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When I began (kinda longish)

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

this journey I did not know which way was up. I knew I wanted to loose weight. I knew I wanted to better myself. I joined a gym a yr prior and you know what...I paid monthly payments and didnt use the gym. Ok ... ummm hello I am paying for something I do not use. I couldnt get out of the contract. So a friend of mine joined the same gym and used me as a reference and I got a gift card. I went to see if I could use it for a personal trainer. I could BUT it would only pay for one session. Whatever. So I had gone prior to meeting up with the trainer but wasnt 100 percent into it. It was when the trainer and I were talking. Where I want to be. What I want to work on etc.. We did a mini work out and I felt great. Sore but great. That was a little less then a year ago. Lets take a journey back another year or so ago.

I lost my job in Jan 2010. I couldnt find a job and worked around the house as well as worked on getting big. I wore a size 22 in pants and was about to hit the next size up. I was sitting at my desk and the arms of the chair went into my upper legs. I had enough. I was just gonna let myself get bigger if I didnt do anything about it. I was on nbc.com biggest loser site boards for a bit. Then the wonderful Diva Sparks team made a group over here. I joined here but left it at that. When I had enough I came back and joined several groups. Two groups helped me out. Diva Sparks and SA Sparks. I remember getting a message from Lillie and she said hey help get SA Sparks up and going. So I started small posts and I felt I helped in a way to get SA off the ground. It was then the other wonderful ladies that joined, made me stronger.

I found a job almost a year ago. And we did a challenge close to the biggest loser and I won!!! I started that journey at 235 pounds. I went down to 173. That was from April 2010 to December 2010, 62 pounds gone!! I am not sure how I did it. I went from a size 22 in pants and today I can wear a size 16. I see the difference physically. I went from Obese to overweight in just 8 months. I was floored to see I could do it! I went to the gym every other day. I did classes most of the time and did one or two days of free weights. I still have a road to go. My final goal is 140's. But I have been at a stand still. (story in the next blog)

I have gained back 7 pounds of the 62 lost. But then again I havent been active like I was back in December. To know we are in May already and for me to not be active like I was 5 months ago I can honestly say I am proud of myself. Why you ask? Because of the following:

I started out 235 pounds, in 8 months I lost 62 pounds *thats a lot of weight to drop in a short time* There was no special diets. I did not fast or made myself get sick. What I did do was receive the right support from two great support groups here on Sparks. I watched my calories and burned my calories every day I could. I vented. I cried. I hurt along this journey. I have made my 8 yr old drop his mouth open when I wore regular street clothes instead of my baggie outfits. His words exact "Wow mom, you look nice. Your getting skinny and I like it" And to not have been active in 5 months and only gain 7 back is wonderful to me.

So here is my challenge. I am gonna TRY and get back on here. However a small obstical is in my way. I am getting promoted at work. Woohooo!!! BUT my hours are about to change. While everyone sleeps I will be up. Maybe not to bad. I am up till 1am mostly anyways. Instead of a morning job I will have the night shift. So my gym time will be changed from evenings to day time. Just something I will have to work out! Like I have worked out so much already in this journey.

  
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CALIGIRLDIANA 5/4/2011 6:16PM

    Omg girlie!! Congrats on getting promoted!!! You so deserve that and more!! I am so super happy and excited for you!!! You have come a long way in your journey I am very proud of your accomplishments!!! Very inspirational and motivational!! You're son is right you look GREAT!!!! (:

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ELEXEY 5/4/2011 2:23PM

    You really are an inspiration! I know how tough that night shift can be, but I also know that you CAN and WILL do this. I can only imagine what your son will say when you've reached all your goals. "Do you see my mom over there? Ya that's her, the super hottie!"

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LILYBELLE8 5/3/2011 9:44PM

    And I say, "Good for YOU!" You can make it work and this will be a great year for you and yours.

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BLUEMRSM 5/3/2011 5:03PM

    Congrats on your successes!

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TURTLE_MOM 5/3/2011 1:47PM

    You did such a great job, and you are still doing great! Maintaining (gaining 7 is no big deal at all!) is just as hard as losing I think :) You and I are in the same boat sister and we are going to do this!!! Let me know if you want to get together for workouts or walks or anything.

You are awesome!!!


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ALI_CAT9 5/3/2011 7:09AM

    Wow, that is fantastic!!!

I work nights too! Most times I feel like I'm a day late & a dollar short, when it comes to posts, but I keep chuggin along. I only get online while I'm at work. Which is monday, tuesday & wed. See ya then!!!

^5 night owls!!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 5/3/2011 2:52AM

    You've done such a great job!!! Think of being here late like hanging out with all us night owls here, I'm one. Be very proud of all you accomplished and own it diva!
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See told ya

Thursday, March 31, 2011

if its not one thing its another

Ok maybe a TMI post on my son but here is the latest:
My oldest told me this morning he has been passing blood in his stool. I told him to let me know if it happens again. And it did this afternoon. I asked him how long has this been going on, he told me 3 days so far with left pains and upper tummy pains off an on. So tomorrow after I get off of work we are gonna get all blood work done. The dr wants a full check of blood so I am sure it will be fun. then I am getting referred out to a Pedi GI specialist. I am waiting on getting numbers so I can get him in.

Keep him in your thoughts.
Leslie

  
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GRAMMAOFFIVE 4/2/2011 9:35PM

    Hope your son is ok. Please let us know how things turn out. It was not to much TMI.
It was a good way of letting us know who to pray for.

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THEMIGHTYLILLIE 3/31/2011 11:43AM

    Wow. Keep us posted. That is tough!

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PRINCESSBAEZA 3/31/2011 10:48AM

    I will pray for healing for your son and just take care of you. God is with you always.

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CALIGIRLDIANA 3/31/2011 10:32AM

    Oh girlie I know everything will be ok. I will pray for your son. Stay strong Leslie!!! Miss you girlie!!!
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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 3/31/2011 3:05AM

    I will keep your son in my thoughts and prayers and hope for the best with it.

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SUCCESS44 3/31/2011 1:26AM

    I will keep you both in my thoughts, and I hope he is OK!

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Where have I been...

Sunday, March 27, 2011

I been in bed, working, tending to family issues.

1. My little lady has been sick off and on with the stomach flu or something. She couldnt hold anything down.

2. Found out a cousin's wife cheated on him several times aborted the other mans child and has a restraing order against HIM so he cant see his kids. She took the kids, house, and car and has caused him to loose his job. He came here to visit from his home town and I have been over there alot these past few days.

3. Hubby was sick with strep throat so I had to do double duty as a single parent a few days.

4. I got elected on the HOA board to help with our housing development issues.

5. Spring Break and it was busy as anything at work which made me drained

6. Physically and Mentally drained and just not able to sit still in front of the computer lately

7. Kids functions at school have taken up alot of time after work. ARD meetings coming up and Jury duty at the begining of April...

Sooo where does that put me on challenges/teams.

1. I have mainted my weight. I havent gained or lost.
2 I manage to get in my work outs at least 30 min a day
3. I have kept up my nutrion just havent logged it.
4. I and hoping to get back into it here with ALL teams soon.

Just bare with me. I know I have let some down on here and I am truely sorry. I forgot to have 'me' time in all of the hassel of things. And me time is here on sparks.

Now... what is this about coming and having the next get together at my house uninvited.. hahaha. Ummm sure if you wanna be part of the cleaning crew and get it ready! I have a park right around the corner and we can go walking (snicker snicker Tim)

  
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CALIGIRLDIANA 3/31/2011 10:37AM

    Oh girlie glad you're doing good after all that you have been going through! Stay strong girlie it will get better! So glad that you have maintained your weight and that your on track with nutrition and exercise! Missed you!!

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BET212 3/30/2011 12:38AM

    Glad you are back and things seem to be settling down at home. Congrats on maintaining despite all the stuff going on in your life! WTG!

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TURTLE_MOM 3/27/2011 9:29PM

    Well I am glad you showed up here! I knew you must have been busy but I had hoped things weren't too bad. Hopefully people are healthy now in your house. I have known LOTS of people who got really sick this past winter.

Getogether? Where? When? Why haven't I been informed? ;)

Glad to see you!

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HAPPYHARTZ 3/27/2011 5:23PM

    {{{{HUGS}}}} Oh darlin you need an assistant or something! Life at times comes at us from all directions don't worry about here. We will all be here when you get the chance to hit the pause button. Continue to take care of you and you are doing awesome with that I must say considering how busy you are right now. Hope the family is feeling better soon so you have one thing off your plate.

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SBEAR5 3/27/2011 3:03PM

    I really can't add or say it any better than Tim or Kristina did! LOL I'm glad that you were able to maintain through all of it! That is something to really be proud of!

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KISSYTINA 3/27/2011 12:59PM

    This is the REAL WORLD and this is REAL LIFE... Sometimes we all have crazy things going on, and we just can't help but let a few things slide. I am with Tim... I am just so glad to hear that you are ok. We were starting to get worried about you! But you have had some pretty major things on your plate... Be PROUD that you have maintained!!! Busy times like this can wreak havoc on anyone's healthy lifestyle! You have shown some real strength and determination in still getting those workouts in! Just remember to lean on us if you need help or some encouraging words. We are all here for you, and we all care.


Actually, I am thinking meet-up at YOUR house sounds great... but only if ELVA brings the PIZZA!

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SPARKYWATSON 3/27/2011 11:08AM

    Oh no! The get together at your house got side tracked, someone else PROMISED to make us all homemade pizza when we show up there!

Glad to see you back. Very happy it was just busy life stuff and not something really bad. You can scratch me off the list of people that might have felt let down, I was just concerned.

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 3/27/2011 2:46AM

    Don't worry about it. Sometimes life comes in and you have to deal with the things it hands you. I hope that your family is on the mend and feeling better.

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I done and did it!!!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

I did my first 5k yesterday! It has taken me this long to post because when I got home afterwards I crawled upstairs into bed. Woke up, ate dinner, and then passed out again. I didnt realize it could take that much out of you. Would I do it again??? Heck yeah! I am waiting to figure out which one I wanna do.

So for my first 5k (walked and ran) I did it in 51 min and 53 secs. Thats what the timer said. But one of the girls had a chip in her shoe and it was a min off. So chipped I was 50.52:)

  
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LIVESTRONG2010 2/21/2011 3:17PM

    Hey Leslie you were awesome!! It was great meeting you and I hope to do several more. emoticon emoticon emoticon I am really starting to like doing these. They might just get in my way of riding emoticon
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CALIGIRLDIANA 2/21/2011 3:07PM

    Leslie you did great for it being your first 5k! Thanks for the extra support during the whole thing. I hope your knee is doing ok. Hope to do another one with you soon. (:

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SBEAR5 2/21/2011 12:57PM

    So happy for you Leslie!!!! :) GREAT time!

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TURTLE_MOM 2/21/2011 9:55AM

    Yeah I was 51:11 from when I crossed the start to the finish, so you were probably just under 50! Congrats - it was fun! You did great!!! :)

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 2/21/2011 2:39AM

    emoticon You did it!!!!

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THEMIGHTYLILLIE 2/21/2011 1:24AM

    WOOOHOOO! I am so proud of you! You did excellent.... and wasn't it SO much fun?!?

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BET212 2/21/2011 12:05AM

    emoticon Leslie! I knew you could do it and I'm glad you didn't let work get in the way emoticon

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MJ-SHE-BEAST 2/20/2011 9:19PM

    Leslie, I was so very proud of you yesterday! And yes, you were actually a minute faster than the clock said. If they are available for your next race, get the chip so that YOUR time won't be counted until you go over the sensor at the start gate. We all were pretty far back and it took about a minute or so before we went under the start gate.

There are a number of 5Ks in San Antonio coming up. Severaal of us are doing the April 16th one for Autism. I hope you will consider doing this one, I would love to see you do it again and beat your own time! emoticon

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TRISH1021 2/20/2011 7:49PM

    Woohoo! I'm still trying to convince myself I can do one! I am trying to organize a 5k to honor my 7 yr old niece who passed away from a brain tumor. So it is important to me to be able to do it. How did you train for it? I am currently trying the couch to 5K but I still feel like I can't do it.

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Most ladies would be jumping up and down for joy...

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

so why cant I? Ok first off if you are a guy reading this be warned there might be TMI involved here.

I had my annual check up. Yep the dreaded one most hate each year. I talked to my dr about some concerns I have. He asked me about my aunt flow visits. I told him they vary in visits both between and during. He wants me to keep track of them for the next year unless something bad happens. He told me I might be someone to get a hysterectomy very soon....

Now I have my tubes tied but hubby and I have been talking about reversing them... Now this comes up and I am on one hand happy cause woohooo no more visits from aunt flow. But on the other had sadden that its another step to knowing I cant reproduce. Mind you I know I have my tubes tied already. But still. I am 50/50 in this feeling. Basically the way my parts lay is not like how yours might and the v tilts towards the belly button. (maybe tmi for anyone right now huh?)

So with that and a titled uterus even reversing and possibly conceiving are slim unless I want a miscarriage to happen. I am in the dumpest moods right now because of this and because of my job. But I can atleast fix one of them and thats my job....

I have been out applying all day today to different places and EVERYWHERE online. so we shall see. I am tired of where I am at now and I am better then the position I am at right now.

Thanks for listening and letting me vent.

  
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LIVESTRONG2010 2/21/2011 3:24PM

    I'm sorry you are having to go through this and if it makes things better get a second opinion. When I was younger I wan't six but now that I don't have any I am so okay with it. But then I have been blessed with eight nieces and nephews plus three great ones and one more on the way. I have people ask me if I miss not being a mom and for me it's no because I enjoy my life of being able to get and and ride when ever I want.

Best of Luck with your issue.

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TURTLE_MOM 2/18/2011 2:28PM

    I would get a 2nd opinion as well - and I hope your issues get resovled. *Hugs* SEE YA TOMORROW!!! :)

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FREES1 2/17/2011 10:24AM

    best wishes with the job search!
I am sorry about your situation.. tying tubes at least leaves the choice about kids as yours.. you still have the power to at least attempt to reverse the decision to not have kids.. this will take away that choice to at least bear your own... losing the power to make your own decision is a hard thing to lose.. hang in there

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AOGOAE 2/17/2011 10:15AM

    You know, I don't think it matters what your age or desire-to-have-kids, every woman is upset at the idea of not being able to concieve. It's innate- just part of our biology, like breathing or having warm blood.
A hysterectomy is NOT a fun thing, it's major surgery, and I hope you don't have to go there. But if you do, I hope it solves all your problems.

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ELEXEY 2/17/2011 1:08AM

    I'm not sure what kind of rapport you have with your doctor, or the length of time you've seen him, etc. But anytime a doctor recommends a hysterectomy I definetely think a second opinion is in order. And I understand your reluctance as well, I would feel the same way. I'm really sorry that your news wasn't good news.

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JENQUEENOFCHAOS 2/17/2011 12:34AM

    I understand how you feel. I had to have a hysterectomy at 26, it cured my pain but it was hard emotionally.
I wish you luck!

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