ELEANORRIGBY13's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ELEANORRIGBY13 ELEANORRIGBY13'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/ Getting into Tracking food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4710963 I haven't been regularly tracking food for months. Some pounds have crept back on. <BR> <BR> Trying get back into good habits now, and one thing that's become easy for me these days is tracking my food. It's kind of like a game. It also doesn't take as long as you'd think it does. <BR> <BR> Also what's fun is that I know for sure I've been within my range for the past 5 days. It's nice to know that you've been doing right by yourself. Sun, 29 Jan 2012 20:27:56 EST Sad - up a lot of pounds, but I don't look bad. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4658835 Back home after visiting my parents place. Up nine pounds from GW. OMG, how can this be true? <BR> <BR> I fit into my skinny pants. There is a teeny bit of love handle on the side that wasn't there before. Yucky, but how does that amount to 9 lbs? I don't get it. I think overall I look the same or better than I did before I took a Thanksgiving to New Year scale down of my efforts. <BR> <BR> Guess I'll have to just redouble my efforts. Thu, 5 Jan 2012 07:31:59 EST Momentum, maybe. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4645748 I'm eating well and have been exercising every other day this past week. No tracking yet, but...I'm getting there. <BR> <BR> Today I did Jillian's new Thighs and Butt workout in the morning. It's got some really good strength in there (can still feel it now), but it could stand to have some more cardio. i'm trying to figure out what I should pair with it...maybe 10 minutes of light pure cardio beforehand. <BR> <BR> I'm home for the holidays, so I went out to lunch with a friend and was aro... Fri, 30 Dec 2011 23:55:54 EST Back to Basics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4639546 I need to start writing again. <BR> <BR> I have been faithfully spinning the SparkWheel for 82 days now. It's my longest consecutive streak ever. I can't wait to reach 100. And yet --- I haven't really been that consistent these past few months. i have been working out erratically and not tracking. I have not weighed myself in a while, but I know I am getting softer; I may not even be gaining weight, but I was doing strength consistently for a while there, and I know I've lost muscle since ... Tue, 27 Dec 2011 02:43:54 EST Busy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4459546 I am super busy doing interviews and preparing for the next school year. I am struggling to stay consistent. I am eating out for every meal and doing good but not great. I am making good choices, but sometimes, with my very long days, I make too many of them. I had four meals of around 300 calories, plus snacks. I tracked today and I got 1850. It was the wine that got me there (I had three glasses tonight). But i needed that wine - I was out with a friend and it's a rough time! I have been do... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 22:33:31 EST Cleaning out and Organizing my closet - any tips? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4420936 I am cleaning out and organizing my closet this afternoon! I'm getting rid of worn-out and ill-fitting clothing, plus setting up the closet so I can easily find things. Any suggestions for closet organization would be really useful! <BR> <BR> A more substantive post about how I felt going through the clothes and just general progress updates will follow this evening, but I wanted to solicit help early on! Thu, 11 Aug 2011 13:37:20 EST A better day + a new small goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4417409 I was in good spirits today. I got in my morning workout (Day 8 of the Thirty Day Shred) and got a good amount of job search stuff in the morning. I ran some errands in the afternoon. All in all, a decently productive day so far. Best of all, I'm thinking positive thoughts and not being hard on myself. Despite the setbacks I've experienced, between the opportunities available to me and my own initiative and hard work, I can make a good, satisfying career for myself. <BR> <BR> I have set my s... Tue, 9 Aug 2011 20:43:28 EST Sad while exercising, from guilt and fear about not doing other things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4414913 Last week I started crying while doing the 30 Day Shred. It wasn't because it was hard (although it was hard), it was because it was morning, I had woken up somewhat late and I was beating myself up for not having done enough the day before, and being slow to get to doing more that day. That feeling came over me again today during BFBM, although I didn't actually start crying. <BR> <BR> I finished my summer job, and will not have much of a formal schedule until next week. I have a lot to do,... Mon, 8 Aug 2011 16:43:42 EST Sparking other aspects of my life: organization and time planning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4410498 I bought The Spark two weeks ago. I am still working my way through it (I'm super busy), but I love its mindset that the tools it advances aren't just about losing weight: They're about building a better, healthier life. <BR> <BR> I have been pretty disorganized my entire life, just because I thought I could get away with it and it saved time. I always thought it would be good to become more organized, but that I didn't really need to, and besides, those people who were super-organized were ... Sat, 6 Aug 2011 10:39:48 EST Emotional Difficulties http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4382605 I am a motivated and ambitious person. I have a wonderful personal life, and that's what's most important to me. However, I really do want to succeed in my career, too. <BR> <BR> I have had a less-than-perfect first year in law school. I've done above-average, but not stellar. I am interested in some competitive jobs, and while I know I still have a chance at them (there are two more years, after all), I feel sad about not having done a perfect job first year. Law school awards all its inter... Sun, 24 Jul 2011 11:37:03 EST Mixed Feelings - the goal-setter's paradox. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4371130 I'm making progress, but feeling rather blue anyway about it. For my goal-setting personality, there's always another mountain, and that's what's always in the forefront of my mind. While I'm quite productive because I always set goals, I feel unproductive because there are always more goals to accomplish. I'm at it in all areas of my life. <BR> <BR> Consistency: So while I'm proud of the fact that I've been exercising each morning for thirteen days now and staying consistent with water and ... Mon, 18 Jul 2011 20:57:33 EST Eleven Mornings and goals for next week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4366671 I have managed to keep consistent in having some morning exercise every day for the past eleven days. My goal is to get the longest streak I can going. I have been exercising about 10-20 minutes each day. It's not much, but I know it's making a difference. <BR> <BR> Next week, I would like to get up early enough to get at least one longer workout video in there that's about 30-40 minutes. I also want to get in the habit of doing some PM stretching and meditation right before bed. I think it... Sat, 16 Jul 2011 16:13:57 EST Seeing and feeling results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4354081 Consistency is its own reward insofar as it gives me something to feel proud of, regardless of what shows up on the measuring tape or scale. I've been working out every morning for the past 5 days and it feels great. I feel like a woman in control of her life. <BR> <BR> I also feel as though I look a bit trimmer and more toned, but there's been no change on the scale or in my measurements. No matter - I feel better, and that's valuable in and of itself. It hasn't been that long since I rede... Sun, 10 Jul 2011 22:24:31 EST Carrot-and-stick consistency - and eggs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4352267 So much for the 7 day Sparkpeople bootcamp! While I loved the first workout, the rest all require a stability ball, which I do not have. I don't have room for one in my tiny place, unfortunately. I did work out again this morning. Jumping jacks and British sketch comedy for 15 minutes! I am motivating myself to work out in the morning by pairing working out with watching stuff I'd want to watch anyway. <BR> <BR> I used a microwave egg-poacher for the first time today. I love eggs, but I don... Sat, 9 Jul 2011 23:42:21 EST What I really want http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4350374 Exercised in the morning today for thirty whole minutes! I’m pretty proud of myself. I marched in place and watched a lecture for 20 minutes, then I did Sparkpeople Bootcamp Day 1. I like how short those workouts are. Very well suited to my goals. I think I will do the seven day challenge, just to see which of those workouts I like best and want to include in my regular routine. I loved the kickboxing one so much I’m tempted to do it again tomorrow! <BR> <BR> I think it’s helpful to envision... Fri, 8 Jul 2011 22:07:15 EST One more reason to stick to my goals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4348240 Score! I got in 10 minutes of exercise today in the morning. I am on my way to forming a habit. The problem with exercising is that I have started to come into work slightly later. I bought a Dunkin Donuts Egg white veggie Wake up wrap for breakfast instead of my normal yogurt because I forgot to bring my usual breakfast of Fage 0% yogurt with fruit to work. I don’t have any quarrels with the price or calories of the Wake up wrap. It’s just 150 calories, costs $1.50 and even has a reasonable ... Thu, 7 Jul 2011 22:12:02 EST Two week jump start! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4346023 How many days does it take to start a habit? It probably depends on the person. For me, it tends to take a week to establish a pattern, and another week for it to really stick. One habit I’ve made this summer and stuck to is packing lunch for work every day. Over these next two weeks I want to establish the healthy habits of exercising in the morning and tracking every day. I started well. I worked out in the morning. It wasn’t the greatest or most intense workout. I did jumping jacks for 15 ... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 23:00:14 EST Goals for January-March http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3881244 I made a big list of goals for the year, all very specific. I decided to pick five to start with for the first quarter of the year, and then focus on some other ones later on, when these, hopefully, have become habits! <BR> <BR> 1. Track all food, water, and exercise on SP through April 1. <BR> 2. Stop picking at my cuticles and hairline. <BR> 3. Make enough time to complete all of my bathroom stuff in the morning and evening (because I'm worth it, haha) <BR> 4. Practice yoga daily. <BR>... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 17:56:03 EST 10,000 points, four years. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3766589 I've been on Sparkpeople on and off for four years now. I come back every time I start to gain back the weight. I've never quite gone all the way back up to my start weight. I've been reaching equilibrium at lower and lower weights. I hung around at 135 for a while, then hung out at 130. Last year I was constant at about 125, but I recently jumped back up to 132. This increase was forgivable --- I'd been traveling for a while, then living at home, then starting up grad school. Since I have be... Sat, 6 Nov 2010 19:58:57 EST Digital Scale! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3760511 I just got a new scale from Amazon. I had an analog scale before, which was four years old or more, and it was really hard to know where I was at, really. So I got a new scale. It measures to the tenths --- so now I know exactly where I am. And I received some immediate good news. When I checked my weight when I got it, just to calibrate, I found that I am two pounds down from where I thought I was. Nice! Wed, 3 Nov 2010 21:55:30 EST Feeling Bad, need support http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3657876 I'm not loving my outfit today, and I feel kind of fat. I didn't work out or eat particularly well last week. Even though I didn't gain weight, I feel a bit gross. I am looking forward to getting back into better habits this week. Hopefully I'll feel better physically and have more self-confidence. I need to stay resolved and push forward. I can do it, I can make habits that will make me feel healthy and strong every day. Tue, 21 Sep 2010 10:42:31 EST A little bit frustrated, but I'll soldier on. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3594852 I've been at this consistently for a week now and my weight has been stable. I even exercised twice, which is unusual for me, but hopefully the start of a new habit. I did make a few mistakes, though, and I haven't been getting much sleep, so maybe things will start looking up soon. I've committed myself to consistently logging exercise and food this month, and regularly checking into my SparkTeams. Consistency is king. I won't give up or lose focus. Tue, 31 Aug 2010 23:42:08 EST A little bit frustrated, but I'll soldier on. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3594851 I've been at this consistently for a week now and my weight has been stable. I even exercised twice, which is unusual for me, but hopefully the start of a new habit. I did make a few mistakes, though, and I haven't been getting much sleep, so maybe things will start looking up soon. I've committed myself to consistently logging exercise and food this month, and regularly checking into my SparkTeams. Consistency is king. I won't give up or lose focus. Tue, 31 Aug 2010 23:42:07 EST Lunch and Dinner out, but still on track. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3591071 It was a kind of challenging day, since I had lunch and dinner out of the house. I managed to stay under 1600 calories, which was pretty good. <BR> <BR> I performed admirably. I had about half of my Thai food lunch and drank two glasses of water, and I took just one slice of pizza and had a glass of water for dinner. My downfall was randomly noshing on a few hors 'd oeuvres, when I wasn't even hungry at an event. If not for that nosh I'd have been at around 1400, which would have been amazi... Mon, 30 Aug 2010 23:17:27 EST 5 pounds up, but... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3587309 I wear makeup and matching underwear everyday, so I feel cute. <BR> <BR> Excited that I'm making progress, though! Sun, 29 Aug 2010 23:56:58 EST Breaking it down, or, I eat when I'm nervous. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3581965 So I'm pretty happy because I tracked my food and I ended up just inside my range. I took a few rogue actions today. In the spirit of the Before-During-After journal article, I want to take apart why I did these things. <BR> <BR> Cape cod potato chips: I ate it because I was nervous and they were there. I also really like them and don't often have the chance to eat them. Solution would be to either not start (better) or not finish. Only have a few chips to satisfy the craving, and move on. <... Sat, 28 Aug 2010 00:03:24 EST Making Progress. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3555334 I feel better. I feel as though I look better. Though I'm clearly still above where I was, I can see positive differences already. I just have to keep on keeping on. Most of all, I feel a change in my my attitude, positivity level, and energy level. I'm doing many small meals, and that really works for me. My digestive system, which is rather diva-like, to be honest, loves it. I can do it- be healthy, strong and consistent- if I keep to these habits. Thu, 19 Aug 2010 22:26:31 EST Rome wasn't built in a day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3549481 Well, I've been on track for four days and counting, and I haven't made any progress yet. Sure, I haven't been working out, but I have been making the effort to stay within my range, and I plan to incorporate workouts next week. I don't think I've lost any weight yet. I am a little frustrated by this in my heart. But I know in my mind that I gained the additional five pounds over a period of three months or so, so I obviously can't expect to lose them in three days. It's going to take at leas... Wed, 18 Aug 2010 09:21:56 EST Everything looks better after a workout. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3294979 I come back all sweating and glowing. I feel great, blissfully absorbed in my own body's rhythm, a welcome respite from my tendency to endlessly contemplate and question my life and everything and everyone in it. I look in the mirror, and I look beautiful, happy and alive. I've worked out rarely over the past few months, and I have restarted with short high impact workouts, and long, slower-paced jogs. I can't wait to see more of what my body is capable of. Watching it respond, seeing it hold... Wed, 2 Jun 2010 23:37:16 EST Rome wasn't built in a day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3291153 Well, I have been tracking what I eat for a bit over a week now. I feel entitled to more weight loss than I have seen. Which is silly, because I've seen two pounds of weight loss, and that's pretty darn good. I have only exercised twice since starting out again, and today, I didn't even walk to work. <BR> <BR> I didn't get down to the weight I was quickly. It was slow, and came from consistency. And despite the fact that I want to be back there now, I'm not going to get there that quick. I'... Wed, 2 Jun 2010 00:20:29 EST Birth Control, or does my larger chest make me look fat? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3284601 I started taking birth control at the start of 2010. I didn't experience any side effects except for breast growth (without weight gain anywhere else). Slowly but surely, I've gone from a B cup to a C cup. I've been a B cup for basically as long as I've been wearing bras, so this was rather an adjustment. My boyfriend loves it, but I have rather mixed feelings about this development. My boobs were one of my favorite body features, perky and dainty, but not too small. I feel as though I've ... Mon, 31 May 2010 10:43:31 EST Refocusing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3279254 After a few weeks of not sparking, which were crazy and invovled lots of eating out, I hopped on the scale to find I'd gained five pounds. I was horrified, and set right back to having good habits. Something I need to work on is eating well when I am out with others. I make healthy portions for myself at home, and I order healthy portions when out on my own, but remembering to stop when I'm full and to avoid unhealthy foods is a bit harder for me, since I process eating out as a special occa... Sat, 29 May 2010 09:18:12 EST Tracked a bad-ish day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3097929 I had a few too many drinkis tonight and was over my caloric limit. Ended up at just under 2,000. I'm proud I logged it. My eyes are open. I'm watching what I'm doing. I was at a conference today and I made a lot of good decisions before I started drinking... <BR> <BR> Although to clarify, the excess calories are from the alcohol itself; I did not overindulge in food. Thu, 8 Apr 2010 23:55:33 EST Teriyaki Shocker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3085086 I made a salmon burger with teriyaki sauce and basil for dinner, on a bed of greens with a sweet potato. Delicious. However, teriyaki sauce is ridiculously salty! I don't even like it that much! Guess I need to find myself another marinade. Maybe vinegar or wine. Hmn.Time to experiment! Tue, 6 Apr 2010 00:09:21 EST A Weekend Well Played http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3080507 I made it through Saturday and Sunday, away from home and eating out for much of it, without exceeding my caloric range. I'm very impressed with myself. Sun, 4 Apr 2010 23:31:55 EST New Goals for the Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3071375 Whew! I'm looking to start some good new habits this month. <BR> <BR> 1. Walk to and from work every day (weather permitting). <BR> 2. Get to bed by 1230 am. <BR> 3. Stretch daily in the evening. <BR> 4. Track all calories eaten, and stay within my 1200-1550 range. <BR> 5. Track stress and energy levels each day. <BR> <BR> And a financial health goal. <BR> <BR> 6. Keep track of all my purchases on Mint. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping to gain better health and peace of mind from having these health... Thu, 1 Apr 2010 23:37:07 EST Skinny Jeans for Curvy girls http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2606127 Couple commenters asked a out the jeans I got. They're Stella skinny leg in deep indigo by Express! Link here: <link>www.express.com/catalog/product.jsp?<BR>productId=19645&parentCategoryId=2&cat<BR>egoryId=24&subCategoryId=24 </link> I have a curvy figure (small waist, larger bum) and these fit me well! It seems especially tough to find well-fitting skinny jeans for my proportions, so I'm happy! Wed, 2 Dec 2009 23:58:19 EST New Clothes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2603241 They're motivating me to lose weight, and yes, they fit! <BR> <BR> I got several new items over last weekend, including a pair of skinny jeans and boots, which I wore today. I felt so confident and fierce in them, I didn't even want to deviate from what I planned to eat today. Tue, 1 Dec 2009 23:55:40 EST The Clean Plate Club http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2570316 I've been raised to be a member of the clean plate club. Nobody in my family left food on their plate, plain and simple. If the food is good, you eat all of it. If the food is okay, you eat all of it. If you're not finishing something, there's something wrong with it. <BR> <BR> My parents kind of reformed their eating habits over the years, but the CPC still holds at my house -- we just get smaller servings now! I do that at home as well. When I make myself dinner, I eat all of it, but I don... Tue, 17 Nov 2009 23:31:20 EST Taking time to take care of myself + question for NYC-ers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2554055 Law school applications are almost done, but I'm stressing a lot still. I've been making sure to eat well all the while. I've still been dropping weight, somehow. I do think I've gotten a lot better at mindful eating, because I certainly haven't been exercising or tracking. I'm looking forward to being able to exercise for stress relief and general wellbeing though. <BR> <BR> I'm looking for a doctor and a yoga class in NYC. Any thoughts?: http://tinyurl.com/yzbs899 This query is basically a... Wed, 11 Nov 2009 17:47:48 EST Cutting the sodium http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2510843 I'm going through a rough patch in my life; incredibly busy and stressful. However, I actually find that eating well and making the effort to exercise helps me to stress less, so I'm making an effort to track my food this week, and try to make it to the gym three times this week. I haven't exercised in ages! Halloween's on Friday; too soon to drop and weight, really, but I can definitely make sure I'm bloat-free by avoiding salt for a couple of days. Such is my plan. Mon, 26 Oct 2009 22:47:12 EST Without really trying? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2425717 DailySpark recently had an article about subtle ways to promote health. It basically lists little changes you can feel good about, knowing they are making a difference.The article is called "10 Sneaky ways to get fit and healthy without really trying" : <link>tinyurl.com/y8du66x </link> <BR> <BR> I get what the author of the article is trying to say. It's not hard to do those things. I also get the implicit reference to "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." It's a musical,... Thu, 24 Sep 2009 11:54:42 EST Back Pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2424616 My back has been hurting a lot this week. I sit at a desk all day, and I have bad posture. I find that when I pose in good posture, it hurts less. But I sink back into the slump that is my custom within five minutes of striking a posture. I have to think about my work, not my posture. And having good posture is something that , for me, requires conscious thought. <BR> <BR> I have heard that strengthening your core helps with back pain, as does stretching. I'm going to do a bit of research i... Thu, 24 Sep 2009 00:12:21 EST Daily weighing: friend or foe? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2421752 My roommate has a brand new (or so it seems to me) scale. It's digital, unlike any I've ever owned. It has bright red numbers. It does half-pounds. It seems to tune out the white noise of reasonably light cotton clothing. In short, it's kind of a beast. <BR> <BR> I hop on it once every two days or so. I can't resist. It's just so exciting. Sometimes I'm a bit horrified. At random, my weight will appear to be three pounds higher than what I know it to be. Sometimes an apparent lost pound is ... Wed, 23 Sep 2009 00:38:56 EST Clif bars v Larabar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2418751 I shop at Whole Foods. I'm a vegetarian, and I prefer local and organic when I can swing it. It's tastier and healthier, and at Whole Foods, it's also affordable. If you buy the generic brands and what's on sale, of course, but that's also how shopping at regular grocery stores becomes affordable. <BR> <BR> I have a pretty long workday so I pack a sandwich, a fruit, and a bar, which I eat at different times during the day. The bars I currently go for are Clif bars. I'm thinking of switching ... Tue, 22 Sep 2009 00:04:56 EST On track again in April http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1935282 I've pretty much been denying myself over this past week in terms of taking care of myself. I've been not exercising and eating WAY more carbs than usual. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I went for a run. My copy of 30 day shred arrived in the mail. Love it. It's no joke. i'm no amateur in terms of working out, but it was hard. By the third circuit I was really tired. The strength section in particular - longest 3 minutes ever! I'm really glad I have it, because it's a really manageable workout. Somet... Wed, 1 Apr 2009 23:13:12 EST Making time to exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1902897 I'm stressed. I'm graduating in two months, so there is my senior thesis and finding a job to think about. I excercised for 40 minutes yesterday, and I felt great, but it's been a struggle getting in exercise in general. It's often been about once every two days for the past two weeks, with only very little and sporadic strength training. I'm going to try to get on the stepper for 15 minutes later. <BR> <BR> I may have to make my exercise goals more realistic to fit my packed schedule. Mayb... Sun, 22 Mar 2009 19:41:39 EST Home-cooked meals, supportive friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1892726 I have a tendency to eat raw nowadays. I do a lot of wraps, parfaits, salads, and the like. This is a bit of a forced development, though. I only have a microwave, so I can't cook things on a stove. I miss warm food, which seems somehow more savory when you eat cold stuff all the time. <BR> <BR> Fortunately, over the past two days, I've had hot meals cooked for me! A very exciting development. And it wasn't stressful, because these people understand how I eat/want to be eating. I'm a vegeta... Wed, 18 Mar 2009 23:42:44 EST In a crisis, do I "deserve" to eat something naughty? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1892696 So, I've not been tracking or posting much since Monday because I spilled coffee on my laptop. My nerves got to me! Fortunately, I was able to save all my documents. In fact, the thing itself still works, except the mouse is out. I need to get an external mouse so I can use it (sparingly) until I can afford to get a new one. <BR> <BR> The situation was very stressful. Fortunately, I had a supportive friend who let me know where to get sound (free!) technical help. When it just happened, and... Wed, 18 Mar 2009 23:27:14 EST The Stepper and I = BFFs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1879567 The stepper is my new best friend. Sparkpeople favors terming it a"stair step machine" --and I think everyone else does, too --- but I fondly refer to it as the stepper. I'm a runner, always have been, and I still prefer running. But I like the variety when I alternate between running and stepper/elliptical days. The stepper is also exciting because I can pretty much feel my butt getting tighter and more toned while I use it. It's also sneaky, in so far as it doesn't seem like it's going to ... Sat, 14 Mar 2009 20:58:04 EST