WUMPASTAR's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WUMPASTAR WUMPASTAR'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/ Live from Saskatchewan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5881706 So I moved! This is finally done! <BR> <BR> Let me tell you a little bit about this crazy idea we had. <BR> <BR> My last week in Quebec City was tough. Final goodbyes to everybody, packing up everything, not having food at home, stress... LOTS of stress. I had to repack everything 3 times because I had too much for my little car (it's all I had to move all my stuff) and sometimes choosing what I'd keep and what I'd give away was the hardest part. I'm not one to keep extra stuff and I've nev... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 09:45:34 EST Move is coming up, weight is coming up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5868863 So last week I decided to start tracking my food again and that does feel REALLY good. <BR> <BR> It's not as time-consuming as I remembered and gives me a good idea of my habits. SP says I should eat between 1800-1900 calories a day to lose weight and I'm eating about 2000 right now. I know this is far from being exact science and I don't rely on calorie counting alone to lose the weight (or maintain), but at least now I'm not completely in the blue as to what I'm eating. <BR> <BR> It also ... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 18:31:57 EST Something's not right, and I'm not coping right either http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862182 I know the concepts of "right" or "wrong" are generally frowned upon in the fitness community, but right now I know I've been wrong for a while. Very very wrong. <BR> <BR> So I'm moving to Saskatchewan in three weeks - less than three weeks actually; in three weeks we should be home and unpacking the car if we're not done yet. It's a 33-hours drive if we do it nonstop (Russ is coming here on the 12th and we're leaving on the morning of the 13th, which is a Friday; my goal is to make the trip... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 11:41:46 EST I feel an update is kinda due... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852111 Well I disappeared. For over a month. <BR> Sorry? It happens. It's happened for longer before. But I missed you guys. <BR> <BR> I just took an hour to read everything I missed (aka blogs) and now I'm ready to talk about me. Lol. <BR> <BR> I don't know where to really start. December, particularly the end of it, was hard. As usual, the Holidays were not easy food and exercise-wise, but as I read on Facebook, it's okay to give in from December 24th to January 1st, as long as you remember to k... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 20:01:11 EST Week 7 recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825268 Week 4: Nov 23rd - Nov 30th <BR> <BR> Starting weight: 160.8 lbs <BR> Ending weight: 160.8 lbs <BR> <BR> 10 minutes a day streak: 4 days :( broke my streak Tuesday <BR> Total exercise time: 309 minutes <BR> Exercises done: walking, bellydancing, strenght training <BR> <BR> Nutrition: fell off the wagon. Not brutally, but I ate out a LOT this week. I don't know what happened. Saturday I had a poutine with a friend, Wednesday a (huge) brownie dessert with another friend, Thursday I ate sushi... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 15:59:48 EST Week 6 recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821621 Week 4: Nov 16th - Nov 22nd <BR> <BR> Starting weight: 162 lbs <BR> Ending weight: 160.8 lbs <BR> <BR> 10 minutes a day streak: 22 days <BR> Total exercise time: 270 minutes <BR> Exercises done: walking, bellydancing, yoga, strenght training, dancing <BR> <BR> Nutrition: not too bad. Sunday I made chocolate pie but I shared it with a bunch of people throughout the week so I ended up having 4 pieces out of the 8. I didn't feel OBLIGATED to eat it either (usually when I make dessert I feel l... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:28:19 EST Slip, fall, get back up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820769 This week has been very self-motivating fitness-wise. <BR> <BR> Wednesday night I had NOTHING planned. It's very rare (I don't think it's happened in a month), so I decided to take care of my to-do list and work out for an hour. AN HOUR!!! I haven't done that in a long, long time, except when I take long walks. <BR> <BR> So I decided I'd go for a 30-minutes walk and then I'd do strenght training for half an hour. Fair enough. I took care of a bunch of chores I had to do (that I'd been postp... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:14:34 EST Week 5 recap + PHOTOSHOOT PICS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817645 Week 4: Nov 9th - Nov 15th <BR> <BR> Starting weight: 164.4 lbs <BR> Ending weight: 162 lbs <BR> <BR> 10 minutes a day streak: 15 days <BR> Total exercise time: 261 minutes <BR> Exercises done: walking, bellydancing, jogging <BR> <BR> Nutrition: this week's been hard because I was constantly feeling hungry. CONSTANTLY. I don't know what happened, because I'm not exercising more than before, and I'm drinking a lot of water. And I know it was hunger, because I'm really good with knowing what... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 09:08:26 EST I ran with 4 shirts on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816324 Today was the kind of days where you wake up not wanting to get up at all. It's not even that I didn't wanna go to work - I didn't wanna do ANYTHING. <BR> Thursday is always my least favorite day of the week because of the customers I see weekly then. <BR> But this morning I felt so bleh. <BR> <BR> Lots of traffic while going to work and it felt like people were driving really slow just to get me mad. I'm way better with my road rage than I was two years ago when my ex moved to Quebec City w... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 18:31:17 EST Life shifts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815384 For a month now I've felt my life shifting to something new. <BR> Actually my whole life I've got that feeling of constant change. <BR> <BR> I keep every picture I take or that has been taken while I was doing something with someone and I sort them on my computer by year, then by month. Well if you open for example the Octobre folder in 2014 and the October folder in 2013 I don't look like the same person. <BR> Same goes for the 10 years prior. <BR> <BR> When I was a teen I was changing a l... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 08:35:31 EST Week 4 recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813500 Week 4: Nov 2nd - Nov 8th <BR> <BR> Starting weight: 163 lbs <BR> Ending weight: 164.4 lbs <BR> <BR> 10 minutes a day streak: 8 days <BR> Total exercise time: 267 minutes <BR> Exercises done: yoga, bellydancing, walking, zumba <BR> <BR> Nutrition: since I actually tracked my food (not here on SP, but in my Excel journal) it made data analysis way easier for me. Overall I did pretty well; but it seems I fell back into a pattern of evening binges. At least they didn't happen just because I w... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 09:48:32 EST The activity tracker: more than just a tracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812714 It took me a couple days to get used to it, and to lose it once too, obviously, because I tend to lose things. At least it just fell on my car seat, lol. <BR> <BR> When I bought it I was really curious about my average number of steps I'd have on a normal day of work. I do desk work as an accountant so obviously I don't walk a lot, but I typically visit at least one customer per day, spending from 5 minutes to a few hours there, so I'll at least have to get up and walk to my car, down and up... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 17:08:44 EST Sticking to your goals: I finally did it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809878 So there are many steps to having goals. No matter what they are. The first step is picking them up. The second step is writing them down. <BR> I usually end there for some reason. <BR> <BR> Ever since my life started to settle down a little after my breakup in early September and my moving out on my own, I started back to week 1 for my 10 minutes a day challenge (ongoing forever), using the same plan: picking a goal for each week, no matter what it's related to, either fitness, food, or hea... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 10:03:26 EST Week 3 recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809200 Week 2: Oct 19th - Oct 25th 2014 <BR> <BR> Starting weight: none <BR> Ending weight: 163 lbs <BR> <BR> 10 minutes a day streak: 1 day <BR> Total exercise time: 130 minutes <BR> Exercises done: bellydancing, walking, heavy cleaning <BR> <BR> Nutrition: one of my biggest accomplishments this week was food. Sunday night something "terrible" happened - I had 9 beers, alone, at home, in 5 hours. No need to say I was feeling pretty terrible the next day, both physically and mentally. It'd been a... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 09:04:35 EST Already lost my Spark activity tracker?! And found it. LOL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807007 I just had a big big big scare! <BR> <BR> Yesterday afternoon I came back from my afternoon's customer, to my office to a big surprise: I'd already received my activity tracker that I bought a week or two ago. <BR> I was only supposed to get it on the 31st, so that was a nice surprise. <BR> <BR> Of course as soon as I got home I installed the software and checked everything out. Then I had a MK meeting and when I came back I checked it to see I had made maybe 300 steps. Not bad for sitting ... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:46:28 EST Week 2 recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805066 Week 2: Oct 19th - Oct 25th 2014 <BR> <BR> Starting weight: 166.6 lbs <BR> Ending weight: none (weighing in tomorrow morning) <BR> <BR> 10 minutes a day streak: 1 day <BR> Total exercise time: 337 minutes <BR> Exercises done: bellydancing, zumba, walking <BR> <BR> Nutrition: I tried and... well, didn't always try. First of all I think I should really start having snacks again because around 9:30-10 I get really hungry but push myself to wait until lunch time, which I know is a horrible thi... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 13:50:37 EST Week 1 recap, or what happens when resolutions remain resolutions... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801287 Week 1: Oct 15th - Oct 18th 2014 <BR> <BR> Starting weight: none <BR> Ending weight: 166.6 lbs <BR> <BR> 10 minutes a day streak: 0 days <BR> Total exercise time: 60 minutes <BR> Exercises done: zumba <BR> <BR> Nutrition: woops. I said last week that eating out was done, but I've done it again, and again, and again. Thursday night I was going out with friends but I ate at home first, I made soup. Proud of myself because I knew that chopping all the veggies would take a while, and since I h... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:39:37 EST Back to it, and everything was just a big break http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798513 Over a month ago I kinda put my life on hold. Quit my boyfriend, moved out by myself in a small apartment, then met someone else, well, someone I'd known for a year and a half, came to visit me. <BR> And finally, FINALLY yesterday I got working internet at home, over a month after moving. I didn't feel like it was a big deal not having it at first (I don't even have Facebook - I pretty much just use internet for Sparkpeople and checking my email) but it started to get on me as days went by an... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 07:20:42 EST A difficult separation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797519 This morning I had to get up at 5 AM to take Russel to the airport. His flight was at 6:25, from Quebec City to Toronto, and then to Winnipeg. <BR> Saskatchewan took my man back! I hate it. <BR> <BR> It was hard coming back home alone, and I cried. But I managed to read and then sleep an extra 2 hours since today is Holidays. I never celebrated Thanksgiving (it's not a big thing here in Quebec) but I feel like I might in the next years. <BR> <BR> Last weekend was really great. Good food, go... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 15:39:05 EST I figured I should let you know I'm alive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795752 Well first of all I'd like to say thank you to everyone who took the time to check on me, sending me goodies and sparkmail and messages. <BR> I know I haven't been answering so this is why I'm writing this blog right now. <BR> <BR> A lot of things are happening in my life, especially this week. <BR> <BR> As you may know I've been single for over a month now. <BR> Well let's just say I'm not anymore since last Sunday. <BR> Yes, again. XD roll your eyes. <BR> <BR> This is a long story so I'l... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 09:53:10 EST Coping with loss and mourning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781612 Well it's not that easy actually. <BR> <BR> At least I haven't cried since Sunday night; I had tears in my eyes about an hour ago while texting my ex but that's it. I've been truly enjoying being alone, and yesterday after some shopping, my apartment started looking more like... a liveable place. <BR> <BR> Monday night I needed to eat, obviously, so I made a quick stop at the grocery store on my way home from work, and I bought some veggies and stuff I knew I lacked. I also gave in and boug... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:45:57 EST Moving, a true workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780143 So I moved out of my old apartment and into my new one. <BR> It's small(er). But I love it. <BR> <BR> Last week went by so fast. I did all my address changes, I opened new accounts for services, I worked a lot, I worried a little, of course. I'm the worrying/stressed type, but this went pretty well actually. <BR> <BR> Thursday night a friend helped me pack up my stuff, and Friday night I packed some more, and cleaned my new apartment. That was well needed. I also moved some stuff by myself,... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:44:45 EST Quick update: why I'll be absent for a while http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776621 So I'm single. <BR> <BR> Long story short, I left my ex Saturday, and I've been pretty busy since. <BR> <BR> I have to move out, so yesterday I visited an apartment and I'm signing the lease tomorrow PM. I'll be moving out ASAP. <BR> <BR> At least everyone is very nice and understanding. My boss, my colleagues, my clients, and especially my friends and family, are amazing. My sister came with me to visit apartments after her day of work; all of my friends suggested they help me move even t... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 14:18:06 EST How far can you go with your partner? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773810 By partner I mean life partner - husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, whatever... <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had a fight with my boyfriend, about working out. <BR> <BR> As you may know I'm doing a 10 minutes a day of fitness challenge and my streak is now... 16 days. I started this with my boyfriend two weeks ago because I felt like neither of us was working out sufficiently - and even less regularly. <BR> <BR> So far I'm really enjoying it, and I think it's the first thing I try that really w... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 08:05:21 EST My prom dress is too large: pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772776 But first of all, a picture of the vegan banana split we ate last week. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1851989133.jpg"> <BR> <BR> YES, IT WAS DELICIOUS. A banana, homemade blueberry-vanilla jam, dairy-free chocolate chips, some pecans, some blueberries, and the chocolate sauce is made with soaked dates, cocoa powder and coconut milk. <BR> <BR> This is the gang I was with at the vegan potluck: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1489... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 17:33:37 EST A dream come true? My prom dress is too large! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772181 Well I always guessed it. <BR> <BR> When I was in secondary 5 (last year of high school here) I weighed around 190 pounds, maybe more. I didn't step on the scale around these times, because I didn't care (or didn't want to); but I remember thinking at some point around that age "if you get to 200 pounds, kill yourself". <BR> (I didn't, obviously, even though I reached 205 pounds.) <BR> <BR> So in secondary 5 around the end of Winter I went prom dress shopping with my best friend and my mom.... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 21:23:09 EST Week 2 recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771352 I'm back! Weekend was FUN and AWESOME! And also very, very relaxing :) pictures coming as soon as my sister uploads them ;P <BR> CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S SEPTEMBER!!! <BR> <BR> Week 2: August 24th-August 30th 2014 <BR> <BR> Starting weight: none <BR> Ending weight: none <BR> <BR> 10 minutes a day streak: 12 days <BR> Total exercise time: 304 minutes <BR> Exercises done: walking, cycling, tennis, yoga, swimming <BR> <BR> Nutrition: very good start of the week with light "giving in" (chips, beer)... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 19:16:50 EST My friend Nicolas, the inspiration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767844 Yesterday I rushed home from work, prepared supper, changed clothes, and left. I drove to my friend Nicolas' house on the south shore (and barely got any traffic - yay!) where we'd be leaving for a little moto ride and eat together somewhere pretty. <BR> <BR> I met Nicolas two years ago when I started my job as a tech support for an accounting software. He was a level 2 tech and he'd been working there 6 or 7 years. He knew his stuff. We didn't get along very well first (seems like most of m... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 06:43:04 EST My whole body aches... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766591 But it aches in a good way! (I hope. Lol) <BR> <BR> Yesterday was an AWESOME day. I was feeling very energized and ready to do anything! I got up around 8:30 in the morning to make breakfast for my boyfriend and I (chocolate pancakes, maple beans and coffee). Then we sat around a little but around 11 we took our bikes out of the locker, pumped up the tires (they deflate so quickly...) and went for a ride. <BR> <BR> Very close to our apartment there's a bike path that used to be a railway, s... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:10:20 EST Week 1 recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766201 So this was my first week of... well, going it again. <BR> I feel GREAT. <BR> I decided that each Sunday I'd do a recap of the week (from the previous Sunday to the day before, aka Saturday) using this little form I put together. <BR> Yay me. <BR> <BR> Week 1: August 17th-August 23rd 2014 <BR> <BR> Starting weight: none <BR> Ending weight: none <BR> <BR> 10 minutes a day streak: 5 days <BR> Total exercise time: 127 minutes <BR> Exercises done: walking, pushups and situps, yoga <BR> <BR> N... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 18:26:33 EST Rediscovering SP and making new plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764999 I'm trying to take things super slow right now so ever since I started coming back more to SP (aka not just to spin the wheel and read blogs) I slowly built my mind to do stuff again. Just... do something. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had a very long day at work - worked over 9 hours nonstop - and I got home really exhausted, and also ANGRY at one of my customers for an email he sent me that was really belittling my competences and my work. Lots of traffic even though it was almost 6 PM, and as soo... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:51:14 EST You're too fat to bellydance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763785 For a very, very, very long time I deemed myself too fat to wear a bikini. <BR> Even though I agree that sometimes it's better to show less than more, I was still jealous of 50+ years old women wearing a bikini at the beach, no matter their size. They wanted to wear one and they did. I was in my early 20's and I couldn't wear one. Bummer. <BR> <BR> Then in 2012 I bought my first bikini top ever. Hot pink with white polka dots. And I wore it often. I still have it, but it's getting a little l... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:24:40 EST Babybabybabybabybaby steps... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762778 Yesterday I binged, on cashews. The weird thing is that I never really liked cashews. I prefer most nuts to cashews. But yesterday I cleaned out the pantry and found this pack of roasted cashews and for some reason I decided I had to eat them all. <BR> <BR> Sometimes I feel like my brain is broken, and I'd like to get a new one, or at least be able to fix it. I'm not giving up just yet, but it feels like some parts of it just shut down whenever I'm in a particular situation. I'm extremely co... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:51:47 EST Camping trip gone RIGHT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761512 I absolutely adored my weekend, and I'm so glad we left, only the two of us (my boyfriend and I) and took time to ourselves. <BR> I always loved camping, and I always try to go at least one weekend every year, but this year we hadn't been yet (with the trip to Hawaii taking up all our time and not wanting to spend money on other activities), but when we came back, we decided to go. <BR> <BR> It's a camping I'd been to 3 years ago, with my ex in 2011, right before moving to Quebec City. It's ... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 15:35:45 EST I don't know what to do anymore http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759416 Right now I'm on the verge of giving up. I know I won't. But it feels very tempting. <BR> It doesn't even feel like I've been trying even since I came back from Hawaii almost 4 weeks ago. <BR> <BR> I've gained weight, but not a lot. I don't care about that, though. I care about losing all the muscle mass I was able to build since last November, I care about my flabby belly, my back fat, and my general appearance. It takes me a while in the morning to pick which clothes I'll wear for the day,... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 07:36:47 EST OUCH!!! Back to the gym!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748843 I'm sooooo sore. I haven't been this sore in a long, long time. <BR> <BR> But all I did yesterday was run for half an hour on the treadmill. <BR> <BR> For some reason I felt nervous to go back to the gym. I hadn't been there in 3 weeks. I felt like when I was a child and it was the first day of school! Haha! It was so weird being in the locker room and having to think about everything I was doing - it had became such a routine before that I never even thought about it. I had to double and t... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:15:38 EST A pretty hard week, and back on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748066 I don't like the whole "starting over" thing and I believe strongly in doing a little everyday instead of giving up and starting over the next day... <BR> But it's happened and I couldn't help it. <BR> <BR> The good news is that my cat is back. Wednesday I printed missing cat posters at work and in the evening my boyfriend posted them around the area where he was lost. The next night, just a little before 9 PM he got a phone call from a guy saying he found our cat and brought him in his hous... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:02:33 EST Back from Hawaii http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743636 Hi guys! I'm back from my two weeks vacation to Hawaii and it was pretty great. <BR> I say "pretty great" instead of "awesome" because EVERYTHING or almost that could have happened, happened. <BR> Excluding a tsunami, which I'm glad didn't happen. <BR> <BR> I won't describe it a lot here since I'm waiting until I get everyone's pictures to choose the best and talk about my trip. <BR> <BR> Overall it went well. <BR> <BR> The negative sides: <BR> - Our first flight was delayed, then cancelle... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:39:03 EST Two days until Hawaii... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731515 What a crazy week this was. <BR> <BR> Last Sunday was my last day "off" before my vacation. Meaning I had nothing planned. And we didn't do much. In fact I overslept, and then took a nap in the afternoon while my boyfriend went to the gym. I fell asleep before he left, even though I'd intended on going with him. <BR> Which means I haven't gone to the gym in over a week, and won't be going for two weeks for obvious reasons... <BR> <BR> It was still freakin' too hot Sunday, and it's been like... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 20:51:46 EST Bikini shopping: SUCCESS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728295 Yesterday went fantastically well. <BR> <BR> I slept in, cleaned the apartment, did some laundry, and after taking a shower and eating lunch I picked up my sister-in-law at her parents' place (she's staying there for the Summer). Then we went to the mall. <BR> <BR> We started with Reitmans, where I was exchanging a tank top I bought Thursday night. I bought a medium without trying it on and it was too big. Err... so I exchanged it for a small one. Then I got a refund for the bikini top I bo... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 11:34:57 EST Excitement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726872 In eight days I'll be in the plane taking me to Newark (NJ), and from there I'm taking a plane to Honolulu. <BR> In eight days and a half I'll be in Hawaii. <BR> <BR> My schedule is completely packed until we leave. I'm working the whole day today (we're supposed to be closing on Friday afternoons in the Summer, but I have too much to do); tomorrow I have to clean the apartment and I'm bikini shopping with my sister-in-law; Sunday is my only "day off". Then I'm working Monday (and I have a v... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 07:01:00 EST Yet another unproductive week... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721880 Yesterday I decided that I would go for a run. <BR> Since I never run anymore, and I'm actually running a 5k tomorrow, which I'm totally not ready for (more info about that later in this post). <BR> <BR> It was disastrous. I'm not even being negative - it just didn't... work out. <BR> <BR> I ate a salad for supper, a big salad made of lettuce, spinach, carrots, some seeds, cheddar cheese, hard boiled eggs and a dressing I invented (that was quite delicious). <BR> <BR> Then I ate a little p... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 07:12:53 EST How I stopped caring about what others thought http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719206 And how it so awesomely changed my life <BR> <BR> Yesterday I went to Village Vacances Val-Cartier. I guess it could be translated to Val-Cartier Vacation Village. It's an aquatic park not so far away from Quebec City. Last year I took a seasonal pass: it's the cost of going three times, so if you go more than three times you save. Well it was a mistake (I felt I was forced to go even when I didn't feel like going, and honestly, it's fun, but not more than once or twice in a year!) so I deci... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 15:14:15 EST The final sprint to vacations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715979 So Hawaii is in 24 days. <BR> For two weeks I'll be visiting Oahu Island and Big Island, trying surf for the first time, walking on the Volcanoes National Park and seeing lava, enjoying beaches under the sun... <BR> And maybe I won't be in shape. <BR> <BR> Maybe I'm stressing too much over this vacation - but it's the first time in my whole life I'll be on vacation for two weeks, and go somewhere for two whole weeks. That I'm paying for. That isn't by car. That isn't me being hauled by my pa... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 18:35:26 EST May recap, June goals, and an overindulging weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709148 So my goals for May were: <BR> <BR> - Better my running technique <BR> - Reach 160 pounds and maintain it <BR> - Buy 80% of my food at the grocery store from the fresh sections (fruits, veggies, dairy) <BR> <BR> Mid-may I had some kind of breakdown because of my financial problems and even though I didn't quit altogether - I swore I'm never doing that again - I kinda took a break from my health-related goals to just relax and sort my life out. <BR> So the goals were set aside and I didn't ... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 18:35:35 EST Define: beauty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707460 Sometimes I wonder, if I was born all alone on Earth, and would have remained alone until my death (giving that's possible), if I would have thought I was beautiful. <BR> <BR> How many times have you spent quite some time on your appearance, choosing the right clothes, hairdo and makeup, adding the final touch and felt that satisfaction flow through you while you looked at yourself in your mirror, only to find that satisfaction gone like dust in the wind the second you step out of the comfor... Sat, 31 May 2014 12:16:40 EST Bra problems http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704181 Last week I was on fiiiire! I almost exercised every day. I only took a break Friday because I was completely exhausted from my week. I didn't follow my exact schedule but then again when is that gonna happen? Life gets in the way. Wednesday night I saw a friend and I was supposed to go for a run before but I left work too late, so we took an hour-long walk outside instead. I mean, that's still good! <BR> <BR> Friday night we picked our stuff for Color Me Rad. The t-shirts are huge. Last yea... Tue, 27 May 2014 08:50:55 EST Sun is finally here (with pictures!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698340 So yesterday was my boyfriend's only day off. <BR> He usually works Tues-Sat and has Sunday and Monday off, but today he's working because they gotta take the inventory where he works, and also he took next Saturday off for Color Me Rad. <BR> <BR> So we wanted to make the most out of the only day we had together for the week. <BR> <BR> At first Saturday night we wanted to leave and go someplace, and only come back yesterday, but I didn't want to spend any money on sleeping elsewhere, and it... Mon, 19 May 2014 10:51:19 EST A motivation visual http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697018 Back in 2012 I made one of these. It was just a Word document with a plan and steps to reach my goal, and motivating quotes. <BR> It helped the first weeks but then I kinda forgot about it. It was pinned next to my mirror in my bedroom and it stayed there for a long while - until I moved out of the apartment, in fact. <BR> <BR> I made a new one this morning. I badly needed this. <BR> I felt like sharing it with you guys. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l20485536... Sat, 17 May 2014 12:10:36 EST ENOUGH!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696170 Picture me in my panties and pj t-shirt, with a mug of coffee in front of me, wanting to SCREAM AT THE TOP OF MY LUNGS. <BR> <BR> I'm not mad. I just feel like a tiger. <BR> <BR> I really loved today's top stories (the 4 shortcuts on the start page), particularly these ones: <BR> <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/dail<BR>yspark-videos-detail.asp?video=79 <BR> THIS VIDEO. WAS AWESOME. I like watching montages people do when they go on a weightloss journey and they usually motivate me... Fri, 16 May 2014 07:34:37 EST