SPINTOWIN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SPINTOWIN SPINTOWIN'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/ Restart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5459877 The journey this time around has been long for me: fast at first then slow, a creep back up and a refocus and a steady decline, followed by a small creep and my current restart. <BR> <BR> I think it's because I'm close to goal and I'm pretty happy with where I'm at I start to try to implement ideas that I think I would like in maintenance and my experiments don't always go the way I want. <BR> <BR> My most recent slow down started during half marathon training and began creeping up when I ... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 12:18:01 EST Excited to finish! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5362485 Two weeks ago on a regular, easy training run I strained my calf muscle. I nursed it and treated it and babied it for two weeks in hope I could run my scheduled 1/2 marathon. Saturday I was ready. I knew I would have to play it by ear and be smart, I have another race two weeks from now I'd like to still be able to do as well. <BR> <BR> Things started good, by mile four I wanted a GU and in mile five I was starting to feel some twinges on uphills. I could make them go away at first by tw... Mon, 20 May 2013 15:55:19 EST Recognizing how it makes me feel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5299455 About 3 weeks ago I had just taken wheat out of my diet for just over a week. I was eating 90% clean and workouts and sleeping were on target. I distinctly remember thinking "I feel really good, it's amazing how good I feel". I've been eating pretty clean for over a year but I just had a moment where I REALLY felt the results. <BR> <BR> Speed to today - I've fallen off the wagon a little, had a little too much St. Pat's celebrating that carried over to other days and although I don't fe... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 12:19:06 EST For 2013... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5177569 About a month ago I began planning for 2013. This time last year I made a race calendar and I really enjoyed the races I did and looking back at the end of 2012 at all I've accomplished. So I began compiling my plan for this year. it's broken down by month and each month has a list of possible races some of which are set in stone and some aren't. Some I'll do by myself and some with others. I'm excited and ready to begin! <BR> <BR> My plan also includes some ideas for a monthly focus ar... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 10:37:07 EST You can't unlearn healthy. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5158049 When I began running I did it with baby steps: C25K, a 5K, treadmill running at the gym, another 5K, some speedwork etc. I never paid much attention to the nutrition of it I just ran. <BR> <BR> As my races got longer and I ran more often, I began to think differently. Before, I might have gone out for a party the night before and thought nothing of getting up for a race the next day. I attributed how I felt to the fact that sometimes running is hard. <BR> <BR> Recently I finished my f... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 10:04:41 EST Balance and Thankfulness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5142449 I can feel already this post will be all over the place but here goes.... <BR> <BR> I ran my first half marathon last weekend and it was wonderful and awful all at the same time. This week I'm relaxing a bit. I'm continuing to do exercises but not as much or as intense as my body recovers. I'm also in the assessment phase with my ActiveLink and I don't want to be running 10 mile training runs and have it think that's normal. <BR> <BR> This morning I finally got out of bed and did a Nik... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 10:40:18 EST 5 mile comparison... Feels Great! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5124615 We have a race here that's a mildly hilly, 5 mile trail run and you get soup at the end. First I love running on trails and 2nd I LOVE that there's soup at the end. <BR> <BR> This was my third year to do it. <BR> ~Two years ago I had been running a little less than a year when I signed up and it was the longest I had ever run. I can still remember the first big hill - it felt like we were at least a mile in and it was HARD. <BR> ~Last year I ran it with a friend and we did some 5 and 2 i... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 09:38:01 EST Sometimes food is mental. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5072747 A week or so ago I committed to refocusing "I'm changing my weight tracker from loosing to maintaining. My brain has gone all wacky over it lately and I need to re-frame. <BR> Going to focus more on meeting goals like fitness minutes, types of fitness, measurements, toning and pictures instead of watching the crazy scale which is currently just bouncing around the same few pounds over and over. <BR> I also have some work to do on my eating habits and I’m trying to be mindful throughout... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 10:45:13 EST Plaza 10K - Race Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5062934 I've been in and out of running for the last three months or so trying to deal with some injuries. I've seen a Dr., done PT, had a shot and played around with changing up/limiting my types of exercises. I haven't fixed all my problems but I'm trying to be smart and still do things I love. <BR> <BR> This weekend I had a race on the calendar that I signed up for at the begining of the season and I REALLY wanted to do it but I wanted to be safe too. I have my first 1/2 on the calendar for No... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 10:20:31 EST Honesty and Grit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5057506 It takes grit. As I hover close to the final destination in the weight loss phase of this journey I start giving real consideration to how to stay here. <BR> <BR> If I was honest with myself I'd say I never really maintained in the past. I may have stayed close to a happy weight for a year or so but that was through an unhealthy relationship with food and not through sustainable, healthy practices. That's why it didn't last. <BR> <BR> Today I read the blog "Productive Failure: Motivation... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 11:28:39 EST Stress Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5036028 It comes in spurts for me. One day I have it under control - no matter the stress I experience then one day it's flying out of control. Yes, I think I'm generally better than I used to be and I do it less. But I can tell I'm currently struggling. <BR> <BR> My sense of healthy focus leaves me in the middle of the day and I'm off and running. My environment puts me right in the middle of hundreds of potential disasters a day and the environment is unchangeable so I have to just focus on wh... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 12:25:52 EST Random http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5013895 Went out of town for the weekend - my body still hasn't lost it's programming that traveling = eating but I'm working on it. Then I came back home and all day my hormones have gotten the best of me. <BR> <BR> Craving food (all kinds) today - check. <BR> Hormones managing my emotions - check. <BR> Emotions making me want to eat even more - check. <BR> Feeling crappy from the crap I've eaten - check. <BR> Vicious cycle - check <BR> <BR> Time to get it under contro... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 16:37:10 EST Staying sane with injuries http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4987574 This is my goal. I've been in PT for awhile but have been allowed to continue my workout routines. But every visit I would go back and report on what still hurt because I never got to the point that nothing hurt (and not in the good hurt way). PT lady was getting frustrated, I was getting frustrated and none of us knew what to do. She and her co-worker finally double-teamed my problems and they think they have a solution. Celebration? Yes but problem?? Yes! <BR> <BR> Last night she to... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 09:49:20 EST The Good, The Bad and The Ugly! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4979410 The Good: <BR> Today I went to a presentation practice for a colleague. She ordered pizza for us but I was starving before it got there so it was VERY hard to monitor my portions. I told myself to have just one piece and I could always go back. I ate it pretty fast so of course was hungry still and everyone else was eating lots it felt like. I convinced myself to wait it out and see if I was still hungry in a few minutes - also reminding myself I'd brought steamed veggies (at my desk) th... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 15:08:40 EST Changing my family. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4933558 I've been on this journey for about 2.5 years. During that time I've dramatically changed lots of things related to my health but always tried to ensure those changes didn't impact my husband. By this I mean we still ate out, I didn't turn down activities or dinner because of my "diet" I just learned to make better choices while doing things together and although almost all of my exercise at the beginning took place while he was sleeping it eventually began creeping into family time. <BR> ... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 17:44:23 EST Cyclical http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4883934 I have found that on this journey my body is cyclical. I loose weight and then my body takes a little break and works on pulling in all the loose skin and tightening back up to fit into the new spaces I created by loosing fat. Then it will work on fat again. That's why I may loose pounds and everything else continues like normal and then I get up one day and my clothes just don't fit any more. <BR> <BR> I recently did a 100 day long challenge with some friends and steadily look off the ... Wed, 16 May 2012 10:20:13 EST Using all my resources - WW and SP http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4864869 I only blog occasionally (although I use the journal frequently, it works for me) and the last time I blogged I had just reached goal weight with WW. I've continued to work on losing and in the meantime I hit Lifetime status last night. This is huge for me and I'm really excited but that's not really why I'm writing today. <BR> <BR> I believe in tracking and did it on SP for the first 30 pounds. Now I track everything through WW and I don't have the energy to do it in both places so I b... Thu, 3 May 2012 14:13:52 EST WW update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4799761 Right before christmas I started WW and wrote a blog about why it was the right decision for me. I had made great progress calorie counting but had stalled for almost a year and then began gaining and I wanted to stop it before it got out of hand. I carefully calculated my WW goal weight so it was something that I felt would be relevant at almost any stage in my life with the knowledge that my ultimate current goal is lower than that. Well last night I hit the official goal. Yes - I'm exc... Thu, 22 Mar 2012 12:23:57 EST Indoor Triathlon Race Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4699320 This weekend was my first indoor triathlon and first triathlon ever. I've read a lot about these races from other SP members and on healthy living blogs and gathered a lot of great tips but I was nervous. I had taken group swim lessons months ago to gage where I was at and I know that although I can swim, competitive swimming was going to be a struggle and to top it off I had not practiced at all in many months. <BR> <BR> There was a beginners option - 10 minutes swim, 20 minute bike, 10... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 15:35:38 EST Weight Watchers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4691171 I'm in the beginning of my 5th week. At first I expected to see a big drop and then level off. That didn't happen - I had a 1lb loss and I realized that yes, those numbers on the scale were real pounds I had regained and that a 1 lb loss was a good sign that slow and steady wins the race. It's true I think I was either eating too much or not enough before. The weekly points I get seem to really help me be kind to myself, still maintain the freedom to have fun and be successful at the same tim... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 11:53:29 EST Don't Stop! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4613997 So my plan last week worked like a charm.... Monday through Friday. Lots of cardio, great nutrition and it showed on the scale. For the most part, I've given up alcohol as well to ensure success. <BR> <BR> For the weekend - I didn't get in a work out, didn't get in enough water and ate ok ( not stellar but I didn't think it was disastrous). But it seems I was wrong - all three pounds that came off last week were back this morning. Grrrrr.... <BR> <BR> This is the same thing that put m... Mon, 5 Dec 2011 21:48:08 EST Bringin' it Back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4607421 Well this honesty thing seems to be working. I've used it to workout, I've used it to stay motivated and I've felt more inspired. Today I read a comment by HAPPYGIRL_90 that resonated with me. There was a discussion about slowing down because you were pretty darn happy about how far you'd come - but you knew you wanted to go farther so how could you make it happen. She said she had restarted - as if where she is now is the beginning. I thought "that can work for me". I always left my ti... Thu, 1 Dec 2011 09:44:46 EST Honest is Best. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4596546 So for about a year I've hovered around the same weight loosing a few, gaining a few, loosing a few. You know the story. It started as my weight loss slowed down. I was at my lowest weight ever and wasn't loosing at the steady pace I had been and I was frustrated. I looked for ways to change it up: I added more ST, I got injured, I took a break from my most loved exercises to heal, I did Tosca for a week, I counted points, I thought about my weekend eating habits and on, and on. Nothing... Wed, 23 Nov 2011 09:32:50 EST Life Rocks! And so did this race! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4550650 I have a lot on my mind today so I'm going to address the fitness stuff here and do another blog on food soon. <BR> <BR> This weekend a group of friends and I participated in the Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans Virtual Race "Run the 'Hood". You signed up, received a shirt, chose your distance, mapped it, ran it, and logged it on the site. Then you receive a medal in the mail. <BR> <BR> Let me just say this was one of my FAVORITE races yet. It was my second 10K (first serious attempt) ... Mon, 24 Oct 2011 11:35:47 EST I'm grateful for..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4494536 my jawline. <BR> <BR> Crazy, I know, but I missed it for awhile. I was adapting to multiple chins, droopy spots just framing my chin and I didn't like it. I also though it wasn't fixable - yeah If I had thought about it I would have know my extra chin could go away with a little work but I didn't realize how grateful I'd be to get my old face back. <BR> <BR> It's been back for awhile but just yesterday I paused and thought about how happy it makes me to look in the mirror every morning an... Tue, 20 Sep 2011 10:23:01 EST Must. Track. On. Weekends. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4469117 That's it - so simple. Now to implement..... Tue, 6 Sep 2011 10:16:21 EST September Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4462460 A few goals never hurt anyone <em>30</em> ...... <BR> <BR> 1. Track my food, working hard to get in enough protien and control my carbs <BR> <BR> 2. Attend Body Pump 7 times this month (out of a possible 10) <BR> <BR> 3. Do Yoga twice - I'd like to do more but with all the other training I have planned it's unrealistic <BR> <BR> 4. Stick to my 10K training plan <BR> <BR> 5. Reach 139lbs and stay there (until next month) <BR> <BR> 6. Drink Water!! Fri, 2 Sep 2011 11:21:07 EST Learn Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4460583 “The second obstacle that I overcame (many times) was getting up, brushing off, and moving on after I failed. You will fail and if you tell yourself otherwise you’re wrong. Understanding that failure is a part of the process as much as success itself will save you a lot of pain and self deprecating self destructive behaviors." <BR> <BR> I found this on the Learn Fitness blog this morning and it just seemed so perfect that I had to share. <BR> <BR> I've failed but I've gotten back on track -... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 12:22:33 EST What?! Me a runner?!?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4449635 About a year and a half ago I started reading other SP members' posts about the C25K program and decided to start it myself and sign up for a 5K. I can honestly say I would never have finished it without the C25K team I joined here. There were posts for each week of the program and I posted to them religiously - going through the program at the same time a few other members were. And I thought of those members each time I ran... "You have to run so you can check in with the team today," "... Fri, 26 Aug 2011 12:30:08 EST For the love feeling good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4445830 Here's the blog piece that sparked this thought <BR> http://www.priorfatgirl.com/2011/08/the-<BR>great-escape.html <BR> <BR> Recently I've been thinking about binging. The idea that eating those 20 tortilla chips felt pretty good when it was happening but as soon as it was over I felt awful about my self and the feeling continued for awhile. <BR> <BR> Then, I thought about how great I feel right now4 hours after running on the treadmill this morning. I felt ok while doing it but I felt ... Wed, 24 Aug 2011 12:20:45 EST Refocus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4441814 Since my last blog post I quit my old job, took care of all of my to-do list (create a will, get life insurance, clean out every nook of my house, etc) and started my new job that,SHOCKER,is stressful! <BR> <BR> Over the last year I've become complacent - I reached my weight and size from HS and,although that's not my new goal weight,I was so happy in my own skin that I just didn't work so hard. I didn't have the motivation that had kept me going theirst part of the journey. <BR> <BR> We... Mon, 22 Aug 2011 12:29:31 EST Spot On http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4302735 This was perfect for my life right now. <BR> http://www.priorfatgirl.com/2011/06/lyin<BR>g-to-myself-is-so-easy.html <BR> Thu, 16 Jun 2011 12:52:14 EST Fit is Fabulous! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4296870 During our vacation I had a revelation. At the end of the day no matter what crazy hike or activity we did I felt fine and I never hesitated to do something. <BR> <BR> I never realized how much my health was holding me back - for heaven sakes I never felt old so I just assumed my choice not to do certain things was because I really wasn't interested. Now I realize that I thought something wouldn't be fun to do because it was hard or I'd be too winded and that made it not fun. Now that I'm... Mon, 13 Jun 2011 21:52:01 EST Never give up. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4292810 For the first time on this journey I totally stopped being vigilant. I went on a week long vacation with DH to Alaska and although I exercised I did not make smart food choices and I knew it. Yes, food was EXPENSIVE, hard to come by and there were too many daylight hours that made me hungry at 11pm and I did not stand strong <BR> <BR> I put on at least 6 pounds druring this vacation. I knew it would be a harsh realtiy, my clothes are snugger so I made myself get on the scale right away an... Sun, 12 Jun 2011 00:13:51 EST Stripped http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4245729 I couldn't do the 28 day plan with Fabulous Fitness for many reasons but I continued to read their blogs and progress and was inspired. I read a lot about what they were doing, looked at all of the books at the store and finally bought the stripped book. I read it, dog-eared pages, pondered what I thought would work for me and finally decided to dive in on Monday. <BR> <BR> The first day was rough, I originally cut caffeine as well but realized I most drink more than I think because I ha... Fri, 20 May 2011 15:26:10 EST Biggest Looser http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4195059 First - I ike the show (when I can watch it on hulu and skip some of the silliness) and I'm inspired by the transformations each season. It also helped motivate me in my own journey (last season I had a policy that if I was watching it I had to work out at the same time). <BR> <BR> But....this season has been frustrating. But the thing I'm writing about now is this idea of "goal weight" that appeared in the most recent episode. Two separate contestants mention that they are at their goal ... Wed, 27 Apr 2011 20:33:12 EST Cheering from the Stands http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4191530 I'm going to be about a week behind in the 28 day challenge on the FF team so I'm spending this week watching closely to learn as much as I can and rooting for everyone else. I'm so excited to see all the amazing things they are doing and what a huge step they are taking to change their lives. <BR> <BR> Also, I got permission to return to the gym today. I took it easy and did a 20 minute elliptical HIIT session and then all of my PT moves. It was SO nice to be back and I didn't even hav... Tue, 26 Apr 2011 11:07:59 EST Challenges all over. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4189241 Another blog of lots of stuff - it seems I wait to write until there's all kinds of things going on and not enough time to sort through them all. That's ok though because I know putting in down is the most important part. <BR> <BR> ~Today is the beginning of the 28 day challenge on the Fabulous Fitness team. Although I was nervous about it I was ready to go. Unfortunately I had a TMJ flare up this weekend and have put myself on soft foods only for a week (dentist prescribed plan from the ... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 11:51:15 EST I'm just happy. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4165298 Warning - this is a bunch of randomness. <BR> <BR> Yes there are things in my life that are stressful but I'm happy with me and it feels awesome! I was already pretty happy with myself but yesterday the physical therapist refered to me as "thin" - what?!?! I actually looked at her for a moment to see if she was making fun of me. I'm sure she had no idea that it made my day (especially since she's telling me I can't do any exercise but walk for awhile). <BR> <BR> Also, I have stuck with it... Thu, 14 Apr 2011 11:10:32 EST Collar Bones http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4146450 I found mine! I can remember in middle/high school when I changed my eating habits and my collar bones appeared it seemed the final sign that I was at a weight I could be happy with. I thought collar bones made me cuter (I know it's silly but hey, what else did I have to think about at the time). As I put on weight, it took me awhile to realize they had disappeared - yes when I moved a certain way you could see them but for the most part they were hidden under a layer of fat. <BR> <BR> Fo... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 10:34:12 EST It's a bird, it's a plane....it's an IT band! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4127341 Today I visited my first ever sports medicine doc. I really wanted to make sure I went someplace that knew the importance of healing and being active again instead of just hearing "STOP what you're doing". And I was really pleased! <BR> <BR> She was amazing (DH asked that I look for a girl since she was going to palpitating my rear). And her office was full service. Result - it's an IT Band thing. Same place I originally thought, some of the same issues but she's not ready to go so far ... Tue, 29 Mar 2011 18:44:37 EST First Real Injury http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4121259 Ugh! I've been holding out for a while that whatever this is is just a mild strain or something that's going to go away any day. <BR> <BR> I don't think it will and I'm even willing to go to the doctor just to make sure I can be better as soon as possible. <BR> <BR> Recently lots of things have happened at once: <BR> ~When I stand after sitting for a long time my left hip flexor feels weak <BR> ~My left knee has been bothering me even after icing <BR> ~And now I've developed a knife sha... Sun, 27 Mar 2011 10:57:19 EST If I was lost the news media could find me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4109670 If I went missing and someone searched the DMV database to find out my stats to present in a story on TV people could find me because for the first time since high school I actually weigh what my drivers licence says I weigh!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Holy crap! I can remember when I had to get my first licence - I never weighed myself but I had been to the Dr. within the past year and I just guessed at what number to put down. Then for years when I would renew my licence and they would ask if all th... Tue, 22 Mar 2011 10:28:18 EST Nutrition Practice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4075580 So my last blog was about how I've started following the weight watchers food plan with a lot of spark mixed in. <BR> <BR> It's been an adjustment. Some things have gone great, some not so great. When I follow the plan and do no exercise it seems to go fine. When I work out like I want ... not so fine. <BR> <BR> I'm still trying to find that balance in activity and nutrition but I'm not giving up yet! Tue, 8 Mar 2011 09:54:27 EST Do I see a light? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4056911 A light at the end of this plateau tunnel..... <BR> <BR> I have often posted blogs about my struggle with the same 3 pounds. At first the weight came off pretty consistently and then it stopped and I would gain and loose the same few pounds slowly inching my way down the scale. I never gave up though and I have often attributed that to my participation here at SP. <BR> <BR> I know that it's 80% nutrition and I speculated that I wasn't eating enough although I was tracking my food (i was o... Tue, 1 Mar 2011 09:55:23 EST Taste Buds Take 2! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3955675 I have to attend a LOT of banquets for my job and I have been strategic about what I eat at them since starting this journey but whether I think the food is fabulous or not I usually eat some of it. <BR> <BR> This weekend I had a whole new experience. We had eaten later in the afternoon so I arrived not very hungry and planned to just eat the veggies and a bite or so of the desert. When dinner was delivered I was sad because the only vegetable was 4 stalks of asparagus but I was excited b... Mon, 24 Jan 2011 10:36:43 EST Taste Bud - Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3947307 Since I can remember I've hated sweet potatoes - and I mean take a bite and try not to spit it at others sitting near me, hated. This didn't keep me from continuing to try them. I always thought "everyone else seems to like them, they are pretty and pretty healthy - of course they are going to taste awesome" and promptly proceeded to choke and wash them down with whatever was close. <BR> <BR> For the last year or more I've been eating pretty cleanly and this year at thanksgiving dinner the... Fri, 21 Jan 2011 11:58:34 EST Jumbled..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3940277 I have lots of thoughts today and they don't all tie together but I know it helps if I write it out: <BR> <BR> ~I feel great. I seem to have recovered my motivation and I'm getting out of bed each morning and exercising and planning my meals the night before. I'm going to work harder to plan my weekend meals but I feel GREAT! <BR> <BR> ~I am determined not to focus too much on the scale. I am stepping on it less and I have have decided to just focus on doing the workouts I have planned a... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 10:24:12 EST Review and a Plan! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3871327 What am I most proud of from last year? Yes, I'm thrilled at the pounds I've been able to loose (although it's been a 2009 and 2010 project). But, I am most proud of the change in my eating habits. I have focused on eating real, clean foods and making sure I'm taking in the right combination of foods. This has allowed me to take two weeks off from tracking and not gain any weight! Granted I still eat chocolates or cheese popcorn on occasion and on occasion I go over board but the skills I... Thu, 30 Dec 2010 10:13:08 EST I never doubted SP. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3829873 I don't know why it took me so long but I finally figured it out! I've been talking about how I don't think I'm eating enough but I could never make the numbers on SP's calculators come out like I thought they should. I would play and adjust but would have to enter ridiculous amounts of calories burned to get the calorie minimum to go anywhere above 1200. I knew things weren't working at 1200. <BR> <BR> Finally today it occurred to me that I needed to adjust the amount of time I'm giving ... Tue, 7 Dec 2010 12:21:53 EST