MILLYDALLY's SparkPeople Blog MILLYDALLY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community #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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 A few things I love about being smaller... 1. My boyfriend finds every excuse to put his hands on my waist. I used to shy away from that, but now I just love it, it points out to me how smaller it is! (He is an awesome motivator) <BR> 2. In a similar vein, I love his hugs, he can totally wrap his arms around me now. <BR> 3. Hugs from anyone! People even hug me differently now. I get arms all the way around instead of just around my shoulders. <BR> 4. Getting out of bed/getting out of the car. I don't have to rock myself out, I just fl... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 16:12:14 EST My green shorts... So these are my small shorts that I felt kind of uncomfortable wearing last summer... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> These shorts are one of the things that I can really see and feel my weight loss when I wear them. Here's me wearing them recently... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Look at that! Thos... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 20:53:07 EST Wedding 9/11 Vs. Wedding 5/12 So these are some of the pictures that got me thinking about my weight... I didn't start losing until the end of January, but I started exercising after seeing myself looking so bloated.... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Now, don't get me wrong, I had a ton of fun and I look pret... Fri, 15 Jun 2012 23:00:49 EST Aqua Zumba... !!! That. Was. Awesome. <BR> <BR> Okay, so I just went to my first Aqua Zumba class, and it was pretty much the coolest thing EVER. I walked into the gym, asking politely where the locker rooms were, the pool, etc... I was a little late, so I got into the locker room (at a new gym, you know, when you don't know quite how okay it is to be naked) and quickly changed, looked at my goggles and cap, decided against it... <BR> Finally found the door to the pool (it was through like three other doors b... Thu, 7 Jun 2012 22:00:54 EST Feeling more girly So this is something that has been sneaking up on me, I have been a tomboy my whole life but recently I've been feeling more and more girly. I mean, I still burp a lot and can be crude... but listen to this. <BR> I fit into my boyfriend's boxers. <BR> I felt like when I was much bigger I thought that's where my curves came from, but now that I am getting smaller I feel like I'm getting bigger curves (just less of them? hah!) Anyway, the point it that I am doing stuff like wearing my boyfrien... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 13:07:11 EST I am now "overweight"!!!! I know that's a strange title for someone as excited as I am. <BR> I am 5'6", weighed in at 184.2 this morning....... <BR> That means I have crossed the line from "Obese" into "Overweight"!!!! I am so excited! I am no longer obese! Never again!!!!! <BR> <BR> BMI: 29.8 <BR> <BR> Hey, hey, hey!!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> Sun, 15 Apr 2012 12:27:26 EST Learning to Jog So my jogging adventure begins with a sad story from my childhood, when I didn't understand exercise or eating right (and didn't really care) but my mom cared.. too much. Next, was the doctor who told my mom I had "exercise induced asthma". Next, was the gym teacher who tried to fail me because I couldn't make it around the track jogging once. <BR> So why take up jogging when my whole life I have been turned against it? <BR> <BR> I'm taking it back!!! <BR> <BR> My asthma, I think, was trigg... Mon, 9 Apr 2012 16:14:40 EST Frisbee Golf on Sunday Morning!! <img src=""> <BR> So today I went to play frisbee golf at this totally awesome course, it's in the desert so there are little cliffs and things to throw off of. This was my first time there in a couple weeks and I could feel all these different things about my body. <BR> First of all, my honey said, "wow, you look so much skinnier than last time!" and kept noticing what better shape I'm in. =") <BR> I mean, the pants I was wearing are fro... Sun, 25 Mar 2012 17:25:51 EST Emotional Eating - being honest with myself So... my car died yesterday. She (Gizmo) has been with me through a lot... road trips all over then west coast and southwest. <BR> <BR> So I noticed that right after the lady called me and told me the car was kaput, I started mindlessly checking the cupboard and fridge "to see what was in there" haha, but I think when I'm alone and have heard bad news I kind of get the munchies! I always just figured I was an emotional eater when I was at a party, because I LOVE party food, but I think I'm s... Sat, 17 Mar 2012 10:38:48 EST Buh... Bummer. So I only lost 1/2 lb this week... The past 4 or 5 weeks it's been about 3 lbs a week. I was thinking I would be under 200lbs (I just want to see the scale read under 200!!) next week. I guess I've been building it up a bit for myself but now I feel like I've been set back a week. <BR> I've been trying to stay positive about it, you know, I know my weight can go 2lbs in either way. Plus, (boys, earmuffs) I am on my period and that could be affecting my weight. It's just that I've been losing ... Sun, 4 Mar 2012 11:34:46 EST Noticing Changes I know I am still on my first month kick and I am excited about everything, but I thought I'd share some of that as my 10lb mark comes up. (Only 5 more of these to go! That wasn't so hard. ;) ) <BR> I've already noticed changes in a few little things. Luckily, I have my number 1 fan always telling me he can see changes already. I feel like my body is already changing, but my mood is definitely more positive lately as well. Yesterday at work we were hauling around these huge bags of soil and ... Sat, 18 Feb 2012 16:58:17 EST Inspiration in Produce <img src=""> <BR> So I think this is a Pummelo grapefruit... I was trying to see how much 3 lbs looks like because I couldn't quite see a difference in my body losing that. I weighed a red grapefruit which is just under 1 lb and this big sucker was 2 lbs exactly! (So I've lost about one and a half of these so far.) <BR> A pineapple weighs about 5 lbs and a small watermelon weighs around 12 lbs. <BR> So now, like a big geek, I have a check... Mon, 6 Feb 2012 19:30:31 EST