BBONET's SparkPeople Blog BBONET's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 5% Challenge Reflection One of the overall leaders of the 5% challenges has challenged us to write out our thoughts in blog form today <BR> <BR> Here are my answers to the questions: <BR> <BR> 1. Why did I join this challenge? For those who are experienced travelers, why do I return? <BR> I've been participating in these challenges since Fall 2011. These challenges help give me the accountability that I need to keep my focus and to continue to become a healthier me. I have made many friends that have helped me th... Wed, 18 Apr 2018 22:21:03 EST Doctor Visit - Not what I expected So here I am so excited to go to my endocrinologist (Thryoid Dr.) for my six month check up and I am so pumped ready for good news because I have lost weight. I feel great, am taking my meds and hoping to get off them <em>30</em> <BR> So I had blood work which came back normal, ok so that good!! Let's celebrate that! However, my ultrasound show that two of my nodules have grown and especial the isthmus one which the doctor is concerned and we had already biopsied once before. <em>39</e... Tue, 10 Apr 2018 21:23:50 EST Spring Challenge has begun! As I end my Spring break, I start the 5% spring challenge with the Fabulous Teddy Bears!! My spring break was awesome and I traveled to Los Angeles, California as a birthday and looking at UCLA for my son. The trip was a well deserved break that I needed and we got lots of information for my son and we had so much fun in the process. <BR> <BR> Now it is back to reality and continuing this life style of staying on goal, getting healthier and being able to fit into my old clothes or better ye... Sat, 7 Apr 2018 14:48:43 EST 5% Challenge and Easter Break As I prepare for the Spring 5% challenge I am also taking a well deserved short vacation for my Easter Break from school with a double purpose. <em>224</em> <em>449</em> <em>448</em> <em>451</em> <BR> Today we are in packing mode as we prepare to travel to LA, California to look at UCLA for my youngest son who is going for his Masters in Game Design with audio/sound as his goal. Plus it is my birthday on Tuesday so we are making it also a birthday trip. <BR> Although I am exci... Fri, 30 Mar 2018 10:51:46 EST A very rough day! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It seems like yesterday but it was nine months ago today that I last saw your smiling face. I can't understand why this month has been so hard. Last night I was awake just remembering every last moment I had with you and the moment when you took you last breath. I know you are no longer in pain, and for that <BR> I am so grateful, but I miss you!!! a mother's love, hugs and kisses are alw... Wed, 14 Mar 2018 15:54:48 EST It has ended - 5% Challenge Well it is so hard to believe that 8 weeks have gone by!! It was so quick and so much fun. I am happy to say that I met my goal and I have increased my activity and I am taking time for me. All of this even though it has been super busy at work and dealing with my MIL and moving her closer to us. <BR> I have been non stop but I am making the effort to stop and do something for me! I deserve it and I have earned it!!! <em>244</em> <em>521</em> <em>590</em> <em>244</em> <BR> After... Sat, 3 Mar 2018 18:49:33 EST Happy Birthday to my Angel My daughter, Angelina, is a beautiful angel in heaven and today she is celebrating her birthday. Happy Birthday sweet girl. Your dad, and two brothers remember you dearly. We miss you and know you are looking out for us. <BR> Your grandma, that held you in her hands, has joined you in heaven. Enjoy her and your two grandfathers. <BR> You are always in our hearts. <em>247</em> <em>382</em> <em>383</em> <em>39</em> <BR> Love, <BR> Mom, Dad, Roger and Martin. Sat, 17 Feb 2018 13:34:40 EST Week 2 and Changes Well this week went pretty good - 1 more pound down and lost and I hope not to find it ever again. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> The challenge this week is an easy one because I don’t like salty things so I stay away from salt. <BR> <BR> <BR> I am also happy because for the last few monts my husband has been trying to gain guardianship of his mom so that he could move her closer to us and we would not have to travel 5 hours to go see her at the nursing home. This has been a battle for the... Sat, 20 Jan 2018 23:00:57 EST 5% Challenge - Week 1 We have begun our Winter challenge and I am really excited and looking forward to this time. <em>244</em> m <em>252</em> <em>521</em> <em>386</em> <BR> I was able to reach my 5% during the Fall challenge and I only gained 2 pounds back during the holiday so I feel really proud of myself. <BR> My goal for this year is continue on my healthy weight journey and reach my ultimate goal weight. However, as I very well know life gets in the way but I will continue to push forward the bes... Mon, 8 Jan 2018 13:58:03 EST 2018 - A Year of New Beginnings! Hello 2018: <BR> A very Happy New Year to all and best wishes for a wonderful 2018. <BR> Last year was a very rough and challenging year for my family. Death of my mom and my father in law, mother in law not doing well and my son moved to Delaware. <em>39</em> <BR> However, life goes on and we have decided to move forward and take one day at a time. So my DH and I along with my younger son decided to fly to Delaware an spend Christmas with my son and his girlfriend. <em>224</em> <BR> ... Wed, 3 Jan 2018 13:07:10 EST Merry Christmas Wishing everyone a very blessed and merry Christmas. I’m get ready to leave sunny Florida to travel to Delaware to see my son. The first Christmas we are not in the same state and looking forward to spending some family time. <BR> <BR> Snow and cold here we come. <em>444</em> Mon, 25 Dec 2017 11:16:21 EST My Angel Wings Today I received these Angel Wings from a friend that has been with me through the difficult times of losing mom and three months later my FIL. <BR> <BR> These wings remind me that I can feel her wings (arms) whenever I’m lonely or sad. <BR> <BR> Mom - this first Christmas will be hard but looking at pictures of you smiling is help us get through the season. You will be with us and we know you are having the time of your life. <BR> <BR> Merry Christmas mom. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR... Sat, 23 Dec 2017 10:58:34 EST 2018 Winter 5% Challenge Invitation 2018 Winter 5% Challenge Invitation <BR> <BR> Join in on this fun challenge! <BR> <BR> This is your invitation! Are you looking for a way to get fit, lose weight, and have fun along the way? Check out the 2018 Winter 5% Challenge! Team members will work towards losing 5% of their starting weight in 8 weeks by participating in team challenges that focus on exercise & healthy lifestyle habits. Let’s have fun, make new friends and get in shape! The challenge starts in Saturday, January 6th, 2... Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:23:20 EST Candelight Remembrance Service Tonight is a night of remembrance and honor for those who have left us this year. It is a Candlelight Remembrance Service and I will be there with a broken heart to remember my beautiful mom that left me on June 14 of this year. Six months and my heart still hurts! How do I move on? When will the pain go away? Then on top of that my Father in law left us on September 22. So needless to say that this Christmas season is very hard for our family. <BR> <BR> Please hug your love ones and keep th... Thu, 7 Dec 2017 16:23:25 EST End of the challenge I am so proud because I finally reached my 5% weight loss in the challenge and more. I’m happy that especially during this time of the year I was able to achieve this. I’m hoping to end the year on this note. Thank you to all my spark friends for all the encouragement and support. Let’s make it count. <em>244</em> <em>386</em> <em>224</em> <em>55</em> <em>248</em> <em>192</em> Sat, 2 Dec 2017 08:54:15 EST November 11th Thank you to all the Veterans on this day! Thank you for defending our freedom and protecting us. <BR> <BR> Today my school participated in the Veteran's Day Parade and I was proudly there in honor of my father-in-law who passed away in September. He was a Veteran and today would have been his 94th Birthday. So I marched in his honor and offered up my birthday wishes to him! <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>652</em> <em>296</em> Sat, 11 Nov 2017 20:25:17 EST My Day in The Spotlight! Missed it! Thank you all for all the love and support during my day in the spotlight! I was so busy these last two days I had not been on and today I was surprised that I was that person on Monday! My Monday was so hectic that I really needed that!! Thank you all! <em>304</em> <em>247</em> <em>244</em> <em>252</em> <em>224</em> <em>247</em> <em>30</em> <em>334</em> <BR> I appreciate each and everyone for making my day so special!! Wed, 8 Nov 2017 13:45:12 EST Positive “The past is a place of reference, not a place of residence; the past is a place of learning, not a place of living.” <BR> ― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart <em>220</em> <em>593</em> <em>244</em> Sat, 4 Nov 2017 12:46:23 EST POSITIVE THOUGHTS! “Do not let the memories of your past limit the potential of your future. There are no limits to what you can achieve on your journey through life, except in your mind.” <BR> ― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> <em>30</em> <em>224</em> <em>345</em> <BR> Sat, 21 Oct 2017 18:32:10 EST 5% Week 2 So I am happy to say that my first week went well. I am down 2.4 and I am really working hard at going to the gym every moment I have. I am making time for me - even though we are still in the midst of preparing my father-in-law's memorial funeral mass and still trying to help my family in Puerto Rico. <BR> <BR> I hope that week 2 continues to be as productive as week 1! <em>521</em> <em>386</em> <em>593</em> Sat, 14 Oct 2017 18:13:15 EST 5% Challenge Week 1 I am off and ready to shed all these extra fluffy pounds that I have accumulated this year! <em>15</em> ! It has been a rough year and I could start to list all the excuses but I am just going to forgive my myself, recognize that I need to get up once again, dust myself off and start over. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I am proud to say that for the last few days I have been doing that and I have already seen some results. <em>33</em> However, I am really looking forward to this chall... Sat, 7 Oct 2017 14:43:57 EST Bad News Comes in Three Once again just 3 months after my beloved mom passed we are now dealing with the death of my dear father in law. Rest In Peace and we will miss you dearly. <BR> <BR> Also waiting to hear from family members in devastated Puerto Rico. <BR> <BR> My sister is also in the hospital waiting for back surgery. <BR> <BR> Sat, 23 Sep 2017 22:52:50 EST Hurricane Irma Needless to say this has been the most stressful hurricane I have been through in all my life. My nerves had been rattled enough with my summer losss of mom, my son moving to Delaware and also waiting to hear from my sister in Houston Texas as Harvey went through that state. <em>39</em> Thank God she is fine and not to much damage. <BR> <BR> Now Irma starts hitting Puerto Rico where my other sister and two brothers live so more worries. Add to the mixture that my in laws are both in a... Sat, 16 Sep 2017 12:59:41 EST Back to School Tomorrow is our first day of school. It seems like yesterday I was closing out my classroom for summer and now it is back to school! So many things happened this summer that I barely had time to relax but God is good and I hope to be able to keep myself focused on the new school year. <BR> <BR> On Saturday, my youngest graduate college - great day and celebration for him for all his accomplishments. His brother came from Delaware and we had a great weekend. Congratulations Martin - you did i... Tue, 8 Aug 2017 12:44:39 EST A Day to Celebrate Today my youngest son is graduating from college. Son know that we are so very proud of you. Your life has been filled with challenges due to your health issues but your perseverance has finally paid off. It took a little longer but you my son can say that your are a College Graduate 🎓. Your father, brother and I will be there with you. Your aunts and uncles and other family are also celebrating your triumph and they will all be there in spirit. Know that I am so proud of the responsible yo... Sat, 5 Aug 2017 01:08:23 EST Six years Sparkversary 7/25/11 - 7/25/17 <BR> I accidentally came across this website while I was looking for something else 6 years ago today. <BR> I was amazed at all the resources, articles, and teams that I discovered throughout these years. Most important all the people and friends that I have made during this time. This has been a place where I can come and express myself without the fear of being judged. <BR> I did great the first few years and I almost made my goal weight a few times. All of this while goin... Tue, 25 Jul 2017 10:22:10 EST Saying Goodbye to Mom Tomorrow, Friday, 7/14/17 I will be taking my dear mother's remains (ashes) to her hometown of Puerto Rico to be buried next to my father. <BR> This is a very sad moment because mom was never able to go back to her home once she had her strokes and was in the nursing home. She would always talk about going home and now it is my duty to make sure she goes back. <BR> These last few weeks have been so emotional and sad for me and my family. I have been with mom taking care of her for the last se... Thu, 13 Jul 2017 22:33:12 EST July 1, 2017 – 5% Challenge July 1, 2017 – 5% Challenge <BR> Today is the start of new month and the 5% summer challenge. The beginning of a new month and the end of the saddest month in my life. <em>39</em> <BR> June 7 was the happiest person just finished school for the summer and had so many plans. I was going to Puerto Rico to see my two uncles (on my mom’s side) that are not doing well. One has been battling cancer for two years and the other one has Parkinson along with other ailments. Then there is mom who ha... Sat, 1 Jul 2017 12:46:56 EST Mom is Gone Mom has gained her wings. Today, Wednesday at 2:10am mom left us. Heartbroken 😭 is an understatement. Wed, 14 Jun 2017 23:10:47 EST Mom in Hospice I was visiting my sick uncles but had to rush back to be with mom because she has taken a turn for the worse. Her lungs are full of fluids and she has an infection. Hospice has been called in and we are just sitting with her waiting. Prayers that she does not have to suffer anymore. Sun, 11 Jun 2017 23:51:57 EST Happiness Day 7 Well my week of recording my happiness comes to an end! So for today I must say that I am happy because I was able to find happiness in the little things in life. <BR> Life is made of different challenges that we all face. I always try to greet everyone with a smile not matter what is going on in my life. This in turn helps make my day better if it is not going well. <BR> <BR> The definition of happiness "Happiness is a mental or emotional state of well-being which can be defined by, among ... Fri, 26 May 2017 12:15:52 EST Happiness Day 6 Happiness is getting a call from you son-(that lives in Georgia and just got his Masters)- to say he will come down for he weekend before his big move to Delaware for his new job. <BR> Hope to make the best of this time because we will not be so close now!! <BR> I am however, very proud and happy for all his accomplishments! <em>242</em> <em>345</em> <em>247</em> <em>592</em> Thu, 25 May 2017 08:10:34 EST Happiness Day 5 Happiness is seeing your previous 4th grade class now graduating from 8th grade. <BR> Congratulation to all the graduates! <em>149</em> <em>150</em> <em>594</em> <em>242</em> <BR> This was a great 4th grade class and they have all come to me to say their goodbyes!! This is what teaching is all about! When you see the smiles on their faces! Wed, 24 May 2017 07:26:32 EST Happiness Day 4 Happiness means having your student wrap their arms around you and saying. "You are the best teacher". It melts my heart every time. Tue, 23 May 2017 18:55:00 EST Happiness Day 3 WOW! What a day. Thank goodness I start out the day by taking some ME time and I felt happy when I left for work. <BR> <BR> I guess God laughs because today he was laughing at me. I had to take in my room the other second grade class because the teacher had to leave at 8:30am to take her son to the hospital. We had no one to sub for her so I was it! My day was full of two second grade classes all packed in my room and me trying to keep normalcy. <BR> <BR> Well I made it through the day! Th... Mon, 22 May 2017 15:34:17 EST Happiness Day 2 My day started off very happy. <BR> Spent time talking to my youngest son.. <BR> Went to Mass and then Open House at school <BR> Spoke to my oldest son and he will be home next weekend.. <BR> Finally, my DH arrived safely from his trip <BR> <BR> All these things made for a very happy day. <BR> <em>244</em> <em>224</em> Sun, 21 May 2017 20:42:02 EST Happiness Day 1 I am spending time with mom at the nursing home. It makes me very happy to be here with her even if she doesn't know I'm here. <BR> <BR> Happiness means being there for her no matter what. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Sat, 20 May 2017 12:14:26 EST Graduation Day Today my 25 year old son will proudly obtained his Masters Degree. <BR> <BR> Roger <BR> We are so proud of you. You have accomplished so much in your life and more is yet to come. Your father, brother, I and even you sister heaven wish you all the best in your future and may you continue to reach for the stars. <BR> <BR> Thank you son for making us proud to be your parents. In a few hours you will walk across the stage and end this chapter but "OH THE PLACES YOU WILL GO". Thank you ... Fri, 5 May 2017 09:19:53 EST Prayers for a friend My friend and coworker, Mary, has been fighting pancreatic cancer for the last two years. She has had many round of chemo and different types of medic which needless to say have taken its toll on her. <em>39</em> <em>46</em> <em>520</em> <BR> She wanted to make it to her son' s wedding - which was in June!! Then they were expecting their first grandbaby and she was able to enjoy the birth of her first grandson in April. <BR> However, last night we got news that she is in hospice an... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:58:05 EST Breathe I was checking for inspirational quotes and I came across "Breathe"! I remember I would always use this saying and it seems I need to go back to it because I feel that I am overwhelmed and not breathing! I can honestly say that I am feeling lost and do not know where to go! <em>39</em> <BR> Over the last fewer years I have taken over so many responsibilities that I feel I am failing myself and therefore I can't help everyone the way I should. <BR> I have been my mom's caretaker for quite... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 14:41:19 EST Celebrating my Angel <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today I honor and remember my Angelina that is celebrating her 26th birthday in heaven. Today is a bittersweet day remembering you and wishing you were here with us. Your two brothers talk about you so lovingly even though they never got to meet you. They see your pictures and always remember their older sister. Your Dad took out pictures of your pregnancy and wow that really made me smil... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:45:28 EST 5% Challenge I am getting ready to leave for the gym. I'm determined to put myself first and take care of my health so that I can then take care of everyone else. Let's rock this challenge this challenge. My goal is to stay on track my food intake, exercise and work hard at taking control of mt weight despite my thyroid issues and another obstacles. <BR> LETS GO TEDDY BEARS AND EVERYONE ELSE WORKING TOWARDS WEIGHT LOSS!!!! <em>381</em> <em>521</em> Sat, 14 Jan 2017 09:37:05 EST A Letter for Mom My dearest mommy, <BR> How I long to hear your sweet voice call my name, or just giving me the blessing you always gave me when we talked. Mommy what can I do for you. I feel so helpless and don't know if you are suffering or trying to tell me something. Once again I wait for more labs, X-ray and CT Scan to see if they can find why you are running a fever. <BR> Mommy I see you laying in this bed and you look so small, fragile and helpless. Mommy I wish I could take away your pain and suff... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 01:44:04 EST Mom Pleased to say mom is doing better. She is still on antibiotics and has a wound vac machine to help her heal. She has always been such a fighter. It is because of the way she was that it hurts to see her in these conditions. However I am thankful she is fighting. Thanks to all of you for your prayers. Sat, 12 Nov 2016 19:11:53 EST Update on Mom Mom is still in ICU but she is showing signs of improvement. She is off the ventilator and they have lower her sedation so she can start to wake up. <em>244</em> <BR> If things continue to improve she might be sent to a PCU room. <em>30</em> Thank you all so much for all the comments, goodies, prayers and support. <em>304</em> <em>247</em> <em>223</em> <em>252</em> Tue, 8 Nov 2016 18:01:11 EST Lemons really soured Mom had surgery Monday and she is in ICU. THINGS NOT LOOKING GOOD. She might be going back to surgery tomorrow if things don't turn around quick. Her heart is week and now she also has a bacteria. Still waiting on culture from lungs. <em>46</em> <em>198</em> <em>458</em> <BR> My spark friends please keep her in your prayers. Wed, 2 Nov 2016 17:42:34 EST Life Gives Us Lemons...... I just need to sit down and write about this so that I can come to accept it. My journey with Sparks began 5 years ago. I was going through difficult times with my son due to health issues, my mom had a stroke a few months before and I had to place her in a nursing facility and my weight was placed on the back burner. Accidently looking for Spark Notes I came across Sparkpeople. Little did I know that this website would change my outlook on things and that I would have so many friends and peo... Sun, 30 Oct 2016 15:40:02 EST 3 Days and counting It's been 3 days that we have no power. We are going out to eat and check our phones to stay in contact with family and friends. <BR> We are doing good bit it is getting annoying and I need a hot shower. Tomorrow I go to school to do clean up and organize because school is still out for now. <BR> Thanks for all your messages I hope to be back in action soon. <BR> Sun, 9 Oct 2016 18:27:25 EST Matthew is Gone I'm happy to say that we are safe and trying to clean up after what Matthew left behind. Our county (volusia) was hit hard and we had a curfew until this morning at 7am. We have no power yet, our cell phone reception is bad and unfortunately we had some roof damages. However, in the big picture we are fortunate to be alive. <BR> Just checking on mom at the nursing facility and she is fine. My son in Georgia is also fine, no power but he is safe. My younger son was with us but has now re... Sat, 8 Oct 2016 13:15:23 EST Hurricane Matthew Well I'm finally trying to relax at home waiting for what will be the worst Hurricane to hit central Florida. I had a long tiresome day yesterday between getting the classroom hurricane proof with 30 kids in the room and mom being discharged from the hospital. Today I got up early to check on mom at the nursing home. She is doing well and the facility is well prepared for the storm. <em>27</em> <BR> Then home to finish getting ready and picking up my son from college. So now the wait begin... Thu, 6 Oct 2016 20:32:29 EST