ANGELARPACK's SparkPeople Blog ANGELARPACK's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Blogging for the New Year After joining Weight Watchers and failing to lose weight, I decided to come back here. I am taking a Lifetime Behavior Change class as part of my new major in Public Health. In my class they talked about eating a plant based diet to live longer. Consquently, I thought this was God's way of comfirming to me that I was on the right track. You see, I decided to do a Daniel fast found in Daniel chapter 2 as a way to stay my New Year. As a result, my A1C fail under 5.7 and my cholestrol is 175 w... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 13:25:55 EST Celebrate you It is about 8:00 p.m. I know that I should be doing laundry but I decided to do something else. I am happy to say that I just spent $37 dollars on another manicure. It feels good to just appreciate myself for where I am at now. I love the whole idea of me losing weight (I have even found a Curves close by today. ) but I say love the skin you are in. Go ahead and love yourself. Buy that new lip gloss or earrings. The more you treasure yourself the more likely you will want to try to be your ... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 20:13:33 EST All nighter I had to do an all-nighter last night to finish a Statistic project. It seems like I eat to compensate for sleep. Does anyone else do that? Is there an explanatio for that or am I just using it as an excuse to endulge. I always eat more when I am tired especially high fat/high sugar. I stopped one day about three doughnuts while under stress. I hardly ever eat doughnuts like that. I wonder if the brain is craving food. Just something to think about. Mon, 29 Oct 2012 10:15:52 EST Day 1: Pure Coffee Bean Extract I am trying this pure bean extract stuff starting today. My weight is staying at 334 ish. I am hoping by the end of next week I will be down at least 5lbs. This is what has happen to most people who have taken. If this happens to me, I will be rejoicing. I also have planned to make a pot of beans and a batch of chicken and greens this weekend so I can have healthy dinners all next week. It really takes some planning in order to get a healthier lifestyle. I have just been in a world wind of c... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 09:30:41 EST Completely Off The Wagon I have been under so much stress lately and the late afternoon classes are not helping me to get dinner before 9 so I am laying on my evening meal. On top of that, there is not time for exercise. On a good note, I am doing excellent in class. I got a 96% on my Medical Terminology midterm. I am hoping that the final will be even easier. I seriously have my fingers crossed. Mon, 22 Oct 2012 19:00:39 EST Stubborn Weight Issues I gained 4 lbs since I went on vacation. My body and I are not getting along at all. I am thinking about trying the Atkins Diet. It seemed to work for me. I don't know. You would think that it would be easy for a person of my size to lose weight but my body is under so much stress with school and everything. It is not going to get better because I have midterms coming up in the next couple of weeks. Hopefully it gets better for me again after that. I am know. I am just being hopeful. Wed, 17 Oct 2012 09:26:12 EST Is it Thursday already? I have had a hard week emotionally and mentally this week. I picked up a new job. <BR> Anyway, I fell off the wagon yesterday eating out twice. I am determined to make it through the week without anymore mess ups. I am behind on my work outs. I promised myself I would workout 30 minutes a day. It was a lofty goal. I am praying that I can get some exercise in over the next 4 days. I am hoping for a beautiful week so I can go outside and spend some time. My apartment complex has a outdoor jacu... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 12:44:20 EST Scale Victory I am proud to say I lost a approximately 3.3 lbs this week. That is progress. I am enjoying my fruits and vegetables. I am glad that am not doing Weight Watchers though. It is not about points but about the quality of foods that you are eating. Today I splurged and ate a Pizza Sub with Baked Chips and had a 24 0z drink. I wanted more food but I resisted temptation and walked away. It is not about other people keeping you accountable for losing weight. It is able you personally being truthful ... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 16:40:32 EST I need some help. I joined a weight loss challenge but I just can't seem to get into it. I am under so much stress with school and trying to figure out how I am going to pay my rent in the next couple of month. For those who read this who believe in God, say a prayer for me. I need money pronto. I have a month to get $644.00 in order to pay my rent in November. I am sure that I can borrow but I wish that I could some how earn the money. Please just keep me in your prayers at this time. <BR> <BR> Also, I have... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 19:12:30 EST Well, Life Happened This summer was not the best summer for me. I didn't get to work out. I was quite miserable all summer. I didn't work out at all. I lost my apartment and had to move back to West Virginia for a couple of weeks until I found a new place. I like the new place but I don't have a gym membership with this place but they do have a workout room with weights, treadmill and bike. I joined a weight loss challenge that is supposed to start on Monday. I hope that I will be able to start my exercise prog... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 22:51:13 EST First Day at the Gym In A While YesIterday, I got my new workout clothes from Lane Bryant. Today, I put on my clothes and shimmed on down to the local gym where I have a membership. I actually got on the weight machines instead of taking the easy way out with the bike and treadmills. I only stayed for 30 minutes but I really enjoyed myself. Each machine told you which muscles you were actually working. I found it quite interesting that they gave the scientific words for each muscle. I always wondered how I would use my Ana... Thu, 17 May 2012 18:30:13 EST Motivation <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tue, 15 May 2012 19:26:38 EST God is saying to Rest I don't think that I will be doing any heavy workout. My last semester was stressful that the Lord has said to rest mentally and physically so I probably won't be concentrating on fitness like I want to. Hopefully, it will be ok for me to aleast walk a little. Just keep in your prayers. Here is another motivation picture for yall. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 15 May 2012 19:23:48 EST End of the Semester/Start of a New Me I just finished my 2nd Semester of college. I didn't do as well as I wanted to do. I probably got a 3.2. It was really hectic this semester. Mid semester my brother came down with pnemonia and almost died and then I got kicked off of my psych meds. I ended up quitting school and re-joining a week later. I did the best that could to get a good grade but I ended with a B. <BR> <BR> As far as working out, I just started back this Monday. There is no air conditioning in the building so I got ov... Fri, 11 May 2012 02:32:22 EST 10 Weight Loss Commandments While doing my visual motivators I found this site that had all these pictures so I decided to post this one here. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <em>249</em> Fri, 11 May 2012 02:21:28 EST Zumba I tried my first Zumba class. I did good. I lasted the first 30 and then I did a few other songs too. <BR> <BR> I am rather proud of myself. Mon, 19 Mar 2012 22:47:46 EST An Awesome Turn Of Events I had went to Hong Kong a couple of years ago. I never thought I would have the opportunity to go back to China. One of my friends called me yesterday evening to ask me if I wanted to go to Shanghai with her. Sometimes when we shut one door, the Lord opens another door. Part of my depression has to do with dealing with a particular person. Well, this person is out of my life. I shut the door and now this door an oportunity has opened. How great is our God! I don't have the money to go on this... Wed, 22 Feb 2012 13:54:21 EST It is not what you are eating but what is eating you. I have had a really hard time over the last month with emotional eating. One thing I should not have done was to get off of my depression medication. God does divinely heal. I believe in healing but I also believe in medicine. So as of today I will be getting back on my antidepressant. Maybe my eating will get under control. <BR> For some of us, food is like a drug. You eat to feel better than you feel guilty then you eat to feel better. Instead of eating I need to start talking to my co... Mon, 20 Feb 2012 14:53:37 EST Here comes the bride....not! I have just celebrated my 41st birthday. My eggs are crying for fertilization. I have been waiting on a husband now for 14 years. I kind of gave up on it when one of my friends friends started talking about getting married. I made the mistake of going on David's Bridal. I wanted a wedding dress so bad. I thought if I get it I will be prepared. I have a friend back in West Virginia that has had a wedding dress hanging in her closet waiting for the day that she will get married. It has been ov... Sat, 4 Feb 2012 04:58:45 EST I fell off of the wagon again! I don't know what is going with me. I don't if it a spiritual thing that is happening it is just an emotional attachment to the weight. I don't know but I will start over tomorrow. <BR> <BR> A small victory for me is that I have logged on for more than 20 days today and I have tracked at least 18 days straight. I have learned a lot in the 18 days but I have lost a lot of weight. I know there is not an excuse I have been going through some very weird things. I have been sleep a lot lately. I... Fri, 27 Jan 2012 23:06:20 EST One Day At Time Today was a restful and blessed day. Last night the Lord ministered to me about college. I was taking a Statistics class right along with Anatomy and Physiology. I knew that I had too many classes but I didn't want to drop Statistic or Anatomy. After I realized that I was getting behind in Statistics, I asked myself why I felt like I had to do both of these hard things together. What was the point of it all? It was just like the Lord said Drop Statistics. It is better to do a small amount of ... Tue, 24 Jan 2012 22:42:34 EST Monday. I woke up today in a hurry. I didn't get to eat breakfast like I normally do. My dishes were piled high and my clothes basket is running over still. My life seems to be out of control. That is when my diet went crazy. I went to store and bought two donuts and eat one before I got out of the store. Then I started eating sandwiches. I ate a whole loaf of bread in 24 hours! Three donuts total. My body is rebelling on me because I have not been getting enough carbs. I have been eating too much ... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 20:35:13 EST School is out Today was my last class. I am so glad that I don't have to go to class tomorrow. Hopefully, I will be able to get some kind of a workout in. I promised myself that I would start exercizing three days ago. Maybe I can get all my exercise on Friday, Saturday,Sunday and Monday. What do you think? What kind of exercise would be best for a 325lb woman? I know that Weight Watcher probably messed my metabolism so I probably need to do some weight training of some sort to build my body back up. I m... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 00:21:49 EST Weekly Victories 1. I lost 10lbs this week. <BR> 2. I completed a week on Sparkpeople. I realize that should not be a feat but to me it is. <BR> 3. I met my goal and now I am on level 4 or 5. <BR> 4. This week I will have gotten 500 points in a month. First time. <BR> 5. I have learned that all food counts despite what Weight Watchers tell you. <BR> For example: Coffee is 70 calories. Subway subs meal deals are not a deal. <BR> 6. I have learned that milk and cheese don't have a... Wed, 18 Jan 2012 16:41:17 EST Exercising Muscles and Faith. <BR> I am finding that this tough school schedule is just what the doctor ordered. It is going to take reliance on Jesus in order for me to do well in school. I have been praying a lot lately and studying my Word. Faith is like a muscle if you don't use it it gets weak. For the last six years, I have been on easy street. There has been not a lot of things to really challenge me on a regular basis. School is whipping me spiritually back into shape. I am on a tight schedule so everything littl... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 12:56:06 EST Year Plan I am stressed to the max today. I didn't realize how hard everything was going to be this semester. I am not starting my regular college and bible college in the same semester. The stress will be too monumental. I thinking that I might make a year plan. Maybe by the summer, I will have enough songs to make a C.D. and do bible college. I will have plenty of time this summer to work on both. God didn't say I had to carry a full schedule. Sometimes we get out own ideas about what things are sup... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 18:17:53 EST Impatient The first week of the New Year has almost ended. I have not started a diet. It is like I am not supposed to diet this year. All my goals seem to be spiritual. This year I think that I am going to start making a C.D. this year and I am going to start bible college on top of going to regular college. I am so anxious to get started on my plans for this year but I have to wait until the Lord opens the doors. I believe that it is going to be a awesome year. Fri, 6 Jan 2012 16:01:49 EST Lentils I was watching Dr. Oz about a week ago. He said that Lentils was one of 2012 super foods. I have a bunch a lentils in my house so I decided to try them again. I ate lentils for about a week when Weight Watchers didn't work and I lost 6.5 lbs in a week. I don't recommend that kind of weight loss except in the first week. <BR> Anyway, we coming New Year I decided to turn over a new leaf again. I am going to try lentils one more time. I actually went on SparkRecipes and looked at reci... Mon, 19 Dec 2011 12:55:33 EST Microbiology Final: A Beast I just finished my first final which was microbiology. The study guide for the final was hard but it prepared me for the final quite well since the study guide was easier than the fina tests. Next semester is going to be even harder. I am seriously going to make a commitment to diet and exercise in the next year. I am still trying to figure out what kind of diet is best for me. The exercise won't be hard because I have a free gym membership. It is just getting motivated to do a work out. I ... Tue, 13 Dec 2011 14:22:55 EST Herbalife One of my friends is using Herbalife Supplements and Vitamins. She says she has a lot energy. I am wondering the products that she is taking has Ephedra in them. I personally would rather eat real foods instead of shakes and vitamins. Maybe that is my problem. I know that I am on a fixed income and I cannot afford to spend a hundred dollars on supplements a month. Herbalife is out. <BR> <BR> While I have decided not to take herbalife, I thought maybe I should try a low carbhydrate diet. <BR>... Tue, 6 Dec 2011 00:15:42 EST Thanksgiving Thanks I am thankful for being a live. I am thankful for having a sound mind. I am thankful for my health. I am thankful for being a college student again. I am thankful for living on my own in my state of choice. I am thankful for a good church where I feel the love of God and the Spirit of Christ. I am thankful for a loving and caring family. I am thankful for a gym membership that will come in handy in the New Year. I am greatful my Lane Bryant credit card giving me a larger limit so that I can b... Thu, 24 Nov 2011 09:06:29 EST Belly dancing I had tried to do belly dancing in the past. The subject has come up again until I saw one of my friends who is pagan doing belly dancing. For some reason, she thought it was cool to go on Youtube and dance in a regular bra. I have a lot of respect for people who actually know how to dance this dance in a tasteful way. Belly dancing can be enjoyed as just a dance that you do with your husband. As a christian, I feel that there are appropriate place to do this kind of dance and it is not on ... Thu, 3 Nov 2011 23:21:05 EST Weight Watcher Woohoo! I am back to doing Weight Watcher and losing no weight. I think that I am just going to start exercising a lot. I believe that I lowered my metabolism doing WW for a year. Now that I am on the point system, my body is not trying to give up any weight at all. <BR> <BR> On a different note, I am doing awesome in college. All of my test and quizzes so far have been A's except for in Math. I got a C but it is really close to a B. I will do better next time. Sun, 2 Oct 2011 17:11:09 EST It is me again Lord. I am two weeks into my college classes. My eating is really out of control. Luckily I went to the store and bought almost all healthy foods. There is not really an excuse for me to eat unhealthy. I have been gone a couple of months. What little bit of weight that I got off came back on. I didn't seem to mind it until I saw I myself on camera in my psychology class. I looked like a mountain of fat with a head on top sitting at a desk. I was mortified. <BR> <BR> With my student loan money, I t... Sat, 10 Sep 2011 02:04:47 EST Pushing Ahead I want to thank all my new friends for the encouragement that I have received to stay on here. I have gained a couple of friends. On another note, I am adding more stress to my life. I am moving. The place that I am moving to offers free gym memberships and has a swimming pool. Also they have nice grounds to walk. I am so wanting to get another apartment in a nice place. <BR> I am really questioning some of the things that I have been hearing in church. Someone preached last night an... Wed, 22 Jun 2011 19:03:37 EST Set backs We all have setbacks. Mine has lasted for a month. I thought that I could just get right back on the saddle but it just didn't happen. Part of my problem is that I have been trying to get off of some medicines which affect my moods a little. Also I have been trying out a new church and trying to be faithful to that. Sometimes we have to pick our battles. I did manage to log in everyday this month. I have never done that before so that is an accomplishment. I definitely need to push myself to ... Sat, 18 Jun 2011 00:18:46 EST Do over! I am happy to say that tomorrow I will be getting the internet on in my apartment. I am hoping that I will be able to use this site better since I will have 24-hour access to the computer. I really felt an unction from God to get back online and do some writing and stuff anyway. As far as my diet is concerned I have kind of went awol but I did earn two badges this month. I got a 500 points a month badge and a consistency badge. I was very suprised and overjoyed. I don't really know how you ea... Sun, 5 Jun 2011 20:14:34 EST Carbohydrate Diet Part 2 The Carbohydrate Diet didn't work so well. I think that I need at least a little bit more carbs than what I was eating. I think I am just going to stick to the diet that I have on here. Sat, 14 May 2011 07:34:33 EST Update Life is still beautiful. I realized that I was eating the wrong amount of calories so I know that I didn't lose any weight this week. I think that my weight will come back down soon. Also I have only exercised a few times. Right now, I am away from home which make it almost impossible to eat right. I will get myself back on track on Friday when I make the long trip back home to Tennessee. Mon, 9 May 2011 08:20:49 EST April 7th I am under a lot of stress right now. I could be potientially making the worse decision of my life. I am wanting to go back to school. Sometimes we think things are from God but it is just the devil handing you something you really want. I am starting to see a few things differently. I have been seeing some patterns repeat themselves in my life. Actually, I have seen those patterns in other people's lives. Thu, 7 Apr 2011 04:40:42 EST April Fool's Day I guess you can say that this is my last day of being a fool. I actually was going to keep my furniture which was costing and arm and leg from Aaron's rent. Instead, I took the money and bought a Weight Watcher's scale among other things. I am hoping to have enough to go back to Weight Watcher's sooner than later. Eventually, I will make the dreaded trip to West Virginia to get my bike then I will be on the road again. Fri, 1 Apr 2011 19:32:09 EST Springing Into Action I have been trying to get back in control of things. After I left my fast,it seemed like every habit I gave up came back like a roaring lion. Anyway, it has been hard for me to measure my weight since I don't have a scale. I am thinking of buying a Weight Watcher scale from Target on payday. (They go all the way up to 400lbs. ) It is hard to find a scale for a person of my size other than the Weight Watcher scale. <BR> <BR> Also with the warmer weather, I am going to try to get outside a lit... Tue, 29 Mar 2011 21:18:06 EST Post-fast I hate it now that I broke my fast. I feel like I am back where I started from. I am so unhappy right now. Sat, 19 Mar 2011 08:24:03 EST Week 2 I managed to stay on a partial fast 7 days. I did eat some unhealthy stuff but everything was kept to a minimum. I am happy that I made it 7 days. My other good news is that I tested well on the college entrance exam in English and Reading. The practice test were way harder than the actual test. I also found some help to get rid of a huge furniture payment that has been hanging over me for six months. Yesterday, I actually put on some makeup and looked good. Today has been a truly blessed day... Wed, 16 Mar 2011 13:34:48 EST The new me. I just shut down a blog that I have had for over two years. As I was deleting it, I was taking a trip down memory lane. It seems to me that I have been saying the same thing over and over again for the last three years. I know that I need to change but I do nothing to create change. I decided that this time things would be different. I am 40 years old and it is time to take charge over all of my life. Everything that I do in excess needs to stop. Moderation is key. <BR> <BR> 1. No more late ... 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