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Sunday, January 26, 2014


My new video for the Curvy Hoopers contest from Hooping.org. As weird as it sounds, hooping is the big inspiration for me to lose weight. I want to be fitter so that I can hoop more/longer/do better tricks. If you want to see other entries, feel free to youtube it Curvy Hoopers Video Contest 2014. Not sure if it's a winner but with the horrible things happening this week, this is the best I will be able to get turned in.

  
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LADYJAJA 3/11/2014 3:06PM

  I'm sorry it took me so long to see this!! I love watching hoopers do their thing and you are one of my first inspirations to get started. Smooth flow....now I'm off to search the video contest. Once I get a means of posting video, I want to participate....it looks like so much fun! (Also, loved your lights!) emoticon

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DJPERAZA 2/1/2014 7:59AM

    this is so awesome!!!! I wish I could do half the things you do with the hula hoop!

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MIGHTYMOUSE215 1/27/2014 8:28AM

    That's really cool!

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GOALWTIN7 1/26/2014 7:38PM

  It looks like a winning video to me. You are so talented! It's not like riding a bike because I tried it 40 years later and couldn't do it but did it as a kid. Good luck!

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BIISHO 1/26/2014 4:37PM

    Wow you're pretty good :) that looks like fun!

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 1/26/2014 4:05PM

    Really nice. You are really quite good. Good luck.

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ROXIGIRL 1/26/2014 2:38PM

    Good luck!

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BARBIE042 1/26/2014 2:21PM

    Good Luck !
& Awesome Job : )

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GRAMMYEAC 1/26/2014 2:12PM

    Good luck!

You make it look so easy! I can barely keep the hoop around my waist for more than a few spins....

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QUEENMOXIE 1/26/2014 1:48PM

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JOYINKY 1/26/2014 11:21AM

    Wonderful Shannon! You look great and you make it look so easy! Thanks for sharing.

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STR458 1/26/2014 11:13AM

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DOLLYHOLLY 1/26/2014 9:54AM

    Cute! emoticon

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LIVELAUFLUV 1/26/2014 8:53AM

    Great job! I love to hoop, but am not very good at it.

Good luck with the contest!

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TUNYBUN 1/26/2014 7:35AM

    wow excellent hoola hoop skills and really like a dance. well done.

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XIVILAYE 1/26/2014 7:29AM

    I can't even hula hoop so to me this was 10x more amazing! emoticon

Good luck!!

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JANEYGRIFF 1/26/2014 6:23AM

    Go Girl!
Good luck in the Curvy Hooper's contest.
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DAIMERE 1/26/2014 6:06AM

    I'm glad that it brought you a smile, FATMAN! If that isn't a huge compliment, I don't know what is!

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FATMAN1968 1/26/2014 5:49AM

    Good job! I really don't know how I ended up at this video, but thanks......... It brought a smile to my face. emoticon

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Never ever give up!

Friday, January 03, 2014

I am anti resolutions for this reason: Most people will give them up on the 15th or so. Every day is a new day to change your life!

Last year, I was 250-260 and went down a bit. I have no clue how much. I think I was 14 pounds from my lowest weight. Then life happened and bam! I started to gain. Then I started again. I got down to 230s. Well, life changed again and bam! I'm back in the winners circle. Do you know how much I weigh today? 223.5! (and I am pretty sure my scale isn't broken like the one time where I was losing "3" pounds a day)

I may not have gotten to my goal. But I am at "goal." My goal was to be as close to 214 as possible. I am less than 10 pounds away from 214. And this is past the holidays. The holidays! I lost about 30+ pounds this year.

Think about it. If I gave up up, I would have never seen that number on the scale. I would probably be back up to 275 or something. Maybe even back to my highest weight. I didn't wait for the resolution time. I didn't wait for next Monday. I've started on many random weeks. Sometimes it was just as simple as drinking more tea or using less sugar in my coffee. There was one time I kept saying, well I will get serious next week but I was still be proactive by eating more veggies or something. So in 15 days or 30, when you've had a few bad days, get back on that wagon. Come on! Climb on in. The more the merrier.

If you gained back 10 pounds, it's okay! You're learning. You might be internalizing how you don't feel good at this weight. That's what happened to me in November. My knee started giving out again. I was still at a lower weight but I think I need to start accepting that a sedentary lifestyle will kill me.

So believe in yourself! You can do this. The only time you are a failure is when you give up completely. I've believed for all these years that I will not be fat forever. I will eventually lose this weight. I know how to do it. And I will do it.

  
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SKINNIESOMEDAY 1/6/2014 11:44AM

   
Great job and you NEVER want to start over so don't give up !!


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CHRIMSONFYRE 1/5/2014 9:59AM

    Great blog...very encouraging and motivating!
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BATCHICK 1/3/2014 11:01AM

    Congrats on your progress! I sometimes fall into the trap of "waiting until Monday" to start things. But I do try to make new goals every month to keep myself on track!

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JOYINKY 1/3/2014 10:18AM

    emoticon I have daily goals, which I make most days. The rest is history in this 8th year of maintenance. You are doing great, not giving up and building consistency will get you there! I admire what you've done; with the year you've had you so easily could have used it for an excuse to quit--and you didn't! emoticon

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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 1/3/2014 9:46AM

    "You might be internalizing how you don't feel good at this weight." That hits the nail on the head, right there, for me! I regained too and felt bad again to the point that I truly want my goal for how I will feel, not how I think I might look.
Way to go for never giving up!!!
You still hooping? Would love to see more vids when you feel like it. It inspires me so much.
~ Teresa

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LOSE4LIFE47 1/3/2014 12:52AM

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CHIBIKARATE 1/3/2014 12:28AM

    Every day is a gift today is a present and we are all warrior andthis year we will reach our greatest achievements hugz

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The big D word...

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

So the reason why my health has been on the backburner lately has been one word: divorce. It was my choice. And hopefully I made the best decision.

I'm excited over not having someone not to complain about my healthy food purchases. I recently found an older model fully functioning fitbit (since I lost my old one even though I thought I found it during the move). I've started just calorie counting and aiming for 10k steps when I work. I think this week I will push for 10k when I am off work. Which is hard. I feel like this is permission to fix me!

I haven't been hooping much. I haven't been doing much of anything related to wellness. After the ex had lost his job, I started to do intermittent fasting/5:2 which was going amazing. I think no matter what I decide health/food wise, I will stick to IF. I know it's time to start losing weight. Last week I started to have my right knee give out in the middle of a shift. Although surprisingly I only gained 8 pounds through the divorce (or at least the day I checked versus my memory).

Although I am kinda upset because I have hardly no access to our work exercise room since I work night shift. I might just start doing some walking DVDs in one of the dining rooms on my breaks or bring a hoop.

My goal this holiday season is to start developing those smart habits and not to gain anymore weight (236). I am hoping that I might be in the 220s by Christmas with how the scale is working. I'd really love that! Especially since I need a few non-Christmas scrubs to be ready to wear that fit. I'm already planning on buying a ticket to Kinetic tomorrow (I hope I get one). I want to be smaller by Kinetic time and other spring dates planned. I've already submitted my class application for Playthink Movement festival, too.

  
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LADYJAJA 1/1/2014 1:47PM

  This is a perfect time to start focusing on you! You can eat what and when you want, you can move when you want, and you're free to chart your path! We're all here for support if you need us (many of us have been where you are now). Hang in there, and know that 2014 is a new beginning for you....Dare to Dream :-) emoticon

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BARBANNA 12/23/2013 3:09PM

    I hope life has gotten better since your big D. It is hard to end a bad relationship even if it was bad. Glad you are moving on and putting your health first. I have walked in your shoes not in a married relationship but after a 20 year engagement. It hurts deeply and changes many componenets in your world. God bless you and hope it is getting better. Once I moved on with my life, I met my true soul mate, so it was a real blessing that I made the move after waiting 20 years for a legitimate proposal. My ex did not want children and because of him I was 42 and never married. After two years I was married and got pregnant over night and now we have been married for 15 years.
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DAIMERE 12/12/2013 10:05AM

    Thank you everyone for your kind words!

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MJ7DM33 12/11/2013 6:46PM

  Take care! You can do it!

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GRANDMABABA 12/11/2013 4:57PM

    Blessings for success in your new life!

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GARDENQE2 12/11/2013 11:24AM

    Divorce is rough!
Take care of yourself!

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BATCHICK 12/11/2013 10:57AM

    I'm glad you're able to focus on your health again! I'm rooting for you, you deserve happiness and success!

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SKINNIESOMEDAY 12/11/2013 10:52AM

    Sorry for all your troubles and I know you can do this and sounds like you have a great plan already

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MANDYLOVE_76 12/11/2013 10:51AM

    You can do it.

Way to make the best decision for you!

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JOYINKY 12/11/2013 9:53AM

    Divorce is hard no matter the circumstances; after the initial mourning period (after all there is a loss of old dreams) I took inventory of what I still had and the opportunity to reinvent myself. Happy with the results and I'm sure you will be too! Shoot for health Shannon. All your plans are in that direction; enjoy your new life!

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NELLJONES 12/11/2013 9:34AM

    I remember divorce. It totally consumes your mind, diverts attention from everything else. But eventually it gets farther and farther behind you as the years go by, and someday you'll be looking back to now. What will you weigh then? Now is the time to get started!

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DJPERAZA 12/11/2013 8:18AM

    So sorry to hear about your divorce but it sounds to me that you are making excellent decisions for yourself. You can totally achieve your goals. Believe in yourself and you will get there.

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FERRETLOVER1 12/11/2013 6:43AM

    Sorry to hear about your divorce - but so glad to see that you are bouncing back in a big way! Good for you - emoticon

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GRAYLADY13 12/11/2013 3:36AM

    From my point of view you made the right decision because that is what you did. No need to second guess ourselves, we are ALWAYS doing our very best with all the information we have at the time.

You are doing wonderfully! Trust your inner voice.

I lost weight when I got my first divorce because I was so happy to be out of a totally crappy marriage.

Life threw me lots of new loves and formed me into a new woman, time and again. Now my life, my heart is with the most wonderful love I've ever had. I'm losing weight now because I'm making healthy food choices and working at not eating for hurt emotions.

Feel good about yourself. Love again. Love yourself well first.

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RAPUNZEL53 12/11/2013 3:25AM

  Good Luck!

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April Results

Saturday, May 04, 2013



Here is my daily graph for April. I had a bad weekend, got back on plan, realized that for a week that my scale was broken. Currently I am just staying at the same place (I'm not sure if I am not eating enough or what since starting 30 Day Shred). My clothes feel the same and I've only lost 12 inches in four months. I switched from Weight Watchers to Simple Diet. I will probably switch back to Weight Watchers some time soon. I'm currently participating in the 30/30 challenge from Hooping.org and doing the 30 Day Shred. I'm currently on level 2. I've skipped two days. I have to do it after I get home today!

It's frustrating for me. I don't know why over the last two weeks that it's started to hurt. I know some people that have lost the same amount of weight and have lost 48 inches! What is wrong with my body?

I really need new shorts but I am not buying new shorts till I get to a smaller size. I really want people to notice the weight loss in May at Kinetic Fire. It seems that won't be happening though. :( I have upped what I've been eating (just feeling SO hungry lately). Small downspirals in weight.

  
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BARBANNA 5/10/2013 2:56PM

    Your body composition can change and the fat is replaced by muscles which weighs more. This will keep your scale stuck on the same weight or make it appear as if you weigh more. I had the same experience and finally realized what was happening. My body was getting smaller but not in the typical areas we measure. The areas I measured were a couple inches smaller but the areas that you don't measure were really smaller. I put on a size 4 bathing suit today. My thunder thighs are smaller and once you get past them I am tiny but I did not meausre this part of my torso. You can also have the same measurements but be measuring muscle and not fat. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHRIMSONFYRE 5/7/2013 10:24AM

    Every body is different, please don't beat yourself up. Weight loss is very hard for me, I have PCOS and it effects weight loss a lot. I've only lost 8 inches in 60 days overall and 10lbs and been working out every morning and tracking what I eat. We just have to find what works for us. I finally started to see some numbers go down when I started eating Paleo. I don't know how interested you are, but look into it, see if it could help you.

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REVIVED 5/6/2013 12:43PM

    My body never does anything I want it to or think it should. Keep fighting!

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TERRIH8118 5/6/2013 12:37PM

    I can understand how you feel. I've lost 34 lbs and I've only lost about 3 or 4 inches. It's frustrating but when I look in the mirror I can tell theres a difference and I'm sure the inches will follow. emoticon emoticon

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CRISSYMJC 5/5/2013 4:26PM

    Everyone's body is different and responds differently!! Just feel good about the changes that you DO see and eventually you'll be able to see more and more changes!
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BARBANNA 5/5/2013 1:32PM

    A watched pot never boils. You might be watching the pot too much. It's very frustrating when you do all you are supposed to do and it stays the same. I use the Spark People Diet and it works best! I have tried every diet and it's the best!
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BONNIEMARGAY 5/5/2013 3:32AM

    Slow and steady is a sign of good health. Wishing you relief!

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JOYINKY 5/4/2013 10:16PM

    Everyone loses in their own way Shannon; hang in there. Just keep making healthy choices. You deserve to feel good. emoticon

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JANETTEB553 5/4/2013 9:28PM

    be nice to yourself.. emoticon

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New tattoo (10% reward)

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

I hit my 10% reward recently and this was my reward (and a bit impromptu):



Awesome right?

  
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TRIPTOTOP 4/22/2013 4:34PM

    This is so cool! I hear inner side of the wrist is pretty sensitive... Is it true?

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LJCANNON 4/20/2013 8:18PM

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BARCLE 4/18/2013 9:13PM

    That's really cool! emoticon

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MRSVK11 4/18/2013 10:45AM

    emoticon I love it !

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DAIMERE 4/17/2013 11:00AM

    I mean all tattoos hurt. This didn't hurt as much as my clover and my yarn made me limp for a day.

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SJKENT1 4/16/2013 10:11PM

    love the hoop dance. I am with Gailruu with the big eye smiley emoticon - did it hurt?

Congrats on the 10% emoticon

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BARBANNA 4/16/2013 3:16PM

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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 4/16/2013 1:49PM

    Congratulations on meeting your 10%!!! Nice tat.

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GAILRUU 4/16/2013 11:05AM

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JOYINKY 4/16/2013 9:13AM

    Beautifully done! Congratulations on the 10%! emoticon

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NELLJONES 4/16/2013 8:51AM

    Love it!

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