DGARCIA0504's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DGARCIA0504 DGARCIA0504'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/ Monday already http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607023 Is it really Monday already? I feel like my weekends are just a blur. I didn't really get anything I wanted to done. I guess there is always some kind of time during the week. I had some lunch yesterday with my best friend and her husband. It was fun and always a laugh. I think I would not be sane if it weren't for them. <BR> This week I am hoping to get to the gym a lot more and work on getting this weight off. I have been doing very well with eating within my calorie, getting enough water ... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 10:16:45 EST Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5602633 I had another great day today. I was able to go see my best friend today for a little while before I had to go to work. I must say that I love going to visit her, she always makes me feel great and solves my problems. It feels like I haven't seen her in so long but in reality it has only been about 2 weeks. I normally see her a few times a week plus spend all weekend there except for going home to sleep. The kids have a great time at her house too since her daughter likes to play with them st... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 18:43:46 EST Good day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601667 We had a great day today. It was a snow day for the kids so we just lounged around the house most of the day. I was already off work today because of a test that my son had to have at the hospital. <BR> I stayed in my calorie range today, got my 8 cups of water in, all my fruits and veggies plus a small 10 minute exercise. I feel like I am doing great and cannot wait for another day. <em>334</em> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 21:07:52 EST What did I do? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600380 I have come back to SparkPeople because once again I gave up on myself. I gained almost all the weight back that I had lost. I can feel it this time is going to be different because I HAVE to do this for myself! I always say that I want to be healthy for my kids but I want to be healthy for myself. I want to be able to do things and feel great for ME. I have had so much stress in my life that I actually ended up in the hospital (thinking it was a heart attack) lucky for me this time but I am ... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 17:28:28 EST I'm back!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5421824 I just got home last night from a 2 week vacation. We visited Florida to see my family there and also went on a cruise. We had a wonderful time and can't wait to do it again. The kids had a great time spending time with Grandma and swimming in the pool daily. They got to see their cousins again after 2 long years of waiting. We remembered just how much we missed them all. They also got to see Great Grandma and Great Grandpa a couple of times. They played together, talked and went out to dinne... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 12:28:30 EST Not as planned! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5382634 Only 3 days into summer and I am ready for school to start again. The kids are fighting, they aren't listening to me and I think I am going to go crazy by the end of August. I have been fighting the past few days about their rooms being cleaned before the fun starts. Well this morning it finally worked... The entire place is clean including the kids bedrooms which took less than 15 minutes because they wanted to go skating. I had a blast roller skating and it helped burn a few calories. <BR>... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 17:01:22 EST School is out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5379597 Today was the last day of school which means I am also off work. I am so excited about being off for the summer. We have many fun things planned plus I am hoping to loose a lot of my weight and get some toning to make a debut for the beginning of the school year. I want to get to the gym at least 5 days a week plus I can walk and play with the kids at the park any day I want. It is so nice to not have time limits to my day. Wed, 5 Jun 2013 21:18:22 EST Peaceful and sunburn :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5374873 I finally have a moment to myself. My oldest daughter is at a friends house, the middle girls are sleeping and my son is watching cartoons. I just finished up some of my school work for the week but I have a 7-10 page paper due by the end of next week on ethics. <em>40</em> Not so much fun. Today it is beautiful outside but we are in the middle of a heat wave. I was outside for my youngest daughter's softball game and I am completely sun burned. It hurts so bad! <BR> I'm not sure if I wa... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 18:28:42 EST Having a great time! Happy Memorial Day!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5369099 I have been so busy that I have not even had time to keep track of my food daily. I have been still staying on track and since I am keeping track mentally and making sure to eat appropriate portions I did well this week. I did weigh in yesterday and I lost another 1.6 pounds. I have went to the gym several times last week. I am feeling more energy and more motivated as I see the scale going down each week. I can also finally see that I am losing weight. I am mainly losing in my thighs and bre... Mon, 27 May 2013 09:09:33 EST Weight, measures and more! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361167 Today I weighed in with a 2.2 pound loss. I am so happy that my hard work is paying off. I am finally out of the 230's for good. I also got to measure in today. I lost a few inches all around so I am happy with that too. I can tell that I am losing more weight around my thighs than my stomach so I want to change a few things this month to start working on my donut roll. <em>15</em> <BR> I am starting to get more energy now which is a good thing because the weather is finally getting warme... Sun, 19 May 2013 14:13:41 EST Obstacles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5357846 I have been feeling really down lately. Not really sure why because I am going above my expectations for weight loss. I have been exercising and eating healthy on a regular basis. I know my husband is not cheering me on because he doesn't think that I need to loose weight. I am 90 pounds overweight so there is nothing that I am seeing that he is not. I think he has bigger issues than me losing weight but oh well. I am doing this for myself and my children. On my side of the family there are a... Wed, 15 May 2013 20:28:21 EST The whole week. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5354411 I have been so super busy and haven't had time to log in. My kids have had some appointments this week. My son had his end of year picnic for preschool. My daughter had softball games and practice, dance class and after school testing. But through the entire week I have been sticking to my healthy eating and exercise plan. I went to the gym 2 different times on Tuesday and Thursday. I feel great! <BR> I had a wonderful Mother's Day today. My 12 year old made me breakfast in bed and she was m... Sun, 12 May 2013 21:28:10 EST Birthday, Anniversary and a weigh in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5345968 Yesterday was my husbands 35th birthday. We decided to take the kids to Knoebel's amusement park. It was so much fun. The kids loved it. I didn't do so well with eating there though. I did good at first. I really need to get more control at places like that. Today is our 7th wedding anniversary. We have a lot of fun things planned for today too. We are going to Lake Tobias which is like a small zoo. They have a safari ride, reptile building and a petting zoo area. We have been there many time... Sun, 5 May 2013 07:54:29 EST Exercising and such http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5343712 I have been going to the gym now. I am having fun while being there since it is still new to me. I like the treadmill and the bike. I have no clue what most of those machines do but I will figure them out eventually. I have noticed that when my heart rate gets up too high I get a massive headache. I am hoping that it is nothing. I'm not sure if I should get checked out by my doctor or if I should just suck it up and keep going. I don't have health insurance so I really don't want to get check... Thu, 2 May 2013 21:40:54 EST A week ending, a week starting! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5338297 I have done so much again the past week but a lot accomplished. I did get a membership to the YMCA on Thursday. I only took the kids swimming on Thursday. Friday after work I did a little of my school work than took my son over, I walked on the treadmill for a while then we went swimming again. It was so much fun. My plan and goal is every weekday do at least 45 mins on the treadmill, 45 mins on the bike then swimming. My swimming is actually fast swimming to exercise it is more of a playtime... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 13:41:37 EST Up, down or where to go. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5334601 I didn't do much today. I have just felt extremely tired all day. Not sure if it's because of not sleeping well or if I am starting to come down with a cold or bug (I sure hope not). I did get some of my school work done, go to work, stay on track with my meal plans, take my daughter's library books to school since she forgot them, and take her half way to softball practice before it started to downpour. I feel really bad because I was actually happy that it rained so I didn't have to sit the... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 21:05:14 EST One month anniversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5333343 Today marks one month since I have starting the weight loss journey. So far everything is running smoothly and I couldn't be any happier. I have stuck to my meal plans and have done much more exercising than I would have expected. I have lost a total of 12.6 pounds in this last month. I exceeded what I wanted to lose of 10 pounds a month so I am on top. I have had some obstacles of Easter dinner and going out to eat with my family a few times even to Pizza Hut. I feel that I have learned so m... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 19:48:12 EST You say a challenge, I say bring it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5331832 I am in day 2 of the 28 day challenge and I am having high hopes for this challenge. I can't wait to see the outcome. I thought the video was very easy for today so I am going to do it again when I get home from work. Who knows maybe I can even do it a third time before bed. I am so pumped up for this challenge, I think this is what I needed for motivation. I even have my 7 year old daughter doing it with me. She loves it. <em>185</em> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 13:49:06 EST Weigh day #4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5330543 I am so proud of myself. I have lost one pound this week. So far I have lost some type of weight each week. I was again surprised by this week because I have not been very active. The total weight loss is 12.6 pounds. I can't wait for the future! Sun, 21 Apr 2013 11:48:48 EST Creating a new me!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5329038 Creating a new me. I love this line. I think of it all the time and I do think that it is my motivator. I want a new me so bad. I know that I have been doing so good lately. I have lost the first 3 weeks that I have started the new me. I know I can do this! I have signed up for the 28 day boot-camp challenge that I am officially going to start on Sunday. I want to wait until Sunday because I have many plans for tomorrow that will not allow me time to do anything new plus Sunday is weigh in da... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 20:07:44 EST Just a Wednesday thought! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5326881 I can't believe it is Wednesday already. Only 34 more days until the kids get out of school and we have a jammed packed summer ahead of us. I can't wait until the summer but thought that these last couple of months have been dragging along and here it is Wednesday in this week already and I keep thinking it is Monday. Not sure if that is a bad thing or not. We have been so busy lately because of all the dance classes and schedules for it that I have lost track of time. <BR> I have been keepi... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 20:53:21 EST Weigh in day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5323179 Today I was nervous to step on that scale. I was afraid that I was going to gain weight this week. I'm not really sure why I thought that because I have been walking more this week than the past 2 weeks. I stepped on that scale and to my surprise it went down.... I lost an even 2 pounds this week. That gives me a total weight loss of 11.6 pounds for the past 3 weeks of my new life. <em>9</em> Sun, 14 Apr 2013 20:31:53 EST Where did the time go? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5318514 I have been so busy since this weekend I have no clue where my head is. We have had so much this week with dance, softball, doctor appointments and my school has started again after 2 weeks of vacation time. I have kept up with my meal plan plus I have been getting out each day to walk. Most of the time it is only about 15 minutes but today I got to walk a mile in 20 minutes so I am proud of myself. The weather here is fantastic but this weekend it is suppose to go down hill. I love being out... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 13:59:31 EST Sunday, Funday plus a weigh in! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5314590 Today I don't have much to do so it will be a perfect day to spend at the park until the April rain decides to come. All the kids are getting ready to go. We are going to eat there, play and then go for a nice walk on the nature trail again. They really enjoy it and it gives me a chance to get out a little for some fresh air and exercise. I really want to be able to do more but I think for a while I want to stick to walking. I have started a faster walk for about a mile. It is suppose to rain... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 11:49:57 EST Am I a crazy dance mom? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5313566 I weigh in every Sunday and so far for my first weigh in last week I lost pounds. I get to weigh in tomorrow morning and I am actually excited for the first time. I know I have had to lose weight this week just because of my crazy schedule. I now know how I have gained all of this weight through the years. I am one BUSY, BUSY mom. Between dance and softball it does not leave me much time in between. Today we woke up to get ready for dance pictures by 9:30 am, then back home to go back to danc... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 11:15:25 EST Where is the energy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5312411 I feel so tired, drained and am not motivated at all. I have been staying on track of my plan as much as I can. I have followed my meal plan precisely except on Easter and I am losing weight that I am extremely happy with. I have no energy to want to do anything except lay in my bed. I do not feel ill at all so I'm not sure what is going on. I have felt like this for a little while now. For right now my exercise is walking but most days I don't even feel like doing that. I walked almost a mil... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 09:44:22 EST Cold weather, warm vacations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5310445 Today here is Pennsylvania it is cold. What happen to spring? I normally do not like the summer weather but this year I am looking forward to it. I have so many plans for vacation and am hoping to get out more to exercise to get this extra weight off of me. I drive a school bus so I am off for the summer when the kids get out of school. We are completely booked up for June already with softball tournaments and dance recitals. The the week after we have planned to go to Great Wolf Lodge which ... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 17:16:39 EST Days are running together http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5307802 My Easter day was fantastic. We had a great dinner which I am sure I did eat too much but I am ok with that. I know now that I need to work extra hard this week to lose more weight. We went to see a movie (The Croods), it was such a good movie and the kids loved it. We went bowling later in the evening for a few hours. We all had a good time and by the time we got home we got to cuddle on the couch to watch another movie before we went to bed. <BR> Today was another busy day with the kids be... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 16:25:27 EST Happy Easter and weekly weigh in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5306174 Today I have had a lot of anxiety over but it is turning out to be a fantastic Easter so far. The kids woke up to see that the Easter bunny did indeed come with a basket of candy and some movies, a book and an outfit. We did an egg hunt also where again more candy and some money. We are getting ready now to go out to our dinner. We reserved seating at a fancy hotel since it will just be the four of us this year. This is where I get very nervous because I know today I am going to go off my he... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 10:35:21 EST First day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5298521 Today has been the first full day that I am trying to live healthier. I was able to walk a lot today since the weather wasn't too bad here. I took the kids to the park, threw some balls with my daughter to practice her softball skills, then we went for a walk on the nature trail. It was a lot of fun and I even met new people while walking on the trail. We did eat out today(took longer than expected at the park) which I thought would be harder than what it was. I decided on Hoss's and ate the ... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 18:26:24 EST Lose or go home!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5297518 I am beginning my weight loss journey. I am excited but at the same time very lost at even where to start. I have a lot of weight to lose with being this lost but I am trying my hardest to research as much as I can. I have been thinking about this for a few months now but just have not had the motivation or knowledge to do it. I am sure now that I am ready to change my life forever. I have about 90 pounds to lose and am hoping to reach that goal within a year. I plan to eat healthy and exerci... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 18:55:50 EST