ESYLEBRASIL's SparkPeople Blog ESYLEBRASIL's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Almost halfway!!!!! I took a full week off of work last week and did NOTHING. No trips, no family visits, no spa appointments - just a week of resting. It was heaven. <BR> <BR> As I stepped on the scale and realized I am 5 pounds from my halfway mark, I think I just about did a cheer in my bathroom, complete with splits. I didn't think I'd be here so soon. Somewhere in the recesses of my mind, that little Jerk who spews negative thoughts at me still lingers and says that I'll never get there. She's wrong... Mon, 3 Oct 2011 18:24:24 EST The "perfect" workout Being on IP, you're not eating a lot. So, doing rigorous workouts (at least for me) aren't at the top of my list right now. <BR> <BR> So, I've been searching for the perfect workout for me: low-impact, works your butt off, makes you burn calories, and is well produced. <BR> <BR> In looking online on SP and Google, I've narrowed it down to either the Exhale Spa Core series or the Physique series. Physique looks really great, but it may be too intense for me right now. Make no mistake, ... Tue, 30 Aug 2011 13:22:23 EST Discouraged....but not by IP So, I came from a blog community that was very active. There wasn't a day that at least 10 people had blogged and commented on other blogs (for lots of reading) to coach and inspire you. <BR> <BR> ....but I'm not finding that on the community boards that I'm on. I miss it. <BR> <BR> Because I'm doing the Ideal Protein regiment, I'm not really part of that blog community anymore - it's about eating intuitively, which is where I will be once I've lost the bulk of this weight - so I feel l... Thu, 18 Aug 2011 11:49:39 EST Tirdsday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Do things really happen in threes? I think today sort of lends support to that theory. <BR> <BR> I woke up, got ready, and came out to my family room - only to find my mom holding my brother's Yellow Lab's paw and bloody cotton balls on her lap. Apparently my brother had clipped his nail too short....but he had to leave for work. So, there she was. Looking rather frustrated and concerned. So, the spare time... Thu, 11 Aug 2011 14:14:14 EST Eating out of "Boredom" After just passing through my first weekend on the Ideal Protein eating plan, I thought I'd post about eating out of "boredom." <BR> <BR> Boredom isn't an emotion. In reading a few books on eating normally, the challenge when you think you're bored is to dig deeper into your being to see what emotion you're actually trying to placate with food. <BR> <BR> Being on a strict eating plan this weekend, I found myself constantly turning to the thought of food (sometimes, I was legitimately h... Mon, 8 Aug 2011 13:05:50 EST The day is young.... I started this journey of really digging into the "Why" of my weight loss and eating with a book called "Normal Eating for Normal Weight." It's very good. As an emotional eater, it basically ripped the blinders off that I put on myself years & years ago. <BR> <BR> I faced not trusting myself to eat and stop when full, I faced the "diet" restrictions I kept on my eating and the judgement that came with that when I would eat something I marked as "off limits." I started journaling what I ... Fri, 5 Aug 2011 17:40:19 EST