NEWLEAF2013's SparkPeople Blog NEWLEAF2013's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I only.... lost 6 of the 10 pounds I wanted to lose last month. And I spent 2 days being disappointed about it. Then I realized, there's no "I only" to this at all. This is a very big "I Did It" moment! <BR> <BR> Here's what I DID: <BR> lost 6 pounds <BR> had a month of NO gained weight <BR> logged in over 500 fitness minutes <BR> was consistent with coming on to SparkPeople to log food & fitness & check in with teams & friends <BR> was at the gym so frequently, the desk staff knows my name before swip... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 06:51:05 EST You know you're making progress when.... ...the front desk at the gym knows your name before they swipe your card! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <em>237</em> <em>23</em> <em>315</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 08:48:40 EST Easy Come, Easy Go....some things more than others! So I'm suffering from sudden onset of sticker shock.... <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> Just got home from the orthodonist with my 13 year old son.... <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> Not sure the number I just looked at is even real.... <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> I totally picked the wrong profession. <BR> <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> The good news is that this definitely puts a kink in the eating out and/or ordering a last minute pizza and that's <BR> <em>345</em> !!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> ... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 11:49:08 EST Take Time It's been a busy 2 weeks with Christmas and New Year's. The break has flown by! But it's been GREAT and I wouldn't trade any of it for anything. I am going to do something different today than I normally do when I'm home with the kids. I'm heading out for a desperately needed haircut and a pedicure AND I'm going to ENJOY it! It's taken a long time for me to realize that it's okay to take time for ME. I've learned that it's not selfish or greedy. It's actually important because it's rejuvenati... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 10:19:22 EST WHY?! Why do I complain, moan, groan, and make excuses about exercising when I know that I feel SO INCREDIBLE when I'm done?? <BR> <BR> Why?? WHy?? WHY??? <BR> <BR> Memo to February: You swept the awards with "Month of Least Exercise", "Month of Most Sporadic Tracking" and "Month of Most Complaining, Task Avoidance, and Griping". Congratulations. Enjoy the One Hit Wonder rise & fall. You'll be unrecognizeable in a year...and so will I. <em>20</em> Sat, 23 Feb 2013 08:41:22 EST They said WHAT?! So by increasing my biking and running time, I have increased reflection time and I've spent time reflecting on past triathlons since I'm training and such. The walk down memory lane has taken me down the paths of "Transitions: In & Out or Sit & Update Facebook?", "To Train or Not To Train: The Art of Irrational Rationalization", and my favorite trodden path of all, "They Said WHAT?! Things You Should Say To Me if You Want Your Goggles/Bike/Timing Chip Shoved Up Your...." <BR> <BR> Here are ... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 11:20:19 EST You know I'm motivated when... ...I've planned out what I can order at Carabba's tomorrow! It's a "mandatory", much-needed teamwork celebration with some friends from work, but I'm so proud of how far I've come that I don't want to sabotage anything. Besides, it's not about the's about the friends! And I'm so happy to be in control, reasonable, and able to go hang & celebrate without guilt! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Mon, 4 Feb 2013 20:10:23 EST Hello ONE-derland....remember me? <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> <em>224</em> <em>209</em> <em>224</em> <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> I returned to ONE-derland a tenth of a pound, but who cares? I saw a 1 at the beginning of my weight! A few years ago, I did this before and swore I'd never go back. Yet, here I am again, swearing to never go back. But it feels different today. I think it's being on here, SparkPeople. I think it's all of you. I think it's the trackers. I think it's the videos. I think it's the r... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 11:14:44 EST 5 down, 45 to go! <em>192</em> <em>244</em> <em>321</em> <em>244</em> <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> There are 5 less pounds on my body today that I have to carry around! Exercising regularly and eating more healthily is becoming more natural & routine! Thank you SparkPeople & friends for supporting me through my first small goal! <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <em>381</em> Sun, 13 Jan 2013 08:09:16 EST Baby Steps... My husband surprised me with a "date" last night, arranged the babysitter and everything. It's been a stressful week for both of us and a date was LONG overdue! Dinner and a movie...kid free, just us. I was excited and then, in the car, secretly became very worried. All the menu choices, popcorn, sweet tea...lots of temptations. I resolved that I had to break my date into baby steps. <BR> <BR> Step 1: We ate at Pizza Gallery...yum-alicious city. There is hardly a pizza I DON'T like! I rememb... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 08:15:00 EST If patience is a virtue, I'm not very virtuous! As I look at the scale & my reflection in the mirror with utter disgust and disappointment, my wonderful, dear husband caringly reminds me, "Amy, it's Slim in 6...weeks, not hours." <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> Ok, I'll keep going today. Tue, 8 Jan 2013 06:42:52 EST Have you got a plan? So today was a real eyeopener for me in the world of Habits Meet Eating. I've been home for the last two weeks on Christmas Break. Today was a teacher workday, but a very informal one. And I treated it as such. I did not pack a lunch, a snack, not even a water bottle. My plan was to attend the optional staff meeting, get a few things in place, and go home for lunch. What's the saying about best-laid plans? Yep...that's how it went. I didn't make it home for lunch and I had nothing with me...e... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 21:17:47 EST It's the music that we choose... I know a lot of runners frown at running with music; it affects your pace, you lose your focus, it's dangerous. Well, I guess that must be what is keeping me from my Olympic paced dreams because I can't live without my music on my walks or runs. Sometimes I choose races based on whether you can have an iPod on the course! And the races that don't allow them, well, honestly sometimes it's a struggle for me...all that quiet, an overabundance of self-reflective time, no distractions to keep my f... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 13:22:24 EST