LENLEN3's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LENLEN3 LENLEN3'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/ Quote time 030315 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886418 "It's a strange thing but when you are dreading something and would give anything to slow down time, it has a disobliging habit of speeding up" - j.k Rowling Tue, 3 Mar 2015 18:40:19 EST Always Starting Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5885291 Music video by Idina Menzel performing Always Starting Over <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LAr<BR>Heim0Yw </link> Mon, 2 Mar 2015 06:33:41 EST Meh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802443 Having a hard time getting going. It all feels pointless. <BR> <BR> But I gotta keep trying. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:26:16 EST Food allergy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801078 So I took a trip to the emergency room, because I have developed a food allergy. New and awful. I had super hives my face swelled. It was terrible. <BR> <BR> my body currently looks like a cat scratching post. <BR> <BR> a big fat one at that. <BR> <BR> So week 1 of the rebooted Lena has been kind of a downer.... But we're not gonna dwell, we're gonna just keep pushing <BR> <BR> yeah! <BR> <BR> ;_; Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:38:14 EST FAIL - First Attempt In Learning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797266 So , I've completely failed at practicing healthy eating/exercise habits....well at least consistently. <BR> <BR> I've gone full circle today, recrossing the 190 mark....Awful right? <BR> <BR> While I could focus on how utterly depressing that sounds. Instead I'm going to begin my work in earnest once again. Expect to see a lot of me. <BR> <BR> This is the first day I've planned and tracked all my meals in months... It's a little daunting to be back at the beginning, huh? <BR> <BR> Let's... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 08:07:16 EST Back at it (Hello!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582799 So I'm back at it with spark people. <BR> <BR> My main goal is training to improve my time for a 5k in april .I'm aiming for a sub 11min/mile 5k (been stuck at around 11:30-12 min mile). <BR> <BR> I'm also back up to 183- so losing some weight would be great too... Back to full time tracking of foods! <BR> <BR> I'm not sure if I'll be posting much, but I thought I'd say hello! Been catching up on people's blogs, so you might see some posts from here and there.... Hope everyone is moving... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 10:14:02 EST Numbers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5328044 Food Tracking: <BR> <BR> Breakfast <BR> Bocca Flame Grilled Burger, 1 serving <BR> Village Hearth Light Wheat (2 slices), 1 serving <BR> MAKEOVER: One Minute Microwave McMuffin, 1 serving <BR> Breakfast TOTALS: 344 Cal 26 Carbs 14 Fat 33 Protein <BR> <BR> Lunch <BR> Nutrisystem Beef & Wedged Potatoes, 1 serving <BR> Green Giant Garden Vegetable Medley (sugar snap peas, roasted potatoes, red peppers & garden herbs), 2 serving <BR> Lunch TOTALS: 320 Cal 49 Carbs 6 Fat 17 Protein <BR> <BR> Di... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 21:23:39 EST Stuff and things and yeah http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5284235 Since I think I used "Procrastinatin' in the raiiiiiin" as a title before :) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l686921156.jpg"> <BR> <BR> made that with a goofy facebook app called bitstrips. It's stupid fun when I'm procrastinating. <BR> <BR> Here's a list of things on my mind atm <BR> <BR> 1.) Sent to the ER <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1168220461.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So I called to make a doctor's appointment, because i'm worried abou... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 17:43:15 EST Anxious. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5275784 I'd skip this blog if i were you. :-/ <BR> <BR> I've been having a rough time of it lately folks- I won't lie. I'm not sure how to fix all the problems I'm having, many of which are related to anxiety. I'm in some high stress classes, trying to write a research proposal, overwhelmed by extracurriculars and my job?...Well it's just demanding more and more of my time as well. It's gotten to the point that I'm worried about my health. <BR> <BR> I had heart palpitations in class on saturday. I... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 11:11:49 EST Oh yeah, I have a blog don't I ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5228566 Hello sparkpeople! <BR> <BR> Wow, December's the last time I posted? I swear it wasn't that long ago.... <BR> <BR> It totally was. <BR> <BR> I've got no excuses, not gonna retread missed material (do you really need to know how many cupcakes/other treats that should be once in a while and not once every other day I've had ?) .... Just going to try and get back on track. <BR> <BR> I just got back from ALA in seattle. It was my first big ALA conference, and I did my best to network and p... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 10:45:42 EST Trying to keep focus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5152463 there are 50 million things vying for my attention at the moment including: <BR> <BR> 2 more weekly reading summaries <BR> 5 e-learning modules that need to be constructed by Dec. 12 <BR> Matching pdf guides for all the coursework <BR> My research proposal for Digital libraries due Dec. 19 <BR> Contentdm Database entries for Metadata for the internet Due Dec. 18th <BR> <BR> Also: Christmas shopping, plane ticket buying, groceries, and a million other stupid little things. <BR> <BR> blah b... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 10:05:20 EST A Quick Note http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5149427 I'm swamped with work , but I'm not going to use that as an excuse anymore. So here's a short vignette. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I did not make it to the gym. I had group meetings, department meetings, interviews, and class -a busy day. When I got home, I was completely utterly exhausted...but I was also close to 10,000 steps. I had to take abby out, so instead of taking the elevator, we went down and up from the 9th floor. So many stairs! <BR> <BR> But I still wasn't at 10,000. <BR> <BR> T... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 11:27:10 EST NEWS: I bought a fitbit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5147981 Greeting friends, <BR> <BR> You know, I never bought my 25lbs or 30 lbs Lost rewards. (Granted- I regained on my 30 lbs lost so fast I didn't even have time to celebrate it, but I've been hovering in that 25-27 lbs lost territory for months now.)This weekend I decided to combine 25 and 30 into 27 and buy myself a fitbit. I would've waited till I got back to 30 but here's the thing- I didn't want to put it off anymore. So, consider this sucker justified in my brain. <BR> <BR> I was hoping i... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 06:58:23 EST Challenges, bootcamp week 3, and doing it over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5142265 As you all know, last week was a challenging one for me. <BR> <BR> and I didn't do so hot ;_; <BR> <BR> I didn't track, I'm up a 1.5 lbs, I haven't been tracking, and have been hiding with my tail between my legs. This past week I... <BR> <BR> -Tried to avoid getting dinner with my brother-in-law (because of class). I said I'd meet them for drinks afterwards, ( I'm not big on drinking, but enjoy the occasional pinot grigio or angry orchard) but they bought me ramen. Not that cheapy maruch... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 07:53:21 EST Bootcamp Week 2 day 4,5,6 and other things lumped together http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5133832 I feel overworked lately. <BR> <BR> As we reach the homestretch for the semester, it makes sense to feel a little exhausted. I'm just so tired of being...tired. I've been stuck on a research topic for the final paper for my digital libraries class. I haven't got a clue about what I'm going to write about and I have 5 weeks to figure it out, do the research, and write the proposal. We only just got the actual assignment last week. Augh paper writing. So sick of writing papers. babble babble ... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 10:06:02 EST Week 2 Weigh-in, Boot camp, and other endeavors http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5130480 Well I haven't had a lot of personal time for myself lately , but I'm sticking with it, pushing myself and eating pretty well. <BR> <BR> So here's this week's weigh-in for the biggest loser challenge over on Gamer's Fit <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l380318930.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Holy moley how's that for some serious work? ::pumps fist:: <BR> <BR> I know that it's probably just some water weight, but I'm sure there's a lb or 2 of real weight loss in there. Reg... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 11:26:13 EST Bootcamp day 6 & 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5127111 This is going to be a short one because I have more training in ten minutes. <BR> <BR> Monday and Tuesday were packed for me. So much that I'm not even gonna write out all the excercisey diet stuff today. Monday was my ST workout from stumptuous conventional split a, sparkpeople video 6, and sparkpeople video 7 because I knew I was gonna be exhausted tuesday evening. Food was good. Been living on that chicken and broccoli casserole <link>http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recip<BR>e-detail.as... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 10:00:12 EST Animation Oscar Discussion and Week 1 Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5125210 As frequent readers of my blog know, I love animation. It comes from a having a good eye for noticing details in animation, coupled with a strong ( but ultimately unfulfilled) desire to be an animator in my youth. So two categories of the Oscars I personally enjoy are animated feature films, for best animated shorts. Today I want to talk animated feature films. <BR> <BR> Did you know that this year there are 21 animated feature films vying for this years animated movie Oscar? That's a lot... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 18:06:53 EST Meeting John Barrowman, Hollow Earth, and other tales of Week 1 Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5123429 John Barrowman opened the door for me as I was entering J.Crew. I looked up to say thank you, and there he was! I couldn't get a word out. Turns out I'm a total fangirl at heart. <BR> <BR> He is a VERY handsome man. <BR> <BR> But let's step back a second. Yesterday the husband and I went to a book signing for Carole and John Barrowman's new children's novel "Hollow Earth" at the Red Balloon. We picked up our copy and ticket number (18!!! out of 300 or so) and milled about for awhile. Saw a... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 10:16:29 EST Weigh-in, Wreck-it Ralph, and other W's (w/pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5122475 Today, Sparkfriends, I decided to up the stakes on my Progress goal. <BR> <BR> One of the community's I belong to on Sparkpeople is Gamer's Fit. They have a biggest loser holiday challenge going...and I , Lena, have decided to throw my hat in the ring, and give it a shot. <BR> <BR> Yup. This girl. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1980632839.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My starting weigh-in is 173.5. Lordy, I feel kinda gross looking at these pictures. We'll see how long I'm com... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 12:34:18 EST Week 1 , Boot Camp Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5121331 First. owwwwwie! <BR> <BR> Any muscle remotely related to the function of squatting is sore and rebelling this morning. I'm not even sure where in my leg these muscles have been hiding since I guess I don't normally work them when running. Rest assured, they've made their presence known. <BR> ***** <BR> Week 1, Day 2 <BR> Strength Training - <link>www.stumptuous.com/workout-6 </link> Stumptuous Work out 6, Routine 2, Circuit A <BR> <BR> The exercises on circuit A are : Dumbbell Swing <li... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 10:39:27 EST Week 1, Boot Camp Day 1 (Revisited) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5120125 Yesterday, I self admittedly flipped out a little about my weight gain...Okay a lot.... but I also spent some time really pumping myself up to do this. I looked at different people's success stories. I pinned a couple to my pinterest board, something I haven't done in months. I read about strength building exercises, I took time for *me* . <BR> <BR> I really haven't been pushing myself at the gym, even though I go. Basically I've been warming up, getting on the treadmill, run/walking my 5k ... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 10:34:25 EST GIANT ENEMY SCALE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5119225 <em>3</em> <em>3</em> <em>3</em> ARRRRGH I'M UP ANOTHER 3 LBS AND I'M NOT GONNA TAKE IT ANNNNNNNNYMOOORE <em>3</em> <em>3</em> <em>3</em> <BR> <BR> I weighed myself today..I've been putting it off since my parents came to visit. <BR> <BR> I'm 175.5 <BR> <BR> ...... (deep breathe) <BR> CURSE YOU GIANT ENEMY SCALE~! (brought to you by the power of image editing) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1367052068.jpg"> <BR> <BR> *AHEM* BLOODY HELL! YOUR TYPE RE... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 14:39:12 EST My BBC Halloween (w/photos) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5115398 I love Halloween. <BR> <BR> It must be the nerd in me. There's nothing like having a legitimate, non-judgey reason to wear a costume. <BR> <BR> My friend threw a BBC themed Halloween party this year. There was tea, scones, jelly babies, and a giant paper Tardis. The husband and I decided to rock some Doctor who costumes! <BR> <BR> Here is my 4th doctor costume. I cobbled it together from cheap pieces at rag stock and a grey suit skirt i own. I also wore brown wingtipped boots with ivory... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 09:06:30 EST More doodling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5112684 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1745719058.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l723072194.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l90181472.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> but nothing to report in. Meh. <BR> <BR> ::takes a nap:: Thu, 25 Oct 2012 16:28:06 EST Contemplating drawing a comic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5111314 I've been pretty good with my doodling instead of face stuffing policy. I can't say that I've lost any significant weight while doing it, but I've been feeling a lot better and less stressed..... well still pretty stressed...but manageably so <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l618565447.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It got me thinking that it might be fun to try drawing a comic. The problem is though, I like doodling, I've never tried to tell a story. I could do something aut... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 13:54:39 EST Splendid. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5108514 My parents came to visit over the weekend, which is both great and terrible. Great because I love seeing them, and miss them so much. Terrible because we went out to eat a lot more than I do otherwise, and when they leave I feel depressed. :( <BR> <BR> We went to a dinner theater is Wisconsin, which was a blast for me ( I love theater!) I had broiled...fish..I didn't track the meal immediately and now I've forgotten. But ! I told them I wanted it broiled with no butter and only a little oli... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 13:30:29 EST Scheduling and to-dos 10/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5099613 Organizing thoughts: <BR> <BR> Today: <BR> 8:30 breakfast greek yogurt 3/4 cup special k 1 cup chopped strawberries <BR> 8:45 walk ms. abby <BR> 9:00 drive to school <BR> 9:30 -12:30 Complete summary paper (/wrists) <BR> 12:30 lunch 2 cups bagged salad, 1 cup chili <BR> 1-3:00 assemble slides for midterm tomorrow, practice individual part <BR> 3:00-3:30 meet with professor to discuss project proposal <BR> 3:30-4:30 tweak group slides more <BR> 4:30- 6:30 meet with group to practice midterm <... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 09:28:25 EST Whatever happened to Don Bluth? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5098404 I woke up this morning with a medley of songs from Don Bluth's Thumbelina in my head. No really. I don't even know why...I can't remember the last time I saw the film in it's entirety. To be honest, I remember it being pretty terrible story wise-- didn't it win a razzie or something? <BR> <BR> But, it had three things going for my 9 year old brain : Jodi Benson (the voice of Ariel from the little mermaid), Fairy princes (named Cornelius!) , and some memorable bits of animation. It also had ... Sun, 14 Oct 2012 09:32:19 EST meh. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5097290 The next couple of days are going to be arduous :( I don't have much to talk about that's positive...it would mostly be venting about my terrible classes and how much I despise inane time consuming work like weekly 6-10 paged summaries. Who would've though grad school would involve summarizing anything...it's like middle school level work stretched across pages. AH LOOK SEE COMPLAINING <BR> <BR> meh :( <BR> <BR> have some doodles. I have a whole page crammed full that I ruined with sharpie... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 08:21:49 EST Superwholock chibis(pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5096496 Greetings folks, <BR> Question: Is it redundant to tag posts as having pics if I'm drawing on daily basis? hrm... <BR> <BR> I drew some more chibis, as they make me smile. I remember a long time ago Cinericia commenting on the superwholock phenomena (supernatural/doctor who/ bbc sherlock) . So I decided to add <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l754049088.jpg"> <BR> Some sherlock characters <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l605964403.jp... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 13:00:01 EST Attack of the Doctor who chibis (pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5095399 Yesterday was a long day. Woke up at 7am, got dressed, drove to Wisconsin, manned the company career fair booth from 10-3 (crushing bright eyed undergrad dreams under my foot :( ) drove back to Minnesota-dropped the husband off downtown, drove to school, went to the SGO meeting, then immediately went to class, met with my group members after class, picked up dinner for the husband, and drove home...Made it back at 10:20pm. <BR> <BR> bleah.Long days. <BR> <BR> It's like I always say: when th... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 14:49:37 EST Process drawing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5093612 Yesterday, I adjusted and made a spark recipe "Oven fried Panko chicken". To adjust it , I dropped the butter completely and used frank's red hot to coat the chicken. It actually came out really yummy and was perfect on salad. Next time, I'm also dropping the salt ( found the teaspoon of salt a little too much...probably because frank's is high sodium to begin with). I know it came out good because my husband ate almost all of it O_O Score! <BR> <BR> So, the problem with me doodling instea... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 07:35:03 EST sketchies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5092443 I did really well yesterday ... <BR> <BR> didn't snack, got my walking in, busted out a paper and a half <BR> <BR> made some doodles <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l598577302.jpg"> <BR> (my morning wakeup call. alarms are for sissies) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l294519555.jpg"> <BR> (don't like the color i'm using for skin tone, but...they're sharpies so I'm dealing with it.) <BR> <BR> I had an early dinner, with the intenti... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 10:06:46 EST Doodlin', thinkin', procrastinatin' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5091352 Hello Sparkish folks, <BR> <BR> I have today and tomorrow to finish two papers. I feel stressed and overwhelmed (SURPRISE LIKE I NEVER FEEL THAT WAY EVER AMIRITE?) <BR> <BR> But instead of reaching for any number of delicious snacks to relieve my stress (my typical response as of late). I decided instead to substitute a healthier habit. Doodling. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l80127272.jpg"> <BR> (captions read:" At some point this stopped being about "educa... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 13:36:07 EST Reflections on the MLA conference and other things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5089742 Dear sparkfriends, <BR> <BR> Thursday I, along with other ALA members ran a session at the conference. It was my first time doing such a thing and it was a loooot of fun. I hope everyone who attended had a good time as well! <BR> <BR> We had a colleague dinner at Moscow on the Hill, that sorta turned into a Doctor Who/Louie C.K/Television digression...but we did talk about the topic (linked data) as well, and it was interesting! I learned about Google Refine (which was new for me), and how ... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 08:55:42 EST Sprinter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5086183 Have some J-pop this morning. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l82597348.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CVME<BR>WHhFZc&playnext=1&list=PLE70914FBC6345<BR>D0B&feature=results_main </link> <BR> <BR> I'm calling Boku ga koko ni ita akashi wa Ima mo kitto kimi no hitomi no naka <BR> [ I'm calling with the proof I'm here still in your eyes. ] <BR> I'm calling Tojiru rasen ni sakaratte Naite sakende kieteyuku bokura wa <BR> [ I'm calling d... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 07:34:03 EST Do it anyway http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5084803 Ben Folds Five released a new cd! Their music video has fraggles! FRAGGLES! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l940543837.jpg"> <BR> <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEyrf<BR>Fwf3rI </link> <BR> <BR> "And if you're paralyzed by a voice in your head <BR> It's the standing still that should be scaring you instead <BR> Go on and <BR> Do it anyway <BR> Do it anyway" <BR> <BR> Didn't sleep well last night, and today is a long day. I'm volunteering at the Minnesot... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 08:04:17 EST Let's Start Over. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5083595 Hi, my name is Lena, and I have a really hard time saying "yes" to my workouts. <BR> <BR> The phrase " But I have to wooooooooooooooork" constantly plagues my personal time. Everything is URGENT, everything "NEEDS EXTRA HOURS" and must be "DONE NOW". Seeing friends, dates with the husband, personal hobbies, and my physical well being have all been left to the roadside. <BR> <BR> I've decided to really apply myself to making time for me. I need to learn to not give so much, and save time for... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 10:29:23 EST In which it's a working day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5070138 So, as I get ready to perform miracles, I have Ben Folds & Nick Hornby: A Working Day running through my head.( Sorry it didn't have a music video ;_;) <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WP_0c<BR>fW2dKo </link> <BR> <BR> "I can do this really I'm good enough <BR> better then them I kick their asses!" <BR> <BR> I just need a break :) <BR> ******** <BR> <BR> I don't have time to do much except say thank you to CKMatherly, Cinericia, Optimist1948, and Soxyinmo. Seriously. I ... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 09:50:48 EST In which I disappoint. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5066202 Forgive me Sparkpeople, for I have sinned. It's been two weeks since my last confession. <BR> <BR> I have ... <BR> <BR> not exercised. period. <BR> succumbed to stress eating..... <BR> have eaten poorly. Booze, cupcakes,french fries, meat pie, you name it. <BR> have eaten in front of the computer/tv ( a habit I thought I broke :( ) <BR> have not tracked <BR> have not followed my cleaning plan (the apt. is approaching a borderline disaster) <BR> have berated myself for not doing what I need... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 11:04:28 EST In which I think about lifting, and get used to nutrisystem http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5043598 Good news! I only dreamed about pancakes with syrup this morning! <BR> <BR> ;_; <BR> <BR> Let's try again. Good News! Back down to 170, and I'm not going completely bonkers anymore. It took me about a week, but I'm finally adjusting to the serving sizes and type of calories I'm eating. The food is still super bland though and I'm already out of side veggies , so I guess a trip to the super market is in order. <BR> <BR> (More)Things I don't like about nutrisystem: <BR> <BR> 1. Maybe it's ... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 08:43:47 EST In which I'm a hungry hungry hippo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5038780 omnomnomnom. <BR> <BR> Oh hello, didn't see you there. Was too busy imagining stuffing my face full of pastries....maybe some waffles.....cupcakes...ice creaaam. <BR> <BR> Woaaa. Almost reentered my delicious dreaming state. <BR> <BR> Okay. this nutrisystem thing? I must be doing it wrong because I am SO HUNGRY. I'm eating slightly less calories then I was pre-Maine (staying on the 1350 side of sears) but 100 calorie difference, does not create this amount of craving. My mind is just wheel... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 12:20:00 EST In which I return to MN and play with nutrisystem http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5034489 Greetings fellow bloggers and sparkpersons, <BR> <BR> I've returned from Maine! I had a wonderful time ,except for the 5 days of driving (2 days there, 3 days back). There was pedal boating, walks on the beach, swims in the lake, frantic runs in the woods to use the bathroom, 20 mosquito bites, mini golf, strange animals rustling in the night, puppy chasing, and lobsters. <BR> <BR> To business: <BR> <BR> I'm back up to 173 after two weeks of travel and time with family. <BR> <BR> I'm not... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 10:47:02 EST In which ..HEY it's been awhile :) (picture heavy) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5010713 Hmm. It's weird. <BR> <BR> I've been on Spark every day since I got back from Disney, but apparently I haven't bothered to post a blessed thing about anything! I know you (i.e the 6 people who read this) are probably DEVASTATED! WHERE FORE ART THOU, LENA ? WE HAVE NEED OF OBSESSIVE SCHEDULING AND RANDOM PHOTOS AND DRAWINGS AND STUFF! <BR> <BR> No? Well, it was worth a shot. <BR> <BR> I got back to lovely Minnesota, to promptly drive my husband to the airport. While he was off in Cali, an... Sat, 11 Aug 2012 09:43:58 EST Disney Day 4, Universal Day 5, TRIP CONCLUSION http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4991462 So I wasn't able to manage blogging the past few days, but I took all these pictures of things I ate, and so I'm determined now to post everything to share with YOOOOUUUUU <BR> <BR> Except breakfast, because it's just what I ate on Day 3- tea, orange, bar and it'll get redundant <BR> <BR> So Day 4 was EPCOT. Quick detour: I love EPCOT. It is not fast paced. IT is not exciting. It *is* however very inspiring to me. It's nice to imagine what the future might hold, and I really enjoy the lai... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 09:46:34 EST Disney Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4985841 Well Day 3 did not got as well as planned...at all ::sobs:: In my defense we were at the park from 11-8 pm...and burned well over 700 calories from hours upon hours of walking. We did a lot of extraneous walking because of poor planning and fast passes. Did you know you cn't fast pass big thunder mountain railroad and splash mountain? How's THAT for some nonsense. <BR> <BR> Okay so breakfast started out as usual at 7:30am: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l820094068.j... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 07:34:38 EST Disney Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4984446 My mom's conference is in full swing, and as part of it, they have a continental breakfast. She invited me down to join her, and unfortunately, there was not a blessed thing I felt comfortable eating. It was all heavily sugared pasteries and Bagels, things I've never liked to begin with. My mom had a nutrisystem bar and some decaf coffee, and as for me breakfast was... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l789309404.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Earl grey tea (dark with no sugar, ... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 08:23:29 EST In which I hold myself accountable while on vacation- Disney Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4982545 By posting pictures of everything that goes into my mouth while I'm in Disney. I think I'm gonna post calorie contents as well, except tonight since I'm sharing a hotel room and being urged to go to bed... <BR> <BR> TODAY! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l639776207.jpg"> <BR> Breakfast a modified sparkpeople reciped ( one minute microwave egg sandwich) and 1/2 cup of blue berries <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l335910447.jpg"> <BR>... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 01:23:26 EST In which you're the best around http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4979216 Song in head....not sure why. Have some motivating karate kid music! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l455035801.jpg"> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1kS0A_E2Ag </link> <BR> <BR> PUT HIM IN A BODY BAG, MAN! <BR> <BR> I really have nothing useful to contribute to this blog entry today...Lemme see... <BR> <BR> I ran outdoors for the first time since it got really hot in Minnesota. All my runs have been on treadmills or indoor tracks for the past month an... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 12:24:02 EST