GAIIAGIIRL's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=GAIIAGIIRL GAIIAGIIRL'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/ Update (Nearly 2 Months Later) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5446181 I hit the 30lbs loss mark on June 12th (or near there) and although I kept working out and I kept eating healthy and watching my portions, no weight seemed to want to drop off me. <BR> <BR> I think my issue was trying to find that "balance" between living a healthy lifestyle and having a social life. During the winter months, my social life was basically non-existent but now it's summer and a few friends got married (which brings everyone together) and my best friend is home (she works on th... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 09:05:49 EST 30lbs Milestone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5386700 Good morning Sparkerinos! <BR> <BR> I have OFFICIALLY hit the 30lbs weight loss over the weekend, weighing in at 179.4lbs. <BR> <BR> THAT'S RIGHT FOLKS. I'm in the 170's. Just barely, but there nonetheless. <BR> <BR> I haven't been in the 170's in about 8 years or more; I have a hard time remembering. <BR> <BR> I still have a good 40lbs or more to go before I feel like I could focus on weight maintenance, but it's more weight than I have ever ever ever lost in my 25 years of existence. <B... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 09:06:35 EST Consistency & Patience are Key http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5377659 For those of you who may be wondering how I made out with Kris Gethin’s 12-Week trainer… Well, it wasn’t good. I stopped doing it after about 4 weeks. I enjoyed the program because it was challenging but for some reason, I wasn’t dropping any weight even though I was training really hard. I need to stop obsessing about what works for other people and focus on what works for my body. <BR> <BR> Even though I love weight training, I have reduced my training to 3 days per week (Day 1: chest, tri... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 08:39:20 EST Exciting News! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5363220 I have a lot of updates! <BR> <BR> The past few weeks have been a little hectic and I haven’t been on SparkPeople very much. I do think it’s time to update you all on what has been going on. <BR> <BR> Weight-wise, I’ve been doing great. I’ve lost another 4 lbs since the last time I posted a blog which brings me to a total of 29 lbs lost! I’ve never lost this much weight in my life so that in and of itself is exciting. <BR> <BR> People are noticing my weight loss more and more. I keep getti... Tue, 21 May 2013 09:36:26 EST A Conversation with a Cashier http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5342946 Yesterday, I went to the grocery store to buy milk and veggies. <BR> <BR> I literally filled up one of those hand-held carts with tons of vegetables for salads, for cooking, etc. <BR> <BR> While I was going through the check-out, the cashier started talking to me about her efforts towards shaping up (she was a slim girl in her 20's - not at all overweight in my opinion). I think the contents of my cart sparked the conversation. <BR> <BR> Anyways, we were talking about a lot of things. Hea... Thu, 2 May 2013 08:43:12 EST Fear http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5339165 One of the things I struggle with the most during this weight loss journey of mine (which seems to be a lifelong endeavour) is fear. <BR> <BR> I fear failure, as most of us do. The most horrific part, however, is my fear of success. <BR> <BR> I have never, ever lost more than 25 lbs in my entire life. Last week I hit the 25 lbs loss milestone and even though I was happy, I didn't give myself enough credit or truly relish in the joy of my success. Even though I presented myself as joyful and... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 09:05:32 EST Got Rid of 25 lbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5331471 Good morning, <BR> <BR> I weighed in on Saturday and hit an important milestone: 25 lbs lost! <BR> <BR> Actually, let me rephrase: I have gotten rid of 25 lbs! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l923330105.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have never, ever lost more than 25 lbs in my whole life so this is an exciting and scary turning point for me. I now weigh 185 lbs and I haven't weighed less than this since before 2007... so that's at least 6 freaking years ago (a long time w... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 09:18:59 EST New Workout Program http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5316930 In the end, I decided to go with Kris Gethin's Hardcore 12-Week Trainer instead of Lee Labrada's (as I had mentioned in yesterday's blog). Kris seems to be a little more of my style and I'm not a beginner when it comes to weight lifting so this should be right up my alley. Labarada's seemed to be geared more towards beginners. <BR> <BR> I did Day 1 yesterday, which was legs. It was crazy intense because each set is designed so that you go to failure. I'm finding it difficult to go up and do... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 09:42:30 EST Lee Labrada's 12-Week Trainer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5315822 My weekend was pretty calm. Spent all of Saturday shopping (a lot of walking and not a lot of buying!) with some family. On Sunday, I finished making a blanket and after a long and lazy day, decided to go outside and took my dog for a nice walk. <BR> <BR> I've been considering switching up my workout routine since I've been doing a 2-day split for a few months now. I found Lee Labrada's 12-week trainer on bodybuilding.com so I'm going to start that tonight. I won't be following the nutrition... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 12:17:23 EST Dealing with being demeaned at work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5312445 Right now, I work for an Office of applied research for a post-secondary institution. It's a 6-month gig (I have one month left) with a high probability of renewal for another 6 months. My job is to basically help everyone else in the office with anything they need (coordinating events, translating, proofreading, creating legal templates or anything else). For the most part, I don't mind my job but I know it doesn't live up to my potential. I have a Master of public administration and am quit... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 10:09:22 EST I Found the Secret to Weight Loss.... I Think? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5311202 Oddly enough, I've been losing weight really fast this past week. Between yesterday and today, I lost another whole pound! <BR> <BR> So what's different? I haven't been going to the gym! I've been battling a cold and haven't been to the gym in 6 days. I find that interesting. <BR> <BR> It's either my muscles are deterioriating at an incredible pace, I'm losing water from my muscles (is that even possible?), or (hopefully the real reason), I'm actually losing fat. <BR> <BR> I will be back i... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 09:47:47 EST I Lost 20 Pounds. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5308524 I’m excited to say that even though January was a big struggle for me, I have since been losing steadily. I only lose about a pound a week, which is nice and slow. Sometimes I wish I would lose faster but I know this is a healthy way of doing it and I’m still eating enough food. <BR> <BR> I went from 210 pounds to 189.9 pounds so I am officially (and just barely) in the 180’s! It’s been a few years since I’ve seen that number on the scale. My weight loss now totals 20.1lbs. <BR> <BR> Back ... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 08:25:30 EST Down 15.6 lbs and still going strong http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5272249 I'm proud to say I've been able to drop another pound last week to bring me to 194.4 lbs. I don't remember the last time I was in the low 190's. I'm very pleased :) This means I've lost 15.6lbs since I started putting my health first again. I've also lost 1% body fat in the last few weeks. <BR> <BR> Clean eating is truly the answer for me. I've adopted the clean eating mindset, which immediately rules out so many bad-for-me foods. I don't feel as deprived as I would if I was just avoiding th... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 08:02:50 EST BFFM - 1 month update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5255841 Good morning!! <BR> <BR> In my last post here on SP, I expressed a lot of frustration because I was measuring and counting every calorie, working out 5 times a week, drinking lots of water, getting the right amount of sleep and yet I wasn't losing weight. <BR> <BR> Although I didn't give up, I did stop counting and measuring everything. My food is measured to a certain degree (I'll explain below) but I haven't used my food tracker since the beginning of February. I continued to work out an... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 07:56:37 EST BFFM Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5232809 Where to start.... <BR> <BR> I am trying to be patient but the scale is proving to be a great frustration for me. Although I'm feeling great and making serious strength gains in the gym (last night I had 40lbs in each hand for dumbbell press and did a full 12 reps), the scale isn't really budging. Initially, I went down a pound but then I gained again and this morning, I weighed more than when I started this plan. I'm trying to stay positive through it all and keep doing what I'm doing but i... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 08:27:07 EST First Week of BFFM http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5216644 Good morning! <BR> <BR> I have good news to report! I weighed myself this morning after my first week of BFFM and I weigh 198lbs!! I lost 1lb during the last week, eating a CRAZY amount of food. I am so pleased! I was worried that with a higher-calorie plan, I'd gain weight but apparently that's not the case. I will definitely be sticking this one out for the long haul. <BR> <BR> It was a challenging week... but not in the way you might think. I enjoyed the food I ate, I was always full and... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 08:32:43 EST I feel so full, all the time.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5208110 Wow, what a change. <BR> <BR> Before starting Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle (BFFM), I'd spend my days ignoring hunger pangs, munching on almonds to get by and otherwise just living uncomfortably. <BR> <BR> Now, I feel uncomfortable in a whole different way. I'M SO FULL. On BFFM, I eat 5 meals a day (2100 calories total). This makes for a lot of food (quantity-wise) since it's all clean-eating. <BR> <BR> However, I noticed that during my workout yesterday, I was able to push farther, faster... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 10:03:59 EST New Plan - BFFM http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5206232 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Although I haven't been actively involved in the community here on SP, I have continued to use it since the last time I checked in and I'm still not losing any weight. <BR> <BR> I work out 5 times per week and I eat healthy, balanced meals within my calorie allowance. I had reached a point of severe frustration. So, instead of throwing in the towel, I started researching nutrition plans and though many "diet" programs seemed tempting and were considered, eventually I ... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 08:13:36 EST First Goal = Not Reached http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5155647 Good morning :) <BR> <BR> Quick update: <BR> <BR> I didn't reach my first goal of 199lbs by December 1st. I'm disappointed since I haven't budged from 200lbs in about a week even though I'm working out and eating well. I did spend less time being active last week do to major back pains. My back feels better now so things are in full-swing again. <BR> <BR> I'm not too down about not reaching my goal because I know I'll get there. The goals are simply there for motivational purposes. I'm a s... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 08:12:03 EST Overindulgence & Acceptance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5149200 Good morning Sparkers. <BR> <BR> Holy mother of Krishna. I opened my office door this morning and BAM, 32 degrees celsius (about 90F) hit me in the face. I'm wearing winter boots, winter coat, mits, a hat and all other means of warmth since it's freezing outside. <BR> <BR> So, I'm guessing the heater in my part of the office building broke. It's insanely hot. I've opened my window but we work right next to the airport and there's something making an awful lot of noise outside. The work cond... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 08:00:33 EST Weight Fluctuations, Oh My! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5148258 Hello Sparkers! <BR> <BR> <BR> Inspirational thought of the day: This ad by Nike. <BR> <BR> YESSS. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1203836331.jpg"> <BR> <BR> RECAP ON NOVEMBER 26TH <BR> <BR> FOOD <BR> I ate well and stayed within my range. I've been trying to find some new ways of reducing calories all the while eating the same quantity of food - so that I can feel full and satisfied. So, I bought this yogurt, which is only 35 calories per 100g. <BR> <img src="h... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 10:42:37 EST One cheat meal = 2 pounds?? *sigh* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5146839 Good day Sparkers, <BR> <BR> I thought I had this. I really thought I did. <BR> <BR> I ate so well last week and worked out 5 out of 7 days and on my rest days, I took long walks in the mall. I thought I could get away with one cheat meal. Just one. It was lunch, with my mom. <BR> <BR> I was wrong. <BR> <BR> I am going to assume the scale was slightly off this morning because there is NO WAY I gained 2 lbs from one meal. Mind you, it was chinese food... but a pound of fat is roughly equiv... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 08:58:19 EST Choose Your Hard. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5143233 If you’re TIRED of starting over, STOP giving up. <BR> <BR> Sure, easier said than done but it still rings true. I think it comes down to choosing our hard. I know, some of you are probably thinking: “Choosing our hard? What is this girl talking about?” Well, here’s what I’m talking about: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1820235150.jpg"> <BR> <BR> On top of that: cheating is hard; skipping a workout is hard (guilt, anyone?); making healthy choices is hard; finding m... Thu, 22 Nov 2012 07:46:04 EST Scale's up and guess what: I'm still HAPPY. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5142267 Good morning Sparkers!! <BR> <BR> Inspirational thought of the day: <BR> <BR> If you BELIEVE that you can, you are already halfway there. <BR> <BR> How many times have we doubted ourselves? <BR> How many times have we started something (such as a weight loss journey), but secretly didn't believe we could achieve our goals? <BR> <BR> How many times have you proved yourself wrong? You ARE capable. It takes hard work, every single day; but it is WORTH it. I am worth it. <BR> <BR> I also f... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 07:55:06 EST Recap on Yesterday (with pictures!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5141217 Good morning Sparkers! <BR> <BR> Sometimes we are torn between enjoying a beautiful moment in time and having it annoy the crap out of us. That was my dilemna during this morning's drive to work! (Fret not my friends, I took the picture in the safest way possible and without taking my eyes off the road - my skills are just that impressive). <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1368888740.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So, as you've guessed, I've decided to try and incorporate pictures ... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 08:11:25 EST Well, that was easy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5140137 Wow... Shock and awe... I mean, I have counted calories and worked out in the past but never have I lost 4 pounds in a week!! That kind of thing just doesn't happen to me! <BR> <BR> Even though I am surprised, I know what the difference is. In the past, I would work out really hard, but slack off when it came to my diet... OR I would be very strict as to what I ate and didn't work out hard. I always tried my best to do both and at times, I was physically unable to be active so I can't be bla... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 08:46:51 EST Yet Another New Beginning... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5137209 Oh SparkPeople… I come to you in my times of need, but then I always slip away slowly. Well, I’m back and hopefully I’ll be here for a while. I think it’s a good sign that I keep coming back rather than never being seen again. <BR> <BR> I think an update is due. I graduated with my MPA last May. It was a crazy two years. CRAZY! I worked part-time, had a full-time class schedule, an intensive physiotherapy schedule, a boyfriend (no longer), countless meetings for group projects, etc. I lost t... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 08:59:06 EST Blog Post #122 - Welcome to Onederland! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4454139 Oh happy day! I have reached Onederland! I weighed in at 199.8 lbs this morning. Also, this is the first morning where I feel that my dress pants are baggy on me. SCORE! <BR> <BR> This means I have a whole week left to lose 0.8 pounds. I’m fairly confident that I can do that. Actually, I KNOW I can. <BR> <BR> Things always go better for me on weekends. I get so hungry sitting at my desk all day and there aren’t enough distractions from the hunger pangs, so I usually give in and eat somethi... Mon, 29 Aug 2011 09:21:43 EST Blog Post #121 - Nervousness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4449368 It’s Friday! Oh, how I love Fridays. Also, it’s the last time I’ll have to come in to work on Fridays! This is all very exciting. <BR> <BR> What’s not exciting? I might not meet my goal for September 5th. Like I mentioned in my last blog, I had company for two nights so we ended up going out to eat twice. I made semi-healthy choices but my focus was on enjoying myself so I know I ate much more than I should have. I’m hoping it doesn’t derail my efforts too much, but it certainly didn’t help ... Fri, 26 Aug 2011 09:59:19 EST Blog Post #120 - Sick Puppies & Deadlines http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4445542 Things are slowing down a little bit at work this week, which means more time for BLOGGING! <BR> <BR> So, I weighed myself this morning so I could readjust my weight tracker. I was reluctant to update it again until I had lost something, but honesty is the best policy, right? I weighed 201.4lbs, which is slightly up from a few weeks ago (by like… a pound) but it’s not as bad as it could have been. This means I have 2 weeks to lose 2.4 pounds (deadline was September 5th). It’s definitely doab... Wed, 24 Aug 2011 09:45:21 EST Blog Post #119 - Breaking Bad Habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4443437 I know, I’ve been horrible. Work has been crazy busy with this upcoming trade mission and I haven’t even turned on my laptop at home in a few weeks, which means I NEVER got on SparkPeople. This is disastrous for my efforts because I find so much motivation on SP that I don’t find in my day-to-day life. I’ve been eating healthy… cheating here and there with a treat… but I have not been tracking because I haven’t been on the computer. <BR> <BR> I’m feeling bad about it but technically, I’m sti... Tue, 23 Aug 2011 09:02:14 EST Blog Post #118 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4429900 Wow, I guess it’s been a while since I last did anything on SparkPeople. I had a rough few weeks at work and in my personal life so SP got pushed aside. I don’t even know where to start on updates! <BR> <BR> Well, I weighed in on Monday and I gained a pound from the last time I updated you guys, but it’s okay. I will get back on track. We’re organizing an inbound mission from India here at work, and it’s in a few weeks. This has kept me extremely busy since (as a student) I get most of the s... Tue, 16 Aug 2011 08:30:22 EST Blog Post #117 - TVs, Weight Gain, and a Guilt-Free Snack http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4406447 I got a new TV!!! I was expecting to get a as-cheap-as-possible 32” since it’s a birthday gift, and I’m not the type to take advantage. I mean, I was super grateful already! But all the while, my folks and my brother were conspiring behind my back and they had decided I needed a bigger TV. To shorten this story, I brought home a Samsung 43” HD Plasma TV! <BR> <BR> *insert crazy excited silly dance here* <BR> <BR> Holy turd nuggets. Will it even fit in my room? Of course it will. My room is ... Thu, 4 Aug 2011 10:04:12 EST Blog Post #116 - Loads of info, insight, and a new TV! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4404070 I think the pizza I ate on Monday caught up with me. This morning, I was up 0.6lbs! I have been on a steady losing streak. I am not at all disappointed or dismayed. I am glad that my body is reacting to my food the way it should. Pizza + Garlic Fingers + Donair sauce = a lot more sodium than my body needs + slight increase in weight as punishment. But ya know what? That was some damn good pizza. <BR> <BR> I mean, seriously… I’m not going to go my entire life not eating pizza ever again. The ... Wed, 3 Aug 2011 08:58:04 EST Blog Post #115 - Onederland, here I come! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4401833 Good morning SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a holiday in New Brunswick (Canada), so today is my Monday. The weekend went by WAY too fast. I didn’t really accomplish much. <BR> <BR> I have been in the midst of rearranging the furniture in my room and making things pretty. I am lucky enough to have the Master bedroom. It’s huge. Like, really huge. It works out though because I have a lot more stuff than any of my other roommates (all men). I also need a desk/office setup in there, not ... Tue, 2 Aug 2011 09:27:53 EST Blog Post #114 - Miracle Noodle Product Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4393754 Yet another victory on the scale this morning: I lost another pound! I’m down to 202.8! WOOHOO! It’s just falling off of me right now, and I am NOT complaining. I know it will eventually slow down so I will enjoy this while it lasts. I mean, the week isn’t even over yet and I’ve lost 3 pounds (in 4 days). Crazy! <BR> <BR> As promised, here is my review of the Miracle Noodles (a few days late). I’ll explain what I did to prepare them and then give you my thoughts on the product itself. <BR> ... Fri, 29 Jul 2011 10:13:10 EST Blog Post #113 - A Documentary Worth Watching http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4389213 Yesterday was another perfectly successful day. I am doing so well, I’m almost being overly critical in an effort to try and find something that I’m doing wrong. Nope. Nothing. YES! <BR> <BR> I hopped on the scale again this morning (I really need to stop doing that because one day, it’ll be up from the last time and I’ll have a miniature stroke… or something). I lost 1.4lbs since yesterday. I did expel more liquid than usual during the day so it’s probably just water weight. I’ll take it ei... Wed, 27 Jul 2011 09:20:24 EST Blog Post #112 - Chocolate Oatmeal, and Stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4386717 Good morning SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> I decided to switch up my breakfast routine a little bit in an attempt to save calories, and stay closer to the low end of my range. For the last two weeks or so, I’ve been having an egg-white omelette (made with spinach or broccoli and either low-fat mozzarella or goat cheese), as well as a whole wheat english muffin. This breakfast cost me close to 400 calories every morning (once you add the cooking oil and the jam). This morning, I switched things up ... Tue, 26 Jul 2011 07:56:49 EST Blog Post #111 - Updated Goals & Rewards http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4385093 Good afternoon SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> I finally did it! I was able to LOSE weight!! Well, more than a mere half-pound or something. I weighed myself this morning with a fresh battery in my scale and I was down 2.2lbs from last week. I was so pleased! Still at 205.4, which is an unpleasant number, but I’m only 5.4lbs away from Onederland again! <BR> <BR> Last week was my first week of diligent and HONEST tracking. I went a little over a few days, so that says a lot about what my problem rea... Mon, 25 Jul 2011 13:35:24 EST Blog Post #110 - Fat Loser http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4378823 GREAT NEWS! <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I tracked all of my food as honestly as possible… and I ate 1337 calories. Yesterday was a success. Since I had some wiggle room, I had a hot chocolate in the afternoon to ease my cravings for pastry (60 calories per cup… it’s the ones you put in a Keurig coffee maker). Then, before my nail appointment, I was STARVED (this was 5pm) and I knew I wouldn’t be eating for another 2 hours. Well, luckily, I had packed a Special K Fruit Crisps thingajig in my bag. So... Fri, 22 Jul 2011 09:36:45 EST Blog Post #109 (Miracle Noodles, here I come!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4376523 Good morning everyone! <BR> <BR> It’s cloudy; it’s muggy; it’s just yucky outside… but I’ve still got a smile on my face, and that’s half the battle, folks. <BR> <BR> I’m trying to be as honest as ever with my nutrition tracker by putting EVERYTHING in there. I’ve realized I’m eating more than I thought. It’s the things like margarine, the milk in my coffee, or a sprinkling of sauce on something , that I would “forget” to track. So, now that I’m going the honest route, I’m finding it diffic... Thu, 21 Jul 2011 08:58:52 EST Blog Post #108 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4374348 Things have been rough for me, in terms of weight loss. I feel as though this whole no-losing streak I’ve been on is testing my motivation to move forward. I still want to lose the weight, so I haven’t completely given up. However, it is more difficult to deny my cravings when they occur due to not losing any weight anyways. Last night, I went out to dinner with a friend, and I ordered a pork sandwich with a salad. I wasn’t trying to pick the healthiest thing on the menu because I figured, “w... Wed, 20 Jul 2011 09:03:34 EST Blog Post #107 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4371909 I started writing a blog post yesterday, but I got caught up in my work and never finished or posted it. Yesterday was supposed to be my weigh-in day. However, the battery on my scale died. It took me a few minutes and many tries to get my little zeros to show up. I stepped on the scale quickly (before it shut off) and I weighed 207.6! WHAT THE FREAKING HELL. Okay, I’m calm now. I tracked alllll week (except for Saturday and Sunday) and I gained 4 pounds? It’s not even possible. To gain a pou... Tue, 19 Jul 2011 08:02:34 EST Blog Post #106 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4361866 Things are going AWESOME. I’m really looking forward to weighing myself next Monday. Yesterday, I went over my calorie range by an estimated 200 calories. We went out for dinner, and even though I made healthy choices, it’s always higher calorie than what I think it is, so I thought about how many calories it *should* have, and added about 300 extra calories to the tally to be fair. Even though the meat was grilled, I’m sure it got drenched in oil at some point. Anyway, all that to say: I di... Thu, 14 Jul 2011 08:50:52 EST Blog Post #105 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4359667 Another great day! Yesterday, I had planned out my meals in the morning, but things don’t always work out, so I had to readjust my dinner plans. I was going to have Subway again, but I was pressed for time so while I was at the grocery store, I was looking for a dinner option. I went to pick up some egg whites and English muffins. I looked through the deli sections but nothing there seemed worth their calories. There was a LOT of crap. It didn’t even look tasty to me. Finally, I made my way t... Wed, 13 Jul 2011 08:46:15 EST July 11th 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4354796 Well Happy Monday everyone! Something amazingly monumental just happened… but I’ll get to that in a little bit. <BR> <BR> First of all, I decided the 17 Day Diet was not for me. I’m so glad it has given so many people the tools they need to lose weight, but my body/personality does not respond well to this diet (apparently). I lost an astonishing 2.5lbs on Cycle One. The funny part is that I spent the entire last month of my life trying to eat well, making sacrifices, restricting calories, a... Mon, 11 Jul 2011 09:13:28 EST July 8th 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4348877 After that long chapter on how I should be getting to bed earlier, I stayed up until 1:30am last night. The best part? I left my phone on vibrate, so I slept through my alarm this morning (set for 6:15am). Luckily, my body is used to waking up at this time, so I opened my eyes and checked my clock at 6:45am (the time where I usually crawl my butt outta bed). Fiou! I could have gotten to work late! <BR> <BR> I’m pleased that it’s Friday. I probably won’t get the chance to rest and relax as mu... Fri, 8 Jul 2011 08:39:20 EST July 7th 2011 - 17DDC1D15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4346554 Oh, I am so looking forward to the weekend. I don’t have anything planned, but still. I kind of hate my alarm clock so not hearing it for 2 days is quite nice. I’m sure the vast majority of you will agree. I’ve been spoiled by afternoon/evening classes and never had to wake up before 10am before. Now, waking up at 6am every day is tough to get accustomed to. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I picked my first batch of lettuce from my vegetable garden! I was so excited, even though they were peppered wit... Thu, 7 Jul 2011 08:33:48 EST 17DD - C1D14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4344220 Another sunny day in eastern Canada! I wish I was at home, but then again, I would always rather be at home than at work. I should stop complaining… right now! <BR> <BR> I got some great news yesterday. My manager offered me a part-time job for the fall. I could keep working, and earn money! Yay! I don’t absolutely adore my job, but this is how I’m going to get my foot in the door for once I graduate. It’s not as easy as it used to be to get in with the federal government, so this would be a... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 08:31:30 EST 17DD - C1D12!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4340554 I keep losing track of what day I’m on, and I guess that’s a good thing, since it means I’m not constantly obsessing over this diet… or maybe it means I’m not committed enough. I’m going to assume it’s option #1… Now hold on while I check back on my blogs to find out which day this is……. <BR> <BR> ………. <BR> <BR> ..........Holy crud, I’m on day 12 of Cycle One!! 12!!!! I thought it might have been like 9 or 10. I’m obviously lost. I’ve had a few minor slips. Ordered a salad at Wendy’s for di... Mon, 4 Jul 2011 13:11:16 EST