JU_ISH's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JU%5FISH JU_ISH'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/ LOSS of 6 lbs for September!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787560 <em>244</em> My last weigh-in for September was Thursday and I lost 3 lbs this week. Added up all my weeks for a total loss of 6lbs! I normally lose 1-2 lbs per week, so this week`s 3 lbs was a surprise. Especially since I haven`t jogged this week. <BR> <BR> On the 14th I did my first 5K!! Since then, I haven`t been up to it, baby is not feeling well (teething), husband doing overtime, so I`m alone with her and just not feeling well all around, so decided to take a mini break, but am sta... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 20:10:09 EST Fractured toe and 0 motivation ! Decided to truck on anyway! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772178 I ALMOST gave up my training for the 5k coming up due to a few issues, 1 being the fractured toe. BUT, then decided that I need to just tape it up and keep on. In my mind, I have to be a healthy role model for my daughter and this is motivation enough for me. 1.5 weeks left!! Tue, 2 Sep 2014 21:22:00 EST add up your weigh ins weeks in a month and you may be surprised! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769027 Was disappointed to see the scale go up a tad this am. But this evening when I write it down, I realized I still lost almost 4 lbs this month. About 1 lb per week, which to me it's slow, but healthy. So it's just a reminder to keep it up, since it does pay off, maybe just not right away :) Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:52:23 EST How do moms do it?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697079 Am finding it very challenging to fit exercise time in with a 7 week old. By the time my husband comes home from work, I'm tired myself, yet she's too young to go jogging with. Ugh. I DO miss being able to go when the feeling for it hit me. <BR> <BR> How do you ladies do it? I'll take ANY advice! Sat, 17 May 2014 14:11:02 EST Gain of 1.2lbs even though I worked out a lot more?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696199 I'm a little bummed to say I gained weight this AM's weigh in. I have been exercising way more than before :( <BR> <BR> I guess the prob may be the eating out, and the weekend that passed being all over the place, the bday of mom, etc. It's hard to be exact for the calories for these places. <BR> <BR> So this week's goal: <BR> <BR> NO eating out. At home eating only so I can have a better idea of the calories and, it's just better for me and my wallet! Fri, 16 May 2014 08:21:33 EST How do you go to those fitness classes alone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695967 I went for a walk with an old friend with our babies and strollers. There were hills and a scenic route. Burned 340+ calories! Anyway, at the end of our walk as I was getting ready to go home, we talked about the bootcamp class I did the night before. She asked me, "How do you go to the classes on your own? I wouldn't be able to go on my own, not knowing anyone." <BR> <BR> I started off by just brushing off the question, saying how nice the ladies were. But then thought for a second, and ju... Thu, 15 May 2014 21:40:13 EST Didn't think I'd ever go to a bootcamp class in my life. Ever. Seriously. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694965 I was an overweight high school student so ashamed of my body and inability I to swim and would skip class just to avoid it. If you would have told my high school self I would be doing a bootcamp class, with a 7 week old baby at home to boot, I'd say you're friggin crazy. No seriously. <BR> <BR> But I did go to my first ever bootcamp class. I was the youngest and probably the most out of shape, but that's ok. We were all there for the same reason: to be healthy. My husband told me prior to ... Wed, 14 May 2014 13:39:47 EST walk jog day 1 done AGAIN 1 yr later! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694077 I re started a walk jog program I did a yr ago before I found out I was pregnant. I had started off by just going for a 1 mile walk for the walking program since I had a c section 7 wks ago and didn't want to push too much. But 10 mins in, I was BORED. I said to myself: let's try it, and if I find it painful, I'll just stop. And it went well! Yes I am only doing 4 mins walk/1 min jog, and am not as good as I was, but I don't care ANY MORE. At first this was why I didn't even start: I felt so... Tue, 13 May 2014 10:26:22 EST Looking into the garbage... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691303 So I had a baby a little over a month ago. I battled the blues during my pregnancy for numerous reasons I won't get into right now, mostly due to body image issues since I had lost weight (40 lbs!) prior to pregnancy and was on a roll. I had a c section so healing has been slow and breathlessness due to swelling, so just walking has been a challenge. This left me discouraged and unable to deal with stress like I had become used to. <BR> <BR> Since I've been home I have been overeating and h... Fri, 9 May 2014 12:24:15 EST Back to sparks post baby! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672676 Pre baby, I had lost 40lbs. Lilianne was born March 23 via c section after 33 hrs of labor. SOOO... it has been a slow and long healing process. <BR> <BR> My goal is to take baby steps and to start getting back into the healthy lifestyle I had started before baby slowly and to give myself a break and to not expect to do what I could do before. <BR> <BR> I find many of us expect to do what was done before and attempt it, only to end up hurting ourselves and to be behind even more of what w... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:39:28 EST Embracing my pregnant body. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5581262 It's been hard. I'll be honest. I am told again and again that I "should" love my body and enjpy being pregnant, and how great it is etc etc... <BR> <BR> BUT, I have found it tough. After losing 40 pounds, and being on my way to a 5k race, and losing more, I am now disliking this weight gain and all the baggage with it. <BR> <BR> Since I was overweight already, I know am having gestational diabetes, and need to take insulin at night. As well as having Dr's/specialist appnts ALL of the tim... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 21:36:46 EST New Year's Eve Walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576953 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1742910610.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I decided to go for a walk, in the hopes of feeling better (esp after the talk with the nutritionist today), and to help relax the baby in the belly since she's in transverse position and is putting tons of pressure in the belly. I was hoping to have her sleep while I walked lol. <BR> <BR> And what better way to bring in the New Year by walking on a nice night :) It's been quite cold and icy here (we had an ice ... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 17:22:37 EST was discouraged, but am now thinking + http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576763 Since my last post, I haven't really moved too much, and I felt badly about this. But no looking back and regretting that, I am just going to look ahead and plan for what I CAN do from now on. <BR> I have been having probs with the pregnancy with sugar levels (have to inject insulin at night before bed and cannot gain any more weight) and baby's position (transverse), but I am going to just let go of these things, do what I can to eat well and exercise more and what will be, will be. <BR> I... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 13:54:35 EST 4.2km and 20 weeks pregnant! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5524906 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1319900582.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Those who know me, know I've not been able to do too much since 7 weeks pregnant, due to soreness/inflammation of ribs. Well!! It's going well. Thursday I decided to bite the bullet and start walk/jogging again anyway, since it's better for ME (mind/body) to move. Although my goal was not to be at where I started, I just wanted to get OUT THERE lol. <BR> <BR> Especially given I'm on preventative Mat leave and am ... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 20:12:08 EST Started walk/jog again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5522589 So I have decided to bite the bullet and start walk/jogging again regardless of the inflammation in my ribs (it's gone down). I cannot just sit around until March (when baby is due)- it's better for my mind and body to walk/jog vs sitting on the couch all day. I'll take the pain. <BR> <BR> I did 30 mins, 3 min walk, 1 min jog, and the jog was a breeze!! I haven't lost it completely like I was worried! Now 2 mins is the next goal! It's not the 5k walk/jog I was doing, but it's a start to just... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 20:08:57 EST It's been 3 months and am back!! To be healthy and pregnant!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5522067 hi there everyone! My name is Julie, and I lost 40 pounds using Sparkspeople and was really on a move when I found out I was pregnant. My husband and I had been trying for so long, we had kind of given up so I was surprised when I found out. Since I had found out, I had stopped using Sparkspeople since I wasn't quite sure how to use it now I was pregnant (calories goals, fitness goals etc).I tried babyfit, but disliked it. I tried to continue my exercises (walk/run 5k), but my hips were too s... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 08:47:28 EST Pregnant! Now what? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5425056 So this Sunday my husband and I took a pregnancy test and realized we were pregnant! I have been trying to lose weight and we've been trying to have a baby for a long time. <BR> <BR> Now I'm not quite sure what to do regarding calories and exercise. I know I cannot diet, but I would like to remain accountable and not let "myself go" just because I'm pregnant. I want to be healthy and in shape during it. I have not been keeping track since Sunday, since I am not sure what to do for calories.... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 08:45:17 EST Finished 5k in 50 mins! My first time ever tonight. Am ready for the official one in Sept!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5416010 Ran 5k this PM in 50mins. My first time ever that I hit 5k. AND with a broken toe. What a great feeling. Now I have until Sept to finish even faster! Tue, 9 Jul 2013 21:49:28 EST Broken toe? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5414844 I think I broke my little toe when I stubbed it today :S In the past I would have used that as an excuse to get out of exercise lol. Now I'm like, hey, let's tape this up and keep on truckin'! I am NOT missing this 5k for anything! <BR> <BR> On the + side, am down to 194! 5 pounds woo hoo! Leaving 90's soon! Mon, 8 Jul 2013 21:38:54 EST Day 1 of Week 5's walk/jog program done! Registered for 5K! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5409714 Got home late from a meeting and did NOT want to walk/jog last night, but did it anyway, and am glad I did. Did 4.76k in 36 minutes :) I thought the 3 mins would be a killer, but it went better than I expected!! <BR> <BR> Registration for The Night Race DONE! <BR> http://www.nightrace.ca/montreal-qc-sept<BR>ember-14-s13940 <BR> Now it feels more real!! Wed, 3 Jul 2013 14:03:33 EST Closet Clean-up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5404771 So I decided to do a BIG clean up. No, I'm not throwing away any clothes. Not yet. I am enjoying how loose the clothes are feeling, and will gather them soon to give away when I give 190 lbs (less than 10 lbs away!). <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1407628450.jpg"> <BR> I decided to pack all my smaller clothes away (I've kept them with my "fat" clothes all these years) and label them XL & L. Although I am almost at the XL for tops (am for pants!!), I want to pa... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 15:59:46 EST aha! Found out why I've been so hungry lately!! *** LESSON LEARNED! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5404015 So... the last week I have been hungry. I mean really hungry. But I've been following my recommendation of 1200-1500 calories per day. <BR> <BR> I had a light bulb moment when I saw a message under the fitness settings- I've upped my exercise regime and am now going to the gym 3x a week, not 2x, and am jogging 3x per week. I realized that I'm going over the exercise minutes/calories burned recommendation. So am actually under eating for the exercise I am doing; which according to Sparkspeop... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 22:08:20 EST very discouraged with restaurants :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5403953 My husband and I went to another city to pick up a bed frame I bought second hand, and on our way home I saw a Thai Express in a new area and wanted to stop. I figured a soup and a spring roll (the on with vegetables, and rice paper) would be healthy so ordered that. I figured I would remain in my calories since I had quite a few left... <BR> <BR> Well I went to my mom's and just looked it up and am shocked to discover that together they are 600+ calories :( I am so disappointed. I thought ... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 21:07:21 EST Day 1 of week 4 walk/jog program DONE!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5402918 Day 1 DONE!! My husband came with me tonight and lost track of my timing so messed up by 2 mins walk, 2 mins jog the 2nd time I jogged, so decided to make up by doing 34.5 minutes and DID it. I was VERY intimidated by the jog of 2.5 mins but am realizing that I CAN do it! Gosh, the body is an amazing thing that can be adapted to anything and pushed to different and higher limits. Am really appreciating how great the body is. Wed, 26 Jun 2013 22:08:57 EST Binged this evening, but have NOT thrown in the towel. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5402893 Today was a very bleck day. I am lucky I have't hit this wall yet, since I started in April. I knew it would come and it did. And I DID not throw in the towel like I normally would have. And this makes me feel good. <BR> <BR> Yes, I overate my recommended calories and felt bad about it afterwards, but I dusted myself off and made myself do my walk/jog any way. Instead of beating myself over it I decided to LOOK at why and try to figure it out. I realized that by examining why I overate I re... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 21:44:57 EST A gain even though I went down a size?! NEW shoes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5399895 I went shopping yesterday and realized that I had gone from sixe 3XL to XL pant size. My husband noticed as I was wearing a 2XL that it was too loose, so I was like- you want me to try on a XL??? And it fit!! <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, on the scale I had gained 3LBS:S I have had a crazy last week of school with students filled with lots of food (BBQ, gifts (with 2 chocolates), supper with father in law, staff party, etc). It's been awful for me to keep track of my calories. In the past I would b... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 08:00:23 EST Week 3 of walk/jog DONE! & having a comfortable relationship with food. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5396719 I am DONE week 3 of the walk/jog program!! yeah! <BR> <BR> On a different note, I was thinking today about food. Yes, surprise lol! I found myself having negative thoughts about eating some food with some students (a think slice of cake- it was seriously think, since the kids got most of it and some icing etc), Anyway, I was enjoying myself having fun in the kitchen with students sampling the dip, frosting etc as we made the stuff and later I felt guilty. And was wondering how to track it. ... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 21:22:38 EST walked flights of stairs and NOT out of breath! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5393878 WOW! I was impressed with myself today. Seriously. I visited a high school, my old high school actually with a student I work with (he's going there next year- was a tour). <BR> <BR> Anyway, we were going up and down all of the stairs, and (I was actually dreading them at first, since I remembered when I was a student there I was out of breath from them) and at one point I realized the lady giving the tour was out of breath and I was ok. I hadn't even noticed until she was breathing heavily... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 21:11:52 EST -35 lbs today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5392354 Today I weighed myself and am now officially down 35 lbs! Enough said for this blog lol. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1693369364.jpg"> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 17:56:26 EST Never thought I'd run 2 minutes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5391239 Day one done of week 3 walk/jog program (5K)!! <em>30</em> The first 1m45sec was ok, but it was the last 20 sec about that was tough every time I ran for 2 min. I never thought I would be able to run 2 whole minutes before. I am super proud! Gosh, it's amazing! I was all worried about it but it's done. <BR> <BR> I'm planing on going to this night race 5K in September and am feeling for the 1st time that it's possible! Sun, 16 Jun 2013 21:30:22 EST Lose weight or have a baby? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5390699 I have reached a dilemma. My husband and I have been trying to have a baby for almost a year, however, due to not ovulating, we haven't conceived. Now that I'm excercising, I am starting to and my body is becoming in "working order" you could say. But now I have been losing weight and have been feeling great, I want to continue. But at the same time, I do want a child. I'm at the point, I'm not sure what to do... <BR> Yes, it would be beneficial to lose more weight but we have been waiting f... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 10:34:07 EST no workout? no guilt! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5387389 I have decided not to work out today and NOT to feel guilty about it. I have been sore in the ankle and knee, so decided to only increase my gym time from 2x to 3x only next week. I have to realize that part of the weight loss journey and the being healthy is to realize when to take a break and relax to prevent injury. <BR> <BR> In the past I would have kept going until I was hurt then I would not have been able to do anything for weeks. So 1 day vs. weeks, it's smart to take it. And no gui... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 21:51:09 EST walk/jog week 2, day 2 DONE and in the RAIN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5386258 I really didn't feel like walk/jog tonight. I mean, really. I didn't sleep all night, I was tired, cranky, my ankle was sore, and it was raining !! Boooo... <BR> <BR> But. I said, no, you really need to go anyway. Stick to the plan. Go slow, and wait for the rain to let up. And I did. When I saw it was just sprinkling, I decided, let's go! I put on a raincoat, hat, shoes, ipod, and hat. And did it. And I loved it! <BR> <BR> It was nice and cool, not too hot, and it felt nice on the skin, ... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 20:58:43 EST Cannot believe I joined the Fitness Challenge at my gym! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5385091 So... I did something today I never would have thought possible... I joined the fitness challenge at my gym. And- I am actually excited about it. LOL! In the past I would have avoided eye contact with the girl just to not even be asked! Never thought in a million years I would even want to do one. But I do. So I said yes. <BR> <BR> I am already going 2x a week, so my challenge is to go 3x a week for 4 weeks in a row. My name and chart will even be on the wall! Who knew I would like this? I ... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 21:36:56 EST 3 Things that are making me feel PROUD of myself right now :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5383744 Today I am feeling super proud of myself. 3 reasons for my happiness and proud-ness!! <BR> <BR> Number 1: <BR> To start, yesterday was my "break" day so decided to take it easy since I worked out every day since last Sunday. But I still wanted to move, so my husband (after a lot of moaning and groaning) cam with me for a walk to the depanneur (corner store, like some ppl call it) to rent a movie. <BR> <BR> So we rented a movie, and he bought all kinds of junk food. He asked me if I wante... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 20:19:40 EST counting calories or obsession? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5381857 Today I really worked hard... I had a pilates class, and then went to do my work out from my physical therapist. I really worked hard all week, and am VERY proud of myself. So when my husband and I go for supper at a restaurant, the first thing I do is try to calculate portions to enter to keep track of my calories... I'm not enjoying the food, but obsessing... <BR> <BR> So then I ask my husband- am I obsessing? His answer- yes. I forget how hard I worked, how I decided not to take fries wi... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 20:57:29 EST First week of the walk/jog program DONE!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5380767 <em>312</em> I have done all 3 walk/jog training sessions for the first week. Am VERY proud of myself! The minute of jogging was tough, but I took some advice and SLOWED down. <BR> <BR> I didn't feel like going and actually had changed into my PJs and everything, since it was raining, and I was tired and just didn't feel up to it. But, it was like something clicked, when I saw it had stopped raining- I thought, let's go and get it DONE. It's only sprinkling a bit, and you'll so much bette... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 21:02:10 EST GOODBYE 200Ss, helloooo 190s!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5379968 I am SOOO excited! I weighed myself today and weighed in at 199.8. I know it's only a tad under 200 lbs, but I haven't seen the 190s in YEARS (maybe 4-5??). This makes my day!!! <BR> <BR> PS Sorry for the nasty toes- haven't done them yet! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l16625635.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Thu, 6 Jun 2013 07:16:42 EST week 1, day 2 of walk/jog training done! And I am actually LIKING exercise!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5378352 Week 1, day 2 DONE of the walk/jog program!!! Yeah! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Instead of being winded by 30sec, it was 40/45 sec lol. I am worried about not being able to do next week's length of jogging, like last summer. I have decided that I will NOT give up no matter what. Anyone else find it difficult lasting long enough for the jog time? <BR> <BR> The plus to tonight's walk/jog is that I did it for 30 minutes instead of 25, just because I wanted to. I am actually starting to LIKE wo... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 19:49:54 EST a nice feeling! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5377572 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l596886600.jpg">I am wearing a pair of pants I haven't worn in 2 years :) It's not too tight, but JUUUUST right. (In my profile pic you see I'm wearing them but with a grey sweater/shirt and they look super tight... I remember I couldn't even fasten them properly, but wore them anyway... Then looking at that pic, I see stomach is just flopping over it. The things we wear anyway lol.) <BR> <BR> Aww... What a feeling. That's all I have to say... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 06:59:09 EST 5 k or not to 5 k? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5376451 I was inspired by a blog yesterday: http://www.fatmom-tofitmom.com/ where she has all kinds of pictures at different weights in her weight loss journey doing marathons. I was truly inspired to do one as well. <BR> <BR> Last summer I had signed up for a jogging a 5k training program on Sparkspeople, but in week 2, I found I couldn't do the increased jogging time. It was too difficult, and I threw in the towel. I regret this now, but have signed up for a training program on Sparkspeople that ... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 08:53:37 EST Woke up to a surprise this AM... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5375370 My husband and I have been thinking about having a baby, however, I don't menstruate. I actually haven't since LAST July... We saw a Dr. and he suggested it was because I was overweight and I needed to lose weight. Last summer, I was exercising and ended up getting it. <BR> Yes, normal women hate getting thier period, but I am actually happy- my body is working properly, and it's just another benefit to working out and wayching what I eat! Yeah! Sun, 2 Jun 2013 08:41:44 EST To measure calories or not to measure calories? That is the question! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5374393 My newest question is whether or not to measure calories? This week has been a CRAZY week and I found myself unable to keep track of calories since I was eating food at events and was unable to figure out the calories. So I tracked what I could, and left out the rest. I ended up weighing in more though :( <BR> <BR> Before then, when I was keeping track I was losing. My only concern is that I feel guilty for not tracking certain things, and my husband trys to tell me to give myself a break. ... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 09:15:00 EST May is done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5374390 The month of May is done! As I look back, I feel quite proud of myself. I have started going to the gym 1x a week, and pilates every Friday morning. I am now down -30 lbs, and even though I have gained 1 lb this AM, I will not get discouraged! <BR> <BR> I saw someone's blog today, where it was posted that the way clothes fit is better to let you know how your progress is going vs, the scale. Perhaps I am gaining on the scale because my plan has changed, I am doing more strength training? W... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 09:05:18 EST Pilates- first time & feeling different! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5351704 I have lost another 1 and a quarter inch this week! I'm so excited about this! I find that although the scale is not changing drastically, I FEEL different, and look different. I feel better, physically and emotionally. I am not so sore in my back or joints any more (except for when I exercise, but it's a different kind of sore, lol). I am in a better mood, and am more proud of myself. <BR> Yesterday my goal of doing 24 WHOLE minutes on the elliptical was accomplished! I am feeling under the... Fri, 10 May 2013 06:19:29 EST Listening to Spark Radio: SMART topic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5346209 Am listening to spark radio and SMART was mentioned. People need to set SMART goals to succeed, and it makes sense. Here's what it stands for: <BR> S- specific goal! <BR> M- measurable <BR> A- action oriented/action goal/strategy written down (who can help you with it?) <BR> R- realistic goals (realistic dress size) (celebrate any change in waist size diff) <BR> T- time- state how much time you will give. <BR> <BR> I am going to think about it and come up with my own SMART goal! Sun, 5 May 2013 11:57:18 EST Sunday Cooking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3783579 Today is my weight-in. I lost 1.2 pounds, leaving me at -6 pounds in 3 weeks. This makes me happy. Even though I had a rough week, I am pleased with the outcome. I admit, I have been finding the task of measuring, and counting and tracking everything I eat quite boring. Ouff... I am tired of it, but when I see results like this, it gives me a bit of motivation to keep it up. So, to a start of a new week. <BR> <BR> Today I made mini frittatas in a muffin pan, and a pizza on a tortilla for s... Sun, 14 Nov 2010 18:17:38 EST Could have done worse- trying to stay + http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3781924 I am over my week by -8.5 points. Normally, something like this would make be very discouraged, and I would just give up. Normally, I am always all-or-nothing with watching what I eat. But, I am learning to focus on my + choices, and move on from my - choices. For example, my negative choice was that I ate that donut, when I knew it would make my weekly allowance go in the minus. The positive choice- I was home all day, and did not snack or binge, like I normally would have. So, a -8.5, is wa... Sat, 13 Nov 2010 19:52:00 EST I am back. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3781920 I wasn't really "gone", but I have been using weight watchers online tools, I got a super good discount, and am enjoying the tools quite a bit. The only complaint is that it is lacking in social warmth! I find the people here SO much more friendly- or is it just set-up in such a way that it is easier to connect? Am not sure, but I miss the ambiance here. Am going to try to keep up on both sites! <BR> Sat, 13 Nov 2010 19:51:03 EST Here is to day 2. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3695915 Day 2. Just woke up at 7, need to be at work for 7:45. Quick blog to start the day, and keep connected to the spark world. GTG, have a great day everyone! Wed, 6 Oct 2010 07:34:01 EST