AKAFIT's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=AKAFIT AKAFIT'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/ Quiet Time Nugget http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5211280 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 <BR> <BR> “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” <BR> <BR> This is one of my all time favorite scriptures. I love, what Paul says here. The whole chapte... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 09:52:57 EST 2013! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5194179 Wow, it seems like forever since I have blogged on here. To be honest, it has been forever. Well, I would like to say that I did well in my absence, but that would be bold faced lie. I have done terrible. As a matter of fact, I am now the heaviest I have ever been without being pregnant...OUCH <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> So, this is me getting back to the things that helped me to be HOTTER than July on my 40th birthday! Now, as I am looking forward to turning 42 (in March) I want this birt... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 01:02:19 EST Checking In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5133809 WOW, talk about a week from H-E-double hockey sticks. Last week, was the straw that broke the camels back. I realized that I need to get back into counseling for my own sanity and for the sanity of my family. I have been so moody and it seems like it changes at the speed of light. <BR> <BR> This three days off was so amazing and it really allowed me to have some great talks with friends and also gave me food for thought about some things I need to change. Most of all, this weekend made m... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 09:49:25 EST Hard Choices; Hard Decisions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5101987 Today as I was sitting at dinner with my family, a thought took over me. I have been fighting this battle for the past few months and I am not sure what it is. I do know that I don't desire to work out right now, but have been trying to do the minimum in order to do something. I haven't been eating terribly, but I haven't been eating very good either. I find myself just going through the motions sometimes and feeling weary and tired. <BR> <BR> In the next few weeks, I have two appointm... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 23:41:09 EST The Health Roller Coaster http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5093379 So, last week I was down and out for three days with the effects of a migraine. They started about two months ago and have contributed to me missing work as well as being in intense pain for most of the day. I just feel like I can't win for losing right now. I am ready to go towards more healthy habits and BOOM the headaches hit me hard. <BR> <BR> To make matters worse, now I have been dealing with constant dizziness and nausea. Man, if it weren't physically impossible for me to have c... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 23:12:21 EST October Goals...Let's Get It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5084036 Like so many of my friends on my GONE team, I am keeping it simple this month. I seem to get derailed when I push to hard coming off of a lazy streak. So, here it is: <BR> <BR> <em>265</em> Log my food at least 4x/week. This has been a challenge since I can't get non-state related sites at work anymore. I have an app, but it can sometimes be a colossal pain in my booty. Anyway, I bought a exercise/eating log so I have absolutely no more excuses. <em>267</em> <BR> <BR> <em>91</em... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 16:08:24 EST Thursday and Friday's Positive Thought http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5069204 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l760837162.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sometimes this is the only thing that keeps me going. Then I remember that I will change, I will continue to work on being healthy, and I will be a winner. Maybe not tomorrow, nor next month, but it will happen! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l126529364.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This reminds me that I am NEVER alone. That I am phone call, a text, an email, a blog, a FB comment away fr... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 12:58:03 EST Positive Thought for Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5066976 I may not be where I want to be, but I am one day closer to where I will be. <BR> <BR> I am feeling down today and I know it is lot of things. However, I can't allow my thoughts to defeat me today. I have much to be greatful for and I am determined to fixate on that. I know that going to church tonight will help me to regain my focus. Looking forward to hanging with my sisters and being encouraged while encouraging others. Wed, 19 Sep 2012 21:27:35 EST OK, I will do better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5058829 So, this is my commitment to do better with my bogging. I believe there is a correlation: when I am bogging consistently I am usually working out consistently. So, since I haven't been bogging consistently; guess what, I haven't been working out consistently (ok, ok, not at all) <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I am working my way back to a better ME. I go through this phase periodically where I fall off the wagon and go back to the old way of eating. Well, I fell pretty hard this time. There h... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 09:45:37 EST It's Been a Long Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5010503 Hello there all of you sparkies <em>382</em> . I realize it has been FOREVER <em>40</em> since I last posted a blog here on SP. A lot has gone on in my life since then and boy has it been exhausting. While I am not in a place emotionally to go through it all I am working (trying) my way back. It has not been without it's bumps and bruises (literally), but hopefully I can get back in the fitness and healthy eating saddle soon. <BR> <BR> Just wanted you to know that while I am not the ... Sat, 11 Aug 2012 02:49:17 EST June Week #2~~~~~Much Better Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4929623 Weight ~ at the end of this month is the BIG weigh in. I would like to see myself at 160 pounds by June 30th! I have gotten close (165), but I am trying something new this month that should do it if I stick to the plan. Oh yeah, and I want to drop major inches. I will post my stats before the end of next week!~~~~~ I still have another couple of weeks before I weigh myself, but I am confident the scale WILL MOVE <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> Food Intake ~ I have to get back to tracking my food PE... Sun, 17 Jun 2012 01:46:00 EST Week #1 SUCKED http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4919596 Ok, so to say that this week has been a disappointment in fitness goals would be a mild understatement! However, the SUPER NOVA BRIGHT SPOT in this week has been having my kids with me again. They arrived on Tuesday morning and it has been a whirlwind of activities since. I only got to take the one day off, the day that I picked them up. The rest of the days, a friend's daughter has been babysitting during the week. Man, how I had forgotten how exhausting being a full time mommy is. It ... Sun, 10 Jun 2012 00:24:42 EST June Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4909456 Ok, so I have majorly been slacking in many areas of my health. I have not been tracking my food, I haven't been drinking enough water (SURPRISE <em>40</em> ), I haven't been running regularly (uhhh not good <em>198</em> ), but I have been working out! <BR> <BR> This month is going to be nonstop excitement for me personally and for my family. So, with that in mind here is what I want to accomplish. <BR> <BR> Weight ~ at the end of this month is the BIG weigh in. I would like to see mys... Sun, 3 Jun 2012 00:17:00 EST This Week in May http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4899549 There has been so much going on these past couple of weeks. I don't know how I have managed to keep up with my workouts because so many other areas of my life have seemed out of control. I have really been struggling with my emotions, the internet hasn't been working where I was staying, I moved to another friend's house, and I am missing my family terribly. So, that has led to a powder keg of emotions, tears, and just plain sadness. I am feeling much better, but I am missing my family te... Sun, 27 May 2012 02:35:40 EST May Week #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4878950 Cardio: I didn't run at all this week, but I did cardio videos and had softball practice this week. I am actually running on Sunday which is typically my REST day, but it won't count for week #2. <BR> <BR> Strength Training: I did ST 3 days this week. I am feeling really good about the progress I am making in my ST goals. <BR> <BR> Food Intake: Still haven't been tracking my food, but I have been eating pretty well. I still need to get on the ball with tracking. <BR> <BR> Water Intake:... Sun, 13 May 2012 00:57:28 EST First Week of May http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4868378 Cardio: I only ran once this week. The weather was ugly one day and today I wasn't feeling well. <BR> <BR> Strength Training: I only did strength training two days this week. <BR> <BR> Food Intake: I haven't been tracking my food like I should, but I have eaten pretty well. <BR> <BR> Water Intake: Yep, still sucking! Not sure why I can't seem to drink the water I need to be drinking, but it is a struggle. <BR> <BR> Sun, 6 May 2012 00:44:38 EST May Day Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4860184 I am a little more than a month out from my 1/2 marathon and getting really nervous. However, I know that I can do it. It is just a matter of trusting my body and my training. <BR> <BR> For May, I am sticking with what has been working for me PLUS bumping up some things I have been slacking in: <BR> <BR> <BR> Cardio: Still sticking with running three times a week. <BR> <BR> Strength Training: This is my goal the other three days of the week I am not running. <BR> <BR> Food Intake: I... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 21:54:58 EST Week Three of April DOWN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4845836 This week has been one of triumph for my fitness goals. I am very proud of what I have accomplished. <BR> <BR> I also learned that I don't need to be so hard on myself. So, for this month my plan is pretty simple: <BR> <BR> ~ Run 2-3 times a week ~ <em>248</em> <BR> Tuesday ~ 5 miles <BR> Thursday ~ 2.5 miles <BR> Saturday ~ 2 miles <BR> Total 9.5 miles <BR> <BR> ~ Have three (3) Strength Training session <em>248</em> <BR> Monday ~ Glutes <BR> Wednesday ~ All Over Body (mainly ... Sat, 21 Apr 2012 21:04:28 EST Cleaning Out the "All or Nothing" Mentality http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4843339 I have begun running again in order to train for the 1/2 marathon in June. It was a little rough getting back out there after basically doing nothing for three weeks. So, when I came back why did I feel like I had to be at the top of my game? Why did I not try to take one victory at a time? I will tell you why because I was thinking that it was all or nothing. <BR> <BR> There is nothing wrong with being the best, but sometimes I forget to be unrealistic. You see, no one will perform a... Thu, 19 Apr 2012 22:46:55 EST Lessons Learned Through Tragedy and Pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4835365 In January of this year, I moved to Washington to start a new life. My husband and I decided that I would move here first, without him and the kids, to get things all settled for them when they came in June. So, I happily moved back to Washington, a place that we met 17 years ago, to do just that. I had no idea, what toll this move would take on me physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I guess I should have prepared better, but then life just kept happening and I thought I wa... Sat, 14 Apr 2012 22:22:22 EST WUB #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4792869 As I near my 41st birthday (in another week), I want to get back to the woman who complimented and loved herself where she was at. I realize that I have lost a lot of that person in the past year and I want her back. In order to get her back, I am making a vow to blog about my negative feelings at least 3x a week. I have realized that when I am being more open about the negativity I tend to not internalize so much. <BR> <BR> UPDATE: This week has been pretty good for negative thoughts. It... Sun, 18 Mar 2012 01:34:53 EST The Birthday Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4784845 This weekend I was so worried that I would not enjoy my birthday being away from my family. This was birthday number 41 and I am so happy to enjoy another year in my 40's. So, here is a chronicle of the weekend that I enjoyed: <BR> <BR> Saturday, I went and had my hair cut and then did a little retail therapy. It is amazing the joy that buying new things brings into my life. I didn't go ballistic or anything, but I did buy some pretty little dresses and some new tank tops. When I got home... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 01:07:23 EST Week #1 Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4781112 **As I near my 41st birthday (in another week), I want to get back to the woman who complimented and loved herself where she was at. I realize that I have lost a lot of that person in the past year and I want her back. In order to get her back, I am making a vow to blog about my negative feelings at least 3x a week. I have realized that when I am being more open about the negativity I tend to not internalize so much. <BR> <BR> Update: TODAY is my 41st birthday. I am still working on my lo... Sat, 10 Mar 2012 19:38:59 EST Why I hate..."you're so strong" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4778452 Today I was texting a friend of mine and we got to talking about my plans for the weekend. I told her that I was missing my family and really wished my husband could be here for my birthday. She then told me how strong she thought I was. Well, I promptly told her how much I HATE to be told that I am strong. <BR> <BR> People don't see me crying myself to sleep or being so depressed that all I want to do is sleep. They don't see how hard it can be to look at other people with their kids ... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 00:53:28 EST What's Happening for Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4774830 Today was a pretty emotional day for me. There is a lot going on at work. I am still trying to figure out my team and deal with behavioral problems and personality conflicts. It is amazing though because although I feel like I am being tested I just remember that I prayed for this opportunity and am not about to allow anyone make me doubt. It is amazing that when you have that kind of perspective and incentive you can allow things like this to roll off of your back a lot easier. Not to s... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 01:11:15 EST March Madness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4770783 Again, goals, goals, and more goals. Can I just remind you all how much I hate goals because it seems the moment I put it down on paper the sabotaging mindset kicks in. So, as I was thinking about what I want to accomplish I realized that much of it isn't quantifiable to anyone else besides myself. So, here goes: <BR> <BR> **As I near my 41st birthday (in another week), I want to get back to the woman who complimented and loved herself where she was at. I realize that I have lost a lot o... Sun, 4 Mar 2012 21:43:57 EST February Comes to an End http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4758688 WOW, first of all I can't believe that this month is almost over. We are heading into my special month. Yep, that's right my BIRTHDAY is in March. So, let's see what happened in the month of February. <BR> <BR> Run/Walk ~ I managed to get in a little over 16 miles this month. Next month will get me closer to my 12 week training program for my half marathon. I am very comfortable right now with the mileage that I have put in so far. I know that in following months it will get hot and he... Sun, 26 Feb 2012 21:18:56 EST End of the Week Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4757143 Run/Walk ~ I didn't run at all this week. My partner was sick this week, so No Bueno. Anyway, I still did workout. My knee was really hurting this week too. <BR> <BR> Diet ~ Since I was leaving for Georgia I didn't go grocery shopping this week, so I ate out more. Not sure how I will look on the scale, but I am enjoying myself right now. <BR> <BR> Strength Training/Cardio ~ Physical therapy was painfully good this week. It really hurts afterwards, but I know they are teaching me g... Sat, 25 Feb 2012 21:52:15 EST The Sweet Smell of HOME http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4755599 Today as I flew over Savannah, I couldn't believe how much I miss this place. I looked at downtown from hundreds of feet in the air and just smiled at all the places I recognized. As I drove up to my house, I just felt like I would melt with excitement. Then, the moment arrived, the school bus was at the corner. <BR> <BR> The moment that my kids realized that I was not a mirage, they flew off of the bus and straight into my arms. That is when the dam broke. I scooped up Anissa and hugge... Fri, 24 Feb 2012 19:46:29 EST I Think My Reset Backfired http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4754202 I was really excited about resetting my metabolism this week until I got on the scale. Yep, the lovely three pounds I got rid of last week are BACK! So, not sure if this was an epic fail or just a result of a whole lot of things <BR> <BR> For one, I ate horribly this whole weekend, so the reset took on a life of its own. Then, I think I drank 64oz of water one day in the past week and half...yep I am dehydrated Then, although I worked out four days last week, I missed Friday, Saturday ... Thu, 23 Feb 2012 23:25:57 EST IT ARRIVED! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4752188 I walked in the house today fully expecting that NOTHING would be here. To my surprise, there was a huge box sitting next to the door just waiting for me. It was such a nice surprise, I just wish I was in a better mood. I am feeling really bummed, not sure why, and so it took some of the wonderfulness out of my Valentine's Day gift FINALLY arriving. <BR> <BR> Nonetheless, I am so grateful for the wonderful hubby that I have. He sent me some cherished moments to remember good times wit... Wed, 22 Feb 2012 21:47:42 EST The Valentine's Day that didn't Happen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4748579 So, I had been waiting patiently last week to receive the Valentine's day gift that my husband sent me. I waited, and waited, and waited and by Friday (although the postal services said it would be here) it still hadn't arrived. Now, let me just say that I could usually care less about Valentine's day, but since my husband said he was sending me something...I was, of course, very excited. When it didn't come I was super bummed and disappointed. <BR> <BR> As a consolation my husband sent... Mon, 20 Feb 2012 22:32:34 EST A Week of Victory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4745010 I am learning that victory has come in a variety of ways when it comes to this life long journey to a healthier me. <BR> <BR> Run/Walk ~ I ran twice this week, regardless of cold weather. It was difficult this week especially, so I am thankful for my running buddy, Stef. On Tuesday, it was extremely cold and my chest just felt like it was going to burst during the first 15 minutes of running. On Thursday, I decided to eat an apple prior to running and then spent most of my run feeling l... Sat, 18 Feb 2012 16:12:03 EST Ahhh, the weekend (Week #1 of February) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4733924 Run/Walk ~ This week was a pretty low key week in terms of running and walking. I actually only ran once this week, but I am alright with that. The weather hasn't totally been cooperating and I have just been exhausted to say the least. So, my one-3 mile trek will suffice for the running this week. <BR> <BR> Diet ~ I tried a couple of new recipes this week which really turned out really good. I fixed marinated salmon and also black bean soup. It made for effortless lunches all week. I... Sat, 11 Feb 2012 15:03:37 EST Thank You Jacqui http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4724420 There are many reasons that I love my Spark People friends. Here are one pair of reasons. <BR> <BR> Thank you wonderful friend....your gift cheered me up and makes me remember that friends come in all shapes, forms, sizes, color, and personalities. You ROCK! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l70366416.jpg"> Mon, 6 Feb 2012 01:01:05 EST February Begins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4722167 I can't believe that we are already in February. I have been in Washington for a month and my journey has changed so much. I have tried to figure this all out while missing my family, starting a new job, moving to a new (well not totally new I did live here many years ago) city, meeting new people, rekindling old friendships, and redefining my workout and diet. To say that this has been a roller coaster would be a mild understatement. <BR> <BR> I haven't even had time to really define my ... Sat, 4 Feb 2012 15:40:22 EST January at a Glance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4715408 Get back into my Cardio/Strength Trng routine: five days of Cardio and at least three days of ST *************** This month has been really good for my cardio/strength training routine. I actually stepped back from working out so much. I realized that I was doing more harm than good for my body. I am excited to take a step back and let my body do what it naturally does with good eating, consistent workout routines, and treating my body well. ********** <BR> <BR> ~ Personal goal is to wri... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 23:06:46 EST Friendship....the perfect Treasure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4713360 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l940903611.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Where would I be without those precious gems in my life who have fueled me, inspired me, kicked my booty, challenged me, encouraged me, loved me, pushed me, pulled me, and just been there during this journey. I continue to be amazed at the hearts of the friends in my life. I am so grateful that in this life's journey, I don't have to make it alone. Every step of the way there have been those unforgettable inspir... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 22:59:06 EST Moving Past Yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4711347 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l358872419.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When we focus too much on past mistakes we lose sight of the victories of tomorrow. I am learning not to get too wrapped around the axle about the mistakes of yesterday because they get in the way of what happens TODAY! Sun, 29 Jan 2012 23:55:37 EST Are you working or watching others work? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4709637 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l419935583.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is a really great quote. Sometimes we want the results, but aren't willing to put in the work. So, are you putting in the work, or just sitting by hoping you will be healthier by osmosis? Sun, 29 Jan 2012 01:24:06 EST Another Week of Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4709624 Get back into my Cardio/Strength Trng routine: five days of Cardio and at least three days of ST *************** This week my roommate started working out with me, so that has been fun. I tried a new fitness class; Boxing, which was really awesome. So, I thought that you just jump in there and box! Uh no! We did push ups, jumped rope, crunches, jumping jacks, mountain climbers, squats, etc. It was definitely a full body workout. Anyway, I am trying to not do as much strength training or... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 01:08:28 EST Let's Hear it for Week #3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4695368 ~ Get back into my Cardio/Strength Trng routine: five days of Cardio and at least three days of ST *************** I have worked out six days this week and done my three days of strength training. ********** <BR> <BR> ~ Personal goal is to write letters to my kids every week, so they can get mail from mommy. This time away is going to take a lot of adjusting. *****I have not had the chance to write my babies' letters yet. I have spoken to them a lot this week though. They have been doing ... Sat, 21 Jan 2012 15:06:09 EST Not Perfect, but GROWING http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4680774 "So this perfection Jesus prescribes for us is already complete and yet still developing. Complete in Him; still at work in us. We're allowed to be a work-in-progress (Rachel Olsen)." <BR> <BR> God doesn't expect perfection from me,"WHEW" what a relief. How many times have I beat myself up for not weighing the perfect weight, not being the perfect parent, not having the perfect kids, or not having the perfect emotions? More times than I care to count I have had this unrealistic expectat... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 18:59:10 EST January Week #2 Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4679514 ~ Get back into my Cardio/Strength Trng routine: five days of Cardio and at least three days of ST *************** I have worked out six days this week and done my three days of strength training. ********** <BR> <BR> ~ Personal goal is to write letters to my kids every week, so they can get mail from mommy. This time away is going to take a lot of adjusting. *****The letters are ready and just need to be dropped into the mail tomorrow. I also was able to skype with them two times this week... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 01:28:20 EST Food is not my friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4672894 So, I can't seem to get my eating on track right now. I am sure it is just my TOM (if I still had one), but it is really a pain in the butt. When I did have my TOM I don't remember these insane cravings, so now that I don't have one how come? I seem to be moving backwards with my eating and the only saving grace is my workouts. <BR> <BR> I am sure it will all come together, but I just hope I don't balloon up before that happens. One day at a time is all that I can hope for right? Wed, 11 Jan 2012 00:40:12 EST Musings about my First day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4670132 First of all let me just say that I must have been really excited about work. I left so early this morning that I ended up getting there a whole hour early. After I got there I was suddenly exhausted. I had a boatload of paperwork that I had to complete...I still have more to fill out and policies to look over tomorrow as well. <BR> <BR> Everyone seems really nice. They were all very welcoming and excited that I was there. I have about 8 employees under me and they are all characters I ... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 22:57:55 EST Tomorrow is the BIG day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4667581 So, tomorrow is my first day for work. I am excited and a little anxious all at once. I am looking forward to this new start and all of the possibilities that it opening up. I feel like a kid going to their fist day of school. It has been a long time since I felt this way. <BR> <BR> I also went to my new church and it was incredible. I met some really incredible people and the singing was AWESOME! It has been a while since I have been a part of a big congregation. Our sister church in... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 00:20:32 EST January ~ Week #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4664608 This is my first week in Washington and the first week of our weekly challenge. It has gone pretty well considering all of the emotional ups and downs I have experienced so far. So, let's see what happened this week. <BR> <BR> 1. Get back into my Cardio/Strength Trng routine: five days of Cardio and at least three days of ST ~~~~~ I have done well this week. I did cardio and ST training four days this week. I have done everything from Taebo > 30 Day Shred > Zumba and it felt good to be ... Sat, 7 Jan 2012 18:22:58 EST My New Years Resolutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4659757 I don't typically make resolutions because in the past they didn't last very long. However, I also realize that not making goals/resolutions can be disastrous as well. So, in keeping with my challenge for this month, I am posting my goals for this year. <BR> <BR> Fitness/Health Goal: <BR> ~ Run a 1/2 marathon before the end of this year <em>312</em> <BR> ~ Get my weight down below 155 pounds <em>192</em> <BR> ~ Every month work on specific parts of my body and document the progress ... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 14:05:08 EST My Traveling Adventures with photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4655553 So, I am semi~settled in. I am staying with one of my best friends in all of the world. Robin and I have been buddies since college; 20+ years. Anyway, she offered up her house as a temporary shelter for me until the fam can join me in Washington. <BR> <BR> On my journey, I took some pictures and wanted to share some with you lovely SP buddies. So, here goes...my chronicled trip out west. <BR> <BR> So, we started early Friday morning from GA and arrived in Washington on Sunday evening... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 22:21:06 EST