K_RENEE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=K%5FRENEE K_RENEE'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/ Time for something new http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4804743 I did something different with my hair. Really different. And it's sparked (no pun intended... but nice that it kind of works here LOL) an interest in me. I feel like it's time for a change. <BR> <BR> A new job? <BR> <BR> A new place? <BR> <BR> A new experience? <BR> <BR> Yes please. I want it all. I feel like my life is growing kind of stagnant right now. It just really seems that every area of my life right now is being affected-- weight loss, personal relationships, career progre... Sun, 25 Mar 2012 22:54:44 EST Suspended...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4699846 So. Remember that Biggest Loser competition I was telling you about? It's kaput. <BR> <BR> I'm kind of disappointed about it! I'm actually REALLY disappointed!!! <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> My coworkers decided to "suspend" the biggest loser competition because none of them were doing anything towards winning, and by that I mean exercising, eating healthier, drinking water, etc. Except I WAS! <BR> When we started at the beginning of December, I was excited. Knowing their personalities,... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 20:41:30 EST Winter Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4634626 They say it can't be done. People at work. People in our families. Even people on Sparkpeople. They say with winter bringing things like Thanksgiving, cold weather, waning motivation, holidays, and busier schedules, you can't lose weight. <BR> <BR> But I have. <BR> <BR> I've been exercising consistently and losing weight. It's been slow, I'll tell ya painfully slow it seems, but it's happening. <BR> <BR> So to all of you naysayers I respectfully say, "In your face." Wed, 21 Dec 2011 23:01:38 EST Biggest Loser http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4586092 So as I mentioned before, a group of us is doing a biggest-loser style competion at work and so far, it's going quite well, I'd say. I've exercised in some capacity in some way every in the past week and I feel pretty good. I really want to win! Let's do it! Tue, 15 Nov 2011 20:45:44 EST Sleeeep.... ZzZzZ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4568868 I suffered with a horrible bout of insomnia about 4 years ago. I was only sleeping about 3 or 4 hours a night, despite being tired, exhausted, and miserable. I was terrible. It lasted for a little over a year, and gradually it went away. I began to sleep more and it was wonderful. <BR> <BR> Aaaand, now it's coming back. I'm averaging 5 hours a night and now that I'm out of school and working full time on top of all of my other responsibilites, it's really starting to wreak havoc on my w... Fri, 4 Nov 2011 21:03:38 EST Did someone say challenge?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4538571 Some of my co-workers and I have been talking about doing a Biggest Loser style competition between the group of us. I think all together there will be about 7 of us participating. <BR> <BR> <BR> And I love a challenge. I am a HUGE competitor when placed in a competitive situation, and I think I can do it. We've actually been talking about doing it for a while, and a friend and I decided that there's no time like the present (actually I believe she said it's time to "put up or shut up" l... Sun, 16 Oct 2011 20:15:36 EST Blogging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4510954 I feel like I need to start blogging on Sparkpeople more. I don't post a lot on this site, although I'm often on. I tried to log on everyday, but life happens and we all know how it goes from there. But I am going to try to do more interaction on this site. It's really helpful. I log on 4 or 5 times a week and even though I don't always blog I just like to have the support, encouragement, and comraderie. :-) Thu, 29 Sep 2011 20:01:23 EST Okay then http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4288698 Okay. Enough is enough of this garbage. I'm not feeling sorry for myself anymore. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and I'm not putting up with excuses anymore. NO MORE. That part is over, and I'm challenging myself-- my willpower, my steadfastness, my faith, everything-- and giving it my all. Lord willing, I won't give up. I can slip. I can even fall. But I can't stop. I can't look back. I can't go back. And I can't give up. AND I WON'T. Thu, 9 Jun 2011 20:57:56 EST Frustration, thy name is... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4286565 ...a lot of things, actually, but at this moment it's discouragement. <BR> <BR> A lot of people, for some reason, want me to fail. At least that's how I feel anyway. It seems like every time I take one step forward, I get punched in the gut and it knocks me back ten. For example, I spent this weekend batch cooking nutritious (and delicious!) meals for myself to take for lunch or dinner, whatever the situation warrants. I was feeling really good about myself for doing that because I felt ... Wed, 8 Jun 2011 21:59:36 EST How I Feel... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3697612 The poll I saw today was soo on time. It reflected exactly how I've been feeling the last couple of months. It asked what was your main hindrance to weight loss: no time to exercise, lack of motivation, no help from anyone, discouragement, dining out, or holidays/vacations. <BR> <BR> This one's kind of a toss up, because it's a combination of 3 of the choices lol. First off, I get no help from anybody in my family or friends. Sometimes I feel like they even try to sabatoge my efforts on... Wed, 6 Oct 2010 20:12:19 EST April in Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3195287 Whew! The days have been flying by! So now it's May 4 and I'm just now getting to reflect on April. <BR> <BR> I think I've mentioned before that I plan on participating in EVERY challenge posted by Sparkpeople this year. This is just something that I want to do for myself because I know that I am learning. So last month's challenge was all about Breaking Through the Plateau. <BR> <BR> I learned quite a bit from that challenge. I know now that when things start to look a little stagnant... Tue, 4 May 2010 21:21:25 EST re: Habits of Fit People blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3183793 I used to use the excuse I was too busy to exercise, but then I realized that I really wasn't. My last two years in college I carried a full time course load, worked two part time jobs, stayed involved in campus activities, and true enough, I was BUSY. But my last year in college, I realized that I could still squeeze in time to workout, and the campus rec center was free, so I needed to stop making excuses. I made time. I realized that it really doesn't take that long to get in a good cardio... Sat, 1 May 2010 22:23:21 EST 5 Kilometers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3023869 One week from tomorrow, I will attempt to walk/jog 5 kilometers and I'm starting to get the jitters!!! <BR> <BR> I've never done anything so daunting before, but I'm making myself a playlist for my iPod to keep me motivated throughout and hopefully this will do the trick. My goal is to be able to do it in 59 minutes and 59 seconds or less. Go me! Sat, 20 Mar 2010 22:25:25 EST Feelin' Fine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2950359 I joined the Official Spark Challenge for March today. I have participating in them this year, unlike any other time, because I am totally investing myself in SP this time. This is like my second go-around with not only sparkpeople, but with my attempt to live healthier. I know this time is different. I can actually FEEL it. I don't know how to explain it, but I feel it. <BR> <BR> Anyway, about the challenges. I'm really loving these monthly challenges. They not only give me something... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 20:56:38 EST February http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2922886 February is almost over! Whew, time really flies! <BR> <BR> This month hasn't been everything I'd hoped it would be, but I'm okay with that. What's more important is that it has NOT been everything I hoped it wouldn't. I have adopted being healthy as a way of life, and there's no turning back. I can notice in everything that I do that even though, yes, I do want to lose weight, I'm more committed to a healthy lifestyle and that will in turn make me better in the long haul. When you thi... Wed, 24 Feb 2010 15:01:06 EST "What made you start on your journey?" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2885043 A fellow Sparker asked the question "what made you start on your journey to a new you?" and this was my response... <BR> <BR> <BR> I was always a little overweight, but I stayed very active, all throughout high school, so it never got out of control. When I went to college, I was active, but not as much, so I slowly gained a little weight. Not so much that it was overwhelming, but just enough that a couple pairs of my favorite jeans were snug. That, coupled with the fact that for the last... Mon, 15 Feb 2010 16:02:45 EST January gone already?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2827166 I'm so glad January is over. Not because I want 2010 to hurry up and be over, but because it showed me how strong I really am. I'm down 11 pounds since the beginning of the new year, and I'm really happy about it. I tried to lose weight before, but I was always trying to go all out in the beginning, and wound up getting overwhelmed and/or burnt out. It was miserable! But this time, I made the concious effort to take a more systematic approach and do things more slowly, with purpose and i... Mon, 1 Feb 2010 18:34:34 EST woo hoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2011937 I started a new job today. I know that doesn't have anything to do with my weight loss journey directly, but I'm excited about it! I have been waiting for this job for a long time, and I finally, I can claim it. I had been out of work for almost 4 months and getting this job has given me new reasons to lift my head every morning. My outlook on life is more positive. If you have ever been out of work, due to whatever reason ( in my case new graduate seeking work) you know how it can be. ... Mon, 27 Apr 2009 21:55:58 EST Sparking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1631242 I haven't really been taking advantage of sparkpeople.com the way I should be. There is sooooo much information and sooo much support and encouragement from everybody I've encountered here, but I have been getting in my own way. <BR> <BR> There have been quite a few changes recently, starting with my GrAdUaTiOn!!! In the natural course of events, it's time for me to end one chapter and start anew. In my new chapter, I'm going to be more healthy, focus more on myself, and just try to live ... Mon, 29 Dec 2008 21:44:49 EST taking health for granted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1520662 I've been suffering from a wicked respiratory infection for the past couple of weeks, and I feel like I've been dealt such a big blow. I never realized how much I take my body for granted, how much I take health for granted. Hell, I never realized how much I take BREATHING out of my nose for granted lol. I wake up every morning just knowing that everything will work the way it is supposed to with little incident and having a major illness strike with no warning will really make you realize... Sun, 19 Oct 2008 17:29:59 EST