MUFFIY831's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MUFFIY831 MUFFIY831'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/ Laziness Works In My Favor For Once! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6353334 I went out at lunch time to run a couple of errands. I had my lunch already planned and even logged, but I found myself contemplating all the restaurants around said errands and what I could get. <BR> <BR> But. <BR> <BR> It's raining. And the ones that sounded the best were slightly out of the way. <BR> <BR> And it's raining. <BR> <BR> And I don't eat anything from a drive-thru because I have this weird thing about insisting on eating real food. ;) <BR> <BR> And who wants to get out... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:09:57 EST Protein Protein Protein http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6352909 My protein quest (ha!) continues. I'm still obsessed with my Quest chocolate milkshake protein, and my friend let me try this Syntrax fruit protein powder that I liked so I ordered the sampler of all their flavors. They seriously taste like Kool-Aid. Today's choice is grape. I got a blender bottle and so I sit here at my desk sipping my protein Kool-Aid. :) <BR> <BR> The Syntrax is heavily marketed to people who have had bariatric surgery, like my friend. I ordered the sampler on Amazon and ... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:38:33 EST Spring Cleaning ... The House and The Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6351521 Yesterday I talked about some small changes I've been making. Today I'm looking at more high protein vegetarian recipes to mix up the rotation a bit. I just found these Greek Yogurt Oatmeal pancakes that look good so I will try them this weekend. <BR> <BR> <link>https://recipes.sparkpeople.com/reci<BR>pe-detail.asp?recipe=2697296 </link> <BR> <BR> Other suggestions are welcome! <BR> <BR> I'm trying to make today a lighter calorie day. I've been frustrated with the slow pace on the sc... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:55:06 EST Making Small Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6351116 Not much new to report, but I'm making some small changes to my diet to, I hope, continue the extremely slow but forward progress. <BR> <BR> 1. Smart Water. <BR> <BR> I've always been pretty good about drinking my water (about 100 oz per day), but I've gone back to what my old trainer called Smart Water - adding cucumber slices, 1/4 lemon, mint leaves, and a chunk of ginger. <BR> <BR> * Ginger is chiefly known as an anti-inflammatory agent, nausea reliever and digestive aid. <BR> <BR>... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 13:34:00 EST The Big Tire http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6348030 If you've been around me for awhile, you know I kinda love flipping tires. See: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_photo_gal<BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=5479444# </link> <BR> <BR> I feel like an utter badass (the one above was a fitness challenge so was far from the biggest tire I've ever tackled). I feel strong. I feel powerful. <BR> <BR> Today, Jake rolled out the two big tires for class and I got all excited. But he put them right next to each other in the far corner of the room... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 13:50:26 EST Frustrated. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6346457 The scale is still stuck. To give myself credit, it did budge 0.2 pounds down, but OH MY GOD WHY IS THIS TAKING SO LONG? I am doing the right things. I am eating right. I am exercising. I am drinking sh*t tons of water. I'm still not back where I was before my work trip 10 days ago. I do think there's a hormonal factor at work right now, but good lord this is frustrating. <BR> <BR> I know I have to just keep plugging along. That it will happen. I've all but given up hope of reaching my 10-p... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 10:27:14 EST I *REFUSE* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6344622 Got back from a work trip with the scale up, which I expected. But, honestly, I also expected it to go back down pretty quickly once I was back home and in the swing of things. Well, it's now Thursday and the scale has refused to budge. It even crept up a bit. <BR> <BR> I WILL NOT LET THIS STAND. <BR> <BR> I have been pretty hungry this week, so over, but close, to my calorie range. I'm going to have to buckle down and do a few low calorie days. I'm shooting for under 1300 at least today ... Thu, 6 Apr 2017 10:44:45 EST Back At It (Again) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6344095 I knew Chicago would be tough on the scale, and sure enough I came home 5 pounds heavier. It's amazing how easy it is to gain weight. Three of them came off pretty much right away so water/travel/whatever. <BR> <BR> But, I'm still up 2ish pounds, which may not sound like a ton, but that's basically a month's worth of work for me. I'm determined to get it done, of course, and am hoping it'll be faster than another whole month. <BR> <BR> Getting back into the swing of things is always so ha... Wed, 5 Apr 2017 09:35:41 EST **CRUSHED IT!!*** http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6343078 Yesterday was the Cherry Blossom 10-miler in DC. My longest race in over 5 years. Early this year, once I knew I was in via the lottery process, I set a goal time of 2 hours. That's a 12 minute mile. That's doable, but fast for me, especially at longer distances. <BR> <BR> I trained for it, but not particularly hard. My training runs tended to hover around a 12:30/mile. But, hey, as long as I beat the sweep bus, that's all that matters, I reassured myself. <BR> <BR> The last few races I'v... Mon, 3 Apr 2017 09:23:39 EST Why Is This So Hard? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6341691 First, let me give myself some credit. This week has actually been much better than a lot of work trips I've taken. <BR> <BR> Things I've Done Well This Week: <BR> - Exercise every single morning <BR> - Limited booze <BR> - Skipped some snack breaks <BR> - Healthy breakfast in the room <BR> <BR> Buuuuuuuuuuuut. I'm still way over on calories. When I see food, I eat it. I just can't seem to stop myself. Greek yogurt and granola in my room. Yay! Healthy start! But then I go down to the meet... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 10:38:35 EST The Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6340752 Jake sent me the regular workouts for class all this week, but today's was lots of suicides and some partner stuff, neither of which was possible in the hotel gym. So I went back to Tom's tried and true 5-4-3-2-1 Fitness Challenge <BR> <BR> 500 Jumping Jacks <BR> 400 Squats <BR> 300 Push-ups <BR> 200 Sit-ups <BR> 100 Burpees <BR> <BR> You're supposed to do it in about 50 minutes. Normally in class I don't quite finish but I wasn't time constrained today so i did the WHOLE THING in right abo... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:23:31 EST Workouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6340154 Jake sent me the workouts for the week so I am muddling through them. This is today's list. <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d45ce842-8394-4829-acce-67fd5c119e3c.jpg"> Kinda not the same without my friends to complain to loudly the whole time. :) Definitely going over on calories but trying to offset the damage with exercise a bit. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:56:46 EST A Good Start in Chicago http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6339638 Got to Chicago yesterday afternoon and will be here for the week. I'm off to a good start. My trainer sent me the week's worth of workouts and I did the first one this morning. (Side note: It's not the same when you don't have your friends there to complain about it with!) <BR> <BR> I'm also really happy that they provide an empty fridge in the room (so many hotels now have these weighted sensors so you can't even move the existing contents without being charged. They make me angry.) so I w... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:09:51 EST The Chicago Diet Test http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6337876 I tend to keep my weight loss efforts under wraps with most people in real life. Maybe because of this deeply rooted fear of gaining it all back. But, this time around, I've been a little more open about it. Instead of "oh, you know, a few pounds" when someone notices, I proudly proclaim "22 pounds and counting!" Maybe that's a good sign?? <BR> <BR> 22 pounds in, people *are* noticing. People I don't really talk to that much, or see very often, see me and immediately make a comment. It's ve... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:14:58 EST I Am Overweight!!! Yay!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6335174 You guys! Wonderful surprise on the scale this morning tells me on the BMI scale I am officially overweight and not obese. This is fantastic!!!!! Last time I was here was over two years ago. This time I am going to make it stick. I am not done losing yet and I am determined to lose another 10 pounds by July. And keep them off. For reals this time. Seriously. Yay for overweight!!!! Sun, 19 Mar 2017 08:58:52 EST Perspective: Two Years, No Progress? Lots of Progress? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6333406 Huh. So the last time I weighed this little was about two years ago. So I've either made zero progress or I've made TONS of progress. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/eeee9351-401b-45f3-ba1e-601368df83a3.png"> <BR> <BR> This graph tells me lots of things. <BR> <BR> 1. GOOD GOD I HAVE BEEN HERE A LONG TIME. Doing the same thing, with varying levels of commitment and therefore varying levels of success. <BR> <BR> 2. I have been here before. Apparently every two ... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 13:08:50 EST I hate roller coasters. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6331740 172.6 171.4 170.2 172.8 171.8 171.0 These are all the weights I've been over the last two weeks. I suppose I should be happy from day 1 to day 14 is a 1.6 pound loss. That is huge for me, honestly. But still this yo-yoing is driving me nuts. Back to the RD tomorrow to assess these last two weeks. I think we will do the metabolic testing tomorrow too. I'm really curious to see if my metabolism is as slow as I think it is. I know I need to focus on the overall downward trend. After all, tw... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 09:53:01 EST Surprise! Daily Visualization Realization http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330771 On SparkCoach, today started out with this: <BR> <BR> "Let’s start off with a quick visualization exercise. Spend 30 seconds visualizing one of your most important goals. See yourself reaching this goal. What will you feel like? How will this change your life?" <BR> <BR> I have said for years that my goal is to go to the beach and be in a bathing suit and be comfortable. I've never said I have to be super skinny or turn heads or knock anyone out, but I want to be comfortable in my own skin... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 10:28:25 EST Healthy Sounding Is Not Always Healthy. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6329687 Last night, I had dinner with friends. Being the good little girl that I am, I looked up the menu online in the afternoon and picked out what I thought would be the best, lowest calorie option. A side salad and tomato soup. Simple, easy, delicious, low calorie. Right? <BR> <BR> WRONG. <BR> <BR> When i got there, I opened the menu and noticed it actually had calorie counts, which were not present online. The salad had 450 calories. (whaaaaat? I guess it was the dressing and the pumpkin see... Wed, 8 Mar 2017 09:24:57 EST Adios 14, Hola 12! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6328642 What a great weekend! <BR> <BR> I went shopping and bought two pairs of jeans. Now, I think shopping for jeans is worse than anything else on the planet. I'd rather buy bathing suits than jeans, it's that bad. But I managed to find two pairs. One at Old Navy and the other at Banana Republic. It's not lost on me that they're the same company. Of course both pairs are a bit too long, even though they're labeled short/petite, but it's entirely unrealistic of me to think anything else is possib... Mon, 6 Mar 2017 09:50:48 EST Whoa. So it IS working. Picture Proof! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6328252 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6a375089-69c4-43c4-924a-b09b79d258df.jpg"> Huh. So 20 pounds really does show. I really didn't see it at 10 (middle) but at 20 pounds the difference from right to left is significant enough even I can see it. Yay!! Sun, 5 Mar 2017 15:26:07 EST Spaghetti Squash Lasagna http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6327861 My first ever spaghetti squash, turned into my first ever spaghetti squash lasagna. I am very excited about this!!! <BR> <BR> Best of all, I can have 1/4 of this entire thing for 270 calories?!?! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7aef4124-599c-4649-a6f4-b64634ede54e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Update: it's really tasty but also very watery. Need to use less sauce and maybe squeeze the water out of the squash?? Sat, 4 Mar 2017 19:35:00 EST Plannin' & Preppin' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6327227 Workwise, I'm having serious motivational challenges. So I spent the morning reviewing saved recipes and the kitchen supplies, then I took off at 11AM and headed to Target and Wegman's. Hey, why not? :) <BR> <BR> I'll spend tonight cooking and chopping and cleaning and so forth to prepare for the week. I know I can't do this every Friday (if I want to keep paying bills, that is), but I think this will help me keep my weekends a little more on track as I often find myself eating out or overi... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 13:19:42 EST Yesterday's Non-Scale Victory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6323905 I have a shirt that's been in the closet for years and I have worn it at all sorts of weights. Sometimes, I've felt compelled to wear one of those spanx tanks under it, but I've worn it anyway. It's one of those 3/4 sleeve shirts with the roll-up sleeves that you can button up at the elbow. When I'm at my heaviest, I damn near feel like it's going to cut off circulation to my arms because the sleeves can get really tight. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I decided to wear the shirt. Not only did I not ... Thu, 2 Mar 2017 11:05:00 EST Feeling Dedicated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6323380 Like a million other people, I have ups and downs in the motivation department. I know if I track my calories and watch what I eat (and drink) and exercise regularly I feel better, I have a better chance of losing weight, etc. <BR> <BR> But IT IS EXHAUSTING. <BR> <BR> Sometimes i get really mad that I will never be one of those people who can just ... not care. Not worry. Not obsess over every little thing. It seems entirely unfair that I can do 97% of the right things and still gain weigh... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 11:12:36 EST Meeting with the Dietician - Hello Calorie Cycling! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322763 Yesterday, I had my first meeting with a registered dietician. I didn't really know what to expect, after having a bad experience with a nutritionist several years ago. I liked her. She didn't say anything that blew my mind, but I think she offered some solid advice and I've got a new(ish) plan in place. <BR> <BR> Overall, I'm doing the right things. She likes my level of exercise, my calorie tracking, my eating every 2-3 hours, my overall healthy diet, my water consumption. <BR> <BR> She... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 09:13:17 EST Erased From History http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322293 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a209f2db-7734-4fe1-9759-a1ba1f8697be.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Before I go to my first appointment with a registered dietitian, I thought I'd reflect a little on my weight loss history. This is my go-to "before" photo and is already here on Spark, taken in 2001. But I've just realized ... <BR> <BR> The reason this is my go-to photo is because it's literally the only one I have of me before 2004. I have photos from pre-2004, but they are of other people... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:21:56 EST One Bad Photo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6321398 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a6bc2f20-98f9-46f6-818d-1ad785d254dc.jpg"> I am my own worst critic. I know that. And this picture probably isn't that bad. I've had worse photos. But you think you're making progress and then you go for a run with your group and you see it and you think ... "MY GOD THOSE FAT ROLLS?!?!" Ugh. On the upside, I ran 8.2 miles with a new running buddy and felt strong the whole time. Pics be damned. Right?? Sat, 25 Feb 2017 14:47:45 EST Worst. Run. Ever. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320300 I have been doing a lousy job of running during the week. I go to boot camp, and then I do my scheduled long run on the weekend, but I really need to get out for short speed work or hill work during the week if I want to get any faster before this 10-Miler. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I made up my mind I would do just that. Two miles, balls-to-the-wall fast. For me. Which is like a 10 minute mile, but whatever. <BR> <BR> But. I also had a retirement party for a colleague and I had wine and chees... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:37:53 EST Calculating the Damage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6316911 As I've said the last few posts, the last three weeks were kind of a mess. Now I'm home for 6 weeks and I'm back in gear. I got home Sunday and told myself I would not go near the scale until at least this weekend to give myself the week to eat right and exercise and so forth. Well, this morning I caved and got on the scale and ... drumroll please ... up 2 pounds. <BR> <BR> That is WAY BETTER than I anticipated. I really expected at least 5. (It might have been 5 on Monday, who knows?) <BR... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:31:09 EST 20 Pound Lightbulb http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6316402 I recently hit the 20 pound mark. I also immediately rebounded, but I'm home and back in the swing of things so this gain is temporary and in my head I'm still saying I'm at 20 pounds even if that may not be 100% true at the moment. ANYWAY. This morning I had an aha moment. <BR> <BR> We don't use hand weights very often, but my trainer gave me two 10-pound weights and the first exercise up was bicep curls with them. <BR> <BR> Epiphany? 20 pounds is a lot, and those weights used to be atta... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:05:54 EST Meal Preppin' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315908 I got home Sunday afternoon and knew it is definitely time to get my act together after the last three weeks of travel/chaos. (But first I had Chipotle for dinner Sunday as one last hurrah! Oopsies.) <BR> <BR> So yesterday I went to the grocery store at lunch and starting yesterday afternoon I was cooking and prepping up a storm. <BR> <BR> I made: <BR> <BR> Energy Balls - https://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-det<BR>ail.asp?recipe=2548932 <BR> <BR> Split Pea Soup - https://recipes.s... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 09:25:00 EST I'm Baaaaaaack! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315306 The last three weeks have been a bit of a ... I can't think of another word for sh!tshow, really. First I was in Mexico, then I was home for a few days, then I was off to Holland for a week. I hit the 20 pounds lost mark the day I left for Mexico, gained 3 while there, and now I'm too scared to even get on the scale. I refuse to until at least this coming Sunday. <BR> <BR> Here's what I did well last week: <BR> <BR> 1. I kept the alcohol on the low side. Not zero, granted, but I had a gla... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 08:34:25 EST Mmmmm, Tacos. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6308973 I'm back from vacation and back in the saddle. I had a GREAT time and was still pretty active during the trip. I ran two mornings, and one day we went to this huge park and walked over 8 miles. It was a nice mix of active and lounging. <BR> <BR> I did eat a lot of guacamole, burritos, tacos, enfrijolades, queso, and of course margaritas. It was worth every calorie! I had managed to just squeak out a 20 pound loss the day before we left, and of course I came back up 3.5 pounds from there. I'... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 09:15:20 EST Happy Monday! Viva Mexico! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6303639 I still have no progress to report. I'm still at 19.2 pounds lost, and I don't think I'll ever lose another 0.8, or anything beyond that. It is very frustrating. <BR> <BR> What was NOT helpful was eating both mac & cheese for lunch and pizza for dinner yesterday. I have motivational signs all over the house, including one that says, "Get Your Sh!t Together, Woman!" That's the one I needed last night. <BR> <BR> It's a new week, I still have healthy food in the fridge, and on Thursday I go ... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 09:15:56 EST If You're Having Girl Problems, I Feel Bad For Ya Son http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6297436 I am not a normal female human in many respects, but one in particular is that I don't really have periods very often, so when I do I am completely befuddled. I *JUST* figured out why I've been (seemingly) powerless against junk food whims and why I have cried at dozens of random YouTube videos in the last few days. <BR> <BR> DAMMIT, HORMONES. <BR> <BR> I've said it before, and I'll say it again. I have no idea how you normal women do this every.single.month. I would lose my damn mind. <... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:59:02 EST More Garmin Geeking Out - With Photos! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6296108 I find this hilarious. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2d0d36d8-9ba8-4eed-a171-4c701d9ed577.png"> <BR> <BR> I had my watch on the 'cardio' function today at boot camp. Mainly I try to watch my heart rate, but I was looking at some stuff on the actual Garmin website and ran across this little gem - my map from my exercise this morning. <BR> <BR> Now, first of all, I was indoors the whole time so I am not sure why this has me running around outside in the parking ... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 15:13:25 EST Nerd Alert! (AKA Driving Myself Nuts With The Garmin) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6294480 I got this fancy Garmin for Christmas, and it has all sorts of bells and whistles on it. I had a Fitbit for years and would obsess over my steps but now I have a whole new set of numbers to obsess over. <BR> <BR> Heh. Maybe this is not a good thing. <BR> <BR> So anyway, I now have a heart rate monitor. I've heard about the fat burning zone and resting heart rate and blah blah blah but I never had an HRM to do anything about it. Right after I got it, I asked my trainer where my heart rate ... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 09:36:31 EST So Far, So Good. Heh. It's Day 5. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6291974 I'm feeling pretty good so far this year! In the middle of day 5. Ha! <BR> <BR> I cooked/prepped a bunch of healthy food on the 30th, knowing that new year's eve would be crazy and then I needed to hit the ground running on the 1st. And I have. I did not exercise on Sunday, my pretty usual rest day. But I've been to boot camp 4 straight days and been in my calorie range 3/4 days and today's on track to be 4/5. <BR> <BR> As much as I swear I don't do new year's resolutions, this is a good ... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 14:23:46 EST Double Tracking. Oops! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6290234 I got a new Garmin for Christmas, and I've been wearing both it and my FitBit to compare how they measure things. They each have their pros and cons, but I think I'm going to stick with the Garmin for the most part. <BR> <BR> Problem is, in playing with all this stuff, I just realized they were both connected to this account and so I was getting double credit for all my workouts for the last week+. Oops! Sure does look impressive, though! :) <BR> <BR> The FitBit is now disconnected so I w... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 09:29:11 EST 2016 Recap, and 2017 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289725 I just took a peak and over the course of 2016 I gained 14 pounds and lost 18 pounds, for a net loss of 4 pounds. Hey, a loss is a loss. Right? The good news is since August I have been moving mostly in the right direction. It's not a solid downward line, but it is at least a downward trend. I intend to continue that in 2017. <BR> <BR> I do have some Big Goals for 2017. The way I see it, I have just under 21 months until I hit the big 4-0. I don't want to be fat and 40. I want to be fit and... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 17:57:47 EST The Elusive 20 Pound Mark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6282856 Seriously, I don't think it's ever going to get here. <BR> <BR> Two weeks ago, I mysteriously gained 2.5 pounds. NO FREAKING IDEA WHY other than the scale and my body think it's hilarious to f*ck with me. But, it's finally back down now and we're moving in the right direction again. <BR> <BR> Still, I remain at 18 pounds lost, which is nothing to sneeze at, but there's something mental about 20 pounds that would make me feel better. Instead I just feel mental. <BR> <BR> I'm not giving u... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 09:45:30 EST Cherry Blossom 10-Miler. GAAAHHHH! WHEEEEE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6280822 I signed up for the Cherry Blossom 10-Miler lottery. I truly was torn between hoping I made it in because it would force me to train over the winter and hoping I didn't make it in because OMG WHO DOES THIS? <BR> <BR> Welllll, I am in. I shall be running 10 miles the first weekend of April. Which means my butt needs to be training over the winter. <BR> <BR> I have a few friends who are also doing it and so I'll have some training buddies. And I already have a decent base because of the rel... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 10:10:32 EST Psycho Scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6280296 I can't decide if the title of this is because the scale itself is psychotic, or if it's that the scale is making ME psychotic. <BR> <BR> I'm back to obsessively weighing every day, because I am crazy. After that mysterious 2.5 pound gain last week I keep weighing in and today I am just as mysteriously down 1.2 of it. So maybe it is hormonal/water. I'm happy to see the number retreating no matter what the issue may have been, but I really need to get it back down to where we started. <BR> ... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 08:41:07 EST I Never Learn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6279846 I got frustrated with the scale. i shared it here. You all felt my pain. I told myself I had to suck it up, get over it, keep moving, not let it get me down, power through ... every cheesy cliche I could think of. <BR> <BR> It didn't work. <BR> <BR> I let it get me down. I ate way too much over the weekend. <BR> <BR> Surprisingly, it didn't help the scale. Heh. <BR> <BR> But by Sunday I got my sh*t together, went to the store, and started meal prepping. I made mini frittatas for break... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 09:43:37 EST GGGGGAAAAAAAHHHHHH. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278525 I find it really annoying that Spark won't let me swear. Because mothertrucker I'm flurking pissed at the ducking scale right now. <BR> <BR> I was at cough-cough4.0, which jumped to 4.8 after my Korea trip. I was stuck there for three weeks and then lo and behold I was down to 2.8 last weekend. I've been SO GOOD this week. I have exercised, I have stayed within my calorie range, I have had lots of water, I have done all the things a good little girl is supposed to do. So I stepped on the sc... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 09:53:01 EST Channeling My Inner (Faux)Meathead. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278094 When I first started Nutrisystem, I was doing really well with snacking on vegetables instead of fruit (or worse) and generally lowering my carbs. Then time marched on, as it tends to do, and I found myself truly dreading another carrot stick or mini babybel cheese. Slowly, I've found myself increasing my carbs back up to where they were (~60%+ of calories) and the losses are slowing WAY WAY WAY down. <BR> <BR> So back to carrot sticks. I refuse to feel guilty about eating an apple. That's ... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 11:58:13 EST What I Learned from Yesterday's Mini-Binge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6277633 To set the scene - <BR> <BR> I had to go to the grocery store - the nice one with the prepared food section. I decided to go yesterday at lunch time. I thought I could trust myself to get lunch there and not do anything stupid. <BR> <BR> I was wrong. <BR> <BR> It started out innocently enough. I walked right past the pizza and the subs and even though I stole a few extra glances as the fried foods bar at those potato wedges and mozzarella sticks, I kept walking. I wanted sushi! So I head... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 12:52:14 EST New (Snarky) Motivational Signs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6277096 A while ago, I put up motivational signs around the house. A combination of serious and funny. Case in point: "You don't get the ass you want by sitting on it" next to "This is your reminder that you are amazing and can do anything." <BR> <BR> But they've been there for awhile so it was time to change them up. This time, more on the snarky side. <BR> <BR> The two bathroom mirrors: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0e19da11-eb59-4be6-90fe-b24b697ea3ca.jpg"> <BR> ... Tue, 6 Dec 2016 10:18:55 EST Motto: Plateau Early, Plateau Often http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6276655 OK, so that's a terrible motto. But it's reality. <BR> <BR> However, PLATEAU FINALLY FREAKING BROKEN. For now. <BR> <BR> I never actually officially recorded the pound I was up after my last trip, so SP thinks I'm down 1 pound, but in reality the scale was down 2 pounds this weekend. YAY! <BR> <BR> Now, of course, it'll be 5+ more weeks before another one disappears. December is off to a much better start than November and I'm pretty determined to keep it up. I did my now-somewhat-usual... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 10:52:15 EST