LEB0401's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LEB0401 LEB0401'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/ I braved the Polar Vortex!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5586927 So I'm really into Mark Sisson and his blog Mark's Daily Apply lately. It's been kinda slow at work so I spend hours poring over the hundreds of links he embeds in his posts. <BR> <BR> Today's MDA was titled "17 Reasons to Walk More This Year". <link>www.marksdailyapple.com/17-reasons-t<BR>o-walk-more-this-year/ </link> <BR> <BR> The biggest takeaway came from a related article that read: "In my experience, it’s the easy, seemingly inconsequential stuff that’s the hardest sell. The cr... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 13:09:26 EST 11 Questions to Ask Yourself in the New Year from Mark's Daily Apple http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579338 <link>www.marksdailyapple.com/11-questions<BR>-to-ask-yourself-at-the-start-of-a-new<BR>-year/#more-46813 </link> <BR> <BR> A fun little activity from MDA! <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. What were your biggest failings or mistakes this past year – healthwise – that were preventable or avoidable? <BR> <BR> Not better preparing for special occasions that break me from my nutritional routine. Every trip I took in 2013 took me over a week to recover from. Too many gas station candy bars, starbucks la... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 11:48:34 EST A Year Later... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576751 <BR> Last year vs. This year <BR> <BR> Last night for fun I snapped a pic wearing the same clothes and in the same posture as in my "30th pound lost" pic (my lowest weight since adulthood).... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1888550539.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm so so so so so so happy with my new lifestyle!! <BR> <BR> I don't mind when the scale goes up <em>193</em> <em>41</em> <BR> I eat A LOT of delicious food! <em>370</em> <em>496</em> <em>53</em>... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 13:41:07 EST Thinking about coming back to Spark.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568133 You guys... <BR> <BR> I'M ON TOP OF THE WORLD <BR> <BR> I just PR'd my backsquat on my lunch break! By 15#!! <BR> <BR> The plan was to do 85% 5x2-3. But they were just going up so easy that my workout bud urged me to put more weight on, which put at 5# below my max. Did that for 3, no problem, so we went for a 5# PR. Did it for 2, so then we went for 15# PR and it was a grinder but I got it up!! Weeeeeeeeee. Does that make any sense to people who don't lift? I drank the koolaid and I... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 16:51:42 EST Top 13 Nutrition Lies That Made the World Sick and Fat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5532770 This article showed up in my Fb newsfeed yesterday, and promptly started a debate! <BR> <BR> I wholeheartedly believe every single one of these points made in the article. PLEASE read the whole thing and take a moment to digest the information. The commentators at the bottom of the article have also dug up some very insightful links that are worthwhile. They also bring up valuable points and counterpoints to each argument. <BR> <BR> <link>authoritynutrition.com/top-13-nutrit<BR>ion-lies-... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 09:41:18 EST Whole30 Round 2????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529255 I'm thinking about getting back on Whole30. <BR> <BR> Technically it would be a Whole25 so that I could quit in time for Thanksgiving. I'm in a candy coma today. I could have slept all day if I didn't have to come to work. I feel like crapola from all the junk I've been eating. <BR> <BR> Yesterday my StitchFix came. It's a company that picks out 5 pieces of clothing/accessories, you try it on at home, and send back what you don't like. It was really cool and fun. When I'm out shopping... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 12:31:48 EST An hour ago I felt like crap... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5509160 ..and now I don't. <BR> <BR> <BR> All day, and up until 59 minutes ago, I was soooooooooooore. I was grouchy. Sleepy. Planning on skipping my workout. <BR> <BR> But------ I didn't skip my workout. I marched my sore, grouchy butt downstairs. I got in front of the macho men in the gym, put plates on the bar, and lifted. I felt pretty dumb at times since I was struggling to get a light weight over head. But I kept at it, and finished! <BR> <BR> For the metcon [metabolic conditioning,... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 17:27:56 EST NY trip= good family time, bad for tummy :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5502704 Wow, October already! <BR> <BR> Today, like most days I turn to SP and blogging, I feel like crap. We just spent 5 days with bf's big Italian family in NY state. Lots of driving, lots of junk food, not a veggie in sight. It was hard and I had a perma-tummy ache. I slept until 11am every day, which is super odd for me who wakes up at 5 for work. Bf's parents graciously let us make ourselves at home, and his mom bought bacon and eggs just for us (they are cereal eaters). However, save fo... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 17:24:39 EST An Imperfect Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5491341 I feel off today, so it's a good day for a blog. Remember what I'm doing well, reflect on what's making me slip today in particular. I've eaten nothing but junk all day, what better way to break the cycle than to write about my fitness journey? :) <BR> <BR> Last blog I told you guys I hated CrossFit but I wasn't giving up on it. I held true. I took Foundations (aka, intro to crossfit) this past weekend. My coach was the one of the owners of the gym and she was very Mom-like and encourag... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 17:20:28 EST Ok I take back what I said about CrossFit.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5481750 .. I don't like it anymore. <BR> <BR> Yesterday bf was coaching so I snuck in for a class. This was the first time I took an actual class, the other I went to the box it was just the coaches and their SO's doing a wod. Yesterday we actually warmed up together, did the strength portion, then did a 12-minute wod. <BR> <BR> Can I just say I HATE the feeling of being new and sucking at something. I HATE HATE HATE it!!!! I felt like a total dweeb the whole time. Bf made every attempt to help... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 14:25:27 EST I TRIED CROSSFIT!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5474822 ..and I liked it!!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> However, I am very very very very sore. <BR> <BR> Let's back up. I left you last freaking out because I failed my certification and had to retest. Well, ta-da, I passed it. The proctor was really nice this time. She passed the group and gave some really good feedback. <BR> <BR> I told the girl that works at the gym here at work, and she invited me to start teaching the very next day! So I have now officially taught 2 group fitness classes, and one... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 16:22:38 EST Bf's Doc Says Paleo Diet = Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5464235 Thank you thank you thank you for reading my last whiney blog. I feel a lot better. The only naughty thing I ate all day yesterday was 2 chocolate truffles. Today I had a cookie the size of my head, and I'm gonna drink whiskey tonight.. one step forward 2 steps back I guess. Tomorrow WILL be better!! <BR> <BR> I met with the trainers at the gym at work and went over my AFAA exercises for my retest. They didn't see anything wrong with a superman, they do it all the time in class, but t... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 16:35:52 EST Not Feeling So Hot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5462205 Ah, Sparkies. Whenever I feel down I know I can turn to you. Read your blogs and get inspired. Write my blog and get it all out. See your comments and emoticons of support and feel all warm and fuzzy. Right now I NEED my Spark!! <BR> <BR> Here's my frame of mind at this very moment: <BR> 1. It's PMS (Prepare to Meet Satan) time <BR> 2. I've been eating naughties EVERY day for at least 2 weeks now, prob more. <BR> 3. I ate a half a pan of peanut butter brownies last night <BR> 4. I looked ... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 16:44:25 EST Whole30's over.. and has been for a while now (sorry!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5450149 Yipes, I was doing so well at keeping in touch with my Sparkies during Whole30, only to fall of the globe at the very end! <BR> <BR> Conclusion... Whole30 changed my life, seriously. I've never felt better, I've never been stronger. Now that I've been off the diet for over a week (almost 2!) I can really tell how off-plan foods affect my body. Dairy is baaaaaaaad news. It feels like I've eaten lead, my guts are heavy and I don't have any energy. On Day 31, I went out for froyo, and it b... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 17:18:02 EST Whole30 Day 23 It was a good day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5430891 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2091259266.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Nothing in particular happened today, I'm just feeling good. <BR> <BR> Last night I got the routine for my Intro to Pole class, so I'll start practicing that and finishing up my certification. I'm SO excited!!! I'll be the first impression of pole fitness that people will have, and that makes me really happy to share with them. <BR> <BR> Today I want to give you all a "day in the life" of someone who has thi... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 18:08:17 EST Whole 30 Day 18-22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5429610 Whole30 has become second nature now, and I honestly don't remember what I ate morning, noon, and night the past 5 days! I know what to buy at the farmers market to last me through the week (if it's almost too heavy to carry, I probably have enough). I know what I have to pick up at the grocery store (avocados, bagged salad, oils). I know how much meat to thaw out at what intervals. It's become... dare I say... easy. <BR> <BR> Highlights since I've seen you last have been <BR> -skipping... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 16:39:53 EST Whole30 Day 16 &17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5424346 Day 16 Tuesday: I played hooky yesterday on accident. Had every intention on going to work, but life did not make it possible. Oh well. Breakfast was bacon, eggs, and a red pepper. I was bored and continued to eat all day long! I tried sardines finally, since I found a brand that was compliant. They were delicious! Then I ate a peach. Then I ate leftover chicken. Then I ate prosciutto. Then I ate roast beef. Then I ate cantaloupe. Eat Eat Eat Eat. I started a new knitting project and g... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 15:15:33 EST Whole30 Day 13-15 Tribal Quest!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5421853 Day 13 Saturday: TRIBAL QUEST DAY!! I woke up shaking in my boots about the 5 mile, 20 obstacle mud run. I'd never done anything like this before and I really haven't been training for the running portion. Breakfast was scrambled eggs w/ bell pepper & coffee w/ coconut milk. I squeezed in a trip to farmers market where I got 2 1/2 dozen eggs of all sizes and colors. Some even still had poop streaks on them, crazy I consider that an indicator of a good egg. Sped home, downed some prosci... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 12:53:58 EST Whole 30 Day 12 All is right with the world.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5418962 Day 12 Friday: Snuggles cured my pouting fit, but made me late to work. Boss said nothing.. score. Breakfast was tomato & onion scramble. There is beauty in a farmers market tomato at the peak of summer. I may have to can some so I can have them in February. Lunch was my leftover zoodles and meat sauce, which I ate after I was brutally tortured in "Total Body Conditioning" class. I need to start bringing pre & post WO meals. Class was at 11am, and I didn't feel like I could keep up. St... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 13:56:37 EST Whole 30 Day 10 & 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5418105 Day 10 Wednesday: Woke up with energy, made leftover fajita vegetable egg nests. Bf doesn't like onions and made a point to tell me so. It was early, I got offended. Didn't kiss him bye. We had lunch catered from a greek place. My friend came over when it was being delivered and said, "I bet this is so hard for you! It smells so good!" And it did smell good, but honestly I didn't long for pita bread and tzatziki. I was happy with my pot roast and green beans. I was the only one not eati... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 17:20:16 EST Whole 30 Day 8 & 9 Girl talk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5416001 Day 8 Monday: Mondays are our day off. We stayed up late the night before, but woke up at a decent hour. That morning I couldn't believe how smooth my face was, especially my chin area. Did I tell you guys I'm giving up nuts for Whole30 too? Well I am. When I started trying to be more Paleo a few months ago I upped my nut consumption considerably. For instance, I ate an entire pound of cashew butter in 4 days. My face turned into nothing but buboes and pus. Ew, my hyperbole grossed me out. ... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 21:40:48 EST Whole30 Day 6 & 7 Carb Flu! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5413769 Days 6&7 are known for being the days when you just draaaaaag. My body was so used to using sugar to fuel itself, and by now there's not much extra sugar left. They call this the "carb flu" because you get headaches and just wanna lay in bed all day. I'm tired. But not unbearably so. <BR> <BR> Day 6 Saturday: Woke up early, made a big awesome breakfast. I took the leftover mashed plantains and added the shredded pork leftovers along with some onion, formed them into patties, and fried th... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 23:55:23 EST Whole30 Day 4-5 (Plus BP coffee recipe) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5411355 We had an... incident... yesterday, day 4. <BR> <BR> On Weds bf had to go to court over some baby mama drama. I don't feel right posting the details but let's just say I'm beginning to really hate this b*tch. I began the relationship trying to sympathize with her and recognize her vindictive actions as almost justified in a way. I mean.. her husband and father of her children has moved on and is living with someone younger who is college educated and can support herself. That's gotta sting, ... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 09:46:33 EST Whole30 Days 1-3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5409672 Proud to say I'm hanging in there.. gettin my Whole30 on! Here's a recap of what I experienced so far: <BR> <BR> Day 1 Monday: woke up and had black coffee at my mom's. Bf pointed out that it had artificial flavors.. so whoops. We bought a dozen eggs so I made half into chicken, asparagus, and zucchini omelets and hard boiled the other half for lunch on the road. Mama made some southern style (read: cooked all to hell) green beans with smoked venison..yum!...so I took that for lunch with s... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 13:17:10 EST T-minus 5 days til Whole30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5402186 Countdown has officially begun. <BR> <BR> I've got a collection of recipes, the It Starts With Food book being delivered by Amazon today, the Daily30 emails in my inbox (thanks REVIVED!!!!!). I think I'm ready. <BR> <BR> This weekend I ate well, but drank quite a few beers. Monday night a milkshake happened, and yesterday there was a snickers incident. Meals are good but snacks need work (aka, be eliminated altogether). <BR> <BR> Tomorrow night we're heading the beach for a long weekend r... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 09:09:51 EST Freerunning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5388944 **Drawing inspiration for the title from my newfound fitness class, Parkour** <BR> <BR> So.. If you take a look at my ticker it will say 0 monthly fitness minutes. If you take a look at my shared nutrition tracker you'll notice it's been blank for weeks. <BR> <BR> I'm doing an experiment. It's summertime and I'm naturally being more active, so I know I'm getting adequate exercise. I don't think the fitness tracker is necessary right now. <BR> <BR> My weight is still going up. Maintenance ... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 10:50:44 EST What I thought about my smoothie cleanse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5388014 I forgot to do a recap of my smoothie cleanse! Bf's stupid laptop is still acting up, so my only blogs come from sneaking them on the clock... just slipped my mind. <BR> <BR> Day 1, as you know, was full of yucky smoothies and then I ate dinner regularly. Day 2 I woke up with a flat tummy, which was exciting! No puffy bloat from overeating at night. By the time I went to Barre class at 10am I'd already downed two smoothies of pear, pineapple, banana, almond milk and greens. I was peeing cons... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 12:48:15 EST Smoothie Cleanse Day #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5381707 Kinda blows.... <BR> <BR> Last night I realized I had way too much food in the fridge, so I tried to incorporate a lot of veggies in my smoothies. My breakfast, snack, and lunch were all disgusting moosh of beets, greens, broccoli, avocado, strawberries, blueberries, peach, and almond milk. Gross. When I go to the grocery store (and farmers market) tomorrow I'll make sure to stock up on stuff that actually tastes good together. <BR> <BR> Upside though, I had so much energy for my kickboxing... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 17:18:29 EST I'm really really tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5380495 I did it. <BR> <BR> So far today I haven't had a lick of caffeine. I was ok during the drive to work, probably because I overslept and got a full 8 hours. As soon as I got to my desk though I could feel my eyes drooping. I'm also having a sort of anxious feeling I get when I lay in bed all day. Like I don't feel comfortable in my own skin. <BR> <BR> I've been continuing my research on Whole30, and read their "Coffee Manifesto" <link>whole9life.com/2011/01/the-coffee-ma<BR>nifesto/ </link>... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 15:28:58 EST New-Fangled Idears http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5379395 Smoothie challenge starts Friday, I'm tired and groggy from limiting my caffeine intake. Normally I have 3-8 cups of coffee a day. Yesterday I had one cup of black tea, today I had half a cup of green tea. Tomorrow will just be herbal tea, then I'll be fully prepared to take on 3 days of plants, plants, plants. <BR> <BR> Bf & I are tentatively committing to doing Whole30 in July. Which is weird for me to say, because looking back on posts from a few months ago I was hating on Paleo really ha... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 17:30:32 EST Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5377719 Technical difficulties prevented blogs during my 3-day weekend. Boo. Allow me to recap.. <BR> <BR> Saturday I did 3 classes back to back. WHAT A CHALLENGE! <BR> <BR> First was Parkour conditioning to prep for the Tribal Quest race in July. I was the only person that showed up for training so I basically got a personal training sesh. Bonus! I threw rocks, bear crawled across logs, scaled walls, climbed a rope. Purdy cool. <BR> <BR> Then I went straight to barre and got my quads, hip flexor... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 09:27:21 EST Accountability Blog #2.. Sorta back on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5373613 Well friends, I'm happy to report I met every goal I made for myself yesterday with the exception of the Daily Hiit workout. After spinning and pole class, I was very tired and sore so I felt ok to skip. <BR> <BR> I just found Daily Hiit recently on Pinterest. I remember seeing a lot of Sparkers talk about bodyrock.tv, and they've now morphed into Daily Hiit. I'm trying to wrap my head around what they do, but it seems that every day there's a new workout video. The videos outline a 12-minu... Fri, 31 May 2013 12:08:02 EST Ok Redo.. Back on Track Blog #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5372282 Welp... that was a fail. <BR> <BR> I was committed to doing my "back on track" daily accountability blogs, but stopped at #2. Starting over! <BR> <BR> I did end up signing up for the 3-day smoothie challenge, which is not this weekend but next. Work is having a big cookout on the day it starts, so it should keep me out of the burgers and hot dogs. Wanna do it with me? Here's the link... <BR> <link>virginiahealthcoaching.com/smoothie-<BR>challenge </link> <BR> <BR> I've been prepa... Thu, 30 May 2013 08:33:49 EST Back on Track Week.. Blog #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5365080 Am I back on track? <BR> <BR> Well, I didn't do so hot with those action items. BF & I split the rest of pie and ice cream. At least it's gone, right? <BR> <BR> I did boot camp class but skipped my after work run. <BR> <BR> Today I did zumba but skipped flaunt. <BR> <BR> Le sigh.. I'm still half-assing it. Get your head back in the game! <BR> <BR> MOTIVATION: I just ordered two bikinis and a pair of booty shorts from VS today. Booty shorts are for pole class, not for regular wardrobe ro... Wed, 22 May 2013 22:22:08 EST Back on Track Week... Blog #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5363249 So... after this weekend I've probably gotten <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1755525009.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It all started Friday afternoon. There were office birthday goodies floating around and I managed to avoid them all day long, until 5pm when a coworker dropped off a half dozen cupcakes on my desk. I was a little hungry and all alone in the office for another half an hour so I ate one. Then I ate another. They weren't even that great. <BR> <BR> I already me... Tue, 21 May 2013 09:56:03 EST Quarter Year Anniversary +New Fitness Stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5359277 Yesterday was our 3 month anniversary for new Bf & I. No we're not one of those weird couples that celebrates every little month.. but he did clip me 3 rosebuds from our bush on the porch. Sigh... <BR> <BR> Crazy, crazy, crazy. It's hard to believe our relationship is so young, when it feels like we've been together forever. I'm really getting settled now, knowing my way around and how to say all these towns named by Algonquins. I've been exposed to what it's like to be with a soldier, which... Fri, 17 May 2013 12:10:43 EST Paper plates and SquatSuck http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5342953 Yesterday I did my first two-a-day, and I feel great! Went spinning during my lunch break at work. I love love love working out in the middle of the day. When I get back to my desk I feel so refreshed, even though my hair and makeup are a mess! <BR> <BR> On my way home from work I was reflecting on how healthful my eating has been for the last 2 days, and how I was starting feel normal again. Then the minute I walked in the door I abruptly ate the rest of my calorie budget in honey roast... Thu, 2 May 2013 08:48:19 EST April's Over. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5340497 Last day of April. <BR> <BR> Feb & March seemed to drag on forever, but this month ran by in a blur. Maybe that means I'm getting settled and each day seems more like the last. This month had some good and some bad. It started out with a terrific birthday spent with my love, and has ended with a trip we just got back from for him to meet my parents. In between there were wonderful highs.. like running the Crystal City 5k series with a new friend. And terrible lows... like finding out my... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 09:18:58 EST Crystal City 5k Fridays -- First race in a new town http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5313891 ***Before I begin, I can't tell you how wonderful it was to have FriendFeed Notifications pop up from my lovely Sparkies! I've been out of the loop so long, yet you guys didn't forget about me and showed up to give your support. Muah, muah, muah!!!*** <BR> <BR> <BR> Sooooo... let me go ahead and put it out there. Since I've moved, I haven't been so good at being a Sparkie. I was scared of putting on "love weight" and for good reason. Gym sessions turned into snuggle sessions. Two, three... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 18:41:08 EST Checking in... All is Well! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5294015 Hey Hey Sparkies... <BR> <BR> <BR> So last blog I laid it on you and told you about all the change that's happening in my life. Now I've had about a 1 1/2 weeks to settle in, and I'm happy to report I'm still on cloud nine. <BR> <BR> I ended up landing that huge promotion at work. Things could not be better. My boss is super cool and is letting me work 4 10-hour days so I have Mondays off now and get to enjoy a 3 day weekend all the time. Bonus, T (my new man) has Mondays off too! Eve... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 17:52:43 EST Where I've Been... Where I'm Going http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5274032 Sparkies.... I have been gone so long, even after I promised I would get my head back in the game and get back on track. <BR> <BR> The thing is, life happened. In a BIG way. <BR> <BR> I am on the cusp of some major changes. I still can't believe this is happening, that my life is really headed 180º from where it was just 2 short months ago. <BR> <BR> In January I met the love of my life. I'm not kidding.. it was RomCom level love-at-first-sight. Can't-live-without-you love. Once-in-a-l... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 09:30:08 EST I'm back, betches. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5237116 Man... it's been awhile! <BR> <BR> I took an official "off-season" break, and with less downtime at work I haven't been making Spark a top priority. Sowwy :( <BR> <BR> I've missed all my Sparkies terribly, though. It did feel good to (kinda) let go for a specified length of time. I didn't go ALL out and completely abandon ship, but I did allow myself a few extra drinks here and there. I backed my mileage way down for couple weeks, and I truly feel like it did a body good. <BR> <BR> Sa... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 12:20:20 EST Press Reset http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5216650 MLK Day is one of those weird days that I have off while everyone else is at work. It seems I have fun-filled day of housework ahead of me... some holiday. <BR> <BR> I feel pretty crummy this morning. Roomie's mom came in town for the weekend so we did it big, and I'm now suffering from a beer/enchilada/fun hangover. I'm sure I surpassed my Thanksgiving Day calorie intake yesterday! (But who knows since I didn't track) I definitely let things get out of control... started the day with co... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 08:35:02 EST Conference was a SUCCESS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5214228 You guys... I LOST a pound. <BR> <BR> I feel so proud of myself for navigating the obstacles of work travel. Just like at Christmas, I braced myself to see a gain when I got back home, but this morning there it was.. down a pound! <BR> <BR> I'm reflecting on what I did right so I can duplicate it next time I'm away from home for a week. I think the biggest help was keeping my portions in check. Work was paying for everything, so I didn't feel bad about leaving half my food on the plate.... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 11:47:49 EST The Dreaded Business Trip!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5201996 Next week I'll have a career first -- attending a conference. <BR> <BR> I have to say I'm more than a little nervous about being out of my element for 5 days. I'm also nervous about rubbing elbows with the execs, travelling with Coworker who annoys me (yes, the same one who called me anorexic), and giving a presentation in front of my peers. <BR> <BR> The hotel they've booked us in has a small fitness center and a pool that's open for odd spurts of time throughout the day. There's also a ... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 11:09:14 EST Things I Like About Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5200374 Lately I've been feeling extra down on myself. It was triggered a few days ago when I got an email from the company that was hired to take pics of the race. They were soliciting me to buy photos of myself running, but all I saw were my short dumpy legs in all 3 shots. Then I started focusing on how flat and saggy my butt is. Then I picked on myself for the abnormal amount of baby hairs at the nape of my neck. I told my BF I looked like Teen Wolf. My lips are always chapped, my ears stic... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 11:27:17 EST Chewy's Sparking Too! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5194444 <BR> Meet my BF's fat dog, Chewy. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1479970590.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1504481053.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1820528398.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Saturday was Day 1 of her Spark program <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> We noticed for a while that she was getting chubbier, but now she's got a legit muffin top. She weighed in at 44.2 lbs, meaning she gained at least 7 lbs ... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 08:06:08 EST Resolution Run 10k http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5185733 First, thank you so much for the loads of support I've gotten while training for this race. It really made all the difference, and made it that much more fun to know that I would get to blog about it when it was over!! <BR> <BR> Yesterday I woke up before my alarm to wet, dreary day. It was 45º and the rain wasn't letting up... not the perfect conditions I was expecting! The email I got the day before made it clear that it was a rain-or-shine event, so I just had to suck it up. I suited ... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 09:54:09 EST 2012: A Wonderful Year in Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5182107 I'm feeling extra-nostalgic today, typical for NYE. This year has truly been one of the best years of my LIFE. I've met and surpassed goals that I thought were impossible. I cannot believe that I will start 2013 by running a race tomorrow! <BR> <BR> Here are some of the standout moments from this awesome year: <BR> <BR> -Started my new position in the Regional Office (January) <em>106</em> <BR> -Began seriously tracking nutrition and fitness (January) <em>347</em> <BR> -Became a mini... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 11:32:26 EST Holiday Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5181023 Sigh. <BR> <BR> I've got the post-vacation blues. I miss my family and my friends already. I couldn't help but take notice of how fortunate I am this Christmas. I have some amazing people in my life. <BR> <BR> My nephew and I hung out all day long Weds, Thurs, and Fri. He was there when I did my indoor rainy day workout, and the next day he asked if he could get on the treadmill. He had a blast challenging himself to go faster and put the incline as high as it would go. He ended up sta... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 15:26:29 EST