EM4488's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=EM4488 EM4488'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/ Weirdest phone call of my life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5434524 I just had the *funniest*strangest*weirdest*most hilarious* phone call of my life. <BR> <BR> So, I get a voicemail from my brother today <BR> "Whats girly. Its 4:20, this is J Mills. Just checkin' up on ya. See how your day is. Did ya google me yet. My number is ####. Hit me up, ight? See ya." <BR> <BR> I didn't immediately call him back because (VERY long story short) I hardly know my siblings. About an hour later he text'd me <BR> "Wat up! U workin tonite? This is J Mills :)" (I said I ... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 18:10:48 EST Reflection http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5426872 Reflection of the last six weeks....... <BR> <BR> Here are the numbers from my body media. <BR> <BR> <BR> My TARGET NUMBERS <BR> Calories burned: 2600 <BR> Calories consumed: 1600 <BR> Caloric Balance: 1000 <BR> Physical Activity: 40 minutes <BR> Steps Taken: 6000 <BR> Sleep Duration: 8 hours 0 minutes <BR> <BR> <BR> Here are my numbers: <BR> (Keep in mind these numbers are not perfect as my BodyMedia is shting the bed and some days it doesn't track steps or physical activity, and someti... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 22:41:48 EST Reunion Changes!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5425885 Due to a few reasons I have chosen to ditch the color obstacle course AND the color run. <BR> <BR> I'm replacing the color obstacle with the hay-stack-hunt and replacing the color run with paint-squirt. (Please rename this!) <BR> <BR> <BR> Descriptions below. <BR> <BR> Hay-Stack-Hunt: <BR> Hide "x" amount of prizes. <BR> Each item has different worth. <BR> The ones in eggs are easier <BR> Harder items worth more points: ie: gum, coins, rubber duckies, <BR> Each group gets ONE mi... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 23:31:52 EST GIANT REUNION AGENDA!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5421597 For those of you who don't know. I was 'volunTOLD' that I was activities coodinator for my ENTIRE six day family reunion. After hours and hours and hours of planning, this is the agenda! (I still have yet to make quite a few things, but this is the plan!). <BR> Reunion runs Aug 1 - Aug 6. Two more weeks.............Will I Make It?!!? <BR> (And for the record, this is all color coordinated on my sheet. I'm a freak!) <BR> <BR> <BR> Everyday: Family Memories (Have 'oldsters' tell stories into... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 09:40:13 EST Who's a superstar....? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401736 .......I'm a superstar!!! <BR> <BR> Tuesday TNT (Tone and tighten) <BR> <BR> Exercise: (results on 6/11): results on 6/25 <BR> <BR> Crunches: (25): 50 <BR> Squats: (15): 40 <BR> Push-Ups (1.25): 3 <BR> Jumping Jacks: (25): 40 <BR> Plank on 6/6: (30 seconds): 45 seconds. <BR> <BR> <BR> Dang straight! In just 14 days, I'm a stinking superstar!! Tue, 25 Jun 2013 20:22:20 EST I can't thank you enough http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5397766 I cannot thank everyone enough for the kind words on my blog, in spark goodies, and in spark mail. You all truly made my day and just brightened me instantly. As I wrote to my BLC22 team today, <BR> <BR> I'm back. I apologize for being a crank yesterday, but it just was NOT my day. <BR> <BR> Today was spectacular. It is absolutely amazing what the kindness of strangers can do to ones mood. Feeling much happier than last night. Much, much happier. <BR> <BR> <BR> Josh's (DH's) bday was t... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 21:50:24 EST Having a hard day.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5396794 I've got to have an honest moment, sparkfriends, I'm feeling like I could snap. My stress level is about a 9/10 and I think one wrong word and I could just pummel someone. I went to the chiropractor this morning. He did some amazing adjustments, but also one that hurt SO bad. My collar bone goes in/out and he put it back in. Ohhhhhh the pain. But, then he wanted to check my wrists. OMFG, I yelped like a puppy. The pain was so immense and so immediate I was not prepared. I didn't even know it ... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 22:30:06 EST Ideas for FUN (!???!!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5382730 Background story: <BR> Our family reunion is six days long and everyone comes from all over the country (upwards of 100 people all camping at my grandparents property). It is usually themed and always spectacular. My grandma is one of five children, and each family (of those children) takes a day of the reunion. Based on teh theme, the choose what they're doing that day. Ex: one year we had mystery as the theme. One family had a giant outdoor game of clue, another had a mystery-scavenger hunt... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 19:15:37 EST BLC 22 Twelve-Week Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5381237 My goals are going to be simple this round. <BR> <BR> 1) Continue to track nutrition <BR> 2) Maintain daily exercise, either walk/bike/TNT <BR> 3) Start eating breakfast <BR> 4) See improvement on my TNT numbers, measurements, and weight <BR> Fri, 7 Jun 2013 09:35:22 EST 12 weeks are up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5057471 End of my 12 week challenge. What a bust. <BR> <BR> 201 <BR> 191 <BR> 189.5 <BR> 187.0 <BR> 186.5 <BR> 184.6 <BR> 184.6 <BR> 185.4 <BR> 183.4 <BR> 182.8 <BR> 187.8 <BR> 185.6 <BR> 186.2 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Last time I was in the 180s it took me 19 months to get out. And then I gained, didn't lose. <BR> So, I hate the 180s. <BR> <BR> So, I lost 15 lbs in 12 weeks, which is still great. I'm still happy w/ that. However.....as you can see, the 180s like to hang around for a long long tim... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 11:04:50 EST Current Job: Stay at home wife http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5056089 First of all, why isn't this a really thing? Every other person I know is a stay at home mom. How come there are not stay at home wives out there?? And if they are, they're frowned upon. Like they're lazy or something. <BR> Lets get a few things straight! This week I canned 28 quarts of tomatoes, 5 quarts of pickles, 2 pints of pepper rings, 5 pints and 1 quart of applesauce. Washed, folded, put away all of the laundry. Cleaned off the sunporch (big deal). Significant reorganization of the b... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 13:13:44 EST Me + my bodymedia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5046051 I've previously boasted such amazing things about my "BoMed" but lately, its ticking me off. <BR> <BR> Yesterday my mom, husband and I cleaned out my grandma's pool. Now, this is no ordinary pool cleaning, as four years ago the liner guys screwed up, and since then weeds and trees have been growing in it. As well as critters, many many critters, living in it. We spent several hours weeding (in the pool!) and removing the liner, and pulling off wall boards. Then also weeding around the pool.... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 19:39:08 EST Crying blog, update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5030727 It took several days to be able to post again. <BR> I can't begin to thank you all for your support! Blog comments, goodies, messages: it all meant so much to me. <BR> <BR> Without diving into the details, its pretty certain that I was terminated under wrongful circumstances, and I cannot allow myself to think any less of myself because of it. I just have to keep my head up and move forward. <BR> <BR> My amazing husband took me out for ice cream that night (I LOVE me some ice cream) and ... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 16:47:08 EST ::Insert Hysteria:: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5024521 I got fired today. <BR> <BR> I honestly can't even talk about it right now. I can't stop hysterically sobbing. I do believe it was unjust, but as is the way of the world. Nothing I can do. <BR> <BR> I've never been more ashamed. Never more embarrassed. <BR> <BR> I feel like such a loser. <BR> <BR> Oooohf, crying again. <BR> I'll write more later... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 08:18:51 EST Distracted Driving Pledge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5013103 In the last week I've taken a dead kitty and dead puppy off of the road. Both were terrible experiences for me. <BR> However, because of the increased frequencies in hit and run pets, as well as wildlife, I am personally vowing to NOT 'distracted drive'. <BR> <BR> What does that mean? ZERO texting. ZERO use of tools on my phone (ie: calculator, calender, etc). MINIMAL looking at the radio station, staring off at houses/birds/people/farmland/ or whatever is not in front of me. And working o... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 07:56:18 EST The most boring blog ever http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5010352 So.... <BR> I've worked a ton lately. 72 hours this week. 12 hour shifts. Getting tired. <BR> Only two (and half of this shift) days left. <BR> <BR> Because of all of this work: I've done nothing else. <BR> <BR> Josh has been helping keep the house up and cleaning. <BR> <BR> Dinner has been crockpot or helper meals. <BR> <BR> And, then I go to work. <BR> <BR> So. Thats it. <BR> <BR> How's everyone else's week?? Fri, 10 Aug 2012 23:07:55 EST One more reason I wish I was a man: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5002590 Reason: When you go to the store, you can just walk up, pick up your size, and leave. None of this trying on bologna. Women on the other hand have to try EVERYTHING on. Because every brand, size and friggin' color is different. SO ANNOYING! <BR> <BR> Most recently I went to buy myself new undies and bras per my 5 lb reward (YAY). I get to the store, and it appears they don't sell my favorite (and ONLY) underwear anymore. Devistation. <BR> So, I start on the hunt. I will NEVER, EVER try on ... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 21:58:21 EST I dislike discomfort http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4994238 thefreedictionary.com defines discomfort as such: <BR> <BR> 1. Mental or bodily distress. <BR> 2. Something that disturbs one's comfort; an annoyance. <BR> <BR> <BR> I know, your first response is "well, who does?!" But seriously, if it causes any sort of discomfort: I'm out. <BR> <BR> First example, the obvious spark-related answer: exercise. If I'm sweating, I don't want to do it. If it burns, no way. If I'm tired, no thanks. If I'm hungry, not happening. Any discomfort: I'm out. So, t... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 06:56:46 EST Whootwhoot! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4989877 184.5! YES! That is below my 185 goal for the week, and I'm going SHOPPING on Monday! YEeeehaaawwwwwwww!!!!!!!!!! <BR> (Refer to previous blog for back story) Fri, 27 Jul 2012 22:12:41 EST C'moooonnnn 185! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4988684 I need to see 185 tomorrow. MUST see 185 tomorrow. Why? Not only b/c I like losing, but b/c I NEED my reward! <BR> New underwear!!! Hahahaha. <BR> My undies have dwindled to so very, very few and most of those have holes now. Must. Buy. More! <BR> So, 185 tomorrow so I can do a shopping trip! :) <BR> <BR> <BR> For those of you who don't know, I reward myself every 5 lbs lost. I did it on my FIRST 50 lbs, then gained it all back --hey,do I have to give back my rewards?! -- now I'm rewardi... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 01:04:00 EST HOLY CRAPSTICK! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4981258 So, I lost a lot of weight in 2010. 53 lbs to be exact. I was feeling great, but honestly, don't remember much about it. It was short lived. <BR> Gained it all back. (All but 3 lbs). And started over. Now I'm down 39 lbs from original start weight and starting to kind-of feel good again. Nothing major though. <BR> <BR> I get a good feeling when I notice my face looks smaller. And the other day I (VERY NEARLY) lost my pants at work b/c they're too big. Those are good moments. But, I haven't... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 03:08:27 EST Well, its happening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4978712 Backstory: When I worked days (March-June) I worked out every single lunch break. (15 minutes of my 30 minutes). Some days elliptical (UGHHHhh: hate) and others weights. <BR> <BR> Then, I went to nights. And I haven't been back since. Nor have I really done ANY exercise since. (Seriously, I hate exercise. Hate.) Anyway......its happenening. I'm going to start again at my work's gym. <BR> <BR> Why? <BR> B/c my coworker excitedly asked me to. We talk weight/healthy living often, and I told... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 04:20:59 EST P.M.S. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4976892 Seriously: one of the worst I can recall. I *always* crave carbs, but now I could basically straight up eat a loaf of bread. And Monday morning I got yelled at (AGAIN) at work. But today I'm taking it personally so bad I'm like....insane. <BR> But, two good (BAD) things. 1) I got my fireman sandwiches in tonight (you know, the one the firefighters sell for money). So I just inhaled a 12" steak hoagie. (Ohhhhh, was it good) And, AND, its 'ice cream days' at my work. Thats right! They thank us ... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 22:13:25 EST Attitude Determines Attitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4971961 "I woke up early today, excited over all I get to do before the clock strikes midnight. I have responsibilities to fulfill today. I am important. My job is to choose what kind of day I am going to have. <BR> <BR> Today I can complain because the weather is rainy or I can be thankful that the grass is getting watered for free. <BR> <BR> Today I can feel sad that I don't have more money or I can be glad that my finances encourage me to plan my purchases wisely and guide me away from waste. ... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 22:06:40 EST Today's Scare http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4970779 Tonight at work, I got a page - phone call on ext 501. Thats an outside line. Uhoh. <BR> I answered - dead silence. I said hello. Voice on the other line, panting, scared: "Jack is gone! Jack ran!" -- Its my husband. Our dog (our CHILD) ran away. <BR> <BR> Backstory: our dog is exceptionally well trained. He has been boundary trained to our 1 acre yard since about the age of 6 months. He only leaves it when we visit the one neighbor, or to chase the other neighbors cat (which he corners und... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 02:40:41 EST Ohhhh, I did it again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4966524 Another night in the kitchen. <BR> <BR> I'm nuts. <BR> <BR> Tonight I made up (and Josh helped for about 30 minutes!): <BR> <BR> Chicken marinades for the freezer. Four from scratch: greek marinade, sweet and smoky chipotle marinade, fajita marinade, and teriyaki marinade. Then I used a bottle of sweet and sour bbq marinade. Then I had about 2/3 package of chicken left over, so I dry rubbed them - one with smokey barbecue I think, and the other with garlic pepper. <BR> All of those will ... Thu, 12 Jul 2012 01:09:03 EST Oh my achin' feet! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4964908 My cooking extravaganza from two days ago left my feet achey. Then, I worked two nights - 12 hours on my feet (mostly) in steel-toed evil doers. <BR> I'm ready to prop my feet up at home and RELAX. (However, that will not be happening any time soon!) Boo! <BR> <BR> Thats all. Short blog for this evening. <BR> <BR> Happy Wednesday Sparkers! Wed, 11 Jul 2012 03:52:41 EST My progressive prepping blog (with many pictures!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4961587 (Read previous two blogs to catch up on my madness). <BR> <BR> <BR> 9:00 p.m. start prepping the kitchen and start chopping first. <BR> First onion: "OMG, MY EYES!" Seriously, some of the strongest onions on the planet --- and I have 15 POUNDS of them?! I made it through 5 lbs in the food chopper before I called uncle. I'll get back to them later. <BR> Then red onions (food chopper). <BR> Then green peppers in the chopper. They were super duper wet and weird when done. <BR> Same for the ... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 06:00:28 EST Freezer slow cooking part two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4960400 (First blog: taking a big plunge) <BR> <BR> Now, I just went shopping! And I'm proud to say, I rocked it! <BR> <BR> Heres what I got: <BR> <BR> 1/2 Gallon Apple Juice <BR> 6 pounds (17 total) green peppers <BR> 2.5 lbs (5 total) red peppers <BR> 4.29 lbs (6) yams <BR> 15 lbs (yes, 15! - totaling 25 or so) onions! <BR> 4 pounds of carrots <BR> head of cabbage <BR> 3 organic beets (I couldnt find normal ones!) <BR> 3 entire things of celery (what are those called...not stalks...) <BR> 5 lbs... Sun, 8 Jul 2012 11:18:03 EST Taking a big plunge.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4960070 This week I got a fire up my butt about how much I hate cooking. Partly b/c I'm exhausted, partly because this heat makes me an angry, whiney, I-don't-wanna-cook-brat. <BR> <BR> Then I came across slow-cooker freezer meals. <BR> Meals that you throw in a bag, label, and crockpot when you feel like it. <BR> <BR> This excited me. HELLO lazy life! <BR> One day of prep, equals endless meals. <BR> <BR> So, I dove in.....or at least started to. I spent all night last night finding and sortin... Sun, 8 Jul 2012 04:53:37 EST I can't follow a recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4957237 This is a two part blog: cooking and baking. Because these are two very different worlds. <BR> Lets start with cooking: <BR> <BR> I can't follow a recipe. Why? Because I HAVE to make alterations. For example, this delicious chicken recipe I made tonight. <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=376900 </link> <BR> It seems exceptionally simple right? Wrong. I can't follow a recipe. I have to tweek and twist! Even this SIMPLE one. <BR> 4tsp unpacked brown sugar: I used... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 22:39:54 EST Wanna know my secret? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4948296 As most of you know, I'm in my 12 week challenge again. Winning % loss (team) in 12 weeks wins $10,000. <BR> So, I'm serious. <BR> <BR> Last round, the first week I lost 12 lbs, and the first week of this round I lost 10. After that (last round) I lost about 1.7 a week. <BR> <BR> So? Whats my secret for the first week's weight loss: <BR> A bi-week the week before. Bi, as in, I eat crappy foods and lounge around. <BR> Then, when I get back to the grind, which I do immediately, my body is S... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 22:21:52 EST Tomorrow is weigh in day!! (And results!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4946980 And I'm excited b/c I know I'm doing to do great. <BR> <BR> Thats it. <BR> <BR> See ya tomorrow to let you know how it goes!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Edit: <BR> Today was weigh in day. Loss of 10.0 lbs. Whootwhoot!! Rock this challenge! Thu, 28 Jun 2012 23:03:20 EST Bacon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4943814 Should always be crispy. <BR> <BR> Should be calorie free. <BR> <BR> Should be it's own food group. <BR> <BR> Should be in every meal. <BR> <BR> Should be free. <BR> <BR> Should be in my belly at all times. <BR> <BR> <BR> I love you, bacon. Marry me?! <BR> Tue, 26 Jun 2012 21:43:09 EST Chiro chiro http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4942441 I need my chiro appt like NOW. Its scheduled for Thursday evening, but my right leg and right arm are so angry right now. Not sure why. It feels "carpal-tunnely" in my arm, and then sciatic nerve pain in my right leg. My left leg is totally asleep when I sit down. My ribs are out again so I can't take deep breaths. <BR> <BR> Blagh! My body hates me. <BR> <BR> This is one more reason I want to get to a healthy weight. So much less ailments. I'm 24 years old and feeling like I'm 44....or 64... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 22:54:57 EST How awful! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4936866 Whats awful? My actions this week! <BR> <BR> I just ended a 12 week challenge (6/15). I kicked butt and had lost 29 lbs in that 12 weeks. (Yay me!) <BR> So I decided to have another go at it. The challenge starts this Friday (6/22). <BR> <BR> What did I do this week? ATE. And ATE. And ATEEEEEEE. Like I'd never had food before. I told Josh we could eat any meals this week b/c I wasn't in the challenge (and I was having a stressful, pisssy week). My meals included: spaghetti, huge breakfast ... Thu, 21 Jun 2012 21:41:43 EST Well, thats a bust http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4935644 The email that I planned on sending....not going to happen. <BR> Why? B/c they scheduled ANOTHER meeting with me at the end of this shift. Sending my email would be pointless b/c they'd see it RIGHT when they met w/ me, or after. So........dang. <BR> <BR> Looks like I'm going to just have to be tough enough in person. <BR> <BR> Wish me luck. <BR> More than luck. <BR> <BR> I'll let you all know how it goes (Blahhhhh) <BR> <BR> <BR> UPDATE: <BR> It actually went extremely well. Only on... Thu, 21 Jun 2012 02:03:45 EST What do you all think? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4933802 Recap, I cried last time I saw my boss b/c my performance review was horrible and I thought it was going to be way better. I want to somehow address the situation. And this is what I came up with. An email: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Boss 1 and Boss 2, (Names left out) <BR> <BR> I would like to apologize for my unprofessional emotions during Monday’s meeting. I was very excited for my first review, and was deeply shocked at the outcome. I want to thank you both for your feedback on my performanc... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 21:15:38 EST Horrible, Terrible, Rotten, No Good, Very Bad Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4932135 This morning, I had my 90 day (since hire) review. I was super excited for it b/c I knew it was going to be awesome. <BR> It.Was.Horrible. <BR> <BR> I don't really want to get into it. But, please know it was based on ONE sentence (backtalk) last week, and not the other 89 days, 11 hrs and 59 minutes of my training. <BR> <BR> I started crying around 6am. I stopped......about 10am. <BR> I didn't sleep a wink. Not a single wink. <BR> <BR> Then, I had my busy day as I said in yesterdays ... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 20:14:35 EST Busy busy go go GO! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4930948 That is how the last few days have felt for me!! <BR> <BR> With my new job, I have the pleasure of working every other weekend - Fri through Sun. My weekends off: thats awesome! Three days off!! My weekends on, are helll! Why? B/c everyone else on the planet has off (including hubby) and there are a million and one things to do. <BR> <BR> Now, of course I'm exaggerating. But, this weekend seemed extra long. Friday night I came in at 6p. Not too busy/crazy, but nice steady (HOT) night. Sat ... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 02:57:53 EST Challenge ends... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4927208 I got my official end weight verified today for my big challenge. And here is how it ended up <BR> <BR> Week 0: 222 (Official Weigh in) <BR> Week 1: 210.2 <BR> Week 2: 207.8 <BR> Week 3: 203.8 <BR> Week 4: 202.0 <BR> Week 5: 202.6 <BR> Week 6: 199.2 <BR> Week 7: 196.6 <BR> Week 8: 196.6 <BR> Week 9: 195.6 <BR> Week 10: 198.4 <BR> Week 11: 194.0 <BR> Week 12: 192.2 (Official weigh out was 193) <BR> <BR> Total loss: 29 lbs (8 lbs from 12 week goal) <BR> Total Percent Loss: 13.06% <BR> <BR>... Fri, 15 Jun 2012 03:49:33 EST Excited and disappointed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4922663 As many of you know, I was part of a weight loss challenge that the winning team (of 5) won $10,000! <BR> Well, my disappointment is: we didn't win :( We still have one more week to weigh in, and have official results tallied, but, we're in 6th now, and the odds are highly not in our favor. <BR> <BR> BUT, the exciting part: WE'RE DOING IT AGAIN!!! I'm one for torture apparently! <BR> <BR> Actually, whats more exciting than that, is during this challenge I've lost (as of last Fridays weigh... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 02:18:50 EST Zoie's surgery update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4916923 Zoie (my cat) made it through surgery with flying colors. Doc got all of the tumor and she has a long (way longer than I thought it'd be) row of stitches we have to monitor. Biopsy results will take 1-2 weeks to find out if it's benign or not. <BR> <BR> While in there, I also had them do a full blood work: and I'm excited to say that all of her organs are working perfect! Age 14 and still running strong! <BR> <BR> I got to pick her up before work. She was super loopy still, poor dear! <B... Thu, 7 Jun 2012 21:57:54 EST Not looking forward to tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4915683 As you all know, since I've whined enough, I'm currently on the night shift: 6pm-6:20am. With a 45 minute commute - gag. <BR> <BR> I normally get home around 7:10, bed at 8. <BR> <BR> Well, tomorrow I have to run to the store first (b/c I forgot I needed salsa and I *really* want salsa chicken for dinner tomorrow). So, I won't get home until around 7:30 or later. (Because town is the opposite way of my work. Seriously, I love living in the country, but being so far from a store kind of mak... Thu, 7 Jun 2012 01:52:43 EST I did it!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4910890 No, I didn't reach goal weight....I wish! <BR> But, I DID go to subway for dinner and DID NOT ORDER COOKIES!! <BR> WHAT?!?!?! I know I know. I'm shocked too. <BR> <BR> OMG, I love subway cookies. They're the greatest cookies in the whole wide world. <BR> <BR> But, I made up a menu for the next two weeks, and I vowed I would stick to it. No, subway was not on the menu! However, I started dinner late, then the rice took too long, and then Josh bought the wrong (icky) stir fry sauce and by t... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 02:12:23 EST Push it, push it real good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4908267 First and foremost, my sparkfriends are the stinking greatest! <BR> I posted a blog (two blogs back) called "Relying on the push" - if you didn't catch it, it was basically a big whine fest on how I rely on outside help/encouragement and without it I stink. <BR> <BR> Well, sparkers came to the call and gave me so much encouragement and so many challenges! <BR> If I have to pick a fav, I think CGG111 gave me the greatest help: a day by day exercise challenge! Each day do what is listed, an... Sat, 2 Jun 2012 01:14:24 EST So here's the deal.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4906827 I'm kind of sucking at the night shift. <BR> <BR> On May 11th I ended my beautiful training period on days and switched to nights. I am currently working 6:00pm to 6:20am. <BR> I'm doing much better (sleep wise) than I thought I would be. I was really worried I couldn't do it. But, I'm doing well! No, I don't like it, but I'm not failing at it too bad. <BR> <BR> Anyway, my problem actually lies in my eating! <BR> I don't know when to eat! <BR> <BR> So right now I'm getting up somewhere... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 04:16:15 EST Relying on the push http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4895559 I want this. I do. However, I rely so heavily on an outside push...it's uncanny. <BR> <BR> For instance, I'm in a challenge to win $10,000 per team (of 5). My team was in first...then second...then everyone stopped writing emails...then third. I was PEEVED. I kept writing, and writing, sending my daily updates, asking how everyone was doing. NOthing. The only word I've heard in....now 13 days....is everyone email saying if they lost (or didn't!) at weigh in. Thats not fair. <BR> <BR> Anyw... Thu, 24 May 2012 03:06:46 EST The bad, the good, the best. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4878282 Wednesday after work I went to the chiropractor for my weekly appointment. During that appt we were talking about how people like to take short cuts with medicine, blah blah blah. At that point he referenced my insulin. I looked puzzled, but let him finish his point. <BR> My point: I'm not on insulin. Or any medication. Nothing. At all. Thanks, dude! <BR> Basically he called me a fatty-mc-faterson. Dang. I corrected him, and said he must have just assumed since my family history is loaded w... Sat, 12 May 2012 12:29:38 EST Weigh in. Bike. Nights. Adios. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4876138 Today, Thursday the 10th: <BR> <BR> Total in: 1107 <BR> Total out: 2707 <BR> Deficit: 1600 -- (Please note, I haven't had a surplus since this challenge started. That's AWESOME and insane). <BR> Steps: 5500 (I got trapped in training today....stand and stare....for hours. Uh!) <BR> Sleep: 6 hrs 46 minutes (91% efficient) <BR> Exercise: 45 minutes on the bike - 10 miles <BR> <BR> <BR> WEIGH IN TOMORROW! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> On an unrelated note, big life change coming up: tomorrow is my... Thu, 10 May 2012 21:04:50 EST