LITTLE_DIVA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LITTLE%5FDIVA LITTLE_DIVA'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/ The clothes are going... and not because they are too big! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673833 Well, I am finally to that point. <BR> <BR> I have been holding onto clothes for a while now that I keep telling myself "will fit again." Not clothes with sentimental value, clothes that I bought once upon a time when they fit... and now they don't. My closet is stuffed just as as uncomfortably as my muffin top is into some of the pants! <BR> <BR> Although vanity plays a part with not wanting to get rid of the clothes, so does a sense of wastefulness. I look at the clothes and see dollar si... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:00:33 EST Emotional eating - proof is in the pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5406935 I found myself going through old photos today from high school & college and it really hit me --- my emotional state and weight are so stinking connected, I totally can't ignore it any more. <BR> <BR> Being able to look back over 15+ years and see SUCH varied sizes made me sad, but also somewhat inspired. I could look at each photo and clearly remember what was going on in my life that had me in such a state. It was very useful to have a visual connection, a timeline, of the unhealthy habit... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 01:41:50 EST Anyone else have this frustration - not logging dinner. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5333857 I finally am in a solid groove of a healthy, balanced, filling and yummy breakfast and lunch - all within my calorie goals, that I track lickety-split. <BR> <BR> AND, thanks to a recent spark break, I have kicked my evening snacking (or so it seems, it's just been a week or so, but it is going great!) <BR> <BR> Yet as hard as I try to make sure that dinner is always in check, as well as tracked, I just have trouble getting there. Cooking dinner is down time for me. I love to cook; I find ... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 08:48:25 EST Spark Coach blog theme: quick and easy meal ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5324486 Some of my fave quick and easy meals are: <BR> omelets and salad <BR> veggie hash with eggs cooked on top <BR> pasta in a fresh tomato sauce <BR> grilled chicken and steamed veggies <BR> kitchen sink salad <BR> turkey bacon BLTs <BR> fajitas <BR> <BR> Who else has some yummy ideas? <BR> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 21:34:37 EST Spark Coach topic - time wasters http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5309857 The best new use of time is my 15 minutes while watching tv that I am doing strength training. I have done over 15 each time, added bonus of doing it in front of a gripping NCIS episode : ) <BR> <BR> My biggest hurdle is still making time every day or at least every other to get to the Playground (aka gym.) I am figuring out getting in 7-8 hours of sleep plus up and out the door by 6:30 for playground time (shooting for 45-60 minutes there.) I am confidant now that I am a morning work-out p... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 09:02:33 EST The Playground http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5303121 I mentioned in my last post that I am calling the gym aka Planet Fitness, "The Playground" <BR> <BR> As I kid, I really didn't love the playground. I liked swings. And the twirly thing you sat on and someone would spin you until you couldn't take it any more. And I liked the tall slides that I could go and sit at the very top of with a book. <BR> <BR> Seeing a trend? I liked the playground toys that I was able to basically sit still on. <BR> <BR> And I wonder why I have a problem with my ... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 11:08:54 EST MOST happy first day of Spring, indeed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5294305 Order new Spark book from amazon. <BR> Check. <BR> <BR> Finally sign up at Planet Fitness. <BR> Check. <BR> <BR> Actually to Planet Fitness and walk/run on the treadmill for 45 min. <BR> Check. <BR> <BR> Welcome Spring at-home pedi. <BR> Check! {OPI's Lucky lucky lavendar, for those who are wondering} <BR> <BR> Now, to keep it up! And to get back into the habit of tracking my calories. And going to bed earlier so I can get up earlier to go to the "playground" aka Planet Fitness. <BR> <BR... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 22:13:36 EST What a long detour! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5124539 I was cruising along down the orange brick road of Sparkland when all of a sudden I took a detour. Feeling good about loosing weight and keeping it off, slow and steady, I went off yonder to explore on my own. Wow. I am so bad with directions! I somehow wound up with Alice in her Wonderland where her clothes are all too small. Yikes!!! <BR> <BR> Well, here I am after months and months away, getting back at it. I told a friend all about the wonders of Sparkpeople over the weekend, and it got ... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 08:42:44 EST Don't fear the pineapple! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4835795 I have always loved fresh pineapple, but not enough to take on my fear of them fighting me tooth and nail as I tried to cut it into tasty little bite-sized bits. Ridiculous, I know. <BR> <BR> Well, last week they were only 99 cents at Aldi, so, I decided it was time to take one on. Now, it may have been have sharp my knife was, but I found it way easier to cut up then cantaloupe or watermelon - which I cut up all the time with reckless abondon. In fact, I wished that I had another one to cu... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 10:11:25 EST MY baby steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4833834 There was a great featured blog back on March 22, encouraging us to embrace baby steps to reach our goals. It really resonated with me, so much so that I am now blogging about that blog. Why, today, am I inspired by the blog from a month ago, you might be wondering? <BR> <BR> Because... I was totally MIA from Spark for a while when life got "busy", and all of a sudden I had over 500 daily Spark emails saved to go though. I was feeling inspired this weekend and decided it was time to get Sp... Fri, 13 Apr 2012 18:27:16 EST Call me Goody Girl, or, what Lent taught me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4827627 So, if you don’t know, Lent for us Catholics is a time for spiritual growth and reflection. We’re encouraged to do something special, or give something up in the time between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday, making a sacrifice of sorts as a daily reminder of the spiritual journey we’re on. A few years ago my hubby and I were feeling particularly mindful and we went to mass every single morning of Lent. This year I was less zealous in my spiritual quest, but I decided to give up sweets & treat... Mon, 9 Apr 2012 19:52:35 EST Ballet tonight with my 90+ year old instructor!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4705485 I've not been doing a great job of meeting all of my goals this January. I was right on the money for almost two weeks, and then, as usual, I just sort of stopped one day. Well, I'm just sorting starting again today, ha ha ha. And it is all starting with my ballet class tonight! <BR> <BR> Truth be told, I started this class in the fall but after one week of classes I was hired for a production that kept me in rehearsals and then production until the week before Christmas. There went Thursday... Thu, 26 Jan 2012 15:26:05 EST Happy New Year, Happy Fresh Start! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4648170 Life really has a habit of getting in the way, doesn't it? It has been two years of starting and stopping my 'spark.' In that time I've learned that I'm very all or nothing when it comes to change, and I really need to keep content with "something" and see the value of that, in that moment. I can let weeks slip by because I'm not able to commit to the fullest extent desirable (eating better, exercising, hitting all my goals...) but, that is when I just let myself go and put healthy habits las... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 11:34:41 EST September goals, August recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4461638 SEPTEMBER GOALS <BR> <BR> Get 7 hours of sleep every day. <BR> reward: new jammies <BR> <BR> Exercise for 10 minutes every day. <BR> reward: coffee and magazine time at Barnes & Nobel <BR> <BR> Eat a healthy breakfast every day. <BR> reward: cereal not on sale! <BR> <BR> Get up without hitting snooze every day. <BR> reward: fun flavored coffee beans or tea leaves <BR> <BR> Drink at least 4 glasses of water every day.* <BR> reward: a trip to the Bargain Box (my fave 2nd hand clothing sto... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 23:08:26 EST Tiny little bladder. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4421606 Ok, I can't drink 8 glasses of water without running to the bathroom every five minutes. Remember the old 'don't break the seal' advice? Well, that is meant for me. Too graphic? Sorry, ha ha ha. I just don't know what to do! Maybe it is all in my head, but, I can drink coffee all day and never really have to go. I drink my water and then *BAM!*, do not pass go, must get to the powder room right NOW. Who has some brilliant advice for me? I had a cup of warm water and lemon before work, and the... Thu, 11 Aug 2011 20:30:48 EST Goals for August - better late than never! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4419809 Exercise for 10 minutes each day: 1x/ day <BR> Reward: Wii Zumba game <BR> <BR> Drink 8 glasses of water a day (pure): 1x/day <BR> Reward: skin detox tea <BR> <BR> Get 8 hours of sleept: 1x/ day <BR> Reward: cute new nightgown <BR> ____________________________ <BR> <BR> I am really having to go back to basics if I am going to get back on track! These seem like the core of a healthy foundation for me. Things more or less fall into place and I feel less stressed when I get enough exercise, ... Wed, 10 Aug 2011 22:50:45 EST When did 'tomorrow' become 'yesterday?' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4417322 In February, it seems. Wow. I have fallen off the grid. This is my first time actually sparking since I don't know when. How sad. <BR> <BR> Well, here I am, making TODAY the ‘tomorrow’ I keep promising myself. I’d call that a success. A small one, but, you know, it counts. <BR> <BR> I am just super stressed. <BR> - My day job is a step away from disappearing and I have no real back-up lined up. <BR> - I have been in NY for weeks at a time since June trying to be a caregiver for a family me... Tue, 9 Aug 2011 19:54:06 EST It amazes me... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4165655 It amazes me... <BR> <BR> ... that after two weeks of no exercise I get cranky, moody, sluggish, and all around miserable but that after just 30 minutes last night I am right back to charming, likable, non-homicidal me. <BR> <BR> ... that for the first time in weeks I got a great nights sleep and woke up perky and energized just from exercising last night. <BR> <BR> ... that I really do want to eat the best, cleanest, healthiest food I can when I know that I have exercised. Why not trea... Thu, 14 Apr 2011 13:44:05 EST I am getting off my butt and doing it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4118250 Today is my 4th day in my brand new 8 week running program. I have felt so great every day I've ran so far. I am not -repeat- not a runner by nature. This is hard for me! So far, though, this week hasn't been bad. Walk for 10 min, stretch, and then 30 min of walk 5 jog 1, finished with a 10-15 minute walk/cool down and stretches. That may sound pretty lame to some folks, but, I feel that one minute of running! Sunday start 5 walk-2 run. Oh man, oh man... <BR> <BR> So, I have felt 100% great ... Fri, 25 Mar 2011 18:11:46 EST See me. See me RUN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4108779 Can I tell you how excited I am? Hubby and I started an 8 week running program today. At the end of 8 weeks we will be able to run for a full 30 minutes and/or 2 miles... I have no idea if I'll really be able to, but, I'm all for trying. I've never been a runner, ran when I had to in gym class and as a cheerleading warm up, but, never for pleasure or by my own eager gumption. Hubby ran cross country in high school, but hasn't ran in 10+ years. He was a bit surprised but actually pretty game w... Mon, 21 Mar 2011 22:45:22 EST Just reset my goals - first day of spring, first day of renewed focus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4105262 Since today is the first day of spring, I thought I'd use it to spark a mid-month motivation to really stick to my goals. If you haven't reset your goals lately, you'll be pleasantly surprised by the new new look and additional options. <BR> <BR> The number one reason I reset my goals was to see just how many calories I need to burn each week - according to Spark - to reach my goal weight by a healthy date. <BR> <BR> Here's to burning 460 calories a week to 110lbs by May 2!!!! <BR> <BR> <... Sun, 20 Mar 2011 16:47:27 EST Wii Fit Plus ROCKS!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4102662 I just tried it this morning for the first time and I can't get over how much fun I had! I have had Wii Fit for a while but I wasn't feeling very challenged by it any more. I tried every thing this morning - so fun!!!! I really love that it gives you groupings of workouts. and calorie burn goals - I worked off my chicken leg, thank you very much! <BR> <BR> I have been down and out for the last two weeks, in and out of the doctors office, on and off meds... today is the first day that I am fe... Sat, 19 Mar 2011 10:13:53 EST A fresh start is a good thing. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4062933 What will March have in store for me, hmmm, I wonder... <BR> <BR> I'm actually happy to leave February far behind. The month started with learning that one of my closest gal pals has to have a double mastectomy, a week later my beloved dog had to unexpectedly be put to sleep, then my closest-thing-to-a-grandpa friend died, which was followed up with finding out that another best gal pal may have to had a radical hysterectomy. In between that I've been planning two different wedding showers ... Thu, 3 Mar 2011 10:25:32 EST February recap & March goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4055911 SHORT TERM ACTION GOALS - - - March <BR> <BR> 1) lose 5 pounds <BR> REWARD: new dress <BR> DEADLINE: April 1 <BR> <BR> 2) Go for a walk/ do Wii Fit or Cheer/cheer workout 5 days a week <BR> REWARD: new dress <BR> DEADLINE: April 1 <BR> <BR> 3) Get 7- 8 hours of sleep every night <BR> REWARD: new sheets <BR> DEADLINE: April 1 <BR> <BR> 4) Do 30 minutes of Rosetta Stone twice a week <BR> REWARD: Bottle of wine <BR> DEADLINE: April 1 <BR> <BR> 5) Track food and exercise every day <B... Mon, 28 Feb 2011 22:34:20 EST February goals and January recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3978695 SHORT TERM ACTION GOALS - - - February <BR> <BR> 1) lose 5 pounds <BR> REWARD: $10 spree at World Market <BR> DEADLINE: March 1 <BR> <BR> 2) Go for a walk/ do Wii Fit or Cheer/ LB workout <BR> REWARD: one new nail polish <BR> DEADLINE: March 1 <BR> <BR> 3) Get 8 hours of sleep every night <BR> REWARD: $10 spree at World Market <BR> DEADLINE: March 1 <BR> <BR> 4) Do 30 minutes of Rosetta Stone twice a week <BR> REWARD: Bottle of wine <BR> DEADLINE: March 1 <BR> <BR> 5) Track ... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 21:30:47 EST I just spread the spark! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3953443 I'm such a dork, but I am so geeked right now that I told my neighbor about this and she got all excited. I jus sent her an official email to join. I can't wait for us to be spark friends!!!! <BR> <BR> I have to say though, telling her about it got me so excited to be a part of it myself! <BR> <BR> Have you spread the spark today? It is an instant face lift, I haven't stopped smiling! <BR> <BR> Cheers! Sun, 23 Jan 2011 17:07:56 EST I love hotels. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3942798 I am that person who needs no excuse to stay at a hotel. When I was little, birthday parties were often pool party sleepovers at hotels (maybe it was a NY thing, but they were actually pretty cheap and kept kids entertained without much effort on the parent's part). Then in my teens cheerleading competitions often involved traveling and staying at hotels. Now, as a 'grown up', auditions and performances often involve hotel stays. I love it. I can't wait to unpack everything, create my cozy ho... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 00:27:10 EST Totally scrumptious dinner tonight - veggie hash with poached eggs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3916005 Hubby and I were snowed/iced in today - woo hoo!!! We wanted something warm cozy for dinner, and I had just the recipe hidden away for a potato and veggie hash. I tweaked it just a bit, and served two poach eggs over it. SOOOOOO filling and rich and good. And good for you! It tasted so decadent, it was really wonderful and we have a new staple in our repertoire. I saved it in sparkrecipes, check it out! I missed having greens of some kind tonight, but I was so full I really couldn't eat any s... Tue, 11 Jan 2011 22:54:52 EST According to my Yogi teabag... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3889919 ... there are three values: <BR> Feel good, be good, and do good. <BR> <BR> Nice, huh? That's a keeper. I got a fortune cookie once that said 'you are constantly in search of self improvement'. It is up on my fridge now, ha ha. I think that this may replace it. It is far more positive sounding, don't you think? <BR> <BR> So, question for anyone out there who is reading this - - - <BR> <BR> How do you track your water intake? JUST water? Herbal tea? Coffee? Diet sodas? What does everyone do... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 19:32:38 EST My 2011 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3882352 My 2011 goals are to loose weight and learn to keep it off so that: <BR> <BR> 1) I treat my mind and body better and stop the yo-yo thinking of "quick, crash and loose it" and then let it creep back. For once it isn't just about food in and burned off, but, seeing the big picture of my health. <BR> <BR> 2) Be better equipped to meet the demands of my profession. I'll feel better about my appearance and have more confidence. I'll be in better shape and continue to look "really young for my a... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 22:38:36 EST Happy New Year and Healthy me!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3882173 Gosh. I started Spark last January. Now it's THIS January. Two questions to myself - <BR> <BR> Did I hit my goal weight? No. <BR> Did I learn important lessons along the way? Yes. <BR> <BR> I guess I could chalk last year up to my pre-Spark year. My practice session, if you will. I don't want to though. I know what I did right, and what I did wrong. I just need to do more of the right stuff this year! <BR> <BR> This blog is a commitment to myself to get healthy!!!!! At some point I got foc... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 21:58:23 EST Feeling merry and bright! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3848975 So, two days in a row I have been in bed at 10:30, got a full night of sleep, and yesterday I actually did some Wii Step while I watched tv with Hubby and dog. <BR> <BR> I really need to amp up my activity level, but I am on the right track again. I just had to make my mind up to do it. <BR> <BR> And I did!!!!! <BR> <BR> Happy day to everyone out there. <BR> <em>306</em> Fri, 17 Dec 2010 09:56:54 EST No to Weight Watchers. Yes to getting myself moving... and sleeping! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3845787 After considerable thought, I have decided that I don't need Weight Watchers. I convinced myself that it would "solve all my problems", but, I needed to just admit what the problem was - - - I'm not sleeping well, not exercising and over-loading on coffee. It isn't having to count calories, which is what I tried to convince myself. <BR> <BR> Basically I came to this conclusion - - - why spend the money on Weight Watchers as a cure to my bad habits that aren't eating related? Everything I ne... Wed, 15 Dec 2010 15:33:28 EST Thinking about Weight Watchers... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3841652 and I think that I want to try their new point system. I have gotten pretty crazy with calorie counting and start to drive myself nuts. The idea of not counting calories but counting points is intriguing, especially since fruits and veggies are 0 points now. <BR> <BR> Saturday night I was at a shin-dig and was talking to someone that does it and swears by it. She is maintaining a 50 lb weight loss. She is a totally normal woman in her 50s-60s. Her only work out effort is taking a walk every ... Mon, 13 Dec 2010 14:21:03 EST Anyone 'start over Sparking' on January 1st? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3815037 It will be a full year of (almost) dedicated sparking this January 1st, which I just can't even believe (where the heck has this year gone???) But it got me thinking and now I'm curious - - - <BR> <BR> Who out there resets their weight ticker, goals, breaks, tracking... on the first of the year? Why do you do it? Pros? Cons? Anyone who is going to do it that hasn't done it before? <BR> <BR> I had thought that seeing my initial starting point from last year -to- now would be a constant mot... Tue, 30 Nov 2010 17:19:49 EST Chili day and Spark Daily Menus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3736364 I am about to throw my chili fixings in the crockpot. I love my crock pot. <BR> <BR> Today includes laundry, cleaning out the spare room for my mom's visit in two weeks, a quick run to the mall for a new dress ("meet and greet cocktail" party Thursday for the cast of my show and high end donors), paint my nails, run my lines, sing a bit, and eat me some chili. <BR> <BR> So, who out there has 100% followed your spark daily menus? I don't know why I don't, I want to, but, for some reason I ju... Sun, 24 Oct 2010 09:15:44 EST Midnight snacking. So good, but so bad... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3734882 I'm currently in rehearsals for a show. As always, my normal routine is out the window and I'm coming and going at all random hours. Yesterday I did a great job of eating well until I got home from rehearsal. I know I should have just gone to bed, but Hubby and I watched our TIVOed episodes of our fave Tuesday night shows we missed (rehearsal!). By midnight I was chopping on the salty goodness of CHi CHi's tortilla chips. I could have had cereal, or a banana, or Laughing Cow on an Arnold's Th... Sat, 23 Oct 2010 11:45:27 EST Super yummy dinner tonight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3677784 I just have to share... I grilled a smokey-spice- rubbed pork chop (bone in) and served it with roasted brussel sprouts and golden raisins, and a side of herbed mashed potatoes. DELICIOUS taste of fall. And I still have a window of 98-448 calories left for the day. Nice! <BR> <BR> I have been on a kick of super flavorful but really healthy dinners lately. I have found that when I know for sure what dinner I have planned I can really stay on track during the day. I know it isn't rocket scien... Tue, 28 Sep 2010 19:33:27 EST My vow to my crockpot. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3671271 I vow to use you on a regular basis and fill you with delicious and good for me things like beans and soups and stews and apple sauce. You will be my portion control friend that helps to me eat now and later without having to guess or over do it or under do it. I promise to not lift the lid to peak or nibble. I will always spray you with non-stick spray for easy clean up. You will not be left alone in the dark cupboard next to the Forman and the electric skillet for weeks at a time. You will ... Sun, 26 Sep 2010 11:17:21 EST The coolest thing about Sparkpeople for me... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3654108 ... is that when my day doesn't go just as planned, I'm not a basket case about it! <BR> <BR> I am recognizing a new-found balance in all the nooks and crannies of my life. And I don't know when it happened! I still stress more than I need to, but the level of stress has reduced drastically. I am so much more at peace with everything I don't feel 'perfect' about. Dude? What?? When did I get so Zen??? <BR> <BR> One of the biggies has been my mentality about working out - I've always had an '... Mon, 20 Sep 2010 08:14:36 EST Yummy breakfast accident http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3599971 So, not much to pick from in the house this morning, our shopping schedule is off. <BR> <BR> Quick assessment of the fridge yields: <BR> Cottage Cheese <BR> Arnold thins <BR> <BR> What if I add... <BR> Cinnamon???? <BR> <BR> Yep, I took a 1/2 cup of the cottage cheese and gave a good generous sprinkle or three of cinnamon and stirred it together. I warmed up my thin (didn't have time to toast it) and ate my cottage cheese concoction on the thin. <BR> <BR> My hubby had severe reservations... Thu, 2 Sep 2010 10:42:29 EST go belly dancing me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3582451 Not only did I get up by 6:30 this morning, I did an episode of Shimmy and 30 minutes of Wii free step. THEN I had a healthy breakfast, now I'm enjoying my coffee, and looking forward to a great weekend! I'm about to crank up some tunes and dance away while I straighten up the house a bit and get ready to face the world. It doesn't feel too gross out there today (muggy and sticky). NC may just be approaching 'fall'. Oh, do I hope so! Happy weekend Spark world! Sat, 28 Aug 2010 08:48:27 EST Wiggle it, just a little bit... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3581007 I'm a sloth. I've gotten so darn blah and sluggish, it is ridiculous. I don't have that sprite-ly little spring in my step like I did even a month ago. I simply must do something about that. <BR> <BR> I firmly resolve, from today on, that while brushing my teeth and cooking dinner and folding laundry, I am going to wiggle it. Just a little bit. Or maybe a little bit more. I am going to put on something other than opera and get myself dancing around the house. <BR> <BR> Who do you all like t... Fri, 27 Aug 2010 16:38:43 EST Groove, are you there? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3514982 I've lost the groove that I was in. I've been looking for it. Mourning its loss... I think that I may just have to get a new one. <BR> <BR> That seems like a good thing to do today. Sun, 8 Aug 2010 12:02:32 EST Trying a new strategy this month. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3492215 Happy August! <BR> <BR> So, I've been pretty hard core about my goals and rewards up to this point. I'm not sure HOW much of a difference it was making. At first a lot, but, I think after a while I was a little over the novelty. <BR> <BR> The whole month of July has been a free for all of travel and celebration. I've been very mindful and haven't been gaining (I don't think) but I haven't actually "worked out" or weighed myself. <BR> <BR> Call it reckless abandon, but, I am going to think... Sun, 1 Aug 2010 18:09:03 EST Back on the "sparking" band wagon! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3482634 Hello Sparkers, I'm back!!! July has been a whirlwind - a second-honeymoon/5 year anniversary vacation and two other mini-trips following that - all in July! I feel worn out, but, really excited to spark away. I've had lots of time to reflect, and this is where I'm at these days: <BR> <BR> I started my journey in January - loose my 'happily ever after weight' by my 5 year wedding anniversary in July. Although I've lost weight in the last 6 months, I haven't been able to be as dedicated to ... Thu, 29 Jul 2010 14:41:18 EST I thought that using self tanning body lotion was fool proof?!?!?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3297959 So, legend has it that my family started from an English orphan and a French royal of sorts who fled to Italy during who knows which French revolution. They had lots of babies in Italy and our family came to be Italian. Needless to say, you see my people and there is no doubt that they are classic Italian. Even in the dead of winter they have lovely complexions that only get more beautiful and radiant as the months grow sunnier. Enter me. The sole surviving proof that we actually came from pa... Thu, 3 Jun 2010 19:40:19 EST June Goals - June may be busting out all over, but, not me... I hope not, anyways. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3290390 In May I decided to relax my mental obsession with my goals, having gotten a bit OCD. In general, I wasn't lazy OR obsessive. It is just so hard not to loose steam mid-month. <BR> <BR> <BR> **** Loose 6 pounds this month **** <BR> REWARD: Being that much closer to my goal weight and loosing my happily ever after pounds by my 5 year anniversary in July. <BR> <BR> 1) Get at least 7 hours of sleep <BR> REWARD: new night gown/pjs/lounge wear <BR> DEADLINE: July 1 <BR> (still haven't bought a... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 20:56:43 EST May re-cap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3290352 <BR> **** Loose 5 pounds this month **** <BR> REWARD: Being that much closer to my goal weight and loosing my happily ever after pounds by my 5 year anniversary in July. <BR> Well, I got to 121, but didn't get the 5 pound loss I was hoping for. I had a week of crazy travel and a huge work fundraiser throwing in all sorts of kinks, so, any loss is better than none... I supppose. <BR> <BR> 1) Get at least 7 hours of sleep <BR> REWARD: new night gown/pjs/lounge wear <BR> DEADLINE: June 1 <BR>... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 20:45:35 EST Can't see the prize. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3290329 Maybe I'm just tired from my trip, but, I feel like me goal weight will never happen by July and that frustrates me. Not to the point of over-eating or not working out. Just to the point that it is making me down a bit. I ran/walked for 30 minutes tonight and stayed within my calories for the day. I need to step up my exercise, but, it is really next to impossible to fit in. I'm doing the best I can, that is for sure. I just don't feel like my best is good enough, though. Have you had a day ... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 20:39:04 EST