MERESGED's SparkPeople Blog MERESGED's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Well that sucked I started February with high goals - losing weight, drinking water, etc. etc. <BR> I ended up gaining 12 lbs and going to the ER for heart problems and shortness of breath. <BR> <BR> Time to figure this shindig out. Wed, 2 Mar 2016 23:33:18 EST Been around a time or two - February goals This isn't new. I've been on sparkpeople before and done well...but have gained it all back and more. <BR> <BR> I need to lose weight, and I'm hoping SP can help. I have been doing weightwatchers for months with no effect. I realized the emphasis is wrong, and I really need a different focus. More on fitness, less on obsessing about food. <BR> <BR> I'm here because SP is a better set up for my body and it's time to get this shindig figured out. I'm wearing a (gasp!) strapless dress for my w... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 17:37:27 EST 5K picture Diary 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=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Mid-run. Yes I run with my eyes closed. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <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! 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=""> <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 Adventures with Smoothies!!!! 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 Gallery of Unattractive Photos 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 Days 4/5 ~ Does eating healthy always taste this good? 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 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 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 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!!! 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! 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! 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 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 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=""> <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! 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 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=""> <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=""> <BR> <BR> The big #1!! <BR> <BR> <em>2... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 12:52:35 EST My First 5K 2 years ago I watched the 2010 Rock'n'Roll Marathoners getting ready for their run. I saw how excited they were just to get out and run, and was envious. I wanted to run, something I'd never realized in my life. <BR> <BR> I spent a year losing weight so I could get fit, then the next year on and off dedicating time at the gym. Finally, March of 2012, I did it. <BR> <BR> My first 5k! <BR> <BR> After waking up before my alarm this morning (7:30! I'm never up that early), burning my breakfas... Sat, 24 Mar 2012 16:36:16 EST Creamy Vodka Pasta....REMADE by Me! I'm a weekly user of the Campbell's Kitchen app. I usually take their recipes, slim down the soups, add veggies and protein and make declicious and nutritions meals. They have what I consider to be great 'base' recipes, which are simple to adjust. <BR> <BR> This week I saw one that looked amazing -- Creamy Vodka Pasta. <BR> The problem: 805 calories, 1316 mg sodium, 21 grams of fat. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> The adjustments: Swap out the Heavy Cream to fat free evaporated milk, add veggies a... Thu, 22 Mar 2012 15:32:23 EST Action Plan: Raw Foods Every week I have this happen. The weekend comes, my mornings get shorter, and my willingness to pack lunches dwindles. The problem with that is I tend to gain weight on Friday and Saturday. That's not a great plan when my weigh-in is Sunday! <BR> <BR> I have finally identified a trend, which I've done my best to battle this week. Thursday and Wednesday, my days off, I tend to eat poorly. Friday and Saturday I always seem to THINK I am on track, but then manage to eat double the sodium I exp... Sat, 17 Mar 2012 13:28:26 EST Recipe Review -- Buffalo Chicken Sandwich Part of this week's Biggest Loser #13 challenge was to review a SparkRecipes recipe. I was really in the mood for something that didn't start with 'creamy' or 'zesty', so I started looking for ways to grill chicken and make a yummy chicken sandwich. <BR> <BR> Which became Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches, found here: <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=1412793 </link> <BR> <BR> The store was out of sandwich it became Buffalo Chicken Pitas! <BR> <em>30</... Sat, 3 Mar 2012 03:20:25 EST January in Review -- February Goals Setting For anyone who doesn't know how my blog goes, once a month I review my previous month's successes and failures and set new goals. I don't mess with things that are working, but add tidbits to ones that need tweaking. <BR> <BR> January was a successful month, it just didn't FEEL like one. I had a bit of a yoyo on my weight, but in the end I've learned a lot and feel better. <BR> <BR> My goals for January were: <BR> <BR> Pack healthier lunches <BR> ~I did successfully stop eating at McDonald... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 14:10:44 EST C25K Day 2 Trying to get through the C25K program, even though it's going a little slow. I did Day 2 this week, which went much better than Day 1. <BR> <BR> I got my pace to 3.3 walking, 4.5-4.6 jogging and managed to maintain it the whole workout. Yay! Monday night is going to be night 3. <BR> <BR> If anyone out there does C25K or a similar program -- <BR> <BR> What stage are you on? <BR> Has it gotten easier? <BR> Do you use a Treadmill? <BR> How fast do you set your speeds? <BR> Sun, 29 Jan 2012 18:31:49 EST *HELP BUTTON PRESSED* Excuses Excuses I'm noticing a constant theme among my months that are less successful than desired, and am looking for motivation. <BR> <BR> Between power outages, date nights, video games and sheer lack of energy, I always seem to find a reason not to work out. Every month I set this great goal to: <BR> <BR> work out more <BR> be in the top 100 fitness minutes in Seattle <BR> <BR> Aaaand every month I find a way to not make it. I don't have room in my house to work out (picture a studio shared by 2 ppl)... Fri, 27 Jan 2012 21:33:46 EST In twelve weeks I.... As a member of the BLC #13 Blue Believers I'm supposed to write myself a letter for 12 weeks from now. <BR> <BR> Shoot....lots can happen in 12 weeks.That's 3 months. I hope I'm happy. I'll be throwing darts once a week with my boyfriend and hopefully ranking well enough to go to state. My job will be great, but likely stressful. In 12 weeks I'll probably have my annual audit. <BR> <BR> How will my goals be? I'm planning to lose at least 15 pounds in 12 weeks. I'm sure I can do it, I'm moti... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 15:22:29 EST Have you lost weight? -- Numbers and Pictures Plateaus suck. I lost tons of weight last year, then suddenly got stuck in the mid-220s. I couldn't do a thing about it. I finally got remotivated...and my doesn't-have-to-care-about-his-diet boyfriend moves in with me. Welll I didn't gain weight, but I didn't lose much either. <BR> <BR> A few days ago I finally refound my SPARK <em>244</em> and have been steadily losing weight since. 7 pounds in 2 weeks made me pretty happy...but not as happy as when my manager turned around and said 'oh ... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 21:02:23 EST December Review, onto January! December was not great, I didn't lose anything but motivation. I came out of Christmas weighing one pound less than when I started, then gained 3. Bleh. The goals I set would have been fantastic, if I stuck with them. I'm combining those goals with a bit of input from my brother, who has lost 150 pounds and counting. <BR> <BR> I know my way around a healthy lifestyle, it's just the execution and stick-to-it that I need. And some motivation. My life recently provided me with strong motivati... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 20:08:56 EST December Goals Starting November 15th I picked up my old habit of putting some goals down and holding myself accountable. Here's my goals I had set for November and how I did for them: <BR> <BR> Drink 8+ glasses of water a day <BR> Status: meh. I managed to drink water every day, but only about 5-6 days did I get in all 8+ glasses. <BR> <BR> Go to the Gym at least 3-5 times <BR> Status: ummm not once. But I have gone twice since the start of December, and am meeting with a personal trainer today. <BR> <... Wed, 7 Dec 2011 16:43:30 EST Now till December First...What are YOUR goals? Getting back into the swing of things, I'm going to restart my little program of mini-goals and asking my friends what works for them. What goals do you set for yourself? Do they change each month? <BR> <BR> <BR> Today is November 15th. I can't really set huge weight loss goals between now and the end of the month, the most I could hope to lose is 3-5 pounds. However, restarting a diet always has a big punch the first month, so maybe that can carry me through. <BR> <BR> Thankfully my holi... Tue, 15 Nov 2011 13:55:30 EST One Year (yikes) later... A year later, not a pound lighter, but I'm ready to start sparking again. <BR> <BR> <BR> The past year I've had some big changes: <BR> <BR> No more Graveyard shift (woohoo!) <BR> I learned to cook for two (lovely boyfriend moved in) <BR> I discovered that I AM beautiful just as I am -- but I could be Healthier. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Is this still a journey for beauty? Well kind of, but not really. Lately I've been a little scared of my weight for diabetic purposes. I'm not diabetic yet, b... Mon, 14 Nov 2011 21:20:00 EST Time wasted? June -- <BR> Weight: 255. <BR> Experience: I get bit by a spider and get a slap in the face at the Doctor's office. I weighed 40 pounds more than I thought I did and knew it was time for a change. <BR> <BR> July -- <BR> Weight: 250-240 range <BR> Experience: I'm active, I'm going to a gym. Mini goals keep me going on a daily basis. My nose is showing shadows I've never seen and I can tell I'm losing weight. This is fantastic!! <BR> <BR> August -- <BR> Weight: 240-230 range <BR> Experienc... Thu, 21 Oct 2010 08:15:46 EST It's okay to be disappointed in yourself if you learn from it. September is ending. So much for 'consistency'. I've been so distracted with other things I once again am slipping into old habits. Yes I am still eating healthier than I was, but I have stopped taking care of myself. <BR> <BR> So there I am, sitting pretty at 30 pounds lighter and happier, and I don't know what happened. I lost steam. It's been 3 weeks since I went to cycling class or even saw the inside of my gym. My room is so trashed I haven't had room to workout, let alone motivation. <... Tue, 28 Sep 2010 06:22:51 EST Looking for Consistency in September Each month I am reviewing my Short Term Monthly goals, assessing where I am and moving forward with the same/new plans. <BR> <BR> How did I do? <BR> <BR> Calories: <BR> I only had 2 days over, both of which were at 1800. My bigger problem this month has been eating Enough calories. Then again, I am also having tracking issues - I'll log in and track part of a day but I keep forgetting a meal or two. <BR> <BR> Weight: <BR> My weight this month didn't go down very much, BUT I am being very ... Fri, 3 Sep 2010 21:31:00 EST My car called me fat. Normally in my weight loss history I stop losing weight before this point. I've NEVER lost over 20 lbs with a diet...and right now I'm making strong steps towards 30 pounds! <BR> The first plateau or sign of a slowdown makes me disappointed. The fact that no, I can't be the 'biggest loser', that maybe I can't lose 4-5 pounds a week used to drive me nuts. I went to Weight Watchers and would watch my sorority sisters lose 2-4, even 7 pounds a week even two months into our loss. I would be sitti... Wed, 18 Aug 2010 05:49:48 EST A Celebration of WooHoo moments Dear SparkTeam. <BR> <BR> I love your program. I love the trackers. I love that I have a community I can celebrate my successes with. Every time I think 'man, I wish SparkPeople had a...', I do a quick search and BAM! It's right there. <BR> <BR> That being said, I do have one thing I wish we had. We Sparkers need a place where we can track our nonscale victories. I wish there was somewhere, either another page like a blog or on my actual spark page, where I could keep track of those "Woohoo... Thu, 5 Aug 2010 07:34:58 EST vision map - Self-reminder of who, how and why. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I let myself get to 255 lbs. I was in pure shock when I found out. <BR> I have a scale to remind myself I never want to see that weight on the scale again. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The best help I've had in my lifelong struggle. The motivation and positive 'I CAN' energies from here are more vibrant than any plan I've tried before. <BR> <BR> <... Mon, 2 Aug 2010 09:31:27 EST July Success! Bring on August! Review of July Goals: <BR> July was a good base-line for me of what a full month of Sparking will do. I don't feel like i gave my goals my 100% best shot, there was even a week where Sparkpeople was not high on my list of 'to do'. But even with the insanity of the last month, I made all of my goals! <BR> <BR> Weight Loss Review - 8-12 pounds in July <BR> I went from weighing 243 lbs on June 30th to weighing 233.75lb on July 28th. That's awesome! My total weight loss for the month of July w... Sun, 1 Aug 2010 09:58:53 EST My Sparkaversary and 20 lb celebration (with pictures) When I started Sparking I thought 'Working out? Heck yes! I can do this!' I pop'ed in a workout video, thinking I'd start small and be gentle on my body at first. Gentle was right...I couldn't even get through a full 20 minute routine without stopping to breathe and get water. <BR> <BR> Wow. What a wake-up call. If the shock of realizing I was 45 pounds heavier than I thought I was wasn't bad enough...I couldn't get through a low-impact workout video. Did that keep me down? Heck no! I asked... Thu, 29 Jul 2010 04:43:39 EST This week my life simply rebelled. I started the week on day 3 of the 30 Day Shred - I'm ending the week on day 5 (after I work out after work.) I spent one evening cycling in my room and about 10 min dancing. But man it's been a rough week. <BR> <BR> Customer trouble at work, a friend getting mugged, my car being officially deemed 'totaled' and poor grocery planning left me broke, exhausted, stressed and running out of food. I owe my roommate almost a whole loaf of bread :S <BR> <BR> It's a horrible excuse to say I'm 'too ... Tue, 20 Jul 2010 04:57:34 EST Wait...That's not dirt...that's Definition! When I woke up and saw myself in the mirror this morning, my face had some dirt on it. Mainly my nose. <BR> <BR> This isn't that uncommon, I'm horrible at taking my makeup off. I figured it was just little flakes of mascara or something bugging my nose. <BR> <BR> I wandered to the bathroom to go clean my face..but the dirt won't wash off. It was driving me nuts. I grabbed a small hand mirror and realized it wans't Dirt I was trying to wash off. <BR> <BR> My NOSE has lost weight! Of all th... Fri, 16 Jul 2010 03:44:24 EST Woo Hoo moment #1 I have a long and confusing journey ahead of me, like anyone else who is starting out. My muscles are sore, but are getting used to being worked again. My breathing is getting easier, my abs feel tighter. <BR> <BR> Despite all of that, I had my first WooHoo moment today! <BR> <BR> <BR> This morning I pop'ed in the first dance video that I started with about 2 weeks ago. A combination of persistence and stubbornness has been Fantastic for me! I went from being completely winded and unable t... Mon, 12 Jul 2010 02:11:54 EST How Allergies could Effect my Weight Often times we look for 'the bad guy' or 'excuses'. The story behind why we're overweight. We can't lose weight. Nothing is working. Emotional eating, binge eating and everything else gets in the way. Plateaus happen and people lose motivation. <BR> <BR> Yes, the bad guy can be beat with proper motivation and application of the Spark's cornerstones. But what if there really is a bad guy out there? Maybe it doesn't effect everyone, but I was surprised to hear about this one. <BR> <BR> My co ... Fri, 9 Jul 2010 06:15:27 EST Fitness log ranks, new motivation, and system development. I found a strange thing out about our website. <BR> Did you know that you can check your city's reader board to see who has done the most Fitness minutes each month? <BR> <BR> How crazy is this: with just 83 minutes logged for the month of July I am sitting at number 98 in Seattle. I'm also sitting at #467 in Washington. <BR> <BR> I saw my number on that Seattle Fitness board....all I could think was "what if I could get into the top 50?!" And as for Washington....what if I could get in to... Wed, 7 Jul 2010 08:52:48 EST I'm running across America!! Ok so when I was in Jr. High I watched the teachers at my school get all the grade school to run across America. They would get these little coupons every time they ran a lap, then added them up to see how far they'd gone. <BR> <BR> It looked like so much fun...but I knew even then it would be something that I would 'never do'. <BR> <BR> Why wouldn't I do it? I couldn't run. I wasn't in shape, I wasn't skinny enough, wasn't going to ever have that kind of energy or endurance. Even at the yo... Mon, 5 Jul 2010 21:16:10 EST 100% credit to PSSN4FITNESS I know I know, i'm copying someone else's blog. I need this somewhere i can find it. <BR> <BR> i was reading my email tonight and found a 'week's best members'. I was readingthrough to see what it takes to be a 'week's best', and stumbled across PSSN4FITNESS's June 30, 2010 blog, "25 Keys to Success for 25 lbs Gone Forever!!!". <BR> <BR> I LOVE what they said...I HAD to have it somewhere I could find it. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1) STOCK UP ON HEALTHY SNACKS and put them at... Sat, 3 Jul 2010 06:24:41 EST July Goals? Wow. <BR> <BR> I'm 2 weeks into my diet and have lost weight already!! <BR> My first two weigh ins showed a loss of 7 pounds! Ok I know from experience that means the 'water weight' stage is almost over. Sad days. Oh well time to keep going!!! <BR> <BR> I'm seeing little blogs pop up all over the website about monthly goals...that's awesome!!! I never thought to set goals for myself. <BR> <BR> <BR> Weight Loss <BR> I'd like to set my goal at being down to 225 at the end of July, but I kno... Fri, 2 Jul 2010 07:19:34 EST What I Miss What do you miss? <BR> <BR> I find day to day there's things I miss less and less. I allowed myself to 'indulge' last night in a Diet wasn't nearly as good as I thought it would be. I chased it with an orange juice and a bunch of water. I'm beginning to think I'm losing my taste for sodas (not a bad thing to lose a taste for!) <BR> <BR> Fast food? not much of a problem. I know it was bad for me. I've been eating fast food for way too long. <BR> <BR> Munchies? Grapes! Hello Gra... Thu, 1 Jul 2010 08:33:44 EST Learning to cook I know for a fact that one reason I've never done well on diets is I've never learned to cook. I went from living at home, to eating off dorm food, to a sorority. Don't get me wrong, I can in fact cook. I took classes on it and went to school for hospitality. Plus with a chef as a's in the blood. <BR> <BR> <BR> But I never really sat down, planned out meals, thought about how to make them light and tested my own abilities. I've never experimented with cooking. <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 29 Jun 2010 23:35:54 EST Honesty and hard work One of the first things I knew when I joined Sparkpeople was that I would have to force myself to use the website. First thing I do when I wake up is turn on my best bet? Turn into my home page. I feel guilty navigating away from it without logging in and doing my food journal, so it's working well. <BR> <BR> The next promise I made to myself was honesty. No matter what, even if I have 'one of those Days'. <BR> <BR> <BR> Or one of those nights. <BR> <BR> I'm... Sun, 27 Jun 2010 21:56:23 EST Small changes I finally figured out how to navigate the website all the way to our home page =P <BR> <BR> This is going to be a long haul for me. I'm 3rd shift worker who has always been on the slightly chubby side. When I was in college I dated a guy who was less-than-polite whenever I tried to cook (he always made fun of my need for a cookbook). Eventually I gave up cooking all together. My idea of 'cooking' was to snag something I could throw in the oven or microwave to heat up. <BR> <BR> Ah processed... Fri, 25 Jun 2010 21:07:39 EST