SDLEE514's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SDLEE514 SDLEE514'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 on the job front http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793342 I recently blogged that I got a new job!! It came so fast--I got the offer on 9/25 and I needed to fill in my forms by Monday 9/29. Well, I did, and even though the HR guy hasn't been the most responsive, he sent me an email--BEFORE I even received my final offer letter, that he wanted me onboard by 10/20. Ummm I haven't even told my employers because I was waiting for the final offer. And, my salary is actually still tentative (before you say anything, I work for the government which has a... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 10:51:45 EST Etsy shop!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788895 Pardon me while I shamelessly promote the opening of my Etsy shop!!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1891091339.jpg"> <BR> www.etsy.com/shop/DesignsbyStacyLee <BR> can also "like" my page at www.facebook.com/designsbystacylee <BR> Instagram: designsbyslw <BR> Pinterest: sdlee514 and I have a board you can follow that's just my jewelry. <BR> <BR> So happy!!! This has been a labor of love for a long time. I know it's not health/fitness related but I just had to... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 08:24:05 EST NEWS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787319 I got a new job offer!!!! I'm still processing. I can't believe my life (because let's face it, work is a big part of your life) will be changing so quickly. For those of you who read my blogs regularly I've been complaining about my work for a while. I like my work itself but my management has been HORRIBLE. Back several months ago after I was told I wouldn't get my next promotion (without even a review of my performance) I was so frustrated that I sent my resume off to a couple jobs and ki... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 10:40:52 EST September check in (rant alert!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780236 This blog is going to get quite ranty so if you're not into that, consider yourself warned. <BR> <BR> I haven't been keeping up with my September plan. I've missed several planned workouts and/or they changed to walking rather than a specific hard-core cardio session as planned. Walking is not exactly the same as a full-blown heart pumping cardio session, so yeah, haven't been up to par in that department. I've been better about planning my breakfasts/lunches for the week but still have had ... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:34:57 EST Vacation road trip & September plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772189 So, I didn't get to where I wanted to be as far as weight loss/fitness goals before my vacation. Oh well, I'm over it. Vacation was wonderful, spending time with friends and family and people I don't live near was really great. Plus we had beautiful weather and it was super fun playing tourists, even if it was in our own home states (Mass for me, VT for my bf, plus NH to visit a couple friends of ours). <BR> <BR> In all, we visited four wineries, two distilleries, a cidery, a cheese factory,... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 21:35:01 EST Weekend getaway and August plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752916 Here it is Monday and I find myself needing to regroup and recommit. Again. But cest' la vie, I've been trying to enjoy my summer--its always been my favorite time of year. <BR> <BR> I've been working my butt off at work trying to prove I am deserving of my promotion, so when I get home, the last thing I feel like doing is being more productive. <BR> <BR> Last weekend, not this past weekend, my boyfriend and I took a little weekend getaway to Shenandoah, which was truly the perfect getaway... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 12:30:06 EST On my mind lately http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739296 First of all, I just want to say a big thank you to all of you especially on my last blog for all your support and encouragement! And for helping me feel not so alone and for understanding that sometimes we just get into funks, and thats okay. Your words are truly appreciated. <BR> <BR> I'm feeling a little better than that last blog. I know I need to focus on things I CAN control, and I usually do have that mindset, sometimes I just get caught up. One thing at a time. <BR> <BR> <em>534</... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:12:01 EST In need of... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723964 a hug? <BR> a mental health day? <BR> a yoga and spa session? <BR> an eat-pray-love find my soul type getaway? <BR> <BR> I've been feeling down lately. Like break down. melt down. quarter life crisis. I can't even exactly pin point what it is, which is almost more frustrating than feeling this way. <BR> <BR> I get so caught up in the misery of the daily grind--is this all there is to life? I'm not meal planning. I can't bring myself to do much of anything in evenings, especially if I do wo... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 09:24:50 EST Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698599 This blog really has nothing to do with Spark or related health/fitness things. I will say I am doing 2 weeks of barre3 online workouts because I have a 2 week trial. And I'm trying to stay within my calories as much as possible and eat healthy. You know, the usual. The three pound loss that showed up recently was bloat loss post bad eating wedding weekend. <BR> <BR> Anyways, I'm feeling a bit blue right now and need to get it out. I'm kind of down on myself because I don't have a lot of fr... Mon, 19 May 2014 16:36:13 EST Posing for pics (with pics!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694109 I'm in full beat myself up mode right now and I need to snap out of it. The wedding that I've been talking about was this past weekend, the one where the bride asked me to do a reading in the ceremony. I guess I did well, people I obviously didn't know (since I pretty much only knew the bride and groom and a couple of the wedding party) kept coming up to me after saying what a wonderful job I did. More importantly, the wedding was wonderful, the bride looked gorgeous, the weather held out, th... Tue, 13 May 2014 11:12:26 EST Giving in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687954 Well folks, as most of you know who regularly follow me, I have a wedding coming up this weekend, where I will be standing up in front of everybody doing the first reading. And I had wanted to cut sugar, alcohol, carbs for 4 weeks prior to it and make some progress weight/toning wise. So I'm trying not to be so negative and say I outright failed, but yeah that's pretty much what happened. <BR> <BR> I'm debating about not weighing myself this week because if I don't like what it says (and I c... Mon, 5 May 2014 11:03:07 EST I ate PASTA http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683882 Boys, I'm sorry, so stop reading if you don't want to read about girl problems. <BR> <BR> It's TOM. And I'm tired and craving nothing but chocolate and carbs. I've been over my calories (by like 500-600, from my upper range) the past TWO days. I have however worked out the last few days, and I've surpassed 1000 fitness minutes for April! <BR> <BR> But, back to my issues at hand. Ever since my last blog my approach has been to just focus on tracking everything, even if its "bad food" in my m... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 10:17:28 EST I don't get it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678561 Despite my last blog where I proclaimed that I'm done, I've been doing some analyzing on my historical Spark reports. I really don't get why I am NINE lbs heavier than my lowest I've reached on this journey. <BR> <BR> According to my reports, I weigh the same as when I seriously began Sparking back in August of '12. My lowest weight occurred Nov 12, dec 12, jan 13 (how did I manage that through holiday season?!) may 13, and oct 13. I have been steadily gaining weight since oct 13, about 8 lb... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:53:40 EST I'm DONE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677020 I'm done starting over. <BR> I'm done worrying about everything I eat. <BR> I'm done trying to cut out foods only to fail. <BR> I'm done easing up on myself convincing myself to "live a little" only to regret it later. <BR> I'm done being insecure with my body. <BR> I'm done worrying about how I look, especially in pictures. <BR> I'm done stressing about bikini/wedding/showing skin season. <BR> I'm done comparing myself to others. <BR> I'm done feeling like I'm not working out enough. <BR> I'... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:23:36 EST 25 days to make a change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671803 Alright friends, time to get serious. <BR> <BR> Its Monday, after a whirlwind weekend flying up to Boston for a bachelorette party, with 25 days to that wedding. I need to step up my game. I'm feeling really motivated but I'm also afraid 25 days isn't enough time and I'm setting myself up for failure. I want to cut all sugar, carbs (except naturally occurring in veggies and dairy), and alcohol. <BR> <BR> First, the fun stuff. I was finally feeling incrementally better by Friday, and Saturda... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:36:23 EST Sick and off track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5667189 Ugh. Came down with my bf's cold. I'm just so glad it didn't happen over my vacation, as it seemed to have started for him just before I left. But yeah, being sick is never fun. I'm only at work today b/c I have to conduct training this afternoon. Everyone's been saying how puffy I look and that my nose is red. Gee, thanks. I actually did go home yesterday. Wish I could just take the week off but we can only take 3 days without a doctors' note. <BR> <BR> Anyways, where has the time gone sinc... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 09:05:49 EST Vacation pics, finally! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663318 So as many of you may know, I took a much needed vacation recently with my sister, to the Azores! Specifically, the single island in the Azores of Sao Miguel. I got back on Monday, and I'm still trying to get back into the swing of things and be motivated to work, hard to do! <BR> <BR> The trip was incredible, we were there for a week. I'd never been to anywhere in Europe before (the Azores is technically part of Portugal, even though its pretty far off the coast and pretty much self-sustain... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 09:34:34 EST Not a pity party http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5646987 I will NOT allow this blog to become a pity party. However, let me just get it out of the way that I haven't done an Insanity workout since the 6th (a recovery one) and I haven't done a "real" Insanity video (cardio) since the 1st. And while I'm none too happy about that, I'm done. So done with Insanity. okay maybe not quite yet. But I'm done with wallowing over the fact that I didn't finish "as planned." Still did pretty dang well. <BR> <BR> I had to listen to my body. My back was tweaked ... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 13:14:18 EST Discouraged--new approach http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637747 I'm trying not to beat myself up too much and throw in the towel because thats exactly what I feel like doing. I'm around 3 days behind in Insanity. And I don't plan on doing it today b/c my back is bothering me. I really wanted to do it as outlined basically to prove to myself that I could stick to it and do it. I haven't been good about eating but I was still hoping for noticeable change in my muscle tone, my weight definitely hasn't budged. I keep fluctuating; from my last blog I do belie... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 14:23:11 EST NSV proof in pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5629442 I've really been struggling feeling like I'm working SO hard with my Insanity and not fitting into pants and not losing any weight that I decided to take a step back and look back on how far I've come to remind myself of what I've accomplished. <BR> <BR> Yes, everyone always says don't rely on the scale. Unfortunately, I have a hard time kicking that habit. I've been feeling like I'm close to my starting point, and I am, in weight. But not in stamina. Or in muscles. Or my attitude about my b... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 17:21:16 EST A Valentine's Day message to my Spark friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623860 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1655794070.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Whether it be figuratively or literally, today is a day dedicated to love. As you show love for others' don't forget yourself! <BR> <BR> Also, it is perfectly acceptable to love yourself with a piece of chocolate today. Or two. Or three. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> <em>129</em> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 10:42:13 EST Body realities, thoughts on BL, Insanity check in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5617766 I'm going to try to keep this blog positive but I can't promise anything. It's been a stressful week (conducting training all week, TOM, luckily the stars aligned that it was recovery week for Insanity, I would NOT have had the motivation to keep up the work outs). I just have a lot of thoughts running around in my head and I'm trying to relax. <BR> <BR> First off, TWICE this week I put on pants in the morning and had to change because they didn't fit. I had to un-retire pants I had put in... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 11:10:40 EST Insanity-3 week check in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607099 Guys! I've completed 3 weeks of Insanity. I had a couple days in there where I had to mix up rest days and workout days but I haven't actually missed a workout and I stayed on track. WHOOO HOOOO!! I've done programs before and tried to stay on track, Jillians 90 day, etc. but I was bad about actually doing them as planned and had to double up on days, etc. then life got in the way and I didn't finish exactly in three months. I am determined to make it through Insanity as outlined and on time,... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 11:30:42 EST Yes, another A-Z, but about me :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5602480 First off, thanks to those who commented on my last couple blogs, lots of great support and advice in there, I just haven't be able to respond and thank you individually, but it is very much appreciated! <BR> <BR> Now for the fun, I can't pass these things up lol. Reminds me of being back in middle school passing these around to all your friends, guess that much hasn't really changed lol. <BR> <BR> A is for Age: 27 <BR> B is for Booze: Anything with St. Germain (elderflower liquor), also ... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 15:27:41 EST ATTENTION all cat owners! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5595685 Seeking advice about a common problem...my cat is up ALL NIGHT. And keeps me up all night! I am a very light sleeper and she is always getting into things, causing a raucous, knocking things off, etc. One of her favorite things to do is climb up on our refrigerator and paw and the cabinets, opening and letting them slam shut. <BR> <BR> I realize, I may get a lot of "what did you expect!? she's a cat!" type responses and while it is kind of ludicrous, its really hindering my sleep. And as we... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 09:28:25 EST Insanity week 1 wrap up and check in on New Year's resolutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5593453 I have finished week 1 of Insanity!! I started it on Monday the 6th. I took before pictures, weight, and measurements. I plan on posting before/after pictures if, no WHEN, I complete the program. Really hoping for a noticeable change. Day 1 was the fit test only, which if you are familiar at all with Insanity, its I think 8 different cardio movements and you do each of them for a minute, seeing how many you can complete. Obviously, you improve if you can complete more in a minute. My startin... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 11:00:59 EST (one of) my favorite Christmas gifts! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579165 Is this: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1710632852.jpg"> <BR> It's an Aquazinger, and I swear I'm not trying to sell you anything. My bf's sister gave it to me because she loves hers so much. Basically you can infuse your water (or juice) with anything, fruit, herbs, etc. I was skeptical myself why its so different than say, just adding a few pieces of fruit to your water, but if you can see from the pic, the little base of the bottle has a container for fruits, etc.... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 09:45:33 EST Another requisite New Year blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5575575 Christmas was fun, too much time at home but I was kind of bracing for that. My last blog said I was dreading it and it pretty much played out how I anticipated, my bf and I didn't spend it together but I tried to make the most of my family time. <BR> <BR> Here are a couple pictures: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2026416133.jpg"> <BR> I hate that picture of me. My face looks so chubby and I have a double chin. My kitty looks evil lol. <BR> Here's a better picture... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 11:28:52 EST Somewhat dreading Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565742 Yup, I am. I love the traditions of Christmas and seeing my family/extended family so I am looking forward to going home for that, but I feel like I was JUST home for Thanksgiving. And over Thanksgiving I had about as much time home as I could stand. Christmas will be even longer. I love my family dearly, but after a few days its like get me out of here. I need some peace and quiet and the ability to do what I want; something I don't get at home. <BR> <BR> Secondly, my sister is going throu... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 14:06:22 EST #SparktheSeason December http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555241 Christmas is my favorite time of year! Always has been, I just love the merriness of Christmas carols, the decorations, and getting into the spirit. It's waned a little as I've gotten older (stressing about sharing holidays with the bf, what gifts to get people etc.) but still, bring it on! <em>447</em> <BR> <BR> November was kind of a break even month for me. I wasn't on track food wise as I would have liked to have been, but I did set a personal record for an exercise streak of 23 day... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 16:40:16 EST #Fit2feast Fail http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5549825 So sadly, my streak ended yesterday <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> I did 23 days of daily exercise for #fit2feast. Which I do believe is a personal record for me but still, I really wanted to keep it going just a few days longer until I left to travel home for thanksgiving. Coming up just short (3 days) feels like failing. But, its not! I had a good streak and I already passed my 700 monthly fitness minutes which is more than I did last month. <BR> <BR> Last week I wanted to end on a high note... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 10:20:42 EST 1 year, 10lb maintaining http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5541849 Happy Friday friends! Just a quick happy blog for once. I feel like I always blog when I'm beating myself up after a binge/slip up. But today, and maybe its the workout endorphins talking, I'm feeling good. Last November I hit the 10lb weight loss mark and I'm still hovering steady on that mark. At my lowest I've hit about a 13lb loss and on bad days I've only lost about 6 lbs. Still, we're only talking a few lbs here and there. But on me, I can tell since I'm so petite. And while I'm not qui... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 10:47:29 EST #fit2feast and weekend recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5539136 I really need to step it up from now until Thanksgiving. While I've been keeping up with the #fit2feast challenge, I've been slacking big time on food. I was only on track 3 days last week and this past weekend was terrible foodwise. <BR> <BR> Friday I got a quick workout in after work and between going out for the night, we had plans for dinner and a comedy show (John Oliver) with friends. I drank a couple too many--when you're a young professional in DC pretty much any restaurant that you ... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 10:58:21 EST #fit2feast November http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531811 If I don't do anything else from now until Thanksgiving (and then hopefully the rest of November) it's to do the #fit2feast challenge. 10 min of exercise a day. That's it. Easy, right? Let's hope. <BR> <BR> I usually don't mind adding a few extra minutes in once I start, as they say, the hardest part is just starting and doing it. So I'm hoping this challenge will keep me up to my monthly fitness minutes which is still set for 700. I didn't get there last month, which was totally inexcusable... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 10:43:34 EST A picture check in blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5524536 There are 32 days until Thanksgiving. 33 if you count all the things you can do today to make progress and stay on track. <BR> <BR> I am checking in today because this weekend has been bad. Friday and Saturday involved lots of pizza. And my bf did the grocery shopping, coming home with Wheat thins (I don't remember the last time I had them and they are a trigger food, I will sit and eat the whole box) and a bag of Halloween candy. I was kind of mad. I had several pieces that night then made ... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 10:51:13 EST What is wrong with me?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5519212 I feel like absolute crap this morning. And (hopefully) not in a sick way. I am just absolutely exhausted, my back is pinched and in pain, and I kind of feel nauseas and I have no idea why. It's all I can do not to curl up into a ball right now and fall asleep at my desk. <BR> <BR> I haven't been on track calories since last Wednesday. So much for my only 7 days this month that I allotted for. I don't know why its so dang hard for me to just say no and not eat what I want to eat. Thursday I... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 09:30:17 EST Weekend wrap up... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5514148 Thank you to all of you for your comments and support from my last blog...it was really comforting to know my irritated feelings weren't completely crazy. Sometimes you just need someone on your side and to justify your thoughts lol. I told my bf I was kind of irritated with my friend and he didn't understand it all, I just got the impression he thought I was an ungrateful b*tch of a friend :( no good. <BR> <BR> So as it turns out, I did have fun over the weekend but things got even more aw... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 10:52:13 EST Kind of irritated--not spark related http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5508704 So I mentioned last blog that I had friends coming to visit this weekend, another couple will be staying with us 3 nights. I am soooo excited and this friend means a lot to me, she basically introduced me to my bf. However, and I feel so selfish for even thinking this, but I am....I am being gracious enough to host them (and we really dont have a lot of space, and she hates cats, so I will be offering them our own bed in the bedroom so she doesn't have to deal with the cat at night) but, she ... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 08:23:36 EST October http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5502299 Well, I made it through yesterday. The first of Oct, the first of the government fiscal year, and the first day of the shutdown. For now, I'm working but they are uncertain how long we'll be funded and if the IDIOTS in Congress don't figure things out who knows what will happen. Sorry, just getting very pent up about this whole situation. Trying to take one day at a time and not let the uncertainty of it all get me stressed. <BR> <BR> My goals for October are simple, try to reach my monthly ... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 09:39:13 EST Hoping for the best http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500283 I work for the government. The government may shut down tomorrow. I may get furloughed. I don't do well with uncertainty. However, I've told myself that I will be "okay" if that happens, to make the best of it, and to take it as an opportunity to be productive. Focus on more exercise. Get things done around the apartment. And, depending on how long it lasts, FINALLY open my Etsy jewelry shop that my friends and family have been pestering me to start selling my stuff. <BR> <BR> That, in comb... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 12:06:55 EST Full week of paleo: check! (and pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5487084 So I know I was the one soliciting opinions from you all about paleo, and most of you were not pro-paleo, although you were encouraging as far as me at least trying it. So I did, and have, for 8 days now. 8 days, no sugar (besides what occurs naturally in fruits and veggies), no grains, no legumes, no dairy, no soy, no alcohol. Which, is a miracle in itself because my streaks are usually 4 days and then I "allow myself" whatever over the weekend. I didn't really feel compelled to do that! <... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 10:09:49 EST Labor day weekend pics! and update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5474473 First of all, I'm sorry for slacking for those who were following my 30 days of gratitude pics. I've been losing my Spark lately and just wanted to be MIA. I'm feeling like a roller coaster of I'm upset, I'm tired, I don't want to stay on track to no! I can do this! If I keep at it I WILL see the progress I want. And then I sabotage myself. Last week wasn't good. 3 days of exercise 3 days of on track eating. Thursday I had a "fight" with the bf. As in, we don't really fight, but I was upset w... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 10:55:29 EST Day 10 of 30 days of gratitude in pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5462865 Day 10: Nature <BR> <BR> I love nature. Animals, mountains, flowers, lakes, oceans...you know, pretty much anything. Today's picture(s) are from a cross country road trip I took 3 summers ago with the bf. It was truly a once in lifetime experience and I am SO grateful to have had the opportunity to do that. It was during summer break in graduate school, and we took 3 weeks to drive to basically as many national parks as possible, camping along the way. I mean, when else in life would you hav... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 09:49:16 EST Days 8 & 9(fail) of 30 days of gratitude in pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5462026 Day 8: Favorite color: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l881578811.jpg"> <BR> The ocean, when I was in Turks & Caicos. This isn't actually my favorite color because I don't have one, but I did LOVE the color of the water, it was just gorgeous. And if I had to pick, I've always loved blue, almost any hue. I like most colors, except I'm not a big fan of yellow, at least not for clothing and decorating. And someday, when I eventually get to plan my wedding, I already have ... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 13:10:36 EST Day 7 in pics and week recap (8/11-8/17) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5459705 First off, week recap. <BR> 3/7 days on-track food <BR> 3/7 exercise <BR> 2lbs lost <BR> <BR> It just goes to show that weight loss is a funny thing and sometimes it doesn't immediately show your hard work. I had worked so hard the week before and maintained, but obviously this week it caught up. Despite the "bad" week as far as food an exercising goes. This week I expect gain given the not on track week and it will be TOM. <BR> <BR> Sunday and Monday my sis was still in town, so we were i... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 09:47:47 EST Days 5&6 of 30 days of gratitude in pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5459044 Friday's Josh Groban concert...there are no words. Seriously, one person shouldn't be that talented. This is going to sound so corny, but it's amazing to me how there are few moments in life that can affect you so much with that much emotion. At the concert, the music just filling my very being, it was almost overwhelming. It was just incredible. *sigh* <BR> <BR> And on that note, I am so grateful to have experienced that. I missed posting yesterday so today I have both Days 5 and 6 of 30 da... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 16:58:43 EST Day 4: 30 Days of gratitude in pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5457062 Hey friends, happy Friday!!! <BR> <BR> You can look at previous blogs for my inspiration on this 30 day photo gratitude challenge, but today is day 4. <BR> <BR> Day 4: Leaves. Really random might I add. I feel like I'm slightly cheating on today because I didn't take a picture of leaves for today. But, I searched my phone/fb pics and found this one from when I was living up in Mass: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l762392512.jpg"> <BR> Autumn is just around the corne... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 10:36:19 EST Day 3: 30 Days of gratitude in pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5455823 Again, this is my inspiration for my little 30 day experiment: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1222881194.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is day 3: happiness. This one was really tough for me to choose. I'm really trying to be authentic with this little exercise and pick representative pictures for each day. Today begs the question, what makes me happy? I realized a LOT of things make me happy. That really shouldn't be shocking, but growing up(um basically middle school throug... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 08:07:54 EST Day 2: 30 Days of gratitude in pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5455104 This is my inspiration for this little experiment: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1341628709.jpg"> <BR> And here's Day 2: Smile <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1916429834.jpg"> <BR> This pic is from this past weekend when my sister visited. We had a really great time! Even if as my sister, sometimes she annoys me and sometimes I'm jealous of her, at the end of the day I don't know what I would do without her <em>129</em> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 13:13:31 EST Week 8/4- 8/10 recap AND 30 days of gratitude in pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5453712 5/7 days on track eating <BR> 5/7 days exercising <BR> weight maintained. <BR> <BR> Had a really great week! I knew I would have an indulgent weekend with my sister coming to visit on Friday so I accounted for that and really focused on staying on. With that being said, I was frustrated with no weight loss. I'm still above my 10 lb "maintenance" weight, and at this point I'm still trying to lose more. I weigh myself on Thursdays so that is a reflection of how bad the weekend prior was and h... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 08:51:53 EST