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My Spark Day!

Saturday, January 08, 2011

The other day I wrote about my Ah Day and since have decided it was a Spark Day! This morning I had another Spark Day!

I don't usually, correction, I never put my weight out there publicly but I guess now I have this feeling that it's important that others know I'm losing weight because of SparkPeople. Sure my doctor is pushing me and since I like this doctor and feel he is really good at what he's doing, I follow his instructions instead of wandering off to find another doctor. (Don't you hate having to find a new doctor? One thing against moving long distances.)

Back to the main subject - today I weighed in at 217! I have to say it, the lowest I've been in nearly three years is 215 so I only have 3 more pounds to beat that! After that, every pound I lose will be the lowest I've been in decades! Wow! I can do this!

Another SparkSurprise! I'm actually not in fear of failure! At the beginning, it was, "I don't know, I'm not sure I can do that." But now it's a positive, "I can do this?" I am so excited that I can hardly sit still, which is another point! The more I do this, the longer I'm with SparkPeople, the more I want to move! Goodbye sedintary life!

It seems to get easier - well at least until I run into another obsticle, but I've got friends that will show me how to get past that obsticle and I've got the strength to do it now so a pat on my back - even if it's my own, but ask me about SparkPeople and I've got a lot to say! (It's all "Great!" to quote a famous tiger.)

Have a grand one, SparkPeople!

  
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KICKINGIT@56 1/18/2011 10:52PM

    I am so happy for you that you are reaping the fruits of your efforts. I think that success is the best motivator because it smashes the lies we tell ourselves about why we can't do something. Anticipating obstacles is the best way to prepare for them, so you won't be caught off guard.

I managed to get through the holiday season with only minor weight gain ( all of which has already been shed). That is the first time I have done so well during the holiday "fat" season so I know I am on the right track.

Focusing on each day as it comes will get you to your goal.

Don't hesitate to ask for support if you hit a particularly rough patch because we are all here to support each other.

God bless,

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1BEACHWALKER 1/16/2011 5:32AM

    It is addictive-all of it! The exercise, eating right, counting calories, and most of all coming to SP everyday and spending time with friends like you! It is like getting a B-12 shot in the arm everyday to do sparking! I am also excited to see it through and I am here for the long haul - even after my goal weight is achieved! Congrats on the weight loss!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JAZZIELORI 1/8/2011 11:37AM

    WOW!!! You go girl! I love the way you can say I can do this! Frustration and helplessness is now gone!! Keep Sparking..I am going to subscribe to your blogs..I get the feeling that some of us who have lost their SPARK will be able to read your blogs and know WE CAN DO IT!
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LIFEISSWEET2 1/8/2011 10:33AM

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SBILLIAN 1/8/2011 9:56AM

    You really can do it! It's all about persistence, not perfection. Keep on, keepin' on!

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SKUNKY4 1/8/2011 8:16AM

    Fear of failure was (and I say was) a big problem for me. I quit setting goals because I was afraid I wouldn't meet them. Well now I set goals and if I don't meet them right when I think I am suppose to, I just re access my plan and try something else. And there will be obstacles but together we will jump right over them. I know emoticon!

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JANETLP 1/8/2011 7:58AM

    I too, have reached the point of "no fear"! There is this assurance that is deep within me, saying, "I will do it, This Time!". God has really blessed us with this program and I feel so over-flowing with God's love and Promise that He will help me through this battle! I found your blog to be my thoughts today! Thanks!
Oh, those obstacles are just little bumps in our road to a new lifestyle. Take them with care and they won't throw you completely off course. Hit them without being careful, and you'll end up in a ditch.

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An AWESOME Day Sparking!

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

AWESOME! Absolutely awesome! This is my 1st Tuesday morning of 2011 and I know this is my year to reach goal - whatever it ends up being!

Here's what happened to me this morning, well part of it. I went to our community Tuesday morning coffee, saw a bunch of neighbors and made friends with some more that I have seen, but didn't know, volunteered to help serve coffee next Tuesday, came home, changed clothes, sat down to Spark and remembered I hadn't weighed in yet. I've started weighing everyday. I used to do it once a week because I hated the days, which were inevitable - stayed the same or gained a pound and then felt depressed. But now I do it everyday because I'm using it as a guide to my hard work! I lost another pound! WooHoo! But here's the AWESOME part - I wanted to go for a walk! What's so amazing about that? I always celebrated happy, sad, anything reasons with eating.

When it hit me that my first thought after the WooHoo Dance was to go for a walk, I nearly fainted. I sat down on the floor and said to the cat, "Can you beat that?" She tried to beat it, she jumped in my lap and kissed my chin! (That's not usually her, she's very standoffish!)

So my realization of my hard work paying off in more ways than one was absolutely AWESOME!!! All I can think of now is, "THANKS, SPARKPEOPLE! You're all so awesome and I need you all the time and you're always there! Thanks!"

Well, that walk is impatiently waiting in me so I have to get going! See you later! I wish you all AWESOME days!

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MYSHANON 1/17/2011 12:01PM

    I weigh every day just to get an idea of what sort of habits are productive/non-productive (I knew after my halloween drinking binge that I was going to gain, and tracked each day until the gain stopped, so that I knew how much I had to fight back down to get on track again)... I only Record my weight once a week, just use the daily weigh as a guide and motivator.

I have a cloth tape measure thingy, but haven't figured out exactly where to use it... gonna find someone who knows and have them physically show me, cause reading online just tells me "measure here" and leaves room for confusion. (for instance, I wear pants with a higher waist band, so never know whether I should be measuring what I consider my waist, or lower down by my hips where most other folks wear their pants...) just so that I can track to see if I'm making any improvements there. Not likely yet cause I havent' visited my gym since before Thanksgiving, and still haven't figured out most of the machines (I love the treadmill tho...)

/babble

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EVWINGS 1/6/2011 3:31PM

    What a positive thing to have happened to you!

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MICHELER72 1/5/2011 8:19PM

    This is amazing!! I am so happy for you - you are already making changes without even realizing it until the afterthought. Congrats!! emoticon

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SBILLIAN 1/5/2011 12:51PM

    emoticon That's great!

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METAMORPHOSIS36 1/4/2011 5:51PM

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What wonderful positive energy you have today! Keep it up!

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POLLYWANNA1 1/4/2011 4:43PM

    Yay! Small changes add up. The fact you lost over the holidays is a wonderful bonus.
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JANETLP 1/4/2011 1:47PM

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WETPTARMIGAN 1/4/2011 12:56PM

    You're definitely a BRIGHT spark today!
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STARGLADE 1/4/2011 10:46AM

    YAY for you! I'm so happy to see you've caught the Spark big time!

I'm about to head down to the Wii, myself. Too cold to walk here, but I can get my butt moving with the aerobics games!



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New Years Eve 2010!

Friday, December 31, 2010

I just wanted to say Thanks to all my SparkFriends, the SparkGuy, and all the SparkCoaches because I am headed in the direction I want to be in more than just weight loss. I am learning so many things and I can only thank God and SP for this journey. It's the most interesting journey I have been on and - Thanks.

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1BEACHWALKER 1/2/2011 9:59PM

    I don't know what it is exactly - mostly the awesome people that gather here & the friends I have made, it has changed me for the better! I am here for the long haul and even after I reach my goal weight! Just hope they keep it free! So keep clicking on the ads - that will help keep it free! Connie

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SUNFLOWERGAL40 12/31/2010 2:19PM

    Isn't Spark People fabulous? emoticon I am so thankful for finding it this year! Wishing you a happy and healthy 2011!

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BARBARAJ73 12/31/2010 10:37AM

    Best wished for a happy, healthy 2011!!!!
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Thanks

Thursday, December 30, 2010

I love SparkPeople and how it is constantly in a state of change. All Good Changes! I really don't want it to not change. Changing it for the better, changing it to keep up with all the new things that are being discovered about good health and fitness and all the issues that seem to go along with those two issues is the only way the site can stay strong, "new", and be of any use to all of us. I am sure it isn't easy, but they seem to do a great job of it.

I do have one suggestion on the Newsletter - Exercise of the Day! I really like this newsletter because it lets me see the exercises out there. I do my exercises at home and in a private exercise room with assorted machines that I don't know how to use, totally. I can't afford to hire a personal trainer. My suggestion is; could you please put a spot at the bottom of the newsletter that lets you add it to your fitness page workouts? It would be so much easier for us to add the exercises we like and think we can do to our workouts, and count them.

Thanks to the "SparkGuy" and whoever he has doing the website. Excellent Job and I still think our Chris Downie should be nominated and elected for the Pulitzer Prize because he's bringing the world closer and changing us to friends trying to live together in harmony, understanding, consideration, and friendship. Thanks for that alone, Chris. You really are appreciated by this SparkPerson.

  
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1BEACHWALKER 1/2/2011 9:45PM

    I totally agree! emoticon

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SBILLIAN 12/30/2010 9:29AM

    I'd love an exercise of the day too!

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The Day After Christmas!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Twas the day after Christmas and I was sitting at the window looking at all the darkened Christmas lights hanging on lamp posts and neighbors eves, and shrubs. They seem so sad, unlit and dripping with cold rain, swaying in the wind, waiting!

Waiting for what? Another night to be lit? I hope so. I love Christmas lights! We leave ours up until New Year's Day then take them down and put them away for the next early December decorating day.

All the new gifts are now stowed away in their new homes and the ribbons and wrapping paper have been collected and tossed, the boxes have been flattened and put in the recycle bin and there's not much left of Christmas except the memories - and the refrigerator stuffed with leftovers!

I'm pretty much staying away from the refrigerator during this time, but in all actuality, I did really good this year! I'm trying to lose weight this season, not stay the same, and definitely not gain. But when I climb on that scale tomorrow, I am pretty sure that I will have lost some weight and that will be my reward for this week! Losing, not gaining, not holding! WooHoo!

Wishing all of you the best of everything for 2011 and that all of you reach your goals and dreams soon.

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RONIE11 12/26/2010 11:57AM

    I love all the Christmas decorations, music, movies, and and all the laughter and surprises... I hate to see it go... I would start celebrating in October if I could... mean ole family says NO...LOL I hope you have a very happy new year and I really hope you see a loss on the scale its your gift to you and thats the best.. even if it stays the same.. at least you don't have tons of fat and chemicals running through your body and I bet you feel better than if you had over eaten too... Ronie

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SBILLIAN 12/26/2010 9:23AM

    What a lovely post! Glad you're doing well with the weight loss.

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IRISHEI 12/26/2010 8:44AM

    Ghostsister,
Thanks for the blog. What wonderful determination you have, how motivating to me!! Thanks so much. I did very well yesterday too, with the food choices.
I am proud of myself. Good luck on the scale and I know you do well.
Have a wonderful week and Happy New year to you too.
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1THING 12/26/2010 8:03AM

    Thank God for giving us the gift of His son.

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WELLINGTONWOMAN 12/26/2010 7:57AM

    SOME HOW THE END OF CHRISTMAS IS A LET DOWN TO ME. YET I DONT ENJOY IT BECAUSE OF HOW COMMERCIALIZED IT HAS BECOME. I DO LIKE DECORATING FOR IT, AND WE ENJOY ALL OF THE LIGHTS. BUT THIS YEAR I DIDNT EVEN PUT UP MY CHRISTMAS VILLAGE. I AM TIRED OF ALL THE WORK IT TAKES. I SOUND LIKE BAH HUMBUG. GAIL

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