PIXIECUTE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=PIXIECUTE PIXIECUTE'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/ Day 9! Goal in Mind! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800361 Sorry I've been absent from Spark, but work has been crazy. I am very happy to say I've STUCK TO MY GOALS! <BR> My work trip to NY was filled with temptation but I didn't succumb. I didn't snack, had fruit for breakfast, even went to the gym at the hotel!! <BR> Once I came back, I avoided the work treats (cinnamon buns, pumpkin cake, chocolate bars...). And it all paid off!! <BR> Nine days later I'm down 5lbs! It's mainly water weight, but it's still 5lbs and it looks better on the scale hah... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 12:15:21 EST FOUR DAYS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797071 Hi there, <BR> I made it through the weekend and ate healthy choices!! That's me being good for four days so far... <BR> We had to eat at a restaurant on Fri (electricity went out!!) but I avoided the fries and cheesy sandwiches and had salmon w/ vegetables instead. On Sat we grilled steaks, but I had salad instead of potatoes... I cooked healthy meals, ate the right portions and avoided desserts (it was a warm weekend and I REALLY wanted a milkshake or ice-cream treat!). <BR> On Sat I took ... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 21:29:42 EST Day 2 of Wise Choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795842 Another day of choices... and today I'm doing great! <BR> I've mapped out the day's food, packed my snacks, avoided the work bagels, muffins, cookies... and had a healthy breakfast & lunch thus far. <BR> <BR> I took a sneak peak at the scale today and I've already dropped 2lbs in water weight this week. PHEW... I won't look again till the week is done, but it was nice to see. <BR> <BR> I'll be on a work trip to NY from Mon 10/13 - Wed 10/15... that's usually a terrible food trap for me... s... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 12:48:19 EST Day 1 of Clean Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795483 I actually took action today! I ate well all day and ended with a delicious steak salad with garlic butternut squash, red peppers, onions and avocado. <BR> I'm really proud of myself and AS ALWAYS I am reminded of how yummy healthy eating is! It pops with so much flavor and I love that I have more energy. <BR> I have a 4 month old Boxer puppy, and I practiced leash walking with him around the block (yay cooler weather!) and he even trotted a little bit :) Hopefully we can work up to a jog e... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 21:10:18 EST Wellness Fair http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794907 At work today we had a Wellness Fair... good news is that my cholesterol, blood pressure and glucose levels are all good! Bad news is that my BMI is a little elevated and I need to lose about 10lbs to be in the "normal" zone. <BR> Not shocking.... I've gained about 18lbs since my wedding (4 months ago!) so I just need to lose it again haha. <BR> <BR> HERE WE GO AGAIN! <BR> <BR> I signed up for 10 "Barre" classes (using moves from Ballet etc...) and at the fair today I got a free class at "O... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 21:33:54 EST Healthy vs Not http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780630 I have to admit... not worrying about preparing lunches ahead of time, packaging snacks, buying fresh ingredients or avoiding cheesy casseroles.... it's all a RELIEF! Slightly liberating even... but after a week or two... I started feeling sluggish... my pants felt tight... I felt bloated and slow...and even though the moment of chewing was satisfying, it quickly subsided and my energy along with it. <BR> <BR> I watched The Biggest Loser over the weekend and felt motivated again. Today I ate... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:03:07 EST Ooops http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736939 Went out for sushi with friends, and I overate! The next day I had a routine check-up and the dr. scale had me clocked in at 158lbs!!!! I was 144lbs about 6 weeks ago!! Needless to say this will NOT fly!! I know that a few of those pounds are waterweight-related, but I've gained about 10lbs and that's not acceptable! <BR> <BR> I really have made this into a lifestyle change and all this snacking since the wedding has to stop. It's not even all that enjoyable anymore. I prefer the feeling of ... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:29:24 EST De-Bloating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729913 It's funny how eating badly for a week (or four) will truly affect your mood (and stomach). <BR> I already admitted that on my wedding day (June 7th. 2014) I didn't like what I looked like. I wasn't as long & lean as I wanted to be, I didn't feel drop-dead gorgeous and I didn't think I looked "wow". I looked normal. and I was underwhelmed with myself. <BR> Of course this leads to stupid counter-productive thoughts like "who cares what I eat, I look the same no matter what... " etc... and I ... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 14:27:12 EST MARRIED! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720970 Well it's been 2.5 months since my last blog.... and since then, I got married!! I had my wedding dress fitting on April 1st and even though I lost 25lbs, I didn't look the way I had wanted to. I ended up falling off the wagon, getting busy with work, errands and wedding mayhem.... but I managed to stay at my weight for the wedding. <BR> I didn't look the way I wanted, but I had a great day and I have some amazing memories I will cherish :) <BR> Losing 25lbs meant I could wear some cute sho... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 22:21:13 EST WEDDING DRESS FITTING DAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662179 Well, I bought my wedding dress 6 months and 15lbs ago...I hadn't tried it since then (or even unzipped it from the bag)... so today it was officially my first wedding dress fitting! <BR> <BR> Good news: it zipped up all the way!!!!!!!!!! and totally fit!!!!!!!!!! <BR> Bad news: my boobs didn't lose any weight.....so to prevent a creation of back fat, we're going to let out just that part. SIGH... not my favorite thing to hear, but not terrible I suppose <BR> <BR> Good news II: the bra fit... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 22:54:25 EST Another Week DOWN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658959 Thankfully I continued to stay focused this week and ate very clean. I undid the calorific weekend at New York :) I even lost a pound this week :) <BR> Unfortunately I didn't go to the gym all week and I REALLY need to change that. I had JUST discovered strength training on 3/17 and it felt good! Too bad work got nutty... but I have to make time, no matter the schedule. <BR> <BR> I'm so glad it's Friday, I fully intend to relax and have a carefree weekend :) <BR> Tuesday is the infamous ... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 22:48:26 EST I'm back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657400 Hi everyone! Well apparently it's been 10 days since I last worked out... quite disappointing, but life has been very busy at work and the days just added up (CLEARLY!). <BR> I wish I could say that I off-set that with healthy & smart food decisions... but I didn't. <BR> There was a lot of all-day shoots, meetings and late nights which led to not so wise food choices. It was all topped off by a work trip to New York this past Sun- Mon where I ate an unheard amount of chocolate! (breakfast, sn... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 22:53:33 EST Muscle Awareness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5650350 Yesterday I followed exercise tips on reps/ sets for each machine at the gym... and it worked! My arms are definitely feeling it today, and in EXACTLY the places I need them to "wake up"! It's motivating to keep going and hopefully SEE results in a couple of months. <BR> <BR> I sent the Irish Cream Brownies with Mike to work today (I baked them on Sat, when I found the St Patty's Day recipe online) ... and it completely helped cause they were DELICIOUS and could not stay in the house. My plu... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 22:28:40 EST PI DAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648056 I am SO so happy to report that I completely avoided our office event today: "Pi Day" ... they celebrated by bringing in a whole bunch of pies & desserts!! <BR> I contemplated bringing in my own treat to indulge in (so I could have a healthy option), but nothing was going to stop me feeling deprived .... so I just avoided the whole thing! lol I didn't even see what desserts they brought (even though I could hear a lot of "oohhs" & "aahs"). <BR> <BR> It's so tough to be good ... and I am f... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 22:58:35 EST Jumbalaya! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5647323 What a delicious dinner! Mike treated me by cooking tonight... and it was healthy, spicy and comforting on this chilly day. Who knew you could have it all? lol <BR> I always thought comfort food had cheese & cream... but this was a YUMMY dinner and totally satisfying... PLUS I stayed within my caloric range for the day. Success :) <BR> <BR> Baking girl brought in crumb cake today and it looked SO good... major bonus points for me for avoiding that treat. Tomorrow is going to be rough AGAIN... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 22:39:25 EST Better Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5646548 Thankfully today [and yesterday] I avoided sweet snacks. I did much better overall. Today I even made it to the gym AND talked to one of the trainers about a strength-training regiment (which I've needed!).... I feel empowered now that there's a solid plan! <BR> <BR> Hopefully it's the end of my feeling crappy and back to feeling motivated! Wed, 12 Mar 2014 22:50:11 EST A week later... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645803 Hhhmmm... it's been more than a week since I've blogged... and it's no coincidence! <BR> I haven't really been all that motivated this week. I've received a lot of compliments this week from people noticing my weight loss, but why does that actually result in me NOT wanting to work out or eat right?! <BR> <BR> My personal analysis is that I'm feeling unmotivated because my wedding dress fitting is April 1st... and even though I'm getting married on June 7th, and there's PLENTY of time to rea... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 23:54:04 EST Avoiding Stress Snacking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5640859 Whenever I'm feeling overwhelmed or stressed, I feel the need to snack!! <BR> I've been feeling very hormonal these past few days and had dessert on Sat (half a molten chocolate cake w/ ice-cream), Sun (salted caramel Chex mix), Mon (slice of carrot cake & salted caramel Chex mix) AND Tues [key lime mini indulgence (in a little shot glass)]!! <BR> Today was a much needed detox day and it always sucks ... HOWEVER I begrudgingly ate fruit and avoided the variety of cupcakes at work... and the... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 22:28:06 EST PMS & Carrot Cake http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638965 This was a WONDERFUL weekend filled with compliments, pictures that I actually LIKED of myself (FINALLY!) AND a dress-up occasion (where I wore a SHORT DRESS and felt pretty damn great in it!!) .... <BR> <BR> THEN PMS hit today and I feel so "blah" (and bloated, and stressed from work).... I indulged in a slice of carrot cake and caramel chex mix. I'm meeting a friend for dinner tomorrow but Wednesday I'll hit the gym hard. <BR> <BR> Oh well... at least it's just hormones. <BR> <BR> Mon, 3 Mar 2014 21:03:38 EST SKINNY SHELF!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5635681 5yrs ago I was at my goal weight... I maintained it for about a year (before a boy got me depressed and I gained it all back)... in that one year, I purchase 4 pairs of size four jeans :) Mainly cause I was SO excited to be a size four! <BR> <BR> I haven't been able to fit in them in five years... <BR> <BR> This week I've been feeling unusually positive! I SEE some results in the mirror and clothes are looking looser... so I tried on a pair of those infamous jeans, tucked away on my "sk... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 23:36:03 EST Swimsuit?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5634399 About 5yrs ago, at my thinnest, I bought a one-piece swimsuit I dubbed "magic"... it had black along the edges (very slimming), high cut on the thighs, a tropical look, it was all black & white (I'm working on transitioning into more color)... and I felt thin and comfortable in it!!! Sadly I never got to wear out in public!!! I just never went to the beach that year, and started gaining the weight back the following year. <BR> <BR> I tried it on last year and it was SUPER tight and barely fi... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 13:15:54 EST Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632323 Well my future in-laws stayed with us for 5 days (our very first overnight guests!!) and I have to say it wasn't nearly as bad as I was bracing for (in terms of food intake). <BR> <BR> I had to work 3 of those days (which helped with controlled breakfasts & lunches), and I stuck to my plan and cooked on three of those five days! We did have dessert with two of those dinners, but a little indulgence is okay ... AND went out for brunch, a lunch and a dinner (over the weekend... but I didn't h... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 09:39:17 EST NINE pounds to go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630153 I can't believe I only have 9lbs to reach my goal weight! (LESS than 10lbs left). <BR> I received some gift cards (yay work & birthday!) ... and other bloggers on here have inspired me to treat myself and buy some new clothes and maybe beauty products :) Once I hit "5lbs left" I'm doing it!! Only 4 more pounds till a "ME" shopping adventure. <BR> It helped me avoid the bagels, muffins and pizza at work today! lol. <BR> I'm really looking forward to it :) I like that it'll be at a sustainabl... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 13:34:47 EST Small Victories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5629184 Yesterday my future in-laws came for their 5 day visit, but I made a crock pot dinner before leaving for work! It was delicious and a nice healthy option. I'm trying to minimize going out (because WOW those calories add up fast!). <BR> We will go out to dinner a couple of times, but I've organized home-cooked dinners for 3 out of the 5 nights... hopefully they'll try something new and will enjoy it :) <BR> <BR> Mike has the day off tomorrow, so he'll occupy them and I can go to the gym aft... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 12:10:51 EST Errands and Duties http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5627821 Today was quite busy: work, grocery shopping, dinner, cleaning up the house in preparation for the future in-laws arrival tomorrow. <BR> I had planned on going to the gym but that just couldn't have happened... BUT I do plan on going while they're here (I won't skip five days!). <BR> <BR> On a WONDERFUL note, my wedding shoes arrived today and they're PERFECT!!!!! I had initially bought them online but the only available size was half a size too big... I started researching heel grips, inso... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 23:03:09 EST Detox http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5626565 I had quite the indulgent weekend ... steak (Valentine dinner) and burgers & fries (hungry and out & about... TWICE). <BR> I allow myself one delicious dessert a week... but I just kept getting disappointed... so I ended up eating four bad desserts, instead of the ONE I wanted. <BR> The one truffle was from a Valentine's box and tasted old... the ice-cream was bland, the s'more had stale biscuits, the chex mix was sweet but none of it was the ooey gooey chocolate cake I was craving. <BR> <B... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 15:13:05 EST Garden Picnic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5624994 We spent the day with our friends today and toured a local garden with cool plants & flowers. The weather was PERFECT - sunny with a little cool wind. <BR> <BR> I knew I indulged a little (a brownie & ice-cream cone) but apparently I had indulged A LOT (the chicken salad sandwich & orzo salad were clearly not "light" enough). When I put in my calories, I am already over by 1,000 calories (hopefully it's overly inflated numbers) and I haven't even had dinner yet... ooppss. <BR> Tomorrow I beg... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 18:30:46 EST Valentine's Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623537 In just a few short hours it'll be Valentine's Day... I'm not going to lie, despite being a sarcastic person (and someone who doesn't like being overly mushy) I LOVE Valentine's Day. There's just something so wonderfully romantic about a day dedicated to wooing your woman :) :) <BR> <BR> Unfortunately my expectations are always sky high (despite the fact that EVERY Valentine's Day has disappointed me in one way or another). If I get roses, I don't get anything else (just watching TV on the... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 22:59:00 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5621824 Today was a little difficult (in terms of wanting to eat badly) but it was made easier with a work lunch that was DELICIOUS. Warm Acorn Squash w/ a scoop of Chicken Salad (w/ grapes and nuts). So good, and quite healthy. Loved it. <BR> <BR> Having my period has messed with my hormones and mood but thankfully my focus has remained strong and I'm not indulging in any desserts or fried food. <BR> <BR> Overall, I'm happy with the improvements I'm seeing... there are only SEVEN weeks till my wed... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 23:31:40 EST Wedding Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620792 Ugh... I wanted to be proactive and book my wedding dress fitting (since there are many June brides). Well, apparently my goal of April 20th is too late :( <BR> The seamstress said she usually works 2 - 3 months in advance!! So now the fitting is on April 1st, which means I lost 3 weeks to get to my goal weight. SIGH. <BR> <BR> My fiancee pointed out that 3 weeks = 3lbs, which won't make any significant difference to my dress... and he's right... but I guess there was a number in my mind, a... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 21:25:45 EST TOM & I http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620437 Well... it's "that time of the month" again (a.k.a. TOM). I'm feeling quite crabby and the need to subdue my heightened nerves with sugar is strong. <BR> A girl at work baked valentine cookies this morning... with Nutella in the center!! and there are mini vanilla cupcakes in the break-room. SIGH. <BR> <BR> I snacked a lot on Saturday, so I'm sure this is residual sugar high... but it's hard to keep making good choices!!!!! BUT I know I have no choice cause the alternative is "no change" or ... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 13:06:55 EST Sweating it off! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5619740 Yesterday we ran a few errands and I bought some new PJs...doesn't sound like much to blog about, but it was a cute tanktop & pants and they looked really good on me... AND they were a medium! Tanktops are tricky in the PJ world... I'm "well endowed" in the chest and finding a tanktop with built-in-bra that looks good & fits well is tricky. <BR> <BR> We had "game night" at our house last night, and it was so much fun!! We had a great time but I indulged in too many snacks (not to mention the... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 20:07:10 EST And his name was... Cronut http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5617775 I've read about a croissant-donut hybrid called "Cronut"... so when I was in charge of getting breakfast treats for a co-worker's birthday, I went straight for the local bakery that makes them... <BR> <BR> I wasn't feeling all that hungry and felt like I could avoid the sweet treats... but pure curiosity (and knowing how much money I spent, I didn't want them to go to waste).... I indulged in a vanilla creme version!! <BR> They were a little dry for my taste, but I ate the whole thing... on... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 11:16:40 EST SNACK ATTACK! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614102 I am in a VERY snacky mood today!!! I made this incredible "Salted Caramel Chex Mix" for yesterday's SuperBowl event and it was delicious... I keep thinking about munching away at it... <BR> <BR> I know it's "that time of the month" any second, and I'm feeling bloated... and not feeling very positive about my body... but in terms of pure LOGIC, I've lost 20lbs (so whether I can see it today or not, I HAVE lost it) and I have to lose a pound a week till April 20th if I'm going to be at my goa... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 14:07:47 EST Treat Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613227 Today is my treat day :) it just so happens to fall on SuperBowl Sunday today and Mike wanted a series of appetizers (and I wanted a cupcake!). <BR> Grilled burgers are on the menu, and so are BBQ meatballs in the crockpot, salsa & chips and homemade salted caramel Chex mix. <BR> Overall, not a healthy menu! but it only happens once a year and I wanted him to have his treats (and mine too) :) I was proactive and went to the gym this morning and burned 420 calories... so that's something I ... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 17:00:04 EST Goal Reached! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611960 I wanted to be in the 140s by February and here I am!! I officially weigh 149lbs as of this morning and I'm thrilled :) Only 11lbs till my goal weight!! That feels so much more attainable than the 31lbs I started out with. <BR> <BR> Feeling great!! <BR> <BR> In 10lbs I'll also fit into size 4 jeans... which I own 5 pairs of (from when I was thin in 2009 and stubbornly refused to throw away). Can't wait to wear those again!!! Sat, 1 Feb 2014 10:29:23 EST Temptation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611687 Wow, today was a total high five for me! <BR> Our office threw a surprise baby shower for a co-worker and here are the snacks I avoided: <BR> Choc frosted vanilla & chocolate cupcakes, Raspberry frosted vanilla & chocolate cupcakes, carrot cupcakes, chips, pretzels, cheddar popcorn AND punch (each made with a tub of sorbet). <BR> I had some fruit before the party and kept myself occupied with talking and games :) AND to top it all off I went to the gym! despite staying late at work. <BR> <... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 00:02:02 EST Girls Night Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610167 Well last night didn't exactly go as planned... <BR> It started out strong... everyone ordered alcohol, but I did not (extra calories I don't enjoy enough to warrant). <BR> I had researched the menu ahead of time, only to find my healthy choice was no longer available. Plan B ended up being a grilled chicken on burger bun w/ bleu cheese ... sounds healthy but I ate the whole thing, and half my fries which in hindset was too much. Should have only ate half the burger. <BR> THEN <BR> one of the... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 11:46:46 EST FINALLY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609196 I stepped on the scale this morning and FINALLY lost half a pound! lol <BR> It may not be a lot, but it's something and it means my plateau is finally over. I'm so glad I persevered yesterday and went to the gym :) <BR> <BR> That scale moving will also help me stick to healthier options at tonight's girls' night out! <BR> My goal is to leave the 150s by Sunday... wish me luck and "focus"!! :) Wed, 29 Jan 2014 12:51:43 EST Gym Moods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5608550 I was VERY happy I went to the gym today... <BR> I felt very overwhelmed at work (learning new software to fill in for a co-worker and apparently I was trained very poorly!)... I was feeling down, wanted to snack at work, and definitely did NOT want to go to the gym! All I wanted to do was go home, or go out to dinner, and feel sorry for myself. <BR> I guess I just saw the gym as a ritual, not really a choice... I had already put my gym bag in the car and I had already planned dinner based o... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 19:51:20 EST Wedding Errands http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607675 Work was slow today so I took advantage and browsed online for wedding shoes... and SCORE! I think I found them!! I of course reserve the right to change my mind when I see, and more importantly TRY, them!! But I'm excited - they're cute with a peek-a-boo of glitzy pizzazz. <BR> <BR> As for food, I did well today! Balanced meals and fruit for a snack. I did my grocery shopping today in preparation of going to the gym tomorrow (yay planning ahead!) and am feeling good lately! Just waiting fo... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 22:39:38 EST Exercise!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5606451 Two full weeks of exercise are DONE! And today was Day 1 of the THIRD week. <BR> I'm FINALLY in a good groove and I'm seeing it as "must do" not a "I should go".. it's been great! I've worked out 3 times the first week, and 4 times the second week. Yay! That's exactly what I was aiming for. <BR> <BR> High five to me. <BR> <BR> The scale has not budged in two weeks which is highly discouraging, but I am really enjoying the feeling after each workout, and I know the scale will eventually show... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 18:50:55 EST Eating Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604514 My friend unexpectedly had a lunch cancellation today, so we had an impromptu lunch!! I looked up the restaurant's menu ahead of time, checked nutritional info and went in PREPARED! <BR> <BR> I feel satisfied, happy and I know I'm going to the gym tonight so that'll provide extra motivation. Overall everything's been "clicking"... the exercise, the food, the way of life... and I'm feeling better about myself. <BR> <BR> The fear of not looking good in my wedding dress is very much alive, b... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 15:14:35 EST Flat Bread Pizza http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5603781 I know it's still not exactly "healthy" but it's MUCH better than ordering real pizza! <BR> Mike & I made our own meatball flat-bread pizzas (BAKED meatballs) - and we vary the sauce ... either pizza sauce or BBQ sauce... and tons of veggies and a little cheese. <BR> We used "Flat-Outs" which were only 90 - 100 calories per flat bread. <BR> <BR> It's obviously not real pizza, but it 100% helped with the craving and I got to eat ooey gooey pizza tonight. I think it's a win :) <BR> <BR> Tomo... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 21:12:37 EST Lunch Tastings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5602432 I decided to replicate a sandwich I saw on one of those Food Truck shows... brie cheese, granny smith apples, and caramelized onions - all melted into a gooey delicious sandwich! <BR> <BR> It was scrumdiliumptious! I was getting a little bored of my work lunches and this provided a nice little kick of awesome :) I just finished my strawberries snack, and am mentally gearing myself up to go to the gym after work. <BR> <BR> There's something about making good & healthy food choices that re... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 14:29:51 EST Sensible Meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601693 Hey everyone - this morning I stepped on the scale and had gained 2lbs! Eekk... well it's most likely some water weight... so instead of feeling sorry for myself I ate sensibly all day (avoided the bagels & muffins and made oatmeal instead, had cherries for snacks AND made a delicious pork chops, carrots & smashed potatoes) THEN I bought groceries for healthy but QUICK meals this week so that I could still go to the gym after work :) <BR> <BR> Feeling good about myself right about now! Tue, 21 Jan 2014 21:27:25 EST Putting on Your Gym Clothes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5599964 I've found out a nice little trick for motivating me to go to the gym... dress in my gym clothes! <BR> If I'm going at night, I dress in my gym clothes as soon as I come home from work... and if it's on the weekend then I dress in my gym clothes as soon as I wake up. BOOM! I'm off to the gym soon after breakfast and I have the rest of the day to enjoy relaxation. <BR> I don't completely relax cause I know that I'm dressed to go out... so I don't lose the desire to go to the gym. It's been wo... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 11:05:15 EST Jogged (slowly) for a FULL mile!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5599483 I know I'm supposed to compare my progress with my own... but I was watching the Biggest Loser and one of the contestants ran a mile in a little over 11mins. <BR> <BR> I can't run a full mile without walking... the most I've gone is 8mins... well I decided to push myself today... just to see how long I'd last... <BR> and I did it!!!!! A full 11mins 50 secs of jogging (albeit slowly) for a full mile :) <BR> It may not be fantastic, and a far cry from the "normal" 9 min mile I keep reading...... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 22:18:32 EST Want vs Fear http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5596439 I wrote a nice long blog earlier venting about my frustrations about the length time it's taking to lose the weight I want... and my fear of not looking the way I envision on my wedding day... <BR> <BR> After venting, reading similar blogs and realizing there was nothing that complaining would do... I took out my frustrations at the gym. <BR> <BR> VERY proud of myself. Rather than feel sorry for myself on the couch, and eating to feel better... I did the exact opposite and I feel much bette... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 22:46:03 EST Challenges & Fears http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5595804 Well I look at my Spark page and I can't believe I'm down more than 18lbs since I started this wedding goal, back in September!! I'm very proud of myself for avoiding all those holiday treats, and for eating healthy when I wanted to eat comfort food - and most importantly for saying "no" SO MANY times to all those desserts. <BR> <BR> I SHOULD be happy, but all I see is what STILL needs to get done. I'm worried I'm not being timely enough... My biggest fear is not looking good in my wedding d... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 11:03:52 EST