OKIRISHCHIK's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=OKIRISHCHIK OKIRISHCHIK'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/ Just for Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5877496 I don't know how to get where I am going. But, I know I have to find that path. Yesterday I re-upped my subscription to Daily Burn. Today I started day 1 (again) of the True Beginner program. I'll be doing that and getting back on the treadmill as well as hitting the heavy bag. I'm working on me, one day at a time. <BR> <BR> Just for today, and every day after that I am going to try. Just for that day. If I can make it today, I can make it tomorrow. And if I can make it tomorrow, I am one d... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 14:01:57 EST Noticing Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5876893 I stopped by SP after abandoning my account, yet again. I thought I would poke around, see what was new. So many people over on My Fitness Pal, but I tell you - I don't like the forums there. So many rude people. So, I don't get much out of that site other than a food journal. I do really like that and the app syncs with all my other health apps. <BR> <BR> But as I was scrolling through my profile I realized I have been on SP since 2007. Which is my 2nd account. My 1st was prior to that and ... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 16:46:31 EST Bye Bye 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712866 This week I have been working in my garden. With the degenerative disc, osteoarthrits, and large amount of weight gained this year, I knew I needed to take it easy. I have not exercised since about Feb when I tried to do the Beachbody 21 Day Fix. I got sick by day 4 and had to quit. Once I was well, I got sick again. Boooo. <BR> <BR> In the last couple of months I've put on about 20lbs. I know that seems hard to realize, but its true. Looking back over my weight charts is a scary thing. <B... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 14:36:38 EST Coming back. Full-circle. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712187 It's been a long time since I was dedicated to Sparkpeople. It might take me a while to fully commit to everything the site has to offer. I have my own health website but I find it hard to keep up with both. Sometimes I just dont want to be so personal there. I find it easier to do here. <BR> <BR> Also, I have been a member of the other food log site. Everyone claims to be a fitness fanatic when the reality is, if you are overweight and not eating clean they'll just treat you like crap. Peo... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 15:04:26 EST I know it has been a while http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5204962 ...life has taken me in many directions. <BR> <BR> I am still battling the PCOS and the insulin resistance that comes with it. I finally had a moment where everything just clicked. <BR> <BR> Right after Christmas I cleaned out my pantry. I made a trip to the store a few days later. I started planning my actions and getting things in order. I had decided to go low-carb since that is basically what my dietitian was telling me to do. I had tried going back to Weight Watchers and the low ca... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 12:11:59 EST I'm Crooked: It's Embarrassing and Disgusting. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4953872 In 2 years I have put on roughly 30 pounds. Prior to that it took me about 2 years to put on 10. So, in 4 years = 40 lbs. Average 10lb a year seems to be typical as you get older BUT not 30 in 2. <BR> <BR> I am working with my DR on this problem. Hence, the need for the dietitian. Other diets have not helped. I just keep gaining. We are trying to get to the bottom of it. <BR> <BR> That weight gain has my body hurting worse than ever. I know the osteoarthritis and degenerative disk disease... Tue, 3 Jul 2012 16:39:47 EST One Size Does Not Fit All http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4950398 Some time ago I posted on my personal website a story in which "One Size Does Not Fit All" in which I explained why some diets worked for me (or others) and why some didn't. I felt it should be made available here as well. <BR> <BR> <BR> When I joined the Atkins site I had every intention of following Atkins. I had the brand new New Atkins book and I had the 2003 version. I read them both. I went as low carb as I could and followed the plan as best as I could. I did this after my PCP (Prim... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 13:49:40 EST Explaining My Low Carb Diet Part Two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4949206 When reading a food label these are some of the things I need to pay attention to. <BR> <BR> <BR> Total Fat: I have to watch this. <BR> Snacks, cereals, dairy and dessert = 3gram per serving or less <BR> <BR> Meat and cheese = 5gram or less per serving <BR> <BR> Frozen dinners = 3 or less grams of fat per 100 calories. These I am only allowed to eat 1-2 times a week because of the sodium. But it is preferred I do not eat them at all. Same for canned soups like Progresso, although those co... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 17:06:46 EST Explaining my Low Carb Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4949005 I am not following Atkins (or South Beach or The Zone, or any other commercial plan) what I am following is based on the American Diabetes Association. ADA Weight Loss Plan. My dietitian gave me a meal plan. The meal plan has me lowering my carbs a great deal (at least for me personally, again, I am not following Atkins). In this meal plan there is a chart. There are points or exchanges or counts (whatever to call them I have no idea) where a food item has this many carb points (is what I ca... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 13:25:59 EST My Doctor Referred Me to a Dietitian. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4946380 I just completed my first week on the meal plan with my dietitian. <BR> <BR> (Sorry for such a long delay in blog updates here) <BR> <BR> I'm still walking. 2-3 (almost 4 a few times) almost every morning. With my arthritic hip, some days it just hurts to much to even try. The few times I did try I ended up triggering a migraine. Yuck. On those days I just trying to do a work out video later in the day or see if my treadmill is actually going to work. <BR> <BR> The dietitian put me on a ... Thu, 28 Jun 2012 14:31:16 EST Map My Walk - Walking Updates & A Personal Progress Note http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4812497 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l867558136.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This weeks check-in. <BR> <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is weigh-in day. Last week I was up and I did not bother writing. Not sure why. (mostly school and work - not so much because I did not want to). So we will see what the scale holds for tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Now that I have been walking again I am starting to feel like the old me. I feel good about what I am doing and I am slowly feeling better about the choices I am ... Fri, 30 Mar 2012 15:55:38 EST Facing My Demons. Facing My Reality. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4800122 St. Patrick's Day weekend was a lot of fun. I was able to get away and unwind for three days. I watched TV, had some good food, logged some miles, got some writing done, and just relaxed. But the weekend also gave me a dose of reality. <BR> There are some things I have been hiding for quite a while. Just how bad things have become. I am embarrassed and ashamed (and that is putting it lightly). I worked so hard all those years ago on Weight Watchers to get fit and healthy. Making Lifetime wa... Thu, 22 Mar 2012 16:47:53 EST Mapping My Walks - Check In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4800114 I am a little late in posting this. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l233903246.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I did 2 more miles today. Thu, 22 Mar 2012 16:43:50 EST Mushroom Overload! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4790696 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l86571248.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My Mini Pizza...the mushrooms were everywhere! <BR> <BR> More to Life than Chocolate <BR> <link>www.moretolifethanchocolate.com/2012<BR>/03/its-mushroom-overload-mini-pizza.html </link> Fri, 16 Mar 2012 13:21:18 EST Mapping and Keeping Track of My Walks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4790683 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l617280284.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's really hard for me to blog at two places. <BR> <BR> I am using an iPhone app to map and record my walks. I am finding it very motivatinal. Right now, I need all the help I can get. <BR> <BR> More to Life than Chocolate is my journey. <BR> <BR> <link>www.moretolifethanchocolate.com/2012<BR>/03/mapping-and-keeping-track-of-my-wa<BR>lk.html </link> Fri, 16 Mar 2012 13:16:20 EST Another Door Opens http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4753294 Yesterday I wrote a post regarding the end of my 3 months on Nutrisystem. <BR> <BR> It was there I made somewhat of a secret comment. I am not sure anyone noticed. A couple of weeks ago, Feb 7, not only did my beloved Cain pass away, but I also started to count Weight Watchers Points. I am no stranger to Weight Watchers; as a matter of fact I am a Lifetime member. I thought by counting Points while still on Nutrisystem I would be able to pinpoint where I was going wrong, or what the problem... Thu, 23 Feb 2012 13:00:04 EST 3 Months Later and the Results are In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4750089 I've lost my blogging mojo. It’s not just weight, school, stress, or losing my beloved dog Cain, related. It’s everything and it’s nothing. I want to write, I just have not wanted to blog. <BR> <BR> At any given moment I am so overwhelmed that I have no idea what direct to go in. I thought I had things under control in life, but I have come to the conclusion that I do not. I can't focus. I feel out of control. <BR> <BR> There is one thing that the abuse in my past put on my shoulders and t... Tue, 21 Feb 2012 19:01:15 EST It's Hard Saying GoodBye http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4726966 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l459461863.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Saying good-bye is never an easy thing, but it is something I was forced to do this morning. I knew this day would come and I even tried to mentally prepare myself. When Cain started to have his seizures we knew Boxers were prone to brain tumors and cancer. That was the reality I was faced with. Cancer can be an evil bitch as I have seen her take away so many people and furkids that were close to me. <BR> <BR> Cai... Tue, 7 Feb 2012 11:30:25 EST One Last Chance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4725167 I did it once, I can do it again. For years I went to WW meetings. Every Saturday morning. I got down to 160. 3 pounds under my goal. I made Lifetime. It was one of the proudest moments of my life. I was running. 6-7 miles a day. I was happy. Healthy. I was me. I got sick. Depression. PTSD. Anxiety. Panic. Eating disorder. My back hurt. Degenerative disk disease and sciatica kicked in. Depression was my alter-ego. She made me hungry. I ate to control my emotions. I ate to feel better. Disk di... Mon, 6 Feb 2012 12:17:06 EST Back and Forth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4687661 Last week I was doing so good with using the glider and walking around the property. Then, Friday hit. The day my husband had off from work. We had stuff to do before he went out of town for the weekend so I ended up eating out. I tried to stay within the Nutrisystem guidelines, but I did not get much exercise in other than the walking around we did. The rest of the weekend I was a lazy blob. Its nice to have the house to myself. No husband. No kiddo. I can rest, relax and recharge my battery... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 20:06:58 EST Just A Little Ditty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4672013 <BR> Yesterday morning I had a pity party. I wanted to go for a walk. I wanted to exercise. I made it a whopping 10 minutes on the elliptical before my right leg started to collapse and the hip was nagging me. <BR> <BR> Ok. Tomorrow is new day. <BR> <BR> I wanted to walk this morning. Big M had a headache. I had a migraine at 3am that was starting to go away. I still wanted to walk. Fine. I put my shoes on and dragged him to walk outside with me along our property line. I took my dogs. Th... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 18:23:25 EST The Test Results from Doc are In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4669036 I am feeling a bit blah today. The doctor called this morning to tell me that the blood work I had to have done last week showed I was in perfect health. My X-Rays showed that my degenerative disk disease my have changed but since they have not seen my records from 2006 that will be left to the chiropractor. However, they did note that I now have degenerative arthritis in my lower back and right hip. They hope that with the shoe insert (my right leg is shorter) and the pain medication I will ... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 14:48:27 EST Week #7 - Nutrisystem & Doctor Updates http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4658084 <BR> The doctor’s scale said I was 238. I forgot to compare it to mine when I got home. Mine has been saying 238, 240, 268 off and on and back off again. <BR> <BR> I had an appointment with my new doctor to discuss these issues that I had. I wish they would give you more than an hour, especially when they make you wait in their office for over 30 minutes while they order lunch. I feel like I could have told her more, but at least I got a good start. She was so nice, kind and understanding. ... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 21:18:55 EST Week # 6 Results Nutrisystem- Working With Vegetable Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4643204 I would love to tell everyone I had some success, but I did not. I went up 2, now at 242. Matt stayed the same. I am having a difficult time. Last week I was 240. It’s this back and forth battle with those same few pounds. <BR> <BR> On a good note: Matt had a follow-up Dr. appt. for his triglycerides and blood pressure. He is off one of his three medications and they are very pleased that he no longer sucks down Ramen noodles like its the end of the world. So he gets a well deserved pat on... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 11:48:49 EST Emotional Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4641938 I feel like I have been on a diet roller coaster my whole life. <BR> <BR> I was abused the first 12 years of my life. Being alone and fearful people would find out, I kept to myself. When every the abuse would happen myself would go elsewhere. I did not grow up mentally like other children do. I ate to hide my fears. I ate because it made me feel better. I ate because I wanted a friend. These are terrible habits that have followed me my whole life. I don't know how to break the cycle. When ... Wed, 28 Dec 2011 15:38:19 EST I Need a Place http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4634610 I need a place to talk about my weight and not feel judged. I could write on my website, but it does not seem appropriate to discuss my weight on my freelance or author sites. I am also part of the Nutrisystem Nation bloggers program. I am supposed to write about my honest experience, which I do, but I also hold a lot back. I do not want to hold back. I am having a lot of problems with my health and pain management. It is making it harder to lose weight. I have tried various online websites a... Wed, 21 Dec 2011 22:41:06 EST Things Need to Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4473250 I started using the Roca Labs Mini Gastric Bypass Surgery weight loss formula this week and I renewed my gym membership for the next 3 months. I really have to start making changes and I really do not want to have real surgery because it scares me to death. <BR> <BR> It seems like every day I am starting over. Starting new. Trying again. I can't keep living like this. I have to make a change or I am never going to get better. <BR> <BR> My back injury will never go away. Its a disease. Howev... Thu, 8 Sep 2011 09:46:38 EST Are You Following Me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3770116 I just do not have the time to post daily to all these places that have blogs. So if you would like to follow my daily progress, check me out on my blogger - www.selfemployedwriter.com Mon, 8 Nov 2010 11:53:46 EST Chunk by Chunk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3600554 If you are ever feeling overwhelmed, stop and mentally break your problem into manageable chunks. Think through the steps to take in order to get through the problem, put the steps in order and concentrate only on one step at a time. <BR> <BR> Let's say you feel totally out of control and want to get back on track. Everything seems to be working against you. You can't exercise, your eating is out of control and you are just plain tired. There are days when you feel that way, and you just wan... Thu, 2 Sep 2010 13:26:01 EST About the Apps I Use http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3597539 I have been getting asked a lot about the iPhone/Touch apps that I use so I thought it would be useful for me to compile a list for everyone. <BR> <BR> In the beginning I started with Sparkpeople.com. They have an app to keep track of your weight and calories as well as a separate app for recipes. I found these extremely helpful when I first started this journey and it was initially the reason why I wanted a Touch for Christmas instead of a regular iPod. Both apps are free. <BR> <BR> Curre... Wed, 1 Sep 2010 17:11:56 EST A New Outlook Thanks to U2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3579803 Yesterday I was able to get tickets to the U2 show next June here in MI. I am SO excited as I have never been able to see them. None of my friends in OK were really fans, and of course Marcus would not go. Even so, they never came to OK so we had to go to Dallas and the one time I tried to get tickets, it sold out within the hour. Bono fell and broke his back so they had to cancel a lot of shows. To make up for it they rescheduled and added some dates for next year. They are coming to Lansing... Fri, 27 Aug 2010 10:23:13 EST HELP??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3503100 I need some serious help. I am having a bad day, and the funny thing is, I just want to eat. Good thing I am not! <BR> I am on food assistance. I get $200 a month. Today I was informed it has been dropped to $16! WHAT? Nothing has changed since my last evaluation so I am praying it is just a mistake. I am a full time college student, on summer break. To make ends meet I am a freelance writer. I am trying to make full time income off of it but it is hard when you have to find jobs. Being self... Wed, 4 Aug 2010 14:55:56 EST Memories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3470551 It is funny how one small thing can open up a whole door to things forgotten. My mother was over the other day helping Matt with our bathroom remodel. I had taken a break from working to cook dinner. Mom and I were in the kitchen chatting. I honestly do not remember what we were talking about exactly, but I had told her about how certain people in my family used to tease and make fun of me for being the fat kid. I had forgotten about most of it. Bringing up that subject opened the door for al... Mon, 26 Jul 2010 11:04:42 EST I can admit: I like food. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3440883 Today's blog: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I can admit: I like food. <BR> <BR> I am going to pick apart this book. It is not going to make some people happy. It may not make anyone happy. I was given the freedom to say what I want and therefore, I am going to do just that. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Website: http://www.selfemployedwriter.com/2010/07/<BR>i-can-admit-i-like-food.html Sat, 17 Jul 2010 10:50:08 EST Why is this happening? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3440708 My trigger is not food, my trigger is my emotions. However, I use food as medication to feed my emotions. One step to abstinence it to remove emotions and events that cause me to overeat. <BR> <BR> The rest is on my blog: http://www.selfemployedwriter.com/ Sat, 17 Jul 2010 09:51:31 EST Hard Right or Easy Wrong? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3440678 We are constantly faced with choices, and often we are tempted to follow the way <BR> of least resistance. In our dealings with others and ourselves it is usually <BR> easier to say yes than no, but yes is not always the best answer. If we are too <BR> permissive, we become lax and ineffective. <BR> <BR> The problem with taking the easy way is that it usually ends up being harder in <BR> the long run. If we do not control our eating, we will have all of the problems <BR> of obesity. If ... Sat, 17 Jul 2010 09:41:58 EST A Small Step Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3427745 My blog: <BR> <BR> http://www.selfemployedwriter.com/2010/0<BR>7/small-step-forward.html <BR> <BR> Teaser: <BR> <BR> EAT ME! You know you want me. EAT ME! (does your food talk to you???) Tue, 13 Jul 2010 13:11:35 EST Ask Dr. Gilda: Am I Too Big for Love? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3411143 Ask Dr. Gilda: Am I Too Big for Love? <BR> A reader wonders whether men will ever see past her weight. <BR> By Dr. Gilda Carle, Ph.D. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Dear Dr. Gilda, <BR> I’m at a loss and I find myself losing faith in humanity. I am admittedly overweight — not morbidly obese, just overweight. People constantly tell me, “You have such a pretty face” and “If you’d just lose some weight…,” or things on the other end of the spectrum, like “If he can’t look past your physical appearance, h... Thu, 8 Jul 2010 12:18:01 EST The Great Weight Debate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3403412 The great debate has been all in my head. Filling my head more and more every day until I finally just crashed. Yes, I can admit I am overweight. Yes, I can admit I have lost it twice. Yes, I can admit I fell off the wagon and gained it all back, and then some. No, I refuse to admit I am lazy. <BR> <BR> Depression is strong, but I refuse to let it tie me to the bed again. So I push myself, daily. I force myself out of bed, telling myself “the dogs need me” and forward I go. I keep my nose st... Tue, 6 Jul 2010 09:57:06 EST Binge eating disorder http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3391858 Binge eating disorder (BED) is the most common eating disorder in the United States affecting 3.5% of females and 2% of males and is prevalent in up to 30% of those seeking weight loss treatment. Although it is not yet classified as a separate eating disorder, it was first described in 1959 by psychiatrist and researcher Albert Stunkard as "Night Eating Syndrome" (NES), and the term "Binge Eating Disorder" was coined to describe the same binging-type eating behavior without the nocturnal comp... Fri, 2 Jul 2010 07:20:22 EST Just Blah http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3362499 I have done it before. Three times in my life. Once when I was almost 15 (I am a month shy of my 35th birthday) and 227 pounds (a number I will never forget) my mother took me to the NutriSystem center once a week where I lost over 80 pounds. I kept that weight off through the rest of my high school years and most of college. My weight went from 140 to 180. My doctor put me on the infamous phen/fen where I got back down. I would teeter between 160 to 170 It was a comfortable weight for me. I... Wed, 23 Jun 2010 08:58:39 EST The Best Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3337041 I know this book is a few years old. I bought it, read it, followed Oprah on all her journeys and about six months ago someone close to me gave me another copy of the book. Good thing, mine was long gone. In those months it has been in my possession I picked it up and started, or re-read it more times than I care to remember. LOL. But I have been looking for something a bit more structured for me. I do not want to pay for Weight Watchers (lifetimer over goal) or another year of TOPS (I never ... Tue, 15 Jun 2010 13:48:52 EST Spending My Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3204590 I know I have not been around SP much lately. I have not given up on my goals, those are still in full effect despite the fact we have postponed our wedding. Many reasons surround that. However, I still need to get healthy!! <BR> <BR> I LOVE SP, but right now it is too time consuming. Or, in other words, I am easily distracted by this site. It has more of a social network aspect and all the blogs, forums, pages, and groups (OH MY!) I find myself spending way too much time here and less time ... Fri, 7 May 2010 10:17:04 EST Weight Watcher 101:The Spark Book - Final Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3176584 I wish I had something good to say, but right now I don’t. Not that what I have to say is bad, but it just makes me unhappy and a bit disappointed. <BR> <BR> I finished reading The Spark book. I was so excited to get it, counting down the days for my Amazon gift certificate. Once that arrived I patiently checked my mailbox daily for the book to arrive. I literally did a happy dance in my kitchen when it did. <BR> <BR> I gave up on those weight loss miracles a long time ago. Weight Watchers... Thu, 29 Apr 2010 19:54:07 EST Weight Watcher 101: The Spark, book notes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3149478 Sparkpeople 4 22 2010 <BR> <BR> The Spark book <BR> <BR> I am a little behind in my blog notes for the book, so here we go. <BR> <BR> Chapter 2 <BR> Goals <BR> <BR> Long-term: <BR> Have a strong family. <BR> Build a better relationship with my soon to be mother in law <BR> Obtain higher paying writing contracts <BR> Purchase a new house <BR> Less stress and drama in my life <BR> Overcome my anxiety by learning how to better manage it. <BR> Be healthy and fit. <BR> Control my binge eating... Thu, 22 Apr 2010 15:14:05 EST Weight Watcher 101: Hungry Girl Shirataki Noodles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3145048 I have always been a fan of Hungry Girl, and I can remember the very early days of Lisa Lillien and her HG newsletter. I was a follower of WW at the time and her emails were packed with tidbits of WW related information. The she had hundreds of followers and a limited website, now she has hundreds of thousands of followers and a few books up her sleeve. For quite some time she has raved about this low cal (20) shirataki noodles, which are basically tofu. I lived in Oklahoma at the time and co... Wed, 21 Apr 2010 13:06:03 EST Funny Random Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3141663 1. I think part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die. <BR> <BR> 2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong. <BR> <BR> 3. I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger. <BR> <BR> 4. There is great need for a sarcasm font. <BR> <BR> 5. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet? <BR> <BR> 6. Was learning cursive really necessary? <BR> <BR> 7. M... Tue, 20 Apr 2010 16:35:46 EST My Niche http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3123681 <BR> My niche is what? <BR> <BR> It has been stated that every blog needs a niche in order to grow and survive. We all want followers, we aim for comments, but I just want readers. I want someone who is actually going to want to read my words and give me proper feedback. I want someone who will share their words with me. <BR> <BR> For me to pick one topic to write about daily is impossible. I have a lot going on in my life, many interests, and a bottomless pile of ideas. <BR> <BR> My nich... Thu, 15 Apr 2010 16:32:18 EST Creative Writing 101: Two Poems, Rought Draft http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3123099 <BR> <BR> Consumption <BR> I hate you <BR> This anger consumes me <BR> I hate you <BR> Want to be rid of you <BR> I hate you <BR> GO! <BR> Go away! <BR> I hate you <BR> It was you that went astray <BR> I hate you <BR> HATE! <BR> But, despite all that <BR> Deep down <BR> I still love you. <BR> (C)C.M. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Lost <BR> <BR> <BR> I am so LOST <BR> Can not find my way <BR> Can you help me <BR> HELP ME PLEASE <BR> <BR> I need out <BR> ~OUT~ <BR> out from t... Thu, 15 Apr 2010 13:37:57 EST Ask Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3122630 People often ask me why I use a treadmill when it is so nice outside. Well, that is easy to answer, I am too lazy to get dressed to be seen, load up myself and the dogs and drive for miles to the park, where there is a sidewalk for me to use. It is much easier to just go downstairs and use the treadmill. Its not like when I lived in Stillwater Oklahoma where the park/lake was right across the street. Plus I can multi task on the treadmill! Thu, 15 Apr 2010 11:40:22 EST