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/ 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 2/12 recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5874941 so, didn't make it to the gym yesterday, because i got super caught up cleaning my house and then ran out of time haha. but i shall definitely go today!!! there's nothing holding me back :) i got a decent amount of steps in, and managed to get 29 flights of stairs (my stair game has been out of control this week!!!). <BR> <BR> i am going shopping with a friend tomorrow to buy clothes for the ireland trip, so that's further motivation to stay on track eating-wise/exercise-wise today! <BR> <B... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 07:50:46 EST 2/10 + 2/11 recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5874339 sorry - didn't have time for a recap yesterday, because i was travelling for work (also turned it into a little daytrip with my bf!) my eating wasn't quite as regimented as usual, but i think i made good choices under the circumstances! i also got a TON of steps in (12,630) and ended up way under my calorie range yesterday, so i'm not too stressed about it :) <BR> <BR> 2/10 recap: <BR> breakfast - ezekial english muffin filled w/ 1 egg and 1 egg white, 2 pieces of uncured turkey bacon (and s... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 08:23:23 EST weigh-in/2.9.15 recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5873013 so my weight has not fluctuated since my sneaky pre-weigh-in yesterday -- i am down 1.8 lbs this week. in order to win my diet bet, i need to lose at least the same amount next week! <BR> <BR> bridesmaid dress shopping is now a terrifying 9 days away, and i am crossing my fingers that i won't look horrible in everything!!! i finally dragged myself to the gym today, and i am glad that i did! i ran 3 miles + quarter mile cool-down, did 100 pulldown reps, and then walked .7 miles as a cool-down... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 07:49:46 EST recap 2.8.15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5872317 ok, so i am the worst. i still didn't go to the gym yesterday haha. BUT TODAY! it will happen. <BR> <BR> i snuck on the scale this morning, a day before my weigh-in day, and i am down 1.8 lbs so far this week...hoping that i can eek a little bit more out by tomorrow! <BR> <BR> food yesterday: <BR> <BR> breakfast - ezekial english muffin filled w/ 3 egg whites, cucumber slices, onion, tomato, 2 slices of uncured turkey bacon. 2 mini babybel light on the side, and a cup of coffee w/ unsweete... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 08:01:24 EST recap 2.7.15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5871676 ugh - i so hate having class all weekend. luckily, i managed to get my grocery shopping and laundry done after class yesterday, so all i have to do today after class is go to the gym!! <BR> <BR> the only syns that i used yesterday were for alcohol, so i am feeling good about that! i am planning to try to keep my food syn-free again today. <BR> <BR> food yesterday: <BR> breakfast - sandwich w/ 2 pieces of ezekial sprouted grain bread, 3 egg whites, 1 piece of candian bacon, and a mini babybe... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 08:29:07 EST recap 2.5.15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5870550 so, despite my "absolutely no excuse, i am going to the gym" statement yesterday....i didn't go to the gym. life happened, and i had other things to attend to. aka a boyfriend emergency. so...yea. i also didn't have a syn-free day. so...yea. but! i did get over 6K steps in, which isn't horrible, and i did stay completely within my eating ranges. and lost a bit of weight this morning! so, not a failure overall? i am super, super determined to go to the gym at least today and tomorrow (and hope... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 08:57:30 EST recap 2.4.15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5870066 firstly...my normally 20-minute commute took me 2 hours this morning!!! i am so over winter! <BR> <BR> secondly, totally failed at going to the gym yesterday...went out with my bf instead. oooops. also, i am nervous to calculate my syns from yesterday...i have a feeling it is going to be ridiculous! one treat night per week is ok though, right? also, i weighed myself this morning and it hasn't gone up since my tuesday weigh-in...still plenty of time for a loss this week! <BR> <BR> i am defi... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 12:28:44 EST recap 2.3.15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5869200 despite my positive weigh-in yesterday, i am totally in the "ughhh i am not making any progress" mindset this morning. i know that what i'm doing is working, though, so i will just keep at it! gym clothes are packed to head over there straight after work, and i know that a good work out will make me feel better! i am also not allowing myself near a scale until tuesday morning - it will do nothing other than mess with my head!!! <BR> <BR> food yesterday: <BR> breakfast - ezekial english muff... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 08:13:11 EST weigh in day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5868452 so...i didn't hit my goal of 161 today. but i did lose 3.2 lbs this week! so i will call that a success - especially since i had that meal out on saturday night! <BR> <BR> if i am able to maintain this weight-loss pace, i will be 157 by bridesmaid dress shopping day, and 150.4 by ireland. not bad at all! <BR> <BR> long day ahead of me with work + class, but i am all set with plenty of snacks to get me through :) Tue, 3 Feb 2015 08:09:32 EST recap 2.2.15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5868154 starting off february with a bang! i am so so nervous for my weigh-in tomorrow, but any loss will be progress!! <BR> <BR> i didn't make it to the gym, but i did shovel my driveway for an hour...and according to spark, my total burn for today (including my fitbit steps) is 798 cals! <BR> <BR> food: <BR> breakfast - ezekial english muffin filled with 3 egg whites, raw onion, 1 tomato slice, 3 cucumber slices and sriracha (this was sooooo good!!!!) <BR> <BR> morning snack - gala apple, cup of... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 19:48:05 EST snow storm check-in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5867744 so...stranded at home again today! i am working the day from home, and realllly hoping that it calms down enough in a couple of hours that i will be able to go to the gym. i need to burn some cals! tomorrow is weigh-in day!!! <BR> <BR> my eating yesterday was totally on-point, i feel really good about it! even if i don't hit 161 tomorrow, i am not going to get down on myself. i know that this plan will work for me! <BR> <BR> i slept in, so i had a big breakfast/lunch around 11: <BR> <BR> b... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 09:38:42 EST february goaaaalssss!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5867357 so we all know that i love to set goals for myself!!! i have decided to do so in three categories: exercise, food and weight. <BR> <BR> firstly...exercise: <BR> <BR> <em>363</em> goal = 95 miles traveled <BR> <BR> food: <BR> <BR> <em>267</em> goal = 2 or more syn-free days per week <BR> <BR> weight: <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> goal = 153 by pre-dublin weigh-in (march 3) <BR> <BR> 18 days until bridesmaid dress shopping, and 29 days until dublin...no time for slackin'!!! Sun, 1 Feb 2015 18:42:33 EST weekend recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5867262 currently trapped at home due to this little blizzard situation, and i am getting stir-crazy! i have already done my laundry and meal-prepped for tomorrow, so i guess all that is left now is homework...sigh... <BR> <BR> i was definitely a bit higher on syns yesterday than anticipated, because my boyfriend and i decided to go out for a last minute fancy dinner - worth it, though! i had an awesome work-out yesterday, so i'm hoping that balances. i haven't left the house yet today, and haven't ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 15:52:10 EST feeling amazing!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866431 woop woop! i am feeling so on-track, and loving this eating plan! i feel balanced and energetic and awesome!! :) <BR> <BR> food yesterday- <BR> <BR> breakfast: ezekial english muffin filled w/ 3 egg whites and a trader joes jalapeno chicken sausage (plus hot sauce, duh) <BR> <BR> lunch: went to an event for lunch, and luckily their selections were pretty healthy! had half a piece of chicken w/ some green beans, about 2 tbsp of mashed potatoes (maybe less), and a salad w/ broccoli, mushroom... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 10:01:07 EST recap 1.28 and 1.29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865775 oops! i realized that i haven't been recappin'! <BR> <BR> my eating has been completely on-track -- i am really liking slimming world. they have this thing called "syns" which is basically extras that you are allowed each day. the goal is to eat between 5-10 syns, and i have been closer to 13-15 for the past two days... i think that once i get the hang of this a little bit more, though, that i will be able to keep it down! i am trying to integrate my new whole 30 knowledge with slimming worl... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 08:51:29 EST 3.5 exciting things and .5 bad thing...? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5863993 1) i have officially signed up for another diet bet! <BR> 2) i have officially started slimming world! <BR> 3) i am now weighing in only once a week! next weigh-in on 2/3/15 <BR> <BR> bad thing: <BR> 1) i definitely had a mini ice cream and oreo binge... <BR> <BR> .5 good thing: <BR> i nipped the binge in the bud, put the extra ice cream and oreos away, and refrained from ordering pizza (which i was super tempted to do). <BR> <BR> i am really excited for this plan, and also to not weigh in... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:03:11 EST 1.26.15 recap! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5863658 pretty solid eating and exercise day yesterday - finally got myself moving again! even though i was well within ranges, i had one of those days where i just felt super heavy yesterday...looking at my cals and carbs, i wasn't even that high at all. i dunno...weird! <BR> <BR> anyway... <BR> <BR> breakfast - 3 egg whites, 2 slices of uncured bacon, 2 slices of ezekial bread. cup of coffee w/ unsweetened coconut milk <BR> <BR> lunch - zoodles (spiralized zucchini) with homemade turkey meat sau... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:07:36 EST checking in!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862833 so...you may have noticed a lack of whole 30 blogs haha... that is because it became a whole 20. i just couldn't do it anymore! we got tickets to a cavs game friday night, and all i wanted was junk food and alcohol! so....i went for it haha. and i don't regret it! <BR> <BR> i got right back on track saturday morning, and have been since. i've decided to be a bit more flexible, but overall stick with the whole 30 eating. i have loosened it up a bit (i cooked with raw honey, and i ate some che... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:52:53 EST whole 30 day 19 recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860806 so, it seems that the cravings have finally hit me. i think that most people experience cravings in weeks 1 or 2 of whole 30, but apparently mine held out until week 3! for the past two days or so, i have been SO tempted to just call it a day with this, and go back to eating dairy. and bread. etc. i haven't necessarily been craving unhealthy food, just things that i can't eat for 11 more days! <BR> <BR> i think part of this is coming from frustration with the slow weight loss... i was expect... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 07:58:12 EST whole 30 day 18 recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860063 whew! finally, finally hit my 10K step goal yesterday! it has been wayyyy too long since that has happened. i really need to sneak more activity into my work day so that this happens more often! i drank way too much caffeine yesterday, and had my first negative reaction to it ever - my heartrate wouldn't slow down, i was super nauseous...everything. i also had a horrible night's sleep. i woke up feeling much better, but still jittery!!! <BR> <BR> food yesterday: <BR> <BR> breakfast - 4 egg ... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 07:52:28 EST whole 30 day 17 recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858997 i am already in bed, so might as well do my recap now! i have a bit of a tummy ache, so didn't really have a formal dinner tonight - i ate my snacks in class and then called it a day. <BR> <BR> bag is packed to go to the gym after work tomorrow, and i'm excited!!! <BR> <BR> today's food: <BR> <BR> breakfast - 4 egg whites + half an egg yolk (cooked in the microwave!!!) with ghee. this is my first time trying eggs in the microwave -- it is so easy!!! i also had a cup of coffee w/ unsweetene... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 20:08:57 EST whole 30 day 16 recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858487 it was so nice to have an extra-long weekend...i definitely enjoyed the opportunity for a lazy day/afternoon trip to the gym! i did get to work extra-early this morning, though, because i was a little too much in weekend mindset and did not finish my reading for class today...oops! hoping to get that done this morning. <BR> <BR> food yesterday: <BR> <BR> breakfast - 4 egg whites cooked in ghee, blueberries + strawberries on the side. cup of coffee w/ unsweetened coconut milk <BR> <BR> lunc... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 07:31:33 EST yeesh...the countdown... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858027 so, i definitely had a nightmare yesterday about brideamaid dress shopping haha. it is 31 days away, and i am terrified that i am going to be the same size then that i am now!!! speaking from recent experiences with rent the runway, absolutely no dresses look good on me when i am this size. <BR> <BR> in 31 days, speaking realistically/hopefully, i can lose 11 lbs. this would put me at 152 - which is definitely not optimal, but i should be able to fit easily into a size 8 (and possibly 6) at ... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 15:24:54 EST whole 30 days 14 + 15 recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5857774 oops! completely forgot to blog yesterday...but not because i have been off-track! just in super-weekend mode :) <BR> <BR> day 14 (saturday): <BR> <BR> breakfast - 4 egg white omelette w/ mushrooms, broccoli, olives and 1 piece of prosciutto, cooked in ghee. i ALSO had a lara bar and cup of coffee on the side <BR> <BR> lunch - 3 pineapple spears (due to my huge breakfast!) <BR> <BR> dinner - chilean sea bass w/ mixed stirfried veggies on the side (only whole30-friendly ingredients used in... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 10:09:58 EST whole 30 day 13 recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856383 so close to being half-way through!!! i have to say, i am pretty excited to eat wine and cheese again haha. otherwise, i plan to stick to this for the most part! <BR> <BR> i went out last night and although i was kinnnnnd of tempted to drink, i stuck to water! <BR> <BR> i took a half-day yesterday, which meant an afternoon trip to the gym and a trip to the hairstylist :) pretty solid friday! <BR> <BR> recap: <BR> <BR> breakfast - cup of coffee w/ coconut creamer. apple w/ 2 tbsp of nuttzo... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 11:22:37 EST whole 30 day 12 recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5855591 so...approaching weekend #2 of no alcohol -- and feeling good about it!!! i honestly can't wait to just have a couple of days off. class weekends + full work weeks = exhausted me. <BR> <BR> i woke up with a horrible headache today, but it seems to be going away with medicine + caffeine. still can't figure out if this is my body taking a very long time to detox haha, or what is going on! <BR> <BR> i opted to take the dog for a long walk yesterday instead of going to the gym -- it finally got... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 07:57:49 EST whole 30 day 11 recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5854870 so, while yesterday i was still feeling very lethargic/out of it/etc - i am feeling the complete opposite today! i was actually feeling so bad yesterday that i was talking to my bf about going to the doctor to get blood work....but i am feeling amazing this morning! and...best of all...i can finally go to the gym today! i packed my gym stuff and i can't wait to finally work out again. i really want to maximize on my weight loss in these 30 days, and i KNOW that won't happen without exercise. ... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 08:09:02 EST whole 30 day 10 recap (AKA 1/3 done!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5854275 yesterday ended up being a very long day -- i had a headache that refused to go away, and i just felt very "off" all day. i really feel like my body is fighting something off - i haven't felt like myself all week!! <BR> <BR> still no food cravings - and pretty proud of myself for the work that i have been doing in the kitchen!!! so far this week, i have made a simple chicken curry, as well as a whole30-friendly shepard's pie. i have never been so creative with cooking in my life! <BR> <BR>... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 11:50:32 EST whole 30 day 9 recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5853365 feeling 100% better than i did yesterday! the stressful situation has dissipated, i finally got a full night's sleep annnd had time to grocery shop and do a bit of meal prep - feeling good! <BR> <BR> i feel like it's worth mentioning that i have not had a single craving that would put me "off-plan" so far, which i find interesting! i have not been drawn to bread, or pizza, or fries, or any of the usual culprits! i do, however, have a headache today, which i am hoping will go away shortly... ... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 09:43:12 EST whole 30 day 8 recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852523 ugh streeeessssful morning that i will not be going into at the moment haha, but it is related health-wise, because i made breakfast and didn't end up eating it. i also have to be at work until 8 pm today, and didn't have any groceries to pack meals. should be interesting! <BR> <BR> anyway, dinner out last night was honestly not that much of a challenge -- i think that i made good choices, and was not tempted to drink. i have to say, i have been feeling super lethargic and not myself for the... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 09:48:59 EST