AALLEY2's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=AALLEY2 AALLEY2'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/ From my Heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6336887 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d2ea5885-efae-4a54-b47c-fdedf3dac525.jpg"> My second time through a stress test went a little better than a couple weeks ago when my vein collapsed and the dye just stayed in my arm, which btw, there is still a lump! No tree mill this time either. The doc called today with great news, everything looks normal. I'm very thankful! Tue, 21 Mar 2017 18:01:58 EST Spark Joy or get rid of it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6335503 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/764f245a-d22e-41fc-8113-5e1f93ddf803.jpg"> <BR> This morning 3-19-17 <BR> On CBS Sunday Morning featured an author/organizer the name of her company is Spark Joy I'm going to order her book. Thought her ideas were great! We are working on downsizing. The spark joy idea will help us to rid of furniture and other household items, it is so hard for me to let go and finish downsizing. <BR> <link>www.tidyingup.com/ </link> Sun, 19 Mar 2017 22:41:40 EST Hormone Reset http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6334853 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d6ef9ce4-7e89-4c7b-ae30-b63c9edde8a6.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a22998cd-2816-491d-8cd5-2f1a3f8cd899.jpg"> Starting tomorrow I will be caffeine free because of my second stress test. My official Reset day is Monday. However, it depends on how stressed I get! The first week is clean protein, no meat, which I am looking forward to. Last year I tried this Reset and only made it through 3 days! I'm hoping this time will ... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 14:42:07 EST Off Line For a Bit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6334555 I have my page off line for now so I can journal privately. I'm feeling overwhelmed with staying social. I'm just doing the tracking, SP Coach, Trivia and a few other things including a daily or whenever journal, without the pressure of what everyone thinks or those that judge what is said. I like the supportive comments but not the negative ones. Sad but that is how it is. I'm not on Facebook so much either except for one of my fitness closed group, which I love. I feel comfortable there, I... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 21:11:18 EST Pets http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6334538 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/99fafb98-51cd-4de0-8c81-6e2d1ae34470.jpg"> Fri, 17 Mar 2017 20:40:03 EST Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6334076 Kept calories in and out in the zone on my fit bit Sunday weigh in should be good. I can keep it going! Thu, 16 Mar 2017 22:33:40 EST Play Trivia link http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6333070 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/games_h<BR>ome.asp </link> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 20:52:36 EST bonus wheel link http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6333069 <em>347</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/sparkpoi<BR>nts-bonus-spin2.asp </link> <BR> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 20:51:40 EST One more trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6331782 Last trip with visitors this week. Last month was a birthday celebration. At the time I didn't let a little indulgence bother me, I didn't feel guilty at all & got back on track. This trip I'm using like an experience and I'm not going to indulge, I'll use my past experiences as a guide. It will be a great trip! <BR> <BR> UPDATE: It was a good trip all in all. I did very little indulging and made good food choices. It's getting a little easier and I learned a few new things. For instance ask... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 11:07:16 EST Renewed goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6319240 To neutralize my body every morning - Lemon water or ACV 1-2 tbls Wait 10-15 min to have coffee then eat a plant based breakfast Morning walk at least 30 min followed by weight training or 30 min cardio, stretch or yoga Feed my muscles protein for a.m. snack Lunch - large salad with various veggies & protein Afternoon: Walk for 30 min or some type of light cardio p.m. snack - fruit protein smoothie Dinner no later than 6 p.m. Fish or poultry and veggies Drink water all day flavor with lemo... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:40:51 EST Turn Around http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6304577 Today I had this question: If your friend becomes obese, your chance of becoming obese, too, increases by how much? 57% <BR> So, couldn't we say it the other way around? I want to say if my friend becomes fit and slim, your chance of becoming fit and slim increases by how much? <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> Weigh in day for the last 2 times with no loss. My clothes fit a little better, I feel stronger when I do intense workouts and I can see my biceps. I think I look better. <BR> <BR> Since I ... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 17:37:24 EST Meal Plans For Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6298818 So glad I started the Plateau busting program! I just planned out all my meals and snacks for tomorrow! Today's lesson was about the times we eat and not getting too hungry. I already know that I have been not making good choices this past week. I'm still looking forward to weigh in day! <em>593</em> Sun, 15 Jan 2017 20:44:47 EST Food Food Everywhere Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6297561 Day 3 of taking pictures of everything I put into my mouth. Usually I don't stray from my healthy eating but today wasn't good. I went over my fat grams, you will see why. Breakfast <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f9fcc6c8-f959-4ee8-9afd-d200f161df1a.jpg"> 2 poached eggs on dry toast with a drizzle of honey and sprinkles of turmeric coffee with creamer No mid morning snack. I'm sure it's because of the eggs. <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5c4da2a0-64a8-4... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 19:28:26 EST Food Diary 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6296989 Taking a pic of my meals has been a very good way for me to remember what I eat, especially when I don't log it right away. <BR> Today DH and I took a hike at a wildlife preserve. We walked and walked! My fitbit reads 16,512 steps! Today was supposed to be my rest day. Maybe tomorrow I will only do a light workout and 10,000 steps! <BR> <BR> <em>265</em> <em>267</em> <em>368</em> <em>274</em> <em>106</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3671418c-a... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 21:14:43 EST Food Diary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6296264 Thought I'd try something I haven't done in awhile. A picture food diary! It was a little bit of a challenge but I remembered everything I ate that way. It was1576 calories here. So I think my food log is more accurate. I'm going to post all my meals so if ya don't want to see, just stop here. <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>267</em> <em>368</em> <em>370</em> <em>474</em> <em>258</em> <em>274</em> <em>106</em> <em>267</em> <em>368</em> <em>370</em> <BR> <BR... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 20:59:31 EST 10 New Oldie but Goodie Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289663 Happy New Year! <BR> Thank you to all my friends that support and encourage me! <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> 1. Remember where I came from <BR> 2. Celebrate my accomplishments <BR> 3. Reward myself with Non Food items <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4fb01f06-e096-419f-887f-b181b7496829.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4b7d9147-ab7a-4b11-8a42-906248f351f1.jpg"> <BR> 4. Track food and activity daily <BR> 5. Weight train 3 days a week <BR> 6. Cardio 5 times ... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 16:00:16 EST Tired and No Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6286129 Today was a little rough around the edges. Felt a little better after my morning walk. Something trying to take me down! After TBT full body firm up (interval weights) felt much better mentally & my body needed a good stretch so I checked out the Barr stretch. I got 12,000 steps today and feel more motivated. Tue, 27 Dec 2016 19:18:41 EST Birthdays in Heaven and Steps Toward Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6284669 Trying to keep myself busy today so I wouldn't have any emotional eating. It doesn't seem like the second year for my youngest son to have gone home to heaven before me. Time sure goes fast but because I am trying to keep my mind off sad times, I'm trying to only think of the fun times, loving memories and thankful for the time I had with him. Happy birthday to Brian in heaven! I love and miss you everyday! <BR> <BR> I'm up to 15,000 + steps, yesterday but no badge showed up. Kind of a bumme... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 22:01:10 EST Staying on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6280951 Since I got my fitbit, I have stayed on track and get all my 10,000 steps. I wonder how long I will keep this up, it sure is keeping me motivated. Today I had my heart ultrasounds and bone density test. I am hoping they all come back good. Hope you are having a great day! Wed, 14 Dec 2016 16:50:18 EST Finding an activity monitor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6273911 This link has lots of info when you are looking for a heart rate monitory or activity band. <link>www.wareable.com/fitness-trackers/th<BR>e-best-fitness-tracker </link> Tue, 29 Nov 2016 15:22:41 EST Day 7 Wearing A FitBit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6273361 Happy for the most part with my Fitbit. Yesterday it didn't track my bicycle ride so that was disappointing. Today I wore the band on my ankle, it barley fit but it tracked the ride. I also noticed that when I did Pilates it didn't track that workout either. At fitbit.com I am able to manually add activity that isn't tracked. I didn't add calories burned, only the length of time. I'm not sure if I should sync the activity in Spark manually or just let fitbit add the calories burned. In the... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 15:11:43 EST Day 4 with Fitbit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6272055 Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving! This is day 4 wearing my fitbit. I do like how I can program it to get my butt off a chair every hour. Today I'm over my 10000 steps! Two times out of 4 now. I figured out what not to check when syncing it to spark. I'm much happier with it and it seems to do a great job of tracking my heart rate. I need to monitor that when I work out because it soars very high sometimes. Tuesday I had to go see my doc for a medical heart monitor, which I wore for 24 hours... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 15:47:24 EST Activity Tracking with Devices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6271272 So far I don't like how fitbit syncs with sp activity. I'd like to know how to fix that without disconnecting it or I have to edit each time it syncs. Now I will get fitness minutes doubled depending on how often I sync my fitbit. Wed, 23 Nov 2016 18:40:16 EST Activity Trackers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6268546 I'm looking for a new activity tracker. There sure are a lot of them out there! <BR> I am thinking about the Fitbit 2 because then I wouldn't have to wear a chest strap. My Polar F4 was great for about a year. Now it is hit and miss. Some days it works and other days it takes a day off. <BR> Thoughts? Thu, 17 Nov 2016 16:26:40 EST Winter Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6267499 Track food Track workouts Strength train 2-3 times weekly Cardio 5 times weekly Eat cleaner 80% One active rest day Find my happy place Tue, 15 Nov 2016 20:24:21 EST Lentil Soup and Nutrition Tracker Info http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6194283 My nutrition tracker is available for all to see during the summer 5% challenge. If you want to view a recipe that is listed on someones's tracker, all you need to do is go to their tracker and click on the recipe link. It lists all the nutrients and ingredients in a separate window. <BR> <BR> Here is the recipe for the lentil soup I made and am going to use throughout the week. I froze half of it in one cup glass containers. The night before I want one, I will take it out of the freezer an... Sun, 3 Jul 2016 19:56:52 EST 5% Summer Challenge "We landed" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6192415 Here are just a few places I'd like to see: <BR> If we were in Tokyo what place would be on your must-see list? add in a nice sushi lunch and shopping, beach and panda bears! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/11c194a5-7476-4932-8095-2f24924e0113.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/abc4cad4-9ff1-4f85-8293-46f0db3e054d.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bdf1fc72-d320-464b-8209-7653e7acbc93.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosa... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 12:36:35 EST Reasons why I want to shed 5% http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6187738 Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. - Jim Ryun <BR> <BR> Today's assignment is to list 10 reasons you want to lose weight. <BR> <BR> 1. To keep my cholesterol in the healthy range <BR> 2. To have a healthy waist to hip ratio <BR> 3. To have a healthy heart <BR> 4. To have more energy <BR> 5. To be able and stay mobile when I'm elderly <BR> 6. Not wait until I gain another pound <BR> 7. To get back to my goal weight <BR> 8. To stay strong <BR> 9, To have mor... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 16:21:22 EST Update on Where Do You Plank Contest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6143483 Wanted to let everyone know how I did on the Plank contest. The star plank won with over 100 votes. <em>104</em> <BR> I had 27 votes. Thank you to all that voted for me. It was fun and now I have the star plank to work on. That's a hard one to do, no matter where you do it! I had fun and that is really all that matters. <em>320</em> <BR> <BR> I thought I'd try to share this link, I hope it works. <link>www.gethealthyutv.com/videos/tips-an<BR>d-techniques/ </link> Sat, 16 Apr 2016 10:58:53 EST Do You Like My Plank? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6131875 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ef9854f5-8298-4ff6-a078-3817b277b771.jpg"> click here on the link then when you get there, just scroll down. I accidentally added three entries so only vote on the with the votes already thanks You can vote for me here: <link>wshe.es/MAU7Xezi </link> Thu, 31 Mar 2016 16:42:35 EST Fun In The Sun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6129408 Hope everyone had an awesome Easter! My DH and I had a great meal full of healthy food. Fresh salmon and broccoli slaw, & sliced tomatoes. Last week we went to a Twins vs Rays game. It was very fun! The first one we have seen in Fort Meyers Fl. Good thing I wore my sunscreen. I literally watched people burn under the sun! <em>48</em> The first time to a ball game and we had nothing to drink except water and lemonade. No popcorn. <em>194</em> I shared my DH's cheese curds about 6. No... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 13:32:06 EST Snapping Pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6125310 On our bike ride today I just had to stop and take a pic of this Bougainvillea! Love these! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ebee62fb-3fcf-446e-bbb2-f33d35ef449c.jpg"> Tue, 22 Mar 2016 17:19:28 EST My Non-Scale Rewards http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6124586 <em>192</em> My non-scale victories are: <BR> My body has more muscle definition, <BR> I have lost an inch around my mid section, which make my clothes fit better, and it wasn't easy getting here. <BR> My hard work is paying off and I do see the rewards. <em>530</em> <BR> <BR> The team At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance has a challenge that doesn't take much effort for me to stay in the game. I will be on board for the upcoming one, it is starts Wednesday, March 2... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 18:21:41 EST Doing What Works For Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6122988 This year on January 11, I started a new fitness program that is knocking my socks off! It is a paid subscription but I told myself that I was worth it and it may help me. It is challenging and fun. I also continue to use some of the SP workouts because variety helps me stay motivated too and variety is important. Besides working out hard, I have continued to weigh and measure my food and of course record everything in the Spark people nutrition and activity trackers. I also have a polar ... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 15:48:29 EST Today's Assignment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6110571 Today, write a blog post reflecting on your current exercise schedule and see if there are changes you can make to optimize your workouts. <BR> <BR> I am working on it. <BR> <BR> Since January 11, 2016 I have been doing a lot of strength and cardio training. Faithfully following a schedule. <BR> Not much weight loss but my clothes are fitting better and since I have also been using the nutrition tracker I can see my protein has fallen very low. One of the things I wasn't taking into accoun... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 18:54:06 EST Staying On Track with House Guests http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6104518 Oh how I hate to procrastinate. I was going to do some searching about what to do when visitors come to stay, but once again I didn't. Even one night and two days can throw a wrench in my week. I found some answers, hope I can stay strong. These are my buddies that have been my comfort friends with food and drinks. It will be interesting how I will handle these days. <BR> I was planning on getting snacks like crackers, cheese, and nuts. but after reading some of other peoples ideas, I am ... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 10:25:58 EST Nature Walks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6101339 My DH and I went out to the Cedar Point Environmental Park in Englewood to see if the eaglets were still in the nest. Yes they were! We saw them being fed and then it looked like they were ready to launch off the nest! But they didn't. I love watching them. Unfortunately, the mosquitoes were there too! We took some pics but I think we need a better camera to get pics worthy. <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ad34e8be-c8d6-4b21-aaaa-aa9289a34f99.JPG"> <BR> <img src="http://photo... Sun, 21 Feb 2016 14:59:09 EST I am Visualizing My Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6100446 Last night my DH grilled chicken and brats, oh how good the brats smelled. <BR> I wanted one so bad but I went with the chicken as it was lower in fat and sodium. <BR> I had to have a bite anyway so I cut off an end. Soooo good! <BR> Not sure how I track a bite so I didn't. <BR> <BR> This morning I added the rest to my eggs! So worth it! I am almost sure that I won't be hungry until my next meal. <BR> <BR> Maybe bratwurst should go on my Slippery Slope list! <BR> <BR> I finished my vi... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 10:04:02 EST Slippery When Sliding? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6099375 <em>304</em> JEANKNEE for posting this article on At Goal and Maintaining! It gave me inspiration and your blog did too! For some reason the link stopped working, <BR> <BR> The web site is: beckdietsolution.wordpress.com then search for The Cycle of Maintenance <BR> <BR> <link>beckdietsolution.wordpress.com/?s=cy<BR>cle+of+ maintenance </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is my list that I wrote down right after reading the article. <BR> Weight Loss Maintenance and the slippery slope <BR>... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 22:03:59 EST New Goals and Motivation for 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6092067 I am going to get back to my healthy BMI, which I started last October, now I am going to add this to my vision board. <BR> <BR> Stay within my calorie range 1250 - 1500 <BR> Eat more veggies & fruit ~ try new one too <BR> Limit bread and all white products made from sugar & flour <BR> Avoid trigger foods because one leads to another and so on <BR> Start the morning with lemon and warm or hot water <BR> Add fresh ground tumeric and ginger for anti inflammation <BR> Walking 5 days or more wee... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 18:42:33 EST Flashback from March 1997 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6084987 Here's an interesting blog I wrote from when I first started my journey. My weight, no idea, I didn't weigh myself back then. This was before my doctor put me on cholesterol meds. <em>273</em> <BR> March 6, 1997 <BR> Learning and taking responsibility: <BR> Get fit and stay fit by making a plan <BR> Walk daily by starting out with 10 or 15 min <BR> Increase the time each day <BR> Stop eating high calorie snacks <BR> stop drinking Mountain Dew and coke/pepsi <BR> Drink more water add lem... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 14:59:48 EST Starting a Journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6083332 Today I was going through some of my pics I have wanted to share it for some time now but couldn't remember when it was taken. Finally, I got the answer so here it is! It isn't the best quality, but you get the idea. I don't know what my weight was, but I do remember I was down to a size 20 (this dress was a size 18/20) from a 24. I also remember that I was proud of myself for getting there. I hope I can find some of my earlier weight loss journals to share more. <img src="http://photosaws.s... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 17:24:39 EST Optimal Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6079926 Here's what my optimal plan looks like: <BR> I have breakfast within the first hour upon waking <BR> a.m. workout - have my protein snack <BR> Noon or no later than 1 p.m. - lunch with protein, carb, and veggies <BR> Afternoon workout if I'm lucky, another protein snack <BR> Dinner no later than 6 pm. <BR> Evening snack - Fruit <BR> Every day is a challenge and every day is different. <BR> <em>386</em> <BR> Started a strength training program around the Jan 11, 2016. I have been doing t... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 17:59:45 EST Note: Remember to Praise Self http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6069607 I remember to visualize myself at my goal weigh, which by the way shouldn't be hard to do since I was there just a couple years ago! Now I am creating a new habit, praising myself and remembering to reward myself too with non food things! I'm down another lb so that is a total of 8 since October 2015. Next week is my reward, a well deserved massage. So woohoo me! Thu, 14 Jan 2016 19:06:26 EST Staying Focused http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6063423 I am happy to report that I am down a lb today. <em>224</em> I am trying to be positive and use positive self talk. Today for instance, I had to tell myself that I had energy to get out the door and walk. Sure thought we went more than 2 mi, but it was the same as yesterday. But I managed to burn more calories. <em>244</em> We will try again tomorrow to walk .5 more miles. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, my DH and I power walked. Our highlight was going to the organic CSA farm and pick up our p... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 19:42:07 EST Never Quit Pledge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6060372 Never Quit Pledge <BR> <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations. <BR> <BR> I pledge to treat myself as I would my best friend, because that is who I am... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 19:45:54 EST Happy New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6057370 Reflecting on the past year brought up a lot of sad events for me. Talking with my DD about her latest breakup made me realize, once again, how much I have to be thankful for. It also makes me appreciate each and every family member more than the day before. While talking with her, I also realized how much we grow from all of our experiences. I hope I passed on a little knowledge and helped comfort her. Wishing all my SP friends a Happy healthy New Year. Fri, 1 Jan 2016 20:44:20 EST Featured Motivator! Thank you all! Woohoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6053577 Today, SUEPERWOMANSUE left a comment on my page. I really had no idea what she was talking about. I checked out her blogs and really didn't see anything. I thought maybe she was named a featured motivator. Then I started going through my sp points and clicked on my mail. there it was in an email. It is a very nice recognition. Thanks all you sparkpeople! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> Congratulations! You are today's Featured Motivator! <BR> SparkPeople members selected your SparkPage as being mo... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 19:13:45 EST Merry Christmas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052249 <em>446</em> Merry Christmas! Thu, 24 Dec 2015 20:32:45 EST My New Workout Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6050349 Monday - Brisk 30 min walk 30 min Circuit Training Upper body <em>362</em> <BR> Tuesday Circuit Training - Brisk Walk - <em>342</em> <BR> Wednesday Bike ride <em>332</em> Lower Body + boot camp <em>320</em> <BR> Thursday Circuit Training:Upper Body + Jessica Smith fast 30 min walk <em>85</em> <BR> Friday Merry Christmas! Circuit Training:Lower Body <em>446</em> <BR> Saturday Boot Camp with Coach Nicole <em>216</em> <BR> Sunday Rest Day <em>102</em> <BR> *F... Sun, 20 Dec 2015 18:37:47 EST