KARALIANNE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KARALIANNE KARALIANNE'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/ Week 24 Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6377309 Still doing great! <BR> <BR> I started tracking my food and activity again today. I'll weigh myself in the morning; it's probably closer to 280 lbs than 270 at this point, but again: not worried about it. <BR> <BR> The things I talked about last week are still going really well. I'm doing Motivated Moms for my housework stuff now -- it's a paid app on my phone, and gives me a list of things to do to keep my house tidy. I'm going to keep using the CleanHome thing for the "getting the house u... Tue, 20 Jun 2017 00:47:24 EST Week 23 Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6374455 I had an excellent week. Didn't get in as much movement as I would have liked, but my mood has been quite good for the most part. <BR> <BR> The things I am doing right now to help with my emotional and mental well-being: <BR> (I got an Ultimate Bundle a while ago and finally downloaded a bunch of the things that came with it, so these all came from that.) <BR> <BR> 1. Capsule Wardrobe Makeover -- I'm slowly going through my clothes and packing away my favourite pieces that don't fit since i... Tue, 13 Jun 2017 02:26:51 EST Week 22 Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6371464 Things have gone well this week. Not worrying about exercise or anything has been good. This week I'm going to try a little more to make good food choices. I'm also doing some stuff to help with my mood and so on, and I've been napping in the afternoons lately. That is really nice even though I'm not getting as much done as I would like. Tue, 6 Jun 2017 02:06:18 EST Week 21 Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6368843 I haven't weighed myself lately. I'm going to shift my focus for a little while and not worry about my weight or my diet or anything like that. I mean, I'm not going to stop trying to make healthy choices and trying to get outside every day, but I'm also not going to worry about tracking or weighing in or anything like that. I have other things that I need to be devoting my energy to right now. <BR> <BR> I will still post weekly updates here, I'm just not totally sure what they'll be about. ... Wed, 31 May 2017 00:35:13 EST Week 19 Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6362502 Gained this week but there are a few reasons for that, one being biology and the other being emotional eating. *sigh* I'm coming out of the funk, slowly but surely, and the rest of this week should be much better. <BR> <BR> An inspirational quote for you. It's by Holly Lisle, who is an author and has a bunch of writing courses. She ends her e-mails and lessons with this sentence. <BR> <BR> "YOU CAN DO THIS!" <BR> <BR> I'm going to make a poster and some stickers and put that saying all ove... Tue, 16 May 2017 01:15:14 EST Week 18 Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6359545 I haven't weighed myself yet this week. <BR> <BR> Generally things have been going pretty well. Yesterday I did a bunch of gardening. We have an old water tank (for hauling water from the treatment facility) that the previous owners of our house set up outside the house and put a bunch of dirt in. It was overgrown with weeds and grass and who knows what-all, so my son and I got that all out and then turned over the dirt, broke up the clumps, and planted some flowers. Now we'll be able to wee... Tue, 9 May 2017 00:34:21 EST Week 17 Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6356449 So I gained weight in the last little while, but I understand why and I am not actually concerned. I've been under extra stress for the past month or so due to my husband's health concerns, and that means that my antidepressant hasn't been working as well as it ought, and so that means I want more crappy food and don't want to go outside and so on. But figuring out why I was feeling that way has helped a lot. <BR> <BR> I am going to focus on eating healthfully and I am going to get outside e... Tue, 2 May 2017 02:32:29 EST Week 16 Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6353124 Didn't weigh in, I'll do that tomorrow. Not really worrying about it. <BR> <BR> My health goal is to be physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally healthy. I want to be a good example for my son and to be able to keep up with him and have a good relationship with him. <BR> <BR> Physical health means eating well, sleeping enough, and being active (whatever form this may take). I am not going to focus on weight or other measurements, though I will use these numbers as a way to stay on... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:42:58 EST Week 15 Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6349973 Gained a little this week, but not surprised. <BR> <BR> Also not really too worried about it. I'm working on a few things that I hope will help me really get to work on my health and stuff. Next week I might have more to say about that. Mon, 17 Apr 2017 23:59:13 EST Week 14 Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6346859 Forgot to blog last week. <BR> <BR> Been losing steadily. I haven't really changed my eating habits. I have noticed that I do better if I don't snack in the evenings. So I'm trying (not always succeeding) to avoid eating after dinner is over. <BR> <BR> It helps that the weather is warming up and my 2yo loves to play outside. We go out for at least an hour most mornings and walk most of the time. One day last week we were out for over two hours and walked over 2 km! And yes, he walked all of... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 02:40:54 EST Week 12 Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6340009 I forgot to weigh myself this morning. <BR> <BR> I have graduated to plain coffee -- I don't need to brew it with spices in the hopper anymore! This means I also don't necessarily need cream and sugar when I'm out, either. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to figure out some things about productivity. <BR> <BR> I'll be getting more exercise now. It's warming up outside and my son loves to play outside, so I'm going to try and get out once a day with him. Walking at toddler speed is still exercise! (And... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 01:52:17 EST Week 11 Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6336112 Stayed the same, weight-wise. <BR> <BR> I'm not needing coffee quite as often, which is great! <BR> <BR> I want to figure out my health stuff but I'm not totally sure where to start. Diet, exercise... what's been key for you? Tue, 21 Mar 2017 01:48:23 EST Week 10 Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6332678 Regained this week. Oops. I think it was partly a messed up schedule. I'm back on the wagon (mostly) after a weekend of not worrying about it. <BR> <BR> Today I didn't need coffee! I felt sleepy around noon, but I was able to get through it and had a great day. I'm hoping this means the end of that side effect from my medication. Tue, 14 Mar 2017 01:22:21 EST Week 9 Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6329032 I lost three pounds last week. Obviously something is working! <BR> <BR> I think LoseIt! is my favourite of the three apps. Still using all three and I'll always use SP of course. <BR> <BR> What I've found is that most days I eat less than my allotted calories and in particular I am low carb, high fat, medium protein (based on the goal amounts SP sets). I do eat more here and there. Wednesdays usually go over because I take my son to music class and then we eat lunch out. I try to make heal... Tue, 7 Mar 2017 01:18:36 EST Week 8 Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322630 I lost more! So glad. I am currently tracking my food here as well as MyFitnessPal and LoseIt. I'm going to see which of the other two I like best. Or I might keep using all three, it's interesting to compare the differences. One thing I like about the other two is that the app on my phone I can look at the percentages for my macros (carbs/fat/protein). Then I can try to adjust what I eat to get the percentages to work out the way I need them to for my body. That seems more beneficial to me r... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 01:50:03 EST Week 7 Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6319119 Down again. <BR> <BR> New meds have been making me really sleepy but that may be lifting already! <BR> <BR> Busy-ish day tomorrow. Hoping to be able to continue making good choices food-wise. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:19:35 EST Week 6 Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315757 Regained that 3lbs but I'm okay with that for now. <BR> <BR> I saw the doctor on Thursday and had some bloodwork done. <BR> <BR> My right foot requires physiotherapy (I have a note) and I am supposed to get custom orthotics (another note). My husband's insurance will cover this. <BR> <BR> I saw the doctor again today to talk about the lab results. <BR> <BR> My Vitamin D is low and my iron is low (normal results for me). <BR> <BR> We talked and I am now taking an antidepressant (starting ... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 01:05:38 EST Week 5 Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6312071 Three pounds down! <BR> <BR> Not changing my plan yet. Stick with what I've been doing, basically. <BR> <BR> I have a doctor's appointment Thursday afternoon. I'll tell you about it next week, probably. Tue, 7 Feb 2017 00:50:56 EST Week 4 Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6308214 Missed last week. Sorry about that! <BR> <BR> I've been doing okay. Not much weight loss (if any) but I'm okay with that for now, especially since exercise isn't a thing I can do at the moment. <BR> <BR> I'm sticking with my plan pretty well. I'll just list it here again. <BR> <BR> Cut sweeteners <BR> Cut yeast <BR> Drink a bottle of water (3 cups) before a cup of coffee <BR> Take supplements <BR> Take lactase before eating dairy <BR> Eat more fresh veggies <BR> <BR> I've attempted to cut... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 01:32:35 EST Week 2 Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6299911 Last week went well, I think. I probably snacked too much in the evening though, leading to just a half pound loss. Onward and upward, though; any loss is good, and right now as long as the number doesn't go up I'll be satisfied! This week I'm putting coffee back in as it looks like the things I thought it might be impacting aren't impacted as much, if at all. So this week I will be taking my supplements again (a multivitamin, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, krill oil, calcium, and Vitamin B complex... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:31:02 EST Week 1 Update 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6295031 A variety of things happened last week that sabotaged my attempts to cut sweeteners and yeast, but I did my best and made the best choices that I could in light of the situations I found myself in. <BR> <BR> I am pleased to report that I lost 1.5 lbs last week! <BR> <BR> This week I am also trying to drink more water, and I'm also trying to drink less coffee. We'll see how both of those go. Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:54:27 EST Happy New Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289668 My plans this year are pretty simple. <BR> <BR> I'm cutting sweeteners and yeast from my diet. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping to get into physio for my plantar fasciitis. <BR> <BR> Once the weather is nice again I'm going to start going for a nice long walk with my toddler every day. <BR> <BR> I have other plans, of course, but these are the ones I'll be tracking on SP. <BR> <BR> What are your health-related plans for 2017? Mon, 2 Jan 2017 16:13:27 EST Making a plan and working the plan -- Keep It Simple Silly! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6273605 I do meal planning on a monthly basis. By which I mean, I have a rotating schedule of meals for dinners and Saturday breakfasts, and I put it all into Plan to Eat as recipes, and it generates my weekly grocery lists. I set up the month and then each week I make whatever adjustments need to be made based on what's going on (e.g., I've done December but I don't know when we're going away, so until I know all the days are listed in there). I also have a plan in there for regular breakfasts and l... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 01:05:56 EST Back to tracking. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6234953 I can't track my walk today though. I didn't bother checking the time when we started and ended, and I'm not 100% sure where along the river we were. But I did get outside and get some exercise with my husband and son and my brother-in-law. <BR> <BR> The blueberry pudding I put down actually had chia seeds in it as well. Had it at this little cafe place we went to for lunch with my husband's brother. The salad was also not exactly what I put into the tracker, it had a few sprouts on top (of ... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 01:48:28 EST Hiatus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222889 From dieting and stuff, at least, taking a break. <BR> <BR> Last week I went for a really long walk with my son one morning, it was half an hour to the neighbour's and my right foot rebelled at the end of it all so I am nursing plantar fasciitis on the right (it's better in the left). So exercise is difficult enough that I am actually seriously considering getting a bicycle and one of those things so you can use a regular bike as a stationary bike indoors for in the winter. That's ludicrous ... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 02:13:41 EST Resolution? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218731 I lost weight last week and then over the weekend I regained it. Owell. Teach me, right? Not doing great today with eating but tomorrow I will try again. Always keep trying again! <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> I'm hoping to get more exercise in as well, though it'll mostly be toddler-speed heading down the driveway. Every little bit counts! Tue, 16 Aug 2016 00:24:43 EST Life is a trip. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214666 I have eaten well today! I didn't get any exercise in but I ate well and I got all my housework done. <BR> <BR> Things to work out as I continue: <BR> <BR> * Regular exercise beyond chasing my toddler around the house. <BR> * How to get stuff done besides housework, like writing and work-related tasks and so on. Tue, 9 Aug 2016 01:15:54 EST Eating my emotions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206763 Today was pretty good and I really enjoyed my lunch; definitely going to do that again! <BR> <BR> But dinner... I was feeling upset and we ate late and I had two extra servings of the main course. Not great. <BR> <BR> So I've decided that I need to just make sure that I eat dinner when I'm hungry, even if J isn't home yet. He often doesn't get home until after 7.00 p.m. and that's just way too late for me to be eating supper. So from now on, I will make sure it's ready for 6 or 6.30 p.m. an... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 01:24:11 EST Nearing the end of May http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6169212 I lost about 5 lbs in 20 days, which is pretty decent. I did it by cutting sugar and yeast (mostly, a few allowances here and there). I also drank a boatload of water most of those days. We're talking up to 12 cups of water some days. <BR> <BR> I am going to try and stick with this as it is working somewhat. I am going to tweak things as needed but I'm happy with 5 lbs in 20 days. Tue, 24 May 2016 01:53:43 EST Personal Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6150392 Starting May 1. <BR> <BR> I'm going to cut added sweeteners (except I can have one coffee with sugar in it per day) and yeast Monday through Saturday. <BR> I'm going to try and get out for a walk with the baby at least three times a week, as long as it isn't too windy/cold or raining really hard. (If either of those things happens I will try to walk indoors when I'm in the city on Monday and/or Wednesday the following week.) <BR> <BR> I'll be tracking my food here as well as my walking. I'v... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 23:52:54 EST No Check-in today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6113934 Just popping in to say hi and say that my baby is one year old! His birthday was Saturday. I have been making headway in a few areas but I am wiped and can't do a run-through today. Life is going well overall, though, and that's the important thing! Tue, 8 Mar 2016 00:41:39 EST February is nearly over. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6102470 It's been a month, that's for sure. J made a wooden pen for the baby. It's a little small, but I can put the baby in it when I need to leave him alone and it's great so far. I've only been using it for one day though. His birthday is coming up; hard to believe he's turning one already! <BR> <BR> Might as well do a check-in! <BR> <BR> HOUSEHOLD: I am going to keep working on getting the house cleaned up and organized, and I am going to try and follow a budget based on last year's expenses. ... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 22:45:46 EST February begins... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6085337 Last week was just SO busy! Everything slid. <BR> <BR> Monday I got my hair cut. <BR> <BR> BEFORE: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/31581cfd-5ead-43e6-9a53-cebe3cb768f5.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fa5364be-e2bb-44c1-8dd2-ab74d8c001cf.jpg"> <BR> <BR> AFTER: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/96e6f8ad-b13b-4198-8498-eb21be0391e6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I really like it and it looked good after I washed and styled it for the first t... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 22:18:08 EST Update on stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6073273 I missed last week because life happened. It always happens. I want life to take a break. Actually, I want a break. Can I have a vacation? A real one, where I don't have to do anything unless I feel like it, not the fake kind where I still have to do things like cook and do laundry and look after the baby and stuff like that. <BR> <BR> Anyway, here's an update on those plans I wrote about last time. <BR> <BR> HOUSEHOLD: I am going to keep working on getting the house cleaned up and organize... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 01:00:16 EST New Year :: 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6061716 I'm so good at coming back to SP and then disappearing. I think part of it is just that my life has changed so much since I joined that making time for this is really difficult. <BR> <BR> So I'm not going to make any proclamations about being back to stay or anything. Instead, I'm going to say this: <BR> <BR> I'm here right now, and I'm going to try to check in once a week. <BR> <BR> That's it. <BR> <BR> ***** <BR> <BR> My plans this year aren't SMART goals. I find them frustrating since... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 00:26:38 EST Celebrating the end of summer (A&I BSG Challenge) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6005732 We don't really celebrate the end of summer. Maybe bringing out the warm clothes could be considered a celebratory action? <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Summer is definitely over here. The wind has turned cold and blows more days than not now. The leaves are turning or mostly turned, and falling to the ground pretty regularly. Harvest is nearly over, the fields all cut down and bristly. <BR> <BR> We've gotten two boxes of the hot apple drink Costco only carries in the fall and winter (we'll be... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 18:53:17 EST A Balanced Life (#BalancedLife Challenge, Day 1) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5988955 <em>249</em> Write down why you're feeling unbalanced lately. Do you have too much on your plate at work? Are you not taking enough time for yourself? Pinpointing the reasons why you're looking for a change will help you start to identify a solution. <BR> <BR> Mostly I'm feeling like I have a lot of demands on my time and I'm really bad at prioritizing everything. I haven't figured out yet how to manage work responsibilities (I work from home) with my baby's needs with the housework with m... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 16:23:33 EST Summer's End (A&I BSG August Challenge) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5984218 We tend not to really mark the changing seasons in our family. It could be partly because it's really hard to know when one season ends and the next begins, given the climate here. <BR> <BR> But there are a few things that will be changing with September. <BR> <BR> First, R's music class will start again on September 9. It's a Suzuki ECE music class, with all children aged 0-36 months (3 years). I'm looking forward to it because we did it in the spring when he was just two months old and no... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 00:33:59 EST Planning ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5981781 Next week I'm going to try and add a few things to my daily routine. <BR> <BR> The biggest one is that I'm going to try and get outside for a walk every day. I've said I want to do that but haven't really tried until now. <BR> <BR> But it's definitely time I put my money where my mouth is and actually do the thing. <BR> <BR> So next week, that is a big goal. <BR> <BR> I'm also going to have a day-specific health-related goal every day next week. I'm going to put it in my Status Update, so... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 22:44:17 EST Amusement Park Memories (A&I BSG August Challenge) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979786 I love ferris wheels. <BR> <BR> One time I went to the midway at the Calgary Stampede and wanted to go on this big one they had with six-seater gondolas, but the friend I was with didn't want to go. I finally cajoled him on but he spent the entire time holding the pole in the middle. It didn't spin or anything, we were always right side up, and it didn't go really fast or anything. I have no idea why he was so scared! <BR> <BR> I hate roller coasters. <BR> <BR> One time I went to Playland ... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 19:09:55 EST Three things I have learned about exercising (A&I BSG August Challenge) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5978117 Thing the First: <BR> <BR> Exercising can be fun if you choose the right things and the right environment! <BR> <BR> Thing the Second: <BR> <BR> Exercising doesn't have to mean one specific thing; you can do almost anything as long as you're moving your body to do it! <BR> <BR> Thing the Third: <BR> <BR> Exercising is better with music. Put some on and see what happens! Fri, 14 Aug 2015 23:23:38 EST Favourite Spark Tool (A&I BSG August Challenge, Bonus Blog) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5973264 I really like the Nutrition Tracker. It can be frustrating to find the food I need and to get the right amount into the tracker, but I find it really helpful to at least get an idea of how I'm doing keeping on track with my dietary goals! <BR> <BR> One tool I wish they would do more with is the Fitness Tracker. I would like to see things like sweeping the floor and mopping, and doing the dishes and stuff like that as options. I've seen other activity trackers that include housework tasks lik... Thu, 6 Aug 2015 17:29:19 EST Progress and Goals (A&I BSG August Challenge) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971585 Progress. <BR> <BR> What is progress? <BR> <BR> The first definition over at dictionary.com says that it is "a movement toward a goal or to a further or higher stage." So let's just go with that. <BR> <BR> I think I've talked here before about how I sort my to-do list into categories. I'm going to talk about my progress and goals in each category, because I think it's important to look at our health from a wholistic angle and not just focus on our weight: all parts of our lives contribute ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 19:04:14 EST Gaining and Losing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724510 About a year ago, I decided to embark on a journey to see if my gut flora needed to be reset. I chose to follow my father-in-law's candida diet ( <link>https://www.wrc.net/index.php?option<BR>=com_content&view=article&id=322&Itemi<BR>d=737 </link> ). <BR> <BR> I decided to ease into the full diet, since it's very restrictive and must be followed as perfectly as possible for three to six months. I decided to do the full six months. <BR> <BR> So in June, I cut dairy. All dairy (except butter,... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 23:28:02 EST Exclusion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5591451 When I was younger (we're talking 20 years ago here) I would make disparaging comments about models in magazines and had uncharitable thoughts about skinny people at school and elsewhere. I still do from time to time, but I've been working on keeping myself from doing that because it's not who I want to be, it's not a very Christian kind of attitude to have, and I've realized that people have self-image issues at all sizes, not just larger sizes. Picking on people because of their perceived w... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 17:41:54 EST Getting into the swing of things. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5264174 I'm going to head to bed soon, but I wanted to post SOMETHING in February! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I've been keeping track of my food and exercise pretty well. I miss a few days here and there, just because I'm busy or don't want to have to figure out how many chips I actually ate or something like that. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> <em>237</em> EXERCISE <BR> <BR> I decided to start buying 10-packs of tickets to get into the leisure centre. The tickets are good at any leisure centre in th... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 00:41:46 EST Slowly getting back into the swing of things. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5198588 I've been absent from SparkPeople for a VERY long time. I had to leave because there was just too much going on in my life, and I was getting overwhelmed by all of the demands. But now that Christmas is over and I feel a bit more organized in general, I thought I would come back and give this a try again. <BR> <BR> I'm starting small. I had joined the new January challenge group, but realized quickly that my life is just not set up in such a way that I can really commit to something so strin... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 10:44:58 EST The best-laid plans... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4881227 I've been more active on SparkPeople, using the trackers and all, and I've mostly been good about my eating habits (though there's a reason I didn't track for three days this past weekend). However, I decided today that I should probably drop the challenge that I joined at the beginning of the month. <BR> <BR> If you've got me on your friend feed, you may have seen me talking about a sick guinea pig I've been hand-feeding. Here's the story on that. <BR> <BR> I'm starting a guinea pig rescue... Mon, 14 May 2012 16:15:48 EST It is May! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4864081 That means I get to start running again. Assuming it stops being yuck outside, that is. I don't particularly want to go running in the rain when I haven't got waterproof running gear. I'm strange that way. <BR> <BR> I had a great weekend; left last Wednesday for Calgary so I could go to the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo. I got Adam West's autograph (Batman from the old TV show in the 1960's), and he accepted a gift of a photo of my little Batman even though the policy is to not accept g... Thu, 3 May 2012 02:26:06 EST Something funny http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4819591 I was just checking my Nutrition Tracker and saw that it said I had eaten 252g of protein today. I was a little bewildered, since the only meat I'd eaten all day was a pork chop, and everything else except the cheese bun I had as a snack this morning was all veggies and fruits. <BR> <BR> I scrolled on up and discovered the culprit: I had eaten baby carrots at lunch, and the one I'd chosen from the user-added items said that 86g of baby carrots have 199g of protein in them! <BR> <BR> That wa... Wed, 4 Apr 2012 00:54:10 EST