PINKYGALMISH's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=PINKYGALMISH PINKYGALMISH'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/ Black and White Thinking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718738 I've been setting myself back lately, because I've slipped back into my "black and white" thinking pattern. It's part of a perfectionist's personality - I only feel successful and stay on track when I'm "100% good". I can have a great day, then break my healthy habits over dinner or something, then mentally get so down on myself for not being "perfect" that I keep making bad choices for days on end. It's a whole circle of self-sabotage! <BR> <BR> And the worst part: I KNOW BETTER!!!!!!... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 22:45:00 EST Ok stress, I've had enough. You can go. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676746 I know that stress is one of the most commonly used words these days, I know that many others are experiencing stress, and that I am no different than them. I'm usually good at juggling everything that happens in my life, but I'm going through one of those times when I feel like I'm crumbling under the pressure of life. I'm hoping that blogging about it will help. <BR> <BR> First: something to celebrate! I'm on day 21 in a row of my April workout challenge. That's right, I've done at le... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 02:27:17 EST Eight years on Spark?!?! Happy Sparkversary to me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655384 I can't believe it's been 8 years since I joined Spark. I don't even remember how I heard about it, I think it was just a random ad online that brought me in. It was 6 months before my wedding, and I was so frustrated that, although I'd been engaged for 1.5 years already, I'd waited that long to start losing weight for my big day. I was desperate. I turned that desperation into determination and dropped about 30 lbs before I walked down the aisle. No magic pills, no crash diets. My fri... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 13:01:16 EST I fell down again. Time to get back up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649454 Over the past three weeks, it feels like the weight loss gods are against me. It's one thing after another! I've been struggling to keep up my healthy habits (although I am still having at least one Green Monster a day, for 4-8 fruits/veggies per day!). I'm struggling most with making good choices outside of my Green Monsters, and getting in exercise. <BR> <BR> I know life is never easy, and there will ALWAYS be distractions and things getting in the way - I need to keep pushing. It's ... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 21:50:29 EST Non Scale Victories! My weight-loss pep rally! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5626535 This past week was much better than I had thought: down 3.6 lbs at my weigh in today! WOO HOO!!! When I weighed in last week, I noticed that my scale was being wonky. It gave me a different number each of the 5 times I stepped on it. Grrrr. It's one of those fancy ones that tell you body fat, muscle %, etc. So I broke out my old trust one that stuck with me on my initial Spark journey (it's boring. No bells and whistles), and stepped on it: FIVE POUNDS MORE THAN FANCY SCALE! Double-... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 14:35:36 EST This control freak is not in control. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5606593 I've been back on track with eating healthy and exercising regularly for the last several weeks. And I'm not seeing any weight loss so far. Its really frustrating me. <BR> <BR> I'll admit, I've been snacking without tracking in the evenings, but not going totally overboard. I'll track the entire rest of my day, and know I have a couple hundred left over, and then I'll snack while packing my lunch for the next day, or while I'm making dinner. Before you suggest that I eat more during my... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 21:22:44 EST Vitality Challenge Procrastination Edition! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5493818 I've procrastinated in completing these prompts :) I'm sick, I had a cut on my toe get infected after frolicking at the beach and can't wear anything but flip flops, and my work schedule was rough last week. Grrrrr. <BR> <BR> Procrastinating no more! Here I go. <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Prompt 1: What specific procrastination area do YOU want to focus on for the duration of this challenge? Why did you choose this area? What would it look like if you were able to overcome procrastinati... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 12:34:26 EST Vitality Prompt 6/Prompt 1 for the next round! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5471314 Last journal prompt for this round! <BR> <BR> It was a good 15 days - at first I was disappointed because I didn't lose any weight, but I realized that the challenge wasn't about losing weight for me. I had thought it would be, but it wasn't. It was about providing insight into why I haven't achieved my goals, deciding to take a new route to a healthy lifestyle, and getting some clutter out of my house! I'm really proud of the clutter I've gotten rid of, and I smile every time I look in... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 23:24:00 EST Vitality Challenge Prompts 4 & 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5465383 Prompt 4 was a review for me. I've heard all that stuff from Lauren before, but am I practicing it in my life at this point? No. I know about goal overwhelm, about taking baby steps, and about "something is always better than nothing". I am the queen of overwhelm - my first Vitality blog post was dripping with overwhelm. I get overwhelmed just thinking about trying to lose weight and still have the same lifestyle - then I freak out, panic, and quit. Then I restart, get overwhelmed and q... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 01:15:30 EST Vitality Challenge Prompt 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5459419 This prompt was all about the "shoulds" and how we should stop "shoulding" on ourselves - yes we should! :) <BR> <BR> Here's my list of most common shoulds: <BR> <BR> -I should lose weight. <BR> -I should be more active. <BR> -I should eat healthier. <BR> -I should go to bed earlier. <BR> -I should be doing something more important with my life. <BR> -I should have a child (or two, or three!!!) by now. <BR> -I should start couponing again to help us save money. <BR> <BR> Thinking th... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 01:05:46 EST Vitality Challenge Prompt 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5458149 Catching up on some Vitality blogging :) <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> So…what have you avoided doing in your life because you were scared of failing? What progress have you chosen to bypass because you were so concerned with being “perfect”? How has black and white thinking impacted you and your goals? What do you think would happen if YOU adopted a progress not perfection mentality? How would things be different if you didn’t feel so pressured to do things perfectly? What would it look like if... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 14:42:58 EST Vitality Challenge Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5455654 Today was somewhat more successful than I had anticipated! <BR> <BR> I had a meeting at our corporate office today, which usually mean non-stop candy temptations (I work for a division of Mars, Inc and there is free candy EVERYWHERE). But today, we all arrived and were told we were doing a fun team-building activity outside of work! YAY! We ended up doing a walking tour of Portland, and it was so much fun, even for us locals. It wasn't a lot of exercise (about a mile walk), and we were ... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 00:59:29 EST Vitality Challenge Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5454591 I worked out today for the first time in probably 2 months. I should just end this blog post now and bask in that fact :) <BR> <BR> I'm doing pretty well with food - not being so specific that I'm tracking yet (working up to that), but focusing on portion sizes and not over doing it on stuff I don't need. Had some definite victories today. I was feeling the pressure at work this afternoon, and opened a candy bar before I really realized what I was doing. I took two bites (realizing I d... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 00:28:28 EST Vitality Challenge Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5453509 I'm proud of myself today! I did well. I made healthy food choices, even though I had a stressful day. I've been having many stressful days lately, and I get home and unleash myself on my kitchen. I was mindful of what I was eating, and even when I did eat some M&Ms (a controlled portion!), I was aware and I stopped when I was done. I weighed in this morning, and I was disappointed to see what I knew I would: I've gained 7lbs over the last 2 months. <BR> <BR> I haven't been happy at w... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 00:50:39 EST Vitality Challege: 8.11.13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5452331 Prompt 1: <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> ***What are you hoping to get out of this challenge? By the end of the 15 days...where do you want to be? What clutter do you want to have cleared? Is there a specific room or closet in the house you want to have completely organized? What is gone that you were hanging around to before that is no longer serving you (physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually)? *** <BR> <BR> I'm SO excited for another Vitality challenge! I can't believe it's been ... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 00:22:59 EST Stage 1: done. On to stage 2! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401922 Stage one: lose 15 lbs by my Disneyland vacation: done! I went on vacation down 13.8 pounds, I'll take it! <BR> <BR> Vacation was wonderful; it was great to get away. I started in San Diego for a couple of days while my mom attended a work conference, and then we boarded a train to Anaheim and spent 3 days in Disneyland. A little back story: I never get sick (you know where this is headed). It's been 18 months since I even had a little cold. I was feeling like I might be coming down... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 23:38:26 EST What is wrong with me?!?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5377272 My status 2 weeks ago: "I lost 10 lbs!!!!!!!!!!!!". Status ever since then: "Why can't I stop eating bad foods and stay on track?". Ok, my status hasn't said that, but it could. I'm so irritated with myself! <BR> <BR> I haven't been tracking my foods. I haven't been logging in. I haven't been making healthy choices. I've been too crazy for workouts. I'll have the best intentions, know what I'm going to eat that day, and then a special event happens (and I'm HORRIBLE at making good ch... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 21:56:10 EST 26 days and 7lbs to go!! A 10lb loss is within my reach! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5355186 I'm pretty surprised that I've almost lost 10lbs since I got back on track on April 21st. I'm pretty proud of myself! I've started using MyFitnessPal for calorie tracking and connecting with others (I love SP but I needed to shake things up after being here for 7 years, and I like MyFitnessPal's method for determining how many calories to eat). My weight loss this week wasn't amazing (0.6lbs), but it's moving in the right direction and I need to applaud myself for each step I take, no matt... Mon, 13 May 2013 12:57:03 EST Another 1lb towards my goal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5347473 This last week wasn't as smooth and the week before - I was really nervous to get on the scale this morning. Very excited that it was moving in the right direction! Down 1 more! <BR> <BR> We had a BBQ at my house last night, and I consumed a bit more than I had planned. The good news is that a lot of it was lean protein, fruit and this yummmmmmmmmy fruit dip (that wasn't as healthy as I had thought it was! oh well!). It could have been worse, but everything was so good! It was great to ... Mon, 6 May 2013 13:50:58 EST Picture of how I spent my weekend burning calories.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5340010 We had our own little Extreme Makeover: Home Edition going on this weekend! My mom (nearly a master gardener) came up to help me deal with my yard. We bought the house last August, so it's been fun seeing what's already planted, but it was time to get it together. My non-grass areas were probably 80% weeds! We filled our entire yard waste bin (which is twice the size of my garbage can), then filled an entire storage tub, two boxes and a paper bag with even more! We spent two days doing ... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 21:18:04 EST Get it together girl! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5330656 I've made a plan for healthy choices for the last two weeks, and haven't followed through either week. Its so frustrating! I'll have a plan for my food and fitness, and then life derails my plan - and it let it happen. Its really driving me mad that I lost so much weight before, and I haven't been able to get it together and start losing again - its been almost 3 years since I was at my lowest weight, and I just hit my 7th Spark Anniversary. What was so different back then? I had a dedic... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 14:00:43 EST 6 pounds?! Whaaaaat!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5208271 I wanted to take a few minutes to celebrate this week's weigh-in: SIX POUNDS DOWN!!!!!!!!!! A great start for first week back on track! I'm down to within a couple of pounds of my pre-Thanksgiving weight. It feels great to start a step in the right direction, even if a lot of that was water weight. <BR> <BR> I'm really proud that I managed a loss through this difficult past week. It started off great, but my bunny got really sick on Thursday, spent all of Friday in the hospital, and has... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 11:41:12 EST I can do this again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5196086 Day 1 of my 2013 plan. First thing on the agenda? Get on the scale. Holy moly. I'm up 10lbs since mid-November. No wonder I feel so awful! I didn't know it was that bad. I can still say that no matter how many steps back I've ever taken, I've NEVER gone back to my starting weight in the nearly 7 years since I joined Spark. This is probably the closest I've ever got though (still 22lbs down from there), which makes me really sad. <BR> <BR> But I've done it before, I can do it again. ... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 23:32:08 EST Planning for Success in 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5194009 I've been off track since around Thanksgiving; I intended to get back on track at first, but then I gave in and indulged in all the wonderful holiday sweets and treats that I could get my hands on, knowing that I'd get back on track in the new year. Well, that time has finally come! And thank goodness, because I'm not loving myself right now, and I need to work on that. My work clothes are ridiculously uncomfortable, I'm feeling limited in some of my abilities to do things, and I'm not ha... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 22:40:00 EST This girl turned down sweets?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5129068 I had the most amazing thing happen this week, I've gotta make a blog post about it so I don't forget: I actually resisted cupcakes and doughnuts this week. ME. The junk food addict. <BR> <BR> Let me break it down: <BR> <BR> An awesome co-worker planned on making pumpkin spice cupcakes with chai frosting for my birthday last month, but time didn't allow it. Let it be known: this is my absolutely favorite fall flavor combination. I was drooling at the thought of these cupcakes. She fin... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 00:29:27 EST Day 2421: Keep moving forward! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5124943 Today was the day: time to step on the scale and see just how much damage had been done. I was pretty shocked to see that I'm only up 6.6 pounds since right before the whole moving/full time at work transition occurred back in August. That's not too bad - I can work with that! <BR> <BR> I've been tracking for the week ahead, including planning when my workouts and Spark time will happen every day. I've set new goals - long, medium and short term for weight loss and planned how I will ac... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 13:39:26 EST Making a New Plan! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5119448 I read the best quote this week from one of my amazing Spark Friends: If you are sick of starting over, stop giving up! <BR> <BR> It's no secret, I've been having trouble getting back on track and staying there ever since we moved and I increased my hours at work. I find myself getting frustrated with my schedule and falling back into my old habits, the easy habits. I then get frustrated with myself and with my body, but I haven't been putting myself first. I've planned to get back on t... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 19:22:06 EST Back in the game! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5062431 I've been away from Spark for the better part of a month. I did really well sticking to my plan at first, but the last couple of weeks have been a wee bit out of control :) <BR> <BR> So what happened? We bought our first house, which didn't seem like an unmanageable task at first, but it has been. My perfectionist tendencies have totally been in the way; I want everything to be perfect as soon as humanly possible, which is an extremely stressful goal. We had a lot of work to do to upda... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 23:52:50 EST I am losing weight and it's easy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5013611 That's my affirmation that I've been doing these past few days: I am losing weight and it's easy! Love it. <BR> <BR> Things with the house seem to be coming together, but today and tomorrow are going to be very important days. I'm affirming that everything will go as planned and we'll still meet our deadlines, and I really hope that I'll get what I focus on! <BR> <BR> It's technically a few days early to update on the past week, but since I have to work all day Wednesday, I went to my ... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 13:17:20 EST Day 2332: Moving - on the scale and into a new house! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5007189 It's been a very busy week around here! We're officially in the home stretch of closing on our new house, but it keeps getting farther and farther away instead of closer. We found out today that we need additional financial documentation that was never asked of us, and not having it turned in already means our closing date is pushed back. Never mind that we already asked for time off work, re-arranged schedules, and have other people scheduled to come up to help us, which now we have to arr... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 19:33:53 EST Day 2325: On the way back down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4996443 Day 2325 of my Spark journey! Woo hoo! <BR> <BR> I've had a mixture of feelings this week. I know that I gained about 5 pounds over the last month, but I feel like it's 25, seriously. I feel awful, and I look like I've gained 25 as well. There is no reason why I should notice such a visible change in my body with only 5 pounds, and it's put me in a funk. Every day I wake up hoping that I'm back to normal, but everyday I'm like "Damn!". My affirmations weren't helping, and I know now... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 13:26:22 EST Get MOVING! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4986386 Its day 2318 of my Spark journey! <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> I attended my Spark Live class this morning - I had to miss it last week due to my travel schedule. It feels good to be moving in the right direction again. I spent the majority of last week visiting a good friend in Nevada, and then driving back to Oregon together for her annual two-week visit. It was much more fun than I had thought it was going be, and I had such a good time. <BR> <BR> I started off the trip well, hitting m... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 13:18:58 EST Day 2304: I enjoy eating healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4966460 Day 2304 of my Spark journey, and day 9 our 10 on my official fruit and veggie goal! <BR> <BR> Weekly WOO HOO: I did so awesome on my fruit/veggie/affirmation goal this past week! I've been feeling fantastic and happy with myself. Even on the 4th of July - I could have had more to eat, and I could have kept going, but I still did well. I'm also calling this morning a woo hoo: I was out at a big event last night, and went to bed really late. I was feeling slightly hungover this morning. A... Thu, 12 Jul 2012 00:01:26 EST Day 2295: Week 12 of SparkLive! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4955140 Day 2295 of my Spark Journey, and day 3 of 10 on my official fruit and veggie goal! <BR> <BR> <BR> Weekly WOO HOO: I totally killed my goal of fruits and veggies last week!!!!! I met, and usually exceeded my goal every day, even though I was out of town with my mom. (this was before my official 10 day challenge started). We were at the coast, surrounded by awesome food, and I made the monumental choice of shrimp salad over clam chowder. HUGE VICTORY! I made healthy choices the entir... Wed, 4 Jul 2012 13:24:15 EST I'm about to be a recovering perfectionist! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4951232 I had a total AH-HA moment today - being a perfectionist contributes to my struggles with weight loss. I had absolutely no idea that the two ideas were connected until it was brought to my attention. The all-or-nothing, the obsessive planning, the need for total control over my plan - and when I inevitably falter or encounter a roadblock, I throw in the towel and put on my "I don't give a sh*t" attitude, until I feel guilty enough to make an ironclad plan once again. It's such a horrible cyc... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 01:23:39 EST Day 2288: Week 11 of SparkLive! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4941670 I love tracking my progress in terms of days :) I've been active for 2288 days! GO ME! <BR> <BR> ************** <BR> <BR> Here is my SparkLive weekly progress update (I haven't been good about blogging my progress lately): <BR> <BR> Weekly WOO HOO: I managed to reach my calorie burn last week, despite my super busy schedule! YEAH! Our other WOO HOO was that our home inspection went pretty well and we're going to get everything fixed by the seller that we asked for before we move in! ... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 13:16:58 EST A Love Letter to my Body! (15DVC #3) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4940967 <em>38</em> What are you thankful for that your body does for you that some people can’t say? Walking? The ability to exercise? Are you happy that your body still Loves you, even though you may have mistreated it with binges? How can you reframe the way you look at your body in a more positive way? What about your body makes you happy? What’s your favorite physical feature about yourself? What do your stretch marks REALLY mean? What other aspects about your body are you grateful for? <BR... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 01:19:43 EST 15DVC Prompt #2: Believing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4933935 Two blogs in one day?! Woah. I don't want to get behind on this challenge, so I'm playing catch-up! <BR> <BR> Prompt #2: <BR> <BR> *Write an exhaustive list of the reasons why it isn’t a question whether or not you are going to lose this weight, it is just a matter of time. Include your skills, talents, education, experiences, personal characteristics, support systems, and anything else you can think of (examples: you've done it before, you've learned so much about what doesn't work dur... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 22:31:25 EST The return of the emotional eating! It stops NOW! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4933384 I've had a crazy week. I didn't do my weekly blog last week because I had too much going on. My sister-in-law visited for several days, and then my bestie from Phoenix came up the next day and stayed for awhile. The thing about Portland is that it's a foodie heaven - so much great local food and local breweries, etc. When out-of-towners come, that's what they want to experience! I, loving Portland, totally indulge myself while I'm showing them a good time. And indulge I did........frui... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 15:28:09 EST SparkLive Week 8 Update! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4914809 Another great meeting on the top 10 tips for reaching your goals! <BR> <BR> Weekly WOO HOO: I've been kicking butt at bootcamp! I've increased my intensity and worked out 5 days last week - which is basically unheard of for me! It helped that my hours were cut at work and I had an extra day off, but STILL! I'm excited about it! I was also the only one at the 6-person table last night that didn't finish their huuuuuuuuuge plate of Mexican food and boxed up half my plate. <BR> <BR> We... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 13:19:54 EST End of Vitality Challenge! Loved it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4913337 It's the end of Lauren's 15-day Vitality Challenge - sad! I really enjoyed participating, and encourage anybody who hasn't to sign up for the next one! It's so much about inner reflection and finding your tools for success and less about completing certain number of fitness, etc as a group. It's what YOU make it! Here's the link to sign up: http://laurenwardell.us2.list-manage.com/s<BR>ubscribe?u=6cc41007029178986c40e3ca1&i<BR>d=eb59c3f7ef <BR> <BR> ******************************** <B... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 14:23:12 EST Letter to myself at GOAL! (Vitality #5) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4910839 Write a letter to your future self at your goal. I know this will probably include a particular weight, but make sure you are including the more important stuff that will ensure you success as a maintainer. How do you feel? What are your habits like? How often do you work out? What is your diet like? What type of self-talk do you participate in? What are you doing for work? How have you changed emotionally, mentally, and physically? What other goals have you reached? How has being successful ... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 00:48:14 EST SparkLive + Weight Loss Update! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4904395 Huge weight loss week!!! I'll get to that in a second! I also went crazy with emoticons today - that's the kind of mood I'm in :) <BR> <BR> <em>349</em> This week in SparkLive, we discussed the benefits of gardening for a healthy lifestyle. This was perfect (yet again, the topics always are), as I just planted some snap peas this week. The seeds were a prize from a kid's meal I had recently - so much cooler than a silly toy! I can't wait to see if they grow! <BR> <BR> **************... Wed, 30 May 2012 13:36:12 EST Vitality Challenge #4 & Progress Photos! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4900583 Over halfway through the 15-day Vitality Challenge! Oh yeah! I'm feeling much better since the last time I blogged. <BR> <BR> I had an attack of the munchies last night. I tried to drown them out with some low-cal snacks (going a bit over my calories in the process, but not by much and I didn't beat myself up at all), so I decided to keep myself busy by updating my SparkPage and creating new progress photos. It worked! I'm really proud of what I've accomplished! Most people look back... Sun, 27 May 2012 23:57:03 EST Vitality Challenge #3! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4896890 Q: In the past, what has caused you to get "off track"? What hasn't worked? Was it hour-long workouts six times a week when you hadn’t worked out in months (or years!)? Was it jumping into eating 100% clean instead of slowly easing into it? Was it being 100% perfect on your diet plan and not leaving any wiggle room? Was it second-guessing your ability to lose the weight, even though logically you know it’s just a matter of time and healthy habits? Was it believing you can’t lose weight at all... Thu, 24 May 2012 23:18:23 EST SP Live Week 7/Vitality Challenge Prompt #2! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4894641 Back from vacation and ready to jump right into the 15-day Vitality Challenge! So excited! <BR> <BR> ************************** <BR> <BR> SP Live Weekly Update: <BR> <BR> Weekly Woo Hoo: I had a fantastic time on vacation. I had visualized myself feeling good about all the outfits/costumes I would be wearing, and it totally happened for me!! I usually spend a lot of time thinking about how fat I look, or analyzing (and hating) a lot of photos that are taken, but not this time! I felt ... Wed, 23 May 2012 13:23:30 EST SP Live Week 6: How to stop overeating! Pre-Vacation Planning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4884210 Another wonderful meeting topic! And so fitting, considering that I'm going in vacation tomorrow! <BR> <BR> *********************************** <BR> Weekly Update: <BR> <BR> Weekly WOO HOO!!!: I was trying out outfits for Vegas yesterday, and I found this cute sun dress I bought for Florida last summer, that didn't fit when I bought it. I had intended to make it fit before Florida, but I didn't. I tried it on last night, and it fit! What?! I didn't realize I was that much smaller tha... Wed, 16 May 2012 13:14:59 EST SP Live Week 5: How to reclaim an hour each day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4874142 Oh my goodness - this topic was made for me this week! My stupid computer started freaking out the last 15 minutes of class and I had to shut it down. I'm bummed that I missed out! <BR> <BR> Weekly Update: <BR> <BR> Weight loss progress: DOWN 1.8 POUNDS! Oh yeah. Happy dance! Only 2 pounds away from my mini goal, deadline is next Wednesday. I will make it! <BR> <BR> Update on last week's goals: <BR> 1. Track my food 6/7 days per week: Done! <BR> 2. Practice affirmations eve... Wed, 9 May 2012 14:43:22 EST SparkPeople Live: Week 4! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4863113 This week: How to Jump Start Your Workout Program <BR> <BR> Going into my 4th week of SP Live meetings - it's gone by so fast! Awesome meeting this week, and so impressed that Lauren got up at 5:30am on her Hawaiian vacation to lead the group - that's dedication! <BR> <BR> Two weeks until my big Vegas event - I can see the definition building in my arms and legs! I've been working hard on that!! <BR> <BR> ****************************************<BR>******************** <BR> Weekly upd... Wed, 2 May 2012 13:12:31 EST SparkPeople Live: Week 3! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4851698 I've been meaning to do a weekly blog with my SparkPeople Live stuff, since I never remember the goals I talk about accomplishing each week - bad. I've been doing the SP Live meetings for 3 weeks now, and it's totally amazing, I'm so glad I did it. The other members are so motivating, and I think I've tripled the number of Spark Friends I have so far! <BR> <BR> This week we talked about maintenance, but discussed how we can all benefit now even if we aren't at goal (which none of us wer... 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