MOONBABI's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MOONBABI MOONBABI'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/ When three is a heavy number http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5464890 It's been awhile since I posted but that doesn't mean I haven't been working towards my goals. I've been doing my first round of P90X since June 17th. I am just finishing up Week 10 of 13 weeks! <em>23</em> <BR> <BR> But this week was especially hard. Long work hours, a few poorer food choices (drinking twice this week, generous second helpings a couple times) and lack of sleep/not enough water has resulted in a 3 pound fluctuation. And I realize I'm a bit devastated. Since my weigh-in y... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 12:56:50 EST Back Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5093051 Hello world! I'm back, after a long hiatus. The last time I checked into Spark People and blogged was more than *gasp* a full year ago!! <BR> <BR> I feel pretty bad about that, but instead of wallowing in that guilt, let me just take a moment to review: I was weighing in on 7/22/11 at 175.2. Today (10/9/12), I weighed in at 186.8. That means I've gained 10# over the past year, with a few dips both below 175 and above 186. <BR> <BR> So, what happened? Well, besides the normal challenges of... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 18:17:38 EST Getting to 170 by August http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4390920 Talk about a huge hurdle. I don't think I have my scale dip below 170 since high school, and I won't say how many years that has been! <BR> <BR> Although I want to give my body "room" and not be too hard on myself considering I am generally staying with my calorie range and exercising like crazy, I do want to have some very measurable goals. To be honest, my vigorous exercise regime this summer is 1) because I actually have the time and 2) I really want to see some real changes in my body an... Wed, 27 Jul 2011 23:00:39 EST Review of Weeks 3 through 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4390900 Again, it has been two weeks since my official blog check in. But in reviewing what has happened I am pretty pleased with my progress towards my healthy life style and my fitness goals. <BR> <BR> Goal #1: Eat Better <BR> I am making more conscious choices for sure! I still need to be more adventurous with trying out new SP recipes, and I definitely see a difference in the way I eat if I track my calories for the day versus when I don't. <BR> <BR> -->Specific Touchstone: Track calories for... Wed, 27 Jul 2011 22:53:58 EST Review of Weeks 1-2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4342330 So it's been almost two weeks since my last check-in. Overall, I have been trending towards a pretty steady exercise regime (though not as intense as I should be doing) and my calories are kept in check. I can crack down on both for sure, which is what I want to work on in the next week. <BR> <BR> <BR> But first, a review of the goals I set two weeks ago <BR> <BR> Goal #1: Eat Better <BR> [ ] Try one new SP recipe. -- I have yet to do this! <BR> [ ] Track every day this week starting Tues... Tue, 5 Jul 2011 11:29:01 EST Embarrassing confessions but I'm still hopeful! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4312204 Alriiiiiiighty then. Even though Spark People is set to my home page, apparently I haven't tracked my fitness or food for 3 1/2 weeks and haven't updated my status for 34 days. Whoops! I even have my username and log-in saved for goodness sake's! <BR> <BR> Okay, okay. I've been here before. So what if I began a new weight loss and exercise regime only to give up on it (or dare I say FORGET about it) a few weeks later? Who says I can't start -- again? So here I am, starting again. <BR> <BR... Tue, 21 Jun 2011 01:28:14 EST My new 90-day challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4201531 I'm starting a new 90-day challenge that will take me from May to the end of July. My goal is to get within a healthy BMI for my height -- 165 pounds. This means 1.5 pounds per week, 17.5 pounds total, and 10% weight loss! Please feel free to cheer me on as I move towards my goals! <BR> <BR> My 90-day challenge Goals <BR> (May 1st - July 31st) <BR> <BR> 1. EAT BETTER - I want to make healthy cooking a part of my weekly routine. This will help me stay within my caloric range, and hopefull... Sun, 1 May 2011 02:04:48 EST DONE! A 45-day fitness fest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4201480 On March 18th, I weighed 189.2 pounds AND I started a 45-day challenge. My goals were "to do a 45-day challenge where I focus on healthy habits that I have been neglecting lately: (1) Exercising and (2) Healthy eating. My hope is that I can use this time to loose the stubborn holiday pounds (10#)" <BR> <BR> Now, 45 days later, I'm reviewing what I have accomplished over the past 45 days. Although I am not 10 pounds lighter (but close!), I have changed A LOT of my bad habits that had settled... Sun, 1 May 2011 01:01:08 EST Dear Future Self, If I don't want to run again, here's why i do it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4109000 To my future discouraged, lethargic, self who will inevitably find any excuse not to continue to run, here are some reasons why you should keep going: <BR> <em>182</em> <em>182</em> <em>182</em> <em>182</em> <BR> <BR> 1. It will get easier! Today I chose not to run around the reservoir track and jogging in the neighborhood was a blast! I was able to do one extra set of a three minute run and I wanted to keep going during my last two sets! I'm sticking to a plan though, but this is a... Tue, 22 Mar 2011 00:27:00 EST Score! Reassessing the week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4106285 This week was my work up to my 45-day challenge, which started Friday. I have several goals during this month, but mainly I am trying to keep it simple: Exercise and Eat Healthy! So how did I do this week? <BR> <BR> <em>209</em> I stayed under 1600 calories FOUR days out of the last week! <BR> <BR> <em>209</em> I Worked out almost every day last week, 6 out of 7 days doing something! It helps that I started a modified C25K, which I plan to ramp up this week! <BR> <BR> <em>209</em> I ... Mon, 21 Mar 2011 01:28:00 EST Eat your heart out Rachel Berry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4097617 So I actually think the idea behind Sweet Tomatoes is evil. Why, you ask? Well, two reasons: 1) You have to pay $10 for a salad; and 2) Once you pay $10, all you have to eat is salad! I went tonight -- not my choice -- and guess what I ate? A SALAD. <BR> <BR> I had researched the calories of their foods online and was APPALLED by their high calorie count for things like pasta and breads. So I loaded up on greens and protein (beans) and veggies (corn). I even skipped the cheese and croutons!... Thu, 17 Mar 2011 01:30:27 EST a BIG reality check http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4094477 So I began tracking my food again on Monday, though I wasn't really thinking much about what I was eating. After logging everything this morning, I realized that I had almost two full breakfasts at the same time (cereal + english muffin) and for dinner I ate two helpings even though I was stuffed even after the first helping. And for "dessert," I had not one but TWO pieces of cake. This resulted in...2,500 calories! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Even though this is a huge reality check, this has ... Tue, 15 Mar 2011 20:52:53 EST Calories In and Calories Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4089225 So I'm going back to a basic math problem: How many calories can I get away with eating and how many calories must I burn in order to keep losing weight? <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> First of all, to lose 1 pound of fat, I need to create a deficit of 3,500 calories. That means to lose a pound a week, I need to create a 500-calorie deficit every day. Not bad. <BR> <BR> THAT'S GREAT, <em>250</em> BUT HOW DO I KNOW WHAT NUMBER TO CREATE A DEFICIT FROM? <BR> A "deficit" implies that there is a b... Sun, 13 Mar 2011 21:34:13 EST KISS for Feb http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3989004 Thanks to KARVY09 for the vernacular, but I want to KISS this February as well! Too many excuses have gotten me 7 pounds up from my last weigh in in November. The holidays do a number on ya don't they? So here are my Feb KISS goals: <BR> <BR> <em>212</em> EAT LESS: Track what I eat regularly (at least 4x/week) <BR> My goal is to be under 1500 calories every day and hit under my SP goal of 1300 cal at least three times a week. <BR> <BR> I also need to break the habit of thinking of food a... Fri, 4 Feb 2011 01:31:47 EST Help me get back in the saddle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3765432 So it's been a while since I've logged onto Spark People consistently. About full two months. And it's starting to show. Thankfully, I haven't gained a lot of weight. In fact, I'm just fluctuating between 2-3 pounds from when I stopped intensely working out and tracking food, BUT I do notice that I'm feeling a bit lethargic, stressed out, and a bit "flimsy." I want to take this weekend break I have from some recent craziness to assess my goals and, most importantly, to think of some ways to k... Sat, 6 Nov 2010 02:43:15 EST August, where did you go? Here comes September! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3576717 Okay, August was a bit abnormal for me: 2 camping trips and 1 week road trip meant I was gone more than I was at home. I think this will mean no gains at all this month for weight loss. NONE. Enter freak out here. At least that is what I would usually do. But I'm trying to keep things in mind. I have a couple more months of the "losing" mode, so a few weeks of no loss doesn't seem like that big of a deal. In fact, the way I've been eating and NOT working out, I should just be thankful that it... Thu, 26 Aug 2010 11:37:00 EST Haven't I met you before?... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3475895 This weekend was camping, which means: smores, hotdogs, beef cooked over camp fires, tempting bags of potato chips laying around, and brownies. Pretty much a sabotage waiting to happen. I was able to say no to a lot of things, but I didn't deprive myself... And I came back with 2.2 pounds more. <BR> <BR> I am a bit discouraged. But not because I made some bad choices over one weekend and came back with 2 pounds. I'm pretty confident that will go away. But the thing is, last week, I reached a... Tue, 27 Jul 2010 18:09:53 EST Keep the End in Sight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3450784 I had a GREAT week last week and lost a ton of weight (more weight than I did in the entire month of June!) Last night I started putting some of my fall/winter clothes away so I could have more of an idea of what I could wear this summer. It is so exciting to fit into things! I have this shirt that I have never really worn because the sleeves are supposed to be rolled up and tied with a cute thing. I can now roll them up over my arms!!! Waaaaa!!! I'm so excited. But what is even MORE exciti... Tue, 20 Jul 2010 11:39:10 EST Eat less & MOVE MORE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3438259 My weight loss for this past week was 3.8 pounds--at least. That not only is my twice my weekly goal <em>248</em> but it is more than what I lost in June TOTAL. I think the culprit is what I have been denying all during June: I wasn't working out enough then. I was working out maybe twice as week...I had fooled myself into thinking that I was "doing enough" just by watching how many calories I was eating. That is a hard enough habit to form, sure--just like overeating is a really hard habit... Fri, 16 Jul 2010 11:51:25 EST Three less pounds is better than... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3394585 Last month I lost almost 15 pounds. This month--despite staying within calorie ranges and exercising--I only lost 3. I still say ONLY three because I can be so easily discouraged. I think, "I have had to say no so many times this month and three pounds is all I've lost?" or "I've had to get myself to the gym so many times when I just wanted to stay home and relax or stay in bed and sleep and this is all I have to show for it?" <BR> <BR> BUT...these thoughts are just CRAZY! You know why? Be... Sat, 3 Jul 2010 02:34:03 EST Amazing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3334944 I lost 3.0 lbs this week!! <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> That brings my June weight loss already up to 8.1 lbs!! I'm SOOOOO STOKED! The best part about it all, today I was able to make a DELICIOUS meal from Spark People recipes and I am sooooo full! I love cooking (at least today!) and I'm so excited that I can eat AMAZING Food that is GOOD FOR ME! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> So even though I thought I wouldn't get to my weekly goal, I blew it out of the water again! I weighed in at 187.4 today!! ... Mon, 14 Jun 2010 22:37:58 EST Sick, Salt, Different scales, and a mid-June evaluation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3330641 I've been sick for the past three or four days. I noticed that despite my staying right at my minimum calorie count I don't think I've actually lost any weight. I've also been eating more salt that usual (more processed foods, more canned soups for comfort, etc). This tells me two things: <BR> 1) Salt causes me to retain weight. I may need to be more aware of my sodium intake <BR> 2) Exercise is going to be a very big thing if I still want to see any changes in weight loss. <BR> <BR> I know... Sun, 13 Jun 2010 20:08:11 EST Mondays vs. Fridays? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3328158 So weighing in is a big deal. It reflects the sacrifice and hard work that I've put into a new healthy LIFEstyle... <BR> <BR> But I'm having trouble deciding WHEN is best to weigh in. Fridays sometimes don't reflect the changes I see by Mondays, but Mondays sometimes reflect the weekends (which generally equals more liberal calorie intake and high sodium). What works best for folks I wonder? <BR> <BR> For now I'm vacillating, but I will need to decide pretty soon... Sat, 12 Jun 2010 21:36:16 EST Small Gains, Big Sacrifices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3301081 I had a strange week. I gained a lot of weight at the post-holiday-beginning-of-the-week for some reason or another and it wasn't until today, Friday, that I'm back at my Monday weight. So this week sees no losses; in fact, I had to record a 0.4 lb gain. I know that this won't be the first non-loss week that I will see. But I'm wondering, what went wrong? I ate within my calorie range. I exercised (sorta). I felt like I was doing everything right. <BR> <BR> You see, for the past month, the s... Fri, 4 Jun 2010 16:38:10 EST Slow and steady wins the race http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3290142 I guess you could say I am being obsessive, but I am really disturbed that I have gained weight this weekend. My calorie count was only around 1,500 so food intake is not a problem. I guess the only culprit would be exercise output. So, the best I can do is increase the amount of time I exercised this week and hope by the end of the week I am back on track to weighing in at 194# by next Monday. <BR> <BR> Today a few things happened to where I won't be able to get to Zumba class. I have a DV... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 19:44:31 EST June's goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3288422 Bad news: This morning, I am weighing in at about 3.5 more pounds than I was on Friday :( It makes me think that I should make my official weekly and bi-weekly weigh-ins on Mondays instead of Fridays since it reflects the weekend gains. <BR> <BR> Good news: Today is the highly anticipated June 1. I like beginnings because it gives me a sense of renewal. So here are some of my measurable goals for June. <BR> <BR> ***WEIGHT*** <BR> June's SW (6/1) 195.5 (Making May's weight loss 11.5 lbs) <B... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 11:45:08 EST Weekly Cardio Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3286994 Today was a holiday, and I don't think I totally derailed but I definitely indulged. Eating out twice in one day can really pack in the sodium which equals water retention which makes the scale out to be the enemy. <BR> <BR> But here are some realistic goals for this week that have to do with the part of my goal program I've been neglecting: exercise!! <BR> Tues-Zumba <BR> Wed-Running <BR> Thurs-Zumba OR DVD <BR> Fri-Running <BR> Saturday-Zumba OR DVD <BR> Sun-Off <BR> These are lofty goals... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 01:01:41 EST Review of August 2008-May 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3280680 So I've just read through my old blogs and have been able to track my weight loss/gain journey since I've started SP in August 2008. It shows some interesting things: some embarrassing, some inspiring. Here's what I have learned. <BR> <BR> ...2008 <BR> Starting Weight 8/10/2008 - 222 / Starting BMI: 33.8 <BR> 09/10 - 207 <BR> 10/10 - 199 / BMI 30.3 <BR> 10/21 - 195 / BMI 29.9 <BR> 11/05 - 190 <BR> 12/06 - 186 / BMI 28.3 <BR> 12/22 - 183.6 / BMI 27.9 <BR> ...2009 <BR> 04/2009 - 190 <BR> 05... Sat, 29 May 2010 20:42:39 EST No Fear http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3280138 So there is a lot of fear and doubt in trying to loose weight: Can I do it? Can I keep it up? What happens if I fail? If I succeed, does it matter? What if I gain it all back? What if I am really hungry? Can I say no when everyone else is saying yes? ... I could go on, but these are just some of the thoughts that I struggle with--sometimes daily. <BR> <BR> I ate Mexican food yesterday for dinner. It felt like a HUGE risk. It was at a family owned restaurant that my family loves. A restaurant... Sat, 29 May 2010 15:36:12 EST Little by little http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3277829 Today's Weigh-in: 192! <BR> <BR> This is a big deal for me. I am not being vain. I am overweight. Even now. BUT, to see that the little changes that I have made (namely, not gorging myself on food and eating out of boredom) has paid off SO DRASTICALLY with such RELATIVELY LITTLE EFFORT is HUGE! Yipeeeeeee! <BR> <BR> I feel: confident, hopeful, excited, sexy, victorious. I want to remember this. I want to remember that it seems easy. I want to work harder. I want to see this number go down ... Fri, 28 May 2010 16:58:44 EST 195.4! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3253701 So I can't stay forever today and chat, but briefly I wanted to "weigh-in" on the week and my observations. <BR> <BR> This week I was able to stay right within the SP recommended calorie range of 1200-1500. I think this equalled BIG losses on the scale. Today I weighed in at 195.4!! Note this: I think that it would have been wiser to do my weekly weigh-in either mid-week or after the weekend since I have a feeling that WEEKENDS are a different story. They often mean strange meal times, exces... Fri, 21 May 2010 11:35:28 EST Will research for food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3246710 So I spent about half an hour this morning researching what I could have to eat at Panera Bread. Thankfully, they have done a very nice job of making their calories and nutritional content available online. Go Panera! However, it makes me think: is this how it will always be? Right now I have been keeping track of calories for a few weeks. But I have been here before. I know I am in "weight loss" mode, which is great, but what happens when I reach my goal? Will I still need to research everyt... Wed, 19 May 2010 13:21:57 EST I think I shortened the muscle. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3241164 My arms are so sore that I barely want to write anything--it hurts to prop them up on the table :( <BR> Culprit: Unrestricted weight lifting on Saturday. Perhaps I was too enthusiastic. Note: I did not do anything that I haven't done in the past. Confession: I did lift like I did when I was lifting every day. <BR> New Motto: Baby steps. <BR> <BR> Today: I ended up dining out at a friend's house with Mr. S and wasn't able to precisely track calories. My estimate had me over my day's limit. ... Tue, 18 May 2010 01:12:43 EST It's been a great week so far! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3227407 It's been a great week so far: I have managed to stay under my calories goals for the past few days AND I even broke 200 on the scale (weighed in at 196ish this morning)! <BR> <BR> I would like to work out at least twice this weekend, maybe one strength training session. I really need to begin to incorporate that since the eating well is going so...well :) <BR> <BR> Goal for weekend: <BR> 1 Zumba class <BR> 1 running session with Ms. C <BR> 1 other work out session on my own <BR> <BR> Oh,... Thu, 13 May 2010 21:18:52 EST Setting the tone for the week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3216199 Monday: Managed to order the most caloric item on Starbuck's menu (the sausage egg goodness that was breakfast). Managed to make a huge gaff in the classroom that will need to be rectified on Wednesday. Managed to barely run 14 minutes at a turtle's pace (worst time ever). <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Goals: stay within SP caloric range all this week! <BR> Running: Run 2 more times this week (maybe on a real running plan again) <BR> Zumba: Once <BR> Weights: Once (still have to lift weights, ha... Mon, 10 May 2010 22:17:39 EST Red Robin=Evil Undoer of Good Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3206113 Dear Red Robin, <BR> <BR> Why do you have to have food that is so good? <BR> <BR> How is it possible that a perfectly benign looking salad can be doused with such yummy dressing? Why, oh, why must you place the crispy tortilla strips all over the lettuce for that crunchy goodness? Don't you know that with every crunch of the salad I will have to sweat blood and tears? <BR> <BR> And as for that Mt. High Mudd Pie, is that even legal? There really should be some sort of disclaimer on it. In... Fri, 7 May 2010 18:45:57 EST Big changes already?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3197576 Stepped on the scale this morning: 202.8. Is this how it works? Losing 5 pounds in one day? It is probably all water weight. Yikes. I hope that I can just keep up my goals regarding food consumption (1500 cal/day) as well as exercise as much as I need to: 1) Zumba 1x; 2) Running 1x; 3) Weights 1x. That would be a great accomplishment for this week, along with tracking food! Wed, 5 May 2010 12:38:53 EST Wake Up Call http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3193919 So I fixed my scale. It brought with it a huge reality check. I'm weighing in at 205 pounds on a good morning. That means that I have gained back about 20 pounds of weight that I had worked so hard to loose. What a bummer!! <BR> <BR> It is humbling to calculate that even if I loose 1.5 pounds per week, I will only be at 185# on September 1st. This is important because of the important EVENT during that month. And even 185# would be a huge feat, but it is disappointing since that is still a ... Tue, 4 May 2010 13:58:44 EST I Run Because I Can http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3117142 Well, I did it--I ran my first 5K! I ran it in my personal best time as well, which is awesome. I am very excited about the idea of continuing to run and the level of fitness that it can help me achieve and maintain. I am beginning to learn more and more about myself and knowing that I can generally find it in me to succeed when I have a tangible goal will hopefully change the way I approach fitness/weight loss. I think that running (competitively/timed) is a good fit for me because knowing I... Wed, 14 Apr 2010 03:18:32 EST Hello again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3089559 Hi Again!! <BR> <BR> It has been too long. I have taken a few set backs, but nothing irreparable. Good news though: I am running my very first 5K this weekend with Ms. C. This is very exciting--and intimidating. It is too bad that I haven't been blogging during my adventure that was training for this event, since I started out barely being able run 1 minute! <BR> <BR> And even though I am worried that I might pass out during (and definitely after!) the race, when I went to the gym today an... Wed, 7 Apr 2010 00:38:57 EST Achieving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2418610 I can't always be an over-achiever even though it gives me pleasure to be one. But thankfully, last week I achieved everything I had set out to do at the beginning of the week: <BR> <BR> Last week's Goal Review: <BR> #1) I will blog every Mon-Wed-Fri to check in on things. I will weigh-in every Mon (post weekend=brutal) : TOTALLY BLOGGED! It was very helpful to set a goal every other day (like what I needed to get done and what I needed to get my other goals completed. I thought I would go ... Mon, 21 Sep 2009 22:57:22 EST sometimes you go with the flow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2409831 Well my alarm came and went this morning but I realized that sometimes you make choices between two good things: it was either sleep or my 2nd strength training of the week. I didn't get to sleep as early as I planned due to extended time spent on school work so I realized as I had a hard time falling asleep that I would not be able to get up in time for my morning workout. I won't beat myself up about it and not see it as a failure but as a good choice. I chose sleep. And luckily tomorrow I ... Fri, 18 Sep 2009 11:02:56 EST seeing the sun rise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2405389 Alright, so I didn't exactly watch the sun rise but it was awfully close. I got up a bit after my alarm, around 6:00 am. That is the earliest I have gotten up in...well, a long time! I was in the gym by around 6:15 am aInd did my usual routine. It seemed to go faster. Maybe because there were less people to have to work around or maybe because I went to the closer gym? <BR> <BR> As for my other goals, I am keeping track of my food and because I know I have to enter things I'm watching a bi... Wed, 16 Sep 2009 18:19:32 EST Mondays are Mondays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2400449 Well so far I'm on track. I tracked all my food I ate today, although I am surprisingly within my caloric range. I did my Zumba class this afternoon. And I'm blogging! Woo-hoo! <BR> <BR> I noticed that I was really tired at Zumba this afternoon and didn't give it my usual 90-100%. I am looking forward to Thursday though because it is going to be a super duper intense class with the killer instructor. Should burn a lot of calories! <BR> <BR> I noticed that I really didn't need the second hel... Tue, 15 Sep 2009 00:42:01 EST go ninja go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2392329 It's been a little big since I last checked in here. I *feel* like I've been doing okay, but the scale doesn't think so. Instead of losing 1.5lbs/wk I've gained a few pounds since my last weigh-in! Yikes!! I guess I need to be super diligent about tracking my food and exercise since that is the thing that worked last time. <BR> <BR> When I was at the gym today I saw all these people with their trainers going hardcore workouts. I can't afford a trainer. But I can be my own motivation. I reali... Fri, 11 Sep 2009 19:50:20 EST Other ideas for my reward system: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2365079 Hair curlers <BR> New workout bag/backpack <BR> Makeup Tue, 1 Sep 2009 14:36:59 EST What's going on? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2351300 Argh. Failure to make this a priority has made 3 months go by in a blink of an eye with no sign of progress. At least the good news is that I haven't *gained* any weight. But my goal to lose the last 20# has slipped by. But let me start fresh. <BR> <BR> I read an article today that challenged to make 3 motivating factors to think of when I have to make a choice between something healthy and unhealthy. So here are my motivating factors. <BR> #1) I want to be at a healthy BMI, which requires m... Thu, 27 Aug 2009 13:18:33 EST Wake-up call! A 3 month plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2057685 Cool factoid, and perhaps some new motivation since I seem to be sorely lacking any!!! <BR> <BR> I started Spark People on August 10th, 2008. That is about 3 months away. I really want to push this next 3 months and truly and lose about 19 pounds. That would make my total weight loss for this past year a whopping 50# !! <BR> <BR> However, this means that I need to get my booty in gear big time! No more slacking. I really want to loose 1.5 pounds per week, that means I need to change my prio... Wed, 13 May 2009 02:04:10 EST Two weeks and its not well http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2057680 Two weeks since my last post and no real progress. When did this not become a priority? I knew that this would happen--that a time would come where working out seemed way too much work with the reward and eating "right" seemed impossible. <BR> <BR> I need to bust through this plateau or else risk losing everything that I have gained: not just my new jean size but my confidence that this really is possible, that I can do this if I set my mind to it, that I can lose weight and be a healthier m... Wed, 13 May 2009 01:56:04 EST I had been doing so well... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2013122 Hi there. I was doing so well, but working out didn't stay a priority and my eating habits have become really sloppy. I am feeling privileged, like I hear myself saying, "Wow, I'm really hungry. I want something chocolatey." "Cake won't hurt." "You deserve some dessert tonight." "I really want seconds because it was so good." I need to stop eating so much! Seriously, folks. I think it might be that simple. Although, wait--that certainly is far from simple. Argh!! <BR> <BR> I have gained 7 po... Tue, 28 Apr 2009 10:14:44 EST