BBONET's SparkPeople Blog BBONET's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 1st Week 5% Spring challenge Well one week down and 7 to go!! This week was a rough start because it was my birthday weekend <em>224</em> m <em>334</em> and I did go out to dinner with friends and then of course my three men (DH and 2 sons) also took me to dinner!!! So I was not following the proper food intake!!! <em>44</em> <em>297</em> <em>475</em> So I did go up 1.5 but because I was active I did keep it to a minimum! Now the excuses are over and let's start fresh!! <em>521</em> <em>386</em> <em>... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 10:14:12 EST 5% Spring Challenge Well it is almost time for the 5% Spring challenge. I am happy to report that I am a Teddy Bear once again. <em>224</em> mm <em>345</em> <em>174</em> <em>174</em> <em>174</em> <em>174</em> <em>174</em> <BR> <BR> I love my Teddy Bears and I am so happy to be once again traveling with this great group of Bears. Welcome and a warm hello to all the new members. Hope to get to meet you all and you can count on me to be there for support and cheering us all on. <BR> <BR> A ... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 20:25:21 EST End of the Winter Challenge This was quite a challenge for me! I had my ups and downs but all the teddy bears and just all the spark friend were always there to support and encourage!! <em>304</em> <em>250</em> <em>223</em> <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> I know that this is what it is all about!! I will be waiting anxiously for the next challenge and meanwhile I will continue to do all that I have learned! <em>521</em> <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> Thanks to our great Team Leaders for all their hard work!! Keepi... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 11:09:54 EST Spotlight Thanks! Thank you to all my wonderful spark friends "Teddy Bears" for all you kind and warm wishes on my day in the spotlight. The messages are so heartwarming and the goodies are awesome!! Love the fun we have with this team and the whole website!! <BR> Let's finish our challenge strong no matter what the outcome. <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>243</em> <BR> I have learned throughout this whole process that it is not just the weight it is the whole body, mind and spirit. So many motivation... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 11:13:32 EST St. Augustine Field Trip Tomorrow I head out with my 4th grade class on our annual field trip to St. Augustine to supplement our studies of Florida history. <em>250</em> Everyone is really excited but the only damper is that the weather has made a turn for the worse (Florida style) and it is raining and cool. Tomorrow is suppose to be cooler -low 50's-which is great but raining. The kids are all so excited that I have had a hard time keeping them focused. This our big trip that they all look forward to in 4th gra... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 21:36:48 EST Finding Myself I have been feeling quite down this month and I know this has a lot to do with my weigh loss not going in the right direction. I have been reading the motivational articles and things are starting to make sense. <em>198</em> <em>224</em> <BR> I think I have been to hard on myself and this has slow down my progress. I read this article " Going Through the Emotions: Why It's Worth the Trouble" and it really hit home for me. <em>525</em> <BR> I know it is ok to be sad, to have bad days,... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 10:29:56 EST Remembering an Angel Angelina - Today 2/17 is your is your birthday! Happy 23rd. birthday my beautiful daughter! Celebrate in heaven and know that we will be celebrating with you!! <em>383</em> <em>383</em> <em>382</em> <em>382</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>212</em> <em>212</em> <em>383</em> <em>383</em> Tears of joy will be shed for you and your dad, your brothers and I remember you dearly and we will send a special prayer your way!! <BR> Love <BR> Mom Sun, 16 Feb 2014 23:14:32 EST February - Month of Love, Happiness and Sadness This is a wonderful month where we express our love for all in our lives. Everyone is excited about St. Valentine's Day! Don't get me wrong so am I. I bought some cards to send my boy that are away in college. I will spend the day with my husband. I will email, call or text my sisters, family and friends. <BR> So what is the problem!! Well 3 days after Valentine's day on Feb. 17 would have been my beautiful daughter's 23rd birthday!! She is my special Valentine and angel in heaven. So this y... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 23:11:57 EST Taking the Walk of Shame! Well it happened my weight went up this week!!! <em>192</em> <em>38</em> <em>198</em> Why I don't know! I do know that I have not been able to make to the gym due to personal problems but I have made sure to get in at least 30 minutes of walking or movement. I have been tracking and watching my intake so what happened!!! <em>39</em> m <em>198</em> <em>46</em> I was so disappointed when I got on the scale that I did not want to post my weight but I know I can't let down my team... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 21:06:03 EST Week 2 Week 1 down: <BR> <BR> I did go down just that 1 pound. I guess a pound is good all things considering. I did not have time for to much exercise but I did make sure I got in at least 30 minutes each day. I am not making excuses but sometime life gets in the way, however I am still just looking ahead to the end result. <em>521</em> <em>386</em> m <em>224</em> <em>33</em> <BR> <BR> I can do this, positive thinking all the time!!! Let's go Bears!!! Mon, 27 Jan 2014 13:36:53 EST 5% Challenge Week 1 We are off to Jerusalem and this is really awesome!!! I am so happy and ready to get back to some serious focus, taking charge and control of my actions!!! <em>521</em> <em>386</em> No more excuses, no more eating just because it was available. I had fun during the holidays and now I am paying for it. So to echo the words of my friend and team member Jonnie "no more pity parties" and let's get going. <BR> <BR> I say all this know that this weekend has been really bad for me with this co... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 16:43:53 EST Teddy Bear Again!!! WOO HOO! I am a Teddy Bear!!!! <BR> I am excited and ready to start the challenge! <BR> Welcome to all my Teddy Bears and to all the other teams in the challenge. Time for some fun and challenges! <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to talking to all my old Teddies and getting to know the new Teddies!! <em>174</em> <em>174</em> <em>174</em> <em>174</em> <em>174</em> <em>174</em> <em>174</em> <em>521</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>523</em> <em>524</em> Sun, 12 Jan 2014 21:30:03 EST 2014 - 7-UPS This is a list of 7-UPS for the NEW YEAR! <BR> <BR> 1. WAKE-UP Begin the day with the Lord - Be happy, be positive <BR> 2. DRESS-UP Put on a smile, it improves your looks and attitude <BR> 3. SHUT-UP Watch your tongue, don't talk about anyone, say nice things, learn to listen <BR> 4. STAND-UP Take a stand for what you believe, do good <BR> 5. LOOK-UP Open your eyes, see the good in all, look up to the heavens <BR> 6. REACH-UP Spend time in prayer, reflection,... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 12:58:59 EST 2013 - Goodbye 2013 was a year full of: <BR> challenges, achievements <BR> sadness, happiness, <BR> illness, health <BR> tears, laughter <BR> disappointments, BLESSINGS <BR> <BR> Most important are family, love, peace, togetherness, faith, hope and just living each day and accepting what we have and doing the best we can! <BR> <BR> HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL AND MAY 2014 bring lots of blessings and peace to all! Tue, 31 Dec 2013 14:22:08 EST Thanks to one and ALL!!! <em>304</em> mm <em>250</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>224</em> <BR> Thank you to all my TEDDY BEARS for the wonderful messages and goodies for my day in the spotlight!!! It could not have come at a better time. These last two weeks, especial this week, I have been fight this cold or whatever it is and I have been feeling so miserable. It was nice to find all the great messages of support and inspiration from all my Teddies!!! <em>429</em> <em>429</em> <em>174</em>... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 07:56:56 EST Busy Months - Shows on the scale Well I must say that these last two months have bee very busy for me and I have not been as committed to my weight goal. <BR> First I went to PR to visit my uncles that are ill and I was a bad girl and ate. Then I came home to deal with working late, conferences, getting ready for accreditation visit and no time for me. In between that I had my in laws at home for a week because my father in law turned 90 and we had a celebration for that last weekend. So that meant more cooking and not enoug... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 14:54:18 EST 5% Challenge Week 3 Well at the end of this week I had stayed the same and that was good considering I was out of town. <BR> I had to travel to see my sick uncles and I did eat delicious food but I was walking and able to stay the same. <BR> Thanks to all for the prayers and good wishes for my family. I was so happy to have this time with them because things don't look to good and at least I have the great memories and laughs we all shared these few days. On Saturday we had a big family reunion and it was aweso... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 15:32:37 EST 5% Challenge Week 2 This first week went pretty good - down 1 lb. However, this week might be a challenge because I will be out of town due to a family emergency. <BR> I will be flying to Puerto Rico on Wednesday night to visit my uncles who are both suffering illness. One has cancer and the other one Parkinson. The family has decided to get together to celebrate their lives before the end comes. This is a bittersweet trip because my mom that suffered a stroke and is in the nursing home will be the one sister mi... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 11:05:06 EST 5% Challenge Week 1 We are off!! I am a Teddy Bear and loving it! I am happy to report that my start weight for this challenge is just one pound up from where I ended the last time! <BR> <em>244</em> m <em>521</em> <em>386</em> <BR> So I hope things continue on this trend and I will be doing my part to make sure it happens! Welcome back to all my old Teddy friends and to all the new members! This is a great team to be on and I look forward to some fun within our team and the other teams out there!! <BR... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 19:02:42 EST I am officially a Teddy Bear!!! <em>244</em> <em>250</em> <em>345</em> <em>174</em> <em>174</em> <em>174</em> <em>174</em> <em>174</em> <em>89</em> <BR> I am now official a Teddy Bear again!!! I love my Teddies and I am anxious to start our travels. <BR> I can celebrate now because this weekend has been the weekend from HELL!!!! First my husband had been sick for a week with a cold, he starts to feel better and then he get this pain in his arm, shoulder that just kept getting worse and worse. So I... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 19:23:56 EST 5% Challenge - Week 7 Hi fellow Sparkies; <BR> This is a little late but it has been a very busy week. Had a couple of family emergencies which are now under control but it just takes you out of your routine. So for me that meant that I gained 1 pound in the last weigh in. Oh well!! <BR> My niece is doing better and she is back home now, still on medication but gaining her strength. Then we had to drive down to Miami to visit my in-laws because they are experiencing health issues. So we were there to help them ou... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 10:20:33 EST 5% Challenge - Week 6 Well another week down and another pound down <em>244</em> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I am hoping that I can reach my 5% down in this challenge--but we still have a few weeks and things happen. I am trying to stay focused and moving at least 30 minutes a day or more and really working on my food tracking. <BR> <BR> The Labor Day weekend took me to my sister's because my niece was in the hospital for a week (running all kinds of test) to find out why she had been running a fever for over ... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 15:13:28 EST 5% Challenge - Week 5 This was a great week for me!!! Yes I did lose 2 lbs. which makes it great <em>244</em> <em>192</em> <em>224</em> but I have started to fall back into my work routine and getting up at 5am is helping me get my exercise in, even if it is just 30 minutes. <BR> Also I feel that I have less stress because my son, that has been struggling with his medical condition for over 2 years, is doing so much better. We dropped him off at college to begin his 2 year and he is in such a better mind ... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 14:14:42 EST 5% Challenge - Week 4 Well another week gone by and once again I'm down 1/2 pound. This week was very stressful due to my first full week with students, but it was also very rewarding. I did make sure to set aside at least 30 minutes of exercise time before I collapsed each day. So I am proud of the 1/2 lb. I lost. <em>224</em> <em>386</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> Saturday I started week 4 with over an hour at the gym and I felt good. However, I did not know my husband had a surprise for me!!! We were f... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 16:53:27 EST 1st Day Back to School <em>198</em> <em>334</em> <em>224</em> What an exhausting day!! I had forgotten what it was like to deal with a class full of 4th graders!!!! My feet hurt <em>331</em> <em>149</em> <em>150</em> <em>207</em> and I am ready for a drink!!!! <BR> Seriously it has been a fun day getting to know my new students and trying to get them organized. However, I am having fun already!!! Just counting down to the last day of school! <em>246</em> <em>381</em> I even got some exercis... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 15:55:05 EST 5% Challenge - Week 3 The end of week 2 was not exactly what I wanted but I am happy to report that I did go down half pound and the important part is down!! <BR> I have been working out consistently but I had a week of conferences and then I am back in the classroom getting ready for the start of school on Tuesday. So it has been a bit stressful and not eating correctly!! So I do know what I have done right and where I have not been so careful. <em>224</em> <em>198</em> <em>334</em> <BR> Once I start ... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 11:09:11 EST 5% Challenge - Week 2 Week 1 - is done and down and so is my weight - 2 lbs. <BR> <em>192</em> <em>244</em> <em>224</em> <BR> I have been working hard at staying on track, working out and tracking!!! So far it has been good. <BR> Week 2 - I plan on stay committed and continue with my goals - I know this week will be harder because I have conferences from work and getting ready for back to school, but I will make the effort to get my exercise in and continue to track my food!!! <BR> <em>244</em> <e... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 19:52:47 EST 5% Challenge - Week 1 <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>224</em> <em>243</em> <em>174</em> <em>174</em> <em>174</em> <BR> Ok the competition is on!! The weigh has been done (141) and exercise posted. <BR> I am determined to work out at least 60 minutes a day and if something happens I will make sure I move in 10 minutes intervals. <BR> I will track and measure all my food in take. <BR> I will have only healthy snacks or make sure that I measure what I eat. <BR> <BR> My goal is to reach this 5% an... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 13:44:01 EST 2 Years Sparkversary It seems like yesterday that I accidently came across this wonderful site!!! <em>244</em> <BR> I literally was looking for Spark Notes and I just happened to click on the wrong name! <em>30</em> <em>2</em> Little did I know that what I found was a place that would be my refuge, my comfort zone, my cry area and my group of great friends that would be there for me. <em>250</em> <em>30</em> <em>223</em> I was sitting in a hospital lobby waiting for the doctors to see my son. We ... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 10:59:39 EST Yeah I am a Teddy Bear! Well finally today I got my invite for the Teddy Bear Team!!! I was starting to worry because I had not got the invite and I thought I would not be a Teddy Bear again!!! I am all gear up, fluffing my fur and get my running shoes ready!!! Let's make this a great challenge!!! Go Bears! <em>386</em> <em>381</em> <em>174</em> <em>89</em> <BR> I have had a few weeks of up and down with my weight, but I continue with my exercise and hope to get back on track!!! Mon, 22 Jul 2013 23:28:51 EST Guilty - I confess - I did it!!!! OK!!! I am guilty!!! I confess, I did it!!! <em>334</em> <em>40</em> <BR> These last two weeks I have had my family over and I am GUILTY of having lots of fun! I have laughed so much, done silly things, stayed up till 4am talking, and of course I know I have eaten to much!!! <em>224</em> <em>334</em> But for once I must confess that I don't care that I am guilty!!! I did not know how much fun we had when we all got together (almost all of us-there were still 3 missing), but four sis... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 21:15:20 EST Family Reunion My younger sister and her two teenage kids came to town (surprise) to see mom at the nursing home. That was her first stop and then she surprised me at my house. We had not seen each other in over two years so it was a nice surprise. <em>224</em> <BR> Friday (tonight) my other sister and her DH from the Pembroke Pines area will drive over and spend the weekend. Saturday we will all spend most of the day with mom, I hope she recognizes everyone and is not to overwhelmed. <em>26</em> ... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 08:16:09 EST Schools Out <em>224</em> <em>30</em> <em>388</em> <em>149</em> <em>150</em> Finally school is out for the kids!!! However, I will be in school for at least a week or more cleaning, packing up room and book inventory!!! Oh and let's not forget report cards and cum folders!! Working late to see if I can wrap this up sooner and relax!!!! <BR> All you teachers out there know what it is like!! We don't have a job that ends at 3pm <em>334</em> <em>30</em> but I love what I am doing!! <BR> So... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 09:49:39 EST Wonderful Day in the Spotlight Well what a nice surprise <em>224</em> <em>244</em> Today was a day that I did not have a chance to get online until now 10:00pm because I was having a great time with my 4th grade class at Sea World our last field trip for the year!! I cam home exhausted after a fun filled day in the sun and little did I know that it was my day in the spotlight!!! <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>204</em> So I really was surprise and happy to hear from all from Teddy Bears!! <em>224</... Thu, 30 May 2013 22:34:10 EST 2nd Week - Not Good Here it is the second week and I have been exercising, tracking and eat good but the <em>192</em> <em>38</em> says different. I seem to be stuck at this weight now for the past weeks. I go down one week and up the next!!! <em>198</em> <em>334</em> what's going on!!! <BR> I will continue with my focus on the goal but it gets depressing working so hard and no results. <em>386</em> <em>104</em> <em>33</em> <BR> Having said all this I am still having fun with the challenge an... Sat, 25 May 2013 15:53:08 EST 1st week challenge Well the first week is done and the results are in:) I stayed active and got in my exercise minutes. I did not loose much but it was still a loss. Just half pound:) <BR> <BR> Today I visited with mom at the nursing home and it was wonderful. The first half hour is always trying to get her to realize it is me and then she settles down and enjoys the visit. I gave her a manicure and pedicure and she was so happy and thanking me with lots of kisses. Her complaint is that she can't see my face, ... Sun, 19 May 2013 16:08:01 EST Spring Challenge My week was rough with trip to ER and so much testing that I was literally exhausted. Today I woke up feeling much better and I went to the gym with my DH. I did not over do it but I needed to move and see how I felt. <em>224</em> <em>334</em> <em>315</em> I did better than what expected and once again I was careful to listen to my body. So I feel good and glad that I was able to do this and hopefully all my results will come back negative. I think my body just needed some rest (why ... Sat, 11 May 2013 11:59:42 EST May: Off to a bad start Well all of my great intentions have gone out the window for this month so far. <BR> I have not been able to start exercising correctly or consistently. I ended up in the ER with abdominal and chest pains and they admitted me for testing. <em>282</em> <em>273</em> <BR> EKG, Ultrasounds, Stress test, Blood work, blood work, blood work, etc. Well the good news is results all came back negative except for very low potasium. I am home today but need to go back for EEG and MRI tomorrow. <BR... Wed, 8 May 2013 13:08:00 EST 21 Years.... My oldest son turned 21 on Wednesday and we will see him this weekend. Since he is away at college it was strange not to spend the day with him on such an occasion. So today my DH and my youngest (18 yr.) son will go visit him and spend some quality time with him. I guess I have to prepare myself for the moment when he orders his first legal drink!!! <em>334</em> <em>224</em> <em>246</em> <em>408</em> Yes, I say legal because although I know he is a good person and we have taught ... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 10:21:33 EST A Beautiful Memorial Yesterday was the funeral of James, 15 yr old friend, that went to heaven from a brain tumor. He helped to organized his funeral, the songs, the readings, what he wanted to wear, the flowers and even what people should wear. <BR> This was a very courageous young man who was ready to stop suffering here on earth. <BR> It was very moving, sad, happy, tears, laughter all for him. <BR> We all had to write something memorable about him or how he touched our lives. This was harder that what I expe... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 14:10:54 EST Last Weigh in 5% Well here it is already--- last weigh in--- <BR> I did not reach my 5%- but I did lose during this time-- they say little by little, step by step is also good!!! However, the most important of all I was in the den with lots of great teddies, some old friend, lots of new ones. The support and love was felt during the whole process. had fun, learned a lot and laughed during this process. <BR> Thanks to all my Teddies and all the spark friends. <BR> I hope to be back again, just "hibernating" ,... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 08:17:10 EST Strike Two Well they say bad news comes in three, so I am up to number 2...don't even want to think of what number 3 will be. <BR> <BR> First my young friend James dies and than same night my youngest sister call to let me know she just had surgery. A few days ago she had a mole removed from her breast and it came back positive, (Melanoma in suit) so they had to go in and take out more tissues to see if it has spread. <BR> <BR> She is the youngest of all and she lives away from all of us so it is so h... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 18:59:48 EST Update on my special friend! This is a short and sad blog <em>245</em> <BR> A few months ago I wrote about my special friend "James" that I met in church. James a handsome young 15 year old was diagnosed with brain cancer. His smile was so contiagious and his attitude so posiitive that you would never have know he was sufferring so much. We bounded in church and his family and I became close church friends and I was praying for him and his family. <BR> <BR> Well today his grandma called me to tell me that James in no... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 21:06:06 EST Great week! Now back to reality This was really a great week for me! I was on spring break from work! <BR> Then Easter <em>224</em> <em>345</em> spent with my family! <BR> Next my birthday and it seems I have been celebrating all week. <BR> Now it is back to reality <em>198</em> <em>334</em> <em>246</em> so much fun and not enough exercise.. so the loss was very minimal, but I was surprised I still lost a little bit <em>40</em> <BR> So now back to reality and work and exercise and no more "forbidden" food... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 16:11:38 EST My Special Day or Days!!! I first want to thank all my Spark Friends <em>220</em> <em>223</em> <em>304</em> <em>247</em> for all the goodies and good wishes for my birthday:) I want to share how special this birthday weekend has been. <BR> I started my celebration on Easter Sunday with my two sons, they drove to my sisters house, half way for everyone and we were suppose to get together for Easter dinner, but they decided to celebrate my birthday early!!! So this was special! <BR> Today I was off from wor... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 18:00:17 EST Field Trip Tomorrow I will be taking my 4th grade class on a field trip. Yep all 21 of them with me on a bus for about hour and half. We will be visiting St. Augustine (the oldest city in the new world) as part of our social studies class. They are so excited and I am surely looking forward to it. The only little obstacle is that we are expecting cool weather and most of our day is outdoors, however it beats walking in the heat!! So I guess I better not complain to much. <em>388</em> <em>149</em> ... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 22:42:41 EST Parent's Nightmare -- At 12:30am we were awoken by the ringing of the phone and my son who goes to the University of Central Florida informing me that he had been evacuated from him dorm.This made the national news tonight. A fire alarm got them out and they did not know what was happening. As we talked they were told to go as far away from the building as possible. It said mom there are police, ambulance, para medics, bomb squad -- you name it--- my heart dropped -- he was cold (just came out in shorts and shirt)... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 19:11:42 EST The Battle of the Weigh in and the scale The scale won this battle - I went up and at first I said why?? How could this be?? but you know what I know why. This week I was not able to hit the gym and do my regular work out, I only did some walking at lunch time, but I guess that was not enough. I had to many late nights at work and to many things going on -- so I guess taking it all into consideration it could have been worse and I do know why!! <BR> <BR> So today I went to the gym - did 128 minutes - tracked my food and hopefully... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 23:11:53 EST Anything else you would like to share with your Team I just want to thank my team for all the support, encouragement, advice and especially all the great friendship. This weight loss journey is not just about the weight, it is about being able to share these moments with such a great group of people. <em>223</em> <em>345</em> <em>220</em> People that we may never get to see in person but we do know that when needed to laugh, shoulder to cry on, someone that will let you vent without being judgemental--they are there <em>224</em> <B... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 13:43:24 EST Healthy Habit 6 Do you need some motivation or advice? Ask for it! <BR> <BR> Motivation is something that everyone always need. Now what we do need to remember that the motivation could come from so many sources. Sometimes we wait to hear from others to feel motivated but we should try to remember that motivation can come from within. People or things will not give us a true motivation if we are not willing to change or accept responsibilty!!! <BR> <BR> So yes I always need motivation and advice is alway... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 09:18:18 EST