SCHNECKERL's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SCHNECKERL SCHNECKERL'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/ Oh April, my April http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672875 I have to chuckle to myself, because i just read through the last blog entries I made (LAST SUMMER!!!) and it seems like my blog is nothing but a Woe is me sad fest! I wish I were about to write a happy go lucky blog, but truthfully April has been R-O-U-G-H! <BR> <BR> On April 1st I woke up and couldn't smile on the right side of my face. My husband thought I was trying to pull an April Fool's Joke on him, but when I started to panic and was insisting that I really was TRYING to smile, he im... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:02:43 EST Weird Moods, WEIRD Dreams http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5450801 I have been in a major funk for a while. Yes, I know why, and while I'm trying to pull myself out of it, it tends to get the better of me more than I'd like to admit. Now, to add a special twist to things, I'm starting to have WEIRD dreams. My eyes popped open just before 3 this morning, and I was wide awake, and royally pissed off. I have no idea what I was mad about, my by jaw was clenched and my brow was furrowed big time. I accidentally woke my husband up with the light of my phone when I... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 11:31:08 EST Still Searching, More Tests... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5443116 This has been quite the week. I felt very ill on Sunday, but since I'm the only staff that works the weekend, I toughed through it, but on Monday I was sent home from work! I passed out for over three hours when I got home, and started to feel better after that.... Tuesday I had an appointment with an internal medicine specialist, Wednesday my aunt and uncle arrived from Ohio, and Thursday I had an appointment with my new OBGYN. Busy week! <BR> <BR> I didn't feel like I was in the right plac... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 10:09:20 EST No Answers, Just Questions... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5436044 I feel completely lost. <BR> <BR> I have been following the "Low Amylose" diet for six weeks and have lost almost 15 pounds. I'm over the moon! After trying different approaches for so long, it has been so refreshing to see weight literally fall off of me for the first time EVER. I started this approach because I was 92% positive that I did, indeed, have PCOS and this is the recommended diet for the syndrome. The only thing left was an ultrasound to confirm there are cysts on my ovaries. <B... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 09:50:48 EST Reality: Checked Me HARD http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5389911 I have started and stopped SO many blog entries over the last two weeks. Now I'm ready to share, learn, grow, and change! <BR> <BR> I've been at my new job for almost two months now, and I've been beyond pumped to have insurance! I started seeing a chiropractor for my chronic shoulder, back, and knee pain, and in two weeks I feel MARKEDLY better! It is absolutely astounding and wonderful! SO, hooray for that! <BR> <BR> Now I'm not a fool. I've known that something was wrong within my body f... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 11:46:01 EST New Beginnings! FINALLY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5340606 Hello fellow Sparkers! <BR> <BR> Man, has a there been a LOT of change in my life recently! And guess what? For once, I can really say that it is pretty much ALL positive change! HOORAY! I don't even want to go in to the vast amount of "less than good" that went on since the last blog post I wrote in SEPTEMBER. Let me just say that I was sick with pneumonia and/or bronchitis for over four months, I was stressed out, over worked, and on the verge of a true breakdown. <BR> <BR> Thankfully, ... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 10:48:45 EST Positively Positive that I NEED to Think Positively! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5074848 I'm determined to get 30 points for the Bahama Mamas this week, and that means I need to blog this week. And not just once my friends, FOUR times. Can she do it? YES SHE CAN! <BR> <BR> Now. I can sit here and regale you fine folks with a story of chaos and sickness the likes of which you've never heard before... should I do it?! (And truthfully, I'm sure you've heard the likes of this before. I'm not that special!) I've decided that I need to focus my energy on healing myself and having an ... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 19:30:16 EST Buzz! Buzz! This is YOUR WAKE UP CALL!!!! (And Rock It Plan Week 1) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4951732 OH MY DEAR, SWEEEEEETTTTT JESUS! I know I've been living in a state of denial, but I don't think that I really thought I had stuck my head as deep down into the sand as I actually have! Holy Moly! <BR> <BR> Yesterday I logged my food for the first time in a long, long, long time. I knew that I was ready to start fresh, and I knew that I was going to track again. All day long I made sensible choices and I even swam laps for over a half an hour. Things were looking pretty good! Then, I finishe... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 10:49:39 EST Confessions of a DONE Girl Challenge Failure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4949098 Oh boy. I have done a few Done Girl seasonal challenges now, and man, sometimes I'm on it, and making great strides, but I'm gonna be frank, MOST of them I've just floundered and failed at! I'm not saying this to be hard on myself or put myself down. I'm saying this because it's time to reflect on the most recent "SASS" challenge, it's time to get real. <BR> <BR> I THRIVE on competition and challenges. These challenges should be RIGHT up my ally, and pushing me to success beyond belief, rig... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 14:52:37 EST More Breakfast Ideas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4866860 I'm a full on ADDICT over in Pinterest land these days! My head is just buzzing with great ideas on how to spruce up our diets, our workouts, and our house! I'm just shocked at how much I absolutely LOVE it! Oh how I wish I were on it (and it was available) when I was teaching and racked for ideas! Haha! ANYHOW.... <BR> <BR> Breakfast. It is one of my most experimental AND routine meals that I make. I get into ruts and make the same things over and over again, because they are healthy, easy,... Fri, 4 May 2012 20:36:34 EST Crafting Towards Health! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4853271 Hi Sparkers! I've been meaning to get on here and start blogging again, but I just, well, <BR> haven't! So, M & I have been busy as usual, but that is a pretty lame excuse isn't it? Yeah. It is! <BR> <BR> Catch up time! What's been going on in the last month or two? Last you heard from me we were bringing home our cats - they have quickly become a major part of our lives! We love having two fur babies, though they are frustrating and naughty at times too! Most of the time they delight and e... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 11:53:48 EST Kitties! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4767751 After having to reschedule twice - once because Zoe didn't get to the vet on time, and once because the weather was so bad - we FINALLY brought our kitties home! Hooray! Zoe (the mother) and Mitterns have been adjusting to their new (HUGE!) surroundings tonight. Mittens has been fearless exploring everything and everywhere! She has been getting in trouble by scratching at things she ought not, and climbing on things she ought not to! Zoe, on the other hand, has been very cautious. <BR> <BR>... Fri, 2 Mar 2012 20:58:33 EST March Goals... and a little updating! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4766292 I guess I will have to figure out what my starting weight is tomorrow morning! I've been working the CRAZIEST hours lately... at one of my jobs two out of the five workers are out this week. Couple that with THREE snow days from school and... oh my GOSH! I work at a 24 hour treatment facility with adolescents, so when school is cancelled, a staff needs to cover the hours that they are usually in school. I was already taking extra hours for one of our night workers who is recovering from surge... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 23:00:29 EST Weekend! Cooking! Yum! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4697285 My oh my oh my I LOVE a weekend off! The bloom is off the rose of working at least one weekend day a week. It's going to be rough going back to it, but for now I am SAVORING two full days off in a row! <BR> <BR> We were oh so very productive this weekend, but we totally had a great balance between chilling out and doing nothing, and getting what needed to be done, done. I went to Zumba on Saturday morning, and I was SORE from the Jillian Michael's tape I had done on Friday. In fact, I'm sti... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 17:19:54 EST Woah Fitness Level... (and of course, other ramblings!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4693653 So, I've been active on Spark for about 10 days now, and although I was aware that I was essentially starting over, I had left my fitness goals where they were for the time being. I was testing the waters to see how I would do, and I have my answer! I went into my goals today and reset them to be more realistic for where I am at RIGHT NOW. Now I'm aiming for 40 minutes a day, 4 times a week. I'll increase it with time, just like I did before! <BR> <BR> I've been increasing my dedicated fitn... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 15:08:02 EST Why I HATE M's School. And... Car Woes. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4691310 OH MY LORD! When will the nonsense with M's job/funding/schooling END?! Yesterday I was muddling my way through what I hoped would be my last double shift day in a LONG time when I called M to see if he was around and wanted to meet up for dinner. It was the only time we were going to be able to get together, so imagine my surprise when he answers the phone with a cranky, "What?!" I asked him if he was okay, and he told me that yes, he is okay, but there is a lot of stuff going down at school... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 13:10:18 EST Woot Woot Day Off! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4684450 Well I've been back at my jobs since last Wednesday, and I was called in to work on Thursday AND Friday, and I foolishly agreed to work tomorrow when I was cornered by one of my bosses in a grocery store.... long story short, I was staring down the barrel of eleven straight work days with at least two days working at both of my jobs. I couldn't blame anyone else for what I did, but I WAS pretty annoyed about being called in to work on 1) my day off and 2) after already working over 8 hours a... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 13:16:56 EST Back to the Grind, and QUITE Nervous! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4673749 Ok! I'm trying to be real with myself, and I have to admit I'm a little nervous about going back to work today! It is my first day back in ten days (thank you honeymoon!!!), and I can only say that it was a MUCH needed break! I work with at-risk teenagers that have been removed from their families, and even on the easy days, it's so draining to have to be "Mom" to these kids. Coupled with that, the week and a half before my vacation I was with them ALL. THE. TIME. I am the newest hire, and th... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 11:59:11 EST New Year, New Weight, New Goals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4672295 Wow. I guess I have no right to be as shocked as I am that I have slid back this far. I haven't logged on in a month! I hadn't logged in before that for many weeks either! I have basically been MIA, swimming in stress, and losing control little by little. <BR> <BR> It was truly a blessing when I got hired at my jobs. We were in financial straights like you wouldn't believe, and I was so thankful to be DOING something that I said YES to everything that was asked of me. The week before we wen... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 20:39:52 EST INSPIRE Update Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4580855 I've been off my game for INSPIRE the last few weeks, lots of traveling for the most part! I didn't weigh in twice because I was out of town, and got 0 points both weeks too! That's not normal for me, and I realized this morning I was on my way to another 0 week for points! So, I decided to at least do this blog and get some points since my weight seems to be staying steady this week. <BR> <BR> This blog is supposed to be an update on our personal challenge of completing 100 pushups or the ... Sat, 12 Nov 2011 13:00:06 EST Since Moving... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4560308 I never really fell off the wagon. Nothing that drastic. I've kinda been in a holding pattern, and haven't been moving much in the ways of up nor down. But maintaining is not where I want to hang out. I DO want to continue on this weight loss journey, and I know that I have oodles more to lose! <BR> <BR> That being said, I actually think I'm sorta okay with were things are right now, and I'm going to try to not put pressure on myself to do more than my body is ready for. I'm eating great ho... Sun, 30 Oct 2011 19:36:12 EST New Food Experients! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4521583 When I was doing out shopping on Saturday, I went crazy getting new and fun produce! All the squash varieties were on sale ($0.55 per pound!), I bought ground turkey for the first time, and I started to find some new quinoa recipes! Low and behold, WITHOUT EVEN KNOWING BEFOREHAND, the INSPIRE challenge this week is to try new foods this week! How awesome is that? <BR> <BR> On Saturday I did a search for ground turkey - I thought I wanted to make chili, but I decided that I wanted to try som... Wed, 5 Oct 2011 21:46:44 EST September Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4512594 I guess I haven't been blogging very much this month, huh? I wouldn't say that this was a bad month at all, though my weight has been up and down (per usual monthly TOM nonsense), and though I'm pretty convinced that I didn't meet my weight goal, I'm fine with what I have lost. I read my September Goals blog today in preparation for this blog and am reminded why I usually do a mid-month check in blog. I totally forgot that some of those goals were even on there! Haha whoops! <BR> <BR> Sadly,... Fri, 30 Sep 2011 18:34:18 EST HOW can that be the same shirt?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4485373 I took the time last night to put up a few before and current pictures. I only really had one "before" picture up, and I think it is important to really reflect on how far I've come - especially when I still have my moments of looking in the mirror and only seeing what's still wrong. I had to call M over to the computer when I put a couple of pictures side by side.... I forgot that I have worn one of my shirts from smaller to BIGGER and all the way to now - it's been around! I was just shocke... Wed, 14 Sep 2011 20:59:22 EST INSPIRE Article Blog #2 & #3 = Couples Workouts! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4477634 I have been knee deep in wedding planning, and so I decided to read up on articles that have to do with couples for this challenge! <BR> <BR> The second article I read was "Workout Ideas for Couples." I loved some of the ideas! Right now we are doing the 28 Day Bootcamp together, and it just TICKLES me that we are working out together! Today M even asked if I wanted to go on a walk with his family's dog and him... I do believe that is the first time he ever asked if I wanted to join them! I... Sat, 10 Sep 2011 18:40:40 EST INSPIRE Article Blog #1: Slow Post-Wedding Weight Gain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4474661 Yes, it's true that I am 79 days away from getting married. I'm still working out and trying my hardest to get slimmer and more toned for the day when all eyes are going to be on me! But, I am also concerned that I may relax after the "I Do's" have been said. No one is going to be watching me walk down and aisle or dance my first dance as a married woman after November 26th, so why WOULDN'T I relax it a bit? <BR> <BR> Well, for me that is an easy question, because I'm not near my goal, and ... Thu, 8 Sep 2011 23:13:14 EST September Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4462681 September feels very... different to me this year! Normally I'm back teaching and getting into the full time work gig, but that hasn't happened for me as of yet. I realized the other day that I'm having a hard time reconciling eating as many calories as Spark has suggested I eat... I've been taking this time to myself to really get into a work out grove and burn some calories. I've been moving every day, and for the most part I feel great! However, there are many days when I feel sore and pro... Fri, 2 Sep 2011 13:30:28 EST August Goal Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4460196 I have to say that August was a pretty solid month for weight loss! I'm actually probably "less" than the scale is reading right now too! Last night M and I had our neighbors over for dinner and cards, and while the dinner portion was quite healthy (Rachel Ray's Eggplant Bake with whole grain spaghetti), I had the thought of "Oh right, this is COMPANY! I should make a starter and dessert!" about an hour before the guests arrived. I scanned the kitchen and decided that apple pie was on order, ... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 09:32:58 EST Experimental Breakfasts: Day 1 - Apple Pie Oatmeal Bonanza http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4456939 So I've decided that I have gotten into a breakfast rut. I either eat cereal, or I have a Morningstar Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit. I'm supposed to keep it whole grain this week for INSPIRE, and the Morningstars are a slightly questionable source of whole grain-ity! SO I decided that I should look through some other options for breakfast and spice up the routines! <BR> <BR> Today, I tried making "growing oatmeal" for the first time. It's something that Hungry Girl loves and raves about, ... Tue, 30 Aug 2011 16:57:34 EST A Love Letter to my Parents http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4449574 I am so happy, lucky, and grateful for my parents right now. I want to make sure that when I'm ready to lose my mind at them I have something to come back to and read to remind me just HOW lucky I am! <BR> <BR> My dad and I have always gotten along pretty darn well, and as I get older the bond has gotten tighter and the laughter and joy between us becomes easier and easier. It took me a long time to realize it, but I got my sense of humor from my father. It wasn't until my sister were away ... Fri, 26 Aug 2011 11:46:21 EST INSPIRE Challenge - Who INSPIRES you?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4448271 Okay so it took me a while to decide how to write about for this blog. I'm supposed to write about two Sparkers who inspire me. Well...how do you decide something like that? I feel like there is something inspiring about every single one of my Spark Friends, don't you? I think it's amazing that one of my Spark Friends makes time to exercise despite having six children! I think it's amazing that some of my Spark Friends started off in the 300's and are now in the 200! I think it is inspiring t... Thu, 25 Aug 2011 17:10:32 EST Trying to STAY POSITIVE.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4446084 Ok, so real talk. I'm freaking out about money. I feel like I have let us down by waiting to find out about this job that I STILL don't have an answer about. I interviewed back in JUNE, was told I should hear by mid-July, then got an e-mail telling me that the director of the department was in China and that we would hear by the last week in July. I wrote for an update the first week in August, and was told that we were not going to hear until the last week in August or first week in Septembe... Wed, 24 Aug 2011 14:33:18 EST "The Secret" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4438373 Has anybody read Rhonda Bryne's "The Secret" or watched the movie? The podcast that I listened to last week is several years old and was started right when "The Secret" was at its' peak of popularity. I listened to the podcasts about emotional eating, and she was all jazzed up about how to apply "The Secret" to weight loss. I remembered when it was popular and decided to see if it was streaming on Netflix so I could get a quick overview on this idea. Low and behold, it was streaming! Friday n... Sat, 20 Aug 2011 13:23:14 EST INSPIRE Plan - Bonus Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4438279 I am someone who needs structure, but I need to have some variety in that structure too! I'm going to be all about cardio and sculpting this challenge. INSPIRE ends one week before my wedding and I really want to get as healthy as possible IN as healthy as possible a way! I don't want to crash diet and I'm not going to! <BR> <BR> 1. Track as often as possible. (My plan HAD been to track everything, but I didn't track a lick when I was in Illinois planning my wedding last week!) <BR> 2. Kee... Sat, 20 Aug 2011 12:06:42 EST Weight as Protection: Reflections http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4437004 *Disclaimer: I didn't expect to write about my personal experience as much as I did in here, but I'm not ashamed of it. I didn't write this for anyone in particular (other than maybe me) and it could make some people feel uncomfortable. <BR> <BR> I started this three part series for this INSPIRE podcast challenge, and I have enjoyed taking the time to reflect on why I still succumb to emotional eating. This podcast primarily discusses using Emotional Eating as Protection, or what are the be... Fri, 19 Aug 2011 15:18:26 EST INSPIRE Podcast Challenge #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4435371 Today I listened to a podcast about the issue of Avoidance and Emotional Eating. In other words, numbing yourself with food. <BR> <BR> What are we trying to avoid when we are eating foods that are beyond nourishment? She really started out by reiterating that we are eating because of how we are FEELING. Also that there are really only six feelings that are involved: Happy, Sad, Angry, Hurt, Afraid, or Ashamed. If we aren't going to accept and feel our actual feelings, then we are probably ... Thu, 18 Aug 2011 19:14:15 EST INSPIRE Podcast Challenge #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4431547 At first it was hard for me to get excited about this week's INSPIRE challenge, but now I think it came at the perfect time. I was very careful and tried very hard last week when I was in Illinois doing a million and one wedding things.... and now I seem to be completely out of control. Today I mindlessly ate a third of a tub of frosting. What the heck? Why would I do that?! Dear lord!!! To the podcast! I've been listening to SEVERAL different podcasts that address Emotional Eating and I've b... Tue, 16 Aug 2011 22:57:40 EST August Goals AKA Kicking Rears and Taking Names http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4402972 Ah Goal time! HOLLA! I'm pumped up and excited about my August goals and I am DETERMINED to take and upload a "before" picture of me for the INSPIRE challenge because I have just FEEL that big changes are right around the corner for me! :) My professional life may be stalled, but it is really giving me a chance to plug away in the realm of fitness and I'm pumped up and ready to go! :) <BR> <BR> Starting Weight: 245.2 <BR> Goal Weight: 238 <BR> Goal Pounds to Lose: 7.2 <BR> <BR> Measuremen... Tue, 2 Aug 2011 18:24:56 EST July Goal Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4400675 So let's see how July played out! (In my opinion - pretty well!) <BR> <BR> Starting Weight: 251 <BR> Ending Weight: 245.2 <BR> Total Weight Lost: 5.8 pounds <BR> <BR> I was up from my goal weight of 244 for this month but I did actually see that number (and lower) on my scale this past week so I didn't do so bad! My stress levels have been messing with my weight a lot, so I'm really working on controlling what I can as much as possible! Now on to the Goals! <BR> <BR> 1. Increase Water Int... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 19:20:37 EST Feeling SO Good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4397825 This will be short and to the point! I am feeling SO GOOD right now! :) I feel strong, I feel fit, I feel ready to fight for my life! I am feeling more focused than I have in a LONG time, and I am just so excited about it I could burst! <BR> <BR> I can hardly CONTAIN my excitement for the new seasonal challenge for the Done Girls! INSPIRE is not only going to rock, it is perfectly named! I feel inspired just thinking about it! When I think about how I am going to look come November I am pum... Sun, 31 Jul 2011 15:44:15 EST Final FEF Challenge Blog! The Postmortem http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4395925 Blech. Well this challenge sure didn't go the way I wanted! But it's okay. I know that it was mainly due to the stresses in my life and not focusing on weight loss at all. In the last month I've found my focus again and I'm now back down to my lowest weight recorded so far - 245.2 pounds. Yes, I only lost about 5 pounds this challenge, but I have high hopes for next challenge! <BR> <BR> For the next challenge I'm going to try to recreate what I've been doing so far in this month - working o... Sat, 30 Jul 2011 13:54:12 EST Year Long Resolution Check Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4377606 I mentioned yesterday that I realized I had completely forgotten about stating year long resolutions back in January! I want to check in on how they are going so far and make a plan on what I can do to reach all my goals before 2012 rolls around! <BR> <BR> New Year "Resolutions" <BR> <BR> 1. Get under 200 pounds this year. <BR> STILL want this to happen. With less than five and a half months to go and nearly 50 pounds, this sounds like a HUGE ask. I will need to have some rocking months fo... Thu, 21 Jul 2011 17:24:23 EST Reflecting and Renewing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4375148 Yesterday was my one year Sparkiversary, and today I took the time to read over some of my blogs from the last year. It was a good thing for me to walk down that memory lane and I feel at peace and fired up to continue on this journey. So of the things that stood out to me (a year in mini-review!) <BR> <BR> - After trying a low-carb plan for the first few months of Spark I will NEVER fear carbs again. It was written all over my blogs - I was tired and cranky and wanted no more of that tortu... Wed, 20 Jul 2011 15:39:17 EST One Year on Spark Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4372733 Today is my one year anniversary on SparkPeople! I had a goal to be back down at 247 by now, but I did not reach it. As of this morning I am sitting at 248.4, which is 45.6 pounds less than I was one year ago today. If I'm going to be honest right now, I'm going to admit that I am disappointed with myself. The last three and a half months have netted a weight loss of three pounds. I have been up down and all around, and I wish that I could have met my little goals and gained momentum. Yes, my... Tue, 19 Jul 2011 13:50:53 EST TODAY on Sparkpeople.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4357682 I was honored to be named the FEF Done Girl of the Day! YES it's true that it's more or less random selection, but I'm BEYOND honored and pumped for it! :) I love this team! I haven't been super successful this challenge, but I have high hopes for it as I finish it out this month, and also for the next challenge. THAT challenge I plan to rock the socks off of! It will be my last chance challenge before the wedding, so if stuff doesn't start to move, well, then it's not moving! PERIOD! :) <BR... Tue, 12 Jul 2011 11:12:47 EST FEF Challenge - Helpful Resources AND Bonus Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4348028 Well I've already gushed about what I would normally have talked about for my FEF Challenge so I'm going to mention TWO things! Schmancy! :) First and foremost, my love affair with Hungry Girl Lisa Lillian is the real deal! I look forward to getting my HG email updates everyday and whenever I'm stuck on what to make, I will browse her website. I love the two cookbooks of hers that we have too, and we particularly love some of her dinners that have become staples! Egg mugs are the best quicky ... Thu, 7 Jul 2011 20:30:19 EST When sleep alludes.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4344847 I have had some of the weirdest sleeping problems up here! Sometimes I can fall asleep without and issue, but more often than not I'm up and down all night, and can never seem to find a happy sleeping stretch. Part of this is our mattress. We need to switch the mattress set we are currently using with the one in our second bedroom stat. I feel so bad for my friends that are coming up to stay with us in the next month - not because the mattress is bad, but because you feel EVERYTHING on it. If... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 12:55:36 EST Oh Crap, was that the wagon that just rolled by? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4342785 Soooo not the most auspicious start to my day! I woke up a few minutes before M's 8:30 alarm and decided to join him for breakfast. Didn't I just write about how I had a plan to get myself back on track? I thought I just wrote that... oh yes! I did... YESTERDAY! Right as I walked into the kitchen I helped myself to a chocolate frosted donut that was sitting on the counter. ...what? Did she just say chocolate donut? Yes I did! But... how could that be?? <BR> <BR> Here's the skinny! M's mother... Tue, 5 Jul 2011 14:44:00 EST Taking Back July, and every month! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4341349 Well friends it make or break time in the McGowan-Hobmeier household! Both of us feel like we have been totally off track and know that we have been gaining weight, not losing it. Now, it hasn't been a crazy free-for-all ten pound gain in a onth situation, but it hasn't been great either. M's lowest weight since we started nearly a month ago was around 245, which was right around Christmas. He's been very, very slowly gaining some little by little and is around 251 right now. As for me, the l... Mon, 4 Jul 2011 22:10:13 EST FEF Challenge - Inspiration Quote #7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4322920 "Gluttony is an emotional escape, a sign something is eating us." Peter De Vries <BR> <BR> I doubt this is the most inspiration-filled quote there ever was, but I'm trying to work on something that I have let take full-out control over me once again... emotional eating. Case in point, I ate whatever I felt like for my birthday, before I moved, at my going away party, AS I moved, AFTER I moved, treats for finishing things, a can of frosting as I moved because I felt very sad, desert EVERY day... Sun, 26 Jun 2011 00:31:18 EST