GATHERINGLEAF's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=GATHERINGLEAF GATHERINGLEAF'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/ Starting Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4647945 We just started the Makers Diet today :) So far so good. But its only 10am LOL! I know I (we-hubby) can do this. Besides I just have to tell myself its only 40 days. Sun, 1 Jan 2012 10:04:09 EST Ok, I'm gonna start sparking again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3479979 I've been telling myself I would get back in the swing of things for some time now, and I haven't. STarting tonight, I'm gonna do it......I'd gotten down to 148; the slimmest I've been since I first got married in 2004. Now I'm back up to 155. I'm gonna go hit the treadmill. Wed, 28 Jul 2010 20:53:39 EST Its Gonna Be A Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3009667 My MIL has been living with us now for a month. She pretty much does all the cooking. Long story short, she's old school and uses butter non stop, "you have to for flavor." <BR> She enjoys baking. I enjoy eating cake, the combination has been a train wreck. <BR> It's gonna be a challenge to eat clean, and get healthy. But, I know with determination, Gods help, and hard work, I'll do it. <BR> I think I can, I think I can! Wed, 17 Mar 2010 06:35:26 EST Back on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3007953 We've been in transition movin gout of state for the past few months, but now I'm ready to get back in gear and get back in shape. At least I hope. I know I can do it, I just need to get serious again. Now, I'm off to go weigh myself and see the damage done-Hee! Tue, 16 Mar 2010 18:06:00 EST I've been really bad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2818444 I haven't been doing to well with all I have going on with our move out of state. I have so much on my mind I forget to eat and then end up starving so much I can't get full once I start eating. UGH! I'll get better here once everything settles down. I just hope before I gain a zillion pounds. Sat, 30 Jan 2010 21:19:18 EST Howdy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2767914 I'm having a good day so far with my cals. I hope I can keep up the good work. I really want to be a sexier me when we move to beachland in 5 weeks-WHOOT_WHOOT! Tue, 19 Jan 2010 15:28:28 EST A Little Stressed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2745534 I'm still sparking along, but not as thoroughly b/c of our impending move. The good news is I'd lost some weight due to moving excitement b/c I wasn't eating alot, but now I'm eating a little more recklessly b/c I'm not planning my meals as carefully as before. I'll be back on track once I get more clear on our moving details/game plan. Tonight we meet with our relocation consultant. <BR> Thu, 14 Jan 2010 15:24:16 EST I'm so excited! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2736761 My hubby got a great relocation offer from a company in Florida! Yeah! I'm so happy to be moving somewhere warm with sunshine! YAHOO! RIght now we live in a small town in Illinois and it's been so rough living hear b/c we are from a big city. So, long story short- I'M SO EXCITED!!! Warm weather, bigger city, the beach-aaaaahhhhhhh! I think I may have died and gone to heaven <BR> <em>100</em> Tue, 12 Jan 2010 21:03:59 EST Day Two Of Back On Trackness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2713881 Yeah, it's day two for me! I'm already feeling less bloated, more energy, and all around healthier. it's amazing how eating clean can do that. Yesterday I did go over my calorie intake, but I think I needed to b/c I'd been eating so poorly before hand. I needed to ease back into eating well, at least I think thats why-LOL! Nevertheless, today I shall eat clean again, and before I know it I'll be my healthier self again. Fri, 8 Jan 2010 09:32:27 EST I did it!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2706579 Today was my first day back on track with my clean eating. Having my baking MIL here for so long really did a number on my calories. Yippee to staying within my allowance today! I feel great and I'm not starving; a successful day indeed :) Wed, 6 Jan 2010 21:35:19 EST Happy But Sad All In One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2693265 I'm sad my wonderful MIL is going home tomorrow b/c it's nice having her here. But, I'm really happy she finally leaving so I can get back to my clean cooking. I'd gotten down to 153 and Now I'm 157! AGH! <BR> But, I've already ranted about this in another blog, so I won't keep going. <BR> Just wanted to have a mini blog cellee (celebration) that my MIL is leaving/ the return of my clean eating. And, I wanted my blog entry points for the day to-HEE! Mon, 4 Jan 2010 17:45:31 EST Meal planner?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2677570 I think I'm going to jump on the meal planning band wagon. I thought I could just get by with weighing/fixing my clean meals right as I'm making lunch. But, it seems meal planning would save me time, and really help keep my calories in range. That way I'm not starving, making the kids lunch, and nibbling while I'm trying to feverishly weighing out my food. Fri, 1 Jan 2010 19:53:13 EST Yyyuuuuuumm!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2668683 My mother-in-law makes the world's yummiest salsa verde! She uses fresh tomatillos, onion, cilantro, and serrano peppers. OMG!! It tastes so great on everything I just want to drink it. Now lets hope she doesn't bake anymore cakes so I can keep loosing over here. <BR> Yesterday I decided I'm gonna reward myself with a super fancy heart rate/cal. counting watch once I get down to 150. <BR> I think I can- I think I can! <em>20</em> Wed, 30 Dec 2009 13:28:52 EST I can do this! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2665610 My cake baking, deep frying, refined/bleached white carb using, "You have to use butter for flavor" saying MIL is now gonna stay even longer than originally planned. I love her a ton, but I almost started to cry at the thought of how much more cake would be baked and consumed by me over the next week. Before she came I was down to 153, now I think I may be all the way back to square one, 165. UGH! <BR> My only hope is to stay positive, and be proactive here. <BR> *I'm gonna paste my Oxygen M... Tue, 29 Dec 2009 15:30:00 EST Finally!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2659047 My baking mother-in-law is still here visiting so I've pretty much been eating horribly for over a week. EEK! I've never wanted her to leave before-LOL! I've still been drinking my water and working out so although my clean eating is shot to you know where, I'm not looking or feeling like a blimp. However, I haven't stepped on the scale or measured either. I'm to scared to see what damage I may have done. <BR> I'll be back on track soon. Sun, 27 Dec 2009 14:39:13 EST UGH! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2651956 I love my MIL but I keep eating to much of her baked goodies. I'm pretty sure I've gained all my weight back. I sure hope not. Wed, 23 Dec 2009 10:05:51 EST This Season Is Killing My Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2648760 I'd gotten down to 153 from 165 and I don't even want to weigh myself for fear of what I'll see. Aaaahhhh! My square butt will be back here, or should I say back there, in no time-HeLp! LOL! Mon, 21 Dec 2009 19:14:20 EST Chit Chat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2641047 I had such a busy day I just now got around to entering my cals. I'd thought I went over but to my surprise I hadn't. Yeah! As long as I snack well tonight I should end this day successfully-YEAH!! Thu, 17 Dec 2009 18:59:08 EST Today Is Going Good So Far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2637897 Yesterday was a mess (stopped calculati ng the cals it was so bad)but I'm doing good so far today. I'm full of energy and feeling full. I'm sure my morning coffee is helping out with that but nonetheless, it's still happening. LOL! <BR> yeah for the new day! <BR> Wed, 16 Dec 2009 11:32:42 EST Argh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2636557 Well, I really blew it today. I'd been doing so well, but today I got a little depressed and decided to use food to help me feel better. UGH! I feel better now, but I'm really gonna have to push myself a little harder when I do some cardio tonight. I hope I can muster the energy to do it. <BR> I'm not gonna beat myself up. Even though this is my second day in a row blowing it. <BR> I need to get my sugar cravings under wrap over here. Tue, 15 Dec 2009 20:55:53 EST I've Been Doing Great! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2630295 I've been doing so well on keeping my calories in check! I just can't believe how easy Spark makes this goal accomplishable! I can't wait to loose my last 10-15 pounds!! Yippee! If I succeed, then I'll reward myself with either a gym membership, or an eliptical machine. Probably the eliptical b/c then my hubby can use it to. YEAH-YEAH! Sun, 13 Dec 2009 10:55:28 EST Successful Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2627968 I'm so proud of myself for finishing today successful. After yesterday I'd started loosing hope. <BR> Fri, 11 Dec 2009 23:57:58 EST Aaaahh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2625112 It's only 3:37 pm and I'm already over my calorie allowance!! <BR> I'm so bummed! <BR> ARGH! <BR> I'm thinking maybe I'll workout extra on the treadmill tonight even though I already did 30 minutes earlier. <BR> UGH! Thu, 10 Dec 2009 16:39:05 EST I DID IT!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2623340 For the first time since starting Spark I finally finished a day within my allowed calorie count!!!! I'm so excited. Now, I need to hurry up and go to bed before I end up eating anything else. I already almost ate another sandwich b/c I saw I had a few more cals. available-LOL! Wed, 9 Dec 2009 22:23:13 EST The Best Ever! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2619680 Today has been my most successful spark day ever! <BR> I've only used 675 calories of my 1200-1550 allowance. Usually by now I'm starving, and close to 900. HEE! <BR> I also have more energy and have consumed 6 glasses of water so far too. <BR> I forgot what it was like to be so healthy. This feels great! Tue, 8 Dec 2009 14:37:35 EST Cool! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2617669 I just did one of my spark suggested floor exercises! Mon, 7 Dec 2009 19:54:41 EST Forget About It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2616569 I did so bad yesterday with Cracker Barrel and Noodles and Company in the mix, that I'm not even gonna go finish filling out my calorie intake for it. Mon, 7 Dec 2009 12:01:25 EST UGH! I did it again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2613429 I think my lifestyle is the problem here. I did it again. I ate over 3000 calories. My friends and I went to Olive Garden and even though I ordered a healthy dinner, it took me over my calorie limit. Now I see why I am over weight. Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day. Sun, 6 Dec 2009 03:07:20 EST I need to stop eating like a a crazy woman! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2611245 I'm ending this day having eaten 3222 calories. EEK! I need to stop eating so much food!!! I ate enough for two of me. Fri, 4 Dec 2009 23:47:39 EST