DAILYCHOICES's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DAILYCHOICES DAILYCHOICES'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/ Failure Is An Option http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583287 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1121735471.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I know there's a popular saying that goes, "Failure is not an option." I know where the sentiment is coming from but I think it would be more appropriate to say what the poster above says, "Failure is an option. Quitting is not." <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l550348874.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> When we fail, it gives us an opportunity to see what does and doesn't work for... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 17:44:55 EST Facing My Reality http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5581314 In July, I started my Spark People journey off with not just a spark, but a roaring fire. I was going to conquer not only the world, but this battle with obesity that I've had for many years. My son deployed to Afghanistan in July and I was determined to totally transform myself before he got back in the early spring of 2014. As usual, I ran headfirst into my nutrition and workout regimen, determined to make a change. <BR> <BR> Fast forward to August. I was having so much pain in my hips and... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 22:23:57 EST A Defining Moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5427605 As I finish my first week of my new nutrition and fitness regime, I reflect back on how my week went and I see a defining moment for me. My husband and I went to our favorite Chinese restaurant for dinner on Wednesday night. Now normally, I would order Chinese tea (with lots of sugar added), eat an entire bowl of fried noodles by myself (with lots of duck sauce for them), wonton soup, an egg roll, General Tso's Chicken, and sometimes a desert. <BR> <BR> This time, when we went, I was very co... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 19:50:31 EST What a Waste! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5420253 You know, it's occurred to me all the time, effort and money I've put into trying to get in shape and healthy in the past, without lasting success. <BR> <BR> I was doing some cleaning today and had to put some things away in the closet. My closet contains book cases full of diet and fitness books and magazines. I have invested tons of money on these over the years, not to mention gym memberships, food, and supplements. <BR> <BR> If I put the knowledge that I've learned through these resour... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 23:02:10 EST A Military Surprise! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5416008 Let me just start off by saying I love surprises! And I especially love when I can get my son William who always ruins every surprise! <BR> <BR> My son Justin is in the Marines. He's getting ready to deploy for Afghanistan. He's been gone since February in training. My other son, William, is in the Air Force. He's been deployed to Africa since February. So the brothers haven't seen each other in 5 months. <BR> <BR> I found out a couple of days before July 4th that Justin was going to have ... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 21:48:36 EST A Look at Reality ~ No Looking Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5406402 Ok, so it's time to face reality. I think I've been living in a state of denial but there's no more denying it ~ I'm overweight and out of shape. I think it just occurred to me relatively recently that I've been overweight more than half my life. I didn't have a problem with weight until I had kids. After the kids, well, you know how that goes ~ you take care of everybody else and don't have time or energy to take care of yourself. <BR> <BR> I tried over the years to start a workout plan an... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 14:10:03 EST