PIPPIDY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=PIPPIDY PIPPIDY'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 Discouraged... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887447 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l694828483.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I was super-pumped to start P90X, but it's only day 4 & OMG I am SO sore I can barely MOVE! I actually skipped yesterday's workout because I felt like I would fall apart if I even tried. I'm reading on P90X forums, however, that the first week is absolutely hellish as far as soreness, but that if you can get past that first week, you'll still be sore after workouts, but maybe not "I can't reach for my coffee"... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 10:31:42 EST P90X http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5884454 Hi again. Well, its definitely been a while and A LOT has happened. I'll just sum up really quick. Still sober (in fact, that's the reason I've been away so long) for a little over 10.6 months. Woot! I bought my first house & Jon & I are living in it together in it. Talks of marriage have slowed in light of mortgage payments & other homeowner expenses. But now that things are settling down, I've realized that the Tough Mudder I signed up to do last year (& rescheduled for this year when I rea... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 20:32:44 EST Back to Basics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755422 So, a LOT has happened since my last entry. Still sober (120 days meow), & moved back in with my beaux...who after 8 years, suggested we go ring shopping! (completely unprompted) AAAAHHHH!!!!! <em>334</em> So that part of me that was all "Eh. I know I need to get back on track, but it's sooooOOOOoooOOOOoo cozy here & I'm just not ready" needs to get off her bum. It's not even close to official yet, but if I'm going to finally be proposed to, I wanna look damn good in the pictures. I'e also... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 23:06:28 EST Just Checking In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719677 Well, it’s been a while. As some of you may have read in my last blog, I took the important step this year of realizing & admitting that I am an alcoholic & had lost all control of my drinking. <em>33</em> Since then, I had relapsed, but am now very proud & grateful to be 70 days sober today. I have been attending AA meetings almost daily & I can’t thank the program or the people in it enough for saving my life. I won’t be one of those zealots who goes on & on about it, but if anyone read... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 08:44:35 EST Better Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638444 OMG, there are birds outside! The endless winter may, in fact, not be endless!! <BR> <BR> <em>87</em> <BR> <BR> Jon & I worked things out like we always do. I feel a lot better about going on his family vacation after talking it out with some of the folks at my meetings. This entry will have to be a short one though, because the workload is heavy today. Hope everyone's having a great Monday!! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Mon, 3 Mar 2014 10:32:02 EST Days Like This http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636235 I knew there were going to be rough days. Everyone has them, but in my early recovery, I no longer have alcohol to numb those uncomfortable emotions. I knew it wasn't going to be all lolly pops & rainbows, but that doesn't make how I feel right now any easier... <BR> <BR> It started off with Jonny reminding me about a vacation his parents want to take with the whole family to North Carolina in late June. There are a lot of reasons I don't want to go, but the main ones are (1) It's 6 days wit... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 16:09:52 EST Confession and Resolution... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5633254 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l184299483.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Well, it’s been a while, and this time I’m finally ready to admit the real reason why I keep straying… <BR> <BR> I’m an alcoholic. <BR> <BR> So there it is. I’ve had issues with alcohol since I started drinking at 17 & after 11 long years, I’ve finally given up trying to control it. After years of lying to myself & others, putting myself in dangerous situations, & ending countless relationships because of it, I’v... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 09:22:41 EST Gym Etiquette http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5511373 <link>www.pippadoodle.com/2013/10/12/gym-e<BR>tiquette/ </link> <BR> <BR> Please check out my new vlog! It's a little silly <em>20</em> Sat, 12 Oct 2013 08:54:33 EST 4 Things I Learned From My First Obstacle Race http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5456010 <link>wp.me/p3ikhP-3p </link> <BR> <BR> Getting back on track & blogging always gets me fired up, so here's a new one! <em>334</em> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 10:26:11 EST I Can't Control Others http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5426730 I was super excited when my BF decided to do the obstacle race, the Warrior Dash with me. He really just did it to show up his friend who I convinced to join me a couple of weeks ago. It was so nice that he started running & eating clean with me, but now I feel like he's taking it too far. He has knee issues & when we came back from our run today, he had to lay down & put ice on it for about 20 minutes before he could even bear weight on it. Then we picked up our weekly 'cheat' meals & he all... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 19:05:21 EST Clean Eating Ketchup & UPDATES! :-D http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5419107 Check it out on my blog! <BR> <BR> <link>wp.me/p3ikhP-3c </link> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 17:19:39 EST Back Up & Training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5364801 Ever hear of the Warrior Dash?... <BR> <BR> <link>www.pippadoodle.com/2013/05/22/in-tr<BR>aining/ </link> Wed, 22 May 2013 16:27:56 EST Craziness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5333972 Normally I write on my blog & just repost the link here, but there’s a lot going on lately that I only feel like sharing with my fellow sparkers. <BR> <BR> On the one hand, I’m super excited because I’ve signed up for 2 5K’s in July (one of them is Color Me Rad, where you run in a white shirt while people on the sidelines throw colored chalk at you. Too fun). I’ve even enlisted a coworker & a friend to participate in both with me, so we’re keeping each other on track for training! It also se... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 10:25:05 EST Traveling Healthy Part Deux (Electric Boogaloo) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5325622 Please check out Part II to my 'Traveling Healthy" blog! Any social media shares or comments on the page would be AWESOME! <BR> <BR> <link>wp.me/p3ikhP-2W </link> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 20:18:00 EST Mobile Fitness (Just do it) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5323177 Please check out today's blog! I'm on a business trip proving to myself that I can stay healthy on the go. & if I can do it, you sure as sugar can! <BR> <BR> <link>www.pippadoodle.com/2013/04/15/might<BR>y-mobile-health-tips/ </link> Sun, 14 Apr 2013 20:31:40 EST No Butts About it!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5307666 Happy Monday, all! Here's a couple of videos I meant to post on Friday! Please check them out, like, share, and SUBSCRIBE!!! Just an update & some pearls of wisdom from someone who's literally spent YEARS in an office chair. Save the booties (and the back)! <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01zw<BR>a6hB6vs </link> How to sit in an office chair with minimal back pain. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6xN<BR>3YSGUTk </link> Friday Desktop Confessional... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 14:17:12 EST Hoppy/Healthy Easter Part 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5303700 Just a few 'Healthier Than' Recipes for the upcoming festivities! <em>450</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.pippadoodle.com/2013/03/29/hoppy<BR>healthy-easter-part-1-of-2/ </link> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 21:25:38 EST Easter Favorites! Please Help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5303356 Hi everyone! I'd love your help! What are your (not so healthy) Easter favorites?! Recipes, candies, drinks, lemmie' have 'em! I'm on a mission to find & compile a list of healthy alternatives & post them on my blog. All responses will be rewarded with a goodie & gratitude! <link>www.pippadoodle.com </link> . Any responses would be MUCH appreciated!!! <em>451</em> <em>453</em> <em>452</em> <em>449</em> <em>448</em> <BR> Thank you in advance! <BR> <BR> -Pipps Thu, 28 Mar 2013 14:47:26 EST Thoughts on Living W/Someone Who Eats Differently http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5302063 <BR> <em>213</em> Please enjoy my latest post "A Sloppy Compromise! Thoughts on Living with Someone Who Eats Differently". <em>91</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.pippadoodle.com/2013/03/27/a-slo<BR>ppy-compromise/ </link> <BR> <BR> Let me know your thoughts on this sticky topic in the comments on my Wordpress Blog! Wed, 27 Mar 2013 13:14:02 EST Post St. Patty's Post! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5291041 Hope everyone had a GREAT St. Patty's! Newest post on Pippadoodle. Hangover cures, my hero beaux saves me from temptation, & I get a new desk in exchange for a weekend of brain-breaking organizational labor!!! ::SQUEE!:: <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <link>wp.me/s3ikhP-105 </link> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 12:03:52 EST Video Update! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5288167 I hope you're all having a better Friday than I. Tried to go see the new Oz movie, but only front row seats were available, so we had to cancel plans. Anyway, here's this week's Pippadoodle video update! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7iR_ZWzUcE </link> <BR> <BR> Please 'Like", "Share", comment, & "Subscribe" if you can! Fri, 15 Mar 2013 21:24:18 EST Being Honest & Politely Stern with Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5285162 I have a number of friends who drink heavily. This makes sense since I met most of them at one point or another in my life when I was drinking heavily. Now that I’m trying to only drink moderately as part of a healthy lifestyle, I find myself becoming anxious instead of excited about hanging out with friends as most of our social activities seem to always revolve around drinking. My one friend and I tend to have “wine and *other activity* night”; “wine & Chinese night”, “wine & arts & crafts ... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 11:30:02 EST Post of Shaaaaammmeee http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5282461 Exhausting weekend, but it was delightful to see my sister! Blog update below <em>41</em> <em>181</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.pippadoodle.com/?p=96 </link> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 11:55:03 EST My Journey in Pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279816 So crazy going through all of these old pictures. Seeing how far I've come has moved me to tears & filled me with hope & motivation! <BR> <BR> <link>www.pippadoodle.com/pipps-journey-in<BR>-pictures/ </link> Sat, 9 Mar 2013 08:27:42 EST First Video Update! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279091 First video update! WOOT! Please look, comment, & subscribe! <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdI-Y9-orek </link> Fri, 8 Mar 2013 15:49:42 EST Re-Vamped Blog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5277872 Aaaand, I'm back at it. Please visit my health & fitness blog at <link>www.pippadoodle.com </link> . Like & comment! <em>381</em> Thu, 7 Mar 2013 19:40:49 EST So stupid http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5249476 I paid $32 for fillet Mignon steaks to have on V-Day & tossed them in the freezer in the package Sunday (as I have seen my mom do several times) not realizing that they might freezer burn. Now I take them out to show Jon & they're covered in frost. He let me know I ruined them beyond repair. I want to curl up in a ball & cry. <BR> <BR> <em>46</em> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 18:46:08 EST In a bit of a funk (rant) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5247962 Furious. <BR> <BR> I’ve been doing really great for the past week. I had one drink this Saturday night after one of my burlesque troupe’s performances because we were all handed a drink ticket. Then afterwards I had my cheat meal at taco bell (gross, I know, but it’s an old favorite). Aside from that, my eating’s been healthy & great & I’ve been hitting the gym every morning at 5am. For the most part I’m feeling really energetic & positive… <BR> <BR> It’s just hard. With a full-time job tha... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 15:37:30 EST Resolving to be Happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5185836 I could be ashamed to get back on this site. I could be upset that I fell off track yet again & let my clothes get tight. I could beat myself up & give myself hell, get on a ridiculously strict new fad diet & start the yo-yo cycle all over again. But guess what? That’s not how I roll. <BR> <BR> I didn’t resolve to lose weight this New Year. I resolved to treat myself better. I resolved to be kinder, more patient, & more understanding of the fact that I am a human being and just as deserving... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 10:36:42 EST Update *BALL PICTURES!* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5140644 So the ball was fabulous. Aside from a few hitches & tiffs, we had a blast & everyone really loved my dress. Now I’d very much like to get back on track. Everything with the hurricane threw me off & to be quite honest, I just did not have it in me to brush myself off & start again. If nothing else, I’d like to do some yoga tonight & pick up on my couch-to-5K program tomorrow after work. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l836472637.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 16:56:51 EST NEVER BEEN SO THANKFUL FOR POWER!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5129661 So, my company threw a “Sandy Survival” party at a hibachi restaurant yesterday & it was fantastic. SO much fun. As if I wasn’t happy enough, Jonny texted me & let me know that we finally regained power at our apartment! YAAYY! <BR> <BR> I got back to my parents’ house with every intention of going back to my apartment, but my dad fell down the stairs head-first so I stayed last night to keep an eye on him. I’m pretty sure he has a concussion, but he won’t go to the hospital & I can’t make h... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 14:36:58 EST Now, this is just ridiculous... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5127429 Thanks so much to everyone for all of their kind words, thoughts, wishes, & prayers. It really helps me get through every day & keep my head up in the midst of all of this. <BR> <BR> Barely a week since Sandy & now we’ve got a nor’easter coming in. To be honest, I’m not THAT upset. It’s actually getting almost funny to me now. Having somewhat of a rough work day, though. Decided to go spend a night or two with my family so that I don’t have to drive too far in the nor’easter weather (they al... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 14:40:40 EST Hanging in There http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5125067 Quick update. Jonny & I are still without power, as are our parents. Today will be day 7 living in the stone age. <BR> <BR> I’ve been going absolutely crazy without a place to work out so I’ve called the gym near my office & am going to pay $30 for a week-long membership. Can’t wait to get my sweat on tomorrow! Especially after all of the indulging I did this weekend. There was comfort food & beverage up the wazoo! I just know that working out before work again is going to drastically impro... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 15:25:27 EST One Woman's Crisis... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5120528 Thanks SO much to EVERYONE for your kind wishes & positive words! It’s really helped me snap out of the state I was in yesterday. You’re all so wonderful & I’m so incredibly grateful to have so many awesome spark friends! So today was another crazy one, but at least there was healthier eating involved. It started with me waking up at 4am & driving to the gas station to wait an hour & 5 minutes to fill up. Definitely an experience I’ll never forget, but not only because it was the longest gas ... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 16:45:16 EST Scary Sandy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5119167 So here I am. I survived the hurricane, but as I’m sure a lot of people have heard in the news, we’re still devastated over here in NJ. The power went out for Jonny & I Tuesday evening, so we packed an overnight bag & the kitty & headed over to his parents’ house, where they have a generator to at least keep some heat & a refrigerator on. <BR> <BR> I returned to work this morning, where our phones are down & we have limited internet & no mailing capability. (I’ll be honest. I was in a perpe... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 13:41:31 EST Getting Back to it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5112396 Well, it’s been a while. I’m notoriously bad at getting back on the wagon once I’ve fallen off, but here I am. <BR> <BR> Went out to visit my sister & go dress shopping this weekend. The hair appointment I had turned into a disaster as the stylist didn’t realize that I had been dying my hair very dark brown for a long time (despite the clear line of demarcation that is at my roots) & eventually, I just had to leave. Now my hair is a reddish brown, which isn’t terrible, but not at all what I... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 11:54:44 EST Milestones & Excitement! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5102369 Yesterday marked the 30th day of my break from booze. I’ve been thinking about & starting this 30-day detox for more than 4 years. I last completed it back when I was at my fittest & have been trying to get back there ever since (& with a full pant size gone, I’m well on my way!). I won’t waste time focusing on what kept me from finishing it since then because the point is, I made it! I’m responsible for taking care of my mind & body & have proven once again that I’m more than capable of doin... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 10:33:28 EST Another one in Paradise... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5100190 Okay, it’s day 29 of my 30-day detox & I find myself doing a lot of reflection. I find that my thoughts & feelings are a lot clearer without the daily drinking habit that was beginning to wreak havoc on both my life & waistline. But that’s not news. I’ve always known that I function better when I drink moderately. I’m happier, calmer, more apt to workout & eat well. I feel better about myself knowing that if a problem or issue arises, it’s not due to an avoidable habit like my drinking. Now ... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 16:39:47 EST Pippidy the Busy Bee http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5094444 Things have been NUTS lately, but I read a really great quote the other day that keeps me going. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l913427124.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I LOVE people who just always seem to be perky or at least positive no matter what. It just makes me feel all warm & happy inside, like I can't help but smile being around them. So why not be that person for myself? <BR> <BR> I'm having some trouble finding a weight-training routine I really like, but I know it w... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 19:49:36 EST Shark Bait & Healthy Habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5086528 So, I figured out why I've been crazy & bloated lately. Namely, I'm shark bait, TOM is in town (time of month). I'm riding the cotton pony, surfing the crimson wave. Pick your favorite. Also, out of TMI curiosity, what's your quirky way of saying it? Anyway, I don't expect the scale to budge this week, but at least I know my emotions haven't been off the wall for no good reason this week. This was me in emoticons. Mon <em>234</em> <em>4</em> Tues <em>46</em> Wed <em>198</em> Thur... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 11:54:56 EST Garfield Gets Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5085166 He totally understands my life. Today's comic perfectly illustrated how I'm currently feeling. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l745288458.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I woke up today feeling much better about life. Sometimes you just need to go home, knit, & get a good night’s rest. It’s like hitting the reset button. <BR> <BR> I still woke up a little tired, but started my at-home workout anyway. Halfway through, I realized I was having a really tough time carrying on & ... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 11:59:54 EST Meh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5083643 So knitting did not happen last night. On the way to my car, I noticed one of my tires was nearly flat. So after dinner, Jonny & his father were kind enough to repair it for me (it had a nail in it), but that took up the entirety of my evening. It sucks when you get all excited about plans that fall through. I suppose everything happens for a reason though. <BR> <BR> Also, not having a fantastic morning. I had a great workout, but when I got to work, I was reprimanded by several of my superi... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 10:59:31 EST Happy October http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5082474 Everyone seems to be posting new October goals, so I figured I’d jump in! <BR> <BR> I LOVE that it’s finally October. That means I can start planning my Halloween costume & putting Fall decorations everywhere. Time for sweaters, boots, tights & legwarmers, mittens, & pumpkin picking! YAY! Okay, here goes… <BR> <BR> 1. Make a meal plan for every week in October and go grocery shopping for said meal plan every weekend. It almost didn’t happen this week, but that was just because I kept puttin... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 15:46:29 EST Maybe it's the loss of blood talking... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5080345 But I'm feeling a bit blue today. I have an old friend whom I love dearly. A little over a year ago, I did something that he considered treason. I won't bother going into details, but when it happened, he told me he wasn't mad, just sad & that he needed time. Well, it's been a VERY long time. I've called & left him messages for two birthdays now & a few weeks ago I wrote him a very long apology letter. He said he forgave me & that he just needed a few days to write a reply letter. Well...it's... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 09:18:42 EST Live From the Stair Machine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5079242 Looking forward to a lovely weekend. We're probably not going to the cowboy bar tobight , but we will be taking Jon's sisters to the mall sometime after 5, so that should be fun. I'm currently pushing it on the stair machine. Will be going to get my nails done with my mom after, which I love. Can't wait to see what the rest of the weekend brings! Happy Saturday! <BR> Sat, 29 Sep 2012 07:44:35 EST Exciting Horizons! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5078164 Okay, I don’t want to sounds like a nerd, but I am so excited about LIFE right now! <BR> <BR> Weighed in today at 139! I’m back in the 130’s! Haven’t seen those numbers in the scale in YEARS! The best part is that it’s such a huge loss that it makes up for last week’s weight not budging. I’m officially back on track to reach my goal weight by the time the ball happens!! Even now, I’m actually at a healthy weight for my height for the first time in 3 years (I don’t put TOO much faith in thos... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 09:29:20 EST Fall Favorites Quiz! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5074248 Thanks for the blog idea SDLEE! Love these, but have never seen them on SP before! For those of you who have no idea what I’m doing, it’s one of those quizzes you post & if your friends are as bored as you are, they re-post with their answers I LOVE Fall, so this is perfect! <BR> <BR> Fall Favorites <BR> <BR> 1. What is your favorite thing about this time of year? <BR> The beautiful color of the trees <em>465</em> & of course Pumpkin Spice Lattes! <em>287</em> <BR> <BR> 2. What ... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 10:42:06 EST Something to work on... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5072953 I need to work on not letting other people’s words & actions define mine. I’m a very empathetic person, but to a real fault. I’d been having a great morning all day until I spoke to Jon on my way back to the office from picking up my friend’s Wii Fit. You see, I like to have a nice clean apartment & for the most part, so does Jon, but our tiny little space is also his office & especially when things get busy for him, he leaves papers lying around & stuffed in any space he can find which bugs ... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 12:45:48 EST Winning Weekend :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5072063 Today started off very sad for some reason. Jonny & I had a very long talk last night. We seem to be in something of a rough spot lately & I think we had a lot of thinking & talking to do. So, anyway, this morning I got up around 5:30, did a little yoga, put on some makeup, & went grocery shopping. I also picked myself up some earrings & things at Walmart. Nothing I seriously needed, but little things like nicer clothes & jewelry tend to make me feel refreshed & pretty. <BR> <BR> When I cam... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 21:34:33 EST Breaking the Self-Induced Plateau http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5070115 I was just reading a blog by one of my sparkfriends, AUTUMNBRZ, who said something that really hit home for me. She was talking about how, like me, she's been fluctuating between the same few lbs & when someone called it a plateau, she realized it was self-induced. It's only a plateau when you're doing all the right things & not losing weight. Well, I haven't been doing all the right things either. I've been eating pretty well during the week (when not traveling), but then as soon as a weeken... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 09:28:34 EST