MIRDREAMS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MIRDREAMS MIRDREAMS'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/ Hungry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672228 What do you do when you're hungry? I mean, so often I eat because I'm peckish or bored or something looks delicious. At those times I can keep my calorie goals in mind and choose not to eat. But when I'm straight up hungry I wonder, is it good to not eat, even if I'm at the edge of my calorie zone? Often I decide nope, it's not, and I try to eat something healthy, some fruit, some yogurt, a glass of skim milk because I can't believe that a gnawing (or as gnawing as a well fed westerner ca... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:55:27 EST Back at it (again) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663150 I've never thought of myself as a yo-yo dieter. Heck, I've never really thought of myself as a dieter. I've been dissatisfied with my weight as long as I can remember, even when I was the weight that is now my goal weight, but I've also never thought it should be that important. I have several close people in my life who have struggled with eating disorders and who have had very major weight shifts. I never have. I've just been very gradually putting on 40 pounds over the last decade. An... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 03:37:22 EST Rats, Foiled Again (by myself) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4566439 So I haven't been tracking for a while (in fact the last time I was tracking consistently was a week at the beginning of last month). But I have been getting my butt to the gym a few times a week. Which sounds good in principle and I've added in some weight training and I'm up to week 6 on C25K and really working hard at that so I'm pleased with that. But it's getting cold out and I'm not walking for a hour or so on the off days the way I was during the summer. And it shows. I haven't ga... Thu, 3 Nov 2011 10:24:53 EST Annoyed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4528257 I'm annoyed with myself and with the world. That's maybe overstating things but I really want to be ten pounds down. I'm within a pound. I've already bought my reward and told people I'm down ten pounds when they comment on how good I'm looking. I know the scale doesn't matter and I really shouldn't be that caught up with a number but I just want to get that little bit further. Ultimately I want to get back down to 135 but right now I will just be ecstatic when I get to 155. Mon, 10 Oct 2011 10:58:47 EST Feeling it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4488251 I don't really know what's different this time. I've been on SP before. I've lost some weight before and thought "cool, this works" but it didn't stick and I went back to my regular old ways and the weight crept up and I grew to hate mirrors. This time has been different. Maybe because I haven't put as much emphasis on what my workouts need to be, maybe because even though I've been tracking I've been less stressed about every little piece of food. Maybe because this time it really is a ... Fri, 16 Sep 2011 12:41:35 EST Stay on Target... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4474713 Was dead on target for all my nutrition goals today, which is nice feeling (ok I lie, I went over on fiber, it is not something that worries me). <BR> <BR> Dinner was mushroom pierogi from this neat little Polish convenience store that opened up not too far from our house. I boiled them to heat them up and while they were going sauteed some onions and mushrooms in a little white wine. Added in some "real bacon bits" (25 calories to the tbsp), some sweet peas and gave the whole thing with a... Thu, 8 Sep 2011 23:49:03 EST Rain or Shine These Hips Will Hoop http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4472070 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l377164128.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's still raining but I have a new toy and I must play. It's like a new bike on the day after Christmas. You can see the wet results of some rain dance hooping. It felt great :)! Wed, 7 Sep 2011 17:39:54 EST Hoop de hoop http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4470672 Well last week didn't go quite as planned. We went out a few times with friends and then had a wedding over the weekend so there were a few days I was over calories and then a few days I wasn't tracking but I thought given I was in NYC those days and walking a fair amount it would all come out in the wash even if I didn't lose anything. Well I didn't lose anything but I gained three pounds, just enough push me back over 160, so frustrating. And the most frustrating thing is that three poun... Tue, 6 Sep 2011 23:59:23 EST Trigger Foiled http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4452192 Today was a rather busy, annoying and productive day as I ran around like a mad woman getting things we may need if the world decides it wants to end in water, rather than fire or ice, tomorrow. This involved eleven different stores (twelve stops since I hit one twice and I only found the D-Cells for the portable water pump I found in a broken box at stop three at stop ten, a Mobile station I stopped at 'cause I figured no one would think of them for batteries and so they'd still have some. ... Sun, 28 Aug 2011 01:37:46 EST Running Strong http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4448527 I repeated W5D2 of C25K today and something weird happened. Even though I had the treadmill set for hills at a higher intensity than ever before, it felt good. I felt strong. I can't say it was easy the whole way but I never got the point where I was counting the seconds, the way I do most of the time when I run. What made it all the surprising is that I haven't done any C25K since the end of last month, the weather's been so nice I've just been going out for walks instead, and I expected... Thu, 25 Aug 2011 20:39:15 EST So Much Sushi http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4446662 There's a new all you can eat al a carte sushi place dangerously close to my house. I say dangerously because we went there for the first time tonight and oh how I ate. I planned for it, had about 1100 calories to blow (I mean lunch was literally a cucumber and tomato salad with only dill and salt on it, no oil at all) and I still went over by 300 odd calories. Damn you all you can drink sake, you are the devil's drink. But oh so smooth. <BR> <BR> That said it was mostly fish and rice a... Wed, 24 Aug 2011 21:07:30 EST Milestone Feeling Momentous http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4445958 I got on the scale this morning and found I've lost 6 pounds since I came back to SP. This shouldn't have been a surprise. It's one pound down from the last time I got on the scale. I've been really gradual with my weight loss thus far, a lot closer to one pound a week than two but that's ok, it's still moving in the right direction. I've been mostly not worrying about the scale but somehow having that number, 160, so close to breaking down to the fifties, which I haven't seen in a few ye... Wed, 24 Aug 2011 13:19:48 EST Back again, once more round the rosy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4421827 So I had a bunch of work stuff last week that took me out of town. I did well the first half of the week and ate pretty sensibly and exercised a good bit but then the later part of it I was just too run off my feet (well stuck down in a chair in an airport Sheraton, being actually run off my feet would have been better). I didn't go crazy with what I was eating but neither did I make any use of either my exercise clothes or my swimsuit, despite having both gym and pool in the hotel. Not on... Thu, 11 Aug 2011 22:33:52 EST C25K W5D1 Now with Hills! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4388211 So I'm getting through the C25K program again. Last time I think I only made it to week 5 or 6, although I did finish a 5K and in better time than I expected. This time I guess I haven't let myself go as much as it's easier and I'm using the hill program on the treadmill, as well as getting in some elliptical time at the end so I get a full 500 calories / hour of exercise. It's pretty much hell as I'm doing it but afterward I feel good. And I already like the mirror me a little bit more s... Tue, 26 Jul 2011 19:54:21 EST Cheesecake Factory Epic Win http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4385829 So I went to the Cheesecake Factory for lunch with friends and had no more calories than I would have for a lunch at home (334 to be exact). I had a beet, pecan and goat cheese salad with a diet coke for lunch. Tea and strawberries with whipped cream for dessert (if I'd eaten the whole thing it would have been 110 but everyone was so enchanted by the bowl of berries I graciously shared). I came home feeling full and virtuous, hard to do at a place that won the two of top slots on The Cente... Mon, 25 Jul 2011 19:47:01 EST Worth the wait and the effort http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4366179 I'm pondering the nature of time and patience over a refreshing glass of iced tea. Seems unrelated but it isn't. To make my tea I had to start last night. I had to brew a cup of strong English Breakfast tea, add a teaspoon of Splenda with Fiber and stick it in the fridge if I wanted to enjoy this glass with breakfast. And if I want to see the body, mind and soul I know I want to have I have to keep doing the prep work now. It isn't about the finish line, it's about starting towards it ev... Sat, 16 Jul 2011 10:46:42 EST Out to Dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4363478 So we went out for dinner tonight with another couple kind of on a whim, so I hadn't planned for it in the day's calories. As a result I went over by about 250 calories but I'm still super proud of myself. I had no bread, no desert, only a glass and half of wine and I still got to have some foie gras. I got a pleasant surprise when I logged that because I didn't realize it had any nutritional value, I thought it was all fat but it's got protein, lots of vitamin A and a good dose of iron. ... Thu, 14 Jul 2011 22:49:56 EST C25K W4D2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4362746 Along with coming back to SP I'm coming back to C25K. I didn't start at the beginning again because I haven't let my exercise lapse that entirely so I started with week 4 on Tuesday, which felt pretty good, and then another 30 hour on the elliptical so I still felt like I got enough of a work out. Today I tried doing the intervals with hills thrown in on the treadmill setting. It wasn't too bad but I'm pretty beat now. I had to remind myself at 3pm, after the gym and a client call, that I... Thu, 14 Jul 2011 15:21:24 EST Chin, Chin http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4361494 So I am once again coming back to SP 'cause I hate the me the mirror. Really, I don't hate myself, or even my body, I just really hate the way I look in the mirror. Most of the day I go along thinking I look just fine, then I see a photo or try on pants and I am reminded that I don't like the mirror me. So back again I've come. Part of a general get out of my rut shift I'm doing. All good. <BR> <BR> And one of my strategies this time is I've started a group. Weirdly, since there's even... Thu, 14 Jul 2011 00:28:35 EST Accountable inaccuracies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3252136 I've decided I do better when I log, which isn't a surprise. But I've also decided I need to accept that logging will never be perfect. I had a salad with breaded soft shell crab, olives, a little cheese, and roasted beets. Pretty healthy but it wasn't at a chain restaurant so I don't know exactly how many calories were in it. But then again there's been strong evidence that even when calories are posted they're not going to be that accurate. So I'll guestimate. <BR> <BR> I spent 2 hour... Thu, 20 May 2010 22:44:22 EST Bento Lunch 4-27-10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3166592 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l83688232.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I missed making bentos, and I think they really help me get my veggies in :). I'll add a FF yogurt to this at lunch time. Tue, 27 Apr 2010 10:47:41 EST C25K W5D2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3161924 Hey, I ran for 8 minutes at a go and I was feeling fine. Kept walking with the cool down until I got to 300 calories. The most frustrating thing about the C25K program is it's a lot less exercise than I was getting when I was doing the elliptical every day and I blame that in part for the fact that I'm not losing any weight. Of course, I'm not being religious in my food tracking either so I'm sure that's not helping. I'm just getting frustrated. I want out of this body and I was hoping I... Mon, 26 Apr 2010 10:16:50 EST Bento Lunch 1-20-10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2771944 I still have the pesky cold and have done no cardio or exercise for a week now, but at least my lunch is healthy: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/9/6/b961434727.jpg"> <BR> Salmon poached in white wine and a mustard dill sauce, a roll, a salad with fat free honey Dijon dressing. Not too shabby. The tangerine has already been eaten :) <BR> <BR> We do what we can. Wed, 20 Jan 2010 11:47:28 EST Bento Lunch 1-19-10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2763998 I've been sick with a low grade cold for almost a week now and haven't been doing my runs. Plus I was out of town for the last few days of last week, so I've been off track. Tomorrow I'm going to do some low impact cardio, probably the elliptical, to get back into things. Also in keeping with getting back into things here's my lunch for tomorrow: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/7/6/b762185479.jpg"> <BR> It's left over very high end Mac and Cheese from my lunch out last wee... Mon, 18 Jan 2010 20:15:49 EST Bento Lunch 1-13-10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2736210 I've been putting my bento lunches up here for a while but realizing I will eventually run out of space in my photos album I thought it would be fun to blog them as well. So here's tomorrow's lunch: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/6/9/b696999938.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It features left over scallops and whole grain bowties in a low fat cheese sauce (a lighter version of this recipe: <link>http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recip<BR>e-detail.asp?recipe=881271 </link> ), baby carrots, g... Tue, 12 Jan 2010 19:04:09 EST C24K W2D2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2733994 Got my run in. It went pretty well, though there was a scary part towards the beginning where my bad knee hurt but I went slower and it loosened up. The music was pretty good, I was listening to Elisa's podcast. It ended up being pretty good, I ran a little farther a little faster than last time overall. <BR> <BR> What I'm worried about at this point is I'm definitely coming down with a cold and so don't plan on doing my run Wed. Depending on how I'm feeling tomorrow I might do a little... Tue, 12 Jan 2010 11:00:51 EST C25K W2D1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2729805 I'm getting later with these posts, but that's ok, so long as I do the run. <BR> <BR> I ran on Saturday to get a jump on Week 2 since I know I'm in NYC later in the week and won't run. This way I can get all the week's runs in by Wed. and still have no more than two days between runs. <BR> <BR> Saturday's run was good, perhaps the best I've done so far, though the longer running intervals took a bit of getting used to and I had a bad stitch in my side on the second to last interval. But I... Mon, 11 Jan 2010 15:04:31 EST C25K W1D3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2716376 So my first week is done. I think my runs have gotten harder, in terms of feeling nauseous, but then I've been upping the intensity each time on the treadmill settings because the lower ones feel too easy. I was doing my runs on 6.2 this time and I had just had lunch. I know. So not the running's fault, all mine. <BR> <BR> But overall I call the week a success. The only truly frustrating part is I'm burning a lot fewer calories than I would if I were using the elliptical, despite it f... Fri, 8 Jan 2010 18:46:55 EST C25K W1D2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2706231 I really should get in the habit of writing about the runs right away but oh well. <BR> <BR> Yesterday went pretty well, though perhaps not quite as easily as D1. It took longer for my shins to loosen up (yes you read that right, my shins are somehow "tight" feeling). I also am sorer today (though at least some of that was doing downward facing dog for a full minute during my yoga/stretch/cool down afterward, since I sure didn't use my arms that much when I was doing the run and they're so... Wed, 6 Jan 2010 20:35:25 EST C25K W1D1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2691801 So I ran yesterday and it was awesome. I mean, it truely sucked to start with, my shins were so tight when I did the first few 60 minute runs, but it got much much easier. I used Suz podcasts from <link>http://www.kissmyblackass.org/?page_<BR>id=86 </link> and while it really isn't normally my kind of music the beat kept me going strong. Haven't decided yet if I will use it again tomorrow or try one of the other podcasts. Not having to watch the clock really lets you concentrate on form... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 13:18:22 EST A New Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2669219 My sisters and I are going to run the local 5K for women: the Freihofer's Run for Women ( <link>www.freihofersrun.com/womens_5k.htm </link> ). I'm also signing up for a five mile run in October that's going to be in Disney World ( <link>http://disneyworldsports.disney.go.c<BR>om/dwws/en_US/events/eventDetail/detai<BR>l?name=HalfMarathonDetailPage&pid=pip-0-1 </link> )! Serious deadlines, goal that I can't cheat on! In other words, exactly what I need to kick myself into shape. <BR> <BR> I... Wed, 30 Dec 2009 16:16:59 EST A new day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2659342 I went into Thanksgiving cocky. I was doing so well since I started SP that I thought I'd go off grid for a day and get right back to it. Well I didn't. I went off grid for a month, gained back all but a few of the pounds I lost and am more or less back at the beginning. But I'm not discouraged. I'm going to do a half of a half marathon in October and I've always done better with deadlines. Time to get back to it. Sun, 27 Dec 2009 17:01:47 EST The Good, The Bad, The Sorefooted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2583026 This weekend was interesting, to say the least. As I said on Wednesday I went off grid, not tracking for the first time since I started SP 'cause I knew I just wouldn't be able to do it and rather than have it drive me nuts I told myself it was ok. Not sure if that was a good plan or not, but that's what I did. <BR> <BR> On Thursday I had "field trip" with my office, we went out to a good Italian place (I had grilled salmon with root veggies, so pretty healthy, but I ate it all, which wa... Mon, 23 Nov 2009 11:32:36 EST Man Overboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2560819 I did, I went a little overboard yesterday. It wasn't just that I went over my calories, after all I only went over by 100 so I'm not beating myself up too much about that. What happened is I went into "indulge" mode, as in I worked hard all week and it's Friday night and Hubby's studying for a test so we're not doing anything fun and I'm going to sit on the couch and indulge. I should have just gone to gym, together time be damned. Instead I had a second (small) serving of ice cream afte... Sat, 14 Nov 2009 12:31:44 EST Surprise Food Mine Field http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2555795 So the office I work in had a meeting last night. They had snacks. They had candy, they had pizza, they had soda and they had cookies. They didn't finish any of them. So this is what greeted me this morning: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/1/5/b158805574.jpg"> <BR> And this: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/7/9/b797725937.jpg"> <BR> And just for fun, this as well: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/5/0/b50816929.jpg"> <BR> Now normally I kno... Thu, 12 Nov 2009 11:11:40 EST A Splurge Is Not A Binge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2544824 This has been an important distinction for me since I started my SP journey. It's ok, even healthy, to indulge a little from time to time. My problem in the past was always a "In for a penny, in for a pound" mentality where if I was going to be bad, I was going to be very bad. If I was going to have candy, I would eat the whole bag. Chips, ditto. And it's not say I did this often, less than once a week but it added up. Now I can have a chip or two and feel like that was a treat, that wa... Sun, 8 Nov 2009 17:49:51 EST Listen All Of Y'all This Is Sabotage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2534030 Not that it's deliberate. I'm sure everyone finds in this journey that as much as people around us support us in trying to be healthier, there are times when the same people can be a stumbling block. There's something innately selfish (in a good way perhaps but still selfish) in saying, I'm doing this for me, I'm focusing on making me better. And there are times when that's going to get in the way of the wants and needs of others in our lives. <BR> <BR> My hubby has a very demanding job... Wed, 4 Nov 2009 12:31:19 EST Hazzah! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2519232 I did exercise. Yeppers, I was tired, it was late, I climbed the stairs. For 25 minutes, with a few walks around the living room thrown in. I burned calories, I did my minutes and it feels good. <BR> <BR> Thanks Heartstopper for the suggestion, 'cause I so wasn't getting to the gym and it's cold and dark out there. Stairs, I got those in my living room. Thu, 29 Oct 2009 23:47:02 EST Good Food, Good Drink, Fat Butt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2512370 This weekend was an eyeopener. I was out of town with my hubby for work and fun. Saturday was our main fun day and we did things we love: went to a used bookstore, went to a beer bar, went to a brewery, went to a fine dining restaurant. I tried to be mindful of my eating plan, I went for smaller portions, I counted my bites of desert. I recorded what I ate as I went in a little notebook. And somehow, when I logged it all today, I found I ate more than 3,000 calories. <BR> <BR> Now since... Tue, 27 Oct 2009 13:00:34 EST Shaky http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2502692 Okay I ate an apple and that didn't help much. I've eaten well today and haven't really done much in the way of exercise so I have to chalk it up to not eating enough yesterday. I have low blood pressure and if it drops too low I get fainty, not fun. So I think I'll go have some triscuits and water with electrolytes, maybe a piece or two of candy, see if the sugar, salt and fluids puts me right. Fri, 23 Oct 2009 15:31:59 EST Too Little of a Good Thing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2501160 Ok, I came in under calories today. But since I had to do a lot of estimating on the totals for the 10oz of beer and the slice of pizza I had, I'm still going to call this one a win. And I think I'm going to look into a multivitamin since I haven't once gotten enough folate according to this thing. Of course, I realize that folate is a B vitamin, and there tends to be a lot of those in beer (a by product of the yeast). Maybe I should just buy some Marmite. Likewise, I haven't gotten enou... Thu, 22 Oct 2009 23:47:03 EST Another Reason to Love Bento http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2499393 Today I got hungry early and so I started munching on my lunch at 11:15. I love that I can nibble my way through the goodies or I can eat it all at "lunchtime". A little laughing cow, some carrots, green peppers and tea later, I can concentrate again. This is so much better for me than waiting until the proper time to eat, or eating something junky 'cause "it's only a snack". It's hard to say because I didn't keep a food log when I wasn't trying to eat right, but I suspect that almost all... Thu, 22 Oct 2009 11:29:12 EST MicroBrew Not Micro Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2497198 <BR> I'm a 30 year old woman who didn't drink beer at all until we moved to a town with a really good beer bar and an excellent beer club. We lived in a city before that with a lot of great beer bars with decent beer clubs but then it had a lot of other things too and while I learned enough about beer to enjoy my husband's microbrew collecting hobby, I didn't drink the stuff. After drinking through the ciders, fruit beers and lambics, I started on malty goodness in other styles and have in... Wed, 21 Oct 2009 14:58:30 EST No Gym for You http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2496422 Ok, I haven't been to the gym yet, and I only did one half hour walk thus far this week. But I'm easing in. This is the first time I've ever tried a true restricted calorie diet and while I'm not finding it too hard, I do think it make sense to let my body get used to that, then ease back into my gym routine. We'll see. Mom in law goes home Thursday and I'm planning on Monday being my first Gym day, since we're away this weekend. But if the hotel has a gym, I'll go there. Wed, 21 Oct 2009 10:35:22 EST Bento is Pretty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2495303 And good for you. I've finally gotten around to posting some of the bento boxes I made recently. This is a great hobby if you're dieting, portion control and variety are built in. Mine aren't the cutest or the most creative but they were easy to make: <link>http://www.flickr.com/photos/6146692<BR>1@N00/sets/72157622629236694/ </link> Tue, 20 Oct 2009 22:18:52 EST I don't need no Stinking Blog :P http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2493402 Okay, I'll give it a try. Basically, I was doing really really well with gym for over a year (closer to two years). My motivation tool was simple, I had a calendar on the fridge and if I went to the gym or exercised for at least half an hour I got a smiley face on the calendar. More than an hour rated a huge grin with dimples. Less than half an hour but still some exercise? A squiggle for a mouth on my little markered face. No exercise? XX'd out eyes and a frown. Simple and effective.... Tue, 20 Oct 2009 10:23:07 EST