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/ February Focus: Lean Habits & balance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6093724 So it's almost been a week since I left Cuba, and it feels like months, lol. Crazy how we can get back into our routine quickly and easily. <BR> <BR> Let me start off with my huge victory of the week: I haven't had any treats at work. In January this had really become a problem. There's always something on the table that someone's made or brought, or there's the candy jar, and of course the freezer is still full of all the Holidays stuff we received from clients, including delicious (and hug... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 17:08:29 EST Back from Cuba: cervezas and extra pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6092629 Let me start off by saying: CUBA WAS AWESOME. <BR> <BR> It was a trip with my mom, sister, brother and I only, for a week. I left Thursday night on the 28th for a four-hours drive to Winnipeg. TRIED to sleep at the airport (failed) and was way too early for my flight. What I didn't know is that checking in and security only open up at 3 AM, so I was stuck there for over three hours doing nothing. I managed to sleep one hour on my flight to Toronto, where I met with my family (whom I hadn't s... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 10:59:21 EST PMS and stress bingeing... :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6081552 When I'm back from Cuba (LEAVING TOMORROW MORNING!!!!!!!!!!!!) I will start a food journal. Not to monitor what I'm eating (although I will note what my meal is in general - ie "oatmeal" but not every ingredient I used) but to monitor how I feel when food happens. <BR> <BR> I think it's really needed, especially for the week before I get my period. I know many women deal with that, and I can assure every doubter out there that it's a REAL THING. Three weeks out of the month I easily ignore t... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 14:07:28 EST Is "right now" always the best time? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6079782 I feel a bit overwhelmed right now. <BR> <BR> I guess my life was kind of cruising by normally and it was comfortable. I started tracking Lean Habit #2 (Hunger Mastery) again on December 28th, right before a long weekend at my boyfriend's where I started off right away with negative trackings. It took me a while to bring it back up to 80% success, but once I did it never went back under that, and Sunday marked my two consecutive weeks of 80% success rate, so I added Lean Habit 3. <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 14:37:15 EST Gym adventures and the power of not giving a F http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6074532 I go to the gym three times a week - Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. I get up at 6, feed my complaining fat cat (if he hasn't woken me up before my alarm because he's "starving"), put my clothes on and some deodorant since I don't want people to hate me, and I leave usually at 6:15. <BR> <BR> I really love the gym. For the longest time, I wanted to be a runner. It's the exercise I started with back in June 2010, when I first started taking better care of myself. Man, I remember those ... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 12:22:14 EST Having a supportive relationship ROCKS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6072758 What a messy weekend! But it was FUN! <BR> <BR> Friday I was glad to be home after a long, boring week at work. The boss is off to Mexico until Thursday so it's very slow. I dream of self-employment, lol. <BR> I had a delicious salad for supper - new recipe I tried and my roasted chickpeas were ON POINT! The dressing was hummus (homemade) with lemon juice and garlic, and water to thin it out - it was sooo good too! Then I kinda sat around waiting for my boyfriend to arrive. He got bad news -... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 13:36:51 EST The joy of letting go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6070170 I know I've been talking about simplicity and minimalism a lot lately, but like I said before, it's my focus for January, and it's changing my life so I feel like talking about it, lol. <BR> <BR> You know how on dating websites people always write that they are "simple" before listing a list of the very simple things they like (which are always the same)? It's like being simple is a generic quality that everyone looks for in everyone. Yet I find most people aren't simple. Human beings are co... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 12:02:10 EST Simplifying and food challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6069271 To start off on a very positive note, I am doing wonderful with the first two habits of Lean Habits and I'm so proud of it. Proud, but also so happy with myself. Not only am I losing weight again (I lost all the weight gained from the holidays and am now back down to 157.4 pounds as of Monday morning), but I am learning a lot about myself, and I am learning to be patient (like most people, I have never really been). I love the experience, and I love the fact that when I started last July, I s... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 11:00:16 EST Balancing the many aspects of a healthy life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6066701 They say 70% of weight loss is due to food and 30% to exercise. Sometimes people will play with those numbers. I have no clue where they come from or what they're based on, but I think they're somewhat true. <BR> <BR> For me personally, I think it's harder to eat healthy than it is to exercise. I have a lot of free time, and I enjoy the workouts I choose to do (gym three times a week with a mix of cardio and strength training, yoga daily before bed + a group class weekly, and lots of walking... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 12:24:00 EST My revelation this morning: it's easier once you accept it's forever http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6061041 This morning I got up with my alarm at 6, put some warm clothes on and went for a walk. I talked with my boyfriend the whole time and back at home I took a shower. Then I started thinking that I should wash my hair and I'd have to do it tonight since tomorrow morning I'm going to the gym. <BR> <BR> Then, I have absolutely no clue why, but it hit me. I'm going to the gym tomorrow morning... and then Friday... and then Monday... and then again and again and again. And I'm okay with that. Becau... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 11:42:11 EST Party's over, back at it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6060189 Looking back at the last two weeks I am very, very proud of how I cruised through the holidays without putting a complete break on my good health habits, like I've always done before. Generally for me Christmas time was way too much eating for 2-3 days, and then New Years way too much drinking. This time I did none of that. <BR> <BR> I had an awesome weekend to say the least. After a rough day at work Thursday (yup, I worked until 3 PM on the 31st! Bleh!), I went home, finished packing up fo... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 15:23:58 EST The impact of a social life on weightloss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6055391 Every day I log into SparkPeople and get as many points as I can, lol. This, to me, means of course spinning the wheel, tracking exercise, checking off daily goals, giving points to my teams, and, lastly, doing the trivia. <BR> <BR> I'm not that good at trivia. Sometimes I go too fast and don't read the questions properly so I get the answer wrong. Sometimes I have no clue what the question is or what it's talking about (mostly when it comes to fast food questions like "which burger is healt... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 13:34:14 EST Lean Habit 2, and goodbye 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6054681 My Holidays break was delightful. Last Thursday on the 24th, I worked until noon, and then I was off of work until this very morning. Truthfully I needed this time off with absolutely zero plan, no one to see, and nothing to do. It was... magical. <BR> <BR> That doesn't mean I sat on my couch for four days doing nothing. I kept pretty active, even though I did a lot of solo lazy stuff at home like playing video games or reading for hours. I was dumb enough to put off grocery shopping until t... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 12:15:26 EST Am I unhappy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6050723 Okay, the last month has been tough. And it's hard for me, even right now, to pinpoint exactly what the problem is. <BR> <BR> First of all, I'd like to start by saying how extremely grateful I am that I am NOT depressed. From age 14 to age 20 I was battling crippling depression and suicidal thoughts, and even though sometimes I still feeling little bouts of it, it's mostly gone, and I wouldn't wish that to happen to anyone, ever. <BR> <BR> But I feel myself dragging my feet a lot lately. It... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 13:02:30 EST Lean Habit 1: strategies to master it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6048469 So after starting Georgie Fear's Lean Habits last July, I've made many changes in my life. However, I realized (with the help of my Spark Friend ALP1976) that I probably moved on too quick with the habits. I wasn't doing BAD per se on my statistics, but they were not habits yet, and piling up four of them on top of the other kinda ruined the whole process as I started to go down and down on my successful days. <BR> <BR> So finally I did - for a lack of a better word - a "reset". I came back ... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 14:31:28 EST Back from vacation report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6047447 The week before I left (aka December 1-5) was tough. I was extremely tired at work (and OF work). I needed a break. It became easy to skip the gym and skip just about everything. I wanted to be home and not be social. I wanted to sleep all the time. <BR> <BR> I truly needed this week off. <BR> <BR> Saturday morning I left at 8 for a four hours drive to Winnipeg. I was lucky to get splendid weather all the way there, barely any traffic, and I made it to the airport shortly before noon. I was... Mon, 14 Dec 2015 15:29:21 EST Celebrating Sinterklaas with a Dutchman and Dutch foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6039986 So since early October I've been seeing this guy and things are great! He's from the Netherlands and he officially moved to Canada in March. He's farming with his parents down South Saskatchewan - it's a three hours drive from his place to mine. He's lived in the Netherlands, France, Switzerland, the United States and now he's established in Canada for good, haha. <BR> <BR> Anyway, he told me about Sinterklaas, which is kind of the Dutch Christmas, and it's celebrated on December 5th, but th... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:54:15 EST Progress pictures - 7 months and 5 years comparisons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6037670 So I finally took those progress pictures. I wanted to do it Friday night, but I got busy; then Saturday morning I forgot; I spent the weekend with a friend; and then forgot again, and got busy, and... whatever. Yesterday night I finally remembered while I was undressing after my (cold) walk, but then my camera's battery was completely dead, so I charged it for a bit while doing other stuff and I could FINALLY take the pictures! <BR> Since the battery was so dead I kinda rushed them and the p... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 10:59:55 EST Lean Habits and the Art of Patience http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6035326 So yesterday I talked a bit about the Habit #4 of Lean Habits and how I was struggling with it. I got advice from ALP976 and then asked her if maybe I should reset my tracking to start anew at 0%, because right now I feel like my 60 something % is just dragging me and feels like a mountain. <BR> She suggested I just go back to whichever Habit I have under 80% of success in and "start over" from there. I know she's done that. <BR> <BR> But it somewhat felt like a failure to me, to go back. I ... Fri, 20 Nov 2015 16:48:54 EST 2 pounds away from a 50 pounds loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6034759 I hadn't been on the scale since my last blog post (9 days ago) and this morning I weighed in. I was down to 156.6 pounds. <BR> <BR> I started this whole thing back in 2010, in June. It's been over five years already. I clocked in at 205 pounds back then. I don't know if it was my highest weight ever, since starting around 2008 I avoided scales completely. Depression, dropping out of college, and working full-time in a fast food restaurant were all factors that led me to obesity, very quickl... Thu, 19 Nov 2015 13:23:01 EST Four pounds from my 'goal weight' and I don't care anymore. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6029812 My so-called "goal weight" has changed a lot in the last years. <BR> Sometimes I wouldn't have one, or I think I didn't have one, but there was always a magical number in the back of my mind. I remember the first time I joined a gym in January of 2012, I also got a personal trainer to help me and on our first meeting, we did a bunch of tests and established a goal weight. For some reason I truly believed it HAD to be right since it was calculated by a complicated machine that analyzed my fat ... Tue, 10 Nov 2015 11:12:34 EST Lean Habits are called habits for a reason http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6029266 So I've been talking about Lean Habits for a while now and I realized this morning that I started them 4 months ago (on July 6th to be exact). Four months already! I'm still on the first four core habits and haven't moved to the fifth one yet, but that's an average of one month per habit, which I think is good. When I started them I really thought I'd go two weeks cruising along and then moving on to the next habit but I quickly realized how wrong I was, hahaha! <BR> <BR> For those who don't... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 11:29:44 EST Stress eating... big time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6025375 The last two weeks have been somewhat stressful for me but I only realized just how much stressed I was, in the end of last week. <BR> Not only was I FIVE DAYS late on my period (with a lot of panic ensuing that tardiness), but also, getting my period for me always means more cravings and less energy in general, and those two things don't go well together. <BR> <BR> Usually I can somewhat fight off the cravings and urges pretty well but I think because I was so stressed by a ton of different... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 12:27:22 EST NSV: going from envy to pride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6022730 So the office administrator at my work is also part of the committee for the gym I attend (it's a community gym, open 24/7 without staff, and it's managed by volunteers, so it's also very cheap, which I appreciate). She's a real gym rat and loves working out; she's going to be 50 next year but you really can't tell. She's really thin and fit (and never had kids, I guess that can help) and I've always been slightly jealous of her oh-so-toned arms! <BR> <BR> Anyway, every day at the office, at... Wed, 28 Oct 2015 17:05:12 EST Lean Habit 4 - eat mostly whole foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6018739 So yesterday was a super busy evening and I ended up NOT READING CHAPTER FOUR. AGAIN. Lol! I got home, cooked supper, was on the phone with a friend for a while, then I spent an hour helping the Arts Council with the photo contest, washed my hair, and when I could finally sit down and relax at 8:30, yet another friend called, and before I knew it, I had to do my bedtime yoga, read a bit and go to bed. Ouch! <BR> <BR> But this morning I - oops - skipped the gym. I started a new program yester... Wed, 21 Oct 2015 11:56:56 EST Am I progressing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6018179 A couple weeks ago when I was going a bit crazy on the new dating thing, I almost quit eating. <BR> <BR> Not because I wanted to lose weight. I just... forgot about it. I never felt hungry for starters, and after a couple bites I already fell full. We have an expression in French that translates to "living on love and fresh water" meaning when someone is in love, it's all they need to live. Do you remember the first weeks of your relationship? I know in my case, I always eat way less and don... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 12:00:43 EST Uh-Oh...ctober http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6014429 Long story short, I'm back on the dating market. <BR> My goal is still to be single for a while. I'm aiming for at least 6 months (since my breakup, so a little under 5 months now, which will take my to March). <BR> <BR> I'm meeting tons of GREAT people. Well, tons is maybe much. After the stupid stuff I did back in 2013 when I was single for the first time in my adult life (after being in a relationship for 5 years from age 18 to 23), and three relationships later, I KNOW WHAT I WANT. And t... Tue, 13 Oct 2015 15:30:16 EST I did it - 1500 minutes again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6006929 I like me some SparkPeople trophies. Some of them don't do much for me - SparkPoints, for example, since it feels so easy to get a lot of them now (I got almost 2000 in September only, and I'm not particularly active); but the fitness minutes one, I quite like. <BR> <BR> Now 1500 monthly minutes feels like quite an achievement since the last time I got this trophy was in... May 2014, over a year ago. Now ever since I got a gym subscription it's been somewhat "easy" to reach 1000 monthly minu... Wed, 30 Sep 2015 17:59:20 EST On losing focus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6004484 On a totally unrelated starting note, there's this weird ad on SP right now for "Fit 4 Less" and I see two of them right now. One of them has a guy in it - he's looking rather ridiculous in his 80's-inspired gym clothes, knee-high socks matching the color of his tank and hair band. Then in the other one there's a woman, smiling, super thin, looking "perfect". Reminds me of my marketing classes and the difference of advertising depending on your market - if you want to appeal to men make them ... Sat, 26 Sep 2015 14:19:09 EST Your thoughts on trigger foods? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6002861 Yesterday I had like a thousand pieces of candy in the afternoon. UGH. <BR> <BR> Okay, not a thousand, but at least ten, and probably more like fifteen. Last weekend I went grocery shopping in Yorkton and sometimes I'll buy $5 worth of candy to fill in the candy jar at work because I know my coworkers appreciate it. <BR> <BR> I'm not a candy person normally. But when I think candy I usually think fruit-flavored or hard candy stuff. Now the kind that I bought was a mixed bin and it had fruit... Wed, 23 Sep 2015 17:24:36 EST Managing through tough times http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6001516 I'm trying. I really am trying my best, and I think I've been doing great in the last few days. <BR> <BR> Last week started out rough food-wise. After giving in to a bag of chips (half of it Saturday, the other half Sunday), and then giving in again to more junk food on Monday, for absolutely no reason, I found my satiety and hunger cues were completely out of whack. Crazy what just 2-3 days of not listening to your body can do... <BR> <BR> So at the beginning of the week I set myself up fo... Mon, 21 Sep 2015 14:29:35 EST Binging now vs binging before http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5998538 Yesterday wasn't my most glorious day food-wise, far from it. <BR> Yet I can't help but compare this "disastrous" day to the kind of behavior I had 3-4 years ago, when I could easily go through there quarters of a box of Oreo cookies in one sitting (and feel sick for the rest of the day), and where satiety didn't mean much to me since I was pretty much always overeating. I remember my first (and only) year of university; moving to the city, eating out all the time, having poutine weekly and e... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 12:04:03 EST How to deal with a new life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5997262 It's a little crazy to think that a week ago, I had no idea where I was going or what I was going to do with my life. I'd left my boyfriend two days before, and it was Labor Day, so I was just home, thinking, trying to just let time pass until I could tell my boss about the situation and see what the best solution was - stay here, or move back to Quebec? <BR> <BR> A week later I'm done moving in my new apartment, I'm back to work, very tired, but happy. I'm positive about the future, trying ... Mon, 14 Sep 2015 12:12:10 EST The first time in my life I nurse my feelings without food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5995535 So tomorrow will mark a week of being single again, a week into my one-year-celibate wish (I will stop counting after that. LOL!) and also the last day I spend hauling stuff out of the farmhouse I was sharing with my ex and into my tiny cozy apartment in town. <BR> <BR> My week has been okay. Being SHOWERED with help - esp. from my colleagues - helps a lot. Yesterday I saw my ex mother-in-law and chatted with her for a bit. It wasn't awkward at all - I get along with her really well. She eve... Fri, 11 Sep 2015 15:47:22 EST Well, I'm single, again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5994676 I'll make this short as I know it's pretty personal and of no big interest to anyone on SP... <BR> <BR> But last weekend my (ex)boyfriend and I broke up. Well, I broke up with him. That was Saturday. Ensued two days of uncertainties, crying and stress for one of the worst long weekends of our lives... and then I went back to work. <BR> <BR> By Monday all my family and friends knew, and then Tuesday I told my boss and the office admin who's also kinda my supervisor but not really. I went on ... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 09:27:46 EST Oops, did I fail? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5988903 Reading my friend ALP1976's blog, "Subtle Changes" had me reflect on my own journey. <BR> <BR> For over two years now I've maintained my weight. It did go up a little at the beginning of 2013 because of dealing with emotional stuff and getting in a new relationship, but then it went down again to what it is right now around the Fall, and ever since then it's barely moved. A couple pounds up, then a couple pounds down. But never below 160 lbs. Never. <BR> <BR> I think back in April I woke up... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 14:59:27 EST Brace yourself - FALL is coming http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5986818 This time of the year has always been bittersweet for me. I have no idea why - nothing "traumatic" ever happened to me (outside of having to go back to school...) so I don't know. But for as long as I can remember I've always become a little depressed at the end of August and in my worst years the depression would go on until November. <BR> (I'm not even using the word depression lightly. I think last year is the first year I haven't been truly DEPRESSED around this time of year - I was too b... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 11:21:08 EST Whiney morning lol! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5985641 So I usually log into SparkPeople 2-3 times a day. I used to do it every morning but when I started going to the gym that pretty much stopped. On non-gym days I try to avoid using the computer too much in the morning since I'm staring at a screen all day at work. <BR> <BR> So usually the first time I log in is at work. Yesterday that got put off until the afternoon. When I finally did I was quite shocked to see the new start page... wasn't expecting this! <BR> <BR> I decided to explore it. ... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 09:03:20 EST The importance of reminders http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5984745 Last Sunday I decided I would read Georgie Fear's Lean Habits again up to where I was (Habit 3) because I needed reminders. <BR> Reminders of why I was doing this, but also HOW. Last week it felt like I just forgot how to do it, and then, forgot why. <BR> I never told myself that it was useless and all for nothing; I know I want to lose this weight - these 10 pounds, you know, the last ten that are the hardest to lose. I've been dragging them around for over 2 years now, and I'm tired of them... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 20:34:06 EST Weekends... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5983506 I have this weird thing with weekends. Either I totally cruise through them without a problem and I do better in two days than in the five days spent at work before. Or, like this weekend, I just happen to forego absolutely everything I know and want and eat whatever I want just because I think I want it. <BR> <BR> It all started Friday, actually. I've had a stressful week altogether, and Friday night I was just so glad to go home and relax. We really didn't have anything at home to make sup... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 23:31:23 EST Lean Habit No 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5981508 So yesterday I spent the evening with my boyfriend and I forgot to read the third Lean Habit's chapter ONCE AGAIN. Terrible memory lol! I think it doesn't help that the book is burried under a pile of papers on my desk. <BR> <BR> Well, this morning while eating breakfast I finally remembered to read it so I did. The chapters are all pretty short from what I've seen so far - maybe 6-8 pages each. It's very straight to the point, but clear. <BR> <BR> The third Lean Habit is Eating Just Enough... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 12:26:46 EST You can't have the cake and eat it too http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5980835 Recently my favorite beauty blogger (www.maskcara.com) made a post about that expression and why she never liked it. My first language is French and I started learning intensive English when I was 11 (and now live in a town where maybe two people speak French, LOL) but I was never good with expressions. I find they are not the thing they teach you about at school, and you don't really hear a lot of them in TV shows, movies and music lyrics - where I learned most of my everyday English after I... Wed, 19 Aug 2015 11:17:00 EST Balancing choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5980206 Over a week without a blog entry! Oh my! What's happening! Hahaha at least I'm not polluting your feed everyday now ;P <BR> <BR> Last week was rough. I got into a terrible, huge fight with my boyfriend on Tuesday night and came close to ending the relationship. For two days we didn't talk - I wanted to think about it alone. Thursday night we finally had a conversation, and then Friday again and we solved the problem. <BR> <BR> Having an emotional week made me focus solely on that. Friday mo... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 12:17:22 EST Stop, take a deep breath, then go on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5975251 I'm having a rough start to the week. But first things first. <BR> <BR> Last week's been pretty blah. I've been waking up with a sore throat and feeling somewhat gruggish for a week and I think there's a cold trying to settle in right now. I've been getting sick a lot this year - well, compared to what I'm used to (aka: I'm never sick). When I was a kid and mostly a teen I was sick all the time and caught just about everything in the air - I was always the first one with a cold, first one wi... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 10:57:58 EST Do you have to be social at the gym? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5972657 When I moved here to the middle of Canada one of the things I had to change was my behavior in social settings. Here, everybody is extremely friendly; they all waive at each other in the street or while driving, and everybody knows each other. I know it's typical of small towns, but I come from a small town in Quebec, and from my knowledge, small towns there are not like that, lol. In fact, in Quebec, people tend to keep to themselves way more. I'm not saying that in a negative way - just tha... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 14:49:43 EST August, bleh. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5972129 When August comes around I always get the blues a little - and it gets way worse in September. This year I'm really trying to ignore it but it always feels like Summer goes by so freaking fast. But at the same time I can't really complain since we've been getting great weather. I must admit though, I really miss having easy access to water - there's lakes, rivers and even pools EVERYWHERE in Quebec and here, well... not much water in Canada's bread basket, the closest swimming lake is complet... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 17:18:05 EST Gym joys and other Summer struggles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5969838 I was pretty quick to go back to normal habits, and it feels great. I felt super tired Tuesday, better Wednesday, and today I'm actually feeling great. <BR> <BR> Yesterday morning I set my alarm to 6 as usual. I wanted to go for a run. I hadn't ran in a while. But, when the alarm rang, I had absolutely no desire to go. I sat in my bed for a while just thinking about it. Wondering WHY I didn't want to go. Was it because I wanted to sleep in? Or was I too tired or sore from the gym? Or did I r... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:40:13 EST I'm back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5968721 Okay I wasn't really "gone", but here's what happened in short :) <BR> <BR> So my last update was Monday of last week. Tuesday I spent the day at work, and right after supper I left for Winnipeg. Four hours of driving later I got to the airport tired and stressed (never drove there on my own) only to find out my sister's flight had been delayed 50 minutes...! It was supposed to land at 10 Sask time, but landed an hour later. We got food when she arrived and then I drove home. We got home at ... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:44:05 EST Start of Lean Habit Two, and more http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963817 So today marks my first day of practicing the Lean Habit #2: Hunger Mastery. <BR> Long story short, it means not being afraid of hunger, adjusting your portions so that you feel your hunger build up 30 to 60 minutes before your next meal. <BR> <BR> Since it's less "concrete" than the first habit (eat 3-4 meals a day without snacking), it sounds a little more difficult. I read the chapter yesterday afternoon and I took my time to read everything properly and analyze it and find ways it applie... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 14:43:17 EST Treats how-to http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962385 Day 12 of Lean Habit One (eat 3-4 meals a day without snacking) and I've been doing great so far. <BR> <BR> The only day I haven't followed the habit was last Saturday (ice cream 2 hours after supper with my nieces) and now today. <BR> <BR> Friday last week at mail time (when everybody's gathered at my desk at the reception) someone suggested ice cream but nobody really jumped in so it didn't happen. I remember having a little mental panic attack about it, thinking: <BR> What if I say no an... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 18:23:50 EST