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/ 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.. I need your help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762782 Hey Sparkland! As some of you may already know, I have been training for my first figure competition for some time now. It is now down to the nitty gritty - my contest is in less than 12 weeks, and I need your help. <BR> <BR> I have devoted many hours/days/weeks/months of my life towards this goal, as well as every single spare dollar I have found (and some support from really good friends). I am making myself broke in order to realize this dream, and I wouldn't have it any other way. But th... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:01:05 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 Celtic Countdown Challenge - Week 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5022698 <em>137</em> Week 4 <em>137</em> <BR> <BR> Weight: 177 [+/-0] <BR> Body fat %: 23.6% [+/-0] <BR> Body fat: 41.77lb [+/-0] <BR> <BR> Bust: 38.5" [-/+0] <BR> Waist: 29" [-/+0] <BR> Low waist: 34" [+/-0] <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> -0.9% body fat <BR> -2.75" total <BR> <BR> Absolutely no change at all this week, but I was already prepared... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 01:37:32 EST Celtic Countdown Challenge - Week 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5013193 <em>137</em> Week 3 <em>137</em> <BR> <BR> Weight: 177 [+/-0] <BR> Body fat %: 23.6% [+/-0] <BR> Body fat: 41.77lb [+/-0] <BR> <BR> Bust: 38.5" [-/+0] <BR> Waist: 29" [-/+0] <BR> Low waist: 34" [-0.5"] <BR> Hips: 37" [-/+0] <BR> Bum: 40" [-/+0] <BR> Thighs: 23.25" [+/-0] <BR> Biceps: 11.75" [-0.25"] <BR> Calves: 16.25" [+/-0"] <BR> <BR> Totals so far for challenge: <BR> +1lb <BR> -0.9% body fat <BR> -2.75" total <BR> <BR> Inches still changed in spite of nothing else moving, so I'll ... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 08:56:03 EST Food preferences http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5003047 Two blogs in one day.. madness. Madness I say! <BR> <BR> I came across a thread on the message boards about what foods you now find gross. I went through a few pages of responses, and it got me thinking. I actually started off in a much better position than some people. Many of the foods I kept seeing listed are ones that I've never really found appealing, so I've never actually had to get over an addiction to them. In the vein of counting my blessings, so to speak, I'm going to rant about h... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 08:41:20 EST Celtic Countdown Challenge - Week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5002909 <em>137</em> Week 2 <em>137</em> <BR> <BR> Weight: 177 [+1lb] <BR> Body fat %: 23.6% [-0.4%] <BR> Body fat: 41.77lb [-1.35lb] <BR> <BR> Bust: 38.5" [-/+0] <BR> Waist: 29" [-/+0] <BR> Low waist: 34.5" [-0.5"] <BR> Hips: 37" [-/+0] <BR> Bum: 40" [-/+0] <BR> Thighs: 23.25" [-0.25"] <BR> Biceps: 12" [-0.25"] <BR> Calves: 16.25" [-0.25"] <BR> <BR> Totals so far for challenge: <BR> +1lb <BR> -0.9% body fat <BR> -2" total <BR> <BR> My thigh and calf measurements have gone back down to my ba... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 05:50:04 EST Victory! Me: 1, idiots in car: 0 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4999673 I'm proud of me today. It goes to show just how far I've come, mentally. <BR> <BR> I work nights, so it's not uncommon for me to pass by people going out to bars/clubs when I'm on my way to work Thursday/Friday/Saturday night (I start work at 11pm, so I'm out right around the time they're all heading out). And of course, when boys go to bars with a bunch of their friends, their collective IQ seems to drop about fifteen points. Also, make note I said -boys-. Boys are boys no matter what age t... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 14:28:14 EST Celtic Countdown Challenge - Week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4992559 <em>137</em> Week 1 <em>137</em> <BR> <BR> Weight: I forgot to weigh myself before I ate my breakfast, so I'll have to do that tomorrow <BR> Body fat %: 24% [-0.5%] <BR> Body fat: This will also have to be calculated tomorrow when I weigh myself <BR> <BR> Bust: 38.5" [-/+0] <BR> Waist: 29" [-0.5"] <BR> Low waist: 35" [-0.25"] <BR> Hips: 37" [-/+0] <BR> Bum: 40" [-/+0] <BR> Thighs: 23.5" [+0.25"] <BR> Biceps: 12.25" [-/+0] <BR> Calves: 16.5" [+0.25"] <BR> <BR> So I've seen both a gain a... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 05:08:33 EST Celtic Countdown Challenge - Base line http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4982983 So, Monday. Time to share my base line measurements to begin. These were taken this morning, and include everything I'm going to be monitoring throughout the course of my challenge. <BR> <BR> Weight: 176lbs <BR> Body fat %: 24.5% <BR> Body fat: 43.12lbs <BR> <BR> Bust: 38.5" <BR> Waist: 29.5" <BR> Low waist: 35.25" <BR> Hips: 37" <BR> Bum: 40" <BR> Thighs: 23.25" <BR> Biceps: 12.25" <BR> Calves: 16.25" Mon, 23 Jul 2012 10:19:56 EST Oh, internet. You contain the neatest things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4981581 I've recently fallen in love with a website my friend linked me to. It's essentially a bunch of online coupons that pertain to whatever city you choose to look at and can be for activities, groceries, other items, and they even have a travel section. <BR> <BR> What originally got me onto the site was the deal for 11lbs of chicken breast for $49. Alex and I go through a LOT of chicken and tend to stock pile it when it's on sale at the grocery store, so it was perfect. After buying that deal, ... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 11:00:54 EST The plan, the challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4980313 H'okay, so I've been being a slacker on figuring out my pre-Ireland challenge so it's about time I got to it. And hopefully posting it here, where all of you can rag on me for it, will keep me accountable. <BR> <BR> Celtic Countdown Challenge: July 22 - September 9 <BR> <BR> Aspect 1 - Body and Nutrition: <BR> -Return to 170lbs (Which is approximately a 6-7lb loss), though if I get lower I will be ecstatic <BR> -Drop 3% body fat <BR> -Lose 4 total inches, from anywhere on my body <BR> <BR>... Sat, 21 Jul 2012 10:27:00 EST Stepping up my entire life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4942751 Once again, I've fallen off that whole "blogging regularly" bandwagon, but that's alright. I've been a bit more consistent with my Sparking in spite of not having it look that way and that's all that really mattered. However, it is time to step everything up a notch. <BR> <BR> I weighed myself this morning for the first time in about a month. I'm finally back to 177! I've been trying really hard to get back under 180 for quite some time now, so I'm glad I finally am. From here I can continue... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 08:08:52 EST AIR RAID! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4853781 ...now that I have your attention. <BR> <BR> HI EVERYBODY! [Hi, Dr. Nick!] <BR> <BR> Alright, alright. I'm done messing around. It's been nearly three months since I wrote a blog, so it's long overdue for me to prattle on again. Please, please. Control your excitement. <BR> <BR> I mostly haven't been writing on here because I kind of took a nosedive into a pit and didn't climb out. My eating was nuts, I was skipping workouts left, right and center, and I just felt like total crap. You'd th... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 18:28:10 EST Awesome, angry, awesome again. HMMMM. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4727330 I'm. So. Conflicted. <BR> <BR> Last night was AMAZING. I went to go see one of my favourite bands EVER, because they finally came back to Toronto. I loooove Iced Earth and have a total groupie crush on Jon Schaffer. It's developed enough and been around long enough that Alex knows that if I ever get the chance.. yeah, it's happening and I'm not going to feel bad about doing it. *cough* ANYWAY. <BR> One of their opening bands, Symphony X.. well, all I'm going to say is that they must bloody h... Tue, 7 Feb 2012 14:34:03 EST What a night! (And a total ego boost. ha) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4705071 I went to go see Tool last night and.. wow. I've missed them every time they've come to Toronto before, so as soon as I heard about this concert I was all over it. I happened to be home the morning tickets went on sale (Thankfully), so I sat online refreshing it over and over waiting. It definitely proved to be worth it, as I ended up with two floor tickets. Sure, it cost me almost $250 for them, but was it worth it? Hell. Yes. Every cent and more. <BR> <BR> I've been in love with Tool for m... Thu, 26 Jan 2012 11:25:55 EST Have I been here a year already? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4696948 Well, it looks like it's finally hit that time. One year on Spark. <BR> <BR> Taking a look back at the past year is quite an experience. It has its share of blood, sweat, and tears, but also laughs and smiles. Plenty of disappointments and stumbles, but always at least one more example of picking myself up and continuing on. <BR> <BR> Although I write this while swimming up from the depths of an intense pain in my jaw, I'm going to do my best to actually recall all this year has brought me... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 13:42:52 EST Reset button pushed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4678723 So far, so good. <BR> <BR> As per my status update on the weekend, I did in fact restart my training program on Monday. It is a twelve week trainer and I had been working through the forth week in December when I got the news about my dad. Safe to say, that week and the days that followed went down the crapper. I did legitimately try, but my heart wasn't in it. I think I only managed to actually work out five times between December 15 and January 7th, which only made my extreme emotional eat... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 16:30:43 EST Amazing.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4641835 This woman was paralyzed not once, but twice. <BR> And now she walks. <BR> <BR> My friend linked me to this earlier today and I just had to share it with all of you. Such an amazing story. <BR> <BR> <link>www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/e<BR>urope/netherlands/8917621/Accident-jol<BR>ts-paralympic-cyclist-back-to-her-feet.html </link> Wed, 28 Dec 2011 14:27:16 EST So.. That's that, I guess http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4631897 I don't even know what to write here, I just feel the need to write something. This blog is pretty much not going to be of interest to anyone, but I need to write it. So I will.. even if it remains just for me. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm so far beyond stuffed full of food right now, I'm surprised I haven't burst. I've done nothing in the past few days except eat. Then cry. Then eat. Then cry some more. Wash, rinse, repeat. I have not felt hungry at all, and still I eat. I've noticed thi... Mon, 19 Dec 2011 19:13:19 EST Unintentional emasculation (Times two! Or technically three) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4618117 People are entertaining. Quite so. <BR> <BR> <BR> First and foremost, I have to state something. I have very strong legs. I always have. Gymnastics, soccer and tae kwon do as a kid, equestrian after that. Eventually even just lugging my big butt around everywhere. I normally don't even think much of it anymore because I'm so used to it.. until something like this brings it to my attention. <BR> <BR> On Monday at the gym, I was running through my legs/abs workout. I'm off in my own little w... Thu, 8 Dec 2011 18:14:31 EST So this is where my money goes.. (Pics. Lots) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4615195 So, today was officially day 1 of my test baking for gifting. Of course, this required a few things of me before I started baking. Choosing what to make, and buying ingredients. Went through a few of my baking books and narrowed my options down to 11, and chose two of them to try out today. This is only for the regular gifts. The cookies I'm making specifically for my nonna and nonno are going to be traditional Italian ones, which are a whole different set that I need to test next week. <BR> ... Tue, 6 Dec 2011 16:47:14 EST November summary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4610688 November was not the most progressive month overall, but it did herald a great achievement for me. I -finally- got down to the 160s and officially hit a healthy BMI. I did end up floating back up to 169 since my weigh in at 168, but I'll take it. I was half expecting it to be higher after the many (many) beers I consumed last night, so I'm still more than happy. <BR> <BR> November 1st: <BR> Weight - 171 <BR> Body fat % - 21.3% <BR> Bust - 38" <BR> Natural waist - 28.5" <BR> Low waist (Around... Sat, 3 Dec 2011 14:42:18 EST Why? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4603112 Over the past couple days, I've been doing a lot of thinking. I'm finally figuring out how to organize my day and getting adjusted to working nights, but for the last few weeks it's been.. difficult, to say the least. Eating habits are slowly reverting back to the healthy ways I had down fairly well before I switched shifts, and I've figured out a way that I can get a proper amount of sleep (All at once. lol), go to the gym, and still spend a bit of time with my boyfriend between him getting ... Mon, 28 Nov 2011 17:35:58 EST It's happening again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4582535 ..I swear, we're stopping now. Yup. Seriously. For real this time. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> .......for now. <BR> <BR> <BR> lol. Introducing yet another addition to our furry family. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l195859215.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I don't think I ever updated everyone on our previous addition. The fluffy black bunny we had temporarily named Dagobunny finally received his name - Pipkin. It is, of course, a name picked from Watership Down. He's one... Sun, 13 Nov 2011 17:40:34 EST October summary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4563525 October 1st: <BR> Weight - 174 <BR> Body fat % - 22.5% <BR> Bust - 38" <BR> Natural waist - 29" <BR> Low waist (Around my belly button) - 34" <BR> Hips - 37" <BR> Bum - 39" <BR> Thighs - 23.25" <BR> Calves - 16.5" <BR> Biceps - 12.25" <BR> <BR> Today: <BR> Weight - 171 [-3lbs] <BR> Body fat % - 21.3% [-1.2%] <BR> Bust - 38" [-/+0] <BR> Natural waist - 28.5" [-0.5"] <BR> Low waist (Around my belly button) - 33.5" [-0.5"] <BR> Hips - 36.5" [-0.5"] <BR> Bum - 39" [+/-0] <BR> Thighs - 22.75" [-0... Tue, 1 Nov 2011 15:38:59 EST Weakness and frustration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4560237 ..delicious, delicious weakness. It's a controlled weakness, so it's not hindering me. It's just a little hilarious sometimes. <BR> <BR> I am addicted to peanut butter. I have been for many, many years. I swear, any jar of peanut butter I possess has significantly more taken from it by spoon for me to eat than by knife to be spread on something. Until recently, the only peanut butter I would buy was Kraft. It used to be the smooth, but that changed to the extra creamy as soon as I found it (... Sun, 30 Oct 2011 18:37:40 EST The family expands http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4542044 Alex and I are officially outnumbered 4:1 by furry children in this house now. No, we did not get an eigthth cat. lol <BR> <BR> A month or so ago, when I was buying feeder rats for my snake, I came to the front of the store to find Alex standing there with an overly cute, almost childlike look on his face. I knew -something- was up, and that he wanted something, solely for that look because he is a self proclaimed belligerent a-hole. He doesn't make childlike faces. I asked him what he wante... Tue, 18 Oct 2011 17:31:14 EST Pimp My (P)Ride - Challenge 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4535842 Between now and Sunday night, spend one day on each of the following assignments in any order: <BR> <BR> Upper Body Day <BR> Lower Body Day <BR> Core Day <BR> Total Body Work Day <BR> Rest Day <BR> Cardio Day <BR> Stretch Day <BR> <BR> <BR> There was a note to disregard if this went against my program. It does, so this week happened as followed: <BR> Monday - Chest/Shoulders/Tris + Core <BR> Tuesday - Cardio <BR> Wednesday - Back/Biceps + Core (Plus bonus circuit at the gym, but it was an ... Fri, 14 Oct 2011 18:40:20 EST Pimp My (P)Ride - Challenge 4 & 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4524557 Challenge 4: <BR> 1. EVERY DAY OF UNTIL SUNDAY NIGHT, CHOOSE ONE PART OF YOUR BODY TO REPAIR. Use anything you can find in your house that is cylindrical if you have to get creative because you dont have any of this equipment. GO slow, go deep, go painful... and you'll know its working <BR> <BR> Done! Most of my body wasn't too bad, but holy COW did my left calf have a lot going on with it. My IT bands were fairly painful, but nothing close to what I was expecting. I wrote a blog about that ... Fri, 7 Oct 2011 18:03:15 EST Cats just don't care http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4519679 ..yep. Pointless blog post, but it made me smile. <BR> <BR> One of our cats was sleeping on my new gym bag (because I joined a gym today. Yay!), so I took the opportunity to see how long she'd stay there. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l933354385.jpg"> <BR> 4 books and my foam roller. I only stopped because I ran out of things close to hand to pile on her. lol Tue, 4 Oct 2011 20:51:53 EST Fitness festivities! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4518110 So much has happened today, mostly fitness related. <BR> <BR> I went out and bought a foam roller to attempt some myofascial releases. And I know that the more it hurts, the more you needed it. I didn't focus too long on any particular part, as I was just getting a feel for doing them. Most of my body wasn't too bad, a bit achy but not overwhelming. The IT bands, which from what I've seen responses for tend to be the most painful part, did hurt but again.. it wasn't horrible. My left calf th... Mon, 3 Oct 2011 23:52:06 EST September summary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4515675 September was a total bust for me. I don't know exactly what happened, but I saw steady small gains week after week. The last week has been terrible as I seem to have completely lost control over myself while at work with my snacking, plus it was my dad's birthday. Yes, that's an excuse, but I knew before then that I had already completely bunged up the entire month. <BR> <BR> Stats on September 1st: <BR> Weight - 171.5lbs <BR> Body fat % - 22.5% <BR> Bust - 38" <BR> Natural waist - 29" <BR... Sun, 2 Oct 2011 19:58:41 EST God damn wreck http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4505475 I don't know what to do with myself. <BR> I can't stop crying. <BR> I'm thinking the worst. <BR> Dear spirits I hope I'm wrong. Just let me be wrong.... <BR> <BR> <BR> Something is wrong with my oldest cat. He was fine yesterday. He was fine this morning. But something has happened. He wouldn't get up to eat, and he's always the one whining for food. He was awake, but even when I brought his bowl out and held it for him, he had no interest in it. I took it away, he laid his head back down. ... Mon, 26 Sep 2011 19:14:55 EST