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Monday, December 09, 2013

So, I've been doing Weight Watchers Online for about 2 months and I took a Zumba class which I loved, and I've been slooooowly getting back into running and finally when I weighed in last Friday I've lost a total of 6# so far. I know, some may say that it's no big deal, but it is to me. I STRUGGLE with myself daily. Maybe it's age and the aches and pains, maybe it's being 51 with and active 11 year old, maybe it's the job changes and studying for my license, but none the less I struggle. So, 6 is a great number for me and I'm happy with it so far and plan to continue on. Now if you look at my ticker you'll say that's incorrect, but to be honest I just couldn't post that re-start weight of 198. I was so ashamed of where I was and unable to admit that I'd let things get to that point-and while I'm being honest, I'm not even sure it was 198. It could have been higher. I kinda made and educated guess at my weigh and then went a few weeks before starting to look at my eating habits and get more exercise. Now-- I'm far from being in a good routine, but I'm taking baby steps and I feel like I can make some progress which is a huge improvement over last year at this time. It truly is a journey and I can attest to falling off the wagon many many times!

  
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HARRINGTON5 2/2/2014 12:47PM

    It sounds like you are doing fantastic to me. I was missing in action for over a year and I am slowly getting it together. As I get older, I find it much harder to lose weight, but it probably is more important now than when I was younger, so I have started again. Keep up the good work.
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SPARKNMOM 12/15/2013 8:41PM

    6# is great! I've been struggling a LOT and would love to see a 6# total loss over 2 months...I'll get there. Just like you are - you're motivating me!!

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PATTISPAGE 12/11/2013 10:42AM

    Wow! we started back, almost the same time and almost at the place! AND as of this morning I am down 6 lbs!!!

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MELTEAGUE 12/9/2013 10:13PM

    Good for you! Glad to see you back! emoticon

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FT4EVR 12/9/2013 7:35PM

    6 lbs. is wonderful!! And baby steps are still steps in the right direction! I have been under the wagon wheels many times too. We can't be perfect but it sure feels better to be on the wagon instead of in the "dirt"! You are doing great! Keep it up!
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GRAPEVINE60 12/9/2013 12:11PM

    Congrats! on the loss! 6 pounds sounds great to me. This time of year, it's hard to hold steady much less lose.

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Major Changes and a New Outlook!

Friday, April 12, 2013

I just read my last blog from 2011...so long ago! We've been in our new home for just over a year and LOVE it. But, there's work to do yet with landscaping and decorating...etc.
Our daughter was married last June, just 3 months after we moved into our new home, so ALL the Minnesota relatives that came out to Ohio for the wedding were able to see our new house and some even stayed with us for a few days before, during and after the festivities. It was wonderful. I miss my family so much at times. Calls back and forth just can't take the place of a nice warm hug. Anyway, the wedding went well. It was fabulous and my daughter was a beautiful bride if I do say so myself. And yes, she and her new hubby are living happily.
Last fall I changed jobs and loved what I did as an Account Executive for a local Amish newspaper (remember, I live in Ohio, in the heard of Amish country). I loved what I did, but I could never "turn it off". In my head I was working all the time and that left little time to focus on my family, so I was stressed, exhausted and I just felt terrible for letting my family and my job down even though my bosses said I was doing a great job..I don't know. I guess after 6 months I figured out it just wasn't the job for me, so now I have a new job. I'm studying and training to be a Hearing Instrument Specialist. I will be able to test hearing and fit hearing aids when/if necessary. I've been here 2 weeks so far and LOVE it! My boss is great and the stress level is down where it should be so I'm ready to focus on the rest of my health... Eating right and getting some exercise in. I'm starting slow and planning to build on my successes. I know how this should work so I'm excited to get back in touch and catch up with my very dear friends and cheer them on to meet their goals as I work toward mine.

I'm glad to be back!
Laurie

  
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HARRINGTON5 8/11/2013 2:13PM

    Very nice to hear that things are going well. I am just starting to get back to SP myself. It has been a long absence and I am finally ready.

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AVONWITHJENN 6/4/2013 11:29PM

    emoticon back!

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KACAR51 5/11/2013 10:20AM

    Awesome! Welcome back! Keep Sparking! emoticon

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SPARKNMOM 4/21/2013 11:25PM

    So good to hear from you! Sounds like things are really going well :) YAY!!!!!

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MELTEAGUE 4/17/2013 4:48PM

    Glad to have you back!

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FRAN0426 4/12/2013 5:47PM

    Best wishes on continuing your spark journey. It is difficult living away from family and friends as my DD and family found out having moved from Mn. to Ks. Now 2.5 years later they are moving back after granddaughter is done with school for the year. I believe everyone is excited, even us as we won't need to drive for 10 hours to visit them. Son in law is already here working a new job.

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GRAPEVINE60 4/12/2013 12:52PM

    So good to hear what is going on with you. You have had some major changes, and I'm glad they are so positive.

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AWOLF24 4/12/2013 11:49AM

    I'm so glad you are back and to hear that things are going well for you and your family!! emoticon emoticon

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New Outlook 10/11/11

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Our life has been in transition since June of this year. We listed our house the end of April, sold it in 6 weeks, and had to be out 6 weeks later...but there was nothing out there that we really liked, so we moved in with the in-laws (wonderful people) and continued working with a builder hoping that we'd find a house and not have to invest ourselves in the expense and effort of building...but here we are and we're in the 2nd week of building. We should be in the new house, the house of our dreams, by Valentines Day. Wow! It's almost like I can belieive it's a reality. But...with living with someone else goes, so went my treadmill...into storage, and did I mention that I had a severe case of plantar fascitous? I probably spelled that wrong. Anyway I finally saw a doc about it and got a referral to a podiatrist and after 3 months he finally shot me up with cortizone in both feet. Now 2 weeks later, my feet are good as new. Why didn't I do this a year ago, yes .. they've hurt that long. I can be so stubborn and stupid sometimes. The other thing with living with someone else is How do you eat healthy when they think that eggs get fried in crisco, and they save their bacon grease to flavor green beans? I'm trying though. I just need to try harder and get rid of the treats!!

I know what I need to do. I've put it off for too long. I contacted a friend of mine. She's a personal trainer and she's putting together a weight lifting program for me including video's which will come in very helpful. With the cold weather coming I've been back to storage and brought back the DVD player...I'll be doing video's every night..soon as my wonderful hubby gets me hooked up. I know perfection isn't an option. I have to accept that. I need to take steps in the right direction no matter how small. I want to be a better me when we move into our new home. I CAN STILL DO THIS!!

  
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MELTEAGUE 10/24/2011 11:47AM

    So great to have a blog from you to read! We missed you!

What a positive attitude you have! And you are doing what you can with a smile! that is the way to go!

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SPARKNMOM 10/22/2011 11:03PM

    Wow....what a lot you've had going on!! Glad your feet are feeling better! Hope your steps in the right direction is going well...I seem to be struggling quite frequently trying to stay on track, but like you...perfection isn't in my vocab...just continued better health.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 10/19/2011 11:27AM

    Hurray! Our new house is tiny, but it's ours, and we love it! You will be so thrilled when you get to move in! I've been gone a week to visit my daughter in Chicago, but I'm back and glad to be home! Have a great week! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GRAPEVINE60 10/11/2011 10:52PM

    I don't envy your situation with living with your in-laws, but it will be worth it in the end.

I think my daughter has plantar fascitious, the gp keeps on telling her to take extra strength tylenol. Maybe I need to get firm with him.

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TMHMK911 10/11/2011 9:40PM

    You will, life just throws us curves once in a while. BTW I love that background pic, best ever!

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Help!!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

I'm more focused, more in tune to where I'm at this week. The last few weeks were a struggle--still getting "caught" unprepared...like last saturday when we went to a family wedding and reception. I'm not sure what I was thinking, but I was starving and by the time we had "lunch" and got home we were exhausted, dehydrated, and lethargic. It ended up being a pizza night. Sunday, was no better, donutS for breakfast/lunch and a yummy MIL dinner complete with brownies. So my weekend was totally unplanned and chaotic and bad when it came to taking time for myself and caring about what I put into my body. Monday and Tuesday have been really good. I've planned healthy foods and stayed within my calorie range and got some exercise in both days. I really need to do this for myself. I love to feel good about taking care of myself. I hate how I feel when I skip taking that time and just eating crap and skipping work outs. Ugh!

Does anyone have advice on staying on track, on plan, with my program. Tips? Tricks? or advice are all welcome......... Thanks!

Hugs,
Laurie

  
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AWOLF24 7/26/2010 9:38AM

    A big grocery trip to stock up on healthy food, meal planning and water. You can do this Laurie! I'm in for some "getting back on track" myself. emoticon emoticon

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MELTEAGUE 7/26/2010 9:33AM

    You are so right, planning is KEY!!!
and having emergency healthy meals or snacks in the freezer.....
I have a batch of vegetarain chilli in the freezer and it has saved me on occasion.....

Glad you had a few good days too!

I got some new running shoes, so no more excuses for me!

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 7/14/2010 9:06PM

    Thanks my Sparkie Friends....I appreciate all the encouragement and great ideas too!!! You're all AWESOME!!

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AWOLF24 7/14/2010 4:21PM

    Honestly, and it seems like I'm in the minority here, for things like a wedding, I just eat sensibly earlier in the day, realize it is a special occasion, eat what I want, then get back on track the next day, drink a ton of water, and not let the overindulgence carry over into the rest of the weekend/week. Seriously, I'm not going to not eat at a wedding. I won't eat until I'm so stuffed I want to burst, but, yes, I will have a roll and salad and the main course AND cake AND even some of the fancy desserts or whatever else they have. Will I eat like that all the next day? No, of course not. But I think it is better to go, enjoy and hop back on track than beat yourself up over indulging a little for a special occasion.

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GRAPEVINE60 7/13/2010 11:55PM

    Been there, done that. A wedding reception....choices are so limited. In this case, it would probably be better to eat before you go, or carry something in your purse that might tide you over till you get home. Good Luck!

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SPARKNMOM 7/13/2010 10:01PM

    When heading out to food-filled events, I tend to eat something at home that is on plan. It may not fill me up, but I'll be less likely to overindulge or eat things I shouldn't. When I am inclined to overindulge, I try to make it healthy - even tho eating too much healthy stuff isn't healthy either, but it's better than junk.

And I also realize that it's life and life is fun and good. Junk food happens. And when it does, I step right back on the scale and get right back on track. This is my 2 cents, anyway :)

Consistency....not perfection. :)

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/13/2010 10:00PM

    Keep a journal and look for what causes the problems and then brainstorm for solutions. I don't buy donuts and such. Not having them around keeps me eating right.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 7/13/2010 9:44PM

    Hey, Laurie... I feel your pain. I think that when we have SEEN and FELT accomplishment, we will only indulge in so much before we screech those brakes on and say, "Whoah! This is enough!" You just voiced it! you don't WANT to let yourself go, and you spoke to yourself in your own blog! When you have pizza night, and you can't get out of it, maybe eat one or two pieces, max, just to tide you over. Then, go home and eat something at home that is healthy even if it's just a yogurt or a bowl of healthy cereal! Prepare your lunch before you go to bed, and if it's a healthy one, you can nibble on those ingredients yourself. I don't know for sure... just thinking out loud here! We can DO it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 7/13/2010 9:44PM

    Hey, Laurie... I feel your pain. I think that when we have SEEN and FELT accomplishment, we will only indulge in so much before we screech those brakes on and say, "Whoah! This is enough!" You just voiced it! you don't WANT to let yourself go, and you spoke to yourself in your own blog! When you have pizza night, and you can't get out of it, maybe eat one or two pieces, max, just to tide you over. Then, go home and eat something at home that is healthy even if it's just a yogurt or a bowl of healthy cereal! Prepare your lunch before you go to bed, and if it's a healthy one, you can nibble on those ingredients yourself. I don't know for sure... just thinking out loud here! We can DO it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Less Fuzzy-Still Roundish

Sunday, June 27, 2010

I'm ready to start again. I've gained. Ugh. But my legs are shaved and I'm ready to re-commit to my health and welllness.

I've eaten badly for the last week and a half and I've gotten little exercise, but I'm done with all that now.

The remodeling we've been doing at home is at a point that we're taking a break. Yea! Both upstairs baths are painted, new fixtures, tile floors, and new countertops. All done and beautiful. Thank you my wonderful DH!

My youngest sister is coming later this week to visit with her son. I'm so excited! She's been going to Weight Watchers for awhile and she's been doing really well so I hope we'll be able to support each other through the holiday weekend. I miss having her close by. I wish she'd move here to Ohio. Anyway....I'm going to look at the positive and keep it simple. It will be a GREAT weekend!

So tomorrow, I'll be up at 5am to run/walk 4 miles or more before work and then walk 1/2 hour during my lunch. I have prepared healthy food choices for my breakfast and lunch and dinner will be grilled chicken breasts and veggies.

The first few days are the most challenging and then it gets better. I can do this, I know I can. I'm tired of feeling roundish like that koala bear!!!!

Have a great day my friends!
Hugs,
Laurie

  
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HARRINGTON5 7/4/2010 12:46PM

    Laurie, so many of us fell into this groove. I have gained 14 pounds since last August and I am starting over again. The important thing is that we are not quitters. We fell back a bit, but now we have dusted off and are back on track. Enjoy your visit with your sister. Your house sounds beautiful.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 7/2/2010 3:45PM

    Hi! I am on vacation and went looking for your blog! I hope things are going great now! I was just thinking about you! I love your flower background! Your friend, Lori

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SPARKNMOM 6/29/2010 2:29PM

    What is it about shaving that makes us feel marvelous LOL!! Glad your sister is able to visit and that the two of you can help each other make good choices. It's no fun feeling round-ish - which is how I've felt lately...I have to get to work on that as well!! :)

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MELTEAGUE 6/28/2010 10:03AM

    Loved this blog, Am so with you , right where you are, renewed determination is a powerful thing, pity we can't just bottle it and sell it!
but here I am with you , I better go shave my legs, then I will be less fuzzy too!
lets go! we can do this together!
I am with you! ( i have about 6 lbs that need to go! )

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AWOLF24 6/28/2010 9:37AM

    less fuzzy.........LOL

Glad to see you back Laurie - I've missed you! Your remodeling projects sound beautiful!! Gonna post any pics?

Have fun with your sister this week!

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BECKTY 6/28/2010 12:59AM

    Sound like you have a great plan in place to get yourself on track. Sorry your sister can't be with you! I know how that feels. My sister is in Michigan and I wish I'd could just be there with her most of the time.

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GRAPEVINE60 6/27/2010 11:34PM

    Sorry about the gain. Minor setback happen from time to time. Enjoy your time with your sister.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/27/2010 11:30PM

    Sounds like the remodeling is going well and that you will have a great time with your sister.

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