TRAVELISMYGAME's SparkPeople Blog TRAVELISMYGAME's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Four more days.... I have made my goal of 10k steps a day for the past EIGHT days! I cannot remember the last time I had that kind of streak. Just 4 more days to go before I get my mini-shopping spree at Lane Bryant! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 17:10:52 EST I ate a cookie... And I feel guilty. How silly is that? Sometimes a girl just needs a double chocolate cookie. The bad thing is that the package had 2 in it. I'm hoping that by putting it in my cabinet that I'll forget about it for awhile. <BR> <BR> I met my goal for Day 4 and Day 5 is less than 1900 steps away from being met. I am really enjoying this challenge (probably because I am actually succeeding). I am now just a week away from my shopping spree. I have some hard days ahead of me, so it's not going ... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 10:52:35 EST Day 3 & 4 Yesterday was the first day in over a month that that annoying sound woke me at 430am and made me get out of bed, get dressed, and head to the gym. It felt good to go back. It felt good to exercise. It felt even better to have my <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Today wasn't any different. However, it was a littler harder to roll out of bed. I would imagine that tomorrow will be even worse. BUT I am now 3 (almost 4) days closer to my shopping reward. <BR> <BR> Not only do I have a 3 day 10k+ ste... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 10:48:16 EST Day 1 & Day 2 So <em>249</em> of my personal challenge is in the books as a <em>248</em> . After walking all over a cute little down about an hour south of St. Louis, I am about 1500 steps away from making Day 2 a success! I slowly walked past Lane Bryant today so I could start dreaming about what I'm going to buy with my coupons! Sun, 18 Sep 2016 20:19:19 EST OK, here goes.... I haven't been to the gym in exactly 1 month. I am completely disappointed in myself. However, I am NOT going to beat myself up over it. It is what it is. I cannot change the past, I can only change the future. So I'm issuing myself a little challenge. <BR> <BR> I have 2 stackable coupons for Lane Bryant. I really want to use those coupons. I would love to get a few new fall things for my closet. BUT I will not be allowed to use those lovely coupons (that would save me at least $45) unless ... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 17:48:29 EST Ages That's how long it's been since I've blogged. Absolutely nothing has changed for the better. I'm eating like crazy and not exercising. My clothes that were a bit baggy are no longer baggy. <BR> <BR> On the other hand, I have been making improvements at home. I'm trying to work on my apartment bits at a time to get things done. It is a complete disaster so I'm thrilled with any progress at all. I'm making small manageable lists each day instead of crazy lists that are never going to get done... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 15:49:01 EST Hi. My name is Tiffany and I'm a.... secret, sneaky, "if you didn't see me then it's ok" eater. <BR> <BR> "Well my co-worker didn't see me already eat a bagel for breakfast, so it's ok if I grab a donut" <BR> <BR> "My co-worker didn't see me eat the 2 chocolate chip cookies, so it's ok if I eat 2 Oreo's" <BR> <BR> "My BF didn't see me snacking while I was making dinner, so it's ok" <BR> <BR> WHAT THE HECK IS WRONG WITH ME?! <BR> <BR> I'm sure that I'll be completely mystified when the number on the scale goes up instead o... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 14:46:36 EST New Plan So the 430am workouts have finally gotten the best of me. It's not fun anymore. I'm tired of being tired and I'm tired of being crabby. So the BF and I have devised a new plan.... <BR> <BR> We will get up at 530am. He will take my car and go biking for an hour or so (I don't care how long as long as he's back in time for me to go to work). I will do a 1/2 hour of then do some cleaning around my apartment. Then in the evening when I get home from work, we'll go for a walk. The ... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 14:54:10 EST Whew...another month GONE! Time just flies by way too quickly. I just know that I'm going to blink too long and it's going to be December. I need to figure out a way to slow things down so I can enjoy life more. I'm always moving from one thing to the next and not giving anything my full attention. There are so many things that I want to do.... <BR> <BR> Anyway, just wanted to check-in and let you all know that I haven't disappeared. Heck, I hit the 25 day login streak today, so I've definitely been around! <BR> <BR... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 12:59:09 EST Long time no see! Hello! I know, I know, it's been awhile since I've blogged. I haven't been a complete slacker, though I did take a week off from the gym. I was super busy and needed a break. We started back this past Monday and it was HARD getting up at 430am again. But I gotta do it. This is my health we are talking about after all. And since my eating habits are still terrible, I have to do something for my health. <BR> <BR> I feel like a puzzle. A puzzle that has just the edges put together and the insi... Wed, 11 May 2016 10:06:35 EST So many thoughts, so little space! :) Happy Monday my Sparkfriends! How was your weekend? <BR> <BR> Mine was jam-packed. I didn't get a lot of exercise in, but I did get 10k steps on Saturday and a 20 min walk in yesterday. My eating wasn't the best, but it wasn't the worst either. I've already walked for an hour this morning and have been tracking my food too. I haven't tracked my food in ages. I won't promise that I'll be perfect and track everything everyday, but I will take it 1 meal at a time! :) <BR> <BR> I got my hairc... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 13:06:27 EST Thursday Thursday I got up and went to the gym this morning - even though sleeping in sounded SO much better. <BR> <BR> I walked on the treadmill for an hour - even though quitting early and spending 10 minutes in the massage chair sounded better. <BR> <BR> Thursdays are hard. By Thursday I've already gotten up at 430am 3 days in a row. By Thursday I just want to sleep in. But I don't. Why? Because I know that I'll regret it later. I'll regret not making myself get up and go to the gym. Plus, skipping 1 da... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 09:59:43 EST I don't even know what day it should be! I think I'll stop making my blogs titles the day # that it is. I haven't been blogging daily and you guys don't want to sit through a boring run down of 3-4 days at a time! <BR> <BR> In addition to not blogging daily, I've not really sat down and given much thought to new "I WILLS". However, before you start giving me a "talking to", I haven't been a total slacker. I did get to the gym yesterday for 30 minutes and today for 60 minutes. OH, and an update from Friday, I did go Friday night af... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 10:10:57 EST Day 16 & 17 Yeah yeah yeah, I know I said that I was only taking Wednesday off and that I'd be back yesterday with a new list of I WILL's, but work was insanely crazy yesterday and the only real I WILL that I had was I WILL NOT KILL MY CO-WORKERS! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I did get in my workout yesterday morning, but that was pretty much the only healthy thing I did all day. I didn't drink my water, I drank Mt. Dew instead. I didn't eat healthy, I chocolate donuts, Chicago Style popcorn (cheddar & ca... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 09:52:29 EST Day 15 I've already got in a 60 minute workout today. I'm drinking my water with MIO ENERGY drops in it, and I'm contemplating life decisions wondering if there are changes I should make. <BR> <BR> I'm just not feeling very positive today. Hopefully it's a short lived "funk" and I'll be better soon! <BR> <BR> I feel that I need some new I WILL's also. The same workout, drink water, blah blah blah stuff is getting old. So I'm going to take a break (just for the day), regroup my thoughts, and be b... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 10:24:53 EST Day 14 I am TIRED today! I am having a hard time keeping my eyes open. I think I'll go for a brisk walk around the block during lunch. It only takes about 10-15 minutes and should put me right at about 10k for the day. I'd like to start getting into the habit of a lunchtime walk when the weather is nice. When it's not so nice, maybe I'll walk up and down the stairs a few times. I'm really liking the fact that my fitbit is seeing way more 10k+ days than it used too. Yesterday I was at just over 12k. ... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 12:22:04 EST Day 13 Well this Monday seems to be going pretty well so far. I've been to the gym and worked out for an hour, I've done 1 load of laundry completely and threw in the 2nd load before I left, I ate breakfast at home, and managed to clean up a couple things. I'm not even sure I need to make a list of I WILL's today because pretty much everything from here on out is a bonus! <BR> <BR> I found out this morning that the father of my high school boyfriend passed away on Saturday, so I've been thinking a... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 10:22:30 EST Day 10, 11 & 12 It's been a busy few days. Unfortunately my craft fair was a bust. Didn't sell a single thing. I should've known that arm-knit scarves wouldn't sell in April! I think I'll try again in the fall! <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'll be glad for things to be back to "normal" this coming week. "Normal" means back to the gym everyday, spending time doing a bit of cleaning everyday, and getting back to my SP duties. <BR> <BR> Not much else going on right now. Just enjoying some downtime watching tv. <BR> <... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 18:02:36 EST Day 9 Well here it is Day 9 already going great. Well....except for those darn speckled jelly beans I bought for the office. How was I to know that they'd be so stinking good! <BR> <BR> Anyway, here's the "I WILL" list for Day 9 <BR> <BR> I WILL - go to the gym <em>248</em> 60 minutes on the treadmill <BR> I WILL - drink at least 2 24 oz bottles of water while at work <BR> I WILL - get to 10k steps today (nearly there now) <BR> <BR> Easy list of I WILL's today. I have a lot to do to get rea... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 11:22:36 EST Day 8 I know, I know, I briefly blogged about Day 8 yesterday, but it's officially Day 8 so I thought I'd post a new blog. <BR> <BR> Here are my "I WILLS" for the day... <BR> <BR> I WILL - Exercise for a minimum of 45 minutes <em>248</em> <BR> I WILL - Get at least 10k worth of steps <BR> I WILL - Drink at least 3 24oz bottles of water throughout the day <BR> I WILL - Find the time to make at least 1 scarf <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> So let's just talk about the fact that I have already d... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 10:33:58 EST Day 5, 6, 7, & 8 Day 5 - Complete waste - under 2000 steps, lots of eating, and overall crabbiness. <BR> <BR> Day 6 - Worked out for 30 min in the AM. Didn't get 10k steps. Ate way too much. <BR> <BR> Day 7 - Didn't workout, still eating way too much <BR> <BR> There will be no exercising tonight either. I am going to a craft/vendor fair on Saturday and I have to make a bunch of scarves to sell. I'll be doing that every possible second between now and Saturday. Hopefully it goes well! <BR> <BR> So since ... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 15:49:12 EST Recap Day 2, Day 3 & Day 4 I really do have a valid excuse for not blogging yesterday. I had my nieces all day and we went to Six Flags. By the time we got home, had dinner, and I got them to bed, I fell asleep on the couch! <BR> <BR> So back to Day 2. It wasn't a great day, I did exercise. I did spend about 10 minutes cleaning, but that's about it. <BR> <BR> Day 3 - Like I said, was spent standing in lines at Six Flags. I did get a fair amount of steps in, but I fell below 10k. There were no "I WILLS" for yesterda... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 19:29:20 EST Day 2 Good Morning SP friends! Today is my Day 2. But before we talk about Day 2, let's recap my "I WILLS" for Day 1 <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> <BR> Today I WILL - workout and get at least 10k steps <em>248</em> <BR> Today I WILL - update my SP page & write a emoticon blog <em>248</em> <BR> Today I WILL - put 5 items of clothing into a "give to charity" bag <em>248</em> <BR> Today I WILL - drag out the exercise ball and do some sit-ups - didn't do <BR> <BR> I could give you excuse... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 10:11:45 EST Day 1 It's time for me to get back on track. It's time for me to get my act together. It's time for me to do things for ME. It's time for me to start blogging again. It's the only thing that has ever really helped hold me accountable. <BR> <BR> Some days might be long blogs, some days might be super short blogs. But I want to get back into SP. I want to get back into my health. I want to get back into feeling good about myself. <BR> <BR> I used to post a daily list of "I Wills" in my blog and I'... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 16:27:04 EST December Already?! Didn't I JUST post my Goodbye October blog?! It feels like I did, but here it is December already. November wasn't quite as eventful as October thank goodness, but it did offer a few setbacks. Let's just say that we didn't get to the gym nearly as much as we would've liked. <BR> <BR> Anyway, it's a new month and we have a renewed commitment. We got up at 430am this morning and hit the gym for an hour. I feel so much better today. <BR> <BR> Here are my goals for the month of December: <BR> ... Tue, 1 Dec 2015 12:18:49 EST Goodbye OCTOBER!!! I, for one, am super glad that October is over. It was a pretty busy month and had some unexpected moments - both good and bad! <BR> <BR> #1 - My sister and her husband are expecting a baby in May! This is their 1st, but my sisters 3rd. My nieces are so excited. <BR> <BR> #2 - My car decided that it didn't want to take a trip to Texas. Thankfully it made this decision the day before we were supposed to leave and not during our 14 hour trip. So, unfortunately, we had to cancel our trip so ... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 12:12:15 EST Hit & Miss, Good & Bad That pretty much describes me right now. I'm good, I'm not so good. I'm going to the gym, I'm not going to the gym. <BR> <BR> There is so much room for improvement. I can see that, I just can't figure out a way to make the positive changes stick for more than a day or so. <BR> <BR> So I wanted to start eating oatmeal for breakfast. Ask me how many times that's happened so far. Go ahead, ask me. NONE - that's how many times. I haven't been stopping for bagels quite as often. But (other tha... Wed, 23 Sep 2015 11:54:26 EST Long time no see! Howdy friends! It's been ages since I last blogged. Things got busy and I got way off track in all aspects of my life. There have been good times and not so good times. My weight has been up and down (within about a 5-6 lb range) for the entire year. I was looking back and I've gained about 15 lbs since June of 2013. Overall that's not terrible, but it's not good either. I want to lose weight, not gain it. <BR> <BR> It's time for me to make a plan. I need a plan for exercise, for eating, fo... Fri, 11 Sep 2015 11:01:30 EST To gym or not to gym I have been on quite the streak lately. I've logged over 10,000 steps a day since Sunday the 15th. I think it's been my longest streak ever of 10k+ days. Today I am TIRED. I am contemplating not going to the gym tonight. It will make me sad to end my streak, but I really think that my body needs rest today. I pushed so hard last week. <BR> <BR> I ate a terrible lunch today - I went to Wendy's and had a spicy chicken sandwich, fries (didn't eat them all though), a medium cherry vanilla Coke,... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 13:34:09 EST So BUSY at work! I wanted to blog yesterday, but I was so busy at work that I didn't get to do my usual goofing off, lol. I'm working on some updating and it's taking way longer than expected. But when I'm done, it's going to be awesome. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm doing preetty good this week. I've been to the gym twice, I've gotten over 10k steps for the past 3 days in a row, and I've had a salad with dinner for the past 3 nights. I did splurge and get a large sweet tea from Arby's yesterday along with my Jr Ch... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 07:11:29 EST Monday Monday! So many thoughts running through my mind this morning. <BR> <BR> First thought – Six Flags opens in 19 days. My BF, nieces, and I will be going and I wanted to have lost a bunch of weight before then. Back in November when we went for the last time last season, I barely fit into the seat on one of my favorite rides. I HATED having to have to girls push down the bar into locking position. I vowed to never have that happen again. As of this morning, I’m only down about 5 lbs since then. That’... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 10:46:45 EST Is everyday "Day 1"? Just a thought, but is everyday a new Day 1? Is every time we wake up in the morning a new chance to start over and do better than we did the day before? Does each day offer new opportunities? - just a little deep thinking on this Wednesday morning. :) <BR> <BR> Ya know that saying "fat weighs more than muscle"? I say that all the time and until someone corrected me the other day, I didn't see anything wrong with it. But a pound is a pound is a pound. The difference is that muscle is leaner... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 10:49:30 EST Exciting Times Happy March 1 friends! <BR> <BR> I have done nothing but chill out at home today and it's been wonderful. I rarely have days like this and since we got snow last night/this morning I decided today was going to be a day of relaxing. With that being said, I did attempt to hang some floating shelves in my bedroom. So far it took me about 45 minutes to hang the first one and I'm not entirely happy with it. It's not as sturdy as I'd hoped. I guess that's why they were on clearance at Target for ... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 18:50:39 EST Wow Has it really been nearly a month since I last blogged?! My goodness! February has had it's ups and downs. I got sick (again) but this time it was some undetermined high fever/body aches/stuffy head thing that according to the tests was not the flu. She gave me antibiotics and sent me on my way. It took about a week before I was really feeling better. <BR> <BR> I haven't worked out a since solitary day this month either. I keep saying - I'm going to get up early and walk on the treadmill, b... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:44:23 EST One month and 5 lbs down January didn't quite go as planned. I wanted to exercise more. I wanted to eat better. I wanted to blog daily. I did not want to get sick. But in the end, I lost 5.1 lbs. If I hadn't been sick I don't think I would've lost any weight at all. I am thrilled with the loss. I'm hoping that it was just the jump start that I needed. I really would love to be down another 5 by the end of this month. <BR> <BR> One other benefit of being sick was that I was able to give up caffeine. I didn't do it o... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 18:55:02 EST Well.... that was NOT fun. I spent 4 days this week with a nasty little stomach bug. It came on after dinner Tuesday night and thoroughly kicked my hiney from Wednesday until last night. I will spare you all the details and just say that I was miserable. I lost about 7 lbs but I'm quite sure that most of it will come back since I finally got my appetite back today. <BR> <BR> Since I wasn't eating or drinking much while I was sick I managed to quit caffeine cold turkey and now I'm debating on whether... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:31:51 EST I won the battle... The fast food battle that is. When I left my apartment I’d decided that I was stopping at McDonald’s and getting breakfast. It’s been more than 2 weeks since I’d stopped I felt that I deserved it. But when it was time to get into the turn lane to actually go, I was strong and said NO. I got to work and ate my oatmeal (not as satisfying when you were tasting a sausage biscuit with cheese) but I feel good about it. For lunch I have to run to the post office then I’ll come back to work and eat a... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 10:04:29 EST Day "whatever" I've fallen a bit off the wagon since this past Thursday. I got lazy and found excuses for not doing what I said I was going to do. But I'm picking myself up and getting back with it tomorrow. I liked meeting my goals each day. <BR> <BR> Anyway, that's it for today. We'll talk again tomorrow! Sun, 18 Jan 2015 20:39:58 EST Day 8 It was very nice having the afternoon off work yesterday. Columbia was fun, however we spend more time in the car going to/from than we actually spent there! Oh well, at least I was able to get my mom a unique birthday present from Bluestem. I just love that place! <BR> <BR> I never did drink a bottle of plain water yesterday. I was super tired and ended up drinking Mountain Dew all day. So I only completed 2 of the 3 items on my “I WILL” list from yesterday. I did watch my eating though. F... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 11:37:40 EST Day 7 Thank goodness for the SUN! I’m so thrilled that the sun is out in full force today. It is a bit deceiving though, it’s still down right COLD! <BR> <BR> I completed all 3 tasks on my “I WILL” list from yesterday. I really didn’t want to spend time cleaning last night when I got home, but I forced myself to sit on the bathroom floor with my Lysol wipes scrubbing tile by tile. I’m telling you these wipes are like magic. My floor hasn’t been this clean since I moved in 9 years ago. I have a ... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 11:16:57 EST Day 6 Do you ever wake up and just wish that you were someone else? That’s where I’m at today. I’m tired of being me. I know this feeling will pass and I’m trying really hard to not let it get me down, but it’s hard. Especially since today is a gloomy weather day. I think I’m going to have to look into getting one of those sun lamp things. So many people have mentioned that it can help with seasonal depression. <BR> <BR> I woke up around 415am this morning, turned on the tv, and painted my nails.... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 10:53:47 EST Day 4 & 5 Hello friends! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was not a good day. I woke up yesterday feeling awful. I barely made it through my niece's birthday party. I have no idea what the deal was because I feel fine today. So yep, that's an excuse - but I think it's a pretty good one - for not blogging yesterday. I still managed to do my squats for my challenge, but that's about all I did. <BR> <BR> I've enjoyed lounging on the couch most of the day today - with a bit of cleaning and laundry doing thrown in.... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 20:44:19 EST Day 3 Well – I’m off to a half and half start. I got up early, walked in place for a bit while watching Parenthood, I did my daily squats for the daily squat challenge, I did NOT stop for a fast food breakfast b/c we are going out for dinner tonight. I got to work and heat up my oatmeal then someone brings in a stolen from Panera Bread. So I cut a sliver of it to have along with the oatmeal. So I’m almost done with the oatmeal and one of the outside agents brings me a donut as a “thank you”. Instea... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 10:49:32 EST Day 2 Hello my Sparkfriends. <BR> <BR> I’m not exactly sure what to say on my day 2 blog. I did ok yesterday. I wrote down everything that I ate (and have done so for today too). I didn’t get any real exercise in other than day 3 of my squat challenge. I didn’t get up early this morning to walk in place while watching my recorded shows. I woke up around 3am and was awake until nearly 5 then fell back asleep until almost 6. I just don’t know what the deal is with me waking up around 3. It’s been h... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 12:12:19 EST No more No more excuses. I’m serious. I’ve had enough. There are many many people in the world who are way busier/stressed/heavier than me and they are finding a way to get moving and get healthy. My little excuses need to stop. I have the same amount of hours in the day as everyone else. I just need to use them better. I get up at 5am nearly every day and sit on the couch and watch tv for at least an hour. How wasteful is that?! Now I do live in an apartment so I have to keep my noisy activity to a ... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 10:59:56 EST Unrealistic Expectation I sometimes live in a fantasy world in which I think at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve things will magically change and all of the sudden I'll crave nothing but veggies and exercise and I'll have all kinds of energy and desire to clean my apartment. This couldn't be further from the truth right now. This weekend is going to be extremely busy for me and my goal is to just make it through until Sunday afternoon. Sunday afternoon I will sit down with myself and make plans and goals for... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 13:33:39 EST Good-bye and good riddance to 2014 2014 was NOT my year so I am NOT sad to see it go. I am ready for a new year and a fresh start. I'm not saying that 2015 is going to be perfect or that everything will go exactly to plan, because it won't. There will be trials and tribulations, but I am going to work on handling things better. I'm going to enjoy life more and not let the little things bother me as much. I'm going to get my life organized. <BR> <BR> This is probably my shortest blog yet! But there will be many more to follow... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 10:44:50 EST Been awhile..... So I had planned to post this blog on Saturday, but Saturday ended up being quite a busy day for me and Sunday was even busier! <BR> <BR> I have really fallen off the wagon this year. My life changes completely threw me for a loop and I have yet to really get back on track. I’ve been posting blogs all year saying that I was going to get back with it, but nothing ever happened. I fell into a serious lazy streak. But I have no HAD ENOUGH. I’ve had enough of being out of breath just from bendi... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 14:03:55 EST A new plan Greeting my friends. <BR> <BR> I've spent a lot of time thinking since I posted my blog yesterday. I was having a pretty rough day yesterday and I let a lot of things get me down. Things were just not going well financially and my weight was up. I woke up this morning with another email from my bank and I thought, "ugh, here we go again", but I made a plan and things WILL get better. My plan may be frowned upon by most, so I've chosen not to post about it, but trust me, it's nothing illegal... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:36:47 EST Quest to find "me" Somewhere along the way I have lost "me". I've lost my spunk. I've lost my strength. I've lost desire to get things done. I am no longer the person I used to be. Every now and then I'll get that drive I used to have and will wipe out the refrigerator or do some random household chore that desperately needs to get done, but overall I'm just plain.....lazy. <BR> <BR> I don't want to be lazy. I don't want to do the bare minimum. I don't want to have my debit card declined or have my checking ac... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 10:24:15 EST