SARAALINE's SparkPeople Blog SARAALINE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community On The Road Again I started measuring my breakfast at least yesterday. 1 cup of cereal, 1 cup of milk, half a scoop(ish) of protein powder. I realized that I hadn't been over estimating THAT much. <BR> <BR> However, the chocolate chip cookies I ate yesterday.... <BR> <BR> But they're vegan and gluten free. Does that count as healthy? Yeah...probably not. <BR> <BR> I've been walking during my lunch break. The dead end road right outside of my office's side door is a little over half a mile long, so I've been... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:40:55 EST Guess Who's Back I had a doctor's appointment today and I decided that enough is enough. <BR> <BR> I am sick and tired of that number on the scale going the wrong way. I got down to 172 and now I'm back to 180 and I am not happy about it. And I realize that some of that weight is due to the fact that I was fully clothed and wearing shoes which will add weight. But it doesn't add 8+ pounds. <BR> <BR> I know I have let my eating slide. I am no longer measuring everything I eat, which is fine and normal. But I... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:19:29 EST So, that happened.... ** Cue girlish squees totally inappropriate for a woman my age ** <BR> <BR> So, I met Dan (from previous entry) last night. <BR> <BR> I like him. <BR> <BR> It's so nice to be treated like a woman instead of a sister or a child or something. And to just get to be myself; I didn't have to censor my thoughts (or my language) for him or to protect some sort of preconceived idea of me. <BR> <BR> We went to a hookah bar and drank really weak coffee (I had to tell myself it was tea it was that w... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 11:28:22 EST From Famine to Feast Hey all, I know haven't been here in a while and I'm sure you are all missing me so much. I'm trying to get back into the swing of things. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I am back at this blog space because I really need to talk something out and I have noone IRL who can really help me out. <BR> <BR> I have gone from an absolute famine of male attraction to feast and I don't know what to do! <BR> <BR> So, I started taking yoga and pilates classes a while back when I first really screwed up my knee...a... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 14:22:40 EST There's Magic in the Air What's this? What's this?! <BR> <BR> I may have finally achieved the unachievable! I may actually now have a "healthy relationship" with my body, with my weight and with my food! <BR> <BR> I weighed myself last night and found that I had gained 5 pounds over Thanksgiving. <BR> (EDIT: I'm back at the weight I was at in my previous blog post. I lost those 5 pounds and then gained them back). <BR> <BR> I accepted it and went to Aqua Zumba. I got home and ate some dinner. I even ate a serving ... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 09:05:19 EST A Pity Party AND A Gun Show So, apparently running 3 5Ks and a 10K and practicing for a dance recital on top of living a regular old life all on a broken toe falls under the category of "bad ideas." <BR> <BR> Huh. Who knew? <BR> <BR> It's buddy taped and I've been wearing sneakers! I thought I was doing fine. <BR> <BR> So, I'm on crutches for 2 weeks. <BR> <BR> Son of a biscuit. <BR> <BR> Per my doctor, I am not allowed to run, walk or engage in any activity that causes my toe to bend. <BR> <BR> UUUUUUUUUUHHHHHHH... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 15:03:53 EST I got a medal! This weekend, I ran my first 10k! AND I got the finisher's medal to prove it (it's in my purse right now and I totally brought it with me to church on Sunday LOL). <BR> <BR> I ran my first 10K in 40-ish degree weather with frost on the ground. <BR> With my asthma having been acting up this past week. <BR> And with a still broken toe. <BR> <BR> But I did it! <BR> <BR> And with a fairly respectable chip time of 01:30:23 (it would have been faster, but I had to stop around the 1.5 mile mark a... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 09:40:04 EST Fearsome Mental Powers The human brain is a crazy powerful thing. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I felt fat and greasy and blah. I was convinced (thanks in part to an inconsistent bathroom scale and various other reasons discussed in the previous post) that I had gained some weight. I was sure that my clothes fit differently. My chin felt like it had more wobble. I looked bigger when I looked in the mirror. <BR> <BR> So on and so forth. <BR> <BR> I got to the gym after picking up race packets and I, against my better judg... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 11:42:29 EST Excuses Excuses I stepped on my incredibly inconsistent and usually incorrect bathroom scale last night and it pretty much confirmed what I already thought: I've gained a wee bit. <BR> <BR> I kind of expected it. I haven't been working out and my eating hasn't changed. <BR> <BR> I'm having trouble finding time to work out lately because of my schedule. <BR> <BR> I can't (read "shouldn't but sometimes do anyway") run because of my toe which I'm starting to think isn't healing right because it hurts worse ... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 11:52:16 EST Costume Ideas that I Don't Want to Lose (NOT A REAL BLOG) Wicked 10K: <BR> <BR> Galinda Upland <BR> Using: 1.) Lizzie's pink "popular" shirt (if it fits -- white or pink long sleeve shirt underneath) 2.) pink tutu 3.) dollar store tiara and princess wand. <BR> Hair would probably have to be something slightly nicer than a ponytail/messy bun.... <BR> <BR> If Lizzie's shirt does not fit: <BR> Elphaba <BR> Using: 1.) My black "Wicked" t shirt? (poss. too big) or just plain black shirt** 2.) black tutu 3.) green makeup? w/ bright red or black lips 4.)... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 10:33:28 EST ROCKtober Ain't No Joke Oh <BR> <BR> My <BR> <BR> GAWD!!!!! <BR> <BR> ROCKtober is off to an uh-maze-zing start! <BR> <BR> I may (since I have yet to confirm that I can meet him since I'm scared) have a date on Saturday. Like a date. With a guy. <BR> <BR> I haven't had one of those in YEARS! <BR> <BR> AND I have a job interview on the 17th! <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> OHMYGODOHMYGODOHMYGODOHMYGODOHMYGOD..... <BR> <BR> I would scream, but I'm at work. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Tue, 1 Oct 2013 15:23:12 EST In Which the Author Makes a(nother) U-Turn Yep. Such a good role model I am. <BR> <BR> I had a crap weekend: I ate like crap and my workout-ing was crap. Thusly, I felt like crap. <BR> <BR> I ate a ton of junk this weekend: pizza, cookies, cinnamon rolls, Mexican food, fries, nary a freggie in sight. Oh, I ate an apple on Saturday. Go me. <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> As for working out, the only real physical activity was a 5k Saturday night that felt way too short to be 5K. I (and quite a few others) got to the finish line and said "t... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 12:07:26 EST How to Save a Life I have been assigned a Herculean task. <BR> <BR> And I am scared. <BR> <BR> I think I'm probably psyching myself out. <BR> <BR> Anywho. I got home from the gym last night and my mother says "You have a job." <BR> <BR> Well spotted. I've only been working in my current job for about 4 years. Four long, torturous years.... <BR> <BR> "You need to make me skinny like you." <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I've only been asking you for years to take your health more seriously. Le sigh. <BR> <B... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 10:06:33 EST In which winning is not allowed It took me 27 years, but I have finally achieved that one milestone of childhood that has always escaped me. <BR> <BR> I have my first broken bone! Woo. Oow. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Per my doctor, I need to "limit my impact activities for the next 4-6 weeks." <BR> <BR> Cue my mind looking for loopholes. <BR> <BR> "Limit...limit.... So, instead of RUNNING Cosmic Run this weekend, I'll just walk it." <BR> <BR> That's okay, right? <BR> <BR> I have 4 races coming up in the next 5 weeks. I... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 13:00:16 EST Why Ninjas Wear Shoes Last night (Friday night), I went to have some fun with the youth group kids at a lock-in. <BR> <BR> After we set up for the yard sale and put all of the (crazy unhealthy because, you know, teenagers) food away, we commenced with the traditional running around the church games. <BR> <BR> Specifically, "Body Body." A more wholesome, church appropriate game you will never find. <BR> <BR> Not. <BR> <BR> If you've never played "Body Body" before, the basic premise is that one player goes arou... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 18:23:54 EST Let me run or something! This week is not a good week exercise wise. Everyday has something scheduled (other then the usual time and soul suck that is the day job). <BR> <BR> Monday: Belly dance class (which I have a hard time considering cardio) <BR> Tuesday: Choir rehearsal <BR> Wednesday: Church choir rehearsal <BR> Thursday: "Bible on Tap" <BR> Friday: Yoga and Pilates classes <BR> <BR> By the time I get out of everything, the gym is closed because they close stupid early for some stupid reason and there isn't ... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 12:36:47 EST Backslider I will admit that I did eat my emotions yesterday. <BR> <BR> I had a wonderful weekend in the mountains with no telephone or internet or family; just me, nature and some work that needed to be done to get the retreat center ready for winter. <BR> <BR> Oh. And mice. I hate mice. <BR> <BR> Anywho. <BR> <BR> When I got back to work yesterday, I was greeted by a phone message from a very angry client accusing me of a lot of stupid stuff. <BR> <BR> But, I'm not going to rehash another's stup... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 09:21:35 EST Pulling the Plug on the Pity Party and Other Topics Pertinent to My Day So, I wrote a whole long blog this morning about this pity party I was having because I felt fat. <BR> <BR> <em>15</em> That was me this morning according to my head. <BR> <BR> For some reason it, obviously, didn't post despite my best effort and I didn't feel like trying to retype it. <BR> <BR> But yeah. I felt fat and sad this morning. <BR> <BR> Pity party of one. <em>236</em> Woo. <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> I did try to blog my way out of it which only kind of worked. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 21:25:31 EST Wicked Trainin' I started my 10k training on Monday to prepare me for the Wicked 10K in late October. <BR> <BR> Because it's "Wicked Trainin'," I feel like I should type this in a "Bah-stun" accent. <BR> <BR> But I won't. <BR> <BR> You're welcome. <BR> <BR> Monday, not bad: strength and stretch. Strength: check. Stretch: eh...not so much. I had every intention of popping in a yoga video when I got home from the gym, but I didn't. Bad Sara. <BR> <BR> Yesterday (Day 2): Run 2.5 miles. ** cue squeeling bra... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 10:44:12 EST Tales from Monsanto, I am "corn-fused" I don't know what the heck my body is doing. It's doing it's own thing I guess. <BR> <BR> And considering the results, I should just shut my brain dafuq up and let my body do it's thing. <BR> <BR> I weighed myself last night and the scale said 173.8. <BR> <BR> I stepped on twice to make sure I was reading it correctly. This is the scale at the gym, the only scale I consistently use. <BR> <BR> Five days ago I was complaining about 180.something. I have eaten pie and french fries and ice cr... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 11:26:43 EST SHEETZ!!!!! Yesterday (Sunday) was a very bad food day. Blastoise.... <BR> <BR> Usual breakfast of cereal, milk and protein powder.... <BR> <BR> After a congregational council meeting at church that was not a happy affair, we had pie! <BR> <BR> I had a very large slice of chocolate pie. Bad Sara. Bad. <BR> <BR> But it was oh so good. <BR> <BR> And one of the ladies kept telling me I needed to eat more. I don't want to eat any more pie. I was perfectly happy with the one piece I ate thankyouverymuch... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 09:00:29 EST Recommitment number ... uh I lost count Back up to 180.something. <BR> <BR> Son of a biscuit eating bulldog. <BR> <BR> I can partially, but only partially, blame my injuries. <BR> <BR> I know my eating has been less than stellar lately. Last night, for example, I was working on my resume and wanted something to nosh upon and hit up a bag of Cheetoes. <BR> <BR> There was a bag of celery in the 'fridge I could have eaten. Or, even better because I was right smack dab in the good zone of all of my counters, I could have had some w... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 13:44:34 EST "Reekend Wecap" Apparently, I am "dense." <BR> <BR> My preferred phrase is/was "socially inept." Lawd hammercy. <BR> <BR> Friday after work, I went to a yoga class taught by my ballet teacher. I really enjoyed it and was, surprisingly, stiff and sore afterwords but, by golly was I relaxed. <BR> <BR> I was RELAXED. Stupid, crazy, loopy relaxed. And after class, as I'm slowly reentering the real world and coming out of the super relaxed space, my ballet/yoga teacher asks me about my knee to make sure I'm o... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 14:23:57 EST Captain Spock, Damage Report So.... per my doctor's visit: <BR> KNEES: <BR> 1.) I must purchase new running shoes (current shoes were a Christmas gift). <BR> 2.) I should probably invest in a knee brace to wear while running. <BR> 3.) No squats for a few weeks. <BR> <BR> I need to complain about point 3 for a moment: "No squats, so what about plies, like for ballet?" <BR> (Essentially): "No." <BR> WWWWHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!????????<BR>?????? <BR> <BR> 4.) No more leg press machine. Focus on leg extensions to st... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 14:30:36 EST Momma's Macaroni Salad and I'm an Endorphin Junkie I love my mom's macaroni salad. It has tons of garlic (which I love -- it ain't food unless it's got garlic which may be why I'm still single LOL), a lot of bell peppers, celery, tomatoes, onions, shredded chicken and some cheyenne pepper. Yummmmmm!!!!! <BR> <BR> Alas, it also has a ton of mayonnaise. The real stuff, like Hellman's or Duke's. None of that "Miracle Whip" crap which is gross. <BR> <BR> I ate a small bowl the other night and was immediately sick to my stomach. My face felt gre... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 11:46:29 EST Biscuit Eating Bulldogs General-run-of-the-mill complaining blog ahead. You have been warned. <BR> <BR> So yeah, I know I've already talked about how mean I am to my body but HOLY MOTHER OF ALL THAT IS SACRED IN THIS UNIVERSE AND BEYOND, I HURT!!!!! <BR> <BR> I did weights Wednesday and was hurting afterwards, so I took yesterday easy: no weights, just dance class. But my left knee, my right shoulder, lower back/hips and both of my ankles have been really bothering me today and yesterday. <BR> <BR> A quick WebMD... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 11:30:55 EST Did I Really Just Think That? I'm in the bathroom at work and I notice that my brand new top that I just bought Sunday and just pulled the tags off of this morning is riding a little low and is, in my personal (read: "fairly prudish") opinion, showing a bit too much up top. <BR> <BR> That awkward moment when you find yourself thinking: "maybe I should have gotten the extra-small...." <BR> <BR> Wait. What? <BR> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> Edited to fix a grammatical error. Wed, 7 Aug 2013 11:07:34 EST Lazy Sunday Went to church with the family. Chinese buffet for lunch with the "extended family" (I hit up the sushi and hibachi, I did have white rice, I will admit). Shopping with friend and her kids and my cousin. <BR> <BR> Lazy, lazy Sunday. <BR> <BR> I was going to mow the yard, but that can wait until tomorrow I suppose. <BR> <BR> And for your auditory entertainment, "Lazy Sunday" from SNL: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> Because it's all about the Hamiltons, baby. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 22:39:33 EST Mean My legs hate me today. <BR> <BR> I'm sure that they're just going to up and disconnect from my body tonight while I'm sleeping. Dear Lord. They want to find someone who will appreciate them and their desire to be lazy. <BR> <BR> I did "Cardio Bootcamp" last night which involved weighted plies, squats, step ups, lots of running (which I actually ** GASP ** like now), and a butt ton of other things that I can't remember the name of right now. And then this morning I had ballet class with a l... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 23:47:14 EST Supplemental blog to ask a question Is it just me, or is every freaking blog post I have a "I screwed up, but I'm going to turn it around and I mean it!" post? <BR> <BR> I don't know it that's funny or sad.... <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Fri, 2 Aug 2013 09:43:50 EST Eye of the Tiger CUE: the song from "Rocky." <BR> <BR> It's a new month and it's on y'all. <BR> <BR> I have not been sparking at all what-so-ever for the past few weeks. I was housesitting and did not have adequate access to the internet for a while which got me out of the habit and blah blah blah. <BR> <BR> During that week of house sitting though I lost 6 or so pounds. I didn't have any junk to eat, I went on 3 mile runs every day, I played with super energetic puppies, etc. <BR> <BR> Got home and gaine... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 09:41:31 EST Fighter Okay Sparkfriends, I have a shameful, shameful confession. <BR> <BR> In the past 2 weeks, I've gained probably about 10 pounds; I'm too scared to get on the scale and confirm it. <BR> <BR> I am, once again, obese (30.5 BMI per Sparkpeople's BMI calculator), per my weigh in last Wednesday. <BR> <BR> Getting dressed for work this morning, my size 10 pants, my favorite pants, were uncomfortably tight. Wearable, but tight. <BR> <BR> NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!! Son of a biscuit eating bulld... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 10:51:50 EST The Birthday Blog Or, as Ally-Cat (my "cousin"'s daughter) would say: "birfday." <BR> <BR> Twenty-seven. Is that officially considered "late-twenties?" <BR> <BR> I looked at last year's birthday blog and I signed off hoping for a year of love, adventure, a new job and a new home. <BR> <BR> Acheivement unlocked! <BR> <BR> I have the love of my friends and family and, most importantly, I now have the love of myself. And, as Whitney Houston said, "The Greatest Love of all is inside of me." <BR> <BR> Life, i... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 09:47:14 EST Not Quite a Single Digit Midget As a way to procrastinate the whole "going-in-to-work" thing because "work-sucks-and-I-don't-wanna-gooooooo," and because I'm kind of tired of plain black pants, I decided to try on a pair of pinstriped pants I got at the thrift store a while back. <BR> <BR> They were not my size when I got them, but I figured I'd be there eventually and I liked the way they looked. <BR> <BR> I managed to get them on. <BR> And buttoned. <BR> <BR> They're a size 8. <BR> <BR> Still a wee bit too tight to we... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 09:28:15 EST Because you need belly to belly dance, right? (PICTURE TIME!) Tonight was my 2nd dance recital as a belly dancer with the local parks and rec and it was UH-MAZE-ZING! <BR> <BR> I had so much fun. I'm so excited for the next one! <BR> <BR> So, I haven't been in a recital in about a year. As I was uploading pictures to "The Book of Face" (love the potato man), I saw my pictures from last year's recital and uh...Holy Cheese. <BR> <BR> Last year, me as a French Doll with Belly Dance 1: <BR> <img src=" Thu, 20 Jun 2013 00:04:52 EST I'm Breaking a Sweat, It's Alright Well, it's official. I hate Zumba. <BR> <BR> I gave it one last shot tonight. Every now and then I'll get the bug that says "I'll like it this time! I really will!" <BR> <BR> I really do want to like Zumba. It seems like everyone else everywhere loooooovvvvves it. <BR> <BR> But I don't. <BR> <BR> I thought that maybe it was the instructor(s) that I didn't like the last time(s). The instructor for the class tonight is someone that I do like. I have taken her step classes before and I reall... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 20:23:28 EST It's Like The Dinosaur Story 'Cause I'm back! <BR> (There was a movie when I was a kid called "We're Back! A Dinosaur Story." Love that movie!) <BR> <BR> Not that I really went anywhere. I just stopped taking part of the "community" bit of Sparkpeople. I tracked and whatnot (and can I say that this new fitness tracker SUCKS! I've pretty much stopped tracking my fitness), but I've been fairly quiet otherwise. Mostly I haven't really had much to say (but when has that stopped me before exactly?) <BR> <BR> Anyway. Hey y'... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 13:43:45 EST S%&t People Who Haven't Gone Through This Lifestyle Change Say That title is a wee bit long winded. <BR> <BR> Anywho.... I'm sure that, by now, everyone is familiar with the "S%& [insert people group here] say" thing. <BR> <BR> We all have those people in our lives who we love dearly but, due to either ignorance or misplaced good intentions and not maliciousness (though it may seem like it at the time sometimes), say some pretty stupid things in regards to the lifestyle change that we, as Sparkers, as people who have overhauled our lives, have underta... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 22:05:48 EST 'Tis the Season Fa la la la la la la la no.... <BR> <BR> Well, it certainly feels like that particular season. We are having a lovely winter this spring. Current temperature is 52 degrees according to WeatherBug. <BR> <BR> Scoff all you want northerners. We should be in the low to mid seventies right about now. This really is Christmas weather. <BR> <BR> Alas, no visits from Ol' Saint Nick and no excuses to be indulging in cookies and fluffy hot chocolate. Christmas is safely in the attic (YAY!!!!!!). <BR... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 15:18:59 EST The Latest and Greatest Lose-Weight-Quick Tool It's only been two days, not even, and already I have people gushing about how great I look. TWO DAYS! <BR> <BR> And I'll let you in on my secret, because I'm so amazing and sweet like that. <BR> <BR> What's my newest secret? <BR> <BR> Food poisoning. <BR> <BR> It's for the seriously committed only. It's not recommended for pregnant women, people with weak constitutions or anyone at all ever. <BR> <BR> But a day or so of violent purging with no desire and/or hope of eating anything ever ... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 12:36:42 EST My I-Should-Prob'ly-Run Day I don't know what it is about Sundays, but for some reason I'm like "EAT ALL THE THINGS!" <BR> <BR> And, of course, it's not the healthy things. This weekend my drug of choice was knock off double stuffed Oreos. <BR> <BR> Me thinks I should become a better weekend tracker. I am an ab. fab. M-F tracker, but sometime around Saturday afternoon I slack off until I'm back at work Monday morning. Par example, this weekend I tracked my Saturday breakfast and my post-dance-class, pre-running-of-the... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 09:02:33 EST Hold Me Tighter Than My Dereon Jeans So. I have a question for the ladies. More specifically, the single ladies (Wuh uh oh uh uh oh oh uh oh uh uh oh). <BR> <BR> Anyone else being bombarded with "So... do you have a guy yet?" or some variation thereof? <BR> <BR> It seems like everytime I turn around someone, generally a mother-type someone, is asking me that. <BR> <BR> Why are these women so interested in my relationship status? And yes, I just said "relationship status." Life is Facebook. <BR> <BR> Being thinner and "gorgeo... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 21:10:21 EST The Wages of Chocolate With the dawning of Easter, my fast from chocolate is officially over. <BR> <BR> <em>493</em> <em>494</em> And boy did I celebrate! <em>493</em> <em>494</em> <BR> <BR> Those little chocolate eggs that I've been craving since Thursday. <em>493</em> <em>494</em> <BR> <BR> "Fun sized" Kit Kats and Twix. <em>493</em> <em>494</em> <BR> <BR> Reese's cups. <em>493</em> <em>494</em> <BR> <BR> And that's NOT including the coffee cake and strata eaten at Easter Brunch a... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 09:11:54 EST Fluidity As per my usual, I'm reevaluating. <BR> <BR> My official goal, per my SP goals page, has been to get down to a healthy BMI by my birthday in July. That would be (mathing....mathing....) a bit over 30 pounds which is totally doable. <BR> <BR> Can I just pause for a second to freak the heck on out that a healthy BMI is a mere 30-some pounds away? Holy health Batman! I've NEVER been a healthy BMI. Granted, I understand that BMI is nothing more than a mathmatical equation relating height (which... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 13:41:36 EST Her name was Flora Spread and she lived on Hovis Hill Well, I now have at least 15 things on my list of "Things They Don't Tell You Before You Start Your Weight Loss Journey." <BR> <BR> #15: You will get sick. A lot. <BR> <BR> I just back from a doctor's appointment because I have a delightful ear, nose, throat thing going on. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had no voice, which is hard to deal with when your work requires you talk on the phone all day and then you have to go to choir rehearsal. <BR> <BR> Voice is back 95-ish%. Talking voice is good f... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 11:42:49 EST Creep I've noticed, as I'm sure many of you have for yourselves, that none of my clothes fit anymore. Pants are the worst offender yet. I can get away with keeping sweaters from 50 or so pounds ago, even 100 pounds in some cases. But pants... not so much. <BR> <BR> So, I'm walking around the clothing section (who am I kidding, I zeroed in on clearance) of a national department store in my local mall and I can't help but feel out of place. <BR> <BR> I had a friend a few weeks ago tell me that I ... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 13:43:30 EST Reunited Again So, last night I hopped onto the treadmill once again. I have not treaded mill, at least not of my own volition, in some time now. <BR> <BR> And now we know why. <BR> <BR> Actually, it wasn't too terribly bad. I kept my pace between 4 and 5 mph, had a slight incline and I didn't want to die. <BR> <BR> Huzzah! Progress! <BR> <BR> I think I did 30 minutes but I'm not quite sure. I went to take a sip of water and hit the wrong button, cool down instead of pause, which means I had to start co... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 13:57:45 EST Misery Business It's day 2 of the Lenten season in which I have opted to give up chocolate. <BR> <BR> I didn't realize how badly I was/am addicted to chocolate. <BR> <BR> Mardi Gras/Shrove Tuesday was a pretty chocolatey day: brownies, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate chip pancakes, ice cream and hot chocolate. I was sick of chocolate by the time I went to bed. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a tough day and I just wanted a freaking brownie. I wanted chocolate gosh darn it! But no, no chocolate. <BR> <BR> I did... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 13:27:14 EST More than Hour Our Never So for the past few days I've been kind of sick. <BR> <BR> I stumbled home from work Monday and fell asleep until around Tuesday afternoon. I did wake up to decide to not go to dance class, take a shower and e-mail out sick from work. <BR> <BR> Between Monday 7pm until Tuesday 7pm, I spent approximately 19 hours in bed. <BR> <em>102</em> <BR> I felt better and risked a run to choir rehearsal. Which left me appropriately drained, but I sang better than I have all season and felt alright.... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 13:12:06 EST Weight Loss Intellectualism "Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers." -- Janis Joplin <BR> <BR> There is all this talk of "goals" running around. I've had this arbitrary "get-t0-a-healthy-weight-as-determined-by-<BR>my-BMI" goal for a while. People keep wanting to know numbers, so I generally give them "around 40-50 more to go." <BR> <BR> But is that really what I want? What do I want from this weight loss journey/lifestyle change? <BR> <BR> Is this just about my weight? Is all of this, whate... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 14:42:35 EST