ELLAMENNO's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ELLAMENNO ELLAMENNO'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/ Interesting realization http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4721723 Yeah, I haven't been around here regularly for a long, long time. I stop in every now and then, hoping that somehow just signing in will give me the inspiration to "get back on the horse." So far that hasn't happened. <BR> <BR> I started a new job at the first of this year, close to home, so my intention was to use my old commute time as exercise time. That hasn't really happened yet, because I just enjoy my extra sleep so much! <BR> <BR> The interesting thing about my new job - it is ver... Sat, 4 Feb 2012 10:35:23 EST The start of boot camp http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2028176 I'm ready to begin!! <BR> <BR> I am starting at 155 pounds (boo!) I'd like to be at 145 when boot camp is over, but I'm also going to try very hard not to let "numbers" control how I'm doing. The most important thing to me is that my clothes all fit me again :-) <BR> <BR> I've taken two pictures so that hopefully I can see the change even if the numbers aren't quite what I want. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/6/2/b623165348.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeo... Sun, 3 May 2009 13:05:39 EST The Five-Year plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1356031 Wow, I haven't done a five-year plan since high school :) This is a good exercise to do every now and then, for many reasons. I distinctly remember when I first started practicing law, I ignored almost everything except for work. One day I looked in the mirror and realized 5 years had gone by. I had gained more than 50 pounds and hated my job. I felt like a bunch of time had been wasted. NEVER AGAIN!! <BR> <BR> In the next five years, I will turn 40. Seems hard to believe, but it is ... Thu, 24 Jul 2008 09:19:05 EST Digestion challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1211564 Oops, somehow I was thinking this was due today -- I think we were supposed to do this yesterday <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> The first thing I learned, and learned early on, about this challenge is that 25 grams of fibre for the amount of calories I'm eating is TOO MUCH! My stomach hurt quite a bit those first few days. I discovered that about 20 grams is just about perfect. <BR> <BR> Everything else I'm pretty used to doing, so I did not notice much else different. Fri, 16 May 2008 11:57:36 EST Swimsuit Challenge Starting Stats http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1186406 Well, I did not take a picture, but I certainly can start with my weight and other measurements. Because I am also doing a similar challenge at the gym, this should work out nicely. <BR> <BR> SW: 141.4 lbs <BR> <BR> Neck: 14 <BR> Chest: 41.5 <BR> Shoulders: 40 <BR> Waist: 34.5 <BR> Hips: 40 <BR> Bicep (R): 12.25 Bicep (L): 12.75 <BR> Thigh (R): 23.25 Thigh (L): 23.25 <BR> Calf (R): 14 Calf (L): 13.75 <BR> Sun, 4 May 2008 16:09:24 EST Miraval Dorm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1156959 What can I say about the wonderful ladies at Miraval?? This dorm has been a wonderful thing for me -- watching everyone lose weight and having people cheering me on. <BR> <BR> I was reluctant to try sparkpeople when it was first recommended to me. I thought "I don't want to have to count calories." When I realized how easy it was to do, I was glad I started. But even then, I was reluctant to join in the "teams." But the idea of summer camp sounded fun to me, and boy am I glad that I jo... Mon, 21 Apr 2008 11:31:42 EST My Balsamic Poached Chicken http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1123146 This is a recipe I love to eat. I usually serve it with roasted sweet potatoes and garlic asparagus or balsamic broccoli. <BR> <BR> 1 1/2 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast <BR> 1 14.5 ounce can low-sodium chicken broth <BR> 1 cup balsamic vinegar <BR> <BR> Directions <BR> In saucepan, bring broth and vinegar to a boil. Add the chicken and, if necessary, a little water to cover it. Simmer for 1 minute. Cover, remove from heat, and set aside until cooked through -- 15 - 20 minutes. Tra... Sun, 6 Apr 2008 09:45:29 EST I need new motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1082892 I read an article today on the importance of intermediate goals. I've read it a couple times before, but for some reason today it made a huge impact on me. I'm REALLY struggling with this last little bit -- even the last little bit to get to my "original" goal. So I've decided to give myself a huge intermediate-goal reward -- Lasik surgery!! I've wanted to do it for a while, and I'm hoping this will be the motivation necessary to get to 130 pounds. I can worry about the last 10 pounds af... Tue, 18 Mar 2008 15:41:42 EST Little Reminders http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1046599 I feel like I've blogged this before :-) My biggest motivator has been my daughter. My perspective on life has certainly changed since she was born. While I know that she would love me regardless of how I look, I know that if I'm eating healthy around her, she is more likely to eat healthy herself. I'm hoping that she will not have to struggle with her weight like I have. She certainly gets weight issues from both of her parents! <BR> <BR> The other thing that motivates me these days is... Sat, 1 Mar 2008 17:09:33 EST Short Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1043017 Do I see myself reaching my goal? <BR> <BR> This is an interesting question. If you had asked me three weeks ago, I would have said "Nah, my weight is good enough now." But then I realized that I have come SO FAR, and while I feel pretty good at this weight, I CAN make this last 15 pounds disappear. I have set a goal, and I am not going to stop until I get there -- even if it takes another whole year to get there! Thu, 28 Feb 2008 21:39:08 EST It's Been, One Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1013296 Yes, if my title sounds familiar, it is a lyric from a song by Barenaked Ladies :-) <BR> <BR> My last week has not been very good. I thought that I might have some difficulty getting back into the swing of things after the cruise, and it has proved to be true. I've been thinking that I might need to sit down and write out a blog called "How I got fat" so that I can really analyze how it happened in the past and how to keep it from happening again. I was almost in tears on my way to work t... Sat, 16 Feb 2008 13:06:38 EST What do I want to be when I grow up?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=997337 The biggest stressor in my life right now -- where do I go next with my career? I am a lawyer and have been for 10 years. I really do enjoy the intellectual stimulation I get from practicing, but I absolutely HATE the time demand. I think 40 hours a week is MORE than enough time spent at work, but it is rare to find the lawyer who works only that amount. <BR> <BR> Right now my husband does freelance work and wants to start a children's book. While this is all well and good for him, it pu... Sat, 9 Feb 2008 11:48:24 EST Happy Non-Valentines Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=988607 I don't really need an alternative plan for Valentines Day -- I don't really celebrate it. I came out against V-Day in high school, because it always seemed sorta silly to me. DH is not that big on it, either, because he'd rather surprise me with flowers or candy when I'm not expecting it, rather than when it is expected. I have to admit I like it better that way! <BR> <BR> I anticipate it will be a day just like any other. Because we have a daughter and she will be having a party at sch... Tue, 5 Feb 2008 20:27:33 EST Cruising towards a healthier lifestyle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=985683 Well, I am back from Ships and Dip III -- the cruise that got me to finally buckle down and lose weight! It was completely amazing and a totally different kind of fun than I had last year. There were still all the great bands and then some -- my husband and I counted 13 different bands this time around! There is nothing in the world to me like sitting on a Lido deck and listening to live music. And to get to do it for five full days -- amazing. <BR> <BR> It was also awesome to be 57 poun... Mon, 4 Feb 2008 19:21:35 EST Updating my resume http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=955438 I've finally updated my resume! I know that part of the reason I have put this off is that I'm quite reluctant to get back into practicing law full time. I love the time that I get to spend with my daughter when I'm only working 30-40 hours a week. But, I also miss the intellectual stimulation of practicing law and not simply reviewing documents. <BR> <BR> I just keep hoping I will find something that is the right mix! Keeping my fingers crossed. . . . Thu, 24 Jan 2008 12:50:46 EST Stop procrastinating! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=954647 Ok, so I FINALLY wrote a letter to a company that has been holding on to our money since last JULY! My husband and I were going to redo our backyard and had a beautiful plan all drawn up. Well, the goofy city we live in won't let us build a covered patio the way we want to, and we just can't figure out how else to configure the backyard. I'm guessing at some point we will do a pool, but with my daughter so young we are not ready to do so. Anyway, we had given the landscape company a depos... Thu, 24 Jan 2008 09:10:35 EST What I learned in "college" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=867328 Wow, these last four months have been incredible. I am so glad to have had Gonna BFit University in this last push to get to my goal weight before my cruise at the end of January. <BR> <BR> I've learned quite a few things during my stay at the university: <BR> <BR> 1. I may have known this before, but I'm not sure I ever really appreciated how much a group of people who are joined by the same goal can really motivate me. I get excited to see people reaching their goals, and enjoy trying ... Wed, 19 Dec 2007 22:12:45 EST My Holiday Emotions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=851920 Generally speaking, I love this time of year. October - December tend to be crazy busy, but filled with many of my favorite activities. When January 1 comes around, I'm usually pretty bummed. Thank goodness for the cruise at the end of January! <BR> <BR> Christmas can be pretty stressful. I love spending time with my family, and my mom, sister and I are very close. But, that we tend to try and do things "our" way, because we feel like it just isn't Christmas if we don't! However, my hu... Wed, 5 Dec 2007 23:25:19 EST Thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=843159 We had a lovely family Thanksgiving this year. My mom decided that rather than cook, she wanted to have a mini-vacation. My mom's brother drove in from Florida, her sister flew in from Colorado, and we loaded up the cars and drove down to San Antonio. We stayed right on the riverwalk, which was all lit up for Christmas. It was a nice hotel, but it was a little lacking in the service department. I think my uncle put it best when he said that the left hand did not know what the right hand ... Wed, 28 Nov 2007 22:54:08 EST Thanksgiving Strategies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=831885 This time of year is definitely the most difficult for me -- it's amazing how happy and depressed I can be all at the same time at this time of year. There will be many temptations, but with the cruise right around the corner, hopefully that will be motivation enough to help me lose rather than gain weight this season. <BR> <BR> Here are four strategies I plan to use to help this year: <BR> <BR> 1. Eating Thanksgiving Brunch at a hotel. There will be no leftovers, and no clean up! It is... Sun, 18 Nov 2007 23:04:11 EST Other ways to measure success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=801650 Like everyone else, I tend to focus way too much on the scale. This is a good week for me to write down the other ways I can measure success, because the scale certainly hasn't shown any progress. <BR> <BR> However, I now can sit and swing with my daughter at the playground. Before I started spark, I couldn't really get my behind in the swing and once I did, it certainly wasn't comfortable. Now, I can swing almost as long as she does! I can also sit on the ground and play with her -- bef... Thu, 25 Oct 2007 17:51:38 EST My Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=783633 This is an easy one -- I should just post a picture of my daughter! <BR> <BR> My short term motivation is a cruise that I'm going on in January. I will be going with a group of people who my husband and I went with last year, and it will be fun to show off a new figure! <BR> <BR> But, my main motivation for the long-term is teaching my daughter how to eat properly. Like many families, meals and food were a huge part of my upbringing. Unfortunately, it was usually meat and potatoes (an... Fri, 12 Oct 2007 10:12:15 EST Staying on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=777697 So I find myself today starting my next 1300 calories for 3 weeks. I actually look forward to the 1300 calorie and 1100 calorie phases of my calorie cycle, because I take more control of what I'm eating than I do when I can have 1500 calories. This worries me a little, because I do have control issues which tend to spiral out-of-control and end in a binge. Hopefully just by writing it down, I will stop and think about any binge before it happens! <BR> <BR> I also think that during my 1500... Mon, 8 Oct 2007 12:59:55 EST My first Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=774556 Ok, so this is my first attempt at doing a blog. I'm not sure I get what I'm supposed to do here as opposed to just on the message boards. I guess this is allowed to be me just rambling? <BR> <BR> Right now I'm feeling pretty good about my weight loss. I went to the doctor on Monday and she was quite happy that I'd lost about 10 pounds in 6 weeks. She said that is a good amount -- her rule of thumb is 5 pounds per month. She believes people are most likely to keep it off when they lose ... Fri, 5 Oct 2007 17:47:19 EST