HALINHALF's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HALINHALF HALINHALF'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/ Whole30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180602 I've been doing Whole30 for 10 days now and currently my biggest worry is what the scale will say at the end. Did I mention I can't weigh myself all month for this challenge? <BR> <BR> I'm currently at 285 which is about 10 pounds shy of how far I got back in 2012 with this site. However, I didn't have the muscle mass I had back then either. <BR> <BR> Anyone have experiences with Whole30? Fri, 10 Jun 2016 23:41:15 EST Day 3 & 4/365 - Gym'n http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6061618 So Monday I worked with two girls I'm helping train. We did arms & shoulders Monday, then Legs and Abs this morning. Tonight I just met up with my trainer who has a new location. We did measurements and I've gained inches everywhere since November. However I believe my body fat has gone down by two percent. We used a different machine this time so it may be inaccurate. <BR> <BR> I did my first day of intermittent fasting too. It's an 8 hour window where you can eat, but 16 where you cannot. ... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 22:33:21 EST 2/365 - Already a Cheater http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6059397 Today was a friend's birthday and I took him out to Olive Garden. Usually I would get the soup but I was upselled by the waitress to get a pasta too. <BR> <BR> I saved over half the pasta, ate 1 bowl of soup instead of four, then split the appetizer. I'm still within my calorie range for the day! <BR> <BR> I've been researching intermittent fasting. And I think I will give it a try. Sun, 3 Jan 2016 21:56:24 EST 1/365 - Modern Technology http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6058497 So yesterday (technically NYE night) I received my Iphone 6 in the mail and I activated it with my carrier. My older phone had no more memory left, and surprisingly nothing left that I could delete to make more downloading space for apps. (it was 5 years old) <BR> <BR> I downloaded MyfitnessPal and I'm excited to see if I will have time to use it when at work. Typically when I was only able to use it on the computer I wouldn't be at home until 9pm at night. I would have to log work snacks, l... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 23:25:02 EST I've Been Ready for Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6057112 I come back a lot. Today I'm coming back on the day so many people start over. Let me give a recap... <BR> <BR> 1. I've been working out at a local gym for the past 2 years. There has only been 2 times that I've missed a week at the gym within that time frame. <BR> <BR> 2. I started benching 90 lbs in 2014. I benched 165lbs for 8 reps on Tuesday, December 29th. <BR> <BR> 3. I've been doing boot camps every weekend. <BR> <BR> 4. I can plank for over a minute. <BR> <BR> 5. I'm becoming int... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 15:17:35 EST I Guess By Default: This is Meatless Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757762 I said I'd never do "Meatless Monday" just because it used to be a thing. But here I am using one of my meatless days on Monday. <BR> <BR> Breakfast: 1 Egg (It seemed like such a little amount), Greek Yogurt, Honeydew <BR> Lunch: Carrot & hummus, Coconut Lara Bar <BR> Snack: Greek Yogurt <BR> Dinner, Portobello Mushroom fixed like a steak, corn, Caesar salad, rice with Picante, Grilled Onions. <BR> Snack Tonight: Mixed fruit, maybe a Fiber One Cookie <BR> <BR> <BR> The mushroom didn't have... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 19:14:56 EST Thursday's Menu & Saturday's Shenanigans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756564 Thursday: <BR> Breakfast: Two slices of the Quiche from Tuesday & Honeydew <BR> Lunch: Protein Bar (first day back at work) <BR> Dinner: Grilled Rutabaga eaten like a steak (with steak sauce), Grilled Zucchini, Chickpeas with lime and garlic, Cous Cous with pine nuts. <BR> <BR> To be honest, I was hungry an hour or two later, but I just drank water. <BR> ____________________ <BR> <BR> This week I'm doing vegetarian Monday & Tuesday. I'm planning on eating a portabella mushroom like a steak... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 21:50:54 EST Tuesday's Meatless Menu http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753934 Breakfast: <BR> Nutty Cinnamon Quinoa <BR> (I used apple instead of berries and walnuts instead of pecans due to what I had in the kitchen) <BR> <link>www.101cookbooks.com/archives/warm-a<BR>nd-nutty-cinnamon-quinoa-recipe.html </link> <BR> <BR> 2 Scrambled Eggs with cooked Spinach. <BR> <BR> Lunch <BR> Baby Carrots, Celery, and hummus. <BR> <BR> After workout snack <BR> 2 Tablespoons Coconut Peanut Butter <BR> <BR> Dinner <BR> Sweet potato and onion hashbrown <BR> & <BR> Kale, Spinac... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 22:01:15 EST Meatless TWOdays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751888 So since I try new diet ideas and tricks (or at least I did). I've decided to go "vegetarian" approximately two days a week. This is an effort to try out more vegetables and foods with protein. I'll still eat an egg in the morning which I know a lot of people would say that's a meat, however yesterday I made a burrito but I used chickpeas instead of beef. I've also added Greek Yogurt as a snack. <BR> <BR> Today I used a Spark recipe and made Eggplant Pizzas. (Eggplant replaces the crust). On... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 21:08:18 EST Why I'm Not Looking at the Scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643137 Hello again, it's been a while. <BR> <BR> Late December I started the Spark People 5k up again. In 2013 I took a job that threw me off schedule. I couldn't find it in me to settle down and find time to start running again. I kept starting 5k programs and stopping them by week 2 or 3. <BR> <BR> Fast forward to December 23rd 2013, I was done with my retail job I held for a year and I was now just focused on the one graphic design job. It has consistent hours, if my schedule needs to change, I... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 20:20:11 EST WUBSIX http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5368791 Birthday success, on Friday I went on a hike alone. It was one of the steeper hikes with narrow balance bridges and rivers to cross. When I got to the top there was a huge waterfall, I read and journaled and for the first time in a while I felt like I completed something. I could have turned around and went back at anytime. Snakes, bees, balancing on rocks, did I mention I hated hiking? I just knew I needed to push myself to do something. Nothing but me and God time. <BR> <BR> I got home and... Sun, 26 May 2013 22:24:04 EST WUBFIVE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361558 This week I really did nothing. I mean I did my 10 minutes of walking each day and worked, but I didn't work out, I didn't run. I even ate peanut butter snickers. I lost 5 lbs. Quite perplexing. I also lost about 9 inches since week 1 of BLC. <BR> <BR> I didn't run or exercise because I didn't want to worsen my cough and/or get people sick at the gym. I didn't really miss it because I really needed to rest this week. I felt like my ears were gonna blow up all week. I'm still coughing, and my... Sun, 19 May 2013 21:50:38 EST Wubbly Wub with WalinWalf http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5354509 I has sick. :-( <BR> <BR> My midday weight was 283.6, so I think my morning weight would have been lower. I've calculated snickers peanut butter squares into my calorie count and that makes me happy. <BR> <BR> My throat is incredibly sore. This week I do the official "Week 1" of my 5k training, even though I've done pre req weeks that I made up the past few weeks to get ready for the training. <BR> <BR> My birthday is in 12 days. Sun, 12 May 2013 22:56:57 EST Ya know what? Gimme mai points. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5338818 This week is about visual motivation. Today I made my new Spark wallpaper. Illustrator and hand rendered type. I included a blog excerpt from my first 5k, my notorious persevere lingo, "run faster" ect... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 22:57:00 EST WUB #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5338564 This week I did a modified version of couch to 5k, The Spark People running plan is only 5 weeks, so I'm just warming up for it. Day 1 I walked 4 minutes and ran 1 for 35 minutes, Day 2 I did 3 minutes of walking and 1 minute of running, 2 minutes of walking and 1 minute of running, then 1:1 on day 4. This week it's scheduled to rain, so I'm hitting the gym for most of the days. <BR> <BR> This week I tried doing a full body push up, and I kinda did one, the next day I did 5 weak ones. :-P I'... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 19:21:55 EST BLC 18: WUB.1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5330870 This week I got a second job, started an advanced 5k program, lost over 6 pounds and completed a 9 day work week if you count my road trip to my interview. <BR> <BR> One of my biggest challenges is going to be not eating when I get back home from work, especially when I'm not hungry. I've been in a rut where I base my meals off of time of occasion, like after work, before I go out, ect... and a lot of it I'm not hungry. When that happens before bedtime I think that could be bad as well. <BR>... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 18:32:38 EST BLC 18: Letter to HalinHalf http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5330192 Dear Hal, <BR> <BR> We've stalled a little bit back there this winter, and I can't say we won't again. Just don't lose too much ground the next time. I hope you're seeing some new numbers and I hope you can run that 5k in record time (not that you running it at that great of a record haha!) <BR> <BR> You are 24 now (Happy Belated Birthday btw), and I hope the last half of your twenties you are able to keep away from being overweight. This gives you less than a year now to reach your goal. I... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 00:03:52 EST Twenties BLC 18 Starts April 12th! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5309827 ------The BLC 18 Rules and Regulations------- <BR> <BR> Duration <BR> ---------- <BR> BLC 18 (Biggest Loser Challenge #18), will last from April 12th until June 23rd. (10 weeks) <BR> <BR> Sign Ups will last from April 3rd to April 12th at 3pm PST (that's 7 EST). Week 1 will begin Monday the 15th. Late sign ups will/may be added in week 3 should players DQ from activity. <BR> <BR> Eligibility: <BR> ---------- <BR> Anyone is eligible to participate in this BLC #18 provided you satisfy both o... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 08:36:50 EST Enter April http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5306384 I have come to the conclusion for the past few weeks that I haven't been pushing for a healthy lifestyle as much as I know I can and am able to. I go to the gym, I understand that weight loss is a slow process. But if I were to be honest with myself, I haven't been pursuing this lifestyle wholeheartedly and my weight has maintained or gained because of it. <BR> <BR> Yes, weight loss is a slow process for some and I've told myself I'm giving myself 2 years to lose it. I find myself and food c... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 14:50:53 EST WUB.8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5290410 Run 24 races between 1 mile (up to 12) 5k (up to 10) 10k (up to 3) and a half marathon (at least 1) (at least 3 official races) <BR> Mile: {13:26} {13:15} {} {} {} {} {} {} {} {} {} {} <BR> 5k: {50:21} {49:17} {} {} {} {} {} {} {} <BR> 10k: {} {} <BR> Half: {} <BR> <BR> 1. Join a credit union, apply for a loan. <BR> - This goal may seem weird, but I have a credit card with a 26% interest rate. Credit Unions are about 4% interest for loans. I can therefore save about $1000 to $2000 in interes... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 22:34:25 EST The Lucky '13: My Fitness Plan BLC17 Revisions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5284526 My new fitness plan is something I fit around my new work schedule each week and lighter days (as well as lighter work hours). <BR> <BR> I do a mix of Jeff Galloway's running program and some circuit cross training. This week I went to the gym to do cardio for 12 minutes and to do circuit for 30 minutes, and i do this Sunday and Wednesday. I run for 30 minutes on Monday and Thursday. My off days are Tuesday and Friday this week. Saturday I run 4 miles, which will probably take me a little ov... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 22:12:17 EST The Lucky '13: The Great Outdoors http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5281897 I forgot this part of the challenges, but this week I did go outside to run. I was able to do so in shorts and a tshirt. This Saturday I ran the distance of a 5k, and unlike January, I was able to run it fully this time. It took me 49 minutes, but I still completely ran it. Sun, 10 Mar 2013 23:54:43 EST The Lucky '13: WUB Sevenpointoh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5281881 Run 24 races between 1 mile (up to 12) 5k (up to 10) 10k (up to 3) and a half marathon (at least 1) (at least 3 official races) <BR> Mile: {13:26} {13:15} {} {} {} {} {} {} {} {} {} {} <BR> 5k: {50:21} {49:17} {} {} {} {} {} {} {} <BR> 10k: {} {} <BR> Half: {} <BR> <BR> My March goals haven't really been completed yet. Therefore I'm just gonna post them again and leave them blank. <BR> <BR> 1. Join a credit union, apply for a loan. <BR> - This goal may seem weird, but I have a credit card ... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 23:39:56 EST The Lucky '13 (Is it?): WUB 6.0 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271928 It's March, and for the first time in BLC history, I didn't get the 300 points. <BR> <BR> :-( Sad face. <BR> <BR> My hours are cut at work this week, and on top of that we have a mandatory work meeting during my church time next Sunday. I seriously just wanted to quit this week. Every customer I come in contact now I have preconceived notions that they're just gonna act like a rude self entitled *****. I hate this fake niceness that sales associates have to portray during work. <BR> <BR> I... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 23:15:35 EST The Lucky '13: BLC 17 WUB.5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5262439 I'm gonna make this a quick one. <BR> <BR> I didn't run much this week. At first I was stressed about the interviews, then the hours/days I worked (I got off at 5 a lot this week), the gym was always gonna be crowded. Stupid excuse, but next week I'll tackle it better. <BR> <BR> We gave up sugary drinks this week. (Including sweeteners) I'll measure out some sweet tea into my calories from time to time (hi LiveDaily...), so this was actually a really weird week for me since I usually drink ... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 18:53:09 EST The Lucky '13: BLC's Dat Bucket http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5261387 This is a mix of long and short term goals. <BR> <BR> 1. Lose 25 pounds by May 24th (My birthday), I'd be 258. <BR> 2. Get a job in Graphic design. <BR> 3. Follow/complete the Dave Ramsey 7 step plan for my finances. <BR> 4. Get a membership at a credit union. <BR> 5. Lose another 25 pounds by the end of the year. I'd be 233lbs. <BR> 6. Read the whole Bible. <BR> 7. Flip a house. <BR> 8. Get on CBS Survivor. <BR> 9. Get out of retail. <BR> 10. Be more open. Sat, 23 Feb 2013 19:33:02 EST My Measures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5253355 Week 1 Measurements <BR> ------------------------------- <BR> Pant Size: 46 <BR> Neck: _16.5_ inches <BR> Bust/Chest: _46_ inches <BR> Waist: _47.5_ inches <BR> Upper Arm: _13_ inches <BR> Lower Arm: _8.5_ inches <BR> Hips: _53_ inches <BR> Thigh: _26_ inches <BR> Calf: _19_ inches <BR> Total Inches: 275.5 ( I multipled the arms and legs by two) _ <BR> <BR> Week 5 Measurements <BR> ------------------------------- <BR> Pant Size: 46 <BR> Neck: 16 inches <BR> Bust/Chest: 45.5 inches <BR> Waist... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 08:29:59 EST The Lucky '13: BLC 17 WUB.4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5253072 Year Long Goals <BR> <BR> 1. Running - I took a workout planning class and the trainer gave me a running plan. <BR> 2. No soda... and counting :-P <BR> 3. <BR> 4. Design - Two interviews, I really want this last one I did, but they say I'd need experience. Hopefully they'll overlook that since it's a junior position (where else will one ever get experience and how long should one really be expected to work for free in any other field after school?!?!?) <BR> <BR> 1. Run 24 races between 1 mi... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 22:17:49 EST The Lucky '13: BLC 17 - Me Likey pt 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5253054 Mental: <BR> 5. Humor: I appreciate a dry humor, I'm known to throw in a few one liners. <BR> 6. I'm a hard worker, I've come to realize this working retail. I'm always willing to lend a hand. <BR> <BR> Change <BR> 7. I've come out of my shell a lot, not from the weight loss, but from learning from the benefits of personal relationships and friendships. I was very reserved in grade school because I didn't know how to interact. <BR> 8. My improvement, and heart towards running. <BR> 9. My abi... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 22:00:20 EST The Lucky '13: BLC 17 - Me Likey pt 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5250280 This week's challenge is asking "What are ten things you like about yourself". You'd think this would be easy for me since I created the challenges... but nope, no pre planning here. :-P And it's weird that I can think of what I don't like about myself faster than what I like. <BR> <BR> I'm gonna divide this into Physical, Mental and Change, so I don't focus on only one category. <BR> <BR> Physical <BR> My Eyes - I was awarded sexiest eyes in high school. <BR> My Teeth - No braces, I like ... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 10:51:22 EST The Lucky '13: BLC 17 WUB.3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5245639 *oh yeah... perhaps I should WUB* <BR> <BR> Year Long Goals <BR> <BR> 1. Running - I didn't do a race, but I'm on a tread mill going between 5 and 6 on the speed scale at my new gym. I'm going tomorrow too. <BR> 2. No soda... and counting :-P <BR> 3. Utmost - I'm basically crossing this one off, I'm fortunate to have found fellowship in my current city, and one day I hope to come back to this when I have the time to read the passages with the message. <BR> 4. Design - I've applied to a few... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 21:37:04 EST The Lucky '13: Weightloss Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5245616 My weight loss story begins at an age where it's hard to understand the real reasons to lose weight. Health and fitness were just scary failures in the gym class and eating right meant yucky vegetables and no dessert. I focused on the things I was good at like grades and rule following and I reaped the rewards of doing well in those sectors like getting free pizzas for all A's and candies for getting a good test score. In my mind candy became good, other stuff became punishment. I was quiet a... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 21:18:03 EST The Lucky '13: Unconventional Visual Motivator http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5243418 In December I bought a winter cardigan jacket from Lands End, the store I work at. <BR> <BR> <link>www.landsend.com/pp/mens-winter-rib-<BR>button-mock-cardigan~244405_-1.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1965507592.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I own an XL, however this week for our visual motivation challenge, I've already made rock jars (okay... rock cups), a desktop wallpaper, a graph to "Onederland", and my visual journey maps were used in the examples...... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 23:12:44 EST The Lucky '13: BLC 17 WUB.2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5236244 *oh yeah... perhaps I should WUB* <BR> <BR> Year Long Goals <BR> <BR> 1. Running - I didn't do a race, but I walked a 5k this week and ran the last lap of it. It wasn't on the track, however, it felt good to run. <BR> 2. No soda... and I'm almost thinking to just give it up. A friend told me today they got a soda to try and wake up, but it didn't help them. I'm on the verge of wanting to try it again, but I want my first soda to be a special one. Maybe in an old glass bottle or a unique fla... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 21:15:06 EST The Lucky '13: BLC 17 WUB.1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5226109 For those who have just met me on here, I'm tracking month long goals and year long goals on this blog. <BR> <BR> _________ <BR> <BR> Year Long Goals <BR> <BR> 1. Run 24 races between 1 mile (up to 12) 5k (up to 10) 10k (up to 3) and a half marathon (at least 1) (at least 3 official races) <BR> Mile: {13:26} {} {} {} {} {} {} {} {} {} {} {} <BR> 5k: {50:21} {} {} {} {} {} {} {} {} <BR> 10k: {} {} <BR> Half: {} <BR> <BR> 2. Drink soda only if you ran more miles than you're drinking in ounc... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 20:20:48 EST The Lucky '13: BLC 17 Fitness Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5225250 A set in stone fitness plan is hard to do since my schedule changes so weirdly during the week. Sure, we usually work sometime between 9:45 and 9:15, but most of my schedules are 10am to 6pm. Sure I could run at 7, but that requires waking up early in freezing cold to run and I'm not willing to do that in my life at this point in time. <BR> <BR> I've scheduled 2 running days this week. Monday after 5 and Wednesday before 2pm, Friday anytime since I'm off if I missed Sunday... or I guess I'll... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 07:46:30 EST BLC 17 for 20 Somethings with 100+ Lbs to lose is coming soon! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5199416 This season I am semi heading up the BLC for 20 Somethings with 100 Pounds to Lose group. Myself along with my fearless leaders will host the 17th season. Details below! Sign up before the 18th! :-) Week 0 weigh in due Sunday the 20th, Week 1 starts the 21st. <BR> ___________________________ <BR> ------The BLC 17 Rules and Regulations------- <BR> <BR> Duration <BR> ---------- <BR> BLC 17 (Biggest Loser Challenge #17), will last from January 18th until March 17th. <BR> <BR> Sign Ups will las... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 20:22:51 EST The Lucky '13: January Goals (WUB 1 of 5) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5190938 Today I'm just posting the goals, they are divided into Goals for the year, and Goals for the Month. <BR> <BR> Year Long Goals <BR> <BR> 1. Run 24 races between 1 mile (up to 12) 5k (up to 10) 10k (up to 3) and a half marathon (at least 1) (at least 3 official races) <BR> Mile: {} {} {} {} {} {} {} {} {} {} {} {} <BR> 5k: {} {} {} {} {} {} {} {} {} <BR> 10k: {} {} <BR> Half: {} <BR> <BR> 2. Drink soda only if you ran more miles than you're drinking in ounces. <BR> Soda count: <BR> Miles co... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 00:16:41 EST The Lucky '13: I Feel 45 Pounds Lighter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5190399 I feel 45 pounds lighter. That's because I am. That's what I focus on, not the 10-15 I gained over holidays. I started January 2012 as 330 pounds, and now I'm 285. <BR> <BR> I have obstacles now with losing, one being my days are being used up by my job. My off days are being used up by taking someone to the grocery store and retail also wears me out. My meal breaks I could bring my lunch, however the break room is disgusting. But the food court is both costly and fattening. I know the calo... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 17:17:51 EST The Hour is Approaching... a New Year is Being Written. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5182955 Today I didn't run, all the gates into the college I run at were locked. There were cops all along our neighborhood looking for someone, and it was too dark to run in a park. Tomorrow morning I'll try it again since I don't work until 3pm. <BR> <BR> My New Years Resolution for 2012 was no soda: I believe I can now say SUCCESS! <BR> <BR> For 2013 I've been debating my resolution[s], I want to make a lot, but I know I should focus on one because that usually works best. <BR> <BR> 1. Run 24 r... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 23:09:51 EST Thoughts? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5178121 http://www.thepostgame.com/blog/training-d<BR>ay/201212/greatest-weight-loss-myth-ev<BR>er-told <BR> <BR> I do find that when I eat a big breakfast, I still eat during the day and I generally eat more... but I wonder if my idea of a big breakfast is just too big? :-/ Thu, 27 Dec 2012 20:52:45 EST Back on Track - The Literal Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5153906 I'd say I haven't gone overboard on eating, as long as my mornings keep me 276-279 right now I'm content. However, my exercise has slacked. If you read in my other blogs I mentioned that I took a week off after my 10k on the 17th and the Thanksgiving stuff. The following week I took a job as a Sales Associate. That job has me walking around a lot during the day. And by day I mean all reasonable running hours. :-P <BR> <BR> I was off work today so I went to the track to do a 5 week running 5k... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 19:42:04 EST Things I'm Learning from Retail, and Things I'm Not. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5151025 1. Christmas shoppers really aren't that bad. That's at least the case at Lands End. I've never been to a Black Friday, and I haven't been to a Mall to purchase anything since Middle school or high school. I imagined people crawling over the stairwell and stampeding and wrestling over the last Tickle Me Elmo doll. <BR> <BR> 2. My 10k training has come to good use. I'm walking a lot, and although I haven't started my new advanced 5k plan yet, I think I'm getting some pounds lost. I've noticed... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 21:22:17 EST Thanksgiving Confessions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5143837 Okay, I know this is a time of year to enjoy. Tomorrow I go back to eating smaller meals and running and stuff. Here is my Thanksgiving destruction dinner... <BR> <BR> First up I had a plate of food which was less filled than anyone's plate in the family or friends. Most had an extra paper plate. I had maybe 1/4 - 1/2 cup of brown rice, 2 slices of Turkey, a 2 - 3 inch cube of my famous Macaroni Pie, a crescent roll, about 1/4 cup of Sweet Potato Casserole and a bowl of dumplings. I wound up... Thu, 22 Nov 2012 23:39:06 EST It Comes and Goes in Waves http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5141982 No, not the awesome sauce song by Greg Laswell. I go through points where I have no job leads... then like 2 or 3 call me at the same time and then I'm fluster - *obscene language* for a few weeks with what to do and it turns out that I get none of them anyway. <BR> <BR> Today I signed tax papers for a position in a mall. Then they said they'd call me in sometime next week (I guess they are running a background check) to start. I get back home and I get a phone call for a Beverage packaging ... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 22:23:53 EST My Sizes, my WUB and my Future Letter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5139055 Week 1 Measurements - JULY <BR> ---------------------------- <BR> Pant Size: 48 <BR> Neck: 17 inches <BR> Bust/Chest: 50 inches <BR> Waist: 54.5 inches (my 48 pants feel loose?) <BR> Upper Arm: 14.5 inches <BR> Lower Arm: 10 inches... or 7in wrist? <BR> Hips: 55 inches <BR> Thigh: 29 inches <BR> Calf: 19 inches <BR> Total Inches: 297 <BR> <BR> Week 1 Measurements - September <BR> --------------------------- <BR> Pant Size: 44 <BR> Neck: 17 inches <BR> Bust/Chest: 44 inches <BR> Waist: 47 inc... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 07:54:28 EST The 10k Results: What The Crap am I Doing to My Body? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5138697 I ran my 10k! Apparently that distance makes you tune out conversations without effort when your grandparents are trying to tell you about homeless people being drug addicts. <BR> <BR> After a grocery store run today I start getting ready. At 4:15 I'm ready to go, but my uncle decides to tell me that his girlfriend is hiring and that I should get my resume to her today at 7pm. What a great heads up! I scheduled this run 12 weeks ago, I've put a lot of effort into it, and I find too many mana... Sat, 17 Nov 2012 20:02:48 EST I Timed My Mile http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5134275 July 2012: 16:00 to run 1 mile. <BR> November 2012: 10:45 to run 1 mile. <BR> <BR> Shed 5 minutes in less than 5 months. I started off with a strong 6 minutes per mile for half a lap... at the 5 minute mark I was worried because my pace came up as 14:00 per mile at some points, at 10 minutes I heard I had reached 0.92 miles and pushed for those last eight tenths! <BR> <BR> Less than 10 weeks ago I was 11:50, Less than 5 weeks I was 11:02. I'm pretty proud of that! It's going on my Spark Pag... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 16:58:39 EST Week 10 - Independent Study http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5131702 That's exactly what this week of BLC 16 feels like! We are to pick challenges to redo for our final week. For most, it's redoing what they didn't do well on. I have 2700/2700 points earned right now... so I'm going to pick what I like, but most importantly what I think is gonna get me through to the New Year. <BR> <BR> Nutrition (Week 2 Redo) - Stay in my calorie range each day. <BR> M() T() W() Th() F() S() <BR> 10 points per day <BR> <BR> Fitness (Week 4 Redo) - Sign up for a virtual race... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 15:58:11 EST WUB - 9th Inning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5130829 WUB #6 <BR> 1. Lose 20lbs, 20 inches. <BR> ~ I'm currently 15.2lbs down and 4 inches down. <BR> ~ 4.8lbs and 16 inches to go in 1 week. Currently 276.2lbs. <BR> ~ One weeks to do this. How was this impossible to accomplish? :-/ <BR> ~ This was a Friday weigh in. I'm waking up early tomorrow so if I'm not lighter, it's because I didn't get enough sleep, so I'll use Friday. I'm hoping tomorrow it's down further :-P <BR> <BR> 2. Run a 5k in under 43.5 minutes <BR> ~ GOAL! <BR> ~ 39:21 <BR> <BR... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 19:16:35 EST