TRAVELISMYGAME's SparkPeople Blog TRAVELISMYGAME's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community And just like that.... I might be down for the count. Still have the terrible cold/sinus thing going on that started on Sunday. Now I've got a lovely cough starting. Like that wasn't enough, after my workout this morning, I have a terrible pain in the middle of my back (think kidney area). So I'll be heading out to the doctor in just a bit. I really really don't want either of these things to affect my step count. I'm doing SO good with that. I will say that my "diet" and tracking have been lacking the last 2 days.... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:00:01 EST Day 31.... Is kicking my tush. I had to turn the AC back on this weekend because it's going to be in the upper 80's to low 90's until Wednesday around here. I had been thoroughly enjoying having the AC off and the windows open. I was feeling good. Within ONE day of turning the AC on, my throat was/is scratchy and I've got more drainage (sorrry, TMI) than I know what to do with. <BR> <BR> So far this morning, I did force myself to go to the gym (I'm just not ready to give up on my streak yet), I've had... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 10:05:47 EST Weigh-in TOMORROW! I am actually excited about my official weigh-in tomorrow. I can't remember the last time (if ever!) that I was excited to step on the scale. I looked back through my fitbit log and found that the last time I was under 240 lbs was April of 2014. Since then I've bounced all over the 240's and low 250's. I am looking forward to being under 240 again. I don't think it'll happen tomorrow, but I am getting close. <BR> <BR> Friday was not a good eating nor tracking day, but I was able to get back... Sat, 15 Oct 2016 19:37:23 EST I did NOT eat the cookie that came with my lunch today. Cookies are my BIGGEST downfall. I LOVE COOKIES! I often tell my nieces that I am Cookie Monster. So this is a HUGE deal for me. I even told the BF that I had a cookie for him, that way I wouldn't be tempted to eat it this afternoon. <BR> <BR> I have been tracking my food almost perfectly since last Wednesday. There was one night that I had the munchies and snacked a little bit as I was going to bed and that spoonful of peanut butter and somethi... Wed, 12 Oct 2016 14:48:46 EST I want to blog, but..... I'm not really sure what I want to say. It's been just over 21 days since I started on this "new" path. I've been getting 10k+ steps everyday for 23 days now. I am thrilled to death about it. <BR> <BR> M-F we are going to the gym and doing the treadmill thing. Saturday & Sundays we are doing outdoor things while the weather is still so nice. This past Saturday, for example, we went to the Mississippi Greenway in Oakville, MO. We'd never been there before. It was a 5 mile walk. I had more th... Sun, 9 Oct 2016 20:52:57 EST Daily Vitamins So I've never been one to have a big opinion one way or the other about daily vitamins. I've tried lots of different kinds over the years and never really saw much of a difference in myself. Some of the brands would make me itchy. Some brands would make my stomach hurt. Not to mention that I never really took any of them consistently. <BR> <BR> I have to admit that I have found the perfect daily vitamins for me. It's called Alive Women's Energy. It's full of all kinds of good stuff That sup... Thu, 6 Oct 2016 10:46:26 EST Let's talk math & calories These are 2 of my least favorite subjects. Math was NEVER my strong point in school (finally passed College Algebra on the 4th go-round). And really, who "likes" to count calories?! <BR> <BR> Anyway, I looked at my fitbit report yesterday and saw that in the month of September I burned just over 72,000 calories. I grabbed the calculator to see how many pounds that equaled. Much to my surprise it was about 20 lbs. At first I thought "Wow, I burned that many calories and still didn't loose an... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 11:01:47 EST I'm not going to lie.... It was HARD to get out of bed this morning. I really really thought about ending my 10k/day streak and going back to sleep when the alarm went off at 430am. BUT I rolled out of bed and went to the gym. I rewarded myself with 10 minutes in the massage chair when I was done. <BR> <BR> I am very glad that I made myself get up and go. I know that I would've been super disappointed if my 10k/day streak had ended at 17. Yep, that's right, I'm currently on Day 18. I cannot remember a time when I'v... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 10:03:08 EST An outfit and a job? Last night after work I grabbed my Lane Bryant coupons and headed to the store for some shopping. The very first thing I picked up when I walked in was a sheer fuchsia blouse and a matching silk scarf. I also found a super cute pair of pants that were gray and plaid and had a fuchsia stripe in them. The employee took my stuff to a fitting room and came back and told me that she loved the outfit and that I needed to come and work for them. I was at the store for an hour and a half and she kept... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:43:33 EST Today is... SHOPPING DAY! <BR> <BR> Why is that a big deal you ask? Well, if you haven't been following my blogs the last couple of weeks, back on the 16th of September I decided to challenge myself. I had a couple of stackable coupons to Lane Bryant that I wanted to use. So I told myself that I had to get at least 10k worth of steps each day between that date and the day the coupons expire (today). <BR> <BR> It was hard, but not as hard as I thought it was going to be. Something just clicked this ti... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:57:04 EST A little tired & a little cranky today Today is going to be one of "those" days. I've got 2 co-workers who are out of the office right now. One for the rest of this week and the other until October 14. I am the lucky one that gets to cover for them. So if you see me sitting in a corner beating my head against a wall...just let me be! <BR> <BR> On the positive side of things, I am just 1 day away from completing my challenge. As long as I get up and workout tomorrow morning, I will have no problem making my 10k step goal for tomo... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:50:26 EST It CAN be done So I'm almost done with my "challenge". Just 2 days left before I can go shopping with my coupons. Quite honestly, I am shocked that I've managed to do this. I always thought that I was "too busy" to get 10k steps a day and that getting up at 430am was just too hard. <BR> <BR> But you know what? I'm not too busy and it's not "that" hard. I CAN do this. I WANT to do this. I NEED to do this. I am going to be 40 years old in less than 5 months. I've spent my entire 30's life being obese. I don... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 10:02:42 EST Fun Weekend Here are a few pictures to help describe my weekend.... <BR> <BR> Saturday - went to the Zoo. The animals were acting a bit goofy.... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Look at the design on this snake. I am NOT a snake person, but this is amazing! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And we aren't sure if this one was threatening me or just yawning... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:57:11 EST 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