JENNY160's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JENNY160 JENNY160'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/ Brunch on my 'first day back' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5415580 I cannot say that I have not been cognizant of my eating lately. I am fully aware of what I have been eating. I've been eating crap. And lots of it. I make these plans while I'm driving home that I will make something yummy and nutritious like veggie soup with nutritional yeast (if you haven't tried this stuff, DO, cuz it rocks!), have it with a slice of light bread for mopping the bowl, and then indulge in some strawberries and blueberries with yogurt for dessert. Then I get home and pi... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 13:25:25 EST Droppin' it Low http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5382705 When you are 230 lbs and haven't been on a bicycle in 15 years, and you start riding the stationary bike at the gym for 15-30 minutes at a time, you realize there is more than one way to interpret "feel the burn". <BR> <BR> Ouch. <BR> <BR> I believe that there *has* to be a market for a bike seat shaped like a catcher's mitt that provides support for the circumference of the apple-bottomed riders, rather than the pin-point support felt by Ms. Ladybits and her backyard neighbor that is curre... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 18:39:40 EST "Bikeless Cyclist," or "No, I Did Not Get a Donut". http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5367810 I was driving into the HyVee (a grocery store) parking lot one early evening, and I saw a very large group of people gathered with their bicycles (some outfitted with saddlebags) on the huge, plush, shaded grassy side lawn next to the liquor department. They looked as if they were having a grand ol' time, laughing, kicked back, some lying on the grass, some drinking what looked like beer in bottles, most dressed in cyclist's gear. It looked like the beginning or ending of a very nice day of... Sat, 25 May 2013 18:40:18 EST Even the pasta went green http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5313911 There is a division within my household when it comes to food. Three years ago, I decided to try a vegan diet. After about two months, I found myself becoming dissatisfied and craving cheese and salmon. So I decided to "go pescatarian". Three years later, I am still living the pescatarian lifestyle. <BR> <BR> To my family, this translates as "greens and tofu". Or in other words, "Ick." <BR> (Note that I have not eaten tofu for months, but no one seems to notice that). <BR> <BR> So a f... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 19:04:13 EST My problem appears to be electricity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5285944 On a more serious note (and contrary to my last blog, I take the need to aid (dare I say, cure) those with Alzheimer's very seriously), I *am* starting to worry about my memory issues. I find myself borderline ADHD lately--easily-distracted focus, short attention span, "flitting" about from task to task leaving most incomplete. And my OCD tendencies are at odds with that because it drives me crazy to leave anything unfinished. And then I find myself suddenly 'drawing a blank' as to what I... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 23:39:50 EST Yes, I KNOW I'm getting older... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5285929 What's with all the Alzheimer's ads that pop up while I'm surfing on this site? I'm starting to get a little paranoid. Are they trying to tell me something? Rude. <BR> <BR> Now what was I saying? Wed, 13 Mar 2013 23:23:36 EST Intervention http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5270189 The job I have on Saturdays usually keeps me pretty busy, and I don't have a lot of time to go grazing for food. Unfortunately, there are those few good-hearted people who feel the need to buy or cook a treat for the Saturday "crew" and leave boxes of Girl Scout cookies, or a dozen of day-olds (see blog from 2/2/13), or home-made cookies in the break room. Oh, and of course, the master-planner of office design thought it would be a good idea to put all of the printers in the break room so y... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 19:41:46 EST Right turn only http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5252853 Wow. I just did a little playing with the charting features of the website, and I charted my weight over three years (Feb 2010 'til now). Those first six months I was killin' it. Lost 53 lbs. Then what happened? little ups with even smaller little downs, up down up down up down...until I am right where I am--still 20 lbs less than my starting weight, but 33 lbs heavier than I was in August of 2010. <BR> <BR> That was a painful slap for this curious little cat. <BR> <BR> But a necessa... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 17:32:29 EST donuts and water http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5234835 Yeah, let's just say that today was not a sterling day for me in terms of will power, good choices, and staying within my calorie count. <BR> <BR> My sticky fingers are making a mess of the keyboard as I type. <BR> <BR> Jelly and custard-filled pastries. Evil concoctions from He!!. But so sweet. So innocent-looking. Sooo d e l i c i o u s. <BR> <BR> I fell off the wagon so hard today that I think I broke my a$$. <BR> <BR> But I drank my 10 glasses of water. That off-sets a 3000 c... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 19:40:46 EST Lunch-- it's not for sissies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5222343 Ok, for those of you with a weak, or easily-offended, constitution, look away. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a doozy for me. <BR> <BR> I was eating healthfully, making good choices (or so I thought), and had a big ol' bowl of an aseptic-packaged soup I got at Whole Foods. Gran Farro e Fagioli by Fig Food Co. It was kinda bland, but had an ok flavor, so I polished it off with a small veggie sandwich made with high-fiber bread. <BR> <BR> Halfway through the afternoon, I started feeling...*unc... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 22:42:28 EST DH's Master Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5209155 I did NOT want to work out tonight, but DH texted me he was on the way to the gym. I cannot let him regret getting that gym membership by my bailing on him, so I went. His plan to get me back into the gym consistently is working, and I think he's pretty proud of that. I'm okay with his being right this *one* time. <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I did 18 minutes on the treadmill, 18 minutes on the elliptical, and 18 minutes on the bike. Not bad for someone who didn't even wanna go. Tue, 15 Jan 2013 22:15:08 EST PF and DH http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5203943 DH has accompanied me to PF 3 times this week. He has been especially motivating and supportive. Cross your fingers that this continues. If it doesn't, though, I will go on my own. I feel the need. <BR> <BR> Although my cravings for naughty stuff like chocolate cake with fudge frosting have not decreased, my caving to them has, and my mood has been better. <BR> <BR> No weight lost yet. Will reward myself immediately with a massage the moment the scale downshifts 5 lbs. <BR> <BR> Gon... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 17:31:54 EST Starting the new year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5191972 I made it through the holidays gaining/losing about the same amount, so there is no remorseful, New Year's damage control to be done, thank goodness. I did, however, enter into a depressed state like one I have never experienced before this past holiday season. Lots on my plate. Tons to sort out. The inside had become messier than the outside (which I have been neglecting for a long time), and it was just not something I could handle. And to have it happen during my favorite holiday seas... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 18:08:47 EST My glass is half full, but my plate is completely full, thank you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5149722 The universe has such balancing properties. My surgery was very successful, even to the point of not even needing any pain medication afterward. My return to ambulation was fast, and my insurance deductible was already met, so the surgery cost was pretty minimal. <BR> <BR> However, I had some pretty crappy news yesterday--development of a blood clot in my surgery leg. I have to give myself shots in the stomach 2x/day for 5 days, will have to go on blood thinners, and ongoing constant mo... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 17:03:03 EST Surgery, sleep, water, gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5144325 The arthroscopic surgery went well, no nausea, very little pain, and I am (cautiously) walking around without aid of crutches or cane. I'm not driving yet since I drive a stick shift and need both legs to be working well, so I missed all the Black Friday sales. BUT I saved a lot of money since I didn't shop the Black Friday sales. Glass half full and all. <BR> <BR> I have been using the down time to catch up on sleep. I had no idea how sleep deprived I have been. <BR> <BR> Maybe that ha... Fri, 23 Nov 2012 14:52:36 EST Goals goals goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5139837 Not sure how it is possible to be nit-picky and OCD about the cleanliness of 98% of the house, yet let my bedroom, closet, and bathroom look like an episode of "Hoarders". I finally snapped and started purging/cleaning my bathroom today. It has been hours and I'm only halfway done. How could I have let it get so bad? I have missed my tub so much! (I have a separate shower that is accessible). <BR> <BR> The goal is to have the bathroom done tonight and the bedroom done tomorrow so I can c... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 22:47:21 EST This was *not* on my birthday list! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5134482 I found out today that my knee pain from yesterday and the day before is another torn meniscus. Now I have MMT in BOTH knees! I was scheduled for surgery for the left one for the 20th. Now I don't know what the plan is, because I have to have one good leg for getting around after the surgery. <BR> <BR> Saturday I was joking with my mom that I was going to write "NO!" on my good leg so they operated on the correct leg. Guess now I can write, "Take your pick," or, "whichever". <BR> <BR> J... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 20:40:33 EST Zzzzz http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5128910 I am just going to complain for one paragraph. Then I will have it out, purged, and let the Universe deal with it. <BR> <BR> Tuesday, on the way to vote, a deer rammed into the side of my car scaring the the bejesus out of me and almost caused me to slam into the ditch. I was pretty proud of my driving in that I maintained control and got it back on the road quickly without losing control. The sideview mirror is gone, both side doors are smooshed in (driver's door has a chest dent, back d... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 21:29:25 EST Venison is not on the menu http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5126796 For the 2nd time this year, my car and I have had a run-in with a deer. I have been lucky that I have come through unharmed both times and have been spared the agony of actually finding the injured deer in pain or dead on the road. Both times, the deer has been nowhere to be found. I bawled like a baby anyway. <BR> <BR> This second time, tonight, the deer slammed into my driver's side window/door. As if she were attacking my car like a ram or something. I know she wasn't. She was simply... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 00:56:35 EST Gak. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5113015 Just tracked my calories for today. <BR> <BR> O. <BR> M. <BR> G. <BR> <BR> You know when you come home, and your dog is sitting in the middle of the garbage-strewn kitchen with his head hanging, and his apologetic puppy eyes fixed on you, waiting for the inevitable, "Bad dog!"? <BR> <BR> Well... <BR> <BR> Guess who blindly wolfed her way through close to 3000 calories without batting an eyelash today? <BR> <BR> Whipping through a chocolate brownie and an icy mocha like a dog tossing tras... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 22:17:43 EST If a tree falls in the forest... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5106171 So... <BR> if you stay within your calorie budget for the day, <BR> but all the calories were high-fat, high-sugar *CRAP* calories, <BR> does that count as a "good" day or a "bad" day? <BR> <BR> Hmmmmmm Sat, 20 Oct 2012 15:41:34 EST Just thinking out loud here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5105149 Gonna end the 4-day, no-workout "streak" tonight. I have a personal training session lined up, and I am committed to doing an additional hour of cardio throughout the day. Stayed late at work yesterday, came in early today, have worked over the lunch hour thus far, and have my laptop packed with work I can do from home this weekend on my *one* day off between the 2 jobs so I can leave a smidge early today. That way I can go straight to the gym and get everything in before they close (the g... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 16:10:40 EST Conflicting internal messages http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5103184 It has been 3 days since I worked out. A streak I am not pleased with. I post my status as being headed to the gym, and then something distracts me or tempts me away from what I know will make me feel good after feeling temporarily uncomfortable. My gymbag is in the car. I drive to the gym. I turn off the car in the parking lot. But before I get out, something has been making me change my mind. I tell myself I'll just work out at home. That way I can do laundry at the same time. Or ... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 23:37:43 EST Counter Cats http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5100365 A friend sent this to me. Cracked me up. We've all met one. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l454942043.jpg"> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 19:19:02 EST Interior Decorating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5093119 Messages from the environment, my car, my coworkers, my mother, my cats, and my gastrointestinal track have all brought me to the conclusion that my life (emotionally and physically) has too much going on, too much "clutter", to run both efficiently and pleasurably. <BR> <BR> Time to start eliminating. <BR> <BR> Editing. <BR> <BR> Like re-decorating a room, I need to remove everything and add things back one item at a time. <BR> <BR> This might take awhile. Tue, 9 Oct 2012 19:44:48 EST Error Message: An error has occurred http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5089195 On my way to work this morning, I notice that the screen of my phone appears to be different. All of my icons are in different places, and some are missing. Uh oh. That can't be good. <BR> <BR> [instant queasiness] <BR> <BR> I pull into Starbuck's lot and turn the phone off. Then back on again. No change. Take the battery out. Wait 30 seconds. Put it back in. The insolent little icons refuse to go back to their places. So I sit there in my car, in the Starbuck's parking lot, stari... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 17:42:09 EST If ya can't pronounce it, best not to eat it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5087189 From this past week of bad food choices and the ensuing gastrointestinal, mood, and bloat issues I am experiencing, I am reminded that "garbage in = garbage out". <BR> <BR> I feel icky. Thu, 4 Oct 2012 22:27:54 EST Push, don't pull http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5076539 Two things I have never been able to do, even at my high school weight of 150 lbs: full pushups (hands and toes, not hands and knees), and pull ups. <BR> <BR> I had an hour personal training session today, and my trainer gave me my first superset to do in the hour. One of the exercises of that superset was pushups on the BOSU. I have always done pushups (both regular and BOSU) on my hands and knees. <BR> <BR> It came time for the BOSU pushups, and as I got into the hands-and-knees pos... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 00:35:59 EST Training, maintaining, and fear of gaining http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5063691 I am really having difficulty wrapping my head around a situation that I will face in November. I am having a torn meniscus "cleaned up" in my knee through arthroscopic surgery in November, and my physician said I would need to not exercise on it for a month. I have such fear welling in me because of that. A month "off' may quash any habit of exercise that I have taken years to establish. I am freaking out over this. <BR> <BR> In early 2010, I started exercising regularly, and I added ... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 18:13:18 EST Jenny vs MegaFan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5059855 Helicopter-blade-sized MegaFan-- you don't know who you're dealing with. <BR> <BR> I came. <BR> <BR> I conquered. <BR> <BR> I won. <BR> <BR> <BR> Bite me. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l425880907.jpg"> Sat, 15 Sep 2012 00:00:23 EST Just a coupla more sweaty entries http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5054581 Ok, so I finally managed to work so hard I maintained a drippy ring of sweat, even with the "helicopter fans" in full rotor! A woman in the locker room laughed as I frantically tried to capture the "effort" with my cameraphone (she knew the backstory), and I swear, one minute into cooldown the ring had *vanished*. [Hmmm... seeing a new way to save electricity on laundry day]. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l985588493.jpg"> <BR> <BR> At another facility I hearkened ... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 14:32:02 EST Cats and Dogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5040584 As I commented on a Sparkfriend’s blog earlier today, date nights are a food pitfall for me. My DH loves Chinese food and restaurants that specialize in comfort food (translation--high fat and high calorie), and he rarely exercises any more. Our date nights have basically become excuses to eat out. It also seems as if this has become our only “together time”. <BR> <BR> I miss the dates where we went to the gym together, whipped up experiments in the kitchen and snuggled into the comfy ch... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 22:35:31 EST Stupid Mega-Fan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5036799 Sooo I was working out for the first time in a new gym that I joined the other day (I'm a member of 3--can anyone say *excess*?), and I realized that, after 45 minutes, I still was not producing a sweat-ring. I checked my HRM, and I was at 140+. I could *feel* the sweat trickling down past my ears, but nothing was accumulating on my shirt. Wha...? <BR> <BR> That's when I realized that this new gym has three HUGE, helicoptor-blade-sized fans on the ceiling. I switched treadmills three tim... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 23:43:59 EST She's 23, I'm 47, and the legs are 72 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5030880 I believe that there is an athlete inside me. I'm not talking about the transformation from sedentary to active person due to living more mindfully. Fitness has increased, no doubt. But this feeling is different. I swear there is an athlete inside me. She dances. And runs. Man, can she ever run. <BR> <BR> Each time I watch a show where there is ballroom dancing, I realize sometime during the show that my upper body, specifically shoulders, neck, head, and hips are oriented in the posi... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 19:42:00 EST Butt-sweat and other gems http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5027201 I am slacking in my effort pics, but I keep forgetting to find a mirror immediately after working out. By the time I get home, the ring has diminished significantly and looks like I barely did anything. So here is my pic from Monday. The sweat on the back actually encompassed both shoulders and went down into my shorts. Couldn't get a pic of it (I'm not that bendy), and frankly, it would have been a bit too graphic/gross to post. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l44... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 00:12:30 EST Ewww... TMI... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5010379 I've created a new folder in the picture file on my computer. They are not "before" or "after" pics. They are not evidence of how far I've come or me in the new dress I can slink into. (Those will be forthcoming, trust me). These are going to be "effort pics". Badges of honor that I will combine into the biggest sweat collage ever. <BR> <BR> This is today's: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l100298852.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's the result of the second round of wor... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 23:37:25 EST My gold sticker fetish http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4995686 When I first joined Sparkpeople.com, I thought it was funny that you got little points, rewards, and "trophies" from Sparkpeople for various accomplishments. For reading articles. For logging food. For simply drinking water. I didn't think it was much of a motivator for me. But then I found myself reading articles just to rack up some points. To graduate to the next Sparklevel. Logging on just to spin the wheel and taking the quizzes to see if I could get enough points in one day to ge... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 01:27:31 EST Vegas and excess http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4980951 Went to Vegas this past week and assumed I would not make the best choices in terms of food and alcohol during my stay. But hey, this is Vegas, right? Who really makes good choices while they're here? I had to have that attitude or the guilt would have ruined the trip for me. <BR> <BR> In reality, I really didn't do THAT badly. Gained about a pound by eating some pretty decadent food and sipping on a variety of calorie-laden adult drinks. I am not one to drink my calories, but if you ev... Sat, 21 Jul 2012 21:06:18 EST Inside Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4950608 I have been inside all day. Time to get out. it's hot and sticky out there, but it is OUTSIDE. Sometimes ya just have to be outside. And I am not an outside kind of gal, so there is a STRONG urge at work here! <BR> <BR> I'll probably be back, dripping sweat, ready to be enveloped by the glory of air conditioning, but at least for a brief stint, I will have been an "outside" person. Gotta flex the comfort zone once in a while, right? <BR> <BR> Maybe I'll be an outside person as long as ... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 16:41:45 EST Irony http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4948202 I find it ironic that I have spent more than 2 hours sitting on my bell-bottomed-butt, cruising around SparkPeople webpages, reading about activity, writing about activity, and being, for the most part, completely inactive. <BR> <BR> Well, SparkFriends, tatafornow as I lace up my shoes and hit the pavement for a bit of a walk. I've gotten inspiration from your posts, and now I'm going to put it to good use! Fri, 29 Jun 2012 20:52:22 EST Have you seen a 47 year old fish? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4939697 I started doing weekly workouts in the pool and decided it was time to learn how to swim (crawl style) and breathe at the same time. I've been a backstroke-swimmer or doggie-paddle-swimmer all of my life because of this inability to front crawl and breathe at the same time. But frankly, it became too embarrassing to be 47 years old and have to swim like this: stroke stroke stroke stroke (swallow pool water) gasp wheeze cough sputter, stroke stroke stroke stroke... Soooo I finally learned t... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 02:36:51 EST 1500 calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4866381 Mid-afternoon yesterday I had the feeling that my eating had been horrible, and I was bumming because of how few calories I thought I had left for the day. I knew I would go over calories because I was not going to make it wthout eating for the rest of the day. My co-worker, who knows I tally online, said, "Go enter your foods. It will make you feel better. I think you'll be surprised." So I did. <BR> <BR> Lo and behold, I was on track for protein, carbs, fats, etc., AND I had a whopp... Fri, 4 May 2012 13:23:28 EST Quoting others http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4585847 I have run across a number of quotes lately that have inspired me. These were all found at, of all places, a quilt show at our botanical gardens last Friday. <BR> <BR> “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom”. --Anaïs Nin. <BR> <BR> "Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full ... Tue, 15 Nov 2011 17:28:33 EST Mysterious change in behavior http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4496822 Each time I have been successful with behavior change and weight loss I had a certain "feeling" that I have never been able to identify. It is an ease and contentment that leads to doing what I need to do when I need to do it. The first time I lost any significant amount of weight, I remember the feeling of the "off" button being pushed while I was eating. I would be eating, and then I would feel this desire to stop eating. Simply like an "off" button had been pushed. My friend described... Wed, 21 Sep 2011 13:33:31 EST Fall is my favorite season http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3604544 I have had a two-month period of fluctuations that only recently gave way to me falling below 200 lbs. I am still wavering slightly above and below 200, but getting under 210 was a chore. A depressing, irritating, CHORE. Then the weather broke. I could feel fall in the air. It wasn't cold. It wasn't chilly. Leaves aren't turning yet. It was a feeling and a smell. As I got into my car a week or so ago, the air felt different, and there was a beautiful fall smell in the air. My outloo... Fri, 3 Sep 2010 16:53:41 EST Whoosh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3307274 There is absolutely nothing like the feeling of being able to pull down your pants without unzipping them! YEEHAH!!! 36 lbs gone! The gym is habit now, and I feel like a slug when I skip two days in a row (I am regularly going 5 times per week). I had a coupon at Lane Bryant, so instead of buying 4 pair of shorts in my new size (starting size 22, now down to a loose 18), I bought two pair in 16 and 2 pair in 14. Along with the clothes I already had from way back when I was around 175-18... Sun, 6 Jun 2010 20:58:52 EST Orlando http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2963340 Orlando turned out to be cold and rainy when I went down, so I didn't need any warm-weather clothes in a larger size. That was nice to not have to buy new clothes in a BIGGER size! Anyhoosie, I dropped a few lbs before I went, but gained them back while I was there. I didn't stick to a plan or anything. Kinda just ate when and what I wanted for 4 days, and (no surprise) felt kind of blobby by the time I came home. I've been to the gym twice since I came back Tuesday night, and I feel bet... Fri, 5 Mar 2010 18:15:27 EST Time to add the movement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2852429 I've dropped 6.something lbs in the past 10 days or so, and I should be content with that, but I know it's probably mostly water weight. It's time to add some movement into the routine. Get my 10 minutes in three times a day. Walk around the neighborhood for 30 minutes. Something. Anything. Just gotta get started so I can make it a habit. Maybe I'll start with running errands, parking far away, and making a lap around the store before starting the actual errand. <BR> <BR> It's three ... Sun, 7 Feb 2010 14:28:02 EST Vegetarian is not always the way to go... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2814514 I can only go to Subway for a sandwich for lunch so many times before I'm ready for a change... <BR> <BR> I thought I was making a good choice for lunch today, getting the Panera Bread Mediterranean Veggie sandwich, but OMG it has a lot of calories! I had to settle for eating only 1/2 of the sandwich for lunch and eating the 2nd half for dinner just to rationalize the calorie count (610!) Dang! <BR> <BR> I knew I was being bad by getting the icy mocha to drink (although making it better ... Fri, 29 Jan 2010 19:20:33 EST Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2782646 Although those who love you say it's what's on the inside that counts, I truly believe that changes on the outside can help encourage the positive within you. <BR> <BR> I had been getting lazy with my outsides recently with the rationale that I didn't have enough time to do this or that (like apply makeup or put together a professional-looking outfit), opting to be "ugly" to be able to spend more time doing something fun. Unfortunately, the "fun" never really manifested, and I just ended ... Fri, 22 Jan 2010 16:05:21 EST