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I won't blink.....

Monday, July 26, 2010

I'm not sure how it happened.

Or believing that it really DID happen.

I've been trying for so very very long!

But, there it is. I stepped on the scale Saturday after my last blog and it said; "you weight 188.3". I looked at my husband and said "that can't be right" and stepped on it again.....and again.

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I have been teeter tottering with the low 190s for over a year now. Always making excuses of "quit smoking weight" or WHATEVER. Not understanding or absorbing that it was truly lack of commitment, not focusing weight.

Let me tell you. Part of me is jumping up and down. I did it I did it I did it! But, truthfully, the other 75% of me is slapping my face "get a grip, woman! You'll gain it all back in a blink of an eye if you're not careful!!"

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In other news: Humdinger BBQ was born this past weekend. My family and I help my husband set up his booth at the Brewfest. The next day we sold at the Rockin for Riley fundraiser. All in all it wasn't a bad first weekend. We made our food money back and I think my whole family had a great time! I forgot to eat most of the weekend (or didn't have time, pick one) and feel like I got run over by a semi truck, but that's okay. I still just FEEL good. I drank my Shakeology to help maintain nutrition and energy. At night, and since it was the weekend, it was Jack and Diet. LOL Hey, I may be trying to get healthy, but I'm not dead!

I am on Week 3 of my Slim in 6 challenge and more determined than ever to finish since the 5 pound loss. Now, I can't WAIT to see what's next! Boredom has now taken a back seat to a more intense "this is really working" motivation factor!

As far as my running: I'm still working on my shoes/shins. I refuse to give up! I have taken the advice of one of (what I like to call) a dear Sparkfriend and tried all sorts of shoes, including good ol cheap Champions. Wouldn't ya know it? So far they've been the best on my shins. I've done some nice extensive walking...even in the 100 degree weather, but running...still kind of saving that one. I want to get in more miles for my group: The Thongs. (I still laugh when I say that!!!!) THONGS! hahahahahahahahahah

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I just finished cleaning all the roasters, pans, grills, utensils, and what not from this weekend. Time to order dinner...get my brain together, and work out. Maybe work out THEN put my brain together. Yeah.

Got Vegas in a month! Gonna get re-married. Strange. I don't look any different, but I know that's a coming!!

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5FRUITSNVEGGIES 8/5/2010 10:34AM

    yes, exercise shoes have been a dilema for me...once i bought a pair that fit me exactly and it cut off all circulation in my toes...then i tried a pair 1/2 size bigger and same problem....a sparker told me to get a pair of running shoes that were a size bigger--and no more problems!....i don't believe you have to pay tons of money for running shoes...i always buy the new balance ones i find at marshall's or tj maxx for $34.99 and they work all the time!

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BETTY115 7/29/2010 2:33PM

    You rock and I am super pumped to be around your energy! Way to go! emoticon

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RUSSELLORAMA 7/28/2010 9:40PM

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SASXONTHEMOVE 7/28/2010 9:31AM

    YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY


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ENDUROVET 7/28/2010 8:53AM

    Remarried? I have been making mild suggestions to my hubby which hopefully will take root by the time our big 1-0 rolls around in '12! [What's all this talk about the end of the world ;-)?]
Congratulations for getting off your plateau - I'm hoping to post good news about leaving mine behind as I've started my new workout routine...

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WHATAGRL42 7/27/2010 11:11PM

    WOOT! You have LEFT 190-ville, girl!! Don't let that other voice tell whisper that you'll gain it back. I have that voice too. Pound it out!
Think: what did you do differently? Maybe you just took a break from something, and your body needed that -- got shocked into losing again. Whatever it is, take it.
It's yours!
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KIM_POSSIBLE77 7/27/2010 10:13AM

    Who is the BEST....YOUUUUU are the BESTTTT!!!!! Girl you are kicking butt and takin names! I love that you got to your 80s...lord knows you love them 80s, but keep up the hard work so you can go lower and lower. I had NO idea that you and Tom were renewing your vows in Vegas...that is super cool. I can't wait to see the pics of that. Love you Sugar...keep up the hard work!
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BAKER1009 7/27/2010 9:42AM

    Super CONGRATS!! I know you've been struggling. I knew all along though that you could do it! Way to go!!

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DUKEFAN86 7/27/2010 6:42AM

    Congrats on reaching the new decade! :) Sounds like a good weekend, to boot! :)

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VTCRICKET84 7/27/2010 6:37AM

    way to go on your loss this week :) that running thing and i are having issues too...i hope your shins are better!!! p.s. that's super exciting that you're going to vegas! awesome!

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HEATH2 7/26/2010 11:43PM

    great job on getting in to the 180s! Just think positive and Im sure you will stay on track! If you do happen to creep back up, at least you know that you are capable of getting back down there! Soon enough you will be in the 170s and the 180s will just be a memory!
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KIMMAS82 7/26/2010 10:36PM

    Whoop whoop!! Congrats on dropping below 190!!!!!

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SUNNYFICTION 7/26/2010 9:41PM

    5 pounds is so awesome! You're in 180-ville!!!
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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 7/26/2010 9:38PM

    WWWWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTT
TTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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DIAMANTHA 7/26/2010 9:21PM

    Fantastic! It's great you got off that plateau. And, any sane person needs the comfort of Jack from time to time. ;)

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LAURAKINS 7/26/2010 9:15PM

    Congrats on getting into the 180's!!! I can totally relate to the 75% of you that says if your not careful you can gain it back in a blink of an eye!!

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One year today....

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Yep...today is my Sparkaversary. As I sit here and say that, my first reaction was "and I haven't achieved a darn thing..."

But, I have.

It has taken a year, but with Spark I have been able to see that it IS a life changing experience.

I have achieved motivation to keep trying.

I have learned about running shoes and nutrition. (Did you know that a wine cooler has 250 calories??? Give me a Whiskey/Diet please) emoticon

I have met some really really great people on here....and that means I'm not alone!

I'm achieving water. For years, I've had such a bad repore with water (Erin Brokovich ring a bell??) so, it was hard for me to swallow (literally)... now, I may die of chemical poisoning, but my body has 14 glasses of water a day!! emoticon

I've created and participated in challenges!

I ran!! (sorta LOL)

I became a Beachbody Coach for crying out loud!! LOL emoticon

AND, I just FEEL better.

Now, this next year....well. all b*s'ing aside, I fully intend on losing the weight. My insides are feeling good, so this year will be forcusing on the OUTSIDE!

This first goal is freaking simple (yeah....um...) I want to get in the dang 180s. We all have our number. You know...the one that "plagues" us. mine is 189. I teeter in the low 190s (actually made it to 190.1 at one point) and then "wham" back to 197. My fault mostly, I get excited and slack off. Remember the 3 week plateu? Yep, that's when it usually happens. NOT THIS TIME!! emoticon

Last time I checked, I was weighing around 192.2. I'm still Burnin it Up on my DVDs and today my youngest and I plan on doing a 4 miles or more walk. My gut will get it's fat butt on the scale at 189 in the next 2 weeks. Then it will STAY there or get lower! No TOM excuses, no "almost" garbage! I'm doing this and I'm doing it now!!

Grrrrrr Grrrrrrrr!!!

**calms down** Got a little crazy there.... dang, that was kind of fun.

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BESUSAN 7/23/2010 2:50PM

    You've accomplished a lot and you're going to do more. Congratulations!

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HEATH2 7/23/2010 12:22AM

    Its great to see that you know exactly what you want and you are willing to do whatever it takes to get there!!! I have faith in you and I look forward to reading the blog that says you made it to that goal!!! emoticon

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THANKFULL1 7/22/2010 7:42PM

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CONGRATS!!Youv'e come along way baby!

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MJCLARENDON 7/22/2010 7:12PM

    Alright! Congrats on the year anniversary, and it sounds like this one is going to be even better! Keep up the great work, I fully expect to see a blog soon that you've reached your 180s goal!

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KIM_POSSIBLE77 7/22/2010 7:07PM

    You go Sugar! I know that you can do this...if you didn't give up on me I know for a fact you will not give up on yourself. Besides I won't let you....I will fly to CA and tell you that in person. LOL
I love that you always have been a rock for me and I love that together we are going to get to our goals. Not only do we have April 5th to get ready for but I want to be one hot momma when we are in Ireland in 7 years!!
There isn't a day that goes by that you don't make me proud to call you my Bestie!
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MKPLAXCO 7/22/2010 6:11PM

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MOMJMGR 7/22/2010 5:57PM

    emoticon on all that you have accomplished this last year!!! emoticon emoticon You know you can reach this goal and beyong....let's see it happen!! emoticon

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SUNRISE14 7/22/2010 5:50PM

    Maybe the weight hasn't dropped but you have learn alot and can use that to make your scales move! emoticon I am up to 10 glasses of water this week i was afraid of drowning in my own water! But sparkpeople assures me i can go to at least 12 glasses a day but i just got to 10 and i'm gonna stay there for a month. I feel better and i'm not always hungry since i been drinking it! Wish you the best of luck if i can help in any way just drop by my page and let me know!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AIMEETURD 7/22/2010 5:49PM

    Very, very motivating! You keep up the great work, ya hear!!!

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Freaky Friday on a Thursday

Thursday, July 15, 2010



I grew these in my backyard. They always make me smile when I go outside so I thought I would share. I grew tomatoes too...most came out okay, but some have these really wierd bottoms I mean to ask my garden team about.

OK! I am into Week 1 of my Challenges. Here goes the progress.

Slim in 6. I am on day 4 of Burn it Up. Now, it has NOT been easy this first week. I know, you would think it would right? But, listen. On Day 2 (Tues) hubby calls and says he needs me to go to Sam's Club with him. Alright.

He picks me up and we go to Sam's Club. We get a bunch of supplies for his Air Force BBQ that he puts on about once a month. I make potato salad for the boys. I try to convince them my pasta salad is better, but alas, they insist on my potato. So, because they gobbled up 10 pounds of potato salad last month in about 5 minutes I had to make 20 pounds. On Tues I spent probably a good 4 hours making 20 pounds of peeling, slicing, dicing, boiling, and seasoning. Don't kid yourself. I LOVED it. Even when my fingers got all pruny! LOL We also had to get some stuff and shopping done for our grand opening of Humdinger BBQ. Our first event is next Saturday and we had to get some banner stuff situated. By the time I looked at the clock it was 11:30 p.m.

OH NO! Day 2 and I hadn't done Burn it Up! Well, I thought....here we go and at midnight I did my hour of Burn it Up. I can't "bust" a 6 week or bust challeng on the 2nd day! and as a leader at that! Heck NO!

Needless to say Wednesday (day 3) I was pretty tired getting up and sure enough hubby had even a longer chore list. Oh dear lord! At least I got him to pass out at 10:30 pm to do Burn it Up.

This morning, however. I was up! Day 4 completed and on time! yippee!!!! Now. I am going to do Day 5 tonight as I will be in Santa Cruz all weekend. Day 6 will be done on Sunday when we get back. By golly, I'm gonna make this work!!!!




That's my row of them.

ANYhoosit: My pengiun milage challege begins TODAY! It's in the 100s here but I want to not let my teammates down. I will be attempting a run today, but it may be more af a very sweaty walk. LOL Will follow up on that one.

Anti-Blahs: well, clearly all these things fall into this group quite well. My only task is the plank. I think I told Yoovie I would do a plank. I can't remember, but it lurks in my mind like a bad debt that I did. Therefore, I shall. soon. At least... hmmmm 30 seconds? I did finagle some push ups as ST, so that's pretty cool. I know I had to up my ST for myself.

There. All on paper and filed in my brain accordingly. Girls said they would help me jog the boardwalk in Santa Cruz so I can keep my milage in. LOL I figure around the campsight will work. AND they have a pool!! So freaking exciting.

I packed (per Cutiepie77's tips) healthful foods for the weekend. I even threw my salads in the ice cooler. Trail bars (fiber one of course) and fruit cups for the girls.

Gotta keep track of my nutrtion numbers right? Even if I can't be near a puter.

Who says we can't camp and be healthy too?

Thank you EVERYONE who pops on my page with anything to say. I just LOVE it! All of you have truly made my week and I can't wait to get my tracker to move more towards the middle of my ticker.

Have a wonderful and safe weekend!!

Love and hugs!

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5FRUITSNVEGGIES 8/5/2010 10:36AM

    i was just in santa cruz for 5 weeks!

you live near there?



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THANKFULL1 7/17/2010 1:47AM

    WAY TO GO! kEEP IT UP! emoticon emoticon
For sure eat healthy! You don't want everything you just worked off to go to waste or to YOUR waist for that matter! LOL! emoticon

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DRJJ2004 7/16/2010 8:51AM

    Way to go Miss Dedication!! Love it!! And yes..you can be healthy and camp! We do it all the time! :O) Have a great time!

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JUST_SIMONE 7/15/2010 10:05PM

    Wow what a busy week you have! Glad you managed to get the workouts in. Have a fun weekend!

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Challenges !!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Okay, so I've got a Tiki Challenge that I am totally looking forward to: GO AB!!

I've got a 5% challenge that I will freaking succeed at: GO ME!!

AND, as of today, I just began a Six week Slim in 6 challenge: DOUBLE GO ME!!

I"m pretty darn tootin excited. The AB challenge is awesome because it is a positive influence on my life. If I EVER need motivation or a kick in the butt those teammates are there with boots on! The 5% challenge is good because it works with the numbers factor in my head and reminds me to take baby steps. Because right now I just want to be 80 pounds lighter...NOW!!!

And the new challenge? Well, as stated in previous blogs I really seem to have an issue with that 3 week plateu. Yup. So....I thought why not put it in a challenge? Surely SOMEONE else on this Sparkworld must be feeling the same "great out of the gate...peeter ... peeter....gone" momentum so what better way to help elimate that....I mean, with the exception of AB boots?

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I'm supposed to put a before pic on here....for all the teams. Part of me is like "eh, use the ones in your pics...ya look the same" and truly I do. But, part of my brain says "nope...new challenge ... new motivation.. new beginning.."

I'm leaning towards brain personality number 2, once I find a victim with a camera.

So darn tootin excited! Whats can I say? I'm an emotional rollercoaster :o)

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LADYINOHIO 7/13/2010 3:26PM

    Doood, you are just full of challenges! Way to be!
The only way to truly grow(in strength AND wisdom) is to challenge ourselves, right?
I'd say you're on the right course then!
Thanks for stopping by my page so much too, I loved reading your comments on my photos and whatnot! Thanks for being such a great sparkfriend, and remember you have an arsenal of support behind you here! There's no way you won't make progress.
Not. a. chance.
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HEALTH-E-CLARE 7/12/2010 12:53PM

    Tiki Challenge! You got this. The other challenges sound great. I start P90X (again) today so we can workout for the next 6 weeks together!

Go YOU!

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DRJJ2004 7/11/2010 5:04PM

    Awesome!! You go girl!!

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VELVETUNICORN 7/11/2010 4:17PM

    Sounds great! emoticon

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 7/11/2010 4:05PM

    Go you!!!!!!!!! WOOT!!!!!!!!!

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KIM_POSSIBLE77 7/11/2010 3:35PM

    So what's your Ab challange? You know I'm all about the crunches....you have peeked my interest!
I asked Terry to take "before" pictures and he was like sure...but why? So I told him and his answer was "Honey I can tell you about your progress" I had to laugh and tell him...NO I think your opinion would be tainted! hehehehe

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SASXONTHEMOVE 7/11/2010 3:05PM

    You can do this! GO YOU!!

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Bummer

Saturday, July 10, 2010

When I retrieved my Stem Cell and cataract removal, it was very bittersweet to look in the mirror. Before me I had aged 20 years in 1 day, so to speak. What I really found frightening was the face. The roundness and the saggin chin. I realize this comes with age and I knew over the years I was putting on some weight.

It's amazing how you own mind can play tricks on denial. I just got my 4th of July pics back. Wow.



This is the most flattering pic I could find of my weekend. Sighs.

I didn't do too bad at slacking though. I am up 3 pounds. Better than the 7 I used to pack on in water weight and salt induced pounds, ya know?

But, it definately is time to finish the year 2010. It's times to take the last six months and begin what I wanted to start....I man REALLY get into it.

Again!

1st..... Vegas goal is in exactly 30 days. Yup. I am leading a Slim in 6 "six week or bust" challenge on my team so my DVD is totally going with me to Vegas. Obsessive? Have you SEEN the above pic?? LOL Anyway, I want to lose a MINIMUM Of 10 pounds. That's right. I can do this. I will get into the damn 180s dang it.

then we'll go from there. I'm trying to think of a "reward" if I make it to 180. A hair extension? no....want to be at least 150s for that..(in the face, ya know?)

a tattoo? mmmm...maybe as a final goal mark.

no food or drinks tho. I always mess up there. "If I lose 3lbs, I will get a SBux" well, there went THOSE 3 lbs :o)

I dunno.....maybe being in the 180s will be accomplishment enough.

I'm a little worried....I'd rather see my unflattering pic than nothing at all. My right eye has been giving me blurry grief the last couple of days. Hope it's nothing.

Going to do some gardening now...maybe go for a walk with Missy Mo.

  
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HOPEFULHIPPO 7/11/2010 1:01PM

    Like I said this is the most flattering pic. I just get a little emotional when I see myself now compared to ...even two years ago before I quit smoking.

I will do better on focusing on the positive. I think, for the most part, I do. Just had an "off" day. :o)

Thanks again everyone for kicking my butt and putting things back into perspective.

Now...to go downstairs and kick my own butt !!!

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MAMADELIGHT 7/11/2010 11:06AM

    I understand not being where you want to be. I do. I really do like the picture. Look how happy you all are.

You will get into the 180s. Yes!

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KERANCE 7/11/2010 11:02AM

    What a lovely picture - you all look so happy!

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LADYINOHIO 7/11/2010 10:52AM

    I don't think you're giving yourself enough credit here, you look great! You've got a beautiful, *genuinely* happy smile, and an awesome looking family. I understand not being where YOU want you to be to be satisfied... but I hope you're satisfied with yourself anyway, cuz you're looking good already and it's only going to get better from here on out. ;D

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TEACHEROF4TH 7/11/2010 8:52AM

    You have so many great things going for you! I agree with the previous posts... focus on the positive and then stay disciplined to do the best you can with your fitness and nutrition. You have a beautiful family! You can do this!

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FITKAT2010 7/11/2010 5:53AM

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THANKFULL1 7/11/2010 1:12AM

    I ditto MADDEELOU's comment!

YOU CAN DO THIS! Stay strong, steadfast, patience, remember...I believe there comes a time when everything just falls in line...


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KIM_POSSIBLE77 7/10/2010 11:46PM

    Honey you can do anything when you set your mind to it. I know that you can drop the weight by Vegas (and ahhh why are you going before next April? It better be to scoop out where my Bachlorette party will be at. LOL) I just had downloaded my pictures from the weekend and saw one that Terry had taken on me in the water and I wanted to CRY!!! We can do this Sugar...I swear that we can! I won't give up on you and I know you won't give up on me. Take this week and focus on YOU just as I am going to do!
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MADDEELOU 7/10/2010 11:20PM

    You want to know what I see when I look at this picture? A beautiful, happy woman with a family that loves her. Look at the arm around you and the child resting her head against you! emoticon I do the same thing when I look at pictures of me--I focus on the things I don't like about myself. Let's make a pact to stop it, okay?

Stay strong. You are doing great.



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