SARAHSHRTY's SparkPeople Blog SARAHSHRTY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community An update on me It has been a crazy few weeks! Work is super busy (and still aggrivating), I have become a co-leader in the Hold The Stuffing Team, still being mom and the total domestic goddess at home (ha!)! <BR> <BR> I love Fall, it's a great time of year, except maybe the last few days here with crazy weather, tornado watches, 86 degrees today and 61 on Friday- what?! <BR> <BR> We have Halloween costumes done, candy to give out, a parade on Friday, a party on Saturday, trick-or-treating Saturday nig... Wed, 27 Oct 2010 21:17:56 EST The Dreaded "P" word Oh, plateau, why have you plagued me again? <BR> <BR> I have read all the articles about plateaus, what to do to break them, I have the tools, the food, the know how, but here I am, stuck for two weeks at the same weight! It's so frustrating! <BR> <BR> The last few weeks I have been on the low end of having the drive to really kick this weight loss in to gear. Life has been crazy, and injury, a death, insane stress, loss of drive to exercise and my eating has been off a little. And I... Sat, 9 Oct 2010 23:11:53 EST Favor needed My boyfriend and his brother have recently started their own online fitness website. I would love it if my Spark friends would check it out, send feedback, follow on Twitter, pass it along to your friends, let him know what you want to see online, or even guest blog! Thanks! <BR> <BR> Mon, 27 Sep 2010 21:10:54 EST Round and round she goes, where she'll stop..... A new attitude, new goals, new challenges, and the same ole same ole of the daily grind. <BR> <BR> So, I have blogged about how unhappy I am at my job. We gear up every year to enforce rules, keep communication open, keep the peace and offer the best to the children and our faculty. Hmmm, it seems that when I try to do this, I get "you have a poor attitude", "watch what you do, how you say it", blah blah blah. So, we pep talk ourselves in to enforcing rules (I do not have an actual issue ... Mon, 20 Sep 2010 14:43:48 EST Lacking... I work as an office manager at a private school. Needless to say the last few weeks have been more then busy for me. My days are not long enough, my kids are excited, yet tired from being at school, working out as soon as I get home, dinner, bath, bedtime, laundry, dishes, this and that and all of those lovely domestic goddess duties. <BR> <BR> I am lacking energy, big time. I am lacking hunger, having a hard time getting my calories in, which is horrible, because now I am lacking any w... Tue, 14 Sep 2010 21:17:50 EST Anniversary's of sorts This has been a crazy week. Although it was shorter work wise, it sure felt like the work week took forever to end! <BR> <BR> I've upped my workouts to six days a week, so today is my rest day. Which is strange, I feel weird not working out, but I resisted, since I know my body needs rest. <BR> <BR> After work my kids went to their dad's so I took advantage of free time and went and got a pedicure, it was fabulous! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow my boyfriend and I are going to help finish a "Man Cav... Fri, 10 Sep 2010 21:18:32 EST Successful Day! The mile high plate of donuts was in my office today- there seems to be a theme to that saying. Krispy Kreme- chocolate, kruellers, powdered- all of which used to be exciting to me- I would easily eat six (they were the mini ones). Instead, I took out my banana, ate it. Ok, I can handle this! Hmmm, hungry, light string cheese for some protein. Still no donuts....and I made it- I made it through the whole day with no donuts! Yay me! <BR> <BR> I have been working my butt off lately, track... Tue, 7 Sep 2010 21:43:49 EST Biggest Loser Challenge Blog- BLC When I started this journey, I expected to lose weight quickly, like when I was in my 20's and it just fell off. Being a yo-yo dieter and loser all of my life, I quickly became very frustrated when it didn't come off quickly, or at ALL! I started to exercise, still, nothing. Watched what i ate, felt like I was doing it "right", nothing. Time to revamp! <BR> <BR> I started exercising more, really watching what I put in my body, realizing that I have to switch up my calorie days, most of t... Mon, 6 Sep 2010 09:08:41 EST Feeling guilty and guilty pleasures I reached a mini goal yesterday- 10 pounds down! It was a fabulous moment to step on the scale and see that! How did I celebrate? I had a guilty pleasure- Stacy's pita chips- Cinnamon Sugar no less- but they were so good! I them immediately felt guilty for eating them. Yesterday was my off day from working out- again, guilt set in. I'm doing so well- why should I let myself feel guilty? <BR> <BR> I am scared to fail- I am scared to succeed- I am just all around scared. I have made so ... Thu, 2 Sep 2010 21:18:44 EST Today..... Was better then yesterday. I went to work with a smile on my face...with the intention of doing my job and not getting sucked in to the drama in the office. It worked for the most part! <BR> <BR> I did yoga today- Inside Out Method yoga- which is crazy hard (I'm a beginner), yet very rewarding! It was relaxing and felt good to stretch- well after the crazy hard intense parts! I'm proud of myself that I made my fitness minute goal for August- 1500 minutes, a little over that, even though I... Tue, 31 Aug 2010 20:37:45 EST In a rut Today was a very typical Monday. Welcome TOM (blah) and work was just crappy for lack of better words. To quickly vent my frustrations- our fire alarm panel was out of whack, so there was a lovely BEEEEEPPPPP the first 45 minutes of my morning in my office. I have been doing the same job for over ten years- can we say burnt out?! I find myself being angry at work, and looking for a butter knife to cut all the tension that is in the air. Frustrated is beyond words with how I am feeling to... Mon, 30 Aug 2010 22:15:38 EST Almost out of the Big O and a WHOA moment for myself! .8 pounds, yes JUST .8 pounds and I will no longer be in the Obese category of BMI! To say I am so happy of that is bitter sweet, as I never even thought I would be IN that category! <BR> <BR> I have learned so much lately about my body, exercising, and health. My kids are really starting to pay attention to food and exercise and just an all around healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> I never thought I would look forward to exercising! That these horrible stress headaches I get from my drama... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 21:54:59 EST Oh peanut butter, why are you so good?! (and some other good stuff) Peanut butter, it's my downfall, I should really have my boyfriend hide it from me! <BR> <BR> I have to say, to my surprise, I really enjoy working out now! I feel stronger, healthier and look forward to it every day! We just got Bob Harper's Inside Out Challenge today (finally!)- it comes with a month "schedule" to follow- I am very excited about it all! That and I have found I love Chalene! She's great and it's easier for me to follow her routines! <BR> <BR> My boyfriend and I took... Sat, 21 Aug 2010 21:23:26 EST Ugh and Yeah I am almost through week four of really working out and watching what I eat. I haven't weighed myself yet (tomorrow morning), but did measure. I have lost four inches in my waist (woo hoo), but gained in my arms and thighs (ugh)! Cardio is going to be my new best friend for the next month! I have slowly increased the amount of workout time I have been doing, but am guessing I need to really up the cardio to burn the calories! <BR> <BR> One day at a time, right? right! Thu, 29 Jul 2010 22:16:21 EST By George, I think I've got it! Who knew "good for you food" is actually good! <BR> <BR> I love the tracking feature on Spark! It's so nice to see what I am eating, and that not eating crap actually makes me feel better, go figure! ;-) <BR> <BR> The kids and I did some circuit training this afternoon, then I went on a walk, which was wonderful! What a great way to clear my head! <BR> <BR> I think I'm getting the hang of a lifestyle change vs. a diet! Woo Hoo! Wed, 30 Jun 2010 21:49:13 EST What a heck of a month.... But it's time to get back to "normal", whatever that is! <BR> <BR> My mother had been sick with cancer, and passed away last month. I was with her when she took her last breath, it was very surreal, but I am glad that she was able to die at home, which was her wish. It was a whilrwind afterwords, getting things ready for her memorial (my sister and I planned it), having family in town, working, kids, that it has been a month since she passed, I need to start refocusing on me. <B... Sun, 13 Jun 2010 15:25:57 EST