2LABS2LOVE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=2LABS2LOVE 2LABS2LOVE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Dreams http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6393411 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9df686e8-9e1d-4eb7-9b80-14d005a79c38.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> This was my classroom. This was the job that I was lucky enough to get after being laid off after three years and losing my 5th grade classroom. <BR> <BR> This past June, another teacher wanted my job and the principal gave it to her. I took her classroom. I was not happy about that but decided to make the best of it. <BR> <BR> This change gave me the courage to seek a job that I want..m... Sat, 29 Jul 2017 09:02:52 EST Renegade Captain's Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5927961 I need a place to record my fitness minutes both for our team challenge and fitness streak. I thought this might work as I can edit daily. <BR> <BR> Start: Wednesday, 5/13/15 <BR> <BR> <em>221</em> Captain Challenge <BR> <BR> Sign up for this week's Captain's Challenge: 30 minutes of exercise 5 days this week (Wed 5/13 through Tues 5/19) <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> Christie : Total IFM (Intentional Fitness Minutes) 79 minutes/need 150 minutes <BR> <BR> Total needed: 71 mi... Thu, 14 May 2015 09:03:15 EST Perseverance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778953 <em>358</em> At the start of BLC round 26, I am seeking success. For some reason, my weight loss goal remains just out of reach and the only one to blame is me. So, I want to have a key word...something to mentally hold onto to help me navigate past the night time snacks, the "I had a bad day...I need this" snack or the "why not?" snack. <BR> <BR> I put some time, thought and prayer into this one word. It took awhile but this is what I came up with: <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 06:39:59 EST Mommy, are you going to exercise? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736273 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l768627520.jpg"> <BR> <BR> During the summer, I have been trying to exercise during naptime. Parents of two-year-old's realize that is a relative term. I have been exercising in my bedroom across from Madeline's room. <BR> <BR> Today, when I put Madeline in her crib for her "rest", she asked me, "can I watch you exercise mama?". I thought wow...I am making an impression on her! Yes, I did exercise and she does fall asleep watching me. <BR... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:42:26 EST Senior Prom 1985...with a story. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701667 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l20375779.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This was June 1985. My prom date was Alan. He forgot to tell me that he had a girlfriend at the time. <em>40</em> I paid for the tickets and it was a night to remember. <BR> <BR> First, he arrived to my house two hours late. He left my flowers on top of the car (at his house a half hour away) and drove away. His mom found them in the street. I have prom pictures with my friend, her date and myself. My mom said ... Fri, 23 May 2014 19:35:28 EST Mother's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692232 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2125425024.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is Nason. Nason was the baby that "made us a family". He took eight years to arrive. Eight long years of waiting, praying, crying, begging and hoping. I would like to say that I never gave up hope, but that is not true. God is patient, but Christie, not so much. <BR> <BR> If you do not have your own babies, that does not mean that you don't get to celebrate as well. This day used to be painful because people... Sat, 10 May 2014 21:52:59 EST Moving out of my comfort zone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688413 I have come to a cross-roads...finally get fit...or stay fat. I don't want to stay round and a size 16. It is not how I want to proceed with my life. <BR> <BR> I decided to take action for myself and move out of my comfort zone this round. I wanted to see what I could do with something different. Not being comfortable is frankly, uncomfortable and I don't like it. I have to proceed ahead or fail and I won't do that. <BR> <BR> This round, BLC 25, is the cross-roads. I can't help others unti... Mon, 5 May 2014 21:46:04 EST That moment when you realize you were not invited... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643714 A little background...I as laid off in June..in fact...my job was cut. No reason as to why...just...you no longer teach here. The school district was filled with serious financial woes. It was a small a school and I have stayed "friends" with my fellow teachers on Facebook, however, today, I stumbled upon a picture of a fellow teacher's baby shower. Yep...I was not invited. I have been hanging on to these "friends" I think for validation that I was liked there and they miss me. Guess not. ... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 15:46:28 EST Motivational "words" needed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5627555 I need a new sparkname. My beloved labs have crossed the rainbow bridge and it might be time to change. <BR> <BR> First, anyone change sparknames and then wish you haven't? Any unforeseen problems with that? <BR> <BR> Ok...then, I would like to make a list of "motivational" words dealing with fitness and exercise and health to help come up with a new name. Just shout <em>215</em> out some words.... <BR> <BR> THANKS! Tue, 18 Feb 2014 17:18:54 EST Smart goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5599285 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1614129176.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I want to make my Smart goals simple, and thus easier to achieve: <BR> <BR> 1) To exercise 5 days a week for 20 minutes (minimum), which is our BLC 12 week streak. I want to do this. <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> 2) Take my multi-vitamin each day. I need this due to my iron always being low. I feel better taking it. A simple fix but one I don't always do. <BR> <BR> 3) Drink my water! <em>274</em> Somethi... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 19:00:25 EST Waiting for the phone call about new job.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5415756 <em>149</em> As many of you know, I was laid off from my teaching job this past June. I was supposed to receive tenure this fall. Today, they closed my email account at school. The final sign that God has closed that door. It actually stings to have that happen. <BR> <BR> However, I did go on a job interview yesterday for a teaching job in a middle school. I have been missing middle school since I left it in 2007 to raise my son (he was sick...bad day care). <BR> <BR> I am so nervous abo... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 16:17:53 EST Are you a medical assistant? I need advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5407307 I have completed my 18th year of teaching and with this lay off, I want to go into a new direction. I was thinking about being a medical assistant. My only concern is that I need to be trained in the field and it does need to pay for day care...I paid out 1000 a month. So...my Sparkpeople medical assistants...please give me advice about your career. <BR> <BR> Christie <BR> <BR> I have taken biology classes but that was years and years ago. Mon, 1 Jul 2013 11:06:25 EST Calling all mom's: Birthday party ideas for seven year old http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401580 <em>383</em> I am low on funds but would like to have my son invite three friends somewhere...do we play mini golf? Friendlies for ice cream? He has a July birthday. I would like it to be simple but just a way to have him socialize with friends. We live in a rural area...I can't do it at my house...stairs...older dog...thought we could all meet somewhere...any ideas? <em>236</em> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 17:01:19 EST Teaching job loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5389104 After 18 years of teaching (not in the same school), I was pink slipped on Wednesday. I as to receive tenure in the fall. My career is over. I am giving everything away. Long story...was laid off four years ago...been clawing my way back ever since. God has closed this door. I await my new adventures. <BR> <BR> For my fellow mustangs, please give me the weekend to recoup (overnight visitors this weekend) and to everyone who has sent a message, a goodie or thought of me and especially those w... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 13:14:39 EST Turbo Jam http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5281708 My co-captain Chrissy has been very successful with Charlene Extreme. She encouraged me to try my Turbo Jam DVD's. They have been in the closet for several years. I have to say that I do like them but worry about not having the "exact " moves but years of exercise made me realize that as long as I have good form, the moves are not important. For example, she is zigzagging her arms...and I have no idea what I am actually doing...but I am moving. I guess once I am used to the moves, it will be ... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 21:27:52 EST Fears and job loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279963 I plan on writing a blog about my fear of losing my job but after watching Valerie Harper's video on People.com, I just feel funny complaining but need to vent somewhere. Here it goes.... <BR> <BR> I have been teaching for over 15 years. I earned tenure in NY but moved to another state. I earned tenure again in a district in my new state but left since my son was really sick and my place was with him at home. I really struggled with that decision to leave my job and my security. I trusted Go... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 10:24:40 EST Ignore this....crazy internet.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5263997 I have a teacher observation tomorrow. I do not have any ink in my printer. I mailed a copy of this to myself from home. My school email thinks it is junk and won't put it in inbox. This is an emergency copy in case I need it tomorrow. Wish me luck! <em>438</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Name: __________________________________________<BR>____________ <BR> <BR> Synonym Sentences <BR> <BR> romp (verb): to play or frolic in a lively or boisterous manner <BR> The fifth grade class enjoyed ... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 21:47:08 EST NSV!!! I did not.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5260374 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1263280425.jpg"> <BR> <BR> eat the kitkat!!!!! <BR> <BR> This is HUGE! Fri, 22 Feb 2013 19:13:03 EST Bingo Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5227702 This is the easiest way to complete my goal for the challenge: <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <BR> <BR> Quote: <BR> <BR> Thomas Jefferson is one of my favorite, yet controversial favorites. Here is a quote from him: <BR> <BR> “Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning.” ~ Thomas Jefferson <BR> <BR> Now for the humor portion of the quote blog: <BR> <BR> “Be careful about reading h... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 20:06:16 EST BLC 21 goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5197860 <em>195</em> <BR> <BR> MY GOALS: (Been thinking seriously about these...like things in groups of 3) <BR> <BR> 1. Log my food in daily <BR> <BR> 2. Drink water (8 glasses) <BR> <BR> 3. exercise consistently (four days a week) <BR> <BR> This should result in a slow, healthy weight loss...leading to a fit person. <BR> <BR> I also want to give back to the BLC one day...by helping out as a co-captain...but I need to overcome these hurdles holding me back. I will do this in 2013. <BR> <BR... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 22:31:42 EST Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5133038 New motivation: buying a new coat...vintage/taylored style. <BR> <BR> Why: I put on my lovely red long dress coat the other day...I could only button the top two buttons! To be fair, the size was a 5/6 (I am a size 16 now). I bought it before I was married...I WILL wear it again....but I want a new one too... <BR> <BR> I won't buy it now as the style I want just does not look good on a round waist. <BR> <BR> What are your motivations? <BR> <BR> <link>www.modcloth.com/shop/coats/blissf... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 17:02:56 EST 12 week goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5063952 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l102299899.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Just a glimpse into how hard things are for me right now, I can't get the picture to go in the right direction. <BR> <BR> For me, I have no clothes that fit so losing weight is a must. I actually have a pile of clothes that I wore to work that I am too embarrassed to wear again...some maternity, some ill fitting. Finances are tight and there is no money to buy me clothes. I prefer to spend it on my kids. <BR> <... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 21:25:02 EST BLC 20 ABC's http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5055146 A is for ABOVE and BEYOND...Does competition push you? <BR> <BR> Yes, I like competition and just doing my best. <BR> <BR> B is for BLC rounds... Newbie?(first BLC round) Oldie?(1-3 rounds) Goldie?(long time BLCer)? Former BLC team(s)? <BR> <BR> This is my second round...so I would be an oldie. <BR> <BR> <BR> C is for CHILDREN...you have? <BR> <BR> After battling infertility for eight years, I had my son, Nason at age 38. My new baby, Madeline was my surprise baby at age 44! :) <BR> ... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 21:42:21 EST Hello 150's! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5015916 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l130967704.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I was 160 lbs last week...doing great! <BR> <BR> I knew I lost weight because my shorts were looser. <BR> <BR> Will post the next weight loss picture next week! Tue, 14 Aug 2012 23:11:00 EST making progress! (finally) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4989201 A recent diet breakthrough accorded in conjunction with participating in the BLC challenge and visiting with my superfit sister-in-law. As you know, the picture on my sparkpage is the inside of her refrigerator. I thought to myself when I saw it, that "this is what my fridge should look like". It changed my thinking. Her is her fridge. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l154437686.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Now, after two weeks of clean eating, here is the picture of what my ... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 11:47:20 EST A breakthrough! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4959729 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l217530806.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is not the breakthrough, but what I had for a snack today. Fruit! <em>491</em> <BR> <BR> The other night, after dinner, I wanted dessert. My first thought was: <BR> <BR> "I need to check how many calories I have left first". <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> That was a first! Making progress...I never realized how much our mental state effects how we eat. <BR> <BR> I have been tracking my food each day too! Sat, 7 Jul 2012 21:06:40 EST Time to get it moving... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4955605 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l577181740.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is the picture of my scale on June 10, 2010. It is the last time I was that close to my goal weight of 12o lbs. I have no reason, only excuses why this number is no longer on my scale. Having a baby is not the reason why I have not lost weight. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l941261000.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is a motivational picture that I found online. It is from the Lauren cat... Wed, 4 Jul 2012 21:22:54 EST Jenna-P's baby boy Aiden William http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4943118 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l361274485.jpg"> Tue, 26 Jun 2012 12:01:16 EST I am frustrated and a bit down...is this journey an impossible one? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4895078 <em>39</em> I feel discouraged and this is probably just the exhaustion talking...but I feel like I will never win this battle and lose weight. I had the same issues 20 lbs ago (I have gained 20 lbs due to the pregnancy) and now my body is just a mess. I was up a half pound this morning. Why...geeze...lack of sleep and eating oreos and cashews. I snack when I get home from work because I am tired and hungry. <BR> <BR> Right now, work is insane. I am in charge of the science fair and it is ... Wed, 23 May 2012 19:11:46 EST Saturday Pixie mini-goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4888375 <em>195</em> Today, I plan on exercising for 20 minutes and drinking my 8 glasses of water. That would help me earn points toward the Truth or Dare challenge and also work toward my 60 minutes of exercise this week. We are heading out to the park with the kids...perhaps a nice walk will help too! <em>434</em> Sat, 19 May 2012 09:58:00 EST Goals for 12 week Biggest Loser challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4873206 I am going to keep this simple and obtainable: <BR> <BR> 1. Write a food journal daily and when time permits, log it in here at Spark. I have discovered that I eat better when I write down the food. <BR> <BR> 2. Keep working at drinking my water each day. <em>91</em> As a teacher, I hate to keep leaving class to go to the ladies room...but I feel so much better when hydrated. <BR> <BR> 3. Establish a routine to exercise at least three times a week, even if it is at 9 pm at night. <BR> ... Tue, 8 May 2012 23:33:21 EST Big day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4871336 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l351046508.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today was the first day that I wore a skirt and non-pregnancy clothes to work in almost a year. I might not be where I want to be on the scale, but it felt good to dress nicely, even if the girdle was uncomfortable! <em>334</em> Mon, 7 May 2012 21:51:18 EST Still grieving... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4857866 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l882647408.jpg"> <BR> <BR> One year ago tomorrow, my beloved yellow lab Katie will be gone. She left us last year and my heart still aches. It was the hardest thing I ever did, letting go of that dog when all I wanted was her here with me. <BR> <BR> Katie was a surprise first wedding anniversary gift to me from my husband. She took the place of the child I longed for all those years we could not have a baby. She was my best furry friend a... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 16:26:39 EST How do you do it all? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4850629 I am 44 years old. I have a five year old and a three month old. I just went back to work full time teaching. This job requires at least two hours worth of school work each night. I get the kids to bed by 8:30 pm usually, tonight it was 9 pm. I am still doing laundry at 9:21 pm and was planning on exercising but am going to bed once I finish the laundry and put the dish washer on. <BR> <BR> My brain feels tired. Last night when I made it to bed after 10:30 pm, I realized as I laid down in b... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 21:30:52 EST ABC's of me...for BLC challenge...Forest Pixies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4844660 <em>188</em> <BR> A is for ABOVE and BEYOND...Does competition push you? <BR> <BR> Yes...I do like to be challenged. Living in a rural area does not allow me to have the socialization with exercise/weight loss that I need...but since I found the BLC...problem solved! <BR> <BR> <BR> B is for BLC rounds... Newbie?(first BLC round) Oldie?(1-3 rounds) Goldie?(long time BLCer)? Former BLC team(s)? <BR> <BR> Newbie...glad to be here! <BR> <BR> C is for CHILDREN...you have? <BR> <BR> I have ... Fri, 20 Apr 2012 21:47:20 EST I feel sick... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4843288 <em>198</em> <em>39</em> <em>29</em> <em>28</em> <em>46</em> <em>234</em> <em>18</em> <em>230</em> <em>227</em> <em>198</em> Today I followed through on writing down everything I ate. Honestly, I thought I had a decent day. BUT...the numbers say something different. I ate 2335 calories today. I didn't even have any chocolate! <em>494</em> Where was my problem...well...if I subtracted: <BR> <BR> the cashews (163 calories) , <BR> <BR> The potato chips (reduced fat) (304 calories),... Thu, 19 Apr 2012 22:02:00 EST Goals for the BLC (Biggest Loser) challenge.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4840093 I have put a great deal of thought into my goals. I am taking this challenge very seriously and it is exactly what I need. Finally, I am tired of how I look. I hate that I look pregnant and that I have "let myself go". I had lost all the baby weight after my son and was 135 lbs (my goal is 120 lbs) but gained weight when I quit my job in 2007 to stay home with my son. Then, I developed bad habits that I am finally ready to get rid of. So...my goals are: <BR> <BR> 1. To complete this challeng... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 21:55:52 EST A narrow escape! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4807324 <em>486</em> I was feeding the baby watching television. Harmless occupation right? Nope. A McDonald's commercial came on (I don't even like McD's) and from that moment on....all I could think about were chicken mcnuggets and fries! I could hear the crunch as I bite into a nugget and the delicious salty feel of the fries (don't worry...I go back to work next week...losing my mind!)...but I really wanted it. My husband even offered to take me there....but I resisted! It wasn't easy...but I di... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 13:01:41 EST Fat pants http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4777992 <em>187</em> I had a baby two months ago. Yes...I had high hopes of fitting into my pre-pregnancy jeans. Why not? I wish I could say that the pants would just tight over my tummy...the result of having a baby...but I could not get those jeans to my tummy because my butt and thighs were in the way! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> So what to do? <BR> <BR> It is the same as before, eat right and exercise, only this time, I need to actually stay committed to that goal. <BR> <BR> So...I will wear my... Thu, 8 Mar 2012 19:26:55 EST I threw away the rest of the chocolate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4753876 I threw away the rest of the Christmas chocolate. I just kept snacking on it. <em>493</em> <em>494</em> <em>255</em> <em>494</em> <em>255</em> <em>493</em> <em>494</em> I just opened the trash can and threw it in. Felt good. <em>334</em> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 19:31:51 EST One step at a time... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4710449 To get me through my elective c-section (I wanted a natural birth but could not have not due to the almost nine pound boy I delivered five years ago), I tried not to think ahead but did not step at a time. This was very successful. Now...I am going to try this same technique with getting healthy. I am determined to lose this tummy....the c-section one...and be firm, fit and healthy. <BR> <BR> One goal a day.... <BR> <BR> So...tomorrow...my goal is to drink my 8 glasses of water. <em>274</e... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 14:49:38 EST Where is the "will power" store? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4182788 I arose from my bed with this thought....how on earth do I get the will power to finally eat healthy and exercise? Sometimes I wonder if I just do not know where to begin anymore. Any suggestions? <em>38</em> Thu, 21 Apr 2011 23:06:23 EST Spark test http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4103377 <em>483</em> Next Saturday, I am going out to a lovely Italian restaurant. Due to having a four-year-old, no money and living in a rural area, I do not get to go out very often, perhaps once a year. So here is the dilemma. Do I order what I want (fettuccine Alfredo!) or do I order a grilled chicken cutlet (no butter) and a salad? <BR> <BR> Ok...let's here is Spark friends....what should I do? Sat, 19 Mar 2011 16:45:17 EST And so it begins.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4101896 For some reason, logging in my food each day has finally clicked. I have to thank Spark people and their application on my Droid for that! <em>252</em> I am reinforced by logging in my food at work (at my desk...a delicious treat!) and then seeing how many calories I have consumed. I am actually starting to STOP <em>227</em> eating when I reach my goal. I have even reached for chocolate and stopped myself because it is a bad choice. <BR> <BR> I never realized that weight loss starts in y... Fri, 18 Mar 2011 21:27:58 EST Stop that fitness wagon! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4071571 Tomorrow I begin again. I was side-lined by a sinus infection but am ready to try again. When I went to the doctor and they weighed me, I noticed that I was the same exact size as last year. How can that be? I know that answer...lack of....and fill in the blanks. <BR> <BR> Lack of faith....that I can do it. <BR> <BR> Lack of desire...to change my life style. <BR> <BR> Lack of energy...to keep moving. <BR> <BR> Lack of pride...in myself. <BR> <BR> Lack of consistency in my workouts. <BR> ... Sun, 6 Mar 2011 21:45:36 EST 144 hours to go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3999333 <em>205</em> I give myself a blue ribbon for today. I ate better if not perfect. For me, too much bread (a sandwich at lunch) and white rice with dinner, but no real snacking at all. In fact, I had a glass of orange juice a little while ago. <em>478</em> When my eyes did glance at the potato chips, I told myself that my spark brothers and sisters would not approve and that helped. <BR> <BR> I did weigh myself this morning and was up a pound...I have no idea how the scale and fluctuate ... Mon, 7 Feb 2011 21:22:58 EST 168 hours to success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3996291 Just one week...can I do it? Eat right and exercise for just one week? I am curious as to what the results will be. Seven days...168 hours....just once to follow through on something like this. <BR> I am going to try even with a lot of stress in my life right now. I can do this....I can do this... <BR> <BR> Who is with me? <BR> <BR> Check back tomorrow for Day 1 of my journey! Sun, 6 Feb 2011 21:59:09 EST I could quit.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3992715 Today was our weigh in day for a challenge that I am participating in. I have maintained this weight but really gained and then lost a half pound. I can' seem to get that scale to move <em>193</em> but know why...snacking, snow and stress...which should be snow, stress, snacking. <BR> <BR> At lunch today, my husband was explaining what "quitting" meant to my four-year-old. It made me start to think about my weight loss/getting healthy journey (which seems to have stalled). Then I thought..... Sat, 5 Feb 2011 13:49:55 EST Exercise actually works! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3948421 <em>334</em> I lost two pounds this week! <em>193</em> Why? I actually exercised four days on my life cycle. The secret is audiobooks. I love listening to them. Right now, I am listening to Cleopatra: A Life. <BR> <BR> So...thanks Spark friends and Family for your encouragement! Next week....inching closer to 139 lbs! Fri, 21 Jan 2011 19:20:20 EST Slow and steady wins the race http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3931117 This week I lost 0.5 lbs. I am OK with that. I had a sick four-year-old and shared my stomach virus with my son. Ginger ale has lots of calories and I was drinking that like crazy. My plan for this upcoming week to to lose at least 2.5 pounds so I can have a total of 5 lbs lost. I have exercised yesterday and today and have even drank my water. I am working on making those good food choices. However, I have a goal and actually feel motivated to achieve it. Next week, there should be a picture... Sun, 16 Jan 2011 18:54:20 EST