DESIROCKS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DESIROCKS DESIROCKS'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/ Ditching the Scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794324 I am not going to weigh myself anymore. I am going to keep up with my healthy lifestyle and when I fit into my medium shirt nicely, (meaning it is snug but not tight), then I will weigh myself. Otherwise, it's too discouraging not too see the numbers move hardly at all when I KNOW I am wearing 3 sizes smaller than I was. It's super frustrating and discouraging and makes me want to give up. BUT I WON'T GIVE UP! Instead, I'm going to kick the scale out of the way and keep journeying toward my... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 22:09:43 EST Haha http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792377 My rear is smaller today ;D Sat, 4 Oct 2014 18:09:17 EST Made it to Week 11! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792356 Week 11 of my new active lifestyle, and I am loving it, except anemia's got me down right now. I get to use my new sparkly nail polish this week, it was my reward, and I started fresh and took off the last ten weeks' nail polish this morning. Feels good to see my toes again! I am still working on my amigurumi dolphin, but it's coming out rather nicely, and next week's reward will be the urban jungle beanie. Excited! I have a neck strain I am working on healing, and an allergy reaction above o... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 17:00:05 EST YAY!!!!!!!!!!!! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790624 I was walking in town today and saw myself in the reflection of a store window. I was thinner! I was really thinner! I am really changing, and my new lifestyle is really working. I just have to keep it up, I'm doing this for me, and other people will adjust along with me, hopefully. Because I am changing. And I am going to KEEP changing. I am going to keep going. I CAN DO IT!!!! YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! :) Wed, 1 Oct 2014 18:54:24 EST Owl City http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789375 "Welcome back, Winter, once again...put on a warm fuzzy sweater 'cuz you'll feel much better..." <BR> <BR> Warm fuzzy sweaters and thick fuzzy socks just make everything better. Hot tea doesn't hurt, either. :) <BR> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 22:16:22 EST Week 11 Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789230 I really love exercising. I never thought I'd say that. I am so glad I am leading a more active lifestyle. <BR> <BR> My ami dolphin is running into some issues, I'll work on that tonight. <BR> <BR> I love my owl manicure. They're so cute! Thank you, Honey! <BR> <BR> Enjoying having all my toes painted for the first time in ten weeks! The toe calendar feels a little eccentric, but it really helps me visualize how far I've come. I'll be doing it again! <BR> <BR> This week's reward is using ... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:25:36 EST Improving My Performance! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788802 This past week I had 5 out of 7 days where I burned 1,000+ calories from daily activity and exercise. This is a lot better than what I had been doing, 1-3 days per week. I still need my rest days, but that was pretty amazing to me. I am also trying not to let other people's decisions andfeelings affect my good behavior. Stick to the course! Mon, 29 Sep 2014 05:13:30 EST Exercise and Rest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788583 Today I am resting. I had a great workout yesterday, and I am enjoying my time putzing around. I'll probably go in the pool later for some stretching out and cold water muscle therapy. I feel really good about my workout because I did a couple of things: <BR> <BR> 1. I really pushed myself and didn't let my mental blocks overcome me. Thank you God for making that possible and helping me believe in the abilities You have given me! <BR> <BR> 2. I did not push myself too far. Which I have had ... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 19:09:31 EST Bwaaahahaa! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788214 I leg pressed 390 for reps today! Sun, 28 Sep 2014 05:33:53 EST Slimming Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787157 I can definitely tell I am thinner than I was, and stronger. I am so glad that my current lifestyle changes are such that I can maintain them for the rest of my life. I am looking forward to being physically able to do things that were once impossible. Fri, 26 Sep 2014 05:23:55 EST Restraint and Patience http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786327 My family is getting a gym membership and we took a tour today. I am so excited! Kettlebells, medicine balls, dumbbells, bosu balls! I can't wait. But then I started to stress out about doing my whole workout in the gym, getting overtired, and wow. I really need to slow down. I don't have to use the gym as my whole workout, it's a supplement. It works for me. I can go straight to the kettlebells and swing them around if I want to. The biggest thing is to do my own thing and KEEP LISTENING TO ... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 19:09:14 EST Rewards Earned So Far, 9/23/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785836 Garnier Fructis conditioner <BR> Swarovski crystal bookmark <BR> Beaded keychain <BR> Licorice tea <BR> 1 paid computer game <BR> 2 new wii Just Dance songs <BR> Butterfly bandana <BR> Amigurumi dolphin <BR> Sparkle teal flats <BR> <BR> Upcoming rewards (For Week 10!): <BR> <BR> New watch <BR> Owl manicure from sister <BR> <BR> Future reward ideas: <BR> <BR> Turquoise sparkle nail polish <BR> Urban Jungle beanie <BR> Matching Urban Jungle scarf <BR> Matching Urban Jungle fingerless gloves... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 00:23:19 EST Yay! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785081 Today I found my favorite sock that was lost, my favorite hoodie that was lost, AND I got a check in the mail for selling my YA novel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<BR>!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<BR>!!!!!!!!!! Praise the Lord! Mon, 22 Sep 2014 22:26:24 EST There! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783105 Washed my face, did my hair, and ate some more of my good lunch. Also, realized it's a pms day. Feeling somewhat better! Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:34:11 EST Feeling Crappy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783097 Ugh! Anemia, I need a shower, I'm tired today, and I feel like I should be exercising more. I need to let my body rest and give it the time it needs to cope with all the stress it is under. I need to give myself a break and not push so hard! And not be so critical and perfectionistic on myself! I am also going through a lot of food temptations with a birthday going on right now. I can have some fun foods in moderation without making my body feel bad from overload! <BR> <BR> Take a break. Des... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:15:37 EST I Am So Encouraged! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782593 Thank you everyone so much for all your support! <BR> <BR> ~•~Thank you!~•~ <BR> <BR> WOO HOO! <BR> <BR> °^°^°BLESSINGS!°^°^° Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:48:45 EST Victory Over Emotional Eating! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782577 I am a definite stress-eater. Thank you to Sparkpeople for helping me define and remedy this! <BR> <BR> Today I had a stressful situation come up. I had already eaten a (filling!) dinner, and I was going to go wash dishes in the kitchen. I felt like I really wanted some Reese's Pieces or something, but I knew it was probably because of stress. <BR> <BR> I was able to bypass the candy, but when I walked into the kitchen, there was a large plastic grocery bag filled with vine-fresh red tomato... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:21:20 EST Pants are Fitting Better Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781371 So thankful! Wed, 17 Sep 2014 04:51:28 EST Rewards Earned So Far, 9/16/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781311 Butterfly bandana <BR> 1 paid computer game <BR> 2 wii Just Dance songs <BR> Licorice tea <BR> Beaded keychain <BR> Swarovski crystal beaded bookmark <BR> Garnier Fructis conditioner <BR> <BR> Woo Hoo! Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:54:02 EST My Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780501 I saw a picture taken of me last week, and it was really depressing. To me, it looked like I had never lost three sizes and I was just as big as ever. I tried to remind myself that it was a bad angle and I was wearing pretty baggy clothes. Well, I needed a little more reassurance than that, so I decided to write a blog post about what things PROOVE I am significantly smaller! <BR> -My shirt that used to ride up over my stomach all the time DOES NOT DO THAT ANYMORE! <BR> -My 2x shirt is REALLY... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:46:05 EST Not Even a Wildfire! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780493 I am in week 8 of my first set of ten-week healthy lifestyle blocks. There has been many roadblocks to my stress levels, which makes it hard for me to make healthy food choices and choose to exercise. There's even a wildfire dropping ash and burned pine needles outside, preventing me from using the pool right now. But with God giving me the strength and the will to keep going, I WILL SUCCEED. I AM! Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:30:55 EST Two weeks away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779986 I am two weeks away from having had a healthy lifestyle for ten weeks! I have really enjoyed it and can see the results. Can't wait to see what changes the next ten weeks bring. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:19:19 EST Completed Rewards! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779981 I finished beading a keychain and bookmark for my last two weeks' healthy lifestyle rewards. I love them! Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:11:24 EST Learning from my Mistakes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779763 Last week, in my rush to burn as many calories as possible, I burned myself out. I need to remember to alternate hard working days and low-key days. Balance! Sun, 14 Sep 2014 16:23:50 EST My. Stomach. Is. Getting. Smaller! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779758 What more do I need to say? Yay!!!!!!!!! Sun, 14 Sep 2014 16:15:09 EST Yesterday's Success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779117 Yesterday I blogged about how I had a major lack of sleep and wasn't feeling up to healthy eating or exercising. Well, I went ahead and decided to do 5 minutes of housework. That 5 minutes turned into 50, then 55! I ended up with an hour and five minutes of housecleaning, and after about ten minutes I was starting to feel better. The tiredness was pushed to the back burner until that evening, when I was able to get to bed earlier. It was a major change from my last weight loss effort, when I ... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 12:31:18 EST Keep Going! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779113 I can't see the progress right now, but I know if I keep doing my healthy behaviors, the results will come! I get to design my matching water bottle keychain and bookmark today! Sat, 13 Sep 2014 12:24:34 EST Ugh, Tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778673 I am so tired today and I am not able to take a nap right now. And I haven't been swimming in days. Maybe I can do some house cleaning or take the girls out into the pool. Last night I was having such bad carb cravings-I was just hungry all the time! It isn't pms, either. I don't know if it's because I was still sore (arms and legs) from my "Brave" workout two days before. I don't know if the muscles need carbs to replenish or not. Thank you all for listening. My major hurdle last time I rega... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:45:57 EST Feeling Gross http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777703 Okay, so now I've lost enough fat that I have new fat rolls in areas that had smoothed out. I have skin I can pinch and fold over on itself. Everything is jiggly. Jiggly. Jiggly. <BR> I have weird sunken spots in my arms and, unfortunately, my chest got smaller so now my body looks disproportionate until my stomach goes down again. But I guess that's the good thing. That my stomach WILL go down, again. It already did before, and it will do it again. Eventually my arms will be toned and they w... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 06:26:47 EST Weight Loss Rewards http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777331 I'm having a hard time figuring out what I want to do for a weight loss reward this week or in the coming weeks. I guess I should just worry about this week. Well, I'm not sure if I should get something, I know I absolutely do not want to use anything edible (except tea) as a reward. I would like to put $5 toward a kayak, but I think I need something more concrete until that goal is closer. I think I might make a beaded bookmark to go with my beaded water bottle bauble. That will be a fun wee... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 14:50:50 EST Losing Weight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777314 I am actually losing fat! I can see my body changing after seven weeks of active living and healthy eating. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 14:18:36 EST Brave http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777299 Today I was brave and siezed the moment, and walked around the Safeway strip mall, the whole way around! I ended up walking, with the baby, for 50 minutes. I just need to take things 5 minutes at a time and not worry about the end of the workout! Wed, 10 Sep 2014 13:50:34 EST A Shadow of a Skinny Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776034 Today I looked in the mirror and I could see a shadow of my skinny self. I have always been very overweight, but looking at other people's weight loss progress pics and a see-my-diet progress website has given me a good idea of what I might look like at a healthy weight. My face looked a little thinner today, and I can see my upper back is getting flatter and more muscular, and in my arms a little bit, and my legs a little bit. It's happening! Mon, 8 Sep 2014 18:00:37 EST Praises! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775591 Thank You God for giving me <BR> The strength to stand and move, <BR> Thank You that Your love for me <BR> Is daily, love that's proved. <BR> <BR> Thank You God, You lift me up <BR> To sing another day, <BR> You give my body heart and soul <BR> To dance, <BR> To move, <BR> And sway. Mon, 8 Sep 2014 05:46:05 EST A Great Revelation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775590 I found out yesterday that the virtual hike I am doing, the Pacific Crest Trail on walking4fun.com, burns 131 pounds of fat to complete the hike. That is almost exactly how many pounds I need to lose, total! So if I complete the trail, my weight loss journey will be complete too! I know there will be some road blocks and bumps along the way. But now I have an excellent motivation and a very visual, real progress tracker. Watch out! <BR> Mon, 8 Sep 2014 05:37:17 EST Need a Different Healthy Week Reward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775560 This week I opted for a healthy choices reward of 15 minutes doing word searches with some tea. A nice thought, and something I really enjoy, but it felt too forced for me to enjoy it properly as a reward. It's more of a spontaneous activity. Anyway, I am going to get a new water bottle charm instead. Live and learn! Mon, 8 Sep 2014 03:05:03 EST Feeling Great Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775552 Today I have I have been exercising in little bits throughout the day. I have been able to get way more activity into my day, and I feel great! <BR> <BR> I have also been taking my iron, and staying away from as much sugar as possible. Mon, 8 Sep 2014 02:30:44 EST Goal Reward Clothes Decorated! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774941 I got my goal reward clothes all ribboned and bowed up, and they are hanging in my closet as motivation to get to my next size down, large. I have been waiting for this for so long! Now all I have to do is write my future goal reached cards. Sun, 7 Sep 2014 03:06:54 EST What is Working for Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774841 After three years of weight loss ups and downs, I decided to take inventory of the helps and tips I am currently using for successful weight loss: <BR> <BR> Eating clean 90% of the time, whatever I want 10% of the time (from Nia Shanks) <BR> <BR> Eating only whole grains (except for the 10%) <BR> <BR> If I am really craving something particular, that is out of my 10%, like cheetos or ice cream, I try eating some high-quality protein or a piece of fruit first. If I still really want it, I ... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 22:32:00 EST New Clothes Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773593 I bought a wonderful, super-soft, teal heather hoodie in size large, my next size to get to in clothing. I also bought a bright blue Columbia Sportswear t-shirt with Oregon on it, in medium. I hung them both up in my closet where I can see them. I am going to decorate the hangers with ribbons and bows like a gift, and write a card to myself to include with each size of clothes. When I am able to fit large, I will "unwrap" my delectable, sporty hoodie, and read the card. It will say something ... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 21:56:31 EST Rewards Earned So Far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761243 Here are the "Week of Healthy Coices" rewards I have earned: <BR> <BR> ~Play 1 paid computer game <BR> ~Garnier Fructis conditioner <BR> ~New Just Dance Wii dances <BR> ~Butterfly bandana <BR> <BR> Coming up is: <BR> <BR> ~Licorice tea <BR> ~Hair scrunchie <BR> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 07:04:08 EST What My New Body Will Do! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754185 Rock climbing <BR> Zumba instructing <BR> Whitewater rafting <BR> Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail <BR> Lots of other hikes <BR> Ice skating <BR> Horseback riding <BR> Advanced yoga poses <BR> 5k's, 10k's, marathons <BR> Ninja Warrior! Wed, 6 Aug 2014 08:36:10 EST Climbing to the Top! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752703 I started my weight loss journey at 288 lbs. My goal weight is 147 lbs. That is 141 lbs. to lose, 13 lbs. already gone! I am determined to make it all the way and nothing will stand in my way. Mon, 4 Aug 2014 07:51:20 EST New Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5746667 I am going for a look and feel, not a number. I am rewarding myself for consistent good choices in food, fitness, and self-care. For every week I am making good, consistent choices, I will do something I really enjoy. <BR> <em>353</em> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 23:00:54 EST Monday Measurments 10/21/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5520878 Waist 40 <BR> Bust 45 Wed, 23 Oct 2013 00:37:54 EST Measurements 10/18/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517384 Bust-45 <BR> Waist-40 Fri, 18 Oct 2013 22:53:25 EST Measurements 10/6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5506000 Bust 46 <BR> Waist 40.5 Sun, 6 Oct 2013 12:47:55 EST Measurements 10/4/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5504794 Bust 47 <BR> Waist 41 Fri, 4 Oct 2013 22:28:16 EST Official Sleep Better Challenge, Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5484567 <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> Hi! Here's my results from night 1: <BR> <BR> 1. Woke up at 7:30. <BR> 2. Got in bed at 12:30, actually laying down to sleep at 1:30. <BR> 3. Bedtime routine is wash face, brush and floss teeth, 2 songs on Pandora, read Bible, journal. <BR> 4. Last thing I ate for the day was decaf coffee with creamer, chili, bunny crackers and water, around 10:30 pm. Drank a little more water later, but not much. (Preventing later trips to the bathroom! ; ) <BR> 5. Exercise today ... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 12:03:35 EST