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/ 1 month until fall challenge: day 5 recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225333 not the best, not the worst? i didn't feel like i was super on my game yesterday, but looking back, it wasn't too bad. <BR> <BR> breakfast: homemade bagel w/ cream cheese, iced coffee w/ almond milk <BR> <BR> lunch: open-face chicken pita delicious thing (only had about .25 of the actual pita) with a side salad (about 1 tbsp of dressing) <BR> <BR> early dinner/big snack: zoodles w/ diced tomatoes, mushrooms and chicken sausage <BR> <BR> still hungry 5 hours later: about .75 of a jimmy joh... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 10:51:31 EST 1 month until fall challenge: day 4 recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224737 sooooo yea. yesterday was not quite as successful haha. for accountability, i still tracked everything, and i am still publicly airing my shameful eating in this blog, but it was definitely a failure of a challenge day. <BR> <BR> breakfast (everything started off innocently enough!!): omelette w/ 3 egg whites, mushrooms and tomatoes. 2 pieces of sprouted 7 grain toast, coffee w/ unsweetened almond milk <BR> <BR> snack: apple <BR> <BR> lunch: panera bbq chicken salad + baguette (this is whe... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 08:24:33 EST 1 month until fall challenge: day 3 recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224389 another successful day! woop woop! i took a flex day, so i had most of the day to myself (i have to work on saturday). instead of being a lazy bum, as i often am on my days off, i filled my day to the brim! i went to a coffee shop to do work in the morning, then to the laundromat, then grocery shopping, and then to the gym!! i made a healthy and delicious meal midday, showered, and went to book club with the ladies in the evening. <BR> <BR> here is the food recap: <BR> <BR> breakfast: sandw... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:11:50 EST 1 month until fall challenge: day 2 recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223587 another successful day in the books!!! i always have trouble with over-eating on the days that i work my part-time job after work (i will usually have a dinner before AND after work) but i managed to (mostly) avoid that yesterday. <BR> <BR> here is the recap: <BR> breakfast - 2 hard boiled egg white + half a yolk on 2 pieces of wheat toast (with sriracha). cup of coffee w/ 1 tbsp cane sugar and unsweetened almond milk <BR> <BR> lunch - brown rice + tuna + hard boiled egg + veggies. 1 dark c... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:30:43 EST 8.22.16 recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222971 first day of challenge is completed! <BR> <BR> i am not in the mood to write a full blog haha, so will just post the following: <BR> <BR> ate 1,360 cals <em>248</em> <BR> drank only 3 cups of water <em>42</em> <BR> walked 3 miles <em>248</em> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 08:16:11 EST one month until fall!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222658 i have been obsessively looking for fall clothes that i can buy to treat myself once i lose weight...but then i realized...i have a closet full of fall clothes that i have pretty much never worn, because i have been too fat! they are sitting and waiting to be my treat clothes!!! <BR> <BR> if i continue on the weight-loss path i have set for myself, i should be the perfect weight to fit into my fall clothes by the first day of fall. how is that for motivation??! <BR> <BR> because i typically... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 17:46:46 EST weekend recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218380 firstly, my weigh-in was a total failure today, because my scale has become unreliable!!! within the matter of a minute, it showed me three different weights (from 160-165). i have no idea which one to trust, so i am deciding to disregard my weigh-in this week, and just focus on my eating/exercise (and shop for a new scale). <BR> <BR> i was pretty proud of myself this weekend! i went to the gym for the first time in forever on saturday, and i think i crushed it (i am still sore, so that's a ... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 12:14:50 EST 8.12.16 check in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216635 we are currently in the midst of thunderstorm season, which is definitely messing with my outside walk time! when it is not storming, it is 90 degrees and muggy - bleh. this did not stop me from getting 2.3 very sweaty miles in yesterday, though!! <BR> <BR> i have somewhat abandoned the cleanse, but am still totally on-track, and totally proud of myself! as of this morning, i am down 6 lbs since august 1. my goal for monday's weigh in is 162, which i hit this morning, so i would be very happ... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 09:19:59 EST cleanse #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214968 in winter 2014, i was having a weight-loss rut, and i tried a cleanse that really got me back on track: <BR> <BR> breakfast smoothie - 10 ounces almond milk. banana, handful spinach, 1/2 c. blueberries, 1 scoop protein powder, 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar + 2 supplements (probiotics and multi-enzyme) <BR> <BR> lunch + dinner - either protein w/ veggies or grains with veggies...or a combination of the two (except for dinner on the last day...not allowed to mix protein + grains). there are al... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 13:36:34 EST goal #1: achieved!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214226 yay yay yay yay yay! for the first time in forever, i was so excited by my weigh in. i actually stayed on-track, and i hit my goal this week! (actually, exceeded it by a teeny bit <em>30</em> ) <BR> <BR> i went for a 6 mile jog/walk on saturday, which is literally double what i usually do. i was SO proud of myself for setting that goal and achieving it! i actually ended up taking another walk that day, and got 8 miles in!!! i think that i am going to try for the 6-mile outing on the weeke... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 09:55:51 EST stitchfix sadness :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6212811 i just randomly decided to reactivate my stitchfix account, which i haven't used in a long time. i went in to edit my sizes/style preferences, and things have changed A LOT!!!! <BR> <BR> old sizes: <BR> dress: 4 <BR> skirts/pants: 6 <BR> shirts: medium <BR> <BR> new sizes: <BR> dress: 10 <BR> skirts/pants: 10 <BR> shirts: large <BR> <BR> SO SAD!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> as with everything else, this is just added motivation for me to get back to where (or wear!) i used to be. <BR> <BR> i am g... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 14:34:37 EST 8.4.16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6212038 i feel like 90% of my blogs in the past year have the same theme: i feel like shi*, i am finally ready to get back on track...well, here i am again. <BR> <BR> one day on track in the books, ready for day two. <BR> <BR> i am feeling SO fat and so gross and bllahhhh. i have no one to blame but myself, and i am going to change this. <BR> <BR> yesterday: <BR> <BR> breakfast - multigrain toast w/ 1 scrambled egg, chipotle aioli, a tiny bit of goat cheese, a tiny bit of homemade pesto, and iced... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 09:25:19 EST love a new month! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6210224 i always love the clean slate that a new month brings! i am so excited to make some progress this august :) <BR> <BR> i have a kind of crazy week this week, because i am working my part-time job almost every day after work <em>29</em> <BR> <BR> i am planning to meal prep almost everything, so that i have no excuses! i will be able to go to the gym or have some type of work out today + tomorrow, and will hope that i hit 4 miles from walking at my job the rest of the week. <BR> <BR> i am... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 08:55:56 EST frustrated/need to avoid the scale! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208634 i had another super on-track day, and then weighed in this morning (WHICH I REALLY SHOULDN'T DO!) and i gained back the 2.8 pounds that i have lost so far. i know that there are a million reasons why this could have happened (water weight, period week, etc.) but it is still discouraging! <BR> <BR> alas, i will remain on plan :) <BR> <BR> here is yesterday's recap: <BR> <BR> breakfast - egg white omelette with chicken and broccoli (and topped with some black bean and corn salsa). coffee w/ ... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 09:27:55 EST 7.27 recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208269 i am feeling amazing! being on-track does wonders for the psyche :) <BR> <BR> here is yesterday's recap: <BR> <BR> breakfast - smoothie w/ cold brew coffee, coconut milk, banana, protein powder <BR> <BR> lunch (work training) - small portion of salad w/ tiny bit of italian dressing + the inside of a quartered turkey sandwich + the top of the bread (1/4 a piece of foccaccia) and the inside of half of a veggie wrap (basically just cooked mushrooms + zucchini). also had a pickle spear. <BR> ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:35:47 EST 7.27 check in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6207507 so, i had the worst binge/purge session possibly of all time last night. i felt awful while it was happening, and felt awful this morning. i am SO OVER being out of control with my eating. <BR> <BR> the good news: i have money for grocery shopping today, and for the 349,823,123th time, i am ready for a fresh start. i reread a bunch of my blogs from when i was most successful, and came to a couple of realizations. in addition to my calorie/carb goals and fitness goals, i need to focus on gett... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 09:16:36 EST 7.26 check in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6207096 i am feelin good over here! i weighed in yesterday morning, and was finally down a couple pounds (and an inch on my waist!). <BR> <BR> yesterday was an annual all-out wine tasting event, so i was not exactly "on-plan". i had a healthy breakfast, and actually tracked everything, but still ended up 4.2 lbs higher on the scale this morning <em>40</em> i know that it is water weight, and i got right back in the game today (i really need to stick to my once a week weigh-ins!). having one off-... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 14:37:13 EST 7.21 recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204785 another day on-track! looking forward to making this a three day streak. i did what i promised myself i wouldn't do, and i stepped on the scale. to my dismay, it said that i gained a pound! i know that i shouldn't judge anything off of two days being off track (or one pound, for that matter) but still kind of a bummer when i pushed myself so hard for the past two days. <BR> <BR> anyway, here's the recap! <BR> <BR> woke up late, so had more of a brunch than breakfast: salad with corn, black... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 09:09:41 EST 7.20 recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204039 guys, i am so SO proud of myself! for a "day one" back in the game, i think i crushed it!! <BR> <BR> (also, i have no idea how i am going to manage going back to work haha. i am way too accustomed to having all of this free time!) <BR> <BR> i had to handle some work calls in the morning, so i had a pretty leisurely morning (healthy breakfast + coffee). after i handled my work, i headed to the gym for the first time in a loooooooooong time. although it was way more painful and sweaty than it... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 22:29:01 EST rnc "vacation" check-in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6203711 having the past few days off of work has been absolutely amazing, and i am totally getting used to the life of leisure haha. i have been successful with my eating/exercise during the day (and have been hitting my 4 mile target each day!), but as usual, everything falls apart at night. i am binging when i am home alone, or going out (too hard) with my bf is he is off of work. <BR> <BR> i was getting dressed for my part-time job yesterday, and everything looked AWFUL! i don't weigh that much m... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 10:46:17 EST getting my mojo back!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6200993 i am finally back in the swing of doing things that should have been coming naturally to me for these past few months (but weren't). i.e. - drinking water! getting exercise! eating well! my mood has boosted immediately since making these changes in the past couple of days. <BR> <BR> i decided today to try to go bread-free for a while, as this is always a good kick start to keep me on track. i have already walked 3 miles today, and am looking forward to taking the pup for a walk when i get ho... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 13:47:19 EST recap 7.13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6200358 i promised daily blogs, and i am going to follow through with daily blogs - even though yesterday was not as perfect as i had hoped... <BR> <BR> breakfast - 3 egg whites with hot sauce, 2 pieces of 60 cal whole grain toast, coffee w/ sugar free creamer <BR> <BR> lunch - salad w/ broccoli, cucumber, bell peppers, chicken, roasted red pepper, feta, corn, black olives, and a tiny bit of tomato vinaigrette <BR> <BR> snacks - grapes, cashews <BR> <BR> dinner (aka going back and forth to the ki... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 10:50:51 EST daily blogging is back!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199767 for MONTHS i have been all over the place - focusing for two days, and then getting completely off-track. my schedule is finally normalizing a bit, and i am ready to get back in a routine! <BR> <BR> i am also setting a new challenge for myself: operation "goal weight by halloween" is officially in effect! <BR> <BR> due to the craziness expected with the rnc, my job has decided to shut down operations next week. which, despite the 90 degree heat, will give me plenty of time for physical acti... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 10:38:19 EST vacation mode!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6192424 i am so happy to be off of work for the next 5 days!! (even if i spent 2 hours this morning answering work emails haha...it felt a lot better to do it in my pjs!!) <BR> <BR> i had my first healthy, sit-down breakfast in WEEKS and am planning to take my dog for a walk soon :) <BR> <BR> there are obviously holiday bbq's in the upcoming days, which will be challenging, but i am feeling happy and ready to be back on track and IN CONTROL!!! i treated myself to a whole foods grocery shopping trip... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 12:52:28 EST turns out the poverty diet doesn't work... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191661 as referenced in earlier blogs, i have got a serious debt situation on my hands...which leads to me being super broke for most of the month. because of this, i have had very limited funds for grocery shopping, and have been relying on pasta for about 75% of my meals haha. turns out...eating only pasta makes you fat!!! <BR> <BR> i am VERY excited because i got a paycheck from my part-time job this morning, and i can go grocery shopping! in fact, i am going to treat myself to a whole foods tri... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 09:00:22 EST i'm back!!!!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6188668 i am already feeling 3,000 times better than last night. i followed through with my plan to wake up early and go to the gym, which totally started my day off on the right foot! (if only i had a gym in my apartment at home, haha...). <BR> <BR> quick workout done (ran 1.5 miles, did some weights), healthy breakfast eaten (egg white wrap and iced coffee from starbucks), feeling ready to tackle my day!!! <BR> <BR> i am so excited to start focusing on my health and caring about myself again :) Fri, 24 Jun 2016 07:58:44 EST day one, again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6188479 i can't imagine how old it must get to read all of my "fresh start" blogs, but alas...here i am again! <BR> <BR> everything has been getting worse - my body image, anxiety, overeating, purging, everything. i am ready to take accountability for the fact that all of these things are under my control, and that i have the power to improve my situation. <BR> <BR> summer is just beginning, and i really do not want to spend the next two months feeling awful about myself. i want to go out and enjoy... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 21:58:21 EST Fresh start! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6182142 I am all moved in to the new apartment! My boyfriend and I beasted the move yesterday by ourselves, and we are already all unpacked! I have been ALL over the place with my eating, and the scale is definitely reflecting that. I am super, super ready to be back in a routine. I will not be able to go grocery shopping until Wednesday, but am counting tomorrow as my official fresh start. Summer is here, and I want to fit into my clothes! Back to tracking consistently,10k steps a day, 1200ish ca... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 14:52:18 EST june 6, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6177613 the wedding is behind me, and i am ready to get into a routine! i definitely did not hit anything close to my goal for the wedding, but i still felt pretty darn good (getting hair and makeup done makes a world of difference!). <BR> <BR> my high school reunion is this weekend, so there is some motivation there, but i am really just excited to get back to eating well and exercising. <BR> <BR> i am off of work all week after today, so am planning to hike with the pup as much as possible, and b... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 12:50:39 EST checking in/three days 'til the wedding! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6174373 so, memorial day happened, and i let loose! bachelorette party + cookouts + alcohol + food = bloating and weight gain of 7 lbs in 4 days (pretty impressive!). thankfully, 3 of these extra lbs are already gone, so i am looking forward to shedding the other 4. <BR> <BR> i have pushed aside my goal of hitting the lower 150s in time for the wedding, and would be happy to settle for the upper 150s. i was 156 in my friend's wedding last year, and felt AMAZING, so would be extra, extra happy if i w... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 10:53:02 EST day 17 + keto day 3 recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170858 the countdown is on until memorial day weekend! this is kind of a break, kind of not... i am off of work from my "real" job until tuesday, but have 2 shifts at my side hustle this weekend. <BR> <BR> my friend's bachelorette party is also this weekend, so i am assuming that i will have one day off-plan... <BR> <BR> i ended up being way under on cals yesterday, because i was too tired to eat dinner after work (i did manage to sneak in a glass of rose, though...). i am so, so broke, so not rea... Thu, 26 May 2016 15:50:23 EST day 16 + keto day 2 recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6169972 weight starting the 26-day challenge: 12 stone (168) <BR> weight today: 11 stone 4.2 (158.2) <BR> <BR> i am going to be so bold as to say that i am officially ten pounds down after 16 days in the challenge!! i think the keto switch-up is helping to keep the momentum going. with another 10 days until the wedding, i am excited to see what my final progress from this challenge will be! <BR> <BR> i had a super busy day at work yesterday, followed by a productive evening of grocery shopping, l... Wed, 25 May 2016 08:09:55 EST day 15 + keto day 1 recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6169332 i was a bit over on cals + carbs yesterday, but still a solid start to getting to ketosis! i am heading to the grocery store after work today, which is super necessary and will help a lot :) i am also not planning to go out until my friend's bachelorette party this sunday, which will also help to keep me on-track. <BR> <BR> i have a work lunch today, and do not know if the food will fit into my plan. if not - i will probably grab a lettuce wrap or something on my way back to the office! <BR>... Tue, 24 May 2016 08:11:39 EST 2 weeks left!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168613 i am officially in crunch-time until the wedding, and have decided to do keto for the next two weeks. i do not like this as a long-term plan, but it definitely helps to give me a boost/recharge, and is easy for me to stick to without cheating. <BR> <BR> i should be able to take a nice long lunchtime walk today, which will help me to get to 10K steps. <BR> <BR> i kind of let loose this weekend, but am feeling super positive about being back on track today and hitting my wedding goals! (whic... Mon, 23 May 2016 08:31:01 EST day 11 recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166802 i can feel myself getting a little bit too lax with my eating, and need to get back to being strict about 1200 cal per day - it is 100% doable, sustainable, and i see major results. <BR> <BR> i finally exceeded 10K steps yesterday, and am going to try to hit that again today. i am working both jobs today (and working my second job again tomorrow) so it will be a busy weekend, but i have time to fit in nutrition and exercise! <BR> <BR> i always naturally wake up around 7-7.30 am on saturdays... Fri, 20 May 2016 08:42:21 EST day 10 recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166335 cruisin right along over here! i am sick (sinus infection) so my eating was really weird yesterday, but i am finally back under 160!!! (11 stone 5 lbs, as of yesterday!) <BR> <BR> i just went for a long walk to hit my 10K steps today (and to give my sick body some sunshine), so hopefully that will help me to hit 11 stone 3 lbs by this weekend. <BR> <BR> here is my weird food from yesterday (i promise that i am eating healthier today!): <BR> <BR> breakfast - nothin <BR> <BR> lunch - hummus... Thu, 19 May 2016 13:25:24 EST day 8 recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6164725 still holding steady at 160! i am going to kick things up a level to try to hit my goal of 157 by saturday. <BR> <BR> i usually eat a smaller breakfast, with equal-sized lunches and dinners. i do not know if i will be able to eat dinner today, so i switched it around! i had a pretty big breakfast, and am going to go for a normal-sized lunch. anyway, we'll see how that goes! <BR> <BR> anyway, here is zee recap: <BR> <BR> breakfast - 2 egg whites + 1 yolk, sauerkraut (my bf made fun of me fo... Tue, 17 May 2016 09:37:25 EST day 7 recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6164264 19 days til the wedding! things are getting real! i didn't lose any more weight over the weekend, but i also didn't gain. i have work lunches almost every day this week, so will do my best to structure my dinners to make up for it! i am heading to the grocery store today, and am just going to pick up the most basic of basics for the week. (actually, as i am typing this, i am so not in the mood to go grocery shopping haha...so we shall see.) <BR> <BR> my bf and i found a new apt, so will be m... Mon, 16 May 2016 16:43:06 EST day 4 recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6161999 weight starting the 26-day challenge: 12 stone (168) <BR> weight today: 11 stone 6 (160) <BR> <BR> food: <BR> breakfast - 4 turkey sausage links, egg white omelette with mushrooms, zucchini, cauliflower and tomatoes, iced coffee w/ homemade almond milk <BR> <BR> snack - grapes + raspberries <BR> <BR> patio day w/ bf - 2 glasses of white wine, 3 vodka + pineapple + soda water, tortilla chips, guacamole, salsa, 1 small flour tortilla, 2 oz of chicken, 2 oz of steak, about .5 cup of rice, ... Fri, 13 May 2016 08:01:31 EST day 3 recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6161457 i forgot to weigh in this morning, so i will catch up with that tomorrow! <BR> <BR> here is the food recap, though: <BR> <BR> breakfast: 3 egg whites, 3 turkey sausage, iced coffee w/ homemade almond milk <BR> <BR> lunch: whole foods salad bar creation - kale caesar salad, chicken breast, asparagus, 2 egg whites and artichoke hearts <BR> <BR> snack: mango chia pudding <BR> <BR> pre-second-job-snack: iced coffee, 2 egg whites, grapes, 12 almonds <BR> <BR> late dinner: beer brat (no bun)... Thu, 12 May 2016 11:11:43 EST day 2 recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6160754 weight starting the 26-day challenge: 12 stone (168) <BR> weight yesterday: 11 stone 11 (165) <BR> weight today: 11 stone 7.6 (161.6) <BR> <BR> food: <BR> breakfast - 3 turkey sausage links, 3 egg whites + hot sauce, coffee w/ half and half <BR> <BR> lunch - 2 cups of homemade turkey chili w/ sour cream <BR> <BR> snack - pear <BR> <BR> dinner - salad w/ blackened tuna, tomatoes, blue cheese crumbles, hard boiled egg, bacon and avocado ranch dressing on the side (just a teeny bit for dip... Wed, 11 May 2016 10:41:04 EST day 1 recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6159923 weight starting the 26-day challenge: 12 stone (168) <BR> weight today: 11 stone 11 (165) <BR> <BR> food: <BR> breakfast - 4 egg whites with salsa, 1/3 avocado, 1 rice cake, coffee w/ half and half <BR> <BR> lunch - 1.5 cups of homemade turkey chili, salad with cauliflower, zucchini, celery, bibb lettuce and 2 tbsp of light ranch <BR> <BR> snack - grapes + blueberries <BR> <BR> dinner - tuna w/ onion and celery, baked potato w/ sour cream and salsa <BR> <BR> totals: 1,121 cals, 119 g of... Tue, 10 May 2016 08:09:57 EST switching to...26 day challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6159484 so, i have been a total failure at the 6-week challenge, and have totally wasted the past two weeks eating, drinking, having fun and not losing weight. <BR> <BR> BUT IT IS NOT TOO LATE! <BR> <BR> i still have about 4 weeks to get this shi* together, and I WILL! <BR> <BR> to make this SUPER simple for myself, i am making the challenge even easier than before haha. here it goes: <BR> <BR> around 1300 cals a day. around 100 g of carbs a day. daily blogging. THAT'S IT. <BR> <BR> Mon, 9 May 2016 14:42:28 EST 6 week challenge: week 2, day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6156082 sooo this challenge is not going as swimmingly as i would've hoped haha. time is ticking away towards the wedding, and i am making no progress. i am honestly just not exercising any self-control! <BR> <BR> there are exactly 30 days until the wedding. a lot can be done in 30 days, but i have to actually try haha. this is the first day that i will be working my part-time job after work, so i have prepped tons of food for lunch and dinner (i think dinner will be eaten in the car on the way to j... Wed, 4 May 2016 08:16:46 EST 6 week challenge: week one, day seven recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6154554 definitely still need to work on my eating. i was "within ranges" yesterday, but let myself have a bit too much of a sunday funday haha. i bought food for this week, and am feeling super motivated to stay on-track. i also made a big dent in my 60K steps per week challenge yesterday, so i am hopeful that i will hit that goal this week! <BR> <BR> here is yesterday's recap: <BR> brunch - bison burger (ate half of the bun and about 2/3 of the patty) with fries. 1 irish coffee. <BR> <BR> dinner ... Mon, 2 May 2016 08:17:03 EST 6 week challenge: week one, day three recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6152155 back to bread-free! still not an ideal eating day, because i went out with my bf, but i think i did the best i could've with my options! <BR> <BR> recap: <BR> breakfast - i didn't prep anything, so i ate a weird car breakfast of cold chicken and punjabi chhole haha. also had iced coffee w/ half and half <BR> <BR> snack - oz of cashews <BR> <BR> lunch - salad with chicken, cucumber, brussel sprouts, crumbled blue cheese and caesar dressing on the side <BR> <BR> dinner - beer brat (no bun),... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 12:30:28 EST 6 week challenge: week one, day two recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6151276 sooo taco tuesday happened, and led to a bit of a slip-up at dinnertime. i am right back to bread-free this morning, though, and not letting it throw me off!!! <BR> <BR> here's yesterday's recap: <BR> breakfast - 1 hard-boiled egg, coffee w/ half and half <BR> <BR> snack - 1 oz of cashews <BR> <BR> lunch - salad with chicken, jalapenos, tomatoes, celery and light italian dressing <BR> <BR> snacks - strawberries, 1/2 cup of punjabi chhole (chickpeas with potatoes and onions) and 1/3 cup... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:05:28 EST 6 week challenge: week one, day one recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6150534 i can't explain how good it feels to be back on track. my body was begging for this!! i still don't have a ton of groceries due to #povertymode but i am making the most of what i've got :) <BR> <BR> here's yesterday's recap: <BR> breakfast - 3 egg whites w/ hot sauce, coffee w/ half and half <BR> <BR> snack - 1 oz of cashews <BR> <BR> lunch - "taco" salad (kinda). i mixed my bean-less beef chili with lettuce, onion, jalapeno peppers, and 2 tbsp of light italian dressing <BR> <BR> snacks -... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 07:28:07 EST fresh start monday!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6149813 i had an amazingly fun weekend, and am officially at the biggest size that i will let myself be haha. i have not weighed in, but i am kind of feeling like i ate myself and am just a giant, bloated version of who i should be! <BR> <BR> i actually had a crazy-good workout on friday, which is pretty motivating for me to jump back into things. i am officially bread-free as of this morning, and am so excited to be in a routine. i was able to do a bit of grocery shopping, and prepped some bean-fre... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 08:47:17 EST april 20: the day i get in control http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6145997 so, as you may have intuited from my last blog, i have been out of control both with eating and finances. my credit card debt has become absolutely unmanageable (is that a word?) hence why i cannot afford groceries. <BR> <BR> rather than allowing myself to completely drown, i have decided to meet with a banker tomorrow to discuss consolidation loans/options. at the same time, i have decided to cut the shi* with my eating. i have been so ridiculously out of control, i am going to gain 50 lbs ... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 20:51:31 EST