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 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 Day 67 -- Taking it slow and easy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5869756 I'm taking it pretty easy these days. Not in terms of exercise -- I've been walking 4-5 miles per day and taking one dance or strength training class per day. I'm also tracking my food and water and maintaining my streak. But I'm not being very strict in my eating. And I think that's a good thing for now. <BR> <BR> One thing I've realized is that, in the past, I've always started with a strict diet and a hardcore exercise regimen. I lose tons of weight at first. Then, I tend to slack... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 00:46:52 EST Day 63 -- Back from Vacay! Ready to work! February Goals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5867502 Got back from one of the best vacations of my life on Friday. Kauai was a marvel, a miracle, a gorgeous island in time. I think the only better vacation we've ever taken was our honeymoon. This felt like a second honeymoon in many ways and I am definitely returning relaxed and ready to start my new job (tomorrow!) and generally take on the world. <BR> <BR> Right now I'm hovering at somewhere between 4 - 6 pounds above my pre-Hawaii weight. I'm hoping to see my weight normalize to pre-Haw... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 22:46:39 EST Day 52 -- When it rains, it pours NSV's http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5859160 This week has been filled with NSV's -- yay! <BR> <BR> I ran into a friend of mine from dance class. She hasn't been to class since November since she was in the Philippines visiting with family for over six weeks. When she saw me she said, "Oh my god! What have you been doing? You look incredible! Your face!" My face has gotten thinner! It was great to have the perspective of someone who hasn't seen me for a while. I'm even happier that I started getting it together back in December... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 00:52:18 EST Day 50 -- Celebrating a 50 day log-in streak! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858019 50 days ago, I decided to get back on track with my nutrition and fitness! Since then, I've lost 13 pounds! But more importantly, I've nurtured myself and encouraged my momentum by logging in every day, getting my water most days (on an 18 day water streak right now!), and working out like it's my J-O-B. Today, I plan on getting myself a reward to mark this occasion. I'm not quite sure what it will be but I'll come back and tell you guys about it! <BR> <BR> Happy 50th streak day to me! Mon, 19 Jan 2015 15:00:36 EST Day 47 -- Awesomeness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5855871 TOM having subsided, the number on the scale continues its descent. As excited as I am about weight loss, I've had a serious shift in my mentality. I will work hard to eat right and be healthy. But I will NOT deny myself, deprive myself or take actions that will ultimately be unsustainable. <BR> <BR> This morning after my work out, I treated myself to a vegan, banana nut muffin. Delicious! But half way through I decided to save what was left for a snack later in the day. <BR> <BR> :rec... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 15:05:42 EST Day 46 -- Mid-month Check-In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5855187 Here are the goals I set up for myself at the start of the month and here's how I'm doing with them today! <BR> <BR> 1) Enter the 180's <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> I've lost 3.4 pounds and am sitting at 192.2. This is especially epic considering that it is TOM and I'm no doubt holding on to at least 2-3 pounds of water weight. I may hit my goal as early as next week! <BR> <BR> 2) VB6 and Juicing <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> VB6 is going AMAZINGLY well! I am loving the flexibility. It is a... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 17:00:20 EST Day 45 -- Meal time rituals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5854449 I had a very enjoyable lunch today -- Vietnamese style vermicelli noodle salad with romaine, cucumber, carrots and thai curry cashews (found at Whole Foods). A light of filling meal and very flavorful (I topped it with chopped mint, cilantro and green onions, as well as a sweet nuoc cham style dressing). <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l772228032.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I started the meal with a brief word of grace. This is an idea that my health coach has encouraged ... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 17:04:05 EST Day 44 -- Whatever it is you're doing . . . you're going to have to keep doing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5853703 I'm in an unusual space for me. On the one hand, I'm totally determined and committed and motivated. On the other hand, I'm not really on a diet. Don't get me wrong -- I'm tracking my food and eating healthy. I'm following VB6 -- eating vegan before 6 p.m. and then loosening the reins for some animal products and treats. But I'm not on a diet. <BR> <BR> For the first time ever, I'm doing something that I think could be -- gasp -- sustainable. Permanently. <BR> <BR> I'm working out abo... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 17:25:45 EST Day 42 -- The healthy obese http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5851736 I'm currently fortunate enough to count myself among the "healthy obese." I'm significantly overweight but all my health markers are great -- I'm in very good health. However, I recently came across a study indicating that healthy obese people see their good health dwindle over time, eventually joining the ranks of the more typical unhealthy obese. <BR> <BR> "The healthy obese become unhealthy and progress into the highest risk group." <BR> <BR> <link>well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/01/07/... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 11:32:58 EST Day 39 -- More good news! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849553 My husband got an awesome job offer! As some of you know, we've both been commuting over 100 miles a day. I recently got a new job 1.5 miles from our new home. Jeremy's new job will be just 10 miles from our new home -- a 20 minute drive, usually! Plus, the job offers lots of room to grow and the opportunity to learn a lot about a growing field! AND, we're going to have the same last day of work and the same start date on our new jobs, with a week off in between!!! <BR> <BR> This is tre... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 14:00:06 EST Day 38 -- The Science of Sticking to Your Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848630 Happify has this great infographic this morning on the science of sticking to your goals. <BR> <BR> <link>my.happify.com/hd/how-science-can-he<BR>lp-you-stick-to-your-goals-infographic/ </link> <BR> <BR> It's cute and informative. Here at Spark we talk a lot about SMART goals but I had never heard of WOOPing your goals before. WOOP means: <BR> <BR> W = Wish (Define your goal) <BR> O = Outcome (Daydream about the outcome) <BR> O = Obstacles (Imagine what holds you back) <BR> P = Plan ... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 13:23:07 EST Day 37 -- DietBet and Mastering Moderation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5847819 I joined a DietBet! I'm so excited! For those who are unfamiliar . . . <BR> <BR> <link>www.dietbetter.com/social-dieting/ou<BR>r-mission </link> <BR> <BR> I need to lose 7.9 pounds by 2/2 -- which just happens to be my first day at my new job! I would love to be 7.9 pounds svelter and full of confidence on that day. 7.9 pounds in 28 days is a tall order but I'm up to the challenge. I need to win back my buy-in and some extra cash! <BR> <BR> On the moderation front, I had a cookie ... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 15:39:13 EST Day 36 -- Success Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5846530 One thing I've been avoiding for over a year, is listening to the interview I did with Sparkpeople Radio back in July of 2013. Having lost 70 pounds at that time, I was a total Sparkpeople success story. I got a lot of positive feedback for the interview and was INCREDIBLY proud of it. <BR> <BR> Of course, as I started slowly regaining 20 pounds, I shrank more and more from the idea of being a success story. I conveniently "forgot" about the interview, even though I frequently review my o... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 10:43:30 EST Day 35 -- Great blog and podcast to check out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5845533 If you check out one thing on the site today, it should probably be Spark super success story and maintainer TINAJANE76's blog, "I Survived My Third Holiday Season on Maintenance!", which was highlighted in this morning's "Best of Sparkpeople" email. Check it out! <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5844597 </link> <BR> <BR> Tina Jane talks about her successful holiday season and how far she's come on her maintenance journey. She also recomme... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 11:11:59 EST