LOVEPASSIONLIFE's SparkPeople Blog LOVEPASSIONLIFE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community The Year of the Yo-Yo Hi SparkFriends! I know I disappeared from SparkPeople about 6 months ago, but my journey didn't stop then. Life just got insane at that point and I simply couldn't keep up with SP on top of everything else. <BR> <BR> I'm going to try to be more active on SP now...I might even start tracking here again instead of on MyFitnessPal! <BR> <BR> If you'd like to see how my year went, here's my latest blog post on it: <link><BR>e-year-of-the-yo-yo.html </link>... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 23:41:16 EST Help Others and Help Yourself My most recent post! What started as an ordinary day ended in a couple pretty fantastic ways. <link><BR>3/06/help-others-and-help-yourself.html </link> Mon, 3 Jun 2013 23:05:05 EST Cheat Days? How About 20% Days! My most recent post: <link><BR>eat-days-how-about-20-days.html </link> Sun, 2 Jun 2013 22:10:24 EST To Batch Cook Or Not? The answer (yes) is pretty obvious, but I had fun taking an assignment from my personal trainer and getting a little creative with it: <link><BR>-cook-or-not-to-cook.html </link> Thu, 23 May 2013 21:57:54 EST So Much Good to Report So as you may have read in my last blog post on here, I had decided to put more effort into my weight-loss blog. I have moved it to a new home, and I am quite pleased with the results! It can now be found here: <link> </link> <BR> <BR> It feels weird to say there's so much good to report when I've actually GAINED 7.4 pounds in the last 2 weeks, but I'm really very happy with my blog, and am feeling pretty optimistic about my journey's future. <BR> <BR> My most ... Sun, 19 May 2013 23:05:27 EST Maximize Your Life Saw Jillian Michaels speak last night! Here's my blog post on what hit closest to home: <link><BR>013/05/maximize-your-life.html </link> Sun, 5 May 2013 21:41:29 EST Acrostic Entry This is my first entry written in acrostic format! <link><BR>013/05/i-heart-acrostics.html </link> Wed, 1 May 2013 21:54:11 EST 28-Day Challenge This challenge is being put together by Prevention magazine, and has tons of resources from a certified personal trainer! <link><BR>013/04/preventions-28-day-challenge.html </link> Sun, 28 Apr 2013 11:08:17 EST Slow-Cooker Deliciousness I got a second crock pot yesterday so I could make two crock pot meals at the same time! (I batch cook on Sundays, making some food for the week and some to freeze). So today I made a chicken pot pie with parmesan black pepper biscuits and an absolutely tasty-smelling apple pie oatmeal: <link><BR>013/04/slow-cooker-deliciousness.html </link> Sun, 21 Apr 2013 21:03:21 EST Letter to Myself I joined the 20-Somethings with 100+ to Lose's 18th Biggest Loser Challenge! One of the mini-challenges is to write a letter to yourself to be read at the end of the challenge, so here's mine: <link><BR>013/04/ive-done-it-again.html </link> <BR> <BR> Also, here's another recent entry, about my first personal training session and a nutritional assessment I had done! <link><BR>013/04/utilizing-resources-galore.html <... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 08:47:48 EST 105-cal Quinoa Pizza Muffins So, these are pretty awesome: <link><BR>013/04/105-cal-quinoa-pizza-muffins.html </link> <BR> <BR> Also, I got a pretty fantastic compliment pretty much made my week: <link><BR>013/04/best-compliment-evar.html </link> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 20:54:24 EST Kitchen SUCCESS! I'm ready to tackle my first week at my very first "grown-up" job! <link><BR>013/03/kitchen-success.html </link> Sun, 31 Mar 2013 21:42:35 EST 37-cal Apple Pie Ice Cream (made in a blender) Yeah, I definitely couldn't believe my eyes when I input all the ingredients into the recipe calculator. But it's true! Anyway, you'll have to scroll down a bit as I first talked about my weekend, but the recipe is in this blog post: <link><BR>013/03/busy-weekend.html </link> <BR> <BR> I hope you guys enjoy this treasure I came across! Sat, 30 Mar 2013 22:24:28 EST 97-cal Egg Muffins (and 1st Day of C25k) Got a recipe for you guys! <link><BR>013/03/couch-to-5k-commences.html </link> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 20:08:29 EST One Year Comparison (w/pics) One Year Comparison: <link><BR>013/03/one-year-comparison.html </link> <BR> <BR> Exhaustionface: <link><BR>013/03/exhaustionface.html </link> Sun, 24 Mar 2013 23:58:21 EST Travel Day Success! I LOVE this blog post. It's full of so much WIN! <link><BR>013/03/travel-day-success.html </link> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 11:27:04 EST Wog Improvement I'm just blogging up a storm lately! <link><BR>013/03/wog-improvement.html </link> Sun, 17 Mar 2013 21:04:17 EST "Burning a Hole" and my first healthaversary/Sparkaversary! Here's today's entry, "Burning a Hole". It's not nearly as exciting as the other entry I'm linking to here, but I'd love some feedback if anyone has any ideas! <link><BR>013/03/burning-hole.html </link> <BR> <BR> AND I simply CANNOT believe I forgot to post this in here!!! I had my first healthaversary (and coincidentally, my first Sparkaversary) on February 25th. I blogged about the year, including some of my favorite highlights. It's filled with pics... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 13:42:27 EST Eager to DO Something! I'm liking my enthusiasm! <link><BR>013/03/eager-to-do-something.html </link> Sat, 16 Mar 2013 20:11:06 EST First Exercise of Health Journey 2.0 I did it! <link><BR>013/03/first-exercise-of-health-journe<BR>y-20.html </link> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 20:34:17 EST So I said I was back a month ago... ...and I promptly disappeared again. <BR> <BR> Honestly, I avoided this place just like I avoided anything else that had to do with a healthy lifestyle. I was just not in the right place. I'm learning that I can put myself in the right place, though, with a little bit of cognitive restructuring. I'm pretty sure I'm back for good now. <BR> <BR> So here's a rather lengthy talk about how I'm getting back on track: <link><BR>013/01/where-ive-been-and-where... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 23:08:04 EST Where I've Been and Where I'm Going So I know I haven't been around in quite awhile. Life was crazy busy, and then I got slammed with a Major Depressive Episode. <BR> <BR> So here was my last weigh-in/WUB for awhile, as it showed what happened as depression set in: <link><BR>012/11/ss-week-39-weigh-in-and-wub.html </link> <BR> <BR> Here I explained a bit more about why I disappeared: <link>http://passionlifelovehealth.blogspo<BR> </link> <BR> <BR> And here is ... Sat, 22 Dec 2012 10:39:49 EST A Beginner's Guide to Weight Loss Oh how I've missed spending time on SparkPeople! Know that I'm still alive and kickin', even though I haven't been around to support you all. I do miss you guys bunches, though!!!! <BR> <BR> So without further ado, here is a project that I put many hours into! <link><BR>/beginners-guide.html </link> <BR> <BR> I kinda explained what all has been working for me, since a lot of people have been asking. I just hope that it manages to help people! Mon, 12 Nov 2012 20:15:18 EST My Humanity is Showing (+1 more entry w/pictures) My Humanity is Showing: <link><BR>012/11/my-humanity-is-showing.html </link> <BR> <BR> Preparation For a Milestone Has Begun (w/pictures): <link><BR>012/11/preparation-for-milestone-has-b<BR>egun.html </link> <BR> <BR> I'm kinda partial to that second entry. I got all reflective/introspective toward the end of it, and kinda hope it can inspire people. I feel like it sounds somewhat trite, but it really does come... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 19:07:26 EST Meal Planning Is Fun! So I've got a random Tasty Tuesday entry on a Sunday. I didn't want to wait to post it, so hooray for randomness, I guess? <link><BR>012/10/tt5-meal-planning-is-fun.html </link> <BR> <BR> I've also got the usual not-so-exciting-but-still-very-important weigh-in, WUB, and MGB posts: <BR> <BR> Week 35 Weigh-In and WUB: <link><BR>012/10/ss-week-35-weigh-in-and-wub.html </link> <BR> <BR> November MGB: <link>passi... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 21:31:38 EST Commitment Is Key Commitment Is Key: <link><BR>012/10/commitment-is-key.html </link> <BR> <BR> Aaand a couple other recent entries: <BR> <BR> Week 34 Weigh-In and WUB: <link><BR>012/10/ss-week-34-weigh-in-and-wub.html </link> <BR> <BR> I Am Capable! <link><BR>012/10/i-am-capable.html </link> Sun, 21 Oct 2012 20:41:00 EST A Lament <link><BR>012/10/a-lament.html </link> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 20:49:23 EST Week 32 Weigh-In and WUB (with a progress pic!) Here it be: <link><BR>012/10/ss-week-32-weigh-in-and-wub.html </link> Sat, 6 Oct 2012 13:28:53 EST An NSV and a Chance To Help Others Here's my NSV: <link><BR>012/10/just-in-time-for-pictures.html </link> <BR> <BR> Aaaand my chance to help others: <link><BR>012/10/a-chance-to-help-others.html </link> <BR> <BR> Soooo sorry I've been MIA this week!!! That second post explains why. I'm not sure if I'll be able to pick up where I left off with my regular blog posts next week or not :-/ Fri, 5 Oct 2012 14:27:49 EST I Can Do What? Jog WHAT?!? Holy guacamole... <link><BR>012/09/i-can-do-what-jog-what.html </link> <BR> <BR> Also, here's my MGB (monthly goal blog) for October! <link><BR>012/09/october-mgb.html </link> Sun, 30 Sep 2012 22:47:31 EST The Blues or Depression? So, I take a looong time to get to the point in this entry, as I begin by sharing my story. But I think if you or anyone you know may be struggling with depression, it may be well worth the read. <link><BR>012/09/ww4-blues-or-depression.html </link> <BR> <BR> A couple other entries from today: <BR> <BR> Fitness Friday--The Never-Ending Hill: <link><BR>012/09/ff4-never-ending-hill.html </link> <BR> <BR> Scale Sat... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 22:42:12 EST Tasty Tuesday: A Rainbow of Freggies! Here's my experience with the rainbow challenge: <link><BR>012/09/tt4-rainbow-of-freggies.html </link> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 20:29:07 EST Goal-Setting For Success Today's Motivational Monday is all about goal-setting. It took me an hour to write, so it's kinda lengthy...but I hope you guys like it! <link><BR>012/09/mm4-goal-setting-for-success.html </link> <BR> <BR> Other new posts: <BR> <BR> My Times Are Getting Better: <link><BR>012/09/my-times-are-getting-better.html </link> <BR> <BR> Sunday's Songs #4: <link><BR>012/09/sunday-son... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 00:34:56 EST NSVs and More! I've got 4 blog posts today! That's what I get for slacking during the week... <BR> <BR> Wellness Wednesday--Optimism For Better Health: <link><BR>012/09/ww3-optimism-for-better-health.<BR>html </link> <BR> <BR> Fitness Friday--Overtraining: <link><BR>012/09/ff3-overtraining.html </link> <BR> <BR> NSVs Galore!! <link><BR>012/09/nsvs-galore.html </link> <BR> <BR> Scale Sa... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 15:54:07 EST I'm Still Part Fat Person <link><BR>012/09/i-still-part-fat-person.html </link> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 00:26:01 EST BLC Challenges: Letter to Myself and Fitness Plan For the BLC #16 (for 20-somethings with 100+ to lose), we have 2 challenges that I would like to share with you all. <BR> <BR> Letter to my future self: <link><BR>012/09/letter-to-myself-for-blc-16.html </link> <BR> <BR> Fitness plan: <link><BR>012/09/fitness-plan.html </link> Sun, 16 Sep 2012 21:19:45 EST My 3rd 5k: A Moderate Success (with a couple more posts) I'm so behind in sharing my blog posts with you guys! Things are so hectic right now. <BR> <BR> Tasty Tuesday #3--Mexican Chicken Recipe: <link><BR>012/09/tt3-recipe-of-month-mexican-chi<BR>cken.html </link> <BR> <BR> Oh Blog, How I Have Neglected Thee: <link><BR>012/09/oh-blog-how-i-have-neglected-th<BR>ee.html </link> <BR> <BR> Scale Saturday--Week 29 Weigh-In and WUB: <link>passionlifelovehealth.blogspot.... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 21:17:34 EST Sonia Has Thrown 95 Pounds Away! (Success Story Interview) Time for Sunday's Songs (sorry for being a day late!) and Motivational Monday! <BR> <BR> Sunday's Songs #3 -- <link><BR>012/09/sunday-songs-3.html </link> <BR> <BR> Motivational Monday #3: Sonia Has Thrown 95 Pounds Away! -- <link><BR>012/09/mm3-sonia-has-thrown-95-pounds-<BR>away.html </link> Mon, 10 Sep 2012 20:35:36 EST Scale Saturday! SS: Week 28 Weigh-In and WUB -- <link><BR>012/09/ss-week-28-weigh-in-and-wub.html </link> <BR> <BR> **SPOILER ALERT** I passed the 50 pounds lost mark!!!! I'm so excited I'm not even going to wait for people to click over to my weigh-in post to tell them. Sat, 8 Sep 2012 15:35:42 EST 5k Training Plan For Those Who Don't Want To Push Themselves Fitness Friday #2--Free 5k training plan for those who are unable to (or don't want to) push themselves: <link><BR>012/09/ff2-5k-training-plan-for-those-<BR>who-don.html </link> <BR> <BR> (I also talk about what led me to create this particular training plan) Fri, 7 Sep 2012 20:05:46 EST Boosting your productivity, Cheat days, and an NSV! Wellness Wednesday #2: Boosting Your Productivity -- <link><BR>012/09/ww2-boosting-your-productivity.<BR>html </link> <BR> <BR> On Cheat Days and an NSV -- <link><BR>012/09/on-cheat-days-and-nsv.html </link> Thu, 6 Sep 2012 21:03:37 EST My Beef With The Biggest Loser (tv show) I think it may not be what you expect. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>012/09/my-beef-with-biggest-loser.html </link> Wed, 5 Sep 2012 13:56:28 EST 3 More Posts In 1 So I don't have the time to blog about this right now, but I had about 2,000 calories for dinner tonight, putting me at nearly 3,000 for the day. I have had entirely too many cheat/flex days in the past month. I feel like I'm doing something wrong if I am constantly wanting to cheat. And part of me wonders if there is any self-sabotage going on, since I'm only 0.8 pounds away from the 50-pound mark. I will have to figure out what needs tweaking sometime in the near future. Maybe tomorrow, bec... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 22:17:40 EST September MGB and a Possible Opportunity September MGB: <link><BR>012/09/september-mgb.html </link> <BR> <BR> Possible Opportunity: <link><BR>012/09/possible-opportunity.html </link> <BR> <BR> I would *love* feedback on that second entry. I have a lot to think about, and any advice or opinions would be greatly welcomed. Sun, 2 Sep 2012 11:09:56 EST 3 Posts In 1 I got so far behind this week! But I think I like clumping posts together in my SP blog and posting a couple at a time. What do you guys think? <BR> <BR> Anyway, on to the meat of the post: <BR> <BR> Wellness Wednesday #1--Swaps for Happiness: <link><BR>012/09/ww1-swaps.html </link> <BR> <BR> Fitness Friday #1--Bodyweight Exercises: <link><BR>012/09/ff1-bodyweight-exercises.html </link> <BR> <BR> Scale Saturda... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 01:21:36 EST Motivational Monday #1 (belated) and Tasty Tuesday #1! Motivational Monday #1: <link><BR>012/08/mm1-weight-loss-flowers.html </link> (For those of you who have seen my weight loss flowers, sorry for the repeat! I just felt they deserved their own entry, so here it is) <BR> <BR> Tasty Tuesday #1: <link><BR>012/08/tt1-modify-your-kitchen-to-help<BR>-you.html </link> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 02:04:29 EST Sunday's Songs #1 The first installment of one of many new features on my blog! This feature is songs to work out to. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>012/08/sunday-songs-1.html </link> Sun, 26 Aug 2012 22:23:39 EST I'm READY! I think there's lots of goodies in this post (a couple recipes, a couple products I like, a couple smoothie tips, and some pics)! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>012/08/im-ready.html </link> Sun, 26 Aug 2012 22:19:06 EST Poor Choices: Lesson Learned <link><BR>012/08/poor-choices-lesson-learned.html </link> Sun, 26 Aug 2012 09:07:15 EST Week 26 (6 months!!) Weigh-In and WUB (w/pics) <link><BR>012/08/week-26-weigh-in-and-wub.html </link> <BR> <BR> Today is my 6 month Sparkversary and healthversary!! (I found SP the very day that I decided to turn my life around). Soooo excited that I've made it this far for the first time in my LIFE. This is for good...this IS for life. Sat, 25 Aug 2012 10:21:41 EST