AY_BEAUTIFUL89's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=AY%5FBEAUTIFUL89 AY_BEAUTIFUL89'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/ The Pope in U.S. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6002746 ATTENTION PLEASE: The pope is here in the U.S. For those of you who know it, the papacy is the main beast referred to in Revelation. The pope is viewed as the biggest religious force in the world. He is also a politician, as he is the head of Vatican city. The pope is held to a very high standard and is highly respected. Eventually, he will be given all power to make decisions (or at least to influence all major countries of the choices they should make). He will tackle large issues and peopl... Wed, 23 Sep 2015 12:46:17 EST 6/18/2015 - Exercise Video of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947246 Here's a fun, short strength workout for the whole body! Hope you enjoy it!! #FitnessBlenderWorkouts <BR> <BR> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLN-NAaz<BR>Keg Thu, 18 Jun 2015 13:19:06 EST 6/9/2015: Exercise Video of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5942244 Good morning everyone! <BR> <BR> So, I started today off with prayer, a morning jog and this leg workout video. It was pretty intense, especially since I've gotten so out of shape. <BR> <BR> Here's the workout for legs: <BR> <BR> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suNj0eeF<BR>ftw <BR> <BR> I'm really loving all of the free videos that fitness blender provides! You can find them on YouTube. <BR> <BR> I'm finding that prayer and meditation are very essential to my success. I get discouraged ... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 09:32:49 EST 6/8/2015: Exercise Video of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5941686 Hi guys!! <BR> <BR> I am SO VERY SORRY! I haven't been keeping up with the challenge already *sigh*. Well, hopefully things turn around starting today. <BR> <BR> So, here's the daily video. Today was abs!! <BR> <BR> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrV4vCot<BR>io0 <BR> <BR> I hope that you all enjoy it! It was definitely a tough one! <BR> <BR> Have a great day! <BR> Mon, 8 Jun 2015 10:22:00 EST 6/2/2015 - Exercise Video of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5938583 I'll be doing this after my walk a little later on.... Putting it up in case some of you want to get started on it!! <BR> <BR> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsK1vYxZ<BR>QM8 <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Tue, 2 Jun 2015 16:19:02 EST June Challenge: To all my SP friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937889 Hey everybody!! <BR> <BR> I am starting a personal challenge. I am now considered obese with a bmi of 31. I am 6 lbs away from leaving the obese category. So, my goal for the month of June is to lose 6 lbs. <BR> <BR> I plan to do this by being active 6 days a week, with a relatively challenging workout on 5 of those 6 days. In addition to healthy eating, my plan is to go walking each of these days for at least 30 minutes and to complete a FITNESS BLENDER video on the 5 days mentioned. <BR> ... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 12:37:43 EST The Scale Finally Went the Right Way! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5871754 Good morning!! <BR> <BR> So, my entire household just started a challenge. We are supposed to lose 3 lbs every 2 weeks and if you don't lose, then we have to put a dollar in "the pot". lol On May 17th, whoever lost the highest % of weight wins the pot! <BR> <BR> Today, we had the weigh in to start our challenge. My weight has been going up for 2 week now. However, today I weighed in at 175 (3.4 lbs lighter)!!! Let me tell you, this motivates me SOOOOO much!!! <BR> <BR> I'm challenging mys... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 10:32:22 EST Please Help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5845664 Hi Everyone!!! <BR> <BR> It's been a while since I've posted a blog! A lot has happened since then. I have graduated from Georgia Southern University with a MS in Mathematics. I've moved back home and I'm now looking for employment, so please keep me in prayer!! I also have a new boyfriend, yay!!! (lol some of you know why I'm thrilled about that.) <BR> <BR> The biggest thing is that I've gained weight! YIKES!!! However, I'm now trying to make a turn around. <BR> <BR> I've joined the BIGGE... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 13:36:31 EST Ebola "Conspiracy"? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795905 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2011841413.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I saw this on Facebook and it drew my attention. I'm not a conspiracy theorist, but I do think carefully about things. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure how much "truth" there is to this, but I do know that there are thousands of portable coffins throughout each state. And I also know that, if this were to happen, that we have plenty of other things to distract us from noticing. <BR> <BR> Now, hypothetically, if ebola doe... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 14:56:58 EST Dinner Pics from the past week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774440 hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I've been doing a lot of cooking (esp. from scratch) this past week. I'm trying to eat healthier and to monitor what is going into my food. Well, here are some pics! <BR> <BR> Spaghetti Prep (homemade spaghetti sauce & breaded chick pea meatballs) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l493613773.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l591381448.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l722465474.jpg"> <BR>... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 08:44:05 EST Confession http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763567 Sigh.... I have gained 14 lbs since I went on my cruise spring break. The first thing that I began to do was eat what I wanted. The cruise was buffet style (for the most part), and you could eat any time of day. I brought that mentality back from the cruise, and began to make poor food choices. Shortly afterward, I stopped working out as often, or the workouts weren't as intense. <BR> <BR> So, here I am some months later in a Fall Fit Camp class. I'm thinking "I'm a little out of shape but I... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:56:01 EST Planning for a Birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739362 My 25th birthday is coming up in September. I know this is a bit early to be thinking about it, but this is a major birthday for me, so I want to make the best of it! <BR> <BR> Right now, the only thing that I'm considering doing is sky diving. I'm definitely going to do a birthday dinner with my closest friends (as I always do). <BR> <BR> Are there any birthday ideas that you all have? That includes outings, outfits, etc. <BR> <BR> Thank you in advance! Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:41:06 EST Chick Pea Patty Wraps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738280 Made another vegetarian lunch today. I've made chick pea patties before, but it's fun to spice them up with different flavors. I sauteed onions, and garlic, added carrots and spinach, and combined them all with mashed chick peas and italian bread crumbs to bind. They were pretty good (but not as good as the honey glazed bbq chick pea patties). <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1179363373.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l73306323... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 01:06:10 EST I'm amazed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737022 When I woke up this morning, I expected today to be great!! I woke up with a purpose in mind. I would complete my morning meditation, read my Bible, fix a healthy recipe for my 60 Day Challenge group, take my alternator and battery out of my car, get a new battery and alternator for my car and relax the day away. This sounds okay, right? Pretty straight forward. <BR> <BR> My day was NOTHING like this. I woke up late, so didn't have time to do any meditation or reading. I went straight to my ... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 23:22:53 EST I fixed my starter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734969 I've been working on my car for a while (the car wouldn't start). I finally fixed the starter yesterday! I am so proud and happy! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l843588924.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l840725180.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, the battery went completely dead (brand new battery). Some kind of parasitic draw that drained the battery overnight while the car was off. Tue, 8 Jul 2014 23:56:50 EST 4th of July Dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732139 Hello SP fam!! <BR> <BR> I was a bit sad initially bc I'm spending this 4th by myself :-(. However, once I started cooking, my spirits lifted. This is my first time doing a meal that took time to prep and cook (everything is from scratch and took about 4 hours total). I'm so excited to finally be able to cook (didn't use any recipes). This isn't the healthiest meal bc of all the olive oil and cheese, but I'm still proud. <BR> <BR> Menu: Honey crusted bbq chick pea patties with pumpkin seed... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 20:17:49 EST A meatless meat loaf http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723107 Many of you know I've been experimenting with vegetarian recipes. Tonight, I cooked a lentil loaf. It doesn't have the meat taste, but it definitely had texture and it's own flavor. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1378625571.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l326529749.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1311818662.jpg"> <BR> <BR> If you guys have any favorite vegetarian recipes (or recipes tha... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 23:40:41 EST Almost there... Thesis due tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721760 Hey SP friends!! <BR> <BR> As some of you know, I've been working tirelessly on my thesis. It is about 52 pages now all together (I was worried because it usually 70 or 80). By God's grace, I've been able to do even this much. I have a bit more to add and it's due to my committee at the end of tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I've had little sleep and my thoughts are beginning to run together lol. Please pray that God grant me peace, and that His will be done in my life. I'm so excited to be this close ... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 23:54:35 EST I made Veggie Burgers!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718012 Hey guys!! <BR> <BR> I made veggie burgers for the first time (from scratch). They were SOOOO yummy. (one of them has blended ingredients and the other is only mixed). <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l414085841.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It was a spark people recipe: <BR> http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-de<BR>tail.asp?recipe=6394 <BR> Sat, 14 Jun 2014 18:48:38 EST Appreciating Your Talents and Abilities http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715359 Hi SP friends! <BR> <BR> I wanted to share with you a short lesson about appreciation. Often times when we have things, and especially when they come easily to us, we don't realize the blessing that's in those things. For me personally, I've taken my intelligence for granted, my relationship with God, my ability to jog a couple of miles nonstop, I "expected" people's time and attention (as though they owed it to me), etc... For some people, they take their children/parents for granted, or ev... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 23:55:58 EST Today's Lunch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713139 Veggie Wrap: Brown Rice, Black beans, raw onion, spinach, tomato, corn, light Parmesan and italian Caesar dressing <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1043755699.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l721875650.jpg"> Sat, 7 Jun 2014 23:47:51 EST Please Sign a Petition AND Share http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710411 I found a petition that moves to shut down worldstarhiphop (and hopefully similar sites). Please sign. Tired of seeing people (especially youth) fighting just to get on this site. People have been hurt and even killed trying to "make it" on this site. We don't need sites like this. It only gives people a motive to act out. And I love y'all but those of you posting this mess and it's on my tl, I'm deleting. Don't take it personally, just tired of seeing it. <BR> <BR> http://www.thepetitionsit... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 10:02:55 EST Dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708539 I'm so excited! I have prepared my meals for the week and I've been cooking more (so that I can go out less). Here's what I had tonight for dinner: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1027549236.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1431702049.jpg"> <BR> <BR> (Quesadilla: Spinach, Lightly Sauteed Onions, Black Beans, Sweet Corn, Cheese and Ranch) <BR> <BR> I know you're thinking "this isn't unprocessed", but I've decided to first sta... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 01:01:06 EST Panera Bread (my new found love) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702474 My mom got me a Panera gift card for graduation. I've never been to Panera, only Atlanta Bread Company (which I thought was similar). <BR> <BR> So today I treated a friend to Panera, and the food there is SO delicious!! It's fresh and healthy (depending on what you choose). I know the pecan roll that I got was not healthy, but everything else was simply divine. <BR> <BR> I had the pick 2 (Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich 1/2 and Pesto Sacchettini Pasta). Saying that this place beats out every... Sat, 24 May 2014 23:59:47 EST A Higher Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701133 Have a blessed night everyone!! And aim for the "higher love" <em>30</em> Love you all! <BR> <BR> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGZWzYhH<BR>ddA <BR> <BR> (Best singer ever! I LOVE her! Effortless and talented!) Thu, 22 May 2014 23:43:09 EST Can a healthy lifestyle be "convenient"? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699502 I have been looking for ways to make a healthier lifestyle more convenient for me. With that being said, I've decided to walk to classes (if the weather permits). Right now, it takes me 30 minutes each way, which gives me at least an hour of walking each day! <BR> <BR> Also, for those healthy snacks that I sometimes must force myself to eat, I eat them in front of the computer/tv/etc. That way, I'm not thinking about it much! lol <BR> <BR> Let me know if you have any other creative ideas to... Tue, 20 May 2014 20:27:20 EST Roller coaster of the Past week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698762 This was a great week! Graduation was great (much more than I expected)! My sister looked beautiful for her prom, and I was so glad to be there. Mother's Day was so lovely, and I got to see many of my cousins and celebrate over lunch. I'm so blessed and thankful for these many blessings that God has given me. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, I received some bad news this past Saturday that my close friend's boyfriend passed away. I still can't believe it. He was such a wonderful man... intelligent, ... Mon, 19 May 2014 21:59:02 EST Goal Revision http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693334 Hey guys! <BR> <BR> As some of you may know, these past 2 weeks have been quite hectic for me (which may have been reflected by my absence on SP). 2 weeks ago marked the beginning of the last week of classes, where I had 2 major projects due, 2 study sessions for the classes that I teach (and jeopardy quizzes for each class, which all requires a lot of planning and time dedication). The next week was finals, so I had to STUDY STUDY STUDY. Immediately following finals was my graduation. The s... Mon, 12 May 2014 11:16:10 EST PRIORITIES http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677794 I'm at an interesting place in my life (aren't I always?). My heart is changing and my mind is developing into something quite beautiful. I have God to thank for that. He is molding me into a woman that I wasn't sure I could become. Amazingly, many of these self-improvements and moments of enlightenment have come through pain and hardships. I definitely don't enjoy them while I'm in the midst, but a while afterward I'm very appreciative of the results! <BR> <BR> I am asking that you all pray... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:36:24 EST Easter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675157 We should use this Easter to really reflect on God's sacrifice for us. I don't like that every holiday that is related to God is also related to something so big that it almost drowns out the importance/significance of God for most people... e.g. Christmas, Easter... It's not about putting on our Sunday's (or Sabbath's) best and going to church to be seen. Really think of His crucifixion, and death and resurrection, and use this weekend to reflect on His love and to elevate your mind and rela... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:41:35 EST Wanting to start a garden http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673490 I was reading the article (http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutri<BR>tion_articles.asp?id=1293) from the daily Spark Email. It really motivated me. I've ALWAYS wanted to have a garden... well, 2 actually. One for flowers and plants (I LOVE nature!) and one for fruits and vegetables. Aside from reading this article, my roommate is always growing vegetables on our porch. She puts them into this long green plant container (and sometimes even plastic bottles that have been cut open) and grows ... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:41:31 EST Will I finally do it this time?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671500 There's been quite a bit of things that worry me. I'm noticing some sickness in my body and it's continuing to get worse. I almost cried earlier bc I'm too young (in my opinion). But sickness doesn't really have an age. All I know is that I cannot let this get the best of me! I shall continue to push and thrive and pray that God removes it. However, if He allows it, I will still choose to live my life happily and to be as healthy as I possibly can! <BR> <BR> Anyway, after having a very produ... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 21:08:21 EST Growth Stage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665734 Life is full of twists and turns. Some come as blessings, while others come as tests. <BR> <BR> I have a few quick testimonies. I was driving from Atlanta to Statesboro, which is about 200 miles, and my alternator belt broke just as I was exiting. I consider that a blessing because that belt could have broken midway and I would have been stranded. By the grace of God, I was able to drive to a friend's house and get a ride back to my apartment. Now, later that week, my friend just so happened... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 13:44:26 EST What Should I Do? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656921 I have the biggest crush on this guy that I barely know. He has the most beautiful smile I've ever seen! lol I know I seem silly because I just met him last week. But from what he's told me, and from what I've seen, he seems pretty awesome :-) And he's older, which is different for me, but I'm still intrigued. <BR> <BR> I feel silly because I've talked to him no more than an hour. Has anyone else ever experienced this with someone that they met almost immediately? <BR> <BR> Also, I'm meetin... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 10:36:46 EST Today is the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649710 Today we leave for Jacksonville for our 5 day cruise to the Bahamas. It sucks that it's raining, but I'm so excited. No phone/internet for 5 days. Just beautiful scenery, friends and a good time. I'm so looking forward to this!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l397289553.jpg"> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 08:28:26 EST Where's the Support? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643301 Hey everybody!! <BR> <BR> I haven't heard from you guys in a while and you are truly missed. I hope that everything is going well for all of you. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Some of you may recall that I created a group, 60 Day Fitness/Health Challenge around this same time last year. Since then, we have gained an additional 280 members!! I am very glad to have so many members as apart of this team; however, I feel that we have lost so much of the personal atmosphere that we were hoping for. ... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 01:03:29 EST FUN New way to workout!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632533 Hey guys!! <BR> <BR> I meant to post this blog last week, but I've been quite busy. On last Thursday, I wanted to get my workout in early so that I could come home by a certain time. So, I bypassed my Spring Break Bootcamp (which is from 6-7 pm) and did my own little customized workout around 12 pm. <BR> <BR> I did a series of 1 minute exercise intervals!! Yes, you heard correctly. And it was SO MUCH FUN!! I wasn't doing any 1 exercise for extended periods of time. The constant change chall... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 12:45:50 EST Food for Thought http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623746 Great Article! - http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/articl<BR>e_comments.asp?id=1803&type=1 Fri, 14 Feb 2014 08:43:54 EST To New Beginnings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578668 Hey Spark Family! <BR> <BR> It's been a while, I know. I started this year off with God, my family, my friends and loved ones. I hope to continue this way throughtout the year. God has blessed me tremendously in 2013... through trials and tribulations I have gained the greatest blessings in life. I am so happy that, after trying and trying, I've allowed God to bring to a place of peace and joy in my life. <BR> <BR> Of course, this year I want to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle. M... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 22:14:03 EST Day 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5544614 Today's weather was so refreshing. I decided to run outside and enjoy it! I also did some strength training, which is REALLY giving my body that definition that I want. I think I'll start doing planks in the mornings and nights to keep my belly at bay! lol <BR> <BR> I also practiced healthy eating today. 3 servings of veggies and a filling breakfast of whole grain oatmeal. <BR> <BR> I plan to do REALLY well with my fitness and health this week, being that next week is Thanksgiving and I'll... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 19:13:47 EST Day 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5540456 Omg, I just made the BEST meal ever: Honey Glazed BBQ Chicken, BBQ Chicken, Garlic Chicken in Tomato and Mushroom sauce <BR> <BR> I had 3 methods to cook my chicken. I steamed some, fried some, and baked some. EVERYTHING turned out wonderfully and was SOOOOO good! The honey glazed, however, made me squirm in my seat! lol <BR> <BR> Long story short, guys, I accidentally ate 5 pieces of chicken tonight, which is bad, I know. There are a few reasons for this, the most important being that I'm ... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 20:19:21 EST Day 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5539500 Hey again! <BR> <BR> I've been so blessed these last few weeks. God is to blame for my consistent happiness and peace. Life is 10 TIMES BETTER now that I spend more time with Him in prayer and bible study. <BR> <BR> This week has been SO busy, and this will be the case until the end of the semester. Unfortunately, I haven't worked out since Sunday. I'm praying that I can run a mile or two tomorrow morning. On a positive note, I'm loading up on veggies, like a lot. I made a homemade soup and... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 19:54:54 EST Day 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534914 Hey everybody! <BR> <BR> Things are still great on my end. I will say that the other day I ate 5 donuts WITH a horrible meal! I wasn't necessarily hungry, just wanted to eat. smh So, I've been eating a lot of veggies for the past couple of days, along with this black bean lasagna that I made the other day. It's SO good and I'm really starting to enjoy cooking. It's fun learning and trying new things. <BR> <BR> Back to my diet, I am definitely going to keep it together. As usually, I'm going... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 12:55:32 EST Day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5533060 This is a really good Spark article on how to be grateful: http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellne<BR>ss_articles.asp?id=1541 <BR> <BR> This made me consider some of the things that I'm grateful for. For one, I get calls and texts, almost daily, from my mother and younger sister telling me good morning and that they love me. It's great to wake up and know that they are okay, and that they are thinking of me even when I am so far away from them. <BR> <BR> I have a place to live, food in m... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 15:08:36 EST Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5532449 I'm writing this blog for consistency. <BR> <BR> Today was normal. I had a lot planned but I felt unusually tired. I stayed in my office to work on some homework and when I looked outside it was pitch black. I buckled down and still decided to workout afterwards. I ran a mile and did some strength training, abs and legs this time. What's amazing, well to me, is that I ran a mile in 9 minutes and 27 seconds. I'm running faster and faster each day, but unintentionally. However, after today's m... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 22:51:24 EST Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531436 Okay guys. Here's the truth. I've eaten an entire 30 ounce container of Cashews, dried Cranberries and almonds!!! Yeah, it's healthy, but one container has 28 servings, totaling 150 calories each!!! In addition to this (brace yourselves), the halloween candy went on sale at Walmart. Luckily, the chocolate was all gone, so I was forced to settle for a pack on mini skittles and a combo pack of twizlers and jolly ranchers (I LOVEE twizlers). Needless to say I ate the entire 2 packs almost. I man... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 23:18:04 EST Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529586 Today I cooked using a recipe for the first time ever!!! It turned out really good. It's not as colorful because the red bits are some sliced Italian sausage and I'm trying not to eat pork. Anyway, I'm excited and I'm gonna try to make this a monthly, if not a biweekly, thing. <BR> <BR> New Orleans Chicken <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l464284110.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's about to go DOWWNNNN!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l688727364.jp... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 21:06:50 EST Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528666 Today was really good. I'm sure I aced my CS exam! I tutored which always makes me feel good to help others (I thinking that maybe I'm supposed to teach, idk). God also blessed me with a cheerful heart!! <BR> <BR> I just finished grocery shopping. I picked out a few recipes to cook over the next few weeks, so I'm really excited and ready!!! I bought like 7 plantains (lol I love plantain) and a bunch of veggies, so there's to HEALTHY EATING!! <BR> <BR> I may go workout around 10 and then fin... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 20:59:16 EST Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5527729 Today was good. Wednesdays are always busy for me, but I'm balancing everything and making the most of my time. I have an exam tomorrow and I really don't feel like studying. (Kinda tired of school. smh) lol Wish me luck! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow's pay day, so I'm looking up some new, and healthy, recipes to cook over the next month. I have some frozen chicken breast so we'll see what I can do with those. I'm so excited!! Finally going to teach myself how to cook Again, wish me the best! lol <BR> ... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 20:34:05 EST Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5526875 Today was great. I was a little moody today because I'm missing someone a lot but right now is not the best time to talk to them. You guys know the feeling. Anyway, feeling a little better now. Took a long candle lit shower and plan to read my bible after I finish studying. <BR> <BR> I jogged a mile today, ate well (aside from the brown sugar pop tarts that I was craving), and was semi productive. All in all today was great. I'm learning to appreciate the challenge of maintaining an upbeat a... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 21:47:21 EST