JULING's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JULING JULING'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/ A New Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5212889 I started this morning out right today. I woke up to construction noises which interrupted my sleep. No fun. I logged into SparkPeople, feeling groggy and then decided to do some morning yoga. It felt so great to do it again. Followed it up with and a few crunches and pushups. I feel like my energy level is up. <BR> <BR> Green tea and blueberries for breakfast. I know I should eat some more things, but am low on healthy breakfast foods. Going to the supermarket to pick up some things to prep... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 11:14:20 EST Back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5212193 I'm back. I can't believe it's been so long since I used SparkPeople. Unfortunately, I put on quite a few pounds since I stopped 6 years ago. This site has helped in the past, so I'm hoping it will work again. This time I'm going to allow myself to eat more calories, since I got so hungry when "dieting" in the past. I don't want to diet. Thu, 17 Jan 2013 21:52:58 EST Off the Wagon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=681833 I'm been off the wagon lately due to my socializing. Socializing usually means eating out and I haven't been monitoring what I eat. I went down to 121 lowest and now I'm 127 according to my weigh in today. It's not horrible, but not the direction, I wanted to take. <BR> <BR> I've also had the munchies, eating lots and lots of snacks whenever I feel like it. Oh boy. I kind of secretly hope my metabolism will just speed up so I can eat whenever I have the appetite. I realize I probably don't n... Wed, 1 Aug 2007 17:09:29 EST 3rd Month! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=602813 Wow, today I was awarded 25 Spark Points for my 90th day. I feel I've gone so far. It is not about how many pounds lost, but how my life has changed. I eat healthier and my whole attitude has changed. <BR> <BR> When I'm out, I'm open to more people and I enjoy their company since I am no longer as self conscious or censoring as I was. I still have many areas to work on. Gotta stop eating chocolate for dinner when I'm pressed for time or letting insomnia keep me up almost the whole night. I e... Tue, 12 Jun 2007 11:36:27 EST Reflecting on Today's Quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=593439 To be nobody but yourself--in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else-- means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting. <BR> <BR> - EE Cummings, poet <BR> <BR> <BR> That is so true. I was just thinking about what I wanted to do right before I read the e-mail. I have decided to find what I want in life or enjoy trying. <BR> I want to appreciate music. <BR> I want to be strong. <BR> I want to kayak, swim, canoe, h... Wed, 6 Jun 2007 09:21:14 EST Returning from Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=582171 I went away for Memorial Day weekend and despite the emphasis on outdoor activities, I ate poorly and gained 3 pounds. Hopefully, some of it muscle. I felt awful and tired when I got back. I'll have to remind myself not to eat so much junk food. Yesterday night, I got the munchies and went a little overboard. I think that once the body gets accustomed to eating more the appetite will be stimulated. Oh boy. Now, I will retrain myself and get back on track. Shame it's so easy to gain and so har... Wed, 30 May 2007 08:42:15 EST Revelation of a New Point in My Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=575584 Last night I was buzzing with energy and mental clarity about myself. I think I've started a new point in my life, not only due to losing weight, but taking care of myself physically and mentally, doing what I want to do, and thinking positively. I wrote some poetry and this poem describes how I felt. <BR> <BR> Here I sit at the foot of my bed <BR> mulling over my revelation <BR> my high <BR> I've realized <BR> i've been stuck in the same moment <BR> -for the last 11 years <BR> and now i'm b... Fri, 25 May 2007 09:47:09 EST Reached My Goal Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=572385 I weighed myself and according to today's reading, I've reached my goal weight. It actually went up on Sunday, so I was a bit taken aback. I've come a long way. I started SparkPeople at 136, but my highest weight has been around 168. It's amazing how my life has changed since then. I'm braver now and try new things. I don't always feel tired. The biggest change is that I try to think positively now and although I find myself in a funk quite often, I talk myself out of it. <BR> <BR> Yesterday... Wed, 23 May 2007 09:05:13 EST Weekly Weigh In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=530535 Today is the day of my weekly weigh in. I'm so happy! I do feel stronger, like I have stronger muscles, although they don't show much. I'm officially in the 120s. I was really surprised because I haven't did any cardio this week since I've been messing with my new cell phone (Blackberry Pearl) and other things. Also, haven't been as active on SparkPeople as before. I'm still tracking, though. Plus, missed my belly dancing class unintentionally. I need to do more, but that thought of a half an... Wed, 25 Apr 2007 08:47:10 EST I will not give up because... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=526210 I saw the hot message board topic that was Complete this: "I will not give up because..." Mine's was: Because I will not go back to the days when I felt hopeless and miserable. I will take advantage of my blessings and not be reined in by my health issues. Because I will try to life a fuller life and become the type of person I wanted to be, but was afraid I'd never be. I will have setbacks, but overcome these setbacks, brave through the tough times, enjoy the good times, like the old Chinese... Sun, 22 Apr 2007 16:46:15 EST Fruit of the Day - Pummelo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=518450 This is strange for me, but I'm going to profile a fruit in my blog entry. The pummelo looks like an oversized grapefruit when you first see it. My parents were familiar with it as it comes from Asia. I was amazed by the size. There are different varieties. I one that I had today is red pummelo with the huge skin. The white stuff on the peel is about the thickness of a plush sponge! I was shocked to see the skin and the peel to be near 50% of the fruit. I also tried the variety with the less ... Tue, 17 Apr 2007 11:25:07 EST About giving it my all http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=515775 I was reading the Spark e-mail about giving full effort and realized that I haven't been giving it my all recently, not like when I first started. I haven't been putting all my effort into becoming more healthy and am letting my emotions get the best of me at times. I'm realizing that isn't easy being human. The article about going through the emotions (http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/welln<BR>ess_articles.asp?id=98) is right. Still trying to hang in there, even though my emotions can be ... Sun, 15 Apr 2007 21:39:29 EST Hanging in there http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=510952 I've been hanging in there, but not trying as hard as I was before. I'm still working towards my goal, although slower. The main problem is eating out with others. It's hard to track calories and the ingredients in foods. <BR> <BR> Plus, I have to stop running because my left knee bothers me after a run. Maybe, I will try again in two weeks. I did a lot of cardio on Monday, but skipped the strength training. It's boring to me. I' previewed 10 minute solution: target toning for beginners and ... Thu, 12 Apr 2007 12:07:59 EST Over Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=497517 After eating a dinner with sensible portions, my mind continued to wander back to get more food. At a little after ten, I told myself I would eat more and I finished off the rest of the rice in the pot along with chicken and tomatoes. Then for dessert, I ate yogurt for dessert. It's was delicious and I like the full feeling of my tummy. I didn't want to deprive myself. However, it was a little over 2000 calories, wow. It was probably emotional eating. I felt tired and moody all day. MSing. Ar... Tue, 3 Apr 2007 22:34:11 EST Ups and Downs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=495204 Downs mostly. I feel so drained now that my period has started. That or that I'm training myself to wake up earlier. Ugh. The few minutes of yoga I followed from my Dad's foreign language DVD made me feel great for a short period of time. Then I felt tired all over again. Still have to go to belly dance lessons tonight. I'm half looking forward to it, half not. Also, have to get money from ATM and pick up last check. Money is going to drop lower after this point. I don't know if I want to do ... Mon, 2 Apr 2007 15:10:34 EST Went Off Track Last Night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=492179 The afternoon was going well. I had honey garlic chicken breast, steamed asparagus, steamed carrots, and rice. It was delicious and healthy too. Then, I went out to salsa class last night and afterwards followed part of the group to have dinner. We settled on Thai and I order the Grilled Chicken with Curry Rice. It looked healthy out of the entrees. I didn't want to get a salad. The plate was huge. I give a little bit away to those who wanted to sample, but at the rest. <BR> <BR> Somehow, I ... Sat, 31 Mar 2007 13:52:17 EST Feeling Better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=490104 Oh man, this afternoon was murder (see previous entry), but I made myself go to the gym for salsa class. I arrived a bit early so I had just enough time to do my couch to 5k training on the treadmill. Yay! I felt a hundred times better after the class even though my IBS was flaring up. That sucks, why can't I just be normal? <BR> <BR> For dinner, I ate an orange and a banana plus some peppermint tea since I messed up earlier today. Not too hungry, thank goodness. I've been reading up oranges... Thu, 29 Mar 2007 22:41:24 EST Feeling Blue http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=489650 I'm not exactly sure why, but I'm feeling quite blue. I didn't do the training run for my couch to 5k and I kinda want to skip tonight's salsa class, even though I said I'd go again. I invited a friend for the extra motivation, but she wasn't up for it. <BR> <BR> Wasn't feeling full after lunch even after a small snack, so I ate some more and now I don't have wiggle room for much of a dinner. At least my stomach is about 95% full. I also had some bread last night even though I'm trying to cu... Thu, 29 Mar 2007 16:08:02 EST Insomnia and Virtual 5k http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=486970 I started the Couch to 5k plan yesterday and played some upbeat music recommended on the message boards here. I ran in a trail a little under a mile away from my house. It was hard, but I wanted more. The plan says to restrain yourself from pushing harder though. <BR> <BR> Afterwards, I walked to Key Food since it's located between my house and the trail. Picked up some healthy food with the twenty dollars I was carrying in my pocket. Too bad, my bags hinder my running or I could have brough... Wed, 28 Mar 2007 02:50:20 EST Feeling Good Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=485709 It's the start of a new day and I feel considerably less bloated than yesterday. In fact, I weighed 4 pounds less than a few days ago. Strange, it's hard to keep track of your progress with all this fluctuation. I'm still glad that the scale went down a little, haha. I should get a new one since this one isn't consistent. <BR> <BR> Also, today I started Stage 2 of the SparkDiet. Yay, I've made it this far and still really want to keep going. I've got a few things I've been meaning to do and ... Tue, 27 Mar 2007 10:46:13 EST Tried Something New http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=484768 I was getting bored with the cardio machines at the gym, so I've been meaning to try some classes. I worked up the willpower to wake up at 6:45 to go. That is really early for me... I couldn't fall asleep until after 3:00 last night. <BR> <BR> Went to step class and pilates. I'm glad I did, though I discovered I'm woefully uncoordinated and probably seriously out of shape. Thought I was just average before. Couldn't realIy keep up with the different steps and felt kind of embarrased in step ... Mon, 26 Mar 2007 19:47:02 EST Binged a Bit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=482115 I went out to take pictures of the Abandoned Boat Graveyard in Staten Island. It's been a while since I experienced the "photographer's high" of having inspiration for pictures. I really should have packed some snacks because by the time I got home, I felt famished and ate until I could eat no more. I had salad with croutons, more croutons, cereal with soymilk, then more croutons, rice, canned chunky soup with rice, more soup with rice, and then more croutons. Wow. Couldn't resist, seriously.... Sun, 25 Mar 2007 00:58:59 EST On Life and the Point http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=480944 What makes life worth living? <BR> What is the point to it all? <BR> To live the American dream <BR> To me it sounds like a pointless existence. <BR> After tonight's experience, a small ungrand evening with ups and downs <BR> I think <BR> Life is about moments, not just grand things <BR> Not the achievements, but the journey <BR> and even the end of achievements are just moments <BR> like screams atop a mountain climbed <BR> Of memories and fond recollection <BR> To be brave, not by being fea... Fri, 23 Mar 2007 23:23:08 EST I Was Bad Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=480895 I was bad today. I had salsa class and I left the house a little late because as always, I can't leave the house on time. I always underestimate the time I need or forget something. I should be able to narrowly make it with the time I have. The subway station is about 15 blocks away, so I can either take the bus or walk. Usually, I walk for the exercise, but I was running late, so I decide to take the bus. <BR> <BR> I walk to the bus stop and I watch the bus fly by. I don't run for it becaus... Fri, 23 Mar 2007 22:33:08 EST The Beginning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=479397 So, I've been using SparkPeople for a week. I love this website. It's a treasure trove of information, the community is great, and the tools are very useful. I sound like an advertisement... <BR> <BR> Anyway, I've been doing research on new ideas for getting exercise. I already have a gym membership and I got my orientation for using the weight room machines on Tuesday. My mom had "Walk Away the Pounds" videos, which I saw someone recommend on a message board. I previewed the first tape and ... Thu, 22 Mar 2007 21:34:08 EST