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/ 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 Is SP going to the dark side? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961783 I don't know if it's just me who's noticing it for the first time or if it's really new, but it seems I see here on SparkPeople more and more articles, videos and resources with misleading titles, like "belly blaster" or sensationalist-sounding stuff. I guess it increases traffic, but since this is supposed to be a community for people who want to lose weight and maintain in a HEALTHY way, isn't it weird for them to subtly promote such unhealthy and false behaviors? Isn't it contradictory tha... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 13:59:42 EST Of forgiveness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5960578 I think my biggest accomplishment of 2015, health-wise, is learning to forgive myself. <BR> <BR> Whenever I read about punitive behaviors or the likes here on SP, I always thought: oh, that's not me. To be honest, I always thought I was doing pretty good with everything I did, but there would always be a moment where I'd unconsciously give up, stop updating my blog, stop trying to exercise, stop trying at all. I've been here since April of 2012 and I think I only took one super long hiatus f... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 09:23:50 EST I WENT TO THE WEIGHTS ROOM!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5960058 Can you tell I'm excited? LOL! I AM! Jumping around! (Coffee helps) <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to one day of relaxation and doing (almost) nothing, which is probably not gonna happen for another month. Hahaha! Oh well, maybe next weekend. Yesterday I spent over an hour cleaning the house - by the time I was done I was SWEATY. I got the brilliant idea of listening to my iPod while doing it (how come I never thought of it? Dumb brain) and I think it helps that I took frequent breaks to sing... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 11:07:33 EST How I stopped caring about what others thought - again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959589 A year ago I posted a blog entry about going to the waterpark close to Quebec City and feeling comfortable all day in my bikini. <BR> <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public<BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719206 <BR> <BR> Taken from it: <BR> "Ever since I started losing weight and taking better care of myself I gained a lot of self-confidence, and I don't think I really lack it. But when you're surrounded with women in bikinis and you keep thinking most of them look (WAY, WAY, WA... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 13:59:46 EST A week of food victories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5958762 Okay, so today is Friday, I just had supper, and I feel FANTASTIC. <BR> I feel in control of my choices. I'm day 5 into Georgie Fear's "Lean Habits" Habit #1, which is eat 3 meals a day without snacking. And even though adjusting has been tough, I'm still doing it, and I feel great. <BR> Here are a couple food victories from this week: <BR> <BR> You may have read from previous blog posts how much of a problem I had with the candy jar that's right in front of me at work (I'm at the reception)... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 20:18:25 EST Huuuuge NSV http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5958081 I know it's gonna sound silly for a lot of people, but yesterday evening I experienced a pretty great NSV, and it just felt awesome, I felt like sharing it with you guys. <BR> <BR> So since Monday I've started the Habit #1 of Georgie Fear's "Lean Habits" and it's eating 3 or 4 meals a day without snacking. (The 4th meal could be used for example if you hit the gym after supper and then you need to refuel after. I don't think I'll ever use it, and I'm actually afraid that I could use it to "c... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 11:57:05 EST Third first gym day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5957487 So this morning was my third first time at the gym... hahaha. I subscribed to a gym in January 2012 for a year, and again in November 2013 for a year. Now July 2015 for a year. Hopefully it won't be as the last two times with the last two months of my contract not being used because I never step foot in the gym anymore because I give up. But let's think about the next time instead of the next year lol! <BR> <BR> Yesterday I packed up my gym bag running around the house because I'm so out of ... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 11:10:04 EST Good news, good news and more good news http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5957098 Yesterday was awesome and today feels even awesome-er. I don't know if it's because I actually feel like I have a plan and know what I'm doing, LOL. But I like it. I feel like I've been floating aimlessly for a while and now I finally know where to swim to. Or some other weird comparison. <BR> <BR> So yesterday we had people for supper. They got here pretty late (past 7) and I was STARVING. I'd prepared my boyfriend's favorite nacho dip that I make (it's vegan and pretty healthy actually but... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 19:12:38 EST Lean Habits, and more http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5956453 Okay, so today is awesome. <BR> <BR> A couple weeks ago James Fell wrote an article on Georgie Fear’s book “Lean Habits” and he convinced me. I really love Fell and he always makes so much sense to me, so when he endorses someone else’s book that sounds very interesting I just don’t resist, lol. <BR> <BR> I was supposed to receive it this week, but I actually got it last Friday. What a nice surprise and start to the weekend! I took a walk on my lunch break to the post office and I... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 15:10:25 EST Like a derailed train http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954866 For the past 2-3 weeks now I feel like my eating habits and schedules are a trainwreck. Everything completely derailed. It's all over the place. <BR> <BR> I haven't even been grocery shopping in those last weeks. Maybe a couple times just to buy some things to be eaten for supper. But my usual schedule is that: on either Sunday or Monday I sit down and prepare the meal plan for the week according to what meals we'll be eating home, how much leftovers we need for lunch and if we're having peo... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 10:00:17 EST Candy jar struggles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953553 Man I hate this candy jar. I hate it with a passion. When I first started working there two weeks ago it was empty and I noticed it but just because it was sitting there with nothing in it. Then the person who was training me bought a big (BIG) bag of bulk candy from the Bulk Barn right before she left. <BR> Ever since then I've been stuffing my face with toffee. Well, until yesterday. Because yesterday I ate the last piece of toffee and it was gone and for some reason I felt relieved. <BR> B... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 21:13:57 EST The reset mentality, and avoiding it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952671 Hey, I haven't showered you guys with blog entries for three days now, I'm doing good. LOL! <BR> <BR> The end of last week went well. My first two days alone were incredibly "easy". I answered the phone every time it rang without even thinking (omg what am I gonna say, are they gonna understand what I'm saying, what about my accent, what do they want... yeah I used to be very phone phobic and now having to answer it in English made me relive my past phobias lol) and I took care of everything... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:08:37 EST Maybe it was only stress? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950971 I feel better today. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, though, was disastrous. It took me AN HOUR to get out of bed because I felt super tired. Which means I skipped strength training for the first time in a month :( I couldn't eat breakfast because I was getting blood samples and had to fast for 12 hours. I sat down in the kitchen trying to wake up and wondering if coffee was okay, when suddenly I felt super nauseous and I had to run to the bathroom to be sick. <BR> I'd been feeling quite sick Tuesday t... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 19:16:42 EST Physical... results pending http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5949949 I started writing my blog entry and about three paragraphs in we got a power outage. Woohoo for technology :( <BR> <BR> Long story short, I had my physical done this morning with my new doctor. He was pretty nice (though conservative, I'm guessing, since he frowned when he asked if I were married and I said no... after saying I was sexually active. Lol! Welcome to 2015?). <BR> <BR> He said so far everything looks good, blood pressure and all. I told him about my extreme fatigue (which was e... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 21:20:16 EST Take a deep breath... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5949079 Weekend was relaxing. Well, it started off pretty nasty; I woke up Saturday still very grumpy about the whole boyfriend mumbo-jumbo. I also woke up after sleeping over 11 hours, which is very weird to me. But I think it was exhaustion from starting a new job? I hope so..! <BR> <BR> So Saturday morning I just took a shower and left the house before even having coffee or breakfast. I went to my MIL's house because I needed to pick something up, and I ended up staying there for a couple hours j... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 09:38:07 EST A week in; positive changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947917 So outside of today I've had a really good week. My new job is awesome. Everybody is confident that I'll be awesome at it too, so that's great. I like waking up in the morning and having to get prepared for work, and coming back home after a busy day. <BR> That may change in the near future but whatever LOL for now I'm really enjoying it. I feel productive. <BR> <BR> Today though I felt super stressed. Well, not even at work, but after that. I ordered cat food at the vet two days ago and I w... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 20:55:34 EST Exciting gym news http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947378 Three days into my new job and every day I love it more. I actually really missed having a structured environment and working with people. I get along with everybody, and VERY WELL with the receptionist who's training me. I could have easily seen myself becoming very good friends with her, and I'm super sad she's leaving in a week for British Columbia :( and sad I didn't get to meet her sooner at least! <BR> <BR> I also like feeling useful, and I know it's only been three days but I feel les... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 19:19:01 EST The stress of change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5946557 So yesterday was my first day at my new job. <BR> <BR> I got there at 8, and right away I was told that the receptionist who was training me (so I could do part of her tasks, but NOT be a receptionist) was leaving. So... I have one week of intensive training with her, then I'm a receptionist. <BR> <BR> It was a shock because in the interview they kept saying that what they were offering was not a receptionist job (because a lot of applicants seemed to think that all the time) and I was happ... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 09:28:07 EST Feeling super un-balanced http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945581 Last weekend was fun. It wasn't awesome, nor was it bad. But there were some moments I wished I was home alone. <BR> <BR> It all started with a super hectic morning Friday. After updating my blog here, I did everything else that needed done. Meanwhile my boyfriend just sat around doing nothing. I'm in charge of cleaning the whole house (he's in charge of the outside) but since I had a deadline Friday morning and still wanted it all done I asked him to do the dishes (which is his task anyway,... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 13:21:32 EST Yet another weekend away... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943899 Summer always seems to be busy for me with a lot of activities and plans each weekend, but I think this year is even worse (better?) LOL! My family-in-law takes good care of me and show me around a lot, and we've got many a plan for this Summer, which includes our nieces spending two weeks here with my MIL (and us taking them to the waterpark), and two weddings (July 4th and August 8th). <BR> <BR> So last weekend we spent at the lake house, and this weekend we're spending in Lloydminster. It... Fri, 12 Jun 2015 09:02:54 EST A new wardrobe, and the coping mentality http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943397 So yesterday I built myself a nice capsule wardrobe. <BR> Short explanation: a capsule wardrobe is getting rid of all clothes, shoes and accessories that don't fit you or that you never wear, that don't fit your lifestyle/style, etc. and ending up with a pre-determined number of pieces (some people say 20-30, or 33, or 37... you kinda choose I guess) and then building outfits with only these pieces for one season. <BR> I chose Summer to be June-August (since real season dates don't really f... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 09:58:03 EST Mood swings and injured knee http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5942825 Monday, I went on with my day, and back from my customer, I cleaned up the house and after lunch I did my strength training. <BR> I don't remember what I did after that but maybe an hour later my right knee started hurting when I bent it (in this case going down the stairs). <BR> I just shrugged it off, but it got worse during the day and I abandoned the idea of going for a walk. Yesterday, it was still hurting, though not as bad. I wanted to go for a jog, but I figured it'd be wiser to wait.... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 09:23:18 EST Bikini click-baits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5942295 About a year ago one of my daily goals on SP was to read one article per day. <BR> Usually I relied on the "Today's Top Stories" section of the start page and usually one or two out of the four articles presented would interest me and I'd read them and get some points. <BR> After some time though I found that they often repeated themselves and the information provided pretty much always came back to the same basic principles, and I stopped reading them daily. I do however always look at what'... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 11:04:36 EST A weekend of kayaking later... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5941386 My weekend was pretty fun. Friday, though, was rough. I went to a friend's place in the morning and when I came back home a little before noon, I noticed that the scratch my cat has on his face seemed infected. At the beginning of the week I think he got into a fight with one of the farm cats and when he came back home he looked pretty down and he had this small scratch with a bit of blood on his forehead. It seemed okay until Friday, because his face was covered in dried up blood and it was ... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 21:15:09 EST Weekend preps, being busy: paradise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5940207 I love being busy. <BR> One of my favorite things in the world is having a page-long to-do list and checking everything off by the end of the day/week. <BR> I'm a list maniac and I usually have one to-do list starting every week. I sit down on Sunday nights, write down my grocery list for the week (plus meals for every day), and then I write my to-do list. It may seem extreme to some people, but I have a disastrous memory and I often remember stuff I gotta do in the worst possible moment (lik... Fri, 5 Jun 2015 11:27:50 EST The importance of settings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5939574 Yesterday James Fell linked this excellent article from his Facebook page. I'm lucky I caught it because I NEVER read anything on my Facebook wall, I only use it to communicate with people, check out events happening, and sometimes sharing articles I find interesting (or my own blog posts, lol). <BR> <BR> http://www.dailylife.com.au/news-and-vie<BR>ws/dl-opinion/how-the-fitness-industry<BR>-turns-people-off-exercise-20150601-gh<BR>e05b.html <BR> <BR> "one-in-three Australians are avoiding e... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 10:27:36 EST Why I decided to stop tracking food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5939016 So yesterday I did a LOT of thinking. Getting a new job, and the upcoming new stabilized routine makes me really excited. (Yes, I'm excited about routine. LOL) <BR> <BR> I spent the day working, morning at one client then afternoon at another one, and then I helped a lady "fix her computer" (which was just removing a pretty easy virus and making sure the scan came back clear after a reboot); I was there 10 minutes and insisted on no charge but she gave me 20 bucks. I always feel uncomfortabl... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 10:50:40 EST The good news I promised http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5938373 I probably went ahead with myself when I told you I had a surprise coming, but I was so extremely positive about it that it barely crossed my mind that it could have not happened. <BR> <BR> I got a job! <BR> <BR> I moved here to Saskatchewan in the middle of February this year. Well, technically I moved to Manitoba, but on May 1st we moved to a farm house in Saskatchewan (it's like five minutes away from the border) that we're renting. When I moved I didn't really feel like getting a full-t... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 09:34:54 EST Back to 2015 - technology entered my home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5938018 Okay, I'm exaggerating, but yes, I did get internet access today. The tech was super sweet, it took him about three hours, and I JUST finished catching up with everything - emails, Facebook, SP and the few blogs I follow. It took me a little over an hour, which is not too bad after a month without access! <BR> <BR> It's been weird not having constant access to a lot of stuff - my friends and family, information about anything and everything, movies and TV shows, emails... I missed SP a LOT t... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 17:36:30 EST A week of patience left! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5934236 First of all I'd like to thank everybody who takes the time to comment on my blog posts. Be SURE that I read everything even though I never reply because I'm limiting my internet time since I'm using my boyfriend's cellphone wifi and I don't wanna kill his data. That's why I write my posts offline usually in the morning then post them at night when he's home! Haha <BR> <BR> Life's been good. I haven't been making the best choices food-wise, and with BBQ season coming around and spending a lo... Mon, 25 May 2015 22:16:34 EST Getting 'er done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931635 Hello friends! <BR> <BR> I find myself in a very good mood this morning. I still have no internet but I'm writing this with the intention of posting it tonight. I don't know why but I really wanted to write this morning so I figured I'd do anyway. Hahaha <BR> <BR> I won't say life's been tough because that'd be an exaggeration, but it's been difficult at times. I had a really bad burst of melancholy Sunday and I spent a good portion of the day crying, missing my family and friends. I think ... Wed, 20 May 2015 21:54:25 EST Rural life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928869 When I was four years old, in 1994, we got our first PC at home. It was an old machine working with DOS where we could play some games. I even remember a few of them. Then we got a new machine and got games on floppy disks. Then internet arrived pretty quickly. By age eight I was able to browse it and find my way around my favorite websites. I remember two things: going around this youth community website with forums where I could chat with kids my age; and doing a lot of research on animals.... Fri, 15 May 2015 22:53:00 EST Still without internet... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5927584 I'm writing this on May 12th as it's been a while, but I still don't have internet access. The guy was supposed to come last Wednesday, but he never showed up – which resulted in me losing a day having to stay home waiting for him. Then he was supposed to come this afternoon, but he, again, never showed up. I called him twice and he never answered, and didn't answer my boyfriend either. I have no idea how things work here for the material installation and hookup stuff, but it doesn't make A... Wed, 13 May 2015 15:09:05 EST Quick update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924847 I'm still internet-less at home because the internet guy never showed up Wednesday (yay small town). I'm at a client's place right now and I figured I'd give you guys a quick update before I had to go. I have no idea when I'm going to have internet access at home, my boyfriend is supposed to call today. The move went pretty well, and we're very well settled in now. Fitness and health wise though, I'm pretty terrible. I'll go into details whenever I can. I'm kind of doing a "reset" today. Temp... Fri, 8 May 2015 13:22:16 EST Be back in a week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920475 So I'm ready to move! Everything or almost is packed up. Most of my day yesterday was spent doing that on and off before I had to go to Langenburg to a client's place, and I took a break after supper. Today I slept in (ugh...) so I bailed on my run, fail. But, I spent the day finishing the packing. Everything was done except the kitchen when I left to a client's place for the afternoon again, and after supper and a walk, I finished the kitchen. It's almost 10 PM and I'm ready for bed, I'm exh... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 23:00:43 EST Weight loss strategies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919614 I just read James Fell's new article: <BR> http://www.bodyforwife.com/the-caloric-d<BR>eficit-cheat-sheet/ <BR> <BR> I really liked it. I felt proud. Why? Because I realized I'm following every single one of his tips for weight loss and maintenance. I don't always agree with the guy (when he goes on social commentary rampages it kinda drives me nuts) but I really loved his book and he just makes so much sense to me compared to pretty much every other "fitness expert" I've read from on the in... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 10:32:04 EST