My DH and two sons!
Here we are another year went by and I have yet to reach my goal weight. On the contrary this has been a year where I have gone past my highest weight.
There is no one to blame because it does not help blaming anyone. This is just a step back and I am going to take the step (or however many steps I need) forward to get myself back to where I need to be.
Life gives us lemons and I have decided to make some lemonade with them. So I am ready to walk forward and if I stumble I will dust myself off and continue the journey.
So a few weeks before my next birthday and my weight has gotten out of control. I know I am trying but I guess not hard enough so it is time to get serious and get down to business again. I know I can do this I just need to get my mind back on track and dedicate more time to me.
I wanted to be at my goal weight for my birthday on April 3 but since that won't happen I guess the best birthday present I can give myself is permission to start over.
A new challenge starts the day after my birthday and I am on board. So hopefully I will be writing a different kind of blog.
My birthday wish to get healthy, energized and fit just for me!
Another year is ending and new one will begin in a few hours. I have to thank God for all the good things that happened this year and accept all the challenges that were presented to me!
I have to thank my family for always being there and ask for forgiveness if I did anything to offend them during this year (which I am sure I did).
My oldest graduated from college and now he is looking towards the future. My youngest has had the best year in the last 3 years. He is still battling some health issues but he is back to his old cheery self and I can honestly say that he has come so far!! This has been the best thing that has happened in 2014.
My weight on the other hand has not come down the way I would had wanted-but this is due in part to injuries which prevented me from working out the last 6 months the way I needed to do. I also have to blame myself because I did not stick to tracking faithfully so I know what I need to do!
I have started to work out little by little and I am committed to get this done this time! So 2015 is here and now I must do my part!!
The first day of summer is upon us and it also the first day of our 5% Summer Challenge. I guess most of the time we think of summer as a time to relax and we just forget about our routines. However, since joining Sparks 3 years ago I am constantly reminded that we must continue with our healthy choices and habit all year long.
I have not been able to reach my desired goal - as of yet - but I know that if it wasn't for these challenges and Spark I would definitely be worse off with regards to weight.
This site has given me many helpful tools such as articles, recipes, exercises and most importantly friends that help to pick me up when I am down!
So hopefully this summer challenge will continue to inspire me and Ii know that I will eventually reach my weight goal.
Let the summer begin and let's get those swim suits out!!
Getting ready for my Spring Challenge! Want to make sure that everything is in place and make no excuses.
Gym bag ready to take to work and have to force myself to leave work early and spend some me time.
I am a Teddy Bear!!!!
I am excited and ready to start the challenge!
Welcome to all my Teddy Bears and to all the other teams in the challenge. Time for some fun and challenges!
5% Winter Challenge Commitment:
This is the one year where I commit to really making time for myself. The past years I have neglected to really set aside my time and not let things get in the way. I feel that in order to help my family, children, friends, etc. I need to be healthy and the only way to achieve this is by looking out for number 1-ME
I will make sure that I take my gym clothes to work and leave work at my regular hour so that I can get to the gym and really have some ME time.
I don't want to sound selfish but I feel that I really need this time! I will track my food in take, and follow the LTGL.
My goal for 2014 is to be healthy and at peace!
5% Fall Challenge Commitment:
I will take my gym clothes to work and go straight from work. If something come up I will walk around the block for at least 3o minutes every day.
I will be more consistent with my strength training!
A fragment of a poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson:
"Finish each day
And be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and
Absurdities have crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can."
I believe we can all apply this to our lives!
Hi! I am 50+ and I need to loose 10-20 lbs. I have been trying for sometime but I am stuck. I just discovered Sparks and I am getting use to the site and all it offers. I have always exercise and watched what I eat but it seems I just can't make it happen.
This year has been stressful with family illnesses and everyone wanting me to be the strong one, well guess what I am emotionally drained too. However, I will continue to have faith and hope that things will eventually get back to normal.
The start of my next year with Spark. My goals are to focus more on my weight loss and reduce my stress level.
It has been a challenging year, but I fel that I am on the right path. My journey through spark has shown given me so many resources to help me along the way. I have also gained a numbers of spark friends that have encourged and support me through my dark moments.
My goal for this year is to reach my goal weight, be healthy and live a stress free life.
Let the games begin!!!!
All thing are possible if we believe in ourselves and have faith in God.
Fall challenge goal lose 5% -- Hope to do this by exercise, tracking and staying active
Take one step at time and not worry of the times I fall. Get up and keep going!!
Walking, tracking, just being accountable!
I've been married for 25 years.
Proud mother of one college grad and one more to go.
I am a 2nd grade teacher.
I love to read, spend time with my family.
I live in sunny central Florida
Have had a lot on my shoulders last two years but through the grace of God I am still here and moving forward!
Secrets of Success
This user doesn't have any secrets of success.
| Pounds lost: 4.0
If you or anyone you know are having trouble tracking or are stuck in a plateau, then please read this or share it with your spark friends.
Remember attaining weight loss is possible and permanent weight loss is absolutely doable. If you are will to start changing your life and lifestyle one habit at a time. After all that is how we learned how to talk, walk, dress, bathe and eat. Was one step at a time. Our Mothers and fathers were very good at teaching us what they knew.
But, most of them did not know what healthy eating was. Not really. Nothing like a dietician would know. So remember when starting out you want to set up small attainable goals. Even if you are having trouble anywhere in your weight loss journey, you may just want to take a step back and look at where you are actually at.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself:
1) Are you where you want to be?
2) Are you losing weight?
3) Are you really tracking everything that you eat?
4) Are you being completely honest with yourself?
5) Are you setting realistic goals?
6) Are you drinking your daily water?
7) Are you eating at least 2 fruits daily?
8) Are you eating at least 3 vegetables daily?
9) Are you getting at least 10+ minutes of exercise daily?
10) Are you getting any me time? This is the most important one.......
Drinking 8 cups of water.....every day is very important to stay hydrated.
• Eating at least 2 fruits and at least 3 vegetables every day will help keep you full longer and ensure that you are getting enough fiber
• Not eating in front of the TV....you do not want to be distracted, enjoy your meal and put down your fork or spoon between every bite, while sipping water. It takes at least 20 minutes to ensure the brain starts to signal the stomach that you are getting full.
• No soda or sweet drinks....you will want to cut out as much refined sugar as possible, lowering your risk of diabetes.
• Eat breakfast every morning: This is the most important meal of the day, you need at least 300 - 400 calories to start your day and get your metabolism reeved up for the day.
• No candy, cake, potato chips or other high carb junk food, instead try a piece of fresh fruit, granola, veggie slices or nuts. Sometimes even a glass of water can keep hunger at bay. Try it infused with slices of fruit or veggies.
And if you are stuck in a plateau, try mixing up your exercise routine. A strength training program, with some cardio and walking the pounds away may be just what the doctor ordered. Talk it out with a trainer, a dietician, your doctor or weight loss buddy may also be an answer too.
Just do what it takes for you..... what works for one, may not work for you.
I love all of you and want each one of you to be successful in your journies! KEEP ON SPARKIN'
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Bibi! Hope you have a wonderful time at the lemonade stand today!
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Heading on down to the Lemonade Stand to have a sip with My Girl, Bibi! Let's jaw a while. I love hearing about your time with your sisters, as I don't have any. Enjoy your day, Bibi!
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Hey, great to see you at the Lemonade Stand! Enjoy your day here with your friends.
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