JULIAGULIA162's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JULIAGULIA162 JULIAGULIA162'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/ My goal is to burn a pound. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5276095 Last week I upped my fitness to 2000 calories a week and surpassed it, by a lot. <BR> <BR> I feel pretty good. This week I set the goal for at least 3500. I burned more than that last week and lost a pound. It seems fitting. Burn 3500 calories, that is a pound. <BR> <BR> After tonight's Zumba class I will already almost be there. I am feeling great and motivated. <BR> <BR> I can burn a pound a week! Wed, 6 Mar 2013 14:46:59 EST The Monster Under My Bed. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5274651 There is a monster under my bed. It is quite scary actually. I worry about it all the time. It used to be in my bathroom, now it is under my bed. I wish I could banish it all together, but I know that wouldn't be a good idea. <BR> <BR> The monster is my scale. Like I said, it was in the bathroom, but I am doing a "no weigh month" and it was very, and I do mean VERY tempting to get on it every time I walked by. I resisted, but I know I have been doing so well, I want to stand on it. I REALLY... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 17:10:35 EST Who cares about the number on the box? Breaking free of the scale! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5268528 A few days ago I wrote a blog about competing for weight loss, with others, yourself and with the weight itself. I received several of fantastic comments, but one stood out, in fact, I stole my title from her: <BR> <BR> "I quit weighing myself other than about once a year when I go to the doctor -- since I started running 2 years ago I have lost less than 4 pounds total but I am down 5 clothing sizes... who cares about that number on the box... I would rather see the number on the tag in m... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 12:22:06 EST This is a Competion, but not who or what you think. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5264635 Alright, I am not going to lie, I am a tad bit jealous. I have struggled for nearly 2 months to lose 4.2 pounds, my friend on the other hand, who just started, managed to do that in one week. One week! <BR> <BR> I took it with good stride. I congratulated her, she deserved it, but in the back of my head I kind of wanted to hit her with my car. She of course, is nearly 10 years younger and only has to work half as hard as I do. <BR> <BR> Just saying that made me feel old. <BR> <BR> I am... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 11:48:47 EST The Knockout Inside of Me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5258737 Neat thing happened to me yesterday. I found a message (lost in the OTHER folder) on fb from an old high school friend. Upon responding I looked through her photos she looked different, REALLY different. Trying not to be rude, but curiosity got the best of me, I asked about it. Using a calorie counter on her phone and working out 30 minutes a day, she , as she said "became the new me" - nearly half her previous size she says (though I doubt it was quite that much, she may be being hard on her... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 12:13:41 EST More Motivated than I have EVER been. That is a fact. I can't help spreading the spark!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5256252 A week ago I felt discouraged and very down on myself. I told myself I would stick to Sparkpeople another week or two and then if I didn't see results I would go back to Weight Watchers. I had struggled to lose 4 pounds over several weeks. I was to the point of tears. <BR> <BR> Then at the end of last week I put on a pair of pants that usually cling to my thighs. To my surprise, they were LOOSE. Believe it or not, that changed EVERYTHING. I had stuck to my plan, and even though I was not se... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 13:26:58 EST Happy Tuesday That Feels More Like Monday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5218744 I hope everyone who reads this (all 3 or 4 of you) is having a fantastic start to their week! It was, for me anyway, a nice long weekend. I am back to my weekly rush, and while I am not working today, it always seems as though there is plenty to be done. I am a Mom and a fiance (soon to be wife) and that by definition makes me a taxi. 3 kids, 3 schools, 3 different towns and two working adults, one car. I am not sure the math makes sense, but we make it work. <BR> <BR> Today's Thoughts: <BR... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 14:06:27 EST Refocus. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5215623 Today I want to take just a minute to focus on the positive things that happened this week. <BR> <BR> 1. My kids grandmother who suffered a stroke just before Thanksgiving, left the nursing home and returned to her home with her boyfriend this week. While she still has several deficits, she has come such a long way. She is most certainly the strongest woman I have ever met. <BR> <BR> 2. Family day today. I am currently watching Finding Nemo with The Littles. The future in-laws should be h... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 13:36:54 EST The Ugly Truth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5214379 The truth is ugly. It always is. Nobody actually likes to admit their problems. Excuses, so much prettier than the truth. <BR> <BR> The truth is, I am scared. Scared of what? Reality. Facing the truth. Everything. <BR> <BR> I am am afraid will fail, but the truth is I HAVE failed, mostly because I am afraid. It is easier to give up. Distract myself, with a drink, a cookie, a homemade chocolate cupcake. Instant gratification. Instant comfort. <BR> <BR> The mirror tells the truth. So does... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 14:03:16 EST My Daily Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5129624 I might be a bit random today. Please forgive me. <BR> <BR> I am home again today, although not because I am sick. I feel much better today, but the joys of being a substitute teacher and a mother is that sometimes I am unable to find work within the hours my children are at school. Today I am glued to the computer, constantly checking SubFinder for half day assignments, and browsing SparkPeople and Pinterest. <BR> <BR> I am also watching Ricki Lake! Hard to believe she is still on TV, or... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 13:51:58 EST Today I am Vegging and Reflecting. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5128531 I am still sick today and home "vegging" on the couch again. I feel worse when I stand, but I am starting to feel better. <BR> <BR> I have been surfing SparkPeople this morning, my favorite down time activity. I like to do this because I find it motivating, but also because it is a good positive reinforcement. I am not the only person struggling. I am not the only person with slow results. I am, most certainly, not alone. <BR> <BR> I have been thinking about taking a break from the scale ... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 13:57:17 EST Sick! Feel free to send flowers, cards, well wishes and MONEY!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5127601 UGH. I feel TERRIBLE, to say the least. Funny how fast kids spread germs, and I rarely get sick anymore. Needless to say, Zumba, walking or any other form of a work out is out for a day or two. I am going to rest, "veg out" and attempt to shake this as quickly as possible. <BR> <BR> Somebody want to bring me some Denny's chicken noodle soup? <BR> <BR> <BR> On a lighter note, I hope everyone is having a Spark-tacular week!!! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l460187214.jpg"... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 17:51:06 EST I can lead, so that I can follow. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5126309 Good news for me. I am now co-leader of The Modesto Spark Team (official). No, I know this was no actual achievement and all it took was volunteering (I nominate...MYSELF). <BR> <BR> BUT, I still feel it is pretty cool. I have been pretty active on the team's page, looking for supportive locals (there is something to be said about people in your own community going through pretty much the same struggles). Now I can be part of how it run, help meld it to help not only others, but myself. <BR... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 15:16:06 EST Sparkpeople is changing my life... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5118325 One pound at a time. <BR> <BR> I have done SparkPeople before, and quit. More than once. Every time I used it as a supplement to Weight Watchers. I would eventually quit that, even though I always have some success, because it was expensive to keep going. <BR> <BR> This time I decided to try something new. This time I decided to track calories on Sparkpeople.com and just use that. It is free. I figured I would try that for awhile and if it didn't work I would bite the bullet and go back t... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 20:15:24 EST Blog lost, but not discouraged. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5115017 So I wrote a blog a little bit ago. I must be tired, because when I went to submit it, instead of clicking post blog, I clicked the little red dot in the upper corner of screen on my MacBook. Lost was all I had written. <BR> <BR> It was nothing profound, rarely ever is. Just more about how I am super/obsessed motivated right now (with everything but exercise, that is still a bit hit and miss) and how I wish I could find a friend or more people who are just as motivated. <BR> <BR> Goal: To... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 20:38:32 EST Nothing Short of Obsession http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5113743 I can never seem to do things quite like a "normal" person. One would think, I want to lose weight, I eat less, I eat better, I exercise a little, done. <BR> <BR> Me, not so much. It seems as though I only have so much attention and focus to go around and I find myself easily distracted. I realized recently, that if I am going to do this, I have to REALLY do this. <BR> <BR> The above mentioned things (eat better, eat less and exercise) are a good starting point, but for me it doesn't quit... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 13:25:27 EST I want to lose a gold brick. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5111159 I found this site that has this awesome chart of weight loss equivalents. Its always a fun way to keep yourself motivated. <BR> <BR> Here they are: <BR> <BR> Weight Loss Equivalents <BR> 1 pound = a Guinea Pig <BR> 1.5 pounds = a dozen Krispy Kreme glazed donuts <BR> 2 pounds = a rack of baby back ribs <BR> 3 pounds = an average human brain <BR> 4 pounds = an ostrich egg <BR> 5 pounds = a Chihuahua <BR> 6 pounds = a human’s skin <BR> 7.5 pounds = an average newborn <BR> 8 pounds = a human... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 11:37:52 EST Excersize and When Life gets in th way... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5102642 I am not going to lie. I hate exercising . If it hurts, I won't do it. No pain, no gain? I think I will pass. I prefer a no pain life style. <BR> <BR> Also sweating is gross. It makes me break out. I am 31, dealing with the start of grey hair and pimples. I thought by this point I would be past the zits, and still have another ten years before I have to worry about grey hair. Taking a brief moment for a personal pity party...its so not fair!!! <BR> <BR> That being said (and yes, I love sa... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 14:35:25 EST Blogging and Baking in a hurry! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5101708 Today, even though my goal is so very far away, I feel successful. I am full of motivation. It energizes me. <BR> <BR> I made my fiance pumpkin spice cupcakes with cream cheese frosting (lowfat of course) and I am baking me diet coke strawberry cupcakes with coolwhip (free) pudding (ff of course) frosting. I haven't frosted them yet, but so far they look absolutely lovely. The house smells AMAZING! A combination of sugar and fall. I feel happy, and yet, not guilty. <BR> <BR> Now because w... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 19:14:04 EST Dieting is easy...when it is fun. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5096714 That is right. Dieting is easy, when it is fun. It is almost always fun, the first week. <BR> <BR> Then after that, a little less fun and then soon not so fun at all. <BR> <BR> Cravings. Stress. Lack of self control. Chocolate. There are so many factors that get in the way. <BR> <BR> I have been good, but not without experiencing challenges, setbacks, and of course, frustrations. <BR> <BR> The fiancé loses weight and all he has to do is order 2 burgers and crisp cut fries, at Carl's Jr... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 16:48:55 EST Odd Shaped Tacos...what are your dieting kitchen mishaps??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5095608 The thing about "dieting" is that you have to learn to make foods new ways. You cut fat and calories, while trying to maintain an appetizing flavor and texture. Success is to be had, but not without setbacks, and lets face it, downright failures. <BR> <BR> My list of failures: Chocolate Chip Cookies and S'Mores Pies. My successes: Turkey Spaghetti sauce and a Turkey Potato casserole. <BR> <BR> My most recent attempt: Taco Shells. I refuse store bought shells. I usually fry corn tortillas... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 18:19:45 EST Day 1... get up 9 times? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3821742 OK, it really wasn't THAT bad, but the evening was hard. Andes chocolate mines have to go! The evenings are the hardest and I CRAVE chocolate. <BR> <BR> I would say today would be better, but its MARGARITA FRIDAY! Will be using much of my weekly points today, but it will be soooo worth it! <BR> <BR> I save them for days like today. <BR> <BR> Already I can't wait until next week when I get to stand on the scale the first time. I am ready to see a change! Even a small number! Fri, 3 Dec 2010 12:37:27 EST Fall down 7 times, get up 8? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3819451 Here I go AGAIN! This time at my highest weight (non pregnant ever). Angry at myself? Yes, but I will get over it. <BR> Joined Weight Watchers AGAIN. The new program seems interesteing. It has worked in the past. <BR> <BR> This time it WILL work. <BR> It HAS to. <BR> It WILL. Thu, 2 Dec 2010 12:52:01 EST Cookies for Breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2767537 I am not ashamed. I had cookies for breakfast. 4 yummy chocolatey Girl Scout thin mint cookies! <BR> <BR> ohhh so yummy. <BR> <BR> I started off good. I was going to have Carnation Instant breakfast since it is a good source of protien. I need a bit more of that. I poured my 1 % milk (because I HATE fat free) and mixed it in. <BR> <BR> Then I saw them. There they were 3 boxes of Girl Scout cookies sitting on the counter, my sister must have brought them home... dammit... <BR> <BR> She l... Tue, 19 Jan 2010 14:06:33 EST I had to swing!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2740626 I am the type of person who likes to be active, but I HATE working out. Other than tennis, I hate playing all sports and I am not a fan of getting all sweaty... though I feel the need to constantly be moving. <BR> <BR> My sister and I have begun walking again. I used to walk 3 miles a day and LOVED it, but since we moved I lost two of my walking buddies, she doesn't always want to walk, I have been busy, or just don't feel safe walking alone. Excuses,excuses galore! <BR> <BR> I plan on joi... Wed, 13 Jan 2010 15:28:42 EST Not so little Black Dress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2735870 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/7/1/b714204698.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is it. Its not a little black dress, but it is a black dress. Size 9. I was my healthiest and happiest at the weight I was when I wore this dress. I was confident. Thinner and people thought I was anorexic, heavier...well I am much heavier now. <BR> <BR> So the goal. To fit into this dress by Sept. If I can do that I will be wearing this dress ad the maid of honor in my sisters wedding! <BR> <BR> wish me ... Tue, 12 Jan 2010 17:39:25 EST Monday! Monday! Go Away! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2728722 It has been one of those weekends. You know those ones that in one way you are glad to see end, but in another you just simply not ready to face Monday. <BR> <BR> I bought a scale this weekend...then kind of wish I hadn't. Turns out I weigh 6 pounds heavier than I thought I did. While it is not much, I can't help but kick myself. In the last 6 months I have been in such an emotional state that I gained twenty pounds. That is amazing... it is just terrible. Not only is the extra weight unhe... Mon, 11 Jan 2010 11:57:47 EST The glass is MORE than half full...and so is My bowl of oatmeal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2710019 I am an optimistic person, I try to see a bright side to everything. For example, I hate my job (well just one of them, I have two). If I were to be fired today I would simply say "I hated this job anyway!" <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, I am doubtful that I will be fired today, tomorrow, or any day soon. Right now they need me. I guess that is the positive side to that, it is always great to be needed. <BR> <BR> I am off to a great start. Getting adequate sleep, eating MOSTLY right, focusing on... Thu, 7 Jan 2010 14:08:15 EST I Woke Up Fat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2704290 It feels like that, doesn't it? One day you wake up, look in the mirror and WTF??? What happned to me? <BR> <BR> We all know it really wasn't over night, but the realization often is. It happens one morning when you can't button your pants, you can't fit in that dress, or for some, you can't tie your shoes. <BR> <BR> Last year was a rough year, so I consider myself thankful that I can still see my feet. I paint my toenails often, assuring them I won't be letting them disapear anytime soon... Wed, 6 Jan 2010 13:36:38 EST Where did my Sexy go? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2698430 It is a lot like having your thunder stolen, losing your sexy. It is the loss of self confidence; loss of that thing that makes you feel special. Better yet, it is the loss of your spark. <BR> <BR> I lost mine more than once. The first time in a terrible marriage, which I entered at a young age. After my 2 boys were born I essentially hid behind a mountain of chocolate, eating my sadness away. I mourned what felt like the death of myself daily. <BR> <BR> In my divorce I got it back. Droppi... Tue, 5 Jan 2010 13:46:01 EST