CHELLESDOINGR8's SparkPeople Blog CHELLESDOINGR8's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Check In Hi SPARK friends!! <BR> <BR> Just wanted to do a check-in. Since I started WW with my daughter and began "The 30 Day Shred": <BR> <BR> -I have more energy <BR> -I have a better sense of well being <BR> -I am more alert <BR> -I lost a cup size (no tears there) <BR> -I have more quality time with my daughter attending meetings and exercising <BR> -my colleagues are asking when I am buying a smaller pair of pants <BR> <BR> Take before pictures people!! I can't stress that enough. My hubby f... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 15:00:31 EST Isn't It Great?!?.... ...when you don't have to "hang dry" your jeans anymore cuz you are scared they will be too tight after putting them in the dryer? Woohooooo!!! <BR> <BR> Michelle <em>9</em> Wed, 22 May 2013 09:44:43 EST To My Weight Watchers Buddies Good morning all!! <BR> <BR> My daughter and I joined WW on February 2nd. I have lost 11.2 pounds so far and my daughter over 12 pounds. <BR> <BR> Some days I am more successful than others in regard to tracking and watching what I eat. There are some evenings, after a long day at work, where I am so tired the mindless eating just takes over. I shove food in my mouth and think later. <BR> <BR> How do you handle evenings when you are so tired and the mindless eating monster takes over? ... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 11:09:47 EST An Evening With Oprah!!! Tonight I am going with my Mom and daughter to "An Evening With Oprah!" I have had my tickets since March 11. I am SO EXCITED!! I LOVE OPRAH!!! <BR> <BR> Three years ago I made a vision board and I put Oprah's face on it. I have always wanted to meet Oprah!! <BR> <BR> There will be 13, 500 people there. I am not one of the lucky people who will actually get to meet her. However, I will see the flesh...and hear her inspiring message!! <BR> <BR> WOOHOOOOOOO!!! <BR> <BR> Che... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 11:05:07 EST So Far So Good! Today is the day I started my clean eating committment. Our Eating Clean team has some great ideas for meals which I took advantage of. For breakfast I had a feta and spinach scramble. OMG!! It was awesome!! I had baby carrots and snap peas for a mid morning snack. For lunch I made the chicken wrap which is also in the Eating Clean team's recipe book. Super!! When I got home I made quinoa. While it was cooking I had a banana and an apple. For an evening snack I had a cup of black te... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 22:04:46 EST Friday January 4 2013 This morning I saw my doctor. My blood pressure was great 110/80. I told her it's because I haven't been at work. We laughed. I will be getting blood tests done this weekend. She will be monitoring me as I need someone to be accountable to. I will be weighed again in 6 weeks. We agreed on the goal weight of 150 pounds. She doesn't want me losing more than a pound a week. I am not a fan of the doctor's scale. They always weigh you 5 pounds more than the one at home. BOOOO!!! I will... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 13:24:06 EST It Can Only Get Better From Here!! I have been AWOL from Sparkpeople for a long time. I have logged in from time to time but haven't been the "die hard" I once was. I really missed it! The last time I was very dedicated with my plan and with Sparkpeople and it worked. I am back again to see results. <BR> <BR> All of my life I have focused on weight, weight, weight. This time my focus is going to be energy, wellness, happiness and enjoying life!! The weight will come off if I focus on the others. It's a win-win situati... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 14:04:52 EST Quote "If You Want Something you never had, Then Do Something You Never Did" - Nossrat Peseschkian <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 6 Nov 2011 19:55:46 EST Me Being Mischievious Again!!! <BR> This one guy was at a theatre and he was sprawled out over three seats. The usher came by and told the guy to move. The guy mumbled but didn’t answer. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The usher went and got the manager. The manager said to the man, “Sir, if you don’t move, I’ll call the police to have you removed.” <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The guy mumbled, but didn’t answer.So the manager called the police and a cop came over. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The cop said to the man, “Hey mister. Wha... Sun, 9 Oct 2011 12:38:39 EST Had To Share This is me being mischievious!!! <BR> <BR> "Let's face it <BR> <BR> After Monday and Tuesday... <BR> even the calendar says - <BR> <BR> W T F" <BR> <BR> I got this as an email and had to share! It made me smile! <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT week!!! <BR> <BR> Michelle Sun, 25 Sep 2011 12:34:29 EST Quote "The whiter the bread...the sooner your dead!" - Dr. Daniel G. Amen, M.D. Sun, 2 Jan 2011 17:36:59 EST New Years Resolution Treat myself well...everything else will fall into place!!! Sat, 1 Jan 2011 14:21:56 EST Mom and Dad's 50th Wedding Anniversary Hello SPARK friends!!! <BR> <BR> I wanted to show you a picture of my parents and siblings at Mom and Dad's 50th Wedding Celebration. We had to keep it a secret...Hence...not a formal affair!!! <BR> <BR> Can you see me? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 28 Nov 2010 12:13:00 EST Visual Motivator Hello SPARK'ers!!! <BR> <BR> I have been struggling staying on track due to my busy schedule. It's NUTS until the middle of December. <BR> <BR> That being said...I decided to get myself a dress...using it as a visual motivator. <BR> <BR> Those that know me would be shocked as I never wear dresses!!! My son said "You bought what?" <BR> <BR> I have to treat myself well now!!! <BR> <BR> My dress is black, sleeveless, and has a beaded neckline...LOVE IT!!! <BR> <BR> I am also borrowing ... Sun, 21 Nov 2010 10:59:32 EST Ah Ha Moment! If I put as much effort in my healthy lifestyle plan... <BR> I do at my job... <BR> ...I would have been skinny by now!!! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 13 Nov 2010 13:29:32 EST Vacation Pics Hello SPARK friends!!! <BR> <BR> I wanted to share a couple of pics of our vacation in beautiful British Columbia!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This was the pond in front of our deck at the condo we stayed at. There were beautiful mallard ducks to watch every day. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A picture of the resort we stayed at...beautiful view all the way around!!! <... Sun, 7 Nov 2010 21:21:57 EST Wow!!! Hello SPARK friends!!! <BR> <BR> I have been busy, busy, busy!!! <BR> <BR> So far I have updated my resume. <BR> Had coffee with my parents, aunt, uncle, son, and daughter-in-law. <BR> Met a girlfriend that I haven't seen since May!!!! Too long!! <BR> Tonight I went through ALOT of pictures. Me and my siblings are making an album for my parent's 5oth Wedding Anniversary. <BR> Tomorrow we are helping my son and daughter-in-law move. <BR> I am having lunch with my Mom tomorrow too. <BR> On... Fri, 29 Oct 2010 01:36:31 EST Goals While On VaCa!!! Good morning, SPARK peeps!!! <BR> <BR> After tomorrow I am on two weeks of VACA!!! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I have several things I want to accomplish while on this two week reprieve...they are as follows: <BR> <BR> 1. Update my resume!!! <BR> <BR> 2. Clean, clean, clean!!! <BR> <BR> 3. Have coffee with my Aunt! <BR> <BR> 4. Get back and keep on track...I have strayed a bit!! <BR> <BR> 5. Enjoy four beautiful days in B.C. with my darling!!! <BR> <BR> 6. Start up my exercise routine... Sun, 24 Oct 2010 13:41:26 EST Such A Long Day!!! Last night I had a REALLY ROUGH sleep. If I even slept at all!!! <BR> I was up at 5 am. <BR> I was at work by 7:30 am, <BR> and worked until 7:30 pm. <BR> Needless to say... <BR> I look forward to <BR> Hitting that pillow!!! <em>102</em> <BR> Nite! Nite!! Mon, 18 Oct 2010 22:55:55 EST My Hopes and Dreams Blog Hello SPARK friends!!! <BR> <BR> One of the challenges on the ((((Sending Skinny Vibes)))) team was to write down 10 hopes and goes: <BR> <BR> 1. Work on my dream of becoming a life coach. <BR> 2. Strengthen my "resistance muscle" over my "giving in" muscle. <BR> 3. Exercise more. <BR> 4. Nurture my relationship with my darling. <BR> 5. Nurture my relationships with my children. <BR> 6. Become even more compassionate. <BR> 7. Visit my parent's more. <BR> 8. Support my darling ... Sun, 17 Oct 2010 14:04:37 EST Our Mountain Adventure!!! Hello SPARK peeps!! <BR> <BR> We had a <em>250</em> time in Banff and Canmore Alberta; a TERRIFIC Thanksgiving weekend. <BR> <BR> Here is a picture of Moraine Lake...the water looks like glass!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is my son and his wife in the gondola to the top of the mountain <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> L... Wed, 13 Oct 2010 21:20:53 EST Under Construction In October!!! Hello SPARK peeps!!! How've ya been? <BR> <BR> I have been reflecting on my healthy lifestyle goals. I would like to add to my other blog "Goals For October". This is also another ((((Sending Skinny Vibes)))) challenge. If you aren't a member of that team. I urge you to join!!! It's so much fun!!! <BR> <BR> What are your obstacles? <BR> <BR> My biggest obstacle is STRESS. I have to learn to manage that better so I don't spend an evening eating my emotions away. Sound familiar? ... Tue, 12 Oct 2010 12:40:08 EST Goals For Ocotober!!! Good morning, SPARK <em>220</em> 's!!! <BR> <BR> I am working with a gal whose goal within the next month or so is to open her own "Healthy Lifestyle" counselling business. <BR> <BR> In lieu of that, I have agreed to be one of her "experiments!" She will give me information and tips on eating and exercise...and I will give her a positive endorsement. <BR> <BR> My goal for October is to cut the sugar right out of my diet; always reading the labels and if the sugar is over 5 g I won't eat ... Sun, 3 Oct 2010 10:12:42 EST Sleep Did you know while you sleep your hormones rejuvenate themselves? And your cells repair themselves? <BR> It is important to sleep on an empty stomach. If you go to bed with a full stomach your body will spend your sleep time digesting foods instead of fixing hormones and cells. <BR> WOW!!! <BR> Ensure you get enough sleep!!! <BR> Evidently it is more important than we realize!!! <BR> <BR> Cheers!!! Fri, 1 Oct 2010 23:42:20 EST Did You Know? When you consume one teaspoon of takes your body six hours to fight the effects of it...the body sees sugar as a "foreign substance"...and starts fighting...this lowers your immune system for that amount of time making you more susceptible to other things. <BR> <BR> Interesting. Thu, 30 Sep 2010 21:40:02 EST A Super-dee-duper Day!! I had a really great day. <BR> <BR> First of all, I went to Tim Hortons before work...and the manager bought my coffee. I have been going there since 2002. How cool is that? <BR> <BR> Then I emailed my dietician to ask for another recipe book on beans. My friend at work wanted one. When I saw the nutritionist on the 13th she gave me a dollar off coupon for Fibre One cereal. I wanted to ask for one of those but I felt greedy. <BR> <BR> She emailed me back saying the bean book was on it... Tue, 28 Sep 2010 21:52:29 EST It's Holy Crap Your Hot Day!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tee hee!!! Sun, 26 Sep 2010 14:00:18 EST Tee Hee!!! The police officer got out of his car as the kid who was stopped for speeding rolled down his window. 'I've been waiting for you all day,' the officer said. The kid replied, 'Yeah, well I got here as fast as I could.' When the cop finally stopped laughing, he sent the kid on his way without a ticket. <BR> Sat, 25 Sep 2010 18:15:58 EST My Little Girl!!! A few of you may have noticed I have been MIA for a couple of days. Hopefully my blog will shed some light as to where I have been. <BR> <BR> My daughter, Deidre, has lived with chronic headaches since she was 18 years old. We have tried doctors, neurologists, an acupuncturist and nothing worked. Deidre was very frustrated because she was recommended SEVERAL which would have made her "zomby - ish"; nothing worked. <BR> <BR> Being the strong, young woman she is, Deidre p... Sat, 25 Sep 2010 11:20:22 EST My Bad!!! I had a buttercream cupcake at work today. <em>475</em> <BR> The icing was piled very high. <em>475</em> <BR> It tasted good while it lasted. <em>475</em> <BR> But then I felt sick. <em>40</em> <BR> When will I learn??? Tue, 21 Sep 2010 21:49:28 EST Today I Am Grateful For: 1. A safe journey. <BR> 2. Kind co-workers. <BR> 3. A roof over my head. <BR> 4. An enjoyable visit with my daughter. <BR> 5. Messages from my SPARK buddies. <BR> <BR> What are you grateful for? Mon, 20 Sep 2010 23:08:15 EST Still Taking It Easy!!! Good evening, SPARK peeps!!! <BR> <BR> I have been taking it easy. This cold has moved to the chest so I haven't been doing any exercise. The COLD FX didn't prevent the cold but probably lessened the strength of it. <BR> Soon my strength will be back and I can hop on the treadmill!!! <em>315</em> <BR> <BR> This too shall pass!!! <BR> <BR> Cheers!!! <BR> <BR> Michelle :O) Thu, 16 Sep 2010 22:33:13 EST Not A Good Look!!! Good evening, peeps!!! <BR> Nothing to report in regard to the treadmill today!!! <em>40</em> <BR> I think this cold is going to overtake me...I have a sore throat...sore eyes...evidently the Cold FX isn't working...I feel gross!!! <BR> It's not a good look!!! Tue, 14 Sep 2010 21:56:24 EST Working To My Cardio Goal!!! Good evening, peeps!!! <BR> I am doing 30 minutes a day on my new treadmill (LOVE IT!!! <em>315</em> ) <BR> My goal is to do this for a week or so then dive into twice a day...morning...and night!!! I am breaking myself in slowly!! <BR> I CAN DO THIS!!! <BR> <em>244</em> Mon, 13 Sep 2010 22:28:53 EST My Treadmill Is Here!!! Well SPARK Peeps!!! <BR> <BR> My treadmill was delivered yesterday (most of you know my good fortune!) and I tried it for the first time today!!! It whooped my butt!!! <BR> <BR> I did 30 minutes (3,250 steps!!). <BR> <BR> I am sweating like a cold glass of lemonade in the hot outdoors!!! WOW!!! <BR> <BR> I want to work my way up to 30 minutes in the morning...30 minutes after work. I notice when I do this my moods are lifted...and my butt has shifted!!! Ha ha ha!!! <BR> <BR> Cheers... Sun, 12 Sep 2010 13:12:27 EST Woot Woot!!! So...yesterday I posted that I asked my Dad to find me a good used treadmill. Well, lo and behold, I go to my parents place after my work road trip and in the garage was a treadmill. I LOVE IT!!! I got it for $250.00!!! It is in mint condition and has so many BELLS AND WHISTLES!!! It counts miles, kilometres, steps, calories, can do things by your weight, it has in incline, different speeds, a fan (to keep this princess cool!) <em>244</em> It should be delivered to my place over the w... Thu, 9 Sep 2010 23:15:49 EST WooHoo!!! Today I started going back on the treadmill. <em>315</em> A few months ago I was up to an hour a day. Then in April I slacked <em>40</em> I am starting at 30 minutes daily again and will slowly work my way up. My Dad is looking for a good, used treadmill for me. I am VERY EXCITED cuz that means I won't have to go to Mom and Dad's or my daughter's to use their treadmill. I will have my own. My plan will be to do 30 minutes when I get up in the morning...and another 30 minutes when I ... Wed, 8 Sep 2010 22:57:42 EST Pre-Hallowe'en Challenge Stats!!! <em>426</em> <em>275</em> <em>465</em> <em>333</em> <em>431</em> <em>424</em> <BR> <BR> Good afternoon, SPARK peeps!! <BR> <BR> Since I am participating in two Hallowe'en Challenges I thought I would post my current stats. We will see what Hallowe'en brings!!! <BR> <BR> CW - 198.8 <BR> Neck - 13 <BR> Arm - 12 <BR> Bust - 43 <BR> Waist - 37 <BR> Hips - 48 <BR> Thigh - 28 <BR> Calves - 17.5 <BR> Ankles - 11 <BR> <BR> The doctor took my blood pressure last Friday and it was 140 over ... Tue, 7 Sep 2010 17:19:54 EST Jumpstart Results!!! Well folks...the stats are in!!! <BR> <BR> After completing the 4 day Jumpstart. I have lost 7.4 pounds!!! <em>244</em> I started out at 206.2 pounds and now I am 198.8!!! <BR> I have also lost 2 inches off my waist and 1 inch off my hips! <BR> This is the first time I have measured myself and I hightly recommend it!!! I feel like I am on "Cloud 9" <em>334</em> Last week I felt like a bloated fish!!! Not a good look!!! <BR> Success is not measured by the scale alone!!! <BR> <BR> Ha... Tue, 7 Sep 2010 09:44:33 EST WOW!!! Did you know? <BR> <BR> A lean adult has about 40 billion fat cells, an obese adult at least two to three times that. And obese people have much larger fat cells than lean ones. <BR> Mon, 6 Sep 2010 11:25:40 EST I'm So Excited!!! Hello peeps!!! <BR> <BR> I am on the final day of the FBD Jumpstart and have lost 6.6 pounds! HAPPY! HAPPY! JOY! JOY! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I will do the final weigh-in and measure myself. I see a definite change in my belly and energy levels!!! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Mon, 6 Sep 2010 09:40:47 EST Jumpstart - Day 3 Day 3 of Jumpstart - <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> So far...I have lost 5 pounds and evident belly bloat. On Tuesday I will post my final weight and belly measurements...before and after. <BR> <BR> My only downfall...I had coffee today. You aren't supposed to. I worked hard painting my brother's fence so I thought I deserved a treat today. <BR> <BR> Coffee isn't really that great after you haven't had it in awhile. <em>106</em> <BR> <BR> Maybe through all of this fun and games...I will... Sun, 5 Sep 2010 12:56:26 EST FYI!!! Carbs boost Serotonin and makes us feel good. This is why carbs are addictive! Fri, 3 Sep 2010 10:58:16 EST Did You Know??? The brain uses more calories than any other organ. In fact, the more active our brain is, the more calories we burn. <BR> <BR> Interesting!!! Thu, 2 Sep 2010 21:27:47 EST Jumpstart Tomorrow Hello Everyone!!! <BR> <BR> I am off until Wednesday!!! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> What a perfect time to start the Flat Belly Diet Jumpstart!?! Here I go!!! <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is the day!!! <BR> <BR> I will report my success on Tuesday!!! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Cheers!!! <BR> <BR> Michelle :)) Thu, 2 Sep 2010 20:19:05 EST I'M All Alone!!! Hello Friends!! <BR> I am sitting in my hotel room...alone... <em>40</em> <BR> I ate my room...alone... <em>40</em> <BR> Any of my buddies wanna stop by and say "Hi?" <em>334</em> Mon, 30 Aug 2010 20:19:37 EST Going Back To "Old Reliable!" Hello Peeps!!! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I start a three day road trip from home <em>40</em> When I come back I am going back to "Old Reliable"...the Flat Belly worked wonders for me before...AND I LOVED the food...if it ain't broke...don't fix it! <BR> <BR> I will be doing the Four Day Jumpstart beginning on Thursday! I am sooooo excited!!! I will let you know the results and keep you posted!! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Michelle :)) Sun, 29 Aug 2010 12:28:33 EST This Is HILARIOUS!!! I had to take the company car to the gas station and get a fill. I am off on another work road trip tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I go in the station to pay for the gas. The guy looks at me and says "Have you been ill?" <BR> <BR> I said "No!" <BR> <BR> The attendant said " look ill...your face isn't shiny like it usually is!" <BR> <BR> I said "Cuz I'm not wearing make-up!" (FYI...My face is never SHINY!?! Sheesh!!) <BR> <BR> He said "Oh...make-up...I thought you were ill. ... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 20:48:34 EST Food For Thought <BR> I stumbled upon this poem...and had to share...LOVE IT!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Food For Thought <BR> <BR> When we were young girls, so fresh in our teens <BR> We'd go on our diets, to look good in our jeans! <BR> And of course, at that age, we'd starve now and then <BR> The obvious reason, was to look good for men! <BR> <BR> Then, in our 20's, we'd push food away <BR> To look good for the boyfriends, we chose for the day! <BR> Our 30's, the same "sorry, cannot eat that <BR> My guy may no... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 12:10:45 EST Food Joke "The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for 30 years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found." -- <BR> Sam Levinson <BR> Tue, 24 Aug 2010 21:53:01 EST