KITTYROXX's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KITTYROXX KITTYROXX'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/ TGIF! And a few words about indulging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5478278 FINALLY FRIDAY, WHOOOOOP! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Morning Mentions <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> I would have gotten up at my normal time this morning, but my fiance grumpily told me that after being woken up three times by the dog last night to go outside, he on a mission to sleep in. <BR> <BR> And I, being the very concerned and considerate fiance, decided to get back into bed so not to disturb his sleep with my morning business. <BR> <BR> Heh. <BR> <BR> I've been sleeping so much more l... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 01:21:18 EST Surviving the Heat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5477360 Happy Friday eve! I hope you had a great (short!) week so far. Feels like the weekend just ended when it's about to begin again. Can we have this every week please? <BR> <BR> P.S. I kept thinking today is Friday. Anyone else make that mistake today as well? <BR> <BR> <em>377</em> Morning Mentions <em>377</em> <BR> <BR> Last night was another warm one. Hmm, now I'm starting to think my AC is broken. Of course everything breaks down right when you're trying to sell your house right? (M... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 01:19:15 EST Back on Track! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5476343 Hello and Happy Hump Day already! <BR> <BR> Aren't short weeks great? One day in and then - BAM! - it's already Hump Day. Reminds me of when I used to work 10-4 shifts - every week is a doable week when Friday is *that* close! <BR> <BR> And even better: after an indulgent long weekend + Tuesday, I am BACK on the wagon and ready to rock. It was fun eating whatever I pleased and sleeping 14 hours a day, but now it's back to how I want things to be: healthy, less bloat-y, and ready to take on ... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 02:03:31 EST September Goal + Weekend Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5475226 Howdy! Long time no see. How was your weekend? <BR> <BR> <em>48</em> August Goal – Recap <em>48</em> <BR> <BR> My one only goal was “NO SUGAR.” Unfortunately, I decided to test the theory about me being addicted to sugar … And failed badly! It’s okay though, because it was just another experience for me to realize the truth about my ability to handle sugar. So I blew the goal, but gained some insight. <BR> <BR> <em>48</em> September Goal <em>48</em> <BR> <BR> My one goal for t... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 00:30:05 EST TGIF! And House Pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5471369 Howdy to you and TGIF on the best TGIF there is - as in the one before a long weekend, yeah! <BR> <BR> <em>87</em> Morning Mentions <em>87</em> <BR> <BR> I woke up nice and early again this morning in anticipation of a mid-morning early afternoon showing of our house today. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1837772686.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Spot the cats! <em>239</em> <em>239</em> <BR> <BR> There was no fitness today because I had so much to do ... and I w... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 01:54:00 EST Weigh-In and Progress Notes, New Camera, and My Pathetic Attempts at De-Stressing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5470461 Hello there! <BR> <BR> So I was supposed to post yesterday but… sleep happened. <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> I always feel exhausted these days, but the times that I actually feel like I could fall asleep is so far and few in between that when it started coming on last night, I said “heck with my blog!” and dove for the covers. And slept. For hours. <BR> <BR> *bliss* <BR> <BR> Here’s what I’ve been up to: <BR> <BR> <em>160</em> Weigh-In <em>160</em> <BR> <BR> Good news: I definitely... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 01:38:35 EST Cleaned OUT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5468452 Hi! How are you doing? <BR> <BR> I am doing SO much better! I finally got some sleep - the kind where you're all lights out before you head hit the pillow. It was AWESOME. I am probably at 80% of my regular self now, so I probably need just one more good night's sleep to make myself whole again. It's a great place to be. <BR> <BR> By the way, I learned something today: keeping a house at showcase level is a full-time job in itself. I can't wait to sell this house finally so that I can leave... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 01:04:42 EST A Week of Not Sleeping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5467416 I haven’t slept – like really slept – in about a week. <BR> <BR> As a result, I’ve been ultra irritable, incapable of focusing on any task, and, obviously, exhausted. <BR> <BR> What is going on you ask? <BR> <BR> We are currently selling our house – and by dog – it is one of the most stressful things I have ever dealt with in my life. And here I thought buying was stressful – selling is 10x so! (At least with buying a house, you are fueled by excitement. Selling, you are filled with fright... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 00:24:06 EST Friday Food Prep + Weekend Indulgence + Packing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5466343 Happy Sunday! I hope you've had a wonderful weekend. <BR> <BR> Here's what I've been up to: <BR> <BR> <em>148</em> Friday Morning Mentions <em>148</em> <BR> <BR> Since I had a huge day ahead of me, I woke up bright and early: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1358123812.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Nothing like a hot cup of Butterscotch Toffee coffee to start a busy day. Spot the dog and cat! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l899874490.jp... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 01:34:39 EST Cheat Meal Strategies + Food Prep Part I http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5463654 Whew, I am so grateful that Friday is practically here. I am sooo done with this week. <BR> <BR> Today was a particularly difficult day for me: <BR> <BR> 1) First, I woke up to my fiance asking about the coffee machine because apparently I forgot to put water in it last night for this morning's program. Whoops! <BR> <BR> 2) Almost immediately after, the sprinklers for our front lawn came on mysteriously as he was leaving, which turned out to be because of that nutty screw we need to replac... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 01:55:44 EST Wednesday Weigh-In and Progress Notes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5462544 Aaaaaand it's Hump Day! Which means... <BR> <BR> It's Weigh-In Wednesday! <BR> <BR> <em>185</em> Weigh In <em>185</em> <BR> <BR> Starting Weight: 119.4 <BR> <BR> - 7/31 Weigh In: 117.9 (-1.5 lbs) <BR> - 8/7 Weigh In: 115.7 (-2.2 lbs) <BR> - 8/15 Weigh In: 114.5 (-1.2) <BR> <BR> Today's Weigh In: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l895057594.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Er ... That would be the same EXACT weight as last week, down to the 10th of a pound. Jeez. <BR... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 23:13:25 EST Repeat Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5461520 Howdy and Happy Tuesday! <BR> <BR> <em>140</em> Morning Mentions <em>140</em> <BR> <BR> I'm in so much of a better mood today because I actually got some good sleep last night. You know, the kind where you were so dead to the world that you slept through an entire night? That was me. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> It was still hard to get up this morning, but once I got going it was all good. Sleep is a miracle drug! <BR> <BR> Even though I was feeling great and awake, it did not keep me ... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 23:08:48 EST Monday Moves http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5460561 I'm trying to be peppy for Monday, but it's hard when you're exhausted. <BR> <BR> Good news though? I'm a couch potato at the moment, recouping energy. <BR> <BR> A few more days of this, plus less stress and decent bedtime hours and I should be good in no time. <BR> <BR> Here's hoping! <BR> <BR> <em>303</em> <BR> <BR> <em>488</em> Morning Mentions <em>488</em> <BR> <BR> How did I ever in my 20s go to bed after midnight and yet still wake up at 6 am for work?! At 33, I am fin... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 00:51:44 EST Saturday Cheats and Sunday Snippets http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5459378 Howdy! <BR> <BR> I hope you had a great weekend thus far. Mine’s been super busy and fun, but boy am I *exhausted*. Actually, I can’t remember when the last time I didn’t feel so tired. I think I need a vacation. <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Saturday Morning <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> This was the day I was hosting the most people at my house ever for dinner: myself, my fiance, my sister, her husband, and her three kids. I was particularly excited because I hadn’t seen them in five years and th... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 23:49:34 EST TGIF, yes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5457716 TGIF, friends! <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> Morning Mentions <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> I woke up before 5 am today ready to roll. Holy mama did I gain some extra time! I wish I could voluntarily wake up this early every morning; I was done with the bulk of my work by 7:45 a.m. Awesome. <BR> <BR> And of course, it was helped very much by this: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1073538610.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Spot the cat! <em>240</em> <BR> ... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 01:07:48 EST Another Thursday, Another Furry Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5456761 TGIFE = Thank Goodness It’s Friday Eve <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> NOTE: My SparkFriends, I am so sorry to miss your blogs today. I am looking forward to catching up and being inspired by them tomorrow! <em>223</em> <BR> <BR> <em>210</em> <em>69</em> Morning Mentions <em>210</em> <em>69</em> <BR> <BR> It was SO hard to get up at my new time – which is even 15 minutes earlier than my “new” awake time. Of course, it was totally my fault – I was so tired last night but I couldn't sl... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 01:07:37 EST Wednesday Weigh-In and Progress Notes (Also: Food Prep Day) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5455600 It's Hump Day! Which means... <BR> <BR> It's Weigh-In Wednesday! <em>10</em> <BR> <BR> <em>7</em> <em>7</em> Weigh In <em>7</em> <em>7</em> <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> Starting Weight: 119.4 <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> 7/31 Weigh In: 117.9 (-1.5 lbs) <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> 8/7 Weigh In: 115.7 (-2.2 lbs) <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> Today's Weigh In: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1929654153.jpg"> <BR> <BR> That would be a 1.2 lb loss, for a total ... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 23:43:59 EST Tuesdays Shenanigans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5454534 <em>244</em> for Tuesday! <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> Fitness <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> Would you believe it – I woke up at my new time again this morning. I’m doing okay on this little goal so far, but I hope I don’t jinx myself for saying so! <BR> <BR> I started my morning off with my required cup of coffee: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1664069526.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Spot the cat! <em>240</em> <BR> <BR> Some doggy shenanigan... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 23:14:22 EST The ST That Nearly Killed Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5453453 And… It’s Monday! <BR> <BR> <em>215</em> <em>215</em> Fitness <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <BR> <BR> Despite my accidental three-hour nap yesterday afternoon, when it came time to sleep, I was more than happy to lay this head down last night for some more zzz’s. <BR> <BR> I did tell you that aside from eating, sleeping is one of my other hobbies, right? <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> As a result of all the zzz’s I got in, I managed to wake up at my new earlier time again. I’m hoping I can... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 23:35:22 EST Sleepy Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5452333 Happy Sunday! (Or, as some would say, Bunday for bunnies. Ha!) <em>172</em> <BR> <BR> <em>47</em> <em>47</em> Fitness <em>47</em> <em>47</em> <BR> <BR> We fully intended on waking up at 6:45 this morning, but ended up sleeping in until about 7:15 am. It was all because I decided to drink a Diet Coke right at noon yesterday – I knew I was sensitive to caffeine, but not that sensitive so that it would keep me up until almost midnight last night! <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR>... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 00:24:08 EST Busy Weekend, Recovering From Overeats http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5451383 Hello and Happy CATurday! <em>240</em> <BR> <BR> I didn’t post yesterday because it’s been CRAY-zy around here. From the time I woke up yesterday until I went to bed last night, it was go-go-go! Then today we happily entertained unexpected visitors. But it’s evening now, I’m kicking back on the couch and ready to update on my latest ventures on healthy (and, um, kind of unhealthy too) living. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> <em>60</em> <em>60</em> Thursday Night’s Dinner <em>60</em> <em>... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 01:09:33 EST Relaxing Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5449356 Oooh it’s Thursday. One more day til zeh weekend. Whoop! <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> <em>362</em> <em>362</em> Last Night’s Dinner <em>362</em> <em>362</em> <BR> <BR> Early yesterday morning, I put a marinated brisket, a bunch of carrots, baby Yukon potatoes, and a can of beef broth in the slow cooker and let it do it’s thang for nine hours. <BR> <BR> Result: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l852978108.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Brisket dinner – woohoo! I... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 22:33:11 EST Wednesday Weigh-In and Progress Notes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5448266 Happy Hump Day! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> Wednesday Weigh-In <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Starting Weight: 119.4 lbs <BR> <BR> Last Week's Weigh-In: 117.9 lbs (-1.5) <BR> <BR> Today's Weigh-In: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1119760303.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sooooo it looks like 2.2 lb loss from last week, but I am 110% convinced that it's just more water loss and etc. After all, I'm still only at Week Two AND I am only 5'0 tall, which mak... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 23:40:08 EST Food Prep Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5447132 Hellooooo and Happy Tuesday! <BR> <BR> Man oh man today was a busy one. It’s evening right now and I haven’t had a chance to sit and relax at all this morning – it’s been go go go from the time I woke up! <BR> <BR> <em>289</em> <em>289</em> Last Night’s Dinner <em>289</em> <em>289</em> <BR> <BR> For dinner, I decided to resurrect an item deep in my cupboard: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1124476975.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Nooch! In case you’ve never heard o... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 01:01:32 EST Thank You, DayQuil http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5445587 Aaaaand it’s Monday. <BR> <BR> I woke up this morning feeling like a cupcake dumped on the floor and stomped on. You know how I thought that I finally figured out that the exhaustion I went through last week was because I was fighting something off? That notion was confirmed today – I had the full-blown runny nose, coughs and aching muscles. Today was not the day I liked to be proven right. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Today represented one downside to be self-employed: the non-exi... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 18:57:14 EST 5 Great Things About Going Sugar-Free (so far) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5444299 Happy Sunday! <BR> <BR> I finally, finally finally felt well-rested when I woke up today – and I think I now know why. <BR> <BR> As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, my fiance announced yesterday that he wasn’t feel well. We’ve been taking it easy since, but it wasn’t until this afternoon that I noticed that today was my fifth day of sniffling. I hadn’t paid much mind because I kept thinking that I’ve been too tired at night to remember to take my allergy meds. Wait. How long have I felt thi... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 16:28:32 EST Caturday Hiking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5443601 Happy Caturday! Ha. <BR> <BR> My post today will be short-winded because I am TIRED! I think this past week’s busy-ness and increased intensity of workouts caught up with me. Hopefully after a relaxing evening here, I’ll be back to my peppy self. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> Last Night’s Dinner <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> After much debate, we decided to order from a new-to-us restaurant a few miles down the road for dinner. <BR> <BR> <im... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 21:10:44 EST TGIF & New Hair http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5442716 Friday, you are here finally! TGIF. Whoop! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> Last Night’s Dinner <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Last night was low-key: I had the house, animals and the television all to myself. <BR> <BR> As for dinner, I became panicked when I saw that I still had four boxes of salad to eat in my fridge – next to the two bags of broccoli from my crazy Costco trip! I knew right then and there that salad was for dinner before it would get wilty and gross. <BR> ... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 21:17:21 EST August 2013 Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5441426 <em>45</em> <em>45</em> August 2013 Goal <em>45</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> Hello, have you seen July? Because it was here a moment ago and I now it’s gone! <BR> <BR> Ha. <BR> <BR> First of the month means I get to do one of my favorite Type A things to do: Set goals! <BR> <BR> Except for me, it’s goal – as in, singular. As I mentioned in a previous post, I tend to get too excited and start making a gazillion goals only to have me burn out from achieving them. I’ve never purposely p... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 19:19:04 EST Wednesday Weigh-In and Progress Notes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5440091 Happy Hump Day – two more days ’til the weekend, whoop! <BR> <BR> <em>7</em> <em>7</em> Wednesday Weigh-In <em>7</em> <em>7</em> <BR> <BR> Starting Weight: 119.4 <BR> <BR> Today’s weight: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1030875316.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It *looks* like a 1.5 lb loss, but it’s not really. Last week’s weigh-in was conducted on the morning after gorging all sorts of the craziest eats after weeks of crazy eats already, so my body was filled wi... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 17:40:06 EST 5 Doggie Myths My Dog Busted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5438894 Happy Tuesday! <BR> <BR> Oh man oh man today's been cray-zay. Let's just say that today I learned why I am a stickler for routine and structure, because I learned exactly what happens when I try to move things around. <BR> <BR> But first, let's back up to last night. <BR> <BR> <em>129</em> <em>129</em> Last Night's Dinner <em>129</em> <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> Actually, the craziness started last night. The phones for our business would not stop ringing last night and as a result, we... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 17:55:02 EST Rules for My Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5437804 Hap-Hap-Happy Monday! <BR> <BR> I wish I could tell you that I went straight to sleep last night, but I didn't. My fingers itched for “just one more play” at Candy Crush, and … well, you can imagine how *that* worked out. <BR> <BR> So anyway, I was supposed to start waking up earlier this morning – ha ha and another ha. My fiance accomplished the feat, but me? I grumbled a bit, rolled over and crashed out again. It wasn’t just me, by the way. My dog was just as interested as sleeping in as ... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 20:33:32 EST Linner or Dunch? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5436519 Hello and Happy Sunday! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> We had plans to hike at Runyon Canyon this morning, but when I woke up, my calves, ankles and feet complained even though I wore my compression socks and took an Advil last night. Hmm, sounds to me like an excuse to skip a workout! <BR> <BR> And thankfully, Bruno was in the mood to skip too – a rare occasion when he gets a super duper workout in a day before. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1866164364.jpg"> <... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 18:56:40 EST Hiking Adventure! Also: Caffeine and Children http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5435496 <em>45</em> <em>45</em> <em>45</em> SUGAR DETOX <em>45</em> <em>45</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> As I mentioned here and there, I am a sugar addict and today is my Day 3 of zero sugar. Cold turkey, brr gobble gobble, that is me. <BR> <BR> (Sidenote: should I mentioned I last ate sugar on Wednesday and, to celebrate my anniversary, I ate two desserts? A strawberry trifle AND sticky toffee pudding. Yup.) <BR> <BR> All’s gone well except for yesterday afternoon: suddenly, I started sh... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 18:38:17 EST Waffles n More http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5434466 ***Last Night’s Dinner*** <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1636553495.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Earlier in the week, I went a little crazy at Costco and bought four gigantic bags of broccoli. I’ve used one so far for the dog’s meals for the week, but that leaves me with three bags. Three! In a slight panic, I steamed up a bunch in the microwave (shake on seasonings, add 2 tbsp water, cover and nuke for 3 minutes 30 seconds and bam!) and paired it up with some rotisserie c... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 16:35:11 EST Day 1 Stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5434463 A lot of people avoid taking pictures while they are at their high weight. Me? I LOVE IT! In my experience, there is nothing more empowering and motivating in a weight-loss journey than seeing your before and after pictures. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve known to wistfully regret not taking more pictures before they started their health journey. <BR> <BR> First, the scale: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1727410067.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A whopping 119.4. Oka... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 16:33:29 EST 5 Updates+March Wrap Up+April Goals+A Secret! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4807729 Hello *again* friends! <BR> <BR> First of all, I must announce how proud I am that I am actually blogging TWICE in the month of March! I’m not sure what is wrong with me – my temperature seems normal – but it seems that waking up so darn early in the mornings (more on that later) actually blessed me with more hours in a day to do wonderful things like scour the internet for the perfect oatmeal pancake recipe, read up on all 100 recaps of Sunday’s Mad Men, and of course, write this blog post... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 17:25:42 EST Balance, Baby! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4786131 Hello Friends! I hope this blog finds you shiny, healthy and happy. <BR> <BR> So much has happened since I last blogged like oh ten years ago, so where shall I start? <BR> <BR> Well, how about this: why don’t I tell you what I will *not* be going over in my blog: <BR> <BR> 1) All the binging that occurred since I last blogged. Nor will I gloss over the pure embarrassment of being caught by DH pigging out in my kitchen close to midnight. More than once. More than twice. Possibly more than... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 19:36:22 EST Half Marathon Race Report! (: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4685176 <em>331</em> PRE-RACE <em>331</em> <BR> <BR> My plan was to be so committed and stick to my training program No Matter What, so that I would finish my HM as fresh, perfect and graceful as Pippa Middleton (my hero!) on her triathlon. However, thanks to disastrous training coupled with sickness, I took the last few weeks to grieve and accept I may possibly instead resemble Courtney Love should she ever be crazy (sober?) enough to think of completing a HM. <BR> <BR> After a strong beginning... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 19:09:18 EST Gluing Back Shattered Pieces of Me + Goals (2012 & Jan) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4660991 Hello friends, how are you doing? <BR> <BR> Me? Meh. I'm currently chasing my runny nose as I slave over this keyboard with enough tissues to deplete Costco’s international inventory, all the while pitifully trying to convince myself that my plans for the January 15th Half Marathon will still happen after barely squeaking out 3 of the planned 12 miles today. How is a girl to pick up the devastated pieces of herself after a disastrous end to 2011 and beginning of 2012? <BR> <BR> Here is m... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 00:07:27 EST Best Thanksgiving Ever Recap =D http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4603224 Why HELLO! How are you? I am doing FANTASTIC! <BR> <BR> I would just like to announce that this Thanksgiving was the very BEST I ever had! It is beautifully ironic, because this is the first Thanksgiving holiday that decided to tighten our budget by not going out of town as usual. Instead, we focused on ourselves, our health and our relationship. I understand that it all about how you make of it, but I really wonder how we can top the fun we’ve had during this holiday. <BR> <BR> Starti... Mon, 28 Nov 2011 19:00:13 EST Not Doing Well, But Still Working It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4594431 I am not doing well. <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> I didn’t want to blog about it, but it’s become evident in my moods and commitment level that I really should just openly admit it in (desperate!) order to “keep the faith.” I initially didn’t speak about it because in true optimistic yet frantic fashion, I hoped that it would be over in just a few days, but after stepping into Week 2 of this … funk … if you will, it’s clear that I may be the one to wait for its exit. As a self-professed perfect... Mon, 21 Nov 2011 20:00:50 EST Discoveries + Emotional Eating + Late October Recap + November Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4573435 As much as I love the fall, I’m so happy October is over. It was such a stressful month and, when I look back, I see so much angst. However, with the angst comes much discovery about myself in this journey towards healthy living, which then actually directly feeds into my goals for November, therefore making all that discomfort it worth it after all. =) <BR> <BR> -----OCTOBER RECAP ----- <BR> <BR> October was ALL about the unrecorded binging. Whether it was the Emotional Eating Beast com... Mon, 7 Nov 2011 19:35:28 EST Splurging, Tiredness, Grumpiness and Getting Back on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4557900 It’s been awhile since I last blogged, but really, I’ve been busy! (Like, for real!) I have been sleep deprived, hungry, and drained physically and emotionally. I have been a real P.I.T.A. in the grump department, but thank goodness it’s over now. (I think …) <BR> <BR> Last Saturday I spent the day cooking for 19 people for my best friend’s engagement party on Sunday. I didn’t go to bed until 3 am on Sunday – I’m an “in bed by 10 pm” kind of gal, so this was REALLY late! By the time I ... Fri, 28 Oct 2011 19:57:28 EST I did not work out today - eek! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4529182 Before I start this blog, allow me to fill you on one little fact about myself: I am crazy. <BR> <BR> Okay! Now that we got that out of the way, my blog today is to report that I did not work out today because … oh my goodness this is so hard to admit … I am overtrained. <BR> <BR> Little tiny signs started cropping up when I inadvertently started running 5 days a week. I’m more of a 3-4 days a week kind of person, but I just got so darn impatient with my calorie goals that I found running... Mon, 10 Oct 2011 20:41:36 EST Sept Wrap-Up, Oct Goals – Overdue Blog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4518217 OCTOBER 2011 GOALS <BR> <BR> 1) Continue running <BR> <BR> 2) STRETCH!!! Increase flexibility. <BR> <BR> 3) Cook once a week minimum <BR> <BR> My goals for this month seem piddily, but with work picking up, workouts, eating, and being a mother to two sick-ish cats, I sense that I might get overwhelmed with too much. So 3 itty bitty goals it is. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> -----SEPTEMBER RECAP----- <BR> <BR> Goal #1: Continue running 3x a week (except for Labor Weekend - 2 x ... Tue, 4 Oct 2011 01:42:55 EST Q. What does a Type A do when she gets sick? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4476002 A. Add "Buy Dayquil" to the list! <BR> <BR> Even though I am a goal-oriented person, I do not think I have always been Type A. Whereas I am easily motivated by goals, if a situation does not feed into any of my goals, I have been known to act far more careless than a responsible adult should. Example: Considering 5 minutes late to be ... ahem! ... early, finding the point of where and when a snooze button stops working, etc. <BR> <BR> But thanks to SP, these are now just past memories! <B... Fri, 9 Sep 2011 17:57:48 EST Worries! :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4464733 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l464665109.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I don't meant to be a downer, however, I admit that I am struggling at the moment. <BR> <BR> It has to do with my cat - aka my "fur-son." Yes, yes, he's just a cat, but he is THE love of my life. I rescued him at 4 weeks old from a construction site, went through countless of nipples trying to bottle feed that little guy, and taught him cat things like jumping and such. So it would be natural (at least to me!) ... Sat, 3 Sep 2011 19:36:10 EST GOALS: September 2011 - with pics! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4459179 SEPTEMBER 2011 GOALS <BR> <BR> 1) Continue running 3x a week (except for Labor Weekend - 2 x that week) <BR> <BR> 2) Journal Daily <BR> <BR> 3) Spark Daily <BR> <BR> 4) Blog 1x/week <BR> <BR> <BR> -----AUGUST RECAP----- <BR> <BR> BLOGGING... <BR> <BR> I'm not sure why I didn't really blog much in August. I think that when I sit down to type, I get this great big mental block that overcomes my fingers on the keyboard. And really, I think, do people really want to read about my workou... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 18:52:35 EST 3 Year Sparkiversary! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4439021 Happy 3rd Sparkiversary to me!!! <BR> <BR> What I've learned from SP: <BR> 1) Diets FAIL! Healthy living WINS! Weight loss stage is a time of practice for Maintenance Mode. <BR> 2) There is room for a cupcake in healthy living <em>224</em> <BR> 3) Emotional and mindless eating can't be beat, but can be managed <BR> 4) Water is my bff <BR> <BR> What progresses I have made: <BR> 1) Injuries and depression stopped me from running for awhile, but I keep getting back up. <em>244</em> <BR>... Sat, 20 Aug 2011 21:51:39 EST