PRETTYPITHY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=PRETTYPITHY PRETTYPITHY'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 -- NSV's http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930320 I was looking back through my old blogs. I found one on July 9, 2014 that said I wanted to achieve the following non-scale victories: <BR> <BR> 1) No longer feeling pain in my foot <BR> 2) Fitting comfortably into my new school boy blazer <BR> 3) Fitting comfortably in my dark blue jean jacket <BR> 4) Fitting comfortably into my suits <BR> 5) Feeling greater energy <BR> 6) Feeling the mood boost <BR> <BR> Imagine how good I felt reading that today and realizing that I have achieved a... Mon, 18 May 2015 17:21:50 EST Day 8 -- Treat day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929643 Man, I am loving my treat days. Yesterday was a good one. It was my nephew's 10th birthday party. I had pizza and cupcakes! And later in the evening, my husband and I had fancy grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner. Yum. My calories were high but pretty close to my TDEE for the day. The most important part about treat day is that it is forcing me to destroy my diet mentality. Lifestyle change is not just forcing yourself to eat clean for months until you reach your goal and then return... Sun, 17 May 2015 13:55:12 EST Day 6 -- Lots of Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928633 I'm feeling very successful today. I've lost another 1.3 pounds. I'm very excited because I have not been dieting, just measuring my food, packing a healthy lunch with lots of healthy snacks and eating a light dinner. Breakfast is usually smoothie or eggs. Food has not been "perfect" -- ate some office candy on Monday and some froyo last night. Food is not meant to be perfect. <BR> <BR> I also took it pretty easy on my workouts -- yesterday, I just walked. I actually got 23,000+ step... Fri, 15 May 2015 12:12:53 EST Day 4 -- Problems + Solutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5927254 My log-in streak died! Of course, streaks were meant to be broken . . . and outdone. :-D <BR> <BR> Here are a few things I've been working on this week. <BR> <BR> I've finally adjusted my perspective to think about weight in terms of healthy habits. Whether we weigh 225 or 125 pounds, our weight is supported by our habits. Adding healthy habits has helped me lose and keep off 55 pounds. In order to lose the next 20-30 pounds and get to my goal, I must acquire and maintain more new healt... Wed, 13 May 2015 00:52:00 EST Day 159 -- Touching the Void http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924856 Well, I haven't blogged for a solid week so you know it can't be good. I haven't been on a disastrous binge streak but I've been experiencing the Great Interrupter -- that is, my period. I decided to be "gentle with myself" this month, which basically means accepting that there's a 3-4 day period where I won't make all my workouts because I'm lying on my side in pain while eating chocolate in front of the television. I'm all for being gentle with myself, but this month, I really wallowed. ... Fri, 8 May 2015 13:35:42 EST Day 152 -- WooHoo! Success! + April Results and May Goals. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920688 YAY!! I did it. I am finally out of the 190's and into the 180's for the first time in over a year. In fact, I haven't weighed in this low since January 2014!! <BR> <BR> Last week, I didn't lose any weight In fact, I "gained" .3 pounds. I refused to read anything into it. In the past, I would have lowered my calories, upped my exercise, reduced my carbs -- something. But this time, I just told myself, "It's okay, I'll lose next week." <BR> <BR> I focused on appropriate portion sizes,... Fri, 1 May 2015 09:21:45 EST Day 151 -- A few NSV's to start off the day . . . And brainstorming my May goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920180 Do you ever buy a dress that's just a little bit too tight on the premise that you'll lose weight and it'll fit better in a few weeks? Then it just sits in your closet unworn? Maybe you even gain weight and the dress gets depressingly further out of reach? <BR> <BR> Well, I'm WEARING that dress today. I bought it at Ann Taylor in the Fall of 2013. I bought it to wear to work but it was always too tight to be appropriate. Lately, I've been reclaiming a lot of my closet real estate. I'd ... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 10:41:42 EST Day 150 -- The Sexy Path http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919700 I've been thinking a lot about willpower lately. It seems like sometimes a herculean amount of willpower is required to lose weight. But I'm increasingly finding that the best plan is one that does not REQUIRE that you exercise a lot of willpower. The best plan makes it so that you seldom have to rely on willpower to get by. When we create habits that support our goals, than the exercise of willpower becomes less frequent. Which is great because willpower is NOT AT ALL the best method fo... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 13:14:38 EST DAY 149 -- Week(end) in Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919104 Last week ended up being pretty mixed for me. I had an awesome Monday through Friday but my weekend was, well, insane. I scheduled us for four stacked back-to-back social events on Saturday and though I had a BLAST I saw easily how this kind of frenzied socializing is not supportive of my goals. We had my niece and nephew stay over Friday night and of course we spoiled them with treats (which we also relished). We made them a special brunch on Saturday morning before they went home. Then... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 12:27:58 EST Day 145 -- My biggest success of all http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916998 I didn't lose any weight this week. I didn't gain either. And that's just fine. <BR> <BR> I've lost 2 more inches from my hips. I ate healthy and worked out (albeit not as much as usual, given that I was sick this week). <BR> <BR> I've had some MAJOR NSV's. For instance, last night, I went out to dinner with my husband. I ate two slices of pizza and some arugula salad. I avoided alcohol and filled up on sparkling water. Which means I was able to ENJOY MYSELF IN MODERATION. This ha... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:10:26 EST Day 144 -- Oh happy day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916568 Today has been a great day and there are more great things in store. I've been productive at work, I had a FANTASTIC mid-day walk and I'm walking with my husband this evening, too. I'm also taking one of my dance classes thereafter. So, lots of activity = happy O! <BR> <BR> I also have some fun social stuff planned for the weekend. Saturday is my friend's birthday and a big house party at my dance studio! I'll be wine tasting, getting my grub on and dancing into the night! Thank goodne... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 19:32:54 EST Day 143 -- Bad day, good news! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915899 I had a rough day, yesterday. I took ill on my way to work and had to return home. I was out sick all day, dealing with bouts of nausea. I didn't want to cancel my workouts but I did. I've read that it isn't generally bad to work out when ill but you know what? I wanted to R&R so I did. Just goes to show you how quickly things can change -- last week I had to force myself to take a day off because I was working out too many days in a row. Then I fall sick and miss a full day of working... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 16:35:44 EST Day 141 -- Plan for the week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914753 I spent yesterday meal planning and prepping and I've gotten my week off to a pretty good start (although I did hitch a ride to work with my husband today, skipping my morning walk, tsk, tsk . . . but I walked during my lunch break to make up for it). Here are my plans and goals for the week. <BR> <BR> Goal: Lose 1.1 lbs. 1.1 lbs finally gets me out of the 190's. More would be great but I'll be utterly thrilled with 1.1. If I don't do it next week, I'll do it the following week so no bea... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:09:28 EST Day 140 -- Snap Back Sunday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913891 I had a good day yesterday. It was my cheat day and it was fun but not a binge. I started my day with two classes at my fitness studio. After two days off, I felt great! Then my friends and I met up at one of my favorite coffee shops in SF and we had coffee and cinnamon toast (yum)!). Then we went for an urban hike, up past the beach, up to the Cliff House, Sutro Baths, the Land's End Trail and back. The classes combined with my hike gave me my most active day ever on Fitbit! I had ove... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 10:55:41 EST Day 138 -- WooHoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912868 WooHoo! I've lost two pounds since my last weigh-in. This is great information because it let's me know that I can lose weight at my current calorie intake, which is pretty high and thus pretty sustainable. I've never tried losing weight slowly before so it is nice to see what that looks and feels like. <BR> <BR> The last two weeks were by no means perfect. There was Passover, and my period and two concerts. I also had a cheat day that looked more like a binge day, a few office candy s... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 10:27:07 EST Day 137 -- Expectations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912444 A friend on HSM posted yesterday that she didn't step on the scale for two weeks. When she finally did step on, and posted a loss of 2.8 pounds, she was disappointed. See, she had expected so much more from two solid weeks of eating healthfully and working out. <BR> <BR> This really resonated with me. I also have not recorded an official weigh-in in two weeks. And in that time, I've been doing a great job. Being active, getting veggies and water, and enjoying my life! Yet, as soon as I... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:55:38 EST Day 136 -- Mid-Month Check-In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5911847 Let's see how I'm doing with my goals for April! <BR> <BR> 1) Eat as clean as possible 6 days a week with one cheat day <em>345</em> <BR> 2) Maintain log-in streak <em>242</em> <BR> 3) Participate in challenge at the gym <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> I am crushing my goals this month! And it is not lost on me that it has as much to do with the goals I formulated as it does with my efforts to achieve them. <BR> <BR> Take a look at that first goal. "Eat as clean as possible six days ... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 15:00:28 EST Day 135 -- Gretchen Rubin + the 4 Tendencies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5911194 In her new book Better Than Before, Gretchen Rubin discusses the four most common personality types when it comes to habit formation and follow-through: The Upholder (generally meets commitments made to the self just as well as those made to others); the Obliger (meets expectations to others easily but has difficulty meeting expectations to self); the Questioner (questions all expectations and only meets them if they are proven valid) and the Rebel (resists all expectations, both from others ... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 13:01:34 EST Day 134 -- Weekend + Daily Goals + Pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910530 I had a super fun weekend. We went to two concerts, Florence + the Machine on Thursday and Alabama Shakes on Saturday. I ate just fine on Thursday but got a little turnt up at the show -- lots of vodka tonics! Saturday was my cheat day and it was pretty unhinged. I wasn't happy with it. I think part of the big difference was that I spent the day with my husband -- and boy can he eat. Together, it quickly devolved from a cheat day into a binge day (i.e., eating just to eat). But I stil... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 12:50:01 EST Day 130 -- More tweaks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908295 One of my Sparkfriends commented that I'm very analytical. So true! I'm an attorney and I love to research and puzzle over things. Sometimes it can be a bit much but I think on this journey it has mostly been helpful (as long as I don't get too obsessive about minor details, which does happen from time to time!). <BR> <BR> Today, I've been poring over all my data trying to determine what my true calorie range should be. I've decided to take things slower. I usually try to have as big a ... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 12:32:27 EST Day 129 -- What's sustainable? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5907860 It stands to reason that if I can grow my list of healthy habits, while shrinking my list of unhealthy habits, I will be able to move towards my goal. <BR> <BR> My healthy habits: <BR> <BR> Cooking at home <BR> Packing a lunch <BR> Walking instead of driving <BR> Walking during my lunch break <BR> Working out <BR> Drinking water <BR> Getting adequate sleep <BR> Limiting simple carbs <BR> Gratitude journaling <BR> Blogging abut health challenges <BR> Social health networks (Sparkpeople, HS... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 17:15:33 EST Day 128 -- Thoughts on goals + consistency http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5907204 I started thinking abut my goal today. I have a number in mind. It's about 25 pounds away. I've made so many changes over the years. I've gotten active, improved my diet and lost and kept off over 50 pounds! But what will it take for me to get to my goal? <BR> <BR> I think the thing I've struggled with the most is consistency. And I realize now that part of that struggle has been my definition of consistency. You see, I've been conflating consistency with perfection. I consider mysel... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 16:44:50 EST Day 127 -- Surviving the holiday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906469 Well, I survived the weekend. My mother-in-law and grandmother-in-law came to stay for Passover. We had 16 people on Friday night and everything went very smoothly. It was one of our most fun and memorable Seders in years. Great food, great wine, family and friendship -- what more can you ask for? <BR> <BR> My eating was, of course, less than ideal over the weekend but I'm proud of myself. I mostly didn't binge. I ate one plate at the Seder. I sort of half tracked, taking some photos,... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 13:53:01 EST Day 123 -- Awesome April -- plus progress pics! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904241 Are you ready to spring into an Awesome April? I sure am. I'm knee deep in Passover prep (and concurrently afflicted with PMS) but I'm still feel jolly, capable and ready to rock this month! <BR> <BR> It's easy to feel good about my journey at the moment. I've had two consecutive losing weeks!! This is a big deal for me these days. All told, I've lost 13 pounds and about 6 inches since December. But maybe photos tell the story better. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 12:59:07 EST Day 121 -- March Results, April Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5902973 POUNDS LOST: 6.2 from my high but only 3 lbs from the initial weigh-in for the month -- I ping-ponged up and down. Still! <BR> <BR> INCHES LOST: 6.5 (last measured in January) <BR> <BR> FITNESS MINUTES: 6028 (disclaimer, I have a Fitbit so this includes things like doing the dishes, walking to the printer, etc. However, I'm proud to report that I also had an extremely active month, walking, bellydancing, dance cardio, yoga, zumba, weight training, etc.) <BR> <BR> 1) Less than 100 g's o... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:15:13 EST Day 120 -- Sauces of Awesome http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5902507 Well, last week was awesome and I'm really excited for this week too. First of all, Passover starts on Friday and it is my FAVORITE holiday. This year we will be hosting and celebrating in our home for the very first time which makes it even more exciting. AND my mother in law and grandmother in law (who is my heart!) will be coming up from SoCal and staying with us for the holiday!! This will be the first time we will have spent Passover with them since 2006 -- can you believe it??? The... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 18:46:14 EST Day 119 -- Learned a lot this week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901610 Boy, I had a very informative week in terms of my eating habits and patterns. <BR> <BR> First, I discovered a new tracking app called Two Grand. Are you on Two Grand?! If so, please add me as a friend!! It's basically like a healthy living instagram -- you track through photos! It is so much fun!! I really believe in tracking but it gets so monotonous sometimes. This has certainly made me a lot of excited about food tracking!! <BR> <BR> Anyway, yesterday was my cheat day! I think it ... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 10:09:33 EST Planning out my cheat day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900681 I don't want my cheat day to be a total binge so I'm going to plan it out a little bit. <BR> <BR> I want to make sure that I: <BR> <BR> 1) Track it all -- not so much for calorie counting as for future information/analysis. Fact gathering! <BR> <BR> 2) Get my water -- this is a cheat day, but it doesn't mean my body's basic needs are any different! <BR> <BR> 3) Get my steps! It's a cheat day, not a holiday! <BR> <BR> Here's roughly what I plan to consume tomorrow -- leaving some room... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:58:40 EST Day 117 -- WooHoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900554 I had a good weigh in today! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> My goal for the week was to lose 2 pounds and I lost over 5. And this was even with me missing one walk to work and missing a day of workouts due to scheduling. Here's what I did this week that worked for me: <BR> <BR> 1) I did meal planning so I knew more or less what I was going to eat at least 24 hours in advance. <BR> 2) I packed my lunches each night for the following day. <BR> 3) I didn't eat nuts . . . I love 'em but right now... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 09:46:01 EST Day 116 -- Baby Steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900069 I met all my goals for the day yesterday! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I was tempted to weigh myself this morning but managed to hold off. I've decided to try weekly weigh-ins instead of daily. Friday is weigh-in day! <BR> <BR> So, instead, I broke out the measuring tape and found I've lost almost another .5 from my waist! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> This is my going to be my first full week under the new "cheat day" regime. It basically involves me doing the best I possibly can to eat c... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:33:54 EST Day 115 -- One Day at a Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899417 Midweek check-in. So far so good. Here's what I did to further my goals yesterday: <BR> <BR> I drank twelve cups of water <BR> I walked to and from work <BR> I did strength training <BR> I did cardio <BR> I ate clean <BR> I wrote in my gratitude journal <BR> <BR> And here's what I plan on doing today to further my goals: <BR> <BR> Get my water <BR> Eat clean and moderately <BR> Attend Zumba during my lunch hour <BR> Attend my bellydance workshop after work <BR> Walk to my bellydance clas... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:54:11 EST Day 113 -- Goals for the week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5898282 I haven't blogged for ten days so if you guessed I've been struggling, you're correct! I had a bit of a funk -- a week of not trying followed by a week of "F*ck it", to be precise. That time is behind me and I won't detail it much here. <BR> <BR> But! Good news! A talk with my health coach helped me pick my spirits right back up. I've been engaging in some defeatist thinking and talking with her helped me to identify it. Specifically, I've been telling myself, since my most recent rega... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 16:25:19 EST Day 103 -- Great weekend advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892297 I always struggle on the weekends so I was thrilled to receive a great email from Fitbit this morning with tips for more successful weekends. <BR> <BR> 1) Use Thursdays to Your Advantage <BR> <BR> We know Friday - Sunday is full of temptation, so finish the week strong with a healthy Thursday. <BR> <BR> 2) Eat smart before you drink. <BR> <BR> If you know you're going to get a lot of alcohol calories, try to make sure you eat healthfully rather than compounding the booze calories with f... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 13:21:22 EST Day 102 -- So Happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891757 I'm feeling good today, guys. <BR> <BR> I may not be losing as much weight as I want, as quickly as I want but I am definitely feeling like I'm in good shape. <BR> <BR> I see it in my progress pics, I feel it in my clothes. My mood is great and I love my new belly dance class. <BR> <BR> I'm just trying to exercise moderation and be healthy while also moving towards my goals. <BR> <BR> I feel like there's a huge change in my mood and mental state from just a few months ago. <BR> <BR> THE... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 13:44:35 EST Day 100 -- Day 100!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5890596 100 days ago, I decided that I wanted to lose more weight and get back on track with my health and fitness. <BR> <BR> It's a bit anticlimactic to admit that I've only lost about 10 pounds in that time. <BR> <BR> And yet, I'm very proud of myself. <BR> <BR> 1) I've recreated a seamlessly active lifestyle for myself that involves lots of walking, dancing, biking, hiking and fun. <BR> <BR> 2) I've gained muscle and reduced my body fat percentage while losing inches. <BR> <BR> 3) I've become... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 16:31:41 EST Day 96 -- NSV's and new hope http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5888160 When I wrote my blog yesterday about feeling frustrated with my weight loss, I neglected to consider one fact -- PMS! It probably explains both my curious lack of weight loss and my heightened sense of frustration about it. Realizing that makes me feel a bit better. <BR> <BR> I had another NSV this morning. Back in December I found this amazing Cole Haan trench coat at Nordstrom Rack marked down 75%! It's a classic black trench with a full skirt and gathered waist -- I had to have it. I... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 13:32:16 EST Day 95 -- Not sure what to think (feeling frustrated) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887521 I'm up a pound so far this week and I'm not sure what to think. <BR> <BR> I've been eating around 100 g of carbs/day, calories under 1800. And I'm walking five miles/day plus activities like cardio dance, yoga, strength training and belly dancing. I'm burning about 1000 calories/day per my Fitbit. <BR> <BR> Am I not eating enough? Am I eating too much? Am I gaining muscle? Am I retaining water? Am I reading too much into 5 days worth of data (yes)? <BR> <BR> Sometimes just thinking a... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 12:13:48 EST Day 93 -- Back to Belly Dance! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886227 I signed up for a bellydance beginner workshop! <BR> <BR> I first discovered belly dance back in 2012 and did it for about a year. I loved it! But my studio stopped offering it and then I moved away. <BR> <BR> When I moved into my new neighborhood, I noticed right away that there was a bellydance studio not far from my house. But, after more than a year off, I felt a little awkward about dropping in to one of the drills classes, which seemed like they might be for more intermediate danc... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 11:56:36 EST Day 92 -- March Madness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5885531 It's almost spring, it's almost spring, it's almost spring! <BR> <BR> Can you feel it in the air? <BR> <BR> Okay, maybe if you live on the East Coast you can't. <BR> <BR> But here in California, the cherry blossoms have begun to bloom. The weather is bouncing back between winter gloom and spring sun on a daily basis. Myself, I much prefer the sun and am really looking forward to a few sustained months of it, hopefully starting this month! <BR> <BR> How was your weekend? <BR> <BR> Mine ... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 11:57:05 EST February Results and Mighty March! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5884778 Fitness Minutes: 5399 (Fitbit, a lot of this is just daily puttering around) <BR> Pounds lost: 4.4 <BR> Inches lost: 4.5 <BR> <BR> February was a mixed month for me but the upshot is that I did make some progress. Here were my goals at the outset of the month. <BR> <BR> 1) Continue with VB6. <BR> 2) Walk or bike to work every day. 18/20 days <em>248</em> <BR> 3) Strength training at least 2x/week. <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> And here are my goals for March! <BR> <BR> 1) Less than 100... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 11:20:25 EST Day 89 -- Let's finish strong! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883776 February is nearly at an end. I want to finish this month strong! <BR> <BR> Good news/bad news: A scheduling conflict has arisen and we're no longer doing the wine train on Saturday! I was looking forward to it but I'm also a little relieved. One less unhealthy meal to worry about this weekend! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is my friend's birthday -- he's having a BBQ. I think I ought to be able to handle it. BBQ'd meats are protein, right? If I steer clear of the sauce, and choose vegetable ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:11:58 EST The Baby With the Bathwater http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883303 For the last year, I've been extremely yielding to any minor inconvenience or deviation that could throw me off course. It's looked something like this: <BR> <BR> "I ate well Monday through Friday but this weekend is my birthday! I'll get back on track on Monday." <BR> <BR> "I've been invited to an office lunch -- well, now that I'm seated in a restaurant, might as well order whatever I want." <BR> <BR> "Going out of town on Friday, I know my eating will be awful." <BR> <BR> Basically, ... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:32:51 EST Day 88 -- I'm Outta Here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883130 Today, I realized that I have been stuck in the 190's, ping-ponging up and down the same nine pounds for ALMOST A YEAR. My last weigh-in in the 180's was 3/31/14. I simply AM NOT going to spend a full year in 190-ville. I am breaking out of this joint in March 2015 -- for good! <BR> <BR> I'm doing the right things. If I give it my all, I will definitely be able to meet this goal. I'll write a formal March Goal blog post this Sunday but you heard it here first -- in March I will be dit... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:32:03 EST A few notes to self -- small changes can creep up on ya http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5882642 Sometimes, we make changes to our habits so slightly or subtly or over such a length of time that we don't realize we're making them. Then, it's not until we begin to reverse them that we notice they were there! <BR> <BR> 1) I've been enjoying a greater variety of alcohol. A few years ago, I had gotten to the point where a vodka soda was my go-to drink. I'd also have wine and occasionally cider but that was pretty much it. I was still consuming calories from alcohol but they were limited... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:46:09 EST Day 87 -- All Aboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5882475 So, I've been successful so far in getting more veggies and protein this week. Yesterday, I went to a Cambodian restaurant with co-workers for lunch. I ordered stir fried green beans and shrimp -- hold the rice. I felt like, as far my options went, it was a great choice -- high in protein, most vegetables, low in carbohydrates. Overall, I need to be mindful about how often I eat in restaurants. I think 1-2 meals/week is fine, as long as I'm sure to make good choices. <BR> <BR> Today, I'... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:11:09 EST Day 86 -- So Happy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5881817 I'm so darn happy this morning! <BR> <BR> I just got a new computer -- a Macbook Pro -- and it is gorgeous and amazing (though sooooo expensive, don't get me started) <BR> <BR> The scale is starting to move downward -- I'm doing something right! <BR> <BR> This morning the light on the Lake on my walk to work was just stunning! <BR> <BR> I got a new Fitbit Aria scale -- also pricy but I think it will help keep me honest since it will update my weight on Fitbit/Spark automatically (instead ... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 12:25:29 EST Day 85 -- Weekend Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5881161 My weekend went pretty well! We had friends over for dinner on Friday night. We made roasted chicken, roasted cauliflower and an arugula salad. We also had some wine and desserts -- it was a nice evening. <BR> <BR> On Saturday night, we met up with some friends at a brewery. We tasted some sour beers and then went for dinner at an awesome yakitori place. <BR> <BR> I worked out on Saturday and Sunday, a mix of strength training, cardio dance and walking. <BR> <BR> I feel like this was a... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 12:58:43 EST Day 82 -- Exhilarating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879512 So, after weeks of waffling, I finally took my bike to work today! <BR> <BR> Pros: I got to work quickly and got my heart rate up. It was fun and exhilarating (down hill). <BR> <BR> Cons: Riding in the morning traffic with cars was really scary! It wasn't much faster than walking. My Fitbit totally did not pick up on the fact that I was doing activity. <BR> <BR> Still, a totally worthwhile experiment at least. I think I'm going to start biking every Friday and see where that leads! ... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 16:39:34 EST Day 81 -- Fact or Fiction? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878855 When I see myself falling into a rut or a negative pattern, sometimes the only way out is to confront my own assumptions head on and replace the faulty beliefs with a dose of reality! <BR> <BR> FACT: I burn a lot of calories. <BR> FICTION: Because I work out so much, my pattern of restaurants and cocktails on the weekend shouldn't hurt my weight loss efforts. <BR> FACT: I still eat too many calories, by a fair margin. Eating too many calories leads to weight gain or premature maintenance. ... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 15:40:00 EST Day 80 -- Spark Motivator of the Day! Mid-month Check-In! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878132 Wow, this month is flying by -- February always does. This February is moving even faster than usual because there has been so much going on! My husband and I started new jobs at the beginning of the month so we've been getting adjusted, setting up new routines, etc. This has been a little disruptive to my health and fitness goals but I'm getting back on track this week. Being named Spark Motivator of the Day yesterday was a huge push in the right direction! Between that and meeting with... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 12:59:41 EST