APRILBLESS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=APRILBLESS APRILBLESS'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/ Finding my groove... Yoga, Cardio and Archery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4373164 Ok! So I'm finding my groove little by little, but still struggling... <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I still hate being at the gym, and still absolutely HATE working out. (ay yay yay)... I just have to suck it up because I have to get my whole workout rhythm back. <BR> <BR> I really feel like I needed the body rest (you know, as I lost my groove in these past 2 months), but after my medication for the anemia, I realize it was much more exhaustion related. I mean, that anemia left me barely ab... Tue, 19 Jul 2011 17:55:24 EST Speechless: NOT GUILTY & DISMISSED http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4343028 I was having such a good (after 4th of July) day today. Was feeling good and finally feeling like myself again... I even blogged about it an hour ago. <BR> <BR> Now, it is just a memory. I am absolutely speechless by the news of the day. <BR> <BR> Casey Anthony has been found NOT guilt and that @sshole Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been dismissed withOUT bail. Two blatantly guilty parties gone free for the violation of two innocent souls... and a little defenseless girl is gone forever ... Tue, 5 Jul 2011 16:55:14 EST A Little Anemia but Lots of 4th of July!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4342915 <em>28</em> <em>29</em> <em>211</em> <BR> So I already told you guys, I have officially "lost my groove". Still haven't made it to the gym yet.. despite all of your encouraging and "pushing" comments, lol. But have no fear, I'm feeling back to my old self. And will make the goal for this week's workout. <BR> <BR> I've had bouts of extreme, extreme exhaustion over the past two weeks. So much so that one time my blood pressure and heart rate skyrocketed. The other time, every move I ... Tue, 5 Jul 2011 15:52:56 EST Lost My Groove http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4330601 Ladies and Gents and dear friends - <BR> <em>29</em> <em>28</em> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> It's official. I have soooooooo lost my groove! Ha. Where in the hell did it go? I have absolutely no idea...! <BR> <BR> It's been since mid May that I have not been in the gym or out exercising regularly which is highly unusual for me. I feel like my body, though slimmer now, is getting flabby again, lol. Haven't cared to walk, run, hit the weights or anything. <BR> <BR> I am still eating r... Wed, 29 Jun 2011 12:26:06 EST I Got Accepted!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4276421 I got accepted I got accepted I got accepted!!!!!!! <BR> <em>198</em> <em>29</em> <em>30</em> <em>104</em> <BR> OMG - Everyone - Had to share with my Spark fam! <BR> <BR> Picture all week long, me at work, disgruntled and frustrated in my job, in my coworkers and office visitors, dreading the day's work, annoyed by my boss and just not caring anymore in general (about the J-O-B). And so every day for weeks, I've been coming home from work and going to the mailbox looking for a letter,... Sat, 4 Jun 2011 09:36:57 EST Wow... the crazy days of May. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4261409 Wow... the crazy days of May. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <em>29</em> <em>30</em> <BR> I can't believe once again I'm writing about how "I can't believe the month is over!" It's like as I get older, everything is speeding up. Uncool, lol. <BR> <BR> So May was quite a craze of activities as I've slowly pulled myself out of hibernation. Let me see if I can quickly rehash all the activity for an update. <BR> <BR> May::: <BR> 3rd - Had my complimentary Bally's birthday 30 minute personal ... Sat, 28 May 2011 11:20:31 EST Hot Yoga: My Step #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4210891 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l24975636.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm finally, finally, FINALLY at my half way mark. Wow!!! Only took me almost a year and a half...lol. I'm telling you...everyone has their own pace, but me... with too many "up-and-down" scale moments to count, I might be the Slowest Loser of all time. ha... <BR> <BR> BUT... I've finally gotten here. <BR> <em>9</em> <BR> SPECIAL THANKS: To FRUITYCHERRY who showed me the Eat To Live diddy. Check it out, chec... Wed, 4 May 2011 21:48:05 EST FYI: Hungry Girl Food Network Fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4207791 Hi! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> So I love Hungry Girl... someone on Spark turned me on to it. Who was it again?!? Can't remember. Anyway... her food changing recipes have rocked my world. If you don't know about Hungry Girl, trust me, get on it. She's a perfect supplement to our healthy "Spark-a-fied" journeys. <BR> <BR> Talk about changing an over 1,000 calorie meal into 200, 300 tops. It's completely possible! My absolute fave... the Fettucini Hungry Chick-fredo. OMG... so, so good. <... Tue, 3 May 2011 15:54:06 EST My 1st Half Marathon Race Report-FINALLY!*Updated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4205318 <BR> *****Thanks to everyone who's already seen and 'Liked' my vlog. It's the same video, but further updated. Spark doesn't allow same-page-updates for video blogs so I had to post it new. Either way, enjoy!***** <BR> <BR> Ok, so I finally, FINALLY finished my very first half marathon race report. TG! It was one of the most amazing accomplishments I have had in my crazy life. I ran close to 200 lbs, with an ailing knee and with no support, and still somehow crossed the finish line. Yay... Mon, 2 May 2011 16:51:43 EST My 1st Half Marathon Race Report - FINALLY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4192631 Hey check out my updated video blog. Posted 5/2/11 Tue, 26 Apr 2011 20:05:11 EST "Almost Free" Movie Tix! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4059982 Hey people! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I know so many of us are living and creating healthy lives on a shoestring budget...just trying to get by. (Which is why I haven't been to the cinema in AGES as I have instead opted to buy healthy foods and a gym membership...(sigh,"such is life")...lol.) <BR> <BR> So... <BR> <BR> Wanna go to the movies? <BR> <BR> FYI... LivingSocial just offered a really sweet deal...way way waaaay too good to pass up. Had to blog it. 70% off a pair of movie tix fro... Wed, 2 Mar 2011 10:09:18 EST My 1st Half Marathon Tomorrow! It's D Day. In Reflection. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4030712 Tomorrow! <em>198</em> <em>29</em> <em>182</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Ok, as Sunday comes I'm getting more and more nervous. I don't know why, but for some reason I feel like I'm going slightly stir crazy, just not knowing exactly which direction I should go... like a little puppy running around in circles chasing her tail or something...lol... <BR> <BR> In Reflection---------------------- <BR> <BR> February (2010): Started running. Don't remember why, but I hated it!!! Just litt... Sat, 19 Feb 2011 17:16:16 EST Do you know why it's called Valentine's?!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4016440 <em>129</em> <em>26</em> <em>67</em> <em>129</em> <em>26</em> <em>67</em> <BR> Do you know why it's called Valentine's?!?!?!? <BR> <em>2</em> <em>41</em> <BR> I realize that I certainly had no clue, until I heard the story the other day on the radio and was fascinated. It just absolutely NEVER occurred to me to question the origins of the holiday. I mean, wasn't I supposed to be taught this is grade school or something? (lol) Anyway...perhaps because, in the States, it's such ... Mon, 14 Feb 2011 10:28:42 EST Advice?!? --1 Week to 1st Half Marathon! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4015502 OMG people. OMG...(laughing) <BR> <BR> I've got one week and counting. Wow... <BR> <em>198</em> <em>40</em> <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> So, quick entry this week! Today was 6 miles on the training schedule. But to allow my knee to heal, I didn't run with the group. Instead I took to the elliptical machine since it's less stress on my knee joint while still digging in a workout. <BR> <BR> So to the gym I went. And it worked like a charm. <BR> <BR> Mile 1... weak in the knee a tiny bit... Sun, 13 Feb 2011 23:06:24 EST Yikes...2 Weeks to 1st Half Marathon! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4003947 <em>213</em> Hey there lovelies and handsome ones - <BR> <BR> So, last Sunday was the big, big, BIG run. 11 Miles. The biggest one in my training. And once again I was SCAAAAAAARED... (laughing). Plus my right knee was still tender, so that was very concerning of course. <BR> <BR> Here's what happened. <BR> <BR> I got all prepared the day before, psyching myself up and preparing to make sure I finished ok. So I went to the running shop for a few things to try and get as best prepar... Wed, 9 Feb 2011 12:18:00 EST Flamenco... And 3 Wks to 1st Half Marathon! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3978628 It's a new week people. Time is flying... February...what? Already? How!!? <BR> <em>411</em> <BR> <BR> I went out to a flamenco dance class on Saturday night. 1 Hour, 150 cals burned, learning basic form and poise of the dance. <BR> <BR> This is NOT me, just some pics to show you what I was learning. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l571441515.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l441034731.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 21:11:14 EST Motivator, what?!? And Secret Weapon #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3957775 <em>236</em> <em>244</em> <em>100</em> <BR> What?!? I was just notified by SP that I am now a SP motivator. Quite fun indeed, but how in the world does that happen? (laughing) I am quite humbled (thank you my SP lovelies!!!), but seriously... me???.... <BR> <BR> I mean seriously! I must be one of the slowest (weight) losers on the entire SP site! I've got 68 pounds to lose and it's just this crazy up and down, back and forth trip, success failure, success trip...you know? In compari... Mon, 24 Jan 2011 22:00:18 EST 10 Miles Done! 4 Wks to 1st Half Marathon. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3952839 Never in my life would I have dreamed that I could do this. Well, yes, I could dream it...ha... but to actually do it. OMG. <BR> <BR> But... I did it! I made it this morning! Alive and all in one piece. T-E-N looooooooooooong miles! Whew. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> <em>182</em> <em>182</em> <em>182</em> <em>182</em> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I was dreading this run more than all the others for sure just because of the distance. Out of my entire 4 months training schedule, this is ... Sun, 23 Jan 2011 13:21:49 EST My 'Half Marathon Training' Catchup Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3924877 My "Half Marathon Training" Catchup Story... for anyone who cares... (:P) <BR> <em>182</em> <em>182</em> <em>182</em> <em>182</em> <em>182</em> <em>182</em> <BR> <BR> So, I AM TRAINING FOR A HALF MARATHON. <BR> <BR> Can't believe it... <BR> <BR> And still it's so scary to say that out loud. Ha... <BR> <BR> So here's the story thus far. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l548328565.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Back in November, I joined a running group. Paid $1... Fri, 14 Jan 2011 13:13:56 EST Yes! I am training for a Half Marathon. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3916270 <em>41</em> <BR> Hello friends... Happy New Year! Can't believe it. But alas, it's time to attack it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l599048774.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And ... dun du duuunnn....(drumroll) <BR> <em>100</em> <BR> Yes! I AM TRAINING FOR A HALF MARATHON. <BR> <BR> Can't believe it... <BR> <BR> And some of you guys just "smelled" it on me...lol...didn't you?!? I posted that I finished 9 miles last Sunday... and it's so funny how so many of you ... Wed, 12 Jan 2011 00:07:05 EST My October Wrap Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3762414 Ok, ok, ok - my dear friends... I've been "called out" too many times now (lol) - "what happened to your blogs?!?!" <BR> <em>20</em> <em>220</em> <em>41</em> <BR> Weeeeeeeeeeeeellllll......... (sigh, laugh) I've got so much on my mind lately, that it's hard to write right now. soooooooo... (smiling)... I'll be doing the opposite for this time around. <BR> <BR> PICTURES! <BR> <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> :::::::::This is my OCTOBER 2010 WRAP UP::::::::::::: <BR> <BR> This is me before. ... Thu, 4 Nov 2010 17:33:27 EST Update & Food Blog: Kashi Dinner, Chicken Florentine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3647556 <em>67</em> <em>465</em> <em>67</em> <em>465</em> <BR> It is the middle of Semptember!!! How? When it was just July, 2 days ago? <BR> <BR> Anyway... <BR> <BR> ***Brief Update*** <BR> <BR> "Sinus" friend is gone (relieved sigh). Honestly, if she was here without the drama and the sickliness it would have been great, but it just doesn't work like that with her, ever, ha. Trust me, I've known her 7 years now... (smiling) So anyway, I am returning back to peace and harmony, and well wis... Fri, 17 Sep 2010 15:51:40 EST Weekend Good and Bad. Weight Gain Rant. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3634080 WARNING: This blog post is not sunshine and daisies... <em>20</em> <BR> <em>29</em> <em>198</em> <em>30</em> <BR> Had quite a weekend... both good and bad. I don't even know where to start. <BR> <BR> THE GOOD <em>185</em> <BR> Went line dancing, Friday night and had sooo much fun. It was a completely new experience. I went because I was invited by a group and there was a class, so it helped to get me there, you know? There was tons of people there all moving in quasi unison and ... Mon, 13 Sep 2010 14:12:15 EST Blessings - Thanks - and Kashi!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3622438 Hi! <em>213</em> <BR> <em>312</em> <em>311</em> <em>312</em> <BR> This week, shortly after completing my first 5K (yay!), it's back to RUN training again. I am up to the "1 Mile" Runs in my Couch To 5K Program. My energy is lower than normal, no doubt due to the 5K holiday weekend, BUT my body is still going strong. <BR> <BR> This is a huge blessing. I look up to God and give thanks. I have always had a strong, healthy body, but now, it's getting stronger. And so in looking at th... Thu, 9 Sep 2010 15:17:49 EST Spontaneity: My First 5K. DONE!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3611082 So in my spontaneity on the cusp of last Friday, signing up for my first 5k, of which was the very next day, I DID IT!!! Not knowing what to expect, if I was ready, if I could handle it… I just jumped in and signed up… AND I did it, I did it, I did it. Yesssss! I’m still quite psyched. First 5K, DONE….CHECK off the list! <BR> <em>104</em> <em>248</em> <em>30</em> <BR> It was… Saturday, September 4th, 6:30pm EST. <BR> The Publix Family Fitness Weekend Miami Beach 5k Run/Walk. <BR> <B... Mon, 6 Sep 2010 09:51:47 EST Spontaneity: My First 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3602863 <em>40</em> <BR> I just did something absolutely, beyond mad-hatter crazy today... I mean, just BONKERS. Ok, you ready??!? (I sure hope I am...ha.) <BR> <BR> I signed up for my first 5K... and here's the kicker... it's TOMORROW!!! <BR> <BR> WITW?!?!? <BR> <BR> I shall start at the beginning... <BR> <em>102</em> <em>102</em> <BR> So I woke up early today and had nothing of the sort on my mind about no 5K. On top of that, I did a really good run yesterday so my whole body was sore. ... Fri, 3 Sep 2010 07:57:58 EST Food Blog #2: Morningstar Lasagna http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3601248 Food Blog #2 <BR> Another Morningstar Farms diddy... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l728577940.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Once again, I LOVE Morningstar Farms veggie products. And I'm not even vegetarian... ha, ha... go figure. <BR> <BR> So since 2009, MF has been adding onto their product line like crazy. Their newest endeavor has been frozen dinners. "Interesting," I thougt to myself at the grocery store. So I bought two "frozen entree" varieties on one of Publix's "Buy ... Thu, 2 Sep 2010 17:09:07 EST I Biked A Plenty... Again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3593028 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l665672575.jpg"> <BR> So my Miami August *Critical Mass* bike ride is complete! Again, I'm so glad I went. And I almost didn't go just cause I wasn't feeling myself, but the ride always clears my brain. And I almost didn't make it! <BR> <BR> When I left home, I was running late. Fresh on the highway, I'm going 70mph and then *SMACK* right into standstill traffic. Turns out there was a Dolphins game at the stadium that night. Dolphins ga... Tue, 31 Aug 2010 13:35:06 EST My First Food Blog: Morningstar Sweet n Sour Chikn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3589668 Quick blog. A food blog. Never done a food blog before. I hope I'm doing it right...(lol) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l728577940.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I LOVE Morningstar Farms veggie products. I mean, L-O-V-E! And I'm not even vegetarian folks. Not in the least. (I love my meat!) So since 2009, MF has been adding onto their product line like crazy. Like they're going out of business or something....(lol) And I am not hating. <BR> <BR> Italian Herb Chik P... Mon, 30 Aug 2010 15:36:52 EST Damage Control. Look It In The Eye. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3579911 Whew! Getting on that scale again this morning was nerve-wrecking. I have been going through quite an emotional roller coaster and it has been tough on my eating. I've been over eating everything - fast food, cookies and sweets and cheez-its galore. One day I had 3100 cals, eating tons of cookies! Ugh. It was emotional eating, no doubt. Then my scale died, so I couldn't even weigh myself during the fiasco. (((Side note: I wonder if it did that on purpose... just to give me a break or ... Fri, 27 Aug 2010 10:48:21 EST Emotions & My Over-Eating Action Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3550503 So, I am on the fringe again. Exercise is good. Eating baaaAAAD. <BR> <BR> I am going through some ISH that is just wreaking havoc with my emotions. I've been doing really well on SP lately. I'm down 25 lbs. But in real life, it's just like nothing is going right for me. (sigh) Losing friends, losing my resolve, bad situations, struggling, struggling, struggling ALL THE TIME, with little options, and doing all this on my own. I think it's now taking a toll on me. I feel burdened an... Wed, 18 Aug 2010 13:50:02 EST Rain Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3523848 Wow. I am fresh out of a shower after my night's run... and I feel like I am 100% initiated as a bonafide runner. <BR> <em>20</em> <em>104</em> <BR> I absolutely did NOT want to run today. DID NOT! But I didn't have any other exercise planned, so RUN it was. At work, I had to psych myself up ALL DAY in order to get the gumption once I got home. It wasn't working. Then in comes SP friend ABSOLUTZERO, with a spark message, and I'm paraphrasing here, "Hey...get your butt up and let's g... Tue, 10 Aug 2010 23:08:27 EST Funky Monday. But Inspiration Always Comes. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3496749 Had another funky Monday today. Not manic like last time (thank God, lol), but funky. <BR> <BR> My spirit is low, my heart is heavy. All day was just a struggle to keep going. I biked on Friday, and had a blast, and then, boom, it's back to work again. The grind. It gets to me every now and then. (sigh) Ah well! Que sera sera. <BR> <BR> So contrary to what I would have done a year ago, grab some Chips Ahoy and Cheezits and park it in front of some TV, I decided that I had to get my ... Mon, 2 Aug 2010 21:27:34 EST Biking Around The World! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3490666 Biking around the world! <BR> <BR> Ok, maybe not around 'the world' (lol), but it definitely did feel like it. <BR> <BR> All week long I was getting messages about the upcoming MIAMI CRITICAL MASS bike ride that was going on come Friday evening, a huge 16.8 mile cycle route all around the south hotspots of Miami. Critical Mass is a bicycling event typically held on the last Friday of every month in over 300 cities around the world. Google it to learn more. It's a lot of fun, and I highl... Sun, 1 Aug 2010 09:00:15 EST I've Got Room In There! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3483021 I'm just now getting back into the SP thing after a brief hiatus. My hiatus was spent working, working, working diligently as possible on my venture. It's a 24 hour 7 day a week labor of love. Right now I'm in the process of applying for funding, and that is not easy my friends... hence my hiatus. <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> But I'm back and I've noticed a few things... <BR> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>47</em> <em>607</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <BR> The Heat, My Gosh The Heat!!! ... Thu, 29 Jul 2010 16:53:54 EST World Cup Inspiration. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3412234 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l108737677.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Well I am still in World Cup fever...although my own personal fervor has died down a tiny bit... (lol). All my teams have been knocked out of the tournament. France, Brasil, Argentina! Not to mention my admirables USA, Ghana, Germany and Uruguay. Just knocked out. Like, wow. Can't believe it, can't believe it, can't believe it. So now, I am still most definitely enjoying the show, but I am able to watch the ... Thu, 8 Jul 2010 18:17:09 EST World Cup & Fourth of July http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3396127 Oh man! What a week. <BR> <em>131</em> <em>131</em> <em>334</em> <em>131</em> <em>131</em> <BR> WORLD CUP - All the super powers have been knocked out! WITW?!? <em>198</em> <BR> France, Italy, Portugal... Brasil, Argentina?!? WOW. This is crazy. Plus the upset of Ghana's loss. OMG. That was my very first broken heart in the World Cup since I've been watching as a child. USA did great in their very first Round of 16, so I am pleased on that end. Now, my disclaimer is that I hol... Sat, 3 Jul 2010 18:00:08 EST It Was Just One of those MON-days... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3382614 Hello Friends! <BR> <BR> Update. After the weekend, I was suffering from some MAJOR Monday blues! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Had a fun weekend, then Sunday went by way too fast. Then I fall asleep, and poof, it's Monday. <BR> <BR> Didn't want to get up. Didn't want to brush my teeth. Didn't want to put on any clothes. Didn't want to put on any shoes. Didn't want to get in the car. Didn't want to go to work. And sooooo didn't want to BE AT WORK. (laughing) Ugh. You know what I mean? <... Tue, 29 Jun 2010 13:17:42 EST Still In It. World Cup! Get Excited. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3364305 Ok. World Cup 2010 South Africa. <BR> <em>131</em> <em>131</em> <em>131</em> <em>131</em> <BR> My Teams? France, Argentina, Brasil, Germany, USA and South Africa. Special team I've noticed, Uruguay. <BR> <BR> France is out. They played awful this year. Argentina - In! Brasil - In! But not playing up to par, I must say. Germany - In. South Africa, host country - Out. Unfortunately, but they went out with a bang winning 2-1 to France. Uruguay - In. USA - In!!!!! <BR>... Wed, 23 Jun 2010 18:00:40 EST Summer Time Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3359147 It's finally SUMMER! June 21st was the official date. It's my second favorite season of the year. Lots of sunshine and summer thunderstorms which Florida is notoriously known for. I mean almost everyday, like clockwork, the sky turns an electric purple and the most brilliant lightning shows occur. It's as gorgeous as it is dangerous... or at least to me it is. I remember when I was living in New York City, that was the thing I missed the most...the summer thunderstorms... <BR> <BR> <im... Tue, 22 Jun 2010 10:15:13 EST World Cup, baby!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3327307 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l416261076.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I believe every female should have a sport that gets her mind going, her blood boiling and her heart racing. Something she can expend her competitive energy, passion and fun spirit on. It's another way to learn just a little bit more about yourself, you know? <BR> <BR> Some are born with this knowledge and know they were meant to cheer on every football match possible, or be front and center to view every Olym... Sat, 12 Jun 2010 14:10:28 EST My Over-eating ACTION Plan. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3311392 I'm telling you... I honestly don't know how I even functioned without my iPhone back in the day...lol. Seriously! <BR> <BR> With this piece of technology in my hand I am one productive lady. Namely, I track my food, exercise and water intake like the wind with the SparkPeople app. I'm so incredibly busy and all over the place that without my iPhone and that app, I don't think I would be as "SP Successful" as I have been. <BR> <em>9</em> <em>248</em> <BR> Another thing I do is write c... Mon, 7 Jun 2010 21:39:10 EST The Swimsuit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3294272 I am not a picture person. But for some reason, I asked someone to take this one. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l642351843.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Last week, in preparation for the long weekend and barbecues and beach fun, I went to the store to find a bathing suit. I did so because I had an invitation for a beach picnic and unfortunately the swimsuit I love to death no longer even slightly fits. I haven't worn that bathing suit comfortably since 2005, and so I ha... Wed, 2 Jun 2010 20:36:20 EST Fighting Back. Those Same 5 Pounds. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3280417 All right! <BR> <BR> You guys know my struggles with this ridiculous stubborn scale at 199, 199, 199... since March mind you. I dream of the 180's...you have no idea...(lol). <BR> <em>43</em> <BR> So, I took note of everyone's advice from my last blog which was an overwhelming declaration of the same things. <BR> <BR> #1 - Lose the scale. <BR> #2 - Don't go under calories. <BR> #3 - Change up the routine. <BR> #4 - And measure, measure, measure. (To track other successes) <BR> <BR> O... Sat, 29 May 2010 18:10:42 EST Psyche Out The Weight Gain!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3269355 People (sigh) <BR> <BR> I have gained back four, almost five hard lost pounds. uuuuuUGH!!!! How? Why?!!? ---- Who? What? When? lol... I don't know! (hands up) <BR> <em>28</em> <BR> My goal was to lose three more pounds last week, but instead I gained. I was 195.4 aiming for 192 last week...But I ended up back at 197. Now this week I'm back registered on the scale at 199.8. So the difference is 7 almost 8 pounds for my goal last week. And missing that particular mini goal was lik... Wed, 26 May 2010 09:16:53 EST I Read My Sparkpage Every Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3242116 I didn't realize this, but now that I'm uber focused and just in straight up "attack mode" with my weight loss plan, I actually read my own spark page... every day. <BR> I never really quite realized that. <em>198</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I put a lot of work into every word. But the funny thing is I hadn't quite yet taken it inwardly to heart all together at once. Yes, bits and pieces, but not all completely together. <BR> <BR> But now I do! <BR> <BR> So I read my spark page and ame... Tue, 18 May 2010 10:10:49 EST I'll Take It. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3234566 Yes, yes, yes. I'll absolutely take it! I'm telling you... this goal setting thing really works... who knew?!? (lol...) <BR> <BR> Back in March, I'm telling you that scale was just NOT budging. It wasn't even thinking about it. 199. 199. 199. You remember...I talked about it in my last blog. Mid March, 199. Late, March 199. Mid, April 202. Late April, 199. Early May, 199. It was BEYOND aggravating. <BR> <BR> My body was maintaining nicely and my clothes did feel looser and looser duri... Sun, 16 May 2010 09:31:23 EST FINALLY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3225321 Ok. I said on my sparkpage that I would blog again one day. I guess today is the day! Yay… <BR> <BR> Announcement. Plateau FINALLY busted! <BR> <BR> OMG this feels good. I've been stuck teeter tottering between 202 and 199 lbs since Mar 9 this year. witw! (that's my new IM for "what in the world"). I mean seriously. I would get on the scale and see 199 almost every single time. I grew to sincerely hate the number...lol. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I finally, finally did it. Cracked the s... Thu, 13 May 2010 10:20:32 EST a "forgiven" letter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2608705 Ay yay yay. <BR> <BR> After almost two months of not tracking my food, plus moving an hour away (which is always awful) and slacking on my weight training, I'm back up eight pounds. <BR> <BR> (sigh) (big sigh) (and yet another SIGH) ...lol... <BR> <BR> Alas. I have remained a regular in the gym, doing cardio at least 2-3 times each week. And I have kept off 8 pounds successfully. So, I prevail. Plus, I am still going strong on my "Fast Food Fast." 125 days! Four entire months...... Thu, 3 Dec 2009 22:54:26 EST The Scale Has Been Sabotaged. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2511661 The Scale Has Been Sabotaged. <BR> <BR> I gained 3 pounds this past week. I'm pretty sure the scale has malfunctioned. I mean seriously.... it's been compromised...sabotaged! And who would do such a thing?! <BR> <BR> (laughing) Well turns out, that "who", is me. I'm so ticked. (laughing) Set it back three pounds. The pizza and the almond clusters and the chocolate covered almonds is, I guess, what did it. Hmmm... <BR> <BR> And you know what? <BR> <BR> I thought I was doing so we... Tue, 27 Oct 2009 09:23:59 EST