MIMMICA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MIMMICA MIMMICA'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/ Day 43 - Progress - Spring 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6364509 Today we start on Week 7 of the Spring 5% Challenge. <BR> <BR> Official weigh in this morning gave me a 1/2 pound drop in weight. Happy with that. <BR> <BR> Two more weigh-ins, 14 more days to reach my 5% -- that's another 7.5 lbs to go. Can it be done, certainly, but it will take A LOT of dedication, effort and work. <BR> <BR> I've managed to drop 5.5 lbs since the beginning of the challenge, and I'm happy about that too. That brings my total pounds dropped to 43. YAY! <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 20 May 2017 22:29:24 EST Day 36 - 5% Spring Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6361535 Official weigh-in this morning: 260.5 -- that's a 1.5 lb drop. WOOHOOO!! <BR> <BR> That's 5 lbs down since week one, and leaves 8 lbs to go to meet my 5%. <BR> <BR> I know it is quite possible for me to drop that 8 lbs in three weeks, at 2.66 lbs per week, but that would mean eating at the bottom of my food limits every day, and increasing my level of exercise by quite a bit. <BR> <BR> I need to decide if I want to keep going at the pace I'm going, or if I want to crank up my efforts to... Sat, 13 May 2017 20:20:50 EST Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6359744 I forgot to take a "before" photo of myself at my heaviest, back in November, when I decided to take control of my eating. I couldn't find any photos of myself that showed how big I had gotten. I didn't have any 'before' pictures of me at 303 lbs. <BR> <BR> Today, when I tried to open up my photo gallery on my phone, I got a message that I had run out of storage space, and I was forced to clear off the memory card. As a result, I transferred all the photos and videos to my hard drive. <BR> ... Tue, 9 May 2017 12:35:34 EST Local flooding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6359698 I am off work again today, due to flooding in the area. My immediate neighbourhood is not affected, however, just five minutes up the highway, there is a neighbourhood that is submersed in river water. <BR> <BR> Only two roads leading out of that part of the city are open, and the local authorities asked that people limit the traffic on the interprovincial bridges, as well as on those two roads. The building complex where I work has been closed (as per local, provincial and federal authorit... Tue, 9 May 2017 10:33:33 EST Day 29 - Spring 5% Challenge Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6358559 This was a tough week for me. Realized yesterday why I was getting so many cravings and felt like I was starving all the time... a late, unscheduled and unexpected arrival of TOM. <BR> <BR> Peri-menopause is not fun. I had a cycle that had run like clockwork for nearly 43 years, and then, for my 51st birthday, that ended. There is no "cycle" to my cycle any more. Never know when it's going to arrive, or how long it's going to stay. All I can say is that I've noticed that just before it ... Sat, 6 May 2017 19:45:40 EST My Buddy, Zeus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6353534 Started off my day today with a good breakfast, then Zeus and I went for our usual morning walk. <BR> <BR> Zeus is a dog that I adopted from the local SPCA three years ago. He was picked up as a stray, and when his owner was located she surrendered him to the shelter. Other than that, I don't know anything about his history. They told me he was 3 years old, and that he was a pure bred Harlequin/Merle Great Dane. <BR> <BR> We have a daily routine that he knows well (and that he needs). T... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:41:30 EST Non-Scale Victory: Compliments Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6353048 Today was a day full of compliments - from colleagues, from neighbours. Definitely a motivator. <BR> <BR> From the moment I took off my jacket at the office and got myself ready for work, I started getting comments, <BR> <BR> "You look really good today", <BR> "Wow, you look great"; <BR> "That's a really nice outfit". <BR> <BR> The funny thing is that I've worn this outfit before -- the last time was two weeks ago. <BR> <BR> When you see someone on a daily basis, they don't really notice... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 21:43:13 EST It's a beautiful day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6352545 Today was a really busy day for me. <BR> <BR> I started off my day early, had a good breakfast, and then headed down to the basement. <BR> <BR> My sister-in-law asked me to make a couple of pairs of jeans for her 4 year old grandson, she was planning on picking them up this afternoon. Before I could start working on the pants, I had to clear off my work space. I had to put away all of my tools from when I painted my bedroom a few weeks ago. Once that was done, I got busy, cut out the fi... Sun, 23 Apr 2017 20:27:11 EST Day 15 - Spring 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6352042 This morning's official weigh-in showed another 0.5 lb drop in weight. I'm on track, and happy about this! (Started at 303.5 lbs on November 4, and I'm down to 264.5 today! That's 39 lbs!) <BR> <BR> I'm still tracking everything that I eat, I'm still walking Zeus twice a day, and this past week, I managed to get in some extra walking. <BR> <BR> In the upcoming week I'm going to commit to start doing a 10 minute workout twice a week first thing in the morning (before the Zeus walk). <BR>... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 15:45:57 EST How a purple dress diverted me from a bread binge.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6349854 I have a nice fresh loaf of bread in the cupboard. Today, I have repeatedly gone over to that cupboard, opened it, pulled the bread out, eyeballed the bag, fondled the bag, and have even opened the bag. Each time, I put the bread back into the cupboard and walked away. <BR> <BR> Bread is probably one of the only foods that I have a really hard time with. It's comfort food for me. I can eat a whole loaf if I'm having an emotionally stressed day. Today was not an emotional day, but it has b... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 19:03:49 EST Another half pound kicked to the curb!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6349018 Not a huge drop in weight, but, still a drop. Happy about this! <BR> <BR> Went out for dinner three nights this week, and didn't do as much walking as usual. <BR> <BR> What did I do right? I made good choices for my meals when we went out to eat. I drank my 8 cups of water every day, and, even though I didn't walk as much as usual, at least I got out there and walked even when I didn't feel like it. <BR> <BR> All the support that I got from having a feature blog really helped me to sta... Sat, 15 Apr 2017 21:15:08 EST 36 lbs down, and not done yet! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6346595 Between November 4, 2016 and April 8, 2017, I have managed to drop 36 lbs. YAY ME!!! <BR> <BR> I haven’t really followed any specific “diet”. I have tracked EVERYTHING that I’ve consumed. Yes, I’ve had chocolate, and cake, and doughnuts, and wine, and alcohol and chips. I haven’t deprived myself of foods, and when I have indulged, it has been in moderation. My cardio has consisted of walking (so far). <BR> <BR> Mid-March, my enthusiasm was starting to wane. I was doing my sparking la... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 15:25:07 EST Day 1 - Spring 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6345913 Going to try posting this again... recorded it yesterday, tried to post it twice, but it didn't seem to work.. <BR> <BR> Edit (April 10) <BR> <BR> Sorry about the quality of this.. or if it doesn't work for you... Here's what I say, not word for word): <BR> <BR> "Hi, today is April 8, and it's the first day of the SparkPeople Spring 5% Challenge, I am on the Champions in the Kitchen Team. Official weigh-in today is 265.5 lbs, 5% will be 13 lbs in 8 weeks. This is a record of my before --... Sun, 9 Apr 2017 09:07:24 EST Progress to date and getting ready for the Spring 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6344586 TIme for an update. <BR> <BR> On November 24, 2016, I decided that it was time to start taking care of myself again. I weighed in at 303.5 lbs -- the highest I have ever reached (that I know of -- I stayed off the scale for some time because I was avoiding facing the truth, that I had spiraled out of control). <BR> <BR> I've been on track for most of the time since that day in November. I strayed a couple of times, but managed to take control quickly. <BR> <BR> I subscribed to Spark Pre... Thu, 6 Apr 2017 09:32:15 EST Getting back in the groove http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6333153 I've said it before, I see more success when I blog and post on the team pages on a regular basis. <BR> <BR> Did great with food today. Stayed on track. Didn't do as much walking as I wanted to, but still got in the bare minimum for the day. Really need to work on drinking my water. <BR> <BR> I love sweet potatoes, but every single time I eat them, I experience some really severe cramping in my legs and in my feet -- extremely painful!!! I had a suspicion that eating yams was the reaso... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 00:08:03 EST March Check-in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6332361 Haven't blogged since February 18. Time for an update, I think. <BR> <BR> It's been a busy few weeks. <BR> <BR> The great news is that I ditched 32 lbs as of February 27th. YAY ME! <BR> <BR> Then something happened -- not sure if it was over-confidence, need for change, boredom, or lack of willpower and motivation, or maybe I was just feeling tired and overworked (22 hours of overtime in the last two weeks -- very long days!). <BR> <BR> It started off with this idea that I wanted to ... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 12:41:13 EST Gorgeous outside today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6317967 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1cc18474-b39e-4e1f-8cce-346d081fa424.jpg"> Had a great walk with Zeus. It is sunny and warm...the temperature is at 8ºC. All the snow is melting (we had 25+ cm fall last week)....so sidewalks are flooded and messy. It was still a wonderful walk. Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:46:30 EST Milestone Met http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315643 Today's official weigh-in brings me to 30 lbs gone! YAY!! <BR> <BR> A huge part of my success has been the lunches that I've been packing on Sundays for the week. Quick out the door in the morning, and I stay on track. I'm getting most of my water in every day -- thanks to drinking caffine-free tea. Also, the extra walking that I do with Zeus every day has helped with the drop in weight. <BR> <BR> Decided to snap a selfie to celebrate my success. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaw... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 20:42:09 EST One accomplishment for me to achieve this week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6309653 Today's Spark Coach 'community' task is to plan on one accomplishment to reach in the next seven days. <BR> <BR> I think what i really need to do is to finish cleaning out my basement, so I can get back to working on all the different crafts I used to do. <BR> <BR> A tidy basement will also mean that I will have my 'home gym' area accessible again. No more excuses not to do my workouts. Thu, 2 Feb 2017 12:19:30 EST Find the little things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6307945 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a6d98a0f-9ed4-4d8d-be50-67db4505e9f4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Every day, I try to find good things around me. I read a blog last week that served as a reminder that I need to do this more often -- sometimes, it's hard. <BR> <BR> Today I had a great weigh-in. It made me happy to see the number on the scale had dropped to 277.5 from 281.5. YAY ME! <BR> <BR> Took the dog for his walk before heading to the office. Zeus brings me so much joy! <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 14:37:15 EST Walks and lunches... life is good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6307297 Lots of things to be thankful for in my life, too many to list. <BR> <BR> I've been making good progress with getting closer to my goal of 250 lbs by June. If I keep on track, and keep doing what I'm doing, I'll see that number in no time. <BR> <BR> I walk Zeus every day, once in the morning, a short walk before I head to the office, and then most weekdays, after work, we go for a longer walk, and have some playtime at the park. <BR> <BR> On weekends, we go for one longer walk, mid-da... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 14:20:03 EST Another day to get closer to my goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6306835 Woke up early this morning, had a coffee, did a quick scan of the news, did some sparking, and then made a huge breakfast. Planned my lunch and dinner, did a little bit of tidying up in the kitchen. <BR> <BR> Played with the dog for a bit, and then we went for a nice walk. When we got home, the dog had his snack and then went upstairs and is having a nap on my bed. (It was a good long walk for him, he'll be out for at least three hours). <BR> <BR> Here are a couple of photos from our w... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 17:07:55 EST Gruelling day at the office today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6305909 It seemed like every file I worked on today had some complication... missing documents, mismatched files. It was crazy. I got home feeling completely wiped out - both mentally and physically. I cooked dinner, but did nothing else. I didn't even walk the dog. I gave him a bone from the steak from dinner, and that kept him busy for about an hour. When he was done, he didn't bug me to take him for his walk. <BR> <BR> All things considered, I ate well today...feeling full, and according to the t... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 22:27:02 EST Accomplished a lot today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6302798 Went to bed shortly after midnight last night, and woke up at 3:53 am. Went to the washroom, got back in bed and tossed and turned until 4:50. Ended up getting out of bed and did some sparking, made some breakfast, <BR> <BR> Made a list of things that I wanted to accomplish, and then sat on the couch, watched a movie, had a brief nap, and did some more sparking. Just after I posted that I was procrastinating, I got off my backside and got busy. <BR> <BR> - I swept and washed the kitche... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:57:34 EST Progress, one step at a time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6301476 About 56 days ago, I decided that it was time to start taking care of myself again. <BR> <BR> I tipped the scales at 303 lbs, and was making all kind of excuses as to why and how I managed to get up to that weight. <BR> <BR> The truth is I am the only one responsible. <BR> <BR> Once I stopped playing the blame game, and started taking responsibility for my own well-being, I started making some progress with how I was managing my weight. <BR> <BR> What are the benefits of the decision... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:57:10 EST Sick day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6300909 Stayed home from work today - a pounding headache and feeling a bit of nausea. Migraine. Was feeling a bit better by mid-afternoon, and took the dog out for a walk. It was nice and warm outside. Glad I went out. The change in the air made me feel better. <BR> <BR> Here are some pictures I took on the way back. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4bb16538-817d-4a10-b2d1-998c47469cbd.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0f9fd395-45a2-49... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:36:41 EST Busy day -- good day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6298821 Spent the afternoon running errands, and then met up with some friends for coffee and to catch up. <BR> <BR> Was a great day. I got out of the house, I walked, I made good choices for food, tracked everything, and I am working on drinking my water. <BR> <BR> Picked up my fruits and vegetables for the week, and packed my lunches for four days. I need to make a batch of brownies for my treats, and when they've cooled off, I'll cut them up, pack some for my lunches, and freeze the rest. ... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 20:46:08 EST Fifty one days of empowerment... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6298124 ... and on day 52, I hit a wall.... <BR> <BR> I hit the "reset" button 53 days ago. In the following 51 days, I did everything right -- the right attitude, the right food, the right movements. I was mindful of what I was eating, I made extra effort to move and walk, I tracked, I self-assured, I used positive reinforcement. I planned, I was present and I made an impact on my own life. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was day 52, and, I consciously made the choice to eat anything and everything that I w... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 17:31:09 EST Had a great walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6293866 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c21100db-f3eb-4147-9d1f-f97811f568f5.jpg"> <BR> Just got back from our walk. Zeus was happy to finally get out. Made sure we were both bundled up. Felt great to be out there. Glad we went. Sun, 8 Jan 2017 12:54:07 EST Things to do this year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6293515 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8800f733-a3c8-4baf-94cf-0116adfd7daa.jpg"> Sat, 7 Jan 2017 22:06:00 EST Checking in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292715 Waited most of the day yesterday for the appliance maintenance guy to come fix my washer and do a bit of maintenance on my dryer. <BR> <BR> Glad I was home, I started a winter cold. Runny nose, watery eyes, cough. YUCK. I didn't end up doing any walking or workouts -- was feeling too under the weather. Took some cold medication to get me through the night, and some more again this morning to get me through the work day. <BR> <BR> Enrolled in the Spark Premium Plan so I can get extra h... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 17:07:07 EST Calm after the rain storm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6291163 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8fffd2ea-7c37-4bb2-9899-486aae829f75.jpg"> <BR> Zeus and I headed out for our morning walk. We had freezing rain all day yesterday. Then we had snow overnight. It was pretty this morning. Wed, 4 Jan 2017 12:38:27 EST 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6288726 This year, I would like to experience good health, wealth, good friendships, and I would like to feel joy every single day. <BR> <BR> Time to get started! Sun, 1 Jan 2017 14:17:39 EST Taking Control http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287087 Yesterday was a tough day for me. <BR> <BR> I had a good sized breakfast. When I headed down to the food court to get some lunch (I take late lunches), my go-to places for lunch were either already closed, or had cakes and cookies left on the shelves. It's a slow week for everyone, so I guess they make the minimal amount of sandwiches, etc to cut down on losses. <BR> <BR> I have a small stash of food in a cabinet in my office, so I had some melba toast, some peanut butter and some frui... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 16:21:17 EST What have I done in the last month? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6286196 The last 30 or so days have been pretty good. <BR> <BR> I started off, the third week of November, at 302.5 lbs. <BR> <BR> - I made good food choices. <BR> - I walked more frequently every day. <BR> - I had a positive attitude. <BR> - I tracked my food as often as possible. <BR> - I was present every single day. <BR> - I took care of ME. <BR> <BR> So what was the result of all those things that I did right? <BR> <BR> - Weigh-in this morning was 289.5. <BR> <BR> That's a drop of 13 ... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 21:40:45 EST Working, working and working http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6276876 Last week was an extremely busy and stressful week at the office. Crazy busy. Felt like I was making no progress, but a lot got done. <BR> <BR> I was so tired on Friday when I got home that I did not do much -- a lot of rest and relaxation this past weekend -- I needed it. <BR> <BR> A good thing that I rested too -- today was just as busy as every other day at the office last week. <BR> <BR> Today was the first day in the last two weeks that I felt like I had lost control with my food -... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 21:18:20 EST Being Present... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6272803 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/79370936-ba32-49d7-9a1c-f3ea11601309.jpg"> <BR> I decided on Thursday morning that I am going to be positive and present with my life... and so far, it's been a great thing for me. Seeing results already... and a whole week hasn't even gone by yet. Life is good! Sun, 27 Nov 2016 12:31:09 EST New (re)-beginnings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6271877 The relationship that I've been in for the last three and a half years has been temporarily put on hold -- he's working out of the country for four months. We've had several discussions, and came to the conclusion that we'll decide when he comes back in April if we'll bother to reconnect or not. <BR> <BR> I'm looking at his departure as an opportunity to get my own life back. Not that life in the last 3.5 years has been bad, not at all. It's just that I felt like I was spending all my tim... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 08:03:34 EST Time for Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6271719 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c3a312ce-81e9-4fb6-b002-e19d4b1bcc6f.jpg"> <BR> Starting over... again. Hit 303.5 lbs a couple of weeks ago. Time to take care of me. Selfie.... More about my plan later..for now... new start Thu, 24 Nov 2016 20:49:56 EST Yikes. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6161962 Time to smarten up. <BR> <BR> In the past, I avoided the scale when I knew that I wouldn't like what I saw when I stepped up on it. <BR> <BR> Today, I sucked it up and weighed in. I knew before I stepped on the scale that it would be cringe-worthy, and I was right. <BR> <BR> 290.5 <BR> <BR> YIKES! <BR> <BR> I know most of that recent gain is water retention. My choice for dinner was not anywhere near good, and it was loaded with sodium. <BR> <BR> My first thought was "well, since I'm ... Fri, 13 May 2016 06:58:34 EST Thursday's mission http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6161507 I did ok yesterday - managed to achieve everything on my list (except for putting makeup on!). <BR> <BR> I could have done better with the amount of food that I ate -- I made good choices until the end of the day. <BR> <BR> Today's mission: <BR> <BR> To keep working at this: <BR> <BR> - Drink all my water <BR> - Eat well <BR> <BR> Go for a nice walk after dinner with Zeus (we had a short walk this morning). <BR> <BR> That's it for now.. <BR> <BR> One thing I have to remind myself to ... Thu, 12 May 2016 12:45:58 EST Wednesday's Mission http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6160489 Get back on track. <BR> <BR> 1. Eat well <BR> 2. Drink water <BR> 3. Move! <BR> <BR> I can do this. <BR> <BR> Get out of bed earlier, so I have time to..... <BR> <BR> - Go for a longer walk with Zeus <BR> - Put on make up <BR> - Wear something that makes me feel good! <BR> - Wed, 11 May 2016 00:18:15 EST Trekking along http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6141837 It was a busy morning at the office today. I got fed up and ended up having a brief outburst to vent my frustration with 'procedures' at the office -- tired of asking for specific instruction/direction/details, and getting vague responses, and the results are people having to re-do the work they spent hours rushing to finish in order to meet deadlines. Hopefully something will be done to 'fix' things. <BR> <BR> Got a haircut at lunch time. Happy with my new do (will post a selfie tomorro... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 23:08:14 EST CIrcling back around from somewhere I want to leave... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6119099 Here we go again. Weigh-in yesterday was 285 lbs. That's only three pounds less than what I weighed when I first started here on SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> Not a surprise. <BR> <BR> I have lost and gained weight over the years. The cycle is always the same. I neglect myself for long periods of time, usually because of what I believe to be some form of depression. I'll stay in that state of mind for months, sometimes years, until one day, I wake up feeling fresh and alive. <BR> <BR> That... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 14:42:02 EST Oh Mother Nature - we have been on such good terms until now! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6018182 I managed to stop myself from "eating everything in sight" last time I Sparked, on October 8, but not for long. <BR> <BR> I was expecting to start my TOM, about the same time that I last posted, but it still hasn't made an appearance - this could be due to one of the following reasons: <BR> <BR> 1. I am stressed out. (Not at all, actually!) <BR> 2. I am pregnant. (Immaculate conception?) <BR> 3. I am in perimenopause. (Awwwwwww geeeeeez!) <BR> <BR> I have been keeping track of m... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 12:04:09 EST Day one and a half... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6008214 I know, day one and a half seems odd... but the title is appropriate, considering my decision to make changes happened mid-day yesterday. It was a good day, and it ended well. I stayed within my range for my food, drank some of my water, and I didn't waver in any way <BR> <BR> I am proud of the choices that I made today. I had a good breakfast again, I brought a healthy salad and fruit for my lunch, I walked the dog before and after work, and I had a good healthy dinner. I even managed ... Fri, 2 Oct 2015 20:44:48 EST I had an epiphany today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6007557 August 17th was my last officially tracked weigh-in. <BR> <BR> August 20th was my last blog. <BR> <BR> August 21st was the last time I tracked food. <BR> <BR> I did manage to keep up with walking every morning, with the dog, but the walks went from 50 minutes to 25. Sadly, I cut out the evening walks with Zeus (we drove to the dog park instead). <BR> <BR> I avoided the scale for weeks after that last weigh-in in August, knowing that the numbers were going to be higher. When I finall... Thu, 1 Oct 2015 16:53:48 EST Holy slow days at the office.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5981568 It's been so slow at the office since they announced the federal election here in Canada. <BR> <BR> I went from processing 50 files a day, to the grand number of TWO today. OUCH. Makes for very long, slow, boring days. <BR> <BR> I've been trying to keep myself busy with other bits of work, but there's just not enough to keep me busy all day. It's 2:40 right now, and I work until 5:30. I have no idea how I am going to fill the rest of the day. <BR> <BR> Went to see a concert last ni... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 14:46:23 EST Slow but steady day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5977491 It was a slow but steady day at the office today. I go I got a lot of work done and I had time to rest between files. Didn't realize that I didn't have lunch until all the places Little shops in the mall were close little shops in the mall were closed. After work I went to buy new bed sheets and then went home, picked up the dog and took him to the dog park. Late dinner. Just got home, going to get to bed soon. Life is good. Thu, 13 Aug 2015 21:11:41 EST I am a Sabateur! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5972611 It's true! <BR> <BR> I had a great day on Monday. Made a new commitment to myself to stay on track. Drank all my water, did my cardio, ate well, and then at about 3 in the afternoon, I was craving "something" -- nothing specific, just "something". I have single serving packets of Melba Toast, peanut butter and jams in my drawer. I had one pack of the toast with raspberry jam, and was happy with myself for not going down to the little shop to get something less healthy. <BR> <BR> Ate... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 13:11:11 EST