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/ The Gain. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6226415 Well, it happened. i gained weight instead of losing it even though I was still working hard. <BR> <BR> But. <BR> <BR> It was 0.2 pounds. <BR> <BR> ZERO POINT TWO. <BR> <BR> It's OK. It's not ideal, but it's OK. Could be water. Could be hormones. Things fluctuate. Yes, I wish it had been -0.2, but whatever. I can move forward. <BR> <BR> The weekend was tough because I was out of town for most of it, but I went to a party and munched on snap peas and carrots (and one cookie) and I we... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 09:53:47 EST The Fear of the Gain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224805 Week 1: YIPPEE! <BR> Week 2: YIPPEE! <BR> Week 3: OH NO, A SMALLER LOSS THAN THE FIRST TWO, WOE IS ME. <BR> Week 4: YIPPEE! <BR> <BR> Now week 5 is underway and the scale hasn't moved down at all. In fact in a couple of mid-week sneak peaks, it's gone up. <BR> <BR> That is not the plan. <BR> <BR> I'll weigh in tomorrow instead of my usual Sunday since I'm heading down to visit family overnight. I'm going to be super duper extra good today food wise and just hope for the best, but mental... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:01:58 EST Planning The Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223177 The first time I made a real effort to lose weight, I didn't track anything. I just started going to the gym regularly and eating 'better' for whatever definition of better I knew at the time. It was slow, but it worked. I think it partially worked because I was SO big my body was ready and it was easy (relatively speaking) to drop pounds. <BR> <BR> Then I learned more about nutrition and exercise and I do more and eat better now than I ever would have imagined back then. And I do know what... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 14:17:15 EST Success! And Then Recovery. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222460 Good news! Week four has me down another 1.8 pounds, bringing the 4-week total to 8 pounds. It might be a bit start-and-stop, but averaging 2 pounds per week is juuuuuuuuuust fine with me. I know this is going to take a long time, but I'll be healthier and happier and oh yeah thinner so it will all be worth it even if I get frustrated in the meantime. <BR> <BR> Speaking of frustration. Yesterday went a little - ok a lot - off track. I went to the grocery store in the morning and got my usua... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:53:57 EST Off Plan & On Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220996 Which is much better than the other way around, no? <BR> <BR> For some reason, the last three days I have been fantasizing about ice cream. I resisted at first, but I firmly believe in the all things in moderation attitude, so yesterday I finally caved and got my ice cream. Yes, it put me over my calories for the day, but I picked the smallest and lowest calorie thing they had (a basic ice cream sandwich) and I had a smaller than normal dinner to help make up for it. I still went over my da... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 14:39:39 EST Disappointed, but Moving On ... A Lesson in Perspective http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218274 I knew three pounds per week would not be sustainable. I knew seven pounds in two weeks was a freaking miracle. I knew it would slow down. I know how my body is, and how it reacts, and that there would be a pause and that's when I always get frustrated and eat junk food because 'it doesn't matter anyway.' <BR> <BR> And yet, here I am, incredibly disappointed that I *only* lost half a pound in week #3. Right on track in my never ending cycle of weight loss and gain. <BR> <BR> But you know ... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 09:57:19 EST I Feel Good (Say that like James Brown) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216135 <link>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXCG<BR>nTy-v2M </link> <BR> <BR> It's been a long time since I've gone three weeks solid without going off the rails. And the best part is, I have gone out and gone out to dinner and had a glass of wine even, still without letting it get the best of me. The other night I met a friend for dinner and got a cup of vegetable soup and a side kale salad. No french fries, no dessert, no crazy fattening stupidity. I have gone over my 1500-calorie limit a cou... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 11:33:31 EST Huh. All that Mumbo Jumbo Works. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214886 What's the standard advice for losing weight? <BR> <BR> 1. Track your food. <BR> 2. Up your exercise. <BR> 3. Lower your calories. <BR> <BR> And whaddya know, it works! <BR> <BR> Some people can get away with not tracking. I ... am apparently not one of them. <BR> <BR> It's been just over two weeks since I've (re)started tracking every calorie I stuff into my face and started Nutrisystem. And I'm down 6 pounds as of Sunday. Losing three pounds in a week is basically unheard of for m... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 11:26:05 EST First Week Down! Snack Suggestions Needed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6211412 I have officially completed the Turbo10 portion - the first week - of Nutrisystem. I'm feeling pretty good! I started the program on Wednesday but I started eating right the Sunday before that. Sundays are my weigh-in days. I'm down 3 pounds, which is great! I took another peek this morning and for some reason it's still exactly the same but I'm not going to sweat it. I'm going to stick to Sundays only from now on to weigh in so I don't drive myself nuts. I know my body and I know it hangs on... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 08:42:41 EST My First Weekend on Nutrisystem (And Success!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6209919 I knew the weekends would be the hardest, because I am a creature of habit and weekends aren't nearly as structured. This weekend was no different, but the big news is I proved that i can roll with the punches and not screw it all up. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a fairly quiet day so it all went according to plan except the times of my normal meals were a bit off: <BR> <BR> Breakfast: Harvest Nut Bar (better than I expected it to be!) with strawberries <BR> <BR> Snack (?) Does a drink count a... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 18:25:27 EST Halfway through week one! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6209352 I have to admit, it's getting a little easier. I'm halfway through week one of Nutrisystem! I get to eat more after the first week, and get 'flex meals' so I'm really looking forward to Wednesday. :) <BR> <BR> Yesterday's Food: <BR> <BR> Breakfast: Cinnamon Raisin bar, with 1 cup of strawberries and 2 slices of tofurky <BR> <BR> AM Snack: Turbo Shake <BR> <BR> Lunch: White Cheddar Mac & Cheese, with a side salad <BR> <BR> PM Snack: Nutricrush Shake, 5 strawberries, and two slices of tof... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 16:40:14 EST Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208693 Isn't there a thing they say about AA, like "you gotta work the program?" That's pretty much how I'm feeling about Nutrisystem. Day 2 is in the books, and to give myself a little added push I've printed out and posted some motivational signs around the house. <BR> <BR> On my bathroom mirror: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3ca29da6-552a-4d67-8c2a-60cb974fc4b1.JPG"> <BR> (It says "You don't get the ass you want by sitting on it.") <BR> <BR> On the fridge: <BR> <img s... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 10:40:10 EST Nutrisystem, Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208128 I have been gaining and losing the same 15 pounds or so since around 2005. I feel good when I get to the bottom of the 15, and then sabotage myself and end up at the top of the 15, and then I see that number and kick it back into gear. I have been doing this for so long it's not even conscious anymore. But something went awry and this time I blew 10 pounds past my 'oh sh!t' weight and now have officially started Nutrisystem. As of yesterday. <BR> <BR> It's going to work. Following this plan... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:57:31 EST A Grand, Expensive Experiment. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206986 Let's start by saying that I have generally been against things like Nutrisystem because I always felt like it didn't teach you anything. Sure, eat their food and follow the plan exactly and you're likely to lose weight, but then what? You'll be on it forever? Or you'll regain it all once you go off it because you'll start eating 'normal' food again and you never learned how to cook for yourself, how to portion control your own meals, how to be part of society and go out to dinner without blo... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:23:05 EST Fat. Depressed. Back in the Saddle. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191063 Oh hey, strangers! Sup? <BR> <BR> The day of reckoning has come. I'm at my highest weight in a long time. I'm unhappy about it. And I'm ready to do something about it. <BR> <BR> How did I get here? I let some old habits come crawling back into my life. Short and sweet, I'm eating too much crap. Cookies and ice cream are the biggest culprits. But also some pizza, some Chipotle, some Chinese food, some whatever-sounds-good-at-the-time. Some adds up to a lot. <BR> <BR> But I exercise! Why ... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 09:19:29 EST No Crazy Promises. Just Forward Progress. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6154702 How many times have I done this? The mea culpa blog entry. I've gained weight, but this time I mean it! I'm going to exercise 97 times per week and only eat kale and tofu! And I do. For like 2 weeks. And then things go back to normal. <BR> <BR> This time, no crazy promises to myself. <BR> <BR> I got back from vacation on Saturday, 30 April. Sunday was therefore 1 May, and an excellent time for a rethink on the diet. I went to the grocery store for all vegan food except for my lunch that h... Mon, 2 May 2016 11:13:26 EST Planning & Plotting & Running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6113487 I haven't run all winter. At least not outside, or more than about a mile and a half. I bought a treadmill but it turns out I don't like running on it so the only running I've done is circles around the boot camp warehouse. But spring is about to spring. Race season is starting. Half my friends are well into training for their half marathons and 10 milers and full marathons. <BR> <BR> I am inspired. And moderately guilty, but it's not like I haven't been doing ANYTHING, I just haven't been ... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 13:12:26 EST TMI, but kinda funny too http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6099794 I have talked before about my PCOS ( <link>www.webmd.com/women/tc/polycystic-ov<BR>ary-syndrome-pcos-topic-overview </link> ) but one of the wonderful things about it is that I don't have regular periods. In fact, I haven't had one in about a year. Then, last week, I got cranky and irritable and OMG CHOCOLATE. I have been eating basically everything in sight, and all I want is burgers and fries and chocolate and everything salty and sugary. <BR> <BR> Do you see where this is going? Because ... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 11:40:20 EST Today's HIIT Insanity (Dubbed CardiOHMYGOD) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6073471 This morning it was about 14 degrees Fahrenheit when boot camp started with some insane wind chill making it feel like minus 298340982343 (give or take). Tom says, "Well, today was supposed to be a long run, but ... even I'm not that crazy. So instead we'll do a HIIT workout with 35 different exercises." It's 20 seconds on and 10 seconds off and it NEVER STOPS. And probably 10 of the 35 exercises were either burpees or modifications to burpees. <BR> <BR> Somehow this is less crazy? I was tr... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 09:13:38 EST Scales Are Stupid http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6068318 I'm feeling pretty good. My clothes are fitting better. A couple of people have commented that I look like I'm losing weight. I feel healthier, stronger, more active, on track. <BR> <BR> By my scale at home, I've lost 8 pounds. Then I went to the doctor yesterday, and their scale shows that I've lost 4 pounds. HALF? I felt defeated. Like I'm not making progress after all. That I'm wasting my time. <BR> <BR> But that's stupid. I AM making progress. I am losing weight. I am getting better a... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 08:55:49 EST Yes, This!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6067447 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ed6e6b94-dc3f-4844-b468-25ddce14604d.jpg"> This is going to be my new go-to response. Tue, 12 Jan 2016 08:51:56 EST Successes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6066571 Oh yeah, that's multiple successes. <BR> <BR> 1. I'm wearing my Limited size 12 skinny jeans for the first time in, I dunno, a year?! <BR> <BR> 2. I signed up for a two week trial of boxing and kickboxing - the kind where you actually get to hit and kick stuff. I went to my first class yesterday and several people told me they were impressed I made it through the whole class because lots of people don't. I loved it!!!!! It's very therapeutic, I think. :) <BR> <BR> 3. I did all my meal p... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 09:55:39 EST Merry Christmas to Me! A Treadmill! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6061059 At my request, most of my family gave me Amazon gift cards for Christmas, and what did I do with them? <BR> <BR> THIS!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9f587b49-ac98-4d9c-85c6-3bbb4d9e7310.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm planning to use it throughout the winter, and I'm hoping to get my lightning bolt of a dog on it too. :) <BR> <BR> I signed up for 2016 miles in 2016 with two friends so I'm obligated to do about 2 miles/day all year. This will help immensely on those col... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 11:55:11 EST Countdown to Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6059929 The good news is I've lost 8 pounds. <BR> <BR> The bad news is that's only about half of what I gained in the last 6 months or so. <BR> <BR> I'm starting off 2016 in the right direction. I go on vacation (bathing suits and all. ugh!) in three weeks. I'm not really one for new year's resolutions, but I do hereby resolve for the next three weeks: <BR> <BR> 1. No desserts. <BR> 2. No booze. <BR> 3. 90+% vegan whole foods. <BR> 4. Exercise (boot camp, running) 6 days/week. <BR> <BR> Three... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 11:19:01 EST 7-Day Detox http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6029384 One of my boot camp instructors has been sharing her 7-day detox plan. I've never done such a thing before and honestly I'm a bit skeptical about the whole idea, but when she posted a picture of the food for the week I realized it looked awfully vegan-friendly. Indeed, it's vegan, gluten-free, and sensible. Not just a 'drink grape juice for 7 days straight!' kinda thing. I get smoothies, soups, bean salads, nuts, seeds, etc. It's a crap ton of vegetables with some beans, brown rice, and quino... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 16:01:51 EST It Happened. Now How to Move On. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6022109 1. I haven't posted anything since July. Wow. <BR> <BR> 2. My last several posts have been f@#$1ing depressing. <BR> <BR> 3. This one might not be a whole lot better, but I am on a mission this time. <BR> <BR> So, remember the last few posts (probably not because they were a million years ago) when I said I was NOT GOING TO REGAIN A BUNCH OF WEIGHT IN THE FACE OF DEPRESSION? Yeah. That was a big fat - literally - lie. <BR> <BR> I have officially regained all 15 pounds I had lost. Gran... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 14:24:17 EST Regain = Refocus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5969101 Despite my best intentions, I've let the 10 pounds I lost creep back on. I have lots of excuses, and some of them might even be moderately valid, but the bottom line is they (both the excuses and the pounds) need to go bu-bye. And stay gone. <BR> <BR> This is a pattern I've been repeating for so long - YEARS AND YEARS AND YEARS - that you'd think I'd learn by now, but I never seem to figure it out. I flirt with the size 10 clothes, and then I get complacent or lazy or whatever and BAM, hell... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:34:47 EST Moving Forward ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952646 After my friend Ali died 2.5 years ago, I went into an emotional eating downward spiral and gained back all the weight I had lost and then some. It's now been just over a month (a month an two days, but who's counting) since my beloved passed away. I am determined not to let the same thing happen again. And yet the scale is up about 5 pounds. So, it's time to step it up a notch. <BR> <BR> Over the weekend, I cleaned out the fridge and pantry so that there's very little temptation left. I st... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 09:37:26 EST 1 Year, 9 Months, and 11 Days. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937949 That's all I got with the love of my life before he passed away last week from a particularly aggressive and ugly form of cancer. I'm in a fog and have no idea how to get out of it, but I know I will somehow, someday. Seriously the smallest thing - a nice Facebook comment, a hug, a 'how are you' - anything can make me burst into tears. That has to end someday, right? <BR> <BR> I went back to boot camp this morning to hugs all around and tears at 6AM. Getting back into some form of normalcy ... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 14:57:01 EST MIA but not really gone ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924784 Warning: This is a bit depressing, but it gets better at the end. <BR> <BR> It's been a long time since I've posted anything on here, and honestly I don't even know where to begin. <BR> <BR> Let's start with the major life upheaval in that the love of my life has terminal cancer and I'm now working full time and attempting to take care of him as best I can. His mom moved in with us temporarily and has been a huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge enormous help but she is leaving next week and I will be back o... Fri, 8 May 2015 10:45:53 EST My Skinny Jeans Are Just Jeans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879318 First off, thanks for all your support on my last post (http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_<BR>journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878134). We heard from the doctor but we still don't have any real answers, so we are still living in an episode of House. Apparently my boyfriend is a medical mystery. No changes - we're both still stressed and nervous and anxious and overwhelmed and any other word you can think of along those lines. <BR> <BR> But today I want to focus on a positive. First, s... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 10:34:11 EST Stress, News, Motivation, and Stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878134 Basically all hell has broken loose on the homefront lately. When I bought my tiny little (by suburban standards) condo back in 2008 I was a single girl. Fast forward and now we've got two adults, a teenager, two cats, and a dog living in a 1440 square foot condo. So we've been talking about buying a bigger place for almost a year and finally the time came to do it. In the meantime, my boyfriend had been sick with what I really thought was maybe pneumonia or mono or something. We finalized th... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 13:00:47 EST NAILED IT (An Update!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864379 Monday I was bragging about how awesome I felt about Monday's workout because I completed: <BR> <BR> 500/500 Jumping Jacks (100%) <BR> 400/400 Squats (100%) <BR> 150/300 Sit-ups (50%) <BR> 160/200 Push-ups (80%) <BR> 100/100 Burpees (100%) <BR> <BR> Tom takes all our little index cards and records them in a Google doc. This morning, he sent out the note saying that everything's been updated, so I went in to compare and sure enough, I did SO MUCH BETTER THAN LAST TIME! The last time we did ... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:11:44 EST 5-4-3-2-1 NAILED IT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5863078 Every few months, Tom has us do what he calls the 5-4-3-2-1 challenge, as such: <BR> <BR> 500 Jumping Jacks <BR> 400 Squats <BR> 300 Sit-ups <BR> 200 Push-ups <BR> 100 Burpees <BR> <BR> You have 50 minutes to finish all that. You can do whatever order you want, as many sets as you want - anything goes, really. <BR> <BR> And while I titled this sucker NAILED IT, that's probably not entirely fair since I didn't actually finish. (Some people do. Today the first person finished all that in 37... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:31:38 EST It's 2012 All Over Again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841199 At the end of 2012, I was at my lightest. That was when I bought my size 10 jeans and several size 10 dresses. <BR> <BR> However, how I got there was not ideal. I was working all day and then driving ~45 minutes to my friend's deathbed to spend as much time with her as possible. As it turns out, being super emotional and skipping dinner three or four nights a week is an effective, but ultimately short-term, weight-loss method. So, of course, the weight came back after my friend died and I s... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 11:03:20 EST The Jeans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827664 I posted awhile ago that I'm in this weird place where I've lost some weight, but not a lot and very proportionally so nothing is really too big, but things are a little bit looser in general and overall I just feel a little dumpy and frumpy. So, I finally went shopping. <BR> <BR> And in the middle of it, this was my mindset: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1958516488.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And you can see from all the likes how many people agree with me on the deni... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 15:44:37 EST 3 weeks, 30,000 miles, 3 pounds ... Sort of http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819901 The title is a bit fudged, but ... <BR> <BR> In just over three weeks, I've flown just under 30,000 miles, and when I came home my first weigh-in was not quite three pounds heavier than when I left. <BR> <BR> A day later, that went down two pounds, so I'm guessing there's an element of water retention at play. That and the scale is obviously psychotic so it'll probably go up 12 pounds tomorrow just to screw with me. <BR> <BR> But all things considered, this isn't too bad. My last trip w... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 06:43:01 EST A Good Problem To Have http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809840 I've lost about 12 pounds now. Which is great. Yay! Go me! <BR> <BR> The problem ... and I use that term in the best possible sense of the term ... is that it's all coming off very evenly. Follow me here. <BR> <BR> My clothes are not really too big. But they are looser. So I find myself putting my jeans in the dryer a lot to try to shrink them up a little. <BR> <BR> But now my jeans are all faded. <BR> <BR> My sweaters are pilling. <BR> <BR> And faded. <BR> <BR> But it's not worth... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 09:13:05 EST TIRE FLIP!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799757 Woo hoo, look at me go flip a freaking monster truck tire! Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:43:42 EST Cardio Circuit Madness! And Tire Flipping! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799756 Today was the kind of boot camp class I LOOOOOOOVE! <BR> <BR> Being kind of competitive but super slow is not a good combination because even though everyone is super supportive and amazing, I can't help but constantly notice the fact that I'm dead last, or behind on reps, or using a lighter band, or whatever. But today was circuits! Just me all by my lonesome. No comparisons, no noticing that he's doing 50 when I'm doing 15, or he's doing a mile when I'm doing half that, or whatever. <BR>... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:42:43 EST The Big Lap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799162 My boot camp is in a warehouse amidst a bunch of other warehouses, and we have our usual routes to run. One such route is down the line of warehouses, through the parking lot, around the next building over, and back. <BR> <BR> But, see, I'm slow. Turtle slow. When I run on my own, I do run/walk intervals, so when I'm at boot camp I pride myself on running the whole way. But in doing so, I slow down even beyond my normal snail's pace. I'm thrilled I can run the whole mile or whatever without... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 09:07:06 EST Stupid Scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797941 I weigh in on Sundays. I was EXPECTING to lose my 10th pound this Sunday. I woke up, felt good, hopped on the scale, and ... it was exactly the same as the week before. <BR> <BR> %$# YOU, SCALE. <BR> <BR> But I brushed it off. Went for a 4.5 mile run. Came home, took a shower, ate breakfast, then discussed with the kid how large the dog is getting. How large? I don't know, let's find out. So I got back on the scale with the dog, got off, got back on the scale without the dog so that I cou... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 09:28:31 EST False Alarm, but Thanks for the Kudos! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794655 I type really fast. And sometimes when you type really fast, you make mistakes. And sometimes you transpose things. Like just now when I actually typed tarnspose. And sometimes I type super fast and I hit enter super fast and only then do I realize I messed up. <BR> <BR> Like the other day when I transposed two numbers on the weight tracker and hit enter and Spark immediately told everyone I lost two pounds when in fact I only lost one. <BR> <BR> So thanks but false alarm! On the upside, ... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 11:44:04 EST A 10K Race Report - And Glimpse Into My Brain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790307 Preface #1: I really, truly am proud of every single person who shows up to a race. Whether you're there for the marathon, half, 10K, 5K, or the 1K kids run. The fact that you got out of bed on a weekend morning to come run or walk or crawl any distance is, in my humble opinion, absolutely freaking awesome. You rock. <BR> <BR> Preface #2: That being said, my inner voice is a competitive little bitch sometimes and to motivate myself I will pick someone out of the crowd to beat. Someone I dee... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 09:52:24 EST My How Times Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785426 Yesterday I posted about the fitness challenge. I left sweaty and exhausted but it didn't feel like anything particularly abnormal. I always leave boot camp sweaty and exhausted, after all! <BR> <BR> Well, this morning, I felt like I had been hit by a Mack truck. Apparently yesterday hit me a lot harder than I thought. Whoa. <BR> <BR> So this morning I still got up at my usual time but instead of going to boot camp I went to the gym and 'took it easy.' I did the elliptical for 30 minutes ... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:32:55 EST The Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784604 This morning's boot camp fitness challenge was the 5-4-3-2-1: <BR> <BR> We had 50 minutes to complete: <BR> <BR> 500 jumping jacks <BR> 400 squats <BR> 300 sit ups <BR> 200 push ups <BR> 100 burpees <BR> And then run 1 mile <BR> <BR> I didn't finish all that in the 50 minutes. I guess that's why they call it a challenge, eh? About 4 people did - one guy in 35 minutes, but he's a total freak of nature and a normal person can't use him as a baseline. :) <BR> <BR> Anyway, I DID finish: <BR>... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 08:50:09 EST Official: 6 Pounds in 5 Weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778018 I started the weight loss drugs my doctor put me on, and today I went back for my first follow-up appointment. It's been not quite six weeks, and I'm officially down six pounds. Truth be told, it was a little over seven pounds, but then two things happened. <BR> <BR> 1. I had oral surgery on my gums, and <BR> 2. I left the country. <BR> <BR> That led to a four-day potato, pasta, ice cream frenzy as they were the only soft foods I could find on the road. <BR> <BR> Oral surgery on Friday ... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:03:51 EST Hello, Old (Size 10) Friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773269 They're baaaaaack! <BR> <BR> I am once again wearing my size 10 jeans. <BR> <BR> That's pretty much all I need to say today. <BR> <BR> Well, one more thing. <BR> <BR> YEEEEHAW! Thu, 4 Sep 2014 10:37:53 EST September Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772699 Well, hello September. How YOU doin'? <BR> <BR> I'm feeling pretty good so far, though I'm not sure how we're already three days into this month. <BR> <BR> I had a great birthday (the 31st). J made me a vegan brunch! He made a tofu scramble with spinach and mushrooms, with breakfast potatoes and toast. It was really good, especially considering my little omnivore had never made anything anything remotely like that ever before. Of course, he also made sausage on the side for the boys. Oh w... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 14:36:41 EST The BLUE Band! (And Some Other Stuff) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764173 This morning, for the first time in my personal boot camp history, I used the blue resistance band for the whole class. <BR> <BR> The resistance bands we use start at yellow (the 'why even bother' level), then go to red, then blue, then green, then grey (the holy crap! level). I have used red 95% of the time, using blue for certain exercises or certain sets on occasion before dropping back down to red. <BR> <BR> But today? Today I used the blue band for everything! <BR> <BR> I am pretty... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:10:21 EST