AFTERMYKIDS's SparkPeople Blog AFTERMYKIDS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Progress My sister put this together for me <em>40</em> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Even when the scale is NOT moving, even when I think I'm NOT making progress....this reminds me that I am!! <em>334</em> <BR> I LOVE my Tru and I'm So Thankful that I found it! Wed, 18 Apr 2018 21:32:44 EST Keeping Focused When you start thinking about how far you have to go, take a min & remember how far you have already come!! <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> Thu, 5 Apr 2018 09:46:31 EST REALLY ENJOYED this weather today Went for a walk today! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 29 Mar 2018 19:24:59 EST Proud of ME Just me!! <em>40</em> <em>334</em> <BR> The good, the bad, and the ugly! I am going to enjoy this life!! <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 31 Jan 2018 14:36:06 EST Little Engine that Could I'm not sure why I titled this the way I did. It just popped in my head. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I am smiling MORE these days!! <em>334</em> <BR> I am enjoying LIFE more every day!! <em>244</em> <em>104</em> <BR> I am REACHING GOALS that I had almost gave up on! <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> I WILL <em>386</em> <BR> Thu, 11 Jan 2018 00:02:31 EST New Year and still going Well I began this journey a LONG time ago. I thought I had found myself and was finally doing everything I needed to do back when I first began Spark. I had a bad habit & like I always did, I got lost in my life! <BR> <BR> I finally found a supplement that has Tru-ly HELPED me. It works on your blood chemistry. It is fixing me from the inside out!! I knew I needed to lose weight & I did. I knew I needed to forgive people to be able to move on & I did. I knew I had to stop thinking taking ca... Mon, 1 Jan 2018 23:33:54 EST Starting over ONCE again Well here I go again, is what some might say. <em>40</em> <BR> I am saying YES, here I go again because I am worth it I know I can do it, I've done it before so what kept holding me back? I am the type of person that I always put others first. Ok, that's not a bad quality but you can allow it to do damage to yourself. There comes a time when you have to put yourself first. I always felt like I was being selfish if I did. Well the closer I get to the Lord, I see that I have to take care o... Thu, 9 Nov 2017 11:51:15 EST Food Blog Well it has took me forever to get this posted I just couldn't seem to find the time. I decided I would do it Sat. night and then the power went out. Well the old saying goes better late than never! <BR> My sister challenged us to keep up with what goes in our mouth and then I read the challenge AFTER I started taking the pics. & we are suppose to add raw food meals so this will cover that as well. <BR> Sunday was not a good day. We went to church and stopped at the Mexican place on the way ... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 08:17:10 EST Challenge Vision board We are suppose to make an inspirational vision board. Yes we have done this before so I was wondering (in my life; right now) how could I do an inspirational board to keep me inspired? <BR> When I began Spark, I was very inspired by the wonderful people around me. I did an AWESOME job in my first year. The second year I let life get in the way but I did ok...that's where I started messing up. I lost about 15 pounds my second year but since it wasn't "as good" as the first I started beating m... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 17:45:08 EST SPARK (a bright light in this UGLY world) FB reminds me how Thankful I am to have Spark. Just like spark, I only have a few friends; so no I am not one that has tons of people that I don't even know. Actually I don't even think I have 100 friends. <BR> <BR> I was just on there and it is surprising how many people can PRAISE God & then turn around and blast someone. Have they really never read the bible. Mark 7 tells us.. <BR> He said to them, “Hear Me, everyone, and understand: There is nothing that enters a man from outside which... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 09:24:30 EST Letter to Becky of the future... We are suppose to write a letter to ourselves. I have done this before and it can get very emotional. I was going to do this in a notebook, FOR MY EYES ONLY but if I do this here, it will HELP keep me accountable. I am finally getting back on track slowly but surely. <BR> <BR> One thing I would like to tell my future self is ALWAYS be proud of yourself no matter what or where you are. That is one of your biggest issues. You are not happy with the success you have done, then you begin to gain... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 14:01:06 EST Tell someone you love them today For everyone that knows me, knows that I'm NOT big on blogging but I just wanted to say to everyone out there. You are NOT ALONE!! No matter how you feel or how bad it gets someone is there, someone LOVES YOU!! <BR> <BR> I have found this season is reminding us of HOW Grateful we should be for all we have & for everyone we have. I am truly THANKFUL but I'm finding it SO HARD to smile these days. I know some people think, WHY?? If you are so thankful how can you NOT SMILE? My heart is breakin... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 13:03:19 EST I REFUSE I'm BACK!! I said, I was back so many times this year but it was only words. I really thought I meant it more than once but my actions proved otherwise. You know if you keep telling yourself something, most of the time it'll happen. Well not this time. No matter how hard I tried, I was only trying. I'm SO DONE trying! <BR> <BR> I have finally decided to admit I was letting myself slip back into depression. YES, ME! I put on a Good Front for the most part and hide it from everyone. I'm so tri... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 15:01:33 EST a cute little ray of sunshine... Ok this has been ANOTHER crazy busy week but I feel like I've gotten more done this week than in the past few actually so <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Anyway yesterday after spending a few HOURS in a HOT, no AC storage room cleaning, I'm dirty, hot, smelly but VERY satisfied with what I accomplished. Anyway when I came out there were people everywhere. Kindergarten and pre-K registration was going on. I found my sister, got my daughter and was getting ready to leave when a girl I w... Thu, 19 Apr 2012 22:58:10 EST food blog for challenge OK I'M SCREAMING NOW!!!!! <em>234</em> I already don't like doing these food blogs. I've been trying to get this thing done ALL morning, finally got it & I hit the wrong button and LOST THE WHOLE THING!! So I have to do it AGAIN! <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> Tues. <BR> Breakfast <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Lunch, my niece wanted eggs so PROTEIN it is. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Dinner, something I... Sat, 25 Feb 2012 14:54:13 EST My EYES are open... I just read a FABULOUS BLOG. I don't know if it was meant for me or not, it really doesn't matter. God makes sure he puts PEOPLE and things in the right place at the right time. We had a lesson the other week w/the kids about Our ON TIME God! Try explaining to the kids that HE will show up ON time if YOU REALLY DON'T believe it yourself. (Let's just say, "It will NOT happen!") They will come up w/more questions than you could ever answer. So like I told them YES even though we ALL go through ... Thu, 9 Feb 2012 14:56:40 EST Today has Been an AWESOME day... First off, I stayed up WAY too late, so of course I didn't want to get up. I finally starting moving and got the girls up. Hubby had already left for work (he didn't want to get up either) so after I woke him up and made him move at 4:20 this morning I went back to sleep only to get back up at 6 to start my day. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Well girls got going no problem, so I finally got dressed and out the door we went. Everyone is on time...that's ALWAYS a plus! <em>250</em> I leave earlier ... Tue, 24 Jan 2012 15:15:55 EST 2 years sparking.... Ok, for some of you this is Friday the 13th <em>239</em> <em>202</em> <em>40</em> <BR> Well I've never let stuff like that bother me. I believe your future is already laid out. God knows everything and yes we all have a little bad luck from time to time but it's just another season and GOD will see us through that too. <em>458</em> <BR> <BR> Well for me today is my 2nd year Sparkiversary! <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <BR> My first year was great, I was excited, learning so much, LOVING th... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 20:07:55 EST You may NOT want to read....I had to get it out! :( Not sure how this is going to turn out but here goes... <BR> <BR> If you do not like hearing people whine, please turn back now. I know I really do not enjoy reading those blogs but if I don't get this out I really do not see me getting back my spark any time soon. This is mainly for me but if you can help please feel free to read or comment. Please do not judge or be rude, I'm really not in the mood for any of that. Thanks! <BR> <BR> Well as many of you know, I have not been on here like I... Tue, 13 Dec 2011 21:00:40 EST Daughter's (sweet) 16 party w/pics I know I've been MIA lately. Some of you know it's b/c I've been super busy with Church stuff & my daughters. Well my oldest will be 16 this Thurs. <em>46</em> I'm NOT too happy about that but what can you do! They grow up WAY TOO FAST! <em>39</em> and I know I'm going to have to face it, it doesn't mean I have to like it! Anyways we gave her her Sweet, not so sweet LOL B'day party Friday night. I think it turned out GREAT!!! Thanks to ALL my helpers!! <em>458</em> I'm one who likes to do ... Mon, 17 Oct 2011 10:58:15 EST Counting MY Blessings!! First I would like to THANK GOD for keeping us safe. I know some people that have went w/o power & are still going w/o power. Some have lost Loved ones! <em>220</em> My heart goes out to them. <BR> <BR> We were very blessed, yes we lost power but it was only for about 7 hours. It could have been 100 degrees but it wasn't. It could have been longer but it wasn't. We really didn't have any damage, nothing that couldn't be cleaned up in a matter of an hour or less. I just want to THANK GOD f... Mon, 29 Aug 2011 10:11:11 EST Just wanted to share =) Ever felt like a week was taking forever? It feels like Friday, but it’s only Tuesday? This happens when you’re not working towards anything. When you have a goal in mind, you’ll want to cook that healthy dinner or go to the gym. The week will not only go faster, but be more enjoyable. <BR> <BR> Interesting right? Well it is from an article I read on Spark (9 Hidden Reasons to Stay Motivated. Here's a link...check it out! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ion_articl... Fri, 22 Jul 2011 22:36:53 EST Beach Vacation We went on vacation in June & I've been planning on blogging. Well I'm finally getting around to it. We started it off with a trip to see Gravedigger. <BR> The GANG....... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and 3 of our little daredevils decided to take a ride! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I know some of my SpBuddies h... Fri, 8 Jul 2011 19:50:10 EST quote for challenge MAIN CHALLENGE: For the main challenge this week, find an inspirational quote each day and blog about it. Blog about why you like the quote, why it motivates you, what you have learned from it, whatever you want to share. <BR> <BR> Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it. <BR> ~~ Jack Canfield ~~ <BR> Why I like the quote? <BR> It reminds us that it takes action to get results. <BR> Why it motivates m... Sun, 19 Jun 2011 23:52:06 EST quote for challenge For the main challenge this week, find an inspirational quote each day and blog about it. Blog about why you like the quote, why it motivates you, what you have learned from it, whatever you want to share. <BR> <BR> Well that's our challenge, feel free to let me know what YOU like about it? or if you like it? <BR> <BR> ~~We learn wisdom from failure much more than success. We often discover what we will do, by finding out what we will not do.~~ <BR> ~~~~Samuel Smiles~~~ <BR> <BR> Q. Why I... Sun, 19 Jun 2011 23:24:28 EST Challenge...I'm finally getting some points! For the challenge this week we were suppose to take some ME time. That is one thing I have a time with, I am getting better though. Well even one of my team added this as a team challenge so I'm hoping to continue with this one. <em>334</em> This week I have took time on Spark, which I haven't done much for the past few weeks. I'm going to get this CRAZY Scale moving again. I have took nap(S), that's a VERY RARE thing in my house if your name is MAMA! I've done some other stuff to, some MUCH... Sat, 18 Jun 2011 09:59:45 EST NEW ME! God said it, now I HAVE TO BELIEVE IT! Hey there <em>213</em> I have truly been SO HAPPY lately. I really did not know why. No the scale is not going down so that's not it. <BR> We have been studying at church. The first one was about the Work of the Holy Spirit in the Local Church (Zechariah 4:6) We all know go into the world & preach the gospel. We know we should come together in one accord anyway last night it really hit me. We were studying Righteousness by Grace, Luke 18:9-14 & 2 Corinthians 5:21. It has been an on going... Thu, 26 May 2011 16:14:21 EST A HAPPY SPARKER!! Ok I've become a blogger this week, not sure why. <em>24</em> but I am having FUN doing it. This blog is for a few people but also as a reminder of HOW far I have come. I have my background set to remind me of how great you can do even when the scale doesn't move & since I've done that (that scale is moving again!) My background is only 2.5 pounds on the scale but it's a world of difference in my clothes. So I've decided to compare my 238 pound BEFORE pics. to my NOW 184 pounds. I'm still u... Tue, 26 Apr 2011 22:07:41 EST Our Easter Cakes for Relay We had so much fun this weekend. Yes I know I posted a blog about our spring activity but that was for a challenge. We did a spin wheel as one of our games at the Easter Bash for Relay and we donated cakes as one of the prizes. Well I'm pretty creative & I didn't want to make just plain cakes, after all it was Easter. I looked on the internet and found some ideas, they were very easy, so My daughters and I had a ball. They want me to post some for everyone to see. I hope you like them & I hop... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 18:49:38 EST Spring activity This has been a week. First off the kids were out for Spring Break & I really hadn't thought much about the challenge. We got out there and played some, but I've been so busy getting things together for our big Relay Event. Good thing our Relay Easter Bash was outside. We were out there All day. We had games for the kids, food and LOTS of FUN. My sister got some pics. so I'll have to get some from her to post later. <BR> <BR> We had an obstacle course & NO ONE was doing it, so I got my 15 yr... Sun, 24 Apr 2011 20:30:07 EST Setting Goals this week! Ok, the crazy scale is NOT a friend as we ALL KNOW! I know that but lately it is just being a REAL PAIN IN MY BUTT! Week b/f last I busted butt in cardio which I will admit has been slacking some lately and I gained (1.2 lbs.) no not much but I have been down to 183-184 & now I'm back up to 187, that SUCKS! When I look back at how far I've come in a little over a year, I'm still VERY PROUD of everything I've done. When I began this journey in Jan. of 2010 I was 238 pounds, I was obsessed w/th... Sat, 9 Apr 2011 22:26:56 EST challenge blog (5 motivators) Well I have been thinking about this one all week. <BR> <BR> #1. is God & my Pastor. Some people go to church (& I use to be one) b/c it's the right thing. We believe in God & we should assembly ourselves together but NO I TRULY Love MY GOD & My Pastor. He is so down to earth, in your face, doesn't sugar coat anything & REAL! God needs NO REASON to motivate, he gave us so much how can we not take care of the temple he Allows us to habit. <BR> <BR> #2 is Spark in General. Before joining Spa... Fri, 1 Apr 2011 23:27:43 EST 1st FEF challenge/5k today Well new Seasonal Challenge begin tomorrow. Our first week's challenge is to write down our planned workout for the week. My plan this week is to do something different. I started it a little last week & it seemed to be going GREAT. When I get up in the morning I do my crunches but this week I will also get some cardio, even if it's only 5 min. on the stepper so.... <BR> <BR> Sunday-100 crunches and 5 min. on stepper. <BR> Busy day between church & kids activity, so that's it. <BR> <BR> Mo... Sun, 27 Mar 2011 01:45:45 EST challenge workout and break through!! =) Ok for this challenge we were to create a bootcamp workout, atleast 50 min. I just sortof laughed & said WELL I want be getting the points this week so I need to work extra hard so I atleast help out w/the weight loss. <BR> <BR> Anyway one of MY <em>285</em> <em>223</em> I really don't even look at her as sp. friend any more, I wish she lived closer so I could give her a REAL <em>247</em> She is SO AWESOME, adorable, inspirational & is ALWAYS there when I need her. LOVE You Maggie!! <e... Fri, 25 Feb 2011 11:24:16 EST No lies!! Facing it Head On! OK this weeks weigh in did not go so well but surprisingly I'm NOT upset. I had <BR> a feeling that I would have a gain this week. No I'm not happy about it but I did get off the scale w/a smile on my face. I knew I had ate like a bottomless pit <BR> the last couple of days. I knew I had made some choices that were NOT to good. <BR> I have not cut anything out completely but I limit it & definitely watch portions. Well this week I watched portions but I had Ice Cream (yes my weakness) atlea... Sun, 20 Feb 2011 00:47:47 EST Playlist for challenge This weeks challenge was to post a playlist. I've been working on it but it wasn't long enough. This has been a crazy busy week so I'm finally back working on it. I know it's barely coming in under the wire. My oldest daughter sent me to and told me to put my songs there & link it OK. New one on me..Hope it works, if not I will be editing w/the names. Here goes...... <BR> <link><BR>1 </link> <BR> <BR> Hope you enjoyed <em>334</em> <em>21... Sat, 19 Feb 2011 15:23:24 EST Finish What We Start Well first off, I'm NOT a big blogger but the more I think about this I just feel that I need to get this out there. First of all I may need to come back and read it myself. Second I hope someone can really relate to me. Third if it HELPs someone that will be awesome! <BR> <BR> I had today OFF! <em>104</em> Very Rare occasion, anyway I took the kids to school and came straight home. Usually if I don't have my nieces I run around town, getting stuff done that I normally don't have time other... Tue, 8 Feb 2011 14:37:07 EST Push challenge (old I have looked around trying to pick a picture. Key word trying! I don't like to use that word anymore. In my journey here at Spark I don't try, I DO IT! Looking back through these pics. was very eye opening. I really have NOT been living my life for a long time. I miss the person I use to be. Here's a couple from my Honeymoon, WE went to Florida. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> YES Wilma and Fred! LOL I still hold on if I let him drive, almo... Fri, 4 Feb 2011 22:30:53 EST ONE YEAR SPARKING...I'm SO Excited!! I just can't Hide it!! I can't help it, the title that is. I have actually been VERY lazy this week. I have NOT wanted to do any of my exercises. I've DONE them, just NOT wanted to. Well last night I was on here and I decided that I would blog about my 1st year here with spark. I don't know what happened but I finally got my MojO back just thinking about it. <BR> <BR> Ok for anyone who does NOT know me, I found spark by accident a year ago today. I was not a computer person. I had DIAL UP! <em>46</em> I was tryi... Thu, 13 Jan 2011 22:47:46 EST 2011 Goals I was reading a team member's blog and she set some New Year Goals. I was so inspired to do a list for myself. So Thank YOU Jacqueline. <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> 1. My first Goal is to reach My Goal Weight. Right now I have it set at 145 lbs. I'm not sure if I will change it as I get closer. We'll see.. <em>344</em> <BR> <BR> 2. My sister and I have said we want to walk 365 miles, One mile for each day in 2011. <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> 3. I said I needed to work on this one myself. Take... Fri, 24 Dec 2010 16:12:41 EST Here's the Fourth..a little late but finally here. Four things I LOVE about me. <BR> <BR> Well anyone who knows me, knows this is NOT what I like to do. I love to give anyone else compliments, I just find it hard to do it for myself. <BR> <BR> 1. When I began my journey in Jan. of this year. My weight was 238 pounds. A week after I began, my weight was 233.5 and my BMI was 39.86. Well as of Sat. 12/11 my weight is 186.7 with a BMI of 31.88. I have officially lost over 50 pounds. <BR> 2. I am finally starting to NOT feel like the FAT mama... Mon, 13 Dec 2010 12:12:14 EST Third Day (challenge) this should be getting easier right? 4 More things.... <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. I have burnt over 2000 calories in tracked cardio this week. <BR> <BR> 2. I love tracking the calorie differential like we did last week. This week as of right now I have a diff. of 5603 for the week. So I am excited about weighing in tomorrow to see if it really works. Last week didn't work exactly right (TOM) <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> 3. I have Two really smart girls. They are NOT perfect (who is?), they go to school, get good grades, stay out of troubl... Fri, 10 Dec 2010 19:46:51 EST Day #2 blog Ok 4 things that I love about myself... <BR> 1. I have been blessed with being able to stay at HOME with my girls. I raise my kids. So many times you see people have kids only to let the babysitter or grandparents raise them. I am a very proud MAMA! (BTW..I'm not talking about when you work, everyone needs sitters then. A lot of our friends, you see them on the weekends and they still don't have their kids.) <BR> <BR> 2. I volunteer at my daughter's school. The teachers out there know that t... Thu, 9 Dec 2010 16:45:00 EST Challenge Blog (Bahama Mama) Four times this week, blog about 4 things that you love about yourself. Positive affirmations can help us keep perspective during what is sometimes a winding journey! <BR> <BR> Well this is the challenge for the week so here goes. <BR> One thing that I'm VERY proud of is I am still SPARKING! <em>252</em> <BR> I would have gave up on me by now but with sp. I have finially learned to Love myself. I guess that would be #2. Third thing I know I'm worth it. That's a really Big one! The last one... Wed, 8 Dec 2010 17:46:38 EST This Saturday 10 months! Well Saturday Nov. 13, 2010 will be 10 months that I have been at Spark. I started at 238 pounds. <em>46</em> All time High, I was heavier than I was nine months preg. <em>39</em> Well I have had ups and downs. I have slipped. I will slip again. Right now I feel it is important for me to write this b/c I have been stuck, I have even gained alittle this week. Well I'm NOT giving up. I need to step it up. I need to go back to some of the basics. I will and I am doing this. When I started I r... Mon, 8 Nov 2010 12:59:06 EST Help me decide...1, 2, or 3? Well I was looking for one more joke. Nothing really jumped out at me like the one yesterday. So I found 3 that are kinda cute. Vote on which one you like. 1, 2, or 3. <BR> <BR> 1. Monkey Organization <BR> An organization is like a tree full of monkeys, all on different limbs at different levels. <BR> <BR> Some monkeys are climbing up, some down. <BR> <BR> The monkeys on top look down and see a tree full of smiling faces. <BR> <BR> The monkeys on the bottom look up and see n... Fri, 5 Nov 2010 14:46:59 EST week 6 challenge...I hope you like it For anyone who doesn't know, we are suppose to share a joke or funny story. I found was Not what I thought. You know how you start reading it and you know what is going to happen b/f it happens, well Not this time. It got me. <BR> <BR> Goodbye To Mother <BR> A couple were going out for the evening. They'd got ready, all dolled up, cat put out, etc. <BR> <BR> The taxi arrives, and as the couple got out, the cat shoots back in. They don't want the cat shut in the house, so the wi... Thu, 4 Nov 2010 06:46:33 EST Halloween and funny story for week challenge First off this week we are suppose to tell about a funny story or joke. Well some may not think it was too funny but me and mom were killing ourself laughing. We were decorating the Haunted House (well I DON'T do spiders), we are making a spider room and it had sortof creeped me and mom out. Well we were making this giant spider with balloons, blowed up and now we are fixing the legs and all of a sudden(one of the balloons bursted), I took off through the door like someone had shot me, When I... Wed, 3 Nov 2010 10:24:57 EST NINE MONTHS STILL SPARKING Wednesday Oct. 13 was my 9 month sparkiversary. For anyone that has been preg. You know how much we can gain in 9 months <em>40</em> It has really been nice seeing how much I can shed in 9 months? <BR> <BR> Well I will start with my first daughter, I gained 28 pounds. God had other plans for her so she is not with us. She will forever be one of his choosen. My second daughter I hit 222, 9months preg. She weighed 8lbs 5oz.and when they weighed me after have a c-section and IV's for 2 days I... Sat, 16 Oct 2010 09:52:10 EST another week another challenge OK new week is almost here. I have been putting this off. The first part was NO Problem. I was suppose to spread the spark. I spread the spark and tell anyone who will listen EVERYDAY! I had a lady ask what I was doing at church Wed. night, Thurs. volunteering at school, a lady asked me to help her set up a page. She will be coming by in the next few weeks. Last night we were at a ladies house(she lost her step father) and a lady asked what my secret was. I have NO secret, I have SPARK was my... 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