HAPPYCRICKET's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HAPPYCRICKET HAPPYCRICKET'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/ Snowy Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6438911 I am down a few pounds again, after a Thanksgiving weight gain spike. Last time this year, I ate more than I should through the whole holiday season with the thought I could get back on the wagon any time, and that just is not how it went down! This year, I enjoyed Thanksgiving, but I started back on a better eat plan right that weekend, and I am now back to where I was, around 268. My goal to be at 260 by Thanksgiving was not met, but I am okay with that. I have been lifting weights and wo... Sat, 9 Dec 2017 22:33:34 EST One Year Later--Weighing In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6423669 It has been over a year since I posted here, and I am happy to say that I weigh a little less than I did. I am at 277 (270 by my bathroom scale, which is what I go by in my head!), so that is 5 pounds less in a year. That might not sound like much, but when the trend has been upward over time, seeing the scale move the right way is so encouraging. I changed schools, so I have an hour less commute time total, and I am using it to exercise and be more mindful of my overall health. The combinat... Sat, 21 Oct 2017 17:50:13 EST Making Time for What Matters Most http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233677 I am working hard to fit in the things that matter most to me. Right now, that's my family and my health, but of course my job is also a high priority. Back to school time is so intense--everything has a deadline, all the procedures need to be put in place, and building relationships with my new students is a process that can't be rushed. So "balance" is a tricky concept. I know I am putting in more time now, but it will make the rest of the year smoother. I need to work more on the "cake" an... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 23:55:57 EST Planning for Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6228020 I am forcing myself to take the time out and PLAN -- it's been very helpful to chop up veggies and have them in containers. Then I am ready to roll! When I get them home from the store, I wash and chop them right away. It is working for me! Wed, 31 Aug 2016 22:10:36 EST Back to School http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6226825 Exhausting day today--first official day back and feeling overwhelmed. So many meetings! I feel behind, and I don't like that feeling. I have three preps this year, with one new content so it's a lot and I am feeling it. But I am taking care of myself physically, and I have a nutritious lunch packed for tomorrow. Baby steps! Mon, 29 Aug 2016 23:26:20 EST Pokeman Go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223647 My 15 year old son and I are playing Pokeman Go--I am a level 15 and he is much higher. I have no innate interest in the game, but a great interest in sharing enjoyable time with my son. It has certainly made me get off the couch, and we have had a lot of fun. You have to walk to "hatch" these electronic eggs. I have walked 10k to hatch an egg, chatting with my son and just spending time. It doesn't feel like exercise when it is a game. <BR> So I am learning that making my exercise coincide ... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:00:57 EST Building Better Habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221716 I joined a farm co-op this summer. I paid a lump sum up front, and once a week, I drive over to the farm and pick up a bag of produce. It has been fun getting different types of veggies than I might normally try (except okra--just can't do it), and I love knowing that they have been locally grown, and picked just a little while before I get them, It's like eating sunshine. <BR> The trick has been, I make myself sit down and chop up and refrigerate everything the day I get it. I then have prep... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 00:23:56 EST Still Here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217558 I am still plugging away at weight loss--unfortunately my metabolic syndrome crossed the line to diabetes, but I am now on Metformin and working to reverse that diagnosis. I am seeing a new doctor in Richmond, and he is optimistic that I can reverse this. Me, too. So far so good. While my weight is higher than it was the last time I was Sparking, it is at least moving back in the right direction.I hope to log in on Saturdays and update. Sun, 14 Aug 2016 00:40:14 EST New Year's resolutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5216209 Well, tomorrow the New Year will be 3 weeks old. I am taking stock of my resolutions. A big one was to log my food. I've done better than I ever have, but I am starting to slip. But I have finally figured out why. I HATE BEING INACCURATE! It's like perfectionist thing. Like, if I am one calorie off, I feel very uncomfortable. It's easier not to do it than to have that bad feeling I am doing it wrong. Hmmm. Not lazy, just type A. so I am working on that--it's okay to be a little inaccurate--... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 22:13:17 EST Invisible Elephant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5205638 I am so tired of being conspicuous because of my weight--and yet invisible at the same time! My normal-weight daughter, who is in a wheelchair due to a sports injury, says it is the same way for her in the wheelchair. I guess it makes people uncomfortable, seeing people outside of the norms. It is certainly uncomfortable for me to be this far out of the norm, too! I just want to feel seen--not stared at but seen, and validated and valued for who I am, not how I look. Seriously, add grey hair... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 20:31:22 EST Social Eating and Parental Relationships http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5204015 Today I ate food I didn't really want. My dad wanted to take us out to eat, and I wanted to spend time with everyone, and I certainly didn't want to have to cook for everyone myself. So we ended up at an Italian restaurant and I had an eggplant parm sub. The waitress asked me if I wanted fries or onion rings, and I said no, but she brought the plate with potato chips. *sigh* I ate them, naturally. So I ate most of the admittedly delicious sub. Dad wanted to get ice cream and syrups at the gro... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 18:55:07 EST Back Again...again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5200433 This is my first post in a long while. I am sorry to say that my wonderful mother died of cancer on October 16th. She fought so hard; we all did everything we could. It wasn't enough. What a beautiful and inspiring person she was, right to her last breath. She was the best of mothers, and I miss her so incredibly much. If anyone reading this is putting off having your annual Pap smear....please, please go make an appointment today. <BR> I left my job to care for her....I thought it would ... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 11:56:56 EST Sugar isn't so sweet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4932340 Well, the news was what we feared only maybe a little worse. 5 spots including one that is about 4.5 cm and pressing on Mom's kidney, or the part of the ureter that connects to the kidney. Mom will need a stent in that and then...more chemo. So. This is I guess just what happens when you have a stage IV cancer that got a really good toehold. <BR> For the CAT scan, Mom drank a radioactive sugar, basically. And they could tell it was an active cancer because cancer cells LOVE sugar. They jus... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 22:45:42 EST All I Can Do http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4930799 I last logged in here in October of 2010--and I have gained 42 pounds back, but I am still (a very little) below where I started. I have to admit, my mother being diagnosed with Stage IV uterine cancer knocked me right off my even keel. She is the sweetest woman -- you have no idea. She is true blue. All the Mother's Day cards in the store--the super gooshy mushy ones--they don't even do her justice. It is one of the mysteries of life how I got so lucky as to have this woman as my own persona... Sun, 17 Jun 2012 23:40:35 EST Just Not Food to Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3729266 I was thinking about all the changes I have made to my diet, and how it has helped me to lose 35 pounds. Why is it different this time? I think it is all in my head! <BR> <BR> The junk I used to eat (Oreos, M&Ms, Doritos) is just not food to me any more. I do not have one tiny bit of trouble resisting them. I read someone's blog about trying to stare down Oreos in the cookie aisle, and I thought, "Man, I used to feel that way." But now, I don't want them at all. I believe I will never... Wed, 20 Oct 2010 19:14:15 EST Flu Shot HURTS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3726767 I got my flu shot yesterday, and it hurt! I am not a baby about shots at all. I've had a flu shot every year for years, and they just don't bother me. But this one stung when it went in , and was very sore yesterday. I rolled over onto my arm in my sleep, and it woke me up! Even this morning, my arm hurt. Had to skip some yoga poses, cuz it was painful! I definitely recommend getting this flu shot in your non-dominant arm! <BR> But, it's better than the flu. Tue, 19 Oct 2010 19:45:11 EST Even Keel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3703110 It has finally happened. I am just doing the right thing on automatic pilot. I have been Sparking since January, and it is not a "front burner" thing anymore--I don't have to keep a focus on "dieting"--this is how I live my life. I do my yoga regularly, but it doesn't feel at all like a chore--it's just what I do, like brushing my teeth or reading the paper. What a relief! It's like I'm in the current, and I just am carried along by the rhythm of my own good habits. It was so worth taking t... Sat, 9 Oct 2010 07:57:19 EST Fat, You Fooled Me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3669284 Fat, you fooled me for so long. <BR> <BR> You wrapped around me tighter than a snake, making my body so big and bulky and unwieldy. I was uncomfortable and unhealthy; I hid from other people at the same time that I resented being invisible. <BR> <BR> You whispered in my ear that you would protect me, and that if they couldn't see the "real me" hidden behind all those thick layers, well--they were shallow and not worthy of getting close to me. <BR> <BR> So you were doing me a favor, r... Sat, 25 Sep 2010 10:55:02 EST Yoga is changing my body! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3666350 I have been building a habit of doing yoga every morning and night. I know the routine so well, I can do it without the tape. It is fifteen minutes in the morning, ans another (different) fifteen at night. So every day, I am exercising and stretching for 30 minutes plus. I love how it makes me feel--so great! Energy in the moring and sleepy and drowsy at night. <BR> But the other cool thing is how it is changing my body. Everyone thinks I have lost more weigh than I have. My clothes fit dif... Thu, 23 Sep 2010 22:43:39 EST The Hormone Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3648867 After a "plateau" since May (4 months without losing a pound) I went for my yearly ob-gyn check up. And I asked if I could possibly have PCOS, because of some symptoms I have been having, one of which is inability to lose weight. <BR> <BR> The Dr. was very unresponsive (he has been my dr. for 20 years and delivered both my children.) He started lecturing me about my weight. And I got mad. <BR> <BR> I am fairly soft-spoken, and I have great respect for doctors, so it was unusual for me to... Sat, 18 Sep 2010 07:06:32 EST It's the Little Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3642330 Today I noticed that my watch strap is getting looser--my watch is rotating a little on my wrist. It's a metal watch band, so I know it isn't stretching. I am getting smaller! <BR> <BR> I can also touch my toes--well past my toes actually. In another few months, I may be able to put my palms on the ground. i am about half-way there. But maybe it will take a year or two--who cares? <BR> <BR> I am so into yoga, that I wanted to stretch at the gas pump while I was pumping gas. But I felt we... Wed, 15 Sep 2010 22:20:37 EST My First Half-Marathon! 3 hrs 53 min 52 seconds! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3611537 I did it!!!! I walked the Virginia Beach Rock and Roll Half Marathon and finished in 3 hours 53 minutes and 52 seconds! I did about 18 minute miles, and I am so amazed at myself. My best friend, Lorie, walked it with me, and I literally would not and could not have done it without her. I sort of "hit the wall" at the mile 11 marker, and miles 12 and 13 were no fun! But from mile 13 to the 13.1 was a blast. Everyone was cheering and clapping--going across the finish line was awesome. <BR... Mon, 6 Sep 2010 12:26:05 EST Yoga for People who Cannot Touch Their Toes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3567405 I haven't been posting, but I have been doing so great! Not on the scale (have another endocrinologist appt next week) but with my eating and exercising. My clothes fit better and my waist is smaller. I am doing GREAT on training for the half-marathon. I actually walked 12 miles two days in a row until my friend convinced me I was over-training. I have so much energy and stamina, I amaze myself. <BR> <BR> But the best thing is YOGA, I am so into it. I got a book with a DVD called Gentl... Mon, 23 Aug 2010 20:30:20 EST Getting out of "The Fat Lane" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3391004 Watch out, cuz I am getting out of the fat lane on the highway of my life! I have been zooming along mindlessly, telling myself that I don't care about these "trivial" physical things like being too big to sit in an amusement park ride. Well, no more! Yesterday, I did it! I went on a ride at Busch Gardens and it was wonderful and so much fun! I haven't been on a ride in 2 years, because I was afraid I wouldn't fit. I did fit, and I sat next to my son and we had a blast. I wasn't sittin... Thu, 1 Jul 2010 21:54:26 EST Ready to Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3244306 Tomorrow I start training for the Rock n Roll half marathon in VA Beach Labor Day weekend. I don't plan to run it, but I need to walk briskly to make it in the allotted time. So, I'm lacing up and heading out, unless it's raining, in which case, I am lacing up and Leslie will join me in the living room! Officially, it is time to start getting ready. I am cutting out sugar, too--we athletes in training do that kind of stuff! <BR> I'll post how far I got and my times here tomorrow night. Tue, 18 May 2010 21:33:43 EST Exercise Resistant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3191608 Okay, I am laying it all out on the table. I have not been exercising lately. I did do 20 minutes on the elliptical on Sunday, but was talking on the phone to my sister and didn't really get much of a workout. Why am I not working out? <BR> <BR> I am frustrated with myself, and I don't get it. I know that I need to exercise. It will be so good for my health. <BR> <BR> I hate sweating. I hate how red my face gets. I hate sports bras. I hate that feeling of being rushed in the morning and ... Mon, 3 May 2010 23:15:40 EST The Fat Whisperer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3176930 When I look in the mirror at my body <BR> I see more than fat. <BR> <BR> My fat is telling me a story, if I have the courage <BR> to listen and understand it. <BR> When I shove it away, or turn from it in disgust, <BR> berate myself <BR> hate myself <BR> I miss my chance to offer myself <BR> the acceptance that will make me feel <BR> I am okay and it is okay that I want more. <BR> <BR> Being fat has been my way of coping, <BR> of sheltering myself <BR> from the harsh blows that hurt so mu... Thu, 29 Apr 2010 21:31:37 EST Key to lowering cholesterol! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3173221 My doctor's appointment was such a confirmation that I am on the right path!!! She literally patted me on the back! Here is the blog I wrote back at the end of January: <BR> "Thursday, January 21, 2010 <BR> I got the results of my bloodwork done b/n Christmas and New Year's. The Dr. sent me a letter indicating my total cholesterol is 175, triglycerides are 147 and LDL in 107. I thought this was pretty good, but she seemed to think it is not good. Am I missing something? I do plan to discuss... Wed, 28 Apr 2010 22:37:39 EST Regular, Spectacular Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3116703 I am so loving my new healthy life! I am learning how to cook in a healthy way. Tonight, I made baked tofu, with brocooli and cauliflower on the side, and brown rice with just a kiss of Earth Balance (soy-free and at Wal-Mart! the best butter substitute I have ever had--not low cal, but dairy-free and delicious.) <BR> I know how to drain and cook tofu! I made a vegan Lasagne for Easter--an Easter without a ham on the table.... it's strange how normal it all feels. Even my "junk" foods are m... Tue, 13 Apr 2010 23:03:15 EST Still organizing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3101032 I turned my bedroom set (a huge 10 foot 3-piece monster that I love dearly--Thomasville Collector's Cherry the 2nd piece of "real" furniture I ever bought 20 years ago!) sort of sideways in my room to create a sleeping area that is separate from another area that I am calling "the library". I have 3 Ikea Billy booksshelves against the back, and even room for a little desk and of course the Lazyboy recliner. All these things have been in the room, just arranged differently, and I love my new "... Fri, 9 Apr 2010 20:59:48 EST Out with the old... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3038256 I have been cleaning and organizing my kitchen and my laundry room and my pantry...well, and the rest of the house. I am at that stage where it looks worse than it did, but it's better han it was, in terms of organized. My house has been "neat" more than "functional" and I am trying to re-group, re-think and re-structure. Today I have been in the kitchen, wrestling with my Tupperware. I have more than I realized, even, and I knew I had a lot. I love it, but I am eating very differently than I... Wed, 24 Mar 2010 12:55:38 EST Lucky Day to be a Beegan! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3010208 In honor of St. Patrick's Day, I am going to be eating as much green stuff as I can--no food dye, of course! Salad with avacado, broccoli, and scallions and Green goddess dressing. And for the "pot o' gold" at the end of the rainbow, I am going to have some honey on top of peanut butter and crackers for a snack. <BR> <BR> I heard that the term for a vegan who eats honey is "beegan"--that's what I am! I think that's cute. But, technically, I guess I am not a vegan as far as philosophy. I ... Wed, 17 Mar 2010 09:36:49 EST Broke the plateau! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2995628 I was at 270 for so long! I was eating right, working out, drinking my water--just about perfect. Except the scale was not moving. So, in the past, I would just have tried gutting it out (reducing calories or upping exercise) or maybe I would have quit. But quitting is not an option, and my old "cut back"routine never worked in the long run either. I had read in the Curves book that if you plateau, you need to eat more, until you gain a few pounds, and then you will have 'reset' your metaboli... Sat, 13 Mar 2010 16:47:23 EST Abby Update--serious after all http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2992647 So, the sprained back wasn't getting any better. Abby was still in intense pain at times--horrible. Back to the vet for xrays and it turns out that Abby has a degenerative disc disease. Her vertebrae are calcifying and beginning basically to fuse. She is only 3 years old!!! The vet says that eventually, we will have to choose between surgery (which will be very hard on her, long recovery, and not a permanent solution as this is genetic) and letting her go, when her condition (rather, her pain... Fri, 12 Mar 2010 18:25:36 EST My Poor Dog! Strained Back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2958290 This morning as I was getting the kids ready to drive to school, we noticed our darling Lhasa, Abby, was shaking. My daughter was concerned, and was like "Something's wrong with Abby" and I said, "She's probably just cold. She's okay," and then, just from lying there, Abby went beserk, She was howling and yelping, like screaming. She jumped up like something was stabbing at her, and her eyes were wild, it was like she was screaming. I was just stunned and so unprepared. I have never seen anyt... Thu, 4 Mar 2010 14:01:55 EST 4 pounds to go to 1/4 of the way to my goal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2955001 I have to admit, it feels like the weight is coming off s-l-o-w-l-y. I really started trying to lose weight and get healthy on Jan 6. I weighed 293ish at home and 300.5 on the scale in the doctor's office. Today, March 3, I weigh 269. So that is 24 pounds in two months. <BR> <BR> Wow! I just realized when I typed it that that is not slow at all. That's actually pretty dang good. I guess when you watch the biggest loser and they are dropping 9 or 11 pounds a week, it sets a bar in your mi... Wed, 3 Mar 2010 20:16:12 EST Zumba Escapee http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2950137 Those of you who have tried Zumba before may have some pointers for me. For those of you who haven't, let me explain what Zumba is: a Latin-based rhythmic aerobic dance class, with a bunch of sweaty women shaking every conceivable body part in manners ranging from tentative to mildly lewd, to down-right ho-ish, all while trying to keep in step with the compact and athletically-gifted Zumba instructor. It's more fun than it sounds. <BR> Anyway, as I was Zumba-ing my 270 pound self around, with... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 20:06:36 EST My Scale is a Watch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2942579 Today, I weighed in--no change from last Monday. I also forgpot to put my watch on this morning. I felt so uneasy without it on my wrist--I always wear a watch. <BR> <BR> As I looked down to check the time on the way to school, I stared at the bare spot on my wrist and felt annoyed with myself and unsettled. Yes, my car has a clock. But what time was it REALLY? You know, watch time can be different than car time. I was thinking something like, 'Wow, this day is kind of suckish. I didn't ... Mon, 1 Mar 2010 11:21:35 EST Tracking My Food--There's Got to Be a Better Way! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2940294 I haven't been tracking my food on Spark, because it takes too long, I'm never at the computer while I'm eating (a good thing, I think!) and I forget to do it, and when I do remember, I am not sure it's accurate, and it just seems to take a long time. But I see other people faithfully tracking, and I have heard how important it is. i am willing to do it, but there has to be a better way! Maybe I need a faster computer. <BR> Tomorrow, I am going to try writing it down on an index card and then... Sun, 28 Feb 2010 21:43:30 EST How to Roast Asparagus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2936293 I roasted asparagus for the first time in my life--it was easy, and soooo delicious! I like asparagus, but I've always steamed it or boiled it. But, I may never do anything but roast it again--yes, it was that good! Here is a website I consulted, and it's basically the same as in my new favorite book "Veganomicon". <BR> http://www.cookingforengineers.com/recip<BR>e/101/Roasted-Asparagus-Spears <BR> The site has lots of pictures that show it in stages, and that was really useful to me. <BR... Sat, 27 Feb 2010 21:28:28 EST Walking with Leslie Sansone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2931021 Thanks to all the comments from different boards and blogs, I bought a Leslie Sansone walking video.My elliptical was broken, and I hadn't yet joined the Y. My mom and I did one mile together, and it was a nice work out. <BR> Before, it seemed ridiculous to pay money for a video to walk in place, but it was definitely worth the money. It gets your heart rate up, if you are a beginner. And it isn't too hard, so you can accompish something. My mom has been doing it almost every day. (My ellip... Fri, 26 Feb 2010 12:07:54 EST Defying Gravity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2928966 Today I bench pressed 95 pounds at the gym, and it felt so good. It was hard, and I did a set of 8, then a set of 6, and I could not get that bar up on the 4th rep of the thrid set. I worked my muscles to failure, and really pushed myself today. I cannot tell you how good I felt then, and feel now remembering. Then I was doing the elliptical and watching Glee, and they sang this song. I just about cried, I love it so much. I haven't seen Wicked, so I didn't know this song. But it is one of ... Thu, 25 Feb 2010 22:05:35 EST Learning So Much--I love Spark! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2922303 I just love Spark! I still can't believe it's FREE!! I have "met" so many wondeful people--full of encourgaement and information. When I am a success story, I am still going to Spark to pay it all back. <BR> <BR> 330poundwoman sent me this link: <BR> http://www.drmcdougall.com/stars/joyce_r <BR> ainwater.htm <BR> It was so inspirational, and at the end of the site is another link to a free eating plan. It is vegan and almost exactly what I am doing, except I am eating more oils and fats. I... Wed, 24 Feb 2010 12:42:22 EST Zumba and the Fat Rolls http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2917639 Today, I did a Zumba class for the first time. It was soo much fun! I was really proud that I finished the class. Of course, I had to modify, not lift my arms as high or knees, but it was basically fine. At the end of the class, the instructor said she had never had a class with so many newbies who caught on so well! That was cool. I was definitely the fattest Zumba-er. And I did not anticipate the huge mirror that we were facing. That was kind of unpleasant. But I tried to be gentle with m... Tue, 23 Feb 2010 11:56:52 EST Pics of my progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2912874 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/7/1/l717912047.jpg"> <BR> This is a picture of me at Christmas time. It wasn't until I saw some of these pictures that I realized how much weight I had gained. I am probably 295 or so in this picture--I wasn't weighing myself a whole lot. I can't find a photo that shows my whole body, because I wasn't exactly eager to strike a pose. <BR> <BR> Here are some photos I asked my husband to take last night. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.co... Mon, 22 Feb 2010 11:40:26 EST My Elliptical is Fixed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2910777 My beloved elliptical machine Socrates is fixed! My amazing husband ordered the part and replaced the faulty one. I had purchased the first season of "Glee" and was waiting until my machine was ready to watch it. I watched three episodes, so i wiorked out for 90 minutes. I was sweaty and happy, and I love Glee! It is so fun and makes the time fly. I can't wait to get up and watch another episode in the morning! <BR> And tomorrow, I weigh. I almost "cheated" again tonight--I dragged the scale ... Sun, 21 Feb 2010 21:33:19 EST Weighed Down? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2907035 For a challenge from my C.A.S.S. group, I have given up weighing myself more than once a week. It's only a two week challenge, but it has been so much harder than I expected and I expected it to be hard. I almost cheated today. I just felt like I had to know. Like an obsession with the number. Why am I so attached to the scale? <BR> <BR> I have learned something else interesting. I take my levoxyl (thyroid) pill right as soon as I get up in the morning. And now that I am not weighing in, I d... Sat, 20 Feb 2010 21:56:57 EST Tastebud Rehab http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2899778 I was eating a piece of dark chocolate today --Ghirardelli 72% Twilight Delight--and enjoying it so much! Just a delightful little treat after a nice meal and it occured to me that a month ago, when I first bought this chocolate bar, it made me shudder a bit because it tasted so bitter to me. But now, I love it. I can taste the chocolate and the sweet, and it is so satisfying. My tastebuds have been to re-education camp, and they are so much better able to taste and enjoy good wholesome fo... Thu, 18 Feb 2010 22:19:56 EST Free Curves Trial http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2892791 Well, I got the Sparkmail free Curves for a week coupon and i went today. The owner,Debbie, called me to set up a time to come in and she was really nice. I don't know about just 30 seconds on a machine though. I have always done 3 sets with a rest period inbetween, and just one then moving on....I don't think that is going to build muscle like I want. I am pretty strong and I love to go heavy -- it just feels so good to have that muscle really worked and exhausted and growing! Debbie said th... Wed, 17 Feb 2010 11:18:28 EST Clothing Exchange? Is there a SparkCloset? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2889793 Is there some kind of clothing exchange system here on Spark? I am basically out of my size 24 jeans--they are nice and I love them but --hurrah!--they are too big. I'm wearing my 22s now, but I will need a 20 soon. I hate to buy any because I hope to be going through sizes in short order. <BR> So, I thought it would be cool if anyone on Spark needed size 24s. I'd send them, and then the new owner could just pay me for the shipping. And maybe someone out there is moving on down to an 18 and... 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