CMCCLELLAN521's SparkPeople Blog CMCCLELLAN521's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community My Reasons I know that I have listed various reasons in different blogs and on different places...I want to list as many as I can here. Most people think that if they lose the weight, they will have a perfect life. I know that isn't the case. In fact, I have an AWESOME life! I am very happily married to a supportive, wonderful, amazing man...I have beautiful daughters who make me proud every day...I have an amazing granddaughter who makes me laugh and feel loved (she's just too far away), I have a s... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 08:05:56 EST Why do I quit? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In September, I quit smoking. I have made it almost 7 months without a cigarette. I started walking in order to not gain weight after smoking. I am not a small girl and I didn't want to get any bigger. I signed up for a 5k to keep myself walking. <BR> <BR> So - at the beginning of February, I walked my first 5K. I had to finish in an hour in order to get a medal. So, that was my goal. Well, that and to not... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 16:24:55 EST Updates - it's been 3 months! I cannot believe that I haven't updated my blogs - reading several others made me remember that putting these feelings/actions into words always motivated me to keep going! <BR> <BR> On February 15th, I walked my first 5K. The goal was to finish in an hour and to not be dead last. I did finish in 57 minutes and there were 5 people behind me that actually finished. Several others did not finish. My sweet husband was with me the entire time (as a surprise to me) and motivated me to the fin... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 07:53:55 EST Made it through Well, I made it through the holidays and I am still here. It was actually much tougher than I thought it would be - but I stayed reasonable and still ate my holiday favorites (just in much smaller quantities). I have learned to be successful at keeping these positive changes, I cannot eliminate my favorite things - I just have to be reasonable :) <BR> <BR> So - I am here - I gained about 4 pounds over the last month - but it's already coming back off. I'm so thankful to Sparkpeople for be... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 18:18:27 EST Step by step Well, I'm still here. In my past, I have always started out strong and then stopped by the end of 2 months. In the last 2 months, I have quit smoking, cut out caffeine, and stopped biting my nails. :) I have been waking up every morning and walking on the treadmill or completing some of the SP videos. Now, I have also added going to the gym to work arms & abs 3 times per week. <BR> <BR> I didn't realize what a difference it made really until yesterday. I overslept (woke up at 6:40am). ... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 19:49:53 EST I did it! One of my goals (for years actually) has been to wake up early enough each morning to work out before going to the office. That way, when I get home, I am able to devote the evening to cooking dinner and spending time with my hubby (I am still a newlywed - 1 1/2 years married). <BR> <BR> However, I am NOT a morning person. I prefer to stay up late and sleep in when possible. Therefore, it has not been unusual for me to wake up at 7:15 am and still get to the office by 8am. Since I quit s... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 12:02:44 EST Update It's been a crazy few weeks. I am still not smoking (day 47), still off of caffeine (day 33) and still tracking every bite. Had a bump in the road for exercise but am getting back on track there too. The awesome part is that a few months ago, a bump in the road (in this case it was a gastric ulcer) would have ended the entire process. This time, I made it through and never stopped tracking what I ate. I kept eating right and drinking water. <BR> <BR> I'm excited that I am committed to my he... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 15:09:47 EST New Treadmill It's crazy to think that I am excited about a new treadmill. A few months ago - I would have grinned and said "give me shoes". Now, don't get me wrong - I still love new shoes. But, I have committed myself to walking a 5K in February. And, as I continue to focus on it, I have decided I want to run, not walk, the 5k. <BR> <BR> My brother is very excited for me. He quit smoking, lost weight and began running marathons several years ago. He now trains for triathlons. <BR> <BR> I don't ... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 11:19:43 EST The start I have been a member of Spark People for a little while - mostly observing and using the tools. Then, recently, I received blood work back that showed I am pre-diabetic and it was a wake up call. It's time to take this process seriously. <BR> <BR> I've quit smoking - 4 days without a single smoke (it's been 6 days for my husband). So, I want to be sure that I don't have the "weight gain" associated with not smoking as well as lose the weight to help my blood sugar. <BR> <BR> So - I have ... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 10:59:20 EST