ARABIGAL's SparkPeople Blog ARABIGAL's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community End of Week 4 I am proud to say I have stayed the course and have lost 14 lbs. This past week was so full of sadness for me that I know I did not eat like I should. Days went by with nothing to eat but water. I am an extreme animal lover and I had to give up one of my rescues due to tension with the rest of my dogs suddenly. I know there are measures that could be taken to isolate her but right now all my energy is being sucked out of me by my job and another dog I have has cancer and only days to live. I ... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 07:33:23 EST Sometimes it is hard not to eat when your emotions are running hot. One of my main reasons I lost my motivation this past year is the addition of a new boss at the lawfirm I work for. Not only is she the most micromanaging thing I have ever run across, she talks down to me like I'm some kind of idiot. I am constantly working myself to death. I really need to find another job but unfortunately, due to the economy, it doesn't look like that is going to happen. Thank God I can walk off some steam. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:06:22 EST Never ever give up! Last week after stepping on the scale, I had a huge wake up call to how my eating had gotten out of control. There was no lying. I had become a food-a-holic. I could blame it on my past misfortunes, my history of never believing I could attain a goal, etc. But this time I realized that no matter what the excuse, I had to quit making excuses and do something. After all, I wasn't getting any younger. A friend told me he had lost 30 lbs. and that he no longer "lived to eat, but ate to live." In ... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 07:22:01 EST It's a New Year.... 2014 will be my year. If I don't change and learn to take time for myself, I never will. This will be my year to do just that. Tired of being sick and tired and stressed out. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 06:52:09 EST Starting over again! From October of last year until just last month, my life has been filled with health issues. Everything from the flu, respiratory infections, pre-menopause, you name it, I've had it. In combination with that, the addition of a new attorney in my office (this makes 2), my stress levels have gone through the roof and so have my eating habits. I get so mad at myself for failing in the weight loss area and that doesn't help the situation. <BR> <BR> I have decided beginning April 1, I need t... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 06:26:01 EST Missing from Spark Hi all my Spark buddies: <BR> I've been missing in action for about a month now. Started in October when my boss came to work and gave us all the flu. The actual flu lasted 1 week but the constant coughing and chest problems lasted another 3 wks. Needless to say, exercise was not part of my daily activity. Then, after getting rid of the flu, I contracted a horrible head/chest cold. Again, no exercise. Now, 5 lbs more later, I'm really getting ticked off because all my hard work is going... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 06:32:06 EST P90X v. Jillian Michaels' Body Revolution I need some advice folks out there who have tried one or the other of the aforementioned series. I am currently doing P90x but only 3-4 times per week. My body just can't sustain the intensity for 6 days a week. Knees, sciatic nerve, plantar fascitis, it's a bummer getting older. Ha ha. Anyways, I know that people have had great success with P90X but I just can't seem to get motivated very much with it. It's kinda boring to me. Has anyone tried the JM Body Revolution series? It is sup... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 07:23:43 EST Happy October! Been exercising almost daily at lunch and finally got back to doing Zumba. At lunch I have been attempting to do P90X but honestly, I don't like the fact that I just don't have enough time to do the entire dvd. We have to skip the warmup, cut the workout short, and skip the cooldown. Feel rushed the entire time. I am thinking about trying Jillian Michaels' Body Revolution a guaranteed 30 min. workout. THAT is doable. I am seeing some results not so much from the P90x but the Zumba. Aft... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 09:07:47 EST 1 month since joining the gym Been missing in action online for a couple of weeks. My computer decided to take a hiatus and blew a power supply. Took me awhile to figure out what it was and luckily it was a cheap fix. <BR> <BR> It has been 1 month since I joined the local women's gym. I have a workout buddy now who keeps me motivated and feeling guilty if I'm not pushing myself. I work out at least 4 days a week and although I haven't seen any weight coming off, I notice my pants are getting looser. I hope the wei... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 06:15:37 EST Joining the gym Joining the women's gym last week was the best thing I ever did for myself lately. Since I've started, I met another gal who works out at the same time I do at lunch. I popped in an exercise dvd the other day and she wanted to get off the treadmill and join me. Ever since, we've been working out every day at lunch to one of the many dvds I have. We are having fun and seeing results....I lost 3 lbs this week and she lost 2 1/2. She wants to do the Insanity workout! HA HA HA. I think tha... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 05:43:25 EST Joined a gym this week I struggle with low self-esteem and get my feelings hurt pretty easily. I had belonged to the same gym for over 4 years and never once had anyone treat me like I was a contributing member to a class, the gym, or even worthy of carrying on a conversation with. I got so sick of the drama and the way just going to the gym zapped my motivation. <BR> <BR> So this week, I found a very small gym only for women, no contract required, with Curve-style equipment and also treadmills, ellipticals, exe... Sat, 14 Jul 2012 06:07:58 EST Happy 4th of July Everyone! Hope you all have a safe, happy, wonderful 4th of July! Tue, 3 Jul 2012 10:40:07 EST Time to start journaling - AGAIN It's been a couple of months since I've been on Spark. I get overwhelmed by computer technology/social networking these days. Between all the sites out there and Facebook, sometimes I feel like I have a microchip in me somewhere. I hate everyone knowing my business. I realize though, that without my Spark and my journaling, my journey will never meet its goal. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I passed a gal on my way to work. She was jogging. I recognized her as a person I had done a real estat... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 06:28:45 EST I'm back Sorry I've been missing in action this past month. Trying to get a garden planted and get my taxes done was stressing to say the least. Both are now done and I can concentrate on the task at hand. Trying to refocus on myself and eating healthy and losing weight. One of these days I will learn to put myself first but somehow I just keep slipping back in the same routine of everything else before me. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a wonderful week! Mon, 16 Apr 2012 09:27:46 EST Feeling energized and refocused Have you ever found yourself losing focus and not being motivated? I have, many many times. I used to feel like a failure until someone close to me said..."You aren't a failure unless you quit trying." WOW! That is so true. So I'm not a failure because I keep getting up and trying again no matter how many times I fall. <BR> <BR> So with that in mind, I bought myself a small portable dvd player. I find myself not enjoying the gym or structured classes because where I live, the people ... Tue, 28 Feb 2012 06:20:08 EST Don't you hate those infomercials that say you can lose 6 inches in 2 days? Okay Sparkies, I just have to get this one vent off my chest. <BR> <BR> I have a friend on Facebook who has signed up to have one of these Vemma Bod-e parties. Now mind you, this all revolves around you have a party, you get people to buy, then you get people to sign up to sell, etc. Anyways, she gets on Facebook and claims she has lost 5.8 lbs and 6 inches in 3 days without working out, without changing her eating, etc. You know what I have to say to that.....ABSOLUTE BS! Now, I know ... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 05:46:21 EST Happy New Year! Whew! Thank goodness 2011 is gone and I can now concentrate on the new year. It has been hectic at my house thus the reason I have been MIA on Spark. My sons are visiting for the past two weeks and we have been plagued with illness and vet visits for two of my dogs. The new year started off with a bang and hoping that soon I will be able to resume my routine and get set to start losing the rest of the weight I want to lose. I am still doing zumba and I have lost 19 lbs since September. ... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 15:03:26 EST Beginning Week 8 of my journey Good morning all my Sparkie friends: I am beginning week 8 of my journey to the new me. it is a frosty cold morning here in Georgia, and I can't wait for the sun to come up so I can go outside and walk in the beauty and freshness of the crisp morning. I would much rather walk outside than walk in the gym on a treadmill which I affectionately call "the hamster/gerbil wheel". I call it that, because that is what I feel like when I'm on it. The poor hamsters I used to have as a kid would g... Sat, 12 Nov 2011 06:00:56 EST Ending Week #7 I had a minor setback this week when I went to lunch with a friend and ate a small chinese meal and the sodium intake hit me with a gain of 1.2 lbs! Man, sodium is NOT my friend. So after drinking lots of water and watching my sodium the rest of the week......YES....another 2 lbs dropped! It has been so pretty outside that I decided to check out the neighborhood walking track and have been walking at least 2 miles. I can't believe how much my attitude in the past towards exercise sabotage... Wed, 9 Nov 2011 05:23:29 EST Week 7 of my journey My goal is to lose 15 lbs by the 15th of November. I lost another 1.6 lbs this week so that means I have a total loss so far of 14.5 lbs!!! I am SOOOOOo close! Getting there! Thu, 3 Nov 2011 09:54:46 EST Seeing results It is going on Week 6 of my journey and I am seeing results. I have lost 13 lbs and have more confidence in myself and the motivation to exercise. I lost that motivation years ago and it has been an uphill battle to get my butt moving. I have finally achieved that motivation through finding exercises that I enjoy. Currently I am doing zumba, some kickboxing, some pilates/yoga, and my recent purchase...a dvd for hula. Not hula hooping but actual hula. Great core and butt and legs! It is... Thu, 27 Oct 2011 05:15:02 EST Salt intake Good morning, Sparkies! TGIF! I need to pick some brains for a minute.... does anyone have any idea what I can use for a salt substitute? I can't stand bland food and there is no way possible I can live without salt in my diet or at least something that makes it taste that way. Ever eaten soup with no salt in it? Tastes like plain water. Anyways, every time I log in my foods in Spark, it comes up with some ungodly total for my sodium intake. I need help please! Thanks y'all. Have an... Fri, 21 Oct 2011 08:16:55 EST I am achieving results Good morning Sparkies! Hope y'all have an awesome weekend with beautiful weather to get you outside. It is absolutely gorgeous here in Central Georgia (my fav time of the year). It makes me want to go outside and do stuff (of course my inside of my house gets neglected). Oh well! <BR> <BR> I was sitting here this morning looking back over my week. I started a new class for exercise...Kickboxing. I was actually able to stay on pace and not drop dead of a heart attack when I did them t... Sat, 15 Oct 2011 08:01:01 EST I can hardly believe it...Week 4 of my journey It has been 4 weeks since I recommitted myself to my journey and I am so proud to say I am more committed than ever to lose this weight. Incredibly, I have been regularly exercising too! That in itself is a real shock! Me, the queen of "I hate exercising." ha ha. I couldn't have done it without all my spark support! Thanks y'all! You are awesome and I am proud to be on this journey with you. Have a totally awesome day! Thu, 13 Oct 2011 13:36:51 EST Week 2 of my journey Okay, so y'all know I was kinda bummed last week with my weight loss. WELL.....I have some good news! I re-started my journey on the 14th. Saturday, I stepped on the scale (I know, I am a scale watcher) and I had lost 4.4 lbs!!! Woohoo! I am now below the 200s! I am so excited I can't stand myself. NOTHING went in my mouth that wasn't journaled and that was junk. I am eating healthier, feeling good about myself and for once in my life, I know I am going to make this happen! Thanks y'... Mon, 26 Sep 2011 09:29:57 EST Impatience and sabotaged thinking Okay is Wednesday exactly one week since I restarted my journey (for about the umpteenth time) to lose this ugly weight. I watched Biggest Loser last night and saw people on there heavier than me and women about the same weight as me lose 17-20 lbs per week. I step on the scale this morning and after zumba 3x week and hitting the gym every day for 1/2 an hour AND journalling everything I cram into my face and doing my WW journal.... I have only lost 1.4 freaking pounds! To... Wed, 21 Sep 2011 07:20:27 EST It's Monday! Usually I start out saying "ugh, it's Monday" but you know what? Not today. It is a beautiful morning, looking forward to my zumba class tonight, I watched my eating all weekend and... <BR> <BR> I FEEL GREAT! I am proud of myself. I'm not where I want to be but I'm not where I used to be. <BR> <BR> Have a great Monday! <BR> Mon, 19 Sep 2011 09:53:43 EST TGIF! It's Friday and I made it through the week! Made it through 2 Zumba classes without shaking too much loose! ha ha. Although I am experiencing a little sciatic pain this a.m. Must have shook something a little too hard. I can honestly say for the first time in a long time I AM PROUD OF MYSELF THIS WEEK! I think I found that ever evasive MOTIVATION. <BR> <BR> I look in the mirror and I know I am 50 but mentally I feel like a 29 year old in a 50 yr old body. I always look at it as mind... Fri, 16 Sep 2011 05:58:55 EST I found my motivation through ZUMBA! Hey Y'all! A friend of mine coerced me into going to a Zumba class with her and her 72 yr old mom and her sister the other day. I thought "great, just great." Well, Sparkies, if you haven't tried this and you love to dance....YOU WILL LOVE THIS! I am so psyched. Like going to a party and dancing your hiney off! It was so much fun. I can't wait till my next class...tonight! You can lose weight and have fun at the same time. My friend lost 30 lbs in 5 weeks with 3 classes per week. Yo... Thu, 15 Sep 2011 15:50:14 EST Hey Sparkies....ever tried breakfast in a mug? You gotta try this. Got it from Hungry Girl. It is awesome. Scramble egg in a bowl. Place in mug sprayed with Pam or equivalent. You can add whatever veggies you want (I added fresh chopped tomatoes and a little onion), microwave for 1 min. Take out, add lean ham (50 calories for 4 thin slices), a little fat free cheese and microwave for another 1 min. It is awesome! No reason to give up breakfast now. <BR> <BR> Have an awesome day! Mon, 1 Aug 2011 09:15:00 EST Time to start over......AGAIN! As I sit here this Sunday morning in front of the computer, getting ready to write this, I realize if I don't start trying to get healthier and lose weight, I will never start. My hubby told me once regarding another situation in my life..."you are NOT a failure UNLESS you quit." That phrase keeps ringing in my ears. <BR> <BR> Am I embarrassed to post this for yet ANOTHER time that I am starting again? You bet I am. I am not an exercise guru and I have never had faith in myself that I co... Sun, 31 Jul 2011 07:37:36 EST Been away for a little while Sorry spark friends, been away for awhile. Been very busy reaping the benefits of my garden and going to work and been busy too. Hope to be back in the swing of things soon. Have a great weekend my Spark buddys!!!! <BR> Fri, 10 Jun 2011 08:44:51 EST I hate going to the gym Been plagued with back problems and after seeing the scale jump 3 lbs UP, I decided to get my fat butt back to the gym. Motivation then went out the window after going to class and seeing these twiggy gals with no butts and barely weighing 105 lbs. Talking about depressing as I stare in the mirrors with my rolls and fat butt and poochy belly! There went the motivation. I absolutely hate getting older, hate getting fatter and out of shape, hate that I have no one to exercise with me in the... Wed, 11 May 2011 08:39:12 EST Starting today Went to the gym without any pain today. Walked 2.5 miles on the treadmill! I'm psyched. Amazing what a chiropractor visit will do for you! no neck pain and just a little sciatic pain. Thu, 10 Mar 2011 08:24:44 EST Out of commission this week... Woke up this week to sciatica problems and today, a bad bad crook in my neck with neck spasms. Ah, to be young again. :) Fri, 4 Mar 2011 08:40:22 EST So I am on this natural remedy/herbal addiction... As I get older I realize I get more pig headed about what I want to take to get rid of a cold, sniffles, etc. I hate taking prescription anything. So, towards the end of last year, I have been learning all I can about herbals... you know, like the "weeds" in our gardens which actually aren't weeds but nutritious super plants....yeah, those. Dandelions and chickweed were enemies in the camp last year....this year, I'm going around praying they come back up. I bet you didn't know these "wee... Mon, 28 Feb 2011 15:58:54 EST It's plain embarrassing I have not been an active sparkie lately because frankly....I'm just plain embarrassed to get on here day in and day out and not have accomplished anything. Having a blog saying..."well gals, I'm starting again". When does the starting stop and the continuing the journey begin I asked myself. So I am not going to say...."Girls, I am starting over AGAIN"...but instead "I am recommitting to my journey." <BR> <BR> I did some soul searching and thought the constantly saying I am overweight... Tue, 8 Feb 2011 07:23:42 EST I hate scales! Got on the scales this a.m. What a horrifying experience. Obviously too much sodium yesterday when the scales go up almost 5 lbs! I know I did not eat that much yesterday. What I did eat was high in sodium though. Thu, 13 Jan 2011 10:48:01 EST It's a New Year! It's a new year and hopefully going to be a new me. Time to jump back on that wagon I fell off of and got run over by. It's my fault, I know that and it just makes me more determined than ever to succeed. I just call them the road bumps in my life. I know others have done the same so my hope for all my Sparkie friends who are in the same wagon as me.......... <BR> <BR> LET'S GITTER DONE GIRLS!!!! <BR> <BR> Everyone have a blessed day. Thu, 6 Jan 2011 10:16:19 EST Missing in Action Good morning Spark friends, First I want to apologize for being MIA this past month. As usual, I will be starting from scratch YET AGAIN. Why is it when you get older it seems the motivation train leaves your station? I get so caught up in all the hustle and bustle of job, family, critters that I forget to take care of the most important person....ME. I have a gym membership, videos out the *** and some equipment and still can't get myself motivated. I know it all boils down to not havi... Tue, 7 Dec 2010 05:38:12 EST Thank you for the warm birthday greetings To all my fellow Sparkies who wished me warmest wishes for my birthday.... I thank you! It was very touching and I truly appreciate it. I have been off the site for the past month and have not had my butt in the gym for the same amount of time. You know how the holidays are....they creep up on you and slam dunk you. I just got back from visiting my sons in Maryland for a week so it has been hectic. My middle son is studying for his NASM personal trainer certification and has gotten a job... Tue, 23 Nov 2010 16:02:30 EST Still motivated and on track despite a minor setback I am pleased to report I am still focused, motivated, and on track food journaling despite my overly ambitious attempt at exercise last week which caused me to pull/strain a calf muscle in my leg. What made me think I could take up jogging is beyond me. Guess I thought I was super woman. Now I am paying the price. I can't do anything which applies pressure on the ball of my foot which sends pain up the back of my leg. How do you joggers do this? :) <BR> <BR> I actually feel "cheated" ... Wed, 6 Oct 2010 06:21:40 EST Still on track despite only 1 lb. weight loss I have been journaling, calculating, exercising, and so far only 1 lb. loss. To say it is discouraging would be an understatement. However, the trainers at my gym insist I throw the scale away and just determine my loss on how my clothes fit. I am not going to quit and I am just going to have to hunker down and exercise more I guess. Thu, 30 Sep 2010 10:03:43 EST Week 2 of the new me Two weeks ago, an online friend whom I had never met, pointed out to me that I had become stuck in a rut of negative, complaining thinking. At the time, it was like being slammed by a bus. I spent the entire weekend searching my soul and discovered that she was right. I felt like I was a failure at anything I attempted, I let stress from work and home take over my life to the point I was stuck in stinkin thinkin mode. I wasn't happy with myself or life in general. <BR> <BR> So I took ... Sat, 25 Sep 2010 07:01:06 EST Exercise Partner I have tried and tried to find on spark buddies someone who is close to Cordele, GA that would like to be an exercise partner and hold each other accountable for going to the gym. If there is someone out there who lives in Cordele, GA, please contact me. I need motivation and so far it just ain't happening. Sat, 11 Sep 2010 05:16:23 EST Day 3 to new me Gee, I'm on a streak! :) 3 days in a row of doing what I should. Must be a miracle. ha ha. Last night I did a spin class so that means I exercised 2x yesterday. That must be a record for me. <BR> <BR> This morning, I woke up and started my day putting out fires. I was doing dishes and the water pipe busted, while I was outside, my dog ate my breakfast...kinda sounds like a country song, huh? My day should be better. The best thing is with all this emotional stuff going on....I did... Wed, 11 Aug 2010 10:20:57 EST Day 2 towards a new me! Yesterday went well (with the exception of the calorie-laden Wendy's salad). I watched what I ate, ate smaller portions, and journaled. So all in all, it was a good day. <BR> <BR> Today, I started the day with my Biggest Loser Weight Loss Yoga DVD. I feel so good and then I went to buy low calorie healthy snacks to get me through those munchie times at work. Being a paralegal is stressful so I know if I don't keep things on hand, I will eat anything. Trust me on this! At lunch, I wi... Tue, 10 Aug 2010 10:35:47 EST Wendy's salads should be outlawed! Here I thought I was doing a good thing. Eating a nice healthy salad WITHOUT the fattening dressing. Do you realize that the Wendy's BLT Cobb Salad is 460 calories and 21 grams of FAT WITHOUT the dressing? How ridiculous is that? It might have 1/2 oz of crumbled bleu cheese and 1/2 an egg and maybe just maybe 3 oz of chicken breast grilled. <BR> <BR> I think I will make my own salads from now on. <BR> <BR> I did exercise today for the first time in a LONG time so I don't feel like b... Mon, 9 Aug 2010 15:24:10 EST Here it is August... Well, it is August. Am I any skinnier, weigh less, more motivated? Heck NO! This heat down here in Georgia sucks the life out of me. It makes me feel like not wanting to take any effort to exercise. So I haven't. I am so disgusted, disappointed, and yes, I know y'all have heard this so many times before from me. I keep waiting for the flash when it will all kick in or kick my ass so that I can get motivated. But so far, it hasn't. I can't keep a goal if my life depended on it. It p... Sun, 8 Aug 2010 07:39:24 EST Derailed myself today I got up this a.m. and told myself that if I thought I was going to lose weight by cheating on my eating habits and cheating myself of exercise time, I was dead wrong. So I got up with the mindset to go to the gym today. Lunch time rolls around and my friend calls and asks if I want to go to lunch. I told her sure I would exercise when I get off from work. On the way to the bank to get some cash, I slipped my seatbelt (which being short always hits me at my neck) under my armpit so that i... Thu, 1 Jul 2010 14:03:59 EST