FANCYSIMAGES's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=FANCYSIMAGES FANCYSIMAGES'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/ Week 9 TNT Assignment - Tools and Resources http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820039 Our TNT assignment this week is two share the tools and resources we have to help us on our journey. <BR> <BR> **** <BR> <BR> 1. SparkPeople - The articles are all filled with amazing information, and I love reading them. In the beginning, the nutrition and exercise trackers were life savers for me. Since I use a fitbit to track my daily movement now, I don't use the fitness trackers anymore (it ends up double counting and it gets messy). I have also stopped tracking food regularly (but tha... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:44:42 EST Day 34. NSV and busy weekend. (photos) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757467 NSV: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l862831547.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yes, those are shorts. For the first time since, I don't know - freshman year in high school? (Disclaimer - I was skinny in high school but thought I was fat, so I never wore shorts). <BR> <BR> Busy weekend: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l241507545.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l270070487.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 15 jars marinara, 13 jars pickled hot pepp... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:22:47 EST Day 28. A lot has changed in a year. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753585 A year ago, on August 5, I was pretty sure I was doomed to NEVER lose any weight. I had gotten my fitbit in January and had lost a whopping 3 pounds since then. I was walking every day at work, and trying to eat as many of our farm vegetables as we could before going crazy with boredom. Since then, I've learned a few things, and I've made some very positive changes! <BR> <BR> 1. I have lost 37 lbs since then. <BR> 2. Exactly a week after that day, I took my first steps out the door with a C2... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 11:43:01 EST Day 24. August. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751161 Hard to believe it's already August! This summer seems to have flown by! Fiance and I are closer and closer to securing our date and location. Hopefully just a few more days! <BR> <BR> I am also participating in this challenge: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=back_on_track_a_consistency_challen<BR>ge_for_august </link> <BR> <BR> Today is ON so far, but we'll see how I feel at the end of the daY! <BR> <BR> 1. 10000+ steps per day <BR> 2. 8+ cups water per day <BR> 3.... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 14:56:11 EST Day 20. Busy, productive weekend. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748293 Fiance and I got a lot done this weekend - picked our venue (we have a meeting on Wed to book it), got a few gifts, picked out rings to be ordered later), and went on a few walks while brainstorming. It was a good weekend! <BR> <BR> 1. 10000+ steps per day <BR> 2. 8+ cups water per day <BR> 3. 2 freggies with each meal: <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>373</em> <em>69</em> <BR> 4. Regular ST W <em>344</em> Th x F <em>344</em> S <em>344</em> S <em>344</em> <BR> 5. Re... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:36:47 EST Day 14. 1 Mile Run. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744093 Did a 1-mile test as part of BLC wrap up yesterday. I have dropped my pace to 9:24! Not sure I could have gone much further, but I did it! <em>226</em> <BR> <BR> 1. 10000+ steps per day <BR> 2. 8+ cups water per day <BR> 3. 2 freggies with each meal: <em>267</em> <em>210</em> <BR> 4. Regular ST W <em>344</em> Th <em>344</em> F <em>344</em> S x S <em>344</em> M <em>344</em> <BR> 5. Regular cardio W <em>311</em> <em>342</em> Th <em>311</em> <em>342</em> ... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:44:23 EST Day 13. Back on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743315 Went out for my 13.1 Trainer run again for the first time in 4 weeks. It was tough, but I felt AMAZING after it was done. I'm really looking forward to getting back on track with it - I forgot how accomplished I feel after doing those! <BR> <BR> 1. 10000+ steps per day <em>248</em> Total: 22200 <BR> 2. 8+ cups water per day <em>248</em> Total: 12 <BR> 3. 2 freggies with each meal: <em>248</em> <em>210</em> <em>367</em> <em>371</em> <em>485</em> <em>367</em> zucchini summe... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:48:01 EST Day 10. BLC wrapup/reflection http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741368 This round of BLC, I stepped outside my comfort zone and into a new team. I had been with the foxes (previously cougars) for many many rounds, and I was a little apprehensive about switching teams, but I had gotten too comfortable. It was time to make a change and I did. I landed with the Hot Mocha Maniacs, who have been the most amazing group, welcoming me with open arms and always pushing me to be better. I hope to be with them again next round! <BR> <BR> NSV for the round: I dropped 3 min... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:50:50 EST Day 9. Beet sliders http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740622 We made beet sliders last night with beets from the farm. (recipe: <link>www.realfoodfinds.com/recipes/vegeta<BR>rian/grilled-beet-sliders/beet-sliders/ </link> ). They were sooooooooo super yummy. We've decided to replace the mayo and sour cream in the dressing with avocado next time to make it a. healthier, b. vegan, and c. even more delicious. <BR> <BR> We halved the dressing and still got a full mason jar (2 cups) out of it. We only used about 2 tbsp apiece across 5 sliders each, so w... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 09:17:12 EST Day 8. Mac N Cheese http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740079 We had a box of mac n cheese lying around and decided to make a quick dinner out of it last night. We made some alterations that made it delicious, healthier, and super filling! We've done it in the past with the Kraft stuff, but this time we had a box of Annie's, which is a tad bit healthier to begin with. We added a 1 lb bag of California mixed veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots) in with the pasta as it cooked, then substituted the milk and butter with 1/2 cup cottage cheese. Mmmmm... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:40:39 EST Day 7. My happy moment of the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739445 I had a great five minute happy moment this morning. Jason Mraz's new CD is out (released today), and while I haven't bought it yet, I was able to listen to it on Spotify. That combined with a freshly made black french-press coffee (cinnamon hazelnut flavored) made for a perfect pre-work de-stressing moment. <BR> <BR> 1. 10000+ steps per day <em>248</em> total: 13129 <BR> 2. 8+ cups water per day <em>248</em> total: 8 <BR> 3. 2 freggies with each meal - <em>248</em> strawberries,... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:39:41 EST Day 6. Weekend victories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738691 Spent the weekend back at home with our parents again, except this time we had a little bit more control. I was able to meet my stepping goals both days, and while I did not keep track of what I ate, I made smart choices which paid off in the end: I lost a pound over the weekend! This has NEVER happened when we've gone home. <BR> <BR> On top of all of this, we saw an amazing production of Phantom of the Opera and had a great dinner in Boston (we split some eggplant spread, then I had a platt... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:49:20 EST Day 3. Another Restart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736748 Engagement celebrations and the holiday left much to be desired in the way of proper eating and exercising. My average step count for Thursday-Tuesday was 3000. But I am back at it. Managed over 18000 yesterday and over 10000 the day before. Today will be day 3! <BR> <BR> 1. 10000+ steps per day <em>248</em> Total: 11093 <BR> 2. 8+ cups water per day <em>248</em> Total: 8 <BR> 3. 2 freggies with each meal <em>248</em> <BR> 4. Regular ST W <em>344</em> TH <em>344</em> F <em... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:03:34 EST Day 2. Walking to work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729728 We walked to work for the first time this morning. The plan is at least 2 days a week. It took us about 45 minutes and it was so nice to have that time together. Way better than the 10-15 minute drive we normally have. <BR> <BR> 1. 10,000+ steps per day <em>248</em> <BR> 2. 8+ cups water per day. <em>248</em> <BR> 3. 2 Freggies with each meal. apple, banana, cabbage, banana <BR> 4. Regular ST (3+ days per week) W <em>344</em> TH <em>344</em> F <em>344</em> S x S x M x T <BR... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 09:39:09 EST Day 1. Restart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728925 Didn't realize until this morning that I missed both my steps (by 500) and my Spark Wheel yesterday. So back to Day 1! At least my days of missing one or the other are getting less and less frequent! <BR> <BR> 1. 10,000+ steps per day <em>248</em> Total: 10135 <BR> 2. 8+ cups water per day. <em>248</em> Total: 9 <BR> 3. 2 Freggies with each meal. <em>248</em> apple, banana, apple, cabbage, broccoli, kohlrabi, bok choy <BR> 4. Regular ST (3+ days per week) W <em>344</em> TH <em... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 09:28:07 EST Day 10. Farm Share Pickup. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727086 We had our farm share pickup yesterday and picked up a variety of goodies - turnips, brocolli, kohrabi, bok choy, kale, chard, salad mix, and something else I am definitely forgetting. <BR> <BR> We had a delicious salad for dinner with a homemade Garlic Dijon Vinaigrette (recipe here: <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=1992706 </link> ). We ended up adding more dijon because the lemon/vinegar were a bit strong. It was a good base, but we'll play around with it a b... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 11:36:02 EST Day 7. Quick Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724861 This morning I did not want to get up and run. Nope. Nope. Nope. Put it off for an hour then realized that I wouldn't be able to make it up in the evening and decided to just go and do it. Since I only had a bit of time left at that point, I decided to just pick a route and go for it rather than using my 10K trainer (30 minutes) or my 13.1 trainer (68 minutes). I finished 1.74 miles in just under 20 minutes, not a terrible pace. While it was pretty miserably humid, I am glad I chose to do it!... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 12:21:53 EST Day 6. Engagement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724182 Apparently I'm already not doing so great at the daily blogging. I won't go back and do the blogs for last few days. The fact that I'm back and haven't given up on it because I missed a few days is cause enough to be excited. <BR> <BR> BF proposed at the finish line of the Color Run on Saturday: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1020654260.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We are both beyond thrilled and can't stop smiling. It was a complete surprise and the most amazing proposal I cou... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 14:00:15 EST Day 2. Motivation Boost http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721236 While out for my run this morning, a van slowed down next to me. My first thought? OMG I'm going to die. Instead, the driver sticks his hand out the window, gives me a thumbs up and says "Way to go! You're awesome!" Thanks for the boost unknown, van-driving man! <BR> <BR> 1. 10,000+ steps per day. <em>248</em> <BR> 2. 8+ cups water per day. <em>248</em> <BR> 3. 2 Freggies with each meal. <em>248</em> <BR> 4. Regular ST (3+ days per week) W <em>344</em> TH <BR> 5. Regular cardi... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 09:23:55 EST Day 1. (Re)Commitment. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720620 Clean slate starting today. I am recommitting to all my streaks and my health. <BR> <BR> 1. 10,000+ steps per day. <em>248</em> total: 11,159 <BR> 2. 8+ cups water per day. <em>248</em> total: 9 <BR> 3. 2 Freggies with each meal. <em>248</em> bananas, grapes, bok choy, broccoli, veggie sauce (variety of veggies cooked and pureed), onions <BR> 4. Regular ST (3+ days per week) W <em>344</em> <BR> 5. Regular cardio (5+ days per week) W <em>237</em> <BR> 6. 1 cup green tea per... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 11:52:53 EST Summer 5% challenge exercise and nutrition commitment; Day 13 of newest streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716505 Summer 5% Challenge Exercise Commitment: <BR> <BR> 10k/13.1 trainer alternating based on temps/humidity levels 3-4 days a week <BR> ST 3-4 days a week <BR> Swim 2-3 days a week <BR> Bike 1-2 days a week <BR> <BR> Summer 5% Challenge Nutrition Commitment: <BR> <BR> We will eat whatever our CSA gives us! Lots of greens this time of year! <BR> <BR> We have a rotation in place with salads Thursday-Saturday, soups for the weekend and Monday (whatever we have tossed in a pot), leftovers/veggie... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 12:44:38 EST 5/9/14 NSV; Day 7 of New Streak; Planning for Challenges/Slip Ups http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691223 NSV - Got over 20,000 steps yesterday! <BR> <BR> Day 7 - My new streak of 10000+ steps and 8+ cups water is going great! In the last 7 days, I've had 2 days with over 20000 steps and 4 days with more than 10 cups! <BR> <BR> Planning for challenges: <BR> <BR> I am hyper organized, so I have a few Google Docs set up to help me out with planning/tracking exercises - which days I plan on doing what, how long for, and how well I did. <BR> <BR> Since I am a part of multiple challenges (BLC25, ... Fri, 9 May 2014 10:43:48 EST Confession http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685905 9579. That's how many steps I had yesterday. I lost my streak on Day 40. <BR> <BR> I was mad. I was frustrated when BF said, "It's just one day. You'll do better tomorrow." I snapped at him that it meant starting over. Before falling asleep, I mulled over possibly saying that I did get it since it was so close, but that didn't feel right. <BR> <BR> When I woke up, I considered not going out for a run because it wouldn't make a difference on yesterday's steps, but I got up and made myself ... Fri, 2 May 2014 16:00:36 EST 5/1/14 NSV; Day 40 of Streaking; Fitness Test Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684739 I've lost only a pound or two in the last few months. I keep beating myself up for it, but then I remember it just means I've learned how to maintain! So clearly I need to make some changes, and I've started doing that. I am attempting to run at least 4 weekday mornings a week (I'm only getting 3 in the week, but I'll try to do one on the weekend), and BF and I are doing the two challenges below, adding in a rest day every 5 days (so it will be more like a 36 day challenge). We are also addin... Thu, 1 May 2014 09:39:11 EST 4/22/14 NSV; Day 31 of Streaking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677811 Took the opportunity to see an old friend and take a hike yesterday! My fitbit logged 62 flights of stairs! <BR> <BR> I have 30 days of streaking behind me. That means that for 30 days, I have walked 10000+ steps and drank 8+ cups water! Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:56:36 EST 4/17/14 NSV; Day 26 of Streaking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5674185 I've been going out to run every weekday morning since last Monday. Today was not my best run, nor my best time, but I kept pushing through it and I finished it, and I am proud of myself for that. Previously, I would have given up and walked the rest home, but I didn't. I walked for as long as I needed to and then went back to running. <BR> <BR> I have 25 days of 10000+ steps and 8+ cups water behind me! WOOOOOOHOOOOO! <BR> <BR> <em>390</em> <em>390</em> <em>390</em> <BR> <BR> <li... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:16:12 EST Cast Your Vote! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672348 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1898435339.jpg"> <BR> <BR> All right everyone. I've got a challenge for you. If I reach my $1000 short term goal by midnight (EST) tonight, I will put pink streaks or tips in my hair. Every $10 gets you a vote - so $10=1 vote, $50=5 votes, $100=10 votes, etc. If I reach my goal, I will tally the votes and post the final results tomorrow. (please private message me your votes after you donate). <BR> <BR> <em>390</em> <em>390</em> <em>3... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:13:53 EST 4/9/14 NSV; Small SV; Day 18 of Streaking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668180 Lost 5 inches in this BLC round. While this isn't much, it did make me realize that I've lost 22 inches overall since June 5, 2013! <BR> <BR> Small SV - Lost 9.2 lbs during this BLC round. I had a loss of 2.8 this week, which I am sincerely hoping means I have broken through my plateau. <BR> <BR> I have 17 days of 10000+ steps and 8+ cups water behind me. WHOOHOOO! <BR> <BR> <em>390</em> Still fundraising for my Avon Walk! Every little bit helps! <em>390</em> <BR> <BR> <link>info.... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 11:15:02 EST 4/7/14 NSV; Day 16 of Streaking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666640 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1372900.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The mileage was actually closer to 13.5. I should really do the step test for the fitbit to get accurate mileage. <BR> <BR> Still going strong on my 10000+ steps and 8+ cups water daily! <BR> <BR> <em>390</em> Still fundraising for my Avon Walk! Every little bit helps! <em>390</em> <BR> <BR> <link>info.avonfoundation.org/site/TR/Walk /Boston?px=7519732&pg=personal&fr_id=2362 </link> Mon, 7 Apr 2014 15:33:54 EST 4/4/14 NSV; Day 13 of Streaking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664131 Went out for a run last night. While I did have to walk a bunch more than I would have liked, I was able to complete 2.7 miles - pretty decent for not having gone out in almost a month. <BR> <BR> Today my sparkwheel streak hit 100!!! WHOO HOO! <BR> <BR> 12 days of 10000+ steps and 8+ cups water behind me! <BR> <BR> <em>390</em> Still fundraising for my Avon Walk! Every little bit helps! <em>390</em> <BR> <BR> <link>info.avonfoundation.org/site/TR/Walk /Boston?px=7519732&pg=persona... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 09:21:50 EST 4/2/14 NSV; Day 11 of Streaking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662547 Bought a pair of tights some weeks ago, but it had been too cold to wear them (they were super thin - nude with purple polka dots). I finally got the chance to wear them yesterday. They were big on me! I was able to tuck the extra fabric in my ankle boots, but it still felt weird having them be too big for me! Guess I'll have to start buying the next size down! <BR> <BR> I am 1/10th of the way through my 100 day streak goal! Got another 10000 steps and 8 cups of water yesterday! <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 11:00:58 EST 4/1/14 NSV; Day 10 of Streaking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661623 BF and I were both exhausted when we got home yesterday, but we still went out for a walk! <BR> <BR> Today will be Day 10 of my streak of 10,000+ steps and 8+ cups H2O!!! On Sunday, I actually got over 20000 steps! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>390</em> Still fundraising for my Avon Walk! Every little bit helps! <em>390</em> <BR> <BR> <link>info.avonfoundation.org/site/TR/Walk /Boston?px=7519732&pg=personal&fr_id=2362 </link> Tue, 1 Apr 2014 10:27:50 EST 3/28/14 NSV; Day 5 of Streaking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658700 Managed to drag BF out for a walk last night. He was super resistant, because he had been on his feet all day, but finally relented. We only did 1.5 miles, BUT it put me at 15000 steps for the day! <BR> <BR> Still going strong on my steps and water streak! <BR> <BR> <em>390</em> Still fundraising for my Avon Walk! Every little bit helps! <em>390</em> <BR> <BR> <link>info.avonfoundation.org/site/TR/Walk /Boston?px=7519732&pg=personal&fr_id=2362 </link> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 14:01:49 EST Spring 5% Challenge Exercise + Nutrition Commitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657887 Spring 5% Challenge Exercise Commitment <BR> <BR> Sun - Lower ST, Avon Breast Cancer Walk training (short "long" walk) <BR> Mon - Upper ST, Walk 30+ min at work <BR> Tues - Walk 30+ min at work, Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Training (3-4 mi run) <BR> Wed - Core ST, Walk 30+ min at work, yoga <BR> Thurs - Lower ST, Walk 30+ min at work, Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Training (3-4 mi run) <BR> Fri - Upper ST, Walk 30+ min at work <BR> Sat - Core ST, Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Training (long walk... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:23:09 EST 3/27/14 NSV; Day 5 of Streaking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657683 Managed to get in a full hour of walking at work yesterday. First time since the semester started! <BR> <BR> I've got 4 days of streaking behind me. I have walked 10000+ steps and drank 8+ cups water on each of those days. I am also tracking my calories and my sodium, but at this point it's mostly to see where I need to make changes. <BR> <BR> <em>390</em> Still fundraising for my Avon Walk! Every little bit helps! <em>390</em> <BR> <BR> <link>info.avonfoundation.org/site/TR/Walk /... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 09:44:19 EST 3/25/14 NSV; Day 3 of Streaking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656057 March has been a rather unhealthy month for me. With my birthday, and then a party, and then another party, and then both of us being sick, we lost a couple of weekends, which led to not pre-planning lunches, not eating anything, and then eating everything. We haven't exercised much either as BF has gotten down to his last few months of grad school and he really needs to work on his thesis. Anyway, I've been up and down on the scale all month (currently up), and I really need this to change. ... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 09:40:26 EST 3/24/14 NSV http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655204 Had a very productive day yesterday: laundry, grocery shopping, some crocheting. Once we got back, we were both wiped and ready to sit in front of the TV the rest of the night. But we picked ourselves up and went out for a 3.5 mile walk! We both felt much better afterwards too! <BR> <BR> <em>390</em> Still fundraising for my Avon Walk! Every little bit helps! <em>390</em> <BR> <BR> <link>info.avonfoundation.org/site/TR/Walk /Boston?px=7519732&pg=personal&fr_id=2362 </link> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 09:45:32 EST 3/21/14 NSV http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653361 Boy, it's been a long time since I posted. <BR> <BR> Halfway through the day I got a sudden craving for a meat and potatoes comfort meal, which is weird, because my "comfort meals" tend to be pasta/carb heavy - mac n cheese, homemade pierogies, fettucine alfredo, etc. <BR> <BR> Normally I would suggest that BF and I go out to dinner somewhere where I could get one of these. Instead, I have put together a menu for dinner with recipes I found right on Spark! We will be having oven-"fried" ch... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 16:01:26 EST I need your help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636127 Dear Sparkfriends, <BR> <BR> As you may know, I have accepted the challenge and am participating in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. Did you know that every three minutes, another woman in the United States is diagnosed with breast cancer? I didn't, and I was shocked to learn how prevalent this horrible disease has become in this country. <BR> <BR> I am eager to get started with my fundraising and I need your support! I have pledged to raise money for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer as part... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 13:23:14 EST 2/21/14 NSV http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5629952 Seems I've fallen out of the habit of these blogs. I really need to get back to it.... <BR> <BR> We went to the university's dining commons for lunch yesterday. Back when I was in college, it was free range to eat as much as possible, because it was already paid for and I needed to get my money's worth (it's $8 for breakfast, $10.25 for lunch, and $13 for dinner). This time I was smart. I got a fresh stir fry made with my choice of lots of veggies, and lots of water. I ended it off with one ... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 09:40:57 EST 2/14/14 NSV http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5624039 I am below 2300 on sodium for 4 days in a row! Today looks like it's going to be under as well!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Streaks: <BR> 10c H20: 4 Days (longest 9 days) <BR> 1c green tea: 0 days (longest 9 days) <BR> Cook dinner at home: 1 days (longest 5 days) <BR> 15min knitting/crocheting/spinning: 5 days (longest 23 days) Fri, 14 Feb 2014 14:06:37 EST 2/13/14 NSV http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5624035 Managed to make it to the gym even with all the snow! <BR> <BR> Streaks: <BR> 10c H20: 3 Days (longest 9 days) <BR> 1c green tea: 0 days (longest 9 days) <BR> Cook dinner at home: 0 days (longest 5 days) <BR> 15min knitting/crocheting/spinning: 4 days (longest 23 days) Fri, 14 Feb 2014 14:05:49 EST 2/12/14 NSV http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5622231 Completed workout 2 of the rugged maniac training (this one was really tough!) <BR> <BR> Also managed 20,000 steps! <BR> <BR> Streaks: <BR> 10c H20: 2 Days (longest 9 days) <BR> 1c green tea: 0 days (longest 9 days) <BR> Cook dinner at home: 3 days (longest 5 days) <BR> 15min knitting/crocheting/spinning: 3 days (longest 23 days) Wed, 12 Feb 2014 11:58:30 EST 2/11/14 NSV http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5622227 Did a really tough workout for rugged maniac training (BF is doing a mud run in April and I said I'd do the training with him). I didn't think I'd make it through, but I did! <BR> <BR> Streaks: <BR> 10c H20: 1 Days (longest 9 days) <BR> 1c green tea: 1 days (longest 9 days) <BR> Cook dinner at home: 2 days (longest 5 days) <BR> 15min knitting/crocheting/spinning: 2 days (longest 23 days) Wed, 12 Feb 2014 11:57:25 EST 2/10/14 NSV http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620334 Bought a couple of sweaters this weekend. I am wearing a size small sweater! Granted it's a large small, and I'm still in medium-large on most clothing, but I'll take it! <BR> <BR> Streaks: <BR> 10c H20: 0 Days (longest 9 days) <BR> 1c green tea: 0 days (longest 9 days) <BR> Cook dinner at home: 1 days (longest 5 days) <BR> 15min knitting/crocheting/spinning: 1 days (longest 23 days) Mon, 10 Feb 2014 11:32:01 EST 2/9/14 NSV http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620330 BF and I went out shopping for food and a couple of necessities. We got hungry halfway and were tempted to eat out, but just finished our shop and headed home for the food we already had prepared! <BR> <BR> <BR> Streaks: <BR> 10c H20: 7 Days (longest 9 days) <BR> 1c green tea: 0 days (longest 9 days) <BR> Cook dinner at home: 0 days (longest 5 days) <BR> 15min knitting/crocheting/spinning: 0 days (longest 23 days) Mon, 10 Feb 2014 11:30:50 EST 2/8/14 NSV http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620327 Went to a party where there were copious amounts of wine and food. Only had a couple of nibbles (one biscuit, one chicken bite, and some fruit and veggies), and 1 glass of wine. Woot woot! <BR> <BR> Streaks: <BR> 10c H20: 6 Days (longest 9 days) <BR> 1c green tea: 1 days (longest 9 days) <BR> Cook dinner at home: 3 days (longest 5 days) <BR> 15min knitting/crocheting/spinning: 6 days (longest 23 days) Mon, 10 Feb 2014 11:29:51 EST 2/7/14 NSV http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5617626 Looks like I skipped a bunch of blogs. Oops. <BR> <BR> The scale has been up and down for me, so it's been frustrating, but I've continued to try to look at the positive. For example, the scale was up 1.4 lbs today, BUT it was ALL MUSCLE. <BR> <BR> Streaks: <BR> 10c H20: 5 Days (longest 9 days) <BR> 1c green tea: 0 days (longest 9 days) <BR> Cook dinner at home: 2 days (longest 5 days) <BR> 15min knitting/crocheting/spinning: 5 days (longest 23 days) Fri, 7 Feb 2014 08:46:45 EST 1/30/14 NSV http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610093 The scale had been moving rather slowly for me, so I've been a little discouraged. But then I did some math and realized that I have lost 8.8% body fat since March of last year, and 5.8% from August 1 of last year, which is when I got really serious about this journey! On August 1, I was 78.8 lbs fat, 106.2 lbs lean. Today I am 57.7 lbs fat and 97.5 lbs lean! Of the 29.8 lbs I have lost since August 1, 21.1 are fat! (Certainly looks like I need to get back on my ST schedule and work those mus... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 10:34:14 EST 1/29/14 NSV http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609385 I was feeling pretty fat after my workout (absolutely no clue why), but then I put my pants on and I'm on the 7th notch on my belt. WOOOHOOOOOO! <BR> <BR> Streaks: <BR> 10c H20: 4 Days (longest 9 days) <BR> 1c green tea: 1 days (longest 9 days) <BR> Cook dinner at home: 2 days (longest 5 days) <BR> 15min knitting/crocheting/spinning: 4 days (longest 23 days) Wed, 29 Jan 2014 16:11:15 EST