JUS911's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JUS911 JUS911'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/ Halloween Strategy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3741113 I have been thinking about Halloween and trying to read other bogs, articles, tips, etc. on how to avoid the candy this weekend. I am still not sure if it is better for ME to just not have ANY altogether, or should I allow myself to just have one small thing. Looking at my past history with temptation, I think it would work better for me to just not let any candy pass my lips and bring a lot of fruit or crunchy things that night, since usually once I get the taste of the tempting candy on m... Tue, 26 Oct 2010 09:44:14 EST Fall - Fresh Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3646733 I am so glad that I logged onto Sparkpeople today because I’ve been kind of off and on for a little while now and haven’t been very consistent with anything, but I read a blog by Coach Nicole about reasons to make a fresh start this Fall, reevaluate your goals and plan, and try some new things. I too have always felt that Fall was a magical time of year and perfect to start over, which is what her blog has inspired and motivated me to do. She mentioned that it would be good to blog about yo... Fri, 17 Sep 2010 11:07:03 EST How to Stop from Feeling Like “Throwing in the Towel” on Myself? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3600462 Have been of SP for a couple of months because I felt overwhelmed and depressed with how my life is going and just felt like I couldn’t focus on one more challenge, like my weight loss. Unfortunately, I have now gained back all the weight I lost, plus some, and am at the highest weight I have ever been. I know this is probably a common story for other members on here, so I am asking for help, advice, etc., how do you get past it? How can I not feel like it’s too hard and just give up? Bec... Thu, 2 Sep 2010 12:53:50 EST Managing Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2840611 Managing my time is going to be the key to my success or failure over the next several months with all the goals I need and want to accomplish. I may have bitten off a little more than I can chew (and I hate to admit that), however I have made commitments and refuse to quit now. <BR> <BR> This weekend will be my 2nd intensive yoga teacher training weekend. When the group last met 2 weeks ago on Jan. 23rd we were give a list of homework we needed to complete before the next weekend (this we... Thu, 4 Feb 2010 13:35:51 EST 1st Yoga Teacher Training Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2800439 I had my very first yoga teacher training this past weekend, both Saturday and Sunday from 8 am to 5 pm. It was a bit of a challenge to get someone to watch my son but I’m thankful to say that my son’s father stepped up and volunteered to do ½ the day wile my mother and stepfather did the 2nd ½. The trainings will be held one weekend a month throughout the year, up until November 2010 when I hopefully graduate. I feel confident after this last weekend that both my son’s father and my paren... Tue, 26 Jan 2010 16:01:10 EST Bitterness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2777243 I subscribe to a daily email from the Daily Om and it gives you inspirational things to think about and just things that all of us go through. I wanted to share with all who wanted to read it beacsue this one in particular hit home for me. <BR> <BR> From The Daily OM <BR> January 20, 2010 <BR> Bitterness <BR> Lifting Pain's Veil <BR> It is natural to feel resentment or anger when life does not unfold as expected. We consciously or unconsciously anticipated one experience, and we grieve for... Thu, 21 Jan 2010 12:47:39 EST Still Trying http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2773586 I've pretty much finished reading the Spark book and now will re-read them to start really working the program, although I have been making a few changes that I have managed to be consistent with. My eating is much better and as a result I feel a lot better. I'm trying really hard to hang onto how I feel when I eat well for the times when I want to go of the wagon as a way to try to stop myself and remember. <BR> <BR> The only thing I haven't really stuck to is the exercise. I was doing o... Wed, 20 Jan 2010 18:05:30 EST BOSU 3D System http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2738622 I am an exercise infomercial addict, but I do not buy things impulsively. If I see something that looks interesting I'll do a lot of online research and compare prices and read user reviews, etc. <BR> <BR> I came across the BOSU 3D Body Sculpting System the other day on HSN (although different versions of it are sold elsewhere) and it looks like a lot of fun but a good workout at the same time. <BR> <BR> http://www.hsn.com/infomercial/bosu-3d-b<BR>ody-sculpting-system-with-9-workouts_p<... Wed, 13 Jan 2010 09:08:43 EST Consistency is Key http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2727683 I fell off the wagon a bit this past weekend, not so much with the eating, but with the exercising and for me that is key to accomplishing any type of weight loss. My goal is to start a 30 day streak of doing something physical everyday, even if it is for only 10 min, just like the Spark Guy did! So from today 1-11-10 to 2-11-10 I need to have tracked at least 10 min of exercise each day. I would also like to add to that by having an additional goal of practicing yoga everyday for at least... Mon, 11 Jan 2010 09:16:01 EST The Spark Book and Making Small Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2700630 I was so happy that I got the Spark book delivered on Saturday and I've been reading a little bit every day. I especially loved the story of founder Chris Downie and I have been making an effort to do a little something towards my goals everyday, even if it is only a 10 minute workout. I'm also trying to use this 10 minute theory on other goals I want to accomplish in my life. If I want a clean house but feel overwhelmed by the mess, well then I'll just take 10 minutes to clean in 1 room a... Tue, 5 Jan 2010 21:11:42 EST Happy 2010! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2673952 Everyone, go for ALL your goals, greams, and wishes in the new year. Make 2010 be the best year of your life yet!!! Thu, 31 Dec 2009 23:56:32 EST Not feeling Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2656561 I don't know what's happening to me this week, but it seems this alwasy happens to me in cycles. I am very blue, depressed, down in the dumps, whatever you want to call it, it all feels the same. I cannot seem to get out of this slump. I am angry, sad, and just tired. <BR> <BR> This week has been a culmination of things finally reaching a peak. Done with classes for the semester, but the stress of trying to get all my final papers done was ridiculous. The only day I have "free" is Sunda... Sat, 26 Dec 2009 10:35:01 EST Cooking SP Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2647609 After I got done shoveling yesterday and my son fell asleep on the couch (he's sick the poor thing <em>24</em> ), I decided to stop myself from sitting around and eating all afternoon I would cook everything in my house so I would have healthy things all ready to eat for the rest of the week. <BR> <BR> Here is what I made: <BR> <BR> For Breakfast, <BR> Coach Nicole's Mini Vegetable Frittatas <BR> http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-de<BR>tail.asp?recipe=356514 <BR> <BR> For Lunch, <B... Mon, 21 Dec 2009 09:53:36 EST Trying New Things and Small Steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2646018 I think I'm starting to get the idea that small steps DO add up and make a difference, especially when it comes to a healthy lifestyle and trying to lose weight. I've been trying a lot of new recipes and really getting into the cooking thing, also doing small bits of exercise throughout the day, trying to get up early before work to workout and also on my lunch break at work. It is making me feel better and I am noticing a difference (although it is a small difference, but hopefully it will... Sun, 20 Dec 2009 13:15:13 EST Looking Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2607757 I was thinking a lot today about some of the goals I want to accomplish next year and I am really excited about them. Many of the goals I am looking to achieve I think will steer my life in a more positive manner; from career, family, school, and self-image. I wanted to post them here so I have a written record of my goals that I can look at throughout next year and hopefully at the end I will have been consistent in taking the necessary steps towards completing them. I feel this will make... Thu, 3 Dec 2009 15:19:38 EST Holidays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2585418 I never used to like the holidays. It was always a very depressing time for me in my twenties because I was single with no kids and it seemed like holidays were only made for people who were in a couple or for families, which I had neither. This is why I can hardly believe that I like the holiday season now and I even though I am still pitifully single, I am so looking forward to watching my son's experience, especially now that he kind of "get it" more and more. I have been even listening... Tue, 24 Nov 2009 10:12:21 EST For the first time in a long time I feel ready http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2577115 The last 2 yrs since my son was born I have been on an emotional roller coaster ride. It wasn't just trying to cope with a new baby and being a single mom, but starting a new and more stressful position at work, going through but ultimately surviving 3 layoffs at work, taking college classes, personal relationship difficulties, and just the day to day struggles that everyone faces, had unfortunately taken there toll. I did not handle it well. I turned to addictions, such as food being one ... Fri, 20 Nov 2009 14:41:32 EST Gym membership ($) vs. Home (Free!) vs. Combo Approach?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2209926 After falling off the wagon hard last month, I am re-evaluating my habits and debating on whether or not to join a gym or to try to get motivated to work out at home. I have the tools I need at home to get in a good workout, it¡¦s just a matter of motivation, especially since the only time I would be able to workout at home is after I put my son to bed after 8 pm. Which I know is pretty late and usually stay pretty wired up after that. It would be better in the a.m. but as of yet I have ne... Tue, 7 Jul 2009 13:58:18 EST Feeling good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2137149 I feel pretty good today as I think I’ve been fairly consistent for the past few weeks with my activity and clean eating. Even when I do fall off the wagon, I give myself a strong mental pep talk so that it doesn’t get me so down on myself that I keep falling into a bad negative eating pattern. I’ve been making sure to make ahead meals for the week so that nights when I go to school right after work I still have something healthy, home cooked and substantial to eat. I’m having fun trying n... Tue, 9 Jun 2009 15:13:01 EST A Little Nervous http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2115876 I’m a little bit nervous today because I start my first night class at college tonight and even though it’s not my first class ever, it’s been a while since I’ve actually matriculated with other students. The last time I physically went to a class was about 2 ½ years ago during my last trimester when I was pregnant with my son and let me tell you I was still probably the oldest person there even though I was only 32 yrs old! It was funny though when the other students kept looking at my bel... Tue, 2 Jun 2009 11:40:23 EST Lots and lots of cooking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2114478 I just finished cooking 3 - 4 different clean eating healthy meals for the week since I start the summer semester of school tomorrow night from 6-10 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. That leaves me with about 15 minutes from the time I get home from picking my son up after work to get something ready. I enjoy cooking and actually found it fun and relaxing at the same time, but I won't lie, it was an AWFUL LOT of cooking going on in my kitchen tonight and I am TIRED!!!! But hopefully it will be... Mon, 1 Jun 2009 23:20:25 EST My Worst Habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2104925 OK, so this is a long one, but I need to get it off my mind... <BR> <BR> Night-time eating is my biggest weight loss challenge that I face and has been for a while now. I definitely have binge eating tendencies which almost always happen after I put my son to bed at 8:00 p.m. This completely frustrates me since I am able to consistently eat perfectly during the day. <BR> <BR> I go through great lengths to pack a healthy clean eating breakfast, lunch, and snacks for my day at work, with ... Fri, 29 May 2009 15:10:20 EST My New Favorite Store http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2101175 For those of you that live in the New England area, I'm sure you already know about Ocean State Job Lot, which happens to be my new favorite store. I had been there before, but it was not a store I usually shopped at since I don't really have a lot of patience or time with a 1.5 year old to go digging through an overstock discount store. <BR> <BR> However, I am willing to go and really dig through the food section for the Bob's Red Mill Natural foods products such as the whole wheat flour... Thu, 28 May 2009 11:52:48 EST