EVERYDAYCHOICES's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=EVERYDAYCHOICES EVERYDAYCHOICES'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/ no sugar challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954226 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5dd62d62-9318-423a-849a-485e9f542e7c.jpg"> no sugar challenge! Today marks one week of no junk! I said no to chocolate chip cookies today and that's a pretty big deal for me. I should clarify that I'm not trying to be completely sugar free just candy and junk food free. I can eat a 2lb bag of jellybeans in one day with no problem. I'll eat 4 candy bars in the course of the day. It's an addiction for me and I need to control it so I don't e... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 00:35:21 EST I should be running right now! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936686 My dilemma is getting my schedule right. I was up too late finishing an assignment last night in part because I didn't use my time wisely last weekend. Then there was life this week that also threw my plans for homework off. So I'm behind. And I'm tired. 5.5 hours of sleep isn't enough to get up early and run before class at 8 today. <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3f372ab9-4503-4833-9cbb-f514ba0c0cef.png"> Maybe an evening run is in order. I don't usually run in the eve... Sat, 30 May 2015 09:41:55 EST Making Plans for a 10k! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936408 I used to want a fitbit surge but after joining a facebook running group it appears that Garmin is the the best running gadget. <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/19702f0a-99a8-4476-ad14-028e88384fd7.png"> Today I also learned about a local 5k coming up that is on a day I can go. I'm excited because I think signing up for a race will help motivate me again. I need to get my schedule locked down better. Summer is here and the sun is up early enough or me to get a good long run... Fri, 29 May 2015 18:48:12 EST Dieting: What I've learned http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919755 My weight loss journey really began in 2002. I have had many ups and downs and I struggle with it still today but I thought I'd share what I have learned from the various diets I have tried or read about. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l286594903.jpg"> <BR> Weight Watchers. There are so many calories in food! I really had no idea how much I was consuming. Weight watchers helped me understand healthy eating and healthy choices. I learned the point system and t... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 15:12:07 EST Finally Friday (almost) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5874784 I had a jam packed stress filled week and I've finally made it to the end. I have been successful in my daily goals and feel good about this weeks weigh-in on Saturday. I'm tired but proud. My job interview went well. Now I just wait for the results. My perpetual headache is still simmering in the background but with the reduction in stress it's getting better. I have the weekend to study and get my class work done. Tomorrow is rest day. I will still walk to get my steps in which is what... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 22:50:37 EST I did it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5874178 This morning I achieved my first 35 minute jog without walking!! I'm so proud of me. I've worked very hard to get here. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1788277392.jpg"> <BR> (Warm up and cool down are included in my time.) <BR> <BR> Another very positive I did it event...People are noticing and commenting about my progress. The last 6 weeks or so I've been very consistent with eating and exercise and it shows. People keep telling my how good I look and that feels ... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 23:24:56 EST 7 days junk free! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5872103 Not feeling so good today. I've had a very emotional day. But I controlled my eating. <em>244</em> Ending day 7 of no junk food. <BR> <BR> I couldn't workout today. I didn't get up early enough this morning. I tried to workout this afternoon but I couldn't stream the video I had planned to do because my Internet sucked <em>28</em> and I've been experiencing a head change...feels like I've had a couple drinks but haven't. <BR> <BR> Today just sucked. I'm ready for it to be over. ... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 21:29:05 EST sometimes I get on the scale at night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5871546 Because it makes me happy to see an evening weight that's lower than where I've been stuck for so long! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1054983090.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I know it's not just about weight. I've had plenty of non scale victories. People are noticing my weight loss. I feel thinner. I'm seeing definition in my arm and legs. It feels good. <em>104</em> Sat, 7 Feb 2015 23:36:54 EST 10k steps on rest day? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5870853 <BR> Today is my rest day. I’ve been doing this for a while and when I get to rest day I’m not really sure what to do with myself. Walking is often my crosstraining to running. Yesterday I walked on the treadmil and met my goal of 10,000 steps. With today being a rest day, do I not get on the treadmil and walk? I didn’t this morning and enjoyed the extra 30 minutes in bed <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> I did take a small walk break at work but I feel like I should still get my 10k steps in. ... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 18:47:16 EST dessert redefined http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5870209 Last night I was starving. I was really hungry. It was an all-day thing really, I just couldn’t shake it. I made it through the day with my usual snacks and a couple extras. Maybe I miss tracked some foods because at the end of the day I still had 150 calories to spare. Now, I’ve managed to make it 3 full days without bingeing on candy or blowing my calories with sweets at the end of the evening. Last night I was starving. My family was enjoying a tray of brownies. My husband was cuddli... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 17:49:36 EST making time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5868462 Sometimes making time for fitness is difficult. After years of struggling I'm finally getting up early to make it happen. It's not always easy. Some days I have to talk myself out of bed. Most days I start that talk before I go to sleep. I sometimes sleep in workout gear and I always get my stuff together the night before. Sparkpeople article that I read this morning that reminded me how far I've come http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/f<BR>itness_articles.asp?id=1675 Tue, 3 Feb 2015 08:28:57 EST yay! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5867947 I'm so excited to discover I can blog from the sp app! I don't know how long this has been available. I'm super stoked! I've got 30 days of fitness routine under my belt. I'm working hard at keeping that streak. I have over 700 consecutive meals logged (different app) and I'm feeling good most of the time. I did get super stressed on Wednesday/Thursday and ate an entire bag of Pepperidge Farm cookies and a soda. I need to get that under control. I tried distraction. I tried gum, tea, breat... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 13:54:11 EST I'm all talk..quick update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5147841 I'm working full time. Have gained back most of what I lost...was at 182 point something this AM. Dont' get much PC time to blog or track but I'm working on it. Tues/Thurs quick gym trip. Meals= more lean protein less bad carbs. <BR> <BR> Step one....Coffee out of the picture...too much extra sugar and unnecessary dairy. Tea instead. Meals breakfast-eggs and veggies with fruit. Lunch chicken Caesar with fruit/vegs on the side. Dinner turkey noodle soup.... <BR> <BR> Here I go...again Tue, 27 Nov 2012 00:08:35 EST I am an athlete... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5026162 ...at least I used to be. <BR> <BR> <em>132</em> Playing softball left me wanting more. Although I did notice that when game time came around, I was looking for an excuse not to go. I'd go anyway, have a great time, and wonder why I didn't want to come in the first place. <BR> <BR> This is a reoccurring theme in my fitness life. I bet you have seen it in yours too. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l10795394.jpg"> <BR> <BR> But sometimes knowing the truth... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 10:26:46 EST Why “I Don’t Have Time” is a Big Fat Lie... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4997294 I found this on a fellow SP friend's blog. It really is a MUST READ article. You'll be glad you took the time, I promise! <BR> <BR> <link>www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2012/07/26/<BR>priorities/ </link> <BR> <BR> Wed, 1 Aug 2012 23:54:31 EST Challenges and solutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4996273 Oh dear it's been awhile. <BR> <BR> I finally got over the vertigo and then pulled my quads. I've been down and out and lost my momentum. <BR> <BR> I also realized that the kids being gone changed my momentum. I had all this free time and didn't even use it to my advantage. <BR> <BR> I went to the gym yesterday for the first time in a while. I realized going to they gym was me time. I get to drop the kids off at childcare and have me time! I didn't need me time when they were gone and... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 11:39:11 EST fake health food to the untrained eye http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4985033 Changing plans sure throws me for a loop. <BR> <BR> We are in Reno today. I knew we would be but it wasn't until last night that I learned we'd be leaving in the morning. <BR> <BR> By the time I got things packed and ready to go, hubby wanted to get on the road. OK I wanted to fix breakfast real quick but hubby wanted to grab something on the road. UGH. OK. <BR> <BR> 2 and a half hours later we finally stop at Jack in the Box. I did pack an apple but by this time I was starving! Hu... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 15:15:24 EST Foods for thought http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4983712 I have been experimenting a lot with food and learning about food recently. <BR> <BR> Wild rice, I've discovered that it is very good! I cooked it in the rice maker with chicken bullion (I know too much salt) but it was really good. The leftovers went really well with fresh veggies and some beans. We don't have a microwave so I have to get creative while trying to reheat foods. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l216069419.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Quinoa. I have no idea what t... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 18:45:30 EST still woozy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4982966 I still have the feeling of being on a boat in rough water. I don't know what it is but it's annoying. I always goes away after about a week so I should be feeling better in a couple of days. <BR> <BR> Fitness minutes: 0 since Thursday. Maybe I'm just making excuses but I'm scared to go to the gym feeling like this. I wanted to go to Zumba this morning but I am concerned I'll fall over. LOL <BR> <BR> Food: This is the first weekend in several weeks that I didn't track all my food. I mad... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 10:10:53 EST Picking myself up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4979074 I neglected to mention yesterday that while I was wallowing in my uh...despair and not feeling good Wednesday, I did take time to pamper myself. I did a full body mud mask, took a bath, and gave myself a pedicure. <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> But I didn't really feel better after that. <BR> <BR> I didn't make my class at they gym yesterday either. I felt like such a slug, literally, I was slow moving and down. <BR> <BR> I went to my sisters house and vented a little with her. Then I played ... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 10:53:11 EST Feeling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4977803 Yesterday, no exercise. I wasn't feeling right. I don't feel sick but I just don't feel right. <BR> <BR> This morning I felt ok but now I'm feeling off again. <BR> <BR> I think it might be a combination of a lot of stressors in my life. <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> Hubby's job stress. That's all he talks about and it's not pleasant to hear your hubby tell you he's a failure. I support him as much as I can which is considerably draining. <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> On going custody battle with... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 13:02:58 EST Eating out and the real food pyramid. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4975400 Today I wrestled with going to the gym in the morning and then going back again in the afternoon for my Zumba class. I wanted to do some strength training this morning but decided to get the groceries I needed instead. I figured I could do my strength training before or after Zumba. <BR> <BR> My busy day went well. I had lunch out with a friend I haven't seen in years. We ate at Daphne's. I'd never been there before, they have excellent salads. <em>368</em> <BR> <BR> Later in the day... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 23:46:40 EST MAKE TODAY A GREAT DAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4972756 At the fair, healthy foods are there, you just have to look though the junk. I didn’t buy food at the fair but I did see fresh fruit cups, steamed artichokes (or fried ewe). <BR> <BR> They had a huge garden there too. We walked thought the garden collecting stamps from various stations. At the wended we were rewarded with a piece of free fresh fruit! YAY! <BR> <BR> Beverages was an issue too. I brought my water cup, I always have my cup. <em>91</em> Hubby wanted lemonade to drink. ... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 11:43:10 EST I've been challenged! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4969179 Today's workout was made up of various things I've found on the internet. I have a sick kids at home so we didn't make it to the gym. BUT that didn't stop me from making SWEAT! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l270901574.jpg"> <BR> (fitness-is-sexy-hot.tumblr.com) <BR> <BR> My Lovely HRM said I burned a whole 328 calories. That was disappointing! However, I had some house cleaning to do so I strapped on the HRM to see what it said I'd burn. It gave me over 1... Fri, 13 Jul 2012 19:46:59 EST I'm not gonna lie... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4967479 Wasn't able to get hubby to the gym last night <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> I'll try again today. However, this poses a new challenge (not a problem, a challenge...perspective is everything!) <BR> <BR> Dinner. What to do about dinner? Workout before or after? <BR> <BR> <em>496</em> Hubby doesn't always eat lunch so he's often STARVING when he gets home (Yes, I talked with him about the importance of eating breakfast and lunch). <BR> <BR> <em>29</em> After he's eaten, he's tired and co... Thu, 12 Jul 2012 16:05:14 EST My body is changing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4965851 Monday I really, really didn't want to go to the gym. <BR> <BR> No really...I did not want to go at all. ZERO motivation. I knew I needed to go but I didn't want to. <BR> <BR> I got some encouragement from a friend and took the first step out the door. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l241477744.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Once I was at the gym, I didn't want to leave. I was there 2 hours! <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> I got lucky and was offered a free 30 minute train... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 16:49:23 EST Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4961311 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l603218536.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I didn't make the gym yesterday or today. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow...I've got BIG plans. <BR> <BR> 2 hours at the gym....2 classes maybe? <BR> <BR> Then must get some fruits and veggies, we are all out. <BR> <BR> Then short quick plane ride for a stressful day in court with hubby on Tuesday. <BR> <BR> I must make the gym tomorrow because I won't be able to on Tuesday. MAybe I should do 3 hours tomorrow. One at h... Sun, 8 Jul 2012 23:08:36 EST Maybe today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4959576 I wasn't at my best yesterday. I know I should go to the gym today. I might. I've been working on household stuff with hubby all morning. <BR> <BR> I have 1020 calories left to burn today. <BR> <BR> I need to go to the gym. <BR> <BR> Maybe we should go now. <BR> <BR> I just ate lunch. Maybe in an hour. <BR> <BR> There's still time... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l694552989.jpg"> Sat, 7 Jul 2012 18:01:48 EST Awake at 4am blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4957621 Awakened at 4 am by dreams of being arrested and not getting to talk to my boys because of it. Not sure wht my crime was. Then another dream that also wakes me. I check the time. It's 4 am. I'm wide awake. 30 min pass and I try to sleep to no avail. So I get up and weigh myself for my pre weekend weigh in. Darnit! I gained 2 pounds. <BR> <BR> <em>228</em> Must be building muscle. Right? <BR> <BR> <em>228</em> Maybe I'm not burning as many calories as I thought. Darn HRM! <BR> <BR> <em>... Fri, 6 Jul 2012 08:40:38 EST Every time I get set straight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4956290 It wasn't that long ago I blogged about focusing forward. I shared my new goal with my hubby and his response was "I was thinking we should have a baby" Every time I think I can get past it that is his response! <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> So now I'm all twisted up again. <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I told him that if HE really wants one he's going to have to beg because I'm tired of him changing his mind! <BR> <BR> <em>283</em> Last night he brings it up again ( I was in... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 10:46:26 EST What's it worth? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4955307 "Sometimes we have to look deep inside ourselves to decide what something is worth to us. This is particularly important when there are roadblocks; and there always are." <BR> <BR> Follow the link to read the rest... <BR> <BR> <link>mileswithmycreator.wordpress.com/201<BR>2/07/01/whats-it-worth/ </link> <BR> <BR> <em>283</em> Happy 4th of July! Wed, 4 Jul 2012 16:01:51 EST The body blog (before photos) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4953844 <em>2</em> It's not pretty, yet. <BR> <BR> <em>2</em> I've learned to hide it well. <BR> <BR> <em>2</em> Even at my lowest weight it wasn't pretty. <BR> <BR> <em>2</em> It looked just like it does now but a little smaller. <BR> <BR> <em>215</em> While I am losing the weight, I want to tone it, refine it, beautify it. <BR> <BR> <BR> I WILL DO IT. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l180224382.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Notice the lack o... Tue, 3 Jul 2012 16:15:47 EST Don't know what to do. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4953363 I woke with a headache this morning <em>28</em> <BR> <BR> I'm tired <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> I might to have family over tonight <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> They were supposed to come yesterday but we didn't hear from them <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> My dilema: I really want to go to the 330 Zumba class. But the guests may decide to come today since they didn't yesterday. In which case I might have to miss Zumba. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> I can go to a GIT class this morning to me... Tue, 3 Jul 2012 10:46:03 EST Focus Forward MOTIVATION! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4952452 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l720463901.jpg"> <BR> <link>https://www.facebook.com/Fitness.Mot<BR>ivation.for.Ordinary.People </link> <BR> <BR> I wanted to make they Gym this weekend but it didn't happen. It's really hard when you have a husband who "supports" you but doesn't SUPPORT you. <BR> <BR> We spent all day Sat with his family then Sunday we went to church and went out (again) for lunch. I had a salad (watch out for Burger King's misleading salads! They se... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 19:28:54 EST No Cake for me!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4950287 I made it through the family affair without cake! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I did go over my calories a little but not in a bad way. We ate lunch before we got to the party at 2. They had veggies and dip but I wasn't hungry and decided not to start grazing on food. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l298875402.jpg"> <BR> (blog.friendseat.com) <BR> <BR> <em>483</em> Then, the pizza arrived. I wasn't hungry so I didn't eat. The rest of my family did even though... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 12:35:50 EST Curly fries equal fat thighs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4949117 Last night’s fast food dinner (Friday). I had planned for Del Taco and I was a little bummed we ended up at Jack in the Box. It turned out to be a good thing. Del Taco doesn't have nice green salads. Although I really wanted a burrito. <BR> <BR> Hubby had fries and they were staring right at me with every bite of salad I took. I love curly fries and I was tempted to eat a few. Then I recalled the phrase "fries equal fat thighs." I read it somewhere and it stuck with me. If I'm going to ... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 15:20:55 EST All zumba is not created equal!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4948176 I'm new to Zumba. I've taken 2 classes with 2 different teachers. Class 1 was my favorite. The music was mostly popular and the pace was fast. The teacher was fun. I burned over 1007 calories according the HRM which I'm still not convinced works right. <BR> <BR> Class 2 was OK. The teacher was fun the music was latin. That's probably how it's supposed to be. The music was fast, fast, then slow, then fast.... I burned just over 432 calories (I forgot to turn on my HRM for the first son... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 20:25:03 EST Should I work out today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4947578 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l417152165.jpg"> <BR> Click the link to view larger.... <BR> ( <link>www.crankyfitness.com/2009/01/should<BR>-you-work-out-today-quick.html </link> ) <BR> <BR> <BR> BUT I'M TIRED!!!! Shouldn't I get a rest day? <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l100864083.jpg"> <BR> (practisingwellness.com) <BR> <BR> 100 reasons to workout today: <BR> <link>www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=100<BR>_reasons_you_s... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 11:21:34 EST Making Permanent Changes, I'm NOT sorry. Are you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4946527 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l311373661.jpg"> <BR> (fab40fitmama.tumblr.com) <BR> <BR> I was so sore last night and this morning! It was the good kind of sore, but still it was sore. I considered not going to the gym. <BR> <BR> <em>344</em> I WENT ANYWAY. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l507646134.jpg"> <BR> (pigtopornstar.wordpress.com) <BR> <BR> <BR> I went to my first Zumba class. I went because I was excited to finally be able t... Thu, 28 Jun 2012 16:15:21 EST Feel the BURN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4944994 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l580685479.jpg"> <BR> (pintrest) <BR> <BR> Of course I didn't want to go again but I went anyway. There was a circuit class I wanted to try. I wasn't sure if I was going to take the class when I got there but I decide to suck it up and DO IT. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l659842109.jpg"> <BR> (pintrest) <BR> <BR> I had to push myself again. I wanted to not try as hard. My muscles were screaming at me. ... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 16:24:04 EST Sweat is fat crying. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4943452 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l846205072.jpg"(sweetsnobarts.blogspot.com) <BR> <BR> I didn't workout yesterday or over the weekend but I did today! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l261308029.jpg"> <BR> (pinterest.com) <BR> <BR> <BR> I had an appointment with a trainer today. It was my last freebie for signing up with the gym. I love having a trainer and wish I could afford to keep him! It's nice to have someone else to push you. Having the a... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 15:56:16 EST family party = too many calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4940056 It's so hard to stay on track when I get around family. No one else is trying to eat healthy. Chips and dip are the only choices before food is served. Lunch was much later than I thought. Hubby stopped at Wendy's for lunch because he anticipated the barbecue running late. I opted to get half a salad because I didn't want to eat too much before we went to the barbecue. <BR> <BR> When we got to the house there was nothing but oysters to eat. I don't eat oysters. That was OK because I ... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 11:43:53 EST Husband is in a food coma...clean eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4938358 LOL we went to golden corral for all you can eat tonight and he ate enough for 4 people! <BR> <BR> I psyched myself up before going in tonight with the mantra: "Just because it's there doesn't mean I have to eat it...clean eating, clean eating, no ingredients" <BR> <BR> I read somewhere recently that clean eating is basically avoiding food with ingredients as opposed to whole foods. That has really helped me the last couple days with making good food choices. In stead of bad/good its cle... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 23:51:06 EST New before pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4937498 I took these photos as I was getting dressed yesterday for the gym. Even my workout clothes are too small. <em>46</em> <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> I "let it all hang out" because seeing myself like this motivates me. Taking pictures that make me uncomfortable, motivates me. I want to be comfortable in my clothes. <BR> <BR> (I don't know why this photo rotated when the other didn't) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l604327778.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://p... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 10:46:20 EST food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4935034 New favorite foods. Plain greek yogurt with frosh blueberries/strawberries. I did add about half a tsp of sugar (I need to get honey) and with or without some almond shavings. I have to buy the full fat version. For some reason my body rejects non-fat dairy products. <BR> <BR> Here is what I had for lunch today: <BR> <BR> Chef Megs Zucchini Caponata with Orzo and 2 tbs of shredded parmesan cheese <BR> (http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/reci<BR>pe_details.asp?nutrition_id=56240674) <BR... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 16:32:32 EST So tired of this YO-YO http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4934683 I'm am sick and tired of my weight going up and down and up. It's driving me crazy! <BR> <BR> These curves are not OK! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l15168765.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My pants and shirt are too tight because I gained weight. For Sh!ts and giggles I got on the scale this morning after breakfast and after my workout. I'm at 178.4. That's down from 181. In 3 days, I did that and I didn't starve myself. I cut down the carbs, increased my veggies and track... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 12:05:03 EST Either too much or not enough http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4933088 A friend of mine posted this on Facebook: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l317008743.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My response was "but...but...but...OK" and I got off the computer and put on one of my workout CDs. None of my summer clothes fit and yet I sit and don't exercise for no good reason. I'm not working right now. I have all day to do what I want. I've been moving boxes and unpacking and such but with the time I have I really should be done with all that already.... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 12:08:17 EST Too fat to wear that http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4929016 Reality set in when the high temp for the day is 106 degrees and all my cute summer clothes are too tight to comfortable squeeze into. It's disappointing. I'm surfing' the crimson wave but even that bloat isn't that big. Yesterday I decided to track what I ate just to see. I thought I had a pretty good day. Uh...no...I ate about 3200 calories just yesterday. <BR> <BR> That's scary. I didn't snack a lot. I was busy most of the day. <BR> <BR> I'm back to 180 pounds. Why can't I jus... Sat, 16 Jun 2012 13:25:07 EST Facing my challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4904036 Everyday I make unhealthy choices. The truth is, I need to be focused to the point of obsession (at least in the beginning) to consistently make healthy choices. That's "code" for diet because that's really what happens. I focus, cut calories, call it healthy choices but in the end it feels like a diet. The cuts are temporary. Bad habits return. <BR> <BR> It's hard to focus and obsess about what I eat and how much I exercise when life has me so distracted. <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> I'm st... Wed, 30 May 2012 09:56:20 EST Toxic Guilt and the Sugar Beast. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4886033 toxic guilt trip….I took one TuesdayI read about them here: <BR> ( <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes<BR>s_articles.asp?id=692 </link> ) <BR> <BR> I Know I emotionally eat when I'm tired too. So I'm tired which leads to cravings which leads to eating and toxic guilt. Things I need to work on. <BR> <BR> Something else I read from SP found here: ( <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/mind_ov<BR>er_body_fat.asp </link> ) <BR> <BR> It talks about the difference between Diet and Lifest... Thu, 17 May 2012 15:54:45 EST