HORNED_GODDESS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HORNED%5FGODDESS HORNED_GODDESS'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/ A couple of small goals... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806876 Since my last entry I had my doctor's appointment, and she confirmed that if I stick to my calorie range (1400-1600) I *should* lose weight. I have no thyroid issues. So I'm glad I got a wake-up call that yes, the problem is me and my lack of continuity. <BR> <BR> I'm healthy as a horse, just fat. lol. I'm LUCKY to be as healthy as I am at the size I'm at. <BR> <BR> Last week, I did track consistently and was in my range 4/7 days. Egads. That's better than, say, 2/7 days, but still... <BR>... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:16:54 EST Time to seriously get serious...? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801118 Ugh, I feel pretty awful. I totally binged today. I had a grilled chicken dinner planned, but we spent too long at the pumpkin patch so we ate out, and I ate way too much. Plus we had reeses pumpkins. <BR> <BR> Moving on...I have about 2 months before I want to start trying to get pregnant again, and thus far I have lost a grand total of about 5 lbs. *sarcastic applause* WOOHOO. <BR> <BR> I know, that's better than nothing, but then again I *gained* that much on my business trip. I'm just ... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:27:19 EST Geez http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798814 After my last entry, I woke up the next day with horrible shoulder and neck pain. I think I overdid it assuming I could jump back in and swim a mile when I hadn't been for a week or so. But it could also have been the weights. Anyway, I had to take some exercise days off last week. Plus I think I'm on another cold; I'm still sick from LAST week. <BR> <BR> *sigh* <BR> <BR> I'm still plodding along though. I went to pilates last Weds. and supported my neck with my hands when I had to. Then I ... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:20:37 EST Great inspiration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793957 I'm so over being sick. Literally and figuratively; my daughter has brought two colds home from preschool so far this fall and then we had allergies from playing out in the yard over the weekend. <BR> <BR> I was sick last week so I only got to the gym a couple times. On Monday, by the end of the day my good intentions had given way to Cold #2. I made it back later in the week but did lighter workouts since I still felt awful. Then we were due to go Sunday, but I developed this huge, painful ... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 10:01:22 EST Back from my adventure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789107 I had my trip and have been back a little less than a week. It was a nice trip, but so hard to stay on track eating out all the time! <BR> <BR> I've been doing fine sticking with portion control since then though. I also returned to the gym ASAP and did some walking/working out on the trip, too. <BR> <BR> Today I'm going after work and I couldn't decide what to do so I just threw everything in my bag - swimsuit, shoes, workout clothes and all. I like to have options. <BR> <BR> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:23:53 EST Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783011 I started off my Friday with a mile-long swim (and then some). I swam for 50 minutes straight, except to get out and grab a drink of water. I was going to do water aerobics, but once I got to the gym I decided to just swim laps. I don't know what it is about laps I like so much but I could just keep swimming forever. Usually my right shoulder starts to feel like it's wearing out and that's what stops me. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I did ten minutes of stair-climbing to warm up, then I did the weig... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:10:29 EST This week so far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781633 I did yoga on Friday, and it was a lot tougher than I remembered. I thought I would like it better than pilates, but I didn't, really. I may go back if I can get to it - it's at a difficult time of day - but I'm not going to sweat it if I miss. <BR> <BR> I am considering doing a 100 days of fitness challenge where you try to do some sort of fitness every. single. day. The group of girls I'm doing it with say you can take a planned rest day, but some are also planning to do some easy walking ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:30:34 EST This week so far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777844 After my swim on Monday, I took a break on Tuesday. Last night was my second pilates class. I still enjoyed it a lot and I felt like I was getting slightly better at the exercises. <BR> <BR> This morning I got a bonus day since my husband took our daughter to preschool, so I decided to get my 2nd big cardio workout out of the way. I did run/walk for 3 miles. The track is 1/14th of a mile. So the first mile I did walk 2, run 4. Then I started off running the 2nd mile (4, 2) and kept going int... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 09:48:05 EST Loving this exercise thing...but need to get the eating right http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776161 We went to the Y yesterday and I worked out on the weight machines. About all of them! I warmed up, then went from machine to machine. I hit probably 10-12 of them and did two sets of everything. I really like the machines because they make me feel like I'm using proper form. <BR> <BR> This morning I got up and went back early for a long swim. I made it over a mile and three-quarters. I also realized that when the lanes are full, all I have to do is ask someone to split! The water aerobics ... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 22:18:34 EST Weight machine orientation; starting to get an idea of a routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773964 Today I had my fitness orientation. I filled out a questionnaire, and in it I specified that I wanted to focus on seeing the machines, since I'm the most clueless about those. <BR> <BR> First I warmed up on an elliptical (which was much smoother than mine at home). Then we went over about half the machines on the floor. It was very helpful. They're really similar in how you adjust and add or take off weight. I feel like I could go in there now and do a full-body workout. For some machines I ... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 12:15:18 EST More fun at the Y http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773189 Last night I did the pilates class. It was quite a challenge. I could feel ab muscles I probably haven't used since I was a performing bellydancer - and that was before pregnancy. It was good to get back in touch with my abs. But the class was also a good full-body workout. I was very happy to discover that the Y provides mats along with all the other equipment necessary. I think the Wednesday pilates class will be a regular thing for me. <BR> <BR> This morning, my husband took our daughter... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 09:01:35 EST September! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772551 I fell off the sugar wagon when I went on a trip out of state to visit family. It wasn't pretty but it could've been worse, too. The trip was really stressful and I got sick afterward. Lesson learned. I'm not repeating the trip again anytime soon. <BR> <BR> Since then I've largely avoided sugary stuff but haven't been as much of a stickler. I'm counting calories, and attempting to stick to that, and avoid sugar as much as possible. <BR> <BR> Our Y membership started this week and so far I... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 10:27:03 EST Two weeks and counting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764350 I went cold turkey from refined sugar on August 5th. After reading about food addiction, I felt like baked goods and sugary stuff are the items that really make me go over the edge and binge eat. Since then I haven't magically dropped pounds - I haven't religiously tracked enough for that, and I haven't exercised hardly at all because I hurt my knee. I went overboard with tortilla chips one or two days, but otherwise I've eaten a LOT healthier. Even without tracking, I didn't gain, and I did ... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:17:21 EST First try at the Y http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763727 Although we aren't members until September, when we went on the tour we got passes for two visits each before our membership starts. I used one of my visits today to go to deep water aerobics this morning. <BR> <BR> The class lasted 45 minutes, and it was really fun! We used a buoyancy vest and barbells. The arm part was a lot of work. I didn't feel like I was working all that hard, but afterward, when I'd showered and gotten dressed, I realized I was *still* sweating from the class. It was... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:07:23 EST Gym membership starts September http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760277 We toured the gym and it is really nice. There's an indoor track, lap pool, and all the usual machines, plus tons of classes and free childcare. The childcare is interactive so my kid might actually last an hour in it! :) Also, I discovered that if you join the one branch, you get access to three others. Three out of those four are easy to get to from my job so that adds a lot more classes I could attend. <BR> <BR> The membership starts September 1st but we got passes to try it out a couple... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 12:11:02 EST One week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757868 I've been off refined sugar for one week. <BR> <BR> I feel pretty awesome. I've had tons of protein, fruits, and haven't really had to count anything or track anything. I track to spot check. I'm amazed that if I cut out the crap, it's this easy. <BR> <BR> Of course I still fear that if I slip up, I'll seriously backslide, but I am feeling more confident about things recently. <BR> <BR> I took some steps toward joining a gym, which is something I never would have done in the past. We're g... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 22:12:49 EST The ups and downs of weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5646814 By the end of February/early March I had pretty much gained back nearly all of what I'd lost this year. As of now, I'm back down to the low 180s. <BR> <BR> I still haven't had my allergy appointment but it's in early April. The rash has come and gone a few more times, but I am pretty sure it is a chicken allergy. So chicken is back off the menu. <BR> <BR> I'll start tracking my weight again when I get back down to 177, which was my lowest this year so far. Right now I'm attempting to coun... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 09:28:53 EST More rough going... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5617781 I got my eating back under control, but then another problem came up: allergies. <BR> <BR> I have never had food allergies in my life, but apparently now they've shown up. <BR> <BR> I think chicken sent me over the edge. I was a vegetarian for around 5 or 6 years. Then I started eating fish but had not touched land animals for probably 7 to 8 years. <BR> <BR> When my husband started doing a low-carb diet, I slowly added meat back to my diet. I started with venison and beef. In January I ... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 11:21:02 EST Rough going! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611102 I'm still sticking to my basic plan, and things were going well until this week. This week, PMS hit. We had several varieties of sweets in the house for my daughter. One, nutella, is a huge trigger food for me. My husband was gone Monday night and I had a complete binge. I ate two sugar cookies and a gob of nutella, plus some of the healthy peanut butter cup treats (made with coco oil and honey) that I had made for me. <BR> <BR> I felt like total crap afterward. But then on Tuesday, same thi... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 11:43:15 EST Doing it right this time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5595744 We went off the rails during the holidays. That's over and done with, and I gained 20 lbs. between Halloween and x-mas. But I think maybe I needed to let myself go like that. To see what happens when you just don't care about what you eat. Not only did I get fatter, I felt like total crap! <BR> <BR> My husband wanted to go on his new plan the week before NYE, and I was totally on board by then. I decided that I would give the unprocessed plan one more try, since it is fairly close to what he... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 10:14:16 EST It's been a while http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561203 The scale has not moved. We tried unprocessed for a while but neither of us were totally on board, and with a trip and holidays coming up, I feel like I just need to focus on tracking consistently. <BR> <BR> My husband wants to try a plan that worked for a friend of ours in January. If he does that, I may do it with him, or go back to Weight Watchers. I would like to try sticking with Spark consistently because I know that works. It's just tough. <BR> <BR> I am not happy with my current jo... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 10:39:01 EST Back to unprocessed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510669 Since my weight has not really changed attempting to stick with just a calorie limit, I decided to try the unprocessed plan again. In a nutshell, I'm cutting out white flour and sugar, eating a lot more greens, adding lemon water and more healthy fats, and limiting starches. We tried this plan last fall and it worked fairly well, then we stopped around the holidays. <BR> <BR> The book where I discovered this plan was The Science of Skinny by Dee McCaffrey. But I also liked Eat to Live by Jo... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 10:58:29 EST Not a stellar run today, but a run nonetheless http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5502418 I only did two laps today. My body was just dragging, and it got warmer than I thought it would. I did two miles in 23 minutes. <BR> <BR> I am also doing the stair-stepping/ten minute workout challenge at work, so I did that Monday and Tuesday. I still feel guilty for not going the extra lap, but I think I will try to make it out for a run with my daughter this weekend to make the extra mileage up. <BR> <BR> Eating is going well but I'm still up and down from the junk food at the zoo. Argh.... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 11:31:22 EST Weekend weigh-in, plus great weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500143 I weighed in Saturday and was at 170.5. This could be my scale on the fritz, but I'll take it for now. We'll see next weigh-in. <BR> <BR> Yesterday we hit the zoo with some friends and did a lot of walking, but unfortunately, a lot of eating junk. I felt like crap last night as a result. <BR> <BR> Last week was a good week overall, though. I stayed on plan except for Zoo Day, and worked out quite a bit. I ran 5K on Thursday when I got a chance to go out without my daughter and the stroller... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 10:11:12 EST Balancing act http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5495424 Yesterday I did my weights, and today I did the elliptical. I was having some foot pain yesterday so I didn't want to risk a full-out run/walk until I figured out if it was an old injury flaring up, or just normal wear from running again. <BR> <BR> It was gone today. Tomorrow I plan to do weights again, then Thursday I work from home and should get a good run/walk in. I'm so glad to have my stroller back! <BR> <BR> Still eating according to plan. Today I had to improvise because I left my h... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 23:13:15 EST Tires are fixed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5493841 The bad news: Between my trip and the aftermath of a visit to the Utz outlet, I'm up 1.5 lbs. But I've been back to my range since Friday. Basically I did OK with dinner on Wednesday, slept like crap, felt awful the next day, and overate at lunch and then on snacks from the Utz shop. And we had take-out because I did not get home until after 7 so I brought dinner home. But I've been back to my range since Friday. <BR> <BR> The good news: Stroller tires are fixed, and it cost me nothing! Wel... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 13:00:07 EST Struggling again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5488130 Ugh. This is a tough week. After I went to the market Saturday and loaded up on healthy stuff, my husband brought home a freakin' tub of truffles from costco. Uh. NOT happy about that. He also sat down to eat some in front of me and tossed one at me! I said if I want chocolate I will get my own, DO NOT throw chocolate at me when I am trying to stick to my plan. <BR> <BR> I had some, but I counted it and didn't go overboard. <BR> <BR> I also have a business trip tomorrow that involves dinne... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 10:36:29 EST Beautiful day for the farmer's market http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5485438 Today instead of hitting the pool, I decided to take my daughter to the farmer's market since we've missed the mobile market this week and I wanted to load up on fresh goodies. Here's our haul: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l239478873.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I plan to roast the turnips with the sweet potatoes, and will probably steam the squash and zucchini with carrots. Or I may saute the with the peppers and serve with parmesan couscous. <BR> <BR> We had the tart ... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 14:11:19 EST Doctor visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5483708 I'm having a good week so far. Today, I had my annual physical. I weighed in at 175 fully-clothed, which seems about right since I was at 173.5 to 174 unclothed when I weighed in at home this week. <BR> <BR> The doctor is not concerned about my weight. She looked at my numbers from last year and did not want to do bloodwork this year. Wow. Proof that health is not tied to a number on the scale. My BP was 110/70, and my total cholesterol last year was 110. After reviewing the numbers and said... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 12:48:20 EST Weekend report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5479509 I overate yesterday. We went out to eat, and restaurants are still a problem for me. I am also trying to cut down on spending, so avoiding restaurants for a while seems like a good strategy. I'm getting Dave Ramsey's Total Money Makeover from the library, and I already downloaded and looked at the spreadsheet. We spend a lot more on food than we should be, according to the recommended percentages. Eesh. I do have OCD and I think I am something of a (mild) food hoarder. Not like the show; beli... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 12:58:07 EST Still working on it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5477600 Scale is at 174.5 again. Good to see, but I have a lot of work to do still. I wanted to be in the 160s by now. <BR> <BR> I did reset my calorie range a bit lower. Also, I linked my exercise to my food tracker. I didn't even realize that could be done. <BR> <BR> This week I slowed down on the exercise a bit to get myself back on track with eating, since I dropped my range. Now I feel like a slug. Need to reintroduce exercise. Tonight is my kiddo's bath night so I will be doing some form of... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 09:37:40 EST healthy weekend coming right up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5471544 So this morning the scale said 174.5, then 176. Make up your mind! I'll take anything in between. I am noticing that the range is lowering bit by bit, so that's the aim. No more 176 to 178. <BR> <BR> Today I need to chop lots of veggies. I want to make some carrot sticks, cut up a cuke, and chop some onions to freeze...all from my last bulk-shopping spree. <BR> <BR> I started the morning with a game of chase with my daughter. We will probably go swimming later on. I'm SO glad to be off fo... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 09:29:53 EST People trying to drive me to cake! But I worked out instead. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5469095 Wow, what a day. I was slogging through my work and discovered that some paperwork a coworker needs *right now* was wrong. I contacted the person providing it a few days ago to get it corrected and they sent an updated file that was not quite updated. <BR> <BR> So I emailed to ask if they could urgently replace it. They sent me five sets of paperwork, including the one I requested, but it was the wrong information. I had to write again and send an example but I finally got it. <BR> <BR> Whi... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 16:18:36 EST A not-so-great run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5468861 I really wanted to get an outdoor run in last night, so even though it was still in the high 70's and very humid, I went out. <BR> <BR> By the time I got to the loop I gave up on my plan to run the hill and do my usual two or three full turns around the neighborhood. I felt like the air was weighing me down! I decided to go around the loop a few times (each trip is about a third of a mile) and just do a shorter run, but no walking (I usually end up walking the last part of the big hill). <B... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 11:35:05 EST A healthy food truck! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5467949 Today's weight: 175.5. Looks like the scale IS on a downward trend. <BR> <BR> Yesterday my husband had an appointment right by my office, so he brought our daughter, and I took her to a nearby park to play a while before we had to hit the grocery store and head home. <BR> <BR> On the way out of the park I saw what appeared to be a food truck. The town I live in is like a foodie heaven, and food trucks are part of what makes it great. We have many of these going around, and quite a few of t... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 13:53:05 EST Whatever, scale. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5466776 Today it was at 176. Yes, I am weighing more often because I tend to go off the rails when I don't (a la "Oh, I can binge today and just make up for it later!"). But that's OK. 176 is still lower than last week. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I lifted weights and took my daughter to the pool after her nap. That isn't much exercise since she makes me hang out in the baby pool most of the time, but we did go in the big pool for a while and I paddled us around in her mesh swim float. This float (a papasa... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 12:05:10 EST Scale finally moving? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5465627 After a week of working out and a few days of sticking with it, the scale finally seems to be heading in the right direction again. 175 today and I did not move it from the last few times I weighed in! I still don't trust it...but I'm hopeful. <BR> <BR> I went to Costco yesterday and loaded up on fresh veggies and fruits too, plus a few good protein snacks. I got some pumpkin seeds, almonds, a huge box of spinach, 10 lbs of carrots and onions each (I'll freeze the onions if they start to go ... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 10:53:44 EST Fun workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5463884 Yesterday it was raining/80 degrees, so running outside was not an attractive option. Neither was ellipticizing since doing too much of that too close together tends to bother my knees and feet. So I dragged out the old Wii Fit Plus. <BR> <BR> I had forgotten how much fun that thing was. I did kickboxing, hula-hooping, stepping, then some of the fun balance and coordination games at the end when my daughter came back from her bath and wanted to join in. She is probably hooked now. She was as... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 09:44:04 EST AGAIN with the overeating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5463003 I overate last night. I am not happy about this. It was the culmination of a rough day, but that's no excuse. I need to get my focus back: yes, I really am not happy with my job right now, but we are taking steps to resolve that, so if I keep letting my job-related stress/emotions win out over my long term goals, when there IS movement in that part of my life, I am not going to be where I want to be, fitness-wise. <BR> <BR> I did work out. I am happy about that. I did a weight workout, and ... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 11:41:32 EST weigh-in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5460758 I was up 2lbs this week compared to last. Bleh, but I know where it came from. Onward to the next week. I want to see some progress and that means I dunno, sticking to it a little better! <BR> <BR> I didn't work out last night since I had my daughter most of the evening so DH could go to an appointment. But tonight it's on the schedule. Tomorrow I hope to sneak in weights at work. <BR> <BR> I have a dentist appointment today and I'm crossing my fingers that nothing is wrong. DH just had a r... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 08:44:33 EST Great weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5459263 I had a pretty good weekend. Minor slippage on eating, but exercise has gone well. On Thursday night I went on a long run/walk. Three miles compared to my usual two, and i ran most of the first two and part of the last. I was aiming for 40 minutes and it took me 38. <BR> <BR> I didn't fit weights in on Friday, but Saturday I did 25 min. on the elliptical. Then today I got around to weights. I had more time than usual and my daughter was game to "work out" with Mom so I did a longer workout ... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 21:43:40 EST back at it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5455961 I've had a good couple of days. The night before last I went on a really good run. I did my usual 2 miles in a little under 25 min, but I felt less fatigued than usual. I only walked the steep hill (and ran part of it the 1st time). It had just rained so the road was messy but it wasn't ridiculously hot. <BR> <BR> I may go again tonight if the nice weather sticks around; it's below 70 this morning so it would be really nice to take advantage of a cooler evening. I would guess that I will fee... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 09:46:52 EST egads http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5454023 I've had a rough few days. After my spectacular binge on Wednesday, I also went over pretty significantly two more days over the weekend. I made a relatively healthy cookie recipe for my daughter, only she decided she did not like them anymore, and I also destroyed my food processor while making them. Then I could not stay out of the cookies she did not want to eat. Wow. <BR> <BR> I've got today all planned out and I'm going to ellipticize or run tonight. <BR> <BR> Usually when I do this I... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 13:24:36 EST My scale sucks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5450081 I really have NO idea what the heck I weigh. I tried to peek this morning, and it showed 172. Unless someone whacked half an arm off in my sleep, since I weighed 176ish the last weigh-in, that has to be off. So I experimented moving the scale around the floor: 178, 179, 170, 172. <BR> <BR> I told DH maybe we need a new scale, and he said maybe I need to stop obsessing over it. ha. I think he's right though. Overall, no matter how inaccurate, if I'm losing weight the scale will go down. I'm ... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 15:49:18 EST BLEW IT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5449042 So I went on my outing yesterday with good intentions, but when it came time to order, I did not go with the calorie-friendly plan I originally came up with. I got fish n chips, and dessert. OMG. <BR> <BR> I found out my daughter needs about $800 in dental work, for one thing. And even though that seriously sucks, what freaks me out more is that she will need to have anesthesia and I can't be in the room when she has the two fillings she needs on her baby teeth. <BR> <BR> *sigh* <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 16:23:39 EST Well, crud...shoulder is acting wonky http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5447567 Do you work out with minor muscle strains? <BR> <BR> I was going to do weights today, and I have been focusing on my upper body when I lift weights. I've also been doing heavier weight and fewer reps. But this morning I did something to my shoulder, and now it's hurting up into my neck. <BR> <BR> I really would hate to skip when I have good workout momentum going but maybe I could do more reps and lighter weight. Hmm. Or try to stick with the exercises that use more arm than shoulder. <BR>... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 11:29:34 EST Bleh! No loss this week. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5446260 I weighed in today and the scale is still stuck at 176.5. Grrrr! <BR> <BR> I've been within my range for 17/21 days. Out of the other 4 days, one day was a total binge (2100 calories) and the other 3 were 40 or 50 calories over. So this makes me want to yell "It's not FAAAAIIIIIR." <BR> <BR> See, this is possibly my first "real" plateau. In the past, if I had a plateau, it was more than likely because I was cheating and having at least one binge day a week. And I'm talking no-counting mega-... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 10:11:24 EST Busy day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5444533 My first run in a long time resulted in serious soreness that lasted for two days. Urgh. I felt mostly better today. I went to the pool with my daughter, but since she wants to stay in the baby pool most of the time it isn't much exercise, so I did 25 min on the elliptical at a lower setting than usual. <BR> <BR> I also ate like crap today...not calorie-wise, but nutrition-wise. I had healthy oatmeal breakfast cookies for brunch because we slept in, but then I missed lunch. I had a little f... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 21:00:33 EST Back to running... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5441585 Instead of doing my usual elliptical workout tonight, I thought I'd go out and do some power-walking, but once my feet hit the pavement I started running again. I ran/walked 25 min. total...first nearly 9 min. down and back until I hit the steep hill, then down and back again. <BR> <BR> The elliptical gets boring sometimes, and the repetitive motion was bothering my feet and knee anyway. Plus I was out of new recorded shows to watch. <BR> <BR> I saw three rabbits and a small herd of deer.... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 22:00:28 EST Mmm Hazelnut spread http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5441027 I bought myself and my daughter a small jar of Nocciolata organic hazelnut spread last Friday. As of today, the jar is starting to run low. I've eaten it a little at a time on fruit, waffles, as an ice cream topping, or on toast all week long. <BR> <BR> In the past, if I bought chocolate hazelnut spread, I'd try to eat a couple sensible portions then I'd binge and eat half a jar with a spoon. I could not even have it in the house. I wasn't sure how it would pan out having it around again so... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 12:11:52 EST