PIPPAMOUSE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=PIPPAMOUSE PIPPAMOUSE'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/ A little sun shine goes a long way! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645837 Monday we saw temps in the 50s! I know, those of you who may be reading from the southern states share my cousin's sentiment of "50 degrees is NOT warm. It is 80 degrees here today. That is warm." I beg to differ. For those of us that lived in Minnesota (or the upper mid-west, the east coast, or most of the country really) this winter, we had one of the coldest, and snowy-est winters in decades. We set records for below zero days in a row and air temps and below zero wind-chills, etc. We had ... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 00:43:53 EST The more things change.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638643 the more they stay the same. <BR> <BR> So I am writing this blog in utter frustration. Over the past several weeks it dosn't seem to matter what I do eat or don't eat. No change, movement, no nothing. I know I need to get more active, but what gives? Isn't weight loss 80% about what you eat and 20% about exercise? You can't exercise away a bad diet they say. Well, I can't seem to lose, even a little bit by changing my eating habits. <BR> <BR> So...out of frustration I went and filled my f... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 13:43:34 EST And then it all changes... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5625745 I apologize in advance for this post. It is pretty much me just saying not nice things, and I don't like that. But where else can a person say those things if not on Spark. <BR> <BR> So I mentioned that my goals revolved a bit around losing 5 pounds a month to reach 40 pounds by my brother's wedding in September. Well, that had to go and change. (I had to rewrite that sentence about 4 times to make sure it was SP appropriate) My brother and his fiance found out they are pregnant. While I am... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 17:47:30 EST A step for accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623535 So, Ive been on SP more the past few days, but not doing great. I find it tough to access much on my iPad (I refuse to pay for the app), so I log in and log stuff when I can. <BR> <BR> What I am doing again is taking an actual step to accountability. Rather than just in my head telling myself what I am going to eat for the day, and then veering off drastically, I am going to verbalize or type what I am eating to my herbalife coach. She made a page for some of her clients that wanted the FB ... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 22:55:24 EST 4 months...really? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620423 Its been 4 months since I've posted here. I guess I can believe that. Without SP to fall back on, Ive been all kinds of struggling since June. Its amazing how a little human being can make life so different, and create all kinds of new struggles. <BR> <BR> So, in order to get life back in balance and get the scale moving down again, I have joined a few friends in a "clean eating" challenge. We did 7 days with what is considered clean eating on the Herbalife program. I have come to realize t... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 12:52:52 EST Quick update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5511999 I need to get to bed, it's late and we are heading to meet up with some friends in the morning. <BR> <BR> I just wanted to put it in writing that I went for a walk 6 of 6 days this week. I did 1.12 miles Mon-Fri and then 2 miles today. It was pretty chilly, and the baby got cold and tired of the walk by the end, but she was a trooper. It was a nice family walk today. <BR> <BR> I've done reasonably well with following menus as well. We have eaten out one meal this week. I try to allow for ... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 01:12:39 EST Midweek update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5509462 I came back today to check in and re-read my list of goals. <BR> <BR> So far I have stuck to my meal planning. One slight detour, but no veering and mostly staying right on track. <BR> <BR> I have been for a walk every day with my daughter. We walk for about 30 minutes. <BR> <BR> I need to write down todays food, but otherwise I'm pretty on track there. <BR> <BR> I'm still working on the productive dealing with stress. My stressors this week have been time and my slight tendency for int... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 01:01:45 EST Life is full of challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5506556 Life is full of challenges, right? And it isn't always about winning, but about making progress and learning something. These things set us up for more success. <BR> <BR> This past week a classmate of mine passed away. He was 35. He had a wife and two young boys. He and I weren't really close, but we were in band together and had a lot of mutual friends. We went to the same church. It was tough. I saw a lot of my classmates this weekend. It was nice to catch up, but it was sucky why were th... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 02:09:29 EST A little step is kinda huge right now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5497363 Today I ate a lot of extra not so great food. The bright side of today is that I went for a walk with my daughter. I don't know if pushing a 10# stroller with a 12# baby counts for burning extra calories than just the walk, but it doesn't matter. We went for a walk. Tomorrow is supposed to be about 82 degrees, so we will go again. Of course, it is MN and fall, and I would rather 72 degrees, but there is plenty of time for that, I hope. <BR> <BR> My other little step is doing a lot more coo... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 00:24:22 EST Only, Just and Not http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5454132 It has taken me a few weeks (or a month and a half) to get back and write a blog. I have been hit or miss on logging in and being active. I can blame being a new mom, or I can admit that the biggest issue has been lack of motivation. Yesterday I stepped on the scale and, well lets just say that motivation came creeping back. It wasn't a ton of bricks hitting me going DUH, but it was something like that. I found a little bit of resolve to make some better choices. Then I looked back at the pas... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 15:12:12 EST Baby Update (with pictures) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5409092 I know, it has been a long time. But here I am, ready to update. <BR> <BR> If you read my previous blog, you know that hubby and I were matched for adoption. The match and the birth took place in 3 days. We flew to Florida on Sunday. We met our little peanut on Fathers Day. We named her Abigail. It means Father's Joy. <BR> <BR> She had some hurdles to overcome because mom didn't make all the best choices while pregnant, but she was a trooper. She did great. She was born at 38 weeks and we... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 22:56:08 EST Big News http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5389553 Those of you that follow my blog know that my hubby and I have been working on adoption...well... <BR> <BR> <BR> We found out on Tuesday that there was a change in a situation. We heard the day before that the most recent birthmom had picked another family. By Tuesday that family changed their minds. Cold feet? Too soon....the baby is due June 25. We jumped on it. Told our families, told our jobs, started to get things lined up and make some plans. We don't know boy or girl. <BR> <BR> Tod... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 00:00:57 EST Gotta be honest with you (and myself) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5373867 My mind started thinking about blogging today and I kind of got into a "here are all the things that are frustrating" sort of funk. I decided to go for a walk, outside. That simple act changed my funk a bit. <BR> <BR> For those of you not in Minnesota, let me explain about the weather. We like to joke that if we couldn't complain about the weather we wouldn't have anything to talk about, but really, it has been rough. We had winter until May. Then we had a beautiful spring weekend and then... Fri, 31 May 2013 16:50:03 EST My First 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5352988 So, as some of you may know, I started training to walk/jog a 5k back in March. Well, honestly, the training in March. The big day came last night. Hubby, a few coworkers and some other friends all ran the Rave Run. <BR> <BR> Let me just start off saying, this seemed like the most disorganized race from packet pick up. We had to go to a Sports Authority store. There was zero signage about where to start, how it worked. They said to pick up other runners stuff you needed the registration n... Sat, 11 May 2013 10:41:51 EST The week in review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5346217 I'm just going to go ahead and start with my 3 pound loss at my WLC on Wed. YAY! <BR> <BR> While I hadn't made the BEST choices on Thurs and Fri, I seem to be back up a bit...but I am working hard this weekend. Today was awesome foodwise! I just logged my food and discovered I still needed to eat at least 100 calories and 10-12 g of protein. This was after I got to have my PB and celery. <BR> <BR> This past week was pretty crazy, here is a recap: <BR> <BR> Monday: I was planning to leav... Sun, 5 May 2013 12:04:19 EST Six weddings in 3 months. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5336813 It hit me last week that I have six weddings to attend during the summer wedding season. Gasp! I haven't had this many to go to since the year I met my hubby, and those were spread out over 6 months. <BR> <BR> Because of the weddings and the impending doom of trying to find one or multiple dresses that I like, I decided to join a weight loss challenge at the Herbalife club in my town. I have been using the products for about a month now. Note*This is not a sales pitch! I have found that th... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 21:55:05 EST A few positive things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5335434 I just realized that this will be the first spring, at least in a really long time, that I will be taking spring/summer clothes out of storage and they will still fit! I haven't made a lot of downward progress over the past few months, but I haven't gained any weight. My clothes will still fit. <BR> <BR> We are sending another profile out this weekend. Adopting is a tough road. <BR> <BR> We had a farewell potluck today. I did really well. I didn't stuff myself. I didn't eat lots of crap. ... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 15:01:12 EST It's happy and sad at the same time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5333539 I finally did it. I parted with my favorite purple sweater. It was time. I had undergrown it. This wasn't a really recent development. I should have said goodbye this winter. But it is my favorite sweater. It is a deep purple with a V-neck. It isn't too heavy (I tend to be a warm person, and I'm pretty well insulated) and works great with a lacy cami under it. I put it on last week with the intention of wearing it out. I looked in the mirror and realized it looked pretty ridiculous. Part of m... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 22:59:50 EST What's New? (a long blog that deals with feelings) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5329567 Well, feel like there are a lot of things worthy of talking about in this blog. Let's just go and see where it ends up. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure about other areas in the country, but we have NOT been having spring in MN. We have had snow storms the past two weeks on Thursdays. This past Thursday it got so bad that MY class was actually canceled. Crazy! We never cancel classes. We actually had sunshine and 45 degrees yesterday. FYI, we should be having day time highs in the 50s and 60s by this ... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 11:11:44 EST NSVs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5317753 It's been a while since I have had any NSVs to talk about. Yay, I have some again! <BR> <BR> My pants are getting too big. Yup, finally! <BR> <BR> My wedding/diamond ring spins around quite a bit, even when I'm not cold. <BR> <BR> A friend noticed my progress and commented in a positive/supportive way. <BR> <BR> I've had to adjust my bra's hooks to the smaller row. <BR> <BR> I feel much better and am less tired and groggy. I'm not bouncing off the walls 24/7, but that just isn't me any... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 22:46:02 EST How many times do I need to learn this lesson?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5310840 This week I just have to keep telling myself: failing to plan is planning to fail. I'm not sure about any of you, but that is so true for me. I don't do well with "winging it" in pretty much any aspect of my life. Eating well and making healthy choices is no exception. I am happy to report that generally speaking I am doing well this and making healthy choices, despite an occasional failure in planning. Hubby teases that even on my least planned and prepared days I am 100x more prepared than ... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 23:46:29 EST Random thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5304893 I'm going to throw it out there now, this may get very long and rambling. <BR> <BR> So first and foremost, I have a new motivation to work hard and make choices that help me reach my goals. Hubby and I are deep in the early part of the process of adoption. We have a few things we need to get working on such as creating the profile and getting the homestudy, but as soon as the profile is done, we get added to the list and could start hearing about potential situations right away. So, motiva... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 00:03:35 EST Jogging setback http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5300191 So it isn't the shin splints keeping me from jogging right now. It is my knee. I injured it years ago. Now when I do things that are "high impact" it swells and gets stiff. I am trying ice and elevation, but I still have trouble with jogging and squatting and bending it for things like stairs. <BR> <BR> I have an acupuncture appointment scheduled for Friday. Maybe this is something we can work on? It has worked wonders for several other things, so maybe on my knee as well. <BR> <BR> On the... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 23:32:58 EST Short jogging update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5294431 Today was technically my third training day, however Monday was only 10 minutes. I finished my 25 minutes with just under a 17 minute mile. Very slight progress, but progress none the less. My plan is to do Friday as the week one training and then move to week two for Saturday. Since next week is my break week I should be able to get to the gym or do the elliptical at home most days. It will be nice to have a less demanding schedule. Thu, 21 Mar 2013 00:03:24 EST I got an A! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5293035 Thank you to everyone that has listened to (or rather, read) my whining about the class I am taking and how poorly I have been doing. It was for good reason. On our two tests (there have only been two) I got a 55% and a 68%. Yeah, that is not good, nor is that typical of my testing. For the final the teacher suggested looking over our previous tests. I did that. I looked at the questions, looked up what I got wrong and why, what the terms were that I didn't understand, I really learned some o... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 23:04:02 EST Sick of the snow.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5291765 ..and the cold and the wind. It is the middle of March. I'm so done with crappy commutes to work and icy roads and snow and blowing snow and snow. <BR> <BR> Anyway, the plan for today was get up early, head to the gym and do another 5k training day, return home and get ready for work. Hubby even decided to go with. I got up early as planned. It snowed. We left the house. It is only about a mile but we have to pass through a few stop lights. It was slippery and slow going. We got to the gym ... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 23:05:38 EST Official first day of 5k training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5289180 The program I decided to use was one that I started last spring, the Spark "5K your way walk/jog." Last spring I got exactly 2 sessions in. Neither of them was conducted as written. The plan for week one is walk 4 minutes, jog 1, repeat 5 times (25 minutes). In last years sessions I jogged for about 30 seconds 2 or 3 times. I had terrible shin splints and it sucked. I kept walking and doing other things through august, then working out became sporadic. <BR> <BR> Today I set out on the track... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 21:14:57 EST Return of the kickboxing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5288370 I suggested that hubby go with me to cardio kickboxing tonight. He agreed. So rather than sitting around "spending time together" we worked out together. It was fun. I totally schooled him on upper body (arms) weights. It was pretty awesome. The instructor made us switch because I had 8# and he had 5#. I could have kept going with the 8s. He struggled with the 8s. I switched back with him so he could do a few of the moves. When we did shoulders I used 3# so he could use the 5#. My legs fee... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 00:49:57 EST Happy Pi day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5287183 We celebrated pi day at work today, with pie. We had at least 10 pies there. I tasted a few. I had tiny slivers. What saves me is that I don't like traditional crust. I ate less an actual piece of anything, with no crust. Yay! <BR> <BR> I also had Chipotle for lunch. Our "team" won a contest last November and we finally got our reward lunch for it. The deal was we all wrote down our chipotle order, faxed it in and "they" went to get it for us and we would have lunch. At about 11 my boss as... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 00:07:56 EST T minus 10 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5284618 The quarter ends in 10 days, but whose counting? I AM! This quarter has sucked something fierce. I've been stressed and busy and stressed. Did I mention stressed? The class I am taking has been making me very unhappy. I shouldn't blame my stress and problems controlling food on the class, but man, there is definitely a correlation between the class and projects and assignments for it and when I reach for food when I am not hungry. <BR> <BR> I have five class periods left to teach (between ... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 23:21:40 EST Eek! What did I agree to? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5280648 My hubby and some friends decided to run a 5k that happened today. Let's recap the weather shall we? It is Minnesota in March, so never predictable, but always "interesting." We got 6 inches of snow last week Sun-Tues. It has gotten above 32 degrees every day this week with sunshine. This equals melting snow. Today we did not have sunshine. We had rain and 37 degrees (F). For those of you that don't often experience this type of weather, let me share, it is cold, windy, wet, slippery, slush... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 23:01:04 EST A quickie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5276813 I've been pretty busy with class and work yesterday and today. I have still managed to check in and do a few things. I am not getting food logged very well, but I am doing the "how will this help me reach my goal" test for most food items. <BR> <BR> I haven't gotten in much exercise other than a few minutes of shoveling this am (the neighbor took care of most of it for me last night!!) and walking from my office to the copier a BUNCH of times because it seemed like the copier was conspiring ... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 00:37:57 EST I got fitness in today.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5273387 ...in the form of shoveling snow. <em>104</em> We got about 3 inches so far today. They are still predicting 6-10 inches tonight into tomorrow am. After an hour of shoveling our neighbor came over and offered to help with his blower. He did the last corner of the driveway in about 5 minutes. Its great because that's the crappy part of the driveway. The end, where the city plow leaves crusty chunks behind, and it is the "corner" of the circle where the fire hydrant is. So it is trickier to... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 21:28:05 EST March goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271980 While I was in Vegas I had the opportunity to listen to Jillian Michaels. I never was really a fan, but I really enjoyed what she said and how she said it. I didn't know she had a podcast show. I have listened to a few of the podcasts and am trying to reconnect on here to become re-motivated. One of the things she talked specifically about is setting goals. I've heard this before, but it was a good time...she talked about setting "SMART" goals and about writing them down and revisiting them o... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 00:03:37 EST Viva Las Vegas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5260630 For those of you that have been keeping tabs on me, thanks! It has been a little while since I have checked in. I was in Las Vegas for a work convention for this past week. It was a lot of fun, and believe it or not, a lot of exercise. <BR> <BR> If you have been to Vegas before, perhaps you know what I mean, if not, just believe me. Our convention was in Mandalay Bay. It is the hotel furthest south on the strip. We stayed at the Luxor which is just north of MB. To get too or to see anythi... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 01:42:55 EST Making me a priority http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5233935 The past 14 days have been quite the roller coaster of stress and joy. I've been so stressed as to have tummy issues and so proud as to feel like I am floating on air. I know, normal ups and downs of life, but I have made the decision that I need to focus more on the positive and more on keeping me healthy and happy, and less on the things that are out of control. Perhaps I am being a broken record here, but focusing on the negative has gotten me no where. Being and focusing on the positive ... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 00:03:55 EST Move your feet and the rest will follow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5231093 So one of the major things that changed today was I worked on my attitude. I had to get back to the thought process of I can only change how I react/feel/think, I cannot change how someone else acts or thinks. When I kept reminding myself of this, I felt a bit more uplifted and positive. <BR> <BR> I had a much better food day today. <BR> <BR> I saw a shirt today that said: "move your feet and the rest will follow." I'm not sure what it was all about, as I just kept seeing the back of the... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 01:02:48 EST Annual exam anxiety http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5229513 Tomorrow is my annual exam. I am anxious about it. I have a great doctor and I know that he wont say anything to make me feel ashamed that since my last appointment I haven't lost any more weight and, I may even be up a pound or two, but I am anxious about feeling like I have disappointed him. Add one more thing to the list of things I feel anxious and stressed about. Now that I have internet back at home, I WILL be better about tracking and blogging. Keeping in mind I have to track food sho... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 23:10:37 EST Blarg blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5227752 Just when I was getting caught up and back on track with SP, I had to go an lose internet access at home for 5 days. The good news is I am back up and running. <BR> <BR> Anyway. My last communication here was that I was stressed. Well, I still am. And, it isn't the busy schedule, new position or even work that is stressing me. It is the class I am taking. Bottom line, the teacher has what I consider unrealistic/uncommunicated expectations, she spends more time "lecturing" about unrelated ... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 20:38:29 EST Date night update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5215514 Yesterday was an awesome day! I got to sleep in a little bit. I made eggs for breakfast (Hubby LOVES when I do that). We were working on a few things and we started talking about the plan for the day. Our day shaped up quickly and we had a plan. I like to plan. I like to know what to expect from my day. Sometimes this gets in the way of having fun days happen, but not yesterday. The plan: Gym, benefit, dinner, movie. <BR> <BR> Hubby may or may not have committed to doing a 7K run in Marc... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 11:54:03 EST Some lessons from the week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5213560 About 5 hours ago I sat here writing a wonderful blog. There was an issue with my web browser and I lost it. I was frustrated so I didn't rewrite it. I am writing a new one now. Here are some of the lessons that aren't necessarily new, but they are recently experienced. <BR> <BR> Eating when I am angry leads to making poor choices. <BR> <BR> My tummy doesn't like when I eat fast food, even when it is Arbys. <BR> <BR> My body loves lean protein and veggies, and my taste buds do too, eat m... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 21:09:10 EST Lesson learned http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5207536 Today I was busy finishing some projects. I also got a literal crap ton of supplies that I needed to put away. I lost track of time. before I knew it, it was 1:20. The class I teach starts at 1:40. I hadn't had lunch yet. I quick at a clementine and a string cheese and off to class I went. I got hungry by the time class was over. This was not a good thing. When I got back to my office I was starving. I ate a small bag of cheetos that was in the office. Eating cheetos with nothing else gave ... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 22:26:23 EST It's been over a month?!?!?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5202207 Welcome to 2013! <BR> <BR> So, I guess I better do a summary of the last month.... <BR> <BR> New position = more stress/new stress <BR> <BR> Holidays = more sweets than one should eat <BR> <BR> Family = additional stress that leads to more eating <BR> <BR> Cold = craving carbs = eating more food than is healthy <BR> <BR> all of those conditions = less exercising = weight gain. <BR> <BR> So, if you do the math that means I gained some weight in the past month. In fact, I gained about 2-... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 13:20:04 EST What HAVE I done this weekend? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5153602 This weekend I actually cooked at home, a lot. Last week I was unprepared and I didn't cook both times I usually do during the week. I made dinner Friday, lunch Sat and already have the meals prepped for today. I am WAY ahead of the game this weekend. <BR> <BR> In all fairness, I was counting on leftovers from our Sunday Thanksgiving last week. We had potatoes left over and enough turkey for hubby to have 2 meals. That was hardly what I was thinking we would have from our 13# bird. Anyway... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 13:32:18 EST Back to the bascis is getting a bit easier.....kind of http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5137930 Aside from my poor choice for lunch today (it was the jalapeno bites that put me over) I have made good choices in the past week. My back to basics plan seems to be gaining steam. I have been concentrating on making better choices, not on being "perfect" like I had in my mind I had been previously. <BR> <BR> Today I even went to Kickboxing. I am making progress again and this makes me very happy. I have been getting on Spark a little more and more...this is also good stuff that makes me hap... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 22:48:44 EST Being active on Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5132077 As promised, here I am writing another blog. Today was "Christmas Cookie making day" with my cousin. Let me tell you, I am so proud of myself and the lack of "tasting" the cookies that I did. When it was actually necessary to taste, I had a bite and gave the rest to hubby to try. When I really wanted one of the treats I had the smallest one in the batch. After 9 hours my cousin and I made Peanut butter truffles, Oreo truffles (mint and non mint) Bourbon truffles, peppermint biscotti, 3 fl... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 22:23:22 EST The long overdue and long awaited update! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5130390 We are all moved in and getting pretty settled. It really does already feel like home, even though we dont have anything on the walls yet and our furniture may or may not stay where it is. It feels so good to be moved and adjusting. <BR> <BR> We have met a few of our neighbors. One of them went to high school with my brother. Yup, small towns have that happen. Another neighbor's daughter baked and decorated us a cake. It was so nice! We think we will really enjoy this neighborhood. <BR> <... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 09:43:01 EST October Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5084888 Well, day 3 of the month isn't too bad for timing. :D <BR> <BR> Lets start with the recap of Septembers goals. Here is what they looked like and how I did. <BR> Eating: <BR> 1. Keep with my planned meals - NOT TOO BAD <BR> 2. Reduce grain carbs and get back to almost strictly veggie and fruit carbs - NOT TOO GOOD <BR> 3. Continue planning meals, shopping on a budget and not wasting food - <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Exercise: <BR> 1. Schedule workouts and GO! 3 times a week - NOT GOOD!!! I... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 09:09:04 EST Football, snakes, and chili http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5081202 You guys are going to get spoiled by my being off school and blogging every day. That may all change tomorrow. (But I hope not) <BR> <BR> Today was a great day! <BR> <BR> We had brunch at my brothers. We had french toast and fruit. I had extra fruit, but only two pieces of french toast. My brother made this awesome banana stuff. He put two bananas in a sautee pan with a touch of butter and brown sugar and let them caramelize. It was SOOOO GOOD! We also watched the first half of the Vikings... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 21:19:07 EST Good choices and not as good choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5080082 I am so proud of my progress yesterday. Today, not as much. But yesterday was awesome! I had a plan, I adapted. I also had a plan for my afternoon and evening. I was pretty tired since I didn't sleep much during the night. So I sat on the couch longer than I wanted. I got dressed for our graduation ceremony (as a teacher they want us to be there). I picked the shirt I was going to wear from a few I had in the closet. It is a 1X. I had it on for a little while and realized that it is a bit too... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 00:24:59 EST