SADWHITEWOLF's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SADWHITEWOLF SADWHITEWOLF'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/ Exercise Milestone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723886 Uually when I run it is in intervals. <BR> Run, walk, sprint, power walk. <BR> My longest "sprint" was about 15 minutes. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I decided randomly to run (jog) a whole 5k. <BR> <BR> I DID IT!!!! <BR> <BR> Uually when I run it is in intervals. <BR> Run, walk, sprint, power walk. <BR> My longest "sprint" was about 15 minutes. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I decided randomly to run (jog) a whole 5k. <BR> <BR> I DID IT!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>363</em> <BR> <BR> My time was longer though t... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 07:30:36 EST "Don't Stop Me Now" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711868 Woo Hoo! <BR> It's Friday and I have met my fitness minimum for the first time after a 4 week derailment. <BR> <BR> Also, no binges, although still not doing great in the overall calorie/nutrition department. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> The 4 week Exercise derailment is the worst bad steak I have had in years. I am glad to be re chugging along. <BR> <BR> I like my body at 179 lbs, although I hoped to get it down a little more. <BR> <BR> That is where I was 14 months ago. <BR> ... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 07:24:01 EST Now what http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699789 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l211219162.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> My house was broken into and robbed (we were not home) <BR> I have not exercised in 5 days. <BR> I anxious and stress eating. <BR> I cannot sleep. <BR> <BR> I am sure it will get better but right now, just getting through my day seems like all I can manage. <BR> <BR> The fact that I logged on to here either proves I still car (even if I can't be bother to do anything about it) or that I am seeking attention... Wed, 21 May 2014 08:20:52 EST Spring!!!! (long time since I updated) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689719 Cue outdoor exercise and allergies! <BR> <BR> I am seriously glad for warmer weather again. <BR> It is getting easier and easier to keep my pedometer numbers up. <BR> <BR> I have a feeling that this Spring and summer will go better for me in the health department than last year. <BR> <BR> I had been struggling off and on with my binging for 8 month or so but that is getting back under control. <BR> <BR> Sadly I did not re-lose the 10lbs of regain that I was trying to shed before JAHINTZY'... Wed, 7 May 2014 11:16:40 EST Tooth Trauma and interuption http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5626210 I really feeling good. I was finally making progress again. I lost a half a pound two weeks in a row. This was a little slower than my goal, but at least the scale was finally moving again in the "right" direction. <BR> <BR> I have a broken tooth in my mouth that has finally reached the crisis point and on Feb 5th I went to have it extracted. I had not been to a dentist in 15 years due to a combination of phobia and lack of insurance. <BR> Of course instead of a simple, normal, extraction my... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 08:44:20 EST Relearning the value of a pedometer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607603 My boyfriend bought me a Withings Pulse, which is a device that I understand to have similar functions to a Fitbit. I will be giving it a go for awhile. http://www.withings.com/pulse <BR> <BR> Over 16000 steps (including a treadmill workout session) logged today on my Pulse. I used to have a pedometer and have missed having the motivation of trying to reach at least 10,000 steps per day. Back when I was using a pedometer before I made that goal or exceeded it at least 6 out of seven days and... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 21:20:57 EST January Jumpstart..we meet again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5580054 In my need to re-shed the re-gained weight and the hopes of getting back on track once more I have decided to join the January Jumpstart Challenge for the second year in a row. <BR> <BR> I also need to get back off snacking streak that has had me in it's powerful grip for the better part of 6 months. Meeting my exercise minimums DOES NOT prevent re-gain when I throw in several extra hundred calories nearly every day. <BR> <BR> I can do it. I have shown greater self-discipline than this in t... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 21:52:31 EST BRIDESMAID DRESSES AND MOTIVATION http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5566341 I met with JAHINTZY at David's Bridal last night to try on a dress for her wedding. After finding out that the one she originally wanted was discontinued, we did find what we think will be a good replacement. I just hope it looks good on the other attendants as well so we can get it ordered. <BR> <BR> I really love this dress but I am not happy about the way my arms look. <BR> I am not sure if I have enough time to do Much about it but I intend to try. <BR> I am also still up from this time ... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 08:52:35 EST Cold Breezes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523992 Time to renew my relationship with my treadmill soon. <BR> The first and last 5 minutes of today's walk/run were pretty miserable. It is sunny and lovely outside. I am determined to expose my self to as much fresh air and sunlight as possible while I still can. <BR> That time however is coming to a swift end. <BR> I am a baby about being cold. I do not handle it well at all. <BR> <BR> Today the wind has teeth and my fist sprint actually hurt. Not only was my body unhappy with the cold but ... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 15:14:08 EST Vacation wins! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5519786 I went to Disney World and actually maintained a steady weight. <BR> I might have actually lost some if I had not been shamelessly indulging at the Food and Wine Festival at Epcot. <BR> <BR> The biggest bonus it that while my feet did get tired (all of me did) and sore, I got through the entire week without feeling like I wanted to chop of my feet or sit every 10 minutes. <BR> Last time, during one of my higher weight cycles and with no regular exercise (4 years ago) I was in terrible pain ... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 21:37:26 EST Why I have a Crush on My Smart Phone GPS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5494110 I did not really want a smart phone. I saw no need for it. I had a cell, A computer at work, a netbook at home, and an Ipod touch that if needed, would let me browse Facebook away from home as long as there was free wifi available. <BR> Upgrade time came and my boyfriend I decided to go on a shared plan. <BR> I ended up with a smartphone by default. <BR> Ok. Why not. <BR> <BR> I still think I could live without it, but it is convenient. My friend Wulf refers to them as "those pocket comput... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 18:15:49 EST Lean Protein http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5488277 I have always considered myself to be a big protein eater. <BR> Still I am continuously struggling to meet my protein requirement and NOT go over my fat. <BR> Obviously this means I need to alter the types of proteins I consume. <BR> Of course it doesn't help that I have a tight budget. <BR> And I hate cooked fish. <BR> But I will have to do better. With the exercise I really need to meet the dietary minimums. <BR> <BR> Time to stock up on beans. <BR> <BR> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 12:40:05 EST My First 5k (A CHD SURVIVOR STORY) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5459691 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l824005437.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As a child I really could not run. I didn’t know why. I was healthy, limber, and lively. I could climb trees and walk all day long. <BR> But I could not run. I would get low scores in the physical fitness tests at school because I couldn’t run. The gym teachers though I was lazy. I could not keep up with my older sister on a bicycle ride either <BR> Anytime that I engaged in any sustained intense activity I would ... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 09:37:23 EST Summer Weight Gain (WHY) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5454847 I find my summer gain (so far a total of 9 pounds) to be very odd. It is usually the winter that I struggle with. So many holiday's, too cold to play outdoors, etc. <BR> I got through winter ok this year. I was diligent and not only managed to maintain, but also to slowly ,melt off a couple more. <BR> <BR> Summer I am never worried about. I am naturally active enough that gain never really happens when the sun is shining. <BR> Plus sunshine really does make me happy and reduces my depression... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 09:24:37 EST NPR The Plateau http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5437200 http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/07/29<BR>/202655878/how-to-escape-the-diet-plateau <BR> <BR> Just wanted to share a piece NPR did on the Diet Plateau. <BR> <BR> Oh how I hate the Plateau. <BR> <BR> It often end with me giving up. Or slipping. <BR> <BR> Right now I am still fighting the slippage. <BR> <BR> I have now regained a total of 7 pounds. <BR> <BR> I need to work harder on this. <BR> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 10:40:49 EST Needs to make a few adjustments. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5415486 For some one who was being very self-congratulatory, about her maintenance skills I have not been doing the best job. <BR> <BR> I have been steadily re-gaining about a half a pound a week now for awhile. <BR> now I am up 6 pounds total. <BR> <BR> I do not believe it has anything to do with my decline in participation on SparkPeople either. I actually still log in everyday, I just have not had time to blog. <BR> <BR> I know very well what the vast majority of my problem is. <BR> <BR> Food... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 11:53:27 EST 5k Progress and the evil of Scales http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5377676 184.4 <BR> No way. <BR> No sooner did I happily report that I was maintaining when my weight took a nasty high jump. <BR> <BR> Can't be. <BR> <BR> I had bee camping last weekend at an SCA event. Yes I did indulge in alot of calories. <BR> I was also very active. <BR> Our gear has to be carried into the camp site since no cars are allowed to pull through. <BR> Tent set up. <BR> Saturday JAHINTZY and I walked all over the place enjoying the day and in the afternoon we hit the pool where I sp... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 08:55:42 EST Accidental Maintenance Mode http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5370200 I seem to have really settled in to the low 180's. for awhile this was really frustrating me, because my goal is closer to the high 160's. <BR> I am comfortable, I am reasonably happy with the way I look. <BR> Still... <BR> I am not 100% happy and do want to lose the other 10-15 lbs. <BR> I think I need too. <BR> <BR> That said, do I want to lose it enough to put the effort in? <BR> You see somewhere, with out meaning to, I slipped into maintenance. <BR> I did not fall of the wagon. I have n... Tue, 28 May 2013 10:04:57 EST Slacker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5352343 Yup. <BR> That's me. <BR> <BR> No I haven't quit climbing, I just kind of haven't tried very hard lately either. <BR> Been fitting in bare minimum workout and not been careful about my calorie intake. <BR> <BR> Thankfully I have only done a few pounds work of damage. <BR> <BR> Still I need to find my motivation and get some Spark back! <BR> <BR> And now for something totally unrelated, and because I have nothing really interesting to say, <BR> Pictures of me playing with my BF's baby con... Fri, 10 May 2013 16:13:11 EST Archery (follow-up) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5331405 I had a wonderful time on Saturday. The day started cold, but turned beautiful. <BR> I have once again learned my yearly lesson about sunscreen. Use it! <BR> My face and neck are sporting a sunburn. <BR> <BR> On the bright side I won the Roving Range competition at my current ranking level. I used to be a higher rank before a long hiatus, and this shows me I need to get the higher rank back. I felt a little bad actually because I was afraid that maybe I should have shot in a higher group, bu... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 08:31:27 EST Archery Season & 5k Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5328450 Yay! Tomorrow is the first archery Event of the season! <BR> <BR> I cannot wait to feel my bow in my hands again. <BR> <BR> The last couple of years I have not been able to attend very many archery practices, and I am not seeing this year be much better. Still I intend to try where I can. <BR> The dart board in the basement simply isn't satisfying enough. <BR> <BR> Last night I got on the treadmill for the first time in two weeks. I have been, as I promised myself, finding my exercise ou... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 08:55:33 EST Do you Have Sciatica / Sciatic pain? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5316853 PIPSANDMSMAMA79 & I have started a Spark Team for sufferers of Sciatica. <BR> Neither of us are medical professionals, we are just trying to get a support group going for those facing the unique challenges for trying to stay healthy and in shape while coping with and treating Sciatic pain. <BR> <BR> Please join us! <BR> <BR> <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/group<BR>s_individual.asp <BR> <BR> <BR> What is Sciatica? <BR> <BR> "Sciatica (pronounced sai-AT-ti-ka) is the name given t... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 08:49:27 EST How I break through work-out reluctance. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5304171 In no particular order: <BR> <BR> -Get Dressed. I have specific workout clothes. One I have gone through the trouble of wrestling on my sports bra, braiding back hair, lacing up sneakers, etc. I feel obligated to do SOMETHING. <BR> <BR> -Reset mental motivator. Remember why I am doing this, and how proud I am that I keep doing this. Remember how much I have been loving the results! <BR> <BR> -Log onto Spark People for inspiration. <BR> <BR> -Drink water, stretch, start to play my workout ... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 10:14:14 EST A tragic side effect of exercise ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5301781 I have a nice little collection of knee socks. Many of them striped. Several in simple whimsical patterns from polka dots to butterflies. <BR> As I have been working out my calf muscles have been gaining lovely definition. I have always like my legs but they are really filling out now. <BR> My socks have been getting snugger. <BR> <BR> Today a tragedy happened. I put on my grey and black striped socks and then had to remove them within 5 minutes because they were so tight they were restrict... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 09:42:47 EST Aren't you DONE yet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5292164 Inspired by CAKEMAKERMOM’s blog “You don't look that big” <BR> I started this as a comment on her blog and it grew into something more that I wanted to share on my own. <BR> <BR> I am 5’10” I have a strong frame and an hourglass shape. Generous bosom and wide hips. <BR> <BR> I know how to dress, and most of my remaining fat it is hiding around my middle. I told a woman at work who was 5'6" that I was 180lbs and she actually argued it with me until I stepped on the scale in front of her. <BR... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 09:40:54 EST Winding down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5286241 I hope my body re-adjusts to the time change soon. I am rather worn down. <BR> My insomnia is bad enough without them toying with time. <BR> I might be catching a cold too. Or my seasonal allergies are getting an early start. Sometimes it is difficult to tell. <BR> <BR> Still mad busy but it looks like things may be slowing pace a little soon. <BR> <BR> Last weekend in the middle of a very LONG busy stretch, my boyfriend asked me, "What are we doing on the weekend of the 23rd, do we have a... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 08:51:04 EST Running uphill http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5278561 Over the last couple of years I have seen my workout endurance grow. <BR> I can do things now that I could not do then without collapsing. <BR> <BR> Often, while I am reluctant to start, once I get going it is over before I know it. I am sweaty, flushed, and filled with post exercise satisfaction! <BR> <BR> Some days (sometimes a streak of them) it is still a massive struggle. This week had been rather a strong example. <BR> Every work out had been a fight. Not just getting started, but get... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 09:05:11 EST "Objects in mirror are closer than they appear" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5272525 Oy! What a week! <BR> <BR> In spite of being crazy busy almost every night of the week I managed to fit in a workout every day between Monday and Thursday. <BR> I had planned to get a quick on Friday too even though my Mother would be arriving that night to attend an SCA event with me (SCA.org if you are curious, but in brief it is a medieval living history group I am heavily involved with) and my need to get things ready for said event. <BR> <BR> Friday morning however life had other plans... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 10:39:13 EST I'm Still Standing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5264387 No really, I have not been terribly active on Spark in the last couple of weeks, but I simply cannot. <BR> <BR> Too much work stress (double duty again) <BR> Too much happening in the personal zone too (not bad or anything just crazy busy) <BR> Have dropped the ball with the toning and strength. ( I really need to find the self dicipline to pick that back up, as I feel the loss of the ground I already gained) <BR> <BR> I cannot think of the last time (aside from sleep) that I had 2 hours to... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 08:26:39 EST Sunshine on my Shoulders....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5254698 Had a pretty good week last week. <BR> I stayed on schedule with my workouts. <BR> I ate mostly reasonable for the better part of the week, with a few planned indulgences. <BR> <BR> Wednesday was one of the few exceptions. It was a Fast day (Ash Wednesday) I had done very well and did not even feel hungry most of the day. Sadly, that evening, once I ended up have a minor binge. This resulted in a bit of hard shame. I was disappointed in myself for not only diet reasons but spiritual discipl... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 10:37:39 EST Body Image Bonus! (Non-Scale progress) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5247486 First the accountability. <BR> Non-exercise weekend. Calorie overindulgences, you know the typical issue I have when I spent the weekend with my boyfriend. <BR> A positive note there though, I actually read him most of my last blog post. We had a conversation about all the health stuff. He had lost 50 pounds via the depression method after his divorce but since I started dating him has regained 30. Fast. We agree that we need to be a little more mindful of how we eat together. This weekend al... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 09:17:30 EST Every other week Roadblock (WARNING- ramble) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5239931 Let’s face it. <BR> I have one good week. <BR> One off week. <BR> <BR> It seems to be the rhythm. <BR> <BR> I honestly do not think it is for typical reasons. <BR> If someone else said this to me I would assume that they burn themselves out in the Good week, and then crash in the off. <BR> <BR> NO my problem is a little more simple than that. <BR> <BR> It’s a schedule issue. <BR> <BR> I am dating a man with split custody of his son. <BR> <BR> So every other week is my week. <BR> <BR> I... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 09:20:40 EST First Official Challange Complete http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5232896 <em>209</em> <BR> Yay! I am finished with the Official January Jumpstart Fitness Challenge! <BR> <BR> I was really reluctant to even start this challenge. Prior to this I was only doing contolled cardio 3 days a week, maybe 4 on a great week. <BR> No toning or strength. <BR> <BR> They wanted, right out of the gate 5 cardio session and 7 toning videos per week. <BR> <BR> It really seemed like way to much. I almost let myself be defeated by self doubt before I even started. I shrugged an... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 09:21:43 EST How long till I believe? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5230190 How long will it be before I really believe that I have lost the weight for good. <BR> That I will maintain my healthy life style? <BR> What will it take to stop feeling fat, to stop fearing it's return. <BR> I have not reached my goal yet, have been maintaining, see-sawing only be a couple of pounds back and forth. <BR> That little fluctuation, this long term plateau make it so hard to believe. <BR> <BR> How long before I feel brave enough to clean my closet? <BR> This is actually what star... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 11:54:43 EST Re-boot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5226714 I was totally derailed last week. <BR> It started off well but then when my pipes froze, and my winter depression intenisifed, everything got thrown off track. <BR> I admit I let it happen. <BR> <BR> One of these days I want to get to the point in my healthy lifestyle that thiese "life interruption" make less of an impact than they do now. <BR> <BR> The upshot is that many times in my past, a one week derailment would have turned into several weeks or months. <BR> <BR> I have victory in t... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 08:32:13 EST 'Through The Cracks, We Shine' -Afternoon Philosophy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5218675 I was listening to a NPR blurb about Ping Fu's memoir, Bend, Not Break: <BR> A Life in Two Worlds. <BR> <BR> There was a quote that stuck with me rather strongly and I had to look it up so I could share with you. <BR> <BR> "I have come to the realization that challenging experiences break us <BR> all at some point -- our bodies and minds, our hearts and egos. When <BR> we put ourselves back together, we find that we are no longer <BR> perfectly straight, but rather bent and cracked. Yet it ... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 13:15:12 EST "Let them eat cake' she says, Just like Marie Antoinette.." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5216811 <BR> No, no more cake. Please, no more. <BR> <BR> Forgive please; this may be a rambling run-on of a blog. <BR> <BR> I am not sure if I should confess. <BR> Not sure if I need to confess. <BR> I will none the less. <BR> <BR> Last week I had reached a pit of a breaking point. Too much exercise, not enough protein, not nearly enough sleep, all left me in pain and weak as a kitten. <BR> <BR> So I decided to rest a little and feed up (good food) and recover. <BR> <BR> Instead I got a bit of... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 10:11:24 EST Quoth Han Solo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5212652 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l937799608.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You know the scene: <BR> Cloud city, after they have tortured Han, they dump him back in the cell with Leia and Chewie. Then he scuffles with Lando. Chewie helps the battered Solo up and he, with his usual talent for gross understatement simply says, "I feel Terrible” but you hear the pain and exhaustion in his voice. <BR> <BR> I feel you Han. <BR> <BR> I feel awful. Instead of feeling stronger, better, etc.. I f... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 08:52:05 EST Facebook Pep-talk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5209147 For your amusement. <BR> I just wanted to share with you a quick post my boyfriend (we shall call him "S") put on Facebook and my comments. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> "S": Things I've lost so far with returning to an exercise regime. 2 pounds. The will to live. The knowledge that there is joy and hope in the world. <BR> <BR> "ME": All but the 2 lbs will return in multiples if you keep it up. Trust me. That's how I lost 30+ lbs. I STILL hate the exercise itself, but feeling healt... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 22:10:56 EST Time to tgo back to work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5206241 Not just referring to Monday and the beginning of the actual work week either. <BR> I 100% fell of the exercise wagon this weekend. <BR> <BR> I had DID nothing Sat or Sunday. <BR> <BR> Saturday was a cardio day off anyway but I had planned to do my Jan Jumpstart video. <BR> <BR> The day' went astray though and I never found the time. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was supposed to do both my daily video plus 30 minutes of cardio but did neither as I never even made it home. I ended up crashing at a... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 08:19:22 EST Bento Box to the Rescue!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5200140 Last night my Bento saved me from over eating. My sister and I made our own sushi. It was very yummy. We also had Spinach dumplings. <BR> <em>261</em> <BR> <BR> I was this close to way overeating by finishing my half of the several rolls we made, certainly too much food for one meal, when I decided to save enough for a nice Bento lunch. I stopped eating and set aside the rest of my meal. This is amazing for me because I love sushi and it can be difficult to stop. <BR> I had also purc... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 09:19:05 EST "I touch myself" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5196544 <em>18</em> <BR> <BR> I hope I got the song stuck in your head. <BR> <BR> <em>18</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Last night I fulfilled my fitness requirements, did a few things around the house that needed attention and then took some ME time, something I am not always good at doing. <BR> <BR> I read a book for a bit, and when it got late I took a bubble bath. <BR> When I started lathering my calves with soap so that I could shave my legs, I was struck by how Firm the muscles were down there... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 09:01:25 EST It doesn't feel Fair! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5194477 Been working my BUTT off! <BR> <BR> I joined the January Jumpstart Fitness Challenge and have been really rocking it! (or so I thought) <BR> Every muscle I own is sore right now. Not real pain, but just sore in the "I forgot I HAD that muscle sort of way" <BR> My weight? 181.8 <BR> No change. <BR> <BR> My nutrition has been reasonable too. Keeping to my calorie range, no binges. <BR> <BR> I am Not even back to the 179.8 I saw a few weeks ago but frozen at my post-holiday state. <BR> I me... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 08:28:05 EST Time to blow some dust off.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5185609 I could break down the past week. <BR> <BR> I am really feeling too lazy. <BR> <BR> A brief summary would go along the lines of two more dinners out with friends, 3 parties, a movie marathon, and very little exercise. <BR> <em>408</em> <em>408</em> <em>408</em> <BR> <BR> So far as Holiday splurges, and indulgences go it was the worst yet (and I knew it would be). <BR> Causing a 2 pound gain. <BR> The upshot is that is only 0.6 pound more than I was at the beginning of November. <BR> ... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 08:49:36 EST I didn't do it! The Binge that didn't happen. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5178568 I have a very close encounter with an almost binge last night. <BR> I had plans, friends were supposed to come over. Both cancelled on me last minute. <BR> Loneliness is a trigger of mine. <BR> <BR> My first thought was, "Well I can get in a workout tonight after all, and maybe I can get my grocery shopping done too" <BR> <BR> Then I started unloading my car from all the stuff that was still piled in it from my visit to Mom's for Christmas. <BR> My sister is still there because she had a re... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 09:23:38 EST Christmas Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5176449 I am not doing a daily breakdown of Christmas Eve and Christmas. <BR> I had a wonderful time with my family. <BR> I had several food indulgences but no binges. I did not exercise those two days but I was on my feet all day on Christmas Eve because I cooked the feast and did the dishes. (sister was sick and Mom has bad back so no help, but really it was ok) <BR> I have a stocking full of candy to give away as soon as I get a chance, because ther is no changing that tradition in my Family. <BR... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 09:13:08 EST Update in Brief 12/23/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5174704 Friday Night: I did motivate and got my cardio time in. In fact I can happily say that I got everything on my list checked off. <BR> Negatives: Cookies for breakfast <BR> Positives: Good Time Spent with Treadmill <BR> <em>442</em> <BR> Saturday: I traveled to my Mom's house in the morning. We went shopping, watched some Christmas Movies (actually starting to get a tiny bit tired of them now) My step dad and I got kind of drunk last night... <BR> Negatives; I do not even want to think abo... Sun, 23 Dec 2012 20:53:55 EST 4 more sleeps till Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5172764 If only I could. <BR> My insomnia has been kicking my butt lately. Took Melatonin last night and it helped a bit. <BR> Last night I was feeling very depressed and aside from general lonliness I could not figure out why. <BR> Then I realized that I am tired, not only have I not been getting enough sleep but my job has been continuing to kick my butt. Oh yeah, and it was raining. <BR> <BR> Yay! It's Friday! and I do not have to back to work until Wednesday Dec 26th. <BR> <BR> I never really... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 09:44:13 EST A little Christmas Magic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5170880 I love Christmas. I really do. <BR> I almost let fear of Holiday weight gain and progress loss ruin it for me this year. <BR> Now that I have taken a deep breath and am allowing myself to enjoy it a bit, while still trying to be mindful, I feel loads better. <BR> I have managed to keep the gain under control thus far and feel more confident that I can continue to do so. In fact I lost a half a pound since Monday so my weight is actually holding steady. <BR> I vow to continue to keep fittin... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 08:59:24 EST Weekend Report 12/17/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5168865 The weekend was pretty much what I expected. Fun with Mom, coupled with too many treats! <BR> The only time I managed to get on the treadmill (and I claim full responsibility for not doing it other times) was Sunday morning. I fell 10 minutes short of my weekly minimum goal and there is no excuse for it as I could have easily fit some in at several points on Saturday. <BR> <BR> We watched Holiday movies, made cookies, made a wreath for my front door, did a little shopping, wrapped some gift... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 08:51:41 EST