TULAA3's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TULAA3 TULAA3'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/ I have abs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279152 I made a wonderful discovery a few mornings ago. As I was changing for the day, I noticed that my stomach actually had (small) definition! I have never had muscle definition anywhere, much less my stomach! I was so proud of myself, and amazed that I was actually seeing results. My scale has been LOCKED at 163 for the past month. This has been my standard weight most of my life, and I realized I have reached a plateau I need to push through. <BR> I also have a wedding in a few weeks and I... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 16:52:51 EST Recent events...and future hopes. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5228485 January has been a crazy month for me. I started out by getting very sick with the horrendous flu that is sweeping the country. That knocked me out for almost 3 weeks. I'm just now starting to ease back into my old routines, but I'm still sluggish. I missed New Years, my 30th birthday and fell behind on my dissertation work. <BR> In the first week of the flu, I had no appetite, and ate about one can of soup a day. I lost five pounds. Although this helped my weight loss journey, this is ... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 09:46:31 EST Mixed Results. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5172269 I've had some ups and downs this week. After consistent weight loss every week for a month, I gained a pound. I know the score, sometimes building muscle can do this, sometimes this is just what happens some weeks, etc etc etc. It still sucks to see the scale go up after weeks of progress. <BR> <BR> So I've been focusing on other positives. Like how I can run faster on the elliptical and I feel less like I'm dying (I still feel a little bit like I'm dying). How I've kept up good habits ... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 17:55:29 EST Halfsies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5167571 Spending the weekend in the Twin Cities. This type of trip usually involves lots of overindulgences in food. This weekend, while I haven't strictly stuck to healthy foods, my family has gone "halfsies" on each entree we've eaten. So, rather than overeating and having 4 portions of leftovers to forget about and throw away later, we each had a light meal and saved the pain of bellyaches! Today we also only had a late breakfast and an early dinner. One good step and great to have the suppor... Sat, 15 Dec 2012 19:32:39 EST A new size. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5163413 This week I was able to fit into my skinny jeans. Not the jeans that are the size I eventually want to be, but a pair of skinny jeans I bought last year (before I gained a bunch of weight) so that I could wear boots without all that awkward scrunching. After losing 8 pounds, I am able to fit into them! To celebrate, I'm wearing some cute boots. <BR> ALSO, I went in to be fitted for a bridesmaid dress for a wedding I'm in next spring. I had tried it on a few months ago when the bride was ... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 15:51:47 EST Two weeks and seeing results. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5161259 As of today I have been following my calories and exercise recs religiously for two weeks. Over the past two months, I've lost 7 pounds-which I am very happy about. I feel slimmer, my pants are looser, and I have more energy. <BR> I'm trying to learn more about health and this site BUT I also have a tendency to break habits after a few weeks and self-sabotage my efforts. SO...I'm trying to stick with the things that are obviously working, set up the basics, and take it one step at a time... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 16:38:59 EST Commitment and Results. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5082613 A month ago I finished a very intensive internship and switched gears to a laid-back schedule (relatively) of dissertation writing. With my extra time, I've been jogging 2-3 times a week. I've also been eating mostly healthy. <BR> I'm struggling because I have not seen any results. The stubborn scale refuses to budge. The frustrating thing is that, while on internship, I was sitting for 12 hours a day and eating takeout at least once, usually twice a day. <BR> At this point it is difficu... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 17:58:41 EST Facing the Fear http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5082593 I have recently moved back home to finish my dissertation, the last piece of my graduate program requirements. It takes a special sort of strength to move back home as an adult and deal with all the insecurities that come with it. Thus far, I've been doing fine, mostly helped by the fact that it has been 11 years and most of the people I knew in the painfully awkward high school years are 1) moved away or 2) faces I don't recognize any more. <BR> Since I have extra down time during the day, I... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 17:34:19 EST Feeling strong. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3644758 Day one today, I am tracking my foods. I started the 7 day Jumpstart and was happy to see that I could actually do all the exercises! I wasn't quite brave enough to head outside for a walk so I marched in place for 10 minutes. Hey, you gotta start somewhere, right? <BR> <BR> I was talking to a friend today about where I'm at with school and life and she was amazed at how I spoke. Apparently when we spoke last year she found that I was worried and stress and afraid to move forward with m... Thu, 16 Sep 2010 17:23:25 EST Starting fresh...again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3641112 I've been feeling really down about my appearance, how my clothes fit, and my nutrition and exercise habits ( or rather LACK of them). I'm hoping to start VERY slowly, as my inclination is usually to attack goals head on, tackle it all at once, and burn out, letting the goal die. <BR> <BR> Right now I'm going to track my calories and look for simple small ways to add exercise to my life-walking, a quick elliptical session, yoga, a video, etc. <BR> More importantly my goal is to take this s... Wed, 15 Sep 2010 14:36:23 EST Day 1 healthy eating. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3176429 Hoping to turn over a new leaf, slowly but surely. Bought healthy food today! I have been very tired and overwhelmed by life the last 8 months or so, and I know this will be an uphill battle, but I am dedicated to starting to make healthier choices. Thu, 29 Apr 2010 19:01:38 EST Too much. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3139093 I am still having a hard time making habits stick. I know I have always expected too much of myself, and unfortunately stretching myself too far is causing me to fail at even the basics, even the essentials. I don't sleep enough, I don't eat regularl or healthy meals, and I do not take care of myself emotionally. Many of my strongest supports have pulled away recently due to personal crises. Unfortunately, I don't feel that my own crisis is important. My crisis is a loss of mojo, of pers... Tue, 20 Apr 2010 00:24:26 EST Rebuilding. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2995971 Last summer I was doing well. I was eating very healthy, drinking lots of water, and exercising regularly. I had never maintained such healthy habits in my life. I was even putting myself out in the dating world, and being very brave for me. Come September I was hit-four rounds of illness. I went through months of sleeping more hours than not, feeling fatigued, lack of motivation, and feeling nauseous. Numerous doctors visits told me one thing: I was healthy. But I kept getting sick. ... Sat, 13 Mar 2010 19:11:12 EST Losing myself. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2380026 I have realized that over the course of this process and this summer I have started to lose sight of what is really important: taking care of myself. Sure, I am eating better than I ever have, I have lost over 20 pounds overall, and I accomplished a TON this summer with all my free time. But somewhere along the line I lost myself. I haven't been meditating. When I have free time, I ask what I should be doing, where my to do list is, and beat myself up for not getting more done. I should ... Mon, 7 Sep 2009 13:39:04 EST A compliment a day goes a long way! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2192542 I've decided to add a compliment a day to my Other Goals list. I can be extremely negative and hard on myself, and I'd like to improve my emotional health along with my physical health. Feel free to comment or add your own compliment for yourself! <BR> <BR> Today: I am a gracious host! <BR> <BR> <em>204</em> <em>30</em> <em>250</em> <em>67</em> <em>220</em> Tue, 30 Jun 2009 13:47:59 EST Changes. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2177832 I have been noticing a lot of changes recently and I thought I would finally take the opportunity to write them down. <BR> 1. I'm exercising regularly. I've never been able to do this! I'm on week five of doing cardio and lifting! <BR> 2. My body is more toned. Already I'm noticing things slimming down, muscles appearing (little ones, but still!), and my clothes are fitting better. <BR> 3. I have more energy. I think the one word I would choose to summarize my changes would be "balance... Wed, 24 Jun 2009 15:55:35 EST All of my sports bras are dirty--I'm so proud! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2169083 Today was laundry day, so I threw in a few loads, did some chores, and geared up for my cardio. I pulled together some workout clothes and then discovered all my sports bras were dirty! This may be gross to some, TMI, or just plain weird, but I was SO PROUD! I've never run out of workout clothes before! Especially since they're actually being used! Just a small thing that really hit home how much work I've done. Good job, me! <BR> <BR> Tulaa Sun, 21 Jun 2009 16:48:49 EST Today I looked at a Caramel Cooler. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2154108 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/6/4/b640316225.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today I had a tough day, so I went to Caribou and got my favorite fluffy coffee drink, a caramel cooler. Topped with caramel and whipped cream, it has always turned my worst days around. But today, as I sat in my car, I looked at this drink for the first time. Or maybe I've always looked at it, but it was the first time I've actually seen it. Regardless, I was amazed. Was it always this MASSIVE? I'd ordered a sm... Mon, 15 Jun 2009 23:04:26 EST First week. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1289520 <em>30</em> So this is my first week. It has only been a few days, but already I have noticed changes. My body feels more toned. (Or is that just sore from actual use?) I definitely have more energy and am more focused. I feel full but not overly full after meals. I have learned that to eat healthy you need LOTS of veggies and fruits and some good-for-you carbs. I have also learned about PORTION SIZES. My goodness is all I can say. Determination is what I need. Mon, 23 Jun 2008 23:10:20 EST