PEGGYSTILLHERE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=PEGGYSTILLHERE PEGGYSTILLHERE'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/ My New Obsession: Telling People About Ideal Protein! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5105855 Yes, I'm obsessed!!! <BR> This summer, I went on the Ideal Protein Diet this summer for 2 1/2 months and lost about 24 pounds. I've been off and holding my own for the last 2 months. One of the most powerful things I gleaned from this experience was learning about all the "high tech" foods available to help keep your glucose leveled out and still meet the need of having a daily sweet. I could not afford to do the diet through the doctors, which costs about $80 per week, so using the info... Sat, 20 Oct 2012 10:27:42 EST Today I met my Summer Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5021045 I just wanted to get into the 130's. Today it happened! I'm so excited and so happy. On Monday I'm going to start phasing out of ketosis. For three weeks I will just eat carbs at breakfast. Monday I'm going to have organic plain yogurt with blackberries, and whole wheat toast...for the first time since June 5! <BR> Can't wait to start adding in some healthy carbs. My goal for the next four months is to just maintain this weight loss. Then in January, I will start up again and try to get ... Sat, 18 Aug 2012 20:21:26 EST Have Dressing, Will Travel! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4991880 Hi friends! <BR> I'm starting a diet page on my website to explain the low carb diet plan I am using that is working well for me now. Check it out at: <BR> <BR> <link>www.all-about-bare-feet.com/lowcarbd<BR>iet-plan.html </link> (Still under construction, but should be done before the days out!) <BR> <BR> <BR> I have a new motto: " Have salad dressing, will travel." No matter where you go out to eat, if you carry a good, legal, sugar free salad dressing with you, you can always find a... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 16:08:47 EST You're Never Too Old to Reinvent Yourself: Time to Get UNSTUCK! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4932596 My 75 year old mother inspired me with those words this past year. It is a theme she lives by and I'm determined to live by it too. You're never too old to do something about your weight, or about the list of things in your life that are out of order. <BR> <BR> But for some of us, there is a moment when you look at the scale or at the situations and you think...it's just too much. I can't climb out of the ditch I've dug for myself or the one I've let others bury me in. <BR> <BR> IT'S ... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 06:33:50 EST Coconut Oil Seems to Kick in the Fat Burning Process http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4926164 I'm sure you all know that the key to being successful in a low carb diet is to keep your body in ketosis (burning fat for energy.) Something I didn't realize is that your body actually needs some saturated fat to help this process along. I can't really explain the science behind it, but if you're starting to get hungry a lot, it's because your body has edged out of ketosis and is crying for fuel. Feeding it a little saturated fat in the form of Coconut oil seems to give the cue it needs t... Thu, 14 Jun 2012 10:59:31 EST Sweet Basil and Lemon Dressing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4925158 1 cup fresh Basil (chopped) <BR> 1/3 cup EVO <BR> 4 T water <BR> 3 pkts Truvia <BR> 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice <BR> 1 large clove garlic <BR> 2 T of Dijon mustard <BR> 1/2 tsp Sea salt and <BR> Pepper to taste <BR> Process in a blender or my favorite: The Magic Bullet <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <BR> Wed, 13 Jun 2012 17:01:36 EST Plateaud today, Coconut oil to the rescue, hopefully! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4923055 As usual, I'm plateaud at that point...that point I've keep getting stuck at for two years. Not discouraged though, I just need to tweek the diet to turn on the fat burning process once again. Read last night on a blog: <link>www.proteinpower.com/drmike/saturate<BR>d-fat/tips-tricks-for-starting-or-rest<BR>arting-low-carb-pt-ii/ </link> that actually adding saturated fat to your low carb routine, in the form of coconut oil can actually jump start the fat burning process again. I'll let... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 10:13:44 EST Homemade Cilantro Lime Dressing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4922165 Ok, I've discovered that one of the ways to stay on the program is to make my own sugar free dressings. This is a good one so I'm blogging it. <BR> 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil <BR> 1/4 cup lime juice <BR> 2 tsp balsamic or red wine vinegar <BR> 2 heaping tsp. of Dukes Mayo <BR> 2 T Brown Mustard <BR> clove fresh garlic <BR> 1 Jalapeno pepper, seed removed <BR> 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro <BR> 3 pkts of Truvia <BR> 1/8 cup water <BR> 1/2 tsp salt <BR> Pepper to taste <BR> Process it ... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 19:16:34 EST DAY 11 AND STILL GOING STRONG! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4916889 I'm still going strong on the adapted Ideal Protein Diet, called the CentsAble Diet. The shakes are filling and I almost never have cravings. In fact, I don't have cravings, but sometimes when my eyes see something I like, my eyes want it, but my body isn't screaming for the carbs so I can turn away. <BR> <BR> Because of the protein balance of this diet, my body is truly in fat burning mode. I can kind of feel the fat melting away. I don't recall ever feeling myself shed pounds this easil... Thu, 7 Jun 2012 21:33:36 EST Day 2: Don't Be Pidgeon Holed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4902243 So glad to be eating healthy again!!! <BR> <BR> Yesterday went well...the potato salad and pasta salad went untouched by my lips. I enjoyed a small grilled lamb chop, marinated in olive oil, lemon juice and rosemary, and a piece of steak along with salad and green beans. For lunch it was grilled veggies and salad. Breakfast and mid-afternoon snack-protein shake and after dinner a pure protein bar. <BR> <BR> Today I should receive my materials from CentsAble and will be able to begin to re... Tue, 29 May 2012 07:51:21 EST First Day of Summer: A New Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4900753 I just finished weighing and measuring. The news wasn't good. Up 5 more pounds from my 2 week, end of school, graduation parties and Memorial Day weekend BASH! I wasn't really caring what I ate because I knew that I would be starting this today and that I would be eating a very restricted diet for quite some time. I am committed but not looking forward to the carb withdrawals that will be intense today. <BR> <BR> I sure have missed checking in with Spark friends but life was too busy to c... Mon, 28 May 2012 06:52:22 EST Feeling Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4581801 Feeling great. Loving the 17 day diet, it's becoming a way of life. I like not having to record calories...just needed a break from that. Weight is coming off slow but coming. Just 1 1/2 pounds til I FINALLY get to the 140'S Will it ever come? Of course, cause I'm not going to give up til I get where I feel good. <BR> <BR> So excited, I'm gong to symposium in Baltimore, where I will be learning to work with some great gel nail products. I was invited to attend for free by the owner of the ... Sun, 13 Nov 2011 07:22:29 EST Back on Track with a Kick Start From the 17 Day Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4548982 This program is a series of four 17-day phases. The first phase is designed to flush out toxins, and jump start your fat-burning engines by getting off of all sugars and complex carbs. Each phase changes up things and helps keep plateau's at bay. Today is day 8, and I've finally taken off the extra 5-7 pounds I had slowly picked up. Feels great. <BR> Today, I have to reflect on this journey. If you are stalled and finding yourself unable to move forward, maybe it's time to reflect and do ... Sun, 23 Oct 2011 10:21:55 EST Today I'm Back To My Spark! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4439440 Lot's of distractions and lot's a accomplishments to be proud of this past year. I always take an account right before school starts, since, for me, that is the beginning of a new year. <BR> I didn't reach my goal, which was to get into the 40's, and I have gained 5 pounds since last September. But, I had some distractions and I'm not too unhappy, considering I haven't had time to work out much this summer...or maybe I was just too lazy. <BR> <BR> I did accomplish a dream I've had for man... Sun, 21 Aug 2011 07:25:02 EST Weight Watchers Point Plus if very user friendly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4324489 After 6 months of recording calories and burning out and then struggling with regaining, and then doing one of those crazy restrictive diets just to get back where I was....I was feeling burn out and frustration. It seemed that when I wasn't recording I would start to eat more and gain but recording calories became such a drag after a while...I found myself eating the same foods everyday because I didn't feel like looking up and calculating new things. <BR> <BR> I happened to be in the same... Sun, 26 Jun 2011 21:33:36 EST It's My Birthday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4199961 Hi spark friends. It's been a long time since I blogged you. I've been busy for the last 6 months with something that has taken up a lot of my nights and weekends, but I'm finally ready to share it with you. It has been one of my dreams, for a very long time, to build a website. I had no idea what I was getting into, but I've learned a lot from this whole process. I'm pretty proud of my results and I'm hoping that you will click on the link below and explore it. My site is called All Abo... Sat, 30 Apr 2011 08:43:08 EST Been a While...Rethinking My Whole Philosophy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4091384 So...maybe nobodies wondering where I've been, but just in case I'll tell you. I've been struggling through the winter, battling with winter blues depression, compounded by almost 10 pounds that I gained back between the holidays and the post holiday eating. I reached a crisis point where I just began to believe, and believe strongly, that everything I was doing was not getting me there. Before I go on, please don't be offended if it's all working for you...it's just not working for me any ... Mon, 14 Mar 2011 17:49:43 EST The Cost of Binging! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3941379 I Love The Lose It App: It's quick, simple and no frills, but it's working for me right now. <BR> <BR> I'm busy learning about detoxing your liver and how a sluggish liver can cause weight gain. I've cut out caffeine (except in an occasional serving of dark chocolate), started drinking a liver detoxing tea which tastes pretty good, cranberry juice (unsweetened and diluted in plenty of water) and hot water and lemon juice! I'll let you know how that pans out. <BR> <BR> How I got started o... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 16:02:33 EST Found a New App For Recording Foods....please don't call me a traitor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3915274 The app is called "Lose it" Their website is similar to Spark but much simpler and no where near the amount of resources. I love... love my Spark, but their phone app is....let's just say, not real user friendly. It would often take me longer to log in foods on my phone than just going on to the computer and putting them in there. This wasn't working because I go through these seasons when things are just so crazy that I can't find the time to get to the computer. The two things I like t... Tue, 11 Jan 2011 19:50:25 EST Tip for Getting Up For Those Cold Morning Workouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3891383 I don't know about you, but my house is cold in the winter. The hub just won't let us turn it up too high, and at night... Well, he's the last one to bed and so...well let's just say he turns it down to just above "freezing!" If it's really cold outside, it can be difficult to crawl out from under the covers and think about changing into to workout clothes, which are are a considerably lower temperature than me! <BR> Here's what I've found that works pretty good, though might not work for ev... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 05:10:49 EST Another New Year: I'm Just Going to Have to Find My Mojo Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3876668 I did it before and I must do it again. I've gained 8 pounds in 2 months...virtually undoing all the hard work of the last 6 months. More than ever, I am convinced that I must get back to a lifestyle of restraint, planning and discipline. If I don't, I will continue back up and up and up to a weight, even I can't imagine. <BR> I've done it and I can do it again. My problem seems to be when I get too busy and too out of my routine to keep a firm grasp on the numbers for my food journal. I'... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 12:22:08 EST School's Out...I'm Still Struggling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3850402 School's out...did horrible the last two days...cookies...cakes...candies...from grateful, well-meaning parents. I've had the strength to turn away before..but not this week. Today, I will go work out, because if I lose that component I will roll back down this mountain. Stronger times are ahead...they've got to be. Today is a new day...and I'm going to stay on track today. I must! On a brighter note, my website is coming along. I told myself I wouldn't share it with you until I reached my C... Sat, 18 Dec 2010 07:30:05 EST Well two steps forward, Only one Back this weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3842052 I had one good and one bad day over the weekend. I found myself waxing philosophical about why it is, that I can be so strong at one time in my life, and find myself so weak at another time. <BR> 1. The first conclusion I came to was that an over exposure to sweets seems to be a common thread in my downfall times. I'm not willing to "tee-total" deny myself sweets, but I have come to the conclusion, that I have been over exposing lately and I need to go back to what worked before, only havin... Mon, 13 Dec 2010 18:23:53 EST Doing Some Serious Thinking and Shaking Things Up in My Head! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3829215 Yesterday was good! Stayed within my low calorie range for the first time in SEVERAL days. It was also another wake up. After this past weekend's binge, another pound was added to the already 3 pounds. That's what I get for staying away from the scale too long and for not sticking to the program. I have to face that fact, that I am not like those who can naturally eat and stay the same weight...Like the alcoholic who can't go back for just one drink...when I start to wander off into "instin... Tue, 7 Dec 2010 07:20:15 EST This is Where I Always Fall Back: What Am I Going To Do Different? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3826773 Yes, more dysfunctional eating for me this weekend, and slowly watching my self-control dwindle. I started this journey by doing the math. Every time I depart from doing the math and do what comes "natural" to me, what comes natural is eating more than I burn and slowly gaining weight. I have all the tools to help me do the math...now I just need the resolve to start doing it again. Just gave myself another good talkin' to. I'm praying now for the resolve to keep myself on this narrow road... Mon, 6 Dec 2010 05:59:00 EST Operation Thanksgiving: Day 4: Did Pretty Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3806970 Did pretty good yesterday! No snacking, no mindless eating, no out of control with the desserts, finish a little above my high calorie range which I'm happy with. Today's another story. More running and visiting and dinner with family. I'm already off to a bad start. So.....I'm going to have a large glass of water right now....and determine not to put another bite in my mouth until dinner. Then, it will be salad and a little bit of steak and ABSOLUTELY NO DESSERT, cause I just had a piece of ... Fri, 26 Nov 2010 14:10:35 EST Operation Thanksgiving: Day 3: Reality Check http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3804985 I got on the scale yesterday...after 2 weeks of on again, off again behavior and to my horror, the weight I was determined not to gain this week...I had already gained...a little over 3 pounds. Gosh I'm hoping it was water and today it will not be THAT bad! It shook me and but it didn't bring me down. Finished yesterday on the lower end of my calorie range...cooking all day. I'm happy with that. Sad that I had been fooling myself into thinking that I could just slip back to some old eating ha... Thu, 25 Nov 2010 06:36:53 EST Operation Thanksgiving: Day 2...off to a better start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3801502 I will get through this week without going overboard...I will...even if it takes a whole "village" of Sparkers, keeping me on track!!!! <BR> <BR> Today's tactic will be to pre-enter my favorite foods into the recipe counter so that I will will have a calorie count of at least some of the foods, Even though I normally don't follow a recipe for mashed potatoes, gravy and stuffing. Having a recipe that will give me a good count of calories will give me a good foundation for the rest of the day... Tue, 23 Nov 2010 10:37:07 EST Operation Thanksgiving...off to a not so good start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3799623 Well, I've been away so long I feel like a stranger. So busy working on my other project which I hope to share with you soon! Here we are at November and I'm going back and forth, losing and gaining the same three pounds for over a month now. I'm determined to get through this week without gaining weight and I've already gotten off to a bad start. Class parties this morning and so much food. Well, I was not good, not at all, but the day is not over and I'm not going to write it off. I was up ... Mon, 22 Nov 2010 12:54:45 EST Back ON Track and Still In the Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3765687 As one dear friend put it, "I feel better when I Spark!" I agree, I do too. I just realized that this is the way it's going to be. From time to time, by mind and body is going to rebel against this process of shedding pounds...maybe it's genetic?? But anyway, when it does, it's gonna fight me and it's gonna win somedays. HOWEVER...in the end, if my resolve is stronger and my support group more tenacious (that's you all!), I'm gonna win! NO MORE NEGATIVE LONG STREAKS!!! <BR> <BR> I'm sta... Sat, 6 Nov 2010 09:33:45 EST Slipped a Little, Again Yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3753160 Must hold that snowball. Time to dig in my heels and stay motivated. 6 months of effort is not going to roll back down. I will not I will not give up. I must not. if I do...chaos. <BR> <BR> You are all dear. I think today I will check in often and read as many inspirational blogs as I can find. I need the inspiration today. I just need to have a chain of good days, and today is the day to make it happen! <BR> <BR> Thank you for blogging me all these times when I needed it! <BR> <BR> You al... Mon, 1 Nov 2010 04:55:50 EST Need to Just Take My Own Advice Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3751666 Yes I'm in a bit of a downward spiral. The snow ball started to head down the mountain and now I need to just take my own advice: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3668987 </link> <BR> <BR> I lost count of how many homemade chocolate chip cookies I ate yesterday, but that is in the past and it's time to move on. <BR> <BR> Today, I will stand in front of the snowball and I will not let it continue down the mountain. I will resolve to record B... Sun, 31 Oct 2010 11:34:57 EST Track, Just Track, That was my goal for this weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3720405 I had come to a stand still and even had a pretty scary bout of failings. As I analyzed what was going wrong, it came down to just this...I had started departing from the land of Spark on the weekends and just failing to track!!! One weekend mini-binge, led to another and the snow ball started to gain momentum. When will I learn that I can't eat instinctively...my instincts are to ACCUMULATE fat, not burn it!!! <BR> <BR> Well, I didn't put any high minded goals of being at the bottom of the... Sun, 17 Oct 2010 08:15:45 EST Back in Climbing Mode: Yes You Can Change Your Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3715526 Yes, dear friends, you blogged me out of it! <BR> Just to clear things up...it was not the fact that I ate a chocolate donut...it was the fact that I had just come off of a not so good weekend and then followed it up with a really bad Monday. Then on Tuesday, eating without counting first, caused me to go into a tail spin and I ended up eating midndlessly that night. I went back to the donut as the telling moment when I sold out my plan to stay on track and went into that tail spin. Well, ju... Thu, 14 Oct 2010 16:19:23 EST In A Bit of a Tail Spin! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3712062 Need to follow my own advice and blog out a cry for help. Had a not so good weekend, followed by a BAD Monday. I was determined not to let that streak continue on Tuesday. Then, someone (I'm convinced he was the devil disguised as a man!) dropped off a couple dozen donuts to of all places, MY CLASSROOM!!! <BR> There in the midst of all the disgusting glazed, jelly and powdered donuts, was one lone chocolate cake donut. <em>473</em> = <em>18</em> I took, I ate and then I looked it up. If ... Wed, 13 Oct 2010 07:04:48 EST Not All Of Us Are Ready To Be Skinny: Are You? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3698414 I'm writing this blog for all my dear friends who have had their minds seduced by the super slick media campaigns which only want to profit, at their expense. <BR> I'm writing this blog for young women, like I once was, who have somehow lost sight of who and what they are and have allowed themselves to be defined by others opinions of them, instead of by truth. <BR> I'm writing this for the millions of anorexic, bulimic and/or otherwise very at risk females who engage daily, in painfully self... Thu, 7 Oct 2010 05:52:56 EST Taking A Recap of Goals God and Spark Have Helped Me Fulfill http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3685498 I wanted to lose 40 pounds. I've lost almost 20 of that so far and feeling pretty confident! <BR> <BR> I wanted to get a plan for my future, something for the new decade that I could pour myself into. Something new and exciting! At first I thought that would be grad school and a new career. Instead, after much introspection, I think I've found my focus and I'm up and running toward it! It's a surprise, and I will tell you just as soon as I can!!! <BR> <BR> I wanted to get my eating under co... Fri, 1 Oct 2010 18:40:59 EST 51 Things You Can Do If You Feel Like You're Falling Down the Mountain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3675927 1. DON'T act on that feeling! <BR> 2. Identify those feelings by: <BR> 3. Journaling your feelings. <BR> 4. Blogging your feelings. <BR> 5. Speaking them . <BR> 6. Get on the Spark and cry out for some help! <BR> 7. Talk Back to the negative voice inside your head. <BR> 8. Speak the truth to it! The truth is ANYONE CAN DO ANYTHING if they have enough grit and determination. <BR> 9. Watch the movie: Rudy. <BR> 10. Read some motivational blogs. <BR> 11. GET OUT OF THE KITCHEN! <BR> 12. When y... Tue, 28 Sep 2010 05:24:35 EST Seize that downward spiral before it gets momentum! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3668987 Yes, that is another great lesson I've learned here a the Spark. I've had at least a half dozen different times when I felt my grip on control slipping away...You know what I mean. You can just feel your resolve slipping away along with your eating habits, and your mental state right along with it. In times past, those days became weeks, and the weeks, became months and the months...sadly...became years of being off track. I began to see those days as very important pivotal moments on whic... Sat, 25 Sep 2010 08:14:04 EST Rough Night Last Night...I Need A Good Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3666654 This is one of those days that I must seize...or I'll be seized by a bout of negative thoughts and even more negative actions. I binged last night out of complete nervous frustration. Haven't done that in quite a while..Now I'm living with the guilt and the fear that my monster will take over and control ME instead of me controlling it. I'll be checking in with myself hourly to remind myself..I'm not going back to the old way of thinking nor the old way of eating. I can't control my surroun... Fri, 24 Sep 2010 04:48:34 EST My Son's Sick Again and I'm Heart Broken http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3647903 He's almost 19, and I can't keep following him around pushing the vitamins and the herbs for his Lyme's protocol. We are on different schedules and he just hasn't been motivated to take on his own health. I've seen it coming but didn't want to believe it. One day two weeks ago, he just wouldn't get out of bed. I started yelling at him and he said, "Mom, if you felt like I did, you wouldn't get up either." That was it. I had to make an appointment despite the nagging feeling that the doctor... Fri, 17 Sep 2010 18:46:38 EST HELP-I'm Lost in Ancestry.com land and I can't get out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3638034 For the past several days, I've been feeling like my brain is just being spread too thin, and it's gonna "bust!" <BR> I have so many irons on the fire I can't keep track of which one I need to pick up next... <BR> I've had second thoughts about starting grad school, so I'm not taking a course this Fall. I'm spending some time evaluating if this is what I really want to do. I have so many other interests that I have been itching to pursue including developing my own website. So for now, I'm r... Tue, 14 Sep 2010 16:07:03 EST A New Digit Finally Cometh! Let's Hear It For MINI GOALS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3624121 Been waiting 2 months, but it's finally here. A new digit, and one closer to getting below the 150's....party time! Yes, I will be celebrating that rite of passage with a blog party, as you know, if you've been blogging me lately! <BR> It's so silly, but it's just another one of those things I've created to keep me looking for and striving for that next mini goal. That's probably the biggest thing I've learned from Spark. If I were still looking at the finish line, that far away place called... Fri, 10 Sep 2010 04:57:46 EST Update on Family Program to help me more! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3622361 Well, we're on week 3, and the stakes have increase. Infractions are being charged $1 this week and I've already issued one fine. <BR> Good news: the bathrooms are clean, clothes are no longer lying on the bathroom floor, laundry is being kept up with, folded and sorted into personal bins, and the garbage hasn't overflowed once. Still, I've had to do lots of reminders, but the hope is that one day, if I just stick to the program long enough, they will start to think of these things without ... Thu, 9 Sep 2010 14:45:07 EST I'm Tucked In for the first time in YEARSSS!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3617475 Yes, you heard it right. I'm wearing a pair of SLIGHTLY hip hugger pants, tucked in with a belt!!! What you say???? This is the person who routinely wore only two different pair of pants last year...trading off gray then black... I so bored my students that the first day I wore a different pair of pants (red and black plaid, no less) they almost fell off their chairs. <BR> Well today is another banner day...I'm tucked in...and feeling kinda sassy! Still waiting for a new digit, and that wate... Wed, 8 Sep 2010 07:15:50 EST I'm Hoping I'll be On A Streak Again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3604912 Just when I think I'm on it, I have a bad day like today. It was hot and I was tired and there was nothing left to eat but cookies and brownies...Homemade cookies. Well if there's one thing I've learned, it's that I can't let this bad thing become the streak. So, what to do. I'm gonna go get on my workout wear and let her rip...maybe for 45 or 60 minutes, just to make sure this stubborn body gets the message...there's to be no negative streakin' here... <BR> Yes, I'm gonna go streakin' on my ... Fri, 3 Sep 2010 20:13:10 EST Still Waiting for a New Digit, just a single digit! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3601330 I know it's my fault that I've stalled. I was not staying in my calorie range last week. Doing much better this week, but I've got to keep the streak going for more than a few days if I want to see this new digit. Hopefully, I will stay faithful to my goals and see some new numbers soon! <BR> Thank goodness for my food groupings, which are making logging in my food a breeze, since I'm a creature of habit and eat mostly the same foods during the week. <BR> I'm managing to get up and have my w... Thu, 2 Sep 2010 17:45:40 EST I REALLY NEED A GOOD DAY TOMORROW!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3574978 Cause I can just feel it...I'm on the edge of a change. I'm at my lowest weight, and stable there. If I can just keep the calories down and the workouts up for a few days, I'm just sure I can get the 3 pounds off that I need to get off to complete my goal for the summer, and only just a few days later than my original goal. So, send me your positive thoughts..."I think I can, I think I can, I think I can...I know I can, I know I can, I know I can!" <BR> <BR> Just as I was finishing up a busy... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 22:06:33 EST Family Program for Stepping Up and Helping ME!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3568483 No time for a cardio this morning. So, I'm going to strap on my HRM and try to do some mini-workouts during the day, in between meetings and working in my room. I'll let you know how that goes! I had the big family meeting last night and fixed a special dinner to "butter them up" before explaining my new program which will involve getting them to do more and take more responsibility for daily chores. Part of the program will involve a monetary incentive and penalty for not doing these things... Tue, 24 Aug 2010 06:13:59 EST Summer officially over for me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3563610 Well, tomorrow marks the end of summer for me. When I set down my goals in early May, I was way too ambitious. I wanted to drop 40 pounds by the end of summer. Within weeks, I began to realize that this was not going to be possible. There was a time when I might have been able to do it, but not any longer. Instead, I reevaluated my goal and reset it to lose 20 pounds by the end of the summer. Through the process I began to change my way of eating and thinking. By keeping a tight hold on m... Sun, 22 Aug 2010 20:20:17 EST