REDHEADMOM2U's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=REDHEADMOM2U REDHEADMOM2U'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/ Slowing down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225371 I'm working out harder and more effectively than ever. <BR> <BR> My eating is mostly good (although I am craving foods more and have less discipline about eating in general). <BR> <BR> My weight loss has slowed. Which is <BR> <BR> <BR> okay <BR> <BR> because I understand I have less to lose and am closer to goal, etc. <BR> <BR> But <BR> <BR> <BR> BUT <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm not where I want to end up. And tbh I don't know where that is. And I've become , not obsessed, but I wonder an... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 11:57:34 EST What does thin mean? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6200887 I've hit a point where apparently I look very good in terms of people noticing. And truthfully, I notice too. I have calf muscles! My thighs are shapelier. My butt hurts when sitting because there is less padding. I am trying new sleep positions because the old ones hurt without being propped up by all of my former self. I can even see my breast bone when I suck in my stomach (and sucking in my stomach actually does something...it's actually noticeable!). <BR> <BR> Anyway. <BR> <BR> That ... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 10:33:35 EST Sad truth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185378 As much as I worry about maintenance, I still have a hard time just losing weight. Haven't lost any weight this week. <BR> Which.Is.Okay. <BR> Normal even. <BR> Good even. <BR> I've been losing consistently for two months so a slow down is fine. <BR> <BR> BUT. <BR> <BR> Sad truth is it messes with my mind to "do the work" and not get instant gratification. (makes me worry about maintaining). Trying really hard, and most moments succeeding, at trusting the process. But those stray mome... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 21:20:21 EST Flat tire http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6179976 I love quotes and sayings and wisdoms... <BR> <BR> Lately, I've been leaning on the "flat tire" thinking. <BR> <BR> If you have a flat tire, you don't stab the other three. You fix the flat and keep moving on. <BR> <BR> When you eat poorly, it's a flat tire. Don't think you've messed up the other three tires! <BR> <BR> FWIW, <BR> Renee Thu, 9 Jun 2016 23:37:04 EST 50% of me gone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6176884 Woo HOO! This morning I hit a tipping point: I weigh exactly what I've lost in the last 18 months. I've lost FIFTY PERCENT of my starting weight! <BR> <BR> Isn't that incredible? Phenomenal? Inspiring! It is to me! It's mind numbing/blowing as well. <BR> <BR> Funny story: couldn't sleep well last night. At midnight, decided to weigh for the new day. I was only .3 away from this goal yesterday and I was so excited...like a kid on Christmas morning. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I was up. UP! After a... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 11:06:05 EST Walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6174698 I'm trying to log 24 hours of walking this week. I walk approximately 3 miles an hour. It's a LOT of time walking...and I'm a ginger and the high in Arizona later this week is projected to be 117... <BR> <BR> Luckily, it's safe to walk in the early morning AND I have a treadmill and a new found addiction to Netflix so.... <BR> <BR> But just walking feels so good. I can really see a difference in my upper legs especially. I feel...powerful...when my legs are a certain way and I see (dare I s... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 21:00:02 EST more non scale victories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6153849 I keep a chart of my weight loss statistics every week and there is space for a non scale victory as well. <BR> <BR> BUT I feel like I have so many NSV's lately, that I want to write them ALL down: <BR> <BR> Won a fitbit challenge <BR> GREAT blood pressure <BR> Arm fit in blood pressure machine at work <BR> Several comments (and tbh, several double takes) <BR> Wore a few dresses and felt SASSY <BR> Inspired someone to walk with me <BR> Inspired someone to beat me in a daily fitbit number! ... Sun, 1 May 2016 08:14:54 EST New Jeans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6122041 I can get my current jeans on and off without undoing the button and zipper. Even though I don't like "skinny" pants...that is a bit excessive for jeans. <BR> <BR> Went out yesterday for a new pair....picked out a size 18 and 20 (currently have a 24). Put on the 20 and it looked good. For kicks tried on the 18...definitely more snug but still...fit!!! <BR> <BR> Size 18 baby!! <BR> <BR> Definite NSV! What are your current NSV's? <BR> Renee Fri, 18 Mar 2016 08:10:18 EST Took a day off and http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6119346 the world didn't end! <BR> <BR> I am on break, and decided to up my walking game last week. Ended up with huge hot purpley blister on my bottom foot--walked around it for a few days...guess what? It got worse. <BR> <BR> Took yesterday off. No 10000 steps for me. Even took off the fitbit. And today...lots better. Just hit 10000 and not going to push it. <BR> <BR> And just to prove this is a crazy journey--I lost weight from yesterday! <BR> <BR> How are you?? Mon, 14 Mar 2016 20:39:57 EST Down 150 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6115878 So. I'm down 150 pounds from my recorded high. I'm trying to sit with it for awhile, before concentrating on my next shorter term goal, but it's a nice number to be down. <BR> <BR> I can see differences definitely--hip bones and collar bones are fun and there now. But I still see how far I have yet to go. Which is true but it's also true I've lost 150 and fit in chairs and booths now and look different and feel better. Truth really seems to be dependent on what you want to focus on. <BR> ... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 09:16:09 EST so much of this is mental http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6091549 Yesterday I had two dinners---one with several extra helpings of veggies. And an hour or so later...about 8 ounces of cottage cheese. <BR> <BR> Maybe I really needed protein? or bulk? <BR> <BR> I just know that I didn't feel hungry but I so wanted to eat. <BR> <BR> I hate head hunger. <BR> <BR> Just saying. Tue, 9 Feb 2016 06:58:57 EST Down 100 pounds since... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089548 I am down 100 pounds since my surgery almost 8 months ago. What a feeling to realize that! It has been tough, and the mental game is getting harder, not easier, but I keep plugging along. So proud of myself--have to admit that! <BR> <BR> To celebrate: today I met my goal of walking 25,000 steps in one day! <BR> <BR> Woo HOO! Sat, 6 Feb 2016 19:54:02 EST Frustrated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6077608 On Monday, after basically staying the same weight for two weeks, I promised myself I wouldn't weigh again til Sunday. <BR> <BR> The last six days I have walked like crazy and I have been eating correctly--even though my brain wants me to eat a lot more.... <BR> <BR> I thought about getting on the scale every single day. Many times. Distracting amount of times. Would have been easier to just weigh daily I think... <BR> <BR> I was down one pound today. So disappointed, but trying to rememb... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 07:28:30 EST Overthinking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6054543 So, i got to a "tipping point" where the weeks and months of slow and steady weight loss are now visible to most people. <BR> <BR> and I have received a gift to be redeemed in six months: a gift that I desperately want to keep losing at the rate I've been losing to be "ready" and "worthy" for. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, my thoughts crashed. Even though I've lost steadily these last few days, I started reading and spiraling and became convinced I can't lose more or enough or ?? <BR> <BR> Head ... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 09:14:29 EST Months/weeks/days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6048998 I'm so grateful I keep a weekly chart of my weight and non scale victories. Most days I feel so discouraged, many weeks I get mad at the scale, but each month I've been steadily lighter than the month before. <BR> <BR> Eating better and moving more is working! Trust the process! Thu, 17 Dec 2015 18:41:41 EST Lost 0 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6000667 Well, I officially lost zero for the week. I'd be even more disappointed but yesterday was the first day someone who didn't know my story noticed I looked better. So there's that. <BR> <BR> Still trusting the process but admitting out loud weeks like this suck. <BR> <BR> Other factors: <BR> Not only is the plantar fascitis back on my left foot, my right foot hurts like it is bruised pretty bad. I only hit 10000 steps once this week. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, for the first time ever, I ate a ... Sun, 20 Sep 2015 09:00:24 EST Faster Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5991643 Well, last week the weight finally starting coming off. I've lost ten pounds in two weeks--doing what I've been doing for months now; I guess my body was just ready to let it go. <BR> <BR> I'm still not "hungry" but I have started missing eating/chewing/big portions. It's a head thing that I need to work on. <BR> <BR> I'm really proud that I haven't "cheated" yet--at all-- <BR> <BR> Irritated as well that I'm still a before picture BUT I know it is one step at a time. And I record my NSV... Sat, 5 Sep 2015 18:21:48 EST Haven't weighed in five days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5969631 Determined to only weigh once a week. It's Friday and I've avoided the scale since Sunday. BUT it's still in my brain and I think about it a lot AND if it isn't down (and lets face it a few pounds or more down) on Sunday I'm going to be seriously upset. <BR> <BR> Fun times! <BR> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 08:38:36 EST When is a stall not a stall? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966782 So, my doctor says I'm not stalled. And according to his scale, I have lost 4 pounds in two weeks. <BR> <BR> And my blood pressure was "ideal." <BR> <BR> Still wanting to lose faster but trusting the program. Got up and walked 45 minutes this morning! Keep to my three meals of protein/veggies and drinking all my water. <BR> <BR> I will do this. Sun, 26 Jul 2015 09:27:32 EST Still stalled http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962847 and worse...I found a google thread where people stalled and never really lost any significant weight after that. <BR> <BR> Just keep doing the program...it works! Trying to not let my mind mess me up. <BR> <BR> On an exercise note, I am trying to get back up to 10000 steps a day. I did 5000 each school day just at school. I'm very nervous about getting plantar fascitis again...Ugh...Need to be able to do 10000 easily!! Sat, 18 Jul 2015 17:45:40 EST Stall http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961357 So, I've been basically stalled for a week now. It's hard not to let it mess with my mind, but it's so common I found it online as "week three stall". <BR> <BR> Went back to work this week--although I've lost 30 pounds since everyone saw me, I'm so big it's not noticeable yet. BUT, I fit in a student desk. And I fit (uncomfortably) in our stadium seat! <BR> <BR> Plus today at lunch, I sat in a book. <BR> <BR> So, lots of non scale victories to keep my mind off the scale. <BR> <BR> Sca... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 19:31:13 EST Closet Shopping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959528 I'm down ten percent from my all time highest. WOO HOO. <BR> <BR> That said, I still have a longggg way to go. <BR> <BR> Still. Yesterday I moved out some shirts that were blousey to begin with (I like lots of fabric!) and while still wearable, I have other shirts that are more figure flattering and now fit better. So woo hoo! <BR> <BR> I'm trying people. I'm trying!! Sun, 12 Jul 2015 11:38:28 EST I'm walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959016 Streak! three days in a row meeting my fitbit goal---yesterday, again took two times on treadmill and grocery shopping. But my endurance is increasing every day so I'll be able to walk faster and longer soon enough. Walking works! And I LOVE watching my class while I walk. (need to buy earphones soon) <BR> <BR> I have a plan....meet my next fit bit goal consistently (should be a month or two) then add strength training. <BR> <BR> I'm sure there will be more after that but one thing at a t... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 10:47:22 EST Black Bean Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5958549 I grew up on spaghetti, chili, and things that came out of a box: chicken, pot pies, etc. <BR> <BR> I credit Chipotle for making me LOVE black beans years ago. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I made a quick Balck Bean soup for the first time. <BR> <BR> Puree <BR> one can black beans <BR> salsa (ddn't measure) <BR> a huge portion of my pureed cauliflower <BR> <BR> YUMMMMMM <BR> <BR> To make healthier: <BR> 1. don't use canned beans...learn to start from dry (and save money) <BR> 2. Measure salsa--... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 10:35:50 EST Crushed pills http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5957980 crushed pills are disgusting! I haven't found a way to take them yet that is palatable. Right now what is working is chocolate protein shake. Ugh! <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I hit my first fit bit goal of steps! Woo Hoo! I was so proud of myself when I felt my tracker buzz! It took a shopping trip and two treadmill sessions. <BR> <BR> Speaking of treadmill--I'm watching a series of classes from Yale...great motivation to keep walking! Thu, 9 Jul 2015 09:17:46 EST 19 months later http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5957503 I had gastric vertical sleeve surgery two weeks ago. I've had a fairly standard recovery. I'm basically free of pain now, but I have no stamina. I haven't really cried or regretted it since the surgery but my doubts are if it will work. If I should have done the more invasive surgery. If I will find a way to mess this up. if I will lose and regain, again. <BR> <BR> I'm very happy overall with the surgery--as a tool to help me not binge and over eat it is great. I just have to keep my head i... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 11:45:31 EST 20 months later http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5575017 yeah....I'm back. <BR> <BR> Where I started. <BR> <BR> Worse shape than before <BR> <BR> Less confidence than ever. <BR> <BR> BUT I'm here, today. So there's that! Sun, 29 Dec 2013 21:06:53 EST Just for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4868859 <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Well, I've been on track since Monday! woohoo to me indeed! <BR> <BR> I haven't been perfect by any long shot. I'm still not doing everything I was doing at the height of my year long weight loss. I am starting to have those "sheez, why did I let it get away from me" nagging thoughts. <BR> <BR> BUT <BR> <BR> I'm drinking lots of water every day <BR> FAR fewer diet cokes <BR> Walked most days, walked 255 minutes this week! <BR> Eating has been reasonable overall (... Sun, 6 May 2012 12:31:30 EST Jinxing it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4865512 <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Well, after my last post, I didn't last long. By Sunday, I was out of control. Ugh. <BR> <BR> But Monday. <BR> <BR> Monday. <BR> <BR> Monday has been the start of <BR> <BR> 1. Drinking clear water <BR> 2. Less diet coke <BR> 3. Walking again (double walk today!) <BR> 4. More mindful eating <BR> <BR> WOO HOO <BR> <BR> It's been four days and I almost feel confident that I'm back. <BR> <BR> To stay! <BR> <BR> How are you ??? Thu, 3 May 2012 22:52:51 EST What to say? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4803667 <em>303</em> <BR> <BR> I've wanted to write this blog a half dozen...a dozen times over the last month or so. Most days I wake up and think about it. <BR> <BR> You know the post: I've fallen but I'm back! <BR> <BR> Except <BR> <BR> I keep falling. <BR> <BR> Most of the bad habits that caused me to overeat are back. I've stopped doing the things (they feel impossible...walk?...not eat everything I want....blog??....eat healthy?? etc) that helped me lose over 100 pounds. <BR> <BR> I'... Sun, 25 Mar 2012 08:56:47 EST Enough! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4642823 <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> So, I have a new computer, and couldn't figure out why I couldn't post, but now I found the "blocked pop up" button, so we are good! <BR> <BR> But I'm not good. <BR> <BR> I'm up over 20 pounds. i'm too scared to look at my charts and see the true details, but I know I maintained or gained/lost for a few months. The last few weeks I've gone off the deep end. Two dinners? Eating because it is there? Stress eating? Eating to punish myself? yep, done it all lately. In... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 08:15:09 EST Tons of movement beneath the surface http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4600404 <BR> <em>228</em> <BR> <BR> Here are my total weight loss numbers over the past 10-12 weeks. I'm on track to post a two or three pound loss on Monday...which means November will show as a "maintain"...but it was anything but. <BR> <BR> -115 <BR> -119 <BR> -118 <BR> -122 <BR> -122 <BR> -122 <BR> -115 <BR> -112 <BR> -118 <BR> -122 <BR> -120 <BR> -111 <BR> -115 <BR> <BR> <BR> I think the hardest part about this LONG journey is not stopping and not giving in to fears that I won't be able ... Sat, 26 Nov 2011 19:56:11 EST Four Thanksgivings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4598191 <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> 2008 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l570637746.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 2009 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l497712424.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 2010 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l715260535.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 2011 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l10649124.jpg"> <BR> <BR> How was your Thanksgiving? Thu, 24 Nov 2011 18:41:33 EST 15 years http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4575771 <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Realized yesterday that I'm not winded going up the stairs to work anymore. <BR> <BR> That is a huge non scale victory...both as a NSV and that in the midst of feeling hopeless in this living better battle, I realized it out of the blue <BR> ...yes, virginia, there is a santa claus, and he brought me a glimmer of hope early this season! <BR> <BR> Our family is celebrating my sons' big day today and I'm cooking both their favorites for dinner: tuna noodle casserole ... Wed, 9 Nov 2011 07:07:14 EST New fun foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4559129 <em>265</em> <BR> <BR> The stars aligned today and I was alone for a few hours in the afternoon! <BR> <BR> Pure sweet joy! <BR> <BR> I walked to the gym, lifted...and stopped by the grocery store before I walked back. <BR> <BR> I wanted some "fun happy" foods to go along with the sweet potato I needed to buy since I had a hankering for that too. <BR> <BR> Soo... <BR> <BR> I bought a sweet potato, banana, grapes to freeze, and strawberries. Afternoon snack and dinner (along with a b... Sat, 29 Oct 2011 21:06:17 EST Binge Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4527648 <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> So. <BR> <BR> Hmm. <BR> <BR> Yeah..about that.... <BR> <BR> So, I posted about my binge and got lots of great replies. Thanks! <BR> <BR> Recap: four day binge--first three days binge was at night, fourth day was all out , all day. Freaked me out. Posted and got replies and help. <BR> <BR> Fifth day: Overate at end with a small Blizzard, but eating was under control all day. Only over by a couple hundred calories. <BR> <BR> Really felt that day like I was comi... Sun, 9 Oct 2011 23:34:29 EST PLEASE reply...need a virtual intervention http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4523159 <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Plain fact: I've fallen. I've binged four days straight. The first three days I held it together until evening time. Today, I had breakfast, then THREE carnitas, then sherbert, then out to lunch (burrito and chips/salsa) then dinner of potato soup and pizza. <BR> <BR> Ugh. <BR> <BR> I don't know why. the usual suspects are there: stress, malaise, out of routine, pms perhaps. Those suspects aren't new, so I don't know why they are affecting me now. <BR> <BR> Per... Thu, 6 Oct 2011 20:43:55 EST Donation = Liberation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4517396 <em>253</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l803776761.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>253</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l544626640.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I had "planned" to donate my clothes when I got to onederland, but I couldn't wait. <BR> <BR> 15 months of losing, sizes 32 to 22, 122 intentional pounds lost so far, 6 bags of clothes = 117 pounds of clothes going to Goodwill. <BR> <BR> all of those clothes had been stuffed in my l... Mon, 3 Oct 2011 16:54:27 EST I am a human Emoticon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4489054 <em>9</em> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l723713903.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> I guess a picture is worth over 10... Fri, 16 Sep 2011 23:55:30 EST What's my secret? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4487462 <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I may post a one or two pound loss when I weigh in next Monday. My waist has stayed the same size. BUT, this week, two outfits that were great last month...are way too baggy now. I wore each and then "retired" them to the pile/s I will purge when I get to 200. <BR> <BR> Weird , weird. <BR> <BR> Today, two colleagues wanted to know my "secret." Neither seemed disappointed when I said to move more, track all, and log in to sp. But I know that gleam in their eye...c... Thu, 15 Sep 2011 23:46:10 EST You are worth it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4485706 <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> I don't have any deep thoughts today, but I did get in a workout tonight (finally) after "taking off" Monday and Tuesday...boy was I stressed and cranky today. I think my body NEEDS to work out...it's a false economy to not find the time to move! <BR> <BR> Excited to buy the sparkpeople patch I saw on the blog today...I'll probably buy several! <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm worth it. This. Trying. Struggling, imperfect, moments of grins and giggles, successes, failures, an... Thu, 15 Sep 2011 00:10:07 EST Falling down is not staying down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4483533 <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I've been so excited about this week. So excited. There is this picture I want to take and blog about...just proud of what I have done in a year. <BR> <BR> And here I am. <BR> <BR> And I'm super busy and stressed. And I have a bit of a change of season cold coming on. and? maybe? I'm perimenopausal? But who knows, it's never safe to rely on dr google! <BR> <BR> Anyway, I BINGED last night: several (six or ??) mini ice cream sandwiches. Three flautas. And there wa... Tue, 13 Sep 2011 21:53:51 EST 52 weeks of non scale victories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4481315 <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> In honor of logging in to sp for 52 straight weeks, I am going to blog daily this week. Yesterday, I posted my 52 weigh ins (downs, maintains, and ups) <BR> <BR> Today I am going to post my non scale victories from each week. Background: each week, I keep a chart where I list: week number, weight lost that week, weight lost overall, bmi, waist in inches/neck in inches, and that weeks NSV (non scale victory). It REALLY REALLY helps to "prove" that I have lost weight... Mon, 12 Sep 2011 19:18:15 EST I'm going to reach goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4479480 <em>306</em> <BR> Tomorrow, I weigh in for my 52nd straight sparkpeople weigh in (I signed up several months earlier but wasn't ready to start). I've logged in every day. Hopefully, tomorrow I'm down a pound bringing my total lost to 120---or 105 in 52 weeks of tracking every bite. (I lost the first 15 pounds between opening my sp account and REALLY starting sp). <BR> <BR> It hasn't been all bells and whistles. To honor my sparkanniversary, I am going to do a blog every day this week. <B... Sun, 11 Sep 2011 20:58:17 EST "On Your Right" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4468118 <em>108</em> <BR> <BR> I was determined to exercise early today as I work usually and don't get the luxary of "getting it in" in the morning. <BR> <BR> I didn't set my alarm, but I was up at 5. Feet on floor, I planned to walk 60 minutes, stop at gym for circuit training, and walk home. <BR> <BR> Not oppressively hot, in fact, not hot...warm and windy. SO NICE...maybe the AZ heat has broken? Anyway, I walked, and walked, and walked...and watched the sun come up....shadows dappled amon... Mon, 5 Sep 2011 19:57:33 EST Random musings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4464741 <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> The good...I'm truly down another size and I'm starting to dress correctly and it shows....comments daily. So fun to buy clothes off the rack...and so close to being out of the womens department. <BR> <BR> Was stressed yesterday and the two options in my mind were margaritas or retail therapy. Jcpenneys 80 percent off sale won! While I wish I didn't need an emotional diversion when stresses...it was cool when I realized eating hadn't occurred to me! <BR> <BR> The... Sat, 3 Sep 2011 19:41:07 EST Four years of pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4450640 <em>236</em> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l775220000.jpg"> <BR> November 2008...I had just flown across the country to Mt. Vernon for a conference <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l621334830.jpg"> <BR> June 2009 We flew to Chicago for a family reunion. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l42546010.jpg"> <BR> May 2010 Big Birthday <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l757626737.jpg"> <... Sat, 27 Aug 2011 00:25:16 EST I've got a plan! (CUE LAUGHTER) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4445019 <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> So, I'm a planner. And most of the time, my planning is beneficial and helpful and sanity saving. Sometimes though...sometimes the plans go awry and ... its kinda helpful to think that God is doing better plans for me instead. <BR> <BR> Anyway. <BR> <BR> I've lost quite a chunk of weight. And I'm enjoying weighing less. I'm still really big. BUT. I'm amazed at how strength training is reshaping my muscles and increasing my endurance with cardio is SO COOL. And I'm... Tue, 23 Aug 2011 23:45:56 EST We got a puppy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4427218 <em>338</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> We almost rescued a dog from the pound last week. A friend on fb, from high school, had messaged me that the dog was there where she volunteered. Hubby raced over to the pound...it was a three year old Golden Retriever. The people right in front of him saved her; so hubby was glad for that but it gave him dog fever. <BR> <BR> Tonight, he came home with a puppy! The kids are super excited, and I've surprised myself by fighting for cuddle time with the little g... Sun, 14 Aug 2011 23:39:20 EST Running on caffeine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4420002 <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> So, my kids are back in school. I'm back, hubby is back. Getting back into the routine is tiring....look at my weeks...tell me if I'm crazy for being tired... <BR> <BR> Work Monday to Friday at desk at 6 am and home between 3 to 4 ish <BR> Three sets of strength training/week <BR> Four or more cardio ....trying for 500 minutes week including everything <BR> One kid in band two nights a week...soon Fridays and some Saturdays as well <BR> One kid in cross country <BR> ... Thu, 11 Aug 2011 00:44:24 EST