DDSZMA's SparkPeople Blog DDSZMA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community This new Diva has gotten her soul in shape! I've fallen off track the past two months here on Spark, been busy, the kids have busier schedules than I do, stress all around me financially, emotionally, excuses, excuses, excuses etc. and in the midst of everything I found a fabulous group of Diva sisters that have helped me inside and out. I started a new side business with an amazing skincare company ( and this experience is teaching me to push myself like I've never pushed myself before, especially ou... Thu, 7 Oct 2010 18:03:20 EST Paper or Plastic? NEITHER! Pledge to bring reusable bags to the grocery store (or any store). Make it a habit! <BR> <BR> Check out these tidbits: <BR> 100 billion: The number of plastic shopping bags used annually in the US <BR> 1000: The number of plastic bags a high quality reusable bag has the potential to eliminate in its lifetime! <BR> 14 million trees are used to make paper bags in one year! <BR> 12 million barrels of oil is used to make plastic bags in one year! <BR> Plastic bag waste can last up t... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 19:15:56 EST Earth's Village A friend sent the following to me in an email (not sure of the author or where the stats came from, but it doesn't really matter...the bottom line is...let's just love one another)! <BR> <BR> If we could shrink the earth’s population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all the existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look something like the following. <BR> There would be: <BR> <BR> 57 Asians <BR> 21 Europeans <BR> 14 from the Western Hemisphere, both North and South <BR>... Mon, 18 Jan 2010 19:36:46 EST Soles4Souls - Let's help anyway we can! I received an email from Sports Chalet on Friday about an organization called Soles4Souls. Sports Chalet has teamed up with Soles4Souls to collect gently worn mens, women's & kids' shoes until Sunday, January 31st. All the shoes collected will be sent directly to Soles4Souls for distribution to the Haitian people. <BR> <BR> The tragedy in Haiti is heartbreaking to watch unfold. Of course we all want to do something to help, sometimes we feel like we're tapped out financially, so this is o... Sun, 17 Jan 2010 16:43:55 EST New Day, New Month Okay, I love Spark People, I appreciate the friendship and support I get everyday! I'm going to use you all as scapegoats right now though and say, because of all the fabulous support I get, I've become complacent in my fierce motivation to get rid of this weight. <BR> <BR> I know, I know, there's some out there that will say, "at least you haven't gained" and that's true, that's the positive spin, but my mission here is to lose and support my friends out there that need me right? <BR> <BR... Tue, 1 Sep 2009 16:24:57 EST Thank you friends! Thanks to ALL my wonderful friends (and you know who you are) for the warm and kind anniversary wishes! I don't know what I'd do without my Spark Friends! You make each and every day so much more complete for me! <BR> <BR> You all are the best! <BR> <BR> Thu, 27 Aug 2009 12:52:32 EST Mayonnaise Jar & Two Beers When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 Beers. <BR> <BR> A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. <BR> <BR> When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. <BR> <BR> He then asked the students if the jar was full. <BR> <BR> They agreed that it was. <BR> <BR> The pr... Tue, 18 Aug 2009 14:18:32 EST Oops! <em>252</em> Tue, 18 Aug 2009 14:16:57 EST THAT'S IT!!!! Okay seriously...I was just uploading some pictures from our recent lake trip. My husband got a hold of the camera (taking a picture of me by accident because I've sworn him to keep me out the pictures). But my big back side managed to get in a shot while he was taking a picture of our oldest son driving the boat. <BR> <BR> I must have a warped view of my body image because I knew I was big, but I didn't realize I was THAT BIG - gross! Now you can see why I stay out of pictures! <BR> <BR... Mon, 6 Jul 2009 16:30:29 EST Ten Peeves that Dogs Have About Humans '1' <BR> Blaming your farts on me..... <BR> Not funny... Not funny at all !!! <BR> <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>---------- <BR> '2' <BR> Yelling at me for barking. <BR> I'M A FRIGGIN' DOG <BR> <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>---------- <BR> '3' <BR> Taking me for a walk, then <BR> Not letting me check stuff out. <BR> Exactly whose walk is this anyway? <BR> <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>---------- <BR> '4' <BR> Any trick ... Tue, 30 Jun 2009 16:17:01 EST Not sure I can pull this off I log in, I earn points, I was feeling pretty darn good about myself and my healthy habits, I try to support others on their journey and lord knows so many support me on mine. I'm not mad, I'm not depressed, I'm just coming to the conclusion that things aren't going to change. The weight hasn't budged (of course to know for sure that would require me to get on the scale and I'm just not going to do that right now) but I know my clothes aren't looser. I quickly glance in the mirror to know ... Mon, 29 Jun 2009 17:25:15 EST Let's put things into perspective... 1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good. <BR> 2. When in doubt, just take the next small step. <BR> 3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. <BR> 4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch. <BR> 5. Pay off your credit cards every month. <BR> 6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree. <BR> 7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone. <BR> 8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it. <BR> 9. Sav... Fri, 29 May 2009 14:53:00 EST Thank you friends! That Momma48 (fyi - she CAN NOT keep a secret)! I'm embarrassed to admit that I was feeling extremely sorry for myself yesterday. I was having the pity party of all pity parties. Thanks to Cheryl and all my wonderful friends at 'SOM/WGH' the words of encouragement and support rang through loud and clear and put my 'party' into perspective. <BR> <BR> Naturally, I'm still a little bummed out over the state of my progress, but I'm more humbled by all the amazing people who open their hearts ... Wed, 27 May 2009 13:16:08 EST S2S Catch up! Holy smokes where did my days go? I've been doing my cardio religiously EVERYDAY! <BR> <BR> Day 9, 30 min. cardio - check, bonus challenge of additional video (zumba dvd) - check. <BR> <BR> Day 10, 30 min. cardio - check, bonus challenge of eating healthy salad (no problem because I'm a vegetarian) - check, zumba dvd completed - check. <BR> <BR> Day 11, 30 min. cardio - check, bonus challenge of boosting fiber - check, zumba dvd completed - check. <BR> <BR> Day 12, 30 min. cardio - check... Fri, 15 May 2009 14:57:44 EST BEST POEM IN THE WORLD! I was shocked, confused, bewildered <BR> As I entered Heaven's door, <BR> Not by the beauty of it all, <BR> Nor the lights or its decor. <BR> <BR> But it was the folks in Heaven <BR> Who made me sputter and gasp-- <BR> The thieves, the liars, the sinners, <BR> The alcoholics and the trash. <BR> <BR> There stood the kid from seventh grade <BR> Who swiped my lunch money! twice. <BR> Next to him was my old neighbor <BR> Who never said anything nice. <BR> <BR> Herb, who I always... Wed, 13 May 2009 12:55:38 EST Day #5 - S2S Bootcamp - Almost Completed! Partially completed Day 5, completed 30 minutes cardio (Curves); completed bonus of working out to fun music (easy challenge)! Didn't get my bootcamp video done because I was in the ER last night with my baby girl (she's come down with pneumonia, my poor lovie). I'm going to make it up today by doing two video's at lunch today. Guess it's a great lesson - things always happen (especially with three kids), situations come up, but we have to get the exercise we can in, and if we can't, it's ... Fri, 8 May 2009 13:18:21 EST Day #4 - S2S Bootcamp - Completed! Completed Day 4, 10 minute Crunchless Core Workout (and my abs hurt today!), completed 30 minutes cardio (Curves), completed bonus of 3 servings of veggies. Look out Nordy's - I'm going to be heading over there on a shopping spree soon! <em>85</em> <BR> <BR> I love the additional bonuses everyday - something to look forward to, and an extra boost when accomplished! Thu, 7 May 2009 13:03:17 EST Day #3 - S2S Bootcamp - Completed! Completed Day 3, 7 minute seated resistance band workout for upper body, completed 30 minutes cardio (Curves), completed bonus of close arm wall pushup (2 sets of 12). Yippee, on a roll! <em>104</em> Wed, 6 May 2009 13:46:15 EST Day #2 - S2S Bootcamp - Completed! Completed Day 2, 8-minute lower body workout with Band Video, completed 30 minutes cardio (Curves), completed bonus of eating 3 servings of fruit. Feelin' good. <BR> <BR> <em>34</em> Tue, 5 May 2009 15:52:26 EST Day #1 - Sweatsuit to Swimsuit Bootcamp - Completed! Joined the Sweatsuit to Swimsuit Bootcamp team to shake up my routine and to add some additional accountability for my workouts. Completed Day 1, the 10 minute Cardio Kickboxing workout (with my three year old shadowing me the entire time, of course she looked cuter than I did waving our arms & legs around)! <BR> <BR> May 3rd Measurements: <BR> <BR> Weight - 157 <BR> Bust - 41 <BR> Waist -36 <BR> Hips - 42.5 <BR> Arms - 12 <BR> Thighs - 24.5 <BR> <BR> God, please let me get this weight an... Sun, 3 May 2009 19:16:23 EST Yippee, it's kickin' in! I've been working out at Curves every morning at 5:45 a.m. (never thought I'd be a 'Curves' person, but it sure has kick started my routine and I love it there)! Now I'm sitting at work, looking at the's 4:25 p.m. and I'm thinking about what other activity I can do after Dominic's baseball game tonight! Not thinking I'm tired. Not thinking about sitting on the couch when I get home. NOT thinking about helping ANYONE with their homework. I'm actually thinking about going for a ... Tue, 28 Apr 2009 19:32:34 EST Move aside Bronchitis I've been sicker than a dog this week - don't care, stickin' to my clean eating and believe it or not, I've made my workouts (not at the 5:45 a.m. scheduled time mind you, it's been a tad bit later but none-the-less made it)! I'll be damned if I'm going to let anything stand in my way. My lungs hurt and I haven't been exercising to my full capacity, but I feel good just getting through the machines and cardio. I feel stronger, both physically and mentally everyday. Now if only my lungs wi... Fri, 24 Apr 2009 13:50:44 EST Snuck a 'reward' Okay, so, I'm afraid as usual, to get on the scale - just not going to do it today. Doesn't look like I lost anything, doesn't feel like I lost anything. But guess what, I don't care today! <BR> <BR> I have concrete rewards for goals posted on my sparkpage. At 5 lbs a pedicure, 10 lbs a massage, 15 lbs a new bathing suit, 20 lbs a LV wallet, 25 lbs. the Tiffany ring I've been eyeing, etc. <BR> <BR> We went away for spring break, I ate healthy, we hiked, we swam and since there was a spa ... Mon, 20 Apr 2009 13:32:17 EST Dang it! I swear, I'm trying. I know it doesn't happen overnight, but come on. Why are my clothes feeling tighter? I mean, I could understand the scale number not moving, but I'd feel better if the clothes loosened up a bit! ! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I think I'm obsessed thinking about the 'whole notion' of food and exercise. I think of food constantly (meaning, what I'm going to eat and what I'm going to avoid, not actually wanting to eat all the time thank god)! I think about exercise or feel ... Wed, 8 Apr 2009 16:15:55 EST Excuses, Excuses... I'm tired; I have to throw another load of laundry in; I have to help with homework; I ate the world today so what's the point of exercising now? My list of excuses for not exercising goes on and on and on and on. Someone recently told me that the excuses will stop when I decide I want to lose the weight bad enough - geez, louise, I REALLY want to lose this weight bad; so what's with all the continued excuses? What am I afraid of? Am I mad because the weight doesn't melt away as easily as... Mon, 30 Mar 2009 14:49:28 EST I've never known anything like this before... I literally am sitting at work, tears running down my face - not because I'm sad (well a little because I miss my mom today) but because I've never felt the love and support of friends like I do when I visit the sparkpeople site. I mean, I have tons and tons of friends and they are true friends; I have a supportive and loving family, I have led a very privileged life - but nothing compares to the support and encouraging words I get from my new friends at sparkpeople that have never even met ... Wed, 25 Mar 2009 15:42:33 EST