MRSB929's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MRSB929 MRSB929'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/ Checking in.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610959 WOW, it's been over a month since my last update/blog! <BR> <BR> So sorry, Spark Friends! <BR> <BR> Let me tell you, I have NOT fallen off track. <BR> <BR> I have been MORE on track than EVER!! <BR> <BR> I started "transition" a few weeks ago, which means I have transitioned from Medifast's 5 & 1 Plan to incorporating more foods into my diet. I am now eating more fruits/veggies/protein and only have a couple of medifast meals each day (some of them are actually good and have pretty good ... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 09:21:44 EST More progress pics: Only 13 pounds to goal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5569282 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l977626678.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l798826814.jpg"> <BR> <BR> WOO HOO! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Sat, 21 Dec 2013 11:55:39 EST My Relationship With Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5560421 One of the biggest lessons I have learned these past few months is about my relationship with food. <BR> <BR> Ohhh how comforting it is. And oh how cranky I get when I can't have something indulgent. <BR> <BR> These past few months have taught me to view food more as a fuel for my body rather than an emotional crutch or social celebration. <BR> <BR> I find myself choosing foods because they are good for me rather than satisfying some craving. <BR> <BR> I know it is okay to have "unhealt... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 10:41:46 EST Dealing with Self-Hate and Negative Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5556790 I've come so far over the past two months: <BR> <BR> <em>208</em> I've lost 30 pounds and almost 3 pant-sizes. <BR> <BR> <em>208</em> The jeans I've been trying to fit into for the past year are too loose for me and cannot be worn without a belt. <BR> <BR> <em>208</em> I weigh less than my husband (first time since I've known him--he's tall, but he's light as a feather!) <BR> <BR> <em>208</em> I haven't eaten off plan in 65 days; I survived a wedding, Halloween, multiple f... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 12:04:41 EST Month 2 Progress Picture http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5553574 Here's me exactly 2 months and almost 9 weeks into my program! <BR> <BR> Down almost 30 pounds and only 15 pounds to my first goal! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l616219719.jpg"> Sat, 30 Nov 2013 16:56:42 EST Progress Pic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5537671 Okay last one for a while I swear! <BR> <BR> July 2013 vs Nov 10, 2013 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1050601011.jpg"> Sun, 10 Nov 2013 21:29:51 EST Hello Size 10 Jeans! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536685 Wow! <BR> <BR> I haven't been able to wear these since last year! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1820468494.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1441509280.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1210962731.jpg"> Sat, 9 Nov 2013 16:09:19 EST 6 weeks. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536109 6 weeks. <BR> <BR> SIX WEEKS. <BR> <BR> Wow, the more I say it, the more real it becomes. <BR> <BR> The first nine months of 2013, I went through cycles of approximately two to three-week periods where I was on track, would lose 5-10 pounds, then have two to three-week periods where I fell off track and gained it all back. I thought I would never get back into my groove again and was destined to be a size 14 for good. <BR> <BR> Then I reached out to an old high school friend who conta... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 20:58:29 EST Progress Pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529866 <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> 1 month into Take Shape For Life, I am almost 20 pounds down! <BR> <BR> I am feeling great and I can finally see my goal at the end of the tunnel. <BR> <BR> Here I am before starting TSFL: 175lbs (front view) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l329787476.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And here I am 1 month in! 156 lbs! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2031178500.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Before TSFL (side view): <BR> <img sr... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 08:35:07 EST Cauliflower-Crust Buffalo Chicken http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5524964 Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. My. <BR> <BR> This pizza is amazing! I HAVE to share. <BR> <BR> I honestly felt guilty as I was eating this--I truly felt like I was cheating!! <BR> <BR> I've been on Medifast's 5&1 Plan for about 4 weeks now. My Week 4 weigh in is tomorrow and I am super excited about it! Wow, I never thought I would say that! So far, I am down 16 pounds. I feel great and I started running again! Finally, I think I've found something I can stick with for more than 2 weeks. And I have... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 21:11:57 EST Finally seeing some success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5519269 Woo Hoo! <BR> <BR> Weighed in at 160 today--was hoping to see the 150's today, but I'm still happy with where I am. <BR> <BR> My current BMI is 30.2--overweight is 29.9--soooo close! <BR> <BR> My goal is 130 (24.6 BMI)--so only 30 pounds to go! <BR> <BR> I'm finding a lot of success with this MediFast program--finally got myself out of the yo-yo I was dealing with all year. Since the beginning of the year, I have been losing and gaining the same 5-10lbs over the course of about a month. ... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 10:24:00 EST Progress Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5514496 Hi All! <BR> <BR> So I've been MIA on here a lot lately. I sit at a computer for 8 hours a day at work which means getting home and logging on to the computer is usually the LAST thing I want to do. No offense to all of my wonderful Spark Friends. I love you all and appreciate the support while I am not logging on as much as I should have. <BR> <BR> Anywho, wanted to provide an update. <BR> <BR> I am making great progress with a program called Take Shape For Life fueled by Medifast. It i... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 17:58:39 EST Introducing: The Scariest Piece of Clothing I've Ever Owed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5473871 *cue the dramatic/horror/suspense music* <BR> <BR> DUN DUN DUNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1790288144.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Well, there they are. One pair of itty-bitty size 8 jeans purchased today by yours truly. <BR> <BR> They really are scary aren't they?! <BR> <BR> Okay, maybe they're not THAT scary--but they really are intimidating! <BR> <BR> They had some pretty great sales today at the mall--I got a few emails from some of my ... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 20:16:53 EST Plan for W/E 7/27/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5428701 Here's the recipes I picked for this week: <BR> <BR> 1) Honey-Teriyaki Salmon <BR> http://www.skinnytaste.com/2013/02/honey<BR>-teriyaki-salmon.html <BR> <BR> *paired with roasted edamame <BR> <BR> 2) Buffalo Turkey Burgers with Blue Cheese Broccoli Slaw <BR> http://www.skinnytaste.com/2012/05/buffa<BR>lo-turkey-burgers-with-blue-cheese.html <BR> <BR> *paired with baked sweet potato "fries" <BR> <BR> 3) Easiest Crock Pot Salsa Verde Chicken <BR> http://www.skinnytaste.com/2013/04/easie... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 21:53:36 EST Weekly Recap (W/E 07/20/13) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5428595 Hello! <BR> <BR> Wow, this one was a LONG week for me! I had to work Saturday, which I normally have off, so I was a little thrown off this week. I hate working Saturdays. It throws my schedule/routine all out of whack. <BR> <BR> Anywho, here's my weekly recap! <BR> <BR> Sunday: <BR> Calories Tracked: 1392 <BR> Fitness Minutes Tracked: 30 <BR> <BR> Went to the public market and bought lots of healthy produce! Also bought some fresh herbs and planted my own indoor herb garden! I love havi... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 20:05:49 EST Ready for this week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5421190 Okay, so I found out last week that just by prepping my breakfasts and snacks for work in the beginning of the week, I set myself up for success all week long! Well, this week I decided to do it again plus dinners! <BR> <BR> I discovered a new website/blog called skinnytaste.com. She has TONS of yummy recipes, many of which are super easy, healthy, and have very few ingredients. She (and many of her readers) claim that many of her recipes are kid and husband approved (her husband seems to be... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 22:33:51 EST Current Pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5420003 I don't think I've posted any current pictures of myself since earlier this year (probably 6 months ago!) and that's because I'm not happy with my progress so far. I've gained about 30 pounds since April of last year, where I was at my lowest weight. Oh well, can't dwell on the past. So here it is, truth and all, my current photos. <BR> <BR> Front View: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l900229306.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Back View: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 17:08:52 EST Weekly Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5419694 I wanted to recap my week in my next blog, so here goes: <BR> <BR> Sunday: <BR> Calories Tracked: 0 <BR> Fitness Minutes Tracked: 0 <BR> <BR> I received a PM from a new AWESOME Spark Friend that I met just over a week ago. I met her through an "accountability buddy" message board. I added her the week before last and didn't get onto Spark for a few days, so she messaged me--exactly what I needed from my accountability buddy! I wasn't doing well at that point and didn't get to emailing her b... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 10:21:21 EST Today was supposed to be a good day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5407928 Well, today was supposed to be a good day. <BR> <BR> Then we went to Subway and I got a bag of chips AND 2 cookies AND finished my husband's chips. Then we got slurpees. Then I had 4 chocolates when I got home. Then I had cookie dough and bakes cookies. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is a new day... Maybe I'll go to the gym.,,. Mon, 1 Jul 2013 22:02:58 EST 20 Days since I've been on track... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5403459 Well, its been 21 days since I've been on track. I haven't weighed, so I have no idea how much I've gained. I'm not sure I even want to know. I can tell I've gained because I can feel it in my clothes. I've purchased 2 pairs of size 14 pants which are a little tight, but wearable. I've also purchased a size 15 pair (teen size) which I cannot wear without leaving unbottoned... <BR> <BR> Not sure what it was this time. I've been experiencing the same cycle for the past 6 months. I get on track... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 11:13:11 EST Thursday 06/06/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5380776 Another good day! <BR> <BR> Wow, I feel like I've been saying that a lot lately... <BR> <BR> I guess that isn't too much of a bad thing. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> My pants fit so much better today!!! <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> The past few weeks I've had to travel to work with them unbuttoned. I've either had to unbutton them all together or I could only button one button and sit down kind of comfortably. Well, today I kept them buttoned ALL DAY, even while sitting do... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 21:16:40 EST Wednesday 06/05/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5379562 Woo hoo!! <BR> <BR> Great day today! <BR> <BR> Breakfast was a little late this morning (about 11am)--ran into some emergencies that needed taking care of as soon as I got to work. I usually eat breakfast about an hour after I get to work. I just can't eat in the early morning when I first wake up. <BR> <BR> Late breakfast meant late snack (about 1pm). <BR> <BR> I really wasn't hungry for lunch, so I decided to eat my other snack (watermelon) about 3pm--I got busy, too. I wanted to eat ... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 20:51:13 EST Things I want to try... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5378211 This blog is mainly for myself because I've discovered a couple of things I want to try... <BR> <BR> 1.Cacao nibs and adzuki beans <BR> <BR> Okay, so I came home from the gym and turned on the TV to ABC channel. Dr. Oz was on. I normally don't watch his show because sometimes I feel like it can be a little...deceiving? I don't know, I feel like he has a lot of knowledge to share, but I feel like he claims to always be coming out with the latest and greatest weight loss secret. I just don't... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 16:57:00 EST Where has the day gone?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5377992 Is it 1pm already?!? <BR> <BR> Today is a day off--I usually have Mondays off with my husband, but was asked to switch to Tuesday this week. Its kind of nice having a day to myself. Not that I don't enjoy my husband's company. Its just nice to unwind on my own time once in a while. <BR> <BR> I decided to sleep in this morning until 10am--I usually wake up at 6 am for work each day, so on my days off, I am usually up and wide awake at 7 or 8am. This morning there is construction going on at... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 13:25:05 EST Another good day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5377203 Today went well! <BR> <BR> I was able to sleep in a few minutes this morning since I prepacked most of my food for work last night for all week. All I had to do was bag up my lettuce and throw everything else in my lunchbox instead of cutting and measuring like I was doing before every day before work. It would take me a good 15 minutes each day. <BR> <BR> For breakfast I had my usual greek yogurt with berries. Snack was wheat thins and peanut butter. Lunch was spring mix with blue cheese,... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 20:35:29 EST All set up for a successful week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5375809 Hubby and I went grocery shopping today. This is the third week in a row that we've gone shopping and I came home and cut everything up right away and packed it all up for the week. I am finding this is really helping me to be successful throughout the week. If I can just grab it in the morning from the fridge before work, then I will have food to keep me full throughout the day and I'm less likely to binge when I get home. <BR> <BR> I've been eating mostly the same thing everyday for break... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 17:40:33 EST Thursday May 30th 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5372833 Today went pretty well. <BR> <BR> I had a better day at work--not as slow as yesterday was. I took my time with some things which I normally don't do because I usually have so many things on my "to-do" list that I try to rush through everything to get it all done. Today was good, though. <BR> <BR> Had a good food day. <BR> <BR> For breakfast I had my usual strawberries and yogurt. I love that strawberries are in season and so inexpensive right now. <BR> <BR> For snack I had wheat thin... Thu, 30 May 2013 17:52:25 EST Wednesday May 29th 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5371838 Today was an okay day. <BR> <BR> Work went okay--kinda slow and boring. I didn't sleep well, so I woke up late and didn't get a chance to do my hair, so I went in not looking my best. It was kind of slow, too. I spent some time cleaning up our database which is pretty cluttered. Not my favorite thing to do, but it had to get done. <BR> <BR> I had softball practice after work today. That was pretty fun, but not the exercise I was hoping for. I spent most of the time just standing around ho... Wed, 29 May 2013 19:59:11 EST Getting it together http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5370919 Hello all! <BR> <BR> I hope you all are doing well! <BR> <BR> I am doing okay... <BR> <BR> We are slowly getting the office together in the 2nd bedroom in our apartment. My sister just moved out of her apartment and into her boyfriend's grandmother's house so that they can continue to save for a house. Her boyfriend had a desk he was going to set to the curb, so my husband and I offered to take it off his hands. It is nice to have a desk to sit at now, instead of trying to balance my lapto... Tue, 28 May 2013 22:51:04 EST Surprising Results Revealed at the Health Screening Fair http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5357768 Hi All, <BR> <BR> Its been about a month and a half since I've tracked and exercised consistently. I haven't weighed since the end of March--I've been avoiding the scales. I've also been avoiding mirrors. And my pants are really tight. Its getting pretty bad. <BR> <BR> So we finally moved into the new apartment. I am LOVING it here! Its a little smaller than what we were in before. Well, there is more square footage, but less storage space. We have the entire top floor of the building we ... Wed, 15 May 2013 18:50:59 EST Wednesday 04/24/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5334644 So, I decided to try and help me to get back on track, I'm going to try to blog every day about how my day went--no matter how much or little I have to say. <BR> <BR> Today could have been better. <BR> <BR> I slept in a little bit, so I didn't have time to make or bring my breakfast or lunch to work. I had a cup of coffee a couple of hours into work and then had a few glasses of this new unsweetened raspberry iced tea we're serving at lunch. I didn't eat a single bite until I got out of w... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 21:45:49 EST Avoiding SparkPeople like the plague... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5330341 Soooooooooo <BR> <BR> <BR> I've been avoiding you guys... <BR> <BR> <BR> Well not all of you wonderful people, just the site <BR> <BR> For the past 3 weeks I've been in denial about what I've been putting into my body. <BR> <BR> For the past 3 weeks I've been binging and eating whatever I want. When I say whatever I want, I mean WHATEVER I want... <BR> <BR> Its almost like I've been telling myself that everything had 0 calories. <BR> <BR> I haven't tracked ANYTHING and I can tell wha... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 08:05:53 EST Writing my own success story... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5311674 My boss has been talking a lot lately about visualization... <BR> <BR> "Visualize exactly what it is that you want, and it will come to you." <BR> <BR> "What a load a crap!", I used to think. <BR> <BR> I'm starting to think he may be on to something. <BR> <BR> Every time he talks about visualization, he usually references money and success in his career. <BR> <BR> "A few years ago, I knew what I wanted; I wanted a lot of money, and I wanted to be a successful business owner. For weeks ... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 16:37:08 EST 3rd day in a row not doing so well... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5309353 Okay, I've got to prove to myself that I CAN do this for more than 2 weeks in a row! <BR> <BR> Today is the third day in a row that I haven't been on track since losing 8.5 pounds in two weeks of being on track. I know one or two days here and there won't seriously kill my efforts, but for me, one turns into two, turns into three, turns into four, turns into a month, three months, 6 months, etc. <BR> <BR> Here are my problems: <BR> <BR> 1. I need to go grocery shopping. <BR> <BR> 2. I'v... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 20:37:07 EST The holiday got me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5307484 Well, yesterday was Easter and let's just say my food choices could have been...less calorific. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I started out the morning running late, which was my first mistake and caused my whole day to snowball. <BR> <BR> I had to work in the morning. We had food and beverage inventory. I had plans to eat dinner at my in-laws at 3 and we were supposed to go over to my parents' at 7 for dessert. <BR> <BR> I didn't bring any food to work. I got there just before ... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 12:07:24 EST Back on Track! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5305668 Woo hoo! <BR> <BR> So today marks the end of week 2 back on track since the beginning of the year. I have been consistently focused and staying on track with diet and exercise. I lost 4.5 pounds last Sunday. I am looking forward to this week's weigh in. If it goes as well as I'm hoping, I'll be down to my lowest weight this year (2013). I started out the year at 171.5 lbs. Between now and then, I have been down to 166 lbs and as high as 175 lbs. <BR> <BR> The past 2 weeks I have been more ... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 19:35:41 EST I got off the couch! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5302605 So today I was tired. <BR> <BR> I had some energy, but I haven't been sleeping the greatest the past couple of nights. I've been exercising and drinking lots of water so I know that's not my problem. I need to start moving to mt bed for bedtime instead of falling asleep on the couch and staying there all night. That thing doesn't offer much support. <BR> <BR> So when I got home from work, I was EXHAUSTED. I literally changed, laid down on the couch, and closed my eyes and listened to the TV... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 22:50:36 EST Thankful for Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5300126 Driving home from the gym this evening, I couldn't help but think about how thankful I am for Spark. <BR> <BR> In May 2011, I started my weight loss journey at almost 200 lbs. At my height of 5'0", 200 pounds is very heavy. I got engaged 2 months earlier and couldn't stand the thought of not feeling beautiful on my wedding day. I started my journey with Spark People and lost 30 pounds before the Fall semester of my senior year of college began. That semester, I changed my major to health sc... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 22:30:46 EST Bingefest last night--I won't let it stop me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5299167 Ugh, so I had a little bit of a bingfest last night. <BR> <BR> I started dinner with about 350 calories to meet my lowest calorie range (1200). We went to my husband's parents' house for dinner. We had roast beef, mashed potatoes, and carrots. Now those don't sound so bad, but the potatoes were loaded with butter, salt, and cream, the carrots were loaded with basting oil, butter, and salt, and the roast beef was dry so I couldn't chew it without gravy. <BR> <BR> By the end of the dinner I ... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 08:46:20 EST A few things that have helped me stay on track this week... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5295538 This week's been great! <BR> <BR> I've been making the most of my Fit Bit and tracking all of my steps, food, and water! I've synced my Fit Bit account with Spark People which I LOVE! <BR> <BR> Just wanted to type out a few things that have helped me stay on track this week: <BR> <BR> 1. Tracking everything I eat <BR> <BR> 2. I work at a restaurant, so we have these 32oz deli containers used for storing foods. I see people using them to drink water and soda from during their shift becaus... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 22:01:56 EST A little bit of progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5287046 I made a little bit of progress tonight! <BR> <BR> And when I say little....I mean LITTLE... <BR> <BR> but its still progress! <BR> <BR> We went to my parents' house for dinner tonight. Every time we go over there we almost always get take-out. Tonight was no different...pizza and wings. <BR> <BR> I did well today. I didn't eat as much as I probably should have, though. <BR> <BR> I did drink my minimum of 64 fl oz of water, though! I was really happy about that!! <BR> <BR> I had a hea... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 21:48:26 EST I can't think of a title for this blog entry. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5286562 Good afternoon everyone! <BR> <BR> Today is Thursday, March 14th, Day 73 of getting back onto Spark. <BR> <BR> So far this year I have not lost one pound. <BR> <BR> Day 1 weight: 171.5 lbs <BR> Day 73 weight: 173.0 lbs <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Not good! <BR> <BR> This weather is really bringing my down! I need some Spring--and a change of scenery. My husband and I are moving to a new apartment in the city where we live. Right now we're living in an apartment in a town just... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 12:56:20 EST Spring is coming! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5282410 Yesterday was the first time we've had "warm" weather since what feels like early November! I've had really bad cabin fever this winter--last winter we had only a few days of true cold weather and snow, which is rare for this area of Upstate New York. I remember as a kid the snow piling up higher than my Great Grandfather's hips when he would take us out sledding. I haven't seen snow like that since then. This winter was pretty cold and snowy. The sun barely came out. So yesterday was a true ... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 11:19:59 EST Boy does the time fly--a little bit of a rant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5281077 Happy Sunday Sparkles! <BR> <BR> Things are going okay over here. I am at work right now training someone to work for me on my days off, so I don't have anything to do! Its nice to get paid to do nothing..hehe <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Anywho, its been a while since I've been on. I've been playing the usual "whoa is me", "this isn't my fault", "why do I always sabotage myself" games. Its not fun. <BR> <BR> I've been struggling with this forwhat feels like over a year now. This ... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 11:33:27 EST Cheese Crisps--OMG YUM! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5229196 HELLO! <BR> <BR> OMG!! <BR> <BR> I've discovered cheese crisps and all of their yummy crispy cheesy goodness! <BR> <BR> I've been meaning to try them for WEEKS now, but for some reason I sit on things FOREVER until I actually try them. <BR> <BR> Anywho, I read somewhere that these are GREAT for curbing cheese cravings. And if you're like me, you LOVE cheese. If you're like me, you could LIVE OFF OF cheese. And if you're like me, you would bath in cheese if you could....okay, maybe I took... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 19:00:45 EST Quick, Easy, YUMMY, Healthy Tuna Salad Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5228812 Here's a "recipe" I got from a co-worker for tuna salad that is super easy, super fast, super yummy and healthy! <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 1 can or pouch tuna fish <BR> 1 T sweet relish <BR> 2 T plain fat free greek yogurt <BR> Salt and pepper to taste <BR> <BR> Directions: <BR> Mix together and enjoy! <BR> <BR> Total Calories: 120 <BR> Total Carbs: 7 <BR> Total Fat: 1g <BR> Total Protein: 22g <BR> <BR> Hah! <BR> <BR> I ate this today for lunch with a serving of reduced fat wheat thins... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 13:12:23 EST Looking toward the future instead of dwelling in the past... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5203331 I had a HORRIBLE food day yesterday. I did GREAT up until about 7:00pm, when I found out my great-grandmother had passed the other night. <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> I ended up eating a buffalo chicken sub (1201 calories, 107g carbs, 45g of fat, 94g protien...), a handful of PB M&M's, a glass and a half of wine, and half of a chocolate orange. <BR> <BR> I went over my highest calorie range by 1258 calories. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I was planning on tonight being m... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 09:25:22 EST New "Before" Pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5192912 Good morning, SPARKles! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I hope you all are having a WONDERFUL weekend! I certainly am! I had Friday, Saturday, AND Sunday off this week :) I am the Office Manager at a restaurant, so my job isn't exactly Monday through Friday, 9-5. While I do work 9am-5pm (which I LOVE), my position is necessary 7 days per week. I have an assistant who works 2 days a week for me (usually Tuesday and Saturday, my slowest days) but this week, with the holiday falling on a Tuesday, I h... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 10:49:25 EST Happy Saturday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5191446 Happy Saturday everyone! <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I hope everyone has had a WONDERFUL week so far! I know I have! <BR> <BR> I feel SO GOOD today. I really feel like I'm back on track with this. I've missed it. <BR> <BR> A few weeks ago, I was starting to feel like I did just before I joined Spark People. I was bloated, my pants we tight, I wasn't comfortable in my clothes or my skin anymore. <BR> <BR> So, I decided to give myself a fresh start with the new year. I normally d... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 11:28:43 EST Reflecting on 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5183969 Weight Loss Summary: <BR> <BR> May 2011: 195 <BR> January 2012: 158.5 (-36.5 lbs) <BR> April 2012: 148.5 (-10 lbs) <BR> January 2013: 171.5 (+23lbs) <BR> <BR> Total in 2012: +13lbs. <BR> Total overall loss: -23.5 lbs <BR> <BR> So overall 2012 was a year of gaining. I lost 10 pounds in the first 4 months of the year, but then I got so stressed out with work, schoolwork, graduating college, finding a full time job, moving in with my fiance, planning my wedding, and volunteering that I decide... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 13:34:49 EST