AKCHELLE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=AKCHELLE AKCHELLE'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/ Vacation- I'll call it a success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732951 So, I just recently got back from a trip to my home town. I was there for two weeks. I ate out every meal, except family BBQs. I visited my doctor for a second opinion. I have to take it easy for a while. Anyway, I only gained one pound the entire tip! Just ONE. I'm happy. It would have been nice to have lost weight, but really all things considered I did well! Sun, 6 Jul 2014 08:18:25 EST going off island http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682056 I'm going off island for medical care in the Philippines. I won't have access to my computer for 2 weeks. I won't be able to track much anyway. It's hard to track if you don't know what's in it and how its made... wish me luck, I'm going to need it. Mon, 28 Apr 2014 02:47:19 EST Need Help with food ideas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5021124 Hurricanes are called typhoons in this half of the world. In the next few weeks I am going to be preparing my typhoon prepared boxes. I will make two boxes. One with stuff-batteries and paper products and stuff. The other with food. <BR> I'm looking for good suggestions for food that is healthy, that can be made on the BBQ or on the camp stove top. The food has to be non-perishable. <BR> Local friends are saying SPAM, rice, canned fruit and veggies... <BR> Blah. <BR> Any suggestions woul... Sat, 18 Aug 2012 21:46:17 EST I need a new fight plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5010445 <BR> <BR> I've realized a few things: <BR> <BR> Men are Pigs. <BR> and <BR> I've used food as my shield. <BR> <BR> So, I started using SP as a tool to help me lose weight and become healthier. My goals when starting were simple; lose enough weight to get out of the plus size section of the store, and to be able to mostly keep up with my kids. <BR> I reached half of my goal. I can shop for pants in the regular section of the store. I wear regular size 16 Levis now not Women's. OK actu... Sat, 11 Aug 2012 00:54:12 EST what happens when you fall off the spark wagon? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4781037 For me what has happened this past month is as follows- I've gained 4 pounds, but I've lost inches. I am muffin top heavy and need to work on my middle. <BR> I've been stressed at work beyond belief and I've made bad choices with my breakfast. Did you know BK serves tater tot hash brown things? Never mind. <BR> <BR> Anyway, time to wake up earlier, make better choices and not eat stress! Sat, 10 Mar 2012 18:40:20 EST walking through February http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4715765 My goal for Valentines was to fit into a smaller dress. Specifically one from not the plus size section. I've made it. However, depending on the dress maker I am a size XL to a size 2X. This is mainly due to chubby arms and big breasts. So I've decided that my goal for February will be less arbitrary than size, since it's so random. I have decided that my goal will be to walk everyday as exercise. Hurrying while at work will not count. Today my youngest child and I went to the walkin... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 07:01:42 EST Proud mama http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4679297 This past week was kind of rough. Monday I wrote about, and Tuesday and Wednesday, and Thursday I was fighting a stomach bug. My ribs still ache from wretching. Yesterday was the first day that I was able to exercize. I had yesterday and the day before off. Today is my Monday. Uggh. I still need to recover. <BR> <BR> This week was kind of rough for my son, too. He started Rugby practice. WTF is Rugby anyway? Whatever it is, it's a big deal. He is a senior and a very big guy by isl... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 22:27:06 EST craziness and candy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4667938 Today was crazy. I woke up with a leg cramp, so I decided to go to the store for breakfast and get a banana and yogurt on my way to work. However, I didn't plan time for an accident that routed traffic through my area. So, after getting the kids taken care of, I got to work just on time, but with out the trip to the store. I ended up eating the worst breakfast- candy and soda from the machine. It was the beginning of a bad, stressful day at work. I work as a psychiatric technician. We ... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 07:58:05 EST ch ch ch changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4654959 I wanted to refresh my spark page, but it's too busy right now for me to upload a new background pic. I guess everyone is dusting off their pages after the holiday. Anyway, I put up a new ticker to go with my short term goal. <BR> My short term goal is to be a size 14 by Valentine's Day. <BR> I don't even know if I'm going to be working then, but sometime around that day I'll have a day off and will be able to go on a hot date. <BR> <BR> Happy New Year and keep on sparking friends. <BR> <... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 18:53:27 EST through the end of the year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4633315 So, December has been a wash, but I planned it that way. I've gained and lost the same 2 pounds all month. I decided with everything that was going on, that I would just try to maintain this month. <BR> When I started SP I had this goal of being under 200 by the end of the year. I didn't make it, but it's OK. I'm now within 5 pounds of where I was 5 years ago. <BR> <BR> Anyway, good luck and best of wishes. <BR> I haven't gone away, but I'm not as focused as I should be. It's OK. I'm... Tue, 20 Dec 2011 21:34:27 EST random thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4606474 The past three weeks have been a bit too much. <BR> First was the anniversary of the death of my mom. It's been five years. -too much sadness. <BR> Then came the holiday- too much food. <BR> Finally, today I go in for a breast ultrasound. - too much stress. <BR> <BR> The good news is that I've kept exercising, even when I wasn't motivated. I've had a few times of emotional eating, but I allowed it. I knew what I was doing, so I choose healthier foods. Lastly, through it all, I've gained o... Wed, 30 Nov 2011 18:24:13 EST a bit overwhelmed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4594679 To become "overweight" and not be "obese" according to the BMI calculator I have to lose almost 50 pounds... <BR> <BR> We can do this right? Mon, 21 Nov 2011 22:44:17 EST Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4589599 Yesterday we went out for a walk and it started to rain. So, we drove to another location to walk, and the rain caught up. So, we came home. <BR> The clouds were moving in overhead, but it wasn't raining, yet. However, there are too many loose dogs in the neighborhood to walk. <BR> So, we stayed outside and checked the sky for the Leonid meteor shower. We didn't see anything. I came in and checked online. The shower was supposed to be visible from midnight last night til just before d... Fri, 18 Nov 2011 04:24:18 EST got the ball rolling today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4587924 I had the day off. <BR> I felt like taking the day off. <BR> I felt like not moving. <BR> Just watching TV... <BR> Just playing online... <BR> <BR> Then something happened... <BR> <BR> I moved. <BR> I've cleaned in the kitchen. <BR> I've done three loads of laundry, so far. <BR> I hung a clothes line outside, so I could let the wind and the sun dry my laundry. <BR> I've played actively with my four year old. <BR> I'm going to keep moving, <BR> keep cleaning, <BR> and tonight... <BR> <BR... Wed, 16 Nov 2011 23:10:10 EST The break up letter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4575141 Dear dark blue Hawaiian print dress, <BR> <BR> I really liked you. I loved the fact that I got you in Hawaii. That was an amazing vacation. When I met you, you were cute and romantic. But now I realize, we just aren't right for each other anymore. I don't think we will ever be right for each other again. In fact, I don't want us to be right for each other ever again. <BR> <BR> I put you on today and looked in the mirror. I looked like I was wearing a loose fitting blue Hawaiian prin... Tue, 8 Nov 2011 19:09:15 EST set back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4552879 Tomorrow I'll "officially" weigh in for the week. I know I'll have gained, because I look at the scale several times a week. This week has not been a good one for eating. I started working the 4pm to 1230am shift. Usually, after work I am hungry. So, I look at where I can have calories and make a snack. I know the problem is late eating followed by bed. I have to work on taking food with me and eating it there. <BR> I have a hard time here with food, too. There is so much here that ... Tue, 25 Oct 2011 16:28:27 EST Sexy and I Know It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4542322 <em>236</em> <em>344</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> I am not going to dance around in sparkly Speedos like LMFAO, but I feel like dancing baby! <BR> <BR> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyx6JDQCs<BR>lE&feature=artistob&playnext=1&list=TL<BR>o7JEz4M_3WE <BR> <BR> In the past two months I have tracked everything. I have not had one soda. I have eaten .5 a Snickers bar. I've gotten healthier. I'm eating healthier. I've lost a pants size. <BR> <BR> My exercise routine started with workin... Tue, 18 Oct 2011 20:58:20 EST Thank you my spark friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4529893 I want to say thanks to my spark buddies. <BR> <BR> There are days, when I don't blog or write anything besides tracking. There are days when I'm just trying to be good. This week I hope to make the first ten pounds lost. However, it's that time of the month where I am craving and just want to eat and eat... That's when my spark buddies and other random blogs I read come into play. Instead of heading into the kitchen. I log on to SP and there you are... <BR> I read about your triumphs... Tue, 11 Oct 2011 09:09:23 EST took the day off and spread the spark. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4521562 Yesterday was a good day, mostly. <BR> I went to the doctor's in the morning. My lipid panel came came back all good. Relief. <BR> <BR> My Vitamin D came back better, but still not yet in the normal range. Sigh. <BR> <BR> <BR> We had the graduation from training. I start my new job on Monday. I hope it all goes well. <BR> We got our paychecks for the training, $600. Relief. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was the first day off I took from worrying about what and how much I ate. Lunch was ... Wed, 5 Oct 2011 21:33:07 EST stupid time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4506052 I have a doctor's appointment on October 5th. I'm hoping that I will have lost 10 pounds by then. I've lost 7 since my last appointment. I hope that my Dr. will see a difference and not give me the same lecture... We'll see. I also get my first paycheck on October 5. I'm excited. The next week I'll be pushing to lose those 3 pounds. I don't think that it'll happen, because I've lost just over a pound a week on average. <BR> My son turns 18 tomorrow. I feel bad cause I'm broke until Oc... Tue, 27 Sep 2011 03:21:03 EST changing up what I do http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4499164 I'm in a better place now. I think that part of this journey that was missing was the part where I figure out what to do besides be a lump that eats when I'm depressed.(hows that for a rambling run on sentence). Anyway, I need to have defined rewards for making certain goals. I've worked on that and have the next couple worked out. I need to work on how to behave, when I have an off day. I haven't quite worked this out yet. Before, I'd stay home. Eat comfort foods. Watch movies or re... Thu, 22 Sep 2011 21:41:36 EST I just don't feel like it ~panic button http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4496069 I know all the reasons that I am working on weight loss. <BR> <BR> Honestly, my self motivation and drive is at an all time low. <BR> <BR> Today I walked my two miles. I tracked everything. I met my daily goals. <BR> <BR> But honestly, I think I've hit a demotivational wall. I just want to SLEEP. <BR> <BR> I want to do Not a %#&^ thing. <BR> <BR> I'm going through the motions. Wed, 21 Sep 2011 05:01:30 EST Tyra wins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4488834 Yesterday, the internet was off. I wasn't able to keep track online. The fat girl in me celebrated by taking the day off. The bad fat girl wanted to just say eff it all and eat whatever. The good girl in me was losing the battle big time, but had an ally in the fashion model in me. The inner Tyra Banks in me is sick of my clothes. The inner Tyra went through the closet and found clothes that I had bought that were a size too small before. I had bought the clothes, because they were on ... Fri, 16 Sep 2011 20:53:18 EST slow progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4476112 This week has been stressful. I'll talk about the good the bad and the ugly, but not in that order. I want to end on a good note. <BR> The bad- this week my four year old has been sick for days, and its been raining hard off and on, when I have had me time. I haven't been able to walk near as much as I've planned for the 5k training. I have some calories to burn today to make my weekly goal. <BR> the ugly- this week I have had parent teacher conferences, with my son's teachers. Some of th... Fri, 9 Sep 2011 19:16:08 EST Scale Failure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4463713 I stepped on the scale for an updated weight to chart. The scale read 10 pounds heavier. What The Hell? So I got off and tried again. It was even heavier. So I got off and picked the damn thing up and looked. Nothing was under it. Nothing was stuck to it. I tried again. Even Heavier. By now it's just getting funny. Since I know it isn't me, and I'm not in some sorta weird gravity vortex, I'm just play. On... Off... ON... Off... 348 pounds! yep the scale kept going up to 348 before... Sat, 3 Sep 2011 07:08:59 EST 5k training to help me reach my goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4459490 Depending on whose math you use, Guam has one of the tallest peaks in the world. This is entirely due to the depth of the Mariana's trench. <BR> http://hypertextbook.com/facts/2001/Beat<BR>aUnke.shtml <BR> The highest peak on Guam is Mt Lam Lam. My goal is to be able to hike it. I've been told that parts of the climb are very difficult. It's steep and slippery. There are 10-12 foot tall jungle grasses that you have to use gloves to pull yourself up. It's a workout. So I decided to joi... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 22:03:26 EST when it rains it pours http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4456104 I wrote a blog, then read it. It was too personal to put out there for the world. <BR> Anyway~bad stuff~bad stuff~bad stuff. <BR> <BR> self kick in the butt for motivation. <BR> <BR> Have to work through some things over the next few months. <BR> <BR> Out look good. Tue, 30 Aug 2011 09:15:05 EST My heart was pounding SO hard this morning at 4 AM http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4448719 It all started, because I decided to lose weight. I found Sparkpeople. I drank lots of water... <BR> I live on a tropical island. I came from the frozen North. In the Frozen frozen north we don't have a lot of big bugs. The most annoying bug is the mosquito. In Alaska the mosquito is the state bird. or bug at any rate. The horrible blood suckers are so bad that eventually you just try bribing them... with your first born or better yet the neighbor's kid. By mid summer. you have mad ni... Thu, 25 Aug 2011 22:27:37 EST Tomorrow is a big day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4443123 Today I received an email saying I was going to be called tomorrow for an appointment for a job. The email was from the person in charge of 2 programs that I'm interested in working for. I sent him my resume and cover letter via email yesterday. I had met the person who works with him and she emailed me the job info and the contact info. The email I got today from him was very positive. I hope it all works out OK. <BR> Also, tomorrow is my birthday. I hope it's a nice day. I know that I... Tue, 23 Aug 2011 01:56:19 EST a bit about my journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4433974 A spark friend posted this from another post she saw from a team member who posted this on the forums, I thought I would put this into my blog!! <BR> <BR> 1.) How old are you? 41 <BR> <BR> 2.) How long have you been overweight, obese, or unfit? Since the loss of my first pregnancy. Most of the excess weight on me can be attributed to births and deaths. Day to day, I'm pretty good, but the big things make me an emotional eater. <BR> <BR> 3.) What made you decide to get healthy? I have man... Thu, 18 Aug 2011 01:56:06 EST water choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4431737 I read some of the success stories. One of the bloggers had this long long rant on her page that was anti- 8 cups a day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?ID=N<BR>OTBLUSHING <BR> A lot of what she wrote is common sense and good, but that got me thinking- why 8 cups a day? <BR> For me the Goal of 8 cups will be something I continue to strive for because... <BR> 1) I was drinking my calories. Yep, sip after sip of sweet calories. <BR> 2) I was eating more- maybe I thought I was hungry, ... Wed, 17 Aug 2011 00:47:08 EST I don't feel so good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4428880 Today I woke up sneezing and coughing. I'm so glad I cleaned and worked out yesterday, because today I have the energy of a slug. Mon, 15 Aug 2011 18:51:03 EST silly momma http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4426841 Today I was watching the demos and doing the exercises. My four year old came up to me and said, "You look so silly momma!" I told her that I was exercising to lose weight and invited her to join me. She tried a few things, and then joined me for stretching afterward. I'm doing house work, then she wants to exercise again! I'll pull up preschool dances on youtube or something. Sun, 14 Aug 2011 20:43:15 EST