HOPEFUL2DAY!'s SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HOPEFUL2DAY%21 HOPEFUL2DAY!'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/ It's been awhile... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5342663 and a lot has happened, but I am losing weight and staying on track. <BR> I have been seeing a doctor for awhile now who is helping me with my weight. Unfortunately, this doctor makes me use an app/website that is different than this one. <BR> <BR> I am going to try to check in here more often. One thing that is missing on the other site is the personal support/friends I have on here. I miss you guys! I think when finals are over next week I will hopefully have more time to check in. <BR>... Wed, 1 May 2013 23:46:20 EST Going back on meds... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5151710 Well, it's been an extremely trying few months for me that has continued to slowly decline. <BR> <BR> A year or so ago I weaned off of anti-depressants. I had been on them for 12 years and, for many reasons, I felt like it was time to try - so I did. Things were fine for awhile, but I have hit a point that I think I need to take them again. <BR> <BR> There are no external reasons for what I'm feeling. I'm married to a loving godly man that is always there for me. I have three awesome sons... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 13:34:27 EST Lost 2 Pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5087973 I did manage to lose two pounds - actually, I lost one pound last week, I just forgot to put it up - so that still averages to a pound a week. <BR> <BR> I'm still struggling. Can't get my thoughts together. I'm going to take some time today and go through my last blog and the replies. I really appreciate the thoughts of each person that left a note. <BR> That last blog was a hard thing to put out there, but it feels good to get it off my chest. <BR> The problem doesn't usually hit until I... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 13:56:35 EST Fear of Losing Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5086014 I think I've figured something out about myself. I've thought about this before, but I can't deny it anymore. I think that somewhere deep down inside I am afraid to lose weight. <BR> Does this sound stupid? Does it sound like an excuse? Maybe, but I really think it's true. <BR> Let's look at the facts: <BR> <BR> I've gotten down to about about 200 to 210 quite a few times and I just can't get over the hump. <BR> I realize that this can be part of the process, but the feelings I get when ... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 00:47:42 EST I've come to far to go back now... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5070431 The 5k was great, awesome, fabulous, but what have I done since that time two weeks ago? Nothing. Well, not nothing completely. I've eaten... a lot. I've overindulged, filled up and stuffed myself. <BR> Really? All that hard work just to turn back now. No, I just can't do that. <BR> <BR> Last night I took a long hard look at myself in the mirror. My clothes are still loose and fit so much better and my face is thinner. When I smile, you can see my cheek bones and you can actually tell wher... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 13:56:28 EST Never thought I'd do it, but I did! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5049896 This morning I did my first 5k. <BR> I was slow, but I did it. I set a goal of finishing in under and hour, but missed that goal by six minutes. That's OK, I did it. <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm not a runner by any stretch of the term, but my son talked me into running the first stretch (just to get a good start) and OUCH! HUGE mistake, the shin splints kicked in. I wanted to cry. By the time I got to the end of the first mile my shins were on fire and I thought we were in last place. <BR> <BR> I... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 15:34:12 EST For accountability's sake... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5041599 Just wanted to put it out there that I'm changing my weigh in from Saturday mornings, to Fridays. <BR> <BR> I know that's not big news, but if I don't make it a "statement" I'll just waffle and go back and forth to whatever day weighs less. <BR> <BR> <BR> That's it. <BR> <BR> Onward we go... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 20:25:23 EST One pound drop http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5040279 This week - 1 pound again. <BR> <BR> Just as I was getting comfortable losing one pound a week, I had something happen that shook my ability to celebrate. <BR> <BR> I cheated this week. No, not with food - with the scale. <BR> On Thursday it said I had lost two pounds, on Friday it said I had lost three! Let me tell you how excited I was to have lost three pounds. I couldn't wait to get on today and then enter that three pound loss, but of course, I went back up and now I've only lost on... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 17:18:40 EST Fighting My Way Through The Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5036769 It's been kind of a rough week. <BR> Partly because of kid issues and partly because of sickness. <BR> <BR> The other day I was hit with some major nausea and thought about working out anyway - I read somewhere you should only skip a work out if you have a fever - but honestly, I was miserable and just couldn't picture myself sweating it out when I feel like I'm going to puke all over the machines. <BR> <BR> The 5k is just over a week away and I haven't gotten to the gym once yet this we... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 23:17:32 EST Whew http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5030737 One pound this week. No whining from me. I really was afraid I'd gain. <BR> <BR> In honor of losing my one pound, I will post the reminder below (again) to stress that each and every pound lost is important. <BR> <BR> The truth is, I'm seeing numbers on the scale now that I haven't seen in a long time. For that, I'm thankful. <BR> <BR> Onward we go... <BR> <BR> <BR> ***Hello, do you know me? <BR> If you don't, you should. I'm one pound of fat, and I'm the HAPPIEST pound of fat that you... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 16:55:40 EST Gotta be honest... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5028692 because if I'm not, the scale will be - it's been a long hard week. <BR> <BR> I've definitely done some stress eating. Hard for me to believe that all but two days I stayed in calorie range - though the other days I was at the very top of the range. My workouts are down to three times/week and I had to fight to get those done. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping to see a drop on the scale on Saturday, but have to be prepared that there may not be one. <BR> <BR> <BR> Onward we go... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 00:25:57 EST Dairy Queen - oh my! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5022595 My son asked me if I'd take him to Dairy Queen tonight. I thought I remembered they have some type of frozen yogurt so I went. When I got there - no go. No FroYo. I looked around and saw that the only thing I would be willing to try was a light smoothie, but then I realized that I'm not even hungry. Guess what I got??? Nothing! <BR> <BR> I'm just not hungry, but you know what? A few months ago that wouldn't have stopped me! <BR> <BR> <BR> SCORE! <BR> <BR> Onward we go... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 23:48:14 EST One pound... again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5021130 OK, for two weeks in a row I've lost one pound. Do you know how badly I wanted more than one pound? I'm sure you do. My husband has been working on this new lifestyle thing with me. Since we have restarted, I've lost about 7 pounds and he has lost 17 - seventeen! I know that's not fair of me. Our bodies are very different, but inside I'm screaming - "You're right! That's NOT fair!" <BR> I go to the gym 4 to 5 days a week and enter every bite of food that I eat. He just "keeps track" in his h... Sat, 18 Aug 2012 21:50:50 EST One Pound. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5011130 OK, I'll admit, I'm a bit frustrated. I went to the gym five days this week (5 cardio added with two day of strength training.) I'd be lying if I said I wasn't hoping for more. <BR> <BR> There are two things that come into play. Last night I ate shellfish - dumb decision the night before I weigh in. Shellfish makes me swell. I know this, but it was good anyway and totally fit in my plan. The other, I just found out that I may not be eating enough - such an odd concept for me to grasp. I've ... Sat, 11 Aug 2012 16:34:35 EST Boredom During Workouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5008428 I can feel it already, I'm starting to get bored during my work outs. Please know that I cannot do a lot of things right now. I'm still beginning. <BR> I have switched it out a bit with how much time I spend on the treadmill and how much time I spend on the elliptical. Most of that has been necessary though because of shin splints (less time on treadmill walking to more time on elliptical low impact.) <BR> <BR> I have the TV right in front of me with closed captioning on and an ipod singin... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 15:06:31 EST Bad Feeling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5005504 I don't know what the deal is, but I just have a bad feeling or maybe I'm just in a bad mood. My kids are too. I don't know what the deal is, but I would love for this feeling to go away. <BR> <BR> It should be a great day. I started it by going to the Scholarship Orientation and accepting the scholarship I won, I got my new phone in and already did my work out for the day. <BR> <BR> Sooooo what's the deal? I'd blame it on the rain, but we've got sunshine and beautiful blue skies. <BR> ... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 17:52:32 EST Half a Pound - Gone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5001962 Why do I sound so excited about only losing a half a pound? <BR> <BR> Well, as far as I can tell, I have a choice. I can either be thrilled, sad, or indifferent about this seemingly minor weight loss. I'll admit that after busting my tail all week and then seeing the scale barely move, I began to topple through the five stages of grief. Then I decided that it IS a loss. No, it's not some huge Biggest Loser number, but it did move the scale in the right direction - down. <BR> <BR> With that... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 13:01:52 EST Weigh in Tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5000170 Tomorrow is my weigh in day and honestly, I'm a bit nervous. Not because I haven't done what I should, but because I sneaked a peak at the scale this morning and it didn't look like it has budged. <BR> <BR> If that happens, I can't lie - I will be so bummed. I've worked my butt off this past week at the gym and I've kept track of my food. The only thing I can think that messed me up is that I ate out twice this week. I know I was over 200 calories one night, but not sure about the other-tho... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 23:01:19 EST 5K, say what? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4998279 I did it. I finally took the plunge and signed up to do a 5k. It's not until September, so I figure I have lots of time to build up to it. I've heard they are tons of fun so I'm looking forward to it, even though I'm a little nervous about it. <BR> <BR> Over the last week I have noticed that I was already starting to try to come up with excuses not to work out. I haven't given into them yet, but that's usually the next step. I'm hoping this will help keep me focused. <BR> <BR> So... why n... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 16:13:54 EST Energy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4997253 It's only been a few weeks, but I've been very committed in eating right and working out. I am finding that I have more energy. I still struggle a bit with depression and I'm hopeful that will get better, but I just mopped my floor - at 8:30 pm after a very full day. Seriously. That energy had to come from somewhere. <BR> <BR> Onward we go... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 23:21:24 EST Over 200 Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4994079 Today was my husband's birthday. I took him to a really nice restaurant. It's one of those that the food is a little pricey, but it's better quality and less quantity. I'm not going to stress about being over my calories for that reason. <BR> <BR> I had the wild salmon and for dessert I thought about ordering something crazy since we were celebrating, but I didn't. They had sorbet and fresh fruit. <BR> <BR> The old "normal" would have had me ordering something heavy and full of fat, espec... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 00:42:01 EST Taking Today off as well... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4990676 As I said in yesterday's blog I took yesterday off because an old injury in my foot was throbbing. Last night I had to take pain meds to sleep, so I think I'm going to take today off as well and rest it a little longer. Then start back tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I wanted to write it here so that I have accountability and I'm not just slacking off. <BR> On the flip side of all this, I lost four pounds last week! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Onward we go... Sat, 28 Jul 2012 15:55:17 EST Taking Today off from Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4989519 I've worked out every day this week, except for one (mostly walking one day with weights). <BR> I have an old injury in my right foot (not the one that was falling asleep). A little over a year ago I walked out in my yard and stepped in a hole. That twisted my foot and broke a piece of bone off deep inside the middle of the foot. So annoying. It was right by the nerve, so the nerve has been a little tricky since then. <BR> Anywho, after working out all week and walking on it, it was throbbi... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 15:48:10 EST Problem - Foot Falls Asleep When Walking? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4987127 When working out the last few days I've noticed that my foot (left) keeps falling asleep when I'm on the treadmill. I've already checked and it's not a shoe issue (I made sure that the laces and shoes weren't to tight.) <BR> <BR> When I looked it up on the web it looks like the possibilities are a compressed nerve in my foot or a lumbar/spine issue. Looks like I need to go to call a chiropractor. <BR> <BR> Has anybody else had issues with this? <BR> <BR> <BR> Regardless, it won't stop ... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 23:07:14 EST Courage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4982098 Today I went to the gym again, but I wasn't as nervous because it was Sunday afternoon. Who goes to the gym on Sunday afternoon? The place should be empty. <BR> <BR> When I got there, there were three other people already working out. Three men that were in the back working with weights. I saw them look over at me and then sort of roll their eyes. Either they rolled their eyes or I just assumed they would. <BR> I had been feeling stronger and (in my mind) looking better even though it had ... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 19:14:08 EST Back to the Basics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4980670 Everything has been so up and down over the last few months, but I have come to some decisions at least when it comes to the health stuff. <BR> <BR> Over the last few months I've talked to many friends who have lost weight and they all did it very differently. Some used shakes, some ate lots of protein, some didn't eat any protein, some avoided carbs and fruits while others didn't . It has been enough to make me want to pull my hair out trying to figure out what to do. <BR> <BR> I've trie... Sat, 21 Jul 2012 15:28:39 EST Mulling Things Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4950551 Alrighty, well I've managed to use every excuse in the book the last few weeks and even a few I've never used before. Though through this difficult time I've done some soul searching and learned a few things about myself. <BR> <BR> Not having children anymore has really taken it's toll. <BR> As soon as my last son graduated, I was ready to adopt. No, really, I'm not kidding. My husband and I had always talked about it so when he said he "wasn't there anymore" I was devastated. I felt betra... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 16:02:04 EST Bummer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4915603 I had made a commitment to walk every day for 21 days. I got soooo close 17 days down and to much happening today to do it. <BR> Had a lot of running around to do during the day and was going to do it tonight, but the storms were bad. I know I've walked in bad weather before (and actually even prefer it some), but this is really bad. I saw a tornado. Couldn't have been more than two miles away. Totally freaked me out, think I'm staying in tonight. <BR> <BR> I'll restart my counter. :( Wed, 6 Jun 2012 23:56:06 EST Bad Day Overturned http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4909273 So I get on the scale today and it says I've gained several pounds. I know that's not right. No way. I've only been on antibiotics for 24 hours and I've had kidney/bladder issues long enough to know that I pack on water weight in the beginning until the meds take hold and then it goes back down. <BR> <BR> I have done so well the last few weeks - eating healthy and still doing some type of cardio every day. That gain just felt like a major blow. <BR> <BR> We went to a graduation party and ... Sat, 2 Jun 2012 21:23:26 EST Weigh-in Tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4907917 I decided to get on the scale this morning to see where I'm at for tomorrow's weigh in. <BR> ACK! I was up! I'm praying by some miracle, I'm back down tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I'm thinking the main reason I'm up is because I have an amazing UTI. So fun. For some reason I am prone to these and have battled them off and on since I was a kid. I have learned by now that with a UTI comes several things (for me anyway) swelling and severe exhaustion. That could account for the struggles I've been havi... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 19:37:58 EST Better Day Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4906652 Yesterday was hard! I was absolutely exhausted and finally crashed and took a nap after dinner. I thought that would really mess up my sleep, but it didn't - slept sound all night. <BR> I'm still doing my exercise commitment (only eight days left of my 21 day commitment), but I've been so tired and stress eating like crrrrazy. The good news is that I'm stress eating with foods that are good for me, but still there comes a point when I just need to STOP eating. <BR> <BR> I'm sure it's all t... Thu, 31 May 2012 23:14:01 EST Help! Quick Question http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4903157 Yesterday when we were at the festival I was walking down the sidewalk and my foot caught the edge of it. I twisted my ankle pretty good. I didn't realize how much damage I may have done then, but today when I woke up and - ouch! I don't think it's broken, just bruised or sprained. <BR> <BR> My Question: <BR> <BR> I have done so well on my little challenge for myself (10 minutes of exercise per day). I haven't missed a day yet, but I'm not sure I should be out walking on it. <BR> <BR> An... Tue, 29 May 2012 17:29:15 EST Festival Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4901842 Could there be a more dangerous place for me? <BR> I love festival foods - funnel cake, fried everything, soooo good. <BR> <BR> Before we left to head to the festival I decided to take a big bottle of water and a safe snack. Still I couldn't resist getting something. We found a booth that sold chicken on a stick. They grilled it and served it with lo mein. I asked my husband if he would split the chicken with me, but told him he could have all the lo mein. So that's what he did. I only ate... Mon, 28 May 2012 21:44:44 EST Completed at the last minute. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4900585 Almost didn't get my walk in today. My son took me to see MIB3 and when we got home, it was 9:30. I sat and contemplated missing my commitment that for 21 days I would walk for at least 10 minutes a day. I have done much more than that every day since I started, but honestly tonight I really wanted to let it go and skip it. I shared the thought with my husband who said, "Nope, let's go. We can do it." I knew he didn't want to go, but did it to help me. <BR> <BR> It was actually a nice walk.... Mon, 28 May 2012 00:00:01 EST I did it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4899433 2 Graduation parties down and I didn't eat badly. To make it even sweeter (no pun intended) I didn't even have any cake (buttercream icing has always been a favorite). <BR> <BR> The best part is, I didn't even feel deprived. YES! <BR> <BR> <BR> Onward we go... Sat, 26 May 2012 23:23:17 EST Eating struggles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4898055 I've done really well all week, today is a real test. Had some big, I mean BIG emotional stuff come up today and we have a graduation dinner/party tonight. This is set up to be the perfect storm. <BR> <BR> Think I'm going to find a special bracelet or something that I don't usually wear to help remind me of what I'm trying to do so I can try to keep my mind on track. <BR> <BR> We'll see. <BR> <BR> Onward we go... Fri, 25 May 2012 19:25:00 EST Award http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4896520 Received a 250 Fitness minutes award from Spark today. That may not seem like much to those of you who are regular fitness gurus, but for me, this is huge! I'm getting to the point where I look forward to my walk and can't wait to do it. <BR> <BR> I'm slowly feeling better (thanks for your encouragement.) <BR> It's been a long haul and with so much going on, I'll be glad to get back to class next week. <BR> Actually, that brings up something I need to learn how to do - relax. I'm going a b... Thu, 24 May 2012 17:45:39 EST Better Day Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4895106 I'm feeling much better today and it's cloudy and rainy. If there were ever a day when I should be struggling with depression, it would be a day like today. I don't feel it though. I got up and took a walk before the rain started. I didn't get to go as far as I wanted (it started sprinkling), but still I went over my goal. <BR> <BR> Knew I was going to need a substantial snack this afternoon as I didn't have a big lunch. I roasted a head of cauliflower (cut in pieces). It was perfect. Filli... Wed, 23 May 2012 19:38:11 EST Foggy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4893432 Feeling really foggy and lethargic today. I'm really thinking more and more it's just the transition of life. Before I really got involved at church I used to sit home and feel like this. I'm used to a very fast paced life. This sitting around waiting for me just doesn't work. School starts next week, so I wish I would just be able to get it through my head that this is temporary and actually enjoy my time off, but it seems like a wall I can't break through. So far, I'm not giving up! I've al... Tue, 22 May 2012 18:45:15 EST Depression vs. Unhealthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4891594 I have struggled with depression for many years. Two years ago, I stopped taking the meds - I had been on them for 12 years. (I don't recommend doing this without your doctor's help, which I had.) <BR> <BR> Here I am at a very different point in my life and I'm feeling those "depression" type symptoms again. I also wonder, if it's just because of the unhealthy state I've let my body get into. I'm only two pounds lighter than the heaviest weight I've ever been in my life. This is a problem. ... Mon, 21 May 2012 15:31:48 EST Mad, thrilled and concerned. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4889880 I weighed myself today. You may now realize why the title of this blog begins with "mad." <BR> <BR> You have got to be kidding me? I have gained back almost every pound I had lost. I'm so mad at myself. I'm glad I started yesterday, otherwise this news might have thrown me into an emotional refrigerator eating my way through the pain, but I'm not there right now. <BR> <BR> Thrilled: <BR> Yesterday on the DONE board, they have a thread that says: "Today I pledge to..." <BR> I decided to b... Sun, 20 May 2012 14:53:56 EST Exercise for the day? Done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4888977 Is it cold out? Yes. <BR> Is it rainy? Yes. <BR> Did I walk anyway? YES! <BR> <BR> Really wanted to let one of those be my excuse for waiting until tomorrow, but - excuses have gotten me where I am today. <BR> <BR> Went out to do my 10 minutes - walked for 42! Woot! Woot! <BR> <BR> <BR> -- Sat, 19 May 2012 20:35:50 EST Cruise in October! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4888847 My husband shared with me that he has planned a cruise for us for out 25th anniversary in October with my sister and her hubs. <BR> I'm so excited, not to mention that this really helps with the motivation that has been so lacking. <BR> <BR> I've never been on a cruise. Should be interesting as I get sea sick, but I'll take plenty of the less drowsy Dramamine with me. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> -- Sat, 19 May 2012 18:17:31 EST Last Day at Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4887292 My life is changing. It has been for some time, but today makes it really real. <BR> Today is my last day at work. I resigned for several reasons, but none of that matters now. <BR> It's been hard at times thinking about all the changes, but not as hard as I thought it would be. I'm not really a change-lover, so my optimism is surprising me. Financially it will be a hit, but just a small one (my income has never been huge here), but my husband assures me we'll be fine. <BR> <BR> Working a... Fri, 18 May 2012 13:15:27 EST Books http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4886566 I haven't decided which books to get with my gift card, so I reserved a few at the library. <BR> <BR> Over the next week I'll be reading the Belly Fat Cure and Bob Harper's book - Are you ready. <BR> Hopefully one of them is super motivational and will totally speak to me. <BR> <BR> :) Thu, 17 May 2012 23:54:02 EST Barnes & Nobles Gift Certificate: Looking for suggestions! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4883441 I received a B&N gift certificate for Mother's Day. <BR> <BR> Any good/inspirational/instructional/education<BR>al/whatever book suggestions?? Tue, 15 May 2012 23:38:00 EST Diet smhiet, which one do you use? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4881867 Well, I promised myself that I would get to it after the semester was over, so here I am. <BR> I'm ready for a change (again, but hey - at least I'm here, right?). <BR> <BR> So now what? <BR> <BR> I could go into the calorie counting stuff I've done on here before and had some success with, or I could do something else. <BR> <BR> I've learned a few things in my psych class. We did a whole section on the body and weight. I also know that I'm a protein person. I have friends who swear by... Tue, 15 May 2012 00:37:14 EST Results of 2 Week Experiment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4809945 OK, for this round - utter failure. <BR> I tried to keep up with things, but just couldn't/didn't/whatever. <BR> <BR> The good news is that the only thing I really didn't keep up with was blogging and checking in here. I have, however, been eating well, taken some walks, and I have been drinking my water. <BR> <BR> Sooooo hopefully, I will still have something good to report here soon. We'll see. <BR> I still sit on my bum way to much, but with hours of homework, there's not much I can ... Thu, 29 Mar 2012 00:12:31 EST Day 5/6 - 2 Week Experiment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4802151 OK, didn't go so well the last few days. I'm taking a redo (just because I can). Tomorrow when I get up, it will magically be day 5. <BR> <BR> Life is a little crazy right now. I've resigned my position and there is just so much going on, but I know I'll get through it and be in a better place. I have to stay focused though. <BR> <BR> So here's to day 5! (It's kind of like Groundhog day the movie. I get a redo.) Sat, 24 Mar 2012 01:05:19 EST Day 4 - 2 Week Experiment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4797854 Just a short entry tonight. <BR> It's been a busy day, lots of running again (and not with my feet). <BR> <BR> Food went well. I went with my sons to see a movie tonight. Popped my own popcorn, it was good and I didn't feel deprived. I've had all my water and will enter all my food tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I don't know what's up with Spark. I tried to finish entering my food tonight and I could find the food, but I couldn't click it to enter it. So, I'll try again then. <BR> <BR> Energy Lev... Wed, 21 Mar 2012 02:31:27 EST