strong legs that let me jump, lunge and chasse my way through class. <BR> -My strong lungs that keep me supplied with oxygen without any problems. <BR> -My cute booty that shakes to the music really well. <BR> -That I have the opportunity to work out in a way that i... Sun, 28 Mar 2010 13:54:07 EST