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/ 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 Birthday Fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5586410 I'm not usually one to celebrate my birthday or even tell anyone that it's my birthday. I prefer to keep it on the DL. And in order to know when my birthday is, you'd have to create a parallel universe in which you already knew it. ;-) This year I decided to be a bit more up front about it. I mean, I'm struggling enough with depression (although truth be told I'm feeling A LOT better) and stress and my health. Why stress about turning 29 for the third time? Hahaha! It's not very social of me... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 02:43:24 EST Specifically January http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579912 Okay, so for this month I've got my specific plan outlined. I'm giving myself the first week off since I'm still pretty sick. I did start a Sick Streak and today was Day 3. I've been taking a leisurely walk around the block to get some fresh air and vitamin D. Takes me about 12 minutes for a half mile journey. Anyway, I'm going to keep my goals as if I *was* counting the first week, just because my brain can't work hard enough yet to compensate. <BR> <BR> I hope my specificity model will hel... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 19:38:54 EST You Say You Want A RESOLUTION! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578548 Well, ya know! We all want to change the world! <em>335</em> <BR> <BR> I'll settle for changing for my mind and my body... for the better! <BR> <BR> I'll quickly recap last month's challenge- the #SparkTheSeason. I set a few small simple goals to keep me occupied and on track for the month, and dare I say I was mostly successful. The first goal was to spend 10 minutes per day reading my Bible. I skipped only one day, on accident, 'cuz I was so exhausted I fell asleep- still in my clothe... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 20:52:18 EST Spark the Season Photos #3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577006 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1162111405.jpg"> <BR> Day 21- Comfy <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l942056760.jpg"> <BR> Day 22- Shopping <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1418979745.jpg"> <BR> Day 23- Something Red <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l895177530.jpg"> <BR> Day 24- Family <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l761456832.jpg"> <BR> Day 25- Gratitude <BR> <img src="http://p... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 18:28:16 EST Spark the Season Photos #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5569009 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1263391529.jpg"> <BR> Day 13- Someone I Love (my grandfather, who passed away in 1995, and I still miss terribly) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1520167325.jpg"> <BR> Day 14- Relaxation <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l309127637.jpg"> <BR> Day 15- Memories (one of my oldest dolls) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l171157596.jpg"> <BR> Day 16- Decorations <BR> <img src=... Fri, 20 Dec 2013 23:38:43 EST Race Report: Iron Girl 5k 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563941 My long awaited race report! I know ya'll have been on the edge of your seats for this. <em>20</em> (I guess that'll do for a sarcasm emoticon.) <BR> <BR> The weather through the mountain pass the evening before was said to be pretty terrible (possible snow, like I even know what THAT is!), so I decided it was safer to just leave super early the morning of the race for the two hour drive to Del Mar. I did everything pretty incorrectly the night before- went to bed about 2 1/2 hours later... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 00:31:53 EST Spark the Season Update Numero Uno http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563658 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2034815748.jpg"> <BR> Day 1- Lights <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1455909280.jpg"> <BR> Day 2- Tradition <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1878681100.jpg"> <BR> Day 3- Morning <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l174385628.jpg"> <BR> Day 4- Winter Beauty (I live in a desert, you can't tell it's winter here) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l128125495... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 14:48:33 EST #SparktheSeason http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5554659 Did you hear of the latest SparkPeople challenge for the month of December? <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=want_to_stay_on_track_in_december_h<BR>eres_how </link> <BR> <BR> I've decided to follow along on this challenge for a few reasons, but the biggest is to keep my mind occupied. See, after this week, I won't have any counseling sessions with my psychologist until mid-January when the new semester starts. I am a little apprehensive about going so long with... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 23:19:17 EST 30 Days of Thankful 2013 Edition- Day 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5553817 Day 30 <BR> <BR> Last thankful entry for this year... <BR> <BR> Today I am definitely, and obviously, thankful for SparkPeople. I've already praised this website and all it's done for me on this very blog when I hit my 5 Year Sparkversary. <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5223915 </link> <BR> You can read about it there. It's a good read! <BR> <BR> But, really, this website has allowed so many wonderful people to be a part of my life. It ... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 00:02:49 EST 30 Days of Thankful 2013 Edition- Day 29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5553156 Day 29 <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for my faith and for God. I know that may be a shock to most people. Especially considering my mostly liberal beliefs. But, it's true. I consider myself a progressive Christian and at this time, a practicing one at that. I try to live my life according to Christ's teachings more than anything- by being a loving, caring person. Especially to those that are outcast and broken. And it's always a struggle and difficult, but in my opinion, it's the true way of... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 02:12:21 EST 30 Days of Thankful 2013 Edition- Day 28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5552554 Day 28 <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for my family. This year Thanksgiving was out of the norm. There have never been so few people at dinner before. My uncle's family went out of town to celebrate, so right there we lacked 8 people. My mom chose to spend the holiday with her "drunkies" as I call them- her women's A.A. meeting had a special celebration, so it was nice for her to celebrate among her sober sistren. My cousin from Santa Barbara was unable to attend and my other cousin showed up... Fri, 29 Nov 2013 03:11:29 EST 30 Days of Thankful 2013 Edition- Day 27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551959 Day 27 <BR> <BR> I am thankful for Facebook. I know it's strange, but I really am. I realize the negatives of Facebook... I mean, it really sucks when that's a medium to finding out important [and hurtful] information about someone or some situation... like discovering through Facebook that the guy you were dating is suddenly in a relationship with someone else and you were definitely not in the loop... THAT is sh*tastic. But, overall, Facebook has been a way I've been able to keep in touch ... Thu, 28 Nov 2013 03:59:11 EST 30 Days of Thankful 2013 Edition- Day 26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551664 I thought I'd take a brief study break from acids & bases, nuclear fission, balancing redox equations (or trying to), and equilibrium equations to do yesterday's Thankful blog. I was actually going to do it yesterday, but my ancient laptop was being uncooperative and I just threw in the towel. I'll post Day 27 (today's) tonight sometime. <BR> <BR> Day 26 <BR> <BR> Today [yesterday] I am thankful for the children in my life. Mostly these consist of my friend's children, since out of 10 of us... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 16:47:09 EST 30 Days of Thankful 2013 Edition- Day 25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5550207 Day 25 <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for my literacy. No, really. It is something that is so easily taken for granted. Everyone reading this has no problem doing so, but the reality is, even in this day and age, that there are a lot of people that can't read or struggle to read (due to disability). In the U.S. alone 32 million adults can't read. And think about it... what do we all do in our daily lives that require all of us to read? Street signs, billboards, store fronts, advertising flyer... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 20:36:59 EST 30 Days of Thankful 2013 Edition- Day 22, 23 & 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5549565 Day 22 <BR> <BR> Today... err... Friday, I was thankful for my Kindle Fire. I am the type of person that likes books made out of paper and ink. But, I got my Kindle Fire for ease of travel and because I'd always wanted one for use on a treadmill. By sheer dumb luck I ended up with a treadmill, too. The treadmill I got has a plug and speaker built into it. So, I'm able to plug my Kindle into the treadmill itself and have the sound blast out at me. Good thing, too, 'cuz my headphones are going... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 01:39:12 EST 30 Days of Thankful 2013 Edition- Day 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5547263 Day 21 <BR> <BR> Today I'm thankful for salad. I know it's crazy, but I could seriously eat salad every day. As long as it wasn't the same salad every day. And that's the best part about salad! There are so many things that can go into a salad and make it awesome so that you could have a different yummy salad every day UNTIL YOU DIE. Plus, what easier way to get in a ton of veggies and/or fruits into your diet. If you ate 2 cups of salad with your dinner every night, BOOM! That's like 2-3 se... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 22:10:17 EST 30 Days of Thankful 2013 Edition- Day 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5546429 Day 20 <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for free treadmills. That's right! I finally got it and jammed it in my house. I set it up today and took her for a test run. I was quite pleased. It's a little more narrow than I'm used to (after all, it's for home use, not a gym). But, as long as I can raise and lower the incline, speed it up and slow it down, and keep track of the time, then I'm good to go. And this treadmill does all that, so woo! I did my training on it today since it was warm outsid... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 20:45:34 EST 30 Days of Thankful 2013 Edition- Day 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545759 Day 19 <BR> <BR> Today I am truly thankful for the final four-legged furball in the house, Kyle. He's not technically our cat. We're "cat-sitting" him, but it was only supposed to be for a month... we're approaching the 6 or 7 month mark by now. Anyhow, this kitty has been pretty crucial to what little of my well-being is present right now. Kyle is still an adolescent in the cat world and is playful, full of energy, curious, and gets into all sorts of trouble. But, he's also very snuggly an... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 02:06:00 EST 30 Days of Thankful 2013 Edition- Day 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5544847 Day 18 <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for special quesadillas, although I really shouldn't be. Anywhere else other than here in the Imperial Valley a special quesadilla is one that has meat inside it. Tortilla, cheese, meat. "Special". Here, we do special in a different way... we deep fry it. So, we made a raw dough, jam it with cheese, fold it up more or less empanada style, and fry the sh*t outta that mother. The result is decadence. I grew up eating these things and every time I have one, ... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 01:02:15 EST 30 Days of Thankful 2013 Edition- Day 16 & 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5543932 Day 16 <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for power toothbrushes. I have a basic rechargeable Oral B. And I love it. My teeth feel so clean. I'm sure I haven't mentioned this before, probably because it's like... weird... but, I kinda have an obsession with my teeth. I carry around a travel toothbrush and travel toothpaste in my purse. I can't stand teeth that aren't clean and squeaky and they have to be smile ready all the time. Even though I don't smile much these days (mostly because it still ... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 02:46:23 EST 30 Days of Thankful 2013 Edition- Day 13, 14, & 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542388 Day 13 <BR> <BR> This one I've been putting off for 3 days to write... not because it's not true, but because I'm afraid it might be someday. As long as I keep working on my goals and myself, I know I'll be okay, but damn if depression isn't some of the darkest sh*t I've ever experienced. This has been particularly crushing. I'm just amazed I'm not clinical. <BR> <BR> So, I'm thankful I'm not suicidal. And years ago, when I was a few months away from ending my last relationship- with that ... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 02:37:35 EST 30 Days of Thankful 2013 Edition- Day 11 & 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5539373 Day 11 <BR> <BR> I've been drained of all my energy lately (I'm attributing it to this stupid depression because really, I don't have any other reason to be so tired all the time) so I totally forgot to post my thankful thing yesterday. <BR> <BR> And, of course, it being Veteran's Day, I am thankful for our veterans. I have a family member or two in active service and more than my share of friends who are now or have been at one time in a branch of our military. From Iraq to Afghanistan, th... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 16:06:40 EST 30 Days of Thankful 2013 Edition- Day 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5537868 Day 10 <BR> <BR> Today I'm thankful for vanilla rooibos tea lattes. If you've never had one, get thee to a Starbucks and enjoy! I make mine at home now (but, I still have to buy the tea bags at Starbucks). They are so ridiculously delicious. Perfect hot beverage on a cold night. Vanilla tea with some honey and non-fat foamy milk. It's a hug in a mug. It's my absolute #1 favorite thing to drink in winter (even more so than the Gingerbread coffee from Trader Joe's- that stuff is OFF THE HOOK G... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 02:43:13 EST 30 Days of Thankful 2013 Edition- Day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536994 Day 9 <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for enchiladas verdes. Some of ya'll may not know this (but, many of you will recall) that I have a weakness for cheese enchiladas. And normally I stick to the traditional: cheese, corn tortillas, and red sauce. And then more cheese sprinkled on top. I used to eat such a concoction weekly, but since moving back home (almost coming up on a year now) I have ceased to eat any enchilada with such frequency. I'm sure my arteries are thankful for that. <BR> <BR... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 00:55:08 EST 30 Days of Thankful 2013 Edition- Day 7 & 8 (& training) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5535992 Day 7 <BR> <BR> I'm reluctantly thankful for Starbuck's Salted Caramel Mochas. They're so damn good and so damn terrible for you. I never remember to get it with nonfat milk. I like whip, too, so I'm going to have some whip with that! The only thing semi-healthy I do when getting one of these bad boys is to order it with light salt ('cuz ain't nobody needing more sodium in their diet!) Oh, and I get a tall instead of, ya know, like a trenta. Not that I could down that much coffee if I tried.... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 16:49:37 EST 30 Days of Thankful 2013 Edition- Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534482 Day 6 <BR> <BR> I'm still struggling with everything that's happened in the last few days. <BR> <BR> Anyway, today I'm thankful for Netflix. I don't have cable. I don't even have a t.v. I haven't had cable service for about 4 years. So, most of my entertainment comes from Netflix. In a way I'm glad. Television can suck up sooooo much time if you let it. People think it's weird when they find out I don't do television, but I honestly love it. Yes, there are a few shows that I wish I could w... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 02:33:33 EST 30 Days of Thankful 2013 Edition- Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5533481 Day 5 <BR> <BR> This is a tough one because the last thing in the world I'm feeling right now is thankful for anything. <BR> <BR> Discovering (through FACEBOOK no less!) the guy you've been dating is in a relationship with another woman is a tough pill to swallow. I did write him a note on FB telling him that I was very hurt by this turn of events. I even took the high road: I didn't use any foul language. I didn't tell him what a big, fat effin' jerk he was. I didn't even try to guilt trip... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 01:23:35 EST