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/ A Year in Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6434516 Looking at myself this time last year, I was doing so well. I was on a steady trajectory on the healthy living path. I was eating good, working out, was steadily losing weight, felt good for the most part. I was proud of how well I was doing and the changes that were occurring. <BR> <BR> Fast forward one year. I'm almost 40 lbs heavier, out of shape, depressed, unmotivated, frustrated with my body. <BR> <BR> The reason for this? My physical health has taken a turn for the worse. Between my... Sat, 25 Nov 2017 08:17:05 EST A Rough Couple of Weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6279697 In addition to all the physical issues I've been having, this past week and a half have been rough. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e4cb0223-2f18-4a7d-a82d-56d28ccbdf4d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My eldest cat, Kitty, who was 16 years old and had diabetes and arthritis, had neurological problems and went downhill very quickly. We had to put him down. It was heartbreaking. We've had him for 14 years. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/434789ca-acf2-4f... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 00:09:42 EST A Successful Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6239394 This past weekend, I flew from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Seattle, Washington for my friend's son's wedding. I was flying in on Friday and leaving Sunday, so not that much time to spend in the Emerald City. <BR> <BR> Since I was only going to be there a short time and wanted to make the most of my time, I opted to pack everything for the weekend in a backpack instead of a suitcase (yes, even my dress and heels for the wedding) so I could head straight to Seattle for a little sightseeing w... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:20:52 EST The Art of Exotic Dancing for Everyday Women http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6234205 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a3589d57-d8ee-4319-bbcc-705737c83b74.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So Friday, I attended a dance class entitled "The Art of Exotic Dancing for Everyday Women." It was more like a workshop than a dance class. I think I went into it expecting something different but it was a very interesting and fun class. <BR> <BR> There were 5 participants, including myself. I had originally signed up because I thought it would be fun and I would learn some moves to show ... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 20:17:36 EST The Real Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6173360 As I sit here, contemplating the 230 lbs. on the scale, I can't help but ask myself, "Who is this person?" <BR> <BR> I started working out at a gym when I was 12 yrs. old, at my local YMCA. After my first son was born, I would take public transportation for almost 2 hours one way to be able to go to a gym that had a nursery. I leg pressed 540 lbs. and had the enviable "teardrop" quadriceps. <BR> <BR> And yet, here I sit, at 230 lbs. and just over 50% body fat. I've followed fitness since ... Mon, 30 May 2016 21:57:48 EST 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