LEIGHWOMAN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LEIGHWOMAN LEIGHWOMAN'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/ Feeling stronger http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672616 Got up and went to the gym this morning. I walked faster than I normally do. I have short legs so I definitely work up a sweat walking at a 3-5 incline at 2.5 to 2.7 mph. I was feeling strong this morning so I upped it to 3mph for the majority of my workout. Then up to 4 for the last few minutes and I was jogging. I am not a fast jogger but I am moving. And I am panting and sweating and it feels good. I wasn't gasping for air like I've done in the past - after training for and running my tri ... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:16:55 EST The ups and downs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669878 It's been a rough week and a good week. <BR> <BR> Sunday, I ended up with over 22k steps. I was happy with that. Exhausted, though. <BR> <BR> Monday, I didn't go to the gym. I don't usually go on Monday because that's BL day at work and I don't want to have to pay in. So Mondays are a free day. I did, however, bring in 13 boxes and a bunch of other random stuff for the school garage sale we're having next week. So I did some lifting and steps there. It was a hungry day, presumably from the ... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:28:02 EST Weekly update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665614 This was an okay week. <BR> <BR> Eating was just okay. I felt very hungry this week. It could have been the workouts, it could have been the weather...could have been PMS. Not sure. But I know it was difficult to stay in range a lot of the days. Overall I think I did fine as far as burning more than I ate, but the scale has yet to show that. <BR> <BR> Exercise was pretty good. <BR> <BR> Tuesday was Yoga, and that was really great. She went to some anatomy and physiology workshop the previ... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 11:01:14 EST A new notch, weekly ups and downs, and charity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658648 It's been a week. We are testing this week and next week so our schedules are all messed up. It's stressful to the kids and to us. Today is a normal day. Then back to testing again. So the change in schedule definitely messes up my eating and exercising. <BR> <BR> The good news is that I'm down to 197. Or I was. I haven't weighed the past few days because I feel like I might be up from that. We'll see this weekend. <BR> <BR> More good news, I'm a notch lower on my belt. I haven't hit the 6t... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:50:14 EST Feeling successful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655376 FINALLY. Finally finally FINALLYYYYYYYYY. What' I'm doing is paying off. I mean, it was before. I've felt really good throughout this whole thing. I see changes every day and I'm feeling stronger and more focused and I'm really enjoying my body. But this week, after breaking through that stupid plateau, I feel amazing. 3.8 lbs lost this week. I know going back to the gym had a huge part to play in that. It feels good to move again. I've also started doing yoga (starting slowly cause holy crap... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:46:54 EST Hoorayyyyyyyy!!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654443 I've broken my plateau!! This morning I weighed at 199.2!! What's uuuuuuuuup!! I am so unbelievably happy! Sun, 23 Mar 2014 09:15:32 EST new toys!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654035 so, I got a new tablet today the Samsung Galaxy Pro 10.1. Its really nice because right now I don't even have to type this entry. I'm actually talking to type. So far it has been 100 percent accurate. My laptop kind of died. Well not really. But it gets up to about 150 degrees when you use it. And the battery life is only about 20 minutes. So for all intents and purposes it is unusable. Now I have this wonderful new tablet. And it's awesome. Still just talking. And it's typing. Awesome. Sat, 22 Mar 2014 16:58:02 EST Aria and plateau http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653837 Husband got me the Aria scale, the fitbit scale that connects directly to fitbit and Sparkpeople. So I don't have to remember to put in my weight after weigh in. So that's nice. It will also keep me from weighing too often because it's going to sync no matter what it is, so I don't want to show a gain for no reason (like weighing after eating or midway through the day or something). <BR> <BR> This morning I weighed at 200.5. Is my plateau busted??? It feels great to see that 200 number...19... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 10:42:12 EST 3 mile walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653141 Last night when I got home from work, I packed the boys, the dog, and my MIL into the car and we went down to Walnut Creek in Papillion. It's a 5k trail around a little lake. Milo was in the stroller, but Max walked THE WHOLE THING. I couldn't believe it. It helped that he got to walk Moxi. And we took some breaks. It took us about 90 min, so we were going pretty slow. But it was nice. <BR> <BR> Afterwards, we got Culvers. Totally worth it. <BR> <BR> 202 this morning. Holding steady. Still... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 10:57:30 EST WHAT IS GOING ONNNNNN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652498 I previously mentioned the plateau I'm battling and have been for weeks. Wisconsin didn't help me, but at least it didn't hurt me. I ate pretty well there, got my 10k steps in daily and came out even. This week, I went back to the gym. I went Mon, Tue and Wed but not today. Since going back I have been STARVING. It's so much harder to stay in my calorie range when I'm working out - at least the first few weeks of working out. I just get very munchy at night. Not to mention the fact that I'm ... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 14:16:33 EST Spring break comes to an end... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649821 It was a good week. A very good week. I'm sad it's over. <BR> <BR> Thursday was kind of a low key day. We went and met a high school friend of mine and her two kids at the play place at the mall. We stayed for about and hour and a half, and then they had to leave so I got some lunch with the boys at the food court. Then we headed home. Max was pretty tuckered. <BR> <BR> My mom took Thursday and Friday off, so when we got home and Max went down for a nap, I thought it would be fun to go see ... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 10:33:25 EST Holding steady http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5646822 We have had so much fun this week! <BR> <BR> I left off on Monday. Monday we went to go see my mom at her school, and we toured and saw a bunch of people who have seen ME grow up. They of course were thrilled to see the kids. Afterward we stopped at McDonalds for lunch. I got a McWrap, which I THOUGHT was a snack wrap but apparently that's not a thing anymore. So it was huge. It was pretty good, but huge. Too much food, but of course I ate it anyway. I knew we were going to my friend's house... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 09:34:43 EST Wisconsin! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5644309 I sure do love being here. I miss home, I miss my husband and the pets and my own bed, but I love visiting. There is always something to do and we have a lot of fun. The boys have been so very well behaved, Max has been pretty close to perfect. Hope that didn't just jinx it! <BR> <BR> When we got here on Saturday I had about 2300 steps. I had 1900ish before leaving from packing up the car and running around making sure we had everything, and we stopped a few times to stretch our legs, gas up... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 10:04:14 EST Quick one http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5642444 Leaving for Wisco tomorrow. We'll see how it goes. Don't plan on getting my 10k steps tomorrow with 8 of my hours sitting in a car. We'll see how it goes. I'll play it by ear. Fri, 7 Mar 2014 20:46:18 EST Perhaps a plateau? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5641320 Well, almost 15 lbs down and that's what always happens - I stall. It's weird though, because I'm stalling on my home scale but I lost 1.8 this week on the work scale when weighing for Biggest Loser. I was up .8 on that scale last week because of sodium (chinese the day before weigh in!) but I've been sitting right between 201-202 on my scale on a daily basis. I really should stop weighing daily. <BR> <BR> I still can't go to the gym to work out. My incision keeps opening and closing and it... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 11:34:54 EST February Wrap-Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637946 I can't believe it's March already. MARCH. We are 1/6 through 2014 already. Can't believe it. <BR> <BR> Overall February wasn't a great month for weight loss. Down a total of 2.4 for the month. Considering I'm not doing a lot of fitness (just my 10k steps til after spring break) I guess that's pretty good. I mean I'm happy with anything, truly. I feel really good about my body and it will only get better with fitness. <BR> <BR> I'm almost 12 weeks post op. Still some small openings that are... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 18:45:34 EST A rough week last week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632484 But what's done is done! <BR> <BR> I'm up .8 this week, BUT I had chinese for dinner last night. So that's kind of bound to happen. And I don't really care. I can say that with 100% honesty at this moment - I do not care. I love seeing my weight go down, but when it doesn't, I finally recognize that it's okay. It's taken me like 13 years of "dieting" to see it, but I finally see it. I don't beat myself up. I'm not going to start depriving myself to make up for it. I wasn't very strict with m... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 12:02:48 EST Black bean brownies? Whaaaaa? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5625648 I have a soft spot on my heart (and my stomach. And on my tongue) for brownies. When I lost weight last time, No Pudge Brownies had a staple place in my cupboard (if you don't know what those are, they're genius! It's a mix that you combine with vanilla yogurt and bake. And they are fudgy and delicious and perfect). Unfortunately I have not been able to find No Pudge Brownies in any of my grocery stores since working on myself THIS time, so I've been brownieless. And let me tell you - a brown... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 15:39:06 EST Day two of fitbitting! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5624527 Yesterday went great. I hit my 10,000 steps doing pretty much just my daily activities - I knew I walked a lot at school, and every night between 6:30 and 7 Milo and I have a "dance party" which usually puts him to sleep for about an hour, and we went grocery shopping yesterday which helped, but I ended my day at over 11k steps! I don't feel too guilty about not going to the gym lately anymore, even though its because I'm healing. <BR> <BR> Food wise I did okay. I had a dinner planned, just ... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 07:34:29 EST Initial review of Fitbit Flex http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623784 Okay before I start my review - I just have to say - I'm wearing pants with a waistband for the first time since LAST October - 16 months. Pre-pregnancy. Pretty happy about that. <BR> <BR> Okay, so the Fitbit Flex. I got it in the mail last night and opened the box right when I got home from conferences. I couldn't set it up, it was 8pm and I wanted to spend at least SOME time with the boys before bedtime. I plugged it in to charge and called it done. <BR> <BR> This morning I woke up, show... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 09:34:44 EST A breakthrough in loving myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5622160 Every year since having Max, for Spring Break, we go to my parents house for the week (just me and the kid(s)) in Wisconsin. Because Spring Break in Wisconsin is nothing like Spring Break in Florida, we always end up going to the Dells and going to an indoor water park. Every year I love the trip but hate putting on a swimsuit. <BR> <BR> This year, I won't. <BR> <BR> I went to Walmart last night, and I got my very first ever two piece swimsuit. And I'm exited to wear it. I don't look half ... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 10:43:28 EST The weird thing about weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620128 This morning I weighed myself and I was up .4 from last week. No biggie, my TOM is on its way and I had a lot of salt this weekend eating soup to try to get over this cold. Not worried about it. <BR> <BR> I got to work and had to weigh in for the Biggest Loser. I'm wearing the same outfit (roughly) that I wore last week. I weigh with my boots on because it's a pain to get them off. I don't strip down or worry about what I'm wearing for the most part - just the number of layers. From last wee... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 08:27:36 EST Two steps forward... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5619500 ...and one step back. <BR> <BR> We had a snow day on Wednesday of last week. Woke up with a sore throat (my son had been out of school the previous two days due to a nasty cold). I got out to shovel (which I actually enjoyed having not been able to do any physical activity for so long) and felt pretty good most of the day. Thursday, woke up with a sore throat and stuffy nose. And it all went downhill from there, respiratory wise. <BR> <BR> Friday I had an appointment with my surgeon. I had ... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 14:07:00 EST A trophy and another week healed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613107 7 1/2 weeks post op. Starting to heal a bit more. The right side looks phenomenal. The left side was opened in a few places. Went to the doctor last Friday and he put me on a 7 day antibiotic just as a prophylactic. That has since finished up and I've started healing a bit more. Getting a little better every day. I go back to the doctor this Friday. <BR> <BR> Things here are going well. Food wise, I had one day this past week (yesterday) I was over my range, but other days have all been good... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 14:34:47 EST A revelation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604362 I had a pretty big revelation this morning while getting ready for work. <BR> <BR> I weighed myself because I'm going to the doctor this afternoon. 204.6. I am very excited by this. But my initial thought, before I even realized that I'm happy with that, was, "I don't even care." <BR> <BR> "I don't even care." That is HUGE for me. At least for today, I looked in the mirror and I LIKED what I saw. I was proud of how I looked. I do not look like I weigh 204 lbs. I look GOOD for 204 lbs. I'm ... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 11:58:20 EST First goal met! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601321 Tomorrow I am 6 weeks post op. I hit my 10 lb mark this weekend. I was pretty happy about that. My first goal reward was to get an SP activity tracker. So I ordered that last night. Hooray! <BR> <BR> Things have been going well. Took some more progress pictures, really starting to see a difference. Still swollen, but it's going down and I see some changes happening. I'm happy with my progress. <BR> <BR> Considering the week I had last week, I did pretty well eating-wise. The worst of the ... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 14:04:11 EST Best laid plans... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5593544 ...go awry. <BR> <BR> According to SP I've used that blog title before. Oh well. <BR> <BR> No gym. Last night I had pretty severe pain at my incision on the left (where it was throbbing after walking) and I removed my gauze and found this yellowy greenish pus like substance. Gross, I know. I hope you weren't eating. I called the surgeon to see if they think it's infected. She had me send her a picture. They all voted no. I guess this is a normal thing with healing from a surgery. It's like ... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 12:18:26 EST Back to the gym! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5592339 This morning was my first day back to the gym. I was really sore yesterday. After getting my stitches out there's one spot that kind of opened superficially, he said it's normal but it was really bothering me the last two days. So I hemmed and hawed about whether or not I should go, trying really hard not to overwork myself and this week is my hell week (I'll get to that in a bit). <BR> <BR> But I went. I walked for 40 minutes. Everything felt okay but at the very end my left side was throbb... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 12:14:05 EST One month post op http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5591136 Feeling great. Got all but 3 of my stitches out on Friday. That was a little painful because some parts weren't numb anymore. Belly button stitches are out now. I have this cute little belly button that I can barely fit my pinky nail into let alone my index finger up to the 2nd knuckle like before! At the appointment the dr. addressed the little bit of pudge I see at my love handles and the little bit of back fat I have, and he said he lipo'd all of that so it will eventually be gone. He say... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 11:25:36 EST Day 5 of the journey to love myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583378 You know what? I like how I look in the mirror from the side right now. It's still going to get smaller, but I'm starting to like the shape of my butt. My butt hump is getting smaller so the bottom part seems less flat. <BR> <BR> I also like how flat my stomach is. And again, that will get even flatter as the swelling goes down. But I'm starting to like what I see. <BR> <BR> I still have work to do. Even after the swelling goes down, I still have work to do. I'm anxious to get back to exerc... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 19:01:50 EST Day 4 of Journey to love myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582326 So as stated in my previous entry, my new years resolution is to learn to love myself. I have 30 years of hatred in my head that it is going to take a lot to change that habit. <BR> <BR> I want to look in the mirror and see what my husband sees when he looks at me. <BR> <BR> So today, I went and got my hair cut and colored. I hadn't done that since right before school started. I forgot how good it feels and how much a nice haircut and good color job can make a difference in how you see your... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 20:59:29 EST Tube free and feeling good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5581202 FINALLY got my tubes out today. Doc said everything looks good. I cannot exercise yet, light walking but he recommended not going to the gym yet. I've got a good 5-6 months of swelling yet. But I cannot tell you how good it feels to be tube free. <BR> <BR> I reset all of my spark goals today. I used my pre-surgery weight. As previously stated, with the swelling, I haven't seen a difference yet. But I will track weekly weight and monthly measurements to see the swelling come down. <BR> <BR>... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 20:37:59 EST Happy New Year and 3 weeks post op http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577604 Well, I STILL have my drains. I am going to call tomorrow morning, though, because at least one should be able to come out. The drainage is mostly very little, except yesterday one of them drained like CRAZZZZY. I don't really know why there was this weird sudden jump, but hopefully it doesn't hinder anything. <BR> <BR> I will not be able to go back to work on tuesday if I still have drains. I can't wear underwear and I can't wear anything but these sweatpants that have no waist band. I have... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 09:48:57 EST Almost 2 weeks post op http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571146 Tomorrow I will be 2 weeks post op, and I STILL have my tubes. We went yesterday but I'm still draining too much to have them taken out. It makes sense. The fluid is created by the living tissue to restore what it thinks is dead tissue. I had so much tissue removed that my healthy tissue is trying to "heal," therefore a lot of fluid is being produced. It sucks, but oh well. What can ya do right? It's better to drain it this way than go in and get it sucked out with a needle every day. <BR> <... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 13:44:51 EST One week post-op http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567219 Well, it's been a week since my surgery. Let me back up a bit because it is not something I've been very public about. <BR> <BR> Around the time of my birthday, a little bit before actually, in late September, husband brought up a suggestion that I never thought would happen. He thought that, since we are done having kids and I've made it very clear that I hate my post-baby body and am having trouble getting rid of the belly fat, this year for my birthday and Christmas present he'd get me a... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 11:33:21 EST Still pretty motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534879 Today is presenting a bit of a challenge, though. Not motivation wise, just situational. <BR> <BR> Today is one of our biggest art days of the year. Tonight we have an event called Arts Cafe, where we have professional artists come and talk about their art, demonstrate, etc (this year we have Jeremy Caniglia, who was the principal artist for World War Z. He's also done book covers for editions of A Christmas Carol, various Stephen King novels, as well as magazines and childrens books). Our d... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 12:12:59 EST Feeling more focused today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531891 I stepped on the scale this morning. 214.0. I am not happy about this, but not surprised. <BR> <BR> After my mental break down yesterday (and another later that evening after dinner), I'm feeling more in control than I was. It's so hard to go back to making such conscious decisions - it's exhausting. Of course, not as exhausting as feeling like crap and hauling a fat body around, but exhausting. The other thing is that I need to remember that there are healthy foods that I like! Today for m... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 12:04:33 EST What am I DOINGGGGGGG http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531124 UGHHHHHHHH. I am not doing well. I've fallen off the wagon and it backed over me relentlessly. Then, I got up and ran myself into the side of it for no reason. <BR> <BR> I pretty much gave up all week. Stopped even trying. In fact its been MORE than a week. With my mom here, conferences, and my birthday, I just didn't even care. I haven't stepped on the scale, haven't been to the gym, I've had headaches for 3 days because all I'm eating is crap. I'm sure I'm dehydrated. It has just been UGLY... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 17:32:49 EST Week recap and goals for next week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5518378 Well last week was okay. I'm down for the week, which is good. It was a wild journey. Lots of ups and downs. Some good some bad. Yesterday was NOT good...I didn't even track because I don't think I put one thing that had any nutritional value into my body yesterday. Johnny brought home an entire coconut cream pie from Perkins after a business meeting. I had never had a coconut cream pie but I love coconut, and I tried it and that was stupid. It sat open in the fridge which was also stupid bec... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 09:55:52 EST Best laid plans... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5515981 go awry. <BR> <BR> Had planned a great day yesterday food-wise. Then my MIL fell down the stairs and screwed up her hip pretty badly. When I got home, husband was already home taking care of the kids. I took Milo and mom and we went to Urgent Care to get xrays done. She was confident it wasn't broken but wanted to be sure and maybe get some meds. <BR> <BR> Fast forward through 2 hours of sitting in the waiting room and we are done. It's 6:30, we had to go drop off her prescription. (BTW, x... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 10:54:14 EST Goals update. FRUSTRATED. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5515011 1. Go to the gym 5 out of 7 days. (This needs to become habit) <BR> <BR> Doing well with this one. On day 3 of 5. Also, yesterday I went on Max's first field trip ever to the pumpkin patch, so I was walking around all day and wrangling a bunch of 3 year olds. It was a good day. Tomorrow I will lift, and Friday I will spin. <BR> <BR> 2. Stay in calorie range 6 out of 7 days <BR> <BR> Calories have been good. Within range all 4 days so far. <BR> <BR> 3. Stay below 100 NET carbs per day 5 o... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 09:41:10 EST Goals from last week and the plan this week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5513562 Well, I did okay last week. I had some struggles, but I'm okay with the choices I made. <BR> <BR> 1. Go to the gym 5 days, even if its for a 20 min walk on the treadmill. <BR> <BR> Goal MET! I was happy with this one. The more active I am, the more active I want to be. I'm already on a roll this week, as well. <BR> <BR> 2. Eat a serving of veggies at lunch and dinner 5 out of 7 days <BR> <BR> This one was close, but I didn't make it. I got 3 out of 5 days. The 4th night I wasn't hungry ... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 19:46:57 EST Goal update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5508978 This week has been going well. I'm meeting my goals food wise and exercise wise. For some reason I'm up like 3 lbs though. That's frustrating, as soon as I start doing something RIGHT I gain, but I won't get discouraged. <BR> <BR> 1. Go to the gym 5 days, even if its for a 20 min walk on the treadmill. <BR> <BR> So far so good on this one. Monday, I walked on the treadmill for 35 minutes. Tuesday I did Pilates, but we did jump board so there was some cardio involved. This morning I went to ... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 12:59:13 EST So far so good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5506721 I'm working on my goals. <BR> <BR> Yesterday Max wanted to make cookies, which I shouldn't have done but he had a blast so it was worth it. But of course, I had a few...only 2. Which is pretty good, but I shouldn't have had them. I didn't even feel good after eating them. <BR> <BR> That aside, I did go to the gym this morning. I walked for 35 min. So 1 day down for that. Yesterday I had a full serving of veggies for lunch, but not quite a full one for dinner. I wasn't hungry enough to eat... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 08:27:11 EST Well... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5505461 ...I haven't been great. I could definitely be worse off, but I definitely fell off the wagon this past week. <BR> <BR> The day of the luncheon last week I allowed myself a few bites of various salad types, some of them I'm sure had sugar in the dressing, and one of them had pasta in it. Just a few bites. But I also had 2 desserts. 1 was a brownie with TWO peanut butter oreos smashed together with peanut butter between them baked inside (something I've pinned more than once on pinterest alth... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 20:05:27 EST Today's challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5497647 I've done okay this week, not 100% great like I was, but still very good. <BR> <BR> Todays' challenge is a luncheon. Our ACP (Alternative curriculum Program Special Ed) teacher is leaving after 20 years of being here. She's so freaking awesome. The kids in her class are severe and profound, and they learn so much from her and really have hope after leaving her class. She got promoted to Special Ed supervisor, so she won't be in the classroom anymore. It's an awesome change for her and she's ... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 10:08:57 EST Initial cleanse comes to an end http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5492604 Last night marked the end of my 2 week cleanse. I definitely felt the brunt of that high carb day - I was up to 211.2 the day after that and I'm still working to get it down. At the end of my cleanse I'm at 210 even. That's 1.4 lbs up from the lowest I was during this time. <BR> <BR> What I've learned: <BR> <BR> *Hidden carbs (sugars) are the death for me. I don't feel well after eating them and they do nothing for my weight. <BR> <BR> * Grains and breads aren't as bad for me as sugars, b... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 09:36:24 EST Neo-paleo cleanse: Day 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5491731 208.6 this morning. <BR> <BR> Today was not great. I ate way over on carbs today, even though what I ate SEEMED to be healthy. It was a hard day because all 3 meals were out of the ordinary. 2 of them were in restaurants. <BR> <BR> The day started off very good. I got to go to a full 45 min spin class because we didn't have students today, only meetings, so duty starts much later on these days. I got to school, and they said they were providing breakfast for the meeting so I didn't eat rig... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 08:08:22 EST Neo-paleo cleanse: Day 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5490563 Today was not a very good day. After dinner last night (McDonalds salad at 7:30) my stomach started hurting. I went to bed, didn't sleep well, and when I woke up this morning I was super dizzy, my stomach still hurt, and I had a headache. I went to school anyway. I ate 2 hard boiled eggs when I got there to see if eating something would help my stomach. It didn't. <BR> <BR> Everyone who saw me could tell I didn't feel well. By 9am I was so done, I ended up calling in for the rest of the day ... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 20:47:18 EST Neo-paleo cleanse: Day 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5489635 211.6 today. So I couldn't have had a big change yesterday when I weighed. I also got my period today. <BR> <BR> Was supposed to go to the gym for spinning this morning, but with Max being awake a good portion of last night, so was I, so I just couldn't do it. Good thing I went on Sunday so I'll still get my 3 days in. And tomorrow I can actually stay for the full 45 min spin class since we don't have to be at work until 8. <BR> <BR> Breakfast was the standard - 2 hard boiled eggs, 16 grape... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 20:55:57 EST