TIFFA409's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TIFFA409 TIFFA409'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/ 2017 goal- achieved! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6444793 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1af90255-d403-4595-a9db-a36fe61939c7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> At the beginning of last year, I set a goal. That goal was to sign up for and complete a 5k each month of the year. Today, I completed the final step of that goal! I ran my 5k for December- making 12 of 12. I am proud of this achievement <em>334</em> Some were easier than others, that is for sure, but I did it and nothing can take away from that. Not each had a finishing time I am ... Sat, 30 Dec 2017 18:57:19 EST Monthly 5k, 4th and 5th complete http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6365161 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/65a05578-c434-4148-ad24-815414fbcd19.jpg"> I did run a 5k last month, I just forgot to blog about it. I ran in the morning, April 22 and that evening my gall bladder decided to be very angry and by mid-day the next I gave in and went to the emergency room. On Monday they put me under and removed all of the gall stones from my common bile duct. I had so many stones in there they had backed up to my liver and I was jaundiced. On Tuesday, I ha... Mon, 22 May 2017 11:53:53 EST Petting Zoo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6359937 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/98508d8d-d041-4cce-b292-34d5aee4ac47.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5e602951-02a1-49b0-b1ea-fe33c734791c.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/43016474-aad2-4f23-bb65-a17aa93e7407.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/75a375ed-5083-40de-a865-af8bea4b4e6d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We went on a field trip today to the petting zoo. We got to ride a bus, pet the animals, and feed them treats! The kids... Tue, 9 May 2017 22:28:38 EST 5k's through July http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6350832 Yay! I am signed up for 5k's through July. I ran January, February, and March already <em>198</em> I am running April's on Saturday in Duluth. May's will happen at Valley Fair- after the run, my friend and I will enjoy all of the roller coasters, etc! June has to be a virtual race, where I run on my own and submit my time and the proceeds support a charity- this one is in support of those who served in the armed services. Then July is a super hero run- part of the swag is a super he... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 21:14:03 EST 2 months until taking 18 kids to Europe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6348431 I love these trips! I adore taking high school students out of the country! These students live in small towns and some of them ride the over 60 miles to the school. Watching them realize how much more there is to the world than sphere they left just one day ago. Also, I like helping them through their first long haul flight and often, for some of them, their first flight ever. Not that every moment is awe inspiring, but the trip is life changing for them. <BR> <BR> That being said, I h... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 11:33:02 EST Monthly 5k, third of 12 complete http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6334833 My husband is driving me home from my March 5k- Everybody's Irish 5k in Minneapolis. We have a 3.5 hours drive home, so I am getting my spark fix while I am forced to sit still anyway. The temperature wasn't bad- almost 30 degrees! The wind was quite fierce though, making it feel quite a bit colder. I manage to shave about 15 seconds off of my time from last month. Not as much as I had hoped, but if I factor in the wind and the hills, I feel proud of my time. <BR> <BR> I have now complete... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 13:34:54 EST Unexpected day off :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6327274 Today, I did not have to go to work. The student I provide services for was not coming to school, so I got to cash in a sick day, stay home, and get paid to do it. I slept in, conquered a deep cleaning of kitchen- including the oven, washed rugs, sheets, and towels, and am going to take on the living room next! <BR> <BR> The challenge for me today is the same as the weekend: continuous access to the kitchen and all that it holds! I am trying to keep busy cleaning, if my hands are busy ... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 14:41:49 EST Monthly 5k, second of 12 complete http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6318313 I have been so unbelievably ill, this is the soonest I have found energy enough to sit down and write this blog. My apologies for whining, I just still feel like poo. I am so thankful that the antibiotics are starting to kick in! <BR> <BR> Last Saturday, February 11, I ran in the Minneapolis Valentine's Day 5k. It had SO many people it sold out at 2,100 runners. I certainly wasn't in the front of the pack, but I didn't feel like I was at the end of it either- definitely a perk of a large... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 11:26:41 EST Monthly 5k, first of 12 complete http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6303239 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a54e153d-fa99-4ecc-a46e-15e011f73973.jpg"> I made a goal for myself this year: to participate in a 5k each month. January is completed! I did the Freeze Your Gizzard Blizzard 5k yesterday. It was in International Falls, Minnesota. For those of you who don't know where that is, it is a border town, snuggled up to Canada. When I signed up for it, I had no clue what the temperature would be. The record cold for January in International Fal... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 17:39:31 EST Trying to take things one day at a time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6275778 I am officially back on track for about 5 days now and feeling good about it. I am taking it a bit slower this time around, hoping to build habits and not burn out. Currently, my fitness goal is to get 5 miles each day which is just under 11,000 steps for me. I am trusting my fitbit charge hr to track this for me. When I get these steps, I tend to burn about 2,500 calories per day. This means I can eat towards the top of my sparkpeople calorie range and still burn my 1,000 calories per d... Sat, 3 Dec 2016 13:03:40 EST Wedding season http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202538 I am overjoyed that those I love have found their "person" and have reached the point of lifelong commitment! I am a sucker for weddings! <BR> <BR> I apparently also decide my goals no longer matter at weddings. I even pre-planned and packed a cooler full of healthy options and tasty healthy treats. Yup, didn't even eat one thing I packed! ugh! I also paid the price of a lovely hang-over yesterday during which I ate whatever I thought might help in any way! Not my best work :-P <BR> ... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 11:36:58 EST We bought a treadmill! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6098602 I have been thinking about it for a while and had a really hard time justifying it since we bought an elliptical machine 2 years ago and it works great. The thing is, I can't read while on the elliptical! I will still use the elliptical daily because it is a great way to get my heart rate up and get a good cardio burn. I wanted the elliptical to be able to keep moving while I read. Sitting on the couch burns so very few calories. Since we didn't need a hard core running treadmill, I boug... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 22:45:58 EST Cardio. Loving it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6082801 I was reminded again today that I really do love my cardio. Definitely not before I do it and sometimes not during. Some days I even love it during, but I always, ALWAYS love it after! I love the feeling of accomplishment and success. I love how proud I am of myself when I am done. And let's be honest- I love how I can eat and the top end of my calorie range and not even feel a teensy bit guilty! I know I shouldn't feel bad as long as I stay in the range, but I still do feel like I could... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 00:42:19 EST Tried meal prepping- not for us! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6061536 My husband and I tried out the meal prepping trend that is going on right now. I very concrete, loud vote is NO! We will not be doing it again. I made the roasted veggies and he grilled chicken, we put them in containers and have been eating them reheated for the last 2 nights. Nope, nope, nope. I would much rather go through the work of cooking each night! <BR> <BR> I can still see the value in chopping and cleaning all of the veggies when you get home from the store and will continu... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 21:33:07 EST starting over again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6048135 As I find myself staring into my closet not being able to wear most of my clothes, I am sad. Sad because I am back here again. It is time to refocus my attention on my health. I have lots of excuses/reasons for why I am here, but the important part of the conversation is that I am here again. The important part of the conversation is: what am I going to do about it? <BR> <BR> I do not want to jump in too deep, too fast and burn out like I have in the past. I am going to start out by tra... Tue, 15 Dec 2015 22:46:37 EST Copycat panera strawberry poppyseed salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5977595 I am in love with panera's poppyseed salad! Lots of fresh greens, 4 kinds of fruit, and chicken. I choose to leave of the pecans because I just don't care for them. With the help of my dear frien Pinterest, I found a copycat recipe that I cannot wait to try. I got my husband to grill up 2 lbs of chicken breast tonight. I cut and portioned it up into 8 baggies. I put one in the fridge and seven in the freezer. I am super excited to try it out tomorrow! I will make up the dressing and I c... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 00:54:28 EST Yesterday: Worst birthday to date!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971073 Yesterday was my birthday and it was absolutely horrible! <BR> <BR> I woke up, hung out with the hubby (still good) fired up the Ipad and received an email saying they sent my new credit card to Maryland and please activate when I receive it. I live in Minnesota and have never even VISITED Maryland!!! I spent the next several hours trying to shut that down and researching what to do when a victim of identity theft. Needless to say, I will be very busy filing police reports. changing my ... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 22:38:05 EST recovering from an injury http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5958104 After spending nearly 2 weeks walking around Europe, I was conditioned to walk large amounts every day. Not one day ended under 14,000, most were around 17 and 18,000 steps per day. I was ready to continue this new found mileage, especially since I am not working for the summer. <BR> <BR> I did well the first week home :-) Then I went tubing down the river with my family. Long story short, I sliced the bottom of my foot open to the point that it needed stitches but I ended up getting gl... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 12:59:37 EST Recent ups and downs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918403 I will start with the downs, because I would prefer to end on a positive note. My weight hasn't moved in weeks. I know this is directly related to what I have been eating. It has been harder than usual for me to say no to foods that derail me lately. I need to work on this. The other down: I threw my back out on Saturday while gardening. I am on the mend, but it is still sore. <BR> <BR> The ups: I was able to add another piece of my wardrobe back into the rotation! This is always suc... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:13:03 EST I kept it to a one high calorie meal instead of a weekend of excess! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901423 I just have to write about this because for many weekends now a less than healthy Friday night has lead to an all out horrible weekend. Instead, today I got up and started on my water, made a protein smoothie for my husband and one for myself and started the day. We drove an hour to go watch my nephew wrestle. <BR> <BR> (He took 3rd in his weight bracket at the state tournament in the pre-k division- I am one PROUD auntie. He actually lost both of his matches, but he didn't cry. These ... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 23:11:02 EST Ogara's Irish 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5897246 I ran my first 5K of the year this morning! Although I am definitely not is as good of shape as I would like to be when taking these on, I am proud of my accomplishment. Yes, I walked some of it, but I finished. The course had some evil hills in it, but the thing about climbing a hill is u get the joy of running down it after you make it to the top. It was cold, not unbearably cold, but not as warm as I would have wished for. 30 degrees was a bit nippy, but I have ran in much colder. <BR... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 22:35:32 EST Made my own http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5894649 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1179290669.jpg">Have you ever tried to use a store bought hula hoop and just fail miserably? Me too! Turns out we failed because they are too small! <BR> <BR> I watched several you tube videos (just search make a hula hoop) and then showed it to my husband. He said he could easily make one for me. To be honest, it was so simple, I could have easily made it myself! I don't remember what kind of tubing they recommended but we had some ext... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 13:10:53 EST Make it happen March http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886524 I started out my journey strong. 7 lb loss in January and lost another 3 in the first half of February. after that I have been floundering. Do great for the work week and fall apart on the weekends. I managed to not have a gain, but I also stopped losing. I am not comfortable with my body at this size, so I need to make some changes. <BR> <BR> I am putting it out there. I am setting a goal of 6 lbs lost by the end of March. That is 1 1/2 lbs a week and will require more than just eatin... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 22:18:33 EST Weekend report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5880719 I didn't do wonderful but I didn't do horrible either. <BR> <BR> Friday night I volunteered to be the designated driver so I avoided any liquid calories and nobody harrassed me to drink because hey- who doesn't like having a DD? I was up past my bedtime though and truly was hungry and caved and helped eat a bar pizza and the had a few chocolate covered rice crispy bars. I did do a bunch of dancing though. <BR> <BR> Saturday, we got up and hit the gas station for breakfast on the run. I c... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 19:33:23 EST Relaxing my goals a bit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5867202 I am not changing my ultimate goals of fitness, but I am going to relax my timeline in how quickly I arrive there. The more I think about it,the more I am supporting my own decision. I had originally wanted to achieve that ideal "2 pounds a week", but now I am thinking more to the tune of 5 pounds a month. It is still a significant goal that will take perseverance and focus. I just want it to be a process that is going to do a better job of reflecting the new lifestyle I am trying to achi... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 14:21:44 EST Indulgent weekend and I am completely OK with it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862803 In the past, after a weekend like I just had, I would be beating myself emotionally right now. I had a moment on the 4 hour drive to our weekend where I realized that this is the rest of my life. I am not going to live in a bubble of "health and fitness". I am going to have real weekends/events where I eat high calorie/fat/sugar foods. It is not so much what I do for that 2-48 hours, but what I do after. <BR> <BR> This morning, I woke up and made my protein smoothie, packed my healthy ... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:14:08 EST I am slowly learning... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5859539 So, I have learned that if I do not give in to a persistent craving I will end in a full on binge. Acknowledging that I had been craving cookies for over 2 days, I baked chocolate chip cookies on Monday. I ate more than I should, but less than I used to. I exceeded my sparkpeople range for the day, but still ended with a small calorie deficit fir the day. All in all, I felt it was a success. <BR> <BR> The problem presented itself yesterday. I was no longer craving cookies, but since the... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 13:09:20 EST Preparation vs. perspiration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858782 I have definitely learned through previous attempts that "I can't out run my diet". That being said, I have spent the past few weeks working on being on top of and properly preparing for healthy eating during my busy weeks. I have finally convinced my husband to sit down each weekend and help me meal plan our dinners. We are working on using the staples in the cupboard and freezer that we already have. This helps with our financial fitness as well :-). <BR> <BR> Now that I feel like I ha... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 13:15:37 EST 148 days until Europe with teenagers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852020 I have 148 days left until I leave with my friend Carrie and many high schoolers for Europe. We will spend 11 days exploring Italy, France, and Spain along the Mediterranean Coast. I couldn't be more excited! <BR> <BR> But, I am also nervous! Many of the places we will be visiting are to be explored by foot. This means my current state of fitness is not going to suffice. Not only will we be traversing many kilometers per day, we will be doing it at an advanced pace. The teens signed up... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 17:48:29 EST My closet and I got honest with each other http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5846086 Today, I packed up and stored all of my wardrobe that doesn't fit. I needed to deal with the reality that I am not currently that size, I am bigger than most of my wardrobe. I will fit in them again, but for now I need to not wear them, the stuffed sausage look is not becoming! It will also be a nice reward to take the smaller clothes out again and know I worked hard to get there. <BR> <BR> I really can't believe I am right back where I started 2 years ago. I worked so hard and for so lo... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 21:40:55 EST 9 more sleeps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700859 Until I am a married woman! It is hard to believe that the day is nearly here! I haven't done much in the way of progress towards my weight loss goals as of lately. On the other hand, I haven't gained any weight either so I call it good. Stress eating has happened but not to the levels or extent that it used to. I am slowly learning nit to eat my emotions and I am proud of that. I am doing my best to not worry too much about the details and yet still do the best I can to make the weddin... Thu, 22 May 2014 14:38:35 EST The wedding dress didn't fit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671928 It didn't fit anywhere. And I am ok with it <em>334</em> I ordered it one size too small back in the Fall. Now, in the Spring, it is too big. I have to have it taken in everywhere but in the bust. It has to be let out in the bust, I guess this doesn't surprise me but I though it had gotten smaller than that. I am so happy with my dress- finally seeing it in the right color took away any apprehensions I had. It is beautiful! I did learn that the shoes I purchased HAVE TO go back. ... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:43:45 EST Small accomplishment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669743 I ran the mile with my HS freshmen yesterday and I even beat some of them. I am even more proud that after we went into the weight room and they collapsed into puddles on the floor. I went to the treadmill and put in another mile and a half. One actually asked me "how are you still going?!" I felt a sense of pride when she asked that. I am more than twice their age, damaged physically and overweight and they were impressed with my effort. Although my time for the mile wasn't great, I st... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:31:11 EST It moved, it moved, it finally moved! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669031 The scale finally moved! I am officially down another 2 lbs! Imagine that... Start tracking everything and being accountable for every bite and sip and adding more fitness minutes and I lose weight? Who knew? Ok, ok, we all knew <em>20</em> Only 8 more lbs to get back to where I was at the end of the summer and then of course more yet to goal weight. The point is, I finally stopped getting in my own way and am making progress. <BR> <BR> Things that have helped: <BR> 1) tracking <... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:05:22 EST Good news/bad news http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663911 The good news is our elliptical machine finally arrived and we put it together tonight. I look forward to having it here in our home! <BR> <BR> For the bad news: my Uncle Alan passed away this morning. He had his first round of chemo yesterday and went home. He claimed to be feeling well this morning and then passed on in the same morning. It was unexpected and took the family by surprise, he was only 53 years old. Thu, 3 Apr 2014 23:35:43 EST Frustration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662673 We ordered an elliptical machine online. The original delivery was supposed to happen last Thursday/Friday. Many versions of that delivery date later, the new story is it is supposed to come tomorrow. I want to be excited but I have been disappointed too many times. <BR> <BR> I really can't wait for it to get here though. It was a big investment for us and I would like to start using it as soon as possible! Wed, 2 Apr 2014 13:17:59 EST Dear wedding dress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660950 I am so excited to meet you. I know currently we aren't a perfect fit. I promise to do everything in my power to fix that before we meet at the dress fitting. My elliptical machine should be waiting for me by the time I get home from work today. I will have regular "dates" with him to help me reach this goal. I also pledge to make responsible, healthy choices in the kitchen and avoid going out to eat to keep my eating in focus. You are important to me and I will make you a priority. If... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:35:44 EST We bought an elliptical http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656185 I am so excited that we finally bought an elliptical machine for our house! We finally pulled the trigger- cancelled our gym memberships and invested in home exercise equipment. I would have a long time ago in life, but until this last year I rented wherever I lived and I couldn't imagine moving the machine each time I moved. Now that I know I won't be moving for several years at the very least it has become time. <BR> <BR> I am so excited for how many excuses this is going to eliminate ... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 11:54:49 EST I am going to beat this weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5642121 We are heading to the Minneapolis this weekend. Usually any time I head to the Twin Cities, it becomes an open check to eat whatever I want. Not this time! I know I can't stop us from going out to eat, but I can make healthy choices! <BR> <BR> It should be a fun weekend! We are buying our wedding bands since the store is having a sale! We are also buying a new car for me. I didn't want one yet but an accident a few weeks ago decided that for me. The insurance company decided to tota... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 11:29:24 EST Feeling frustrated with the fitness tracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5634283 I use my heart rate monitor to get the most accurate total of calorie burn. Unfortunately to get the total calories and total time to match I have to list things I didn't actually do. Does anyone know if there is a way to just list the minutes of exercise and total calorie burn? Wed, 26 Feb 2014 11:18:06 EST The dress!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5633376 A few people have asked to see my wedding dress and as my fiancé isn't on here I think it is safe :-). I am having a corseted back put in and the straps are removable. I am in love with my dress and am so happy to have found it and on sale :-) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l578384585.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l110159455.jpg"> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 11:20:57 EST 60 days = 60 workouts 'til dress fitting 1/60 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632888 I have about 60 days until my dress fitting, which equals 60 days of workouts. I managed workout 1 of 60 today. It was only 20 minutes on the treadmill,but it was a workout. I pledge to get a minimum of a 20 minute workout in every day until the dress fitting! This will be hardest this week of all. We have games 4 night out of 5- make ups from the horrible weather... If I can survive this week, I think I should be able to accomplish this goal <em>211</em> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:15:29 EST Weekends are evil! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620238 I need to get my weekend eating under control! I did get a good workout in on Saturday but I ate/drank all the benefits of that day away. I know why I am not making progress lately, and I know how to fix it. Now I just need to figure out how to channel my will power and keep my eye on the prize! A few moments of pleasure is not worth giving up the joy of being proud of my health/fitness! <BR> <BR> I'm not entirely sure how I am going to change my weekend behavior yet, but I will be thinki... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 10:13:21 EST 1000 for February http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613864 I recently read on Sparkpeople (sorry, don't have the link) that to lose weight, one needs to put in 250(or more) minutes of fitness per week. I am ready to ramp up the exercise and get it done. <BR> <BR> I am officially pledging to myself in front of my sparkpeople world that I will put in 1,000 minutes in the month of February. <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Mon, 3 Feb 2014 10:27:27 EST Starting to feel better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610147 I can almost breath today. I am so excited! I don't seem to appreciate my health until I don't have it. Just waking up and not feeling like death this morning made me so excited to take on the day! I am back to tracking my food, already have a plan to get my fitness minutes in and am not dreading the late work hours tonight. <BR> <BR> I hope you all have your fire burning today as well! <em>67</em> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 11:31:06 EST More motivation found http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601203 I found even more motivation to keep me going! We just booked our honeymoon. We're going to Aruba! I want to be able to wear my bikini with confidence. I love the ocean and can't wait to relax with my guy! Tue, 21 Jan 2014 11:56:30 EST So frustrated with myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5595894 All I seem to do lately is get in my own way! Although I have managed not to gain any more weight back, I am not losing any of it either! I know I need to exercise, but I don't. I know I need to eat within my calorie range, but I don't. I have no one to blame but myself. <BR> <BR> Don't get me wrong, I have a heap of excuses: <BR> I work 8-16 hour days, depending on my schedule <BR> I had a bad reaction to a vaccine (pneumonia) and was completely out of commission for 4 days and 1/2 out ... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 12:11:46 EST Stopping the backslide! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579632 Ugh! I am done with the backslide! I worked to hard to lose those pounds this summer to have them creep back on. I have officially gained the last pound back. I can't believe I have allowed myself to gain back 13 of the 35 pounds I had lost. I absolutely intend to take them off again as well as an additional 25! It helps that Adam is on board for the healthy meals, as long as I plan and prepare them. Oh well, I would have to do that anyway <em>20</em> I am motivated to get back to ... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 15:13:25 EST Curse you cinnamon roll http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558281 I work at a school. At least once a week, the cafeteria makes hot, fresh cinnamon rolls for the kids' breakfast. The moment I enter the door, I get blasted with the wonderful smell of fresh bread and cinnamon, laced with sweetness. It is almost painful! I did not give in (I conjured up an image of my wedding dress) but wow, did I want to. Now that the moment has passed, I am naturally pleased with my choice, but it was torture in the moment. <BR> <BR> Here's to me, continuing to make ... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 10:17:11 EST Making a commitment to my future http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5557669 I have to admit, I was really diligent and focused for a while and managed to lose 35 lbs over the course of several months. I was proud of myself, I had worked hard for it! Then life got crazy busy- I bought a house, started panning my wedding and yet I still managed to maintain my weight for a few months. The past few months the weight has started to creep back up and I have gained about 7 lbs back :-(. My work schedule is/was about 10 hours a day unless it's game day- then it's more. ... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 13:59:56 EST