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/ I am so beat down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5989808 This year has been the most turmoiltouous year I have ever have. I am exhausted by everything in my life. And everything just keeps piling and buring me deeper and deeper. I'm at nearly 250 pounds now. I feel like total and complete crap - inside and out. I hate everything. I'm back tracking in spark. 2500 calorie days- but honestly doing better than normal thanks to my plexus. It's really curbed my snacking. But I am still lazy and do virtually no exercise. I hate who I have become. I... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 19:38:02 EST Weigh in Wednesday selfie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879084 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1309426726.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 2 lbs less than last week -- but I wouldn't say that I lost 2 lbs....its just.....wow. <BR> Lots of bad decisions lately. <BR> <BR> Thu, 19 Feb 2015 23:14:50 EST Keep Gaining http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5876185 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l81413216.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Weigh in 240.8 this week. <BR> <BR> Got a ton of chocolate for my bday. And for valentines day. And fast food (which I don't eat). <BR> It is impossible not being home. <BR> <BR> I feel like total crap too. <BR> Tired of being morbid and disgusting. Sun, 15 Feb 2015 13:06:46 EST Is it nap time? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5870434 New temp job is awesome and insanely busy and insanely so much to do to catch up. <BR> <BR> Working 8.5 hr days at the shop, and bringing home 5-7 hours a night. <BR> <BR> Sleepy. <BR> <BR> Having fun though. <BR> <BR> Weigh in, up a lb, but ate a Brazillian Steak House the night before, so I dont' think it counts!!! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1707688852.jpg"> Fri, 6 Feb 2015 01:48:03 EST The answer? 3000. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858295 Yep. Both days of this weekend, tracked: 3K each. OUuuuuuuuuuuuch. <BR> Expected. <BR> Not going to get it get me down. <BR> <BR> Today, I worked my tiny little feet off (they're not tiny, but I still worked them off!!) <BR> I ran from 8:30 a to 8:15 pm only to stop for food. I took down all of my Christmas decor (I decorate every single inch of every room. There is *nothing* non-Christmas in my home from Black Friday through usually February. Dishes. Towels. Blankets. Every single knickk... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 21:55:50 EST Holy Fatty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5857537 Not me, my foods! <BR> <BR> I've made some DELICIOUS-ly bad choices the last two days. I need to track it. <BR> Yesterday I had a Perkins breakfast, complete with Chicken biscuits and gravy, bacon, sausage, and eggs........and a milkshake. (C'mon, they have the BEST milkshakes!!!! And it was nearly noon!) <BR> <BR> Then, Mexican for dinner. I didn't eat much. Chips and salsa, a mozzarella stick and cheesy stuffed pepper from the sampler, and some of my mexican rice. <BR> <BR> I finished ... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 23:27:05 EST How did I not blog for four days? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5855978 I'm trying a new years resolution to blog often. <BR> <BR> Get things off my chest. <BR> Keep me accountable. <BR> Keep a document of whats goin' on overall. <BR> <BR> And yet, here I am, slackin' already!! <BR> <BR> Well, we started working out. I've rode my stationary bike several days now. We've done two videos of Daily Burn (better than none, right?). I moved furniture and boxes and moved and hauled and kicked my own butt all day today!! <BR> <BR> I've been documenting my dreams ... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 18:50:11 EST Day one of the rest of my life!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5853115 Too dramatic? Maybe. But I mean it this time dang it all. <BR> <BR> Today, after a week of not, I got up and worked out. <BR> I had yet another horrible nights sleep. Went to bed with a head ache, woke up with a headache and a ton of tossing and turning in between. <BR> But, even thought I got up at noon, I got up and biked for 45 minutes. Then, sat on my butt with pain meds and a heating pad on board. Rushed some quick cleaning before DH got home. <BR> Once home, I made a not so healthy... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 23:19:26 EST Wonderful Wonderbag! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5851078 Why am I happy today? Well, I'm forcing myself to be happy, because in all honesty, my anxiety is a level freaking 11 today. <BR> BUT - I got two packages in the mail today. <BR> <BR> The first: a photo collage canvas that I made of pictures I've taken. Super excited. I really like it! <BR> <BR> Second the wonderbag. If you have not heard of this awesome invention, google it! It is a crockpot, without electricity. You heat up your meal on the stove, to a boil, then put it in this bag and s... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 13:14:56 EST Happiness in the midst of poo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849761 Remember last blog's sleepless night. Ha! Last night was a ditto. Now, it had nothing to do with pets, just insomnia and pain. But, I went to bed somewhere between 1:30-2 (yes, still late - but I got up at 1 for petes sake!)......was still wide awake when hubs got up at 4:30. Still wide awake when he left at 5:15. Still awake when he got to work and text'd me at 5:55. (I had him text me b/c the weather and roads here are AWFUL). Just as I was thinking it'd be better to stay awake and take a s... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 20:11:23 EST Well, that was a rough night!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848674 Well, first time in....ever(?)....I just got up after noon. 1:00 pm was my rise and freakin' shine. <BR> <BR> My evening started out, going to bed at 11pm. Then Bud freaking out with some sort of ear ache/itch. So, we came out to sleep in the living room (as to not wake Josh). Once on the couch, I hear something, and look up to see Bud *peeing* on my hat/mitten box. Put him out, come inside, realize the cats had peed on it, so he marked it. (We changed cat litter boxes and they're rebelling... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 14:12:02 EST I took all five pets to the vet...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848086 ......because I am a glutton for punishment!! <BR> <BR> Happiness of today? Surviving the trip to the vet! And everyone getting a (pretty much) clean bill of health! This year my pets will turn, 7, 13, 13, 13, and 17; so any trip to the vet is always a scary one! <BR> <BR> And for those who are curious as to how my amazing babies did - here ya go! <BR> <BR> Jackson (6.5 year old chocolate lab mutt) - Significant weight gain and drinking a lot/peeing a lot. Possibly just because he is gett... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 22:07:43 EST I cheated on you, sparkpeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5846780 It is true. <BR> <BR> Today I joined the free trial of "dailyburn". <BR> Really customized and seemingly use-friendly. Haven't started the videos yet, but I really like they give you one 30 min video a day and just like - bam - use this. <BR> <BR> I won't follow the nutritional meal plan, but I like that they have weekly nutritional goals. This week? Mine is eating breakfast. How'd they know?! <BR> <BR> They also promote supplements, but no thanks. <BR> <BR> If I like my 30 days, it's... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 15:09:51 EST Bring on the happy....and the cough syrup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5845803 In my effort to maintain happiness all year, yesterday I drove to my moms and got her some groceries. Then went to visit my gram, and she also needed groceries! So I headed back into town, and got those. It made me happy to make them happy - and also visiting with both for about an hour each. And my papa! <BR> Then we watched Sinbad stand-up (HILARIOUS!). <BR> <BR> Today, not as happy. I coughed *ALL*NIGHT*. So I am sore and tired and just 'blah' feeling. But, I am grateful that I spent th... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 16:40:01 EST My new years resolution(s) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5843091 My new years revolution: to do something everyday to bring happiness to my life. <BR> No matter big or small, make a conscious effort to be happy. <BR> <BR> This may include a walk with the dogs. <BR> <BR> Reading a book. <BR> <BR> Calling a loved one. <BR> <BR> Watching a tv show or movie. Or binge watching ;) <BR> <BR> Coloring in a coloring book. <BR> <BR> Snuggling with the cats. <BR> <BR> Laughing with my husband. <BR> <BR> Trying a new craft. <BR> <BR> Planning a vacation. ... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 17:31:48 EST Reasons why I am determined to lose the damned weight again.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841521 I am back up to 5lbs more than my original weight. Currently waddling in at 230 lbs. Time to try. Really, really try. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Reasons why I am determined to lose the damned weight again.... <BR> <BR> <BR> So other people stop making comments about my weight <BR> <BR> To buy clothes and not cry <BR> <BR> To buy mildly cute clothes <BR> <BR> To be healthy for when I'm old and need surgery <BR> <BR> To rid myself of prehypertension and prediabetes <BR> <BR> For clearer ski... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 20:45:34 EST 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