JKPICKLE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JKPICKLE JKPICKLE'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/ checking in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5292098 I havent been on here much actively the past week and a half. I mean, I've still been checking in, but I just havent talked to many people or been active on the site. A lot has been going on! <BR> <BR> 1. Halfway through my 2nd semster of grad school, and its getting tougher. I have a 10 page paper due tomorrow, I have 2 pages done so far. Yikes! <BR> <BR> 2. halfway through EMT-Basic course. I spent all weekend at the training portion of it, blowing my weekend away. I did get some exercise... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 08:51:09 EST Beating myself up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5266956 Its pretty apparent after last night, I have way too much going on in my life. Last night was my midterm for my Health Information technology class. I spent most of the day studying for it, and had reviewed the notes several times previously. However, I still don't think I did very well. I think the reason I didnt do well is because we were told the week before that the test was going to be essay and fill in the blank, and I think fill in the blank as, you fill in the word, and they give you ... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 08:56:58 EST running update and fajitas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5259799 i got home kind of late last night from work. I was just working on a few things and got kind of sucked in, and before I knew it, it was well past when I normally leave. I try to get home with ample time, because our treadmill is in the same room as J's officespace, and because our house sucks, we have to have either the computer running, or the treadmill running, but never both. At times even one extra light can cause the whole circuit to be over loaded. Theres no other place to put the darn... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 09:59:18 EST White fish vera cruz http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5258825 This. This fish. So good. I may have tried to eat J's portion before he got home from work (but restrained myself). 90 calories for 4 ounces, full of flavor, so tasty, so filling. I highly reccomend it. Even if you arent much of a fish or an olive person. It is not one of those types of fish that is very flakey or overly fishy, just a nice buttery kind of taste. The olives are not overpowering either, but complement. I bought this at Trader Joe's, and I believe it was 4.99/lb, which I think i... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 13:46:04 EST I'm getting off the train this time, baby http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5256390 I'm still kicking around here, staying on track, mostly. You know, thats a funny thing, staying on track. Do we want to live these narrow, choo-choo train kind of lives? I'm not sure I do. <BR> <BR> Everytime a person is on a diet, we hear this phrase..."staying on track." But life is so much more diverse and exciting than that. We shouldn't just limit ourselves to this one little track, eating this, exersise that... life is an ADVENTURE, to be taken on day at a time, exploring new things, t... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 15:45:22 EST lazy butt to running nut! (or as others call it, C25K) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5249159 This aint my first rodeo. I've attempted you before, Mr Couch to Five K. Even made it to the 20 minute mile once before, and then quit for no damn reason. <BR> <BR> This time it is different. I've got no excuses holding me back. For gosh sakes, the treadmill is right in the other room, instead of 15 miles away. <BR> <BR> I'm almost done with my first week. Its equally as hard as it was a year ago, but I know if I push through it, I will complete it, and I will get to that point where I am r... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 13:51:55 EST Disney Wonder - Palo Experience http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5247485 Me and John went to Palo for dinner, it is an adult only restaurant onboard that is italian. It cost an additional 20 dollars, but we had a nice experience. <BR> <BR> Bread <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l752071873.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Antipasta <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l972403894.jpg"> <BR> <BR> First Course, Grilled rock shrimp with pesto for J, Tuna Carpaccio for me <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l777270463.jpg"... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 09:17:10 EST Disney Fantasy 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5247471 In September, we were lucky enough to get aboard the Disney Fantasy for a week. I would love to sail this ship again sometime, but its crazy expensive. I have looked for June, but 1800 pp is quite pricy. I believe we paid not much more than that for both of us in the off season. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l841135292.jpg"> <BR> Waiting to get onboard <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1508557853.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://p... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 09:09:32 EST London January 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5247468 Just some photos from my most recent trip to London. I was there studying the national health system, but had a little time in the evenings to take in the local sites. I gained approximately ten pounds on this trip, and have lost half of it so far. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l629032006.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1684456469.jpg"> <BR> Victoria Station outside my hotel room <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spark... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 09:05:30 EST Disney Wonder 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5247461 Me and J went on the Disney Wonder in April of 2012, here are some photos from our trip. Maybe posting these will keep me excited about our upcoming (but not yet planned or booked) trip somewhere in June. I was a little bit heavier in these photos then now, and I hope that by the next trip, I will have a little bit of a "in progress" photo. :) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1414546465.jpg"> <BR> The port terminal at Port Canaveral <BR> <BR> <img src="http://p... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 08:59:11 EST Totally Tubular Tuesday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5247409 haha :) Tue, 12 Feb 2013 08:11:21 EST Checking in! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5246641 Sorry folks, I ran out of time this morning and didn't have time to vlog. But, still checking in via regular typed words. :) <BR> <BR> Weekend was madness! Friday was treadmill installation day. HORRAY! Finally got it put together, and ready and up and running. I made a sad mistake of thinking J's home office was a great place to put it, but turns out that the computer and the treadmill cant be on at the same time for it to run, or it'll overload the circuit. This is okay, because I can mana... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 16:05:29 EST another dmv adventure, new hair style, weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5242513 just whats going on. Fri, 8 Feb 2013 08:15:03 EST Husband mess, DMV, ADVENTURES! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5241226 Today will be an adventure for sure! Thu, 7 Feb 2013 08:05:03 EST Another day, just checking in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5239842 Not anything eventful or exciting Wed, 6 Feb 2013 08:15:24 EST Balancing home and work and life.. etc http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5238334 I will fix this problem tonight. ACK! Its driving me nuts, gotta figure out why its doing that. Tue, 5 Feb 2013 08:10:48 EST Happy Monday!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5236713 My audio and video is off in this video, so sorry for the bad chinese film action. LOL Mon, 4 Feb 2013 07:59:34 EST Just a quick hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5232770 First time. ACK! Fri, 1 Feb 2013 07:58:41 EST MEASURE! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5232037 One of the biggest things I hear from family trying to lose weight, is that they are doing all the right things, but no weight isnt coming off. When I ask if they measure their food, they look at me like I'm nuts, and then tell me something like "oh i know what a half a cup is, everyone knows that" <BR> <BR> I doubt most people actually know what half a cup is.. I challege everyone to measure this week! <BR> <BR> I, myself, am an almost obessessive measurerer (measurer?). I've got my handy ... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 16:59:50 EST Weekend Ramblings. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5226813 Friday... <BR> <BR> Friday I made home made wheat pizza dough, for some pizza. They had Dominos at work Friday and it made me really want some, but I know its completely not good. So I went home, made some whole wheat pizza dough, and me and J made our own pizzas. I topped mine with peppers and onions to make it a little tastier. <BR> I think it was slightly less calories per slice than the dominos kind, but very very tasty and crispy. J also enjoyed his pepperoni slices. <BR> <BR> It was ... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 09:41:56 EST First weigh in. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5220001 Down two pounds this week. That seems like good progress for a first week. I was hoping to stay in the 1-1.5 lb range per week, but for the first week a little jump start is okay too. It's still managable and healthy. <BR> <BR> I've been doing really well with my meal plan, as long as I stick to it. I did make fresh donuts for works meeting today, but I kept them in my calorie range and only tried what I could afford to eat. That was a big step for something so tasty right in front of my fac... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 11:25:50 EST Almost a week down. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5218220 It's almost been a week since I got back on here and decided to start over. The fitbit is good motivation. I like that it brings out the competitive edge in me. At times I'm going up and down the stairs at home just to get in my goals, or beat someone else on my leaderboard. It is making me more active, so I'd say its a good investment. <BR> I asked DH for the matching scale for V-day. Our scale is so weird. If it moves at all, the weight will register 5 different weights for the five differ... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 08:49:51 EST