FIREFLYBRIDE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=FIREFLYBRIDE FIREFLYBRIDE'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/ Happy New Year & update! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5182363 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l788102847.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am 8 weeks into my pregnancy now! We have told all of the family & just announced it to the world today! <BR> <BR> I have done really well over the past couple of weeks. I haven't gained an ounce yet & all of my clothes still fit very well. I haven't felt bloated much (only occasionally at bedtime) and I attribute that to healthy eating & listening to my body. <BR> <BR> NUTRITION: I have eaten so well! At... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 14:22:07 EST Day #17: Work, work, work. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5166846 I have worked a lot this week. We are short staffed & they are paying good money for overtime, so I am working extra this weekend, too. <BR> <BR> Since I have been working so much & my job is very active (I hardly get to sit), I have done minimal cardio this week. I need to get a pedometer so that I can track all of that movement and see how much it really is. Wednesday we took a 30 min walk and looked at the neighborhood Christmas lights. We have lots of hills, so it was a good workout! <BR... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 21:58:25 EST Day #13: Well, THAT'S a game changer... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5161960 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1023344308.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <em>40</em> <em>40</em> <em>40</em> <em>40</em> <em>40</em> <em>40</em> <em>40</em> <em>40</em> <em>40</em> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> TOM is late. I was sure I had a cyst again like I had earlier this year when I had no period for 5 months, but my SIL convinced me to take a test anyway. Apparently not a cyst! <BR> <BR> I spent yesterday in shock. I mean, we weren't tryi... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 09:48:27 EST Day #11: ROCKED the gym today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5160229 After no gym yesterday & just a few measly squats and calf raises (refer to yesterday's blog), I ROCKED the gym today! Tomorrow is my rest day, so I thought, why not really push myself today and earn that rest day? That's just what I did! <BR> <BR> - 5 min treadmill warm up <BR> - 20 min HIIT <BR> - 5 min treadmill cool down <BR> - 30 minutes ST: arms, shoulders, abs, back, legs <BR> <BR> NUTRITION: breakfast was eggs scrambled in coconut oil w/ mushrooms & peppers, and also green tea w/ co... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 13:19:34 EST Day #10: Does crazy housework count for exercise? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5159706 Today was sooooo busy! I went to my MIL's house & helped her get ready for the annual extended family Christmas get together she is hosting tomorrow. From noon until seven we worked non stop with no sitting breaks. I baked (did not taste though, yay for me!), decorated, cleaned, organized, and hauled stuff from one place to another all day long. I did a little leg ST (lunges & calf raises) while we worked. Does running around all day without sitting count for exercise? Well, it will have to f... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 22:19:22 EST Day #9: Hungry, tired, and motivated! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5158492 Today I woke up hungry & tired. I didn't sleep well last night. I woke up 5 times during the night off and on & thankfully fell right back to sleep, but it still disrupted my sleep pattern. Even though I was hungry & really wanted to eat the whole tin of junk popcorn in the break room today, I resisted and ate NOTHING that I didn't bring in my lunchbox (which was all good stuff). After work, I ran by the gym & put in a 20 min ab workout. I am soooooo sleepy! This consistent exercise is making... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 18:04:59 EST Day #9: Boring Treadmill Fix! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5157262 I enjoy walking & the pace of the elliptical, but I have found the treadmill or elliptical boring unless I was doing something else at the same time (back when I was in school I would study notes while I walked). Then I read that to get the most out of my workout I shouldn't read or watch TV while exercising. Snap. <BR> <BR> Today I was reading about HIIT and decided to give sprinting a shot today. You know what? Before I knew it, it was over! Because I was changing paces so often, it made t... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 15:39:36 EST Days #7 & 8: Naughty & Nice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5155948 The good news: <BR> <BR> CARDIO: 35 min & approx 250 calories <BR> ST: 30 min focus on legs, light on arms <BR> Stretching! <BR> <BR> The bad news: <BR> <BR> NUTRITION: Really well all day & no sugar until last night after dinner when I ate a slice of cheesecake, 4 cookies & about a 1/2 cup of cookie dough. It was good, homemade stuff with "healthier" ingredients, but still WAY too much sugar. I don't think I went over my suggested calories by a whole lot, but still... today I will not hav... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 12:26:06 EST 10 Reasons I'm Not Waiting Until January (Welcome December!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5152861 If you are reading this, chances are the you are either committed to a healthy routine or heading that direction. Here is some motivation for you! <BR> <BR> 10 Reasons I'm Not Waiting Until January To Start Treating My Body Right: <BR> <BR> 1. If I treat my body right in December, I can balance out the typical holiday weight gain that occurs with Americans over the winter holidays. <BR> - Strength training builds muscles & the more muscle one has, the more calories one burns (even when rest... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 18:17:18 EST Day #5: Using a bad day as motivation to workout! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5151949 You know those days where you feel bigger, flabbier & ickier than your "starting" point? Today was one of those days. It might have had something to do with the cheese dip & salty chips last night... or maybe it was the pancake, sausage & bacon? I know it couldn't be related to TOM coming next week or that I am just impatient. Good grief, it's day #5, so shouldn't I be tight and trim by now? HAHA! Now I remember why I hardly ever eat out. <BR> <BR> I felt GROSS! I had two choices. A) Go home... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 18:46:54 EST Day #4: pre-birthday dinner & arms http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5151138 Tomorrow is my birthday, so since I am signed up for free birthday stuff (google it!), we went to IHOP & I got a free entree and then we went to Chili's & I got a free queso/salsa/chips appetizer. I split both of these with hubby & ended up eating around 900 calories of food total, for a total of 1800-ish calories today (300ish over max). Not bad for a splurge day, especially since I have been under recommended intake this week! <BR> <BR> After dinner, we went to the gym. I was proud of myse... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 23:14:27 EST Day #3: a painful rear end. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5149899 My bum & thighs are so sore! I am taking this as a positive indication that the last 3 days have been productive! <BR> <BR> Today: <BR> - CARDIO: Treadmill 15 min <BR> - ST: 30 min ab workout with medicine ball, 5 lb weights, oblique machine & "ab coaster" <BR> - 10 min of stretching <BR> Since the plan is to start with 3 days/week of cardio and work my way to 6 days/week eventually, today was not a planned cardio day... however, I just felt like a brisk walk & jog. My muscles felt better af... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 20:51:03 EST Gym Day #1... and you guys ROCK! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5148693 Do you guys know how encouraging you are?!? I signed onto SP this evening only to find several very encouraging comments on my blog entry from yesterday. Thank you for all of the kind words and support! You made my day! :) <BR> <BR> I got up and went to the gym this morning. I signed up (I took the enrollment discount promotion as a sign that I was indeed meant to be a gym rat once again). I haven't had a gym membership since 2009 when I joined SP to begin with. I spent 6 months on cardio/ST... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 18:54:56 EST Time for a come back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5147758 It's been a while, SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> The past year has been full of mountains and valleys. <BR> <BR> MOUNTAIN: Last September, in the middle of a Jamie Eason challenge, I stumbled upon a website that claimed that butter is healthy and should not be avoided. In fact, it claimed that butter and other natural saturated facts can actually aid in weight loss and overall health. Naturally, I was intrigued. I started researching like a mad woman and through my research I came to the conclus... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 22:46:00 EST 1/2 off at Whole Foods coupon (today only)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4483242 I found this sweet Living Social deal today! $10 for $20 credit to any Whole Foods store. Woohoo! Love it when I find great healthy deals! <BR> <BR> This deal must be purchased today, but is valid for use until 12/13/11. Valid @ any Whole Foods store. <BR> <BR> If you want to purchase this deal, would you please use my referral link below? Thanks! <BR> <link>https://livingsocial.com/deals/12380<BR>5?ref=conf-jp&rpi=27781749 </link> Tue, 13 Sep 2011 18:58:29 EST 9-11-2001: Where were you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4478277 I was twelve years old. <BR> <BR> My pregnant mother, three siblings & I were on our way to keep the nursery at church for a ladie's Bible study. <BR> <BR> The sky was the most magnificent turquoise blue color, and I remarked to my mom, "isn't this just the most beautiful day?!? Not a cloud in the sky!" Who knew it was not so beautiful elsewhere? <BR> <BR> We arrived at the church building, then not even 20 minutes later there was chaos as cell phones rang all around the building. What was... Sun, 11 Sep 2011 05:40:59 EST Week in Vegas (pics) + 4 days into JE 12 week challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4461396 I spent last Tues-Sat in Las Vegas, NV with my mom & aunt. We had a blast & I am proud to say that I ate clean & healthy 90% of the time!!! We stayed at the MGM Grand, and like most Vegas hotels, a refrigerator is not included. SO, we got creative & all brought insulated cooler bags in our suitcases & then used the free hotel ice to keep our food cold. <BR> <BR> Once we got to Vegas, the first thing we did after checking into the MGM Grand was take a taxi to the closest Trader Joe (about 4 m... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 20:50:48 EST Productive weekend & great kitchen discoveries! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4426701 It's been a very nice weekend here, with lots of time to play in the kitchen. Yesterday, I baked some whole wheat honey bread (yumyumyum!) and in the midst of reading different recipes, I came across this simple little recipe for homemade peanut butter cups: <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.naturallyknockedup.com/ho<BR>memade-peanut-butter-cups/ </link> <BR> <BR> Here's how I made mine: <BR> <BR> Ingredients (1:1:1 ratio; I used 3 tbsp of each) <BR> - Powdered cocoa (I used dark chocolate coco... Sun, 14 Aug 2011 19:16:59 EST Love & hate with SUGAR (ideas for cutting back) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4423014 This week has been pretty good as far as activity & exercise go, but not as great when it comes to what I've eaten. <BR> <BR> My days have all started off great and gone well until after dinner when almost every night this week I have decided to get a "snack" that quickly turned into 500-800 calories, mostly related to sugar. GRR! <BR> <em>494</em> <BR> <BR> The me that I want to be is an almost completely clean eating me, with very few processed foods and very little sugar, but I am disc... Fri, 12 Aug 2011 13:31:20 EST 1 month progress (w/ pics)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4408557 Hi friends! <BR> Hope you all have been having a wondermous-sparkly-spark week! <em>334</em> <BR> This week has been busy & I have a lot of catching up to do with my SP friends. <BR> <BR> It's been a month since I got serious with watching what I eat & consistently exercising again, so it's time to look at the progress! I have to admit, I was a little saddened when I stepped on the scale this morning and saw that it had gone UP rather than DOWN in the last 2 weeks, but then I remembered th... Fri, 5 Aug 2011 09:56:17 EST Why say "NO" when you could say "compromise?" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4388102 I have been trying something new in this phase of my healthy lifestyle journey. Since I am no longer looking at it as a short term weight loss program and have embraced the lifelong health objective, I know that if I say "no" 100% of the time, I will end up burning out and failing. However, I can't just give in to all of my spontaneous cravings, so what's a girl to do? <BR> <BR> COMPROMISE! <BR> <BR> Here are a few of the ways I have come to agreements with myself this week: <BR> - I had no... Tue, 26 Jul 2011 18:43:11 EST My Happy "Off" Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4384439 Off. Isn't that a funny looking word? An "O" followed by two "FF's" and rhymes with scoff, goff, doff, cough, and other words frequently used in discouraging context. <BR> <BR> Well, that's what I had yesterday. A very "off" day. But I am here to tell you that every once in a while if you have an "off" day, it can be a very good thing! Let's talk about why. <BR> <BR> I have been eating very, very healthy for the past few weeks, limiting sugar, inhaling fruits and mostly veggies, eating lean... Mon, 25 Jul 2011 09:27:18 EST Perfecting the Profession of Properly Portioned Plates... and other tips for staying on track! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4381521 Lately I have been craving HEALTHY food. Imagine that! Once I started eliminating junkie processed items that we call "food" from my body, it's no longer what I'm wanting all the time. Of course, this takes some time. It requires resisting junk for a few days/weeks & eating enough fiber-ful freggies & healthy proteins to keep your body from being hungry, but it does eventually happen! <BR> <BR> Really, who comes home from the movie theater late at night and says to her hubby, "I REALLY want ... Sat, 23 Jul 2011 18:43:17 EST 2 week progress update! WOOHOO!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4377671 Hi SP friends! I haven't blogged much lately because I have been working 12 hour night shifts and sleeping all day. Tonight is my last night shift & then I am back on a day schedule next week, so hopefully I can get back to blogging more than once a week! <BR> <BR> After my move from apartment to first home in March, I was not faithfully trying to maintain my weight loss and therefore gained back 5 lbs or so. My re-dedication my health started back 2 weeks ago & I am very pleased with my pro... Thu, 21 Jul 2011 18:05:42 EST Back to night shift! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4365689 Well, I am back to night shift. I will be working 12 hour shifts every night (except one) between now & next Friday, then I flip back to days the following week. I am going to try to stay as active as possible, but when my body gets out of whack I lose strength & energy. My main focus is to stick to the healthy eating plan. That's usually not too hard considering that I can only eat what I bring in my lunch box, unlike on day shift where I still have the temptation of the cafeteria & gift sho... Sat, 16 Jul 2011 00:53:30 EST Well, hello there, ZUMBA, old friend + goals for living! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4362434 This morning I said heck with the shred and did Zumba for Wii instead. Sometimes we need a change in routine, right? I did my favorite routine set and when it was over I was soooo surprised at how fast it went and how easy it was... well, except that it makes my bootie really sore. Perhaps this is because the shred has not been easy? I don't like free weights, but they give good results! <BR> <BR> I stepped on the scale this morning and I have lost 1 lb this week. YAY! I'd love to lose 6 lbs... Thu, 14 Jul 2011 12:44:10 EST 30 DS Level 1, Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4360852 Last night I went out to dinner with a bunch of girl friends, then we came back to my house and talked for a long time & some of them stayed the night (hubby went for a guy night with his brother). My SIL & I stayed up talking until 3:00am, but it was much needed catch up time. This morning we had a late breakfast, then went to the pool & out to lunch. When we were trying to decide where to eat for lunch, I suggested a place with a good salad. YAY!! By the time my SIL left this afternoon, it ... Wed, 13 Jul 2011 18:19:31 EST 30 DS Level 1, Day 4 & my "big" accomplishment! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4357574 First off, I have to tell you all that I am SUPER excited about one small thing that is a big achievement in my life: <BR> <BR> ******* I did not have ANY type of dessert yesterday!!!! ******* <BR> <BR> Ok, so that probably sounds really lame, but for someone who could do nothing but eat sweets all day, it's a major thing! Last month while hubby and I were on vacation, my brother stayed at my house and made the comment, "you have chocolate everything, don't you?" Um, yeah! I have one entire... Tue, 12 Jul 2011 10:34:13 EST 30 DS Level 1, Day 3 + weekend recap... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4355306 I pushed through level 1, day 3 this morning. Today's accomplishment was that my legs weren't shaking and wobbling by the end of the workout, woohoo!! I really want to get through all 30 days this time, but it's only day 3 & I am already bored with it and quoting everything along with Jillian. I frequently yell at her and say, "you lie! you said 'just a couple more' and yet we did another eight more!" or "hurry up and get to the part where you say that the knot in my stomach is fear leaving t... Mon, 11 Jul 2011 12:08:35 EST 30 DS Level 1, Day 2! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4349122 Why are the first few days of getting back into an exercise routine soooooo hard??? I am determined! I just finished 30 DS, Level 1, Day 2. The difference between day 1 & day 2 is that on day 2 your body is still sore and aching from day 1, so it makes it that much more difficult to want to push through, but I did it! <BR> <BR> The exciting news is that last year it took me until day 5 or 6 before I could do both sets of push ups the regular way without having to drop to my knees, but I am ... Fri, 8 Jul 2011 10:18:57 EST 30 Day Shred... Day 1! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4345044 After much too long of a hiatus, I am back to the grind. Yesterday I realized that I haven't had a proper workout since the middle of April and it's now July!!! Of course, along with the lack of exercise I have put on a couple of pounds again. Time to get them back off! Today I started the JM 30 Day Shred. I have done it before, but only made it through 18 days. This time I am determined to push through the whole 30 days and see results!!! I took my measurements, weight, and pre-shred photos ... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 14:27:59 EST 05-07-11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4217334 Today was a really good day! I planned out the menu through next Sunday & did some cooking. <BR> <BR> Goal updates: <BR> <BR> <em>194</em> Water: drink at least 64oz per day <BR> <em>248</em> Approximately 72 oz drank today! <BR> ~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~ <BR> <BR> <em>140</em> Spinach: at least 1 serving per day <BR> <em>248</em> 3 servings! <BR> ~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~ <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> Cardio: 5-6 x per week for at least 20 minutes <BR> <em>248</em> 2 hour gr... Sat, 7 May 2011 22:46:22 EST Goals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4215047 I need to set some goals, write them down & be accountable to them!! Just a little over a month until I will be on the beaches of Mexico! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>194</em> Water: drink at least 64oz per day <BR> <BR> <em>140</em> Spinach: at least 1 serving per day <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> Cardio: 5-6 x per week for at least 20 minutes <BR> <BR> <em>320</em> Strength Train: 3 x per week <BR> <BR> <em>230</em> <em>495</em> Sweets: decrease, decrease, decrease! Fri, 6 May 2011 18:14:51 EST Candy to the rescue! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4189401 Remember when I mentioned that I have a terrible sweet tooth? I wasn't joking. The weekend before last I went to a wedding and I had 2 slices of chocolate cake & a slice of white cake. The next Monday at work I ate 2 large slices of a celebration cake, then went home and had 2 cups of frozen yogurt. On Thursday I had 11 donut holes. Yes, this is a problem. <BR> <BR> Why? Multiple reasons, including "I don't want to gain weight" and "over time too much sugar will catch up with me and make me ... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 12:50:22 EST Weekly Recap, Recipes & Running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4169552 This has been a good week overall. I have wanted to get on SP and blog so many times, but I haven't had hardly any time to sit down and do it, so I will just sum up the highlights of this week in this blog entry. <BR> <BR> When I weighed on Tuesday, I had gone from 123.4 lbs to 122 lbs since last week. HOORAY!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Monday: Worked, ate well, baby shower @ work, but managed to stay within my caloric range. <BR> -- Successes: Stayed within nutritional ranges & didn't "pig out" on... Sat, 16 Apr 2011 10:22:21 EST The PERFECT Weight Loss Pizza http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4154614 TOM is here and I have had a HUGE craving for pizza for 2 days now, but have not given in. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Tonight I was dreaming about pizza & decided that I had to do something about it! Hence, this new concoction that hits the spot without the calories and the guilt. YES!!!! <BR> <BR> Fellow Sparkers, I give you... <BR> <BR> <BR> THE PERFECT WEIGHT LOSS PIZZA <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l81054601.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> - 277 calories <BR> - 29... Sat, 9 Apr 2011 22:32:14 EST Great crockpot recipe! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4154098 It is a beautiful, sun-shiny Saturday here in AR! Such a nice change to have warm, breezy, sunny weather compared to the dreary winter we had. <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> While browsing for new recipe ideas, I found this one: <BR> <BR> <BR> CrockPot Pineapple Chicken <BR> ( <link>crockpot365.blogspot.com/2008/05/cro<BR>ckpot-pineapple-chicken-recipe.html </link> ) <BR> <BR> <BR> So, of course I had to try it! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l383... Sat, 9 Apr 2011 17:21:04 EST 4-7-11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4150197 Breakfast: <BR> Omelette (1 egg, 2 egg whites, mushrooms, red bell pepper, tomato), ~ 200 calories <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> Black bean burger (black bean patty, light whole wheat bun, mustard, organic ketchup, pickles), ~ 300 calories <BR> <BR> Snack: <BR> S'More Luna Bar, 190 calories <BR> <BR> Dinner: <BR> Baked salmon with fresh roasted asparagus & fresh cantaloupe, ~ 350 calories <BR> <BR> Dessert: <BR> 1/2 cup chocolate frozen yogurt, 100 calories <BR> 1 cup strawberries (~ 50 calories)... Thu, 7 Apr 2011 20:03:49 EST Back on Track! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4149335 So, I ended up going to the ER on Monday because the chest pain kept getting worse and worse & then I started getting nauseated as well. Not good. <BR> I spent 8 1/2 very long hours in the ER, 5 1/2 of those were spent in the waiting room, 3 were spent running labs, EKG, XRay, and being asked the same questions over and over again by different people. It was an interesting experience. The worst part was the 18G IV catheter. I may be a nurse, but that doesn't mean I like needles! <BR> So after... Thu, 7 Apr 2011 12:39:43 EST Well, here we are again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4140650 If you have kept up with my blog in the past, then you know that in the past couple of months we bought our first house, packed up & moved. We moved into our new house about 3 weeks ago and since February I have not been eating and exercising like I should at all. Especially in the last few weeks since I have been consumed with packing, unpacking, decorating, etc. along with the normal daily grind of work and life, my healthy habits have pretty much plummeted. Thanks to my poor lifestyle choi... Mon, 4 Apr 2011 08:52:15 EST Interior Decorating! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4023173 I finally picked out colors for our new guest bath! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l108019620.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I pulled my colors from the above pallet (Pantone's fall 2011 scheme). The walls will be similar to the nougat color, with deep teal & deep plum (darker version of phlox) bath towels and accents, white trim (crown molding, white bathtub, white sink & cabinets), and brushed silver faucets & light fixture. I will probably get a white shower cu... Wed, 16 Feb 2011 16:39:42 EST Buying a house & LIFE!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3984736 Well, hello there Spark Friends! <BR> <BR> It's been a week since my last blog post, which is unusual since I posted almost every day in the month of January. However, life got buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuusy!!! <BR> <BR> Back in December we found a house that we absolutely adored, but it was at the top of our price range and we didn't want to push the budget. So, we counter offered back and forth a few times until we decided to walk. About 2 weeks later, they dropped the price a little and call... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 17:33:49 EST Getting carried away in the kitchen! (photo blog) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3962668 Today has started off well. When I weighed, the scale stayed the same (HOORAY!), which confirms that I am indeed where I thought I was (see blog from yesterday). I did my Zumba workout, ate a yummy breakfast (love those banana pancakes with turkey bacon), and have been productive overall. Later I will do some ST before I go into work tonight. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was off work & my hubby was sick in bed, so I needed to stay home to take care of him. Soooooo, I COOKED a LOT! <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 26 Jan 2011 11:59:23 EST I can see the goal line! Run, run, RUN!!!! (pic heavy) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3959088 I started eating right again on 08/14/10 & dropped ~9 lbs between then and Christmas, however I have only been faithfully working out daily (alternating Zumba & ST) and calorie counting since 01/03/11. <BR> <BR> I have been noticing subtle changes, and with the help of the RMPPC I have seen those changes in photos, motivating me to work even harder. Well, lately (as in the past week) I've noticed my pants have been feeling looser and looser. I went from a size 6 to a 4, then a 2 back in Dece... Tue, 25 Jan 2011 10:31:57 EST Cottage Cheesy Eggs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3957904 Today was productive. Ran errands, 45 min Zumba workoit, and I taught CPR & 1st aid to a group of 10 year olds. <BR> <BR> This was breakfast: <BR> <BR> <BR> Cottage Cheesy Eggs <BR> - 1 medium egg <BR> - 1/2 cup of All White egg whites <BR> - 2 tbsp low fat cottage cheese <BR> <BR> Directions: scramble egg & whites, add in cottage cheese when eggs are cooked, mix well. EAT!! <BR> Calories: 144 <BR> Carbs: 4 <BR> Fat: 4 <BR> Protein: 20 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.co... Mon, 24 Jan 2011 22:33:14 EST The long awaited photos (BIL's wedding) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3954681 Quick update from last blog post: I stayed awake all day yesterday, crashed between 9:30-10:00pm & slept for almost 9 hours. Didn't wake up hungry. YAY! Thanks for the advice! <BR> <BR> My goal last August was to lose 10 lbs before my BIL's wedding that was 12/18/10. Within that time I lost 9 lbs & was quite pleased although I didn't necessarily make my goal (but 1 lb from it, not bad!). I went from between 131-132 to 122 lbs. I told you guys I'd post a few pics when I got them from my SIL s... Mon, 24 Jan 2011 00:03:02 EST Waking up STARVING!! HELP!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3949340 Please help me! Here's the story... <BR> <BR> This month I was assigned to work night shift. I work three 12 hour shifts a week, and when I'm on nights I try to work those three in a row and get them out of the way. Of course, working nights 3 x week for a month and trying to switch back to daytime life the rest of the time is ridiculous on the body. That being said, it's the life I currently lead & I'm just thankful to have a job that I love doing. Starting in February I will work 6 weeks o... Sat, 22 Jan 2011 07:40:49 EST Protein, protein, protein! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3945319 With all the ST I have been doing, I really needed to up the protein. I have had a hard time meeting my SP nutritional range for protein already (usually falling far below the low side). So, today I did a 45 min Zumba workout & was determined to get in a good amount of protein. Wow, it takes careful planning to get lots of protein without lots of calories!! Here is my nutrition tracker so far for today: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l222660262.jpg"> <BR> If thi... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 20:00:40 EST ABS DIET POWER: 12 Life Changing Ingredients http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3944658 Here's a great acronym to help us remember what we need to be eating to achieve our goals! I need to add more protein. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l606806199.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> ABS DIET POWER: <BR> <BR> A: Almonds and other nuts <BR> B: Beans and legumes <BR> S: Spinach and other green vegetables <BR> <BR> D: Dairy Products (fat-free or low fat) <BR> I: Instant oatmeal (unsweetened, unflavored) <BR> E: Eggs <BR> T: Turkey and other lean meats <BR>... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 15:37:02 EST THE PLAN: ST + Zumba = OoLaLa! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3942820 I am determined to build muscle and look great by the time summer roles around and I am supposed to be seen in a bathing suit. Soooo... I have been strength training for the past 2 weeks as well as Zumba for Wii. Here's what I'm doing. If you have any tips of other ST exercises that give great results, I'd love to hear them! <BR> <BR> <BR> CARDIO: Zumba for Wii at least 20 min, 3-5 x week <BR> <BR> <BR> STRENGTH TRAINING: at least 10 min, 3-5 x week (using 3 lb weights when weights are ne... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 00:34:46 EST