DETERMINED_SOUL's SparkPeople Blog DETERMINED_SOUL's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community It's Raining! is not an EXCUSE! I truly need to overcome this excuse. As long as I have been living my new healthy lifestyle, I have hated running. Running is not something I am fond of, at all. I feel good when I run and it is truly a great addition to the rest of my routine, however I use the raining excuse not to run. <BR> <BR> If it is down pouring and thundering, that is one thing; however, if it is just raining I can still go running. I have a location that is quite conducive to running and I have the gear. It i... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:33:08 EST Response to a Message board post - Getting sleep before that interview I was very long-winded with a response to a message board post in which the member asked for some suggestions. I thought that it may be a good idea to share the information here because I want to pass on great tips for getting sleep. <BR> <BR> Sleep is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle, unfortunately so many people have a difficult time getting adequate sleep. I have had my fights with my insomnia as well, this is why I am going to share the response that I gave here, as well... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 16:24:21 EST It's a beautiful day It's so hard to get any work done today - it is gorgeous outside. <BR> <BR> I have situated my desk so that it faces the large windows. I love being able to look outside while I work because nature is full of inspiration for me. Plus, I like being able to see my dogs when they are outside so I know when they want back in. <BR> <BR> However, some days it is difficult to get any work done because I want to be outside too. One of the luxuries of working from home is that I get to sneak outs... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 16:04:14 EST It's that time of Year again! So, the holidays are upon us and I have been doing a lot of thinking. Sure I think about holistic health and fitness all the time, but what I've been thinking about the most is how people always condemn themselves and their weight loss journey during this time of year. <BR> <BR> I'm sure you can relate, but most people that I talk with stress about the holiday season. It may be partially due to seeing the family or financial obligations. But, when you are trying to lose weight it is about... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 11:23:30 EST 6 Years Six years truly is a long time. I had not realized how long I had actually been a member of SparkPeople; no wonder they hold such an influential place in my life. I remember starting into my journey with them. Boy was I afraid, but I soon got the hang of the site and made several new friends. <BR> <BR> The site itself has changed so much over the years, however the main goal of the site has remained the same. I love coming to SP to engage with my friends and all the great information the... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 14:54:09 EST Day 2,099 I have been a member of SparkPeople for 2,099 days! This is incredible to me; for the first time in my life I have stuck with something until the end and beyond. This site with all the information, wonderful staff, and great new friends that I have made are what keep me together and going strong! <BR> <BR> Thank you to everyone who is here showing me support, keeping me inspired, and giving me motivation. Sat, 3 May 2014 18:31:33 EST Snow Day!!! I am enjoying a snow day with my family. Since I now live in Alabama, I do not own any sleds. We have been creatively using storage lids and clothes baskets :) Neighbors have joined us since we have a small hill outside of our apartment. <BR> <BR> I am inside now, but Richie is still outside enjoying the snow with a ton of new friends. It is funny that being snowed in can bring so many people together. <BR> <BR> It is only 1.2 inches of snow, where I am used to feet of snow so the w... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 14:03:56 EST Meant to post this before <BR> <BR> So, yesterday (Jan 22) I quit my job! It was really hard, but I really felt it needed to be done. I am working toward building my own business so that I can work from home and have been using this Law of Attraction thing. It is all new to me. I have just finished listening to both The Secret and The Power; they were fantastic and made so much sense. <BR> <BR> While listening to them, I began thinking about what I truly wanted to do with my life. I have known for some time, ... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 14:00:36 EST I have strayed I have strayed so far over this past year. I have really taken a detour. I have started to feel like a hypocrite; for a few years now I have been the one sharing healthy living advice with others. I have been there as their support and shared many of my secrets that helped me reach success. Now I feel like a horrible person because I have not been able to follow through with my own advice or actions that I know are in my best interest. <BR> My weight has gone up over the last year, more... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 15:28:11 EST Why I decided to become a weight loss coach I initially became a weight loss coach as a way to reach children and help them live healthier more fit lives. I was/am a teacher and work with children on a daily basis. My passion lies deep with the health and well-being of children. I want to work with children and their families. I want children to have supportive, healthy families that actively participate in their lives with them. <BR> <BR> I started my weight loss journey and actually found that I liked working out and felt grea... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 17:53:09 EST Wednesday Reflection QOTD - MARCH 13 - REFLECTION WEDNESDAY <BR> Since our week-long challenge includes reminding ourselves of our reasons for the healthy journey, share on the thread exactly WHY you have joined Sparks, the BLC and the NINJAS! <BR> ~ 195.2 Booooooo :( my weight was up this week. I know exactly why. I was high in the sodium and we ate out like three times this weekend. It was not has bad as I thought it would be though as I did get over 250 fitness minutes. I only put on 1 pound. <BR> This ... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 15:20:11 EST A year of challenges At the beginning of January, I set out to challenge myself this year. CHALLENGE has definitely completely began to embody my actions for the year; I am so glad I picked it as my word. I am getting so much accomplished toward balancing my life. I feel it needs to be balanced on all levels if I want to be successful in any of the, my environment, fun/leisure time, personal growth, spirituality, career, financial, family, other relationships and my emotional health. I... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 18:35:23 EST Dear 16 yr old me Hey Jess, cheer up! <BR> Take some time to enjoy your accomplishments and allow yourself to believe that you can do it! You are a starter on your softball team, you are first flutist, you are an A student, you have apart time job and you have some great friends. You are rockin' it! You are way better off than you think you are. <BR> <BR> Forget all those fat names and other names that those mean girls are calling you. You are a beautiful girl, you are a strong girl and you have... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 19:47:26 EST Weigh in success! After being so worried yesterday, I was down 1.4 pounds this morning. <em>236</em> <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> I did extremely well this past week. I had a goal to hit 250 fitness minutes...well, I blew that out of the water with 344. WOOT! WOOT! As for my calorie range; of the 11410 I could have at my high end, I came in at 11140. Again, WOOT! WOOT! <BR> <BR> I have done this before and I knew I could do it again. I needed to get into a good routine with sleep, exercise, eating an... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 20:50:58 EST Fingers Crossed! I have stayed within my calorie ranges and I've completed over 300 mins of exercise this week. I should have a loss. However, as many women know, my friend came today and the scale is not my friend. I did stay in range today and got a 30 min HIIT workout in. Weigh in is tomorrow so I'm hoping I still have a loss of some sort. <BR> <BR> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 20:57:42 EST Ran for 1st time in long time I have decided that on Saturdays and Sundays I'm going to run on the treadmill. It will be a change from my M-F routines and a little easier. However, I realized that I have not run in a very, very, very long time. <BR> <BR> I only ran for 30 minutes and the last 10 felt like 30 :) I know it is going to take some time to build my endurance back up. I was running 3ish miles in around 40 mins. Some of that was on a treadmill and some was outdoors. I do not run outside here. I am scared ... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 18:44:25 EST I find many ask this question, including myself I am doing everything right, yet I am not losing weight. Why not? <BR> <BR> I do not know what your exact nutrition and exercise looks like, but I truly believe that these tips may help you find some answers. I know at one point or another they have all helped me. <BR> <BR> ~ Double check to make sure you have updated your goals. This should be done every 10-15 pounds. Check your fitness goals here: <BR> <link><BR>_edit.asp </link> <BR> and you... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 14:01:08 EST SOOO EXCITED I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE snow. When I decided to move to AL I was so sad that that I would never get to see any again. Well, it's snowing today and I'm so excited. Just wanted to share a small video. Thu, 17 Jan 2013 14:48:50 EST Confession A little bit of a ramble, but I really felt I had to do this. Tue, 15 Jan 2013 16:01:15 EST Great weekend This weekend is going well. I am enjoying today, especially. I finished laundry in the morning so I have most of my day to relax and do what I want. The shopping was fun, but today is just for me. <BR> <BR> I am also feeling a bit better after I decided to have my credit cards paid as my Christmas present to help get myself out of debt. It is so stressful and I believe this is probably one of the best Christmas presents ever...being able to relax and feel good that I'm accomplishing some... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 15:41:15 EST Busy day It was a relaxing work day as it is my day of planning and strategizing for the next week. The relaxed feeling continued after work, except when it came to shoe shopping... <BR> <BR> My bf and I are buying our Christmas presents for each other now as we needed to budget through out the holidays so we didn't go completely in debt. Well, he has also decided to start working out with me which means he needs a good pair of shoes. Shopping is tough with him. He doesn't like to try shoes on, i... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 21:28:51 EST It's all aligning for me Morning! I have a new notebook for tracking everything I eat so I can remember when I have time to log it on SP. Just like any other habit, I am going to have to set a time to do this. I think my time will be 7pm. I should be done with my last meal by that time any way as I go to bed between 8 & 9. Yes, that's 8 & 9pm. My bf has to be to work at 5am so he leaves here around 4:30ish. I get up with him so I have an early bed time. The notebook actually came randomly from him as well...... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 11:26:58 EST Tracking, tracking, tracking Tracking is definitely key to successful weight loss. I do a whole tone better when I track. This year, I have made my trackers public and intend to track daily. I need to set myself a challenge of tracking online, especially nutrition. I am getting back to my old "good" eating habits and getting rid of the new "bad" habits. I have definitely became more determined to focus on eating as healthily as I can while others around me are making bad choices. Tue, 8 Jan 2013 19:41:06 EST Recalculating I have started being very precise with my nutrition tracking again. I was doing extremely well and was eating portion sizes and doing 'clean eating' while I was living on my own. Now I have three roommates who are in charge of groceries and that has gone by the wayside. I know it's just an excuse as I still make my own choices, but it needs to stop. <BR> <BR> To help with this, I began tracking every bite again. I have found that I need to eat more fiber and keep my carbs to the lower-mi... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 11:21:20 EST Simple Saturday <em>213</em> Well, we have our new cupboard doors. I guess that is all they replaced. It still looks much nicer than it did before. <BR> <BR> Today is going to be a day of laziness. I did not even wake up until 9:30, much later than normal. I guess my body just really needed the rest. I am just going to take today easy and do what I feel like doing...I may just play on the computer for a bit, watch some tv, do some reading and go outside for several little strolls with my dog. Sounds... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 13:41:02 EST Morning Visitors? pt 2 Morning! I'm expecting them back to finish the cupboards this morning. They took off all the doors and repainted yesterday, I guess they are just replacing the doors. Silly in my opinion, but I'm not in charge...hehe. They have to come back today because they had to wait for the paint to dry. <BR> <BR> In other news, I am becoming much more relaxed as I am beginning to get caught up on bills. They have been stressing me out for a few months as I have not had an income. I had a small on... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 08:43:04 EST Morning Visitors? Good morning everyone! I had decided to stay in bed a little longer this morning. I was awake, but I was so comfy and just wanted to cuddle with my dog. I had given myself this week off so I do not need to work if I don't want to. <BR> <BR> I tried staying in bed...then there was a knock at the door. <BR> <BR> The apartment is replacing all the cupboards in the whole complex. A couple weeks ago they showed up to measure because they had forgotten this section, so I wasn't expecting ... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 11:13:22 EST Reaching my goal weight Last year I was suppose to reach my goal weight. I was on track to do so and could have had I just stayed more focused. I quit two jobs last year, started my own business and moved. It was an adjustment year, that is for sure. I know why I gained the weight I did, I know what I need to change. <BR> <BR> This year I'm going to do just that. I will reach my goal weight! I have what I need to get back to eating so I have energy, feel good about myself and am not icky feeling all the time.... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 12:07:07 EST Short on exercise Yesterday I thought I was getting the flu. My throat hurt a lot and my whole body just ached. My bf was lovely enough to take care of things so I could just relax. I still don't know what I had, but I feel much better today. However, I still can't exercise as we need our tub fixed. I may do something later, but my bf took a shower at 5 this morning and there is still a foot of water in the tub. We have called and emailed maintenance so hopefully they can fix it. If anything, I hope tha... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 11:42:43 EST New mini challenges for 2013 It is time I set myself some mini-challenges to get me back on track. I am going to continue using my fast track goal of listen to a get up and go song. It always gives me a brighter outlook on my day when I listen to a nice upbeat song in the morning. I will most likely use my KLOVE radio online. <BR> <BR> Other mini-challenges I am setting to get started with today are: <BR> ~blog 90% of the days during one month <BR> ~exercise 90% of the days during one month <BR> ~drink 10 cups of wa... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 10:09:37 EST Join me in BLC21 Haha, lots of blogs from me today....I must be in a mood. <BR> <BR> Are you looking for a great challenge, I have been a part of the BLC for about 4 rounds now and I'm loving it. You have the chance to join now as well. <BR> <BR> Copied from BLC Admin email <BR> BLC 21 NEWBIE/ FORMER REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! <BR> <BR> SHARE with your friends interested in joining the BLC! <BR> <BR> If you were part of BLC 20, you may JOIN this team to Welcome Newbies, please DO NOT register again though. R... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 15:24:13 EST Christmas Cards I made this year <img src=""> <BR> This first card I made special for my great aunt, my grandmother (her twin sister) passed away in January of 2010 and the ornament on the card is from her belongings. I thought my aunt would like it. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 14:52:14 EST 2013 CHALLENGE I have been using a word rather than a resolution for the past couple of years and I think it has more of an impact for me. 2011 was HEALTH, 2012 was ENERGY, and 2013 is CHALLENGE. <BR> <BR> I thought and reflected long and hard about my word for the next year. Many words came to mind, but none of them seemed to be that jolt I needed. They just seemed simple. I have been thinking about pushing myself further than I've been before during these last few months. <BR> <BR> Something I str... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 14:04:12 EST My new quote to live by Instead of giving myself reasons why I can't, I give myself reasons why I can. <BR> <BR> ~I really need to start following this one. Mon, 17 Dec 2012 11:54:10 EST BLC - The Movie Quote Game Part 4 Part 1 - 13/15 <BR> Part 2 - 15/15 <BR> Part 3 - 13/15 <BR> Part 4 - 8/15 <BR> <BR> The Movie Quote Game Part 4 <BR> <BR> (Applause! Applause!) <BR> <BR> Official games Rules: <BR> 1. Keep track of your own points. 1 point per correct answer. Please check your Day 3 answers by clicking on the link to my blog and post your points in the comments section: <BR> individual.asp?blog_id=5132637 <BR> 2. Post your Day 4 answers in a blog post & then stop... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 13:51:18 EST BLC - The Movie Quote Game Part 3 Part 1 13/15 <BR> Part 2 15/15 <BR> <BR> The Movie Quote Game Part 3 <BR> <BR> (Applause! Applause!) <BR> <BR> Official games Rules: <BR> 1. Keep track of your own points. 1 point per correct answer. Please check your Day 2 answers by clicking on the link to my blog and posting your Day 2 points in the comments section: <BR> individual.asp?blog_id=5131442. If you haven't had a chance to check your Day 1 answers, you will find those on my blog... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 11:02:00 EST The Movie Quote Game Part 2 Part 1 - 13/15 <BR> <BR> The Movie Quote Game Part 2 <BR> <BR> (Applause! Applause!) <BR> <BR> Official games Rules: <BR> 1. Keep track of your own points. 1 point per correct answer. Please check your answers by clicking on the link to my blog and post your points in the comments section: <BR> individual.asp?blog_id=5130460 <BR> 2. Post your Day 2 answers in a blog post & then stop by Azure's chat thread to let us know you're still playing. <BR> ... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 10:04:44 EST BLC-The Movie Quote Game Part 1 13/15 <BR> <BR> <BR> The Movie Quote Game Part 1 <BR> <BR> (Applause! Applause!) <BR> <BR> Official games Rules: <BR> 1. Keep track of your own points <BR> 2. Post your answers in a blog post & then let me know you are playing by posting on the Azure chat thread. <BR> 3. -1,000,000 points if you cheat and use internet searches or peek at other people's answers. <BR> Prize: Winner gets bragging rights & a sparkgoodie! (Must participate in all four parts to be eligible for a sparkgoodie.) <... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 09:28:10 EST "How are you not tired?" Last weekend I went "home" to Michigan for my cousins wedding. It was such a blast to get to see everyone again. It was a very special wedding, yes all the weddings are special, but this is the first wedding my family has had since my grandmother passed away in Jan of 2010. Along with that, it is the first one that my great aunt, her twin, was unable to attend due to health issues as well. <BR> <BR> My cousin (Stasia) definitely helped bring my grandma to the wedding. While we were going... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 16:39:27 EST SP Fitness tracker to FB plus Fog <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 3 Oct 2012 09:59:06 EST Do you fear change? I had a huge aha moment when I read this! I would consider it a WooHoo! on better understanding myself. Let me know if you can relate? Mon, 1 Oct 2012 13:35:49 EST The Long & Winding Road meal plan Here is my meal plan for next week. This part of the challenge is complete <BR> <BR> (Breakfast) (Snack 1) (Lunch) (Snack 2) (Supper) <BR> <BR> Monday: (Oatmeal, Milk, Pluot) (Apple, Almond Butter) (Salad: Spinach, spring mix, tomato, Tuna, olive oil, balsamic vinaigrette, pepper, A bit of cheese) (Thin sliced bagel, Garden veggie cream cheese) (Chicken, Asparagus, broccoli, brown rice (stir-fry)) <BR> <BR> Tuesday: (Oatmeal, Milk, Pluot) (Apple, Almond Butter) (Salad: Spinach, spring ... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 12:57:19 EST Good morning! Well, I was going to create a vlog, but my webcam keeps freezing this morning. I guess you just get to read instead of listen today...and miss out on my beautiful face <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> OOOHHH.....Wait! I've got an idea.... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There's a funny random picture for you. My bf took that right after one of my workouts. <BR> <BR> <BR> Speaking of workouts, I got a great one in this morning. The midwe... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 10:03:38 EST Todays Weigh In <em>221</em> Happy talk like a pirate day! <BR> Here be a translation for ye pirate buckos. <BR> Mornin'. Arrr, so me weigh in did nay go as planned. E'en wi' gettin' aft on track wi' me exercise, nutrition an' water I still gained this week. I guess that jus' means I be goin' t' be havin' t' work e'en harder next week. I know th' weight will come off, I jus' need t' keep pushin'. 'Tis definitely all about one tide at a time. I be still sore an' movin' really slow, so I think I be goin' ... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 08:00:20 EST So Sore I have a really hard time with ending...hehe...I'll get it figured out I guess. Tue, 18 Sep 2012 12:02:12 EST Just an update Just a quickie this morning. Mon, 17 Sep 2012 10:19:56 EST BLC20 12 Week Plan Creative Writing 101: Blog your 12 week plan for success. Be specific. Don't limit yourself to minutes of fitness and calories consumed. Really think about it! How can you fit in the minutes <BR> that you need in your busy day? How will you be sure to have quality food options? How will you reward yourself along the way? Sun, 16 Sep 2012 11:59:00 EST BLC20 before pics <img src=""> <BR> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 16:38:56 EST YAY! Sticking to my goals It feels great to be back on track. <em>244</em> Fri, 7 Sep 2012 10:32:33 EST It's okay to get back up and try again We all have times where we feel that we have failed. Why not take that time to reflect and use that as a learning experience? After all, isn't that how we grow and become successful? Wed, 5 Sep 2012 14:16:57 EST