EL-E-E's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=EL%2DE%2DE EL-E-E'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 times? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689611 I've quit and restarted here so many times I've lost count. My first login here at SP was 2011, I think? And I've yet to lose the first 10 pounds I wanted to lose. I'm very tempted right now to delete this SP account so no one will see all those restarts. <BR> <BR> Lately I've gotten depressed about not being able to stick to working out, and not being able to resist things like chocolate pie. I feel like, and tell myself, "I'm getting fat." Or, "I'm going to actually be fat if I don't get ... Wed, 7 May 2014 09:23:27 EST REASONS I LIKE EXERCISE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604214 I've not been exercising even though I really do want to. I've had lots of excuses. Here is my pep-talk to REMEMBER that I LIKE EXERCISING (DUHHHHH!!) <BR> <BR> <BR> I like feeling good-sore <BR> <BR> I like feeling winded (sometimes) <BR> <BR> I like feeling superior to people who don't exercise!!!! (don't tell, but this is a truth for me, actually; no matter how awful it sounds) <BR> <BR> Sore (or strong) abs/core muscles will help me sing better <BR> <BR> I am less stressed/depressed... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 09:43:49 EST Glad it's Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588936 This week, man! It has been crazy. With the kids out of school Monday and then unexpectedly Tuesday, and me having to attend a national meeting Mon/Tues and then play catch-up the rest of the week at work... it has worn me right out. <BR> <BR> Today it's rainy AGAIN. I am so tired of the rain. <BR> <BR> We're supposed to have Family Movie Night tonight, and the kids are excited. It's dependent on their behavior, though. We'll see what happens. My 5yo is still testing me every chance she get... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 08:30:58 EST Slow blogging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5586905 I had to slow down (=stop) blogging here because it had become such a distraction for me. I could spend a lot of time I was supposed to be working, over here "playing" with Sparkfriends, reading lots of motivating things and.... not doing my work. <BR> <BR> But it's a New Year, and I'm anxious to get back to my healthy place. <BR> <BR> Goals this week: <BR> <BR> --8 glasses of water a day <BR> <BR> --Take a walk every day <BR> <BR> --Yoga for strength <BR> <BR> --5 fruits/veggies (I can... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 12:54:16 EST Fun Halloween http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529127 I'm grateful my neighborhood makes a big deal over Halloween, because it means I get a lot of nice (albeit slower than usual) walking done that night! Helps work off the Snickers..es.... <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> My kids, my parents, my husband and I all enjoyed ourselves. It was a bit warm and humid here, which I would complain about but it meant the rain held off until after we were finished trick-or-treating. Thank goodness. <BR> <BR> This weekend I'm going to try not to ove... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 10:23:25 EST Confession time - Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5525627 I must have mixed up "cheat day" with "cheat weekend." <BR> <BR> Friday we ordered pizza for our movie night with the kids, and I ate more than my planned 1.5 pieces. Pizza... I can't resist it, man. <BR> <BR> Saturday we went out to dinner with some friends and I had a burger... and a pumpkin beer. SO delicious!! <BR> <BR> I'm slightly sorry about those two mishaps, but otherwise this weekend I didn't over-do. My breakfasts and lunches were all very reasonable. And Saturday I even got s... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 14:07:39 EST 2 Good Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5522005 I've had 2 good days of eating and getting around 20 minutes of exercise. Much better than I had been doing! I'm pleased. Even had Mexican food yesterday and kept my hands out of the chips basket. <BR> <BR> Tonight is a fundraiser for my kids' school, at Sweet Tomatoes (a big salad/soup bar). Should be easy to eat well there, as long as I can avoid the muffins. BUT, my choir is also having a little social after rehearsal. Eeeks. I'll go ahead and put one glass of wine in my tracker but party... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 07:28:11 EST Dusting off the ol' SP blog.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5519301 I've been unhappy about my pants not fitting again. I want to be "back" and get my good habits re-booted. I want to have that feeling of slight superiority because I'm a person who works out. (So I need to start working out again!) I know that's not very kind of me, but sometimes it helps me stay motivated. <BR> <BR> Mostly, I want to not WHINE about making healthy choices, or foregoing ice cream, but I just want to DO THE RIGHT THING. Because I'm a smart person. <BR> <BR> Chugging water ... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 10:57:22 EST My August is chip-less! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5452814 Tortilla chips, that is. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had one, but I folded up the bag and put it away. <BR> <BR> My nemesis, those things, and their accompanying guacamole and queso dip! Even salsa makes me want to eat a million chips. It's embarrassing when I notice myself eating them faster and faster, and can't seem to stop. <BR> <BR> So it's going well at the moment. I don't want to give them up forever, but I do think this "cleanse" from them is doing me good. <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 12:14:21 EST Thoughts for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5442075 Drink water <BR> <BR> Eat fresh foods <BR> <BR> Give up chips (really considering this. Might start with giving them up for a month to see if I can do it) <BR> <BR> Stop when I'm full Fri, 2 Aug 2013 09:49:04 EST What I'm doing right; what I'm doing wrong http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5434179 Nearly every day, I try to start my workday with a little 5-10 minute meditation. Usually in the parking lot at my office, using either my iPhone timer or calm.com. <BR> <BR> I appreciate the happy moments I experience. <BR> <BR> I drink at least 40 ounces of water every weekday. <BR> <BR> I log my food every weekday. <BR> <BR> I eat a good breakfast nearly every day. <BR> <BR> ------- <BR> <BR> I have a lot of negative self-talk going on, especially if I eat too many tortilla chips or... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 11:25:26 EST Mondays and Fridays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5431538 I'm making Mondays and Fridays my long workout days. T, W, TH I want to do yoga at the very least. <BR> <BR> I'm also having real trouble keeping my calories in-range. Why is that?? I've been SO hungry the last 2 days. <BR> <BR> Not feeling like I can do this today. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 08:30:52 EST Solidarity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5429247 It shouldn't be too hard for me to eat light today. Practicing a little "solidarity" (although that's punny) with my husband, who's having a routine colonoscopy tomorrow (he has Crohn's). He can't eat anything today or until his procedure tomorrow at noon!! (Well, he can have Jello and popsicles today.) But that's a long time! He's going to be STARVED. <BR> <BR> Poor thing. I'm not going to fast like that, but maybe I can skip the cupcakes and doughnuts that somebody brought to the office, a... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 10:46:17 EST Forehead smack! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5426591 Why do I forget, all the time, how good it feels to push through the "don't wannas" and JUST DO IT?? <BR> <BR> I ran on the treadmill today -- 15 minutes was all I could spare, so I walked 5, jogged 5, walked 5 (gotta ease back into this!) -- and I just feel amazing. The running was easy, but my heartrate went up, and I sweated a little, and I got that endorphin boost that I've needed FOR WEEKS, just in 15 minutes! I keep complaining that I can't find the time. <BR> <BR> It's so easy. <BR>... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 15:13:47 EST Gratitude Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5422751 Sometimes you have to just remember to thank God for the things you've been given. <BR> <BR> - I woke up. I get another day on earth to be with people I love! <BR> <BR> - I have a delicious cup of coffee in front of me. <BR> <BR> - I went swimming yesterday evening with the kids and we splashed and jumped and laughed and had a blast. It was only an hour, but it was a GREAT hour. <BR> <BR> - My son asked me to play a game he created, later today. I will honor that sweet request and I'm so ... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 08:27:00 EST Monday Funday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5422064 I want to move that last blog post DOWN off the top of this page, although those feelings were valid, and food guilt is definitely something I have to work on. It's one of the goals I posted on my SparkPage sidebar, to ENJOY life (and food). So. <BR> <BR> But today is Monday, and I'm trying my darndest to keep a smile on my face despite it. (I'm terrible about Monday blues.) I told the kids I would take them to the pool after work/camp, and that's only 30 minutes from now. <em>41</em> I ... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 15:59:03 EST There's a cookie cake at my house http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5418775 It was my son's birthday this week so there's lots of leftover cookie cake going on in my life at the moment. I read something yesterday that was very "tough-love" about foods like that, that tempt us. It said, in effect, "Don't tell me you HAD to eat a piece of cake because it was [an event]. BULLSH**. YOU put that cake in your mouth. YOU chose to eat it." <BR> <BR> And I mean, I agree with that, but .... sheesh! Harsh much? <BR> <BR> Maybe it's because I was feeling guilty at the time I... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 10:29:33 EST Post-vacation update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5407223 We had a great vacation, as usual, in Destin. Spent hours on the beach and in the pool, and watched my kids splash and smile and grow and play. I felt utterly relaxed while there and I'm trying to hold onto that today. <BR> <BR> Returning to work is so hard!! On one hand, returning to a 3-day week (I get July 4 AND 5 off, woo!) is an enormous blessing. On the other hand, last week's catching up has to be done in THREE days instead of five, and it's giving me a bit of a panic attack. I don't... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 10:08:49 EST The Usual http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5391306 I did well for several weeks, I fell off the wagon. <BR> <BR> I'm back. I got a FitBit Flex that is fun, and I hope it'll motivate me again. Today I managed my 10,000 steps, Woo HOO! Love that it synced right up with SP! <BR> <BR> So we will see. I also downloaded a new book on my Kindle, called "Why we Get Fat and what to do about it." Heh. Have a feeling it's a "clean eating" proponent. First few chapters are about how 'cals in vs. cals out' is a MYTH! Don't know how I feel about that. ... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 22:26:45 EST Stupid busy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5355958 Ahhh! Things are crazy right now! I'm trying so hard not to let it get me stressed out (that's difficult!)... just to go with the flow. I KNOW that getting some exercise is one way to battle the stress monster so I'm trying. Just did a seated cardio workout at my desk before anyone else gets here to the office (well, a few people are here. Every once in a while when i heard the door open, I paused Coach Nicole, clicked to another window, and waited for them to walk by. Heh. <BR> <BR> Anyway,... Tue, 14 May 2013 07:35:26 EST Weeeeellll.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5351119 I got off track a little bit. Last weekend it just rained and rained and rained some more. So there was no walking in the neighborhood. And I had houseguests (my parents), and my house is not large. There wasn't really a place to get away from everyone to workout (and truth be told, I didn't want to, I wanted to hang out with them). <BR> <BR> And then we went to my uncle's retirement community and had Sunday brunch in the dining room. Let's just say there were biscuits involved. Annnnd dess... Thu, 9 May 2013 15:16:24 EST Happy Friday!! and May Madness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5344086 Hoooooooray, it's finally Friday! It's also the beginning of what I like to call May Madness. Mother's Day, graduations, end-of-year parties for the kids, Memorial Day (we always travel)... it is about to get Ker-Azy around here! <BR> <BR> My parents are visiting this weekend. Tonight I'm making dinner at home (brown rice with shrimp, avocado, cilantro, etc.). They're on Weight Watchers and have lost around 15 lbs each, and they're very diligent about it. It helps me "do the right thing," to... Fri, 3 May 2013 08:28:59 EST Did a dumb thing yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5341631 Got home from work and had a snack that wasn't a wise choice (chips and dip, ugh). It only put me over my limit by 100-ish calories, but I felt just Blech about it the rest of the night. Kinda bloated and uncomfortably full, too. <BR> <BR> I never used to feel it physically that way, so maybe my body's getting used to eating less (?) -- at any rate, it was a rookie move and I'm confessing it, and now let's move on, because it's a new day, and a new month, and it's going to be good. <BR> <B... Wed, 1 May 2013 07:51:23 EST Celebratory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5339404 I just posted on my status that I've done well the last 2 times I've been out to dinner, only eating half of my entree and saving the rest for later. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> What doesn't fit in the status box is that I had a large dinner last night for my husband's and my 12th anniversary. I ate half, but I also ate salad, bread and we all shared a dessert. <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> It was delicious, and SO WORTH IT to celebrate. <BR> <BR> My number one goal, on S... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 11:54:18 EST Weigh-In Wednesday: Success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5333804 Thank the heavens, I was down by half-a-pound-plus this morning, to 143.8! All I wanted to see was the THREE in that number. It's been stuck on four, forever. <BR> <BR> Hip Hip, HOORAY!! <BR> <BR> Doin' my happy dance!! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 08:01:45 EST To-Dos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5331387 Lots of water. <BR> <BR> Lots of vegetables. <BR> <BR> Walks in the sunshine. <BR> <BR> Eat S L O W L Y and mindfully. <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy Monday, everyone! Let's have a good week! <BR> <BR> <em>91</em> <em>140</em> <em>311</em> <em>381</em> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 08:05:40 EST Just one little lb. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5327240 All I want is to be down one little pound next week. I know, I know, the scale isn't the most important thing. <BR> <BR> But I REEEEEEALLY want to make a difference on the scale. So, how bad do I want it? <BR> -- Bad enough to SKIP DESSERT the next few nights? <BR> -- Bad enough to AVOID the taco dip that's in my pantry (why did I buy that?!)? <BR> -- Bad enough to GET MY WORKOUTS IN? <BR> -- Bad enough to choose carrots over cheese-its? <BR> -- Bad enough to KEEP TRACKING, even when I ha... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 07:08:58 EST Just took a walk... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5325322 .... I had to get away from the work-task I've been doing the last 2 days. It's giving me fits. I gave a review copy of it to my manager, who sits close enough I can hear her sighing. Argh. Guess I still have MORE work to do. <BR> <BR> But I've been sitting with it, stewing over it, trying to FORCE it into being, for what feels like forever!! Bleh. I hate doing this type of project, and especially doing it for someone else. <BR> <BR> I don't WANT to get stressed over this stupid small th... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 14:13:49 EST Hungry! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5324214 I'm so hungry right now, but I really don't want to mess up my plan today. I had a protein-y breakfast, a nice lunch of tuna salad on Triscuits, plus a green salad, and I'm planning a yummy dinner (those Bisquick chicken pot pies that are all over Pinterest), but I'm hungry RIGHT NOW and I know that as soon as I get home with my kids, and all our bags and papers come tumbling out onto the kitchen table, that the first place my body will want me to go is to the pantry. <BR> <BR> I guess I'm g... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 16:14:33 EST Friday Five! Gratitude, baby http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5320644 1. Grateful for a little camaraderie in my office this morning. Someone's b'day. I had a small bit of the egg casserole they brought in (yum), but what was really nice was all the hugs and smiles and happiness being shared. It happens wayyyy too rarely around here, IMHO. <BR> <BR> 2. Guys, I'm so excited -- I have a vocal solo this Sunday for my choir. A real, classical Mozart solo! I've never gotten to do this type of "performance" before, and last night's rehearsal went well. Cross your fi... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 10:14:37 EST Dinner menu this week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5319573 I feel like I've had a pretty good week of dinners. I try to plan ahead but some weeks go better than others. I have picky eater kids, a somewhat picky husband, and other issues. Anyway, this week we've had: <BR> <BR> Sunday -- a picnic dinner. Sandwiches, pretzel-crackers, and apple slices. <BR> <BR> Monday -- Brats and hot dogs. But my "brat" was one of those chicken-apple sausages. My daughter had it, too, and LOVED it. I'm excited about that. We had pasta salad w/Zucchini on the side, a... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 11:27:35 EST Got to up my minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5318135 I need a kick in the pants, I think. I've GOT to up my fitness minutes in a big way. I'm currently only doing about 60 - 75 minutes a week average, and I should be doing more like 250 I think. <BR> <BR> I said a couple of months ago, "Well, if 10 minutes a day is all I have, then 10 minutes a day is better than nothing." And that's still true. But I think I can do more. I think I can at least do TWENTY minutes a day. <BR> <BR> I'm going to kick my goal up a notch to 20. Not a million -- no... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 09:37:09 EST Back at work, and HOW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5315972 I was away for a while because my kiddos were on Spring Break. We took them on a quick trip to Chattanooga (LOVE), and then I went back to work for Thursday and Friday, which were both whirlwind days. (DH stayed home w/the kids.) So I haven't been checking in or logging anything. Bleh. But, sometimes life takes priority, you know? <BR> <BR> Looks like this week at work might turn out to be stupid-busy, too. Gross. I hate that. Trying not to get down about it -- to everything there is a seas... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 14:09:38 EST Hiked the mountain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5307880 Took the kids on a great hike today. Beautiful day! They went all the way up and back down, with the very most minimal complaining. <BR> <BR> And I logged 75 minutes of fitness! YEAH! <BR> <BR> Mon, 1 Apr 2013 17:52:09 EST Scale, same. Non-scale, CHANGES! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5301683 Morning! <BR> <BR> Now that I'm an official Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, I am not going to be down because the scale didn't move this week. Weigh-in: 144.4 (Stoopid scale). I mean, I know there were a few -- scratch that-- several days over the last 2 weeks when I didn't stay within my range, and my fitness goal lately has just been TEN MINUTES a day, which probably isn't going to make the scale move, and I know that. <BR> <BR> BUT. Getting back to where regular exercise, even just ten min... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 08:15:25 EST SP time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5300428 It's highly possibly I'm getting addicted to SP. <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> I could spend hours here looking at recipes, reading other peoples' stories, getting a boost of positive energy. <BR> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> Guess I should use that energy, though, and get moving! <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> Today my plan is to do some stair-climbing and then a 15-minute Leslie Sansone DVD. <BR> <BR> <em>206</em> <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> What's your plan? Tue, 26 Mar 2013 08:09:28 EST Happier - the feeling and the app http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5299642 You GUYS!! 99 comments (so far) on my "Positive Thoughts" blog post? I am loving it! I've been blogging for a lonnnnnnnnng time (aside from SP) and NEVER gotten 99 comments on anything. Ha! It's so nice that so many people appreciate an "attitude of gratitude." I've gained some very nice new SP Friends from this one post! Such fun. <BR> <BR> I'm feeling happy today, also, even though it's the dreaded MONDAY. But I should confess to you I just got back from having Mexican food for lunch. Spi... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 14:44:18 EST Time for a time-out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5294904 I'm writing today for work -- writing an article, writing blurbs for a brochure, writing another article later... and I hit a block. Thought I'd pop over here and free-form write instead, to see what I jar loose! <BR> <em>195</em> <BR> <BR> Thanks for liking and commenting on yesterday's post! Wow! I was flattered mine was one they chose to feature, and then more proud that it got voted "popular!" That was fun. And funny, because I felt like I'd phoned it in. Just goes to show, ya never... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 11:23:46 EST Positive thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5292014 I was just getting ready to type up a bunch of whining about my job, here. But No. Delete, delete, delete. Why weigh myself down with negativity? I could say I was "getting it out of my system," but I could also say it's planting it IN my system, just by acknowledging it. So, No. <BR> <BR> Here are five positive things instead: <BR> <BR> 1. I am learning to make better meal choices and to have reasonable portions. <BR> <BR> 2. Today I can be productive (because the usual interruptors are a... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 07:40:02 EST stressful day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5287822 Okay, normally my work isn't that stressful. So take the rest of this blog post with a grain of salt. BUT: <BR> <BR> My computer's not working right... <BR> I had a 2.5 hour meeting that started at 10:30 and I had to go to the bathroom the whole time AND it ended after 12 so I was starved... <BR> And the subject matter was ANNOYING and the person on the other end of the phone was, too... <BR> And I had a whole stupid LIST Of crap I needed to get done today and now it's not going to get done ... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 14:07:56 EST Back on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5285111 After last week's disappointing weigh-in (gain, gaaahhhrrr), this week it looks like I'm back on track. -Ish. I was 144.4, then up last week, and this week 144.6. Whew. I mean, I wish it was a loss, but it's back on track. <BR> <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> But if I'm going to get to goal I'm going to have to up the ante, that's clear. <BR> <BR> I'm really proud of turning myself around and making fitness a part of nearly every day, with the 10-min-a-day Challenge - it really helped me. And ... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 10:47:20 EST Productive, sort-of, and SKATING! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5282658 I laugh in my general direction on Friday, thinking I would accomplish all that. Ha. Hahahahaha! Silly girl. <BR> <BR> I did finish Downton Abbey -- #1 priority, of course! Heh. It actually WAS a priority because I needed to edit an article at work that had spoilers! So I couldn't do my work without finishing the series myself. Kinda funny! <BR> <BR> I didn't paint any trim, do any big cleaning, or go shopping, and I NOT take any long walks. Boooooo. However, I did something even better: R... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 14:21:02 EST TGIF! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5278760 Man, this week has seemed long. (As most of them do.... no, really, I AM a happy person...) I am so glad it's Friday. I'm wanting to do a lot this weekend. <BR> <BR> 1. Finish Downton Abbey! I have 2 DVR'd episodes left. (They're both 2 hours!) <BR> <BR> 2. Start painting some of the trim in the house. Baseboards first. Won't that be FUN!?? <BR> <BR> 3. Get in a long walk BOTH DAYS. Or a long DVD workout, but the weather's supposed to be gorgeous so fingers crossed, I'll get my butt outsi... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 11:18:53 EST Weights and measures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5275468 My weigh-in this morning did not go as planned. Is it wrong if I don't log it here? Heh, heh. I'll log next week's. Even if it's higher. And I will log waist/thigh/hip/arm measurements today no matter what they look like. <BR> <BR> I am feeling positive about the little accomplishments and I don't want to feel negative about the number on the scale. So I'm going to pretend I didn't see it and <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> Attitude is everything, right? <BR> <BR> Have a good day, m... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 07:45:22 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5272540 Grumble, grumble. Why do I still hate Mondays? I know in my head that I've been given another chance! Another day! What luck! <BR> <BR> But I still wrinkle my nose at them. And it takes me until around 10 or 11 am to start being productive. This is not good since I work 7:30 to 4. LOL! <BR> <BR> Anyway, another week to try to take good care of me. I'm determined to be happy, to go home and enjoy a yummy lunch and a workout, and to get things done. <BR> <BR> WATCH ME! <BR> <BR> <em>38... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 10:49:56 EST Noughnuts!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5265780 Ultimate in sacrificial slash good-dieting behavior: I managed to avoid the HOT Krispy Kremes that I BROUGHT IN MYSELF (for our European guests who'd never had them) this morning. <BR> <BR> Doughuts, zero! El-E-E, one! <BR> <BR> <em>473</em> <em>473</em> <em>473</em> <em>473</em> <em>473</em> <em>473</em> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 10:03:52 EST Update and goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5264318 I weighed in today a pound down, at 144.4. Surprised me! But I'LL TAKE IT! <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I really do think time of the month had to do with my [blog] outburst last week. Because yesterday I had around 1250 calories, and still on the lower end of my protein range (even though I thought I was really trying to add protein), and i wasn't ravenous like the week before. Noted for next month! <BR> <BR> Or maybe it's just a full-on crapshoot and you can't predict anything. You j... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 07:10:59 EST Ffffrrrrhhgghgh. Fail. (advice wanted) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5259839 Yesterday I knew I needed to keep to the low end of my SP range (1200) because I'd had a couple of days where I went over by 100-200 calories. I just want to even out the average for the week, you know, not go way under or anything drastic. <BR> <BR> But OMAHGAH, 1200 calories is SO LITTLE!! I thought I portioned things out okay with plenty of protein (and my other totals show that), but by the end of the day I was starving. And then my schedule got screwy and it turned out I couldn't eat di... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 10:24:34 EST So far this week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5257155 ...It's going pretty well! I'm loving all the fruits and veggies still at my house (Thanks, Dad!). Last night I had a big field greens salad, with chicken, tomatoes, cilantro, a little lo-fat cheese, and this great dressing I've made up: mix Pace Chipotle Salsa (I grabbed it by mistake at the grocery store but I love it), about 3 TBSP, with 1 TBSP Ranch dressing. YUM. <BR> <BR> And I've managed to fit in around 30 minutes workout each day, in 10-minute bursts. Last week I was just getting i... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 08:19:13 EST Monday morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5254601 We had a fun weekend with my parents and my little girlie's birthday friends. <BR> <BR> We tried -- my parents are on WW -- to not go crazy overboard on points/calories, but it was hard. Excuses, excuses. It's okay. I'm planning a low-end-of-my-range day today, and plenty of water, and hopefully the damage will be undetectable. It was fun comparing the WW iPhone apps to the Sparkpeople. (They're very similar!) <BR> <BR> And it helps to have everyone being conscious of calories together! Da... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 09:35:48 EST