UCRGIRL_'s SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=UCRGIRL%5F UCRGIRL_'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/ It's Just a Test: HOT Guy at The Gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4234791 After the church picnic today, I decided that I need to get my hiney to the gym and work off some of that good food I ate. <BR> <BR> I put on my "gym hair" (don't laugh) and my workout clothes and got out the door. I was not in the mood for cardio so after about 10 minutes on the elliptical, I decided to just do an extended weights session. I got a great workout in, and was headed out the door at exactly closing time when this cute guy that I see pretty often turns around (I was walking ... Sun, 15 May 2011 20:55:35 EST Zumba Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4229119 I haven't blogged in a while and there is so much I want to write about! I'll keep it short though. <BR> <BR> You know how experts on Sparkpeople always encourage us to "play" instead of just "working out"? I understood the logic, but never really thought I would find any physical activity that I actually could consider play- I couldn't fathom physical exertion being fun. Tolerable, maybe, but fun? NO! All that changed when I took Zumba a few weeks ago. I love it! As a disclaimer I ... Thu, 12 May 2011 22:41:07 EST Goal Recap #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4172029 My goals last week were to: <BR> <BR> Drink 8 glasses of water a day- I did terribly! I only got 6 on average :( <BR> <BR> Eat at LEAST 4 servings of fruit/vegetables a day (I know that's not enough, but it's a start)- I exceeded this goal on my days :) <BR> <BR> Get into the gym for cardio 5 times this week for at least 30 min.- I made it 3 times <BR> <BR> Get AT LEAST 7 hours of sleep every night- I averaged about 6.5 most nights <BR> <BR> Read my Bible every day- at least one scriptur... Sun, 17 Apr 2011 15:15:28 EST Life Is Like A Box of Chocolates http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4164261 Ya never know what you're gonna get- Forrest Gump <BR> <BR> Today I was having a pretty great day. I wasn't sleepy at work. I had a good breakfast, great snack, and a healthy, filling lunch with 644 calories left for dinner. To make it even better, I kept my commitment and went to the gym after work and did 45 minutes of cardio. I was on my way to Bible Study to complete my great day when I get an email saying that I wasn't selected for the job fair that I just KNEW I was a shoe-in for. ... Wed, 13 Apr 2011 22:06:38 EST Spring Break Is OVER-Goal Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4156539 Back to work I go tomorrow. I've been out of work for so long that I'm really not dreading going back. I'm thankful for the work and looking for more of it. Hopefully a full time teaching position will come up soon- and when it does I will be praising God like you've never seen. He's so faithful! I've been out of work for almost a year but yet I haven't lacked anything; he's provided for me the entire time. <BR> <BR> Anyway, enough of my praise report, the point of this blog is to lay... Sun, 10 Apr 2011 21:18:18 EST So I tried Spinning... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4152738 Alright friends so I tried Spinning. I went early and asked the instructor to help me adjust my bike for the optimal fit, and I was ready with my trusty seat cover that I bought for $24.99 at Dick's Sporting Goods. Even with all that and an iron will, I just couldn't do it! It hurt toooo bad!! No joke, it's painful but in the most inconvenient places if you get my drift. <BR> <BR> I'm determined to try it again so today before I worked out I went into the room where they have the class... Fri, 8 Apr 2011 22:20:05 EST What Tomorrow Is Made Of http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4145690 One thing I've learned through all of my weight-loss efforts is that tomorrow is made of the little decisions I make today. <BR> <BR> When I finally started using my SparkPeople account in 2010, I made a friend, BEKAHSAYS. At the time, we were the same weight and had similar goals. I am so proud of her, she's been so successful! She actually has entered herself into a Fitness Magazine cover photo contest. I, on the other hand, weigh 4 pounds more than when I started. This blog is not a... Tue, 5 Apr 2011 23:43:45 EST And The Academy Award Goes To... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4142788 Well it's not actually an Academy Award, but I am still tickled pink about my Perfect Attendance and Consistency Awards this month. I haven't gotten an award since May 2010!! I really feel like I'm regaining my spark. Since falling off the wagon, I've tried to come back a few times, but I guess I never kept going long enough to get back into my groove. Well, my Spark groove is back and it feels amazing. <BR> <BR> In other news, I've restarted the Couch to 5K plan. Besides lack of mot... Mon, 4 Apr 2011 22:20:44 EST I'm Bringing SWEATY Back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4132823 and maybe a little sexy in the process :) <BR> <BR> I will warn you. This may sound weird, but I actually LIKE being sweaty. Before you think I'm completely unhinged, let me qualify this: I don't like to STAY sweaty :) When I work out, if I leave the gym perfectly put together like I came, I feel like I didn't work hard enough. <BR> <BR> Besides the calorie burn shown on my heart rate monitor, my level of perspiration is my personal indicator of my level of effort. <BR> <BR> Tonight... Thu, 31 Mar 2011 21:13:36 EST Give Me Water Woman!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4129530 So, I've been wondering what is going on with me that I'm so hungry all the time and can't seem to stay within my calorie range. I'm just eating like food is going out of style! But just now the lightbulb came on. I can't remember the last day that I actually got my full quota of water in for the day. <BR> <BR> Drinking my water everyday really does help me with appetite control. I'm thinking something is wrong with me because I'm always hungry, but it seems that this last week by body... Wed, 30 Mar 2011 14:57:17 EST Today's NSV (Non-Scale Victory) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4125299 Today while on a coffee run I spied Wendy's right next door to the gas station I was stopping into for coffee. I immediately started getting visions of the latest Wendy's commercial of the chicken sandwich so good you need to slap someone. LOL. I wanted Wendy's sooo bad. I love fast food in general, but compared to the lunch I had packed it looked even better. BUT... I didn't go. I got my coffee and went back on my way! <BR> <BR> After work, I even went to the gym! There is an LA Fi... Mon, 28 Mar 2011 22:19:38 EST Famous Failures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4107953 Did you know that Jennifer Aniston auditioned to be a regular on Saturday Night Live but was rejected, and then went on to her career maker role of Rachel in Friends?? <BR> <BR> Did you know Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team because his coach thought he didn't have the skills?? <BR> <BR> I love Fitness magazine and there is an article from the April issue about how failure, when interpreted correctly, can be a great jump start to success. Rejection, not reaching a... Mon, 21 Mar 2011 16:30:43 EST Goals Week 3/21-3/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4105829 Goal #1- Give my scale to my parents <BR> Goal #2- Read the Book of Ezra <BR> Goal #3- Start reading Hinds Feet on High Places <BR> Goal #4- At least 30 minutes of cardio 4x <BR> Goal #5-Strength train 2x <BR> Goal #6- Not to overdo it on my birthday <BR> Goal #7- Stay within calorie budget 6 of 7 days! Sun, 20 Mar 2011 21:20:49 EST Have You Ever?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4105770 Have you ever stopped to take the time to read over your past blogs? Or if you don't blog, but keep some type of journal or diary, have you ever just sat down and read it all cover to cover? Well, I did that and it was... a mix of feelings. There is a bit of shame for the more recurrent themes, but there is also tons of comfort. There's comfort knowing that it's not easy, but it's doable. If I keep putting one foot in front of another I will be further than I imagine. <BR> <BR> I'm en... Sun, 20 Mar 2011 20:50:17 EST Taco Bell at Midnight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4104122 I confess. I had some Taco Bell tonight. And I'm not talking about the healthy option menu Taco Bell. The real, greasy thing. You know if I had just made a decision to splurge on TB, that would be ok, but I'm upset with myself for doing it out of emotion. <BR> <BR> I fell off the wagon today and weighed myself (against my better judgement) and I haven't lost even an ounce in almost 3 weeks! Isn't the beginning when you're supposed to lose quickly? So, when I went to pick my teenage c... Sun, 20 Mar 2011 00:50:29 EST Getting Ready for The Sun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4087459 I'm sitting here watching Iron Chef America before bed, and I'm just thinking about the longer days that come with "Springing Forward." I'm really excited for the bad weather to start going away, to get more sun, and I'm looking forward to the summer. <BR> <BR> Along with the summer comes a skimpier wardrobe. I'm generally a pretty modest dresser, but in this Georgia heat, it's almost inevitable that some skin will be shown. I don't usually get into the race to shape up for summer, but ... Sun, 13 Mar 2011 00:05:53 EST To Weigh or Not to Weigh?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4076535 We all have heard that curiosity killed the cat. Does that same taboo apply to the weight- loss world? Everyone I know has had scale related ups and downs. The woohoos from a great loss seem to be counterbalanced by the sometimes weeks of stability. <BR> <BR> I've been here before and I know how disheartening it is to put so much effort into eating well and exercising and yet not see any change on the scale. For me and others like me the stress of not seeing the results you want can de... Tue, 8 Mar 2011 15:23:09 EST Honesty and A Check-in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3639420 Okay, I have to say it: I weigh 152 pounds. This is my re-start point. I've been avoiding the scale to be honest because I didn't really want to know how much weight I had gained during my transition. But, there's the truth. <BR> <BR> I'm obviously not ecstatic about the weight-gain, but I'm still feeling pretty good because I'm getting back into my healthy habits more everyday. I've been drinking more water, working out more consistently, and I've been doing a GREAT job of logging int... Wed, 15 Sep 2010 01:12:19 EST It's September!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3599078 I've gotten away from my healthy habits, and the truth is that just jumping back into them isn't really working. So, my goal for September is to start over. I'm focusing on the basics and making the basics habits for me once again. <BR> <BR> Goal #1 is to log-in to SP everyday. <BR> <BR> Goal #2 Exercise for 30 minutes 5 times a week <BR> <BR> Goal #3 Drink my 8 glasses of water everyday <BR> <BR> Instead of making these my goals for the month, I'm going to focus on a shorter period of ... Thu, 2 Sep 2010 02:40:21 EST The New Adventures of The Old California Girl http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3523908 My friends laugh at me because I always say, "long story short," before launching into the longest story known to man. I'm trying to learn to be more succinct, so here goes nothin' :) <BR> <BR> I am officially a Georgia resident! It's strange that I've planned this for a year, but somewhere in my mind, I doubted that I would follow through. I did it though! I drove over 2,000 miles through 7 states to get here and I actually enjoyed it! From the dry 116 degree heat of Arizona and New M... Tue, 10 Aug 2010 23:29:15 EST Set Back or Challenge?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3391689 I think in this road to health and weight loss we all encounter problems both big and small that have the potential to derail our efforts. Recently, I've been experiencing knee pain when I exercise. Anytime I lunge or squat or put any special pressure on my knees (left in particular), I feel this sharp excruciating pain. I tried to give it a rest for a week- didn't help. I went to the doctor- the doctor says she doesn't know what the pain is coming from, but I should stop doing lunges and... Fri, 2 Jul 2010 03:23:16 EST Getting Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3381040 Hello All! <BR> <BR> I've been away for awhile, and I've been a bad girl! The school year ended, and now that I'm off work for the summer, I've lost some of my built in routines. Plus, I'm at my grandmother's house and away from my gym membership and healthy foods. I haven't gone completely insane, but I know that I need to tighten things up. <BR> <BR> I'm so proud of how far I've come, and I can't bear to let all that hard work go down the drain just because I'm on vacation!! No way... Tue, 29 Jun 2010 00:43:04 EST Self-Esteem and The Halfway Point http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3280096 It's official. I've done it. I am now 142.2 pounds, and have officially lost 23 pounds and I have made it halfway to my goal. I feel really good. Not just about my weight loss, but about where I'm heading in my life. <BR> <BR> M. Scott Peck said, "The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts, and sta... Sat, 29 May 2010 15:13:22 EST My First Day of Yoga http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3272226 Wow! Who knew yoga was so intense? I was actually sweating and my muscles are actually sore. The room was dark and there was a lot of deep breathing going on. The music wasn't quite music- it was more like forest sounds. The instructor circulated the room correcting people's form and telling us what to do instead of demonstrating. That was different from what I'm used to. The final verdict? It was interesting, but I'm not completely sold. I felt lost during most of the class, but I t... Wed, 26 May 2010 23:47:08 EST Me from A-Z http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3267638 I'm sitting here at work bored, so why not fill out a survey? Thanks REETYTRU <BR> <BR> A- Age: 27 <BR> <BR> B- Bed Size: Queen- I love my bed :) <BR> <BR> C-Chore you hate: ALL, but I hate cleaning the bathroom the most <BR> <BR> D- Dogs name: I've never had a dog, but I want a Bichon mix, and I think I'll name him Max. <BR> <BR> E- Essential start your day item: find my glasses <BR> <BR> F- Favorite color: I'm starting to like Pink more every day <BR> <BR> G- Gold or silver: Depen... Tue, 25 May 2010 18:55:32 EST Catching Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3265067 It's been over a week since I blogged, and I know that's not good, so here I go. <BR> <BR> I've been working out pretty consistently, but my eating hasn't really been on point. I don't know what it is about me, but it seems like something is always out of whack with me. Either I'm eating well, but not working out consistently, or I'm working out like I should, but slipping on the eating front. I've been thinking about why this is, and what I need to do to fix it. I think it's a psychol... Tue, 25 May 2010 01:29:37 EST Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3234126 The last few days I've really been thinking about the changes that I've made in my life since getting serious about my health. Every other time I have tried to lose weight, my focus was only on limiting my calories and fat. I really didn't concern myself to much with nutritional value. I ate a lot of empty calories, and never thought much of it, as long as I didn't eat too many calories, I thought I was okay. <BR> <BR> It's amazing how things have changed. I actually enjoy going to the... Sun, 16 May 2010 02:23:21 EST My 1 Year SparkaVersary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3226734 Wow... it's been a year already. <BR> <BR> Last year around this time my heart was broken. I had waited for my fiance to return from Iraq so we could get married and he had "changed his mind." During the time he was away I had gone from 165 on an empty stomach to 147ish using Weight Watchers. I had hit several plateaus with WW (and had quit several times), but 147 was the most stubborn. I just couldn't seem to lose any more weight and I was always struggling with my cravings and hunger... Thu, 13 May 2010 16:45:30 EST Ughh!! A Teacher's Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3219559 When you're a teacher you have those special days where you see the light come on and you feel that your job is worthwhile. Today was not one of those days. As a mild/moderate special education teacher, I collaborate in general education classes the majority of the day. That by itself is often trying, but today when I was circulating and checking the students' work, I got a boatload of attitude from a cranky teenager. Why? I have no idea. I'm only there to assist him, and he disrespects... Tue, 11 May 2010 19:32:31 EST I Did It!! Plateau Busted! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3209783 I'm too excited right now. I finally broke my plateau! This morning both my new replacement scale and the old crazy one said I was below 147. I am now 145.6!! YEEESSS!! <BR> <BR> It feels so good to know that I stuck with this through a rough time, and have seen the other side. Even if my weight fluctuates and I see 147 again, I feel empowered and strong knowing that I can actually stick with this. My halfway mark is getting closer by the day, and that is so exciting to see. <BR> <... Sun, 9 May 2010 01:57:22 EST Broken Scale or Wishful Thinking? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3205619 I'm not sure, but I think something is wrong with my scale. As most of my spark friends know, my scale has been stuck at 147 for quite some time. Before you laugh me off of SP, no, that's not why I think my scale is broken :) <BR> <BR> I think something is wrong with my scale because if I get on the scale (after zeroing it out), it will give me a number. Then if I'm in disbelief, and step on it again a few minutes or sometimes seconds later, it will tell me a different number. The numb... Fri, 7 May 2010 14:57:35 EST Bye Bye Gym Anxiety http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3201788 Last night I had an AHA moment. I’ve had a gym membership on and off since I was 18 years old. I’ve been to small community type gyms and larger, corporate-based gyms. Although I have probably spent thousands of dollars toward getting the body I have always wanted between videos, DVDs, and my membership fees, I have NEVER actually gotten fit. Not once. Even when I look back to my days in high school, and I want to slap myself for thinking I was fat, I still wasn’t in good shape. I could... Thu, 6 May 2010 14:07:00 EST New Week, Fresh Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3189159 This weekend has been crazy! I weighed myself after swearing off the scale for a month and found that I have not lost a single pound in close to 2 months. That was really frustrating. I cried and threw a tantrum like a four year old. Instead of falling on the floor and drooling at the mouth I just ate everything in sight. I was so upset with my lack of weight loss that I just decided to forget the whole thing. I mean, hey, if I'm going to be fat anyway I may as well be fat and satisfied... Mon, 3 May 2010 12:22:27 EST I did It!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3176413 I did it!! I made my goal of doing 15 straight leg push-ups with good form! Woohoo!! About two months ago I couldn't even do 1!! Jillian Michaels is the best. <BR> <BR> My spark friend Sunshine677 encouraged me to ignore the scale and focus on other things, and I have done just that. I set some goals at the beginning of the month, and getting those 15 push-ups done was one of them. I may still be 147.4 (I don't actually know since I'm boycotting the scale) but I know that some of thos... Thu, 29 Apr 2010 18:53:42 EST Great Night! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3173592 Usually I workout in front of the T.V. to a Biggest Loser DVD or head down to the gym in my apartment complex to use the treadmill, elliptical, and weight machines, but tonight I did something different. <BR> <BR> One of my coworkers/friends lives down the street from me and she text me asking if I wanted to grab dinner since her husband was gone for the evening. I suggested that we workout and then get dinner. She was game, so we walked her dogs for 30 minutes, and then put them back in... Thu, 29 Apr 2010 00:41:16 EST April Goal Check http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3149548 So, earlier this month I set some goals for myself to achieve this month. Since, the end of the month is rapidly approaching, I wanted to see how I've done. <BR> <BR> 1) Stay OFF of the scale for the entire month of April <BR> -So far, so good. I haven't gotten on the scale, but I want to sooo bad. I've been working really hard with my workouts and burning tons of calories, so I'm hoping for a loss. The anticipation is killing me! I won't give in though! <BR> <BR> 2) Cardio 3-4 times... Thu, 22 Apr 2010 15:32:28 EST I've Been Vandalized http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3142961 I'm sad. <BR> <BR> This morning when I went down to my car for work, I see that there is a long purple paint stripe across the trunk of my silver car. I tried to rub it off with my finger, tried to use a car cleaning wipe, but it wouldn't come off. I was short on time to get to work, so I just decided to leave it until after work; it's state testing time and I couldn't be late. <BR> <BR> After work, I took my car to the car wash and tried every tool I could to get the paint off. No suc... Tue, 20 Apr 2010 22:52:50 EST Workout Clothes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3127510 So... Yesterday, I decided to stop at Wal-Mart on my way home from work because I was in desperate need of a pumice stone to get the *winter* off of my feet. (TMI??) <BR> <em>230</em> <BR> <BR> While I was there, I decided to go ahead and pick up some 5lb weights ( trading up from my 3lb ones). On my way to the cash register, I saw the familiar section of women's active wear. I was prepared to pass it by as I usually do, until this cute little coordinating set caught my eye. It was so ... Fri, 16 Apr 2010 17:05:45 EST Back to Basics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3123638 You know as I come upon the 4th solid month of my recommittment to sparking, I've noticed that I've been slacking on the basics. When I started in January of this year, I was writing my calories and exercise down in a fitness journal everday. Then, as I went through the Spark Diet stages I added notes on my other new habits. I would log in the time that I went to bed, how many actual hours of sleep I had, and whether I had taken my supplements. Plus, I logged my water, and wrote a few lin... Thu, 15 Apr 2010 16:14:34 EST Catching Up and Stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3110995 Hello all my wonderful Spark Friends! I really need to do better about blogging more frequently, so here goes. <BR> <BR> Spring Break was awesome! I got a chance to go up to Northern California to visit my grandmother for a week, and I had so much fun. I got a chance to see one of my best buddies from back home, and it was so refreshing and relaxing to be around loved ones again. I went grocery shopping and tried to cook healthy meals, but it was hard being so out of my regular routine. ... Mon, 12 Apr 2010 16:21:18 EST April Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3080634 Hello everyone! Hope everyone had a great Resurrection Sunday and got a chance to worship God and celebrate with family and friends. <BR> <BR> As for me, I had a great time at church and then had Quizno's in front of the t.v. ;) Don't worry, I didn't go over my calories! <BR> <BR> Lately, I've been doing pretty well. I've been sleeping 8 hours a night, cooking at home, staying in my calorie range, and working out more consistently than I ever have before, and taking good supplements... Mon, 5 Apr 2010 00:18:06 EST Push-Ups http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3063467 I actually did some! I'm so excited! I'm not talking about girlie push-ups or modified push-ups. I'm talking full-out push-ups! I'm so proud of myself. When I first started doing the Biggest Loser Last Chance Workout, I couldn't even get through the full interval doing the girlie ones! So, for me to be able to push through the entire interval of push-ups meant the world to me. <BR> <BR> I'm still 147.4, but hey, I'm getting stronger and fitter everyday, and it feels great! Wed, 31 Mar 2010 00:52:01 EST Pushing Through a Standstill http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3051355 Today was hard. Today I got on the scale and it said 147.4 lbs AGAIN- no weight loss in 2 weeks! The hardest part was that I've been here before. I've tried to lose weight and hit around 147 and then couldn't lose any more weight. Around 147 I got tired of eating all the same foods. I got tired of working and sweating so hard with my workouts and not waking up thin. <BR> <BR> This morning, after a week off of workouts because of a cold, I popped in my Biggest Loser: Last Chance Workou... Sun, 28 Mar 2010 03:38:15 EST Borrowed/Stolen Health Survey- Keep it Going! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3015891 I love reading these things, but I rarely ever follow through with answering the questions myself. Here goes: <BR> <BR> 1. What did you eat for breakfast? <BR> Organic Raisin Bran Clusters, Fat-Free Milk, and my fish oil (1tsp) <BR> <BR> 2. How much water do you drink a day? <BR> 64oz. I have a 32oz waterbottle that I fill twice a day. <BR> <BR> 3. What is your favorite workout? <BR> I like high intensity interval training. It keeps me from getting bored, the time flies, and it bur... Thu, 18 Mar 2010 15:50:49 EST Mini Goal for This Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3007847 My goal this week is workout 6 days in a row. I'm doing the Biggest Loser Last Chance Workout DVD with Jillian Michaels, and the program calls for 6 days on and 1 day off. I started Monday so I have to keep going till Saturday. I have never done this before, but I believe I can this time! <BR> <BR> I'll update you all on Saturday after my workout :) Have a Sparkin' Week everyone! Tue, 16 Mar 2010 17:29:40 EST Making Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2917600 I'm really excited to report that today, for the first time EVER, I naturally woke up at 5am. I've read articles and research that show that people who exercise first thing in the morning are more likely to make exercise a habit and continue to workout consistently. The problem with that information was that I'm not and have never been a morning person, so I had resigned myself to just not being the type of person who could wake up and get a workout in before work. <BR> <BR> To justify m... Tue, 23 Feb 2010 11:48:35 EST Conquering V-Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2879226 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/5/5/b556405470.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So... Valentine's Day has never been a happy day for me. In elementary school it was anxiety-producing because I was the awkward nerdy girl that didn't have a lot of friends, so I only got the mandatory valentines from my classmates and maybe one or two good friends. In middle school and high school when all of my friends and associates had boyfriends or girlfriends it was worse because, at that age, the paper valen... Sun, 14 Feb 2010 02:03:55 EST I've Made My Health an Idol http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2857224 So, I've been Sparking daily by carefully packing my lunch, tracking every thing I put in my mouth, exercising, and reading everything I can get my hands on about nutrition, fitness, and motivation. Job well done right? Not so much. <BR> <BR> I've realized that in my quest for health and weight-loss I've been slacking on the important things in my life. I haven't been spending quality time in prayer and Bible study. Everyone knows that in a busy life, something is bound to go undone, a... Mon, 8 Feb 2010 15:37:59 EST My Love Affair with Kiwi http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2850649 As much as I love food, I can't imagine why I didn't remember how much I love kiwi. I remember being a little girl, and how we would always go to some type of buffet after church on Sunday. I think it was Sizzler's, but I remember getting whole kiwi and cutting them up with my steak knife and thinking that I was soo grown up. I loved kiwi, and I would get so excited when my mom brought them home from the grocery store. <BR> <BR> Since I have been overhauling my eating habits, I'm trying... Sun, 7 Feb 2010 00:26:14 EST Put to the Test http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2831048 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/6/2/b623467841.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "Dieting, to me, means a temporary situation until I can get to a certain number on the scale only to go back to how things used to be. It is what kept me from embracing all that this great journey could offer. But no more—I am living a healthy lifestyle!"- Nancy Howard <BR> <BR> This quote really struck me because I realize that a “diet mentality” is what I had all of the many times I have tried to lose weight befor... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 13:50:00 EST