KLWALDON's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KLWALDON KLWALDON'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/ From Doin' it to not doin' it... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803068 Oh how typical of me! I swear! I always do this! I rock it one week only to flop the next week. Grr. One of these days I will get it together. Until then...I am not sure what to do. It has been a long week. It always seems that once I get a good week under my belt, life throws me a curve ball just to make sure I know who is boss...I need to show it that I am boss! I have just been giving up and leaning on food. Way too much. I will turn this around. I can do this. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:42:25 EST Doin' It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798355 So I have actually been doing really well! What? I am shocked! I didn't do so great this past weekend, but it was all planned stuff so I don't feel like I did bad. I want to get to a place where I can live and not stress about what I am eating and how it will affect me. I am trying to eat the foods that I know I should eat (like protein, veggies, fruits, and such) and steer clear of my downfalls and weaknesses (like chips, pizza, and mexican food...yum!). I have been using my treadmill ... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 22:43:01 EST Oh man http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786430 My last entry was August 4! What?! Where has the time gone. Let me see if I can give a quick update. School started the middle of August for teachers. I was prepared for huge class sizes and such, but goodness gracious. It is going to be one long, tough school year. This group of kids is rather rough around the edges. I was exhausted just a couple of weeks in. I made 6 negative phone calls in the third week. Never, in my 11 years of teaching, have I had to call so early in the year ... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 22:23:38 EST Jog is improving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753093 I am doing good right now. My neck (knock on wood, while praising The Lord) is doing good! I am so happy about that! It took a long time. I guess by Friday it was on the mend and working itself out. That is the longest that it has ever taken to get to feeling better, <BR> <BR> I did good last week. I got in some good jogging. I got in 4 jogs and one was 3.22 miles long! I was proud. That one was in the misting rain and humidity that we had last Thursday. I made myself do it becau... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 17:49:15 EST Week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748985 It is Tuesday and it had been a week and one day since my neck started flaring up. It is still bothering me. The pain isn't as bad, but it is enough to be uncomfortable and irritating. I hope to have more relief as more time passes. I have noticed that if I am active and moving more, it seems to work out the stiffness. If I am still and resting, it tightens up and hurts a million times worse. That is good since I want to be more active. <BR> <BR> This past weekend was a lot of fun. S... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:38:53 EST Sore neck, but making good choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745781 My motivation has switched gears this week. It is so strange how my motivation comes and goes for no apparent reason. It is unexplainable. I am very thankful to be in a week of great motivation. I am on a 4 day streak of making healthy eating choices. I got in some good exercise on Monday and Tuesday. Monday afternoon my neck started hurting and it has gotten worse each day. This morning was painful. There is a kink or something going on and I am tired of it. It seems to me that this... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:22:25 EST 31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742896 I am 31. And I am only going to get better from here. It was a nice calm birthday. It has been a while since I last made an entry. Summer has been flying by. Things have been crazy busy and, of course, I am not getting even half of my "to do list" done. We went on vacation to Galveston from July 13 to July 16. We stayed at an RV park for 3 nights and while it wasn't as relaxing as our last trip, it was fun. My birthday is July 14 so I got to celebrate it at the beach! That was nice. ... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 18:27:33 EST Great Fourth of July http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735671 Things have been really busy lately. We had a great Fourth of July weekend! Too good! I let myself get way too comfortable with junk food. I tend to do that with holidays. It is like a bucking bull and it gets me every time. I fall fast and hard. It was a great weekend though. Friday night we did fireworks, smores, and hung out. The kids wanted to camp and we have these massive spiders the size of a half dollar....so I compromised and set up a tent inside! Camping in a tent in the A... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 22:50:00 EST 3 Day Streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731424 I am on my third day and am feeling good. I am eating good and exercising. I am making good choices based on nutrition and not emotions or stress. I haven't felt deprived or as though I am "having" to do this. I am doing it because I want to. Normally I feel resentment that I "have" to do this to get healthy. I want to do this. I am sure that there will be days where I am not as motivated but for now I am happy where I am at and feeling good about it. I will need to remember this duri... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 16:43:17 EST Loving Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730657 I have never really thought much about or totally understood the whole "love yourself" thing. I mean, I get what they are saying, but I haven't ever really worked on myself emotionally. I try numerous diets or plans to lose weight and to work on myself physically, but I never really work on myself emotionally. I don't really know how to do it so I have avoided it. One thing Powell talks about in his book is loving yourself enough to make YOU a priority. Realizing that you are worth it. ... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 14:44:00 EST Powell Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729907 I started watching Chris Powell's Extreme Weight loss last season and found him to be so inspiring. He seems so positive, motivating, and caring. I downloaded his book, "Choose More, Lose More" several months back, but never followed the plan. He recommends carb cycling, where you rotate between "low carb" days and "high carb" days. I have been needing some structure as summer has set in. My first three weeks of summer were filled with workshops, family vacation, and the start of reorgan... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 14:17:39 EST T25 Days 1 & 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725528 It has been a busy last couple of days. I have been working hard to get the house in order. Decluttering and organizing everything. I have finished the laundry room and started my son's room. When he is napping I have worked a little in the master bedroom as well. The task is a lot more difficult and intimidating than I had anticipated. There is just so much stuff! I also have a hard time deciding what to keep and what to get rid of. I have a hard time letting things go...even if I kn... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 10:22:58 EST Time to reset and focus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724157 Technically I am now in week 3 of summer. Wait...What?! How is this possible?! The first week of summer was workshops and doctor appointments and the second week of summer was a family camping trip. Summer always flys by, but geez. We had a blast at our camping trip. The kids enjoyed it, which made it a success! The ticks were really bad. That was one of the few negatives. I get freaked out by things like that. I was constantly checking the kids...and myself! We did smores every ni... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 13:23:30 EST Time keeps getting away from me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716048 Thankfully I can report that my son's bump seems to be gone. I am very relieved. It was quite an experience. Of course, now that the bump is doing better, daycare calls today saying that his throat is hurting. It is always something. I am so ready to be home this summer. It is hard to have a full time job and little kids. Add to that the fact that my job is not one that is easy to leave during random times during the day. I have classes full of students and the teacher can't just up and leav... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 21:00:23 EST Busy and Crazy Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709730 We had a long night last night. My son bumped his head a week ago and last Friday we noticed a squishy, large bump on his head. It is the size of a computer mouse. My palm fits perfectly around it. Being on his head and being squishy made me very concerned about it. When he bumped it, he cried for 30 seconds and then went on playing, so I didn’t think anything of it. By the time I noticed it Friday night, all of the doctors’ offices were closed. Our pediatrician has Saturday hours, so ... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 12:19:48 EST Finally Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706685 Finally Friday!! I am so glad! It has been a long week. One more week at school with kids and then one week of workshops and it will officially be summer! It is so close I can taste it. Yet, still so far. Each day feels like an eternity! The kids are more ready than I am. I am doing surprisingly well with my eating this week. I am a huge stress eater and this is one of the most stressful times of the school year. I have had no appetite. It is so strange to me. I normally don’t eve... Fri, 30 May 2014 10:11:34 EST No plan in place http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705980 I currently have no plan in place. I feel as though I am in limbo. I am anxiously waiting for school to be out so that I can settle in and try to focus in on a plan. I have too much going on at the moment to even attempt to decide on a plan to follow. I am in a fog of chaos. <BR> <BR> I have been feeling rather odd lately though. I started taking a new medicine for OCD symptoms in an effort to help manage my blood pressure. The new doctor kept everything else the same...same blood pres... Thu, 29 May 2014 11:18:10 EST Memorial Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703847 It's been a good weekend. My thoughts and prayers are with our fallen soldiers and their families. My husband served in Iraq and these holidays make me remember how blessed we are that he made it back safely. <BR> <BR> He smoked a brisket yesterday and had his family over. Good food. Too much of it though! I am proud to say that I got in a 2 mile jog Saturday and one this morning. So, I might not have eaten well, but I did make myself get moving. I've really got to focus on getting the ... Mon, 26 May 2014 21:17:34 EST Oh boy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701749 I have fallen and am trying to get up. I have foolishly let the stress of school bog me down and take over too many areas of my life. I only have two more weeks left and it will be summer. I can focus on getting into a routine and calming down. I can't wait. There is nothing calm about middle school at the end of the year. Nothing calm at all. <BR> <BR> I had my annual blood pressure appointment today. Needless to say, it was high. What do you expect? My appt was right after THAT class t... Fri, 23 May 2014 22:26:36 EST Busy busy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691391 Things have been so busy lately. It has been a while since I posted. I have been doing ok. Stressed but ok. My allergies have been killing me. That hasn't helped anything. <BR> <BR> We still have 4 weeks left of school and of course the kids are acting like the last day is tomorrow. The end of the year is tough in middle school. You can't let up and have fun at all or they think the rules are out the window. It is a tough age. What was I thinking...? Next year is bringing a lot ... Fri, 9 May 2014 15:23:17 EST A great quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679588 A great friend left a great quote in my box at school today. She has these cards that have various random quotes inside. It is a surprise which quote will go to which person that she gives these cards to as she can't see them first. I loved my quote. I love the personal note that she wrote on the outside too. I felt like the quote spoke to me though. God works in mysterious ways! <BR> <BR> "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do." ~Walter Bagehot <BR> <BR... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:20:38 EST So Tired...State Testing Stinks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678054 We had our Math STAAR testing today. Yuck! It is as though the people that make the rules for all of these have never been in a classroom. I don't even want to get into it, but I am glad that one day is down. It was a long and painful day! The testing lasted from 8:30 am until 2:10 pm. Kids can't move or talk. They even have to eat lunch in the testing room. Tomorrow is the reading. After that we will be done for the year. I get so stressed and nervous about this testing! I don't w... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:32:33 EST Hit and Run 5K Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677193 I am so tired! This weekend wasn't much of a rest! My parents drove up Friday to watch the kids since their school was closed for Good Friday. My school was using a "Bad Weather Make up Day" so I didn't get that day off that was so badly needed. Saturday morning my husband and I headed out around 7:30 am to get to our 5K Hit and Run Race in Arlington. It is themed after the tv show "Wipeout." We made good time getting there and had plenty of time to pick up our packets which included a ... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:20:45 EST Easter Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676259 Happy Easter! What a special day! <BR> <BR> I will give a better update tomorrow, but we made it through the 5K! It was tougher than I though, but a lot of fun! We are both banged up a little and hurting but nothing major. I faired better than my husband who landed wrong on one of the obstacles and hurt his neck. Ouch. Hopefully I can get some of the pictures up too. <BR> <BR> My parents were up this weekend so that they could watch the kids while we did the 5K. It was so nice. I l... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:17:00 EST Jog and T25 - 2 in 1 day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673716 I might not have eaten well for lunch yesterday, but I tore it up in my workout! I didn’t do enough to offset my poor nutrition, as I still gained 2, but it is all about balance. I have eaten better today. Yesterday I went for a 2 mile jog AND then did my T25. Phew! I was exhausted! My knees are hurting today too. I am proud of myself though. I challenged myself. I did the Speed 2.0 and man is it fast. They move. Nonstop. Speed 1.0 was fast and then you would pause for a minute st... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:09:44 EST Beta begins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672884 I did my first T25 Beta workout yesterday! I am excited! It has taken me several weeks to push myself into doing it. I have to admit…I was scared! I mean…some of the Alpha stuff is still hard for me. I have never made it through an Alpha workout and been able to keep up with them. Because of this, I thought that I would have major difficulties with Beta. I completed the Core Cardio and while it was challenging, it wasn’t impossible. I actually think I did pretty good. There is room f... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:23:41 EST Monday - Yuck http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672132 I hate Mondays. Like most people I suppose. Many reasons, but none of them worth getting into. We had a meeting about a sad topic today also, so that kicked the week off on the wrong foot... oh well. This weekend went alright. I didn't eat great, but I am happy with how I did. I don't want to feel like I can't enjoy weekends a little. I live for the weekend! Saturday was my nephew's bday party, so pizza and cake were on the menu. I got a jog in on Saturday morning before the day got ... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:15:09 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669156 I made myself work out yesterday. I did T25 Total Body. I figure that until I am feeling it, I am going to have to make myself do it. Fun or not… Fake it until I make it. The workout was tougher than last time, meaning I took too long of a break. I didn’t eat great yesterday, but it wasn’t terrible either. I am thinking that I will begin experimenting with various things to hopefully find what works for me best. I read a blog yesterday about weighing in daily vs weekly or on occasion. ... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:15:20 EST How has a week gone by?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668200 Where to start? I have so many things running through my head that I don’t know where to start. It has been a long week and it is only Wednesday…My son had a very rough night on Monday night. It was scary. He seemed to have trouble breathing and he developed this big rash. My first thought was allergic reaction. It got bad enough that we almost went to the ER, but thankfully he took a turn for the better and showed improvement. His fever never spiked. It only got to 100.8. It really ... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 11:46:49 EST Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662661 Yesterday did me in. I wasn't strong enough. I wasn't determined enough. I am too worn down and worn out. I feel disappointed and frustrated. Weak. Irritated. My son didn't sleep well at all last night. School is too much this year. I let it affect me all year long negatively. I was able to pull myself out of it for a bit, but as we near the last 6 weeks period (which is really 8 weeks long) I am beginning to fall into that negative mindset once again. I need to rip myself out of i... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 13:04:27 EST Good weekend followed by long week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661659 I really enjoyed my weekend. It was so nice. We didn't have any plans. Saturday we took the boat out and ran it around. This was only the second time that we have taken it out so we are still learning how it all works. My husband has another fishing boat and has been around boats a lot, but this one is a lot nicer. So we are learning all of the ins and outs of it slowly and having fun while we do it. Sunday we laid low. Got in a little grocery shopping. It was just a really nice rela... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 10:52:56 EST Day 6 SBD http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658739 I am doing good. Busy and tired though. I weighed this morning to try and give myself a dose of weekend motivation. Luckily I came in at 170. It is always questionable whether or not I should weigh in on Friday. If I weigh in with a gain, it makes me frustrated and I have trouble making good choices over the weekend. If I get a loss, though, it helps me stay motivated. Luckily, I was pleased with my loss. I am going to try and stay busy this weekend so I don’t mindlessly eat. My dow... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:23:01 EST Tiredness has set in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657050 And that really doesn't begin to describe it. I am so tired today. It is day 4 of SBD, but I don't know that my tiredness is related to the diet. I am eating fine and have been sleeping ok so I don't know what gives. Now...when I say sleeping ok...I am talking in terms of sleeping ok considering I have a 3 year old! My 3 year old wakes nightly at least once to use the potty, so I never get uninterrupted sleep. Some nights are better than others and the last 2 nights I have only had to w... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 13:15:43 EST SBD P1D3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656320 I am on Day 3 of the South Beach Diet and am feeling pretty good. I weighed this morning and am at 171. I did a couple of days on cycle one of the 17DD prior to starting this and I think that helped me out a lot with the adjustment to limiting carbs. I ordered a couple of used SBD cookbooks on Amazon and got one in yesterday. I haven’t had time to look at it, but it is a collection of summer recipes, so I am excited to see what fresh things are in there! I was able to get in my workout y... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 15:15:36 EST SBD Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655437 I am on day 2 of the South Beach Diet plan. It isn’t too much different than the 17 Day Diet cycle one. In fact, phase one of SBD has more allowable foods in it than cycle one of 17DD. That is why I was so interested in trying it. 17 DD works, but it does get monotonous eating chicken and turkey for 17 days. It is nice to be able to eat lean meat as well. I am going to give it the 2 weeks and see how it goes. Having gone from 17DD to this has also made it easier on my body, as I am not... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 14:06:59 EST Doing good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653320 My head is swimming right now. I had a meeting with my principal about next year and learned some new information. I am very thankful that she talked with my team and gave us a head’s up about it, but absorbing it all takes time. My brain hurts! There are pros and cons with it, as to be expected. Overall, it isn’t a big deal. It is what it is, but I am a creature of habit and new and different things are intimidating, not exciting! <BR> <BR> Anyways, on to fitness and nutrition! I h... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:00:45 EST On track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651719 I am not currently doing any specific eating plan right now, but I am eating healthy. I am taking what I know from 17 DD and eating well today. I did good yesterday, but ate more carbs than I know I need. I have learned that eating starchy carbs is not good for my appetite. It makes it grow leaps and bounds. I have been reading bits and pieces about the South Beach diet plan and have found it interesting. I don't dislike the 17 DD but I thought I would look at different things and kind ... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:02:31 EST Worse than I thought http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5650762 I think having a skewed body image is rather common. Some people think that they look worse than they really do. They have a poor body image of themselves, when really they are healthy and should be proud. We all notice things that bother us, when really, no one else every notices it. I do that, but I also don’t realize how unhealthy I am until I see a picture. In my head, I don’t think that I am as unhealthy as I really am. Until I see a picture. Last year I lost about 20 pounds for m... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:21:13 EST Took a week off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5650082 Spring Break is sadly over. Everyone is so off schedule unfortunately. The kids have been up later than normal and not sleeping well. We were super busy over spring break and thus all very tired now as we trudge back to school! We had fun and enjoyed the week off. My husband was off too as we had originally planned on going on a ski trip, but that never panned out. We ended up buying a boat instead. I guess it was good that the ski trip didn't work out. We got a fish and ski combo boa... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 15:25:16 EST Feel better about today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5641688 I finally was able to put my emotions aside this evening after school. School did not make for a good day, but I didn't come home and binge like last night. I can't say that about too many nights this week. I am not sure why tonight was better, but I'll take it. I didn't eat great, but I did good. I also got in a workout. The first one of week 5. That is really bad. It is Thursday and I just did the first one for the week. I am not sure how I will catch up. I need to make a plan. I ended cy... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 21:42:39 EST Slippery slope http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5640532 I am on a very slippery slope right now. I have let the stresses of life get to me and affect my progress. I had UIL a week and a half ago and have slowly had gotten worse and worse at controlling my emotional eating. Each day more things happen that are discouraging or frustrating and I want so badly to eat away my emotions. I have not been doing well, although I have not binged badly either. I have been having a hard time choosing things that are healthy and on cycle 3. I can't seem t... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 14:38:36 EST Halfway through the week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5634786 It has been a long week. Next week will be even worse so I need to enjoy this one! We have our mock state testing next week so it is going to be a tough one. We also have open house next Tuesday which runs until 8 pm. Makes for a long day. Back to this week though. Long. I have been staying in my calorie range and doing fairly well. Not perfectly on the 17 dd plan, but healthy nonetheless. I am ok with it except my weightloss has stalled. Kind of agrivating. I know my calories are in range ... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 22:17:48 EST Week 4 of T25; Day 7 of Cycle 3 17DD http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632581 I can't believe that I am in week 4 of T25. 3 weeks down! I haven't been able to get my jogging in like I would like to. It is hard to find another 30 minute block of time on top of the 28 minutes it takes to do T25 and cool down. There are not enough minutes in the day! I know that as the kids get older, it will get easier. Once they are both on bikes, they can come with me and ride. My son is almost 3 and my daughter learned to ride at 5 1/2 so I figure it will be about 2 1/2 years u... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 13:48:49 EST UIL Saturday. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631178 Today was UIL for our school. We hosted it so everyone had jobs and tensions were high. My event that I was contest director of started at 9 so I had to be there at 8:30 am. Grading lasted from 10 until 12:50! I was exhausted! I am so glad that it is over though. They had Mexican food (my favorite) catered in the library for all the UIL coaches and staff involved. I was starving by 1 pm but made myself walk straight out to my car. As I drove home I was proud for passing it up but all I coul... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 21:42:29 EST Up and down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5629253 My weight fluctuates so much. I need to just stay clear of the scale...but I can't! I weighed this morning and I am at 173. I think the 176 I got yesterday was due to my salt intake from the weekend still. As bad as I want to change my cycle 3 starting stat and cycle 2 ending stat, I am going to leave it because that is where I was yesterday. Even though it was probably due to salt, that is where I was. It will remind me of my slip and how salt affects everything so much. <BR> <BR> I... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 13:09:18 EST Cycle 3 Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5628469 Yesterday was actually day one of cycle 3. I didn't realize this until today. I hope to get things going this cycle. I don't expect to see the pounds drop like I did in cycle 1, but I was not consistent or very compliant in cycle 2. In fact, my official "pounds lost" was 1 pound. I am disappointed in myself because I know that this is my fault. I was doing good about half way through cycle 2 and then I started getting too lenient and lazy. I kept up my workouts, but let my nutrition sl... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 15:28:53 EST Tuesday Reset http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5627472 So....all that Valentine stuff got me sidetracked a bit this weekend. I didn't eat great. I did ok Sunday, but Friday, Saturday, and Monday were not something to write home about. I am over it and not beating myself up about it, but I am getting right back on track today. I have to admit it was so nice to take a break from thinking about eating the "right" things. I have done this eating plan for 34 days today and eating naturally or healthier still isn't natural to me yet. Not complet... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 15:13:37 EST Valentine's Day Sugar Attacked http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5624083 Valentine's Day has brought out more sugar than I can remember seeing in recent history. I teach 6th grade so holidays are still a big deal to my students. They aren't too cool yet and still want parties, but being middle school we don't do the parties. That doesn't stop them from bringing a ton of junk! Tons! Way more than Christmas brought out. Valentine's day has brought out airheads, chocolates, m&ms, snickers, cookies, mints, something called a yummy cake, and so, so much more! I ... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 15:09:30 EST Food for thought - being happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623118 I have been thinking a lot about how what I eat makes me feel. I have also been thinking about how exercising makes me feel. It is amazing the difference. Last night I was briefly talking with my husband about it. I feel so amazingly different when I am eating well and working out. I remember feeling that last time I did this diet too. I am happy for no apparent or obvious reason. I am happy just because. Coming from someone who has dealt with depression here and there, that is quite ... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 12:38:43 EST I beat the blahs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5622390 Yesterday’s entry left off with me feeling crummy and thinking about passing on my workout for the day. That afternoon/evening I was also hit with this enormous craving for pizza. Dominoes. I would prefer Papa John’s but there isn’t one here. I love Papa John’s. Can you tell that it has been on my mind? A lot! Anyways…back to my point. I felt like the chips (mm…chips!) were stacked against me. I was so close to taking a day off. So close. I thought to myself, “I will go home, see h... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 15:08:37 EST