KATSPARK06's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KATSPARK06 KATSPARK06'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/ Photo Food Journal - having those cravings! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5847931 It's a special week in the life a woman! However, I'm still trying to keep it under control. Here are my meals for today. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l364166611.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Let's break it down. <BR> <BR> Breakfast 293 - mesa/blueberries/almond milk, decaf/almond milk, 2 coffee macarons <BR> <BR> Lunch 613 - steamed green beans, zucchini w oo, sourdough/avo/chicken, peanuts <BR> <BR> Dinner 459 - salmon (what's up with bones, I hate eating salmon with ... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 18:54:50 EST Photo Blog - my day in food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817374 Welcome to my day in meals. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1912042122.jpg"> <BR> I started off the morning with half my usual serving of oatmeal, some blueberries, a small sweet potato and my delicious decaf with rice milk. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l871966011.jpg"> <BR> After my workout I had a snack of 10 pecan halves, 1 egg and 2 cuties. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l99617375.jpg"> <B... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 18:17:37 EST BLC 26 - Food expectations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804165 The challenge is to tweak my plan - so here it is! <BR> <BR> Calories 1600-2000 <BR> Carbs - 150-215 <BR> Fiber - 25-45 <BR> <BR> Freggies - 3+ <BR> <BR> For the next two weeks I'm avoiding fructose and fructans <BR> (10/21- 11/4) <BR> <BR> Plus I will be mostly avoiding my other problems foods, such as lactose. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:50:44 EST Being resilient http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793600 I think the last year I've really had my resiliency tested. <BR> <BR> As you may or may not know, I've had quite the stomach issues. I've had IBS since as long as I could remember, but this was something different. It started in October with intense stomach pains which lasted an entire weekend. <BR> <BR> Then I had lingering pains, every day, for months. A random flare up every few months. Basically I've become sensitive to numerous foods in my diet, and have had to adjust it dramatically... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 19:32:10 EST BLC 26 - Expectations! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785023 Well, I'm about to embark on another round of BLC. I'm so glad my cousin introduced me to BLC so long ago. I really enjoy learning about new people and their journeys, and sharing our struggles. I truly believe there is power in the community and I have found a lot of inspiration (and instruction) from these BLC rounds and I expect more of it this time. <BR> <BR> During these next 12 weeks I expect to: <BR> 1. make some new spark friends <BR> 2. learn new recipes or get new ideas for food <B... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 21:08:47 EST Canola Oil - my new archnemesis http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695142 Today I think I've finally figured it out! <BR> <BR> In addition to the main culprits - dairy, onions - I believe I've found a new enemy of my digestive system! <BR> <BR> I feel really excited about this news, but sad in a way too. <BR> <BR> I'm happy because who needs canola oil! And I'm glad I've finally figured it out, even though I was suspecting it for awhile. <BR> <BR> First inclination - had a granola with 3 ingredients - oats, canola oil and honey. Tried the others in isolation. ... Wed, 14 May 2014 19:12:19 EST Meal Planning - one of my new favorite things to do http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691835 So meal planning has always been something I've neglected in the years I've been feeding myself. It was just not something that was modeled at home. But as I've been getting better at it over the fast few months I've really started to enjoy it. <BR> <BR> My main issue with meal planning is/was that I seriously forget food I like. I completely forget. I seriously google meal ideas all the time. This refreshes my memory. In addition, I have started to keep an excel worksheet with weekly plans... Sat, 10 May 2014 10:11:51 EST BLC Goals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686301 Hello happy sparkers! <BR> <BR> I'm back at BLC and I love it because it forces me to step up my game a bit when it comes to eating, fitness and overall wellness. <BR> <BR> To get my momentum going, I'm starting off by setting some goals. <BR> <BR> 1. Chat on the thread 3-5 times per week. <BR> 2. Participate in more than one challenge per week. <BR> 3. Celebrate successes and stay positive. <BR> 4. Learn from and share wisdom with new friends on the team. <BR> <BR> I'm keeping it realist... Sat, 3 May 2014 08:55:57 EST Restricted Diet 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5647316 I get asked very often - how are you? This has become a loaded question, because depending on the time of day, my answer will vary. <BR> <BR> I have IBS. <BR> <BR> I have not yet fully identified foods that cause me issues. <BR> <BR> Currently I'm avoiding junk, gluten, dairy, corn, peanuts, fried foods and anything else that causes me issues (coffee, onions, etc.). <BR> <BR> So after having a bad night last night (too many possible new foods), I decided to have a dish which includes food... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 22:32:56 EST in response to some happy sparker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5400684 i don't know about you, but i get this best spark blogs of the week sent to my email. i won't lie, i don't always read it. <BR> <BR> but i read one just recently about a guy asking about us sparkers who have disappeared. well as a sparker who frequently disappears, i can tell you this. <BR> <BR> we are not on the site. therefore we are doing bad eating/exercising. and we feel guilty, fat, and unmotivated, also we feel that our bad eating/exercising is allowed or deserved (maybe we've been ... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 21:58:35 EST so i have a problem http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5343693 so i seriously have an eating disorder. i don't know what i'm doing over here, but i know i'm not trying to get it in order. i feel like i am getting worse and worse and hoping for what? an intervention? something really bad to happen? a doctor to tell me what i should do? <BR> <BR> about a week ago, i realized i was really eating out of control, and had been for some time. i told myself, in order to be more accountable, i need to start tracking. i wasn't responsible enough to eat without t... Thu, 2 May 2013 21:28:32 EST progression, at least in my mindset http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5230970 so this has been a better week. i have gone to bed hungry most nights and i always see that as a sign of success. that means i'm not gorging myself. <BR> <BR> i can thank me for that. <BR> <BR> i had a bit of a "Breakthrough" moment in my body works class on monday. it's like cardio with weights. i really like that class because i really feel the burn, during and after. also, this teacher doesn't mess around. so, this is only the second time i've taken this class, but i've been working out ... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 22:49:08 EST questions and ramblings of someone getting back into it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5219183 SO, let's start with a few questions... <BR> <BR> 1. what's a good whey protein? where do i buy it? what do i put it with? <BR> <BR> 2. do other people bruise when they work out? it happens when i work out pretty hard. like last week i worked out every day, and i went rock climbing and snowboarding for two of those days. next thing you know, i have a huge bruise on my calf. <BR> <BR> 3. how do people realistically deny themselves things they want? i seriously can't say no. and some people... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 20:46:18 EST Food Blog Friday (photos) CICO!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5088402 Here's my day. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l752021517.jpg"> <BR> Morning juice and a lil activia cherry. <BR> 198 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l656776940.jpg"> <BR> lunch at blimpie - blimpie best on whole wheat, less than a full cup of root beer and some chips <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l43157435.jpg"> <BR> then a donut <BR> 896 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 22:03:31 EST Food Blog Tuesday (photos) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5084383 Better day to begin with, got a little crazy at night when I went on a cooking rampage. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l927891859.jpg"> <BR> Breakfast - 305 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l96086116.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l667300795.jpg"> <BR> Lunch - 611 (but I was still hungry) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l416043162.jpg"> <BR> 3pm - 290 <BR> <BR> <img src="http:/... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 21:26:41 EST Food Blog - Monday (photos) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5082833 I like taking pictures, even of my food. <BR> <BR> So this was day one, and a high stress day, and food choices aren't what they could be, but so well... <BR> <BR> Estimated calories are up first, will refine that later. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l261771932.jpg"> <BR> My yogurt breakfast - blueberries, activia cherry and all bran <BR> Est = 200 <BR> 195 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l90060862.jpg"> <BR> Turkey cheese sandw... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 20:40:01 EST October Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5080910 1. Hit 600 minutes for the month. <BR> 2. Weigh 168 pounds or less by Halloween. <BR> 3. Track or write down food daily. <BR> 4. Cook something new once a week. <BR> 5. Cider and donuts (after a really good hike). Sun, 30 Sep 2012 17:27:47 EST Welcome to BLC - 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5058230 Boy am I ready for this challenge. I have gotten out of my good lifestyle habits and have instead reverted back to the old ones. Yuck! <BR> <BR> So I am making a plan for the next 12 weeks and I am going to get myself back on track. <BR> <BR> Here's the plan: <BR> <BR> Workouts: <BR> Make a plan with people in advance, and make sure I have at least 3 workout sessions in place. Options are rockclimbing, hiking, walking and maybe volleyball. <BR> <BR> All of these are feasible until Dec. ju... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 21:26:15 EST Where's the benafiber? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4920119 So howdy fellow sparkies! It's been awhile since I've been posting on here, but I have to say that I've definitely missed it, and all of you. I've fallen off the wagon, bigtime. I guess that's what happens though. In addition to teaching, I was working at B&N cafe, and drinking and eating treats, and just working so much that I had no time or energy to do any of the exercise or other good stuff I needed to do. <BR> <BR> Needless to say, I gained about 15-20 lbs. <BR> <BR> Yuck. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 10 Jun 2012 12:44:14 EST a tiny little spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4511223 so i'm feeling the spark come back. a tiny little bit. <BR> <BR> i know, that might not be enough. considering i'm starting a new job in retail and i'm sure i'm going to be feeling more than overworked for the next 3 months. but i'm going to see how it goes. because i also want to be the best teacher i can be this year, and i'm already starting off on a good note. <BR> <BR> however, i haven't been especially mindful of my food intake and my exercise. however, i'm lucky that maintaining my... Thu, 29 Sep 2011 23:01:25 EST health issues (maybe TMI) and what it means for my eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4212924 as i may have mentioned in prior postings and in some threads, i've had to change my diet and eating habits quite a bit since learning i had ibs. i've done quite well with avoiding most of the triggers that makes my tummy feel "dirty." I've given up things like red meat, coffee, alcohol, garlic, onions, ice cream, among other things. so just as i had gotten my body into a good routine, eating a way i could deal with, taking my align and my metamucil, i got the flu. The flu really messed with ... Thu, 5 May 2011 18:29:13 EST Sick day blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3999812 so i very much hate being sick. and i have the flu, which is pretty miserable. i haven't had the flu since college. all i remember about that incident was being stuck in my dorm during the winter break, being highly delusional and strange when one of the custodians came a knockin on my door. <BR> <BR> so here i am - on day 5 of being sick <BR> <BR> let me paint you a picture: barely any appetite, can't breathe through my nose, bored out of my mind, have to sit up to breathe, have to lay do... Tue, 8 Feb 2011 00:05:28 EST DAY 1 - on track (trip to whole foods, my finger sitch and eating and exercising) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3948478 I'm on track! It's 7:42 pm and I'm in calories and did cardio! WHAT! I rock it out! I had to be creative with calories because I ate them all up earlier in the day (NEED TO STOP THAT) so i had a wrap with just chicken and avocado, then had a dessert of yogurt. It was the coconut milk yogurt - pina colada flavor. I like it a lot! <BR> <BR> all of that for 365 calories! <BR> <BR> Actually made a trip over to the whole foods to get myself a few things... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.... Fri, 21 Jan 2011 19:48:39 EST my crazy cat strikes again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3927421 i had a heck of a night last night. i should preface this story by saying i have a very difficult cat, and just recently moved because he had been screaming at least 50% of the time at my last place. this had been going on for two years. <BR> <BR> so a day or so ago, i noticed i had an invasion of ants in the bathroom. i guess the extreme temperatures and massive snow drove them in. so i looked online, saw the threat of ant baits wasn't too bad for cats and went out and got some. of course s... Sat, 15 Jan 2011 12:22:04 EST BLC 15 - before shots http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3918496 so - i found this bathing suit i want to wear this summer when i was going through some things and decided it was time for a body photo shoot. even though i have lost some weight, and only have about 10 lbs to go, i know where i need it, in my midsection. i need some losing and some toning. so here's to what i can do between now and then end of this challenge and also before summer. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l606078963.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spark... Wed, 12 Jan 2011 16:20:09 EST another day, another dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3911481 so i cooked today!!! i made tilapia! the first time ever! it came out pretty good! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l997778477.jpg"> <BR> one for today, and one for tomorrow! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l224949080.jpg"> <BR> <BR> so that was fun, and it made me feel very accomplished. <BR> <BR> but i have a lingering yuck hanging around... i went to a therapist today. first time in about 8 years. just felt like i wanted to dive into a few ... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 19:44:01 EST Some small, but positive changes... and almond milk recommendations... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3907393 So my journey continues. I set up the wii, so now that is a viable option, just haven't put it into motion yet, but I will. I have promised myself that I will lose the remaining pounds and find a healthy lifestyle that even I can be happy with. <BR> <BR> Weekends are crazy things aren't they. You have all these hours of unstructured time, and yet they seem to fly by without me getting as much done as I would like to. I mean, when I reflect on what I actually accomplished it isn't too bad, bu... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 18:06:52 EST FOOD BUDGET - need help http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3904119 So, I've only been food planning for a week now, and I think it has definitely made a difference in my food budget, but I'm still really worried about it. I really need to get my food budget way down. Basically I need to cut it in half. Any tips on how to do this??? Sat, 8 Jan 2011 17:07:51 EST BLC 15 - evaluating my new start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3902316 so i've just started BLC 15 and i'm on a very hardcore team. however, instead of letting that intimidate and derail me, i am pushing myself to be better. <BR> <BR> right now, i am still in the process of getting my calories and my exercise regiment under control. i'm coming off a few months of really not making any effort due to life stressors sapping all my time and energy. <BR> <BR> so i'm really psyched. and i have the time and almost the energy to get this game started. i just meal pla... Sat, 8 Jan 2011 00:19:01 EST so i'm addicted to sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3808134 they always say acknowledging your problems is the first step. well here i am. <BR> <BR> Hi, my name is Sondra, and I am a sugar-aholic. <BR> <BR> That being said, I almost wish I could cut it completely out of my diet, but for me, that is unrealistic. I am not going to eat clean, sorry, i can barely just eat at home, asking me to completely prepare all my foods from scratch - uhhh, a bit of a far stretch. <BR> <BR> So I think what is realistic is to cut it out, slowly but surely. But it... Sat, 27 Nov 2010 10:25:46 EST some food pics and some wise words http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3796522 So, I've been in a kinda rut/plateau for a while - and honestly I know why. I haven't been as active or as concerned with my food, probably since August or September. My life has been a whirlwind of stressors, good and bad, and it's really been hard to put my health first. I know it's no excuse, but it's what been happening for me. I'm lucky I've been maintaining because I've been eating horribly, but luckily I think maintaining is my body's natural thing - cause that's what I've been doing. ... Sat, 20 Nov 2010 21:06:11 EST food blog... beginnings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3767585 Here is a pic of my yummy breakfast. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l261928632.jpg"> <BR> 410 calories <BR> <BR> (I had 2 teas) Sun, 7 Nov 2010 10:28:28 EST my emotions are really an on/off switch for eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3745121 I really am starting to noticing how closely my emotions are tied to my eating habits. <BR> <BR> Normally, I think this works against me, because most emotions trigger me to eat - boredom, sadness, happiness, as a reward, mild stress. <BR> <BR> HOWEVER <BR> My current scenario - I am moving, in 3 days. I am not fully packed. I have a cat that screams (yowls) all the time. I have a lot of stuff, and the friends that are helping me would probably rather not. I'm nervous about living alone, f... Wed, 27 Oct 2010 22:21:34 EST Food Blog for Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3706414 Ok, went food shopping, but today is still a lil rough. But at least I went hiking. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l477151327.jpg"> <BR> awesome fruit salad (shared with a friend) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l707673937.jpg"> <BR> ham, cheese and tomato omelette, rye toast w butter and hash browns (ate about half of my portion) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l646472609.jpg"> <BR> also had some frenc... Sun, 10 Oct 2010 22:10:13 EST Food blog - for a high carb day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3704694 Hello all. Had a lazy weekend day and ate a bit too many carbs, but i'm ok with it. My stomach doesn't hurt, and I'm going food shopping tomorrow to buy some healthy things, so i'm not going to beat myself up over it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l775314414.jpg"> <BR> breakfast 583 calories- eggs with spin and feta, high calorie bread with apple butter and tea with almond milk (no sugar because i didn't have any - good way to save some calories) <BR> <BR> <i... Sun, 10 Oct 2010 00:27:25 EST Dinner food blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3689461 So my October goal is to eat out as little as possible. So that means I definitely have to get on the cooking at home train. I decided to start today after a trip to the farmers market. <BR> <BR> So since I have strange and picky taste this is the dinner I decided to have: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l96291990.jpg"> <BR> shrimp cocktail, edamame, and roasted tricolor radishes (350 calories) <BR> <BR> then for dessert <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Sun, 3 Oct 2010 17:49:42 EST Food Blog for a postitive day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3626466 So it all started off with an early morning hike with one of my teacher friends who sadly no longer works at my school (NOT FAIR). We did a 40 minute hike, and burned an estimated 315 calories. <BR> <BR> I was feeling good about myself, but needed a little caffeine boost since I didn't sleep well last night (SIMBA!!!) and I had a lot of work I wanted to get acccomplished (LESSON PLANS!) I stopped at starbucks and got the toffee mocha (skim with no whip) =170 calories, the black forest ham an... Fri, 10 Sep 2010 21:49:23 EST first day of school + a bad kid = binge eating (HELP!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3616545 I am going to keep this short and sweet but I had one heck of a day today. My morning went as smooth as pie (or some other smooth thing) and that should have been indication that things were too good to be true. I have this one student this year - oh man - help me! So i dealt with him for the 80 minutes, discussed the situation/strategized with colleagues/admins and a plan of action is now in effect. But I still feel angry with myself for not handling it better and angry that I have to deal w... Tue, 7 Sep 2010 21:38:19 EST some new school outfits (photos) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3612641 I'm really excited about school, and the new thinner me. So I bought a whole bunch of new clothes. Only thing is, some of them are little too feminine for the classroom. We shall see.. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l276101543.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l721703081.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l799348196.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l107491940.jp... Mon, 6 Sep 2010 19:48:19 EST Vacation pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3571409 Hello everyone. Just wanted to post a short(ish) blog to put up some vacay pics. I had a great time and definitely got to relax, but I am more than ready to get back into my routine of 3 hikes a week and better eating. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l982079866.jpg"> <BR> an amazing quesadilla by violet grewe (yum!) I am so lucky! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l300416897.jpg"> <BR> me and gabby (she's 2) one of my other cousin's da... Tue, 24 Aug 2010 21:57:08 EST 2 workouts in one day and no rainbow cookies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3511025 so today i had a great workout day! this morning i went hiking with some teacher friends (and i'm SOOOOOOOO not a morning person) but it's getting to be a good summer routine and it gets me out of the house and doing something. <BR> <BR> then later i went bouldering with a friend. we can't rock climb at my gym yet because he isn't belay certified. he's my new friend i'm trying to convince to get certified, because i think climbing with the ropes is way more fun. <BR> <BR> so even though i ... Fri, 6 Aug 2010 22:11:10 EST Summer Kamp - my goals and aspirations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3493406 So for the month of August I will be participating in Summer Kamp - and the plan is to lose a few pounds, get a bit more toned and keep going with my healthy eating habits. <BR> <BR> August <BR> <BR> starting weight:150.4 <BR> goal weight: 148.4 <BR> <BR> I have a busy month ahead of me - a vacation down the shore this week, a trip to Kentucky in a few weeks, and getting my classroom set up. Plus we just got a dog (my roommate) and I have to try to figure out a way for the (huge) puppy ... Mon, 2 Aug 2010 00:18:04 EST A successful eating day - deliciousness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3484242 Today I feel good about my eating! <BR> <BR> It all started with some cheesy eggs and fiber one muffin with avocado. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l422326504.jpg"> <BR> oh i also had a fruit leather <BR> 434 calories <BR> <BR> for lunch i made edamame and had half of the kashi roasted veg pizza <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l887734783.jpg"> <BR> <BR> for dessert i had 7 mini rice cakes and skim plus milk <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.s... Fri, 30 Jul 2010 00:21:59 EST measurements and disappointments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3476570 So I did my final measurements for BLC13 and I'm disappointed. I know I could have worked harder, but I am slightly surprised I didn't lose more inches. <BR> <BR> So final measurements: <BR> <BR> Waist - 33 <BR> Hips - 39 <BR> Neck - 13 <BR> Thigh - 21.5 <BR> Calf - 16 <BR> Upper arm - 12 <BR> Chest - 37 <BR> <BR> <BR> Overall inches lost = half an inch (LAME!) <BR> <BR> So neck, calf, chest and upper arm are all the same - ok, who cares. <BR> <BR> Hips (maybe) went down by half an inch... Tue, 27 Jul 2010 22:14:05 EST typical day, but i could do better (tuesday) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3476298 so i decided i wanted to food blog today - tomorrow is my final weigh in for BLC 13 and i just wanted to give it one more heave ho! <BR> <BR> so on we go! <BR> <BR> First thing this morning I went for my usual hike. I like to go with this particular girl because she is a morning person and it forces me to be up and doing things at a reasonable hour. <BR> <BR> On the way home I wanted to get a starbucks - needed one - big unit plan due tomorrow. Been working on it all weekend. Final stretch... Tue, 27 Jul 2010 20:52:56 EST went over my calories today :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3429680 So today - I went over my calories. <BR> <BR> Breakfast 1015 am <BR> cascadian farm flax cereal with rasp, skimplus and a glass of simply orange with mango. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l487541429.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l158584739.jpg"> <BR> 425 calories <BR> <BR> AM SNACK - 1130am <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l330239721.jpg"> <BR> 140 calories <BR> <BR> LUNCH out with renee @ 130pm <BR> <img src=... Wed, 14 Jul 2010 00:00:13 EST Food Blog because I don't want to eat anymore today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3421478 So this morning I knew I was hiking at some point, so I knew I couldn't have a big breakfast. So I just had an activia cherry and a fiberone 90 calorie (NO IMAGE). <BR> <BR> 162 calories. <BR> <BR> But by the time we went hiking, I was starving, so I bought an Odwalla bar (hearty) and one for the guy I went with (totally just a friend). <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l518035997.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Then I went for an epic hike - 1 hour 20 minutes (it wasn't really that ... Sun, 11 Jul 2010 21:03:36 EST Food Blog for July 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3418905 Hello friends! <BR> <BR> I'm back. <BR> <BR> So last night I had a hot date, and needless to say, I woke up very late and wanted a huge breakfast. So I made myself some cheesy eggs a bagel thin with reduced fat cc, an activia, a v8 and a herbal tea. Kinda crazy. But I needed it! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l799783131.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l488540761.jpg"> <BR> 591 calories (a bit high) <BR> <BR> For lunch I just had a froz... Sat, 10 Jul 2010 22:56:36 EST 4th of July food blog!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3399402 Hello ladies and gents! Let's begin the journey of my food today. I started off with my modest breakfast of Kashi flakes, strawberries and skim plus milk. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l99681944.jpg"> <BR> 301 calories <BR> <BR> As a morning snack (but it was really like 3pm because I woke at 1) I had one of my tea lattes and a mini luna <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l261010602.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l... Mon, 5 Jul 2010 00:28:58 EST Before After Pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3399300 here's a face shot <BR> <BR> aug 2009 and july 2010 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l785240374.jpg"> <BR> more of a difference <BR> <BR> I don't know if there is an easier way to do this - but I tried to use this one online tool, but it SOOOO didn't help me. So this is how I did it. <BR> <BR> Import 2 pics and resize in WORD. Then select all and press ctrl c (copy). Then open PAINT and press ctrl v. Crop it using the square selection tool - go into IMAGE and press ... Sun, 4 Jul 2010 23:41:09 EST