BBONET's SparkPeople Blog BBONET's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Happy! Happiness is within us all! We choose to be sad or be happy! It is so easy to fall into the sad phase - but I love the challenge of being happy for at least 10 minutes a day! <em>30</em> <em>224</em> <BR> Saturday was an extra special, happy day for me! My second graders made their First Reconciliation and the smiles on their faces made me so proud! <em>345</em> <BR> Then to hear the priest say how well prepared they were put a smile on my face! <em>243</em> <BR> <BR> Then I we... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 11:35:56 EST February 17th - Tribute to my Daughter! My dear daughter - Angelina! <BR> <BR> What a beautiful name for a beautiful Angel! My girl I remember you always but especially on your birthday and the day you left us! <BR> <BR> It is always so hard to hear people say - oh you only have two boys - two wonderful young men I must add - but little do they know that I had my daughter before I had my sons! <BR> <BR> I missed doing all the mommy daughter things but I know you are in a wonderful place. You made my life and your dad's happy for... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 17:17:00 EST Week 1 of 5% Challenge Well week one is in the past and so are the 3 lbs. that I lost!!! <em>244</em> <em>521</em> <em>192</em> I really gave it my all this week. I took my workout clothes to work and forced myself to leave early enough so that I made it to the gym everyday! <em>315</em> <em>33</em> <BR> <BR> I have decided that I need to take care of me first so that I can be effective in my work, my personal life and just plain healthier. <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> So on to week 2 and I did get up... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 20:49:14 EST 5% Challenge Day 1 Well today is the start of the 5% Winter challenge and I am really pumped up about this. I did put weight back on that I lost in the past and I have no one to blame but myself. I could come up with the same excuse - Christmas, New Year's, Three King's, my son's graduation celebration, my husband's birthday... but no that was not it... it was plain and simple ME!!! <BR> <BR> So I know what I need to do and I will be doing just that and the challenge always helps keep me on track so I am reall... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 17:20:27 EST Goodbye 2014 - Hello 2015 <em>244</em> <em>521</em> <em>236</em> <em>411</em> m <em>107</em> <em>408</em> <BR> <BR> Another year is ending and new one will begin in a few hours. I have to thank God for all the good things that happened this year and accept all the challenges that were presented to me! <BR> <BR> I have to thank my family for always being there and ask for forgiveness if I did anything to offend them during this year (which I am sure I did). <BR> <BR> My oldest graduated from colleg... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 15:33:13 EST A Very Special Week for a special Son! Well these last few weeks have had plenty of twists and turns. <em>40</em> I have been so busy at work and then at home it has really been fast track! I feel like I am on a fast paced treadmill <em>334</em> <em>315</em> and I can't stop it!!! <BR> <BR> But the best is yet to come!!! <em>224</em> This Friday, Dec. 12th. my oldest son graduates from the University of South Florida (USF)!!!!! <em>149</em> <em>250</em> <em>244</em> I am so proud of him and all that he has acc... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 22:43:56 EST I Didn't see that coming! Well I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw that the scale had 2lbs. less!! <em>40</em> <em>192</em> <em>38</em> Yeah! I thought for sure now it is really broke! <em>246</em> The reason is because these last two weeks I have only been walking 10 minutes the most due to a hip injury! So who would have thought after being stuck at the same weight for weeks that now it went down!!! I did continue to track and follow everything else but who knew! <BR> <BR> Goes to show you that our bod... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 09:29:52 EST Doctor's Order No Exercise:( Well today I finally went back to the doctor for a pain in my hip that I have had for over six months. <em>33</em> <em>39</em> Back then he told me to take some aleve two times a day for two weeks and to go back if the pain continued. Well needless to say the pain has been getting worse progressively and I continued to ignore it. I have even been working out hoping it would just go away. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a horrible day for me. I am on my feet all day because I teach 2nd. grader... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 23:06:00 EST Week 2 5% challenge Well I am really disappointed in my weigh in results. I went down but just half pound after all the hard work and tracking. Again I feel that my body is sabotaging me because it likes me and does not want to leave me! <em>15</em> <em>9</em> m <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I worked out consistently and tracked and ate within my range - so what gives - I do feel that something is wrong because it seems that no matter what I do it is the same and my husband keeps losing and is not even tracki... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 14:09:18 EST Week 1 of Challenge! Week one of the challenge is over! I am so invested in this challenge that I was at the gym every single day! <em>315</em> <em>319</em> I did at least 60 minutes or more a day and I was tracking and measuring my food. I drank my water <em>91</em> <em>91</em> <em>91</em> So someone tell me what went wrong!!! <em>334</em> m <em>334</em> <em>198</em> <em>46</em> <em>46</em> <em>46</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>192</em> <em>192</em> I am completely baf... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 17:35:29 EST Fall Challenge on the way! Well once again the 5% challenge has started. I am so happy and excited to get back on track. It is so easy to let life get in the way and not watch what you eat, not work out and just go about without tracking our food intake. <em>4</em> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Well now that the challenge has started it is a motivator and it gives me a reason to get up and go. Being accountable to others and helping the team inspires me to do something for myself. <em>521</em> <em>324</em> <em... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 16:12:46 EST 5% Summer Challenge as come to an end! Well I stayed on through the whole challenge even though the weight results went the opposite direction! <em>334</em> <em>49</em> <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> However, I did have a lot of non scale victories and it was the first summer in a longggggg time that I have taken any vacation time alone with just my DH! <em>224</em> So I had a fun summer after three years of non stop stress and family issues! I came back renewed and ready to continue with the issues and my new teaching assig... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 17:31:56 EST First Day of School! WOW! I am totally exhausted but so satisfied after my first day as a 2nd grade teacher! <em>198</em> m <em>224</em> I had gotten used to my 4th grader and I forgot how many questions you get from a 2nd grader - so that was fun - but they are all so precious and willing to please that it makes up for the extra questions. <em>521</em> <em>150</em> <em>149</em> I even had a student bring me an apple we just made it so special! <BR> <BR> Today was collecting supplies, getting their... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 15:14:36 EST Weigh In Results! You would think that after all those hours at the gym <em>315</em> <em>324</em> <em>362</em> that I would see a better result on the <em>192</em> . But NO just a half pound! <em>234</em> <em>33</em> <em>198</em> I guess my month of fun and travels finally caught up to me! <em>246</em> <em>4</em> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> However, I am not giving up! <em>521</em> <em>386</em> <em>33</em> <em>198</em> because I have gained a lot of other NSV and I also kno... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 13:57:08 EST 5% Challenge Update:( :) Ok today was weigh in day <em>192</em> <em>198</em> and I knew what was coming! So I did not get upset <em>246</em> <em>521</em> I told myself if you do the crime you pay the time! <em>4</em> m <em>46</em> <em>224</em> So the results are what I expected but I have to confess that this has been the best summer vacation and time I have had in a long, long, long time. <em>334</em> <em>47</em> <em>298</em> <em>388</em> <BR> <BR> So now I am back home, back at wo... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 13:03:49 EST Back Home and back to work! Well reality is setting in! I am back home from my in-laws and what a week that was! I think I ate <em>334</em> <em>198</em> <em>191</em> <em>495</em> <em>255</em> my way to patience! So I know the scale will be terrible but I have to face the music! <em>192</em> <em>18</em> <BR> <BR> My in-laws, I love them, but by the first day they have worn you down! They are like little bickering kids and no matter what you do it is wrong! The whole week was cleaning, taking them t... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:14:28 EST Busy Week Well I have been pretty busy since I got back home - but I have to say I do feel so relax and I am so happy I took the time for me because I needed to recharge my battery! <em>224</em> <em>216</em> <em>67</em> <em>530</em> <BR> <BR> I have been spending time with mom at the nursing home because once I get back to work it gets harder and this has been so great! <em>220</em> She still has a hard time remembering but I give her lots of love and she loves that!! <em>212</em> <... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:25:05 EST Back Home and 5% Challenge <em>224</em> <em>298</em> <em>388</em> <em>174</em> <BR> Well I am back home from California - a wonderful trip with my husband and we met up with some friends that took us to Sacramento, Carmel by the Sea, Monterey, etc. and wine country <em>277</em> <em>277</em> <BR> <BR> My husband and I had not been on a trip with out kids in the last 22 years!! <em>224</em> so this was really a treat for us. We celebrate our 24th anniversary and we just had a great time. <BR> <BR> I... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 20:09:04 EST San Francisco Update Well we arrived on Sunday morning SF time and the first thing was the weather change! <em>259</em> <em>67</em> It was sunny and cool and when we wentdown to Fisherman's wharf it was windy and wonderful!!! <em>340</em> <em>388</em> <BR> <BR> I am so happy to be here and boy did I get m,y walking in yesterday. We walked, walked, walked and walked that by the time we made it back to the hotel at 6pm West coast time and 9pm East coast <em>30</em> <em>40</em> I was completely exh... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 11:30:52 EST San Francisco Here We Come Well lots of things going on today: <BR> <BR> First day of summer <em>67</em> <BR> First day of the 5% summer challenge <em>244</em> <BR> My niece's baby shower <em>79</em> <BR> Finally home packing for my trip tomorrow morning <em>388</em> <em>224</em> <em>250</em> <BR> We leave the house at the 4am because we have an early flight so I guess early night for me! <BR> This get us into San Francisco around 9am and then we will have the day to relax and try to catch up on... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 20:51:46 EST Happy Days ;) June 20 is a special day for us! my youngest son was born 20 years ago in Jacksonville, FL <em>383</em> <em>77</em> <em>183</em> Today he is turning 20 and we are so proud of all of his accomplishments. <em>345</em> He has had the last three years of his teen years as a struggle and challenge due to his condition but I am happy to report that he is doing so well. <em>306</em> <em>386</em> <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> He is also dealing with his weight (which is due to all... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 09:09:57 EST Memories The weekend was a moving weekend for me again - this time helping my oldest son put his things in storage at college until he gets his new apt. in August. So once again work, but of course it is done with love. <BR> <BR> Today I had a training from work for our new grading system that starts up in August and then I went to visit mom at the nursing home. <BR> <BR> For those of you that don't know Mom had a stroke almost 4 years ago which she never fully recovered. On top of this she went bli... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 20:05:58 EST It is Done! Well today I finally finish moving all my things from 4th to 2nd grade. <em>46</em> <em>39</em> I had no idea how much stuff we accumulate throughout the <em>198</em> years. I cleaned out the 4th grade room <em>253</em> and left all my things stored away in my new 2nd grade room!! <em>224</em> <em>244</em> <em>229</em> <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> Everything was stored away until August when I return to then organize and start the new chapter in my school career. <em>5... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 19:21:49 EST Last Day as 4th Grade Teacher Today is a bittersweet day! <em>30</em> <em>46</em> It is the last day of school with students!!! <em>244</em> But it is the last day I will be in 4th grade. I love my 4th graders and it is hard! However, I know I will be ok when I close up this room and start opening up the 2nd grade room!! <em>521</em> m <em>250</em> <em>30</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <BR> I know I will adapt quickly because I have that ability and some my current students have siblings that will be 2... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 09:40:57 EST Decision Has been Made First off I want to thank all of you that gave me such great support, advice and just listen to me during these days of my dilemma regarding my job and the changes be offered. <BR> I really appreciate all of your encouragement and support! <em>304</em> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Finally today after much thought and prayer I have decided to go for the challenge and take on the 2nd grade class!!! <em>334</em> <em>521</em> The decision was very hard because as I said before I love my 4... Fri, 30 May 2014 21:56:32 EST 5% Challange Has Taught Me Assertivness Yes, I can actually say that these 5% challenges and this spark site has taught me how to be more assertive in my life. All the articles, blogs from other members and comments from my spark family has helped me become this person. <BR> <BR> Why you must be think do I say this. I have been dealing with a big decision at my work which involves staying in 4th grade or moving to 2nd. Previously I would have just done what my boss asked without thinking of all the options. But because of all my s... Wed, 28 May 2014 20:46:29 EST Big Decision for tomorrow! OK! I am still weighing all my options between 2nd and 4th grade. My boss has been nicely pressuring me to take the 2nd. grade position. He is really smooching me and I am really torn. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I love my 4th grade and I do know that the group coming up has lots of problems (learning issues) but they are so independent to a point. I already know the curriculum and I just feel good. <BR> <BR> On the other hand 2nd. graders have so much eagerness to learn and please! This gro... Mon, 26 May 2014 13:21:47 EST Tribute to our soldiers I am sitting here watching the PBS Memorial tribute to our soldiers and the emotion is so hard to hold back tears. I can't even imagine the feelings of the families of the injured and especially those that have lost their dear ones! <BR> <BR> As another team member posted we need to stop and remember what this day is all about! Take a moment out of our busy lives and Remember those who gave everything for our Freedom! <em>652</em> m <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <BR> Thank you to all t... Sun, 25 May 2014 21:15:25 EST 5% Challenge I am really going through a dry spell with my weight. I keep losing and gaining the same 2 or 3 pounds. I am really doing the tracking, I get at least 30 minutes or more if possible of exercise but my body is just plain not responding. <BR> <BR> I am still continuing with my goals and I won't give up. Especially now that my son who has had medical issues for the last few years has decided to work on his weight. He was such a thin young teenage before he started on all his medication and weig... Sat, 24 May 2014 23:44:18 EST I was sent to the principal's office! Well the school year is winding down and we are all stressed and ready for it to be over. the kids are ready to move on, the parents and so am I. I have had a great year with most of my 4th graders and I just love the age group. <em>224</em> <BR> However, yesterday my principal called down to his office-which I rarely visit unless there is a situation- <em>334</em> <BR> So I am thinking what did I do or not do? What parent complained about me? Will my contract be renewed? etc. etc. <BR... Thu, 22 May 2014 07:27:24 EST Mother's Day Blessing God gave the world stars and there was beauty. <BR> God gave the world sun and there was warmth. <BR> God gave the world rain and there was life. <BR> God gave the world Mothers and there was Love! <BR> <em>247</em> <em>251</em> <em>79</em> <em>81</em> <em>77</em> <em>80</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there and to those that are watching over us from above! Sun, 11 May 2014 13:38:19 EST Changes, changes, changes!!! WOW! changes are good but it takes awhile to adjust to them!! No more huddle, complete makeover of the team pages!! <em>198</em> <em>334</em> <BR> I know we will like some things and hate others but eventually we will adjust!!! Right now it is all so new and different I feel like I am in a different place!!! <BR> So I will try not to complain to much and just take time to adjust and FIND where everything is and how it is located!!! <BR> Let's continue to have fun! <em>252</em> mm <e... Thu, 1 May 2014 09:12:55 EST 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