HEYBUTT's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HEYBUTT HEYBUTT'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/ Random Check In (with crafty pics!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5650874 Just felt like doing a random check in. <BR> <BR> So. . . <BR> <BR> CHECK! <BR> <BR> So, what have I been up to lately? <BR> <BR> Well, I'm getting real (finally) about my running training. I run during my lunch break at work (weather permitting). I feel like I'm getting one up on Mother Nature. Yeah, it's still a bit cold but at least the sun is out (at noon). You also get nice and warm once you start really moving (though sometimes my "running" is barely faster than a strong walk, e... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 15:26:20 EST March Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638620 The goals aren't going to be that exciting this month. Pretty much a whole lot of the same. <BR> <BR> NUTRITION: <BR> <BR> Ranges: stay in them. But this month the calories are going down a tiny bit so it's going to be a bit more challenging. <BR> <BR> F/V: min 5 per day <BR> <BR> EXERCISE: <BR> <BR> 2x week yoga <BR> 1x week ST <BR> 2x week running training <BR> <BR> Pretty straight forward. I'm also adding in: <BR> <BR> BONUS: walking minutes. For every 60 minutes of walking (... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 13:23:28 EST February Grading http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638611 Time to issue my February report card. <BR> <BR> GRADE TIME!! <BR> <BR> NUTRITION: <BR> <BR> 54 / 60 : 90% A <BR> <BR> I did really well with this goal and that's why I had a great loss this month (more on that at the end). I basically proved (yet again) to myself that I'm not some special snowflake who can still eat only junk (and too much in general) and lose weight. The "rule" is "eat less to lose weight" and it definitely applies to me. *sigh* I wish that wasn't true but it is... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 13:13:23 EST February Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5615780 Time to set the goals for the month. I'm not changing them up too much since I really need to just focus on bringing up my grades from January. <BR> <BR> NUTRITION: <BR> <BR> Track calories (and stay in ranges): pretty straight forward. I'm still using the calorie cycling numbers I used for January. I'm not going to change up the numbers until I've lost 5-10 lbs in one range. Or if I suddenly see the loss stopping. <BR> <BR> Min 5 f/v daily: again, pretty straight forward. This isn'... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 10:21:20 EST Grading January: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5615762 Using the sticker to track makes it easier to grade. <BR> <BR> So, here's my report card for January. <BR> <BR> Nutrition: F I had a 55%, so that's a big fat juicy F. <BR> <BR> Exercise: C I had a 77% which feels more like a D to me but google says it's a C so we'll go with that. <BR> <BR> Personal: A+. I had 100% for my two trackable personal goals (which were skin/tooth care and no eating after 8 p.m.) <BR> <BR> So I can clearly see where I'm weak. Not that I didn't already kn... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 10:09:45 EST Healthy Snacks at Your Door http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604381 Please don't take this an obnoxious ad or anything like that. <BR> <BR> Honestly, I really like both of these services and want other folks to have a good review of them so they can decide if they'd like it too. <BR> <BR> That said, I've been having healthy snacks delivered to my lazy butt via Graze and Nature Box. <BR> <BR> So I'll chat up both of them so you know what they're about. <BR> <BR> GRAZE: <BR> <BR> Every two weeks you get a box containing 4 snacks (single serving). Each sna... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 12:19:41 EST Goal Check in: 1/13/14 - 1/23/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604368 Eh, I'm not keeping a strict weekly check in but I'm not worried about that (Monday I had the day off work so that's why this is all funky--yeah, that's it!) <BR> <BR> Still doing very well. <BR> <BR> Lets review: <BR> <BR> NUTRITION: <BR> <BR> Ranges: Missed 4 times. I would have only missed 3 if not for that day off (I'm not sure I was in ranges or not that day since I forgot to track until the next day and then I couldn't remember every last crumb I had eaten--so I'm assuming I went ... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 12:04:39 EST Weekly Goal Check In: 1/6/14 - 1/12/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5592236 The first full week is in the books and. . . <BR> <BR> I did moderately well. <BR> <BR> Lets review. <BR> <BR> NUTRITION: <BR> <BR> Ranges: Missed 4 times. Two were only over by a small bit (less than 200 calories each time). The other two were bombs. And (surprise, surprise) both the bad ones were on the weekends. My big problem there? I was eating things I didn't know the counts on. That and I just got piggy when it came to some of the snacks I got. So, no more chocolate covered... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 11:05:03 EST January Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584387 Man, I missed doing these. . . <BR> <BR> NUTRITION: <BR> <BR> 1. Eat in ranges. I calorie cycle and am eating in a range that factors in exercise (which means elevated heart rate for 20 minutes minimum) 5 days a week. My ranges are: <BR> <BR> M: 1464 - 1758 <BR> T: 1464 - 1464 <BR> W: 1757 - 2109 <BR> Th: 1464 - 1758 <BR> F: 1464 - 1582 <BR> Sa: 1611 - 1933 <BR> Su: 1464 - 1758 <BR> <BR> 2. Fruit Veg: get 5 servings daily (minimum) <BR> <BR> 3. No 8 p.m.: consume no calorie... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 13:36:05 EST My Pinchy Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584351 Know what's motivating me to get my @ss back in gear? <BR> <BR> Oh, it's not some boo-hoo story about feeling like I've given up on myself or some inspirational slop like wanting to lose weight for my loving family. <BR> <BR> Screw that. <BR> <BR> I'm getting my butt back in gear because. . . <BR> <BR> My underwear are pinching me. <BR> <BR> How's that for motivation, huh? <BR> <BR> Yeah, I was all proud when I went down a size in draws and now those very same draws are fitting a bit sn... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 13:11:06 EST Meet My New Cats! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528377 Ok, so they aren't brand new. <BR> <BR> We adopted them September 14 from the Humane Society. I had been stalking adoptable cats via Petfinder and had latched onto this one adorable face. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1865606668.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Her original name was Cleo (changed to Olive) and I wanted her so freaking bad. <BR> <BR> She's a pure bred Devon Rex (so that's why she looks so odd--it's ok, she does look goofy). She's not hairless. She has ver... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 12:59:25 EST What? You Don't Have to Eat the Whole Thing?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528357 Ever have one of those light bulb moments that's not really a light bulb moment. Like it's something you knew but never really practiced (or were able to practice)? <BR> <BR> Example? <BR> <BR> Ok. <BR> <BR> I just threw out half of a cookie. <BR> <BR> So what, you say. <BR> <BR> Well, it's kind of a moment (if you will) for me. I was tucking into a shortbread jack-o-lantern cookie from Panera and decided to check he calorie count on it. <BR> <BR> Brace yourself. <BR> <BR> 450 calori... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 12:42:39 EST Reminder to Self: Others' Actions Do Not Dictate Your Worth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5527559 This is it. The “rant” I promised. Yes, it quotes because I’m actively trying to keep it in check. <BR> <BR> Why? <BR> <BR> Because I’m trying to take that High Road we hear so much about. I mean, the really HIGH one. So damn high I’ll get a nosebleed. Mother effing HIGH. <BR> <BR> Because ultimately what my rant and annoyance (or whatever you want to call it) boils down to is this. <BR> <BR> I’m comparing myself to someone else and not liking what I see. I’m feeling “lesser” becaus... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 15:47:03 EST If you can't find your place, maybe the problem is YOU http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5522988 The prodigal fatty returns!! <BR> <BR> *snicker* <BR> <BR> Ok, I just had to be snarky there. I haven't fallen off any wagons or anything like that. In fact, I'm maintaining my weight fairly well (lost a few pounds but nothing to brag about) and just living my new life (in regards to paying attention to what I eat and how much I exercise and all that). Yeah, I still have a heap to lose but I'm working on all kinds of things so. . .I'll get there. <BR> <BR> My vacation from spark land co... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 08:53:21 EST August goals (check-in of sorts) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5468811 I totally forgot I wanted to do a weekly check-in here. Don't fret, I'm still tracking and all that, just not doing that last step of typing it out here. <BR> <BR> SO, let's play catch up (I'll do an official end of the month review at the end of the month, including official weigh in results). <BR> <BR> First, a review of my goals: <BR> <BR> EXERCISE: <BR> Yoga 2x week <BR> Walk 20 miles per week (5 days) <BR> Supreme 90 Day 2 x week <BR> <BR> As of this writing I am on track with yoga... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 10:48:53 EST Hello August (new goals). http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5442321 Hey, hey, look what I'm back to doing. <BR> <BR> Yeah, I missed setting my monthly goals and then updating weekly on my progress. <BR> <BR> SO. . .let's get back to it. <BR> <BR> AUGUST GOALS: <BR> <BR> EXERCISE: <BR> <BR> Yoga 2x week. <BR> Walk 20 miles per week. <BR> Supreme 90 Day 2x week <BR> <BR> Notes: It seems like a lot but really it's not. 20 walking miles per week is only half a walking commute each work day. So if I walk home from work every day (M-F) then I have 20 mil... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 13:14:15 EST Goodbye July. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5442301 All in all, July was a decent month. <BR> <BR> Ok, lets get to the best part first. Did I lose any weight? <BR> <BR> Start: 183 <BR> End: 181 <BR> NET LOSS: 2 lbs. <BR> <BR> Ok, so I'm not setting the world on fire or anything but I'm pleased. I know I had weak points (weekends, I'm looking at YOU) but I've made some excellent improvements. <BR> <BR> But I did fall short of my goal of -3 lbs. It's going to remain my monthly loss goal (until I exceed it, then that will be my new goal... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 12:56:24 EST I fought The Ball and The Ball won http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5437504 I let it win. <BR> <BR> I have decided to nix Ultimate Ba(w)l from my S90D rotation. Yes, completely not doing it. <BR> <BR> Not merely because I dislike it, either. <BR> <BR> I realized that I don't have the space to really do it. Last time I did S90D, I didn't have the foam padding on my floor (those snap together floor tiles). The small area that's padded isn't big enough to allow for all the rolling in and out that The Ball requires. Before, I was going diagonally but now that me... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 14:38:26 EST Crafty Pause: Who likes Star Trek? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5432036 This blog post is not about food/exercise. <BR> <BR> It's about my crafty shenanigans. <BR> <BR> So (sew?) what have I been up to lately? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l886157242.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1261960873.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Cloth shopping bags, the final frontier!! <BR> <BR> Monday I took the day off work so I could sew my butt off. And I did. I made 8 Star Trek cloth grocery bags (from 3 different prints). Fo... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 15:24:50 EST Wait. . .I thought more protein would mean less hunger http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5425476 How's this for "unfair"? <BR> <BR> (side bar: I deal with the "unfair" thing all the time when it comes to the weight loss thing. It's "unfair" that everyone else in the world can eat whatever they want and I can't, stuff like that--super annoying, let me tell you). <BR> <BR> So I've started actively working to eat more protein and keep "carby carbs" to a minimum. Everyone's always touting the magical "fililng" effect of protein. I'm calling b.s. <BR> <BR> This past week I've packed in... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 14:48:45 EST Re-visiting some old exercise friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5414496 I need to get more focused on my exercise routine. Right now the only exercise I routinely do is walking. Yes, sometimes I get in 8 miles a day, but lets be honest. It's not enough. I'm not pleased with how jiggly my arms have become so it's time to get back to a more well rounded exercise routine. <BR> <BR> So it's time to re-visit some old friends. <BR> <BR> I'm talking about the hard bodies on the Supreme 90 Day dvd set. <BR> <BR> It's going to take me longer than 90 days to get t... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 15:03:44 EST Hello July! (and goodbye pop/soda) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5408734 July is here and so am I. To be honest, I just haven't felt "sparky" lately (meaning blogging here and all that) but I haven't given up on my healthier ways. In fact, I think I'm doing a bit BETTER with them. (mind you, "better" doesn't mean "perfect", just slowly better). <BR> <BR> June's big accomplishments? <BR> <BR> 30 days pop free. OH YEAH!! I've decided to just keep going with "no pop" and see how many days I can go. Honestly, it gets easier the longer I go (don't want to lose ... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 15:39:31 EST Random Things That Have Been Going On http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5378009 Face it, I'm not that interesting of a person. I don't want y'all to think I abandoned spark (or being healthy/dieting/whatever word you prefer). <BR> <BR> So here's some random tidbits from my life lately (in no particular order): <BR> <BR> 1. Just got back from a week at the beach (Ocean City, MD). Had fun being super lazy and just reading books at the beach and not doing much of anything. It's hard to come back to my regular routine but I kind of missed it, too. <BR> <BR> 2. My hom... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 13:36:16 EST Introducing: NotoriouS.q.u.i.d. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5340898 And also outing myself as a SUPER DORK (in case any of you missed that). <BR> <BR> I talked about it and now I'm showing it off. <BR> <BR> The second giant squid stuffed toy. <BR> <BR> Meet: <BR> <BR> NotoriouS.q.u.i.d. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l196714843.jpg"> <BR> <BR> He's just chilling in my kitchen, getting cat hair based dust bunnies out from under the edges of the cabinets (really, I've been keeping up with my chores but those things reproduce ... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 15:04:18 EST SEA MONKEY!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5334073 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1099929008.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Man, I remember the first time I saw that ad and I wanted those sea monkeys SO BAD I could feel it in every cell of my body. <BR> <BR> Even as a gullible tyke I didn't expect them to build a castle in a fish bowl (I had experience with ant farms and they didn't have actual farms with tractors and such so I was wise to that game) but I did expect them to dance to music and have adorable families like the one pic... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 11:36:48 EST It's Working http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5331880 My Mega Exercise plan is working. <BR> <BR> I'll get to some scale talk in a minute but I need to focus on the really big positive coming from Mega Exercise. <BR> <BR> Mentally I'm feeling really good. Walking is my anti-depressant. <BR> <BR> Having an hour to walk to work gets me all mentally set for the day. Gets the blood running and wakes me up all nice and neat. The hour walk home is the same way. I shake off any bits of work still clinging to me (really, my job isn't one I take w... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 14:28:07 EST When less is more (or how oversharing will make folks hate you) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5319818 When is less really more? <BR> <BR> When you're sharing about your "healthy lifestyle changes". <BR> <BR> I get it. You're excited about the changes you're making and you want to talk about it. There's nothing wrong with that. But for the love of all that's tasty and low-calorie, no one (not even your mom or your spouse or your bestest friend in the whole world) wants to hear about it all the fricking time. <BR> <BR> Yes, I'm talking to YOU, the most annoying co-worker (aka co-irker) in... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 15:04:18 EST It Just Wasn't Practical http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5318596 At the behest of Para and Irish, I'm going to disclose what I was thinking about doing for my experiment. <BR> <BR> But first, a bit about why I decided NOT to do it. <BR> <BR> Bottom line, it just wasn't practical and I simply couldn't imagine actually following through with it. So why take on an experiment you don't think you'll complete? That's just setting yourself up for failure and negative feelings toward yourself. <BR> <BR> Also, I couldn't learn enough about what I wanted to do... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 15:44:09 EST Wanting to Experiment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5312779 I'm not going to get into details (yet) but I think I want to conduct an eating experiment. <BR> <BR> The thing that's holding me back is I'm afraid I'm just getting sucked into some "passing fancy/fad" thing. You know, when you see something and it tickles that obsession part of your brain and you want to go and learn every little thing about it and get all involved in it. <BR> <BR> So I'm worried that I'm just gullible. <BR> <BR> I'm doing a bit more learning and trying to decide it thi... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 15:17:25 EST Changing it up a bit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5284930 I'm kind of burned out on the weekly grading so I'm going to skip it this month. I'll see how I feel about it next month (I bet I go back to it). <BR> <BR> Instead I'm just going to try and make a random post at least once a week discussing how things are going. <BR> <BR> SO. . . <BR> <BR> So far this week (since Sunday) I've been kicking butt exercise speaking. Sunday I was lazy (no exercise at all--yup, skipped doing the Deck). But Monday I was all mega over achiever exerciser. I did... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 08:25:51 EST March Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5275539 New month, revised goals. <BR> <BR> NUTRITION: <BR> <BR> Daily Tracking: I have my ranges, I know how to stay in them. Time to stop effing around and get to work. <BR> <BR> F/V: 9-10 servings weekdays, minimum 5 servings weekends. I'm going to aim to have 9-10 every day but weekends aren't as structured for me as weekdays so I am allowing some slack there. <BR> <BR> No extra food during the work day: eat only what you bring. No extras. <BR> <BR> Notes: <BR> I'm adjusting the f/v to... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 08:41:31 EST February Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5275498 How's this for lazy. I don't want to type out the whole grading thing for the last week of February so I'm not. <BR> <BR> Short version: I failed on tracking, big time. I did decent on exercise. I rocked my chores. Pretty much standard fair. <BR> <BR> As for weight loss for the month: <BR> <BR> Start weight: 178.2 <BR> End weight: 178.4 <BR> GAINED: .2 <BR> <BR> So I failed that goal. There's no way to mince words and make it seem better than it is. I was aiming to LOSE and I... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 08:13:58 EST Yoga Shirt Score of the Century!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5263527 I just have to brag about my major sale score. <BR> <BR> I've been needing to update my yoga shirts. I have two I wear all the time (same shirt, I like to buy multiples of the same thing when I find something I like). I got them at Marshall's (or some similar discount place) years ago and they're both showing their age. They're form fitting tanks but the bust area is getting a bit stretched out. This is no good when you're trying to do plow and you're scared your boobs will crush your fa... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 14:35:54 EST Check in 2/18 - 2/24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5263517 EXERCISE: <BR> <BR> 2x week yoga: YES <BR> 1x week "other" exercise: NO <BR> 1x week Deck: NO <BR> <BR> Yes, I was lasy this week. I chose to do less because I had a houseguest Friday through Sunday afternoon and I just don't like feeling self conscious about my exercise and acting all uppity like "oh, I have to do my exercise before we have any fun". Yes, my guest was only my sister but I still feel like that's rude. I could have squeezed in some exercise on Friday evening before she... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 14:17:12 EST Check in: 2/11 - 2/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5254729 EXERCISE: <BR> <BR> 2x week yoga: NO <BR> 1x week "other" exercise: YES (walking) <BR> 1x week Deck: YES (32 cards in 30 minutes) <BR> <BR> I missed a yoga this week but I'm ok with it. I annoyed some hip/back muscles this week, I think during Monday's yoga. It wasn't that I hurt myself, I just really woke up some muscles along my hips and across my back (those muscles that kind of run right where your belt/waisband goes) and it hurt like a mofo. Bad enough that I rubbed icy hot over ... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 10:58:04 EST Check in: 2/4 - 2/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5247815 EXERCISE: <BR> <BR> 2x week yoga: YES <BR> 1x week "other" exercise: YES (walking) <BR> 1x week Deck: YES (35 cards in 30 minutes) <BR> <BR> It's been well established that exercise isn't my weak point. Once I get into a good routine with it I get it done with little to no issues. I'm even managing to get it done when the schedule changes. Like this week, one of my yogas was on Saturday and it was self lead. I easily made up my own routine with little to no dawdling (yes, I have that... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 13:32:18 EST Check in: 1/28 - 2/3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5237359 EXERCISE: <BR> <BR> 2x week yoga: YES <BR> 1x week "other" exercise: YES (walking) <BR> 1x week Deck: YES (32 cards in 30 minutes) <BR> <BR> That's the way. I aced my weekly exercise. I even managed to still do the Deck even though my schedule was off (I ended up doing it around 1 p.m. instead of 9 a.m.--and the world didn't end because I had to change my schedule--shocking!). <BR> <BR> The Deck had it out for me this week. There were SO MANY walk out pushups. After I was all done, ... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 14:57:19 EST February Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5233389 Time to set those February Goals: <BR> <BR> EXERCISE: <BR> <BR> 2x week yoga (Monday, Thursday): time to get back to studio yoga <BR> 1x week "other" exercise (any day I choose): my choice, minimum 30 minutes if it's a dvd, 60 minutes if waking or something "easy". <BR> 1x week Deck (Sunday): do it first thing on Sunday, then do Sunday chores. <BR> <BR> NUTRITION: <BR> <BR> F/V Weekends: 5 f/v per weekend day minimum. 10 f/v per weekday. <BR> Stay in Ranges: no explaination need... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 14:55:23 EST January Grading http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5233360 (I'm going to do a weekly check-in on Monday, but since January is technically over it's time to give the overall grade) <BR> <BR> EXERCISE: <BR> <BR> Overall grade: B <BR> <BR> I definitely improved on my exercise this month and met my exercise goals more often than not. I wasn't perfect but I was very good. I feel a B is a fair grade. <BR> <BR> NUTRITION: <BR> <BR> Overall grade: D <BR> <BR> There wasn't complete failure here. I did do well with fruits and veggies but goal is alm... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 14:32:39 EST Check in: 1/21 - 1/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5226660 EXERCISE: <BR> <BR> 2x week yoga: only 1 <BR> 1x week "other" exercise: Yes (walking) <BR> 1x week Deck: Yes (32 cards in 30 minutes) <BR> <BR> Yup, I missed a yoga. Oh, I planned to do that yoga but then I put it off and put it off and then it was Saturday and I had Saturday all planned out (including yoga) and then Saturday didn't follow the plan at all. No excuses on missing that yoga, it just happened and I didn't work hard enough to make it happen. (oh, on the yoga front, I haven... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 07:55:52 EST The Blog I Wanted to Read http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5223024 (this is the blog post I was expecting to read when I saw the featured blog entitled "If Sparkpeople is so great, why am I not thin?"—you asked for it, so now you’re getting it) <BR> <BR> “If Sparkpeople is so great, why am I not thin?” <BR> <BR> The first thing that comes to my mind when I read that question is: <BR> <BR> Are you actually TRYING to change? <BR> <BR> By “trying” I mean are you actively trying to change your eating patterns? That doesn’t mean THINKING/TALKING about it, ... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 12:18:25 EST Featured Blog: Bait and Switch! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5221754 I saw the featured blog post in the spark email thing. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5182268 </link> <BR> <BR> It is titled <BR> <BR> "If Sparkpeople is so great, why am I not thin?" <BR> <BR> Reading that title I was expecting a blog post about how some folks don't understand what spark is, or how changing your habits is all about YOU and how spark won't do it for you and that type of thing. <BR> <BR> Instead, what I got was a r... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 14:08:44 EST Check In (week 1/14 - 1-20) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5218803 EXERCISE: <BR> <BR> 2x week yoga: YES <BR> 1x week something else: YES (Deck workout) <BR> <BR> Deck workout? What? Ok, I'm freely admitting this here. I learned of this idea by watching t.v. Yes, The Biggest Loser of all things. How dumb is THAT? But here's the kicker. I'm digging this new thing and have found the perfect spot for it in my routine. <BR> <BR> It's nothing new really, just new to me. You use a deck of cards for your workout. Assign one exercise to each suite and... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 15:07:12 EST Creative show off (pics of stuff I've made lately) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5206712 I wasn't sure how far back to go. I don't think I've shown off anything since Biggie Smalls. So here are some things I've made for swaps I've been in lately. <BR> <BR> First up, some stuff I made for private swaps (meaning not through swap bot): <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1787432720.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Adipose doll. It's a thing from Dr. Who (so I learned via google--I know zip about Dr. Who but the recipient's into it and loved this doll I made from a fre... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 12:59:08 EST Check In (week 1/7 - 1/13) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5206655 EXERCISE: <BR> <BR> 2x week yoga: YES <BR> 1x week something else: YES (60 minutes walking) <BR> <BR> Now that's what I call an improvement. Three days a week exercise is the absolute bare minimum I should be doing all the time (even if I wasn't actively trying to lose weight) so it's about dang time I got back to it. I'm aiming to get back up to 5-6 days a week, but for this month I will accept a minimum of 3 days/week. <BR> <BR> After being away from exercise for so long, yoga was re... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 12:28:44 EST Check-in (week 1/1 to 1/6) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5195157 Since it wasn't a full week this check up will be kind of half assed. <BR> <BR> EXERCISE: <BR> Zero <BR> <BR> Simply put I was still in lazy mode and I got a kick butt cold which made breathing its own form of tortuous exercise, so actual exercise just wasn't in the cards. But as of today I'm feeling almost perfectly well (just have a little lingering cough and tiny bit of stuffiness) so I'm looking forward to yoga tonight. <BR> <BR> In a "the universe is telling you something" vein, I sc... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 14:07:55 EST 2013: It's all about charts! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5185881 I'm going to try something slightly different for the new year. Well, not exactly different (since I've done this a bit before) but just with more authority. <BR> <BR> Calendar pages/charts. <BR> <BR> Yup, totally old school. <BR> <BR> See, I'm very childish when it comes to chores and things I need to do. I just don't want to do them so I don't. So that means I need to train myself like I would train a child. I need to assign chores/tasks to myself every day and then check them off ... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 10:56:54 EST Still here just hanging back. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5169236 Irishbeanergirl brought me out of hiding. <BR> <BR> I've been deliberately laying (lieing?--you'd think I'd be able to get the whole lay/lie/lay thing right after all these years. . .you'd be wrong) low around spark for a few different reasons. <BR> <BR> 1. My snark is off the hook lately. It's the time of year. I get easily irked due to a lot of annoyances (like family and holiday crap) and the weather (less exposure to sun makes me crabbier) and, to be quite frank, I just hate spark th... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 15:04:08 EST Goal Checkup: 11/1 -11/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5132343 Ok, these checkups are where you can learn how NOT to do things. Learn how to FAIL and be pathetic and lazy. <BR> <BR> That said, let me show you exactly how pathetic this week (well, over a week) was. <BR> <BR> (note, since this is longer than a normal week, I'm just going to list how many of each exercise I needed to have and then how many I actually did) <BR> <BR> EXERCISE: <BR> <BR> Yoga 3 times? : No. Only had one <BR> ST 4 times?: No. Had zero. <BR> Cardio 2 times? No. Had ze... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 07:42:39 EST I love it when you call me Big Poppa (pics!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5120428 I told you I was going to show off Biggie Smalls, right. <BR> <BR> Here you go. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l22548323.jpg"> <BR> <BR> That's him with his crew, Clyde and Violetta. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l511938380.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In profile, looking like the bad @ss gangsta squid we all know he is (despite is mellow yellow appearance). <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1773604625.jpg"> <BR... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 15:08:07 EST