SANDIK9806's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SANDIK9806 SANDIK9806'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/ Update and Carb cycling...is it for me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752150 First the update... <BR> PT has gone wonderfully. I've been doing jumps off and on boxes, jumps on the ground, stretching to the point I never thought I'd be and I even asked them to help me figure out why I can't remember how to jog! My favorite PT left this last week to go somewhere else and, if it wasn't in a city 45 minutes away, I would have followed him! I only have a few more visits at most so I will live...it's just hard to say goodbye to someone who you trust and who has helped yo... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 09:52:15 EST Realization #5...there will be setbacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715504 Yeah, I should know this as there are usually some sort of set backs with anything... <BR> <BR> I am beginning to realize (maybe this is realization number 6!) that I have this weird issue with not being able to do something when I have made up my mind. <BR> <BR> I am weaning myself off of pain meds...I've only ever taken half a dose and not as often as they told me too because, let's face it, I have an addictive personality (food addiction anyone?!) and I do not want to be addicted to pain... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 07:52:48 EST Finally feeling (somewhat) back to me again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711282 I've had some major emotional mood swings and I hate them...but that's all part of recovery I guess! <BR> <BR> I will say that I am finally feeling (somewhat) back to me again. Since they cracked all the scar tissue in my knee up and I can actually move, even if it involves some sort of ache/pain, I finally feel me. <BR> <BR> I was given the ok to start back to Zumba again!!!!!! Ok, ok, at 25% and I can't do some moves and I can't do full squats (only 1/4 ones, if that), but I can go!! ... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 11:46:56 EST Realization #4...God talks to me in many different ways! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699086 I realize I'm the kind of person that needs to be smacked up side the head with something for me to realize it sometimes...but I'm learning! <BR> <BR> I have a great relationship with God. He knows me inside and out and He's there every minute of my life which means He knows every good and bad thing I do...and trust me, I'm totally human so there are some bad things. I talk to God multiple times a day...when something amazing happens I try and remember to thank Him...when my faith in human... Tue, 20 May 2014 09:34:00 EST Realization #3...I FEEL fat again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697722 I just realized this one yesterday. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, when I was at the Mud Factor and not participating because of this knee. I was a spectator and a bad one at that. I couldn't even chase my own child to take pictures of him. I didn't have the energy to psych myself up enough to brave much of the spectator ground. I felt trapped...again. <BR> <BR> Today, I feel it again, to the point of tears and some anxiety. I'm stuck in this stupid machine that bends my leg for me and when I ge... Sun, 18 May 2014 14:37:12 EST Realization #2...How I feel is how I look and vice versa http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695728 This is so true for me! <BR> <BR> Sure, there are days that I just don't care. I throw on some yoga pants, a tshirt, a pony tail (or hat if it's a really lazy day) and don't care! Likely, I'm not in the 'take on the world' frame of mind that day and that's totally ok! What isn't totally ok, for me, is to be this way all the time! <BR> <BR> If I don't have to wear another pair of yoga pants or work out pants again, unless I'm doing yoga or working out, then I am A OK with that!! <BR> <BR... Thu, 15 May 2014 13:15:59 EST Realization #1...I take things for granted! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695706 So most of us do take things for granted right? I would like to think it's human nature and not me being shallow. I take for granted that my lights will turn on when I flip the switch or that my clothes will come out dry when I open the hot dryer...but there are times where the light switch doesn't work and the dryer has given all it's got. <BR> <BR> Well, since this surgery, I have realized a ton of things I take for granted. <BR> <BR> First and foremost I take walking for granted! Sure... Thu, 15 May 2014 12:50:53 EST Look who's back...back again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694960 Ok, so I'm no rapper...but I am back...ish...did I leave? <BR> <BR> In a nutshell, because if I don't do the nutshell version I will be on here all day and I have a Kindergarten Luau to get to! So, as I was saying, here it is in a nutshell. <BR> <BR> I finally decided to have my knee surgery to fix the tendon that had torn in my knee 21+ years ago. The surgery is not a routine surgery and is far more traumatic then most out there and it is taking forever to recover. The surgery was on Ma... Wed, 14 May 2014 13:27:57 EST Here I am again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583187 I should be sad, I really should...somewhere deep down I know that I am, but what I've been feeling is more excitement... <BR> <BR> See, I'm here again. I'm up about 10lbs from where I want to be, and that's the 'again' part...but that's rather misleading. <BR> <BR> Even with 10 extra pounds, over the last 5 years I have lost and kept off 50+lbs...so this really isn't again. <BR> <BR> I am back to reminding myself to break the unhealthy habits I develop at the end of each year...I'm back ... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 16:01:43 EST So I've been MIA for 3 months! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5452699 We have been busy!! <BR> <BR> Summer is a crazy time for us then add in a girls trip to see NKOTB, BoyzIIMen and 98degrees and then a trip to Seattle and summer is even busier. Then, add in the fact that my Mother In Law (MIL) is losing her battle with Cancer and you've got quite a trying time. <BR> <BR> Between the two vacations and the sheer craziness of it all, I have gained 7-10lbs from my maintain range. It really shocked me to see the number on the scale and it was like dipping my ... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 10:35:16 EST Who's an MFer?! Oh yeah, that's me!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5346725 It's not what you think, or maybe it is...depends on if you have ever heard of a little thing called the Mud Factor! <BR> <BR> The Mud Factor is a crazy 5K run in the mud with obstacles! Tall obstacles, trenches, lots of upper body strength and balancing stuff...and I did it! <BR> <BR> I haven't been doing the greatest at taking care of myself. I've been doing Zumba but I'm really slacking on giving my body what it needs food wise...so I was afraid of how this was all gonna turn out. <BR>... Sun, 5 May 2013 22:15:33 EST Sometimes, I just don't listen! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5326049 I am stubborn sometimes, or, maybe it's lazy. Either way, when my body tells me things I sometimes don't listen...and man am I paying for it. <BR> <BR> I'm not paying for it in extra pounds (although there are a few) or injuries (knock on wood), instead, I'm sick. <BR> <BR> Let me say, I hate being sick! Other women complain about how their husbands are big babies when they are sick, well, mine is not, but I am! I whine and I whimper and I feel like I've been hit by a bus when I probably... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 07:29:12 EST The cook in me... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5298575 I had no idea I would ever like to cook...no one is more shocked by this than I am!! <BR> <BR> I have had a great time following and adapting recipes, chopping things, mincing things and eating things!! YAY!!! <BR> <BR> I have a lot coming up as far as goals go... <BR> <BR> I want to get in to a size 6 in everything. I am a size 6 in a lot of things...some size 8's would not be acceptable because they would be too baggy...I'm kind of a size 7...that is my ultimate goal for sizes. I woul... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 19:33:35 EST 2 Dress Sizes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5259059 I was just reading old blogs on here, just to see where I was at a year ago, when I actually started Zumba, etc. <BR> <BR> I found out that I was about the same weight a year ago as I am now, but I was also 2 dress sizes bigger! Zumba really really works! Essentially, I'm smaller but weigh the same, which means I have more muscle. Yes, having more muscle means I burn more fat at a resting rate, but it also means that things are protected. <BR> <BR> My getting healthy journey started beca... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 17:28:00 EST The dreaded (yet much loved!) weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5224487 During the week it is so much easier to do things right! There are schedules, routines, time tables...it works... <BR> <BR> All work week long I look forward to the weekend (most people do right?!)...and then it hits. <BR> <BR> Friday's start hard because that used to be my 'super cheat' day. I'd eat what ever I wanted and as much as I wanted...to the point I would make myself sick! I have learned that this just doesn't work, and, I don't like to feel sick. But...Fridays are still hard ... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 14:29:33 EST Let's recap shall we?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5222626 I weighed in on Friday with a huge 4lb gain!! I decided I didn't care and ate like poo for the rest of the weekend. <BR> <BR> Sunday I went to Zumba and realized how worn out I was from eating like crap. <BR> <BR> Monday I cut down to one can of diet soda a day (down from the 3-5 I was having) <BR> <BR> Tuesday I got, what I thought was, a bonus Zumba class in. <BR> <BR> Wednesday I tweeked my knee at work...no Zumba for me. <BR> <BR> Thursday I got to work and got a call with a screami... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 07:37:46 EST I am an absolute genius! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5215981 As I am Zumba-ing today, I notice that it's taking a lot more out of me than normal. Like it had from the last part of October until the first of the year. I haven't stopped going to Zumba (even after the weigh in debacle of Friday)...so I started thinking about it... <BR> <BR> Well duh!!!! I have put nothing but crap in my body since Thursday night. French Fries, cheese burgers, tater totes, pastries, pizza, onion rings, etc...no wonder my body can't keep up! <BR> <BR> I have no idea w... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 19:22:23 EST I've declared this week/weekend a loss... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5215506 I stepped on the scale on Friday and I gained 4 lbs. FOUR POUNDS... <BR> <BR> Ok, ok, so at about 10 p.m. on Thursday I ate a large amount of nachos and tons of frosting and a cupcake...that could have something to do with it. <BR> <BR> I was pissed...really pissed. I tried not to care but I didn't do a great job, so I did the only thing that ever calms me down...I ate. <BR> <BR> I ate really crappy stuff consistently since that weigh in...granted, I have at half portions, but still...I'm... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 11:44:34 EST Again...I have to eat more... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5207873 You would think I would have learned!!! <BR> <BR> I am really really bad at figuring in my fitness/calories burned, I don't think I've changed the 'how many calories do you plan on burning' thing since I've started. <BR> <BR> I put it in and holy bejeezes...it added 350 calories a day to my nutrition tracker!!! It's been kind of hard to get all those calories in, but I'm trying to in the right way!! <BR> <BR> We will see what the scale says on Friday...it's probably not going to show ... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 07:10:55 EST I hate stairs... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5195871 I'm just sayin'...I really really do hate them! <BR> <BR> 30 flights and I can barely walk! Geesh! :) <BR> <BR> Oh well, go that work out in today, that's the important part...at least that's what I'm telling myself! <BR> <BR> Now, to figure out a healthy snack before bed and watch the rest of this game. Not going to lie...kind of sad that football is almost over...less than a month and it's all done for...in better news...in less than 40 days pitchers and catchers report. Mon, 7 Jan 2013 21:39:21 EST Small accomplishment...yes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5192117 Just had to share... <BR> <BR> We had a gift card to a great Italian Steakhouse, so we went to supper...guess what?!?! I DIDN'T BLOW IT! :D :D :D <BR> <BR> I ate half of my meal and was wonderfully full...brought the other half home and my husband will eat it later. I remembered what it's like to enjoy great food and not stuff myself so full I am sick! <BR> <BR> Small, yet pretty huge accomplishment! :D <BR> <BR> Make it a great night all! Sat, 5 Jan 2013 20:13:32 EST January 2nd through 4th... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5191812 January second was not bad...probably just as easy as the first because I was back to work and back in a routine! That always helps. <BR> <BR> I did great tracking my food, getting the right kinds of foods in, etc. I also got to Zumba again!!! YAYAYAYAYAYAY!!!!! <BR> <BR> That night we had ez calzones - a sparkrecipe...super yummy and the kids loved that they got to help make them! In the middle of supper I got a call from my husband (via a teammates phone) that his wallet and phone ... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 15:40:52 EST January 1st...redo day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5185461 Day one of redo wasn't horrible...I think I was phantom hungry sometimes...meaning not really hungry but wanted to eat. I didn't eat though. I drank some water and got busy doing something. <BR> <BR> I stayed in my calorie range, I planned out meals for today and I did a ten minute work out...which kicked my tail. 10 minutes!!! That's scary, I have a 45 minute Zumba class tonight...this should be interesting. <BR> <BR> So yesterday started with 148lbs on the scale...not pretty pictures... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 07:11:17 EST So it starts! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5183539 Weigh in was bad...148lbs bad! I haven't seen that weight in nearly a year...so here we go. <BR> <BR> I should blog at the end of the day, to recap how I've done and what is working, so I will...but I wanted to blog this now so I don't forget. <BR> <BR> I don't like that number, I don't like my belly (not gonna lie, I do like having some of my girls back, but that's one of the trade offs I guess) and I do NOT like feeling like I want to throw up at night from eating like crap. So, I'm sta... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 10:36:14 EST It's 2013...what that means... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5183067 That means that 2012 is officially gone and we survived...even lived! <BR> <BR> 2012 was a good year, although I'm not sure where it went! Life in general was good to us...2013 is sure to be even better! <BR> <BR> See, life is going to happen, the good, the bad, the amazing, the ugly, the sorry, the joy, etc. etc. But I've learned that, what comes out of all of those times is the lessons and the blessings we get from them. So, I'm ready. <BR> <BR> I'm happy that I have more time wit... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 01:19:55 EST It's Christmas Eve Night and All Through The House... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5175474 The Mikeys are watching Shrek 3 and I'm online! <BR> <BR> The day started with a great Christmas celebration at my in-laws. Then it was off to drop the older two kiddos off with their dad as he has them tonight and for the morning tomorrow. My husband, my three kids, my ex, his girlfriends 2 kids and I all ate lunch together and it was a good time! No shock, we have a very functional non traditional family-it works for us almost all the time. Then, we came home, played with some of the n... Mon, 24 Dec 2012 21:59:42 EST It's Official...My back is jacked again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5167981 and, it's my fault. On top of giving myself the ok to eat like crap, I've also stopped working out much at all... <BR> <BR> I've got it all...fatigue, skin that isn't as happy, pants that don't fit as well...you know how it goes. <BR> <BR> Over the last few weeks my back has been slowly getting bad again. When I first felt it I started exercises right away but let it taper off when it felt better...the last few days, it's back with a vengeance! <BR> <BR> Before 4 years ago, I would hav... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 10:04:34 EST It's been a while...Jamaica was amazing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5147974 It's that time of year...where there are so many things going on in my life I find myself coming and going. <BR> <BR> Jamaica was amazing...even hurricane Sandy wasn't bad, for us. Just one full day of gloomy and constant wind, but we got off lucky compared to those on the East Coast...thoughts and prayers are still with them. <BR> <BR> I gained 8 lbs on vacation, took it off and have put on and took off a steady 5 lbs a week since. Lots of celebrations this time of year, I've cut way bac... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 06:55:27 EST ummm guess who's... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5078007 1.4 lbs away from her goal weight... <BR> <BR> ME! ME! ME! ME!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Weigh in this morning...137.4! <BR> <BR> YAYAYAYAY! Fri, 28 Sep 2012 07:01:45 EST I finally did it!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5068745 I broke in to the 130's!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> 139.2!!! 139.2!!!! 139.2!!!!! <BR> <BR> YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY!!! <BR> <BR> That is pretty much all I've got today! YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY!! Fri, 21 Sep 2012 07:12:29 EST blogging while biking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5067348 I apologize now, this blog may be sloppy because I'm blogging while biking at the YMCA. I have been biking every morning that I don't Zumba at night. So far, this is a pattern I cam keep up!! <BR> <BR> That's what I always preach...find something you like and can keep doing for the rest of my life, or forseeable future....but I wasn't following up all the way... <BR> <BR> We, my husband and I, were in the pattern of eating good during the week, then binging on the weekends. I was gaining... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 06:25:58 EST Back again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5038376 Hey there!!! <BR> <BR> I have been MIA for a while, simply because of time. I've started going to the gym in the mornings a few days a week (on top of my Zumba) and then the other days I have slept in...so that means I haven't been blogging. I have been tracking my nutrition though and it has helped. <BR> <BR> I joined a lose 5lbs by Labor day challenge and that didn't happen, but I did lose the 2.8lbs I put on...so I'm happy I'm back at 140.0!! <BR> <BR> I'm telling ya, stress is wors... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 06:59:00 EST Just checking in... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5024467 Today is my hubby's birthday!!!! He not only is the most amazing and hot husband...he's also my favorite number now! :D <BR> <BR> Know what he wants for supper? Turkey burgers! Ok, so he's trying to shape up too, so that's what he picked for tonights meal...so yay!! <BR> <BR> I don't get to Zumba today because I have to pick up my daughter from volleyball practice because her dads car broke...so, I will have to figure out another way to get movement in...hubby loves to go around the la... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 07:20:25 EST I gained the 2.6lbs I lost and joined a challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5022497 This weekend I gained back the 2.5lbs I lost last week...go figure. I knew it was coming though. <BR> <BR> I also joined a challenge...lose 5lbs by Labor Day...FIVE lbs!! At this stage in my game that's a lot!!! <BR> <BR> So, I'm starting out at 142.8 (I think :) )...that means I need to break in to the 130's by Labor Day. The goal of the 130's has been alluding me for a while now and now I need to be at 137.8...YIKES! I'll give it my best effort and see where I'm at! <BR> <BR> We did ... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 22:39:29 EST 140.2 How'd I pull that off?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5019040 I was at 143.6 last Friday, I did weigh myself on Sunday to see what damage I did over the weekend and I had actually lost almost a pound - 142.8. <BR> <BR> I did stay in my nutritional ranges this week, but mid to high some of the week. I also had a soda a day except for Wednesday and Thursday...the point? I was pretty sure that I would not lose at all or very little. <BR> <BR> Imagine my surprise when I stepped on the scale and was at 140.2!!! I'll take it, but how I got there, I don't... Fri, 17 Aug 2012 07:34:25 EST A loss...barely http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5009238 Ok, ok...I know... <BR> <BR> I only ate with in my nutrition range 4 days this week AND I skipped Zumba twice and one of my other efforts was barely an effort at all...so knew it wouldn't be great on the scale today. <BR> <BR> I guess I should be happy that I lost at all. I did close out last week with a bang! I binged all the way through Sunday and I did it BIG! So, I guess, I'm excited for any loss. <BR> <BR> I'm at 143.6...that hasn't been a 'normal' weight for me in some time. It's... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 06:50:13 EST 2.6lbs up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4999064 I knew it would be a gain this week, that was a no brainer...I'm kind of surprised it was only 2.6lbs...funny how easy it is to put on. <BR> <BR> Monday is the day, I'll jump back off that bandwagon of eating bad and back on solid ground of good for me stuff, that tastes yummy too! :D <BR> <BR> Hope you all make it an amazing Friday! Fri, 3 Aug 2012 07:06:37 EST My pants are tight...my body is sore http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4995819 So, I blew it yesterday too...this seems to be the story of my week, so I've accepted that. Today is the first morning this week I haven't woke up craving a soda, that's a start. <BR> <BR> I know how this works, I know what this week is, I know the elephants are growing this week and are wanting everything in sight...Friday's weigh in is still going to suck. I know this. It's not going to be a big relief if I don't gain weight this week because my pants are tight, which is probably from t... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 07:00:33 EST Quick blog time... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4994243 I have to go wake up my not so baby boy in a few minutes and I still need to log my food...but blogging seems appropriate. <BR> <BR> I have completely jumped on the drinking a soda a day bandwagon, sometimes more than one...darn it, detox is going to be horrible...and, even as I write this, I know I'm not going to stop drinking soda until next Monday. <BR> <BR> Here's my plan...I will stay in my nutrition range (ish, I have been not so great this week) and then, after this weekend, jump o... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 07:02:03 EST Quick blog time... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4994242 I have to go wake up my not so baby boy in a few minutes and I still need to log my food...but blogging seems appropriate. <BR> <BR> I have completely jumped on the drinking a soda a day bandwagon, sometimes more than one...darn it, detox is going to be horrible...and, even as I write this, I know I'm not going to stop drinking soda until next Monday. <BR> <BR> Here's my plan...I will stay in my nutrition range (ish, I have been not so great this week) and then, after this weekend, jump o... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 07:02:03 EST On to a new week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4992606 I wouldn't be completely honest if I said that I was looking forward to another work week, but that's only because I have so much I want to get done around here...including sleep! :D <BR> <BR> I am going to try a body pump class tonight...kinda worried about it, but we'll see how it goes. I have been told that I will have to remember not to get bored because I'm so used to high paced Zumba, so my mind is open and I'm ready (I think :) ) <BR> <BR> I decided I wanted to take some of the mot... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 06:59:06 EST 141.4...I had a loss! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4988809 I was pretty sure that this week would be a gain, but it was a loss! <BR> <BR> I would chalk that up to not stressing too much this week. I knew some of the decisions I was making were not good, but I did stay in my nutritional range. I also had a TON of diet soda this week, so I'm sure I'm bloated, but still a loss, I'll take it. <BR> <BR> I had a very stressful week and I drank a lot on Wednesday night. I don't drink much at all and never (ok, apparently almost never) on a weeknight. ... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 06:50:17 EST 141.8...getting there! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4978761 My elephants are here this week and they demand lots of horrible food...normally I can stave them off for a while, but, on occasion, they win and I feed them some of the things I want. They also love Diet Pepsi. That being said, I'm very happy to be down another .4lbs. <BR> <BR> I'm now carrying just 1lb of vacation weight. I'll take it. I am 1.8lbs over my all time low. I'm 5.8lbs away from my goal weight...but that number is becoming less important to me...I really want my size 8s to ... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 06:37:24 EST Spark recipes... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4973512 I surfed a bunch of recipes on sparkrecipes and, so far, we have made 3! <BR> <BR> Chicken enchilada bake-SCORE! Super good, lots and lots of food, LOVE IT! <BR> <BR> Chicken Cordon Bleu-I changed it up a little and it turned out Amazing! <BR> <BR> Calzones-Again, YUMMY!!! <BR> <BR> For dessert tonight we made the Cool Whip Peanut Butter frozen cups. Yummy!! <BR> <BR> Seriously, have had a lot of fun with it! I'll keep you posted!! Mon, 16 Jul 2012 21:04:09 EST 142.2! YAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4968202 Much better than the 145 I wanted to be under! That's only 1.4lbs of vacation weight and only 2.2 lbs from my lowest ever...whooo hooo!!! <BR> <BR> That's all I've got! <BR> <BR> Make it a great day! Fri, 13 Jul 2012 06:49:01 EST I'm a little off track... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4967875 I wrote a blog in the middle of the day on Tuesday, then had no time on Wednesday then this morning I woke up to my alarm...which I never have to use...so I was all sorts of discombobulated! :) <BR> <BR> Tomorrow morning is weigh in...I am really really hoping to be under 145. I hate that I saw that number at all, but it was vacation weight...it takes 5 days to put on and 5 weeks to take off...but I will. <BR> <BR> I tried a cheesy enchilada casserole tonight...aside from it having too ... Thu, 12 Jul 2012 22:20:53 EST Day 1.5 of being sick http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4963813 I hate being sick...but, alas, I am. <BR> <BR> I think I'm feeling better. I ate and didn't immediately regret it, in fact, I may eat a little bit more soon. <BR> <BR> Enough of that, while I have the energy, I need to get something off of my chest. <BR> <BR> How long does it take people to realize that gimmicks don't work when talking about weight loss and getting healthy? I guess, if you want to live the rest of your life by always having a shake as a meal, possibly 2 meals, and ... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 11:50:20 EST What a week! Now, vacation is over... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4961612 We had a great time in St. Louis this last week, now it's back to reality. <BR> <BR> The scale says I gained 6.4lbs (as of last night, this morning it was 5.2). I hit Zumba last night and also went grocery shopping for some much better for us food! I'm looking forward to dropping the weight and my pants fitting again, but I'm not stressing about it. <BR> <BR> now, to go get ready for the day and go to work! I may be stressing about that a little. It's going to be quite the catch up/mo... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 06:37:17 EST I gained again...but my jeans fit better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4947215 I guess I really do care if I get to the 130's, not that my actions (aside from working out a ton) really showed it this week...but, alas, I went up .2 of a lb. <BR> <BR> I realize that this is nothing to freak out over, I've been here before, quite a bit actually. Up .2, up .4 then down a pound. I know things fluctuate, I get that I sabotaged myself...I just don't get how I let something that little irritate me so much! <BR> <BR> Then there's the other side...my size 8's fit great toda... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 06:34:44 EST Do I really want to be in the 130's? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4945723 I have to question that! I did really good with my nutrition yesterday...until I went to my best friends house for a jewelry party...then I snacked my way to (almost) the top of my nutrition range! <BR> <BR> Ok, ok, I did also Zumba yesterday, burned off 635 calories, but after the weekend I had, even with 5 Zumba classes in 5 days, I doubt I have gotten all of that damage off. <BR> <BR> So, here's the question (for myself) have I checked out and decided that I'm going to gain 10lbs on va... Thu, 28 Jun 2012 06:50:40 EST