FITGRL124's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=FITGRL124 FITGRL124'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/ Spark Tracker ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822463 Does anyone know if the spark tracker automatically logs steps and then let's you know when you sync it? It so strange that I can't see any numbers and when I tap it, nothing happens. I really hope this helps me stay on track. <em>192</em> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 21:30:20 EST I'm a fighter, are you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820279 The journey to healthy is hard! I joined SP in 2008. I wanted to get thinner, more fit and be healthy! Here I sit, 6 years later, with more knowledge but still not where I want to be! <BR> <BR> When you start your journey, you're on fire! You're ready to succeed. Everything you read is new and exciting. Any exercise that you try is new and exciting. After the excitement wears off, things become stagnant and then you lose heart. A lot of times what happens is that whatever weight you'... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:45:50 EST ModCloth Inspiration.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813532 Long time, no talk! lol! <BR> <BR> I've been browsing ModCloth this morning and have determined many different pieces of clothing for inspiration! I know that the recommendation is to make a "motivation board" to use for inspiration. I was thinking about that and thought...what inspires me; clothes & shoes! When I'm healthier, thinner and fit, I like to look good. I enjoy wearing cute clothes and shoes. <BR> <BR> Since my weight gain, I do not feel good in my clothes anymore. I am... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 10:57:08 EST Top Reasons That I Want To Be... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788609 <em>9</em> HEALTHIER <BR> -I want to be healthier because I want to live a long, full life with my hubby. <BR> <BR> <em>342</em> THINNER <BR> - I want to be able to have my husband hold me like this because its romantic. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l277660631.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>182</em> STRONGER <BR> - I want to participate in a 5K <BR> - I want to be a runner <BR> - I want to be able to feel good in jeans with sexy legs <BR> <BR> <em>332</em> FEARL... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 19:59:16 EST Heart Healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788118 <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> I did the American Heart Association Walk today. I've never done one before but I thought it was a good cause and felt that I should do it. Hubby walked with me so it was a great thing for both of us to do. <BR> <BR> I learned a lot about our heart that I didn't know. And I heard a survivor story of a man who's had three major heart surgeri... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 22:16:53 EST Happy Friday!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782903 <BR> Hi Friends! How are we this wonderful day? I am feeling pretty good despite that this week hasn't been the best nutritionally or with exercise. I've rested three days but I do have a job where I'm on my feet a lot so that helps. I ate well the early part of the week. However, starting Wednesday, things went a bit array. Not horribly but a little. However, I am feeling pretty good mentally with being more conscious of my choices and eating smaller portions and that makes me happy!... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:46:51 EST How much will YOU lose in 16 weeks? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781866 This is the header that I see everytime that I open SP! Well, that was over 10 weeks ago that I put this up and I've lost 5 pounds. I do realize that 5 pounds is not bad...I just wanted it to be more. <BR> <BR> Somewhere between need and want is where the problem lies! <BR> <BR> I have been doing better this week though. <BR> <BR> NSV's: <BR> <BR> 1) Monday I wanted to have beer but I said NO. <BR> 2) Tuesday I was EXHAUSTED but did Leslie Sansone walking DVD instead. <BR> 3) Tonight... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:56:51 EST Watching Biggest Loser... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779708 is me. Although I'm not as heavy as that group, everything else is me. <BR> <BR> 1) Fear <BR> 2) Belief <BR> 3) Confidence <BR> 4) Love <BR> <BR> I lack all of these in myself. I've been battling this weight loss now for almost 6 years. The first three were fine. I was working out. I was eating healthy. I was feeling amazing. And then <em>530</em> my knee decided it didn't want to play anymore. Over the last three years, I've been struggling to get back to where I was before and... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 14:11:55 EST Frustrated, Sad... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776784 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l562495178.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This cycle makes me annoyed. It makes me sad. It makes me frustrated. <BR> <BR> I do not know what is going on with food but I need to figure it out. I feel like I'm making no progress! My stomach feels like it's so big! <em>39</em> I am not comfortable in dresses or fitted clothing. It's quite depressing. <BR> <BR> My trainer is a virtual trainer but available any time. He sends me what foods to eat an... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 19:50:20 EST Week of Sept 8th to 13th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775390 Hey everyone! I've been thinking about how I can help hold myself a bit more accountable! The trainer is really helping however stress sometimes does get the best of me and then I cave on bad food. Exercise is not really the problem now that I'm able to do it. If I just make myself do it, there's no issue. I can easily do 30 to 60 minutes a day with one or two rest days per week. <BR> <BR> However, food, is a problem! For the past few weeks, I've been doing well M-Th and then on Friday,... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 20:43:53 EST Trainer is mad... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772573 I had my third check in yesterday with my trainer. I was honest and told him that last week's stress got the best of me and I ate pizza and burgers (more than once)! <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> He sent me a message today to tell me that I need to get my stress under control and to stop eating. The first month we worked together, I did awesome and was seeing some changes. Over the last two weeks, I have lost no inches or weight. Now, to be honest, I was surprised that I didn't gain anythin... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 11:00:01 EST Hey Sparkies!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770421 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1777411344.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hehehehe! I thought this was a cute Labor Day hello!! I don't have many plans for the remainder of the weekend but I'm okay with it. <BR> <BR> This past week I felt defeated! I feel like over the last six weeks that I've really been putting in time at the gym and eating well 80% of the time! So, what's up? I don't really know. I've been working to try and figure it out. I am not 100% sure but I do hope tha... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 11:04:15 EST Checking in... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767408 Hey everyone! I've been a little MIA checking in here. But, I'm doing good. I'm still sparking along. I've been feeling stronger in all regards. I've been staying on track with my workouts and I've been able to get most days spot on with nutrition. <BR> <BR> Today I had Mexican for lunch with the office. I could have really off the reservation because I have this <em>129</em> for Mexican food. However, I ordered two grilled chicken tacos (only chicken), and I added some pico de ga... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:47:07 EST Workout even when you don't want to.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761661 Working out doesn't have to be something you always want to do. However, when you do it, you'll feel accomplished and proud! <BR> <BR> Today I did not feel well. But I worked out anyway. It feels good to be done with my workout and feel like I actually did something today! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1990039302.jpg"> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 21:09:32 EST Blood work normal..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759832 I am frustrated right now. I'm happy that my labs came back normal. All of them! However, it still doesn't explain my fatigue. Like right now, I'm so sleepy and I need to find some energy to workout. I do not know where that energy is going to come from. I could go to sleep right now. I realize that my doctor says "workout more, lose weight" but I feel like that's the easy answer. I really feel like something else is going on but when the blood work comes back normal, what do you do? ... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 19:38:29 EST Yearly doctor's visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757494 <BR> I do not like going to the doctor. I mean, when you tell your physician that you're always tired, one would think she would be more concerned. She said "you've gained some weight since last year" I explained that I was aware and that I am finally back in a position where I can exercise again. I explained that I was really doing well over the last month and hoped to have this weight off soon. She said "well, since you're overweight, and haven't been exercising, that's probably why y... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:58:59 EST Happy August Friends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751012 It is here. It's a new month!!! <em>67</em> I cannot believe that it's August already. <BR> <BR> My July was pretty good. I took a nice long needed break from everything and then on the 14th hit the restart button! <em>529</em> <BR> <BR> Stats since July 14th include: <BR> 1. I have lost 9 pounds <BR> 2. I have started strength training 5-6/week. <BR> 3. I have done cardio 3-4/week. <BR> 4. I have been prepping food and staying on track. <BR> 5. I have been having one/week chea... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 11:15:30 EST Day 52 Progress & End of First Week "Restart" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747152 Hey everyone! I have some exciting news to share! I bit the bullet and signed up this week with an online personal trainer. They create food plans and weekly nutrition plans for me. I have to check in bi-weekly with pictures and progress measurements. I am really motivated by this. My trainer has stayed in contact with me every day since I started. <BR> <BR> Oh and I've had some great strides. No pizza, stayed at home to eat tonight. It's my cheat day which isn't really a "cheat" l... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 20:52:06 EST Day 46 (week 1 restart) Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742618 Hey everyone! This was week 1 of my restart. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l560752842.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I did great Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday. Thursday was very stressful at work and I caved. Friday was also stressful and I was really tired. I should have stayed home and slept because that's what my body really needed but instead I went out and had pizza, beer and ice cream. I failed to listen to my body. Saturday was better and I actually walked when ... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:01:01 EST Finding Mojo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737440 So, I've been thinking today about ways that I can find my "mojo" It's been missing and I need to get it back! I found a great article on this that really hit home for me. <BR> <BR> <link>www.forbes.com/sites/joshlinkner/201<BR>2/08/16/you-lost-it-7-ways-to-get-your<BR>-mojo-back-yeah-baby/ </link> <BR> <BR> I'm going to take some of the advice from this column. <BR> <BR> 1. I am going to meet with a personal trainer. <BR> 2. I texted a friend today to see if she wants to meet twi... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 17:14:26 EST Day 38 Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737282 Okay - so I've been MIA! I went on vacation. I enjoyed myself wholeheartedly. <em>298</em> <em>462</em> <em>461</em> <em>464</em> <em>298</em> <em>462</em> <em>461</em> <em>464</em> <em>298</em> <em>462</em> <BR> <BR> Technically, I'm still on "vacation" mentally because I'm taking a break from wearing my body bugg and counting calories. I'm trying to figure out the plan that I will begin on July 14th. Now, my ultimate goal would be to lose 32 pounds in 16 w... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 11:52:44 EST Happy July (Day 30 Progress) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729845 <em>283</em> <em>232</em> <em>283</em> <em>232</em> <em>283</em> <em>232</em> <em>283</em> <em>232</em> <BR> <BR> Happy July! What big plans do you have this month? My plans for June fell short but I'm not stopping this fight! However, I did get in 3049 fitness minutes in June!!! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow, I have a meeting with a personal trainer. I think I need a swift kick in the pants so I'm looking forward to that! <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> My progress over the last few days ha... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 12:37:54 EST Day 21 Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723632 Hello friends! Today was better than yesterday. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1780738192.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I got up this morning and put away some clothes, straightened the house a bit and then did an upper body strength workout. Afterward, I watched a Lifetime movie. I took a little nap after that. This afternoon, hubby and I went on a long walk and that was nice instead of laying around the house. This evening after dinner, I splurged and had a homemad... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 20:45:41 EST Day 20 Progress (or not) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723030 My rear-end is being handed to me on a big platter and at the rate I'm going that platter just keeps getting bigger! <BR> <BR> I think I am a food addict. I have never said that before. <BR> <BR> I averaged this weeks calories and my daily average was 2598 which is not good. My average should be around 1500 and that way I could actually lose a pound. <BR> <BR> <em>234</em> <em>28</em> <em>234</em> <em>28</em> <em>234</em> <em>28</em> <em>234</em> <em>28</em> <em>234</e... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 21:07:31 EST Day 19 Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722373 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l471275342.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Well, I made it through the week and it's finally the weekend! Wrapping up the week, it's been difficult. I haven't done all that great with nutrition. I had bits of goodness but then I also had days where it wasn't so good. I'm okay with it though. I had a rough week and there were days that I let things get the best of me. <BR> <BR> Today was not one of those days. I ate well for breakfast and then for lun... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:56:25 EST Day 18 Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721623 I've been exhausted this week because I haven't been sleeping well. The last couple of days, I left my long hours and my lack of sleep get the best of me and dictate bad food. <BR> <BR> Today, not so much! I still didn't sleep that great last night however I ate around 1100 calories today with a lot of variety. I didn't eat as many vegetables as I would have liked to but it wasn't too bad. I drank over 105oz of water today. And I did my upper body strength workout! <BR> <BR> NSV's <B... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 20:47:13 EST Days 16 & 17 Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721289 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1353285284.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Tuesday & Wednesday were rough! <BR> <BR> I went way overboard on my calories both days. Tuesday night I got home late and therefore splurged on chips and beerita. Yesterday, I am not sure what happened but I just ate all day! <BR> <BR> I am not going to let it get me down though. I'm going to keep on plugging along and although there are going to be snags in the road, I do not want to wear the size cloth... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 10:17:43 EST Day 15 Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719381 Today sucked! It was not a fun Monday! I feel like I've been saying that a lot more lately. <BR> <BR> This morning I get to work and I have to talk to a nasty woman who was trying to refer US a patient. My front desk girl couldn't get it through her head and therefore I had to speak to her. She was not nice! <BR> <BR> Then I had to deal with the hospital on an issue that I'm having trying to get my medical students to observe the physician. They will not be touching any patient or an... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 21:13:27 EST Day 14 Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718700 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1534364188.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I spent a nice day with my parents for Father's Day! We ate at Olive Garden but I ate off the 575 calorie or less menu. However, I did have a mini blizzard afterward. <BR> <BR> If I had stopped there that would have been okay but hubs and I went out for dinner again tonight. He had mowed all day and I had shopped with my parents and hung with them all day. It was late. We caved. We had a greek salad and p... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 21:38:28 EST Day 13 Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718097 Happy Saturday!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> I had a great day fully of activity!!! Hubby and I went on a walk this morning before breakfast and then we hung around the house. This afternoon we went and hit golf balls before doing some more shopping. I LOVE to shop if you haven't been able to tell in reading my blogs. <em>334</em> I found two pair of warm ups for $1 a piece, yoga shorts for $2 and then a maxi dress for $5. I love deals!!! <BR> <BR> Right now I'm off to watch some t.v. befor... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 22:00:26 EST Day 12 Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717831 I was pooped yesterday! The best part of my day is that I was able to get out of work a little early. Considering that my evenings have been nuts this week and I've been working late, I am so happy about this! I took some "me" time and went shopping. <em>30</em> The worst part of the shopping experience is the size pants that I had to get. I shopped at my favorite store and three summers ago, I was a 5/6. Yesterday I got two new crops and they were a size 11/12. This is obviously wh... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 12:06:21 EST Day 11 Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716773 Today sucked! Not nutritionally really or with exercise but otherwise today sucked. Cranky, crabby people who feel entitled! UGH! I'm tired of having people like that in an out of my office and it seems that they have come in the thousands lately. I've been in a terrible mood this week and today it escalated. I was very crabby to hubby when I got home and that's terrible. BLAH! I just want to crawl under a blanket for days and not come out!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> I should have known that toda... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 21:19:25 EST Day 10 Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716047 Today was hard. I caved a bit. I had one slice of pizza at lunch and two beers. It could have been worse too though so it will be okay. <BR> <BR> NSV's <BR> <BR> - 124 minutes of moderate activity today <BR> - Healthy homemade mexican instead of restaurant mexican <BR> <BR> <em>48</em> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:58:30 EST Day 9 Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715297 Kicking butt, taking names! Haha -that's the kudos that I received from my body bugg tonight. So, needless to say, today was good! <BR> <BR> I stayed on track with calories even though I really wanted to splurge this afternoon. I did a strength training workout tonight and it was hard. I only managed to make it through one set but I am going to do it again and work up to three sets. <BR> <BR> NSV's for the day: <BR> <BR> - Lots of water <BR> - Plenty of vegetables and fruit <BR> - Str... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 22:05:41 EST Day 8 Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714496 Thanks everyone for helping me see what my NSV for yesterday was. This morning I got up and had a good breakfast. I tried to fit in plenty of fruits and vegetables today. I walked with hubby after work and managed to have calories to spare so I was able to eat some hot air popcorn. <BR> <BR> I was in kind of a bad mood today for some reason. I am hoping tomorrow is better. <BR> <BR> NVS's for the day: <BR> <BR> -I was STARVING after my workout and knew that I couldn't make it home. I ... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 21:00:27 EST Day 7 Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713744 Well today wasn't so great. I did good with breakfast, good with lunch and then this afternoon I was so bored! I took a nap and then opted for dinner out with dessert. I exceeded my daily calories by over 2000. I'm thinking now about what I could have done differently and I think when I wanted to go out tonight, I should have had a protein shake and worked out instead. Hubs tried to talk me out of going out and I would not give up. He is so sweet and hates to tell me no so we went out. ... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 22:23:39 EST Day 6 Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713105 Today felt like a pretty lazy Saturday. Hubs and I slept in, went to breakfast, did a little grocery shopping and then hung out around the house. I should have done some spring cleaning but I've really gotten lazy with that too. <BR> <BR> Anyway, we watched some baseball and then we went for a walk. After our walk, we had frozen yogurt but I opted for sorbet instead with a little fruit topping, a couple of gummie bears and some sprinkles; 295 calories. <em>530</em> <BR> <BR> NSV's f... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 22:47:00 EST Day 5 Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712851 Hey peeps! Sorry day 5 is actually arriving on day 6. Yesterday was crazy busy at work and then hubs and I had a late date night so I was zonked when I got home. We went and saw a MLB baseball game and it was so much fun! We tried a new restaurant and split our dinner. I ordered a small garden salad and he ordered a jalapeño BLT wrap with homemade potato. When our meal came, he split his and I split mine. It was definitely enough for both of us but helped us not feel so full! During t... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 14:23:42 EST Day 4 Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711592 Dead tired...yep that's me! I went to work at 8am and got home after 7pm. UGH! Work was nuts! Clinic got really backed up and therefore my eating got all screwed up. I couldn't eat some of what I had planned and I ate on the go a lot. <BR> <BR> I didn't end up doing any additional activity today however at work I walked 8344 steps and had 1 hour and 47 minutes of moderate activity. I think that's plenty for today. <BR> <BR> I ended up eating 1575 calories today. I created a deficit ... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 20:52:53 EST Day 3 Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710817 Well, middle of the week here! Yep - this is where things start to get difficult. I start to get tired and by Friday the control is lost. <BR> <BR> I stayed on track today. I was able to eat well and clean and I had got in a great workout! For the first time in a long time, I was exhausted and starving after my workout which means it was good!! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I had 1634 calories today, and burned 491 with exercise so I created a deficit! <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Yes, the... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 21:18:27 EST Day 2 Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710027 Today was a little bit tougher than yesterday. I was very stressed at work and that made me want to eat more. The good news is that I chose healthy snacks like a big plate of vegetables with light ranch however this was in excess. In addition, I ate 1/2 of an energy bar after dinner which was also not in the plan. <BR> <BR> I had a little bit bigger breakfast which I thought would decrease the desire for more food during the day. Not today. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I ended up having 1673 c... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 21:24:05 EST Popular Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709550 <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> I have awesome Spark Friends! I logged in this morning and much to my surpirse, my "New Months are a Fresh Start" was voted as a featured blog post! How exciting!!! <BR> <BR> This was a GREAT way to start my day!! <BR> <BR> <em>212</em> Tue, 3 Jun 2014 08:28:07 EST Day 1 Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709210 <em>355</em> <BR> <BR> Today is day 1 of my new journey. I had a pretty good day! I did my best to make good choices today. This journey is all about choices. The hardest choice today was regarding dessert. I have always had an issue here but I took 1/2 serving of mini chocolate chips and mixed it in 1 tbsp PB2 powdered peanut butter; 80 calories and felt like I was cheating! If you've never had PB2, I highly recommend it. You mix it with water and it's delicious! Plus, one servin... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 20:17:17 EST New Months are a Fresh Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708441 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1158387502.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It has arrived! With June brings sun, summer time, and more healthy treats not just ice cream! <BR> <BR> I was thinking today about what yummy foods that are out during summer that I love. <BR> <BR> <em>491</em> Watermelon! <BR> <em>45</em> Strawberries! <BR> <em>488</em> Tropical fruits like pineapple and melons! <BR> <BR> And you can't forget the veggies... <BR> <BR> <em>368</em> Lettuce! <BR>... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 22:32:10 EST Weekend Crash! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704629 Happy Tuesday everyone! This weekend was a HUGE crash; FAIL!! I had <em>76</em> every day (one day, twice in the same day). Yes, I know. I need to find a way to eat other things. I need to exercise when I want to eat ice cream. I need to find ways to do something else. I've heard it all and tried everything. I don't know why I keep gravitating toward it. <BR> <BR> Today I did pretty well. I wanted to stop at the ice cream shop on my way home from work. I stopped myself. Tonig... Tue, 27 May 2014 20:05:45 EST NSV's and other ramblings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702368 I had a few NSV's this week. <BR> <BR> I walked every day. <BR> <BR> I had healthy breakfasts every day. <BR> <BR> I did one day of strength training. <BR> <BR> BUT.... <BR> <BR> I cannot kick this stupid ICE CREAM <em>468</em> habit. I was thinking tonight (while I eating cold stone despite having a cone earlier in the day) that I have eaten ice cream or frozen yogurt four days this week. <BR> <BR> Let's back up...Tuesday was my only official splurge night. I had frozen yogurt... Sat, 24 May 2014 21:05:19 EST Fitness & Nutrition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701025 I am making progress in this department and I'm so excited! After my knee troubles, I didn't know if I would be able to really do much exercise other than chair stuff again. However, I've walked with hubby every day for 32 days. In addition, I'm starting to feel "off" if I don't workout. I had a goal to get 2500 fitness minutes this month and right now I have over 1800. I think I'm going to get there. YAY!! <BR> <BR> Oh, on another side note, I am finally starting to understand my em... Thu, 22 May 2014 20:40:04 EST Quick Monday Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698704 Okay - so the scale read 167.6 this morning. I'm upset about this however it was much to be expected after the weekend. No worries! <BR> <BR> Today was great! My nutrition log was updated so if you're curious as to what I ate, it's all there. I stayed under 1500 calories today. I had over 2 hours of activity and I drank 9 glasses of water. <BR> <BR> One huge hurray was that tonight, I could have fit in popcorn but instead, I'm drinking tea! Oh wait - another hurray is that today at ... Mon, 19 May 2014 20:11:35 EST Weekend of Purging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697891 I ate all the crap food in the house this weekend. I decided that if I want to accomplish any goal that I have, I am going to have to eat better on a more regular basis. So, I decided to eat any ounce of junk food including candy that was still sitting around from Christmas (peppermint bark - yum). <BR> <BR> I also decided to fully commit to SP! I've been logging my food on My Fitness Pal for a long time but I lost weight before when I logged on SP so I've decided to commit again fully ... Sun, 18 May 2014 20:50:02 EST Good morning!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695577 Happy Thursday Spark World! I am feeling good about choices this week but this morning I stood on the scale and UGH! It's up to 163. I am not happy with this but I saw something this morning that resonated with me. <BR> <BR> "When you think about giving up, imagine where you could be in three months if you don't.....still want to quit?" <BR> <BR> This is exactly what I needed. Yes, the scale is being stupid but if I throw in the towel, well that's not the answer. <BR> <BR> I will con... Thu, 15 May 2014 10:14:54 EST