GIRL*IN*MOTION's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=GIRL%2AIN%2AMOTION GIRL*IN*MOTION'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/ "Guess Who's Back.. Back Again. Stacey's Back, Tell A Friend ;)" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5602613 Hiiiiiiiiiiii!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> WOW!!! Was my last blog really in AUGUST!! HOLY MOSES!! <BR> <BR> It's great to be back on spark. I feel like I've probably missed so much with all of my spark friends, and maybe even some of you were wondering where I've been too... But I'm BACK! The dust has settled from some pretty insane life happenings and I'm feeling ready to shift my focus back to where it needs to be.... ON ME. <BR> <BR> Without making this blog a million-miles-long, I will st... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 18:18:37 EST Planning the future is tough w/o a crystal ball... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5464302 I just wanted to say sorry in advance to my spark friends for being MIA the last few weeks. <BR> <BR> I've been sort of lost in my own little world doing a lot of soul searching, analyzing, researching, pro and conning, reading, consulting, spreadsheeting, and hypothetically plotting..... My future that is. <BR> <BR> I know I have a lot of RN and medical professional friends on here, so I apologize in advance this blog has little to do with weight loss or exercise, but everything to do with... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 18:32:17 EST Painfully Evident... Literally http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5445375 This weekend was an amazingly fun weekend. Among the fun however, I was smacked in the face with the rather obvious realization it's been FAR too long since my body has experienced physical activity beyond my normal day to day life activities. <BR> <BR> I blame this in part to my nagging shoulder injury which has been going on since March! I find myself with very little motivation to work out because I know how badly the types of fitness I enjoy doing (like kick boxing and S.T.) will hurt. I... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 14:16:54 EST Weekend fun, food, hard labor, and grievances... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5429662 I didn't stick to my daily food photo blogs last week as planned because, well quite honestly I kept forgetting to snap photos. I seem to remember as I take my last bite LOL. Must. Do. Better. <BR> <BR> Anyways. Friday was a jam-packed day. <BR> After work I went home and rallied the troops to help clean up the homestead. "Rallied" to the best of my abilities that is. It can be incredibly frustrating trying to get a grown man and two teenage boys to give a hoot about cleanliness. REAL clean... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 17:39:53 EST Minion Cake Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5425266 Here it is. My attempt at being a professional cake maker. I won't be featured on Cake Boss any time soon, but it still came out pretty cute. Chance LOVED it so that's what matters ;) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l902457530.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l745427777.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1330473125.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I used the egg white recipe, it's still "cake" but little modifi... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 11:29:00 EST 7.16.13 Food Blog & Bdays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5424111 Yesterday went good! I thought the impromptu bbq at our neighbors house was going to be problematic and tempting, but I did pretty good. I came prepared with ceviche and veggies, rather than partaking in the hot dogs and hamburgers. <BR> <BR> Breakfast: Granola, Noosa Raspberry yogurt & blueberries <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l760309952.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Mid Morning Snack: Veggies & Jalapeno Cilantro Hummus <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l8... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 11:17:30 EST Food Blog 7/15/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423101 I'm going to try to start photo blogging my food again. One more great tool to keep me accountable. <BR> <BR> Here's the 'meat and potatoes' from yesterday <BR> <BR> BREAKFAST: watermelon, grapes, H2O <BR> LUNCH: "Taco" salad <BR> AFTERNOON SNACK: Noosa yogurt and Blueberries <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l771418304.jpg"> <BR> <BR> DINNER: Southwest stuffed/baked portabello mushrooms w/ Greek yogurt topping <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 13:39:49 EST Abundance South of the Border http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5421331 We returned today from an amazing weekend in Rocky Point Mexico with friends. Even though it was only two days, it felt like a week of rest and relaxation. I'm incredibly blessed to have such great friends and family that include me in their travels. <BR> <BR> We truly didn't want to come home. I could spend a MONTH down there and be completely content. Nothing more than a hammock and a bathing suit needed... Okay, the beach house is a nice plus, I'm not going to lie. <BR> <BR> In just two... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 01:41:59 EST Foodies Unite! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5417036 Have you ever thought about the word "Foodie?" Where do you consider yourself in this category of people? <BR> <BR> Personally, I rarely meet a food I don't like. Except maybe anchovies, I don't like anchovies. <BR> <BR> Wikipedia defines a FOODIE as: n.Slang A person who has an ardent or refined interest in food; a gourmet. <BR> <BR> To put it simply, I like food. For this reason alone I would consider myself a foodie. I like to experiment in the kitchen, I like to try new places to eat,... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 18:35:33 EST Freggie-licious http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5415723 Last night we decided to do our weekly shopping at Sprouts. Boy was I glad we did! I don't want to brag TOO much, but DANG, I had one seriously sexy and healthy looking grocery cart! The masses would have drooled. <em>104</em> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I'm talking Greek yogurt, tomatoes, corn, black beans, squash, blackberries, nectarines, romaine, cilantro, jalapenos, onions, peppers, mushrooms, carrots, wheat pasta, whole wheat Flat-Outs, sprouts, Greek yogurt tatziki, avocados, sweet ... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 15:47:00 EST I made a bold decision.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5413501 It was time. Time I parted with three years of 'work.' <BR> <BR> I got off work Friday and decided it was time for a change, so I drove straight to the hair salon and said CHOP. Chop it ALL! <BR> <BR> I cut off almost two feet of hair!! AHHH! I'm very happy with my decision. Hair is now one more thing I can add to the list of things I no longer have to worry about. And realistically, these days simple is key! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1935845385.jpg"> <B... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 18:41:59 EST The Ugly, Naked Truth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5408750 Here it is. The necessary but dreaded blog I HATE to write... The blog in which I come clean, face the ugly truth, and make a realistic plan to re-group. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I painfully (and reluctantly) updated my ticker. ******siiiiiighh****** <BR> On May 10, I weighed 132lbs. I was a mere 7lbs away from my ultimate goal. Honestly, I managed to maintain that weight for a while too. “Maintaining?!” WHOA! There’s a word that hasn’t been used in my vocabulary before! WOO-HOO!! <BR> Things ... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 16:01:54 EST Research Article, the fun part about school. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5389223 For my biology class we have to turn in weekly research papers reviewing a current scientific publication. I tend to gravitate towards modern medical research and a lot of it health related to nutrition, exercise and weight loss (obviously ;). This was the article I read this week. I wanted to share because it's pretty fascinating (just try to glide over the complicated lingo). <BR> <BR> <link>www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PM<BR>C3352786/ </link> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 15:43:19 EST Existential Crisis a-brewing! Make it Stop! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5385991 Disclaimer: If you don't want to hear wining, don't ready any further. <BR> <BR> Have you seen the commercial (I think it's for a credit card?) where a girl gets a parking ticket, so she goes to the gym and beats the cr@p out of a punching bag (and honestly kicks some serious butt doing it)? <BR> <BR> Well, that is EXACTLY what I feel like I need to do today. That, or climb to the top of my building and just scream as loud as I can. Either one would honestly do just fine. <BR> <BR> Have yo... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 15:31:54 EST Balancing Acts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5380565 I feel like I've joined the circus and I'm walking a tight rope 24 hours a day, even in my sleep! <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> School is going GREAT! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!! I go to class jazzed to learn, and try my darndest to absorb every morsel of information I can (much different from my previous experiences with school). As interesting and fun as it is though, it is HARD, HARD, HARD!! I don't think I was quite prepared for just how hard it was going to be, in a lot of ways. <BR> <BR... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 16:56:20 EST My 'Last Supper' ... Well For A While At Least http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5364728 Despite my weekly attempts, I have not yet won the Powerball (frowny face). So when I have the rare opportunity to eat at an expensive, fancy-schmancy, hoity-toity, party-in-your-mouth, culinary genius-type establishment; you betchya I'm gonna be bloggin' about it!!! :) :) :) <BR> <BR> As I mentioned in my last blog, last night I had GNO dinner with my three best ladies. An event we try and do at least monthly. <BR> <BR> In Phoenix, this week has been deemed "Restaraunt Week." Which if you... Wed, 22 May 2013 14:52:07 EST How's My Grocery Shopping? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5363663 One of the many reasons I love Spark People is the blogging feature.... In case you didn't notice <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> For me blogging is sort of like therapy, it's an outlet, but it also helps me organize my thoughts and keeps me accountable in lots of different ways. From time to time I like to evaluate my shopping habits and check in with how I'm feeding my family; sort of a mental check-in for myself to look for ways I can improve my nutrition, save money, spice things up etc... <B... Tue, 21 May 2013 15:58:57 EST I'm Kinda Thinking I'm a Cool Boyscout Mom-Backpacking Adventures with Troop 226 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5362500 Saturday morning we left for our overnight backpacking to Horton Springs trip with Troop 226. Participation was low, so it was just our two sons, two other boys from the troop, myself and my husband, and one other adult leader. <BR> <BR> We drove an hour and 45 minutes north to the Mogollom Rim, and started our trek around 11:00am. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1684525845.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1937330953.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Th... Mon, 20 May 2013 16:10:51 EST 2013's First (& Long Overdue) Backpacking Trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5358749 I've spent the last three evenings getting ready for our upcoming boyscout backpacking trip this weekend. Gathering gear, testing gear, replacing gear, borrowing gear, shopping, organizing, making lists, making first aid kits, and the list goes on. <BR> <BR> PHEW!! It hasn't even started yet and I'm already winded, HA! Who knew so much work went into a simple 36 hour backpacking excursion!??! I don't recall it being this difficult when we hike the Grand Canyon... Maybe that's because this ti... Thu, 16 May 2013 15:48:35 EST There was a compliment in there somewhere... I think? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5352318 I have never classified myself as 'stylish.' In fact, if it weren't for Pinterest, I'd have no fashion compass what-so-ever. The only time I really go out of my way to shop for new clothes is generally only for special occasions. Shopping to me is usually overwhelming, stressful, and overall un-enjoyable. I hate parting ways with my hard earned money, I feel like everything costs more than I think it should, I have a really hard time finding things I like, I'm completely indecisive, and when ... Fri, 10 May 2013 15:48:57 EST Thank You Sparkpeople For Being The Missing Piece to My Puzzle (w/pics of my journey) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5348866 My struggles with weight and body image issues began around 18 years ago near the age of 14. I vividly remember how crushing it felt when I overheard the boy I had a crush on refer to me as "thunder thighs" when I was in 8th grade. <BR> <BR> From there, and well into high school, my struggle with my weight and yo-yo dieting started. I was never the 'skinny friend,' or an athlete, I played the flute in the marching band, and I wasn't exactly what you would call popular. My boyfriend junior o... Tue, 7 May 2013 16:37:02 EST Yes, Age Is Only A Number... But I still Feel Old! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5341088 There are rumors age is "just a number" and I know it's widely said "you are as young as you feel." If the latter is true, I must be 65! <BR> <BR> My 32nd birthday is just around the corner and more so than when I hit 30, I'm feeling OLD these days. Loud music annoys me, I'm watching CNN a lot more, listening to talk radio in the car, don't want to go out late at night.... All this is either signs of maturity, or really just the inevitable 'old person' in me taking over. Not that there's any... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 19:11:41 EST Labor filled weekend, with a pinch of fun. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5339727 I feel like all too often I'm writing a weekend recap blog that includes far too much hustle and bustle, and not nearly enough R&R. Maybe it's just me, but I'm starting to think my self-induced hectic lifestyle needs an overhaul.... <BR> <BR> After an exhausting 60 hour work week, I was really looking forward to a lazy and relaxing weekend. <BR> <BR> Friday night I got off work and told my husband and kids "your on your own tonight. I'm not cooking!" I managed to put my feet up for a whil... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 16:22:03 EST Good Times In The Pines http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5331959 Coming off the heels of a great weekend up in Flagstaff with friends, it's back to the hustle and bustle of reality today. *Whine!* <BR> <BR> We escaped our already-90-degree-weather weekend in Phoenix Friday afternoon and cruised 2 hours north to the cool pines. It was SUCH a great time spent with friends. So laid back and relaxing at my parents townhouse, cooking up good food, playing card games, having a few cocktails, and watching movies. <BR> <BR> Saturday we went for a hike on a trai... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 16:02:57 EST Beauty & The Beast Prompts Deep Thoughts.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5327835 Potential incorreherent ramblings of someone pondering her deep meanings found in children's stories ahead:) <BR> <BR> One of my favorite Pandora stations to listen to while at work is the Disney Station. There's something about Disney ballads that transports me to another plane, and allows me to get lost in a different little world where everything is positive. They just put in me in such a great mood, and makes work more bearable. I mean, c'mon who doesn't LOVE a good Disney musical, right... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 17:11:25 EST Ta-DA!!! Hair Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5320746 I FINALLY narrowed down a hair decision! YAY! <BR> It took a 20 minute brain-storming sessions at the salon with my stylist (aka sister in-law) but we did it! I swear sometimes I can be so decisive, and then other times so indecisive it hurts LOL. <BR> <BR> I found this picture of Mila Kunis and we used it as our inspiration. LOVE her! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2141999871.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I thought by looking at her picture she has the Ombre look I've been obse... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 11:29:27 EST Hair Decisions.... Totally clueless need suggestions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5318586 I have a hair appointment tomorrow I scheduled over a month ago.. I thought by now I'd have figured out what to do with it but I'm still at a loss. I feel so darn indecisive it's driving me nuts!!!! <BR> <BR> So I figured I'd solicit suggestions from you all, because truly you are always so helpful! :) <BR> <BR> I want to try the "ombre" (lighter at the ends) color, but that's as far as I've gotten. My hair is super long and part of me wants to cut some length off (5-8") and the other part... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 15:34:30 EST Going Back To School at 32... Overwhelming!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5316168 As I blogged about earlier, I recently made the decision to finish college... <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Having been in accounting for the last 10 years and not really enjoying myself, I've decided it's time for a drastic career change. I'm ready to buckle down and finally be what I've always wanted; a registered nurse. <BR> <BR> What I'm realizing though is making that happen is A LOT easier said than done... But I suppose it's true what they say.... nothing worth having comes easy... <BR... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 17:23:34 EST Survived my first Crossfit class.... Barely http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5304734 I knew when I signed up for a crossfit class last night I had bitten off a a lot... I haven't full heartedly worked out in over three months. Multiple viral infections, kidney stones, and root canals have sadly left me sidelined for a while. Now that I'm back at it I wanted to push myself to be where I left off three months ago. But just how out of shap I had gotten in the last 3 months I wasn't sure. If you had asked me yesterday afternoon BEFORE my work out I would have said "Oh SURE I'm a ... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 20:53:54 EST Emolyee Health Screenings...Someone SERIOUSLY needs to throw away the garsh darn BMI scale already!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5303426 Spoiler Alert... Irrational rant to follow: <BR> <BR> Today my work hosted health screenings, which are mandatory to participate in if we want to use the health insurance. No big deal. 20 minutes out of my work day, I can handle that. <BR> <BR> They measure your weight, height, waist circumfrence, blood pressure, heart rate, gluclose, HDL, and LDL. <BR> <BR> Every test I had I passed with flying colors. My non fasting glucose was 76. Under 140 is the goal. My HDL was 90. Over 60 is optimal... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 15:48:27 EST Spring Has Sprung and Good Things Are To Come: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5301007 While the rest of the country I know is still dealing with winter... Spring is in the air in my neck of the southwest "woods." <BR> <BR> Though 2013 started off really, really bumpy I have a good feeling things are going to start turning around for us soon. <BR> <BR> So what's been going on you ask? <BR> <BR> Two weekends ago we traveled 2 hours north to the mountains of Flagstaff helped my mom and dad get settled into their new home. It's a second home for them, and a weekend play place... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 16:07:36 EST By Request: Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5284150 A few people asked for recipes. So here they are: <BR> <BR> <BR> Sweet Potato, Quinoa, & Black Bean Burgers <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1209690283.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1574687514.jpg"> <BR> <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=2426162 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Brown Rice Greed "Salad" <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l6738788.jpg"> <BR> <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-d... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 16:00:57 EST Bringing Sunday Batch Cooking, and 1989 back... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5282666 It's really nice that life is getting back to a more-normalized state. I feel much more at peace being back to my usual hustle and bustle ways (and more energetic I might add). <BR> <BR> Friday after a grueling week at work, the hubby and a friend of mine met up for happy hour. I didn't partake in any of the beer or bar food, just the good company(okay, maybe I had a few chips and salsa). <BR> <BR> Later on we went to dinner at RA Sushi. Sushi = my weakness. But I showed the greatest amount... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 14:25:34 EST Hello Saddle... How you doin'? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279021 Raise the ROOF!! Its been a great week!!! <BR> <BR> At the start of this week I weighed in at 143.6 pounds. YUCK!! But, I did expect it given the last couple of weeks. No big deal. It won't be around long. <BR> <BR> Hubby and I cleaned out the fridge, tossed all the junk, and stocked it chock full of wholesome & fresh eats. We put a vegetarian meal plan together for the week and it. Was. Awesome!! <BR> <BR> I felt satisfied every day, stayed with in all calorie budgets, had more energy, a... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 14:48:44 EST Being good and feeling good feels so much better than being bad and feeling bad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5276106 uhhhh... DERRRRRRRRRR Stacey!!!! LOL <BR> <BR> Its kind of funny how the obvious isn't always so obvious when you're up to your eyeballs in pooh. I think sometimes it takes being sidelined for a while and taking a huge step backwards to realize just how much being healthy and taking care of yourself matters, and just how much you truly miss it when you are side tracked with other "stuff." Especially when you hop on the scale oh say OH F****! True story... That happend... Yesterday. <BR> <BR... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 14:58:21 EST The road is clear, and I'm walking back to Healthy Town http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5273457 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2146652927.jpg"> <BR> That was me this morning prepping for my CT scan. Don't I look THRILLED, lol? <BR> <BR> So, as you can see I had my abdominal CT today. Got the results back and much to my surprise he gave me the "all clear." No stone was seen, and my dilated ureter is no longer dilated. YEAH for good news!! My appendix is normal, so is my gallbladder, and aside from a few non threatening ovarian cysts, all is well in my female zone as... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 22:03:45 EST Test Results Are In..... Sort of... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5269970 OY!!! One of these days I swear will start a blog with sentiments more resembling "I DID SO AWESOME TODAY, I ______" or even just "Today I went to the gym WOO HOO" that would be nice LOL .... But, that day is not today... Not yet.... <BR> <BR> This roller coaster of crazy unexplainable ailments doesn't seem to want to stop... Thankfully I have a lot of friends and family here to help me out and provide lots of love.... My hubby has been a blessing by picking up the slack around the house and... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 16:01:23 EST Dr. Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5264876 Yesterday I had my follow up appointment with my Dr. I feel a bit better, but still don't really have a complete answer or direction yet. I'm still basically in limbo. <BR> <BR> My thyroid levels are approx 30% elevated. Of the symptoms I DO have for hyperthyroid they are: over exaggerated reflexes, fatigue, feeling shaky or jittery, racing heart, and hair loss. I am lacking excessive sweating or feeling pverheated, bulging eyes, and unexplained rapid weight loss. It appears to be pretty ... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 15:08:11 EST Weekend Getaway Therapy & The Never Ending Slew of Annoying Illness (TMI blog beware) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5263623 First, I want to say thanks to my aweseome spark friends who have listened to me whine and complain the last few weeks about, well, just about everything under the sun. You guys have given me invaluable amounts of sympathy, encouragement and advice -- THANK YOU!! <BR> <BR> I'm hoping my moaning can stop soon (meaning I will finally be WELL and not have any reasons to gripe, fingers crossed!). I'm trying to stay positive, but it's hard when you are constatnly feeling like pooh!! BUCK UP STAC... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 16:06:00 EST Frustration and lab results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5259112 So per my last blog its been a crummy month healthwise.... <BR> <BR> Went to the Dr. Tuesday hoping for some answers regarding perpetual headaches going on 4 weeks now.... but really didn't get any other than possible sinus headache, or rebound headache. Not helpful, and still have the headache. <BR> <BR> Had lab work done, and got the call back today that I have an over active thyroid?? Say WHA? Seriously. Okay, so some of the symptoms make sense, my hair has been falling out and breaking ... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 18:36:44 EST Headaches Suck!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5257425 It's been a pretty awful month for me healthwise, and quite frankly I'm down right SICK of feeling sick!!! <em>234</em> I miss my spark friends and my overall 'normalcy' of life. I don't fair well being hampered by illness. <BR> <BR> January 22nd I had the stomach flu, YUCK!!! Recovered from that, only to contract the FLU FLU on January 27th. I'm talking full on fevers, chills, sweats, body aches, sore throat, and honest to god I felt like I was hit by a Mack truck!!! Seriously WTH? AND... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 11:33:23 EST Onward & Upward... Into The Next Chapter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5208720 I started working when I was 15 as a hostess at a Mexican restaurant. I moved out of my parents house when I was 18 right out of high school. Not for college, but for "love." Boy what a mistake..... <BR> <BR> I stayed in the restaurant business for several exhausting years, mostly struggling to make ends meet, and spending way too much time staying up all night partying with "friends." Coincidentally, those were also the same years in which I packed on the pounds and became obese. A broke 20... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 16:45:20 EST New Year... Same Stacey. Looking forward to good-ness in 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5199690 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1876917900.jpg"> <BR> <BR> WOOHOOO!!! HAPPY New year!! (better late than never, right?) <BR> <BR> Its 2013 and there's lots to be excited about. I could not be happier to be leaving 2012 in the dust. Not that it was a "bad" year, per say... There were some amazing experiences and positive things I am blessed to be able to say happened. But this last year was also filled with a lot of hurt and loss and I'd prefer to continue my healing pro... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 23:09:49 EST Spontaneous Fun is the Best Kind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5169286 At the start of my weekend my plans were pretty boring. Put in extra hours at work, chores, take kids to scouts, more chores, and lounge around the house..... <BR> <BR> Instead we ended up taking a road trip up north to help console my best friend who is going through a difficult break up. We took our kids up to her parents time share in Sedona and it could not have been more fun!! Gorgeous scenery, snow, light shows, and quality time with family. <BR> <BR> Even when we got home I still di... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 16:05:13 EST Hair (??) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5166406 I decided I'd had enough of my roots and wanted a "warm" winter do, so I colored my hair last night. I thought it was pretty drastic... But when I got to work this morning and not a single person commented on it, I thought it's got to be one of two things: <BR> <BR> A. I'm smoking crack and my perception of color is way off <BR> B. It looks awful so no one is commenting because they hate it <BR> <BR> Thoughts? <BR> <BR> Before <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l359727... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 11:26:20 EST My "WOW! Okay, Maybe Now I Belive it!" Moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5159309 My BFF and I have been insperable Besties for 17 years. <BR> <BR> In those 17 years, she's always been "that person" to me who I always looked up to and secretly wished "GOD, I wish I had her body!!" Okay, not really so secretley, I've told it to her face MANY times over the years LOL. She's always been that effortlessly skinny friend, who makes anything look good, always looks put together, and never has to worry about her weight. JEALOUS!!! ;) <em>211</em> I've also always secretly thou... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 12:49:35 EST Where DO the days go?!?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5156107 I'm having a very hard time keeping track of my days it seems PHEW!! I also feel like a broken record because I KNOW I am ALWAYS saying that LOL. At least I can report that amidst all the chaos called my life I have managed to maintain my weight and for that I am thrilled. I feel like maintenance mode is finally here to stay! We've drastically reduced our eating out, we're shopping healthy, I'm cooking and batch cooking frequently, packing food and snacks. So yes, life is GOOD!! <BR> <BR> It... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 15:16:19 EST Another Weekend Bites The Dust http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5134139 Here I am (Tuesday), thinking it is Monday... I even had a THREE day weekend, and it STILL wasn't enough to catch me up to par. Why is that always the way things seems to work? No matter how much weekend I have, I always seem to cram it with "stuff" passed the fill line and leave myself gasping for air when it's over.... Maybe someday I'll slow down (though who am I kidding, that's not likely LOL). <BR> <BR> Part of my November goals is to pack my lunch every day at work and allow ONE day to... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 14:29:27 EST Good Things Happening... Mini "Life" & Goals Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5129590 Just a quick little check in: <BR> <BR> I got a call this week from my best friend, her office needed someone to help them convert their patient's paper files to electronic, she recommended me. As of yesterday, I am now working for a Corneal Specialist as an independent contractor. It's a 4-5 month project, as many hours as I can do evenings and weekends. I can come and go as I please. Once we get everything moved over to their electronic database there is also the potential I will stay on ... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 13:20:17 EST Call it what you want... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5128670 Kismet, fate, destiny, fortuitous, happenstance, luck, dumb luck, bad luck, timing, serendipity, devine intervention... They are all terms for something that is meant to be, predetermined, or written in the stars even. <BR> <BR> I've always been more of a "you control your own destiny" kind of believer, but that is just me. Feeling helpless, or as if I don't have control over the direction of my life doesn't sit well with me (I'm a big control freak that way). I know there are certainly many... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 16:30:55 EST