KRISTIN9924's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KRISTIN9924 KRISTIN9924'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/ 1 Month Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6207483 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/50b1ac44-0567-4cfd-a149-4c889490f0d5.jpg"> Despite a brief hiatus due to arch pain, this month was definitely a success. I have lost 5.5 pounds, one inch from my waist, one inch from my hips, 3/4 of an inch from my arms and thighs. My jogging intervals have increased to two minutes with two minutes of recovery walking in between. I have more energy and my clothes are fitting better. Making these changes are not really difficult to make, the... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 08:38:22 EST Trying something different http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199504 I am having to find an alternative to my walking/jogging routine. I injured my knee about 12 years ago. Most of the time it doesn't bother me, but it has flared up since the weekend. So I am still getting my steps in, walking doesn't bother me. The knee pain usually goes away after a week or so of taking it easy. Hopefully I can get back to my jogging routine after a while. I will work on strength training and I still remember my physical therapy exercises so I can add those back into my r... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 22:44:19 EST Day 12: vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197196 On vacation for the weekend. Still made it to the YMCA to workout. Met my step goal for the day, did strength training, and stretching too. I went over my calories a little today, but I didn't over do it and burned a good number of calories with my workout. <BR> <BR> Not sure what the plan is tomorrow but it is scheduled to be my rest day for the walk/jog challenge. So I will work on getting my steps in but not try to make it to the gym. <BR> <BR> Until tomorrow. Fri, 8 Jul 2016 21:28:24 EST Day 12: Road Trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6196488 I am going on a road trip for the weekend. Since I knew I would be spending several hours in the car, I got up early and got in my workout first thing. Once we got out on the road we stopped at a diner for breakfast. I had an egg white omelet with lots of veggies and a side of fruit. I'm looking forward to having a weekend away with friends. I think I should still be able to exercise and eat within my range. I have eaten at the lower end of my range all week knowing that I will probably hit ... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 13:03:15 EST Day 11: Tried a New Class http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6196135 Today was a cross training day. I decided to try out a body sculpting class. I got there early so I could talk to the instructor and let her know this was my first time. Several of the other people showed me what equipment I needed. This class was great but definitely hard. We did lots of reps and worked just about every muscle group. I did the best I could, but was not able to do all of the reps for each exercise. I know that it is better to do less while maintaining good form than to try t... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 22:10:26 EST Day 10: Back to Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6195550 I ate well today. Breakfast was scrambled eggs with veggies, turkey bacon, and fresh fruit. Lunch was chicken salad with mixed greens, and dinner was chicken and vegetable soup and a niçiose salad. <BR> <BR> I had a hard time with my water today. The tap water at work is not drinkable. I bought a gallon of bottled water to keep at my desk, but my usual brand was sold out so I bought the house brand. Well, it tastes like plastic and was not drinkable. I still managed to get more than enough ... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 22:43:28 EST Day 9: July 4th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6194758 My biggest challenge today was working out. I usually go to the YMCA, but because of the 4th of July holiday they are closed. So my backup plan was to use the workout room in my apartment building. This room is small, but has weights, a treadmill, an elliptical, and a bowflex (which I have no idea how to use). The room is really only big enough for maybe two people to exercise comfortably at the same time (if they know each other and don't mind being cozy). Fortunately no one was in there, s... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 17:34:32 EST Day 8: Small Improvements http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6194381 Today was the first day of week 2. It was time to increase my jogging intervals. I went from 1 minute 30 seconds of jogging to 1 minute 45 seconds of jogging, with 2 minutes of recovery walking in between. I was surprised that I was able to do the slightly longer jogging intervals because I tried to do one last week for my last jogging interval on my last jog and I barely finished. <BR> <BR> My body is getting stronger and my cardiovascular fitness is improving. I also did 10 minutes of str... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 00:02:52 EST Week 1 complete http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6193858 Week 1 is through and I think it was a success. I lost 3 pounds, have more energy, and haven't felt deprived. We had dinner tonight at a friend's house from China. I really had to guess at what to put in my food log. It was mostly vegetables and lean meats (fish balls, tofu, and lean brisket). It was all really good and cooked in a broth, so very light. I'm looking forward to next week. We are taking a road trip next weekend and I think I should still be able to exercise and eat well. I ju... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 23:34:54 EST Week 1 complete http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6193857 Week 1 is through and I think it was a success. I lost 3 pounds, have more energy, and haven't felt deprived. We had dinner tonight at a friend's house from China. I really had to guess at what to put in my food log. It was mostly vegetables and lean meats (fish balls, tofu, and lean brisket). It was all really good and cooked in a broth, so very light. I'm looking forward to next week. We are taking a road trip next weekend and I think I should still be able to exercise and eat well. I ju... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 23:33:51 EST Day 6: Strength Training and Yoga http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6193274 So today I did strength training (upper body and core) and yoga for about an hour. I also went on a couple of walks on my breaks at work, so I still managed to get about 13,000 steps. I had a lunch meeting and think that I made good choices: mushroom and goat cheese crepe with a salad. I at about 2/3rds and brought the rest home. <BR> <BR> We went out for dinner tonight too. We split an order of grilled calamari, grilled asparagus, and grilled sea scallops. I guessed at the entries for my l... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 21:58:23 EST Day 5: Healthy Dinner and more Intervals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6192702 I did another walking/jogging interval workout today. I am already able to run farther during my jogging intervals. Next week I up my jogging intervals from 90 seconds to two minutes. Although I might try one minute and 45 seconds the first day. Tomorrow is another cross training day. So I think I will do some strength training and yoga. <BR> <BR> For dinner I made Martini Halibut with creamy dill sauce <link>https:://recipes.sparkpeople.com/rec<BR>ipe-detail.asp?recipe=3109532 </link> an... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 23:21:23 EST Day 4: My "Before" Picture http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6192072 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dacd53c0-4865-48df-a4b8-4b1848e1853e.jpeg"> So I am on Day 4 and decided that I should document my body before I make too much progress. I am also tracking my measurements, so this will help me see the progress that I am making. <BR> <BR> I did a strength training class and Pound (with drum sticks). Pound kicked my butt. The hardest part was some of the floor work showing me that I really need to work on my flexibility. I know I have a lot ... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 22:27:04 EST Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191427 I did another interval walking/jogging workout. I am currently doing intervals of 2 minutes of walking and one and a half minutes of jogging. I did about 35 minutes (with a warm up and cool down) then did about 5 minutes of stretching. <BR> <BR> I also made all of my meals, with included lots of fruits and veggies. My favorite might have been this minestrone pasta salad that I found in a magazine: https://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-det<BR>ail.asp?recipe=3108716 Each serving only has abou... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 22:11:08 EST Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6190799 I'm doing a 30 Day walk/jog challenge. This is Day 2: cross-training. Yesterday I did 25 minutes of walking/jogging intervals and then another 15 minutes of walking/walking lunges intervals. So today I did yoga. It was a great decision because I was a bit sore and the stretching felt great. <BR> <BR> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 20:59:47 EST Getting back on the horse. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189974 Three years ago we moved and I started a new job. My schedule is not consistent, which has made getting into a routine difficult. I am much closer to work now and can walk (weather permitting). So as I result I stopped my regular gym workouts (only going once every week or two). I stopped tracking my food too. So slowly over the past three years I have gained back 15 pounds. <BR> <BR> So I decided that I am going to start tracking again. I think that just being aware of everything I eat will... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 12:59:42 EST Recovering http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5284608 After recovering from a mild case of pneumonia, I think I am ready to get back into the exercise groove. I think I am still pretty limited as what I can do because am I still coughing a lot, but I can at least go on my lunch walks again and maybe try the elliptical at the gym. I'm not sure that I'm ready to get back to my kickboxing or water zumba classes just yet. <BR> <BR> Amazingly I have somehow managed to lose another pound in the month since I got sick. Part of that is probably that... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 23:17:36 EST Fitbit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5188474 My husband got me a Fitbit for christmas. So far I am really loving it. I like being able to see how well I am sleeping every night. And the pedometer is much more efficient than the Actiped that I had been using. <BR> <BR> I also like that it can track the flights of stairs that you climb during the day. However, I am almost never in a building with steps, so I am having a hard time meeting the minimum goal of 5 flights. I tried using my step at home and just doing that for a while, ... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 15:41:58 EST Holiday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5139887 So I am adjusting my goals for the next month or so. I will continue to workout as I have been doing and tracking what I eat. However, I realize that there will be a few instances when I will not be able to accurately track my food. So in those instances I will make healthy food choices, allow myself a few of my favorite treats, and not allow my family to push me to overeat (although that is rarely an issue). <BR> <BR> So my weight goal from now until after Christmas is to maintain. I ... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 23:46:56 EST Results from my health screening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5119550 I got the results from my result health screening today. They did a full blood panel and I am in perfect health! There was only one area that showed up a being a moderate risk, my HDL is 44 mg/dL (down from 51 mg/dL last year). Although that is in the healthy range (above 40 mg/dL) it is recommended that women have an HDL above 60 mg/dL to reduce their risk of heart disease. <BR> <BR> So I asked the nurse about the results, since I have been exercising and eating well (lots of healthy fat... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 21:13:05 EST Back to the Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5111784 After a short hiatus I am back to blogging. I took a break from most of my SparkPeople stuff over the long weekend when I had my comprehensive exam for graduate school. Essentially I had four days to research and write a 10-15 page paper on a topic that they give me at noon on the first day of the exam. I still ate well and exercised during those four days, but I just didn't have time to do all of the message boards, quizzes, trivia, articles and everything else. I did have to take sever... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 21:52:52 EST Do It Anyway! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5094577 If you want some inspiration to get you motivated to exercise, or start on that book you've been meaning to read, or just to do that thing that you know you should do....then this is a song for you. <BR> <BR> My favorite band, Ben Fold Five, has a new album out and their first single off the album is "Do It Anyway". <BR> <BR> The video is fantastic because the song is great and the video has fraggles in it. <BR> <BR> Check it out here: <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEyrfFwf3rI </link> <B... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 21:53:06 EST Why I've been stuck on this plateau.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5071422 So it turns out that my Spark People settings said that I was male, which made my calorie range too high. <em>198</em> For my height, weight, target weight, and goal date, as a male it had my calorie range set as 1650-2000 calories per day. <BR> <BR> For my height, weight, target weight, and goal date, as a female my calorie range is 1250-1540 calories per day. That is a pretty big difference. So it is no wonder that I haven't been losing any weight. Now that my range is corrected I... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 12:05:04 EST Measuring Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5070364 So I did my girth measurements today. After a month of fluctuating back and forth between the same two pounds, it is finally time to check my other measurements. <BR> <BR> With no weight change I have still lost: <BR> <BR> 1/2" on my waist <BR> 1/2" on my hips <BR> 1/4" on my thighs <BR> <BR> Also at yoga today, I noticed that I was able to stretch a little more deeply into some of the poses than I was able to before. <BR> <BR> One more happy note, I had injured my wrist a while back ... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 12:48:49 EST Making Friends at the Gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5068476 The girl that recognized me at kickboxing yesterday was at Body Pump tonight and introduced me to a couple of her friends. They all seem really nice and it makes it that much more fun to know people at the gym. <BR> <BR> Plus I also love the instructors at the YMCA. They are all so nice and encouraging. They really care more that you have good form than that you push yourself too hard or try to keep up with other people in the class. <BR> <BR> I had been a member of my old gym for 9 ye... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 22:42:00 EST Kickboxing Rocks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5067013 I went to my first cardio kickboxing class today and it was so much fun. I have done kickboxing on Wii Fit, but had never been to a class before. the instructor told me that I had great form and couldn't believe that it was my first class. I was kind of intimidated when I first got there, but the instructor was great, welcomed me into the class, and paired me up with a regular who was also super nice. I'm so glad that I decided to stay. The class was great and I feel so energized. <BR> ... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 21:50:28 EST Check-In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5065581 So I had my body fat checked at the gym today. They have one of those bioelectrical impedance devices, which has a margin of error of +/- 3%. So today's measurement was 27.8% body fat, which is roughly 38 pounds of fat and a lean body mass of 98.91 pounds. <BR> <BR> I wish that I had measured this when I first started working out regularly back in June, just to have something to compare it to. My goal is to get my body fat percentage below 25%. I don't know who long that will take, but... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 22:37:54 EST People are Starting to Notice! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5063457 So far I have lost 10 pounds, although I've hit a plateau and haven't lost any more weight in almost a month. Still, I had dinner over the weekend with some friends that I hadn't seen in a few months and they noticed that I had lost weight. It is such a great feeling when people start to notice the positive changes that I have already started to see in myself! <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 15:13:24 EST Trying something new http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5058274 I had heard from several friends that the Body Pump class was a lot of fun and a great workout. So today I decided to try it out. It was a little intimidating because you have a bunch of different equipment and have to change things out frequently. <BR> <BR> I'm so glad that I went and I know that next time I will have a better idea of what to expect and be able to keep up even more. <em>386</em> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 21:48:20 EST Eating like a Hobbit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5056717 I love food and I love to eat. And much like a Hobbit, I probably have 6 or 7 meals each day. Unlike a Hobbit, those meals are fairly small. So this is my usual, Hobbity day: <BR> <BR> 7am - Breakfast <BR> 10am - Second Breakfast (small snack) <BR> 12pm - Luncheon <BR> 3pm - Tea (small snack) <BR> 6pm - Dinner (small snack on the way home, usually before the gym) <BR> 8pm - Supper <BR> <BR> No room for Elevenses on a typical day. But on weekends, all bets are off. <BR> <BR> In general,... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 21:11:54 EST Streaking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5053466 No, I'm not talking about running across a football field naked. I am currently in my longest SparkStreak, 57 days. Unlike the previous times that I have used SparkPeople, I am still motivated and going strong. <BR> <BR> Today I went on a jog during my lunch break (I'm training for the Trick-or-Treat Trot 5K) and then I went to pilates after work. I have been eating well and staying within my calorie range. The two pounds that I had mysteriously gained over the past couple of weeks dis... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 21:57:56 EST Waking up without an alarm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5050433 Now, I'm not saying that I would completely go without using an alarm. But I went to bed early last night, around 9pm and was able to wake up before my alarm went of this morning (which was just before 6am). That really is so much nicer than being jolted awake by an annoying, buzzing noise. <BR> <BR> I have actually been able to wake up before my alarm a lot more recently. I love this because It is so much more relaxing and I tend to feel more well rested. <em>102</em> Sat, 8 Sep 2012 23:58:06 EST Exhausted and feeling great http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5049003 I did strength training last night and decided to swim laps today. I only did 30 minutes, because I was short on time, but it was still enough to feel like to got in a good workout. Now, for the rest of the day, I have had that great feeling where your muscles feel like lead but don't ache. <BR> <BR> It was also a busy day because I had a ton of errands to run and my husband and I met our Little Brother (we are volunteering with Big Brothers/Big Sisters). It was a great day, but I think... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 20:23:16 EST Ignoring my frustration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5047753 I have gained two pounds in the past two weeks and I have no idea why. I have measured & tracked all of my food, staying within my calorie range. I have worked out every day (minus one) alternating cardio, weights, & flexibility. Sometimes I have even worked out twice a day. <BR> <BR> I find this very frustrating because I lost the first 10 pounds fairly quickly and now they are trying to creep back on me. But I will not let this get me down. I love the way that I feel after I workout. ... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 21:55:14 EST Preparing for Tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5046276 I realized this morning that I was running low on lunches and only had enough stuff to get me through today. When I got off work, and did birthday present shopping for my nieces, I was too tired to run to the grocery store to buy lunch meat or frozen meals. Then I remembered that I bought stuff to make Buffalo Chicken Chili and would just need to thaw the chicken and throw everything in the crockpot. Took less than 30 minutes and now I have lunch (and probably dinner) for tomorrow! <BR> <... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 22:11:59 EST Enjoying Strength Training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5044671 I am getting more familiar with my new gym and knowing where all of the weight machines are. Today I did a full body strength training session and really enjoyed it. I like the feeling of pushing myself and gradually seeing improvement. I was able to lift a little more when doing my bicep curls (7 lbs, up from 5 lbs). <BR> <BR> I was a little worn out this afternoon, plus it was 103 F outside, so I decided to skip my lunch walk. Thankfully it is suppose to cool off by the end of this wee... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 21:45:50 EST A Lazy Labor Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5043067 I think that today was the first day in two or three weeks that I did not workout. I'm counting today as a rest day, since I have been getting in two workouts on most days anyways. <BR> <BR> Today was also the first day that I ate enough calcium without having to take a supplement. In fact, I met all of my dietary goals today. What really did it was the Pad Thai that I made (recipe in the SparkPeople Cookbook). It had tons of calcium, protein, & good carbs. My husband really liked it, wh... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 21:33:51 EST Success at Dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5041682 My husband and I went out to dinner with his parents tonight. We went to this German restaurant, which none of us had been to before. I know that German food is notorious for being heavy and not exactly healthy. So after perusing the menu for a few minutes I actually found something that was relatively healthy. Beef medallions cooked in red wine sauce, steamed asparagus, German noodles, and a side salad. I ate a little less than half of my meal, plus a few brussel sprouts off of my husb... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 21:44:54 EST Saying Goodbye http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5040367 I attended a memorial service today for my great-aunt Toni and my great-uncle Bill. They both passed away recently, within a month of each other. The service was beautiful and it was great getting to see my family and hear stories about my aunt & uncle. I have very fond memories for Thanksgivings, Christmases, and Fourth of Julys at their house. It was kind of a tough day, but I'm glad that my extended family is still so close and that I was able to get so many hugs from my aunts, uncles,... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 19:12:31 EST Enjoy Your Burrito http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5039384 "Enjoy Your Burrito" is an expression (from the Nerdist podcast) that means live in the now. Don't spend so much time being concerned about what might happen in the future that you can't appreciate the moment that you are currently in. I think that it is such a good mantra. <BR> <BR> This can extend to many areas of my life. I have been stuck at the same weight for about two weeks now, which might seem disappointing. However, I still managed to lose inches on my legs, waist, hips, and b... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 22:18:54 EST Overcoming my excuses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5038068 I did not feel like working out today. I woke up early even though I was still tired because my husband had to go to work early today and I figured I might as well get out of bed. So I had an extra 30 minutes this morning. I decided to just do a short warm-up by marching in place, rather than putz around on the computer for half an hour. Once I was warmed up, I figured I might as well do a few strength training exercises and then I did a short cool down. Only about 20 minutes, but I did ... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 21:59:59 EST I eat constantly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5035938 I have actually been doing really well with my eating habits lately. I plan out my meals and portion out everything at the beginning of the day. So it often comes as a surprise to many people that I am not consuming several thousand calories a day because I do eat constantly. In fact, my coworkers often comment about how often I eat at work. <BR> <BR> I probably consume a quarter to a third of my daily calories in snacks. I think I am just one of those people who has to have something to... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 11:19:43 EST The importance of research http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5035340 So I finally decided to start taking a calcium supplement because after two months tracking my food I have only been able to get the daily recommended amount of calcium once. I had tried increasing my dairy and calcium rich veggies, but still wasn't getting enough. So I read some articles about calcium supplements and found that calcium citrate with vitamin D was the best option for me. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was the first day that I took the supplement and it was the first day that I met a... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 22:10:56 EST Cutting Back on Salt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5033804 I am not one to add salt to my food, but it wasn't until I started tracking my sodium intake that I realized how much sodium is in everything. At first, I had a really hard time staying below the recommended daily serving of sodium. But now, because I eat mostly fresh fruits and veggies and make almost all of my meals, I am finally able to stay well within the recommended range. <BR> <BR> So tonight I attempted a low sodium makeover of one of my favorite meals: Paula Deen's Taco Soup. By ... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 21:24:47 EST I LOVE the YMCA! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5032052 So I had been going to Aspen Athletic Club on and off for the past 9 years. It was recently bought by Gold's Gym and they moved to a new location and bought all new equipment. I was pretty excited about the changes at first, but in the process they had closed all but two of their locations. Now the fancy, new location was always busy and I hate having to wait to using a cardio machine. They also increased the membership fee and I decided it was time to try a new gym. <BR> <BR> This wee... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 18:37:55 EST Subtle Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5030504 I have been using SparkPeople consistently for two months now (after fairly lengthy hiatus over the past year) and have been exercising, eating better, drinking more water, and staying motivated. In that time I have noticed several changes in not just my weight, but also my energy levels and my attitude. I wake up without needing (or wanting) to hit the snooze bar. Sometimes I even wake up a few minutes before my alarm goes off, so I can avoid that annoying buzzer. Also, I have never been... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 12:41:13 EST Unplugged http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5029842 My old routine use to be to come home from work, plop down in front of the TV with my laptop and play games/watch TV from the time I got home from work until the time I went to sleep. This week something has changed. <BR> <BR> The idea of watching hours of TV or spending all night playing games on facebook no longer sounds appealing to me. Instead I watch maybe one hour of TV in the evening, but then I turn the TV off. I have been reading instead. I actually love to read, but had been sp... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 21:34:52 EST Unintentionally Vegetarian http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5028513 So for the past five days I have not eaten meat. It wasn't a conscious decision, it just so happened that everything I have prepared has not contained meat. My husband hasn't even noticed. I fixed quinoa stuff bell peppers one day and ate the leftovers the next day. I also fixed a big pot of black beans and have been eating on that. I have had eggs and dairy, but not animal flesh. <BR> <BR> I use to be vegetarian for several years in high school and college, but I don't think I want to ... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 21:56:09 EST My Lying Eyes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5027114 I have decided to completely ignore my reflection for a while. Even though I have already lost 10 pounds, when I look in the mirror I don't see any difference. And as I remember, when I was at my thinnest in college (117 lbs) I still think that the reflection of myself looked not too different than I look now (although my clothing would suggest otherwise). <BR> <BR> I allowed myself to get discouraged about a year ago. Despite losing weight and fitting into clothes that I hadn't worn sinc... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 22:55:49 EST Two-a-days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5025601 There are usually one or two days each week where I work an odd schedule. This week those days are today (when I work 11am-8pm) and tomorrow (when I work 12pm-9pm). There are advantages and disadvantages to having these odd schedules; I have time to do things in the morning before work but I get home too late to cook dinner. <BR> <BR> So this morning I put some black beans in the crockpot with bell peppers, garlic, & onions. When I got home from work, dinner was already ready. Also befor... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 22:29:53 EST