SHIMMYSHAKER's SparkPeople Blog SHIMMYSHAKER's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Maximum Effort. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It sounds pretty hard-core, right? <BR> <BR> I've gotten lots of questions about my weight loss. What's my secret, how am I doing it? <BR> <BR> It's about giving your maximum effort, y'all. <BR> <BR> For me, my maximum effort includes... <BR> •Tracking my activity, water, and calories on SparkPeople (when you sign up, tell 'em shimmyshaker referred you!).* <BR> •Making mindful choices... Sun, 28 May 2017 13:11:50 EST Vicious Cycles (Menstrual Issues) This is going to be a bit of a TMI entry. I'll not go into anything graphic. This is me reaching out to see if I'm the only one...and hopefully, someone else will come across this blog and find that they are, in fact, not alone in this. <BR> <BR> ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ <BR> <BR> I had heavy periods early on in my life. <BR> I'd feel sick to my stomach and crampy beyond belief sitting in classes in junior high. My sanitary products didn't offer me enough protection, and I had more than on... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:12:13 EST " my life, I've loved them all..." All of the jobs I've had have nothing to do with my Associates Degree (in Applied Science, for Graphic Design). They've been minimum-wage, and usually, the pay never truly equaled the work that was being done – be it in the auto parts warehouse, be it in the ice cream shop, be it a residential summer camp counselor, or a before/after school teacher. <BR> <BR> Looking back on it, though – even though it took me until July 2016 to pay off my student loans – the richness was not in the paycheck... Tue, 7 Mar 2017 12:15:39 EST Ch-ch-changes~ It's been a hot minute, SparkPeeps. <BR> Such a hot minute, that many of the folk who I befriended along the way no longer seem to be active! Sadness. <BR> <BR> A lot has changed for me within the last year. I left my family's home in December, and moved in with my boyfriend, Matt. I got SparkPeople for my first-ever smart phone, but ultimately ended up ditching the app, because micromanaging burns me out. <BR> Matt and I moved ourselves to central Michigan, my brother took us in as roomies,... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 18:46:52 EST And again... It's been awhile... Other half and I began our lifestyle changes on March 7th; it's now March 18th. I've gone from 181 lbs. to 174. I'm pretty happy. :-) Fri, 18 Mar 2016 14:51:24 EST Dun-dun-duuuun... Off since spring, attacking with a vengeance in December. <BR> Winter is here, and I don't enjoy the fact that my jeans aren't as loose as they had been. <BR> <BR> I thought for sure that I'd be fine (again...likely story, lady) if I paid attention to the food that went into my mouth, and my activity level. <BR> <BR> TO MY CREDIT...even though I felt a bit laggy over summer (I headed up summer camp 2013, and had many good reports over the guy who did it the last two years), I DID remain act... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 01:59:48 EST What a difference a year makes... I ampretty sure I missed the 1-year anniversary of my lifestyle change. <BR> <BR> February 15th, 2012, I weighed in at 186.6 lbs. <BR> February 15th, 2013- I am sure I was hovering between 154 - 156 lbs (it fluctuates). <BR> <BR> I am still pleased, even if I haven't reached my personal goal of 150 lbs. <BR> <BR> Here's a little something I typed up. <BR> <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> Noted differences in a year: <BR> <BR> - Of course, the weight. In 2010/11, I was hoveri... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 13:13:30 EST Humanesque. Man, I had myself all psyched up and everything - I was writing out those "favorite things" blogs, I was hitting the elliptical every day, was being mindful, etc...and then I just stopped. <BR> <BR> Stopped wrting and posting blogs. <BR> Stopped tracking. <BR> Stopped checking my SparkMail (that'll come back to bite me, I'm sure - lots to sort out). <BR> And stopped logging in for points. <BR> <BR> Ultimately, life happened; monthly visitor, Passover, seasonal goodies,needing to prep for ou... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 13:51:54 EST Dear me (yet again)... I know you feel gross right now. You feel unhealthy, off, icky. The weather changed dramatically, you're facing changes at work, and general confusion. <BR> <BR> In the midst, you're feeling chubby, bloated, and not like you've lost 33 lbs. <BR> Wearing leggings and a pair of sweats to combat the 5°F weather isn't helping, for sure. <BR> <BR> BUT...remember...the last three pairs of pants you've bought? All size 12s, and they are big enough to accomodate even wearing sweatpants underneath t... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 12:44:05 EST Too much at once, it seems. There's been so much ridiculousness in the world lately. Have you seen the news? So much negativity. And it's played in my house. And it makes my father rage. And I have a short fuse after too much of him yelling at the TV. <BR> <BR> There's been tough changes at work, too. Not a lot of us are very pleased with the changes. <BR> <BR> I had a meltdown last night. <BR> <BR> I cried the hardest I've cried in quite awhile. I felt lightheaded, sick, and cold...I couldn't catch my breath. I felt... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 13:04:23 EST These are a few of my favorite things: Activities (Part 2). Good evening, Sparkies! :-) <BR> <BR> ------------------------ <BR> <BR> On that note, yep, I work with kids. K – 6. And they like to MOVE. <BR> I attended a training (I'm Moving, I'm Learning) for work in 2011, and it was amazing and well worth it. They gave so many tips on giving children healthier food (that is out of my hands :-/ ), and how to get them more active! It inspired me to totally cut computer time from our day to make room for playing outside longer, or being able to run aro... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 23:07:02 EST These are a few of my favorite things: Activities (Part 1). CONFESSION: I set out with a purpose; to share the things in life that move me, and make me move. <BR> ...and in doing so...will have a three-page text document written, when it's all said and done. At least. <BR> <BR> I don't want to overwhelm you, friends and readers, so I'll just go ahead and break those three pages up into seperate blogs, and post those little chunks individually. Apparently, once I get going, I won't shut up. <em>30</em> <em>20</em> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> To... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 23:36:47 EST These are a few of my favorite things: Noms: Part two! Gratuitous food list ahead - mostly to remind myself that I need to focus on the good stuff! <BR> <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> So, I wrote about how I tend to slip up earlier. That did happen today. I'm not sure if it's because I'm re-adjusting to my work schedule after winter break, or if it's because my body wills it so, or because I tried to be fairly active today. <BR> <BR> Lots of water tonight, though. Tomorrow is a new day. <BR> I've also not been pushing my normal 30 m... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 23:33:16 EST These are a few of my favorite things: Noms. Maybe I'll make this into a mini-blog series. :-) <BR> <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>--------------------- <BR> <BR> This is inspired by those Spark Member Success interviews that pop up and around - "What do you eat every day? What's your favorite snack? What's your favorite treat?". <BR> <BR> I think I'd like to share some of mine with you, just because. :-) <BR> <BR> Breakfast: I'd gotten out of the habit of breakfast for awhile. Sometimes, it would be because I woke... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 10:36:57 EST Good things! :-) I don't think I've weighed in since October, at least. <BR> <BR> I had a Spark Checkup waiting in my Spark mail folder since November14th. <BR> <BR> I had one terrible woman's week, and a not-so-bad one..Halloween and tiny candy bars...Thanksgiving and re-heating leftovers at the boyfriend's, since I still can't use the kitchen (it's still not totally complete). <BR> <BR> I've also been walking to and (very much mostly) from work – the only exceptions have been inclimate weather, loads mu... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 23:31:42 EST When last we left our heroine... ...she was feeling scared about her weight jumping back up - more specifcally, she was afraid of it jumping back into the 160 range! <BR> What did she discover?...let's find out... <BR> <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> So, I hit the elliptical last week, sucked it up, and hopped onto the scale. <BR> 154.6 lbs. <BR> Not too far from where I'd left off in the first place. <BR> That made me happy. :-) <BR> <BR> ALTHOUGH, I am noticing something. <BR> I'm not as afraid of taking ... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 12:57:06 EST Off. (A rant/confessional.) I have a confession to make. <BR> I've been off. <BR> And I'm worried about that. <BR> It's taken me so long to get here, I don't want to get off-track and have to start all over again. <BR> I'm scared, guys. <BR> <BR> My monthly visitor was HORRIBLE last week. The pre-emptive effects started the week before, or course...I couldn't get up and moving, I was exhausted, I was hungry, I was in an awful mood and almost always emotional state. The actual week itself was terrible, I was easily ange... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 23:45:55 EST Pictures...and a new record for me! <img src=""> <BR> October 20, 2012 - This is Halloween! <BR> At the annual area Shake and Bake belly dance show and bake sale! I got to write choreography for my troupe, and yes, it was Burton-esque. ;-P <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> October 22, 2012 - The size 16 Old Navy jeans which fit very comfortably about this time last year, while my size 14s felt rather snug. Now, my 14s are lo... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 22:20:50 EST Just a quickie... Wow, it's really been since August...? <BR> <BR> How are you all? <BR> <BR> I've been keeping busy, keeping on keeping on...all that good stuff. <BR> <BR> I've been rather lax in tracking lately. I don't feel good about it. At first, it was weekends, and I was okay with that. Now, it's been Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Eeek. <BR> <BR> I think a big part of that is because I've been trying my best to make life easier on my parents. My dad still has limited use of his arm since his r... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 13:18:28 EST 28 years and counting! I've hit my 28-year milestone as of August 28th. So weird! <BR> <BR> Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to EVERYONE who dropped me a sweet message or gave me a Goodie!!! I wish I could respond to you all personally, but thank you all the same, the thought is very much appreciated! :-) <BR> <BR> I didn't do my very best today - my stomach was off, and I didn't eat much/well - plus, birthday - Guinness chocolate cake! <BR> <BR> However, before I went home to celebrate, I DID kick my own butt on... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 00:13:38 EST Every time I see your face, it reminds me of the places we used to go... taste in music is so skewed. If you were to see my or Spotify account, you could see for yourself! <BR> (If you're interested, BTW, drop me a line! Music is love!) <BR> <BR> So, it's been awhile. Something happened that cause my last blog entry to go bye-bye, and I was so angry that I couldn't be bothered to re-type it. Since then, have been busy with work and life in general, though I've mostly been tracking - Friday - Sunday is iffy for me, and I think I know why. I think it'... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 23:54:06 EST The Incredible Egg? So, weird. I hate eggs. I LOATHE eggs. When I was little, I remember getting scrambled eggs quite frequently. I'd try to pass them off onto my little brother (which I feel so bad about now - we were involuntary members of the Clean Plate Club). It was frowned upon if I used ketchup with them (it made my dad's stomach do cartwheels to see). To this day, I have to be in the right mood to enjoy enjoy eggs, unless they're in an Asian dish, or in something baked. <BR> <BR> ...well, I should say, ... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 00:19:50 EST And I'm ready to suffer, and I'm ready to hope... Hey, SparkPeeps~ <BR> <BR> I've been quiet, I know. I apologize. And more than anything, I should be apologizing to myself. <BR> <BR> I feel like a guilty puppy. I haven't logged in since...Thursday night? <BR> (Bless me, SP, for I have sinned, it's been 4 days since my last login~) <BR> (...that...was kinda catchy. O_o) <BR> <BR> But, really. Really. <BR> <BR> I weighed in last at 156 - 156!!!!! So close!!! <BR> I wonder if that's why I didn't bother tracking. Well, I know why I didn't. ... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 12:50:26 EST If wishes were fishes... I wish I would have picked up some coconut oil this weekend. <BR> <BR> I was told that we have some kids at work with the dreaded head-creepies. Uuuugh. That's no fun for them...but it's also not fun for the rest of us, especially if we've dealt with lice in our lives before – mind you, my hair was loooong, to my lower back, and it's always been thick and dark – I'm trying to be proactive. <BR> <BR> I picked up some tea tree oil and some olive oil. I picked up a spritzer bottle, and also so... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 00:18:41 EST Accountability. I didn't track Saturday or Sunday; I can't remember if I tracked Friday. <BR> <BR> Matt's sister had a couple of friends up to visit - we had the opportunity to meet them last summer - and both of them, the husband AND the wife - love, love LOVE to cook. <BR> And there was soda...and there was beer...and there were chips...I made my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe to share with everyone, and I ended up baking banana bread because I didn't want Matt's bananas to go to waste. <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 21:41:02 EST Keep calm...and change your fate. Oh, man, so much to write about. <BR> <BR> I've been so frustrated lately. I can't type correctly, I've been way hungrier than normal, it's been extremely hot, which makes it no easier to get up and move (we don't have A/C), and I have no space to myself in which I can have my personal time - the time I take to stretch and dance and relax while working up a good sweat. <BR> <BR> I've been over calories for what seems like forever. <BR> My parents are always up and at 'em before I am, yet th... Tue, 3 Jul 2012 01:48:37 EST Hit and/or miss. I have missed so many goals lately. There have been a couple of times as of late, too, where I missed tracking things for the day. It's cost me points virtually, and I feel like kind of a slacker. But, ultimately, it's up to me. <BR> <BR> Let's talk about missing tracking first. <BR> <BR> The first time, I didn't track because my other half and I out out grocery shopping uber-late. Even if we didn't leave late, we stayed out late. I could have, and should have, tracked my goals, my minutes,... Thu, 21 Jun 2012 00:58:08 EST Only if for a night... "A body at rest tends to stay at rest." <BR> <BR> Having a conflict with myself tonight. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a very good friend's open house, and while I behaved myself and ate pretty well, I got home late, and by the time I got online, it was too late to actually track for the day. I was aware that I could do it anyway, but I was exhausted. <BR> <BR> Today...I got to bed after 3 AM and woke up around 2 PM. Sleeping in doesn't happen often, and I had a really unpleasant dream, to top t... Sun, 17 Jun 2012 22:48:15 EST Oatmeal Breakfast Bars I wanted something that wasn't just my normal oatmeal for breakfast this morning, so I went on a search. I wanted an egg-free breakfast bar, so that I wouldn't have to fret about cholesterol (I had no egg whites on hand, and I hate seperating eggs, it feels wasteful). I found this one, and thought, hey, why not: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>2/02/egg-free-dairy-free-nut-free-bake<BR>d.html </link> <BR> <BR> I've posted about these here, and on my Facebook - wow,... Thu, 14 Jun 2012 20:52:19 EST I think you're slipping... I feel so inadequate, everyone. I feel like I've been hungry non-stop, and I feel like I haven't been burning as many calories as I should be for having eaten extra. It's so frustrating!!! I do NOT want to see 165+ again!!! <BR> <BR> Last night, I caught myself emotionally eating - I felt sad/lonely/depressed. The food did nothing but go into my stomach and sit there until it digested; there was no offer of comfort, and it didn't even really appeal to my tastebuds. I made a status about it... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 02:03:22 EST I accidentally soup. Nothing has sounded particularly appetizing the last few days. It's just about grocery shopping time, which is good, but for today and tomorrow, I have to make do with whatever happens to be sitting around. I'm out of salad, which is not good, and I was so discouraged at my weigh-in yesterday (163?!?) that I don't really have an appetite. <BR> <BR> I caught myself snacking last night when I knew that my body didn't feel the need for more fuel. That felt really gross. <BR> <BR> Today, though... Thu, 31 May 2012 12:34:33 EST Wow. Who knew photo documenting would be so handy? So, I take my camera everywhere. I'm currently taking/uploading a photo for once a day, every day, for the year. I also use it to take pictures of the food I'm eating, and possibly the packaging or nutrition fact, so I don't forget what I'm eating, and so I have the facts in case I need to enter them. I take too many photos of clouds. I'm our troupe's camera ninja. I don't think I'm a photographer - I have a camera, and I like taking pictures. <BR> <BR> Tonight, I ended up doing what would b... Fri, 25 May 2012 00:57:39 EST Chillin' out, maxin' relaxin'... Oooh man, I guess it's time to do a blog! It's been awhile. <BR> <BR> Car insurance foo is still going on, and the ick factor went up again this week. BUT, now, I THINK it's closer to getting taken care of (I HOPE, I hope, I hope)...I really just want to get this done and over with. <BR> <BR> Work has been mostly okay, though the kids have been getting louder day by day, and a couple of other frustrating factors. ARGH. But it's nearly the end of the school year. I'd feel more excited about ... Sat, 19 May 2012 23:13:24 EST Pondering and randomness... My brother treated mom to dinner out tonight, and we sat across from the salad bar. <BR> I read awhile back about orderign your dressing on the side dipping your fork tines into it, and then spearing your still get the flavor of the dressing, but it really cuts down on calories. <BR> <BR> I was given two two-ounce cups of dressing on the size, and I used maybe a teaspon total. I was pretty proud of that. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 13 May 2012 20:37:39 EST While I'm waiting for the printer... 'Allo, all. <BR> <BR> Things since Thursday night had been icky. There were a lot of emotions and frustrations that were absolutely overwhelming. I stayed up much, much too late, and I consumed some extra calories. I cried a lot, and felt like a hot mess in general. <BR> One of the younger girls that I take care of at work gave me such a look on Friday that I told her "Yeah, I don't feel very well today". She said, very seriously, "I can see that". <BR> Note to self, you NEED to fall asleep ... Mon, 7 May 2012 01:49:21 EST Dear Me...again... Do. Not. Worry. Too. Much. <BR> <BR> Yes, you had extra calories. Yes, you forgot you had a snack today, forgot to track it, and wound up with excess. <BR> Yes, you wanted to do 60 minutes of dancing tonight, and you managed 30 because of a leg cramp and because of how tired you are. <BR> <BR> It's not the end-all, be all. <BR> <BR> Just try again tomorrow. <BR> <BR> And yes, while tomorrow is weigh-in day, odds are, you are NOT going to be gaining 5 lbs. overnight. You know that. <BR> <... Wed, 2 May 2012 01:40:10 EST :-) Yesterday, I had to take my green tea on the run with me. <BR> Some of the kiddos and I were sitting at the table, working on plastic lacing lanyards and bead animals. I was constantly shifting my travel mug around the table (quite an apt name for it, dont'cha think?). <BR> "Oops! Hang on one second, let me move that...we don't want it to spill all over." <BR> <BR> Me: "Oh! Hang on, let me move my tea..." <BR> Girlie: "Oh, it's tea? I thought it was coffee." <BR> Me: "Nope, it's tea." <BR> G... Tue, 1 May 2012 12:14:53 EST Well, there's your problem. I did manage to wrangle a doctor's appointment...and I was diagnosed with an ear infection. Awesome. Taking Doxycl (?) for a week. I just took my first dose about a half hour ago. I am hoping it won't make me sick to my stomach! I also have to remember I have to wait at least 2 hours until I can have dairy/vitamin suppliments/antacids with this medication - very weird, but it's in the directions. <BR> <BR> I was weighed today at the doctor's office, too. The scale in our fitness room at work... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 22:50:50 EST Frustration...again. I am suffering fom some serious lethargy, my friends. Holy cow. <BR> <BR> I'm finding it hard to be bothered to take care in what I'm eating/portion sizes...finding it hard to drag my butt off of its seat and move. <BR> <BR> Then again, I have a dance show coming up this Saturday, and I've been having headaches/ear aches/head and ear pressure. Not feeling up to par...and my left ear is worse feeling than my right. <BR> <BR> In May, I'll have been at this for four months. I've felt blah bef... Mon, 23 Apr 2012 22:36:25 EST It will be mine. Oh yes. It will be mine. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This will be my 170 lbs. gift to myself. As soon as I get the money. XD <BR> <BR> I found it here - <link><BR>ils.asp?ProductCode=WTB013&Show=ExtInfo </link> <BR> <BR> I can't wait to see what it's like on the other side of 170...the low side, not the high side...been there, done that, don't wanna go back. <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> Wed, 18 Apr 2012 22:13:11 EST Lunch! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Pizza on half a pita with turkey pepperoni and (not Dole!) salad with some light Caeser vinegarette dressing - all for about 326 calories. <BR> <BR> Had to share, it was super-good, and I was really pleased with the results! Tue, 17 Apr 2012 13:27:41 EST Measurements update~ No weight included, I have no access to a scale right now. <BR> <BR> monthly measurements are these: <BR> <BR> LAST Month: <BR> Measurements as of 3/14: <BR> Weight: 178.0!!!!! <BR> Waist: 33 in. <BR> Hips: 43.5 in. <BR> Thigh: 24 in. <BR> Upper Arm: 12 in. <BR> <BR> <BR> THIS MONTH!: <BR> Measurements as of 4/15: <BR> Waist: 31.5 in. <BR> Hips: 42.5 in. <BR> Thigh: 23 in. <BR> Upper Arm: 11 in. <BR> <BR> Slowly but surely! :-) <BR> <BR> I'm not sure if I'll get to 1... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 14:08:45 EST Another letter to myself. Dear Me, <BR> <BR> I know that you're really bummed out that you didn't do a ton of fitness minutes Friday, but 180 calories burned is still not a bad thing. <BR> <BR> The following are facts, and not excuses: <BR> <BR> - Your body knew something that you didn't - last week, when you thought that it was weird that your calories were in the 2000+ range - it was gearing up for an early cycle. <BR> - This could most definitely account for you feeling tired and frustrated and sad this week. <B... Sat, 14 Apr 2012 00:19:58 EST Get moving! <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Quite possibly one of my favorite songs that makes me want to move! :-) <BR> Shakira's "Waka Waka - Esto es Africa"...has it REALLY been since 2010? <BR> I remember the World Cup being the soundtrack of that summer...and I swear I'm still one of the only people that doesn't hate Vuvuzelas. ;-P Wed, 11 Apr 2012 11:53:58 EST Fail day. Went WAY over my calories. If I stretch out like normal, I can burn 103, leaving me with roughly 58 calories to burn. And tomorrow is weigh-in. And I'm tired and have a weird ache between my belly and my hip. <BR> <BR> Just...ARGH. <BR> <BR> I hope I can keep was a weak day...tomorrow is a chance to make up for it...don't let a bad day change into a bad week... <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 10 Apr 2012 22:02:58 EST Stress again~ On top of some work stress, I found something odd and kind of worrying earlier. Note that I'm an anxious, squeamish person. <BR> <BR> I've had this mole on my upper left thigh for forever. It's always been round, raised, firm and brown. Over the years, I could have sworm that it was getting lighter. Today, as I was pulling up my pants, I noticed that it was quite malleable! Argh! It was also much lighter than I remember it being! <BR> <BR> I don't know if this is a bad thing, a scary thing,... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 12:59:45 EST Re-weigh... ...apparently it must have been water weight - when I finally decided that yeah, I'll re-weigh myself on Thursday...I was at 172 lbs. :-) <BR> <BR> Huzzah. <BR> <BR> There is no dance class today (Saturday) - I hope I can manage!!!! Sat, 7 Apr 2012 02:12:21 EST Balancing act. Well, it's nearly 1:30 AM. I managed to pack a healthy lunch and snack for Thursday so I don't die when Zumba rolls around. The only problem is, I haven't done my 30 (10 stretching, 20 dancing) yet tonight. And quite honestly, I don't know that I will. I am so tired right now, and I have to be to work earlier than I need to be to meet our new boss-boss. Before that, I need to get up and make/eat breakfast. <BR> <BR> I also don't know if I'll have time to walk Lewis. I hope I do. <BR> <BR> I... Thu, 5 Apr 2012 01:34:39 EST Dear Mind, KNOCK IT OFF! Yes, the scale read 175. <BR> Yes, it was hard to really push the last few weeks because of weak jelly-legs. <BR> Yes, you still tried. <BR> And yes, that may be water weight, you did feel bloaty. <BR> <BR> Keep doing tea and oatmeal. <BR> Keep walking...walk Lewis, walk to work, walk all over work instead of e-mails or phone calls (unless the person you need to talk to isn't there). <BR> Keep doing your best to have a healthy lunch/snack. You've been cutting back on turkey, mostly because y... Wed, 4 Apr 2012 22:42:28 EST Le sigh. Slightly flustered with myself. <BR> <BR> Ate breakfast after I woke up, had my lunch pre-packed, took it to work with me, did not take it on our field trip. Had snack when said trip was over (while still on premises) because I was close to flatlining on energy. Ate my lunch once we got back to work. Ate a sensibly-sized portion of dinner. <BR> <BR> Did a lot of walking (to and from work, field trip) today, and belly danced and stretched tonight. My calorie defecit was in the negative 1000 ... Wed, 4 Apr 2012 00:05:28 EST