VELVETALCHEMIST's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=VELVETALCHEMIST VELVETALCHEMIST'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/ Take THAT, medical anxiety! :P http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695111 I did it! I passed! Hot Diggity Daffodil! (Yeah, do the Bender! Everybody do the Bender! *robot dance*) <BR> <BR> Today was the day, returning to the doc's to see if my BP was off due to meds or nerves... The last three weeks have seen an average of 123/67, and made sure to take my BP an hour before my visit (126/69), and there I went, armed with this knowledge and a book I've read a million times before... and tada! I passed! <BR> <BR> I joked with Jonathan that I should take him with m... Wed, 14 May 2014 18:11:14 EST Those Puppy Feels http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692170 It's amazing what a car ride and a walk on the beach will do for my disposition. *grin* I feel like a puppy on the Best Day Ever with my favorite human. I woke up this morning feeling awful, phlegmy and sore and raspy. I got halfway dressed and crashed on the sofa, wondering what to do with my day, considering I can't breathe through all the gunk in my head AND it's the second to last day of vacation (and really, who in their right mind looks forward to going back to retail, I ask you? [btw... Sat, 10 May 2014 19:45:10 EST Y u no budge, scale?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688907 I confess myself... irritated. There's really only so much baked chicken I can handle, seriously. *snort* So, I've been eating healthier, keeping up with walkies... well, save for the last couple of days because my sinuses went seven kinds of haywire and I'm congested as all get out so I can't breathe well right now... chugging water, doing all those things one should do when trying to lose weight... and nothing. Haven't lost a thing. I stay within a 3 pound range and it's irritating as fark.... Tue, 6 May 2014 11:44:36 EST Fighting a Hereditary Battle... Game On! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678106 And now I have a rubbed-raw ankle to add to my blisters. Time for new shoes, methinks. Seriously, the back of my sock is caked in blood. When the frack did THAT happen? *lol* I am soooo hardcore. To be honest, when it started getting bad I was at the end of the riverwalk so I had to just grit my teeth and about face. I focused on my stride, my breathing, and my boyfriend's backside to keep from thinking about my feet. *grin* I'll admit, we took a wee bit of a shortcut back, taking the main ... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:36:19 EST Dedicating these blisters to my cheekbones... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5667607 Seriously! I have blisters! LOOK! *holds up feet* <BR> <BR> So, here is day two of the riverwalk walkies with the boyfriend, and... blisters, what the hell! *lol* But I did it! I figured I'd do halfway and turn back, but nope, I was distracted enough by the nice weather, the good music, and the great company to do the 6 mile walk again. <BR> <BR> By the way, I had no idea I could personally track my walk and save it here on SparkPeople. that is quite possibly the coolest thing I've seen... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 18:34:06 EST Once more, with feeling this time... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665916 Fifteen pounds gained over the winter. At least fifteen. Ugh. Just... ugh. And I know it was all my own doing, so... seriously, I seem to return here only to hit the reset button. <BR> <BR> Last time I was here, the BF had found work... well, they let him go. He wasn't making a zillion sales a week so they gave him the boot. He's now waiting on some phonecalls for interviews come Monday. <BR> <BR> Em and I went for walkies last Sunday. First time since we got buried in the seventy feet of... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 19:16:15 EST Um, ow. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5624815 Captain's log, stardate 2/15... <BR> The BF found a job, hooray! After almost two months of searching he's found employment as one of the most annoying people in the world. *lol* You know what I mean, those perky-as-hell folk that try to sell you something when you walk into a store. *snicker* As long as there are cougars out there interested in switching to DirectTV, he'll be fine. My BF is a seriously good lookin' dude, and the older ladies can't get enough of him. *lol* <BR> <BR> Anyway... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 13:44:11 EST Rassa Frackin'... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611202 I'm pissed. Angry-pissed, not falling-down-drunk-pissed (y'know, for those of you playing the home game 'cross the pond). I am seven pounds away from being at my heaviest recorded weight. I'm pissed at myself, mostly. I know better than this, but did I listen to myself? Nooooo. I let myself get comfortable and lazy and look where I am now. And I'm pissed. <BR> <BR> I was standing in my kitchen this morning, all my cabinets and even the fridge door open, staring at the odds and ends, tryin... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 13:26:14 EST Try, try again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604796 All that's in my head right now is Whitesnake. Yes, Whitesnake. It's been months since I've last made an entry (please excuse the inch of dust) and all I can think is, well heeeere I go agaaaaaain on my owwwwwwn... *snerk* Seriously, how many times have I abandoned SP and come back shamefaced? Twelfth time the charm? <BR> <BR> Anyway... A lot has changed since I was last here. Jonathan finally graduated college and moved in with me. I'm ridiculously happy, but... he is a seriously bad inf... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 22:13:22 EST The television is a strange place, my friend... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5435255 When people have babies, I knit blankets. It's almost a Pavlovian response with me. Oh, your (insert relationship here) is preggers? BLANKET TIME! It's a simple pattern (See Stitch-n-Bitch, "Big Bad Baby Blanket"), it keeps my hands busy, and it takes care of the stitching itch that rears its head every so often. This time around it's my boyfriend's younger sister Samantha who is having another boy. I got my yarn, and I've been steadily stitching for the last few days. I'm about 55 rows in, ... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 13:08:58 EST I knew I should have taken up dance as a child... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5392121 So, in addition to my bike riding (ooh ooh ooh, I bought this cool little velcro pouch thingie that holds my ID and phone and stuff, it's so awesome! Now I don't have to shove all my stuff in my bra! Yay!) I decided to take up this Ballet Boot Camp thing I saw here on SparkPeople (it's actually over on Prevention dot com but I was linked from here). It didn't look out of my range, and I've always been fascinated by dance, even though the majority of my youth experience was six months of baton... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 14:05:28 EST &#9834;Get on your bikes and ride!&#9835; http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5386478 So... back in March I talked about getting my bike fixed. I did that in early May. It took until today for me to actually pull the damn thing out and ride it... and I totally forgot how completely unforgiving it is on my ass. *whine* I've also forgotten the early leg burn when one hasn't been riding on the regular. *sigh* <BR> <BR> Anyway... since my last entry, my roommate has moved out, and I'm now by myself. It's depressing as all hell, being alone. <BR> <BR> I've also had two overnig... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 01:14:58 EST How many time's the charm? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5296259 There is no bigger wake-up call than struggling into a pair of jeans. *snort* Seriously. So... yeah, totally sedentary winter combined with a week at the boyfriend's where we ate out every time we turned around... yeah, once again I've got several pair of jeans in my drawer that I'm not fitting. *sigh* There's an upside, though, because true spring will arrive soon and before that happens I will be replacing the tires and tubes on my bike. I will soon be able to get out and about and get som... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 13:06:55 EST Mo' money mo' bananas... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5246850 So... I accepted a promotion at work recently, and just passed all my training earlier today. What does this mean? I can actually afford healthy food! Zoinks, Scoob! *lol* I can buy real running shoes! OH MY GAWD. Who's got two thumbs and is excited? This girl? You bet! <BR> <BR> The silly thing is I've got the tv on in the background and Jon Stewart just mentioned nacho cheese body shots. *snort* <BR> <BR> Y'know what else is also exciting? The snow is melting. Yes, I realize there's mo... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 19:34:04 EST Getting there... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5224333 Is it wrong that I punch the air and do a little wiggle dance when I see the scale's gone down another half pound? Nah. XD This excitement is just me dropping holiday pounds and getting back to my "norm." Anyway, I haven't really changed my diet much. Cut back on soda, don't eat out nearly as much... seriously, it's no fun by myself. *lol* Ever since the roommate went kosher, I only ever dine out with my boyfriend. Since I only see him 8 times a year... you see where I'm going. :) Anyway, ev... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 12:25:28 EST Whoops... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5214744 Yeah. I hate to use the phrase "fell off the wagon" when I didn't so much fall as leap off with wild and reckless abandon, laughing maniacally the entire time. *lol* And I ran to the nearest restaurant and ordered a milkshake. XD So... the darling boyfriend was in town for two weeks over Christmas, which was fantastic for my heart, but not my waistline. *shameface* While he was here, I managed to put on about five pounds. Too many dine-outs, not enough sex to burn the excess calories. <BR... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 20:34:59 EST When I was sixteen, it was a very good year... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5043922 Whenever I think about going out for a spin on my bike, I think it won't be any problems whatsoever to go down to the end of the riverwalk and back. I remember that I used to bike miles and miles a day when I was 16... Admittedly, it wasn't for my health or fitness, it was because I was currently taking classes for my learner's permit and if I wanted to go anywhere in town my bike was my only mode of transportation. Well, I could have taken the ol' Shoe Leather Express (i.e., walking) but tha... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 12:14:31 EST But... they fit the other day! *whine* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5029267 Damn and blast. It seems I've put on more weight than I'd care to admit, and now my jeans aren't fitting. *sigh* I'm going with some friends to go see Meatloaf tonight, and what started as a mid-closet angst over what I'm going to wear has morphed into a mid-closet cry because nothing fits. Okay, Universe? Not cool. Getting me all psyched because I was FINALLY losing weight, and then giving it all back? no no no, not acceptable. I cant' afford new clothes to accomidate this new weight so y... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 11:59:04 EST ôI'm BAAAAAACK!ô http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5014331 ôI'm BAACK off the wagon agaaaaiiiin...ô <BR> *lol* Seriously, y'all, I don't even want to jump on the scale right now. I've been soooooooo bad this last month. The roomie and I haven't been for walkies since before summer started because of the heat. She's got lupus, among a whole host of physical issues, so any temps over 80 put her down for the count. Instead of going out on my own, I've been fairly lazy with my hobbies. I've been eating whatever tastes good, forgetting I have a bike a... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 22:23:58 EST On the road again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4807810 Pain. Is it really just weakness leaving the body? Or is it more likely your body going, "OMGWTF!? What the hell are you DOING to me?? AAAAH!" *snerk* I kept trying to convince myself it's the former, but tomorrow as I hobble around with a severly sore butt I will go with the latter. <BR> <BR> Why for all the whining? Well... Today started off bad. Tres mal. I've been rockin' a headache for a while now, and combined with the lack of sleep the last couple nights... and I do mean lack. Righ... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 18:29:02 EST The sedentary lifestyle never suited me anyway... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4799711 Ohhhhhh emmmmm geeeeeeee. So, I've gained 3 pounds in the last WEEK. *flail* And it's all my own damn fault. I do not cast blame anywhere but upon myself. The last five days have been unbelievably lazy and fantastic, but I'm paying the price with my weight. See, I'm on PTO this week, enjoying some time with the BF who is on spring break. We have spent the majority of our time sitting around the dining room table playing video games. XD He's currently deep in Final Fantasy XI while I am cur... Thu, 22 Mar 2012 12:01:05 EST Ya lazy bum! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4763526 Wow. This winter has really been a bad one for fitness and healthy eating. *snort* Just ignore that ginormous ten-dollar bag of peanut M&M's that I just finished off. Well, to be fair, Jonathan bought them for me way back on the fifteenth... and I just wanted a small single-serving bag because my sweet-tooth was tugging on my hand like an insistent toddler, but he's a spoiler so he grabbed the biggest party bag he could find. We nursed that bag for the next four days, taking them on a 4 hour ... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 13:46:48 EST Eleven! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4694079 For reasons unknown, I kept thinking about Goodwill today. I had this gut-instinct urge to go to the local Goodwill and go poke about for something to catch my eye. This is how I usually find what I need, by going with my gut and browsing idly instead of going to a specific store for a specific thing. If I look for it, I can't find it. It's far better to wander and let it jump out at me instead. :D Anyway, I followed my intuition, went to the Goodwill in town, and found myself a fun cardigan ... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 19:52:30 EST Mono: Best Diet Ever. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4602698 Well, it's been a hot minute since I've been on the sparkpeople website. Shame on me. *lol* I've had a really crazy summer and fall, and I don't know where to begin, so I'll just stick with the latest bit of WTFery. :) <BR> <BR> Way back on 11/8 I developed a fever. I didn't think anything of it because I had been working very hard all day, and the heaters were going full blast in my stockroom even though it was a gorgeous day out. I figured I overworked myself and simply needed a day of re... Mon, 28 Nov 2011 12:40:06 EST Gah, I'm such a GIRL. *lol* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4185658 Today, I passed the first quarter mark to my weight-loss goal. Most of me is crazy-excited about this. I feel great, I look adorable, and I'm excited for the future. Part of me is shaking her head ruefully and rolling her eyes a bit at the whys and hows that made this all possible. I have been trying to lose weight for a very, very long time. My highest weight was 186. For the last year or so, I've been shifting between 176 and 172. Not encouraging, but as long as I didn't go any higher... Sat, 23 Apr 2011 13:21:09 EST It was the best day ever! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4137750 I find it amusing that even though I haven't been the best of sparkers lately... HAHA, who am I kidding! I haven't been active here since gods know when... anyway, even though i've been MIA, my weight has stayed within a 4 pound range. Heh. Hopefully that will start to change soon. The roommate was accepted on an all-expenses-paid sojourn to Israel where she will spend ten days touring important Jewish areas, sleeping in tents under the stars, and hiking all over God's land. This last part h... Sat, 2 Apr 2011 22:57:54 EST When the prize is harder than the work... O_o http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3957320 Google, I am upset with you. Normally, I can ask you anything, and you provide. I ask you for pictures for my motivation board, you give me what I need. I ask for lyrics, you find them. I hear a rumor of a celebrity death, you prove that it's exaggerated. :D BUT... now I'm on a quest for fabric. Not just any fabric, mind you, but a nylon/spandex 4 way swimwear. Not just ANY swimwear, but a funky, retro cherry print. I have promised myself some new funky retro pinup gear if I get my ass in ... Mon, 24 Jan 2011 19:48:08 EST Owww... my butt! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3893750 *whine* My butt hurrrrrrrrrrts! Well, my butt and the back of my thighs... Every time I sit, it hurts... and then when I stand, it hurts again... Ugh. It's a totally good hurt, though. :D It's just funny to gripe about. Anyway, my goal this week was to dust off a few of those dance/workout dvds that are buried underneath all the anime and attempt to break a sweat. Monday was a stress-mess because of work, and riling myself up was the furthest thing from my mind. I just wanted to ease back ... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 17:25:53 EST Secret Jutsu: Slacker Style! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3854001 Hooooooooooooooooo boy, did I fall off or WHAT. XD Yeah, I sort of, well, didn't come here as much as I could have... Heh. *sweatdrop* It's not that I was just sitting on my arse doing nothing. From mid August through the end of the year it's my busy season for sewing/costuming/crafting/etc. Ren Fest gear, Halloween costumery, Yule decor and gifting... Gark. I'm down to less than a week and I'm knitting a school sweater for a giant teddy bear for a coworker, reworking a pair of mittens fo... Mon, 20 Dec 2010 12:59:19 EST Little Nekkid Happy Dances Of Joy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3584459 Some people say you should weigh yourself every day to keep track of how you're doing. Some people say once a month is sufficient, because you should focus more on how you feel rather than what you weigh. I'm the kind of person who wants to know everything RIGHT THE HELL NOW, so i've settled with hopping on the scale once a week. Every saturday (or sunday, if I get distracted), I'll slowly wake up, stretch, disentangle myself from my bedcovers, and think, "Brace yourself, scale. I'm comin' f... Sun, 29 Aug 2010 00:02:03 EST Rule #1 - Cardio http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3492407 I don’t know whether it’s really sad or really hilarious and awesome how fandom has shaped the desire to lose weight. Sad, because one should want to lose weight to be healthy and fit and live to a ripe old age. Hilariously awesome… because it is. *lol* I follow a group on Livejournal called Fandom!Secrets. If you’re familiar with Post Secret, you’ll catch on quickly. On Fandom!Secrets, the idea is to take your Mother Of All Secrets (your MOAS, if you will) that is based in fandom, be it ... Sun, 1 Aug 2010 19:14:04 EST When I grow up, I wanna be a pin-up! XD http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3475957 The universe is funny. Not hilarious funny, but strange funny. I tend to get alot of curveballs, and rarely do they make immediate sense. Sometimes I wonder if I myself unconsciously cause these turns of events. Sometimes I wonder if the Powers That Be just enjoy screwing with me. Of course, this is rather egotistical of me, because why in the heck would the great wide expanse of All That Is single li'l ol' me out to bother, when there are 6 billion plus others to choose from. *shrugs* Eit... Tue, 27 Jul 2010 18:35:42 EST And so it begins... again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3436564 No, seriously! If I could, meaning, if I were brave enough, I would post the last several years worth of entries from this little orange notebook I've been lugging around with me. I have numerous entries stating that THIS is the time I will be successful, that I will kick my own ass until I'm finally at a healthy weight, I can say that my BMI isn't in the "obese" range (and seriously, do I LOOK obese? Hell naw!), and I will have a discernable waist dammit! And each time, I get distracted and... Thu, 15 Jul 2010 22:04:35 EST