JESSICA2140's SparkPeople Blog JESSICA2140's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community site!! I'm stoked! Found this site today while playing on AOL...they have some REALLY good "use this instead of this" types of recipes. They also have a bunch of "sneaky" recipes, if you have problems getting your kids (or yourself) to eat their veggies! Check it out! <link> </link> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 15:53:19 EST Progress on Breaking Bad Part 1 Have not eaten out since Monday. Feeling pretty good about this, though I do have plans to eat out tomorrow night. It will not be a perfect week for keeping up this streak,'s our Valentine's Day dinner, so I've decided that the date night connection is more important than not breaking this streak. Plan to eat as well as I can, and do a little extra cardio that day to make up for it. <BR> <BR> The eating in bed thing is actually harder to break than I thought. I not only still cr... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 14:05:26 EST Breaking Bad Part 1 Quick blog... <BR> <BR> In analyzing the worst of my most recent counterproductive bad habits, here are the worsties of the bunch: <BR> 1. Eating in Bed. Yes...laziness. It is so much easier to lie in bed and eat then to get up and sit in the dining room. Worst part of all of this (aside from the very obvious LAAAAZY factor) that much like Pavlov's dog, I now get hungry every night when lying down in bed. Bad, bad habit. Breaking pretty easily...there is no good reason for eating ... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 18:35:11 EST From the mouths of babes... "The King of the Dinosaurs was T-Rex, and he was rude because he ate his friends!" <BR> ---Casey, Age 5 <BR> <BR> This morning on the way to school, we had a long involved conversation about dinosaurs and why they no longer exist. The meteor, the ice age, etc. Which evolved into a conversation about the dino lifestyle (Why didn't they just go home and put on their jackets? What color was the King of the Dinosaurs big chair?"). Which evolved into a conversation about dinosaur heaven ("Tha... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 09:36:10 EST Found it! This might be a premature blog, but I think I've found my enthusiasm for healthy living again! It's only been about 2 weeks, and I've only been using SP for about three days this time, but I'm feeling good about logging on and participating again! <BR> <BR> To state it simply, I burned out on using this website AND the healthy lifestyle back in April, but kept trying to drag myself along any way. It didn't work. Without the enjoyment, it was just a chore, and I tend to invent excuses to g... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 10:04:59 EST Brewer's Yeast and Garlic exctract for dogs...anyone heard of this? Long story short, giant dog, many fleas, Advantage not working. I was told by someone that you can give them a little Brewer's Yeast and/or Garlic extract, and it naturally repels the fleas. Has anyone tried this? Does it work? Or waste of $9 in supplements? Fri, 1 Feb 2013 13:03:39 EST Sharing the Insanity I have big plans to buy 75 packages of Butterball Turkey bacon on Thursday. It is entirely excessive, but it's only going to cost .25 per package...and I can't say no. I think I've finally passed the point of no return between being a couponer, and a crazy coupon lady. <BR> <BR> For the record, I'm doing this with full knowledge that it is insane...but it's SO cheap, I have a giant freezer, and my family will use this much bacon in the next 3-6 months if we have it on hand. <BR> <BR> J... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 13:05:48 EST Stupid Inconsistent Clothing Sizing...A RANT!!! So...I have been fitting very nicely into 18's these days (dresses, skirts, pants). It has been a "thrill" for me to be "back into the teens"...I feel like it's a safety net of sorts. In an 18, I finally feel like I have OPTIONS again! I can shop at most stores, choose clothing because I like it (not just because it fits), and (worst case scenario) if I gain a few pounds for some reason, size 20's are pretty easy to find too!! I can't describe how GOOD it feels to shop freely again!! Thi... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 11:12:04 EST Can someone please tell me why I thought it was a good idea? I've "kind of" rejoined the workforce this summer. <BR> <BR> My husband's business doing the best that it has since the economy went to poop 5 years ago...which is awesome. Which also means that he's been getting slammed with "extra" work (repairs and such), which is not so awesome. Don't get me is always a good thing. BUT...our employees are already pretty much maxed out with their regular routes, and aren't really available to pick up my Hub's slack while he's off doing th... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 16:04:55 EST Quick Disney Recap I will admit it. I am a bigger kid than my actual kids. :) <BR> <BR> We had our yearly "free" Disney trip this weekend, and it was the highlight of my summer!! My youngest brother works at Disney while attending college, and some of the employee perks are that they get 6 free park hopper tickets for friends and family every year, 60% off hotel rooms, and 20% discounts on food and some gift shops. So it is not TOTALLY free, but pretty darn close!! <BR> <BR> This year, we stayed at the ne... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 13:46:29 EST What is the right word for it?? Trying to figure out the appropriate terminology for describing the action of getting smaller than your clothing. Growing out of suggests gaining, which creates confusion when talking to people. Undergrowing your clothing sounds like you are some sort of root vegetable. Downsizing is a term I kind of like, but it suggest that you've lost your job or something and confuses people... <BR> <BR> SO...any takers?? How do you describe getting smaller than your clothing?? Fri, 27 Jul 2012 12:15:17 EST A quick synopsis of my AWOL adventure I'm not going to get too deeply into the details, because I'd be typing a novel, but quickly stated, I needed a break. Not from eating well and exercising, but from SP in general. I hit a point with this website wherein I was spending 1-3 hours every day on this site, and it was cutting too deeply into my family/social/professional life. It stopped being fun and turned into a chore. SOOO...I took a break. It was only supposed to be for a month, but when my month ended, I still wasn't rea... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 09:36:53 EST WUB--M2WE, Week 3 (Late) It's late...but I feel it's important so I'm doing one anyway! :) <BR> <BR> 1. Log Food--Done...but was a HUGE struggle this week. This would have been a giant fail if it were not for my "emergency" notebook. Not a lot of computer time to be had this week, and there is no way in heck I could have remembered everything without it! <BR> <BR> 2. Calorie Cycling--FAIL. After the "eat what I have time to grab" week I had last week, I found myself craving protein like a crazy person on Mond... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 08:45:38 EST Perfection A Sparkfriend shared this blog with me earlier today...and I had to blog about it too. :) Because this blog is THAT good! (Thank you Joeykttn for sharing!!) <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> And just in case that link doesn't work, here is the "manual". <BR> <BR> <BR> /04/chasing-perfection-is-low-as-one-c <BR> an-go.html <BR> <BR> I'd LOVE to give credit to the author, but I can't find her actual name on ... Thu, 12 Apr 2012 15:58:51 EST Cadbury Eggs. Those little bastards are my kryptonite. Seriously. I wait all year for Easter ONLY because I get Cadbury Eggs. Darn my advanced couponing skills...I ended up with 20 of them this year...for free. So YAY for anything I get for free, but couldn't it have been rice cakes or baby carrots?? :) I LIKE other candy...a fresh Peep, jelly beans, various chocolate eggs...but I can walk away from them. I'm fairly certain that Cadbury's secret ingredient is crack, and I'm reporting them to the FDA... Mon, 9 Apr 2012 13:58:36 EST Busy, Busy, Busy week! And thank God it is over!! <BR> <BR> I don't think my glutes touched a chair (unless you count the driver's seat in my Hummer) all week!! Between the normal management of my family/home, I also had to get ready for Easter (put up decorations and "extra" clean), help my church get ready for/set up the Children's Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday (which took up most of my non-gym free time this week), FINALLY took care of the mountain of mending I've been putting off for weeks (who am I kidding...s... Sun, 8 Apr 2012 16:25:57 EST WUB 1. Log food...check! <BR> 2. Calorie Cycle to SP max---check! <BR> 3. Running--check, check, and check! I've been a running fool this week! <BR> 4. Enjoy the ride--EXTRA check! <BR> <BR> Overall...great, though insanely busy, week!! Sat, 7 Apr 2012 21:25:22 EST Freedom!! Can I tell everyone how AMAZING I feel this week? It's not a new diet or a's freedom!! Freedom from the GD scale!!!! <BR> <BR> I have been driving myself insane for 4 months about the plateau...for no good reason. During this plateau, I have been steadily losing inches...which is a fine measurement of success, but I just couldn't see it that way. I have been SOOOO hung up on the stupid scale that I wasn't taking the time to ENJOY the positive NSV's I've been racking up! ... Thu, 5 Apr 2012 15:43:35 EST Because strong is the new skinny. I giggled with glee when I read that one in SP's article "100 reasons you should work out today". It couldn't have stated my mindset of the moment more perfectly!! <BR> <BR> I came to grips YEARS ago with the fact that I will never be "skinny". I'm just not built that way. I am descended from very sturdy German farmers, and my body reflects that. I'm tall, large framed, and "naturally" muscular...a waif, I will never be. But what I've recently learned to that I can be STRONG. ... Wed, 4 Apr 2012 14:19:52 EST A huge step towards feeling comforatable in my skin I've had several "aha" realizations this week, and I want to record them in a blog for my own record. <BR> <BR> This time last year: <BR> <BR> 1. This time last year, I couldn't walk to the mailbox without getting winded. <BR> <BR> 2. This time last year, I wasn't sleeping for more than 4 hours a day, at least 4 days of the week. <BR> <BR> 3. This time last year, I drank nothing but diet soda and juice. <BR> <BR> 4. This time last year, I ate at least 80% of my meals outside of the h... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 14:29:39 EST April Goals (M2W) 1. Log food everyday. <BR> <BR> 2. Calorie cycle to my max calories, taking into consideration the 2500-3000 cals I burn per day with exercise. <BR> <BR> 3. Work on improving my running again. I've been a giant slacker with this in the last month. Shooting for at least a day of endurance intervals, a day of speed intervals, and a straight 5k once a week. <BR> <BR> 4. Continue my ongoing efforts to NOT obsess about the scale, but instead enjoy the ride. :) Sun, 1 Apr 2012 15:35:03 EST Fear. I just weighed myself for the first time in two weeks. Here's a "shock"...still holding strong at 281. Really. :P How I've grown to loathe the 280's. <BR> <BR> In the last month, as many of you know, I've had some pretty serious issues with my marriage, which led to some pretty serious issues with life in general, and resulted in my taking a lot of time off from SP. Not from eating well and exercising, but from logging my food and interacting much on here. "Time Saving", I guess. It... Sat, 31 Mar 2012 09:10:49 EST The check is in the mail. (advice appreciated) A fellow sparker told me that a few months ago when I was having a plateau related temper tantrum, and it's become my mantra. I even have a little song about it that I sing to myself when I'm working out... (to the tune of "the farmer in the dell") <BR> <BR> The check is in the mail. <BR> My efforts will not fail. <BR> This plateau will be ending soon <BR> The check is in the mail. <BR> <BR> A little silly, yes...but most of the things that keep me sane usually are. :) <BR> <BR> But I've... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 14:13:42 EST The spit test results are in! Adrenal Insufficiency!! Woo!! <BR> <BR> I guess it's a little weird to be excited about this, but it feels REALLY good to finally have a diagnosis/explanation!! <BR> <BR> Long story short, I did a 24 hour saliva test for this about a month ago. It involved swabbing my spit every 2 hours for a day (only during waking hours) and putting it in a little tube in the fridge. Completely uncomplicated, though gross. I took the little tubes to the lab the next day...done. I got the call this af... Thu, 22 Mar 2012 15:24:23 EST Square one-ing the SP stuff... I had to take the last week off of carb cycling and exercising because of my stupid germs...and I used the time to do some thinking about my fitness goals. When I started using SP last May, I just wanted to lose some weight. I didn't care how much or how quickly...I just had this burning need to do SOMETHING about the ever increasing number on the scale. When I started, I did EXACTLY what SP recommended...logged all of my food, ate to their caloric ranges, read articles, etc. It worked WE... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 14:14:58 EST The current state of my marriage, or part 2 Well...I never did get around to finishing the story last week. But I was right...blogging about it was infinitely helpful. Putting into words the events leading up to the demise of my marriage helped me to HEALTHILY face the situation. It took away some of the confusion, the shame, and the anger that I was experiencing, while taking away my ability to turn away from it and deny it was happening. That help was priceless. I was also completely gobsmacked by the outpouring of support I rec... Thu, 8 Mar 2012 10:43:09 EST An apology and an explanation I want to start this blog by apologizing to all of my Spark Friends (old and new) for being pretty MIA over the last week. I'm having some pretty horrific personal issues right now, and I'm just not feeling very social. To be honest, I'm doing a fairly good job of falling apart. To my old friends, I PROMISE I will ease back into action on here as I feel "better"...and I'm SO sorry for just kind of bailing on everyone. To my new friends--I promise I'm not usually like this!! Bear with me.... Fri, 2 Mar 2012 10:51:30 EST MUB--February--Elite Challenge Goals for the month and the outcomes: <BR> <BR> Be nicer to myself--I'm getting MUCH better at this. I've barely browbeaten myself all month, and it was a concious struggle...but it's getting easier with practice. :) <BR> <BR> Run!--I did okay with this one. I missed a few runs while dealing with the sick 4 year old, but it was unavoidable...the kids have to come first. I picked up HIIT again this week, so I managed to get in some decent running time with it! <BR> <BR> Scale obsession-... Sat, 25 Feb 2012 20:23:04 EST New Shoes and HOCKEY!!! (Pics) After much ribbing from my husband (he is right to mock me for taking pics of shoes...but getting these Spin shoes for $27 were a 3+ month ebay battle, and I'm taking a victory lap whether it's sane or not!) here are my brand spanking new Shimanos!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Since I had the camera out anyway and was already taking the "abuse" (ha!), I thought I would go for broke and show everyone my newest Asics! For the ... Wed, 22 Feb 2012 09:39:04 EST Need Motivation? (a simple experiment in changing perception) Every now and again (okay...nearly daily), I beat myself up because I still have so much weight to lose. I've lost 69 lbs in the last 10 months...something that I would have killed for at the start of this journey. It IS a huge amount of weight to lose. But sometimes it just doesn't feel like it, because I still have another 80 to go. 80 more than I've already lost. Huge number. :P <BR> <BR> I thought about this months ago when I had "lost" a 4 year old's worth of weight...and just reme... Tue, 21 Feb 2012 10:17:14 EST The Metabolism Reset Was not the fun event I had hoped for. :( <BR> <BR> I ended up eating a ton of banana pudding ice cream to get myself into the "cheat" zone...and I hated every minute of it. It was too sweet, too "much", and it gave me a stomach ache for most of the night. I would have just sacrificed the challenge points for this if it weren't for the Carb Cycling thing I'm doing calling for a cheat day...on Sunday. I just didn't feel like it. I'm trying to come up with a better plan for next Sunday...... Mon, 20 Feb 2012 14:16:32 EST Cheater, Cheater... Sundays are supposed to be cheat days for carb cycling...and it's supposed to be an "anything goes" (except for binge eating) kind of cheat day. Great right? So why am I not doing it???? <BR> <BR> I'm trying...really. But I had no appetite this managed to drink my coffee/protein and soy milk/protein. Which is so patheticly NOT cheating... <BR> <BR> I bought a giant half gallon of banana pudding ice cream specifically to be eaten today...and still in the freezer it sits. I ... Sun, 19 Feb 2012 16:11:54 EST WUB, Feb, Week 3 BEST. WEEK. EVER. At least health/fitness wise. :) <BR> <BR> 1. Be nicer to myself--spanking this one this week! I am AWESOME!! (maybe overdoing it a little, even!) :) <BR> <BR> 2. Run---nope. Not once. But do I care right now? NOPE! It was a HORRIBLE week with the Little Sick One...and I'm just patting myself on the back for being able to do the exercise that I did manage! <BR> <BR> 3. Scale Obsession--I might be over this one for now! I weighed this morning...again, no los... Sat, 18 Feb 2012 12:03:28 EST What sugar cravings?? :) Breakfast...the magical dieting pill!! :) Why? Because the sugar cravings are GONE!!! <BR> <BR> My new hard fast rule for my stinking breakfast. At actual breakfast time, not 2 hours after I wake up. :) I was struggling...really hard...and now I'm not!! It's like being reborn!! Into the Cult of Bacon and Eggs!! :) <BR> <BR> My new plan is working for me...I eat NO MORE than 30 minutes after I wake up. It was challenging on the first day, but by yesterday morning (day ... Thu, 16 Feb 2012 11:05:15 EST V-Day...or in my house, regular Tuesday with hearts and whining. Hearts, flowers, candy, jewellery, thoughtful cards, candlelit dinner...these are all things I did not get this Valentine's Day. In fact, my day would have been better if I'd had no "Valentines" at all! This is horrible to have to blog about, but I suggested this as a bonus in the Elite challenge this week myself and didn't want to be a hypocrite! <BR> <BR> What I did get: <BR> <BR> --One sick "baby". My four year old has been sick since Friday, REALLY sick since Sunday. Since Sunday, s... Wed, 15 Feb 2012 10:08:23 EST Why I'm eating bird seed--random bits for the week! I've refound my will to blog!! <BR> <BR> First random bit...protein in my coffee! When it is cold out, I want coffee. Period. As we all know, the coffee itself is not horrible in small's more the stuff we put in it to make it taste good. I personally am known for "taking a little coffee in my cream" :) It also tends to make people think they don't need to eat breakfast because they've filled up on coffee. So tip of the week for this: add a scoop of your powdered whey prote... Tue, 14 Feb 2012 09:01:25 EST Train to be a Sumo Wrestler (or, my preferred diet) <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I'm reading Chris Powell's book, "Choose to Lose: The 7 Day Carb Cycle Solution". Even if you're not interested in carb cycling, I highly suggest reading it...there is LOTS of great health and fitness info in the first part of the book, and some pretty inspiring success stories! I wanted to share a small passage of the book with my SP friends because it REALLY hit home for me...because apparently, I have been in training to be a Sumo wrestler for quite some time!! ... Mon, 13 Feb 2012 12:44:45 EST Sugar cravings! Or, "Don't eat M&M's off of the floor!!" I've been stuggling with the sugar this week...big time. I'm not kidding when I say I found an old M&M in my daughter's room last night, and had the urge to eat it. SO disgusting, but true. Thankfully I managed to pull out of that tailspin and abstained from indulging in an old dirty M&M...but WHOA did it make me stop in my tracks!! I've been in a bad place with sweets all week...while I haven't had an outright binge, it's been making me really uncomfortable. Cranky. A little crazy at t... Sun, 12 Feb 2012 12:06:12 EST February Week 2 WUB Jeez... <BR> <BR> 1. Be nicer to myself--I'm trying...hard. But this was a "weird" week, and I've been struggling a bit. I have managed to not go into a misery hole over it, so I guess this was a success! <BR> <BR> 2. Run--not so much. I did my elliptical training on Monday, but missed my Wednesday speed interval run (I just felt like poop...was up super late the night before because we went to Tampa for a hockey game, and had NO gas in the tank for working out and it was a half day at... Sat, 11 Feb 2012 11:31:58 EST Book Store Wednesday!! Today, the kids had a half day at school, which left me grasping a bit for something to do with them this afternoon. There is nothing in the movie theaters that I'm comfy with them seeing right now, and the age difference (4 and 10) make it kind of hard for us all to do athletic activities together. (It doesn't help that my 10 year old is not very understanding of the physical differences between a 10 year old and a 4 year old). I was hit with inspiration...the used book store!! We have a... Wed, 8 Feb 2012 17:00:53 EST Great article...check it out! Find your optimal burn zone! Finally!! Something useful from AOL!! <BR> <BR> If you get a chance, check it out...I though it was interesting! The article is about how to find your best fat burning zone! <BR> <BR><BR>ield/fat-burning_b_1246983.html?icid=m<BR>aing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl5%7Csec3_lnk1%2<BR>6pLid%3D133101 Mon, 6 Feb 2012 19:56:32 EST It's a bird! It's a plane! (Pics) No...It's my waist!! <BR> <BR> I finally got off my duff and took another pic... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Very happy with this progress!! That is the same shirt and the same pair of jeans I was wearing in my "42 pounds down" picture! I can't figure out how to get the side by side comparison pic going (picnik won't upload the original pic...grrr), but I can see it without the side by side...PROGRESS!! YES!! 69 lbs. down is n... Sat, 4 Feb 2012 22:36:34 EST Feb Week 1 WUB Oh yeah...I'm back! :) <BR> <BR> 1. Be nicer to myself--making a little headway with it. I feel like I would be doing a little better with this one if I had an actual plan of action to adhere to, but I'm just winging it for the time being. Hopefully, I can come up with something to do before the end of the month because I just do SO much better when I have some kind of structure! <BR> <BR> 2. RUN!--Nailing this! I did a pretty decent elliptical run on Monday (considering it was my fir... Fri, 3 Feb 2012 13:26:57 EST February Goals 1. Be nicer to myself. This is going to be hard, because there is a fine line between being realistic with one's self, and being overly critical. I cross that line about 10 times a day. :) I guess my goal with this is to really examine my "failures", instead of just claiming the fail, feeling like crap about it, and moving on. I need to dwell a little so that I can learn to find the difference between an actual failure and not meeting an unrealistic goal. <BR> <BR> 2. Keep up the runn... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 14:18:16 EST Back to the 2 went MUCH better today. 60 minutes of Spin, 30 minutes of Ab class...and I felt pretty great when I was done! I did Spin in a lower gear(s), but I got it done. :) I want to do more today, but I'm trying to do my best to ease back into it, and keep to a more reasonable pace. If nothing else, I hope to keep it at no more than an hour of "hard" cardio a day, no more than 5 days a week, and give myself an "as needed" pass for doing things like walking or hiking. I don't want to be... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 17:06:19 EST Back to the 1. 45 minutes on the elliptical, low resistance. It sucked. It's not that it was hard, I just didn't feel like doing it. I had lofty plans to go back later in the evening for Body Pump and Kickboxing, and never made it...I started to feel pretty run down about 2 hours after I left the gym in the morning, and it helped to remind me that I'm supposed to be taking it easy. :) On the agenda for tomorrow...Spin, but on low resistance, and ab class. And nothing more... :) <BR> <BR> In other ne... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 22:42:05 EST Reboot!!! 11 days off (I can't believe it's been that long already!!), and I feel like I'm completely back at square one. I'm only a little surprised that it took exactly one day too fall back into not eating enough again (under 1200 cals) and skipping every meal before 2 in the afternoon. I missed working out for the first 5 days, and now I'm dreading going back to the gym tomorrow. I managed to watch every season of Storage Wars, Hoarders, and 30 Rock on Netflix during my sick break...TV being som... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 20:01:08 EST Jan Week 3 WUB This week started out pretty well, but now it's just gone straight to heck. <BR> <BR> Carb Cycling--was doing GREAT with this, until the tooth nonsense started up. I'm stopping this indefinitely, until I can get the dental issues resolved. <BR> <BR> Workout Routines--Was doing MUCH better about mixing it up... <BR> <BR> Rest Days--I got two of these in a row (three, including today)...but they were "forced", as I can't exercise until I get this tooth thing cleared up. <BR> <BR> All in al... Sat, 21 Jan 2012 13:44:36 EST Carb far! A lot of you expressed interest in this, so I'm going to TRY to update periodically (when I can remember to do it)! <BR> <BR> So far, I'm REALLY enjoying it!! I thought it would be brain numbingly complicated, but it turns out, this is kind of following the way I LIKE to eat, when left to my own devices! <BR> <BR> Some things I've learned so far: <BR> <BR> --I do NOT need to eat my body weight in protein every day...that is more for people who are just trying to drop 10-20lbs off of their... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 16:29:14 EST The Corn Test To be fair to anyone reading this, I want to let you know ahead of time that this is a "poop" story...more specifically, about how to test if you're suffering from constipation (in a completely goofy, non-medical, exceedingly red-neck kind of way, so if you're not in the mood for a poop story, stop reading now!! <BR> <BR> I'm sharing this ONLY because it's making me laugh. I got into a pretty involved discussion with my "interesting" mother today about constipation. When I told her the sca... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 16:34:25 EST