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/ 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 whole 30 day 7 recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5851618 woop woop! officially one week down!! i am happy to say that i lost 4.2 lbs in the first week :) i really couldn't hope for better results! next week will probably be a bit slower as i can really only go to the gym on thursday/saturday/sunday. <BR> <BR> again, sitting in class, so i will make it short! <BR> <BR> recap: <BR> <BR> breakfast - 3 egg whites cooked in ghee, jalapeno chicken sausage, cup of coffee w/ light coconut milk <BR> <BR> morning snack - banana, 1 oz of mixed pecans/cas... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 08:56:48 EST whole 30 day 6 recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5851041 first night out with no drinking was a success!!! i did not feel like i was missing out on anything at all. next challenges: dinner out tonight annnd tomorrow night. eek! i will make it work. <BR> <BR> i am in class so i will make this brief and straight-forward! <BR> <BR> recap: <BR> breafast - 1 egg + 1 egg white cooked in ghee. trader joe's jalapeno chicken sausage. cup of coffee w/ light coconut milk <BR> <BR> morning snack - banana <BR> <BR> lunch - salmon, 1 tbsp guacamole, about .5... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 12:26:28 EST whole 30 day 5 recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850528 cruisin' right along over here! i went to the gym right after class today, and got a solid workout in. i scheduled an appointment on feb 19 to try to bridesmaid dresses, so that is DEFINITELY extra motivation to keep my butt in gear. there's no motivation like avoiding public humiliation! <BR> <BR> i have completely failed at my goal of avoiding the scales for whole30, so i have decided to make each new week on the plan my weigh-in day (aka sundays). i am excited to see what my results will ... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 17:55:16 EST mmm...a triple blog day?!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849726 ok. i just feel the need to get this on paper because i am so proud of myself! <BR> <BR> a) just had the best workout in MONTHS!!! <BR> <BR> b) just made a legitimately delicious dinner! and i never thought i could cook!!! <BR> <BR> a-- i ran 1 mile in 7 mins, then did intervals for the next two miles (1 min slow, 1 min full sprint). i ended up finishing 3 miles in 21 miles, and then did another .25 mile cool down (and some weights) <BR> <BR> b-- i made a homemade marinade for chicken th... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 19:20:49 EST revisiting the list http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849485 so...i was reading some old blogs, and i came across my original "reasons for weight-loss" list. i had revisited this list on 4/1/14, in honor of my one-year sparkversary. at that time, i was able to check off almost everything on the list. i decided that it was time to look at it again... <BR> <BR> -to look good in clothes (nope) <BR> -to look good naked (nope) <BR> -to not constantly be aware of my weight (nope) <BR> -to not wear out the insides of my leggings (check!) <BR> -to not cha... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 12:13:30 EST whole 30 day 4 recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849256 got the calories back under control yesterday, and feeling great! i NEED to go to the gym today, so that is happening haha. -20 temperatures be damned! it is dawning on me how quickly the ireland trip is approaching, and i seriously want to see some results by then!!! <BR> <BR> recap of yesterday: <BR> <BR> breakfast - 3 egg whites cooked in 1.5 tsp of ghee, 2 slices of uncured turkey bacon. coffee w/ coconut creamer. <BR> <BR> morning snack - apple w/ 2 tbsp of pecan + cashew butter <BR>... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 07:47:57 EST whole 30 day 3 recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848360 so, i have realized something - with this new eating plan, i have given myself the "ok" to eat more calories than i was -- i.e. i have eaten around 1740 cals for the past two days. that is NOT going to help me to achieve my goals haha. i am glad that i realized this early on, so that i can be sure to focus both on whole30 and calories for the next 26 days. <BR> <BR> i SERIOUSLY need to step up my workout game, as well. i didn't do anything yesterday, and i do not think that i will have time ... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 08:24:07 EST whole 30 day 2/placebo effect? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5847605 2 days of whole 30 in the books! i was super tempted to weigh myself this morning, but i am really trying to focus on how i feel instead of the scale! i am actually determined to make it the month without weighing in, as dictated by the program (we'll see haha). <BR> <BR> i was actually super hungry yesterday, and i ate kind of a lot...but still 100% on plan. <BR> <BR> breakfast - 2 slices of uncured turkey bacon, 1 egg + 2 egg whites cooked in ghee. 1/4 of an avocado and pico on the side.... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 11:41:23 EST whole 30 day 1 recap! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5846428 ok, so obviously it is too early to say haha - but i love this! i am feeling super super healthy and energetic and everything good haha. yesterday was kind of a funky eating day since i was just hanging around the house - i didn't exactly eat 3 solid meals, but i was FULL all day. i ended the day under 1,000 cals, which i am going to try to avoid doing again. <BR> <BR> anyway, here's what i ate yesterday! <BR> <BR> breakfast - 2 slices of uncured turkey bacon, 1 egg + 2 egg whites cooked i... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 08:53:47 EST whole 30!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5845616 sooo i was looking at a fitness account on instagram yesterday, and the girl was just starting whole 30. i have always been a bit intimidated by this plan, but i decided to look into it again yesterday. and thennn i decided to start it today!!! i could definitely use a reboost, and this seems like a super healthy way to go about it. <BR> <BR> i bought tons of healthy groceries this morning, and am meal-preppin a storm -- coffee and chili-braised beef in the crockpot, mashed rosemary sweet po... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 12:35:05 EST recap 1.2.14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5845013 yesterday was definitely my best spark day in a while! today has not been as perfectly on-track due to brunch with friends this morning and residual snacking throughout the day...but i did just go to the gym, and will avoid eating dinner unless i get really hungry! <BR> <BR> tomorrow is my last day of break and i am so saaaddddd :( i am planning to go to the gym first thing in the morning while my boyfriend is still asleep, and then stay on target eating-wise the rest of the day! if i get a ... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 18:52:04 EST feeling good about 2015 :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5844083 after a few days of being back on track, i am feeling great! i have big goals to achieve this year, and i finally feel that i am out of my rut. <BR> <BR> my bf and i had a great new year's day yesterday -- relaxing morning, then went to his work holiday party. we didn't really eat much until 6 pm, so we decided to treat ourselves to new years burgers :) <BR> <BR> i currently have beef stew simmering away in the crockpot, and we are planning to stay in tonight and watch game of thrones (we a... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 17:03:59 EST