CHANGE_4_ME's SparkPeople Blog CHANGE_4_ME's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Changes and adaptations I need advice. It's been a long time since I've had to accommodate a child in planning my workouts. I have recently taken custody of my 3 year old grandson, who has understandable separation issues. I gave up my gym membership with anticipation of joining the local YMCA. The Y has a nursery where my gym did not. When I got him, he had to go to daycare for me to work. Even though he is doing very well at daycare, mornings are still rough sometimes. We visited the Y and he just wasn't having it... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 10:29:14 EST My world My world changed ever so slightly Saturday. My 3 year old grandson moved in with me. The story of why he lives with me I will save for a later time. He and I have always had a strong bond. We had a good weekend together. Today was to be his first day at "school" (new daycare). He was excited to go until he got there. I stayed with him about 30 minutes then left him crying. I cried all the way to work and then some. Neither of us expected the change. I had a little more time to prepare than he... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:19:08 EST As seen on Pintrest Broccoli might get stuck in your teeth but French fries get stuck on your a*s Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:21:00 EST Be proud I realized this morning that in just a few months I will have been a member at Sparkpeople for 9 years. I was beating myself up about that, in nearly 9 years I have never met my original goal. I have been close and regained a few pounds but never met goal. I went from that negative thought to another, I didn't pass up on the donut this morning. Then another negative thought, I'm really behind on activity minutes this week. <em>39</em> Then my inner cheerleader came running in. <em>321</e... Fri, 3 Feb 2017 11:43:05 EST Seems so long I have been at this for a long time it seems. I think I joined Spark back in 2007 or about so. I lost a wonderful amount of weight by changing my habits, food and activity. I was 10 pounds from goal when I met what would be my husband and in a matter of months I had gained 20+ pounds back. I was in the best shape of my life I believe. Since October of 2009 I have struggled with that 20-30 pounds. I have tried different things. My weight will fluctuate 5 pounds or more up and down. I weighed e... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 15:30:00 EST Need suggestions 1. I have been thinking about doing a cleanse. Any suggestions? I'm thinking 3 day, something I could do over a weekend. <BR> 2. I received an alert this morning that the app I use to track my walk/runs will no longer be available soon. What do you use that you would recommend? Mine uses the GPS on my iphone to track me as I go. <BR> <BR> Thank you for reading and suggestions. <em>304</em> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 10:04:15 EST Advice needed After adding exercise back into my life, I am experiencing an issue I don't remember having before and one that is reoccurring. Firstly, I feel weak and have experienced tight muscles. Even if I warm up first my calf muscles and sometimes my lower back muscles tense up to the point I've had to stop a moment then proceed with my walk. Secondly, I am experiencing minor pain on the top of my foot up to the connection of my leg. I have talked with trainers before and have never gotten an acceptab... Thu, 29 May 2014 09:40:27 EST Just a thought. Why is it that I can go weeks with minimal exercise and hold a steady weight, yet I increase my exercise time and level and I gain weight on the scale? I just don't get it. It's a good thing I know the number on that scale does not make me. I'm open to your thoughts on the subject. <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> <em>33</em> <em>198</em> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 12:02:20 EST Decisions I pulled into McDonald's drive thru this morning fully intending to get a plain steak bagel, no egg, no cheese. I thought about it the whole 20+ minute drive. It was going to be soooo good! I have been on a limited diet due to dental work. Oh but this morning I can eat more than mushy stuff! I pull in, read the calorie count of choices on the menu and order the oatmeal instead. YAY me! Thanks Mickey D's for putting the calorie count on the menu board. <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <em>381</e... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 11:08:18 EST doNOT or donut For TWO days in a row I have driven to the bakery for a donut, sat in the parking lot then left. I did not buy the donut, TWICE!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>473</em> <em>227</em> <em>473</em> <em>227</em> <em>473</em> <em>227</em> Tue, 4 Dec 2012 13:44:49 EST I need a break. I am stressed, tired, aggravated with many things and people at this point. I seem to be stuck around the same 5 pounds. I am dealing with other people's consequences. Sometimes I feel like for every 1 blessing received, I'm also dealt 2 slaps in the face. I have many whys I need answered that are very unanswerable. There's a huge elephant in the room (my head) that needs to be dealt with. Dealing with that elephant will decide when I come back and how long I'm gone. I need a break. I need a ... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 12:23:23 EST Just Dance 4 My wonderful hubby rented the game for me (twice) cause he knows how to get awesome brownie points. The first time he rented it, I played for a little while with the daughter. Dance tracks are pretty good. They've made some really nice improvements to the look of the game. She got tired so I decided to look around a bit. Let me say I fell in love with Just Dance all over again. The Just Sweat section of the game is FANTASTICALLY SPARKALICIOUS! Even though I know it's not a completely accurat... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 14:36:21 EST Detoured not Derailed Yesterday was my 43rd birthday which also meant I did NOT reach one of my goals. I knew it wasn't going to happen at least a month ago so I reset my goal on my page for December. The original goal was 43 by 43, 43 pounds lost by my 43rd birthday. I set that goal sometime around February. Now that goal has been edited to 43 at 43. I have managed to knock out 19 pounds so far leaving 24. Even if I were to lose one pound a week I will reach the goal. <BR> <BR> My trouble seems to be staying i... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 16:31:51 EST Wasting Time I don't think I waste much time, after all, time enjoyed is not really wasted. Let me clarify a little. My husband and I are on different work schedules. We try to get in active dates but there is also time when that's not possible or we do something together that the other enjoys. For him that's wrestling and football. Monday nights are pretty much dedicated to WWE Raw. We take this time together to watch, yell at the TV, laugh, talk about our day and give one another a rub down on achy body... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 15:25:04 EST Confession... Okay so my head aches, my body is sluggish, my allergies are really acting up or I have a cold and apparently some alien has abducted me and erased my memory of my goals and everything I've learned in the past month that had me losing, improving and getting healthy! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So today I am looking back through my notes, getting refocused and rededicated AND taking something for the headache. <BR> <BR> <img src="http:/... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 12:11:25 EST In the 100 Acre woods... I hit a pole then the pole hit me back. I cried. <em>46</em> My Sparkfriends may remember just a few months ago I was having a lot of problems with my car so I traded it in. Well Monday I wrecked the new car. I hit a lightpole in a parking lot, with the side of my car (no less... and don't ask <em>24</em> ) <em>198</em> then the light fell and hit the hood of my car. Good things -1) it's covered by the insurance minus deductible of course 2) the airbags didn't deploy 3) I was alone and n... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 12:37:35 EST Feeling like a boomerang First -Thank you to all those who have been my friend through the years, those who have cheered me on, those who even picked me up a time or two. I think my life has become so hectic and unorganised yet I continue on. Many thanks to God for that. My children continue to drive me nuts. I now have 3 jobs and for the moment am still behind but that is temporary. Everything is temporary, even life. Through the chaos and bouncing around I enjoy my life. I am very blessed and very thankful. My brot... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 11:17:09 EST Hot Yoga- Craigslist add <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> You may have seen this already. Beware it may have some undesirable language, I was laughing so hard I don't remember. Will give you a smile at the least. Enjoy! Have a fantastic weekend! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>37110/hilarious_craigslist_ad_for_used </link> Fri, 4 May 2012 14:27:09 EST Have a Question.... I have recently started using a pedometer to track all steps throughout the day. On days when I walk as activity for the day should I take off the pedometer.? I feel like I'm cheating if I upload my steps and count the workout too. How do you do it? Thanks! <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <em>312</em> <em>311</em> <em>312</em> <em>311</em> <em>312</em> <em>311</em> <em>312</em> Mon, 9 Apr 2012 20:31:57 EST To Be 8 again! To Be 8 again! <BR> <BR> A man was sitting on the edge of the bed, watching his wife, who was looking at herself in the mirror. <BR> Since her birthday was not far off he asked what she'd like to have for her birthday. <BR> <BR> 'I'd like to be eight again', she replied, still looking in the mirror .. <BR> <BR> On the morning of her Birthday, he arose early, made her a nice big bowl of Coco Pops, and then took her <BR> to Adventure World theme park. What a day! He put her on every ride in... Fri, 10 Feb 2012 14:08:49 EST Motivation for Weight Loss Found this on a scrapbook page and thought it was worth posting. <BR> <BR> Motivation for Weight Loss <BR> Submitted by: MOM2JTV <BR> Author: unknown <BR><BR>/288.html <BR> <BR> M-make short term goals <BR> O-out with the negative thoughts <BR> T-think of why you want it <BR> I-imagine how you will feel <BR> V-visualize the future you <BR> A-acknowledge your successes <BR> T-treat yourself with respect <BR> I-investigate new ideas and foods <BR> ... Fri, 16 Dec 2011 14:34:55 EST Yesterday I started fighting back! I have been in the new house and organized for a good month. My activity room has been available for a good month. Has that room seen me 5 days a week for at least 30 minutes at a time? NO. <BR> <em>333</em> Why? Come on Shelia, lets hear some really good reasons. <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> <em>333</em> What you don't have any? So you are choosing to be stagnate, is THAT what you're really saying? <BR> <BR> <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> <em>333</em> You know if you ... Fri, 21 Oct 2011 11:38:56 EST Where to start? It's been awhile..... <BR> <BR> I've been having car trouble for a month, seems to be a gremlin in my car somewhere. I'm hoping that I can just get rid of it at this point. It's been a great car but I'm just about sick with it. <BR> <BR> We have one of our sons (my stepson) visiting this week for fall break. It's been a while since we've actually had him for more than a day. It's very nice that we have enough space now that he has his own room while he's here. We were told a few weeks ago ... Tue, 18 Oct 2011 12:31:45 EST 3 words Worth the effort! <em>318</em> <em>326</em> <em>312</em> <em>231</em> <em>34</em> <em>344</em> Mon, 12 Sep 2011 11:49:41 EST Short rant, non weight related I don't know about all of you but I'm ready to be "bailed out". The government can bail out the banks and other prestigious companies but can't help the people who elected them to office. I'm ready for some help to be dished out to the middle class. We continue to help out other countries with aid and war funds while Americans are hungry, living paycheck to paycheck and a whole slew of other issues. Where is our help? <BR> <BR> I am blessed! I have transportation, an awesome house, a job and... Fri, 9 Sep 2011 12:14:44 EST My tired is tired We are in the process of moving from an apartment to a house. I will finally have my own activity room. We have a circular drive that measures 1/10th of a mile. I am so tired and still have so much to do; cleaning, moving boxes, sorting, etc. I am sore from lifting and tugging but don't think I'm complaining. I am so thankful that God brought us to this awesome place and set forth a plan to make all this happen. I will post pictures soon. Right now we don't have cable or internet but that's o... Mon, 29 Aug 2011 11:33:22 EST God is good! NO AWESOME! We have been searching for a new home (rental) for several months. We should have been saving but we've had so many hats in the ring- who had anything to save? We had plans to move out of the state but we put that on hold because we knew we couldn't move out of state without saving and acquiring jobs. At the time the hubby was working part time and his car had blown the motor, so we were sharing. We were totally fed up with the city, state, area we lived in. To stay motivated we would often t... Mon, 22 Aug 2011 14:32:55 EST A check in Yesterday was an X day, no activity and high calories so no treat meals for me this weekend. Just seemed like I was hungry all day. Not eating due to stress hungry but stomach growling hungry. I should have made better food choices, but it's over and done and today is a new day! It's only Wednesday so the week doesn't have to be a total loss. Today, despite the migraine I plan on taking a nice long walk. <BR> <BR> That's all Folks! Over and out..... Wed, 17 Aug 2011 10:55:06 EST Finally made the purchase I have wanted a mini trampoline for some time now and yesterday I bought one. I assembled it and I used it! I also bought a yoga mat for strength training exercises done on the floor and I used it! Now I just can't wait to get moved (if we ever find anything) and have my very own room for all my equipment and actually get to use ALL of it, then there will be no more excuses for inactivity. My activity room will be equipped with... <BR> 1. Total Gym <BR> 2. Exercise bike <BR> 3. Stability Ball... Tue, 16 Aug 2011 12:18:14 EST Relaxation I had a very relaxing weekend for the first time in many many weeks. Yesterday I went to the pool with a friend and Friday night I actually went out dancing all by myself. The hubby was so tired and needing his sleep. I seriously needed to get away so he went to sleep and I went out. I got home at Midnight (didn't want to turn into a pumpkin, LOL ) just as he was waking up. He's a third shift worker so his sleep is quiet different than mine. <BR> <BR> I closed the week out with more activit... Sun, 14 Aug 2011 23:09:01 EST Fat VS Fit It's not about losing weight for me, it's about losing fat and gaining lean healthy muscles. It's about being healthier today than I was yesterday, last week, last month or last year. It's about living longer than my parents. It's about enjoying life! <BR> <BR> I weigh 195 pounds. My ticker at the bottom of my page only shows loss and not weight numbers. It depressed me so much seeing the weight number that I changed it. The number on the scale bothered me so much that I quit weigh day and... Fri, 12 Aug 2011 11:25:53 EST Mortality Well today I am in a much better mood. I've been dealing with a lot of emotional swings lately for some reason. I think it just boils down to I miss my Mom. I have been helping my daughter obtain her first car over the past few weeks. Sunday I was filling out the application for the car lot she ultimately made her purchase from. I was listed as the buyer and she the co-buyer. (her first car) Well at the bottom of the page it wanted information about MY father and mother, both deceased. I just... Wed, 10 Aug 2011 12:24:03 EST Just a boring check in I just feel like I'm being very lazy lately and don't have enough energy, gumption, whatever you choose to call it to do anything about it. <BR> <BR> Saturday I made myself do something...anything I said is better than nothing. 13 minutes into a circuit and I was done for, zapped! But at least it was something. Diet was okay, no major screw ups. I met my goal total activity minutes for the week. <BR> <BR> Sunday, ate way too much and no activity. I had intended to clean my car and get in ... Mon, 8 Aug 2011 11:23:50 EST Be-Do-Have <BR> Be positive. Do the work. Have the strong, healthy body I want and deserve! <BR> <BR> <em>414</em> <BR> That's my Mantra for now. <BR> <em>67</em> <em>437</em> <em>67</em> <em>437</em> <em>67</em> <em>437</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Hey Spark buddy! <BR> <BR> <BR> Okay so yesterday I did my cardio. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Today I need to do cardio with ST/CT (circuit training) or extra cardio. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <em>319</em> <em>416</em> <em>418</em> <em>4... Fri, 5 Aug 2011 14:52:07 EST Staying Honest My new program allows me 2 rest days along with 5 cardio days. THREE of those 5 cardio days have what would be considered strength training added in. After the first two weeks I moved my rest days and now looks like I may need to not schedule them but kind of let them happen as long as the other 5 days happen what does it matter, right? <BR> <BR> Also this will be the first week I am adding the ST (strength training) in. I am on week 4 and the ST was supposed to be added week 2 but sometime... Thu, 4 Aug 2011 15:39:25 EST Just disappointed I have been so disappointed in me lately. I have a great plan and for whatever reason I am having the HARDEST time sticking to it. I read a book recently that really inspired me, so I sat down and worked the plan to fit me. It's diet and exercise. IF I followed the plan there is no doubt in my mind that the pounds and inches would start falling off. So why am I not doing it? I have made a few changes. I am in Week 3 of the plan. The biggest "not doing it" is exercise. I feel good when I exer... Tue, 26 Jul 2011 12:35:16 EST Getting help It's been an eat the whole freakin cake with a large chocolate shake kind of day! I am so stressed. Of course I didn't eat the whole cake only two pieces and it was a small chocolate shake. I'm reading about emotional eating and thinking of ways, making plans on how to overcome my many stressors. I am so burnt out, burnt up....whatever. I don't know if I feel out of control or stuck or helpless in my circumstances. I do know this - God works miracles and I know miracles happen every day. It w... Tue, 5 Jul 2011 19:54:21 EST DIY Challenge: Drop Dead Summer When this challenge is done I am either going to drop dead, my goals and hopes will drop dead of noncompletion or I will be drop dead gorgeous! I prefer the latter so my DIY challenge is a drop dead summer. I can do this! I will succeed! I am done being fat! I am done with no liking my reflection. I am done shopping the bigger sizes or clothes not fitting. I am done with not feeling like me! <BR> <BR> <BR> DIY Challenge Entry Form <BR> <em>67</em> <em>298</em> <em>463</em> <em>67</em> ... Fri, 1 Jul 2011 15:41:49 EST New eating disorders? I read an interesting article this morning on Yahoo about new eating disorders and thought I would share it. What do you think? Should these really be described as "disorders"? <link><BR>/new-eating-disorders-are-they-real </link> Wed, 27 Apr 2011 11:08:16 EST Progress! So I'm reading the book "The Spark"- really shouldn't have put it off so long. <BR> <em>150</em> <BR> <BR> Day 3 of 10 minutes a day every day. <BR> <em>216</em> <BR> <BR> Day 2 of getting up earlier in the morning to get in a short workout to start the day. I think I'm going to come up with a name besides "workout". I'd like to take the "work" out of it. LOL <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I'm tracking information like sleep, food, exercise for 28 days (at least) in a folder of ... Thu, 21 Apr 2011 13:03:51 EST Worth the Effort Today I realized this is my anniversary week with Spark. Kind of ironic that today's "Wow moment" coincides with buying the book this weekend. So I realize that 3 years ago I was in a similar place. I also realized that in 3 years of "trying" to change I haven't. So today I break the chain. It's past time to get healthy. It's past time to make changes. It's past time to give up the excuses. I apologize if my blog today is eclectic or badly put together. I'm not happy with my choices lately. I... Mon, 18 Apr 2011 11:47:02 EST Update and more First to update some of you on my medication status. The anti-depressant and I did not get along so I am no longer taking it. Will listen to any suggestions or recommendations. My next step is probably St. John's Wort. I am still lacking the energy I would like to have but my moods are improving. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow morning my daughter will give the most wonderful, priceless, self-less gift a mother can give to any one. Her doctor has set her to induce at 4:45am in the morning. She and I sele... Thu, 3 Mar 2011 15:38:36 EST Me? Depressed? Well friends, some of you know I have really been struggling lately and being slightly overwhelmed so today I went to the doctor. I had already talked to my regular doc/friend a few weeks ago and didn't really agree with what she told me but today I went back for round two. She wasn't there so I agreed to see her associate which told me basically the same thing. Until I get back into "me" I'm not going to be successful with the weight loss so I agreed to be put on a mild anti-depressant. So w... Tue, 15 Feb 2011 19:07:36 EST Vision of a Dream (poem) trapped in a prison with no cell <BR> <BR> screaming at the darkness <BR> <BR> watching the war between hope and despair <BR> <BR> sliding down the mountain of nothingness <BR> <BR> I scream your name <BR> <BR> but you don't see me anymore <BR> <BR> grabbing at twigs of peace and burning bushes <BR> <BR> but can not sustain a grip <BR> <BR> rocks of fate and thorns of love <BR> <BR> scar my face and tear away at the skin <BR> <BR> I fall through the air <BR> <BR> again screaming f... Tue, 25 Jan 2011 12:16:04 EST My Quote of the day. Joel Osteen Ministries~ <BR> <BR> You may feel like you’ve been knocked down, but don’t stay down. Get back up. You are passing the test and getting one step closer to seeing it all turn around. God expects us to do what we can,then He will do what we can’t. <BR> Tue, 18 Jan 2011 13:34:16 EST Team Whammy VS Team Smiley <BR> Team Whammy <BR> <BR> <em>46</em> <em>234</em> <em>24</em> <em>18</em> <em>24</em> <em>33</em> <em>28</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Losing Mom <BR> <BR> 2. Husband quit his job. <BR> <BR> 3. Husband's car goes Kaput! <BR> <BR> 4. Financial Worries <BR> <BR> 5. Oldest daughter pregnant again (due in March) <BR> <BR> 6. Unhappy with self image <BR> <BR> 7. Argument with youngest daughter ending in her being told to move out <BR> <BR> <BR> Team Smiley <BR> <em>30</em> <em>334... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 16:52:16 EST In Recovery Hello Spark family! I am so glad to have you in my corner. There are a few of you that have really kept me going after a busy, struggle filled month. <BR> <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> The month started with me losing my Mom. My sister and I went from planning a funeral back to planning a wedding and on to Christmas celebrations (some I did, some I didn't), family and friends and on and on...I had already volunteered to do the church Christmas presentation this year and was working on a present... Mon, 27 Dec 2010 13:13:32 EST A Really Bad Day Mom wake up, it's Lisa. Something's wrong" As my daughter hands me the phone in the early morning hours last Tuesday I suspected this is how a really bad day starts. As I listen to the details from my sister on the other end of the phone, I think "Oh my God, I've had this call before, nearly 23 years ago" (my father died from a massive heart attack). We hurriedly get dressed and head to the county where I grew up. "Unresponsive" has a whole new meaning for me. After a few tests we were told i... Mon, 6 Dec 2010 16:37:32 EST But seriously...... I need opinions, comments...whatever you can offer that could be helpful will be appreciated. I'm still not losing weight or inches. Don't understand what's going on, but really need help figuring this out. I have decreased my calories, didn't help. So I increased my cardio, didn't help. So I rejoined the Y and increased my cardio again and still NO Changes! I'm not discouraged, not thinking about giving up or anything cause I feel the changes and I think I can see definition in some muscles ... Mon, 1 Nov 2010 13:17:06 EST Looking Back but moving forward (part 2) The rest of my 48 pounds of thought..... <BR> <BR> 23. No matter how big the problem is my God is bigger! <BR> <BR> 22. If people knew I talked to my fat would they think I am crazy? ("Fat, your time is up and you are being vacated!") <BR> <BR> 21. This time is the last time! 'Cause it's easier to maintain than it is to start all over again...whew! <BR> <BR> 20. I'm tired of weighing more than my husband. (Damn skinny people metabolism! LOL) <BR> <BR> 19. I found me once so no need to go... Mon, 1 Nov 2010 12:35:06 EST