ZIGGY7611's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ZIGGY7611 ZIGGY7611'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/ BLC21 - Thoughts for Success.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5215722 I can't believe we have started again already! Woohoo!! <BR> <BR> Before the challenge officially started we were asked to create a plan for our 12 weeks challenge. What were we going to do to to achieve success, and what were our rewards going to be. At the time, I had to think about it. I mean, the plan I had for BLC20 worked really well (lost 12lbs), and I have continued to lose since the end (if only a little). So before I could share my plan I had to decide if I really wanted to ... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 15:02:34 EST 20lbs GONE! The Plateau has been beaten!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5208856 OMG! Never thought it would happen. I broke through the plateau! <BR> <BR> I have been fluctuating between 18lbs and 18.6 lbs lost for the last several weeks. This stupid plateau was starting to haunt me. I was so frustrated that I almost fell off my plan! I actually had to convince myself (just yesterday), that cheating wouldn't solve anything and that it wouldn't make me feel better. So despite my self-grumbling, I stuck with it....I walked, and did my videos, and ate properly. <B... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 18:41:33 EST Currently at pre-vacation weight! Who knew?!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5195614 Yeah!!! I got on the scale both yesterday and today...It's official. I am the same weight I was before my 3 week Christmas vacation!!! I am actually 0.6lbs less. Woohoo!!! <BR> <BR> I was was really good the first 2 weeks. I ate really well because I couldn't exercise much given the weather. I drank my water. I was well behaved. Well, then the 3rd week rolled around....Let's just say I lost my mind! I ate more crap than should be humanly possible!!! I was terrified of what the scal... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 19:21:23 EST BLC20 12 week Reflection... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5157430 Wow! 12 weeks goes by in a flash! I remember back to the first week when I was taking 'before' pics. At the time I was super frustrated from pulling a muscle in my back. I was thinking that life isn't fair...I mean, here I was trying to start out on good path, and the fates throw in a pulled muscle which really restricted my ability to move. <em>234</em> Funny how you can look back on something that seemed so important then, but is really just a tiny bump in the road. <em>40</em> ... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 19:12:42 EST BLC20 6 Week Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5108883 Time sure flies when you are having fun! I cannot believe that week 6 is here already. It seems like it was just yesterday when we found out our teams. Wow. <BR> <BR> I have to say, on the whole, I am happy with my progress. So far, 8lbs lost. <em>193</em> Not too shabby. I'm drinking my water <em>194</em> , getting enough sleep (crucial for me) <em>102</em> , and I'm still planning (and sticking to) my meals. <em>411</em> <BR> <BR> The biggest downfall...or let's call... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 19:06:37 EST Weight loss...The Internet...and Thank you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5094426 This week, I worked very hard to stay on track. I tried to keep up with my planning and eating healthy meals, drinking my water, sleeping 7-9 hours, getting good exercise, and blogging/posting. I say I tried, because I feel like this week was more of a struggle than it should have been. Why, you ask??? Because I had no internet for the last 5 days. Yes, no internet. You know what that means!!?! NO SPARKPEOPLE!!! GGGAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!! <em>234</em> <em>18</em> <em>46</em> <BR> ... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 19:34:31 EST My Week in Review.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5085751 Another week has gone by....Wow! Time sure does fly. <BR> <BR> Looking back on this past week, I have to say, I am pretty proud of myself!!! <BR> * I managed to plan all of the meals I had while at home, and tried to make decent choices when visiting Canada. <BR> * I stayed within my calorie range every day except for 1, where I went over by 30 calories (that yummy Fish & Chips pushed me over). <BR> * I got better at drinking my water. The second have of the week I was dead on! <em>19... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 20:59:03 EST BLC20 - 12 Week Plan... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5061524 Since I signed up for the BLC20, I need to post my plan for success! While thinking about my goals and my plans, several questions have come to mind....What's my motivation? What will I do to help myself be successful? What steps am I going to take to make sure I go the distance? What will make me happy? <BR> <BR> While posting my plan may be one of the challenges, I think for me, it is also a tool for success. It's a lot easier to quit something or fall off the wagon, if nobody else k... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 12:22:02 EST I survived IHOP! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4990630 Ok. Maybe not a huge deal for some, but for me, this is HUGE!!!! I SURVIVED IHOP!!!!! <BR> <BR> I love IHOP. It's a fact. Maybe because I only discovered the place in my 30's, I don't know...I just know it is a very happy little addiction!!! <em>212</em> The only good thing about my addiction, is that none of my friends love it. I have one friend who does, but the others don't. This means I am saved from myself and we don't eat there often. The last time I ate there was probably 6 ... Sat, 28 Jul 2012 15:10:20 EST I Will NOT Quit Pledge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4985012 I Will NOT Quit!!! <BR> Tuesday July 24, 2012 <BR> <BR> Share and spread the Spark! <BR> <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations. <BR> I pledge to treat myself as I wou... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 14:57:38 EST Some days are simply peaceful... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4977932 The weather has finally broken here, which means it isn't so stinky hot as it has been. YEAH!! Much easier to sleep and easier to work out in. <BR> After a wonderful and restful sleep I woke up ready to go, but feeling totally peaceful at the same time. <BR> I decided to go with that peaceful feeling and start the day with some yoga. I did the 14 minute yoga video from Spark. While I am not really a fan of Bethany Frankel, I like the video....Kinda wish the guy leading her was the only... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 14:40:18 EST Simple things that make you smile.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4974505 First, I am currently on vacation visiting family. Having a pretty fabulous time, I must say. I've seen all of my siblings, my parents and many of my friends from High School and College. Life is good. It was made even better by yesterday's outing! <BR> <BR> I was visiting my sister, checking out her new apartment and new neighborhood. And then we came across the best feature....The used bookstore down the block!! YEAH! Both being book nerds, we immediately headed inside. So, the fir... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 12:07:57 EST Yummy Pumpkin Soup!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4525743 Just made a ridiculously easy and yummy Pumpkin soup (Easy Cream of Pumpkin Soup from SparkRecipes). I can't get over how simple and yummy it is. I think I will be making this a staple in my lunches and dinners during the colder weather. I am also going to try it with chicken & rice. I think it would make a good sauce. Who knew that something so simple could end up working out so well!!?! I feel like a chef! Thank you to the original recipe poster! Sat, 8 Oct 2011 16:56:03 EST Who knew??!?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4517751 I can't believe it! I had an aha moment in the kitchen. This wouldn't be anything big for anyone else (or even deserve a blog entry), but I am a novice cook. I have been teaching myself to cook for the last couple of years. Some experiments have gone well, while others....well, lets not talk about those. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Anyway, back to my aha moment! Picture it...Pots on the stove, lentils simmering away....On your way to a perfect lentil soup (new lentil soup recipe). Everyth... Mon, 3 Oct 2011 20:41:08 EST On a blogging roll! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4512907 Two blogs in 2 days! Man, I am on a total roll! <BR> <BR> Seriously, I feel like a kid coming back to my favorite summer camp and catching up with my friends. I do love Spark! <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> Today was a busy day at work. Shockingly, I got a lot accomplished. I know. On a Friday. Like I said - shocking!! <BR> <BR> Good workouts today. A walk/run this morning and a really long walk late this evening. I was accompanied on both excursions by my 4-legged workout pal. She is always... Fri, 30 Sep 2011 23:00:00 EST It's been a while.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4511167 My goodness. It's been AAAAGGES since I wrote a blog. Yeah. Guess I dropped the ball in that department, long before I needed a new computer. <BR> <BR> Things are on track for the moment. Working out on a regular basis, eating ok. Although that needs to improve a bit (too much processed). I have also given myself a deadline. Aside from the usual running/walking and videos, I am also joining back up with the gym. I figure in order to get ready for the 2012 Ride, and improve my time f... Thu, 29 Sep 2011 22:33:29 EST That little voice inside my head....Not so nice today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4064205 I am promising myself to start blogging again. As the days have been going by, I have had numerous feelings (good and bad), about my efforts, and progress yet I don't really acknowledge them or even share them. This is probably not a good thing. If I don't at least acknowledge how I feel, then how am I going to tackle the things that are bugging me??! I won't. I'll just ignore them until I get frustrated and end up hurting myself and sabotaging my journey. So...I will blog. I will blog t... Thu, 3 Mar 2011 19:16:01 EST If it's not one thing, it's another! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3689479 It's always something! <BR> <BR> Last week I was having hunger problems. No matter what I tried, I was starving! It was sooo frustrating. I continued on as I had been, and kept track of calories, food consumption, type of foods I was eating, as well as my activity and moods, in order to find the problem. I noticed one thing. Some of my meals and snacks were not balanced in regards to protein or carbs. Some meals or snacks were almost all protein, or all carb....Such a no-no. Oops! <BR... Sun, 3 Oct 2010 17:56:05 EST Why am I so hungry??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3678089 Ok...I am officially annoyed and need to VENT!!! <BR> <BR> I am soooo hungry! I have been starving all day! The only time I wasn't starving, was right after eating a meal. Actually, that's not quite true. I wasn't really hungry until 11:30 (despite having breakfast and snack). Since then, I have been really hungry. This wouldn't bother me but I ATE! I really did! I don't know what I did wrong. I have been having this problem for the last couple of days. GGGRRRR!!!! Being hungry i... Tue, 28 Sep 2010 21:51:05 EST Back after the flu! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3672054 Had the flu last week. YUCK!!! Felt like crap most of the week, and as a result, didn't eat much and hardly exercised. I think I went out running 1-2 times?? I can't even remember. I think it was twice. <BR> <BR> Today was my first run since recovering. Not my best display, but at least I got out. Tomorrow will hopefully be better. I am aiming for 3-3.5 kms, plus some strength training before work. That will get me back on track! <BR> <BR> It's good to be back! :) Sun, 26 Sep 2010 18:01:44 EST Wow. I have changed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3651973 I have had an epiphany. A very nice and shocking surprise. I didn't even notice it happening. I need to share. <BR> <BR> Here on Spark and around the world, we hear and participate in the same kinds of conversations. We talk about our calorie ranges, and drinking our water. We talk about exercising and getting out there. We go though the motions (for a while at least). The number of times I have gone on a diet in my life, just to fall off the wagon, is somewhat staggering. Every t... Sun, 19 Sep 2010 13:12:46 EST Breakfast helps my run! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3646665 It is now 9:35am, and I have gotten up, walked the dogs, been for a run, had a shower, gotten ready for the day, and had a real breakfast. Not bad for being on vacation!! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Even though I am on vacation and LOVE sleeping in, I decided to still go for a morning run (yesterday's evening run was an obstacle course of other bodies), but went a couple hours later. The plan was to take the dogs for a walk and then go for my run solo. So, since I was up I thought I would t... Fri, 17 Sep 2010 10:49:07 EST Walking and a Woggin' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3641940 Yesterday was great! I managed to get out for a run/wog (at 5am), AND got out last night for a 3.5km walk with the dog. GO me! <BR> <BR> Need to get to the grocery store so that I can go for an evening wog. I know they say you should take a day of rest in between, but I find if I don't do some activity, I fall of the wagon. So, while I feel good, I'm going! <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> <em>312</em> <em>311</em> <em>250</em> Wed, 15 Sep 2010 20:10:06 EST Gotta Work on My Running/Wogging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3634791 I have to confess...I have not been so dedicated with my running/wogging. I kinda fell of the running wagon for a bit there. And when you are a new runner - that is a horribly bad idea. Needless to say, it has been like starting from scratch. <BR> <BR> I need to work on my endurance big time! Also need to go out on a daily basis. I know they say take a rest day, but when ever I take a rest day, it becomes several rest days. So, I am pledging to myself that I will go out daily. Eithe... Mon, 13 Sep 2010 18:28:52 EST Life Returns to Normal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3470779 Vacation is over. I am back home. The dogs are back. At the moment...Life couldn't get much better! <BR> Even though I have laundry to do, need to go to the vet, and finish putting away my stuff...I am serenely happy. <BR> <BR> I can eat what I want (healthy). Eat when I want. Play with my dogs. Hang out with friends. Or just be a couch potato...All without having to answer questions about 'Why do you want to do that?' Life is good. <BR> <BR> Me and the pups are off for a walk, an... Mon, 26 Jul 2010 11:53:20 EST Life Returns to Normal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3470776 Vacation is over. I am back home. The dogs are back. At the moment...Life couldn't get much better! <BR> Even though I have laundry to do, need to go to the vet, and finish putting away my stuff...I am serenely happy. <BR> <BR> I can eat what I want (healthy). Eat when I want. Play with my dogs. Hang out with friends. Or just be a couch potato...All without having to answer questions about 'Why do you want to do that?' Life is good. <BR> <BR> Me and the pups are off for a walk, an... Mon, 26 Jul 2010 11:52:40 EST My confession...I can't wait until my vacation is over! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3447277 Let me start by saying, I know how fortunate I am to have the summer off. I love my vacations. Having the summer off lets me travel, catch up with friends, workout, or even just relax. This summer though, my vacation has left me feeling like a confused dishrag! <BR> <BR> Since I work out of the country, I flew to my Canadian home for 6 weeks. During the last 5 weeks, I have traveled all over Canada. Visited family, friends, more family, and basically been all over. I am fortunate that... Mon, 19 Jul 2010 12:57:27 EST 3rd time's the charm! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3341344 I need to share how much I LOVE my new running shoes! I have been wearing 'dead' shoes for months now because I couldn't find good ones to replace them. I have tried 2 previous times, with 2 different shoes, and even though they seemed good at the time of purchase, they never end up working out. I was becoming seriously bummed that I couldn't find a good pair. Then I struck gold!! I found a new pair of ASICS, a number I have never tried before, and I LOVE THEM! I have tried running and... Wed, 16 Jun 2010 16:45:30 EST Lazy end of year days are over! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3336123 Well, school is over. That means grading, comments, cleaning, sorting and packing things away for next year - ALL OVER! Finally! My life can return to normal. While the craziness was here, my healthy lifestyle took somewhat of a back seat. I drank way too much caffeine, didn't get enough exercise, and was just generally stressed (trying to get things done). I am happy to have my life back! YEAH! <BR> <BR> Started off this morning with an early morning wog (walk/jog). Not bad. The do... Tue, 15 Jun 2010 09:51:44 EST Sooooo Busy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3290073 The last couple of days have been somewhat crazy at work. The school year is coming to an end so everything has to be handed in, signed off, etc. I can't wait until tomorrow, when all the craziness is over...At least, most of it. The rest is just normal cleaning up and having fun with the kids for the last 2 weeks. <BR> This also means that tomorrow I will also have some time to cook! YEAH! I noticed just in the last couple of days, that if I am not prepared with my meals, it makes sta... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 19:21:21 EST Things are looking up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3283054 Well, after thinking it over and advice from friends (both Sparkers and non-sparkers), I have decided to go with my gut. I am going to continue with my no-aspartame. Continue with my food tracking here. Continue with my exercising. Do all the things I was doing...And see what happens. If I am still having trouble losing weight then I will get a second opinion. I think that I am doing fine at the moment. Since my breakup with aspartame <em>51</em> I am feeling great and the scale has ... Sun, 30 May 2010 19:54:49 EST Not sure... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3278287 I just got back from my latest doctors appointment and to be honest, I am feeling a little unsure. After my last visit, I knew my issues were not Thyroid related. Today, he looked at the rest of the tests and was very surprised that there was nothing seriously wrong. Given my family history he was expecting diabetes, or something else. The tests not only showed nothing negative, but that I was actually in REALLY good health. He even admitted he was shocked. He then said that given my sym... Fri, 28 May 2010 21:02:36 EST Day 4 Still No Diet Coke! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3267750 Well, I have made it through Day 4. No Diet Coke or anything containing aspartame. So far, as long as I keep drinking my water, we are good. I don't know if it is mental, but I feel lighter...Like I'm less clogged or bloated. I'm sure it is all in my head, but it's a good feeling regardless! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I have done well the last couple days. Managed to bring a healthy lunch both days, and have already packed my lunch for tomorrow. I am quite proud of myself. Dinners are a... Tue, 25 May 2010 19:44:13 EST Day 2 - No Diet Coke http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3260279 I have given up diet coke. My friend kept telling me it was bad for me and since reading about the evils of aspartame, I have decided to listen, and give up my favorite drink...My beloved diet coke. So far, I have been ok but god knows how I will do at work. I drink several cans a day....I not only like the taste, but I also NEED the caffeine. I have a feeling that this week is going to be ROUGH! <BR> <BR> One day at a time, right??!? Sun, 23 May 2010 19:02:43 EST So it's not my thyroid... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3255460 Went for my latest doctor's appointment today. He says my issues (fatigue, dry skin, hair loss, increasingly bad memory, extreme and fairly constant thirst, slight weight gain and difficulty losing), are NOT due to thyroid problems. Which is good. Now we just have to figure out the source of my problems. I am going for more tests monday, and then go back later in the week for the results and a chat with the doc. <BR> <BR> I have to say, that while I feel uncomfortable in my own body (s... Fri, 21 May 2010 22:43:59 EST Would kill for sleep! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3247767 I am soooo tired....I don't even know how I am possibly going to get through the rest of today. <BR> <BR> I got ZERO sleep last night. I got to bed late - not a great start....And was then kept up by a party down the street AND a neighborhood dog that would not stop barking. All night it barked!!! <em>101</em> <BR> When the alarm went off this morning I thought I was going to cry. <BR> <BR> I am counting the hours until I can go to bed. It's not soon enough! <BR> <BR> Wed, 19 May 2010 18:53:19 EST A dog's life... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3223834 As I walked my dog tonight, I thought about how good it must be from her point of view. She gets a family who loves her, kibble and water whenever she wants, walkies and playtime to her heart's content...All this and none of the stress that us mere humans have. <BR> <BR> She doesn't worry about eating the wrong thing...She doesn't worry about her butt looking big, or ever feel guilty for lying around. Life is good. <BR> <BR> Maybe we should be like dogs. Worry less and enjoy life more... Wed, 12 May 2010 21:51:22 EST My confession... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3215619 I have a large confession to make. I have been slacking as of late. Slacking so much, that I almost don't recognize myself or my unhealthy habits. It's BAAAD! I was evaluating my choices as of late, and realized that my lazy choices have definitely not been helping me. <BR> My backwards slide started when I got hurt. Had to take a break from my walking/running. It sucked at first because I missed it. But after a while...The lack of activity fed my couch potato alter ego. She'... Mon, 10 May 2010 18:55:45 EST Lentil dip anyone?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2354721 Well, my soup tasted great but looked kinda like baby poop and is more the consistency of a dip or salsa....Definitely too many lentils. Tastes good though. <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> I am slowly losing my pounds. I have lost 4.5 lbs since I got back on track. Not bad, but not great. I figure I need to put a little more effort into my workouts or something. I fluctuate back and forth.....I can't decide whether I am off to a great start or if my 4.5 lbs should be so much more. I'll think a... Fri, 28 Aug 2009 19:54:54 EST Lentil soup that ate my kitchen! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2352238 Ok. Trying the lentil soup, and I'm not so sure. I think my prob is that I used too many lentils. The bag looked so small (and never having cooked them before) I decided to use the whole bag. Now, I have to keep adding broth and spices to ensure that my lentil soup will still be soup once it is finished. I swear, my lentil soup keeps growing.....Soon it will have eaten my entire kitchen! Let's hope it tastes good once it's finished..... <em>24</em> Thu, 27 Aug 2009 20:31:20 EST Cooking Experiment Continues! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2348971 Well, teaching myself to cook is going pretty well. So far, I have not had any major issues and have even managed to bake/cook when I don't have the proper instruments....Try baking cookies in round cookie tins....An interesting but slightly time consuming experience. <BR> <BR> My last recipe success was yesterday. I made a zucchini and roma(?) tomato dish, with green salsa and cheese. It was really good. A friend gave me the step by step instructions (knowing I am the ULTIMATE novice wh... Wed, 26 Aug 2009 17:51:59 EST I'm in love with a drink... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2318300 I have discovered a new drink that I LOVE!!! <em>212</em> <BR> <BR> Lipton Green Tea Light with Lemon. So yummy and refreshing and weirdly, no calories. It is a really refreshing change to some of the other light drinks out there that simply make me more thirsty or have an odd after taste. I definitely recommend it! <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> On another note....Called the company handling my internet this morning. We had some words (not all of them polite) about my lack of service and ... Sat, 15 Aug 2009 17:58:37 EST Telephone Companies Suck!....Well mine does anyway! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2316516 Minor rant coming! <BR> <BR> I am still without Internet! I am still without my ability to reach the outside world. I am forced to resort to the kindness of my friends, who let me use their internet. <BR> <BR> I don't understand why my telephone company is making the acquisition of wireless internet so difficult. AAARRRGGGHHHH!!!! <BR> <BR> Rant done! Maybe tomorrow will be better?!? <BR> Fri, 14 Aug 2009 21:44:51 EST Back to the daily grind... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2307080 I am finally back on track! I have been sticking to my eating plan and walking twice as much as normal. I'm not up to running/jogging again yet (knee is still not 100%), but things are definitely looking up! :) <BR> <BR> So far, I have brought my lunch to work the last three days, and I have cooked healthy options every night. Even had healthy leftovers yesterday. <BR> <BR> Goal for the rest of the week - WATER! Need to drink more water! :) Tue, 11 Aug 2009 16:38:59 EST EUREKA!!! The scale moves! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1902204 YEAH!! The scale finally started to move!!! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Today is not my normal weigh-in day (Thursday), but I was getting a little obsessive about wanting to see if anything changed, so I finally just got on. Low and behold it went down! The first 3 times I got on, it said I went down 2.5 lbs...I thought that seemed like a lot, so I am going with attempt number 4: 1lb lost. I figure I will go with the safer bet and I'll believe the bigger loss when I weigh again on Thursday... Sun, 22 Mar 2009 14:14:54 EST Fun Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1898464 Life is good! Today was a much better day - mentally - than yesterday. I feel like I am in a much better place. I will not stress about the numbers on the scale! I will look at the long range picture....This is what I am telling myself, anyway. <BR> <BR> Food was good...Still in range, so far, anyway. Drank most of my water. And I even went walking today. I am feeling very positive and productive today! Yeah me! <BR> <BR> I am thinking of starting with the SP Boot Camp Videos. I ... Fri, 20 Mar 2009 22:27:24 EST A successful trial... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1892886 Well, today was the first day I tried getting up at a disgusting hour to go walking before work...I did it! It was NOT a pretty experience, but it was successful. After the actual 'getting up' part, it wasn't so bad. I was worried I would end up being really tired in the afternoon, but my energy lasted all day! YEAH!!!! <BR> <BR> As for the rest of my day...Food was good. I stayed in my calorie range, and drank all my water. I changed my food up a bit. I followed some advice (especia... Thu, 19 Mar 2009 01:07:58 EST Back to Reality... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1887804 Well, back from my mini vacation and feel a bit out of sorts. I did a good job on vacation - trying to eat well, drinking my water, etc. But coming back really late last night has thrown me off. I didn't get enough sleep, and then didn't have enough time for breakfast. I feel like my routine is off - and I DON'T LIKE the feeling!!! I feel like I should be able to hit reset on the day...Which is really silly because nothing seriously wrong has happened. So bizarre! <BR> <BR> Plans for a... Tue, 17 Mar 2009 13:53:14 EST