ERMAC22's SparkPeople Blog ERMAC22's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Day 14 of Wedding Fit!! I sort of fell off the wagon at the end of last week. I had my yearly appointment with my cardiologist and found out that my aortic dilation grew (I have a congenital heart defect that is typically fine, but the surrounding aorta has become thinner in the last two years). He's sending me to a cardiac surgeon next week to get his opinion as to whether I need surgery to fix it before I have kids (since the strain of pregnancy puts strain on your heart). I knew this was a possibility, but it's s... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 12:52:22 EST Day 8 & 9 of Wedding Fit! Skipped a few days in there due to my fiance's grandfather's passing - it was a very busy week!! <BR> <BR> Monday - 7/9: <BR> <BR> Exercise: 50 minute walk/run with my duder. <BR> <BR> Tuesday - 7/10: <BR> <BR> Exercise: Tone It Up video (plie squats, lunges, v-sit up, plants) 20 minutes; 15 minute walk with the dog <BR> <BR> I've scheduled to go try on wedding dresses next week with my mom! I'm so excited and hope I can find something I like! I'm not going to focus on the size because t... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 11:42:39 EST Day 4 and 5 to Wedding Fit! Day 4: (July 5) <BR> <BR> Breakfast: oatmeal with peanut butter <BR> <BR> Lunch: turkey sandwich, laughing cow cheese, lettuce, Ezekial bread <BR> <BR> Snack: yogurt with granola <BR> <BR> Dinner: Subway salad, homemade frozen banana soft-serve <BR> <BR> Exercise: Tone It Up video, arms (20 mins) 20 min walk with the dog <BR> <BR> Day 5: (July 6) <BR> <BR> Breakfast: oatmeal, mocha coffee <BR> <BR> Snack: ricecakes <BR> <BR> Lunch: turkey sandwich, laughing cow cheese, lettuce, Ezeki... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 09:11:54 EST Day 3 to Wedding Fit! Happy 4th!! <BR> <BR> Breakfast: eggs, bacon, bagel with cream cheese, coffee <BR> <BR> Lunch: yogurt with granola <BR> <BR> Dinner: sandwich thin, deli meat, macaroni salad, broccoli salad, 5 chips, 1/2 brownie and 1 scoop frozen yogurt <BR> <BR> Exercise: 15 minute walk with the dog <BR> <BR> All in all, it wasn't a terrible food day - I do need to get better about telling people "No, Thank you" when they're trying to give me extra dessert. It was really cute though because Dude's aun... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 07:49:59 EST Day 2 to Wedding Fit! Breakfast (and lunch!) - Sweet potato quesadillas, coffee <BR> <BR> The fiance (In my head, its said like Beyonce :)) and I went out for a breakfast date this morning to our favorite diner. So goooddd! <BR> <BR> Afternoon snack - greek yogurt with granola, trail mix, watermelon popsicle <BR> <BR> Dinner - kale & avocado salad, cesear salad, baked chicken (from Whole Foods) <BR> <BR> Exercise - 60 minute walk/run with my Dude (mostly walking because it's so darn hot out!) <BR> <BR> It's ... Tue, 3 Jul 2012 21:58:26 EST Day 1 to Wedding Fit! Breakfast - Started out great with oatmeal and peanut butter, mocha coffee with skim milk <BR> <BR> Morning snack - cherries, greek yogurt and granola <BR> <BR> (At this point in the morning, I got a phone call from my fiance that his grandfather passed away this morning. The rest of the day got a little crazy as we went to go be with family.) <BR> <BR> Lunch - leftover fajitas, pretzels, 3 brownie bites and soft serve ice cream cone (hello, emotional eating!) <BR> <BR> Dinner - grilled ... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 22:36:32 EST What Works. Hi Sparkers! <BR> <BR> I'm making a pledge to come back and be active on Spark. I know that it's something that works for me when I'm trying to be mindful of working out, weight loss and getting into a habit. It's worked for the past 4 years that I've been on here (crazy!) so I'm going to get back in the habit. <BR> <BR> 2012-2013 is a huge year for me. From this July 1 until next July 1, I will: <BR> - Graduate from my master's program (if all goes according to plan!) <BR> - Turn 30! <B... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 13:04:15 EST Hello!! Spring Updates :) Hey Sparkers! <BR> <BR> Long time, no talk ;) <BR> <BR> It's been a crazy .....7 months?! Totally nuts. <BR> <BR> First of all, I'm almost done with my first year of grad school. One week of projects + finals and I'm done! I feel like I've been in school foreverrrrrrr. It's been really crazy but I'm trying to make it work between working 20+ hours, commuting 1.5 hours a day, taking 4 classes, homework (ugh, homework) and actually seeing my boy, dog and family. I'll be glad for a break aft... Tue, 1 May 2012 14:23:38 EST Fall Update! Hey Sparkers! I've been MIA for a while due to starting school - I'm back and wanted to give an update on my goals! <BR> <BR> <BR> Goals in 2011: <BR> <BR> - Be cancer free! <BR> <BR> Ultrasounds are still clear - blood work needs to be taken soon to see if I'm still at a good level. I'm feeling good but am working on improving my eating habits since they went downhill over the summer. I've gotten back to packing and planning and it feels great. It's hard to pack breakfast, lunch, dinner ... Wed, 28 Sep 2011 09:59:51 EST 6 Month Progress Report! I'm not sure if the rest of you have a midpoint review at work, but I have one every year. We talk about my yearly goals and how I've been doing, what I want to continue to do and what I want to work on. This year my goals will drastically change during the second half of the year, so it really made me think about goals related to my personal and health too. I decided to do a midpoint review of my health goals since we're halfway through the year (WHATTTTT?!). <BR> <BR> Goals in 2011: <BR>... Tue, 12 Jul 2011 09:33:21 EST Where I've Been! Hi Sparkers! <BR> <BR> I figured since it's ohhhhh 3 months after my latest blog post that I should let people know I'm alive and well :) <BR> <BR> It has been a CRAZY summer thus far (crazy, but mostly fun). At the end of May I started waking up in the morning to go for walks and I LOVED it. It really made me happier and calmer and was a wonderful way to start the day. I was doing well with exercise but my diet was not as healthy, so I wanted to work on that. I started a summer class at t... Mon, 11 Jul 2011 11:25:49 EST Challenging Myself - Early Morning Workouts! I'm not sure if it's the hormones or the post treatment blues, but lately I've had a really hard time motivating myself. Sure, I workout (occassionally), but I don't have the fire in my gut like I used to - even back in January and February. I am trying to be kind and patient with myself. I went through a pretty serious and somewhat tramautic experience with the cancer diagnosis. Even though I'm so happy to have a cancer that is treatable and curable, it's still hard to deal with the physical... Fri, 20 May 2011 10:01:20 EST Brief Week 3 Recap - Scale No More! Week 3 was crazy! I didn't exercise as much as I would have liked due to work getting in the way. This is why I am committed to working out in the morning! It's hard, because I'm so tired when I wake up, but isn't everyone?! I feel as though once I start the routine, it will get easier to get up and work out. <BR> <BR> I went running once and went to my yoga retreat this weekend where I did 10 hours of yoga and danced! It was awesome (and I'm still sore!). <BR> <BR> It's going to be a sho... Mon, 16 May 2011 16:25:03 EST SDD, Week 2 Recap - 8 Weeks Left! Single Digit Dress Recap! I realized last night I have 2 months until my friend's wedding and thus far the dress doesn't zip. Time to kick things up into second gear! <BR> <BR> Week 2 <BR> Starting Weight: 191 <BR> Ending Weight: 186.5 <BR> <BR> I worked hard this week and was proud of my efforts! <BR> <BR> Monday: Doug and I started our 5K plan! Walk/Run 40 minutes <BR> Tuesday: Rest <BR> Wednesday: Workout A lifting plan 40 minutes, Cycling 15 minutes <BR> Thursday: Walk/Run 40 minutes ... Tue, 10 May 2011 09:41:26 EST SSD, Week 1 Recap I'm going to do a weekly recap so I can keep myself on track! I can't believe it's May! Two months until the first wedding. Here we go :) <BR> <BR> I also wanted to add that I had a great reminder of how the scale doesn't tell the whole story. Doug and I went to a wedding this weekend and I brought 2 dresses - one of which I haven't worn, ever, at all, even though I bought it 2 years ago. It's a gray dress from the Gap and it's a size 10. It's always been a little too small and been too clin... Mon, 2 May 2011 15:24:50 EST Single Digit Dress Starting Measurements I'm beginning my single digit dress challenge this week. Woo! I have two months until the first wedding and three until the second. I can't wait! <BR> <BR> Indicators/Measurements: <BR> <BR> Weight: 191 (not really going by weight but I wanted to track it at the start. Probably not super accurate post Easter :). <BR> <BR> Bust: 41.5 <BR> Waist: 35 <BR> Hips: 43.5 <BR> Bicep: 13.5 <BR> Thigh: L-23 R-22.5 <BR> Calf: 15.5 <BR> <BR> Jeans: Tight! <BR> Dress: Tight, can't zip it fully <BR> ... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 08:45:50 EST Single Digit Dress (Continued!) Challenge As I mentioned in my last blog, I'm continuing the Single Digit Dress Challenge since I won't be meeting my goal for April. Life happens, I had a cancer treatment, I ate a lot of cookies. The weight went up. I'm dealing with it and moving on! <BR> <BR> Here are my beginning pictures! <BR> Forgive the darkness of the pictures, I'm going to redo them during the day!) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpe... Tue, 19 Apr 2011 20:49:56 EST My Next Challenge! My single digit dress challenge has failed. And I'm totally okay with that. I will not be fitting into my size 8 dress by the end of the month. I would probably fit better in my size 14 dress than my current size 12 dress, actually. And I'm totally okay with that. <BR> <BR> I spent the last 2 months swinging on the pendulum of eating - not necessarily bingeing, but generally eating whatever the fart I wanted. I didn't exercise for the past 3 weeks either. And we all know what happens when yo... Mon, 18 Apr 2011 16:19:27 EST Learning Experiences. When I think about the progress I've made since my surgery, a 5 or 6 pound gain isn't that upsetting. My body is still getting used to the medications, the fact that they change the dosage almost bi-monthly, and functioning without natural hormones or glands - it's a big deal. The fact that I've been able to lose weight/inches at ALL is sometimes surprising to people with thyroid issues, thyroid surgery/cancer, etc. <BR> <BR> I keep reminding myself that it's a process, a journey and a lear... Mon, 28 Mar 2011 15:40:23 EST We Are Enough. I have a love/hate relationship with goals. I love setting them, making lists, thinking about what I want. I love achieving them and I love the feeling of marking off those little mini goals to get to the big goals I've set. <BR> <BR> What I don't love is the negative voice that comes out. I call the voice Negative Nancy. And she's really nasty. She speaks for me, to me, during the process. She's the "you're never going to fit into that dress in a month - are you kidding?!?" The "you won't h... Fri, 18 Mar 2011 14:52:38 EST Single Digit Dress Progress Pics! January: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> March: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> January: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> March: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> January: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.c... Fri, 11 Mar 2011 06:19:46 EST March into Spring! I thought my blog title was pretty clever, if I do say so myself :) <BR> <BR> I haven't updated in so long! The end of February was pretty busy, filled with friends, family and appointments. I had my radioactive iodine treatment in the third week of the month and will find out the results of my scan this week. I'm hopeful the cancer is gone and I won't have to have any other treatments! If I do, I know I'lll be okay, but I am very emotionally and mentally tired through all of this. <BR> <B... Tue, 1 Mar 2011 15:30:53 EST 28 is Great. My birthday was Tuesday and I am feeling SO great about being 28. I have a feeling it is going to be an excellent, wonderful, happy and positive year - mainly because I'm going to MAKE it be that way! My actual day was fabulous - I felt very loved by everyone, my boy sent me flowers at work AND came to yoga class with me, my yoga class sang happy birthday to me at the end of class (and my teacher praised how my practice has been growing) and I had a delicious chocolate cake for dessert (that ... Thu, 10 Feb 2011 17:39:46 EST January Review + February Goals! Starting stats: <BR> First and foremost, January was a pretty great month. We started the New Year, No Excuses Challenge through the WLW and I feel really great. I have been practicing yoga 2-3 times per week and eating a LOT more fruits and veggies. I've been getting my green juices on in the mornings more often and I can really tell the difference in how great I feel. I crave them when I don't have them, which is awesome! <BR> <BR> I measured myself this morning and was pretty happy with ... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 10:54:18 EST A Love Letter to Myself - Warrior Challenge Blog! Dear Erin, <BR> <BR> How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. <BR> <BR> 1) You are a fighter. <BR> <BR> You've had numerous medical issues thrown at you the past year and there were times when you felt like you were panting in the corner, bleeding, and wanting to drop that towel, big time. But you didn't. You pushed back against those ropes and you fought, even when you didn't want to, because you knew you have to. Life is worth living and there is way more to it than being scared or ove... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 19:22:34 EST NYNE Week 3! Starting Weight: 181.8 <BR> Current Weight: 178.6 (woot 170s again!) <BR> Goal Weight: 172 <BR> Goal Reward: New gym bag! <BR> <BR> Week Two started out really well and ended pretty slowly. I also had my doctor's appointments and found out that my heart dilation hasn't changed at all since June. This is REALLY good news because that means it isn't progressing and I don't have to worry about it for the next 6 months. I also have to have follow up treatment for the thyroid cancer which involve... Mon, 17 Jan 2011 13:09:49 EST NYNE Week 2! NEW YEAR, NO EXCUSES! <BR> <BR> Starting Weight: 181.8 lbs <BR> Current Weight: 181.2 lbs <BR> Goal Weight: 172.8 lbs <BR> Goal Reward: new gym back! <BR> <BR> WEEK TWO: <BR> Rainbow Challenge!! 5 Colors of freggies per day <BR> <BR> BONUS CHALLENGE: Make a salad or meal with 4+ colors of freggies and post a pic! <BR> <BR> Exercise-a-day Challenge!! Every day (except your rest day/s, do a different exercise. <BR> <BR> BONUS CHALLENGE: Double your workout. Pick a day to kick butt... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 07:48:35 EST Single Digit Dress Challenge: Start Pictures! As I mentioned in my 2011 Goals blog, I have a goal to wear a size 8 JCrew dress for a friends wedding on April 29, 2011. Here are the starting pictures and stats! <BR> <BR> Starting stats: <BR> Size: 12 <BR> Weight: 181 <BR> Bust: 40.5 <BR> Neck: 13.6 <BR> Hips: 44.2 <BR> Waist: 34.3 <BR> Bicep: 13.3 <BR> Thighs: R: 23.1 L: 23.7* <BR> Calf: 16 <BR> <BR> Note: I measured myself four times in my thigh because I couldn't believe there could be that much difference in cm. I think it's because... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 18:19:20 EST Patience for the patient. Since I started practicing yoga the past two years or so, I've really felt much more connected to what's going on in my mind. Since my surgery in November, I feel even more connected to what's going on in my mind and my body. It's been 4 days since being back at work post surgery and I was so exhausted today that I had to leave to come home to lie down! Biggest Loser episode on Hulu, here I come!! <BR> <BR> A year ago, or a few months ago even, I would have been pissed at myself for being t... Thu, 6 Jan 2011 16:05:33 EST Back in Action! This week is a lot of firsts for me. I'm back to work after 5 weeks off from thyroid surgery in November (last year, weird!). I've been a little emotional today as everyone is asking me what's going on and trying to get back into the swing of things. I do feel pretty good though (My throat is sore and I'm so tired!) but pretty positive about work and life. <BR> <BR> It's the first week of 2011, and the first week of the New Year, New You Challenge. I am SO EXCITED about this year. I can tel... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 11:39:56 EST 11 Goals for 2011 I keep writing 2001 instead of 2011- maybe I'm channeling my inner high school senior in an attempt to go back in time!? <BR> <BR> I've been doing a little brainstorming and thinking about various goals for the year this year. There are so many things I want to accomplish and I have a feeling 2011 is going to be a really, really great year because of it. <BR> <BR> On to the goals! <BR> <BR> 1. Complete radioactive iodine diet and treatment in January/February - and blog about it. <BR> ... Thu, 30 Dec 2010 11:45:17 EST 2010 In Review! I decided this week that I'm going to recap my 2010 goals because I'm so excited about 2011 that I want to start early! I've been thinking about my goals for next year and am coming up with goals and plans already. I really want to get those formulated so I figured with a little under 3 weeks left in the year (gah!), why wait to go over my 2010 goals. I want to see how well I did now! <BR> <BR> Without further ado... <BR> <BR> To-Do in ‘10: <BR> <BR> 1. Address my back through doctors/phy... Sat, 11 Dec 2010 13:46:04 EST Grateful. Yesterday marked two weeks since my surgery and it's another reminder of how time really flies! I went into the surgery having no idea how I would feel afterwards, and sincerely hoping that I wasn't going to be in serious pain. I had no idea whether my biopsy was accurate or whether it would turn out to be something totally different from what they originally diagnosed. I just didn't really know what to expect, what to feel, how I would process things. That, for me, was the worst part. Not be... Thu, 2 Dec 2010 15:47:10 EST Accepting What Is. This week I saw a number on the scale that I haven't seen in my adult life. I stepped on the scale on Tuesday, after having lady times for the past week before that and making sure I was going to physical therapy and yoga and eating fairly well. I didn't do anything out of the ordinary, besides try to get to yoga 3-4 times a week. I walked at lunch time occasionally. I breathed, a lot. I was less stressed than I have been in the past few weeks. I packed my lunches and breakfast like I usually... Sun, 14 Nov 2010 21:15:31 EST Looking Back. My latest blogs have been mostly about my attitude and physical issues going into surgery (a week and a half away, eek!). I was interested in looking at when my actual "back-iversary" is, i.e. the date that I injured my back. I remembered blogging about it and looked into my old blogs - December 20th was the actual date, and I noticed the nerve pain earlier in the month. <BR> <BR> The nerve pain could have been caused by my 10K in October, or just wear and tear on my body. It could have bee... Sun, 7 Nov 2010 21:00:11 EST It Just Can't Get Much Worse. It's been a crazy, crazy year. About a month ago, I kept thinking that I just wanted it to be OVER. To be 2011 already, because it can't possibly be any worse than this year!? It just HAS to be better, right? <BR> <BR> Well, no. It doesn't. I have no idea what the future holds for me. <BR> <BR> I'm participating in a 3 month program at yoga studio where we meet every other week, practice 3 times a week, meditate every day for at least 10 minutes, participate in discussions online and jour... Fri, 22 Oct 2010 11:16:28 EST Rock-tober Goals! I'm so excited that there is so much energy around October because it's super contagious! <BR> <BR> Thanks again for the well wishes and thoughts about my thyroid issues. I'm hoping it will be over quickly and in the meantime, I'll be taking care of myself and focusing on health! I am jumping back in and will be heading to the pool tonight - so excited! I have missed swimming so much. <BR> <BR> I have a lot of goals that I want to meet this month and have to keep myself from expecting too ... Mon, 4 Oct 2010 15:11:52 EST Suspicions, Surgeries, Sunshine. Thanks for all your comments and well wishes this week!! It's been quite a long one. I found out yesterday that my biopsy came back and it looks "suspicious." That means it's not benign, but it's not necessarily cancer - it means they need to take out the lump and the gland and actually look at it in the operating room. If it looks cancerous, they take out both sides of the thyroid and give me radiation treatment afterwards. If it looks fine, they just take out the right side and leave the le... Fri, 1 Oct 2010 14:53:43 EST Inhalation is Tension, Exhalation is Freedom. That sentence is in B.K. Iyengar's book "Light on Life" which is apparently one of the yoga tomes that all yogis must read (so says my yoga teacher). It could not have come at a better time for me. It jumped out on the page last night and I had to write it down. <BR> <BR> I plan on repeating it over and over again tomorrow morning. In the last week I've had an ultrasound for a lump on my thyroid, two follow up appointments, a new endocrinologist and tomorrow I'll have a biopsy to figure out ... Thu, 23 Sep 2010 09:27:29 EST It's Funny. It's funny how sometimes the strongest feelings will come to me without warning. <BR> <BR> It's funny that we can be so kind to other people and so mean and cruel to our bodies and minds. <BR> <BR> It's funny how kilograms look on the scale, when you change it from pounds because you're tired of judging your self worth against a number. <BR> <BR> It's funny the terror and freedom that you feel when you tell your roommate to take the bathroom scale to her studio, so the only thing she ca... Tue, 31 Aug 2010 10:13:35 EST Teaching a 27 year old dog a new trick :) It's finally sunny here, after raining for the past 3 days. It was awesome though; it was all cold and chilly and fall-like and I realized how much I cannot wait for fall. I liked the warm weather and the fun things that happened over the summer but I am SUCH a fall person. I love it. Plus, my workouts and eating habits become so much better in the fall and I'm so excited to get back on track. <BR> <BR> The boy and I went on vacation last week and we had a fabulous time. We went camping for... Thu, 26 Aug 2010 10:55:38 EST Doing vs. Wishing: A Confession. This would be the part in the TV episode where I'd get into the Confessional Room and stare into the camera. <BR> <BR> I have a confession to make. <BR> <BR> I am guilty of going from 0 to 60mph, not planning, and in the end - disappointing myself. <BR> <BR> I decided that in going from attending the gym approx. 2 or 3 times in the past 5 months, I was going to go every single day, without fail, out of the blue. <BR> <BR> Just like that, my habits would totally change. Just because I s... Wed, 11 Aug 2010 13:33:38 EST Old Issues, New Horizons. I've been spending some time looking at Sparkpages this morning and people are so inspiring! It really does give you motivation when ordinary people, just like you, are doing amazing things. <BR> <BR> Just for kicks, I also read through some old blogs - from when I started on Spark two summers ago. I can't believe it was 2 summer's ago! That is craziness. The funny thing is that I'm pretty much the exact weight, with 5 pounds or so of fluctuation. <BR> <BR> For a few minutes, I was really... Thu, 29 Jul 2010 13:52:59 EST 12 Weeks - 10% I can't believe it's been 9 weeks since starting my 20 week program. Craziness! I have decided to really concentrate on the next 12 weeks. The 12th week is the week of my boyfriend's brother's wedding and I want to look HOT! <BR> <BR> Recap of week 9: <BR> <BR> This past week was a rough one. I felt crummy due to TOM for a few days, and I started taking a beta blocker due to my heart condition. The doctor said it might make me feel weird for a few days - and it does/did! It slows down my ... Mon, 26 Jul 2010 14:30:17 EST Week 8 - Almost Halfway! It's scary to write that I'm almost halfway to my 20 weeks plan. I've been really committed to this and the committment is only growing each week. The end of this week was the first time that I really "slipped" a little with my nutrition, and I know exactly what brought it on, and exactly how I'm preventing it from happening throughout the week. <BR> <BR> Usual recaps and some updates! <BR> <BR> Breath & Muscle: <BR> High Interval Days - 2x <BR> Muscle Building - 2-3x <BR> Activity - 5... Mon, 19 Jul 2010 11:45:10 EST Had to Share I re-found this article in my email drafts, having saved it because I love these tips! I have no idea where I got it from, but I really feel like I needed a reminder of some of these things. <BR> <BR> Happy Tuesday! <BR> <BR> <BR> .Realize that you cannot change your body type. Learn to love and respect your body and to work with what you have. <BR> <BR> <BR> ·Invest time and money in yourself, rather than the diet and supplement industry. Spend your extra money on flattering clothes... Tue, 13 Jul 2010 11:46:49 EST Feelin' Groovy Happy Friday! I know the week is technically not over yet, but I seem to be doing a lot of my recaps on Fridays (maybe because I'm focused and actually at the computer while at work. Don't tell.) <BR> <BR> Stage II has been kicking butt so far. I have been super motivated since visiting the cardiologist last week. It's all about my HEALTH and wellness! <BR> <BR> I had an MRI on my hip this week and I'm waiting for the results (fingers crossed no tear!) <BR> <BR> I had an interview for a ... Fri, 9 Jul 2010 12:54:26 EST Really, Truly, Blissfully Alive. It's one of those things. You don't really appreciate what you have until it's gone, it changes, or you realize how much you take it for granted. <BR> <BR> This year has been pretty trying year so far, health wise. I've been to doctor's office at least 200% more in the past year than I can recall. One thing after another keeps coming up. At first, I was frustrated and aggravated by things that kept happening. "Why me?" "Don't I have enough to deal with?" "It's not fair!" <BR> <BR> Yesterda... Thu, 1 Jul 2010 11:22:48 EST Stage II: Weeks 5 - 9 Stage II is a time for me to become more focused in the areas of nutrition and exercise. I've decided that I am going to stop physical therapy for the time being - I've had a few days between appointments since last week and I'm not in pain. I feel better when my hip is not being manipulated, and I don't actually know what is going on until I get an MRI/MRA from an orthopedist (to see what the problem is and if there is a tear). I like my physical therapist, but until I know what I'm dealing ... Mon, 28 Jun 2010 11:02:52 EST Weeks 1 -4; 1 month down! I created my 20 weeks to a Hot, Hot Me (aka 20 weeks of Biggest Loser with the boyfriend aka 20 weeks to get out of this funk, aka...) and I'm already 4 weeks down! I love this plan, I really feel like it's emcompassing a lot of areas of my life and keeping me focused. <BR> <BR> Weeks 1- 4 Recap!: <BR> <BR> 1. Breath & Muscles <BR> 2. Nutrition <BR> 3. Heart <BR> 4. Brain <BR> 5. Spirit <BR> <BR> For the first 4 weeks, my plan will be: <BR> High Interval Days 2x <BR> Muscle Buildin... Mon, 28 Jun 2010 10:49:02 EST