JAUDON's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JAUDON JAUDON'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/ DIY Treadmill desk - love! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500080 This is going to be a pretty short blog - I am really busy with law school right now - but I had to share this! My husband and I built a little desk to go over our treadmill, and now I can work standing or walking (slowly). This is AMAZING for me, because as a law student, I spend many many hours on my duff studying. Then I go to class and sit on my rump. Then at night after I get my baby to sleep, I sit on the couch and study some more. And I don't have a ton of time to work out, becaus... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 09:10:39 EST The mental aspect of weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5395670 FIrst, down another 2 pounds - woot! <BR> <BR> These last few weeks, I've been working a lot on the mental aspect of weight loss. I don't think I ever fully dealt with that in the past, and it's long overdue. I've made a few realizations: <BR> <BR> 1. I am an emotional eater. No big surprise, right? Well, I've tried to deny it for years. I need to own it, because that's how I will get past it. <BR> <BR> 2. I am addicted to sugar. I think that's why it's always been so hard to los... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 21:37:32 EST Father's Day success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5391240 Because today was my husband's first Father's Day as a dad, I had planned for this to be an off day from exercise, and expected to go over calories. He requested his favorite Korean meal for dinner, and for lunch we went to a food truck "rodeo" (basically, 70 local food trucks gathered in a park, live music, lots of activities). Street food isn't the healthiest. But, I did pretty good! I did not overeat, and when he ordered a piece of rum cake for dessert, I only had a few bites of it. P... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 21:32:11 EST Dealing with grief... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5390288 My blog entry yesterday was not totally honest. I left out one huge event of the last year, because I didn't want to talk about it. But I need to. I need to work on making peace with it. <BR> <BR> August 25th, 2012, my best friend Mollie died unexpectedly. She had a very rare blood disorder, and a combination of a lot of factors (including an experimental drug) led to her death. I was 7 months pregnant and in the middle of a 14 hour road trip back to visit my family. I was going to my ... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 21:09:01 EST My (semi-triumphant) return to Spark! **with pics!!** http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5389440 Spark, it's been a while. So much has happened in the last year and a half! I haven't fallen off the fitness wagon, but I definitely haven't done that much to get to my goal. There are so many things, I'm gonna have to use bullets :) <BR> <BR> - The biggie: I had a baby! November 10. 2012, baby August was born. He's pretty darn amazing (and that's coming from someone who never wanted a kid!) Losing the baby weight has been hard. See below for some pictures of how adorable he is :) <B... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 21:10:52 EST Holiday travel to Seoul (with PICS!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4661995 Happy (late) holidays to everyone! I have been MIA for a while now, but I have good reasons. First, finals - I survived, somehow, even though I doubted I would! Then, as soon as finals were over, we packed up and have been in Seoul, S. Korea for the last few weeks. My husbands family lives there, so we travel there most years. <BR> <BR> What an incredible trip! I had a hard time with food this time around. I usually LOVE Korean food, but this trip started out with an accidental order o... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 12:57:47 EST Quick update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4594244 Life is crazy busy right now, since I am nearing finals. The ONLY grade for each class is the final exam, so it's really high pressure (and stress). Plus, I am working on a big 30+ page research project in addition to finals prep, so this will be a short blog! :) <BR> <BR> I have news. Big news. I can now fit into 2 pair of pants that I have not been able to fit into since the first month of law school! YAHOO! Both are still snug, but wearable. I've only lost about 5 pounds according ... Mon, 21 Nov 2011 16:39:55 EST I won Billy Blanks DVD's - thank you SP!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4576754 Just a quick note to say thanks to Spark, I won a Billy Blanks DVD set!! I am so excited - I never win anything :) I love Billy Blanks, and this will be a perfect companion workout to my bootcamp classes! See how excited I am?? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l970364634.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Thank you Spark People :) <em>252</em> Wed, 9 Nov 2011 17:14:19 EST Quick update... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4540167 Everything is going so well right now! I feel like, for the first time in over a year, I am back to my old self - eating healthy, working out, and enjoying life. Law school has really dominated my life (literally and figuratively) since August of last year. Although it is still a huge part of my life, I have finally learned how to control it a bit. Of course, come November, it's time to study for finals so all bets are off again! <BR> <BR> I found an amazing personal trainer, who is very... Mon, 17 Oct 2011 16:36:04 EST Update (and an adorable doggie picture!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4313293 It's been a month since my last blog, but I have been busy! I started a summer internship and really enjoy it. Unfortunately, it's almost an hour drive each way, so the commute time has really been a drag. If only driving burned calories... <BR> <BR> I've been working out and focusing on cleaning up my eating. I eat healthy, just way too much. So, I am back to measuring and weighing, just for a few weeks until I get back in the groove. I am down a few pounds, and will weigh in again to... Tue, 21 Jun 2011 13:27:41 EST Hunger http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4225949 This is day 8 of being back 'on the wagon', and each day has been amazing. I have reconnected with why I love being healthy, how good it feels to eat well and move my body, and also reconnected with myself. <BR> <BR> My biggest (re-learned) lesson is hunger. Hunger will not kill me. Hunger is not a dangerous thing. Hunger is not the enemy. This last year, I have eaten mindlessly while studying, eaten when stressed out by law school, and eaten because those around me were eating. I have... Wed, 11 May 2011 15:38:36 EST Reality bites http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4211988 Hello Sparkers! As of Tuesday at 7pm, I have successfully completed my first year of law school. I am beyond excited - I have prepared for this year since 2008. I knew how hard it would be, how stressful it would be, and how difficult it would be on my lifestyle and marriage. <BR> I did everything I could think of to prepare myself and my hubby for it, and overall we came through it well. Since August, I have spent about 80 hours a week on law school, had stress levels I didn't even kno... Thu, 5 May 2011 10:53:45 EST Have y'all missed me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4050120 This is my 2nd blog for the night - I deleted the first draft because I realized it sounded like a legal brief (which I have spent all weekend working on, no wonder). Gonna try to make this one sound a bit more human! :) <BR> <BR> I've been MIA for a long time - still around a bit, commenting on blogs and tracking food occasionally, but not really committed to it. Mainly because of time (I started law school in August and am SO BUSY), but also something else. Maybe I lost my mojo? Maybe ... Sat, 26 Feb 2011 19:47:05 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3736584 Wow - I can't believe it's been over 2 months since my last blog! I started law school in August, and that has taken up ALL my time. It has been a serious struggle to maintain any kind of healthy habits, but I am finally getting a few things worked out. I have arranged my bus route so that I walk almost 1 mile each way to my building (so, 2 miles a day), which is really nice. I get to school really early, and the campus is so quiet during my walk. Plus, I've gotten some routines for heal... Sun, 24 Oct 2010 11:36:40 EST Evil in laws, boxing, and P90X! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3527281 Has it really been a month since I blogged last? So much has gone on since then! I am gearing up to start law school - yikes! - in 12 days. I am both excited and terrified, but mainly excited. I have worked really hard to develop routines and strategies to help me keep up a healthy lifestyle while studying 18 hours a day. Plus, I already scoped out the campus gym (free!) and classes (also free!). <BR> <BR> My in-laws visited for 8 days a few weeks ago. It was a nice visit, but really h... Wed, 11 Aug 2010 20:58:28 EST Finished Power90, on to P90X??!!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3430393 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l467303151.jpg"> <BR> Seriously? What am I thinking? Anyone who is familiar with P90X knows that it is some serious business - very hard workouts designed for athletes. I'm no athlete. Or am I? I finished Power90 successfully (minus a few missed days when I was traveling). Maybe I am ready for this. <BR> <BR> I've been reading through the fitness and nutrition guides, and previewed the Plyometrics workout (gasp!! R U SERIOUS???) Does ... Wed, 14 Jul 2010 08:49:21 EST Horrible picture --> new motivation? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3414480 Hello Sparkland! Before I get into the meat of my blog, I need a favor. I am wanting to buy a new scale (NOT digital), and always pick the wrong one. My current scale, which is fairly new, gives me a different number every time I step on it. I just want a no-frills scale that is reliable. Any suggestions? <BR> <BR> So, I am back from my 3rd road trip/celebration of the year, and my pants are even tighter now. Sigh. I haven't stepped on the previously mentioned unreliable scale, becaus... Fri, 9 Jul 2010 11:46:02 EST Still here, barely hanging on.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3246733 Hello, Sparkland - sorry it has been so long! Life has been hectic these past few weeks. I spent a week in NYC, helping a friend plan her wedding, and walked about 15 miles a day (literally! it was insane). However, I also ate boatloads of bad stuff (ohmygosh - frozen hot chocolate from Serendipity, incredibly good), and came home with about 2 extra pounds. I've been doing my workouts pretty faithfully (still doing Power 90), but I still am not losing. <BR> <BR> I think it's time to sto... Wed, 19 May 2010 13:28:48 EST Power 90 is kickin my rear... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3113978 I am on week 2 of Power 90. I really like it, but MAN, it's hard! :) I've decided to lay off running for a while, as I am having some problems with my left knee, and P90 is my replacement. I like it because it forces me to do strength, which I have a hard time doing on my own, and it is a simple schedule to follow. I am proud of myself for sticking with it! <BR> <BR> I have been really active all day since I quit my job. I have spent hours in the garden, digging, raking, carrying soil, ... Tue, 13 Apr 2010 10:50:24 EST Dietitian appointment, and 1 pound down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2962957 I had a much anticipated meeting with a dietitian this week - I had been looking forward to it for a long time, hoping that she would somehow help me find the holy grail of getting past this darn plateau. <BR> <BR> Nope. Turns out, I seem to know more about nutrition than she does. She lectured me on a proper serving size (duh) and how many calories it takes to lose a pound. I wanted to say, "I know this, because I have had to have a deficit of almost 270,000 calories to lose what I have ... Fri, 5 Mar 2010 16:05:05 EST ANOTHER bridesmaid dress! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2901956 Life has been busy lately! Unfortunately, this has meant less Spark time for me. But, I am still on track and doing good! <BR> <BR> I found out this week that I am a bridesmaid in my old friends wedding in August - yay! The bad part is that I think it is the day before classes begin. In NYC. Bad timing!! I will be there, but will probably be a zombie for my first day of classes! Plus, I will be a guest at 2 other weddings this summer, and am planning a trip to Florida, which means b... Fri, 19 Feb 2010 12:55:47 EST My first 5k! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2886459 Ok, first off - I apologize for the lateness! This week has been very hectic, so I just haven't had time to write my first, official race report yet! <BR> <BR> So, I ran my first 5k last Sunday, and it was amazing! My hubby ran with me, and we got there early to pick up our packets. After fumbling around to pin our numbers, we finally got it right. He pinned mine, and though it was crooked, I felt like I looked pretty stylish wearing good ol' #69! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.s... Mon, 15 Feb 2010 22:09:54 EST Once a fat girl, always a fat girl... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2796662 Today sucked. Seriously, it was bad for a number of reasons, and I really need to vent about one of them. Sorry for you, but that means you are stuck listening. Or, just click the 'back' button :) <BR> <BR> My hubby and I work together, and eat lunch together most days. Today, we warmed up our lunch and sat down to eat. A few co-workers were there as well, and everyone was chatting as always. Both of these girls are early 30's, very accomplished (PhD educated), and generally mature. M... Mon, 25 Jan 2010 21:14:36 EST Good run, random thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2787949 I had a good run this morning with my Spark friend (SJDroppingLbs) - just under 4 miles, woohoo! I didn't want to go, and probably would not have done it if I was running alone, but I felt soooo good when it was done. <BR> <BR> As I was getting ready to leave, my hubby said to me, "Wow, you actually look like a REAL runner". He meant this as a compliment :) He snapped a picture (after I said, no way, I am SO NOT A REAL RUNNER!): <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/9/7/b... Sun, 24 Jan 2010 00:18:57 EST Can I keep it up? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2769139 Can I maintain all my healthy habits, once I start law school? I am really nervous about that. After blogging about all my accomplishments yesterday, I started thinking about the changes in my life that are coming up. First year of law school is hell - 12 hours in the library, studying non-stop, and stress out the wazoo. Will I be able to workout? Eat healthy? Prepare my own meals? Keep up with Spark? Dedicate time to myself? Dedicate time to anything other than law school? <BR> <BR... Tue, 19 Jan 2010 20:32:30 EST 1000 days of being Sparked! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2763486 Today is my 1000th day on SparkPeople, and what an amazing 1000 days it has been. Here are just a few of the things I have accomplished in that time: <BR> <BR> 1. Lost 76 pounds (and counting!) and maintained that loss <BR> 2. Built muscle I never knew I had <BR> 3. Developed an insanely positive attitude, and a very bright outlook on life in general <BR> 4. Progressed from not being able to run a block, to being an actual (but slow) runner <BR> 5. Made a habit of tracking everything I eat... Mon, 18 Jan 2010 18:09:04 EST Thoughts on binge eating, self esteem, and law school! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2721671 Disclaimer: This is a pretty long blog. Feel free to skip it :) <BR> <BR> Lately, I have been struggling with self esteem issues. I realized today that I have always felt like my size was somehow linked with my worth as a human. It is as if, because I was fat, I was not worthy of anything - love, happiness, stability, etc. I still struggle with this, but have come a long way. I had a bad relationship for years, before I met my husband. He was emotionally abusive, and left me with an e... Sat, 9 Jan 2010 23:29:06 EST I heart 2010! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2684576 So far, I love this year! Granted, it's only 3 days in, but it has been 3 wonderful days. The combination of a new year, a new great running group, and reading The Spark has really been amazing. I have more motivation and fire that I have in a long time. <BR> <BR> I am having a battle with the scale. My weight fluctuates SO MUCH - between Friday and Saturday, I 'gained' almost 8 pounds. I always weigh in the mornings before eating, so I think either my scale is all wonky, or sodium is a... Sun, 3 Jan 2010 10:21:27 EST 2010 goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2673656 2009 was a good year for me. A lot of really great things happened. I paid off my college credit cards (YAY!), lost about 15 pounds and increased my fitness considerably (WHOO HOO!), got married (YIPPEE!), moved across the country (YAHOO!), and bought a house for the first time (YEAH!). But, even with all that great stuff, I am still happy to see a new year comin'! <BR> <BR> So, what do I want to see happen in 2010? A lot :) A girl can dream, right? <BR> Health: <BR> 1. Run a 5k in the... Thu, 31 Dec 2009 22:02:24 EST Adios, 2009! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2672708 Just a quick blog to tell all my lovely Spark friends, HAPPY NEW YEAR! I am working on my goals (I hate to call them resolutions) for 2010, and will post them soon. Hope you have a wonderful New Years Eve, and a happy, healthy, and safe 2010!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/8/1/b814235945.jpg"> Thu, 31 Dec 2009 15:34:07 EST Lessons learned, and more on the way... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2652371 My latest December Dare challenge is to post 3 things I have learned this month/year/decade, and 3 things I want to learn the next month/year/decade. What a great way to say adios to 2009! <BR> <BR> I have learned: <BR> 1. I am worth the effort - In the past, I never put much energy into losing weight, and zero effort into living a healthy lifestyle. I smoked like a chimney, lived off of Mt. Dew, and despised exercise. Why? Not because I wanted to live that way, but because I never thou... Wed, 23 Dec 2009 13:17:08 EST Help me, fellow runners! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2649043 So much of running is mental. Sure, you are putting your feet in front of each other and it is a very tough workout, BUT - if you don't have the mental strength and determination, you aren't gonna last long. <BR> <BR> Well, that's me. I have realized that I, quite unconsciously, sabotage myself when running (or doing any hard workout). I have a constant quiet voice telling me I can't make it 4 more minutes, I can't breathe, this sucks, I want to stop, why am I pretending to be a runner, w... Mon, 21 Dec 2009 21:55:23 EST Giving myself a big WHOO HOO! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2642198 One of my 'bad habits' I wrote about in my last blog was inconsistency with workouts, and letting 1 missed workout lead to a TON of missed workouts. <BR> <BR> Well, I am proud to say that I didn't let that happen this week! I worked out every day this week (even my planned rest day), but missed my workout on Wednesday. I got home late, and just didn't have the energy for it. Usually, that would mean that I would have missed the next day's workout, too. But, I didn't! Even though I got h... Fri, 18 Dec 2009 10:11:34 EST The good, the bad, and the chubby... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2641215 My December Dare challenge for this week is to write a blog discussing my strengths and weakness on the journey to get healthy. I have been thinking about this for a few days, and I think Im ready to dive in now! <BR> <BR> What is Jaudon good at? <BR> 1. Eating healthy - I am a veggie lover, half vegetarian, love whole grains, and am very adventurous about trying new foods. I honestly prefer healthy, whole foods to anything processed, and I really strongly dislike fast food. <BR> 2. Wa... Thu, 17 Dec 2009 20:38:12 EST Holiday fondue memories... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2620563 My newest December Dare challenge is to write about a holiday memory as related to food. My favorite memory from Christmas is fondue. It was the tradition, every Christmas Eve, to have snacks for lunch and fondue for dinner. I still love fondue, and it always reminds me of my childhood. However, this was very high calorie fondue. We would have beef and shrimp, and cook them in a fondue pot full of OIL. Also, we would have a cheese fondue to dip bread and apples into. Then, for dessert,... Tue, 8 Dec 2009 21:29:20 EST Update... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2616597 So far, so good! I have stuck to every workout so far - yay! I am struggling with figuring out if morning or evening workouts are better (I hate getting up early!!) though. <BR> <BR> I am also doing good on calories, and have been in range all but one day. The scale was down 3.8 pounds this morning, BUT, the last time I weighed in was right before Thanksgiving. That was after 5 days of decadent eating, drinking, and not exercising. So, its really just losing what I had gained then! But... Mon, 7 Dec 2009 12:10:50 EST Workout plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2607832 This is my public announcement that I made a workout plan for the month of December, and I hope all of you will help keep me accountable for it! (Much thanks to Jamie for the help making it!!) Im not going to post it here (its long and complicated), but its about 5 hours a week, combined strength and cardio. <BR> <BR> So yell at me, ya'll, if I am not doing what I should be! :) I need a good butt kicking every once in a while... Thu, 3 Dec 2009 15:50:54 EST Holiday survival plan! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2602848 Thanksgiving is over - phew! I had a wonderful time (my parents came to visit for 9 days), but it was certainly stressful. I didn't work out once (bad!), ate fairly healthy (good!), but drank a lot of cider and alcohol (bad!) So, I am glad to be back to regular routines. But, I am dealing with a lot of stress/anxiety right now, mainly caused by my new job. I really am quite unhappy there, but for a long list of reasons, I can't leave for about 8 more months (until school starts). I know... Tue, 1 Dec 2009 21:47:31 EST Long time, no blog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2507684 My apologies for the long delay between blogs. Life has been busy! I started a new job, a very bizarre one too. I am now working at a university as a -- get this -- monkey trainer. I know! Too weird. But, its actually really fun. I work in the same lab as my husband (he is a neuroscientist), and it is academia so its laid back and very flexible. And, well, the monkeys are just adorable. They do have loooong teeth, so its kind of scary. <BR> <BR> I went home to my parents house fo... Sun, 25 Oct 2009 22:03:21 EST Life is good.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2391596 I love the coming Fall weather! Something about the Fall just makes me want to get outside. I am not very fond of hot weather, and summer can feel suffocating. We have had lovely weather here in NC, and I have been taking full advantage of it! <BR> <BR> I have found some awesome hiking trails near my house, that are very challenging and also incredibly gorgeous. I have been hiking about every other day. The days that I am not hiking are days for running. I don't like running near as mu... Fri, 11 Sep 2009 13:31:15 EST 2 Bridesmaid dresses - photo comparison! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2358295 I was a bridesmaid in my best friends wedding in April, 2006 - before I started on my weight loss journey, and a few pounds away from my highest weight. I was depressed, unhealthy, and just plain unhappy about life. Here is a pic from the dress try on: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/5/0/b506156614.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's hard for me to look at that now - I can't believe I ever actually looked like that. But, alas - pictures don't lie! <BR> <BR> Now, fast forward a fe... Sun, 30 Aug 2009 11:52:52 EST Day 2 & 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2337484 Still doing good here. I think if I can keep it up for a week, I will have my good habits re-established again. My abs are still sore from the Yoga Booty Ballet, and its such a nice reminder of how GREAT it feels to work out! <BR> <BR> I started using the Bodybugg again, and I am glad to have that back. This time, i am tracking my food in Spark and calories in bodybugg. I love the SP food tracker so much, and its so easy to use. <BR> <BR> I went for about a mile walk today with the ... Sat, 22 Aug 2009 19:39:57 EST Day 2 & 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2337483 Still doing good here. I think if I can keep it up for a week, I will have my good habits re-established again. My abs are still sore from the Yoga Booty Ballet, and its such a nice reminder of how GREAT it feels to work out! <BR> <BR> I started using the Bodybugg again, and I am glad to have that back. This time, i am tracking my food in Spark and calories in bodybugg. I love the SP food tracker so much, and its so easy to use. <BR> <BR> I went for about a mile walk today with the ... Sat, 22 Aug 2009 19:39:22 EST Back at it - day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2332971 Ok, so I made it a whole day on my new plan! Yay me :) <BR> <BR> Doesn't seem like much, but I really, really, really did not want to work out today. But, just like old times, I feel so good that I did. My body feels loose and tired and happy, and I feel proud of myself. Why did I ever stop? <BR> <BR> I did the Yoga Bootie Ballet DVD, which I hadnt done in a long time. It combines strength and cardio. It always surprises me at how hard it is! And, my husband even did it with me :) ... Thu, 20 Aug 2009 22:06:13 EST Motivator of the Day - THANK YOU!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2330239 Wow - this is a huge thank you to all of the people who left messages, goodies, comments, and mail as a congrats for being the SP Motivator of the Day!! It was very surprising and flattering! <BR> <BR> It seriously could not have come at a better time, either. This was the first time I had weighed in about a month and a half (the excuse has been that I have been 'too busy to track'), and the scale was up 2.5 pounds. I have been depressed about it all day, but am realizing that I need to s... Wed, 19 Aug 2009 22:39:05 EST A wedding, a move, and a new house, OH MY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2174492 My life is so busy right now, between my wedding (less than 3 weeks!!), our move across the country (Raleigh/Durham, NC here I come!), and buying a new house (see the pics below). It has been very hard to fit in time for fitness and healthy eating, since so many meals have been on the go, and almost all of my free time has been devoted to planning one of these things. I am trying to focus mainly on eating healthy, and working in fitness when I can (dog walks, walking to the grocery store, w... Tue, 23 Jun 2009 13:35:42 EST Im gonna get marrriieeeeedddd! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2010069 So, big news - I am engaged! Steve asked me about a week ago, and of course I said yes. I am so excited! It is not a surprise, as we have talked about it and looked at rings together, but I was not expecting it yet. He tied the ring to our dogs collar and had her help him 'deliver' it. It was very adorable, and fitting, since our lives are ruled by dogs :) We are not doing a wedding (I really hate weddings!!!), but are thinking of doing a small (5 person) ceremony at my parents house, i... Mon, 27 Apr 2009 11:25:00 EST Still chugging away... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1807072 Well, after avoiding the scale, being sick and not working out, and feeling like eating everything in sight, I am proud that my weight has maintained :) No loss, but no gain either! <BR> <BR> My morning workout routine has fallen off some, as I have been sick for the past few days. But, tonight I am going to try to run again, and hope that it doesnt make me cough my lungs out! Plus I need to really try to get past the self defeating thoughts that 'I cant do it'. It seems like I always ge... Tue, 17 Feb 2009 18:30:35 EST New workout, new dog... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1773211 So, I have been working out in the mornings lately, which is a new thing. I have tried this in the past, but it has never stuck around. I much prefer to work out at 10pm. But, lately I have realized that I dont have much energy left by 10pm! So, this week I have been getting up at 5:30, running for about 45 minutes, then going to work. And its been really nice! Well, all except the 'getting up at 5:30' part... <BR> <BR> I have felt a lot better, but by the afternoon I start to feel rea... Thu, 5 Feb 2009 15:22:57 EST 75 pounds gone forever!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1731150 Just a quick update - as of this morning, I have officially lost 75 pounds! This means I get new running shoes as a gift from Steve - yay! <BR> <BR> I can't believe I carried all that extra weight around! Guess what weighs 75 pounds? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/3/6/b364528899.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The engine for a Ford Mustang. Ouch. <BR> Sarah Fri, 23 Jan 2009 10:14:52 EST