WALKINGRED's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WALKINGRED WALKINGRED'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 been a long time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232005 I knew back in 2012, when I first discovered SparkPeople and shed 40 lbs (!), that maintenance wouldn't be easy... I knew that 27 years of fast food and bad habits would be hard to shake- and they are, even four years down the road. Things are okay- my weight is healthy and I am more active today than I was in my teens or 20s, but still I struggle. <BR> <BR> I'm back. I've tried intermittent fasting, the Whole30 (still a believer, but dang if it isn't tough to have a life), and just being a ... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 23:01:30 EST I'm doing the Whole30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5942580 Aloha Sparkpeople! <BR> <BR> Mike and I started the Whole30 on June 1st (May 30th was Mike's birthday, and we're going camping with friends mid-July, so this month was as good as any!), and we're going strong a week later. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/40522037-8889-4977-acba-441754f0f87a.png"> <BR> <BR> My mom (who has eaten paleo for a couple years now) introduced me to the book It Starts with Food, and I was very interested to try something new. This may sound twi... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 21:41:51 EST +0.2 lbs., less stoked http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915313 Ha! <BR> <BR> Last week was nuts, BUT I tracked, ran, hiked, and I know that number is not reflective of the work I put in. Next week will be better!! <BR> <BR> Last week I had a 6.5-hour long job interview, saw Jack White in concert, and attended an awesome Women Leaders in Higher Education conference. I just can't allow 0.2 pounds to cloud what was a really great week. <BR> <BR> Recipe of the week was green veggie enchiladas: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l51796... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 18:38:48 EST -5 pounds, very stoked http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912572 Aloha! <BR> <BR> It has been really hard for me to get motivated and regularly track nutrition & exercise this year. I'd have a good day or two, then get too crazy on treats at work. And MAN! I felt stuck to my couch with Netflix for weeks! Maybe because we're getting married in 5 months, I don't know - something finally clicked and I've had a really good (far from perfect) two-three weeks. I hadn't weighed myself since a week after a doc appointment, and my weigh hadn't moved. I bravely (ha... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 20:47:35 EST Running again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5898281 Aloha Spark Friends (are you still there?)! <BR> <BR> It has been ten months since my last blog post! That is crazy! Blogging about everything - food & exercise, sure... But also work and moves and adventures really kept me accountable and happy. <BR> <BR> Today I'm back because I finally got in gear and started running again. I was training for a full marathon last year (started with Couch to 5k in January), but because I cut corners with strength training, I had to withdraw in November be... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 16:25:14 EST Hibiscus Half Marathon! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703070 Mike and I did it! We're halfway to our goal of completing the Honolulu Marathon this December- and we had a blast! <em>366</em> <BR> <BR> Here is how I prepared the day before: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1001130549.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is what we looked like after 13.1 miles: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l980415158.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It was a great run- we walked at each aid station and had water or gatorade. We felt so great near ... Sun, 25 May 2014 21:30:00 EST We bought a HOUSE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690157 Aloha Spark friends! <BR> <BR> I just can't stay away... I read your blogs and scroll through articles. I'm nearly two years into maintenance (holy cow!), but daily reminders keep me inspired and motivated to make health a lifelong priority. <BR> <BR> Okay... Here's some pics of our new abode we're calling "Hale Puka'ana," which means sunset house: <BR> <BR> Me in the kitchen! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l190837467.jpg"> <BR> <BR> View from a bedroom (love the ... Wed, 7 May 2014 23:26:40 EST 10k and back to goal weight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668450 Aloha Sprakfriends, <BR> <BR> I wanted to check in and share some proud achievements! Mike and I completed our first 10k on Saturday, and I ran the whole thing!! I finished in one hour and four minutes, and while I wasn't trying to make a certain time, I liked the sound of it <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Here's a pic that I have clearly ripped off: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1857038349.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Also, I worked back down to my goal weight of 130 (130.8 as o... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 18:05:01 EST Myfitnesspal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623256 Aloha Spark People <em>437</em> <BR> <BR> Just checking in to report on my progress using myfitnesspal. I am down 11 pounds even from January 1st! I like the tracker a lot- and unlike SP, they up your calories on days when you work out, which I LOVE. It hasn't affected my loss at all- I've consistently lost about a pound each week (more in the beginning- you know how that goes!). Here's what my tracker looks like today (I added in my couch to 5k week 4, day 2 workout that is planned for ... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 16:02:46 EST A hui hou! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579549 Aloha Sparkfriends, <BR> <BR> A new year is here, and I'm making a change. <BR> <BR> I LOVE Sparkpeople and so appreciate this tool for helping me lose weight and maintain not only a fit body, but a fit mind as well. Most of all, I credit the community for endless inspiration and warm support. <BR> <BR> However, I have found it difficult to tap into those very things in maintenance on Spark. I think this is the venue for learning about weight loss and losing weight, but now I am looking ... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 14:05:38 EST FastDiet - Week 3: From 140.8 to 140.4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5507508 Week of 9/29/2013 <BR> <BR> Monday: Fast Day: banana/ beef & barley vegetable soup, sourdough toast <BR> <BR> After expecting (and experiencing) a bad weigh-in, I didn’t much feel like lovingly preparing an egg, fruit, and toast like I had planned. I brewed my second cup of coffee, grabbed a banana, and headed to work. It’s nearing noon now, and I’m taking a half-day to work on a group presentation to be recorded later this afternoon. <BR> <BR> Tuesday Multigrain Cheerios, banana/ beef &... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 23:31:20 EST FastDiet - Week 2: From 139.6 to 140.8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500429 Week of 9/22/2013 <BR> <BR> Weight: 139.6 <BR> BMI: 22.4 <BR> BMR: 1372 <BR> TDEE: 1887 <BR> <BR> This week, I plan to lose more, as there are no elegant dinners or open house spreads to give into... My bday is on Tuesday, but beyond a slice of cake, there will be no craziness!! Update: there was craziness... <BR> <BR> Monday: Fast Day: Coach’s oatmeal with dried blueberries, brown sugar/ chicken & vegetable stir fry <BR> <BR> I’m trying different fast-day dishes this week: oatm... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:22:55 EST FastDiet - Week 1: From 140.0 to 139.6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5494980 Warning- this is a long entry that I wrote throughout my first week on the FastDiet! It's the blog I was looking for, but didn't find before embarking on this crazy experiment. I wanted to know what people ate on fast days, if they were hungry, and/or if they lost any weight! <BR> <BR> Here are observations from my first week: <BR> <BR> Week of 9/15/2013 <BR> <BR> Starting weight (9/15): 140.0 <BR> BMI: 22.6 <BR> BMR: 1382 <BR> TDEE: ... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 14:28:24 EST The FastDiet - An Experiment! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5486583 Aloha Sparkfriends! <BR> <BR> I am embarking on a crazy fad diet- one that I would totally roll my eyes or secretly judge if suggested by someone else. But here I am, planning two 500 calorie days per week in order to lose a few pounds, try something new, and maybe even gain supposed benefits associated with fasting... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1960715528.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The backstory- a librarian at work suggested a book called The FastDiet, and while ... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 20:56:34 EST March, April, May, half of June update ;P http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5391413 Hi Sparkfriends, <BR> <BR> I'm still here, enjoying Hawaii, fighting the good fight for health and happiness. I'll get it out there now, I'm about eight pounds above my lowest weight, but I promise I'm still walking and eating well, just sometimes a little too well! <BR> <BR> Okay- here's the news: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l894119866.jpg"> <BR> Mike and I are engaged! <BR> <BR> After five years together, he truly surprised me and proposed at sunrise on... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 00:34:04 EST February wrap-up (photo blog) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5272053 Today's hike to Kaenna Point: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2004608518.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good eats: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2029086213.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l111765087.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1602709017.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1393976866.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l655844933.jpg"> <BR... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 01:45:08 EST January wrap-up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5243391 January was really great. <BR> <BR> My best friend Cyndi got a great new job, which gave her an unexpected week-long vacation, which she chose to spend with me in Hawaii!!!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2049283460.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We showed her around the whole island and got a couple great hikes in: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l693468867.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1406932386.jpg"> ... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 22:45:11 EST December wrap-up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5190265 Aloha Sparkfriends! <BR> <BR> We survived the holidays... Whew... <BR> <BR> I haven't braved the scale yet, but I promise I will hold myself accountable by doing so tomorrow. Eeek! I visited California (my homeland, lol) for two weeks, and except for one hike and a few veggies, it was a pretty naughty trip health-wise. I hit all my favorite old haunts for chile relleno burritos, french fries, and partook in many the holiday dessert bar (and bar-bar). It was fun, but the junk-food party... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 15:28:42 EST November wrap-up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5169428 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l66360801.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So it's almost time for the December wrap-up, but with school and work, life was crazy the last few weeks! Today is my forst day "off," and I'm spending it with you, Sparkblog... <BR> <BR> Weighed myself this a.m., and am up a couple pounds (134), but no big deal- between the office parties and our friends visiting in November, this was bound to happen. I think I've been pretty good about allowing for splurges an... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 19:59:50 EST October wrap-up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5123081 Aloha friends, <BR> <BR> Things are still good here in Honolulu. <BR> <BR> I have maintained at about 132 (within a pound or two) for the month of October. This has been no small feat! I can't tell you how many birthdays (cake), holidays (Halloween candy), and long work hours (fast, not always healthy dinners) October has provided! Many, many, many. But, I hike on, plan my meals, and enter all of it (save a Butterfinger or two) into my tracker. <BR> <BR> Here are a couple pics: <BR> <... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 00:12:43 EST September wrap-up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5090329 Aloha Sparkfriends, <BR> <BR> Weekly blogging is difficult to keep up between work and school, so I thought I might pop-in monthly to keep a record of maintenance. <BR> <BR> Maintenance. I have stayed within a few pounds of 132 since May. That is crazy- I have bounced between 155-175 for the last ten years, so 132 is pretty freaking remarkable. I still tell people about SP all the time. <BR> <BR> I think I wanted to post here today because my sister-in-law posted a few very unflatteri... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 18:01:41 EST Week 34: From 131.4 to 131.8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5047196 So I don't make myself a crazy (crazier) person, I think I'm going to weigh myself every-other week from now on. I have weighed myself three days this week- 132.4 on Tuesday, 133.8(!) yesterday, and 131.8 today. It's making me nuts, I'm over analyzing everything I put into my mouth, which is making me feel bad! When I look at the last couple of MONTHS, I have stayed within a pound or two- this is great... If it were my Sparkfriend, I would commend them for keeping up maintenance. <BR> <B... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 13:58:33 EST Week 33: from 132.4 to 131.4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5036102 <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Lost a pound! <BR> <BR> This feels GREAT! Since June, I've stayed at 132 with little exception, and I know it's silly, but I started to think I couldn't lose any more... It's coming off. I tried to stay to the lower end of my calories and took one nice hike (I have been hiking 2x a week, but I woke up with a stiff neck this weekend, so I only got one hike in this week). With school and work in full swing, it is pretty impossible to take the daily walks I like so... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 13:22:02 EST Week 32: From 132.0 to 132.4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5027226 I was too busy to blog last week, and so busy again this week that I forgot to even WEIGH-IN yesterday!! Things are crazy here! <BR> <BR> Monday was the first day of fall semester at work, and last night I started classes myself- I'm about halfway through a master's program in library science. I can barely keep a thought in my head as I type this. <BR> <BR> Last week was rough diet-wise, but great exercise-wise- lots of hikes, running around at work and around town for fun, swimming and b... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 00:47:17 EST Week 30: from 130.4 to 132.0 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5005966 I forgot about this mornings atrocious weigh-in with the business of today, so I haven't come up with anything to write. <BR> <BR> Honestly, I did not expect to lose, but I did nothing to gain. I tracked my food, swam, and took a crazy hike on Sunday. Rather than stressing or over-thinking this, I'm going to share some pics of the last week and hope for a better weigh-in next Tuesday. Exhaaaaaaale. <BR> <BR> Here's the hike- three hours of peaceful solitude (but there were two of us- duo... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 23:48:21 EST Week 29: from 131.6 to 130.4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4995518 Right on. <BR> <BR> I am less than a pound away from the 120s! I know I'm a broken record, but I never, never, never thought I could lose ten pounds, let alone 40. <BR> <BR> This is major. <BR> <BR> There is no mystical magical number I'm shooting for- I just want to feel comfortable in a bikini (which is a revision of an earlier goal to feel comfortable in a bathing suit- one piece implied!), be healthy, fit, and strong. That's all. <BR> <BR> Food: <BR> <BR> This week, I had cereal, o... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 22:47:10 EST Weeks 27 & 28: from 132.0 to 131.6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4985694 Two weeks have passed since my last blog- I started my new job last Monday and COMPLETELY forgot to post! <BR> <BR> Maybe it's for the best- last week I seemed to have GAINED a pound- Tuesday a.m. the scale read 133.0, which was a major bummer, but again, I've been eating out a lot more and trying a lot of new foods here in Hawaii (and not feeling very guilty about it!). Also, Mike and I are getting back into the swing of walking and hiking, and this week we did much better than last. <BR> ... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 01:33:33 EST Week 26: from 135.0 to 132.0 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4964031 I'm thinking that 135.0 was based on my bad behavior (champagne galore) at the wedding, and not my actual weight, because eight days of sensible eating and light activity later, I am back to 132.0. THANK GOODNESS. <BR> <BR> My first week in Hawaii: <BR> <BR> Hiked Diamond Head Crater <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l462563032.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Wore a bikini in public (for the first time) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l775333011.jpg"> <BR> <... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 14:15:40 EST Week 24 & 25: From 132.0 to 135.0 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4952162 The wedding (and all the festivities that come with) and moving (and all of the going away-type ceremonies that come with) have contributed to my first weight gain since starting SP! Oy! <BR> <BR> Worry not, friends... I had Cheerios and banana for breakfast, and I have a plan for the week. A weight gain is not going to make me fall off the wagon- I'm chasing that wagon down right now! In three weeks, I will be back at 132 and decide where to go (weight-wise) from there. <BR> <BR> Here ... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 15:16:31 EST Week 23: From 132.2 to 132.0 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4934018 Hi Sparkles, <BR> <BR> My last entry was just a few days ago because I forgot to blog (oy!), but I did not forget to weigh-in (never!). To get back on track, I promised myself I'd blog on the day of the weigh-in (Tuesdays) from here on... <BR> <BR> It's difficult to remember the goings on of this week because I am so excited about the next few weeks. This weekend I'll be attending my first big library conference (the ALA annual conference in Anaheim). My schedule is set- meet-ups with my ... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 23:45:23 EST Week 22: From 132.8 to 132.2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4929231 I can't believe I almost forgot a blog entry for last week! I weigh-in again in three days, lol! <BR> <BR> Mike asked if I was "Still doing that Spark thing- blogging?" and I was like OF COURSE! And that's when I realized I hadn't remembered to post for the first time in 22 weeks! <BR> <BR> I'm sorry to write that I have been struggling a bit. Nothing tragic, but I'm feeling lazy and less in control of my eating in the last week plus. Yesterday and the day before I ate what can be calle... Sat, 16 Jun 2012 17:26:44 EST Week 21: From 134.0 to 132.8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4914169 Still going dudes. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is having a good week... My week has been so filled with ups and downs, and I'm grateful to have a place like SP to share my thoughts. You are all always so helpful and encouraging. <BR> <BR> The downs. My parents moved to Texas about a year and a half ago to run their own lunch truck business on a military base. They have gone through so much, and this week, the restaurant that supplies their hot food was 86's by the base for lame reasons (t... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 04:09:54 EST Week 20: From 135.4 to 134.0 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4906145 Here are some pictures from Las Vegas... My best friend Dulce had her bachelorette party, and my sister came out from North Carolina. We had a freaking blast... I will say this- I knew we'd be drinking quite a bit, so I made the decision to NOT splurge elsewhere (no buffets, no 3 a.m. doughnuts, no slacking on exercise). In other words, I chose one vice and stuck to it! <BR> <BR> I ate egg whites at breakfast, salads at lunch, and watched my portions at dinner. We also had so much fun a... Thu, 31 May 2012 16:26:31 EST What's Cooking... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4901746 It's so nice and warm here in Southern California! Grilling weather for sure. A few things I've made in the past week or two: <BR> <BR> Yogurt marinaded pork kebabs/ lemon rice/ grilled veggies <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l995227398.jpg"> <BR> <BR> London Broil/ Baked Potato with all the fixin's/ Spinach/ grilled tomato <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l622929731.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Grilled Pork Chops/ Green Beans/ Baked Potato <BR> <img sr... Mon, 28 May 2012 20:19:59 EST Week 19: From 137.0 to 135.4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4893889 I have been tracking and walking and this happened in 10 days. The Spring 5% challenge ended last week, so I decided to start weighing in on Mondays again (it keeps me honest over the weekends, lol). But on Sunday I went to a graduation (with a burger and chips/dip/cookie lunch) and a grad party that night (taco man, margarita, champagne, and candy), so I was afraid to weigh in yesterday... But I got my courage up after eating well and walking around a mall yesterday. <BR> <BR> Here's a p... Wed, 23 May 2012 00:15:45 EST week 18: From 138.0 to 137.0 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4881226 Week 18 was FUN! <BR> <BR> Mike and I celebrated our fourth anniversary, Mike earned his M.S. in GIS from USC, and we had a really nice going away party thrown by my best friend, Cyndi. And I lost another pound. I can't believe it either... <BR> <BR> Our anniversary was on the 10th. We drove to Temecula and did a little wine tasting and had a very diva lunch (I had salad and NO wine- saved that for the tasting!). <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l215714772.jpg"> <B... Mon, 14 May 2012 16:15:25 EST Week 17: From 139.0 to 138.0 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4872667 I am LATE in writing this blog... I weigh-in a few days, but here's how last week went: <BR> <BR> -I closed my work library (inventory, end-of-year reports, bills, bills, bills) <BR> -I ate french fries twice (and broke down twice "I'm going to gain all my weight back, Waaaaaaaaahhhh!!!) <BR> -We moved (from Valencia back to the in-laws for the time being) <BR> -We had two "going away" type functions (beer, beer, and more beer) <BR> <BR> And I lost a pound. There is no mystery here, I st... Tue, 8 May 2012 16:44:36 EST May goals and whatnot... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4862338 Hi Sparkles! <BR> <BR> Never in my adult life have I seen a number like this: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l969765131.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So, now what?? <BR> <BR> May is a new month- and I LOVE a new start... I even like Mondays <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> While I have decided to keep losing 5 pounds at a time, I'm trying to slow down a bit. I'm really enjoying having more calories to work with (I had a SANDWICH on TWO pieces of BREAD yesterday- GASP!), but I am hone... Wed, 2 May 2012 01:04:50 EST Week 16: From 141.0 to 139.0 (GOAL!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4857767 Hi Sparkfriends! <BR> <BR> I've had a couple days to think about it and I still don't know what to write... When I started Spark on January 2nd, I chose 140 as a goal because I'd never been there as an adult. I had no clue what 140 pounds looked like. Yesterday was my great friend's bridal shower, and we took pictures, so THIS is what 139 looks like: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l228534359.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And this is what 170 looked like back in September: <BR>... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 15:07:59 EST Week 15: From 142.8 to 141.0 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4838484 Hi Sparkpeople! <BR> <BR> I figured I would have a small loss after a very successful week 14, but NO! In your face, fat! I am down another 1.8 pounds and only ONE SINGULAR pound away from my original goal of -30 pounds. Whew... <BR> <BR> I am learning to be patient and trust that if you are doing the right things, you will become healthier. It's hard not to count up all of my differentials and hope for -1 each week, but as I read here somewhere- "my body is not a calculator." Here are... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 22:48:21 EST Hi, I'm Natalie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4833835 My first vlog, just saying hello to friends! <BR> <BR> Forgive the weird- I was eating pineapple and I'm sure this will either start or end on a bad frame, for that is life. Love to you all! Fri, 13 Apr 2012 18:27:37 EST Food Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4833666 I am food obsessed. I cook, and eat, and think about cooking, and think about eating. I also sleep and work. Yeah, like that. <BR> <BR> Here are a few meals I've made recently: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l177401506.jpg"> <BR> <BR> mini meatloaf with smashed cauliflower and green beans, chile verde with brown rice and a fried egg, pulled pork baked toastadas, and yellowtail handrolls <BR> <BR> I take pictures all the time, and if I can't share them here, then... Fri, 13 Apr 2012 15:48:21 EST Week 14: from 145.5 to 142.8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4828042 Hello Sparkers! <BR> <BR> You KNOW there had to be some craziness going on in my life for me to put off a blog bragging about my big loss this week!!! More on that later... First, I'd like to thank you all for the helpful/kind comments about my -0 loss last week (a result of salty restaurant food and mucho bread and wine in San Francisco!). I started last week with a renewed attitude and dedication, as well as a plan to lose the infamous final five pounds by the end of April. <BR> <BR> I... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 00:55:08 EST Week 13: From 145.4 to 145.4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4816830 This has been one crazy week. In week 12, we went out of town (to beautiful San Francisco) for Mike's sister's wedding. I went in with a plan to eat really healthy balanced meals, but more bread and wine sneaked its way into my diet than I would have liked. And small as that sounds, it REALLY freaked me out. <BR> <BR> Since January 2nd, I have been a pillar of dietary strength (realize that sounds stupid, moving on...). Around week 6 or so, I hit this stride and had the realization that... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 13:05:25 EST San Francisco! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4812531 This one's for you, ALYSSA! A photo blog of my adventures in the beautiful city of San Francisco... <BR> <BR> Mike and I headed up to see his sister Pam get married this week at the beautiful city hall (I'm the one with the purple behind!): <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l653825080.jpg"> <BR> <BR> But first, we explored Fisherman's Wharf (where we stayed): <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l679934415.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Enjoyed an Irish coffee at... Fri, 30 Mar 2012 16:23:30 EST Week 12: From 147.4 to 145.4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4802763 TWO POUNDS! MINUS two pounds!!! <BR> <BR> THAT is a great way to start a challenge! Since January 2nd of this year, I have lost 25 pounds, and am now only 5 pounds away from my first goal of getting to 140... The only reason I don't have a final goal is because I've never been this small, so I have no idea what my ideal weight is. I've seen other's with the same problem here, isn't SP the bomb? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l52706694.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am ... Sat, 24 Mar 2012 14:23:19 EST Week 11: from 147.8 to 147.4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4794874 Hi Friends! <BR> <BR> Because I started the Spring 5% challenge, I had to weigh-in a couple days early (on Friday in stead of Monday), so this weight loss reflects my effort from 3/12-3/17. I am totally fine with this paltry little loss because I know it will mean a slightly bigger loss for the next weigh-in! Thinking positively here <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I did have an amazing week capped off poetically by a tremendous non-scale victory. Because I can't keep secrets/hide my emotions/c... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 11:48:21 EST I Feel Good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4792295 If someone told me last December 31st that by March I would be in the 140s, training for a 5k with Mike, and completely OFF of fast food and soda, I would have LAUGHED. <BR> <BR> Don't get me wrong, some days are harder than others (hungry days, busy days, TOM, etc.), but I've hit this stride and am NOT turning back to my fatty, crappy, sedentary lifestyle. <BR> <BR> This week, Mike and I took a hike, and we took pictures. No makeup, sweaty, workout clothes (not the cutey kind!), and I... Sat, 17 Mar 2012 16:35:45 EST When BRAIN and BODY just don't match up... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4787290 My Spark friend APONI_KB brought up a recent (and yet already forgotten) memory for me. She mentioned feeling bad after seeing pictures from a race- MAN can I relate! <BR> <BR> Last August, in an attempt to force myself to exercise, I signed up and half-heartedly trained for a HALF MARATHON in November... I completed the race and was elated. I felt accomplished, strong, and capable... And then I saw THE PICTURES. They told a different story. I looked 20 pounds heavier than I thought I ... Wed, 14 Mar 2012 12:39:01 EST Spring 5% Challenge Assignment 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4785552 I am posting here in a blog because I would like to look back on this during and after this challenge. I have had my head down and pushed like a dog to get where I am now, but it is definitely time to look up and evaluate these questions: <BR> <BR> 1. List all the reasons you want to lose weight. <BR> <BR> To feel comfortable (in interviews, on a beach, in bed, in my own skin), to never be called out for my weight (I was once ON A DATE and some drunk middle-aged man yelled out of his truc... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 12:46:33 EST