ODDMENTTWEAK's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ODDMENTTWEAK ODDMENTTWEAK'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/ October 14th: Thanksgiving + Looking Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5513827 I successfully handled Thanksgiving and didn't gain much! My goal last week was to maintain at 219 and that didn't happen, but I unexpectedly got my period and bloated up to 221 by week's end. Thanksgiving came, though, and my parents' visit went extremely well. We did a lot of walking and not too much crazy eating. <BR> <BR> At Thanksgiving dinner, I had spent all day on my feet cooking and only ate one plateful, taking a little bit of everything. I had another plate of dessert and a cup of... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 01:20:02 EST October 4th: Thanksgiving nears! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5504332 Canadian Thanksgiving is next week and I can't wait! This is going to be my first time EVER preparing the turkey dinner instead of just helping my mom, and I'm especially excited that my parents are coming out to Alberta from Ontario for that whole weekend! <BR> <BR> I'll be making my menu this weekend to feed at least 5, but possibly 7 people might attend in total. My parents have become very health-conscious over the last couple of years (my mom lost about 40lbs on Weight Watchers, my dad ... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 11:22:02 EST September Report: Need to make changes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5486184 Work is back in full swing now that kids have returned to school and boy have I been busy! I work as a school counselor in a very rural area and our kids have high needs most of the time. Add to that some projects that I've committed to this year and I have a heck of a lot on my plate until July 2014! <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, what's that meant for the last two weeks is that I've been falling into all the old traps: Feeling too tired to cook a healthy dinner, packing 'comfort foods' in my lu... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 12:14:03 EST Back on Track Day 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5458486 It's been a very relaxing week-and-a-bit since I last posted and I've had a great time just enjoying being at home without any obligations beyond keeping myself, my fiance and my cats alive and fed. Has it been conducive to eating healthy and exercising? Um, not really- but I didn't make a point of it. <BR> <BR> My eating's still been out of whack, but when I'm home with nothing to do that's more likely to happen. Tomorrow is my very last day of summer vacation before work starts back up aga... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 23:02:41 EST Back on Track Day 8 & 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5450091 It's so nice to be home! We've cleaned our apartment top to bottom, planned out the month's meals, and opened every window to get some fresh air moving around. <BR> <BR> Another priority has been finding enough to eat- we're doing the groceries this afternoon. I was happy to find a bell pepper and half a cucumber in the fridge that were still good to eat. The lasagna I made and froze way back in June also cooked up beautifully and made a great dinner last night. <BR> <BR> One thing we hav... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 16:03:16 EST Back on Track Day 7: On the Road http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5448349 Today was a long one. My fiance and I have been traveling for about a month altogether this summer, and today we finally came home. The last time we were here was just for a few days between turnarounds- enough time to clean the house and run an errand or two. <BR> <BR> The fridge is totally bare and so I've done my usual thing of planning our dinners for the rest of the month on a Word document calendar. This gives me the basis of tomorrow's grocery list and then I can fill in the rest of t... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 02:08:01 EST Back on Track Days 2 and 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5443713 Yesterday I didn't track my eating at all. I kept kind of a mental tally and could tell that I definitely overate, but there was no formal tracking involved. I did track my fitness- took a trip to the zoo and spent a good couple of hours walking around at a slow pace, then went for a short swim. <BR> <BR> This morning I weighed in (informally) at 219lbs. <BR> <BR> Today I tracked my food and definitely overate, coming in at just over 3000 cals. Part of me wants to abdicate that responsibil... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 23:29:40 EST Back on Track Challenge + Wedding Dress! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5441716 Day 1 of the Back on Track 31 day challenge is complete. Today I challenged myself just to track my eating honestly and succinctly, and I did- I ate about 2700 calories and got zero exercise. <BR> <BR> Today also happened to be the day I bought my wedding dress. It's a size 14 that I can't get over my hips, so it has to go over my head. It'll take a loss of at least 20lbs to fit into it without any skin showing through the back, and I have until Christmas to make that happen, which is when a... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 00:23:07 EST So this is the New Year. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2822093 It's gonna be February in 4.5 hours and I'm happy to report that after a lot of stress I hit my goal of 159 lbs for January! <BR> <BR> I kept losing the same 3 pounds over and over again for much of the month, and then last week I abruptly dropped from 161.8 lbs on Friday to 158.8 lbs the next Friday. Wow! Now, the scale has bounced back up a little, as is to be expected with any sudden loss, but I still got to count 158.8 as my weigh-in for that week :) <BR> <BR> Motivating myself to run h... Sun, 31 Jan 2010 19:33:33 EST On the Road Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2661767 What a busy week it's going to be! I got on the scale this morning and found a big ol' 164 lbs staring back up at me. That's a three pound weight gain since last week! <BR> <BR> I'm not surprised, given the way I've been eating. That means I'm not going to hit my goal of 159-160 lbs for December, but hey, we reap what we sow. I finished my Christmas chocolate yesterday, so I'm sure that didn't help any. <BR> <BR> Anyway, this week is going to be crazy! Today my entire family is doing our po... Mon, 28 Dec 2009 13:09:10 EST I'm 21! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2656091 It's just past midnight on December 26th, meaning it's officially my 21st birthday! <BR> <BR> This time two years ago, I was 195 pounds and sick of being fat and unhappy. 6 months later, I was down to 160 pounds with the help of SparkPeople, and have been bouncing around there ever since. I got down to 150 briefly in 2008, then went all the way back up to 170 this fall before landing around 162 recently. <BR> <BR> What do I want to accomplish in the coming year? Let me make a list: <BR> ... Sat, 26 Dec 2009 00:33:43 EST Snowflake Run- Race Breakdown :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2653276 This Sunday I ran my VERY FIRST RACE and can now confidently call myself a runner. I didn't meet all my goals, but I made a good start, and that's the best I could have asked for! <BR> <BR> I turned in early Saturday night after downing a NeoCitran to knock out any impending sniffles and to make sure I got some good sleep. After dragging my sorry butt out of bed at 7:10 am, I munched on a bowl of oatmeal with cinnamon, a banana, a clementine and a glass of milk to fuel up. <BR> <BR> The rac... Thu, 24 Dec 2009 00:26:34 EST It's the Final Week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2638160 Four days until Race Day! And I really did not plan this well, because this is exam week and I've been barely running at all! <BR> <BR> On Monday I had my first exam after taking the weekend off training to study. Monday evening, after the exam, I was so stressed and nervous about how I'd done I went to my school gym, intending to run 5km, but felt sick and heartburnish so just walked for half an hour instead. Some lifting also helped me blow off steam in a non-stressful way. <BR> <BR> It's... Wed, 16 Dec 2009 13:25:29 EST 1.5 Weeks to Go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2623397 Well, it's coming up to Race Day, and let me tell you, I'm shaking in my boots. In 8 weeks of training, I've still not managed to run 10K at a stretch, and now I have 10 days! <BR> <BR> I'm loath to give up on this goal, so I'm going to push hardcore for the next little while and make really good health choices- tonight I was stressed out and pigged out on icecream and Christmas cookies and pasta, and boy am I feeling it! My poor stomach is bloated to the max and I feel sluggish, but at the ... Wed, 9 Dec 2009 22:49:22 EST 4 Weeks to Go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2579159 Hi all, it's been a few weeks since I wrote a blog entry, but here I am! <BR> <BR> It's 4 weeks to the day until the big race and boy am I nervous! Last weekend, I ran a 5K loop with my boyfriend and timed it- at just under 40 minutes, I'm looking at a 1h20min time for my 10K and that just doesn't feel fast enough. I'm still working up to running for an hour straight and then will really focus on speed. <BR> <BR> It's been hard to motivate myself to run, though; finally this week I broke do... Sat, 21 Nov 2009 16:24:57 EST 1.5 Weeks Down, 6.5 Weeks to Go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2532927 Training for the Dec. 20th 10K has begun in full swing and it's kicking my ass! <BR> <BR> Out of 4 runs I had meant to fit in last week, I only managed two! That's pretty pathetic. And I do need to start running outside at least once a week so that it's not a complete shock to my system moving from a climate-controlled gym to the freezing outdoors. <BR> <BR> Winter in Canada is no joke, and this run is going to be held at the edges of Lake Ontario, where the wind is extra nasty thanks to th... Wed, 4 Nov 2009 02:33:21 EST Back on the Wagon, for good this time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2510746 Attention Spark, I am through with little streaks of tracking a few times a week and watching the scale inch upwards! <BR> <BR> After hitting 150 pounds in March I sloooowly but surely gained weight to reach 169(!) pounds a little while ago. Now, after much consternation and a few false starts, I'm ready to go again, and have challenged myself to train and get ready for a Snowflake 10K run on December 20th, all proceeds to go to the Salvation Army. Yes, I'm back again, and this time I plan t... Mon, 26 Oct 2009 22:10:13 EST Done Girl of the Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1385782 This Tuesday past, PUMPKINFACE73 sent this out: <BR> <BR> "The DONE Girl of the Day for Tuesday 08/05/08 is SARAHWOOD124 <BR> <BR> Sarah is DONE.DONE, DONE, DONE..SARAHWOOD124 is only a few pounds from her goal..way to go you! Our queen for today is DONE with 35 poundsShe is on the BLC II and is a Lavender Lion (Hear me ROAR!!!)..Sarah is 19 and is pursuing her degree in Psychology and English, our DONE girl loves comic books. SARAHWOOD124 is loving the running .one thing I really can't do.... Wed, 6 Aug 2008 23:44:00 EST