WHITNEYLD's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WHITNEYLD WHITNEYLD's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ I'm still alive! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6384892 Just touching base to announce my presence among the living. Hope everyone is doing great! I will catch up on my friend feed later when I have access to my desktop. I took a six week + hiatus from working out and I am more depressed than ever. Just getting back on track again. Sat, 8 Jul 2017 15:21:16 EST Spring is here. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6335869 You'd never know it from the weather here. I went to the gym five out of the past ten days. Diet has been so so. Maintaining weight for now. Need to work on this. I've been working more and I feel exhausted today. Still did a workout this morning. Mon, 20 Mar 2017 14:35:23 EST Hello, stranger. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6331002 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f38f8ac0-dba8-4f5b-b125-0f4d204e0135.jpg"> I am back. I was sick for a while and before that I was only half comliant with my eating and exercise habits. I have gone to the gym 4/5 days this week. So that's good. Eating half on half horrible as usual. Today I am 100% cheat free and on track! I am going to plan on a daily accountability blog to post on my exercise and eating. I can say I have been good about tracking my food, at least with ... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 19:26:37 EST Getting back to basics. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278650 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/17d7c595-bfae-4173-a979-33edaa7376dd.jpg"> Well, I have been MIA at the gym for almost two weeks due to my injury. I am afraid I will never get my mojo back. I can't exercise yet. Today is my first day back to work and next week I will be working 6 days in a row. Definitely happy to be earning a nice check right before Christmas, though! I have messed up with my diet consistently since Halloween. I weighed in and I thought I had gained a bunch... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 15:24:03 EST Sprained ankle. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6275245 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7cf97222-cb10-46fb-8afc-3259486f2b1c.jpg"> I was playing with Bella and landed on my ankle. It sounded like a horrible snap. It was agony. My ankle was x rayed and isn't broken luckily. Waiting to hear if there is tendon or ligament damage. Can't walk without crutches for the past two days. Crawling around and up the stairs. Pretty sad state of affairs. My poor Bella is not used to being home all the time with a mommy who can't chase her arou... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 09:29:59 EST On the Mend. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6267397 I have been down since last Thursday with some kind of cold that morphed into bronchitis. While I still have a cough that makes people not pick the elliptical next to me, I have at least been exercising every day but one in the past week. <BR> <BR> My current challenge for the 5% community is to blog more. I was blogging frequently, but as I somewhat slowed my momentum as my weight loss continued, I focused on tracking and keeping with my exercise program. <BR> <BR> Winter challenge sign... Tue, 15 Nov 2016 15:57:29 EST Work, work, work. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6264389 I haven't blogged in a while. I have been busier than usual between caring for the munchkin, family obligations and work! I have kept up with the tracking, but the mobile app isn't very fun to use for some things. Blogs, communities and whatnot are problematic for me in particular. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ce4a0348-6d81-4573-b72d-fda9a5e37eb4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have been doing a little holiday shopping lately, and that is always fun. I LOVE giving presents t... Wed, 9 Nov 2016 14:12:33 EST My First 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6259011 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dd43fc64-2374-4c9c-bd98-4a49da3ca3f0.jpg"> I completed my first 5k today! I did it with a friend. It was fun. Definitely surprised myself with how relatively in shape I am now. It was easy. I actually had to walk a lot more than j needed to so I kept my friend nearby. My stride is a lot longer than hers. I wasn't ever really winded. We walked a lot of it. At least half. But it was still fun and good exercise. It was a beautiful day. I think i... Sat, 29 Oct 2016 20:31:55 EST Old pants. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6256204 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2c23c8d1-ab80-4087-83a7-8d65f43eac0f.jpg"> Last night I looked in the mirror and realized my new pants were really lose and I just didn't notice. I am going to try and shrink them in the dryer. They are size 8. I went into the closet and pulled down my stack of pants and realized I have only a few pairs that aren't gigantic on me or shorts. Then I looked at the pants I have saved for six years. I checked the tag. Size four. They are from Amer... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 06:45:52 EST 137! It's Been a While. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6254119 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1bcfd16d-6c2c-4a51-8509-4b53e06ef684.jpg"> Don't mind my hideous feet. I am in desperate need of a pedicure. Other than that, I am 137 today. I was stuck at 140 for a while, and then whoosh! Yesterday I was 137.5. I thought it was a fluke. Then I checked today and was 137. So I guess it wasn't water weight most likely! Pretty excited. As for a NSV, I have a new friend from the gym. We have been hanging out since we have kids of similar age, a... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 17:20:03 EST Enjoying the Beauty of Fall. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6252645 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bdb86edb-9572-408b-ac76-9af58fc35f30.jpg"> Took a ton of pictures today on my morning walk. I stopped to take pictures so many times that it didn't feel like much of a workout, but at least I got some exercise in! Busy day with errands and whatnot. Very enjoyable nonetheless. I like exercising. It feel like ME time. I like the solitude of exercising alone. A friend has been inspired by me and others to go to the gym regularly. It's nice but ... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 22:41:06 EST NORMAL BMI TODAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6250242 I can't believe it, but I weighed in this morning at 140 lbs. That makes my BMI normal - 24.8 - for the first time in 3-4 years! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/924ff370-4309-4b43-9faf-287bead5299b.JPG"> <BR> Things are going well. I am staying on track with eating and have been continuing to exercise daily. <BR> <BR> I am feeling amazing today! Hope everyone is having a great week! Let's keep making good choices! Wed, 12 Oct 2016 05:49:01 EST Love in the time of Pneumonia. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6245796 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/69409623-9c9c-4ede-94c7-1f01bb3189cd.jpg"> I had an eventful weekend. I won tickets to the orchestra for Saturday evening, but we woke up Saturday morning to a very sick Bella. I called in to the doctor's office, and they were thankfully able to get her in to see the doctor. She has pneumonia! Needless to say, this was very stressful to hear as a parent. I am worried about her lungs, as I have asthma. They gave her a breathing treatment and se... Mon, 3 Oct 2016 16:38:26 EST Fall 5% Challenge. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6240962 The Fall 5% challenge starts today. This morning, I weighed in at 144.5 lb. Yay! I am excited to start this challenge. I joined team <em>283</em> Firecrackers. <BR> <BR> It has been a really busy month. I can't believe it is already fall! Fall is my favorite season. I was definitely feeling it on several of my evening walks for the past month, though! <BR> <BR> As I stated in my last blog, I surpassed my October goal. Since October 21 is in a few short weeks, I have decided to make my... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 06:50:20 EST I surpassed my October Goal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6239677 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/aab3c11f-dce8-40f0-aed1-10d9b6c28f69.jpg"> First, a picture of me and my babe. I haven't taken many pictures of myself and I finally feel better enough I can feel okay about myself. I surpassed my October 21 goal this morning. I actually met it a few days ago but water weight took it away again until today. The goal was to be 148 by October 21. I am 147.5 today. That is 26 lbs down from July 14! My new goal for October 21 is 139 lbs. Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:03:39 EST In the 140s! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236355 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/187dbcb7-1f0e-485e-902a-882324e1bd96.jpg"> This is my munchkin taken this morning. She is my angel! I want to be healthy for her and to be in her life as long as possible. I am on my way to a healthy BMI, which I haven't had in like three years (lasted a month), and before that it wasn't maintained for like five years. I weighed in at 149.0! I am in a challenge group and when I posted my weight yesterday, it was 149.5, and my starting weigh... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 14:04:35 EST 150 Lbs. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6235211 I am at 150 lbs. working on breaking out of the 150s for good! I haven't gotten this low in years. Sorry for radio silence. Been busy with life. I have continued to track and exercise, though. I had two days of bingeing this past week. Not sure what that was about, but put my best efforts in at the gym yesterday and today and eating on point. I want to be in a healthy weight range by Halloween. That is my new goal! That means a ten lb loss from now until then. Very doable in six weeks, ... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 14:32:27 EST Progress pic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229022 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f84d4e5f-262a-4919-9753-e711d3e4022e.jpg"> My face on the left is from last year at my highest weight (or two lbs more than when I started back on track Jujy 14, 2016). This could have been taken a couple months ago, apparently. The other pic was taken on my vacation a couple of weeks ago when I was about five pounds heavier than I am today. Today I am 152.5 lb! Almost out of the 150s. I can't believe it! I just hope I don't get stuck here.... Fri, 2 Sep 2016 13:54:59 EST Twenty lbs. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6226602 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/69fdd2e7-1038-4b7a-8a91-4c6d31e430fa.jpg"> I am half a pound away from twenty lbs lost. I weighed 153.0 lbs this morning. I feel good about my progress. I haven't lost this amount of weight in a consistent time period in soooo long. A coworker said I looked slim in my scrubs this morning and then asked if I lost weight! My parents can tell a big difference. My husband? Not so much. A little maybe now. He sees me every day. I still feel t... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 15:21:27 EST This Much is True. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224344 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9cebf1ee-a195-4e56-8c79-47ce63ab951f.jpg"> Read a blog by AUTIEJ today. She said something that resonates with me. I made this quote image out of it. Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:20:22 EST Keep pushing. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223271 I feel like I have had a breakthrough. I have been on this site for years. YEARS. Memorably, at least since 2011. I was in the 130s then and wanted to lose. Ha! Six weeks ago tomorrow I made the choice to really do something. REALLY change my eating. Now I love salads, even without dressing. I like veggies. They fill me up. Fruit is a food group I could write poetry about. I weighed in this morning at 157.0. Six weeks ago I was 172.5. 15.5 pounds. Today I ran errands and purchased party... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 18:03:52 EST 14 lbs in 5.5 weeks. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222309 I have lost 14 lbs total as of this morning since July 14. I had one week where I didn't lose anything and then I weighed in this morning. My vacation must have broken my plateau. I am down to 158.5!!! I haven't seen the 150s in like two years!! I have to go back to work today. I am feeling good though! Mon, 22 Aug 2016 05:50:47 EST Home Sweet Home. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222148 My blog has now crashed twice when about to publish. Not rewriting it again. Are very well today on ten hour drive home and did my walk tonight. Ready for bed now. Will officially weigh in tomorrow. I was 160 when I left for vacation. I hope to be 160 or under. Have a good night! Sun, 21 Aug 2016 20:41:32 EST I can see my belly button. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220746 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6ddc0a03-768d-4365-90ff-1474e8cbeeaa.jpg"> This is somewhat embRassing to admit, but I wasn't able to see my belly button really Over my stomach a month ago. My Stomach pretty much overshadowed my chest, which automatically Led people to believe I was significantly pregnant. Yesterday I wore a swimsuit to a water park we took our daughter to. There was no getting out of it. As I looked around, though, I was physically similar to most of the m... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 07:34:16 EST 2 Calabash Buffets. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6219877 So, let me preface this blog with a reminder that I am at the beach. Specifically, Myrtle Beach in SC. I bought some mostly healthy groceries and have been making good choices. Eating salads with no dressing or five cal vinaigrette, fruit, etc. My husband loves buffets and we love seafood. There is a cornucopia of choices here to eat at these massive 130+ item seafood buffets. Calabash buffets - whatever that means. From the looks of the buffets, this means fried stuff. Me being celiac dise... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 19:53:50 EST Arrived at the Beach. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218645 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1bf7e11c-247d-4a52-b7b4-d2304271de48.jpg"> We arrived at our beach house today after a couple nights visiting my inlaws. It's gorgeous. We went to the beach and Bella played and ran and played more. I walked to the pier and back as well as a significant jaunt to the beach itself and back. I would say about an hour walk. Yay. Haven't exercised in a couple days since we have been staying with my inlaws and they don't have a walkable road. I hav... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 21:27:48 EST So Much Saddness. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216585 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/80340ae5-45f2-46e9-8492-114976d3f570.jpg"> I haven't been on social media much this week. I went to a funeral yesterday. It was a baby's funeral. My stepmother in laws daughter came home from vacation and went to sleep after a long drive. She had her 7 month old in the bed with her. At some point between 3-6am, he fell off the bed. He was found at six unresponsive. Passed away at the hospital. This baby I held for hours this summer. Just gone. ... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 08:03:00 EST Dinner out. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6215803 My husband's birthday is today. We went out to a nice dinner. I ordered a big steak - 14 oz New York strip. I cut almost half of it off and have to my husband when it arrived. I ordered no butter steamed broccoli instead of a potato or rice. Also I had a small salad from the salad bar with only veggies and no dressing. I had a bit more wine than I should have, but I still went for a walk tonight. I walked briskly and even jogged and sprinted at times for 40 min after I got home. Calories un... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 21:17:27 EST My week and NSVs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214793 So, I don't like my new scale. I will be returning it. It doesn't work right. Ufh. I am too stupid to figure out the features. Going to get a different one. Used my old scale today. Weighed in at 160.5. This means that according to my old scale, I am down 12 lbs since July 14. We have had a house guest for most of a week. It has been tough, I have been having wine in the evenings a lot. Way too much. So no alcohol for a bit since they are leaving this afternoon. I have only had one or two... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 09:03:59 EST New scale. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6212870 I bought a new scale today. It's a Homogenics scale. I am excited to weigh myself on it tomorrow and my old one and see the difference. My scale has been acting wonky and sometimes tells me obviously wrong weights. I decided since I have stuck to this for a bit I would reward myself and invest in a new scale. The one I have is from like 1995. According to my old scale, I have lost 11.5 lbs since July 14. We'll see. This one had a body fat thing and some other features I am looking forward t... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 17:38:26 EST Ten lbs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6212010 I am officially down ten lbs since starting back here on July 14! I started at 172.5 and weighed in at 162.5 ( it actually flickered between 162 and 162.5). I feel great. I am sleeping a lot harder lately. I definitely feel like my stomach "flap" is smaller Sorry for the visual, I had a c section and it created some weirdness there. Anyway, woo hoo! Family dinner for out of town relatives and not at my house so am planning on bringing a big bowl of that Dole chopped salad with pepitas a... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 08:30:08 EST August Will be My Month! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6210973 Yesterday, I walked a briskish 3 miles in the evening on the golf course - double my usual. I invited my neighbor to come with. She is my goal - very, very fit. Her body is amazing, and she eats well naturally, doesn't count calories and exercises daily. What I want for my life! I think it is motivating to walk with her, because things seem so easy for her when I am struggling. We walked and talked, and let me tell you - it is so much easier to walk without talking. I can hardly converse wh... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 12:13:36 EST Yoga Pants. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6210268 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/83ac63c5-7a3e-4812-90f3-da629d718760.jpg"> Ok, so I recovered from my mini binge the other day. Yesterday I did a lot of exercise and my hubby and I went out to a Mexican place. Mexican isn't healthy. At least this place wasn't. They had one salad on the menu and it had sour cream and cheese and lettuce and tomato. Ultimately I went over on my calories but with the exercise I did, I don't care. Back on track today. We took Bella to Chuck E. C... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 10:09:29 EST Derailed by a Binge. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6209456 I just binged. I was excellent on my stats despite having a get together tonight. I only had chicken and salad. I felt fine. Went for a brief walk after but still exercised. Then I drank excessive wine. Still counted the calories. Then I binged. I ate some leftover taco meat from the other nights turkey taco salad. I ate some tuna salad that was store bought so horrible for you - 260 cal per 1/3 c. I even got into some Fritos. After a few mouthfuls I stopped that and said what are you doing... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 21:41:14 EST Still Going Strong! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208941 I am still here, tracking every morsel eaten after over two weeks. I am really proud of myself. I haven't binged or gone crazy on any food item in that time. Stayed within range aside from one day. I just returned from a walk on the golf course. I haven't missed a day since I started adding exercise to my routine. Yesterday I took Isabella in the stroller and walked to the park. We have lived here for two years and I have always driven. It is under a mile but involves a giant hill. I even... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 20:57:09 EST Insatiable Hunger. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6207694 I feel this animal inside today. I haven't been able to stop eating and have eaten almost all of my allotted food and calories for the day already. My problem the past few days is that I purchased some powdered sugar doughnuts for my hubby and Bella. I don't buy a lot of treats very often and I don't want to give any food issues to Bella. I have been salivating over the doughnuts now for days. I can't even eat them as I have celiac disease and can't have wheat. Is ridiculous. I have just re... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 14:38:34 EST Comedy and hypnosis. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6207337 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5d4c7f70-80ea-49ff-86b4-84ea10486fbb.jpg"> Tonight I saw a hilarious comedy act where the comedian hypnotized some of the audience and made them do stuff. I never believed it could work so well, but a friends husband was totally hypnotized and I am one hundred percent sure it was real. I always feel a lot of anxiety when I think about hypnosis. It would be nice to feel so free as to relax in front of strangers. At any rate, I had two drinks... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 23:43:48 EST Scale Standstill. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206111 So I had lost five lbs within a week on my cleaner eating and counting calories. Now i have also been been exercising for the last five days AND continuing to track. So the day after I worked out I was up a pound. Then half pound. Then I haven't changed for 3-4 days. It feels frustrating. So yesterday I had 1700 some calories in defiance of the scale. I didn't need all of that. However, I went for two walks and burned some extra calories so I was still within range. I have been pretty spot ... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 23:46:31 EST Red Curry & Calories. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205543 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7f1d1314-57f8-437e-8de7-fea710108430.jpg"> I went to Columbus today to see a dear friend and my former college roommate. We had lunch at an Indian place. I ordered grilled scallops and lots of crisp steamed veg with 3/4-2/3 c brown rice. It was in a serving bowl that appeared to be one cup leveled off, and I didn't eat all of the rice. Four delicious scallops and about two cup veg. There was a thin watery sauce on it as I ordered it gluten free... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 20:25:19 EST Obese No Longer! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204949 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f64dcbaf-539b-4076-bd62-2e6d7623618b.jpg"> I don't try to dwell on certain thoughts, but to be honest, I was medically considered obese at 173 lbs just last week. I put my weight into the tracker and my BMI came down to the overweight range yesterday! Wow. It feels good. The contrast of this is that at 141 lbs, I will STILL be considered overweight for my height of 5'3. I choose to look at the positive today! I am no longer obese! I hope th... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 15:24:10 EST 7 for 7. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204571 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/32773182-2cba-4f4a-ab60-1d32adf9e880.jpg"> I visited my sister and saw my baby nephew today. He is so cute. I held him for like two hours. And played with him. Ahhh. He fell asleep in my arms. Two months old! Miss that age. In other news, I feel like I am on a cloud today. I made it through a week of cleaner eating and keeping within my ranges. Also, I have lost FIVE pounds! The past two days I have also incorporated exercise into my day. A... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 22:20:07 EST 1200 Calories. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204046 I was going to eat more today but work prevented that. I feel hungry at the moment, and no wonder! I pre-track everything the night before or morning of and change entries as needed, so when I got home from work I removed the foods I didn't eat. What a difference a couple fruits make. I feel really strong. Visiting my sister tomorrow, so hopefully I can keep things together away from home. Wed, 20 Jul 2016 22:42:41 EST What do your macro ratios look like? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6203397 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2033e86b-38cc-4fca-aa8d-bc6d9fd78f6f.jpg"> Mine look like this lately. Sometimes Protein or fat will be over 35-40% and carbs around 30%. What do your ratios look like? Do you think they affect your satiety and success day to day? Tue, 19 Jul 2016 21:23:14 EST Five Days. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202830 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8d1ae6ee-d5d1-44cd-b70d-9acfa5f3e882.jpg"> I have been successfully sticking to the plan for five days now. I feel pretty good. I haven't stuck with these changes for five days in a row in a long time, which is a pretty sad fact but definitely true. I haven't been exercising much aside from work related exercise and some little bits of walking and playing with Bella, but one thing at a time. I am still off the cigarettes and not craving them ... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 21:41:24 EST Insomnia and Dieting? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6201786 Does anyone else have a hard time sleeping when they are really on track? I haven't eaten this well in ages, and it's only been three days. Today is officially day four, and the insomnia has started. I often find this happens to me. Unfortunately, I always blow it soon after due to eating from tiredness. Being tired makes me snack and eat more. I am afraid to screw up again and fall off into oblivion. Ideas? Sun, 17 Jul 2016 02:29:51 EST Summer Goals. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6201379 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/58ca5650-0614-4eb6-873c-d928e3fa2a31.jpg"> I have been MIA for a while now. I have checked back on my weight and it has been pretty much the same for a year now, aside from a brief loss of five lbs that I found again. First, good changes. I quit smoking two weeks ago. Seems to be a lot easier than ever before! I am happy about that. I have quit a lot, but I always started back. Now it feels like I am really done. In other news, I have over... Sat, 16 Jul 2016 09:43:33 EST New Year. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6066762 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0c2825b6-12a1-4aef-abd3-e1b93e1ff457.jpg"> Same old me. I didn't gain anything really over the holidays, but I have been holding around 168-169. I haven't exercised, but I have been working a lot and sort of eating less. I haven't lost anything though. I think I am not eating while I'm at work and then I overcompensate by eating large amounts due to feeling ravenous. I plan to go to the gym Wednesday. Hope everyone had good holidays and is ... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 13:32:46 EST NSV! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6030272 Happy Veterans Day to the veterans out there. In other news, today is the start of day four with no wine. Hasn't been done for a while now! I am waking up earlier and more refreshed. Also going to bed earlier. The past two days I have also eaten really well. I don't regret anything I've eaten this week, which is a good feeling! I went to the gym yesterday and competed the morning strength class. It was a circuit of four exercises done four times. First, I put my feet on a paper plate and g... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 07:00:57 EST Starting to find my way. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6029077 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f5248162-f36f-422f-95a2-d1fa2a701225.jpg"> Mentally, at least. I am getting to the point where I was just asked last night when I was due. By someone at work who I haven't seen for a couple months. But I don't feel I have gained weight really in that time. I've been like 172 for a while, although I am up from the 167 I was hovering at for a long time. Five pound difference and I have been in the mid high 160s for a year. If I am honest, I hav... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 06:25:32 EST Halloween, Gaining weight and lost momentum. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6023616 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d409b12d-18d0-411d-80c6-951cb15e95e1.jpg"> I missed two weeks at the gym while my husband was gone (first week missed) and then another just because. Then I only went one day for a week. Then one day again and then no days again. Now this week is gone and no days exercised. I have been eating horribly as well and have regained the six lbs I lost. I am sure. I was up to 170.5. From 167. I hadn't been in the 160s for months. I just don't know w... Fri, 30 Oct 2015 09:07:27 EST