BLAYNESGAMMY's SparkPeople Blog BLAYNESGAMMY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Why, Hello There Jeans!! I've accumulated a few pairs of jeans over the last two years that I could never fit into. I fit into everyone of them now, except for ONE pair. (My goal is to fit into that last pair!!!) <BR> I haven't had a soda in... I don't know how long it's been now.... FOUR MONTHS? I think??? <BR> I have to keep motivating myself to continue to exercise with the cold weather now in Wisconsin. <BR> A friend of mine messaged me on FB and told me the exercise that she got that day, and it encouraged... Sun, 10 Dec 2017 23:31:03 EST Does anyone else love to read? <img src=""> Thu, 7 Dec 2017 22:36:02 EST Lost 2 more pounds! Jumped on the scale this morning and I lost 2 more lbs! <BR> <em>104</em> Wed, 6 Dec 2017 22:11:46 EST Anyone else sick with this flu/cold virus? I'm sick with a flu/cold virus. Yesterday, I was so weak and fatigued I slept all day. Today I'm not as weak, but the cough has really picked up. <BR> <BR> <em>527</em> Tue, 5 Dec 2017 20:48:18 EST 25 lbs gone!!! I can't believe that I've lost a total of 25 pounds since I started this journey back in August. <BR> I have many more pounds to go, but... The key is NOT to put the 25 lbs back on and continue to lose weight. <BR> One thing that I've learned in two of my college classes this semester is ... <BR> IF you write down your goals on a piece of paper, you are MORE likely to succeed. :) <BR> <BR> <em>209</em> <em>244</em> <em>104</em> Mon, 27 Nov 2017 08:51:34 EST WOW! I decided to try on my new jeans that I bought early summer, and they fit!!! Before I couldn't even get them fastened or zipped. <em>244</em> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Isn't it a great feeling when you buy new clothes that you tell yourself that you'll wear later, and you ACTUALLY do????? <BR> <BR> Trust me, if I can do it! You can do it too!! <BR> <BR> <em>590</em> <em>306</em> <em>386</em> Sat, 25 Nov 2017 16:37:57 EST Stuck in a rut I haven't lost anymore weight. Isn't this what they call a plateau? <BR> <BR> I need to step up my exercise program. With it being so cold out, I don't feel like walking. I guess it's time to start watching exercise videos on YouTube. <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> everyone! Wed, 22 Nov 2017 01:58:56 EST What a Feeling!!! Guess what? <BR> <BR> I fit back into one of my favorite shirts that I was going to give away to my niece. :) <BR> Gosh, this feels so good!!! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>104</em> <em>224</em> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:52:48 EST Brrr! Exercise & The Cold?? I live in Southwestern Wisconsin. It's been pretty cold out. 24 degrees with the wind chill in the lower to mid teens. Tonight it's supposed to get into the single digits. <BR> I went to go for my daily walk today and I turned around. That wind was too cold on my nose. lol <BR> <BR> <BR> If you live in a cold climate like I do, how do you keep active? <BR> <BR> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> Thu, 9 Nov 2017 21:37:46 EST I am SO proud of myself Why? <BR> <BR> I've come so far in such a short time. I've lost 24 lbs now. <BR> <BR> I have had so much heart ache in the last year that caused me to over eat, and try to kill myself by gaining weight. It almost worked. I started having heart issues. So much so that I had to have an echocardiogram. <BR> <BR> I've noticed since the weight loss that I'm not as out of breath as I used to be. <BR> <BR> I am so thankful to my doctor for prescribing me an antidepressant that has helpe... Mon, 6 Nov 2017 09:18:22 EST Interesting Article I Found I always wondered if I should weigh myself every day and when? <BR> <BR> This article says that it's those people who weighed themselves first thing in the morning, every day, and used graph paper, lost more weight and kept it off. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> INTERESTING! <BR> <BR> Here's the article: <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>he-best-time-to-weigh-yourself/ Wed, 1 Nov 2017 21:22:17 EST Let's Talk About Domestic Violence I am a survivor... NO A THRIVER. I was a victim for over eleven years. Finally broke free from my abuser in 1998 and our divorce was final in 2000. <BR> It was so hard to get him out of my life, because he was so charming. Telling me how much he loved me and the kids, and that he'd do anything to win me back. Or telling me that he'd change. For 11 years, I listened to that man. I thought that I could change him. I loved him so much that I could change him. But I was wrong. The o... Sat, 28 Oct 2017 22:41:59 EST I DID IT! <em>590</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> Fri, 27 Oct 2017 21:57:49 EST Calories? I'm just curious how many calories everyone takes in every day to lose weight? <BR> <BR> I'm at 1,200 a day. Sometimes less. <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 26 Oct 2017 20:55:52 EST I Hate Cravings Don't you hate it when you're finding yourself losing weight well and then you have a sudden craving for something that you know that you can't or shouldn't have? <BR> I've had a craving for something chocolate all day. Normally, I would just eat a couple of candy bars or chocolate cake and be done with it. <BR> What have I chosen to do instead so I don't feel like I'm being tortured? haha I bought fudge bars. They're only 70 calories each... I eat one of those slowly and it has really ... Wed, 25 Oct 2017 00:33:41 EST Temptation Rears It's Ugly Head I haven't had fast food, besides, Subway sandwiches, in well over a year. Well... Today, while I was in the cab going home from Walmart, the cab driver and his stepson were eating Burger King. UGH!!!!! <em>489</em> <em>486</em> Just the smell of it made me drool. LOL! <BR> I asked the cab driver "What are you guys eating?" He said "Cheeseburgers from Burger King. DO you want one?" OH MY GOODNESS! Do you have any idea how much I wanted to say "Sure. Thank you!" ????? ... Tue, 24 Oct 2017 00:05:32 EST Met My First Goal I lost a total of 19 lbs. My goal was to get to 260, since I haven't been that weight in a while now. <BR> <BR> Stepped on the scale this morning and I was 259 lbs!!! I was shocked but happy!! <BR> <BR> I just have to keep going. A little at a time. <BR> <BR> Sun, 22 Oct 2017 23:22:52 EST A New Day Has Dawned It's been a while since I've posted on here. Crazy how time flies and your busier days just keep getting busier. <BR> <BR> I'm in college full time getting my degree in Business Management, as well as Administrative Professional. I've been doing well. I've been on the President's List of High Distinction, which feels great! <BR> <BR> I put on a lot of weight. Three months ago, I weighed 278, the highest that I've ever weighed in my entire life. I'm down to 261, and my first goal is... Sat, 21 Oct 2017 00:56:16 EST A New Day Starting a new lease on life. <BR> <BR> I am going to FORCE myself to have a positive attitude, no matter how upset I feel about certain people in my life who don't see just how bad they treat people when they're supposed to be one of God's people. <em>39</em> I'm going to move on. I'm going to be stronger than I was before. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> No more... Oh poor me... anymore. No more... She did this, and she did that. Because all that matters is that God sees w... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 08:29:02 EST Is It Spring Yet? It's been a while since I've blogged. <BR> The good news is that my daughter, Isabel does't have to have brain surgery. It wasn't as bad of a deformity as they thought. :) What's strange though is that she has always had this condition and NO ONE has ever bothered to explain it to me! You see... On the right side of her brain where the port wine stain is, she has no blood or oxygen flow, only on the left side of her brain. Weird, huh? But she's surviving, and doing okay. I had h... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:24:36 EST Please Tell Me That I'm Dreaming.... I seriously... have to be dreaming, because this can't be happening to our family, to my daughter. <BR> About a month ago, my youngest daughter had an MRI because of her medical condition called "Sturge Weber Syndrome". I didn't expect to hear what I heard, when we saw the neurologist in Rochester, MN. She has something called arteriovenous malformation. And a possible small aneurysm in those tangled blood vessels. <em>24</em> <BR> I have been through so many rough times in my life th... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 23:55:17 EST Walk! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yep! My grandson is now walking!! Can you believe it? He'll be a year old on August 16th. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 00:24:28 EST My Bad.... Made it to the district convention last Sunday. :) Felt great! <BR> <BR> I haven't been on here tracking my food for about 2 weeks. Yikes!!! But I've still managed to lose 2 lbs. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> My internet will be gone for at least 2 months until I have one of my daughters who will be 18 get it hooked back up. <BR> <BR> ((HUGS)) to you all. <BR> <BR> Hang in there! Fri, 26 Jul 2013 00:16:46 EST I Love Me! (Yes, I actually typed that) I made it to the Christian meeting last night after 4 years of being away. <em>104</em> I won my battle with my anxiety and panic attacks. <em>224</em> I was strong enough to fight through it, even though I wanted to jump out of the car on the way there. (lol) Fri, 5 Jul 2013 17:21:49 EST Who Is that? Aaron Tippin, That's Who My daughter, Caitlyn and I went and saw Aaron Tippin today. A free concert at the Tractor Pull here in Tomah, Wisconsin. We had such a wonderful time! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 23 Jun 2013 00:11:55 EST Ready To Just Give Up <em>24</em> <em>46</em> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> I rec'd some bad news today during a counseling appointment with my daughter, Marissa, who has ODD, ADHD, and is cognitively disabled. (She'll be 18 in September. ) The counselor gave Marissa a scenario in which to handle a conflict with Isabel, her 9 year old sister, and she failed miserably. The counselor looked at me and said "I would highly recommend that you NOT work out of the home." <em>24</em> I've been searching ... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 19:20:05 EST Good Bye Pounds... I'm DONE With You Jumped on the scale this morning just to check and see where I'm at, and ... I was pleasantly surprised to see that I've lost 3 lbs. <em>244</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I am now down from 246 to 230 lbs. I have 60 lbs to go. I've earned the right to go buy New Kids On The Block's new CD. Too bad I don't have the money. haha <BR> <BR> I can def tell that I've lost weight in my gut. It's just as big, as before, when I'd sit. Wish it were all one now! I don't have much patienc... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 10:49:15 EST Lovin' This Weather But not the mosquitoes!! <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My grandson, Blayne with his cousin, Hayley <BR> <BR> What a beautiful day today. In the lower 70's. <BR> <BR> Not much to blog about today Tue, 18 Jun 2013 20:55:41 EST Thinking Of A High School Sweetheart Meant to post this yesterday, but didn't get a chance to. <BR> <BR> It's been 29 years since my first love died in a car accident. June 16, 1984. He would've been 19 in August of 1984 <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's funny that I still think of him after all these years. I guess once in the heart, always in the heart. He was my high school sweetheart. Just looking at his pictures, brings me to tears. I never thought... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 18:40:21 EST TMI -- Re: Menstrual Cycle (Men Beware) The last few days, I've had my menstrual cycle. It's lasting longer than normal. Heavier, and more painful. So painful that I can't do much but lay in bed at times and try to sleep the pain off. <BR> <BR> I have sharp pains in my lower right abdomen that spreads down my right leg. Today is the 7th day, and I'm always done by the 5th day. I've been passing blood clots LARGER than a quarter, even today. I've gone into the doctor before about this, and nothing was done. <BR> This ti... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 15:32:29 EST Mosquitoes Are REALLY Getting On My Nerves HUMPH! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A WP turtle today on the lake. Isn't it cute? Okay, well I think so. LOL <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>234</em> The mosquitoes are horrible here!! You can't even go out during the day without getting bit. Need to make some homemade bug repellent. Anyone have any good ones? I hate using chemicals. <BR> <BR> <BR> Spent more time with my niece, her hubby and the kids. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 22:56:38 EST Illness Strikes The House Hates having sick kids. <BR> <BR> Isabel came home from her dad's today not feeling well. <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> She's feeling much better now. <BR> <BR> Not much to blog. <BR> <BR> Tired. And more tired. Did walk for 30 minutes today. Tue, 11 Jun 2013 21:13:01 EST Always Appreciate EVERY Day You Have Today was a sad day... As well as shocking. <BR> <BR> My daughters abusive ex step mother's best friend was murdered sometime over the weekend. She is also my daughter's boyfriend's cousin. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> She was allegedly beaten and shot by her boyfriend. <BR> <BR> It makes you realize how important and precious life is. <BR> <BR> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 20:27:13 EST Welcome to the world Eric <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A really close friend of mine, Amanda, had her baby today also. He was a month early. Weighed in at 5#1oz and was 19.50 inches long. Isn't he adorable? <BR> <BR> Burned 540 calories today! :) <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 20:11:10 EST Welcome To The World Vincent <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This little guy weighed in at 4# 6 oz. Not sure on his height yet. He would've been my nephew in law, but my husband and I were divorced a while ago. 13 years to be exact. haha <BR> <BR> He was five days over due, and will have to have surgery to correct his cleft lip. Can't believe how much he looks like his mom. Mon, 10 Jun 2013 15:55:47 EST June 8th My daughter's new best friend... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Walked 2.5 miles today. <BR> <BR> Sorry, short blog today again. <BR> <BR> Sat, 8 Jun 2013 22:53:50 EST Movie Night Had a great night at "A Movie In The Park" with my girls. :) <BR> <BR> We watched "Magagascar 3", played frisbee, and took a walk around the lake. <BR> <BR> Now? I'm exhausted. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your weekend!! <BR> Sat, 8 Jun 2013 00:04:36 EST Hanging In There This week has been kind of hard for me. My depression is getting the best of me again. And it doesn't help with the weather. It's only in the 50's today and <em>27</em> Makes me totally and completely unmotivated to exercise. <em>198</em> I did walk around Walmart today to pick up a few things. Guess that counts for something. <BR> <BR> Even though I'm down 13 lbs, I just feel like I should be doing better than that. I started this new lifestyle at the end of February, an... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 14:38:35 EST ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ Too tired to post much tonight. Burned over 1200 calories today, and I'm exhausted. <BR> <BR> So... Have a great weekend!! <BR> <BR> ((HUGS)) to everyone. <em>220</em> Sat, 1 Jun 2013 00:26:24 EST Storms Again <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This time the siren didn't go off. <em>198</em> We had another severe thunderstorm warning, but it didn't get too bad. The photo above was taken on our way back from the bike trail. Burned OVER 600 calories. Not quite my goal, but I have a NASTY blister and sore that I think is infected under my big toe. <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is going to be more of the same. Ugh. I hate severe storms.... Thu, 30 May 2013 22:39:38 EST A Family Of Geese During Severe Thunderstorm I took this video last night when we had a severe thunderstorm roll through. It ended up producing a tornado about 50 miles from here. Thu, 30 May 2013 15:07:45 EST Another Pound Gone & New Goals The weight has been slowly coming off, not something dramatic like the first month. Oh well, a pound weight loss is a pound. :) I'm down to 233. Started out at 246. Can't believe I almost weighed 250 lbs. <em>40</em> <em>28</em> <BR> <BR> For June, I'm setting new goals. Hopefully this old 47 year old body will agree. I've been having teeth issues with severe pain, with no insurance other than government issued MA, so it's hard to see a dentist. I think that I would've los... Thu, 30 May 2013 07:24:29 EST THREE MONTHS!! YEAH!!! Had my grandson last night, until 1 pm today. He didn't fall asleep until almost 11:30. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Then he woke up at 3:00, 3:30, 4:00, and 4:30, and then... he was wide awake at 5:24. <em>102</em> I felt like a walking zombie this morning. <em>40</em> And I'm still feeling it. Really need to take a nap before my youngest daughter comes home. <BR> <BR> Today marks the third month anniversary since I've stopped drinking soda. I am so very proud of myself... Mon, 27 May 2013 15:21:31 EST Tired. I am tired... tired... and more tired tonight... <em>102</em> <BR> Did I mention I'm tired? haha <BR> <BR> My daughter came over today, before work. I don't get to see her much since she lives out of town. But boy, some of the stories that she told me about the people she runs into at Walmart. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Then my niece and her family came over for a little bit. I gave them some clothes for their daughters as well as some toys. Feels good to give back to my fam... Sun, 26 May 2013 00:52:02 EST I Have NEVER Been SOOOO Angry!!!!! I am beyond myself. Where I live (low income housing), the landlord, the maintenance man and I have gotten into many squabbles over the last 9 years. They have been completely unfair to me, but today... <BR> <BR> I am SO <em>234</em> !!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> I have had tuilps and day lilies in my back yard for the last 5 years and the lawn care people have NEVER done anything to them. Well... today... They whacked ALL my flowers and left the stinkin' weeds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ... Thu, 23 May 2013 14:57:21 EST Where Have I Been? Long time, no blog. <BR> <BR> So it's been three days since I've blogged. <em>39</em> I've been so busy with my grandson, cleaning and organizing my house, that I haven't had time to post a blog. <BR> <BR> I've been keeping up with my walks every day, except for today. It rained (or should I say DOWNPOURED) all day. Today, I did heavy housework to make up for the no walk day. And I'm more tired today then I am on any other day that I go for my walks. <BR> <BR> My wireless in... Thu, 23 May 2013 00:28:30 EST What is THAT!?!?!? It's a snake!! A garter snake to be exact... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My niece, Cathy, and my daughter, Jennifer, flipped out and started running away. <em>246</em> <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> I wanted to pick it up, but it quickly slithered away into the grass. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Today was the first time in about 2 years that my kids... Sun, 19 May 2013 22:19:55 EST May 18th What a day! <BR> <BR> First my computer has been acting up ALL day long. It was running at a snails pace, I finally went to Systems Retore tonight and it's back to normal. Not sure what happened. I'm thinking I picked up Adware or Spyware some place. <BR> <BR> Didn't do any walking until tonight, when I had to meet up with my daughter whom I don't see too often. She works long hours at Walmart as a stocker. SHe walked almost 3.6 miles here in the 86 degree weather heat. <em>198</em> ... Sun, 19 May 2013 00:06:06 EST May 16th (A little late due to issues SP was having yesterday) Hello and GOOD MORNING! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Since Sparkpeople had some issues yesterday, we couldn't log in and do our blogs. So... here is my day from yesterday. <BR> <BR> Caitlyn (One of my twins that does online high school) and I walked almost 3 miles early in the morning. We saw 24 turtles. Most of them young ones. Maybe less than 2 months old? Caitlyn really pushed me to get out, because my knees have been hurting and... I have a blister on the bottom of my big toe. ... Fri, 17 May 2013 08:20:25 EST May 15th A day late... but couldn't post this last night. <BR> My daughter and grandson were at my place until midnight. Her husband was attempting to fix their car. <BR> I was so exhausted last night. Had my grandson from 8:15 until my daughter came at 6, and then helped her care for him while he was here, because she was tired from work. <BR> We spent MOST of the day outside with my grandson to keep him happy. Inside, he didn't like being left in a room alone. <BR> <BR> Here are some photos f... Thu, 16 May 2013 00:39:59 EST