CHARITYHOWELL79's SparkPeople Blog CHARITYHOWELL79's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community today blew by like a flash storm I was kinda busy today and still managed to eat pretty healthy overall even after going to bob evans today. I had to help a friend watch her kiddos while she went to child support court today, I missed breakfast which doesn't bother me like I don't get hungry or anything but I know it's best to eat at least something small to keep you metabolism at a good rate and to be healthy overall. Then when she got out of court we went to bob evans restaurant I ate a grilled chicken sandwich that had a ... Thu, 23 May 2013 21:39:24 EST kitties galore A stray mother cat I took in about a month ago had kittens about 3 weeks ago. They are all up and moving about now. I wish they were older so I could have mother fixed. she keeps wanting to go outside but I fear she will get frisky with the neighborhood strays again.....All the babies are running around a bit now with their tiny voices in sync meowing at one another to play. just 5 more weeks until they can find some new families. Hopefully I can get them fixed at the low cost clinic before t... Tue, 21 May 2013 09:16:03 EST whistle while you work I've been in a pretty great mood lately, got my old motivation revved up again. I wanted to do a video blog so I could show off my new guns but the sound won't work for some reason to record. that's a little frustrating and since i'm not a computer geek i'm not really sure what's going on there. <BR> this weekend I built a garden platform out of pallets so I could my veggies planted. I just need to fill it up with dirt and fertilizer and get going. I can't wait but my husband doesn't really ... Mon, 20 May 2013 11:52:54 EST i'm starting over I haven't been doing what I need to do, but i'm getting back on the wagon and starting fresh, it's hard for me to forget that I failed but I need to do better. I'm going to try a fitness class, maybe I can make a new friend to talk to. Tue, 16 Apr 2013 08:20:11 EST help! I've stopped tracking my food, my exercise is dwindling and i'm not feeling motivated. I think because i'm the type of person that needs that extra little push. I tried to stay involved in the community pages, blogs etc...but I feel that there is no real person out there pushing me....I've been at 195 for ever and i'm really wanting to keep going, I started to see results but on the other hand I can't seem to find the will to push myself to stay on track... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 21:39:53 EST I need advice...please Today was a pretty uneventful day, I picked up coupons from my sister and had lunch with my niece. From there I went to the bank and back home to cut coupons. I had my herbalife shake which I absolutely love for breakfast, a healthy lunch and pretty minimal dinner. I've been going to the gym pretty regularly but i'm wondering if i'm working too hard. I don't try to over exert myself but I get on the trainer machine and run. I run a pretty good pace, I start of fairly moderate and speed up fro... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 22:02:24 EST Easter Good Morning and Happy Easter to all! <BR> I still haven't told my almost 9 year old the easter bunny doesn't exsist, I think she will soon find out but when I see the hurt in her eyes when she looks at me and says my brother says the easter bunny isn't real, and why have you been lying to me all these years. I just don't know where to begin. So I put together a cute little basket and told her there were so many babies born this year the easter bunny was unprepared to make baskets for so many... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 10:56:13 EST Half way to 22lbs lost I've started to really notice the changes in my body. <BR> Underwear are loose and clothing allowing me to breathe again, and I've noticed the skin on my body becoming loose...I don't like the looseness of my skin, but I don't know how to tighten it up. I am doing weight training so I am toning as I'm losing weight...hmmm. <BR> I don't have as hard of a time exercising at the gym, I need to change my workout today and find something new so I can still make progress. I've made it half way to 2... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 08:43:13 EST Kids start sports Finally hit a little over 10lbs lost! it's about time....I was staying steady there for a while not gaining or losing. <BR> <BR> I really wish the weather would change, the kiddos start soccer next Monday, I'm going shopping today again to look for more soccer equipment. I hate going out to the mall with all my children because I didn't find what I want and on top of that I spent $50 in the process. We need to actually find new soccer equipment this year. I'm going to have to bundle them up ... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 08:57:57 EST Classes! Busy day at school we had a plaster mold maker/professor come demo some mold making techniques, that was very interesting. <BR> I have to make a minimum of 5 cups and have 5 random strangers drink from them and tell me their ideas of my cup and how drinking from them made them feel. <BR> Then I must make 2 teapots, 2 thrown and altered, a model mold and work on my final as well. Besides that it was same stuff as always. <BR> <BR> I had to literally run out the door this morning so no breakfa... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 14:19:28 EST Spring planter 1 Thu, 21 Mar 2013 11:54:07 EST Eating at night. I don't know why I have a problem at night with my eating. I don't know if it's just force of habit or if I need to find something to do or just go to bed earlier, but I find myself looking for food at night. I haven't yet indulged in this food I'm searching for but I feel I will if I keep this up. I feel super fine during the day. Satisfied not hungry not bored etc. Then the kids get home from school I run around like a mad woman trying to get it all done. Making them meals and then wanting ... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 13:36:26 EST Yay! Good afternoon all! I'm so excited I made it to 25 minutes on the AMT/elliptical machine that's almost 2 miles....YES! I did all my abs today, I tried the chest press machine again, I still don't feel right when I do it so, I also tried the bench press. I'm not quite ready for the bench press because the one at our gym the bar starts off at 45 lbs and i'm a bit shaky with it. I better just stick to my chest press until i'm able to 45lbs of weight. I have to say my arms and chest are not very ... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 12:56:49 EST Onces=inches My scale is moving! only by a little, just a few ounces but that's more than I've seen in over a week....hopeful today will be another amazing day! <BR> <BR> I sinned against my diet last night though, I ate a snickers....why do I do this to myself? And I don't really feel guilty about it. it's done and over there are no more in my house and I won't be buying anymore so the temptation is gone which feels really good. <BR> <BR> I think I could be close to fitting a size 16, my 18's are sta... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 09:13:08 EST What gym songs should I get? Today was full of stuff, first thing in the morning we went to the flea market we sold 2 and a half cases of cookies, I still have 1 case left hopefully I will rid my house of these dreadful things tomorrow at my mother's bingo hall. After this I took my daughter to her brownie movie event. While she was away I tried to make clay at the college but when I got there I was told by a very rude young lady no children in the labs. of course I knew this already but the way she said it to me hit a n... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 21:34:49 EST Monthly Cycle is it just me or is it normal for your monthly cycle to change when you start exercising? ever since I've started it's been strange. At first it didn't come when it was supposed to then it was intermittent. I finally have it but it's not normal it's very slow and light which to me is the opposite of what is normal. Also I have not lost any weight this entire time like for 2 days before it started and now during. I'm working my buns off. <BR> I must be completely confusing my body or somethi... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 12:17:17 EST Is anyone out there? I’m having a rough time in life right now, I don’t know why I go through this in my life. I wish there were someone out there that could help me. I know this is a weight loss/health/life website but I guess I just need to vent. It’s kind of comforting to me that I don’t really know any of you so (not to offend anyone) what you may think of me doesn’t seem as harsh to me. <BR> <BR> I started having children when I was 17 years old I had my second child two years after that and my third child... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 21:38:18 EST Why did the chicken cross the road? Here's some funnies to brighten your day! <BR> <BR> <BR> two guys walk into a bar <BR> the first guy looks back at the second guy and says, "you didn't see it either?" <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Have you heard the one about the corduroy pillow? <BR> It’s making head lines! <em>204</em> <BR> <BR> My doctor told me I had high blood pressure this morning… I took it with a pinch of salt. <em>273</em> <BR> <BR> What do you get when you cross an elephant and a rhino? <BR> el-if-i-no <em... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 09:04:25 EST today 1 Wed, 13 Mar 2013 10:08:47 EST I'm impatient I'm trying super hard not to do any of the bad stuff anymore but I'm stuck at a weight loss of's confusing it's too early on to hit a plateau. I'm not sure if I'm doing something wrong or if I'm just gaining muscle. I know muscle weighs more than fat. I also know if I don't have enough calories and burn too much it's not good for my weight loss goals either. I hope I see some results this week so I can stay positive. It's when I don't see a change I start getting upset with myself... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 20:53:57 EST Just to remind me. The secret to losing weight: <BR> <BR> EAT A HEALTHY COLORFUL DIET <BR> <BR> STAY POSITIVE <BR> <BR> GET A BUDDY IF YOU CAN <BR> <BR> EXERCISE BY DOING SOMETHING YOU LIKE <BR> <BR> STAY CONSISTANT <BR> <BR> This is what I need to do, just a small reminder to myself. <BR> <BR> Sun, 10 Mar 2013 09:57:26 EST oh what a morning. I got up late this morning around 8-ish, I finally got all the kids dressed, breakfast and motivated to move to the car. I got to the gym only to find out that the teen center was closed until 10 and the child watch room was full to capacity. so we sat in the chapel area and talked for a bit. I listened to my boys have obnoxious conversations about off the wall things and my daughter whine about wanting to play at the teen center.(she's only 8) I found myself with very little patience for the... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 21:45:40 EST strong start then what. I always start of strong with my diet and exercise then what, I begin to slowly talk myself out of it. Like I say to myself I don't have time today I don't know when I can get to the gym. I really want to go but I hate going alone and no one else really seems to want to go. And usually it's right about the time I start seeing progress. You would think this would motivate me to go harder stronger faster or longer but no...nothing seems to get me going, I've slacked on my water intake my gym at... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 16:03:24 EST accidentally 1 Thu, 7 Mar 2013 21:32:10 EST Sick House 2 out of my 5 children are sick, I hate it when the babies are not feeling well, my son has been vomiting non stop since last night, he's keeping up on his fluids and says he feels fine he just can't keep anything down. My other son has swollen glands and a spotty throat(strep). poor kids. I'm feeling pretty well but my throat is a bit scratchy, but I already have been sick this season and am not looking forward to possible germs from them. I take my vitamins everyday so that's good. <BR> I'm... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 09:40:49 EST am I allergic to water? 2 Tue, 5 Mar 2013 09:35:20 EST Happy Birthday to me! even though i'm 34 today i'm not feeling it this year.. so yay to me. seems like i'm losing weight everyday and i'm happy with that, I've seen the doctor for my aches and pains and getting those things under control, i'm happy my pants seem not as tight. I'm well on my way to getting into those size ten jeans. so happy birthday to me ! what a great birthday present to myself! Mon, 4 Mar 2013 15:32:09 EST beware the girlscouts 2 Sat, 2 Mar 2013 08:35:12 EST Hey you lady on the couch---who me? wow what a lazy day i'm having, no work, didn't eat breakfast, no school...delivered some girlscout cookies paid some bills, I have to get my behind to the gym, and Damn those double golden arches of hell, when I was running around I was lured in to the drive through, why do I allow myself to do that? I think I chose a healthy option though classic grilled chicken sandwhich wiped of the globs of mayo and a child sized sweet tea, no fries....still bad but not as bad as it could be I guess. O... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 14:18:05 EST 5lbs gone 2 Thu, 28 Feb 2013 19:32:43 EST Off to work just saying hello Wed, 27 Feb 2013 09:55:32 EST Don't Be Discouraged Just talking about persistance. Tue, 26 Feb 2013 10:30:06 EST Whoa, I'm Beat! I started my new job today, I'm happy I chose to get a part time job it gets me off the couch and keeps my body moving. Today tuckered me out though I only worked a few hours but could feel my body heating up from all that hustling I was doing. <BR> I've almost lost 5 lbs i'll be super excited to see that big 5 when it happens, i'm feeling good about what i'm doing and i'm getting more excited to work out, I think what keeps my motivation is seeing the results and feeling good about myself an... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 15:00:18 EST I'm hoping Last night I went to the gym I wanted to see if my body could handle some light jogging, It hurt a bit but I did a brisk walk/jog and even some running. Although it hurt my legs a bit and I became a bit winded it just felt so go to run. I am literally hoping to run my butt off. hahaha. I also tried the thigh machine where you push your legs together I lifted 50 lbs <em>23</em> it was hard for me but I really felt accomplished after the two sets I did next time i'll try 3 sets. My son and I... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 09:04:22 EST Motivation M-make short term goals <img src=""> <BR> <BR> O-out with the negative thoughts <img src=""> <BR> <BR> T-think of why you want it <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I-imagine how you will feel <img src=""> <BR> <BR> V-visualize the future you <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.c... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 09:11:27 EST Hello, Good Morning! I'm feeling so good today! I'm happy I'm making progress, I'm feeling more energy and I'm starting a new part-time job next week just to get me out of the house next week. I haven't gone to the gym this week yet but it would be nice to go tonight if I can get my husband to take my daughter to girl scouts. <BR> Wow I can tell the today is going to just be amazing. <BR> I have been trying to be more involved on spark people in the forums and with team members, I notice that the more I interact... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 08:40:25 EST I hate holidays, birthdays, and any other time you should enjoy cake! I hate this! I hate it so much, I'm trying to be optimistic about it. generally I am. Infact its something I want so much, but my husband is also trying. We are supposed to support each other and help each other make better's so hard to stay strong though because my partner is horrible at this. He gives up his whole diet just because of one little cupcake. It makes me feel bad inside and also it makes me want to quit. I feel like i'm making no progress because I see him want t... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 12:34:47 EST I love the energy....But. I love the new energy I have but I hate that I want to eat late at night. There has to be something I can do to not want that snack. I'm not hungry I'm just not engaging my mind, I eat out of boredom but I'm not tired enough to go to sleep. It's very frustrating. I'm going to try to spend a bit more time at the gym today than yesterday. Maybe I'll be more tired by this evening. <BR> Also I don't really like breakfast time, because I'm just not hungry. Is it alright to just have a yogurt or f... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 11:08:24 EST What! I know I shouldn't weigh myself very often but I just couldn't help it. It's almost been 5 days since I weighed myself. I dropped 2 lbs, is that possible or is it water weight? Who knows I'm probably just getting excited too early. Whatever it motivates me to do more. I can't wait to go to the fitness center this evening. Everyday to me is a new beginning ! Yay! Thu, 14 Feb 2013 08:45:59 EST Satisfied today Today I felt way more satisfied with my food choices, i'm getting my 8 glasses of water in which is excellent. But also i'm staying within my calorie margin...Awesome. I'm so proud of myself. <BR> On another note I walked at a 15% incline on the treadmill for a half mile last night, put me out of breath made me have a mini asthma attack but I worked through it and feel really strong about it. <BR> Can't wait for another day! Wed, 13 Feb 2013 16:41:01 EST Ahhh it's so hard to not eat! I'm trying to do my best to fill my body with fruits and veggies in order to not fill up on carbs, and I also prefer not to eat a lot of meats. I know it's good for me but I don't know that it's necessary to eat meat everyday. I need to find other ways to get my protein with out feeling like i'm over doing it on calorie intake. It is so hard not to be tempted by all the bad food when you see commercials, billboards, and people eating etc.... Some suggestions please! Tue, 12 Feb 2013 16:13:37 EST