HOLISTICDETOXER's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HOLISTICDETOXER HOLISTICDETOXER'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/ Progress Photo (Maintenance) - Now With Bikini! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4900592 Dear Sir or Madam, <BR> <BR> Attached, please find a photo of me in my new size small bikini from Old Navy. Note the distinct lack of bulging fat rolls. This is me at 122 pounds, where I've stayed, with only minimal effort, for all of 2012 (to date). Please be advised that all distinguishing scars and tattoos have been digitally removed to preserve my anonymity. Please also note that YOU CAN DO IT TOO if you follow Spark's plan! <BR> <BR> Yours truly, <BR> <BR> Holistic Detoxer <BR> <... Mon, 28 May 2012 00:07:21 EST Check It Out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4844479 Here are some of my Recommendations du Jour: <BR> <BR> The Eatery <BR> <link>http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-e<BR>atery/id468299990?mt=8 </link> <BR> An app for your iPhone. Snap pics of your food, share them with others and rate which meals were "fit"... and which were "fat". I like looking at photos of shapeless brown blobs of food in other people's feeds... what the heck IS that stuff? The meals I've uploaded so far have been rated 80% "fit" by the community. I don't like with Fa... Fri, 20 Apr 2012 18:34:01 EST Kids Say the Darndest Things... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4832260 I was talking to a young teen who lives in the neighborhood and asking about her classes. She said she was taking "Home Ec" this term. I know her school has a couple of different Home Ec classes, so I asked which one she was taking. Her response? "That one where you look up food and then make it... I think it's called cholesterol?" <BR> <BR> Awwwww... <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> Thu, 12 Apr 2012 17:31:28 EST Get Cooking! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4825737 A long weekend is a great time to get in some batch cooking, so for people who have Monday off, why not try cooking a new recipe? Here's what I'll be eating this week. <BR> <BR> Chickpea Picatta with Caulipots <BR> <link>http://www.theppk.com/2010/09/chickp<BR>ea-picatta/ </link> <BR> <link>http://www.theppk.com/ppk-100/9-caul<BR>ipots/ </link> <BR> (For the caulipots, cut and boil potatoes and cauliflower. Drain and mash with a fork. Add vegetable stock if needed.) <BR> <BR> Broccol... Sun, 8 Apr 2012 15:00:31 EST Daytime TV: Probably the Best Reason Ever to Get a Job http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4823564 So, it's Good Friday and I'm at home with nothing super-important to do. I've already done some laundry, vacuuming and tidying, all while my TV is on in the background. For some reason I associate daytime TV with relaxation and luxury... I mean, most people who are able to watch daytime TV aren't working (I know some might be shift workers, but most are not). My mom was a stay-at-home mom and I was always jealous that she could watch Oprah... even if she had errands to run or something, sh... Fri, 6 Apr 2012 16:40:43 EST Why Hello There... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4821120 AWKWARD! <BR> <BR> At the gym tonight I did a boot camp class, and while we were doing weighted squats I looked out the door and saw my neighbour staring at me! Besides saying hello in the hall of the building we never talk, yet she stuck around to watch me squat and waved dramatically at me. Yes, I see you. No, I can't wave back. I'm squatting! But hey, why don't you try out the class next week? <BR> <BR> <em>320</em> Wed, 4 Apr 2012 23:28:23 EST I'm Not Just on SparkPeople... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4815665 There are some other sites that I use as well! <BR> <BR> My Spark Recipes are here: <link>http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/more-<BR>about-me.asp?user=6832160 </link> <BR> <BR> You can find My Healthy Life on Pinterest at <link>http://pinterest.com/holisticdetoxer<BR>/my-healthy-life/ </link> . I will not repost stupid "thinspiration" images or fake "science"... I promise! <BR> <BR> I also just joined Fitocracy, which just came out of beta testing the other day. Inspired by video games... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 20:49:08 EST Last Day of Hedonism http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4814051 I've been on spring break, which meant a trip to see friends and family in my hometown. While I was there I ate a lot of restaurant food and did a little walking, but I definitely didn't stick to my healthiest habits. On the plus side, there's an amazing, cheap seamstress in my hometown who took in SEVEN pairs of pants for me (including two I bought as "goal pants" and then got too small to wear, so I've never worn them!). Total spring wardrobe refresher, and for less than the cost of ONE ... Sat, 31 Mar 2012 20:14:55 EST What's Been Going On? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4793232 I haven't been posting much lately so I thought I'd give you a little update! <BR> <BR> I went through a very, very, very stressful time at work. It got so bad that one morning I threw up on my way to the office! I am not the only one feeling it- my colleagues have been going home mid-day in tears and the absentee rate is at an all-time high. It wasn't the actual work that was stressful, but one particular colleague. I think that for a lot of people it was easier to just stay home than t... Sun, 18 Mar 2012 11:16:28 EST Summer Holiday - CHECK! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4768810 I recently made my plans for a summer holiday! I've bought the plane tickets and the Lonely Planet, so I'm all set! <BR> <BR> I will be spending eight weeks backpacking across Europe, from south to north. I will only be visiting new places, so I am planning to fly into Corfu, Greece and out of Tallinn, Estonia. I usually like to sketch out a quick map of my route and not really plan much beyond that. So far I've got my flight to Corfu (with long enough stops to do a couple hours' sightse... Sat, 3 Mar 2012 16:12:31 EST Can You Help Me Avoid the Common Cold? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4750115 I don't know why I am so susceptible to the common cold! I already take a lot of precautions: I take a multivitamin with 100% of my RDI of Vitamin C, I eat a diet full of fruits and veggies from all colors of the rainbow, I stay hydrated, I keep my hands clean, I get regular physical activity... but I get at least five or six HORRIBLE colds every year. I'll often use +100 tissues every day when my colds are bad, and I blow my nose until it's red and raw. What can I do? Tue, 21 Feb 2012 19:20:30 EST Do As You're Told! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4737686 I am a testament to the power of going to the gym and doing whatever the **** the instructor tells you to do. <BR> <BR> I am not athletic. I am not coordinated. I am not (by nature) strong. <BR> <BR> But I show up at the gym, four times a week, and do whatever the instructor says. <BR> <BR> I run laps around the gym. I lift barbells. I step on the BOSU ball. I lift dumbbells. I step on the step. I do jumping jacks. I hold a plank. I do push-ups. I do sit-ups. I use gliders. I ... Mon, 13 Feb 2012 23:05:18 EST "Wasting Away..." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4731133 "You're wasting away!" someone said to me today. <BR> <BR> I know they meant it nicely, but let's get one thing straight- that is NOT a compliment! <BR> <BR> Yeah, I'm way smaller. <BR> <BR> But I'm also way stronger. I'm wearing a baggy sweatshirt, but if you could see my arms, you would see MUSCLES! And I don't know how you're missing my leg muscles, which you can see through my leggings! You don't need x-ray vision for that! <BR> <BR> I know people have good intentions when they com... Thu, 9 Feb 2012 18:46:09 EST I Have No Pants... But My Gym Has a Bossypants! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4729841 First and foremost, I strongly object to my gym scheduling a strength class and swapping it for cardio at the last minute. In preparation for the strength class I did my own cardio BEFORE the class, and then got hit with another sixty minutes! Ouch! <BR> <BR> In other news, there is a girl about my age who is also becoming a regular at the gym. In addition to attending classes, she has taken on the role of bossing people around. I've seen her around for about three months, and in the l... Wed, 8 Feb 2012 23:28:46 EST I Officially Have No Pants http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4723990 I've only lost a pound since Christmas, but it must have all come off my abdomen, because I officially have no pants that fit. None. I am now accepting cash donations to rebuild my wardrobe- just stick your money in an envelope and label it HOLISTICDETOXER... I'm sure the postal service will find a way to bring it to my doorstep! <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> in advance! <BR> <BR> (PS Don't really do that.) Sun, 5 Feb 2012 19:29:56 EST Actual Thoughts I Had at the Gym Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4722235 "He's the yeti of the YMCA... I see him, but I can't believe he exists." (On seeing a gym regular who wears the most bizarre workout clothes.) <BR> <BR> "I want to have children so they can be healthier and better-mannered than all their classmates." <BR> <BR> "I wish it were the Middle Ages and I could burn calories by being a milkmaid and tending to my herd of sheep. Oh wait, but then I wouldn't have an iPod. Nevermind..." <BR> <BR> <BR> * * * * * * * * * * <BR> <BR> It's true, my b... Sat, 4 Feb 2012 16:43:00 EST Children and Body Image (What Would YOU Do?) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4708915 My gym (more of a recreation center, really) has a rule that children under twelve need to be supervised in the change room. Today, there were three girls there who I thought were about nine or ten. They commented that they were going to "hang out" for twenty-five minutes before their class started. Two of them were quite slender, one was slightly chubbier. Oh, puberty. So the two slender girls are standing in the change room, in front of the full-length mirrors, poking at their stomachs and ... Sat, 28 Jan 2012 15:56:54 EST What Have I Got Myself Into? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4701897 So, I signed up for "Survivor" at my gym! <BR> <BR> I don't even know what this is! The signs say to ask at Member Services, so I asked at Member Services, and they told me to check online, but online it says to ask at Member Services! <BR> <BR> So far I know I'll be assigned to a team (hopefully one with a dark t-shirt so that my sweat doesn't show!) and my team will earn points based on the number of minutes we spend working out for six weeks, starting in February. I'm not sure if eve... Tue, 24 Jan 2012 20:08:18 EST Eating My Way into 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4699682 So, I haven't exactly been eating as well as I did in 2011. For one, I went away for the holidays. Remember all those holiday treats you ate? Well, they're still sitting around my house because I wasn't here to eat them! So I'm definitely indulging in a few too many treats (and too much Starbucks, since to receiving more than $200 in Starbucks cards). Second, I'm not gaining weight. I'm staying right here at 124, which is one pound below my initial goal weight and well within the health... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 19:13:14 EST Holiday Snapshots http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4681073 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l770546400.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I arrived in Mexico City, where the Zocalo had been converted to a skating rink. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l277470661.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Then we went to Oaxaca, where it was sunny and warm! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l815540929.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Next stop Zipolite, where the weather was hot, the water was dangerous, and the people were naked! (Me ... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 22:10:15 EST Back From Holidays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4666346 I'm back from two weeks in Mexico! I think I kept pretty active- I walked for a few hours every day (except when I was on a bus all day!), did some swimming, some rock-climbing, and a lot of walking with my forty-pound backpack! I wasn't overly concerned with my eating choices, as I knew I was so active, but I ended up catching a stomach bug and have been taking anti-parasite medication for the past few days. I'm probably going to take it easy for my first week back home, until I'm finishe... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 14:40:00 EST Happy Birthday To Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4632280 Today was my birthday! <BR> <BR> I turned twenty-eight. Just for fun I tried on a pair of pants from eighth grade, and they fit! I wouldn't say I aspire to my adolescent body... I know that as an adult, eating right, doing cardio and building my strength can actually get me a much BETTER body than I had in junior high! However, they're epic pants and I can't wait to wear them! I had (have!) good taste! <BR> <BR> My eating was off for the day and I think my calories will be high for the... Tue, 20 Dec 2011 01:30:55 EST Only the Best (of the Worst) for Your Gym Playlist! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4630207 For those of us who like to listen to songs in other languages while we work out, I've got two ridiculous tracks straight out of the Fatherland (no joke... I've actually got German citizenship... not that I can understand a word of these songs!). <BR> <BR> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLHnnJRaP<BR>7Q&feature=relmfu <BR> It doesn't take a minor in linguistics to know this song is about your heart racing. Also, they say "high heels". <BR> <BR> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-u0qqmuCv<BR>2o... Sun, 18 Dec 2011 13:15:50 EST Weight Loss Humble Brags http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4629429 There seems to be an upsurge of humble brags on Spark lately! <BR> <BR> These always put a smile on my face. <BR> <BR> "I look like such a fat cow in my size zero dress... I really should have gone up to the size two!" <BR> <BR> "I wish I could just go to the gym and exercise in peace without being hit on all the time!" <BR> <BR> "It's just not possible for me to eat right when I've got so many friends that I get invited out for dinner or to a party every night!" <BR> <BR> "Help! I'm lo... Sat, 17 Dec 2011 18:10:43 EST Scratch That http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4627470 I can do TWO SETS of ten man push-ups! Send the evening news team! Or Mythbusters or something! THIS IS NOT NORMAL FOR ME! <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> Thu, 15 Dec 2011 22:49:20 EST The Incredible Hulk(ette) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4625814 I can do ten man push-ups! <BR> <BR> I can see my abdominal muscles. <BR> <BR> I have little sticky-outy bumps in my arms that I think are bicep muscles. <BR> <BR> My knees don't pop when I do lunges anymore. Slow lunges. ALL the way down. While holding weights. <BR> <BR> How did this happen? <BR> <BR> I am seriously the wussiest person I know. <BR> <BR> How is it that more and more and more I'm being motivated by being strong, instead of (just) being thin? <BR> <BR> I have a ... Wed, 14 Dec 2011 18:30:11 EST Eating Enough http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4620103 I think that I might not be planning to eat enough, which has lead to a few days where I've eaten large amounts of junk food that have pushed me over my limit. Although I've lost a lot of weight (I've gone from 152 to 124) I've dramatically increased both my activity and level and my muscle mass. I have adjusted for this in Spark, but I've decided that for the upcoming week I'm going to consciously try to eat at the very highest end of my recommended calorie range, and to do it in a healthy... Sat, 10 Dec 2011 10:31:57 EST Weekend Grocery Shop - DONE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4618298 I decided to do my weekend grocery shop tonight instead of on the actual weekend. This should buy me a few extra "me" minutes on Saturday and Sunday. My grocery bill for the week was pretty low - $43, but I intend to use up some things I've got around the house. I'm planning to make three things: <BR> <BR> Breakfasts - Whole-wheat banana pancakes. <BR> Lunches - Whole-wheat lasagna with roasted butternut squash, spinach, sage and ricotta (gotta use up all my extra ricotta!) <BR> Dinner ... Thu, 8 Dec 2011 21:10:30 EST They're Heeeere... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4616871 ... the first Christmas and birthday cards of the season! <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> <em>460</em> Wed, 7 Dec 2011 20:01:30 EST You! Yes You! You're Smelly! (An Open Letter to People at the Gym) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4615700 Dear All People Everywhere, <BR> <BR> I understand that in many cultures, it is not common for people to wear deodorant or antiperspirant. I think that's awesome. It's a personal choice. No need to rub excess chemicals into your armpits if you don't feel inclined. Frankly, even if your culture does wear deodorant, and you choose not to, it's cool. <BR> <BR> But I've got news for you. When you hit the gym, you smell! You're used to your own smell. You don't notice it anymore. But eve... Tue, 6 Dec 2011 23:33:07 EST Exam Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4614160 I'm not really a student, but I've been thinking about maybe getting a third degree... in French. My local university allows you to "bank" courses over time that you can later apply towards a degree, so for the past two years I've been taking French classes either once or twice a week (I credit this with my weight gain last year- French ran on the two nights of my favorite fitness classes!). So I've got an exam tomorrow, for the highest level offered at night classes. We have to know the i... Mon, 5 Dec 2011 23:37:18 EST Perfect http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4611143 I am suddenly overcome by desire to watch this 1985 classic, with Jamie Lee Curtis and John Travolta. I expect to get some pretty awesome fashion inspiration! <BR> <BR> <em>212</em> <em>415</em> <BR> <BR> Have you seen this movie? Sat, 3 Dec 2011 22:08:25 EST December http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4608629 I kind of love December. <BR> <BR> In the same two-week span I get to celebrate my birthday, Christmas and New Years! <BR> <BR> Also, this year I'm doing something a little crazy for the holidays. <BR> <BR> Usually, I work until a few days before Christmas and then spend two weeks with my family in my hometown. This involves eating, eating, eating, taking two walks, eating, eating, eating, opening presents, eating and eating. <BR> <BR> This year I'm working until 1:30 pm on Decembe... Thu, 1 Dec 2011 22:41:09 EST You'll Never See My Face... (With Pic!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4605007 ... but I'll show you my body! On July 24th I weighed 152 pounds, today I am 126. My immediate goal is 125, but really, it's not hugely important to me anymore. I'd also like to eventually reach 119, but I'm again open to taking my sweet time reaching that point. I don't really know why I'd be happier weighing 119 than 126, and I think I need to work that out in my own head before I make additional weight loss a priority. Right now, I'm thinking about eating healthy, maintaining my exerc... Tue, 29 Nov 2011 20:47:50 EST Bizarre Compliment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4597224 I have a coworker who I've never established much of a relationship with. After more than a year of working together, he came to me and said, "Ummmm... what's your name?" Dude! Couldn't you have discretely asked someone else in our office? <BR> <BR> So today in the mailroom, I was rather surprised when my relative-stranger colleague turned to me and said- and I quote- "You must be hitting the gym HARD! You're lookin' ROCK SOLID!" <BR> <BR> Say what? <BR> <BR> I'm sure it was meant to... Wed, 23 Nov 2011 20:01:39 EST Model Sized! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4596024 I'll be hitting the town this Saturday night (with a more reliable friend than last weekend!) and this is what I'll be wearing: <BR> <BR> <link>www.asos.com/ASOS/ASOS-Cross-Front-T<BR>wist-Dress/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=17<BR>04191&cid=8799&sh=0&pge=0&pgesize=20&s<BR>ort=3&clr=Black </link> <BR> <BR> I just realized I'll be wearing the same size as the model! <BR> <BR> Where's the Little Black Dress emoticon? <BR> <BR> <em>84</em> Couldn't find one, so I'll just use one that show... Tue, 22 Nov 2011 22:00:20 EST Take That, Lululemon! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4594804 Most of my workout wardrobe are clothes that I wore to my weekly fitness class in high school. There is also a pair of (probably knock-off) Adidas pants that I bought at a weird department store in a developing country. Oh, and my sports bras are from Walmart a few years ago. <BR> <BR> All the cool girls wear Lululemon to exercise. Ninety-dollar sweatpants, hundred-dollar hoodies (if you can get them on sale!), etc. "But they last so loooong!" Ummm... I'm still wearing crap I got at Win... Tue, 22 Nov 2011 00:30:38 EST Revenge... of the Treadmill (Variety) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4592771 A friend did some very unfriendly things last night. I met a guy and when I went to the washroom, she basically propositioned him. Then she bailed on our mutual plans and left with him, accidentally taking my purse with my keys. Yup, she took my man, and my car and house keys. (I know he's not "my man" but it had a nice rhythm to it.) Now she's texting me saying both "it was an AWESOME night" and "I owe you big time- sorry". Are you joking? <BR> <BR> So how do I deal with my seething a... Sun, 20 Nov 2011 17:58:26 EST Maybe It's Not All About Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4591535 Every week I go to a bootcamp class that is ninety minutes, and the gym has it labelled "Intermediate/Advanced". When I started it felt impossible, but now I find it comfortably challenging. <BR> <BR> This morning I decided to drop in for a class called "Muscle Works". It was only sixty minutes, and it was labelled "Intermediate". I figured I could definitely handle it- it's shorter and not even "advanced" like my regular Monday class. <BR> <BR> My first thought upon entering (with li... Sat, 19 Nov 2011 16:57:43 EST One Week of Exercise... Every Day, Every Hour, Every Minute, Every Second! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4587936 I currently have 10,124 fitness minutes. This is equal to more than seven days! Yup, that's a week! That's seven days! That's one hundred and sixty-eight hours! Ten thousand, one hundred and twenty-four minutes. Or six hundred and seven thousand, four hundred and forty seconds! <BR> <BR> This "week" of exercise includes time in early 2010, when I first caught the Spark, and time since July 24th of this year, when I was "re-Sparked". It's crazy to think I've spent the equivalent of s... Wed, 16 Nov 2011 23:22:02 EST It Could Have Been Worse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4584587 Bootcamp with a Substitute Instructor <BR> <BR> <em>48</em> PROS <BR> - She has a pretty good playlist (lots of reggaeton... I think she teaches Zumba?) <BR> - The warm-up was intense and we kept our heart rates up for most of the class <BR> - I'm going to be a little sore tomorrow, though the stretch at the end was good <BR> <BR> <em>42</em> CONS <BR> - We ended seven minutes early! Ummmm... I want a ninety-minute workout, not an eighty-three minute workout! <BR> - There doesn't see... Mon, 14 Nov 2011 22:25:59 EST The End of an Era http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4582924 My favorite boot-camp instructor, who I credit with pretty much all of my fitness progress, will not be returning until 2012. Sadly, she's off for medical reasons. Instead we'll have a series of substitute instructors, and I'm really fearful they won't push me hard enough. Keep your fingers crossed for my workout, and my instructor's speedy recovery! <BR> <BR> <em>282</em> Sun, 13 Nov 2011 22:42:27 EST Totally-Not-Extreme Couponing (in Canada) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4581252 I'm starting to pay more attention to couponing! <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I bought $150 worth of Starbucks Cards from Shoppers Drug Mart (in Canada). If you buy $150 in gift cards, they'll add 8,000 Optimum points to your account. This took me up to the reward level where you can get $60 in free stuff... and I'm saving my points for a day when they give you double (so I will get $120 in free stuff!). Plus, I get Air Miles on the purchase! And even better, I immediately came home and registe... Sat, 12 Nov 2011 19:22:10 EST I'm Going to Have to Start Calling it "HALLOWEEK"! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4576998 Looking back over my food tracker, I ate over my calorie range (WAY over, some days) for EIGHT days in a row, on and around Halloween! <BR> <BR> It's nice that I'm thin and pretty enough to get lots of free shots at the bar... but did I really need eight shots of vodka AND two ciders that night? <BR> <BR> Yeah, I got in a totally bizarre car accident (the cops laughed!), but I probably didn't need to eat an entire bag of chips afterwards just because I like to pretend that because I'm ... Wed, 9 Nov 2011 20:48:47 EST DJ Holistic Detoxer on the Decks... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4573756 Aaaaah! <BR> <BR> My bootcamp instructor's iPod wasn't working tonight, and nobody else had one. I thought she was just going to test it out to see if the sound system was irreparably broken, but we ended up using my music for the full ninety minutes! <BR> <BR> First, listening to music I LIKE is totally motivating! <BR> <BR> Second, my workout music is freaking hilarious and I love subjecting other people to it! Here's a little taste of what I made my class listen to! <BR> <BR> <link>... Mon, 7 Nov 2011 22:44:28 EST What I'd Like My Body to Do... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4569216 <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7ssr<BR>LSheg4&ob=av2n </link> <BR> <BR> I would also like the one-armed, one-legged bodysuit. <BR> <BR> And I would like to dance in a sparkly pink tunnel. <BR> <BR> I also think I'd be more inclined to exercise if I could do it in a sexy cage. <BR> <BR> Could I get her hair (but naturally, without extensions) too, please? <BR> <BR> Seriously, girl needs to make an exercise video! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>129</em> Sat, 5 Nov 2011 02:11:02 EST I Think I Had a Breakthrough! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4565893 I went to my normal fitness class tonight- the instructor changes the routine from month to month. November is a new circuit training routine, with weights and cardio. And it was weird... I finished every single interval. Strong. With good form. And the "heavy" weights. And I could have done twice the cardio between sets. I could have done another thirty minutes. <BR> <BR> I'm starting to realize that my weight loss goals (125 by December 1st, 119 by someday not too long after that)... Wed, 2 Nov 2011 23:25:08 EST What's for Dinner? (Pic!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4561946 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l171037042.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Salad with leafy greens, cucumber, grape tomatoes, red onion, quinoa and sunflower seeds! Yum! With a slice of whole-wheat bread on the side! <BR> <BR> And the best thing about a dinner-sized salad is that I can eat it at 4:45, before my workout, and then still have room for a good-sized snack between the gym and bed! Mon, 31 Oct 2011 18:54:44 EST October Fitness Total http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4559931 This month, I exercised 1615 minutes! I think that's an all-time record! (Yup- double-checked and the old record was 1606 minutes!) It's definitely showing- I had to buy some new clothes yesterday including size four jeans, a size small skirt and three size small tops. I even fit into a pair of 26" jeans (although they were hideous and itchy so I obviously didn't buy them). <BR> <BR> THIS WORKS. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Sun, 30 Oct 2011 13:48:45 EST If I Stand Juuuuust the Right Way... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4555077 ... and look in the mirror, I can see something that has eluded me for the previous twenty-seven years. <BR> <BR> This creature has been in hiding my entire life. <BR> <BR> It is feared by the entire animal (and human...) kingdom. <BR> <BR> This creature is... <BR> <BR> ... an abdominal muscle! <BR> <BR> I never thought I'd actually have a visible abdominal muscle! I guess I just thought I'd lose weight and have a thin version of a fat stomach. <BR> <BR> Apparently not. <BR> <BR> Ne... 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