THATBRONWYNGIRL's SparkPeople Blog THATBRONWYNGIRL's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Cauliflower... <img src=""> amazing. Everyone Google cauliflower fried rice. It's delicious, and I get 2 cups worth for 158 calories. YUM. Tue, 22 Mar 2016 15:14:56 EST Like a kick... the bum! <BR> I feel very empowered, today. I made soup for my lunches last night, and packed a whole lunch bag full of fruits and veg! I'm starting my day with tea, but I didn't sleep well, so I'm sure I'll be switching to coffee later... <BR> Taking control of my body and what I put in it always helps me feel more in control of my life... I'm hoping it'll extend to my anxiety! :) <BR> <BR> Today--work 9-5, home, housework, etc. And I've got some fun cubicle exercises scheduled fo... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 08:58:13 EST This... This is hard. <BR> I've been greatly successful with lifestyle changes and weightloss in the past, using SparkPeople. When I am clear and focused, I know how to eat properly and take care of my body. I know the right things to do, because I've done them before. <BR> <BR> I feel like my brain is fighting me. <BR> My anxiety and depression issues have been worsening over time, and while I'd love to say something about being an emotional eater, the fact is that I overeat or eat terrible thing... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 10:42:59 EST Back on it... <img src=""> So many health issues, I won't get into it all. I haven't gained, but I haven't lost. My schedule is back to normal hours at work now: 9-5. I'm buying more fruits and veg, and now have energy to cook when I get home, which is GREAT. I'm working up to working out again... Getting my sleep schedule normalized and putting more energy and movement into my workday. I got a chair balance ball thing for ... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 20:46:40 EST That thing where you do the right thing... What's good: <BR> Got a 90% on my final training assessment for work. <BR> Stayed within my calorie range yesterday, and started working out again!! <BR> Drank some extra water yesterday and blew out that little bit of water weight...I'm right back on track, now! <BR> Today, at work: <BR> Class lunch of pizza and wings, "just put in $10 and you get all this--" No, thank you. I was honest: I'm broke until payday, and I'm on a calorie-conscious diet. I'll absolutely hang and celebrate, ... Thu, 24 Dec 2015 12:17:59 EST The past two days... Okay, first and foremost: What's good? <BR> I had a yummy healthy dinner with two of my closest friends last night. <BR> I have my final training assessment today, for work. After this, we'll be on the floor, and I'm excited to really get down to business! <BR> Our paychecks are showing in our direct deposit lines, and seeing my pay at this rate makes me feel like my life really is going to improve as drastically as I've been hoping and dreaming. <BR> It's been 10 days since I took the eleva... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 12:16:13 EST Trip but don't fall... <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> I made a rookie mistake last night and snacked while watching a movie, and don't you know I ate more than I should have... Fortunately, I was a little under my limit after dinner, so the damage is probably minimal, but I ... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 10:09:02 EST Tough Weekend... This weekend was really rough, emotionally. So much going on, I don't even want to get into it. So, instead, I'm going to go straight into... <BR> <BR> What's Good: <BR> I got to spend time with my family and my wonderful boyfriend this weekend. <BR> I didn't go over on my calorie goals, and actually lost another pound. <BR> Everyone at the party on Saturday kept asking me if I'd lost weight, which felt GREAT. <BR> I used cooking and prepping healthy food to ease my stress yesterday, and... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 13:18:34 EST Hash!! <img src=""> I've looked forward to this recipe all week! :) Sort of my reward for staying on track...less the food, more the me time. I saw the frozen hash browns in the store (70 calories per cup!!), and my brain has been tossing this idea around ever since. Plus--added bonus--it's CHEAP! So, it's: 3 oz (approx. 1 cup) frozen hash brown potatoes 1 oz spinach 1 serving Buddig Oven Roasted Turkey (4 slice... Sat, 19 Dec 2015 12:59:22 EST This week, recap First and foremost: what's good? <BR> --Weighed in at the same weight today as yesterday, which is better than going up! <BR> --Feeling motivated and on top of things... <BR> --I have never looked forward to being at home more than I do,, prepping lunches, cleaning, and finishing my evening with a movie or a couple of episodes of Black Sails has been like a kind of heaven. That place is my oasis. <BR> <BR> This week, I lost about 3lb. I made small changes (took the stairs, pa... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 10:32:29 EST Starts Early, Hits Fast... Yesterday was such a great day, as far as diet, health, self-control...I felt so good about myself. <BR> Family issues arose (long story, don't ask), and were excessively stressful... I had band practice after work, and I knew that one of the guys usually brings pizza (to say nothing of the beer, lol), so I made sure to eat a big ol' taco salad before I left home, and took water and hot tea with me. Sure enough, halfway through my salad, I get a group text from the rhythm guitar--he'd ordere... Thu, 17 Dec 2015 10:19:19 EST Hump Daaaayyyy What's Good: <BR> Weigh-in this morning has me at 168. I started a week and a half ago at 173. This week started at 170. So, 2lb down for this week, and going strong! <BR> Yesterday, I stayed 100% on track--tracked everything, and stayed well withing calorie range. I got all my clean laundry put away, cleaned my kitchen and bedroom, and went to bed feeling like I'd done a great job. <BR> This morning, I woke up to a clean room, a pristine kitchen, my lunch packed, tea ready to be brewed..... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 10:25:42 EST Catching up... <img src=""> <BR> I used to do this... Basically, this is proof you don't have to spend a ton to buy healthy food. <BR> I make healthy meals for one, then post them here. <BR> So, here ya go: <BR> Meal 1: <BR> Pasta with Chicken Sausage and Red Sauce...the chicken sausage has bell pepper and mozzarella, came from Aldi ($2.49!), and is only 170 calories. Pasta is Ronzoni 150 rotini, on sale for $2. Salad stuff ... Tue, 15 Dec 2015 18:45:23 EST What's Good? My friend asked me that the other day. 'What's good?' That's been kind of a thing for me, lately. A theme. I wound up stuck managing the bar for a year...had been working there for a year and nine months. I'd been trying to get a higher-paying job, and failing that, was desperately trying to increase business, drive sales, improve service... And at every turn, I would see really wonderful success...and then the owner's son would step in and convert it to crippling failure. I got to be ... Tue, 15 Dec 2015 11:38:00 EST Life. And I said, 'hey, hey'...I said, 'hey--what's goin' on?' <BR> <BR> Been maintaining. <BR> Had some more health stuff come up...another 5-day migraine that doctors worried was a stroke, turned out to be just a migraine...but they did a spinal tap to be sure it wasn't meningitis, and the spinal tap became a spinal headache, so I wound up in the hospital for a week. Then I wound up with a...shall we say, feminine issue? Which involved "routine surgery"...but my routine surgery wound up with m... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 11:33:58 EST The past month or so... Okay, we're gonna do this as bullet points: <BR> <BR> 1) April 7: Returned to my FAVORITE company, I'm now working as a teller/CSR. Buh-bye, crappy data entry job with stupid hours!! Hello, bank I've always loved!! <BR> <BR> 2) Alumni weekend at my high school led to my meeting a guy who plays guitar and was looking for a female vocalist. Our first mini-gig (we're testing the waters) will be tomorrow, and our first official gig (as long as the waters prove to be not horrendous) will be M... Thu, 8 May 2014 12:11:32 EST What's New, Pussycat. Everything is different. <BR> No, really. <BR> <BR> In November...two days before Thanksgiving...I was admitted to the hospital, having had a stroke. It hit the left side of my cerebellum. Doctors were floored--after all, I'm only 25 and while I haven't reached my goal weight, I've maintained and kept to my healthy lifestyle. <BR> They did a bevy of tests, took about 10 gallons of blood for tests...and came up with the cause: my hormonal birth control, which I've been taking since I was ... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:47:46 EST Icky Sicky... I swear, I decide to get fit and every germ,. virus, cough/cold/flu and infection attacks my body. I've literally had SOME kind of misery every day for the last two weeks. UGH. It's like my body immediately freaks out and says "NO!! SHE'S TORTURING THE FAT CELLS AGAIN!! HARD SHUT DOWN!!" And then I quit. It's happened before--I get all motivated, I get all set and into a groove, and then WHAM. I have GOT to come up with a fail-safe for this. Maybe it just needs to be the 10-minutes-a... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 13:32:49 EST Shrinking... Our roommate got this miserable cold. <BR> Then, my bf got this miserable cold. <BR> Now, I have this miserable cold. <BR> <BR> My bf told me--and I didn't believe him--that this cold not only drains you, it sucks pounds off of you. Who wouldn't put up with a week or two of a nasty cold, to lose a few pounds--right? LOL <BR> Well, he wasn't kidding. I don't know how many pounds I've actually lost, but my clothes are slipping off me and my belly is definitely flatter. <BR> Now, I know ... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 11:59:52 EST Yesterday once more... Okay. <BR> Yesterday, I didn't eat the best food, per se, but I did get in fruit/veg and I stayed within calorie ranges. <BR> I didn't get called in to my second job, so I was able to go home after work. I'd originally planned to hop on the exercise bike, but when I got home and saw what a mess it was, well...I just started cleaning. 4.5 hours later, bf came home and made me stop, lol. I did 3 loads of laundry (cardio, right there...not deadlifting the laundry, but the walk to the laund... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 10:34:52 EST The 29th... Been so busy, I haven't hardly had time to THINK. I can't believe it's been almost a week since my last post!! (And weigh-in is tomorrow!!) <BR> I've stayed within my calories, but as I say, the past week has been NUTSO. <BR> <BR> The past two days, I've not made my water water bottles (just normal, plastic water bottles, which I reuse) have been disappearing, which I suspect is my bf's way of saying we need to give up on those and buy a new case of water. Which I did, yesterd... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 16:08:08 EST Hump DAAAYYY Yeah, we do that at work. LOL <BR> <BR> Anyhooooooo..... <BR> So, yesterday went well, I did 45 minutes on my recumbent exercise bike (didn't want to run two days in a row, while I'm working on my hips and such) and burned 328 calories because I cycled like a BOSS. No lie--I pushed myself to try more resistence than ever, kept telling myself 'just another two minutes,' 'just another 30 seconds,' 'just finish this interval, then I'll bump it down a little.......JUST KIDDING, one more minute... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 13:55:12 EST Lunching... Lunching and blogging! <BR> I'm currently nom-ing a Tai Pei Asian Garden meal...Sesame Chicken variety. They're low-cal, and chock full o' veggies...and super tasty! Plus, there have been a whole mess of coupons out there for them, so I've been getting them for a dollar and change. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was good! I watched everything and tracked everything, made my water goal, and did a run on the treadmill (although I actually fell off...I'm fine, and yes, it was hilarious, lol). I find... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 13:21:53 EST Weekend Break... I freely admit to having needed to disengage from the 'Net over the weekend, so that's why I didn't post. I worked all weekend (15-hour day on Friday again), and cleaned the bajeebers out of the apartment...scrubbing, laundry washing, sweeping, vacuuming...thank god that counts as cardio!! (I also spent all my time at bath and body lifting cases of product and running all over...purposely took more trips with stuff, and I always try to lift the boxes a bit while I'm walking them over to the... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 12:49:59 EST Day 2. Good decisions today, so far. <BR> Breakfast: 1 serving nonfat vanilla yogurt, 1 (1/2 cup) serving no-sugar-added canned fruit my regular coffee -- 202 calories total <BR> Lunch: changed my mind and went to local grocery store to grab things to make this one...YUM! So, 1/2 chicken breast (breaded, but that was done at home!!), about 1/2 cup spinach, 1 plum tomato, 1 hardboiled egg (white only), 1 low-fat mozzarella cheese stick (a random Save-a-lot find (Coburn Farms brand),... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 15:13:30 EST Confession Time. I've been dealing with a major bout of depression. <BR> I'd like to say 'struggling with,' but really all I've done for the past month is let things slide, make excuses, and let myself be miserable. I settled into it, laid back into it. I had a root canal out of the blue (even my dentist was surprised), I had a lovely cold, I couldn't juggle the Groupon sessions with my work schedule at both jobs, and that was incredibly disappointing...then there's just the fact that I have to work both jo... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 20:56:39 EST It's Thursday!!! Tuesday was Jazzercise, yesterday was C25K on the treadmill (my first 5K is on 09/14--9 days away, now!!), today will be hot yoga! <BR> That Groupon deal I got gets me 5 sessions at a local yoga place, and I've been wanting to try hot yoga SO I'm super stoked for this afternoon!! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Last night was a little wonky, but I got 'er dun, as it were... Got home, went straight to the bedroom and changed into my workout clothes, then hopped on the treadmill and ... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 09:44:16 EST All the things... Update-y-ness: <BR> Did finish my C25K training. Was (still am!!) beyond psyched about it...I would never have thought I'd be able to do that, and overcoming the obstacles in my own brain is the toughest battle! <BR> I continued strong through the month, until I went in to have a cavity filled (routine, and actually got some enlightenment as far as why I'm so prone to them), and my dentist found that the one molar needed a root canal. I was lucky enough to get in for the surgery the next da... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 09:04:39 EST Tonight is the Night!! Tonight will be the last day (THE LAST DAY!!) of my C25K training on my C25K app!!! I actually (confession time) added two minutes onto my running time yesterday to bump it up to a solid 30 minutes of running (it only called for 28), and with the cooldown walk, I made it to 3.1 miles/5K!!! I'm so stoked...this is such a milestone for me!! <BR> My right arm/shoulder have gone bum on me...but my legs are fine. So, a-running I will go!! :-) <BR> <BR> Now, as previously noted, the pounds are... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 15:51:06 EST How to eat like a runner...? I'd love input on this, if anyone has some... <BR> I've looked up the 'runner's diet'... (<BR>nning-for-weight-loss-eating-plan) But it looks a little...expensive. <BR> I've been running faithfully, noticing the increase in stamina and distance over time. This week, I added in strength training (looked up exercises that supplement running nicely), and I'm hoping to see some weightloss... <BR> Now I've just got to get back on track with counting calor... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 15:44:22 EST Life happens... I've been terrible about tracking lately, but I've been careful, food-wise. For the most part. I freely admit to some stree eating and one free-birthday-meal-at-Steak-n-Shake evening. But nothing CRAZY, and generally compensated for well. It's not a shining moment, and I can't point to any one perfect day...but I'm trying. <BR> I've been doing really well with my couch-to-5k program!! I love the running, it is a really great stress reliever...I even crave the run! I took a day off yeste... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 11:51:58 EST No fair. I'm running, I'm working my butt off (15 hour days), I'm watching my calories (I don't ALWAYS log my dinner, but it's always healthy and there's lots of lean protein and veggies and...)... And my weight is EXACTLY the same. To the ounce. <BR> I know, I'm building muscle and all...but jeez. <BR> So, I took a rest day yesterday (after 6 days of running in a row and a 15-hour workday (doing shipment, lifting boxes like weights, lol) on Monday, I thought it'd be for the best to make myself rel... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 13:13:01 EST Today, and This week... Ugh, this week has been so much, I'll condense it to a list: <BR> Flat tire that we couldn't get off, $140 for new tire. (*SIGH*) <BR> TERRIBLE days at work...just emotionally awful. Long story short, there are major language/cultural divides between me and two of my coworkers, and it's making things a little rough lately. That, and I think one of them is majorly afraid of change and rejecting me like a new organ... <BR> Two 15-hour workdays between the two jobs... <BR> Scale weighed me ... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 13:45:14 EST C25K update n' stuff Yesterday, I started Week 3 of Couch to 5k... I feel so good about it, I joined the C25K group on SparkPeople!! Actually, I'm getting to be a runner. That is, I feel antsy to get home and the extent that if I get called in to my second job, I feel really disappointed and even irritable about it...I mean, I put on a good face and I'm grateful and I get through, but I'm definitely majorly disappointed to miss my run. <BR> I woke up earlier than normal today and thought "hmmm...I co... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 11:38:52 EST Get through... Stress is my killer. <BR> I swear, I'll be one of those people who's totally healthy, but drops dead out of the blue from a stress-induced heart attack. <BR> I'm 24 and have gray hairs starting, I have an anxiety disorder (depending on the day, it makes me want to curl up and go to sleep (not nap, more hibernation) or gives me heart palpitations and makes me feel like I have a cinderblock on my chest), I stress-eat, stress-smoked... Exercise is really helping me deal--I'm actually at work ri... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 14:10:16 EST C25K day 4!! Week 2, Day 1 = day 4!! <BR> This is the first week really building up the time spent running...little by little until I'll finally reach the point of running for a full 30 minutes. Today, my distance was 1.76 miles. I also took it upon myself to ramp up the incline a bit. :-) <BR> <BR> I'm feeling really good--motivated, energized...and some of my issues have been clearing up...with stretching and running, my foot feels better; I feel tired at a more reasonable time and sleep better; I f... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 20:18:50 EST June is... ...TURNAROUND TIME!! <BR> I've been lax and fat and lazy, but NO MORE. <BR> <BR> I know, I've said this before. And failed. Slacked, gone back to fat and lazy. <BR> But THIS TIME I waited to share. Because I didn't want to fake anyone out. So there. :-) <BR> <BR> I started a couple of personal projects at the beginning of the month--aside from a serious commitment to getting my sh** together, I started a Couch-to-5K program (treadmill...because in Florida, you really never know what yo... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 13:54:09 EST Tonight, Tonight... So, I graduated. <BR> I flew back to NJ from the 18th-26th to walk in my graduation ceremony. My sister, brother-in-law, and nephews are living with my dad for the time being, so I got to see everyone--not only my sister and her family, but my dad and my brother, my dad's fiance...and I also got to visit with my college buddies, my bf's mom and brother... It was a great trip!! wasn't very diet friendly all the time, though. <BR> My sister eats really healthy--pretty much by necessity,... Thu, 30 May 2013 11:30:42 EST Hope... embodied in my bff, NICB87. <BR> <BR> I binged last night. No excuse--I can't even point to a trigger. My bf wasn't home, I had done well all day, got home with the intention to work out... Meant to do laundry, but didn't get to it. I watched movies and ate dinner...and then Doritos... and suddenly realized how much I'd eaten. So, I texted my bff and former diet-and-workout buddy...and as always, she came through. This time, though, we went an extra step... <BR> <BR> So, I made s... Tue, 14 May 2013 13:20:27 EST which the author addresses herself. So many excuses... <BR> little effort. <BR> <BR> Fact of the matter is, Bronwyn, you haven't been doing what you should be. You have every excuse in the book to be down, depressed, stressed-out...and NONE to not be working out. Yeah, you've got physical issues. You've worked past those before, woman. Get up, pull on your big-girl panties, and git'er'dun!!! What is WRONG with you?? <BR> <BR> I'm tired, I'm stressed, my heel still hurts (depending on use--been worse, just lately).... Mon, 13 May 2013 12:10:49 EST Quickie... Just a quick update... <BR> I've been forced offline on weekends, because my laptop is no longer on speaking terms with my wifi. Sometimes I can hardline into the internet, but that results in no Netflix on the tv, and that is generally met with such a response as to make me leery of doing so. <BR> <BR> Today is a work-then-work day... I'll finish at the bank at 4:45, then drive straight to bath and body and work there until 9:30. I'll get home at 10, if I don't hit any traffic at all. <BR... Wed, 8 May 2013 15:18:01 EST Let's add one more... ...layer of stress. <BR> <BR> My windshield cracked. <BR> Jury's out on whether it was the heat, the hail the other night, a rock...idk. But it's definitely wider than a dollar bill, definitely unavoidable, and -most importantly- definitely not going to be covered by my insurance. Not the least bit. Estimated repair cost? $300. Motivation to pay said repair cost? Cops will pull me over and ticket me (which I DO NOT need right now), and then there's, y'know...death and/or serious injury... Mon, 6 May 2013 10:21:05 EST The other part of this... I don't know if I've mentioned my anxiety disorder before, but...well, I have an anxiety disorder. I get panic attacks and sometimes I just shut down and weep. Target used to make me feel that way--I'd been off the 'as-needed' meds for a couple years, and working there was so stressful, I had to see a doctor and have her prescribe more. A very low, take-the-edge-off dosage, but still... and there were nights I required two to get calmed down. It gets bad sometimes. <BR> <BR> Now, obvious... Thu, 2 May 2013 13:37:26 EST Never a Dull Anything... So, I made my broccoli-cheddar soup last night, and here is the recipe: <BR><BR>tail.asp?recipe=2476006 <BR> As I mention in the description, I blanked and forgot the carrots...and I'm sad. But I'll live, right? Right. <BR> <BR> Our new (temporary) roommate moved in some more of his stuff, and last night was his first night staying with us. So far, I'm impressed--he's polite, conversational, grateful to be helped (we gave him a dresser and cleane... Wed, 1 May 2013 11:19:54 EST La Vie En Cheap It cracked me up the other day, to read an article (I thought it was on SP, but I can’t find it, so…pardon my paraphrase) about eating healthy on the cheap…and one of the first items on the list of ways to slim down your grocery bill was (y’all ready for this??): <BR> Eat less. <BR> <BR> I seriously laughed, right out loud. I mean, it’s so basic—but nobody ever says it that simply. ‘Hey, your budget is tight? Got money concerns? Try EATING LESS.’ Now, this is closely followed by ‘eat be... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 09:31:37 EST Things I'm Learning, and Re-Learning This <BR> First, major kudos to my bf. I got home on Friday and he'd cleaned the living a BIG way...and started on the kitchen. We brainstormed and decided to do dishes by hand (we get water for free, but pay for we're going to try and use the dishwasher less)... We did all the laundry (well, that was more 'me' than 'we', but he did help), air-dried a good chunk of it (my work clothes are delicate, whaddaya want??) and spent $6.50 instead of $7.50 ... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 13:15:52 EST Balancing Act Okay, I get how people balance two jobs. At least, for now. My manager at Bath & Body swears she never schedules people outside their availability, and as long as that holds, I'll be good. The extra income is going to be more than welcome...and my energy isn't flagging...yet. <BR> <BR> My issue has been fitting working out into this new was going well with just the bank job (one of the reasons I love me a bank job), but tacking a 5:30-9:30 on the end of an 8:15-4:45 is a lit... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 10:28:28 EST Learning... How to make do, how to do things cheaper, more efficiently...which is no easy task, since I'm a money-saver and couponer by nature. There's nothing like a good deal, where I'm concerned. But now--it's all about tightening the belts and purse strings, and one of the best resources a girl could hope for happens to be.... The Internet. <BR> Thank God for the Internet. <BR> <BR> I'm learning how to repurpose pants into shorts and skirts, how to mend clothing, how to stretch food (got some gr... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 14:28:15 EST Cheap-o...Healthy-o? So, my old job took half of my paycheck back from me. <BR> I'm still fighting with them. <BR> And then I did my finances, paid bills, looked toward the future...and cried. Student loans, rent, utilities...I'm so strapped, I've got $30 left to me each month, and that's without taking food into account...and my dad is still covering my car insurance, health insurance (actually, that's at no cost to him because my brother is already on it, so we both agreed that it just made sense), and phone b... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 16:24:32 EST Pizza Blues Last night was supposed to be a cookout. It was billed as a cookout. So, I was at work all day thinking 'okay, if I stay on track, I can handle a cookout. I can do a burger and I'll take fruit and it'll be okay...' <BR> It was not a cookout. It was a hang-out. And the food provided was pork chili (with not one single veggie in it--not even some sweet peppers slipped in on the sly) with fries and tortilla chips. I brought fruit. That was the healthiest thing there. And I wound up so hu... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 10:11:52 EST