IAMRADIOGEEK's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=IAMRADIOGEEK IAMRADIOGEEK'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/ Ouch! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5245592 I forgot how busy Sundays can be at work. <BR> <BR> Things went pretty well at work. I got as much done as I could and there weren't any empty spaces anywhere in my case or table, and that's great. Only downside of the day was that I managed to slice right into my left ring finger, from tip down to my hand, when sawing (literally) a frozen 1/2 sheet of cake in the middle for filling. I was even telling myself that I'd have to move my hand soon, and then the knife broke through the frozen mi... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 20:59:25 EST Getting out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5243784 Hubby made me get out of the house last night. The phrase "all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" comes to mind, and even though Mr. Cakes is potty training wonderfully, it's still been stressful, and that added to my mindset as of late has made things difficult. My folks urged me the other night to get out and get away for a little bit, and Hubby agreed that it'd be good for me to get some me time. <BR> <BR> So, after dinner, I went out and got my hair trimmed (or most of it whacked o... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 10:04:55 EST Turning it around http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5242220 So, today was one of those days where I woke up and thought, "Yeah! Gonna be an awesome day!" And after 5 minutes of joining the world in being awake, it was clear to me that I was very, very wrong. UGH. Cupcake has returned to fuss-in-response-to-EVERYTHING mode, and Mr. Cakes decided that he was no longer able to pull up or down his pants to go potty...and that he'd loudly proclaim "I can't do it!" over and over again while we were telling him that he could. <BR> <BR> By 9am, when Hubby a... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 23:18:07 EST Question http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5240611 A good friend of mine is going to have a kidney removed tomorrow. I wanted to mail him some (food variety) goodies, but I want to make something for him that'll be easy on his body. Any ideas or recommendations? I'm totally lost on what to make. Wed, 6 Feb 2013 18:51:21 EST Monday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5237356 I'm finally pulling myself out of this awful abyss I've been in. <BR> <BR> I had a rough day yesterday (mentally, with regards to food) and I did my best to keep myself busy when the kids napped so that I would be less tempted to eat my feelings. I think I spent most of my afternoon looking at houses for sale in the area that Hubby and I would like to move to. We'll have to see how all of that pans out, but buying that place would be cheaper payments than what we're swinging for rent here. ... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 14:54:45 EST Back in the saddle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5234804 So, I think I'd like to come back around these parts again, but on my own terms. <BR> <BR> Let me go back a bit: I got myself sucked into the weight-loss trap again. Not that you guys are trapped, do let me put that out there! But IE can be scary when you're still learning to love yourself AS yourself, and I'd managed to pretty much separate myself from my positive peeps and IE peeps and that's just a recipe for disaster. <BR> <BR> I'm pulling myself out of that dark abyss, though. Moving ... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 18:54:12 EST Tiny update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5205937 So, here are things a month into IE: <BR> <BR> Still struggling, but making obvious progress. The need to eat the "play" foods I stayed away from is waning greatly, and a few days of getting back to freggie loading has made me feel a million times better...not because of possible weight ramifications, but because I'm actually getting the nutrients I need. It's a good feeling. And actively working through the more damaging thoughts in my head is also a good feeling. It's progress, no matter h... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 23:43:11 EST Not really goodbye...not really. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5179209 Yeah, I had plans of doing some before-and-after stuff and some really deep blogging, but really, my emotional and mental state is quite fragile right now. I'm trying to ease into intuitive eating, but still being on here and reading articles here about doing this or doing that is still feeding what bit of the "diet" mentality is housed in my brain. And I need to stop. There's lots of "fat talk" going on right now and I just need to get away from it, and everything that's triggering it. <BR> ... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 20:44:03 EST Chrimmus: A year's difference http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5178247 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l107374175.jpg"> <BR> Christmas 2011, 220ish pounds <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2020343429.jpg"> <BR> Christmas 2012, 163ish pounds <BR> <BR> What a difference a year makes! (Also, isn't Cupcake adorable? LOL!) Thu, 27 Dec 2012 23:13:57 EST Day 365/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5177610 I know that says Day 365, but I'm not celebrating my year of healthfulness until tomorrow, when I see December 28th again. I'm having a hard time remembering how I felt when I FINALLY decided to get serious about being healthy again. I know it was scary and empowering and I felt so, so beat down each time I thought "day 1" or "day 2" or "day 23", but those days added up and I thought less about my "low" day number and other people's higher numbers and focused on myself instead. <BR> <BR> I'... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 11:20:12 EST Day 362/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5175560 Quick blog before bed... <BR> <BR> Another nutso day at work today, but I think it all worked out in the end. And, after seeing that traffic didn't look awful when I got off work, I made what was probably one of the quickest trips to my SIL's house ever and made it just in time for dinner. <BR> <BR> I didn't load much on my plate, mostly because my nerves were still going from the drive (it wasn't bad...I just hate driving there in the dark and rain, by myself), but I found that the amount... Tue, 25 Dec 2012 00:30:55 EST Day 361/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5174301 Oh, you would not believe how busy yesterday was at work. But, I'll definitely take busy. Busy is better than bored! Not sure what all I'll be doing today or how long I'll be decorating, since the girls may need me to help package things, but I'll take it all in stride. <BR> <BR> Hubby was awesome with making dinner last night. Kudos for him trying a new recipe. And I'm so, so grateful that his Mom is going to come over, again, and watch the kids today. The alternative was an extremely tire... Sun, 23 Dec 2012 09:42:40 EST Day 360/9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5173530 Less than a week until my year anniversary of getting healthy! <BR> <BR> I had a really, really excellent day of intuitive eating yesterday. I only ate when I was hungry. I stopped when I wasn't. I didn't feel guilty about what I ate. And I even exercised, not because I felt like I needed to, but because I wanted to. It was really, really wonderful and I felt so at peace with myself. I can't wait to have more days like that! <BR> <BR> Today I'm back at work through Christmas. Today is also ... Sat, 22 Dec 2012 08:39:13 EST Day 359/8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5172684 Well, I did have a better night once I knew that Dad got home. He was hoarse and called me to let me know he changed his flight, so he'll be out here on Sunday. Not sure how that'll work out with me (or Hubby) picking him up and finding a sitter for Sunday now, but we'll get it figured out. <BR> <BR> And now everyone back home (and in most areas surrounding my hometown) are off of school or work today from the awful blowing snow. This is the kind of weather I remember from being a kid. Get ... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 08:10:31 EST Day 358/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5172404 Sigh. <BR> <BR> I'd post about my day, but I'm not going to. It's not important. <BR> <BR> Dad is supposed to fly out tomorrow morning to visit, but there's this huge blizzard that everyone is stuck in right now. A seven-minute drive between towns took an hour. And now he and a co-worker are stuck in a work truck behind an overturned semi. I haven't heard anything from home with regards to him getting home yet. Obviously, there'll be no flight if he can't get home (or get up to the airport)... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 21:31:47 EST day 357/6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5171391 I'm bushed. <BR> <BR> I snapped awake super early and tried desperately to fall asleep again but it never really happened. Instead, I trudged off to work at 5:30 and wondered how I'd fill my shift at work when there wasn't much to do. <BR> <BR> HAH! I swear, the bakery gods were snickering when they saw me, because I got slammed and ended up stopping what I was doing to make 10 dozen cupcakes (total) in between getting other things done. Good grief. Of course, my store manager cared not for... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 20:01:35 EST Day 356/5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5169955 We were forecasted overnight to get a wee amount of snow. My mother-in-law (our awesome babysitter on Tuesdays) got two inches and is afraid to go out driving in it, which I find funny, but I grew up with snowy winters in the midwest and 2" of snow is nothing. Hubby's also got some snow up where he's working overnight, but doesn't seem worried about getting home in an hour. <BR> <BR> We got diddly squat. Booo! The only exciting wintery thing I'll get to do this morning is scrape my windshie... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 09:37:42 EST Day 355/4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5169006 I woke up far, far too early this morning after getting to bed far, far too late last night. It was worth seeing who won Survivor, but it took forever to fall asleep, and then I snapped awake before 4am and stayed that way, just listening to the wind gust outside. <BR> <BR> When I did try to get out of bed, a few hours later, I had a massive dizzy spell. And once I regained some semblance of stability, I tried getting up, only to get dizzy all over again. I've got low blood pressure but I ha... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 11:11:13 EST Day 354/3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5168003 Cookie decorating went well yesterday. Destroyer (my nephew) decorated 2 cookies and then realized that there was a literal wall of toys behind him, and promptly lost interest in the cookies. Cupcake did her best to decorate 3 cookies before realizing that a butter knife covered in frosting and dipped in sprinkles is fun to play with. Mr. Cakes...ugh. Mr. Cakes didn't take a nap, but decorated (and ate) 2 whole cookies and parts of two others, ate an entire little container of M&Ms (good thin... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 10:26:09 EST Day 353...or Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5167147 So, umm...I didn't track my food yesterday. Okay, some of it I'd pre-programmed in earlier in the week, but I didn't track anything else. I didn't track any fitness minutes. I didn't do any of it. <BR> <BR> I've been reading a lot about intuitive eating, and I want to learn to trust myself again, and trust my body to tell me when it's time to eat and how much. And yesterday I took a big step that direction in stopping tracking my food. And I'm already learning from it, which is great! <BR> ... Sat, 15 Dec 2012 09:17:48 EST Day 351: MUCH better! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5165347 I slept really well last night. Having a calm mind helped a ton, and I ended up sleeping in a bit today. And I didn't feel bad about sleeping in, either, because I can totally get some fitness minutes in during the kids' naptime. <BR> <BR> I've planned out my foods for today and I'm happy with them. I don't feel like I'll be deprived, and I've got plenty of room to play around if necessary. <BR> <BR> So, yeah. That's where I am today. I'm going to think positive and be positive. And it'll... Thu, 13 Dec 2012 10:40:33 EST Day 350: do not taunt happy fun ball http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5164997 And I (or my brain) seems to be happy fun ball, lately. <BR> <BR> I'm still struggling. I'm struggling a lot. So, I'm taking the edge off a bit. I'm still going to work out and still going to eat healthy and still work toward just having an all-around positive lifestyle, but I'm not going to push myself at the clip I've been going lately. I'm stressing out from work and stuff back home and things here (and in my home) need to be a safe haven, so I've GOT to back off a bit. And that's just w... Thu, 13 Dec 2012 00:44:32 EST Day 349: the struggle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5163085 I was up talking to Hubby last night about where I'm at with my getting healthy/losing weight stuff, and how I'm having some issues with nibbling on the damn Christmas goodies in the freezer. As always, Hubby is incredibly receptive to my worries and offered up some suggestions about that, and about how I've been feeling especially lazy workout-wise as of late. It feels bad (to me) when I almost can't bring myself to just walk a mile and have that be it for the day, but that's where I'm at ri... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 10:04:03 EST Day 348: wow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5161923 Nothing like doing the 30 Day Shred for the first time in MONTHS to remind you that you still aren't as strong as you think you are. Of course, the first 10 minutes were the hardest, and my body did eventually remember what was going on, but I did have a few thoughts like, "How did I get through all of Body Revolution only to be struggling at THIS?" And the reason that has happened is because, after JMBR and getting my ass kicked on the regular, I really toned down my workouts. My body adjust... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 09:24:10 EST Day 347: staying busy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5161125 I got ridiculous amounts of work done yesterday, and I'm trying to get things done today, too, knowing that tomorrow will be pretty busy, too. <BR> <BR> I've already done dishes, baked some banana bread (for me...thank you skinnytaste for your continually awesome recipes!), and then cleaned my stove. And I ended up packing up all the candy and goodies yesterday. To the surprise of no one, I still have a boatload of leftovers: brownies, german chocolate cake bars, reeses peanut butter krispi... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 13:40:03 EST Day 346 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5160032 I tried a piece of a praline yesterday. It was good...really good! So I made a second batch to give away, figuring that everyone is going to eat those bad boys up fast. <BR> <BR> And then, about an hour later, I got a MASSIVE headache and stomachache from not even HALF OF A PRALINE. I know I can't handle the amounts of sugar that I used to eat, but I had no idea that it'd gotten to THIS level. Wow. <BR> <BR> So, those pralines look pretty disgusting to me right now...LOL! And I kind of fee... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 09:38:56 EST Day 345: MORE goodies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5159339 I've mentioned that I'm insane with all the baking I do around the holidays, and with this holiday in particular, I'm setting myself up to beat any and all previous records for making goodies. <BR> <BR> Hubby mentioned the other day that he's never had a thumbprint cookie before. So, I told him about a variation of them that my Aunt makes, which have cherry inside instead of raspberry, and he was all for it. So, there will be cherry thumbprint cookies being made in the next couple of days. <... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 13:23:28 EST Day 344: still going http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5158004 163.6 this morning. I'm still going! <BR> <BR> Definitely going to cut my hair today. I'll have to see just how short I want to go with it, though. I'm the kind of person who, on a whim, chops all my hair off. I mean, REALLY chops all my hair off. My favorite hairstyle ever was when I had it about an inch long all over, and I'd spike it out and have it really wild looking. I'm not going to go that short today, though. I'm cold and I'd like to keep my ears a little warmer <em>211</em> <BR... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 09:33:54 EST Day 342: the NFL (not what you think) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5156237 Ahhh, work it seems just keeps getting a bit worse and worse each time I go. Mind you, I do my best to stay positive and to leave all my work woes at work, but that place is really becoming the NFL: the No Fun League. We couldn't put up half the decorations we wanted up for the winter holidays. No one could wear a nice sweater for Thanksgiving, and it's looking like that'll be the case for Christmas, too. And, the wee little thing that I do to spiff up my work duds (wrapping garland around my... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 18:03:23 EST Day 341: and we keep trucking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5154999 I axed my previous blog for the day. Nothing against it...I'm just ready to keep moving. <BR> <BR> So, I've adjusted a few things on my page, and I've re-figured my nutrition goals and the like for my ultimate goal weight. But I've also taken very large, sparkly notes in my head to remind myself that that "goal weight" is only a number on a piece of electronics. I don't have tiny bones and I'm kind of built like an ox...lol. I like my number, but I'm not going to freak out if I decide I'm h... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 16:58:58 EST Day 340: THE day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5153375 Guys, I'm at a loss for words. <BR> <BR> 340 days ago I got fed up with being physically and mentally unhealthy, I started making changes and doing things for me and working on me. Because, and you all know this, if you don't take care of yourself, you can't take care of anyone else. <BR> <BR> I set a weight goal that I'd thought was unattainable: 165. My weight my sophomore year in high school. It wasn't the healthiest weight for my height, but if I could get down there, I'd be pretty thr... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 09:46:45 EST Day 339: Welcome to December! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5152804 Ahhh...I LOVE December! Lots of good memories of this time of the year and lots of holiday cheer. Let's spruce up this blog a bit, yeah? <BR> <BR> <em>442</em> <em>425</em> <em>444</em> <em>447</em> <BR> <BR> So, you know how I mentioned possibly baking? I went ahead and did it. Now, I made some sugar cookies (and almond cutout cookies), but I found weight-watchers friendly recipes and made those. And I was cool with only eating one of each cookie without any icing or anything.... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 16:52:02 EST Day 338 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5151427 Hopped on the scale today but it hadn't moved. Not surprised, really. I saw my tummy as I got on the scale, looked at it, thought it looked larger, and measured. Yes..the bloat has arrived. TOM will be here soon, and so, the scale will have to do without my company for a while. I'm sure it'll be fine without me. <BR> <BR> All that stuff I wanted to get done yesterday? I got ALL OF IT DONE! Talk about feeling accomplished! And even better? I've been in a great mood since I saw my doctor and w... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 09:09:10 EST Day 337 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5150312 Another day of my "weekend", and another day where I'm awake by 4:30am. I didn't plan it this way, but oh well. I've already logged my workout for the day, and now I can get going with my day. <BR> <BR> Grocery shopping today. I also want to vacuum and clean the shower upstairs. Well, clean the entire bathroom, really. And, as doubtful as it is, catch a nap, or at least some reading time. <BR> <BR> Have a good one, folks, and I'll do my best to do the same. Thu, 29 Nov 2012 08:38:17 EST Day 336 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5150014 Quick blog before getting the kiddies off to bed. <BR> <BR> Went shopping. Had some success. I'm better off now than I was before, at least! <BR> <BR> Dentist appointment today, too. Just a cleaning, and no cavities!! <BR> <BR> Annnnd it's time to get the kids in bed before Survivor. <BR> <BR> Oh yeah...got my book on intuitive eating today. Can't wait to read it! Wed, 28 Nov 2012 22:25:41 EST Day 335: Hah! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5148147 So, that doctor's appointment yesterday? My doctor didn't even recognize me! She's all going through my file, confirming that, yeah, she saw me all of my pregnancy with Cupcake, but it wasn't until I told her how much weigh I'd lost that she looked at the picture and started to see it. She was so happy that I was working on getting myself healthy, and that made me feel good. <BR> <BR> We discussed my PMS stuff and we've got a plan of action now, so we'll see how this goes. I hope it works. ... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 09:23:39 EST Day 334: weigh-in day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5146858 I'm doing my weigh-in and measure day a couple of days early. I don't want to get up earlier than I already am on Wednesday to do all these shenanigans, so I did it today. Also, I'm trying to beat the bloat with the measurements here, so waiting is not a good idea. <BR> <BR> Can I just take a moment to say, "DAMN!" The scale had unbelievable things to tell me again today, and my measurements had the same. Wow. I can't wait to upload my pictures and add them to my master "before and during" ... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 09:14:53 EST Day 333 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5145972 I had a post written up here, but I just deleted most of it. <BR> <BR> I'm working very hard to stay positive today. I'm PMSing something awful right now. I'm in a crappy mood and I want to eat some seriously unhealthy things. <BR> <BR> Ironically enough, I'm having no problem staying warm today. <BR> <BR> So, today, I'm taking everything a minute at a time. I'm glad I see my doctor tomorrow, so at least maybe we can see if there's anything else I can do to work through this time of the... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 12:58:34 EST I lost my blubber http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5144945 For the last few weeks, I've been spending a lot of my time huddled under a blanket. Or wearing lots of layers. Or, on Thanksgiving, wearing a sweater with a tank top underneath and a cardigan on top, with a blanket over me and Mr. Cakes sitting on my lap, just to keep warm. <BR> <BR> In the words of my husband, I have lost my blubber. <BR> <BR> For the longest time, I've been exceedingly warm, temperature-wise. I'd always be sweating and too hot (and then sometimes stinky from the sweati... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 09:56:08 EST Late blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5143836 Ever have a weigh-in that seems so unbelievable that you're not sure you should log it here on SP? <BR> <BR> I never logged my weigh-in this morning. It just...yeah. I don't know. It just didn't seem like it could be real. I still haven't logged it, despite the scale not being broken or anything. <BR> <BR> But it said 167 even. I mean, holy crap. That's huge, but it's like my brain just can't comprehend it or believe that it's real. Could I really be so close to my goal? <BR> <BR> I know... Thu, 22 Nov 2012 23:39:04 EST Gobble gobble! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5143555 Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!!! I hope you're all getting to spend the day with those you love. <BR> <BR> Thu, 22 Nov 2012 14:59:19 EST Day 329 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5142903 Today has been SOOOOOO busy. This is my first moment to sit all day. <BR> <BR> I snapped awake at 2:30am after a bad/strange dream. I never did get back to sleep. <BR> <BR> Work was busy. Not like, I'm-going-insane busy, but busy enough. <BR> <BR> I came home and immediately got going on the dinner rolls and sweet potato casserole I'm making for tomorrow. Rolls are baking now. Casserole will have to be made after the kids get a bath...which will happen after the rolls get out of the oven... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 21:14:55 EST I should have known... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5141757 I didn't sleep well last night at all. Something in the arroz con pollo I made last night wasn't agreeing with me, and I spent most of my time in bed, curled in a ball, trying desperately to fall asleep while my stomach cramped. <BR> <BR> I snapped awake just before 6am and made myself get dressed and do my morning mile. And then I sat down to have a little me-time before the kids woke up. Yeah, no dice there. Mr. Cakes was wide awake and talking to himself, and I somehow managed to spill m... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 17:56:29 EST Good Morning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5140218 Thanks for all the responses to my closet post yesterday! I'm definitely planning on hitting up the consignment/goodwill/secondhand stores when I get the chance, so I can round out my wardrobe without breaking the bank. This is something that even Hubby has mentioned to me (all on his own!), that with each check that comes in, he wants to give me some money so I can go get a few things to help myself out. <BR> <BR> Have I mentioned before how awesome my Hubby is? <BR> <BR> Anyway, a sort ... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 09:50:56 EST My poor, poor closet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5139226 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l512097996.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is my sad and rather pathetic side of the closet. Housed here is all I have that I can wear now, minus one sweater (in the wash), my work clothes, a couple of pairs of jeans, a couple of t-shirts, and my delicates, which you are definitely not going to see. <BR> <BR> I'm often getting frustrated with my complete lack of clothes to wear. Let me rephrase that... I have clothes to wear, but it's the same clothes... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 11:07:28 EST Busy busy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5138397 I'm trying desperately to stay positive right now. Another busy day, trying to make sure we've got enough food for dinner (having the family over for Hubby's birthday party) and trying to get the house clean while two chilluns are systematically wrecking everything. Mr. Cakes has seen fit to argue with me about EVERYTHING from his snack time to what toys he'd play with when we got back from the store. I know it's part of his age, but geesh, today is not the day...lol! <BR> <BR> I got my work... Sat, 17 Nov 2012 12:43:49 EST Day 324 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5137258 Thank you, everyone, for your messages yesterday. I made it through without getting totally down. <BR> <BR> Today is Hubby's birthday, and the only special request he has is to eat his Mom's full-fat recipe for meatloaf. (I make a LOAD of healthy changes to it, which he still enjoys, but it is his birthday...) I do not look forward to eating my HALF OF A PIECE OF MEATLOAF for dinner, but whatever. I'll load up on veggies or something beforehand so I can still be full. <BR> <BR> I got my mo... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 09:35:16 EST Grateful to be busy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5136251 Today I have loads to get done, but that's just fine. I need my mind occupied. <BR> <BR> See, some things that have been stressing me out lately are going to officially come to a head. I've known for a year now that things with my parents weren't going well, and today in court, they'll officially be divorced. <BR> <BR> So, today is going to be a little rough. Every time I think of the holidays, it gets a little harder, and every time I think of how, in a month, I'll be getting on the webc... Thu, 15 Nov 2012 10:55:04 EST Yeow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5135524 So, I was a little sore after my run on Monday, and I'm a lot of sore after my strength training yesterday. I figured I would be sore since my legs were shaking while doing those walking lunges, so...yeah. Struggling to stand up and sit down and walk up and down stairs is kind of sucky, but worth it in the end! <BR> <BR> I went for a long walk today since it wasn't raining, and while it wasn't terribly warm out, it was nice to get out and go to the park. It was also amusing seeing the folks ... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 19:01:24 EST Morning Mile and other things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5132442 Well, that Morning Mile went so well this morning that before I could finish speed-walking my mile, I just started running. I got through an entire song on my iPod and was still running. And I ran through another song (long song, thank you prog rock) before I couldn't keep running. All told, I ran for 15 minutes straight! Considering I haven't done any sort of run training at all, I'm damn proud of myself! <BR> <BR> Weighed in this morning, too. 168.6! Holy balls! Now, I do realize that a lo... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 09:00:14 EST