ALOVE1967's SparkPeople Blog ALOVE1967's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Fall down 7 times, get up 8! In the immortal words of Britney Spears...Oops, I did it again! Got lazy, stopped doing all the things I know I should do...and regained the 6 pounds I had recently lost. By the grace of God I did not get back up to 250...that weight I swore I'd never be again, but damn close...this morning the scale read 249.8. <BR> <BR> I am mad at myself, but not wasting time and energy on beating myself up...what I really need now is to show myself some love...tough love perhaps, but love nonetheless. ... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 09:41:46 EST May Exercise Challenge I am going to use this blog entry to challenge myself to work out more. My main choice for exercise is walking, either outdoors or using my Leslie Sansone Walk Away the Pounds video, which has 4 different workouts on it. The workouts are 1, 2, 3 & 4 miles. I haven't used this video very much yet, so I've only done the 1 mile workout so far. I hope to feel ready to try the 2 mile or maybe even the 3 mile by the end of the month. I will edit this blog daily to fill in what type of exercise I di... Thu, 2 May 2013 20:17:14 EST How it's Going On November 1st I posted a blog entry about starting over with the new approach of weighing & measuring on the 1st of each month ONLY. I figured this would help me focus on my eating habits/exercise, and how I actually FEEL as a result of what I'm doing instead of focusing on whether or not it's making that scale move. After all feeling better, and yes, looking better, are what it's about, not about what that little contraption has to say about how I'm doing. <BR> <BR> I am a NOTORIOUS sca... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 10:42:20 EST A New Approach Well once again I have been away, but am happy to say that this time I didn't backslide so badly. I only regained about 5 pounds before getting my tail back here! <BR> <BR> I have decided to try a new approach. I am a self-professed scale-hopper, or at least I am when I am trying to eat right/exercise, etc...when I am "off track" I don't go near that thing! LOL! But when I am "on track" I get on the scale every morning, and often get on it more than once a day, and I know that can be detr... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 22:47:25 EST SCAMMER ALERT! <em>230</em> <em>230</em> <em>230</em> <BR> <BR> Hi Fellow Sparkers! - wanted to get your attention, because I believe I have been receiving mail thru the SparkMail system from a scammer. This person calls himself PAULTANNER and claims to be looking for information to help his mom lose weight. I replied to his first email giving some tips about how to use this site, and then in his 2nd email he thanked me for the tips, then said he's actually interested in being friends with me, and ca... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 10:44:49 EST Giving the Scale TOO MUCH Power! I'm here to talk to you about your scale. <BR> <em>192</em> <em>11</em> <em>193</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Most of them are pretty small...just a little thing barely big enough to put both feet on at once, with a little window that displays a number either digitally or on a dial. They only take up a little bit of space in our bathrooms or wherever else we may keep them. <BR> <BR> I dare say they take up MORE space inside our heads than they do on the floor. <BR> <img src="http://photos-... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 13:26:59 EST Reunited...and it feel SO GOOD! I had this pair of jeans that I used to love...they were my "go-to" jeans. Ladies, you know what I'm talking about...that one pair jeans that you always reach for on those occasions that you are dressing up but in a casual way. The ones you would wear if you were going on a first date maybe, or a night out on the town. Any jeans-loving girl like myself has a pair like this no matter what her size...that pair that you think best compliments your "assets" while hiding your flaws. Think "Sis... Fri, 15 Jun 2012 12:13:00 EST Healthy Milkshake??? YES! So...I have a weakness for milkshakes. I don't get them often, because they are usually loaded with enough fat and calories for at least half a day! <BR> <BR> So when that craving hits, i break out the blender and satisfy it without wrecking my whole day. Here's today's recipe. <BR> <BR> 1 cup skim milk <BR> 1/2 banana <BR> 2 strawberries <BR> 1 whole kiwi, peeled <BR> 2 cups ice cubes <BR> 2 packets splenda (use more or less to taste) <BR> <BR> Put all ingredients in the blender and ble... Wed, 30 May 2012 12:41:19 EST Nature's Bounty I took a little trip to the grocery store today because my crisper had nothing left in it but an onion. I think this was the first time EVER in my life that I deliberately went to the store because I was out of freggies! I mean I have bought them along with all the other stuff I went to pick up lots of times, but to go to the store BECAUSE I was out of produce? Nope...don't think that's ever happened before. <BR> <BR> This isn't my proudest admission, but there have been times in my life ... Tue, 29 May 2012 17:30:40 EST I Wish I Knew...? My Mom recently asked me what it was that made me so successful in my previous weight loss that time that I lost over 60 pounds in 8 months...what made me able to stick to it and keep going like I did to make it happen? <BR> <BR> Unfortunately the answer is, "I don't know." For whatever reason, I was just READY, and it seemed easier than it had ever been before. By the same token, I can't explain why it eventually got harder or why I eventually lost focus either. <BR> <BR> It almost feel... Wed, 23 May 2012 11:18:12 EST Goodbye (and good riddance!) to 250 again! :) Wow..what a great week! I love how that first week you drop it like it's hot! lol <BR> <BR> I actually didn't even start last Monday, I started last THURSDAY, but I like Monday to be my weigh-in day to help keep me a little more on track over the weekends. Last Thursday I was 256.4, and this morning I hit the scale at 248.6...7.8 pounds! I know a lot of it was water, but WHO CARES! It is weight GONE and my pants already feel looser. <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> I am not going to say that I ... Mon, 21 May 2012 09:52:16 EST Here I am again... I am again, over 250 pounds, which I SWORE I'd never let happen. <BR> <BR> But then again I never anticipated all the craziness that would lead me here either, so no sense kicking myself...that's the WORST form of exercise imaginable! <BR> <BR> I have been telling myself I need to get back on here "one of these days" and get serious about taking better care of myself again. Why do we always think we have to set a specific date in the future to do this? No time like the prese... Thu, 17 May 2012 15:12:43 EST In My Head Things Are...STRANGE! Let me tell you about the dream I woke up in the middle of this morning! The first part is kind of random and lengthy with a lot of detail, but I’ll tell it all anyway, because it’s just weird. lol <BR> <BR> First thing I remember was that I was driving a van, and in the dream I was driving home, but not to my current home, in fact I have no idea where this was, but in my mind, in this dream, I was driving home. I decided to go a different route than I normally would, for some reason, alt... Tue, 21 Feb 2012 12:09:15 EST PLEASE READ! YOUR LIFE MAY DEPEND ON IT! Ok, I HOPE that got everyone's attention, because this really IS life or death! <BR> <BR> As many of you know, I have recently started using a CPAP machine to help me breathe at night, and since then I have had several friends and family members till me they PROBABLY need to be on one too. I know how they feel, I said the same thing for YEARS, and I am SO very glad that I finally took action at the advice of my doctor and got this checked out, and here is why... <BR> <BR> Most people know ... Mon, 20 Feb 2012 11:23:50 EST After 1 1/2 Months on CPAP Thought I should pop back in since I haven't posted on this since I first started. <BR> <BR> My CPAP therapy is going well, I think. I am getting pretty used to sleeping in the mask, and have even mastered sleeping on my side and occasionally turning over in my sleep without dislodging it or getting tangled in the hose, so that is actually significant progress! <BR> <BR> I still have trouble with it leaking near my eyes sometimes, and this seems to always happen within the last hour before... Mon, 20 Feb 2012 11:09:29 EST First Night on CPAP Well last night was my first night on my CPAP machine, and I think it went pretty well. <BR> <BR> Well not at first I was frustrated and nervous and not sure HOW I'd ever get that dang mask to fit properly because it seemed to be leaking EVERYWHERE! Eventually I discovered that having it too tight can cause it to leak as badly as having it too loose! Something I wish they had told me when I went to get fitted. I also wish they would have had me put it on myself a time or two in... Sat, 7 Jan 2012 10:23:59 EST My Scale is Like a Magnet!!! I have been absolutely IGNORING the scale in my bathroom for too long, finding it shameful enough to get on the scales at the doctors offices that I seem to frequent all too often these days, but told myself that starting in 2012 I was going back to weekly weigh ins, but no more frequently than that. <BR> <BR> You see I'm like an addict...if I completely abstain, after awhile the urge goes away, but once I hop on that thing even once, it starts calling to me daily, and sometimes more than on... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 10:14:05 EST New Year...and starting over, just like most folks! Here I am again...starting over with the start of a new year, like soooooo many other people. <BR> <BR> I am changing my approach a bit, because I have some health issues that are making it harder than ever to diet and exercise. I am going to ease into this VERY slowly and gently and hopefully my body won't really notice and rebel like it did last time when I took a stricter approach. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I have been gaining lately, and am now up to 247.4, which is WAY too close to 250... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 10:41:09 EST Surgery went fine :) Hi all! <BR> <BR> Thanks so much for all the thoughts and prayers! My surgery was Monday morning, and it went fine. It was at 7:30 am and by 9:00 am I was in my sis-in-law's car on the way back to their house to recuperate. My abdomen was starting to be fairly sore by 10:30 so I took half a pain pill and slept for a couple of hours, and felt fine after that. Just the occasional very mild discomfort, usually if I twisted or bent certain ways. <BR> <BR> Today I am back to work and feeling... Wed, 10 Aug 2011 10:28:36 EST Surgery Postponed :( Turns out there was a preliminary test that they had to have the results back on before I can have this procedure, and it didn't come back in time. <BR> <BR> My surgery has been rescheduled to August 8th. I am totally bummed. <BR> <BR> As if that didn't suck enough, today I had to go for my IV iron treatment and with all the recent bleeding my veins (which are already kind of tricky) were really hard for them to get an IV into. It took them a half hour of looking by 2 different nurses and... Mon, 25 Jul 2011 21:56:20 EST "Girl Problems" - Having Surgery <em>228</em> <em>228</em> <em>228</em> <em>228</em> <BR> <BR> This blog may contain TMI for some of you, especially any men who happen along. I prefer not to "overshare" but if another woman out there is suffering as I have I want her to know that: <BR> 1. You are not alone! <BR> 2. There IS something that can be done. <BR> <BR> Ok, now that you're past the disclaimer, don't blame me if you read more than you ever wanted to know about my "girl problems". lol <BR> <BR> To say that ... Thu, 21 Jul 2011 17:49:09 EST Supreme 90 Day - Suspended until further notice :( I tore my calf muscle trying to work out last Thursday. <BR> <BR> Also turns out that I am now severely anemic and will have to go for iron injections, and going to have to have surgery for my female problems. <BR> <BR> All of this will have me unable to exercise for quite some time, so I am officially BENCHED! <BR> <em>227</em> <em>39</em> Tue, 5 Jul 2011 10:11:31 EST Supreme 90 Day System - Day 8 Well folks I said I was going to blog on this at least weekly, so here's the latest. <BR> <BR> I am LOVING this workout program! I have never worked out this hard in my entire life, and yet I love it! Ok...I'll admit, I do NOT love Tabata Inferno, but some folks further along in the program tell me that I will one day...I think they may have mental problems, but hey, we'll see! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> For those not familiar with the program, on Day 8 you repeat the workout that you did o... Mon, 27 Jun 2011 21:01:13 EST My Body is Mathematically Challenged Apparently my body is mathematically challenged or something. <BR> <BR> I will never understand why it is you can work your A$$ OFF for 6 days out of the week and only lose a pound or two, but if you take ONE DAY off and eat a little extra and skip a workout you can gain 3-5 pounds....?!?!?! <BR> <BR> I am a logical person, and I like facts and figures, so this kind of non-sensical behavior on the part of my body mystifies and frustrates me. <BR> <BR> For instance...I looked up my BMR, and... Thu, 23 Jun 2011 13:53:01 EST Supreme 90 Day System - Day 1 goes...Today I started using the "Supreme 90 Day System". I am not following the nutrition guide that came with it as I am already watching what I eat pretty carefully and getting plenty of water every day. <BR> <BR> I wanted lots of ways to see progress with this plan, so I gathered plenty of stats. <BR> <BR> Starting weight: 235 <BR> Measurements: <BR> Bust: 44.5" <BR> Waist: 43" (hey at least it's smaller than my bust! lol) <BR> Hips: 53.75" (I am not sure where they mean by "... Mon, 20 Jun 2011 19:34:21 EST Going Off the Rails...On Purpose????'s true...I deliberately went off the rails yesterday, just for ONE day to see how it would feel. I am posting this blog entry so I can come back here and read it now and then to remind myself why I don't want to EVER go back to those old bad habits! <BR> <BR> Mind you, I have only been eating right and exercising regularly for a very short time, but my body has been THRIVING on it! Even though I have yet to lose the first 10 pounds since my "restart", I have already felt my energy... Tue, 14 Jun 2011 10:39:22 EST A Promise to My Dearest Friend I can sum up in one sentence what this blog will say in many more, and that is simply this, "It's BEYOND TIME to get real!!!" <BR> <BR> I have been jacking around with this weight loss thing for all of my adult life. I went on my first diet in 6th grade, and ironically enough, I was never really overweight until AFTER that. I simply was not skinny like my 2 older sisters, and so my parents were worried that I'd get fat, and pointed me in the direction of watching my weight as a pre-emptive... Tue, 31 May 2011 12:42:30 EST Why am I Starving & How Redbox Helped me Avoid Temptation Ok Fellow Sparkers, I have a poser for ya! <BR> <BR> Why is it that even if I eat the same amount of calories, & roughly the same balance of proteins, fats & fiber (heck sometimes even eat the EXACT SAME MEAL PLAN) always drink the same amount of water, and my activity level is the same...and yet some days I'm STARVING all day long and others I just get hungry at mealtimes? <BR> <BR> I do not understand this AT ALL! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was one of those days, and I had to fight myself too... Tue, 29 Mar 2011 14:36:13 EST