I've been in Florida for 5 months now. It's been 5 months of temporary housing, living out of suitcases, emotional struggles and homesickness. My husband and I finally got out of our friend's house before it destroyed our friendship, and moved i... Read more
Life in the Sunshine State
It's been two months since I left my job, my home, and my life in east Tennessee. I left behind a toxic work environment, emotionally-damaging boss and sinking economy. I also left behind some of the best friends I could ever imagine, our first ... Read more
Long time, no see. (Fair warning: LONG!)
My last post was in March. That seems like a lifetime ago. So much has changed since then. Most of it bad, but some of it good. Stress has been the overwhelming theme of my summer, and that certainly isn't slowing down right now. I've been fight... Read more
Hey there Sparkers.
This is kind of a hard post for me. One of my main goals this year was to be able to climb the lift of Wild Eagle without being so worn out I was useless for the rest of the day. Last Friday, I got the chance to test it ... Read more
Hiking the Great Smoky Mountains
Something that I've always wanted to do is a lot of hiking. I learned yesterday that I'm not quite in the shape I need to be to do as much hiking as I'd like! Even though we got home after dark, soaked, exhausted and sore, it was worth it for a ... Read more
Discovering the joy of yoga
I decided it was time to see what all the yoga hype was about. You'd have to be living under a rock to have not heard by now all the benefits yoga can provide, including decreased stress, increased flexibility, less joint pain and a calmer minds... Read more
A year later - An update story
I joined SparkPeople on January 17, 2012 with the goal of dropping almost 50 lbs for my wedding in October. While I didn't make it that far, I did make it to 30 lbs, weighing in at 200 lbs even. Massive life changes over the summer and an injury... Read more
Long time, no see
Well, it's been quite a long time since my last blog post. Over 6 months in fact. Never fear, I didn't disappear. I just had a lot of changes in my life that took me away from SP.
Let's start with number one: I started working full-time as... Read more
The Apple Fast - Day 1
I've been retaining water and having some digestion issues lately, and a friend of mine did a 3-day apple fast last week with great success. I did a lot of reading up on it first - I'm not one to jump on fads - and decided I liked how it worked ... Read more
Trying to get back in the groove
With winter quarter coming to an end, it seems like each day there is a little more to do and a little less time to do it. In light of that, I've been letting fitness and good habits fall to the way side. I can't remember the last time I actuall... Read more
There was a particular photo of myself that really sparked my desire to lose weight. It's a beautiful picture of my fiancÚ and I in Gatlingburg, TN. The setting is beautiful, we look happy, and all I could say when I saw it was "I look so fat."
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Starting Week 4
At the end of this week, I will be one month into my journey. I've already hit my first few roadblocks, and am currently experiencing one of the most frustrating for anyone trying to lose weight - a plateau.
I've been stuck around the 215 ... Read more
Reweighing - a blessing and a curse.
I always weigh myself twice, to confirm the first reading was accurate. On the second try, I move the scale (I used to have a scale that would read differently depending on how close to the wall it was), and then step on with my other foot first... Read more
Losing weight but not feeling it
I can see the number going down on the scale, but I'm starting to wonder where the visible progress is. I know in the past if I lost even 5 lbs, I could see it. I could feel it in my pants. But this time, even at 7 lbs, I can't tell and it's sta... Read more
10 days, 5 pounds .. easier than I thought!
I've noticed over the last week that my method of "dieting" this time around has been so much easier than I expected. I've found myself under my SparkNutrition recommended calories continuously and often find myself having to add a snack to keep... Read more
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