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Plateau - A Victory

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Wow...I'm maintaining
I've been maintaining @143 lbs for 9 months.
i am not yet as low as i'd like to be.
and i am sort've stuck at the 56 lb weight loss level.
BUT--even though this is a plateau, i'll take it until i get to goal. emoticon
(plateaus are how you see them.)

  
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WAY2GOCAT 8/18/2013 3:17AM

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FUNGIRL81005 8/17/2013 3:08PM

    Your loss to date is great!! Maintaining is good... emoticon

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KPETSCHE 8/16/2013 11:31AM

    I know what you mean - I've been hoovering around the 142 pound range for way too long, but it's still better than I was 26 pounds ago. It's all how you look at it and I'm looking at it as "I'm at a healthier place right now"!

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LYNNIERN 8/16/2013 9:20AM

    Congratulations on maintaining your weight loss for 9 months; that is awesome!



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ARIESGIRL71 8/16/2013 6:47AM

    wow, 56 lbs is quite an accomplishment! Hold steady & im positive you will reach your goals. emoticon

Jennifer

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BEEJAY49 8/16/2013 5:36AM

    You are doing great! :) Maybe change up your routine from time to time and that will help you jump off that plateau. :) I love your attitude and you WILL do this! HUGS!

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LIVING4TODAY 8/15/2013 8:19PM

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Salt is Evil!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Well, not really! Gluttony is one of the 7 deadly sins you hear about, It's not fruit of the Spirit as in Galations 5:22, 23.

Last night, I lost control with the potato chips (again ) and I'm paying for it on the scales this morning. I went from 138 lbs to 144.8 lbs overnight! I can fluctuate this much with water weight, so I should know better. But I wasn't thinking of the sodium. Yeah, I noticed the cheesy, salty, greasiness of the chip and I...........loved it. Forgot about ME for a minute. The real ME, the ME that wants to eat healthy, the Me that wants to exercise, and the ME that likes to drink water. I followed the lust of the flesh, and just went for it But, there's always consequences to every action we take, whether to binge on potato chips or eat some yummy! rice cakes for the crunch, I should have went for the rice cakes. Now, I'm suffering the consequences for my behavior: bloating and weight gain.

It's time to repent, to turn it around, to get back up, and forgive myself. All is not lost! Yes, I missteped. I'm not perfect, but I misstep a whole lot less now than I used to. What can I do differently today? What are 2 steps I can take in the right direction for a healthier ME? I definitely need to OD on water and I can choose to eat healthy today, no potato chips, no trigger foods.



  
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PROVERBS31JULIA 8/19/2013 9:20AM

    Spiritual lessons aside, there are better forms of "salt" - and the evilness is in processors using the bleached salt "sodium chloride" on these YUMMMY potato chips!! I hear ya there, tho, because for me there is no such thing as "just one chip" or "just one single-sized portion". NoSireeeeBob!!

Pineapple, watermelon, celery, bananas, parsley even a little bit of milk all work as diuretics to help with the damage control - any of the food higher in potassium (fruits and veggies) will quickly help pull that water out and rebalance the salts.

I've gotten some useful information from reading about Sea Salts, Himalayan salts etc - where the salt is not processed to just only "sodium chloride" as in table salt... Rather, they remain a cluster of different salts all in their proper ratio to each other, the sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium etc. it's a complex subject which I have not mastered.

But to simplify, put the store boughten chips down and make your own veggie chips with a good quality unprocessed salt and results are just as yummy and satisfying and not as damaging to the scale readings!! Chef Meg has a few "chips" type recipes around.

Hope that helps!

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WAY2GOCAT 8/18/2013 2:56AM

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ASOBFALLS 8/15/2013 12:01PM

    Hmm Before deciding that 'Salt is evil' Consider that Jesus said (We are) the salt of the earth....
What attributes do we have that 'Salt' has? Salt draws in water and we are to draw in those who do not experience the Love available from God.

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FUNGIRL81005 8/12/2013 10:21PM

    BUT it Tastes so GOOD!!!! I love salt too....Totally understand emoticon

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WAY2GOCAT 8/11/2013 12:19AM

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SUSANELAINE1956 8/10/2013 8:24PM

    I hear you! I just wrote a comment about that today - sometimes you just have to do it, but then you realize it wasn't as good as expected. It then starts happening less often.

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PEGGYO 8/10/2013 2:28PM

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STUDLEEJOE 8/10/2013 11:22AM

    You can't change what you did. Just pick yourself back up and continue on from today. Cheese curls are my biggest downfall. emoticon

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I Am Worth the Effort of Self-Improvement

Friday, July 12, 2013

I don't know why this resonates with me so much. I think because I've never really considered it. I've never really considered myself worth it. But why not? I am a child of the King. That makes me a princess and princesses are worth it. I am worth it!

God formed me and fashioned me in my mother's womb. I am fearfully and wonderfully made. The Bible says that His works are MARVELOUS. I am worth it!

  
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WAY2GOCAT 8/11/2013 12:19AM

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TRYJESUS2DAY 7/20/2013 11:54AM

    The devil is a liar and the truth isn't in him! Greater is he that is within YOU than he that is in the world. You are such an inspiration to me. Not only do you know WHO you are, and WHOSE you are, but you're allowing the WORD to do the work! Speak the WORD! Say it out loud if you need to! The WORD OF GOD will NEVER return unto him void. Thank you Jesus!

Be encouraged in the Lord! You're Awesome! Yes, you ARE WORTH IT!



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FITFULLIFE 7/19/2013 10:45AM

    Princess Elaine! That's who you are when you know Jesus as your Saviour. You are a joint heir, loved beyond measure by our Heavenly Father, created in His image, just to name a few.

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GODSANGEL72 7/16/2013 9:27AM

    Awesome words and really makes me think! emoticon

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KATYDID412 7/12/2013 10:15PM

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KATI5668 7/12/2013 9:41PM

    True statement...no doubt about it!

We need to celebrate our gifts..proclaim our blessings & claim our miracles

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GETFITNLEAN 7/12/2013 9:24PM

    Definitely worth it! Also worth the work to create a healthier you! emoticon

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LOISJOHN14VS6 7/12/2013 7:37PM

    Awesome! Awesome! Awesome!

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PERFECTVELVET 7/12/2013 11:35AM

    Yes, you are, and if you need a reminder, reread your own blog (the letter to your BFF). YOU ARE WORTH IT!

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STHOMAS1009 7/12/2013 11:24AM

    You are worth it! emoticon I am worth it too! emoticon

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JACKSGRAN 7/12/2013 10:14AM

    You are indeed a Child of the King, and Jesus calls you Friend. Don't listen to the 'lies'. You are indeed worth it.

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MEDDYPEDDY 7/12/2013 7:46AM

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A Letter To My BFF

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

OK, so it didn't go as planned. That's alright. Even the best intentions don't work out the way we had hoped. All is not lost. Today's a new day and you've been given another chance to try. "Trying" is the most important thing. Don't ever give up. Stop demanding perfection from yourself. I know you learned that early on, but consider the source. Was your Mom perfect? Of course not and you didn't expect her to be. Is Tito perfect? No, and you wouldn't want him to be. Why do ask more from yourself? Stop already. You don't like it when others expect and demand perfection. Quit doing that to yourself.

Look at all you've accomplished in the short 14 months you've been on Spark. You've accomplished quite a bit. First off, you're still here! What an accomplishment! You never doubted yourself. When you put your mind to something, you get it done. I'm so proud of you! Your determination is untouchable! You're 54 pound lighter. Now that is nothing to shake you're finger at! You went from obese to normal in 6 months. Sure, your weight loss has slowed down quite a bit but there are extenuating circumstances. You started out focusing only on your physical health, but then extended that focus to your mental health. It's not your fault that the psyche meds cause weight gain. I'm proud of you for sticking to it despite the weight gain once so far already. You stuck to it and lost that and more. You continued to go through medication adjustments to take care of yourself and gained some. With your untouchable determination, I know you aren't going to let that stand in your way of reaching your goals. You haven't yet and you're not going to either. I know you. I know you better than you know yourself! Nothing can stop you. You're unstoppable!

Look at you! You're sober! WOW! Not everyone can say that. You know who I'm talking about. What's more is you have a genuine desire to be. You started off not drinking because of the empty calorie content of alcohol. Now you're doing it for your physical and mental health. Good for you! Every one is so proud of you! I'm your biggest fan, next to you of course. I know how proud you are of yourself, and that's a great thing. You're even, already, bringing others along for the ride. They are sober too. You are affecting those around you in a positive way. I know that's got to feel good. Kuddos to you! Just as your healthy journey on Spark has influenced those around you, so has your sobriety. God says, "Well done, my good and faithful servant"! Who can ask for more than that? God loves you so much and so do I!!! You are some awesome woman and I mean that from the bottom of my heart! Don't you forget it!

Love,

Your BFF

  
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COOLMAMA11 7/27/2013 8:21AM

    Loved this blog, straight from the heart!

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ASIAM62 7/18/2013 10:10PM

    Love this! You are AWESOME!

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    I'd say you have had great success. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NELLIEC 7/3/2013 4:08PM

    Being sober is a wonderful accomplishment. You and Jesus did it together. I have been praying for you for quite a while now, and I am so glad that you have continued on your journey to a better life. emoticon

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BEEJAY49 7/3/2013 12:17PM

    You are AMAZING!!!!!! HUGS!

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ELSAT137 7/3/2013 9:58AM

    Awesome blog!! What a wonderful way to encourage yourself!! We need to give ourselves positive pep talks. You are doing awesome!! Keep pushing yourself. Great job motivating others to join you!

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 7/3/2013 9:15AM

    What a wonderful tribute to a BFF. Everyone should be so lucky as to have a BFF like you.
Audra

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PEGGYO 7/3/2013 7:36AM

    way to go

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MYTHMYTH 7/3/2013 7:31AM

    emoticon You have REALLY made positive changes in your life. You have so many things to celebrate! emoticon
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Restarting the 5K Your Way Walk/Jog Program!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

I'm so excited! emoticon I've been trying to do this training program since January 2013 emoticon . I did week 1, day 1 with no problem, but since I didn't have proper running shoes emoticon , dropped out until I could afford to buy some. Wise decision no matter how badly I wanted to start jogging.

Since then, working out has been pretty much hit or miss. emoticon I have become bored with walking and lacked motivation to get out there. Been doing SparkVideos.

I was finally able to get a pair of running shoes at the beginning of May. Not being in the habit of exercise and not committing to a race, left too much wiggle room and I found myself skipping workouts. emoticon

I reset my program, signed up for a virtual 5K for the week of June 23 - 29 emoticon , set an appointment for myself for June 28 to do the race and joined the SparkTeam emoticon . I've committed to begin Monday, May 27 at 6:30 am. (tomorrow)I've made appointments with myself for MWF's for the next 5 weeks. emoticon T,Th,Sat's will be 30 minute strength training days emoticon and Sundays will be my rest days (that is until BLC22 starts up). I'm going to tell my husband of my plans as soon as he wakes up to hold myself accountable. Believe me, he WILL bug me about this emoticon ! LOL. I've even bought some new workout clothes to help motivate myself - anything to see myself through this time. I'm tired of sitting on the sidelines.

So, there are my plans. I'm holding myself accountable to you and will continue to post my progress! Please feel free to check up on me if you like. I'd really like a virtual workout buddy! emoticon Anyone interested?

  
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STRONGCOURAGE 6/1/2013 8:27PM

    Just read your blog! Way to go you for getting started! :) How is it going? Would love to hear, as I'm just getting to jogging myself and its proving a fun challenge(I just finished week#2)! Whatever you do, (as I'm learning/doing) adjust it to YOU, and go at YOUR pace! Enjoy it! :) Have a great wkend!

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NELLIEC 5/27/2013 5:19PM

    It's good that your hubby definitely will bug you about it! emoticon

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MYHANDS4GOD 5/27/2013 9:01AM

    Great encouragment. Maybe I should try this too.

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