ARIZONAMARY's SparkPeople Blog ARIZONAMARY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Ruth Casey Quote "It only takes one person to change your life: YOU! " <BR> ~ Ruth Casey <BR> <BR> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 11:44:49 EST Down .4 pound at WI today I was actually expecting a gain because I lost FOUR pounds last week! To have any loss at all this week makes me very happy. <BR> <BR> I also have a silly NSV. Today I went down the kiddie slide at local park, per request of my 8 year old & I DIDN'T GET STUCK! When she asked me to go down this very same slide 2 years ago, I couldn't because my butt was so big it wouldn't fit on the slide! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 4 Jun 2013 18:56:58 EST Down 20 pounds !!! WOO HOO! I'm a bit excited today! <BR> <BR> After NINE months on Weight Watchers I've finally lost 20 pounds! Yes, it felt awesome! Yes I've been frustrated but it was great! <BR> <BR> As great as it felt to get my second ribbon, it felt even better to have both of my girls at meeting there to see it! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As my youngest put it..."It's taken 6 months for Mr. Ribbon to find a Mrs. Ribbon. Now they can have ... Tue, 28 May 2013 15:10:46 EST Hot Chocolate 5K Goal, Virtual 5Ks & NSV's! Since I cannot afford to do every 5K I want to, I've deceided I'm going to do either a virtual 5K (just me timing a 3.1 mile wog like I would my 5K's) or an actual 5K once per month to keep me motivated. <BR> <BR> Why? Other than I want to, most people my size would think I'm nuts, but because to take part in the Hot Chocolate 5K in December a 15 minute mile is required. It was the one 5k I said over a year ago that I wanted to do & again I said it in January. <BR> <BR> I looked back on m... Mon, 20 May 2013 14:07:38 EST Happy Angry Mother's Day I know the title doesn't make much sense to anyone but me. Maybe it will when you're finished reading this entry. <BR> <BR> This is a picture of my mom & I. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm sad to say there were only 2 more pictures ever taken of her after this, one of which was at my vow renewal. <BR> <BR> I'm STILL so ANGRY with her because I truly feel as if she SHOULD still be here. Here for my dad, her kids & her grandkids. ... Thu, 9 May 2013 12:51:25 EST It's been good day today! First, I weighed in & had a .6 pound loss. Now I'm down a total of 18.6 pounds since August. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Then I wore a shirt I haven't been able to wear in FIVE years! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I also picked up my pictures from the local newspapers annual photography contest & got two 3rd place ribbons for these 2 pictures <img src=""> <BR> ! "Look Up!" <BR> <BR>... Tue, 7 May 2013 19:30:43 EST More NSV's today! This morning after I dropped the kids off at school I went to the track. It's not all that unusual for me to do that. Today I had a break through of sorts. Today I JOGGED 7 minutes total. with 90 second walking breaks in between each minute. Yes I am STOKED about that! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When I got dressed this morning I put on this outfit. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR... Wed, 1 May 2013 19:36:37 EST Some goals have been completed! 2013 will be an awesome year! <BR> <BR> My goals (not resolutions) are as follows: <BR> <BR> Lose an additional 40 pounds <BR> Finally give up soda COMPLETELY (March 2013) <BR> Complete four 5K's (April 2013) <BR> Be able to run one mile without taking walking breaks (not worried about time) <BR> <BR> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 21:21:03 EST NSV today & this weekend! A couple of weeks ago I did a 1.23 mile fun run/walk with the family at the kids school. in the finishers bag there was a 14 day free pass at a local gym. Today, I went to my appointment with the PT they provide to get started. I forgot both how painful it can be & how powerful it can make me feel. A 20 year absence from a gym can do that to a person. <BR> <BR> That was one NSV. <BR> <BR> The second one came yesterday at Layne Bryant. I tried on 20 different pieces of clothing & I didn't ... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 20:59:33 EST Thanks Thanks for letting me vent & supporting me with your comments. <BR> <BR> I try to keep things pretty positive here but life isn't always positive now is it?!?! <BR> <BR> Our birthday get away trip at London Bridge Resort in Lake Havasu for my husbands big 4-0 was pretty much a nightmare. We had issues with the room, the paper thin walls, the noisy neighbors & ridicioulousness at the pool on both occasions we went there. <BR> <BR> We managed to have a few highlights though. The hubby, ki... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 12:46:31 EST Need to vent....sorry I love my husband to pieces & we don't fight often but when we's not pretty. <BR> <BR> Some of the things he said during our fight I probably deserved & some I didn't. It's how most people fight I think. I lost it though when he was throwing the 5K's in my face & said I'm on a health kick. <BR> <BR> REALLY ?!?!? I HEALTH KICK?!?!? Ummm....I didn't deserve that. I've been on Weight Watchers for 8 months now. Sorry but EIGHT MONTHS is NOT a health KICK !?!?! I've been busting my ... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 08:35:58 EST Walked for Boston Today My friend & I did a virtual 5K for Boston today. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here we are, picture taken by her preschool aged child, wearing our run shirts & bibs this morning after my WW meeting. <BR> <BR> My friend has a sister that completed the Boston Marathon yesterday just a few minutes before the first explosion. She couldn't reach her sister but knew when she finished because of the timing chip in her bib & the app she... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 22:33:05 EST Runner's United to Remember... This is a virtual run event, which means you can run (or walk) any distance, anywhere and at anytime. It is intended to both honor the victims as well as display an act of unity and solidarity in the running community. This was an event dreamed up by fellow Runners and you are welcome to invite anyone to join. THIS IS NOT A FUND RAISER. PLEASE be careful of scams (already) of people claiming to be raising money. A special thanks to TJ from VO2 the MAX for creating the "race" bib. Once you've ... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 00:37:14 EST Do you participate in runs of any kind? A friend posted this as her status. It's only fitting to share it! <BR> <BR> As part of the running community, you are viewed as family! Being a member of that family, we are all being asked to wear a race shirt (or any running shirt you have) tomorrow to unite us together and lift up those affected by the tragedy in Boston. Please share with all your running friends. <em>26</em> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 20:58:14 EST Firefly Run Phoenix Well, my friends & I (Team Afterglow) completed The Firefly Run on Saturday! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We had fun. Some of us looked silly. One of us RAN it in 36 minutes ( a guy not pictured here). The two that didn't get the tutu memo jogged it & us two tutu wearing ones wogged it. Us tutu wearing team members were asked by about 12 people/groups if they could take pictures with us. Like I said, we had a good time! We still... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 13:00:03 EST Emotional Eating Trigger This is my 21 year old cat...Adagio. He was my emotional eating trigger late Thursday night <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Why you ask? Well, he's extremely old & the past couple of years his health has been much like the ocean tides...with ebbs & flows. Thursday night I accepted the fact that the time to send him to heaven has arrived. What made me come to this acceptance were a few things. In just the past couple of days, he's refus... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 09:35:14 EST Taebo Power...OUCH! I did BB Taebo Power for the first time yesterday. I used the weighed gloves & I didn't revert to walking it out unless he was. I was doing everything up to speed until about half way (30 minutes) into it then I had to start doing the combos at the learning pace instead of full speed. As for the push ups....I couldn't do those at all so instead I just held the push up starting postion the entire time. My arms were burning & shaking but I didn't quit. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 3 Apr 2013 13:42:41 EST What are YOUR goals for the month of April I ask because I saw this on FB friends post. <BR> <BR> Here are mine. <BR> <BR> 1. Complete my next 5K in under 53 minutes <BR> <BR> 2. Continue being soda free <BR> <BR> 3. Start using my workout DVD's <BR> <BR> 4. Track my food. Tue, 2 Apr 2013 13:40:52 EST Finally into the 230's After being on WW for 32 consectuvie weeks I'm FINALLY into the 230's. I've been stuck at 240, 241, 242 or 243 since November & I've been getting frustrated. <BR> <BR> Today I was every bit as excited to hit 239 as the lady in front of me was to hit a 51 pound loss. <BR> <BR> Now I'm down a total of 17.8 pounds & I got my second set of clapping if I only had the key ring to put them on....... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 13:14:53 EST The Neon Run! Phoenix, Arizona Well, we did it! My 11 year old daughter & I walked our 5K in 54 minutes. <BR> <BR> The run wasn't what was advertised but we were in costumes & made the best of it. My daughter said it was just "OK" instead of "Awesome" from the pictures they put on their FB page & website. <BR> <BR> According to some peoples run trackers, the event was anywhere from 3.4 miles to 3.8 miles. Since I saved my phone for black light station photo ops, of which there were none, I didn't have my GPS Noom trac... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 16:35:53 EST My shirt for The Neon Run Here it is in all it's Day-Glo goodness! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 22:36:33 EST I REFUSE to give up! After racking my brain trying to figure out what I'd be putting on my shirt for The Neon Run 5K this Saturday, I figured it out in a state of grogginess while waking up. "I refuse to give up". <BR> <BR> When I think about it, it is SO appropriate for me! <BR> <BR> I have been up & down on the scale on this journey but since August I have refused to give up. <BR> <BR> During my first 5K in October, even though I was breathing hard & walking faster then I ever had except once before, I ref... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 06:13:57 EST 168 Hours soda free! In 3 hours I will have been soda free for 7 days. I can't remember a time since I was young kid that I've gone 7 entire days without drinking soda. <BR> <BR> I can finally say that with the exception of feeling a little tired, I feel FANTASTIC! I saw the partially finished bottle of Coke my hubby drank last night in the fridge & I had no craving for it at all. I honestly think the key for me to stay soda free will be to remember how sick I got going through withdrawals. <BR> <BR> I'm glad I... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 18:57:09 EST 133 hours (Day 6) soda free Believe it or not, I woke up with ANOTHER headache! UGH! It didn't help that I only got about 4 hours of sleep for whatever reason. It is just a mild PIA headache so water will probably take care of it. I still have the ringing in the ears as well. I guess I have to get used to it for awhile. It is listed as one of the side effects of aspertame detox. <BR> <BR> My brother informed me that when my mom went off soda cold turkey, she had most of the same symptoms I'm having. He also informed me... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 08:20:22 EST 115 Hours (about 5 days) soda free Today I've felt almost normal. The ringing ears & mild dizziness comes & goes, but each bout is less severe then the previous one. <BR> <BR> I got ONE nasty headache earlier today but I was able to power through it. <BR> <BR> I'm finding that I have to really focus on things like measuring & cutting the strips for my daughters tutu. I can't put it off any longer because I have 2 (one for each of us) to make by next weekend for our 5K. <BR> <BR> I'll be the 40 something old fatty weirdo we... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 17:10:49 EST Going on 88 hours soda free I KNOW this probably sounds dumb, but these posts each day are actually HELPING me stay focused on this goal of ditching the soda. <BR> <BR> This morning I got up, showered & got the kids up & showered for my WW meeting. I was ok until I felt the dizziness comming back so we left the meeting early. We stopped at BK for breakfast & when I ordered my meal, I didn't even consider soda for a second. The words Orange Juice popped out of my mouth without thinking about it! I'm beginning to wonder ... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 14:00:54 EST Going on my 67th hour soda free and my headache is gone. I've been sleeping more than I haven't but it's my body doing what it has to do I guess. <BR> <BR> This morning I was still so dizzy I could hardly sit up but right now I'm only a little woozy & lightheaded. <BR> <BR> I'm bummed because I weigh in tomorrow & I haven't gotten any activity in since Thursday. I just keep telling myself that in the long run, ditching this caffiene/aspertame addiction is truly what is best for me. <BR> <BR> I don't think I ever wante... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 17:31:47 EST The room is spinning because I am in my 47th hour of caffiene (& probably aspertame) withdrawl. I told myself at the start of 2013 I was going to <BR> <BR> Ditch an additional 40 pounds <BR> Complete FOUR 5Ks in 2013 <BR> Give up soda entirely <BR> Be able to jog one mile without stopping. <BR> <BR> <BR> SInce the kids are on Spring is the time to get the soda monkey off my back once & for all. <BR> <BR> <BR> In April I will have completed the FOUR 5Ks in 2013. <BR> <BR> I can jog 1/2 of one lap on the ... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 21:02:59 EST Down 2.4 pounds & a NSV! this week! Woo Hoo! After 2 weeks of gains, I'm happy with the loss! <BR> <BR> I guess returning to walking, with or without my kids & drinking tons of water is helping. <BR> <BR> Sine the kids are on Spring Break this week, I'll be choosing to attempt to get off the soda & caffiene. <BR> <BR> One of my 2 is sick so it should be interesting. <BR> <BR> On a different note...I had a NSV (non scale victory) this week! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 9 Mar 2013 16:03:03 EST I love this quote. No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. <BR> - Eleanor Roosevelt <BR> <BR> AND this one <BR> <BR> You must do the things you think you cannot do. <BR> - Eleanor Roosevelt <BR> <BR> AND this one! <BR> <BR> Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product. <BR> - Eleanor Roosevelt Mon, 4 Mar 2013 13:55:07 EST Up 3 pounds The bad news is I'm up 3 pounds after being off program for 2 weeks. it's my own fault. I got lazy, stopped tracking & reduced my exercise. the result was 2 consecutive gains. oh well, I'm over it. <BR> <BR> The good news is I've recommitted to exercising, water & tracking my food. The water & exercise have been fine Tues & Wed...the tracking....not so much. <BR> <BR> TODAY, I was able to jog 1/2 lap on the track without stopping. It took one lap of walking for my breathing to return to nor... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 12:19:32 EST Vista Grande 5K I walked the Vista Grande 5K this morning with my 7 year old. She BEGGED to do it with me & then in less than a mile she tried to quit...TWICE! She said I kept going too fast, but I actually kept slowing down. <BR> <BR> I talked to her & let her run up one phone pole ahead of me the entire time, that way she still felt like she was walking faster than me & got super short breaks & I could still keep an eye on her. <BR> <BR> Considering how small she is & the fact that I spent at least 5 mi... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 15:14:43 EST As Winston Churchill once said... "Success is not final, <BR> failure is not fatal: <BR> it is the courage to continue that counts." <BR> ~Winston Churchill <BR> <BR> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 12:02:23 EST Happy Valentine's Day! I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Valentine's Day...or for some of you, <BR> <BR> Happy Singles Awareness Day! <BR> <BR> Which ever day you may be celebrating, enjoy it! Thu, 14 Feb 2013 11:59:04 EST Just feeling blah today I'm not sick or anything, just feeling very unmotivated for no apparent reason. I went for a 2.5 mie walk with my kiddos today when I really wanted to go fast & go alone. They wanted to come along so the three of us walked together. <BR> <BR> Today I've been doing How did we get to have so many flipping clothes in the house? Easy, we held on to stuff the oldest outgrew, kids stuff clothes into toy boxes, under beds & other places & me avoiding house work. That's h... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 19:03:56 EST Registered for ANOTHER 5k today... I think my kids have caught my 5K bug! <BR> <BR> The older one wanted to do a 5K with me so we registered for The Neon Run, which is on her 11th birthday in March. It is another messy fun run but if it keeps her active then great. <BR> <BR> Then the younger one decided SHE wanted to so a 5K with just me as well. She is 7 & doesn't listen as well as the older one, so I was hesitant. Yesterday I saw a sign for a local 5K to raise money for our high school cross country team. Since it is loca... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 13:45:41 EST Registered for my 3rd 5K last night My daughter told me awhile back that on her11th birthday, she wanted to do a nighttime 5K with just me. <BR> <BR> Much to her surprise, we registered for The Neon Run on March 23rd, 2013 last night. I am looking forward to sharing this wonderful 5K experience with her. Fri, 1 Feb 2013 11:40:44 EST January 2013 (Color Run Pictures) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The top row was before & after my first 5K Oct 20th, 2012 <BR> Weight 248.4 / Size 3x <BR> <BR> Bottom row before & after my 2nd 5K Jan 26,2013 <BR> Weight 241.0 / Size 2X <BR> <BR> The year started out & I was feeling pretty good. Jan 8th was the first WW weigh in of the year for me & I had .2 pound gain from Thanksgiving through the new year. I was happy with that. <BR> <BR> Jan 10th was the one year annivers... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 13:50:18 EST Keep Moving "If you can't fly, then run. <BR> If you can't run, then walk. <BR> If you can't walk, then crawl. <BR> But whatever you do, keep moving." <BR> <BR> -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr <BR> <BR> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 13:00:46 EST One Year Ago Today One year ago today, I was sitting at home, waiting for good news to come about my mom's heart valve replacement surgery. I was using the computer to keep myself from binging on everything in the kitchen. I was trying to remain hopeful while the tone of texts I was receiving from my dad & sister became evermore worrisome. I also used to it to ask for all the prayers people could muster for my mom. One year later, I still firmly believe that all of the prayers we received kept her alive long e... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 14:32:53 EST A weight/lifestyle questionaire found on CLAIREHASGOALS Spark page I saw this in another blog and had to share. <BR> <BR> 1. WHAT IS THE MOST YOU HAVE EVER WEIGHED? 258 <BR> <BR> 2. WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT WEIGHT? 245 <BR> <BR> 3. WHAT IS YOUR MEDICALLY ADVISED WEIGHT? (go to if your medical team hasn't given you one.). Website says I should be about 128 pounds, but anything from 111 and 148 pounds is still OK. <BR> <BR> 4. HAVE YOU ALWAYS BEEN OVERWEIGHT? No. I slowly began gaining weight at 25 & rapidly put it on after I had ... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 05:54:38 EST I made it through 2012 As 2012 began, I was exercising & making good choices. Unbeknown to me, I was also sharing my mothers last 10 days of life with her. <BR> <BR> January 10 th came & she was dead. Yes I grieved & still have tough days nearly a year later but the fact that her heart condition that nobody knew she had until a few weeks before her death was complicated by an ever worseing weight problem since she was about 25 scared me. <BR> <BR> Yes I admit it. It SCARED me! Why? Well once I got through the fi... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 09:24:12 EST Weekly Weigh In I gained .4 pounds this week & got my first 16 week charm. I'm not upset about the gain, in fact I was happily surprised that is ALL I gained. <BR> <BR> I just finished a 30 minute session of Gilad's Bodies In Motion & then immediately after did a 30 minute session of Gilad's Total Body Sculpt . I am going to be sore tonight but I'm feeling good ! <BR> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 14:49:02 EST Tomorrow makes 16 weeks of WW After a week of counting points, going over them by a few each day & not exercising, I'm kind of dreading my WW weigh in tomorrow morning. <BR> <BR> Pre-WW I would have said "Screw it" & just ate as much as I wanted of whatever I chose. Instead I started fresh this morning, ate a Smart Ones scrambled egg & cheese meal, adding a 1/2 cup of shredded spinach to it. I skipped the diet soda & drank water instead AND since I didn't feel like walking, I completed a 30 minutes session of Gilad Bodi... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 15:14:20 EST My Black Friday We went to Savers yesterday because clothing was 50% off for Savers club members. We found school jeans & long sleeve everyday shirts for the kids, 2 polos for the hubby & 4 tops for me. <BR> <BR> I am so accustomed to going for the 3x clothes that I went there...& didn't like anything. I walked past the cranberry sweater that caught my eye because it was a 2x. Then I remembered some of my 2x stuff fit so I grabbed it & a few others. Guess what...that sweater I went back for fit! <BR> <BR... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 12:34:43 EST 5% gone! As of my WW weigh in this morning I have offically lost 5% of my starting body weight. I have lost 14 pounds since August 14, 2012. <BR> <BR> I am down one pants size <BR> I am down one right hand ring size. <BR> My "cankles" have been replaced with ANKLES! <BR> I'm sleeping better. <BR> I have regained self confidence I had lost. <BR> I am no longer self concious most of the time. <BR> I smile more. <BR> My feet are no longer sore & swollen ALL OF THE TIME. <BR> My skin is clearer. <BR> I a... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 12:29:33 EST A Culver's first I took my youngest child out for lunch today & let her pick where we went. She chose Culver's, famous for their sinful butter burgers. <BR> <BR> For the first time ever at Culver's I ordered a side salad & small fries instead of a yummy butter burger combo topped off with ice cream. I didn't even miss the burger & my daughter was eating one right in front of me! I ate my salad slowly & truely tasted it & actually ENJOYED the salad. I didn't drown it in dressing either. Instead I dipped SOME ... Sat, 17 Nov 2012 14:49:49 EST An up & down week *Up* On Saturday I walked 7 miles for the first time ever. It took 2 1/2 hours to do & the last mile was TOUGH but I still did it! A definate UP! <BR> <BR> *Down* I've been struggling with the same 1/2 pound the past 3 weeks. My goal was 240 by Thanksgiving & I won't make that. Ok fine. <BR> <BR> My hubby said I'm probably gaining muscle because of Couch to 5K in additon to the walking & the scale will catch up soon. OK fine...I've been frustrated with the scale, batteling emotional eati... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 15:00:23 EST Didn't feel like exercising today but I did it anyway. Once I got started on my walk, I was feeling good so I deceided to give jogging on the street a shot. <BR> <BR> I wore the my crazy multi colored shirt from the Neon Splash Dash as motivation. I'm past the point of giving a rats rear what I look like to others while I walk...or in this case "wog". I'm not in this to be self concious. I'm doing this for my health & to regain my life. So what if I looked like an elephant in a freaky shirt. The freaky shirt helped motivate... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 20:58:16 EST A good day today Yesterday was yesterday. I'm leaving it there. <BR> <BR> This week I started the Couch to 5K program. I'm doing the best I can & I'll just keep doing week 1 until I can do it the way the program requires. A month ago, I couldn't run for more then 30-45 seonds at a time & then it took me 5+ minutes to recover from my 30 second jog. It's more like an elephant not trying to cause an earthquake, but whatever. <BR> <BR> Monday was Day 1. I warmed up for 5 minutes, jog for 1 minute at 4 mph, walk... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 20:44:06 EST