AWESOMECAROL55's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=AWESOMECAROL55 AWESOMECAROL55'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/ I ate a whole coconut cream pie ;-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5306605 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l944416824.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sparkfriends.... <BR> <BR> <BR> I kid you not....I ate a WHOLE coconut cream pie! What you say.....AwesomeCarol?? No way!! Okay, okay...I just wanted to see if you were paying attention!! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> The coconut cream pie I ate was made in a little muffin pan and was sugar free. I think it contained about 2 Tablespoons of sugar free pud... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 19:21:06 EST Love my Sparkpeople fitness DVD....Total Body Sculpting with Coach Nicole!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5260956 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2075733890.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hello Sparkers... <BR> <BR> What better way to spend a snowy, cold day at home by breaking a sweat with a Sparkpeople fitness DVD. I especially like Total Body Sculpting with Coach Nicole. Get your workout clothes on, find your dumb bells, and have that bottle of water handy, because Coach Nicole is going to warm you up and work you out!! It's an overall total body workout that incorporates strength training ... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 11:18:51 EST 2012 kicked my butt.... I'm letting go & moving on!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5191817 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1625862040.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 2012... A year ago I sat here thinking this could possibly be the best year of my life. I felt incredibly good! The changes I had made the past couple of years had taken hold, and I found my life had finally shifted to that of a predominately healthy and active lifestyle. I had regained my self-confidence, and felt strong and in control of my life.! Little did I know, 2012 would turn out to be the saddest and ... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 15:45:45 EST Help....my scale is mocking me!! I think I need to kick it to the curb!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4971255 Hi spark buddies.... <BR> <BR> It's been awhile since I have ventured into blogland. Lately there is something that has really been bothering me and I need your collective thoughts on the subject!! My scale is being MEAN to me and I don't like it!! I don't believe the numbers on the scale are an accurate representation of how fit a person is!! <BR> <BR> As you know I have lost a considerable amount of weight, and have been a yo-yo dieter the better part of my adult life. Therein lies the ... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 12:59:10 EST The Letter.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4825630 Good Easter Morning Sparkfriends... <BR> <BR> Most of you have been with me the past 7 weeks as I have traveled a most challenging journey. I have experienced a roller coaster of emotions, going from frustrated, to hopeful, to happy, sad, and ultimately relief at the passing of my Mom. <BR> <BR> There is one piece of the puzzle that I haven't shared with you...one incident that happened on the day of her death that was so incredible and I will never forget it! I wanted to wait until I had t... Sun, 8 Apr 2012 12:54:10 EST ....and they all lived happily ever after!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4770507 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l747256186.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Don't you wish the life stories of your loved ones, could always end that way? Wouldn't it be great if we could script the ending of our loved one's life, so none of them would suffer or lose their dignity. So they would be in a happy place, perhaps far away or long ago...where they felt strong and young!! A place where it wasn't a struggle to eat, sleep, or even breathe! <BR> <BR> I learned a long time ago... Sun, 4 Mar 2012 19:02:55 EST Sometimes life gets in the way... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4739113 Hi Sparkfriends..... <BR> <BR> Just wanted to stop by and let you know why I may be MIA for awhile. Sparks is very near and dear to my heart, but unfortunately life happens sometimes and Sparks has to be put on the back burner. <BR> <BR> First things first...I found out today my elderly mother has a mass on her liver. She has lost a significant amount of weight recently which cannot be explained...until today possibly. They are going to do a CT scan on my Mom's liver to see what is going ... Tue, 14 Feb 2012 20:45:40 EST Review: Coach Nicole 28 Day Bootcamp DVD.....WOO-HOO!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4709181 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l540240215.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hello my Sparkfriends... <BR> <BR> I am here to tell you that Coach Nicole and her new 28 Day Bootcamp DVD is the real deal. If you want an easy to follow, as intense as you want to make it, total body workout, check it out!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l679024193.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Let me start by saying, I have never been a big fan of workout videos. I am basically tot... Sat, 28 Jan 2012 19:38:55 EST Bridges burned & amends made..A Sparkpeople Christmas Miracle!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4646745 I had originally planned to write a blog today stating my goals for 2012 and how I planned to achieve them! But while I was out on my last fitness walk of the year, I got to thinking about my past year and how 2011 ended in a truly amazing way for me! I would like to share with you an incident that happened to me on Christmas day! Thank you Sparkpeople for helping me find myself, teaching me to love who I am, and above all else, showing me how to open my heart to someone I had shutout for ... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 15:06:26 EST What a journey....Bring on 2012!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4639928 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l235762017.jpg">. The beginning of my journey! I was a very sick, unhealthy individual. <BR> <BR> <BR> This is 5 months before my hospital stay! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l383909585.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l228269952.jpg"> <BR> October 2010....two months after joining Sparkpeople. I had already lost about 25 lbs on my own! It seemed much easier w... Tue, 27 Dec 2011 10:51:53 EST My computer died...R.I.P. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4595380 Dear friends...just a quick blog from a friend's computer. Last night when I went to update on Sparks my computer was blank. After a long call to HP tech support I found out my computer was a goner. It would cost much more to fix than get a new one! Unfortunately i am financially unable to purchase a new PC at this time. I have medical bills rolling in from my biopsy & property taxes due. Not to mention that yesterday I went Christmas shoppin and spent a bunch of money..what great timing fo... Tue, 22 Nov 2011 12:06:23 EST For RAINBOWMF....My friend Mary..My inspiration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4571690 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l942044444.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A couple of weeks ago my friend RAINBOWMF dedicated a Monday blog to me! I was truly honored and would like to show my deep gratitude with a tribute to her! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l154728974.jpg"> <BR> <BR> MERRY MERRY MONDAY MARY!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l445248839.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Just remember..No... Sun, 6 Nov 2011 20:05:15 EST Biopsy Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4541634 BENIGN!!! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <em>334</em> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> CAROL Tue, 18 Oct 2011 12:45:57 EST The biopsy...how very interesting! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4535756 Hi friends..just a quick blog to let you know how everything went with the biopsy. Actualy it was quite an interesting procedure and not nearly as bad as i had imagined! <BR> <BR> I arrived at the clinic this morning at about 9:00 to have the wire marker placed in my breast to show the doctor where to cut to assure she got a good represantation of the calcifications. They put me in a mammogram machine and compressed it. They found an area where there were numerous calcifications and gave... Fri, 14 Oct 2011 17:22:06 EST Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure....my first 5k! Lesson learned-there is always hope!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4501802 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l77275011.jpg"> <BR> Meeting a fellow "Sparkie" <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi Sparkfriends..what a glorious day today has been! For several weeks I have been planning what was to be my first 5K. Never before in all of my years of yo-yo dieting had I even attempted to walk a 5K sponsored event, , let alone try to run one! I was a little nervous and didn't know what to expect! Deciding to partake in one of the largest 5K's was not making it any eas... Sat, 24 Sep 2011 15:16:20 EST Biopsy, Race for the cure, & other thoughts!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4493354 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l590489429.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hello Sparkfriends... <BR> <BR> I thought it would be easier updating all of you concerning my doctor's appointment today with a blog! As most of you know, I had an appointment with a surgeon this morning concerning an upcoming biopsy on one of my breasts.! I have to admit....I felt a lot better after talking to the doctor. <BR> <BR> First of all..what a nice down to earth lady she was! I felt very com... Mon, 19 Sep 2011 17:11:39 EST Mirror Mirror on the wall..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4438574 Let me begin by saying for most of my life, I have had a hate/hate relationship with mirrors! At my highest weight, looking at myself in the mirror was not only a very unpleasant experience, but was borderline depressing in a way! It was always a hard, sobering reminder of how my health and life was totally out of control... not only on the outside, but deep inside my being!!! The mirror taunted me with revelations that I was a loser, ugly, that I had no discipline... or maybe laz... Sat, 20 Aug 2011 15:55:23 EST Why is it sooooo darn hard to be good??(BUT not impossible) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4397648 Those of you who know me are aware I met my weight loss goal about five months ago! So you know the hardest part of my journey is over, and from now on I have nothing to worry about....WRONG! Wait a minute..no one told me that the maintenance phase was going to be five thousand times harder than losing the actual weight, and in order to be a complete success, had to be sustained....oh I don't know..THE REST OF MY LIFE!! <BR> <BR> I struggle on a daily basis to make the healthy choices I ne... Sun, 31 Jul 2011 13:45:15 EST My name is Carol and I am the center of the universe.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4308568 NOT!! <BR> <BR> Okay.. it has occurred to me that I have become an ego-maniac and I may possibly need to get that in check! I love being the center of attention....I love being talked about, and above all else, I loved being told how great I look! <BR> <BR> This wasn't always the case. Many times throughout my life, all I wanted to do, was go about my business without being noticed. I didn't want people to see me, or get to know me..inside or out! I did not want people to talk about... Sun, 19 Jun 2011 14:21:05 EST Come take a walk with me..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4278536 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l71894143.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hello Sparkfriends. Those of you who know me are aware that walking is my primary form of exercise. I often refer to my frequent fitness walks on a nature path near my home in Kansas. While I spend some part of nearly everyday on this path, it has occurred to me that not once have I posted or shared a picture of my nature path with my Sparkfriends. <BR> <BR> A little history..the nature path runs f... Sun, 5 Jun 2011 13:45:08 EST I don't want to be anybody else!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4248621 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l158886755.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> For many years i have felt like an outsider looking in on other peoples lives. Envy and jealousy consumed me as i wondered how most people were so darn lucky to have the lives they lived. They had more money than me, they looked fit & healthy, the cars they drove were nicer, the clothes fit, they had good jobs, they looked happy...EVERYTHING was better than anything i had! They were "lucky"..... and I was je... Sun, 22 May 2011 11:01:42 EST LOST & FOUND...I seem to have misplaced a few things! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4139108 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l320852288.jpg">.............LOST............. <BR> <BR> 100 LBS..I seem to have misplaced these pounds very slowly...it took about a year! They were last seen lurking on my mid-section, thighs, arms, & behind! I have no interest in replacing these lost pounds, & wish them well at their new found home (wherever that may be) <BR> <BR> SEVERAL WARDROBES..Lost..all size 22, 20, 18, 16, 14, 12, 10, 8, and a few size 6 clothing are gone!! They... Sun, 3 Apr 2011 16:24:55 EST MOVE THAT BUS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4042126 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l147951867.jpg">The following is a post I made on one of my team pages earlier in the day. I decided I wanted to share it with more of my Sparkfriends so I have included it in a blog. I have also added additional thoughts at the end...Carol <BR> <BR> Team post 2/23/11: <BR> <BR> Good afternoon All.....Just wanted to share something I forgot to share in my rushed Sparking the last few days!! <BR> <BR> Have you seen the show..Extreme Makeov... Wed, 23 Feb 2011 17:08:57 EST You want me to do WHAT????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4026167 EAT MORE CALORIES!!! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> When I heard those words coming out of my doctor's mouth, I about lost it!!. I had just spent one year of my life watching calories, counting calories, reducing calories, resisting bad calories, & logging calorie after calorie after calorie!! I knew this day would come.. afterall, you can't just keep losing weight..there comes a time when you know..you are where you need to be!! <BR> <BR> Yesterday when I visited my doctor to have my weight... Thu, 17 Feb 2011 19:32:06 EST It's tough being a ROCKSTAR but somebody's got to do it!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3972303 <BR> ** I was just reading the comments on my blog when I noticed the date January 29th. My dad passed away 39 years ago today at the young age of 46 from a stroke, leaving my mother a widow with 6 kids. He was over weight & suffered from high blood pressure.... This one's for you Dad..still think bout ya!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> * * * * * * ROCKSTAR * * * * * <BR> <BR> <BR> There's two things I don't recall being called in the past 10 years... Sat, 29 Jan 2011 18:14:57 EST Okay 2011....This is what you need to know!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3878351 These are the goals I would like to meet in 2011: <BR> <BR> (1) Amp up fitness minutes & push myself to go further & faster!! <BR> <BR> (2) Continue to HONESTLY log fitness & nutrition data on the trackers to hold myself accountable!! <BR> <BR> (3) Add more strength training to my workouts <BR> <BR> (4) Stay active in Sparkpeople..motivating myself through helping others!! <BR> <BR> (5) Seek Balance...mental...emotional.. and .physical well being!! <BR> <BR> (6) Try to relax more...... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 20:57:47 EST Now I'm really starting to get SCARED!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3838128 So far I have had a lot of success since joining the Sparkpeople program. I have learned a lot about nutrition, fitness, and motivation. My weight is coming off at a fairly consistent pace, I exercise almost every day, & the Spark friends I have made are priceless. So why am I so darn scared?? Because I know the most difficult & challenging part of my weight loss journey is yet to come. I have never had a problem losing weight! When I get myself psyched up for it...I love the regime... Sat, 11 Dec 2010 14:57:50 EST I don't know much...but I do know this!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3814467 (1) The Spark Guy is a genius--- Spark Guy came up with a site that was tailored just for me!! How many of you feel the way I do ?? This program offers options for people from all walks of life, with many different fitness & nutrition needs. People with diverse interests, occupations, lifestyles, and weight loss goals can all find teams & friends with similar goals and feel comfortable. I am free to choose my method of weight loss, my fitness & strength training goals, my other goals & ev... Tue, 30 Nov 2010 12:33:30 EST I used to walk 20 miles one way to school... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3766581 Not really...I walked a couple of blocks to school in elementary school & in high school I drove the family station wagon...coooool!! We weren't really aware of nutrition & healthy eating back then..so it seemed. I do remember that when I was a youngster, almost everything was fried in my house, and everything we fried had to have gravy on it. The grease from what was fried was then kept in a can & used over & over...YIKES!!! We did, however, all sit down together to eat our meals, b... Sat, 6 Nov 2010 19:54:09 EST I'd like you to meet Carol..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3721071 Pre-Spark people Carol from MARCH 2, 2010 that is... Carol is currently lying flat on her back in a cardiac care unit in a mid-western hospital. She has an enormous amount of time on her hands to reflect on just how she managed to get herself in this position. Chest pains are no big deal, they could be anything. It could be stress, afterall... she's a supervisor in the aircraft industry and we all know how stressful that is....go figure! Just because she weighs 220 lbs, has high blood... Sun, 17 Oct 2010 14:54:08 EST I'll GET you my pretty..and your little dog too!!" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3719241 *** I would like to apologize to little dogs everywhere..I own two myself. They were used in the title for the sole purpose of bringing attention to my blog--Thank you <BR> <BR> Hey Sparkers..have you ever felt like the space station occupant in the movie "ALIEN"? You know....the guy who has the fanged, clawed, alien baby occupying his belly? It explodes out of his abdomen in all it's bloody glory and reeks havoc and destruction on all that crosses it's path?? Nah..I don't identify wi... Sat, 16 Oct 2010 14:32:26 EST That wasn't ME you saw jogging!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3713350 Hey fellow Sparkers I need to set the record straight. That wasn't me you saw jogging last weekend ..it couldn't have been. I am a dedicated, born again, Spark people addicted, WALKER. No way I would jog..afterall I'm too fat, too old, bad knees, and the planets probably are not in the right alignment for such an atrocity!! I fear the impact alone might jar the rocks loose in my brain causing irreversible damage. Wasn't me jogging..just someone who looked a lot like me...(only cuter)... Wed, 13 Oct 2010 16:48:34 EST Nutrition tracker..Oh No!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3687402 Having joined Sparpeople in August, I fully embraced the concepts shown on the website..that is all but one. I immediately started joining teams, finding friends, reading articles,exercising, & tracking fitness. I could not, however, sum up the courage to measure & track my food on the nutrition page. It scared me..who knows maybe i feared what i would find! Afterall, being the expert that I was at losing weight, I knew everything there was to know about nutrition. Yeah right..that's pr... Sat, 2 Oct 2010 17:49:39 EST