MJSAMPLE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MJSAMPLE MJSAMPLE'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/ Math is motivating? Who knew? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834362 As the holiday season is upon us, along with all the random Christmas goodies I find myself eating even though I don’t like baked goods, I thought I’d search for some help resisting this year. (If I’m going to be bad and eat too much, I should at least save it for something I really, truly enjoy, like turkey and stuffing!) So naturally, I turned to math! (Sad side-effect of the profession...) There are 52 weeks/year, so even at the modest pace of 2lbs/week, I can lose half of me and reach b... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:23:42 EST Taking a look at a weekend of eating: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829613 Well the “what” wasn’t so bad (I even opted out of having a beer with dinner last night), but based on this bloated feeling I’m suffering from Monday morning, I’m going to guess the “how much” might have been more than I think... I’m especially confused because I know I was bad Friday night & Saturday, but I thought I did well yesterday, so why do I feel like crap today? Shouldn’t my body punish me for the bad horrible things I do to it? <BR> <BR> All well, c’est la vie, and now it’s time t... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 10:45:13 EST Time to get serious! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827565 I’ve said this a thousand times before; I just hope maybe this time something clicks and sticks... <BR> <BR> I have a ton of shallow reasons coming up this year that should help motivate me, at least 3 weddings, one of which I need to wear a bridesmaid dress and look not horrible in pictures (she’s convinced the one size fits all infinity dress will work for all of us so I guess I’ll need to drop to a size where she’s right), plus I’m working towards a dance competition at the end of the ye... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 12:25:03 EST New Resolve http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656036 I just got back from I wonderfully relaxing week in the warm... Unfortunately it also came with a terrible reality check as a tried to sausage myself into summer clothes, avoided the beach since no one wants to see that in a bathing suit and saw pictures of myself and realized just how round I’ve become. I knew my weight had been creeping up slightly instead of going down like I wanted it to the past few months, but I guess I hadn’t realized it was quite as horrible as it is. <BR> <BR> So ... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 09:23:33 EST Losing faith in math and the laws of science... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5431725 I think I’m losing faith in the whole mathematical concept of calories in less than calories out = loss. I weighed myself today, and somehow I’m up 5lbs in 2 days!!!! How did this happen?? I’ve been so good over those days, exercised lots, packed my lunches, the only thing I ate that was bad was a pop last night, but considering how horrible I’ve been some weeks when I lose weight, it doesn’t make sense. I think my body may be broken; can I trade it in for a new one that rewards my hard wo... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 10:48:23 EST So close... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5409362 I almost made it my 21 days, but last night I caved and bought chips when I was at the grocery store. But that’s ok, today we’ll just start with day 1c, and if need be there’s a few more letters of the alphabet... Overall I was actually impressed with how far I got and how little I actually missed eating the junk. I was less impressed with the zero pounds lost over the 2 weeks, but I guess an injured leg (aka no exercise for a few days) offset it? Either way I know it’s for the best. Wed, 3 Jul 2013 08:05:45 EST Picking myself back up...Literally... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5403618 With all the chaos of exam time, I’d grown rather lazy with my works outs. I kept going to at least a couple classes a week, but let’s just say I wasn’t giving it my all... So the last week or so I’ve been trying to pick up the pace again, getting back to my normal routine and trying to push past just comfortably going through the motions. <BR> <BR> Well in today’s step class, where did that get? Flat on my butt! I’m going to blame the pool of sweat I’d created underneath me, but I tota... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 13:58:38 EST Progress... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5403339 Well the bad news is I bought snack food in the grocery store yesterday, but the good news is it was crackers and cream cheese not the chips I really wanted to buy. And, I didn’t eat everything in one night. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 09:42:22 EST One small step... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401228 I’ve actually been successful at cutting out junk food for over a week now! Now that’s not to say I’m eating nothing but healthy food, there’s been some ice cream, a steak that was way larger than needed, a few “refreshing beverages” etc... but I’ve stopped the pattern of stopping at the grocery store on the way home from work and buying what I need AND some snacks for later. <BR> <BR> This week is going to be a challenge I think, with the heat my mom tends to decide we don’t want dinner, ... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 10:47:00 EST Starting over yet again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5391884 Ok, so my brilliant plan lasted about 3 hours before I had to admit that I was re-starting my count at zero days. Stupid buying bus tickets at a bulk barrel... All well, I picked myself back up and this weekend went well (of course I also didn’t go anywhere where I might be inclined to buy junk to eat, but...). Today’s going to be my first actual test; will I make it out of the grocery store tonight with just what I need to cook dinner? Mon, 17 Jun 2013 11:05:22 EST A new start... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5388789 Today I’ve decided to make a fresh start. Coming to this conclusion isn’t that difficult; after all why else do I even try to Spark? But boy do I struggle with sticking with the start long enough to see where the journey might take me. I’m very good at both clinging to an all or nothing attitude and self-sabotaging saying one little treat won’t hurt... So what’s going to be different this time? <BR> <BR> Well, to start with, I’m going to pick one thing to change and only focus on that on... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 08:27:37 EST Yesterday Wasn't Bad... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5366518 Ok, I’m late again, apparently one thing I need to work on is finding the energy to spend a little time reflecting on the day each evening and getting some of the to do list I make at work done before plopping for the night... Anyways, here’s my list of good things that happened yesterday... <BR> <BR> 1) I resisted the peer pressure to get dessert when the department went out for lunch (yes I had a beer, but I figure since I enjoy a beer more that was my treat for the day...) <BR> <BR> 2) ... Fri, 24 May 2013 09:12:38 EST Moving on... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5365504 Yesterday I decided I was going to start using this blog each evening to reflect on at least three good things that happened that day. Obviously, by the time I got home I didn’t actually follow through with the great plan last night. As I was walking home from work I had a bit of a spring in my step, I actually felt good; I’d been to the gym, had dance class later, I’d stuck to my plan for food and I’d even had a productive day at work. And then it all came crashing down... <BR> <BR> And ... Thu, 23 May 2013 09:52:30 EST An experiment in optimism – Take 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5285132 Apparently this is going to be a LONG experiment... I’m a few days in, and let me tell you, coming up with something positive to say without the negativity monster jumping in with a “but...” is HARD. Ok, it’s not hard, it’s pretty much impossible right now. I know I should stomp these thoughts out before they’re done formulating, but my monster is a stealthy little bugger who gets his job done before I even see him... <BR> <BR> I’ve had a bit of success (50% a passing grade right?) coming ... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 11:02:07 EST An experiment in optimism... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5282227 I decided to start trying to write down all the good and bad things that come up throughout the day with the hopes of gaining some perspective, and maybe even change to be a slightly more positive person. So far, I’ve been good at listing all the bad things. So now to work on finding the good just as easily, and maybe even trying to find the causes of the bad things and how to fix them. <BR> <BR> For some things, this is easy. For instance I feel gross and bloated this morning because I was... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 09:13:33 EST ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5275817 So I’ve been staring at a blank page trying to come up with something to write about for probably a day now. I’ve read so many helpful, positive, up-beat success story blogs that I’ve found myself struggling to come with my own witty or inspirational insights. Problem is I’m none of these things... I’m not a naturally positive person (what can I say life’s turned me into a cynic), I haven’t found success (yet...) and while I want to be helpful, it’s hard to do that with no further context or ... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 11:34:09 EST Back to the land of the living... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5272655 Last week was a blur of unproductive nothing... Of course I shouldn’t really feel too guilty about that seeing as I was sick (and I mean sick enough to miss work for the first time, ever... Maybe this was my payback for having fun on the weekend?) But now I feel like I’ve just lost a week of potential and fallen another week behind plan. Those deadlines that I set back at Christmas time have started looming in the near future and panic has started setting in, so losing most the week lying in ... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 11:59:51 EST Hmmm... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5264711 (I'm not exactly having a creative day, so no whitty title) <BR> <BR> I’ve been feeling rather down and discouraged the last couple of days, and not just about my lack of weight loss, but about everything (you know how it is, little things compound until it feels like everything is the end of the world), so I thought it would be good to reflect on what petty things are getting to me. <BR> <BR> I should probably preface this one with the statement that between work, studying and just being p... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 12:54:51 EST Random morning musings... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5258643 So I’ve been trying to change my attitude lately, tap into the whole power of positive thinking idea... I’ve been reading all the motivational sayings you can find floating around the internet etc... and while they all sound good, I can’t turn off that little voice that ends each thought with “sound good in theory, but that’s not how my life works...” While I want to be one of those positive people who get what they want, I also don’t want to be one of those deluded people who mis-judge their... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 10:59:09 EST Why do long weekends feel so short? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5256060 swear it was Friday like 2 hours ago and I had a whole weekend of opportunity to get caught up on all the studying, organization, maybe even a workout or two... <BR> <BR> Yet somehow I find myself sitting at my desk Tuesday morning, exhausted and feeling even further behind. Now it’s not like I did nothing for 3 days mind you, I got a few hours of studying in and I did all the normal weekend chores, I just didn’t make-up ground like I had planned. Perhaps I need to find a way to get more pr... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 10:50:20 EST It’s Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5251591 And just like that, 2 weeks of progress is gone... I went from 4lbs lost to ZERO again in the course of 2 days. And while my first reaction was “but I wasn’t that bad”, I also wasn’t THAT good. So I’ll go into the weekend trying to focus on the good and learn what exactly I did wrong. <BR> <BR> It was a long week (first week back after vacation always is), and I never thought I’d say this, but thank goodness for the gym at lunch! I’m sure that my daily workout is the only reason I survi... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 12:33:28 EST Let try this blog thing... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5250571 I’m going to try this blogging thing. I can’t seem to find the time to take pen to paper and write in a journal before bed like I intend, so let’s see if spewing some random thoughts down on the computer helps at all. (My apologies now to anyone who might try to read this...) <BR> <BR> I’ve always felt a disconnect between my healthy efforts and the end results (read : I eat crap one week and lose 4lbs, the next week I do everything right and I’m up 6lbs) which does very little for my motiv... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 15:22:37 EST