SMOKYMTNGIRL's SparkPeople Blog SMOKYMTNGIRL's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community My Name is Kara...and I'm an Emotional Eater This is no surprise to most people I'm sure, and I know I'm not alone in eating my feelings. It's funny because last week I'm on here posting a blog and I'm all gung-ho and "yeah, I'm gonna do this right this time" and honestly, I was waiting for that proverbial other shoe to drop. I knew it couldn't be that easy. And as usual, it wasn't. <BR> <BR> Things started off innocently enough, I had to work this past weekend and had already planned my lunch for Saturday along with snacks and had a ... Thu, 16 May 2013 09:38:09 EST Recipe Favorite: Chicken Taco Soup (Crockpot) This is a recipe I acquired from a Weight Watchers meeting several years ago, during one of my many attempts at losing weight. It is not only delicious, but probably one of the easiest things I've ever made. I use low sodium taco seasoning if I can find it--sometimes I make my own. I also look for low/no sodium on the canned goods as well. <BR> <BR> My family loves this and I usually have to make two crockpots worth for family gatherings. Most of the time there are no leftovers of this one!... Fri, 10 May 2013 16:38:19 EST What I've Learned Today Today was just one of those days... <BR> <BR> I didn't sleep very well last night, kept tossing and turning, then my extra loud neighbors woke me up at 6 am mowing the yard. I live out in the country where it's supposed to be quiet. I guess they didn't get the memo. <BR> <BR> Then, it seemed like everything I've been worrying about for the last little while came crashing down on my head. I couldn't stop thinking about everything that is going or could go wrong and it made me very emotional-... Thu, 9 May 2013 17:25:36 EST Recipe Favorite (and tonight's dinner) : Thai Lime Chicken Here's a recipe that I came across a few weeks ago in Clean Eating Magazine. It was an instant hit with me, my boyfriend Jamie and even my dad. <BR> <BR> I absolutely love Thai food and once I got Jamie to try it, too, he was hooked immediately! There's a great Thai restaurant in Knoxville that we go to often. I eased him into this new cuisine with Pad Thai, since that makes a great introductory dish. It's not the healthiest thing on the menu by far, so I was looking for lighter versions wh... Wed, 8 May 2013 20:03:54 EST This Time, For Good If you look at my Sparkpage, you see that my headline reads "Ready for a Change." And believe me, I am. Yet as "ready" as I claim to be, I haven't truly taken the necessary steps to get where I want to go. Do I have enthusiastic intentions to lose weight and feel good, be healthy, happy and everything that comes along with a healthy lifestyle? You bet! But you know what they say about good intentions... <BR> <BR> The last couple months of my life have been full of ups and downs, because that... Tue, 7 May 2013 18:10:10 EST