DANIRAE20's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DANIRAE20 DANIRAE20'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/ Vacation Weekend Oops http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703495 My hubby and I went out of town for a mini vacation this weekend. This morning I weighed myself and am shocked to find out that I have gained 10 pounds! Yikes! How in the heck did I gain 10 pounds in 3 days?! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I knew I ate not too healthy but that's because we were celebrating our anniversary. Ugh. How do I hold back on food during these celebrations? <BR> <BR> All I can do is learn from this and keep on trucking. I can do this. Yes, I may have had a set back and... Mon, 26 May 2014 11:54:02 EST How I feel in 5 words or less... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5680840 Motivated <BR> <BR> Anxious <BR> <BR> Energetic <BR> <BR> Positive <BR> <BR> Determined Sat, 26 Apr 2014 10:35:59 EST Ready to RECHARGE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671485 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l50587874.jpg"> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 20:53:25 EST 40 Pounds Lost! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648047 WOOHOO!!!!! I stepped on the scale this week and to my amazement, I am now down 40 pounds overall on this journey. YEAH!!! I never thought I would get TEN pounds off. <BR> <BR> With exercising 30 minutes a day and MOST importantly counting my calories with my sparkpeople tracker, I am on my way to achieving my goal! <BR> <BR> I started this journey back in 2012 with 60 pounds to lose to get to a healthy normal weight. I would incorporate exercise but I would splurge on fatty foods and go ... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 22:44:52 EST Spring Ahead! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643236 <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Don't forget to spring your clocks ahead one hour tonight! <BR> <BR> I am sooooooo overjoyed that we are going to have daylight a lot longer now! Woohoo! These blustery winter dreary days have been wreaking havoc on my depression. I cannot wait until Spring! <BR> <BR> Well, anywho, I hope everyone's weekend is going well! I'm down one more pound! Woot! I'm almost into the 170's! I cannot believe it! <BR> <BR> Today my hubby and I bought a new fitbit aria scale.... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 22:41:34 EST 1st Day at the Gym! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5640820 On Monday, my hubby and I went to the gym that we just became members at. We decided to do a core class which was 20 minutes long, and then we went to spinning class which was 45 minutes long. <BR> <BR> The core class kicked our butts....but it was a good feeling to work those stomach muscles. <BR> <BR> I am STILL very sore from this class. <BR> <BR> I need your opinions: Can I still go to these classes or do I have to give myself a day in between to rest? Why are my muscles so sore? Sh... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 21:37:04 EST Joined a gym! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637529 Super excited! My hubby and I decided to join a gym!!! With all of the below zero temps and miserable snow, we both realized that we were never going to get outside to run. After a lot of thought, we bit the bullet and joined a gym. There's a swimming pool, different classes to choose from, and just a wonderful facility. I'm super excited for spinning classes! I'm planning on going to a 5:30am class every morning. This should speed up my weight loss. I'm already doing great for weight loss wi... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 10:10:18 EST Winter Blues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631560 Howdy friends! <BR> <BR> It's been a while since I have posted. I have been keeping on track with my weight loss. My most recent weigh in was 183. I lost 1 pound from last week! Woohoo! <BR> <BR> I cannot believe that I have come so far from 220 pounds. My goal of 160 pounds is in site! <BR> <BR> Now, my title of my post says winter blues...why you ask? <BR> <BR> well, i feel blue. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Everything is absolutely wonderful in life right now and nothing is wrong. Mayb... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 11:44:36 EST 2014 - The Journey Continues! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598503 Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> Sorry, I have been a little absent from sparkpeople lately on the website itself. I have however been keeping updated with my sparkpeople calorie and fitness tracker on my iphone. <BR> <BR> The holidays were busy of course and I was in a musical which took up alot of my time. It was fun though. I enjoyed it very much and it kept me definitely active. <BR> <BR> My hubby and I are still sparking away! We have been slipping every now and then with eating out , lik... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 23:36:37 EST 31 POUNDS LOST!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542633 So excited! I lost 4 pounds this week! <BR> <BR> I really think that switching from weighing monthly to weighing in weekly is more successful. It keeps me more accountable during the week. I tracked my food intake in my sparkpeople iphone app tracker and have been becoming more active and getting more exercise in. I was not expecting a 4 pound loss. I am shocked but excited. <BR> <BR> I am officially in the 180's now!!! So happy! Almost to my goal of 160! <BR> <BR> On a different note, ... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 11:48:25 EST Calorie Frustration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5537534 Does anyone else get frustrated while watching/tracking calories that you eat? I am usually great and have no problems tracking calories. But on days like today, it was tough. <BR> <BR> Well, anywho, I have a daily calorie goal range of 1200-1550. That sounds like a lot of calories, but it really adds up fast. <BR> <BR> Well, it's very hard in situations when friends want to go out to dinner. For instance, my family came into town today and wanted to go to a burger place. Well, beforehand,... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 18:20:25 EST Weekly Weigh in vs Monthly Weigh in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536546 Good morning, Sparkfriends! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is having a great weekend so far! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> As you know, my hubby and I have been only weighing in monthly and that's been working great but it gets a little too long to wait and makes me anxious. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, we both discussed that we are going to start doing weekly weigh in's. Every Saturday morning. <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> We both agreed that this would be very beneficial because then we wo... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 11:46:43 EST Appreciate the little things....:) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5533148 As I sit here at my desk, drinking my second 24 oz water bottle, I cannot help but think of my weight loss/getting healthy journey that I’m on with my hubby. <BR> <BR> At this time last year, I was about 28 pounds heavier and drinking fountain pop like it was going out of style. <BR> <BR> I look at pictures from then and now and I am pleased with seeing the differences. I still have a long way to go to get to my 160 pound weight goal though. But I know that through staying within my calor... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 17:24:56 EST November 1st Weigh In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529426 <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> This blog post is going to be short and sweet today. I had my monthly weigh in this morning. With all of the fun Halloween temptations and sweet treats, I expected to have gained weight unfortunately this month. <BR> <BR> To my surprise, I actually had lost one pound. Yes, It's only one pound but it's better than nothing. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I honestly think that incorporating drinking at least 8 glasses of water into my daily routine has helped out a bit. ... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 16:35:50 EST 27 Pounds Lost Photo! Before/After http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523886 Starting Weight: 220 lbs. <BR> <BR> Recent Weigh In: 193 lbs. <BR> <BR> YAY! <BR> <BR> My hubby is also with me on this journey! He has lost an amazing amount of weight. Overall he has lost about 60 pounds! <BR> <BR> The top photo is when we were at our heaviest and the bottom one is the most recent. <BR> <BR> We still have more to lose and we will get there! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1446117024.jpg"> Sat, 26 Oct 2013 12:28:07 EST Darn You, Mini Twix Bars! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523524 Hey Spark Friends! Happy Friday!!!! I've been looking forward to this day since Monday. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> My week has been up and down eating wise. I have been tracking my calories and packing a healthy lunch for work everyday.....however....here's the problem.....I have been eating way too much candy at work! <em>29</em> <em>494</em> <BR> <BR> Well, I am a secretary and I sit right next to the candy bowl for the customers and I am also in charge of refilling the candy bowl f... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 22:38:59 EST 2013 Fall Family Photos! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5522710 Here are the family photos of my hubby and I and our two furbabies, Daisy and Gary. :) <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l67973089.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l224767961.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2061068419.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1012661940.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l568513353.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeop... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 22:51:58 EST MADE IT TO ONEDERLAND!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5499332 SUPER EXCITED! <BR> <BR> I had my monthly weigh in this morning for October! I was hoping to enter ONEDERLAND this month but boy I did not expect to have a 9 pound weight loss. <BR> <BR> I for sure thought that I was going to be like one pound into ONEDERLAND but to my amazement, I weighed myself and I saw 193 pop up on the scale! I could not believe my eyes!!!! AHHH! SOOOOOO EXCITED! THIS IS A GREAT MOMENT! <BR> <BR> After last month's disappointment of only losing one pound, this was ... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 13:46:25 EST What a difference a year makes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5491954 My hubby and I have made a lifestyle change last year to eat healthier and exercise. We decided to train for a 5k and completed the 5k this September 2013. I have lost a total of 20 pounds since last year. Here are a few photos that show the results. In the four photo picture collage, our before photos are on the left side. We are not to our goals yet, but this shows that eating right and exercising DOES work. We are going to keep on keeping on! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpe... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 13:00:26 EST 2013 5k Results!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5491198 Howdy everyone! It's been about two weeks since my hubby and I participated in a 5k. We have been training for it ever since the winter time. This is the first chance that I had time to update you on how our official 2013 5k went! <BR> <BR> This was my hubby's first 5k and this was my 2nd official 5k! I am so proud of the both of us for rocking it out! It was a little hot and humid, but we still pushed through without stopping! Boy, I wanted to stop, but I did not! woohoo! <BR> <BR> My go... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 14:09:49 EST One pound until ONEDERLAND!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5478193 Hello friends!!! <BR> <BR> My September 1st weigh in was not what I expected. I had expected to be in ONEDERLAND by September 1st since I had only 2 pounds to lose to get there after my August 1st weigh in. <BR> <BR> Yeah.....my eating habits were way out of whack in August with going to weddings, hanging out with the inlaws (who love to indulge in every course at dinner: apps, entree, and desserts). It is sooo hard to track your calories when you are at a wedding, parties, or family get t... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 22:38:32 EST Hello Weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5457902 Howdy fellow friends!!! <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is loving life and sparking with enthusiasm! I am still on a high from my August weigh in where I lost 7 pounds and am 2 pounds away from Onederland! Woot! <BR> <BR> I am trying to stay on track with my eating and exercising......i can do this! <BR> <BR> I have been super tired this week. Last weekend was my sister's wedding and we had too much fun. I had alot to drink but it was a great time! I must be getting old because I've been recoveri... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 09:28:10 EST August Weigh In Success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5442467 As I have mentioned in previous blog posts, my hubby and I started to really count our calories to accompany our exercise routine since we weren't seeing any results from just exercising. Well, we decided to start counting our calories mid June and I had lost 2 pounds in a week. <BR> <BR> Well, we decide to weigh in monthly, so I was really excited to see if there was a difference with the new eating habits that we incorporated the whole month of July. Well, lo and behold, I stepped on the... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 15:39:53 EST Self Esteem http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5412505 As you all know, I am currently working on building my self esteem and confidence. I have always struggled with this in my life. I always feel like I'm not pretty or good enough. It drives my husband nuts that I think so negatively about myself. I wish there was a switch that I could just turn on to wipe away all of my negative thinking and replace it with positive thinking. <BR> <BR> I am working really hard on this and it is TOUGH! My brain is used to thinking so negative that it's really... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 15:43:16 EST Independence Day Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5411846 Howdy Friends! <BR> <BR> Hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July! I know I did. My hubby and I spent the evening of the 4th with my family. I am super proud of us because my hubby and I both showed self control and stuck to our calorie range even though there were alot of junk foods that people brought over for our potluck. We did great by tracking and sticking to our guns and not indulging. It was super hard not having a Lofthouse Sugar Cookie though....you know the ones that melt in you... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 21:12:51 EST My Page's Makeover! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5410028 Hi friends! <BR> <BR> I have made some changes to my profile page. I have deleted some pictures from 2012 because I officially "restarted" my journey at the beginning of 2013 and this time I am rocking it now that I know I have to track my food as well as exercise. I have realized this fact this past month when I started tracking my food with the Sparkpeople App for iphone along with exercise and I lose 5 pounds in 3 weeks! At the beginning of 2013, my hubby and I started the couch to 5k ru... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 21:24:33 EST 11 POUNDS DOWN ON JOURNEY SO FAR! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5405725 WOOHOO! <BR> <BR> I restarted this journey with my hubby in February of 2013. I started out at 220 pounds. My goal weight is to be 160 pounds for my height. <BR> <BR> Well, all this time I have been exercising but not truly counting how many calories I consumed until June. <BR> <BR> Well, I downloaded the Sparkpeople App for my phone to track my fitness and calories each day. It is very helpful. Sparkpeople recommends I eat 1220-1570 calories a day to get to my goal weight. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 19:49:49 EST June's Jolly Ouch Moment & Awesome Tidbits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5388249 Howdy friends! <BR> <BR> How is your Thursday? Today is actually my Friday! Woohoo! My hubby and I are taking Friday and Monday off from work and having a 4 day weekend to spend together just relaxing. Yay! <BR> <BR> Well, my self acceptance journey is still going strong and I am still working very hard at it. <BR> <BR> At the end of May, I noticed a huge colored red sore patch on my right shoulder and I just thought it was from my new bra. Well, it kept getting darker and then I starte... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 17:16:12 EST Self Acceptance Journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5373583 I am ready for the weekend! Woohoo! <BR> <BR> How is everybody doing? Hope you are all sparking away and having a blast. <BR> <BR> This week has been a tough/awesome week! I am actually proud of the week I had. <BR> <BR> It was tough because I really need to get a handle on loving and accepting myself no matter what size or shape I am. So, Monday morning, I started a new journey to make an ambitious effort to retrain my negative thinking brain into fully loving myself and believing it. ... Fri, 31 May 2013 11:31:20 EST Celebrate Good Times, Come On! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5365884 One more day until the 3 day Memorial Day weekend! Woohoo! <BR> <BR> This week has been a week of awesome celebrations! <BR> <BR> On Monday, it was my birthday. I celebrated becoming 27 with my hubby, parents and sisters. Of course that meant going out to eat. Yikes. I made up for it by not eating as much at lunch time at work. <BR> <BR> On Wednesday, yesterday, my husband and I celebrated our 4 year wedding anniversary! Yep, 2 days after my birthday we got married. It was special. I can... Thu, 23 May 2013 16:45:09 EST C25K - Week 2, Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5357719 This morning, my hubby and I completed Week 2 Day 2 of the couch to 5k program. <BR> <BR> As I mentioned on Monday in my blog post, I felt like I had two heavy weights for legs and could not get them moving. <BR> <BR> Well, this morning was a different story. I made sure I stretched pretty good beforehand. I also changed up my music I was listening to. I switched my Pandora station to Classic Rock workout. It pumped me up! It was a nice change! I got lost in the music and totally rocked t... Wed, 15 May 2013 17:50:49 EST Do I look like Herman Munster when I run? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5355177 Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and that all of the mom’s out there had a great time! <BR> <BR> Today is Monday. One tired Monday it is. <BR> <BR> Our alarm clock went off at 5:30am this morning so we could get up and ready to conquer week 2 day 1 of the couch to 5k program. Of course, I was tired and tried to convince my hubby to sleep and do the workout later in the afternoon after work. He said nope and pushed me off the bed. What would I do without him? Haha. <BR> <BR> Well, I... Mon, 13 May 2013 12:51:35 EST Couch to 5k RESTART http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5352706 Hey friends! <BR> <BR> Well, I previously mentioned that my hubby and I completed the couch to 5k program already. But now, we are restarting the program and running at a faster pace. We both already know we can run 3.1 miles, which is astonishing for us! But, this time we wanted to pick up the pace so we can consistently run at a great pace for the full run. <BR> <BR> This past Monday, we started Week One Day One. It was run for 60 seconds, walk for 90 seconds - alternating for 20 minutes... Sat, 11 May 2013 00:58:49 EST Sunshine is finally here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5340097 Hello everyone!!! <BR> <BR> I am so happy now that sunshine has finally blessed our town. We were thinking that Spring would never arrive. But it has and it is awesome!!! No more running in freezing cold temps and freezing my eyelashes off! Lol. <BR> <BR> Anywho: Quick Update: <BR> <BR> On April 1st: I weighed in at 211 pounds. There was no change from March 1st's weigh in. <BR> <BR> I started out this journey at 220 pounds. <BR> <BR> Total Lost so far: 9 pounds! Woohoo! <BR> <BR> No... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 22:39:03 EST Hello Spring! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5305781 Hello friends! <BR> <BR> Sorry that my last blog post was a month ago. I am usually VERY good at doing blog posts regularly. <BR> <BR> Long story short. From January to April 15th, my life is VERY busy since I work at an accounting firm. So we are down to the last two weeks of tax season which is hectic. But, after tax season, I promise to update my blogs more often. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is doing well! <BR> <BR> As for me, my hubby and I are still running with the couch to 5k app. ... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 22:18:00 EST Month 1 Weigh in Surprise!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5269083 All I have to say is I had to step on the scale multiple times this morning at my monthly weigh in because I couldn't believe what I was seeing!!! <BR> <BR> On February 1st, I started out with the weight of 220 pounds. <BR> <BR> This morning, March 1st, I stepped on the scale and it said 211!!! Down 9 pounds in one month. <BR> <BR> The running every morning with my husband and eating carefully has been paying off.... <BR> <BR> I love this feeling! I now know what it's like to stick to s... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 21:47:49 EST Thank you for the welcome! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5265238 Thank you everyone for the warm welcome! I am glad to be back and ready to stick to it. I have learned that I will not beat myself up if I do something wrong. I have to continue and learn on this journey. <BR> <BR> I am going to try and post a blog at least once a week with my progress and thoughts on life. <BR> <BR> I work at an accounting firm and it's tax season so I am super busy with work until April 15th so bear with me. <BR> <BR> I have decided that I am going to weigh myself on ... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 21:06:36 EST I'm Back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5259316 Howdy everyone! <BR> <BR> I apologize for being absent for the past couple months here on Sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> I just had to regain my ambition, knowledge, and motivation on this journey. <BR> <BR> I guess I got lazy and fell down from my weight loss journey. I gave up to be honest. I became "addicted" to the scale and based my self worth on whether the number went up or down. I became depressed with not seeing the scale move. I have literally put up the scale now and am only going to ... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 21:55:44 EST Scales Don't Have To Have So Much Power! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5136372 Howdy! <BR> <BR> It’s another delightful day! Thanksgiving is almost here! Woo! I should probably stop eating now to make room for the big day….haha, just kidding, just kidding. <BR> <BR> Last night I had a dream about a friend I haven’t seen in a long time. Well, the last time she saw me, I was skinny. Well, in my dream, she mentioned how I had gained a lot of weight since I have seen her last. I asked her in my dream, “Is it really noticeable?” My friend scrunched up her face and said, ... Thu, 15 Nov 2012 13:00:40 EST TAKE THAT, SWEETS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5135159 Howdy friends and hello Wednesday! <BR> <BR> This week has been filled with zumba and yoga. I am feeling great. The zumba totally gets me sweating. I do my 20 minute express zumba dvd. It gets your blood pumping, that’s for sure! I still get butterflies when my hubby is in the room and he watches me shake my booty. Haha. I don’t know why I get nervous dancing in front of him because we actually met as dance partners in the musical ‘Grease.’ It’s a lot of fun though. <BR> <BR> Right now, ... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 12:12:48 EST Fall Photos! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5132752 Thought I would share some photos that my sister took of me last Friday. We were just kind of goofing around and enjoying the Fall weather. Let me know what you think! ENJOY! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l138658909.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1641858071.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l301745238.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l480134221.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.co... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 12:55:16 EST New Revised Goals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5126293 So I have had a lot of thinking time today and put in a lot of thought about my weight loss goals. <BR> <BR> Are my goals achievable? Are they realistic? <BR> <BR> Well, my main goal is to be under 200 pounds by the new year. <BR> <BR> After that, I mentioned when I started that I wanted to be 150 pounds by the 1st of May. <BR> <BR> Is that doable? YES, yes it is. <BR> <BR> However, I have decided to take it even more slow. After some thinking, I feel more motivated and positive set... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 15:00:02 EST 39 Degrees Vs. 71 Degrees http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5125954 Update on Virtual 5k! <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I was all set and ready to go to run/walk my virtual 5k. Well, by the time I got off work, it was dark and only 39 degrees!!! YIKES! <BR> <BR> Bummed, I looked at my weather app on my iphone to see what the week's forecast is because I have to do the 5k before November 10th. <BR> <BR> Well, to my amazement, I noticed that our high is going to be in the 70's on Saturday!!!!! I am super thrilled! Plus it won't be dark when I go because it's on the ... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 09:32:10 EST Halloween Wrap Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5124771 <em>431</em> <em>224</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> Hey Friends! <BR> <BR> Did you all have a great Halloween? <BR> <BR> I had a fun time. My hubby and I went to a party at my sisters house and it was very enjoyable. I dressed up as a scary medieval Queen and my husband just dressed up in his Batman pajamas. Haha. <BR> <BR> Well, yesterday I graduated on to the 2nd level of my yoga weigh loss maximum results dvd. The 2nd level incorporates ab and pilates work. I feel great after e... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 11:23:28 EST Will I Ever Get Back To This Weight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5114304 Hey friends! <BR> <BR> It's just now a little past midnight and I am still up cruising the net and just thinking. <BR> <BR> It's so motivating looking at all of your pages and reading the inspiring stories! It's so amazing to see people's weight loss tickers go down. <BR> <BR> I was on Facebook and looked at pictures of when I first met my hubby. I was 145 pounds. 65 pounds less than I am now. I was looking at myself in a purple dress that my hubby bought for me. Can you believe that I... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 01:41:34 EST Yoga is my new best friend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5112938 Howdy friends! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow's Friday! Booyah! <em>104</em> Hope everyone is doing well and loving life! <BR> <BR> Here is a weekly update for me. As you know, I have been doing the 30 day shred dvd. Well, I got through Day 10 and after missing a couple days in a row, I totally fell off the wagon. Yikes! <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> I think the 30 day shred was just too much for me at this point in my journey. No worries though, I decided that I am going to do the biggest loser weight... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 21:11:36 EST I love Fall! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5100169 <em>431</em> <em>465</em> <em>333</em> <em>424</em> <em>422</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>431</em> <BR> <BR> Howdy everyone! <BR> <BR> I cannot believe it is mid October already. Wowzers! Time sure flies! <BR> <BR> October is absolutely one of my favorite months and times of year. I absolute LOVE fall! I already have my pumpkins all ready and decorated for Halloween. My husband carved a haunted house on his and ... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 16:17:07 EST Waking Up Motivated & Inspired! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5086764 Hey friends! I came across some motivational morning quotes this morning and I thought I would share them. This morning I started feeling blue and tired, but now after reading these, I am content and happy. Hope you enjoy! They truly brightened up my day and are a must read for every morning. Morning inspirational quotes are words of wisdom that motivate us to welcome a new day with enthusiasm. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> <em>67</em> <em>437</em> <em>375</em> <em>125</em> <BR> <B... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 15:17:02 EST I want a sticker! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5078365 I have created an awesome calendar to put on my fridge for my 30 Day Shred workouts. I started the 30 Day Shred 3 days ago. Once I get each day completed, I put a wonderful glittery little sticker on the day to mark that it's completed! This will help me stay motivated and accountable seeing it every day and feeling good about each sticker I am earning! It's nice to have a visual like that. I'm super pumped. Now I have to go get some super sweet glittery stickers! 30 Days of power! <BR> <B... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 12:03:26 EST Wake up call? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5078216 Grrr! I gained one more pound this week. I am embarrassed to say that I gained 5 pounds in the month of September! <BR> <BR> I know that I need to keep better track of what I eat. I have been eating fine for most of the day, but then I get hungry at night and grab an ice cream sandwich, thinking that because I had more calories left, that it was okay. Do you think it’s those extra sweets that helped put more weight on me? Should I avoid sweets altogether? <BR> <BR> Well, my goal is to be u... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 10:12:20 EST