SJSTUCKEY's SparkPeople Blog SJSTUCKEY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Well....That's Interesting.... I think I've uncovered a reason why I eat crappy foods during the week: my job. <BR> <BR> I find that I either get bored or apathetic or maybe even a little angry/stressed with a co-worker and then my mind starts looking for something that will make me feel happier. <BR> <BR> I know food isn't going to make me happy. I even came up with a great slogan: "Food is FUEL not feelings"... but that doesn't change the fact that eating interesting things during the day is oftentimes more interes... Mon, 4 May 2015 19:09:14 EST Motivation Comes In Small Packages Two weeks ago, I was my heaviest ever. Like ever. I didn't get sad, I got MAD!!! I got fired up to make some healthy changes. <BR> <BR> Have I walked at least 30 mins every day? No. <BR> Have I chosen at least 2 days per week to do some OTHER kind of physical exericse? Not exactly. <BR> Have I stayed within my daily range of calories every day? Nope. <BR> <BR> BUT... <BR> <BR> I have refrained from alcohol for two weeks (with one allowed exception last Friday night when I went out... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 19:58:44 EST Again.... "If you're tired of starting over, don't stop." (or something like that)... <BR> <BR> So here I am, finding myself starting over, older and heavier (heaviest I've ever been, actually), and feeling a little defeated. <BR> <BR> I know I'm not. I mean, if I look at where I've been since my last post (from about a year ago), I have accomplished some INCREDIBLE things: I shot my first national commercial, I developed and performed my first cabaret show, I ran my first half-marathon. But, I'v... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 10:13:42 EST I'm An AVENGER!! You guys!! You guys!! OMG - YOU GUYS!!!! I'm an Avenger!!! <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I signed up for the Inaugural Disney Avengers Super Hero HALF MARATHON on November 16. In just about 6 months, I'm going to put on an awesome kick-booty costume, go to Disneyland at the crack of dawn, and RUN a HALF MARATHON!! <BR> <BR> I'm elated! <BR> <BR> I'm excited! <BR> <BR> I'm a little nervous... <BR> <BR> Omg... I can't breathe... <BR> <BR> Dear Sweet Mary...I'm going to *RUN* a HALF MARATHON! ... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 14:42:13 EST Jump Start There's that motivational saying that goes, "If you're tired of starting over, stop giving up" or something like that... <BR> <BR> Sometimes it feels as though I'm stuck on the same cycle of starting over, and starting over, and starting over... and I don't think it's ever been that I've "given up"...but that I had to stop the trajectory for some reason or another. <BR> <BR> Recently, I have been struggling with a respiratory issue. It is likely something "simple" - like allergies, or may... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 19:11:04 EST The Plan for 2014 THE PLAN (and if I post this out loud, it helps): <BR> <BR> Since I did it before and it worked fairly well, I'm gonna start doing the ol' gettin' up at 5am thing to hit the gym thing again. (I'll make breakfasts and lunches the night before). If I get to the gym by 5:30am, that gives me a full hour to do some cardio, but more importantly, I can get in some strength training - which I *know* is going to make the biggest difference in the overall shape & appearance of my body. (I've been ... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 15:13:18 EST This Is the End...? It's almost the end of 2013. I started this journey at the beginning of this year and set some goals that I believe were highly achievable. I wanted to lose 20 lbs by the end of July. I haven't done that. I thought I was making progress, then I wasn't, then I was a little bit again, then I wasn't. <BR> <BR> This morning, I woke up and discovered I'd GAINED a pound. Okay, okay... I know. It's just ONE pound. It could be water-weight left over from last night's Thai fest. It could be f... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 19:58:30 EST Hollywood & the Waistline I just read this article <link><BR>st=one_celebrity_whos_happy_to_be_a_he<BR>althy_size </link> and as an actress living and working in Hollywood, I think I can provide *some* perspective, here. <BR> <BR> First, the camera lens is curved - like a fish bowl. This is why they always say "the camera adds 10lbs" - because visually, it does. <BR> <BR> Two, actors are not just entertaining us. They are spokespeople for products - for instance, Fashion. M... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 16:35:15 EST Loss and Losing It's been about 2 months since I ended my relationship with my BF of a year and a half. In that time I've been reflecting on many of the challenges I experienced in the relationship (e.g., "why didn't it work?") and I'm trying to see what I've learned through all this. <BR> <BR> To begin, we were the couple that was always out “doing stuff”. We would go out to eat, we’d go to concerts, movies, sporting events. We always had something on our social calendar. We would work hard at our jobs... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 13:58:28 EST What the What?! 11 lbs lost... <BR> <BR> Eleven. <BR> <BR> Pounds. <BR> <BR> Lost. <BR> <BR> E-L-E-V-E-N P-O-U-N-D-S <BR> <BR> LOST!!! <BR> <BR> Seriously, I can't find them!! <BR> <BR> Now how did that happen? Only last week I was bummin' because I hadn't lost "anything" for 6 months and opted to ease up off the diet & exercise plan. Isn't that counter-intuitive?? <BR> <BR> Perhaps. But I listened to my body and it was begging me for sleep. So I slept. It asked me for a few more veggies in th... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 14:39:54 EST I Was On a Break!!!! Remember that scene from TV's "Friends" where Ross and Rachel are seemingly back together again after Rachel write Ross that letter? (18 pages...FRONT AND BACK!!!) And when Rachel attempts to praise Ross for taking responsibility for his actions, by justifying "If time is what you needed to gain a little perspective..." Ross (who unwittingly agreed to the terms of the letter) exclaims, "WE WERE ON A BREAK!!" <BR> <BR> I was on a break - from whatever plan I had in mind for losin... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 18:32:27 EST The Good, the Bad & the Ugly It's been 6 months since I started on this SparkPeople journey. The goal was to lose approximately 20lbs by end of July. In this time, I've been relatively diligent in entering my foods daily into the tracker, I've been quite active (ran my first 10K a few months ago, ran a few other 5K's and mud runs, too), and I've made a concerted effort to NOT get on the scale EVERY day. (Once a week is enough thankyourverymuch!) <BR> <BR> But, after these 6 months, I took note of my weight and my m... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 17:05:27 EST I Swear, It's Not a Cop-Out... I'm making a conscious effort to be a lazy slug. No, really. Let me 'splain. <BR> <BR> First - we all know there's the Weight Loss Trifecta: Diet, Cardio, and Strength Training - and these things are uber-important to achieving our weight-loss goals. <BR> <BR> But just as important as hopping out of bed at the crack of dawn to go run those 7 miles in the hills, stopping occasionally to do a dozen or so sit-ups & push-ups, come back home to grab a wheat-grass-blueberry-quinoa smoothie (I... Tue, 28 May 2013 19:46:49 EST Let's Get Dirty!! (And Plant a Container Garden) I have been wanting to plant a garden for a few months now. I'm a "renter" and live in an apartment, so space is limited. (I'm also a fairly busy person - almost never home - so time constraints have also been a factor). However, I'm *loving* the idea of a container garden!! <BR> <BR> My plan is to get maybe 3 paint buckets (maybe even paint them to look less...well...plastic) and then line them up outside by my apartment wall. (Thankfully, I live in the rear unit of a 1-story quadruplex... Thu, 23 May 2013 14:54:06 EST Veggies Are Filling! Who knew?! So, I'm finally starting to work on this predetermined meal plan feature and it's going pretty well. I'll admit, I don't follow the MEALS so much as I use the combinations, items, and portion sizes as a guide; then, I make choices of what I will eat that day based on what I currently have in my fridge. <BR> <BR> One thing that has been an improvement in my diet since I started (y'know...3 days ago...): I've incorporated more veggies into my day. Mostly, I've added celery sticks and cucumbe... Wed, 22 May 2013 16:39:56 EST Meal Plans!! Well...duh! I've been doing my best to be consistent with exercising and eating foods within my caloric range for the past 5 months - but this morning I realized that of the 8 pounds I have lost since January, I've gained 2 back!! I'm not losing as much as I think I should, and my motivation is waning. I figured I probably need to reassess what I'm doing (or not doing) to get the balance (of exercise and diet) just right. <BR> <BR> I thought that something that might help me is a set number of meal ... Mon, 20 May 2013 17:28:40 EST