SUMMER2203's SparkPeople Blog SUMMER2203's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community weigh in results so, this week's weigh-in results were not as dramatic as i had hoped...because the scale hasn't changed haha. i am not going to get bummed about it, i am just going to stay on track and push myself harder!!! <BR> <BR> my boyfriend is working tonight and all weekend, so rather than sitting around the house and being bored, i am going to get tons of hikes/runs in! i want to soak up this weather while i still can, and what better way to spend a lonely weekend than getting my sweat on in the wo... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 08:38:25 EST weekend recap!! hey y'all! officially 5 full days back on track haha...celebrating small victories :) i am looking forward to my weigh-in this week (when is the last time i've said that??). i will actually be travelling for work tues-wed, so probably will not have access to a scale until thursday morning. <BR> <BR> travelling tends to be a huge eating challenge for me, so i am ready to tackle that head-on. i have actually been feeling like i have my mojo back, so hopefully it won't be too hard. <BR> <BR> a... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 15:01:42 EST oct 1 recap!! it always feels so good to be back on track :) i ALMOST skipped my workout yesterday, because i had a doctor's appt after work...but instead, i put on my workout clothes before going to the doctor, and then tested out a park i had never been to (right across the street from the doctor's office). double win: i got my workout in, and one of the keys to maintaining happiness is creating new experiences! <BR> <BR> my carbs were a little over yesterday (121 g), but i stayed in my calorie differen... Fri, 2 Oct 2015 08:15:04 EST i love falllll!!!! ok, i fully accept the title of "basic white b*tch" because i absolutely adore fall and everything that comes with it! i love fall-scented candles, and falling leaves, and chilly weather...and mostly, fall clothes. and more than that, being able to fit into all of my adorable fall clothes. <BR> <BR> i woke up this morning feeling ready to recommit myself. granted, i wake up feeling ready to recommit myself to this process roughly every three days, but i am really feeling inspired. <BR> <BR... Thu, 1 Oct 2015 14:23:08 EST recap 9.28.15 back in the 150s this morning and ready to FINALLY (hopefully) make some progress!!! I am sitting in a work event right now and STARVING, so hopefully there are some healthy lunch options at the café here... <BR> <BR> anyway, to the recap!: <BR> <BR> breakfast - 2 slices of ezekial flax toast (one with harissa, one w/ half an avocado), 3 egg whites, coffee w/ almond milk creamer (just found this stuff at whole foods and it is amazinnggg) <BR> <BR> snack - about an oz of ground lamb + an o... Tue, 29 Sep 2015 10:49:02 EST getting it together after a wedding weekend... so, i finally had a full weekend with my boyfriend (for the first time since march, i think?) which was wonderful! we went to a friend's wedding about 2 hours outside of town, and had a great time. and drank a lot. and ate a lot. and i currently feel like a blob haha. <BR> <BR> i pre-prepped all of my food for today, and although i have stuck to the plan, i am still feeling huge!!! i definitely need a couple of days of serious hydration to get all of this bloat off. <BR> <BR> i have class ... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 16:50:44 EST recap 9.22.15 another day on-track! i have determined that i am much more successful when i focus on being healthy, rather than on losing weight. i don't know if that makes sense...but i am all about just putting real, healthy foods into my body right now!!! i have also been craving salmon/smoked salmon like CRAZY which is bizarre... <BR> <BR> here is yesterday: <BR> <BR> breakfast - 3 egg whites w/ about an oz of hot smoked salmon in an ezekial sprouted english muffin. iced almond milk latte (homemade a... Wed, 23 Sep 2015 10:50:16 EST back to recaps :) i am always, always, always most on-track when i am recapping my food and exercise publicly! yesterday was my first day of happy balance, and it felt great :) i am still going strong today (so far) although i will not have time for a formal workout today... <BR> <BR> anyway, here is yesterday! : <BR> <BR> breakfast - 1 egg + 1 egg white in an ezekial sprouted grain english muffin. iced almond milk latte (with homemade almond milk) <BR> <BR> snack - small pear <BR> <BR> lunch - small and s... Tue, 22 Sep 2015 16:40:51 EST balance balance balance! i feel like every time i post a positive blog, i end up jinxing myself and binging haha...but i am going to try anyway :) <BR> <BR> i am feeling like i truly got a fresh start this monday, and am ready to tackle this week in a healthy way. i am all about balance, and trying to put healthy foods into my body while sneaking exercise however i can. <BR> <BR> my rent the runway dresses arrive on wednesday, and i need to fit into one or both of them by saturday haha. this is a short time-frame, ... Mon, 21 Sep 2015 13:19:04 EST seriously struggling!!! guys, i just CANNOT get myself back on track!!!!! i am eating and drinking whatever i want, and my clothes feel so uncomfortable :( i am getting seriously nervous about fitting into this dress next weekend, and i don't know how to whip myself into shape! i usually struggle even more over the weekend than during the week, so i am nervous about what awaits me in the next two days... <BR> <BR> i have already eaten 1,718 calories today, which is about 500 calories more than i should be eating in... Fri, 18 Sep 2015 11:38:29 EST t-10 days! in typical fashion, i have been all over the place haha. 2 good days + one bad day, over and over! my weight has stayed pretty stagnant, because i am still getting a decent amount of steps in, and my bad days aren't thatttt bad, but i am not moving in the right direction. <BR> <BR> my friend's wedding is in 10 days, and i need to BUCKLE down before then, so that i can fit into my rent the runway dress! (not having a backup plan is a great motivator, haha...) the weather is supposed to be won... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 10:51:22 EST i've got this! after my reality check, i have pretty much been back on track. i got over 10K steps for the past two days, and my eating has been in range. <BR> <BR> i am not feeling super well today, so might not quite hit the step goal, but will keep my calorie intake on the lower end of the spectrum to balance it out. i already pre-tracked my dinner, so there is no reason for me to go off-the-rails eating-wise. <BR> <BR> i just planned a trip with two of my friends for the weekend of nov 6, so i am goin... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 14:43:31 EST feeling more like myself i realize that it must get annoying to read blog after blog of me stating my "new plan!" or "new goals!" or "really going to do it this time!"...but, i guess that's what this blog is here for, right? <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> i think that i can pinpoint my out-of-control-ness (that's a word, right?) as being a result of being bored and lonely. my boyfriend has been working insane hours, and i have been self-soothing by eating shi**y food and lounging in bed. which, weirdly enough, NEVER MAKE... Tue, 8 Sep 2015 08:13:28 EST i have been way too easy on myself... so, turns out that by avoiding the scale, i have also kind of been avoiding reality. i have been eating well during the days, and then literally eating/drinking WHATEVER i want at night. as a result of this, not only have i not been losing weight, but i have been gaining...i had to face the music at 161 this morning <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> also, i was lazy before class this morning, and decided to get my old go-to starbucks breakfast (egg white + turkey bacon sandwich and a soy latte). i r... Sat, 5 Sep 2015 08:14:22 EST i love fall!!! fall is, by far, always and forever, my favorite season. i love the clothes, i love the weather, i love being outside - all of it! i could not be more excited that it is september :) <BR> <BR> i was originally planning to weigh in on the first of the month, butttt still do not want to look at the scale haha. i have decided to postpone my weigh-in until monday (aka labor day). <BR> <BR> i have been so-so with the no bread thang, but am trying to get strict about it. i will not be able to wor... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 11:27:19 EST weekend recap and moving forward my trouble area is definitely during weekends. i find it so hard to avoid pizza and carbs!!!! <BR> <BR> so, that happened haha (pizza + carbs, that is). but i am SO DETERMINED to be back on-plan this week. i had a super protein-heavy breakfast, and am planning to avoid bread products like the plague! i packed chicken + salad for lunch, and am going to pick up soup and a salad for dinner before class tonight. <BR> <BR> it is supposed to be in the low 80s with no rain all week, so i will be g... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 11:21:58 EST TGIF! i could not be happier that it is almost the weekend! this has been such a weird week, and i am over it haha. <BR> <BR> i had the weirdest eating day yesterday -- i was trying to wait to get dinner with my boyfriend when he got off of work at 10 pm, but i was STARVING! i kept having little snack after little snack, and didn't end up eating a real dinner haha. i did manage to keep myself totally in-check, and didn't binge, which almost always happens in these situations (i also did not resor... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 08:21:18 EST the good and the bad the good: food-wise, i have still been on-track! i have had social engagements every night this week, but the no-bread rule is helping me immensely to keep things in check. i am still avoiding the scale like the plague, but my clothes are fitting me very loosely today! <BR> <BR> the bad: i got in a minor accident this morning and effffed my front bumper up :( i have a feeling this is going to cost me my full $1,000 deductible...womp wompppp <BR> <BR> anyway, let's focus on the good, shall w... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 11:29:04 EST so happy with my decision i am already feeling better about myself after one day of eliminating bread products. i was able to navigate THREE social/eating situations with no problems yesterday. i am sure that saturday night drunk pizza cravings will pose a challenge haha, but right now, i am feeling so good!! <BR> <BR> here is my recap from yesterday: <BR> <BR> breakfast: natural jalapeno beef stick, 5 grapes, 1 oz of dill havarti, iced almond milk latte <BR> <BR> snack: small salad w/ mache, 8 grapes, 1 oz of gru... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 08:06:01 EST it is time to take the plunge... ...into 100% no bread products. i love my ezekial toast in the morning, but by allowing myself one bread product, i wasn't able to convince myself to eliminate the rest. i know that "all or nothing" is not typically the best approach; but for me + bread. at this juncture, it is. <BR> <BR> i lost 43 lbs in 2013 by eliminating bread (and, ya know, working out and eating well) and i know that is the key to success for me. i would want to ultimately reintroduce bread into my life, but for the m... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 10:19:14 EST listening to my horoscope :) i had "one of those mornings" this morning - i spilled coffee all over myself and had to drive back home to change before work (after getting all the way to the office)... i had to burn rubber to avoid a car accident on the highway... i got in a weird not-fight with my bf yesterday, and now we are in this strange cold war situation...all bad. to the point that i thought to myself, "i must be having a 1-star day!" and i read my horoscope. <BR> <BR> turns out my horoscope disagreed with my as... Fri, 21 Aug 2015 10:56:04 EST how to stop the nighttime self-sabotage?!? i have fallen into this routine in which i am totally on-track all day - perfect breakfast + lunch, lots of water, exceeding my 10K step goal...and then i will blow it after work! <BR> <BR> i either go out with my bf if he is not working and drink a couple of drinks + eat whatever, or i will order food in if i am alone and eat garbage. wtf? how do i stop this?!? it is so stupid, because i am putting so much effort into doing well for 90% of my day, and then i blow it! <BR> <BR> even if i am... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 10:00:30 EST 5.5 weeks! my friend's wedding is just about 5.5 weeks away, and i need to keep my eyes on the prize! i ordered a dress from rent the runway, and i need to make sure that it fits <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> i prepped a bunch of healthy food yesterday, so i have no excuse but to be on track today! although the sky looks very threatening, i am hoping that the rain holds off until this afternoon, so i can take a lunchtime walk... <BR> <BR> i was super lazy yesterday, and did not kayak OR go to the gym haha... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 08:46:48 EST checking in!!! ahh back to work after a super-fun weekend in columbus with my best friend. i cannot seem to make myself weigh in haha! i am so much happier focusing on my eating + exercise than monitoring things by my weight on the scale. i still have specific weight-loss targets that i am aiming for, but i do not want to check on my progress at all haha! <BR> <BR> i am trying to get back to really limiting my carbs, because i know that this is what works for me. i love my piece of ezekial sesame toast in ... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 10:41:44 EST another day on track! i have decided to celebrate every single day that i am on-track haha. i took the time to take my dog for a walk before work and eat a sit-down breakfast again today - it was the best! it is so beautiful and fall-like today, i am loving it. <BR> <BR> anyway, i will just jump into the recap from yesterday! <BR> <BR> breakfast - 3 egg whites, 1 slice of ezekial sesame toast, half an avocado and a cup of coffee w/ unsweetened almond milk <BR> <BR> snack - apple <BR> <BR> lunch - weird turkey... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 08:54:41 EST tuesday updates!!! so, i was SO not in the mood to go to the gym after work yesterday, but did not want to be i dusted off the ol' 30 day shred! i like to do it in front of the mirror, to focus on my form (and to be motivated by the parts of my bod that are jigglier than i would like haha). the weirdest thing happened yesterday, though...instead of noticing how gross my body looked, i could not stop noticing how good my legs looked! they have totally transformed!!!! for once, i was motivated by lookin... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 11:21:08 EST monday recharge! so, as usual, i was not my best-eating self over the weekend. i honestly did not give much thought to what i was putting in my mouth at all! i was out with friends almost all weekend, and just kind of went with the flow. because of this, i decided not to weigh in on saturday. i didn't want to discourage myself, and i am still feeling pretty good! (my clothes are fitting normally, i am not feeling bloated, etc.) <BR> <BR> that being said, i am excited and ready to get back on track today! it ... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 08:21:16 EST 8.5.15 recap i have officially become so accustomed to not weighing in that i am kind of tempted to do away with my scale! i would much rather evaluate my progress based on how i am eating/exercising/feeling. however...i am addicted to the scale haha so that does not feel realistic... <BR> <BR> i have SUCKED at prepping food this week, which has made for some weird meals, but i think that i am doing ok overall! i went out last night, and tried to make the best choices with what was available. i am also d... Thu, 6 Aug 2015 10:12:11 EST just a little recap! i am chugging right along over here - staying on track, and looking forward to hopefully hitting my goal on saturday! ps, i know that i mentioned this yesterday...but i am so loving the once-weekly weigh-in! not only am i not letting the scale affect my mood each day, but i also feel that i am pushing myself a little bit harder to reach my goal (since i have no clue how close or far away i am haha). <BR> <BR> i decided to get myself a little more organized, so i cleaned out my car last nigh... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 11:55:18 EST saturday weigh-ins + weekend updates ok, so firstly i have to say that i am currently loving the once-weekly-saturday weigh-in. not only does it keep me on-track on friday night, but gives me some wiggle room to have fun over the weekend before buckling down for weight-loss during the week! <BR> <BR> i had a super-fun weekend that was not great/not awful eating-wise. i definitely exceeded my calorie goal, but i didn't make HORRIBLE choices. i also achieved my goal of getting at least 10k steps 6 days of last week, so i am prett... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 08:58:05 EST double-blog/august goals!!!! so, i will preface this by saying: i understand that no one wants to read more than one blog from me each day haha, so this is mainly for my own purposes:) <BR> <BR> i love coming into a new month with clear goals, and i am also determined to make the most of the rest of this summer!!! <BR> <BR> i am going to keep my goals simple and short. <BR> <BR> exercise: get at least 10K steps, at least 6 days a week <BR> <BR> food: stay between 1100 - 1500 cals on most days, aiming to keep carbs ar... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 09:22:19 EST feeling good :) this week has been pretty smooth sailing for me!!! last night was my final class session for the summer, so i will have my evenings back for the next several weeks :) i feel like i have been finding pretty good balance eating-wise, and have been making sure to hit my step goals by taking lunchtime walks in this crazy heat!!! <BR> <BR> i have a boat-cruise-dinner-thing for work tonight, so the menu is somewhat out of my control, but i am going to try to keep it as healthy as possible. <BR> ... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 08:35:39 EST all of the pieces are falling into place! i don't want to jinx myself by writing this...but i feel like i am pulling it all together! eating + exercise + work + schoolwork + keeping the house together -- it actually all seems to be working! <BR> <BR> i worked from home yesterday, which was SUPER helpful in getting my shi* together. i had time to do laundry, go hiking, meal prep, and generally get my head straight. i got all caught up with my schoolwork today -- only two more days of my summer class, and then almost 1 month of break ... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:46:38 EST back from nyc! so, i did what most of us do when we go to nyc...i ate everything haha. and i regret nothing! i indulged for the weekend (paired with tons of walking, of course) and i am back home and back on track today. <BR> <BR> my bf and i went to an annual wine event yesterday, which i was SO looking forward to...but i ended up getting a migraine and throwing up the entire time :( womp womp. <BR> <BR> anyway, my weight definitely went up a bit over the weekend, but i am honestly not stressing about i... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 09:44:16 EST cleaning up my act!!!! so, not only am i totally back into eating like a normal, healthy person today, i have decided to take a half-day of work to go home and clean my house! and then go for a hike in the woods with the pup! i could not be more excited. <BR> <BR> i feel like whenever my eating gets out of control, i let everything get out of control! the house is a mess, i have no clean laundry, it is driving me absolutely insane!!!! i cannot wait to pick up some cleaning supplies and go to town! <BR> <BR> we al... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 09:23:34 EST AH NEED TO GET BACK ON TRACK ok, this was definitely one of "those" weekends haha...super fun, but soooo many bad foods + alcohol put in my body! i managed to squeak in a workout yesterday, but i think that had very little impact in the scheme of things haha. <BR> <BR> i am feeling SUPER gross and bloated and huge, and am ready to get back to how i was feeling this time last week!!! <BR> <BR> i packed a breakfast to eat in the car that i thought would be a healthyish option, and then i tracked it...620 cals and 102 g o... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 07:38:39 EST full disclosure... so, despite my high from being completely on-track, i ate the entire world yesterday. i just tracked it, and it was around 2,500 cals! yeesh! needless to say, the scale reflected like 4 lbs of water weight this morning, because my body has not been used to that abuse. <BR> <BR> i have to say...usually a binge day (or as some people call it, "treat" day) sets me completely off-track for the next week. this morning, i woke up feeling super-gross, and completely ready to get back to healthy and... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 09:22:33 EST goals goals goals goals goals! i am feeling really positive about where i am in the journey. my eating is on-track (although, i must admit, i had a total "treat" night of wine and cheese with my bf yesterday, but i tracked everything and did not go crazy!!) and i have been killing my step goals. <BR> <BR> in addition to staying on track with these two (VERY IMPORTANT) areas, i would also like to re-focus on my water intake. <BR> <BR> it is supposed to thunderstorm all weekend, but i am determined not to let that keep me... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 07:51:28 EST cravings update so...i broke whole 30. BUT NOT AS A RESULT OF MY CRAVINGS! actually, despite all of your support to indulge a bit, i decided to stay completely on-track yesterday. i didn't go to the store to buy treats, and i came home and prepped healthy lunches for the week. i waited to eat until going out to dinner with my bf, where i chose a boring and compliant whole 30 choice. <BR> <BR> actually, it was during this dinner that i was wondering why exactly i am doing whole 30 haha. i promised a friend ... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 07:38:23 EST CRAVINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ahhhhhhhh i am craving an ice cream and sweets binge SO BADLY!!!!!! i know that i am not actually hungry, because i have already eaten 1,000 calories of nutrient-dense whole30 food today. <BR> <BR> what is my deallllll??!?!?! all i can think about is leaving work and eating massive amounts of ice cream! help meeeeeee Tue, 14 Jul 2015 14:08:48 EST challenging weeks ahead... firstly, today is day 8 of the whole30, and i am still going strong! i had a super strong craving for pizza + ice cream on sunday, but i allowed that to subside :) <BR> <BR> i started an intensive class on saturday that meets 4x a week until the end of july. that means i have a full day at work, i race home to feed the puppy, and race back here for 3 hours of class. 4x a week. yeeeeeesh. this also means that i have to be super prepared with my meal planning, because there is no time for me t... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 08:16:45 EST whole 30 round 2 day 6 still chuggin right along over here! i am at work right now (i had work this morning and have class all afternoon...ahh the life of a professional grad student...) so i am sneaking a couple of minutes to get my blog in :) it is beautiful outside, so i am planning to head to the woods after class is over this evening. i have plans to go out tonight, so i will allow myself a couple of vodka sodas, but otherwise will be on-track! <BR> <BR> even though i ate at my normal times today, i feel like... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 12:48:42 EST whole 30 round 2 day 5! guys, i am feeling so good!!!! i am loving only putting whole foods into my body, and the scale is finally giving me some results...overall, feeling healthy! <BR> <BR> i am taking a half-day today because i have to work tomorrow, so i am heading straight to the woods to go hiking after work today! <BR> <BR> ok, weird sidenote -- i don't know if this is coincidental, or has something to do with whole30, or with my new haircut, or WHAT, but i have gotten more compliments in the past week than... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 10:58:49 EST whole 30 round 2 day 4! i have decided to focus more on how i am feeling than what is happening on the scale (which, by the way, is actually one of the rules of whole 30 haha...). <BR> <BR> the scale has not changed, but i am feeling really small! it also feels good to know that i am making all good food choices, and staying consistent. i was back at my step goal yesterday, but am not sure if i will make it today... <BR> <BR> here is my food log from yesterday: <BR> <BR> breakfast - 2 egg whites (plus a little yo... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 10:46:08 EST MIA from blogs, but not from spark! i haven't blogged in almost a week, but that doesn't mean that i have been off-plan! in fact, far from it!! i have been totally on-track, and just started round 2 of whole 30 on monday. <BR> <BR> every day over 4th of july weekend, (including friday and monday) i got between 10K and 13K steps. that is unheard of! i have never been that on-point during a holiday weekend! (i was actually crazy on-point with my steps most of last is funny what a difference nice weather can make!) <BR>... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 11:20:30 EST being nice to myself!!! this may sound weird, but i was scrolling through old fb pics of myself (i am cutting my hair today, and wanted some inspiration from an old haircut haha). anyway, instead of having my usual judgmental eye, i was noticing how happy i looked in all of my pictures. it kind of hit me that this is what matters! i am always SO FOCUSED on how much i weigh, and how that should relate to how i feel about myself. i need to spend more time just being in the moment and enjoying my time! obviously, eatin... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 10:39:36 EST happy julyyyy!!!!! guys, i am so proud of myself. i had a long, boring evening alone yesterday, which usually leads me to BINGE! but yesterday, i opted to prep a bunch of healthy food, go for a long walk, clean the house, and make healthy eating choices!!! i am feeling so on-track. <BR> <BR> since i am on my period, i am really trying to avoid the scale. technically, i should wait until monday to weigh in, but i am tempted to sneak on the scale on july 4th as well (i remember july 4th being a big target day fo... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 09:54:12 EST 6/29 recap so, i feel that i hit a major non-binging milestone yesterday! i had decided that i was going to treat myself to frozen yogurt after work yesterday, which normally would spiral into an all-out binge (in my head, any treat = every treat haha). <BR> <BR> instead, i balanced out the fro-yo with a salad (no dressing) and made sure to hit my 10K steps! even though my carbs were closer to 150 than 100 g yesterday, my calories were at 1200 and my fat/protein/fiber were right on-track! i also put to... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 08:55:14 EST weekend recap it has been a LONG time since i have felt this good coming off of a weekend! rather than the usual overeating and overdrinking regret, i am feeling well-rested, and am 4 lbs down since friday!!! since i am pretty broke, i didn't really go out this weekend, and opted to make lots of healthy food at home and play with my doggie :) <BR> <BR> i didn't have a ton of food in the house, so i got creative with freezer-finds, and am pretty proud of myself! i am going to give you all a weekend food r... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 08:23:43 EST slimming world recap 6.22.15 i celebrated the first day of summer by finally being back on track!!!! it feels so much better to be doing things right. i was SO SICK on sunday, and i feel like that kind of cleared out the system and allowed me to refresh/restart haha. <BR> <BR> recap of yesterday: <BR> <BR> breakfast - <BR> 3 egg whites, 3 oz of chicken, cucumber slices, onion slices, bun (HexB). iced coffee w/ skim milk (first HexA) <BR> <BR> lunch - <BR> 1 cup of barley cooked w/ tomatoes, mushrooms and garlic, abou... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 08:46:19 EST