SUMMER2203's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SUMMER2203 SUMMER2203'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/ back to slimming world!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936187 in anticipation for the wedding, i went back to my old-school low carb, lots of exercise ways. which always work for me, by the way! that being said, i don't find it to be very sustainable (hence why i gained back 34 pounds last year...). <BR> <BR> so, i am going back to a plan that i DO think is sustainable and effective, although slower than low carb - slimming world! not only do i really love this plan, but i have seen countless people lose TONS of weight following sw, which is super moti... Fri, 29 May 2015 09:38:08 EST back to daily blogging!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5935740 this post-memorial day and wedding week has me completely out of my normal routine, and i want to make sure that i don't use that as an excuse to get off-track! to keep my momentum going, i am going to get back to the daily accountability blogs. <BR> <BR> yesterday was kind of a wash...i was fine eating-wise during the day...and then i worked an event and got out of work around 8.30 (starving, in a bad mood). i went out w/ my bf and some friends, had my fair share of vodka + diet coke, and t... Thu, 28 May 2015 13:38:22 EST post-wedding updates! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5935083 so, i want to show pics from the actual wedding, but i am weird about remaining anonymous on this site haha...so instead i will post a selfie that i took at home the night before the wedding haha. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d726c643-ab50-4269-8c9a-7338c425dfea.jpg"> <BR> i have literally never felt more beautiful and confident than i did at this wedding! i got so many compliments and had so much fun!! i didn't get below 150 for the wedding, but i was so happy with w... Wed, 27 May 2015 10:35:49 EST grrr last minute self-sabotage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931845 so, as you can read in my previous blogs, i have been on a serious eating/exercise roll. for some unknown reason, my body decided that yesterday was a great time to have a huge binge. i'm talking a 2,843 calorie day (yes, i tracked everything haha). i stopped eating by 3 pm, and went to the gym and ran 7.5 miles yesterday, but i still ended up eating more calories than i burned. <BR> <BR> i step on the scale this morning and am 4 lbs up :( i am sure that some of this is due to the amount of ... Thu, 21 May 2015 08:05:09 EST proud of myself!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930825 guys, i have been so on my game, and i am so proud of myself! i was feeling really lazy yesterday and almost didn't go to the gym...but then i went and literally had the best workout EVER! <BR> <BR> 4 miles in 24 mins 24 sec <BR> lots of arm machine work <BR> 50 flights of stairs on the stair stepper <BR> <BR> i was so proud of myself! and so sweaty! <BR> <BR> my eating has been really good, too, and i am planning to stay completely on point until saturday! <BR> <BR> as long as i hit my 1... Tue, 19 May 2015 12:41:15 EST one week out!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929020 ahhh exactly one week until the wedding! this time next week, i will be getting my hair done and sippin' drinks with my ladies! <BR> <BR> while i did maintain a pretty high step average this past week, i did not "step it up" as much as i had planned. but that changes today! i have to work both days this weekend (blah!) but i am heading out for a long hike after work this morning. i probably won't work out tomorrow, but should be able to get workouts in at least monday and tuesday of next wee... Sat, 16 May 2015 08:59:13 EST stepping it up for the next 10 days! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5927436 10 DAYS UNTIL THE WEDDING AHHH!!!! i really, really, really want to hit my goal of getting under 150, so i am stepping it up a level. <BR> <BR> my initial plan was to get 20K steps a day, but i just don't think it will be possible. so, instead, my plan is this - 2 hours of exercise a day. this means either going for an hour-long lunch time walk each day and spending an hour at the gym each day, or going for 2-hour walks/gym sessions. i am going to keep my eating super clean, and stick to 100... Wed, 13 May 2015 10:16:27 EST back from the 'ville! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926329 i am back from an amazing bachelorette weekend in louisville, during which i ate a lot, drank a lot, walked a lot and danced a lot. and gained...nothing! i burned so many cals on this trip that i totally balanced out what i ate. <BR> <BR> i am 100% back on the grind today eating-wise. i am hoping to get a workout in, but it is definitely going to be a challenge. regardless, my goal is to be under 150 by the wedding in two weeks, and i totally feel like i can do it. i am so ready to rock my d... Mon, 11 May 2015 11:38:40 EST it zipped!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5923543 non-scale victory of the day yesterday: the bridesmaid dress zipped with no problems! it will definitely look better if i can lose a couple more pounds before the wedding, but at the very least -- it fits! <BR> <BR> i am still proud of myself for being so on-track. i didn't even think twice about going to the gym after work yesterday, and i plan to be back there today! i got hungry around 8 pm last night, and spent some time to actually think about what my body needed. i ended up having 1 tb... Wed, 6 May 2015 08:38:06 EST giving yourself the extra push! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5922897 so, by the time that i got off of work yesterday, i was at around 8,000 steps and ready to call it a day. i wanted to watch the cavs game at 7 pm, and figured i would just chill until then! luckily, i had previously instructed my boyfriend to remind me of fitting into my bridesmaid dress every time i didn't want to the gym haha, which he did! and i'm glad! <BR> <BR> i went to the gym and ran 3 miles in 19 minutes (the first two miles were in 12 minutes!). i was sweatin up a storm, got a grea... Tue, 5 May 2015 08:07:43 EST feelin goooodddd!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5922261 i am actually starting to feel like i might hit my goal!!!! the weight is comin' off, and i am feeling good! i am going to try SUPER hard to stay off of the scale this week, because it is period week, but i am definitely going to stick to my nutrition/step goals. the bachelorette party is this weekend, so i want to go extra hard this week to give myself some leeway this weekend :) <BR> <BR> i tried to stay balanced and within my targets as much as possible this weekend...i hit my step goal o... Mon, 4 May 2015 08:13:12 EST NSV! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920779 so, yesterday i randomly decided to try on some too-small items from my closet and see how they fit. <BR> <BR> in august, i bought this dress that i am OBSESSED with from anthropologie. when i bought the dress, i weighed about 1 pound less than i do right now, but it didnt zip. i tried it on last night, and lo and behold, it zipped!!!!!! i still need to lose a couple of pounds for it to look good on me, but i couldn't believe it!!!! <BR> <BR> food yesterday: <BR> breakfast - 2 slices of 45-... Fri, 1 May 2015 11:46:44 EST 23 days out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920167 eeek -- tomorrow is may! meaning that i have 23 days to get myself in bridesmaid-shape!! <BR> <BR> i haven't really started the week off with a bang, fitness-wise...i didn't hit my step goal on tuesday OR wednesday, but i am ready to do it today!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> anyway, food got a lil cray cray yesterday...i had a work happy hour, and then ended up going to dinner + out with my bf. i think that i DEFINITELY kept it in check as much as i could, but it still wasn't the besttttt.... <BR> <BR>... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 10:28:35 EST oh yea! i actually remember what works... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919530 so, as much as i love slimming world, and can see myself doing that forever, i finally remembered what really works for me: keeping my carbs under 100 g. after being pretty on-plan with eating and exercise for a couple of weeks and not losing any weight, it is finally coming off now! <BR> <BR> i did NOT hit my step goal yesterday, but i did stay on track with my eating! <BR> <BR> breakfast - 2 slices of 45-cal bread w/ 2 egg whites, 2 slices of uncured turkey bacon and a quarter of an avoca... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 08:11:34 EST monday recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918949 i was SO not in the mood to go to the gym yesterday. at all. i went home, made dinner, and went about my night like i was staying in. but then - it hit me - there was literally no reason for me not to go to the gym haha, and i knew i would feel better if i hit my step goal for the day! it felt good to push myself, rather than being lazy. overall, great eating/exercise day -- i finally kept my carbs around 100 g, and am going to try to keep them there! <BR> <BR> breakfast - two slices of 45-c... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:02:17 EST weekend recap! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918374 so, pretty proud of my weekend! i kept the step streak up for the most part, and my eating was pretty on-track. as usual, sunday wasn't the best, because of the weekly sunday-funday with my bf, but i think i should just count that as my cheat day? here is the recap! <BR> <BR> friday food: <BR> breakfast - pepperidge farm 45-cal bread w/ 2 egg whites (plus a little bit of yolk snuck in) and cucumber slices/sriracha. cup of coffee w/ a splash of skim milk <BR> <BR> snack - canned pink salmon ... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:25:56 EST trying to focus on the good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916824 aka -- if i hit my 10K step goal today, that will be a 7-day streak!!!! i haven't had a 7-day streak of being completely on-track in FOREVER. the scale is my worst enemy right now haha, and the results do not seem to be coming. BUT i am really proud of myself. <BR> <BR> last night, i dropped my bf at work, and was planning to go to the gym. literally, the whole drive to the gym, all i wanted was a hamburger from mcdonald's. like, it's all i could think about. i literally almost pulled into ... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 08:15:46 EST exactly one month away...holllllyyyy shi* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916274 30 days until the wedding, and not a single pound closer to fitting in my bridesmaid dress haha. time to RAMP THINGS UP! <BR> <BR> the 10K/day step goal is obviously not cutting it, as i got 13,000 steps yesterday and the scale hasn't budged. i have only one choice - i need to hit the gym, and hit it hard! between now + the wedding, there are only 7 days that i won't be able to make it to the gym (this includes the bachelorette party). this means that i can get 23 work-outs in before the wed... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 08:46:24 EST meh humpday mood... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915675 not gonna lie, i have lost a bit of that enthusiasm and positivity from yesterday haha. i am still completely on-track + crushing my goals, but starting to seriously FREAK OUT about fitting in this dress! i have no back-up plan!!! i am thinking that i might need to add the gym to the routine on top of the 10K/day -- while i am all about slow and steady weight-loss, i need to fit into this dress in 31 days!!!!! <BR> <BR> i am just feeling kind of blah in general today, but trying to keep my s... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 09:27:56 EST feeling amazing!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915036 so, the weight-loss isn't coming along as quickly as i would like, but there is something to be said for staying on plan and crushing goals!!! <BR> <BR> i had a totally on-track day yesterday, and am totally getting back into my lunchtime walks. i braved the rain yesterday during my walk, and i brought some comfy shoes to brave the wind during my walk today :) <BR> <BR> while it is easy to get discouraged by slow results, i know that if i keep this up, the weight-loss will come! another min... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:30:13 EST so proud of my weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914385 so, for once, i set goals and actually stuck to them! i think that it has finally clicked that i have a month to fit into this dress, and need to get my a** in gear! i took the dog for lots of walks this weekend, i took myself for extra walks this weekend haha, and i am ready to get back to the gym today! <BR> <BR> i am pretty proud of my weekend stats, so i am going to put it out here! <BR> <BR> friday food: <BR> breakfast - 4 egg whites in 2 pieces of ezekial bread, about .5 cup of choriz... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 08:11:20 EST weekend plan! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912912 so, two things: <BR> <BR> a). it is supposed to be beautiful all weekend -- high 50s/late 60s, no rain! <BR> b). i am FLAT BROKE <BR> <BR> this means -- i am going to spend the bulk of my weekend taking the pup for walks :) <BR> <BR> i am firmly back on plan, and staying that way for the next 36 days. in addition to staying on plan eating-wise, i am going to do my absolute best to hit 10K steps/day. whether that is walking the dog, going to the gym, or both -- i need to keep myself in mot... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 11:52:40 EST ahhhh clock is tickiinnnn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912423 soooo my weekend never actually stopped haha. i have been going to work, but i have been going out every night and having so much fun! possibly having a quarter-life crisis? <BR> <BR> anyway, the timeline hasn't changed. i have 37 days to fit in that too-small bridesmaid dress. no ifs, ands, or buts...it has to happen. therefore, i am thinking it might be time to stop eating pizza every day? <BR> <BR> i woke up this morning in total hungover binge mode, and wanted to get mcdonalds on the wa... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:10:40 EST checkin' in! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5911243 so, syn-free plan has not been going...according to plan haha. BUT! i have not been binging at all, which i will call a success. i actually have not had a huge appetite. <BR> <BR> i had a super, super, super fun weekend, and got lots of steps in. i didn't track much, but i will write it down here for accountability. <BR> <BR> saturday - had like 3 bloody maries (mary's?) and pulled chicken with corn and black beans on naan -- it was sooo good! i didn't eat dinner before going out, because i... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 14:46:57 EST guys, it's happening! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908759 clothes are finally starting to look better on me!!!!!!!!!! after months and months and months of clothes only looking worse and worse, it is finally shifting back in the right direction! <BR> <BR> i am wearing a dress to work today that i bought for ireland - when i first bought it, there were a couple of problems: uni-boob caused by way too much tightness in the boob region, and my lower belly stuck out in a very unflattering way haha. today - NEITHER OF THOSE PROBLEMS! i'm waiting to do m... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 08:43:22 EST feelin' fat, stayin' strong http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908193 despite the fact that the pants that i am currently wearing were too small on me over the winter, i am feelin so fatttttttttt. i just want to make progress more quickly! i have got my eyes on the fitting-into-the-bridesmaid-dress prize, and i am not stoppin. <BR> <BR> i had many temptations last night, including alcohol and pizza - two of my major vices! i said no to both, though. instead, i had a pretty gold-star day. i only took the dog on a short walk, because we came across a stray dog ... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 09:39:49 EST not exactly according to plan... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5907573 sooo i ended up going out to dinner with my bf last night, and didn't keep it syn-free :( i tried to make healthy choices, though! my macros were pretty solid yesterday (128 g of carbs, 38 g of fat, 127 g of protein) so i am not going to beat myself up! <BR> <BR> recap of yesterday's food: <BR> <BR> breakfast - 2 slices of ezekial flax bread filled w/ 3 egg whites and 2 slices of uncured turkey bacon (plus sriracha, always). cup of coffee w/ sugar-free creamer <BR> <BR> morning snack - 15 ... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 08:38:33 EST feeling like a whole new me!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5907052 i don't want to jinx myself, but i think that my sickness might finally be gone!!! with my sickness departing, as have all of my cravings for unhealthy food (weird!). i finally feel ready to be on-track with my eating, and am really craving taking my dog for a walk! i just want to be...healthy!!! <BR> <BR> i am actually feeling fairly confident about getting into my bridesmaid dress by the end of may. i feel like if i focus, and actually stick to plan, i can be on this schedule: <BR> <BR> 4... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 11:22:00 EST 47 days ahhhhhh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906277 under 7 weeks until the wedding, and i have NOT been on my game. that changed as of yesterday, because reality started to set in that i actually have to fit into this dress haha. i was super sick all weekend, and totally let myself slide off-track because of this (aka like eating ice cream because my throat hurt...). <BR> <BR> my work week is crazy-busy, so i am going to make an extra effort to plan ahead!! i am going to make my main focus my eating, because i am still not feeling super-wel... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 09:14:22 EST feeling so good!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904036 so - first of all, it finally feels like spring!!!! yesterday was in the 50s and today is supposed to hit 70!!! i ended up taking the dog on two walks yesterday, partly because she was being so good :) but partly because it was so. nice. out! <BR> <BR> secondly, i am finally starting to lose weight again! it feels good to see the scale moving in the right direction! <BR> <BR> thirdly, i stayed on track with my meal plan yesterday and hit my step goal (i got 10,104 steps and 18 floors in)! s... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 07:50:07 EST i hit my goal weight!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5903542 APRIL FOOOLLLLSSS!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> i am still like 33 pounds away from my goal. BUT! i did take my measurements yesterday, and i don't think that i have too far to go before my bridesmaid dress fits -- i need to lose 1" from my waist, and 1" from my bust...i can do that! <BR> <BR> i stuck to my meal plan to a t yesterday! i poured myself a glass of white wine to drink with my bf, but ended up having half a glass (instead of half a bottle haha). <BR> <BR> i prepped some more food for th... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 11:48:47 EST 100% back on slimming world http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5902794 the birthday is over, and i am so ready to be completely back on track!!! not only do i seriously need to start droppin pounds, but i am also starting to get sick, which is great motivation to get all my nutrients + water!!! <BR> <BR> i am putting my food gameplan out here so that i can be extra motivated not to deviate! <BR> <BR> breakfast (already eaten): ezekial english muffin (hexb) w/ 3 egg whites, 2 slices of ultra-thin swiss cheese (half of hexa) and banana peppers <BR> <BR> morning... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:24:30 EST birthdayyyy!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5902200 i am feeling so ready to tackle this year!!!! i went out this weekend to buy new workout headphones, which i plan to put to use every day this week (except today, obviously <em>20</em> ) <BR> <BR> i also prepped a bunch of food for this week, including: <BR> <BR> -cauliflower-crust veggie pizza <BR> -beef ragu <BR> -quinoa <BR> <BR> i have all the needed materials to make breakfast every day, and i have plenty of food for lunches and snacks! <BR> <BR> i went out to brunch/day-drinking ... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 09:46:26 EST totally in the TGIF spirit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900506 is there anything better than a friday before your birthday weekend? currently blasting my guilty pleasure at work (bryan adams pandora...don't judge), took advantage of dress-down friday and am wearing leggings (which is the best) and i am feeling great! <BR> <BR> i totally kept my eating under control at the work event last night, too, and i am feeling much less bloated this morning than i have been for the rest of the week. i bought myself a bday dress from forever 21 that i haven't tried... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 08:30:22 EST love having a clean slate :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899917 after work yesterday, i almost let laziness win over spring cleaning...but i manned up and got to work! the house is the cleanest that it has been in months (or maybe ever?) and i am feeling REMARKABLY better. i don't think i realized how much the clutter + dust had been bothering me until it was taken care of! <BR> <BR> i packed my lunch + snack today, and made breakfast at home. as i mentioned yesterday, i have a work dinner tonight, but i am going to try to pick out the healthiest parts. ... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 08:43:43 EST spring cleaning!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899507 sooooo 5 days until my bday, and i definitely started the day with a binge today. thhhhat's not going to help me achieve my goals. <BR> <BR> but, no time like the present to get things back on track! <BR> <BR> i am going to open the windows and get some serious spring cleaning done after work today, because we have a fluke 50 degree day today! if it is still light out after that, i am also going to take the dog for a walk. <BR> <BR> i have a dinner work event tomorrow, but i will make brea... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:39:35 EST pre-bday reflection http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5898858 so, looking back to this time last year -- this week was pretty much the beginning of the end for me. i was still around my lowest weight (right around 140, in a size 4), but during my bf's bday weekend last year i lost control of my eating, and never quite got it back. starting at this time one year ago, i began the process of piling on the weight that i had worked so hard to lose. <BR> <BR> but i am in a different place this year! i am on a losing streak, not a gaining streak! i may weigh... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 13:29:04 EST starting the week on a good note! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5897989 i prepped a big batch of turkey chili last night, and made myself a healthy lunch/snacks for today. i also had a good eating day yesterday, and took a mini walk with the dog, so i am feeling good!! today is my bf's bday, so i will probably be going out tonight - but i am still going to keep myself in check! <BR> <BR> i have a very lofty goal of getting down to 155 by my bday (1 week from today) - i think it is doable if i push myself!!! <BR> <BR> recap of yesterday: <BR> <BR> didn't eat b... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 08:37:43 EST back on track for spring!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896380 so, to celebrate the beginning of spring, i am going to get my a** back on track. for real. seriously - 64 days to fit into the bridesmaid dress. that is going to come QUICKLY. <BR> <BR> part of this means getting myself to the gym - both days this weekend. i have my best friend's bridal shower tomorrow, so much of the day will be booked with that, but i can definitely get to the gym afterwards. also, i wake up earlier than my bf, so i can definitely go before he wakes up on sunday. <BR> <B... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 09:21:21 EST the post-vacay struggles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5895386 i cannot stop eating. FOR REAL! <BR> <BR> i do not know what is up with me, but i keep binging! aside from my first day back, during which my eating was spot-on, i have had at least one binge per day since i have been home from vacation. <BR> <BR> if you look at my food log today, you will see mint m&m's, york peppermint patties and hersey's kisses. luckily i had a small cup to be pulling from, so i couldn't go TOO crazy, but i definitely went crazy enough. yesterday, it was thin mints. it ... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 16:48:42 EST recap 3.16.15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5894458 ahh nothing like spending st. paddy's day at work haha...especially after 12 days in ireland... alas, grown-up responsibilities. <BR> <BR> i have long days pretty much all week, and i was too lazy to pack my lunch for work today. oops. i packed some fruit/veggie snacks, though, and am planning to buy a salad for lunch. no clue what to do for dinner, though... <BR> <BR> i made the mistake of buying girl scout cookies before i went on vacation, so i currently have two boxes of (unopened) thin... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 08:19:58 EST i'm baaackkkkk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893844 whew! it has been a whirlwind of amazing, amazing vacation; followed by stressful, stressful situations. regardless, i am excited to be back in the swing of things. <BR> <BR> i ate literally whatever i wanted in ireland, and walked a TON!!!! one day, i even hit 30,000 steps and 119 flights of stairs. despite all of this walking, i still gained 2.5 lbs while i was gone... to be honest, i thought that it would be closer to 10 lbs haha with the amount of potatoes and alcohol consumed... <BR> <... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 09:59:30 EST 5 days ahhh!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883146 i have been super productive with schoolwork and homework, and finally feel like i have everything ready to go for ireland! ya know, other than packing... <BR> <BR> i finally have time to go to the gym after work today, but i am honestly more tempted to stay in, make a healthy dinner, and binge-watch a tv show haha. it is so cold outside, and my bf is working late tonight... i have been achieving my step goal of 5K per day, which again, i know is low, but at least i haven't been stationary. ... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:59:44 EST achievin goooooals!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5882481 sooooo i know that i said that i wasn't going to weigh in this week, but i have no will power, guys. <BR> <BR> i was not expecting the pleasant surprise of 156 today, though!!! i have to say, slimming world might be the best thing ever. i do not feel that i am depriving myself at all, but i do feel that i am making good choices! i also don't think that i have ever lost weight this quickly and consistently! <BR> <BR> since "restarting" on january 27, i have lost 10.6 lbs!! if i can keep that... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:25:13 EST 8 days! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5881105 ahhhhh i leave for ireland one week from tomorrow!!!!! i have decided, as of right now, to part with my scale until one week from today. bridesmaid dress is purchased, rent the runway dress has been worn, and all i have to focus on right now is feeling the best that i possibly can in ireland. <BR> <BR> i am planning to (attempt) to make the next week syn-free, aside from alcohol. i won't be able to go to the gym today, tomorrow, wednesday or friday, but will plan to go thursday/saturday/sund... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 11:28:14 EST dress updates + recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879229 soooo dress shopping went surprisingly well!!! i ended up getting incredibly lucky, and got a dress on sample sale (used to be $300, got it for $25!!!). the dress is almost exactly one size too small, so that is definite motivation to keep the weight loss in gear for the next couple of months. the wedding is 92 days away, and i am aiming to lose 25 lbs by then, which puts me at about 2 lbs lost per week. i will fit VERY comfortably into the dress at that size (it may even be big, but i think ... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 08:17:01 EST snow dayyyy!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878622 well, cold day, technically? it is supposed to be -25 degrees here today! <BR> <BR> i am super excited to be working from home - there is something about answering emails in my pjs, with my dog, that makes it much more enjoyable!! <BR> <BR> my eating has been on track, but haven't seen more scale progress. i'm REALLY going to try not to look at the scale until weigh-in tuesday. i have work events all weekend, so will not be planning my food for lunch or dinner on friday, or breakfast/lunch/... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 08:58:56 EST A DIETBET FAILLLLL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878037 guys, i am so bummed. i actually lost the weight for this dietbet (meaning that i win money!!!) but when i went to do my official weigh-in this morning, my scale FREAKED OUT and was just like flashing numbers and being psycho. why does the universe want me to fail my dietbet haha?!??! i am so mad! <BR> <BR> challenge for the day -- we are going to an italian restaurant for my mom's bday, and i am not sure that there is a single healthy thing on the menu. what do i dooooo?!?!??! i was thinkin... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 10:46:29 EST 2/16/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5877241 so, i was fully planning to have a syn-free day yesterday...but then my bf and i went to the movies...and there was a full bar there haha...and i was starving... <BR> <BR> luckily. this movie theater posted the calories for all of their food, so i was able to choose the least of the evils -- a small popcorn (no butter) was 375 cals, so not horrible for dinner! i was surprised by the cals in everything else. a hotdog, which i thought would be the best option, was 670 cals - who knew? <BR> <B... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 08:06:14 EST weekend recap! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5876590 sorry i have been MIA this weekend - things have been kind of crazy! also, i didn't wear my fitbit all weekend, so there goes my step tracking goal for february haha... <BR> <BR> anyway, i will at least recap my food! <BR> <BR> saturday -- <BR> woke up and had a huge cup of coffee w/ coffee-mate creamer <BR> <BR> brunch - egg white omelette w/ goat cheese and bacon (fat picked off), home fries on the side. i portion-controlled the shi* out of myself on this one haha, i was very impressed.... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 08:20:18 EST