MILLYDALLY's SparkPeople Blog MILLYDALLY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community My Morning Routine This morning I read the Pinterest post by Sparkpeople, "Morning routines of 6 VERY fit women." Since I love mornings, I thought I'd just post my own routine, too. :0) <BR> <BR> 5:45am - Wake up from Amuro, my kitty, walking on me and/or licking my eyebrows, feed him and change his water, and maybe play with him for a bit. Get in the shower. <BR> <BR> 6:30am - Get dressed, take vitamins, do my hair and makeup. <BR> <BR> 6:45am - Grab my breakfast, lunch, workout gear (for stopping by the ... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 10:45:55 EST Relearning Gratitude and Patience Hello! <BR> <BR> I have been off and on with my Sparkpeople lately... a lot has happened recently and it is interesting trying to learn how to balance my needs with my wants, my previous life with my new life. <BR> <BR> This Winter was hard. I don't even want to go in to everything, and I don't need to! This is something that I am working on- I used to feel like I had to say everything, explain why my life was so hard and hectic, but I have found that I will just keep the bad things in the ... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:02:11 EST Woah!! Slow down there, Emotional Eating!! I just had one of those work experiences that I was not prepared for and didn't want and BAM! immediately I was reaching for the nearest snacks. I'll blog instead! <BR> <BR> One of the things that I find to be very stressful about my job is when other faculty members treat me like a kid/student. This partly bothers me because students should be treated as adults as well, but I also feel very proud of my accomplishments and whenever one of my colleagues tries to give me a little pat on the he... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 18:26:02 EST Balancing Consistency and Creativity So my biggest setback lately has been with my food. This has always been my biggest area that I need to improve on, but now I have a new challenge: being creative with what I eat while also staying consistent with my calories. <BR> <BR> I gained a lot of cooking skills these past two years. I am actually pretty good at it; I used to cook before, but I've definitely gotten better and more creative with what I make. This is a two part problem. <BR> <BR> #1: Creativity that turns indulgent. <B... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 10:31:07 EST #RockYourResolution ~ Day 28 ~ Talk about serious Sparkfriend motivation!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Got this in the mail today with a gift and a letter from SallyG. I'm still just blown away by the idea that a SparkFriend would go to such lengths for me. I'm actually pretty much at a loss for words... but I can say that Sally and I have gone through almost 2 years of a lot of ups and downs, and such a wonderful gesture just reminds me that my Spark friends really know what I'm going through because they are goin... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 23:12:52 EST #RockYourResolution ~ Day 18 Wow, it has been 5 days since my last blog. I told myself I would try to blog every day this month...but that is harder than it seems! My firs thought is that I would blog every day until I reached my goal weight, but I don't think that is even possible for me. But I will try to post a couple days a week this year, even after I reach my goal. I think that is doable. <BR> <BR> This is the first week that I have been back to school also, so it is much, much harder than when I'm on break. I kno... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 10:51:27 EST #RockYourResolution ~ Day 13 Hello! <BR> <BR> I didn't get a chance to type up a blog for last night, so I thought I'd just update now. Yesterday went pretty good! My honey has been putting a lot of effort in to remembering things and trying to go look for a part time job this week... I know how much he wants to help, he just doesn't have any motivation beyond 'that I won't get mad at him' which is still frustrating. Anyway, we are on good terms, I'm just hoping he can find a way to help us make rent this month. <BR> I ... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 13:01:27 EST #RockYourResolution ~ Day 11,12 Well, this weekend has been incredibly stressful. I think I'm PMSing too. Yesterday and Friday I know I went over my calories, even though today I stayed pretty low. I got in a walk this morning, but... I start work tomorrow and I still haven't gotten a full plan of what to do this semester. It won't be terrible, because the first day is always just giving them the syllabus,talking about the class, and all that. <BR> The biggest stress in my life is not having any women friends in this town b... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 22:22:38 EST #RockYourResolution ~ Day 8,9,10 ~ Unexpected Health Problems So I'm not sure why I didn't blog Wednesday, but it was probably because I was studying for my GRE. More on that... <BR> <BR> Let's start with Thursday. It was a good, I felt good after Zumba Wednesday night and I got in a good amount of steps. I went to the college early to hear a talk about health care, which I didn't even need to go to as they went over it in the Adjunct Reception that night. I got to spend the day studying and at the reception I saw all my friends and had some great talk... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 11:27:11 EST #RockYourResolution ~ Day 7 Week one a success!! <BR> <BR> Just got back from taking Jack for a walk, so I still got over 7,000 steps, which is what I would like it to be for a slow day. Most of the day I just hung out at home trying to relax and enjoy my last day of Winter Break. I made the guys' favorite- green chile potato soup, which is a fairly healthy recipe. I also made some baking powder biscuits. My honey made me lunch with a list of what he put in the sandwich for my calories, and I had a simple breakfast. Al... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 00:24:33 EST #RockYourResolution ~ Day 6 My day went pretty well today, except that I have been playing my favorite video game for a while now... maybe I should take Jack for a walk before bed... <BR> This morning I woke up almost an hour late, but I was glad to get the extra time since I went to bed a little late. Right after I woke up I went to the pool and swam in the sunny lane. Well, the second sunniest lane- there was a woman in the sunny lane who wasn't swimming, she was chatting to another swimmer. But that's life. I still g... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 20:42:02 EST #RockYourResolution ~ Day 5 Today was pretty rough food-wise. I work at a cafe in a church on Saturday nights and Sunday mornings, so whatever is left I need to take home or else it will spoil over the week. That means, after working from 8-1, I take home a few breakfast burritos, some cinnamon rolls, and chocolate and blueberry muffins. Uhg. I did a great job at not snacking while I was working today. Usually I break down and end up getting something to munch. But that just meant by the time I got home I was hungry and... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 23:08:01 EST #RockYourResolution ~ Day 4 So I just finished a small bowl of jello that put me right up to 1550, which is my limit. I think that is fine, because I am still trying to get used to saying no... and that jello was practically begging for it. <BR> Today I worked at the cafe which is a huge trigger for me, but I didn't snack mindlessly this evening. I had been planning on that jello all day! Haha <BR> Also, my diamond ring candle just came in the mail and I got a fun little ring from it. Only one of the $10 ones, but it wa... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 23:44:39 EST #RockYourResolution ~ Day 3 Today, honestly, it was a little easier not to snack. I always feel like there's this third-day hump. The next milestone will be one week, then two weeks. I'm feel like I'm kind of getting back in to the groove of it all, especially since my honey and I had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad fight last night. It was one of those fight that we just keep getting in to. We are these totally different people, so it just takes a lot of work, but it is completely worth it. <BR> On a highish no... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 00:27:08 EST #RockYourResolution ~ Day 2 Today went a little better than yesterday. I still didn't get as much sleep as I would have liked, but I stayed within my calories and got in a good amount of exercise. I did spend a lot more time on the computer than I should have, though. That is definitely something that I will have to work on. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I went for a walk this morning: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> =) <BR> <BR> And spent the evening on my own since my honey got cal... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 23:14:42 EST #RockYourResolution ~ Day 1 The first day of my new year was not exactly what I had planned. That is something that I have trouble with when I try to lose weight- what actually happens often doesn't follow my plan for the day and that makes it hard for me to stick to my calories. I had planned to be asleep by about 1am last night after the festivities, then I had planned out my meals already for today. Instead, some friends showed up after midnight and we ended up playing Settlers of Catan until 4am, which is the latest... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 22:41:53 EST Getting Excited for Wednesday! Wednesday!! <BR> That is the day that I am going to be actively and consistently logging and tracking my calories in and out. 1/1/2014. I have some very major things coming up this year... We are planning on moving back home to the Portland area, I've applied to a Master's program (for.. English?? Am I insane??), I applied to be a TA as well, I'm not sure if I have a reading class this Spring... There are just a lot of things to look forward to. <BR> <BR> The biggest thing to look forward to... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 16:21:32 EST Musings and Plans Happy holidays, everyone!!! <BR> <BR> This is one of those crazy, long blogs-if you just want to skip through and drop me a quick "You can do it!", that works for me!!! =) <BR> <BR> So I just read the article about not taking a break during the holidays, finding a nice middle ground that might slow weight loss, but not stop it completely. The problem is that I know right now I am gaining weight already. One of the worst things I have recently noticed is that my 'baggy' jeans are now so tigh... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 17:09:20 EST Leap into Fall Well... <BR> <BR> The reason I joined this challenge in the first place is because I am feeling like I need someone behind me right now, giving me encouraging words. I have been in a terrible plateau that only brings me down the longer it goes on. I just need to suck it up and get back on track!! <BR> <BR> My goals for this challenge are fourfold. <BR> <BR> 1. Stick with my exercise and eating routine- No more exceptions! If I make 5 exceptions per week, I am not really donig what I want, ... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 14:46:23 EST Maintaining and Gaining So, as some of you know, I have been stuck in a rut for a while now. Over a year. When I started this journey I thought, "I can make my goal weight in 6 months!" How exciting is that? Easy-peasy... right? <BR> Wrong. <BR> After my first 5 months (and 50 pounds!) my weight loss journey started slowing. Then stopped. Then it reversed a bit. Then it reversed back. Over the past year I have gained a couple pounds at a time, and lost a couple pounds at a time, and I have now found myself a whoppin... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 15:03:45 EST My 15-month Plateau Just the title of this blog makes me cringe. I think I've tried writing this at least twice so far. I am starting to get discouraged. <BR> At first, it seemed so easy! I was losing about 3 lbs a week, swimming 3 times a week, eating right and avoiding temptation. I am just like the person described in the article "25 Ways to Get Back on Track Today". <BR> Even though I know I feel better when I am exercising and eating right, I just find myself sabotaging regularly. It's just hard, because it... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 13:22:53 EST Insanity Workouts - Day 10 For those of you wondering what my Insanity experience has been like, it has been kind of like this: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lol! Sweaty! That's how it's been! Granted, I do live in the desert where it's 90 degrees out, and I am one of those slightly embarrassed people who sweat a lot in my workouts (thanks for THOSE genes, Mom), but it really has been intense! <BR> <BR> The videos usually consist of a warm up done three time... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 19:53:11 EST Why I Run This is a list of things that happen when I am jogging on a regular basis: <BR> <BR> 1. I don't feel as tired <BR> 2. I have more energy <BR> 3. My face is clearer <BR> 4. My attitude is more upbeat <BR> 5. I get up earlier <BR> 6. I eat healthier <BR> 7. I get in my meditation <BR> 8. I don't get sick as easy <BR> 9. I breathe easier <BR> 10. My body looks and feels awesome! I love my runner's shape now!! Fri, 21 Jun 2013 11:26:14 EST What a Lovely Day! So, to start off, last night my honey and I made some pizzas! We used his mom's tortilla recipe and just savory'd it up a bit, then added tomato sauce, light cheese, veggies, and on one ground turkey, the other pineapple. This is the one with pineapple... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> They were so yummy!! I had to stop myself when I realized I was getting close to my calorie limit, haha. That pineapple I got on sale at the store yes... Thu, 16 May 2013 16:18:35 EST It's All Just Ups and Downs This morning I was going to write a blog and then I got distracted... <BR> <BR> By happenstance, this will be quite a more cheerful blog. <BR> <BR> Out of curiousity, I weighed myself every day this week. I was wondering if maybe I weighed more on certain days or because of stress or anything. Anyway, when I weighed myself today I was a wopping 3.7 pounds higher than yesterday. This might have been because I basically ate only pizza yesterday which has a lot of sodium and it could be water ... Fri, 10 May 2013 15:23:54 EST Woah. How'd that happen? So today I overate. <BR> <BR> I started out great with a piece of toast, Greek yogurt with banana slices and a cup of coffee on the back porch with my honey in the sunshine after a wonderful morning jog! <BR> <BR> I guess it must have started with the fact that we got so caught up in a game we were playing together that I completely forgot lunch. I decided on a healthy lunch and even snacked on some broccoli while I was preparing the tortilla dough to make little tortillas for veggie burger... Sun, 5 May 2013 00:01:32 EST Just a quick thought about preparation... I have been overthrown by the rise and shine challenge!! I am a college kid who generally likes to wake up at noon-ish, or usually about 10am. Lately I have been going to bed around 10 or 11pm and waking up at 7 or 8am! This is a huge difference and I like it a LOT more. <BR> At my age, I guess I try to stay up late with everyone, playing video games, maybe having a few beers... but lately I've been the one in bed first and up and at 'em the earliest! I won't lie, this is a rough adjustment f... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 12:09:11 EST Fast Break Results Alright! It's been two weeks so far of giving myself a bit of a break and focusing on the smaller things. <BR> The SparkDiet says that for the first two weeks you should find the time, pay attention to what you are eating, set up shop, keep goals in mind, and find a strategy that works for you. <BR> I know I am a big Emotional Eater, there's no doubt there. Over the past two weeks I have noticed that I eat pizza too damn much. That happens with half of our household working at pizza places. O... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 14:29:02 EST Rise and Shine! In honor of the rise and shine challenge, I have been trying to wake up early to exercise. I have also been trying to go to bed early. (Having a healthy breakfast is a cinch for me!) <BR> <BR> So today I finally succeed in waking up at 7am, going for a half hour jog around the neighborhood, and then fitting in some stretching! <BR> <BR> What a great way to start the day! After I come home we did some chores,made breakfast and coffee, then watched some of our favorite cartoons. I really do ... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 15:43:33 EST Food Confessions - A Review So I really went off the rails last week, but it did help me understand some of the mental and physical reactions my body has to that type of eating. Luckily, I have been doing well the past few days with a couple (MAJOR) revisions in my plan. <BR> <BR> Although I still have my ultimate weight goal in mind I decided to start slower,since I was having so much trouble getting back in my healthy habits and that was something contributing to my stress. <BR> <BR> Here are some of the things I am... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 16:04:24 EST Food Confessions Alright, usually I don't talk about my downfalls when it comes to food...This comes from my days of being bulimic... Yeah, I just kind of started admitting that to people besides, well, myself. Anyway, I am comfortable with binging and hiding it. Since I haven't tried to "purge" in a long while, I can still get in to the habit of a semi-secret binge... <BR> <BR> So I got stuck on a binging loop this last week, I don't know if it's because I want to stick to my original plan so badly that I a... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 13:01:28 EST My plan (with revisions) Hello! So this is one of those things you hear a lot around here, but I am going to give it that last little push to get to my goal and I start TODAY. NOW, in fact. Here are some things I am going to keep in mind for the next couple of months: <BR> <BR> - A day where I slip up is just that: a minor slip-up. I don't have to work harder to counter-act what I ate, and I don't have to starve myself the next day, it just may make my next weigh in less than a pound higher than I expected. It may n... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 16:11:29 EST A confession Hiya!! <BR> <BR> Today has been wonderful, my lesson plan went just as I had hoped, everything I wanted to discuss was brought up, everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves, which is good. <BR> <BR> My little kitten is doing better today, this morning I woke up with him attacking me, so I know he has made some recovery! I didn't write about what happened because I am so deeply ashamed at myself that I didn't really want to admit it. <BR> Amuro was climbing on my towel the other day and I c... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 18:45:52 EST Strawberries The little red fruits slip between my fingers <BR> Grabbing, pinching, trying to attract one for lunch. <BR> I catch one, finally, and toss it toward my mouth before it escapes, <BR> Red juice running down my fingers, <BR> Slipping in between the cracks. <BR> <BR> The flavor infuses my mouth with Spring, <BR> It's so sweet it makes my jaw ache! <BR> The seeds are like little landmines <BR> Between the softer, sweet crunch of the meat. <BR> <BR> The minute I swallow one I want another! <BR> ... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 14:16:57 EST Decided to take some pictures at the gym... Okay, to start is the funniest one, this is what my school gym looks like on the Friday before Spring Break: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Anyway, I do my strength training in one of the class workout rooms before I get on the elliptical, and it's got these big mirrors, and I'll be honest, I kind of like them. At least when I am consistent with working out and eating right, which I've been doing the last four days now woohoo a streak!! <B... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 17:05:00 EST Gettin' back in the groove (and ignoring the obstacles) Hey everyone! <BR> So since my last blog post I have been working hard at trying to get back into my groove after the incident with the new scale and the new place. My BIGGEST difficulty, by far, is snacking in the evening. I will be doing good all day and get my workout in, eat properly proportioned meals, then I get home and have dinner, then my planned snack, then about 2 hours later it all goes haywire!! I've tried chewing gum or drinking water but I get this compulsive eating thing that ... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 18:41:12 EST New scale (Oh Cripes!) So... <BR> <BR> I got a new scale the other day since I moved into our new place! It is very cute and a really good scale, my honey said we should splurge on it since it is such a priority in my life right now. (Hurray!) <BR> So my first weigh-in on the new scale was a bummer. It was up .8 of a pound from the last time I had weighed, which was about a week before that. <BR> Okay, so here we are: I had been exercising, but not eating as well as I would like. It is extremely hard for me to adj... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 15:40:00 EST Happy Valentine's Day! My honey knows me so well: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> That... or he's trying to mess with me... <BR> Just kidding! Here's to hoping that box o' chocolates lasts more than this week! Fri, 15 Feb 2013 02:22:44 EST Rock climbing!! I wish I got pictures so I could post them, but the only girl who had a camera with her said she didn't even think to take pictures!! <BR> <BR> Anyway, I took my English class to the climbing wall at school today! It was awesome, everyone was playing around and talking more and you could really see a team building there. =) Made me feel like a good teacher! <BR> <BR> I made it to the top 3 separate times and made it halfway up another!! It was such a blast, I had so much fun. And by the end... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 20:28:56 EST What was up with this weekend?? So here's the quote for today/tomorrow: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For me, it was moving in to a new place that threw me off track. I've stayed with my exercise, so that's good, but I ate like all the food in the house would disappear after an allotted amount of time if I didn't scarf it down. <BR> <BR> BUT, I have already planned out tomorrow and I plan on going back to the gym and getting back into my regular schedule, so I am... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 03:04:48 EST My own motivational calendar Okay, so excuse the picture, my camera went to hell and back on New Year's Eve... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So this is my handy-dandy calendar! <BR> <BR> It is what helped me get back on track and stay on track since then. It is right by my door with a cup of markers for me... A smiley face means I made calorie range that day, a sad face means I didn't... And all the other marks around it are for the January Jumpstart challenge.... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 11:18:26 EST Climbing Wall! So this is awesome, I just finished writing out my Unit 2 calendar (Home, family, and culture) and there is one reading that we have called "Our Wounded Hearts". It's about a girl whose father dies of heart disease, so we will be discussing health that day. Hurray! So I wanted to talk about health issues and being healthy and how that will make it easier to come to classes if you're well-fueled and well-rested and stuff like that. <BR> <BR> So I booked 2 hours at the climbing wall on campus!... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 12:49:40 EST Also, a quick vent about my mother-in-law. I am ANXIOUSLY awaiting the moving date, when we can get out of the in-laws house. We will be self-sufficient again, closer to school, and out of the in-laws house. Have I also mentioned that we will be NOT LIVING WITH THE IN-LAWS? Hahaha! <BR> Yes, I am excited for that most of all. My mother-in-law, for whatever reasons in her past, is quite a crabby lady. The fights that my honey and I went through last year didn't exactly make her warm toward me, either. I mean, most of my honey's friend... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 15:57:12 EST Moving and Losing Hi everyone! Here is today's motivational quote: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This month I have been focusing on forgiving myself for slip-ups. This may have been the reason I stopped my program last June; I had indulged at a weddings, and bar-be-ques, then birthdays, then holidays... So I figured I would just tell myself, hey, you are learning. Really, time passes. And you can use that time to become healthier, or you can let the time s... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 15:33:36 EST 1.2 lbs away from a total of 50 lbs lost...! So I am back to where I was last June, JUST about to hit 170... But honestly, it just seems like this is the point in my weight loss journey where I just have to try HARDER than I used to! When I started, I was easily dropping 3 lbs a week and sometimes eating over my calories. Now, my weight loss has slowed to (a healthy) 1-2lbs a week. This last week I have worked harder than before (doing the January Jumpstart Challenge) and eating around 1200 cal a day and I lost 1.4lbs. This is a little ... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 12:43:35 EST "You are such an inspiration!" Hello! <BR> <BR> Here's a little set up of my life right now: <BR> I just started my new job as an English instructor at the college here and it is AMAZING! <BR> Anyway, I am also tutoring at the learning center on campus and I am taking a class in medical terminology. <BR> <BR> My favorite part about it is probably the way all my students look up to me, even though I am the same age or younger than some of them. There's the whole, "well, she's done it so I can do it too!" thing that just m... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 20:49:49 EST One of my favorite things about weight loss... well, a few things I guess. Number one favorite thing: When I get out of the shower and wrap up in a towel, the towel goes all the way around and then some! Before it would gap at the side, but now I can snuggle up in a towel after my shower. It really makes me feel small. Talk about a daily reminder! <BR> <BR> Another thing that I love is all my friends and family who are asking me for advice, or signing up for SparkPeople, and it makes me feel like I'm not alone at all in this. This is something that a lot of people ... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 16:27:22 EST Three cheers for gift cards My new water cup!!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 4 of these a day is easy-peasy! =) Sat, 29 Dec 2012 19:31:19 EST Rewards Recently, I gave myself my first present for losing the weight that I did this year. I haven't had a lot of money recently but I got a gift card for Christmas that I used on new work-out clothes (honestly, my first NEW work out clothes) that I feel awesome in. The feeling of choosing a LARGE SIZE pair of pants in the regular clothes section, as apposed to XL or anything from a plus-size store and then trying them on in the store and them fitting well, was... amazing. It was totally remotivati... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 21:47:34 EST Rewarding myself for having some self-control over the holiday Merry Christmas! <BR> I love Christmas food. Pretty much all of it. My downfall is chocolate and peppermint. Yum! Anyway, this Christmas I stuck to the plate guidelines (1/2 veggies, 1/4 protein, 1/4 carbs) and had a tiny piece of cake for dessert. I've snacked a little on the treats people got me as presents, but I've been trying to track them. My shelf is still full of candies but I haven't binged my face off over them, haha! <BR> Anyway, a present for me for doing good this year and gettin... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 21:32:00 EST