FLY0NTHEWAL1's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=FLY0NTHEWAL1 FLY0NTHEWAL1'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/ Power of the Groupon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5381297 I visited NY for a couple days a few weeks ago and when I returned to FL I didn't do anything. I prepped for my trip with regular workouts. Got home, sat around, read the internet, slept. Def no workouts. <BR> <BR> I decided to buy some fitness classes through Groupon. Today will be my 2nd barre class (of 8). I started on Wednesday and lemme tell you. Kicked. My. Butt. I also purchased 30 more classes which is through several studios that work together. I have several classes scheduled into... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 10:20:58 EST The Kindness of Family http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5276247 You know, I read a few threads about free-loading kids, and I wonder about everyone involved, the family dynamics etc. <BR> <BR> I'm 32 years old and depend on my parents quite a bit. More than I am comfortable admitting to friends. I feel guilty even just telling you all. I spent my childhood hearing "No" and I don't ever ask for anything now. Not birthday gifts, not christmas gifts. When pressed, I will ask for something practical, new glasses, a visit to the dentist. <BR> <BR> I tra... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 16:52:43 EST Going on a "Live-it" is something I can live with. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5270700 I don't think it is necessary to focus on weight loss every day. Yes, I want to lose weight, and I believe I will even if I am not logging in daily to track what I eat and how much I exercise. <BR> <BR> Those things help, to be sure. But, whether I track or not, I know the difference between eating a whole pot of boxed mac-n-cheese vs an egg white omelet with vegetables (or eat the whole egg, it probably wont kill you). I know if I've moved my body or if I spent the week sitting on the c... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 07:09:22 EST The time is now. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5259504 I haven't been blogging here, although I have started another blog elsewhere. It's <link>theamazingvalerie.blogspot.com </link> . <BR> <BR> I'm pretty excited about eating better and even more so that I am doing it while cleaning out the pantry of stocked up items. <BR> <BR> It's been a slow start. I was naturally gung-ho when I realized that yes, I can do this. I am definitely eating better and less. I haven't been working out. We have almost completely gone vegetarian which is gre... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 03:21:02 EST A Surprise (Plus: Budget Livin') http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5235317 So I am involved in a program where I get weighed weekly (it's not WW or any other weight loss thing, it's a study I'm participating in). No one was more surprised than me when I weighed in at 166.5 (that's -2 since last week). In all honesty, while I have been making an effort to eat better, I didn't think I was doing anything THAT different (minus frozen pizzas, but who's counting). Also, it's been quite a while that the scale hasn't moved UP. Yea, the week before was SLIGHTLY down, but... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 07:14:05 EST A question of calories- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5229430 I've just had dinner (and boy was it good!) and I wonder to you all: When you measure out your 2 tbsp of dressing (I used Newman's Own Olive Oil and Vinegar), what about the dressing left at the bottom of your bowl/plate, and the calories therein? Do you recalculate just in case you might be spared 50 calories to indulge in something fabulous? A chocolate drizzled strawberry maybe? <BR> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 22:01:47 EST Trudging. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5229347 So I've been feeling down today. I have eaten well, and got in some exercise. I began to rearrange some kitchen/living area things that have been displeasing me. <BR> <BR> I picked a fight with my honey. I am behind on a project in school. I allowed myself to pack on the pounds I'd lost (gone forever, my behind). I was angry and ashamed while I worked out. <em>28</em> <BR> <BR> I didn't want to do all the exercises in the video because my gut hangs out just-so, so I modified. I... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 21:02:51 EST Not quite like a Boss. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5214785 So of course I was totally floored when I finally checked my page and found out I'd received a trophy for my last blog. <BR> <BR> Wow, and thank you to everyone who liked it and those who chimed in with their comments. <BR> <BR> I've been on SP about 4 (5?) years already and this is my first time. <BR> <BR> Like my title indicates, I have not been finessing this healthy lifestyle thing like a boss. More like a per diem employee. Good enough for me (for now). I have always said never g... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 21:06:59 EST Planning is so important. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5210211 The last few days I have only been mediocre. I wasn't tracking, I was being spur of the moment with my meals. Like the rest of my life, I have been very disorganized. I have maintained exercising. Mostly running. I don't exactly have a strength plan (how I dream of hiring a trainer). <BR> <BR> I get weighed tomorrow so I will see what's up then. Or down. A girl can dream. I haven't been really "bad", I just haven't been paying attention. First order of business is: <BR> <BR> start ... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 14:45:05 EST Raw adventure in Florida (and other musings) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5198278 Yesterday I took D out to a place called Wheat Berry for lunch/dinner. It's one of those fancy-pants healthy places that sells fresh juices, vegan and raw options, as well as a few meat-eater-friendly choices. <BR> <BR> D ordered a chicken wrap and I decided to go the vegan/raw route and have raw flax crackers with guacamole to share (not a hard choice to make there), and I also ordered their raw pizza made with sunflower seed sprouts, pesto and nut-cotta (ricotta made of cashews for those ... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 07:58:06 EST Meal Planning for Lazy People http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5192645 I'm not one for planning. I'm disorganized and late for everything. (Sorry, World). It's not that I'm not "good" at it. (I'm not, but that's not the point.) It's that I am also one of those Procrastinator types. (My bad again, World.) I realize this is a problem. <BR> <BR> One thing I am pretty good at is being Lazy. I have been called Queen Lazy (I prefer Her Royal Highness Queen Lazy if you must know). Sometimes being lazy is a bad thing, but I prefer to think of it as making things ... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 07:30:16 EST New Year's Eve thinspo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5192555 So a few days after the new year I saw the group photo. I knew I was the "fat" one, but thought for sure it wasn't "that bad". I've blurred out faces to protect the innocent (and those who don't know about my SP blog). And here it is: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l192118491.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I would have just put up the cropped photo of myself but I wanted to show the difference between me and everyone else there. My sweet parter told me he thought I looked... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 03:30:06 EST Today I did something I haven't in a long while http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5188996 Today I logged the couple of bites I took of canned chicken from the sandwich I was making for my partner. For a while already I have been ignoring these "here n there" bites, but no more. <BR> <BR> You know what I notice the most about my weight gain? Other than my clothes fitting terribly of course. My sciatica. It has hurt for what, 5 days already? Believe me, I am stretching, I am walking, I am trying to make it hurt less. I think the only thing that is actually going to alleviate ... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 21:33:33 EST Weight loss roller coaster http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5160268 Ok I'm going to be straight with us. (Yes, I'm talking to us.) <BR> <BR> Alright so since moving down to Florida I have gained erm, about 13 lbs. I'm back at 165 and lemme tell you, @#$%^&*! And I got more where that came from. <BR> <BR> M-F-ing back to square one (practically). <BR> <BR> Which stinks (duh) but I've been cruising SP, and you know, some people start at way higher weights than me. I can't believe my eyes when I see some before photos and they read, "hey this is me at... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 14:08:57 EST I just wanna http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5139633 Go back three months and twelve pounds ago. I'm a bit frustrated but that's to be expected. And really, what did I expect eating frozen pizzas and Halloween candy for a month? <BR> <BR> Today I ran a bit and counted all the calories. <BR> Tomorrow I will run a bit and count all the calories. <BR> <BR> That's enough planning for me. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is also day 1 of my third class at my new school. Speaking of school, I have some revisions to do. <BR> <BR> Have a lovely evening, Spark... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 19:32:44 EST Procrastination Station http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5079659 Ok so Thursday's woo-hoo did not last as long as I'd hoped. Getting back on the band wagon is hard, even though I haven't been off the wagon for a terribly long time. Today I had a banana and water in the AM, followed by chips. Uhhh... Not a tremendous amount, and calorie-wise I'm still on point, just ugh. Chips? And that was while procrastinating getting on my treadmill. I'm still procrastinating and enjoying a delicious ice coffee to boot. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I spent the greater par... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 14:48:46 EST Update 9.27.12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5077002 It's been a while. <BR> <BR> When I first came down to Florida to look for a place, I ate a bit more permissively and didn't exercise as much, but I was still living in moderation. Now that I've been here some 7 weeks I have totally thrown caution to the wind. Ok well, not ENTIRELY... <BR> <BR> I'm barely exercising, although I AM eating a lot of fruits and a moderate amount of vegetables. And a whole bunch of other things. So not perfect. Plus, I haven't weighed myself in a good 2 ... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 11:19:53 EST Disoriented http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5060754 My schedule is all out of whack. I am barely registering what I'm eating, though I am buying lots of fruits and veggies and we are going through them pretty quick. Sure that I am gaining some weight since I am not exercising as much. I am rearranging the new place again. Going to move the treadmill into the main living space since I am not spending enough time in the "gym". I have no idea how much I weigh, I'll have to get my wii things set up so I can do that again. <BR> <BR> Also, hi ... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 19:13:35 EST Seriously, World... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4944829 I have been good. Not GREAT. Sure, I over-eat on the weekends, but not THAT much (most of the time), and I've been getting a decent amount of exercise. I'm darn near-perfection during the week. I am getting enough sleep (for once!) and getting all my freggies and water. <BR> <BR> So WHY OH WHY is the scale BARELY budging?! C'mon!! -.2 this week?!!?!?!?!?!?! <BR> <BR> I have 13.7 pounds to go before I hit my goal. No, I don't plan for 140 to be my magic number. I plan to get fitter!... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 14:14:45 EST Taking classes at the gym lately http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4943632 I have not been blogging very much, which is too bad because I do better when I blog more. I suppose it keeps me focused. In any case, I have been putting a lot more effort into taking classes at the gym. Last night I warmed up on the treadmill and then went to Ballet Burn followed by Zumba. Zumba was very fun and fast paced. I was mentally thanking Richard Simmons the whole time because I was able to follow along so well because of Sweatin' to the Oldies, which I used to work out to bac... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 18:49:15 EST I am greater than chocolate mousse. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4913647 So as I announced last week, it was my birthday. I turned 32 on 5/30. I don't "feel" 32, whatever that means. I don't feel like anything, honestly. I only feel "old" when someone younger makes a remark about how I am not *that* old or something like that. Um yea, I am *that* old, as old as I am. You can probably tell that I have mixed feelings. <BR> <BR> For my birthday I ate a lot of fruit salad. I specifically requested no cake. Chocolate mousse is my favorite (since I was a little... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 18:18:55 EST Every day, just a little bit. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4893559 I am ready to be at my goal. Every day I feel this way, and most days I even act that way. <BR> <BR> In any case, I still struggle with weekends. This coming weekend I have a wedding to go to. It's in a state park so I plan to pack my sports bras and running sneakers. Cross your fingers for me. Last weekend I was sick. I went over by about 300 calories Sat & Sun, and I didn't do much in the way of exercise either. Mostly I regret not getting in all my freggies. I'm less focused on ... Tue, 22 May 2012 20:23:00 EST Feelin' down. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4890577 It's like I'm back at square one because I lost enough weight to be "normal" and am back to being overweight again. I know with time and patience and a little bit of oomph I'll be fit again... I just feel lumpy and gross (and FAT) and unlovable for right now, not hot or sexy or confident. <BR> Been sick the last 26 or so hours, so I know that is affecting my mood. Didn't exercise yesterday or the day before (was procrastinating) and I didn't today because I was sick. <BR> <BR> Yeah, so... Mon, 21 May 2012 01:53:49 EST Doing pretty good & update on my life. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4884683 Finally packed up those Frederick's jeans. They are now waiting for the UPS guy to come pick em up. I decided to order them this time in a 29". I figure the 30" would fit fine, but that extra inch is motivation to be a tiny bit smaller by the time they arrive (since it will probably take a while anyway). <BR> <BR> Anyone else having trouble staying accountable on the weekends? It starts Friday, when I log breakfast (aka lunch) and lunch (aka dinner) and then I dont bother to track dinn... Wed, 16 May 2012 19:55:27 EST I was a VICTIM..! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4874256 OF VANITY SIZING!! <em>9</em> ... <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Ok so y'all know I sent away for some Fredericks of Hollywood jeans (over priced, sure, but there were shiny shiny SEQUINS!). They arrived late last week and I was feeling all skinny since I lost a couple pounds since I sent for them. To my surprise they were too big! And of course I accepted this as being proof of all my hard work, living in deprivation and having to count every last calorie (the horrors!) (right). So I'm all l... Wed, 9 May 2012 16:12:22 EST IDK... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4872816 Last week I was spot-on, counting calories and staying in range. This week (ok I know it is only Tuesday)... ok well I guess I am having weekend guilt because yesterday I went over by about 300 calories, and Saturday I went over about 200 calories. Yes, I did go for my 2 mile walk yesterday, and according to my fitness tracker I burned about 300 calories, so really that sort of balances it out... sigh. <BR> <BR> I guess part of me is afraid that I might not succeed even if I do everything ... Tue, 8 May 2012 18:52:56 EST Weight loss. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4866257 Just so I am being completely honest.... <BR> <BR> When I first started giving a hoot again about my weight this year (ok like a month ago), I was using a dial scale. I'm pretty sure everyone recognizes these are perpetual liars (mine always claim I am 6 or 7 lbs less than I really am, so I adjust it to 6 or 7 pounds higher). Then about a week or 2 into my new dedication I started weighing on my wii balance board, which of course told me that I weighed more than the dial scale. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 4 May 2012 11:57:47 EST OK I feel better now. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4863526 I have plans for a run tonight. <BR> <BR> -AND- <BR> <BR> my partner called me while at work to tell me he took care of the thing he hadn't taken care of, and he was not being a d*ck about it (he's not good at being *in the wrong*, or on the other end of my disappointment/anger). <BR> <BR> Whew. I better see some progress Friday morning in time for the challenge weigh-in or there will be... mostly a sour mood. <em>100</em> Wed, 2 May 2012 18:21:23 EST I am having a very bad day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4863287 Other than my drunk-brunch extravaganza on Sunday (ok my bad on that, won't happen again, and I trimmed enough calories since then to make up for it), I have been on top of things for the last week and a half. I have definitely been getting LOTS of veggies and fruits in, even making a point to exercise more than usual (ok that just means at all, but worth something!) I step on the scale this morning and it shows that I am up a tiny bit. I know it is JUST a tiny bit. I know that in a coupl... Wed, 2 May 2012 15:08:48 EST Night feasting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4850680 I have a hard time not over-eating when I get home from work. It's usually late. The earliest I get home from work these days is 730 (and that is an early day), but regularly I am home between 8 and 9. I tend to overeat at night, and to compensate I keep my meals very light during the day (usually at 300 calories or less) so that when I get home I usually have close to half of my recommended calories left. Example, tonight: came home and almost immediately had leftover macaroni and cheese... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 21:59:19 EST I'm a crappy drunk. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4843444 I was alright today. I thought I was going to fail at the end of the day when I was scarfing down those awesome everything bread sticks (3), to be followed by baby carrots and hummus (and two more bread sticks for good measure), and that square of chocolate that I ALMOST forgot to track. I have selective memory ya know. And then I input everything and I'm no where near going over. I could still eat a whole sandwich if I really wanted to. Clearly I am just crazy. I always do the same thi... Fri, 20 Apr 2012 00:28:12 EST Working out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4839782 So last night I did something I haven't done in a long long time. I did some step aerobics! Oh yea, I loaded up my netflix and decided I would start watching Lost (since it is, what, 6 seasons long?) I was sweating by the 15 minute mark. I was tired. I kept it moving. It felt good to be moving. So I plan to keep stepping. 'Cept... I managed to really hurt my toe while I was working out, and I had it X-rayed today. It's broken! UGH. I have been instructed (wagging finger and all) to... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 18:17:46 EST I have goal jeans. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4833626 A long time ago in a land far away (2.5 years ago, San Francisco) I bought a pair of Seven brand jeans in a size 28. They cost me seven or eight dollars (yes at the thrift store). For those of you who don't know, this is one of those fancy pants brands of jeans. Anyway, when I bought them they JUSTFIT. With a little overhang but I thought, no sweat, I'll lose a couple pounds and tada! Ok well tada! never happened and then I gained a bunch of weight and these jeans have stayed in my close... Fri, 13 Apr 2012 15:08:54 EST Little work out tonight. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4832783 So I did the tiniest of work outs tonight. I am not poo-poo-ing it. It has been a really long time since I worked out at home at all. Before this I'd been going for a couple mile run every week or two. Did some squats and some lunges, worked out my triceps a little... got a little sweat worked up too, dancing around my apartment, aerobicizing. Probably about 10 or 15 minutes worth. In the past I worked out in the middle of the night often. It's 20 past midnight now and I've got respons... Fri, 13 Apr 2012 00:20:58 EST I feel bad. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4828043 Hi everyone. <BR> So I've been feeling pretty down, and I'm sitting here feeling how my pants are all tight against me (well, before I went ahead and unbuttoned them), and of course how I know it's my own fault, and it will take some time and this is just temporary... but for right now I feel bad about myself. I feel fat and gross and that makes me feel undeserving of love. Yes, I know that is "crazy talk" but that's how it feels. I know I am not the only one to ever feel this way. I don'... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 00:56:24 EST 39.358 minutes... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4827569 is how long it took me to finish the Hollywood 5K. That's something like a 12.59 minute mile. I'm a slow runner, but I thought I'd be slower than that (I try to run at a walking pace so I last longer... that's like titillating oneself on low battery (haha I kill me). I wasn't first and I wasn't last. I was # 664 out of 1137 participants, or #431 out of 805 ladies. Not horrible for my first race I think. <BR> <BR> Eating over the weekend was so-so. My last night we had pizza and milksha... Mon, 9 Apr 2012 19:11:39 EST Hollywood Half/10&5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4815457 Next weekend is the Hollywood Half. Even though I was planning on doing the 10k I ended up not training at all so instead of punking out completely I signed up for the 5k. It's a good reason to head out to the West Coast and see some friends too. Plus, three miles I can do easily. <BR> <BR> So I've renewed my motivation to getting to a healthy weight and that's great n all... I don't think I am the only one to ever get to a healthy weight and then claim that I WILL NEVER GAIN THAT WEIGHT ... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 18:47:00 EST Hello. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4405145 I have been out of SP lately. A couple months? <BR> <BR> Sorry to anyone that thought I'd given up. Or died. I didn't. <BR> <BR> I'm doing pretty good. Staying busy. I'm going to Vegas again next week to visit the bff, and one of my other close friends is going too. I'm looking forward to it. <BR> <BR> That's all the update I've got for today. <BR> <BR> Be well and treat yourself kindly. Wed, 3 Aug 2011 16:58:11 EST Week 10, Day 64; OUCH http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4193434 154. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I didn't weigh in last Wednesday because I was pre-period and feeling sh*tty. Feeling no better today as I'm well into that time. I used TOM as my excuse to indulge in a lot more starchy foods (hello bagels and pizza), as well as to track less (good-bye accountability). Well, the scale had not very nice things to say to me. Yes, I'm bummed. I also feel back "on", as I sit here noshing on my breakfast of oats, flax and strawberries. <BR> <BR> I'm not going ... Wed, 27 Apr 2011 07:06:31 EST Week 8, Day 50; wtf, I am a turtle. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4162529 So over the weekend I was kind of HORRIBLE. Yes, I said it. On Saturday I had friends over so before everyone came over I made a double batch of whole wheat pancakes (from scratch even!). There was 5 of us, we ate them all with preserves (have you tried Sarabeth's? I will never go back to regular preserves again, these are the BEST). Then on Sunday we went to a fundraiser for Autism awareness. D and I were complete gavones. Afterwards we went home and I slipped into a 4 hour food coma, ... Wed, 13 Apr 2011 08:53:18 EST Week 7, Day 43; You call that news? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4146356 151.5 ::does a little booty shake:: <BR> <BR> So I am net surfing because I do that and I come across this: <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/05/fo<BR>od-addiction-brain_n_844931.html?icid=<BR>maing-grid7|aim|dl6|sec1_lnk2|54398 </link> <BR> <BR> I actually heard this story on the radio this morning on the Steve Harvey morning show. Seriously people, is this really news? Maybe to all those naturally thin people out there but come on America, we know we are fat. We have a hug... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 10:02:11 EST Week 6, Day 36; I must be doing something right. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4128619 153 <BR> <BR> So far I am just 1 lb behind on my 10 lb/10 week program (if I can even call it that). Since it's not a lofty goal there's a lot of room for my mood- and food-swings. There are definitely times where I am eating cookies (I made some peanut butter cookies for a birthday party) and I even have room for wine and sake. And I'm still losing weight. Very slowly, mind you, but of course the point is that I am losing weight at all. <BR> <BR> So in exciting news, my (pregnant) coll... Wed, 30 Mar 2011 09:12:59 EST Week 5, Day 29; Re-weigh-in and a good day to you sir http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4115906 So I lied yesterday and did actually change the ticker to reflect 155. Might at well stay honest right? And of course this morning when I stepped back on the scale it read 154. I hate you TOM. But thanks for taking that pound back, I appreciate that. <BR> <BR> This morning's breakfast was delectable. I had my whole oats with 1 tbsp flax and 1 splenda, and topped it with a tbsp slivered almonds and 6 perfect, dark red, sliced strawberries. I made sure to show it to everyone so they coul... Thu, 24 Mar 2011 18:10:10 EST Week 5, Day 28; Weigh-in and other http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4113306 155 boo. I didn't record that. I'm suffering from uhh TOM mostly with a side of grr. <BR> <BR> I woke up bright and early today. I enjoyed a ST workout this morning. Was feeling great and even had enough time to make a healthy egg white omelet with peppers and onions with a side of fresh raspberries for breakfast. Topped it off with a cheese stick and coffee when I got to work. Lots of water. <BR> <BR> Last night I got in a mile walk while picking up some groceries (lots of fresh veg... Wed, 23 Mar 2011 17:22:33 EST Week 4, Day 24; Something I've been putting off. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4101210 Some time ago I opened an ING savings account. I made that initial deposit (probably like 10 bucks) and then forgot my PIN. I ordered a new one. It's at home. <BR> <BR> Today, when I get home, I'm going to set up an automatic payment so that I can forget about it again. I am not good at saving (ok, I have never really had a saving plan) but I think even doing a little something will help. I'd like to retire someday! Fri, 18 Mar 2011 14:25:54 EST Week 4, Day 22; Downward trend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4096608 154 <BR> <BR> I am not blogging as much as I thought I would, or even as much as I wanted to during this 10 lbs in 10 weeks self-challenge. BUT I am getting the results I was aiming for. I feel slightly like I should be doing better (??) even though I am right on point and have lost 3 lbs in the 3 weeks since I started. Many of us probably feel this way, like "hey why am I not [skinny] yet?" My sister and her husband started nutrisystem when I started this challenge. Thus far she has lo... Wed, 16 Mar 2011 16:52:15 EST Week 3, Day17; Mostly Plants. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4084382 Eat food. Mostly plants. Not too much. <BR> —Michael Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemma <BR> <BR> <link>birdflubook.com/resources/Ornish.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> I bet a number of you have seen this quote somewhere. It is good advice and something that keeps sticking in my head. Some of you know that I spent slightly over a year as a vegetarian. I began eating animals again last January (I was detoxing from one vice, picked up another? eh, not that eating animals is a vice, I fully support s... Fri, 11 Mar 2011 14:21:56 EST Week 3, Day 15; 2nd official weigh in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4079561 154.5 <BR> <BR> The last couple days I've been sick so I've been home and not sparking. I was pleasantly surprised with my half pound loss since whenever I'm sick I eat whatever makes me feel better. I suppose not having junk in the house helps. <BR> <BR> I haven't gotten too much exercise although yesterday D and I took a two mile walk in the park. That was fun and functional since we have both been sick. I think the fresh air did us good. <BR> <BR> I saw a good friend on Friday night... Wed, 9 Mar 2011 16:51:06 EST Week 2, Day 8; 1st official weigh-in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4059491 Alright! I am back at 155 which makes my spark page thingie not a liar anymore! <em>100</em> What a relief. Technically I think this is a 2 lb loss this week which is kind of outrageous. <em>9</em> I have not exercised enough, though I've been getting in more stretching and walking. I don't want to say I was militant with my nutrition tracking, but the days I was ON I was really ON. Nothing quite like seeing the results you want to make you feel motivated to keep it going. <em>244<... Wed, 2 Mar 2011 06:13:49 EST Week 1, Day 7; my terrible no good very bad day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4058391 It started nice enough. I weighed in (one day early) and it looks like I lost a pound already. That was nice. I weighed in at 156. My tracker still says 155 from before because I am refusing to move it backwards (I had an excuses-filled couple weeks a few weeks ago). My goal for the end of Week 10 is 147 lbs. I am glad things are going my way, at least on that front. <BR> <BR> Today at work.... ohhhh where to start. The bathrooms aren't working and that leads to complaints from patie... Tue, 1 Mar 2011 18:31:00 EST