VTRICIA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=VTRICIA VTRICIA'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/ Where did August go? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5985083 Our college kid has been visiting the last two and a half weeks, so the month has slipped away. We've had a pretty good time, though. My younger kids have already been back in school for a week, which I think is crazy. My baby starts preschool on the 1st, which is coming right up. But I guess Labor Day isn't until the 6th, so we have a week and a half of summer, if you don't count school. <BR> <BR> I've been working on this healthy eating initiative. Thinking of quality first and quanti... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 10:41:04 EST I can carry you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5977135 My walking budy has been on vacation, so I've been watching Lord of the rings while I workout. And yesterday Samwise Gamgee tells Frodo "I can't carry it for you, but I can carry you!" That really speaks to the essence of Recovery for me. The most direct remedies may not be open to us but there are things we can do. I think it's nursing, too. We can't make someone well, but we can support them while they get well. <BR> <BR> How might this look for, say, sugar addiction? Maybe we can'... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 09:28:31 EST The success amoeba http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5970871 A few weeks ago an internet friend said she was starting the Beck Diet Solution, and she wondered about applying it to other goals, so I've been working on that the last couple weeks with respect to home organization. She's has decided not to continue with it, because she finds it kind of patronizing (She was recently awarded a Ph.D.) She's just going to follow No S, which is fine. I certainly didn't do all these 42 things when I lost weight. <BR> <BR> It's hard because one of the thinkin... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 15:14:52 EST Back on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963364 I've been tracking food and exercise for several weeks now, and I can't believe I ever stopped. But apparently I did, in the fall of 2013. My weight seemed fine and I was in school full time, so I guess that's how it happens. And my weight was still fine for a year. <BR> <BR> The weird and scary thing is that it took me six months, after I decided my jeans were uncomfortable, to go back to tracking. It's weird because I kind of enjoy tracking now that I'm doing it again. It's scary th... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 19:05:00 EST July goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953806 i've been walking with a neighbor but shes out of town for a week. My son needs to walk for a pioneer re enactment hes doing in a couple months. I'm hoping another neighbor can go today but she's had foot trouble. <BR> <BR> We've had some trouble eating dinner together as a family. That is something I'd like to do better at. It's so hot, though, I don't want to bake or roast things. <BR> <BR> I'm feeling some weight loss fatigue. I guess its only been two weeks I've been working at... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 09:31:29 EST The wheel never stops turning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950688 "But that only matters to the people on the rim" or words to that effect, is something Badger tells Mal, that one time. <BR> <BR> I still working on weight management. My husband says I'm grumpier, and I feel it. And that's why I decided to do it now, while it's summer and I have a partial class load, and stuff. It's easy to focus on the hour that I am pretty hungry before each meal, but there's an hour after each meal when I'm not hungry, and I am appreciative of that. And there's gen... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 08:32:49 EST Weight management http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5946783 So last week I decided I want to lose 5 pounds. It's funny because I can remember seeing schemes for losing 5 pounds and thinking "5 pounds won't make that much of a difference." Often these relied on water loss, like drinking some weird solution over the weekend or sleeping wrapped in plastic, things you couldn't repeat over and over to reach a healthy weight. <BR> <BR> And while I anticipated that I would be hungrier, there were parts of weight loss I forgot about completely. One is h... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 17:38:59 EST Birthday weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944935 We are celebrating my birthday this weekend. I got a new toaster oven, a shoe cabinet from IKEA, and special cookies from the kids, and my husband took me to see Jurassic World, which was a lot of fun. <BR> <BR> I did eat a lot for my birthday dinner, and have been trimming calories since then, since I'm not really hungry (though appetite is very strong if I'm in the kitchen and I see or smell food.) <BR> <BR> My 4 year old who has Autism is starting to be a lot more interactive, and d... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 12:08:28 EST 30 months of maintenance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943187 I just pasted all my maintenance challenges figures since November, and it's kind of sobering that I've still got the 4 pounds from Christmas hanging around. Last month was pretty stressful getting ready for carpet. We did a lot of decluttering, and some of my May weigh ins were a couple of pounds over my original goal. But I'm back to 165 now. <BR> <BR> I connected with a walking buddy. She had been working but recently decided to be a mom full time, and should be available to walk in... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 23:33:56 EST Goodbye May, Hello June http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937201 In May I had the 5K to look forward to and a visitor to prepare the house for. I feel so good now, I can hardly remember being so stressed last week. The stresses of applying to nursing school are also a faint echo. Though I think it's good to remember how much I wanted these things as i move forward. <BR> <BR> A goal I'm adding in June is practicing a musical instrument. I suppose I should choose between piano and guitar. I got an electric guitar for Christmas last year. <BR> <BR> S... Sun, 31 May 2015 10:06:58 EST My bad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933693 It's my intent to blog weekly, but four have got past me. The biggest news is I am starting a Nursing bachelors program June 1, and the program is looking pretty cool. I have a mentor who has an MSN, and she worked Psych which is where I see myself in a few years. <BR> <BR> We are in the middle of having carpet installed. We have decided to get a new couch and trade the old futon in the tot's room rather than buy a new bed. He seems to prefer the floor anyway. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure... Sun, 24 May 2015 22:41:40 EST 3 weeks to 5k http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917960 The bummer is I've known about this for 10 days, and haven't really done much to move toward it. The 5k your way plans are for 5 weeks, but I can get out tomorrow and see where I am in the plan. I haven't been super great with cardio the last couple of weeks. I think if I just run a little further each day than I did the day before, I can get there. And walk for long enough between each interval to recover. Maybe I can do it while my kid plays at the park. <BR> <BR> In that same 3 wee... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 13:07:11 EST Insulin Resistance in Brain Cells http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908561 It's first important to understand what Insulin Resistance is. I've come up with a new phrase to illustrate this: cell membrane blockade. The conventional wisdom is that insulin resistance is a problem with insulin receptors, but I believe it is the result of oxidative stress. <BR> <BR> Your mitochondria assemble ATP, but if there is already a surplus of ATP, they can't turn carbohydrate into CO2 and H2O (carbo-hydrate, get it?). Instead, they produce oxygen radicals which the body makes... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 22:18:56 EST April Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901656 It's not April yet, I know, but it's Sunday morning. Something new I'm going to try is reducing my intake of sweets. So we'll see how that goes. I know, we start the month off with Easter, and I'm not going cold turkey. Just trying to be more aware. Stop checking the bakery clearance rack every time I go to the store. <BR> <BR> And then I need to do a lot more on my house. I had that as a goal this past month, but my house isn't in that much better of shape, sadly. I could point to ... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 11:41:28 EST Future me: don't give up now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5898217 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l119576414.jpg"> <BR> I cannot figure out how I'm supposed to get into that middle. Or even a reasonable 3 way tie. As soon as I take down one obstacle, another one pops up. I finally got all the admission requirements for WGU, and now it looks like we will have to move. Which, there's a program in Maryland that lets you get a masters (CNL) without having a BSN first, but it means taking General Chemistry and that means testing out of Col... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 14:04:23 EST We all scream http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893653 I have a strange history with ice cream. It was my moms comfort food of choice in the bad old days so I was actually not a fan when I was heavy. I didn't avoid it but it had this tragic connotation. <BR> <BR> But when I lost weight and started reading label and being more mindful of flavors, I realized some ice cream can be a good deal, at least to me. And this wee I realized it really is enjoyable, and not an escape. <BR> <BR> It's an interesting question whether positive emotions are... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 23:36:49 EST Possible futures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5884297 Some strange obstacles have fallen across my path these last few months. I've been trying to apply to two different nursing schools, and despite my careful contingency planning it doesn't look like either one will work out this year. I can apply to Physician Assistant school again. Though I am still bruised from last fall's rejection. I'm just in such a state of disbelief at some of the odd choices and unexpected twists with the nursing school applications. The plan is to take 3 courses ... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:38:23 EST Maintenance and Happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5880409 Last night I watched "Happy", a film about positive psychology that's on Netflix right now. It didn't really emphasize the domains of positive psychology, but they're there if you know where to look for them. <BR> 1. Positive feelings, which they talked about the value of exercise, variety, and sociability <BR> 2. Engagement, or flow <BR> 3. Relationships <BR> 4. Meaning, or spirituality and service <BR> 5. Accomplishment, which they addressed as intrinsic vs. extrinsic goals <BR> <BR>... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 10:11:10 EST What if happiness is a xuanze? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5876839 I've long been irritated by the addage that "happiness is a choice." But I also used to be annoyed by the saying "feelings are not good or bad, they just are". Psychologists who study subjective well being have long been bedeviled by the effect conditions of measurement have on results. (I could have said affect there :P). <BR> <BR> In one experiment they interviewed people in two environments, one pleasant and the other not (think a hot, cluttered laboratory with an ominous odor.) The ... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 14:59:14 EST Lottery and phantom fat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5874283 I'm working on a public speaking project (so this may read like a speech not a blog). My thesis is that weight loss doesn't make you happy, rather, mental wellness is the keystone to healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> The statistics on regain bring to my mind the widely reported cases of people who win the lottery, but within a short time they wind up broke, imprisoned, or even dead. We look at these cases and think "If I had that money, I'd pay my debts and save the extra or maybe quit my job... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 06:28:37 EST Trying to fill the void http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866433 The first thing we probably think of, when we have pervasive feelings of emptiness, is filling them with food, and that was my life before. Maintaining a healthy weight calls for seeing food as more than that. But there are other things we do this with. Hoarding is one for me. As much as it annoys me to have clutter, it is about me trying to feel safe on some level. <BR> <BR> One area I've recently identified is money. It's a lot like food in that you should pay some attention to it, ... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 10:01:26 EST Back to school and babysteps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861079 I missed an entry last week with school starting. I was in 4 classes for a while, but I did get a definitive answer on whether I needed one class this morning, so I'm dropping it and that should make life a bit more manageable. <BR> <BR> I also started a program to be trained as a parent doing ABA (applied behavioral analysis.) I didn't really understand what ABA was for the last couple of years, just that people kept saying it's the best treatment for autism. So I'm learning about it, ... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:15:47 EST This year vs. last http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5845676 Last year it looks like I also gained about 4 pounds from Halloween to New Years, but I was in the bottom of my maintenance range rather than around the top, so it wasn’t as stressful. As drunk Phil Connor would say, “You make choices, and you live with them.” Something I’ve tried to do is not wallow in regret. <BR> <BR> I was still looking for my maintenance range last year but I feel like I found it last spring. I want to stay in a size 12 jeans (though I have a range of jeans that sa... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 13:47:52 EST Not even fools http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839406 Today's bizarre phrase is courtesy Stubby Pringle, a cowboy poem about the true meaning of Christmas that a guy at church reads the sunday before each Christmas for Sunday School. It grabbed my attention because the next landmark for maintaining is 5 years <BR> <BR> "Homesteaders. Not even fools, homesteaders. Worse than that. Out of their minds altogether... Betting the government they can stave off starving for five years in exchange for one hundred sixty acres of land... Always almost ou... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 15:48:50 EST If everything were right, we'd be in jail http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837887 This is something Wash says on Firefly. His wife Zoe says the captain's all tense and something isn't right, and he replies "Honey, we're crooks, if everything were right, we'd be in jail." <BR> <BR> I was thinking about my OCD and body dysmorphia this morning, and how my sense of my body isn't really changed from when I weighed 50 pounds more. And that's why I count on numbers like weight, BMI, and calories. Maybe it makes me unhealthy. The thing is, I know I'm unhealthy, I know I hav... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 09:36:08 EST Worse or better? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835986 One strange thing I had noticed since I have lost weight is that I get headaches about once a month, which I don't remember happening as often before. For a few years this puzzled me. I wondered what could be making more more sensitive. Maybe it was my lower pulse and blood pressure. Maybe it was that I don't eat very much salt anymore. The hormones of monthly cycles affect the balance of salt in the body, and that's why there is water weight. <BR> <BR> But recently it occurred to me th... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:50:40 EST 2 years of maintenance: The Why http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831916 This is a symbolic day, moving from the 80%-96% likelihood of regain to 50%. One thing I've wondered throughout this is whether the change is incremental or simply reflects the statistics of attrition. What is the next level? Let me check. At 5 years it becomes 27%. <BR> <BR> And yet, as my last post indicated, I had to go back into weight management. After Veterans day (we ate out 3 times that day), a week off fitness due to a fall, and Thanksgiving, I was over my initial goal weight... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 11:56:44 EST Decreasing intake for first time in 2 years http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828677 I guess it hasn't been fully 2 years, but other than the first couple months of calorie cycling, I've eaten 2,000 calories per day most of the time. <BR> <BR> I mentioned my weight being up and my son said "You mean you're out of maintenance?!?! No, I'm reducing my calories so I stay in maintenance. I'm also doing cardio 6 days a week, but I know that can cause increased water weight. <BR> <BR> The funny part is I meant to reduce my calories by 200 per day, but because I am not as good a... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 16:00:24 EST Where does that get fun? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825189 This is a quote from a mercenary named Jayne Cobb who is wondering what the difference is between him and a psychopathic killer. He goes on to contemplate his slippery slope of conditions where he might kill a man, and it struck me as not too different from the slippery slope of special occasions that lead to overeating. <BR> <BR> Then I joked with my husband that I might make a "maintenance according to Firefly" thing. I know I've used a lot of them over the years here. <BR> "If you can... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 13:12:31 EST Once a year or every year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823866 I was thinking about this the other day, that Thanksgiving is only once a year. But it also happens every year. And there are special occasions like Thanksgiving around every corner. <BR> <BR> Dietary consistency is one of the most powerful predictors of who is successful at maintenance. It means eating the same on weekends, holidays, and vacations as the rest of the week. For me, that means having the same overall calorie goal, not necessarily that I have to eat peanut butter sandwiches... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 12:36:59 EST The hardest part about maintenance for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817654 I'm not a fan of saying maintenance is hard. But the one thing about it that really terrified me was not having anyone tell me exactly what to do. In the last couple of weeks in Abnormal Psychology I have found out why. <BR> <BR> Self-diagnosis is not the done thing, but I've suspected for a long time that I had Borderline Personality Disorder, though more when I was younger. I'd never even heard of BPD until I was in my mid 30's. The key features are patterns of self-destructiveness, ... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 09:33:30 EST Portals to discovery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815594 I have a quote on my home page from James Joyce: "Mistakes are the portals to discovery". Yesterday I was 900 calories over by the end of the day, which is a huge number for me. But my husband wanted to get his veterans appreciation meals at different restaurants. If I hadn't eaten appetizers at lunch and a sneaky dessert after dinner, I'd have been very close to range. <BR> <BR> So it was a learning experience. I used to think maintenance was about ironing out all the learning experi... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 14:23:39 EST Situation Normal. How are you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811869 That's from Star Wars, when Han Solo is trying to impersonate the detention level chief. Which is to say, the situation is never normal. <BR> <BR> So right after my last blog, I got word that I hadn't made it into PA school. Not even to interviews! Blah. Well, the only thing I can regret is that I didn't give them the information they needed to see how awesome I am. And it would have been kind of crazy for me. And I still might try next year if plans B and C fall through. <BR> <BR> Pl... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 09:18:39 EST Belated hello to October http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793075 The first weekend in October is our church general conference, which is a time of inspiration and taking stock. My weight is stable, but on top of that 1.5 pounds from summer vacation. <BR> <BR> I'm going to try the 3x2 week strength split (pushup/squat circuits vs. pulldown/deadlift). I had been doing 2x2 each week, but I miss a day here and there and haven't been getting in any cardio. Doing 3 circuits a week, every other day, there's less wobble and hopefully I will get back to a worko... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 22:46:56 EST Counting calories at 20 months of maintenance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786416 In my old life, I was too willing to listen to the idea that counting calories doesn't work. Something I realized while I was on vacation this summer is that counting calories is a lot like using a timer when you cook. Now some people don't use timers when they cook. When my dad visits, he puts on a pot of rice and takes a nap and sometimes it's okay, but sometimes he has burned rice. (At home he has a rice cooker.) <BR> <BR> I don't use a timer for everything. If I'm scrambling eggs,... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 21:59:54 EST Where am I? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784072 It's been a while since I blogged. I have a lot going on. We're still making repairs to see if we can get the refinance, is kind of the big time sink. I'm only taking 7 credits this semester, but I come home from abnormal psychology just full of ideas and blogging like crazy. <BR> <BR> I have over a dozen blogs (some I think of more as web projects). As I've studied hoarding disorder, I think it's maybe time to simplify. <BR> <BR> I think I've been repressing my sadness about my old... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 13:19:02 EST Hello, Newman. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768864 That was the greeting Jerry Seinfeld used to give his nemesis. I finished my vacation and could see my feet were puffy from the car ride and the salty snacks. I knew I had gone a little over most days and had more than my share of plus days (where I go 300-500 over). I thought it over and knew I'd probably gained two pounds, which was where I landed after a few days of watching my sodium range. So now I'm smack dab against the normal/overweight BMI threshold. I may or may not be in the P... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:48:36 EST Ooops http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752085 Wow, a month goes by fast. I had no idea it had been that long since I'd updated my blog. I was already pretty busy with school, and then I was thinking of getting a job, but we decided to try for a refinance instead. So I was working a lot on getting the house ready for an appraisal (which we haven't heard back on). <BR> <BR> I was apparently stressed enough that it interfered with my cycle, but that's back on so that's good. I've gone over a few days in the last week, and need to kee... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 07:46:03 EST Que sera sera http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731905 The good news is I'm scoring pretty high on my anatomy tests. The bad news is I misinterpreted something I thought I heard the teacher say and have lost some credit on homework assignments. So I guess we'll see what he meant about attendance and participation at the end of the term. But I can kind of see the light at the end of the tunnel for this term. <BR> <BR> My plan for spending these two weeks prepping the house for sale has not gone so well. Each day seems to fill up with other st... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 11:45:34 EST June in review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729401 It's been a while since I've done a month in review, but I did turn 44 this month, and I guess that sort of thing does always make me think a bit. It's been a couple of months since I decided I am fine with maintaining at 160. I kind of worried that when I stopped wishing I weighed less, I might start weighing more, but I seem to be hanging in at the same spot. I'm still eating about the same and working out about the same, so that totally makes sense. <BR> <BR> I do keep meaning to do ... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:12:28 EST 80 Maintenance weeks and my curious lack of heartburn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725709 I'll bask in a full ticker while I can, before it throws another chunk on there. Not sure if it goes to 100 or 120 or what. Or if it changes tomorrow or next Wednesday. <BR> <BR> I was having severe anxiety last night, verging on anxiety attacks, though I guess it may have been a stomach bug. Someone was telling me about getting all emotional and then having a migraine. This morning my stomach was so wound up, I couldn't tell if I was hungry or not, and now later my stomach just doesn... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 15:06:35 EST With a twist http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720025 In anatomy class I learned that biceps flex and supinate, and here I've just been flexing as straight as I can this whole time! To supinate a biceps curl, you start with the dumbbells on either side of you like you're on parallel bars, and as you raise them you turn your hands so they wind up side by side like your gripping a chin up bar. <BR> <BR> I'm also working my rhomboids more on my lat rows. I don't know if I could tell you what that involves, though. I think it's a little more s... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 16:07:48 EST Thoughts on breaks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713768 When I went back to school last fall, I decided I wouldn't study on Sundays. And it really seems to benefit my studies. Refraining from doing school work for the one day renews my motivation so I'm champing at the bit on Monday morning. <BR> <BR> But today I realized how much I need a day off so I can think about my personal and spiritual life. These aspects of life require thought and creative energy the same as school does. I also like to cook things I may not usually take the time to ... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 22:54:48 EST Changing up the circuits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697371 For the past few months I've been doing a total body circuit twice a week. That's pushups, squats, bicycle crunches, incline pullups*, hamstring extensions and calf raises. I think I'm going to go to a split circuit again, mostly back/pulling muscles vs. front/pushing muscles. The total body is good for maintaining strength, but I want to get back to building. And I haven't been really using the time it frees up for cardio... <BR> <BR> As far as other goals go, I've got to get back to do... Sat, 17 May 2014 23:56:00 EST 17 months of Maintenamce http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694199 Not really one of those nice round numbers, but some people think primes are lucky. I spent a lot of the day working on a personal statement for my first choice grad school program (physician assistant). They make you enter your transcripts into the system, and it's kind of tedious, but also gave me a chance to remember a lot of those classes and how fun they were. I'm sometimes harsh with myself for being so self-indulgent in undergrad, but at least I got good grades by following what I l... Tue, 13 May 2014 13:23:14 EST Ah, Debacle! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687022 I had to testify in court on Wednesday, which I've never done before. It was pretty rattling. I was scheduled to take an exam that day, which I could take in advance but not after that date. I thought about taking it the night before, but decided another day, even one spent in the courthouse, would be better. And I did spend most of the day waiting, and did a lot of reading. <BR> <BR> Long story short, I got 61% on the exam. Prior to that I had a 91% average for the class. The scary ... Sun, 4 May 2014 09:13:21 EST Clean eating vs. Orthorexia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679423 In 2003 I had a spell of orthorexia, where I was eating a very restrictive diet that steered around the "bad" foods from several diets. Since then, the phrase "clean eating" has given me the willies. But due to a research paper I wrote this term, I've come to the conclusion that there are substances in food that lead to insulin resistance, cancer and acelerated aging due to conditions favoring oxygen radicals. <BR> <BR> It's a little controversial, since it turns out they are all food ad... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:28:26 EST The girls are recovering http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679327 (This post is about my chest, just in case you don't really want to know more about that.) <BR> <BR> Something good about where I'm maintaining is that my chest is starting to resemble my chest again. I was still nursing a toddler when I reached my goal weight, and things were in flux. About 7 months into maintenance I weaned my toddler and soon thereafter was at my low weight of about 153. Being an American woman, I tend to assume less is more when it comes to weight. But some things we... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:50:58 EST Reunited http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675382 I lost my fitbit on March 17. Today we were rearranging the cars parked in the driveway, and apparently it's been under the spot where my mom's truck was parked on and off this whole time! And amazingly, it didn't get run over. There was a little condensation in the screen area, which I was going to address by removing the battery cover, but it has gone so hopefully that's okay. <BR> <BR> I had gotten pretty good at reminding myself to act like I had a fitbit. "If you had a fitbit, you... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:48:50 EST 16 months of maintenance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671035 Since I’ve hit a year of weight loss maintenance some things have changed, and I can see ways in which some of those things could lead to relapse. It’s like when you have a baby, at first you count their age in weeks, and between 3 and 6 months you start thinking in months, and after a year you have to tally it up when you want to know how long it’s been. <BR> <BR> I have been maintaining in a fairly tight range with calorie blocking, sodium management and keeping after freggies and fitness... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 09:37:06 EST