REYNINGSUNSHINE's SparkPeople Blog REYNINGSUNSHINE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 8/6/13: Feeling a little bit better today! I actually got enough sleep for once!! Over 8.5 hrs of actual sleeping time. I usually can be in bed for 9 hours and still get only 7 of actual sleep. <BR> <BR> Woke up and felt pretty good, which was shocking considering yesterday. I've had enough energy today to do some of the things I've needed to- including a speck of cleaning and a small yoga practice. My arms are hurting from yesterday so I had to change it up a bit to suit my needs for today. <BR> <BR> I took my temp just now and I'm... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 21:33:26 EST 8/5/13: Ugghhhh. That's pretty much the only way to describe today. <BR> <BR> Had a frustrating time getting my yoga app to get everything saved... I was creating a new sequence and it took like an hour because it kept going "back" and not saving my progress. Quite a good sequence involving lots of stretching, some shoulder stands, and some balance poses like crane/crow (I've heard them called both) and scale and I'd love to do rooster but I can't get my arms in between my legs when I'm in lotus. <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 01:56:58 EST 8/4/13: Rest day. I really struggle with rest days. <BR> I know my body needs them, but I always seem to "lose my groove," you know? <BR> <BR> I weighed in this morning at 127.2 lbs before breakfast- but my body is odd and likes to, uh, empty itself only after I eat. But 127.2 is a great weight and I'm happy my body is healthy and happy :) <BR> <BR> I did my yoga today (simple and restorative!) and the practice was wonderful. It was interrupted a few times by a needy 7-year old who was thrilled to be back ho... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 01:55:40 EST 8/3/13: I Went Running Today (Advice Please?) If you don't know me very well, I should preface this blog post by saying this: I am a cyclist. I prefer spinning and biking over nearly any other for of cardio. I used to absolutely abhor running. It was awful. I only ran when I absolutely had to, like for a school fitness test. I went on my first run in June, and I went on a total of 3 or 4 runs before life overtook me and I found excuses to not work out in general. <BR> <BR> Alright, so. <BR> Yes. <BR> Today, I went running. I wanted to b... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 20:31:35 EST 8/2/13: August goals and a mysterious lump. First thing first. Today I was examining my skin as I do all the time when I was it, and for some reason I decided to examine down near my neck/jaw/ear area... and I found a lump. I don't really know how to describe the position of the lump. You know where the jaw bone makes kind of a point from the profile? It's right underneath that. I'm a bit concerned. It's a large bump. My parents are both gone to Pocatello so I can't ask them to examine it better and decide if a doctor's visit is necess... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 03:25:58 EST 8/1/13: So July was a disaster. Seriously too much went on... <BR> <BR> I went to a theme park for a few days (camped there over night) with a family friend with the worst eating habits... who has a way of making you feel like poo if you don't eat terribly with her... <BR> <BR> My grandma's funeral/life celebration came and went, and with that came EVERYBODY on my dad's side of the family, which meant my house was PACKED and I had NO- literally zero- alone time whatsoever. I couldn't even escape to my room because I had t... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 20:26:38 EST 6/24/13: Pretty Darn Good Day. Feeling MUCH better today that yesterday morning. Thank you sooo much to all of those who commented on my blog post from yesterday. You are all so right. While I gained weight, I know how to be healthy again and I'm glad that I didn't let myself gain too much. It could always be worse! And given everything- we are allowed to fall down from time to time. Perfect isn't attainable. The important thing is we work to better ourselves :) <BR> <BR> Yesterday I went out for a leisurely walk, about 4... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 19:12:32 EST 6/23/13: I feel like a failure. It's been quite a while since I've been active on here. <BR> <BR> My life has been a little bit crazy. When I got to 120 lbs, I wanted to start gaining strength and I struggled with eating enough, and then I don't even know what happened. I moved out of my apartment with my sister when things got too bad. I had signed a new lease with a good friend of mine (Rachel) but wasn't going to move in until May and one day, I was registering for fall term classes and had to go back to the apartment w... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 19:11:09 EST 2/9/13: I lost my wallet. How this happened is beyond me. I had thought I lost it on Thursday and found it under the seat in the car- thinking it slipped out of my bag when I had it earlier and was running around. Well, I put it back in my purse... and now it is once again gone. The thing is, I have completely gone through my room, the car, etc. I didn't take it out. I know I didn't. Actually I remember having it yesterday and telling Bob I had money for him... <BR> <BR> I turned my room upside down. The car too. I c... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 20:09:53 EST 2/8/13: Those Days You Just Don't Want to Move Today is one of those. <BR> <BR> I went to bed ON TIME (I know, shocking) last night, and then I woke up naturally at 7- so, I had 7 hours of sleep. I could've gone back to bed, and I did stay in bed for 15 minutes or so- but I couldn't fall asleep again, and oddly, I don't feel exhausted. I am tired, yeah, but it is more my lazy, "I haven't moved today and I don't want to" tired. <BR> <BR> I did move. I got up and made myself breakfast. But I'm PMSy today and what I really want is to just ... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 10:43:35 EST 2/7/13: A Whirlwind Day I am so tired today. I went to bed really early- like 10:30- and didn't wake up until 9. I woke up, and apparently I slept through my alarm because I had an alarm for 8:15 to get to lab on time at 9. Ugh. I drove to lab and we worked out a synthesis procedure. So stupid- our instructor didn't really specify was "3 step synthesis" meant to him, and we thought, oh, a Grignard- 1) prepare, 2) add in ketone, 3) finish with acid work up. But no, the Grignard process counts as ONE. So we changed it... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 20:48:43 EST 2/6/13: To everybody: You are NOT losing weight, nor are you "proud" about it. Every once in a while, I get emotional to the point where I am sobbing while watching the Biggest Loser, while taking Spark quizzes, while reading about other people's journeys. It makes me stop and think about myself. <BR> <BR> Unlike the majority of people here, I am only 18, and I was never obese. I was hardly overweight, actually, at my heaviest of 155 lbs- a BMI of 26.8. I know many people here wish that was their weight or BMI right now! But it isn't my weight I am thinking about. <BR>... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 04:35:46 EST 2/5/13: I did it. I know this may seem silly to some people, but I am really proud of myself right now. <BR> <BR> I told you all on Sunday that I was going to go to the gym. I think I also told you guys... the gym was randomly closed. I didn't know until I pulled up and drove past the entrance. I was a little bit discouraged by this, because I was so excited to have a time to workout where I could just get comfortable in the gym by myself. <BR> <BR> Well, thanks to MONICA_W, I decided to just go for it yest... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 15:28:55 EST 2/4/13: Lunch Today! (Pic!) Today, I ate a late lunch. As you might recall, on Saturday I bought some fresh (and organic!) produce, and I have been impatiently waiting to make real meals out of them. Mornings I don't have the time, but lunch on non-lab days I do! <BR> <BR> This is my lunch today: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A grilled tuna salad sandwich made with tuna, greek yogurt, feta, and celery, cucumber, and blueberry; the remaining tuna salad stuffed... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 17:47:05 EST 2/4/13: Why I Hate Being A "College Kid" Being in college doesn't totally suck. I am in love with learning, and I get to do it at higher levels! I love the semi-freedom it offers me- I choose when my classes are and how to spend any extra time. But I also REALLY hate college... <BR> <BR> #1: The gym is unreliable. Holy eff balls, seriously. Yesterday I wanted to go to the gym, and the hours online say Sundays are opened between noon at 10 PM. THE GYM WAS TOTALLY CLOSED. No notification besides a post on the main entrance saying "Gy... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 15:54:31 EST 2/3/13: My Totally Non-Football-Related Plans. I had the worst "sleep" last night. After the terrible day, I wanted to climb into bed at 10:30. I thought that was wonderful (me getting to sleep early is always a rarity), so I climbed into bed and closed my eyes... and I "woke up" at midnight. I couldn't fall back asleep, and I was still absolutely exhausted. I tried to sleep for another hour. It just didn't come. <BR> <BR> Anyway, Bob (a kid I new in high school who is also at Carroll) texted me and said he needed help on ochem homework ... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 13:41:38 EST 2/2/13: Something I Have Never Done Before: Grocery Edition This is so big, that it warranted a SECOND blog post of the day. I know, crazy right? <BR> <BR> I woke up after a TERRIBLE night's sleep and my sister and her boyfriend were playing video games in the living room area and it was SO LOUD and SO OBNOXIOUS and I wanted to pummel their heads. Instead, I decided it would be more beneficial to do some lower body training for the day because I should do SOMETHING even if I don't have the plan all figured out. So I did some squats and some of those ... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 19:52:52 EST 2/2/13: Getting a Plan Together So, I was feeling a bit down regarding gyms... thinking I couldn't effectively meet my goals because I don't have a lot of equipement here at my apartment, and I only want to strengthen and not gain any mass. So, I made February goals that weren't specific exercise goals, so I would be able to reach them. They were all specific and doable, but I didn't put down "exercise ___ minutes" or anything like that. Instead, my fitness related goal was simply to develop a plan- something specific, and ... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 02:54:21 EST 2/1/13: Progress!! Ah, it's February! Finally! I love seeing that "2" at the start of the date... it means more than 1/12 of the year has passed! <BR> <BR> Yes, more than 1/12 of the year... I've gotten through 31 days. It's quite a lot, actually. 31 days. <BR> <BR> So, I'm going to go through my January goals. <BR> <BR> -Earn over 2,500 Spark Points: Yes!! Almost 4,000 actually!! <BR> -Track every day: CHECK! I did this, even if I <BR> - Go to the gym at least 10 times for at least an hour each (30 cardio, ... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 18:16:39 EST 1/31/13: Last Day of January It feels so great to have only this last day until the new month. I'm not entirely sure why, but I don't like January. It's a frosty blue color to me, with snowflakes ad snowmen, which in itself isn't bad- I just don't like it. I'm excited to turn the calender page and be in a red month that is more warm than chilly (mental construct- the warmth comes from Valentine's). <BR> <BR> I took my measurements today, because I had time this morning. I didn't have to go into wet lab for ochem, so I g... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 15:33:29 EST 1/30/13: I'm Going to EXCEED My Goals! Heck yes I am. <BR> <BR> The weight loss goal, well, I already exceeded that by like 3 lbs. I like where I am! I'm so proud of myself for FINALLY getting to 120's after YEARS of struggling- who knew eating MORE would be the solution? Balance, I suppose, was really the solution, instead of this back and forth between 1200/2000 thing. <BR> <BR> But also, I'm way exceeding my goals for SparkPoints! I wanted 2,500 in this month, and I have... 3,760!!!! Well, I did connect my BodyMedia, which ga... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 15:23:11 EST 1/29/13: Why is eating enough so hard? "Quit complaining!" - most of you, probably, even it's a small voice inside your head you aren't paying attention to. <BR> <BR> But seriously, I am struggling to eat enough. I am finding myself completely ravenous and nothing will satisfy it, and I know just by looking at my calorie intake that I'm still eating for weight loss. <BR> <BR> I've decided that while I am definitely not OK with eating a surplus to 'gain muscle,' I need to be eating at maintenance, which I am going to TRY 1800/day... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 22:07:14 EST 1/28/13: And Suddenly, Losing Weight is a Bad Thing. So, I re-evaluated my goals a little while ago, deciding that I wasn't aiming so much for weight loss as I was for strength building. I want to be toned and able to do more "physical achievements" rather than just focus on getting that number on the scale down. <BR> <BR> So I struggled last week, but I bumped my calories up from the ~1200-1300 I was aiming for to get to 1,500/day. <BR> <BR> Monday I had 1,280. Then I got it to 1,435 on Tuesday; 1,514 on Wed; 1,412 on Thurs; 1,508 on Fri; ~... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 13:47:33 EST 1/27/13: I'm so happy today (pictures) Yesterday I decided to have an "off" day. I don't call it cheat day because there is nothing you can do to cheat yourself or your health, and it isn't "bad." I prefer the term "off" because it is more like taking a break one day from being anal about being healthy. <BR> <BR> I ended up having ~1650 according to my calorie tracker here. However, I had no idea how much was in that frozen yogurt I ate (I am terrible at eyeballing, especially when all I have to go by is what a "serving" is on SP... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 14:05:21 EST 1/26/13: An Off Day I didn't get sick this morning or last night!! Amazing. I am so happy about that. Tonight should be okay then too because it's the same hormone dose as last night... huzzah for feeling better! <BR> <BR> Well, so, yesterday after I felt better, I brought cakes down to Rachel (I made cupcakes and then an actual cake). She was really happy because it had been years since she has had a birthday cake. Rachel is kind of a new friend. I knew her last year, but it hasn't been until recently that we'... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 19:10:27 EST 1/25/13: Staying home today My alarm woke me up at 8 to go to lecture. I just couldn't do it. I was tired and the pills were making me sick again, so I thought I would wait an hour to see if I felt better to go to my physics lecture. 9:40 popped around and my sister had to head off to her 10:00 class and told me to get up and go... and I was still feeling sick, so I told her no, and then she started being an unkind mother to me. "Oh, you're just going to lay in bed all day? Well I can't come back to pick you up so you h... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 12:18:52 EST 1/24/13: Good morning. I feel like death. I always think, "oh, the pills aren't that bad; I can handle another month" whenever I'm on my off week. And then I get the new blister pack and wind up incredibly ill. Like this morning. <BR> <BR> Last night, I woke up 5-6 times in a 6 hour night just feeling awful. I stripped down because I thought my pajamas were hurting my stomach. It made it a lot easier to move in bed, which made me stay "sleeping" longer, but it didn't stop the awful nausea. <BR> <BR> I have lab scheduled for 8 but ... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 09:34:57 EST 1/23/13: I Think I Need To Move I love my apartment. It's eons bigger than the tiny 1-bedroom I shared with my sister for a couple months last term (I mean seriously, this has a full kitchen, two bathrooms, and three bedrooms). It's pretty cheap- $725/mo for rent, water, and garbage- split between the three of us. We pay electric and gas/heating on a separate bill, but it's typically ~30/mo more for me (in the winter no less), and then $10/mo for internet- so it is REALLY cost effective- about $50 less a month than the smal... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 23:48:08 EST 1/22/13: Goals. I've always had goals that dealt with weight. 120? 115? 112? Once I was obsessed with 99- NOT healthy (and thankfully I figured that out before I reached it). Once I started looking at my measurements, I found something beautiful in inches goals- under 20" thighs, under 27" waist. <BR> <BR> What do you do once you hit your goal weight? Your goal size? When you are perfectly healthy and you really shouldn't force to go down any more? Weight goals just aren't good enough for me anymore because... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 14:53:53 EST 1/21/13: Chemistry Rambling / Daily Recap. I spent all day yesterday and today working on homework for the week. I finished my ochem homework- everything graded due on Friday plus the additional practice worksheets and online practice. I still have to do the book work practice (not graded, just for practice), but I am probably going to do that closer to the test date. I'm finding I really do like ochem. I knew that last term, but I was so busy with other courses that were more memorization and busy-work that I didn't have the time to ... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 22:20:11 EST Weigh In: 1/21/13- Should I Be Happy? My last official weigh-in on Spark was about 4 weeks ago, right before Christmas. I was 124.8 lbs, and I got my measurements too. However, I do weigh myself more than that... A week later I was 125.6 lbs (no measurements taken). Last week and two weeks ago, I didn't weigh myself using the "morning, before breakfast, after using the bathroom" method. <BR> <BR> But this is now week 1 of the next round of hormones, and I actually had time today to do this lol. So, I weighed myself. <BR> <BR> 1... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 13:43:24 EST 1/19/13: I May Get Some Flack For This- Why I Have No Problem With Obesity Discrimination I saw two blogs today talking about obesity in the professional world and how those with extra weight are often discriminated against. Nobody is going to deny that it happens, but many people have a problem with it... They don't believe their weight should be a factor in the job they hold... <BR> <BR> And this is where maybe people will be angry at me. Am I normal weight? Oh yeah. I was 124 this afternoon (with my clothes on, tyvm) when I got home from Sunday brunch with my honey. But it's n... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 16:10:49 EST 1/18/13: A New Normal? I hope not. Apparently, TMJ is only supposed to last like a day... but mine has been now about 2 full days. I might go in to the wellness center, because not being able to readily eat is kind of upsetting. I like food. Food is my friend. Food helps me focus in school. Also, I'm at this place where I'm thinking I don't need to lose much more weight- a few lbs sure, but I want to focus on building muscle and losing INCHES and losing some fat as I build muscle, but not losing weight necessarily.... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 13:49:15 EST 1/17/13: I Must Be Dehydrated, TMJ and BodyMedia Okay, so, the armband I got isn't bluetooth apparently, but hey, I got it second hand for a heck of a lot less than retail, so I am still MEGA happy with it. At first, I was confused how to use it, because I couldn't see any place to charge it or anything. I couldn't even find the serial number. So, I emailed the person I bought it from totally confused- at first I thought I was being ripped off- but she was so nice and helpful and I felt stupid... I was so scared of breaking the band that I ... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 01:25:27 EST 1/16/13: Pet Peeve: Active Ignorance I don't mind people who literally have no idea what is going on. Sometimes, that just happens. We get caught up in work, school, family, friends, home life- and for us sparkers- trying to be healthy (ie, making meals, finding time to exercise) that we can't know everything, and we can't be constantly seeking knowledge TO everything. I guarantee you, there are many aspects of the world that you do not seek to understand. Most of you probably don't even bother to figure out the actual calorie c... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 15:32:35 EST 1/15/13: Frustration Okay. I love my classes and all, but I am not happy with my Tuesday lab. It's not just lab, it's also lecture. It's like 2 hours lecture, or it was today, and then meticulous lab. It's literally a four hour lab. We had to pop popcorn on a bunsen burner... one kernel at a time. And we only have 3 analytical scales (accurate to 0.0001 g- that's a tenth of a milligram), so we have to wait for that, and then some of the kernels wouldn't pop and... yeah. <BR> <BR> So, basically, what happened wit... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 23:23:14 EST 1/14/13: First Day Demolished. Classes have finally commenced. I finished today's classes at 1, and I want to say- I am one of the luckiest students ever. <BR> <BR> I have a grand total of... three classes this semester. At first I thought, "these are difficult lab classes and this is going to suck." My ochem professor seems to really dislike me for reasons I've never quite figured out. She's young, always tries to "connect" with us by talking about football and beer, and as I dislike both football and all forms of alcoho... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 15:45:39 EST 1/12/13 and 1/13/13: Days with My Honey Robbie got in at 3. I parked close to the terminal (well, it's Helena, there's no other option!) and waited there, watching his plane touch down and then standing by the gate for him. The whole week I was excited, but contained, you know? But in those last few minutes, my heart rate soared. I was so excited, and when I saw him... I can't stand being apart. <BR> <BR> We were going to go eat gyros, but a couple of his friends needed rides back to campus, too, so I so graciously took two (all t... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 01:33:44 EST 1/11/13: Daily recap! Blogging tonight (though it's now 1 AM) because tomorrow I won't be able to! Robbie's flight gets it an 3, and I still have to get together everything for celebrating Christmas again with him, celebrating his birthday, and then of course, celebrating finally being back with each other (if you can't tell, I'm terrible at being away from him. I require copious amounts of snuggles. He says I require 24 hours' worth a day, which I'd say is fairly accurate. Can never get enough!). Bought some cand... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 03:21:58 EST 1/11/13: I. Hate. Snow. (But I Love Free Stuff) I've been gone from my apartment for a month. Sister's boyfriend still lived in it, but he only does grocery shopping for himself, and then eats all of our food anyway, so basically, I'm looking at a fridge with expired milk (well, it's actually still good! I love Costco milk because it seems to spoil slowly when you don't use it), no fresh fruits or veggies, no healthy breads... I can make bread I suppose, as I have flour, water, yeast, leavening powder, salt, etc... but I do have protein po... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 15:17:45 EST 1/9/13 and 1/10/13: Back in Helena! We made it safely back to Helena today. The passes weren't too bad when we started off, but by the time we passed Lookout, it started snowing. We ended up swerving on the ice a little bit trying to pass a semi... and almost hit it! I'm really glad we didn't! <BR> <BR> The car was totally full on the drive. We had to bring back so much stuff. Wynne has tons of clothes, plus Mom gave us a lot of kitchen stuff for Christmas (and just because, to make room for her new stuff), and she always sen... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 19:29:52 EST 1/9/13 and 1/10/13: Back in Helena! We made it safely back to Helena today. The passes weren't too bad when we started off, but by the time we passed Lookout, it started snowing. We ended up swerving on the ice a little bit trying to pass a semi... and almost hit it! I'm really glad we didn't! <BR> <BR> The car was totally full on the drive. We had to bring back so much stuff. Wynne has tons of clothes, plus Mom gave us a lot of kitchen stuff for Christmas (and just because), and Momma always sends us back with a lot of food.... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 19:29:52 EST 1/8/13: It's Getting Close... (Cthulhu Nightmare) Tomorrow is my last full day at home. I leave Thursday morning to go back to Helena... bittersweet. My family can drive me crazy, but I am going to miss my little sis. Plus I never get away from my older sister who is the hardest to live with... We share an apartment in Helena... Yeah. <BR> <BR> Anyway, today was an okay day. I woke up around 8:30 after having a terrible dream. Cthulhu was real in this dream, only not in the cute cartoony way. He was more like horror movie real. He was posse... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 04:39:23 EST 1/7/13: I'm Sneaky! Today was actually a pretty good day. It's 1AM and I haven't gotten sick yet! This is phenomenal for me :) <BR> <BR> It snowed a TON last night, and schools were delayed, so Liv got to stay home and have a "sister day." We watched a lot of movies, and the Older Sis was rude to me per usual, trying to passive-aggressively attack me using Liv... no, seriously. The fire was getting a bit low, and I had just gotten back inside the house, and Older Sis told me to put more wood on the fire, and I ... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 04:11:28 EST Why I Don't Trust Scales I used to have a small addiction to the scale. I would weigh myself multiple times a day, and when I couldn't, I would be upset. <BR> <BR> The number on the scale interested me, but it didn't usually determine my mood. I knew that the body fluctuates a lot, so I would only get irritated if the "long term" trend wasn't downward. But still, I liked doing experiments. I was trying to figure out how the body variates in weight. What I found is something that shouldn't surprise you: there's no re... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 16:33:18 EST 1/5/13 and 1/6/13: We still don't have Internet back. It is frustrating because it is now definitely not on our end (the problem), as our modem has been running hourly usage checks and we haven't come to 4gb used total for the month. Mom is insistent that customer service will call us back in a timely manner...ridiculous, because she and dad go back to work tomorrow, so if they DO call, nothing can get resolved and she'll be on hold for another couple hours. Why can't she just call and get it over with? I'd do ... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 23:44:02 EST 1/4/12: "That applesauce expired 7 years ago"/HughesNet Sucks. Oh what a day today has been. <BR> <BR> I will start with the good: I woke up without hitting snooze! I actually reached my calorie goal and was within all my macronutrient ranges, plus I went out to eat! I haven't gotten sick yet today (of course it is only 2.5 hrs post pill, so we will see). I did feel a bit sick tonight, but I ate applesauce and that seemed to calm it down. I practiced belly dancing for half a hour, did some squats and jumps because I was so excited about new YOGA GEAR I ... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 04:49:38 EST 1/3/13: I know, I'm a day late on this. I've been trying to fix my sleeping schedule. I go back to class in just a bit over a week, and my first is at 9 MWF, plus an 8:00 lab on Thursdays, so it's kind of imperative that I start being able to wake up earlier than noon. I fell asleep right around midnight, and normally I stay up until 1 or so, write a daily blog, and do other Spark stuff online, so I didn't get to that that <BR> <BR> Anyway, yesterday (the third) went okay. I was incredibly tired, because I had to wake up earlier t... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 14:09:57 EST 1/2/13: Interesting Failures and Successes. Only the second day into the new year, and look at me! I'm already on a weight-control roller coaster. <BR> <BR> I start off oversleeping majorly. I've been having sleep problems lately- you know, can't sleep until 5 in the morning and then sleeping in so the problem perpetuates. I need like 8-9 hours of sleep to feel OK enough to get up, but then, I'm awake for like 16-17 hours, and you notice how that doesn't add up to 24? So I can't fall asleep until later. I'm pretty much set for a 25 ho... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 05:07:33 EST January 2013: Goals Everybody's in to resolutions or these big year-long goals. I'm like, this new year is just a change in the day! So I'm not doing year goals. I'm not making any major life changes. I'm just going to get back to my monthly, weekly goals. <BR> <BR> So, January 2013 Goals: <BR> - Earn over 2,500 Spark Points. <BR> - Track nutrition every day, even if it is just estimates! <BR> - Go to the gym at least 10 times for at least an hour each (30 cardio, 30 strength) <BR> - Get down to 123.4 lbs (yes,... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 06:26:53 EST