CINNAMARIE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CINNAMARIE CINNAMARIE'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/ What a busy month! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770181 It's sure been a busy month! <BR> Fitness challenge is going well... been walking daily and feeling great. I did get a bit sidetracked when I went to North Carolina for my Azuli Skye conference on the weekend of the 15-17th, though. I am in direct sales and decided to go to the national conference, which was down in Raleigh, North Carolina. I had the most amazing time! Truly fantastic! I even won an award that I was not prepared for! Fourth in National Sales! Wow! So, that was prett... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 22:59:46 EST Fitness Challenge - I'm rocking it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756026 At my job, the company started a 12 week fitness challenge and it's just what I needed to get myself back in shape! I'm just thrilled it's not a 3 week challenge and that it is for 12 long weeks! I really feel that it is a long enough time to REALLY see and feel a difference, as long as I put in the effort. So, I've made a personal goal to do a minimum of 3 miles a day. Now, personally, I do the Leslie Sansone walking tapes because they are low impact and I have degenerative arthritis in ... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 22:51:23 EST Hopes for our blog and how we want to live our life. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752482 It is so hard to continue to go to work everyday knowing the life we want to live isn't exactly what it is now. We want to live one that is more on our terms. We always do have fun and make the most of what we have, but we desire more freedom. To cut our living expenses down is key to being able to bring things to a manageable level for us. When you are able to look for a job and not have the stress of needing the pay to be a certain amount but knowing that you can take a job that will ma... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 20:59:19 EST Today's Trip to NYC - Trumpet City 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751878 Today, I took a trip into NYC. I watch a site called gothamist.com and it basically tells all the goings on about NYC. Since it's a town I often like to visit, I like to go there to see things that are unique and different and inexpensive. Well, this month, NYC is doing a "Summer Streets" program and today they were doing a Trumpet City installation. You can read about it here: www.onfootproductions.org <BR> <BR> Christopher is due home today from his time away at PGSS (Pennsylvania Gov... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 20:51:48 EST Our plans - We can't wait to get started! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751258 Lots of plans and they basically started with our weight loss! March 2012, we took a look at ourselves and decided that we wanted to live longer and healthier lives. We started the 17 Day Diet and then about 34 lbs later, I started exercising and today, we are over 150 lbs lighter between us... I'll have an exact figure on Monday when we are both getting back into gear with the diet and the fitness, as we've both been a little slack with it lately. <BR> <BR> When we lost the weight (at one... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 19:06:07 EST Catching up - News from us... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750623 Hello everyone! Well, lots has been happening. Where to start? Weight, I guess, since we started with weight, we'll touch base on that. I've gained some back and so has Ivan. I'm about 250'ish now and not too sure what he's at, but it's not pretty. Looking back at my previous blog, I'm about what I was before, but up a few pounds... but with me, the real setback has been my fitness. I wouldn't say it's been non-existent, because I still do things like walks and go hiking, but the daily... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:34:12 EST Days 28-33 - 100 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658979 Been such a busy week! But, I have been exercising and losing weight! <BR> <BR> I donate plasma now... and they actually weigh you every time you go to donate. Last friday, I weighed per their scale at 250, and the previous Tuesday at 251 (this is at the end of the day, having had lots of water, as I have to be fully hydrated)... I'm fully clothes, plus sometimes with a coat, actually, although I'm trying to lose that now. Anyway, last tuesday, it was 246, today it was 244. But, this m... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 23:22:11 EST Day 26 & 27 - 100 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654176 Had an emotional day yesterday. Basically, I got a call that most women get at some point in their lives... the dreaded call back after a pap smear. I reacted poorly. <BR> <BR> First... a little history. 18 years ago, I had this happen to me. That led to a couple of conization procedures at a great hospital and doctors telling me "good news and bad news". Good news "We got all the bad cells" Bad news "we cut away so much of your cervix that you won't be able to carry a baby to term" w... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 21:35:27 EST Day 25 - 100 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652787 Today was a good food day. Plus I came home and exercised with a Leslie Sansone video, too! I did two miles. I felt really good about that. <BR> <BR> Also, I discovered a new song that I love! It's not a new song, actually, but a song that I hadn't heard before. I was listening to the Ten Tenors on my tablet today at work and they covered a song called Throw Your Arms Around Me that was written by Mark Seymour with Hunters and Collectors (an Australian Rock Band). I had never heard o... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 22:45:14 EST Day 24 - 100 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651972 Today was another good food day... I'm getting back on track! Thank goodness! I still didn't do great with exercise, but I did walk at work today, so that's something. <BR> <BR> Also, I was called today by lady who ran an article on my weight loss story for our company last summer. She wanted to do a follow up story. I had told her that I really didn't lose any more weight. We talked for a while and she wanted to know how things were after my hip replacement surgery and the car accide... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 22:49:14 EST Day 23 - 100 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651165 Grrrr! I had videos from the past few days on my phone, thought I had uploaded them to Giveit100.com/Cinnamarie1 but I guess I did not... and I deleted them off my phone! LOL Well, I'm not able to retrieve the video, so now I'm video"less" for those days... <BR> <BR> I could LIE and say it was of me working out like crazy! LOL But, really, the first video was of me walking, and it was from the high school to downtown Scranton where the St Pat's parade was being held on Saturday. The sec... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 22:59:49 EST Days 19, 20 and 21- 100 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649102 Been a busy weekend! We had our huge Scranton St Patricks Parade weekend here. 9th biggest in the country, I believe. Anyway, it's always a huge production here. <BR> <BR> Friday was a normal day, Work but then I donated Plasma. That went well and was alot more relaxed than the previous Tuesday. The only concern is that later that night, I still was bleeding a bit from the needle spot... I'll have to ask about that next time I donate. Usually when I give blood, I clot up pretty fast,... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 12:15:16 EST Day 18 - 100 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5647291 Took the day off... slept in til 11:30! I loved that! It was a very windy, cold, blustery day and I woke up feeling congested and just sleepy! <BR> <BR> It felt very good catching up on some sleep. Then just hung out with hubby and watched some tv. We found a good BBC show called Paradox to watch... unfortunately, it only ran one season. I'm not sure why, as it was very good! We finished it. <BR> <BR> Dinner tonight was very thin ground beef steaks and some roasted vegetables. I'... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 21:55:36 EST Day 17 - 100 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5646515 Today was pretty uneventful... back to work. <BR> <BR> Weather is cooling down again, which is a bit depressing after the gorgeous day we had yesterday. It rained this afternoon, poured for a bit, actually... and now it's chilly, windy and freezing rain has started. We are expecting some snow tomorrow as well! These early months in the year are always so crazy in the Northeast, one day warm and sunny, the next, overcast and snowing! It's just nuts! <BR> <BR> Well, I didn't get a video... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:57:21 EST Day 16 - 100 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645765 Such a busy day! <BR> <BR> Took the day off for doctor appointments! I had 3 today. I like to just take a day off and schedule them all in one day, rather than taking off early from work three different days. It's just easier. <BR> <BR> Today was also a GORGEOUS day! The temps climbed up to about 60 degrees! Yay! However, we are due rain after midnight and then all day tomorrow, with declining temps and yep, it'll end in freezing rain and snow! Yep, it's still winter and well, th... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 22:55:47 EST Day 15 - 100 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5644806 My video today shows the dinner we had tonight... Ivan prepped the Turkey Taco meat part of it, I did the veggie part of it... and then let Christopher have some veggies before we added in the meat. Christopher is a pescatarian, so we usually let him at the veggies first.. :-) If you'd like any of my recipes, I list them in the notes section of our 'Extending Our Happily Ever After' facebook page. It's delicious! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1803035919.j... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 20:47:49 EST Day 14 - 100 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5644071 A beautiful day today! Walked the lake again and today was sunny and gorgeous! Still cold, though, but it felt good to be out in the sunshine! I was able to go with a friend today, which was nice and the walk went by quickly, too! The video posted to Giveit100.com/Cinnamarie1 was just a shot of the lake, I didn't give any vocals to the video, thought it was too nice to talk, just wanted you all to enjoy the beauty that I did! <BR> <BR> Watched a great movie today called Pulling Strings. ... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 00:19:28 EST Day 13 - 100 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643206 A nice day today! Started it off with a walk up at Lake Scranton. Christopher wanted to get a run in... and since I don't run, I got my walk in. Haven't walked the lake in a while and it was cold! I bundled up! Two pairs of socks, two gloves, two tops and a scarf! It was 32 degrees out, but once I got going, it was fine! I think I'll go back out tomorrow. I did call a friend to see if she'd go with me, but I ended up walking by myself. Took my husband's phone and listened to The Kill... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 22:08:40 EST Day 12 - 100 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5642539 Glad it's Friday! Tomorrow might be a bit warm and I think it might just be warm enough to attempt a walk around our local lake... that's a 3.5 mile walk. It might be around 37 degrees, but if I layer, I may be able to do it. My son, Chris, will go with me, as he's in track and he'll run, probably. If I do go, I'll try to call a g/f and see if she'll go with me. <BR> <BR> Today, we had our Slim to Win contest weigh in at work today and I actually weighed in at 230.4 lbs, which is a .8 ... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 23:38:14 EST Day 11 - 100 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5641684 Today was a perfect food day and I did get some exercise in. <BR> <BR> Only 1.5 miles with Leslie Sansone, but it was something. Food was my lemon water in the morning, the green tea with every meal. Greek yogurt for breakfast and a mid-afternoon snack. Snacked on carrots with mint chutney and some raw veggies. Lunch was tuna and a salad with balsamic dressing. Dinner was mustard chicken and cabbage. <BR> <BR> I've got some recipes that I cook on my facebook page, www.facebook.com... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 21:36:36 EST Day 10 - 100 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5640911 Today was a great day for being on plan! <BR> <BR> Food on track, the only thing I didn't do was exercise. <BR> <BR> Normal day food wise, won't post it, I ate, so look to previous posts on what I ate, basically, two green yogurts, green tea every meal, lemon water in morning, two fruits, veg and lean protein and egg white scramble with veg for dinner. <BR> <BR> Other news, my son made prelim for National Honor Society based on grades, now we wait to see what the next step is... he's a Jr ... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 23:35:15 EST Day 9 - 100 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639924 Fat Tuesday <BR> <BR> 'Nuff Said <BR> <BR> I started out sooooo well! Packed up my snacks and lunch to take to work and had a plan, which is what I am supposed to do. Took a trip to see what was offered at the bake sale and someone made homemade empenadas. <BR> <BR> Well, I faltered. But, I learned a lesson. First, what happened is that the thoughts that I USED to tell myself came flooding back. You know the ones... "Well, I blew it, so now, it doesn't matter, I can just have a cand... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 22:22:25 EST Day 8 - 100 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639001 Well, today went well. Back to work, though. I really was hoping for a snow day, but only because I wanted today off. It was VERY COLD today. Still is, I'm sitting here typing this wearing a turtleneck and a hoodie, as well. Even with the heater on (not that I have it very high, to conserve oil, which is SUPER EXPENSIVE), it's very cold in here. <BR> <BR> Ever since I've lost over 140 lbs, I'm just cold almost all the time now. To the bone, actually... and it's so hard to get used to... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 21:51:29 EST Day 7 - 100 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638038 Today, I actually didn't jump right back into diet mode like I wanted to. I will tomorrow, though. <BR> <BR> I woke up like a zombie! Yesterday was way more exhausting than I thought! I woke up around 10 am, actually... and I did get in my Amla powder, but forgot the lemon water and then I got in my prunes, but then just nothing else for a few hours and when hunger sets in, that really is the worst thing that can happen to me. Carbs hit me after that and heavily. It was ease of being... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 21:14:07 EST Day 6 - 100 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637288 Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I had such fun today! <BR> <BR> We left just after 7 am, which got us in the city just after 9:30 am! I had my Amla powder and grabbed some water and a Greek yogurt for the drive... Ivan grabbed some prunes. <BR> <BR> That's about the extent of my healthy eating! Honestly! I wasn't even going to think about being healthy today, though. I've been good and today was about having fun for us. And about enjoying the food! <BR> <BR> We picked up my nephew and his ... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 23:12:02 EST Day 5 - 100 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636438 Weigh in at work today... lost .6 of a pound! 231.2 lbs LOL Oh well... but I did have a great week! I'm very hopeful for next week's weigh in! <BR> <BR> Today was a great day for food... Amla powder, lemon water, Greek yogurt and green tea, 1/2 grapefruit, small salad (just greens) with a bit of balsamic, broccoli/tomatoes and hard boiled egg and green tea, 1/2 grapefruit, light baby bel cheese, 1 carrot with mint chutney, light activia yogurt, salmon and green beans with green tea for din... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:52:15 EST Day 4 - 100 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5635600 I can't seem to get my video uploaded to Giveit100.com/@Cinnamarie1 today, but will upload later when I am able. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is the weigh in day at my job, I am not sure what the scale will read, but I had a good week and I amped up my exercising. Tonight, I did a five mega mile Leslie Sansone workout. <BR> Food today was the Amla powder, lemon water, green tea and greek yogurt for breakfast. Half a grapefruit for break. A carrot with mint chutney and a salad with balsamic and gre... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:43:50 EST Day 3 - 100 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5634789 Today went well... I ate ALOT. <BR> <BR> Amla powder in the morning (Ayurvedic), then lemon water (17 DD), got to work, then some greek yogurt with some cinnamon, green tea (decaf), an apple, a carrot with a bit of mint chutney, a decaf mint tea, some salad (just greens and very little dressing), lunch was a bit of chicken with some roasted vegetables and a decaf green tea, another apple, a hard boiled egg, greek yogurt, then dinner was an egg white scramble with green beans, spinach and o... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 22:24:05 EST Day 2 - 100 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5633755 Today I did all liquids. On all other days of the week, I am following the 17 Day Diet way of things, but I am looking into the Ayurvedic way of doing things a bit and it suggested one day a week of liquids. My husband works some nights and tonight is one of those nights, so it is a good night for me to do liquids and plus, tonight was my Toastmasters meeting, so even better... always hard for me to do dinner when I'm running home from work and right into a meeting. <BR> <BR> I start my ... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 20:55:47 EST Day 1 - 100 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632958 I've decided to challenge myself to a 100 Day Challenge... Lose weight, blog more and work on getting the rest of this weight off. Basically, I had lost 151.5 lbs... dropping from 380 lbs down to 228.5 lbs... but then I stopped and couldn't seem to lose any more weight. I was exercising regularly... seemed to have my food under control and nothing was happening. <BR> <BR> I got complacent and started easing from the exercising so much. From there, it was a slippery slope... and then the... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 22:27:46 EST Back to exercising for me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5519064 I have been maintaining, thank God! But, I haven't been losing. It's been all me, though... not keeping up with the diet, not keeping up with the exercise. Fall is the busiest time of the year for me. Chris is back in school and all the running around and then I did get sick and with me that's usually (and it was) a respiratory thing, so the breathing is usually an issue... but I'm starting to feel better, so I'm back to feeling like I need to reunite with Leslie Sansone and make her a ha... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 06:13:32 EST Down 151 lbs with final 50 to go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5471318 I'm free and clear from hip surgery restrictions... I've lost 151 lbs and that's the third 50 lb installment on my weight loss goal of my 200 lb loss... I'm ready to hit it and get this last 50 lbs off of my frame! In fact, I feel as thought my body has really started to get used to my diet and my exercise routine... soooooo <BR> <BR> I've decided to join a gym for these last 50 lbs. I'm going Extreme Makeover/Biggest Loser style and really going to put my ALL into the workout sessions and... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 23:36:08 EST New development... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5412421 I've been in a car accident. <BR> <BR> I'm sin and a half weeks after my hip replacement surgery and from that I'm doing fine. Last Saturday, I returned to the lake and started walking again. Since last Saturday, I've walked the lake (3.5 miles) 5 times... Yesterday was the fifth and I was kind of sore... I walked with my son and two friends and my back was acting up and I was tired... made the comment that I might have been pushing it, so I said that today I was going to rest and not go... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 13:39:52 EST I know it's been a long while... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5387887 If I make typos, forgive me... The setup for my pc isn't quite right in my recovery... <BR> <BR> I thought alot of things would be different after surgery. I thought I'd be like Wonder Woman! LOL WRONG! I thought I'd bounce back incredibly quickly and be online, writing a book, healing, walking, doing all kinds of amazing stuff. Instead... well, I've been lying around not doing much of anything. <BR> <BR> I've been in pain. I've been swollen! and did I say SWOLLEN??? OMG! I mean, ... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 10:36:09 EST Feeling ready... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5355781 Had a great mother's day and ready for my surgery... <BR> Today I met with the surgeon... my surgery is a week from tomorrow. He asked if I was still decided on getting the new hip... I mean "really?" I am almost unable to walk up stairs after a month of physical therapy... if he doesn't give me a new hip after all this trouble, I'll scream! LOL I'm in worse shape now than I was a month ago, actually. A month ago, I was able to walk up stairs with no problem (a limp, yes, but my muscles ... Mon, 13 May 2013 23:34:19 EST Getting ready for surgery! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5348004 I did get through my bout with struggling. Physical Therapy has been a total trip! It's really taken me back to my days of being in NICU when my son was born. He was born at 28 weeks (3 months early) and was in the hospital for 53 days in NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) before he was allowed to come home. The day to day of being in that room with the other parents and other babies, you became a family. I am feeling those same feelings now. I am growing to care for the people I see e... Mon, 6 May 2013 22:49:59 EST My recent struggle... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5332237 Lately, I've been experiencing my first REAL struggle out of this entire journey... It's coinciding with the news of my recent announcement of needing a right hip replacement. Currently, I am going to physical therapy to prep for the surgery. This is new to me. I am in my second week and I'm going every Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. <BR> <BR> I thought I was in shape... and last week when I announced the surgery, I was in a great place mentally. I felt as though this would be ... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 21:28:19 EST My first speech... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5322955 This has been a crazy week. A bit stressful and alot going on. <BR> <BR> First, I gave a speech this week. I joined Toastmasters, which is an international organization where members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending learn-by-doing meetings. My husband saw a recent article in a local newspaper about this organization. I hadn't heard of it before. The reason he suggested I join this organization is that with my recent weightloss, I've been really thinking alot o... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 15:48:47 EST Results are in... Surgery is looming... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5318537 I just got back from the Orthopedic surgeon... and well, I'm rejoicing... even though it's HUGE news... <BR> <BR> I am going to have a total hip replacement. And probably within 2 months.. or near there. <BR> <BR> A few years back, I noticed that there was a pain in my leg... and really, no range of motion... noticeable when I try to put on my right sock. I just can't do it very easily really... it's one of my biggest struggles... My leg just doesn't move that way... giving me access to... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 14:23:11 EST Easter weekend... blow out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5307882 Well... wow! Talk about derailment. <BR> <BR> I think I have had more carbs than I have had all year long! Probably more bread just in the past weekend than I've had all year long, as well! We went into NYC for the weekend... visited a few bakeries... had some cupcakes (well, 1 HUGE one and a half of one that I split with my husband). <BR> <BR> Basically, we started our day at Crumbs bakery and each (hubby, myself and my son) had a Canoli Cupcake... where you not only get that HUGE cup... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 17:57:53 EST It's alarming how charming I feel! (first dress in 20 yrs!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5297217 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1312482854.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is the first dress I've worn in over 20 years! Lots of reasons... Main one is shoes, I guess. My right foot still swells and I have large feet, so wearing shoes is still a huge problem for me. If you are wearing clunky mens shoes, dresses just don't quite look pretty... so, don't wear them. Another reason is the "chafing" that goes on... I KNOW you know what I mean (many of you are reading this with weig... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 13:11:20 EST It's all in how you plan your day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5296761 Yesterday, my husband was packing up food to take to work and I was half paying attention to what he was doing... I noticed he cut up two apples and put some lemon on them to keep them from browning and put them in sandwich bags, then grabbed a hard boiled egg and then grabbed his yogurts and whatever else, then he asks me how many prunes are in a serving... and I answer "about 4 or 5" without thinking, then stop. "Why are you taking prunes? You already have your two fruit servings." Then ... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 23:27:26 EST My first year being truly healthy... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5293095 What a year this has been. 138 lbs lost. Cholesterol at a normal level. Blood pressure's great. My arthritis pain is manageable, enough so, I've not needed any epidurals in over a year! I've only been sick less than a week in the past year. I've gone from a tight size 32 or 4X to a loose 18 in pants and wear L and XL tops now. Rings fall off my fingers. I have room in the chairs I sit in now. I can walk more than 1/2 a mile without sitting down (heck, more than 5 minutes without sitt... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 23:55:58 EST Blowing minds... including our own! (Pants Pic) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5286900 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l10675811.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When I first started the 17 Day Diet last March, I felt pretty good at the initial weight loss. After the first week or two, I thought... "This is it, I feel this is finally my time to lose this weight"... and when the weight started falling off and the sizes started dropping, I threw clothes away. I didn't do what I had in the past... put them aside for a "just in case" scenario. I just tossed them! I didn't ev... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 19:20:32 EST Switched things up... and it's working! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5270718 Whew! I'm relaxing a bit. Trying to find what works for my body. I actually went back to Cycle 1 this past week and decided to LISTEN to what it said about the 17 minutes of exercise (sort of). What I was doing was exercising ALOT... thinking, burn it off, I'll lose more... and well, maybe I was, but it wasn't showing up on the scale for me. I know, I know, stop looking at that darn scale! I know I'll have alot of you thinking that. Especially when I was fitting into new clothes up top... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 07:26:45 EST Been busy, but on track and feeling great! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5259359 I've been doing great... on track... Lost what I gained, which is great. Feeling alot better. I've been busy, but what's new? lol <BR> <BR> My son's show, Avenue Q is awesome! Soooo hilarious. It's finishing up this weekend and I'm the full-on, supportive mom who is going to all the shows and working the lobby, helping out and loving every minute of it. He's awesome in the show, the other kids are awesome in the show... just great fun! Next show is Chorus Line and there is talk of ... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 22:38:15 EST Been hovering... and just in a funk... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5245195 First time in my journey... I guess it's expected. <BR> <BR> I've been in a funk. I've been stressed. Mostly financial. I guess we all get that. I'm so glad that I've done my taxes and am just now waiting. I'm waiting for that check to make things LESS STRESSFUL! The effects? Well, I eat when stressed. I wish I didn't. I guess old habits die hard and I didn't even think that I had any old habits when I've been so very good for almost a YEAR now! I thought you create NEW habits afte... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 14:33:03 EST Stress and The Spark... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5232431 Today, I was reading The Spark by Chris Downie (Founder, CEO and Motivation Expert of SPARKPEOPLE.com) and a line in it stood out to me and I can't seem to get it out of my head... That line is... Just five minutes of stress can leave your immune system vulnerable for nearly six hours. WOW! How truly insane is that? I knew that stress can leave a huge mark, and even lead to death, it's that serious... but to have it's effects measured out so simply and in such a huge variance has just stuc... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 23:10:44 EST Winter is an adjustment... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5229546 One of the biggest adjustments with my weightloss so far has been adjusting to the colder winter temps. In fact, this has NEVER been a problem for me, til NOW. <BR> <BR> I am, well, I WAS, one of "THOSE" people who barely wore coats in winter. I was constantly asked "Where is your coat?" and I'd have a long sleeved sweater and tell them, oh, this is good enough... and it was. I'd pretty much need the thermostat to drop below 30 degrees and then I'd wear the long sleeves... anything abov... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 23:41:25 EST Ivan and I have hit 200 lbs lost! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5223233 We've lost 200.5 lbs as of today! <BR> <BR> As of today, Ivan is down 70 lbs (still trying to catch up to his 73 lbs lost, he's almost there...) and I am down 130.5 lbs. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l578491849.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We celebrated by going out to our favorite Indian buffet. I was a bit disappointed that almost all their vegetarian offerings had potatoes... but still, we did enjoy the foods. I love potatoes, don't get me wrong, but I enjoy that... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 14:58:00 EST