KIMMYCABLES's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KIMMYCABLES KIMMYCABLES'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/ Springing- Week One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5261451 Hi Ladies!!!! <BR> Springing week one is about to end here in about three hours and it's about time that I tell y'all about myself. I'm Kim [waves hello] and I've been a sparker on and off since 2009. My user name came about from my love of knitting. In 2009 I started off great and was really dedicated to SP. It's waxed and waned over the years but 2013 feels like the year that I'm finally going to get it together. I've been in control of things since the beginning of the year and I'm committ... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 21:03:26 EST Work and healthy life style http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5090713 Lately I feel like I'm just going through the motions of the day. I'm sure if I could get back to a place where exercise and eating right is my normal then I could be back to making good decisions on auto pilot. <BR> <BR> I'm lucky to have a full time job, in the field that I got my degree in, doing something that I love but being a "shift worker" is really making it hard to be healthy. I'm perpetually tired, I would say I should go to the Dr. about it but when getting 5 hours of sleep is a ... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 00:51:03 EST Week 1- 20 weeks and 20 lbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4940554 So here I go. The weather has been nice. The Trek Across Maine is done and I really need to start back up on the calorie counting and being aware of what is going into my mouth. I don't think that I'm being that horribly bad, but tracking all my food does make me question whether or not I actaully want to eat that cookie. <BR> <BR> My cardio endurance is better than ever. I'm loving spin class and I'm going to go at least twice this week. I want to ride my bike to work this week as well. It ... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 19:11:53 EST Where's the warm weather? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4859330 So after a couple weeks of warm weather that happened in March it's been cold for all of April. I still have yet to ride my bike to work. As of last week it's been about 30 degrees F and windy in the morning. I hope to ride to work at least twice this week. I'm just going to have to figure out how to stay warm if it's going to be cold again. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping that by the end of May I should be changing my user name to KimmyPedals instead. <BR> <BR> Hoping to melt some pounds and and be ... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 13:03:41 EST Day Zero... again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4782278 So here I come skulking back to SP. It's spring, I have a month long gym membership, and a whole bunch of excuses. I'm back to the weight that got me here the first time oh so many moons ago. The question is: can I keep it up this time? I don't know if I can answer that but I'm darn sure going to try. I'm going to keep blogs short but do them often, and I'm going to try to stick to some goals. <BR> <BR> Goals in no particular order: <BR> - Drink more unsweetened liquids <BR> - pedal 200 mile... Sun, 11 Mar 2012 16:17:32 EST Putting it all out there for the world to see http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4466483 It's been almost two years since I've joined Spark People. That being said I'm totally ashamed of my weight loss progress. A lot has changed in my life since I joined Spark People but one thing that hasn't is my weight. <BR> <BR> When I started SP I was at my heaviest and I felt awful about it. I had already started going to the gym but I wasn't actually getting anything accomplished. Then I joined SP; it took a little bit to get going but then I found a great support group on here and I ac... Sun, 4 Sep 2011 21:34:21 EST Training for the Trek and Raising money for Lung health http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4172175 Hi Sparkers!!! <BR> <BR> I know that there are other Trekers out there as well but I want to fill in everyone about what I'll be doing this June. <BR> <BR> I'm signed up for the Trek Across Maine. This is a 3 day 180 mile cycling event that will bring together about 2,000 riders, a multitude of volunteers and not to mention a fair amount of peanut butter and bananas. <BR> <BR> Currently I'm training by doing 10-15 mile rides during the week and longer on the weekends. This is part of my ca... Sun, 17 Apr 2011 16:39:24 EST FEF^2 Week 1 Action plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4124702 This week is all about getting back on the wagon: <BR> <BR> Monday: Make sure a lunch is packed for work and make plan for the rest of the week <BR> <BR> Tuesday: Grocery Shop, quick bike ride or walk (weather dependent), pack healthy meal, work, Pack breakfast and lunch for work Wednesday <BR> <BR> Wednesday: Work, bike ride, walk dog, pack healthy breakfast and lunch for work <BR> <BR> Thursday: Work, walk dog, C25K Day1 Week 1 <BR> <BR> Friday: Work and walk dog <BR> <BR> Saturday: C... Mon, 28 Mar 2011 17:58:22 EST 1 year later 10 pounds down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3625212 It's been just over a year since I joined Spark People. When I weighed myself a year ago the scale tipped at 181 pounds and change. I'm happy to report that I'm hovering somewhere around 170 depending on the day. <BR> <BR> I'm no where near my goal and I've fallen off the wagon but I'm not going to give up. I want to lose another 10 pounds this fall. If I could see even 159.8 by January I'll be one very happy girl. I was in high school the last time I was under 160. <BR> <BR> My whole lif... Fri, 10 Sep 2010 12:39:34 EST I cancelled my gym membership... and more why I haven't been around http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2928011 Update on my life. So I mentioned in my last blog that we're moving. We're now just over 2 weeks away from that day. So I cancelled my gym membership today. I'm paid through mid March so I can still use it until then but life has been crazy. Between school, work, and getting ready to move I've been focusing on trying to make good decisions and just not gain weight. I'm going to kick my butt into gear once we move and have the gym right there. I know it will all work out and I haven't given u... Thu, 25 Feb 2010 17:36:46 EST It's already February? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2835867 Where did January go. It seems to have flown by me. It's February and I need to step up. <BR> <BR> All of January I kept saying I'll get to it. Whatever it was. Now it's February and it feels like I didn't accomplish that much in January. I've stalled out on the weight loss. Frankly I don't think I've been trying hard enough. I haven't gained but I haven't really lost either. I need to kick my butt into shape for the spring. <BR> <BR> Exciting news, we finally have the condo under contract... Wed, 3 Feb 2010 13:43:02 EST Action Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2794138 So I've been plateaued for about a month now. I also know that it's my fault. I've slacked on food tracking, I'm still exercising but I think I could push it a little bit and my sleep has been awful. There for I'm making an action plan for this week, which will be a busy one as school started back up last week and is already in full force. <BR> <BR> 1.) Track everything that goes into my mouth <BR> <BR> 2.) Plan meals before I go to eat them <BR> <BR> 3.) Pack snacks and meals so that ther... Mon, 25 Jan 2010 12:06:15 EST I feel like a big fat non loser http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2763114 So I feel stuck and like I'm not losing any weight at all. I'm frustrated b/c I have now been around 168 for what seems like an eternity. I was hoping to be 165 by new year's and then bust my bum and be at 160 by now or at least very soon. I think now I would like to see 160 by valentine's day. I know it's not all about numbers, but I'm just frustrated. I need to get on the scale at the doctor soon and I'm worried that it's not going to look like much progress from last year. (not that I star... Mon, 18 Jan 2010 16:40:06 EST I'm Green, What's your fitness color? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2737191 FIrst off thanks Yoovie for posting this link in your blog. It was seriously fun. I think it was more fun b/c this describes exactly why I'm in the gym. My goal ride a century and I'm signed up for the Trek Across Maine in June if I could get my butt on my bike right now I would. I'm posting the link as well so that everyone else can take this since it's so much fun <BR> <BR> <link>the8colorsoffitness.com/book/index.p<BR>hp?option=com_content&task=view&id=103<BR>&Itemid=1 </link> <BR> <... Tue, 12 Jan 2010 22:18:03 EST Bingeing and Bathing Suits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2725517 Major confession on the way. I am a binger. No you'll be hard pressed to get me to admit this on a normal day. Really I think it comes down to laziness and lack of accountability for my bingeing but this is what happens. I almost never have the house to myself. Maybe for a couple of hours but it will be noticeable if a pack of crackers and a block of cheese disappears in that amount of time. That means when the boyfriend is away on business I eat things that I typically wouldn't eat if he was... Sun, 10 Jan 2010 20:16:19 EST How did you pick your goal weight??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2686534 So I was thinking about my goal weight today and was wondering what exactly put 125 as the weight that I want to achieve. I know that this will put me into a healthy weight category but it was utterly random for me. I actually was thinking about going for 135 when I signed up for SP but something in my head said why not go for 10 more pounds. I'm worried that I will have a distorted body image that will make me want to keep on losing. I think that this comes from always feeling like I was on ... Sun, 3 Jan 2010 16:13:21 EST 2010 THIS IS MY YEAR http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2682031 So I rang in the New Year somwhere around 10 pounds lighter than last year and 10 pounds lighter than when I started SP. I hit that 10 pound loss at the same time as the holidays, so from the past few days I feel like I'm retaining water and I'm in desperate need of going to the gym. The scale has gone up a little but I know I'm going to get it back down. It just will take some more determination to do so (and a lot of water drinking). <BR> <BR> This is going to be my year. On the drive ho... Sat, 2 Jan 2010 18:55:36 EST eeekkkk carbs and lack of motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2650451 so it's almost christmas and I'm not sure about christmas presents for people yet, I have a list of things that I want to bake and I have school work to finish. I don't consider myself an emotional eater but when I get busy I tend to not eat until it's to late and then I go for whatever is there for me. This does not mean going through a drive through this means grabbing what's on the counter and nibbling once the anexity that caused me not to eat has wained. Case and point, finals last May, ... Tue, 22 Dec 2009 14:16:51 EST Procrastinating.... (and my evil plan) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2646284 So I'm writing this blog and I know that I should be finishing my school work. I want everything to be done today. Since it is now 405 pm here I highly doubt that it's going to happen. I do want to make a sizable dent in it so that I can have it done tomorrow. In my head I'm going if you just get it done then there's a whole month of no school and you can do whatever the heck you want to do; but I'm lacking motivation for no apparent reason other than the fact that I would love to sit and whi... Sun, 20 Dec 2009 16:11:08 EST fitting better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2635460 So for the first time ever the Wii called me overweight. There was a major happy dance going on. It's finals week and I just want to be done but I felt the need to share this with all the sparklers out there. The other day I noticed that my underwear fit better. Weird thing to notice, right? Really it's that nothing hangs over the top anymore and the string bikinis no longer look like they are cutting into the flab. Kind of funny how everything starts to fit better. Although I'm kind of bumme... Tue, 15 Dec 2009 12:02:40 EST Readjusting but not giving up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2630919 So my weight hasn't really budged until this week for the past 3-4 weeks. I was hovering right around 171. Thanksgiving didn't really help but at the same time it didn't really set me back either. I was just kind of hovering. I have a scale in my bathroom that I weigh myself with but I also use the Wii. So my original goal was to hit 160 by 1/1 since as of last Friday I hit 170.0 it just didn't seem like that would happen. So I readjusted my goal to 165. I think that this is reasonable, and s... Sun, 13 Dec 2009 16:40:30 EST Lofty Fitness goals for 2010? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2625156 So there's a lot that I want to do in 2010. Really it's all through the the spring and summer and a little bit into the fall. I'm determined to combat the winter weight that is so easy to gain when it's so freakin cold outside. I think that when I'm done with my degree I'm moving to a warmer climate. Once again I'm going to whine about not being able to ride my bike. I'm hoping that winter doesn't stretch into the end of April this year so that I can go on bike rides without having to worry a... Thu, 10 Dec 2009 17:06:49 EST thoughts, goals, and ramblings. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2618153 So I haven't blogged in a while. Really I feel like Thanksgiving really threw me off my game. I wasn't that bad food wise on Thanksgiving; it was really the rest of the days that didn't go as well. I went to Boston with a plan. I wasn't able to fully execute that plan. I saw 175 on the scale again and that hurt. That being said I've gotten back down to my hovering between 171 and 172. I still want to see 160 by 1/1 but that doesn't seem realistic anymore. I think it's going to have to be mod... Mon, 7 Dec 2009 22:53:10 EST Just another manic monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2583016 So it's gloomy outside, I overslept, and I over indulged yesterday. We had friends over yesterday who are having a tough time as a couple and they brought pizza. I ended up eating a slice and for the most part I stayed within my ranges but I feel guilty about it. I completely slept through the alarm this morning. No big deal b/c I don't have an exact time to do anything today but I have a lot to do so I wanted to get a jump start on everything so that I could get to bed early tonight and sta... Mon, 23 Nov 2009 11:28:41 EST Week 3 Of the 8 week challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2581810 So my week overall was not that great. I stayed within ranges most days and got to the gym 4 times this week but I was really lacking energy. Like didn't want to move in the morning. I think part of it was knowing my work week.I was smart about packing lunches and snacks but two of the nights and even during the day leading up to work I was cranky b/c of knowing who I had to work with. I just felt like I couldn't move out of my own way most of this week. Big contrast to last week where I felt... Sun, 22 Nov 2009 22:01:10 EST Scale suggestions? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2574323 Hey Sparkers, <BR> I'm looking for some scale suggestions. <em>192</em> I got on mine today and it told me that I was 170.6. <em>9</em> <BR> I was about to hop into the shower and I fiddled with the buttons a bit to get it to do the weight, fat, water, muscle and bone measures. It never really likes to do this function for some reason but I pressed the buttons a couple of times and got it to work. Well, it said my weight was 172.8. <em>15</em> This lead me to see what it would tell me mu... Thu, 19 Nov 2009 12:24:35 EST I could be a cheerleader... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2570107 So I was at the gym the other day and there was a woman around my age on the elliptical next to me. She was on the heavy side and I really just wanted to ask her is she was on SP, had she ever heard of it and if not how much she should really join. I kept it all in but I really wanted to say something. I just didn't want to seem like some crazy chick at the gym. At work last night I was telling my coworker that she should really join too. I'm finally losing weight and I want to help people do... Tue, 17 Nov 2009 22:05:33 EST Week 2 Of the 8 Week Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2564478 First off a big <em>244</em> for team Kazoo!!!!!!!! We rocked it this past week with the first weigh in. I'm hoping that we keep it up. If the numbers keep going that way we're all going to hit our short term goals, and the long term ones too. <BR> <BR> Overall I had a good week. I made it to the gym 4 times this week and had some good work outs. I did my strength training as well. Although most days I felt like I should have done more I think it was just because I felt like I slacked the... Sun, 15 Nov 2009 23:35:57 EST Feeling on top of the world http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2559502 So overall this has been a really good week. I'm sure that has majorly to do with my work schedule but I feel really good this week. Top it off with being 3.4 pounds down from last friday and it's even better. I've never seen that much of a loss before. I know last friday some of it was just water weight but still. It's awesome to see 170.6 or lower on the scale the past couple of days. I think that the challenges I'm in are really helping me. <BR> <BR> I'm going out to buy myself a new iP... Fri, 13 Nov 2009 19:48:15 EST Random thoughts on a Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2551540 So I'm feeling good about this week. I had a weigh in today and I was down 1.2 pounds; that's even with cake and champagne over the weekend. I've been to the gym the past two days and I'm feeling good. I even did weight training. I'm meeting my goal of at least 5 times this week. I really want to see 170. Part of it is just want for a new iPhone case, I guess that's a good motivator then. <BR> <BR> Being in a team challenge is also helpful. I'm no longer accountable for just myself but a wh... Tue, 10 Nov 2009 21:28:11 EST Week 1 of the 8 Week challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2544930 So I slacked at the gym this week. I think that the time change threw me off or something. Still got in over 90 min of cardio. I did pretty well with my eating although it's birthday week. (I saw week b/c not only is my boyfriends it's mine as well). Indulged a little but stayed mindful. I haven't lost anything yet this week but at the same time I haven't gained either. I find that I eat better when I'm busy since I will plan all my food ahead because I know if I don't I probably won't have a... Sun, 8 Nov 2009 18:39:38 EST 365 days until... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2544187 So my date to reach my goal weight is one year from today. My goal is to be 125 pounds in that time. As of this morning my weight is 173.4 ( I feel a plateau coming on) so heres the break down. <BR> <BR> lose <BR> 48.4 pounds in 1 yea <BR> 4.03 pounds per month <BR> 0.93 pounds per week <BR> 0.13 pounds per day <BR> <BR> When I look at 48.4 pounds it sounds huge. It's great to see that number under 50 though. Knowing that if I lose about a pound a week I'll be right on track makes it seem v... Sun, 8 Nov 2009 13:00:04 EST Dividing my time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2534977 So at first I was thinking that I'm just not motivated to go to the gym, but I really wanted to go today. So I'm going it's not lack of motivation it's that I need to find a better balance. I have a ton of school work to catch up on. So I spent the majority of the day in the library, in fact I'm still there. I did make sure to take the stairs. I just want to point out that I never see anyone in the stairwells in the library and there I am lugging all my stuff up the 7 flights. Woo Hoo for me ... Wed, 4 Nov 2009 18:47:29 EST D.O.N.E http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2531826 So I finally joined the Done Being the Fat Girl group. I think I was in some sort of denial. When I first joined SP I didn't want to admit that for all my life I'd been the fat girl. I was always uncomfortable with my body, even at my skinny weight. Somehow I tried to justify that there was always someone who appeared or truly was bigger than I was. That just made me the not as fat girl. After two months of being on SP I am now comfortable with saying that I'm fat. I think a huge part of that... Tue, 3 Nov 2009 17:28:55 EST November already http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2527439 So it seems like there is a need for a recap of October. Overall, I'm wicked happy with the results that I'm seeing so far. I lost 3.6 pounds in a month. I would have really liked it to have been 5 but I can only strive to do better this way. I didn't make it to my goal of 170 for 11/1 but I feel like I'm close to it. Heck, I'm in the low 170's and it makes me feel good. The thing that I feel the best about is that I lost 2 inches from my waist. I also lost 1.5 from my hips. This made me real... Mon, 2 Nov 2009 11:27:06 EST A healthy relationship with food... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2522922 So a major reason why I love SP is because I still can eat the foods of my choice. I think it's great. The tracking of my food has helped me become more aware of the foods that I'm eating , what's the better choice and how much I can have. I don't fell deprived and I actually feel okay that I went over my calories yesterday. I can say that because I did extra at the gym and I looked at my calorie differential and I'm still in the negative for everyday this past week including yesterday when I... Sat, 31 Oct 2009 18:32:28 EST My Biggest Fear http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2520409 So I joined SP in September. I didn't really stick to the plan or working out or anything for the first month. I jumped on the wagon and held on for dear life starting in October. I can't say that I was truly committed until a week in. That being said, I have lost almost 5 pounds since joining SP, 3 of which came in the month of October. I'm also sure that there is .5 of a pound that is just waiting to come off (i.e. tomorrow the day after my weigh in). My pants are also fitting better and I ... Fri, 30 Oct 2009 12:53:51 EST Remembering why I'm doing this... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2515247 So with every day I'm finding it easier to stick to my plan, get to the gym on the right days, stay within calories etc, etc. I thought it would be a good idea to put down in writing why I finally decided to commit to doing this. <BR> <BR> 1.) The night I signed up for SP I felt awful. I believe my exact statement was "I feel huge." I decided this was it. I was almost 10 pounds lighter in May and I hated that I put the weight back on. <BR> <BR> 2.)Dear thighs, please stop rubbing I want to ... Wed, 28 Oct 2009 12:24:58 EST Getting my butt moving. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2508982 So the BF and I had a lazy weekend this weekend. When I say lazy I'm not sure if that actually describes the extent of how little I moved. Last week I did great going to the gym eating right and just being active. Then came Thursday, I got home from work and as usual I'm not tired. This means no sleep before 2 am. Needless to say I was exhausted on Friday. We went out for dinner, I'm sure I went over calories but I did some extra working out so I did feel that bad. Saturday was just an icky d... Mon, 26 Oct 2009 11:16:04 EST Life is coming together :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2502265 So I feel much more accomplished at the end of the week. <BR> <BR> Major accomplishment number 1: I have gotten really good at tracking my food and planning my day in the morning. I then pack my lunch, dinner, and my snacks and try to curb the cravings before they start. This has led me to be eating right around 1500 calories a day, typically a little under. I've also stopped snacking when I come home from work at night. <BR> <BR> Accomplishment Number 2: I actually noticed that I have mo... Fri, 23 Oct 2009 12:34:21 EST Just because it's Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2490820 So I'm blogging just because I have a few things on my mind. <BR> <BR> I need to figure out how to get to the gym in the mornings, I have a hard time getting going in the morning, but I'm up late. That's because I work until midnight. Then I sleep in and then I don't get out of the house until later. I'm making an effort to go to the gym before work today. I know I can fit in 30 minutes of cardio, plus I'll feel better. <BR> <BR> I'm kinda down because the scale isn't moving. I know I shou... Mon, 19 Oct 2009 12:50:55 EST A confession of my caloric misdeeds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2483564 So Wednesday night is Top Chef night. This could possibly make it hard to stay within calorie counts, well at least for me. I've tried to cut down watching cooking shows because it seems that they make me crave food that's bad for me. Really it makes me want to bake usually. I might need to start feeding the people that I go to school with now that I only work 2 or 3 days a week. That being said Wednesday was a rough day in general for me. I woke up hungry, but not just hungry it was stomach ... Fri, 16 Oct 2009 10:46:54 EST Lentils and resisting urges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2476178 So I decided to make a pot of lentil soup this week. It's healthy, it's tasty, and lasts for a long time. I was buying lentils in bulk and needed a pound. As I was standing there with a pound of lentils in a bag I realized that I've lost 3 of those bags full. Thats a lot of lentils!!!! It made me feel good about myself. Especially since the scale is ticking down slowly but surely. Every morning I'm kind of worried that the scale is going to be back at 178 and it hasn't. I've been feeling good... Tue, 13 Oct 2009 14:43:48 EST Itsy bitsy teeny weeny pink polka dot bikini? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2473063 So there is new motivation in my life. A room for Sandals Antigua is booked for March 20th (or there abouts). That means beaches and bathing suites. I put on a bathing suite once this year that was in my parents back yard with only them and my boyfriend to see. I know that when people go to these resorts they don't all have perfect bodies but I would sure love to at least feel somewhat good about mine. I think I may start hitting the gym really hard so that hopefully by the time I hit that be... Mon, 12 Oct 2009 14:18:10 EST 12 Weeks to the New Year Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2465795 So today marks 12 weeks to the new year. I joined this challenge and hope that now that I feel on track that I can meet my goals. So here it goes, if I put them in writing for everyone to see I have to be held accountable for it. <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> <BR> Work out 3-4 times a week, 5 if it's a week where I'm not bogged down. <em>182</em> <BR> <BR> Drink my 8 glasses of water a day <em>194</em> <BR> <BR> Stick to 1200-1500 calories a day <em>265</em> <BR> <BR> Stay Positive <em>2... Fri, 9 Oct 2009 12:27:34 EST Lofty Expectations? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2462886 So I finally feel like I'm truly getting on the healthy train. I feel good! I'm staying in my calorie range consistently this week and last night I even resisted snacking during Top Chef. I realized that I wanted to eat something, I didn't need it or was I even hungry. My body feels better, and I've realized that I'm less winded going up the stairs at school now, (4 flights no problem 6 flights is still kind of pushing it). I have energy and feel like I'm making progress. <BR> <BR> That bei... Thu, 8 Oct 2009 11:37:04 EST Midnight Snacker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2460208 So I have been working nights for the past 2 weeks and I get home after midnight. I think that this might actually help me lose weight. I've realized that I used to get home from work between 4 and 6 and immediately look for something to eat and continue to snack for most of the evening on top of making a regular sized dinner. Now I pack my dinner and possibly a healthy snack. I don't walk by vending machines at work and I work in a biohazard area, and we're busy. This means no temptation bec... Wed, 7 Oct 2009 12:57:49 EST Making little changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2446470 So I read the blog entry the other day about making little changes in life that will in the long run lead to positive lifestyle changes. Right now I have a big change going on in my life; I now work second shift. Oddly enough I think this could be one of the best things for me since I will be working no more than 3 nights a week. It will let me go to the gym in the mornings (I'm still up by 830am even if I'm at work until 1 am.) It will also let me focus on school during the day when I'm not ... Fri, 2 Oct 2009 10:05:23 EST