GOLOPTIOUS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=GOLOPTIOUS GOLOPTIOUS'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/ Still Crawling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536573 Weight loss was so much easier when I was single. I had the motivation. I had the time. Now what I have are excuses. <BR> <BR> I can't work out today. I worked all day and dinner is ready and I'm tired. <BR> <BR> Mmmm....candy. It's okay to eat it all. My husband doesn't care. He won't say anything about it. <BR> <BR> Drink ALL the sodas!!!!! <BR> <BR> I must say that I am so much better about eating than I was BY (Before Yoda). BY I would stop at a fast food place for every meal. I never... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 12:26:52 EST My Baby Steps Are More Like a Crawl http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5520533 Guess how many times I have worked out since I got married at the beginning of August..... <BR> <BR> Is your guess higher than ten? Then it's wrong. <BR> <BR> Is it higher than five??? Also wrong. <BR> <BR> The correct number is ONE. Seriously. One. Actually it should be zero because the one time I worked out I was just going through the motions and not actually doing much of anything. <BR> <BR> But you know what? That's okay. That's where I was at. <BR> <BR> Before I worked out to get f... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 16:16:33 EST Baby Steps Back Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5514701 Has it really been this long since I've logged in here?? <BR> <BR> Really? <BR> <BR> Have I strayed that much? <BR> <BR> Yep. I really have. Things got in the way and I have no excuse except that I made choices and weight loss wasn't high on my priority list. <BR> <BR> I'm married now. Yup. There's a guy out there who loves me no matter what weight I am or what I look like. Of course, he wants the best for me and encourages me to be my best. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to be a little bit bett... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 22:43:39 EST OverRewarding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5380245 I know, I know. I said I'd blog photos of my gym. I keep waiting for it to be perfect and pretty before I take the photos. <BR> <BR> Then I weighed myself. I have GAINED 2 pounds. Yup. You heard me.....GAINED. <BR> <BR> So I thought about all the things I've been doing. I've worked out more in the last few weeks than I did over five months. It wasn't a ton thanks to sickness and wedding planning, but it was more than usual. I haven't been eating great, but I have been eating less. <BR> <... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 11:08:39 EST Don't Want To Workout? Get Bronchitis. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5372567 A few weeks ago, I recommitted. I told myself that I was going to get back into my healthy habits. I'd eat right and work out. <BR> <BR> What happened? <BR> <BR> Bronchitis. Yep. So no working out for this chick. I felt ok most of the time - a bit tired here and there sometimes. But any time I did anything even remotely physical - run, lift things, walk from the couch to the bathroom, speak more than 4 words at a time - I'd start coughing this weird, airy cough that would then continue for ... Thu, 30 May 2013 12:43:28 EST Quick Question http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5364665 Just a quick question - <BR> <BR> Does anyone know what happened to SanDiegoJohn?? Wed, 22 May 2013 13:56:21 EST Self-Charity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5363332 For the past several weeks, I've been helping my family plan a benefit for my cousin's husband. He was diagnosed with ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) a while ago. ALL is usually found in children, so doctors pretty much experimented with different ways to treat him. After a while and a lot of chemo and a bone marrow transplant, things were looking good and he was in remission. Then about two months ago he felt sick - not cancer sick, but he had a cold. It lasted several days, so he went in... Tue, 21 May 2013 11:01:38 EST Sweat Harder http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5349831 Yoda is brutal. Seriously. I really think he's making me pay physically for all the months I was lazy. <BR> <BR> So far I've worked out with him twice - an hour on Monday and half an hour yesterday. Just an hour and a half of workouts. <BR> <BR> How am I?? <BR> <BR> SORE. Seriously. Even sitting down hurts. <BR> <BR> We're picking up where we left off, so that mean a 10 pound weight in each hand as I step up onto a bench. It means perfect form and 3 sets of everything. It means doing my ... Wed, 8 May 2013 12:33:52 EST Life is Not a Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5347456 I ran my 5K Saturday. <BR> <BR> It was terrible. <BR> <BR> It took me 54 minutes and 9 seconds. Last summer I was running them in the high 39/low 40 minutes. <BR> <BR> In my defense, I haven't trained or worked out at all since December. Not even a little bit. I haven't eaten well. I haven't picked up a weight. I've watched a lot of TV though. And I had some EXCELLENT fast food. <BR> <BR> I weigh more than I ever have. I stopped caring. I lived for the moment instead of for my life. There... Mon, 6 May 2013 13:31:58 EST Guess Who's Back? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5343226 Guess who I saw this week..... <BR> <BR> YODA!! <BR> <BR> And he says to tell you all that he's back! <BR> <BR> Well, sort of.....well, a little bit...well as soon as I figure out a time for him to train me. <BR> <BR> You see, he's not at the gym again. But, he found a new place to train. Plus, my fiancé's gym will be done in a few weeks. And then I'm thinking of training five times a week until the wedding. <BR> <BR> Yup. You read it right - FIVE TIMES a week. <BR> <BR> I'm excited. Fi... Thu, 2 May 2013 12:17:19 EST I'm Definitely Not Perfect http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5334168 Whoops. There it went, another couple of months of COMPLETE slacking. <BR> <BR> Seriously. <BR> <BR> I haven't been to the gym since December when Yoda quit. <BR> <BR> And while I feel badly about it, I have a really good excuse. <BR> <BR> I'M ENGAGED! <BR> <BR> <em>337</em> <BR> <BR> Yup. This single gal will be getting married on August 3rd to the guy she met online in December. <BR> <BR> Also, he bought me a house. I won't be moving in until I'm married, but he's living there ... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 13:02:14 EST Star Valley Half Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5233190 The Star Valley Half Marathon <BR> <BR> It's in 162 days. <BR> <BR> So, are any of you going to meet me in Wyoming and run this with me??? <BR> <BR> It's mostly downhill. <BR> <BR> It's in a beautiful area. <BR> <BR> I'll be there. <BR> <BR> What more could you ask for??? <BR> <BR> Oh. Also, Yoda might be there...... <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>starvalleyhalfmarathon.com/index.htm<BR>l </link> Fri, 1 Feb 2013 12:18:43 EST Return of the Yoda http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5208845 Alright, which one of you SparkPeople called Yoda and busted me for skipping the gym for a month????? Anyone gonna confess?? <BR> <BR> LOL <BR> <BR> I got a text from Yoda today asking how things were going. I'm pretty sure that he already knew but that he wanted to hear it from me. When I told him that I hadn't been to the gym since he left, he wasn't angry but was a little bit disappointed. <BR> <BR> So he's going to train me. <BR> <BR> Yup. I still get Yoda! <BR> <BR> It's not really... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 18:34:28 EST The Stuff I'm Made Of http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5198817 Several people asked if I'd still be going to the gym without Yoda. <BR> <BR> The answer is an absolute, resounding YES! <BR> <BR> Do any of you honestly think Yoda would allow me to do otherwise? Ha! He made me pinky promise that I'd keep working out. <BR> <BR> Some people asked if I'd be getting a new trainer. <BR> <BR> The answer is an absolute, resounding NO. <BR> <BR> First of all, Yoda is and always will be my trainer. I'd have a hard time with anyone else because they'd have a dif... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 13:05:27 EST I Still Exist! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5197224 So.........I'm baaaaaack! <BR> <BR> *hangs head in shame at the length of her absence* <BR> <BR> I know, I know. I have a million excuses, but they're all still just excuses. <BR> <BR> First things first - Yoda isn't my trainer anymore. <BR> <BR> I know what you're all saying. <BR> <BR> WHAT?? <BR> <BR> HOW COULD YOU??? <BR> <BR> It wasn't my fault, I swear! He left the gym to be a fireman. I teased him that maybe he's just making his way through all the jobs that make calendars so tha... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 15:54:11 EST Here I Am http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5121452 This will be the shortest blog I've written. <BR> <BR> Strep throat sucks. <BR> <BR> Be back soon. Fri, 2 Nov 2012 12:17:24 EST I'm Making An Entrance To My Life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5116811 Holy crap, Zumba was fun this week. Seriously. I can't get over how much fun it is. If I could do Zumba all the time without Yoda whining about weight training, I totally would. <BR> <BR> I could feel yucky sickness coming, so I decided that just in case I didn't make it to the gym this weekend I'd put everything I had into Zumba. <BR> <BR> It's a good thing I did, too, because Saturday I woke up with a nasty sore throat. It was the kind that hurt my ears when I swallowed. My throat isn't s... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 13:35:40 EST Slow and Steady http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5113737 Ugh. Snow. <BR> <BR> I hate that it's so much harder to motivate myself to do my workout when there's snow on the ground. I mean, I live in Idaho so we have snow anywhere from 3 to 8 months. And it's usually cold for all 8 of those months. <BR> <BR> I'm determined to succeed this winter, though. My brother's wedding is in December and I want to at least feel like I'm progressing. I already weigh less than I did in my sister's wedding pictures, so at least there's progress there. I just don'... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 13:21:07 EST I'm the Judge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5112412 Do you ever look at someone running or working out and think to yourself "I wish I wasn't afraid to look like that"??? <BR> <BR> I do. All the time. <BR> <BR> There was the woman in my Zumba class. She didn't have the moves down, but I'll bet she was burning twice the calories that the rest of us were. <BR> <BR> There's the guy who thinks that because his shorts are red and his shirt is red that it matches. Nope. It doesn't. But he gets a lot of work done. <BR> <BR> There are so many peop... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 12:07:44 EST Today Shall Be Yodaless :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5111550 Well, Awesome Date Guy is a little less awesome than I thought. Last night at dinner he talked about himself - nonstop - for all of dinner and even when I volunteered information about myself he seemed to just change the conversation back to himself. I'm thinking maybe it was nerves, but we'll see. Also, he mentioned that I should meet his kid already and in talking with a friend of mine who's a single dad I've decided that it should be at least 3 months before that happens. <BR> <BR> In oth... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 17:37:23 EST Awesome Date Was Awesome! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5110217 My date was AWESOME. <BR> <BR> Seriously. <BR> <BR> I was worried at first. He's not my normal type. But it was just so comfortable to be around him. We hit it off right away. Time flew by and when I realized it was midnight, it was hard to end the date. <BR> <BR> He already asked if he could see me again tonight and I agreed. I do worry that this is too fast and I've told him so, but he has an eight year old son that stays with him from Thursday until Sunday night, so there aren't many ni... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 17:13:27 EST A Butterfly In a Sea of Robots http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5108528 I was SO SORE during Zumba that I felt like I needed to apologize to the instructor after class for my total fail! <BR> <BR> Actually, I did okay. It just so happened that my legs and bottom were sore and the class was focused on lower body. <BR> <BR> I felt like my muscles were screaming at me to quit. But after a few minutes, I realized that the more I was working them, the better they felt. Once they were warm I could still feel the soreness, but it wasn't pronounced and I could move wit... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 13:40:33 EST New Goal: No Whining At Yoda http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5105204 Yoda was SO MEAN to me yesterday! I know this because my legs and butt are screaming in pain today. <BR> <BR> Yup. My muscles are sore. <BR> <BR> I guess Yoda wasn't really mean to me. He just gave me a good workout. It was a 6-5-4-3 workout and it was lower body. <BR> <BR> 6 - 6 sets of 20 squats using the Smith Machine. I don't like the Smith Machine. It's in Meathead Central and there's always giant-muscled guys using it. Plus, I'm really afraid that I'll drop the bar and look stupid. <... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 16:59:02 EST There is no "I'll Start Tomorrow" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5103815 The scale FINALLY moved in the right direction again! <BR> <BR> I was supposed to train with Yoda yesterday. To make a long story short, because of a pre-workout he took he wasn't feeling well so we met for a few minutes and then postponed to today. <BR> <BR> Yay! I get to see Yoda again today! My workouts always feel tougher when he's there. <BR> <BR> Anyway, before we decided to postpone we went through my weight and measurements as well as looked at my eating habits for the week. I had... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 13:39:37 EST Short Blog Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5102848 I tell you what, Yoda and I are gonna have a talk today. <BR> <BR> Last week he cut me to 1200 calories because I was having trouble losing weight. I swear that I'm about to eat my arm. <BR> <BR> SO HUNGRY! <BR> <BR> Now, in total fairness, I'm not really that hungry. I just feel like I need to be eating. I'm not starving or anything. It's just a habit to eat a certain amount of food at certain times, and going from 2000 to 1200 calories is almost cutting that in half. <BR> <BR> I am pr... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 17:53:19 EST Always Headed Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5101281 Decisions. <BR> <BR> We make them ALL the time, more than we even realize. Do I take this job or that job? Do I major in this or that? What should I have for dinner? Should I skip my workout or not? Do I take this route or that route? What is my favorite color? Should I hit the snooze button or get my lazy behind out of bed? Should I turn left or right? <BR> <BR> Every decision we make shapes who we are. Every step we take points us in the direction that our life is headed. <BR> <BR> You ... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 12:19:36 EST Rainy Days Can Be Awesome If You Let Them http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5099829 I wore my pedometer on Friday during Zumba, and HOLY CRAP. Seriously. Normally I do a mile and a half with no workout and with a workout I get in two and a half to four miles. <BR> <BR> When I added Zumba to my regular day?? <BR> <BR> 5.18 miles. SERIOUSLY. <BR> <BR> WOOHOO!! <BR> <BR> In other news, it's been rainy this weekend. I was exchanging texts with a friend of mine and he mentioned that the weather was "miserable" and I agreed. But then I got to thinking about it and I had to ch... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 11:58:04 EST Lessons Learned http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5096467 Happy Friday, everyone!! There's just something about Fridays that makes me so happy, even when I have a busy weekend coming up. The whole day FEELS like a dance party. <BR> <BR> So I'm dancin'! <BR> <BR> I recently bought a pedometer and I'm tracking how many steps I take and how many miles I walk each day without a workout and I was pleasantly surprised. For having a desk job, I do pretty well. I get a few miles in every day. <BR> <BR> Since I got the pedometer, it's become a game. I pa... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 12:27:29 EST I'm Not a Princess http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5095487 Once upon a time there was a Princess. She was beautiful and happy and she did nothing except sit around and have people bring her whatever she wanted. <BR> <BR> Oh wait. <BR> <BR> No there wasn't. <BR> <BR> I honestly don't think you could be happy by having everything handed to you. You know what brings happiness? Knowing that YOU made it happen. YOU went to work to make the money to buy yourself your dream home. YOU hit the gym and changed your diet to get yourself those abs. YOU creat... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 16:08:20 EST Bring It On, Winter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5093911 Once again, my plans changed. <BR> <BR> I planned on hitting the gym directly after work. I work until 5 and a friend was coming over at 6:30. At lunchtime, the friend sent me text saying that they had to be somewhere at 8 so they were thinking about coming over earlier. <BR> <BR> WHAT??? <BR> <BR> What about my plans? What about the gym? What about dinner? <BR> <BR> I didn't stress. I did worry that because I wasn't putting the gym first, I'd end up not going. Somehow it's always easiest... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 11:27:06 EST Stepping It Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5092554 Last night was ZUMBA!! Have I mentioned that I love Zumba? Well, last night a friend was coming to visit, so I planned on leaving the class 15 minutes early so that I could have time to shower. <BR> <BR> Because of that, I really put myself into the songs and the movement. I pushed hard. It was SO MUCH FUN. Seriously. If you're working out and you're finding that you're not enjoying it, then STEP IT UP. Put a bounce in your step. Make yourself smile. It's amazing how a little bit of effort c... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 11:20:20 EST Improvement > Perfect http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5091656 Every time I think I've got things under control, I realize that I don't. <BR> <BR> I ate fast food today. I weighed in this morning with a gain of 3 pounds from last week and I thought to myself "Eh. If I already gained weight, then it doesn't matter". <BR> <BR> But you know what? <BR> <BR> I feel sick. Not like oh-crap-what-have-I-done? sick, but like ugh-my-tummy-hurts sick. <BR> <BR> I don't eat perfectly. I don't always hit my target calorie range. I don't always get the right ratio... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 17:38:36 EST Weight Wars: A New Bet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5087838 I have a new bet going. <BR> <BR> My best guy friend and I were talking about how our motivation and consistency has been lacking and we made a bet. The winner is the person who attends the gym the most this month. The loser pays for us to go bowling. <BR> <BR> Next month, once both of us are more consistent with our workouts, we'll add Fitness Minutes. Whoever works out the most wins. <BR> <BR> I'm actually really excited about this. I think that I do better when I have some competition.... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 12:06:40 EST He Doesn't Know and He'll Never Understand http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5086558 I skipped the gym. I let a guy's opinion of me ruin my day and instead of going to Zumba I stayed home and wallowed in my lameness. <BR> <BR> But at around bedtime I realized something. I didn't win today. I let him win. I let him bully me into thinking that his opinion was right and that I was wrong. He doesn't even know me. All he knows about me is what he sees, and looks are VERY deceiving. <BR> <BR> He doesn't know that two years ago I couldn't even nearly fit into the clothes I'm wear... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 12:13:57 EST It's the Little Things That Help http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5085105 I was going to skip the gym yesterday. I had a funeral at 3 and I just KNEW that I was going to be too emotional to go to the gym. <BR> <BR> After the funeral I went home and turned the tv on. <BR> <BR> I didn't put my gym clothes on. <BR> <BR> I didn't find my gym shoes. <BR> <BR> I didn't get my water bottle ready. <BR> <BR> I didn't even think about it. I'd already decided that I wasn't going to go. <BR> <BR> BUT THEN....my brother's fiancé called me. She needed help with something ... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 11:25:15 EST Who Are You and What Have You Done With My Yoda? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5083718 I am a perfectionist. If I make a birthday card, it must be amazing and wonderful and funny. If I plan a party, it must be planned to every detail and go as smoothly and as on-plan as possible. If Yoda tells me to eat 2,000 calories every day and to have my macronutrients at 40%/30%/30% then I MUST get it exactly right, or at least extremely close. <BR> <BR> Because of my drive to make everything perfect, I am always stressed. We all know that nothing ever really goes as planned. This causes... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 11:51:22 EST Workouts and Dates http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5082290 I didn't plan on a workout with Yoda. He even told me to wait until this week. <BR> <BR> BUT <BR> <BR> When I went to Zumba on Friday, Yoda was there. I actually didn't end up going to Zumba because my favorite instructor was not teaching. Instead I chatted with Yoda, then ran a bit, then went home. <BR> <BR> And what did I chat with Yoda about? <BR> <BR> Training. We scheduled a session for Saturday. <BR> <BR> It was one of the most fun sessions I've ever had with Yoda. The workout was ... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 13:44:14 EST Feeling Better! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5078385 I'd say that I'm still sick, but I'm actually feeling okay today. I will be at my Zumba class at 5:30 and I WILL have a good time and I WILL finally get a workout in. <BR> <BR> The date has been postponed. He sent a text yesterday after his work meeting that he was waiting for bad news from his boss. I was concerned, so I asked about the bad news and he explained that his boss might be sending him out of town to a training this weekend and that he'd know in a few hours if he had to go. Sure ... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 12:17:55 EST This Blog Is About Something Awesome...Also, I'm Still Sick http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5077038 Guess who's still sick!! <BR> <BR> Yup. <BR> <BR> Me. Again. But I feel a lot better and I think I'll be going to the gym tonight. <BR> <BR> But that isn't what this blog is going to be about. This blog is about something AWESOME. <BR> <BR> I HAVE A DATE TOMORROW NIGHT. <BR> <BR> Yes. A date. An actual date. <BR> <BR> It's kind of a blind date. I met him online. We've been chatting back and forth. Yesterday I finally gave him my cell phone number and we started to text. <BR> <BR> La... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 11:48:43 EST My Blogs Are Boring When I'm Sick http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5076017 I'd mention that I'm still sick, but at this point it's getting a little redundant. But yeah. I feel a little bit better than yesterday, although I still feel yucky and am definitely not at 100%. <BR> <BR> I had decided that I was going to go to the Zumba class tonight, though. I figured I could power through at least a half hour of it if I couldn't make the full hour. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure if I mentioned this, but my Zumba instructor is friends with a woman that lives in a neighboring apa... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 16:02:30 EST Still Sick :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5074449 Yup. So, I'm still sick. I thought about going to the gym yesterday, but then I sneezed and my head started spinning and my ears were ringing, so I went home from work and sat on my couch until the urge to go to the gym passed. <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Really. It's like I WANT to go to the gym, but I feel so yucky that I think it would actually make me feel worse. <BR> <BR> So, I'm taking today off as well. We'll see how I feel by the time Zumba rolls around tomorrow. <BR> <BR... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 13:15:40 EST Same Soup, Different Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5073285 You know what's disgusting? <BR> <BR> The healthy potato soup I made on Sunday. It smelled gross, it looked gross, and I ended up eating something different for dinner. <BR> <BR> You know what's yummy? <BR> <BR> The same soup, a day later. I dunno if it just needed some time to settle down, but it's delicious today! <BR> <BR> In other news, my session with Yoda has been cancelled today. I sent him a text telling him my symptoms - headache, chills, runny nose, cough, etc. and asked if he ... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 17:09:00 EST Knowledge is Power http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5069132 In an effort to complete Yoda's homework this week, I planned out all my meals, made a grocery list, and went grocery shopping for the items so that I'd have food in my house that wasn't frozen, canned, or other forms of the "healthier" food I've been eating. He wants me to start using the crockpot, so today is day 1. <BR> <BR> It's already not off to a great start. I planned to make a potato soup with beef in it last night so that I could just start the crockpot this morning, but I sat down... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 11:53:56 EST We Can't All Be Graceful Fantasia Hippos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5067821 My cousin sent me a message yesterday asking how many calories a 60 minute Zumba class burns. I honestly hadn't thought too much about it before, so I did some research and as far as I can see it burns anywhere from 300 to 1,000 calories depending on weight and the amount of effort put into it. <BR> <BR> 300 to 1,000 <BR> <BR> That is a GIANT range. <BR> <BR> So halfway through Zumba last night, I got to thinking about it. Would I put myself on the lower or the higher end of that? <BR> <B... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 12:20:38 EST Yoda and the P.E. Class http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5066451 My family is heavily involved in the church I grew up in. (Note: I used to be, but I am not currently. Also, this blog is not about religion.) My mom helps plan a monthly seminar-type thing where the women in her church learn about different things and make crafts and generally have a churchy-ladies-night-out type of thing. <BR> <BR> Last night, they had "Back-To-School Night" where they had different people come in as "teachers" and teach subjects like finance, psychology, and P.E. <BR> <... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 13:41:41 EST Clean Socks and Fetching Crockpots! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5064764 Yoda is a RockStar. Seriously. Have I mentioned that lately? If I haven't, know that he is and that when I'm training with him, I feel like I can do anything. <BR> <BR> Sure, sometimes he makes me cry but that's part of the fun! <BR> <BR> Anyway, originally I was supposed to train on Wednesday. I asked Yoda if we could change it to Tuesday or Thursday so that I could go to Zumba and he had an opening on Thursday. But of course, things happen so this weekend he asked if we could go back to W... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 11:12:49 EST My 7th 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5063274 Wind is blowing through your hair as you hit your stride. Your legs feel great and you feel like you're free and can run forever. You smile as you pass each mile marker until you hit the end of the 5K and yet you still feel as if you could run some more. <BR> <BR> Yeah. <BR> <BR> This is SO not me. <BR> <BR> The first step I take, I think "Are we there yet?" and I start gasping for air. I panic as we hit a mile - will my legs fall off? Will my lungs burst? Is the air too cold for me to be ... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 13:15:14 EST Friends, The Past, and the Start of My Weight Issues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5059141 Sometimes I look at my life and I think "What a loser". If life right now were high school, I'd identify with the misfits - the people who get made fun of and who eat lunch alone. <BR> <BR> I don't know how many of you watch Glee, but this is what got me thinking about it. Right now I see myself as overweight and as a person that people don't want to be around. I wouldn't be surprised if someone walked in my office right now and threw a slushie in my face. <BR> <BR> After all, I weight too... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 13:05:53 EST Yoda Read Yesterday's Blog.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5057550 Yesterday I mentioned that I was going to tell my new goals to Yoda. Things got crazy busy at work and I didn't have time to type them up, so at the last minute I printed off my blog so that he could read the last part with my goals. <BR> <BR> On the way to the gym I folded the paper up and put it in my pocket so I'd remember to take it in. I'm pretty forgetful, so if I don't do that then halfway through training I'd remember that I'd left it on the seat of my car and I'd feel dumb running o... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 11:57:24 EST I'm Joining the Rebel Alliance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5056008 Why haven't you been here since last Thursday?" <BR> <BR> There I was, minding my own business, and here comes Yoda with accusations of me not working out. Of course, his accusations were right. <BR> <BR> "How about we pretend that you didn't notice?" <BR> <BR> "Oh, I noticed." He replied. <BR> <BR> I love that about my trainer. He cares enough to check on my gym visits, and he cares enough to call me out on skipping those. This afternoon when I work out with him, I'm sure that he'll mak... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 12:26:32 EST