EMILYROSEBUD's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=EMILYROSEBUD EMILYROSEBUD'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/ Accountability Blog #4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5547615 Yesterday was just "okay." But I remember that there will be days like that, and you just move on and try harder. I did not make it to the gym, and certainly did not get enough water. But I continued to track and try to move around as much as possible. I went bowling with the family and that was fun! I was mindful of nighttime munching. I had some trail mix. I got better sleep than I have all week. I also used lots of willpower yesterday when making my choices. I desperately wanted to just gr... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 10:01:17 EST Accountability Blog #3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5546852 Yesterday went really well! I stayed within my calorie range-on the low side, without feeling starving. I made it Body Combat and YAY!!!! <em>216</em> It totally kicked my butt, by My Mio says I burned 600 calories in that hour! I was struggling, for sure. I was out of breath, felt like my arms and legs weighed a million pounds, and I was so sweaty and red! It reminded me how far I've let this go. When I was doing combat regularly, I wouldn't even break a sweat until the 3rd track. Just ... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 11:03:05 EST Accountability Blog #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545930 Yesterday was a good day in regards to sticking to my plan. I stayed within my calorie range, and did 30 minutes of cardio. Considering I haven't done real cardio in months, I thought that was a good jumping off point. Not even half way in, I felt GREAT! Smiling! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I have some personal, sensitive things to deal with in my life right now. Who doesn't, right? But in the midst of the madness, I'm exceedingly aware of how important it will be for me to continue exercisin... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 08:55:09 EST Accountability Blog #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545420 I could cry, sitting here writing this blog. I'm at that rock bottom place.......again. Eating out almost daily, exercising rarely, sleeping poorly, not drinking enough water, and in general, not taking any time to focus on myself. My body is certainly feeling it. I can feel my thighs stretching. It's a lot easier to deal with those fluctuations when you are a resilient teenager. Although still in my 20's, I find it's getting more and more difficult to "bounce back" after a weight gain. Yest... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 16:43:37 EST It's been a looooong time....But a change is gonna come http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5432075 I last blogged on May 15. That's probably about the last day I spent being serious about my health and making this healthy lifestyle a priority. Since then, it's been busy weeks full of driving kids here and there, birthday parties, weekend trips, bbq's, potlucks, and family gatherings. Summer is usually really busy for me anyway. In the past, I wasn't focused on my health, so the weight gain came and I didn't bat an eye. Since I've spent the last 2 years being more conscious of my choices, I... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 16:00:51 EST Eating out of Boredom and Breadsticks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5357198 Yesterday was going great!.....until after the kids went to bed. I went over my calories by 400. If I would've stopped snacking after the orange, and not made myself a plate of waffles with syrup after that, the day would've turned out perfect. I'm disappointed in myself for those choices and for not following my gut. After the orange I thought to myself, "you should go check the tracker before eating anything else, to be sure you stay within your calorie range." But I was overly tired, proba... Wed, 15 May 2013 09:27:13 EST Checking in...not out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5356175 Good morning Sparkfriends! <BR> <BR> I made a desperate cry for help yesterday to all my Sparkbuddies. I'm trying to get back on track...like ,really back on track, and was overwhelmed about the task ahead. Turns out, its easier than you think. I received lots of encouragement and support from my Sparkfriends, especially my fellow <em>239</em> teammates. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a great success! I stuck to my eating and exercise plan, even fitting in an extra 15 minutes of walking which ... Tue, 14 May 2013 10:53:04 EST The Truth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5355343 I'm constantly stressing to my kids how important it is to be truthful. This is one of the guidelines by which I live my life. I remind them that if they aren't truthful, things just get worse. Things snowball, and you get "in over your head." I'm great at trying to instill this lesson in them, but I just realized that I have not been truthful with myself. I ignored my own advice, and it has come back to bite me. Since ending the last 5% challenge, as well as the conclusion of our work's fitn... Mon, 13 May 2013 15:28:28 EST Awesome salad for lunch! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5333049 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1355961124.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Organic Spring Mix <BR> Organic Arugula <BR> Raw, organic, walnut pieces <BR> Sunsweet dried blueberries <BR> Crumbled feta cheese <BR> Sliced strawberries <BR> Leftover, diced chicken <BR> Panera Bread Raspberry Vinaigrette dressing <BR> <BR> YUMMMMMM!!!! <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 14:11:49 EST Wanna Play? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5325089 Good Morning Sparkpeople! <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Still working on that consistency thing.... <BR> <BR> Yesterday was an improvement. I need to be honest with myself, though. I NEED TO GET MY EATING UNDER CONTROL! It's not nearly as much of an issue as it was when I first joined Spark. Back then I REALLY needed to get my eating under control! <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> My weaknesses used to be bags of buffalo flavored pretzels, pints of Ben & Jerry's, fast food and donuts. Now, my go-t... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 11:01:53 EST Goals, Goals, Goals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5323866 Good Morning Sparkfriends! Another week, another opportunity, right?! This week I turn my focus back to CONSISTENCY. Consistency can be hard for me, especially when I have a lot going on. BUT I have proven in the past that I can do it. This weekend, I got outside alot and spent time being active and being active as a family. It felt great, and I've missed it! Spring is here! Yay! <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>87</em> <BR> <BR> I do better with goals to work towards, so here are my goals... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 10:54:25 EST Crawling back.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5310023 Good morning Sparkfriends! I have been a bad Sparker. The past couple weeks have been so busy for me. I threw a big bridal shower, birthday party for my daughter, planning an out of town bachelorette party, Kindergarten registration, uniform fittings, husband out of work, then new job for him, and working a second job at night. I know these are not very good excuses for letting my 5% Challenge team down, skipping workout after workout and eating whatever I want. I am sending an apology to all... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 10:58:48 EST Accountability Blog # 50! 50! Woo! Hoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5293532 Good morning Sparkfriends! <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> A reminder of my goals for this week: <BR> -Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily <BR> -Track food and fitness consistently and stay within calorie range <BR> -Cardio M-W-SAT; Early morning workout (Strength) TUE-THURS <BR> -Earn my LTGL points daily by researching breakfast recipes and making/eating breakfast daily <BR> -continue to incorporate stretching <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a good day, too. Maybe I'm breaking the cycle? I drank p... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 10:26:38 EST Accountability Blog 49 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5292253 A Reminder of this week's goals: <BR> <BR> -Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily <BR> -Track food and fitness consistently and stay within calorie range <BR> -Cardio M-W-SAT; Early morning workout (Strength) TUE-THURS <BR> -Earn my LTGL points daily by researching breakfast recipes and making/eating breakfast daily <BR> -continue to incorporate stretching <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a good day....Mondays usually are for me. I'm all gung'ho and then it slowly tapers off throughout the week. ... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 10:37:20 EST Accountability Blog 48 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5290946 My Goals for this week: <BR> <BR> -Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily <BR> -Track food and fitness consistently and stay within calorie range <BR> -Cardio M-W-SAT; Early morning workout (Strength) TUE-THURS <BR> -Earn my LTGL points daily by researching breakfast recipes and making/eating breakfast daily <BR> -continue to incorporate stretching <BR> <BR> Last week was an overall improvement, although not an overall success. This week will be much better I'm sure, as I will focus on imp... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 10:55:30 EST Accountability Blog 47 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5286473 Good Morning Sparklers! <em>67</em> Can I start off by saying my Sparkfriends are the light of my life? I'm extremely grateful for my 2 wonderful kiddos and awesome family, but I cant help but smile and feel blessed when I think of the support and friendship I've gotten from you all. The advice you ladies have given me rings in my ears when I want to give up. When I feel like skipping a workout, I remember a wise Sparker saying, "Be bigger than your excuses." When I'm feeling rundown, slug... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 11:38:20 EST Accountability Blog 46 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5285086 Thanks for all the comments and support I got yesterday, especially from my fellow Starfish! <em>141</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday was not as good as the day before, but an improvement compared to the week before, definitely. I was diligent about getting all my water in, which is really important to my success. Water helps me move throughout the day and keeps me going. I failed to track everything and I'm sure I went over my calories in the evening. Today will be better. I ate breakfast, peop... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 10:32:35 EST Accountability Blog 45 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5283807 Yesterday was a successful day, and I haven't had one of those in a week or more. I'm dedicated to get back on track and to quit floundering around. I am glad to be maintaining, but still want to lose more lbs and inches! I'm focused on earning my LTGL points this week...stretching, and sticking to my weekly goals. I am trying to be more accountable to my Sparkteam and to posting.blogging daily. A reminder for myself of my weekly goals: <BR> <BR> 1. Exercise at least 5 days <BR> 2. Drink my ... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 11:08:40 EST Accountability Blog 44 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5282404 This may be a long one, friends. I apologize in advance. The past few weeks have been a mess. Lots of stress and pressure in my personal life, causing me to not take very good care of myself. I've had little sleep, haven't been eating or working out regularly and haven't drank nearly enough water. My body feels it. I have not gained, but could have definitely used the past few weeks to actually LOSE weight and inches instead of just scraping by. My house is full of the tools to plan and cook ... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 11:13:46 EST Accountability Blog 43 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5273364 Trying something new.... <BR> <BR> I'm going to list my goals for the WEEK, then check in daily for accountability. That way I can change things up a bit, and also earn my LTGL points daily for my 5% Challenge team! <BR> <BR> This Week's Goals: <BR> 1. Exercise at least 5 days <BR> 2. Drink my 8 cups of water daily <BR> 3. Aim for one early morning workout (trying to ease back in the the a.m ritual....) <BR> 4. Earn my LTGL points every day <BR> 5. Track food/fitness daily <BR> <BR> When... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 21:13:02 EST Accountability Blog 42 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5267213 Today's Goals: <BR> -Drink at least 8 glasses of water <BR> -SP videos for abs and arms <BR> -Log all food on tracker and stay within calorie range <BR> <BR> Yesterday was much better than the previous 2. Okay, 4. I followed through with my workouts as planned. It wasn't easy though....I was fighting with the "devil/angel" on my shoulder! I was tired, it was nasty outside, and I felt like just hibernating. But one of my sparkfriends reminded me to be stronger than my excuses. So I picked my ... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 12:17:05 EST Accountability Blog 41 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5265853 Today's Goal: <BR> -Drink at lest 8 glasses of water <BR> -Body Combat + CX Works <BR> -Log all food on tracker and stay within calorie range <BR> <BR> Yesterday was NOT better, friends. I ate us out of house and home! I did not get any exercise in, and didn't do good with water or tracking. I'm hoping this big ol workout I have planned today will be just the kick in the pants I need. Although, feel free to send additional kicks in the pants, because I obviously need it right now! <BR> <BR>... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 10:53:06 EST Accountability Blog 40 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5264560 Today's Goals: <BR> -Drink at least 8 glasses of water <BR> -log all food on tracker and stay within calorie range <BR> -strength training and core work <BR> <BR> The past few days have been a flop. I have been drinking my water, but not tracking for crap. I'm disappointed in myself. I'm a little out of sorts right now but trying to maintain some sense of routine. Today will be better......RIGHT? <em>24</em> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 10:47:30 EST Accountability Blog 39 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5259843 Today's Goals: <BR> -Drink at least 8 glasses of water <BR> -Cardio + core work <BR> -Log all food on tracker and stay with calorie range <BR> <BR> Yesterday was not the best. I think I jinxed myself for calling myself out on having one good day, then one not so good day.... <BR> I ate pizza and bread sticks like there was no tomorrow last night, yet hardly ate anything all day. We got a big snow and the gym closed....don't let me fool you...the gym closed at 7, but I knew by 5 that I wasn't... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 10:31:31 EST Accountability Blog 38 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5258627 Today's Goals: <BR> -Drink at least 8 glasses of water <BR> -Yoga and/or strength training + Core Work (Today would be my "off" day from exercise this week, but I'd still like to work on some strength training) <BR> -Log all food on tracker and stay within calorie range <BR> <BR> Yesterday was good. When I look back at my blogs, I start to see a pattern. Seems like I have a great day, then a "not so great" day and I keep switching back and forth. I got all of my water in and then some, plus ... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 10:43:32 EST Accountability Blog 37 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5257304 Today's Goals: <BR> -Drink at least 8 glasses of water <BR> -Body Combat + CxWorks (Really hard, all-abs class that I avoid, but know I need to go to because it WORKS!) <BR> -Log all food on tracker and stay within calorie range <BR> <BR> Yesterday wasn't the best, but not a complete failure. It was the first day in a long time that I didn't get all my water in. I have been trying to get out of my "comfort zone" in terms of workouts, by trying new classes, working out on days I normally woul... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 10:09:21 EST Accountability Blog 36 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5255910 Today's Goals: <BR> -Drink at least 8 glasses of water <BR> -Cardio +Core Work + SP ST video <BR> -Log all food on tracker and stay within calorie range <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a good day. I got all my water in, had a great workout, plus a bonus core workout on my lunch break. I decided to kick up my core set by added (2) sets of 25 reverse crunches. I wasn't doing anything to target the lower abs, and thought I should definitely start incorporating those. I did well with tracking, and mad... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 09:09:13 EST Accountability Blog 35 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5254672 Today's Goals: <BR> -Drink at least 8 glasses of water <BR> -Body Combat + Core work <BR> -Log all food on tracker and stay within calorie range <BR> -Eat something small every 2-3 hours so I am not famished. <BR> <BR> Yesterday wasn't successful. I'll call it my "cheat day." It involved donut holes, a Drumstick and cheetos. I wasn't very active, and that made me feel less energized. Note taken. I got in all my water, but didn't track it. Boo! I'm seizing today and I know it will be better ... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 10:25:56 EST Accountability Blog 34 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5252580 Today's Goals: <BR> - drink at least 8 glasses of water <BR> -cardio + core work <BR> - log all food on tracker and stay within calorie range <BR> <BR> Yesterday was pretty good. Got lots of water, had a great workout plus a few short bursts of exercise throughout the day to keep the blood pumping. For example, I walked a mile on my break at work and spent my lunch break doing sit ups and push ups. I have already burned 700 calories in body combat class this morning and am energized for a gr... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 12:01:15 EST Accountability Blog 33 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5251445 Today's Goals: <BR> <BR> -Drink at least 8 glasses of water <BR> -Cardio + core work <BR> -log all food on tracker and stay within calorie range <BR> <BR> Yesterday was ok. I went over in my calories, but tracked them all. I'm not hung up on it, but want to do better today. Water was good! <em>274</em> Water is always good! That was one of my biggest challenges when I started my accountability blogs and when I joined the '2013's so Bright' Sparkteam. My sparkfriends held me accountable a... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 10:32:24 EST Accountability Blog 32 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5250314 Today's Goals: <BR> <BR> -Drink at least 8 glasses of water <BR> -Cardio + core work <BR> -Track all food on tracker and stay within calorie range <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a really good day. I'm starting to feel better, starting to shake this cough a bit, and getting some energy back. I got all my water in, made it to Body Combat and snuck in some bonus core work on my lunch break. I tracked everything and was on the low end of my calorie range. <BR> Yesterday I came home from work, and my ... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 11:19:24 EST Accountability Blog 31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5248868 Today's Goals: <BR> -drink at least 8 glasses of water <BR> -go to Body Combat class and kick butt! <BR> - log all food on tracker and stay within calorie range <BR> <BR> Yesterday was ok. I went waaaay over in my calories, fat and carbs. Late in the evening, I felt STARVING! It didn't help that we were watching Alice in Wonderland (one of my faves of all time) and the kiddos wanted not 1, but 2 bags of popcorn. I agreed, and probably consumed one of them on my own. I blame dinner. Dinner w... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 09:59:34 EST Accountability Blog 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5247621 Morning! <BR> Today's Goals: <BR> -Drink at least 8 glasses of water <BR> -log all food on tracker and stay within calorie range <BR> -cardio + strength training <BR> -something positive for the mind: meditation, yoga, reading, whatever....just soemthing for ME! I need it! <BR> <BR> Yesterday went very well. I reached all my goals for the day, including getting all caught up with the assignments for my 5% challenge. Turns out sparking on the couch is a great way to keep myself distracted fro... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 10:42:39 EST 5% Challenge-Assignment #5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5247062 List ALL your trigger foods. <BR> -cereal <BR> -donuts <BR> -pizza <BR> -chips/dips <BR> -Movie Theater popcorn <BR> -restaurant food....eating out in general. It starts a chain reaction, affecting my gut and my wallet big time! <BR> <BR> What are the sources of the Triggers Foods? <BR> - food brought in by others at work <BR> -food I let my kids eat <BR> -restaurants <BR> <BR> Describe the most common situations where you reach for the trigger foods or snacks. <BR> - usually in the even... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 22:29:12 EST Accountability Blog 29 + 5% Challenge Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5246274 Today's Goals: <BR> <BR> -Water, Water, Water! <BR> -Track all food and stay within calorie range <BR> -Body Combat <BR> -Complete Challenge assignments for 5% Challenge <BR> <BR> Wheweeee! It has been an insane couple weeks, to say the least. Sickness has been going through our little household, and everyone's passing everything back and forth. Today, I'm feeling well enough to exercise again and I cannot wait to get back on track! I feel like I can physically feel my body stretching and b... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 10:50:15 EST Accountability Blog 28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5242765 Today's Goals: <BR> <BR> Water, Water, Water!! <BR> Log food and stay within calorie range <BR> Strength and Core training <BR> <BR> Yesterday was not very successful....not gonna lie. Today will be better and next week is a fresh start. Have a good day everyone! Fri, 8 Feb 2013 11:37:41 EST Accountability Blog 27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5241289 Today's Goals: <BR> <BR> - 8+ Glasses of Water <BR> - Log all food on tracker and stay within calorie range <BR> - Yoga <BR> <BR> Yesterday was just 'OK.' I'm making sure to get plenty of water right now, because I know it will help break up the fluid in my lungs, causing the respiratory infection. Blah! I am making the healthiest choices possible when it comes to my food....well, minus the french fries and "dynamite sticks" I ate last night....eek! <em>40</em> I have gotten much better ... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 08:58:36 EST Accountability Blog 26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5239993 Today's Goals: <BR> <BR> - 8+ glasses of water <BR> - Body Combat <BR> - Log all food on tracker and stay within calorie range <BR> <BR> Yesterday was good. I'm still pretty under the weather....yesterday morning was a fluke. But I pushed fluids yesterday and focused on being productive and active, without going to the gym. Asthma + bronchitis + cardio do not mix. I really need to get back to the gym. I miss my regular workouts and friends from combat class. But I also have to listen to my ... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 10:07:15 EST Accountability Blog 25-Light at the end of the tunnel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5238453 Today's Goals: <BR> <BR> - 8+ glasses of water <BR> - Cardio + Core Work <BR> - Log all food on tracker and stay within calorie range <BR> <BR> Celebrating a light at the end of the tunnel today. It's been a long and stressful few weeks. I am feeling better after having bronchitis and ready to exercise and get back to my routine. It's hard with sick kids, then being sick yourself. Makes you want to hibernate. But, I'm happy to report that I'm doing better and inspired to keep going. Thanks... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 09:32:10 EST Accountability Blog 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5236841 Today's Goals: <BR> <BR> - 8+ glasses of water <BR> - Cardio + Core Work <BR> - Log all food on tracker and stay within calorie range <BR> <BR> Last week was not very good. We're all allowed those weeks, though. Everyone has stress. It would be easy for me to fall off the wagon at this point, and eat whatever the heck I want, just to make myself feel better, but I won't. I'm motivated to continue pushing on and striving to make changes for the better. There are a lot of things we can't cont... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 09:24:49 EST Accountability Blog 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5233059 Today's Goal: <BR> <BR> Keep Calm and Carry On. Get through the day. Anything else I'll consider a bonus. <BR> <BR> Sorry for the lack of excitement. Fri, 1 Feb 2013 10:50:29 EST Accountability Blog 22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5231611 Today's Goals: <BR> -8+ glasses of water <BR> - Cardio and core <BR> - log all food on tracker and stay within my calorie range <BR> <BR> I have been under lots of stress lately. Feeling overwhelmed by it all, and frankly, a bit defeated. Still, I'm not giving up! Taking care of my body is a priority and I will take my health seriously. I realize that small changes = big results, so I'm not getting discouraged when my day doesn't go as planned. I'm focusing on the small steps I'm taking eve... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 11:29:46 EST Accountability Blog 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5230073 Today's Goals: <BR> -8+ glasses of water <BR> - short bursts of exercise throughout the day <BR> - log all food on tracker and stay within my calorie range <BR> <BR> Home with my sick little girl again. Trying to stay focused on her but remembering not to forget ME right now. I need to make sure I'm getting my water, freggies and movement. Yesterday was a challenge, but a success in terms of calories. <BR> Trying to remember that everyday, no matter what challenges it brings, is a GIFT. Not... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 10:47:17 EST Accountability Blog 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5228833 Yesterday was a good day! Successful! Monday's usually are for me, though. Today, I'm home with a sick kid. My little one has a nasty virus with persistent cough. Its tough not to sit around and eat and be lazy while I'm here with her. But she is needy, which keeps me occupied and I'm going to try to fit in small bursts of exercise if I get the chance. I don't want to get what she and everyone else around me has. Trying to fight it off with EmergenC, water, exercise and freggies. <BR> Today... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 13:21:57 EST Accountability blog 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5226436 Today was not a very successful day. No excuses. Tomorrow will be better. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow's goals: <BR> - 8+ glasses of water <BR> - log all food on tracker and stay within calorie range <BR> - cardio + core work <BR> <BR> <BR> Extra credit: Yoga <em>416</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 00:36:06 EST Accountability Blog 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5222671 Today's goals: <BR> -8+ glasses of water <BR> - make exercise fit into this busy day <BR> - log all food on tracker and stay within calorie range <BR> <BR> Yesterday was good, all things considered. Today will be tough, but I GOT THIS! Fri, 25 Jan 2013 08:24:26 EST Accountability Blog 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5221413 Today's goals: <BR> <BR> - 8+ glasses of water <BR> -log all food on tracker and stay within calorie range <BR> -Try to fit in a couple short bursts of exercise <BR> <BR> Water was good yesterday! I also did good with tracking, but not so well with my other daily goals. I travel today to attend the funeral services for my friend, and usually when I'm out of my comfort zone, I tend to make poor choices with food. I am prepared this time though. I took pre-portioned, healthy snacks and am pa... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 10:13:42 EST Accountability Blog 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5220004 Today's goals: <BR> <BR> - 8+ glasses of water <BR> - cardio + core work <BR> -log all food on tracker and stay within calorie range <BR> <BR> Yesterday was good. I didn't exercise, but it won't put me back because I'm going tonight and am already close to my calories burned goal for the week. I drank plenty of water and stayed within my calorie range. I tracked everything and felt good. Hoping for another good day today. So far it's left much to be desired, but I'm on track. <BR> Today is... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 11:30:28 EST Accountability Blog 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5218352 - 8+ glasses of water <BR> - cardio + core work + ST video <BR> -log all food on tracker and stay within calorie range <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a success, and it was not hard to achieve it. I quickly got in the water I needed and had a great workout plus a brief core workout on my lunch break. I tracked consistently and stayed within my calorie range, and did not feel deprived. I joined SP's "Official Eat Better, Feel Fitter" challenge to help myself remain consistent about staying within my ... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 10:02:17 EST Progress Photos-what a year of a healthier lifestyle can do http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5216775 OOH I'm not going to lie, its no fun seeing yucky pictures of myself but at the same time, it's rewarding and could possibly be a motivation to others, like my friend SADIEPIE who took these pictures and just joined SP on Saturday. <BR> <BR> These first 3 were taken on New Year Eve 2011. I literally sat at the food table all night munching. This was just 10 days or so before I decided to make a permanent change for the better. SADIEPIE was commenting on how big my boobs looked that night. I... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 09:51:14 EST