JENAYJ's SparkPeople Blog JENAYJ's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Summertime Update It's been ages since I updated and I have no good excuse. Life has not been too hectic, I was not run over by a bus or abducted by aliens. I didn't even move or get a new job. I did, however, get lured away to counting calories on another site (this feels a bit like confession, no one hold this against me!) and while the food database was bigger and the graphics slicker, I missed the people from SparkPeople. You guys are like a big circle of awesome and it's nice to have people out there who ... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 19:53:28 EST It Truly Takes A Village So, about a month ago I wrote a blog post, then promptly got busy with the holidays and a quick vacation and forgot all about it. A few weeks ago I got an email from someone at Sparkpeople asking if they could include my blog in an email mailer. "Sure", I thought, maybe a few people will see it and it will be helpful. This morning I woke up to an inbox flooded with "you have a new comment on your sprakpage" emails and I can't stop smiling! <BR> <BR> You guys are absolutely amazing! I don't k... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 09:33:40 EST Going Down This Road Again Sometimes I guess you have to move backward a bit in order to truly move forward for good. In 2007-2008 I finally decided to do something about my weight. I had been overweight for most of life and at 24 I was being told my blood pressure was creeping up, I had high cholesterol, and I would almost certainly be diabetic before long. I joined a gym and started monitoring my food intake. I joined Sparkpeople and started learning about nutrition and fitness. By 2008 I had lost 80 pounds and I was... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 12:38:07 EST Tis the Season It's Lent, and it raises the age old question of what to give up. I look at Lent, not as a season of deprivation and hardship, but as a chance to refocus and think about what really matters. I usually give up something food related because I love food so it is usually something of a struggle and it's pretty easy to do without disrupting your life or becoming a crazy person. Last year Patrick and I gave up factory farmed meat which meant we ate a lot less of it and when we did eat it it came f... Thu, 10 Mar 2011 18:27:02 EST Freakouts and Phantom Fat I had a mini-meltdown in Target today. I was shopping with my friend Jill and I saw this adorable black skirt. I needed a new black skirt as A) my old ones are too big and B) under the Draconian new dress codes at work they were too short. This skirt both A) fit and B) was long enough without looking like something my grandmother would have worn. So I'm standing in line staring at my skirt and suddenly I felt a rush or worry take hold. I've recently lost a little bit of weight and the skirt I... Sat, 5 Mar 2011 16:35:20 EST Marathon Not A Sprint Here's the thing, I used to think blogging has gotten out of hand. Too many people have blogs and nothing to say on them. It's the reason I stayed away from keeping a blog, what would I say? "Went to work, man the new Grisham is popular. Patrick roasted/grilled/baked a (insert meat here) for dinner." My life is boring and mundane and I like it that way. But recently I was talking with a friend about her weight loss struggles and I realized I actually do have something to say. Quite a lot real... Tue, 1 Mar 2011 19:43:55 EST