SHINING_ON's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SHINING%5FON SHINING_ON'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/ 502 days and counting... Here's the custom walking program! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742779 As I wrote yesterday, since walking is the ONLY sanctioned form of exercise after my spinal fusion for the next 3+ months, I've come up with a custom 12-week walking program. <BR> <BR> It would be far too easy just to feel defeated and do nothing, as I did after my ankle reconstruction. The hard lesson I learned from that was that you MUST keep fighting for this goal, no matter what! There is no such thing as waiting until you're "allowed" to exercise. Last time, I wasn't creative and I didn... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:49:55 EST 503 days to goal. New, custom walking program! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742161 In the last 3 days, I haven't done much to work toward my goal, I admit. I was feeling ashamed, but I need to turn that shame into motivation. So, I've not done much -- okay. I can't go back in time and change that. What I can do is work with increased fervor beginning today to help compensate for those 3 days I lost. <BR> <BR> I've been feeling like an invalid. I've been wallowing in that, frankly. It's hard. I'm in a lot of pain. I'm healing, but the recovery process is soooo slow. It's ha... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:55:22 EST 506 days to goal... Plus a long-overdue update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740238 December 4, 2015. It's the day I've chosen, with my dear friend, as my goal date. I would like to reach my goal weight by this date. Nay-- I WILL reach my goal weight by this date! That's 506 days from today. <BR> <BR> Why the sudden update? Apparently, it takes a surgery to bring me back to Spark, hah. Not that I wasn't finding success without spark; remember, success comes from within! I had returned to my previous low weight of 278lbs on my own. Not only that, but I was at my lowest inche... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:45:51 EST Self-designed, semi-flexible diet. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5599302 I am still recovering from influenza, so my activity has been waning since Thursday. However, I've taken this opportunity to think closely about my diet. In general, I've been thinking a lot about my diet lately. This goes along with what I was trying last month with the detox diet, trying to eat clean, etc. Although I temporarily lost some weight on the detox diet, it was short-lived. I don't think it was fat, but I'm okay with that. <BR> <BR> So, one of the things I know about myself is... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 19:21:04 EST Detox Diets - And long time, no post. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5557707 So, this post is going to be part update, part commentary on a detox diet I'm doing with a friend. <BR> <BR> WHERE have I been? Sadly, ill. I've been having kidney issues again, starting with a stone and subsequent infection, followed by lots of follow-up tests. I had hoped at least this part of my ill health was behind me, but it's not. I've also been busy with my PhD program, of course, relationship issues, and just trying to remain healthy. There's been so much, I don't really know how to... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 15:06:09 EST BLC19, WUB #1 - 1 day late, but not especially short. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5460238 I began writing this yesterday, but got too distracted and subsumed with my life. Such is usually the case with me. :| <BR> <BR> I have to admit, despite the energy surrounding BLC19 (I love it!!!), some things going on in my personal life have made it really hard for me not only to stick to my goals but to let myself feel awash in all the enthusiasm. I won't go into them here, but I'll just say that they are the sorts of things that can totally derail me. They are issues I haven't faced for... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 18:53:25 EST BLC19, WUB #0 (Hee hee) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5453188 Yes, it's Week 0, i.e., the start of BLC Season 19. You can't imagine, seriously, how excited I am for this. During the build up, I didn't think I was overly thrilled, but now that it's actually taking off, I'm so stoked. I can't wait to see what this season has in store for myself, my body, and my team. <BR> <BR> That said, I need to lay a few ground rules for myself this BLC. I've been, frankly, slacking of late. Not in a horrific way, but I've just lost my gusto. Some of it is chronic pai... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 18:44:21 EST Announcing BLC 19!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Woohoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5437614 Are you ready for the next BLC? I sure am! Sign-ups are now open for season 19, which will run for 8 weeks from Sunday August 11 - Sunday October 6. The link to the sign up form is at the bottom of this page, but be sure to look over the rules before signing up. Hope to see you soon! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>228</em> <em>228</em> <em>228</em> <em>228</em> <em>228</em> <BR> ------BLC 19 Rules------- <BR> <BR> <em>208</em> Duration <BR> ------------------------------------- <BR> B... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 16:45:02 EST Living the GSD Lifestyle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5433367 Why do I procrastinate? This is something I've been considering for some time, not only as it pertains to my health goals but also other personal goals. Why does it take me so long to accomplish even simple, little goals? In fact, it sometimes seems like the smaller goals are the ones that I am most prone to shove to the back burner. <BR> <BR> I can think of several generic reasons why I procrastinate. Often, it has to do with FEAR. Fear of failure or perhaps fear of the unknown. I don't lik... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 17:10:25 EST Final WUB, BLC #18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5399224 BLC season 18 is coming to a close today. I'm not sad, however. As I look back on Season 18, I'm able to appreciate the changes, big and small, that I have made in my life. I'm ready to keep embracing life - and BLC season 19. :D <BR> <BR> So, I lost no weight (well, 0.3 lbs) this season. However, I did over 2800 minutes of cardio in 10 weeks. That was an average of 280 minutes per week. That's pretty fantastic, and it's certainly the highest I've ever been, probably in my life. These are ch... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 14:46:44 EST UPDATE: 101 Things in 1001 Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5399208 It's been a while since I updated this list, and there have been small changes and rearrangements. However, the general sentiment remains the same! Changes have been only to 1) challenge myself more or 2) because they were for something I wouldn't be able to afford to do in the time frame allotted. <BR> <BR> I'm currently 8% to goal with 907 days remaining. Gotta get a move on! <BR> <BR> I track my progress with the Day Zero Project. You can follow my progress here, if you want: <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 14:22:29 EST Short WUB #9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5391399 This has to be really brief, as I'm under the gun with a deadline for school and also really, really exhausted. However, I haven't updated in a while and I know I'm long overdue! <BR> <BR> First off, I'm so pleased to say that I did 365 minutes of cardio this week. Well over my goal, yay me. A lot of it was gardening again. My front yard is done, and I really need to put up before and after photos. <BR> <BR> We were supposed to run our 5Ks this week, and I had my PT tape my feet for it spec... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 00:14:07 EST To BLCers, With Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5383887 Dear BLCers, <BR> <BR> As you all know, our motivation challenge this week was to write a blog/letter to those who inspire us on our journey. Well, my friends, the person(s) who inspire me to keep going are YOU. Yes, truly. You probably don't realize it, but it's coming on here several times a week and checking on how this team is doing that keeps me going. You all continue to inspire me, endlessly. <BR> <BR> HeatherHunter, because she never gives up. <BR> <BR> AlphaEve, because she keeps ... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 22:33:17 EST BLC18 WUB #7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5377252 Well, kids, I'm a day late... which seems to be the story of my life right now. On top of that, I'm utterly EXHAUSTED and struggling to stay awake to write this. So, I'm afraid I'll have to keep it short this week. I don't even have time for a full recap at this moment, but suffice it to say I'm a bit behind, feeling overwhelmed in my professional and personal life, and I am eager to get back on track after getting a FULL night of rest!!! <BR> <BR> So, one of our challenges this week was to ... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 21:37:21 EST Insert Witty Blog Title Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5369364 Yup, the title says it all. This blog post is going to be an amalgam of things racing through my brain right now, in an effort just to "get it all out there" so I can focus on what's really important to me: getting stuff done. <BR> <BR> So, I've been doing pretty well fitness-wise lately. For over a year, I've been pretty consistent with only minor waxes and wanes, and I love it. I really feel that I've changed my life. I honestly can't imagine backsliding now, and for that I'm incredibly pr... Mon, 27 May 2013 13:48:04 EST BLC WUB #6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5368897 Week 6 was rougher than previous weeks. At least, it felt that way. Part of it was that I have been very, very, VERY engrossed with work. Another part of it is that I'm still feeling disheartened. But the biggest part has been the foot pain I've been having. <BR> <BR> What was good about this week? A lot, actually, which is why it sucks that I feel that it was so blasé. A lot of really nice things did happen. I cooked a lot of great meals in batch at the beginning of the week (Pindi Chana (c... Mon, 27 May 2013 00:15:30 EST BLC18 WUB #5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361164 Other than my frustration and tears over the numbers on the scale that I blogged about yesterday, this week has been pretty good overall. Including the gardening I did, <em>54</em> I had 452 minutes of cardio this week, which is up from 399 last week. <em>54</em> Furthermore, that includes my taking both Thursday and Friday off from cardio to recover so I would feel good for kickball on Saturday!! In the cardio department, I feel like I'm kicking butt. I just wish the scale would catch u... Sun, 19 May 2013 14:07:43 EST I love you, I forgive you, I think you're great. No.Matter.What. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5360502 My whole life has been a struggle. I don't say that in a whiny tone, and it's not a complaint, but it is a fact. I have struggled for as long as I can remember. As a child, I fought to keep my family intact and to help raise my younger brother and sister to be intelligent, ethical, honest adults. I fought to make life feel more normal for my siblings, and to be a "family" when one of my parents fought really, really hard to antagonize me/us and to tear us apart with their cruelty. I fought to... Sat, 18 May 2013 20:05:58 EST BLC18 WUB #4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5354585 I am so behind this week/weekend. The one really positive thing I have to report is that... *drumroll please*... <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> I exercised for 399 minutes this week (cardio only in tally). <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> That makes me sooooo happy. The other thing I am especially proud of this week is that kickball has officially started for me as of Saturday. Although this was technically our third weekend playing, I missed the first 2 weekends because I was super sick. Then, the next... Mon, 13 May 2013 00:11:07 EST Obese Runners, Help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5351407 How do you contain your, erm, flab? I am finding nothing more disconcerting than my belly flopping as I run. I need to know how to keep it in check! Sorry for the TMI, but I'm in serious need here. <BR> <BR> Once upon a time, in an earlier life... I was a sprinter. I was a pretty quick one, too. In just 5 days, I'm coming up on my one-year anniversary: down 43 lbs, 2 pants sizes, 3 top sizes. I have also undergone so many more intangible and immeasurable transformations like the ability to w... Thu, 9 May 2013 21:15:19 EST Mid-Week Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5350022 I have had a lot on my mind this week, so before I forget any of it I thought I would post a blog entry. That way, my WUB won't be too horridly massive. ;) <BR> <BR> So, what's been on my mind...? Well, my weight, mostly. I'm really frustrated by the water weight. I'm bouncing around between 272 and 276 from one day to the next. Just before BLC18 started, I weighed in at 268.7. I haven't gained fat - but that is my only consolation. I can't seem to shed what I'm presuming is water, though. <... Wed, 8 May 2013 15:46:54 EST BLC18 Week 3 WUB http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5346795 Wow, what a weird week. Nothing went according to plan. It all began on Monday when I was overcome with incredible fatigue and soreness from working in the garden last Sunday. It set my whole week off with a negative tone. <BR> <BR> Now, does that mean I won't work in my garden anymore or work that hard again? HECK no! It just means that I need to be prepared to be fatigued, sore, and inflamed. And I can do that. :) <BR> <BR> This week, one of our challenges was to try something new, to go... Sun, 5 May 2013 23:28:52 EST Day in the Life of My Belly #2 (day late) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5346676 I've been without my laptop all weekend, which has made it a little difficult for me to keep up with our nutrition challenge this week. However, I did remember to snap a photo of my breakfast yesterday half-way through. Plus, since I eat the same things every day, Lunch and Dinner were pretty easy to account for! <BR> <BR> Here is my daily food blog for yesterday (Saturday) -- <BR> <BR> <em>271</em> BREAKFAST: <BR> egg + cheese omelet, tomato (404 calories) <BR> <img src="http://photos-... Sun, 5 May 2013 21:32:21 EST Day in the Life of My Belly #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5343385 Our nutrition challenge this week for BLC18 is to blog our food diary twice. Well, here's post #1! I apologize in advance that it will be in a state of incompletion, but I'll update it tonight with calorie counts and the missing photos. <BR> <BR> Note that this is a pretty representative day. I tend to make all my meals in advance (other than breakfasts), so the rice and bean dish and the pasta dish were made in advance on the weekend. Also note that I usually only do stevia in coffee, but ... Thu, 2 May 2013 14:53:05 EST Monday Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5339596 I don't know if it's my soreness or what, but today feels really "off". And it shouldn't. Things this week have been going really, really well so far. I guess it must be exhaustion? That's all I can think to attribute my strange feelings to... <BR> <BR> It all started, I think, yesterday. I worked in the garden (my cardio for Sunday). At the time, I felt great. I had overslept and awakened feeling lethargic and like I couldn't - or wouldn't - DO anything all day. I talked myself out of it. I... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 14:24:51 EST BLC18 WUB #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5337840 Well, gang, Week 2 is drawing to a close. It's been both an exhilarating and a disappointing week. I guess I'll get the bad news out of the way so we can quickly get to the good stuff. <BR> <BR> So, earlier this week my weight jumped - and I mean JUMPED - enormously. I went from 268.7 to 275.9 in less than 48 hours. This has never happened to me before. OK, the good news is... it ain't fat. The bad news is I'm retaining water, and I am not sure why exactly. I've been upping my water intake ... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 00:14:56 EST New Plan of Attack (Diet) -- Calorie Cycling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5335590 I spent a lot more time on this subject yesterday in my other blog, but I wanted to give a brief update here. <BR> <BR> For the full blog entry, see: <BR> <link>http://mythriftygenotype.wordpress.c<BR>om/2013/04/24/where-has-the-time-gone/ </link> <BR> <BR> So, my diet needs an overhaul again. I used to calorie and carb cycle successfully, but I've slacked off - or gotten busy, depending on your view of life - these past several months. It's time to reattack my diet and see if I can spur ... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 18:49:29 EST BLC18 Visual Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5334783 This was a visual motivator I made for BLC17, and every piece of it still rings as true today as it did 2 months ago. I created a motivator that I could view daily, and it sits on my desktop with the filename: WATCH ME TODAY! I watch my slideshow several times a week, but will try to resume looking at it daily. I also have weekly goal worksheets that I work on everyday, which help me focus on my goals, weight loss and otherwise. <BR> <BR> Since I haven't found a way to make a slideshow that... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 00:06:28 EST BLC18 WUB #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5331141 Well, kids, it's the end of Week 1. It was a crazy busy week for this girl. I survived - and passed! - my PhD proposal. This was HUGE! Over 6 months of preparation, reading, and writing culminated in a few short hours of my thesis proposal in front of my committee. Such a weight has now been lifted from me, and I am so grateful to finally have some time to myself (and my health!) again. <BR> <BR> So, what am I proud of from Week 1? That I didn't gain weight, despite all the stress and crummy... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 23:30:51 EST Letter to Myself 10 Weeks from Now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5331122 Wow, it's been another 10 weeks. You've passed your 1-year anniversary by now. One year since you recommitted to your health on May 14, 2012. How did it feel to know you've been working on yourself for a year non-stop? It should have felt great. :) Ready for another year? You better be -- you have a lifetime of commitment to yourself and your health ahead of you. It's been just one year of the remainder of a lifetime. <BR> <BR> Every 10 weeks - every week - every DAY - matters. Every decisio... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 23:08:48 EST Why I Will Never Undergo a Weight-Loss Procedure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5327936 OK, I will be the first to admit it: I used to get REALLY impatient by my slow progress, and it still chafes from time to time. That impatience used to be strong enough to make a girl consider more drastic measures including, albeit only occasionally, weight loss surgery. Then, I read some blogs. Then, I read even more scientific articles. Then, a friend had the Roux-en-Y (with horrible complications that nearly killed her AND she didn't keep much of the weight off!). The bottom line decision... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 19:26:47 EST Recovering from Overeating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5322010 It was apropos that, when I logged into Spark yesterday, the featured article of the day was one entitled "Have You Found Your Inner 'Normal Eater'?" by Dean Anderson ( <link>www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=hav<BR>e_you_found_your_inner_normal_eater </link> ). It was fitting because, just earlier in the day, I had been having an inner dialogue with myself on a very similar topic. <BR> <BR> I was reflecting on how I haven't really had a problem with overeating for quite a while now (as in, ... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 17:28:00 EST I can't believe it's over... (BLC #17, WUB#8, + extras) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5289961 I can't believe it's been 8 weeks since BLC #17 began. There have been a lot of changes, but all of them so subtle that I didn't realize they were changing at the time. Those are the best kind, I think. You just plug along, doing your best, and the cumulative changes surprise you pleasantly several weeks down the line. It's then that you're reminded that it's all been worth it. <BR> <BR> And it has ALL been worth it. I eat better, I sleep a little better, I'm just a little more fit than I wa... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 14:54:49 EST WUB #7, BLC #17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5281797 I'm still in the throes of my PhD proposal, deep depression, and feeling mostly unmotivated. But, it's been 7 weeks in this challenge, and as we enter our 8th and final week, there are some really important things I am choosing to reflect on: <BR> <BR> 1) I have walked at least 3 miles every week (often closer to 5 miles) since the challenge began. <BR> <BR> 2) I have consistently lost weight every week, even if it's only been a few ounces. <BR> <BR> 3) I have taken some stairs every day. ... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 22:39:01 EST WUB #6, BLC #17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5272000 Hey gals and guys, so this will be ultra brief as it is late and this girl must get to bed. However, I wanted to recap this week quickly. <BR> <BR> It was only a 0.2 lb loss this week, but I think there's a lot at play here. 1) I think I'm retaining water like mad. I'm going to work on increasing my water intake this upcoming week to see if I can counterbalance this is a little. 2) I've been super naughty the last two days, and while I haven't gained weight per se in that brief time... I bet... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 00:35:29 EST Update: 101 Things in 1001 Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5262826 Last autumn, I made a list of 101 Things in 1001 Days, and one of our challenges this week was to do make just that sort of a list. So, I'm going to take the opportunity to review my list, revamp it if needed, and start to think about making some of these goals more immediately tangible. <BR> <BR> The original list was available here: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5061112 </link> <BR> <BR> 101 Crochet gifts for my dear friend's daughters <BR> 1... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 01:13:12 EST BLC #17, WUB Week 5 + Sugahhhhh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5262822 OK ladies and gents, I must keep this ultra brief as I am not only under the wire for the deadline tonight but also VERY exhausted. WUB first, then it will be all about the Sugahhh. <BR> <BR> -------------------- WUB 5 ---------------------- <BR> <BR> This was another crazy week, and I am so looking forward to a calmer Week 6. I knew it would be hectic, but the snow storm on Thursday took it from nuts to sheer chaos. First, I had a departmental presentation to give for my PhD program. This... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 01:05:58 EST BLC #17, WUB Week 4 + Measurements Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5254091 This week has felt exceptionally long. I don't know if it's the pressure I'm currently under in my research, the week-long separation from my husband getting old so soon, or what... but it feels like this week has just dragggggged on. <BR> <BR> -------------------- WUB 4 ---------------------- <BR> Anyway, I was pretty lax in the fitness department this week, only exercising for 120 min total this week and from only walking. With everything going on, my body just needed a longer break. Surp... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 21:32:04 EST What I Like About Being Me, Part Deux http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5253776 I must admit: I have really procrastinated writing this second blog. As much solace as I found in my list earlier this week, the idea of trying to come up with an ADDITIONAL five felt about as pleasant as I imagine a root canal would be. I am incredibly uncomfortable thinking about myself in positive terms, and I have been putting this blog off. I mean, my first five were pretty EASY to think of, relatively - but how on earth was I to come up with five MORE? I just don't think there are that ... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 16:15:57 EST What I Like About Being Me (Part 1 of 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5249293 One of our challenges this week is to come up with 10 things we like about ourselves. This is in an effort to show ourselves self-compassion and self-love as we continue on our journeys. <BR> <BR> I will admit, I'm actually really low-spirited this week (from other things, not my weight loss journey), so this could be a good exercise for me to go through today. However, coming up with 10 things any time would be difficult - and coming up with them right now feels impossible. <BR> <BR> Since... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 15:35:28 EST BLC #17, WUB Week 3 and Visual Motivation Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5245811 Well, this feels like cheating merging these two blogs together like this, but I have truly had a difficult weekend and I am going to merge them for the sake of brevity (and my sanity) right now. <BR> <BR> -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- <BR> WUB, Week 3 <BR> <BR> Week 3 began with a bang, and I was going super strong until the end of the week when my body just started to give out. A challenge this week was to read up on overtraining, and boy... do I do it to myself. All the time. An... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 00:17:53 EST The Amazing Shrinking Woman, or How I'm Losing Weight by Really, Really Trying http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5243087 One of our weekly challenges this week is to write a story about our weight loss journey. My story has all the meaty stuff of a dramatic made-for-tv movie: childhood abuse and neglect, anorexia, mismedication, and the ultimate demon, low self-worth. <BR> <BR> -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- <BR> The Early Years <BR> <BR> Unlike some of the other stories I've read, I wasn't always chubby. I really didn't start gaining much weight until I was closer to puberty. I do recall being told ... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 16:50:51 EST BLC #17, WUB Week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5236360 Yay, end of week 2! And, for me and my sloooow metabolism and weight loss, I had an AWESOME week for loss. <BR> <BR> ** I actually lost two whole pounds this week! ** Amazing. <BR> <BR> So, what's the difference? As always, exercise. I went from 75 minutes last week (and not done every day) to 285+ minutes of cardio this week (plus ST, stretching, and not including all the heavy housework I've done this week - more on that in a minute, though). <BR> <BR> So, per my BLC #17 Fitness Goals o... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 22:44:30 EST BLC #17 Fitness Goals and WUB 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5225875 <BR> For the sake of brevity (and currently my sanity), I'm going to combine my BLC #17 Fitness Goals and Weekly Update Blog (WUB) for this first week into one blog post. :) Sorry if it gets a little lengthy, but I'll try to be succinct. <BR> <BR> --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- <BR> BLC #17 Fitness Goals <BR> <BR> With my husband F moving away last week and my new room mate J moving in, I've been forced to really consider how my daily life and schedule is g... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 16:55:14 EST BLC #17 Official Starting Weigh-in Due Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5215547 Normally, this wouldn't warrant its own blog post, but since it's my "official" starting weigh-in and I had to up my ticker by 3+ lbs :( to accommodate that, I felt it deserved in a short blog post if for no other reason than catharsis. <BR> <BR> You may recall my drama with home scale vs. gym scale, and how for official tracking I use the gym scale for consistency and accuracy. My home scale would be fine if I didn't live in an old house with uneven floors, and it's fine for rough estimatio... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 12:25:15 EST Wow, that was actually fun... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5212014 I have a new room mate since Sunday, someone I have known for a number of years in a professional context and who I do consider a friend, not just an acquaintance. However, I would not consider her even near a bosom chum or a bestie or whatever you want to call it. So, I was a little nervous about her moving in (as my husband is having to move out to go to university), but thankful for the company even if I didn't know her especially well. It's actually been good so far having her here. <BR> ... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 19:47:48 EST 2012: Year In Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5189269 To be honest, I have never been a fan of the annual reviews published by the various media entities. I feel like it pressures one to choose the "best" 10, 50, or 500 whatevers, which has the side effect of ignoring some really amazing songs, movies, trends, etc. I'm also by nature contrary, so I just balk against whatever is most popular because it is, well, popular. :) <BR> <BR> Even more than my mild disdain for annual reviews, I really dislike New Year resolutions. Sure, some people find ... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 00:20:19 EST 11% + down and counting... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5151179 The scale is on the move again, and I have my dear friend, Heather, in part to thank for that. She has been the truest of friends, helping me to get up off my butt no matter how exhausted, stressed, or depressed I am. She doesn't do it physically, or even verbally - she does it with her "never say die" attitude. We have a pact to do a one-month fitness streak together, and it has already helped trigger some big changes for me. So, Heather deserves a large portion of the credit for being my pa... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 00:02:07 EST UPDATE: Virtual Journey from Langau to Vienna, Austria http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5144403 I wanted to post an update of my progress on my virtual journey because I have now made it through one stop on my trek. Through my imagination, I will be visiting old haunts from when I lived in Austria 11 years ago. For more information about my journey, see my previous blog entry: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5100622 </link> <BR> <BR> I have walked **18.6 km in Austria** since beginning the journey in early October. October and November hav... Fri, 23 Nov 2012 16:41:30 EST BLC #16 - Week 10 & Wrap Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5143041 Well, I didn't finish this BLC with any sort of a bang... but I finished. I saw it through to completion. Now it's time to gear up for another one. Even if I didn't get everything out of this challenge that I wanted, I did get a number of things, including: <BR> <BR> - I'm almost 9 lbs lighter than I was 10 weeks ago, and I'm now 31 lbs down from my starting weight 6 months ago. <BR> <BR> - Activity, although not a daily occurrence yet in my life, is so much more a COMMON occurrence than it... Thu, 22 Nov 2012 00:04:05 EST