MICHELLE2343's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MICHELLE2343 MICHELLE2343'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/ Feeling BLAH! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5540337 My motivation has been lacking lately and I'm struggling to get it back. My exercising is still going well but it is the eating that is getting in the way. I've gained 5 pounds back since my lowest weight. When I go to eat something unhealthy I try to say no but I eat it anyway and then feel horrible. I sit and try to think of why I ate the food when I knew I shouldn't but for the life of me can't figure out why. I'm stuck in a rut. The worst part is the holidays are coming and the junk... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 17:04:50 EST Am I a Grown up yet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5511797 I'm 36 years old, have taught for 14 years but now am wondering if it is what I want to do for the rest of my life. I teach kindergarten and am getting burnt out. The kids are getting more disrespectful every year. I have a very tough group this year. I'm sick of parents who think everything is the school's fault and their kid is a perfect little angel. I'm sick of politicians who think they know everything about teaching and tell us what we need to do. I'm sick and tired of testing. I... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 20:22:30 EST A Successful Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5363512 They say the hardest part of a healthy lifestyle is when you are away from home. My husband and I went to Texas for the past 4 days for my brother's wedding. We made sure to go on walks while we were sight seeing. When we went out to eat we chose the healthiest options and split the meal which also helped us save money. I was nervous when it came to our weigh in the morning after we returned but surprise, surprise we both lost .4 pounds even though we were on vacation. I am so proud of b... Tue, 21 May 2013 13:24:34 EST Achieved a goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5355408 I am very proud of myself for all of my victories the past two months. I lost another 2 pounds this past week and am at my goal weight that I wanted to be for my brother's wedding. He is getting married this Friday. I'm ecstatic today that I lost the weight I wanted to. Now on to the last 10 pounds and maintaining my healthy lifestyle. Mon, 13 May 2013 16:40:53 EST A Happy Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5339759 <em>30</em> The sun is shining and it is 70 degrees here in MN. Most of the snow is gone. I got to wear flip flops today. I weighed myself this morning and another 1.6 pounds was gone!! I'm looking forward to my brother's wedding in Texas in two weeks and can't wait for the family to see me. That is my main motivation right now. I'm proud of the healthy food choices I'm making. Tonight I'm going to a friend's house to make cards (i.e. birthday cards) and she has snacks out for us. S... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 16:59:30 EST Feeling GOOD about myself!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5336596 <em>84</em> The best part about working out and eating healthy are the wonderful changes our bodies go through. When I look in the mirror I'm starting to notice my abs are starting to get some definition-I don't have close to a 6 pack yet, but I tell my husband I have a 2 pack. <em>41</em> My arms are getting toned and have some muscle definition when I flex them. People I work with are starting to make comments like, "Are you losing weight? You look great! How much have you lost? ... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 17:00:21 EST I DID IT!! WOO HOO!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5330090 Last night I ran in my first ever 5K. This whole past week I was down and not feeling motivated at all. In fact I was to the point that I did not want to run in the 5K. Thank God I did. I have my motivation back and can't wait to run in another 5K in June. It was so fun. When there were watchers urging us to go on and applauding us. It felt great. My time was 34:27. That is pretty typical for what I did on the treadmill. I didn't think I could do that though. I thought with running... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 22:08:21 EST What's wrong with the world today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5326705 This afternoon one of my kindergarten students told two other students that he and his dad would kill them. Really? 5 years old and already threatening others. It makes me so sad to hear young ones talking like this. Where do they get that from? I called his parents and his parents were very supportive and were upset with him that he would say something like that so that was not the problem. I feel that with all of the news and video games that focus on killing that is all my students a... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 17:23:10 EST BLAH! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5324256 <em>39</em> That's how I feel today. I gained 1.2 pounds which is nothing to get upset about especially since my pants are loose and I'm sure it is just water weight. I think it has to do with the yucky weather we have been having in MN. I mean it is April 15th and we are expected to get more snow on Thursday, April 18th. I'm feeling down about myself. I have no motivation to go work out after work today. I just feel BLAH! <BR> <BR> To pep myself up I do have some positives that ha... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 17:12:43 EST S.O.S.! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5320089 <em>234</em> Sick Of Snow!!!! I live in Minnesota and again we had a snow storm and it is April 11th. The only good thing about the snow is that the school I work at was closed but now that means we have to make the day up in June. Since I had off and live close to the gym I went and worked out. I wish Spring was here already because I want to go for nice walks/jogs around the neighborhood. I hope it gets warm soon and the snow leaves and doesn't come back again until November. Sick O... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 20:42:09 EST My Birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5313088 Today is my 36th birthday. Now in the past my birthdays consisted of me getting a cake with buttercream frosting since that is my favorite dessert but not this year. I found a recipe for angel food cake mixed with blueberry pie filling and had Lite cool whip on top. It was good and satisfied my sweet tooth. For dinner I had a Veggie DeLite pizza and it has been a long time since I had a good pizza so I did overindulge on that but considering what I usually do on my birthdays it was a much... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 21:56:11 EST Love and Hate Relationship http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5304536 So I started boot camp last week. Both times the next few days I'm so sore I can't do my usual work outs. I love knowing that I'm doing something new and would never have done without Sparkpeople and the motivation I'm feeling right now but at the same time I hate the fact that for two days afterwards my work outs are put on hold. If you are reading this could you give me advice-will boot camp get easier and will my muscles eventually get used to it? Is this something I should be concerne... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 15:57:46 EST Noticing changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5298450 My body is changing. I'm noticing my abs more, my stomach isn't as big as it used to be. My arms are starting to get toned. I'm loving how I feel and look. I can't wait until I reach my goal. Even my husband has noticed the changes and tells me I look great. I love Spark people!!! <em>362</em> Sun, 24 Mar 2013 17:05:13 EST New Journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5296598 Thanks to Spark people I am doing things that I never in a million years thought that I would do. I am going to run/walk a 5K on April 19th for Earth Day. I also joined a boot camp class at my gym this past week. I was really nervous when I went to the first class, especially since I don't have a friend to go with me, that I almost backed out. I went, walked up to the personal trainer, introduced myself and did my first class. I can't wait to go back this next week and do some more class... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 20:56:45 EST Scale: Friend or Foe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5290901 I have read enough on Spark people to know not to let the scale get me down but it is the hardest thing to do. The past three weigh ins I lost weight (I weigh myself every Monday morning as soon as I get out of bed). Then today I stepped on the scale and there it was I gained 1.2 pounds even though I still ate healthy and exercised my butt off. I'm trying really hard not to let it get me down. I'm reminding myself that it could be a bunch of factors including water weight. The past three... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 10:27:34 EST Can't Seem to get it Right http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5277413 I'm exercising, and trying to eat healthy but when I track my nutrition something is always off. I either don't have enough protein and too many carbs and fat or not enough carbs but too many calories, or just enough of everything except calories, etc. etc. etc. It is so frustrating tracking my food when one thing always has too much or too little. One of my problems right now is that my in-laws are living with my husband and I. Their house burnt down on Christmas day and they are living ... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 12:32:47 EST Mirrors in the Fitting rooms http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5268859 I have had a great week until I had to go shopping for a dress for my brother's wedding. How is it that when I look in the mirror at home I feel good about myself but then I go to a store and look in the mirror in the fitting room and all I see are my flaws? On Wednesday I went shopping and didn't find a dress because I thought I didn't look good in any of them but yesterday I did find a cute dress but again the mirrors made me feel horrible. I brought it home and tried it on for my family... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 17:42:23 EST Glad to be back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5265156 I was absent from Spark people for about 2 years now and my battle with weight has continued. I decided to come back when I weighed myself and was almost the same weight that I was 2 years ago. I swore I would never get that big again. I knew right away what my problem was. I had quit tracking my food. I was eating treats constantly and not paying attention to what I was eating. <BR> I came back to Sparkpeople a week ago and when I weighed myself I couldn't believe it when the scale sh... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 20:00:40 EST