IAMZBEE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=IAMZBEE IAMZBEE'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/ Monthly Update... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818427 Wow, can't believe it's been over a month since I wrote a blog. So unlike me, yet I don't have much to say. <BR> <BR> My cruise is 53 days away. <BR> <BR> But before that, I still have 2 Thanksgivings, Christmas, and New Years to get through.... <BR> <BR> I've been following the Fit Girls Guide meal plan, and for the most part have been enjoying it. I will probably do another round again (I'm on week 3 now). I also purchased a few gadgets for the house to keep me mobile (A mini stair stepp... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 16:18:14 EST And now the countdown begins... (and weekend pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793366 96 days until the cruise. <em>340</em> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I've got a mock plan in my head to keep me focused. <BR> <BR> Doing some morning HIIT sessions in addition to some evening fun cardio stuff. Eating my salad beasts for lunches. Prepping my dinners ahead of time. <BR> <BR> Eye on the prize! <BR> <BR> Ok, enough of that. How about some weekend pics? A good friend of mine got married this weekend and I was in the bridal party. Those of you who follow me on Instagram have alr... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 11:36:17 EST This happened last night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789234 I know this is a healthy living site, but it's also about finding balance.... <BR> <BR> So find balance in these babies... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l807111230.jpg"> <BR> Carmel Pecan Double Chocolate Brownies... <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> <link>roxanashomebaking.com/irresistible-c<BR>aramel-fudge-brownies-recipe/ </link> <BR> <BR> I guess a better update will be coming soon.... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:29:15 EST Everything is fine.... just busy.... =) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777174 Thanks to SDLEE514's gentle nudge, I come with an update! <BR> <BR> I've been working with my personal trainer the past few weeks, and in between doing a lot of running and whatever circuits he has be do. Ladies and gents... I have been RUNNING! It's crazy for me to think that since i'm NOT a runner.... I hate running. Really. But, since it's part of the plan the trainer has me on, I figured i'd give it a shot. I've already shaved off about 5-8 minutes off of my time, but this is treadmill r... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 10:21:10 EST Birfday Shenanigans... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766754 Today is my birthday. YAY! <BR> <BR> I started the morning with the husband surprising me with beautiful Doctor Who jersey scarf. I can't wait to show it off when it gets a little bit cooler!! <BR> <BR> I came to work and my coworkers were showering me with Happy Birthdays (and i've only been here for 4 months!!! Incredible!) and my old coworkers were sending me messages. <BR> <BR> And tonight, my mom and I are going to see the Season 8 Doctor Who premier on the big screen, with never befo... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 13:36:11 EST It's been a whirl-wind! [pics] http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757445 I feel like i'm starting to sound like a broken record.... and full of excuses, too! <BR> <BR> I didn't get to the gym last week as much as I wanted to. It's been crazy all summer for me. I did get a few days of yoga, which was nice and different. Unfortunately, I won't be able to make yoga this week. C'est la vie! <BR> <BR> I finally broke down and decided to get a personal training package. I'll be a bridesmaid in a wedding in 53 days. I cannot believe how fast the time went! I seriously ... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:06:01 EST August..... [pics] http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750343 WOW! I cannot believe how fast July went by.... And i also can't believe it's been 2 weeks since I last blogged. My bad! <BR> <BR> Firstly, I got sick.... Just an awful cold that really made me mad because I couldn't workout.... It just made my nose run, and whaaa whaaa whaaa <BR> <BR> But now I'm back on the exercise wagon, but still needing to find a good food balance. It'll get there, I suppose. <BR> <BR> I've decided to keep it simple for August. <BR> <BR> Mondays- Upper Body <BR> Tue... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:30:44 EST Dear Body.... I'm ready for you to cooperate now! (11/31) [pics] http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739999 First, it tells me I've gained. <BR> <BR> Now, it wants to be SICK. SICK! In July! REALLY?? <BR> <BR> So... DH works in an open environment where 99% of the people are really gross and they keep the area ridiculously cold. Well... it caught up to him and he ended up catching a cold. It was pretty bad since i had to stay home for 2 days. Well, he also lovingly shared his sickness with me. So... as soon as I felt it coming on, I rushed to the pharmacy and stocked up on as many anti-cold stuff... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:38:00 EST HOWWWWW??? WHYYYYY???? (9/31) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735955 Well, i sweated like crazy last night. Got an amazing circuit done followed by a short HIIT and then cool down. I was wearing a tank top (usually I wear a tshirt) and I was DRENCHED!! burned over 700 calories. Today I decided to weigh my self just for fun... and I am up 2lbs from YESTERDAY!! WHAT IN THE WORLD?!?!?!?!?! <BR> <BR> Siiiiiigh.... one day at a time..... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:06:21 EST TGFC! (8/31) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735470 Thank Goodness For Cardio (TGFC). <BR> <BR> I'm trying to start a trend. <BR> <BR> What do you think? <BR> <BR> .... No? Yeah... I'll stick to my day job I guess... <BR> <BR> Haha! <BR> <BR> But honestly.... had steady state cardio on the "menu" last night, and thank goodness for that! I was so tired and was in NO mood to do any circuits or HIIT... And, i got to read some more in my book. WOOHOO!! Wed, 9 Jul 2014 16:13:51 EST Zombie (7/31) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734473 Well... I had a little bit TOO much caffeine yesterday, which led to less sleep, and which led me to today of being a zombie... On top of that, I had a very early morning professional event and a rather strong thunderstorm last night. Ugh. <BR> <BR> Going to take it a little at time today. Still going to go workout after work. Thankfully it's some interval stuff.... Whew! On the plus side... I had a REALLY good workout yesterday! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> <em>194</em> The glass is always... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 10:43:03 EST I'm sure you all can relate... (6/31) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733810 Raise your hand if you OVER-celebrated this 4th of July long weekend holiday?? *raises hand* <BR> <BR> So.... it kinda feels like 2 steps forward, 1 step back, huh? I'm with ya on that one. BUT, i'm looking at it this way: better to have 1 step back than 3 steps back! Let's keep moving forward, friends! It was bound to happen... an fun, over-indulgent holiday celebrated with loved ones-- the memories that we'll never be able to recreate. So, it's ok! <BR> <BR> I worked out every day over th... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 12:29:29 EST 4/31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732015 Happy Independence Day! <BR> <BR> <em>232</em> <em>283</em> Fri, 4 Jul 2014 15:32:53 EST 2/31 Complete! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731312 7/2 <em>248</em> <BR> 35 minutes elliptical <BR> 300 Abs Challenge <BR> <BR> Wishing you all a fantastic 4th of July!! Stay safe and enjoy the time with your friends and family. <BR> <BR> Those of you who aren't celebrating... well, have a lovely weekend. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Here are some pics to brighten up my blog... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1009093173.jpg"> <BR> ok, ok... this one isn't mine, but I had to share. Although US didn't win, it was on... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 12:28:21 EST How many days in July? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730454 Don't worry-- i'm not crazy. I know there are 31 days in July... <BR> <BR> I'm doing a mini challenge for myself (and whoever would like to chime in) to see how many active days I can get in July.... <em>344</em> <BR> <BR> July 1 <em>248</em> <BR> Fitnessista Summer Shape Up Week 2 workout + 15 min steady state cardio on the elliptical <BR> <link>www.fannetasticfood.com/summer-shape<BR>-up-2014/ </link> Wed, 2 Jul 2014 10:11:40 EST Plan revisions! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727203 Well, all good plans must always come with a B & C... <BR> <BR> I decided to drop the AM workouts for now. It's getting pretty hot around here, which is already pretty miserable. Couple that with an increase in body temperature plus getting ready in the morning... well, that just leaves me very uncomfortable. I'm going to start back up with the AM workouts in September, when the heat starts to subside a bit around here. <BR> <BR> Otherwise, been going to the gym everyday this week. Taking t... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:04:34 EST Oh.My.Gosh. It’s been a while. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724285 … and I feel like this will be the norm for my blogs from now on. The new job has been keeping me busy, but I am NOT complaining at all. It feels so good to be treated like an expert. Coworkers and supervisors valuing my opinion and thoughts on a project. Having the opportunity to develop programs…. it’s like a dream come true. It’s taking me a little bit to get into the grove of things as this is an industry that I’ve never worked in (and I’ve worked in my fair share of different industries!... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:23:19 EST Gosh, I need to be more consistent... (pic heavy) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704759 ... or not. <BR> <BR> It's been busy. Lots of traveling. Lots of celebrations. Lots of changes.... first and foremost: I got a new job. It's been going well and I'm really liking the atmosphere. Many people from the old place are still reaching out to tell me they miss me. It was a bittersweet ending, but it's all done.... <BR> <BR> I've been trying to stay focused on working out and eating well and maintaining my IF protocol. It's been working well for me and something simple enough for me... Tue, 27 May 2014 22:30:06 EST I think it's time for an update (pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687988 It's been pretty hectic for me... and it won't be getting any better this month.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2014060805.jpg"> <BR> DH & I have been doing long Saturday morning walks recently, and we really like it. There's a trail behind our neighborhood that stretches for miles and miles. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1918014858.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l42529506.jpg"> <BR> Ther... Mon, 5 May 2014 11:52:04 EST I met Lisa Lillian, aka Hungrygirl!!!! (Pic) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5674952 She is the reason I fell in love with creativity in the kitchen! And she is the reason I was able to get back down to fit into my wedding dress. I have all of her recipe books, and those who have been following me for a while know that I just adore her recipes!!! I was completely star struck that I got to meet her and have her sign my book. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l549656010.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Now it's time to start diving into the book. My friend and I ar... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:46:53 EST Fly by update (with pics... Of course!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672161 Hey everyone!! <BR> <BR> Kinda doing a flyby update while I wait at the airport for my flight. Heading back home after an AMAZING weekend with my BFF in DC.... Just in time for cherry blossoms!! <BR> <BR> It was definitely a lonnnng weekend full of indulgence. I tried to maintain my IF, but it was very hard with all the walking we did. I'm terrified to get on the scale as I know I've gained and can feel the bloat. No more long weekend trips planned anytime soon so really buckling down and ... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:56:18 EST 19 Hard Things You Need To Do To Be Successful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661668 I wanted to share this awesome article with you all because I think we can all relate to at least one point on here, if not all of them... I think we need to remind ourselves that the hard things, the challenges, is what makes us get to the next level. <BR> <BR> <link>luthas.com/2014/01/15/19-hard-things<BR>-you-need-to-do-to-be-successful/ </link> <BR> <BR> 1) You have to make the call you’re afraid to make. <BR> 2) You have to get up earlier than you want to get up. <BR> 3) You have t... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 10:59:24 EST Weekly Update (+ pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660691 Well, my weight loss is slowing down, but it's still going down. I can't complain about that. I am pretty sure I know the reason behind the slow down, too-- my diet. And my friend IRP1114 also pointed out that i took about a week off after I got sick, which also didn't help the weightloss. Hoping to see some higher weight loss in the next few weeks again (by higher, I mean something greater than .25-.5 pound loss....). <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l592397384.j... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 09:56:39 EST Weekly Update (+ pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655523 Well, I got pretty dang sick last week. Threw ALL of my plans for a loop. But, I still managed to lose 1/2 a pound. Yay. Not too bad! Back to the grind this week though. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1076405553.jpg"> <BR> Friend and I somehow managed to match one day. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l403412433.jpg"> <BR> I felt pretty awesome in my spring power suit. Love that I can wear my cute stuff again!! <BR> <BR> <img src=... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:56:27 EST Weekly Updates (+pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5646903 I'm still working on IF and really enjoying it. There are days that seem harder than others, but I know i'm teaching my body out of a habit that I've been doing for years and years. <BR> <BR> I hope those of you who give it a try update me on your progress! <BR> <BR> Anyway, here are some pics... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l690046020.jpg"> <BR> Sleepy puppy <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l519775564.jpg"> <BR> Ooooooh yeahhhhh... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 11:27:01 EST Week 4 Recap + Updates http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639639 Oh my gosh! I cannot believe it's been this long since I last updated. This is SO not like me!! <BR> <BR> So, I somehow managed to either a) delete or b) not take pictures during the final round of Winter Shape Up, but it was successful! The Fitnessissta truly makes some awesome workouts! I'm continuing following her stuff through March, with small variations of my own stuff. <BR> <BR> Just an example, here's tonight's workout: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l149239... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 15:23:48 EST Week 3 Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5626616 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1161622189.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1032426931.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1216555051.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1294606631.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l348260948.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l194188763.jpg"> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 16:25:49 EST Week 2 Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620347 Another STRONG week!! <BR> <BR> Following this workouts since they are AWESOME: <link>fitnessista.com/winter-shape-up-2014<BR>-intro-post-week-1-workout/ </link> <BR> <BR> Workouts (had a pretty icky snowy week so only 4 workouts this week): <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l259286616.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l629937606.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1492461598.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img s... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 11:40:00 EST Ugh. What did I do to deserve this? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5616714 Someone rear-ended me yesterday. No injuries... except my ego. <BR> <BR> They hit my baby. <BR> <BR> Just slid right into it. <BR> <BR> Needless to say, I did not make it to the gym last night. <BR> <BR> I may need another day of grieving. <BR> <BR> I know I'm making it sound like it's awful, but it's still drive-able. I just need to get a whole new bumper. <BR> <BR> The officer was speechless for a brief moment when he asked me for the mileage on my car. <BR> <BR> "two-eight-seven-fiv... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 09:28:30 EST Week 1 Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614144 Well, I finished the Fitnessista's Winter Shape Up Week 1 and it was FABULOUS! <BR> <BR> Workouts: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l237359961.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1780675216.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1146679982.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l426481104.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1980110215.jpg"> <BR> ... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 14:59:09 EST February Ambitions (using SMARTER goals) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611099 There I go again... with my ambitions... because it's a little bit softer than calling them 'goals.' Trying to follow the SMARTER criteria (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely, Evaluate, and Reward) <BR> <BR> 1) I'm going to continue doing the Fitnessista's Winter Shape Up for 3 more weeks. Here you go if you want to try it out: <link>fitnessista.com/winter-shape-up-2014<BR>-intro-post-week-1-workout/ </link> <BR> S - Fitnessista's Winter Shape Up Challenge <BR> M - Burn ... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 11:40:01 EST Positive thoughts and determination http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611080 Positive thoughts and determination is what got me through this week. Changing up the routine and trying something new to see the scale move was the best decision I made... for this week. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Despite going out for a last minute dinner with some friends... and drinking a giant tall boy of beer & eating fish tacos.... I STILL managed to lose 0.2lbs this morning!! Man... imagine what it would've been if I DIDN'T drink the beer... or even go out! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR>... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 11:17:20 EST Funny how that works http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610083 I remember a few years back VOWING to myself that I would never be *that* person who loses weight and then regains it, only to try to lose it again. <BR> <BR> You know what that got me? <BR> <BR> Weight gain. <BR> <BR> So, here I am, back at it... working harder than ever. At least I know that my fitness level is definitely a lot better than from the first time that I had started, so I can go faster and push myself further. But.... the clothes that I thought I'd never wear again had made a... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 10:27:04 EST A litte at a time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609336 Did my steady state cardio for Week 1. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l858236988.jpg"> <BR> SUCHHHHH an unflattering picture, but still posting it up for accountability. <BR> <BR> I had a delicious kale and spinach salad yesterday, with a garlic tahini dressing and grilled chicken. <em>4</em> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2078814082.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And my Asian Chicken Salad with Ginger Dressing from today. I REALLY enjoy the lunch opt... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 15:16:45 EST Feels Good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5608031 I did the Fitnessista's Winter Shape Up Week 1 challenge and I was DRIPPING with sweat. I REALLY wanted to give up since it was getting harder and harder, but somehow managed to push through. My friend and I did it and I knew I had to play motivator last night, so that's what kept me going. <em>84</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1473549727.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>230</em> [WARNING] Food pics below. Scroll at your discretion! <em>230</em> <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 09:46:21 EST Playing the 'pretend' game http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607310 So, I weighed myself this morning and I'm up +5lbs. Prettttty disappionting, but I can't be totally mad about that since I had a pretty indulgent weekends, especially on Sunday! <BR> <BR> Friday night we went out for [turkey] burgers and drinks for a friends birthday. Saturday was pretty tame, but Sunday night there was a pretty major brunch going on (pics below). Since the clothes aren't tighter, I'm just going to pretend that it's water retention. Yep. Pretend. <BR> <BR> This week i'll be... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 15:20:10 EST Getting back into http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600048 I've been trying to refocus myself to the "weightloss" mindset for a while. I'm still having troubles remembering to weigh in and measure myself. And, I'm scared to do it anyway since I've been sore just about every single day. I've really pushed myself with strength training recently. But, that water retention that comes with post-workout soreness won't help my ego. Just as one muscle group starts to feel better, I go and push myself on a other. <BR> <BR> Anyway, here are some pics. Warnin... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 12:03:21 EST Get to know IAMZBEE!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5597105 Saw this on BRAINYBLONDE5's page and now I'm doing one. You all should, too! I want to get to know you. <BR> <BR> A is for Age: 28 <BR> B is for Booze: White Wine --> the sweeter, the better (reisling, muscato, sparkling) <BR> C is for Car: Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution (300hp of pure fun!!!) <BR> D is for Dad's name: Ehh..... It's foreign so I'd rather just skip it <BR> E is for Ego: Only when it comes to my formal education, especially when people try to talk down to me. <BR> F is for Favor... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 14:34:12 EST No "Ragrets" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5594504 Anyone see "We are the Millers?" If so, you'll understand the reference to the blog title. <BR> <BR> No ragrets. Not even an "A." <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://www.deleteitnow.com/Portals/179415/images/Screen%20Shot%202013-08-13%20at%2012.30.11%20PM.png"> <BR> <BR> Ok, Ok.... I'll tell you why I have no regrets today... Last night I didn't go to the gym! <em>40</em> But, i don't feel bad. Instead, I worked on relationships with some great friends. We went out for happy ho... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 09:35:39 EST I gotta stay accountable http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5593515 I had a good eating day yesterday. Everything was tracked. Everything fit into the ranges. <BR> <BR> And then I had some "leftover" calories, so what did I do? I ate some d*** Ben & Jerry's "Late Night Snack." I don't know why I did it. I would have rather saved it for the weekend when I have my treat meal (p.s. quit thinking of it as a cheat meal! You're not fooling anyone so you might as well think positive and see it as a treat). And then... I just ate it. I JUST ATE THE ICE CREAM! Not al... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 11:51:13 EST Continuing to seek my inner balance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5591750 I've been working a lot on me. Some positive things have been emerging this week, both personally and professionally, and I'm trying to find my inner "oooom" to balance it all out. As someone who tends to work very hard, it's often difficult for me when I don't see results instantly (that may be a generational thing though), but when results finally do start to show.... My goodness, I hold on to that feeling and try not to let it go. <BR> <BR> Saw -2 on the scale this week! Quite the feat f... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 22:41:07 EST HAPPY NEW YEAR! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5580549 I've been busy-busy-busy. Trying to put things together, set goals, and take action! <BR> <BR> First thing's first... I bought a few things to organize my goals. I bought a dry erase calendar from target: <link>www.target.com/p/the-board-dudes-dry<BR>-erase-wall-calendar-15-x20/-/A-136938<BR>33#guest-reviews </link> to stick up as a visual remind of 1) all of the events & birthdays for the month and 2) to track my fitness goals. Now, the actual sticky part of the calendar SUCKS, so I used... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 10:08:45 EST Trying to start it right http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576539 I had that light bulb moment recently where I needed to get it together. So, told DH that I was going to the gym last night. He said he wasn't joining (NBD) so rather than becoming a veg with him, I went and got 50 minutes done. Nothing too exciting. Just some cardio splits & arms, but mannnn did it feel good!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l712140355.jpg"> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 10:37:08 EST This. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5575752 After being super frustrated about my last blog going POOF, I actually came across this blog and I think this does just as good of job explaining what's been on my own mind and heart. <BR> <BR> <link>www.muffin-topless.com/2013/12/29/i-<BR>choose-happy-healthy-and-fit/ </link> <BR> <BR> I should specifically add that her words are the emotions and frustrations that I have been struggling with myself. Somewhere I lost my drive and my passion to work on myself. Despite going out and havin... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 14:37:25 EST #TakingBack2014 - January (SMART) Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572916 Part of my personal goals is to lose about 30 pounds. In order to do so, I have to stay motivated and dedicated to my goal. I have a few "check points" throughout the year as my guiding trail. First one coming up is in April, when I go visit a dear friend of mine. So by April, I'd like to shed 10 lbs (totally doable!!). Then another 10 by end of June. And then the final 10 by about end of October. <BR> <BR> How am I going to do this? Well, baby steps. I'm starting in January. <BR> <em>550<... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 10:25:17 EST Ho! Ho! Ho! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572389 Quick update. <BR> <BR> Been eating way too much. And not exercising. Not by choice. And for the overly anxious person that I am, it's driving me nuts. Nutttttts. I just feel myself getting bigger. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l853677500.jpg"> <BR> Successful Monday. Wore my tacky sweater to work and no one really knew how to approach it. People! I don't wear tacky stuff. Approach it as as joke. Lol. I had a few people laugh, but many people just avoided ey... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 16:00:15 EST An updated on life (pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568082 Wow, i haven't had much of a picture update since December 2nd. So unlike me! I do a lot of instant updates though on instragram (IAMZBEE) if you'd like to follow me. Those of you who already do, i apologize for the duplicates. I'm just *THAT* original. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> First off... I want to wish everyone a wonderful holiday season.. and so does the pooch! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l660219205.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I mean really... look how excited he is!! ... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 14:38:29 EST 2014 goals (draft) - open to feedback http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5566720 We'll, I'm sitting at the airport waiting to board so I figured I might as well make a post. I've been having an amazing time in Atlanta for my friends birthday and I'll make a separate post on that. Today I want to list some of my goals for next year with specific goals and timelines to reach. Please let me know your thoughts. I may have one more post later this month with additional goals I'd like to reach, but these have been on my mind for a while. <BR> <BR> Lose 30 lbs by August 25 <BR... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 18:12:08 EST Just Keep Swimming... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5557679 I am swamped. I mean, ridiculously swamped... <BR> <BR> I saw this Buzzfeed yesterday and 100% related to it... <link>www.buzzfeed.com/erinlarosa/problems<BR>-only-anxious-people-will-understand </link> <BR> <BR> My anxiety level is through the roof! <BR> <BR> From thanksgiving, on... <BR> <BR> 11/28 - dinner with my parents <BR> 11/30 - thanksgiving with DH's mom <BR> 12/3 - DH finds out that he can't work because contract hasn't been renewed; cousin in town, so had him over for dinn... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 14:21:12 EST December ambitions and weekend update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5554947 [please excuse any 'odd' words... doing this through my phone] <BR> <BR> Ha! You guys like that? Ambitions rather than 'goals.' <BR> <BR> December is going to be crazzzzy so here are the things I'd like to accomplish: <BR> 1) strength training 3 days per week <BR> 2) boxing 2 days per week <BR> 3) salads for lunch <BR> 4) protein shake post workout (I have really slacked in this one!) <BR> <BR> I've got a trip mid month planned, a few holiday parties that I'm hosting, and a few that I'm g... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 10:14:15 EST