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It's been almost 2 years

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Wow, I was just looking at my Spark Page and saw that it has been almost 2 years since a joined Spark People! Got me thinking about how much I have changed in that time. Not that I have been here consistly over that whole two years, but it has still changed me. When I first joined, I was almost 200 lbs and had never done anything online such posting. Now, I am just under 160lbs and I can barely go a few days without longing and checking up with my friends. I used to eat very unhealthy and in huge portions. Now I try to eat healthier and in normal sizes. I also started eating more fruits and veggies. I also starting moving again, and realized how much I stopped moving over the years. I think one of the biggest changes was I stopped drinking soda whenever I was thirsty, Now I reach for water instead of soda. All the changes I've made because this site, have made me feel better about myself, not only the way I look, but in the way I think of myself. I still have a ways to go to reach my goals, but with the help of all my friends here, I know that I can do it!

Thanks to everyone!

  
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FIREPHOENIX 3/31/2010 8:47AM

    I was going to say you deserve a reward for all those healthy changes, but then I realized all the healthy changes ARE the reward. Great progress check! Good for you!
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XHOOSIERLOSER 3/29/2010 7:05PM

    And making these changes consistently over time, means they are permanent! Good, good, good for you!



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CODOXIES 3/29/2010 12:50AM

    CONGRATS!!!

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JAVALOVERTOO 3/29/2010 12:27AM

    You are so emoticon Gives me inspiration since I've only been here a little over a month. emoticon

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SMYLEERED 3/29/2010 12:13AM

    Bravo! SparkPeople helped you to change your lifestyle and if that makes your life better then you're on the right path!

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PERSISTANT123 3/28/2010 9:03PM

    I love the way that we are all moving towards healthier living at our own pace. Suddenly you realize how much you have changed. Congratulations on Sparking for nearly 2 years.
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KALISWALKER 3/28/2010 8:15PM

    I am happy for you! Spark has a great waiting of teaching how to live a healthier life and you are a great learner. Keeping Sparking!
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SHAWFAN 3/28/2010 6:58PM

    emoticonDoesn't it feel good! Lifestyle change is a very good thing both mentally and physicaly! Keep it up!! emoticon

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No not me

Saturday, March 20, 2010

I had a really busy week this past week with things coming at me from all directions (which for the first time in awhile lend to me going why over my calories by eating what was easy).

This week also brought a lot of mixed emotions. Two SP friends and another friend announced they are pregnant. While I am really happy for them, It makes me sad, why can't that be me. And my friend who was due a week before I would have been due, had her baby this week, 6 weeks early. The baby is fine. It's hard. I realize how much my miscarriage still hurts. We tried for so long, finally got pregnant and then it was taking away. I am truely happy for everyone but I have realized that I still have a lot of emotions to deal with.

Well thanks for listening (or reading as the case may be). Hope everyone is well.

  
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SMYLEERED 3/20/2010 11:57PM

    Your turn may be coming. That is our hope for you. Please know that we are here to support you in any way we can.

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KALISWALKER 3/20/2010 11:17AM

    I know the pain you are feeling. My first one was a still birth at 8 months. Strange as it my sound, my friend had her baby and was my room mate in the hospital. I still feel a tug of emotions when I think of the loss, but I am happy to say I did have 3 healthy daughters.

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KATHYZ10 3/20/2010 8:51AM

    Dear Starfish friend:
Your post pulls at my heart strings. Many years ago, I too had a miscarriage. It is a very hard loss to deal with. Although you'll never know the reasons why things happen in your life, you must trust that it is for a greater purpose. Perhaps someday you will be able to comfort someone simply because you know how it truly feels. I work in an Intensive Care unit for preemies....loss is something that i unfortunately help people deal with more often than seems fair. So many wonderful parents suffering the loss of a life, or of the "perfect life". Fortunately,
the future often holds blessings yet unknown to you. It's okay to feel the mixed emotions that come when others are celebrating but take it one step further and recognize your pain, know that is over and the future can bring you joy and happiness too--and then celebrate with them!
May a multitude of blessings come your way to strengthen you!!
Sincerely, Kathyz

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KATHYZ10 3/20/2010 8:50AM

    Dear Starfish friend:
Your post pulls at my heart strings. Many years ago, I too had a miscarriage. It is a very hard loss to deal with. Although you'll never know the reasons why things happen in your life, you must trust that it is for a greater purpose. Perhaps someday you will be able to comfort someone simply because you know how it truly feels. I work in an Intensive Care unit for preemies....loss is something that i unfortunately help people deal with more often than seems fair. So many wonderful parents suffering the loss of a life, or of the "perfect life". Fortunately,
the future often holds blessings yet unknown to you. It's okay to feel the mixed emotions that come when others are celebrating but take it one step further and recognize your pain, know that is over and the future can bring you joy and happiness too--and then celebrate with them!
May a multitude of blessings come your way to strengthen you!!
Sincerely, Kathyz

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JOBIONE 3/20/2010 8:08AM

    Hi Monakin, I'm so sorry, it must be so hard. We waited a long time & it felt like half the world was making pregnancy announcements sometimes, so I know how you feel. Its so tough. Keep strong, you're doing great & it will be you soon x x

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1SHEYLA 3/20/2010 8:05AM

  I am so sorry for your loss. I know it is hard to see your friends enjoying what you have been denied. We are all here with you.

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Things have going good

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Well once again, it's been awhile since I have updated my blog. I have doing good about exercising and eating within my range. I joined the Spring 5% Challenge, which has given me new focus. I like the different challenges. The first challenge was crunches, with I never do, but now I have done 25 every morning this week. Now the challenge is drinking water, so I have increased my water every day since the challenge started.

Work has been so busy and my co workers are driving me crazy. I have been trying to find the positive in it but it is hard. So I read on a friend's blog about keeping a positive journal. Basically, everyday you record at least one positive thing from the day. So I am going to try keeping a positive journal to see if i can pull myself out of the funk that I have been in.

So hopefully I can turn things around, keep up the crunches, and keep drinking water!!

  
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PATTYJUMP 3/12/2010 12:50AM

    You can do it! I know you can . . .

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KALISWALKER 3/11/2010 10:27PM

    I read we should find 3 positives for every negative - paycheck, paycheck, paycheck! I am enjoying the challenges too and still doing the crunches.

Sip, sip, sip.
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PERSISTANT123 3/11/2010 10:19PM

    Sounds like you are turning things around and finding more positive things to focus on. Keep it up. You deserve it!

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FLUENTFROG 3/11/2010 9:54PM

    Sounds like you're finding your new spark! Keep up the great work!

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Snow, Snow and more Snow!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Well, I am sitting a home today again cause of the snow. Well not actually sitting. I shoveled the driveway and then shoveled again after the plow came through. I really tired of shoveling, why can't it snow on a day DH doesn't have to work so he can help. But on the bright side shoveling is a great workout, cardio and strength all in one. Enough about the snow! Tomorrow we are heading to AC with a group of friends and the girls are hitting the spa and pool. So I pulled out the old swimsuit and to my shock it didn't fit! Great but where I am going to find a suit in the middle of February in PA. After some searching, I found one from a friend that fits, so the pool is back in my weekend.

I am doing better about staying in my calorie range this week. And I made an appointment with the admission adviser about going back to school. So all in all I feel good about this week.

Well I need to pack for the AC trip and cook dinner yet, so I should be wrapping this up. Hope everyone reading this is doing well and has a great weekend!

  
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SMYLEERED 2/26/2010 10:30PM

    Have a great weekend in AC! emoticon

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BJUMPINGFORJOY 2/26/2010 5:46PM

    You must feel so good about the bathing suite. I hope you have fun on your trip.

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FULLOFLIFE4 2/26/2010 5:36PM

    emoticon and have a great weekend

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Wow, time flies by

Friday, February 19, 2010

I was just updating my page and realized I haven't updated my blog in a couple of weeks.

I had computer issues, internet issues, and a couple feet of snow since I last posted anything.

I finally got back into the swing of things as far working out, but I have really let my eating habits slip the past couple of weeks. So as this week draws to a close, I am not going to focus on the things that I did wrong. Rather, I am going to focus on what I can do better. Next week, I am going to make a meal plan and stick to it (hopefully it doesn't snow ago, cause being stuck at home with little to do leaves me eating to fight the boredom). I am going to complete 4 workout sessions on EA Active and get the dog out every day (he'll be happy with that).

I also made some decision about the future this week. I am going to get off my butt and finally complete my application for grad school. Stop trying to be perfect and just see what happens. If don't get in, I can always try some place different or take some undergrad courses to help me get in. If I do get in and then finally get pregnant, I can always take a leave and come back to it. There is nothing to loss accept the master degree I need to get the job I want.

Time to pick myself up and get things together. Eat right, get moving, and get the wheels moving to get out of the job I really don't like anymore.

Have a great weekend!!

  
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KRANDER 2/20/2010 12:18PM

    emoticon You can do it!

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SMYLEERED 2/20/2010 12:16AM

    What a wonderful blog. I can feel your enthusiasm. Good luck with everything you're doing -- writing in your blog, getting a meal plan together, walk Tucker, do four workout sessions, and work on the application for grad school and even have alternate plans in case you don't get in. Marvelous! You're cooking kid!
Your struggle brings back memories when my daughter applied to U of Scranton for physical therapy and even being in the top 10 of her HS grad class she still didn't make it. She decided to go to LCCC for courses she could transfer later. She finally got in at the U of Pittsburgh and went on to get her Masters at Chatham. I'm glad for you.

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KOKSIE 2/19/2010 6:14PM

    Welcome back and Good luck!

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