ANGELN325's SparkPeople Blog ANGELN325's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Last week's nature walk I wanted to post this last week, but was so tired, but still wanted to share as I've always loved when others shared their hikes. Last weekend the weather was perfect to explore this place: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had never been here before. My parents always took me to the Botanical Gardens, but I learned it existed through Caley's school and my interest peaked when a friend went there and posted pictures. ... Sun, 23 Jul 2017 09:43:54 EST Trying to get motivated All the injuries definitely has me unmotivated to hit the gym like I know I should, but I've been hunting and looking for stuff to do in my chair or that are low impact and have gone swimming. My motto is something is better than nothing. I've been so inspired by my Spark Friends who started out just walking around their kitchen table or lifting shampoo bottles to start with that it makes me realize that I can start small too. It's not a competition. My whole goal and purpose is to develop a ... Sat, 8 Oct 2016 10:42:06 EST My spirit is renewed I don't do many blogs anymore as the last two years have taken their toll on me and that has shown on the scale. Even now, I still struggle to get to onederland, but I'm keeping my resolve that it will happen. Caley and I went to visit with family on our 2016 vacation and we had a great time. Saturday was a trip up to the first uncle and aunt's home where we visited and saw their new puppy and played with their dog. Then on Sunday was the trek to the final destination of the other aunt and un... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 15:14:28 EST Almost to onederland! Yesterday was a very exciting moment for me. I stepped on the scale and saw 200 register. there used to be a time, I wouldn't have gotten excited about that because I'm basically back to the highest weight I ever once was when I first got pregnant with my daughter. During my pregnancy, I only gained 7 lbs which made a lot of women jealous, but I was very heavy and didn't need to eat for 2 so I only gained how much my daughter weighed about. She was 7 lbs and 14 oz. So naturally afte... Sun, 22 May 2016 12:28:38 EST Sick of injuries and acceptance. As I recover from another two injuries, I've been reading a lot of articles about them and realize that I'm making mistakes. I'm doing too much at once and I need to step back and find out what is a realistic goal for me. I know others have been in the same boat and I need to find my happy medium and trying to find out what that is. My elbow is not 100%. Certain moves hurt with no weights. I'm thinking once I can move it and ready to strength train, I will have to start on soup cans or someth... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 11:29:29 EST I'm featured!!!! Who would have thought when I started this journey that I would ever be one of the Spark Members featured on Spark People? Not me! I just thought what an awesome way to help me reach my goals. I have found many, many Spark Members who've inspired me, grew me, and made me question long held beliefs. Little by little, I've changed and when it seemed like no payoff was coming of it, you have all rallied behind me, urging me on to keep pushing, keep going. I'm changing on the inside you tell me. ... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 16:45:57 EST Ready for February! January I joined a gym and got with a fitness trainer who setup a workout plan for me focusing on building strength so I can stop getting injured. It has really helped. I remember when 3,000 steps was an impossible task because of my ankles and now I'm walking more than 3,000 without any pain thanks to inserts in the shoes. <BR> <BR> So last night I changed my new step total to 4,000 to see how I do with working towards meeting that goal. It will be awhile before I go more than that because... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 05:06:51 EST I'm so appreciative of my Spark Friends I know I did a post similar to this last month, but I can't help it. I'm so grateful to you guys. Up until now, living a healthier lifestyle was something I did on my own. Not anymore. I have some wonderful spark friends who motivate me in ways they can't even imagine. Plus I'm so thankful for all the tips I get. I was thinking today how I can get more water intake and then I remembered a tip that I had forgotten about. A straw! That really helped me last time when I was drinking more water b... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 08:54:22 EST Proud of me As some of you know, I hurt my back shoveling snow Saturday. It was the heavy stuff and that flared a reaction. I've had this happen enough times now that I went straight to stretching and ice therapy. I'm not 100% and still have stiffness and soreness, but I'm not walking hunched over so much. I'm very proud of myself for not letting this stop me. I've still shoveled snow that fell on Sunday and this morning. I'm still going to go to Planet Fitness and sign up and while I won't be able to wo... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 13:47:35 EST Hello 2015! I hope everyone is still in good spirits. For me, the New Year is like a new book being written. I'm not a big New Year's resolutions person, but I'm a huge goal setter and that can happen at any point in the year. With my daughter and I getting over our illnesses, I'm starting to gear up to resume my goals: <BR> <BR> 1. 15 minutes of decluttering. This was how I got the scale going down in November and mainly December. I was just trying to get order and it had an effect on the scale as well... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 06:40:06 EST Hope you all had a Merry Christmas For those who celebrate Christmas, I hope it was Merry and Bright. My daughter and I got sick this week so we've been focusing more on getting better than anything, but we did capture a little of the joy of Christmas. Santa still came. She's opened a few of my presents and we've eaten a little here and there. When we're both well, I will make a wonderful dinner for us. I got to work today and it will be hard because my nose won't stop running so I will be hoping for a slow day so I can just s... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 08:24:21 EST A special Thank You to all my Spark Friends! As you know, I'm having a hard time with the news of my uncle. After losing 3 family members earlier this year, this is very disturbing to me that I might lose another. The information I get keeps changing and Saturday my aunt said that when she talked to him that the doctor told him that he does not have the normal, slow moving Prostate cancer. He has this rare form that moves faster and is already at stage 4, but he must be healthy enough now because after they remove the prostate, he is go... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 06:41:30 EST Whew! Found out I misunderstood the update on my uncle. I heard my dad talking to my cousin when I came home last night and started grilling him about his baby brother/my uncle. They don't know if the tumor in his back is cancer (how I heard shoulder, I don't know). The tumor in his face which was biopsied is not cancer, but they haven't biopsied the ones in his back yet. They are hopeful that they are not cancerous though because they have not gotten larger. I'm so praying that this is the case be... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 16:12:48 EST Rough day, but handling appropriately. Today has been a hard day. I'm mailing out my Christmas cards and since I lost 3 family members this year, that pain is coming back to sting me. Also I got more information about my uncle who's beginning his fight with cancer. It's already in the advanced stages as it's spread to his shoulder and he may have it on his face. I feel like I've been sucker punched. I lost three family members earlier this year in 3 months and when I first found out about my uncle's start with prostate cancer, I w... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 15:46:45 EST I think this lunch box will do nicely! Had plenty of room in my new lunch box! Was able to pack some broccoli to go with my lunch, an apple, and some canned pears. Loving this! Mon, 8 Dec 2014 18:20:37 EST I'm holding my ground. After reaching a new high and then bringing it down a bit, I'm holding my ground. This is actually progress for me. The holidays is generally when I gain at least 10 lbs. With me gaining before Thanksgiving even showed up, I knew I couldn't continue on this path which helped me lose all my excuses of why I can approach the holidays with reckless abandon. This is actually a great time to learn some new lessons. My lunch cooler was falling apart so I got myself an early Christmas present, a new... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 15:05:10 EST Happy Thanksgiving! I'm hoping for all those who live in the states that as you get ready for the holiday, whether celebrating on your own, with a few loved ones, or with a big group of people that you take a few moments to reflect on all the things that you are thankful for. One of the keys to being happy is to focus on what we have instead of what we don't have. <BR> <BR> So here's my list of things that I'm thankful for: <BR> 1. I'm here and still have my health. Every day that I'm alive and breathing is a ... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:03:28 EST On the road to recovery hopefully I've been kind of MIA. My last blog was in September. I've been very focused on getting a new adventure started. That occurred on Halloween day when the company I've been working as a temp for offered me a permanent position. So that has been one less stressor off my plate. <BR> <BR> All that was left then was to tackle my ankle issue. It's been a long hard road, but with the right socks and inserts, I'm finally starting to make some strides. Hoping this sticks and I can start working back ... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:39:46 EST Happy Labor Day weekend I wanted to wish everyone in the US a great holiday weekend. This Labor Day will have significant meaning to me for several reasons: <BR> 1. I used to go up north Labor Day weekend and spend time with my Uncle George, but he is no longer with us. <em>39</em> So it will be sad for that reason. <BR> 2. I'm working as a temp so I work hard and without benefits. I'm happy I will have off that Monday, but it will be without pay. <BR> 3. I'm working hard towards my goal to be healthy. This will ... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:41:40 EST Day 2 and feeling good. So I've done 2 days of the probiotic and 2 days of the orange smooth and today I tried one of the bars (lemon cranberry) and so far, I'm doing good. I've not noticed anything significant yet, but I'm not feeling bad either. I don't care for the lemon/cranberry combo, but I love how big the cranberries are in the bar. I wish it was just a cranberry bar! Luckily, the lemon isn't too strong and while the bar seemed small, it was very satisfying. My ankle is still healing, but at least my arches ... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:18:36 EST I'm so excited!!!! <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> Tonight when I came home, I noticed a package on my door step and it was from SparkPeople. I opened it up and I was selected to try out some products from Metamucil. I had put my hat in the ring, but it had been awhile back and kind of forgot about it, but when I opened the package up, I instantly jumped up and down for joy ( ankle hasn't healed yet)! I have a 30 day supply of 2 of the products which I have to do for 30 days and then I have another produc... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:38:59 EST I found this today and I had to share! I was commenting on a person's wall when I found this comment and I absolutely love it so I had to turn it into a blog as motivation for not only me, but all of us! The only thing I changed was the emoticons because those didn't copy over and so I added my own flair there. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> L - Little by little does the trick! <BR> <em>194</em> E - Every choice is important. <BR> <em>306</em> T - Trust yourself. <BR> <em>486</em> S - Stumbling is not falling. <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 05:52:43 EST Back to your regular programming. This week was a hard week, but I got through it and realize if I want to make grounds in my health realm, I need to deal with this ankle issue. It's getting worse. Now even my good tennis don't protect me if I walk too much. I had my ankle elevated with an ice pack last night and going to take ibuprofen today. My mission is to get me an ankle support that I can wear all the time. Something I can slip over like a sock and if that is not enough to get some better supports in my shoes. Wish me l... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 10:26:03 EST Things are about to get real. If you are the type of person who doesn't like intense, dark discussions, WARNING: Do not read this blog! <BR> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Go find a happy blog of someone's success or someone who is struggling with their healthy lifestyle, and just needs a little support. This is a cleansing and is very necessary for my own journey. I will not feel offended if... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 19:05:18 EST What a blah day until... Woke up this morning tired and with a runny, stuffed up nose. Basically feeling miserable. Great...either my allergies are bothering me or I'm getting sick. So my day was already off to a bad start. Then I find out Robin Williams died and they are saying possible suicide. He was such a funny, talented comedian whose demons finally overpowered him. Just so sad so was very sad about that. Then I'm thinking of some of my own problems and how I'm going to get through my day. I was very mopey toda... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 18:54:33 EST No bronze for me this week. I was in a rush to get out of the house today so my Spark Activity Tracker did not make it out with me. Does anyone else who wears one of these feel incomplete without it? When I'm swimming, that's one thing. It's not water proof, but when I'm at work, I want to know how many steps did I walk. Did I get up often enough throughout the day? <BR> <BR> Oh well, I don't have it so I decided today would be my light activity day at work at least. When I get home will be a different story when my S... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 11:38:08 EST I went for a little test run today. I decided to go for a little walk on my lunch today just to see where my ankle was at with the healing process. I'm happy to say I made it, but I'm not 100% yet. I had to slow my stride mid-way through the walk. I'm doing these ankle strengtheners and I'm hoping between that, trying some different cardio, and little walks here and there will keep me on the path to recovery. I only trust my good tennis for any "official" walking. The better shoes I got are okay for this job it appears, but I d... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 18:41:37 EST I'm a hero? That's what the card my daughter gave to me said last night. I was her hero. Those words took me totally by surprise. Me. Me? How could that be? How did this become so. I've never seen me as anything other than an ordinary person with strong determination. A hero? <BR> <BR> I sat and thought about it for awhile and despite my struggles, I do have some things to be proud of: <BR> <BR> 1. I do not give up. No matter how bad the outcome looks. No matter how many times I fall down. I pick mysel... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 16:59:13 EST Fired up and more determined than ever. I got on the scale yesterday and *gasp*, I'm over the 200 mark. 202 to be exact. This is the highest I've ever been excluding my pregnancy weight with Caley where I was 207. I was like "Oh no! This is not happening. Ankle injury or not, I'm going to turn this around." I went for a bike ride with my daughter and then went and got myself a hopefully better pair of shoes for work because I noticed when I wear my good tennis shoes, I do not have any ankle issues. It's just when I wear my work sho... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 15:45:48 EST What the heck is wrong with me? I've been so tired this week. I barely got my strength training in Monday, cardio didn't happen yesterday, and the most I've done with my abs is just suck my stomach in throughout today. I thought maybe I wasn't hydrated enough, but took care of that issue. Still tired. Thinking I'm going to go to bed earlier tonight and see if some good sleep does the trick. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:38:59 EST Not letting the tired stop me. This week I've been so drained. I guess this weekend kicked my butt. However, I did manage to do strength training yesterday. Not for as long as I wanted to, but it's a start! That's what I tell myself. I just need to start and see what I can do. If it's 5 minutes, well then, it's better than no minutes. Also, I know from past history that 5 minutes will become 10, 10 will become 15 and so on. So when my lunch time comes, I'm going to find a routine I can do in my chair. I don't have my good ... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:31:54 EST What a weekend! This weekend was truly wonderful, insightful, and well...motivating! Friday night I took Caley to a Brewer's game. It was a Girl Scout event and fan appreciation night. Doesn't get better than that! Thanks to us sitting with other Girl Scouts, they made sure we didn't miss out on getting our free Brewer's shirts! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The walking up and down the stairs in my work shoes wasn't too good though and my ankle was re... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:27:12 EST Can't wait for Tom to leave. I'm in the crampy stage. It came early so I was unprepared with medicine. Everything is cramping, including my legs. I think I will go for another short walk since my ankle hasn't fully recovered. Hope I'm not like this at the ball game tonight. Ugh! Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:49:22 EST I hate TOM. The first time I saw or heard of TOM on SparkPeople, I was like, "Who is this dude?" Then I came to realize what it stood for and thought, "Pretty clever." Well, lately I've begun to hate TOM. I know when he's coming. I get emotional and I hate it because it takes all I can to stay positive and at peace as it is. I find myself letting things go in one ear and out the other while still giving me time to grieve for the family members I lost this year, the job I miss, and of course, pray. Howeve... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:50:58 EST The adventures of ankle recovery. This weekend, I did not want to be stopped or limited due to an ankle injury. Where I live, nice, hot weather is around for a limited time and we have to make the most of it. Plus the coupons that Caley earns from her summer reading program expire so every weekend is action packed and precious. There are no weekends to lie around and wish away injuries. So I setup a game plan as I wanted to knock out 2 coupons this weekend. <BR> <BR> Saturday we went to the zoo as the weather was perfect. Wa... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 07:55:59 EST Woohoo! My ankle is healing. I can walk for small periods of time without any pain. This is so awesome, but I know I won't be able to return to my walks during my lunch just yet. I have to continue to let things heal and then come up with some kind of return plan until I get back to my bronze level of steps. I think this week, I will look and see how many steps I get these next 2 weeks for a base line number and then I can work on setting some goals to work towards my bronze level again. <BR> <BR> It was nice being abl... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 05:36:42 EST Sync spot is back online. Wish my ankle would do the same now. Even though I've been listening to my body, somehow I hurt my ankle? My feet were sore on Friday so I changed to my good tennis and that helped...No issues. I didn't do anything crazy Saturday or Sunday so how come when I step out of the car on Monday to take my daughter to school, I can hardly walk. I do feel soreness in my hamstrings and back so I've been stretching to relieve that, but I can barely walk on my right ankle. The pain is in the back part where the hamstring attaches. When I ca... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 06:07:19 EST This Motivation brought to you from Spark People I have found a new form of motivation. Lately, I have been earning a lot of trophies from Spark People. Sometimes I know how to earn them, but sometimes they are trophies I didn't know existed, but I love those little guys. I know I can't put them on my shelf, but they are on the site which is in some ways better because my house is cluttered enough as it is! So these are perfect and so needed because my aunt finally lost her battle to colon cancer. This is now 3 family members cancer has tak... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 09:59:37 EST How far I have come... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Scotmama did an excellent blog titled Sometimes it's the little things. She detailed all the changes that she incorporated since joining with SparkPeople and encouraged us to share ours. Naturally, I did and she told me that my comments would make a good SparkBlog of my own so I thought...okay! So, here it is. All the changes I've seen happen since joining Sparkpeople: <BR> <img src=" Mon, 30 Jun 2014 06:00:33 EST Goal accomplished I made bronze yesterday so my goal will to stay in the bronze level this week and for the next few weeks and then I will shoot for silver. So today when I saw dismal steps on my tracker, I was a little bummed at first, but then I thought sometimes the steps do not show the full story. I mowed my lawn today, weed whacked my trim, and did my gardening. Obviously these things did not generate many steps, but I worked my body hard and in the end, that is what counts. So now it's up for the rest o... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 20:51:46 EST It's decided...I love my Spark Activity Tracker! As with any new tool, it takes a bit to decide if the relationship will be a love or hate one. At first, I wasn't sure. There was a couple of days that I forgot to wear it all together, but then I got into a routine and have been pretty consistent wearing my Spark Activity tracker. I got the colored one so it's noticeable so I do get questions about it, but it's really no big deal. I wear it on my shirt because I've worn pedometers on my pants and then they fall off when I'm in the restroom s... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 18:28:28 EST I got one! Sparkpeople finally gave me an offer I couldn't refuse and I finally broke down and got me the Spark Activity tracker. It came right away too. Had a lot of fun setting it up last night and today was my first day wearing it. I was a little ambivalent if it was really tracking what I was doing, but when I got home, it did synch and I got to see what I did. This is so cool and will save me some time and definitely motivate me, and I got the free DVD so can't wait to check it out. I'm sparking no... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 00:03:08 EST I'm so proud of me. Sometimes on the weekends, I like to really push myself because I have more time so I like to do fun things and enjoy life. Generally that is followed by a few days of soreness and I end up having to really scale back my exercise or rest all together. This weekend I rode bikes with my daughter. (She can finally ride without training wheels...yay!) We rode to the park by her school and took a break and then visited at someone in the area and then did the trek home. I'm definitely out of shape ... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 17:39:41 EST The battles inside my head. I understand that part of this journey is to be brutally honest about what is going on inside my head. I was reading an article about what makes some people successful with losing weight and what makes other people (like myself) not. I think the 2 that have been my killers is motivation and approach. I fixed one...approach, but now I have to make sure that motivation stays intact and hence, why I'm blogging about the biggest battle going on inside my reasons for why I want to lose t... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 06:35:33 EST Finding myself again. After a very bumpy first half of the year, I'm finally starting to find myself again and reflect on my goals and what I want to accomplish. My exercise program is starting to find traction. I'm pretty much working out daily at various levels. Sometimes it's an intense workout by my standards and sometimes it's light activity or a lighter workout. I definitely have more gains to be made in the cardio area but I'm getting stronger and need to keep up with my weight training if I don't want to l... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 11:34:38 EST Frustrated, but not giving up. Well, I decided to weigh myself to see how working my new job is doing for my healthy habits and my weight has gone up! No problem. I will take my measurements to see if I should really be concerned. Gained inches in 3 places. I was so devastated. This is what has stopped me in the past from continuing. It has never been the scale. It's been working out, cutting calories and seeing no positive changes. Then working out harder and making more changes just to see no benefits what so ever. I was... Mon, 12 May 2014 07:40:02 EST When the tough gets going, I keep persevering. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This has been a rough year, but I'm so proud of me. Usually a year like this would mean weight gain for me, which would have been devastating because I would have reached a new high on the scale if that happened. While I'm not doing as well as I envisioned myself in the beginning of the year, I'm doing great considering the circumstances. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 27 Apr 2014 15:48:33 EST This is why I exercise Today was my womanly physical and when the nurse took my blood pressure, she came back with 116/72. I was so excited! The top number has never been that low and while the bottom number used to be 70, it was creeping up to 80 so seeing it come back down was great! My doctor was very pleased with my exercise program and wants me to keep up with the good work. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm so proud of me. Every day this week, I've b... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 21:56:21 EST Feeling like I'm on the right track. For the first time ever, I feel like I'm heading in the right direction. It's not like I'm seeing any huge successes this year. It's just a feeling, a change in attitude that says this journey will be different from the rest. I've been focusing and committing myself to small changes and not moving in my usual let's get through this ramp up quickly, then feel overwhelmed and discouraged because there is no progress with this approach. Instead I'm trying to master a few things and slowly ramp u... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 12:27:22 EST Bumps in the road are to be expected After staring off pretty strong, losing 4 lbs, and doing my first fitness test, I had my first bump in the road. This week has been a struggle to meet my water on a consistent basis and exercise. It seems like I have so much on my plate and after awhile I just collapsed. However, I'm not giving up. I just looked at the events and said what am I going to do about it? Well, for one thing, I decided that I will track only the things I'm trying to implement so the most important things I do is tr... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 21:25:43 EST