JAYDEE16's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JAYDEE16 JAYDEE16'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/ The Little Engine That Could, and Then Didn't, But Can and Will http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4977958 Well hello there! It’s been awhile. I have been around, commenting here and there, tracking as faithfully as possible while remaining sane, and consuming my Recommended Daily Allowance of Spark reading material. So cry not for me, Sparkentina, the truth is, I never left you. <BR> <BR> I’ve thought about blogging pretty much . . . um . . . every day, since my last blog. Truthfully, though, I have been suffering from a serious shortage of flashes of insight. Not to mention, I’ve been com... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 15:07:54 EST The Not-So-Gloaty Pants Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4926346 Hey, hey, Kids! It’s your old friend Krusty the . . . er, I mean, Jen. So . . . how are things? Good? Good. Me? Oh . . . y’know . . . things are . . . fine (*averts eyes, scratches nose a la Holly Golightly*). Mmmkay, gottarunbuhbye! <BR> <BR> . . . . . . . . <BR> <BR> Just kidding. Sorta. <BR> <BR> Firstly, I’d just like to say how funny it is, that I keep seeing the term Gloaty Pants pop up everywhere all of a sudden. That’s neat. :) <BR> <BR> Secondly, I have ceased to be a Gl... Thu, 14 Jun 2012 12:58:32 EST Hi, my life just exploded. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4859023 Good morning my darlings! <BR> <BR> Just a quick hello, update, and a round of thank-yous . . . <BR> <BR> I am experiencing a big transition with work right now . . . if you've read previous blogs, you know I have been shuffled to a project in another state for the last several months. However, my time in purgatory is coming to a close (rather sooner than expected - my company likes to keep me on my toes, apparently) as of the end of this week, so I am scrambling to get everything done her... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 10:20:24 EST Quickies are LOTS of fun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4854966 Get your mind out of the gutter, I’m talking about blogs here. The quicker the better. While I do enjoy a nice, long, novel-length blog with lots of foreplay, I don’t have time for that today. Work is SUCH a life-ruiner. <BR> <BR> Today’s weigh-in: 136.5. Boo to the YAH! Hoping to never see the 140s again. Sayonara! <BR> <BR> . . . . . . . . . . <BR> <BR> Update on Mission: Bikini. The eagle has landed, the fox is in the henhouse, the owl hoots at midnight . . . or whatever the sup... Fri, 27 Apr 2012 13:27:10 EST So Close I Can TASTE IT!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4850021 The rare short blog. I promise! Uh . . . . probably! :) <BR> <BR> I finally entered my latest measurements today and figured I’d just enter today’s weight as well . . . 138, down a pound from Friday! Yay! <BR> <BR> I know I’m all “the number on the scale does not define me” and yadda yadda, but I have to say, I’ve never been in the 130s in my entire adult life. The lowest I’ve ever maintained was around 145 . . . .146 . . . 147 . . . 148? Somewhere around there, I’m not sure. So despi... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 14:17:23 EST Word Vomit (But No Actual Vomit) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4844298 Hola, SparkAmigas! Aren’t you glad it’s FRIDAY?!? FINALLY?!? Sheesh, this was a long week. Hence, a long blog. I know, you're shocked! <BR> <BR> Let’s just start, right off the bat, with this week’s weigh-in: 139! Woo hoo! Another half a pound! I feel like I’m solidly in the 130s now, even though there isn’t much wiggle room. But two weeks in a row is officially a trend, so I’ll take it! <BR> <BR> Measurements: Hmm. Well I forgot to do them until last night, and I was in a hurry. ... Fri, 20 Apr 2012 15:37:57 EST Put My Thang Down, Flip It, and Reverse It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4833428 Happy Friday, my Sparky Darlings! <BR> <BR> How much do I love you all? I can’t even tell you. The first sign of “Jen’s having a rough day” and in you all ride with your support and advice and laughs and wonderfulness, like the Spark Cavalry. You never fail to cheer me up and make me remember REALITY, as opposed to hormone-fueled MADNESS. <BR> <BR> It’s rather a shame that we all live in separate corners of the country and/or world, isn’t it? Wouldn’t you like to just meet for lunch or ... Fri, 13 Apr 2012 12:41:28 EST What is this odd feeling? It's almost like . . . positivity! Weird! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4828669 It’s not Friday. And yet . . . I blog. I’m having a super positive day, and I just have to share it, because those days have been too rare lately! <BR> <BR> Today I weighed myself. As I do every day (Hi, my name is Jen, and I am a scale-a-holic). And nothing has changed since last Friday, but that’s okay. I think this Friday’s weigh-in will be a good one. I always retain water for a couple of days after a salty, boozy weekend. As long as it doesn’t stick around, I’m okay with it. Rig... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 12:08:38 EST Up With Mini-Skirts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4823485 Ah, the Friday blog. You know, it’s kind of been awhile since I went into this with a clear idea of a “topic” or a “point” or a “message” or whatnot. However, when it happens, it happens. Until then you shall be pitilessly subjected to my ramblings. If you choose to be, of course. If not, have a nice day. :) <BR> <BR> Earlier this week, I found myself to be RIDICULOUSLY hungry, and basically unable to function normally. I nearly fell ASLEEP at work . . . and by nearly, I mean . . . I k... Fri, 6 Apr 2012 15:24:13 EST Pencils. Erasers. Bad Metaphors. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4812404 I’m not really feeling the blog-monster within me poking it’s chatty little head out today, but since it is weigh-in day . . . and I haven’t blogged all week . . . and there’s lots of stuff swirling around my head . . . I guess I might as well blog it up. <BR> <BR> Buckle your seatbelts, kids. I suspect it’s going to be a long and confusing ride! <BR> <BR> First things first. Weigh-in: 141.5. BLAST! I gained 1.5 pounds somehow. I truly can’t identify the cause this week, so I’m chalk... Fri, 30 Mar 2012 14:32:28 EST Countdown to launch . . . 10 . . . 9 . . . 8 . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4801494 Happy Friday, my lovelies! <BR> <BR> Today is weigh-in day, which also means my weekly argument with the scale. It’s still being a little wishy-washy, but after weighing and re-weighing myself about 17 times, the consensus was – 140! I got several 139s, one outlier of 141, but based on logic, reason, and repetition, we’re going with 140. <BR> <BR> I know, I know. Need to break up with scale. Perhaps form new, healthy relationship with properly working scale. Although I don’t think it’s... Fri, 23 Mar 2012 14:15:30 EST Workin' Hard for the Money http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4790809 My scale is playing mind games. I don’t know whether to trust it any more. This morning I weighed in, and it said ‘140.5.’ <BR> <BR> I almost plotzed. Then determined that was impossible. <BR> <BR> So I moved it to a different spot on the floor. ‘141.5.’ Still impossible. However, it didn’t change it’s mind after that, which is good . . . and bad. I'm sick of that darn scale leading me on every few weeks. <BR> <BR> Having cheated on my weigh-in day repeatedly, and weighed myself seve... Fri, 16 Mar 2012 14:38:52 EST Did anyone catch the license plate number? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4789190 Hmm. It appears I have not blogged since Saturday. Shame on me! <BR> <BR> Well, let me recap the events of my week: <BR> <BR> Sunday: Woke up sore from Saturday’s workout. Went hiking anyway. It was a lovely day! It felt great hiking up and down those steep hills. At the time. <BR> <BR> Monday: Woke up feeling like I’d had the living poo kicked out of me. Walked around all day feeling like a 98-year-old. Did strength training for my abs and arms anyway. Proceeded to attempt to tak... Thu, 15 Mar 2012 14:27:26 EST Fight for your Right to Party http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4781205 Hi there. An unheard-of Saturday blog for your reading pleasure. :) <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I had myself a little tantrum. Work, then life, then my own lack of coping skills led me to a) miss my scheduled workout, b) consume an unplanned emergency snack of Shredded Mini-Wheats (thankfully, they were the ones in the itty-bitty one-serving box), c) eat more than I should have for dinner (it was still reasonably healthy), and d) drink way, way, WAY too much last night. <BR> <BR> If you've read ... Sat, 10 Mar 2012 20:57:07 EST Get the Funk Outta Here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4779336 It's kind of funny, but I feel like a lot of us are in a wee bit of a funk right now. Am I imagining that? Is it just because I'M in a funk, so I see that reflected everywhere? Is it contagious? I just don't know. <BR> <BR> Since, in general, I do try not to spew my own inner negativity upon you all, like a negativity-volcano, I will try to keep it short and to the point today. <BR> <BR> Just the facts, ma'am. <BR> <BR> <BR> Fact #1: <BR> <BR> Despite the very sage advice of Parasele... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 14:15:52 EST And now back to our regularly scheduled awesome . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4777470 Well, in case I didn't inform you, via previous comments on my own blog or in comments on yours, I've experienced a serious Attack of the 50 ft. Head Cold this week. Sorry if I'm a little slow commenting and getting back to everyone, I will catch up! I just couldn't deal with the internetz much the last couple of days. <BR> <BR> I'm going through much the same thing as so many have blogged about recently - resisting the urge to kick myself for getting off track for a couple of days while ... Thu, 8 Mar 2012 13:12:19 EST I'll knock you out, with these American thighs. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4767373 I’ve been slacking on the blog entries. And as my lovely KITTENPYE pointed out, I never made good on that promise to post a photo or two. So I have promised to do so this weekend. For realz. <BR> <BR> It’s problematic, locating photos of me, especially ones that are of ALL of me, and not just my face. Truth be told, I’ve probably ripped up/thrown away/burned/deleted most of them, at least those that are more than 3 or 4 years old. It’s funny how, at the time, I thought “I will never wan... Fri, 2 Mar 2012 15:05:44 EST Truthiness or Consequences http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4755227 Well, it’s happened. The people close to me are beginning to notice I’ve started to lose more weight. <BR> … <BR> … <BR> … <BR> Sigh. I don’t know why this is always hard for me. <BR> <BR> Skinny Boyfriend noticed a few weeks ago, and considering he’s the only living human other than myself who regularly sees me . . . ahem . . . in all my glory, so to speak, I wasn’t surprised he was the first to comment. He was sweet and supportive, and I took it just fine. Didn’t bother me a bit. I ... Fri, 24 Feb 2012 14:38:34 EST Parsnips = Arsenips, but the Chicken = Kickin' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4749559 Happy Fat Tuesday, everyone! Around these-here parts, today is known as Faschnacht Day. In other words, the day to celebrate your last chance to eat big gobs of dough fried in lard, until Lent ends. Since, as a rule, I don’t eat fried gobs of dough in the first place, I usually let the day pass unobserved. So far so good for today, but it’s only 11:30. I can’t make any guarantees. <BR> <BR> Sadly, I broke my 10-Daily-Fitness-Minutes streak yesterday, as I was sick (and hopped up on Nyqu... Tue, 21 Feb 2012 12:58:24 EST Astonishing Truths Revealed (or, Holy Schlitz - I’m an Hourglass, Batman!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4743398 Hi there. It’s not even 10AM, and my world has just been shifted on its axis by a significant number of degrees. How many degrees you ask? Good question. Enough to trigger ice ages, earthquakes, floods, volcanic eruptions, and potential annihilation of the old world and the birth of a new one. I don’t know how many degrees that would be. What do I look like, a geologist? <BR> <BR> Anyway, how are you today? Hope you are well. <BR> <BR> . . . <BR> <BR> . . . <BR> <BR> . . . <BR> ... Fri, 17 Feb 2012 12:34:22 EST Brown Chicken, Brown Cow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4738474 If you don’t understand my title today, well . . . you must not hang out in the same bars I do. Or you’re from some area of the country/world where you aren’t inundated with country music all the time. Lucky you! Anyhoo . . . Happy Valentine’s Day, Sparkies! <BR> <BR> I completed my first official week of the 10-Minute-Daily-Exercise Challenge, and I’m celebrating by . . . skipping yoga class tonight. I know, I know – BOOOOO!!! I’ll get my ten minutes by walking as I usually do on my w... Tue, 14 Feb 2012 12:20:17 EST Lord, I was born a Ramblin' (wo)Man . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4732463 Happiest of Happy Fridays to you! Word of warning: I don’t really have a point to make today (at least, not so far – we’ll see where my mind rambles). <BR> <BR> I weighed in this morning at 148, and this time the scale didn’t decide to change it’s mind. I’m happy with my half a pound, as not-astounding as it may be, for the following reasons: <BR> <BR> - It means I’ve reached my 25% benchmark a week early. Woo hoo! <BR> <BR> - Skinny Boyfriend noticed that I’ve lost a bit, but was also ... Fri, 10 Feb 2012 13:41:27 EST Not-So-Jolly Green Giant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4730616 Ahhhhh, Thursday. Not as good as Friday, yet so much better than Wednesday. <BR> <BR> I must confess, I’m having some . . . well, let’s call it diet rage - errr . . . I mean a motivational challenge. For example, last night I left work with the intention of digging out the 10-pound weights and doing my “Super Fast Total Body Workout” when I got home. But after a hellish commute including snow, detours, and an unusual number of completely incompetent drivers, let’s just say my motivation ... Thu, 9 Feb 2012 12:19:36 EST Day One Rewind - 10-Minute Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4727077 Hello, lovelies! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was Day One of my 10-Minutes-A-Day Challenge, and like a good little SparkMonkey, I dutifully fulfilled my obligations with a 15-minute workout (plus stretching), courtesy of my obscenely expensive book, “Women’s Health Magazine’s Big Book of 15-Minute Workouts.” It is published by a company called Rodale. If you haven’t heard of them, I envy you. <BR> <BR> Seriously, can we talk about these people? These Rodale people? They publish Men’s Health, W... Tue, 7 Feb 2012 12:26:23 EST Weaseling out of things . . . it's what sets us apart from the animals. Except the weasel. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4725402 So, inspired by the amazingness of such SparkFriends as YOUNGNSMYLIE, and KITTENPYE, and LEIAMLOW, and BEMORESTUBBORN (AKA Saint Vivian, as I like to think of her), and . . . well, the list goes on . . . I have decided that it is time to kick it up a notch. I’ve been doing okaaaaaaay with my fitness “goals” (still hate that word, just a little bit), but not great. So, let’s review: <BR> <BR> Goal: Strength training three times weekly, for at least 15 minutes. <BR> <BR> Reality: I’ve typic... Mon, 6 Feb 2012 14:16:37 EST Sit on it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4720253 As you know, it is Friday, and therefore weigh-in day. So this morning, I dutifully jumped on the scale. Now, I should mention, I have a pretty low-tech scale. It only measures to the nearest half-pound, it doesn’t measure my body fat composition, or make my coffee, or whatever else these new-fangled scales do. This morning, it decided to toy with me. <BR> <BR> First, it blinked “148” at me, and I thought “surely NOT possible.” As I was still bleary-eyed and half asleep, I reset the b... Fri, 3 Feb 2012 10:54:07 EST The whole truth and nothing but the truth. Y'know. . . mostly. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4718820 It’s time. Time to speak my truth. Show all my cards. The full Monty. <BR> <BR> Well . . . that might be overstating it a little bit. There will be no nudity. After all, this is a family website. Think of the children! <BR> <BR> I should start by saying that I have always been a very, very, VERY private person. From childhood. From birth. It’s in my genes. Never mind the fact that I’ve been blurting out whatever thought-goo happens to be floating around my brain into blog-form the... Thu, 2 Feb 2012 14:58:20 EST Reality. It really does Bite. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4714270 So I tracked all my calories and water and whatnot this weekend. It was traumatizing. I’m not sure I’m ready to talk about it yet. <BR> <BR> Just kidding, I can talk about it. But really, it was traumatizing. And discouraging, which is why I was in a pouty-faced funk yesterday. Not the food - that was fine, despite a small indulgence or two (mmm . . . bacon). Tracking DID in fact compel me to refuse pizza on Saturday night, and Girl Scout cookies all weekend. In fact, I haven’t touche... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 12:10:56 EST Pound of flesh, anyone? Anyone? . . . No? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4706836 Iiiiiiit’s FRIDAY! The weekend draws nigh! Woo hoo! That also means weigh-in day. Woo . . . hoo? Well, okay. I gained a pound this week. But I’m happy with that. <BR> <BR> “HAPPY?!?” you exclaim. “Surely this-here gal’s gone clean ‘round the bend, y’reckon?!” (Admit it . . . that’s what you’re thinking, old-timey Spaghetti Western language and all.) <BR> <BR> Alas, no. Prepare for over-sharing. You’ve been warned. <BR> <BR> You see, it is the dreaded Time O’ The Month, and t... Fri, 27 Jan 2012 10:46:26 EST I feel oddly inspired today . . . maybe it's the weather? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4701290 I've been perusing a lot of Spark Pages and blog entries lately (read: obsessively stalking strangers). What a freaking bunch of overachievers you all are! <BR> <BR> Okay, I kid, I kid, at least about the "freaking" part. But seriously, wowza. Dozens or even hundreds of reps/sit-ups/push ups, triathlons, hundreds of pounds lost, marathons, sticking to a mere 1200 calories a day?? If I manage to eat only 1200 calories a day, it's because I either a) was gravely ill, or b) slept until 2 pm... Tue, 24 Jan 2012 14:02:56 EST Someone's got a case of the Mondays . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4699095 Well, so far my progress in meeting the aforementioned goals is about 50/50. However, it’s not been a full week yet, so . . . meh. Not worried about it. <BR> <BR> Goal #1: BMI of 22 or lower (lose 19-24 lbs) <BR> <BR> Ahead of the game! I’ve lost 4.5 lbs so far. I’m happy with this, obviously (I swear my cheekbones are more defined already), but I am trying not to get too hung up on it. Once my body readjusts and I start building more muscle, I know the number of pounds lost each week ... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 13:50:29 EST Goal-setting for the non-go-getter. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4689111 Alright, I’m still kinda talking myself into this, but like ripping off a band-aid, sometimes you just have to man up and do it. Right? Right. So here we go. <BR> <BR> Goal #1: Achieve . . . good word, eh? I’ll say it again . . . ACHIEVE(!) a BMI of 22 or lower by May 31, 2012. <BR> <BR> This means a 19 lb weight loss over a period of 20 weeks (-0.95 lbs per week, BMI of 21.8), which is totally doable. Piece of cake! Minus the actual cake! The SparkPeople goal I set last week is 24 lbs (-1.... Wed, 18 Jan 2012 12:39:35 EST GOAL is not a four-letter word. Well . . . only in the literal sense. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4686706 Okay, internetz. I can change my mind. Yesterday I said I'm not goal-oriented, and that is most assuredly the truth. But then, like a ray of sunshine, or a big cosmic kick in the head, SparkPeople, in it's infinite (and sort of eerie) wisdom, seemed to be telling me to rethink that statement. Every article and Sparkpage and Sparkperson sent my way sang of the glory that is goal-setting (apparently . . . I would not know). So OK already! I get it! <BR> <BR> It's just so . . . rife with ... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 12:04:14 EST A treatise on being only sorta motivated. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4684479 This is me . . . attempting to "blog" for the first time while eating Our Daily Salad for lunch, at work. <BR> <BR> So, since this is my first foray into making a contribution to the SparkPeople Blogosphere, allow me to make some initial disclaimers. Which could also be viewed as confessions. Whichever. <BR> <BR> 1. I am not a joiner by nature. <BR> <BR> Nope, not even a little bit. I've been a member of Spark People for . . . I don't know, however long it's been . . . and I've just st... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 13:31:21 EST