GEEKYMOUSE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=GEEKYMOUSE GEEKYMOUSE'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/ A Flat Foot, Stupid Schedule, and a Big Reward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5040649 ============ <BR> Flat Feet....Foot... <BR> ============ <BR> So I stepped onto one of those Dr. Scholl's platforms at the store. Remember my last blog when I said my heels were killing me and keeping me from exercising? Yep, flat feet. Well, let's say... flat FOOT. My right foot is flat. So weird! But I got inserts to help with my heels and they're helping SO MUCH. I also got some shoes, cross-training shoes instead of running shoes for a little more cushioning. I think those will help ... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 23:48:42 EST Highlights, weaknesses, rewards http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5024361 <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <BR> Highlights - University of Northern Iowa <BR> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <BR> 8/20 was my first day at University! Campus is huge, there are tons of people, the air is crackling with excitement, and I'm too fat to enjoy it all. :P I have to park across a busy road and cross it everyday. I then have to walk a long ways up a slight hill to get into the middle of campus where my classes are. I got lost on my firs... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 03:25:16 EST 3rd Time's the Charm! Weigh-In #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5021974 Last week: 235.4 <BR> This week: 230.4 <BR> Gain/Loss: -5.0 <BR> <BR> Yay, dropping the water weight! Oh, gee, I think it might have something to do with quitting fast food and drinking tubs of water... kukuku~ <BR> <BR> ==================================== <BR> Geekmouse's History with SP in a nutshell <BR> ==================================== <BR> Yup, 3rd time's the charm. My first time around, I started SP in August 2011, did okay, didn't have an exercise partner, and I fell kind of off... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 15:31:32 EST Excited about new project/goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5014541 Bad news: I haven't been tracking my food and gained some weight back. <BR> <BR> Good news: I'm back to tracking, with some new goals in motion! :) <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>45</em> <em>45</em> <em>45</em> <em>45</em> <em>45</em> <em>45</em> <em>45</em> <em>45</em> <em>45</em> <BR> Time Lapse Photo Project <BR> <em>45</em> <em>45</em> <em>45</em> <em>45</em> <em>45</em> <em>45</em> <em>45</em> <em>45</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> Br... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 01:50:41 EST Finally settling down a little! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4995108 <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> Final exams, papers, moving... SO GLAD TO BE DONE WITH THEM NOW!! :) <BR> <BR> We just finished setting up our weight/exercise room. :) Weight bench in the back, TWO treadmills (Brian's parents let us use one of theirs) side by side, a big tv in front, doors leading to a nice sunny and fenced in back yard complete with patio furniture and a lazy kiddy pool. <BR> <BR> Yep. We moved in with the in-laws. I thought it'd be worse, but I realiz... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 17:01:48 EST Last weeks of Summer Semester http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4973953 School To-Do List <BR> 1. REL event paper (DONE!) <BR> 2. EAC HW (DONE!) <BR> 3. EAC HW paper (DONE!) <BR> 4. Watch Mononoke (DONE!) <BR> 5. Mononoke EAC paper (DONE!) <BR> 6. Watch "The Bahai Faith" (DONE!) <BR> 7. Bahai paper (DONE!) <BR> 8. Watch "Empire of Faith" (DONE!!) <BR> 9. Empire paper (DONE!!) <BR> 10. Watch "Passion of the Christ" (DONE!!) <BR> 11. Passion paper (DONE!!) <BR> 12. Watch "Schindler's List" (DONE!!) <BR> 13. Schindler paper (DONE!!) <BR> 14. REL HW (DONE!!) <BR> 15.... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 05:27:49 EST Today's Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4971163 I got a little weighty last time. Sorry. :( <BR> <BR> I had 5 minutes to wake up when I had to bring my fiance' to work (we have to share our lone vehicle, and I need the car while he is at work). Just got back. <BR> <BR> I have a TON of stuff to do since it's nearing the end of the Summer semester. So that means papers due, exams to be taken, and projects to be wrapped up. I also have to be moving out by the end of it all! <BR> <BR> Exercise is going to be ESSENTIAL to my success these ne... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 11:42:25 EST It was a lack of self-discipline that made me fat. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4962514 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l749802854.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It was a lack of self-discipline that made me fat. <BR> <BR> Maybe I'm coming down a little too hard on myself, but a lot of truth rings from those words. I know that many factors contributed to my starting weight of 240 lbs, but I sincerely feel at the core of all of them, I lacked the self-discipline to take control of many situations in my life. I know I can't control everything that happens to me. I'm talking ... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 16:00:13 EST Geekymouse Versus the Fitness Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4962451 As required by the Biggest Loser Challenge #15 (BLC), I will have to write out a personal fitness plan! I've been wanting to do this for awhile. I acknowledge that I've been lacking a lot of self-discipline lately, and that's been affecting EVERYTHING from my motivation to succeed (not just with weight loss) to my self-esteem. Writing down TO-DO lists and making meal plans have really helped me get on track. Writing down a fitness plan will help even more. <BR> <BR> THIS WEEK <BR> ----------... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 15:25:26 EST Geekymouse Versus the WUB http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4960273 Weekly Update Blog (WUB) for the Biggest Loser Challenge (BLC) #15 <BR> <em>370</em> <em>370</em> <em>370</em> <em>370</em> <em>370</em> <em>370</em> <em>370</em> <em>370</em> <em>370</em> <em>370</em> <BR> <BR> 1. Update on transitioning to vegetarianism <BR> ------Money is short and we're in the middle of moving. I rarely eat red meat in the first place, so it's just a matter of reducing chicken and fish. But do I really want to do that? I love chicken and fish too much, and it'... Sun, 8 Jul 2012 09:46:15 EST Geekymouse Versus the MGB http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4959064 Monthly Goal Blog (MGB) for the Biggest Loser Challenge (BLC) #15 <BR> <em>45</em> <em>45</em> <em>45</em> <em>45</em> <em>45</em> <em>45</em> <em>45</em> <em>45</em> <em>45</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> 1. Begin a transition to vegetarianism. <BR> <BR> 2. To get back on an exercise regime. <BR> <BR> 3. To practice stress relieving techniques and rituals, like yoga or committing to more "me" time. <BR> <BR> 4. Stomp down on the fiance's enabling, and say NO! This is how it's going... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 09:57:59 EST Geekymouse Versus the Vegetarian & the Green Smoothie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4942679 I've spent about 3 hours researching how to become a vegetarian. Here's a compilation of advice and other information I found on how to start and what you should be aware of: <BR> <BR> 1. Get a hold of a vegetarian cookbook <BR> 2. Serve meat as side, then as flavoring, then go without <BR> 3. Try meat substitutes if you want - beware that they're expensive <BR> 4. Skimp on cheese <BR> 5. List your favorite foods - learn how to modify them for vegetarianism <BR> 6. Learn to cook <BR> 7. Don'... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 06:26:33 EST Seeking Information on Becoming a Vegetarian http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4942600 So I've been going over it in my head several times today. What would becoming vegetarian be like? I've read Spark articles and Spark forums about it, but what it comes down to is wanting to know what actual vegetarians say about it. What are they're meals looking like each day? How do they feel going meatless? There's a lot I picked up from what I read in articles - you'll have to take caution in getting enough protein, certain vitamins, gradually changing your diet, etc. I just still feel l... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 02:05:26 EST Guilt and happy about a new week :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4940982 <em>2</em> <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Although I'm lacking a little sleep at the moment, I'm feeling a bit more cheerful than I was earlier in the week. Brian made me some macaroni and cheese earlier in the week to cheer me up when I was having those T.O.M cramps. I ate everything in the bowl, THEN asked how many servings it was. He answered, "That was the whole box." I literally cried and curled up in bed and didn't move for a few hours. I have to say that was the first time I've had the guil... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 01:49:19 EST Slow Baby Steps...but they're steps! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4935349 As also seen in my last blog, I listed my goals for June/July. Just a little update on how those are going! <BR> <BR> 1)Do NOT eat out. Cook at home. <BR> ====UPDATE: Started doing this more, even though I found a new favorite chicken sandwich at Wendy's. Haha. <BR> <BR> 2) Get 8 glasses of water in a day. <BR> ====UPDATE: I used to drink from small water bottle that had about 2 servings in it. Now I've upgraded to a big water bottle that can hold 4 servings. I've been refrigerating 6 of th... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 21:18:20 EST Tackling the 220s again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4924734 Weighed myself this morning for the first time since my month long absence. Gained about 10 pounds back. Holy crap! A whole month of being a bum did that to me?! <BR> <BR> I woke up feeling sore. Still sore. It's not going to stop me from working out and cleaning the apartment though. Not going to stop me from eating right. <BR> <BR> June 12th was my birthday! And my birthday wish was to be healthy. It will happen. <BR> <BR> My goals for June/July: <BR> <BR> 1) Do NOT eat out. Cook at hom... Wed, 13 Jun 2012 11:41:55 EST SUPER HERO "SUIT UP"!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4914789 I finally got eight or more hours of sleep today. :) I'm actually feeling...good. Not sickish, or fat, or lazy, or depressed. It's been awhile - like almost a month it seems - since I've felt like I could take control of the day and do something healthy and good for myself. <BR> <BR> Got some groceries today. Fruits, veggies, milk, dog/cat food, chicken, cheese, crackers, salsa, water flavoring, bread, pitas, chipotle sandwich sauce/dressing. There was a sale on salad ingredients and chicken... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 13:12:51 EST Nerdism got the best of me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4902571 D3 came out. That morning (it was released at midnight), I knew the nerdism was going to switch on HARDCORE. I knew I wasn't going to work out that night. I knew I wasn't going to track my food. I knew I was going to be surrounded by friends who didn't exactly eat healthy. <BR> <BR> That one day turned into two weeks. I did my best to eat within calorie ranges each day. I'm pretty sure I did. I forgot to EAT most of the time, haha. :) It's just I KNOW that I sodium bombed each time. <BR> <B... Tue, 29 May 2012 11:23:38 EST Rambling about THE OBSESSED http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4877846 There's the obsessed. Then there's THE OBSESSED. <BR> <BR> So I'm thinking some people on SparkPeople are wayyy crazy. Working out like mad like 7 days a week. I can understand ACTIVE REST, but some people have a lot of extra time to hit the gym for hours every day. And it isn't healthy to work 5000% EVERYDAY, seven days a week. Right? <BR> <BR> For the rest of my life, I can devote myself to 3, 4, maybe 5 days a week for a 30-60 min work-out. With scattered 10-20min jolts of exercise from ... Sat, 12 May 2012 02:24:36 EST BLC#14 - Week 3 - Track Sheet (Updated 5/13/12) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4873352 <em>201</em> --- WEEK 3 --- CHALLENGES <BR> 1. Read "Why Strength Training is a Must for Everyone" --- DONE!! <BR> 2. Completing a full-body strength training workout #1. --- DONE!! <BR> 3. Completing a full-body strength training workout #2. --- DONE!! <BR> 4. Posting in the ALL-TEAMS challenge chatter about lightening drinks. -- DONE!! <BR> 5. Doing something special for a mother. --- DONE!! <BR> 6. Tracking ALL food and drinks everyday this week. <BR> ---Mon: DONE!! <BR> ---Tues: DONE!!... Wed, 9 May 2012 02:50:45 EST Feels like it's been forever! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4871390 Wow, am I GLAD to be HOME and taking it easy! <BR> <BR> Last week was terrible. It rained off and on. And when it was finally okay-ish to go out, I had to do something school or work-related. I forgot which day it was, but I decided to jog out in the rain on the track at a nearby high school. I broke a personal record for a mile: 16min with walking/jogging intervals! I guess I was THAT frustrated with how the weather's been here! <BR> <BR> I ate mostly like crap too. I didn't go over calori... Mon, 7 May 2012 22:18:15 EST May flowers need to hurry up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4863457 ....because I'm tired of the April showers! =( I want to go OUT and exercise! <BR> <BR> So I'm not much in a blogging mood, but I'm doing this to try to remind myself not to get off track. I've been feeling so bleh lately. Had pizza last night from Papa John's. It was honestly hard to eat, but I didn't eat much at all yesterday due to feeling sick and nauseous. So I ate like 3 slices with some garlic sauce. I sodium bombed pretty hard. <BR> <BR> Sleep deprived and a little dehydrated. I've... Wed, 2 May 2012 17:21:15 EST BLC#14 - Week 2 - Track Sheet (Updated 4/30) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4857610 <em>201</em> --- WEEK 2 --- CHALLENGES <BR> 1. Post in All Teams Daily Threads each day this week. <BR> ---Mon: DONE!! <BR> ---Tues: DONE!! <BR> ---Wed: DONE!! <BR> ---Thur: <BR> ---Fri: <BR> ---Sat: <BR> ---Sun: <BR> 2. Eat at least 5 servings of freggies each day this week. <BR> ---Mon: DONE!! <BR> ---Tues: DONE!! <BR> ---Wed: DONE!! <BR> ---Thur: <BR> ---Fri: <BR> ---Sat: <BR> ---Sun: <BR> 3. Exercise at least 10min each day this week. --- (Tracked Below) <BR> 4. Create a healthy meal o... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 13:06:03 EST Homemade Larabars and other stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4854115 <em>493</em> - Homemade Larabars <BR> So thanks to COUNTRYMAMA28.... I got a recipe to make some home-made "Larabars". Pitted dates, your favorite nut, your favorite chocolate.... and a food processor.... that's all you need! For a healthy 177 calories (a little less calories than any Larabar), I was biting into a delicious and natural candy bar. AWESOME!!! Love this! I would take a picture, but man I'm lazy right now and the battery for my phone is charging. -_- Maybe next time. <BR> <BR>... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 23:11:18 EST Emotional Eating and Troubles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4851615 <em>28</em> <BR> Well, I've got a lot of things to do in the window of the next 2 months...a lot of things unrelated to the BLC#14! I wrote a whole big spiel about it, but deleted it. I'm not really one to vent about personal issues online, but I think it's helped me release some anger. I rewrote it, summarizing it. :S <BR> <BR> Summary: <BR> ---Not renewing lease on apartment in August (staying here got too expensive, especially with crappy landlord, mold, and dirty leaking water from th... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 12:17:07 EST BLC#14 - My Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4849788 So I'm required to write about my goals for the BLC! It will last about eight weeks. That makes me want to cry! I met so many fantastic people. I don't want it to last just eight short weeks! Haha, I'm definitely signing up for the next BLC! :) Okay, okay, goals.... <BR> <BR> <em>448</em> - Goals to be Achieved During BLC#14 <BR> 1. Lose at least 10 pounds <BR> 2. Lose inches <BR> 3. Move down from a 1X shirt to an XL <BR> 4. To find my current pant size much more loose, maybe go down a si... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 11:55:12 EST BLC#14 - Letter to the future me on June 17, 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4849113 Dear Geekymouse, <BR> <BR> You're probably playing an awesome video game right now...ahem...Diablo 3....and you're probably taking a 10 min break from it because your party members are wusses and have to run to the gas station for snackies... That's right, they're getting junk food while you're running to the fridge in your new apartment and grabbing something healthy and stuff. <BR> <BR> I know you're most likely as impatient as ever (10 min is too long of a wait!!), so you're doing ... Mon, 23 Apr 2012 23:49:37 EST BLC#14 - Week 1 - Track Sheet (Updated 4/29) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4848409 <em>432</em> --- WEEK 1 -- CHALLENGES/TO DO LIST <BR> 1. Time a mile --- DONE!! 4/23 <BR> 2. Crunches in a min --- DONE!! 4/28 <BR> 3. Push Ups in a min --- DONE!! 4/23 <BR> 4. Resting Heart Rate --- DONE!! 4/23 <BR> 5. Take a few before pics --- DONE!! 4/23 <BR> 6. Measurements --- DONE!! 4/23 <BR> 7. Letter to self 8 wks from now --- DONE!! 4/23 <BR> 8. Blog about goals --- DONE!! 4/24 <BR> 9. Post measurements in weigh in thread --- DONE!! 4/23 <BR> 10. Drink at least 8 cups of water a d... Mon, 23 Apr 2012 15:35:10 EST DUCK LIPS - My own motivational picture! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4844084 SO, I went into the bathroom this morning to take some weight loss progress pictures. I know I'm making good progress! My muffin top is disappearing too! But I got a little discouraged thinking that there's still a long way til my goal weight. So I picked up the camera, zoomed it in on my face, did the most ridiculous DUCK FACE I could, and snapped the picture! I burst out laughing and it was an automatic mood boost! I HURT MY FACE!!! lol!! It was such a great boost that I posted it on my Sp... Fri, 20 Apr 2012 12:36:09 EST Measurements and Games http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4843456 On Sunday, I was officially at the 20 pounds lost marker. <BR> <BR> <em>234</em> <BR> The BLC is starting soon, and I'm up 3 pounds because of TOM. :( Ugh... <BR> Posting a starting weight and starting measurements are required. <BR> I have never taken my own measurements, so I followed along with the SparkPeople article about how to do it. I hope I took them correctly! <BR> <BR> Measurements in Inches (220 lbs) <BR> ====================== <BR> Bust 46.1 <BR> Torso 42.8 <BR> Waist 43.1 <B... Fri, 20 Apr 2012 00:43:52 EST Storming here....AGAIN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4842401 When can I get a full week of sunshine? GEEZ <BR> <BR> So, I kind of liked the format of my last blog. I just listed things that were worrying me or were on my mind for awhile. It was good to release that kind of stuff, see it down on "paper". Well, today I'm making a different kind of list....a grocery list... while I wait for this silly storm to go away. There's a $1.00 sale on a bunch of items at my grocery store, so I may be able to get some good deals on common stuff I use. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 19 Apr 2012 10:56:26 EST Mind all over...Just a list of thoughts... :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4841041 <em>45</em> - Excited about the BLC #14 <BR> I added everyone on my BLC team (Blue Hyacinths) onto my Friends List. I'm really, really appreciating the overall team spirit! We're only on Week 0 still, but there has been immense support and love already going around. I like to read blogs and learn about the other team members. Sometimes I think that they may think I'm on 24/7...I leave the computer with a SparkPeople page up, so it looks like I'm online ALL the time. LOL I'm so excited ... Wed, 18 Apr 2012 13:22:22 EST Freaky Sleep and Blogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4837065 I went to sleep at 5:30-6:00PM yesterday. The sun was still shining. <BR> I woke up... and there's sun creeping into the dark sky ever so slowly. It's 5:30 AM!!! <BR> <BR> I feel SO weird at the moment... haha :) ... I checked my nutritional tracker yesterday, and I only ate about 900 calories. What the heck?!?! I only meant to take a NAP yesterday. I didn't get to go over to the in-laws to have dinner and play some cards like we usually do on Sundays. I feel so misplaced in time, like someo... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 06:49:32 EST 20 pounds lost! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4835735 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l746874716.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm going to make this short because I'm sleepy and going to cuddle with my fiancee/exercise partner. =) I woke up this morning and stepped on the scale for my weekly weigh-in.... exactly 220.0! So that means I lost a total of 20 pounds since I started on Jan. 22, 2012! <BR> <BR> <em>29</em> <em>28</em> <em>334</em> <em>20</em> <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> It just really dawned on me....I'M REALLY DOING IT! I was s... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 09:10:13 EST Weird breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4831619 --Eggwhites scrambled with parmesan cheese <BR> --Chickpeas <BR> --Salsa <BR> --Cantelope <BR> --Banana with nutella spread on top of it <BR> <BR> 226 calories total. <BR> <BR> I had some weird cravings! <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> <em>2</em> Thu, 12 Apr 2012 09:58:21 EST Experimented with a "cheat" day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4828414 Apparently I am one of those people who can't handle a "cheat" day. I purposefully began yesterday thinking that I'm going to allow myself treats. Sure, I tracked everything and wound up at a sort of acceptable calorie range for a "cheat" day. BUT I CONSUMED AROUND 6000mg OF SODIUM!!!! <BR> <BR> It was so easy to go overboard!!! I can't do a "cheat" day again. I felt horrible going to sleep. I kept tossing and turning with this pain of eating too much horrible stuff stabbing my stomach. My m... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 09:31:00 EST Surprise Weigh-In :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4826187 So I screwed up majorly food-wise this past week, as was written in previous blogs. <BR> <BR> Last week's weigh-in: 224.1 <BR> This week's weigh-in: 222.4 <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> <em>40</em> <em>334</em> <BR> How the heck did this happen?! I was feeling way down last night, thinking I was going to see a gain today on the scale. I guess I handled myself better than I thought this week. <BR> <BR> Ah well, off to watch Game of Thrones. :):) <BR> <em>212</em> Sun, 8 Apr 2012 22:22:04 EST BLEH http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4824574 So the past three days have been kind of horrible for me food-wise. Brian and I and other family members have been going over to his sister's house to help with carpeting and roofing. Her family is moving out and getting ready to sell the house. We got the carpeting done, but the roof had like FOUR layers (illegal here) of shingles on it to take off. The women are mostly babysitting and taking care of the inside instead of being up on the roof with the guys. <BR> <BR> Babysitting = the BORIN... Sat, 7 Apr 2012 13:01:36 EST I was inspired, and I hated it. =P http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4818009 So when I was at the future in-law's house the other day for dinner and some cards, Brian's mom observed that we looked thinner and encouraged us to keep going. She even offered to keep some healthy snacks on hand for us at her house! :D It made me feel happy for myself and for Brian, who has been losing weight a little slower than me and needed some encouragement!!!!! :) :) :) :) :) <BR> <BR> <em>337</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday's workout was our most intense. Walking with longer jogging int... Tue, 3 Apr 2012 06:55:06 EST Wacky Edible Stuff (real products!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4816148 Just some weird stuff I came across on thinkgeek.com (my favorite site of geeky junk) ! Weird, but edible products! <BR> The weird thing is that a lot of these were "SOLD OUT".... <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l756823446.jpg"> <BR> Official licensed Angry Birds product. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l865113511.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l887361062.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.s... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 06:31:44 EST Proud :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4809596 My speed has gone from 20min/mile to about 18min/mile. That's huge right? I think so! Went that speed for 55 minutes. <BR> <BR> I've incorporated jogging intervals into my walks. This time, Brian and I went to a local high school with a track. I didn't want to jog on the bike trails again after the shin splint incident. Jogging on a track was much, much better. <BR> <BR> I practiced landing on the middle of my feet instead of my heels too. It took a mile to get used to it, but I think I got... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 20:35:25 EST Movie Theater Popcorn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4808553 <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> Silly me, I had a lot of movie theater popcorn last night. BAD! <BR> <BR> I haven't been eating candy or soda or fast food. Now my vice is POPCORN. At home, I pop a bag and nobody wants to share, so I'm like... it's just popcorn, I'll be okay eating eight cups of it. <BR> <BR> Then I'm like, at the movie theater saying the same thing. "It's just popcorn, I'll be okay eating eight cups" of BUTTERY BADNESS. <BR> <BR> As soon as I got home, I was in bed. Woke up 5 hou... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 08:31:03 EST Starting Week 10 - YAY Rainbows http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4807885 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l340004451.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Above: A little inspirational pic I found on a fitness trainer's facebook page. :) <BR> <BR> **** <BR> **** <BR> **** <BR> <BR> So I was M.I.A for almost all of last week! My fiancee and I traveled to Des Moines for a nerdy get-together with friends.... We played video games most of the time, kind of holding a 15+ person tournament! TVs and consoles were set up all over the place, and all 15+ people were able to ... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 19:32:25 EST Freezing Brown Rice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4798260 So I read a SparkPeople message board about freezing rice last night, and decided to cook up a big batch of brown rice and divide it by single servings to put in individual sandwich bags. I lined up the bags inside the freezer door. <BR> <BR> I woke up this morning, dumped some rice in a bowl, sprinkled a few drops of water on top of the rice with my fingers, put it in the microwave for about 1 minute.... <BR> <BR> It came out delicious and moist!!!! :) !!! <BR> <BR> I was like holy monkey... Wed, 21 Mar 2012 15:34:59 EST Week 8 Weigh-In - Success Bullet Points http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4793591 START - (Jan 22, 2012): 240 lbs <BR> Last week: 226.4 lbs <BR> Today's weigh-in: 223.4 lbs <BR> <BR> My progress can be seen in a week by week log on my front page! <BR> <BR> I woke up very happy and having a good feeling that I had made some good progress this week. :) 3 pounds lost today!!! Where did that come from? I've been in a minus 1, plus one rut for the past several weeks, BUT those were entirely my fault. I would give in to going out to eat and going over my sodium levels by a TON... Sun, 18 Mar 2012 16:22:41 EST Feeling good about the future http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4790032 Spring finally hit Iowa this week. I'm waking up to warm, shining sun instead of grey clouds. I hear birds. I hear children playing outside across the street and the busy wheels of bike riders passing by. Instead of waking up in a sour mood and fiddling with the heat control, I'm stretching with a smile on my face and actually saying "MEOOOOOOWWWWW" like a gleeful cat when I do so. :P <BR> <BR> I'm proud to say that Brian (my fiancee) and I have been sooo on top of working out and eating hea... Fri, 16 Mar 2012 04:05:56 EST Biking for the first time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4784273 It's been 10 years or more! I went out biking with my fiancee' today for our cardio session. We went 42 minutes, then an unfortunate accident happened where Brian's bike seat decided to tilt up suddenly somehow and hit him in the nuts. My poor baby!!! <BR> <BR> <em>28</em> <BR> <BR> We walked home for about 20 minutes with him feeling nauseated and in pain. We both collapsed on the bed and mumbled about how out of shape we are and how our thighs and butts were hurting from riding a bike a... Mon, 12 Mar 2012 18:55:17 EST New walking partner :) *no sound* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4768919 She's a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, about 9 weeks old. Her name is Willow! :) I got my Valentine's Day puppy a few weeks late, but that's okay! My new walking partner! <BR> <BR> <em>338</em> <BR> <BR> !!! : ) Sat, 3 Mar 2012 18:02:42 EST So...Here's to a New Week... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4759203 So last week was terrible for me. I got sick with a bad chest cold, which is HORRIBLE for someone with asthma. On Sunday, I got the chills so bad that I was buried under blankets for half of the day with teeth chattering for hours. I was feeling so weak that I felt like I was being crushed by my own blankets!!! I fell asleep from the exhaustion of shivering for too long. <BR> <BR> I woke up SWEATING so bad. A good thing. But I felt like I was sweating for hours after I woke up. I walked like... Mon, 27 Feb 2012 08:09:58 EST Sleep Schedule fixed, hopefully... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4754550 So the last two weeks have been terrible for me sleep-wise. It's been kind of messing with my groove. The past two days I ate so horribly and I wouldn't be surprised if I carrying a lot of water weight due to being grossly over my sodium ranges. I missed my workout on Wednesday and weights on Thursday because I got a bad chest cold (bad for asthmatics!!!, but I'm mostly over it now). <BR> <BR> But today, I woke up at 7:00 am instead of 4pm/6pm today with at least 6 hours of sleep. Had to lay... Fri, 24 Feb 2012 08:03:16 EST