LIMITEDGRACE's SparkPeople Blog LIMITEDGRACE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Bigger Pants When I told my husband last week that I needed to buy a pair of bigger jeans, he just casually said, "Okay," and we added a stop to the Lane Bryant outlet store to our day of errands where I scored a pair for 40% off. By the end of the day it was no different than needing to buy a replacement throw pillow or some other inanimate object. But, I confess, that state of mind was cultivated. It was certainly not the initial reaction. <BR> <BR> [BACKSTORY: My life has been dominated by stres... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 22:09:58 EST 5 Servings of Awesome Per Day After years and years of praying, I think God may have actually changed my tastebuds because I just ate the BEST raw carrots I have ever had. In fact, I was CRAVING them! <BR> <BR> I know we all constantly read that we need to incorporate more fruits and veggies, whole grains, and non-processed foods into our diet but let's talk straight......if you're not used to doing that, it's really HARD! (Am I right?!?) I can't tell you how many times I've seen/envied other (thinner) women who wer... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 15:52:18 EST My Feelings Taste Delicious...But the Aftertaste is Regret Today has been stressful, a circus filled with moments blown out of proportion by drama queens. And it's not even 2pm! In one weak moment, I scarfed down a (delicious) piece of melty, salty pepperoni pizza. I then proceeded to feel awful and fight the battle of returning for another piece....or three. <BR> <BR> Why?! Why such an emotional response? I didn't blow my calorie-intake for the day and I don't subscribe to assigning foods with labels like "good" or "bad". I think the reason ... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 16:29:13 EST Auld Lang Syne Well before the clock strikes midnight, many folks are contemplating their New Year's resolutions. I'm not one to do that particular dance with the devil, however as 2014 came to a close, it became GLARINGLY obvious that I must make some changes and adjust my priorities if I want to lead the kind a life that gives me peace and joy....and doesn't require new pants. (And by new, I mean bigger.) <BR> <BR> 2014 was the year of the Workoholic. I would say that I worked my butt off, but as sugg... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 18:07:24 EST Self-Compassion & the Ridiculousness of Thigh Gap I am what some would describe as Type A personality. According to Myers Briggs, I'm an ENFJ. Astrologically I am a Sagittarius. When I was in school, I was an "overachiever" and at work I'm "driven". <BR> <BR> I mention this because I've come to the realization that I'm a perfectionist and it's not always a healthy way to be. Although I believe there is value in pushing oneself past what is thought possible and excelling, the problem becomes when it doesn't happen...and self-destructi... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:33:47 EST I Never Have Time to Blog Anymore Blogging has become a rarity. I barely have time to enter my daily food intake or workouts! fact, I've been slacking on that quite a bit. But, I know that time is what you make of it and we have to make our choices and choose our priorities. Right now I'm choosing to keep myself gainfully employed which entails a lot of travel, long hours, and sometimes working during the weekend. <BR> <BR> I'm choosing to give myself some grace and not beat myself up for not being PERFECT. *gasp!... Wed, 28 May 2014 15:29:06 EST I Get to Work Out Here!! <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Pics are of the fitness center and 11m lap pool at the Sheraton Seattle. Let me just say... OMG!!! Tonight, after driving from Portland, working forever, and finding a spot to grab dinner...I was done. But I laced up my sneakers anyway and headed up the the 35th floor to see if it was as cool as I was hoping. And THEN I proceeded to kick... Tue, 6 May 2014 00:58:51 EST Life is a 3-Ring Circus This is my life right now: <BR> <BR> My husband and I had his two kids for the holiday weekend, but they live 6 hours away so getting them back to their mom's involved a trip to the airport Monday night. This is actually WAY better than driving halfway, but still the upheaval is there. <BR> <BR> Short weeks are always crazy work weeks, but this marks the 3rd or 4th (or 5th?) week of working 10ish hours a day. And I have work email on my phone now and will be traveling...starting in 2 week... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 15:18:59 EST There's No Crying in BASEBALL! I love that movie, A League of Their Own, and especially this part where Tom Hanks' character is just beyond himself dealing with the emotions of his female players. I don't play baseball (or even watch it really), but December and 2013 has been full of curveballs: <BR> <BR> June <BR> - Decided to committ to getting healthy. <BR> August <BR> - Trip to Switzerland. : ) <BR> November <BR> - Threw out my back. : / <BR> December <BR> - Was told that Jan 1 I'm getting a promotion and raise... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 17:10:36 EST Back Pain - A Time to Give Thanks(?) Five days ago, I woke up in pain. Familiar pain. BACK pain. I tried to brush it off, but then just simple things like getting out of bed and walking down the stairs brought tears to my eyes. And to make matters worse, my husband was only on the 4th day of his 10-day hunting trip hundreds of miles away. I was COMPLETELY alone. <BR> <BR> I'll tell you straight, it's been a tough week. <BR> <BR> I want to eat for comfort, I want to workout, I want to ACTUALLY rest instead of feeling lik... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 01:01:08 EST Shopping Made Me Want to EAT. I went shopping with my husband tonight to get him some new clothes because we are awful about parting with our money for clothing... oh, and because he's down a pants size. Which, I'm super psyched about for him (and for myself because I get to admire that sexy bod) and simultaneously a tad put off that I'm not making the same progress. Yes, some of my clothes are a little looser - until I put them in the dryer - but I'm not yet down a whole size. But, I'm not going to be a party pooper. ... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 00:54:38 EST Okay, seriously?! This morning was my weekly weigh-in and my monthly measurements. It wasn't pretty. The only thing that went down was the circumference of my waist. Just about everything else went up!! <BR> <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> I, of course, burst into tears because this week especially has been super challenging. My husband is awesome and reminded me that even still, I haven't wavered in getting up at 5am EVERY weekday to get a workout in, that we have been weight training cons... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 13:00:40 EST Coaches are NOT just jerks in tracksuits after all! Through my benefits at work, I have the opprotunity to work with a "Wellness Coach". At first I was pretty skeptical, but recognized my need to get my stress level under control. Once I got that better managed, we moved to focusing on my healthy lifestyle from the standpoint of maintaining healthy eating and exercise. My coach calls every 4ish weeks to check in. I just had my call and wanted to share the finer points. <BR> <BR> #1: FAT vs MUSCLE - My coach was kind enough to expound o... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 18:15:30 EST Apples are Tree Candy One of my favorite aspects of autumn is that it is a time of harvest. My husband and I live in the Pacific Northwest and it is a lush place for produce. But of all the bounty, he and I get TOTALLY stoked when we see Honeycrisp apples stocked in the stores! YUM!!! (Added bonus: I don't have to scoop, slice, or store - just rinse and eat!) So, you can imagine my disappointment when just minutes ago I came to the realization that *Duh-duh-DUN!* I FORGOT TO PACK MY APPLE!! *Shrieks of horr... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 17:19:56 EST Made to Crave - Thoughts After Reading the Book This afternoon (on my lunch break) I finished the book "Made to Crave; Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, Not Food" by Lysa TerKeurst of Proverbs 31 Ministries. <BR> <BR> I have to admit, I first picked up the book probably 2 years ago, read maybe 5 of the 19 chapters and then set it down. It wasn't until a few months ago that a good friend of mine encouraged me to try reading it again with a fresh set of eyes. I tell you know, I do not think it is a coincidence that my recent succes... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 18:47:54 EST Why Does it Feel Like it's Not Enough? I screamed after weighing myself this morning! I couldn't help it... I've really kicked it up a notch for the past 2 weeks and it resulted in losing 1.2 pounds in that time. Really??!! <BR> <BR> Despite losing another 6 inches total in the last month I find myself so irritated at the scale. I know it's silly but I just wanted to have lost 15 pounds by now. <BR> <BR> <em>28</em> <BR> <BR> *deep breath* <BR> <BR> I'm not discouraged, I'm not going to quit. Actually my struggle ... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 12:48:08 EST Get Healthy, Save Money I spend 40+ hours of my life in the corporate world. Think "Office Space" with the cubicle, extreme amounts of beige decor, & processes and procedures for everything. Don't get me wrong, it's not all bad... my cubicle comes with a pretty decent view of the city, they pay for my parking, and overall the pay is decent as are the benefits. I may not love my job, but I am truly grateful for it. <BR> <BR> Speaking of benefits, it's that time of year when we have to start thinking about next ye... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 16:47:02 EST Fondue & a Can-Do Attitude Last week I was blessed to go to Europe for the FIRST TIME EVER with my mom. We went to Switzerland and it was AMAZING!!! <BR> <BR> I love my mom a ton and we've always been very close, but I have to say spending a week with Mom 24/7 was very eye-opening. She works 60-70 hours at a grueling job, has dealt with some drama with my brother in the recent years, and had to have surgery for some extremely painful varicose veins in her leg. I know all of that has taken a toll... but what reall... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 11:56:16 EST Office Pizza Party Thanks to my strength training, I was able to help move a ridiculously heavy filing cabinet this morning that no one else could budge! This evidently helped earned our office a "pizza party" lunch for the person we were helping reorganize. <BR> <BR> Yay!!! Wait... um... OH CRAP!!! LOL Trust, I was not-so-much feelin' the plain old ham & lettuce on sandwich thin that I brought from home today. Usually we have leftovers which I really look forward to - and LOVE being able to just copy fr... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 17:05:31 EST Even a Sensible Person Can Still Throw a Fit : / Despite striving to be a reasonable, sensible person worth her salt.........I'm writing tonight to admit a fault: I HATE NEW EXERCISES. *sigh* I'm not proud to admit that in the midst of my discomfort I threw a fit this evening. At the gym. (Oh yeah. That just happened.) <BR> <BR> My awesome husband and I decided that after a month of regularly exercising and eating better, we were ready to dedicate 2 times a week for some strength training. This is mostly unfamiliar territory for me.... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 01:36:04 EST Baby-Mama Drama & The Giant Peach Hello, my name is Karly and I'm a Stepmom. It's been 1 month since my last relapse of emotional eating.... If you've ever been exposed to the 12-Step recovery process, either in real-life or TV/movies, you may know that a meeting starts with a similar introduction. <BR> <BR> So here I am, polishing off a giant peach from Costco. It's delicious, juicy, sweet, and perfect in all other ways....but it's not cheesecake. Okay, of COURSE it's not cheesecake! And you're wondering how we... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 18:07:38 EST Indiana Jones and the Curse of the Skinny Jeans? I'm reading "Made to Crave" by Lysa Terkeurst and just finished the chapter titled "The Curse of the Skinny Jeans" in which she talks about how common it is to have that *ONE* pair of jeans that we tie our success in healthy choices to. But we don't just see it as a's the holy grail of our weight-loss journey! Once we get into those jeans AND can breathe, stand, sit, bend over, and button with ease, we will be HAPPY! And then, everything will be great, right? Somehow we think t... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 17:43:41 EST HALT! Quite a while ago, a good friend of mine posted an article on Facebook about relationships and how communication goes awry when we feel certain ways. It was summarized by the word, "HALT". As in, when you're about to bite your significant other's head off...halt and think about what is really going on. (Or vice versa if they just got cranky with you!) Each letter stands for something significant: H = Hungry, A = Angry, L = Lonely, T = Tired. <BR> <BR> One of the reasons I think this s... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 12:39:49 EST It's Been One Week Well, okay, it's actually been a little bit more than one week, but beginning last Sunday (9 days ago) my husband and I talked, high-fived, and committed to healthier choices. And we've stuck with it! <BR> <BR> First, the plan: Using the SparkPeople tools we know and love, we set our individual weight-loss and calorie-burn goals. I knew I needed to push myself a little, but still be reasonable, which means a goal of losing 5 pounds a month and burning 2000 calories a week. <BR> Now, I d... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 13:17:34 EST Acceptance I feel as though I've turned some corner in my life...I'm almost 1 year into my marriage and officially being a Stepmom, I've closed other chapters from my 20's, and although I know I have a LOT to learn I have this sense of just how far I have come. <BR> <BR> Amidst the craziness of work, blended family drama, and the milestones of my late 20's and now age 30 (marriage, big moves, homebuying, etc) I've been striving for some image in my head of how things are SUPPOSED to be. In reality, I ... Tue, 28 May 2013 19:04:11 EST Silence the Inner Critic - I'm looking at you Martha I'm learning that a great deal of stress and unhappiness comes from unrealistic expectations. My objective: deal with my Perfectionism. I came across this slideshow on MSN today and I am hoping to incorporate some of these tools to be a bit more balanced and forgiving of myself: <BR> <BR><BR>ness/your-best-life/slideshow?cp-docum<BR>entid=250227232 <BR> <BR> I think I'm going to call that voice of unreason, Martha. Now, I admit that I do visit Ma... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 16:42:04 EST No More Excuses Sometimes we need some tough love.... I think I'm there. I'm at the point where I'm ready to kick my own butt for my negligence. Now, I could rationalize that ever since February, I've been CRAZY busy exiting a job, moving across the state, starting a new job, trying to unpack, getting used to a whole new life, city, community etc and so forth. That is all true. However, the one thing that I can't quite answer to is why that meant it has been okay to make less-than-healthy choices. <BR... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 12:58:42 EST Me vs The Holidays - Post Thanksgiving It began around Halloween.... a giant bowl of candy raked in by the kids sitting on the coffee table, schedules getting crazier by the minute, the occasional dinner out becoming more frequent (as well as the adult-beverages), and the numbers on the scale creeping up. And we're only in the middle of the holiday season! <BR> <BR> Over Thanksgiving and the next 2 days, I ate too much. And it was delicious. I'm really not beating myself up about it now, but I can't continue that. (Thankfull... Wed, 30 Nov 2011 15:42:38 EST wait, stress isn't supposed to be my middle name? I just (hesitantly) joined the Sparkpeople Stress Busting Challenge. According to the stress test, I "have some vulnerability to stress". LOL Yeah, I think that's an understatement. I actually felt a tickle of anxiety about joining this challenge because I wonder if I'm going to be stressing about trying not to be stressed. !! <BR> <BR> So - I'm supposed to track my stressors, how strong they are, and how I'm responding to them. <BR> <BR> Numero UNO: WORK. Well, okay, my job itself ... Fri, 15 Jul 2011 02:17:35 EST You're so vain.... I bet you think this blog is about you... Okay, so I say this all knowing that it might be a tad shallow or vain, but in the interest of full honesty and utter humanity, I have to ask... How many pounds and/or inches does it take before someone actually NOTICES my hard work?! <BR> <BR> I can't even tell you (nor do I probably have to) the longings I've had while occasionally standing in line @ Starbucks waiting to order my skinny latte while gazing upon the delectable pastries that are displayed in the most perfectly appetizing c... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 02:15:56 EST A New Policy I applied for a new life-insurance policy on April 29th of this year. That was my most recent wake up call. Starving myself until noon for the bloodwork was torture and the numbers on the scale were staggering. HOW was I two pounds away from my starting weight 3+ years ago?! I won't lie.... I felt disgusting. And motivated. <BR> <BR> Since I started on SparkPeople in 2008, I have made A LOT of changes. I eat better and exercise more. So why hasn't that been good enough? Well, I suppo... Thu, 26 May 2011 15:48:15 EST A new start Praise God for new opportunities. <em>296</em> <BR> <BR> Here I am, in a fairly new environment, city, and job, newly single after 5 years, with a new sassy haircut. These changes have carried revelation with them each in their own way and have allowed me to trust our amazing God in a new way as well. Why shouldn't that apply to my body?! <BR> <BR> So, here's to a new start. May the Lord open my ears and mind to healthy decisions for my body, mind, and spirit. May He walk with me and... Fri, 31 Jul 2009 15:14:04 EST Wii Fit (& Other Fitness) Week 8 I can't remember if I even turned on my Wii this week. I didn't track anything. I wasn't sure how many calories crying burns off. Life got real and I'm here to admit that my emotions and circumstances very much affected the way I ate and exercised this week. Although, it seems there were some GOOD habits that seemed to stick with me. <BR> <BR> I broke up with my boyfriend of 5 years... someone who has always thought me to be beautiful inside and out. Breaking up hurt us both, but I beli... Mon, 27 Jul 2009 00:36:55 EST Wii Fit (& other fitness) Week 7 I'm going to do my best at not beating myself up.... but I've been pretty bad about my fitness this week. I think the worst thing is that I think about it, that I need and want to do something, but somehow life gets in the way. <BR> <BR> I was sick the first part of the week, which completely drained me. Then Wednesday I had my 3rd Physical Therapy appointment. I felt really good so I really put in the effort. They gave me a few more exercises to add to my routine. Thursday was my 5 yr... Sun, 19 Jul 2009 13:40:55 EST Wii Fit (and other fitness) Week 6 Holy Moley, week 6?!?! Sweet! <BR> <BR> So, I'm a bit sore today, but I'm still gearing up to do my workout. This week brought new additions to exercises I'm doing for physical therapy. It's funny... working on my knee is turning into working out my thighs, hips, butt, obliques, abs.... okay, okay, I KNOW everything is connected, but it's still surprising to see just how everything really contributes when it comes to the body. <BR> <BR> I'm now doing sets of moving stretches - basic... Sat, 11 Jul 2009 14:23:59 EST Wii Fit (& other fitness) Weeks 4 & 5 Well... life happens while you're busy making other plans, doesn't it?! I admit I've not only been slacking on my blog a little, but also my Wii a little. <BR> <BR> On EA Active, I've got 5 more workouts to do of the 30-day challenge, and I'm not quite finishing it in 30 days. But, hey, I'm STICKING WITH IT!!! <BR> <BR> On Wii Fit, I've got to do more with it. I've kind of gotten so caught up w/ EA Active that Fit went by the wayside. <BR> <BR> Today I did my EA workout and 40 min... Fri, 3 Jul 2009 15:19:41 EST 6/21/2009 Wii Fit Week 3 Well, here it is - the weekly installment of my Wii experience! I'm about to go use it as a matter of fact. But before I do, here we go: <BR> <BR> Honestly, the only thing I've done w/ the Wii Fit software this week has been my daily body test. Oh, and it's no joke - it really does help to do it at about the same time of day. I've done a little yoga and balance, but most of my energy this week was spent with Wii EA Sports Active. I need to do some Wii Fit Strength training...... <BR> <... Sun, 21 Jun 2009 16:54:07 EST 6/10/09 Wii Fit Week 2 Alrighty! I've had this thing for 2 weeks now... and I couldn't wait so I went and got the EA Sports Active game. I've done 2 workouts on it and have my 3rd one today. While I wasn't thrilled at doing a million lunges, I will say, this game is EFFECTIVE!!! Not that Wii Fit isn't with the Yoga and Strength training, but this puppy is definitely making me sweat. Freakin' Sweet! <BR> <BR> Currently I'm doing the prescribed 30-day workout on EA, and then 15-30 min of some Wii Fit activity. ... Wed, 10 Jun 2009 21:42:28 EST 6/4/09 Wii Fit Week 1 As promised, I'm checking in after week 1 of Wii Fit. <BR> <BR> I've used it every day, although yesterday was my shortest day: I only did the body test and 16 min of activities. I've unlocked all the balance games, all but one of the cardio, all but 3 of strength training, and all yoga poses! <BR> <BR> I will say I'm a bit surprised to have unlocked just about everything so fast! But I still have advanced levels to unlock and beginner levels to master. I'm not sure how much physical ... Thu, 4 Jun 2009 14:32:57 EST 5/27/09 I got a Wii Fit!!!!! <em>249</em> After much debate and debacle of what on EARTH I'm going to do to maintain some sort of consistency with physical exertion, I finally decided on getting a Wii Fit. <BR> <BR> <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> I'm not sure why I and everyone around me didn't think of it sooner, but God brought someone along my path who mentioned how well it worked for her and it's FREAKIN' AWESOME!!! Granted, I think I'll have to do something else to really get the cardio aspect going, but the strengt... Thu, 28 May 2009 03:12:48 EST Happy Anniversary A week ago, 1/21, was my 1 year anniversary of being on Spark. I've laughed, I've cried, I've LOST WEIGHT! And kept it off., well, most of it. I think I need more than a year of nutrition sobriety under my belt to help me tackle the holiday season! <BR> <BR> Looking back on 2008, I lost a full 30 pounds. <em>30</em> I also gained back 7 of those pounds. <em>39</em> Okay... so, I'm still ahead... and I think I need to be better about staying away from red meat (and the M&M... Thu, 29 Jan 2009 01:32:46 EST Why Bringing a Lunch is So Important ...okay, I confess that I had a 1200-calorie fast food relapse today. *sigh* The one day that I don't bring my lunch to work just happened to be the worst work day since I've started watching what I eat. Mid-morning I got an email from my boss that was a total confidence buster and wouldn't you know that by lunch time, Burger King was calling my name! <BR> <BR> I have no intention of making this any kind of habit and I think I still might be able to pull the rest of my day out of the di... Thu, 27 Mar 2008 20:28:31 EST Citrus Cheesecake Success Happy Easter! This is a great treat from Spark People Recipes.<BR>il.asp?recipe=163 Sun, 23 Mar 2008 15:15:00 EST 2 Full Months of Being Healthier Today is March 2nd and I've completed 2 full months of being healthier. I've noticed some changes - I've lost about 10 pounds from when I started on Spark - lost some inches too! I have to admit that I thought things would happen quicker. Mostly because I've lost significant weight in the past with seemingly less exercise and absolutely no attention paid to how and what I'm eating. I'm trying to remember though that I'm doing strength training and probably gaining some significant muscle ... Sun, 2 Mar 2008 17:16:05 EST Tofu True Story; A Meatless Tale WARNING: No animals were harmed for the making of this story, or this meal. <BR> <BR> <BR> I recently started a personal training program and also a diet modification that entails not eating beef or chicken. Now, this is no small feat for a girl from the midwest. Meat is a staple. Meat is an art. Meat is its own food group! (along with cheese, frosting, and probably beer). However, my trainer insists this is key to my success and suggested as alternatives fish, rice, and well, as y... Wed, 30 Jan 2008 00:03:12 EST