LIMDUR's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LIMDUR LIMDUR'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/ Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614192 So, long story short. <BR> <BR> Mom is doing a heck of a lot better. Everything with my sister and DORs has fallen through. Dad keeps on doing whatever. My boyfriend broke up with me. I still have no job other than the nursery job at church, so have no chance of getting out of the house. <BR> <BR> I've also been feeling horrible emotionally and physically for the past couple of weeks, and since I haven't really been able to eat anything, lost about five pounds because of it. <BR> <BR> I... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 16:08:13 EST Lots of Stuff Going On http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5511555 As the title says, lots of stuff going on right now. Mainly on the family front. <BR> <BR> There is still no diagnosis with what is going on with Mom. However, we know that it isn't vertigo. It looks like it might be a neurological problem, as we have discovered that her eyes are fine (one of her complaints was blurred vision, etc) and other things are all in working order. So there is a disconnect somewhere in the brain, we think, between her eyes and brain. We're looking into a neurologis... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 13:28:57 EST Lots of Updates http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5396876 Hey Everybody, it's been a while. <BR> <BR> Lots of things have been going on lately, so I haven't really gotten on here all that often, other than to track food and workouts. <BR> <BR> Well, things are looking a little better. <BR> <BR> On my mom's health: My mom finally got to see the specialist yesterday. Part of it was more hemming and hawing and evasion, but this time, we have a little bit more. They are going to do a concentrated MRI on her ears and see if there is a lesion on ei... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 23:37:43 EST Stomach Problems http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279362 Since the beginning of the week, I've been having some stomach issues. Nothing has really been settling on my stomach very well. So far, the only thing that seems to stay on my stomach well right now is rice, bananas (sort of), and ginger ale. Water is finally not upsetting my stomach, as it was doing so for a few days. <BR> <BR> I'm not quite sure what has brought on this sudden sensitivity. Though, I do know that as I've gotten older (and I really need to stop using that phrase, I'm ... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 20:32:01 EST Crummy Weather, Crummy Moods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271964 Well, currently I'm in not all that great of a mood. I think that it is mainly to do with the weather, with it being so cold and dreary outside. We got a day or two of sunshine, but they feel like ages ago. I'm not sure really when they were. <BR> <BR> I find myself realizing that for the most part, I just hide inside the house unless my sister or mother need me to drive them somewhere or we need to get groceries. I go to church on Sundays, work in the Nursery. If the weather isn't too ... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 23:44:47 EST I got a job! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5241714 So, yeah, been meaning to post about this. Among all of the crazy that has been going on with my mom's health, my own and everything else, I was finally able to get a job! It is only once a week at my church, working for not quite three hours as the nursery worker, but hey, it is a job and I'm looking forward to it. A little nervous, because one of the kids and I haven't really interacted all that much, she mainly just sort of stares at me and contemplates me a lot. XD I guess she doesn't... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 14:29:43 EST Appointments and other things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5232257 So, today was mom's appointment with audiology. It took about two hours, starting at about 0925 and ending at about 1130/1145. She actually felt fine afterwards which was good. We had a pretty good lunch and then walked around a mall for a little bit. <BR> <BR> Now, mom is asleep, Dad is annoyed because Mom and I were too tired to make dinner (Mom didn't sleep at all last night and I only slept for about four hours total on and off) and my sister is her general not really caring about a... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 20:42:48 EST Possible Sprained Wrist http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5229335 So, I think I sprained my wrist. Was hanging out with the bff today and it started hurting when I made the smallest movements, after some inspection, he noticed that it was swollen and some things were off about it. Right now, just have it wrapped up and not really moving it. It makes driving really weird though. The weight of the car keys can actually set my wrist hurting, so mucking with the gearshift and wheel is a bit... annoying. <BR> <BR> Hopefully this will clear up soon. Going t... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 20:57:36 EST Things are starting to look a bit better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5217698 So, Mom has an appointment on the 31st to go see a doctor about what is going on. It will be two hours long, possibly 3 hours if a hearing test is done as well, but hey, we're moving forward. We'll have to go across the beltway, but I've done one errand across it, so I think I can do it again. Definitely going to be taking a book along with me. Possibly some knitting for the appointment. <BR> <BR> Also, found out that Dad tried out the exercise bike for ten minutes today. He's been talk... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 21:34:25 EST Shopping Trip and Walks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5210675 Last weekend I went on a shopping trip while visiting friends in Blacksburg. My friend insisted since my clothes were pretty much falling off due to how much weight I've lost. So, found out that size 12 jeans fit me perfectly now. The size 14s I got just a month or so ago are already too big. A good thing, but a little annoying. Thinking about going to Goodwill more often (where I got the new jeans at), especially since it is much cheaper. My friend is also losing weight, so she said th... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 21:27:59 EST It's a Little Odd... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5168627 getting random compliments from people. Today at church I had several people saying how good a job I've been doing and how much weight I've lost. Never really get used to it. <BR> <BR> Had one woman ask me how much weight I lost and when I told her and her son that I had lost 50 pounds, they were pretty astounded, and told me to keep up the good work, after making sure that I wasn't losing all of the weight due to illness. I simply replied that no, I was fine, I just made a lifestyle ch... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 23:46:40 EST Not a Good Day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5166768 Just feeling bad today. I don't feel like doing much other than sleeping, i just don't have any energy for anything else. I think it is this infection I'm fighting off. <BR> <BR> Today was also one of those days where I only ate because I knew that I needed to so that I could take some medicine. Mom and my sister wanted to go to Red Robin and honestly, all of the food looked horrible to me, even the salads. It just put me off immediately, but I knew that I had to eat something because th... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 20:18:38 EST 50 Pounds Down; First Goal Reached! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5163839 So, my goal when I first joined Sparkpeople in August of 2011 was to lose 50 pounds. This past Friday (December 7), I weighed in and did a double take as I saw that I had finally reached that goal. I have finally gotten down to 150. You would not believe how happy that made me. <BR> <BR> My current goal is to lose ten more pounds, and see what happens there, trying to find a weight where I feel the most comfortable and healthy. I'm not going to stress myself on getting to 140, just let i... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 23:50:15 EST Several Steps Backward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5153990 Well... Today was not a good day food wise, not at all. Dad and I went Christmas shopping and we ate out at the Longhorn Steakhouse and... man, when I ended up tracking the food that I had ordered after getting back home, I was quite surprised... and disappointed. I thought "Eh, how bad can it be?" and ignored the unappetizing 500 calories or less menu (which contained about five to eight items, mostly steak, which isn't really my cup of tea.) <BR> <BR> I've also just been sort of throwing... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 21:08:05 EST Rowing Machine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5152141 So, I finally cleared out a space in my room so that I could drag the family's old rowing machine out of the basement and into my room. And I must say, ten minutes really kicked my butt, but I felt so good afterwards! I could see arm muscles being worked that are usually ignored, and it was definitely a nice change from the stationary bike. After resting for a few minutes, I was able to go for another ten minutes, and then decided to stop, as I didn't want to overwork myself, finishing off... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 23:29:50 EST Any Tips for Dealing with a Picky Eater? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5150787 I came across a vegetarian magazine and am thinking of starting to cook some of the recipes that I found, especially the Miso Tofu Bok Choy that I found. I adore bok choy and miso soup is wonderful. All of the nutrition facts are added after the recipe too, which is awesome. There are some other soups and dishes that I would love to try, a few of them might need to be tweaked a little so that my mom can eat them (she's diabetic, so she needs to watch carb intake). <BR> <BR> I've been th... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 16:20:36 EST Slowly getting back on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5114317 What it says on the tin. <BR> <BR> Slowly getting back on track with the eating healthier and exercising. I've gone from no exercise, to exercising a couple of days out of the week, to five days a week. Yay for progress! The next goal is to get back to my usual six or seven days a week of exercising (preferably seven days a week, but I don't want to introduce it too fast). <BR> <BR> I've also been in charge of more meals lately, so I actually know what will be for dinner and can plan ... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 02:47:00 EST A little disappointed... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5097606 Well, stepped on the scale this morning and noticed that I've gain a bit back. A little disappointed, but I'm pretty sure I know what caused it. <BR> <BR> I was sick for about a month with whatever it was that I caught at Dragon*Con/sinus infection, so I was pretty much lying around the house not really able to do anything due to just feeling awful, unable to breathe properly, the dizziness and nausea. <BR> <BR> Then I went on a small road trip to go see my Grandmother, and we go out to ... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 13:26:27 EST Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5066161 Sort of... <BR> <BR> I haven't really been on Sparkpeople for a while, due to travelling. And then I got sick immediately after an event that I attended. I think it is a sinus infection and it is hanging on quite persistently. I have just realized that I have been dealing with this thing for about two weeks now. I had started feeling better, though some new issues have popped up. :\ <BR> <BR> I'm hoping to be able to introduce light exercise now that walking is no longer so much o... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 10:41:53 EST One Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5018866 It's been a year since I've joined Sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> In that year, a lot of things have happened. Among them were having my first job, first big role at church as one of the chairmen, and, possibly the biggest, making the changes needed to get healthier. <BR> <BR> Now I'm not saying it was easy, because it wasn't. And it still isn't. Right now, I'm debating going to get a snack because I still have some calories left for the day, and then it is the process of going "Well, should I go ... Fri, 17 Aug 2012 00:51:06 EST Birthday and Convention Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4989532 Well.... the day isn't over, dinner has not occurred yet, but I've eaten all of my calories today. Oh well. Today was the last day of Vacation Bible School at church plus my birthday, so there was cake, cupcakes, and pretty much lunch for the last get together there, so I think I can allow myself a little room today. I will work out a little more today, I think. <BR> <BR> Next weekend is Shoreleave, a Star Trek convention, and I am planning to eat as healthy as I can during that weeken... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 15:57:41 EST Not a Stellar Food Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4980517 Well, I ended up having some sort of fast food on five out of seven days this week. Ugh. And by last night, my stomach was not having anymore (just lots of stomach grumbles, rumbles, and slight hurting). <BR> <BR> This week was a little odd, going on several errands that would keep me from being at home for food or getting my blood drawn on Monday and needing a quick snack afterwards because it was a fasting one, and I had to go shopping after getting the blood drawn. Other things came ... Sat, 21 Jul 2012 13:12:48 EST In Need of Something New http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4976995 For the exercise routine. It is getting a bit boring and I'm pretty sure that my body has gotten quite used to it by now. Since I've joined Sparkpeople (about 11 months ago) I've been using an exercise bike, but there is no way to really up the resistance or anything, as it is a pretty old bike. I've swapped out different strength training programs as well, but they too are starting to get boring and are about to cycle again to the ones that I would have started with when I first started h... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 23:22:02 EST Taking a Day Off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4975273 I'm just really really tired today. I think it might have something to do with having my blood drawn today. I also had to fast beforehand, so I while I could drink all of the water that I wanted, I couldn't eat anything, so by the time I got it taken at about 10:20, I had gone a while without food. <BR> <BR> Got a quick snack before shopping for a couple of things at the Wal*Mart and then meeting up with some friends for lunch. I ate well at lunch, probably a little more than I should h... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 21:58:32 EST This isn't a Diet, it is a Lifestyle Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4969383 That is what popped into my mind when a friend said that I was on a diet. <BR> <BR> While it is true that I have changed my diet greatly, it isn't the only thing that I have changed. And I don't plan on dropping this change in diet once I've lost the weight that I want to lose. I plan to continue. I plan to continue eating well. <BR> <BR> I have also started exercising almost everyday. I am so much more active. I plan to keep up the exercise. <BR> <BR> I have changed so much more ... Fri, 13 Jul 2012 22:59:19 EST Feeling Good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4964369 I got back from two camps a couple of days ago and I was pleasantly surprised that during family camp, for the most part, I was able to keep up with the kids there. I could play ping pong, participate in the "Olympic" events and such without feeling too tired or worn out (except for days when it was extremely hot like the 4th. I don't do too well with the heat or lots of sun. The downsides of being a redhead with really fair skin.) <BR> <BR> I've been able to work on getting the tree limb... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 18:59:23 EST 40 pounds lighter! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4939523 Today, I've hit the 160 lb. mark and am 40 pounds lighter than I was when I started this journey and feeling good. :) <BR> <BR> Just wanted to share this little milestone. Sat, 23 Jun 2012 22:25:07 EST Bad couple of days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4928569 Past couple of days have been a bit of a roller coaster, both for food and for emotions. <BR> <BR> Stuff that has been happening for the past couple of years is just kind of taking over my thoughts and making me depressed, and I'm finding it hard to get out of the funk. I think I'm just finally really realizing all of what has happened in the past couple of years. <BR> <BR> I'm still struggling with finding a job, and while I try to keep my spirits up, I just seem to get crushed down e... Sat, 16 Jun 2012 04:13:33 EST The Sweets Keep Appearing... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4923937 I've probably touched on this before, but I am not in charge of the food that we buy at home. I can suggest things to get, but ultimately, it is my mom who makes the final decisions. And unfortunately, she sometimes makes some sort of bad food decisions. <BR> <BR> Like today, she came home from the commissary with an entire bag filled with Little Debbie snack stuff, like those little apple crisp things, brownies plus an egg custard pie and scones. I don't mind having these things in the... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 21:44:56 EST Waiting Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4906270 Here's just a little update on what is going on right now. <BR> <BR> First, as to my last blog about the chocolate binging; I was finally able to figure myself out and stop. It seems that if I can go about 24 to 48 hours without eating chocolate (talking pure chocolate here), I can just stop the crazy cravings. I did eat some FiberOne bars with chocolate in them to help me go from just a little to none, so it wasn't entirely cutting myself off. But basically, that worked. I had a little ... Thu, 31 May 2012 18:10:32 EST Confessions Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4874608 All right. I've been ignoring this for what I think is the past month? But basically, I've been going through a major chocolate binge. Like, crazy chocolate binge. Just today, I've eaten about three or four Hershey's miniature chocolate bars and about the same number of miniature Kit Kats. Before that, it was a whole bunch of other chocolates. Chocolate eggs at Easter, and the weeks after and so on and so forth and the chocolate keeps appearing in the house and I'm one of those people t... Wed, 9 May 2012 21:24:42 EST Job Interview http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4855367 Just had a job interview about an hour ago, I'm not quite sure how it went. They wanted to hire me, but there were issues with my availability and so I had to basically obliterate the idea of going to church on a regular basis. Ah well. I can e-mail my reports in when they are needed (I'm Evangelism Chairman for my church) or just walk across the hall and give them to my dad who does the minutes... <BR> <BR> After that got figured out, there was the issue that I really am terrified of bei... Fri, 27 Apr 2012 19:32:14 EST Can't Focus... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4822635 I've really noticed that ever since I've gotten out of college, I've been having issues focusing on tasks. Nothing can really keep my interest for a long period of time. <BR> <BR> A friend asked me to review her manuscript, and that was about 4 months ago and I still haven't read through all of it. More recently it has come to working on my sister's present, which is subtitling a video for her so that she can understand it. And there are other little things that I just end up at first p... Thu, 5 Apr 2012 23:29:25 EST Stomach Issues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4812516 So, I've been having some stomach issues lately and have been trying to pinpoint what exactly what is causing them. <BR> <BR> It started yesterday, when my mother, sister and I stopped at Wendy's for a quick bite to eat. I got my usual meal of small fries, small coke, and spicy chicken sandwich. I did as I always did, and started eating the fries first, as they always get cold first. Everything was going fine until I took a sip of soda. My stomach didn't really like that, but it was just... Fri, 30 Mar 2012 16:10:41 EST Stuck with the Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4779062 I feel like I've been stuck in the same place weight-wise for awhile now. <BR> <BR> I don't know if it is because my schedule has been a bit weird lately (and after visiting my friends, traveling does seem to have an effect on eating/exercising habits. Mainly, that I don't really exercise at all. Thankfully, all of the meals that we had there were healthy and the only unhealthy things that I really ate were some fries on the day to their house and the night that I arrived.) <BR> <BR> I al... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 11:37:06 EST Headaches, Dizziness, Allergies, Oh My! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4775820 Just got back from visiting some college friends. Had a wonderful time, though, I completely forgot what the mountains do to my allergies. X.X <BR> <BR> Normally, I'm allergy free until the Fall, as only the pollen from falling leaves bothers me. But for some reason, being in the mountains switches my allergies and I get them in the Spring. (Found this during my first Spring in college) So, the allergies symptoms started on the second day there, but weren't too horrible. I can't take... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 14:44:01 EST Half-way There! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4695537 It's been about five or six months since I started changing my life around with the help of Sparkpeople, exercising and eating healthier. <BR> <BR> And today, I've hit my halfway mark. <BR> <BR> When I started this, I was 200 lbs. I am now 175. My goal is 150. <BR> <BR> Most of my measurements have gone down as well. When I started, my stats were: waist, 41.5; hips, 50; thighs, 24.5; upper arm, 14.2. Now, most have changed: waist, 34.5; hips, 44.5; thighs, 24.5 (no change); upper... Sat, 21 Jan 2012 17:09:22 EST Tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4666360 This has nothing to do with weight loss or whatever. I just need a place to vent, so feel free to ignore this. <BR> <BR> I'm just sick and tired of my family picking fights and taking offense to every little thing. Myself included. Just had a wonderful shout out involving my parents and myself, my sister just watching on the sidelines. Long story short, the family computer got messed up mid-December by a virus and the people that we took it to didn't do their job. There are still files ... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 14:45:26 EST I'm Back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4653073 Well, it has been a little hectic for the past couple of weeks, as the holiday rush around work is pretty much over. And while I'm fretting over whether I will stay on or not (seasonal job), I'm taking the opportunity to take this time off from work to get back to working out on a regular basis. <BR> <BR> Lately, I've just been letting my job count as my workouts (running around the stockroom, picking up and putting away boxes for about four to six hours a day, five days of the week). It... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 01:26:44 EST A Wonderful Realization http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4618421 I was at the DMV today to get a new learner's permit (which didn't end up so well, due to a bundle of nerves and some talkative overseers of the testing area) and when asked if all of the information on my permit was still valid, I realized that one wasn't anymore. <BR> <BR> That would be my weight, which, on this day two years ago, was 215. Since then, I have lost 35 pounds, 20 of that since I joined Sparkpeople mid-August. <BR> <BR> I hadn't realized I had gotten this far with my weight ... Thu, 8 Dec 2011 22:48:54 EST Getting Back on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4574664 Working on getting back on track with exercising and strength training. Especially the strenght training, which got put on hold during my stay in Indiana last week. Luckily though, the hotel that I stayed at had a gym with some good equipment, so I was still able to work out. I forgot how great a workout on the treadmill can make you feel. I used to use that and the elliptical at the school gym, but since graduating have only been able to use the exercise bike that we have at home. Looks... Tue, 8 Nov 2011 13:04:20 EST Stressing Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4557745 Stressing out a little here. Trying to take a breather... Must breathe. <BR> <BR> Some plans have just changed last minute. Was going to head out early tomorrow morning to go visit my grandmother and help her move. I got a call from my dad while making a late lunch that he wants to leave tonight instead, because of snow. <BR> <BR> Which means that I need to track down everything that I need in just a couple of hours, and hope that I don't leave anything. <BR> <BR> I get stressed befor... Fri, 28 Oct 2011 16:56:05 EST Boring, Lazy, Blah Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4545178 Today is a boring, lazy, blah day with a side of fear of disappointment. <BR> <BR> There are things that I know that I should be doing, but I just don't have the energy to do them. I got around to doing laundry, which is good, but the other things that I need to do, washing the dishes, trying to find a job... I just don't want to deal with them today. <BR> <BR> Or, in the case of the latter, I don't want to deal with it at all... <BR> <BR> Every time I try to look for a job, I end up no... Thu, 20 Oct 2011 15:52:53 EST Finding Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4535386 I've been having difficulties finding motivation for the past few days. It seems like a huge pain to actually exercise. Mainly because the weather has been pretty bad for the past couple of days, little sun and mainly rainy. <BR> <BR> But I finally found a way to get that motivation back, I think. I was looking around the site, looking at the SparkPoints and found the video talking about how Sparkpeople started. And then, checking my e-mail, I found an e-mail about how you can check your... Fri, 14 Oct 2011 12:31:48 EST Back to High School Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4525339 After about 8 weeks, I'm finally back to my high school sophomore weight, of 187. Which, yeah, is still overweight, but I've got all of that extra college weight off now, which brings me a bit closer to my overall goal. :) I'm pretty happy right now. <BR> <BR> It still boggles my mind at how much of a difference proper portions can make. And also how good exercising can make you feel. It gets a little difficult sometimes, but I keep going. <BR> <BR> Sat, 8 Oct 2011 11:05:02 EST Feeling Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4503550 Had a great dinner and day out with the bff on Friday. The meal that I chose was not nearly as healthy as I had wanted to be, but... We were walking around for about two hours straight, so I think I worked off at least a little bit of it off. XD <BR> <BR> Have been job hunting, and found at least one place near where I live that doesn't require previous experience, so that is good. Sent in an application and am now crossing fingers. Have also accepted the Evangelism Chairperson nominati... Sun, 25 Sep 2011 19:36:20 EST Looking Forward to Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4492858 I'm finally getting out of the house for the first time in about a month, for something other than church, on Friday, to hang out with the bff. <BR> <BR> Overall, it has been a stressful summer, which meant staying at home most of the time to take care of the house and everyone in it. Which, hey, it's family. So of course I'm going to help out. <BR> <BR> Though, it is nice to be able to get out of the house and see the bff for the first time in about a month and catch up on stuff. <... Mon, 19 Sep 2011 12:41:24 EST Everyone has a Reason http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4482697 Everyone has a reason for weight-loss. My biggest reason is for my health, especially as I see my parents and their health problems. <BR> <BR> It was during my mother's third hospital stay this year (she has had five hospital stays since January) while reading a thread on a knitting site that I frequent about weight loss that it really hit me that I needed to start losing weight. Not just so that I could feel better about myself, which I've had issues with on and off over the years, since ... Tue, 13 Sep 2011 12:54:34 EST BMI - One Size Only? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4469505 Okay, time to get some things off of my chest. Mainly to do with BMI. <BR> <BR> So, the Body Mass Index is supposed to judge what one's healthy weight for their height group is supposed to be. But that is all it goes on, right? Because if you think about it, 130 on a person with a small bone structure and 130 with a large bone structure does not look the same. <BR> <BR> I know. There is always the joke of an overweight person saying "Oh no, I'm not overweight, I'm just large boned" or... Tue, 6 Sep 2011 13:32:32 EST Friends and Losing Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4444307 In the past, I've noticed this happening a lot: I will casually note that I need to lose weight, that I need to eat a bit healthier to a friend of mine, and immediately, she will start saying, "No, no! You don't need to lose weight at all! You're perfect. I'm the one that needs to lose the weight." And the friend saying this weighs about 125 lbs, while I'm clocking in at 200+ at weighing just 5 foot 2. <BR> <BR> I've never understood this stance, and often, it leaves me a little baffl... Tue, 23 Aug 2011 16:43:08 EST