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Motivate week 1! I want it bad!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

O.k. I know I'm getting this in late.. It's been a busy few days...

I have to admit that I have been feeling much more motivated lately, then I was a couple of months ago. I'm very excited for this challenge! I need this extra motivation to get through this holiday season!

I joined SP at the beginning of this year. emoticon It has been just what I needed in my life. I had some awesome success already! I've also had some snags along the way... but I realize this is a learning experience, and a lifelong journey. I had a small Spark break from Mid August, to around Halloween, but I'm back, and MOTIVATED to get this ball rolling again! I do have to give a shout out to RYDERB. She has been an awesome Sparkfriend! When I was M.I.A. she really stuck by me, and didn't give up. She emailed me, an kindly told me about this challenge coming up, and thought that it was just what I needed. (She was right! It was!)

I have several reasons to be motivated about getting this weight off, and to be a happy, and healthy woman. First I have 2 beautiful girls that drive me everyday to be the best person I can be. I am motivated to get healthy for my health, and heart. I'm motivated to not make myself old before my time. I'm motivated to start running again! (I was running 4 miles every other day until I sprained my ankle badly, and I miss it!) I am also motivated to get this ball rolling again now, because usually I wait until it's almost spring to try to start getting healthy. (which hasn't seem to work for me) This time I want to be in the FULL swing of things before the snow even melts!I need to get serious again now, to help get me past my usual huddles. This new year is finally going to be my year! I will no longer be the FAT GIRL! I am DONE! DONE DONE DONE!! I can't wait.
Thanks for reading!
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PITZIGIRL342 3/1/2012 7:23PM

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RYDERB 11/30/2011 7:14AM

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You have fantastic motivation! You are an inspiration to me, and to everyone that is lucky enough to know you. I know you will reach you goals and while you're at it, teach your family how to live healthy lives. emoticon
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CEEG-ERRIFIC 11/27/2011 12:41PM

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Great motivation! I like the part about not making yourself "old before my time". I'm trying to get back some of the energy I had when I was younger.

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VSG1982 11/26/2011 8:18PM

    Done indeed! Let's get MOTIVATED!

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HEALTHYSLIM2 11/26/2011 5:58PM

    GREAT to see you back! I was just thinking it was time to email you... so I am super glad that you had an awesome spark-friend in RYDERB who kept with you!
I know we'll be seeing you back on that Hawaii Sparkers fitness leader board soon!! I've missed you!!
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Best of luck - let's make this holiday seaon one of losing (or "releasing", as I saw another Sparker call it) :-) and supporting each other to find success in all our pursuits.
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JCARDINAL 11/26/2011 11:58AM

    Keep that motivation up!! We are going to rock this challenge!!

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REDRUNNERMOM713 11/26/2011 11:06AM

    You can DO this!!! I will be there right along with you. I want to really work hard this winter so when Spring comes and the layers come off I will be thinner and more toned. Let's do this!!

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AGREENSLADE79 11/26/2011 10:18AM

    Go you Amy! You can do it!! :)

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TENACITY918 11/26/2011 10:15AM

    Good luck Amy!! You can do it!! Good luck achieving your goals!!!

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Spreading the SPARK! In a sneaky way...

Monday, June 06, 2011

Well I have officially SPARKED my husband! I have noticed in the last month my husband doesn't want to get left behind on this journey that I'm on. I want you to know that I have never pushed my new lifestyle on my family. I have been steadily working on MYSELF, and it's paying off, and not going unnoticed!

My husband doesn't appear to be overweight. He's got a good physique, but is in his late 30's, and probably could stand to lose 15-20 lbs. He has also had a terrible tobacco habit(most of his life), is a first class junk food junkie, and fast food addict! He literally ate at the same pizza joint EVERYDAY, for like a year straight for lunch. (makes my stomach hurt just thinking about it) So needless to say I have been worried about his artery's and cholesterol.

He has been a great supporter of mine since starting Sparkpeople. Never once has he ever said a word to me about gaining weight in the last 16 years we have been together. I have lost 42lbs since Feb 2011 and, I was discussing it with him about a month ago. I pointed out that it would be a shame, if I worked this hard to lose 100lbs, and improve the quality of my life, and continue to live healthy lifestyle.... he ends up getting sick from years of chewing tobacco abuse, or got heart disease from his unsavory eating habits. Then he completely amazed me, and quit tobacco that afternoon!!Cold turkey!! Tomorrow will actually be a full month tobacco free! I am soooo proud of him! He is a strong man, and when he puts his mind to doing something he WILL do it! He also has pretty much quit fastfood, and is making a conscious effort to eat healthy, whole foods. Also he can't be out done by a girl...he has started running again! He was active duty military for 12 years completed RANGER school, and became a U.S. Army Ranger! I know he can do anything he sets his mind to.

Well with the military still in his heart, he ended up joining the guard a few years ago. An is actually fulfilling his 2 week training obligation this week! He was sort of complaining that he was going to be bored, and there was nothing to do during their down time. He was afraid he wasn't going to get any healthy food while he was gone, and that they weren't going to do any physical training. I got an idea...right before he left, I grabbed my copy of THE SPARK and tucked it in his bag. I figured if he had some down time, and had no other distractions he would feel compelled to read it.

Well later that afternoon I got a call from a rather noisy HUMVEE...I asked him how it was going, and he said he was reading THE SPARK!!! He said "I found your book" and "thanks for packing it for him"!! VICTORY! He has been reading it, and he seems excited! Last night even though the rest of the unit didn't P.T. he took the initiative to run on his own, and even took a buddy with! He said he was spreading the SPARK! He even has been saying stuff to me like...I'm gonna get a running STREAK going...a streak?? Now he's sounding like me! He said that other people were asking him about his book, and he said he was gonna let other people read it while they are there!! I'm so proud of him! Things are working out just the way I always dreamed they would! Healthy mommy...healthy family. Yay!

Spread the SPARK! Help change someones life!
Thanks for reading!
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WOLFKITTY 11/3/2012 1:02PM

    This is so awesome that it's making me cry happiness for you. May you continue to live a happy and healthy life together.

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SUNFLOWERSAVAGE 12/7/2011 1:45AM

    I just came across this blog now. It is awesome! What a great thing you are doing for your family.

I personally think this blog should have earned you a Motivator of the Day award, because it is truly inspirational!

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DEB4HIM-1 6/24/2011 9:46AM

  I love this blog. Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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CHOCZILLA 6/16/2011 12:01AM

  I love it! And I'm off to look for a good place to "hide" the book emoticon

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STAR4W 6/13/2011 1:14PM

    You go girlie!! That's awesome!! I wish my husband would do that, but alas I won't hold my breath! LOL He will do what he wants, and as long as I keep going for my children..maybe he will get the idea sooner rather then later! Great job girlie! I am so proud of you!! You just are an inspiration everywhere!!

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JOMAMA516 6/11/2011 8:43AM

    Yay for you....you sneaky little sparker! That's awesome that you got him healthy without even having to really try very hard! I think some people just need to see it in action before they decide to hop on the spark train!

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SWEETZMIX 6/9/2011 10:11AM

    OMG I LOVE IT!! It is sO much easier when we have the support of a loved one. Girl you guys are going to rock it out!!!

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MELLABELLAS 6/7/2011 1:13AM

    Yay!!! Way to go for inspiring your hubby to get healthy. My boyfriend is starting to change his ways as well. He used to eat pretty badly and now he is more aware of what he eats.
I wish u guys the best!

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BLUEJEAN47 6/6/2011 2:00PM

    Absolutely awesome blog! Good for you,girl and congratulations for showing the Spark to others! You are really one sharp cookie! lol WAY TO GO ! Proud and Happy for you! You gave a gift that will keep coming back to you!!! SMART GIRL !!! lol emoticon

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LIVIN4LISH 6/6/2011 12:11PM

    I love this blog for so many reasons! First, that you are doing such a phenomenal job with your journey; second, that you have sparked your hubby to improve his own health purely through example, and; third, I can feel the love you and your hubby have for each other right through this post (AWWWWWW! emoticon) Good for you, and keep it up! emoticon

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AEROGERS129 6/6/2011 11:44AM

    Oh my gosh! You are awesome and your attitude is contagious!

Love it!!

Congratulations on all of your accomplishments and best of luck to you on continuing your journey! emoticon emoticon

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LYNN2BTHIN 6/6/2011 11:30AM

    WOW, that is emoticon !!! How exciting for you both.

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BRDGT262 6/6/2011 10:11AM

    That's awesome!!! :)

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RYDERB 6/6/2011 10:05AM

    emoticon I LOVE it! emoticon and it all started with a little Spark! emoticon emoticon

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The Siren Song Of My Inner Fat Girl...

Monday, May 23, 2011

So my inner fat girl came to pay me a visit today....and I told her she had to GO, and not to come back...EVER!!!

Since I started on this journey I have been on a pretty regular routine. Today a few wenches got thrown into the agenda. (I'm not gonna get into it, because its now in the past, and I would just like it to stay there, plus this is a positive story) I was struggling with staying on track today. Just wasn't feeling it.

Then next thing I know here comes my inner fat girl. I hadn't seen her in awhile, so I was surprised. Where the hell did she come from? I thought I had told her she wasn't welcome around me anymore? She was telling me that it was o.k. to not work out today, that I have been working hard, and I deserved to sit on my a$$. She was feeding me every excuse in the book why it was ok for me to be lazy. She almost talked me into it too! I was in a trance...I was getting lured into the darkside by the siren song of my inner fat girl!! She almost had me too!

I finally snapped out of it, and pulled it together. I told that fat girl, that there was a new sheriff in town! I told her that this sheriff was healthy, and active, and was going to kick her butt if she ever had the nerve to come around me whining again! I think she got the point. The new healthier me reminded myself that I would regret it if I didn't get my act together! Mind over matter! I pulled it together and went to the gym! 2 hours later than I usually do! I ran another 5k on the treadmill, and did strength training! I shaved 30 sec off of my run, and I was sweating like a dude! It was like a badge of honor! I was like WHAT!?! to that fat girl. Look at me now! You are not the boss of me. Suck it!

So needless to say I am proud of myself! I made the most of my day anyway! I didn't curl up on the couch with a canister of pringles, and blow it. I loved myself enough to have mind over matter! If I had given in I would have been so disappointed in me, and I have learned now that that's not acceptable anymore! I've also committed to a 100 day streak of exercise. Today was day 30. I almost blew it, and I'm so glad I didn't...glad enough to blog about it! Woot woot! Thanks for reading!
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WHIRLEDTRAVELER 8/28/2011 12:59PM

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That'll learn her. How easy it is to get lured in by the siren song of the fat girl. You're like Odysseus, lashing himself to the mast so he doesn't throw himself overboard to be devoured by the sirens. Good for you! I love the images here.

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CAVILA-MO 6/7/2011 8:16PM

    Love this blog..I got a much needed laugh from it..I am so gonna give my inner fat girl a little chat..thanks for make'n my day..congrats on all of your accomplishments..keep up the work. emoticon

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ZAINABB 6/6/2011 2:41PM

    Haha! Thank you for sharing this! From now on that is exactly what I'm going to tell My inner fat girl if she ever thinks of coming at me.. Awesome attitude you've got.. have every right to feel proud! emoticon

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KEZRARAYNE 6/1/2011 5:56PM

    *snaps fingers* that's RIGHT! You show that inner fat girl who's boss! *snap snap head zed*

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MOMMAOF1BOY 6/1/2011 5:27PM

    emoticon and thanks for sharing! I'm sitting here at work about to fall asleep in a grouchy mood and was already coming up with excuses for not working out when I get home..but not now!! Thanks for the kick in the butt!! :)

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SWOPEN 5/29/2011 2:31PM

    that's awesome! i'm so excited for you and so proud of you! way to keep your eye on the prize! emoticon

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PATTIE441 5/28/2011 9:50AM

    Amazing gir! How awesome! Boy, that sure motivated me! I'm adding you as a friend. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BLUEJEAN47 5/25/2011 7:31PM

    ABSOLUTELY AWESOME BLOG....TOTALLLLLLLY LOVED IT....ADDING YOU AS A NEW FRIEND....WHATEVER YOU'VE GOT,GIRL,I WANT SOME OF IT ! LOL (lIKE IN THE MOVIE-WHEN HARRY MET SALLY)...LOL(IF YOU SAW IT)....ANYWAY....I LOVE THAT ENERGY AND AS SOON AS THE DOC RELEASES ME THERE ARE ABOUT 6 OR 8 BLOGS/VLOGS I AM GOING TO RE READ AND RE WATCH! I LOVE LOVE LOVE THESE SPARK PEOPLE.THEY SPIT IT OUT LIKE THEIR ASS IS ON
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RYDERB 5/25/2011 12:01AM

    That Old Fat Girl never stood a chance! You're so DONE with her! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BIJOUBIJOU81 5/24/2011 10:51PM

  Thanks for the inspiration! I am struggling so hard with my inner fat girl right now and this gave me hope and new motivation! Way to go! You are my hero of the day!

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STAR4W 5/24/2011 12:49PM

    You told her didn't you babe! WAY TO GO!! I love this blog! It is exactly how I feel! I still keep on keeping on! I am going to get to ONE-derland! I will make it there...sliding in holding the seat of my pants, cuz of course they wil be falling off, and yelling wooohooo look out here I come the whole way!! We are going to BLOW into ONE-derland like a tornado! WE WILL DO THIS! We owe it to ourselves! Keep on girl! You got this!! BOOOYAHHHHHHHHH!!!! We are in it to win it!!

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JOMAMA516 5/24/2011 8:48AM

    You're AWESOME Amy! I hate when those fat girls start creeping in and try to mess with your mind! Congrats on the 30 seconds off of your time too!!!

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DEZZIEJAMES 5/24/2011 8:20AM

    ROCK ON!!! That's great news!! Goodbye inner fat girl!!!

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CITYZOZO 5/23/2011 10:48PM

    nice work new friend.. i love this blog and am showing it to my boyfriend... wooohoooo

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FITFOODIE806 5/23/2011 10:09PM

    Way to work it!!!

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5k ALL THE WAY BABY!!!!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

I did it! I did it! I FREAKIN DID IT!!!! I feel sooooo AMAZING right now! I now it sounds cliche.. a bit corny..but I feel like I can do anything right now! I feel like I could scale the Empire State Building..seriously.

First of all I'm not a runner. I never have been. I was never into running, not because I didn't think I was capable, but I honestly felt my boobs were too big, and I didn't want to make a spectacle outta myself. I catch myself kinda trying to run at the park, and as soon as someone came along I would stop. An now I don't give a RIP!! I now know that I look like someone who is trying to make a difference in her life. It's not that I have just lost weight...my confidence is back, an I don't care how I may look to other people.

So I've been THIRSTY to take it up a notch! Ive been working my a$$ off(literally). I'm starting to really crave more, and more! I take 7 mile walks, and can stay on elliptical, and the spin bike for an hour...there was no reason in the world I couldn't run too! (especially with the help of 2 bras!)

Yesterday I was inspired to run! I was gonna do it! So I got on the treadmill,l and walked for 5 minutes. I was getting myself psyched up. I started running...wooo hooo...I was doing it! I set out to do a mile without stopping. Well the mile came, and went. I wasn't dying, or breathing like a wildebeest having a heatstroke! I was enjoying myself, and next thing I knew I ran 2.2! WTF??? I can run...who knew? I have really built my endurance! I'm stoked...can you tell?

I walked 5 miles this morning, and my glutes and abs were burning in a way they haven't in awhile! So I decided I was gonna go back to the gym later, and attempt a 5k. Was I being a tad arrogant? Perhaps.. I lost 2 lbs yesterday, so I was feeling extra motivated!

I posted my status that I was going to the gym to run a 5k. So I had to do it. That is what kept me going! I wanted to be able to say I ran a FREAKIN 5k without stopping, or wussing out! Yeah I was uncomfortable...but I say bring it! It was my first time, and I did it in 37:25 minutes! No not Kentucky Derby thoroughbred speed, but it's just gonna get better, and better. I feel like I just opened a whole new door for myself. It's a mental thing! I feel proud, and liberated, and I can't wait to do it again! Well enough about me! lol!

Thanks for reading!
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STAR4W 5/24/2011 12:46PM

    WOW!! That is freaking awesome! I Can do the elliptical for an hour and I kick it hard on it, but I never thought of actually flat out running on the treadmill! Maybe I will give it a try! You inspire me so much girl!

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AREDDING1976 5/22/2011 12:14PM

    That is absolutely AWESOME, girl!!! I am so glad you posted a blog to share your success...keep it up!!! emoticon emoticon

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REDRUNNERMOM713 5/21/2011 10:45AM

    emoticon How exciting!!! I know what you mean about how you feel like you can do anything. Hitting our goals (especially in running in my case) makes me feel unstoppable! I love your attitude and determination!! emoticon

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JOMAMA516 5/20/2011 11:58AM

    You are such a motivator for me! I'm so glad you're my spark friend!!! My goal is to run 5k but I know I'm not near it yet....but I know I will in time. I knew when you posted that status yesterday you were SO going to kick that 5k! WAY TO GO!!!!! emoticon

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Congrats on your successes!!

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KEZRARAYNE 5/19/2011 11:09PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!
I know that feeling! Isn't it amazing? You deserve that feeling and I'm so glad it found you! It made me think of Forrest Gump when his leg braces came off when he was running and how freeing it was for him my first time. and congrats on 2 pounds!

PS...i missed reading yours too!

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SUPERMAMA82 5/19/2011 9:12PM

    Way to go, Amy!! You set your mind to do something, and you got it DONE! Keep it up girl!

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As soon as I read your feed, saying you were going to the gym to "try" it. I knew it was DONE! You are AMAZING! You're kicking butt, and nothing is going to stop you! emoticon Congratulations on being down another 2 pounds!! emoticon emoticon

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Leading by example.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

For the first time in a very long time I can actually consider myself to be a good example. Hallelujah!

Years of making poor choices have gotten me to where I am today. Taking the easy way out of life, and simply living a lazy lifestyle, have taken a toll on my weight, and my mental well being. An I am not the only one who has been suffering . My family has also been the ones to suffer right along with me. The saying, "When momma ain't happy"... is so true. I say "When momma ain't healthy, ain't nobody's healthy". Never fear though,because I am making a valiant effort to regain my life, and to be a GREAT, and POSITIVE example for my family.

First let me start out by saying that I have in NO WAY forced, or pushed this new lifestyle I am living, on my husband, or my two daughter's. I have a 13 year old, and an almost 2 year old. (way to space it out..I know) My 2 year old is pretty untainted. She is easy as far as getting her on board, because she is a clean slate.

My 13 year old is the one I feel guilty about. For years I would pick up fastfood...order pizza...let her eat mac and cheese for dinner,blah, blah, blah, because it was easy, and she was picky, and I was too lazy to argue with her..but how could I insist she eat properly, when I wasn't eating properly myself?

I can no longer say that. I've gone from zero, to hero in 4 months! I'm not looking back either. The past 2 years I've really noticed my 13 year old getting kinda pudgy, not fat, but the potential was getting there. I felt so incredibly guilty. I felt I was dragging her down the same twisted path that I seemed to be traveling. It was my fault!! I'm the one who raised her on fast food, and crap! An shame on me! I knew better! I wasn't raised that way. My mom is a total earth mother, and a healthy clean eater.

Anyways...since January I have not been buying fast food..no pizza deliveries ..no processed foods. (I don't even think my daughter really liked eating that food in the first place.) Oh and I pack her lunch everyday. There is still some junk, but there is also fruit, and substance in her lunches now, instead of buying school lunch everyday. So just by cooking at home, and limiting take outs, my daughter has lost 13lbs herself since January! An she's happy that I'm cooking at home. She NEVER asks me to pick stuff up. Her math teacher even told her yesterday she noticed she had lost weight! She came home so happy, and proud! She also has been hopping on the stationary bike without any prompting from me!

Now my husband, has terrible eating habits. He has for years! The thing about him is he has a great body! He's got like a natural six pack! He never exercises, accept for when he goes to National Guard, once a month. He works out of town most of the time lately. Which I think has helped me stay on track with my eating...but he eats out every meal, and not only that but he's a tobacco user. Chewing tobacco!! EWWW GROSS I know!

I report to him regularly on my progress, because he does give me a ton of support!(An I may add, has never said a word to me about being overweight.) Well the past few weeks he has been making an effort to eat healthy! He has even been sending me pictures of his meals! LOL! He said he could stand to lose 20 lbs. My thought is... great now that i finally(barely) weigh less than you, you want to lose weight too. I have also reminded him just because he isn't fat, that doesn't mean his heart isn't immune to having a heat attack from all the garbage he eats.

Also as of today he is 8 day's tobacco free. I told him it would be a shame if I lose 100lbs, and get healthy.. he ends up getting sick from years of tobacco abuse! He quit right then and there!!! He said you're right! I said if I can lose 100 lbs (37 so far) he can quit tobacco! I'm just glad he's out of town doing it! He is a strong man, and can do anything that he sets his mind too!

So I am pretty happy with how things are working out! Everything seems to be falling into place naturally. I finally feel like a good example to my family, and that's what this is all about. Them seeing me happy, and healthy is rubbing off on them, and that makes it soooo worth it!
Thanks for reading!
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CANNIE50 5/18/2011 10:49PM

    I am so glad I read your blog - I loved it! I can relate to being a bad example (my eating habits and willingess to allow my kids to eat junk) and a good example (I have always exercised). You make a lot of good points. I am very happy for you and your family. Great job, happy, healthy mama!

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RYDERB 5/18/2011 10:41PM

    Amy, that's amazing! Congratulations! emoticon Cheers to you! I'm so proud to be on this journey with you! emoticon

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DEZZIEJAMES 5/18/2011 12:54PM

    I love this blog! What a great feeling!! You must be on cloud 9!!

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STAR4W 5/18/2011 12:41PM

    That is MOST awesome girl!! I am so proud of you! Although my two boys are 8 and almost 6, they are scrawny as all get out. They have to wear belts with their slim size clothes! Anywho....I am so happy for you to be making such great turn around in your health! ONE-derland here we come!! WOOWOOO!! I just wish my husband would eat healthy. My kids eat healthy because they have no choice when I cook, but my husband will intentionally stop and get fast food. I am jealous you have gotten him to turn around. My husband won't for the world =(
Keep up the excellent work my deary!! SPARK ON!!!

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 5/18/2011 12:40PM

    WOW--look at what you did! I did the same thing. I started my get healthy journey in Dec. 2009. It took almost a year, but all 3 of my grown sons joined me voluntarily and we had a Biggest Loser challenge which just ended last week. Although I have lost 171 pounds total, during our challenge, I lost 32, and came in 2nd. Youngest son won, with a 50-lb. loss.

Like you, I didn't push it on them. I do, however, feel very guilty for the bad habits I taught them while they were growing up, especially my two youngest sons. They both have weight problems, the middle son, a substantial weight problem. But they are both working on it, and even oldest son, who was pretty thin already, lost 26 pounds during our BL Challenge. And all I did was lead by example. No pushing. No prodding. I didn't even talk about it much. AMAZING women aren't we?

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