AMY-MIMI77's SparkPeople Blog AMY-MIMI77's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Dazzle your DIAMOND Blog My weekly challenge for my BL Dazzling Diamond team is to make a Blog using the word "DIAMOND". <BR> <BR> D= Do Something For Yourself <BR> Nightly reading. <BR> <BR> I= Invest time in a personal interest <BR> Started the 30 day Strength Building challenge & aim for 10 minutes of Cardio each <BR> day to try to get back on my fitness track. <BR> <BR> A= Act out in Kindness <BR> I spent longer than I intended at my SIL’s wedding on Saturday; enjoyed spending time ... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 18:46:16 EST 2 Truths and a dream My Biggest Loser individual team challenge for this week is to make a blog with two truths about myself and a dream. We are not to indicate which is which until the end of the weekly challenge; so … 1.) I drink coffee for the taste, not the caffeine. 2.) I go kayaking at least once a month. 3.) I have read 10 books since March. Now in the comments make your guesses as to which is the truth and which is a dream Fri, 17 Jul 2015 19:03:03 EST Not bad place to restart I had a foot injury and couldn't run or do any weight bearing exercises for a while. My podiatrist told me I could only cycle and swim for at least 6 months. I was so distraught; I am a runner and love doing so. Well, I took that as the end and gave up; even went back to old eating habits … gaining back half the weight I lost. I had an awakening and realized I didn't want to get back where I used to be so started to get back on track … slowly. I have been released and allowed to do wha... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 08:48:46 EST Charity Miles I found this app that helps earn money for charities. You earn a set amount for every mile you walk, run, or cycle. (About $0.25/mile) I hope that this really works because some of these charities could really use money for research. I earned $6.60 in June. Hoping to earn more in July. <img src=""> Thu, 9 Jul 2015 17:55:12 EST Charity Miles I found this app that helps earn money for charities. You earn a set amount for every mile you walk, run, or cycle. (About $0.25/mile) I hope that this really works because some of these charities could really use money for research. I earned $6.60 in June. Hoping to earn more in July. <img src=""> Thu, 9 Jul 2015 17:54:45 EST New Year traditions and my plan My family had lots of New Year traditions when I was growing up. <BR> We would always go to my maternal grandparent's house on New Year's Eve; not really for the adults to drink or the kids to do fireworks; we just enjoyed being together and it's not like we didn't see them often (we lived in same town within 5 minutes both sets of grandparents and maternal aunt & uncle) . It was fun; we'd listen to music, watch Dick Clark in New York, I would "mix drinks" which involved putting cherries and... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 18:37:04 EST Fall Fitness Frenzy close up Time to recap my BL Challenge <BR> <BR> I made simple goals again; I wanted to get better about my diet: <BR> - track my foods -- goal not met <BR> - have more fruits/veggies in my diet -- goal not met <BR> - limit the coffee or elimintate it completely again -- goal not met <BR> - I wanted to get active again despite my foot condition -- doing some but still not consistent enough to count. <BR> - get closer to One-derland -- actually gained weight <BR> <BR> Well, even though I have no... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 18:50:16 EST Fall Fitness Frenzy Goals Let's see what I can accomplish this challenge; trying to stick with the basics again: <BR> <BR> 1) TRACK MY FOOD! Remember "If I bite it, write it!" <BR> - have more fruits/veggies in my diet, limit the coffee or elimintate it completely again <BR> <BR> 2) GET ACTIVE AGAIN! <BR> - Remember that any activity is better than none. I can't run for a few more weeks, if I can at all this challenge. Saw my Podiatrist on Friday and I have an Achilles Tendinitis <BR> - I can only do non-weig... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:30:58 EST Update on Sizzling Summer Slimdown I made simple goals again: “Eat less; Move around more” and actually Track my foods <BR> I was doing fairly well with this… I suppose; I didn’t really seen any weight loss but I was maintaining my weight so I guess that I was happy. <BR> THEN… <BR> Developed Jogger’s Heel (this is more fun to say then Planter Fasciitis). I have been on “injured reserve” & wearing a brace for the past week. <BR> <BR> I am finally feeling better; not having to walk on tippy-toes for too long after waking... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:29:55 EST Sizzling Summer Slimdown goals I have decided to stick with the basics again: <BR> <BR> 1) actually TRACK MY FOOD! <BR> - have more fruits/veggies in my diet, limit the coffee or elimintate it completely again <BR> <BR> 2) GET ACTIVE AGAIN! <BR> - Remember that any activity is better than none; Try to stick with running twice a week and do a video before work in the morning 5 days/week. <BR> <BR> Just get back to the old tried and true method: "Eat Less; Move Around More" <BR> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 11:02:27 EST 'Spring into Action' update I made easy goals and ended up not even trying; I just stopped caring again; I let "life get in the way". I have to admit that I lost my Spark & I ended up gaining 7 lbs this challenge <BR> <BR> But what did happen: <BR> 1.) I am letting go of the negativity in my life (or at least on a better road to this) <BR> 2.) I pray more (daily); even reading a daily devotional on an App on my phone <BR> <BR> 3.) Lastly, I AM FINDING MY SPARK AGAIN! <BR> <BR> I seem to have forgetten that th... Wed, 21 May 2014 13:56:43 EST 'Spring into Action' Goals I made big goals for myself for the Fall Challenge and BOMBED; then didn't do so great for the Winter Challenge. I just didn't exhibit any Will Power at all and still haven't been doing so great with it. . . . . <BR> <BR> So I have decided that I want to try to stick with the basics again this time around; Go back to the old tried and true method: "Eat Less; Move Around More" <BR> <BR> 1) actually TRACK MY FOOD! <BR> - have more fruits/veggies in my diet <BR> 2) GET ACTIVE AGAIN! <BR... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 18:35:15 EST BL Winter Challenge Wrap up I went with the old tried and true method of weight loss this challenge: "Eat Less; Move Around More" and did neither. <BR> <BR> I started out really well, then Winter & Life hit.... I allowed myself to keep telling myself "I'll do it tomorrow" or "I'll do extra tomorrow" ; allowing myself to fall right back into my old LAZY habits. But I do not consider myself a failure; I will take this as a life lesson and get back on track; Strive to get better. I have done so great so far - lost 55... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 18:18:35 EST Christmas 2013 Our Christmas Eve is always spend with my family and Christmas Day with my husband's <BR> family. This year we just went to my parents on Christmas Eve and didn't do anything with my mom's side of the family (they always have a get-together and due to issues mom and I choose not to attend, but will be the bigger person for New Year's Day) <BR> <BR> My mom goes all out for Christmas and gets everyone what they really want <BR> <img src=" Tue, 31 Dec 2013 14:18:00 EST Winter Warm Up 2013 Goals I made big goals for myself for the Fall Challenge and BOMBED! <BR> So I have decided that I just want to stick with the basics this time around; Go back to the old tried and true method: <BR> <BR> "Eat Less; Move Around More" <BR> <BR> 1) Get back to tracking my food <BR> - have more fruits/veggies in my diet <BR> 2) Just stay active. <BR> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 09:50:39 EST wrap up on 2013 Fall BL I set big/defined goals for myself for this challenge and didn't do great on them at all! <BR> <BR> My dietary goals were: <BR> 1.) stay between 1200-1600 calories/day -- I honestly stopped tracking so not sure how I have been doing on this goal; I can tell in the past week that I have been going over! <BR> 2.) eat at least 4 servings of fruits/veggies each day -- I did fairly well on this one <BR> 3.) limit myself to only ONE caffeine containing product/day! -- I overdid it in the past ... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 15:33:03 EST Was that a "Fist Bump" from the Heavens? This week's BL challenge is to get outside. <BR> <BR> I use my walk/run time to reflect on things and ponder decisions. I don't know if anyone else sees this or maybe I was reaching, but I thought that the heavens was giving me a "fist bump" the other night (look at clouds to the left - it would be an upside down fist but I'll take it) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My husband recently started walking with me in the evenings on the wa... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 16:46:10 EST My Pledge for the BL Fall Challenge I have made the following goals for myself for this challenge: <BR> <BR> My dietary goals are: <BR> 1.) stay between 1200-1600 calories/day <BR> 2.) eat at least 4 servings of fruits/veggies each day <BR> 3.) limit myself to only ONE caffeine containing product/day! <BR> <BR> My Fitness goals are: <BR> 1.) Run at least 2x/week <BR> 2.) ST at least 3x/week <BR> 3.) do Jillian 30 day Shred 2x/week - try to at least advance to Level 2! <BR> <BR> My NSV goal: <BR> be able to run... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 17:40:03 EST Closing of BL Summer Challenge 2013 I set easy goals for me this challenge: <BR> Try to lose 10 of my final 20 pounds - only lost 4 lbs; but better than gaining! <BR> <BR> I wanted to start running again twice a week and start spinning again once a week <BR> thanks to my BFF and son, I am making my running goal (averaging at least 6 miles weekly) have only gotten on the spinning twice this challenge. <BR> <BR> Start doing ST again at least 3 days a week again -- WOW, I am off the mark on this one, still lucky to get one... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 09:35:00 EST Body Measurements & After Pictures (BL Summer Challenge 8/20/2013) Well, it's the end of the Summer Challenge and although I am not at my goal to lose half of the 22 lbs that I had left to lose, I am pleased to report that I have shed some. (4 lbs gone for good) but my arms are still jiggling <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> (I apologize for the picture; took a selfie) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> (I apologize for the pictures; Adam wasn't in to it this m... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 09:04:41 EST Mental Health Word of the Day My personnel manager sometimes shares a "Mental Health word of the day" with us and I thought that today's was a good one & wanted to share: <BR> <BR> "How many of you think about the past? Better yet, how many of you find yourselves living in it? In order to make the best of the life you have you have to be willing to let go of the past. You have to be willing to move forward. Who you are now is hopefully not who you used to be. To make our lives great we have to be willing to let go of the... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 18:21:48 EST Week 3 BL Summer Fun Blog Summer Challenge BL week 3 was all about getting outside; enjoying the summer and getting some FM done. I didn't get out as much as I would have liked but I was able to get my run in on Sunday and Blake took some pictures of me doing this. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Then we spend the afternoon at my Brother's house for his Step-daughter's birthday party. They had a water slide and the kids just loved it. <BR> <img src="http://pho... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 18:49:08 EST Summer 2013 BL challenge update (weeks 1&2) As we enter Week 3 of the summer challenge, I decided to share an update on my current progress: <BR> <BR> I am maintaining my weight & even shed 2 of the 2.5 lbs I gained on Week 1. <BR> <BR> Very proud to announce that I am running again: running at least 4 miles twice a week. <BR> haven't gotten back to spinning yet. I am now able to run for 1 mile before having to walk. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 1 Jul 2013 15:30:08 EST Sun-sational Summer Challenge Goals I have easy goals: <BR> <BR> Try to lose 10 of my final 20 pounds (but will be happy maintaining for now) <BR> <BR> Get back to running 3 miles twice a week (get in 8 miles weekly) & spinning once a week <BR> <BR> Start doing ST again at least 3 days a week again <BR> <BR> <BR> These are the basics (except the spinning) that got me to the point I'm at now so return to what I know works Sat, 15 Jun 2013 18:42:51 EST Body Measurements & Before pic 6/4/2013 Tomorrow is offical weigh in for the Summer Biggest Loser Challenge and our Pre-Team challenge was to take measurements, along with a "before" picture & post it. Then at the end of the Challenge we will do this all over again for comparison <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> (sorry about the middle picture, my son thought it would be funny to take a pic of me brushing my teeth. But decided to use it as one of my 'many' focuses is my upper ar... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 10:17:16 EST looking back on the 2013 Spring BLC I made simple goals this challenge & am pleased for the most part: <BR> <BR> I am pleased to say that although I didn't make my goal weight loss of 8-10 lbs this challenge; I have maintained my current weight - which is a downer but overall I am excited about it. <BR> <BR> I wanted to "Get back on track" by track my foods, stay away or limit the foods I know I don't need or shouldn't have, drink 1 caffeine containing product a day, at least 3 days of Cardio & ST (the ST has been my proble... Wed, 22 May 2013 10:16:57 EST What I have learned? This week's BL Challenge was to read some Spark Articles and Daily Blogs then report to your team what you may have learned. <BR> <BR> During this great journey to health, I have learned a great number of things & the most important thing is MODERATION! Meaning, you can have a chocolate candy, you can have a slice of pizza. . . but all things in moderation. If you constantly refrain from allowing yourself indulgences from time to time, you will never be satisfied & feel deprived, which c... Tue, 7 May 2013 18:23:43 EST Had a loss of Momentum but getting it back <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had lost momentum for a while and was beginning to get really down on myself about it: not doing my fitness like I should, making poor food choices (which I must add was still much better than what they had been in the past). <BR> <BR> I finally realized that I have come too far to spiral back to where I was previously. I have decided to “Choose my Hard” by choosing to continue to work hard with diet and exe... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 18:06:14 EST Never Quit Pledge Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations. <BR> I pledge to treat myself as I would my best friend, because that is who I am. <BR> I pledge to stay in the race and to be a WINN... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 09:37:03 EST Spring Melt Away Goals My goals are simple: <BR> <BR> I want to lose 8-10 lbs this challenge <BR> (only 22 lbs away from final goal - I have come so far already.) <BR> <BR> Get back on track <BR> -- track my foods, stay away or limit the foods I know I don't need or shouldn't have, drink 1 caffeine containing product a day, at least 3 days of Cardio & ST (the ST has been my problem) <BR> <BR> Remember that I didn't get over the 250 mark over-night, nor did I get under the 200 mark over night; it takes time t... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 13:09:58 EST Wrong Jar is empty. . . For now that is! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> **Idea obtained from Pintrest (although it was prettier on the site)** <BR> <BR> I have been struggling with the last 20 lbs of my goal for a while now; my doctor warned me that this would happen. I have in no way forgotten about the 60 lbs already lost; just want to focus on what is my current goal and I decided that I needed some motivation - something staring back at me daily... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 16:56:15 EST My new Home Gym Can I tell you how excited & in Love with the idea of having a Home Gym? <BR> (we set up everything into the extra room of my house to have as a gym) <BR> <BR> we will soon put a TV with the Xbox & Kinect in there too; So I have plenty of room to do my Tae Bo and not run into the couch, Have room to do the Xbox Kinect and not hit the boys bed. Now I want to get Zumba or Biggest Loser for the Xbox so I can try that as well. <BR> <BR> (just have to share the space with some Scout Stuff (sn... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 14:17:19 EST Update on Jogging I hadn't jogged in 1.5 months; since my SP Virtual 5k for Halloween, 10/31/2012 <BR> <BR> I decided that I will get back on track with this; starting my prescribed 3 days/week schedule again. So Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday are dedicated to Running and Monday/Wednesday/Friday will be whatever else I feel (Gazelle, Nike Training Club, Tae-Bo) <BR> along with my ST routine, alternating body parts. I felt so great when I did this in the past and getting back on track with it. I will try to do a... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 16:17:04 EST BL Stress Blog So "Stressed" spelled backwards is "Desserts" <BR> WELL, I DON'T NEED OR WANT EITHER -- (keep saying it to yourself and it becomes true, Right?) <BR> <BR> Stress = Stupid Thoughts, Reasons, and Emotions that Stop Success! <BR> <BR> Our BL Week 1 Challenge is to Blog about stress and plans to set them in action: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My Stress Plan: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> 1... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 14:51:11 EST Reflection on Fall Challenge Week 1 Blog I realized that I was the biggest thing holding me back & have managed to lose 2 lbs in the past 9 weeks. Still not quite to my final goal weight but closer than where I was at the beginning of the challenge. Not only by the decreased number on the scale but by improving my attitude about it. I have come very far & realize this. I am no longer beating myself up about not making the timeline I imposed on myself. It took several years to get where I was before I started this journey; so na... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 12:59:12 EST 2012 Lydia Cancer Assoc Breast Cancer Walk <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This was the Leading Car -- the host of this year's event was a 10 year Breast Cancer survivor. It was a very emotional opening ceremony. She went to another event and saw this car and "just had to" get them to come to their event. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> My SIL and I - I ... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 15:11:34 EST Get Outside Fall BL Challenge My oldest son had a Skills weekend for Scouts. I took pictures of the boys <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Our Scouts practicing for Flag Ceremony - My oldest is holding the American Flag <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tent practice <BR> <BR> My youngest is working on Citizenship portion of his Webelo Badge <BR> <img src=" Tue, 16 Oct 2012 16:02:57 EST Lack of Motivation - 10/02/2012 I just haven't had the drive recently. I am in a funk. <BR> I talk the talk but don't walk the walk. Becoming a hypocrite again and I don't like it. <BR> <BR> I haven't gotten up early at all & have realized the difference. My son has ADHD and takes medication year round. He was on the Daytrana patch until this summer & it would take 2 hours for this medication to get into his system. Hence, I would wake up at 4:30 am to put his patch on so that we didn't have trouble when time to w... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 15:09:02 EST Positives for Fall BLC week2 this week's Limes challenge has to do with being positive; we need to list 3 positives daily for the week. So here are my positives for the week of September 12! <BR> <BR> 9/12: I fought the Gazelle Dust Bunnies and did my 30 mins <BR> I also busted out the Trusty Dumbbells and did my upper arm ST <BR> I fought the evil Thin Mints that my son was eating on the side of me <BR> <BR> 9/13: I made healthy choices when ordering out for Lunch today <BR> We had e... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 18:49:20 EST What is holding me back? Challenge #1 for BL Fall Challenge 2012 is to list 5 things that are holding you back and reflect on something that you plan on working on this Fall <BR> <BR> I am the biggest thing that is holding me back (all 194 lbs of me) ...... Well, me and finances. <BR> - I have 25 lbs left to meet my final goal. <BR> <BR> I am letting my anxiety about our finances control me again. I could go on and on about this but who isn't having or hasn't had these problems. I will find a way to over-come a... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 17:50:41 EST 2012 Turn up the Heat Challenge Closing Note I set simple goals for myself this challenge and Stayed close to my goals! <BR> <BR> 1. NO mindless eating - stay away from the foods that I have no control over eating. <BR> I definitely conquered this - except for that week before my period. I didn't binge as much as I did before this challenge started, but still had some moments. <BR> <BR> 2. Do my 5-6 days of fitness; cardio and Strength training. <BR> I did at least 4 day of fitness and 3 days of ST. My Lunch time ... Fri, 17 Aug 2012 16:56:14 EST BL Challenge 8/2012 - Grateful and Positive influence blog Last week for our BL Challenge we had to post daily about something we were Grateful for and give 2 positives about ourselfs <BR> I am very Grateful - I have my health & healthy children, I have the strength to change things that aren't working for me, I have a great job, I have a roof over my head, I have good kids, I have supportative friends and family (including those on here) <BR> <BR> My problem was the Positives; I just can't "toot my own horn". I just have always a problem pointing ... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 18:41:25 EST 2012 Summer Challange halfway update Time to give an update on my Summer BL Challenge goals: <BR> Wanted to stop the mindless eating : happy to report that I have this under better control. Won't lie to anyone; I do have one horrible week of the month when I have a completely ravenous appetite & I try my best to not indulge. <BR> Wanted to get back to 5-6 days of fitness (cardio & strength) : well this is getting better. I am getting my Cardio in but sad to say that not doing my strength like I'd like but I am doing something ... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 21:44:33 EST Poem to my Spark Friends (borrowed from FaceBook) When I saw this I thought of us; Spark Friends! <BR> We don't "know" one another but yet we do. I am proud to call each of you my friends <BR> and pleased to share my ups & downs of this journey with you all. Because we understand part of what the other is going through <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Thu, 5 Jul 2012 09:56:22 EST Healthy Challenge blog 6-29-2012 So one of my Lime BL Team-Mates posted a challenge for us to pick a healthy habit & stick with it for a week (7 days). I have decided to make sure I have at least 5 servings of fruits & veggies daily, to remember to take my vitamins daily, & LIMIT the sweet snacks. <BR> So far I have done great with these choices: I passed up a Kit Kat all week. We were treated to Roly Poly on Wednesday (delicious healthy wraps - I ate the Monster Veggie ones). We were also given a bag of candy; which I am... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 22:06:14 EST My apologies for the past 3 months As I was emailing a Fellow Lime Team-mate this weekend, I realized that for the past 3 months I have been Half-assing it. (sorry for the language). <BR> <BR> I have been participating with my Teams only half-heartedly - only doing what I had to do to still be eligible for the weekly challenges. Not making my Fitness Goals and not following the Team Threads as pledged: Only making a comment here and there to be able to say I did. <BR> not giving it my all - Didn't even take the time to ge... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 17:13:39 EST 2012 Summer BL Challenge Goals so the Summer BL Challenge started on Wednesday & I am up 8 lbs since the end of the Spring Challenge - I really didn't put my heart into the Spring Challenge. I was so excited and all into the Winter Challenge. I saw the light; I was 15 lbs from my goal and I just slacked off. Don't really know what prompted me to fall into old habits - mindless eating, just not caring if I did any exercise at all; But NO MORE!!! <BR> I am back on the wagon. I have planned my meals and my fitness all ... Fri, 15 Jun 2012 15:50:37 EST 5/25/2012 update on running So I got the time element down (need to be able to jog/walk 16 mins in 4 hours). <BR> Today, I wogged for 38 mins and did 2.5 miles; HOWEVER, I just couldn't jog for longer than 3 minutes. (staying at my current speed I should be able to do it - if I get the stamina down) <BR> I ate different before going today; so I really just think that my current problem is the time of the day that I am going. It was 90 degrees outside and no breeze what-so-ever. <BR> I will continue to do what I am... Fri, 25 May 2012 14:38:59 EST update on my running I have decided today to get serious about my running program. <BR> my BFF and I want to participate in the Rock & Roll Half Marathon in New Orleans, LA on 2/24/2013. This is 16 miles and has to be completed in 4 hrs. <BR> Currently it takes me 35 mins to do 2.4 miles. <BR> I have to get that time better. <BR> <BR> I have been doing Zen Labs c25k program on my iPhone. (great program) <BR> Today was rough; I'm not sure if this was because I had a bigger meal than I should have before runni... Wed, 23 May 2012 17:39:01 EST 10 week reflections I have to admit that I bombed the BL Spring Challenge: <BR> I didn't stay on task with my fitness goals. <BR> I cheated and snacked a lot on things that I shouldn't have. <BR> I also ate much more than I wanted to (mostly on the weekends b/c of my crazy Scout Schedule) <BR> I did maintain my weight during all this, though; but I vow to do better. <BR> I have come too far to allow myself to start backsliding. I will not become what I was over a year ago. Isn't that saying something?... Tue, 22 May 2012 18:28:21 EST