HOLLY_LONDON's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HOLLY%5FLONDON HOLLY_LONDON'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/ Holidays and the importance of preparation. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2656843 I can't stress enough the importance of being prepared for every curveball so that you can remain in control of what you eat. That took a major back seat this week when I was at my sister's and brother in law's house for the holidays. <BR> <BR> 1. They have NO nutritional food in the house at all. And they have a baby, which makes this only more sad. <BR> <BR> 2. They don't cook at home. They don't even have any food to cook in the house. They've been living on cookies and candy and crack... Sat, 26 Dec 2009 13:00:51 EST trying to avoid the mall by creeping around lingerie land.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2648423 I posted a few weeks ago about going on a bra hunt, as I have shrunk a LOT in that area. I went to a fancy boutique and got sized and pretended I was going to spend $90 on a bra, psych!!! I might have wasted the poor lady's time, but she sized me, which was the whole point, that and trying on bras to hunt for on ebay immediately. Well, this bra that I found does not seem to exist outside of their store. So i went to macy's to find a bra yesterday. I found one, and it fits perfectly, is a 34... Mon, 21 Dec 2009 15:51:33 EST size 6????!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2644742 Today I caught up on all my holiday shopping and i'd been obsessing about holiday pictures and having a good outfit for christmas, because I am a femme just like that! =) <BR> I was going to hit up Macy's or Ann Taylor, but found myself in Ross (which is a discount store just like Marshalls) and found this awesome purple dress in size 8. I run to the fitting room, pushing and shoving all the way through the masses of meandering shoppers. I had boots, skinny jeans, and three layers to take off... Sat, 19 Dec 2009 18:10:10 EST Two Week Challenge; Friday results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2644344 I took the batteries out of my scale; so no more weighing in until the end of the year. <BR> I made a GIANT batch of eggplant rolatini on Thursday and have been eating that for most of my meals. It's really pretty good on the carb front, but it has a lot of salt, so I am feeling pretty bloated and water weighty. <BR> I STILL have those damn chocolate cookies in the house. I am going to give them to my neighbors I think, they are right across the hall and british, so they probably eat stuff l... Sat, 19 Dec 2009 13:08:45 EST Two week challenge Thursday results! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2642542 whoo! so my boifriend is out of town, which means I am eating only what I prepare, and getting to work out quite a bit. However, my social calendar has been super busy, which is wonderful! but it means I have't hit the gym nearly enough this week! Today I WILL go to the gym! I got my hair cut last night right after work, and had to walk/jog back home about 3 miles to get home in time to finish cooking dinner for my friend, so there is exercise!!! I was super busy though all day yesterday, ... Fri, 18 Dec 2009 12:38:22 EST two week challenge Wednesday results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2640459 I am late posting this because I went out last night and had a feeling i'd be drinking a bit. So now it's not even 11am and though I am still a bit hung over, here we go! <BR> <BR> Wednesday!!!! <BR> Breakfast <BR> one large egg fried in a small bit of butter <BR> 1 slice julian's high fiber bread <BR> 1 tbs whipped cheddar spread <BR> 1 slice ham <BR> 1 slice provolone cheese <BR> Coke Zero <BR> 8 oz coffee <BR> 3 tbs half and half <BR> 2 tbs chocolate syrup <BR> 4 tabs of splenda <BR> 2 t... Thu, 17 Dec 2009 13:15:39 EST Two week challenge- results! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2636894 For the past two days i've been making an extra effort to eat clean (low carb/high protein) and exercise to try to lose a few lbs before the end of the year. Here we go! <BR> Monday!!! <BR> Breakfast <BR> 1 slice of julian's fiber bread toasted <BR> 1 tbs whipped cream cheese <BR> 1/4 cup baby spinach <BR> 2 oz pulled pork carnita <BR> 1 oz sliced cheddar cheese <BR> <BR> Snack <BR> designer whey chocolate protein powder <BR> 1/4 cup half half <BR> 8 oz cold water <BR> xantham gum <BR> 2 sp... Tue, 15 Dec 2009 23:30:33 EST off to battle, preparing on Sunday's http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2632904 This weekend I tried something new! I tried preparing ALL the food for an entire week on Sunday so that I won't be tempted to go off my diet. My boifriend is leaving town tomorrow so it's just for me, which is lovely, because he eats too much anyway. <BR> <BR> On Sunday I made a GIANT container of chicken salad, cooked a pound of ground beef for eggs and casseroles, and slow cooked some of my low carb pork carnitas. I bought groceries that I was excited to eat (goat cheese crumbles) for s... Mon, 14 Dec 2009 12:10:42 EST Looking good on the outside to match the inside! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2617235 What about the rest of it?! <BR> A sparkfriend asked me what I've been using as far as "beauty treatments" go, which I am going to take as a major compliment for not looking 32 years old! <BR> Some of my favorites are: <BR> <BR> Facial cleanser <BR> Natural Acne Solutions Purifying Gel Cleanser <BR> <link>www.burtsbees.com/natural-products/f<BR>ace-cleansers/natural-acne-solutions-p<BR>urifying-gel-cleanser.html </link> <BR> <BR> Toner <BR> Aveda Botanical Kinetics Toning Mist <BR> <li... Mon, 7 Dec 2009 16:17:34 EST i make hats! a photo heavy blog posting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2612497 Can I preface this by saying that sitting for a photo shoot, even with my boifriend as the photographer, was very stressful and made me so nervous! I have no idea what my problem is, impromptu photos, candid photos, no problem at all! sitting for pictures was agony! <BR> <BR> I have been exploring millinery and making some hats from recycled (upcycled) materials. I am putting them up in my online store to hopefully sell them. This is not an advertisement, these are just some "after pics" ... Sat, 5 Dec 2009 16:39:14 EST Buying myself prezzies, and the dreaded fitting room http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2604636 Honestly, I have no idea how to dress for my new size. Everything is either too big, the wrong proportions, or too long. My boobs are half the size, but swimming in old bras. I need some serious help! I am going to go to Macy's this weekend and will try on a ton of different outfits (I'll probably be there for hours and hours!) but I need to stop buying clothes online and buying tens and they are huge, or buying 8's and they're too small. <BR> <BR> I am wasting too much money because I ... Wed, 2 Dec 2009 13:10:56 EST Thankful for the small changes that have made such a big impact! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2588378 I was thinking this morning about how tough it can be to be in the moment and to be thankful. I struggle with this. I am a run run run rush rush rush sort of person that struggles with resting and "downtime". Just taking the few minutes to clear my head, meditate a bit, and really think about what I am thankful for was such a present to myself. I know that sounds ridiculous, but it's totally true. My boifriend always says that I can't stand to relax, and it's so true. <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 25 Nov 2009 14:08:14 EST tough week ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2583379 how dare my gym be closed on thanksgiving!! I am going to step up the workouts, cardio 5x this week (just like last week) and the C25K twice this week so that I can indulge a bit and hopefully not see it on the scale. <BR> <BR> In other news, I've been doing a TON of research towards a certification in nutrition and realized that though it's expensive, the payoff would be working in a hospital helping others realize their dreams for a long and healthy life. So, I'll start studying for the c... Mon, 23 Nov 2009 13:31:37 EST getting closer to my inspiration! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2576794 I haven't taken any shots of me without clothes on yet, out of fear of what i'd see in a photo that i don't see in the mirror. I was getting dressed the other day and my boyfriend said, wait! you need to get an update picture!, so I did and I was so happy to see that it's definitely closer to my inspiration picture than I ever have been before! I feel so much the same since day 1, that all i see now are the parts i need to work on, my thighs, hips, abs, upper arms, you know the drill... <BR... Fri, 20 Nov 2009 12:22:36 EST Failing to plan is planning to fail http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2569332 This is my motto, no matter how silly it sounds. <BR> I've gotten into the habit this week of opening a spreadsheet first thing when I log into work and type out my plan for the day for both meals and exercise. As I eat and exercise throughout the day, I mark it in bold and then at the end of the day I enter it into Spark. It keep "unexpected" snacking away, which has been tough for me lately for some reason. These last few pounds have been so difficult to lose! SO, starting today I am back... Tue, 17 Nov 2009 16:16:06 EST C25K, it's about time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2566362 I woke up this morning super motivated to get rid of these last ten or so lbs and to really tone up. I woke up and knew, 100% certain and ready, that I was going to start the Couch to 5K training today. Not tomorrow, next week, or after new years, today. I signed up for my first 5K this morning for January. And paid for it. So, this is happening, and I am pretty excited about it! <BR> In case you don't know about it, the program is free and seems pretty easy; check it out at: <BR> http://ww... Mon, 16 Nov 2009 15:35:23 EST will you comb my weave? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2564290 I've wanted extensions for ages and can't commit to them. A friend of mine made me a weave, out of nylon hair that looks so real and like mine it's a bit freaky. I wore it out all day yesterday and it felt great. I might be able to just wear it all the time and not have to deal with the cost of extensions. PS> I am from New jersey! but my nails are real! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/5/3/b533718335.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/6/7/b670192931.jpg"> <img src="... Sun, 15 Nov 2009 22:17:54 EST Getting to know you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2559397 I found this old thread on Steer Queer and thought it was a great idea. Post it on your own blog so that we all get to know each other a bit better! <BR> <BR> 1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? <BR> I wasn't named after anyone, but my mom was either pretty bad at math, or was "unsure" when she became pregnant, but I was named Holly because I was expected to be a christmas baby. I was born in september. <BR> <BR> 2. WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO IN LIFE? <BR> Anything you can do I can do better, I can ... Fri, 13 Nov 2009 18:34:45 EST whoa! inches lost! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2556649 On a whim I measured myself today with my fancy GNC tape measure. I don't do it often and haven't actually measured myself since March. I was a bit shocked and pretty damn excited by what I found! <BR> 3/13/09 - 11/12/09 <BR> <BR> hips (widest part) <BR> 40-37 (-3inches) <BR> <BR> waist <BR> 34-31 (-3 inches) <BR> <BR> bust <BR> 40-37 (-3 inches) <BR> <BR> upper arm (halfway to shoulder) <BR> 12-11 (-1 inch) <BR> <BR> lower arm (just under elbow) <BR> 9.5-9 (-.5 inch) <BR> <BR> th... Thu, 12 Nov 2009 16:41:06 EST Weekly grocery list http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2553461 For those folks that have asked me what I buy for groceries, here you go! <BR> <BR> Things to note: I work from home and only eat out maybe one meal at most during the week. I shop on a budget. I have great access to Trader Joes and farmers markets. I have the smallest kitchen in the world and a small fridge. This is what my boifriend and I buy in a week and it feeds both of us very well and stuffs our fridge! PS. The bread is for him for his nightly toast tradition. <BR> <BR> grocery... Wed, 11 Nov 2009 13:40:59 EST GREAT article about staying in skinny jeans over the holidays! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2550385 http://www.inspire.com/groups/diet-and-fit<BR>ness/journal/7-ways-to-stay-in-your-sk<BR>inny-jeans-during-the-holidays/?emcamp<BR>aigns=DH-NL-11102009-COM Tue, 10 Nov 2009 13:17:17 EST spaghetti squash! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2548988 So, I still haven't learned how to cook it, but thank goodness for my wonderful boifriend who knows how to make it and somehow can bring himself to like it too! I am smelling it cook right now, with yellow squash, red, yellow and green peppers and homemade tomato sauce and I am feeling pretty lucky right now. I gave him hell earlier today for some "insensitive" comment he made, but he seems to have forgiven me. I plead the pms defence, or the "no cookie" defense. Tue, 10 Nov 2009 00:38:03 EST Americans fighting against the statistic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2542123 For this study, Obesity is defined as a BMI above 30. When I started Spark I was well over this mark at 38; today my score is 26.3 and my goal is to reach 24.7 by the end of the year(9 lbs to go!). <BR> <BR> Rank Countries Amount <BR> # 1 United States: 30.6% <BR> # 2 Mexico: 24.2% <BR> # 3 United Kingdom: 23% <BR> # 4 Slovakia: 22.4% <BR> # 5 Greece: 21.9% <BR> # 6 Australia: 21.7% <BR> # 7 New Zealand: 20.9% <BR> # 8 Hungary: 18.8% ... Sat, 7 Nov 2009 13:46:07 EST cheesecake and pasta oh my! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2536867 last night my boifriend and i went to dinner at our friend's place, and it was delish! They also follow the wholefoods diet (everything they cooked, except the pasta, came from either the farmers market or their garden. They have the best container garden i've seen in SF by far, and they were so cute and gave us a basil plant! After being so strict on my diet I had decided before we got there (with the cheesecake) that I was going to eat and not be crazy about it. I had a small amount of ... Thu, 5 Nov 2009 12:04:13 EST double load today; gym and poi class http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2528460 Monday's are one of my hardest days, because i have poi class from 8-10 pm every monday. Today is my last class (so sad!!!) at templeofpoi(.com), and because it starts late, i have found that i need to go to the gym first to have the energy to get through class. I do 45 mins of intense cardio on the elliptical and then practice in the empty studio room at the gym for about ten mins before trotting to class (about 20 min high speed walk away). I usually have a smoothie on my walk to poi <im... Mon, 2 Nov 2009 16:24:56 EST yummy easy slow cooker pork carnitas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2522544 I found a recipe on here or on another low carb forum, I can't recall, that used a pork tenderloin, a can of Rotel tomatoes and taco seasoning. Sounded easy,good, and not too heavy on the fats. I was grocery shopping last night at Trader Joes (hello $70 later!), and bought a pound tenderloin for less than $5 and TJ brand tomatoes w/ chilis, and of course they didn't have taco seasoning, but they had a "21 spice blend" and cumin, so i bought both, and a can of tomatoe paste. I chopped the por... Sat, 31 Oct 2009 14:10:58 EST gym, gym, gym, yoga, gym, gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2520493 I am curious if anyone else ever has issues with their signif other when starting a workout routine? <BR> My boyfriend and i live together and both work from home, so we are literally in the company of one another all day. I think that the hour or two spent out of the house everyday at the gym is good for us, but he was sick yesterday and VERY surprised that I went to the gym instead of taking care of him. So, superwoman that I am (smirk), I went to bikram yoga instead of the gym, the studio... Fri, 30 Oct 2009 13:34:57 EST WHERE does the fat go? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2518305 Great article! <BR> <link>health.howstuffworks.com/health-illn<BR>ess/wellness/physical-fitness/weight-l<BR>oss/lost-weight.htm </link> Thu, 29 Oct 2009 15:55:52 EST back on the ketosis band wagon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2513017 I am on a mission to get to the gym everyday this week. I do 40 mins of intensive cardio on an elliptical type of machine. I'll need to find out the name of it because i LOVE this machine! it burns so many more calories than the treadmill or elliptical do for me. I didn't believe the monitor on the machine, so i brought my trusty Polar to check it out. Amazing! 40 mins at 75-85 speed, level 3 and 640 calories, i $hit you not, it's amazing <BR> Then, the bus driver did me a favor by ripping me... Tue, 27 Oct 2009 17:13:54 EST low carb yummy breakfast! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2509581 I wish i took a pic, it was so cute! <BR> two eggs scrambled w/ a splash of half/half 3g carbs <BR> 1 oz shredded cheddar cheese 2 g carbs <BR> 1/4 cup chopped broccoli (2-3g carbs) <BR> 2 tbs TJ salsa 2 g carbs <BR> 1 tbs sour cream 1g carbs <BR> and 1/2 of a TJ chicken sausage, chopped <BR> <BR> Delish and WAY better than a protein shake! so sick of shakes! <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 26 Oct 2009 14:21:37 EST fitting into the tightest size 8's ever http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2504837 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/9/2/b922695407.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/6/5/b65282260.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/9/2/b92327388.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/9/2/b928997286.jpg">A few months back, levis had an awesome sale and i bought two pairs of jeans from their website for $35 a pair. This is over 50% off, as those that are Levi's snobs are well aware! =) Both pairs are "skinny" jeans and size 8's. Both pairs wer... Sat, 24 Oct 2009 16:12:04 EST stall stall stall.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2499964 i am so done with this stall. it's been weeks with no movement and i am DONE. I am changing it up and starting Fat Flush this weekend. I am starting to cut out the coffee now; as that's my weakness. I already gave up my coke zero addiction, no idea how though! hopefully giving up coffee will be as easy. I'll start posting on Fat Flush progress soon. I really want to lose these 15 lbs by the end of the year. Excited to start something new, my type A personality LOVES tracking and charts and gr... Thu, 22 Oct 2009 14:59:07 EST this week of food/workout tracking so far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2483898 because I am leaving for a short weekend vacation, and i will try to stay on plan, but i won't have access to internet so I am loading my food log now instead of on Sunday. Here it is! <BR> <BR> Monday: 10/12/2009 <BR> 147.8 <BR> vitamins: done <BR> water: about 1/2 recommended amount <BR> iced coffee w/ 2 splenda and half half (2g) <BR> slice of swiss cheese (1g) <BR> scrambled eggs w/ zucchini, vegetable spread and swiss cheese (5g) <BR> string cheese (1g) <BR> crystal light iced tea in g... Fri, 16 Oct 2009 12:49:34 EST spagetti squash w/ ground beef and sauce and cheese http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2482891 1 spagetti squash (2.25)- roasted in pan w/ water for 1 hr <BR> 1 lb 80/20 ground beef (1.99) <BR> 1 jar tj's tomato and basil marinara sauce (1.79) <BR> add 1 tbs bbq sauce <BR> 2 tsp worceshire <BR> salt <BR> papper <BR> garlic powder (1tsp) <BR> 1 large tbsp cream cheese whipped <BR> <BR> Poke a ton of holes in a big spagetti squash and place in baking dish wi/ about an inch of water and cover whole thing with foil loosely covering it. Roast @ 400 for 1 hr. <BR> <BR> In the meantime,... Fri, 16 Oct 2009 01:58:01 EST armed with the tools to succeed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2473600 While I have been able to maintain my weight loss up until now, I am starting to notice a bit of tightness in the pants area, so back on low carb and a 4x/week exercise regime to blast out these last 15 lbs. My ideal weight will be 130-135 (I hope!). So to get started on this, I did a practice run over the weekend to ween off sugar, and it was SO much harder this time around. I have to be ok with being smug about not eating junk, even to my poor boyfriend who between us could lose a few t... Mon, 12 Oct 2009 17:50:38 EST moving upwards and onwards!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2391658 I am moving to a new neighborhood next week, to co-habitate with my lovely partner, and my secret is that yes, while i am excited to be living in a much posher neighborhood, I am MOST excited about being 3 blocks from trader joes, and 4 blocks from the bikram yoga studio AND 24 hour fitness. No more convenience food for me, or excuses about working out. I CANNOT wait! Just had to share my excitement, hope everyone had a great holiday!!! Fri, 11 Sep 2009 13:59:03 EST the secrets of trainers... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2374051 back in 2007 I started my "weight loss journey" and hired a personal trainer from my gym. She was expensive. She was worth it. I have been trying to remember the circuit routine that we did because it's been a while since i've worked out like that and am looking to get back into it. I searched a bit online and found the EXACT workout we used to do, that little sneak must have nabbed it off online from another trainer, or maybe it's very common, but I can't tell you how effective it is. Wit... Fri, 4 Sep 2009 16:22:52 EST it's been forever!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2354479 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/3/2/b327129610.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's been a long time since i've been on spark, but I've been maintaining, not losing much, and trying to get back into ketosis again. I am at appx 145 here in this pic, and i've started bikram yoga and going to the gym more regularly (like an actual gym membership!) <BR> <BR> hope you all are doing well! <BR> xoxo Fri, 28 Aug 2009 17:16:54 EST back in the game http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2298283 It has been a rough month! I've been volunteering for homo a go go non stop for months now, and it's exhausting. I never did get the hang of my new morning schedule, and I haven't even been to the bootcamp yet! Overall I've been feeling a bit defeated and exhausted this past month. <BR> <BR> I went grocery shopping last night, bought all produce and low carb snacks (celery, pepperoni, no frankenfoods!), so I feel a bit more on top of things. We've been eating out a lot, and it's sabatoging... Sat, 8 Aug 2009 14:04:55 EST great deal to be had in SF http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2242799 Bianchi Fitness is doing a two week intro package for $25 which includes unlimited workouts with the coach. sounds too good to be true, so i hopped all over that and hope to start on Wed. I plan to go three days a week in the mornings at 7am, and the workouts are at dolores park in the mission, but are held in other locations on different days. The discount is through Groupon.com. Mon, 20 Jul 2009 01:57:08 EST A new morning routine for 30 days to go till next milestone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2228487 So, I put a LOT of emphasis on date goals. I know it may not be the best method, but for me, the accountability is key. <BR> In 30 days, I will be volunteering at an event that I need to look HOT HOT HOT for. I will be meeting my current boifriend's ex for the first time. The girl that talks about us behind our back and referred to me so kindly as that "fat b*tch", when she outweighs me by atleast 30 lbs. I know it's childish and silly, but it's a motivation all the same. Don't judge! =)... Tue, 14 Jul 2009 14:19:40 EST waiting out the weightloss stall http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2167176 so i weighed in today and lost a whopping .4 lbs in two weeks, from 150.8 to 150.4. I can only hope that this isn't maintenance for me, because I really have been active, excercising three times a week atleast, and watching/tracking my intake like crazy. my boifriend said the other day that maybe this is just the weight that i am supposed to be at and I could have slapped him. My goal is 135 and I will make it by the end of this year. I am re-adjusting my goals, because the 2 lbs a week l... Sat, 20 Jun 2009 17:58:36 EST a little motivation from Spark is all it took, and free stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2145473 So i took advantage of Spark setting us up with all these free passes to gyms in the area. I have started going to Gold's gym in SF and am already back in a routine. 45 mins on the eliptical seems like the best spent 3/4 of an hour I spend all day. <BR> <BR> To celebrate my new routine (which i have desperately been trying to get into since moving to CA in 9/08) and to take advantage of free shipping from Levi's today I ordered two pairs of skinny, ultra low rise, size 8's. They won't f... Fri, 12 Jun 2009 12:50:50 EST Food log for the past week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2123111 <BR> 5/25 <BR> large salad <BR> chicken salad (chicken, mayo, salt) <BR> cheese crackers <BR> salad for dinner <BR> <BR> 5/26 152.9 <BR> two eggs w/ tomato and avocado <BR> chai w/ cream and splenda <BR> cheese crackers <BR> beef w/ vegetables and cheese <BR> <BR> 5/27 <BR> two string cheese <BR> one oz cheddar cheese <BR> chicken w/ creamcheese, cheddar cheese, brocolli casserole in a bowl (make again!) <BR> string cheese <BR> dinner: chicken w/ sauteed onions and zucchini <BR> diet coke... Thu, 4 Jun 2009 13:45:28 EST slow but sure progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2116249 I have lost a few inches over the past three months. I don't really know what to expect from losing inches, if this is progress really or not, but my clothes are slowly fitting better, and right now I am in my smallest pair of jeans, still a 10, but a different cut. <BR> <BR> Measurements as of 3/13/09 Measurements as of 6/2/09 <BR> hips widest part inches 40 hips widest part 38 <BR> waist 34 waist 32 <BR> bust 40 ... Tue, 2 Jun 2009 13:17:12 EST low carb ketosis and what's that smell? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2113802 I had forgotten about the dreaded ketosis breath from the last time I was doing low carb. Typically I am not low enough to be into serious ketosis, but apparently this weekend I was when my boi friend asked "what smells coppery?". That would, of course, be me. I stocked up today on some relics of my past and wanted to share them with anyone who is doing low carb. Two products I can't do without when going into ketosis are: <BR> Nature's Way Chlorofresh "internal deodorant"- not sure why t... Mon, 1 Jun 2009 19:42:24 EST confessions of a salad-lover and Why does my lettuce taste like coffee? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2113567 Truth be told, I always did like vegetables. Just not more than cookies, cakes and ice cream, which got me into this mess. I've relied on my love of bacon, avocado and ranch dressing to see me through towards my goal weight. <BR> <BR> Being a bit of a type A personality, I have a special salad bowl (hot pink plastic and giant!) and a salad cutting board. I take great care of my vegetable preparation, including pre-washing and drying everything by hand, packing in ziplock bags, and replen... Mon, 1 Jun 2009 18:10:07 EST New focus on weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2100118 After a disappointing and discouraging stall that lasted for about 4 weeks, I am back to losing, out of the blue. I have done nothing different, not exercised more than my normal 3x per week and haven't particularly focused more on my eating, but so far, unless my scale is lying, I lost 4 lbs in the past week. Enough of a push to make me re-evaluate my goals a bit and get back to logging food more carefully. <BR> My new weightloss goals are: <BR> June 1: 150 <BR> June 7: 148 <BR> June 14:... Thu, 28 May 2009 03:04:15 EST Starbucks to the rescue! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2064764 to be clear, i hate starbucks. In a city like san francisco there are tons of small independently and locally owned cafes in the area that are much more deserving of my hard earned cash. This morning I noticed that my favorite coffee shop in the Castro was closed for renovations and having a bus to catch in 8 minutes, and needing coffee to function this early in the am, I walked into starbucks. <BR> <BR> I was amazed to find gluten free pastries! when did this happen?!?! I got a large i... Fri, 15 May 2009 12:33:18 EST such frustration! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2061804 My internet has been down for a few days, but I have still tried to keep track of my food intake. In looking back over the past few weeks, I definitely can see why I haven't had any loss. I have to resign myself to the fact that treats (cookies and icecream oh my!) are to be reserved for once a week. Recently it's been a daily occurrance, so even keeping within my low carb plan, that one cookie (or 5) has thrown me off course. <BR> <BR> I decided that a reward system might be a good mot... Thu, 14 May 2009 12:18:27 EST