BLUEPHOENIX80's SparkPeople Blog BLUEPHOENIX80's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Rock Bottom (Picture) I found my rock bottom photo while going through my six year olds camera. I nearly deleted it, but I'm saving it, because if I don't it will be easy to continue believing I'm not "that big". Here I am in all my glory. (I'm on the couch...that handsome dude in the chair is my hubby. lol) I guess you can't really see it well, but I have about six chins, no jawline, a big belly, and uber-big thighs. *sigh* <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 7 Dec 2012 11:52:32 EST Foot Pain I've been dealing with foot pain since March of this year. It's been pretty mild unless I did a lot of high impact cardio, until recently. It had gotten so bad I couldn't walk without a crazy amount of pain. I finally went to the doctor and got an x-ray. Turns out I have a fairly large bone spur and they want to operate. I can't do that and be laid up for a minimum of six weeks if I am going to take care of my kids, and I can't just stop working. My hubby's hours were cut at work in Au... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 10:46:16 EST W1D1 C25K Complete!!! Well, I went and listed a ton of lofty goals for myself last month and then never came back. Whoops! I wish I could say that I have spent the last month kicking butt and taking names, but I would be lying. Instead, I spent the last month doing the bare minimum and while I haven't gained any weight, I haven't lost anything else, either. <BR> <BR> I have been thinking about it, and how I need a partner to hold me accountable. I have started up exercising and eating healthy with a friend ... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 19:52:44 EST Second Goal Met! (And Measurements) So, I showed up at a MOPS steering team meeting this morning (and if you are a mom of young children and have never attended a MOPS meeting you totally should!) and when I got there I sat down next to a friend that I haven't seen in over a month and the first thing she said to me was "have you lost weight?" So, that's my second goal met. I wanted someone who didn't know I was losing weight to ask if I had lost any. It just made my day. <em>334</em> And because I was in such a happy moo... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 23:30:01 EST August 1st - GOALS! It's a new month, I've been at this for almost one month, and I'm already seeing changes. Slowly but surely. I thought now would be a good time to set some goals for myself for August. <BR> <BR> First, this is what I accomplished in July: <BR> <BR> *Took the first step and got on my way to a healthier me <BR> *Lost 5.2 pounds <BR> *Hit 500 fitness minutes <BR> *Removed all soda from our house (this is HUGE for me. We have not been a soda-free house in YEARS! Since before my daughter was... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 16:20:42 EST First Goal Reached!! That's right, people. I did it. I reached the first goal I set for myself. I am OUT of the 170's and I am NEVER looking back. I weighed in this morning and was pleased to see 169.8 on the scale. WOOHOO!!!!! <BR> <BR> While I am excited and want to celebrate this awesomeness (I haven't been below 170 in about 8 or 9 months), I can't get too cocky. <em>211</em> I know that in order to insure I will continue to see the number on the scale drop I need to get back on track with logging A... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 06:04:37 EST Making Today a Great Day I feel the need to sit down and write a long blog entry about how I'm slacking in the exercise department and how I need to get my butt in gear if I want to see the number on the scale go down. Unfortunately, I don't have time for that this morning. I am headed out in a few minutes to take the kiddos blueberry picking and then for a picnic lunch at a nearby park and waterfall. <BR> <BR> I just finished a healthy breakfast and am planning a healthy lunch and dinner as well. I need to squee... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 09:14:49 EST 2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT) "For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline." <BR> <BR> I read this on one of my friends facebook pages tonight and it struck a chord in me. Since getting back from vacation on Wednesday evening I have struggled and have tracked some (but not all) of my food. My exercise has been pretty much non-existent. I need to change that. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow my plan is to do the following: <BR> Read my bible/pray <BR> Leslie Sansone Walk at Home... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 21:42:28 EST Weigh In #2 I'm baaaaaaack!!! <em>321</em> I weighed in this morning, and despite spending three days on vacation I lost another 1.2 pounds!! I'm so excited, and a bit shocked - although I guess I shouldn't be. I spent three days walking until I felt like my legs were going to fall off. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> The next couple days are going to be a bit crazy. A friend of mine is getting married tomorrow so I have a rehearsal and rehearsal dinner tonight, then the wedding tomorrow, and after the ... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 08:45:31 EST Vacation Day one is over and I did pretty well. Right at my calorie limit. Chose a big salad at dinner along with marinated chicken breast and baked tilapia. I grabbed some fries from the buffet too but didn't eat them. <BR> <BR> I am on my kindle but wanted to check in and let everyone know how I am holding up. I hope you all made your Monday FANTASTIC!!!! Mon, 16 Jul 2012 20:50:46 EST Discipline This morning I woke up and didn't feel much like signing onto sparkpeople. It's been a week and I guess the "newness" is starting to fade. I contemplated just getting some breakfast and only logging my food. Doing the bare minimum on the site, but then I realized that if I do that today it will be a slippery slope. I will eventually end up gaining again, and I really don't want to do that. I decided the best thing to do would be to take five or ten minutes, log on, post a blog entry abou... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 07:49:53 EST One Week Today marks one week since I have rejoined spark and made this commitment to be healthier. It's going pretty well. I have had some slip ups, but for the most part I have made healthier decisions, and I am very happy with where I am in my life today compared to a week ago. <BR> <BR> Last night I went to the chinese buffet for dinner with my sister. Usually I will go there and drink three glasses of diet pepsi, eat three plates full of food, and then have dessert. Last night I drank two gl... Sat, 14 Jul 2012 17:38:16 EST Day Six - My First Official Weigh-In It's Friiiiii-daaayyyyyyy!!! <em>334</em> Happy dance! <em>321</em> <em>355</em> <em>353</em> <BR> How has everyone's week been? I had a pretty good week. Yesterday actually went REALLY well. I'm so proud of myself for how I stuck to things. We left bright and early at 8:45 to go blueberry picking, and I still made sure to eat a healthy breakfast before we left. (Success number one!) Lately I have not been eating breakfast. Just putting it off and then I'm starving by 10:00 or ... Fri, 13 Jul 2012 08:01:17 EST Day Five and Still Believing in Myself I just wanted to check in before my day starts. We have a lot planned today and need to get moving soon. First thing we are taking the kiddos blueberry picking, and then we are heading to Chuck E Cheese to meet one of my daughters school friends. I am eating an extra healthy breakfast and have already figured out what I'm going to eat when we get to Chuck E Cheese. <BR> <BR> This afternoon we are headed to my mother-in-laws house, so I'm a bit concerned about that. She is diabetic but ... Thu, 12 Jul 2012 08:22:06 EST Day Four - My Reasons (Or, Dreaming of a Day) I've been thinking a lot about why I want to lose weight and why this time will be different from the 1,353,895 times before. <BR> <BR> 1. To be able to run and play and swing and climb with my kids. I can barely walk them to the park right now. I am so uncomfortable with how I look, and it's hard to breathe if I move the wrong way and my belly gets in the way. I can see a day in the future when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, and the birds are singing. We will walk to the ... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 08:20:56 EST Day Three - Remaining Positive :) (With a picture!) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> That's me. Day three of my new lifestyle. I'm planning on doing this regularly so I can see a change in my face. I need to get my hubby or my sister to take some before pictures of me in my swimsuit, but those are scary and I don't know if I'm up to sharing those just yet. <BR> <BR> Like I said, today is day three of my new and improved healthy lifestyle. I am realizing that I need to not take everything so se... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 18:04:11 EST Hubby Made Me Breakfast This Morning <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good way to start Day 2. Bring it on! <em>244</em> Mon, 9 Jul 2012 09:20:59 EST Day One Today was my official start day, even though yesterday I created my account. I feel like I did...okay. We had church this morning, and I was running around trying to get things taken care of in my house since I couldn't do anything (pinched nerve in my shoulder made it impossible for me to do a thing). I lost track of time and ended up not having any time to eat breakfast, so I had a carnation instant breakfast drink on the way. <BR> <BR> Then my hubby suggested chinese for lunch and I w... Sun, 8 Jul 2012 21:23:50 EST Rebirth I'm 32 years old and I can barely walk up a flight of stairs without getting winded. Every day at 2:00, without fail, I put a movie on for my kids and I doze on the couch for half an hour before I'm too tired to move. My body aches. I can't bend over to tie my shoes because my stomach gets in the way and I can't breathe. I am not healthy and I am not happy. <BR> <BR> I am going to change this. I am going to run with my children. I am going to put on a little black dress and go out to d... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 23:36:17 EST