EWINSLO's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=EWINSLO EWINSLO'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/ dealing with loss. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5327083 *Disclaimer- this blog is not necessarily focused on my weight loss journey. I wrote this because I believe that other people do/have felt this way and that should be something our society is able to talk honestly about * <BR> <BR> Lately, getting up in the morning has become hard. I want so badly to have a happy post about how positive things are going but if I did that would not be the truth. Last weekend my world was rocked by two major events- the death of an ex-boyfriend in a horrific c... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 00:07:14 EST don't let me get me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5311886 This week, as I've struggled to balance my college class schedule and 3(!) internships while maintaining my commitments to my sorority, boyfriend, family, and tennis partner (we signed up for a tournament next weekend!) I have realized that I may be in slightly over my head. I am a "doer" and usually get energy from being involved... but at this point I feel like my brain is constantly going through what commitments I might be forgetting about! Thank god for planners. This got me to thinking ... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 20:37:33 EST back from vacation! some wins, some losses... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5298875 So I appreciate everyone's advice about how to stay healthy on vacation! I love reading all the comments and it has been so helpful to me. I feel so supported by everyone and it excites me to log onto spark everyday. <BR> I am writing this particular blog as a snapshot of what I succeeded at/failed at on vacation so that I can adjust and plan better for next time! I hope that by putting it in writing and posting it- I will be holding myself more accountable. <BR> <BR> Wins: <BR> -Walking: ... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 23:42:10 EST temptations! (pictures) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5290272 The last 2 weeks have been a whirlwind! Between school and work, I have been running around like crazy trying to get everything in order before I left for spring break. On top of that, I have been fostering 2 adorable 2 week old kittens! Feeding them every three hours has caused me to lose sleep but it has been well worth it to know that I have made a little difference in someone's life. <BR> Last weekend was my sorority formal and I had so much fun! I was super excited to be down a dress si... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 20:22:46 EST We run this town! (pictures!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271649 I don't know about you but I don't like to be "pegged." I don't want anyone to tell me what I can and can't do... and I like to surprise people! Add to that a propensity to get bored and you arrive at the heart of why I create personal goals that most people would not expect from me. Whenever I feel unfulfilled by life I take on a new mission. Last October that mission was running my first 5K. <BR> <BR> For me, running is the total antithesis of how I like to exercise. I generally like spo... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 19:57:08 EST When life gets in the way... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5262198 This past week has certainly been a rough one. School work and overall feeling "crappy" from a horrible cold made it difficult for me to sleep at night... I feel overwhelmed and lethargic and generally in a funk. I took one day off of my typical Mon-Wed-Fri running schedule and somehow managed to just barely finish my runs on the other two days...blah! Needless to say, I am ready for life to slow back down again. <BR> <BR> I have found that in times like these, when even getting everything d... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 14:32:30 EST Valentines Day: love it or hate it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5249786 Scrolling through my facebook newsfeed tonight it is impossible not to notice the effect that this holiday is having on all my friends! I am not sure if it is just a college student that place such a big empasis on this one holiday or not (let me know!) but it all seems a bit ridiculous to me. It seems there are three types of people- those that loathe Valentines Day, those that loathe Valentines Day because they are single, and those that ARE JUST SO EXCITED! It is truly interesting to me ho... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 23:43:51 EST The mind is everything. What you think, you become. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5241741 I am a voracious reader. Today, I was reading about how Buddhist values would benefit the Western world and it got me thinking about how I can use some of his principles in my own life. I know this quote is kind of out there but it really speaks to me. I find that most of my self-defeating behavior begins with a negative thought that then spirals into a negative action. That is why I put such a great emphasis on mental health- I think it is a direct reflection of physical health. However, the... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 14:55:54 EST It's not about how many times you fall....It's about how many times you get up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5224765 I mean my blog title quite literally.... <BR> In true Elizabeth style I fell during my first tennis practice- pretty dramatically and hilariously. And because of some combination of embarrassment and adrenaline I jumped back up, finished practicing, and never realizing how bad I was bleeding until I went to go take a shower. <BR> Besides that minor mishap it was so exciting to be back on the court! I have not played since my sophomore year in high school when I played varsity. It was extremel... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 19:43:14 EST Crisis- the juncture of danger and opportunity. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5213219 First, I would like to say, that this is literally one of the most supportive communities that I have ever come across. It was so interesting to hear from so many people and I am truly blessed to be around such a positive and helpful group. <BR> <BR> On Wednesday, after my first visit with a nutritionist, I posted and began thinking about the answer to these questions: <BR> Imagine in your perfect world what your life would be like in 5 years. What would that look like? What would you look ... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 15:03:12 EST Every failure brings with it the seed of equivalent success. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5210297 While doing school reading this quote stuck out at me. I think this is extremely applicable to me and anyone else who has tried and ultimately failed to lose weight. When I think of what some of my past "seeds" have been I think about the knowledge I've aquired and my failure brings me one step closer to my ultimate success. You almost always trip a few times before you can learn to walk. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had my first weigh in and lost a whopping 7.5 lbs. I think that is incredible but ... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 16:04:57 EST Friday update: 1 week on SP! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5202289 I think I want to start a weekly recap so that when I look back I know what I was up to at this point in time in my journey. Part of my new plan to get healthy is to keep motivated using a variety of different strategies! I wanted to tackle 3 main areas of my life! <BR> 1) nutrition <BR> 2) fitness <BR> 3) overall health, stress level, sleep, etc. <BR> <BR> I have at the moment 1 strategy (or program) for each! <BR> <BR> Nutrition: <BR> This week my nutrition goal correlated with my n... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 14:12:57 EST It is time for a change. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5197447 It is the start of a new year and a new semester- and for me a new beginning in my weight loss saga! I was reading the message boards today and one SP user (don't remember who!) said to think of the journey as a love affair. See it as a way to try new things, experience different foods and places and reach heights you've never dreamed of. Like a love affair, you won't always be "in the mood" but like love, commitment is the most important thing! Love that new way of thinking about it. I defin... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 18:05:26 EST