NOGIRLSOSWEET's SparkPeople Blog NOGIRLSOSWEET's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Another reason to make healthy choices I have been trying to focus more on eating and making healthy choices lately, since that seems to be where I am struggling more. <BR> <BR> I think the key for me is to not bring ANY junk food into my house. A while back, I read something that said that, even if you allow yourself a cheat day, you DO NOT bring the food back to your house. Go out, get the junk food that you want, and consume it. Get a fast food meal and eat it. Don't have leftovers sitting in your fridge from that junk food m... Tue, 3 May 2016 17:02:04 EST Ups and downs The last couple of weeks have been fairly good. Most days have been great. It's been easier for me to get exercise and get outside with the baby now. The problem is now coming with my eating. I am finding excuses to eat unhealthily, and all it winds up doing is making me feel guilty afterward. <BR> <BR> The solution for now is that I am setting up a shorter-term goal for myself. I am going to try to lose as much weight as I can before my birthday - which is June 2nd. I am hoping for at leas... Mon, 2 May 2016 11:42:29 EST It's going! So far, so good! <BR> This week is going pretty well for me. It's been great getting outside for jogs and walks. I have found it easy to fit in some exercise by walking more with my baby to activities that we already have planned. It's something that we can do together, so it doesn't add much more stress to my day by walking. Just takes a little bit more time, but he loves the stroller! <BR> Been eating better as well. It's nice to make smoothies for me and my husband each morning. Keeps us b... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 10:50:06 EST Day three Well, it's been 3 days of being back to eating right and working out. And I already feel about a trillion times better. Funny how that is. Food gives me such comfort when I am eating it, yet when I am finished, I feel terrible. But I somehow forget that when I am eating and exercising properly, I always feel great. <BR> <BR> The weather has been helping! It has been awesome to get outside with the stroller and try some jogs. The next step may be to actually purchase a stroller designed for ... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 10:26:49 EST Again and again.. Starting over. <BR> <BR> It's been up and down. Dealing with emotions, dealing with motivation and lack thereof. Having a baby and dealing with everything that goes along with that - the good, the great, the bad, and the really bad. Have been having trouble keeping track of my goals. Need to have some accountability. Every day, I start off feeling good - then I eat too much or skip a workout and it turns to guilt and shame and eating.. and the cycle repeats itself. Something has to break th... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 10:17:18 EST 1 Pound Lost! I know I shouldn't be so excited about 1 pound lost.. well, actually, it is more like 1.5 pounds.. but I am grabbing onto it and holding on for life. <BR> <BR> I mean, I guess I should be happy about it. I know it might just be water weight, or bloating weight, or whatever weight. But I don't care. It's the first time in a good many weeks that I have not had an upward trend after stepping on the scale. And I am going to grab onto it for motivation and continue doing what I am doing. Mon, 5 Jan 2015 12:10:46 EST Keeping it simple In 2015, I am starting over and keeping it simple. I am sticking with all of the previous blog entries and wanting to turn it around. But, right now, I am keeping it simple. I am going to calorie count and track my exercise toward my monthly weight loss goals. I am going to focus on eating better and choosing my foods thoughtfully. I need to get healthy for the rest of my life - and my future family's life. Fri, 2 Jan 2015 15:20:15 EST 'Tis the season 'Tis the season. The holiday season. The Christmas season. The season of parties. The season of finger foods. The season of chocolates. The season of gifts. The season of indulgence. <BR> <BR> And I am trying to take all of those things in but still remain healthy. <BR> <BR> It feels like I am starting all over again. And I am in a lot of ways. I have totally fallen off the wagon in terms of exercise. I just restarted my gym membership. I just made a whole shopping trip to get new, health... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 11:59:29 EST October Blues Oh, hi. <BR> <BR> It's been a while. <BR> <BR> Time to get back on track. <BR> <BR> I have to admit, the last couple of months since my wedding has been pretty bad. Not sure what happened. I let loose on my honeymoon and it all went downhill after that. I don't regret anything about my honeymoon, but I just couldn't get a handle on my eating and exercising after being out of routine for a while. It's time to get myself together. <BR> <BR> I am going to start today. I am planning on go... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 10:55:29 EST Just about a month til the big day! And feeling pretty good! Decided to take this morning off of exercising for myself. I have been doing well lately with getting my exercise in daily, even when I REALLY don't want to go. I have realized that I actually value sleeping in and prefer working out in the evening right now, during summer. Only problem is, I am going to have to suck it up and start fitting in morning workouts. As my wedding date approaches, there is no way I will have time to work out in the evening time as well as get my wedding errands don... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 12:26:39 EST The month before my wedding! Things have been so busy lately! We are getting closer and closer to THE BIG DAY next month. It is so stressful and scary and exciting and magical all at the same time. <BR> <BR> i have been putting in more of an effort to work out lately, and I have been feeling great. My fiance has started running with me sometimes after work, and it is great. Even just going 3km with him has been awesome. I think I am going to continue with this along with my regular workouts. <BR> <BR> I am starting a... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 15:00:58 EST Feeling pretty good Finally, it seems as if summer is arriving! I think my area skipped spring this year. <BR> <BR> Did some yard work today and plan on doing some more tomorrow. Hopefully it can start off my tan and give me some exercise at the same time. My fiance left the house with my running shoes in the car, so I couldn't go on my planned jog this evening. I was going to make excuses and stay on the couch all night, but instead I found Bollywood and kickboxing videos online and used those instead. I am a... Wed, 21 May 2014 22:09:58 EST May - I can't believe it's May! Tonight I am taking some time to step back and remember my motivators. <BR> <BR> Things have been tough lately in my personal and professional lives. I have been dealing with a job promotion at work which is a blessing but has given me many new roles and responsibilities. I have also been dealing with 2 tragic deaths in my fiances family - that came about 2 weeks apart. Things have been hectic to say the least. <BR> <BR> I have found that I can make many excuses for myself to "skip" healt... Tue, 6 May 2014 21:56:16 EST The snow is finally melting! Can't wait for spring. This is the first day that it has been above freezing here in a long time. There is a lot of snow to be melted here. I have a 6km run in three weeks time, so I sure how the snow keeps disappearing before then! <BR> <BR> Been losing some weight and eating better, exercising more often. I am definitely getting a lot better and finding a new routine since moving and having some job changes as well. I have signed up for a few runs this spring and summer to keep myself work... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 19:23:32 EST Motivation I have found it so hard to be motivated lately! The past year, my motivation to work out and eat healthily has gone from 100% to 10%. It is very discouraging. The fact that my motivation is sinking is just another hit to my pride and motivation. <BR> <BR> At the beginning of June, I bought my wedding dress. I love the way that it looks and the way that it makes me feel when I am wearing it. I just feel like myself. And I feel beautiful. <BR> <BR> When I went wedding dress shopping, I felt... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 11:52:12 EST Just a quick one.. Only have a couple of minutes before I have to get my butt out the door for work! <BR> <BR> Just wanted to comment on how the last few days have gone. Worked out a couple of times, small workouts. It's tough because my foot and neck are still a little bit sore from my car accident. Hopefully gonna call and book some physio for next week. My injuries are pretty minor, I just need to deal with them now before they get worse/aggravated and then become an ongoing issue. <BR> <BR> But even with ... Wed, 29 May 2013 10:32:18 EST It has been a while.. So, here I am. Looks like I haven't had a blog entry since 2010. Now, here I am in 2013! <BR> <BR> Things have been going awesome in so many ways. Got a career going for real now. Finished school. Building a house. Found the love of my life. We are getting married next year! So many things are going so well in my young life. I am so lucky and thankful for all of it. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, I have a fiance with very different food needs than I do. You see, my fiance has Crohn's disease. It... Tue, 21 May 2013 15:37:54 EST Closer to the weekend! Let me tell you, I am not a happy girl on Sunday evening, or Monday, or even Tuesday for that matter. Not really. Why? Because it's the longest time before I see my boyfriend again. He still lives in the city where I go to university, whereas I move home for the summer. It's so hard. We see each other pretty much every weekend, but it's still hard being so far apart. It seems like even when we spend the whole weekend together, it's not enough. It's crazy. I guess you can't help but want to sp... Thu, 22 Jul 2010 10:56:39 EST We're into July! Hi, all! <BR> <BR> Things are looking swell this month. Getting to the gym more and more, and I am proud of myself for that. I don't think I realized just how much I would have to ease back into it - I don't think I realized how out of shape I was getting! Sure, I still walked on the regular and that sort of thing, but that's certainly a lot different than working it for an hour on the elliptical! I have gone four times each week these last couple of weeks, plus additional sparkpeople exerci... Thu, 8 Jul 2010 23:12:37 EST Two days into the new start! Monday went very well. I went to the gym in the morning before work. It was great. Pretty decent machines, good showers, a sauna, good stretching room, good change room. So I bought my membership for the rest of the summer, 'til I can get back to school and start going to that gym again (which is considerably better!). Later that morning, I bought a small milk and had some cereal at work's staff room - and as I was sitting there, they brought in (I kid you not) at least a dozen boxes of donut... Tue, 22 Jun 2010 10:42:05 EST New start = today! It has been a long day! <BR> <BR> Started with going for breakfast. Then a few hours of unpacking and cleaning. The job is still not done, but I hope to finish tonight or maybe tomorrow night. Things are getting put in their place and organized, which I haven't experienced for a good three months or so. <BR> <BR> This past couple of months has been quite a ride. Things have been going to such extreme ups and downs. I have fallen a bit out of routine, trying to refocus my energy on other p... Sun, 20 Jun 2010 18:34:24 EST Hi, February. It's already a month into second semester. Weird. <BR> <BR> The first month flew by extremely quickly. I have no idea where it went. I am almost halfway finished the semester! In one more week, I'll have a week off, and I will definitely be halfway done the semester! Actually quite terrifying. Soon I'll be applying for my summer job - the same job I had last summer. I am thrilled that it is possible to go back and that they want me back. I really did like the people there and the job taught... Sat, 6 Feb 2010 16:07:29 EST Hello! Friday bloggin'. <BR> <BR> Friday should normally be a happy day, but it's not so much for me. I have class all day, until 3:30. Hitting the gym right afterward. Probably won't get home until at least six, maybe later. Hopefully I can grab some supper and then hit the books. I've got my first midterm on Monday, and it will probably be the biggest and worst one - so I'm glad to be getting it over with first. Pharmacology. Mostly drugs for the brain. Complicated, to say the least. <BR> <BR>... Fri, 29 Jan 2010 08:14:13 EST I have time! I have a few minutes left over this morning for a blog entry. <BR> <BR> Getting tiring to be at school again. I was going pretty well for a while there. Things are starting to catch up with me and it's getting busy again. Today I have my first microbiology lab - which seems very simple, just working with the basics of the microscope, which I've done a million times. I am definitely thankful for that class. It seems super easy. Also, I have a tremendous professor teaching it, so that helps. ... Wed, 20 Jan 2010 08:13:31 EST Quick update.. I am going to try and get on here more often, but it most certainly will mean short entries! <BR> <BR> I've really got to get studying today. Slacked off a bit yesterday. Went to the gym and went on the elliptical for almost an hour, it was tremendous. Sometimes exercising is so difficult and I have to force myself to keep going, but this was great. I felt so energized afterward. Hoping for a repeat of that today. Got to get a bit of studying done first. <BR> <BR> It's a beautiful day outs... Sun, 17 Jan 2010 12:39:38 EST Counting my blessings. It's been a long week, but better than my first week back to school! <BR> <BR> Things have been going rather amazingly lately. Walking to class yesterday, I just had this wave of extreme thankfulness for everything that I have in my life. I have the food, the water, the home, and money to live off of. But more than that, I have a chance at an amazing education that not everybody has equal opportunity to acquire. I have facilities at my disposal for exercise, swimming, reading, studying, eati... Sat, 16 Jan 2010 12:26:23 EST Week two of semester two of year two! It's been a while since my last entry! Not even sure what to update on, since there's been a bunch of little happenings that all seem relatively small and insignificant now, looking back. <BR> <BR> Let's start with New Year's. It was good. Had a very relaxing evening. I have never been a huge New Year's fan. Started with supper with my mom, my best friend, and best friend's mom. It was good. Then the boyfriend drove down and we went for a movie (terrible movie, ugh, why we chose a movie con... Mon, 11 Jan 2010 08:26:25 EST This Christmas.. I am very fortunate, and I have never felt it more than this year. Santa was very good to me this year and helped me out quite a bit. Not quite so worried about my financial situation, at least not for the very immediate future. Still have lots of work to do, but when I'm done school, worries about money will be a thing of the past, and I am focussing on surviving until then. Ah, money. Truly the underlying cause of many of life's problems. <BR> <BR> Anyway. Not sure how that money talk ca... Sat, 26 Dec 2009 09:51:34 EST A day away from home! Hi all. <BR> <BR> It's been a few days, I suppose. Been busy as a bee. Studying for my last exam. Friday night my roomie and I had our dinner party as well. Just a few of us, but it was super fun. Everybody's food was delicious. I may or may not have had a little bit too much wine. All of our friends seemed to have a blast. We picked up a couple of board games from the Value Village, and they were hilarious. This was our second potluck, and we are definitely doing it again next semester. We... Sun, 20 Dec 2009 09:45:13 EST PATHOLOGY So, tomorrow, or, well, I guess it's today, is my Pathology final! <BR> <BR> Scared. It's a big test, lots of material, and complicated. The good news about this one is that I like the material. It made it a LOT easier to study for than the pointless statistics and memorization of formulas that I know will never be of any use to me in my career. Pathology seems much more relevant. So, though I am scared, I am also somewhat confident. Things go into your brain much easier when you actually w... Tue, 15 Dec 2009 01:42:45 EST As you may have noticed.. I have been so busy lately! Not much time to write blogs, but I figure I deserve to take a few minutes this morning and catch everybody up. You know. On all of the fabulous things I do with my life. <BR> <BR> I figure it's the stress or the long walks across campus, half-running, trying to make my face not freeze off, making my eyelashes get frosty, but I have not gained a pound. At least I don't think I have. I haven't really weighed myself on a good scale (the one here is terrible), but y... Sat, 12 Dec 2009 10:26:16 EST Well, that's it. I'm done. Had enough. Tomorrow morning, I am going through this house and throwing away every food item that should not have found its way into my house. I am purging the house. Then, I am going to go grocery shopping, and filling it with only healthy items and the necessities. No excess. No unnecessary things. I am done with cheating just because "it's there". I feel like I can't control myself now. I need to start over. Reset. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> - Jen Fri, 4 Dec 2009 23:49:49 EST LAST DAY OF SEMESTER! Where has the time gone? <BR> <BR> Been so busy.. haven't noticed the days and weeks and months slipping by. Halfway through year two of my degree! And year three of university! What? <BR> <BR> Let the studying and intense stress begin. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> - Jen Fri, 4 Dec 2009 08:24:29 EST Two more days of school left! It's Thursday. Which means the last day of my Tuesday/Thursday classes for the semester. The last stupid statistics class! I will probably cry of joy! And the last pharmacokinetics course - even better! Of course, still have to write the exams.. but let's not speak of that yet. <BR> <BR> Plan on going to class. My pathology class is cancelled for the last day, so I've got plenty of time to get to the gym and get showered, grab some lunch before tutorial. I'm presenting my case study this wee... Thu, 3 Dec 2009 08:12:23 EST I've been pretty good the last couple of days.. A lot better than I was before, anyway. <BR> <BR> Trying to limit myself as much as possible. The positive thing is that I never once gave up or slacked with my workouts, so I haven't gained any weight. I would just like very much for a few things to be less fat and more muscle. <BR> <BR> I am digging this week, though. No tests! That's because finals start next week, though, haha. But it's the last Wednesday. Which means the last very long day, since Wednesday is the day that I have my n... Wed, 2 Dec 2009 08:16:58 EST I just drank half of a milkshake.. It was from McDonald's. Small strawberry milkshake. It was so sweet and sickening that I couldn't even finish. I feel like a big loser and waste and cheater and failure. I feel terrible, horrible, disgusting, fat, and gross. I hate it. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> - Jen Sun, 29 Nov 2009 23:20:18 EST New Initiative No cheating 'til Christmas! <BR> <BR> It's going to be exceedingly difficult. But I am going to do it. I have definitely gone over a month without cheating before. It's harder to do it now, I think, because there isn't much weight left to lose. But I do want to still lose a few pounds and tone up. Not going to happen, since I have frequently been eating an extra thing or two. I'm not gaining weight, but I'm not losing any either. Maintaining is good, though. I'd just like to see if I can go ... Sun, 29 Nov 2009 11:40:18 EST Another week has passed me by! And I thought it wasn't going to be so busy! Guess I was wrong.. <BR> <BR> Definitely passed my practical lab final. Actually, it was my lowest grade of the year.. yet, I don't care, because it's over forever, and I never have to do a blasted compounding lab again in my life! Thank goodness, since it is so irrelevant to real life. In fact, we are the only university in Canada that still teaches this type of lab. Other schools offer a two week run-down. We get two full semesters. Gah. <BR> ... Fri, 27 Nov 2009 08:12:23 EST Good morning, first day of the week! Feeling good to start off the week. This is different. <BR> <BR> The week is slightly less insane. Yes, a group presentation due, and yes, a final.. but I'm not too worried about either one, which is different. That must be why I feel so good this morning. Not stressed and worried about finals yet. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was nicely productive. Got some notes done, got a good start on my case report due next week, and figured out what I'm going to say in front of the class on Wednesday for my... Mon, 23 Nov 2009 08:11:51 EST Finally updating the blog! Wow, it's been a while. <BR> <BR> This week was super hectic for me. Had the crazy lab final on Wednesday, which I hope to heck that I passed. I think I did. But really, it wouldn't be hugely shocking if I didn't, since pretty much every screw-up you make is -50% or -25%, and the "passing" grade for us is 65%. Who knows. I will soon find out how it went. I just don't want to waste the time re-writing it! <BR> <BR> Then I had the pharmacology midterm on Friday. Man, was that stressful. My c... Sun, 22 Nov 2009 11:47:50 EST Hi, guys. I am about to post pictures from the formal! A couple of them anyway.. my roommate has some great ones, and she asked me to upload them, forgetting that I don't have the right software on my laptop to match her camera. Silly. But perhaps in the near future I'll get onto her computer and load them up, because there are some really great ones on there! <BR> <BR> The formal was great. The food was terrific. The dancing was a lot of fun, since it seems I rarely get to dance, and was so looking f... Mon, 16 Nov 2009 08:09:34 EST What a happy day! Cheat day, planned all week for this! <BR> <BR> Tonight's the College of Pharmacy formal. Spent all of last night and this morning studying to make sure I didn't feel overwhelmed taking tonight off. Didn't eat much today, but I am just snacking on some veggies and yogurt to tide me over until supper tonight. It's some sort of chicken entree.. shouldn't be too terrible, but I've planned on it being terrible, haha. Besides, I'm sure they will have some decadent desserts that I refuse to say "n... Sat, 14 Nov 2009 17:18:46 EST Tuesday Blues.. Okay, so they're not really "blues".. but I am feeling quite tired this morning. Stayed up a little bit longer than I should have last night. I was planning on getting enough sleep, but my brother called, and I haven't talked to him in ages. I had to sacrifice sleep for him, ha. <BR> <BR> The week's turning out to be pretty uneventful. Yesterday was a chill night of watching TV and doing homework. Tonight should be quite similar. Hope to get to the gym after class, come home, shower, and pl... Tue, 10 Nov 2009 07:57:46 EST Beautiful, beautiful Sunday. It's been such a great weekend! <BR> <BR> Got a fabulous dress for my winter formal. Seriously. It's so amazing. It's got a white bust and a purple sequined-ish band underneath the bust, and the rest is black with crinoline. I will be posting pictures after the formal, for sure. Next weekend already. I am so extraordinarily excited, it's going to be a great night. <BR> <BR> Anyway, having dad here was great. He came bearing gifts from mom. We went out for supper at Montana's like I planned... Sun, 8 Nov 2009 18:51:42 EST Saturday! Loving the weekend! <BR> <BR> Had a great couple of nights off. Starting to feel a bit guilty about not doing much, but I figure that I was quite in need of a break. I've already wasted enough time on this here computer this morning. So I'm going to get to the point! <BR> <BR> Dad's coming today! Along with the delicious perogies and borscht that I ordered from mom. And the vegetables and fruits she promised she'd send up for me. Before that, I'd like to get some cleaning done, and get out ... Sat, 7 Nov 2009 10:48:22 EST Been so busy.. That I haven't even had time to squeeze in a blog. But I am making time this morning. <BR> <BR> Last couple of days have been rather hellish. School during the day, studying during the evenings, not much break. Haven't had much social interaction lately. Yesterday was Statistics midterm, which certainly could have gone better, but certainly could have gone worse. I feel like the things we were expected to know weren't overtly difficult, but the professor just overcomplicated everything and ... Thu, 5 Nov 2009 07:42:41 EST Good morning, Monday. Gah. <BR> <BR> Tired. Don't really want to get to school. Starting to feel the stress. I'm actually quite surprised, since this has definitely been the hardest year and the most amount of work, but I haven't had a breakdown yet. I'd like very much to keep it that way, but I think it's starting to be too much. <BR> <BR> Class today. Then gym. Then home to eat lunch and study for the rest of the day. Sounds thrilling, I know. <BR> <BR> What I wouldn't give for just one day or night to bre... Mon, 2 Nov 2009 08:05:19 EST Here's the truth.. I have really effed up the past few days. <BR> <BR> Been eating way more than I should. Well, I know it could definitely be worse, but it could definitely be better. Tonight was another bad night. It's the damn Halloween, I tell you! The candy and the food and the parties. Not good. But in the end, I know it was all my own choice, just as it was my own choice that got me this far in the first place. I don't like it. As good as this food has tasted, it has not been worth the way that it has ... Sun, 1 Nov 2009 02:25:03 EST Warm and comfortable and sleepy.. I shouldn't use the space heater in the morning when it's freezing in my house. Maybe if it stayed freezing, I would be more keen on getting my butt out the door. Because right now, I know I would much rather collapse back into bed. Besides that, terrible prof teaches my first class for TWO HOURS. He is terrible. For instance, last Friday, I skipped his class. I asked my friend how many people showed up - she said probably about twenty. There are eighty-something people in our class. The sadd... Fri, 30 Oct 2009 09:10:09 EST Last night was just not fair! I wanted to write a bedtime blog entry, and spark was down for maintenance! How dare they. Haha. <BR> <BR> Blah, yesterday was long and tiring, as all Wednesdays are for me, but it's over. Thursday is upon me. This means that right now I am pretty relaxed, but by the time this afternoon comes around I am sure to be panicking already about all of the things I have to accomplish this weekend. I have two math-based, killer midterms next week that I am not looking forward to whatsoever. It woul... Thu, 29 Oct 2009 09:06:20 EST