WILLBEA10's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WILLBEA10 WILLBEA10'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/ Monthly check in: Sweetness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802308 <BR> The past few weeks have been in a word...awesome. <BR> I have been consistently weight training and doing my cardio every day. <BR> (Sunday being my day of rest) <BR> <BR> My muscles feel strong. And my mood has been so fantastic that I can't even begin to describe it....except to say that I feel terrific! I feel so much better than this time last month. <BR> <BR> And my clothes feel looser. I have not lost much weight, but all my gym pals say I am gaining muscle. Which I think ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:21:17 EST Monthly check in: Yowza http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784819 I have had a rough couple of weeks. I weighed myself a couple weeks ago, and it showed I gained a pound. GAINED. So I freaked out. Went completely out of control, said "forget this" to myself, and did what I wanted. Meaning I didn't work out and I ate whatever I wanted to. 3 pounds later, I feel like garbage. So CLEARLY that wasn't helpful. Sometimes I handle weight gains (that happen for absolutely so reason) very well. But, in this situation, I did not. <BR> <BR> You would think it... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:25:04 EST I'm a 10! NOW- NEW GOALS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767618 I haven't posted on here in a LONG time. Here is a super quick catch up! <BR> <BR> I reached all my goals this summer!!! I fit into my blue suit, I had FANTASTIC labs at my last physical, and I have size 10 shorts! Yippee! Willbea10, is a 10!! <BR> <BR> (See photo below) <BR> <BR> BUT- I am not finished. I am just getting started!!! <BR> I got together with my personal trainer for a heart to heart last week to set NEW goals. I'm super excited. Ever since I first set foot in the gym... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:49:10 EST Loosing a patient http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710800 I was the RN manager on the unit at my hospital today when a patient died. I knew that this patient would die sometime soon, and I felt it would be today. The doctors did not believe it would happen today. But I did. I knew. Somehow I knew it would be soon. I had even prepared all the paperwork and had introduced myself to the family at the start of my shift, because I had a feeling that soon, they would need me and I wanted them to know me first. A couple hours later, the patient died.... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 20:58:08 EST Monthly check in- Make it work. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695946 I just realized I didn't check in for April. Well, that is probably ok because it really wouldn't be any different than what I will be saying here. <BR> <BR> Life is for learning, and boy am I learning. It has finally sunk in that my body is very unforgiving with poor food choices. During the months of February-March, I gained 4 pounds. I looked back on what I was eating, and although it wasn't horrible, small bad choices made a big difference. That's the unforgiving part. I can't make... Thu, 15 May 2014 20:59:04 EST Monthly check in- hanging tough http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655002 Well, My weight has fluctuated a bit this past month. Up and down but just within a few pounds of last month. This is mostly due to not watching, meaning being careful of, everything I eat. And not eating as healthy as I can, and should. But, I am back at it! I feel good, and I am still with my trainer. He has given me a great new workout plan and diet plan. I am excited! <BR> Here's to next month, and better numbers! <BR> <em>244</em> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 00:43:19 EST V-DAY blow out!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5626780 My husband and I went away, left the kids, and had a fabulous couple of days to ourselves for valentines day. I could have chosen to eat well during that time, but I actually chose not to. What?!?! Didn't I just post about my 20lb loss?? Yeah, well. Stuff happens. <BR> So- I found myself saying these exact words to my personal trainer this morning when he promptly said (kindly but with firmness) "well, you won't get to your goals like that and you probably set yourself back a week or two.... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 20:25:43 EST PHOTO- After losing 20+ pounds! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623360 I have lost 22 pounds and have decided to post a progress photo! <BR> <BR> I am not at my goal, but yet it is a fun milestone to celebrate, so I figured a photo is a good way to do that! <BR> <BR> So, here's to my first 20lb loss! Oh, and I got a haircut to celebrate it too. <BR> yippee! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1590110233.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1509419421.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 18:59:13 EST Photo- SKIRT BURNING! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623355 I have posted on my page that one of my goals is to "burn size 14 skirt!". Well, here it is! I burned it! This skirt has been too big for me for many months now, but I finally got around to doing the burning ceremony! It was a great celebration. My kids an hubby were with me and we cheered at my weight loss success. <BR> <BR> Now, I have had to get rid of BAGS of clothes, and I of course have given them to charity as I do not choose to burn my clothes just for fun. :) <BR> But this w... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 18:54:28 EST Monthly check-in- 20lbs+ gone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609722 Almost 22 pounds have left my body! HOORAY! And I survived the holidays without too much backtracking. Now I am looking at my original goal of wanting to lose 28 pounds, I am seeing how that won't get me to exactly what I want. But before I go crazily changing my goal, I need to reach my ORIGINAL goal. :) <BR> <BR> Sometimes it feels frustrating to have lost this much weight, and yet still see how much more I have to go to really look and feel my best. Sometimes it feels daunting. But... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 23:26:36 EST Monthly check-in: 19.7 pounds gone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568599 Sooooo close to my 20 pound loss! Yahooo!! I wasn't sure what the scale would do to me today when I got on it. I haven't been eating the greatest foods lately. But, I have been active, and still working out with my personal trainer. So today the scale liked me. <BR> <BR> I can't remember my total inches lost and body fat loss off the top of my head right now, dang it! I think it's now 11% body fat loss. But, I will post those with my next blog. And I can see muscle definition now. ... Fri, 20 Dec 2013 10:06:25 EST Monthly check in- 16 pounds gone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538262 I have lost 16 pounds total! And 6% body fat…gone! I am still on track and feeling awesome! I still see my personal trainer twice a week and he kicks my butt for a half hour each time. But, I also do 40 minutes of cardio when I am done with my personal training sessions and then I do 60 minute cardio session twice a week, and walk the other days. The really cool thing is that I can feel and see muscles on my body. I feel stronger! It is exciting. <BR> <BR> My food intake is the big... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 12:34:46 EST Monthly check in= no more XL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5503427 This is my monthly check in on my progress. <BR> And what a great check in it is! <BR> <BR> Down 12+ inches! <BR> Down 13 pounds! <BR> (I forget my body fat %, but I think its down 4%!) <BR> <BR> Yesterday I weighed in, and there was no change from the week before. Hum. I was bummed. My trainer says I "flat lined", which you never say to a nurse! :) But, anyway...He pointed out that this has happened to me before. Sometimes I don't lose for a week. So, that made me feel better. But, w... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 11:44:01 EST I'm shrinking! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5475623 Here is my monthly update! <BR> I am still seeing my personal trainer. It has been the best thing I have ever done for myself physically! I have lost 9.7 pounds in 7 weeks! AND I am feeling so strong. I am starting to notice muscle. My clothes are getting big. I have already had to toss some of the looser fitting clothes. <BR> (I am not keeping anything around that is too big for me! There is no looking back!) My PMS is nearly gone, and my mood swings too! <BR> <BR> The best part is... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 11:06:51 EST update with trainer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5444632 Things are going well since I got my trainer! He has given me a plan, and some real direction and motivation. I needed all of that! I have been doing well since I started a couple weeks ago, but these past couple days I have been so hungry. So, that has been hard. <BR> <BR> Then a patients family brought in pies for all the nurses on our floor, and one was banana creme pie....my absolute favorite. I had a tiny bit of it. It was hard to resist on a day when I am going and going and the... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 22:32:25 EST Ok, let's try this! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423294 I have tried many times since 2009 to get back on track, to reach my weight loss and fitness goals. I have not been successful. Well....with the exception of running my first 5K in December. (woot, woot) But, even then, I really did not see the scale budge. It seems that what used to work for me, just wasn't working anymore. And I have been searching and praying for an answer to rid me of my mounting frustrations. <BR> <BR> So today, thanks to a great work friend who gave me a good reco... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:44:02 EST goods/bads http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5342527 I started a new job this week. So lots of orientation...lots of long days. Despite that...I'm so excited about this great opportunity!! It's a terrific hospital, and I love it. <BR> <BR> But....I have not been doing very well with my calorie intake. And I have not been losing lately. Those are the bad things. <BR> <BR> The good things are this...I have continued to track my calories. And I have been trying to get some sort of exercise in every day. Even if it is just a walk with my... Wed, 1 May 2013 21:47:42 EST I DON'T CARE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5327569 Walked my kids to the bus stop this morning, and then took off for a jog....IN DAYLIGHT HOURS....IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD...FOR ANY PASSING CARS TO SEE! I am a slow jogger, and have hips that jiggle. So- I typically like to run where hardly anyone will see me (the track on Saturday morning for example, on my treadmill, or at night). But, again...the beautiful weather got to me, and I couldn't help myself. And you know what I DON'T CARE. I don't care what anyone thinks. I had fun. And I'll do... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 12:01:50 EST Crazy morning people! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5321928 When I was little my Mom would come into my room, open my window shade and say (in her bright chipper annoying morning voice) "Good morning, time to get up!". And OH MAN!, there was NOTHING more annoying in the world to me then those words, at that moment! And nothing has really changed in that respect, for me. It usually takes me a couple hours in the morning to feel good, to feel like talking, and to get going. I am not a coffee drinker, so that doesn't figure in to this. I am just not... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 15:18:19 EST Feeling better...finally! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5317532 Tonight will be the first night in over a month that I have been able to exercise. I finally feel like I can exert myself. I am just going to do a brisk walk/run, but hey... it's something! I have noticed a few things since I haven't been able to workout- <BR> <BR> 1.) I feel crummy. I am moody. I feel irritable more often. <BR> 2.) I feel less inclined to chose healthy foods. <BR> 3.) My weight is moving off my body at a snails pace. <BR> <BR> For all these reasons I am excited t... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 19:26:31 EST Sickness and workouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5303900 I'm still fighting this bronchitis! It's been over a week. I have not been able to exercise since being sick, and it is definitely affecting my mood. I'm sure I wont see much of a loss this week. I have kept my calories basically in the correct range, but without exercise...I don't expect to see much success. I weigh in on Sunday...maybe there will be an Easter miracle! :) <BR> <BR> I want to get back on track this next week, and really kick things into gear. Hopefully my respiratory s... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 01:07:35 EST Using my mad skills! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5299882 What mad skills you say? The new ones I learned about (see previous blog) and was waiting to put to use. Here's one for example! <BR> <BR> Let me start by saying, I have had my day planned out for calories. My hubby is bringing dinner home tonight for us, so I have to be very careful with the calorie counting today! And I mapped out the day! <BR> Ok- <BR> So, I came home from work 6hrs early (I work 12hr shifts as a floor nurse) because I wasn't feeling 100% there. (been fighting a ba... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 18:50:29 EST Competition continued and extended! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5298605 So the last time I blogged was back in January when my husband and I were beginning our weight loss competition. He has lost some weight since, and I lost a few pounds, and stalled. Why?! Well, lots of reasons...including excuses. But one reason is I have a hard time putting myself first. My oldest son left for a 2 year church mission last week. There were a lot of "to do's" to get ready for his departure, and we also had family in town for a visit. I actually told myself "I'll just ta... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 19:56:36 EST A little competition never hurt anyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5227394 Life got to me the past few weeks...and I let myself go. I haven't exercised or tracked my food in weeks. But, I'm back. And recommitted to my goals. And my husband is joining me. We have begun a weight loss competition that will end on our anniversary in May! I'm very competitive, and so is my husband so this will be awesome! We did this once before, years ago, and it worked well for both of us. (until I started nursing school, and gained all the weight I lost!) We weigh in each Sund... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 15:38:02 EST 2013 here I come! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5184822 The holidays are over and I can breathe now! I was able to lose 2 pounds over the past month (not much, but I'll take it!) and now I am ready to be dedicated to my running and my health in 2013! <BR> <BR> I will: <BR> 1.) Do cardio exercises on my days off of work (at least 4x a week) <BR> 2.) Do strength training in addition to cardio, 2x a week. <BR> 3.) Run a 5K each month, and improve my time at each race. <BR> 4.) Track my food AT LEAST 5 times a week, if not more. <BR> <BR> That i... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 21:14:28 EST 2nd 5K! Woot woot! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5163618 This past Saturday I ran my second 5K!! I dragged my tired body out of bed (just worked a 12 hr shift the night before), on a cold morning, to run for a great cause! The Sally Meyerhoff foundation. Sally was killed last year while training on a bike. She was an outstanding runner who had just won the Rock-n-Roll Marathon. It was a very moving, very exciting run. I was all by myself this time. No cheering section. Well, no cheering section made up of my family members. At the finish lin... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 20:20:53 EST 2nd 5K and diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5157265 I have been eating like crap! I was determined to make better diet choices but the holiday season has gotten the best of me. I am still staying in my calorie range, but good foods are being pushed aside in order for me to eat sugary treats. I am not proud of this, I am being honest. I am trying to just lay it out there. I have to admit that due to shopping, sick kids, and other commitments I have not been putting myself first in the exercise arena like I said I would do. I am 0/2. I am ... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 15:41:34 EST Making a schedule http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5145258 I have decided that I need to schedule my daily exercise like any other kind of appointment and not let anything get in the way of accomplishing it. It is too easy to push that aside when other things seem more important. But, I need daily exercise. I need it for my mind, and to be able to make my weight loss goals. I am also going to schedule my food. I need to have a plan. I need to be tracking everyday. My weight is not budging. I have to take this more seriously if I want the resu... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 16:59:48 EST I DID IT! My first 5K!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5138868 WHOOOOO HOOOOOOO!!! I did it!!! I crossed the finish line in 42.58 minutes. I am so happy. Slow and steady wins the race. (or places 48th, in it's age group, but whatever!) I even shed a tear or two at the finish line. I did a steady jog the whole way through. I am so proud of myself. I thought of giving up a few times over the past few months, but thanks to some good advice from friends on here, and some dedication to my goal...I DID IT! What an amazing feeling. <BR> <BR> I can't wa... Sat, 17 Nov 2012 23:34:20 EST 5K is looming, and I'm not ready!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5132694 This past week I had a bad respiratory infection. It knocked me out. So I haven't been able to jog for a little over a week. Today is going to be my first day back to exercising. And here is the kicker...my FIRST 5K is on Friday!! I am already figuring half the battle for me will be just showing up. So, I will do that, and run/walk it. I really hope to not be the very last person to cross the finish line. I envision them cleaning up the event, and putting things away...and then here I... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 12:11:31 EST Running frustration! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5114812 I ran for the first time outside on Thursday. I am an aching mess today. It was so different running outside, compared to my treadmill. I tried to keep a slow pace...I jog so slowly on my treadmill, so I didn't want to get out of breath on the streets. But, I did. At times I had a hard time catching my breath, but the most frustrating part was that my legs, butt, everything..hurt, and still hurts. I am so discouraged. I do not see how I will be ready by November 16th for a 5K. I ran/wa... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 16:07:45 EST Anybody like juicing? I need tips! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5103746 I bought a juicer, and need tips and ideas for great drinks! I am trying to get in more fruits and veggies. I am not a veggie lover, so I need a drink that doesn't taste like grass! :) And I love fruit! Thu, 18 Oct 2012 12:28:29 EST Alright, that was fun. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5103189 We just got back into town from taking all 6 kids to Disneyland for a vacation. Very fun, very tiring, and a killer to my diet I am certain. I took my workout shoes, all prepared to run while on vacation, but after 2 long days of non stop walking, and standing in 90 degree weather...my shoes stayed in my suitcase. So, back to working out...back to eating well. It was a great time, and I can't say I would change anything even if I gained back what I just lost. I just have to get back on t... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 23:46:00 EST Dang those jeans! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5096798 I tried on some jeans from last winter, and they don't fit me! Oh..my..gosh. The thing is..the jeans I am referring to are jeans that I had to buy last winter because the ones I wanted to wear didn't fit me at the time! And now these don't fit me! So, this means I have gone up one pants size every year for the past 2 years. There is no excuse for this. I feel angry with myself for letting this happen. I got sad for a minute, then I got angry. And I guess right now, I just feel like I ... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 18:43:31 EST I forgot?! Now what? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5093411 I didn't run. I planned to, I wanted to, and said I would this morning. Then my day got crazy...this thing and that...running here and there. Then, tonight sitting on the couch, with my family...I remembered....I didn't run. I felt sick. I had actually FORGOTTEN to exercise. That has never happened to me. Usually if I don't exercise on my day off, it has been intentional. Usually I just say "aw, forget it". But I have never forgotten. Not sure what to make of that. But, now it's ti... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 23:44:05 EST nurse/exercise/diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5085956 I work three 12 hour shifts a week. Pretty standard in the nursing world. I get there at 6:50am, and leave at 7:30pm. I am a floor nurse of a hospital. So I am on my feet A LOT. But, I wouldn't call it cardio. I don't break a sweat typically. I do walk a lot, but I also stand a lot. I don't count that as exercise because if it helped me to burn calories, I would be loosing and not gaining! And there are plenty of overweight nurses! But I am very exhausted when I am done with my shif... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 23:51:24 EST 5K fear! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5082704 I am almost finished with week 3 of training for my 5K. I am doing the app called "couch to 5K". At this point my longest interval of running is 3 minutes. And today, that was hard. I'm not sure why. Those 3 minutes of running were tough. My legs felt like lead. And I just didn't love it today. And then the thought crossed my mind...will I even be ready by Nov. 16th to run 3 miles??? Running for 30+ minutes? That's my goal for sure, but I just can't imagine how that will be possible. ... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 19:15:47 EST Back to Sparking, and need your help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5077037 Hello out there! I'm back, and hope that my pals that have encouraged me in the past are still out there! I'm sick of my weight, sick of not looking or feeling good. The last time I felt like I looked good was 3 years ago when I was on sparkpeople consistently. So, here I go! I am also training for my first 5K. I am 2 weeks into it. I hope that will help as well. I am NOT a runner, so this is new to me. But so far, so good. <BR> <BR> Please welcome me back! And, I hope to help yo... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 11:48:01 EST Lizzie Miller Photo...Inspiration! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4102021 I know this photo is old, a year or two at least, but I love it. This is model Lizzie Miller. She is a size 12/14 and 180 pounds (5'11). What I love about this photo is her joy. She is not ashamed of being a "plus size" model, and showing her tummy. <BR> <BR> This was a photo used in a campaign to boost body confidence. Hopefully this photo does not bother any of my SP friends. (it's a lot of skin) But, I am not bothered by women's bodies. Maybe because, being a soon-to-be nurse, I... Fri, 18 Mar 2011 22:24:22 EST Hello SP friends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3844623 I completed my 2nd semester of nursing school! And I am off for 6 weeks!! What a relief! I gained 7 pounds this semester...sigh. But, I would LOVE to take that off before the next semester begins. Too ambitious you say?! Perhaps. But, I will try. I miss you guys!! I hope to get to chat with you all more often now that I am back to my old self! <BR> <BR> Thanks for continuing to support me when I was off of here. I still got your messages, and I really appreciated you thinking of ... Tue, 14 Dec 2010 23:33:51 EST OK, so I tried it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3663401 I ate only whole foods for a week. It was enjoyable, and I felt good. But, it is very difficult for me to completely change my eating habits while in nursing school. I need to take time to find meal ideas, and cook them, and plan ahead. And I don't have a lot of extra time to do that. It kind of felt like a job. (maybe in december when this semester is over I can devote some time to this) <BR> <BR> However....there are things I learned. I can try to make healthier choices when I am st... Wed, 22 Sep 2010 22:34:21 EST I WILL!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3639315 I will reach my goal by the end of this year! I WILL, I WILL, I WILL!!! <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> <em>244</em> <em>252</em> <em>224</em> <em>306</em> <em>311</em> <em>23</em> Wed, 15 Sep 2010 00:04:48 EST Whole Food Ideas Needed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3633601 I am going to try to eat more whole foods. At least for now, and see how it goes. I have been realizing that I eat too much sugar and processed foods. I have spent some time online educating myself on meal ideas. But, I would love other suggestions! Suggestions for snacks...meals...whatever! <BR> <BR> Eggs are whole foods right?! I know Milk isn't really...but, I am not drinking unpasteurized milk. ick. <BR> <BR> Let me tell you what I DO NOT like however... <BR> Beans (refried/pinto) ... Mon, 13 Sep 2010 12:02:48 EST Dang it delicious dessert! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3578760 Today I completed my first week back to nursing school. I did ok with my diet most of this week, but then the dreaded PMS hit. But, I can't just blame that. I was so stressed and tired today, and I just wanted to feel full. I didn't want to feel my stomach growl, AND be tired. Then...I ate a bunch of these peanut cookie things that were left over from a church activity that was at my house last night. (I didn't make them..but, they were awesome) And when I came home..I saw them, and th... Thu, 26 Aug 2010 23:47:50 EST Scrub "before" photos! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3563954 I had this brilliant idea come to me as I was writing up my last blog. How about posting a before/after shot of me in my scrubs! It will be a great motivation for me for this new semester! <BR> <BR> Here we go! <BR> <BR> This is a frontal view: The tops are all big. That is just the style. But, I wanted to show the tight crotch area. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l401782692.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Rear: Tight pants <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw... Sun, 22 Aug 2010 22:01:18 EST My school/My goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3563716 My 2nd semester of nursing school begins tomorrow. I am excited to see all my school pals (we stay in the same nursing school group until graduation) and I am also a bit anxious. I know what it takes to do well in school. And I know how hard it was last semester to balance the heavy school load with my very busy family life. Thankfully I have an amazing husband who makes it possible for me to even try to reach my life long dream of becoming a nurse. But, even with his wonderful help, the... Sun, 22 Aug 2010 20:50:36 EST Stress and me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3519482 Getting my kids ready for a new school year has been very stressful this time around. I have 2 in High School, 1 in Junior High, and 3 in grade school. Meeting teachers, buying clothes, supplies, and getting everyone situated has worn me out. In addition it has been very hot here in the valley of the sun, and that drains me too. I am looking forward to the brief week and a half that I will have here at home alone, before I, myself, head back to nursing school. <BR> <BR> Having ALONE ti... Mon, 9 Aug 2010 19:43:13 EST No "bad" foods! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3448884 Being the nursing student that I am, I have had to take my fair share of nutrition classes. Not to mention all the anatomy and physiology classes! What I have learned is that, our bodies need balance in all things to maintain a healthy mind and body. <BR> <BR> When I talk to friends of mine that are healthy, and have managed to maintain a healthy lifestyle and weight for years, if not all of their lives, I noticed one thing is consistent. They are balanced. <BR> <BR> These friends do n... Mon, 19 Jul 2010 21:46:55 EST Planning ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3435975 Lately I have been entering my food for the day, the night before. <BR> <BR> I always know what is going to be for dinner the next day because I grocery shop a week in advance. (you have to do that with all these kids!) And I can usually guess lunch. Sometimes I change what I have for breakfast after I enter it, because sometimes I don't feel like eating a particular thing when I wake up. But, usually that stays the same too. My snacks are pretty easy to plan on. Unless I grab that ic... Thu, 15 Jul 2010 18:19:48 EST Muscle vs. fat confusion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3412663 I have been told that when you first start losing weight that you can expect a slight gain if you start including strength training. I have been strength training for about 3 weeks, and I noticed a 1 pound gain. My diet has been good, my cardio has been regular and intense. So, the only thing I can attribute this gain to is my hormones (thank you PMS) or gaining this mysterious muscle weight. Or both. My clothes basically feel the same. Maybe slightly looser. <BR> <BR> Facts I know: <BR... Thu, 8 Jul 2010 21:20:40 EST