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falling apart, losing motivation

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

I’m beginning to feel unmotivated. I’m not surprised, it is February after all. I have been doing pretty well this year, which I have to remind myself of everyday. Look what you’ve accomplished! Still the past week or so I’ve felt unmotivated.
I’ve been doing the 30 day shred all month and I’ve been very proud of myself with that. But my knee has been bothering me. I woke up Saturday morning and it was so swollen and sore I could barely move it. So I decided to work out to see if that would help. It didn’t. I was on day 11 of 30ds and day 1 of level 2. I did the workout but I couldn’t fully do the lunges, squats, etc. So I decided to postpone the 30 ds and focus on some lower intensity stuff. I did that Sunday and it was much easier. I also iced my knee throughout the weekend. It does feel better now, but still some pain when I move it too much or not enough. I’ve taken today and Monday off from working out just so I don’t hurt it further or cause lasting issues.

But let me tell you, giving up on the 30 ds has really gotten to me! I feel like a failure! I know the only reason I’m not doing it is because of my knee, but it’s been difficult to accept that.

I’m totally broke and wasn’t able to get all the food I needed to have proper snacks on hand so I’ve been eating pretty poorly the last week or so. I feel like I’m losing control of everything.

Combine that with my usual winter blahs that come around every February and you have me feeling pretty darn bummed. I just want to curl up on the couch and go to bed at 7 every night.

I hate feeling like this. I know where it leads. It leads to what 2010 became when I let these feelings get the best of me and they just kept getting worse and I kept gaining weight til I hit my highest weight ever. I’m so scared of failing right now. I had great expectations for this year and right now I feel as though they are completely unattainable.

Tonight I’m going to go through the journal I was keeping at the beginning of last year and through some of the blogs I’ve posted here (reading all your great comments always helps!) to try and get some frame of mind about where I was 2 months ago, last year, even last week. I do not want to fail again! I can’t!

I just need to get out of this funk.

  
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SHAN2SHAGG 2/18/2011 2:27AM

    I just bought some new shoes. that helps. I still have not used them yet, but I want to buy a workout outfit next. next time I make my goal, so I need to write down my goal and do it!!! you can do it too! I am right there with you! shan

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NEELIXNKES 2/16/2011 7:00PM

    You are worth the effort. Even if you are sore and having issues there are only things that you can do to keep on track such as making sure you get enough water and freggies. Hang in there and keep pushing forward. emoticon

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JANE1216 2/16/2011 5:47PM

    Keep your focus -- you can do this -- I was so glad to read that you were going back to your journal -- that's an excellent idea! I hope you will see your successes and realize that this difficult time will pass and that you will once again be on the right road.

I'm sending you some sunshine -- I know what you mean about the winter blahs -- hope this helps you too!

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and one more thought to share:

EVEN THE WOODPECKER OWES HIS SUCCESS TO THE FACT THAT HE USES HIS HEAD AND KEEPS PECKING AWAY UNTIL HE FINISHES THE JOB HE STARTS
(this is one of my all time fav quotes)

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COACHKRYSTIE 2/16/2011 3:19PM

    Don't quit!! I'm here for you emoticon

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RONIE11 2/16/2011 1:03PM

    I'm just now getting the spark to work out everyday... I took a few months off a "Routine" exercise.. I thought all the other fun stuff I was doing was going to be enough and its not.. that was a let down for me... I feel so much better now that I'm working out and tracking my food... remember this..... track it even if its taking you over your calories... keep your body moving even if its not your prefered routine... this way it won't be so hard on you when you do get back to what you want to do.... I would say it took me 4 weeks just to get moving again.. and that was with "everyday" pep talks... please learn from my mistake.. at least thats the way it worked for me... I wish you all the best....Ronie

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JASI27 2/16/2011 8:32AM

    I am having a bit of a funk right now too, and it is the winter blahs as well! I started taking a vitamin D3 supplement and it has helped a lot, but not enough! Don't be so hard on yourself over the 30day shred! It will be waiting for you when your knee heels! This journey is about nourishing your body, and if your knee needs a break, work on upper body, weight lift, you can even use stuff around your house and don't need to purchase equipment! My biggest motivation is Biggest Loser! I find that when I watch it I can't just sit there and watch, I have to work out and it is awesome! I have also been reading some motivational books that have really helped me get through this winter and writing in my journal a lot! Die Fat or Get Tough by Steve Siebold is a fabulous book that helps you change your way of thinking and it is available on kindle! I downloaded the pc kindle version and have it on my mini laptop and my desktop.....u don't even need the kindle to enjoy kindle books! So cool! The other book that has REALLY helped me is 100 ways to motivate yourself by Steve Chandler, also available on Kindle!! You can't go wrong with either one of these books and they really help pep you up. One of the other ones I am reading is Jillian Michaels, Master your Metabolism! It is kinda scary to see what we have done to our bodies over the years and it is empowering to have the information to fix it!~also available on Kindle! Most importantly lean on your sparkfriends and support system you have at home! I know I haven't been very good about this one and my sparkfriends have let me know about it!
I offered one of my spark buddies a challenge to keep us motivated through the end of the month.............we are going to see who can stay at the low end of their calories the rest of the month........simple, but motivating! Friendly competition is fabulous!
I really hope you can dig deep and get yourself out of this rut! Fight it girl~You ARE worth it!! REFUSE to let this defeat you!! Get pissed and fight it!! That is what I decided to do a couple days ago and it is working! Get creative, so yourself you can do this no matter what! Your knee wants to be stubborn, so work on upper body! Do you have a stability ball?? I wonder if that would be easier on your knee..........I know you burn tons of calories just bouncing on that stupid ball!! LOL so when I am really down and out and don't feel like doing anything, I start bouncing and then find I feel like doing more! YOU CAN DO THIS!!! DON'T QUIT!!! FIGHT IT!!!! KICK ITS ASS!!! You've got this girl!!!

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LOUANN22 2/16/2011 3:57AM

    You can do it! Just focus on the accomplishments you've made. it is very easy to slack off when you have to stop exercising to recope from any injury and I know exactly where your at on being broke and can't afford healthy snacks. I'm there myself. rereading all your journal and blog entries are a great idea ton get motivation back and remind you of your goals emoticon

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NADINEL 2/16/2011 1:00AM

    Hi! emoticon. Never give up, never surrender. Stay in here, even if its in a holding pattern until your leg gets healed. emoticon

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CXNLITTLE 2/16/2011 12:40AM

    Hang in there, you can always start the 30 days over when your knee is fully recovered!

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    Hang in there. emoticon

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LAINIESNEWLIFE 2/15/2011 9:47PM

    emoticon The important thing is to never give up.

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    Hang in there emoticon
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SASSYTHING52 2/15/2011 9:01PM

    dontgive up its hard for us thats struggling but we can do it and then we will feel so good about ourselves emoticon

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BLESSEDGIGI 2/15/2011 9:00PM

    The most important thing is to take care of yourself. Do whatever you can do to exercise. But don't beat yourself up if you can't do it all. Most of us have health problems that prevent us from doing all we want to. Just focus on what you can do and forget the rest. Eat healthy and drink your water. Even on a limited income there are things you can eat (I know from experience). I know you won't quit, you can do it! Hang in there with us.

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MOMFAN 2/15/2011 8:17PM

    You are right to focus on what you have accomplished and what you can do! Remember this is just a bump in the road of your way to a healthy life! You are a champion! You will do this!

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HOPE2011 2/15/2011 7:11PM

    Don't give up - you can do it! Allow yourself the time to recover and regroup - it doesn't mean you've failed! The exercise is taking care of your body, yes, but now you are taking care of your body in a different way - just as, if not more necessary. And that is admirable and smart!

We're here for you, fellow Ruby Lite! emoticon

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HICALGAL 2/15/2011 6:04PM

    sis, i know just where you're coming from. in everything we have choices. make the best one with your current situation and feel good about it. it's a string of many days and many accomplishments that will get u to ur goal. dont' give up or give in...it's really a head game we play with ourselves.

if u have nothing better to do...here's a link to my blog. i think u might relate to it. sending love and bunches of hugs!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2779772





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KAROUSELL46 2/15/2011 5:52PM

    This time of year is bad for me also. I have SAD and can't wait for spring. I have bad knees which stops me at times from exercising. I take a break and regroup and go forward. I'm on a limited income and have trouble getting the right snacks. Together I know we can get through this. I am right where you are...Karen emoticon emoticon emoticon

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YAFENELRA 2/15/2011 5:43PM

    Whatever you do, don't give up. I am older and have bad knees so I don't do very much in the way of exercise. But I do watch what I eat and as a result, I lose the pounds. Don't rely on just one of the tricks to get where you want to get. You will get there. I just know it.

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 2/15/2011 5:43PM

    I know you won't quit! I think we all get into a funk like this from time to time...especially at this time of year. Hang on, Spring is coming! Just keep trying every day, do your best...I know you can do it and I'm here if you need support.

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LITTLE_QUEEN 2/15/2011 5:35PM

    emoticon Have faith in yourself, It is hard with this "blah" weather, Spring will be here soon, and I myself can't wait.

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WKLYTTON 2/15/2011 4:45PM

    Don't give up! Regroup and refocus! You are so worth it and YOU CAN DO IT !!

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DONNA_VT 2/15/2011 4:37PM

    I tried the 30 day Shred with my daughter when she was home at Christmas and She said that the lunges are too much for people with bad knees . Her orthopedic surgeon also told her not to do lunges. Find something else to do when they are doing the lunges. If the rest of it wasn't bothering you . . . .you could try that. Common now . . . I know you can do this.

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RD03875 2/15/2011 4:36PM

    Hang in there. The same thing happened to me a few months ago. I blew out my knee doing resistance band exercises but I refused to give up and then spent almost 2 months unable to do intense lower body exercises. TAke care of yourself and get well. You can still do upper body and core.

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WHGRN60 2/15/2011 4:31PM

    Don't give up! You may need to change your plan for awhile, but don't give up.

If you need to do lower intensity exercises to let your knee heal, then do it. DO NOT mess with your knees!!! If it is still bothering you in a few more days, see a doctor. Again, DO NOT mess with your knees!

Try to get outside if you can (don't know what your weather is like there) and get at least a little bit of sunlight. It makes a difference when you've got the winter blahs.

Eat as best you can with what you have on hand or can afford, but don't use that as an excuse to "blow it". Remember, garbage in, garbage out!

Hope you're feeling better soon.

Blessings
Wendy

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BETHHRSN 2/15/2011 4:22PM

  try to hang on...you know what kind of a MAJOR funk you will be in if you totally give it up...and then when you do decide to start over (sigh) you'll be like me relosing the same lbs you lost twice last year!! Just give your knee a few days to get well so it doesn't become a real problem. I can't do lunges too well myself so I just sorta lunge - but believe it or not I think that's making my knees stronger

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Your bad eating habits are a great motivation for me

Friday, February 11, 2011

Back in 2008/2009 my sis-in-law joined weight watchers. I’m not sure how much weight she needs/wanted to lose, but she had well over 100 lbs. She was pretty closed-mouth about it, aside from telling people that she was doing it, and talking about how much she loves the punching bag, and talking about what she ate from time to time. She did their online version as she didn’t want to attend meetings and she did it pretty much on her own. Right before Christmas 2009 she told me she had lost 50 lbs over the year and a half. I told her great job and that she looked good.

Fast forward to, well, now. I noticed last year that she didn’t talk about ww anymore, she didn’t make comments about working out and she never commented on her horrible eating habits (she would eat a chicken breast for dinner then two hours later eat a bunch of chips cause she was so hungry). Plus I didn’t notice any differences in her appearance. I figured she had given up and I didn’t want to bring it up.

Until Wednesday night. She invited me and dh out to dinner. We went to a hot wings joint and ate hot wings and beer. This is not something I wanted to do, but we had been turning down her invites lately due to lack of money and my focus on eating healthy. She started talking about the new workout clothes she had just bought. I got all supportive and said that’s great, new clothes are so fun! Her roommate is a body pump instructor and likes to practice at home so she does it with him. Then she said she hadn’t eaten all day so she could eat more at dinner. I said that was awful and defeated the point. She said she knew. She also said she drinks a Rock Star juice energy drink every morning for breakfast. I got so mad! Back when she was doing ww she ate oatmeal for breakfast, had a lean cuisine for lunch then whatever for dinner. She knew this worked! Even when she saved all her points and flex points for the weekend so she could drink all night.

I so badly wanted to talk to her about what she was doing to herself and how it wasn’t going to help her in the long run. But she is so opinionated and never wrong, I didn’t want to start an argument. The whole thing did however motivate me to eat better, workout and just do things the right way to show her what she could do if she’d quit cheating herself out of a healthy lifestyle.

Thanks for listening. I just needed to rant to people who might understand my feelings.

  
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MOMFAN 2/11/2011 8:58PM

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DONNA_VT 2/11/2011 4:39PM

    Good for you! No sense in making an enemy in the family . . . do your thing and let her see the results . . . then you can tell her about Spark people and she'll see it works!

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BANKER-CHUCK 2/11/2011 3:52PM

    I have a very strong feeling if she flowed WW for over 1 1/2 years and lost 50 lbs. she know what good eating habits are all about. She has just made the choice not to follow the rules of good habits. As for going out with her to the Hot Wings restaurant I would have politely told her no because it is not healthy for you, and maybe suggest Subway where you can eat healthy and se could make here own choices. There is no need to compromise if you feel it is detrimental to your own goals.
I would mention to her you joined SparkPeople and what it is doing for you and recommend she take a look. I wouldn't push it much further because she may get resentful. If she does get on Spark you may want to get rid of this particular Blog that refers to her which may cause big resentment.
Good luck with your Sis-in-law.

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SNOWANGELDIVA 2/11/2011 3:39PM

    She is cheating herself and I hope eventually she'll see that before she gets herself into trouble.
You keep at it; your results will be lasting and it will show! She can ignore words, but, true results are very hard to ignore.
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JUSTCHELLE75 2/11/2011 3:36PM

    I like that you took a negative and made it a positive

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what was i thinking?!

Friday, February 04, 2011

i just ate fast food. jack in the box to be more specific. i haven't had fast food in over a year (go me!) omg! i'm starving at work and boss lady is being a crazy psycho today driving us all insane. my co-workers say they're leaving for lunch to get away from the crazy and do i want to go with? sure, i say! then i grab a granola bar to hush my tummy for a bit. i go into jack in the box with them and i order! then i eat! wth?!
it was good. i hadn't had their curly fries before so that was a nice change. i got a lemonade instead of soda (go me!). i told myself i've been doing great, i succeeded in my year of no fast food, i deserve a reward. ugh, that was not a reward! less than 30 minutes after eating my tummy was angry. it was cramping and making funny noises. then my head started to feel like my brain wanted to explode out of my skull. my eyes were heavy, i felt light-headed. my arms feel like they weigh a ton. i'm writing stuff at work and i can barely lift the pen between words. i just want to curl up and take a nap.

ugh, never again!

i'm not going to beat myself up over this. i've been really good about being nice to myself. i won't blame any weight i may gain this week (which i sure hope doesn't happen) on this, i have the superbowl to thank for that! i'm going to keep on doing what i've been doing and i'm going to make my no fast food streak last longer than a year and a wee bit over a month. live & learn. ugh, i never want to feel this awful again!
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SPLASHDOG1 2/7/2011 6:38PM

    A year without fastfood! That's quite an accomplishment! I wouldn't worry too much about a once in a great while thing....not that the aftermath was fun! (curly fries would tempt me too though!)

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SHAN2SHAGG 2/5/2011 8:47PM

    it is the experience that we remember best!!! I am sure you will remember easier next time!! Shan emoticondrink a ton of water to clean yourself of the fast food toxins!! emoticon

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IMSMILEY88 2/4/2011 8:17PM

    That's impressive! We eat fast food WAY too often... even now. I need to cut back! And, how telling that your belly was making noise afterwards. That food is NOT good for us, is it?

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RUNNER12COM 2/4/2011 6:32PM

    You definitely should feel proud of your success and of your new lifestyle. And if eating at Jack In The Box today helps remind you why you make the choices you do, then good for you!

SDJ

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WINSLOWGIRLS3 2/4/2011 5:53PM

    That is an impressive amount of time to go without fast food!!! You should be proud of yourself! I know exactly how you feel. I ate tacos the other night and felt soooo sick after. I think that is is a very good thing that it makes us feel so bad after eating like that because it just makes you realize that we are making right choices with eating healthy! I hope that you feel all better soon!!!

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BERRIMOUSE 2/4/2011 5:03PM

    Watch out for some fat food places, look for ones with healthy fares. Hope you feel better soon..... emoticon

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DONNA_VT 2/4/2011 4:55PM

    Sounds like you learned your lesson . . . we never do McD, Burger Thing or any of those . . . if we want fast food it is Subway.
By the way nice loss this week!

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January recap & february goals

Thursday, January 27, 2011

2011 is all about me finding myself and fixing me. i made some goals in january to help start this off. i did pretty well! i'm currently in week 4 of "the spark" and i feel i've done great with the program. i've implemented a lot of new goals and habits into my life and i'm proud of the results so far. i'm completely back into my water drinking habit. it was touch and go for a few months and i hated it! i'm doing real well with keeping the kitchen clean. you know, loading the dishwasher after every meal, not just dinner. cleaning as i go so there aren't a ton of things to wash when dinner is done. i'm going to keep working on my goals in february and focus on what i'm not doing so great with.
the biggest thing i've been struggling with is working out. i just can't get into a good routine. i push myself too hard and think i need to work out 7 days a week. i beat myself up when i fail and don't workout for a day. in january i've worked on not beating myself up. and i have to say i've done a pretty good job with being nice to myself. so in february my goal will be to work out at least 3 days a week. i know once i get into that rhythm i'll want to work out more often. i used to work out 5 - 6 days a week and i loved it. i know i can get that feeling back. that will be my main focus for february.
my second goal will be to do more chores throughout the week so not everything is waiting for me on saturday and i feel like i don't have enough time to do everything that needs to be done in a weekend. i think it would be awesome to have nothing but laundry and vacuuming to do on a saturday. but i always forget that i intended to clean the bathrooms or dust after work on tuesday. so i'll write a list of all the chores i do and break them up so i'm doing one or two every evening.

those seem like pretty good goals, and they seem fairly simple. one of my overall goals of 2011 is to not get burnt out. i don't want to push myself to be wonder woman overnight. though I do expect to be her by this time in 2012!

  
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WORKINGITIN 1/29/2011 8:32PM

    Housework. No one notices it, unless it is not done. You may want to try looking at Flylady.net, it has helped me alot with housework. She has routines which leave you open to enjoy the weekend. If you join the website group, she send you emails to remind you what to do - not just housework but take your vitamins, drink your water, clean your kitchen before going to bed and move it.

Found it interesting but sometimes got so many emails. She also sends inspirational messages and one I found to be quite helpful - cleaning the yucking toilet lets your family know you love them.

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MOMFAN 1/29/2011 12:32AM

    Great goals, congrats on making progress along the journey to a new life! You can do this! Are you coming to dinner at Perkins?

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CXNLITTLE 1/27/2011 5:49PM

    Sounds like a good plan! You can do it!

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W8WHITTILER 1/27/2011 5:06PM

    Sounds like you have it all worked out!
February goals are things I need to work on, the cleaning the house bit, I have been trying to do 15 minutes of housework every night..like cleaning bathrooms, dusting, scrubbing the cabinets, sweeping the porches, anything that I can get done in 15 minutes..I set the timer on the stove and have at it, when the buzzer goes off, I am done!

Just keep doing what you are, and you will make it, in all areas you have goals set for!


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FIERYSPARKED 1/27/2011 3:13PM

    Your goals sound like mine! I'm also trying to do small spurts of housework so I'm not bogged down so much on Saturday morning!

Keep if up! You're doing great!

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BANKER-CHUCK 1/27/2011 12:27PM

    I like your Feb. goals because like you said, "work out at least 3 days a week. i know once i get into that rhythm i'll want to work out more often." One thing you do not want to do is burn yourself out on exercise. On your 3 days of working-out make them intense and concentrate on burning just a few calories more. After one year with Spark on my fitness program I still do not want to go to the gym. But I have made it a habit so I go. Once I am at the gym my workouts are intense and generally can burn 1200 to 1500 calories. I do a lot of 5K runs on the treadmill that burns a lot of calories. If I miss a day I have learned not to feel guilty. If I want a day off I take it and use it to regenerate.
You have a great plan. Good luck to you.

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frack! is it february yet?! *a surprisingly positive blog*

Friday, January 21, 2011

ah, 2011, so far you've been my friend! when i compare myself to the person i was in january of 2010 to the person i am now, it's like a completely different person! i had so many goals, and desires back in '10. i had too many! i lost focus, one bad thing happened and i lost sight of everything and by the middle of february i was back where i was before i started the year with all my high hopes. took a year, but apparently i learned my lesson! it was a tough year and i'm glad it's behind me.

the biggest thing i learned is that january will always kick my butt. so this year i'm prepared! with the holidays messing up the last couple of months of the year for us all, we all plan to make big changes in january. i realized last year this doesn't work for me. i have 4 birthdays within 2 weeks of each other to celebrate, one being my own, so i'm doomed! parties, cake, beer, dinners, etc! last year the anxiety of trying to survive them all killed me. mix that with toxic friends, SAD, wanting spring to be here NOW and still being broke from the holidays, i just lost all the motivation i started the new year out with.

in my preperation to make 2011 awesome i made myself aware that january was going to suck, so i needed to practice and make plans for the year ahead, rather than being 100% spot on everyday in january. i re-re-re-started "the spark" a few days into the new year. it's kept my focus and helped me work on goals and prepare for the year ahead. i feel i'm in control and i'm making slow, but steady progress. i've been tracking almost all my food, counting my fruits and veggies, and working in activity where i can. i still have a lot of work to do, but i'm not beating myself up over my mistakes and bad days. this is something i've never done before. i'm my own worst enemy. time to change that.

i have accomplished a lot this month, i've already lost all my holiday weight, i've been very good about not drinking alcohol, i've avoided junk food and i've made some great new recipes. so far it's been a very good year! i think that will continue on through the next few months til i have to start dealing with the pressures of summer. lol! mostly i drink too much and stay up too late.

the next two weeks are going to be tough! my main goal is to stay focused and not regain any of the weight i've lost. i have a birthday dinner tonight, my sis-in-law/my birthday party tomorrow, my bday dinner tuesday, maybe sil's bday wednesday and then my friend is coming into town to really celebrate my bday next weekend. then it's the superbowl...

i'm looking forward to february cause the craziness will be over, i can't think of a single birthday i have to help celebrate, the superbowl is early enough in the month i can still consider it january and i'll be ready to kick some serious butt and shed some major poundage!

thanks again to everyone who commented on my last blog. i made it through the cravings!

  
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MENHALLS 1/22/2011 11:41PM

    I know all about the January blahs. Bring on the spring, but let's greet it lighter and healthier!!

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CXNLITTLE 1/21/2011 11:04PM

    Good job making it thru! You can do it!

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CONTENTANDFIT 1/21/2011 9:56PM

    It's great to look back to look forward.

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DONNA_VT 1/21/2011 2:32PM

    Glad that you made it through the cravings yesterday and that your plan for 2011 is going along nicely. Good luck for the weekend and the week ahead!

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BANKER-CHUCK 1/21/2011 11:54AM

    Sounds like you have a great plan. The only thing I see is you are afraid of the pressures from other people that are helping sabotage how well you stay on track. Personally my friends and family know I am watching very closely what I eat and drink. Therefore when friends and family come to my home they will never find cake, cookies, pizzas etc. Drinks include diet drinks such as Crystal lite, diet pepsi...etc.
I have to be strict on myself as I can get carried away if the temptation is available. I have been at this since 1/1/10 and I am still trying to change some old habits. It is tougher watching my food than when I quit smoking 8 years ago.
Good luck to you this year 2011 and have a happy birthday.

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