STODD251's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=STODD251 STODD251'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/ Moving in the right direction... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830829 So I stepped on the scale this morning, again. (I probably weigh too often, but it helps me to stay accountable) This morning, the scale showed 185.2, so I broke the 186 barrier at least a tiny bit. That really motivates me to keep making good choices. We're hanging out with Brett's best friend and his fiance this weekend, so I've taken it upon myself to start planning a reasonably healthy menu for the weekend. Since both of us girls have been trying to eat clean and healthy lately, I've deci... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 11:27:43 EST Reflections on why I might be stuck... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830247 As I posted before, I've been stuck weighing about 186 for probably a month (or possibly longer) I am not willing to just accept that, so I've been reflecting on possible reasons. <BR> <BR> 1) Looking at last time I lost weight, I am working out less than I was at that point. Back then, I worked out 3-5 times a week and sometimes for as long as an hour and a half. I also did a lot more intensive cardio including running. <BR> <BR> 2) I recently started birth control... since that's hormon... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 10:57:14 EST Stuck http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829548 I feel like I've plateaued. Every time I've stepped on the scale for the past month or so, it has read basically the same plus or minus a few tenths of a pound. 186-ish. I'm sick of 186. I want to see 170s, 160s, even 150s... I've been eating healthy and low-calorie. I've been exercising. I can't figure out why I'm just stuck. Mon, 8 Dec 2014 09:05:53 EST Torn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822279 If you've been keeping up with my status updates, you heard about me stepping on a christmas tree ornament yesterday... Great idea, I know... It actually damaged me more than the ornament, but I still didn't put that ornament on the tree. Anyway, I have been walking every day to make sure that I get at least 6,000 steps on my Spark Activity Tracker. I even limped around yesterday to get it in. I did it. Just barely. But, I did. Now I'm torn. Do I break the streak and give my foot a chance to ... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:59:51 EST Hungry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820674 It's probably a combination of factors, but these last couple of days I have been ravenous. Which is not necessarily good if you're trying to lose weight. The other side could be it might be my body telling me that I need to eat more. I have recently started doing more exercise (as my muscles are attesting to with their soreness this morning), so that could be.. Especially since I seem to be craving protein (eggs, specifically) Anyway. I don't like being hungry all the time. Especially when I... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:57:45 EST Checking in again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818360 I realize it's been a while since I last posted a blog on here. That's mostly because lately I feel like it's been a lot of the same old, same old. I've been walking. I've been doing boot camp. I've been eating healthy-ish. I'm currently a bit tired, but hopefully I'll sleep better tonight. I just couldn't seem to settle my brain last night. In good news, boot camp is seeming much easier these days. I think the first day was the hardest because I jolted my body out of it's comfy no-exercise z... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 13:37:06 EST Feeling awesome! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811837 Yes, I'm still sore from Tuesday's boot camp workout, but I feel awesome! I don't know if it's linked to daylight savings time or my new shift in diet and exercise, but I am feeling awesome this morning. I woke up at about 6:10 this morning (20 minutes ahead of my alarm) and I was feeling pretty awake. Lying in bed I thought, "Maybe I'll run this morning." Then I tried getting out of bed and realized I was really, really sore. Okay, change of plans. I will walk to loosen those muscles. I call... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 08:28:13 EST Boot Camp... I'm still alive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810873 So boot camp kind of kicked my butt... I haven't worked out that hard in over a year now. That's a long time. But, I survived. And I got a really good workout... And then I came home and walked around my house for an hour because I didn't have enough steps on my spark activity tracker. Granted, I walked like a zombie, but I feel like it will benefit me in the long run (and I'm hoping possibly reduce my soreness tomorrow. I already think the stairs will likely be rough tomorrow. But, I'm glad ... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 19:20:51 EST Spark Activity Tracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809810 Recently, Sparkpeople alerted me to a sale they were having on their spark activity tracker. For some reason, I decided to give it a shot. I bought one. Now, I love it. It has inspired me to get up and get moving, and draw my attention to the fact that while I already move a significant amount on an everyday basis, my exercise on the weekends when I'm hanging out with Brett are pretty much deplorable. Having this tracker reporting my daily activity has inspired me to start moving more. I even... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 08:27:56 EST How do I forget this feeling? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807402 When I make good choices, I feel awesome! This past week, I have been walking half an hour to an hour every day. It is a small workout, but nonetheless, I feel awesome. I feel energized. I feel healthy. I feel strong. I feel confident. It's a good feeling. It's the feeling I used to have about myself in those days when I was rocking it at the gym 2-5 times a week, doing strength training, running, stretching, eating healthy. I don't know how I let myself forget how good that all feels. I let ... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:24:51 EST Long time no post.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799392 So clearly, life has been busy. I was away in NH for the long weekend. And for the first half of the weekend, I did pretty well. I drank my water, I chose healthier sounding menu items, I limited myself to no more than two drinks a day... I was doing pretty good, but then the second half happened... Brett and I visited a bunch of breweries (3 in one night) and I did away with my two drink minimum. It could have been worse, but combined with a lowered intake of water and a higher intake of foo... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:21:52 EST Fall is in the air http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794525 I love the clean crisp air of the fall months. I've walked to school every day this school year so far, and it has been so great to get that little bit of time outside in the morning. Granted, I do live less than half a mile from the school.. so some people might walk farther from a parking lot to their workplace, but I enjoy it nonetheless. It starts to make me want to wake up and take a longer walk in the mornings, but then I remember how much I don't really want to wake up early. <BR> <B... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 08:20:46 EST Planning for the weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793256 This weekend, I am heading up to North Conway with Brett and my parents. Brett has met my parents several times, but this will be the first time that we all go away together. Brett loves trains and my father has been wanting to take the Notch train up there during foliage season. So, that's what we're doing. We'll probably also hit many of our favorite North Conway attractions like Zeb's and Moat Mountain, and hopefully do a few nice walks. (Although that might be just my dad and I if we're b... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 08:32:34 EST New incentive to lose weight. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790020 So I now have an even greater desire to lose that last 20 pounds (at least). <BR> I bought a dress. My wedding dress. <BR> The awesome news is that I found the dress that I've loved ever since I started dreaming of weddings years ago. <BR> The other awesome news: I got it for $150 <BR> <BR> See full length frontal picture... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1134823983.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Close- up of the Beading/embroidery (It reminds me of my doodles when I was in hi... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:46:26 EST Still keeping on keeping on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782157 So far, heading back to school has really helped me to get some of my habits back on track. I've lost about 10 pounds from my highest weight this summer. I've gotten to the point where I can wear a good portion of the clothes in my closet (although still not totally comfortably at times) I no longer feel uncomfortable all the time. It's all good. <BR> <BR> However, there are still some things I need to work on. I have not been exercising as much as I would like to. I have been consistently ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 08:28:35 EST My losing streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780811 I've been on a roll for the past couple of weeks, moving from the 190s into the 180s made me very happy. Right now, I'm weighing in at 187.8 lbs. I did not eat super super healthily this weekend, but was still able to maintain a loss from Friday and even lose a pound simply by making healthier choices when I did go out to eat and getting out to do a little bit of walking. <BR> So far I've not made the best choices this week at work. There were a few too many sweets around that I indulged in... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:56:02 EST Starting to feel like I'm back on track again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777125 Over the last year, my weight has started to go crazy! In January 2013, I decided to really work at losing weight. I was working out a minimum of twice a week, but often went five times a week. I was eating right. I did hour long strength training sessions with a personal trainer and a friend. By June of 2013, I had gone from about 185 to 165. I was feeling awesome. I still wanted to lose a little bit more weight, but things were on track... Then sometime during the summer of 2013, I lost con... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 09:21:20 EST Managed to lose a few pounds when there were many factors against me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738464 So, I am shocked. Last Monday, I stepped on the scale. It said 196.6 (yikes! how did that happen?!?) Anyway, I decided that this was not acceptable, clearly, and decided to do something about it. I started making the healthiest choices that I could at home and worked out quite a bit. By Thursday, I was down to 195.7... then, I went away for the weekend. We had already scheduled a trip on the first ever Cape Cod Railroad Beer Tasting Train. Plus, my fiance wanted to visit a bunch of breweries ... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:17:22 EST Back to the Real World (sort of) ... and a recap of vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734558 So, it has been a very busy couple of weeks for me... I got out of school for the summer just two weeks ago. Although, admittedly it seems like it's been a lot longer. <BR> So, what have I been doing all that time? <BR> Neglecting sparkpeople? a little bit. <em>39</em> <BR> Having fun? absolutely! <em>237</em> <em>311</em> <BR> Traveling the world? Not quite, but it sure felt like it... <em>652</em> <em>636</em> <BR> Getting engaged? Yeah, that too <em>30</em> <BR> <B... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 12:36:23 EST Weekend report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724133 This past weekend I knew I would face some challenges and I wanted to try to stay on track over the weekend. I came up with a basic plan to drink water, exercise, avoid alcohol, and eat a bunch of fruits and veggies. This is how I did. <BR> <BR> Friday- Fifth grade moving on party was full of a bunch of greasy crap. They served the kids pizza, mozzarella sticks, fries, hot dog bites wrapped in crescent rolls, and fried chicken tenders. I took some chicken and a few bites of mozzarella sticks... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:58:23 EST Weekend plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722003 I'm heading down to my parents this weekend since my sister will be up with the baby for a couple of days. Unfortunately I do have work Monday and Tuesday, so I'll only be able to spend a couple days with her. Anyway, I'm starting to get myself back on track and I am determined to not let this weekend derail me. So here's my plan: <BR> <BR> Friday night: dinner in Plymouth and a stroll down by the waterfront. We will probably end up splitting something unhealthy like nachos or fish and chips... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 09:53:02 EST ...determination... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719134 I started off today determined that the next ten days, I would be super committed, eat only fruits, veggies, and lean protein, drink a bunch of water, and get myself back on track... As the day has gone on, that determination has begun to waver. I've started to think I can't really do that. We have a lunch/dinner party for a coworker today, a union meeting tomorrow where dinner will be served, a field trip in to Boston culminating with ice cream, a birthday party lunch on Thursday, a party to... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:18:40 EST In a rut http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716331 So... I feel like I've fallen into a rut on my road to a healthy life. I had been doing great about a year ago. Then I stopped exercising. I started dating my current boyfriend. We started going out a lot, enjoying good food and lots of microbreweries. Then I realized that this wasn't good, and I started making some changes. For a few weeks, I was really good again. I was eating right. I was exercising. I was doing lots of good things. But, I saw no results. I got discouraged. And, to compoun... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 08:55:13 EST Up, down, all around... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714987 So last weekend was a fun-filled, but sort of crazy weekend. I had a reenactment, a graduation party, a cook-out. I got to meet my niece for the first time and spent a lot of quality time with family, but it definitely wore me out. So, when I finally got home on Sunday night, I was really looking forward to a good night's sleep before work on Monday. But nope... I ended up getting up sick, puking for the first time in a long time (I absolutely hate vomiting), and of course, that woke Brett as... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 12:43:40 EST One year's time... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710622 So, looking at people's recently posted before and after photos got me to thinking about how far I have come in a year... And the sad thing is... I've gone backwards. In a lot of ways. Last June, I weighing in at 166 pounds. I was feeling good. I was exercising at least twice a week. I ran a 5K. I was actually happy with the pictures from my sister, Kristen's wedding. I even rocked a bikini at the pre-wedding pool party. Not that I looked skinny or anything, but I was getting pretty close to ... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 14:29:17 EST BBQ weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706726 So, this weekend I am going to be part of one of my boyfriend's famous "BBQ weekends". Basically his friend and his girlfriend are staying the weekend at his place and according to Brett there will be "lots of meat and lots of beer". Great... Just what I need as I recover from this cold. I think I'm going to have to find a way to help fruits and veggies make an appearance this weekend.... Any good recipe ideas? Fri, 30 May 2014 10:52:22 EST The Weekend. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699231 Weekends are so good, but so bad at the same time. I love having weekends. I love the chance to relax, spend time with friends and family, and do fun stuff. But, the weekends also kill my diet. Part of it is my own fault for thinking that it's the weekend, I'm having fun, let me enjoy it... but it's also just more temptation and less structure. I just need to figure out a better plan for weekends. Clearly my weekday plan is not really working for me on the weekends. I either need to become mo... Tue, 20 May 2014 12:59:47 EST Fish Tacos and other inspired cookery... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695721 Those of you who have been following my blog already know that after last night's workout, I had the inspiration to cook up some delicious fish tacos. <BR> Here is a lovely picture of the completed tacos with an enormous glass of my all-time favorite beverage, water. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1649871382.jpg"> <BR> I started off by cooking up some tilapia, seasoned with cracked red pepper, garlic powder, and a touch of salt. <BR> I then cooked up a bunch of ass... Thu, 15 May 2014 13:08:10 EST Daily Checklist Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695179 For accountability purposes, I have decided that my sparkfriends will now be subjected to a daily update on my goals for the day... I might do a catch up blog after weekends, because sometimes I don't have time to go online on weekends. But, regardless, you're all going to get to hear how I do every day. It's probably more for me than you, but it helps me to know that someone is out there reading how I am doing each day. Somehow it makes it all worth it... I'm supposed to be doing this point ... Wed, 14 May 2014 20:15:40 EST Tough Day Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694945 So, recently Wednesdays have been really rough days. I go straight from work to a three hour class. This is bad for a few reasons. I am usually hungry and bored during the class, and my classmates bring lots of yummy snacks. That means I usually eat snacks instead of dinner. And since I get home later than usual, I usually am not in a good mood to work out when I get home. In order to make my points for the day, I am definitely going to have to make working out a priority this evening. I will... Wed, 14 May 2014 13:11:00 EST another successful day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694363 So today wasn't quite as impressive a day as yesterday, but I still pulled it off.. Here is my checklist for today. Just need to squeeze in a little bit of strength training to get to my goal of 10 points for the day. I like that this system is helping me to reflect on my choices for the day, but is quicker, easier, and more all-encompassing than tracking calories. I wouldn't necessarily recommend that most people should avoid tracking, but at this point, I have worked out what I need to do. ... Tue, 13 May 2014 18:41:01 EST Starting over... again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693628 So, in the interest of complete transparency, I've decided that it's time to share some pictures of my current body with my sparkfriends. I have decided that I absolutely NEED to make some changes in my life. <BR> <BR> Right now, I'm working with a starting weight of 185 lbs. On my 5'7" frame, this works out to a BMI of 29, which is on the upper end of the overweight range. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l149071197.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople... Mon, 12 May 2014 18:36:10 EST Why? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689531 How is it possible? I know all the right choices. I have made them before. I know what I need to do. I just can't do it this time. I am making some right choices, but not enough. Too often lately, I just keep eating and I feel sick to my stomach. I want to eat healthy food. I don't like the way I feel right now, but I can't seem to stop. I want to do this the right way. I want to be healthy, but I am just so aggravated. I don't want to do anything. I don't want anyone to see me. I feel fat. I... Wed, 7 May 2014 07:54:15 EST Assessing the "new plan" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684946 We've now been doing this "new plan" for a couple weeks... or should I say I have been trying to do this "new plan". I like tracking points each day since it's a little less work than tracking calories, but still keeps me on track (because after being on sparkpeople for literally years now, I have figured out what I should be doing on a regular basis). My problem is always that I let myself slip up. Even looking at the spreadsheet that we've been creating, I'm noticing that I rarely get more ... Thu, 1 May 2014 13:00:36 EST A new plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673647 After talking with my friend and also with Brett, who had recently talked to the friend who is selling him the Herbalife; I have formulated a new plan. From comments on my blog and from talking with my friend, I had determined that Brett and I don't need to be doing the same thing. However, I did want to create a sense of "we're in this together"ness... Brett's friend suggested some sort of a points system to help keep him motivated. That gave me the idea that maybe we could make this into so... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:23:01 EST Dieting in a Relationship http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672840 I have been thinking a lot about how my relationship affects my weight loss. I feel like so far, it has been sort of a bad thing for me weight-wise. I have been very slowly gaining weight since I've been in this relationship. Granted a lot of it has to do with our love of beer, and also our love of good food. But something needs to be done. I am just not happy with the status quo. I also feel a little bit of a burden to try to support my boyfriend in his efforts. While I am hoping to lose a m... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:13:53 EST Relaxing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671828 I might not know how to do the relaxing thing very well. This weekend turned into a bit of a whirlwind, but it was all fun, so I guess it's okay. <BR> <BR> Friday, I worked. A fairly normal day for the most part. A bit hectic at times, but that's normal. I had Brett meet me at the school so we could walk home together. That was pretty nice. We also had to do a little bit of grocery shopping so that we could cook a nice meal for dinner. So after we did our shopping, we returned home. Watched... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:03:16 EST Relaxing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669803 I think that this weekend needs to be all about relaxing, while enjoying the nice weather, of course... I have been going non-stop since last weekend with birthday festivities and work commitments and I just need some time to relax. Thankfully, Brett is here for the weekend, and we have nothing on the agenda except enjoying each other's company. Speaking of which, I want to make a nice healthy meal tonight... Any suggestions/favorites? Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:07:27 EST This time last year... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662674 I just decided to finally update my numbers here on Sparkpeople. (I sort of stopped exercising last June and it has definitely caught up with me.) Anyway, when I recorded my current weight (180lbs), I decided to look at the report. This report showed by weight from last April to this April. And it was not a pretty graph. In fact, while the goal line was steadily decreasing, my actual weight has been steadily increasing. Not good. In fact, this time last year I actually weighed about 12 pounds... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 13:19:09 EST Went to the gym for the first time in a long time... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5644455 I went to visit my boyfriend out in New York this weekend. I'm typically not a fan of long distance relationships, but so far it's working out okay. It's kind of hard right now. We've been friends for so long, but this whole dating thing is a whole different experience. We've been seeing each other at least once a week so far. He's definitely been doing the lion's share of the driving, so it was high time for me to go out there. It was a really nice weekend. A couple splurge meals, mostly jus... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:39:51 EST It's cold and I have a cold http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5642277 I don't like these things. It makes me not want to eat healthy. It makes me not want to exercise. All I want to do is sleep. But since I have had to work all week, I've been drinking copious amounts of tea to keep myself awake. You'd think that as the special ed teacher, I could get away with being absent a few days, but I have meetings I couldn't miss and I have to cover for all the other teachers going to meetings and being out sick. I'm just really glad it's the weekend. I'm also really ho... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 15:09:54 EST Recap of Vacation (With pictures for anyone who needs an infusion of warmth) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631616 Let me just say that it was super nice to get away to a warm place for a little while, but absolutely nothing compares with the awesome guy that I've recently reconnected with. The whole time I was out in Arizona, I was thinking how it would only be better if I had him to share it with. But without further ado, let me share my pictures. <BR> <BR> Driving down to Tucson <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l666906565.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The Tucson Botanical Gardens <BR> <img... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 12:54:49 EST Impromptu Vacation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623042 Next week is February vacation here in Massachusetts and I sort of thought I was just going to make it a lazy week at home. However, a couple days ago, my old college roommate messaged me asking about when I was going to visit. I said" I don't know" at the time, but it got me thinking... I do have next week off, and Arizona sounds awfully nice and warm compared to the single digits, ice and snow we've been having here lately. And so, I decided to look up flights. I set myself a budget of $1,0... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 11:00:00 EST Weekends are not an excuse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620298 So, when I'm by myself, living life, and everything is normal. I do okay with food choices. However, when I go home for the weekend, I tend to throw it all away and eat like crazy. After gorging myself on Saturday night (because we couldn't take home two slices of pizza for later), Sunday was no better. My father has this thing about finishing everything. Even when it's more calories than any one person should eat. So that was Saturday. Then on Sunday, I went to breakfast with my parents. We ... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 11:06:19 EST A Cold, Snowy Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5617887 This week has been cold and snowy and no me gusta! I can't wait for the warm weather to come back so I can take the dog for a walk, or even a run, after work. Even if it weren't so cold, there are literally no sidewalks to be seen right now because they are all covered with snow. While I love the beauty of a snowy day, (See picture below ) I hate that it means I can't be outside doing stuff. I'm tired of being cooped up inside. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l5096278... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 13:33:41 EST Fun weekend, but still exhausted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614044 So, last week I was completely MIA from sparkpeople. I finally finished the fast and it's nice to have the freedom to eat whatever again. Although, I think my diet will probably include less meat than it did before now. <BR> <BR> Last week was just a really hard week. First of all, I slept really poorly all week. Second of all, a co-worker sent me a nasty email and made me cry. And I was just really stressed about a lot of things. <BR> <BR> However, the weekend sort of, kind of, made up f... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 13:12:18 EST Heading to a Party http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605492 18th century selfies for your enjoyment. Hopefully someone else will take some better photos tonight. I spent all day figuring out the hair <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1135404591.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2078539394.jpg"> Sat, 25 Jan 2014 17:40:12 EST what i like about me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604418 So this is how I felt when I woke up this morning. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l279028055.jpg"> <BR> I kept waking up last night. It's that time of the month and let's just say my body was very unhappy. It didn't improve until I took a couple ibuprofen, sat in the shower for an hour and then went back to bed. That made me very tired and not interested in going to work this morning. But I put on lots of bright pink to try and fake people into thinking I was awake...... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 13:01:25 EST Jumping on the ABC train http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5603360 A is for Age: 26 (for a couple more months) <BR> B is for Booze: Almost anything, but dark beers, white wines, and fruity drinks are my favorites <BR> C is for Car: 2013 blue Toyota Corolla <BR> D is for Dad's name: Robert Lincoln (He goes by Linc, because he's a Jr.) <BR> E is for Ego: I can think pretty highly of myself, but I try not to talk about it <BR> F is for Favorite song or music: A little of this, a little of that: top choices are classic rock, country, showtunes, and hymns <BR> G... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 12:21:05 EST Sick of blogging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601275 I've reached the point again where I don't feel like I have anything interesting to say. I've also been trying to take a selfie every day, but that's gotten super boring. It's the same boring pose, same boring smile... I thought about taking a picture today... Then I decided to make silly faces. I'm not really good at silly faces... <BR> <BR> Here is a backlog of pictures. <BR> Sunday night: Fifties style pampered chef party! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l6663130... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 13:01:52 EST