STEPH-KNEE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=STEPH%2DKNEE STEPH-KNEE'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/ Going Back To What Works http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6314732 Okay so for starters, any time I mention the past I get yelled at by at least 3 people. "Don't look back look forward!" Before you get your panties in a twist, one of my friends and I were talking about our regain and I was trying to remember how long I stayed in Onederland before going back to Twoterville... so I was looking at past data. I have to say that is one thing I for sure love about Spark, I have all the data at my finger tips from years and years ago. Anyways, I found out that I ha... Sun, 12 Feb 2017 03:21:17 EST Snapchat Chronicles: Part 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311492 Just a quick glimpse into my weekend, with fun Snapchat filters LOL! ;) Mon, 6 Feb 2017 00:00:23 EST How Did My Brother Get So Smart? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311442 So my brother and I were talking about my regain and how I was able to keep it off for two years and then I just got exhausted (no excuse btw LOL) and lazy and I just gave up. That is how I slowly regained half of the weight I lost. He gave me the best analogy I have heard in a very long time. <BR> <BR> He said it's like the worst sports team in the league. They are in last place, they lose all their games and they decide they've had enough. They get a better coach, a better game plan, they ... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 22:09:04 EST Going It Alone... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6307616 In my last blog I mentioned that I am planning a trip to Atlanta, alone, to go and see Luke Bryan! While this may not sound like something that has anything to do with weight loss, I assure you it does. <BR> <BR> Before losing weight, the idea of going somewhere BIG alone was one of the scariest things I've ever heard. I'm not talking about simple daily tasks like going to the grocery store or running errands, I am talking about things like going to Disneyland or a concert. Years ago when I ... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 03:22:04 EST Well... It Happened.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6306995 I had an amazingly perfect 20 days on track before the bad day hit. The good news is that I had mentioned that I knew it was not possible for me to be perfect forever, and that a bad day would hit eventually. I also am aware that over the last few years, my bad days always manage to be 3 days (and sometimes even longer). So just being aware of that pattern helped. I had two bad days recently (oh and don't tell me not to call them bad days, I'll call them what I want, it drives me crazy when p... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 23:29:07 EST 3 Days At A Time... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6303512 I know the classic phrase is 1 day at a time, but I have been doing things 3 days at a time. Basically we all know to lose 1 pound of fat we need to have a deficit of roughly 3500 calories. We also know that a healthy rate of weight loss for most is 1-2 pounds per week. Since I'm diligently tracking my food intake and exercise... in addition to the fact that I had an RMR test not that long ago that tells me a good estimate of my calories burned at rest, I thought it would be great to work tow... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 03:07:58 EST Rough Road.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6299722 This is today's instagram post... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0799fb7a-d188-48b7-a533-7659f2b67fbd.JPG"> <BR> Sparky and I saw this sign on our walk... at first I didn't think anything of it, but then I realized that this journey can be a rough road. If it was easy, everyone would be healthy/fit/skinny and at their ideal weight. But this journey is a rough road, there are a lot of twists and turns, good days, bad days, good weigh ins, bad weigh ins... but we ha... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 04:47:02 EST Thankful.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6298852 This is just my instagram post, not a full blog or anything. ;) Do you instagram? Let me know, I have been on a big instagram kick lately and would love to follow you (if you want to be followed LOL)... My user name is starchystephy <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2689a74a-69a0-4818-bb19-7d2bac22043f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> While it's truly disappointing that I am pretty far from my lowest weight of 181 it's also a relief to know I'm still pretty far from my highest... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 21:22:57 EST False Starts... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6298235 Right now I am focused on breaking my cycle of false starts. You have seen them from me over and over in 2016. I would do really well for a week or two, maybe even lose almost 10 pounds before I'd start going back downhill. Anyone can have a good first week or two, but it's what happens after that that counts. That is where I have continuously fizzled out in the past. The only good thing to come from those false starts is I am so focused on not having this fresh start end up the same way. <B... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 21:27:23 EST Starting Fresh... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6291569 I'm gonna keep this short and sweet and hope it makes some sense LOL! ;) When I started in March of 2012, I vowed that I would never start over. I was in this for the long haul, one long life long journey that never stops. It truthfully never does, weight loss, followed by maintenance is never ending. I have never "started over" but I have had a few fresh starts in my day. I have always kept my ticker with my starting weight of 272... until yesterday. <BR> <BR> While I will always keep trac... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 23:32:43 EST 5k Fever & Christmas Lights! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6280163 <em>228</em> Warning: This blog contains a ton of pictures,BEWARE!! <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I did my first 5k on Sunday! It was the Jingle Bell Run for The Arthritis Foundation. I had always wanted to walk a 5k, and I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis at age 5, so I knew this was the 5k for me. Not all 5k's allow people to walk the race. For example the Disney 5k's say that walking is okay, but you must maintain a 16 minute per mile pace, and I am by no means some super speedy wal... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 23:43:56 EST Bad Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278807 This is just my Instagram post from today... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/99aa4c87-9767-466b-a05c-730e81b80809.jpg"> <BR> Let's start with what I WISH would have happened... I wish that I would have paid attention to the fact I'd be pmsing, and probably have some cravings for some salty sweet stuff. Expecting these cravings, I would have packed some good old fashion #vegan junk to snack on (sweet chili doritos, vegan chocolate, etc). What actually happened is I ... Sat, 10 Dec 2016 00:23:00 EST Working On Day 5! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6276371 Day 5 is in progress! Basically my goals are to have everything I eat be 100% Vegan, and 90% of what I eat to be whole foods. I think by putting the pressure on me to have 100% of my food be unprocessed was setting me up for a binge. I really struggle with that all or nothing attitude and if I feel like I've "messed up" even just a little, it will lead to be just throwing in the towel for a day or even a week. The best part is, the book that I am following she even says that if you are eating... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 20:53:07 EST Because Starting on the 1st is So Cliche.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6274245 I am back from vacation and we will just say I ate my way through Vegas & vacation. I didn't even pretend to try to eat well and I'm mostly okay with it because hey, what's done is done right? LOL. <BR> <BR> The good news is I bought this ebook before I went on vacation... <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9edb30bc-1b9e-47fc-a80a-522419619ba5.png"> <BR> <BR> Basically, High Carb Hannah is my favorite youtuber who also happens to be Vegan. She has lost 70 pounds followin... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 09:08:11 EST Today's The Day, Dang It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6262482 I have been off track for sooooooooooooooooo long. I could get you actual numbers, but the length of time doesn't matter, well over a year that is for sure. I have had little chunks of time of being on track but nothing long term. My highest weight for this regain was 237 and I got down as low as 222. The last 2 1/2 weeks I have been eating the world. Each day I would wake up and say today's the day, but low and behold those days weren't the day. I wanted them to be the day, I wanted to do be... Sat, 5 Nov 2016 20:58:58 EST Throwback Thursday Halloween Edition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6254323 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/299dda7f-ae19-437e-8a00-d85b4fdc2f98.jpg"> <BR> This again is just my instagram post, not a proper blog.... and here are the photos separated so that they are larger. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c9535e58-c93f-4324-9026-e10048099098.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b12c975d-1c20-46c9-a188-878115037140.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/741ca030-8926-47f6-bbba-01e... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 05:26:48 EST Journey To The Jeans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6253160 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4c82d8d4-6dfb-4daa-b4a6-ca95cc3185f0.jpg"> <BR> This is just my Instagram post... <BR> <BR> So let me tell you a sad story about this girl... She used to weigh 272 pounds and wear a size 24 jeans. In 2012 she finally got serious about weight loss and lost 90 pounds weighing in at 181. Just through calorie counting and walking she was able to lose this weight. She felt so much better she was wearing a size 16 and a stretchy size 14 and she felt... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 21:01:40 EST BLC 32 Challenge Blog & Daughtry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6248079 For this weeks Weekend Challenge, to get some Bingo points I need to blog about what I've done right so far this BLC. We are in our 5th week and I haven't given up. I have participated in the Weekend Challenges and I have been as active as possible in posting in the Chat Thread. I will say things I could improve on is make a little more time for chatting, and getting in more exercise! It is a 15 week challenge so we are just 1/3 way through so there is still plenty of time to lose some weight... Fri, 7 Oct 2016 23:22:40 EST Life + Weigh In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6247002 I haven't blogged since last month... that is so not like me yet I don't really have much to share. My life has been more fun stuff than weight loss. For those only here for the weight loss, two weeks ago I was down to 222 and over the last two weeks I've rebounded up to 226. I have been more focused on fun and food than I was on weight loss and it shows on the scale. I am working to turn it around and am back to tracking all my calories, so hopefully next week will show that on the scale. <B... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 21:15:15 EST Weigh In & Road Trip! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6235541 Overall I was happy with my weigh in. I mentioned before I need to stop the daily weighing, which is true, I still do. But more days than not I would weigh in... what frustrated me was seeing smaller numbers until weigh in day, then the day that I actually track and count it would go up a little. Talk about frustrating. So I'm gonna try to cut it down to 2-3 times a week, the goal is going to be 2 times a week. That will give me enough information but it will also prevent the full blown obses... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 04:23:10 EST #Throwback Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232098 I saw these pictures of myself from May 15, 2015... and I couldn't help but notice how much slimmer, healthier and just all around BETTER I looked. I thought surely I must have been in the 180's to look so awesome. The lowest I ever saw on the scale was 181... well I love Spark because I can easily go back and check my weight... I was shocked to see 199! 30 pounds from where I am now, and what a world of difference! It has me that much more motivated to get back to 199 (and beyond)! I really ... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 05:18:46 EST Blogging, Pot Luck & Weigh In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6227337 So I have to say my blogging has completely changed over the course of 2016. I really do miss the days of trying to write REAL stuff, that other people could relate to, and things that I was learning about myself and my journey. When I started in 2012 I learned so much over the first couple years about the physical and emotional aspects of weight loss. By sharing it helped me to learn that I wasn't alone in a lot of those feelings and that helped me even more. <BR> <BR> Then as I was regaini... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 20:45:06 EST Relieved! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225587 I know a lot of people were reading my status update and feeling bad for me. It doesn't sound good, but I am actually ecstatic. The bridesmaid dress was always too tight around my rolls... the problem is I have no boobs. If I would have went up a size for my rolls I would have had to pay more money to take in the bust. Truth be told I am not a fan of the dress, I will never wear it again and I have to wear a camo sash around my waist... I'll pause while that sinks into your brain. LOL! So I r... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 20:37:54 EST Vacay Over + Long Term Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223540 I am going to try to make this short and sweet (which never happens LOL)! I had a blast in Minnesota. My two Spark BFF's are the best! The thing that I hate is because my schedule at home is working 5pm to 5am with sleeping from 6am to like 2-3 in the afternoon I am kind of a walking zombie. They were so sweet and understanding when I needed to sleep and didn't give me grief about it. But I tried to get up so that I could actually visit with them.... which was the whole point of the visit! Th... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 06:56:24 EST Ready 4 Minnesota & Luke! + Mini Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218782 It is almost time! Wednesday morning I leave to see my two MInnesota BFF's and on Friday we go see my love Luke Bryan at the brand new US Bank Stadium! I have been to 4 Luke concerts, but never one at a stadium and never one with such awesome ladies so this is going to be a blast! <BR> <BR> I will not even lie when I say my mind and my eating are already in vacation mode. I am ready to go and I am not paying attention to the little things. <BR> <BR> I had a busy weekend, a lot of time spent... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 04:17:21 EST That Awkward Moment... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6213931 That awkward moment when you feel like you SHOULD update but you don't want to relive the horror that has been your life the last few days! <BR> <BR> I sure don't want to go through it all again, because it makes my blood pressure rise, and I am finally now just getting over things. <BR> <BR> I will give you the biggest annoyance and the short version of that one detail of my madness... <BR> <BR> Some buttheads decided to hack our cell phone account, upgrade our phones to iphones, which me... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 20:44:44 EST Fed Up VS. Ready http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208518 This concept didn't come from me, but boy has it really hit home! I learn so much from my friend Lynn, and sometimes she even shares what other friends have shared with her. This concept came from her friend which she shared with me, and I couldn't be happier that she did! <BR> <BR> How many times have you thought to yourself "I'm fed up with my weight, now is time to do something about it?" Fed up is great in theory... fed up means we are done with this nonsense and we WANT to do something ... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 03:36:59 EST The Results Are In.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6207857 For those not in the know, during this round of Biggest Loser, I had an idea for a side bet between my two Minnesota BFF's and I. The two losers would have to buy the winner a Luke Bryan Shirt at the concert in August. Michelle who doesn't really care for Luke could opt out for the big cash pay out of 30 bucks. Well 8 weeks have come and gone and the results are finally in. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e597158b-49f6-42e0-9126-14035db40f50.jpg"> <BR> It has been a long... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 21:40:27 EST It's Never Too Late To Recreate! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6201795 <em>230</em> Disclaimer: If you are one of those people who tells me not to look at the past and just look forward, click the X now. I don't think you will fully understand what I am saying or where I'm coming from, so it's better if you just leave now. <em>253</em> <BR> <BR> <em>524</em> Okay good, now that it's just US, I can proceed. <em>211</em> Some of the best things that come up happen when I'm chatting with Lynn. We have both decided to look at what is going on NOW, and no... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 03:03:08 EST Bridesmaids Dresses & Fun With Spark Friends... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6201282 Let's start with the fun one and then we can end with the not so fun. So the fun, I love watching Dawn's (DAWNSUCCESS) vlogs. I used to tease her that if she made a 20 minute vlog I could easily watch it, and I have. She is just so up beat and I love the way she just chats with all of us. It is always a treat when I see there is a new video to watch. I took note of the length, 21 minutes. I knew without a doubt in my mind, I would be watching this video. Normally I'm just watching and enjoyin... Sat, 16 Jul 2016 04:05:56 EST FINALLY, THAT IS WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6200608 Not that long ago I said I was bothered by some of the very fun but pointless blogs Spark chooses to feature in the Spark Mail. I think I was partially misunderstood, but the incessant morning cups of solitude, the dogs ;) (seriously, winky face in the title!) in the Spark Mail really upset me. It wasn't that these blogs weren't fun and bringing smiles to people's faces, but I felt it was Spark's way of saying NO ONE in the entire Spark-Verse had written anything worth sharing. That is why I ... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 21:29:15 EST Empty Promises & Ramblings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199554 It's funny how such a tiny, sweet, perfectly timed comment can make your day. Today I had not one, but two very sweet comments from two of my favorite Sparkers! (Deb & Bess I'm talking about you!) I was going to write them back, but then I thought why not update in a blog? It's funny though because I feel like there is nothing going on... but i do realize that people start to wonder what is going on when you are quiet. (Deb & Bess, not talking about you in that instance, you ladies always che... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 00:38:25 EST STEPH-KNEE UNCENSORED: VOL 6 - It Just Got Real http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6195669 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d1f97230-cbb5-4a9a-9108-956356f02b00.jpg"> <BR> I have done a few of these in the past, hence volume 6! These blogs are a little different because they usually stem from some journaling that is meant just for myself and my eyes. <em>246</em> But this one actually came from me responding to my good friend Lynn. She not only listens to me, gives me advice, but she shares so much of herself with me that it really makes me think! <BR> <BR> So I... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 06:37:59 EST Doctors & Haircuts & Weight Gain (Oh My) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191391 Yes, I totally sang the title in my head like Lions and Tigers and Bears, OH MY! <BR> <BR> So let's see, I changed doctors, I did not at all care for the first 2 (long stories) and thought maybe 3rd times a charm. My biggest pet peeve is when I go in for my annual physical I want all my blood work tested. Is that such a crime?! Apparently it is. I tell them ESPECIALLY my A1C as my dad, uncle on dad's side, grandma on mom's side, uncle on mom's side are all diabetic. Not to mention I am obese... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 20:54:59 EST Weigh In Woes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6187325 I was going to write a blog about this, but instead I am just going to let my quickie Facebook/Instagram post speak for itself. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/708b0db0-abd0-4ee2-b2d1-1f7d4590d667.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This weeks weigh in was not the best, but I am counting it as a win all thing considered. The challenge I'm in started on June 1st, I weighed in at 236.6, I amazed even myself losing a bunch of water weight and bloat and losing 11 pounds ... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 03:23:37 EST Quick boring Vegas update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6183804 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/44956aed-e4e8-4562-8b20-03d280e06c6e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is a quick iPod update from Vegas. I will be heading home tonight (Thursday). I've had a great visit but I'm always happy to get home to my own bed. <BR> <BR> I am glad it did not break 100 degrees but it was still hot. It will be heating up to 108 again so I'm glad to be heading home. <BR> <BR> I had a great time at Gammie's! We played cards, we watched London Has Fallen, we gambled ... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 04:31:43 EST Greatest Weigh In Of ALL TIME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6178759 Okay, so not really of ALL TIME, but MY greatest weigh in of ALL TIME! <em>246</em> All I can think about is wanting to make a speech, like the guy from the movie Clueless when he has the most tardy's in the entire class! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/702d3e73-6b02-462e-969e-b831fce4f22d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Without further ado, here is my week 1 weigh in for BLC! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3132955b-a797-4521-87ca-73c1f75c2618.jpg"> <BR>... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 03:53:40 EST That Girl IS Still There! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6177334 This is an excerpt from my blog on May 20th: <BR> <BR> If you are rolling your eyes going how many more things is she going to swear she's going to do and not do it, I am not even mad at you! In fact I am right there with you, rolling my eyes at myself! I just can't figure it out guys. I'm not going to lie to you all, I am annoyed with myself, I am confused as to why I can't find my groove again, but most importantly I am scared. I am scared that I am going to continue to gain weight until I... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 05:40:39 EST It's Nice To Have Support! (Mini Video) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6175557 <link>youtu.be/v0mWhXpppJ8 </link> <BR> ^We have 4 cats at work. I work in an area that has a feral cat problem... About 2 years ago my mom and I came to work on my days off and we caught the cats, one at a time, got them fixed and got them their shots and had their ears tipped. So at least we don't have more kittens (the visiting cats haven't had any babies, ours of course are fixed)! We feed them and give them water (a few of us), and one of my kitty friends really enjoys walking laps wi... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 05:21:55 EST New Beginnings & A Friendly Wager! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6173508 BLC starts on June 1st and I couldn't be more ready. I am super excited to be a minion and I can't wait to get this challenge going. I know it is a smaller challenge, as a lot of BLCers have taken the Summer off, and I know it is a more laid back and shorter version but for me I am just so excited! This is going to be 8 weeks of fun and hard work! <BR> <BR> The most exciting part for me is my two Minnesota friends are on my team with me. Not only that but Dawn is also on my team which is exc... Tue, 31 May 2016 04:39:10 EST Redecorating Fridge & Shred Power Cleanse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6172819 I'm gonna start off by saying that just by the title, there are people clicking on it because of the word cleanse. Without knowing anything about it they will come in to say it's not sustainable weight loss and cleanses don't work. If you are that person, the X can be hit now! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Okay, now that it's just us nice, level headed people... we can chat. <em>211</em> I am not a cleanse person at all. I totally get it, it is a momentary shift, an initial water weight loss ... Mon, 30 May 2016 03:09:09 EST RMR (Metabolic Testing)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6172653 Before I get started, the short and sweet version of what the test is, and what it is used for, can be found at the following link (if it works) or google RMR testing. <BR> <BR> <link>www.body-spec.com/what-is-rmr </link> <BR> <BR> I have always wanted to do one of these tests. Basically, it tells you how many calories your body burns at rest so you can have a more accurate way of knowing how many calories you burn in a day. We have probably all used the online calculators, and based on... Sun, 29 May 2016 20:32:57 EST MISSING: COLLARBONES! REWARD IF FOUND! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171763 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/eaa6b95f-4e75-4f44-acbb-73c3520a77dd.jpg"> <BR> Okay all jokes aside, we know I've gained weight. In fact we know I've gained A LOT of weight. I found an extra chin, extra back fat and a lot of extra stomachs. But when I was looking through some 2014 photos trying to find a picture of my brother to show a friend, I realized something: I used to have collarbones, and now they are looooooooooooooong gone! <BR> <BR> Now this shouldn't be shockin... Sat, 28 May 2016 07:33:50 EST Ghosts of BLC's Past... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171159 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/34136aee-6f9d-468a-bd57-94add51ea346.jpg"> <BR> I am going to be a Minion for BLC 31 which is starting on June 1st... so I went back to see the various rounds I participated in over the years. I have had a love/hate relationship with BLC in the past, and it wasn't the competition, it was me. <em>246</em> Some teams were a great fit, and others... well... not so much. So I gathered up some of the data from the rounds I completed. Some of the ... Fri, 27 May 2016 04:27:00 EST Trip To Catalina! (Video Blog) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6169028 <link>youtu.be/AMIaJdG0RxQ </link> <BR> ^I was delighted to see that while the words on the shirt were backwards when I was filming, it ended up getting flipped the right way. Technology is amazing LOL. ;) <BR> <BR> Just me rambling in front of the camera about our trip and the souvenirs I got! I still feel awkward and uncomfortable, but I thought if I could get a few of these short silly ones out of the way maybe one day I would feel comfortable enough to do a video blog for realsies. I ... Mon, 23 May 2016 19:30:46 EST Old Tools + BLC! (Video blog) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6167813 I attempted to upload this directly on Spark, but the youtube route seems easier, faster and I can just provide the link here (hoping it works LOL). Spark, me & links don't seem to mix. But with all the fancy updates maybe the links will work now. ;) <BR> <link>youtu.be/RUQdtJGLePA </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b1c81f4b-ad4e-4d57-b085-fa37b44f4c9f.JPG"> <BR> ^For those who don't want to see the video, the main thing was bringing back the marble j... Sat, 21 May 2016 22:31:23 EST When People Tell You "You Can't!" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166679 Nothing bugs me more than when people tell me I can't do something. I do some of my best work when people doubt me. <em>246</em> At the end of 2014 I did a 21 Day Sugar Detox, and I passed with flying colors... this was because a Sparker essentially said I would never be able to do it. So bound and determined to prove them wrong, I rocked that detox like a champion of the world. But the thing that has stuck out the most was how amazing I felt on that plan. I felt on top of the world! I did... Fri, 20 May 2016 03:04:48 EST Thinking About What Could Have Been... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163181 I don't know why I torture myself, but I do. <em>246</em> I sit here and play that whole what if game and it can be downright depressing. What if I never got off track? What if my knee didn't have a horrible arthritis flare up and I wouldn't have injured my foot? What if this whopping 43 pound gain never happened? What might life be like? How might I feel? How would things be different? <BR> <BR> All of those things go hand in hand. My knee flaring up and foot injury took away the one exe... Sun, 15 May 2016 03:00:18 EST For Real-sies This Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163168 This is not a real blog, but just a post taken from my Facebook page. I had a very sweet Spark Mail from a Sparker, and I realized I have gotten so caught up in posting on instagram and Facebook that I have neglected Spark, so from time to time I might share one of those posts here. The update from this is day 2 is going alright, I am working on it LOL. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/db12dc82-fe5c-43d0-8b6e-1a4e15c7c3f4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Let's be real... I have so ... Sun, 15 May 2016 02:04:38 EST A Weekend I'll Never Forget! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6155768 https://youtu.be/uB54ZfxPvMI <BR> ^The clickable link didn't work but copying and pasting this one seems to work! <BR> <BR> Those are two of my favorite videos of the night! They aren't as clear uploaded as they are on my computer but what can you do?! PS. If you are bothered by drinking/alcohol don't watch those videos! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Initially I was headed to Fresno alone to see Luke Bryan & go to the Fresno Zoo. Normally my mom would enjoy going and doing those things (and sh... Tue, 3 May 2016 19:50:34 EST