TRICKER20's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TRICKER20 TRICKER20'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/ Bucket List http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5503629 Lately I've been seeing a lot of '30 Before 30' blogs: 30 things you would do from your 'bucket list' before you turn 30. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately (or fortunately) I just turned 30 in August! Regardless, it really got me thinking about all of the random stuff I've always wanted to do but never did just because life, or whatever, got in the way. <BR> <BR> 1. Make a Quilt <BR> 2. Live by the Ocean <BR> 3. Bike to/from Work <BR> 4. Own my own Coffeeshop/Bakery <BR> 5. Create a Piece of Art I ... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 15:36:35 EST Flying Through the Air with the Greatest of Ease... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5502694 Whew! I just did Day 1 of the Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred, Level 1, yesterday. I had done this video before almost a year ago, but had to stop when we moved unexpectedly. Anyways, I had forgotten how sore it makes me! I don't think I will do this everyday yet, as life is kind of hectic just now, but I definitely want to stick with it! Last time I only got up to Level 2 and I'm very curious about what kind of results I'll see after Level 3! <BR> <BR> I became so inspired yesterday after re... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 17:11:41 EST A Year in the Life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5497834 I can't believe it's been a year to the day since I last posted on here! It's a complete coincidence, but still, pretty cool! <BR> <BR> The last year has been so eventful! I got my raise, and my weekend job, but after that life jus got so busy! I got promoted to a new position in our company and then I was put into another position after that, where I stayed for about 6 months! It was grueling and stressful and I hated it! Luckily my boss was very understanding when I asked to switch again a... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 14:02:42 EST Fear of Success? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5077217 You know what motivates me?... Success. <BR> I know that's an easy answer, everyone is motivated by success. It's finding out what motivates you when you aren't successful that's the really hard part. <BR> But for now, I'm going to ride this wave as long as I can! I'm high on success! Breaking my toe is the best thing that ever happened to me! ok- maybe not... I know that I should be exercising and staying fit, but not being able to exercise has forced me to concentrate on keeping my callorie... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 14:15:33 EST So Close, Yet So Far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5066047 I'm now 8 pounds away from my goal weight. Compared to the 30 I started out with, that's pretty darn good, but it feels like forever! I've been feeling very impatient lately, waiting for a lot of changes to happen in my life, and it's getting more and more difficult to stay motivated and find inspiration. It took me about 8 months to loose the last 10 pounds and I'm so worried that I'll plateau again! I know that slow and steady wins the race but I really want to keep the ball rolling and kee... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 09:37:04 EST Success in the Face of Adversity! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5059016 There have been a lot of changes and exciting progress at my job this week and I let it distract me from my weight-loss goals... So I was pretty surprised to look at the scale this morning and see I had lost .2 pounds... not a lot of progress, but I thought for sure I had gained weight BACK this week! Now I'm even more motivated to get back on track and stay focused! <BR> <BR> Even better news is that I finally spoke to my boss about my job performance (aka- trying to ask for a raise) and he... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 11:44:17 EST Frustrating Feet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5044015 Well, it's been 3 weeks since I broke my toe and 3 weeks since I got any exercise! I was supposed to be able to wear shoes at this point, but my toe is still giving me problems! I may even have to go back to the doctor for a checkup. <BR> <BR> In the meantime, I am having major exercise withdrawals!! I actually had a dream the other night about running! And now that I can practically smell those Fall leaves in the air, I'm seriously jonesing for some outdoor running time! Maybe this is my ti... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 13:22:53 EST Surprising Successes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5038771 Woo-hoo!! <BR> I was beginning to think this day would never come, especially with my latest setbacks, but I have finally broken out of the 140's!! <BR> <BR> Yesterday I weighed in at 139.6! I don't think I've been in the 130's since I was in high-school! <BR> <BR> A few weeks ago, I got the top row of my braces put in, then I tripped on a curb and broke my toe, then I lost my phone, and then I got my baby-tooth pulled- all in the same week! It was extremely stressful and I was really bumme... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 12:11:36 EST Moment of Truth_Mid-Week Pep Talk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4999265 I'm getting nervous about my official weigh-in on Tuesday. Since I started this weight-loss journey, over a year ago, I haven't been able to get below 141 lbs, but today I saw my scale flicker a little to 140.8 and my heart almost stopped! I have 3 more days to be 'good' and stay in my calorie range and maybe sneak in one more day of exercise before the moment of truth! This will be breaking new ground for me and I'm so excited! <BR> <BR> Sometimes I wonder why I'm so determined to loose th... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 09:35:44 EST Post-Dinner Munchies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4986380 Problem: Waiting too long to eat dinner and then getting so hungry I over-eat. <BR> Action: Spacing out my meals/snacks so I don't get so darn hungry! <BR> <BR> So far this plan seems to be working! Although I do watch the clock like a fiend! Even if I'm not hungry- my day has become parceled out into 3-4 hour blocks, separated by little mini-meals. I have conquered the pre-dinner munchies, but at what cost?! Hopefully this is just a temporary insanity and my body/mind will get used to it. <... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 13:16:22 EST A Mixed Bag http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4982922 Yikes! <BR> Well, looking back, I haven't kept in my calorie range all week! Boo on me! <BR> <BR> This weekend was a mixed bag. I did a yoga class Saturday morning, which was lovely! I love mornings! This whole weekend was just beautiful and there's something about listening to music on a warm sunny day with a crispy bagel in your tummy, knowing you're going to be sweating your pores out very shortly, that really makes you appreciate life! On top of that, my boyfriend and I went to a buffalo... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 09:49:41 EST Just Keep Swimming... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4978100 Today I read a motivational quote that said: 'If you're tired of starting over, stop giving up.' <BR> <BR> I feel like that's my theme right now. I've been pretty frustrated lately because I can't quite seem to get out of the 140's. The lowest I've ever gotten is 141 and I feel like everytime I get close to breaking through that barrier something happens to pull me back. Well, this is my time to stop making excuses and just DO IT! <BR> I'm at 142.6 and I'm so close, I can taste it! So, no mo... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 16:53:57 EST Baby Steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4965266 Whew! It's July already! Yikes! <BR> <BR> It's been a very busy couple of months. I'm beginning to think I'm not a very good bloger here... I never post pictures or videos and I'm definitely not very consistent with posting, but... I'm still here! <BR> <BR> June has been a pretty slacker month for me, at least in the exercise arena... My boyfriend had two separate oral surgeries to remove his wisdom teeth and so I spent most of my time nursing him and feeding him pain medications and soup.... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 10:24:08 EST Slow and Steady Wins the Race! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4875713 Yesterday, I returned to a blog that I haven't written in in over a year. My life was very different then and I was just beginning to feel the desire for change in my life. However, I hadn't yet discovered SP, so my approach left much to be desired. I had actually managed to lose 16 pounds in only 2 months! I read this and I was shocked. It's taken me about a year to reach the same weight I claimed I was in that blog, and after much give and take, sweat and struggle. I couldn't remember ever ... Thu, 10 May 2012 14:56:39 EST Epiphany http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4871936 Yay! I went jogging on the treadmill yesterday for 3 miles and it felt like nothing! Well, almost nothing, I am a bit sore today. And the whole time I was running, I just kept marveling at how strong I felt! A year ago I could barely run 30 seconds and now I can run 30 minutes! <BR> <BR> Here I was worrying like crazy that I had gained weight because I had eaten outside my calorie limits and skipped a lot of workouts last week, and I actually lost almost half a pound! Not a huge difference I... Tue, 8 May 2012 09:35:17 EST 1 Year Progress Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4870896 ok, it's been about a year since I started getting serious about my weight-loss on Spark. I started at 160 and managed to get down to 141 in 6 months! Then, I stopped exercising and watching what I ate during the following 4 months and gained back 8 pounds. I have been trying to get back on track with varying degrees of willpower ever since February, and I managed to loose almost 6 of those 8 pounds, but it has been a real struggle! <BR> <BR> I feel like if I even look at a cake wrong, I gai... Mon, 7 May 2012 16:17:37 EST Fellow Sparkers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4862965 After trolling through the Sparkpages section, I'm beginning to see what a whiny baby I am! I keep getting discouraged that I can't seem to loose 10-15 lbs and there are so many people who have been struggling for YEARS and loose 100's of pounds! If I'm struggling with this measly amount, I can only imagine what they've been through! I am constantly blown away by my fellow Sparkers! <BR> <BR> I have to realize that this isn't a race, it's a life-long journey. And sure, I may be going slower ... Wed, 2 May 2012 11:44:25 EST Too Pooped To Pop! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4859593 So tired! <BR> <BR> I had a great weekend! Friday, I took a break from my workout routine and went to see Cabin In The Woods- (surprisingly good and funny!) Saturday, my boyfriend and I went running at a local park in Queens and I went 10 mins longer than I usually do at the gym! The distance probably wasn't farther as there were a lot of hills and it was kinda tough for me but I did it! Then on Sunday we went running with a friend of ours all the way over the Brooklyn Bridge and back again!... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 15:51:33 EST Yarrrrr http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4853281 Well, I've done four days in a row of exercise! And I'm planning to go again today and Sat! <BR> <BR> I have to say it surprises me how much my endurance has increased just by working out a few extra days! I find myself actually contemplating a 4th mile by the end of a 3 mile jog on the treadmill! <BR> <BR> I'm trying to combat gym fatigue by doing some cross-training and mixing it up a bit. So far, so good! Sunday I did Level 2 on my Gillian Michaels Shred DVD, Monday I did 40 mins on a s... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 11:59:54 EST The Exercise Conflict http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4849966 Ok- so I keep hearing conflicting reports on the affects of exercise and weight-loss and I'm trying to get to the bottom of it! <BR> <BR> It seems to me that the final conclusion is something like "Yes, exercise is important, but it shouldn't be used as an excuse to over-eat!" Also, the amount of exercise is highly subjective. For most people, just getting any kind of exercise outside of walking to their cars is cause for celebration. But then I read that what we eat is far more important th... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 13:44:58 EST Down the Rabbit Hole http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4842615 I seem to be suffering from some sort of boredom epidemic. <BR> Blegh! <BR> <BR> It's not that I don't have a lot to do outside of work, usually I'm running around like a chicken with my head cut-off! In the morning there's lunches & breakfasts to pack and dishes to wash and then it's a mad dash to the bus & subway. I usually don't even have time to eat breakfast until I'm actually at work sitting at my desk. And then I just sit there. <BR> All day. <BR> And as soon as 5 o'clock hits, I'm o... Thu, 19 Apr 2012 13:00:14 EST The Long Road http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4837631 Whew! The last few weeks have been craaaazy! <BR> <BR> My boyfriend's little sis came to visit us for a week and while she was here, I didn't really do any exercise (except walking all over NY!) and while I tried to make healthy food choices, I did have the occasional slice of pizza. :( <BR> <BR> Surprisingly, though I only gained 1 pound! And maybe I shouldn't be happy about this but, honestly, I was expecting to gain about 3! Normally this set-back would have put me in a funk for days but... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 12:41:55 EST Do The Math http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4826696 Well, this is depressing. <BR> <BR> After not weighing myself for 2 1/2 weeks, I find that I've actually gained 3 pounds! <BR> <BR> Granted the last few weeks have been very stressful and instead of planning ahead and making smart/healthy choices, I gave myself permission to eat badly on occasion. I had a friend visiting for a week and hardly exercised, we moved unexpectedly and I ate things that I shouldn't have, and I splurged big-time at my boyfriend's birthday party! However I have als... Mon, 9 Apr 2012 09:41:19 EST The New York Shuffle! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4820118 Yikes! It's been a while since my last post! <BR> <BR> Unfortunately I was a slacker when my friend came up to visit NYC a few weeks ago. I ended up not working out as much so that I could hang out with my friend and I only worked out twice that week! <BR> <BR> Then my roommate (and leaseholder) told my boyfriend and I we had 2 months to find a new apt! I have to say I've had some terrible luck when it comes to apartments in NY. One year I moved 4 times!! I call this The New York Shuffle! ... Wed, 4 Apr 2012 11:01:32 EST Zen and Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4796850 Well, today is the first day in a week where I'm actually starting to feel alive again! (Hopefully that's not just the coffee talking!) I've been battling some vicious Spring allergies lately and I think I'm finally turning the tides! I ended up taking a skip day from my workout routine on Friday and Sunday for recovery purposes, but I actually got one in on Sat! <BR> <BR> This weekend was very busy! I had an unexpected jewellery deadline on Sunday that I didn't have the supplies for! So I ... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 13:00:59 EST 30 Day Shred, Day 9, Level 2! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4789211 Yesterday was Day 2 of Level 2 on the 30 Day Shred! (Day 9 in total.) <BR> <BR> Today I am pleasently sore but it's not as bad as when I first started Level 1! It's funny because Level 1 made the front of my thighs sore and now Level 2 is really killing the backs of my thighs! I'm also starting to notice some hard muscle peaking out around my shoulders! It's exciting to feel a change after all that sweating! I always thought ripped muscles were for people with more self-discipline than mysel... Thu, 15 Mar 2012 14:38:11 EST Spring Fever! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4787732 OMG- I have Spring Fever so bad! <BR> <BR> I'm dying to go out and buy tons of clothes that I can't afford (and hopefully won't fit into in 3 months)! That is the only thought keeping my budget intact! That in 3 months I will be in the 130's and will be the smallest I've been since highschool! Yes, I have to admit a big reason I'm doing this is not for my health, but so I can look the best I've looked in years and gain back that self-confidence! I want to be proud of my body and wear the kin... Wed, 14 Mar 2012 17:10:43 EST Confessions of the Confused http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4785807 Well, confession time! <BR> <BR> I ended up NOT doing yoga yesterday. A friend of mine introduced me to the Game of Thrones series and I ended up watching 2 episodes in a row before getting down to making dinner, doing dishes, and ironing. By the time I was done, it was time for bed! (I am so hooked on that show!) <BR> <BR> On top of that, I accidentally went way over my max calorie limit! <BR> I'm so mad at myself! I made a lowfat turkey chilli recipe (awesome btw) and not realizing that i... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 15:20:36 EST 30 Day Shred- 1st Weigh-In! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4783257 Yesterday was Day 7 of the 30DS and the day of my weigh-in! <BR> <BR> I ended up waiting until this morning because I forgot and ate my breakfast before I was supposed to weigh myself. Argh! <BR> <BR> I lost 2 pounds in the last week! I have also lost 1/4 of an inch in my waist, hips, & upper thighs! Although my arm has actually gotten a little bigger. Maybe it's muscle? My avg daily calorie intake for the week was 1435, which is still in my calorie range of 12-1500, but only barely. Stupid... Mon, 12 Mar 2012 08:59:10 EST 30 Day Shred, Day 6 and New Recipe! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4780814 Yay- it's the weekend! <BR> <BR> So far it's been a great day- I made one of Chef Meg's recipes Lite Blueberry Donuts (well, I made the muffin version). I made a few alterations- I used 0% Chobani Blueberry Greek Yogurt, regular Whole Wheat Flour, and Blackberries. But these are great! My boyfriend didn't like the lemon zest part so I might take that out next time, but I'm definitely making these again! So moist and only 100 calories each! <BR> <BR> Also, I did Day 6 of the 30 Day Shred! <B... Sat, 10 Mar 2012 14:58:04 EST 30 Day Shred- Day 5! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4778875 Woo-hoo! Day 5 of the Shred is already complete! <BR> <BR> Indeed, I had a very long day yesterday and even though I had dinner with my friends and got home late, I still made healthy meal choices and got in my workout!! Yay Determination! <BR> <BR> Even though this is my 5th day of using the Shred video, it's actually just my 3rd day in a row and I was a little worried I'd be too sore from last night's workout to manage another one this morning, but I did it!! <BR> <BR> Still sore but I t... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 09:55:11 EST 30 Day Shred http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4777167 Well, I had to take 2 days off Monday and Tuesday to recover from the first 2 days of my Shred workout. I must have done something wrong because boyyy was I sore! I did my 3rd day of Shred Wed morning and I felt great! A little sore but not nearly as bad as before! I got very sweaty and I was starving the whole day! haha! I usually work out in the evening so my body isn't used to the higher fat burn that comes from a morning workout. <BR> <BR> I've been counting my calories and NOT weighing ... Thu, 8 Mar 2012 10:25:19 EST 30-60 Day Shred? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4773703 Well, sadly I had to take a day off from the 30 Day Shred yesterday. Way too sore! I have to climb a ladder for my job and I got stuck halfway up because my legs were so sore! I've heard it's important to rest 1 day between weight training so your muscles can repair themselves so I'm considering doing the 30 DS video every other day and doing cardio in between. It may take me 2 months instead of 1 but I'm not sure my muscles can handle the more agressive 30 days! I must be more out of shape t... Tue, 6 Mar 2012 12:22:16 EST 30 Day Shred, Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4771457 Yesterday was day 2 of the 30 Day Shred! <BR> <BR> I actually gained a pound yesterday, but I'm trying to keep things in perspective. This is going to take a month of working out every day and I need to give my body time to adjust! I also need to eat better on the weekends! ack! <BR> <BR> My muscles are SO sore! Going down stairs are a real challenge and even my abs are starting to feel it! I've heard Level 2 is the most difficult and I'm really not sure how I'm going to survive it when I ... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 09:29:26 EST Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred, Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4769861 Aaargh! So frustrating! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was my 1st day on the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred and I was at a new low of 147 lbs! Then, today, I weighed myself at 149.8! In one day I somehow erased all the work I did this week!! How is that possible?! I wasn't as careful with my calories as I am during the weekdays, but then I never am on the weekends. <BR> I found the workout challenging in most parts and easy in others. I'm used to jogging about 2-3 miles, 3 days a week, but this video g... Sun, 4 Mar 2012 11:02:05 EST Re-Commitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4767252 Well, I've been away for quite some time now! <BR> <BR> I managed to get down to 141 around November, and boy was it hard! I was sticking to my exercise routine and good eating habits but loosing the weight was not as easy as it used to be! <BR> <BR> Then, around Thanksgiving, I quit my weekend job so I could start my side business making jewellery! I told myself I would only take a month off from exercising so I could focus on my business opening deadline, but it's now February and I'm on... Fri, 2 Mar 2012 13:27:29 EST Persistence! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4456628 I'm back! <BR> Not that I went anywhere but it's been over a month since I was last on SparkPeople. <BR> There was a point when I hadn't exercised or stuck to my meal plan for 2 weeks and I finally started exercising again and being more strict about my eating. I was afraid to weigh myself after that but somehow I actually managed to stick to 45lbs. It's been another 2 weeks after that and I've been exercising a lot more but not dieting very well. So I'm afraid to weigh myself again. I would ... Tue, 30 Aug 2011 13:34:31 EST Blegh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4385305 So tired and unmotivated! This past week, my boyfriend's dad was in town so I ended up spending a lot of time showing him around NY. We had a good time, but I definitely splurged a few times on my eating plan. I would have a big sallad and a glass of wine and usually get talked into a bite or 3 of dessert. On top of that I only got to work out 3 times last week instead of 4. So, when I finally weighed myself on Saturday morning, I found that I had actually GAINED 2 lbs! I thought maybe I woul... Mon, 25 Jul 2011 15:05:18 EST Mondays! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4369848 Wow- Monday again. Blegh. <BR> <BR> I'm afraid this will be one of those entries where I just have to complain for a little while. <BR> I fell asleep in my clothes last night, which I hate doing. I always feel like I've been cheated of a full night's rest somehow when that happens. I've been working 7 days a week for almost 6 months now and it's really starting to get to me. I've been feeling very unmotivated lately and I find myself daydreaming of vacations non-stop! I keep imagining I sme... Mon, 18 Jul 2011 10:43:33 EST Antici...PATION! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4362324 It's been almost a week since I last weighed myself and the anticipation is brutal! Even though I know running is not as good for you as swimming, I can really feel a difference in my body! I feel really good and energized, I feel like my skin and muscles are getting tighter (even though I feel a little lost in the weight room), and I noticed that my cellulite is almost gone!! Wonder of wonders! I still have a few problem areas, but exercise is working better than any 'skin-firming' lotion or... Thu, 14 Jul 2011 11:59:26 EST Catch-Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4357908 Yay! I started running again! So far, so good. My leg isn't hurting me and I was actually able to pick up where I left off in my C25K program! <BR> <BR> I'm going to try to workout everyday this week, or barring that, at least 4 days this week. I've gotta make up for lost time! I was swimming for 1 hour, 3 times a week, but found it wasn't working as well as I'd hoped after a while. I suspect my body was getting used to it. So I've switched back to running for the month with maybe a couple o... Tue, 12 Jul 2011 12:40:11 EST Triggers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4346881 Today, I was reading the story of Tiffany, a backup singer for Beyonce who lost weight through SparkPeople, and I found she had a lot of really smart things to say. I've read the Spark book, but somehow I missed this important step that Tiffany's interview brought to my attention: recognising my triggers and fixing them. What is my motivation & inspiration for this whole lifestyle change? <BR> <BR> I have only recently realized that most of my overeating comes from stress & boredom, but inst... Thu, 7 Jul 2011 10:55:38 EST Validation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4344651 Well, I had my tri-monthly doctor's appointment this morning and I was very gratified when my nurse gave me props for loosing 10 lbs since the last time I was there! But I'm still not where I should be. At this point I was supposed to be down by about 16 lbs! So, like so many after the holiday, I'm recommitting to my goals! I will work out 4 days a week instead of 3, I will record what I eat, and I WILL lose 10 lbs this month! <BR> <BR> I was supposed to go swimming with my boyfriend yester... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 11:28:44 EST One Month Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4342538 Well, this month has not been as successful as I would have liked. I've only lost about 3.5 lbs, putting me at about 4.5 lbs short of my goal for this month. A lot of this is my own fault though. I stopped working out for a week and I've been getting more and more loose with my eating plan. Sneaking in bites of chocolate here and a slice of cake there, not to mention the occasional drink. Work has been very stressful this month and my boyfriend's grandmother and father are in town, which is j... Tue, 5 Jul 2011 12:53:29 EST Flowers and Iced Coffee http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4289575 So, I left my swim workout today feeling heavy and loose and content. The way I used to feel after spending the whole day at the beach when I was a kid, kind of sunburnt and exhausted, but in a good way. I was walking to work from the gym, through the flower district in NY, seeing all the bright colors and smelling the flowers, feeling the warm breeze and remembering that iced-coffee I had when I woke up this morning (long gone now). I just thought- wow, life is really great sometimes. <BR> ... Fri, 10 Jun 2011 09:24:17 EST Morning People and The 'Battle' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4283426 Whew! So much to catch up on! <BR> <BR> Well, I was reading another blogger's journal the other day and read how she gained weight after taking a break due to surgery. She said that she is realizing that every pound lost is a struggle and how it will be a life-long battle for her to keep the weight off and I'm experiancing the same moment of truth. I had to stop exercising for a few days due to pulling a muscle in my leg, and even though I stuck to my eating plan, I still gained 2 lbs! I hop... Tue, 7 Jun 2011 14:47:06 EST Commitments & Camping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4280576 Well. I finally did it. I made a one year commitment to the NY Parks & Rec. I've been training to run, but when I pulled a muscle in my leg that doesn't want to heal, swimming seemed like a good way to get exercise and let my leg get better. (Just a slight delay in my running goal. Sigh.) <BR> <BR> It looks like I made it just in time too. Turns out, NY P&R are DOUBLING their usual membership fees on July 1st! Honestly, if they weren't raising their fees I wouldn't have signed for a full yea... Mon, 6 Jun 2011 12:15:34 EST The Little Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4270686 Yay! Today was great! <BR> <BR> I have (unofficially) broken 152 lbs! I finally got to 151.8, which may not sound like much but at one point I had gone up to 153.4! So I'm pretty happy, even if it does go back up to 152 tomorrow. This means I'm making progress! And tomorrow is my 1 month anniversary of this new healthy lifestyle! <BR> <BR> I'll be doing an official weigh-in annnnd measuring. (cross your fingers!) I didn't meet my 10 lb/month weight loss goal, but I think I'm ok with that. ... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 17:55:30 EST Plateau? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4265202 No fair! Why can't I seem to lose this last 2 lbs?! Maybe this is a plateau. This is so frustrating. The week seems to go ok but then on the weekends I start gaining! I work weekends and I'm on my feet all day even though I'm not exercising. The only thing I can think of is that I'm up later, which makes me eat more. But I don't eat bad things and I walk a lot! Grrrr. I guess I'll just keep doing what I'm doing and hope for a break through. <BR> <BR> I just picked up The Spark book at Barnes... Mon, 30 May 2011 14:05:43 EST Weigh In Part 2? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4257904 So I think my scale is on crack... <BR> <BR> Yesterday I weighed myself and got 154.2 and today I weighed myself and got 152.4! A loss of almost 2 lbs! I even triple checked! I didn't starve myself or anything. The only thing I can think of is that I lost water weight, or because I had an early dinner the night before, maybe I burned a few more calories between dinner and bed. I usually weigh myself when I first wake up, so there's no extra food or water in my system. Orrr my scale is on cra... Thu, 26 May 2011 14:02:30 EST