Hi Everyone! I feel like I'm really back on track the last week (even though I haven't been able to stop thinking about cake... I really want a piece of chocolate cake- interesting, well made with lots of frosting and fun stuff like hazel nuts or raspberries). I'm guessing I should just plan for it and get it because I haven't stopped thinking about it in a couple weeks. But I've been really good about making sure that I have all the basics around, like the turkey breast, crackers, avocados, etc. Having the right food around is crucial to me keeping on track. Whenever I don't have easy access to the right stuff, I always end up eating too much of the wrong stuff (yummy stuff, but not what I need to keep going in the right direction).

I've had a lump on my back for the last few years- the doctor told me it's an epidermoid cyst (so it's totally benign). As I'm loosing weight it's starting to hurt. Mike, my trainer, and I are guessing that as I'm loosing weight it has less cushioning around it and so it's starting to hit nerves and irritate the muscles. I'm going to have to see if there is anything that can be done about it. I'm hoping it won't have to be surgically removed. Or, if it does, I hope the surgery is very minor. I really don't want to be out of commission for a long time because of this lump.

I have been really mixing up my exercise. I'm swimming, riding a bike, doing weights with Mike, walking, and sometimes using cardio machines. So I'm hoping that I'm working as many muscle sets as I can. I'm hoping that I'm mixing it up enough to keep the whole muscle confusion thing going (as I understand it, muscle confusion means making sure that the muscles aren't getting into too much of a routine and therefore not burning as much as they can burn). And I've been trying to spread my exercise throughout the day to help keep the metabolism going as long as possible. We'll see if it makes a difference.

So this week is just trucking along. Nothing big, nothing too terribly out of the ordinary. Just trying to keep on track. Amazing how much I've been thinking about having a few glasses of wine and a bunch of cake and a danish and whatever else would derail me. Once you eat sugar you crave sugar. I really have to stay determined.

I hope you're well! Talk to you again soon!

Author: Kelley Clements, Commit to Fit Winner, 2010