TRIXIETEXAS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TRIXIETEXAS TRIXIETEXAS'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/ Reward Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672065 May 13, 2013, I said I wanted to reward myself with a running shoe charm for my charm bracelet if I could complete a 5K with no walk breaks. Well it took me 11 months but Saturday, April 12, I finally did it! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1252730153.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l670394820.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1359359908.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1877684108.jpg"> <BR>... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:41:56 EST I'm Still Here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5556160 I know I have gone pretty quiet over the last couple of weeks. <BR> <BR> I've been incredibly busy with my two jobs, and Thanksgiving, and getting ready to move next month, and coping with the loss of my dog, Lucy. <BR> <BR> Not running and not CrossFitting is killing me. Especially the first week when I was coming down off of all those endorphins--I was a big weepy mess. <BR> <BR> My weight has been kind of stuck and I've been lazy about tracking my food. I'm traveling on business this ... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 18:12:51 EST Lucy Keltner 2003 - 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551575 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l50194658.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Goodbye sweet Lucy. <BR> I remember the day we found you at the pound, and we were filling out your paperwork and a family came up to the desk to ask about "the little black and white dog in the back." I was quick to point out that she was already MINE. If we had showed up at the pound five minutes later, we might have lost you. <BR> <BR> Then the vet told us you had distemper, but we could just take you back to th... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 14:01:22 EST Life Without Running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545155 Last night I really broke down and had a good cry. <BR> <BR> I think that since I'm on hold with the working out until I visit the doctor again on Friday, my body is adjusting to a lot less of those good endorphins coursing through my bloodstream. On top of that, I got my period yesterday so my hormones are all crazy. <BR> <BR> Add to that our worries about money, and the fact that I am fairly certain we are going to have to put my sweet dog Lucy to sleep later this week, and variety of ot... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 10:25:40 EST Time for a Rant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5543339 So doc says I need an MRI to figure out what is going on with my hip. <BR> <BR> Insurance approved the MRI. Great right? <BR> <BR> No. Because I haven't met my $1750 deductible this year, the MRI will be 100% out of pocket. <BR> <BR> Do I have money to pay for the MRI? No, of course not. <BR> <BR> So thanks to the wonderful healthcare system and insurance system here in America, I am a middle class woman with two jobs and health insurance, yet I cannot afford a medical procedure I ... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 10:11:59 EST I'm Officially an Athlete Now Because I Have a Sports Injury http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542006 A week ago, my hip started hurting. Not real bad, just a little. I figured I pulled a muscle or something and tried to power through. I relaxed my workouts but didn't stop them completely. The Advil and Aleve and Salonpas patches weren't making the discomfort go away (and my boss asked me if I was the one who smelled like Ben Gay) so I decided to take a day off entirely and see if it helped. <BR> <BR> I'm terrified of reducing my activity level because I'm so afraid that if I stop, I won... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 14:37:30 EST Things are Off Track and I'm Really Scared http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538123 Ugh. Double Ugh. I'm feeling off and the scale is reflecting it. <BR> <BR> Around last Thursday, I started experiencing some pain in my right hip. I think I've probably just pulled a muscle or something, but it is hampering my fitness efforts. Yesterday I only did around 8500 steps because I am trying to rest it, but it really upsets me to miss my goal like that. I know I need to make sure I don't do something to injure myself further, but...I really love exercising now, for the first... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 10:19:03 EST October Results and November Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529153 October was GREAT! Here is the breakdown of achievements for the month <BR> <BR> Goal One: 12,000 steps per day <BR> Result: Achieved. I was short on two days, but my average for the month is over 13,000 steps per day so I definitely consider this a success. <BR> <BR> Goal Two: 3 days per week of 15,000 steps <BR> Result: Achieved. I actually achieved this 13 days during the month. <BR> <BR> Goal Three: Woolaroc 8K <BR> Result: Failed. My partner backed out and my work schedule was c... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 10:49:35 EST The Good and the Bad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5526510 It has been a crazy busy week and I can't believe I haven't blogged in 8 days! <BR> <BR> Saturday I had a terrific run. Four miles, great pace, felt incredible and didn't tire out too easily. Sunday I had a long work day and didn't get any exercise in. I only made 10,789 steps. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had to travel to visit two clients so I spent the day in the car. I missed my step goal again, although I made it to 11,373. <BR> <BR> Also, I ate a Big Mac and French Fries while I was o... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 12:33:09 EST Had a Rough Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5519265 My hubby is currently in Texas, and the rest of us are moving back there in a couple of months. He has been visiting for a long weekend. <BR> <BR> Because he isn't here all the time, he isn't totally familiar with my food and fitness routines. <BR> <BR> On Friday, I had to work at my second job in the evening. On those days, I usually eat a late lunch around 2 in the afternoon, and then I eat dinner when I get home between 9:30 and 10. He didn't know this and in an effort to be sweet, ... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 10:21:49 EST Busy Busy Busy and random stuff. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5516845 It has been a really busy week so I haven't been Sparking as much as usual. Exercise and eating are continuing to go well, and I'm excited to be getting so close to ONEderland. I had to go buy some new jeans again the other day because the ones I bought 6 weeks ago were already too big! <BR> <BR> I'm really enjoying all of the options that come with shopping in the regular women's department instead of the plus sizes. It makes me feel as though I've won the lottery! <BR> <BR> I bought ... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 10:24:19 EST Sabotage or Kindness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5513356 Braum's Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream. Back in the day, it was my favorite sweet temptation. Since January, I have had it exactly one time, and I thought, "huh, it's not as good as I remembered." I guess since I have been off the sugar, I have somewhat lost the taste for it. <BR> <BR> My sister (with whom I live), went to Braum's the other day and came home with several cartons of their ice cream. Including Peanut Butter Cup. <BR> <BR> We have not had this ice cream in the house since I ... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 15:08:22 EST Feeling Bold http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510840 I had an appointment for a haircut today. As of yesterday, I was planning to just maintain the existing cut and color. <BR> <BR> Then I decided that I was feeling bold. <BR> <BR> I'm a new me. <BR> I have a new body, a new attitude, a new health, and a new outlook. <BR> <BR> It was time to do something bold. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1644572567.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My husband is NOT happy. Typical male who doesn't like it when a woman gets short hair. ... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 14:22:32 EST Fitness Assessment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5506039 Using my Digifit App and my Heart Rate Monitor, I took a fitness assessment today called the Cooper Running Test. It is 12 minutes of running followed by two minutes of recovery. <BR> <BR> I run 4 to 5 days per week, walk 12,000+ steps every day, and have lost 85 pounds. And here is my result: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1648601110.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What the hell? Sun, 6 Oct 2013 13:39:41 EST October 5, 2003 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5504492 This blog is not about my weight loss journey. <BR> <BR> This blog is about my son, George. George would be 10 years old on October 5, but he left us on the day he was born. <BR> <BR> I went into pre-term labor. I was only 5 1/2 months pregnant. I had just started to be able to feel George move. He was born on a Sunday morning. I started having contractions on Saturday but I didn't realize that's what they were. After all, I was only 5 1/2 months pregnant with my first child. I didn'... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 14:25:09 EST September Results and October Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5501325 September is over! I didn't meet every goal but overall, I'm satisfied with the month that I had. <BR> <BR> Goal: Work arms and abs every other day. Failed. I did it maybe 5 times the whole month. Ugh. <BR> <BR> Goal:: 11,000 daily steps Success! I missed on September 3 due to illness, but my average for the month was 12780 steps per day, so I count that as a success. <BR> <BR> Goal: Every other day run training. Success! <BR> <BR> Goal: Pilates once per week. Failed! I only di... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 11:26:26 EST I'm Running in the Rain...Just Running in the Rain... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5498605 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2145440511.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is the sight that greeted me when I got out for my run today. My long run. <BR> <BR> I knew that there was an 8 million percent chance of rain today. But my bed was so cozy this morning, and then my coffee was so yummy--so I got started a little later than I planned. <BR> <BR> I, however, am a RUNNER. Am I going to let a little rain stop me? Hell to the NO! The rain held off for the first half and I th... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 14:28:38 EST Temper Tantrum http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5497908 Today I went to the gym to do Zumba. I haven’t done Zumba for several months since running has become my passion, but today I wanted something different. <BR> <BR> I’m not coordinated or graceful and I don’t care. As long as I’m moving, sweating, and having fun, that’s all that matters to me. <BR> <BR> I was having a bit of trouble following some of the more complex moves, and a woman a few feet away walked over to me and said, “You know everything is counts of four.” <BR> <BR> Even thoug... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 15:44:02 EST BLC23 Goals -- Special Ops! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5493729 I am so excited to begin BLC23. <BR> <BR> These are my goals for the 12 week challenge: <BR> <BR> Lose 25 pounds (this will take me well into ONEderland) <BR> Get at least 30 very active minutes daily (although I run every other day and I walk every other day, on my non-running days I don't always end up with 30 active minutes) <BR> CONSISTENTLY work arms and abs every other day <BR> Continue 11,000 daily steps, and get 15,000 steps at least 2 days per week <BR> Do the following baseline ... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 11:04:36 EST This Week's News! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5493035 I got CAMO Crew in BLC 23, and I am on the Violet Assassins squad. Whoo Hoo! CAMO STRONG! <BR> <BR> Thursday, I tried out CrossFit. I did the baseline workout, which was a 500m row, 40 squats, 30 situps, 20 pushups, and 10 pullups. <BR> <BR> The squats absolutely killed me, and 4 days later my quads still hurt so much that I can hardly lower myself into a chair. And the pullups? forget it. I did a few partial pullups with lots of help. <BR> <BR> Despite all that, I LOVED it! I really... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 18:30:06 EST Food Prison http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5486768 I was doing some grocery shopping tonight and was walking through the frozen food section. Blue Bunny Peanut Butter Panic ice cream used to be my favorite. For a split second, I thought, "You can have some ice cream, it won't hurt just this once." That voice in my head lies because I know that if I bought that carton, it wouldn't be just once. <BR> <BR> Then I spied some things that Old Christina would have loved. My first thought was "that stuff is gross, I don't eat that stuff." Goo... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 00:23:46 EST First Week on the New Job and other updates http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5483577 I really love working at PetSmart! It is challenging to hold down a second job, but I love getting to interact with all the animals. My co-workers are fun, the bosses are great, and mostly the customers are in a good mood because they are hanging out with their pets. <BR> <BR> Last Friday was my first night and I was assigned to watch videos in a room they lovingly call "The Dungeon." The manager-on-duty forgot I was back there and closed the store and I was left all alone! I left through... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 10:35:00 EST Beginning Biggest Loser Challenge 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5479970 I have joined BLC23 and this post is to put my starting pics and measurements up. <BR> <BR> My weight today is 217. <BR> My starting measurements are: <BR> Waist 42.7" <BR> Hips 52.7" <BR> Thigh 27.4" <BR> Bicep 14" <BR> Chest 44.1" <BR> <BR> My goals for the 12 week challenge are: <BR> Make it to ONEderland <BR> Work arms and abs 3 times per week <BR> 11,000 daily steps (one day per week=15,000 steps) <BR> Pilates weekly <BR> Complete Jeff Galloway 10K training <BR> <BR> And here are the ... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 22:04:47 EST The Importance of Non-Scale Victories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5477912 Before I started losing weight and getting healthy (this time), I would have told you that the most important things were the numbers on the scale. I am learning every single day that I was WRONG. <BR> <BR> Sometimes the scale doesn't move for a while, and without those NSV's, I would have given up long ago. I never maintained a "diet" for more than about 3 months and 30 pounds. I am at 8 months, 75 pounds, and still going strong! <BR> <BR> I had some great NSV's this week. <BR> 1. My ne... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 14:49:50 EST Taking Care of Myself and Beating Myself Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5474990 I have a cold. A crappy, yucky summer cold. <BR> <BR> Sunday, I only made 7,000 steps. First time in months I have missed my goal. <BR> <BR> Monday, I got up and ran and I made my step goal, but today I felt worse. I spent most of the day in bed, and now it is 7:20 pm and I don't even have 1,000 steps. <BR> <BR> There is a war going on in my head. <BR> One side is saying, "You are sick, don't be a fool, it is OK to take it easy and let your body fight this infection." <BR> The other s... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 20:26:00 EST August has been GREAT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5470793 Yes, I know there is one day left to the month, but for all intents and purposes it is DONE! <BR> <BR> Here are my August goals and recaps <BR> <BR> Pilates roll up! <BR> I began doing Pilates in January and thought I would never be able to do the roll up. Working out my abs every other day has really improved my core strength, and I still can't believe I can do this now! <BR> <BR> One day each week with 15,000 steps <BR> I actually had 7 days over 15,000 steps! <BR> Out of those 7, ... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 11:38:42 EST Getting a Second Job http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5467892 I've decided that I'm going to get a second job through the holidays. My husband and I both changed jobs and both of us are much happier, but making less money than we used to make. As a result, although we are making ends meet, we never seem to have any extra. <BR> <BR> My dog needs a $750 surgery and it breaks my heart to see her struggling daily to walk comfortably. My husband's birthday is next month, and although I'd love to suggest we skip the gift giving this year, gifts are my h... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 12:53:44 EST Stupid Scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5466746 I got on the scale this morning and was horrified to see that it was 5 pounds higher than when I weighed 2 days ago. My first reaction was to blame myself. What did I do wrong? What did I eat that I shouldn't have? Have I been lazy about working out? <BR> <BR> Here's the thing, though. I haven't done anything wrong. I splurged on Saturday at a party by eating some carbs and sugar, but my overall caloric intake was good. Saturday I ran 3.5 miles. Sunday I did weights, I ran a mile, and I... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 11:43:54 EST Great Running and Great Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5466223 We have been blessed with a VERY mild summer this year, so I have done all of my running outdoors so far. Today we were close to 100 degrees and I didn't get up early enough to run before it got hot. I also wanted to do the Pilates class at the gym since I feel like I get a much better workout than with the videos at home, so I headed to the gym for the first time in months. <BR> <BR> I worked out my arms and abs and then hit the treadmill. I was able to run for a full 20 minutes with no ... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 22:40:27 EST Little Surprises http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5463998 One of the wonderful things about this journey is the little surprises that show up so often. <BR> <BR> Last night, my son was going to bed and we were hugging goodnight. He kind of does this sideways hug with his arm around my waist. He said, "Hey, I can put my arm all the way around your waist now!" I said "Nuh-uh! Show me!" He gave me another hug (yes, I'm an expert at getting extra hugs out of my young man) and said "See!" <BR> <BR> Getting dressed for bed last night I put on a pair... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 11:46:40 EST Achieving my Goal: Pilates Roll Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5459807 I began doing Pilates back in January. I love it and I can tell a big difference in my toning and overall strength. One move that has eluded me has been the Pilates Roll Up. This is what it looks like: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2103890689.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I just didn't have the core/ab strength to bring myself all the way up...in fact, I could only get a few inches off the ground. <BR> <BR> It seemed that just continually trying that same move wasn't... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 11:15:09 EST Hiking Trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5458191 Today I went for a hike with my dog, Blue. We went to the Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area in Tulsa. It was so beautiful. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1693967892.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The temperature was in the 70's and the sun was shining, it was a perfect day for the hike. I decided to take a couple of extra loops (read: got lost) so we ended up hiking 6 miles. <BR> <BR> I ended up with 15000 steps and 179 fitness minutes. I'm pooped! <BR> <BR> I saw ... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 15:54:41 EST Heading to ONEderland http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5456998 When I started getting healthy back in January of this year, I weighed 294 pounds. This morning I weighed in at 223. ONEderland is 23 pounds away and I'm so excited to get there. <BR> <BR> At 294 pounds, ONEderland seemed impossible. 94 pounds away. How would I ever get there? The most that I had ever lost on one "diet" was about 30 pounds. The longest I had ever stuck to a "diet" was about 3 months. So really, who was I kidding? I'd lose a few pounds and then go right back to my stea... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 09:53:20 EST Should I Buy a New Swimsuit? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5451907 Now is the perfect time of year for buying new swimwear because it's all on sale. <BR> <BR> I found this swimsuit and I want it desperately! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l199569371.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I can't fit into it yet...but by next summer, it will fit and my body will be slammin'! So, should I buy it, and hang it where I can see it for some extra motivation? Decisions, decisions. <BR> <BR> Sun, 11 Aug 2013 16:16:07 EST I'm Not a Nutritionist, But I Play One on SP http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5450898 There has been a lot of hostility toward low carb from many doctors, nutritionists, and weight loss experts. Even the experts here at Spark have made it clear that they don’t endorse low carbing. Since I’ve embarked on this journey, I’ve been doing lots of reading, podcast listening, and research. More importantly, I know how low carb eating has affected me. <BR> <BR> I’ve done Weight Watchers about 5 times. I’ve visited nutritionists. Fad diets? Tried them all. What went wrong? Why was I ... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 13:43:48 EST Odds and Ends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5447493 Today I just have a random assortment of stuff. <BR> <BR> I ran this morning but it was TOUGH today. 77% humidity made it feel like I was running through soup. I grew up in Houston (average humidity 90-95% -- year round) But I haven't lived there in 25 years and I am just not acclimated to it anymore. Fortunately, a cool front is coming through tonight and the humidity will go down just in time for my long run on Friday morning. <BR> ________________________________________<BR>___________... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 10:27:50 EST July is DONE...August here we come! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5444321 My goals for August were to follow my low carb eating strictly and to achieve a Pilates roll up. <BR> <BR> I did great on my eating, but didn't make much progress on the roll up. <BR> <BR> My weight sort of plateaued at the end of month, but I lost about 1.5" in my waist and 2" in my hips, so I'm thrilled with the progress I've made. <BR> <BR> For the Pilates, I have an ab workout that I'm going to do every other day and see if that helps me get to the roll up. <BR> <BR> August goals: <... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 17:08:36 EST Venting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5442107 I am usually pretty unendingly cheerful but this morning is not starting off well. <BR> <BR> My direct deposit didn't show up yet this morning, and I'm broke so I really, really need it. <BR> <BR> My son who is grounded from the TV got caught sneaking some TV time and now I have to think of additional consequences. <BR> <BR> I decided to splurge on some carbs last night and the scale reflected it this morning. I know it's probably only a temporary flux of the scale but it still makes me u... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 10:11:19 EST I'm Still Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5438478 A friend of mine from high school died over the weekend. We weren't close and we wouldn't still be in touch if it wasn't for Facebook, but I always liked him. He was funny and kind to everyone. He just collapsed at work on Saturday and that was it, he is gone. He was 43 years old. <BR> <BR> I've lost so many people that I love already in my life, people who were taken far too soon. It may be a cliche, but every day is a gift. My gift to myself every day is taking care of my body. Giv... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 10:57:24 EST NOOOOOOOO http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5435721 I wrote a really long great blog about willpower and then SparkPeople ate it. <BR> <BR> Blah blah blah something heartfelt blah blah blah something inspirational. <BR> <BR> Success! Sat, 27 Jul 2013 22:51:02 EST Measuring Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5434711 I've gotten a bit lackadaisical about measuring my food, so today I thought I would eat what I've been eating, but weigh and measure it all carefully to check myself. <BR> <BR> Often, you hear that failing to measure food means you eat too much. For me, it turns out that I was eating less than I thought. What I thought was 2 tablespoons of mayo was only 1, what I thought was 4 oz. of turkey was only 3, etc. So I've been getting fewer calories in than I've been logging. <BR> <BR> I'm not ... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 22:11:38 EST More Gratitude Blogging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5433226 Today, I am grateful for: <BR> 1. My Fairy Godsister <BR> 2. The fabulous new heart rate monitor sent to me by my Fairy Godsister <BR> 3. My Polar water bottle (silly I know but I really love these water bottles) <BR> <BR> Positive Experience <BR> A very dear SparkFriend (I would name her but I'm not sure she wants this info to be public), the one who I mention above as my Fairy Godsister, sent me the new Heart Rate Monitor that has been on my Amazon wish list for MONTHS. We are in the p... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 14:29:43 EST Not Scared Anymore http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5430449 Earlier in my journey to health and fitness, I posted a blog called "Scared of Losing Motivation." I have gained and lost weight so many times in my life, and I was truly worried that this time would end up like all the others--a distant memory while I sat on the couch eating ice cream and watching TV. But now? I'm not scared anymore. <BR> <BR> I'm not scared anymore because now I know that I will have good days and bad days, and that is OK, it is normal, it is part of the process. Perfec... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 10:29:27 EST Happiness Project http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5429595 Today, I am grateful that I had a really good run this morning. <BR> I am grateful that the additional insulation we put in is actually helping my bedroom stay cooler. <BR> I am grateful for free library books that I can download on my Kindle. <BR> <BR> Positive experience in last 24 hours: <BR> I was at the grocery store, in the checkout line, when I realized that I had forgotten an item. Old me would have either decided I could live without it, or would have huffed and puffed my way there... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 16:07:39 EST Bits and Pieces http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5428355 Today I am thankful... <BR> 1. That I only have 90 pounds left to lose. I try to focus on the small goals since the big picture can seem daunting, but today I realized that I have 90 pounds left to lose. When I started and it was 154 pounds, that number seemed quite scary. It was quite scary. 90 is a much better number. <BR> 2. That I had a great Pilates workout today. Whoo Hoo! <BR> 3. That it is raining and not nearly so hot. <BR> <BR> Positive experience: <BR> Spending the day w... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 14:59:10 EST It's a great day to be alive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5427204 I love that song (although I prefer the original Darrell Scott version to the Travis Tritt version) and that is how I feel today. <BR> <BR> Today, I am thankful that... <BR> 1. It's gorgeous outside and it was 72 degrees when I went for my run this morning <BR> 2. I lost 2 more pounds and I am down to 231. <BR> 3. Back scratchers <BR> <BR> Positive experience <BR> Reading all the comments I received on my last blog, which was intensely personal, was very comforting. I was talking to my h... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 09:55:43 EST 233 pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5425159 233 pounds. That's where I am today. I'm happy to be here since it's 61 pounds from where I started, but this number brings up other things for me. <BR> <BR> I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). For those of you not familiar with this, it means I get cysts on my ovaries and I have a hormonal imbalance. It causes acne, insulin resistance, fertility issues, and a host of other non-life threatening but certainly inconvenient symptoms. <BR> <BR> Ten years ago, I started low carb eatin... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 10:15:58 EST Happiness Day 3 and Ketosis http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5424301 I am grateful for: <BR> My daughter still talking and sharing with me as she enters her teenage years. I hope it continues <BR> Being a Texan <BR> Being Greek <BR> <BR> One positive experience in last 24 hours <BR> Helped my daughter make a batch of blondies. It was fun helping her understand the recipe and seeing how proud she was when they came out of the oven. I took one very small bite...because sometimes it is worth a few carbs to make your child happy. <BR> <BR>... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 14:21:22 EST Running and Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5422977 Great run this morning thanks to 70 degree weather! Today was the "long" run, I did 2 miles and feel terrific. I can't imagine how there was ever a world where I didn't like running. <BR> <BR> I'm still working on my Pilates roll up. I'm not sure what the best way is to make progress on that. I don't feel like I'm improving, but regardless I will keep at it every day. <BR> <BR> So for day 2 of the happiness experiment/gratitude journaling: <BR> 1. Grateful for cooler than normal weather... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 11:27:43 EST 21-Day Happiness Experiment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5420744 I read a blog by SparkPerson LDRICHEL today and was inspired to join her in a 21-day Happiness Experiment You can read her blog here and I recommend you do so: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_j<BR>ournal_individual.asp?blog_id=5420720 <BR> <BR> So yes, this is my second blog today but I think well worth blogging twice in one day! <BR> <BR> Gratitudes <BR> 1. I'm grateful for the moment yesterday that my almost 13-year old soon walked up to me, hugged me, and said "I love you, Mom... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 13:22:59 EST