SUN_N_SEA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SUN%5FN%5FSEA SUN_N_SEA'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/ Checking In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706946 I want to start checking in daily, just to give myself some sense of purpose. It won't be revelatory stuff; in fact, it will most-likely be quite boring. But I need to do something to give my thoughts and energy some direction. <BR> <BR> I haven't felt like exercising or eating great lately. I barely feel like doing my homework, even though I'm so close to the proverbial finish line now. And I feel terrible about being a "downer" and venting so much. I just don't really have another outlet ... Fri, 30 May 2014 17:04:42 EST Remembering. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704457 Time passes <BR> and the details fade, <BR> but the feeling remains, <BR> growing stronger even, <BR> in a memory. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l398527057.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Memories are a funny thing, subject to the interpretation of the one doing the remembering. And yet so hard to describe, and even harder to hold onto with certainty. <BR> <BR> Almost 6 months have gone by since I lost him, and the hardest thing I'm realizing now is that we will never c... Tue, 27 May 2014 14:25:37 EST Change. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700057 It's never easy, but necessary for growth. This is what I keep telling myself. <BR> <BR> As I go through the motions of living, I just feel so strange. Things are happening fast, yet slow, and then fast again as if to catch up. I can't quite grip onto anything. My internal moods & emotions are fluctuating so rapidly, but I try to keep this strong, stoic facade for the world. And when people close to me ask me to talk about it, I just can't articulate what's going on. <BR> <BR> It reminds ... Wed, 21 May 2014 13:41:29 EST Recovery. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673632 After 3 months, I feel like I'm starting to get back on the forward journey. I mean, we're always racing forward, it's inevitable. But now I feel productive again. I still breakdown, of course. I still have my little rituals and routines. I still miss him, every.. single.. day. <BR> <BR> But now I recognize that all these things are just fine. They're just me. And "me" is all I will ever have at any moment, faithfully, consistently, unwaveringly. At any point I decide to look in the mirror,... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:00:03 EST My Life Broke... and now I'm picking up the pieces. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645614 On January 10, 2014, the life that I had been building up came crashing down. <BR> <BR> My boyfriend of almost 5 years died in an automobile accident. I lost the love of my life, my best friend, my partner, my therapist, my rock, my other half... I felt like I couldn't go on. And it's been this way for two months. <BR> <BR> But now, slowly, I am starting to look up from the bottom of my hole. I remember his joyful spirit, positive energy, and attitude to live every day to the fullest. "Li... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 19:33:52 EST I want my MOJO back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5422986 It's not here yet, but I'm working on it... For now, I'll take it one day at a time. I'm not looking too far ahead, or "future-tripping" as my Dad so wisely calls it. <BR> <BR> Goals for today: <BR> <BR> <em>301</em> Track calories. <BR> <BR> <em>194</em> Drink water. <BR> <BR> <em>320</em> Do (1) JM:30DS workout. <BR> <BR> <em>149</em> Finish homework. <BR> <BR> <em>298</em> Above all, stay motivated and inspired. Do something enjoyable. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 11:36:05 EST So that's what happens.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5358206 when you binge eat for 3 weeks straight. You gain 7 lbs. Have horrible acne and breakouts. Feel like crap. Low energy. <BR> <BR> It's like I pushed the rewind button and now find myself in the unhealthy past, bordering on out of control. But I decided to give myself a little reality check and stepped on the scale this morning. <BR> <BR> 139.2 <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Well, I shouldn't be that shocked really, when all I've been consuming for the past 2 weeks is junk food and starche... Thu, 16 May 2013 06:49:23 EST Monday Routine: Return to List Making http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5331385 I think I'm back to the daily task lists... I've got several school related deadlines over the next 2 weeks, so I really have to stay on track to avoid undue stress and procrastination (read: eating instead of writing this paper). <BR> <BR> Starting today, it's back to making my morning to-do's. Here's my plan for today to get it all done! <BR> <BR> 1. Early Breakfast: from daily meal plan <BR> <BR> 2. Clean up the room (quick) <BR> <BR> 3. Get to work writing term research paper! (2 hr... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 08:04:03 EST Taking Control, Part 1: Truth-telling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5321761 I have a confession. I've been a bad Sparkie. Sure, I've been saying it out loud, "This is my goal. This is what I'm going to achieve." I've been believing that it will happen. <BR> <BR> But I haven't been doing what is necessary to MAKE it happen. Today, all of that changes. <BR> <BR> Today, I START telling myself the truth. I STOP lying about why I'm having these bad results, i.e. weekly gains instead of losses (Oh, it's just water weight. I'm bloated. It's TOM this week.) <BR> <BR> TR... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 11:49:50 EST Moving Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5312671 Well, Easter weekend was a bump in the road... I overate on sugary sweets... pie, brownies, creme brulee! Not to mention ALL of the Easter candy. <BR> <BR> It took a few days to get it all out of my system, but now I'm back on track. I'm a little off schedule on my mini-goals for April (I was hoping to be back at 125lbs by April 11... but my last Sunday weigh-in was 133.6lbs---eeekk), but I know I still have plenty of time to realign with my goals. I already feel better after cutting out re... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 13:19:16 EST Fitness Victory! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5297633 So yesterday I decided to go for a little jog on a bike/walking trail not too far from my house. I had planned my route out in advance, from a particular parking lot to a small farm and park right off the trail. However, I had not calculated the distance to see exactly how long it would be. I used to bike this stretch all the time in about 20-25 minutes, so I approximated it might be something like 2 miles round trip. I didn't think this was completely out of hand. <BR> <BR> I started off w... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 21:20:35 EST It's List-Making time.. Friday To-Dos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5296208 1. Gym: Fri ST session (DONE) <BR> 2. Cardio: 45 min jogging on the Canal Trail would be nice! (DONE! It turned into an almost hour-long jog of just over 4.5 miles! Phew!) <BR> 3. Workout @ home: Day 2 - 30-Day Shred (DONE!) <BR> (I pulled this workout out of the closet yesterday-- totally surprised how much easier it is for me now! But my arms are sore today... I'm going to do the 30 days and see how it goes, in addition to my usual routine!) <BR> 4. Homework: NSG class- Assignment #1 (DONE)... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 12:13:39 EST Happiness is... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5292765 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l780435135.jpg"> <BR> ...this delicious and colorful assortment of fruit on my kitchen table. Totally makes me smile. <BR> <BR> <em>320</em> <BR> ...feeling the sweat stinging my eyes and the tired ache in my muscles after a good workout. <BR> <BR> These are the things making me happy at the moment! <BR> <BR> Did you have your daily dose of happiness? Where did it come from? Tue, 19 Mar 2013 18:34:27 EST Sunday 'Dos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5289645 Here's the To-do List for the day: <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> 1. Gym (45 min cardio + abs!) <BR> 2. Grocery Shopping <BR> 3. Lunch <BR> 4. Shopping w/ BF! <BR> 5. Homework: <BR> --------Post articles for online class <BR> --------Complete assignments 1 &2 <BR> --------Spanish homework! <BR> 6. Prep food for the week! <BR> 7. Hike or walk outside? <BR> <BR> On a good note, I had my weekly weigh-in this morning: 130.0lbs, and I'm down 1.8lbs from last week, even with a few high-calorie day... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 09:42:05 EST Staying Productive.. Thursday Agenda! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5286423 It's list time! Woohoo! Who knew it could be so exciting to plan your day? Here's what I'm thinking I should do for the remainder of today! <BR> <BR> 1. Breakfast? Done & Lunch Prep for BF? Done. <BR> 2. General morning laziness? Done. <BR> <BR> Now: <BR> 3. Have a Little snack for energy! Done. <BR> 3. 20 Minute Spin Bike Cardio Workout (DONE!) followed by 15 minutes Insanity Abs! (Done--other ab workout) <BR> 4. Make something for lunch (mmmm.. turkey burgers?) DONE! <BR> 5. Prep for d... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 11:04:16 EST Identifying Trigger Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5285791 This is important for me to document, because I seem to be in denial about my overeating much of the time. There are certain foods that I just shouldn't even touch with a ten foot pole, for lack of self-control. And I'm slowly identifying these foods, and eliminating them from my cupboards, household, and diet. <BR> <BR> More than anything, I realize that I'm obsessed with the texture of food. To be specific, if it's crunchy, I will adore it. If it's SWEET and crunchy... oh my goodness, loo... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 21:27:36 EST New Motivation: 107 Days (Warning! Contains Photos of Sweet Treats!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5282493 It may be apparent that I've been struggling a bit lately. Floundering around, not being able to stick with one plan or another. Lapses in my nutrition and fitness trackers... Well, as of this morning, I have a new motivation, a particular goal date in the not so distant future, to keep me excited about losing weight and getting fit! <BR> <BR> This morning during breakfast with the BF, he casually mentions to keep a week free in June, because he wants to take me on vacation for my (our) birt... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 12:16:21 EST Accountability Contract http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5273974 Well, I haven't exactly been in my best form as of late, when it comes to good eating and exercise. I spent the last week with my parents, celebrating my Dad's birthday and lounging around the fireplace drinking hot chocolate in the morning, and glasses of wine in the evening! My exercise regimen consisted of doing belly-dancing and aerobics videos found on youtube with my Mom (my parents are about 100 miles from the nearest gym). It was a great time (and I don't regret it!) but the scale is ... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 09:04:26 EST Under Construction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5258976 So lately I've been browsing along on the back-roads of the internet, searching for tips to stay on track in this journey to leading a healthier life. I had a lot of progress the first few months that I decided to make changes-- but now I'm stagnating. Maybe it's that plateau that we always hear about? I think I must be on a big one. Like the size of Texas, or something. <BR> <BR> My weight has been bouncing around, from 122lbs to 127lbs. But I actually haven't made any great progress in my... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 16:05:56 EST Tuesday's Agenda http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5255911 Plans, plans and more plans! Ufff, sometimes it gets tiring... but ultimately, I've realized when I don't plan my days, things go realllllly off track for me. So I'm thinking, why not put it all out there, everything I'd like to do today, right from the get-go? I'm not going to hold myself to everything on the list, but it would be great to get done, say, 75% of what's on it! <BR> <BR> In the AM---------------------- <BR> **Workout @ Gym: <BR> Cardio - 60 minutes w/ Intervals (today, I'm t... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 09:09:25 EST Weathering the Storm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5247693 Up here in New England, the blizzard may have come and gone, but it's left a real mess in its wake... my driveway, for sure, is one example, still barricaded with a good 8-ft of snow at the junction with my street. Then there is my kitchen, which had its own little indoor blizzard, the faint residual dusting of powdered sugar and flour the only evidence of the 4-day bake and cook fest that has taken place in my indoor prison. <BR> <BR> Oh, and then there's the biggest mess of all, the one I... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 11:41:33 EST "Why are Thin People Not Fat?" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5244996 I think this is a really thought-provoking documentary and definitely worth watching... I was pretty amazed after! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> And while some of the studies they've referenced do have questionable research methods, the content is totally relevant and, at the very least, gives us all a jumping point for doing our own research on the subject! <BR> <BR> It's about an hour long, but will most likely have you captivated the whole time.... <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPsKp... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 11:16:04 EST Today's Agenda http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5241516 And it's back to the list-making! I just can't help myself... <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> 1. Workout: 45 min cardio, 200 crunches [DONE!] <BR> 2. Homework: Listen to online lecture & take quiz <BR> 3. Prep food for dinner tonight: I'm thinking chicken breasts "stroganoff-style" with garlic roasted green beans and something with sweet potatoes on the side.. I like a colorful plate! <BR> 4. Go to the bank. <BR> 5. Party Planning: Search around for more ideas. <BR> 6. Hang out with the big sis, m... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 11:54:37 EST Off to a Good Start, and other Things of a Random Nature! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5240311 It's just the beginning of February, I'm a little under the weather and it's already been pretty busy around here. But you know what? It's the right kind of busy...the kind that occupies my mind (and distracts me from my usually ravenous appetite). I feel more focused. I'm able to concentrate! I'm keeping up with my homework, which is a big accomplishment for a seasoned procrastinator like myself. I've been really organized with my online class. I'm on point with my eating so far. Staying (pr... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 13:56:59 EST Day 4 Insanity... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5230306 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1583727642.jpg"> <BR> and still smiling! Wed, 30 Jan 2013 13:24:32 EST Seriously getting Serious! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5226361 Okay, so I've been slacking lately with my nutrition. Since I bumped up my calorie intake, I've been abusing it. I decided to increase my caloric range to a max of 1600/day... but 1600 has turned into 1700, and then 1800... to 2000! Ughhh... what am I doing to myself?? I've worked so hard to get to this point: losing 20lbs, dropping 8 points in my body fat percentage, seeing more muscle tone and definition, having a teensy, tiny bit of abs poking through... why do I want to shroud my stomach ... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 23:04:06 EST Goal of the Day: Be Honest with my Calorie Tracker! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5220055 I've been cheating the past few days.... *GASP* on my calorie tracker! I'll be doing okay all day, and then something comes over me at night... I just go into the kitchen and start rummaging through the cabinets, grabbing handfuls of walnuts and chocolate chips and raisins... and then my attention turns to the fridge... hmmm, slice of chocolate cake? why not!... a cold turkey meatball? Sounds good to me! <BR> <BR> I've been like a gremlin lately (as in, "Don't feed them after dark!) and it'... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 11:59:17 EST Trying to Get Organized, Once Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5216909 This concept of organization seems to elude me. I always begin with good intentions: set up the plan, prioritize what's most important, make a schedule... and then (never fail) I get distracted! I have to get to the bottom of this issue, or I'm pretty sure it's going to stay with me for the rest of my life. <BR> <BR> First, I'm going to examine potential flaws in my plans to get organized. <BR> ---Too many tasks on the list to begin with <BR> ---Adding things to the to-do list as the day g... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 11:16:00 EST Thoughts on Transition.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5211644 I'm in transition, and trying to figure out the best nutrition plan to match my sort of new fitness plan. I had previously been eating an average of 1300 calories/day, but always felt hungry, which inevitably led to a binge. Nevertheless, I was able to maintain this model and lose a fairly significant amount of weight. But now I have a real goal, not just to lose weight, but to drop my body fat in 2013. I want to ensure that these last 5-10lbs that I lose are mostly fat, not precious muscle. ... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 14:02:31 EST Goal of the Day: Stay on Track! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5208208 Today, I want to focus on staying on track. I'm going to say it again and again in my head until I GET IT! Stay in my calorie range... drink enough water... make GOOD food choices... Workout and burn those calories...Stick to the "to-do" list... don't get distracted... be on time! <BR> <BR> "Stay on track, Liz! Don't stray from the path to your goals!" <BR> That's my mantra for now. <BR> <BR> "Do you want to have that bikini body for the beach this summer, or do you want to be swathed in... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 11:04:45 EST Tomorrow's Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5204100 Well, I've picked up a nightshift tonight, and in order to keep myself on track and not get completely derailed by having my entire circadian rhythm thrown off by being awake when my body should be sleeping (this is the reason I got off nights, FYI), I've got to have a gameplan to organize my day tomorrow. Granted I get out of work relatively on time (say, around 8AM) here's my plan for tomorrow morning. I really don't want to skip my workout, or sleep all day! <BR> <BR> 8AM Get some coffee... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 20:03:23 EST Today's To-dos! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5202343 Alright, it's a bit of a late start today. But late is better than never, or so they say. Here's what I have planned for the rest of my day, in no particular order. Oh and excuse the somewhat trivial nature of some of these tasks, it's more of a document to keep me on track than anything too grand or exciting. <BR> <BR> *Tidy up the bedroom <BR> *Thaw salmon for dinner (making seared salmon fillets with lemon parsley sauce and cauliflower mash) <BR> *Charge the cell phone (gonna need it for ... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 15:01:07 EST Wayward & Onward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5197028 I've been wandering and meandering a bit, straying from my physical health & fitness related goals through this holiday season, and while it feels good to relax and "let my hair down," it's also frightening. <BR> <BR> In part, not counting calories scares me because I'm worried I'll lose control if I don't know the exact numbers of the nutrients that I'm putting into my body through the day. I'm worried I'll negate all the progress I've made so far. <BR> <BR> But then there is a much larg... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 13:30:11 EST What have I eaten today... or more appropriately titled... Is there anything I haven't eaten today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5176968 Okay, so this is me trying to be accountable for all the things that I've eaten today with careless abandon, culminating with several handfuls of chocolate chips (straight from the bag, no less) and also sprinkled over my HOT CHOCOLATE that I decided I just had to have right now... ugghhhh! I don't even know if I'm capable of using the nutrition tracker, so I'll start here. Better than nothing, right? <BR> <BR> It all started when I got home from work last night at 1:50AM. Actually, it start... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 18:57:22 EST Holiday Gains (again...) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5175742 Once again, I've overdone it on a holiday. I thought I would have the will power to abstain from tasting all of the delicious treats that my mom and I were baking to give away as gifts, but I just couldn't resist. I'm up 3.4 pounds which means I won't reach my NYE goal of 120lbs. I guess now I'm just aiming to be under 125lbs for the New Year, which isn't terrible, but it does mean that I failed at fulfilling my original goal. More of a disappointment than anything. <BR> <BR> I'm ready to g... Tue, 25 Dec 2012 09:23:47 EST Vacation... the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5170631 Well, I'm on vacation here in the Green Mountain state, vising with my parents who I haven't seen since Thanksgiving! And I'm super excited about getting to spend some quality time with them, but I'm also apprehensive because I ALWAYS overeat when we're together... it's like we share our love for each other through food! Needless to say, it's a big trigger for me to overindulge. <BR> <BR> Take my arrival here this evening: As soon as I walked in the door, there were abundant appetizers set... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 23:50:25 EST Day 8 of 8... Finals Week Madness Finale! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5168749 I'm up early on this last day of my finals week madness to get in a little extra studying before my chem exam at 8AM (eeek!)... yesterday did NOT go as planned, unfortunately. I did well with the eating part; however, I didn't do any exercise (other than climb the stairs to my third floor apartment a couple times, hah!), no Insanity workout, and I also didn't drink nearly enough water. Today, I am vowing to do things better. Here's how! <BR> <BR> Today's Plan: <BR> <em>56</em> MONDAY <BR... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 05:42:35 EST Day 7 of 8.. finals week madness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5168118 So I've recovered from my cookie binge of last night.. I packed up ALL the cookies, as planned, to send off as gifts for family and friends. I've already given some away to my BF's sister and husband.. the rest have been packed for my sister and parents, leaving 2 lone cookies (for my BF, not me!) here at home. I'm almost at the end of finals for the semester.. just 2 more left for tomorrow, Chemistry and Spanish. Which means, I HAVE to study today. I also have to get in my Insanity workouts ... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 12:55:40 EST Cookie Binge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5167672 I just want to document how utterly and completely awful I feel right now since eating almost half my daily calories in cookies today. I know this temptation will surely surface again, and sooner rather than later because of the holiday and the fact that I love to bake. So I feel like if I put it in words how physically and mentally disgusting I feel it might deter me from overindulging again in this same way. <BR> <BR> Physically, my belly is bloated and bulging. I'm completely fluffy all ... Sat, 15 Dec 2012 22:25:36 EST Do you have a mantra? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5166416 I decided to go to the gym with my BF last night, even though I had already gotten in all of my "scheduled" workouts for the day (trying to help keep him motivated, since he says he's ready to get back into shape). I didn't want to go crazy and risk over-doing it, so I went for the treadmill, walking at 10% incline, 3mph for 45 minutes. I picked up a magazine from the rack, as I sometimes will when I'm not in the mood to go terribly hard. The selection wasn't the greatest... a choice of Boate... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 11:38:30 EST Goals and Plans for Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5165141 Recap for yesterday... I made it through the day, somehow! <BR> <BR> The GOOD: <BR> ----Finished my final research paper for composition... DONE with that class!! <BR> ----Drank 12 glasses water <BR> ----Did 60 minutes cardio at the gym <BR> ----Was pretty good about my eating, considering the stress of that paper... I didn't partake in mindless munching! <BR> ----On time for most obligations <BR> <BR> The NOT SO GOOD: <BR> ----Still no Insanity workout (4 days now of Recovery workouts th... Thu, 13 Dec 2012 07:42:46 EST Day 3 of 8 in the Finals Madness Countdown! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5164061 Alright, so far I'm surviving. Not really exercising as much as I would like, but I'm still getting to the gym for my 45 min cardio.. I guess that's definitely better than nothing at all! I've reduced the top of my calorie range to 1400/day, and so far it's a bit of a struggle. Trying to incorporate more healthy fats and see if it keeps me feeling fuller longer. Also, I've been pretty successful in upping my daily water intake. I want to get at least 12+ glasses per day. Yesterday was 9, but ... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 08:04:04 EST Today's Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5163199 This marks day 2 in the mini-series "8 Days of Finals Week Madness." <BR> <BR> My plan for yesterday was okay.. to recap... I was able to: <BR> ----------drink my 12+ cups water! <BR> ----------Read articles and worked on tentative thesis for my paper! <BR> ----------Went to the gym and jogged on the treadmill for 45minutes! <BR> <BR> However... <BR> ----------I didn't finish the paper <BR> ----------I went over my daily calories a bit (not terrible, but not what I planned) <BR> -----... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 11:44:12 EST "The best laid schemes of mice and men... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5162057 often go awry." But hey, it's life! And it's unpredictable! These things happen, right? So we pick ourselves up, and start planning, all over again... there's no shame in that! <BR> <BR> Last week, I had made a big to-do about planning my week, day by day. And it sort of worked, but sort of didn't. There were some things that it kept me accountable with, like getting in my exercise and finishing a few homework assignments, but I still wasn't entirely consistent with other important things (... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 11:09:22 EST Checking In with Weekly Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5158166 So, earlier this week I had made a big list of things that I was planning to accomplish, on a day-by-day basis. I'd just like to recap where I'm at, if I'm keeping up with things and so on. I'm pretty much on track so far (definitely with the exercise part, sort of with the homework), and it really hasn't been so difficult to keep up with these goals as planned. I feel like having it all mapped out has kept me aware of the deadlines for the week, and it's something I'll probably do on Sundays... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 11:49:28 EST Veggie Chili Saves the Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5156183 Boy do I love cooking, but sometimes there just isn't enough time in the day to get everything done... this usually leads to those occasions where I don't eat enough early on, and end up ravenous when I get home from school or whatever other activity has drawn me out into the world for hours at a time without sustenance. Needless to say, the ferocious appetite that has developed by the time I enter the kitchen leads me to make terrible food choices, and before I know it, I've eaten half a blo... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 16:47:49 EST I think I can actually do this... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5153464 as long as I stick to a plan! After my weigh-in this morning, I'm down 3lbs which means I'm back to my pre-Thanksgiving weight (125.4lbs)! Which also means, I'm just a little bit over 5 lbs from my NYE goal (120lbs)... I can totally do this! Even if I don't lose 2lbs/week, I can do this! Woohoo! <BR> <BR> The only possible set-back I'm anticipating is that these next 2 1/2 weeks will be filled with stress, due to the upcoming finals. For me, finals (and studying) are always a time of stress... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 11:14:39 EST Hot Chocolate "Mochaccino"... under 100 calories!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5151774 I'll admit it... I'm a caffeine addict AND a chocolate fiend! I just can't get enough of the stuff! Unfortunately, chocolate is pretty pricey in the calorie department; so I'm always looking for ways to infuse my favorite flavor into low-calorie choco-licious goodness! <BR> <BR> I also used to be a junkie of a certain coffee-serving chain (and I've got the gold card to prove it), but that habit got pretty calorie-laden (not to mention expensive), pretty quick. So what's a coffee-and-chocolat... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 14:52:24 EST Cooking as Meditation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5150967 I was a little wound up from today; went to the gym early, running here and there, going to class, finishing last minute homework assignments (yet again...), so when I got home I wasn't really sure what to do. Things were feeling pretty loud in my head (does that make any sense?) and I was having a hard time calming down. <BR> <BR> So I did what I usually do, turned to the computer and pulled up a few book-marked recipes I had been meaning to try. There was oven-roasted pollo a la brasa wit... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 20:20:35 EST Rewards! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5149953 Well, maybe it's just because Christmas is coming... but I've been thinking about rewards as motivation for reaching goals ..... <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Just so I don't forget... here's a few of the things that I would like, but also I think would really help on this overall fitness journey: <BR> <BR> Cross-trainers/sneakers <BR> Heart Rate Monitor <BR> Various Cookbooks (including this really expensive one about Peruvian cuisine... which I LOVE) <BR> <BR> And then a "just because" r... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 21:37:02 EST