BIERMA's SparkPeople Blog BIERMA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Shopping for SMALLER clothes...YAHOO Yes, I said goodbye to the 1X clothes and am wearing *12*! How sweet it is! Thu, 15 Aug 2013 18:57:55 EST That's enough, Nicole! Yes, she's heard them all and I've probably been one of the worst offenders <em>40</em> <BR> Mine wornout excuse is that I"m too busy...but I'm not really. <BR> <BR> Very eye opening and convicting... Tue, 7 May 2013 18:46:39 EST Spring has have I Spring means garage sales. I'm waiting for the perfect new to me bicycle to mix up my cardio. Sun, 5 May 2013 17:23:07 EST Woohoo! Improvements I've noticed since starting a year ago. I'm taking less blood pressure meds, my clothes hang on me begging to be replaced, my husband and others notice the reduction...keep it coming! Fri, 22 Mar 2013 11:22:20 EST Hmmm...Yes. I'm a frustrated perfectionist. I've never thought about it before. I've heard perfectionism is the root of procrastination but never about the all or nothing attitude. How eye opening! Mon, 18 Mar 2013 16:32:09 EST Queen of excuses...much less! She was so right...I talk myself out of doing things.BUT how satisfying to talk myself INTO <BR> something. As the pounds melt away, it's much easier to say "Sure,let's exercise and see the progress. NOW THAT IS PROGRESS!! <em>104</em> Sat, 9 Mar 2013 16:25:24 EST Just in the knick of time!!! On Thursday, I updated my status to challenge myself to more minutes of exercises. The coaches corner/blog was so helpful. On to more minutes and a healthy body. <em>318</em> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 12:22:17 EST 10 minute minimum...What a freeing idea! I can do 10 minutes! and move like I want to. <em>129</em> Thu, 7 Feb 2013 18:57:07 EST Excuse Queen: Why I should exercise today... 1. It's cold outside. <BR> 2. I need to do my housework. <BR> 3. I don't feel like it. <BR> 4. I've done it...why push it? <BR> 5. I...I...I...You get the picture! Nothing good! Fri, 25 Jan 2013 17:28:12 EST sabotage or showing love Having grown up in a home where food = showing love, it's no wonder my journey training my sabetour has been a challenge BUT we are making progress slowly but surely. Very helpful tips from the video. Sat, 12 Jan 2013 12:23:52 EST HAPPY 2013 EVERYONE! Would you share your wisdom? I'd love to hear about motivational techniques you use daily for your success. Please write your ways to move yourself along. Thanks. Terri Sun, 30 Dec 2012 19:51:44 EST Me, inspirational?...That's a new one! Being a first born child of a middle class family of 7 from the midwest is a very comfortable place to be. It was s shock to all of us when Marv and Mary's daughter was rushed to the hospital b/c with vomiting, paralysis on her left side and unconsiousness. After several days in the hospital it was determined that I had a weakened blood vessel that seeped blood into my brain requiring surgery. Off Iowa City's University Hospital where successful surgery was <BR> performed. After months of r... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 16:59:57 EST A plan for journey As soon as I come home from school, spend time with God, let the dog outdoors, I'll spend time recording eating, exercising, going to sparkcoach etc. for the day. The weekends with the excess time is great! I try to give the goals more attention. Mon, 10 Dec 2012 16:02:39 EST I'm in a pretend world with no measure of health... Ok, if I'm going off my many medications (blood pressure, cholestrol, no more big mama clothes) that is how I will measure it. Also if my steps are more steady, I'll consider that a victory. Fri, 30 Nov 2012 17:23:08 EST Visualizing 10 years in my future...humm~ What a daunting task to consider myself in 10 years. Since I will NEVER let age define me... <BR> <BR> Here's what I anticipate: <BR> maintaining my weight I lost earlier. <BR> caring for my husband once he finds a hobby (we will drive each other crazy!) <BR> I'd like to stay actively involved in people's lives. <BR> helping however I can. maybe teaching? <BR> being there for my kids, mom, siblings, etc. <BR> being in heaven with my Lord <BR> Sun, 25 Nov 2012 15:29:23 EST A change that lasts forever! What a great perspective...moving toward a lifetime change. I've heard it before but it's been making sense hearing it again. I'm going to TRY exercise in the morning, even though I'm a night owl. Here my try. Sat, 17 Nov 2012 17:15:06 EST Turning the negitive into a positive! Oh, I've had down times BUT not for long..The difference is the encouragement I've received to keep plugging. Thanks all. Fri, 16 Nov 2012 16:56:50 EST Increasing the challenge of exercising I already started changing my weights to heavier poundage. <BR> Now I'm ready to purchase the resistance band, etc. from SP. <BR> Here I go!!!! Wed, 14 Nov 2012 15:56:40 EST MODERATION! Yes, I think I have found the ticket to moderation with the 10 minute a day exercise challenge. So far, so good. I was bummed b/c I knew I wasn't doing the activities that were moving me toward my goals. Now I have help <em>104</em> Thanks, Terri Sat, 3 Nov 2012 18:00:26 EST Turning a mistake into a learning opportunity What a positive thought. Yes, I was bummed when I missed exercising consistently, then read a plateau may be caused b/c I'm cheating. Well, I have to fess up to myself, face the facts and become accountable to 10 min. exercise daiy with a team. I'm on day three. Now that's a mistake turned into a positive! Wed, 31 Oct 2012 22:35:20 EST Hunger vs. craving? What are your tricks for ignoring craving? I would appreciate your insights and practice. <em>334</em> Mon, 29 Oct 2012 18:33:51 EST stuck in a holding pattern Yes, I've experienced and been bummed at my stalls in losing weight...but waited for the new day and started over AND overcame it1 Sun, 28 Oct 2012 16:23:32 EST Diet Sabatour or loving husband? Yes, my husband knows I love chocolate and tries to express his love with gifts of the same. <BR> Ugh!!! I'm grateful but what do I do now? <BR> <BR> Well, here's my plan: <BR> 1. I'm taking the box of candy to school to share with teachers. <BR> 2. I asked for fresh broccoli/ cauliflower...but it wasn't "in the budget". Dog food and cheese. <BR> <BR> Sat, 20 Oct 2012 14:20:39 EST Excuse queen Yes, I've used them for multiple items...not proud of it and habits I want to break! Sun, 7 Oct 2012 17:48:18 EST Finally got up and moved for my brisk first October walk of 1 mi. Victory...may be small but to me it's huge!! Finally after much whinning about my exercise, I finally did something about it. <em>249</em> Fri, 5 Oct 2012 20:04:29 EST Happy Fall Healthy Folks I can't believe fall is upon us, ALREADY! Monday is our baby's birthday...a measly 27! Our David is the typical youngest know, the life of the party, happy go lucky, and a reporter for a West Virginia station. Now whose kid is this? His dad nor I would never have had the nerve to trudge out on our own like that. Do I sound like a proud mama? Well, I am. <BR> <BR> I look forward to the fall leaves turning their artistic colors but I don't enjoy being cold! Sat, 22 Sep 2012 20:19:52 EST Love teaching young children who struggle with reading! P's and Q's of reading and life. Perseverance, patience, praise, practice are the p's we practice in our teaching sessions. <BR> The q's are quality, quit...never, quick, quest for knowledge...automatically successful. I love it! Sat, 15 Sep 2012 12:32:50 EST Finally getting the hang of it all! I'm in a quandary...Do I spend the money for SparkCoach? Any insights would be appreciated. Wed, 12 Sep 2012 19:40:06 EST Victory today...and every day! I had victory with eating, reading and a huge (well, huge for me) with exercise. After being in a wheelchair, how dare I take my walking for granted! But I'm trying. Thanks for the encouragement everyone. Sat, 8 Sep 2012 19:07:55 EST Thank God for the rain!!! After a summer of steamy weather, dry grass and good ol' IA summer heat, we are relieved with a wonderful, gentle rain all day. Love the sound, feel and coolness. <BR> Exercising inside, I guess. Fri, 7 Sep 2012 15:34:13 EST