MELODYTARYN's SparkPeople Blog MELODYTARYN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Insomniacs Unite That is right. The wheels are turning and I am not going to sleep. I was able to update a few items on my 40 before 40 challenge. Most of them are at work but I also had my Ukulele debut at the reception for my parent's 50th anniversary. I sang "Under the Boardwalk" and "When I'm 64" while playing the ukulele which I started playing earlier this year. Both songs were hits during the year they were married. I guess I can add that I organized it with my sister to the list as I never did a... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 03:30:29 EST Overtime and special events = excuses to going off plan Some days were good, some days were bad. I did well on tracking most of the days but did not track on a couple. I need to start tracking EVERYTHING. NO MORE EXCUSES!!! Tuesday is the last of my airport duties and overtime hours. There are still some Fall Flavors events which I will participate but would like to figure out when my French course is before committing to more things. I am getting impatient for them to figure out which night is class night. It is holding up my regular work.... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 21:13:46 EST Reason Not to Quit #1 – The Beach Today I took Lavinia to Cavendish Beach. I do like the beach. I felt oh so out of shape after my shenanigans this month. I went totally off plan, drinking wine, eating donuts and fast food. I have trained for the 5k but have not been exercising lately since I have been working extra hours. <BR> <BR> We got to Cavendish and parked fairly close to the boardwalk. It was a nice sunny day and things were great until we walked down the stairs and onto the beach. Walking on sand is really h... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:00:52 EST Cox and Palmer 5K - my first timed race. I did my first 5k timed race this morning. It was fantastic. I ran 2 mins, walked 2 mins until the last bit where I did 1 min intervals. At the end people were cheering me on. It was fantastic. I found it incredibly hard to breathe throughout my run. I think maybe there was a lot of pollen in the air. Maybe it is just more wooded in that part of Charlottetown than in Victoria and here where I train. <BR> I was so happy to have finished. I was sure that I was last and when I saw my r... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 22:05:48 EST Charlie`s Walk This year we had another successful Charlie`s Walk. We raised some money for the QEH cancer center and got out and enjoyed the beautiful morning in scenic North Rustico. This year was just a mess. I was so stressed out coming off nights and with issues with Lavinia that I really did nothing I had planned to raise any money. I was going to sell some baked goods at work and ask for donations but did none of that. I gave a good donation but still felt bad about not doing what I had planned.... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 21:14:45 EST Week 8 of the BLC 25 CICO and challenges Lately I have really been overwhelmed both in home life, training for the Color Run, and work. Everything seems to take so much effort. I was really bogged down for a while and turned to coffee and donuts of all things. I am now back on track with the minor slip up here and there. Progress is progress, I suppose. <BR> <BR> Differential goal for week: -3500 Calories to burn for week: *** So far I have a +702 differential for the week. Loss this week would be a shocker*** <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 00:09:01 EST I Went on a Bender Nope. I am not talking about alcohol but my bad behaviors. I did well last month on my Spending diet. I stayed well within my extremely tight budget and cut out the extras. I set up an even tighter budget this month since I am not getting as much money this month but went too far. I started spending money on crap; Ice cream, coffee, pizza, donuts, and Chinese food. Notice these are double whammies. Not only am I spending money on non-essentials, but am spending them on crap that will d... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 21:22:29 EST BLC 25 Week 6 Fitness Tests <em>363</em> One mile walk. I was finally able to do this and got 17 mins and 18 seconds. I went half way and then started jogging a little bit but not enough to get winded. I did the test last time in 16 mins and 51 secs but I know I was running the first half as well and I was definitely winded often in the process. <BR> <BR> How about you? Do you only walk? Do a walk/jog? or run and try for the fastest time possible? <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>320</em> Push up test I did 18. I did 2... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 14:46:16 EST Week 5 of the BLC 25 CICO and challenges Last week I actually did well with my water for a change <em>274</em> <em>250</em> . I am pretty proud of that. I also did well with my nutritional goals <em>551</em> <em>250</em> and exercise <em>362</em> <em>250</em> . I did not meet the differential goal of 3500 cals. I need to find better ways to cut the sugar <em>287</em> . I put the time in. I definitely want the results and I will not do that if I am busting the limits of my nutritional target all the time. <... Fri, 30 May 2014 09:42:25 EST So bummed that my beloved tracker no longer works. The theme of this week is tracking. I am a data type person and love looking at the numbers. I like to see improvement. Last summer and the summer before I really enjoyed the Runkeeper app on my IPhone. It uses GPS to track your movement, incline, pace, distance, and time. I LOVE the app. I track my distance in there. My Runkeeper account can be accessed on the computer and through the app so I can also track my workouts at the gym. <BR> <BR> Since my 3G IPhone was getting old and t... Wed, 21 May 2014 20:01:08 EST Week 4 of the BLC 25 CICO and challenges This last week seemed quite hard adjusting to working nights again. I get super hungry <em>4</em> with schedule changes and when there is lack of sleep added to the mix <em>102</em> , I make horrible choices <em>287</em> . This has become a problem this last week. I don't think that I should not have a treat once in a while. When I have a treat, I want to enjoy it. I don't want to eat treats when I am half asleep and too hungry to slow down. <BR> <BR> My focus for last week was... Wed, 21 May 2014 11:32:28 EST May spending diet I am doing a challenge I saw on Pinterest sometime last year which is to do a full month without spending. <em>440</em> There is the exception of the necessary bills and minimal groceries and gas. It had been going really well. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday was the first day I spent any money other than groceries and gas. I spent $8 in library fees that I owed yesterday and $1.87 for cough drops for Lavinia this morning. <BR> One thing that really helped was tracking money saved... Thu, 15 May 2014 15:05:35 EST Week 3 of the BLC 25 CICO and challenges Last week I was working on my nutritional targets <em>551</em> by pretracking food, reducing coffee intake <em>106</em> , and having green smoothies <em>368</em> . I did not pretrack as planned or reduce coffee intake but did have green smoothies. <BR> <BR> I did not meet my nutritional targets this week but I did two days and was close another one. I only had one day that my CICO was a positive number. I did not feel like I was starving 24/7 and for the most part kept the bingemo... Wed, 14 May 2014 20:18:13 EST BLC 25 Week 2 CICO and challenges My focus for last week was to get at least 7 hours sleep <em>102</em> because stupid happens when I am tired and I was working nights. I am now back to days and am not as concerned about getting enough sleep. <BR> <BR> This last week I was HUNGRY. Very hungry. <em>4</em> I was over my nutritional target even though I was not under my protein or carb targets. There were two days of high fat foods <em>483</em> <em>473</em> and I did not have the self control to limit my portion... Wed, 7 May 2014 11:06:10 EST BLC 25 Fitness test I am just hopeless at these fitness tests. I did read the directions before doing the tests but am not sure I did most of them accurately. <BR> <BR> <em>363</em> The first test I did was the 1 mile walk which I did in 16 mins and 51 seconds. I was not overly thrilled about this result since I spent all winter on the treadmill. Boo. Then I looked at this result last September and I did 18 mins and 4 secs. I am quite pleased to see progress. Also it nearly winded me getting to the loc... Mon, 5 May 2014 23:04:45 EST BLC 25 Goals This BLC my goals are to lose 12 lbs <em>192</em> and train for the Color Run in July <em>364</em> . To do this I will exercise 5 times/week <em>324</em> , stay within nutritional goals <em>551</em> , and drink water <em>274</em> . <BR> <BR> I started a reward for those three goals toward the end of the last BLC and will continue on in this one. I found a nice mug and tea set at David’s tea and worked out a chart based on the monetary value, each square represents fifty cents. ... Sat, 3 May 2014 07:44:56 EST BLC 25 Week 1 CICO and challenges This week the BLC25 has started. I kind of went on a little crazy over Easter weekend and it’s taking me a bit to get back on track. The weigh in and measurements are done, I will be doing the fitness test tomorrow on my day off. I will also be doing a spending diet. I will not spend any money, except for essential items. It is rather an experiment and I will see how it goes. <BR> <BR> Differential goal for week: -3500 Calories to burn for week: 2537 <BR> <BR> Wednesday: <BR> Calo... Fri, 2 May 2014 11:57:34 EST BLC24 is done. This Biggest Loser Challenge my goal was to lose 12 lbs which is 5% of my body weight. <BR> <BR> This was a rough round. Winter weather has really got me down this year and snow days just brought out my inner brat. I ended up skipping workouts and eating whatever I felt like. One day here and there would not matter in the long run but we had a LOT of snow days this year. <BR> <BR> The Effort - I did go to the gym a lot which was my saving grace as I know I would have gained if it was... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:52:15 EST Week 12 of the BLC CICO and challenges Differential goal for week: -3500 Calories to burn for week: <BR> <BR> Wednesday: <BR> Calories In: 2492 <BR> BMR: 2210 <BR> Exercise: 223 <BR> Differential: +59 <BR> <BR> Thursday: <BR> Calories In: 2320 <BR> BMR: 2210 <BR> Exercise: 112 <BR> Differential: -2 <BR> <BR> Friday : <BR> Calories In: 1786 <BR> BMR: 2210 <BR> Exercise: 284 <BR> Differential: -708 <BR> <BR> Saturday : <BR> Calories In: 2824 <BR> BMR: 2210 <BR> Exercise: 0 <BR> Differential: 614 <BR> <BR> Sunday : <... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 21:23:09 EST April's New Years Resolution Check In March flew by. Time to check in with my New Year’s Resolutions. March was just a horrible month. I did not totally lose track of everything I’ve been doing but I really was at a standstill and was setback both financially and fitness-wise because of all the storm days. April I really need to refocus and get back to it. I really have got to get my taxes done as well. <BR> <BR> Regularly – I’ve got this <BR> Starting a habit or habit recovering from break – On my Way <BR> No regularity ... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 17:24:10 EST I think I have the winter blues. You heard me, I said winter and not spring. I am really sick of looking out the window and seeing 6 foot snowbanks. I want to put my winter jacket away and get out my spring one but I just don’t see that happening anytime soon. Last week we had quite the storm. I missed 2 days of work and Lavinia had three snow days. The internet, phone, and power was out. I did have time to exercise but instead read and played cards. This week we have more snow in the forecast as well. My problem is j... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 22:18:01 EST Week 11 of the BLC CICO and challenges Differential goal for week: -3500 Calories to burn for week: <BR> <BR> Wednesday: <BR> Calories In: 2619 <BR> BMR: 2200 <BR> Exercise: 0 <BR> Differential: +419 <BR> <BR> Thursday: <BR> Calories In: NOT TRACKED <BR> BMR: 2200 <BR> Exercise: <BR> Differential: <BR> <BR> Friday : <BR> Calories In: NOT TRACKED <BR> BMR: 2200 <BR> Exercise: <BR> Differential: <BR> <BR> Saturday : <BR> Calories In: 2089 <BR> BMR: 2200 <BR> Exercise: 362 <BR> Differential: -473 <BR> <BR> Sunday :... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 08:47:00 EST Week 10 of the BLC CICO and challenges Differential goal for week: -3500 Calories to burn for week: 1272 <BR> <BR> Wednesday: <BR> Calories In: 1833 <BR> BMR: 2190 <BR> Exercise: 0 <BR> Differential: -357 <BR> <BR> Thursday: <BR> Calories In: 1574 <BR> BMR: 2190 <BR> Exercise:81 <BR> Differential: -697 <BR> <BR> Friday : <BR> Calories In: 1628 <BR> BMR: 2190 <BR> Exercise: 460 <BR> Differential: -1022 <BR> <BR> Saturday : <BR> Calories In: 1784 <BR> BMR: 2190 <BR> Exercise: 0 <BR> Differential: -406 <BR> <BR> Sunday : <BR> Ca... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 20:41:54 EST Week 9 of the BLC CICO and challenges Differential goal for week: -3500 Calories to burn for week: 799 <BR> <BR> Wednesday: <BR> Calories In: 2485 <BR> BMR: 2200 <BR> Exercise: 454 <BR> Differential: -169 <BR> <BR> Thursday: <BR> Calories In: 972 <BR> BMR: 2200 <BR> Exercise: 0 <BR> Differential: -1228 <BR> <BR> Friday : <BR> Calories In: 1990 <BR> BMR: 2200 <BR> Exercise: 0 <BR> Differential: -210 <BR> <BR> Saturday : <BR> Calories In: 1759 <BR> BMR: 2200 <BR> Exercise: 0 <BR> Differential: -441 <BR> <BR> Sunday... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 19:12:14 EST What is this holding me back? I am currently struggling with setting 240 free. I was around 235 when I meet Danny after losing about 30 lbs. That was as low as I got because I laid aside my goal of losing weight in the relationship. I have been down to 240 before while going to school, only to gain it back during stressful practicums. My challenge now is to push past 240 and get to 230. As hard as I try, I still seem to find 240 back on the scale – even if it is not weigh in day. Is there an emotional element pullin... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 23:08:37 EST March New Year's Resolution Check in February flew by. Time to check in with my New Year’s Resolutions and see what my focus will be for March. <BR> <BR> Regularly – I’ve got this <BR> Starting a habit or habit recovering from break – On my Way <BR> No regularity or attention whatsoever – Needs work <BR> <BR> Improve my Heath <BR> 1. Exercise regularly – I’ve got this <BR> 2. Drink more water – On my Way <BR> 3. Plan meals and snacks for the week – I’ve got this <BR> 4. Track Calories in/calories out - I’ve got this <... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 21:28:55 EST Week of the BLC CICO and challenges Differential goal for week: -6000 Calories to burn for week: 586 ***CLOSE ENOUGH*** <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Wednesday: <BR> Calories In: 1770 <BR> BMR: 2180 <BR> Exercise: 467 <BR> Differential: -877 <BR> <BR> Thursday: <BR> Calories In: 1924 <BR> BMR: 2180 <BR> Exercise: 450 <BR> Differential: -706 <BR> <BR> Friday : <BR> Calories In: 2492 <BR> BMR: 2180 <BR> Exercise: 435 <BR> Differential: -123 <BR> <BR> Saturday : <BR> Calories In: 1761 <BR> BMR: 2180 <BR> Exercise: 0 <BR... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 22:53:58 EST Reviewing Smart Goal for BLC 24 Original Goal : I really loved BLC 23 but did not do as well as I intended because of unexpected work demands. This time around I plan to lose 12lbs which is 5% of my weight. I would love to lose 24 which would be 10%. I am going to tier my reward so in order to encourage me to push for the 24lbs. <BR> My goals for this round are to: <BR> Drink 6 oz water every day <BR> Participate in all challenges <BR> Have an average -500 cal differential <BR> Exercise 5 times a week <BR> Have fun ... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 22:18:08 EST Week 6 of the BLC CICO and challenges This week was one heck of a week. I completely crashed and burned. I am still getting used to working days and recovering from working evenings. Let's just say shift work sucks and leave it at that. I did not exercise and just fizzled out. It is time to turn things around with my LCW tomorrow. I was afraid the damage is done and the least I could do was lessen the damage. Then I checked my CICO and found I was not as bad as I thought. This is totally doable. <BR> <BR> Differential goa... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:35:52 EST Reaching Week 5 goals and Book club dilemma Today is the last day of Week 5 of the BLC. I am pretty excited about my WI tomorrow. I did really well on my goals this week and worked very hard through the challenges. I only have 1 glass of water to drink today so that of course will happen and I will drink at least 6. I also have a caloric deficit of a little over -400 for today which I will do. The only thing I need to work on is being within target with my sodium today and I will have made all my goals. <BR> <BR> This morning o... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 07:44:34 EST Love letter to myself There you are you strong, intelligent, caring, hardworking, resourceful woman. My love for had definitely grown over the years. There have been times in the past when I really didn’t like you at all and wished you were prettier, smarter, cooler, and more talented. As the years went on, I started to get a clearer picture of who you are and we sure had fun together. We were adventure seekers, travelling all over the US, looking for new things to do, people to meet, ways we can help those ar... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 08:39:04 EST Week 5 of the BLC CICO and challenges Differential goal for week: -6000 Calories to burn for week: ***DONE*** <BR> (Shooting for -7000 to "catch up" 2 lbs gone would be nice but I consider -6000 a success. <BR> I worked SO HARD for this and realized that at this point -7000 is not achievable. Not while I am working full time at least. I will prob alternate between -3500 and -6000 for my CICO goals for the next while. <BR> <BR> Wednesday: <BR> Calories In: 1508 <BR> BMR: 2210 <BR> Exercise: 168 <BR> Differential: -870 <BR>... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 12:31:18 EST Resolved to stick it to my scale. I am not too thrilled with my weigh in this morning. I did lose but only to recover what I gained last week. I am now exactly the same weight as I was two weeks ago. I did really well with my CICO until last night. I had an earlier morning than usual and did not do a workout. When I came home, there was lots of food laid out for me and I ate. I had planned 350-600 cals for dinner and ate over 1000. I’m sure that did not help. I was feeling discouraged this morning and quite upset with... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 10:13:44 EST Back on Track I am feeling good and back on track. Today I had to go to town to weigh in at work for our Biggest Loser Challenge there. Since I had to go in, I went to the gym. I just took it easy on the treadmill and kept my pace consistant but still broke a sweat. I then did some stretching, went on the stationary bike and then stretched some more. Since I wasn’t in a rush to get to work as usual, I was able to spend a lot of time in the sauna. What a difference. It was a really good time today. ... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 20:33:49 EST Week 4 of the BLC CICO and challenges Differential goal for week: -3500 Calories to burn for week: -1205 <BR> <BR> Wednesday February 5: <BR> Calories In: 1862 <BR> BMR: 2210 <BR> Exercise: 683 <BR> Differential:-1031 <BR> <BR> Thursday February 6: <BR> Calories In: 1686 <BR> BMR: 2210 <BR> Exercise: 551 <BR> Differential: -1075 <BR> <BR> Friday February 7: <BR> Calories In: 1496 <BR> BMR: 2210 <BR> Exercise: 483 <BR> Differential: -1197 <BR> <BR> Saturday February 8: <BR> Calories In: 1576 <BR> BMR: 2210 <BR> Exe... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 22:29:00 EST Hamster on a wheel? I am starting to feel like all I do is work out, work, and drive Lavinia around. I am starting to wonder how normal people live their lives. There has to be something more. For many years I lived by the motto, work hard, play hard, in which I earned all of my pounds since most of my work was sitting down in an office and I worked a LOT of hours. When I had time off, I did a lot of fun things, enjoyed myself, ate lots, drank lots, but did not exercise lots. I know trying to reverse this w... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 21:16:36 EST Week 3 of the BLC CICO and challenges Three blogs in one day. A rare occasion due to the fact I am catching up from a busy week. Lavinia did her 4-H demonstration showing how to make an origami basket. It was her first public speaking event. She did a great job and had a lot of fun. My work was jumbled all around skipping from nights to days but now should be smooth sailing for a few weeks. <BR> <BR> Differential goal for week: -3500 Calories to burn for week: 2624 <BR> <BR> Wednesday January 29: <BR> Calories In: 2298 ... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 19:54:21 EST IVORY FALCON FIVE MINUTE FITNESS TEST FIVE MINUTE FITNESS TEST <BR> <BR> <BR> For one minute, do as many push-ups as you can and post the total number you got in. Make note if they were Modified, standard, Wall pushups. It doesn't matter what kind, just post in your blog how many you did in one minute. <BR> <BR> 21 modified push ups <BR> <BR> <BR> For one minute, do as many crunches as you can and post the total number. Doesn't matter what kind. Just post the number in your blog. <BR> <BR> 44 crunches <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 19:40:44 EST February New Year's Resolution Check in It is so hard to believe that January is done and over with. Time to check in with my New Year’s Resolutions and see what my focus will be for February. <BR> <BR> Regularly – I’ve got this <BR> Starting a habit or habit recovering from break – On my Way <BR> No regularity or attention whatsoever – Needs work <BR> <BR> Improve my Heath <BR> 1. Exercise regularly – I’ve got this <BR> 2. Drink more water – On my Way <BR> 3. Plan meals and snacks for the week – I’ve got this <BR> 4. Track ... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 16:03:31 EST Week 2 of the BLC CICO and challenges I think my last BLC week 2 was super hard for me too. Good news is that I got over it. Now in an effort to turn things around (and as part of the new element to our weekend challenge) I will blog my CICO. Since I am a numbers girl, perhaps seeing it this way will give me an extra boost. <BR> <BR> Differential goal for week: -3500 Calories to burn for week: 1575 <BR> <BR> Wednesday 22 January: <BR> Calories In: 2238 <BR> BMR: 2210 <BR> Exercise: 0 <BR> Differentia... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 23:55:39 EST First WEC of BLC 24 Note: I will update this blog as the weekend passes. <BR> <BR> 2 – 2 be my best in 2014 - I already did this in my New Year’s Resolutions, but for the BLC24 challenge I will concentrate on losing 12lbs. <BR> I will lose 12lbs in 12 weeks by drinking water, exercising 5 times per week, eating within range, and getting a good night’s sleep. <BR> <BR> 0 – Organise 14 mins a night Friday – packed gym bag, <BR> Saturday – cleaned out kitchen and got grocery list ... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 15:33:53 EST Goals and Rewards for BLC24 Go Ivory Falcons. BLC24 Goals and Reward <BR> I really loved BLC 23 but did not do as well as I intended because of unexpected work demands. This time around I plan to lose 12lbs which is 5% of my weight. I would love to lose 24 which would be 10%. I am going to tier my reward so in order to encourage me to push for the 24lbs. <BR> My goals for this round are to: <BR> Drink 6 oz water every day <BR> Participate in all challenges <BR> Have an average -500 cal differential <BR> Exercise 5 times a week <BR>... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 20:40:25 EST Slow starting I have started tracking again and it is not pretty. I also did my monthly budget and that was also not so pretty. I guess I must start somewhere. Today I am doing two green smoothies and a meal. I know it is only one day but it should get me back into the swing of things. <BR> We left the tree up so that Lavinia could see it a bit. Today is the day to take it down and get everything away. <BR> It’s time to get organized and get ready for the regular routine again. Tonight I have to ... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 09:54:24 EST New Year's Resolutions Here are my New Year’s Resolutions. Although I thought 2013 was a great year, I am still working on improving my health and financial situation. I am also trying to start a new career and be open to new opportunities that come my way. Change is sometimes scary and I am too old to be missing any opportunities because I am scared, stuck in a rut, or just plain not ready. <BR> Here are my revamped for 2014 New Year’s Resolutions: <BR> Improve my Heath <BR> 1. Exercise regularly <BR> 2. Drin... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 22:34:05 EST How to make New Year’s Resolutions I have been hearing a lot of talk against New Year’s Resolutions. Even on the radio I hear people saying they were not doing New Year’s Resolutions because they end up breaking them by the end of January and that is it. I LOVE the New Year and making resolutions is like a new beginning. For the last five years I had a tradition of sitting in front of the tree with a glass of wine, reflecting on the year and making New Year’s Resolutions. <BR> This past year I graduated with my BEd and re... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 14:14:42 EST Merry Christmas Today is Christmas Eve and I am looking forward to getting together with family and friends. I already enjoyed some good company and food. This year Lavinia is celebrating the holidays in Nova Scotia with her Dad and his family. I do miss her and Christmas is not the same without her, but I am still thankful that I am here on PEI and surrounded by family and friends. <BR> My wish for this Christmas and the next year is for me to have courage to do what it takes to pursue a teaching posit... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 16:40:12 EST BLC 23 Results MY GOAL: My goal is to lose 13 lbs which is 5% weight loss by the end of the challenge. <BR> Start 250 Goal 237 Final WI = 244 - 6 lbs <BR> <BR> This final weigh in was not what I'd hoped for but progress is progress. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> INITIAL MEASUREMENTS <BR> Chest: 45.5 (with my sports bras) <BR> Bicep: 17 <BR> Waist: 42.5 <BR> Hips: 53 <BR> Thigh: 31.5 <BR> <BR> FINAL MEASUREMENTS <BR> Chest: 44 <BR> Bicep: 16.5 <BR> Waist: 39.5 <BR> Hips: 51 <BR> Thigh: 32.5 <BR> <BR> I wa... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 19:24:51 EST I went AWOL I regained 2 lbs last week but worst of all I went AWOL. Usually I do not respond this way with a gain. There were a few things that set me off-track. The first was 9 1/2 hour workdays, another was not feeling well, another was snowdays, and all this with Lavinia leaving to go to her father’s for the holidays on Thursday, just threw me off. <BR> With snowstorms, comes snow days (pancakes for breakfast and sweets throughout the day, alcohol perhaps – basically we had a tradition of indulg... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 10:30:03 EST Looking ahead Today we went to get our Christmas tree. Then Lavinia and I headed to town for her Christmas present – getting her ears pierced. I decided to do it early since she is spending Christmas with her father so she won’t be here to unwrap presents. <BR> <BR> Today my eating was pretty typical of a Saturday which often means empty calories. We had pancakes for breakfast, sushi for lunch and fried clams for supper. I even had coffee with double sugar and cream and a glass of wine. I still was... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 21:57:29 EST Checking on 2013 new year's resolutions Improve Health <BR> exercise - I've got this <BR> water - on my way <BR> plan meals and snacks - I've got this. <BR> track calories - I've got this <BR> track weight and measurements - I've got this <BR> journal - I've got this <BR> <BR> Improve Finances <BR> track spending - I've got this <BR> pick up extra shifts - needs improvement, but took promotion <BR> avoid late fees - needs improvement <BR> update health card - Done <BR> get glasses, teeth done - Done <BR> <BR> Organize... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 22:36:56 EST