DEE797's SparkPeople Blog DEE797's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Two months til 60 yrs old Current Stats: as of Sept 13, 2015 <BR> <BR> Height: 5' 5.5" <BR> <BR> Weight: 181.2 lbs. <BR> <BR> Total Inches: 211.5 (includes bust, waist, hips, right thigh, left thigh, right arm, left arm, and neck) <BR> <BR> My Goal: Lose 25 lbs., I believe this is doable. <BR> <BR> Future Weigh-ins: <BR> <BR> October 13th: 177.2 (lost 4 lbs) <BR> November 13th: 173.0 (lost 4.2 lbs) <BR> December 13th: 172.4 (lost 0.6 lbs) <BR> January 13th: 172.8 (+0.4) <BR> February 13th: <BR> March 13... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 09:21:10 EST 3 months til 60 yrs old RECAP: from 6 months til 60yrs old blog <BR> <BR> I need a plan.....a plan I can stick with..... <BR> <BR> Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water per day <BR> <BR> Exercise 5x per week (Cardio and ST) <BR> <BR> Allow treats/desserts 1x per week <BR> <BR> Cut out/down on snacking (salty and sweet are both problems) <BR> <BR> Cut out/down on fast food (another downfall) <BR> <BR> <BR> Current Stats: <BR> <BR> Height: 5' 5.5" <BR> <BR> Weight: 181.2 lbs. <BR> <BR> Total Inches: 211.5... Sun, 13 Dec 2015 18:26:59 EST Four months til 60 yrs old RECAP: from 6 months til 60yrs old blog <BR> <BR> I need a plan.....a plan I can stick with..... <BR> <BR> Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water per day <BR> <BR> Exercise 5x per week (Cardio and ST) <BR> <BR> Allow treats/desserts 1x per week <BR> <BR> Cut out/down on snacking (salty and sweet are both problems) <BR> <BR> Cut out/down on fast food (another downfall) <BR> <BR> <BR> Current Stats: <BR> <BR> Height: 5' 5.5" <BR> <BR> Weight: 181.2 lbs. <BR> <BR> Total Inches: 211.5... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 11:11:44 EST 5 months til 60yrs old RECAP: from 6 months til 60yrs old blog <BR> <BR> I need a plan.....a plan I can stick with..... <BR> <BR> Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water per day <BR> <BR> Exercise 5x per week (Cardio and ST) <BR> <BR> Allow treats/desserts 1x per week <BR> <BR> Cut out/down on snacking (salty and sweet are both problems) <BR> <BR> Cut out/down on fast food (another downfall) <BR> <BR> <BR> Current Stats: <BR> <BR> Height: 5' 5.5" <BR> <BR> Weight: 181.2 lbs. <BR> <BR> Total Inches: 211.... Sun, 18 Oct 2015 15:05:32 EST Six months til 60yrs old not sure if these pictures will come out sideways or not....LOL! <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> Me, at 181.2 lbs on 9/13/'s my half-birthday. <BR> <BR> I had thought that after being on SparkPeople for the past 8.5 years that I would be at my goal weight and maintaining for several years now. That hasn't happened. Life th... Sun, 13 Sep 2015 17:03:58 EST Something I need to remember.... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Originally posted on Facebook by The Fit to Fat Chick Sun, 19 Jul 2015 20:34:35 EST A-Z of Living Happy -- the Happiness Manifesto Originally posted by FITNHEALTHYKAL and reposted by YO-YOLANDA <BR> <BR> Here’s an A-Z of living happy! Words of wisdom, “Happiness Manifesto”, printed on a card by writer Susanna Michaelis. Be happy my friends. <BR> <BR> "A-Accept yourself – Accept others – Appreciate each other – and have Adventures! <BR> <BR> B-Breathe deeply – Believe in Love – Be still, now and again…and again! <BR> <BR> C-Choose Calm and Compassion – Count your blessings – Cuddle – Care for All Creatures – Celebr... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 17:38:02 EST 2015 - Words and Pictures to remember... Words and pictures to remember and use to achieve my goals! <BR> <BR> PERSEVERE - to persist in anything undertaken, maintain a purpose in spite of difficulty, obstacles, or discouragement; continue steadfastly <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 22:40:30 EST Motivation for Weight Loss While looking at other SparkPages I came across this. It was posted by SparkPeople member -- KALANTHA... <BR> <BR> Motivation for Weight Loss <BR> <BR> M-make short term goals <BR> O-out with the negative thoughts <BR> T-think of why you want it <BR> I-imagine how you will feel <BR> V-visualize the future you <BR> A-acknowledge your successes <BR> T-treat yourself with respect <BR> I-investigate new ideas and foods <BR> O-observe your healthy lifestyle <BR> N-never give... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 22:09:26 EST Fall 2014 -- 5% Exercise Commitment Challenge <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For the Fall 2014 5% Exercise Commitment Challenge -- <BR> <BR> Using this blog for accountability purposes.... <BR> <BR> ASSIGNMENT #1 == <BR> <BR> What is your exercise plan? <BR> <BR> -- Cardio 30 minutes per day <BR> <BR> -- Strength 3x per week for at least 10 minutes to start <BR> <BR> -- Use my Spark Activity Tracker to count my steps...begin at 5,000 per day and work up to 10,000 per day by the e... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 19:41:02 EST Summer 5% Challenge Exercise Commitment posting this blog in preparation for getting back on track. I need to recommitment myself to getting fit and eating healthier. I have revised my exercise was inconsistent to nonexistent lately. <BR> <BR> ~~ Summer 5% Challenge Exercise Commitment ~~ Begins June 21st <BR> <BR> BEGINNING MEASUREMENTS: <em>192</em> <em>7</em> <BR> <BR> Weight: 187.4 <BR> Waist to Hip Ratio: 0.87 <BR> <BR> Strength Training ~ Using either dvds, Wii Fit Plus, or workouts from magazines/boo... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 17:17:53 EST 2014 ~ Moving forward This says it all…. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> from Louise Hays Wed, 1 Jan 2014 20:26:00 EST 2013 ~ Good-bye Time to put 2013 to rest. <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> Too many life events happened and I got sidetracked along the way. <BR> <BR> I did not meet my fitness goals. I regained <em>15</em> weight that I had kept off for a number of years. <BR> <BR> Not making excuses…just my reality. <BR> <BR> Time to look ahead and make the most of the coming year. Wed, 1 Jan 2014 18:58:00 EST 30-Day Plank Challenge..... Big <em>304</em> to PALMTREEGIRL1 for originally posting this..... <BR> <BR> I'm posting this as a blog so it doesn't get lost: <BR> <BR> The 30-Day Plank <em>320</em> Challenge will send your core strength through the roof! <BR> <BR> Doing one <em>320</em> in the morning and one <em>320</em> in the evening.... <BR> <BR> 11/14 - Day 1 - 20 seconds <em>320</em> <em>320</em> <BR> 11/15 - Day 2 - 20 seconds <em>320</em> <em>320</em> <BR> 11/16 - Day 3 - 30 seconds... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 12:24:49 EST 5001 fitness minutes til Dec. 31st Using this blog to track my fitness minutes to stay accountable. Below was taken from my previous blog..... <BR> <BR> Fitness stats: <BR> <BR> Fitness minutes goal: 11,968 for the year <BR> Actual minutes: 6,967 completed as of Oct 23, 2013 <BR> Difference: 5,001 left to reach goal <BR> <BR> Taking that 5,001 and dividing it by the 69 days left in the year = 72.5 minutes per day to meet that fitness goal. I am going to take things one day at a time, but am going to strive to get as cl... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 15:10:31 EST Truth -- beginning journey again After several months of upheaval, finding a new place to live, being depressed, packing/moving and now unpacking, needing to look for work, still fighting depression, and not exercising or eating right.....I now weigh more than I did 7 years ago. <BR> <BR> Weight stats: <BR> <BR> December 2006 - weight 189 - started on Biggest Loser Club (left there to come to Spark) <BR> <BR> March 2007 - weight 169 or so - started on (got down to 165 or so and kept that off til this year... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 22:45:08 EST Had to post this.....What a terrible thing to write.... <link><BR>y/8808425.jpg </link> <BR> <BR> The above is a link to a letter that was sent to a family of a teenager with autism who is spending the summer at his grandmother's place. <BR> <BR> Another link to the story: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rla-begley-autistic-letter-teen_n_3780<BR>378.html </link> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 17:56:03 EST If it's not one's another...... <BR> Not sure what to do now.....told my dad, whose 83, we were thinking of moving to Austin and he threw me a curveball by saying he didn't think he would be going with us. His is a long drive between Texas and Indiana where his GF lives and the senior center that he does a lot with when he is there. Plus not sure he wants to go through the hassle of changing doctors etc., etc., etc. He did say he will think about it and let us know. Our lease is up Oct 3rd so have been plann... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 12:51:59 EST Good news, Bad news.... Some things I have been keeping inside for way too long... <BR> <BR> Good news - DD made the last payment on her car in May. Brought the title last week to BMV to have it changed from Indiana to Tennessee and also put car in her name. <BR> <BR> Bad news - while driving to work yesterday someone made a left turn in front of her while she was going through the intersection. You guessed it....they collided. Tow truck driver said in his opinion her car is totalled....other car just has some ... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 15:24:15 EST True Blue - Road Trip blog "To earn an extra 100 miles toward your travel this week, post a blog with your plans for the next seven weeks. This may entail a set of SMART nutrition goals, a description of your plan to gradually increase or maintain a certain level and type of exercise, a list of weekly miles goals, or anything else that will keep you on track through the end of May...and ready to roll for BLC22. " <BR> <BR> My goals for our seven week road trip is to contribute as many miles as I can via cardio, streng... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 09:17:49 EST BLC Break blog -- Whatcha goina do? As part of our challenge this weekend, we are to blog about what our plans are for the BLC break which begins April 11 and goes through June 4th. <BR> <BR> 1. Drink 10-12 glasses of water per day. ** <em>274</em> <BR> <BR> 2. Eat 5 servings of fruits and veggies. <em>265</em> <em>45</em> <em>368</em> <em>267</em> <BR> <BR> 3. Limit carbs (white pasta, rice, potatoes, and breads) Eat whole grain instead. <BR> <BR> 4. Cardio 30 minutes at least 3x per week. Sun, Tues, and... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 15:55:52 EST Smile -- cat taking a nap <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I found this on the internet and couldn't resist sharing it. <BR> Sun, 24 Feb 2013 18:58:18 EST Some more smiles to share....... <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 22:41:21 EST Smile...... <img src=""> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 23:02:50 EST Another smile to share..... <img src=""> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 19:33:30 EST Something to smile about..... <img src=""> Sun, 10 Feb 2013 10:56:29 EST BLC21 - Letter to me at 16yo A few things I'd like you to know... <BR> <BR> Making good grades and completing college is the best thing you can do for your future self. Find a career/occupation that you really love. Cause moving from job to job is not the way to live your life. <BR> <BR> That high school boyfriend is not the one for you....You will marry your best friend and have two wonderful kids/young adults who will make life fun and interesting every day. <BR> <BR> Make eating healthy foods and exercising a way... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 18:15:24 EST BLC 20 - Stop Holiday Gain blog As part of our weekend challenge, we have to blog about how we will stay on track throughout the holiday season. <BR> <BR> Cardio exercise 5-6 days a week for 30-60 minutes <BR> <BR> Do ST 3x a week <BR> <BR> Use past LCW's (last chance workouts) and TNT's (tighten and tones) to mix-up the workouts <BR> <BR> Make healthier food choices <BR> <BR> Stay away from salty and/or sweet snack foods...these are my downfall <BR> <BR> Weigh-in weekly <BR> <BR> Continue to check-in with the SPIES... Fri, 23 Nov 2012 10:06:26 EST BLC20 -- Mid-Round Slump -- Collage Here is a collage I made to help me through the next 6 weeks of the BLC20.. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 20 Oct 2012 17:11:27 EST BLC20 - Homework - Fav meal is it worth it? For homework this weekend, we had to find out the calorie count of our meal and then figure out how long we would have to exercise to burn off that meal. <BR> <BR> Here Goes: <BR> <BR> Burger King Whopper - 670 calories <BR> Medium French Fries - 410 calories <BR> Medium Chocolate Shake - 760 calories <BR> <BR> Total Calories - 1840 <BR> <BR> Carbs - 241g <BR> Fat - 78g <BR> Trans Fat - 1.5g <BR> Sodium - 1970 mg <BR> Protein - 47g <BR> Sugar - 123g <BR> Saturated Fat - 28g <BR> Cholest... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 23:51:17 EST BLC20 - Weekend challenge blog w/pics This is the start of BLC20....These pics were taken with my cell phone on September 12, 2012. My starting weight is 172.2 lbs. I plan on changing that over the next 12 weeks. My goals are to stay hydrated, make healthier choices when eating out and also cooking at home, exercising a minimum of 20 minutes six days per week. Participating in the LCW's, TNT's and Weekend Challenges that are an important part of being in the BLC. I will do all of this with the help, support, motivation, and ... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 09:36:37 EST BLC - Round 20 Now Open to Newbies Ready to set some goals and reach them? Then check out the BLC-20. Lots of teams to choose from. Also a fun place to make friends and get in shape. <BR> <BR> <BR> BLC20 NEWBIE / FORMER REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! <BR> <BR> Space is limited, so reserve your spot before they are all gone! <BR> <BR> Here's how: <BR> <BR> Follow the link below and join the Registration Team! The "General Team Discussion Forum" has STEP 1, 2 AND 3 laid out, please READ and REGISTER! Next, check out the TR... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 16:49:02 EST BLC Summer Break Plan - Whatcha goina do? <em>192</em> I will continue to weigh-in on Wednesdays <BR> <BR> <em>17</em> Keep in touch with my SPY team members to hold myself accountable during the break <BR> <BR> <em>203</em> Continue to track/journal my food/drinks/exercise <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <em>344</em> Continue my streak of exercising 6 days out of 7 with both cardio and ST <BR> <BR> <em>274</em> Drink my water to stay hydrated and keep things moving <BR> <BR> Favorite Quotes: <BR> <BR> "Stop Talking and Jus... Fri, 13 Jul 2012 08:22:46 EST BLC 19 ~~ Excuses, Excuses, Challenge - Revisit SMART GOALS This blog was originally posted at the beginning of the BLC19 round, we have been asked to revisit our inital goals and see how we are doing and have we stayed true to those goals..... (** - represents additions made) <BR> <BR> This is a blog about my goals for the 12 week BLC-19 <BR> <BR> Began April 25th - weight was 177.6 <BR> <BR> Sunday ~~ Cardio <BR> <BR> Monday ~~ ST (strength training) and Cardio <BR> <BR> Tuesday ~~ LCW (Last Chance Workout) and Cardio <BR> <BR> Wednesday... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 11:32:39 EST BLC 19 ~~ Excuses, Excuses challenge - Vision Board As part of our weekend challenge, we were asked to create a dream or vision board of things to inspire or motivate us. Here is mine...... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is the link to see it at <BR> <BR> <link><BR>227251_1 </link> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 11:09:38 EST BLC19 ~~ More Dieting Humor <img src=""> Sun, 17 Jun 2012 11:53:50 EST BLC19 ~~ Dieting Humor <img src=""> Sat, 16 Jun 2012 12:14:24 EST BLC-19 -- S.M.A.R.T. -- Goals This is a blog about my goals for the 12 week BLC-19 <BR> <BR> Began April 25th - weight was 177.6 <BR> <BR> Sunday ~~ Cardio <BR> <BR> Monday ~~ ST (strength training) and Cardio <BR> <BR> Tuesday ~~ LCW (Last Chance Workout) and Cardio <BR> <BR> Wednesday ~~ Weigh-in and Rest Day <BR> <BR> Thursday ~~ TNT (Tighten n Tone-usually ST) and Cardio <BR> <BR> Friday ~~ Cardio and start of Weekend Challenges <BR> <BR> Saturday ~~ ST (strength training) and Cardio <BR> <BR> My goal is... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 14:46:03 EST BLC Break Pledge Challenge ---- To keep myself focused during the three week break between BLC18 and BLC19, I have joined the following challenge..... <BR> <BR> BLC BREAK PLEDGE CHALLENGE - 4/4/12 - 4/24/12 <BR> <BR> For this challenge, you will pledge to do the following… <BR> <BR> Complete a certain number of intentional fitness minutes each week during the break (minimum pledge = 70 minutes per week). 10 pts to be earned <BR> <BR> Eat a certain number of vegetables servings each week during the break (minimum pledge... Sat, 7 Apr 2012 10:14:25 EST BLC-18 results and What to do during the break.... This round was a good one for me. I enjoyed all the Challenges, TNT's, and LCW's (last chance workouts). I think the Team Leaders and Admin did a fantastic job in making this round interesting and fun as well as keeping in mind how each of us needs to step out of our comfort zone and do things we thought we couldn't. I did pretty well during BLC-18, My goal was to lose 10 lbs and I lost 11.8 lbs and 7.25 inches overall. <BR> <BR> My plan for the three week break: Keep on the doing what... Wed, 4 Apr 2012 09:58:46 EST Murder at Costco...... ;-) Tired of constantly being broke and stuck in an unhappy marriage, a young husband decided to solve both problems by taking out a large insurance policy on his wife with himself as the beneficiary and then arranging to have her killed. <BR> <BR> A 'friend of a friend' Put him in touch with a nefarious dark-side underworld figure who went by the name of 'Artie.' Artie explained to the husband that his going price for snuffing out a spouse was $10,000. <BR> <BR> <BR> The Husband said he was w... Fri, 16 Mar 2012 16:21:54 EST Some of my favorite Quotes..... Some of my favorite quotes: <BR> <BR> “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” <BR> ¯ C.S. Lewis <BR> <BR> "Nothing changes if nothing changes." ~Tiago Kulaif <BR> <BR> "Do everything you can to help yourself because you are the only one who knows what you need and cares enough to provide it." - PALMTREEGIRL1 (here on Spark) <BR> <BR> "The most powerful tool we have for changing our environment is our ability to change ourselves." - Stephanie Matthews-Simo... Sat, 10 Mar 2012 18:19:05 EST TRANSFORM -- Lifestyle Changes Transform - verb - change in structure, appearance, or character <BR> <BR> I want to go from this <em>15</em> to this <em>7</em> <BR> <BR> I want to be strong and have muscles <em>344</em> <BR> <BR> To become these things I need to exercise and eat right. Well I have the exercise part down pretty well. It's the eating right and staying in calorie range that I have trouble with. <BR> <BR> It's been an up and down journey so far, in December 2006 I weighed 189, by March 2007 I wei... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 14:13:24 EST Another Smile to share...... Agreeable Husband <BR> <BR> Several men are in the locker room of a golf club. A mobile phone on a bench rings and a man engages the hands free speaker function and begins to talk. Everyone else in the room stops to listen. <BR> <BR> MAN: "Hello" <BR> <BR> WOMAN: "Honey, it's me. Are you at the club?" <BR> <BR> MAN: "Yes" <BR> <BR> WOMAN: "I am at the shop now and found this beautiful leather coat. It's only $2,000. Is it OK if I buy it?" <BR> <BR> MAN: "Sure, go ahead if yo... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 15:23:40 EST Getting over the Mountain.... Got this in an email and it spoke to me...... <BR> <BR> When you must get over the mountain, you've got to begin to climb. Much effort will be required, and the sooner you start to climb the sooner you'll reach the other side. <BR> <BR> Just because the task is difficult is no reason to avoid it. Just because the odds are stacked against you is no reason to back away. While you're complaining that things are too unfair, complicated or overwhelming, they generally become even more so. Bette... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 08:29:53 EST A smile to share..... Heaven..... <BR> <BR> <BR> A woman arrived at the Gates of Heaven. While she was waiting for Saint Peter to greet her, she peeked through the gates. She saw a beautiful banquet table. Sitting all around were her parents and all the other people she had loved and who had died before her. <BR> <BR> They saw her and began calling greetings to her. <BR> <BR> "Hello - How are you! <BR> <BR> We've been waiting for you! <BR> <BR> Good to see you." <BR> <BR> When Saint Peter came by, t... Sat, 21 Jan 2012 16:45:31 EST Need some Inspiration? Here's something I found on the internet. <BR> <BR> If you are not sure that ST (strength training) is for you. Need some inspiration or motivation to continue with your plan, then check out the link below. This Lady is so inspirational. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ernestine-shepherd-25498999 </link> Fri, 13 Jan 2012 13:22:26 EST Gained 20+ lbs back and my crazy life..... Emotional blog.......needed to get all of this out of my system.... <BR> <BR> I believe I have been suffering from depression for the last year or so. Life has been an uphill battle at times. I've felt overwhelmed, anxious, and at times I have no emotions at all...except being tired and fatigued all the time. Most days I just want to pull the covers over my head and sleep. Instead I have several family members who depend on me. So each day....I get up and go through the motions. <BR> ... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 18:16:13 EST Those who love you..... Those who love you..... <BR> <BR> If anyone should hurt you and say a thing unkind, <BR> Remember what I tell you and keep these things in mind, <BR> <BR> For every one who makes you cry, there are three who make you smile, <BR> That smile will last a long, long time, and the tear a little while! <BR> <BR> If someone says a thing that's cruel, don't let it get to you, <BR> there's so much good about you, and your faults are very few. <BR> <BR> Don't let someone who hates the world cause ... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 14:04:53 EST 2012 ~ Goals to a healthier me.... Goals for 2012: <BR> <BR> Drink 6-8 glasses of water per day <em>274</em> <BR> <BR> Eat 4 or more servings of freggies per day <em>140</em> <em>265</em> <BR> <BR> Exercise - mix it up as needed <BR> <BR> ~ Do strength training at least 2x per week <em>23</em> <BR> <BR> ~ Do cardio at least 3x per week <em>315</em> <em>311</em> <em>182</em> <BR> <BR> Do better with tracking both food and exercise here on Spark. <em>252</em> <BR> Tue, 3 Jan 2012 17:15:05 EST