Longest run so far!
I'm not looking to become a distance runner or anything; I just want to be able to run a 5k nonstop and incorporate running into my exercise routine sometimes. I used to be unable to run more than a few steps because it hurt my shins/knees, and ... Read more
Vacation results are in, and...not half bad!
Well I just got back from the Outer Banks, and it looks like I've gained about 2 pounds. I was shooting for not gaining ANY weight, of course, but considering that on what was essentially the same vacation last year I gained like 5 pounds, and c... Read more
Planning to myself for my beach trip
I'm going on vacation with my in-laws next week (to the Outer Banks!) and since I tend to gain weight on trips, I just want to use this space to think out a plan of attack to help me do what I need to do to prevent any gaining.
So. In terms... Read more
Something seems to be wrong with clothing sizes in stores
How is it that I'm no longer shopping in the "Plus" or "Woman" section any more? What's up with the fact that not only am I sometimes buying regular larges, but I've also bought some things in MEDIUM? Why don't my pants come with a "W" on the la... Read more
This is why I weigh myself all day, every day!
I've read all kinds of experts' advice on how frequently to weigh yourself if you're using a scale to track weight loss progress, and they almost always say once a week. They claim that if you weigh yourself every day, you'll just get really ups... Read more
All kinds of lessons learned today, I guess
I was supposed to donate blood today, but got rejected because I have a poison ivy rash on one elbow. Initially, I was told that it was okay as long as my other arm was clear (which it was), but then someone else decided I still couldn't give bl... Read more
Trying to eat well for blood donation!
I thought for years that I wouldn't be able to donate blood because my blood pressure would get too high (it always did at the doctor's office, and for a while, I tried to tell myself that it was just white coat hypertension and not REAL hyperte... Read more
My ADD approach to weight loss
My dessert tonight got me thinking.
I received an immersion blender for my birthday recently, and I used it tonight to try making a strawberry smoothie (nonfat milk/yogurt, added flaxseed, it was totally nutritious). It was fast and easy an... Read more
Staying on the BP meds for now...
...but hey, at least it's a low dose!
My doctor and I were considering taking me off my BP medicine entirely, because my blood pressure HAS improved since I've lost weight and changed my diet/exercise habits, so I've been on a lower dose fo... Read more
Can't wait for fall to run outside w/o melting
I just tried to go jogging outside and made it about 30 minutes before I just up and died from the heat. It's only about 83 degrees, but it's a bit humid and it's SUPER sunny and I have never been friends with heat.
So now that I kind of l... Read more
So excited about exercising at my new job!
I've been unemployed for a while as I finished up my M.A. and tried to get a job in my field (and at a location relatively near to where I currently live). Fortunately, my husband has a good enough job that for a youngish couple with no kids yet... Read more
So I am still figuring out how this site works
I *just* realized that if someone adds you as a SparkFriend, that doesn't mean they show up on your page, too. I just sort of figured that if I wasn't asked to confirm a person as a friend (the way Facebook does it), then that meant no additiona... Read more
Why did my sister get the petite genes but not me?
My sister has always been one of those really teeny, slender people. I mean, she was a little puffier as a teenager than she is now as an adult but she was never, ever overweight or even close. And she's one of those people with the little delic... Read more
Staring down two pies and I WILL win
A few days after I spent a week away from home defending my M.A. and not worrying about what I ate while doing so (my rationale was that I had bigger, more immediate things to worry about), which of course resulted in some weight gain... my fami... Read more
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Water retention is my nemesis
Holy crap, I gained 11 pounds in 6 days??
I gave myself permission to not worry about what I was eating this past week because I was traveling 1000 miles via car in order to defend my graduate degree and I had enough to worry about besides ... Read more