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/ 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 Running & Eating & Upcoming Events http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6275250 Yesterday, kind of on a whim, I signed up for the lottery to run the Cherry Blossom 10-Miler. It's in April and is a HUUUUGE race here in the DC area. Lots of my friends have run it but I've always deemed it Too Intense. Wellllll, yesterday I had this what-the-hell moment and threw my hat in the ring. The race isn't until April and while it means training over the winter, I do still have 4+ months to train. I'm already trained for that ~7 mile relay I just did so what's another three miles? ... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 09:37:08 EST November Recap, December Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6274776 Welp. November wasn't exactly stellar. Not only did I not lose anything, I gained something. Now, technically it's 0.2 pounds, but still. And I know exactly why. Because I didn't eat right. Exercise is never the problem. It's FOOOOOOOOD. I didn't meet either goal (food or exercise) in November but I came close on the exercise. Food was kind of a miserable failure. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dce94120-16cf-4bea-a2c7-8895cc83c1c7.JPG"> <BR> <BR> A happy face = ... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 09:59:18 EST Thanksgiving Aftermath http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6273251 The good: <BR> I went to a 90 minute boot camp class on Thursday. <BR> I ran on Friday. <BR> I ran on Sunday. <BR> I brought a big healthy salad for Thanksgiving. <BR> I didn't go completely off the rails. <BR> <BR> The bad: <BR> I definitely ate too much. <BR> I definitely drank too much. <BR> I didn't track calories. <BR> <BR> The ugly: <BR> The cheese plate. <BR> The basically whole bottle of wine on Thanksgiving. <BR> A very, very, very lazy Saturday. <BR> <BR> All in all, ... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 10:53:00 EST 2016 Miles in 2016 (Team Challenge) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6271154 Today, I got a random comment on a blog post from nearly a year ago when I got my treadmill and mentioned that two teammates and I had taken the 2016 Miles in 2016 challenge. He asked if I had reached my goal, and so I went and plugged in the last month's worth of numbers and lo and behold: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/28ed0e0d-d9f5-489f-95d8-aa206075c518.png"> <BR> <BR> My personal mileage so far is 822.5, so well above my 1/3 of the deal. I'm sure I'll get so... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 11:27:29 EST Nutrisystem, Korea, and Miscellany http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6270231 I'm back from Korea, and apparently up 0.4 pounds. However, as I'll get to in a moment, I think that's partially water retention and buffet remnants, and it's also partially hormonal. I am not too concerned about it, except that I am not going to hit 20 pounds by Thanksgiving after all. Unless a miracle happens, and I'm not banking on that. <BR> <BR> So, Korea was ... interesting. Man there is a lot of pork there. I had a stash of protein bars with me which came in really handy, but after a... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 10:41:15 EST 430AM Gym Time -- Sup Jet Lag? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6266289 Greetings from Seoul! <BR> <BR> This is one of my favorite hotels so far. It's beautiful, the room is large and gorgeous with actual storage, my view is fabulous, the shower has great water pressure, the linens are beautiful, the bath towels are huge, the hair dryer works, there are accessible multi-national power outlets, and the gym is HUGE. Seriously, this is all I need in a hotel! <BR> <BR> I was awake at 3:45AM this morning and in the gym by 4:30AM. Good news, it's 24/7. Bad news, it... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 16:19:18 EST An Almost Success & Upcoming Travel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6265187 Let's start with the good news! I got a new battery in the scale and it's down 0.6. It's not huge, but I will take it. Yay! <BR> <BR> The bad news is, I'm officially not going to make my 20 pound goal before my trip tomorrow unless I cut off a hand, which seems impractical. :) <BR> <BR> But more good news, I am down 17 pounds and that is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, I'm damn proud. Yes, it's painfully slow and yes I'm disappointed I'm not making milestone #1 by my preferred date, bu... Fri, 11 Nov 2016 09:00:13 EST Race Report (TL;DR I FREAKING DID IT!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6263231 My relay race was on Saturday and I am so happy I did it! It took a lot of training for me but I conquered that sucker even better than I expected. I told our team captain to expect a 12:30/mile. Instead: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ceee5836-392d-4c9b-8907-760390a47167.PNG"> <BR> <BR> Hot damn! Thought process: <BR> <BR> Mile 1: Wait, did she just say 11:19? GOOD GOD, WOMAN, SLOW DOWN! <BR> <BR> Mile 2: Um, seriously, self? Slow down more! You're going to d... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 09:29:58 EST Apple Overload! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6261408 I went to an orchard last weekend and got a half bushel of apples. If you don't know what a half bushel is, let me tell you - IT IS A CRAP TON OF APPLES. <BR> <BR> So I went to work right away, making four batches of applesauce and an apple cake. And then last night we had an apple party where we brought stuff to share so there was a pie, apple butter bread, and apple crisp. <BR> <BR> Here's the applesauce in progress: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1f07b586-b85d-4b... Thu, 3 Nov 2016 11:53:58 EST Oh Hey Skinny Jeans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6260773 A week or two ago, I went through the giant stack 'o jeans and found that all the 12s are fitting. But I did not tackle the few pairs of skinny jeans I own because that seemed like asking for disappointment. But this morning ... I tried two of them on. <BR> <BR> The 14P skinny jeans? Are basically just regular jeans. They have very slim legs, as you would expect, but honestly they don't feel like skinny jeans. So I tried on the Limited size 12P jeans thinking certainly these would snap me b... Wed, 2 Nov 2016 08:23:04 EST October Recap, November Goals - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6260221 Overall I'd say October was a success. <BR> <BR> The Good: <BR> I lost 1.8 pounds <BR> I exercised 26 times (on 24 days) <BR> I mostly stuck to my training plan <BR> <BR> The Bad: <BR> I stayed in calorie goal only 8 times <BR> <BR> So, here's the calendar. A happy face = exercise, a star = stayed in calorie range. I don't feel quite as bad about the stars because many days I was literally 10-30 calories over and I don't think that's the end of the world. But also not sticker worthy. :) ... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 09:15:51 EST Numbers Will Drive You Crazy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6258356 I 'officially' weigh in on Sundays. I shouldn't weigh myself every day because I'll drive myself nuts. Case in point: <BR> <BR> Sunday: 175.8 <BR> Monday: 177.2 <BR> Tuesday: 178.4 <BR> Wednesday: 177.0 <BR> Friday: 174.8 <BR> <BR> Seriously? <BR> <BR> *Obviously* I'm hoping that last, lower number sticks. But I am so not getting on that damn thing again until Sunday. Which, granted, is only one day of skipping the scale. <BR> <BR> I need to put it away and out of sight (though a mid-we... Fri, 28 Oct 2016 10:19:41 EST Closet Shopping ... & Eating (Not in the Closet) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6257890 I have a giant stack of jeans in my closet ranging from size 10 to 16. Every once in awhile after weight loss/gain, I go through them. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I realized the 10s are still too small. That's not very surprising. But all the 12s are working well, and the pair I'm wearing today is bordering on large. (They're Old Navy, which I think runs large, but whatever I'll take it!) Of course the goal is to get back into the 10s, but that'll take some time. <BR> <BR> In the meantime, I am e... Thu, 27 Oct 2016 10:40:02 EST Getting Better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6256998 Last night I took both a unisom and an ibuprofin, went to bed at 9PM, and didn't get up for 10 solid hours. I FEEL LIKE A NEW WOMAN! My back does still hurt a bit, but it feels a whole lot better than it did yesterday. <BR> <BR> I had my first (ever) chiropractor appointment this morning. He showed me a few exercises to strengthen some stabilizer muscles and then cracked my back from a few different angles and then sent me on my way. He seems like a very nice guy and he pointed out a few th... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 15:04:35 EST 4 Miles of Fun! Or Pain. Whatever. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6256286 Yesterday, I did the Go Time Fitness Challenge. It's about a 4 mile course with (apparently, I didn't count) 25 fitness stations along the way. I knew the run would be OK. I also knew the stations would be OK as they're all things we do in boot camp. There's no way I could remember all 25, but some of them were: <BR> <BR> push-ups <BR> squat jumps <BR> crab walk <BR> sand bag carry (25 lbs) <BR> burpees <BR> leap frogs <BR> bag drag (25 lbs) <BR> balance beam <BR> chin ups (couldn't do it!) ... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:33:42 EST Surprise Calories! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6254556 I'm counting calories. And doing Nutrisystem part time now. NS breakfasts are super easy. Grab something from the box or the freezer, add in some greek yogurt, and you're done for about 250 calories, tops. But last night we had a fundraiser for my dog rescue at Panera and I got dinner as well as breakfast for today. For dinner, a tomato mozzarella flatbread and a seasonal greens salad for a combined and respectable 540 calories. For breakfast this morning, a whole wheat bagel. <BR> <BR> Now... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:37:20 EST Frustration & Acceptance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6253927 I know I'm doing the right things. I am counting calories, increasing my protein, lowering my carbs, exercising regularly, sleeping well, and I've built a shrine to the weight loss gods in my closet. OK that last part is a joke but seriously I know I am doing everything right. And the scale is moving. But it's taken about 12 weeks to lose 15 pounds. That is not exactly lightening speed. <BR> <BR> It's moving. But that doesn't mean I don't or can't get frustrated. A normal person doing what ... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 09:31:13 EST Funny Stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6253504 I got bored on a conference call and started looking at Google Images. These are too funny not to share. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a0bcee98-5d51-48be-8eb7-d1ba92d6ac38.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3d8829ca-425e-4ea2-b7c0-5c6093c64fd6.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0e60ae3a-c4c2-4200-bb36-bf696ce7d4ed.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/654d7d73-0807-4e91-8aa2-b... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:12:20 EST A Loss is a Loss is a Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6252866 I went to visit family for a few days. Ate too much, but at least I ran 6 miles one day while I was there. It wasn't too off the rails except it was all restaurant meals and high fat and high sodium and not at all helpful for weight loss. But! At the end of the week, a loss is a loss is a loss, even if it is only 0.4 pounds after a gain last week and so still technically 0.4 up from two weeks ago. <BR> <BR> This is my progress so far. It is painfully slow, but at least that line is slightl... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 09:39:53 EST Busy Weekend & A Nutrisystem Buddy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6249830 My BFF was in town this weekend. She and I have each had our weight struggles, but we're both doing pretty well right now. She showed up and opened the fridge and was surprised to find Nutrisytem meals everywhere. Turns out she's done it too, and is doing the same thing I am where she's incorporating real food back in so she's doing it about half time. We compared and contrasted our plans, as she's not a vegetarian, and she said there's lots of chicken but more variety than what I had in the ... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 09:45:55 EST Doggy Endurance Training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6246786 I've been doing weekly short runs (2.3 miles) on Tuesdays. I have not been running with the dog lately because she lets her inner hound dog run wild and insists on sniffing every blade of grass. But she LOVES to run too. Usually when I've run with her in the past, her biggest problem is that I'm too slow. <BR> <BR> Turns out my girl is more of a sprinter than an endurance runner. :) <BR> <BR> I got a new jogging leash that ties around my waist so I can still have good running form. She di... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 12:48:42 EST Running My Butt Off (Eventually) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6245690 There's a running group that meets every Saturday. Most of them are super hard core - fast little gazelles constantly training for another marathon or triathlon or something. Then there's me, who just needs a little motivation to get out of the house, and my buddy who is faster than I am but not a gazelle and will happily run with me at my pace just to get some exercise. We all meet in a parking lot and take off together, and then the gazelles are out of sight within about 2 minutes and my fr... Mon, 3 Oct 2016 12:09:52 EST My Mysterious Body (And Less Mysterious Photos!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6244130 I'm home from my first trip since rededicating myself to tracking calories and behaving and seriously working toward weight loss. <BR> <BR> I would have said it was a failure. First, every single meal I had to tell some waiter that a fish is not a vegetable, because they insisted that was the vegetarian option. Um, no. So then they'd finally take the fish away and come back with a plate (well, usually half a plate) of overcooked vegetables. And I mean OVERCOOKED. Nothing says yummy like hal... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:39:25 EST The 62-day Check-in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6240538 It probably would have made sense to do this two days ago for a 60-day check-in, but what's life without a little randomness thrown in? <BR> <BR> Anyway, it's been 62 days now since I regrouped and restarted this process. The scale has been sporadic at best, but after a three week stall it appears to finally be down again, so I'll count this particular chicken before it's hatched and say I'm down just under 13 pounds. That's not too shabby. OF COURSE I wish it were faster, but that's just n... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:58:12 EST Annoyed. But trying to focus on the good. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238403 The scale is stuck for another week. This is three weeks in a row now. I am not happy. I know these plateaus are part of how my body works and eventually it will bend to my will. It's just taking too damn long. <BR> <BR> BUT. <BR> <BR> I am trying to stay positive here. So here's what I've noticed. <BR> <BR> 1. I have always had fat upper arms, so sometimes shirt sleeves are really tight. Last week I wore one that has always been tight, and I'm wearing another one today. They are less t... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 09:53:03 EST Fitness Challenge - Conquered!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236900 We have a few fitness challenges that we do sporadically with the goal being to improve your results over time. One of these challenges is the 5-4-3-2-1. You have about 55 minutes to do: <BR> <BR> 500 Jumping Jacks <BR> 400 Squats <BR> 300 Push-ups <BR> 200 Sit-ups <BR> 100 Burpees <BR> <BR> In the past, I have come close but never finished either the push-ups, the sit-ups, or both. The first time I did this challenge I think I probably got about 50% of the way there at best. <BR> <BR> Th... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:09:29 EST A Better Week ... So Far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236245 Last week, I had a (very small) gain. But the week before I miraculously lost 4 pounds so I wasn't too upset about it. Plus I know how my body works (or doesn't) and plateaus are just part of the game. This week, I'm doing much better on nutrition than last week, having now met my calorie goal three days in a row and I'm on track for today to be the 4th. <BR> <BR> I did a little unofficial check-in today and the scale is still stuck. I am trying really hard to use this as motivation to stic... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 10:23:39 EST About Cheese http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6235130 Before I went vegan, I always thought cheese would be the hardest thing to give up. I was right. I missed cheese! Then I'd travel or for some other assorted reason not have any vegan options and so I'd have some cheese and I'd think OMG YESSSSSSS I MISSED YOU! And then I'd come back home and go back to my vegan ways and I wouldn't miss it for a long time. <BR> <BR> Then I started Nutrisystem and it's basically all cheese all the time. I should love it. Because cheese! Instead ... and I swea... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 10:59:59 EST Shopping Trials & Tribulations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6234547 I love shopping. Sort of. Sometimes. Saturday was not one of those days. <BR> <BR> The good news is I got a new industrial strength sports bra and I wore it today for burpees, running, jumping rope, and other jumping/cardio activities and I didn't get a black eye so SUCCESS! Being the marvel of engineering that it is, it's a total pain in the ass to get it on, but I didn't anticipate how much *more* difficult it would be to get it off when I'm a sweaty mess and it has glued itself to my bod... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 10:18:54 EST Another Gain Approaching http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232757 Last week some sort of freak miracle happened and I lost four pounds. I was pretty damn excited, let me tell you. <BR> <BR> This week, well, I've done a few midweek check-ins and it seems to be up about 1-1.5 pounds. <BR> <BR> I'm not going to freak out. It happens. The overall trend is downward, and I'm still technically ahead of schedule since I've only 'budgeted' for about 1 pound per week. <BR> <BR> Maybe the scale had a ministroke and it was wrong last week. Maybe I'm retaining wat... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 09:21:33 EST A Likable Picture? Whatttttt? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232206 We use resistance bands at boot camp. Every once in awhile, if you pull too hard or it's super old, they snap. It doesn't happen a ton, but it's become a rite of passage. Today, I broke my first band and Mario insisted on a picture to commemorate my first time. I was kind of dreading it as it was at the end of class and BBC (Before Boot Camp) pictures are always better than ABC (After Boot Camp) pictures but I obliged. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7d6bd733-c70e... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 09:57:31 EST The Dirty Double http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6231622 I've started running again. Slowly. Not that I have ever (EVER!) been fast, but slower even by my own turtle-like standards. I have a plan to train for this relay race, and it includes long runs on Saturdays and at least one speed/tempo run during the week. I intended to meet up with the local runners' club last night but i was late so I took the dogs for a short walk and then dropped them off and headed back out. <BR> <BR> I also went to boot camp in the morning. So, my first dirty double ... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 09:59:25 EST Thanks & Stickers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6231111 First, thanks for all the kind words on my last post. You're the best! I think it's a lot easier to see changes on other people than it is on yourself. We are our own worst critics, right? <BR> <BR> So things are sailing along after a not terrible but not stellar (nutrition wise) holiday weekend. I had too much wine and too many snacks, but most of the snacks were grapes or from the veggie tray so it could have been much, much worse. It's just hard to properly track calories when you find y... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 12:54:57 EST 4 pounds? Whaaaaaatttt? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229940 My plan was to take a picture every 10 pounds. I was hoping that would be this week. But usually when I get my hopes up my body reminds me who's in charge and I end up disappointed. BUT NOT THIS WEEK. I was absolutely stunned to see a 4 pound loss this week. WOW! <BR> <BR> So here is a 12 pound before and after picture. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a5814ea8-771e-4bed-8edc-8b2e05aba6d2.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I don't see a huge difference, tbh, but I do see a little ... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 10:35:53 EST