JENNIKANDU's SparkPeople Blog JENNIKANDU's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Guess Who's Back (Again)? "Stay tuned," I wrote at the conclusion of my last blog entry... and then I promptly disappeared from SP for the next four months. Losing weight and getting healthy didn't interest me as much as the other things I had going on in my life during that time - winding up the work year, holiday planning, playing video games, and spending time with family and loved ones. <BR> <BR> I'm not making excuses; it's just that I didn't feel right updating here when I really didn't give a sht about my heal... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 10:28:21 EST Jenn Vs. Halloween Candy As most of you are aware, the day after Halloween means stores are desperate to clear their shelves to make room for Christmas inventory, slashing their prices on leftover candy so low that they're practically GIVING it away. <BR> <BR> When I saw $6.99 bags of candy on sale now for a buck a bag, I gave a little internal squeal of glee and grabbed four bags of the "good" mixes: Tootsie rolls, Reese's Pieces, KitKats, Aeros, Coffee Crisps, Double Bubble gum - and all other kinds of deliciousn... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 13:50:32 EST Soon = Now. It's been a long time since I was last active here on SP... and okay, I'll admit, active in life in general. <BR> <BR> I've been logging in here on SP quietly on almost a weekly basis, with intentions of announcing my return and plans for getting back on track "soon"... and though I'd click around and catch a few glimmers of inspiration from other people working so hard on achieving their weight loss and fitness goals, I'd usually log out just as quietly as I'd logged in, not yet willing to ... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 16:19:26 EST Video: The Importance of Stretching I've been doing a lot of walking lately and because I haven't done it consistently in so long, my legs are in shock and get sore and stiff. To settle them down, I was doing some leg-stretches this morning behind my desk and a colleague came up and asked me what I was doing. When I told her that I was soothing sore muscles, she recommended I watch the following video, which gives a lesson on the importance of movement and stretching to maintain the sliding properties of tissues in the body. <B... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 11:15:05 EST Back In Action It's been far too long since my last blog entry! I never mean to let so much time pass between what I consider "significant" updates, but lack of motivation/inspiration certainly didn't help. I've been logging in almost every day, but spinning the wheel and a half-hearted scroll through the Friend Feed has been pretty much the extent of most of my visits. <BR> <BR> I never feel right coming here unless I'm making a genuine effort toward healthier living, which definitely hasn't been the cas... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 09:48:33 EST Feels Like Home Time for some housekeeping; something I've been meaning to do for a while now: get a little more up close and personal with my SparkPage. <BR> <BR> In case you hadn't noticed, I've tried to keep my updates here on SP almost strictly business - pounds lost/gained, exercise done/not done, goals achieved/planned, measurements... it's felt like more of a track record of wishful thinking and numbers report than an update as to how I'm ACTUALLY doing in all areas of my life. <BR> <BR> I've realiz... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 10:15:08 EST Resolutions I, Jennifer Michelle K******, pledge to achieve the following by December 31, 2013: <BR> <BR> 1. Be back in ONEderland (29 lbs to lose; goal weight: 199 lbs or less) <BR> <BR> 2. Have $2000 in my Savings account ($1400 left to go!) <BR> <BR> 3. Complete the C25K program (aka run a 5K) Tue, 15 Jan 2013 10:29:27 EST Five (okay, six) pounds down! <img src=""> <BR> First Five Pounds Gone! <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> I hopped on the scale this morning for my regular Thursday weigh-in and was thrilled to see a report 224 lbs, meaning I've lost six pounds since I (re)started my weight loss journey at 230 earlier this month. How awesome is that?! I'm so pumped! <BR> <BR> I'm focusing on and celebrating losing weight in 5-lb increments instead of looking at the "big picture" ultimate go... Thu, 22 Nov 2012 10:54:37 EST Weighing In, Measuring Up Even though I'm pretty early into my (re-started) weight loss efforts, I don't think I'm going to have a problem sticking with my Monday & Thursday weigh-ins and mid-month measurements. <BR> <BR> November Mid-Month Measurements: <BR> Neck: 14" <BR> Left Upper Arm: 13" <BR> Bust: 43" <BR> Waist: 39" <BR> Hips: 50" <BR> Left Thigh: 30" <BR> Left Calf: 17" <BR> <BR> Taking photos along the way keeps me extra accountable. For my weekly weigh-ins, I snap a picture of the numbers on the scale an... Thu, 15 Nov 2012 10:01:21 EST Candy Christmas Sleighs It has to be said.. I have a serious weakness for sweet treats. I'm a bottomless pit when it comes to all things sugary and delicious. If I'm left unattended with unlimited access to a dessert tray or candy dish, I can almost guarantee that I will continue eating until it's all gone - even if it might take me a few sittings to polish off. <BR> <BR> Sugar is my worst addiction when it comes to getting healthy - a single taste of it can (and will) kickstart three days' worth of insatiable cra... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 09:41:26 EST Taking Action I've been unmotivated, uninspired, and incredibly lazy for MONTHS (probably closer to a year, in fact). My desire to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle never left my mind, but I wasn't doing a damn thing about it. I kept telling myself that losing weight and my health was important to me, but haven't been important enough for me to actually DO something about it. <BR> <BR> I recently came across a book at my local library that's renewed my inspiration and determination to get back on... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 10:34:33 EST Starting Over (Yet Again) As several of my SparkFriends have noticed, I haven't been around or updated much since around October of last year when I fell off my "Healthy Eating & Active Living" wagon and never really got back on. I had a few days and weeks during which I felt inspired to get back on track, but kept finding myself slipping right back into old habits and letting my long-term weight loss and fitness goals fade into the background. Even though it sounds awful (and feels doubly so just admitting it on a si... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 18:22:10 EST Someone Cared Enough I make an effort to ensure that gratitude is always present in my life. I review my many blessings on a regular basis and express a heartfelt appreciation for the wonderful objects or experiences I have in my life. Recently, I've noticed that almost all of my positive reflections have been preceded with the sentence "Someone Cared Enough". <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Gazing and contemplating the beauty of my engagement ring & wedding band: "Someone cared enough about me to want to spend the res... Fri, 18 May 2012 13:44:11 EST Back On Track So here I am, just four days shy of my 1-year Sparkversary and I've made no progress on the weight loss front. In fact, right now I'm actually ABOVE last year's starting weight by 20 lbs, weighing in at 214.5 this morning vice last year's 193. I'm not proud of myself. <BR> <BR> Of course, I have an arsenal of excuses as to why I let myself slack off, including: <BR> <em>42</em> My new full-time day job isn't in as "safe" an area, so I'm not as comfortable going for walks during my breaks <B... Mon, 14 May 2012 10:43:24 EST