SPARKLED87's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SPARKLED87 SPARKLED87'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/ The Power to Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609286 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1068590642.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my current circumstances and the path that I took to get exactly where I am today. I also spend time thinking about the future, as unpredictable as it is, wondering where I’ll be in 1, 5, or even 10 years from now. Every time I get to thinking about it I come back to the same realization. That the power to change lies within myself and that I can use it anytime I need to... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 14:24:21 EST New Year - New Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5608167 I haven't posted a blog entry in quite some time... I've been sparking through the mobile app mostly. I got on here today though (because I am in an exceptionally good mood and want to spark with my buddies)... and took a look at my last blog entry from July 16th 2013. A LOT has changed for me since the day I made that post. <BR> <BR> The same week I made that entry I broke up with my boyfriend of 8 years. A couple of weeks later I moved out and got my own apartment. It's hard to believe no... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 11:48:01 EST Sushi Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423133 Normally Tuesday is my most despised day of the week... Seriously. There is soo much week left. And it always goes by more slowly than Monday. HOWEVER, I have a sushi date tonight with Muffin and I am very excited. I haven't had any since our cruise in April and I have a hankering. Plus, it's a much needed girl date that I expect will help me through some of this awful anxiety I've been experiencing. I need some release. <BR> <BR> <em>261</em> <BR> <BR> I also wanted to share this littl... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 14:10:22 EST The Monday Blues... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5422350 It was a long day back at work today after a weekend that wasn't quite long enough....The wedding I went to on Saturday was fun, but drama filled as well. Ugh. I'll spare the details but basically I feel a little sheepish about some drunken shenanigans. I'm trying to bounce back today... And I REALLY want to go running but I'm still recovering from a stress injury I got when I went running last Monday. Soooo... I worked out in the pool instead. And I feel a little better now. It really is a... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 21:40:37 EST Smooth Operator http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5419077 So, a few weeks ago I bought this awesome Kitchen Aid hand mixer. Best new gadget I've bought in a while. I've been substituting a smoothie for lunch everyday this week. They've been delicious, nutritious, and easy AND I've noticed my belly bloat going down already. <BR> <BR> Today's Smoothie: <BR> <BR> 1/2 C Greek Yogurt, vanilla <BR> 1/2 2% milk <BR> 1 C Spinach <BR> 6 Strawberries <BR> 1/2 C Blueberries <BR> 1/4 C Blackberries <BR> 1 tsp honey <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spar... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 16:14:22 EST I am a WARRIOR! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5417797 Sheesh. Long time no blog. I've still been sparking on and off... The SP app for Iphone has made it oh so much easier for sure. That barcode scanner thing? AMAZING. I'm tracking more consistently these days too what with the quitting smoking and all. I don't want to start cramming my face full of junk everytime I crave a smoke. So far so good. <BR> <BR> And... <BR> <BR> My scale broke. So I have no idea how much I'm weighing right now. lol I guess I'll have to make a trip to Target this wee... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 11:42:24 EST I'm back again. Goals for Week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5109207 So I'm back again after a summer hiatus. I'm to 165 pounds and looking to lose 20 before the end of the year. <BR> <BR> My goals for the week: <BR> <BR> 1.) Workout 3 times. <BR> <BR> 2.) Track ALL of my food Monday - Friday. <BR> <BR> 3.) Drink 8 glasses of water each day. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l413779025.jpg"> <BR> Yes! Better today than I was yesterday! <BR> <BR> Happy Monday! Mon, 22 Oct 2012 22:43:18 EST Phase 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4798697 It’s been a couple of weeks since I made a blog entry but the new position at work is definitely keeping me busy. I am loving it though! I’m so happy I made this move for myself. I am happier and more determined than I’ve been in a long time! Things are really looking up for me here. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> I completed Phase 1 of Jillian Michaels 90 day Body Revolution yesterday and I began Phase 2 today. I started with Cardio 2 this morning and Whoa. It made Cardio 1 f... Wed, 21 Mar 2012 20:22:54 EST Body Revolution: Week One Complete! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4765664 Okay. Well, I’m actually already 3 days into week 2 but this is the first chance I’ve had to reflect and share my results. (My house is a mad house right now… My son turned 4 on Leap Day so my parents and siblings have been running in and out…) <BR> <BR> So anyway, after my first week with Jillian’s new program I am down 5 whole pounds!!! That’s right. 5! I was shocked to say the least. I average 1-2 pounds per week but I guess this is the jump start I needed. Again, I am NOT following her d... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 15:50:03 EST Jillian Michaels 90-Day Body Revolution 3 Days In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4753135 I finally got my JM90DBR in the mail... And I'm officially 3 days in. I am REALLY enjoying the workouts so far... I know I'm still in the beginning so they are a little easier but on the same note, it makes me feel good that I'm doing the more advanced versions of all the moves. I have decided NOT to follow the diet to a T mostly because I dislike several of the foods Jillian incorporates into her program (i.e. Calamari. Yuckkkk!). I'm just going to stick with my SP guidelines. I AM going to ... Thu, 23 Feb 2012 11:28:56 EST 30 Day Shred Done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4736963 <em>244</em> I did it!!! Made it through Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. <BR> <BR> Here are my results: <BR> <BR> Starting Weight = 172.5 Ending Weight = 163.5 Weight Lost = 9 pounds <BR> <BR> Inches Lost: <BR> <BR> Starting Belly Button = 41 Ending = 39 Inches Lost = 2 <BR> <BR> Starting Upper Abdomen = 39 Ending = 34 Inches Lost = 5 <BR> <BR> Starting Around Arm = 15 Ending = 13.5 Inches Lost = 1.5 <BR> <BR> Starting Inner Thigh - 23 Endin... Mon, 13 Feb 2012 14:27:31 EST Through with Level 2 --- Phew! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4712447 I finished my 10 days on level 2 of the 30 day shred this morning! I feel so accomplished and am really proud of myself for sticking with it. It was definitely WAY tougher than level 1.... Plank exercises are tough for me. I'm going to begin level 3 tomorrow morning... Then after these 10 days I am going to start a slightly different workout plan to start training for my 5K. I think I'm going to create another workout calendar to hang on my fridge like I did with the 30DS. It has definitely b... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 14:05:40 EST JM 30DS - 16 days down and only 14 to go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4703544 Phew! I'm halfway through this round of Jillian's 30 day shred and man oh man I'm definitely starting to see the difference! I'm down about 6 pounds and my energy levels have sky rocketed! Level 2 is DEF more challenging with all of the plank moves but nothing compares to the sense of accomplishment I have each morning after I complete a workout. I have 4 days left on level 2 and I'm excited to start level 3 next week. <BR> <BR> After this I'm going to start incorporating more running into m... Wed, 25 Jan 2012 14:27:28 EST January Jump-Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4666763 Alright, for the rest of the month (and into the beginning of February), I am doing what I've decided to refer to as my January Jump-Start. It was inspired by a challenge from my All About Jillian Michaels spark team. For 30 days (plus a few rest days) I will be progressing through the JM 30 Day Shred. I plan to do 10 days on level 1, 10 days on level 2, and finally 10 days on level 3. I will workout Sunday - Friday and rest on Saturdays. I created a nifty little calendar that outlines my pro... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 18:15:28 EST Guess who's gonna run her first 5K in 2012? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4625739 This girl! <BR> <BR> Running a 5K for the first time was one of my resolutions for 2012 and I'm making it happen. I've already found the one that I want to participate in and I've got a buddy lined up to do it with me. April 14th 2012 here I come! I live in St. Louis and the race is at Forrest Park (for those who haven't been it's a BEAUTIFUL and historic area). I can't wait and I'm going to start training immediately. <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> <BR> <BR> If you have any good 5K training re... Wed, 14 Dec 2011 17:06:20 EST T is for Tuesday. And Tomato Basil Soup. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4624400 Another long boring Tuesday at work. But, hey, at least I behave when I'm here. I came across a recipe for Tomato Basil Parmesan Soup today on Pinterest... It's a slow cooker recipe and it looks really good. I think I'm going to make it tomorrow but I'm going to tweak it and make it my own. (A lot of unnecessary calories and fat... But, easily fixed.) Just what I need to ease the early winter chills. I'll play with it a little and share on Thursday's blog... <BR> <BR> <em>106</em> <BR> <B... Tue, 13 Dec 2011 16:29:05 EST Happy Monday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4622829 Now enters the FINAL FULL work week of the year! It’s going to feel like the longest week of my life but it’s going to be worth it. For the first time in the 5 years I’ve worked for the Credit Union I am taking Christmas weekend AND my birthday. I usually don’t take either. I’m so excited for Christmas time and some me time! <BR> <BR> <em>446</em> <BR> <BR> Also, tomorrow is the first weekly weigh-in I’ve done in a long time…. I’m a little nervous… But I had a very successful week I think... Mon, 12 Dec 2011 13:58:48 EST A week of experimenting in the kitchen... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4619131 I have been looking to SparkPeople and the website Pinterest.com this week for culinary inspiration... And a successful week it has been! <BR> <BR> This week's SP recipe reviews: <BR> -Cheesey Vegetable-Stuffed Eggplant Grade - A- <BR> This recipe was very tasty... I'd never tried eggplant until now and I was very pleased with the taste. The sauteed vegetables (including onion which I've always been a big fan of) and the Monterey Cheese made for a yummy combination. I ate it 2 days in a ... Fri, 9 Dec 2011 13:04:48 EST For the love of eggplant. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4617629 I attempted a new recipe last night from SP... Chef Meg's Cheesy Vegetable Stuffed Eggplant. I've never eaten eggplant before and ohemgee... It was SO GOOD! I highly recommend it to anyone who really enjoys their vegetables. This could have quite possibly been the best recipe I've tried from SP. Only about 200 calories and packed with vitamins. And the portion size was pretty large. I ate it as a meal by itself and I was full when I was finished. <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> I made it t... Thu, 8 Dec 2011 10:38:59 EST Back again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4615171 Well I've been on the roller coaster for several months now... I had lost 40ish pounds in 2010... Kept it off for half of 2011... And have recently gained back about 25 pounds. It's clear to me now that I am an emotional eater. I started packing on the pounds when some family issues entailed but its time to turn it around. I made it back to the gym last night and I'm really feeling motivated again. This time is going to be different. Be better. <BR> <BR> I am in a wedding on May 11, 2012 an... Tue, 6 Dec 2011 16:26:19 EST IHOP - The tale of a breakfast meeting... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4256346 This morning, I had a lead teller meeting that began with breakfast at the IHOP near our main office. The Retail VP bought all of us breakfast. I did a little research pre-meeting and selected my food choices the night before. I thought about what I would have ordered before my healthy lifestyle vs what the "new me" chose. Here is what I discovered: <BR> <BR> <BR> The OLD me would have ordered (and probably demolished): <BR> <BR> Choice #1- <BR> <BR> Country Omelette <BR> ~Calories: 1140 ... Wed, 25 May 2011 20:11:24 EST Another Tuesday Blog... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4224040 To start things off, I had a wonderful Mother's Day. My mama came into town and spent the weekend with us and we had a delicious brunch on Sunday at my boyfriend's mom's house. I got to spend the weekend with the people I love most and the weather was gorgeous to boot. Brian surprised me with a bath set from Bath & Body works, a $30 giftcard to Charlotte Russe, AND a new hot pink set of earbuds for my Ipod. I love him soooo much. He is so good to me! <BR> <BR> <em>212</em> <BR> <BR> Yest... Tue, 10 May 2011 21:18:34 EST A Tuesday Blog... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4207647 Soooo... my week has started pretty rough. I woke up with a terrble head cold yesterday and ended up leaving work after 3 hours because I just couldn't functon. I didn't track at all yesterday and I definitely didn't work out. I ate mostly soup so my sodium intake was probably pretty high but I think I did pretty well porton wise. Today I feel better but I'm not 100%. I AM tracking and I am going to attempt a short workout tonight. (I am in "bootcamp" afterall...) The sun is shining so my... Tue, 3 May 2011 14:48:55 EST TGIF & Buffalo Chicken Dip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4199355 First of all, TGIF! It has been such a looong week and I am ready for my weekend off. I won a little contest at work today and was even able to leave an hour early. Grocery shopping and workout are done and Buffalo Chicken Dip is in the oven now. (It's a little high in sodium but otherwise I used all low-cal low-fat ingredients.) I'm very hungry and it smells so good! <BR> <BR> <em>53</em> <BR> <BR> I've progressed to level two of Jillian Michaels 6-week 6-pack and boy is it tough! I lov... Fri, 29 Apr 2011 20:43:45 EST End Week 3 with JM http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4180553 Today was the last day of week 3 with my Jillian Michaels 6 Week 6 Pack. I'm feeling wonderful! I can honestly say that I can feel my body getting stronger and I'm confident that I will have positive Weigh Day results tomorrow! <BR> <BR> Also got my new laptop today... I've never had one before and I'm loving it! Among other things it is going to make Sparking a whole lot easier. This weekend I think I'm going to use it to completely revamp my SparkPage. <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <BR> <BR... Wed, 20 Apr 2011 23:34:24 EST Week 2 - Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4161797 Still making it. :) I have been soooo energetic these past few days. I "Spring Cleaned" my entire house yesterday and today I did some work in the backyard and out in the garden before doing my work out. I've got whole grain spaghetti cooking on the stove right now and I've had a very productive/fulfilling day. <BR> <BR> Jillian is really sticking it to me and I love it. I'm already starting to see/feel a difference in my abdominal area. I can't wait to see where I am after the 6 weeks. I'm ... Tue, 12 Apr 2011 21:55:42 EST Up two pounds... But I'm pushing through. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4150415 Well, today was "weigh day" and the scale jumped up two pounds. I'm not discouraged though. In fact, I'm feeling really good. I've been working out really hard. (and my monthly visitor came today...) So it could be a number of things... Muscle gain, bloating, whatever. I'm going to keep doing what I'm doing and I know I'll reach my goals!!! <BR> <BR> Today was the start of week two on my Jillian Michael's 6 Week 6 Pack DVD. I'm still on level one and it's definitely gotten easier over the la... Thu, 7 Apr 2011 21:34:20 EST The Day is Young... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4136320 Things have been crazy at work lately and today is the first Saturday I've had off in over a month! And because I'm so used to getting up early anyway (and also because the new puppy doesn't let me sleep in) I went ahead and got up at 6:30 to start my day. I got dressed and went to the grocery store to pick up a protein supplement to assist me with my current workout challenge, and then I came home and put it to the test. I bought a can of Carb Solutions High Protein Vanilla Shake mix. It doe... Sat, 2 Apr 2011 09:53:17 EST JM 6WK6PK - Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4135335 Tonight I completed my second level one workout. And this time I made it through the entire workout a lot smoother than I did yesterday! Go me! I made sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day and I tried a power bar as a snack about an hour before my workout. I really feel like it made a difference! Tomorrow is my first Saturday off in a month so I think I'm going to take advantage of the morning time (and beautiful weather that is expected) and do my workout in the A.M.! <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 1 Apr 2011 20:27:12 EST Jillian Michaels - 6 Week 6-Pack : Day One Summary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4133694 Yesterday after work I picked up my new workout DVD Jillian Michaels 6 Week 6-Pack (which also came with a free 1 year subscription to Fitness magazine!!! :) ). I've been struggling to stay on track these last 3 or 4 months and I think a new DVD was what I needed to get motivated again. I'm committing to the entire 6 week program and I'm keeping a journal to track my progress. I also took some before pictures and will take weekly progress pictures as I move through the program. They are a li... Fri, 1 Apr 2011 08:35:39 EST Emotional Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3847340 I've never thought of myself as an "emotional eater" in the past. However, this week I've caught myself doing exactly that! On Tuesday night, all the girls from my work met at our local Dave & Buster's (a more grown up version of Chuck E Cheese). My purse, keys, camera, and CAR were stolen! As of today it has still not been found. My insurance company gave me a rental car but it's been tough to drive in the snow and ice. Right before the holidays?? Really?? I've been under a lot of stress at ... Thu, 16 Dec 2010 11:57:40 EST I'm back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3833027 It has been about 2 or 3 months since I've been real serious with SP. I have gained back 3 pounds... (which I don't think is too bad considering I wasn't tracking anything and I was not really working out.) I'm back though and feeling very motivated. Since the weekend I've done well tracking my food and I got a great JM workout in this morning before work. <BR> <BR> I think my motivation this time around is my best friend's upcoming wedding. She is getting married on September 16th and I wo... Wed, 8 Dec 2010 21:41:30 EST Weekend's over... Time to get back at 'em! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3518004 I'm happy to report that the mini-vacation we took to Branson, MO with Brian's family went surprisingly well. No fighting and we had a pretty good time. My son loved all of the children's attractions that he was big enough to enjoy. I think when he gets a little older I wouldn't even mind going back. It's a very country type of place but very family friendly. <BR> <BR> The camping and float trip went great also. Now that I've lost some weight I was actually able to enjoy myself rather than b... Mon, 9 Aug 2010 12:36:54 EST Yum! Apple-Cherry Crisp http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3478615 Thank you Pampered Chef! <BR> <BR> Last night I tried my first recipe from my new Pampered Chef - "It's good for you" Healthy Eating Cookbook. It was delicious and now I'm sharing: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l384524825.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 1 (30 ounce) can cherry pie filling (I used LITE cherry pie filling) <BR> 3 large Granny Smith Apples (1 1/2 pounds) <BR> 3/4 cup all-purpose flour <BR> 1/2 cup quick or old-fashioned oats <BR> 1/3 cup packed brown sugar <BR... Wed, 28 Jul 2010 12:50:58 EST Long time no blog... Updates about my goings ons. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3472593 It's been about a month since my last blog but I'm happy to report that I've had a very healthy last couple of days. I've jumped back on the exercise wagon as well as the "good eating" wagon. <BR> <BR> I went to a Pampered Chef party a few weeks ago and finally got my order back this past weekend. I bought the Pampered Chef "It's good for you" Healthy Eating cookbook and ALL of the recipes look amazing. I can't wait to try some of them out this week. If I find something awesome I will be su... Mon, 26 Jul 2010 20:59:17 EST Well hello Jillian. Nice to meet you. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3371213 So I went to Target last night and bought JM 30-Day-Shred and her Meltdown Yoga DVDs. I just did my first level one workout with the 30DS and my arms feel like jell-o. It was a good workout but I'm glad it was only 20 minutes or I might have given up! lol I'm hoping after a few days I'll be able to endure it better. I've tried other DVD's in the past and I have a couple of fitness games for the Wii but I think I already like this DVD more. <BR> <BR> We have Brian's cousin's wedding tomorrow... Fri, 25 Jun 2010 18:49:24 EST Sweet, Sweet Summertime http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3355999 It’s official. It’s the first day of summer and it’s a HOT one. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> At the beginning of every year, when I’m making my many other unsuccessful resolutions, I always think to myself about how I’m going to get fit by summer time. Up until now, it’s never really worked out for me. I feel differently about it this year though. I’m not at goal weight yet, but I’m happy with the way I look and I’m learning to love my body, imperfections and all. I now own 3 su... Mon, 21 Jun 2010 13:01:29 EST I'm not on a diet. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3333085 I’m officially down 34.5 pounds. I’ve gone from 190 pounds to 155.5 pounds in about 6 months and I’ve also dropped a pant size. People around me are really starting to take notice. I hear a lot of things when these people see me. But, the one thing I hear the most is this: <BR> <BR> “What kind of diet are you on?” <BR> <BR> I’m not on a diet. I’ve changed my lifestyle. I make healthy choices when it comes to eating and exercising. I’m happy with the changes in my body and I feel really good... Mon, 14 Jun 2010 12:44:21 EST I'm still here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3321271 Wow. It’s been almost a month since my last blog. But, no worries. I’m still on track with my healthy lifestyle. I just haven’t had much time lately to sit down and type up my thoughts. Things have been peachy keen. I’m on my 6th month of this healthy lifestyle and I still see no end in sight. This is by far the longest I’ve stuck with any program and I’m definitely reaping the rewards. I’m down a total of 32 pounds now which put me at 158! It’s been so long since I’ve seen the 150’s and I fe... Thu, 10 Jun 2010 14:31:56 EST Hello weekend. I've missed you all week. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3230271 TGIF. Seriously. I work every other Saturday and this is my weekend off. And boy do I need it. I'm exhausted. I made it to the gym again today... Very proud of myself considering I had been so busy with our vacation and family visiting that I hadn't been in about 2 weeks. I'm feeling great. Stepped on the scale this morning and I'm down to 161.5. That's 1.5 pounds for the week and 28.5 pounds all together. I'm almost down to the 150's, somewhere I haven't been in over 3 years! Go me!!! <BR> ... Fri, 14 May 2010 16:45:44 EST SATC time. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3195376 First two days back to work from vacation have been pretty blah. It's been so hard to get back into the swing of things. <BR> <BR> Vacation was pretty awesome. Beautiful places and lots of sunshine do the soul good once in a while. I'm happy to be back with my little man though. I missed him tons! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I plan on getting back to the gym and getting my workout regimen back on track. I'm hoping for a decent weigh-in this Friday. <BR> <BR> Frankly, I'm exhausted right now so I'm ... Tue, 4 May 2010 21:41:38 EST Getting Antsy for Vacation... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3142615 Only 2 more days of work and then Friday I will be on my way to the sunny shores of Key Largo! I'm so excited I can hardly stand it. As soon as we arrive on Friday my friend Becky and I are going to get manis/pedis at a little salon that serves WINE! Who would have thunk it. Then we are spending the evening at a local seafood restaurant/bar alongside the ocean. This vaca is going to be fabulous from start to finish. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>492</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm a... Tue, 20 Apr 2010 21:31:18 EST Home Sweet Home & New Swimsuit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3110676 I returned home from my nice long weekend in Iowa yesterday. Got to visit some family that I don’t get to see very often, including my half-brother who I hadn’t seen in 2 years! I told myself before I made the trip that I was going to eat healthy all weekend and even get on my Mom’s treadmill once or twice. Neither of those things actually happened. I wouldn’t say my eating was disastrous, but it was by no means healthy. And that treadmill served better as a clothes rack than it did a piece o... Mon, 12 Apr 2010 15:03:57 EST Happy Anniversary to me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3082569 April 5th 2005 - April 5th 2010 <BR> <BR> Brian and I have been together for 5 years today. We aren't doing anything real exciting but I'm still very happy for us. We've been through a lot together and we are making our way in the world. We're parents to a perfectly healthy little boy and still very much in love. Yay for us! We are going out for dinner tonight. I bought us each a Six Flags season pass as my gift to him. <BR> <BR> <em>510</em> <BR> <BR> Easter was amazing yesterday. I'v... Mon, 5 Apr 2010 13:05:41 EST Easter Weekend + 3 Weeks Til Florida = A Cheerful Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3069251 I found the cutest little SpongeBob Easter basket for Tyler yesterday and I'm so excited to give it to him this weekend. He's getting old enough that he's starting to understand the fun in presents and I'm even more excited because I think he'll get the whole "Easter Egg Hunt" thing better this year. Me and Brian are also doing an Adult Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday night and I'm really looking forward to that too. Easter morning I plan to start with a Special K Protein Shake and an hour of exe... Thu, 1 Apr 2010 12:42:56 EST The wheels keep on turnin... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3046414 It's been an emotional last couple of days for our family. Brian's sister Stacy was in the hospital most of the day yesterday. She miscarried the baby. Her and I have had our differences but I think of her as a sister. And although we weren't happy about her decision to get pregnant, I would never wish something like this on anybody. My best friend Falisha had 2 miscarriages before a successful pregnancy and I was there with her for all of the pain she went through. My heart aches for anyone ... Fri, 26 Mar 2010 13:19:20 EST One Day at a Time - Recommitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3034210 So... I've kind of been struggling with my program for the last several days. I made some really unhealthy eating choices and I didn't work out at all last week. But, despite all of it, I still know things are different for me this time. And that is why I am recommitting myself today. I will stay on track with my nutrition for the rest of the week including the weekend. Tonight, I will take Tyler and walk around the park. Tomorrow I will attend my Body Pump class. And Saturday I will walk aro... Tue, 23 Mar 2010 13:48:28 EST Happy Monday. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3002320 Another weekend has come and gone and I'm back to work on this mid March Monday. It was a little harder to get out of bed this morning with the time change and all but I did it and now I'm halfway through the workday. My workout buddy is sick with the flu so it looks like I will be hitting the gym on my own tonight. I need to go though. Only have about a month left until the Florida trip and I at least want my arms pretty much toned up by then. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>85</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 15 Mar 2010 13:43:36 EST Key Largo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2995317 So Brian and I decided last night for sure that we are going to Key Largo next month! I'm so excited! We have arrangements for Tyler and we are renting a house with some friends for a week at the end of April! We are going to buy the plane tickets today and now I get to start shopping for some new summer clothes!!! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I survived my half day of work today and once Tyler wakes up from his nap we are going to another 2 year old's birthday party. It's at one of ... Sat, 13 Mar 2010 14:40:28 EST My 2 Cents on this Rainy Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2991832 More rainy weather for us this weekend... But, it's okay with me. I have to work a half day on Saturday and I plan on just staying in this weekend to get some house cleaning done and maybe even relax a little. (gasp!!) <BR> <BR> <em>27</em> <BR> <BR> Today was Weigh Day. I'm down another 1.5 pounds. Yay me! And I even received a compliment yesterday from Brian's mom. (Which is a shock because the woman is usually pretty bitter with me.) The exercise classes at Club Fitness are starting to... Fri, 12 Mar 2010 14:14:32 EST