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 25 -- Healthy Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838335 We go to my grandfather's house for Christmas. It is actually not a big food holiday for us. If I can steer clear of candy canes and champagne, I should be fine. I'm also going to pack some of my own snacks for when we go to the movies later in the day ("Into the Woods"!"). <BR> <BR> I started my day with a green smoothie and now I'm headed to the lake for a quick walk. I got 16,000+ steps yesterday and will aim for something similar today! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone enjoys their plans t... Thu, 25 Dec 2014 10:59:44 EST Day 23 -- Legion of Honor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837740 Today was a gorgeous day. I went to San Francisco for lunch with my sister and her family -- lots of fun. Then we went to the Legion of Honor and saw inspiring works of art -- Rodin, Monet, El Greco (on loan). As a former Art History major, I love museums and don't get to visit them nearly often enough. I get a sense of peace and tranquility in museums that I only get in a few other places (synagogues, and strangely enough, the swimming pool). <BR> <BR> I then took my grandfather Christm... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 00:46:15 EST Day 22 -- Beautiful Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836968 The holidays are nearly upon us! I am celebrating by taking the rest of the week off from work. We're going to Santa Barbara to visit family on Saturday. I'm just looking forward to immersing myself in family, friends and fun! One thing I have come to realize is that being social, spending time with friends and loved ones is so incredibly important to me. I have a difficult time controlling my food intake in social situations. And a lot of it has to do with the fact that I'm so distract... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 19:30:09 EST Day 20 -- Turning back the clock http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835952 I won't tell you guys just how much I've lost in December because: 1) I don't want to jinx myself or rest on my laurels and 2) I want to say the number with pride on January 1 and hear y'all gasp. Let's just say I'm making more progress in December than I ever did in the rest of 2014. Which, of course, also shows that it was really all about my mindset, as usual, but I digress. <BR> <BR> I have the feeling of turning back the clock. I haven't weighed this little since May 2014. The bac... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:59:20 EST Day 18 -- Back to Juicing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834914 I had to take a break from my juicing due to my acid reflux -- it was pretty much just white rice for a few days there. I'm feeling a lot better today and decided to segue back into juicing with a little bit of carrot and persimmon this morning. Apparently, carrot juice can actually help to neutralize stomach acid so this should be good! <BR> <BR> I accepted one of the two jobs I was offered. I was offered a job working for a law firm and one working for a government agency. I selected t... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:27:06 EST Day 17 -- Good news (Keep on burnin'!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834391 Tons of good news -- I got offers for both of the jobs I interviewed for last week! That means I'll have a tough but excellent decision ahead of me this week. It ALSO means that soon -- in January, most likely -- I'll be kissing my horrendous 90 minute - 2 hour commute goodbye! <BR> <BR> BOTH of the new jobs are about 1-1.25 miles from my house. I plan on walking or biking every day! I'll get all the benefits of being outside and the calorie burn to boot! If I take my bike, I can bike... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:33:10 EST Day 15 -- Boo! Birthday reminder. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833386 Boooooo . . . After some gustatory celebration in honor my birthday, I awoke at 2:50 a.m. with searing pain from acid reflux. I should have seen this coming. My birthday pleasures included Indian food, movie theater popcorn, sea salt caramels and chocolate macarons. <BR> <BR> Why do I do this to myself? Why is my memory so short? <BR> <BR> Acid reflux was one of the reasons I started down the path to health and I have it largely under control. It really only strikes when I eat a large v... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:07:11 EST Day 14 --- Birthday celebration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832819 My birthday is tomorrow -- thanks for the birthday wishes I've received so far already. I decided I wanted to have a low key celebration this year, nothing fancy. Today, my husband, my sister and my brother-in-law and I are going to one of my favorite restaurants for lunch followed by a movie ("Top 5"). Like I said, nothing fancy! I'm not sure I really want to splurge at lunch today but I may have a mimosa or something. I don't have a workout scheduled today but a walk around the lake mi... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 11:56:47 EST Day 13 -- Wonderful weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832489 Having a lovely, low-key weekend at home with my honey. Delicious kale smoothie for breakfast today at the farmer's market. I need to buy coconut milk and coconut water so I can recreate it at home. Homemade butternut squash for lunch. And I made my own cashew cream for the first time! So easy since I started with cashew butter instead of whole cashews. Just added water, lemon and salt. Best vegan dairy substitute ever! I also had a killer workout this morning. Hoping to get in a lot... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 17:04:44 EST Day 11 -- Using my treats http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831483 I'm starting to use my treat stones but it's funny, I'm not quite sure when to use them. For those who missed it earlier, my health coach has given me 5 pretty, colorful, smooth stones that I carry in my bag. Each one represents a "treat". What constitutes a "treat"? Well, that's what I'm trying to figure out! I've used two treat stones so far. Tell me if you think they were warranted. <BR> <BR> 1) Last night, my husband and I went out to dinner to celebrate our anniversary. We went t... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 15:59:29 EST Day 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830949 My energy is waning a bit as TOM prepares to arrive. Still, today is a good day. I had an interview for a job that could really be an awesome opportunity for me. They are hiring 2 positions out of 5 candidates so I really have a good shot, especially since the interview went very well (though not my best per se). <BR> <BR> Today is my 9 year dating anniversary with my husband. We celebrate both the dating anniversary and the wedding anniversary. There's a nice new vegan restaurant that ... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 16:01:07 EST Pretty picture http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830237 A photo of me at my friend's wedding back in May. I'm about two pounds heavier now. In this photo I see someone who has some weight to lose but is happy, healthy and beautiful. I hope I can keep tapping into that confidence and joy through out this process. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l390079826.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Tue, 9 Dec 2014 10:44:31 EST Day 9 -- Non-scale victories and scale victories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830193 I have so much good news to report! <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I got my full my lab results from my doctor's visit on Friday. Everything is normal, cholesterol, blood sugar, everything! Not only that but I've made some positive strides since my last bloodwork at the end of 2011 (too long, I know). My HDL (good cholesterol) has gone up while my bad cholesterol has stayed more or less the same. But most impressive and exciting to me is that my blood glucose went from 108 to 97. That's just a... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 09:33:22 EST Phase 3 Plans, Introducing Phase 4 and Motivational Pic (TL;DR?) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829793 When I started in 2009 at 245 pounds, my long term goal was to lose 90 pounds. Accordingly, I have always viewed my weight loss in 3 phases of 30 pounds. I'm changing things up, now for two reasons: <BR> <BR> 1) I'm raising my final goal by a few pounds. After discussing it with my doctor, we both feel that a BMI in the 28 range is great for me. So, instead of aiming for a final weight of 155, I'll be looking to get down to about 160 and maintain between 160 and 165 (162, 163 as the "hap... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 16:33:06 EST Day 8 -- Drawing from a deeper well http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829748 I'm going to re-post part of a blog I wrote on 2/2/13 because it is equally apropos today: <BR> <BR> "Well, I'm on a positive streak which is good. I've logged in and tracked for 8 days. I've met and exceeded my water goals for 8 days. . . As we know, attitude is everything. This week seemed easy and fun and positive because I wanted to do the things I was doing. I genuinely know I can continue to be successful in weight loss. And I genuinely want to be successful. So, the only thing that c... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 14:42:21 EST Day 7 -- IT IS WORKING!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829212 December -- one of my favorite months! My birthday, Hanukkah, Christmas -- it's all coming up! I'm happy with my progress this week -- I've already achieved my goal of resetting my palate and regaining my motivation and energy eating a plant based diet. I'm looking to keep it going as the month progresses!! In fact, I'm hoping to keep it up as long as I can! I'm just looking to give myself a bit of a kick in the pants and so far it is working. It's a bit drastic but it gives me a runnin... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 18:26:13 EST Day 6 -- good old clean fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828830 Last night, I went to see Stevie Wonder with my family. He was amazing as usual -- a true legend and a class act. I was super proud of myself because concerts are usually an excuse for indulgence (I have many!). But yesterday I successfully stuck to my guns despite the fact that I had an out of town guest and we had to make many last minutes changes to our plans. I ended up grabbing some inari and seaweed salad from the grocery store which was vegan, low-fat and low-cal -- a good choice! ... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 22:14:04 EST Day 5 -- Non-scale Victory! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828195 Non-scale victory: my blood pressure is 109/54! I was terrified that with my stress and weight gain this year, I would see my BP rise as high blood pressure is very common in my family. Not for me! I feel like I've been given a second chance -- and extra motivation to get it right this time! <BR> <BR> I have plans to crush this weekend. I have two workouts scheduled, a trip to the farmer's market and an appointment with my health coach. I have no doubt that I can maintain my motivation a... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 16:08:43 EST Day 4 -- Veggie Victory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827706 Day 4 has been great so far. One potential challenge is that my MIL is coming into town. We're going to eat out tonight and I was worried about how to find a restaurant that would be compatible with my currently ascetic eating habits. Fortunately, I remembered that a restaurant in my neighborhood is hosting a vegetarian pop-up! Most of the dishes can be made vegan and many of them are light enough to be compatible with my goals. Check it out! <BR> <BR> http://www.veg388.com/menu/ What ... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 17:27:28 EST Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827080 Ahhhh, yess . . . feel the micro-nutrients penetrating the cells! <BR> <BR> A few days into juicing, I feel GREAT. Bright eyed and bushy tailed. I've been having about 24 ounces of green juice a day as well as 2 meals comprised of tofu and vegetables and two snacks of fruit. My goal in doing this is just to reboot -- re-set my palate (goodbye sugar!), get my body burning more efficiently and bring my energy levels up. So far, so good. <BR> <BR> I feel great physical changes but the ment... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 16:28:20 EST Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826546 I don't know how to describe the change but I'm ready now. <BR> <BR> Maybe it was my post-Thanksgiving acid reflux attack. <BR> <BR> Maybe it was how happy and well rested I was after a week of vacation -- and realizing I wanted to feel healthy, too. <BR> <BR> Maybe it was the shock of "gaining 7 pounds" when I stepped on the scale after my vacation (I've already lost 3.5 so it was mostly water weight). <BR> <BR> But whatever it is, I don't want to be this way anymore. <BR> <BR> Tired, u... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 17:58:17 EST October Recap/November Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808758 October Recap <BR> <BR> 1) You vs. You Challenge at the gym (4 classes a week including one ST). 3/4 weeks. <em>380</em> <BR> 2) Continue with Dr. Beck. Got off track with this -- will get back on today! <em>252</em> <BR> 3) Begin to implement Paleo diet. All my home meals and snacks have been paleo! I've eaten out and had some drinks with friends but I have mostly prepared my own paleo meals. <em>243</em> <BR> 4) Track nutrition. emoticon Pretty good. I had a 28 day strea... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 15:08:27 EST Mid-Month Check-In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799410 1) You vs. You Challenge at the gym (4 classes a week including one ST) <em>248</em> I am making all my classes, having fun and feeling good! <BR> 2) Continue with Dr. Beck. <em>248</em> I've actually taken a few days off from this but today is my first day back doing the exercises and writing in my diet journal. It feels good. <BR> 3) Begin to implement Paleo diet. <em>248</em> All my home meals and snacks are paleo! I've eaten out non-Paleo twice. <BR> 4) Track nutrition. <e... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 17:16:02 EST Tapping into my pride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798074 I really, really have to send a huge thanks to 4-A-HEALTHY-BMI. I want her to know how much she's helped me modify my thinking in the past few days. <BR> <BR> I saw a comment she wrote on someone else's blog that some consider keeping even 10% of your original weight loss off for over a year to be successful weight loss maintenance. Now, I know the generally accepted definition is more stringent -- remaining within a certain number of pounds from your goal, or remaining within a healthy we... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 12:46:42 EST First meeting with new health coach!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796485 You guys, I'm so serious about reaching my goal weight and maintaining for LIFE that I have taken a new step -- something I've never done before in my numerous attempts to lose weight. <BR> <BR> I've enlisted a health coach. I've actually known Heather as my dance instructor for over two years. She's also my masseuse! She is an amazing force in the studio so when I found out she had just gotten her life coaching degree (in addition to her training as a personal trainer, masseuse, yoga pra... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 20:07:09 EST Thanks to my aching foot and knee http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796418 In July of 2013, I weighed 172, down from a high of 245, just three pounds from exiting the "obese" column. Over the next year, I steadily inched my way back to 200, crossing that dreaded line in August. I was mired in self-loathing, weighing every day and then nastily berating myself for hours afterwards. But the hatred I spewed at my body was not the solution. It never could be. <BR> <BR> Instead, I noticed that my planar fascitis was returning. I was hitting the gym -- hard -- and wa... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 15:51:45 EST Day 1 (and discovering the grill!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794703 The Beck Diet Solution urges you to spend two weeks working their program before starting your diet in earnest. Though today is Day 15 of my work with the Beck Diet Solution -- and I've been monitoring what I eat for that whole time -- today is the first day of my diet. Yay! I'm actually excited! Starting my diet means I can start losing more weight and I am genuinely excited about that. I've lost 4 pounds since starting the Beck Diet Solution. My first goal on the diet is five pounds. ... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 13:39:23 EST Celebrating two weekends on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794272 This weekend was by no means perfect, but I tracked it all and kept my eye on the prize. Two weekends in a row where I tracked and did not go hog wild. This is the hardest part for me as I often do well during the week and then go crazy on the weekend. If I can keep stringing together good days, good weeks, and good weekends, I'll really be on my way! I don't have plans this weekend so I should be able to keep it together. Next weekend I'm going to my friend's ranch for a Halloween party... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 20:47:25 EST Month In Review/October Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790498 Here were my goals for September: <BR> <BR> 1) Track nutrition every day. ACTUAL: 22/30. <BR> 2) Walk outside every day. ACTUAL: 20/30. <BR> 3) Attend five dance classes per week. ACTUAL: 5, 5, 1, 4. <BR> 4) Lose 7 pounds. ACTUAL: 2 pounds. I'LL TAKE IT. <em>244</em> <BR> 5) Eliminate alcohol to help jump start metabolism/ results ACTUAL: Did not fully eliminate but drinking was moderate outside of my husband's birthday weekend. <BR> <BR> I LOST TWO POUNDS THIS MONTH. That is the ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 14:33:19 EST Week in Review/Mid-Week Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777293 Last week was a mixed bag but I think it went really well. I averaged 1697 calories for the week which was a bit high but pretty good for my first week back on track. I didn't work out on Thursday but I did two classes on Saturday and two classes on Sunday for a combined six workouts for the week. I got a total of 695 minutes of exercise if you count all my walking. Here are some ways I could have improved: <BR> <BR> 1) I went out with friends on Saturday night and ate way too much (over... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 13:37:44 EST Dessert Ideas (250 - 300 calories) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774039 I've had two really lovely desserts this week. Delicious unexpected treats that did not break the caloric bank. <BR> <BR> 1.5 oz burrata cheese (would also work with a nice fresh mozzarella) <BR> 1 white peach, diced (deliciously in season right now!) <BR> A drizzle of honey (I tracked this as .5 tbsp but really I just stick a fork into the honey and drizzle a bit over the top) <BR> <BR> Serve cheese on top of diced peaches and drizzle with honey. This was so tasty! The burrata has a cre... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 14:23:26 EST "Life is NOT a dress rehearsal." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773366 This morning I awoke with an aphorism rolling about in my head: "Life is NOT a dress rehearsal." I'm not sure where this phrase came from but I'm sure of it's meaning: You only get one shot in life. This is your only chance, so make it count. There are no do-overs. <BR> <BR> But this morning, I thought to myself: "What if life IS a dress rehearsal?" As a former thespian, I remember dress rehearsals fondly. The whole cast, dolled up in costumes and make-up for the first time. Spirits we... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 13:17:52 EST Appetite + Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772780 I brought an enormous quantity of healthy snacks with me to work today to help me combat the ravenous hunger that has been plaguing me. Strangely, I find that I am half as hungry today as I usually am. Possible interpretations: <BR> <BR> 1) I've been drinking more water? <BR> 2) Psychological comfort provided by abundance of food puts me at ease, makes me less concerned where next nosh will come from? <BR> 3) Fibrous fruits and vegetables increase satiety? <BR> <BR> Honestly, it is probab... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 17:45:01 EST Cool new stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772631 I've made two new purchases that I think will be helpful to me on my continued path towards a healthy weight. <BR> <BR> I brought a mini-fridge for my office! A lot of folks that I started with got mini-fridges back when we started. I didn't, reasoning that having a fridge at my feet might lead me to overeat. As it turns out, the contrary was true. When I found myself stuck at work with no meals or healthy snacks, I typically binged on whatever was available -- candy, cookies, popcorn, ... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 12:43:56 EST September Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772000 1) Track nutrition every day. <BR> 2) Walk outside every day. <BR> 3) Attend five dance classes per week. <BR> 4) Lose 7 pounds. <BR> 5) Eliminate alcohol to help jump start metabolism/ results Tue, 2 Sep 2014 15:21:39 EST Say it one more time with feeling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771943 Say it one more time with feeling: "You can't outrun your fork!" <BR> <BR> This weekend was an excellent example of this phenomena for me, as I was more active than I have been in the last year! On Saturday morning, I took my regular dance class (Shimmy Pop) then I took a special Beyonce choreo class in the afternoon . . . and I walked from home to each class and back as well as walking the lake in between. I probably walked close to ten miles in addition to those two classes. And I had s... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 13:53:15 EST Man With a Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769429 So, I've been using this week as a sort of "on ramp" to my return to health and wellness. I want Monday, specifically 9/1 to mark the beginning of a more hardcore pursuit. This week has been good in the soft sense -- I've gotten more veggies, more water and more exercise. But for the most part, I didn't make any "hard" goals for myself. I've been very flexible and mostly focused on consistency (which is awesome). <BR> <BR> So, what are my "hard" goals? And why do I want to achieve them?... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:37:28 EST Settling in for the long haul http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768869 It is going to take a while before I see some progress and I need to be okay with that. <BR> <BR> I've been conscious and effortful and active all week with no change on the scale. But I know this is normal. My body is ramping up. When I get into weight loss mode, my body starts shedding pounds left and right. But it takes time and effort to get there (anywhere from a week to a month). I need to whittle the carbs, up the produce, up the water, up the activity. My body takes a few weeks... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:05:35 EST Epiphanies for all! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767778 <BR> I'm just full of epiphanies on this (endless) journey to health. :channeling Oprah: And you get an epiphany! And you get an epiphany! <BR> <BR> Tonight at my fantastic, perfect, amazing, missed-it-so-much dance class, I realized two things: <BR> <BR> 1) I don't have to be perfect on nutrition. I don't have to be perfect on fitness. I just need to, through some combination of the two, get it done. Of course, perfect nutrition gives the best bang for buck. But I was not nutritiona... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 01:17:59 EST Good food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767533 I have some out of control produce in my life this week, thanks to the farmer's market. White nectarines, heirloom tomatoes, plums, Japanese eggplant, summer squash and piel de sapo melons, oh my! You know your body has been deprived of good food when it reacts to an overload of fruits and vegetables with some . . . distress. I'll say no more on the topic. <BR> <BR> So, far, I am on track to meet my goals for the day. I'm realizing this is much more like "starting over" than I cared to... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:17:10 EST Decisions, decisions. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767079 The more healthy decisions you make, the easier it is to make healthy decisions. But those first few can feel agonizing. I made two healthy decisions today. And while it almost hurt to make them, I know I put myself on track for more healthy decisions tomorrow. <BR> <BR> First, I was picking out a snack at the supermarket and I saw a new product -- chocolate toffee covered pretzels. Boy did those look good! I even picked them up and started walking towards the register with them. But t... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 01:23:50 EST Taking my medicine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766921 For me, Sparkpeople is so much more than a website or a social media platform or a repository of information. It's like a daily vitamin, or maybe even a vital medication that must be taken each day. I always convince myself I don't need it (WHY???) but I always come crawling back. Because Sparkpeople works. I''m ready to embrace that fact. I'm ready to do what needs to be done. I'm ready to commit. <BR> <BR> Goals for tomorrow: <BR> <BR> 1) Eat packed lunch only <BR> 2) Attend 8:15 ... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 20:13:44 EST Earthquake weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766171 It's a beautiful day here in sunny California. There was a pretty big earthquake last night that did a lot of damage around Napa but I somehow managed to sleep through it. That's a true native San Franciscan for you, right there. Earthquake? What earthquake??? <BR> <BR> Funny thing is, just yesterday crossing the bridge, I thought "This is earthquake weather -- I hope I make it over before it hits!" I did end up making it over by about a 10 hour margin! Of course, all the bridges are f... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 16:49:38 EST The Trouble with Travel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763902 Several of my Sparkfriends travel often for work so I have heard about their struggles on the road. But now I can add my own to the list! <BR> <BR> I feel like I've been doing okay because I'm not using this as an opportunity to binge. In fact, yesterday I even stayed within my calorie range. But here are just a few of the issues I have faced: <BR> <BR> Work outs? What workouts? There's no time! I just go back and forth between the hotel and the worksite. I work when I'm onsite. The... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:36:28 EST Still alive! Still trying! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762970 Boy, that was a long time between blogs! August has been insane. I went to Outside Lands music festival for the fourth year in a row -- that accounted for four days of my absence. And then, I was sent on a business trip to North Carolina where I have been off and on since 8/11. Good news: NC is lovely and the people are great. Bad news: I want to be home! I just bought a brand new house and I can't even enjoy it! Worst news: When I get back, my husband is leaving for L.A. for three da... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:35:29 EST 19,941 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751461 Another great active day -- 19,941 steps! I didn't even work out today! All those steps were just walking around. Here's what I did: <BR> <BR> 1) Walked to BART <BR> 2) Walked to work <BR> 3) Walked back to BART <BR> 4) Walked home <BR> 5) Walked to meet a friend for dinner <BR> 6) Did some light shopping <BR> <BR> Yes, yes, yes! This is what I need! Active rest days where I get out and about and burn calories even though I have no formal workout planned. I've already lost weight sinc... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 03:01:52 EST Starting over (or not) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750065 Back in 2013, I wrote my one and only Popular Blog Post. The blog took on the phrase "on the wagon" and concluded that, because a true lifestyle change is permanent and on-going, "there is no wagon." It is all part of the same continuum -- just a series of days that make up our lives, no stops, no starts, just life. <BR> <BR> I still believe that but I have the distinct feeling of "starting over" at the moment. And I can't say that's a bad thing. This healthy lifestyle is just like ridin... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:46:37 EST 19,475 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749656 I took 19,475 steps yesterday! The best part is that I didn't do anything extraordinary -- just back to my old routine! I took a short walk on my lunch break (plan to do the same today). In the evening, I walked to my ShimmyPop class, danced my heart out and I walked back! That was it! <BR> <BR> When I was living in the East Bay last year, THAT WAS JUST A NORMAL DAY. I knew that I was being less active when I was living in Mountain View, but I couldn't easily quantify it because I never... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:18:40 EST August Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749134 I've spent today ruminating on my goals for the month of August. Here is what I have come up with so far: <BR> <BR> 1) No processed foods or alcohol with the exception of the following predesignated events: (8/2, 8/7, 8/8, 8/9, 8/10 -- 3 of those are the Outside Lands Music Festival!) <BR> <BR> 2) At least 3 Hipline classes per week (back to my old dance studio -- I can't wait!) <BR> <BR> 3) Walk/run/bike at least 10 miles per week (walking or running the lake, walking as transportation, ... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:43:40 EST Because I'm Happy!: A Nod to the Mental Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749076 I'm so, so happy this week! We finally moved into our new home this weekend. We're homeowners! We love the condo, it is gorgeous and has so much space. But what's better -- way, way better! -- is the neighborhood! Yes, we are lakeside, with beautiful views, tons of fun shops and restaurants and plenty of gently rolling hills to burn a few calories on. My goal is going to be to get in at least a little walking time every day. I may go for a miles goal, or a steps goal -- I haven't decid... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:26:56 EST