HAPPYDEM's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HAPPYDEM HAPPYDEM'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/ To-do list from hell. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5168156 A lot of you guys gave me great advice. Unfortunately, I already do a lot of what you said. <BR> <BR> I have a super busy day today- Christmas sort of crept up on me and I realized I didn't have any of my presents for my family yet. I also need to deep clean my apartment because we're going to Phoenix next week and two people are coming over to feed my cat and, as usual, my apartment is a mess. I still have a headache and really didn't wake up in a better mood than I've felt all week, but I ... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 14:04:37 EST I've got nothing. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5167595 I really don't have much to say. I'm apparently doing something completely wrong - and I can't figure out what it is. I see people losing 1-2 pounds a week, even a half a pound, and it just makes me sad. <BR> <BR> Because I lose nothing. <BR> <BR> That's right. I've lost nothing since I joined Spark. Exactly 4 weeks ago. <BR> <BR> I changed my diet a couple of days before I rejoined Spark - and lost 2 pounds - and for four solid weeks, despite meeting 5/6 or 6/6 nutrition ranges every day... Sat, 15 Dec 2012 20:16:20 EST Neat. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5165921 I put a heart in my subject so it erased my entire entry! Well then. I had to write a separate blog today to say happy birthday to my #1 hero. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1733768338.jpg"> <BR> If you don't know who Tom DeLonge is, you will. I'll video blog about him on January 13th. You'll see why. He is, among other things, a musician I have liked for like 13, 14 years. But his music REALLY impacted my life nearly 7 years ago. <BR> <BR> So then I decided ... Thu, 13 Dec 2012 22:21:31 EST :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5165572 <em>39</em> My depression tires me out. I'm the only one in my family to have it, and while my parents want to understand it, they really don't. They believe a lot of the common myths about depression and anxiety. They question why I have either because "I have a good life". Or, my dad thinks I'm depressed "because my brother has a girlfriend and I don't have a boyfriend". (I'm not saying I ENJOY that my brother 6 years my junior has a 2+ year relationship when I've never had a relationship... Thu, 13 Dec 2012 14:53:49 EST Major fail. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5164658 <em>492</em> Since posting this I decided I really felt too terrible to do any of the fitness I scheduled for today (aside from the Deck of Cards game, which I did earlier). I hope I feel much better tomorrow so I can do what I scheduled for today plus what I wanted to do tomorrow. The video blog will come at some point, or tomorrow I'll just write out my review. Sorry guys. <BR> <BR> <em>281</em> Happy Aaron Rodgers Day! Wed, 12 Dec 2012 18:30:29 EST Yay FedEx! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5163479 <em>244</em> EA Sports Active 2 came today. The bad news is I'm pretty tired today again - I have a migraine (not as serious as the one yesterday). But. I've been looking forward to this game so I will start it up and see what it's all about. I have one more meal to eat (tuna and dill wrap) so I'm sort of hoping I finish my workout, meals, and water as soon as possible so I can relax the rest of the night. <BR> <BR> <em>318</em> I want to do some form of strength every day because I kn... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 17:16:44 EST Today I am officially worthless. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5162453 <em>46</em> Like I said in a status update today, I got a migraine while at work today. I used to get them all of the time, but thanks to Spark I think I'll only get one or two bad ones during my period (because I haven't had one the first three weeks I've been Sparking). But I came home, ate, took a migraine pill, laid down, and three hours later my migraine is still there (which means I'm going to take another pill which will make me feel zombie like) and I have the other awesome symptoms... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 18:43:18 EST I should _____, but I won't. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5161097 <em>245</em> I should go to my parents' house and do laundry. I desperately need to do it. But I won't. Why? Because it's raining and only 36 degrees out, so it's cold and wet outside and I feel like being a hermit once again. <BR> <BR> <em>357</em> I'm going to drastically increase the number of calories I want to burn per week. I just wanted to ease myself into working out and not overdoing it right away. 1200 calories was my goal last week and I met it easily. This week I want to at ... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 13:07:41 EST The scale didn't show a victory, but I did a lot of things right this week. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5160084 <em>225</em> So, at my weekly weigh-in, the usual happened: I was expecting a smaller number. I had a 12 to 13 day "plateau" where the scale didn't move at all. I skipped 6 days, and weighed myself today. I was only down a half a pound. I hate how slow my body loses weight. But. I see tons of non-scale victories. <BR> <BR> <em>194</em> I drank 8 or more cups of water every day. <BR> <BR> <em>492</em> I met my protein goal every day. Not only that, but I surpassed it by at least 10g ev... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 10:42:27 EST Slightly proud of myself. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5159409 <em>266</em> Remember how I bought Donkey Kong Country Returns when I got my new Wii remote and Zumba Fitness Core? First of all, I need a numchuck to play the game, which I no longer have. And second of all, I already have a couple Wii games that I can just sit and play. What I really need is variety in my home workouts. As much variety as possible. <BR> <BR> <em>357</em> So what am I going to do? Return the game and exchange it for a heavier set of hand weights, a stability ball, and ... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 15:05:54 EST Utterly exhausted. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5158390 <em>41</em> But don't worry, SparkFriends - it has nothing to do with eating right and exercising! <BR> <BR> <em>234</em> It has to do with work.I really can't elaborate, but by the end of the week, I'm emotionally and physically drained. (It has nothing to do with the job itself, my supervisors, nor the students. I love all three.) I didn't sleep as good last night, either, so now that I'm home... I'm going to have a little food and take a nap. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> I know, I know... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 15:58:12 EST Video: My Wii & I are about to become best buds. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5157367 Sorry to conservatives who may watch this. I'm a huge Obama fan. And my friend got this shirt for me, so it's doubly sentimental to me. Watch anyway. :P <BR> <BR> Edit: This uploaded after I did Zumba. Sweating like a pig! Wed, 5 Dec 2012 18:11:36 EST Wii. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5156084 <em>266</em> I've had a(n original) Wii for like three years. I used to use Wii Fit a lot, and bought Zumba Fitness last time I was on Spark when I had lost 10 or 15 pounds, I forget. My mom also got me the Michael Jackson dance game. Suddenly, my controllers stopped working. I thought it was the batteries, but they seemed fully charged. I hope it's not my sensor because I have no idea how to replace that. <BR> <BR> <em>353</em> Problem is, when I decluttered and threw a bunch of stuff ... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 14:47:37 EST Scales. Countries. Quinoa. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5155137 <em>225</em> My scale has officially been locked in my bathroom closet until further notice. (Well, my bathroom closet doesn't have a lock, but you know what I mean.) I actually GAINED 1.4 pounds when I weighed myself this morning. I went through and added up my Daily Calorie Differentials to see how many pounds of fat I should have lost - we'll pretend it's right and I lost 2 pounds of fat, but maybe gained 2 pounds of muscle? Yeah. We'll go with that. <BR> <BR> <em>701</em> <em>671<... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 20:02:51 EST AAAAARRRRRGGGHHHHH! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5153429 <em>225</em> <em>225</em> <em>225</em> <em>225</em> <em>225</em> <BR> It wasn't this hard before. <BR> And I wasn't even as healthy then as I am now. <BR> <BR> I rejoined Spark on 11/18. Two days later, the scale was 2.5 pounds down. Since 11/20, though - 12 days in a ROW - the scale hasn't BUDGED. Not even a tiny bit. I was really sure that 5 days in a row of hydrating my body with 8 cups of water and 2 days of walk/jogs would make the number drop a tiny bit. Nope. It IS frus... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 10:42:17 EST My neighborhood is too hilly for long walks! Ouchie. [Pics!] http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5152806 My neighborhood is too hilly for runs OR walks, I've found out. Especially if you're still trying to become a good runner, like I am. <BR> <BR> My back is still sore so I knew walking/jogging was about my only option today. So I took a LONG walk. I walk/jogged 2.25 miles yesterday, so I wanted to double the distance. I did, and then some. My route was 5.8 miles. Around the 2 mile marker (my app announces it) I wanted to make my loop smaller and turn around. But I didn't. When I was going eas... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 16:53:57 EST December Goals. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5151725 Two posts in one day?! Don't worry, I won't do this a lot. <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I joined Spark in mid November so I figured it would be a smart idea to set some goals for December. It will be tricky because I'm going to Phoenix with my family for Christmas and while I'll still be mindful of what I eat and we're going to do a lot of physical things (horseback riding, hiking, walking, etc), I won't be able to stick to my program EXACTLY. So that week will be semi exempt. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 13:59:48 EST A little update and a couple of my secrets. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5151639 While I wait for my smoothie/brunch to digest so I can go for my long walk, I thought I'd write something quickly. <BR> <BR> 1. I'm not sick anymore, which is good. I was way too lethargic to do any of the bootcamp videos, so I kept my calories low and just waited it out. <BR> <BR> 2. My sleep still sucks. It won't get better until I go to the doctor, which will hopefully be next week. <BR> <BR> 3. The scale hasn't moved a tenth of a pound in an entire week. I mean I'm glad it hasn't gone... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 12:24:41 EST A little more about me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5149656 In my main 'about me' section on my page, I listed statements. I thought I'd expand on those a little bit. <BR> <BR> 1. 27 year old woman - not much to expand on here! <em>362</em> <BR> <BR> 2. Licensed teacher - Social Studies, grades 6-12. My preferred grade is 11th - that is the grade I student taught last spring and it's my favorite group of kids I work with now. I'm not a teacher right now, which KILLS me, but I work in a program in a high school. I have a Bachelor's in Poli Sci so... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 15:27:27 EST A list of my goals. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5148223 My SparkCoach activity today was to blog about my goals, to narrow them down to fit the SMART and positive criteria. So here we go. <BR> <BR> 1. I would like to lose 38 pounds by April 1st. <BR> 2. I would like to eat as many natural foods as possible every day. <BR> 3. I would like to meet as many nutritional ranges in the Nutrition Tracker as possible every day. <BR> 4. I would like to work out every day (unless I'm sick, like I am right now!) with a strength and a cardio routine <BR> 5. I... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 10:22:11 EST Video: I love Trader Joe's!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5146237 My first video blog. :) There will be more. I love making these! (And watching others'.) <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Sun, 25 Nov 2012 18:07:06 EST Brrr! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5144540 So, I signed up for the trial of SparkCoach. I think today is day 3. The subject of today's "lesson" was procrastination and time wasters. My "coach" challenged me to blog today about my time wasters, and reflect on how I can fit more fitness into my day. <BR> <BR> I know my two biggest time wasters: <BR> 1. Cuddling with my cat (in bed, mind you- not always LAYING down, but she only cuddles with me there) <BR> 2. Reading <BR> <BR> I enjoy both activities very much. They relax and comfort m... Fri, 23 Nov 2012 20:32:54 EST Time to introduce myself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5141725 My name is Lindsey. I'm 27 and live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with my adorable 12.5 year old rescue named Paisley. See her on my main page. <em>240</em> <BR> <BR> I am an older sister to Trevor, who is 21 and goes to school up in Minneapolis (at the U). I also went there. My parents are still happily married and live in the Milwaukee area also. I'm very close with them. My dad recently died and came back to life (seriously) which changed all of our lives. Three days later he had extensive ... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 17:12:54 EST