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/ Pseudo-Tracking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5674222 Yesterday I talked about stepping up my food game but that I wasn't really going all out and tracking everything. <BR> <BR> Then I tracked everything. Ha! <BR> <BR> Though, I'm calling it pseudo-tracking because I'm taking some liberties. A lot of the food I eat is homemade and I don't have the time to input every recipe - if there even IS a recipe, which is doubtful - into Spark. <BR> <BR> For example, my dinner yesterday was leftovers off the grill - squash, balsamic-marinated tofu, a... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:49:07 EST Food Matters Too http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673409 I've been concentrating a lot lately on exercise. Boot camp boot camp boot camp! Active recovery! Spring = running! <BR> <BR> But the fact of the matter is I've been back at boot camp for two months (as of Friday) and I haven't lost any weight. <BR> <BR> I know how my body works by now and I *KNOW* I have to keep plugging along even when I don't see any results on the scale, and I am committed to doing so. And sometimes I look in the mirror and I think I see less chin. And J swears he see... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:01:28 EST Is That All? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672689 This morning was one of those classes where I left looking like I had gone for a swim because I was so sweaty. My shoulders and chest are pretty sore from yesterdays push-up-alooza. I didn't think my chest ever really got sore, but it turns out I was wrong. And I realized on the first exercise of the day - sit ups - that my abs are sore too. I didn't think we even did that much ab work yesterday but I guess we did. Soooooo, basically what I'm saying is that this morning was rough. It was also... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:57:34 EST Right. Let's Just Make Up Franken-Exercises. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671873 If someone asked me to pick my two least favorite exercises of all time, they would be pushups and triceps. So imagine the look on my face when I learned that this morning's class would be all pushups, triceps, and shoulders (my 3rd weakest part). <BR> <BR> And then imagine the death glares I shot the instructor when the last exercise of the day - after the barrel roll pushups and offset pushups and overhead triceps - was a one-armed pushup with a tricep kickback with a band. WHAT? I can't ... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:43:30 EST 135 Burpees. Not a Typo. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669705 This morning was the kind of class I enjoy. Instead of everyone doing the same thing at the same time, it was a go-at-your-own-pace thing. The challenge was to do at least 100 of each exercise but really he wanted 200 for the advanced boot campers. <BR> <BR> We had 50 minutes to do five exercises in whatever order we so desired, in whatever quantities we so desired. In the end, I hit my 100 in 35 minutes (and I wasn't last to get to 100!), and by the end of the 50 minutes I had done 135 of ... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:48:29 EST The Extremely Long List of Boot Camp Exercises from This Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669071 Man, today was COMPLICATED. Here's the full list of everything we did: <BR> <BR> 1. Warm up Laps. <BR> <BR> 2. RUN. <BR> <BR> 3. Cool down Laps. <BR> <BR> How on earth I managed to keep track of this whole list is beyond me. <BR> <BR> ;) Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:59:12 EST Run, Forrest, Run! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666337 When I first started running several years ago, I went all Goldilocks and rejected 8 million pairs of shoes until I finally found my beloved Saucony Kinvaras. I had those, then the Kinvara 2, then the Kinvara 3 … and I was absolutely 100% loyal to them. <BR> <BR> Until the Kinvara 4s came out and I hated them. :( DAMMIT SAUCONY! <BR> <BR> I bought every pair of Kinvara 3s at my running store and then two more on Amazon, but my last pair was dying a tragic death and it was time to replace ... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 09:45:08 EST March Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661578 For the first time in 2014, I did NOT make my 21 sticker goal. Bummer. <BR> <BR> I got sick, traveled a bit, and got a little complacent. I DID manage to get 18 stickers, so I was almost there despite all that. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1873487116.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I will do better in April! I'm already off to a great start, having gone to boot camp this morning. <BR> <BR> I'm leaving town again today, but I should have no problem getting to the gym in... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 09:47:42 EST Cardi-OMG http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656048 I hereby dub this morning's boot camp class Cardi-OMG. <BR> <BR> First off, any class that starts with planks is not going to be my friend. But then when the rest of the class is pretty much all running and jumping, well, if you need me I'll be crying in the corner. Ha! <BR> <BR> And the 'resistance-band running' thing was pretty brutal. Not only are you doing laps, but you've got TWO resistance bands wrapped around you and a WHOLE NOTHER PERSON whose sole job it is to drag you down. It's... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 09:35:41 EST Cross Training ... It Works! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655285 A funny thing happened over the weekend. I went for a run and it was ... easy. <BR> <BR> I used to run a lot. And not do much else, truth be told. And every run felt like I was trudging through mud. I'm not fast, and I never will be, and I'm OK with that. <BR> <BR> I haven't been running much lately. Sure, we run in boot camp, but it's usually about a quarter-mile at a time at most. (Repeated 2983098203480298340892343 times some days, but non-running stuff in between reps.) <BR> <BR> But... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 10:55:24 EST It's Official. *Everything* is Sore. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653025 Oh, my. <BR> <BR> I honestly cannot recall the last time I was this sore from exercise. <BR> <BR> The big ones at the moment are my abs and my butt. It aches when I cough or laugh or sit or stand or do all sorts of other things that are required for daily life. <BR> <BR> But no pain no gain, right? OR, more specifically, no pain no loss, right? <BR> <BR> It's the good kind of aching, really. The kind that lets me know I've been active. Not the I-need-a-chiropractor kind. <BR> <BR> T... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 08:51:57 EST No Comparisons, No Problem! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652394 OK, I'll admit it. There's definitely something demotivating about being the worst at basically everything in boot camp. Yesterday, Tom wanted us to do 50 sit ups and then run a lap. I was on MAYBE #25 when people started running past me. To hear him at the end say, "wherever you are just do five more" kinda sucked, because in my head I heard "dear god you slowpokes just finish already." And it's not the first time that's happened. Out for a run, who's coming in last? Do 50 of something on th... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:12:45 EST DOMS ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651413 Yesterday's boot camp class was a lot of legs. This morning I woke up starting to feel the telltale signs of DOMS. My legs are aching and my butt is sore. But off to boot camp I went, and today it was almost all upper body. We did so many push ups, bicep curls, and sit ups that now my entire body is sore. And it hurts to cough, which I'm still doing. He wanted us to do 50 sit ups at a time but I simply cannot do them that fast, so I ended up doing about 35 in each set before he called time. <... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 09:30:16 EST Note To Self: Don't Skip A Week of Boot Camp http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5650653 This morning was ROUGH! <BR> <BR> Last week I started off well, and then I got sick. So I skipped boot camp Thursday and Friday, and then I went to Philadelphia for the weekend and while I did a fair amount of walking it wasn't exactly strenuous exercise. And then yesterday was a snow day. So I finally went back today after six days of almost no exercise and HOT DAMN THAT WAS HARD. <BR> <BR> I'm also WAY behind on my 21 stickers/month challenge. I think I *might* still mathematically be a... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 10:22:31 EST So Much for Lazy Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5646028 Yesterday I skipped boot camp because my stomach was still a bit upset, but I did 30 minutes on the elliptical. I thought that'd be it, and that I'd go back to boot camp today and yesterday would just be written off as a pretty minimally active day. <BR> <BR> But then it was almost 70 degrees and the sun was still shining when I left work. And how can you NOT go outside on a day like that? It's practically illegal! So we decided to go for a bike ride. Even then, I was thinking, 'last time J... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 09:12:43 EST Body Over Mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645315 Yeah, yeah, I know, that expression is backwards. <BR> <BR> But sometimes, your body wins. <BR> <BR> I had a bit of a binge last night. I polished off the potato chips, had a piece of sesame grilled tofu, and chocolate almond bark. And then made dinner. <BR> <BR> ugh. <BR> <BR> In the grand scheme of things, compared to the me of 10 years ago, that wasn't that bad. But all that food on top of the black bean and avocado salad and another piece of tofu for dinner and my stomach was UNHAP... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 11:52:52 EST London Confessions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5644352 Forgive me father, for I have sinned ... <BR> <BR> OK so I was in London last week and while I definitely did some things right, I also definitely did some things wrong. <BR> <BR> The good - I went to the gym four days out of the 7 I was gone. I also stayed away from the bar at night. Vegetarian options were easy to come by. <BR> <BR> The bad - I ate a lot of cheese and chocolate. As is my typical travel mantra: vegan when I can, vegetarian when I can't. I thought London would be easy, ... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 11:00:10 EST Exercising on Wednesdays is for Chumps. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639782 Apparently. <BR> <BR> This year, I've been giving myself physical stickers on a physical calendar for days when I exercise at least 30 minutes. My goal is 21 days per month. <BR> <BR> I've never done this before. I've tracked, but never so visually. <BR> <BR> January: <BR> 21 days out of 31 - 67.7% of the days of the month. <BR> One Wednesday <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l818586942.jpg"> <BR> <BR> February: <BR> 22 days out of 28 - 78.6% of the days o... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 18:52:08 EST Does Boot Camp Get Easier? Welllllll... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5635374 The other day one of the comments I got was a question of whether boot camp might get easier or if I'd just start feeling like a total bad ass. (I'm paraphrasing.) <BR> <BR> Here's the thing. <BR> <BR> Boot camp is kicking my ass right now. While I'm doing pretty well (I'd like to think, anyway), I realize I am not doing the most intense things possible. <BR> <BR> Now: I use a red resistance band. That's the easy one. And for one exercise I had to use the yellow one, which is basically t... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 14:57:21 EST Perspective http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5634205 This morning I was formulating a good old fashioned ranting blog in my head. Basic premise: <BR> <BR> Me - working out and eating right for 2+ months now and have lost half a pound - maybe 1.5 if the unofficial weigh-in holds. Boyfriend - ate oatmeal instead of bacon and eggs for breakfast for three days and went on exactly one 30-minute bike ride and has lost three pounds. <BR> <BR> But then I had an epiphany. When we went on our bike ride on Saturday, I was just cruising along, not tryin... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 10:07:38 EST Boot Camp & Weigh-in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5633212 I weighed in on Sunday, as per my normal weekly weigh-in. The scale hadn't budged. EFF YOU, SCALE, I thought at the time. Normally I only weigh myself once a week, then I put the scale away until the following Sunday so that I don't do it every day and completely obsess over the numbers. But I neglected to put it away yesterday and so I got on again this morning and am now completely obsessing over the numbers. Tricky little mind games, that damn magical box. But! This morning it was down 1.2... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 08:43:13 EST Oh, Sure, Let's Do Some One-Armed Push-ups. NOT. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632305 Are you freaking kidding me? Further proof my boot camp instructor is utterly and completely insane. Today's workout - with annotations. <BR> <BR> Laps <BR> Stretching <BR> <BR> I can do that part. <BR> <BR> Flutter Kicks <BR> Leg Raises <BR> x3 <BR> <BR> OK but by the third set my form was admittedly crap on the leg raises. Legs straight? Not so much. <BR> <BR> Leg Raises w/Resistance <BR> x3 <BR> <BR> Really? Because some dude standing on one of the band while the other part is tied... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 09:16:00 EST Recovery Day. God Bless the Hot Tub. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5629035 My shoulder's all messed up to begin with and two days of boot camp plus an orthodontist visit means that literally every single part of my body is sore. Legs, arms, shoulders, teeth ... even inhaling too deeply hurts my sore abs. Ha! I sound like I'm 100 years old. <BR> <BR> Even when I was doing boot camp regularly several years ago I only went twice a week. This time around my goal is 3-4 times a week, but I think I need to ease back into it because holy crap I forgot how intense it is. ... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 09:29:45 EST Boot Camp Exercises http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5628158 I'm trying to remember all the exercises we do in boot camp, but it's proving to be quite difficult. (a) We do a lot of different exercises, and (b) I have a craptastic memory. <BR> <BR> Here's what I remember from yesterday - we did our warm-up of three laps around the room and stretching, thn we did three sets of four exercises each. You do all four exercises for one minute each, then take a one minute break, and you do that three times. <BR> <BR> Laps <BR> Stretching <BR> <BR> Jumping... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 09:37:49 EST Gym + Trampolines + Boot Camp = Near Death Experience http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5627280 Yesterday was a holiday and I was determined to get myself and the 13-year-old kid out of the house and do something active. While I've been going to the gym and keeping myself busy, he's had several snow days plus a long weekend and he was staring at the TV, tablet, phone, or all three for four solid days. So I got up yesterday morning and went to the gym. Nothing crazy, but 45 minutes of cardio - stair master + elliptical - and some stretching. Then I went home, got the kid, and we went to ... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 11:07:10 EST Boot Camp, Part Deux http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5622071 I used to do an outdoor, 6AM fitness boot camp class. It made me feel like a bad ass. Especially in winter. :) I loved it. Every single class was different, so I never got bored and my body never really got used to it. Running, suicides, mountain climbers, burpees, resistance training, resistance bands, old-school calisthenics, jumping rope ... every class was hard and completely kicked my ass. <BR> <BR> Then I decided to get a personal trainer. 30 minutes, twice a week, one on one with a t... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 09:28:16 EST January Recap - 21/31! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613561 Not too shabby! In January, I exercised 21 out of 31 days. And look at my awesome calendar! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1891250059.jpg"> Mon, 3 Feb 2014 00:47:16 EST Today's Inspiration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610923 Somewhere around October or November, I noticed a new couple at my gym working with a trainer. Both were almost certainly clinically considered morbidly obese. And there they were, with a trainer, trying to take charge. At the time, I thought, "Good for them. I hope they stick with it." <BR> <BR> Fast forward a few months, and the man seems to have vanished, but the woman is still going strong. She's lost quite a bit of weight. I'm generally terrible at noticing day-to-day weight fluctuatio... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 08:52:42 EST Kindergarten-Style Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610202 I was up past my bedtime last night. Not super late, but getting up at 5:30AM is a lot easier if you go to bed at 10PM than it is if you go to bed at 11:30. I DID NOT WANT TO GET OUT OF BED. I did not want to go to the gym. <BR> <BR> But. <BR> <BR> My goal for the year is to give myself a sticker for every day I exercise more than 30 minutes. I set numbers. <BR> <BR> 21 stickers every month <BR> 252 stickers this year <BR> <BR> This morning, I had 19 stickers on the January calendar. W... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 12:16:52 EST Back on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607133 Whew. <BR> <BR> After a mysterious two pound GAIN, I'm happy to say the scale was back down those two pounds this week. Only those two pounds, but I'll take it. Now perhaps my body is back in cooperation mode. I really think the gain was a freakout over added exercise, plus hormones. Now I've had a chance to get used to the increased exercise minutes so yay! <BR> <BR> I'm still giving myself stickers on a physical calendar for every day I exercise and it's oddly motivating. I feel like I'... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 12:01:02 EST Just Say No To (Diet) Drugs, Kids! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5603227 Three months ago, my endocrinologist mentioned the idea of diet pills. I posted about it at the time: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5516906 </link> <BR> <BR> It boiled down to: I can do this on my own, dammit. I just have to get my ass in gear. I do not need medical intervention! .... Do I? <BR> <BR> Today, I went back for my follow-up, and I decided to ask more questions about the diet pills. I know it was the holidays and, well, p... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 10:12:49 EST Well Yesterday Went to Hell in a Handbasket ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5602103 I went off the rails yesterday. I'm not going to dwell on it. I'm going to suck it up, admit my mistake - publicly, which is why I'm here - and make today better. <BR> <BR> Yesterday started off great. We were expecting a blizzard - 7-10 inches of snow in Virginia is a very big deal. I didn't want to be out on the roads, after all I am a Floridian with a Honda Civic, so I decided to look on Amazon Prime for a workout video. I somewhat randomly picked a Jillian Michaels video and did it. <BR... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 09:19:10 EST Screw You, Scale. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600176 Last week I spent 289 minutes in the gym attempting to work my ass off. <BR> <BR> That's more gym time than I've booked in a week in a verrrrrrrry long time. <BR> <BR> I also ate pretty well for the first time in a while. <BR> <BR> So of course I gained two pounds? <BR> <BR> WTF, SCALE? WTF? <BR> <BR> My theory is that this is just my body completely freaking out over something new. It does this sometimes, and I know now that I have to just power through until my body catches up to ... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 13:45:06 EST Today's Inspiration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5596924 Wow. Just ... wow. This girl is 17? She's, like, 30 years ahead of me. I'm just now figuring this out. <BR> <BR> There's a video of this at: <link>www.upworthy.com/ever-considered-wha<BR>t-guys-look-for-in-girls-forget-it-thi<BR>nk-about-what-a-17-year-old-says-instead </link> <BR> <BR> But if you don't want to go watch the video, here's the transcript, as cut from the Upworthy piece. <BR> <BR> ------------ <BR> <BR> When I first learned that no one could ever love me more than me, a ... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 11:28:41 EST Go, Go, Gadget Legs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5595666 I haven't been running much. And by much I mean really at all. Maybe I'll bust out a mile or two on the treadmill every once in awhile, but I just haven't been very committed to it. I've been on the rower, stairmaster, elliptical, lateral elliptical, and every other piece of cardio equipment you can name. I've lifted weights. I've done ab work. <BR> <BR> It's not entirely due to lack of interest. There have been a few days where I went to the gym intent on running. But since my diet has bee... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 09:15:15 EST Today's Inspiration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5586714 Everyone should watch this. This woman is my new hero. <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/07/10<BR>0-day-workout-challenge_n_4550619.html </link> <BR> <BR> You go, lady! Wed, 8 Jan 2014 10:24:14 EST Stickers for Success ... Because Apparently I Am 5. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584045 I'm really not one for resolutions, but it is time to get back on track and kick things up a notch so the timing is pretty perfect. I was at the store the other day and wall calendars were 60% off. So I picked one up with cute little inspirational sayings and got some little star stickers and I'm going old school. I'm giving myself a star for every day I work out more than 30 minutes. My goal is at *least* four stickers per week. <BR> <BR> Goal: 252 stickers in 2014. (That's 21 days/month i... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 09:21:37 EST A Nice Surprise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5575408 I went a little off the rails while on vacation. Mom's cookies, too many junky snacks in the car to mention, lots of non-vegan food, fried Oreos, you name it, I had it. I decided to step on the scale this morning to give myself a restart point. I knew it'd be bad. I knew I'd probably be up five pounds. I knew I'd be unhappy. I knew it would be my own damn fault. <BR> <BR> So imagine how surprised I was to see that after all that, I was up only 0.2 pounds over my last weigh-in. Huh. <BR> <... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 09:12:51 EST "Do you WANT me to get fatter? WELL DO YOU?" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5562809 I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Relationships are hard on the waistline! <BR> <BR> J and I are sharing a car right now, since his is in the shop, but we've gotten into a decent routine where I go from work to his place, we have dinner, hang out, watch TV, whatever. But we've been going out to dinner pretty much every night. Finally last night I had to throw in the towel. Over my (delicious) Thai food, I asked what we're going to do about food once we're living together. Clearly,... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 10:31:08 EST Vegan, Vegetarian, Cohabitation, Running, Rambling ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5556728 Man, there's a lot going on in my brain right now. In no particular order: <BR> <BR> * My parents met my boyfriend. I am 35 years old and this is the first boyfriend my parents have ever met. WHOA. I think everyone got along, so whew! I wasn't concerned about it, really, I mean all my parents want is for me to be happy and J fits that bill in spades. Still, it was nice to make the introduction and see it all go well. We're going to Florida for Christmas, and then he'll meet the rest of my fa... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 10:59:49 EST Stuck in a (Not Entirely Bad) Rut http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5544093 How has it been a month since my last post? Sheesh. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I wish I had some major update to share. That I've lost 50 pounds, cured cancer, and found the perfect shade of foundation all at the same time. But no. <BR> <BR> The best I can report is that I've managed to keep my weight the same for the past ~2 months. This is, I think, quite an accomplishment since I've been in five different cities in the past 8 weeks. I managed to exercise pretty regularly and eat reasonably well... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 09:10:04 EST Rambling: Weight Gain, Exercise, & Diet Pills http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5516906 I have gained a couple of pounds. BLURGH. There are a variety of reasons but it basically comes down to the fact that I've been eating more crap lately. J really likes his Chinese food so I find myself eating fried rice and fried tofu at least once a week. Seriously is there such a thing as healthy (American) Chinese food? Because I think no. And there have been pasta dinners with garlic bread, and burgers and fries, and stops for ice cream and sorbet and all sorts of things, like tater tots ... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 11:26:31 EST A Rant & A Brag All In One! (About Halloween) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5509692 OK so here's my problem with Halloween - why is it just a poor excuse for women to wear slutty costumes? Men get kid-like costumes. They're covered, they're funny, they're clever, they're ... normal. But Women? Women get to be SEXY nurses or SEXY doctors or SEXY zombies. REALLY PEOPLE? A SEXY ZOMBIE? <BR> <BR> Case in point: Here's a search of men's costumes for "police officer": <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1690789396.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So the Reno 911 is a ... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 09:39:06 EST 172 Fitness Minutes in One Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5506769 Yesterday I was totally planning to be lazy. <BR> <BR> First, I was going to go to my usual HIIT class, but I simply didn't feel like it when I woke up. So I compromised, and decided I would go to the gym but 'take it easy.' Then when I got there I was totally in the zone. <BR> <BR> 20 minutes stairmaster <BR> 20 minutes lateral elliptical <BR> Squats <BR> Lunges <BR> Shoulder Presses <BR> Tricep Dips <BR> Bicep Curls <BR> Lat Pulldowns <BR> 100 Crunches <BR> <BR> It actually took LONGER... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 09:21:00 EST Airport Olympics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5498406 I swear if there were some sort of prize for who can fly into the farthest gate from her connecting flight, I would win every time. I guess that has its upsides on the fitness front, as a few extra steps is never a bad thing, and hauling luggage means strength training, right? OK so it's rolling luggage so maybe not. But the steps count at least! <BR> <BR> One of the upsides of the FitBit is that I can prove it now. It was 2700 steps from one plane to the next. That's over a mile! The sad p... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 10:07:16 EST Oh, Just the Size 10 Jeans I Haven't Worn in 6+ Months. No Biggie ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5496719 Last Christmas I was super stoked to buy a pair of size 10 (short) jeans. Granted, 10S is a lot different than an actual 10Petite, but still. A 10! <BR> <BR> Then I gained a bunch of weight back and they sat in the closet for the last ... 6? 8? months. <BR> <BR> BUT NO MORE! <BR> <BR> I am wearing said jeans today! And they look good! They're snug, certainly, but I'm perfectly comfortable wearing them in public. <BR> <BR> Awwwwwwwwww yeah. :) <BR> <BR> I've been tracking my food this... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 09:37:37 EST 201 Day Spark Streak ... But What Do I Have To Show For It? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5490987 This morning, after 3.5 miles on the treadmill, I logged into SparkPeople for the 201st consecutive day. This is my longest login streak since I joined this site in 2008. (2008?! WOW!) <BR> <BR> But. <BR> <BR> In the nearly 7 months, have I lost any weight? Well, sort of. I continue to fluctuate the same ~6 pounds. Up, down, up, down, up, down ... <BR> <BR> This seesaw is making me seasick. <BR> <BR> In about November of last year, I was at my lowest weight in a long time. I was a comf... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 10:09:15 EST September Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5474495 I can't believe it's already September! How'd that happen so fast? <BR> <BR> This past weekend was awesome. I took Friday off, making it a four-day weekend. Saturday was my birthday. J took me out to a really nice dinner in DC. Our reservation wasn't until 9:45PM and they were running behind when we got there. Turns out J gets cranky when he's hungry. HAHA good to know. It was DELICIOUS. It's a mediterranean tapas place. We got hummus, tabbouleh, pita bread, white beans and kale (OMG MUST F... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 11:15:17 EST Four Day Weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5469869 I'm taking a four day weekend! I have a day off coming after recent work travel, so I'm taking that tomorrow, and Monday is Labor Day, so voila, FOUR DAYS! <BR> <BR> Saturday also happens to be my birthday. What a way to celebrate! <BR> <BR> I don't have much planned. The Boy is taking me out Saturday night to celebrate. He won't tell me what we're doing. While I'm sure that's partially because he doesn't know either, I love his spirit of adventure. Some of our best dates have started wit... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 11:49:48 EST Lessons Learned (And Boy News!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5466540 I started tracking my food again. I was accountable to myself. I behaved. I saw junk food and thought, "oh, man, that looks good, but I'd have to track it, so I guess I better not." I started losing weight again. <BR> <BR> I got busy. I stopped tracking my food. I wasn't holding myself accountable. I saw junk food and thought, "oh, man, that looks good, and it's not that much and I had a salad today so sure let's go for it." I stopped losing weight. <BR> <BR> Geeeeeeeeee, what can I learn... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 08:55:53 EST