FEMALEWRITER99's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=FEMALEWRITER99 FEMALEWRITER99'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/ Weight Loss Wednesday: -12 lbs, 6 More to First Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722873 I copied and pasted this from my actual blog, which is http://www.daniellesconfessions.blogspot.c<BR>om. There are so many social networking sites that I'm involved in that I often forget to post here <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Weight Loss Wednesday: -12 lbs, 6 More to First Goal <BR> <BR> <BR> This past month has been quite a challenge for me. I’ve said goodbye to pizza, garlic knots and days on the couch, and hello to turkey sandwiches, large salads and daily workouts that wouldn’t... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 15:15:49 EST Gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672114 I joined a gym and am really happy about it. Today was my first day. It's supposed to be a 'judgement-free' zone but, of course, I overheard two women talking about 'fatties' in the bathroom. When does it end? It took everything I had to join, everything I had to get out of bed today and go, everything I had to step on that treadmill knowing all I could do was 30 minutes. It was hot, I was sweating and really uncomfortable. Like, really. I wiped down my station. I put on deodorant so I didn't... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:51:01 EST Fruits & Veggies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5640593 I'm trying to aim for 5-7 servings of fruits and veggies each day. It's harder than I thought it'd be. I used to eat waaay too much pizza, so I'm trying to find another way of getting that fix. Like a lot of people, my job can be very stressful and pizza always makes me happy. <BR> <BR> Every day I've been eating an apple, orange and a banana, and trying to fill up my lunch and dinner with a lot of veggies. This has, unfortunately, had quite an impact on my stomach and Gas-X isn't doing the ... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 15:52:45 EST High Cholesterol, High Blood Pressure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638799 My nutritionist diagnosed me with high cholesterol and blood pressure last week. I can't say I'm surprised, but it's still hard to comprehend. I've pretty much eliminated all fast food. There's a strong history of heart disease in my family, though. <BR> <BR> I begin every day with a bowl of steel cut oats with some type of fruit, like strawberries or banana. She recommended I eat fish and I grimaced. I cannot stand the taste of fish. When I asked if omega-3 supplements would help (along wi... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 17:07:02 EST Walk In Winter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632068 I stopped by a local park on my way home today. It's staring to get colder, but it was nice to see other walkers. I did about 20 minutes around the frozen pond. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1370352036.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It was a lot warmer this past week, and I noticed I wasn't as depressed. I'm concerned about the upcoming polar vortex, though. After the holidays I think we're all just ready for spring. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 00:18:59 EST Seasonal Depression http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5625615 I woke up this morning feeling utterly depressed. It's something that happens every year around this time. There's really nothing going on. No holidays, no birthdays, no reasons to celebrate. There's also really crappy weather. <BR> <BR> I can't remember the last time it didn't snow here in Binghamton. It's getting quite old. Granted I've never cared for the warm, hot weather that hits us around May/June, but I also have places to go. <BR> <BR> Like my job. <BR> <BR> Moving to the count... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 14:45:26 EST It's Been A While http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5619664 I hope everyone is doing really well! <BR> <BR> It's been snowing non-stop here in upstate NY. Definitely time to get a four wheel drive vehicle. <BR> <BR> I go to a weight loss clinic this Friday morning, and am really looking forward to getting more support. While I love Spark People, I believe I pulled away because it was a bit overwhelming at times with all of the groups. I think I'm going to just stick to one or two groups and go from there. <BR> <BR> I've been researching on ways ... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 18:16:05 EST Howdy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584726 I've been absent from here for quite some time, but I'm back for good. To be completely honest, at times it overwhelmed me. My email inbox is loaded with updates and I don't know where to start. I'm more of a simpleton. I haven't stopped taking care of my body, though. There are just so many social networking sites, and I love meeting new people. Not sure when I'll be doing a challenge anytime soon, though. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is doing well, and I look forward to connecting! I won't b... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 18:54:03 EST Rough Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563044 It's been a rough week, and I'm anxious for it to come to an end. Sometimes it seems as though everything hits you at once, knocks you down, and you struggle to get back up. Yet I'm very thankful for the little things in my life, like my pets, family and friends. Almost all of my friends have moved across the country, but I'm so grateful for social networking. <BR> <BR> The weather has turned very cold as of late. Even my pets are hiding under the blankets! But that comes with living in ups... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 16:56:30 EST Weight Loss Center http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5560413 Saw my doctor last week and he recommended me to a weight loss center. I'm staying positive about it, but it's hard sometimes when I think about how much weight I've gained. It's kind of like staring at a giant hill and being told you have to climb. <BR> <BR> And you're just not that used to walking. <BR> <BR> On the one hand, though, I'm thankful to have such a caring and understanding doctor. When I said 'My metabolism just isn't what it used to be in high school,' he pointed to his sto... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 10:32:10 EST Hard On Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545599 I've been somewhat of a hermit lately. Tomorrow's my birthday, and I cannot help but wonder how far I've come along over the past year. <BR> <BR> On the one hand, I finally moved out of my previous apartment. That place was awful. But this new place has taken a long time to get accustomed to, and I can't believe my lease is up in January. I have every intention on renewing it but still, I can't believe how fast time flies. <BR> <BR> My Aunt Joyce passing put so many things in perspective ... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 21:19:20 EST Bacon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538399 I'm officially giving up bacon. I can't even remember the last time I consumed it. It's tasty, sure, but it's also the lining of a pig's stomach. <BR> <BR> Nasty. <BR> <BR> There's nothing nutritious about it, either, and everywhere I look people are adding it into food. Bacon in pie? Cake? Cookies? Gone are the days where mom simply lined the meatloaf with it for extra flavor. I saw an episode of Diners, Drive Ins and Dives where you can get 'Bottomless Bacon' just by ordering a beer. Th... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 15:39:47 EST Gym Membership http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5537279 I was so active growing up. Between cheerleading, volleyball, tennis and dancing, I got so much exercise in between slices of pizza. As an adult, however, I don't have as much energy. One of my high school friends, Annette, was always full of energy and did activities like running. <BR> <BR> Not me. <BR> <BR> Some people seem to be born with two coffee pots that are always brewing caffeine. My zodiac sign, Scorpio, has always made me a tad more relaxed. It took a lot to get me to walk eve... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 11:37:04 EST Thank You http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5530988 I wanted to take a moment and say 'thank you' to everyone who continues to send me emails on here asking how I'm doing. Words cannot express how grateful I am to be surrounded by so many caring individuals, people who show a genuine concern about my health and well being. <BR> <BR> Being overweight has been one of the few negative aspects in my life. My personality has always attracted people and I've never had problems making friends, but I've always had issues maintaining a healthy lifest... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 13:58:27 EST Sore http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528752 My whole body has been sore the past few days, but I'll take that as a good sign from my exercise. I've only been doing 5-10 minute bursts and thought it wasn't worth logging for fitness minutes, but I'm going to start because some days I get up to 40. <BR> <BR> Today was our Halloween office party. I had a few slices of pizza and went over my calorie intake, but not by much. Looking forward to going home and just crawling into bed. Sometimes I regret not signing up for first shift. <BR> ... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 22:40:26 EST Self Respect http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5525731 I have a bad habit of letting people take advantage of me. So many times I've been asked for money by someone I know. The economy is tough, but after a while it's easy to spot the moochers. They start asking you for money, hovering around you while you conveniently have your wallet out at a vending machine. For some reason they feel entitled to the green inside of it, assuming you have plenty to go around. <BR> <BR> That's gotta stop. <BR> <BR> If I get labeled a bad word because I'm not g... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 16:11:23 EST Morning Walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5524630 I absolutely love fall in upstate New York. Yesterday I purchased a pair faux fur lined mules that are super comfy to walk in. Snickers and I did our morning stroll and met with a few neighbors, there's a new dog nearby, a tiny caramel and white chihuahua poodle mix. The owner let it out the front door and it came running over to us, something I'd never do with Snickers. All dogs should be leashed, both for theirs and our safety. They ad a cute meeting, though. Snickers licked his mouth while... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 12:52:51 EST Commitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523607 What a night. It took me almost two hours to put my new desk chair together, and I still have my coffee tabe set and Dyson to do, too. Tomorrow I'm helping my parents with their Halloween party, which means I'll have to do the rest Sunday before going back to my parents to do laundry. <BR> <BR> It was a challenging week for me, but I realized I have to start committing to exercise every day. I've made so many excuses not to do it. But aside from the weight loss aspect, I find that I'm wound... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 01:37:08 EST Cheese http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5522475 I'm going to try and give up cheese on my daily sandwiches. The added calories and fat just aren't worth it, especially with how filling the meat is. I'm very thankful that I absolutely, positively despise mayo. The only other thing I need to do is ease up on the sub sauce. (I don't use that much, actually. Just enough to make it more edible.) <BR> <BR> Special K Protein Shakes help keep me satisfied on my last break, which is around 9pm, and when I get home I have fat free milk with some ch... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 17:12:01 EST Ear Pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5520508 Ear pain has been coming and going lately. It's taking everything I have to stick it out at work, and it doesn't help they have the heat on full blast. Heat has always made me very, very sick. If I can feel my hands it's not cold enough! <BR> <BR> I'm deeply disappointed with Subway lately. I used to be able to get a 12-inch roasted chicken or veggie burger sub for $5, and now they've jacked the prices up to $6.25. That adds up a lot over time, and I've been relying on them for affordable, ... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 15:35:03 EST 14 Days... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5516460 That's when I last posted a blog entry. Eek! My sinuses have been awful for the past month, and with sinus pain comes a lot of lying down. I work in front of a computer 40 hours a week and spend a lot of my free time writing, so my eyes needed a huge break. Even now I'm in some pain. <BR> <BR> My doctor won't call in a different antibiotic because I'm allergic to so many, and said I basically just have to wear this one out. I'm a bit peeved, but what can I do? On the plus side, my mom said ... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 21:48:29 EST Vitapizza http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5503400 Has anyone else heard of 'Vitapizza'? They are so good! I just had one for lunch. Less than 5 grams of fat and mighty tasty. <BR> <BR> My only lament is the price. I can't stand that healthier food is so much more expensive. The little thing (the size of pita bread) was $3.99, yet a really fattening pizza at the same store was also $3.99 <em>40</em> The frugal girl inside of me cringed when I saw the price, but I don't regret 'splurging' because they keep me from hitting up the local piz... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 11:16:13 EST Cookies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5502591 Failure to plan is planning to fail. <BR> <BR> I told myself I'd buy Kashi cookies over the weekend, but a sinus infection kept me at home in bed. Today I went to Subway and, since I also failed to have breakfast, my stomach was growling so I treated myself to 3 oatmeal raisin cookies. <BR> <BR> Never again. <BR> <BR> I chose an oven roasted chicken breast meal and as usual stayed away from mayo (nasty!), but I now only have 12 grams of fat left for the day. It was a learning experience... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 14:52:54 EST Carbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500279 This past month has taught me a lot about my eating habits, both good and bad. I've been so focused on keeping the fat grams down that I only just realized my carb intake is a wee bit too high. <BR> <BR> I'm a carb junkie <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Every morning I have steel cut oats with a banana and some honey, and I've been doing Subway both for nutritional and financial reasons for lunch and dinner. ($5.40 for a roasted chicken sub? Awesome!) Yet I definitely have to get the carbs down... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 11:59:09 EST Feeling Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5495822 I see my doctor in less than two months, and have decided not to weigh myself until then for many reasons. Joining SP has been a blessing. I've learned how to eat all over again and take care of my body. There have been a couple of slip ups, but nothing too major. At this point I know that if I see the number on the scale I'll just start crying. I need all the support I can get. Short of sounding 'emo,' I cannot thank everyone enough for sending e goodies and words of encouragement. I really,... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 11:25:07 EST BBQ Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5495024 My employer is providing us with hamburgers, hot dogs, cookies, chips, and soda today. I saw many people taking a hamburger and a hot dog in addition to chips and cookies, but I settled for just a hamburger. <BR> <BR> Well, cheeseburger <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I've been eating veggie burgers for years in addition to actual meat. The comments from others never cease to amaze me. <BR> <BR> 'It's not natural to not eat meat,' they usually quip. <BR> <BR> 'I'm not a vegetarian,' I reply. <... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 15:21:51 EST Tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5489231 It's been a rough start to my week. My doctor has me on two medications that make me very tired, so getting out of bed in the morning is something I have to push myself to do. Working second shift is something I enjoy, but that means it's easy to sleep in. <BR> <BR> I took second shift so I could spend my mornings writing. <BR> <BR> Once again, today I didn't get out of bed until 11am. In my defense I was up until 2 (I don't get home until 11:30pm). I used to be asleep by 12:30am and up by... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 11:59:28 EST Ugh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5487431 I hate Mondays with a passion. <BR> <BR> There's ongoing construction on part of the highway I take every day, so I took a really, really, really long route to get into work and left extra early. Apparently too early. I had over an hour to kill before I started my shift, so I stopped at Wegmans. <BR> <BR> It was packed. <BR> <BR> To top off the unbelievably large crowd, everyone on the road seemed to either have a lead foot or a need for speed. Once again someone ran a red light and I wa... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 16:09:38 EST Pandora's Box http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5483664 I wasn't prepared to run into him last night, but I did. While he doesn't (and never did) define who I am, our relationship was a learning experience. <BR> <BR> There I was, looking for low-fat Stella Dora breakfast cookies on a random Wednesday night. I had just gotten out of work and decided to get a few items on the way home. One of the great benefits of working second shift is shopping when others are sleeping. <BR> <BR> It was the second time I saw him there at that hour. I was mad. ... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 12:14:30 EST Another Reason to Go Organic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5479613 When it comes to buying organic, I stick to apples and berries. Thick-skinned produce, like bananas, don't seem to pose as much of a hazard. The pesticides are up against a big barrier, and let's be honest: organic isn't always an option due to price. <BR> <BR> I just read an article about arsenic now being in rice, which you can read here: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/health_<BR>news_detail.asp?health_day=679979 </link> The FDA said the findings don't suggest we should be alarmed, ... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 14:59:37 EST Positive Energy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5478588 Every approach I've ever taken towards weight loss has failed, and I didn't know why until I joined Spark People: negative energy. If I went over on my points with another well-known program, I kind of had to punish myself for the rest of the week until my points balance was restored. With Spark People, I'm learning to make better choices each time I go to eat something. It's only been one week since I've officially started, and yes I went over a few days. But I didn't wake up feeling guilty.... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 12:01:52 EST Sugar vs. Cocaine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5476733 I've been listening to Spark People Radio <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/sparkrad<BR>io.asp </link> and they indicated that sugar is as addicting as cocaine. While I've never so much as smoked a cigarette, hearing those words made me think 'Whoah.' <BR> <BR> No wonder other weight-loss programs have never worked for me, I thought. I've probably been addicted to it since I was in middle school. Sugar makes you want to eat more sugar. I don't want to eat more sugar. I want to eat less. <B... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 12:02:16 EST No More Panera Bread http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5474519 I love all of the positivity on this site. So much better than others I've been on <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had to work first shift for the first time in a long, long time. It made me realize that I don't do well with change. Like at all. I didn't wake up in time to pack a lunch, so I winged it at Panera Bread. Never again <em>46</em> Their tomato and mozzarella panini, my favorite since I don't eat a lot of meat, had a staggering 31 grams of fat. Of course they said, 'Would... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 11:27:16 EST 51 Grams of Fat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5472674 That's how much fat was in the two slices of cheese pizza I just consumed. What an awakening. <BR> <BR> I'm ashamed to admit how much I used to eat pizza, but am proud to say that was the first slice I'd had in a long time. It didn't even occur to me to look before putting it into my mouth. <BR> <BR> On the one hand, I'm kind of glad I found out this way. Because that's the last time I'll be eating pizza for a while. On the other hand, I'm kind of irritated because it's not even 3 and I h... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 14:36:25 EST