BUBBLEGUM_FAIRY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BUBBLEGUM%5FFAIRY BUBBLEGUM_FAIRY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Body Test http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777838 For the Sunny gal challenge this week in one of my teams, we are to go to this website which tells you your body fat percentage and then to blog. These were my results: <BR> <BR> You have 44.4% body fat. <BR> <BR> You have 143.4 Pounds of fat and 179.6 Pounds of lean (muscle, bone, body water) <BR> <BR> <link>www.healthcentral.com/cholesterol/ho<BR>me-body-fat-test-2774-143.html </link> <BR> <BR> *According to this that would put me at 225 pounds. I don't know if that is right for m... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 09:43:03 EST Sunny Gal Pledge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771458 Goals: <BR> <BR> * I will do yoga/meditation at least 3 days a week each morning. <BR> * I will drink 8 glasses of water everyday. <BR> * I will exercise every day, even if just for a little bit (with one or two relax days) <BR> * I Will keep up with my Sunny Gal team and log on to spark often & teams. <BR> * I Will track it on my goals, and not give into night snacking. <BR> * I will start thinking more positive and saying affirmations. Mon, 1 Sep 2014 21:55:31 EST I'm on my way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703916 Well, I am actually DOING it. I have lost almost 15 pounds so far and am finally starting to make headway. <BR> <BR> One day I just started to read blogs on here, how people were making progress, how GOOD they felt, and all of the hard work they did. I was so happy for them, and yet so motivated to reach that feeling as well. <BR> <BR> I think I just needed to reach that point where I said, you know, there IS no easy route around this. If I am going to do this, it IS going to be difficult... Mon, 26 May 2014 22:33:49 EST This inspires me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702320 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2145690879.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l833221309.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l849212092.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1514599069.jpg"> Sat, 24 May 2014 19:18:05 EST Refreshing Smoothies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679881 Cherry Fountain of Youth Smoothie <em>289</em> <BR> <BR> If you like the taste of blackberries, you will like this: <BR> <BR> *1 cup low-fat cherry yogurt <BR> *1/4 cup cranberry juice <BR> *1 cup frozen pitted cherries <BR> *3/4 cup frozen unsweetened blueberries <BR> <BR> Strawberry Banana Smoothie <em>45</em> <em>265</em> <BR> <BR> * Cup of Strawberries <BR> * Banana Chunks <BR> * Strawberry Lowfat Yogurt <BR> * A dash or two of Crystal Lite Pink Lemonade, dry mix <BR> <BR>... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 00:09:19 EST Pets http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670371 I was inspired by this spark article of a dozen pet stories to start your day, I thought I would post some of my favorite animal photos. I hope these pictures make you smile. whether you are a cat or a dog lover or both! The link for the stories is at the bottom in case anyone wanted it. Which picture is your favorite? <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l192154203.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1226434986.jpg"> <BR> <BR>... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 09:51:38 EST ignite the spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657303 The last two months in my personal life I have been struggling quite a bit with things. My depression has been very severe, which is why I have been absent. I hope sp friends understand. I am starting therapy and am trying to build myself up again. I also decided to make a "forgiveness list" which is something that I read about in a book. You write a list of all of the people you have ever felt resentment towards or still harbor ill at ease feelings with when you think of them, even people ... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:37:21 EST Me A-Z http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620661 This is for the A&I Pink Candy Hearts challenge team: <BR> <BR> A is for Angels, I enjoy reading books about the subject <BR> B is for Bubble Baths. I love them. <BR> C is for Candles because I enjoy aromatherapy and lavender <BR> D is for Dreams. I have lots of big dreams and goals I want to achieve <BR> E is for Energy. I am starting to like exercise because of the energy it gives me. <BR> F is for Fairies, which I also like & fantasy art <BR> G is for Guitar, I am teaching myself to play ... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 17:53:19 EST Rainbow diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5618715 Looking back on January, I am proud that I lost a good amount of weight! Towards the beginning of the month I was on a roll! Then towards the end of the month I started to waver a bit. But my attitude is still pretty good, even though at the end of the month I didn't do so hot. But I'm not going to beat myself up over this, it does no good. I am going to learn from it and press on! So that's why I've decided to UP the fruit and veggies. Here is a peak of some things in my fridge: strawber... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 14:33:47 EST My Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5591060 So far I feel I'm doing pretty well. I have hardly overate at night, that is a big plus for me. I have been trying new recipes. And I believe this is all about small changes and baby steps! Here are my plans: <BR> <BR> 1. Go swimming at the YMCA as much as a I can <BR> <BR> 2.Try to drink my 8 glasses of water daily <BR> <BR> 3. Avoid or at least make healthier choices when I eat fast food <BR> <BR> 4. Try to get in exercise each day: walking, biking, Wii Fit <BR> <BR> 5. Continue to ... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 10:12:25 EST Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590224 This is a blog about some of the challenges that I face with weight loss. The thing that has definitely hindered me from progress in the past is so simple, but one I've struggled with: looking at this like a diet. Lately I have been telling myself that I actually enjoy exercise, and that eating healthier foods feels good, that this is something I want to do for the rest of my life. This is not a quick fix just so I can just reach a number on the scale than go straight back to eating junk food... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 12:06:58 EST What Got Me Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589213 What got me here: I feel my weight is something that has gradually just gotten higher as the years came by, due to not managing stress and not taking care of myself. In grade school and high school I was maybe just 30 or 40 so pounds overweight. <BR> <BR> It wasn't though until about between 2008 and 2009 though that my weight took on a significant change. In my early/middle 20's I went from 230 pounds all the way to almost 300, in the course of just two years. I believe this was because of ... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 12:41:10 EST Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582099 I am really trying to focus on trying lots of different exercises so that I am never bored. <BR> <BR> Here is what I enjoy: <BR> <BR> Strength training: a stability ball & dumbbells. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1939892617.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Cardio: Stationary bike, or biking outdoors in the summertime <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l349465044.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Swimming! Laps, or simply floating in around the pool :) <BR> <BR... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 17:10:46 EST Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5580073 I started the January Jump Start program today and the first workout video was not as easy as it looked, when you are a beginner and very out of shape. I can really feel it in my legs, but I am happy that I did the video twice today. I feel great! I got through it. There is such a strong part of me that is like Exercise!! Blaaah! But then when you do the workout, afterwards you really feel like, wow! That was so worth it!! <BR> <BR> Food wise I did well today too. I had a healthy breakfast, ... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 22:05:06 EST My Fresh Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578467 January 1st is finally here! I'm so glad that it has finally arrived! This is a year of new beginnings for me, the year of CHANGE. Last year didn't go so hot, but that is all in the past now. I have many goals, many plans, and things that I wish to accomplish starting today, but little by little taking baby steps. I realize that many people start out their new year's resolutions, very psyched, very excited, only for the motivation to wear down as time goes by. I really don't want to be that p... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 19:51:23 EST My Food Blog # 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542892 Breakfast: Lemon Drop Smoothie and French Toast Sticks <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1634003351.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1657465238.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Lunch: Fruit Salad & Chewy Bar <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1049913779.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l311207253.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Dinner: Spaghetti <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 18:54:15 EST My Food Blog # 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542889 From yesterday: <BR> <BR> <BR> Breakfast: Cereal & Toast <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l200468955.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1488987422.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Lunch: PB Sandwich, Fruit Salad, Chewy Bar, Water <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l805857726.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1607100824.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1696179476.jp... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 18:49:51 EST My Food Blog #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5541408 Breakfast: Cornflakes <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l330099156.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2010116741.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Lunch: Chewy Bar, Apples, and Yogurt <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1239247274.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l652601797.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l133294558.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Dinner: Some Pizza, not my wis... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 21:10:16 EST Drinks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528423 I thought these recipes looked really good and wanted to share them! <BR> <BR> If you are looking for healthy punch recipes to serve at your Halloween shindig, here are three that will have your guests screaming with delight. <BR> <BR> Dripping Blood Halloween Punch Recipe <BR> Serves 8 <BR> <BR> 8 thick slices cucumber <BR> 4 cups pineapple juice <BR> 1 cup orange juice <BR> 2 cups ginger ale or sparkling water <BR> Ice <BR> 8 tablespoons grenadine syrup <BR> <BR> Cut cucumber slic... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 14:04:41 EST Fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5527573 These made me smile, I hope that you like them too. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1003579829.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l702063939.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1356670244.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l815131070.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1577677466.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeo... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 16:07:30 EST Don't Give Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5458346 I found this inspiring: <BR> <BR> <BR> People who didn't give up: <BR> <BR> * Thomas Edison's teachers said he was "too stupid to learn anything." He was fired from his first two jobs for being "non-productive." As an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. When a reporter asked, "How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?" Edison replied, "I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps." <BR> <BR> * Albert Einstein did not spe... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 20:21:06 EST Woohoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5447105 Today was pretty awesome. My swimsuit which is usually really tight, and hard for me to get on. Well, I had not been swimming for awhile. I went to put it on, and it just slid right on me super easily. What a difference! I was actually really surprised, but I have been doing a lot of crunches lately so I think that counts for something! I also happened to find this really pretty blue bikini that was on sale, really small, but it was probably the prettiest swimsuit I had ever seen. I couldn't ... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 00:16:50 EST Food Blog # 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5420254 Breakfast: Oatmeal, Banana, Juice <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1489922462.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l253028824.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l298936790.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Lunch: Cheese & Fruit plate <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l119499230.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1477732766.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 23:03:09 EST Food Blog #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5420248 Breakfast: Pineapple orange banana smoothie <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1518430621.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Lunch: Salad with cherry tomatoes, and a protein shake <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1340402085.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1487497630.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1830578574.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Dinner: Lean cuisine dinner: orange chicken, & a sparkling ice drink <BR> <img src="http://... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 22:55:57 EST Food blog #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5415735 This week's team challenge is to make some food blogs: <BR> <BR> Breakfast: Cereal, Juice, & bagel with low fat cream cheese <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1460365727.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l36432354.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l603122120.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Lunch: apple, crackers, & PB <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l160834908.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://phot... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 15:58:33 EST no more excuses! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5405935 Okay, it was kind of strange. Last night I had a dream that said "this is what's going to help your weight loss." In my dream I was writing down all the common excuses I make, and writing down why they are not true. I'm going to look at this list every time I feel guilty of that type of thinking. I thought I would share it. Hope this inspires you. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Excuse # 1: I just can't do this. <BR> <BR> Stop right there. Yes you can. The simple answer is within a question: Why... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 00:05:52 EST in the zone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5399559 One of the things I really like about spark is that this site always stays interesting, it's never boring! There is always some new article to read or new message board to post on. Very cool. When it comes to the journey this time around, I am doing several different things, but not overwhelming myself with it, just enjoying all of the support and good tools on here. <BR> <BR> I love my Sunny Gal's team! We have new little challenges each week pertaining to health, and I feel bad I have not ... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 21:38:26 EST Baby steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5385028 Last week was a really bad week. I felt like I had absolutely no will power to do anything, let alone exercise. I was not getting along with someone because of them being pushy and not supportive towards things. My phone has been off for a few days now, and I will check it when I'm ready. Do you ever miss the old days when there were just land line phones, and people didn't hound you or get mad if you didn't answer their voice mail or text right away? Every once in awhile I believe everyone... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 20:44:54 EST June goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5374907 I know that I have really gotten off track and quit coming on spark for almost the entire month of May. I really don't know what to say other than the fact that I get overwhelmed way too easily. I try to take on too many goals at once and then I seem to just withdraw and people wonder where I went. I know that from now on I need to break this spell, and start to let go of my perfectionist attitude once and for all. <BR> <BR> If I don't do all my exercises that day, eat the exact foods acco... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 19:11:04 EST emotions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5328061 I remember when I lived alone in my apartment. I would go to the store and make my favorite foods (lover of pasta) and it would calm me down. Lately I've been thinking about the times that food brought a lot of comfort for me. When you can't stuff your emotions or depression with food anymore, you are forced to face your real feelings, and that can be kind of scary. <BR> <BR> It's odd actually because things have been coming up from my past...in thoughts, in dreams, things I had no thought ... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 21:40:56 EST I can do this! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5321269 So far it's been an interesting week. I've been doing little things to motivate myself. For example I'm a person who loves to wear hats. Not many of them fit anymore. So today I went through them all and just daydreamed. I imagined myself happy and wearing them and this in turn really inspired me. It's amazing how just these little pick me ups can get a person off the "feeling sorry for myself mode" into "I'm inspired and can actually do this!" mode <BR> <BR> Last night I was proud of myself... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 21:56:27 EST