JILLYBEAN25's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JILLYBEAN25 JILLYBEAN25'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/ So many cookies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833462 Hmmm… I was going to try to start blogging with a little more frequency. So far, not so good! Hahahaha! Oh, well. I’ve kept myself a bit busy, too, so it’s okay. <BR> <BR> On Tuesday or Wednesday of last week, I did a house cleaning that was long overdue. All by myself, of course. I scrubbed my bathroom so ridiculously thoroughly I would have eaten off of any surface in there! Then I tackled the kitchen and got that cleaned up. Then, I tidied up the living room, including washing the couch c... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:30:17 EST Oh, the weather outside is frightful... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830336 ... because it's like 80 degrees. I hate living in the desert. <BR> <BR> Well, my December so far has been pretty uneventful, which is the complete and total opposite of my November! <BR> <BR> Once Thanksgiving wrapped up, things calmed down for me. In a way it’s been nice, but I definitely like keeping busy. It’s been nice to have that distraction from the health issues I seem to be dealing with. <BR> <BR> First, there’s the fatigue. I’m tired ALL THE TIME. Inexplicably tired, too, as I’m... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 13:31:36 EST 30 Days of Thankful 2014 Edition- Day 29 & 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825488 I think I had a mega blonde moment last night and failed to do my thankful! Crazy! <BR> <BR> Day 29- Friends <BR> <BR> I really am thankful for my friends, including my SparkFriends. I try to be very careful about the people that are in my life. I don't always succeed at that... (see jerkface from this time last year) but I do make an attempt to keep worthwhile people around. I was lucky enough years ago to go to the very first SparkPeople convention held in San Diego. There was a motivatio... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 00:10:43 EST 30 Days of Thankful 2014 Edition- Day 28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824492 Day 28- Unexpected Pleasant Surprises <BR> <BR> The last few days have had some unexpected pleasant things come about. For example, on Wednesday, we'd finally gotten word about the pile of unsafe crap I'm forced to drive. (The Abominable Death Trap, as I formally titled it.) So, we were pretty sure we weren't going to be getting anything for it by either insurance company. The dude that hit us mom's insurance denied the claim since the kid was technically not on the policy. We figured that w... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 00:32:58 EST 30 Days of Thankful 2014 Edition- Day 27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824084 Day 27- Family <BR> <BR> I really am very thankful for my family, both immediate and extended. This year my Thanksgiving celebration was very small in attendance (unusual for my family), but very big in meal and satisfaction. My brother and his girlfriend came down from San Diego and spent the day at the house. My other brother and sister-in-law spent the majority of their day at my SIL's grandmother's house, but came home for dinner. My dad drove into town. My grandmother got picked up by m... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 01:08:42 EST 30 Days of Thankful 2014 Edition- Day 25 & 26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823589 Day 25- A Day Off <BR> As thankful as I’ve been to have things keeping me busy on my “down time” from school, I was definitely thankful for a day of rest. I feel like I’ve been going, going, going! Without a rest and my immune system doesn’t always find such a schedule to be very kosher. If I didn’t give myself a day, I’d probably end up with a terrible cold or something. So, it was the first day since the previous Tuesday that I could have a chance to literally do nothing… no kitchen cleanin... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 23:23:39 EST 30 Days of Thankful 2014 Edition- Day 20, 21, 22, 23 & 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822513 I didn't realize how behind the wedding would put me. Sorry! It was a fun day, though. And successful. And delicious. <BR> <BR> Day 20- Weird Phrases <BR> My family is a little nutty. Gee, wonder where I get it from? Anyway, my mom and I have been breaking out with the weird sayings and phrases that my grandparents and great-grandparents used to say. One of the cats was trying to break into a forbidden room and my mom shoo’d him away. She said, “Louis thought he was going to ‘cut a fat hog’... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 23:00:12 EST 30 Days of Thankful 2014 Edition- Day 16, 17, 18, & 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820135 Okay, sometimes I really dislike the SparkPeople site. Not very thankful at the moment for this website with its "time out" feature. I remember a time not too long ago when you could stay on Spark alllllllllllll day and your session would never "expire". Apparently I waited too long and this blog "expired" before I could finish it. So, it went to internet lalaland and this is round 2. Which I am now p.o.'ed to write again. But, I’m going to try anyway… HERE WE GO AGAIN! *deep breath* <BR> <B... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:24:26 EST 30 Days of Thankful 2014 Edition- Day 14 & 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817518 Day 14- Things to Do <BR> <BR> Keeping busy while I have this unexpected time off has been a big blessing. I'm not the type of person that can just sit around, particularly not while I struggle with depression. Finally dropping my chemistry class has greatly reduced my depression, luckily. I was really wondering if I'd be horribly bored until school started up again, but so far that hasn't been the case. Cleaning out grandma's house has been a big time user. I'll also be starting my new per... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 00:06:23 EST 30 Days of Thankful 2014 Edition- Day 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816489 Day 13- Clean Sheets <BR> <BR> Aw, yeah! It was quite the effort today, but I finally got the remainder of my laundry done and got fresh, clean sheets put on my bed. I don't know what it is about clean sheets, but the fresh from the dryer smell and the crispness and cleanness... something about all that makes everything right in the world, just for that night. Clean sheets clear my mind, relax me, make me oh so happy and for that I'm thankful. I'm thankful to have a clean sheets, a bed to pu... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 01:49:48 EST 30 Days of Thankful 2014 Edition- Day 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816158 I'll do Day 13 tonight (I hope) <BR> <BR> Day 12- Feetie Pajamas <BR> <BR> Yesterday and last night was one of those days that you just don't have enough hours in the day. In between house projects and running errands, and a quick "stop and smell the coffee" break, I was trying to squeeze in getting my laundry done. I really, really needed to wash clothes, but I REALLY REALLY needed to get my bedding washed. So, my day of laundry ended up being one of those "a load here" and "a load there" ... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 12:02:57 EST 30 Days of Thankful 2014 Edition- Day 10 & 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815269 Day 10- Naps <BR> <BR> Some days you just need them. Yesterday was one of them. My mom and I were at my grandmother's house, again, trying to get some more work done over there. We made the mistake of grabbing some juicy, greasy, delicious and amazing In 'n' Out burgers for lunch. By the time we finished eating and they had a chance to settle in, it was nap time! We've been at this cleaning out thing for days, though, so we were already getting a little worn out to begin with. Heavy beef and... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 02:01:17 EST 30 Days of Thankful 2014 Edition- Day 8 & 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813932 Yay, I made it a whole week before falling behind! <BR> <BR> Day 8- The Time I Still Have <BR> <BR> It's going to be the biggest, longest, most difficult process to go through all the possessions of my grandmother. We've spent two days at this task and it literally looks we haven't done anything at all. There is just SO MUCH STUFF! But, digging through family albums, boxes of interesting papers, and all sorts of preserved clothing, I can see that my grandparents led a very full, happy, inte... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 01:27:16 EST 30 Days of Thankful 2014 Edition- Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812881 Day 7- The Time I Had <BR> <BR> Today I spent my afternoon with my mom at my father's/grandma's house. We were there for almost five hours and literally didn't get a single thing done. We spent the entire time going through closets, boxes in the closets, boxes within the boxes in the closets... Mostly we just assessed what we were going to need to do and what types of things we were looking to get rid of or keep. I disappointingly didn't find a single Members Only jacket anywhere! What gives... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 00:56:47 EST 30 Days of Thankful 2014 Edition- Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812292 Day 6- Quality Time <BR> <BR> I really enjoy getting to spend "quality time" with people. Lately and often I get so busy that I don't get a chance to hang out with my friends or family members and relationships with them wax and wane more than I'd like. Tonight, my mom and I went to dinner, as my brother and sister-in-law went to concert out of town. It was nice to just sit in a restaurant and enjoy a dinner, with just the two of us. This weekend I hope to reconnect with an old friend at our... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 00:39:56 EST 30 Days of Thankful 2014 Edition- Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811602 Day 5- Clean Drinking Water <BR> <BR> Seriously, this is one of those things that is sooooo easily taken for granted! It's not something we ever stop to think about. Like, ever. It's just an everyday thing to have clear, clean water to drink to meet our 8 glasses a day. And no other sh!ts are given. But, so many people in this world don't have access to clean, clear drinking water. And in fact, good, clean drinking water is a relatively modern "invention". It wasn't so long ago that filtrati... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 21:55:35 EST 30 Days of Thankful 2014 Edition- Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811029 Day 4- Hot Showers <BR> <BR> Today has been one of those days were the ending of it calls for a hot shower. I've been on my feet since about 8:30 this morning and finally got to sit for more than a few minutes at 9:30pm. I've run errands, taken mom to a doctor, cleaned my kitchen, gone for a 3+ mile walk, cooked dinner... I'm exhausted. And a hot, relaxing shower is calling my name. Time to unwind and enjoy the glory of the hot shower! <BR> <BR> And since I don't have a photo for this... he... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 01:03:19 EST 30 Days of Thankful 2014 Edition- Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809999 Day 3- Healthcare <BR> <BR> So, I'll start by saying I'm really sorry to those that opposed the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) and I'm especially sorry to those that it screwed over instead of helped. Sincerely, I mean that. <BR> <BR> However, for someone like me, this act was a tremendous benefit and great relief. I'd been without healthcare for years and I do have some health issues that need to be monitored. That came out of my pocket quite a bit. Now, I don't have to worry abou... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 12:35:20 EST 30 Days of Thankful 2014 Edition- Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809564 Day 2- Extra Hour of Sleep <BR> <BR> I hadn't fully realized it was time to reset clocks this weekend. Surprisingly, my Facebook feed wasn't all lit up with reminders. Not like I really need to worry about it with modern technology (like cell phones) that update themselves. But, last night it was particularly awesome. I've been dealing with ovarian cyst pain for more than a week- just constant pain that never ceases- and last night I woke up at... um... 2:30am or 3:30am (ya know, time change... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 20:17:56 EST 30 Days of Thankful 2014 Edition- Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809019 How appropriate... again... that November should start and my thankful challenge also starts right when I am struggling with depression. <BR> <BR> Day 1- YouTube <BR> <BR> How odd that I need to be thankful for YouTube, but honestly, I have found it to be sooooo helpful with my chemistry class. I just wish I had discovered it in time for it to do some good. Maybe next semester. Anyhow, there are KAJILLIONS of videos explaining various concepts of chemistry. This week, a particularly diffic... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 00:12:05 EST Another Fear Coming True Again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805392 Well, this is a blog I've been putting off for some time. For the past several weeks, I've been experiencing the symptoms of depression… again. I felt it coming on even before my grandmother passed away. It just sort of accelerated after that. I've lost interest in a few of my activities. I’m so very tired all the time. I mean, all the time! I’m tired knowing I shouldn't be tired. I've been prone to bursts of crying here and there. My body doesn't want to do anything anymore. Neither does my ... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 01:29:48 EST The Real Jill http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795004 Well, let’s see. I’m doing better these days, at least emotionally. I think I’ve done the majority of my grieving and have continued forward. <BR> <BR> I made a tough decision to drop my anatomy/physiology class this semester. I was already overwhelmed and not doing as well as I wanted in both classes. Then, when my grandmother passed, it just shed a light on priorities a little bit. Even if I had been doing better in A&P, based on the way my instructor graded all my other work (never EVER ... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 02:35:04 EST Rough http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786787 Well, my grandmother passed away yesterday afternoon-ish. She went peacefully in her bed while my dad was at work. That was actually what she wanted. She didn’t want my dad to be there, to have to watch that happen. It’s been a little unusual for me to process. She’s the first person to pass away that I wasn’t surprised. She had been slowly declining in health for some time. Her dementia had been getting worse. She was totally dependent on my dad for basic needs. When I was picking up my Rx’s... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 12:28:50 EST Hm. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781136 Since we last visited the mind of Jillybean, some things have shifted a little. I think my cousin’s upcoming nuptials have been processed and accepted. I’m excited for Frank to be a part of my family. He really is a cool guy. I may be a single crazy cat lady spinster for the rest of my life, but at least I’ll be an educated one. I’m still not finding much comfort in that. I’m still feeling lonely and sad about being lonely. But, I’m too distracted by school and church and other activities to ... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:16:32 EST Reflecting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775501 This last week (including last weekend) has been a little tough. I guess I'm already feeling the school stress hit because I haven't really been sleeping that well. All last weekend I got only a few hours of sleep each night. By the time Tuesday hit for my anatomy/physiology exam, I was a walking zombie. And it really, REALLY reflected on the grade I got. Even things that I know, things I don’t even have to think about, I answered incorrectly- or left blank- on the test. My poor brain was jus... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 23:39:41 EST New Semester! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765559 I'll include another graphic photo at the bottom. <BR> <BR> So, I took the stitches out of my thumb myself (or rather, my mom did it). Wholly guacamole did it hurt! Not the removal part, but getting the scissors under the stitches to snip them was super painful. Anyhoo, they're out and the thumb is looking good. It's healing really nicely and is physically almost done repairing. The surface, mostly epidermal layers, are still cracked open and not fused back together. The funny Frankensteiny ... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 15:04:29 EST Save my little broken body! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755782 Okay, so I haven‘t given a proper update in some time. I apologize for that, but as I said in my latest status, my poor body has been through the ringer! <BR> <BR> I finished off my microbio class with a hard-earned A! It took some fighting, and I’m not sure the guy was totally honest to the rest of the class, or to me, but it worked out to my benefit. See, some afternoons when there was nothing left to do for the day except kill time, he’d talk to us about what we were doing in his class- ... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 13:35:03 EST Already July http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734963 Well, I'm a bit more than halfway through my super intense microbiology class. The truth is that is all I've been able to do lately. Class for 7 hours, homework every night, and weekends for studying. I mean, a big exam every week means constant time studying. And I needed to ramp up my studying because I failed the first two tests so far. Yeah.... Super hard. However, I am enjoying the class. Its challenging, my brain feels like its constantly stimulated, and I'm definitely learning a lot. D... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 23:50:26 EST 38 Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722790 Alrighty, folks, its been quite a busy week. I started summer school on Monday. I knew a 7 hour class was going to make for a loooong day, but it really didn't hit home how long until I experienced it. Whew! The class has been fun so far. We haven't really gotten into the meat of microbiology. I'd say we've just been gnawing on the bones. Mostly we've practiced the techniques associated with making slides to view under the microsccope. That is apparently super important because everything els... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 12:54:29 EST Busy Summer Break http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714230 Well, folks, its been a good few weeks since I've provided an update. <BR> <BR> School ended for me in mid-May. My finals were a lot tougher than I had imagined them to be. I did only okay on my anatomy/physiology exam, averaging all the components out to a low B or high C. But, my instructor posted all our points for every exam, assignment, quiz, participation onto our class website and mine totaled 87%. I was pretty disappointed, even though, yes that's a B. But, in order to get into the ... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 13:24:51 EST Quick May Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693782 Making this quick, as a brief study break. <BR> <BR> So far, not so good on the month of May. The wind has been blowing and it's been hot (hit triple digits already a few days) so outdoor activity has not been an option for me. No church volleyball Saturdays. :-( I was starting to use my treadmill more, but unfortunately, something happened in my living room overnight and suddenly there were piles of things everywhere that prevented me from unfolding the moving belt portion of my machine. A... Mon, 12 May 2014 23:22:54 EST Making May My M-Something (for Alliteration Purposes) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685107 Except I couldn't come up with an "m" word that indicated something that is submissive to my will.Thesaurus.com let me down. <BR> <BR> Anyway, before I post my May plan outline, I signed up for a single class for summer school today. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1454854944.jpg"> <BR> If that's a little too jumbled to read, it basically says I'm taking microbiology. The class is Monday through Thursday (so, 4 days a week) from 8:30 a.m.until 3:40 p.m. all four of t... Thu, 1 May 2014 16:10:08 EST Wrapping It Up Now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681321 Well... <BR> <BR> I think I'm just going to wrap up April now. There isn't much that I can do or change in the next few days that would be of any consequence (or interest). <BR> <BR> After I started feeling better from the misery that was the stomach flu, it still took me another 4 days to finally feel back to 100% (or at least close). It took a batch of fried chicken livers squirted with fresh lemon juice to get me going again. Even though I wasn't puking up blood or anything, I'm sure my... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 01:47:31 EST Week 2 of April... Uh, Yikes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670587 I thought I'd just get this done since there isn't a lot to talk about. <BR> <BR> I didn't get any fitness minutes in (unless you count all the mad dashes to the bathroom or to my "emergency bowl" I kept bedside) because eating 300-ish calories a day is not enough to fuel a walk to the kitchen, let alone a workout on the treadmill. I wasn't able to keep much down/in the first few days, so I stuck mostly with chicken broth and Pedialyte for my diet. No water- didn't want to dilute what littl... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 15:58:01 EST April Week 1 Finito! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5667050 Can't believe we've already gotten a week done of April. This year is simultaneously going by too quickly and too slowly. Too slowly because I still haven't gotten a spring break yet! I'm going to b*tch to whoever will listen to me about the spring semester schedule being so effed up. And then I'm going to find out who was responsible and I'm going to stab them in the liver. THEY'RE A DEAD MAN!!! I still have two weeks until I finally get a break from this massive stress-fest of a semester! T... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 03:10:50 EST Recommiting in April http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661795 Okay, this is not an April Fool's Prank! I really am going to get back on track with my goals, starting today. I don't care if I'm claustrophobically cramped on my treadmill, I'm going to get my fitness minutes in! And I'm going to track my every bite of my food today. <BR> <BR> I'm going to weigh in today (instead of my usual Saturday) so I have a "new" starting point. The number on the scale is supremely disappointing, so I'll hide it down below in the info. ;-) <BR> <BR> Before I get to... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 13:24:35 EST Still Alive! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659034 Well, hello everyone! It's been quite some time since I've been on here for more than 2 minutes. I wish I had some wonderful story to tell you about how I've turned a corner for March and my fitness minutes have been caught up on and my nutrition is stellar. <BR> <BR> Alas, that isn't the case. And I'm too stressed out about other things to be stressed out about it. There are only a few days left of this month. I'm going to just let it go and try again for April. I'm going to dig out my trea... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 02:00:37 EST March Needs Help http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649595 Well, I wish I could say as soon as I was starting to feel a bit better, legitimately, that I jumped right back up and picked up my good habits where I left off. Unfortunately, that's not the case at all. <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> I decided to weigh myself this week to see how much damage I have done and where I'll be starting when I do get back to it. I was not at all surprised by the number on the scale, but still very sad and disappointed by it. All the hard work I'd done up to this point... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 03:00:07 EST March Starts as a Bummer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643272 This should be fairly short, as I don't have a whole lot to report this week. <BR> <BR> I got another bad head cold on Tuesday night/Wednesday. So lame. Up 'til then, though, I was doing fine. I was tracking my food... grudgingly. Even keeping pretty close to or within ranges. I was exercising as per my written down plan. It was the literal end of the day Tuesday- after my workout, after I "cooked" dinner, after I ate that dinner, and showered and settled in my jammy-jams for the night, and ... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 23:55:35 EST Let's Talk February- A Summary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638474 Okay, so, February is now done and over with. We're already done with two months of this new year. Where is the time going? Geez. <BR> <BR> Let's talk about the things that happened this month. <BR> <BR> <em>34</em> Fitness: Well, I definitely was able to make my fitness goals! Yay! I ended February with 1,112 fitness minutes. I'm no mathematician, but I believe that means I exceeded my goal of 1,000 minutes. I successfully got 250 minimum fitness minutes each week as well. I've got 61 m... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 11:00:03 EST Let's Start with March http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636946 Smarch <BR> <BR> Fitness Focus: Jogging; Cross-Training Cardio; Muscle Toning <BR> <BR> My goals are to get 250 fitness minutes per week (or 1000 fitness minutes for the month total) and to lose 4lbs. <BR> <BR> I will accomplish this by: <BR> 1) Finishing SparkPeople's 5k Your Way Walk/Jog Program. <BR> 2) Doing muscle toning/strength training 5x per week (at least 7 minutes per session). <BR> 3) Eating healthy meals that are centered around vegetables and fruit. <BR> 4) Tracking meals 3x ... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 13:38:56 EST February's Week 3 Wrap Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632110 *sigh* <BR> <BR> Let's just get to it, shall we. <BR> <BR> <em>11</em> Once again, for the 4th week in a row, the mother@#$%^&* scale didn't move at all. I'm trying to be positive about it and look on the bright side: I didn't gain any weight, so at least I'm not reversing my progress. That would just be terrible. But, ya know, ideally that scale would be showing a smaller number. It feels like my hard work isn't paying off. I know it is in other ways, mostly NSV type ways, but I want to... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 01:59:11 EST Frustrating February Week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5625222 I'll start with the most obvious frustration. <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> This Saturday marks 3 Saturdays in a row that I've weighed in at 185lbs. Both you and I know what that means: DREADED PLATEAU. Ugh! And the truth is, I know what I need to do. And what I haven't been doing that I should be doing. <BR> <BR> <em>373</em> So, let's talk food. I have gotten back to that point in tracking my food where I really don't want to track because I hate it. Cooking 95% of all my meals from scratch ... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 01:05:03 EST First Week of February... A Memoir http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620621 Pffffft, yeah right! Like I even have time for a memoir. <BR> <BR> First of all, thank you to those who watched and commented on my very first vlog. If you missed it and are like, "What?! Vlog?! When did THAT happen?" it happened here: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611861 </link> <BR> <BR> For those that tried and could not get the video to play, I'm sorry and that truly bums me out. :-( Which is why I think it'll be my first and only ... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 16:50:05 EST For February http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612693 Quick Update: I lost 1 more lb for January! Yay! That makes 4 lbs down for that month and another goal achieved. :-) I also did my end of the month timed 5k walk on Friday afternoon and it was... not a good time, but not the worst I've ever done. In my defense, I had some pretty strong winds that I was walking into (between 12 and 17 mph gusts) so it was a huge effort to move forward. Also, I was outdoors on a dirt canal bank in this wind, so my asthma was flaring up big time. Anyway, my walk... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 02:13:34 EST Surprise! January Wrap-Up Vlog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611861 Just a chat in my comfy robe. It's 14 mins long, so I understand if you don't watch it all the way to the end. Sat, 1 Feb 2014 08:33:56 EST Week 3 Report- Better Late Than Never http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5606744 Well, normally I write this report sometime on Saturday after I do a weigh-in and/or complete any lacking fitness minutes to fill out my time. <BR> <BR> I was out of town and I didn't take my computer with me, so I wasn't able to do anything until today. <BR> <BR> First off, this will be sadly incomplete. I didn't do a weigh-in on Saturday... or today (Sunday). And I'm probably just not going to. See, I try to weigh under similar conditions every time: first thing in the morning, before I'... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 00:56:30 EST Week 2 Report- Another Good One! :-D http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598602 Once again, if you missed it, this is what this dealio is all about: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579912 </link> <BR> And if you missed the total awesomeness that was Week 1: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590861 </link> <BR> <BR> I have to declare week 2 another success. They say it takes 3 weeks to form habits, so I'm more than halfway there! Yay! <BR> <BR> <em>416</em> After th... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 04:39:01 EST Need Some Feedback, STAT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5597187 Okay, folks. I had a revelation today. I'm getting a sense of deja vu regarding the revelation, so I think I've had it before, but wasn't really getting any dirt under my nails at the time, so I let it go. Now that I'm more than halfway into my month and getting this 2014 journey under way, things have suddenly gotten relevant. <BR> <BR> Alrighty, so we all know how SparkPeople works with their fitness and goal tracking and whatnot. On the first of each month, we all get a "clean slate" so ... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 15:57:38 EST So Excited! Week 1 Report! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590861 I was super stoked to write this blog and I almost posted it before I was even done with everything that needed to be reported on. Then I remembered SparkPeople turns into a veritable ghost town on the weekends and that slowed me down. Ain't no one around to read this gem! Which is a bummer because it's going to be an AWESOME report! <BR> <BR> If you missed it, this is the blog that tells you what all this jazz is about: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.a... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 02:43:20 EST