FEB_SHOWERS16's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=FEB%5FSHOWERS16 FEB_SHOWERS16'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/ How Fast Do You Eat? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638807 I'm trying to put considerable effort into eating slower. How many seconds should I wait between bites? How long should it take a person to consume one meal? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1102817328.jpg"> <BR> Bob's Red Mill High Fiber Oat-bran cooked with pure pumpkin and a fresh apple, topped with blueberries, chopped prunes, ground flax, Bragg's Nutritional Yeast, and pumpkin pie spice Mon, 3 Mar 2014 17:19:48 EST First Pool Party and Crawfish Boil of the Season... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636280 .... in ONE WEEK!!! <BR> <BR> This is my new swimsuit. I'm hoping to eat raw and cleanse all this week so that I can rock it next Saturday! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1450961312.jpg"> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 17:18:13 EST The Controversial 'Thigh Gap' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5634603 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l338339924.jpg"> <BR> <BR> After spending my entire life "knock-knee'd," this is a rather pleasant surprise! Wed, 26 Feb 2014 18:08:48 EST More Before and After Pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631237 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l265284056.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1940538249.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1634887831.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1604380825.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1085286449.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1834412430.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.co... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 23:18:26 EST 2014---- ch, ch, ch, ch, ch, changes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574519 I've been away for awhile with a busy life- work, school, family, etc. I hope you all are doing well. I plan to scroll through my friends list in the coming weeks to see what you have all been up to. <BR> <BR> I had a great Thanksgiving and Christmas. Made it into the 120's, although I'm up quite a few from holiday gains (not too worried about it thought). <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l850470972.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As you can see from my profile pic, I died my hair e... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 11:01:21 EST First Day in the 120's!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531416 I never even imagined it would be an option. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1489168542.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l713140290.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l651240773.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I wasn't expecting to see it this soon cause the 120's was my Thanksgiving goal... but I know I have PMS the next several days so I don't even plan on weighing myself for awhile because it's going to be ... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 22:49:01 EST Formerly size 28 Girl Goes Jeans Shopping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528529 (this wasn't even me at my highest) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l398043217.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l989734965.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l257452248.jpg"> <BR> <BR> (this is me today, jeans shopping before my week of PMS hell) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l747727041.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l358917459.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 17:14:51 EST PMS and Halloween http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5527425 It's only Wed and so far, I've over-indulged (binged...) on three hardy, butter-laden, fatty meals this week... Plus I've got PMS coming up in the wake of Halloween. I'm already feeling bloated and heavy. I'm hoping if I eat light the next couple days I can put myself in a better position next week. I really don't do well during PMS. <BR> <BR> <em>15</em> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 12:37:52 EST 10/25/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5522873 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1324247462.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I work today... goal is to drink lots of water! Dinner tonight is naked seared sea scallops (two of them) with capers and broccolini. <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Fri, 25 Oct 2013 06:40:52 EST One Year Difference (hello jaw) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5513482 I've lost 138 lbs total.... 20 lbs in the last year. <BR> <BR> One year ago <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l430860752.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1248290985.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here's from a couple weeks ago at work (XS scrubs) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l303130838.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here's from last Friday... an unconventional wedding ceremony (I was Maid of Honor) <BR> <img src="http://pho... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 18:08:46 EST New Goal for Thanksgiving... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5494337 I will be in the 120's by Thanksgiving break! Mon, 23 Sep 2013 22:39:52 EST Sorry I've Been MIA/ FALL SEMESTER http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5471167 My daughters started school and so did I. <BR> <BR> Reagan... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1768695825.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Rachael... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l209234010.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've been extremely busy. Some of you may or may not know how worked up I get over politics but I've been extremely unnerved over the situation in Syria. I've been working. I started a new semester. <BR> <BR> In the midst of all this my eating has bee... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 20:25:07 EST The Implications of Football Season... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5459730 I am not a Football fan. So, this is the perfect time of year for me to pick up my Bikram practice. I fell out of practice at the beginning of 2013 because I began to prepare for starting school again (and I had kinda burnt myself out over the holidays). <BR> <BR> So, this week I begin Bikram Yoga again. I'm unable, however, to do it daily due to working and going to school full time. So I will be practicing 2-3 times per week. <BR> <BR> Here's my oldest daughter... she's my lil' yoga buddy... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 10:05:21 EST My Current Favorite Stew Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5453909 (I guarantee the picture doesn't do this justice) This is my current favorite stew recipe! The base is pureed acorn squash and mango. Then I added cubed butternut squash and extra-firm tofu, black beans, brown/wild rice, shaved carrots and broccoli and red cabbage, spinach, and peas. I spiced it with curry, cumin, chili powder, and tarragon. At first it's sweet, but then it has a spicy kick to it. Soooooo yummy! I'm proud of my new invention! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 11:38:07 EST A Brand- Spankin' New Problem to have http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5450359 Shopping. <BR> <BR> I can't stop!!! <BR> <BR> I've never been a "shopper!" I've always been a "wear the same thing every day (tshirt and jeans)" kinda gal! But now I'm a size small. Sometimes extra-small. All of these items are ALWAYS on sale!!! <BR> What am I supposed to do with all of these clothes? I barely have a life! I don't go out enough to have so many options to choose from. And I don't have anyone to impress!!! But it's fun, I guess... so maybe that's reason enough??!!! <BR> <... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 22:20:09 EST Pic... Scrubbed up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5447005 I got to spend some time recently in the OR. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1993271430.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've been extremely busy and overwhelmed, but my Summer semester is just about over. <BR> <BR> My weight is hanging out right around 135#. Tue, 6 Aug 2013 22:38:10 EST Breakfast Blog (and Tracker disclaimer) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5442164 Thank you all so much for the comments on my last blog about the weight loss!! <BR> <BR> Just a quick disclaimer about my food tracker, since there were some concerns- I work, go to school, have two small children, a husband, and two dogs. I try hard to be diligent about tracking but am not always able to. For those who are curious about how many calories I eat per day, it usually ends up averaging around 1,200 per day. <BR> <BR> I woke up today craving something savory, so here is my brea... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 10:46:52 EST From Size 28 to Size 0 (that's ZERO)... pretty surreal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5440813 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1325492646.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1639344279.jpg"> <BR> (sorry for the serious look on my face. I promise I'm smiling on the inside. It was just bizarre. It's not every day a former morbidly obese person can slip on a size zero and have it fit like a glove! Thu, 1 Aug 2013 09:35:28 EST My Spectacular Lunch! (another one inspired by BOOKWORM27S) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5433254 She gave me the courage to try cottage cheese for the first time in my life and now I feel so much better having another protein to choose from! <BR> <BR> Here's what I am eating for lunch... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l325740757.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1076259249.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Half of a Texas heirloom with a serving on nonfat cottage cheese, 4oz albacore, red onion, green onion, a drizzle of EVOO, and a sprinkle o... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 14:47:48 EST BOOKWORM's "Mac" and Cheese http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5425917 I made this tonight!!! It was so good!! <BR> <BR> Sauteed veggies- mushrooms, red onion, green onion, orange bell pepper <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1548445851.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Mackerel <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l243804249.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Spinach and fish added to the veggies and cooked down <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2037884932.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The brand of cottage cheese I bought (since this is the fi... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 00:02:40 EST Another Life Transition- (and trying to learn to eat) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5422403 I've been an LVN for 11 years (and was a nursing assistant for two years prior to that), so basically I've been in the "medical field" for 13 years. I decided to get my RN awhile back and it's been so grueling. I started taking classes back in my early 20's after becoming an LVN but then life got in the way- I started a family. <BR> <BR> So here I am, on my very last leg. This week I began the LVN to RN transition and my will graduate on May 14th, so I have less than I year. I have been look... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 22:35:20 EST Musings from the week of the Fourth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5411740 I had so many blog ideas from this past week, that I just decided I'm going to put them all into one blog. So I apologize in advance for all the random thoughts and paragraphs and pictures! <BR> <BR> We spent the week in San Antonio (about 4 hours from my home) just to kinda relax, get away, and take the girls to Sea World. It's not always easy to relax away from home, but thankfully I had no food-anxiety or external pressure to social-eat or indulge on unnecessary junk. So I did end up enjo... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 18:08:30 EST EXTRA Small :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5405866 I used to dread clothing... it was a nightmare to have to dress or go anywhere as a size 28! I had one pair of pants and one shirt I would wear (maternity, even though I wasn't pregnant). But now I love having options! Even though I don't typically do anything, I actually did have an occasion to wear one of my cute little sun dresses on Friday. Victoria's Secret size Extra Small :-) We went and saw The Heat with new friends. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1356032164.... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 22:43:20 EST Day 1 of my "Cleanse" (Pics and some changes I had to make) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5386359 I'm feeling good after my first day. I had planned on taking the girls to the pool but it was a rainy, stormy day. It worked out good, anyway, because my oldest daughter needed to go to the doctor for Strep. <BR> <BR> I had to make some changes to my 6 Day "Cleanse." My juicer has malfunctioned somehow so I had to make my way to a neighborhood town to a fancy grocery store that I know makes fresh juices daily. So they're a bit different. I've altered my plan a tad. Changes are noted below: <... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 22:34:47 EST Summer Kick-Off 6 Day Fast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5384569 I feel great after a wonderful weekend! I worked (I'm currently working two 12-hour weekend shifts per week). I'm loving my job and my patients and my shift. It's much more laid back on the weekend, but not a total bore like night shift... wrought with drama from exhausted staff (including myself). I love it! <BR> <BR> I had a smoothie as my main meal on Saturday and sushi as my main meal on Sunday. I haven't weighed in a couple days, but only because I've continued to have issues with my bo... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 12:55:57 EST Friday Pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5382111 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l176416988.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And here's me with my girls and their Summer haircuts <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l171632860.jpg"> Sat, 8 Jun 2013 06:20:18 EST Thursday Food Blog (with pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5380907 My bkfst was uneventful. I was going to have some coconut milk yogurt and a scoop of peanut butter and a nectarine, but I just wasn't hungry. <BR> <BR> For lunch I had a Lean1 strawberry smoothie with raspberry ketones added... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1440737440.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I KNOW, I KNOW, I KNOW!!!! There are so many things wrong with this habit I've adopted. I got into it last Summer also. Why does it have to be so good?!!! I can make really good smoot... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 23:50:54 EST Some June Decisions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5378963 I've recently made some changes in my life that I believe are hindering my progress. So here are some things I'm going to tweak this month to hopefully jump start my weight loss again. <BR> <BR> ~ I started taking birth control pills a couple months ago to help with my severe PMS symptoms. I don't think they're helping much. If they are, they're causing more harm than good. I'm breaking out in my face, and I'm not losing weight when I should be. Also, it's just not wise for a woman over 30 t... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 10:15:53 EST June Vow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5375266 I will be below 135 by the end of this month. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Sun, 2 Jun 2013 05:17:16 EST Transitioning to the New Schedule http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5372795 Ok, so from now on I'll be prepping for my weekend shifts on Fridays. I've decided for this weekend I'll have: <BR> <BR> Bkfst: <BR> <BR> ~ Oatmeal with added pumpkin and egg white protein with prunes <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> <BR> ~ Half an Ezekiel bread peanut butter sandwich with edamame <BR> <BR> Snack: <BR> <BR> ~ Fruit <BR> <BR> Dinner: <BR> <BR> ~ Salmon and spinach <BR> <BR> <BR> During the week I'll be pretty much be doing either Ezekiel bread or oatmeal for breakfast, a smooth... Thu, 30 May 2013 16:55:32 EST Day Shift!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5366922 I start school again in July (going from LVN to RN). Thank GOODNESS they approved my request to go to day shift!! And not only will I be going to day shift, but I'll be going to part time (only two days per week). This will make life a lot easier on me, especially during school. <BR> <BR> And this will be so much better for my health. My hormones should level out some. I'll be less in a fog and depressed like I have been. My weight will be more stable. I can establish some more healthy routi... Fri, 24 May 2013 17:20:08 EST Update, plus Food Blog (meal template) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5363730 I worked last night and just got up. I weigh the same today as I did yesterday. Even though the patient's snack pantry was stocked full of all my favorite treats, I wasn't the least bit tempted by them!! That's pretty much miraculous! <BR> <BR> I've put in an official request to switch to day shift. I start my clinical rotation in July and working night shift is going to be way too much for me to deal with. <BR> <BR> So far I've stuck to my standard meals for the week. This is my template- ... Tue, 21 May 2013 17:21:06 EST Update, plus a moment of appreciation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5362133 This morning I was 138.4. The low I had yesterday must have been from dehydration. <BR> <BR> I was supposed to work last night but called off due to a really bad allergic reaction I was experiencing. Last night I took some benadryl so that might have contributed to the slight gain. Benadryl causes me to bloat because it dries me out so bad. <BR> <BR> I'm really excited about my meals this week and about tweaking them and figuring out what works best and what makes me feel most optimal and ... Mon, 20 May 2013 10:49:25 EST The Next Five Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361228 I'm extremely attracted to the idea of eating the same things (or close to the same things) every day. So I have my food tracker filled out for the next five days and all of my meals and snacks prepped and portioned!!! This is a miracle for me, as I'm typically not so organized and prepared. <BR> <BR> We'll see how it works! <BR> <BR> *** This is, of course, inspired by the example of BOOKWORK27S who has experienced so much success recently in finding peace and comfort with food. Sun, 19 May 2013 15:24:52 EST Today- Plus bathing suit pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5360357 Today I was 139.4. I guess I'm gonna be stuck around 140 for awhile. I'm just gonna be patient though. I just know this is going to be a good summer because I feel like my attitude toward food has drastically changed. For instance, today I went to the pool. Just a couple years ago, when I would take my girls to the pool, I would be tortured and tormented by the goldfish crackers and other various snacks I would bring for them. I would end up binging daily. Even when I brought fresh fruit to m... Sat, 18 May 2013 16:10:38 EST Back on Track Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5359473 I weighed 140 this morning but that was before I went to the bathroom (TMI, I know). <BR> <BR> I have been deep-cleaning my house all day long. Lots and lots of exercise there. <BR> <BR> I've had trouble logging onto Spark since yesterday cause the website said they were having technical difficulties. Not sure if anyone else had that problem? Fri, 17 May 2013 15:36:21 EST Back on Track- Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5358331 I LOVED the Indian food last night! It was so worth every calorie... I was just so hungry for it! And I'm down to 139 this morning so it didn't hurt me. Indian food seems to be pretty compatible with my body chemistry. I'd probably be really skinny if I ate that way every day. Hmmm.... something to think about since I love it so much! <BR> <BR> I need to figure out a way to get some exercise in today and I also need to work on my food tracker. I don't want to start slacking on that again. An... Thu, 16 May 2013 09:03:51 EST Back on Track- Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5357586 I was 140 again this morning but today I do feel bloated. It's that time of month so I'm not too worried about it. Plus, I seem to have a hard time adjusting to switching back and forth from dayshift to nightshift. It's probably going to be hectic for awhile. <BR> <BR> I'm a little bit hungrier today than usual. Probably the hormones. I'll likely be a little up on the scale tomorrow also because while my husband is out of town on business, I'm taking my daughters to an Indian restaurant toni... Wed, 15 May 2013 15:14:42 EST Back on Track- Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5356716 I'm up 2 lbs today, but I'm all screwed up from night shift so I'm not worried about it. I don't feel bloated or anything. <BR> <BR> I had such a good day today (when I wasn't sleeping). I am feeling so much better since I got back to eating healthier and just being more aware of my nutrition. It's amazing how much my mood depends on what I eat (and not the other way around like I used to think it did- that was toxic thinking). <BR> <BR> Tue, 14 May 2013 20:53:13 EST Back on Track- Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5355429 My weight today is 138#!!! So I finally released the stubborn bloat weight from all that sushi and the snacking on patient snacks. <BR> <BR> Last night I did well at work. My appetite has stabilized since I've found this new strength. I have an intuition that this summer I will see the 120's on the scale. To be completely honest... I'm happy as long as I'm below 140. But I'm eating a healthy amount of calories. I'm FINALLY getting my protein intake under control. If I lose weight and feel gr... Mon, 13 May 2013 17:14:33 EST Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5353970 Yesterday was a decent day, but I'm up on the scale (143.8). I ate sushi, which could be the culprit. Also, I spent some time in the sun so I could be retaining water from that. <BR> <BR> I work the next two nights. It's a short week for me this week... which I'm really looking forward to! I have all my meals planned and most of them prepped for the week. Also, I really need to increase my water intake! Sun, 12 May 2013 11:31:05 EST Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5352905 This is day one of my countdown to July 15th. I weighed in at 143.4 lbs, which is almost 10 lbs above my ticker weight! The first few pounds should come off fast cause I'm sure I'm retaining some water, but I'm soooooo ready to get back to where I felt most happy and most comfortable! <BR> <BR> Game Plan: <BR> I love how my BFF on Spark (BOOKWORM27S) eats just about the same thing every day. No surprises. Optimal nutrition. She knows what to expect and how she's going to feel. My goal is to ... Sat, 11 May 2013 09:30:40 EST I'm Ready and I've SNAPPED!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5352474 Ok, everyone... I'm definitely back. I'm pulling myself out of this funk and I'm doing it right NOW! <BR> <BR> Starting tomorrow I'll be weighing daily again. I know I'm up many pounds from my ticker weight so I'll change the ticker in the morning. <BR> <BR> I guess I should come up with a goal since I do best with goals. My goal is to be 130 lbs by June 15th... that's an average of about 2 lbs per week (I'm assuming I'm around 143 lbs... I'll find out tomorrow). <BR> <BR> No more wallowin... Fri, 10 May 2013 19:19:22 EST Mid-Week Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5350890 I've had a much better week. It hasn't been perfect, but I've definitely made some positive changes. I've been going to bed right when I get home and I've been waking up earlier (on my own) and going to for a walk or run before work. For the most part I ate really healthy, but I still got into the patient snack pantry. My work week is finished so starting next week I'm going to bring in a Vegan protein/energy shake to kinda sip on all night. It is just so hard with the carb cravings at work! ... Thu, 9 May 2013 11:09:30 EST Monday De-Dramatization http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5347190 Wow... thank you all so much for all of the love and encouragement you gave me on my last blog. <BR> <BR> So far I'm doing alright, but I have to admit... last night there were some torturous times. They had the patient's pantry stocked full of all my favorite gluten-laden treats. I did indulge in a package of cheese peanut butter crackers. I don't know WHY those things are so delicious! I think I need to start packing a peanut butter and Ezekiel sandwich more so that I can get my peanut but... Mon, 6 May 2013 09:39:31 EST I Need Help http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5346458 Ok, Sparkfriends... I've got myself into more than I can handle lately. My life has been a complete disaster (and this includes two car wrecks and a subsequent near-death-experience just in the last week and a half, along with all of the financial repercussions). I've blogged a little bit over the last couple months about some of the other problems. And I don't want to bore you all with details now. But please know that 'it's' been bad, and it's had a negative impact on just about every aspec... Sun, 5 May 2013 17:19:42 EST Wrought With Drama http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5337366 I'm trying really hard not to be a drama queen but here I am venting to you all. <BR> <BR> My weight is still about 5 lbs up but I just finished with TOM, so I'm cutting myself some slack. <BR> <BR> I love my job, but it's been really stressful lately. The work is fabulous, the patients are magnificent, but the staff is difficult to deal with. I noticed this years ago when I first fell in love with Psych Nursing- it's just an occupational hazard that the stress and drama of the job rubs of... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 13:57:01 EST Night Shift isn't working out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5324016 I'm SO READY to get back on days. I'm sick and tired of having my days and nights mixed up. So sorry I've been MIA lately. <BR> <BR> I emailed the scheduler at my work to see if there were any day shift positions available. <BR> <BR> I'm way up on the scale today (139.6) because I ate so poorly last week. I neglected to prep and prepare my lunches for work and ended up snacking on a bunch of patient snack food (chips, cookies, etc). I went for a run the past two days and I'll likely go for ... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 12:50:26 EST Calorie Restriction and Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5314920 I'm about to bust a myth right now... <BR> <BR> I've been practicing a low calorie lifestyle for about a year now. I struggle to get even the minimum amount of protein (which is 60 grams) and average about 1200 calories daily. Some days I eat more than that, but I make up for it on other days during the week when I eat less. I even have occasional fast-days. <BR> <BR> There is a lot of criticism out there for people who practice low-calorie living. One criticism is that I won't enjoy quali... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 18:06:07 EST 'Before' and 'After' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5314095 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1783392400.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1050765491.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l44067042.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l931326136.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hi everyone! I thought I'd update some pics today. <BR> <BR> Sorry I've been MIA... I picked up a bunch of overtime last week and ended up working six 12-hour shifts in a row! I'v... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 22:34:10 EST