MERESGED's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MERESGED MERESGED'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/ Input on workout vs play balance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5224834 So as many of my friends know I'm a horrible video game addict. I'm seeking some help from people, maybe some insight that will help me balance my two passions - working out and being healthy....playing video games. <BR> <BR> Today I did an hour of Zumba and only ate healthy foods. I rewarded myself with an evening allowed to play video games and enjoy a fresh peach smoothie. <BR> <BR> This was nice - it felt like a reward I'd earned rather than something I was doing instead of the other. D... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 20:49:17 EST Real Life BLC http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5222321 I can't wait for it!!! <BR> <BR> As I'd mentioned previously in my blog 'so I quit my gym' I have joined a REAL biggest loser challenge! The part I'm mostly excited for is it doesn't seem that it's going to be set up 'wrong.' The meal plan will be reasonable, healthy and within safe calorie range. The workouts will be intense, but no more than I want them to be. <BR> <BR> no scary coaches, no tears and breaking down if/when your team doesn't do well, and no humilliating call outs for doing... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 22:28:51 EST Sore and Sick http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5173097 Meeting #1 was with my personal trainer yesterday. I did alright, although I discovered one thing...I REALLY need to work on my pushups! She has me doing 45 minute interval training on the treadmill or elliptical when I'm not with her. With her I did 1 minute sprint, 10 squats, 10 push-ups, 10 crunches....repeat 10x times. I opened pretty well, by the end the only thing I was max speed on was my running. Boo. <BR> <BR> Anyone know a good strengthening exercise that will make me hate pushups ... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 18:14:42 EST So I quit my gym.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5166788 Before any of my friends out there freak out, I'm SO EXCITED. Quitting my gym was an amazing decision. <BR> <BR> Why did you make this fitness foo-pah you may ask? <BR> <BR> I joined a new gym. <BR> <BR> A week ago I'd gotten it in mind that I need a workout buddy. The only girl I know who needs a workout friend, sadly, can't afford the gym I was a member of. After much deliberaton - which didn't last long when I saw the $35/month savings between the gym memberships, I told her if she SWOR... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 20:44:47 EST Holiday Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5164159 When: now. <BR> <BR> What: survive Winter <BR> <BR> Your mission, should you choose to accept it: find nutritional balance and fitness goals met through perseverance and a little team winter spirit. <BR> <BR> This week marks week 1 of an 11 week challenge that I plan on using to return to basics. In the past year I lost 30 pounds, then put it back on through lapse of hard work and medicinal side effects. Hard to blame it only on the medicine, when you catch yourself eating fast food and dr... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 09:34:45 EST Wide Load Running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5140669 Ever heard of NaNoWriMo? <BR> <BR> every November the world is challenged to write. It doesn't have to be good writing, and it doesn't have to go beyond your own computer. Just sit down, and write, 50,000 words in one month. <BR> <BR> Holy cow 50,000 seems like a lot....but then again so does losing 100 pounds. It's a lot like Sparkpeople - make a plan and stick with it. <BR> <BR> I couldn't come up with anything to write about, until I started talking to my Mom. She told me "write what yo... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 17:37:16 EST My Mantra and the nature of BAD streaks. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5122126 <em>3</em> <em>3</em> <em>3</em> <em>3</em> <em>3</em> <BR> Have you ever had a question posed to you on a forum here at SparkPeople that goes from a simple response to an all-out rant/self realization moment? <BR> <em>3</em> <em>3</em> <em>3</em> <em>3</em> <em>3</em> <BR> <BR> I just had that, when BLC #20 asked "What's your Mantra". I don't have one....well I didn't when I started answering. <BR> <BR> My mantra….I guess “Cut the Excuses”. I know that’s a horri... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 02:23:19 EST Birth control makes you fat? (boys stay away unless you can handle estrogeny rants) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5120678 Weight loss history: <BR> June 2010: 255 lbs <BR> March 2011: 232 lbs - birth control started <BR> March 2012: 192 lbs <BR> March 2012 - change doctors, birth control booster, sudden plateau in weight loss.... <BR> October 2012: 222 LBS???? <BR> <BR> Ladies, those of you who have been in the position to pick life-changing drugs - be it birth control, fertility meds, or any others...do you ever take those pesky little side effect warnings seriously??? I never have, and never even had issues. ... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 19:39:53 EST Wallowing.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5103264 I feel like wallowing in self-pity, eating a pound of gummy worms and giving up. <BR> <BR> I stepped on the scale today, after struggling against a slowly upward incline to realize I now weigh more than I had on New Year's, when I made my commitment to lose weight. Then I weighed 216....now I weigh 218. I had been down to 192 at my low and was looking forward to 180s....now I just want to see ONEderland again. <BR> <BR> How has this happened? Well I know how. This week I gained 7 pounds due... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 02:30:10 EST Golden Phoenix http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5054666 A phoenix is a beautiful creature, who arises from the ashes of death or defeat, to be reborn and live anew. <BR> <BR> That is what we are all doing here, right? Looking at the ashes we find ourselves in, struggling with baby feathers. We might fall out of a tree or two, or mess up a landing...but if we keep pushing, we can all become the beautiful Phoenixes we are made to be. <BR> <BR> I am a proud member of the POWERFUL GOLDEN PHOENIX team of BLC 20. What does this mean? <BR> <BR> I will... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 15:26:50 EST September http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5040171 This year has been a roller-coaster. I started at 219, lost down to 192, and regained to 203. I'm looking to lose 20 pounds by Christmas, but I know if I don't get cracking it's not happening. <BR> <BR> In January I'd set myself a goal of 6,000 fitness minutes for the year. Given that I hardly tracked my minutes the last two years, I figured this would be reasonable-ish for 'tracked' fitness. Bear in mind I work out more than I track. As of today I haven't crossed the 3,000 minute mark...and... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 15:30:33 EST Hungry! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5033397 Aaaaaaah help! <BR> <BR> I seem to have developed being hungry all of the time. I can't understand it, can't figure out why. I eat breakfast at home before work, a snack and lunch at work...then often catch myself eating a cheeseburger or something as an 'evening snack', on top of eating dinner! <BR> <BR> I think my caloric intake, should I track it, would be somewhere around 1800 calories. I'm trying to get back into the habit of tracking to slow it down....but I have a signal going on in ... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 15:21:01 EST Update on health and the Doctor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5013788 Well I'm back again, with health issues that are a giant questionmark. <BR> <BR> I finally got my doctor to see me for a physical. She says all of my bloodwork is fine...and has no idea what's wrong with me. She's mentioned anything from multiple microscopic pinched nerves to muscle spasams - both of which she claims are due to stress and weight. <BR> <BR> I can't understand this. Having lost 50 pounds, does it make sense for my health issues to NOW be manifesting? As for stress...I don't f... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 15:27:35 EST Stress, Food and the Gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5003692 Anyone who has been reading my blog lately knows I have a few health issues with a yet-undetermined cause. <BR> <BR> Numb limbs, cold limbs, sore muscles, a bit tired, increased thirst. Appetite has curbed, flipping to healthier foods seemed to help. <BR> <BR> My coworker tried to diagnose it, saying I was probably more dehydrated than anything. I was drinking TONS of water and felt much better this weekend. Didn't get as much in yesterday....immediately woke up with sore hands and cold leg... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 15:24:20 EST Praying for my Doctor's Visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4999726 I went to the doctor today. Was very glad to step on the scale lighter than I ever have at the Doctor's, so they see I'm acutally making an effort on my weight loss. I lost about 3 pounds of water weight this week, but still haven't dropped back into ONEderland. <BR> <BR> Doctor's visit was for a list of symptoms: <BR> Random rotating sore muscles without exercise being the cause. <BR> Numb/tingly fingers, limbs and random parts of my body <BR> A bit of mood swings - more likely due to inabi... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 15:22:22 EST Numb/'asleep' limbs? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4993381 For about the last month I've been having weird sensations. I'll be sitting at work and my legs will tingle like they're asleep. They're not quite numb, but they feel like it. Sometimes it gets to pins and needles state, sometimes not. <BR> <BR> Other times my hands will just feel numb or cold. I wake up at night and my hand is so asleep I have to use the other one to bend the fingers, if the other one works at all. My shoulders ache when I wake up, and I know it's the side I sleep on. <BR> ... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 15:23:01 EST What I've done THIS week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4981748 I swear people write blogs about the rough months they've had often. I know I do. I had stress x, y and z, I had problems with a, b and c...S made me eat while R made me not able to go to the gym. Anyone can say 'I've had a rough year', but I'm not looking to anything but myself. Stress is what I make it, problems are only as hard as I work to solve them. <BR> <BR> I've been working on re-aligning my diet and lifestyle backwards 2 months, to where I was losing successfully. Not 2 months ago ... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 13:30:31 EST Unjustified (?) Binging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4965332 If you haven't experienced this moment, I'm sure you've heard about the proverbial moment all people go through when they realize one simple truth: <BR> <BR> Our parents are not immortal. <BR> <BR> My mom has been suffering with health problems for years. And I mean...I think I was in high school when they started, I'm now out of college and into my career. She was at least 4 years into the situation in 2009, when they determined that removing her Gall Bladder would solve the problem. <BR... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 10:58:47 EST BLC Launching! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4950396 I usually participate in BLC's, it's when I end up in more than one that life gets a little crazy. I'm going to attempt to balance 2, BLC #15 WAVE RUNNERS! and BLC Yellow Rays. They last until August 13 and 26, so I have about 2 months of work to do. <BR> <BR> Both months I will be openin with a staus report. <BR> <BR> Current: <BR> <BR> Weight: 198.2 <BR> Average water: 6 glasses/day <BR> Average cardio:1 hour/week <BR> Vices: Starbucks coffee - daily during work week <BR> soda - about 4x... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 13:49:01 EST Better Night Sleep! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4944708 This has happened several times to me in the last 2 weeks, starting with vacation. I ate healthy(ish), but haven't worked out lately. And I don't mean I didn't get to the gym.....I mean I flat-out haven't worked out well lately. <BR> <BR> I can't sleep. I can fall asleep well, but I'll wake up a dozen times with my hands numb. It's the weirdest feeling. I'm asleep, comfortable, suddenly I'm awake and my hand is numb. I'm a side-sleeper, and it's always whatever hand is up. I roll over, and a... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 12:51:03 EST Post-vacation, Re-dedication http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4931825 Went on vacation with my boyfriend for the last week, sorry I haven't been around. It was SO MUCH FUN!!!! We semi-hiked (semi meaning under 1/4 mile) to a fishing spot on Black Lake on the Long Beach part of Washington. It was soooo beautiful! Seafood, lots of clam chowder, a night out at a karaoke pub, the whole trip was great. I kept hesitating on food, but I figured I'd just sit back and enjoy it. <BR> <BR> I stepped on the scale yesterday praying to still be under 200 pounds, and I was :... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 15:27:50 EST Virtual Half Marathon and Personal 5K Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4907669 I've decided to set myself up with a new workout plan, jokingly entitled "Diary of a Fat 'Runner'". The last 5K I ran made me giggle, when I saw that if you were pacing over 9 min/mi, you were officially a 'walker'. <BR> <BR> Now, I know everyone runs/jogs to the best of their ability, but I couldn't believe an official racing company would consider someone who could clear a 5K in 30 minutes flat a "walker". If that's the case I've yet to meet a single 'runner'. <BR> <BR> I Run. I run at ab... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 15:29:40 EST 5K picture Diary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4902512 The official race photos are up for my 5K!!! <BR> <BR> Starting line, before crossing the chip-timer to officialy 'start' <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l977006439.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l149020161.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Mid-run. Yes I run with my eyes closed. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l5729477.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This was when I saw the finish line and started running. I was so excited ab... Tue, 29 May 2012 10:54:35 EST HOLY MOO 5K number 2! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4900106 My first 5K was completed in 48 min 50ish seconds. Today was 5K #2 <BR> <BR> I woke up this morning ready to race. Facing the prospect of a hilly 5K was a bit daunting. As anyone who keeps up with my blog knows, I had adjusted my 5K goal with that in mind from "47 minutes" to "under 50....please dear God under 50". <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l561343774.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I arrived at the race much better dressed and with a better idea of what was going on thi... Sun, 27 May 2012 15:36:57 EST Ready to Run! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4898854 Weight-wise, it's been a bad week. I have been completely horrid at tracking, spent a night enjoying drinks with my boyfriend, and my water has been down. Result? From 192.8 to 195. Regular fluctuation, nothing I can't handle with water and rededication to the tracker though <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is my next 5K. The last one I completed in 48 min 50ish seconds, timed with what I believe to be human error. I did a stress test on a treadmill to see my time and just about the same tim... Sat, 26 May 2012 13:08:26 EST Mid-challenge reflection of goals. VERY pleased! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4889797 Today marks the start of Week 5 of my current BLC #14 (GO BLUE OR GO HOME!!!) <BR> <BR> 4 weeks ago I wrote myself a starting blog. I was stuck in a 2 month plateau with no signs of busting out of it any time soon. I'd set myself some smallish goals with that in mind -- 5 inches, 5 pounds. <BR> <BR> Results mid-challenge are shocking to me, and I need to reocnsider the goals I laid out! I ran a 'stress test' on my body in the last week, measuring myself up against all those lovely goals I'd... Sun, 20 May 2012 13:41:26 EST Confessions and Corrections! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4887851 Sometimes verbalising trends and focusing on them helps. I've noticed I have a few horrible habits that keep sneaking in on me, so I need focus to correct them. <BR> <BR> Fast food trips <BR> Lack of cardio <BR> Left-overs and cravings <BR> Drinking water on my days off! <BR> <BR> I need help with all of these! I have problems and some 'how to handle' listed, but any insight? <BR> <BR> <em>486</em> The Fast Food problem was solved by placing myself on a 'fun food budget', meaning both cal... Fri, 18 May 2012 21:37:54 EST I look like I did in College! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4877259 When I was in college I thought I was extremely overweight -- and I was. I weighed 170-190 lbs when I was in my sorority. My sweet sisters tried to do weight watchers with me, but none of us had much sticking power. <BR> <BR> I remember taking this picture, knowing I looked cute, but thinking I was soooooo fat. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l98925562.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When I joined SparkPeople I put that picture up on my wall, as a reminder to myself that, even... Fri, 11 May 2012 15:19:59 EST Rebelling against the "Cabbage Soup Diet" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4872100 Everyone at work has this great idea -- let's all do a detox diet together! Great! Everyone will struggle together, no one will bring in tempting foods, sounds like a solid plan. 20 people working together on what they think is a safe and effective way to lose weight. <BR> <BR> Um.... <BR> <BR> I'm rebelling. <BR> <BR> Soo....here's the diet they're following: <BR> <BR> Day 1: Fruit ONLY. No addatives, only water. <BR> Day 2: Veggies ONLY <BR> Day 3: Fruit and Veggies ONLY <BR> Day 4: 4 B... Tue, 8 May 2012 10:55:06 EST Adventures with Smoothies!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4869136 OMG!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> MY SMOOTHIE MAKER IS HERE!!! <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> I came home from work yesterday to a GIANT box from Macy's on the sofa. I was soooooo good, there was still daylight, so I ran outside in jeans to help my roommate with some much needed yardwork (we're talking no one has mowed the back yard in 4 years kind of yard work). We... Sun, 6 May 2012 16:38:03 EST Thank you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4867697 I just want to thank all of my SparkFriends for positive and encouraging support. It's nice to have a community I can bounce ideas off of and get some honest feedback, rather than being lectured by or just getting empty encouragement. I really like having people I can carry on conversations with, express fears to, and who I know won't judge me (too harsh!) because we're all in the same boat, headed to the same pier. <BR> <BR> I appreciate you all!! Sat, 5 May 2012 13:15:16 EST Shocking results -- waiting to see if I keep them http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4866563 I'm really shocked. <BR> <BR> I've been having issues with a long-time plateau, losing only 4ish pounds in appx 2 months. I felt like I had plateaued, mainly because it's hard for me to break my daily weigh-in habit. I don't record my weight daily, but I do peek at the scale to see how I'm doing. <BR> <BR> I went on more fruits and veggies, more protein, bought new exercise equipment... but was still seemingly stuck. So I decided to take a look at some of my nutrients. After a bit of analyz... Fri, 4 May 2012 15:29:38 EST What's a Smoothie? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4861668 I need help!! <BR> <BR> I've had 'smoothies' from McDonald's, Jack in the Box, Jamba Juice, all the usuals. But those aren't smoothies. About a month ago I went to a local health food market that advertised being a Smoothie Bar. Instead of jelly-like goop packed with sugar and preservatives which they claim are 'fresh' fruit smoothies, the amazing smoothie masters at this store used REAL fruit. <BR> <BR> Literally. They walked to their produce section, grabbed bananas, strawberries, oranges... Tue, 1 May 2012 17:19:12 EST Back to Basics challenge - true to myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4857783 Plateaus suck. I've been the same weight since March 28th, but today I think I've identified the cause, and possibly shaken it. This week I lost 2.2 pounds. I've been down to this weight before this month, and bounced right back up. BUT I think I know why I've crashed in my weight loss. <BR> <BR> I think I've been self-sabotaging. First of all most of my weight loss to date has been riding on a low calorie diet with very limited exercise. Now I have hit a road block, where I need to add card... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 15:16:24 EST Staring Across a Plateau - Day 13, 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4856280 Day 13 of Taste the Rainbow was kind of rough. My work location won a tablet sales competition against another store, so we had catered lunch at work. Hawaiian BBQ Chicken, white rice, macaroni salad and teriyaki beef. YUM! <BR> <BR> I tracked everything....but I ate everything too. I had to reel myself in a little bit after I found myself going for seconds for the first time in months. MONTHS. I ditched my wrap I had packed for dinner, despite it being healthy, and bought a fresh fruit sala... Sat, 28 Apr 2012 13:28:08 EST Days 10, 11, 12 ~ I need Orange/Yellow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4854184 Taste the Rainbow days 10-12: I ran out of produce and have been shopping, but it's rough to keep up with it. I'm doing alright keeping up with green, white and yellow/orange, but need to find more creative ways to get red/purple into my life. <BR> <BR> Raspberries are great though! I love raspberries. I bought more of those as well as more Greek Yogurt. <BR> <BR> Day 10 ~ <BR> Red - Dinner <BR> Orange/yellow - missed <BR> Green - lunch <BR> Blue/purple - Dinner <BR> White - lunch, dinner ... Fri, 27 Apr 2012 00:07:15 EST Gallery of Unattractive Photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4849211 This seems like such a strange blog title, I know. <BR> <BR> BEFORE YOU READ THIS AND COMMENT: <BR> I am not writing this because I find myself unattractive, have low self esteem, or any other negative comments I may hear due to the title. <BR> <BR> I am writing this because, 5, 10, 50 pounds from now, I can look at these pictures for motivation and giggle at myself. I know that I am beautiful, everyone should feel beautiful in their own skin. <BR> <BR> But have you ever had those moments ... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 02:04:53 EST Dear Self http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4846598 Dear Self, <BR> <BR> Here we are again, facing down the start of a new BLC. It's been a rough month, but you will break this little plateau you're in. You have 8 weeks to kick your own butt, 5 weeks to prep for another 5K. As of today you are 1/2 way through your weight loss journey at 198.2. In the last BLC you built a support network, learned good habits, and started moving your feet a bit. Now let's build on that and apply fitness into it. See what kind of success we get out of it!! <BR> ... Sun, 22 Apr 2012 13:22:57 EST Day 6/7 ~ What's hot, what's not http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4844292 What's Hot: <BR> Actually doing what I'm set out to do does wonders to my body, energy, food, excitment and general happiness in life. <BR> Healthy food tastes better, exercising feels better, losing weight gets me motivated and excited. Seeing progress in my life is fantastic, even people close to me in my life have been commenting on how noticable changes are in my life. <BR> My Rainbow Challenge is definatley helping. My energy is back, my sleep is better, my body is happier. I'm noticing ... Fri, 20 Apr 2012 15:33:28 EST Days 4/5 ~ Does eating healthy always taste this good? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4841296 Taste the Rainbow ~ Day 4 <BR> <BR> Day 4 was my first weigh-in during the Taste the Rainbow challenge. I think it was a bit of a fluke, but it's hard to say. Day 3 I was practially vegetarian and drinking water like I was dying of dehydration. The next morning? 196.6. Loss of 2 pounds for the week...practically over night. <BR> <BR> Day 4 I accidentally skipped my green, due to simply not being hungry enough to eat it. Next morning? 200. The difference I think was I didn't drink nearly as... Wed, 18 Apr 2012 16:22:38 EST Day 3 ~ Eve of the Weigh In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4837905 Tomorrow is my first weigh in during my Taste the Rainbow challenge. It will be unfair by now to check if this is helping me lose weight, but other changes are a little noticable. <BR> <BR> 3 days in (5 if you count my 2 practice days) I have a bit more energy, I'm sleeping better, and my body seems cleaner. I'm not dizzy midday or exhausted without coffee. <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> <em>106</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Ok that's a lie, I still need coffee. <BR> <BR> So, today's menu: <BR>... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:25:33 EST Day 2 ~ Maybe I'll become a gardener http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4836361 My phone actually took a good picture of this today. <BR> <BR> Last 4th of July my grandma gave me frozen berries from her garden. I thanked her and took them like a good granddaughter, while wondering the back of my mind what the heck I would do with them. To me, berries were always things you ate off the vine or baked with...which I don't do (often). <BR> <BR> Boy was I wrong. I was cleaning out the freezer and realized they survived the power outage of 2012 in Seattle (that sucked), whe... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 17:35:31 EST Taste the Rainbow Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4834836 Taste the Rainbow ~ Day 1 <BR> <BR> Today is the first day of my Taste the Rainbow fruits/veggies challenge. My goal is to eat at least one serving of freggies from each of the red, orange/yellow, green, blue/purple and white categories of fruits and veggies. <BR> <BR> I think I was a little excited today, I managed to get every color in 2 meals and 1 snack: <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> 1/2 cup Vanilla Greek Yogurt <BR> 1/2 cup Raspberries - RED <BR> 1/2 cup Blueberries - Blue/Purple <BR> 1/4... Sat, 14 Apr 2012 14:23:02 EST Taste the Rainbow ~ 2 week challenge kickoff!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4833646 I've noticed in my day to day life I have extremely high sodium intakes and low fiber. I have a suspicion it is due to a lack of fruits and veggies in my life. My body has been in about a 5 pound plateau for over a month and a half now, bouncing around from 205-200, and now from 198-201. I know 5 pounds in a month and a half is really good progress, but bouncing up and down 5 pounds on any given day, that I believe I can control. I want to push down towards the low 190s and beyond, but feel l... Fri, 13 Apr 2012 15:30:42 EST Running, Rainbows and Sparks, Oh My! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4830646 This week has both significant excitement and some revelation moments as well. <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <BR> Revelation: <BR> my boyfriend realized maybe he needs to lose weight too. <BR> He was a very surprised little camper the day I stepped into ONEderland and he realized that I was only 10 pounds heavier than him. He works a hard job on his feet, but doesn't seem to lose weight. It's hard for him to keep moving. I talked to him about finding a Sp... Wed, 11 Apr 2012 16:27:41 EST April Projects! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4823790 At the beginning of every month, I blog about my goals for the month. The next few months are going to be a liiiiiiittle different. I'm not sure how, but I managed to sign up for not one...not two...but THREE different BLC challenges <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> <em>248</em> <em>248</em> <BR> The basic ground rules of each team will be the same: <BR> Drink water <BR> Do at least 10 minutes of cardio/strength per day, preferably more and both <BR> Limit cheat days <BR> Be ho... Fri, 6 Apr 2012 20:47:29 EST Resistance Bands http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4823439 I started toying with Resistance Bands this week. <BR> <BR> I wasn't quite sure how to buy them, but a co-worker gave a bit of advice. He told me to stick it under my foot and reach both handles over my head. If it gave decent resistance in that pose, it would work. <BR> <BR> And it does! <BR> <BR> I've done the 20 minute resistance band workout twice in 2 days. I'm lightly sore, but not the 'scary-personal-trainer-kicked-my-butt' kind of sore. It's a nice 'oh look that muscle says hi' kin... Fri, 6 Apr 2012 14:16:50 EST The Chocolate Cake Made Me Do it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4813855 Tip-toe'ing. <BR> <BR> That's the best word for it. <BR> <BR> A few short days ago I was shouting to high heaven that I'd tripped and fallen into ONEderland. I maintained it for a few days (WOOHOO!), theeeen my manager had a birthday. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l438429233.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hard to resist, huh? The problem was I'd already 'allowed' myself to have pizza for lunch yesterday. Well, I deserved what I got. I woke up this morning back up over the... Sat, 31 Mar 2012 16:55:16 EST 12 weeks of change...With Pictures! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4811659 In the past 12 weeks I have been fortunate enough to be a member of the BLC #13 with my Beautiful Blue Believers as my cheerleaders and teammates. At the beginning of the challenge, we had to write a letter to ourselves in 12 weeks. I was surprised this week to not find a ‘review’ challenge, but I’m going for it. <BR> <BR> 12 weeks ago I predicted that I would finish my 5k, be throwing darts weekly, and that I would love my stressful but amazing job. I wanted to lose 15 pounds, shave a few ... Fri, 30 Mar 2012 02:30:39 EST Pictures of the Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4809020 This has been a long few weeks. I thought I was stuck in a plateau, but now I'm not so sure! <BR> <BR> The good news is I got new work clothes <em>30</em> Check out this difference!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l169937277.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Okay, it took more than a week....but today I woke up, not expecting to lose weight...and saw this <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l778059327.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The big #1!! <BR> <BR> <em>2... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 12:52:35 EST