EMILYBEHNKE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=EMILYBEHNKE EMILYBEHNKE'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/ On hiatus for a bit... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5634161 I haven't been tracking or weighing in recently, and don't plan to anytime soon. I'm going on hiatus from SparkPeople for a bit, because I'm pregnant! <BR> <BR> I'll still log in occasionally and may track items like water, fruits/veggies/mood etc. but I don't want to hinder my pregnancy health by getting caught up in the amount of calories I am consuming. I am at just about 12 weeks and have been doing well with the weight gain and eating as healthfully as I can (though apparently the bun... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 09:26:49 EST 1 year anniversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5594964 To be honest, I totally would have missed this if not for the "Member since..." area on my profile. What a difference a year makes. I'm almost to my goal weight (about 6 lbs off), but am happy with where I am at and proud of myself and my body. I think the biggest thing on this journey has been rediscovering the love of my body and acceptance of it in all its forms. It is strong, it is healthy, and it is amazing. <BR> <BR> Happy one year Sparkiversary to me; and to those of you just begi... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 16:37:32 EST Keep on keeping on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5591310 Today I am home working, on a Sunday. I am doing this because I keep getting sidetracked and pulled into other things while I am at work. Part of this is my fault, so I am just trying to live in the saying "keep on keeping on". When I have huge deadlines and I am stressed, I perform my best, oddly enough. My house is never cleaner, my bills are managed without issue, and yet I procrastinate on my big project. So much so that I usually pull a few key all-nighters to wrap it up. I know it... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 14:43:23 EST Off-roading http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5556711 I had a hiatus from the SP site for about a month due to a crazy work and holiday schedule. This time of year is difficult to keep up with since it's filled with get togethers, parties, and road trips. I may not be logging on as often, but I'm trying to keep up with the eating well and working out. <BR> <BR> I gained 2 lbs this last month due to not working out for a few weeks and eating a lot of sweets around the holidays. I worked out last night and I hope that it jump starts me back to... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 10:42:33 EST Workout funk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5541825 I've been in a bit of a workout funk lately--I make sure to get some in on the weekend but I'm not great about working out after work, and try as I might, I just can't get up early to do it before. <BR> <BR> This past weekend I went to visit my sister and brother-in-law and their new baby in North Carolina. It was a great time, and while I was there my brother-in-law's sister invited me to do a free bootcamp class. I decided to do it--and man, was I wrecked afterward! I was happy I acco... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 10:27:44 EST Can I get a woo-hoo?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534822 The title of this entry makes me laugh--there is a lady at church who starts every activity with that saying and it makes me smile each time. If you're going to do something, do it joyfully! <BR> <BR> But in all seriousness, I do deserve a woo-hoo--I'm down to 141.0 lbs! That's even one pound less than when I got married, and I did an extreme diet then! WOO-HOO! So I was able to lose that extra weight I put on and then some. Looking at my tracking report, I should be down to 139 to be o... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 11:19:03 EST Inspiration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5527465 I had written a really nice blog post detailing each of the quotes below and how my experiences related, but my computer had an interruption in service and I lost it all. Sooooo...a much more abbreviated post now. I have found these two quotes by Gretchen Rubin to be inspirational not only in regular life but also on my weight loss journey. If you want to learn more about her, check out her book or blog, The Happiness Project. <BR> <BR> "Don't let perfect be the enemy of good." <BR> <BR>... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 13:25:30 EST Weekend fail http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5526473 So I am up 2.4 lbs from last Thursday--the product of a party on Friday, a macaroni-and-cheese heavy church dinner on Saturday night, and a Sunday afternoon of making delicious peanut butter cookies. So disappointing! <BR> <BR> BUT, I am determined to get back on track this week and drop those two pounds. Worked out hard on Sunday, and hope to do another fierce workout this evening. It's inspiring to see so many other SparkPeople out there getting into fitness regimens now that summer is ... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 11:51:08 EST Sweet sweet sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5520505 Today I am DRAGGING...the result of a late night reading. I got caught up in a good book and didn't get to bed until midnight, which is about 2-2.5 hours past my normal bedtime. I'm concerned this will have a snowball effect on my afternoon--I'll be too tired to workout (I should today), won't want to make dinner or salads for lunches, etc. <BR> <BR> Another not-so-great side effect is that I am super duper crabby when I am overtired. I need 8 hours of sleep a night (yes, yes, I realize t... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 15:31:51 EST Secret to success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5519148 I work out at home. And like many folks who work out at home, I have a ton of items and equipment to do my workouts at home. I have several different DVDs that in my head I've rated as easy, hard, too hard, medium, etc. I've found that I am more apt to do a workout DVD if it lands between 20-30 minutes; I hardly ever do my hour-long ones. <BR> <BR> Lately I've found myself going to the easy-medium intensity workouts too often. Yes, it's great that I'm doing them and moving, but I realized... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 08:33:34 EST Making time, not excuses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5515319 Lately I've been trying to make more time for my workouts, and less time for my excuses. It's incredibly difficult, but I make myself work out at least 3 times a week to something challenging. I also walk at work on every nice day at lunch, but that part isn't hard--it's the huffing and puffing that gets me! <BR> <BR> Last night I went running, and afterward had such a headache because of the wind in my ears...my fault, I knew I should have worn earmuffs. I also couldn't stop coughing b... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 15:32:58 EST Everything you never wanted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5508702 I Asked For Strength… <BR> And Life Gave Me Difficulties To Make Me Strong <BR> <BR> I Asked For Wisdom… <BR> And Life Gave Me Problems to Solve <BR> <BR> I Asked For Prosperity… <BR> And Life Gave Me Brain and Brawn to Work <BR> <BR> I Asked For Courage… <BR> And Life Gave Me Danger to Overcome <BR> <BR> I Asked For Love… <BR> And Life Gave Me Troubled People to Help <BR> <BR> I Asked For Favors… <BR> And Life Gave Me Opportunities <BR> <BR> I Received Nothing I Thought I Wanted ... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 08:23:08 EST The only way to finish is to start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5504193 While watching this Spark video (http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/video<BR>s-detail.asp?video=105), I was totally inspired by the message on one of the member's shirt--"The only way to finish is to start". How true and inspiring is that?! It's true that right now I'm in the middle of my journey, and that sometimes I fall off the wagon or get discouraged. I am sure that EVERYONE has felt that way at some point. But the beauty of it is that we have ALL taken that first step. We've been ... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 08:56:35 EST Good days, sunshine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500170 We've been incredibly blessed with the weather lately--warm, sunshine-filled weekends that encourage you to get outside and move your body. My husband and I have been working on painting the trim on our house, which apparently that burns a lot of calories, according to SparkPeople. Thank goodness, because painting has few other redeeming qualities--it's one of my least favorite chores, and you're talking to a gal who loves cleaning and doesn't mind scrubbing toilets. <BR> <BR> I love the l... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 10:36:18 EST Goal weight, here I come! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5484649 I'm so excited that things have been coming together recently in terms of diet and exercise. This weekend will be a true test (see my blog on past bombing on the weekends), but I think I can stay motivated through. It helps that I have some fairly active projects planned, as well, and none of them lend themselves to sitting around and eating. <BR> <BR> I think that if I can keep up this momentum, I might be able to reach my goal weight prior to New Years Eve, and that for the first time in... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 13:43:59 EST Bombing on the weekends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5477509 I feel like it's so easy to get off track on the weekends. During the week, it's much easier to stick with my eating plan and tracking my foods. Come the weekend, I usually can work in the workouts, but my eating goes off the charts because we're typically entertaining or going out with friends. It's frustrating, because I'll see the scale go down during the week and on Monday it's back up (I weigh myself every couple of days rather than once weekly). <BR> <BR> I've got to accelerate and... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 08:07:18 EST Thumbs up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5469216 We ordered a juicer today! They are having a super sale on them at Woot.com...another reason I love Woot! I am super excited to try it and hopefully replace my breakfast with a juice each morning. <BR> <BR> Worked out tonight, which was nice. I'm trying to get in shape before the end of the year, so that next year will really just be maintaining instead of resolution time. :) Wed, 28 Aug 2013 19:30:12 EST Hot child in the city http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5422799 This heat and humidity is killing me in terms of working out! Our DVD player is broken, and my mom has an extra one that she can give me rather than buying new, but I won't see her for another couple of weeks. I am stuck with outside activities for working out, which I normally enjoy, but not when the heat/humidity feels like an elephant sitting on your chest. We don't belong to a gym or a YMCA, so it's definitely been a challenge to motivate ourselves to move. I want to go for a run afte... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 09:10:10 EST Back in the saddle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5417571 After a few (hectic) months off, I am back on track--and at the same weight! Looking forward to finishing up the last 12 pounds to reach my goal weight. I really want to make it and luckily my husband is on board this time, joining me for runs. I've got to keep better track of my diet, though, so I'm back to SparkPeople to whip me in shape! <BR> <BR> Have you ever taken a break and successfully picked back up and finished? It's frustrating because I'm near my goal weight, but having such... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 08:39:43 EST Juicing: yay or nay? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5331940 I've heard a lot about juicing, and am interested in trying it. HOWEVER, it requires a decent amount of money up front, as you have to get a good juicer, and of course you need quite a bit of produce/fruit to juice to one cup, and you know how pricey that can be. <BR> <BR> Have you tried juicing? Are the benefits and results definitely worth the money? Mon, 22 Apr 2013 15:40:54 EST Spring has sprung http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5324900 It's spring! One of my favorite times of year. Favorite seasons in order are autumn, spring, summer and winter. It felt great to spend yesterday evening after work outside cleaning out the garden beds and planting some new bushes, trees and flowers. <BR> <BR> Today is supposed to rain, but I don't mind--you need the rain to get to the good stuff (flowers, sunshine, etc.). Hopefully it will only come down during the workday and I'll be able to get back out afterward. <BR> <BR> Spring is ... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 08:39:06 EST Setbacks and pitfalls http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5308577 Last week/this weekend I had some major setbacks and essentially gained 3 lbs! I lost one of them already, but I'm still disappointed. We had friends visiting from overseas and went out a few times last week, and this weekend we had veritable feasts surrounding Easter with my family. Not to mention we have Girl Scout cookies in the house, and that is always bad news for me...all in all, it was a minefield of pitfalls for a dieter and I am sorry to report that I was definitely caught offgua... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 09:03:05 EST Mother Nature, take note. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5293869 Waiting for spring can be tortuous in upstate NY. The winters are long, the snow is deep, and the promise of spring can seem like a lifetime away. <BR> <BR> On this first day of spring, we're buried in about a foot of snow we got yesterday. I can't wait for the smell in the air to change, the birds to start singing, and the flowers in my garden start pushing heartily up through the ground. Spring is my season to be reborn, to start fresh and clean, and to embrace life as the sunshine le... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 15:14:08 EST 20/20 hindsight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5278530 So when I started this process I didn't do measurements of hips, waist, etc. I wish I did now! I've been working out a lot and seeing results, but it's not showing on the scale and I'd like that motivation/confirmation that things are moving in the right direction! If I could talk to myself/change something at the beginning of this process, I would definitely measure everything. If you could go back and tell yourself one thing to focus on/change/motivate yourself, what would it be? Fri, 8 Mar 2013 08:39:54 EST Before and after http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5275915 I love seeing before and after photos...of projects, room makeovers, people's dieting success. However, I HATE the process of the project, remodel, or diet. I find the stories you read in magazines and online to be incredibly motivating...and then become exhausted with it once I try to do it on my own. I'm doing okay with everything on SP thus far, but I wish we could switch to the "after" pictures, already. :) Trying to keep patience and perspective! Wed, 6 Mar 2013 12:38:45 EST The whole picture http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5269427 I finally added in exercise to my routine and am losing weight again! I hit a plateau at about 10 pounds but I am happy to say that we are moving again, and I feel better about my body. I was finally able to fit into some jeans from my skinnier days, and it felt great! <BR> <BR> I rewarded myself with a couple of tops and a new pair of pants, since I only have one pair of pants that really fit me well right now. I feel like I am finally working on the whole picture of the weight loss jo... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 08:37:14 EST Living http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5245696 More than once during this process my husband has turned to me and said "You know, this process [the SP diet] is pretty easy." And it is, to an extent. It's not to say that the temptations aren't there (chocolate, I'm looking at you); but we're allowed to have what we're craving--nothing is off limits; it's just a matter of moderating yourself. My biggest downfall is the nighttime cravings/snacking of aforesaid chocolate and other bad things. It's hard to have one or two pieces and say no... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 22:15:21 EST Monday blues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5236786 Back to the work week...not fun. I had a good, productive weekend, but I am NOT feeling like work this morning. I might treat myself to a coffee to perk myself up...tea is just not cutting it this morning. <BR> <BR> I was hoping to motivate myself to work out this afternoon, but we'll see how it goes. If I continue to drag, I might not be able to push myself enough. I wish Spring was here already...that fresh air always livens me up! Anyone have any ideas for motivating yourself to wo... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 08:53:57 EST You wear it well http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5233060 I heard Rod Stewart's "You Wear It Well" song on the radio coming in today, and it immediately made me happy. Not only because I love the song itself, but because my jeans have been fitting so well lately and it's been giving me a serious confidence boost. No more straining button! No more muffin top! Like a lot of women, I refused to buy new jeans because I was planning on losing the weight, so what's the point in wasting money on ones that are a size bigger? Plus, I have a large drawer... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 10:52:58 EST On the run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5232263 My husband rarely eats lunch; he's too busy at work. I don't understand this; my stomach growls would probably be heard a county away if I was more than an hour past my usual lunch time. However, I have noticed that the busier I am, the less I eat, especially if I'm genuinely interested and engaged in what I'm doing. <BR> <BR> Formulating a theory, I have decided to take on weeknight projects each week to help keep me busy and away from the snacks. Our weekends are already jam-packed wi... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 20:48:12 EST Slowly but surely http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5227374 The dieting process--or rather, the lifestyle change process--is definitely won by the tortoise and not the hare. I've always wanted things immediately and moved quickly; to try and change my ways to be more long term and focused on the "every day change" is difficult. Knowing that I am moving slowly but surely in the right direction should give me more comfort than it does. <BR> <BR> What is your biggest struggle with dieting/exercise/being healthy? Mon, 28 Jan 2013 15:20:11 EST Movin' on up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5223505 It'll be a Cinderella Saturday tomorrow as I finish cleaning the house top to bottom. Hoping to get to painting the upstairs on Sunday--some more fitness points! Weekends are my hardest times to keep up with the both the diet and the tracking because I am not as structured with meals and snacks (or on the computer as much) as I am at work. <BR> <BR> Next week my goals are to start including regular exercise (i.e. fitness tapes, free weights, etc.) into my week, now that I have a good handl... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 18:59:01 EST One week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5221609 I am officially one week in (ok, today makes it a week and a day, but I weighed myself this morning) to SparkPeople. I am down 5 pounds! I know we're supposed to be targeting 2 lbs. max a week, but I've been just staying within my calorie counts and it just came off! Very exciting, especially for a personality like mine where I need instant gratification (side note: this personality type has the most problems with diets for that same reason--you want something when you want something!). <B... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 12:25:03 EST Girl Scout cookie mania http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5219821 It's that time of year again! I am obsessed with the Girl Scout's Tagalongs; secretly I think there is crack or something equally addicting in there because I just can't stop eating them once I've started! <BR> <BR> I am going to buy a couple of boxes, since it supports a great cause, but I'm going to try and limit myself severely. Sadly, I could eat a whole box of those Tagalongs if left alone with them, but this will be a true test of willpower to only eat one per day and maintain calo... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 09:39:29 EST Weekends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5217507 ...are the worst for me in terms of keeping on track diet-wise and drinking enough water. During the work week, it's easy to structure meals, snacks and drinks around my schedule; but the weekend, with its projects and errands and sleeping in, is much more difficult. <BR> <BR> This past weekend was especially challenging, as I went on a wine tour and hosted a bridal shower. Both obviously had a lot of sugar in them, and it was a challenge to try and limit myself to reasonable amounts. I... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 19:15:16 EST The low down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5212808 I KNOW you're not supposed to weigh yourself every day, but I can't help it. I weighed myself this morning and I was down to 159.6! After only seeing 160's on the scale for the past few months, it was a relief. <BR> <BR> I took a quiz on the myths and truths of weight loss, and boy did I do poorly. Only got 9/15 correct! For someone who reads as much on the subject as I do, I would have thought I'd do better, but that is what this whole process is about, right?! Fri, 18 Jan 2013 10:25:50 EST The big goal is the easy part... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5212271 ...it's the day to day upkeep that will get ya. <BR> <BR> Like many people, I have a grand plan of losing nearly 30 pounds. Like many of you, two days into the diet, I realize that the hardest part is planning and having the willpower to make it happen. If I stick to the recommendations from SparkPeople, I should be almost 30 pounds lighter by the end of April. 30 pounds! Before late spring!! Before my friend's wedding that I'm a bridesmaid in!!! <BR> <BR> Remembering these points,... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 22:45:39 EST