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/ What do I need? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672342 Do you ever ask yourself what you need? Maybe what you need in that moment or maybe what you need in your career, personal life, or even this weight loss journey. Sometimes I ask that question and I do not have an answer. I know that we don't have to have the answer but I really struggle with this. I feel like I've been failing a bit in my journey lately and I really need to figure out what it is that I'm missing so that I can find it and get things back in order. <BR> <BR> I have been e... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:00:59 EST Get Clean April Week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670688 This week sucked! I got an F for sure!!! Monday - Thursday went okay but on Friday, I binged on pizza and tonight I went to a crab house with the hubs and splurged like there was no tomorrow. Hubby said that I shouldn't feel guilty later because just because I'm giving in doesn't mean tomorrow (and the remainder of the month for that matter) can't be clean. <BR> <BR> I already feel guilty. <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> I look at myself in the mirror and I do not like what I see. I sit dow... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:52:53 EST Get Clean April Week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665981 Hi spark friends! This week was pretty difficult. I made it until Friday and was so tempted that I didn't think I was going to make it through that day. I did. Saturday came and I wanted to throw in the towel and go out to eat. I didn't. I worked in the morning and then I came home. I had a little bit bigger lunch that I normally do but it helped keep me full in the afternoon so that I didn't snack. Hubby and I had pasta for dinner but I used shirataki noodles so that were very low in ... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 21:00:31 EST You should watch this http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665938 If you have time - you should watch this video from Olivia (BL winner) and her husband! It's a great inspiration! <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usD8<BR>NKE3hnU&list=UU12_vewFlGm_9v4ZPFCKb5g </link> <BR> <BR> Go to YouTube and visit MyFitspiration by Olivia/Hannah and watch "The fat trap, how we fell in" It's great! Sorry the link isn't working. Sun, 6 Apr 2014 19:51:44 EST In four days... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664446 Today is Day 4 of eating clean April challenge. It's hard! I want to eat candy at work now even though I never craved it before! And I can't stop thinking about cherry coke zero. I don't drink much of it but I can't stop thinking about it! That would hinder my plan huh?? <BR> <BR> Anyway, I feel like other than that I've been doing pretty well this week. I definitely feel pretty good which is nice; not that I felt bad before but trying to stay clean is making me feel fresh and health... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 16:10:26 EST Get Clean April http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662074 April is going to be about getting clean; getting healthier. For the past few months, I've felt like I put in all this "effort" but it's really half a$$ed. I am really tired of it. The only thing that I have been able to really accomplish in 2014 thus far is that I'm working out more consistently and staying hydrated. As far as eating goes, I do well for three or four days and then <em>530</em> I cheat and I go off the deep end. I either binge on chips or Mexican. It's a weakness of m... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 20:36:39 EST March Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662065 My March goals were simple. <BR> <BR> <em>309</em> Monthly Fitness goal 1000 minutes, Worked out 2675 <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> The remainder of my goals were not met. I splurged more than once a week. I ate sweets despite wanting to avoid them. <BR> <BR> Again I maintained. <BR> <BR> Nutrition = C <BR> Fitness = A+ <BR> Water = B <BR> Weight = F <BR> <BR> Overall = C <BR> <BR> April starts today....stay tuned for April's goals! Tue, 1 Apr 2014 20:23:22 EST Happy Tuesday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656506 I feel like I had a good day despite the fact that my body bugg logged 2 hours of activity (including my workout) and yet it only said I've burned 2009 calories today. I feel like that's messed up! <BR> <BR> <em>194</em> I drank 89 oz of water today <BR> <em>472</em> I made healthy protein pancakes for breakfast (delicious actually)! <BR> <em>474</em> I ate an orange for dessert! Yes, fruit! YAY! <BR> <em>324</em> I rode my stationary bike for 30 minutes <BR> <em>320</em> I ... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:21:23 EST Today I get.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655700 <em>277</em> I ate seeds and fruit for one of my snacks today. <BR> <em>194</em> I drank 85oz of water (almost 90!) <BR> <em>320</em> I did my ST and pilates workout (PLUS I walked a lot and danced to HAPPY a lot today)! I am in love with this song! <em>335</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> My negative is from the pringles that I ate at lunch. I wanted to avoid them and then my mouth started watering. Ugh! <BR> <BR> Calories: 1600 <BR> Activity: 2466 <BR> Deficit: 866 ... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:59:20 EST Getting a Good Grade http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654164 When I was in school, I thought about my grades a lot. I strove for perfection. I wanted an A+ on every test. I was quite disappointed in college when I got B's once a a while. In fact, that has spilled over into life and as I've gotten older, it seems there are only certain portions of my life that I work hard to get A's. Work for example is one of those. I want to be perfect. A+'s all around really. My personal relationships A+'s all around. My relationship with myself, food and nu... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 21:05:13 EST Tuesday 3.18 Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5650275 Nutrition: <BR> <BR> Breakfast: 1/2 cup oatmeal with 2tbsp PB 2, 1/2 cup unsweetened almond mill <BR> Snack: 1 orange, 1 oz cashews <BR> Lunch: Scrambled egg quesadilla <BR> Snack: 1 cup fresh veggies, 2tbsp fat free ranch <BR> Dinner: 4oz pork loin, 1 cup green beans, 1tbsp slivered almonds, 1 small baked potato <BR> Dessert: 80 calorie greek yogurt, 1 microwaved apple with cinnamon <BR> <BR> Fitness: <BR> Pilates workout <BR> <BR> Water: <BR> 90 oz (this is going to be TOUGH but I a... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 20:45:51 EST Continuing Pilates & This Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649390 I'm on day 8 of my pilates workout. I am really loving it!!! If anyone else is interested, here's the link. It's TBLRobinLong's 28 day program. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/channel/UCjXa9ErUqMD<BR>zaI3plO8a-FA </link> <BR> <BR> This week, I'm going to try to eat a little differently. I get the magazine Women'sHealth that always has the "flat belly diet" I wouldn't consider it a diet as much as I would just healthy, good foods. I'm going to eat from some of those recipes and sna... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 20:25:54 EST Same pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5647938 Since Nov. 18, 2013 I have lost and gain the SAME 3 POUNDS! Something has to change! <em>225</em> <BR> <BR> The Spring Into Action Biggest Loser 10 challenge started yesterday. I have one main goal - to lose 8 pounds. I want to weigh 149 pounds. I am so tired of the same few pounds!! <BR> <BR> My pilates workout that I started is going really well. I'm on day 6 today and I already feel stronger. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I am exhausted in every regard! <em>102</em> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 19:55:05 EST I need to make myself important too! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643884 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> The past week has been very difficult. I had to let my front desk person go. I'm now doing everything at work (answering telephones, scheduling new patients, collecting copays, helping new patients fill out paperwork, etc) in addition to my regular job (patient care, surgery scheduling, insurance billing, precertification for surgeries, managing the two skincare specialists, managing the doctor and his CRAZY schedule as he owns two other companies and has meetings all... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 20:13:15 EST Everything happens for a reason http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639472 I truly believe this. I was just telling my husband last night that I am in LOVE with Wendy's Frosty's. We went a got one last night. I was so good and yet full of 410 calories and 56 grams of sugar. I know - I shouldn't have eaten it. I just have this disconnect in my head right now. <BR> <BR> So this morning I tracked all of my food already. I use My Fitness Pal for my tracking but it's logged and already there. I am determined not to let a couple of bad days get the best of me. ... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 11:42:07 EST Happy Monday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638429 <em>524</em> friends!!! <BR> <BR> <em>425</em> It is freezing and snowing and yucky! I am ready for <em>67</em> and <em>126</em> <BR> <BR> <em>468</em> This weekend saw too much food and too much ice cream for me. I think after two full weeks of really trying hard and only losing 0.4 pounds it really messed with my mind. I was in a "doesn't matter" mode. Saturday was worse than Sunday as far as food. Although, Sunday I was starting to feel better and did manage to get ... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 10:11:59 EST March Madness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637251 <em>299</em> <em>137</em> <em>299</em> <em>137</em> <em>299</em> <em>137</em> <em>299</em> <em>137</em> <em>299</em> <em>137</em> <BR> <BR> This month is exciting for all those basketball lovers out there! However, I'm not a huge basketball lover. So instead, I'm making March Madness a plan about me getting healthier. <BR> <BR> I've been blogging on my daily goals and that is definitely helping me but I still feel like I'm lacking something. <BR> <BR> I saw a post from t... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 22:21:56 EST Friday's Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5635909 Happy Friday! I am SOOOOOOOOOOO happy that today is finally here!!!! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Today's nutrition plan: <BR> <BR> Breakfast: 3/4 cup oatmeal, 1 cup almond milk, 1 small box raisins, 1 oz walnuts with 1T cinnamon <BR> Lunch: 1/2 cup black beans, 1/4 cup homemade salsa, 1 microwave brown rice <BR> Snack: 1 apple, 100 calorie greek yogurt <BR> Dinner: 1/2 cup brown rice, 4oz cooked chicken, 1 cup broccoli, 1T light sour cream, 1oz reduced fat velveeta <BR> <BR> Today's fi... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 09:33:58 EST Thursday's Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5634712 Hey everyone. So, I didn't have a chance to blog about today's plan last night. I was exhausted! I worked 12 hours with 1 hour and 30 minutes of activity and over 11,000 steps. <BR> <BR> Today was a good day. I ate pretty well and even fit in a brownie. I had lots of water. I worked out after work even though I was tired. I walked over 10,000 steps today. I had 56 minutes of activity today. Success! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Thursday's nutritious plan: <BR> <BR> Breakfast: Ha... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 20:54:12 EST Tuesday's plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632890 Today was pretty good. I was had a long day at work. However, I am very proud to say that I stuck to my plan. So after work, I had to go get some supplies for an open house party. I was STARVING despite that I knew hubby was fixing our Mexican stuffed peppers. I put Jalapeño chips in my cart. I LOVE jalapeño chips. My mouth was salivating. But then <em>3</em> I am NOT wasting my calories on crap. I put them back. I finished my shopping and came home. The mexican stuffed peppers ... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:18:36 EST Monday's plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631932 Here another new week begins. Last week, I blogged each day what the following day was going to consist of. I must admit, that it really helped me stay on track. <BR> <BR> Monday's nutrition (Meatless Monday): <BR> <BR> Breakfast: Oatmeal <BR> Snack: Dannon greek 80 yogurt <BR> Lunch: Progesso light savory vegetable, 2 slices italian bread, 1T peanut butter <BR> Snack: Apple <BR> Dinner: Mexican stuffed green peppers (CAN'T WAIT!!!) <BR> <BR> Monday's exercise: <BR> <BR> Biggest... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 20:39:03 EST Sunday's wrap up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631930 I am exhausted today. I didn't sleep all that great last night. This morning I had to get up early because I went a friend's daughter's gymnastics meet. It was supposed to be over at noon but lasted until 2pm. I came home and took a nap. I woke up and since then I just haven't felt great. <em>527</em> <BR> <BR> Today's nutrition plan: <BR> <BR> Breakfast: Sweet potato pancakes with 1/4 cup sugar free syrup <BR> Snack: 28g almonds <BR> Lunch: Kale, quinoa, chicken soup (homemade... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 20:35:52 EST Saturday's Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631048 Okay, so I know today's post is late. I've been posting the days plans on the day before just to keep me on track for the next day. However, I had a "girls night" and therefore I wasn't able to post because I was tired last night. <BR> <BR> So, yesterday, I ended up having to work through my lunch break. Obviously this means that I did not get to fit in my Biggest Loser Walk plan. I will be honest, at first, I thought "crap, my streak is over and now I should just say heck with it" But,... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 18:10:04 EST Friday's Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5629599 Thursday went GREAT!!! I stayed on point with my nutrition and my activity. I was able to create a deficit of 700! I am hopeful that the weekend will go just as well. <BR> <BR> Nutrition plan for Friday: <BR> <BR> Breakfast: Oatmeal with 3/4 cup almond milk, apple & cinnamon <BR> Snack: 80 calorie greek yogurt <BR> Lunch: Turkey tetrazzini, 3 oz carrots, 2T roasted red pepper hummus <BR> Snack: 1/2 cup cottage cheese & 1/2 serving pretzel sticks <BR> Dinner: Cheat meal (girl's night... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 21:19:32 EST POWERFUL!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5629131 If you haven't seen this video yet, I think you should take a few minutes to watch it. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/dailysp<BR>ark-videos-detail.asp?video=43 </link> <BR> <BR> It made me cry! This was quite powerful. It's so true. We are striving to be healthy but I think it's easy when we are striving to be healthy that we're also striving to be "perfect" but those little nuances and imperfections are what make us "us" and they are what make us unique. Amazing! <BR... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 11:16:01 EST Thursday's Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5628668 Today I deviated a bit from my nutrition plan but I managed to eat under 1500 calories and my macros & micros were right on target! I did my day 3 workout at lunch time. I am really loving the lunch time workouts. It seems to really be helping my stress! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Nutrition plan for Thursday: <BR> <BR> Breakfast: 1 cup egg whites, 1 oz mozzarella cheese, 1 turkey sausage patty, 8oz Tropicana 50 <BR> Snack: 80 calorie dannon greek 80 calorie yogurt <BR> Lunch: Kale, chi... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 20:39:14 EST Wednesday's Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5627680 Today went great!!! I ate right on target and pretty clean! YAY! I did my lunch time workout. Today we used weights and my arm is a little sore but maybe, just maybe it's feeling a little better. <BR> <BR> Nutrition for Wednesday - <BR> <BR> Breakfast: 1/2 cup Oatmeal, 2T walnuts, small box of raisins & 1 cup unsweetened almond milk <BR> Lunch: 1 1/2 cups Kale Chicken Quinoa Crock-Pot Soup <BR> Snack: Vanilla greek yogurt & microwaved apple with cinnamon and nutmeg <BR> Dinner: Baked ... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:24:53 EST Tuesday's plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5626795 <BR> Hi folks! Me again. You're probably going to get sick of "seeing" me but I think maybe blogging more (as often as I can) will help me. And right now, I'm all about figuring out what is going to work to get me to my goal of 124. <BR> <BR> So, tomorrow is going to be another long day! I have packed my food though and am going to stick to my eating plan. <BR> <BR> Breakfast: 8oz skim milk, 5 calorie chocolate yoohoo packet, 1 bagel and 35 calorie cinnamon cream cheese wedge <BR> S... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 20:46:35 EST I am NOT going to give up!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5626540 This week, I am going to try to eat healthier than I have over the past few days. <BR> <BR> In addition, I'm making a plan for exercise. I am going to work out during my lunch break. I brought my tennis shoes to work and began the Biggest Loser Power Walk Plan today. <BR> <BR> It's a 3 week marathon walking plan. Over the next three weeks I will "walk" a total of 27 miles. Rest day is Sunday which is good because I like to relax and prep for the week on that day. There's a little c... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 14:38:44 EST Sad, Miserable, Mad, Depressed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5625851 I cannot stand feeling the way that I do. I am in a funk again! I do well for a few days. I eat healthy and clean and then <em>530</em> I eat like crap. I am in a cycle. I keep bouncing between the same 5 pounds as I have been for the last 8-10 months. I am really sick of it. I know that on most days that I eat healthy but I just plain eat too much I think. Or maybe I just don't exercise enough. <BR> <BR> Either way, I am just mentally exhausted. I am just tired of being tired.... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 20:36:03 EST Valentine Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5624080 <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <em>212</em> <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <em>212</em> <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <em>212</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Valentine's Day! Today is about our sharing our love with people that matter. <BR> <BR> My spark family matters! You encourage me and you pick me up when I'm down. I <em>26</em> this community and all of my fabulous friends! <BR> <BR> Have a great day! <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <em>212</em> <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <em>212... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 15:07:12 EST 19 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5619359 So, February only has 19 days left. Hard to believe I know but it does. <BR> <BR> The first 9 days of February have not went according to any plan. I had aspirations/resolutions for February that haven't even really started yet. With that being said, I have 19 days to turn that around. <BR> <BR> Last week was rough. I didn't sleep more than 5-6 hours each night. I had a migraine in the early part of the week. Frankly, I just didn't feel all that great. Now, I am not making excuse... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 11:29:40 EST Eating clean (and February...) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5616967 So the first few days of February with my whole plan did not start well. However, yesterday, I was back to my plan. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was super clean. I had around 1300 calories. Today so far I've done well. It's going to work great to start on Wednesday though because Saturday is going to be a "cheat" meal and I think it's going to be date night so that will work perfect. <BR> <BR> Tonight we're having "clean" buffalo chicken lasagna. I cannot wait! <BR> <BR> Workouts have be... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 13:50:40 EST February Resolutions (& January Accomplishments) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613396 January was pretty successful. I mean, sure I had struggles. We all do. But, I want to focus on the positive parts of January. <BR> <BR> 1. I hit 944 fitness minutes (the most since March 2013) <BR> 2. I lost 4 pounds in January. <BR> 3. I lost a total of 5 inches overall. <BR> 4. I starting finding ways to become more present in my life. I am in no way close to conquering this but I'm making progress. <BR> 5. I starting focusing on the inside to figure out what I really want. <BR> ... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 20:48:23 EST I need to figure out why? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5606539 I checked in two weeks ago and at that time I was really plugging along nicely. The week after that was still good. However, this past week I would say I got an F. I still like to think about my life in grades. I always HAD to have an A until college. At that point in time, I was even satisfied with B's but an F. An F was like a bad word that was NOT part of my vocabulary. I do not like F's, STILL!! <BR> <BR> I need to figure out why this last week has been harder than the rest of t... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 20:22:10 EST Mid-month update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598384 <em>524</em> friends!!! <BR> <BR> We're halfway through January. I feel like the first month of 2014 has been going pretty well. I've been trying to focus on things that I can control and being mindful. I summarized my body bugg info today. <BR> <BR> <em>551</em> I've been eating 4 meals a day spaced 3-4 hours apart. <BR> <em>102</em> I've been averaging 8-9 hours every night. <BR> <em>357</em> I've been averaging 36 minutes of activity every day. <BR> <em>194</em> I've b... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 20:44:29 EST I wanted to eat.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588522 Today was very stressful at work!! We are very busy in clinic seeing tons of patients. I was also trying to get all of my other work done (pre-cert stuff, planning a trunk show, contacting vendors), etc. I was basically running around like a chicken with my head cut off. I feel like I do that a lot. While my receptionist was finding A LOT of time to chat with my other coworker. And by A LOT, I mean, 30-40 minutes at a time. I am their supervisor and while I could have handled the situa... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 20:38:46 EST No Mexican food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5586185 Yep, I didn't do it! I wanted it but all I could think about was how that was going to ruin my hard work. Would it have tasted good? Sure, of course. But how would it have made me feel afterwards? Not good. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l862465979.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I had a stressful day. In the past, when I've had a stressful day, I've drowned it in something. Mostly Mexican but sometimes ice cream or chips. Tonight when I got home (late) I really want... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 21:38:01 EST First Saturday of 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582229 <em>311</em> <em>489</em> <em>194</em> <em>311</em> <em>489</em> <em>194</em> <em>311</em> <em>489</em> <em>194</em> <BR> <BR> I had a pretty good day! Hubs and I had a date lunch and went to Ruby Tuesday to have burgers. I had the spicy jalapeno burger. While I realize that I went over my calories with my lunch, it was awesome. Afterward we went for frozen yogurt. I had cinnamon roll. It was delicious!!! I also went shopping and found a new workout outfit a... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 19:40:17 EST 2014 - Here We Go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577803 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1105307696.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've been thinking about what I'm going to accomplish in 2014. The biggest goal that I have (yet again) is to reach my ideal weight. This has been a goal of mine for years and yet somehow I'm still not there. I had Spark People reset everything this morning. It reset my goal weight to <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l362206035.jpg"> <BR> <BR> While I would still like to be 124, ... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 12:01:28 EST A Resolution in 2013 that I kept http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577085 I made some resolutions in 2013 that of course I did not keep. It is hard to maintain certain resolutions over a 12 month period. However, the one thing that I set out to do in 2013 was to have "Meatless Monday's" and I did it. I completed a whole year of Meatless Monday's for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. It posed harder at times than others but I still completed it! <BR> <BR> Happy New Year's Eve!!! <BR> <BR> Spark ya in 2014! <em>408</em> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 20:04:15 EST Thinking about the next phase http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573206 Phases are patterns of behavior: a period of time when a situation or particular pattern of behavior persists and is often annoying or worrying. <BR> <BR> So the last few months "phase" has definitely been annoying and worrisome. I am not losing weight. Clothes are only getting larger sizes and I refuse to buy any more! I almost did it today. I almost bought a pair of size 12 jeans but I put them back. I could not!!! I will not!!! <BR> <BR> The next phase is going to begin after the... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 17:14:13 EST Ghost of Christmas Past http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565107 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l405595729.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I just came across a picture of me from Christmas 2011. Two year ago and I looked like a different person! I was about 138 pounds then. Now I'm 156. Almost 20 pounds in two years. It's depressing a bit but it motivated me too! I want to look like this again!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l450373711.jpg"> <BR> Sun, 15 Dec 2013 19:58:46 EST Buckle Down, Making Some Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558348 So, I've been listening more to the cues in my body however this isn't making the scale budge. I've decided that I'm going to make a short term goal to stick to and put it EVERYWHERE so that I can work hard to reach that goal. It kind of sucks that I'm back to where I was a few years ago but the only way that I'm going to finally beat this bulge and get to where I want to is to stay focused. <BR> <BR> WI 12/5 158.8 <BR> GOAL for 12/25 155 <BR> <BR> I know it's not much but that's about 1 ... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 11:47:03 EST Learning Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5549403 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l30615651.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 1. NUTRITION <BR> I've been learning how to listen to my body cues for hunger and thirst. It is going really well. I've noticed that I don't really need to eat a snack in the morning. I am not hungry in the morning between breakfast and lunch. I eat breakfast around 7am and then I'm not hungry until around 11:30 so I've just been eating lunch at that time. The afternoon is a bit harder because there is just a ... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 21:13:09 EST Last Week's Wrap Up & Plans for the Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5544461 The scale hates me! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l20736483.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Despite more activity, I gained 0.8lbs. So this week I am going to do my best to keep nutrition in check. I need to turn down outings with friends. That's number one on my list. This gets me into trouble and right now I can't do that. <BR> <BR> Update on the body bugg, I've been tracking everything with it. I really like it. It's telling me that I'm getting at least 5000 step... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 15:32:34 EST Goals for Nov 11th to Nov 17th & Other Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538597 Last week's wrap up - I met my upper body goal as well as my pilates goal however I did not meet my stationary bike goal of three days but I rode two so I am making progress. And my other non-scale victory was that I brushed my teeth after dinner and avoided binging on dessert! <BR> <BR> This week's goals are going to be similar to last weeks. <BR> <BR> 1. Ride the stationary bike 2x <BR> 2. Do an upper body workout 1x <BR> 3. Do a pilates workout 1x <BR> 4. Meet 500 calorie deficit 6x... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 20:30:27 EST #Transformation Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5533265 It's Biggest Loser night so in honor of BL, I've decided to post the # for the day! <BR> <BR> Anyway, I had a decent day. I stayed within calorie range. I had 9 glasses of water. Today is day 1 of my Body Bugg. I realized tonight when linking the information that I need to do one of two things - eat less or exercise more. Considering that I really only eat around 1300ish on good days, I think I need to find more ways to be more active. The cool thing with the Bodymedia activity log is t... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 20:16:46 EST Goals for Nov 4th to Nov 10th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531294 I'm going to work one week at a time. I need to get back to the basics. I need to get back to the small steps. I've been feeling overwhelmed and the only way that I know how to get back to a really good place is to set small goals and try to keep those in mind. <BR> <BR> 1. Ride the stationary bike 3x <BR> 2. Do 10 minute pilates video 1x <BR> 3. Do upper body workout 1x <BR> 4. Drink 8 - 10 glasses of water daily <BR> 5. Brush my teeth after dinner so not to want to eat sweets and ... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 20:37:46 EST Goal Setting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5530851 Not long ago I set a goal to weigh 149 pounds by Thanksgiving. We're three days into November so that means there are only three weeks until Thanksgiving. Realistically, for me to weigh 149 by November 28th, I would need to lose more than 3 pounds per week to reach that goal. I know that goal is unattainable on that date. So what do I do with that? Modify the goal date; not the goal! <BR> <BR> Sun, 3 Nov 2013 10:48:13 EST