KOOKYCOOKIE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KOOKYCOOKIE KOOKYCOOKIE'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/ Motivation 4.16.2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673585 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l552215882.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1790505616.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l620751047.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As far as the last picture on here goes, I feel like I need to say this to people a lot. I always get looks or comments made at the doctors or the grocery store...if only they understood! (by comments I mean..."oh, you have put on a lot of weight since the l... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:41:54 EST Signed up for 2 races! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664310 I am so excited!! I signed up for the color vibe 5K for next month and the dirty girl mud run in June!! These are going to be awesome!! :D <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l606089159.jpg"> Fri, 4 Apr 2014 12:36:08 EST April showers bring...a fresh start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662212 So, my goals have changed quite a bit for this month. When I first started this journey over, I wanted to do weight lifting, eat paleo, and be more hardcore about my weight loss. Well...with the state my body has been in, I HAVE to tweak my journey quite a bit. I am having really bad problems with PCOS and Endometriosis. So...to make a long story short...I am becoming a Pescatarian (pretty much vegetarian way of eating...but including seafood...since I do need protein), I will be treating... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 23:39:58 EST Motivation (3/28/2014) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658516 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2108204289.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l791816255.jpg"> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 10:29:06 EST Motivational Pics for 3/26/2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657004 Here are a couple to make you chuckle and the last one is definitely true for me :) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l394646353.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l197698907.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1082577713.jpg"> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:20:04 EST Motivational Pics of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656067 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l656386117.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l39488098.jpg"> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 09:53:05 EST Whew...where have I been? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655776 It has been such a long time since I have been on sparkpeople and I definitely miss being part of this community! <BR> <BR> We have many twists and turns that we are so unprepared for. 2013 was definitely a year that was extremely challenging for me. Many beautiful and wonderful things happened, as well as many heartbreaking things. I got married, we bought a house and even had a "child"...our little Chihuahua/Jack Russell mix we named Remington. My hubby and I are doing wonderful and I ... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 22:57:10 EST Feeling better! OH YEAH!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5209811 FINALLY!! I think the clouds are clearing and some sun is peeking through! For the past 6 weeks, my life has been INSANE (and not in a good way either). I've still been tracking my food, so I have been doing great with my eating, just haven't been able to catch a break to workout! Getting over bronchitis now (after being sick with that super flu for over a week). But I finally feel like I can take a deep breath and things are going to go more smoothly now, been over so many bumps in the ro... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 10:24:46 EST St. Pattys Day Challenge Starts today! 71 Days to a healthier me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5190035 So I'm finally starting to feel like myself again and will hopefully be able to workout again very soon! :) I've been tracking my food again since the 2nd and trying to keep calm and practice mindfulness. So, I figured I'd start up my challenge again, and I chose St. Patrick's Day as my goal date. <BR> <BR> What I hope to achieve: <BR> -Get into a size 16 (size 20 now) <BR> -Work up to working out for 1.5 hours each day <BR> -Get my headaches under control <BR> -Get my body aches under c... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 12:45:31 EST Doggy Surgery, Broken Teeth, Endometriosis...OH MY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5170297 Well I have been off the workout wagon temporarily. Updates on my dog is that she is doing great! :) I am very happy that she's recovering so well! <BR> <BR> As for me, I feel like I'm falling apart lol. I broke a tooth and that's been causing some bad pain to radiate up my face (finally have an appointment for tomorrow). Plus my endometriosis has been acting up horribly and no matter what I do, the cramps aren't getting better (and I don't feel like having to pay for an epidural again..... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 15:59:08 EST My dog is out of surgery! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5163477 And she's doing so much better!! Thanks to everyone for your caring words and prayers! <BR> <BR> xx <BR> <BR> I'm so happy!! :D Tue, 11 Dec 2012 17:11:56 EST Things get more hectic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5163397 I had to run my dog into the vet today. She had surgery last month to remove a massive tumor and now she is having problems in her uterus (she has a major infection in there). :( I am so worried about her and I pray she is going to be okay. Thank God we saw she wasn't feeling well and there a really bad discharge coming out of her (Sorry for TMI). The vet said if we would've waited a day or 2 longer we would've had to put her down...so I'm hoping they will be able to fix her up :( <BR> <... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 15:35:44 EST Haven't been feeling to well.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5162268 Not sure what's been going on, but since saturday morning I haven't been feeling so great. I will be posting more xmas day challenges soon...just trying to continue my working out and eating right while I battle whatever is making me feel icky. <BR> <BR> xx Mon, 10 Dec 2012 14:39:48 EST Motivational Picture of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5159167 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1631068439.jpg"> <BR> <BR> TRUE! Fri, 7 Dec 2012 10:24:50 EST XMAS CHALLENGE DAY 25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5159165 Today's challenge: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l979247414.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Weekends have always been difficult for me. So I have a plan to workout this weekend and stay away from the junk food during movie night :) Fri, 7 Dec 2012 10:23:46 EST Motivational Picture of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5158092 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l77504864.jpg"> Thu, 6 Dec 2012 10:30:09 EST XMAS CHALLENGE DAY 23 & 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5158067 DAY 23: <BR> "You must begin to think of yourself as becoming the person you want to be" <BR> It's almost 100% mental to be on this journey...the rest will follow suit. This is why I fall off the wagon...if I make a little slip up I feel horrible and most of the time that little slip up turns into a binge fest. I need to realize that this is a lifestyle change and not something that will happen overnight. <BR> <BR> DAY 24: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1707548948... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 10:20:04 EST What 1 Pound looks like! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5155730 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1434460449.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Wow! Tue, 4 Dec 2012 09:17:51 EST Motivational Picture(s) of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5155711 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1658822934.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1921556746.jpg"> <BR> <BR> AND NOW FOR A FUNNY ONE :) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l454205775.jpg"> Tue, 4 Dec 2012 09:04:58 EST XMAS CHALLENGE DAY 21, 22, AND 23 WITH RECAP http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5155703 Computer problems have been sucking :( I am able to use the sparkpeople app on my iPhone at work, but I can't write blogs through there. Still been keeping up on my workouts ;) <BR> <BR> Here's a recap of what I've been doing so far: <BR> 1. 4-6 servings fruits/veggies <BR> 2. 30 minutes of working out 6 days a week <BR> 3. 8 - 8oz glasses of water <BR> 4. Be inspiring...to yourself <BR> 5. love yourself <BR> 6. Protein and Fiber <BR> 7. 10 or more minutes of fun light activity on res... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 08:59:27 EST Motivational Picture of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5152933 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l395190609.jpg"> <BR> <BR> HECK YEAH! Sat, 1 Dec 2012 19:49:45 EST XMAS CHALLENGE DAY 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5152932 My challenge for today is to remember that each day I workout and eat healthy I am one step closer to my goal :) Whenever I have that feeling of not wanting to workout, I have to remember that each time that I DO workout, I am only that much closer! I have been working out for almost 3 weeks now and I am truly proud of myself. I have had a few slips here and there, but I've been consistent with my workouts (even waking up early before work to get them in! :-O ) and mostly consistent with my... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 19:49:00 EST Motivational Picture of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5151940 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l594354504.jpg"> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 18:30:45 EST XMAS CHALLENGE DAY 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5151939 So for my next challenge... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l637542726.jpg"> <BR> CUT BACK ON SUGAR INTAKE!! I am still struggling with this one a bit, so I figured I'd make it a challenge :) Diabetes type II is in my family, so I really need to nip this one soon. I won't be able to cut ALL sugar from my diet, since that is extremely limiting (since fruits even have natural sugar in them), but I'm going to drastically cut back on what I eat :) I went grocery shoppin... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 18:29:00 EST Motivational Picture of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5150563 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1653612822.jpg"> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 12:07:53 EST XMAS CHALLENGE DAY 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5150552 TODAY'S CHALLENGE: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2010063109.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2105385217.jpg"> <BR> INCORPORATE THIS DELICIOUS SPICE INTO SOME MORE RECIPES (OATMEAL, PASTA, MEATS, ETC) <BR> <BR> I didn't realize that cinnamon had so many healthy benefits, and I do love cinnamon :) We have a Hot Cinnamon Spice tea at work that is oh so yummy! <BR> <BR> PREVIEW FOR TOMORROW'S CHALLENGE: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.s... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 12:02:03 EST Motivational Picture of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5149616 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1911693578.jpg"> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 14:31:27 EST XMAS CHALLENGE DAY 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5149614 Today's challenge is to find what makes me feel strong...whether it be a quote, workout, item of clothing...etc. I need to be able to feel strong again and I need to figure out what makes me feel strong and incorporate it into my life everyday. I am going to start posting more motivational pictures, since those always seem to give me a bit of a boost during the day. <BR> <BR> PREVIEW FOR TOMORROW'S CHALLENGE: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1697456404.jpg"> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 14:29:41 EST Some motivating pictures I have found http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5148612 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1788748048.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l164405596.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1385079075.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l101097823.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1349230885.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l74522976.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l88598... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 17:05:04 EST XMAS CHALLENGE DAY 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5148238 Already on day 16! I had a bit of a pity party this morning, as I was on facebook, and looking at all my pictures from when I was only 15 pounds away from my goal weight. Then I had a change in mindset and am now using those pictures as motivation. If I did it once, I WILL do it again...but this time I am going to CRUSH it! I will get down to my goal and not stop my workouts or healthy eating. This is a way of life. <BR> <BR> Now for today's challenge... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.s... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 10:37:03 EST XMAS CHALLENGE DAY 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5147174 This one is a bit more personal to me as I have dealt with things like this throughout my life. This one deals with being bullied and learning to be strong and not giving a **** what people say about you. Be the type of person that when you enter the room, your strength and good attitude are felt throughout. I really need to work on strengthening myself mentally. How will I do this? Each day I workout, say something nice about myself and focus on the positive is another day that I am wor... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 13:36:54 EST XMAS CHALLENGE 2 WEEK RECAP SO FAR http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5146288 So I figured I'd post the 2 week recap here so you can see my challenges so far :) <BR> <BR> 1. 4-6 servings fruits/veggies <BR> 2. 30 minutes of working out 6 days a week <BR> 3. 8 - 8oz glasses of water <BR> 4. Be inspiring...to yourself <BR> 5. love yourself <BR> 6. Protein and Fiber <BR> 7. 10 or more minutes of fun light activity on rest days <BR> 8. Shed your weight problems (get rid of anything that makes you feel bad about yourself) <BR> 9. Eat your calories not drink them <BR> 10. P... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 18:52:19 EST XMAS CHALLENGE DAY 12, 13 AND 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5146052 Thanksgiving wasn't too bad, ate a little too much but still felt really good afterwards ;) I didn't binge on desserts either. <BR> <BR> Friday and Saturday I was feeling a bit under the weather, so I didn't workout on those days (kinda hard when you can barely breathe yuck...) but I am back on the workout wagon again :) and I still was careful with what I ate. <BR> <BR> Challenge Day 12 <BR> CLEAN OUT THE PANTRY :) <BR> Get rid of all the junk food (leftovers from Halloween, etc) and res... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 14:35:12 EST XMAS CHALLENGE DAY 11...AND HAPPY THANKSGIVING! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5143393 I have already done my workout today...then at 10:30 it's off to work at Caribou until 3:30. <BR> <BR> So today's challenge is obviously one I can't do everyday (because it's a Thanksgiving one!) but here's my challenge... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2142904575.jpg"> <BR> :) <BR> Here's what's on the menu: <BR> -White meat turkey <BR> -healthier versions of stuffing, green bean casserole, yams, sweet potato casserole, apple pie and pumpkin pie :) <BR> <BR> M... Thu, 22 Nov 2012 10:54:01 EST XMAS CHALLENGE DAY 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5142814 I can't believe I've already been 10 days into this challenge! I only had 1 day of slip ups, but the rest has been great :) I also did level 2 of the biggest loser bootcamp workout...and wow, that is one tough workout! 45 minutes done :) <BR> <BR> TODAY'S CHALLENGE: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1849139469.jpg"> <BR> PACK A LUNCH EVERY TIME I GO TO WORK, SO THERE IS NO REASON TO BUY ANYTHING FROM CARIBOU :) <BR> <BR> PREVIEW FOR TOMORROWS CHALLENGE: <BR> <img ... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 19:04:01 EST XMAS CHALLENGE DAY 8 & 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5142040 So I have been having some issues with my internet and I've finally been able to get back online :) <BR> <BR> CHALLENGE FOR DAY 8 (Yesterday) <BR> The picture said to "shed your weight problem here". I went through and got rid of everything that makes me feel bad about myself. This was a challenge because when I flip through magazines, I always feel worse about myself. So, I went through my hundreds of magazines and got rid of a bunch of them. This may sound really strange, but it actual... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 23:25:59 EST XMAS CHALLENGE DAY 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5139402 Yesterday night wasn't a very good night for me, I ate a bit too much cake and chips O_O but, I still had a good time and I can't continue to beat myself up over it. I ate very good the rest of yesterday and I can't dwell on my bad eating, or I'll just end up overeating today too. So, moving on to today... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1947246856.jpg"> <BR> Today's challenge is going to be to squeeze in a mini workout even on my days off (even 10 minutes of ... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 14:45:34 EST XMAS CHALLENGE DAY 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5138493 Bday party was a success! I saved enough calories to have a little homemade cupcake and a tiny bit of vanilla ice cream :) NO BINGEING! I am so proud!! Now today is birthday party #2...gotta stay focused :D I worked out for an hour also today! <BR> <BR> TODAY'S CHALLENGE: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2023072005.jpg"> <BR> PROTEIN AND FIBER! <BR> <BR> I know I really need to work on getting a ton more protein in my diet (along with fiber)...so here's my challe... Sat, 17 Nov 2012 15:13:27 EST XMAS CHALLENGE DAY 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5137138 Day 5 is here and I'm still on track! No mindless munchies, no binges! Plus I've been working out since tuesday (even woke up at 5:45 this morning to make sure I got my workout in before work). Drining 8-8oz glasses of water and 4-6 veggies/fruit :) <BR> <BR> So here's today's challenge... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1163239725.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l524165451.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 07:40:34 EST XMAS CHALLENGE DAY 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5136131 So here I am 4 days into my challenge and doing good so far :D I have been working out, getting in my fruits/veggies and drinking plenty of water! So now this brings me to day 4... <BR> <BR> TODAY'S CHALLENGE IS... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1382949155.jpg"> <BR> BE INSPIRING...TO YOURSELF <BR> <BR> I know this sounds very strange but, I feel that before I could ever inspire others I need to inspire myself. So this challenge means that I will collect 1-2 mot... Thu, 15 Nov 2012 09:16:23 EST XMAS CHALLENGE DAY 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5135335 So far, been successful the past couple days! :) Hopefully I can continue this :) <BR> <BR> Now for today's challenge... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1525948700.jpg"> <BR> DRINK 8 GLASSES OF WATER AT 8OZ EACH :) <BR> <BR> I have been trying very hard to reach this goal each day, and it's a difficult challenge for me. So...CHEERS! :) <BR> <BR> Preview of tomorrows challenge ;) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1905959178.jpg"> <BR> <BR> x... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 15:24:06 EST So I faced the scale today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5134150 ...for the first time in months and as I figured I had gained a bit of weight. Am I going to beat myself up? NO...I knew what was coming...I had been totally off track since August, eating out of control and on the bright side I didn't gain as much as I thought...but I am back up to 217 pounds...but that just means I will work hard to lose that weight again...(I had gotten down to 170 pounds in 2011 and with lots of life changes and new jobs, I have managed to gain 47 pounds in a year and ha... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 14:48:14 EST XMAS CHALLENGE DAY 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5133950 Yesterday was successful :) I had 4 servings of fruit/veggies and I avoided temptation at work! WOO! 1 small milestone completed :) <BR> <BR> Well it's time for challenge #2!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1793597712.jpg"> <BR> WORKOUT FOR AT LEAST 30 MINUTES A DAY, 6 DAYS A WEEK! <BR> <BR> This one is definitely going to be a hard one for me (especially trying to find time to workout on the weekend). But, I have to try and find a way to do this...I HAVE TOO! <... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 11:36:57 EST 42 DAYS TO XMAS CHALLENGE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5132788 So I have decided to come up with a challenge to Christmas. Each day is going to be a new challenge that is going to stick throughout the whole challenge (and hopefully even past that!) <BR> <BR> SO HERE WE GO...! <BR> <BR> DAY 1 (THROUGH 42) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l631447878.jpg"> <BR> BE SURE TO EAT 4-6 SERVINGS OF FRUITS AND VEGGIES! <BR> <BR> So far I've had 2.5 :) Working 3-10:30pm tonight at Caribou, so I have to pack some yummies for dinner at wo... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 13:25:02 EST Hmm..I could use some advice... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5127353 I did my first hard workout in what feels like forever (yes I do a lot of jogging/running outside, but I stay within my comfort zone...unless I'm doing a 5K)...and Bob Harper kicked my @$$!...but then something weird happened in the middle of my workout...I actually started crying...I cried so hard and gritted my teeth and kept going, but I couldn't stop my tears no matter how hard I tried! I don't know if it was just a huge emotional release from all the stress I've been under, or what...bu... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 13:25:54 EST Made 2 recipes from the SparkRecipes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5122966 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l266510679.jpg"> <BR> ^These are my version of the Pumpkin Spice Scones^ I altered it a bit :) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1647616279.jpg"> <BR> ^Oat Bran Flax Whole Grain Apple Muffins!^ These turned out delicious! :D <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l986751286.jpg"> <BR> ^Bigger versions of the muffins^ <BR> <BR> Yay! These turned out so yummy! I can't wait to try the other recipes ... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 21:57:14 EST So I've been looking through a lot of recipes... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5122040 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l274342231.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and I've found a ton that use pumpkin! :D I'm so excited. I finally starting using the sparkrecipes and I can't believe how many recipes I found. I went out to the store and bought a lot of ingredients that I can use to make muffins, scones, oatmeal and more! yay! I LOVE pumpkin :D (That's why I am addicted to our pumpkin drinks at Caribou Coffee...but I'm terrified to see the calorie count on these!). <BR> <B... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 23:33:13 EST To low carb or not...that is the question http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5104879 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1798938895.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My body reacted so well when I did suzanne somers way of eating that I lost 7 pounds in 2 weeks without doing much working out. I felt energized, I slept better and I noticed significant changes in my skin too. I (of course) am not doing the low carb way of eating anymore as I was craving too many things and hopped off the wagon. I need some advice though...does anyone have an tips or advice they can give me ab... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 11:39:29 EST Beautiful Fall Pictures I took on my walk :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5101370 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l36397196.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l748736288.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l959064071.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l626455107.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l455974038.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l116699128.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l74... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 13:38:03 EST What is a Food Addict? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5101186 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l127833394.jpg"> <BR> <BR> If you want the technical explanation of what food addiction is, then here is the link: <link>www.webmd.com/mental-health/mental-h<BR>ealth-food-addiction </link> <BR> <BR> If you want the emotional and physical explanation of food addiction, then stay tuned here. <BR> <BR> I have been battling food addiction for years now. Food is my drug...I get a sort of high after I eat certain foods and I just crave mo... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 11:21:18 EST