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/ 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 quick check in! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6144754 i have been all over the place, weight-wise. i have probably fluctuated in a 7 pound range for the past two-ish weeks, going back and forth from losing to gaining to losing. i am also FLAT broke at the moment, which is both good and bad. good, because i cannot afford to eat out at the moment. bad, because i would really like to cut out bread/pasta/rice to jump-start my weight-loss, and that is pretty much all i have in the house haha. <BR> <BR> i will be broke for the rest of the month, so a... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 08:40:16 EST recap: april 7! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6137687 a third day on-track!!! woop woop! <BR> <BR> i finally got my cals down, so went to bed feeling much less bloated :) i limited myself to one glass of wine and no food at a work event last night, so i will call that a success haha. i am going out for drinks with a friend tonight, so trying to keep it syn-free until then. i have no idea when i am going to be able to have lunch today (mid-day event) so i packed myself a huge tupperware filled with raw cauliflower and asparagus to keep me going!... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 08:20:52 EST recap: april 6! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6137009 i was on-track again yesterday, but feel like i ate too many cals (i was around 1,600, when i prefer to be closer to 1,200). i am still feeling pretty bloated, but am not losing my morale! i am heading to the gym mid-day today, in between work stuff (actually, i am putting on my workout clothes now, before i have two more work calls - no excuses!!). i am definitely going to aim to be closer to 1,200 cals today, too, just to hopefully help with the bloat. <BR> <BR> here is yesterday's recap: ... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 10:08:49 EST recap: april 5! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6135789 i am not planning to eat anything else today, so why not do an early recap?? <BR> <BR> i finally, FINALLY, finally had a totally on-plan day. i am still feeling a bit bloated (i think due to eating lots veggies + beans this time, though, not due to junk). <BR> <BR> i worked from home this AM, so went to the gym around 9.30 - aka the best time to go to the gym, because it is so empty!! i ran 2 miles in 12 minutes, did a cool down half mile, and then walked a mile in 15 mins. i transitioned t... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 19:38:30 EST feeling HUUUUUUUUGE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6134852 i had an entire weekend of continued birthday fun, and have been eating anything and everything. it has been wonderful, and so much fun, but i feel absolutely enormous. i have also had the worst digestive issues, which is a total throwback to how i felt all the time when i was at my biggest (i actually didn't realize how much better i have been feeling digestively until it reared its ugly head again...) <BR> <BR> i prepped food for lunches and dinners this week, which will hopefully last unt... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 15:10:05 EST #blessed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6132731 this birthday has been so different from any other. i am a total type a planner, so i usually have my birthday planned months ahead (my bf's bday is the week before mine, so i plan his first...but yea). anyway, this year, i decided to plan NOTHING, and go with the flow. <BR> <BR> i have been so humbled, and, well, hashtag blessed, by the amount of love i have been shown! not only did my bf completely plan the perfect bday, but my best friend drove from out of town to take me to dinner tonigh... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 17:39:05 EST birthday mode http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6131942 so - very quick blog check in! my bday was absolutely perfect and wonderful...long walk in the woods with my dog, healthy lunch with my bf, DECADENT dinner with my bf at my favorite restaurant, and then wine outside on a patio! (i live in cleveland, so wine outside in march is a total win haha). <BR> <BR> i have been in birthday overeating mode, and i am embracing it haha. fresh start on april 1!! Thu, 31 Mar 2016 18:52:32 EST new year's resolutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6130440 it seems to me that a birthday is as good a time as any to reassess where i am and where i want to be! everyone can celebrate jan 1, but only a select few get to celebrate march 30 :) <BR> <BR> (plus, i have to work until 10.30 tonight, so i need to do something to fill my time haha) <BR> <BR> 1). EXERCISE! it may not be the key to my weight loss, but it makes me feel good. annnnd now that it is getting warmer outside, i can spend lots of time in the woods, which is my fave! my goal is to a... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 20:54:52 EST (very small) victories! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6129164 so, i don't know how easter usually goes (i'm jewish, and this is my first year joining my bf's family easter celebration) but mine ended up very...drunk. like, very. <BR> <BR> i woke up this morning with the same craving that i get every time i am extremely hungover on a workday: bagels. all of the bagels. <BR> <BR> i made a deal with myself - if i have to drive my bf to work, i will not stop for bagels. if i don't drive him, i will. he decides to sleep in, which means that i am free to ... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 08:14:15 EST march 24th recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6127193 3rd day on-track! i didn't get many steps in yesterday (5,071), because i was just straight up too tired after work to go to the gym, but i had a great evening with my bf! he made dinner and i was in bed by 8.30 haha (pretty much the dream). <BR> <BR> breakfast - fave breakfast sandwich! multigrain bread (hexb) w/ homemade pesto (2.5 syns), 1 scrambled egg, chipotle aioli (4 syns), a teeny bit of feta and fresh spinach. also had coffee w/ homemade almond milk (only used a teeny bit, so count... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 07:43:26 EST balance works! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6126514 i officially have 2 days in the bag of heeding my own advice, and focusing on healthy balance with eating and exercise (and, as expected, already feeling much better!). <BR> <BR> my bf's birthday was yesterday, so i had more alcohol than a typical day, but still focused on my food choices, and didn't over-do it with the drinks (one at lunch, 2 at dinner, and one after dinner). <BR> <BR> i will now bore you all will my recaps from the past two days, for accountability's sake!: <BR> <BR> tu... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 08:44:35 EST 3 steps forward, 2 steps back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6125077 i guess that's just how this goes! i would love to be consistent for more than a week at a time... <BR> <BR> anyway, yesterday was not good (spark-wise). i was totally on-track for breakfast and lunch, and then had the binge of all binges. or should we say, binges of all binges, because i am pretty sure that there were 3 separate binges haha. anyway, moral of the story - not good. <BR> <BR> i went to sleep thinking "i will just do an 'egg fast' and only eat eggs for the next two days, unti... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 11:04:33 EST recap 3.18.16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6122896 i am seriously already feeling so much better. it is AMAZING how quickly eating well and exercising can change how you feel (in general, and about your body). it probably helps that i did not have chicken noodle soup for every meal yesterday, as well :) i did not have a perfect day yesterday, but i am all about just taking steps in the right direction! i think that today should be more on-plan. regardless, i am feeling positive about hitting my goal for the next weigh-in! <BR> <BR> here's th... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 12:53:04 EST steps in the right direction...kind of... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6122128 overall, i am not too bummed about how i did yesterday. i am not counting it as my first day on-track, though, because things went a little bit off the rails haha... <BR> <BR> my bf made a TON of chicken noodle soup, which i ended up eating pretty much all day haha. <BR> <BR> breakfast: chicken noodle soup, 5 grapes, coffee w/ a splash of almond milk (1/4 hex a) <BR> <BR> lunch: jam-packed delicious salad! mixed greens, green beans, cucumber, beets, black olives, green peppers, a little bi... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 10:23:33 EST regaining control! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6121257 i took a workshop last week that partially focused on maintaining balance (heart/body/mind/spirit). at the time of that workshop, i was feeling totally in balance...and then somehow managed to veer off-course! <BR> <BR> i am excited to be back in control, and feeling balanced and content. <BR> <BR> i am focusing not only on being a slimming world angel, but also getting plenty of exercise, drinking plenty of water, and doing fun things to stretch my brain! <BR> <BR> to celebrate this st. ... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 08:42:54 EST short-term goals: the next two weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6120093 this is looking like a double-blog day haha! <BR> <BR> thank you for the kind words on my last blog -- i am ready to pull myself out of this slump. i know how bad binging and purging is for my body, and i do not want to do that to myself! i want to take care of my body! <BR> <BR> since i have been totally out of control, i am going to try to do something different. rather than looking long-term (i.e. all the way until the wedding in june) i am just going to focus on the next 2 weeks until m... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 19:54:49 EST t-15 days until my bday, t-81 days until the wedding... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6119786 ...and i have been completely off-track since friday <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> i don't know what happened, but i have not been following any sort of eating/exercise routine for the past three days! i have also binged and purged 3 times in the past four days, which is pretty much awful. <BR> <BR> i woke up this morning ready to get back on plan, and still feel this way, but have an absolutely crazy day with no structure (or pre-planned meals) so i am feeling kind of lost. time is flyin, and ... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 11:13:53 EST t-23 days until my bday, t-89 days until the wedding! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6113189 i was not really on-plan for slimming world this weekend, but still totally within my calorie ranges/work out goals. i think that might be a sustainable plan for me -- slimming world during the week, and not counting syns/still counting calories over the weekends. <BR> <BR> i am in a really positive and optimistic place! i genuinely feel like i can hit my targets, and i totally have the gym bug back. i took sunday as a rest day, because every muscle in my body was sore haha, but i am back to... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 07:39:28 EST t-26 days until my bday, 91 days til the wedding!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6111760 so, the absolute impossible happened -- i stayed on track during a basketball game!? how! <BR> <BR> i had another day completely on track eating-wise, crushed it at the gym (despite being super sore) and made it to 10K steps by walking in place at the end of the day haha...(for the 2nd day in a row). i also ALMOST hit my weight-loss target for this week -- i was aiming for a 2 lb loss (159) but am at 159.6. close enough? i have only been completely on-track for 3 days, so i am looking forwar... Sat, 5 Mar 2016 10:15:04 EST t-27 days until bday, t-93 days until wedding! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6110538 the countdowns are officially on! i am going to try to be super consistent with my recaps to keep myself on track :) <BR> <BR> here is today! <BR> <BR> breakfast: a variation on shakshuka, using what i had in the house haha. diced tomato w/ celery + mushrooms (cayenne, cumin and paprika), two eggs and a teeny bit of feta. coffee w/ unsweetened almond milk (counting first hexa for the combo of feta + milk) <BR> <BR> post-gym-snack: roasted chicken breast, 2 egg whites, a little over 1/4 art... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 18:04:43 EST new motivation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6110129 i am so excited, because a friend of mine just asked my to be a bridesmaid in her wedding!! i totally did not see it coming, and could not be more pumped. the wedding is in 13 weeks (not that i am counting, or anything) and what could be better motivation than being in a friend's wedding pictures for the rest of your life haha?? <BR> <BR> my best friend's wedding was right around the same time last year, and although i didn't come close to hitting my target weight for that, it definitely pro... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 08:52:11 EST birthday month plans! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6108489 guys, the best month of the year is upon us...my birthday month <em>104</em> (just kidding...but i do love march haha). <BR> <BR> anyway, i am so happy to be on-plan with slimming world, and ready to hit my first target of 158 this saturday! i am going out to dinner on friday, so will be trying extra hard to keep my syns extra-low until then. i am REALLY going to focus on keeping 1/3 of my plate fruits/veggies -- this is something that i have kind of been slacking on in the past. i am als... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 11:24:28 EST starting the streak from scratch :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6106001 i am very disappointed to say that my no binge/purge streak hit a bump in the road yesterday...i had a HUGE binge/purge, and am feeling totally disgusting and bloated (and not to mention, 4 lbs heavier...due to having a SECOND binge after purging the first). <BR> <BR> i do not know if anyone will understand what i am about to say, unless you deal with the same things, but i literally just felt like i was going through the motions. i did not enjoy the food, i wasn't hungry, there was no reaso... Sat, 27 Feb 2016 10:25:26 EST SW day 1 recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6105202 i have to say, i am still feeling really good! i am happy to be back on slimming world, and i had a good first day :) <BR> <BR> ALSO - i had an AMAZING day at work yesterday, and was on cloud 9 all night haha - how often does that happen?!? i got to work at 6.30 am this morning, and have to work tomorrow, so i am planning to scoot out a bit early to get to the gym today. <BR> <BR> here is yesterday's food! <BR> <BR> breakfast - ezekial toast (hexb) w/ 2 egg whites and 2 slices of applegate... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 08:00:41 EST putting an end to low-carb (TMI ahead...) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6104432 so, as much as i was loving the low-carb plan, it is time to switch it up. yesterday, i experienced spotting, which totally weirded me out (this hasn't happened to me before). i hit the internet, as we all do, and it turns out that this is a common side effect of very low-carb diet plans. i am TOTALLY weirded out by anything that makes my body function differently than it should, so GOODBYE LOW-CARB! <BR> <BR> i will say, my two-ish weeks on this plan re-instilled my faith in my will-power a... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 08:43:59 EST checking in!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6102840 it was been a couple of days since i have blogged, so thought i would give a quick update! i am still absolutely loving this eating plan, and have a somewhat crazy goal of getting to 154 by sunday weigh-in. i am having a girl's night on saturday, and i know that the host is cooking pasta...i will need to find some way to work around that (maybe i will make a salad to bring??). <BR> <BR> i haven't had any time to get to the gym, but i have been trying to stay as active as possible (walking th... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 11:18:50 EST i made it!!!... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6099695 through an italian birthday dinner! talk about an ultimate challenge....but i wasn't even tempted to go off-plan! i am feeling so ready to tackle my work dinners tonight and tomorrow now :) <BR> <BR> i have been eating some cured meats recently, and am trying to cut down on that to reduce salt content. i am trying to stick to really clean, fresh foods! <BR> <BR> also, although i have not been getting to the gym this week, i have been walking at least 2-3 miles/day. nothing huge, but at leas... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 09:35:58 EST day 9 of low carb http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6098890 still going strong!!! it is incredible to me that i can go out to eat and still stay on track - (hopefully i am not speaking too soon, since i have three more dinners out this week haha...). <BR> <BR> i am pretty eager to get back to the gym, because i am doubtful that i will shift much weight without getting exercise in. also - i went with my bf to look for more dresses for an event, and got one that i LOVE! i am actually kind of proud, because this dress is advertised as running small, and... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 09:58:49 EST day 8 of low carb http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6097568 i have officially made it one week on the plan, and am showing no signs of wavering! i literally can't remember the last time i could say that. <BR> <BR> i am working my usual late tuesday, and they set up all sorts of sweet treats for the students...usually i would be tempted, but i am not at all! i am wondering how long this lack of temptation will last haha. i have bread in my fridge, delicious crackers, pasta and snacks in my cabinets, and i haven't been the least bit tempted to eat them... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 19:12:51 EST first low-carb weekend... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6096316 ...went really well!!! i feel like this is definitely the plan for me, at least for the time-being (i am definitely heeding all of the advice about slowly reintroducing carbs-- i will keep this in mind!!). <BR> <BR> i love that i have not been tempted to eat "bad" food, that i can still go out, still drink socially, everything! <BR> <BR> the dress that i ordered to wear this weekend is a little bit too small, so i am going to have to figure out what to wear from what i have in my closet...... Mon, 15 Feb 2016 09:30:43 EST