A_HAPPIER_K's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=A%5FHAPPIER%5FK A_HAPPIER_K'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/ WUB... first of 2013!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5223553 Wooooooooooooow... long time no update huh? I bet you think I was ignoring y'all. I really wasn't I was just swamped with work! Even now as I write this. I'm at work LOL <BR> <BR> But here's the update and plans.... <BR> <BR> the update... I'm sick. Bronchitis. SUCKS but whatevers it is what it is right? plus side, the whole wanting to quit smoking thing is happening. I haven't had a cig or ecig in a week and even this morning when {C} lit up his I was like *wrinkles nose* "That smells so g... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 19:45:47 EST getting to know me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5097819 Snagged this from my friend HeatherHunter... looked like fun :D <BR> <BR> 1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? <BR> My middle name is the same as my Nana's... but I don't know if that was intentional or not <BR> <BR> 2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? <BR> Two weeks ago... Had a break down both physically and emotionally in the McDonald's parking lot (Our ONLY Running vehicle's serpentine belt snapped and we were stranded about 30 miles from home for six hours.) <BR> <BR> 3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 18:19:06 EST WBU #4 and 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5089612 Howdy, <BR> <BR> I've been soooooooooo freaking busy with work that I've lost my mind. LOL I kid you not. I had written my WBU for #4 last Sunday, I just never hit "Post Blog Entry" lmao. <BR> <BR> So here's how the last two weeks have gone. <BR> <BR> Work, sleep, work, sleep work work and more sleep. <BR> <BR> lol It's crazy. I mean I haven't had a job since 2005. So I expected my first week to be a bit hard to adjust too. But then week two hits and I'm still adjusting. <BR> <BR> And u... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 02:47:25 EST WBU #3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5071873 So week two of BLC #16 is done. And wow what a week. <BR> <BR> I've learned that since the sciatica, when I do "too much" activity my legs and feet swell badly... which sucks. <BR> <BR> Anyway first off, I was good. Stayed in my calorie goals for the full challenge week (woohoo). Drank all my water AND managed 60 minutes of activity for the week. <BR> <BR> My fitness plan is going to have to be shifted because I HAVE A JOB! <BR> <BR> Yay! I got it on Tuesday and start tomorrow (Monday). M... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 18:59:26 EST WBU #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5062305 Wow WHAT A WEEK. <BR> <BR> We had to go a fully week without a shower/tub cause it took them that long to replace the old one (we had a fiberglass one and DH cracked it while taking his shower LAST Thursday, and they asked us not to use it to prevent water damage), replace the surrounding drywall, shower wall and caulk, texture and paint. <BR> <BR> Like seriously I just NOW got my shower. I've been doing what my mom called "Lady of the night baths" Or "sponge baths" just so I wouldn't stin... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 22:21:21 EST Hey Girl... (of the future) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5058115 Hey girl... <BR> <BR> Looking good hot stuff. Feels good too doesn't it? You know what, it looks good on you. That smile, that confidence. Funny how 10 lbs will do that to ya huh? Just imagine how good your gonna look and feel in 10 more lbs... 20... 30... excited yet? <BR> <BR> You can do it. Remember every road has a few potholes in it. You can either drive through it or go around, but NEVER get stuck. You're worth more than that. After all, you did this with sciatica! YOU OWN THIS! <BR>... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 19:55:32 EST Fitness Plan (for September 17 - October 15 2012) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5058103 Getting a later start on this plan due to my back and the fact that we were out of the ability to bathe until Friday (September 14th..) ewww... (that's another story!) <BR> <BR> Plan: <BR> Week 1 (9/17 - 9/23) <BR> Mondays: 1.5 - 2 hrs water aerobics (includes walking the pool; cardio, strength {modified push-ups/pull-ups etc} <BR> Tuesdays: Pilates for beginners ( <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/videos-<BR>detail.asp?video=36 </link> ); 1 hr of water aerobics <BR> Weds: 1.5 - 2 hrs water... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 19:48:17 EST WUB #1 (BCL #16) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5050562 Yep. All new challenge. Time for new updates. This one is the bad the good and the ugly (well they ugly might be posted later. not tonight.) <BR> <BR> First the good. We're gonna go with goals. My goals for this challenge in particular (Sept 9th - Nov 18th) <BR> <BR> Lose 10 to 20 lbs - Goal weight of 480.4 - 450.4 (this is at 1 to 2 lbs lost a week. if I finish this challenge at 480.0 I will be happy!) <BR> <BR> Lose a pant size. (I'm currently a 42/44) <BR> <BR> Be happier <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 04:48:37 EST September's Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5040752 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l313130567.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This month I want to focus more on activity. Getting up and being active. I'll admit I haven't been very active in the past and seem to always let sore knees keep me down. <BR> <BR> So here's the plan: <BR> <BR> 3x's a week (alternating): an hour to an hour and a half of swimming. (I'm not a powerful swimmer, so this is more doing improvised work outs [ie: wall push ups, pull ups, jumping jacks etc] and what ... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 02:39:51 EST WBU #8 (final week) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5032593 Well the final week went better than I expected. Managed to get 10 minutes of activity everyday and stayed in range calorie wise 5 out of 6 days! OH and I kept up with my water which made my teeth float a lot (TMI sorry). But apparently I was holding a lot of water weight cause I lost 10 lbs! WOOHOO <BR> <BR> Also hubby and I had no fast foot/pizza this week and I think that made a big difference too! <BR> <BR> So the facebook thing has been decided. I've created a page (A Happier K) and s... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 03:19:15 EST WLS controversy... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5029867 So apparently I stirred up a bit of controversy with my decleration of considering weight loss surgery. (not just here but on wordpress and facebook as well) <BR> <BR> When I said it was a "cop-out" I meant to people who haven't had to struggle with losing nearly as much as I'm going to have to. I don't mean that EVERYONE thinks this way because I know they don't. I also know there are a select few that do feel that way and personally I say.. to each their own. <BR> <BR> When I said that it... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 22:00:08 EST need a new game plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5028275 So I Fell HARD off the wagon. <BR> <BR> So hard in fact, that I'm now heavier than my starting weight. HOLY SHNIKES! <BR> <BR> I hate it. I'm fatter than fat, and that SUCKS. <BR> <BR> So I need a new game plan. And I need to be more accountable. Apparently, keeping a running log with sparkpeople isn't working. But how do I remain accountable? I mean, I tried the "healthy living blog" with wordpress and tumblr, obviously didn't do so hot wordpress and tumblr has spiderwebs on it... <BR> ... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 18:06:47 EST WU#7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5022318 I know I missed #'s 5 & 6. but with good reason! <BR> <BR> For update #5 I was moving. like literally we moved the saturday before weigh-in and come sunday I was sore and tired and no internet. <BR> <BR> For update #6 we still didn't have internet. Granted I could have posted one we did have it but I didn't because I was depressed. I had jumped back up into the 500s. <BR> <BR> And here we are with update #7. And I am officially at my heaviest weight... *headdesk* I have somehow (not someh... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 20:31:39 EST WBU #4 (BLC# 15) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4992056 4 down, 4 to go... <BR> <BR> That's kinda my mantra for everything right now. [insert number] down [insert number] to go. Whether it the weight, calories or even rooms packed for moving. <BR> <BR> Didn't do so hot this week. Didn't drink my water, haven't been sleeping well and only managed 30 minutes of fitness opposed to the 60 I wanted. But I did track my food (only one day in range, the rest were really under) <BR> <BR> Week summary: Fail <BR> Excuse: None. <BR> <BR> Yep, you read t... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 18:46:27 EST WBU #3 (BLC#15) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4981879 Oh wow, three in a row. I'm on a roll! <BR> <BR> haha. <BR> <BR> Okay so the goals to refresh were: <BR> Track the food <BR> 10 minutes of fitness a day <BR> 64 oz of water <BR> 8 hours of sleep. <BR> <BR> FAILED <BR> lol <BR> Didn't log my food (didn't actually start eating food until Weds more about that in a min) <BR> <BR> Maybe got an hour of activity this week (that I didn't log cause I was too lazy) <BR> Didn't get 64 oz of water a day. More like one day on par and that was it. <B... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 15:31:09 EST WUB #2 (BLC #15) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4971586 Wow look at that, I remembered to update again. HAHA <BR> <BR> So this past week was okay. I didn't track my food as much as I should have but then again I didn't eat as much as we could have. (I'll update that part in a minute). I've seem to miss place my pedometer so I can't track my steps (chit!) and I managed to get 110 fitness minutes in (only 5 minutes short of my weekly goals! yay!) <BR> <BR> Go the goals this week are: <BR> Track the food <BR> 10 minutes of fitness a day <BR> 64 oz ... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 17:22:12 EST July Goals &WUB #1 {BLC #15} http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4960664 It's BLC time once again and this time we're doing monthly goals and weekly update blogs (WUB). I did my measurements and such (as per the beginning of the challenge) I'm just not ready to share them just yet. (aka: To busy right now) But here are my monthly goals: <BR> <BR> TRACK - Food (everything that passes my lips, even if it's only rice still track it!) <BR> TRACK - steps/fitness {1500 steps per day/9000 per week} <BR> HYDRATE - at least 64oz of water a day <BR> MOVE IT! - at least 10... Sun, 8 Jul 2012 14:24:38 EST If being fat won't kill me, the stress sure will! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4960648 Yeah, I ain't kidding. I've been stressed to the max! Remember how the last entry I was excited cause we were going to make positive changes. Well... that still hasn't happened <BR> <BR> I mean don't get me wrong, we did cut the cable... but not to pay for the gym. To pay for gas.... <BR> <BR> We cut out fast food... but not cause we didn't want it... cause we couldn't afford it <BR> <BR> See the Thursday after I wrote that post about plans and goals. Our world was flipped upside down. Hub... Sun, 8 Jul 2012 14:07:08 EST More plans and goals and such... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4935231 So yesterday I was in bed sick... I don't know what the hell is going on but the last week or so at 5am, I'm up and running for the closest tablets of pepto (can't do the liquid cause it makes me vomit (TMI sorry!) and being that I was bulimic in high school, I avoid that situation at ALL costs). My mom, whom suffers from GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease: <link>http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/ger<BR>d/DS00967 </link> ) has been saying for months (cause yeah this has been happening on... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 19:32:57 EST One hell of a fall off the wagon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4932040 WOW So last entry as almost a month ago. And to think that was the high before the fall -_- <BR> <BR> So what's been happening? Well... umm... I gained an insane amount of weight (mainly cause I've been having knee joint issues so moving around and walking has been the LAST thing on my mind) <BR> <BR> I've been having interviews out of the wazo (yay but stressful. Hubs and I have come to a realization that we can not afford to live here any longer and in short of avoiding living in our cars... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 18:40:14 EST Monthly measurements http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4892103 Okay so normally I would have not done these this soon (4 weeks) cause I always felt like the difference wouldn't be much, but good gods I was wrong! <BR> <BR> ------------------------------- <BR> Pant Size:??? <BR> Neck: _20_ inches <BR> Bust/Chest: _64/57_ inches <BR> Waist: _60_ inches <BR> Upper Arm: _23_ inches <BR> Lower Arm: _10.5_ inches <BR> Hips: _75.5_ inches <BR> Thigh: _35_ inches <BR> Calf: _25_ inches <BR> Total Inches: _368__ <BR> Total Inches Lost: _16_ <BR> waist to hips ra... Mon, 21 May 2012 21:57:38 EST Goal one meet; revaulate goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4890387 Long time since I did an entry but here goes. <BR> <BR> So two weeks ago I went up north to my aunt's to participate in the Beltane festival and rituals (I'm wiccan and the super moon was the PERFECT wishing moon!) I had such a blast! I danced around the maypole, met new friends and spent time with my aunt. <BR> <BR> Granted the jumping of the bale fire (which was a cauldron about a foot wide with fire in it) tweaked my knee up (well it popped when I landed on the ground but yea) but I was ... Sun, 20 May 2012 22:19:58 EST Progress pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4857761 So I managed to find the pictures I took back when I first started this last year (at a whopping 506 lbs! O.O) So I did a progress chart thing <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l763084853.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I can actually see the difference in my face! Not sure about the rest though. These clothes are sooooooooooooo un flattering lol <BR> <BR> So that's 24lbs down... 307 to get to the ultimate goal... haha I can do it... <BR> <BR> And in keeping with the whole moti... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 15:03:13 EST Goals revamped http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4856686 So I've been trying to think of a way to get myself more movated than I've been as of late and I decided that I'm going to revamp my goals. <BR> <BR> First though, I saw another sparkie is using the idea of "Motivation Jars" to keep a visual reference to her goals and how she's obtaining it. I loved this idea! (For the record with was two jars with various marble/gems/stones to represent a a value - 1 lbs, 5 lbs... etc-. One jar is "lbs to go" the other being "lbs gone") Love this idea that ... Sat, 28 Apr 2012 20:06:19 EST a response to yesterday's blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4853300 So yesterday as I was writing a blog; what turned into a truthful update, turned into a self reflection and unleashing some inner demons that I have. And while yes, this depressed me, to think so lowly of myself and everything else, I realized that it is a huge stepping stone. <BR> <BR> Shortly after I wrote the post I went to ‘hide’ in bed. It was mentally exhausting to write about why I see myself fail. And I’ve got to realize that while yes, I do need help, I also need to help mysel... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 12:18:22 EST Hope at the end of the tunnel? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4852313 So lately, things have been worse than I've been letting on. Like three months in a row that we're short half of our rent check cause we just can't afford it anymore, bad. But I've been trying not to let it get to me. <BR> <BR> Until this morning when I slapped in the face with the cold hard reality that I need help. We need help. BIG TIME <BR> <BR> See the past three weeks, I've been getting really bad indigestion/stomach pains and thought I had managed to subdue it with pepto last night.... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 20:51:33 EST And now, a message from our sponsor... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4850635 Well okay not really a message from a sponsor per se, more of an actual update since the last thing I updated y'all on was my Kick Booty (off of me) boot camp. <BR> <BR> Oh lord, I didn't even get past blogging day 2 of week 1. FAIL lol. Well here's the summery version. <BR> <BR> Week one: <BR> After Day three of still having shoulder pain. it was VERY obvious that I needed to reevaluate my plan. So I adjusted it to have three days of cardio (Tue, Thurs, and Sat) with breaks in between <BR... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 21:34:38 EST A letter to Kristin ~ BLC #14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4850522 Dear Kristin, <BR> <BR> Hey beautiful, I didn't know how to start this off, so please forgive me if this sounds a bit... lame. To be honest, I've been dreading this letter. Especially today. See today, eight weeks ago, you did your measurements. And at first, yeah you were all excited, thinking you had lost a few inches, but then reality hit. You had gained inches. <BR> <BR> How do you move on from here? With everything else that seems to go wrong, how can you possibly find the motivation t... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 20:29:05 EST Boot Camp Day 2, week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4819255 So today's plan was water aerobics. But unfortunetly I had to take a day off. Apparently my muscles aren't as used to the routine as they had once been and I was paying for it last night/today. <BR> <BR> But with time, I'm sure I'll be able to stick to my original plan. And one set back isn't going to make me give up. In fact, since I've feeling much better now, I plan on going back tomorrow :) Maybe I can go 45 minutes (to give me extra cardio to make up the missed today) instead of the pla... Tue, 3 Apr 2012 21:15:16 EST Boot Camp day 1 week one http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4817206 So I did it! This morning despite the fact that I was tired, I made it to the gym to start day one of my Kick booty (off of me) boot camp. <BR> <BR> Now, before I get started, the last blog had concerned readers in regards to my boot camp. It's not a program offered via video or spark. It's what I'm calling my work out routine to kick it up and make it silly for me. Baisically, I'm going to be working out everyday and resting on Sunday. <BR> <BR> So today was the first day of Cardio/Core. W... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 17:09:13 EST Count down to boot camp http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4815897 That's what I've started to call my new regimin. The "Kick Booty (off of me) Boot Camp". <BR> <BR> The husband loves it, he says it makes him laugh, and is so me. <BR> <BR> The best part? I'm not alone now! Husband is going to do it with me. In fact he says he would rather do it with me than either one of us trying to do it alone. Which, let's face it, never worked for either of us. <BR> <BR> So we're gonna start tomorrow morning. Bright and early. I'm nervous and excited. I'm also going ... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 23:22:00 EST Update yay! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4814226 Okay so I was supposed to update sooner but I just didn't. I'm so blah about anything involving the internet most of the time lately that I've been avoiding things. <BR> <BR> But first off, lets talk about the sweet tooth challenge. (which here is the link to it for those interested <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=55583 </link> ) <BR> <BR> I'm now in week three and I must say, my sweet tooth isn't as nagging as before. While yes I still have my daily soda (... Sat, 31 Mar 2012 22:31:03 EST Sweet tooth Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4788453 So two weeks ago, my mother challenged me to cut out my sugar. Like the soda and ice cream, candy, and cookies and such. <BR> <BR> The first week was HELL. like I wanted to hurt people without my Pepsi, type hell (lol). And instead of gaining 5lbs (like the week before) I wound up gaining 1 lb. Feeling completely dejected but determined to keep the challenge by mother I went on to week two. <BR> <BR> This time, instead of cutting it out completely, I had one or two "free days" were I had th... Thu, 15 Mar 2012 05:55:29 EST ugh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4770363 Not fair! <BR> <BR> So yes, for the last three weeks I fell off the wagon and I fell hard but I did good this week! I limited my sugar intake (with eliminating soda's and candy snacking completed from my diet). I got up off my a$$ more (granted not as much as I could of, but baby steps). <BR> <BR> AND I STILL GAINED! <BR> <BR> Thats three weeks now! WTF body?! You're supposed to be losing it, not gaining it. -_- <BR> <BR> I am so not amused Sun, 4 Mar 2012 17:05:52 EST Dear Me (BLC #13 Challenge 1 with beginning measurements) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4685248 Here we are again. Another 12 weeks done passed us by. Remember what it was like that first week? Want a reminder? <BR> <BR> Lets look at your measurements first: <BR> Hips: 61.5" <BR> Waist: 75" <BR> Bust: 64" <BR> Chest: 60" <BR> Neck: 20" <BR> Upper Arm: 20" <BR> Thighs: 35" <BR> <BR> Now compare it to what you just wrote down from your 12 week check. Getting small eh? Feels good don't it? <BR> <BR> You made a goal to yourself and here you are, trucking along to meet it. You're gonna ki... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 19:48:29 EST week 2 of 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4681344 Here it is, the second week of the year and I've made some good choices and some not so good ones. <BR> <BR> The past two weeks have been difficult to get things under control. After over a year and a half of not getting my TOM due to PCOS, it hit me full force on the first (happy fricken new year to me right?) then to top it off, I got sick at the same time. <BR> <BR> And this wasn't a "I'm in bed for a day sickness." Nope this was a "get out of bed and get dizzy cause I can't breath just ... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 01:09:19 EST the end of an era... or something like that http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4644409 So here it is. The close of 2011, and the dawning of a new year (granted there's three days left but I doubt I'll be blogging' until after the first). <BR> <BR> I've accomplished more than I had hoped in the short amount of time that I've been constant with this journey, but it's not enough. <BR> <BR> I didn't try hard enough, I didn't push myself hard enough, and I didn't want it hard enough. <BR> <BR> I see it now. My weight is climbing again and I want to cry and hide, the feeling of fa... Fri, 30 Dec 2011 06:47:56 EST update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4601157 I'm still at my mom's and doing better. I can't write much as seeing at the ups (which protects the computer when the generator shuts off) is warning me that it's going off. But I'm being good. Staying in range and getting my activity in. I'll talk to you all soon! <BR> <BR> Peace & Love Sun, 27 Nov 2011 12:14:00 EST A hiatus of sorts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4590869 I've had a time with life as of late. Last week my weight loss was over shadowed by the fact that I've gained inches. A fact that is making wonder how that's even possible when the numbers on the scale claim I've lost 30 lbs (another fact that I don't see in myself) <BR> <BR> That on top of our finances are tight where for two weeks now, we haven't been able to actually buy groceries. <BR> <BR> But that's not the biggest part. The biggest thing is everything snow balled. First there was th... Sat, 19 Nov 2011 02:11:40 EST halfway point... it's all in the little things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4577043 So I did my weigh-in on Sunday. While my biggest fear wasn't a reality (the 6 lbs coming back) I did gain a 1lbs. Yeah it's a gain but considering I was sick and not as active as I should be, it's better than I thought. <BR> <BR> But just because the scale is my enemy this week, doesn't mean I haven't had some no scale victories. <BR> <BR> The big one, I can tie my own shoes! THANK GOODNESS! for years my husband has been tying my shoes, or I just wear slip ons. But this past weekend (Satur... Wed, 9 Nov 2011 21:14:25 EST Vlog 2 take 2 LOL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4569040 OKay so this is attempt numero 2 at the second vlog cause apparently the cooling fan on my computer is louder than me lol <BR> <BR> but just in case I talked about <BR> <BR> my week at my aunts. She made me WALK! Love it though! And I got to play Just dance! <BR> <BR> Saturday I walked a little over 2 miles at six flags. Awesome. Didn't go on a ride but man, just being there and over my fear (cause I hadn't been in so long) was the best! <BR> <BR> I also talked about the past week and bei... Fri, 4 Nov 2011 23:19:05 EST Weekly update (Vlog #2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4564371 <link>http://www.nanowrimo.org </link> is the link to the writing challenge I mentioned in the vlog :) if you're participating feel free to add me. I'm tinkerbell707 on there :D <BR> <BR> Weekly Goals: <BR> *90 minutes of cardio <BR> *8 glasses of water a day <BR> *EAT! And track! <BR> *Use the AB Rocker at least 2 days! <BR> *Take a walk every night after dinner <BR> <BR> Peace & Love Wed, 2 Nov 2011 03:18:24 EST Yep that time again Weekly Update! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4549885 So first off, I've done with 20 lbs! Oh yeah! And you know what I can feel them being gone. It's strange. But I feel it. I have more energy, I can stand longer (not much but I accomplished doing the dishes and cooking one night without needing a break or a chair!) <BR> <BR> This past week has been hard on me mentally. With the finals from school and the constant fighting I've seem to be having with my husband, had made it to where I felt like the only thing I wanted to do was crawl back into... Sun, 23 Oct 2011 22:17:33 EST Picture time!!! (Pictures from 10/15/11) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4544089 So this past weekend my bff got one of those nikon powershot cameras (I don't even know if that's the name but it's the ones from the Ashton Kutcher commericals lol) Anyway. As with any new camera, she became a shutter bug and *gasps* some of me came out pretty darn well! So I thought I would share! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l752390291.jpg"> <BR> Surprise shot! lol <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l689665170.jpg"> <BR> My "I'm ... Wed, 19 Oct 2011 22:17:27 EST To me in 8 weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4541002 So the first week of the BLC #12 is underway (Go Butternut Beauties!) and one of our first challenges is to write a letter to our future self. So here goes: <BR> <BR> ~*~*~*~*~*~*~ <BR> <BR> Hi there! <BR> <BR> so you did it. Another 8 weeks gone and so is that weight! You feel better don't you? Sure it seemed like you were going through boot camp but look at how are you've come! You can finally do more than rinse dishes in the sink. You can walk to the mailbox and back and not get winded!... Tue, 18 Oct 2011 03:23:56 EST Weekly update via Vblog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4540805 My weekly update, short and sweet, but figured I'd try the vblog version :D <BR> <BR> But I mention numbers lost. so here's the new measurements (in inches) :D <BR> <BR> Starting (9/23) <BR> Waist: 66.5 <BR> Hips: 79 <BR> Thigh: 34 <BR> Upper Arm: 24 <BR> <BR> Current (10/17) <BR> Waist: 63.5 <BR> Hips: 74 <BR> Thigh: 34.5 <BR> Upper Arm: 21 <BR> <BR> Yay! <BR> <BR> This weeks goals: <BR> *Stay within nutritional goals <BR> *Drink more water! <BR> *Get at least 15 minutes of cardio a da... Mon, 17 Oct 2011 23:15:25 EST Mid week update #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4532079 Some where I am doing something wrong. I've gained 2.8 lbs since my last WI on Monday. I'm back tracking my steps to see where I went wrong, and so far, nothing. <BR> <BR> Does stress cause weight gain? Cause I'm definitely stressed out. Things in our apartment are either failing apart or no longer working and rather than fix it, management is ignoring us. :( <BR> <BR> Oye, I could keep whining about the problems but I'll spare you! I'm just thrown for a loop with that gain. I mean I though... Wed, 12 Oct 2011 12:28:07 EST Exercise Journal - Day 05 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4530868 Woke up this morning migraine free, but not really wanting to leave the warmth and comfort of my bed. The sky was nasty at 7:30, gray, dark, gloomy, and it was rainy and cold! brrr <BR> <BR> But I sucked it up. Got dressed. Did some stretching and a 6 minute zumba cool down. MUCH easier to keep up with than what I tried the other day! YAY! <BR> <BR> Now that I was awake and ready to face the day I headed out to the gym for water aerobics. Since I was 30 minutes early, i decided to do someth... Tue, 11 Oct 2011 19:24:08 EST Weekly Update & Exercise Journal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4529113 Happy Monday! <BR> <BR> I'm gonna make this short and sweet cause my head is pounding at the moment <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Weigh-in for the Winsome Witches <em>275</em> and lost 0.7 lbs for the week. I was thankful to see that this morning after having that gain and being a teeny bit bad at Chris's bday party lol. But I'm obviously doing something right in my head to still have a loss even when I veer off track. <BR> <BR> I didn't forget about my exercise journal! I had it written down ... Mon, 10 Oct 2011 20:03:40 EST Exercise Journal - Day 01 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4524600 So after reading this article <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness<BR>_articles.asp?id=587 </link> about being to fat to exercise, I decided that I wanted to start an exercise journal. <BR> <BR> Now the idea is your supposed to track the before, during, and after of the exercise and I decided that since I was trying something new and, in my mind, exceedingly difficult, today was better than never to try it! <BR> <BR> So what I did was my stretches, first and foremost. While I was ... Fri, 7 Oct 2011 18:46:00 EST