CAROL-'s SparkPeople Blog CAROL-'s Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Ashamed I'm ashamed to say I haven't logged into my account for nearly a year. Sparkpeople has been such an important part of my journey and I let this accountability fall by the way side. <BR> <BR> I'm still plugging away and getting results. I'm teaching 6 fitness classes a week these days, coaching others and still working my full time job. I guess I let the business of life keep me from the joys of this site. I need to try to get back on track here. <BR> <BR> Starting back slow but hope to at ... Fri, 20 May 2016 13:17:25 EST Slowly finding normal That past few weeks feel like a blur. Sorry if this is longer than usual. <BR> <BR> With all the weight loss, I found a tumor and started having trouble with a fibroid cluster in my right breast. We have spent some time monitoring it. Along with weight loss comes the problem of excess skin. So my body is a real mess. After running some tests, doing some genetic family history my doctors decided I needed to have the tumor out and take as much tissue as they could to be proactive. <BR> <B... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 08:37:10 EST Planning Ahead The weekend is in sight and I need to be super careful since I have a baby shower to attend and we are going to an arts festival. I am planning to pack some healthy snacks, I don't want to be derailed. <BR> <BR> I know if I go with my mind set, I can make the right choices. I believe I will eat before attending both to help keep me from wanting to eat things I will regret later. <BR> <BR> Are you doing anything interesting this weeked? Fri, 5 Jun 2015 13:52:37 EST Eye Opener It's not that I didn't know this but it is a nice reminder of why I am on this journey. I'll take the scale on the right, please! <img src=""> Mon, 1 Jun 2015 14:20:08 EST Re- Charge Sunday's are my favorite day! I get to spend the morning at church feeding my soul. This afternoon I will curl up with a book and feed my mind. Later I will spend some time in the kitchen prepping some snacks for the week. <BR> <BR> I love that I have a day each week set aside so I can refuel and recharge so I am ready to take on the week. If I don't get my 'me time', it really makes my week a bit more challenging. <BR> <BR> So here's to a day filled with rest and relaxation. <BR> <BR... Sun, 31 May 2015 08:04:54 EST Mindless Eating I used to graze in front of the fridge or 'clean' the kiddos plates when they were done eating. I was guilty of wandering around with my lunch in my hand while doing other things. Mindless eating can really pack on the pounds. We take a nibble here and a bite there and before we know it, we have packed on some serious calories. Be mindful to sit down and enjoy your meal. Plan your snacks so you aren't grazing in front of the fridge. Take a moment to be conscious of how you are eating. Anyone ... Wed, 27 May 2015 17:41:41 EST Set Up For Success I am trying to get myself set up for success. NO more excuses. Can't find my favorite water bottle. Where did I put my gym shoes? Bla bla bla. <BR> <BR> I have relocated all my workout gear to one spot. I have a bag ready to go so I am ready to head out to Zumba or circuit. Keeping a ready bag eliminates the opportunity for me to give in to a few of my excuses. <BR> <BR> How do you set yourself up for success? Mon, 25 May 2015 09:38:24 EST Lazy Saturday I keep getting distracted by the beautiful weather. Not a productive day at all because I keep popping on the back porch to just sit. The warm breeze is beautiful. It is nice to just unwind. <BR> <BR> I did get my PiYo Drench workout in and holy moly I was soaking wet when I was done. Just love love love my PiYo workouts. <BR> <BR> Got my water in today too. <BR> <BR> Over all a good day just wish I got a little bit more done around the house. <BR> <BR> Happy Saturday everyone! Sat, 23 May 2015 18:59:31 EST Scared and Excited TMI warning in advanced. <BR> <BR> It has been some time since I have written on my spark blog but is has always been my favorite place to sort out my health journey. <BR> <BR> I have lost tons of weight in my journey and as I get healthier, I come across new battles to take along the way. Most of which is the price for not taking better care of myself. Now that I am, well those health issues sneak up. <BR> <BR> My recent concern is a few tumors I have decided I need to have removed from ... Thu, 21 May 2015 10:08:57 EST So sleepy I have been very sleepy lately. I am keeping a close eye <BR> on it. I have been on a regular sleep schedule so I just planning on watching closely. I hope I am not catching a cold. I have no time for that. Watch and wait I guess. Sun, 3 Nov 2013 22:01:36 EST Crispy Mornings! I love this time of year. Waking up to the crispy mornings is very refreshing to me. The cool air just sets a relaxing tone to my day. Before long, the trees will be bursting with brilliant colors. I guess it's time to plan that trip to North Georgia. <BR> <BR> I am diving into another busy week but very much looking forward to it. My workout and meal plans are in place. <BR> <BR> Here's to a sparktacular week. Mon, 21 Oct 2013 06:09:04 EST Simply Beautiful! Such a beautiful day. <BR> <BR> I started by teaching my Zumba in the Circuit class at Curves. Love those ladies. They are so full of energy. <em>216</em> <BR> <BR> Came home and hopped on the mower. Total multi-tasking - I was listening to Zumba music and working on choreo while mowing..... <em>244</em> Can't imagine what people were thinking when they drove by and saw a crazy lady dancing on the mower. <BR> <BR> Now the windows are open and I am cleaning. <BR> <BR> Simply... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 16:23:25 EST On a Roll I'm on a roll. Been blogging every day this week. I am super excited to be back on track with my spark. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Now if I can only get back to the forums..... <BR> <BR> One step at a time. Thu, 10 Oct 2013 06:18:51 EST Timing Well, my day was a disorganized mess yesterday. It's amazing how one day can throw off several other days. <em>24</em> I muddled through and imagine I will continue to play catch up. <BR> <BR> We took a much needed day of rest on Sunday. But I felt that lash back on Tuesday. Tuesday is grocery/cooking day. Sunday is pick up the paper, coupon cutting, sales flyer shopping and menu planning, Well that didn't happen. I had to sort out my menu and map out the sales on Tuesday before ta... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 06:22:35 EST On Track Hopefully I am back on track with my sparking. Being and empty nester is far busier than expected. <em>40</em> I feel like I am being pulled in a thousand directions. In an effort to get some control back, I am mandating myself a few minutes of Sparkpeople each day. Up till now, I have logged in for points, working my goals check list and that is it. I miss reading blogs, and encouraging people on the forums. <BR> <BR> So, here I am hoping to get back on track. <em>30</em> Tue, 8 Oct 2013 06:52:36 EST Shaking it Up! I am always going a hundred miles an hour and this weekend was no exception. Taught Zumba Friday night and then a late dinner out with Mike. Woke up and taught Two Zumba in the Circuit classes, came home showered and went to Oktoberfest at church. Played hookie from that for a few hours and skipped over to Grayson for the Brews and Blues then back to Trinity for the Polka band and German fare. <BR> <BR> For the first time in a very long time, I slept in until 9am. That meant we skipped c... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 06:20:54 EST OH, My! I can't believe it's been nearly a month since I have checked in with a blog. Shame, shame on me. Staying super busy that's for sure. <BR> <BR> The boy is all settled into his new home. His paychecks are rolling in, his grades are good and he checks in often. I would say his apprenticeship is off to a great start. <BR> <BR> The girl is settled in as well. She is desperately trying to find a job, but other than that she's ready to start her classes in the spring. <BR> <BR> Super proud... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 06:48:29 EST And so it begins... New routines. I don't like change, but I am starting to settle into a new routine. Miss my kids, but really liking the freedom of a new schedule that doesn't have me pressured to get dinner on the table and driving people everywhere. (or having endless school meetings to attend) <BR> <BR> I am settling into a the new normal and thankful to have this quality time with my husband. Our new journey has begun and I am really digging the new routines. <BR> <BR> Now to get the two of us eating ... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 06:44:58 EST The Count Down I am a basket of emotions. My baby girl is already gone, but coming home to see her brother off and pack up a few more of her things. Today I am running a ton of errands to get those last minute things taken care of before my son moves to Virginia. I have a bought of bronchitis settling in and have to work in a DR appointment and my doctor is on vacation.....My office is piled high of a million things to wrap up so I can leave with my son. And the list goes on and on. <BR> <BR> I am so t... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 06:50:55 EST Behind I have been a terrible sparker. So much going on that I can't seem to find time to sit in front of the computer and spark. <em>39</em> I miss it and my spark peeps. <BR> <BR> Next week we move my son to Virginia so he can begin his new job/apprenticeship. My baby girl is getting settled in her new life as well. She's looking for a job and looking for her fresh start in life. I am excited for her journey as well. <BR> <BR> I am so proud of both my children and look forward to watching ... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 07:17:35 EST lazy day We've had such a busy weekend. I am really enjoying a lazy summer day. Doing laundry and watching tv with my love. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Vacation Bible school this week - I need to be lazy while I can. <em>211</em> Sun, 23 Jun 2013 18:03:36 EST Life's a changing It's been pretty quiet with the girl gone. We have been settling into a new routine. Miss her bunches but the quiet sure is nice. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am studying for my senior fitness certification. I am amazed when I look back and see how blessed I am to have found Sparkpeople. This is one more thing I would not be doing if I hadn't stumpled on Spark. A new, healthy me and new directions for life. <BR> <BR> All sorts of blessings. Wed, 19 Jun 2013 06:47:18 EST Moving along I know I have been terrible about my sparking..... <BR> <BR> Becca finally started her journey south with her grandparents. They are in Brunswick visiting family, so she's not settled into her new room yet. Miss her like crazy though. <BR> <BR> Mike and I are settling into a new soon to bee empty nesters routine. Danny leaves in a few weeks. He's hardly home because he such a hard worker. <BR> <BR> Between my full time job and teaching 5 Zumba classes per week, I am staying pretty busy... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 06:44:15 EST checking in Just dropping by. Staying busy. I am teaching Zumba five days a week on top of my regular full time job. <BR> <BR> Never enough time to play around on spark.... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 06:33:08 EST Behind again I continue to get further behind in my sparking - I miss it and it makes me sad. Business is taking over. I am going to have to set a special time aside for sparking. <BR> <BR> It's been hectic. Becca makes her big move this weekend after her mini vacation with her church buddies. I am so excited for her, but a bit sad. I will miss having my kiddo's around. <BR> <BR> I'm still getting my workouts in and my eating is back on track now that all the graduation and my birthday celebrations... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 06:37:06 EST Closing Chapter Amazing!!!!!!! My baby girl finally graduated High School. I am so proud. All the festivities have finally come to a close for her. We still have a few more friends to graduate this week and next but my part of this journey for her is complete. <BR> <BR> Now we begin a new chapter as we shift to college mode. I am so excited for her and the opportunities that await. She will begin her new journey around June 10th. I am excited but a bit saddened. I already miss not waking up super ea... Wed, 22 May 2013 06:50:40 EST Lagging Behind It's been so crazy and I can't seem to stay caught up with any of my Spark. Becca graduates in thee weeks. Our calendar is packed so tight between banquets, awards, concerts, prom and such. I can't wait until June. <BR> <BR> At least Daniel's move was postponed until August. I hate he will start his new job/apprentice program later than he hoped but it gives me time to recover from this. <BR> <BR> I fear it may be June before I am back on track with my sparking. I hate it because I love m... Thu, 2 May 2013 06:22:05 EST A Day Well Spent I am thankful the beautiful weather is finally settling in. After a morning of Zumba class and learning choreo to teach Monday, I managed to spend about an hour sitting outside reading. I actually finished my book. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I spent time sorting linens for Danny. Now my linen closet is much more organized and he will have plenty to take with him when he moves. I must admit, I was getting a bit weepy while packing. At the same time, I couldn't be prouder. <BR> <BR> We al... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 20:11:46 EST Hello Size Ten~ Whooooooo Hooooooooo!!!!!! <BR> <BR> I am so very excited. I am finally in a size ten! <em>9</em> <em>236</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Excited is an understatement. I needed some dress slacks for work and just couldn't believe I was able to get a ten. I started my journey so many years ago in 3XL and 22/24. Here I am in a 10. I still have a ways to go to meet my goal weight but this is such an exciting milestone. <BR> <BR> TEN!!!!!!!!! Yes, me in a a 10. <BR> <BR> Sorry ... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 16:52:11 EST Difficult Day It really has been a difficult week. Holy Week is one of my favorite times to reconnect with God through fasting and meditating. This year has been a bit challenging. My friend lost her battle with cancer on Tuesday morning. It was a long and painful battle. I am thankful she can finally rest in our Lord. But my heart remains broken to lose such a wonderful person. It has been hard to maintain my fast/meditations. <BR> <BR> Today is her funeral and I am not looking forward to it. B... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 06:26:50 EST Prayer Request I am broken hearted to learn that a dear friend has entered hospice care. She is fighting her second battle with cancer. She beat the first round (breast) about ten years ago. She's been fighting this battle (bone) for about 2 years. She's been in so much pain, multiple blood transfusions weekly ...... list goes on. <BR> <BR> I am praying that God wraps her in His loving arms and brings her peace. <BR> <BR> I am asking all my spark friends to pray for Lynn and her husband as they fa... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 19:06:47 EST He Got IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My heart is bursting with pride and joy. Today my son received his acceptance into the Apprentice School in New Port News, VA. He will be an X11 Shipfitter. He heads to VA on the first. It's happening so fast. I could burst into tears. I know that they grow up and start their own lives and he is 21. He has been working through the application process for a year. He was one of 200 accepted into the program. There were 6000 applicants. I am super proud, excited and a nervous wreck. <BR... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 19:31:59 EST They Grow up! Today Daniel had his interview at the Navy base in New Port News for the engineering apprenticeship program. He is confident he interviewed well. He was one of 12 people that interviewed today out of 6,000 applicants. What an honor even if he isn't selected. <em>334</em> I am so very proud. He will know something in a few weeks. That means i might be empty nesting by May. Becca graduates in May and will move away for college. <BR> <BR> Both my babies have grown up quickly and I ... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 16:29:45 EST Distractions I have had quite a lot on my personal plate lately. Fortunately, it hasn't distracted me from my workouts and eating plans. It has kept me from spending as much time with Spark responsibilities. <BR> <BR> Spark is an important part of my journey and I have truly missed poking around reading blogs and articles. My teams are suffering as well. <em>39</em> A big apology to my fellow sparkers for not being as supportive as I should be as you continue to push through your journey. <BR> <... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 06:36:23 EST Happy Monday It's been a full weekend and now it's time to take on the new week. Woke up ready for a nap but I am gonna push through the day. <BR> <BR> Workout, measured lunch......ready to take on Monday! <BR> <BR> Let's do it sparkies. Mon, 25 Feb 2013 06:23:17 EST Busy Weekend We had a great time and raised nearly $300.00 <em>334</em> for the Atlanta Hunger Walk. <BR> <BR> Today we celebrated my daughters 18th birthday in Little Five Points. We went to the Vortex for lunch because she wanted to be carded. Too funny. Then we shopped in all the little stores. Great family day. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone enjoyed their day. Sat, 23 Feb 2013 20:05:49 EST Going and going ...and going. <BR> <BR> I have been super busy and really dancing up the exercise minutes. I feel fantastic. I love teaching Zumba! I do hate that I have so little time to check in with Spark though. <BR> <BR> Friday night we are hosting a Sink Hunger with Zumba event. We have adopted a pirate theme. Three of my favorite instructors and myself will do 90 min of Zumba. Ten bucks to get in and all the money goes to the Atlanta Hunger Walk. I am really excited. Lots of folks are signing ... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 07:17:52 EST Full Week I have had a such a full week. We got back Sunday from North Carolina in time for the super bowl party at my in-laws. Monday was swamped at work. After work I taught Zumba and then started a class for a friend and of course stayed. Tuesday, I worked my part time once a month gig, grocery shopped, and then hit curves for an hour to audition for a sub position teaching Zumba in the Circuit. BTW - I got it <em>104</em> ) Wed. is always busy because of work and church. Thursday I worked, ... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 14:54:43 EST Crazy weekend Wow, what a weekend. My daughter and I piled in the car early Saturday morning and drove to Albemarle, NC. (from Loganville,, GA) to attend a dinner party with my college buddies. My dear friend Kelley finally got a job after nearly a year of searching. Sad thing is she has to sell her home and move to Michigan. Praise God she has a job and a new opportunity. <BR> <BR> Anyway, we headed up there for a quick visit. Got to her house by 12:30 grabbed lunch and piled in the car to head an... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 06:01:52 EST Behind I am very behind on my blogging. I've been teaching and taking so many zumba classes I've fallen behind on my sparking. I am racking in the fitness minutes though. <BR> <BR> I am trying hard to stay on track with water, portions and sleep. <BR> <BR> Off to spend time with the family...... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 21:34:35 EST Keep Pushing I keep pushing through. I've had the blahhh's for a few days. Work is piled up. So much to do at home. Friends requiring so much prayer and it feels like Murphey has moved in. So many repairs and so little money to go around. <BR> <BR> I keep pushing. Not giving in to emotional eating. Not giving in to no motivation. Not giving in to the old triggers. <BR> <BR> I keep pushing. This too will pass and I will not have added 10 pounds along the way. Sat, 19 Jan 2013 15:30:54 EST Away Been away from Spark for a few days. My dear friend had emergency surgery while she was out of town to bury her sister. She ended up with a blockage that required them to remove six inches of her intestines. (She is 86 and still works 4 days a week) Anyway, her family did not want her to be alone while they were all at the funeral so they asked if I could come and be with her. So I made arrangements to make the trip to Valdosta. The night before, my car decides it isn't going to make the... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 14:54:52 EST No thanks I am up and at 'em today, but really would rather be in bed. I feel a bit stuffy. I don't have time to get the crud that is going around. So, I am up and getting ready for zumba. I fear if I slow down too much it might catch me. NO THANKS!!! <BR> <BR> So for me it's keep moving, LOTS of water, <em>91</em> and lots of veggies and fruits. <BR> <BR> Sat, 5 Jan 2013 08:05:01 EST Full Speed Ahead I am back on track and moving full speed ahead. It's really nice to be on top of my portions, getting ALL my water in <em>91</em> and back on my regular workout schedule. I have missed it. How cool is that????? I missed all of those things. There was a time that I wouldn't have cared. So glad that it does matter to me now. <BR> <BR> Hope you are all back on track and traveling full speed ahead with me. If not, jump on board. <em>224</em> Thu, 3 Jan 2013 07:28:24 EST Goals in place I am super excited to have my goals in place for the coming year. I am all set for my personal, health, professional, spiritual and family goals. I think I am off to a year filled with success. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Sat, 29 Dec 2012 21:42:38 EST New Year Looking forward to a weekend filled with reflection. I am going plan my goals for the new year. I can't wait. <BR> <BR> Hope you are taking time to do the same. <BR> <BR> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 20:13:30 EST Falling Behind I am falling behind on my sparking.... <BR> <BR> I really hope that next week I can be back on track. I am slowly getting there. Recovering from the holiday season is such a slow process. <BR> <BR> Gotta <em>386</em> Thu, 27 Dec 2012 20:50:07 EST Almost ready Finishing up the final round of cookies tonight. I will have made just under 200 dozen cookies, brownies and peanut butter squares. <BR> <BR> Family starts rolling in tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing everyone. I am a bit sad that my son has to work and will not be joining us for Candlelight Service. <em>39</em> I guess I have to get used to him having his own life. He turns 21 in just a few weeks. <BR> <BR> <BR> Wishing you all many blessings as you celebrate Christmas. Sun, 23 Dec 2012 23:06:56 EST Bad but good I have been very bad with my sparkin' lately. I have been so super busy. I am sure you are too. Christmas has a way of doing that. I love the opportunity to spoil those that I love. I want them all to sense God's love through me. <BR> <BR> Hoping that things will slow down soon. <BR> <BR> The good thing is I am staying on target with my eating and work outs. Hope you are as well. Sat, 22 Dec 2012 22:32:12 EST Cookie day is coming Spent the day purchasing the last of the ingredients for cookie day. I'll be taking on two classes in the morning, then the baking fest begins. <em>495</em> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 20:36:51 EST