TIGER_LILY_613's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TIGER%5FLILY%5F613 TIGER_LILY_613'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/ Case of the disappearing Spark-ette http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742506 Thank you to everyone who sent me a SparkMail or posted a comment on my Spark page to check in on me. Please know that I really, truly appreciate it, and I'm sorry I didn't get back to you sooner. <BR> <BR> For the past few months, work has been a stressful mix of dealing with new difficult personalities, sudden project roadmap changes, personnel changes, last-minute presentation demands, less sleep, more all-nighters, business trips, my workaholic tendencies, the overwhelming feeling that ... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 05:33:15 EST Made it to the gym today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684493 Thank you SparkFriends. Your encouragement really helped. I finally went back to the gym today and did a 35-minute walk on the treadmill. When I'm ready, I'll add strength training back into the mix. <BR> <BR> I'm going to take it one day at a time, until it becomes a habit again. I can do this. <BR> <BR> Thanks again, guys. I really appreciate your help. Thu, 1 May 2014 00:17:55 EST Time to ask for help http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679655 My training sessions at the gym came to an end 3 weeks ago. When I began training, it was my goal to continue exercising on my own when this day came, but instead I find that I'm struggling with it. <BR> <BR> It was much easier having someone push me, but the time has come for me to push myself. I need to revert to those good habits that got me this far, like batch cooking on weekends and exercising from monday to friday. I know I have it in me, but it's challenging right now. <BR> <BR> I ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:17:34 EST SparkPeople Motivator - Thank you !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5647433 Thank you to EVERYONE who voted to designate me as a SparkPeople motivator. I could hug you all ! This is a great gift and I truly appreciate it. Thank you ! <BR> <BR> Thank you for your kind words, inspiration, stories, compassion and encouragement. <BR> <BR> Thank you for sharing your wins and for being compassionate enough - brave enough - to share your losses, so that others can know that they don't have to be perfect to turn it all around. <BR> <BR> Thank you for being the beautif... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 02:55:01 EST Today at the gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5642589 Usually, my trainer demonstrates each exercise, steps back and counts the reps as I do them. Today, he did all the exercises with me. It was fun working out side by side, him with 60-lbs barbells and me with a 40-pounder. It felt pretty cool. Maybe this is how synchronized swimmers or choreographed dancers feel <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today's workout: <em>320</em> <em>23</em> <em>330</em> <em>328</em> <em>362</em> <BR> (1) Squats, deadlifts, hamstring curls & lunges :... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 02:47:12 EST Check-in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639159 Had a long stressful day at work, finishing an iPhone app prototype for a demo, working through network issues AND getting a last-minute request from my boss to start (and therefore, learn) his presentation, in case he didn't make it back from lunch with the VPs on time. <BR> <BR> <BR> Ironically, I missed my own lunch to take care of all that. Fortunately for us all, he showed up on time anyway and the demo went very well. <BR> <BR> <BR> Right now, my new role at work is a bit stressful... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 02:58:40 EST New fitness goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636569 By the end of April, I would like to learn how to swim without a kick-board, flippers or any flotation devices. That'd be pretty neat ! <BR> <BR> <BR> Maybe there's a beginners program in my area. Google, here I come ! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Have you heard of any good Learn-to-Swim programs for grown-ups ? I'm open to suggestions ! <BR> <BR> <BR> Do you have new fitness goals for this month ? What are they? I'd love to know ! <BR> Sat, 1 Mar 2014 01:26:43 EST 65+ lbs down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5635708 LBS LOST -> REWARDS <em>144</em> <BR> =========================== <BR> <BR> 30 - new clothes - done <BR> 35 - new gym shoes - done <BR> 40- Manicure-pedicure - done <BR> 45 - cooking class - done <BR> 50 - Facial - done (replaced by a visit to the dermatologist today) <BR> 55 - Archery class - done <BR> 60 - Hiking - done <BR> 65 - Get my ears pierced (it's time !) <BR> 70 - Rollerblading <BR> 75 - Sky diving or iFly <BR> 80 - Bungee jumping <BR> 85 - Skirts <BR> 90 - ... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 00:33:45 EST Kind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5633757 Once upon a time, a friend invited me to her place for lunch. Although I told her we could just skip lunch and hang out, she insisted on eating together. Sure, alright, why not ? <BR> <BR> <BR> When lunch time rolled around, my friend instructed me to take one potato and not two ( I hadn't wanted or asked for two), said that I could have one square of chocolate if I wanted it, but only one (again, I hadn't asked), grilled me about why I hadn't joined the gym yet and told me I had only excu... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 20:57:50 EST Human http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632855 Once upon a time, I joined a choir and it was wonderful except for one thing - I couldn't - and still can't - read a single musical note. <BR> <BR> <BR> I love to sing - I've been in choirs since childhood, but I've never learnt to read a musical score. Past choir directors usually played the notes to us and we'd sing along till we got it right. Most songs have regular rhythms, so they're easy to master. In that new choir, the songs had 4-part melodies, bridges and tempos that didn't alwa... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 20:25:51 EST Quick blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5628638 Hello SparkVille. I hope you are all doing well. I'm sorry I've been away for a while. Things are good over here, I've just been adjusting to some changes at work. <BR> <BR> <BR> A new director was hired and teams were re-shuffled (everyone kept their jobs, don't worry !). I was promoted to Team Lead, and my new role is to work with the developers to redesign the company's mobile applications. I've worked in web development for years, but designing and developing mobile apps is brand new t... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 20:06:39 EST Things my trainer says http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613458 On stubborn belly fat: <BR> "I can tone your arms and legs and back, no problem. But the abs ... Those bad boys are made in the kitchen. You gotta to watch what you eat. That's it." <BR> <BR> <BR> On regaining some weight, following a more active social life: <BR> "There will always be another party. Another bar. Another club. But this here, reaching this goal, this is important. You've got to make this your number 1 priority. Don't let anything get in your way. You've got to knuckle down a... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 22:13:48 EST Changing my mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612679 A lot of things have changed for me in the last few years. I moved to a new country, learned to drive, bought a car, lost most of weight that I've been carrying around for years, opened up to some really good people, gained back a bit of confidence and shed some of my insecurities. <BR> <BR> Now I've added dating to the mix. Like every new thing, it's been a learning experience. <BR> <BR> I mean, there's the good ole' good stuff, like the first time someone holds your hand, or hugs you, or ... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 01:17:03 EST Sneaky Veggies: This Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585052 This week: <BR> <BR> Salmon Cakes with Carrots <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l54469985.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My review: *** <BR> <BR> 3 stars. It's alright, but next time, I'll add sweet potatoes to the mix - they make everything taste much better <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> One of the ingredients was: <BR> Creamy Sandwich Spread (page 18): <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1488889118.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> And the Salmon Cakes were se... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 23:14:23 EST Mass http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583825 **** Just writing this for me. Nothing to do with weight loss. Just Trying to clear my head **** <BR> <BR> <BR> Been having a bit of a rocky day, emotionally-speaking. <BR> <BR> Root cause: Boy Trouble. <BR> <BR> Le sigh. <BR> <BR> Having been single for almost 7 years, getting back to dating feels like learning to walk. The first step feels fantastic - "whee !", then I take a few more steps, wobble, inevitably fall on my tush, deliberate the merits of cooperating with gravity by st... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 03:16:53 EST Man loses 130lbs, surprises family http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5581388 This guy, named Lucas, lost 130 lbs and surprised his folks. <BR> <BR> His mom's reaction was pretty sweet <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> <link>http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/trending<BR>-now/redditor-surprises-parents-with-1<BR>30-pound-weight-loss-185533191.html?vp=1 </link> <BR> Fri, 3 Jan 2014 23:37:41 EST Holidays: The Good, The Bad and the Lovely http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5575658 Good: <BR> <BR> My Dad says I'm finally coming out of my shell, for the first time in years. <BR> <BR> I've been a bit of a hermit. Over the years, I subconsciously allowed myself to become obese to "shield" myself from getting hurt, telling myself that no-one wanted me because I was fat. The truth was that I holding on to hurt, fear and feelings of inadequacy, and comforting myself the only way I knew how: eating. <BR> <BR> When I realized this, I started reaching out to people a littl... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 12:58:00 EST Surreal conversation and internal monologue http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568295 A few minutes ago, a colleague stopped at my desk to chat. I see him in the hallways occasionally, but I don't know actually his name. <BR> So ... let's call him Frank for now. <BR> <BR> Frank has never stopped at my desk before. Pretty unusual. <BR> <BR> Frank: "How come you're always working late, alone in your cubicle ?" <BR> <BR> Me: "The others like to come in much earlier." <BR> <BR> Frank: "Why don't you come in at the same time they do ?" <BR> <BR> Where I work, it doesn't real... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 22:01:32 EST The office holiday party http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567703 The company's holiday party took place last Friday, and I had a BLAST. One of my secret goals (blush) was to look nice for this Christmas party. It took a village <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Karen helped me find the right makeup <em>204</em> <BR> Helen helped me find a beautiful, sparkly, little black dress <em>346</em> <BR> <BR> The hairdresser completely changed my hair color and gave me long soft waves. The salon owner, insisted on taking a picture afterwards. She asked me ... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 02:43:27 EST Sneaky Veggies: Week 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565302 It's week 3 of making recipes from "Sneaky Veggies" and working towards my goal of becoming a good cook. <BR> <BR> This week's selection: <BR> <BR> Confetti Couscous <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1531277980.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ingredients: chicken broth, 1 tbsp butter, 1/2 red bell pepper, 1/2 green bell pepper, 1/2 red yellow pepper, 1/4 cup dried cranberries, 6 dried apricots. <BR> <BR> Tasting this at lunch time tomorrow <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Because... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 01:55:51 EST Victories of the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561588 Today, my Sparked Co-worker, Chris, told me that he's now lost 20 lbs ! We have decided to have a non-food celebration of sorts, like a walk around the block. I'm very happy for Chris - he's putting in the effort, and it shows ! <BR> <BR> I'm like a proud mama, heehee. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> ============ <BR> <BR> <BR> Monday, on my way to work, a lady who usually sells tickets to tourists walked up to me. The vendors don't usually approach people, and I've never spoken to t... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 20:03:17 EST Sneaky Veggies, week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5560546 Week 2 of making recipes from "Sneaky Veggies" ( based on my goal to become a good cook, by learning how to make healthy meals): <BR> <BR> <BR> Soup #1: <BR> <BR> Beef & Veggie Stars Soup (*****) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1447192992.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The recipe asks you to use a star-shapped cookie cutter to cut the carrots & parsnips, making them more appealing to kids. <BR> I decided to skip that step to save time. <BR> <BR> This recipe calls for round s... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 12:55:18 EST NSV http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558657 I'm 57 lbs down, with 43 to go. Some days I feel so empowered. <BR> Other days, like this week and almost all of November, when the scale isn't moving downwards, the finish line feels really almost unreachable. <BR> <BR> Thank goodness for NSVs :) <BR> <BR> I got some makeup last weekend and I've been experimenting with it. The company's Christmas party is coming up and I would like to look nice ! I haven't worn makeup in months and am a bit rusty, so I have been trying it out all week... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 21:27:49 EST Gym challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558068 For the month of December, John - my gym's director of personal training - launched a plank challenge. Day 1 starts with holding a plank for 30 seconds. Day 30? 5 whole minutes. <BR> <BR> <BR> Every day, all the participants post their progress on the group's facebook page. So far, everyone is doing well. John thinks that we might have to do a "Plank-Off" to determine the winner <em>20</em> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l433482192.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> For ... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 02:01:15 EST Sparked Friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5557245 A few months ago, Chris, my co-worker, asked if he could talk to me about losing weight. <BR> <BR> <BR> We talked about SparkPeople, about making small, sustainable changes, about eating right and exercising, about the effectiveness of positive reinforcement, about cutting out negative self-talk and most importantly, about being kind to himself. <BR> <BR> <BR> Today, he told me that he's lost 17 lbs ! 17 lbs by just making healthier food choices and watching his portions. He plans to... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 00:51:40 EST Sneaky Veggies: Week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5554725 Following my goal to become a better cook, today I met my first weekly goal of making recipes from the book titled "Sneaky Veggies : How to Get Vegetables Under the Radar & Into Your Family". <BR> <BR> As the name suggests, it is all about the art of camouflaging veggies in delicious ways for picky eaters like me <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> This week's pick: Rainbow Chicken Salad & Broccoli Cheddar Soup <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> ================ <BR> Rainbow Chicken Salad: <BR> ===========... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 01:45:15 EST How to beat Procrastination - follow up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5548792 I am easily overwhelmed and tend to procrastinate as a result. This week I found articles that helped me put things in perspective and outlined steps on how to work my way out of it : <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.waitbutwhy.com/2013/10/wh<BR>y-procrastinators-procrastinate.html </link> <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.waitbutwhy.com/2013/11/ho<BR>w-to-beat-procrastination.html </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> To me, the most helpful part was this: <BR> <BR> "The key to de-dauntifying an item is to abs... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 01:48:06 EST Procrastination http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545859 A friend of mine shared an article on Facebook today. It was titled "Why Procrastinators Procrastinate", and it hit the nail on the head for me. <BR> <BR> <BR> A lot of things feel daunting to me, and I often avoid them for as long as possible, sometimes hoping that they will magically sort themselves out. The article explained, in very simple terms, how procrastination happens, how it affects people and how to beat it. <BR> <BR> <BR> If you're a procrastinator like me, I hope this will... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 07:20:39 EST Slipping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545763 For about 3 weeks, I've been losing 2 to 3 lbs from Monday to Friday, and gaining most of it back over the weekend. <BR> <BR> <BR> I've been exercising longer and more intensely, which makes me want to eat more. But that's the only "healthy" reason that I've been eating more. <BR> <BR> <BR> Food-wise, I got too comfortable and rested on my oars. Compliments came rolling in and I eased up as if I had already crossed the the finish line. I've also been having more alcoholic beverages when... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 02:23:57 EST Quick blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5533989 I've been meaning to write. I just don't know what to say yet. So today's blog will most likely be a smattering of jumbled ideas. Maybe an underlying theme will appear somewhere in the rubble. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Archery class was fun <em>41</em> <BR> It was a free class in a beautiful park in West Hollywood. The range was built by a private owner and run by volunteers. They only take 24 people for that class, so people show up crazy early to get in ! The trainers were great, the clas... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 13:51:37 EST 55 lbs down - Archery Class ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523176 I am SUPER excited about this reward. SUPER excited ! <BR> <BR> Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy !!! <BR> <em>9</em> <em>224</em> <em>334</em> <em>252</em> <em>20</em> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 12:49:33 EST Hanging up my running shoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5522822 Saw the physiotherapist today for some stiffness in my neck. When the stiffness started, I got a special pillow and did some neck stretches. They didn't help, so I saw the doctor. <BR> <BR> <BR> The doctor referred me to a physiotherapist for weekly visits. Today was my 3rd visit. <BR> <BR> <BR> At the end of today's session, I told her about my Dad's recommendation not to run outdoors. My last MRI showed slight damage to the bones in my legs. <BR> <BR> <BR> The physiotherapist said, "... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 02:58:47 EST X-nay on the Electric Run :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5521520 I've been advised by my Dad, who is also a medical doctor, not to participate in the Electric Run that's coming up in less than 2 weeks <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> This totally sucks because I've been training for it. Ever since I started working out and eating right, I've been feeling so much better. I was happy to learn to run again. I was excited about surprising my folks by telling them I'd be participating in an actual race ! <BR> <BR> <BR> But according to my last MRI, my bones... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 17:19:10 EST This week in review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517052 As it turns out, my old meal plan and eating schedule totally works for me ! I'm down by 2lbs and finally made to the 170s ! 179.6 to be exact ! <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> <em>334</em> <em>20</em> <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Thanks to weigh-in jitters, I was wide awake at 5:00 am ( ! ) - an hour and half ahead of my usual wake-up time. <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Going a week without weighing in does a number on my nerves ! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> I went back to the old ... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 14:25:44 EST Food, food, food. It's always about the food. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5508540 Every time I get to a milestone weight loss goal (like the 50 lbs 3 weeks ago), I tend to wobble around it for a few days. <BR> <BR> Up 1 lb, down 1 lb, Up 2 lbs, Down 2 lbs. Rinse, repeat. <em>39</em> <BR> Uuuuuugh <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Usually it's because of changes in my eating habits. This time is no exception. <BR> <BR> <BR> The last meal plan The Head Coach put together made me feel hungry more often, which led to more snacking more often during the day. I'd snack on ... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 02:05:22 EST Signed up for a 5K ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5504698 If anyone had told me a year ago that I'd be running for more than 15 seconds at a time, I'd have said they were bananas. <em>265</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> But this week, one of my co-workers suggested the Electric Run in Orange County in November, and I signed up ! WE'RE GOING !!! <em>224</em> <BR> <link>http://electricrun.com </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> I know <em>521</em> ! No more exercise-induced asthma holding me back. <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm in the middle of Week 8 in my 9-week C25K... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 20:17:04 EST 30 days of fit food challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500890 I signed up for the 30 Days of Fit Food Challenge today. <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=join_the_30day_fit_food_challenge </link> <BR> <BR> It looks like there's a different meal for every day of the month. I love seeing this much variety <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> If you'd like to join the challenge too, I'd love to hear from you. We could compare notes <em>4</em> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 Oct 2013 00:00:32 EST Angry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500312 Last Friday, one relatively-new guy on my team said something that hurt my feelings. <BR> <BR> He stood up to leave for the day. I was eating and talking to someone else. I waved goodbye to him, fork in hand. <BR> <BR> Him: "Are you eating ?" <BR> Me: "Yes. I'm hungry" <BR> Him: "That's no reason to eat" <BR> Me (taken aback): "Yes, it is" <BR> <BR> Then he had a look of disgust on his face, said goodbye to everyone and left. <BR> <BR> It has bugged me every day since. And when something... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 12:35:26 EST Cardio Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5496501 The Head Coach at the gym launched a 30-day cardio challenge today. <BR> <em>186</em> <em>182</em> <em>57</em> <em>332</em> <em>309</em> <em>314</em> <em>185</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Rules: Everyday, contestants must post a picture of the cardio equipment they've just used (showing their workout summary) or a picture of their sweaty selves after their cardio workout. <BR> <BR> Sweaty pics. Sexy... not <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Anyway, Anyone who misses a day is ... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 02:52:14 EST Comeback Kid http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5493817 Remember how I stopped mid-way through that 22-minute jogging section in my C25K training last week ? <BR> <BR> Today, I took your advice, slowed my pace and finished it. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> C25K - Week 6, Day 3 : Done ! Thank you Spark Friends ! <BR> <em>304</em> <em>252</em> <em>247</em> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> This weekend I caught up on sleep, did my batch cooking, got my legs well rested, and now I'm ready to go ! <BR> <BR> On to Week 7 ! <BR> <em>312</em> <... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 12:33:29 EST Email from my sister http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5492170 My kid sister emailed me yesterday: <BR> <BR> "My friend's sis is having serious weight issues and it's kinda landed her in the hospital. She needs help. I said i'd speak with you about your program and ask if you'd be able to mentor her online. Maybe send her the diet plan, exercise routine, reminders, pics too if possible. Would you mind? She needs guidance. Nothing has worked for her so far and her cholesterol levels are sky high&#8206;" <BR> <BR> <BR> If you got this email, what would ... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 19:11:57 EST Room for improvement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5490552 Today's C25K program was a 22-minute run between a 5-minute warm-up and a 5-minute cool-down. I stopped after 14 minutes of jogging <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Maybe I need to run more slowly. I'll try again on Monday, and I'll keep trying until I figure out a way to do hang in there till the end. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is weigh-in day for me, and I'm a little worried about that too. I think the trainer is trying to shock my system into dropping lbs by raising my calories. We'll be re-evaluatin... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 20:28:54 EST So I discovered Acorn Squash ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5488507 ... and I love it ! <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l37496162.jpg"> <BR> <BR> That's baked Acorn Squash stuffed with apples, craisins, honey and cinnamon, based on this Spark Recipe : <BR> <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=1185394 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thankfully, I didn't burn down the apartment in the process. <em>20</em> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> However, baking ended really late yesterday and now I'm fe... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 17:08:30 EST Aw shucks ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5484905 I didn't know he was going to do this, so it's a nice surprise. <BR> <BR> The Head Coach of my gym posted this on Facebook a few minutes ago: <BR> <BR> "Def a MONSTER shout-out to one of the most AMAZING, dedicated, committed ppl I've ever met. <BR> <BR> This young lady approached me about 45 days ago hungry to transform, hungry to change not only her physique but her life. <BR> <BR> So of course I helped her, I'm proud to say that since then Ms (TIGER_LILY_613) has lost over 50 lbs ! Sh... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 20:30:50 EST C25K - Week 5, Day 3. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5483824 I finished Week 5 of my C25K training today. <BR> <BR> I'm happy, but I am also LIVID. <BR> <BR> Lemme explain. <BR> <BR> <BR> Every day of this program has a 5-minute warm-up, a 5-minute cool-down and a mix of running and walking in between. <BR> <BR> Before today, the longest interval I'd run was 8-minutes long. That was YESTERDAY. This morning, I thought I'd have an interval of 8, 10 or even 12 minutes. <BR> <BR> <BR> So when I looked at my C25K training app today and saw "5-minu... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 15:42:16 EST September so far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5482991 - Today, I jogged for 8 whole minutes today without stopping. TWICE ! <BR> <em>312</em> <em>311</em> <em>312</em> <em>311</em> <em>312</em> <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> Today's C25K session was 2 sets of 5-minute walks and 8 minute jogs, followed by a 5-minute cool-down. All the precious advice my from the Spark health & fitness articles and my Spark Friends gave me is TOTALLY helping - remembering to breathe, focusing on endurance - not speed, bringing music, watching my postu... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 18:50:00 EST 5 whole minutes ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5475216 Today I jogged for 5 whole minutes non-stop, as part of my Couch to 5K training. 5 whole minutes ! Woooot ! <BR> <em>224</em> <em>334</em> <em>30</em> <em>41</em> <em>186</em> <em>182</em> <em>57</em> <BR> <BR> In week 3, the longest jogging intervals were 3 minutes long and the last 15 seconds of those intervals were tough. When I saw that this week's program had 5-minute intervals, well ... I was a little worried <em>29</em> <BR> <BR> I updated my status and you... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 00:20:02 EST 45 lbs down - reward time ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5472100 It's time for the next reward ! <BR> <BR> According to the rewards list, 45 lbs means .... it's time for a cooking class ! <BR> <em>224</em> <em>4</em> <em>267</em> <em>369</em> <em>371</em> <em>301</em> <BR> <BR> Thanks to Google and Yelp, I found EATZ which offers personal cooking classes in a fun, dinner party environment here in LA. They have lots of positive reviews, so I reserved a spot for tomorrow night ! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow's class is focused on healthy foods... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 22:59:22 EST Goodbye Plateau #2 ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5471126 Thank goodness that plateau is over. Finally ! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Because all the recent fluctuations on the scale were really starting to get to me, I resolved that there would be no peeking for a whole week. <BR> <BR> A whole week of walking past the scale in the morning .... weird. Then last night, I got so nervous about today's weigh-in that I couldn't go to sleep. <em>29</em> <BR> <BR> Not great for getting up for work in the morning. Saturday would be a much better weigh-in... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 19:06:54 EST Mental shift on Saturday night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5468957 Has your weight affected your dating/love life in any way ? Have you had any breakthroughs ? Any wisdom to share ? <BR> <BR> A friend came a-visiting from San Francisco this weekend and I wanted to show her a good time. There's a nice bar in my neighborhood with live music, good drinks and laid-back people. It was the perfect place to go. <BR> <BR> My cousin works at the door and he had big hugs for me and my friend - who, incidentally, thinks he's hot ("Eeeek ! That's my cousin ! Gross !... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 13:20:50 EST