KFEASEL13's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KFEASEL13 KFEASEL13'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/ Surprising weight loss, imperfection, and rewards http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5037277 So after a not very healthy dinner last night (gouda, peppercorn salami, wheat crackers, wine, and cinnamon gummy bears) I weighed in this morning down 4 pounds from my last weigh in. So I don't know what's up, but I'll take it! <BR> <BR> I do know that my waist looks better, less lumpy, my belly is less rotund, and my clothes are fitting better. The other thing that I'm really excited about is that I'm only 3 pounds away from my next reward. I WANT THAT REWARD! I am lqtm (laughing qui... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 10:53:50 EST Need a little more oompf... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5026241 Over the weekend I weighed in at my first goal, 172. I had been hovering between 1.5 and 2 pounds just above this for about two weeks, so I was really excited. Then official weigh-in day comes and...174?!?!? Frustrating. I know that I have been half-a**ing it, but at the same time, I haven't completely been blowing it either. So, I'm making some resolutions for the coming week. I want to get serious and start moving that scale down again and getting back into my old clothes. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 11:19:12 EST back in the saddle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5024742 A recurring theme around these pages: dragging oneself (or for the more sprightly among us, hopping) back on the wagon. Boyfriend's birthday is over, time to get back on track. He's going back to school this week so getting back in to a routine with that will present enough of a challenge by itself. I am going to focus on being very accurate with my food tracking, no alcohol during the week, careful with snacks, and getting at least walking exercise in during the week. Good luck to me an... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 10:55:55 EST tired = hungry? why? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5008221 Why do I have the urge to eat/drink when I'm tired? Is it because the motion of chewing or sipping something keeps me awake? Does my body think the calories will give me the energy my lack of sleep has me missing? <BR> <BR> I have some neck problems and last night was really bad and caused some serious interference with my sleep. The most comfortable position was on my right side, while I normally sleep on my back because sleeping on my side usually makes my shoulders and hips hurt and my... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 12:22:31 EST thoughts, reflections, and inspirations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5006790 A couple of thoughts for this morning: <BR> <BR> I noticed myself running my hands on my waist today. It's because it feels different - less lumpy, or something. NSV? I think it might be! <BR> <BR> I was reading the blog of fellow sparker ELLISH and found that we (and of course many others) have problems with weekends and staying on track. So I issued him a challenge to stay in-range for calories this weekend, and he accepted! I'm really excited, it's funny how motivated I feel! The b... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 13:59:05 EST Inappropriate comment? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5005393 Isn't "I'm sorry, but..." a cop out? Does starting a sentence with this phrase (or its equivalent) excuse the judgment/rudeness/meanness that is almost assuredly to follow? <BR> <BR> I have been kind of upset today about some comments I've seen posted on sparkpeople which were less than supportive or encouraging. What do you all do when you come across this? Flag as inappropriate comment? In one case I really wanted the "meanie" to know that they had been hurtful, but I don't want to per... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 16:33:50 EST weekends are really hard! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5004989 The weekend was really lovely, went hiking with the boyfriend and his 6 year old daughter. Sunday had brunch with a friend, so I didn't even bother tracking my food that day because I felt like it was going to be too hard to put in everything I ate. Maybe that's just an excuse. I did eat only two plates, and they were both two-thirds full of salad, with about 10 shrimp with cocktail sauce, one tiny piece of tuna tartar, a rib, a piece of sausage, a small scoop of mashed potatoes, and a sma... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 12:06:39 EST Love and weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5000155 My boyfriend, THEOTUS (aka Jeremy), wrote a blog post that was really sweet about how I help and motivate him. I don't think he realizes how much he does the same for me. <em>334</em> It really has made the biggest difference to have someone to share this experience with. Having tried to make changes on my own before, it wasn't easy. But with him, even if it's out of contrariness (never said i was perfect!), I find I have greater resolve. <BR> How could you NOT feel blessed having that i... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 22:53:14 EST financial squeeze but skinny jeans fit with ease http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4996258 Well, the scale is totally wack-a-doodle, because today it says I'm down 9 pounds, which is thrilling. Apparently me and my boyfriend's official weigh-in day is tomorrow though. If I'm down another pound I will have reached my first goal and will get to buy myself new shirts! Problem is, this month is a bit tight financially due to some higher than normal expenses (this was expected, but I still feel the squeeze). I'm trying to look at this as the perfect time to work on my frugal skills,... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 11:32:25 EST One week in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4994950 So I'm down 5.5 pounds this first week. That's really exciting. I'm sure I won't be able to keep up this pace but it was really encouraging. Of course my boyfriend lost 10, so I'm jealous. But he does have more weight to lose than me and is of course, a man. I read another sparker's blog where people were talking about perseverance. That's the name of the game, and what I'm going to try to remember! <BR> <BR> I find I'm still really craving a glass of wine or two (or, ahem, three) in ... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 15:05:23 EST Weekends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4992981 Well, my first weekend as a sparker definitely gave me some food for thought! Get it, food? Haha! No, but seriously, I went over my calorie allotment on both Saturday and Sunday, though I did manage to get in some decent exercise time. I also managed a minor hamstring pull during ballet class on Sunday, which was a little upsetting because I have never been injury prone in ballet but then again, I am older now and out of shape. But still, it was a ton of fun - the best thing about ballet... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 11:26:03 EST Made it to Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4989331 I have to start with the part that I'm most happy/amazed about: I've already lost 6 pounds. I'm sure it was mostly water weight but it's still really exciting and very motivating. But then, why try to negate the positive by saying "I'm sure it's water weight"? I think in reverse this is an excuse that I've used often, when I've seen myself go up a number of a pounds in just a few days. The truth is, while some if the gain may have been water, some of it was most assuredly not just water... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 13:17:01 EST Time to Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4985007 So this weekend my boyfriend and I were weighing ourselves and I was the heaviest I have ever been. This has been creeping up on me, and I've been aware of it, but for whatever reason wasn't ready to make weight loss a priority. A Tuesday may be a random day to decide to make a change, but here I am. <BR> <BR> I have always been thin and in shape, until the past few years. At my current weight, I am officially "overweight," though honestly I have felt that there was too much on my body fo... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 14:48:33 EST