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  • Step Count

    4/21/2017 3:11:11 PM, by POEDAUGHTER7

    High step count day on my Fitbit.... Read more

  • Not just physically tired

    4/21/2017 2:07:04 PM, by NEOMATTLAC

    This week hasn't been great. My downward spiral continues. My energy level is really dropping, making eating right and working out even harder than usual. Plus, without the "happy chemicals" from working out as much, my depression seems to be coming back. Add in lack of sleep, stress of finals, and ... Read more

  • Chaotic Food

    4/17/2017 12:07:16 PM, by NEOMATTLAC

    Well, this past week's food has been chaotic. Some days have been REALLY low and some days have been high. Yesterday was considerably high, but it was a holiday, so it's a freebie. I'm confused on what I need to do to stabilize my diet. I know the issue is that I wasn't happy with it, as it was hi... Read more

  • Low Carb and updated Fast Food Plan

    4/11/2017 8:18:45 PM, by VALKYRIA-

    I took a diabetes education class with my friend, Cat! The dietitian there recommended that I try to get 10 servings of 15g carb, or about 150g per day as part of my plan to lower my blood sugar. I can do this! I will do this! I've updated my list of fast food so that it's a bit lower car... Read more

  • Self-Trust and -Forgiveness

    4/11/2017 3:20:40 PM, by NEOMATTLAC

    Recently, I've taken a lot of time to examine my journey so far. I found my main strength is sheer stubbornness. In addition, I'm still using anger to get through some workouts, but, lately, it feels like there's less of that anger. I'm making it through workouts, as dumb as it may sound, on my athl... Read more

  • Slip Up

    4/10/2017 3:27:16 PM, by NEOMATTLAC

    So, this weekend, calorie-wise I was great, but quality wise... I made bad decisions. You can fit fried chicken and ice cream into calories if you skip a meal, but that's not what I want to do. I mean, I want fried chicken and ice cream, but I want it every day and having it once makes it worse. I... Read more

  • Packing

    4/7/2017 7:07:13 PM, by VALKYRIA-

    My brother is coming out to help me pack for the move this weekend! For the past 2 days, I've been eating breakfast and sticking to my eating goals. I do feel so much better when I spread the calories out through the day instead of eating 1-2 big meals... I know it's better for my blood sugar ... Read more

  • I was wrong...

    4/6/2017 12:50:56 PM, by NEOMATTLAC

    So, it turns out that dropping my calories was easy to do, but not good. My trainer disagreed, but did alter my meal plan. Less food, but more calorie-dense. I'm going to finish out this week on my old plan (at the full calories), then shift for next week. Also, huzzah! I've lost 19.4 pounds since... Read more

  • Retribution

    4/5/2017 2:19:54 PM, by NEOMATTLAC

    I decided to cut calories once again. The 1700-1900 range was not comfortable for me. Instead, I will be eating at 1450-1750. Part of this drop is in response to Sunday's debacle. There is a little piece of me that says that it is a fear based response. However, the drop really isn't based on that. ... Read more

  • Weigh-in

    4/5/2017 12:16:52 PM, by VALKYRIA-

    I gained 1.2 lb this week :( I know why. My cravings and portions have been out of control -- from pizza last Wednesday to fast food mega-meals, I haven't been pre-tracking and I have been eating pretty much whatever I wanted, including sugary lemonade and a soda. What the heck am I... Read more

  • Why do I always give up?

    4/3/2017 9:02:25 PM, by NEW_ME_IN_2017

    Hello fellow sparkers. I know it's been a long time since I've last blogged. I hate to say this, but I feel like I gave up on myself yet again. Funny how that works sometimes. While I can say I have NOT gained hardly any weight since my last weigh-in, I can say I have stopped working out. I can say ... Read more

  • :D

    4/3/2017 12:18:09 PM, by VALKYRIA-

    Today I was feeling good so I went a little bit faster at the gym. I managed to beat my personal best on my mile of jogging intervals by more than 2 minutes :) I've been to the gym 5 times now in 2 weeks... Wed will be my 6th! ... Read more

  • A Big Flub Up, New Components, and a New Objective

    4/3/2017 10:51:04 AM, by NEOMATTLAC

    I'm so peeved at myself. Of course, I'd like to use a more "descriptive" word here, but, ya know, gotta keep it PG. Yesterday, about 8pm, I was at 2350kcal. Perfect day for a day with a cheat meal. Then, something in my mind whispered, "Hey. You've got some of those honey mustard pretzels. One han... Read more

  • Progress vs Time

    4/2/2017 8:47:07 PM, by NEOMATTLAC

    I keep feeling or seeing things new to me. I had something on my arm, went to wipe it off, and could feel my bicep, despite not flexing or anything. My back and shoulders have excellent definition. My legs are coming along well. But this belly and my love handles are so stubborn. Plus, I keep compar... Read more

  • Trudging Upward

    3/30/2017 3:20:24 PM, by NEOMATTLAC

    Wow! I had some great responses on my last blog! What I've realized is that I've happened across a multi-pronged issue. For one, I am at the upper limit of my appetite, meaning that I need to add an extra meal into my day and spread my calories further (to shrink my meals), or eat smaller, more ca... Read more

  • Safety

    3/29/2017 6:23:22 PM, by BO0BERRY

    As the warmer weather comes (unless you live in Florida then its all the time) remember to always stay hydrated. On top of hydration always be aware of your surroundings because you never know who or what is hiding and waiting. ... Read more

  • Down (-)

    3/29/2017 3:26:17 PM, by NEOMATTLAC

    I don't know what's going on today, but I feel down in the dumps. My (good) shoulder hurts, I'm tired, and I feel like giving up. I mean, I want to really splurge and eat a crap load of junk, but I can't. Every day for the past week and a half, I've eaten 2100 kcal or more. I should be eating abo... Read more

  • Weekly weigh in

    3/29/2017 1:41:19 PM, by VALKYRIA-

    I'm down 2.2 lb this week :D!!! I wasn't perfect (far from it), but I made a lot of good, small decisions. Hopefully this trend continues next week! Today I did my strength training at the gym, then bought some boxes; I'm working on packing... I have a feeling I'll be doing this f... Read more

  • Finding me time.

    3/28/2017 6:54:22 PM, by BO0BERRY

    Finding me time is difficult. I seem to have found some today. It may not relieve the stress but will lessen the tension. Remember in this busy world of watching and taking care of people to make sure you take care of your self. Make that me time your time. Back to reality, my me time is up fo... Read more

  • All sorts of stuff in this entry

    3/28/2017 3:18:49 PM, by NEOMATTLAC

    Sunday and yesterday, I managed to really push myself. Yesterday was particularly rough, but motivating, as I pushed myself beyond where I thought I "should" be. We (meaning, I, with the assistance of my trainer) benched 185 yesterday ten times. I could only do it for one set, it's still faaaaar pas... Read more

  • Gym day 2 and packing

    3/27/2017 1:39:33 PM, by VALKYRIA-

    A good start to the week! I made it to the gym this morning despite not wanting to go (I guess that's why it helps to have a gym buddy, right? She helped motivate me!) Once I got there, I was fine. I did 6 jogging intervals on the treadmill with walking in between, and worked up quite a sweat, then ... Read more

  • Progress Since September

    3/27/2017 12:29:06 AM, by NEOMATTLAC

    Some wonderful progress made today. I overcame a repeated negative feeling about only working out twice last week, and pushed to workout today. I did a home outside workout for the first time in about six months. Tire flips - I used to (September) struggle to get four. Today, I did five forward ... Read more

  • Exploring With Anger

    3/25/2017 3:06:10 PM, by NEOMATTLAC

    Imagine yourself cutting some peppers. Chop, chop, then you cut yourself. You lose your temper, get angry, and break something important to you. Anger is a powerful thing. Most people think of anger as someone lashing out at other people, however the most common anger is anger directly inward. Wit... Read more

  • Moving!

    3/25/2017 11:54:49 AM, by VALKYRIA-

    I'm so happy!!!! I'm going to be moving from this apartment to another one with the same floor plan, in a different building. Why? Because this one is horrible and is really close to the highway, and no matter what I do, I cannot relax here! I didn't realize it until after I moved in, but the no... Read more