DARCI_1's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DARCI%5F1 DARCI_1'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/ Gooooooood afternoon Sparkers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5052506 Its a GORGEOUS day here in old O-HI-O. Thank you Lord. Its been such a nice change from the overly hot weather we have had all summer long! Yesterday I got two walks in. One in the morning just me and God and then a second one in the evening with my daughter Mikala probably totally 9, 000 steps or there abouts. Today I got 8, 300 steps in as I walked my way up to the cemetery making sure to take nearly every road within the cemetery before leaving and heading back home- up hills and down hill... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 12:23:44 EST Blessings from heaven!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5049308 I got paid to take my walk today. A blessing from heaven as I like to call found money- $1.25 total. The real blessing was my daughter agreeing to join me this morning. We walked up to the cemetery, did a once around and then back where I dropped her off and finished my time with a short loop around the hood. I look forward to cooler and less humid weather to enjoy my walks with. Anyway I hope everyone had a fabulous friday and I pray that your weekend is spectacular and safe! xoxo Sat, 8 Sep 2012 02:01:44 EST Running help... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5046884 Good Morning everyone (or evening if it applies)! What a night I had- meaning I got next to NOOOO sleep and was awake at 7:30 long before I had to be. So anyway since it was early and really nice outside I decided to get my walk/run in. I am mainly a quick walker (not speed just quick) who is adding in spurts of running and I'm having a few issues that I would love to have some input on. My problem is my feet. I am used to being barefoot all the time so when I put shoes on I end up getting n... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 10:23:29 EST Short and Sweet... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5046395 Just a quick here's what I did note: Today I got in a 50 minute, just shy of 6000 step walk around the hood. Hit the heavy bag for a song or two and mowed the back yard which was probably a harder workout than anything I could have planned out for myself. That grass was high and still damp and my yard is not even or flat by any stretch of the imagination. Umm, there were a few random squats here and there but I think that's it. I hope everyone had a fabulous day and evening! A blessed nigh... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 23:28:02 EST Rain drops keep falling on my head... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5043959 Not literally but this is the song that came on my MP3 player today as I walked around the cemetery in a near mental breakdown state- was just one of those mornings. One of those days where you feel like anything you do/touch/ etc is just wrong or screwed up. Anyway, the song seemed fitting as I can't stop the rain by complaining. So I walked and walked and talked to God and yes still shed a few tears but then the song A little less conversation, a little more action please by Elvis came on... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 12:44:44 EST Off my rocker... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5043272 Okay well not my rocker, well yes I am if we're going to get technical, but that's not what this is about... Whenever a holiday comes around and hubby is home I get thrown totally off any normality I am used to. I can't say schedule because I don't follow schedules too well and today was no different. That and I was up til nearly 4 am this morning with my typical not being able to rest. So anyway, since its an off day my workout consisted of the hardcore scrubbing of the bathrooms. The down a... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 00:10:28 EST I feel like dancing... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5039982 Dancing, Daaaaancing! HA and that's just what I did. After the last two days of doing nearly nothing, (short walk Thursday- nothing but couch or bed yesterday) it felt good to wake up and feel energized enough to do a 40 minute Just Dance sweat a-thon. I should do more, squats, curls, something to use my muscles but I also don't want to push it and send myself back to the couch so for today, I shall be happy with what I did. I hope and pray you all are having a fabulous day! Have a safe and w... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 12:21:15 EST Hmmm... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5036070 I am at a loss today! No song titles, no witty commentary, no excitement to talk about. I got up feeling a little under and since I fought the shakes and nausea yesterday I thought I'd start my day with an egg white and spinach omelette along with my coffee to perk myself up and not have to battle what I did yesterday. <BR> Unfortunately, it didn't work and I'm still feeling a little 'under' and still battled nausea with my workout. I overcame however and made it through my upper body work... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 12:57:00 EST My heart goes bang bang bang bang... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5034608 Dead or Alive today with My heart goes bang bang bang bang.... and let me tell you I feel somewhere between dead and alive right now... phew! I know to those who are used to exercising daily and doing a million squats and lunges and situps will probably laugh when they read today's workout at how piddly it will seem to them but it got me sweating, my heart racing and my body shaking- of course my lower body has always been my weaker half.... So anyway, here is my workout list for today........ Tue, 28 Aug 2012 12:17:01 EST Back in the saddle again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5033086 It's funny every time I think about writing a title for a blog or description of who I am it comes in the form of a song... anyway yes Gene Autry's voice was filling my head when I decided to write a come back blog. <BR> So as my title says I am getting back in the saddle again of this ornery horse called weight loss and into the accountability saddle here. Time to take the reigns back from this crazy world and steer myself back onto the right path. I have found I too easily allow outside ... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 11:40:32 EST Deep Breaths! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4751190 It has been a long time since I've taken the time to come here. I've allowed my life to get too crazy and at times I feel like I'm locked in the center of a tornado just going round and round and round. Anyway my main reason for writing this today is to apologize to all my spark friends for not being here to support you as I should. You all should be so proud of yourselves for all the hard work you are putting in and the wonderful changes you are making! <BR> I'm hoping I'll get things se... Wed, 22 Feb 2012 11:03:19 EST Been awhile... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4729561 Well it's been awhile since my last blog but I guess that's good since I can get 'wordy' hahahaha according to my mommy. I love it. I think I'm going to change my name to Wordy. Anyway, weekends suck. Just thought I'd say that. It so hard to maintain the routine when everyone's taking over your workout space and chores require you to run run run and eat out. BUT it's all good according to the scale today I'm down two pounds from the last weigh in so that makes me happy. I'm averaging a pound ... Wed, 8 Feb 2012 20:25:59 EST 2nd day of the new month... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4718457 and it's another gorgeous day! I am sitting in my office and have the window open... on the second day of February....and am wearing a tank top and capris....how crazy is that! 4 of my 5 cats are sitting either in the window or near the window staring out into the world beyond. I have to smile and thank God for blessing me with their presence. They are too adorable and brighten my days. <BR> There is not a whole lot to tell today, got my hour of cardio in, my son is settling in and getting ... Thu, 2 Feb 2012 11:37:41 EST Woo Hoo...February http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4716339 Ahhhh, the first day of February and right from the start I get to pass along good news: the first bit of good news is that the puppies I posted about in yesterdays blog have all found homes, thank you Lord! The second bit of good news is that I am down a pound from last week, again thank you Lord! Slow and Steady, Slow and Steady!!!!! Am hoping to get two pounds off this week at least. Have been Just Dancing for the last few days for an hour each day and boy oh boy do my hips hurt from all t... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 11:38:47 EST Furious and Frustrated... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4714330 Am going to say right from the start this is NOT about my weight loss or my goals it's going to be about these...... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l872990264.jpg"> <BR> <BR> These babies were dumped in a cardboard box and left to fend for themselves or worse die behind a grocery store here in Ohio. One of my daughter's friends found them thankfully but now she's desperately trying to find them a home. This kind of stuff makes me so furious and frustrated bec... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 12:34:33 EST Retro Week... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4712131 Last week or maybe it's going on this week as well I'm not sure but it's Retro Week on facebook and as fun and horrifying as it was posting pics of days gone by and seeing the pictures friends posted of themselves as well as me (ones of course I wished they'd kept hidden) got me thinking. I will always be the dorky, weird, person I was then, just older and hopefully a tad bit wiser. I will never be the kind of woman that men drool over and think is beautiful. I will never turn heads when I wa... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 11:50:32 EST Won't you take me from.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4706120 Funky Town? Won't you take me from Fuunnkaaaay town! Okay so I was in funky town last Thursday and I thought my visit there was over as I got on the first horse heading out and was holding my seat quite well but I guess I was on a merry-go-round as here I am once again back in ol' Funky Town. I rode into town yesterday and so far the horse I'm on has no designs on leaving. I know part of this funk is just trying to get settled in with my son's home schooling routine and finding my exercise ... Thu, 26 Jan 2012 22:25:39 EST Terrifical Tuesday Everyone... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4701278 A crazy day this has been. My nose and its dripping faster than a leaky faucet had me waking 3 hours earlier than I needed to be so I could take an allergy pill. But since I was awake I got my dishes done, my hair bleached, some writing work done and 20 minutes on the elliptical. Before my elliptical time was done my bestie called feeling the need for a stress relieving walk so after waking my son and getting him started on his school day with a live lesson I headed out the door to meet her ... Tue, 24 Jan 2012 13:59:26 EST A Marvelous Monday.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4698682 Is my wish for everyone on this day! it was an off weekend for me and as a result I went three days without a workout other than walking around the mall while my daughter shopped on Friday. But I didn't over indulge this weekend either, so that's all good. Lost one pound only this past week but a pound is a pound and as they say slow and steady wins the race. And since I do not wish this to be a quick race that turns around and bites me in the butt a few months or even years down the road I'm... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 10:55:22 EST Funkaaaaay Town... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4691275 For some reason this morning I woke up in Funky Town (and not in a good way) and cannot seem to get my mood out of it despite my attempts to be upbeat and jovial. I did my 45 minutes of Zumba but it was a struggle to care and if I'm honest I didn't give it 100% of my effort or energy. What's funny in this whole thing is I'm not in a bad mood or angry or depressed or anything, just a blase' . I am just uninterested in anything today. Oh well, the day has just begun really we'll see what the ... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 12:54:12 EST Hurts so good... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4686225 Come on baby make it hurt so good sometimes 'Exercise' don't feel like it should... you make it- ahh, hurt so good.. da na na na na... Sorry, hahaha, I am feeling the workout from yesterday and that song popped into my head as the oohs and ahhhs from the stiffness in my arms and back are trying to work themselves out. It's all good. A necessary evil as they say. <BR> <BR> Have a super blessed day one and all! <BR> Tue, 17 Jan 2012 08:54:51 EST 2 lbs and... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4684345 between a quarter of an inch to a half an inch gone! woo hoo!!!! Not too bad for just doing zumba 20 minutes to 45 minutes each day and trying to keep my food intake under 2000 calories. This week I am trying to add a little weight training into the mix so I can start firming up and toning those jiggly parts...arms, legs and belly. <BR> <BR> Have a super fantastic, wonderific, totally awesome day and a phenomenal week! Take care and God bless! Mon, 16 Jan 2012 12:34:04 EST Supertastic Saturday Everyone... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4680349 We're still watching the white fluffy stuff fall from the heavens and it is beautiful and I'm actually thankful for it today. It cleansing yesterday's yuck with the pureness of its beauty. Yesterday started out fantastic if not a little lazy but it quickly got horrid when I stumbled upon a gruesome example of animal cruelty that someone had posted on facebook and had my heartbroken. I got angry, very angry and voiced it quite loudly in writing and in not so nice a manner. I bawled my head off... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 14:15:46 EST Fantastic Friday The 13th.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4678395 to all of you! It's a snow day here and with it has come the winter I want to be lazies. It's my own fault as I postponed my workout. I find if I do it within a half hour to hour of waking up I am eager to get it done and am willing to push myself more than if I wait even an extra half hour to start. I did however plop on my stationary bike and get 15 minutes in and five in on my elliptical (only 5 because something is off with it and needs looked at) and am thinking of trying out some yoga d... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 13:25:58 EST Something's fishy.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4676053 I've never been a fan of fish- my intake consisting of battered fish fillets from a box smothered in tartar sauce... or tuna with loads of mayo and pickles in it. BUT... I am trying to open my mind to fish as I know it's a healthier choice so if anyone has any tasty recipes please help this fish dummy because I do not know one fish from another or any way, shape or form in which to cook it..... <BR> Now onto the day... My son has started his home schooling today -was failing public school a... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 12:15:17 EST Happy Wednesday!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4673900 I was excited to see the scale drop down nearly 2 pounds today but am not going to update my online scale until Monday because I know a person's weight can fluctuate up and down 2 pounds within a day... it's still motivating though to see all that all the shimming and shaking and tracking my intake is doing something good... <BR> <BR> Positivity for the day..... <BR> <BR> Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude. <BR> - Ralph Marston <BR> <BR> Nothing is predestined: The obstacles ... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 13:01:59 EST Choices... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4670745 I was having a conversation with a young friend of mine last night and it made me start thinking about how every second of our day is filled with choices. From the moment we wake up to the moment we go to bed we are making one choice after another. Some choices are great choices, some not so great. Some choices can start out as good choices but they can go wrong and some choices can be wrong choices that can have a positive outcome. The point is we're always making choices and we've got to de... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 08:53:04 EST Woo Hoo It's Monday!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4667975 Happy Monday all you magnificent spark people! It's magnificent Monday and the beginning of a wonderful new week! Bought Zumba 2 yesterday and gave it a go this morning. Chose the short class medium intensity and oh my word it might as well have been the high intensity class (((PHEW))) but I did it and added one more song from the low intensity class. WOO HOO ME! hahaha... <BR> Okay Positivity Words.... Since life's not all about work how about we incorporate a little... <BR> <BR> 1. FUN <... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 08:16:26 EST weekend lazies... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4666056 Glorious Sunday to you all! I missed recording yesterday but weekends get lazy around here especially when I'm still battling this cold. Just focusing on getting better. So positivity for today: <BR> 1. Favorable <BR> 2. Dynamic <BR> 3. Pizzazz <BR> 4. Fortune <BR> 5. Fabulishous! <BR> <BR> Take care and have a wonderful day! God Bless! Sun, 8 Jan 2012 12:01:29 EST 6th day of 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4663043 Today was a fairly lazy day for me. I've been sleeping alot due to this unwanted cold that has invaded my system. I am however feeling much better than I had the previous few days. Thankfully it has moved out of my head and has stopped giving me splitting headaches but now it is settling in my chest and tickling my throat and squeezing my lungs. I do believe this too shall pass quickly. Am thinking I'm going to make me a steaming batch of water to breath in for a few and follow it up with a n... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 22:51:37 EST Go Go Away... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4659929 my head cold/ sinus crap that is... I am tired of it keeping me down so to put one over on it today instead of lazin around all day because of the headaches I've been having I decided to go ahead and do 20 minutes of zumba. Probably not the smartest thing as it made me a little light headed but I got it done and damn I'm proud of that. Come monday sick or not exercise will become a daily part of my life. Anyway today's words of positivity are: <BR> 1. MOTIVATION <BR> 2. VIGOR <BR> 3. BELIEF... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 15:21:04 EST P.J. Day 4.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4658018 Okay I think my positive outlook is being tested- for these past few days have been riddled with pain- major headaches and some shoulder pain which I'm beginning to think might just be arthritis setting in- who knows but am determined to keep my outlook positive... So today positive words are... <BR> <BR> 1. Powerful <BR> 2. Strength <BR> 3. Fortitude <BR> 4. Determination <BR> 5. Supertastical (okay so I like to make up words but it's positive so it works) <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day/eve... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 20:51:41 EST Positive Journaling Day 3.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4655819 I have declared 2012 to be a year of positive journaling... I have decided this because 1. I can have a hugely negative attitude towards myself and it's time to change that- I can't succeed anywhere in my life if I'm constantly putting myself down.... and number 2. Well it's just time to get rid of the negativity all the way around.. So here are today's 5 positives: <BR> <BR> 1. I will not be afraid of the glory God wishes for me. <BR> 2. I will embrace fabulousness as a part of myself at ... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 00:09:13 EST Day 2 of 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4652851 has not treated me as well day 1 had with the onset of either a migraine or a sinus infection or a head cold or something that has not been very nice but I am trying to stay positive and I think it's time for new years goal of positive journaling... <BR> So todays positive affirmations are: <BR> <BR> 1. I am worthwhile <BR> 2. I will succeed <BR> 3. I will accept the things I cannot change and work hard on the things I can. <BR> 4. I will give myself the love and appreciation I deserve ev... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 23:23:12 EST Happy New Year!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4649757 Goodbye 2011 and all those ups and downs and frustrations you had heaped upon me and HELLO 2012 and all the wonder and glory that you will bring into my life. I look forward to changing this shell as well as the filling. For one is truly no good without the other. I pray that each of you finds the peace, joy, fulfillment, desires, success and blessings that God has in store for you in your life, within yourself and within your goals. Happy New Year and God Bless! Sun, 1 Jan 2012 21:57:11 EST