GOLIONS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=GOLIONS GOLIONS'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/ Feeling Positive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6010361 Well, so far so good. I have been logging my food, working out, eating healthy and planning like I used to. I know this weekend will be a bust but I am going to try and keep it to the smallest "bust" I can!! It is Homecoming weekend at PSU and I am headed up for the parade and tailgate and game...I know you all see where that is headed lol. <BR> <BR> My goal will to be maintenance!!! Realistically, losing is probably not an option but if I can maintain my Friday weight I will be satisfied... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 10:59:47 EST Working it... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6009298 Its still hard but I am working on my path. I have been accountable this week and that is moving in the right direction. My dinner meals are planned for the week and my B and L are together for tomorrow. I made it to the gym and made sure I have choices for lunch the whole week. I just need to keep moving forward...one step at a time. The path has ruts, bumps and puddles but I can pick my way through these obstcles Sun, 4 Oct 2015 20:24:58 EST Finding my way... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6007475 Well, it has been about three years since I posted. During that time I was living a dual life but was on a very healthy trajectory. Unfortunately my healthy lifestyle got derailed over the last year or so and it is showing on the scale and in the gym. <BR> <BR> Although it's not an excuse, I am going through some life changes that affected my attitude and coincidentally my weight and health. 1) I am going through menopause (need I say more); 2) I was put on Beta Blockers (my ability to ge... Thu, 1 Oct 2015 14:00:53 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5341175 Well, I was feeling like I needed to do something about where I was headed! I have a pretty small frame so any weight gain is noticeble and I thought I was getting a bit "chubby"...and then some of my clothes were getting a bit tight, especially the spring clothes that I had from last year. I kept telling myself that is was because of my fibroids and that my waist was getting bigger becasuse these little suckers were growing. The I got on the scale and realized that, unless they grew to be... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 20:37:09 EST General Ramblings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5301369 Well, it looks like my time here in my apartment is coming to an end. I will be moving back home to my house and my old life. The job is almost over and maybe I can get my old life back, I will see my friends, spend time with family, get to come home to my puppy every night...and most importantly work out in my old gym. A negative is that my yoga instructor at home decided to end the class I used to go to. I will miss my yoga classes up here!!! The other negative is that I have so become... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 22:39:17 EST Tracking... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5262237 Well, I was looking at my Fitness Minutes here on Spark. It is not the truth. I was slacking for quite a while tracking my food and fitness here on SP. It started to catch up with me and I needed some extra help. I joined WW. I am actually tracking there, all my food and my fitness. <BR> <BR> Trying to track in both places is too hard. I just didn't want all of my SP friends to think I have given up on my quest for a healthy life. Right now, just needed a change! <BR> <BR> I still ... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 15:12:40 EST Not Dublin, but... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5250861 Well, I have made a ton of decisions since I was last here!!! <BR> <BR> The first one is that I decided not to go to Dublin in August for my 50th. I am going to actually go to Sonoma and Napa, I can use my FF miles and Marriott reward points for the travel so I can use all of my money for wine tours and spa services!!! <BR> <BR> I will be going to Key Largo at the end of March. Although I have not "packed on the pounds" this winder I felt like I needed to lose a few pounds. I joined WW... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 21:26:17 EST Dublin or Not? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5195775 So the big question today is should I commit to the 1/2 marathon in Dublin or not? I turn 50 in August and I was talking to my friend who I usually run the 1/2 marathons with. She suggested I look for a destination race to run for my B-Day. Now, I am half Irish and have always wanted to go to Ireland. When we found this race she though it would be a good idea. Well, here is the rub... <BR> <BR> First of all, I have NEVER run a 1/2 by myself and I would be doing so in Dublin. Second, I ... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 20:49:19 EST Planning and measuring have always been the key for me!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5192906 My life becomes much more simple if I plan in advance. I am not one of those people who freak out when the plans change, but I have always been one to do much better if there is at least an outline of what is going to happen. This includes lists of things I need to get done at work,things I would like to accomplish on the weekends and days off, ideas of what I want to see when on vacation, my weekly menus, my exercise plan, race training plans...need I go on? <BR> <BR> Well, this week remi... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 10:46:51 EST Day Two Back on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5153781 Well, today was a pretty good day. I had a healthy breakfast before I went to yoga. My downfall was veering away from my original plan to stop at the running store on my way to the gym after yoga. I had plans to get some sport beans before my 3 mile run, unfortunately I walked past a Starbucks. I caved...eggnog latte (I know...ugh). I got the small size and then did go to the gym to run the three miles. <BR> <BR> Came directly home and had a greek yogurt to hold me until dinner. I ha... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 17:16:59 EST Back on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5152902 Well, I think its back on track. Today was an active day and I even made the choice to WALK to the grocery store instead of driving. I also went to yoga and made good food choices. I already have tomorrow all planned out...food and exercise!!!!! <BR> <BR> Sat, 1 Dec 2012 19:08:44 EST Bad week but you just have to keep going http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5152057 Wow, it's note even the holidays yet and I have had the worst week in about forever. I have eaten out four out of five nights this week, I have not made good choices when eating out, and certainly have had some serious PORTION DISTORTION!!!! <BR> <BR> My workout routine has not been on par either...I worked out hard on Saturday and ended up with some serious lactic acid build up...man my legs and arms were killing me for two days!!! I did work out on Sunday, shopped all day with my friend ... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 21:38:56 EST IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5141363 <BR> I was sitting next to a friend yesterday and, if you know me, being my nosey self:-) She was looking at her emails on her phone and I noticed that she had an email from Sparkpeople and it hit me...IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME!!! <BR> <BR> Wow, I really cannot believe how long its been since I have visited this site. I really have no good excuses to come up with other than LIFE. <BR> <BR> Since I last visited things have changed a lot for me. I ran my second 1/2 Marathon, and found an apar... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 10:12:22 EST Shadows vs Mirrors http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4829384 Have you ever noticed your shadow? Well, you should!!! It is a much friendlier image than that which a mirror shows you!!! <BR> <BR> I look in my mirror and I see all my faults (my lumps and bumps:-)). I am very critical. I pick out my flaws. I see the things that need improvement. I notice the areas that remain unchanged or not changed enough. <BR> <BR> Last week I had my trench coat on with the belt cinched around my waist. As I was walking to Starbucks for my coffee I noticed my s... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 21:24:28 EST Why you should not throw in the towel!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4488490 Last week I was talking to a friend who would like to lose weight and the discussion we had sounded so familiar to me. It sort of went like this: <BR> Her: I start off doing really well and then something gets in the way and messes me up <BR> Me: Like what stuff <BR> Her: I exercise for a week and then someone brings pizza over and I eat two slices and think, wow I just blew my diet <BR> Me: But it is only one meal <BR> Her: I know but I figure I ruined it all so I stop exercising <BR> ... Fri, 16 Sep 2011 15:27:17 EST Sun, Clouds, Thunder and a Rainbow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4486601 The other day as I was leaving the office, the weather started to get weird. As I was walking out the door these really dark <em>27</em> started to blow in and there were about six very loud claps of thunder. All I kept thinking was "please let me get to my car before the skies open up". Well, I made it to the car and started to drive toward the hotel. It was move in day so I was praying the whole way that the weather would just hold out for me until I got my suitcase and cooler in the ... Thu, 15 Sep 2011 13:47:10 EST Annual Physical http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4283514 Well, I went in yesterday for my annual physical. Ihave to say the results this year were not as good as they had been in the past two years. My BP was a bit high for me. I usually run around 110/72, yesterday it was 120/84. My weight was about the same, maybe a pound less than last year. I just got the call on the labs. I am not happy at all: Total Cholesterol was 203 (up from 159 from last year). The good news is that my HDL was 86 and my LDL was 52. My Vita D levels were really go... Tue, 7 Jun 2011 15:26:36 EST Body Image Part II http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4257500 My last post was about always seeing the fat girl in the mirror. This is part II of that post. I went shopping the other night. I have two things I need clothes for; one is a wedding and the other is a convention for work in Florida. The wedding is an evening wedding and I will need a pretty dressy outfit. I will be working the "booth" for my company at the convention and will also be with clients and partners. Both events require me to find clothing. <BR> <BR> Monday night I decided... Thu, 26 May 2011 11:06:35 EST The fat girl lives on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4245728 It will be five years this July since I started on this journey and over those five years I have lost 38 pounds and kept them off (I am only 5'1" tall so 38 added pounds made for a chbby person), I have gone from a size 14 to a true size 4 (and sometimes even a size 2 depending on the store and cut of garment), I have went from 36% body fat to 29% body fat, I have completed four 5K races and learned to love exercise (I have even taken up yoga). <BR> <BR> I can sit here a list all of my ac... Fri, 20 May 2011 15:26:00 EST Eating Habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4134112 I am getting concerned with my eating habits of late. I was battling some health issues over the last couple of months so my eating habits were affected by this. Then I ended up on two vacations between the health issues; which of course affected the eating habits as well. Now I am back to my normal self and it feels like I have forgotten how to eat healthy. <BR> <BR> I do well for a meal or two and then something comes up and I go off on an eating tangent. There has been no significant ... Fri, 1 Apr 2011 11:00:44 EST Not about the usual...but had to write about it anyway http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4117860 I just felt like blogging about this topic. I just got back from vacation in New Orleans. It is the second time I have been there since Katrina and I am shocked that so much of the devistation and sadness still exist in so many parts of the city. It makes me think that we have failed our own in so may ways. We are a Country full of people that want to help others, and we have shown this generosity with our contributions to Haiti and Japan. But I just wonder how we could just forget that th... Fri, 25 Mar 2011 14:21:37 EST Wow, its been a LONG time...hopefully life will be back to normal now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4114857 It feels like the last couple of months have been working against me. It first started with my lower abdominal pain and the inability to work out. Then I eneded up with strep throat for 14 days. In between both of these physical set backs I have had two vacations. Needless to say, my work out routine and eating habits have as suffered DRAMATICALLY!!! <BR> <BR> I have been to the gym a total of maybe 10 times since February 15. I have missed about 5 personal training sessions and not bee... Thu, 24 Mar 2011 10:25:23 EST Out of Commission http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4036630 I have been out of commission for a week. Last Tuesday I started to have lower abdominal pain. It go progressivley worse as the day went on and by Tuesday night I was in such severe pain I could not sleep. I was taking motrin but it was not helping. Wednesday things did not get any better, I thought it might be diverticulitis. I got a script for cipro and took two doses. Everyone told me things should start to get better but OH NO... <BR> <BR> Well, by Thursday it was unbearable! I en... Mon, 21 Feb 2011 21:15:27 EST Jeans - The Denim Kind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4020105 I just bought three new pair of shoes (this is my real addiction in life) with 4" heels. I am 5'1" so most of my pants are either petite in length or I had them hemed for resonable shoes. This includes my jeans. I have one pair of jeans (out of about 10 pair) that I can wear with REALLY high shoes. I also have mostly boot-cut jeans and wanted another pair or two of straight leg jeans. So I needed to find me a pair of jeans that fit. Now, I have to get my jeans altered (not just hemmed b... Tue, 15 Feb 2011 15:25:08 EST Just Rambling.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4007309 Well, I met a guy a couple of weeks ago. He seemed really nice but there was one thing that set the bells off. He told me he was separated from his wife (which means not divorced). For the last few weeks he has been making dates and cancelling them. Well last night he texted me to tell me he thinks he should not date me because he feels like he is cheating. Like I said...BELLS! <BR> <BR> My interim engagement here at the hospital is just about up. I have been here for 8 months!!! I am... Thu, 10 Feb 2011 15:54:51 EST Excuses, diversions and compromise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4004359 I am having a motivation problem this week. Well, not the entire week, just yesterday and today. I was not feeling "well" yesterday. I had a sore throat and do have swollen glands. Doctor says probably just viral infection (the second one in a couple of weeks...its getting really old really fast, I want to open windows!!!). So when I got to the hotel room after work yesterday I did not feel like working out at all. Since I did two work outs on Saturday (yoga for 90 minutes and a workout... Wed, 9 Feb 2011 14:55:58 EST Go Red... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3987564 Well, tomorrow is go red for women day. The way I look at it, every day is go red day for me. I was born with a heart defect. Thank goodness the defect was not as serious as some babies. I had to have open heart surgery but I could wait until I turned 11. The plan was that I would not have to have multiple surgeries if we could wait. Well growing up was very interesting. I was not allowed to take part in organized sports, I was not allowed to race against the clock even in gym class. ... Thu, 3 Feb 2011 15:16:39 EST How many things do you like about yourself? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3983535 Everyday I dwell on those things I want to change about myself (flabby stomach, cellulite in the butt area, not enough muscle tone in the legs, big nose, double chin, failure in love and the list goes on). Well, today I decided that I will list 10 things that I like about me and I challenge you all to do the same!!! <BR> <BR> 1. My eyes always look like I am thinking about something funny... <BR> 2. My arms are defined and look great in sleeveless tops <BR> 3. I can work out with my trai... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 10:40:40 EST Working on the Mind and Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3959529 Yesterday I blogged on Perspective. Today I thought I would talk about why I need to work on my "mind" as well as my body. Believe it or not, it always helps with my Perspective when I do this! <BR> <BR> This time of the year is always VERY difficult for me! First of all I HATE cold weather! The hotter and more humid the better I feel. Secondly, the lack of sun can just spiral me into a deep depression! Been there, done that! Of course, this state of mind wreaks havoc with my Perspect... Tue, 25 Jan 2011 12:42:49 EST Lets talk perspective http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3956283 I read Nancy Howard's blog this morning and it really go me thinking about PERSPECTIVE. The best definition I found was : A mental view or outlook. What changes your "mental view" or "outlook" into a situation or life in general? <BR> <BR> For me it is a number of things. When I get sick my outlook on even the most mundane things becomes skewed, my perspective changes dramatically. I read my blog from last week and realized that some of the issues I was dwelling on were complicated by th... Mon, 24 Jan 2011 13:31:29 EST Don't ask me to help put the pieces together when you lay shattered on the floor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3941328 Someone actually said that to me today. It got me to thinking about ways I set myself up to fail or at the very least, ways I set myself up for disappointment (I have been working on this for a long time but I guess I never knew others noticed my tendency to do this to myself). <BR> <BR> Lets see, in the last week I have set my self up for disappointment quite a few times and just in the last 24 hours I can name three big ways this has happened. Lets start with last night. I met someone o... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 15:43:32 EST Getting back to basics-Portion Control and planning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3925265 Well, it looks like my main issues are PORTION CONTROL and lack of planning again. I got into my weight issues due to just plain eating too much and not planning my meals in advance and getting things ready to go for the week. <BR> <BR> I am not sure how I got to this point again but I do know that I am going to need to bring my measuring tools with me when I head back to my other life next week. I am also going to have to sit down and make my list of meals and foods I need. I will need... Fri, 14 Jan 2011 15:34:52 EST Balance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3909924 When you think of balance what first comes to mind? Well, I looked up the word balance and there are at least 11 different meanings. For the purpose of this blog I will address 3 of those meanings. <BR> <BR> The first meaning defines a steady state on a narrow surface. Have you tried to stand on one leg? How about standing on a bosu? Can you remain steady on your own feet? Do you have a tendency to trip or fall often? When I first started working toward healthy living my balance in th... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 11:54:09 EST When does it become a lifestyle and not hard work? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3900703 This is the question my friend and I debated last night. I started on my journey about four years ago (it will be 5 years in July). Wow, I cannot believe it has been that long!!! I remember how ridgid I was, especially for the first full year of my weight loss journey. I would not eat a potato chip or a slice of pizza! I avoided any situation that would take me out of my routine (it is a wonder I have any friends left, I used to turn down offers of dinner, drinks and any other social gat... Fri, 7 Jan 2011 14:27:34 EST Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3896111 I am so excited. We have a CSA garden about 1.2 miles from my house. It is a beautifully planted garden and every time I drive past it during planting season I think that I would love to become a member. Well, this year I made the move! I had to clear a couple of hurdles to get there but it looks like it will happen! <BR> <BR> The first hurdle I had to cross was getting the idea past my father. My dad is retired and about 10 years ago he was very bored and driving everyone crazy so, k... Thu, 6 Jan 2011 10:12:04 EST Review of My 2010 Goals and Setting the 2011 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3888283 On January 4, 2010 I posted a blog that set out my goals for the year. I decided to see how I did with meeting them. I want to also set my 2011 goals today... <BR> <BR> Here is how I did: <BR> 1. The couple of pairs of pants I wanted to try on were too big for me. I did a lot of closet purging and spent some money on tailoring some of my better items throughout 2010. I now have a wardrobe that actually fits (this is also motivating me to keep the weight off). <BR> GOAL MET <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 11:54:00 EST Back to the Trainer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3821734 Well, I have my introductory appointment with a new trainer tomorrow morning. My goal is to go to yoga at 8:45 for the 90 minute class, go home and grab a glass of milk of hard cooked egg and head down to the trainer at 11:30. I am anxious since I have really been lazy the last two weeks. <BR> <BR> Got on the scale and fortunately it has not moved in two weeks so at least I am controlling what I put in my mouth! Now we just have to work on the exercise. I think it is just because I am ... Fri, 3 Dec 2010 12:31:40 EST Feeling Fat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3816394 Okay, so maybe I have gained a couple or a few pounds...yes literally a couple or a few. But there is no way that two or three pounds should make me feel like a beached whale. I FEEL FAT all the time! <BR> <BR> I am not sure if it is because Ihave had some serious bloating in the stomach area or if it is because I have not been working out as hard as I used to and have lost some muscle mass, or if it is because it is the winter and I get all kinds of goofy this time of year (seasonal af... Wed, 1 Dec 2010 09:17:40 EST There may be an end in sight and other things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3770882 My time at the Medical Center as the Interim VP of Compliance will soon be coming to an end. They have hired a woman to fill the role, and she will start within the month I am sure. It will be bittersweet. I love compliance and the other VP's here are really great people but I can get back to my old routine. <BR> <BR> Which leads me to the "other things". For the last 15 years I have had uterine fibroids. They are large but have never really given me any trouble (I never wanted kids so ... Mon, 8 Nov 2010 16:43:03 EST Keep Keep Keeping On http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3726393 Well, I have been leading what I call a "double life" for 15 weeks. It looks like this so called "double life" will go on for at least another 4-5 weeks. I am living in a hotel room from Monday evening through Thursday morning. I drive home Thursday night and live my regular life at home Thursday night through early Monday morning when I start the whole thing again. <BR> <BR> At first, I was spending my Friday-Sunday unpacking, washing, repacking and at the grocery store and in the kitche... Tue, 19 Oct 2010 16:27:39 EST Self Destruction, Burnout, or something else http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3685205 Well, I am going on my fourth month on asignment out of town. I have been living in a Residence Inn Monday to Thursday for the last four months! I selected this hotel becasue 1) it has a kitchenette and 2) It is near a reastaurant I can make healthy selections at. I have been preparing my food on the weekends and have transported foods in a cooler to my hotel room. I found the nearest grocery store for fresh fruits and veggies. Not only have I been holding my own with my intake but have ... Fri, 1 Oct 2010 16:02:27 EST On the Road http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3593019 I have been on the road 4 out of 5 days a week for the past two, count them, two months. My job has taken me away. I have an extended stay hotel room with a kitchen. I am packing most of my meals and either cooking when I get here or prepping on weekends. I miss my YOGA class, my exercise minutes have gone from about 1200 a month to between 800 and 900 a month. Fortunately the scale has not crept up, the clothes still fit well and I can still see the muscle definition I have worked so har... Tue, 31 Aug 2010 13:29:45 EST On the road http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3461557 Be careful what you ask for!! I was bored at work and really wanted to do some consulting work..I wanted to get back into traveling, doing on site client work. I was even looking at changing companies so that I could do this. Well, out of the blue, my company came up with a job for me. I am away from home Monday to Thursday. I am in a strange town (two hours away from home). I have done this before so it should not be an issue. Well, there is really nothing for me to do at night once I... Fri, 23 Jul 2010 11:03:00 EST The start of the 4-day 4th of July Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3389224 Wow, I am actually going to be off for 4 whole days!!! The weather is supposed to be spectacular, with the begining of the 4 days being in the 80's and climbing to the 90's by Monday. I have such lofty goals for myself. My plans start with an outing to a great Israeli restaurant that is sponsoring a "Jersey Shore" night with a Journey cover band and beach foods. I have volunteered to be the DD since I plan on getting up early tomorrow to work out. Then I want to spend some time at the sw... Thu, 1 Jul 2010 11:16:47 EST Taste Buds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3363326 They are a funny thing you know. If it was not for our taste buds, I wonder is anyone would be overweight...I mean we would eat tojust survive, not because we actually are liking what we eat...right? <BR> <BR> I used to smoke 2 packs of cigarettes a day from the time I was 12 to the age of 36 (I have been a non-smoker for about 10 years now). My taste buds always felt "numb" but after a few months of no smoking, I can tell you they began to come alive. I love good food and alive taste bu... Wed, 23 Jun 2010 12:26:32 EST Scary moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3343479 The other night I was driving home from work and noticed a slight pain in my left side. I know that I have an ovarian cyst on the left so I thought, hmmm are you acting up today? Well, I got home and started to cook dinner (I had decided that it would be one of my two nights off from the gym this week). Well, as time passed and dinner came together the pain kept increasing. by the time I was ready to serve dinner, the pain was at a level that was BLINDING!!! I became light-headed, clamy,... Thu, 17 Jun 2010 09:45:27 EST Surviving the Holiday Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3273128 Wow, can you believe that it is Memorial Day weekend already? It is hard for me to believe it (it feels like yesterday that I was digging myself out of a couple of feet of snow)!!! Well, the weekend is already turning into what I call an eating fest! I am a foodie, I admit it. I love food, but not just food, it has to be GOOD food. My friends and I are GOOD cooks and we really do like the finer things in life!!! <BR> <BR> The way this weekend is shaping up, my battle with the food pol... Thu, 27 May 2010 09:54:31 EST Biggest Loser Finale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3266442 Okay, so tonight is the Finale for the biggest loser. I am a fan of this show, and appreciate the awareness that it generates throughout this country about obesity and the importance of a healthy weight, facilitated by a healthy lifestyle. I appreciate the fact that the contestants improve their health while on the show. I love the trainer tips and the healthy cooking tips imparted by the guest chefs and trainers. <BR> <BR> But watching last weeks episode, the reality of the show really... Tue, 25 May 2010 12:19:11 EST Working to get the momentum back... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3262735 Last week I blogged about losing momentum. I thank all those who took the time to read the blog and comment I appreciate all the suggestions. On Friday, when I got home from work, I decided to get in a small workout but wanted to try and change it up some. I shulped a bunch of my workout items (weights, bosu, jump rope, bands and mat) out to my patio in the sun. I did a small interval training routine outside. I did not work as hard as I normally would have but I did get in a full body r... Mon, 24 May 2010 12:31:08 EST Losing Momentum http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3254263 I am losing my momentum. Maybe its burnout? Not sure what the issues are. Up until a week ago, I LOVED working out. I would spend at least 45 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week doing some type of workout. Now it takes EVERYTHING I have just to get in 1/2 hour a day (and its not even a hard 1/2 hour). I have seen the scale inch up a couple of pounds and I notice my portions getting a bit bigger. I am at my whits end, I do not know what my problem is. I am not sure how to fix it. A... Fri, 21 May 2010 14:14:12 EST