TIFFANIE150's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TIFFANIE150 TIFFANIE150'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/ I did a headstand in yoga last night!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5629891 I DID A HEADSTAND POSE IN HOT YOGA LAST NIGHT!!!! My major goal right now is to be able to do the handstand, so being able to do the first step in getting there tickles me beyond belief. <BR> <BR> From an article I read about this: "Sirsasana (headstand) is one of the most important asanas in yoga. It revitalizes the entire body and stimulates the mind...Headstand provides an opportunity for experimenting safely with the unfamiliar and the fear it creates. Headstand can be scary; it literall... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 08:39:27 EST not hating a photo of myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5629064 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l660025285.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm on the far right. I was doing this workout: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1644995863.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's called the 500 rep workout. I went all the way down the list with a 15 pound kettle ball and then repeated FIVE times! Beast mode!!! I was so stinkin' proud of myself. It took almost an hour to get through. <BR> <BR> My trainer took a photo of the group and posted it... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 10:06:58 EST fasting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5622903 I have decided to incorporate intermittent fasting into my program. The plan is to start on Wednesday evenings 6:00 and go until Thursday evenings 6:00 abstaining from food. <BR> <BR> This morning as I was getting ready for work, I made my husband and one of my daughters some breakfast. I skipped making myself something. As I was leaving for work, one of the nice things I noticed was that it felt really good to NOT have to worry or obsess about what I was bringing for lunch or breakfast t... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 08:39:08 EST Major goal reached!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611249 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1842762509.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm in my Miss Me Jeans!!! <BR> <BR> The ones I bought a year ago with a dream/goal to wear. At the time I could not even button them. All I could do was pull them up to my waist around my belly. <BR> <BR> I'm soooo excited :) <BR> <BR> Going on a date tonight with Hubby. <BR> <BR> I've started doing Hot Yoga. OMG -LOVE!!!! <BR> <BR> I now have a new fitness goal. I saw them doing this pose in one of... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 14:20:42 EST January Results (Early) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609399 Results from January Challenge: <BR> Weight = down 7 lbs. <BR> Waist = 36 inches (down 2") <BR> Belly Button Line = 39" (down 1.5") <BR> <BR> Going to continue the way I've been going, I'm super excited. Posting early, but I just weighed in a little bit ago and took measurements as well. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 16:29:04 EST Cholesterol Levels Improving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607294 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l986719542.jpg"> <BR> <BR> THREE of my five cholesterol numbers have shown improvement. They said to continue eating paleo/primal and test again in 3 months. <BR> Triglycerides improved from 135 down to 112 <BR> HDL good cholesterol raised from 44 to 61 <BR> Chol/HDL Ratio went down from 5.0 to 4.6. Goal is 4.4 or under on that. <BR> <BR> The other two numbers did not get better, they were "worse". I've only been really clean eating for a m... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 15:06:19 EST I'm gonna win! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5603601 The group of ladies that I am training with started a 12 week competition. We each put $20 in the hat. At the end of the 12 week period, whoever has lost the most weight walks with the money - a potential for me to win $140.00!! <BR> <BR> My starting weight at the beginning which was last week was 176. <BR> <BR> Yesterday's weight was 174. <BR> <BR> I'm gonna give it my best and would not be surprised to win it all :) Thu, 23 Jan 2014 17:27:02 EST Real food tastes so much better than processed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5593637 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l13021155.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Make this: <BR> <BR> Take a spaghetti squash and cut it in half. Scoop out innards and bake it at 350 until its tender to touch. Remove to cool and then use fork to have it be like spaghetti strands. <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, grill some chicken breast strips. Season with garlic powder, oregano, pepper. <BR> <BR> Then use some of your favorite marinara sauce, put 1/3 of a cup on your spaghetti squash "boat". Add ... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 13:41:50 EST Major update! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5592473 I can't believe I have not written anything here for two months! <BR> <BR> But I have been very busy actually LIVING my recovery program I've made for myself for becoming more fit and healthy! <BR> <BR> I'm still doing my twice a week group training. I'm eating 100% primal/paleo with absolutely no cheats. This seems to work the best for me because my personality tends to be an "all or nothing" type. If I allow any sweets at all, I keep going until I have a gain in my body weight. Knowin... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 14:16:46 EST Going to do a Whole 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5550696 I ordered the "It all begins with food" book today. I'm gearing up to do a "Whole 30". My goal in doing it is to get a jump start and sort of a cleansing of my body for the 30 days. I'm going to turn it into a spiritual type of fast. I know that I cannot maintain that way of eating for an entire life, but to use it as a jump start to then move into a strict primal/paleo approach will be a good fit for me, I think. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm working on deciding my "start date". I want ... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 11:50:03 EST Metabolic Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5546145 Metabolic Training again today - I am SO SUPER PROUD OF MYSELF! Check out what I did as part of my workout today. <BR> <BR> 10 second plank - 5 squats (holding weights) <BR> 20 second plank - 10 squats <BR> 30 second plank - 15 squats <BR> 40 second plank - 20 squats <BR> 50 second plank - 25 squats <BR> 60 second plank - 30 squats <BR> <BR> This was our warm up! Who would've thunk I could do all that back to back? I told Jessica that Tony Horton ain't got nothing on her! P90x never challen... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 12:54:11 EST I'm allergic to Pizza http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545046 Confession: last night's dinner was an epic fail. I made a decision after honestly looking at this - I am ALLERGIC to pizza! No, I really mean it. When I honestly look at my habits surrounding pizza, I've found that one bite causes me to binge. I think even one bite is too much to be in my life. Here is what I had for supper last night. FOUR peices of pizza. THREE bread sticks. TWO peices of carrot bread. An oreo mcflurry. <BR> <BR> So, for me personally, I know that Pizza is a true trigger... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 08:54:57 EST 40 day challenge: Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5540994 First, let me share this photo - it really has some truth to it <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1054173618.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here is the link in case it is too small to read. Definitely worth clicking on and while you're at it, check out her whole page which I find to be pretty helpful and encouraging. <link>https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f<BR>bid=571541869560560&set=a.541641552550<BR>592.1073741825.189620664419351&type=1&theater </link> <... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 10:35:48 EST 40 day challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5539958 Training with Jessica this morning. <BR> <BR> Numbers: <BR> 182 weight <BR> 39" under boob measurement <BR> 38" waist <BR> 41.5" belly button line <BR> 15" neck <BR> <BR> Yesterday's Food: <BR> Sausage, Egg, Cheese, Onion Scramble <BR> 1/2 baked potato with homemade chili & tiny sprinkle of cheese on top <BR> Chicken Salad <BR> Oreo McFlurry <BR> <BR> The sweets and processed foods are what I'm focusing on avoiding over the next 40 days. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 09:11:21 EST love my body http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5539056 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l145707869.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I made a decision. <BR> <BR> I will no longer allow my inner voice to say "mean" things about my body. <BR> <BR> No more waking up and hating my belly. <BR> <BR> No more! <BR> <BR> When that voice starts, I have asked it leave and remind it that it has to stay gone. I then replace the thoughts with <BR> <BR> My body is strong <BR> <BR> My body is able <BR> <BR> My body is healthy <BR> <BR> I am making p... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 09:46:35 EST Care package http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5535007 My care package today - hahah! PMS has a come calling - so for lunch today I planned a sweet potato, a Pamprin, and some dark chocolate. Well, THEN my grandpa brought homemade cake, so cake it is! Dark Chocolate another day. I sure love my grandpa. And this girl is getting over the PMS RIGHT NOW! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l591647560.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm pretty sure my grandpa brought cake just last week, too. I probably could've chose to resist, but not ha... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 14:57:11 EST November http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531864 For November - I am trying something new in order to quit discouraging myself by the scale - I am doing a beginning weight and then I will check it again at the end of the month. I plan on ROCKING this month - I am going to see big changes. I'm going to blast thru this plateau where I've been hanging out for two years now - 180 - 183. Who is with me? <BR> <BR> Starting weight - 182 <BR> Waist Measurement - 37" Mon, 4 Nov 2013 11:34:42 EST Eat Freely http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528219 Worthy of sharing - this was in my devotional from this morning <BR> <BR> "Freely Eat" <BR> You may freely eat of every tree in the garden - Genesis 2:16 <BR> <BR> After God created Adam and Eve, He gave them some very simple dining instructions. Did He say, "You may freely eat of every Krispy Kreme on the street"? No. Did He say, "You may freely eat of every chip in the bag"? No. He did not tell them to freely eat fast food, frozen pizza, or even low-fat cookies. <BR> <BR> God told Adam ... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 10:25:29 EST Food Porn! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5526589 A few of my eats lately: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1244278697.jpg"> <BR> Grilled Tilapia, Broccoli & Cauliflower, Rice & Strawberries <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l237234393.jpg"> <BR> Grilled Chicken Breast, Beautiful Salad, Butternut Squash <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1706355092.jpg"> <BR> Even though this pic doesn't do this dish justice, I am telling you it was DELISH! M... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 14:12:56 EST have to track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5520214 As much as I hate to admit it, I really need to track what I eat. As soon as I stop tracking, I start taking advantage and act like a little kid with no boundaries! I start grabbing bites here and there, stuffing "little" things in my mouth with seemingly no consequences. <BR> <BR> Until, I decide to get on the scale. <BR> <BR> Like this morning. <em>33</em> <BR> <BR> Up to 181. <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> Back to tracking. <BR> <BR> It's all about starting over each and every day, isn... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 10:22:48 EST have fun getting dressed! (pic) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5519236 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1145745326.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Getting dressed is just SO much more fun these days. It's nice to look in the mirror and see a shape. <BR> <BR> All that <em>265</em> <em>551</em> <em>353</em> is paying off! Mon, 21 Oct 2013 09:55:19 EST make a good choice! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517028 I just had something new happen to me <em>380</em> <BR> <BR> I was driving down "fast food lane" and had planned to stop at the local BBQ joint to make a fresh salad and grab some smoked chicken breast for lunch. <BR> <BR> As I was driving, the thought popped into my head " Hey! I could have a yummy shake with this meal, or even a caramel latte, it's cold out - wouldn't that warm me up and taste oh so good?" <BR> <BR> Then, another LOUDER voice in my head said "ummmm, NO... hello? th... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 13:55:02 EST not guilt-ing myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5515942 I am loving that I am relaxing into this new way of life that I've created over the past few years. Yesterday, I had my stuff at work and planned to go to Yoga class for my lunch break, however when it was time to go, it was cold and drizzly out. I just felt in my heart that I would truly enjoy going to a meeting for lunch instead of yoga. <BR> <BR> I made that decision and did NOT guilt myself for it! I also took a picture of myself yesterday and noted that my waist and belly are defin... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 10:11:04 EST intense training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5514105 I am finding that I can do more and more in my training sessions. There are five of us in the group. One of the girls is a girl that I have admired from afar because she is in such great shape. I have been attempting to do my best to chase after her as far as energy level and "pushing" during our workouts. For now, she out-does me in every session, but I see it as a friendly little competition or "gauge" in my head to see how much I am improving. Each time I can keep up with her or even ... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 09:59:24 EST my thoughts are important http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5509899 Self talk is so important. When I tell myself I can do something - I do. Whenever I start giving in to the doubts and fears, I don't do it. I caught myself thinking today that I "can't ever get down past the 180's" that I "will always be stuck here so why bother trying" that I "have been stuck here for three years, so OBVIOUSLY this where I am supposed to stay". <BR> <BR> Well, these are LIES that my brain is telling me. I am going to CHOOSE to think differently. <BR> <BR> <em>38... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 13:31:53 EST losing weight helps with confidence http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5508761 Just plugging away. Sometimes when I think I'm not making any progress, then I get compliments from others that are just random and let me know I'm still plugging along. What I mean is that last night I was laying in bed and my hubby laid his hand on my rib cage. He said "Wow, your tummy is getting smaller, babe - I can tell you've been working at it!" (Now a guy is pretty brave to say that, I admit - ha! If it would have been the wrong time of month, I probably would've responded with "... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 09:21:16 EST weigh-in & pics of yesterday's food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5504214 Yesterdays food - total calories 1537 - not shown is the 3rd/4th peice of bread I took and ate without taking a picture, and a second helping of spaghetti. THAT'S why I am truly better off to just avoid bread altogether - I seem to lack the ability to have just ONE - and I'm NOT kidding. <BR> <BR> Also - I had made a spaghetti squash for me to have and chose not to have it. I don't know why because I really love the spaghetti squash. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I weighed in this morning and it wasn'... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 09:18:39 EST BIG TIME REALIZATIONS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5503360 This is going to be a very "rambling" sort of entry, I have about three different things on my mind. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1754345361.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The good - my day yesterday started off very well - I had a wonderful salad at lunch that was inspired by NOTABOUTTHEFACE. I had a salad with romaine lettuce, rotisserie chicken, chopped up apple, and scallions tossed with a tiny bit of mayo. OMG - YUM! I will be having that again and I think some r... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 10:26:40 EST yoga thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5502481 Just finished doing yoga this morning. I keep getting struck by the fact that Yoga doesn't SEEM like it's that hard in the aspect that my heart is not flying through my chest racing and I'm not drenched in sweat, however it works me out in a different way. <BR> <BR> It's a way that I need. Seriously. <BR> <BR> Some of the poses really challenge me and my arms/legs will be shaking, I will be breathing hard, and it kind of cracks me up a little. It's sort of like a "plank" - in a plank,... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 12:34:31 EST Old Pic/ New Pic (Progress!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5501541 old pic <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2041622404.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1073685810.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am happy to say that I actually surpassed those jeans and they became too big on me and have since been given away. <BR> <BR> Here is a full body shot now: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l651962437.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2038900740.jpg"> ... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 15:14:56 EST slipping a little - pics to come! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5501380 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1544180507.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Starting to slip a little. In an effort to get back on track, I'm planning to take photos of all my food (good, bad & ugly) and post them for a while. I need the accountability - TO MYSELF! <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I allowed a hot fudge sundae which was fine, except that I had had a blizzard the day before, and then I had an oatmeal bar loaded with sugar. <BR> <BR> My progress is good and I want to keep ... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 12:27:10 EST more fun to get dressed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500482 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1162832045.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I noticed last night as I was laying in bed that getting dressed, buying clothes, and fashion in general is becoming much more enjoyable as my belly is getting smaller. It's such a nice feeling to be able to put on clothes and to THINK about the clothes without feeling like my skin is going to be pinched up and uncomfortable. <BR> <BR> By the way, I was headed out for a walk the other day, and I snapped these ... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 15:26:40 EST progress not perfection http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5495704 Already I am seeing benefits from the oil pulling. I am glad I decided to do this "experiment" for myself. <em>482</em> Here is what I notice so far: <BR> <BR> My teeth are glossy and whiter <BR> My gums are not bleeding as they used to when I floss & brush. I only saw one speckle of blood yesterday instead of a mouthful when I flossed. <BR> The flossing is not hard - the floss just slides right around my tooth and there is hardly anything coming out on the floss. It is like it is a... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 09:35:57 EST continuing (and oil pulling) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5494718 Continuing On.... <BR> <BR> This morning was an egg scramble with onion, sausage, pepperjack cheese <BR> Lunch will be Spaghetti Squash with Spaghetti Sauce <BR> <BR> Planning my grocery list for the next few days. I try to make things that line up with what I am choosing to eat but also that my family will enjoy. Here is what I am thinking for the next few days. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Chili (for them they will have frito chili pie, I just want plain ole chili) <BR> <em>244</em> Po... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 10:30:04 EST down another pound (and pics!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5490942 Today I weighed in again and was rewarded again - 180.6! <em>4</em> <em>30</em> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> This continuing my exercise AND eating in a proper way is really, really, making a difference. I feel so good in my clothes. I swear I feel taller. My body feels alive and wonderful and I appreciate it. <BR> <BR> So I set up this pretty little place to do my make up ALONE in my bedroom. And THIS is what happens... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 09:07:30 EST God's food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5490297 Since I've had it on my heart lately to pretty much eat food that I felt was natural and that God created, I found this especially touching when I opened up my daily devotional and this was in there: <BR> <BR> Making Healthy Choices <BR> <BR> “And out of the ground the Lord God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight or to be desired-good for food” - Genesis 2:9 <BR> <BR> Learn to do everything you do for God’s glory, including eating. Look at your dinner plate and ask if w... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 14:35:14 EST mini rewards & big rewards http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5489240 My next mini reward: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l599976392.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A cute little headband! <BR> <BR> That will be after I complete the next week eating according to my plan as well as doing my fitness that I have planned. <BR> <BR> I am finding that "mini rewards" work really well to keep me on track for actions to do, like continuing on with my eating & working out. These are things that I can control and are simple actions and do not depend o... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 12:06:57 EST eating plan & pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5488138 I'm really motivated right now. It's true that what's in motion stays in motion and what sits still, stays still. I have 22 days now of eating primal foods (real food). I think I have an idea of what the 80/20 principal looks like for me. It is allowing one treat of bread and one treat of sweet per week (IF, I want it!) Having this specific guideline really works well for me mentally. And that is oh, so important to me. The mental part has to be on track. <BR> <BR> My protein/fat/carb... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 10:46:12 EST New low weight (with pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5484428 I've been weighing in on only Monday's & Fridays. I got on the scale this morning and it said <BR> <BR> 181.8 <BR> <BR> Woo-hooooooooooooo! <BR> <BR> It felt good to see the numbers back up what I am feeling. The funny thing is that I have not KILLED myself or worked very hard at all. I've been full and my eating plan is very satisfying. I have simply decided to eat only real foods and allow one treat of bread and one sweet per week. This plan seems to be working for me right now. S... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 09:31:32 EST 50 x 50 list http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5483773 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l469166286.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My husband and I are working on our list of 50 things we want to do by the time we are 50 years old. As I worked on my side, I realized that several of those things have to do with my fit body! <BR> <BR> Notice the following numbers on my side <BR> <BR> #1 Yoga in an exotic location <BR> #5 Enjoy life in a fit body <BR> #10 Dance under the stars in cowgirl boots & designer jeans with bling belt <BR> <BR> Also... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 14:30:47 EST Yoga Strangeness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5482828 Last week during Yoga, I had a very vivid and strong image of my father. It was literally as if my father (who is deceased) was literally in the room letting me know that he loves me and is proud of me. <BR> <BR> This week, something in the smell of the room strongly reminded me of my days in Valley Hope. Valley Hope is a treatment center that I spent 30 days in almost nine years ago. I have been sober and clean since leaving there in 2004. I had the strangest sense that I was back in th... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 14:43:48 EST My reward! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5481535 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l925520696.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I ordered this today as my reward! I made it through the week as I said I would following my plan perfectly. Now I get this beautiful yoga bag. I really like for my rewards to be things that support my healthy lifestyle, and this will be functional and yet fun for me to carry around to my yoga class on Wednesdays. <BR> <BR> Yesterday my food consisted of: <BR> <BR> Eggs, Onion, Sausage & Pepperjack Cheese Scr... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 10:52:46 EST Name change and progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5480715 I changed my screen name to TIFFANIE150 because that is my goal weight. 150-ish <BR> <BR> Also! I weighed in this morning and down to 182.4 <BR> <BR> Haven't seen that weight in a while. Feeling pretty good about that. This week worked really well for me. I ate according to my Primal Guidelines with the exception of allowing one sweet and one bread for the whole week. <BR> <BR> This way of eating kept me from binging. It also lowered my sugars and carbs considerably. I feel really ... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 14:54:08 EST Weigh-in & August Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5477652 Weigh in this morning and it was 183 <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I'm good with that! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l383361362.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Above is my calendar from August. I have written in the exercise I did and the yellow highlights are my way of tracking at a glance my nutrition. If it is a completely highlighted day that means I ate completely clean AND stayed in my calorie range. A half highlighted day could mean I was in my range but ate crap, or... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 10:18:54 EST Happy to be blogging again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5476579 I think writing about what's going on with my weight journey is very beneficial. I'm not sure that everything I say will help anyone else, but it certainly helps me to get it out and down on paper how I am thinking/feeling about things. It tends to clarify good thinking and make me question bad thinking. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1109485744.jpg"> <BR> <BR> One thing I love to do and that gives me joy while I am out walking is to take photos. I will ha... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 09:35:25 EST plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5475638 Still hovering between 183-184. <BR> <BR> The more I've been reading/understanding, the more I have to agree that if I want to actually get rid of the extra weight I'm carrying I will HALF to be STRICT and 100% committed. For me, it really is the only way that I see the scale go down. I certainly know how to maintain. It is by eating healthy MOST of the time and then having indulgences a couple of times. That will keep my weight the same every single week. <BR> <BR> But I want to GET RI... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 11:22:37 EST update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5449784 The highlighted days are when I ate according to my goals. Exercise is written, too. We have these sheets posted on our bathroom wall at work. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l734592705.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There is so much information out there. One thing I read says wheat is bad, another says you need wheat. One article says potatoes are the devil, another says that it is loaded with potassium and wonderful. <BR> <BR> Hmmm.. <BR> <BR> I've been overwhelemed wit... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 10:22:07 EST last week in review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5400138 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l203084634.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Well, let's review what I did last week. <BR> <BR> I started out with a bang and ended with "nothing". HA <BR> <BR> It's a good starting point. I will do even more this week. Mon, 24 Jun 2013 11:39:48 EST Sassy (in a good way!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5396411 Here is one of my beautiful lunches... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1868341516.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday's Progress: <BR> <BR> I completed the Yoga class. I ate pretty clean. I did *not* give myself a checkmark for avoiding sugar because we went out to supper and I chose to have a half of Sprite and one fortune cookie. I LOVE fortune cookies and usually my hubby will open his and hand it over to me automatically as he doesn't love them like I do. So I had min... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 14:29:09 EST Day 1 results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5395412 Yesterday was a success! I got to put my little "check mark" in my phone because I avoided sugar all day long. <BR> <BR> My meals were pretty clean. I had only two foods that were "processed". I had some pasta in my homemade chicken & noodles. I am oh-so-proud that I managed to avoid the sweets. There was a moment that I wanted some twizzlers that a coworker had left on the counter. Out of habit, I started to reach for them, but instead I had a little chat with myself that I really ... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 16:30:59 EST