RAVEN_X13's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=RAVEN%5FX13 RAVEN_X13'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/ Phase 1: Kindle the Flame - Day 44-50 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6203706 So I started using a whiteboard for my daily tasks. Way more obvious than my journal, and Derek can see what I aim to do and what I actually complete because it's right there in the open. Has worked out ok so far, gotten almost everything I've set out to do complete over the last week. However, I did say I was going to use my blog on here as well. I'm trying not to spend too much time on my computer right now because I tend to.. lose hours at a time when I'm on it, but I suppose I could do it... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 10:34:38 EST Phase 1: Kindle the Flame - Day 43 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199682 Review of yesterday's tasks: <BR> <em>248</em> Breath control: 5+ minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Yoga: 10+ minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Visualization: 5-15 minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Workout: EMS <BR> <em>248</em> PN Cert: Continue chapter reading <BR> <em>38</em> Business: Facebook post <BR> <em>248</em> Skype call to begin training for kickboxing classes <BR> <BR> I did not do well when it came to Facebook yesterday. I went on to make a post, got distracted by a few articles some of m... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 08:33:25 EST Phase 1: Kindle the Flame - Day 42 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199145 Review of yesterday's tasks: <BR> <em>248</em> Breath control: 5+ minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Yoga: 10+ minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Visualization: 5-15 minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Workout: C25K <BR> <em>248</em> PN Cert: Review completed work, begin next chapter <BR> <em>38</em> Business: Facebook post <BR> <BR> I shared a Facebook post from a friend of mine of the bootcamp we run on Sundays, so it was a post, sure, but not an original one. <BR> <BR> Going to try my best to get back t... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 09:44:53 EST Phase 1: Kindle the Flame - Day 35-41 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6198628 My schedule is.. well, not even really a schedule anymore. I'm working in so many different places that my shifts are just.. everywhere. <BR> <BR> Early morning clients have me up at 5am some days, other afternoons/evenings are spent at the juice bar, security shifts can either be an all day or overnight event. It gets really fun when I have an early morning client -and- and overnight shift on the same day. Yes, that has been happening. I really need to get all this under control so I can re... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 11:27:59 EST Phase 1: Kindle the Flame - Day 30-34 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6194507 Rather than making a really long, repetitive list for each of the days as I was doing the same thing every day, I will sum it up. <BR> <BR> I spent my entire long weekend working security at a shoe sale. The days were an average of 10 hours long, plus the travel to and from. I didn't really do anything outside of working because there was no day left before or after the shift. <BR> <BR> Also, because I was not around to post on Canada Day, I'm posting this now. <BR> <img src="http://photo... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 09:15:01 EST Phase 1: Kindle the Flame - Day 29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6192109 Review of yesterday's taks: <BR> <em>248</em> Breath control: 5+ minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Yoga: 10+ minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Visualization: 5-15 minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Workout: circuit <BR> <em>248</em> PN Cert: Start next chapter's reading <BR> <em>248</em> Arrange ride for security shift <BR> <BR> --- <BR> Today's tasks: <BR> <em>8</em> Breath control: 5+ minutes <BR> <em>8</em> Yoga: 10+ minutes <BR> <em>8</em> Visualization: 5-15 minutes <BR> <em>8</em> Work secu... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 23:36:38 EST Phase 1: Kindle the Flame - Day 27/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191490 Review of June 26th's tasks: <BR> <em>248</em> Breath control: 5+ minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Yoga: 10+ minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Visualization: 5-15 minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Workout: Run bootcamp in the park <BR> <em>248</em> PN Cert: Review workbook <BR> <em>248</em> Go get cat food <BR> <BR> --- <BR> Review of June 27th <BR> <em>248</em> Breath control: 5+ minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Yoga: 10+ minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Visualization: 5-15 minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Workout... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 23:50:54 EST Phase 1: Kindle the Flame - Day 26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189788 Review of yesterday's tasks: <BR> <em>248</em> Breath control: 5+ minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Yoga: 10+ minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Visualization: 5-15 minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Workout: Run or long yoga <BR> <em>248</em> PN Cert: Finish reading/review, do workbook questions <BR> <em>38</em> Talk to guy at gym's juice bar, if he's working today <BR> <em>248</em> Go back to pub after 10 to pick up pay <BR> <BR> Juice bar was not manned when I went, so I'm going to go back on Monday ... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 08:22:11 EST Phase 1: Kindle the Flame - Day 25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189294 Review of yesterday's tasks: <BR> <em>248</em> Breath control: 5+ minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Yoga: 10+ minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Visualization: 5-15 minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Workout: Circuit or strength <BR> <em>248</em> PN Cert: Continue reading <BR> <em>38</em> Talk to guy at gym's juice bar <BR> <em>248</em> Work shift at pub <BR> <BR> Ended up having a nap when I got home from the gym so I could survive the shift at the pub, so I didn't get to the other gym to talk to the g... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 09:35:13 EST Phase 1: Kindle the Flame - Day 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6188696 Review of yesterday's tasks: <BR> <em>248</em> Breath control: 5+ minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Yoga: 10+ minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Visualization: 5-15 minutes <BR> <em>248</em> PN Cert: review and continue reading <BR> <em>248</em> Squish all furbabies again <BR> <em>248</em> Unpack and put everything away <BR> <BR> Enjoyed being surrounded by my furbabies again, they were stuck to me aaaaaall day yesterday. It was super cute. <BR> <BR> --- <BR> Today's tasks: <BR> <em>8</em> Br... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 08:30:55 EST Phase 1: Kindle the Flame - Day 21-23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6188257 Review of June 20th's tasks: <BR> <em>248</em> Breath control: 5+ minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Yoga: 10+ minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Visualization: 5-15 minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Finish packing and double check <BR> <em>248</em> Squish all furbabies <BR> <em>248</em> Drive off into the sun..rise! <BR> <BR> I cannot WAIT until I'm finished school and can get out of the city. Oh my goodness. I've spent the week so far hanging in the woods, building fires, swimming in ponds, lounging on ... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 12:49:35 EST Phase 1: Kindle the Flame - Day 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186129 Review of yesterday's tasks: <BR> <em>248</em> Breath control: 5+ minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Yoga: 10+ minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Visualization: 5-15 minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Business: write minimum one post for FB page <BR> <em>248</em> Workout: Circuit (maybe in the park?) <BR> <em>248</em> PN Cert: Review for retention <BR> <em>248</em> Gather necessary items and pack bag <BR> <em>248</em> Make and send video to kickboxing gym owner <BR> <BR> Uneventful day, but that was ok... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 08:18:00 EST Phase 1: Kindle the Flame - Day 18/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185572 Review of June 17th's tasks: <BR> <em>248</em> Breath control: 5+ minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Yoga: 10+ minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Visualization: 5-15 minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Business: write minimum one post for FB page <BR> <em>248</em> Workout: C25K week two, day two <BR> <em>248</em> PN Cert: Begin next chapter's work <BR> <em>38</em> Call financial aid office <BR> <BR> Actually completely spaced on the financial aid office call, got caught up in doing other stuff. Will need ... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 08:40:45 EST Phase 1: Kindle the Flame - Day 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6184525 Review of yesterday's tasks: <BR> <em>248</em> Breath control: 5+ minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Yoga: 10+ minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Visualization: 5-15 minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Business: write minimum one post for FB page <BR> <em>248</em> Workout: Kickboxing class <BR> <em>248</em> PN Cert: Review <BR> <em>38</em> Call OSAP office <BR> <em>248</em> Get a car charger for my phone <BR> <em>248</em> Webinar <BR> <BR> Called the OSAP office, but after being on hold for over 90 mi... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 09:07:28 EST Phase 1: Kindle the Flame - Day 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6183880 Review of yesterday's tasks: <BR> <em>248</em> Breath control: 5+ minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Yoga: 10+ minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Visualization: 5-15 minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Business: write minimum one post for FB page <BR> <em>248</em> Workout: Long yoga session <BR> <em>248</em> PN Cert: Begin reading next chapter <BR> <em>248</em> Reserve a car for tomorrow night so I can get to the kickboxing gym <BR> <em>38</em> Get a car charger for my phone <BR> <BR> Ended up finishing... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 08:25:18 EST Phase 1: Kindle the Flame - Day 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6183296 Review of yesterday's tasks: <BR> <em>248</em> Breath control: 5+ minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Yoga: 10+ minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Visualization: 5-15 minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Workout: C25K week two, day one <BR> <em>248</em> PN Cert: Review workbook for previous chapter, begin reading next chapter if time permits <BR> <em>248</em> Interview #1: Kickboxing gym <BR> <em>248</em> Interview #2: Fitness app <BR> <BR> Both of my interviews went FANTASTIC! The woman from the kickboxing... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 09:16:43 EST Phase 1: Kindle the Flame - Day 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6182544 Review of yesterday's tasks: <BR> <em>248</em> Breath control: 5+ minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Yoga: 10+ minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Visualization: 5-15 minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Workout: EMS <BR> <em>248</em> PN Cert: Begin reading next chapter <BR> <em>248</em> Continue with unfinished housework <BR> <BR> Still not great at visualization, always have trouble calming my mind down. It's gotten significantly better than it was, but I still spend quite a bit of time realizing I'm off on... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 07:58:27 EST Phase 1: Kindle the Flame - Day 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181939 Review of yesterday's tasks: <BR> <em>248</em> Breath control: 5+ minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Yoga: 10+ minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Visualization: 5-15 minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Run bootcamp in the park <BR> <em>38</em> Continue with housework <BR> <BR> The bootcamp in the park was fantastic! Lots of people in both the youth and the adult camps. Here's almost everybody in the family stretch after the adult camp. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b1709fb4-9a69-46a4-8... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 09:15:11 EST Phase 1: Kindle the Flame - Day 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181280 Review of yesterday's tasks: <BR> <em>248</em> Breath control: 5+ minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Yoga: 10+ minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Visualization: 5-15 minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Workout: C25K week one, day three <BR> <em>248</em> Help Derek with housework <BR> <BR> Although we didn't get as much housework completed as we were initially aiming for, we took a bite out of it and will probably finish it today. If not completely, we'll do at least one or two more things. <BR> <BR> ----- <B... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 08:01:28 EST Phase 1: Kindle the Flame - Day 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180870 Review of yesterday's tasks: <BR> <em>248</em> Breath control: 5+ minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Yoga: 10+ minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Visualization: 5-15 minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Workout: Circuit <BR> <em>248</em> Confirm details for security shift tonight <BR> <em>248</em> Schedule interviews (!!) <BR> <BR> Ended up doing a circuit in the park with Derek and one of his clients. It was a gorgeous day, so it was nice to get outside. <BR> <BR> Got one interview scheduled solid, the one... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 13:18:04 EST Phase 1: Kindle the Flame - Day 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180433 Review of yesterday's tasks: <BR> <em>248</em> Breath control: 5+ minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Yoga: 10+ minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Visualization: 5-15 minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Workout: C25K week one, day two <BR> <em>248</em> Write minimum one post for business' FB page <BR> <em>248</em> Finish first section of PN cert <BR> <BR> Finished the first set of reading/videos/quizzes for the PN course. The chapters onward from here are much longer and more science-filled. They recommend a... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 17:35:23 EST Phase 1: Kindle the Flame - Day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6179504 Review of yesterday's tasks: <BR> <em>248</em> Breath control: 5+ minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Yoga: 10+ minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Visualization: 5-15 minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Workout: Circuit <BR> <em>248</em> Write minimum one post for business' FB page <BR> <em>38</em> Restart reading for PN cert, aim for at least 1 section complete <BR> <BR> Those PN sections are much larger than I remembered. haha. Didn't get a full section complete, but I did get most of the reading done. Sho... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 08:21:38 EST Phase 1: Kindle the Flame - Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6178864 Review of yesterday's tasks: <BR> <em>248</em> Breath control: 5+ minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Yoga: 10+ minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Visualization: 5-15 minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Workout: C25K week one, day one <BR> <em>248</em> Write minimum one post for business' FB page <BR> <em>248</em> Phone interview <BR> <BR> My phone interview went quite well. They are going to be contacting me soon to set up a demo session, and if all goes well I'm going to be one of the limited number of fit... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 08:41:59 EST Phase 1: Kindle the Flame - Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6178145 Review of yesterday's tasks: <BR> <em>248</em> Breath control: 5+ minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Yoga: 10+ minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Visualization: 5-15 minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Workout: EMS <BR> <em>248</em> Do dishes <BR> <BR> I knew I forgot something yesterday, going to the vet to grab dog food. Derek is going to be doing that today, so at least it's getting done. <BR> <BR> I got a new toy recently, something that I've wanted for a while - a sandbag! I worked security at a warehou... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 08:25:04 EST Phase 1: Kindle the Flame - Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6177608 Review of yesterday's tasks: <BR> <em>248</em> Breath control: 5+ minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Visualization: 5-15 minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Cousin's bridal shower <BR> <em>248</em> Proper dinner with Derek <BR> <BR> Never been around so many women all at once before. Sheesh. Good times though, food was awesome, and the bridesmaids that set up the shower did a fantastic job of organization and execution of all the aspects large (venue, invites, set up, food/drinks) to small (door prizes... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 12:48:09 EST Phase 1: Kindle the Flame - Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6177227 Review of yesterday's tasks: <BR> <em>38</em> Share posting for tomorrow's bootcamp on my business' FB page <BR> <em>248</em> Breath control: 5+ minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Yoga: 10+ minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Visualization: 5-15 minutes <BR> <em>38</em> C25K: Week one, day two <BR> <em>38</em> Workout: EMS <BR> <em>248</em> High school's 50th anniversary BBQ <BR> <em>248</em> Get gift for my cousin's bridal shower <BR> <BR> Weather took a turn for the worse as the day wore on a... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 23:10:49 EST Phase 1: Kindle the Flame - Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6176272 Review of yesterday's tasks: <BR> <em>248</em> Write minimum one post for my business' FB page <BR> <em>248</em> Breath control: 5+ minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Yoga: 10+ minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Visualization: 5-15 minutes <BR> <em>38</em> C25K: Week one, day two <BR> <em>38</em> Workout: EMS <BR> <em>248</em> Go get more reptile skin conditioner <BR> <em>248</em> Soak my snake and clean his tank <BR> <BR> Got downstairs to the gym in my building, was about 2 minutes into my w... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 09:29:12 EST Phase 1: Kindle the Flame - Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6175626 Review of yesterday's tasks: <BR> <em>248</em> Write minimum one post for my business' FB page <BR> <em>248</em> Breath control: 5+ minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Yoga: 10+ minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Visualization: 5-15 minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Workout: Maybe TRX, maybe a circuit, maybe EMS <BR> <em>248</em> Put flyers on poles on the way to the park <BR> <em>38</em> Soak my snake and clean his tank <BR> <BR> Had a great morning in the park. Got all my mind-body work done and did a ... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 08:16:27 EST Phase 1: Kindle the Flame - Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6175059 Review of yesterday's tasks: <BR> <em>248</em> Write minimum one post for my business' FB page <BR> <em>248</em> Breath control: 5+ minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Yoga: 10+ minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Visualization: 5-15 minutes <BR> <em>248</em> C25K week one, day one <BR> <em>248</em> EMS workout (Did TRX instead) <BR> <em>248</em> Go to pharmacy <BR> <em>248</em> Hand out promo flyers on corner for minimum 30 minutes or until gone <BR> <BR> Ended up doing a TRX workout in place o... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 10:27:07 EST Phase 1: Kindle the Flame - Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6174269 Review of yesterday's tasks: <BR> <em>248</em> Write minimum one post for my business' FB page <BR> <em>248</em> Breath control: 5+ minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Yoga: 10+ minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Visualization: 5-15 minutes <BR> <em>38</em> C25K week one, day one <BR> <em>248</em> Kin tape application on friend for her swelling <BR> <em>248</em> Vacuum all floors <BR> <em>248</em> Wash all floors <BR> <em>38</em> EMS workout <BR> <BR> Ended up getting a call from a friend dur... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 08:38:08 EST May 31st http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6173602 Review of yesterday's tasks: <BR> <em>248</em> Take starting measurements <BR> <em>248</em> Take photos <BR> <em>248</em> Write SP blog about coming months <BR> <em>248</em> Breath control exercise: 5+ minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Yoga: 10+ minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Visualization: 5-15 minutes <BR> <em>248</em> Go get cat litter and clean it <BR> <em>248</em> Do dishes <BR> <em>248</em> Webinar: virtual tour of college campus <BR> <em>248</em> Write minimum one post f... Tue, 31 May 2016 08:24:12 EST Back again, trying something new http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6173149 I've been floating in the background of SP since late 2014. No blogs, no message board posts, no logging of anything. Just sort of.. watching. Watching everyone else on their journey, watching new articles/videos being posted, watching challenges come and go. Watching myself ignoring everything I know as my body gets worse and worse. Watching life flying by and not doing a thing about it. I'm trying something new, in a bid to end that nonsense. <BR> <BR> I need accountability from somewhere,... Mon, 30 May 2016 15:03:41 EST The road to competition.. Taking the sign http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790533 I have been talking to my coach a fair bit lately, and last week when I e-mailed him progress pictures, he kindly asked if I would be ok doing a November show instead of the October 25th date I was aiming for. This was because, although I have improved a lot, we still have a fair bit of tightening up to do. <BR> <BR> Admittedly, over the last few weeks, when I was taking these pictures to send him, my only thought was "I really don't think I'm on track for October 25th.." This became very pe... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 15:51:27 EST Strong for a girl http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785438 Last week, when I was doing my leg workout, I had this phrase said to me. "You're really strong for a girl." Bear in mind, at this particular point in time, I had just finished doing my 5th set of squats at 285lbs. Is that worthy of a compliment? Of course! I would compliment someone if I saw them do that as well. However, why does it have to be specified "for a girl"? Yes, sure, it is a compliment, albeit a very backhanded one. <BR> My response was very simple. "Although I understand and app... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:00:03 EST The road to competition.. Life update and body stats http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716714 So seeing as how I have finally decided to start tracking my food again (better late than never, right?), it only seems reasonable that I also utilize the blogs to track progress. <BR> <BR> Step one: Create an environment that will breed my success. CHECK! <em>248</em> <BR> June 1st was a big day for me. I moved into my first apartment by myself. I went from living with my dad, then my fiance, to a roommate. I have ALWAYS wanted to live alone, and I'm so excited that I finally do, for mo... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 19:31:03 EST Today marks the day.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588426 ..that I have decided to go down a path I had only toyed with before. My new Sparkpage design brings in targets, as I have now honed in on exactly what is going to happen. <BR> <BR> I've thought about competing before, thinking it'd be fun to do once just to say I did. But to be honest, I never really knew if I was serious. It became more and more of a pipe dream as I continually did the opposite of what I was trying to do and gained a bunch of weight. No more. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I paid m... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 18:39:37 EST Meltdown warning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5415771 I just can't do it anymore. I can't continue on the way I am, pretending that nothing's wrong. This is not going to be a happy blog. This is not going to be focused on my weight loss. This is literally the culmination of every horrible thought that I have been fighting with for the last couple months that caused me to break down into tears last night. <BR> <BR> I have seen some progress. I have seen some regression. I have gained some clients. I have not gained many others. I'm trying very h... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 16:38:45 EST What an AWESOME weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5298709 Holy craaaaap, this weekend was amazing. <BR> <BR> I was actually attending a course this weekend. That may not seem like a very interesting thing to be doing to most people, but I liked it for a multitude of reasons. I love to learn things, anything really, just for the sake of having knowledge. Give me a chance at something I'm really passionate about, and I'll be all over it. <BR> <BR> The course I took was for the Darby Training System, and covered physical assessment and program design... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 21:19:45 EST Ha! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5243167 Don't blog in forever, then two blogs in one day. Madness I say! But it had to be done. <BR> <BR> I was supposed to be at a course today, but they cancelled it due to the snow storm we're experiencing. The course happened to be at my own gym, so I figured I'd go in to work anyway. When I got there, NO ONE was there. My gym is huge, so only seeing maybe five people there that weren't staff was a really weird thing. Sean told me that it was unlikely I'd be doing a heck of a lot that was useful... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 18:35:02 EST Behind the scenes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5242588 I just realized that I haven't actually written a blog here since I started my new job, and that seems like an awfully silly thing for me to have done. Granted, I do tend to spend somewhere between 10 and 12 hours at the gym now because of it, but that's no excuse to not write out how my experiences have been going. <BR> <BR> In case you are unaware, I up and left my job at the bakery in the beginning of December. I spent a few weeks unemployed and preparing myself, then applied at the gym I... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 09:29:36 EST The Devil's Cupcakes (*WARNING*: Lots of trigger foods, all at once) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5166525 Kind of delayed, seeing as how I made them last week, but I hadn't gotten around to getting the pictures off my camera. Now that I have, I present to you the incredibly evil, incredibly delicious cupcakes I made for Derek's birthday. <BR> <BR> Although I mentioned it in my last blog, here's the back story: I'm a complete chocoholic, and I absolutely love working with chocolate because you can do so much with it. I thoroughly enjoy having a fun reason to bake constantly now, so as to spoil al... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 13:36:00 EST Looking for inspiration? Look no further http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5160872 This was brought to my attention by a friend of mine and just.. wow. I actually have no words for how amazing this is. <BR> <BR> <link>youtu.be/j2laIPeiMtE </link> Sun, 9 Dec 2012 08:55:55 EST Life, and all that pertains to it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5158360 I have not blogged in aaaaaages. Sheesh. <BR> <BR> What's been going on, what's been going on..... <BR> <BR> Well, I handed in my resignation at the bakery last week, so Sunday is officially my last day there. I'm really excited to be stepping into a new path in my life. Especially one that gets me away from working with food. Particularly bread, since I eat too much of it and I've really got to stop that. <BR> <BR> I passed my theory exam (on my first go. Woo!), am planning on doing my pr... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 15:16:11 EST Wigglebuttdance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5094001 It's been a while since I was happy enough to break out my wiggle butt dance, but today called for it. <BR> <BR> As if I needed any further indication that it's the right idea for me to become a trainer... <BR> <BR> I registered for the certification course yesterday and mentioned that to Derek. I'm going the first weekend in November. Derek in turn mentioned it to Kyle, who is the fitness manager at my gym. Kyle got super excited about this, and was asking Derek when I was going. <BR> <BR... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 12:39:16 EST Things! Things and stuff! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5089817 Holy crap, there is a lot going on in my life right now. And for once, it's pretty much all good! <BR> <BR> First of all, I'm officially going down the personal trainer route. I know, I know. It's cliche. Lose weight, get healthy, become a trainer. But, I've been toying with that idea for some months now. I'm extremely passionate about fitness, and at this point in my life I know more about it than I do anything else. I'm running out of hours in the day to try all the fitness related things ... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 10:15:02 EST Madness marathon! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5070014 I did it, I did it, I did ALL OF IT! <BR> <BR> Now, I did something I shouldn't have done to give me the opportunity to do it, but I don't feel the least bit bad. <BR> <BR> I called in injured to work (I told my manager I had badly pulled my shoulder at the gym and couldn't come in to work) so I could get tonight off. What did I do with myself? Well, my instructor mentioned in class on Thursday an event that was being done by the dojo, which I decided as soon as I heard about it that I need... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 07:39:23 EST Celtic Countdown Challenge - Final http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5052148 <em>137</em> Week 7 <em>137</em> <BR> <BR> Weight: 177 [+/-0] <BR> Body fat %: 22.3% [-0.2%] <BR> Body fat: 39.47lb [-0.35lb] <BR> <BR> Bust: 38.5" [-/+0] <BR> Waist: 28.5" [+/-0] <BR> Low waist: 32.75" [-0.25"] <BR> Hips: 37" [-/+0] <BR> Bum: 40" [-/+0] <BR> Thighs: 23.25" [+/-0] <BR> Biceps: 11.75" [+/-0] <BR> Calves: 16.25" [+/-0"] <BR> <BR> Grand totals for challenge: <BR> +1lb (Goal: -7lbs. Not met) <BR> -2.2% body fat (Goal: -3%. Almost met) <BR> -3.65lbs body fat (Did not hav... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 08:55:28 EST Celtic Countdown Challenge - Week 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5041975 <em>137</em> Week 6 <em>137</em> <BR> <BR> Weight: 177 [+1lb] <BR> Body fat %: 22.5% [-0.9%] <BR> Body fat: 39.82lb [-1.36lb] <BR> <BR> Bust: 38.5" [-/+0] <BR> Waist: 28.5" [-0.5"] <BR> Low waist: 33" [-0.25"] <BR> Hips: 37" [-/+0] <BR> Bum: 40" [-/+0] <BR> Thighs: 23.25" [+/-0] <BR> Biceps: 11.75" [+/-0] <BR> Calves: 16.25" [+/-0"] <BR> <BR> Totals so far for challenge: <BR> +1lb <BR> -2% body fat <BR> -3.3lbs body fat <BR> -4.25" total <BR> <BR> Saw a regain of that silly pound aga... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 05:20:49 EST Celtic Countdown Challenge - Week 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5032613 <em>137</em> Week 5 <em>137</em> <BR> <BR> Weight: 176 [-1lb] <BR> Body fat %: 23.4% [-0.2%] <BR> Body fat: 41.18lb [-0.59lb] <BR> <BR> Bust: 38.5" [-/+0] <BR> Waist: 29" [-/+0] <BR> Low waist: 33.25" [-0.75"] <BR> Hips: 37" [-/+0] <BR> Bum: 40" [-/+0] <BR> Thighs: 23.25" [+/-0] <BR> Biceps: 11.75" [+/-0] <BR> Calves: 16.25" [+/-0"] <BR> <BR> Totals so far for challenge: <BR> +/-0lb <BR> -1.1% body fat <BR> -3.5" total <BR> <BR> <BR> I feel FANTASTIC this week. In spite of the huuuug... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 05:20:05 EST People are unbelieveable http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5026549 Now, I'm going to throw out there that I do not really like people to begin with. There are exceptions, of course, but in general I'm not a fan of my species. Every once in a while, things happen that make me go "See. SEE?! -THIS- is why I hate you people!" One of these things happened yesterday. <BR> <BR> I had just left kickboxing and was going to the subway. The station I get on at has the street level, the level with the turnstiles and collector, and the subways one level lower. On the m... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 14:51:35 EST