CAROLJ74's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CAROLJ74 CAROLJ74'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/ Spark Motivator http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5428745 I earned my Spark Motivator badge 4 years ago...roughly. I seriously considered deleting my page and starting a new one. It has been a year since i have been active and I am now 2 pounds away from reaching 180 pounds. A weight that I said I was never going to reach again. And now I sit 2 pounds...2 small pounds away. <BR> <BR> I have tried to do it on my own and I can't. I took a hard long look at my past and analyzed what worked for me. I lost 42 pounds the first time with Sparkpeo... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 22:29:39 EST need good juju http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5168901 Last night I decided that today was going to be a new day and boy is it ever! I was laid off from my job at the end of March this year...it has been tough! I was at my last job for 8 years and I loved it there! The only thing I dreaded was the 45 minute drive to get there and with rush hour traffic the hour plus it took me to get home every night! This morning I got a call for a job interview...YAY!!!!! And bonus points because it is 5, yes 5 minutes from my house!!!! Prayers and good ... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 09:20:42 EST New beginnings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5168533 I joined Sparkpeople in 2008. We are nearing the end of 2012. Honestly, I haven't logged on to SP in a while. I can't and won't use the excuse that "life got in the way." I have 3 kids and a husband...life is always going to get in the way. I need to make me as important as I do everything else. <BR> <BR> Looking over my Sparkpage I was happy and sad.... <BR> <BR> I was happy that I have friends that care, friends who never gave up on me. I was happy to see that the last weight I ... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 22:00:45 EST March Madness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4771959 Well March Madness is officially upon us…there are so many changes that have happened in our household! Can you believe it is March already!? <BR> <BR> I guess I should start by talking about the love of my life…the man I call my husband. 15 months ago, he decided he was done smoking. After 20 years of smoking, he put his mind to it and quit. I am SO PROUD of him! Well, when he stopped smoking the pounds started creeping up on for him. I was fine with it…he stopped smoking! THEN, af... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 13:29:38 EST Dressing room Dancing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4595337 Hello Loves!! I know...I haven't been on SP much! BUT I have been getting my workout on! Football season has come to an end for 2 of 3 kids so I have a little more free time to dedicate to myself. <BR> I decided to start back slowly. Workout when I have time. No pressure. If I don't get a workout in, I don't beat myself up. I have been eating well, I know that is helping!! I didn't cut anything out. Moderation in everything. And so far, it seems to be working! I don't feel li... Tue, 22 Nov 2011 11:39:49 EST Starting Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4540187 I am starting over. Again. I will continue to come back and keep trying and not giving up! Sometimes starting over can be a bit intimidating. Depending on how long you have been gone. If you are like me, you are super active(even a team leader) and then walk away. You meet your goal weight or are super close. You get comfortable. You start slipping away. You come back every now and then but things aren't the same so you get lost. New members are always joining. It is the new member... Mon, 17 Oct 2011 16:55:18 EST Reflections...w/ pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4390101 When I was a kid, my brother would scarf down his food so that he could go outside and finish playing. He would play until he couldn’t see anymore. Stinky and sweaty and my mother probably wouldn’t have had it any other way but back then there was no other way. Now kids don’t come outside to play. They are stuck in front of televisions, computers, and video games. I know it might be a strange thing to read but I am so proud of my boys for being old school boys. They ride bikes, play ba... Wed, 27 Jul 2011 15:15:16 EST 5 Months Until Christmas...My Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4387860 Wow January 5! That is the last time that I blogged! CRRRRAAZZZZYYYY! <BR> <BR> So much has gone on but I will spare you all of the details! I am a day late but I wanted to post my goals for my Christmas in July challenge! There are 5 months until Christmas ( that is pretty insane too) so here we go... <BR> <BR> Start fresh! Stop looking to the past at all of the mistakes that I have made. I can't change anything. I can only move forward. I am looking for a few active teams that off... Tue, 26 Jul 2011 16:07:27 EST BEFORE Pics & Measurements http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3893506 This was a really tough decision for me to make. Sometimes, I get so focused on what I don’t like to see in the mirror. And it doesn’t matter how much I workout, I continue to tell myself there is no change. It is nice to know that others see something that I don’t. But…in order for you to see the progress you need to see the beginning. So here goes nothing. <BR> <BR> <em>7</em> 1/4/11 Measurements <em>7</em> <BR> Bust: 40 <BR> R Thigh: 24.5 <BR> L Thigh 23.5 <BR> Hips: 44.5 <BR... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 16:05:37 EST New Year! New ME! New Goals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3889014 I decided that this year I am not going to make a resolution! It seems that every year, it is the same thing. My resolution is to start working out again. Watch what I what I eat. LOSE WEIGHT! And for the first 2 weeks. I am gung ho! Everything is going great. The excitement wears off. Reality sets in. And then slowly but surely it all goes away and I am left with nothing! NOTHING but false promises to myself at the beginning of every month for the next year that is indeed the mo... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 14:56:22 EST Baby, I'm a firework! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3886678 Katy Perry-Firework, I love this song! I have heard this song on the radio quite a few times. I don't think I really paid attention fully until tonight. I was on the treadmill and it came on my Ipod. I actually started listening to the words. I played the song over and over again until it hit me like a ton of bricks! Every emotion that I have been feeling lately was bottled up in this song! I have been feeling down, I have gained some weight. I have a spark in me and I am going to i... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 23:14:14 EST Why I want to lose weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3819748 Everybody has different reasons for wanting to lose weight. It seems the biggest motivation is getting married or knowing someone who is getting married and being a part of the wedding party...those darn dresses get us everytime! Some people want to lose the baby weight and others want to lose weight for an upcoming vacation. But what happens when you youngest baby is 7, you have no planned vacations or wedding on the horizons? When there is no set deadline, we feel like we can keep putti... Thu, 2 Dec 2010 15:01:13 EST December goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3817260 Wow! Can you believe that it is December 1st already??? This year is flying by! Thanks for all the supportive comments on my last blog! I am excited for my love to quit that nasty habit! <BR> <BR> So my goals for this month…I decided I needed to keep them simple. It is December after all. It is super hard to stay focused. There is so much going on. I don’t want to overwhelm myself with unattainable goals. <BR> <BR> 1. Drink 8-10 glasses of water a day. There are days I am so bus... Wed, 1 Dec 2010 14:44:55 EST Winter 5% Challenge & BIG Changes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3814852 Big changes…they are a coming! NO REALLY! It is going to change the way everything happens in our house! I am taking it as a sign because the last time things were like this in our house, I was able to work out regularly and started losing weight. <BR> <BR> C has been working from Midnight to 8am for about 1 ½ years now. But factor in commuting time and he is gone from 10pm to 9:15am. He has stuck with this so long mainly because the days off didn’t suck so bad. But we only get to sle... Tue, 30 Nov 2010 15:44:59 EST My moment of insanity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3812698 I was at the grocery store this weekend and C stopped to get look at some allergy meds when I turned my head I was smack dab in front of the diet pills! UGH! I picked up a box read the back, and put it down. Picked up another one and did the same thing! I did have second thoughts about buying some but I know better! I thought maybe, just maybe it would help me jump start my motivation! Help me find an ounce of energy. Nothing that I have been doing up this point has worked. I KNOW I ... Mon, 29 Nov 2010 17:45:03 EST I give thanks to... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3803953 There is much to be thankful for...God is an awesome God! You can't put a price on family and friends. I can't imagine my life without them. <BR> <BR> I am thankful that I found a church that I LOVE and I was able to reconnect with God. I am sorry that it took Craig having a serious car accident this year for him that find the same connection. <BR> <BR> I am thankful for my three beautiful babies and my wonderful husband. <BR> <BR> I am thankful for supportive and wonderful parents... Wed, 24 Nov 2010 14:28:41 EST Wishes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3773017 Hi all! I hope you are having a great Tuesday! The weather is GORGEOUS here in South Central Texas! If you ever this part of Texas…now is the time to do it! Highs in the mid 70’s and lows in the 50’s. LOVE IT! <BR> <BR> Well, I have a bit of a wish list today! I know last blog I said I wanted nothing I still don't! These are little things! <BR> <BR> I wish that stores would quit rushing the holidays through! I get it, you need to display the next holiday! But COME ON…you have been s... Tue, 9 Nov 2010 13:53:03 EST Monday Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3771000 The clocks in my office are going to drive me INSANE. The wall clock says 5:20. I can't reach it or I would have changed it myself! The cleaning people have hidden all climbing contraptions! Not sure if it is for our safety or theirs! My computer says that it is 4:43 and my work phone says that it is 4:12. The actual time of me writing this is 4:20. I think I should go with the wall clock and call it a day!! Daylight Savings Time really messes with me! <BR> <BR> The weekend was GR... Mon, 8 Nov 2010 17:43:58 EST November 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3760720 It is late. So this is going to be quick! HA! I never do anything quick! And Hairspray just started, I LOVE this movie! Also, I showed my mom the blog from yesterday and you all made her day! Thanks Sparkies! Y'all are the best! <BR> <BR> Today was a great day! I met all of my daily goals. That always feels great! I put it out there yesterday that I was looking for a new team or 2 to join. And I reconnected with my Firecrackers! YAY!! LOVE THEM! They are awesome! I think along ... Wed, 3 Nov 2010 23:22:45 EST November 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3757467 I am writing early today! I don’t want to be up late tonight. I hope everyone got the chance to exercise their civil liberty and went out and/or is going out to VOTE today! I saw this and thought it was cute! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l753700461.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I know I have a busy evening with voting and kids’ homework but I plan on getting my treadmill workout on while I am watching my favorite show… <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/... Tue, 2 Nov 2010 16:51:56 EST Welcome November http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3755768 October was a ho hum month! I started with a bang and then I just fizzled out. I want to lose 8 pounds by the end of the month. 10 would be FABULOUS! I have my company Christmas party on December 11, and I want to look and feel better than I do now. <BR> <BR> I started yesterday with a bang. I took the kiddos trick or treating and we walked an amazing 4 miles. YAY! I thought they would NEVER get tired!!! We have some great houses in our neighborhood and they tend to go all out so th... Mon, 1 Nov 2010 23:20:59 EST This momma and her boys http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3739086 I know that I have said that I would learn to put myself first. Sometimes for me, that is just not possible. The past few weeks in my house have been pretty difficult. <BR> <BR> “E” struggled in school last year. ALL year he failed math and reading. From beginning to end. Homework and tests, it was all a struggle. The school had him tested for everything and nothing. He was always the youngest in his class being a May baby. 2 Pediatricians later he was diagnosed with ADD. Which I ... Mon, 25 Oct 2010 13:02:56 EST Please take a moment to read... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3708938 Friends, <BR> <BR> I'm asking that you all take a moment to read this, whether you have small children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, or friends and family with kids... <BR> <BR> Yesterday, an old friend of mine from school suffered a devastating loss. Her three-year-old grandson, Austyn, was killed in a terrible accident. It is one of those stories you hear on the news...one of the warnings you are given as a new parent. You baby-proof your home: electrical outlets capped, mini-blind ... Mon, 11 Oct 2010 22:01:30 EST Food Blog Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3700549 In my fantasy world, every meal would be the perfect amount of calories. It would always have variety. In my fantasy world, I wouldn't be a picky eater. But I am! So in the real world we eat what we have in the house and it is not always perfect. <BR> <BR> For breakfast, I thought I would start with my staple... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l498378804.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Only this time it was just red and delicious. It wasn't quite hitting the spot so I added 2 ... Thu, 7 Oct 2010 23:12:07 EST Food Blog Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3698137 This is "supposed" to be a week long challenge for me! It may turn out to be longer. When you have to take a picture of what you are going to eat and show it to all of your friends...it makes you think twice about eating it! We will see. I need to do this quick tonight. It is 10pm and I want to get some reading done before I close my eyes. <BR> <BR> I ate out today WAYYY more than I wanted to. But it is what it is. I like to count Wednesday as my "cheat day" because I have already ... Wed, 6 Oct 2010 23:30:56 EST Learning to Eat the Frog first http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3694382 I know that one of my biggest complaints is always lack of time. My good friends know there is something that I love to do and will do it WHENEVER I get the opportunity. READ! I usually have a book in the car and one in my purse. There is always one by my bedside! I have always loved reading. I read 1-2 books a week more if I can! This beauty is currently in my purse right now! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l158954347.jpg"> <BR> Hey, I didn’t say it was all quali... Tue, 5 Oct 2010 14:18:36 EST I got the magic & Sparktoberfest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3690317 Super quick recap...it is 10:30 and I need to get to bed! First, the hair! Did I get it cut??? No! NOT YET! Somehow it just hasn't worked out with my stylist. When I am available she isn't and vice versa. She could do it last week but I had a hot date with these hot mamas <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l543773697.jpg">We all graduated together back in 1992 and were all good friends. One of them is my BFF and I have kept in contact with a couple of others, I ... Sun, 3 Oct 2010 23:47:17 EST To cut or not to cut! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3637456 I meant to blog last night I just didn’t have time. Workout or blog...hmm I chose the workout! YAY ME! Yesterday was a good day. <BR> Breakfast: Luna Bar, a plum and some OJ <BR> Lunch: A turkey Sandwich with some grape tomatoes and carrots <BR> Dinner: Hubs was in charge of dinner and I was pleasantly surprised. He made spaghetti for him and kids using Ronzoni Smart Taste Pasta and for me, replaced the red sauce with Shrimp and a drizzle of EVOO. It was so yummy and light! It was p... Tue, 14 Sep 2010 12:56:50 EST Fun & Fabulous weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3634483 I love weekends where I am productive yet I still manage to find time to relax! They are the perfect combination! I think it helped that everyone did their part last week and I didn’t have to spend hours cleaning house and doing laundry this weekend. I had 3 loads of laundry to do and that was for for 5 people. Not bad. I bought a boatload of fruits and veggies for the week. I am so lucky that my kids like to pack fruit in their lunches. <BR> <BR> Overall, we had a great weekend. We... Mon, 13 Sep 2010 16:21:36 EST BLC 14-Starting Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3622789 It appears I have taken an unwanted hiatus. Lack of motivation, desire, mojo...call it what you want. I am not even going to lie, I didn't try! I didn't eat horrible. But I didn't care either. I didn't work out. I put on my workout clothes. Does that count for something? I also steered clear of SP. For this I feel awful. I failed teammates. I failed myself. That is not me. I have always been one to commit to challenges and lately, I couldn't seem to do it. I think my biggest ... Thu, 9 Sep 2010 17:39:13 EST YOU are beautiful just the way you are! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3506775 As a mother of a 13 year old girl it is frightening how young girls start worrying about their body image! Everywhere they look there is pressure to be skinny, too look this way or that way! Magazines, billboards, television; everywhere you look there are rail thin girls! And our daughters, sisters, and nieces are dying to be that thin! Young girls are mean. I guess I don’t remember going through it as a kid. Not sure if their wasn’t as much pressure or the fact that I was 90 pounds all... Thu, 5 Aug 2010 15:29:40 EST Peas and Thank you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3438640 Wow! This month is flying by! YAY! I want to thank everyone for their continued prayers while the kids are gone. I am doing good. Staying busier than normal. Working out. Getting projects done around the house. The kids haven’t adjusted but I did get to see them last week when FF had to go in for oral surgery. It felt so good to hold them and kiss them! But on a happy note...their father agreed to let them come home for the weekend. So today after work I am going to be picking th... Fri, 16 Jul 2010 13:57:38 EST Calling on my friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3379084 My ex husband was absent from my children's lives for many years. And then 2 years ago when he got with his current girlfriend, he decided he wanted to be more active in the kids lives. By that I mean... he picks them up every Wednesday for dinner and takes them every other weekend. And he takes them the entire month of July. He doesn't care if they have activities with their friends or for school. He is going to take them for his weekend and that is it. Our arguements now are about his... Mon, 28 Jun 2010 13:42:02 EST Must Leave Funkytown! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3360662 I need to snap out of this funk! Geez! Where to begin... <BR> <BR> The beginning is always a good place I know! My morning workouts are going. I am only working out in the morning 3x a week. I thought that was a fair compromise. I am not so disgruntled when I have to get up early now. And now for some odd reason workout partners are coming out of the woodwork. Why now? Why is it when I have a plan does everyone all of a sudden want to workout partner? I may need to tweak a little ... Tue, 22 Jun 2010 17:35:59 EST Day 1-AM workout! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3345087 I decided that I want to do my run in the morning during the summer. In the afternoon, I want to go swimming and after I have been swimming for an hour the last thing I want to do is run! <BR> This morning was Day 1 here is what happened... <BR> Alarm goes off at 5:15. I allocated 15 minutes for snooze time that was mistake #1. I used ALL 15 minutes plus some! But I made a commitment and I was going to stick with it! I put on my workout clothes and turned on the treadmill! During my 5 ... Thu, 17 Jun 2010 17:56:10 EST To run or not to run... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3333463 My body just doesn't get the concept of sleeping in late! I guess it "THINKS" that because we wake up at 6am during the week that 7 is sleeping in on the weekends...but it isn't! On Friday night, I told C before he left for work, "I am going to sleep late tomorrow. But I do need to be up by 8:30 so call me and wake me up." Yeah, 7:15...I am up! Sunday morning I feel that my eyes are ready to open and I am afraid, so I do that squinty eye thing to try to keep them from opening AT 7:04!!! ... Mon, 14 Jun 2010 14:27:12 EST There has to be change in order to grow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3314478 Have I mentioned I really hate when my blogs change course! I guess getting off the pill is NOT going to be possible without me flipping out and getting a migraine! I am an emotional basketcase for some reason today! My bosses have no idea how to deal with me so they avoid me at all cost...which is nice. But then I get sad and lonely because no one comes to visit me in my office. Geez, I could be a character on of those Real Housewives Shows. I heard Tom Petty- Free Falling and I broke o... Tue, 8 Jun 2010 17:23:13 EST Dearest Body (a letter to my body) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3301675 Dearest Body, <BR> <BR> I wish I could tell you that I hate you! I wish I could tell you that I could move on without you and that without you in my life I would be ok! But the truth of the matter is...I don't hate you. In 36 years, I have put you through a great deal! You have been through every high point and low one in my life. <BR> <BR> Throughout elementary school we were teased and called names..Olive Oyl, Skinny Minnie, Bones. I blamed you for not being athletic. Sure, I was a d... Fri, 4 Jun 2010 21:19:21 EST Pleasant Surprise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3293784 Super quick blog! I need to give MAJOR kudos to my Tator Tot(13) and French Fries(10, 7)! We meaning ME isn't quite ready to believe that she is ready to stay home alone much less watch the boys! I am 36 and tend to think they are more than a hand full! C is home, he is sleeping but he is home so if they need him I know they can wake him up. So, that makes me feel a little more comfortable! <BR> <BR> Yesterday being day 1...I called all day doing random check ins...everything was good m... Wed, 2 Jun 2010 17:37:24 EST Fishy weekend and goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3289548 I took a break from my laptop this weekend. No real reason. The kids got out of school early on Friday and Tator Tot a pool party so that left me with the french fries. I cleaned downstairs for about an hour and then decided that since it was like 1 million degrees outside we should just go swimming. I had a blast with them. I rarely get a chance to do something with them alone. It is also nice to be able to swim WITH them not just watching them tread water holding on to a noodle. So... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 16:34:57 EST Whataburger http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3270539 If you live in Texas...you know Whataburger(often pronounced Waterbuger.) Not sure what it is about the place but man...it is delish! I don't like ketchup. But even their ketchup is good! No, I mean G-O-O-D!!! It is that place that as a teen, you went to hang at after football games. As you got to drinking age, it was the place you went to when the bars closed...the burgers were even better then! The seniors gather there in the morning to drink a cup of coffee and read the morning pap... Wed, 26 May 2010 14:13:47 EST TOM, migraines and decisions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3247257 First off I would like to thank everyone who commented on my last blog! I am sorry if I didn't get to your page to thank you yet! I have been super busy at work and in recovery mode at home! <BR> <BR> So, my weight is up yet again 2 pounds. I am glad that hubby is working out with me…I didn’t feel like working out last night I just wanted to wallow in my sadness and he wouldn’t let me! I managed to do 30 minutes of ST and 45 minutes of cardio. And then like me he was puzzled. He sees... Wed, 19 May 2010 15:49:46 EST LONG weekend & last weeks goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3238729 I had ALOT going on this weekend! E turned 10 last Tuesday and C turns 13 this Tuesday. They BOTH decided they didn't want birthday parties just sleepovers. Well, C being a girl and turning 13 had to invite ALL of the girls who sit at her lunch table which turned out to be 10 and got first choice of days. She chose Friday and Craig chose work! Which was probably best in the long run! Everytime the girls did a cheer or mentioned boys and giggled(which was often) I could see "THE VEIN" ... Mon, 17 May 2010 12:41:12 EST My Summer Challenge Motivators http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3225585 So my BLC SUMMER pre-challenge for is to write 5 things that to stay motivated this challenge....and it has proven to be very difficult for me! But here we go! After #1...they are in no order of importance. They are all equally important! <BR> <BR> <BR> 1.GOD <BR> This journey is definitely NOT easy. No step in this journey is ever going to be easy! When we finally lose all of the weight we are always going to wonder..." Am I going to gain it back?" But with God I can do this! He ha... Thu, 13 May 2010 11:22:59 EST Hamster Wheel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3214987 I had an upbeat blog and THEN I stepped on the scale and it went downhill! So, I am going to get this part over with quick...like taking a band-aid off! I gained 2 pounds. Not sure how! Not sure why! Not sure I really care anymore. I know that I am doing everything possible in my power. I am eating well and working out. When I stepped on the scale this morning I wanted to cry...AGAIN! I can't explain what I feel exactly when I step on the scale. And I know it sounds silly because i... Mon, 10 May 2010 15:20:08 EST Just for Fun...thanks Cruz2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3197198 1. Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed? ~ Closed. <BR> <BR> 2. Do you take the shampoos and conditioner bottles from hotel? ~ Yes. I put them out for guests that stay in our house! <BR> <BR> 3. Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out? ~ In <BR> <BR> 4. Have you ever stolen a street sign before? ~ No! Don't really see a need for a street sign! <BR> <BR> 5. Do you like to use post-it notes? ~Love 'em! I am doodler! <BR> <BR> 6. Do you cut out coupons but then... Wed, 5 May 2010 11:11:41 EST I would do it again if I had to... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3194000 When my daughter was born I knew that I wanted to breast feed. It was never one of of those things that I had second thoughts about. She never latched on. But I knew my milk was good for her so I pumped. As the months progressed, it was getting tougher on me. I was a round the clock milk machine....making all of the white gold that I could. My freezer was stocked with bags of frozen milk. But I never complained. I knew I was doing what was best for her. Her first Thanksgiving, she wa... Tue, 4 May 2010 14:27:18 EST Weekend Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3189770 I keep thinking that weekends are just too short! But if they were any longer...I would just try to cram more stuff to do in them so just leave them as they are! We were invited to a derby party on Sat. and as enticing as big hats, Fried Chicken and Margarita Mint Juleps sounded we just couldn't fit anymore into our weekend! <BR> <BR> Friday I REALLY thought long and hard about skipping my workout...but I didn't! And I felt really good afterwards so I am glad that I did it! The Bowflex... Mon, 3 May 2010 14:36:27 EST Am I being selfish? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3178895 I am the biggest Spread the Spark supporter! I tell anyone outside of work that will listen about it. I love Spark. I was reading over my page today(which I really need to update) it says that my children are 11, 8 & 5. Cailtyn is going to be 13 on the 18th of May. Ethan is going to be 10 on the 11th and Caleb just turned 7. That is how long I have been here. I love it here. I love the friends that I have made here. They are some of my best friends! Often times it is hard for me to... Fri, 30 Apr 2010 11:10:16 EST By golly he FINALLY gets it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3175579 Week 1 into the challenge and my DH goes and loses 7 pounds! 7. I guess he changed the way he was breathing or something but like magic...7 pounds managed to disappear. ON HIM! He was just gloating and loving life! "I got this in the bag!" " Be ready to pay up!" You know all the big bragging macho phrases men like to use! BLAH!!!! WHAT HAD I DONE!?! <BR> <BR> We went away this weekend with some friends...it was absolutely gorgeous and relaxing. And TOTALLY NOT MY CUP OF TEA! I ... Thu, 29 Apr 2010 14:17:46 EST