OJ_2_OK's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=OJ%5F2%5FOK OJ_2_OK'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/ It didn't happen overnight. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920791 That's something I have to remind myself. Took me nine months to gain the weight. So obviously I can't expect to lose it overnight (despite my sister doing it with her babies...insert happy jealousy here lol). Any ways I started to track calories yesterday. I am breastfeeding so I don't want to restrict too much but I would like to be conscious of what I eating. Wish me courage and faith!!! Fri, 1 May 2015 12:08:51 EST Postpartum http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914662 The baby is here and is now 6 weeks old. It's definitely been an adjustment but he has brought me such joy!!! I started out the pregnancy eating very healthy and exercising but the third trimester I lost all motivation. I definitely gained a lot more weight than I planned. However I'm not going to be depressed over it now because my son was/is super healthy and I had a great pregnancy! I want to start tracking again but I am breastfeeding so I don't plan on being really strict. Does any o... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:57:19 EST Pregnancy Week 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732408 Things are going well other then some slight fatigue. I also wake up a little queasy this week but once I start out eating/drinking water it goes away. I make sure to eat small meals at a high frequency to make sure I don't feel sick all day. <BR> <BR> I am excited to grow this little seed! ;) I've been making sure to eat really healthy with the slight exception of snacking last night. I'm also not sweating the small stuff and just trying to focus on eating well and exercising. The ex... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 09:45:27 EST Pregnant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728916 I am so glad that I had started eating healthy and working out consistently again. I found out I am pregnant last week!!! Randy and I are very excited. <BR> <BR> I got my weight down to 153 considered at the low end of the "overweight" range on the BMI spectrum. Although I take this with a grain of salt because BMI doesn't take into account muscle vs fat and I have been heavily lifting weights and doing drills at the gym. I would've liked to be down more but I am happy with the progres... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 09:21:47 EST Changing my thinking. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693651 I felt really discouraged at the end of last week. I kept thinking 'I was so much better at this LAST time around." And because of that, I allowed myself to make poor choices this weekend. <BR> <BR> But it dawned on me, there is NO "last time" around. This is a journey and a process. I need to keep that in mind and stop being so hard on myself. I also started to feel run down last week. And the snot just hit me like a ton of bricks yesterday. Exhaustion and illness totally played a fac... Mon, 12 May 2014 19:30:44 EST Irritable or is it Hangry? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690787 I've been extremely irritable this week. I'm not sure what my problem is. Is it my body's reaction to adjusting to calorie restriction? Last time around, I didn't ever feel THIS irritable, at least not that I know of. I know I've been constantly on the go for the last two weeks so that may have something to do with it. <BR> <BR> I've given up drinking coke for the most part, but I took up drinking coffee...I am wondering if the caffeine in the coffee is making me irritable? I will cut... Thu, 8 May 2014 19:13:05 EST Mental Break http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684283 I don't know if it was the right or wrong thing to do but I decided to take a night off from the gym. I actually made it all the way to the gym, was walking to warm up for class, and then left. I am still in a lot of pain from my work outs on Monday (and Tuesday) and then I've been on the constant go for the last two weeks that I feel burnt out. <BR> <BR> After going from 6 months of inactivity, and then jumping back last week for 5 out of the 7 days, I felt like this break wouldn't be h... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 19:32:49 EST Un-Plugging Myself From Social Media/Contact http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682623 With ever growing responsibilities at work, I have had less and less quality personal time in the last 6 months or so. It's recently gotten to the point where I feel personally overwhelmed and like my job is taking over my life. I think in the past that I didn't mind it, however, at this point, I would love more work-home life balance. <BR> <BR> People have been calling/texting when I am outside of work. Today I had to tell them I was turning my phone off. However, I resented that feelin... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 18:09:13 EST Holding Myself Accountable http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681746 Here I am (still). :) <BR> <BR> This was a very good week. <BR> <BR> Monday-Personal training session (first evaluation) <BR> Tuesday-Zumba <BR> Wednesday-Cardio Hip Hop <BR> Thursday-Weight lifting <BR> Friday - rest <BR> Saturday - Z box <BR> Sunday - walk with dog in the woods for a half hour. <BR> <BR> I'm doing well on increasing the water still. Fruit infusions really are keeping things interesting. As a side note: IF you are wondering how you can increase your child's water int... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 16:43:03 EST Well progress is progress. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679750 So I thought I was going to try to get back at this in February and you can now see its half way through April. <BR> <BR> On a positive note: I've only been gone for 2.5 months instead of the almost 6 months prior before that. <BR> <BR> The last few days I've been logging onto the spark app on my phone at least once. <BR> <BR> I haven't been successful at tracking my food but I am being mindful of making healthier chocies, and being having more balance. <BR> <BR> I signed up for some ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:26:25 EST Jumping back into it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5615357 I went to Zumba tonight and had a blast. I've been to the gym now three times this week. I haven't been to the gym in at least 3 months. When I started traveling for work I fell out of the habit. I feel awesome. I'm not sure why I stopped! Tue, 4 Feb 2014 20:46:33 EST Gotta keep at it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612801 I have definitely been off the wagon and am struggling getting back on but its time that i keep myself accountable. I'm not sure how active I'll be on here as this is a busy time at work and im back in school but I will do my best. Sun, 2 Feb 2014 08:12:00 EST FORGET it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5456601 I've been dwelling on my weight creep up and lack of accountability lately. But I have to remember to keep every thing in perspective, this is a journey and I'm still working out and have come a long way. I am not going to let a little bump in the road weigh me down. Time to move forward! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l528514763.jpg"> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 21:51:23 EST Tough Times http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5455406 I'm having a rough time keeping my eating under control. I am making an effort to fix the situation. But I am definitely struggling. <BR> <BR> I just have to remember: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1688049045.jpg"> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 19:57:16 EST Things I Must Remember http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5454393 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l943166904.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1718916499.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l652091717.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1962746120.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l200054235.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l877568315.jpg"> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 20:50:40 EST If at first you don't succeed... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5453247 TRY TRY AGAIN!!!! <BR> <BR> My first work out of the night, didn't go so well. I felt exhausted and off the entire time. Mind you, I ate horrible this weekend (all weekend to be exact) at a family reunion up north, and then I barely drank any water. Serves me right! <BR> <BR> Any ways, I decided to give z-box a try afterwards because I was feeling a bit depressed about the first work out. Needless to say, it went a lot better. I wasn't at 100% but definitely a lot better than the first ... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 19:54:46 EST Emotionally Broken day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5440246 Don't ask me why because I don't wish to re-live my morning, but I felt my spirit broken today. I haven't felt that low in ... since I can remember. <BR> <BR> I turned to food to heal what I was feeling and had a cheese enchilada, taco, and chips and salsa. Ick. I'm disappointed that I used food as a coping mechanism more than the actual food choice. Its been awhile since I've turned to food though like this so I can say I am making progress. I think it may have been well over a year ... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 20:53:21 EST Last 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5437822 This is a bit scary to write because I have all these crazy thoughts going on in my head but...my friend Amanda just left a spark note on my page that said "enjoy your last 5% challenge" and it HIT me...I am almost at my destination weight!! Where I need to transition from weight loss to maintenance! <BR> <BR> My first thought is: DON'T POST THIS! What if you just jinxed yourself? What if you don't reach your goal and then you have to eat your words?! AHHHH.. <BR> <BR> Then my second ... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 20:52:27 EST Full-Throttle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5431015 15 minutes of Zbox complete. 1 hour of zumba, complete. 20 minutes of jogging on the treadmill, complete! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1015551412.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Taking my fitness level up a notch. Excited to see results. Already seeing some transformation. <BR> <BR> I'm feeling lean and I can tell I am slowly gaining some upper body strength. I am very excited about this! Tue, 23 Jul 2013 20:45:56 EST Family Gym Membership http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5429468 This summer we've been running every other day in preparation for the 5k last weekend. We wanted to keep the momentum going but last week was in the high 90 degrees and running outdoors didn't seem pleasant. I am enrolling the family in some more fun races to keep us active and spending quality time together. So that we don't lose any progress, I suggested both the guys join the gym that I go to. <BR> <BR> I was surprised that they both embraced it. Cameron (14) is at a stage where tha... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 14:05:27 EST Worked out, no ice cream. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5425797 <em>216</em> <BR> <BR> Went to Zumba then Z Boxing tonight. And thanks to LRSilver I did not have ice cream. Thanks for keeping me honest!!! I was starting a bad habit. <BR> <BR> Tracked what I ate and ate really well today. Today felt good. <BR> <BR> Non scale victory? I feel less stressed and stronger. Thu, 18 Jul 2013 21:49:28 EST Working out, have ice cream. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423418 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l891831354.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Isn't that the truth? Had a bit of a rough day at work. Felt some tensions...could've been imagined, but it was definitely a stressful day. I was glad to be home and get some cuddles from the cat. <BR> <BR> When Randy got home, we went to the gym. He ran 3 miles and I went to zumba. My body is sore, especially since I went to kickboxing yesterday. It' been a minute since I've been to a class, and two in a r... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 20:32:21 EST Less Than Active? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5422272 I haven't been completely focused, especially when it comes to spark people. <BR> <BR> We have however been running 3 times a week. I am happy about this because it has brought our family together at least 3 times a week and it has gotten us all physically active. <BR> <BR> We ran our first 5k as a family on Saturday. We ran The Color Run! It was such a blast. I highly recommend this 5k to every one!!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l307577942.jpg"> <BR> ... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 20:23:45 EST Back at it - again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5386284 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1710277652.jpg"> <BR> <BR> That's my fitness mentality right now. <BR> <BR> Yesterday the fam and I ran a little over a mile at an average pace of 12 minutes and 17 seconds. <BR> <BR> Today I went to zumba for 45 minutes, came home to clean up the dog's mess, so then decided to go back out for another run. Despite the fact that I felt exhausted, I ended up shaving 1 minute off my average pace and completed a mile at an average pace of ... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 21:30:24 EST I'm Married! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5385055 The wedding came and went so fast!!!! June 1st was the day we got married. The day was wonderful. It didn't rain like forecasted which was awesome since we got married outside. Every thing went smoothly. Randy forgot our vows but our pastor just inserted his own thing and every thing turned out okay. I felt like a princess and had so much fun the entire night. <BR> <BR> We then drove down to naples FL on 06/02/13. We got there on 06/03 at approximately 10PM. It rained on and off the e... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 21:08:35 EST I can do it, I will do it, I AM DOING IT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5301254 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1059198386.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've been traveling back and forth between my center and another center in the region the past few days so I've been planning out my work outs. I also stocked up on a lot of vegetables. <BR> <BR> Today I went to pilates for the first time. It was a nice change in pace and easier on the lungs than some of the cardio classes. I also did Zumba. This new instructor does a round of strength training at the end w... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 20:41:33 EST In Control http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5299066 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l293830358.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I woke up in a much better mood today and decided to ACT - take my health into my control. <BR> <BR> So I woke up at 5:45 and made it to the gym. Worked out for a short period of time - just enough so that my lungs felt the strain but were not burning. I did NOT want to overdo it. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, Randy and I got some really good vitamins. I'm going to start taking them and hope that this helps put me b... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 07:15:29 EST OMG, STILL SICK!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5298627 Enough is enough already!!!! It's official, I believe I have a chronic VIRAL sinus infection. Two rounds of z-pack and I am still sick...it can't be bacterial. My snot is NEON yellow tonight. This is ridiculous. I've been sick this round since Friday and then going back through my blogs I've been fighting this bug for over a month now. <BR> <BR> So frustrated!!!!!!! Sun, 24 Mar 2013 20:20:27 EST Small steps forward. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5295485 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1241585066.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I didn't want to push myself today but I did want to maintain some level of physical activity. Randy and I went to alive and walked 2 miles. <BR> <BR> I hope that my lungs and head clear out soon. <BR> <BR> Things I'm thankful for: <BR> Feeling better. <BR> A week off from work to rest. <BR> Being able to work out a little bit. <BR> My snuggly cat. Thu, 21 Mar 2013 21:17:01 EST This is what 35lbs down looks like!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5293724 I wish I could've ran the race this weekend and I wish I hadn't had so much time off from exercising...I feel very weak. <BR> <BR> On a bright note, I am officially 35lbs down today! I am hesistant in celebrating because I feel that the flu wasn't the way to get there but hey! there was a lot of hard work leading up to it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l976265526.jpg"> <BR> This is a great improvement from where I was 6 months ago. <BR> <img src="http://ph... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 12:59:21 EST Getting back up again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5292149 This is the first day in four days that I've felt well enough to sit up, let alone blog!!! The flu really got me this time around. i haven't been THAT sick in awhile. I've basically laid and slept for the last three days. I feel incredibly weak today so I probably won't push myself to exercise just yet. I've barely been able to eat any thing, which means I lost a few pounds, but it was not a pleasant way to do it. <BR> <BR> My plan for today is to start eating stuff again (my stomach sti... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 09:32:45 EST Pain in the b...ack. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5284339 Yeah that's right, the sprain really hurts. I think I need to take it easier than I have. Crap. :( I think the cardio dance is too hard on my back...that and the boobs....lol. But that I can't do nothing about. (Sorry guy spark friends ) I think I will try to get into the chiropractor tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Speaking of not taking it easy...I am off to the gym again (this time dragging randy's behind) to do some indoor walking (at least this is low impact). <BR> <BR> So I feel that I'm... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 19:43:01 EST Hanging in there... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5282987 Yesterday I ran in the Corktown 5k race! It was my first 5k. I ran the entire thing in 32:36! I was so proud of myself!!!! (Nonscale victory!!) <BR> <BR> I'm busy with school and work so I will do my best to keep up here. <BR> <BR> Things I'm thankful for: <BR> Light at the end of the tunnel (PTO next week) <BR> getting to speak to my nephew on the phone today. <BR> Randy and Cameron. Mon, 11 Mar 2013 19:51:06 EST Struggling... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279386 I feel like I've been struggling a bit this week. The scale is showing 152 again :( and I've been doing some emotional eating. I need to get it together. I'm taking a full week off of work in two weeks so I can recover from some of the stress...I can't remember the last time I took a week off from work. <BR> <BR> I've been getting my water in but I didn't have time to exercise yesterday or today. Last night cam had a band concert and today we had to look at flower arrangement. <BR> <BR> I w... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 20:48:35 EST No change? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5276391 No change on the scale from last week. I'm not too worried about it...its the fourth week...and judging by my pattern this is what I do. <BR> <BR> More importantly I feel good. This will be my third day on reaching my water intake goal. I also tried a new exercise today: Yoga. I tried it before and didn't like it. Yoga is not my thing yet, but it did feel peaceful so I'm going to keep at it and see how I come along in the future. <BR> <BR> Nonscale victories: I have more upper body... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 19:21:03 EST Day by Day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5274868 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1470043551.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today I made my 8 glasses of water (and I will probbaly reach 10 by the end of the night). <BR> <BR> I had two cavities filled today and also I went and got myself checked out. Apparently I have sprained (light) my back. No heavy lifting but activity should be fine. My doctor also said I could run the 5k this weekend. So that's good. <BR> <BR> I'll let you in on a little secret...okay not so little secret.... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 20:18:18 EST How do I encourage myself? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5273311 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l271652311.jpg"> <BR> <BR> To keep myself encouraged, I try to focus on the positive of the day. We all make mistakes, but we can choose to let those mistakes weigh us down or focus on the good moments. <BR> <BR> Today I was proud of myself because I woke up with the knowledge that I will do better than yesterday of drinking my water. I didn't require myself to be perfect, just make a new step in the right direction. And I actually hit m... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 20:38:31 EST Habit Blog 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271815 Yesterday I blogged about water. Today I am going to blog about something else. I hope that's okay, the rules didn't seem very specific for the challenge. To follow up on the water thought, I did make an effort to get all my water in. I fell short. I need to have water when I immediately wake up or else I never seem to be able to get 8 oz. I have water in my goals and hope to get this going as a streak again. <BR> <BR> Another habit I want to incorporate in my life is incorporating phy... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 21:59:12 EST Habit blog 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5270111 I need to seriously focus on more water intake. I haven't been consistent with it lately and I can tell! I feel a lack of energy, mental focus and my skin/lips feel dry. <BR> <BR> I hit my head really hard today so want to keep this brief. Sorry friends bear with me. Sat, 2 Mar 2013 18:38:26 EST laid back. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5267783 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1908875530.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm fighting the lazies this week. Any ways, I went to work out tonight because that is what I do. I'm not going to fall out of the habit. I need to push through this week and get some FIGHT back into me. I'm not being too hard on myself yet because I am recovering from a bug. However, I know it would be all too easy to just curl up and do nothing this week. <BR> <BR> Nonscale victory: ignoring my first incl... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 21:41:17 EST Back up and running...er dancing. :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5266320 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l691338947.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am feeling much better! Yesterday I was going to work out but the roads were really bad due to freezing rain. So I missed going to the gym yesterday. I went to cardio dance today though and it felt great! <BR> <BR> I weighed in for BLC today and finally am out of the 150's!!! I now weigh 149.8. It was only a .4 lb decrease from last week...I was hoping for a higher number but I didn't work out this weekend ... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 18:12:55 EST My body needs to make up its mind. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5259280 My throat is hurting now. Randy says it looks "jacked up." If I'm going to be sick, I wish my body would just get it over with. <BR> <BR> ***Just got back from the doctor*** Its strep. :( Bummer. But I got a z pack so hopefully will be up and running soon. <BR> <BR> I have goals this week to reach and this will not prevent me from achieving them! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1910542090.jpg"> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 21:21:52 EST Seeing some results. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5257979 I lost 1.8 lbs this week from last week. What's more important, I have been actually feeling more muscular, energized, and I feel stronger. (Nonscale victories right there.) I feel better about my weight loss journey lately, not because of the numbers reflected on the scale...but because I am proud of the steps I've taken in this journey. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1006711989.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm on the CUSP of going into the 140's!!! I currently weig... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 21:04:25 EST Building Momentum!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5256691 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l11482339.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l746884929.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today I worked my butt off so I am expecting good things to come my way! I drank my 8 cups of water today. I ate really well today . For dinner I made the slow cooker salsa receipe from sparkpeople and it was DELICIOUS. <BR> <BR> I went to ZUMBA for 45 minutes and then to my kettlebell class (45 min). I was the only person who showed up so ... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 20:54:45 EST A little determination goes a long way. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5255336 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l490606413.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I made my "another chance" count today!!! I woke up and had 16oz of water instantly. Then I made sure to drink water all throughout the day. It really helped me not crave things wildly today. <BR> <BR> I went to 45 minutes of cardio dance and 45 minutes of cardio kickboxing. I was able to hold the weights the entire time. It felt like the woman was trying to kill us today but I got through it, lol. <BR> ... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 20:15:08 EST Getting back to the basics. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5253961 Recently I've felt a bit of a struggle when it comes to my eating habits. I feel a little bit more out of control than I have this entire journey. I don't think I'm WILDLY out of control or any where near where I was but I want to ensure I'm making progress and not taking a step backwards. <BR> <BR> So I've come to the conclusion that I need to get back to the basics. I've been getting too "comfortable" within my program and taking some of the things that I was making sure i was doing b... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 19:17:30 EST Can't let up. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5251893 I've been doing a little bit of stress eating. Luckily I've still maintained range and have also been working out all week. But I would like to try to nip this in the bud. I've been eating more vegetables so that is a positive out of this. <BR> <BR> I have been fighting a small bug this week. My voice has been scratchy and I've awakened every morning with a scratchy throat and an ear ache. I am hoping that I kick it soon because I've been feeling pretty tired this week. <BR> <BR> No... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 17:56:15 EST On Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5250788 Feeling a little bit overwhelmed with work and school but I've been going to zumba and trying to stay within calorie range. <BR> <BR> I've been doing my best to eat more whole. Its a struggle sometimes. <BR> <BR> Nonscale victories: <BR> Seeing some arm definition. Thu, 14 Feb 2013 20:08:46 EST This is what 30lbs gone looks like! (Pictures included) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5248708 As of today, I weigh in at 152lbs and I am 30lbs down!!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1857556237.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This was me at 25lbs down (5lbs difference!) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2064486147.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This was me when I started at 182lbs (I've come a long way!) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l49483618.jpg"> <BR> <BR> If you take a look at my gallery <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_photo_ga... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 07:51:35 EST Chipped tooth. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5242030 I got out of work today and made it to Cardio kickboxing. It was a great class. Nothing too exciting has been going on this week. just trying to catch up on work and keep my head above water. <BR> <BR> My front bottom tooth chipped today. I'm not happy about that. I have to got to the dentist...CONFESSION: i haven't been to the dentist in years. The last time I went I had a very bad experience. Guess its time for a visit :( <BR> <BR> Nonscale victory: seeing muscle definition in m... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 19:59:15 EST