SHERRYLHBB's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SHERRYLHBB SHERRYLHBB'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/ Towards Motivation and the Magenta Dress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5621372 When I started working with a personal trainer I had a lot of weight to lose. I was highly motivated. But as the pounds came off I became increasingly more comfortable in my own skin. As my weight loss slowed, my trainer asked me what was motivating me to continue to lose weight. I told him that it was the same as before: I want to lose excess weight. His reply was that my “away from” motivation was no longer strong enough to overcome the much more comfortable state I was living in. He sugges... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 13:05:21 EST What a Difference 4 Years and 80 Released Pounds Makes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589025 In a few short months, I will have been Sparking for FOUR YEARS! I wish today-me could have gone back in time to tell the newly-joined me that there are so many wonderful, life-changing experiences and accomplishments just waiting for her. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1949347720.jpg"> <BR> Me to Me: "Hang in there, Girl! You won't be like this for much longer!" <BR> <BR> In under two years I lost about 60 pounds. A few more months and I was down about 70 pou... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 09:57:09 EST How I Know This Time Is Different http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5292605 How many times have I started a diet saying, “This time it’s going to be different. I’m going to lose the weight and THIS time I’m going to keep it off.” Well, I can honestly say that I’ve said that every time I’ve ever gone on a diet, including this time. <BR> <BR> So why do I think this time really IS going to be different? Because, for the first time, I’m not on a diet just to lose weight. This time it’s not about the calories; it’s about being and feeling healthy. <BR> <BR> On past die... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 15:31:36 EST The Cravings Beast: Why Moderation Is Not For Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5258413 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1190892972.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Just last week I was approaching the 80-pounds lost mark, bumping up to it, actually, when I went off the rails and gained three pounds in the past week. Granted, some of that weight is probably water retention, but it’s not the total weight gain or even any weight gain that is troubling. What scares me is how I got here. <BR> <BR> I learned that for me to have any control of my weight I have to control my cravin... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 08:02:06 EST Exercise Is Good for the Body and the Mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5240354 I cannot believe the responses that I have received from my last blog post. I am overwhelmed in a very good way! I knew SparkPeople is a community of supportive and generous people, but I was still bowled over by the incredible amount of support, encouragement, and warmth that I’ve received from so many of you. Sparkers are truly incredible people. I hope to respond to many of you, but given the large response it might take a bit. But please know that I appreciate each and every comment, Spar... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 14:27:05 EST 70 Pounds Lighter (70? Really? Yikes!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5191494 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l175046364.jpg"> <BR> (Near my 231.5-pound max.) <BR> <BR> At 231.5 pounds, the heaviest I’d ever been in my entire life, I was a big girl. I knew I was big. But as big as I was, I don’t think I saw myself as being THAT big. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l229479897.jpg"> <BR> (Near my 231.5-pound max.) <BR> <BR> (How could that be?!) No matter what my mind thought, I was having trouble breathing while seated... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 11:54:14 EST I Did the Splits! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4787484 I really can't believe it myself! <BR> <BR> First, I haven't been able to do the splits since I participated in gymnastics in my youth. <BR> <BR> Second, this was a goal of mine for the year. It's only March! <BR> <BR> I've slowly been increasing my flexibility because of my regular yoga practice. Today, I felt particularly limber and thought I'd give the splits a try just to see how much farther I needed to go. Turns out that I could do a full side split on both sides. Woohoo!!!!! (I ne... Wed, 14 Mar 2012 14:27:07 EST It Doesn't Have to Be That Hard. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4724691 Today I read the perfect quote painted on the wall at the gym: <BR> Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. <BR> <BR> What a great quote. The trick is to get to the point where you don't even have to think about it. Because if thinking is involved, choices may be considered. Then decisions are made, not always in the right direction. <BR> <BR> This morning, as usual, I woke up in time to make my Body Balance class, but when I did I SOOO wanted to pull the cover... Mon, 6 Feb 2012 08:31:46 EST Goals for 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4652220 2012: Day 1 – 194.5 lbs <BR> <BR> My goals for this year are to write a book and reach my goal weight. Big goals, I know, but absolutely doable if I keep focused on the ultimate prize: accomplishment of goals that truly matter to me. <BR> <BR> To write a book, my first short-term goals are: <BR> - read my book on outlining, and <BR> - read or write for one hour per day. <BR> <BR> To reach my goal weight, my first short-term goals are: <BR> - work out five times per week, preferably at th... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 19:39:48 EST I'm Moving, But I'm Still Here (on SparkPeople)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4239891 I can't believe it's been almost two months since I posted a blog. I could say that it's been because I'm really busy, but the truth is that I've been pretty depressed and just didn't want to be a total bummer. Turns out that I wasn't just pretty depressed...I was clinically depressed. Life really took a toll on me these last two years, but I'm working my way out and am already feeling a lot better. Hopefully, I'll feel up to posting regularly again. We shall see. <BR> <BR> I have not l... Tue, 17 May 2011 22:38:27 EST Non-Scale Victory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4125741 I went out to lunch with two colleagues. A particular restaurant has become a favorite of ours because of our mutual delight in perfectly cooked sweet potato fries. True to form, we each got a sandwich with a side of sweet potato fries. At the end of the meal, when the waitress was taking plates, I still had a big pile of fries on my plate. One of the ladies asked me how I can restrain myself from eating all the fries. I made some dismissive comment like, "Oh, I guess I just didn't feel... Tue, 29 Mar 2011 05:52:45 EST 5 Calorie Dessert http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4012476 Sometimes (a lot!) I want something sweet after dinner. I'm not hungry, but still want a little something. I saw a product-placement type embedded commercial on the Biggest Loser suggesting that Extra Dessert Delights gum be chewed when you want a sweet treat, so I thought I'd give it a try. Turns out it's true! I chew a piece of tasty gum and my sweet tooth is actually satisfied. It makes sense, because I'm not really hungry, just craving, so a little sweetness does the trick! <BR> <... Sat, 12 Feb 2011 18:16:59 EST "Thinking, eating, exercising -- in that order." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3984636 "Thinking, eating, exercising -- in that order." Trainer Bob Harper, explaining the three most important elements of weight loss on last night's "The Biggest Loser." <BR> <BR> I don't think I've ever heard it said better and more concisely. After the past two weeks, I am SOOO convinced that it is true. Let me explain... <BR> <BR> I was really on track with my diet and exercise up until Thanksgiving. After losing over 40 pounds and doing a lot of emotional and mental work since I started... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 16:50:48 EST Self Respect Instead of Worth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3974703 For as long as I can remember, I have struggled to overcome feelings of worthlessness. I strive to be, do, achieve so that I might one day feel like a person of worth. But recently I wondered if there might be another way. <BR> <BR> After some searching and researching, I came to realize (at least intellectually) that the whole struggle is within a false dichotomy. By seeking worth, I was reinforcing that my position began from a position of non-worth. How could that be overcome? It c... Sun, 30 Jan 2011 17:27:50 EST I Did Not Get the Job...Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3942606 What irony...my last blog was about working towards happiness. Ha ha...I'm not laughing. <BR> <BR> I found out today that I did not get the job I really wanted. I interviewed for the position in late October and was supposed to hear "within 10 business days." Well, I FINALLY found out today that [surprise!] they hired someone with more experience than me. If I hear that one more time...well, if I hear that one more time I still won't have a job, will I? <BR> <BR> The really sad part is ... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 23:09:16 EST Will It Bring You Happiness? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3934548 According to the Dalai Lama the purpose of life is to seek happiness. Happiness is not the same thing as pleasure. When we are happy, we are more likely to be more loving and compassionate to ourselves and others. <BR> <BR> Each day we face choices. We often choose things we know are not ultimately good for us, but that will give us pleasure. Unfortunately, what is good for us is often the more difficult choice, because we must give up all or some of our pleasure. <BR> <BR> Satisfac... Mon, 17 Jan 2011 18:21:28 EST Day-One of Bootcamp Challenge is a Victory! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3905276 I joined the 28-Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge today because I thought some accountability would be good for me. Boy, did it get the ball rolling. <BR> <BR> Today's challenge was to do a 10-minute cardio video. When I got dressed this morning, I dressed in my workout clothes to make it especially easy to get my workout in. I did the video and it was more challenging than I'd expected, but I felt energized when I finished. Why stop there? I got a new beginning belly dancing video for Chr... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 00:10:23 EST New Month's Resolutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3901454 [Written a couple of days ago] <BR> <BR> I make a schedule or a list of things to do. Depending on the unpredictability of my day and my mental or physical energy level, I have varying degrees of success completing activities I had every intention of doing. <BR> <BR> This morning, I listened to my “First Things First” CD for the fourth time. This is what I heard, “What are the three or four things that are most important to you?” I stopped to actually think about the question this time. ... Fri, 7 Jan 2011 19:15:59 EST Me As My First Priority in 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3885497 From my previous Blog-O-Rama: "The average North American gains seven to twelve pounds over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays." I wasn't going to be one of those average Americans, but it turns out that I am, gaining 8 pounds during December. However, I know exactly why it happened and have a renewed enthusiasm for refocusing on my overall health. This new focus is a result of all the work I did and insight I gained since starting SparkPeople in March of 2010. <BR> <BR> At the begin... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 19:13:23 EST Being Response-able http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3870861 Each of us is responsible for our lives. Not to say that everything that happens to us is within our control, but that we are responsible for how we choose to respond to the events or non-events in our lives. We are able to choose our response...we are response-able. This is not my idea, but of Steven Covey and his co-authors of "First Things First," of which I have a summary CD. <BR> <BR> Covey explains that we are not our pasts or our futures. The memories of the past and the ideas or ... Thu, 30 Dec 2010 02:25:37 EST Blog-O-Rama http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3817786 Don't ask me what the title means...I have no idea...kind of like this blog ;). <BR> <BR> Here's a shocking fact: <BR> The average North American gains seven to twelve pounds over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. (taken from "The Daily Extra" in my "Lawyers" daily calendar). Shocking statistic. I have no idea if it is true, but I'm adamant that I'm not going to be an average North American this year. <BR> <BR> Here's a wonderful morsel for thought: <BR> "Never explain. Your frien... Wed, 1 Dec 2010 19:07:46 EST "Dietgirl" Thoughts and Thanks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3804706 I just finished reading "The Amazing Adventures of Dietgirl" by Shauna Reid. It is a true story of a 350-lb woman who lost half her weight and found herself. I really enjoyed the book and related to a lot of her struggles. I wanted to share two excerpts. <BR> <BR> 1. "Weight loss isn't about willpower or motivation; it's just the cumulative effect of tiny actions over time. Putting down the chocolate bars, putting on the running shoes. You just have to keep picking yourself up when you ... Wed, 24 Nov 2010 23:16:45 EST I Have a Dream http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3789437 Yesterday, I was walking to work listening to "I have a dream" by ABBA. What a great song. Here is a snibbet of the lyrics...the part that really clicked with me: <BR> <BR> I have a dream, a fantasy <BR> To help me through reality <BR> And my destination makes it worth the while <BR> Pushing through the darkness still another mile <BR> I believe in angels <BR> Something good in everything I see <BR> I believe in angels <BR> When I know the time is right for me <BR> I’ll cross the stream - ... Wed, 17 Nov 2010 08:03:39 EST Life Is a Roller Coaster http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3774086 Up <BR> <BR> Friday evening I found out that I'm still in the running for a position I interviewed for two weeks ago. I still don't think I'll get the job, but it was nice to hear that even though others had been eliminated from consideration, I hadn't been. Then, I came home to a message on my answering maching regarding a resume I submitted in June 2009. It was too late for me to call back, but they had to be calling me about a position, right? <BR> <BR> Down <BR> <BR> Friday night I ... Tue, 9 Nov 2010 23:03:16 EST The Pilates Roll Up and Persistence http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3760121 I've challenged myself to do 1000 Roll Ups by November 30. In case you're wondering what a roll up is, it's like a crunch, but with straight legs and a larger range of motion. Here's a link to a brief demonstration video: <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=MP9Zzq2xf2E&<BR>feature=related </link> <BR> <BR> I've done roll ups each day since October 30, and boy am I feeling it! Actually, I think I overdid it at the gym yesterday, because today I can barely move. This is in additio... Wed, 3 Nov 2010 18:38:00 EST New and Continuing Fitness Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3758280 I'm adding a new challenge... <BR> <BR> Today I jog/walked a 5K in 45:04. Not great, but I'm still recovering from the flu, so I'm going to give myself a break and just be proud that I got in to the gym on my day off to jog/walk 3.11 miles plus complete a 45-minute yoga class. (Not to mention the larger improvement of barely being able to jog at the beginning of the year compared to my current level of fitness!). <BR> <BR> So here's my new challenge. I want to shave off at least 5 minute... Tue, 2 Nov 2010 23:19:02 EST For Anyone Who Wanted to Go to the Rally to Restore Sanity... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3752983 Yesteday, Hubby and I went to Jon Stewart's rally in DC. We'd been looking forward to it and had even considered going down the night before and spending the night, but decided to save the money and take the metro in instead. Given that DC is only about 40 miles away, we thought 2 hours would be more than enough time to drive to and park at the Greenbelt metro station, ride the metro to Navy/Archives, then walk to the National Mall. Silly us. <BR> <BR> After being stuck in bumper-to-bumpe... Mon, 1 Nov 2010 00:09:45 EST 1000 Roll-up Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3750560 I've been inspired by CARRIEBARBAGEL! She completed 2,500 push ups in October and has now set a new goal of 1,000 crunches by November 30. <BR> <BR> I've decided to set the same goal for myself. I'm going to complete 1,000 roll-ups by November 30. That's about 32 each day. A challenge, but I think I can do it. <BR> <BR> Edit: I just did 15...this is going to be a REAL challenge! Sat, 30 Oct 2010 18:06:51 EST Long Overdue Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3740435 I was hopeful that the last blog would get the blog rolling again, but yet I am still not feeling particularly blogy. Even so, I'm past due for an update... <BR> <BR> Hubby and I had a great one-week cruise up the New England coast and into Canada. The foliage was not at its peak, but we saw some beautiful colors and scenery. The food was very good (of course!). Although I ate more than I usually do (as in my current usual, and not my past usual), I really noticed how my thinking about f... Mon, 25 Oct 2010 22:54:56 EST No more "If I can do it, anyone can!" Please! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3732567 I just read an article and the author wrote, "If I can do it, anyone can!" <BR> <BR> I'm going to be frank...I hate that phrase. When I hear it I wonder why the speaker thinks so little of herself. Why would this person dismiss all her hard work, insights, and unique circumstances and abilities to say that she is the lowest common denominator? Also, why minimize the struggles of someone else? <BR> <BR> When I hear someone say that phrase, it sounds to me like she is implying that she's... Fri, 22 Oct 2010 08:45:59 EST Life Changes and Staying On Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3571504 Over the last week or so, I was stressed and fearful about my impending internship. Part of my trepidation was the loss of my time to exercise and to attend the gym classes that I particularly like, which are held during the lunch hour. Also, I was afraid that I would consume more calories during the day by eating out more, indulging in office snacks and treats, and being more sedentary on top of everything. <BR> <BR> Well, today was the second day of my internship and I think I just might ... Tue, 24 Aug 2010 22:20:57 EST Pictures! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3519239 I'm feeling mellow today after a really good workout, a protein shake, a shower, and a snuggle with the kitties. So nothing deep or philosophical...just pictures! <BR> <BR> Here's my "before" picture: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l496303609.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here's me about two weeks ago, ready for a business lunch that ended up being cancelled, but I thought I looked nice so I took a picture: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l456154103.jpg">... Mon, 9 Aug 2010 18:14:43 EST Dealing with Emotional Eating Types 1 and 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3514022 I’ve read a fair amount about emotional eating, which is generally described as eating for reasons other than physiological hunger. That’s true, but I’ve found that I experience two different kinds of emotional eating. For simplicity I’ll call them Emotional Eating (EE) Types 1 and 2. EE Type 1 would be a non-compulsive albeit mindless eating for reasons other than hunger, including boredom or just because something sounds, looks, or smells good enough to eat. In comparison, EE Type 2 is ... Sun, 8 Aug 2010 00:15:56 EST To Track or Not to Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3500944 Lately, I’ve been pretty consistent tracking my food, eating within my calorie range, and predominantly eating healthful foods. One thing I noticed, however, was that if I had any calories left at the end of the day, even if I already surpassed the minimum calories, I would want a little “snack” regardless of whether I was truly hungry. <BR> <BR> I thought it would be a good idea to stop tracking and just eat healthful food when I was hungry and see if that would reduce my non-hunger eati... Tue, 3 Aug 2010 23:20:25 EST Slow But Steady Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3481411 The 9th week of the Biggest Loser Summer Challenged ended yesterday...today is weigh-in. I lost 1.5 pounds, so after last week's 1-lb gain, I'm at my lowest weight yet (since starting SP) by .5 pounds. That's pretty good! I calculated my percent weight loss and learned that I also just passed the 15% lost milestone. Yay! <BR> <BR> Exercise has been decent this week. Today I plan to do my final C25K run. I'll be happy to have that notch in my belt, but I already know that resting on l... Thu, 29 Jul 2010 09:22:21 EST Proper Running Form http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3463663 Now that I have experience the triumphant feeling that accompanies the accomplishment of jogging longer and farther than ever before, I can see myself permanently incorporating jogging into my exercise repetoire. However, walking home after my last jog I noticed that my hip was a little sore. It made me think about whether I know what I'm doing or if I should have my stride evaluated so that I can be an efficient, injury-free jogger. <BR> <BR> I came across a thread on the C25K message ... Fri, 23 Jul 2010 23:36:58 EST Biggest Loser Weekly Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3456701 This is going to be short and non-nutritively sweetened. <BR> <BR> The week was a little rough on the eating front. Anniversary dinner plus Hubby on business added up to a higher caloric intake than was ideal. We shall see how it all works out tomorrow on weigh-in day. <BR> <BR> On the other hand, this week resulted in some wonderful triumphs on the exercise front. I jogged for 41 minutes, which is the longest I have ever jogged without stopping or walking. I jogged 3.2 miles, which is ... Wed, 21 Jul 2010 23:30:15 EST Good News...Finally! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3439511 I have to be honest...after yesterday's stunning disappointment I was just about ready to give up on my current job search and just start figuring out what to do with my life. Well, I don't have to do that anymore, or at least not for a little while. Why?..........(suspense)............ <BR> <BR> I GOT ACCEPTED TO AN INTERN PROGRAM!!!!! Finally, some good news! The funny part is that this is a 10-month long, unpaid position, but I am still ECSTATIC! I am so thrilled that, once again, I w... Fri, 16 Jul 2010 20:18:18 EST A Yay and Nay Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3435763 I had planned to write this blog yesterday, but was way too depressed to bother, so I'm writing it today instead. Unfortunately, the nays keep coming. <BR> <BR> First, the Nays: <BR> I have been waiting to hear the outcome of a job interview I went on over two months ago. I thought the interview went really well, but not hearing for so long was making me nervous. Well, yesterday I contacted the office for the third time and was given the lousy news that although the interviewers really li... Thu, 15 Jul 2010 16:35:38 EST Travel Insights and Another BL Week Ends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3431593 Well, I'm back to my life again. I am in my home with my two sleeping kitties and can really feel the silence after spending four days with the in-laws. I had a good time, but am glad to be home again, too. <BR> <BR> I was afraid that I gained a lot of weight on my trip, but I was relieved that I stayed within my current weight range and today I am just half a pound up from my lowest recent weight. I'm hoping that I'll be back on track tomorrow for the BL weekly weigh-in. <BR> <BR> The t... Wed, 14 Jul 2010 13:50:24 EST MIA Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3408702 I wanted to post pictures from my cousin's wedding, but the upload feature is having great difficulty right now. Unfortunately (or fortunately?) I am getting ready for a trip, so I really don't have the time to mess with this, but maybe when I return home. In the meantime, here is one picture of me and Hubby at the wedding, which is the only photo that successfully uploaded: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l601799230.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I don't know what kind of I... Wed, 7 Jul 2010 18:38:39 EST A Major Blip This Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3406008 The eating starting on Saturday afternoon. I got a call from my father on Friday night letting me know that he and his girlfriend were coming down for my cousin's wedding and he'd be in town for the weekend. He asked if he and his girlfriend could come over at some point to see where I live. In all the years since I have lived away from my childhood home, my father has never come for a visit. <BR> <BR> Saturday afternoon, Hubby and I ate chocolate bundt cake slices with our afternoon cup ... Tue, 6 Jul 2010 23:09:01 EST A Tale of Two Tops http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3390634 I recently wrote about two tops I've had for a year and a half or two years and have never been able to wear because they were too small. Both were purchased (one by me and one by my husband as a gift) slightly snug with the understanding that I was on a diet and would be able to fit into them "in no time." So she said well over a year ago. Well, upon reaching my 30-lbs-gone-for-good milestone, both shirts finally fit comfortably. Now comes the funny part. <BR> <BR> Here's the shirt my h... Thu, 1 Jul 2010 19:32:44 EST Weight Loss Rewards http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3383425 A friendly angel told me that I passed the 30-lbs lost point and, indeed, it is true! I set up a rewards plan for milestone weights, but it is based on increments of 5-lb weights, not on pounds lost, so no reward just yet...my next is due when I hit 195 lbs. Anyway, I'm still pleased as punch and am enjoying my past rewards, which are constant reminders of my accomplishments to date. <BR> <BR> Here is a picture of the book I got when I reached 210 lbs: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sp... Tue, 29 Jun 2010 17:47:53 EST A Day of Firsts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3377320 I reached a couple big goals today! <BR> <BR> First, I weighted 197.5 lbs this morning. It definitely is nice to have dropped a bit more weight since my last official weigh in, but the most satisfying part about this is that it was the fourth day in a row that I consistently weighted less than 200 lbs. Although I passed below the 200-lb milestone two weeks ago, I have hovered very near it and skipped up to or slightly above it on a couple of occasions. I feel that I can finally comfortabl... Mon, 28 Jun 2010 00:36:08 EST Waving Goodbye to Week 3 of the BL Summer Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3364993 And so another Biggest Loser Summer Challenge week comes to an end. This week will not go down in the record books as a stand out. I ate near or over the top of my calorie range the whole week. Most days I just seemed hungrier than usual, but last night I actually ate for emotional reasons for the first time in a long time. I could get down on myself about it, because I thought I had a pretty good handle on my emotional eating, but on the other hand my "binge" consisted of a cup of Specia... Wed, 23 Jun 2010 22:20:49 EST Day 4 of 4-Day Sleep Makeover and "Final" Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3357075 As planned, I was in bed at 12:30am last night and woke up with the alarm at 8:30am this morning. Yay! I am no longer staying up until between 1am and 3am, having trouble getting to sleep or getting up in the morning. This is next to amazing considering for how long I have struggled with this. Double yay! <BR> <BR> In addition to having a sleep schedule for the first time in months, this little experiment has had several results that I hadn't expected. <BR> - I now know that I can set a... Mon, 21 Jun 2010 18:45:22 EST Day 3 of 4-Day Sleep Makeover http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3354227 Last night was cutting it close, but I actually crawled into bed at 12:36am instead of by 12:30am. Not too late, but not on time either. However, when my alarm went off at 8:30am, I quickly turned it off but did not go back to sleep. Not long after, the kitties jumped up on the bed and started ripping around and pouncing on any toe or finger movement under the covers. They have so much energy, that Hubby and I couldn't help but to wake up with smiles (and nibbled toes). I call this a suc... Sun, 20 Jun 2010 23:59:02 EST Day 2 of 4-Day Sleep Makeover http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3351523 The goal: to be in bed at or before 12:30am, then wake up at 8:30am. <BR> The reality: in bed by 12:25am, but asleep by a few minutes after 1am, then woke up at 9:20am (after turning off the alarm when it went off at 8:30am, because "I didn't want it to wake up Hubby." MmmHmm.). <BR> <BR> I'm pleased. I'm making some progress. And I've been very fatigued lately. I am actually a little concerned that I may be a tad allergic to the new kitties. I am very congested, sneezing constantly, ha... Sat, 19 Jun 2010 23:26:58 EST Day 1 of 4-Day Sleep Makeover Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3349130 Last night was the first night I was supposed to go to sleep at or before 12:30am. How hard is that? It shouldn't be, but at 12:30am I got up to go to bed and just had to pet the kitties goodnight. Too bad for me that the kitties are so adorable and wanting lots of pets and scratches. I just couldn't leave them, so I was in bed, ahem, at 12:40am, which is 10 minutes late. Not a very auspicious start. <BR> <BR> This morning, my alarm goes of at 8:30am, just as scheduled. So what does my... Fri, 18 Jun 2010 23:58:30 EST