DIAMNDSPRKLMOM's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DIAMNDSPRKLMOM DIAMNDSPRKLMOM'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/ Just Keep Swimming http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6321160 Hi Sparkfriends, <BR> <BR> It's been a stressful week. I've been revising my meal plans and following the Skinny Jean challenge. I like it a lot so, I will start another month of it. I managed to exercise for the first portion of my week, but somehow for Thursday's and Friday's, getting in a workout has been a little difficult. <BR> <BR> <BR> Weekend plans: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1b8feaf9-2336-431d-90b0-9ffc4158f268.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and of course: J... Sat, 25 Feb 2017 02:41:43 EST My Time (2017 Resolution) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6319676 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d3d981e6-8efa-4d38-a74d-889d50d82cef.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> I decree and declare that 2017 is my time! <BR> <BR> I was born at the right time. <BR> <BR> It is my time to remove old ways and ideas that are keeping me stagnant and on a destructive path. <BR> <BR> It is my time to plant and sow into my vision the ideas that will bring a loving prosperous future. <BR> <BR> It is my time to pluck up old habits and ideas I've planted in my spirit, tha... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 06:37:41 EST Motivational Mondays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728830 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1390086691.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hi sparkfriends, <BR> <BR> I am fired up for another, week of weightloss. I have been gaining and losing the same 12lbs since New Year's and it's time to nip that in the bud. I am hoping make a few changes today with a simple program that I will be following, designed to help me lose 10lbs with in the next two weeks. I will be working on my core as well as incorporating some strength training, and adding a... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 07:41:40 EST Getting Stronger http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669573 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l349538900.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Progress report so far this week I have lost 0 lbs. Now that I have stopped my green smoothie cleanse, I have managed to gain and lose the same 5lbs for the past month. I love the smoothies, and am going to do at least 1 a day, but I don't think that I can do anymore 10 days straight for a while. I started out this week with my workout dvds. I wake up about 3 am to get in 2 hours before my little one wakes up, b... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 07:17:45 EST The No Excuses Chair Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5618648 Hi Sparkfriends, I found this low impact workout on YouTube. Gotta Love Billy Blanks! <em>381</em> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> <link>youtu.be/kQ2q8X2zzSA </link> Sat, 8 Feb 2014 13:07:54 EST *Round 2* Ding Ding!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5599765 Starting second round of 10 Day Green Smoothie Detox by the famous JJ Smith. <BR> Curious? her website: <link> www.jjsmithonline.com </link> <BR> The online Green Smoothie team meets here on Facebook. <link>www.facebook.com/groups/Green.Smooth<BR>ie.Cleanse/ </link> <BR> <BR> I am prepared for a major round of weight loss before I meet with the doctor next month. Just going in every month, having not lost a pound but gaining is really ruining my self esteem. I am getting settled into... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 08:33:16 EST January 2014 Goals and Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5597761 My goals for January was to eliminate all processed food, drinks, and sugars from my diet. I don't drink a lot of soda, but I am guilty of eating highly processed foods that have reeked havoc on my body, and kept my body at a standstill set point where it comes to my weight loss. I didnt realize how much my body really needed a break from all the chemical additives until I started to eliminate them and started to eat a more vegan diet. <BR> I have been following the JJ Smith 10 Day Green Smo... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 09:06:19 EST Happy Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5458695 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1852220685.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Wishing all of my Spark Family and Friends a very happy, healthy, and prosperous Sunday. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Theresa Sun, 18 Aug 2013 09:02:50 EST Virtual Workouts for Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5316693 Hi Sparkfamily, <BR> <BR> Just finished a "virtual" jogg on Youtube to fullfill the doctors prescription for 1 hour of exercise a day. By turning off the sound, and using the mp3 I can exercise quietly while the little one is still asleep. <em>224</em> Running is okay, but I am going to have a lot more fun shopping for a bicycle and getting out there making my own video. <em>332</em> <em>185</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8jcfYwHW2o </link> <BR> <link>www.yout... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 06:07:01 EST What 2000 Calories Looks Like http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5310604 Hi SparkFriends, <BR> <BR> Here's another link showing just how quickly junk food adds up. Of course I would never eat this many portions...but even having these portions scattered throughout the week can definitely spell trouble. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgaqwFPU7cc&<BR>list=UUpko_-a4wgz2u_DgDgd9fqA&index=5 </link> Wed, 3 Apr 2013 20:20:34 EST How your "Diet" Soda is killing you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5260924 Hi Spark Friends, <BR> <BR> We all know that Aspartame and MSG is bad for you, but this is a great reminder of just how bad it is. I recently read this article and found it very informative would like to share it. If you have the time, please check it out . <BR> <BR> <link>thedetoxdiva.com/how-your-diet-soda-<BR>is-killing-you/ </link> Sat, 23 Feb 2013 10:41:00 EST Motherhood http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5259924 Hi Sparkfriends, <BR> <BR> It's the end of another week, and so far, I have spent the past three weeks battling my daughter's inner ear infection. It started around the 8th of February. When I took her into the pediatrician, she was prescribed Cefdinir. We took that for 4 days and Wednesday afternoon I noticed that she had broken out in a prickly heat rash and had unusual spots all over her body. By Valentines day she had rough itchy skin, blistering lips and and patchy dry skin around the... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 11:43:02 EST Special Delivery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5246762 <BR> <link>diamondsparklemom.blogspot.com/ </link> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 17:58:33 EST Start them Young... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5240630 Hi Spark Friends, <BR> <BR> It's a gloomy afternoon and the weather is one step away from a misty rain. The air is a little chilly and I really feel like curling up with a sherpa blanket and a mug of hot cocoa. But I am here, thumbing through my workout dvds on the dining room table, trying to see if I can create a 6 month vision board of my goals and priorities so that I can optimize my potential. I am sure, that if I can focus a little bit harder, and put in just an ounce more determin... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 19:08:34 EST January 2013 Status Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5223524 I have been away from spark for quite sometime. Lets say, almost 2 yrs maybe trying to get my life and body straightened out, after having the baby. I managed to gain 30 lbs from the pregnancy. Three years later, I am STILL making plans to get rid of it. UGH!!!! Things are still a little crazy, but I can't put my weightloss goals on hold any longer. My New Year weightloss goals are as follows, <BR> <BR> 1. Lose 2- 3lbs a week using the spark program <BR> 2. Focus on my own personal pyra... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 19:22:54 EST Update for July 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4981106 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l845063464.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A Time for Everything... <BR> <BR> To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: <BR> A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; <BR> A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; <BR> A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; <BR> A time to cast away s... Sat, 21 Jul 2012 23:20:15 EST Motivation 2-2-2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3985082 My niece and nephew ages 3 and 7 stopped by for a visit. They were playing on the scale and reporting how much they weighed. I remembered that I needed to step on it and see what it says too. It's been almost two months and I keep procrastinating because I'm dreading to see what the number really is. I step on the scale to discover that I had lost almost 25 lbs! <em>224</em> I was so elated that I decided to pull out a pair of jeans that I'd purchased last week. (I sort of bought the... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 20:02:40 EST Motivational Thought 1-24-11: Real Woman http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3955066 I may not be the most beautiful or sexiest woman, nor do I have the perfect body. I may not be everybody' s first choice, but I'm a great choice. I don't pretend to be someone I'm not, because I'm good at being me. I may not be proud of some things in my past, but I am proud of who I am today. God continues to do His marvelous work in me!! Post if you're proud of being you. Real women rock! <BR> <em>306</em> <em>345</em> <em>9</em> <em>220</em> <em>306</em> <em>345</em> <em>9</em> <em... Mon, 24 Jan 2011 07:25:16 EST Motivational Thought 1-18-11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3936731 Be constantly RENEWED in the spirit of your mind having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude. <BR> Put on the "NEW." <BR> <BR> I am always aware of the bulge in my midsection and thighs. In the past, I've spent countless minutes trying on and taking off clothing, trying to find something that actually "Fits." I must remind myself that I must consistently put on the new lifestyle, however tight and constricting it may feel. I must keep this "Girdle." This form of "underwear" is not option... Tue, 18 Jan 2011 10:36:25 EST Motivational Quotes from week 1-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3929508 Just because something is difficult doesn't mean you shouldn't try. <BR> It just means you should try harder. <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>185</em> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> 10 keys to Success <BR> <BR> 10. Just Keep Trying <BR> 9. Try to determine what IS working. <BR> 8. Try to determine what is NOT working. <BR> 7. Try to find someone whose done it. <BR> 6. Try and ask for help. <BR> 5. Try it again tomorrow. <BR> 4. Try it differently. <BR> 3. Try once more. <BR> 2. Try again. <BR> 1. T... Sun, 16 Jan 2011 08:23:49 EST Psychiastrist http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3848955 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l67995820.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I love how we can always turn toward our Creator with all of our problems and there is no absolutely no charge! Fri, 17 Dec 2010 09:45:48 EST Update on my Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3788405 Things have been very chaotic here. I have really missed my wonderful Spark Friends. <BR> Things have really gotten out of control, and I am hoping to get back on track. So far my year has gone like this...... <BR> <BR> „Ï Had a Baby. <BR> „Ï Had C-Section, then Had SO take over my bed after surgery, because temper tantrum about sleeping on hospital chair. <BR> „Ï Had Income Tax Money given to my SO's EX while me and baby go w/out. <BR> „Ï Had no food all year and been at the mercy of loc... Tue, 16 Nov 2010 17:39:27 EST South Beach Phase 1 Menu Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3527982 Hello SparkFriends, <BR> <BR> I've been on the South Beach diet for quite sometime, and am still baffled with what to eat for my meals so that I won't get too bored. I have purchased every cookbook sold, and have tried numerous recipes...still holding on. I know it WILL work for me if I can get past the SUGAR cravings the first week or so. Here's what I've been doing. <BR> <BR> Breakfast is something similiar to an egg scrambled with eggwhite, turkey bacon, and Tomato Juice. <BR> I so... Thu, 12 Aug 2010 00:14:28 EST SomeOne Elses Eyes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3514004 Hello sparkies! Here is my positive Motivation for the week..........thoughts of FREEDOM. Thoughts of LIBERTY. Searching within for the spirit to go on each day. Freeing myself from guilt and condemnation that being overweight brings. From not making my daily goals and living purposfully. I found this song by Aretha Franklin which is helping me work it all out. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l835548895.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photo... Sun, 8 Aug 2010 00:02:29 EST Moments of Insanity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3461026 Another stressful week has gone by. The daycare that I was leaving my daughter at didn’t work out as planned. I found out that they weren’t feeding her but once or twice a day. And when she had “BM” there was evidence of rawness and an episode where she was left in her diaper and everything had dried hard on her. I discussed things with my mother to see if she would be able to take care of her for a while, she agreed, but after a few 12hr shifts, My mother was ready to throw in the towel a... Fri, 23 Jul 2010 08:48:16 EST Working Mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3397299 Upon returning to work, there were a lot of changes. Security at the door prevents me from entering. Our newest plant manager, one of 3 in the last 2 yrs, informs me that I will be working on my Sabbaths now. There was no look of remorse in his eye as he told me the news. He knows my situation very clearly didn’t make any accommodations. So, I will be filing with the EEOC since the company told me when I was hired that having my Sabbath days were off were not a problem. My sweet baby gir... Sun, 4 Jul 2010 08:13:47 EST whatdaya waiting for? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3318122 Certain thoughts should be unthinkable while dieting... There are tons of "I can't EVEN go there!" foods on my list. <BR> <BR> <em>493</em> <em>494</em> <em>495</em> <em>486</em> <em>76</em> <em>468</em> <BR> <BR> Your health is the most valuable thing that you own. <BR> And many ignore this fact and make some very hurtful choices. <BR> These choices rob everyone around you. <BR> <BR> Your contribution can make a difference in the lives of your family, friends, coworkers, y... Wed, 9 Jun 2010 16:11:07 EST My Rebel Spirit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3300676 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l256949082.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I guess I was feeling down --Feeling a little wounded.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l698214979.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Maybe I was bleeding because life has me down—--I don’t know. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l315722951.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l126315622.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am my own worst enemy about everything it... Fri, 4 Jun 2010 14:15:29 EST How to control your hunger http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3295584 In case you missed this on the message board HOT topic-- Here is a condensed list of ways to control your hunger. <BR> <BR> (To get you started). <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> 1. Gum <BR> 2. Fiber/protien combo <BR> 3. Make sure fiber 25-35g a day/soluble fiber supplement <BR> 4. Water. <BR> a) water with lemon <BR> b)flavored <BR> c)carbonated <BR> d)flavored teas, herbal, green,mint <BR> 5. Walnuts/Almonds <BR> 6. No sugar/ No bad Carbs <BR> 7. Eat every 3hrs <BR> 8. Fill up on... Thu, 3 Jun 2010 07:40:20 EST 6 Week Body Makeover Meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3277873 This is my fourth try trying to stay on the 6 week body makeover. I have been working this menu up and down trying to see if I can do it and get some results. <BR> <BR> . <BR> Breakfast & Mid-Morning Snack <BR> 2oz protein A: Fish <BR> 2oz protein B: Chicken <BR> ½ c mixed fruit: Strawberry and Blackberry <BR> 1/4c fruit B: Banana <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l994449081.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> *Due to hypoglycemia, the diet plan recommends that I... Fri, 28 May 2010 17:27:15 EST Mother & Daughter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3270279 Mother and Daughter having a happy lunch. <BR> <em>73</em> <em>67</em> <em>129</em> <em>26</em> <em>67</em> <em>73</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l159028972.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l213244934.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l246020810.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l886339081.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 26 May 2010 12:59:26 EST Finding Confidence http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3264928 A glimmer of hope is on the horizon--I started back up with my Avon this weekend, which is helping to get me get moving again. I am sooo out of shape, but victory will be mine! <em>185</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l850375609.jpg"> <BR> Hello Tomorrow! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l611926535.jpg"> <BR> playing around with Avon Blooming pout lip color. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l440738198.jpg"> Tue, 25 May 2010 00:07:03 EST Progress Report for May http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3236814 Whew!!! Two months already?! Time sure does go by quickly! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l905870329.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l565539821.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My progress for the past two months is very slow. I'm stuck at home being a mom, watching TV and snacking. Healthy food/ junk food it doesn't really matter, because when the baby cries I start stuffing my face with something. It could be oreos, or it could be strawbe... Sun, 16 May 2010 23:12:33 EST Dirty Little Secret http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3188903 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l272905304.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This java chiller drink from Sonic and ones just like it from Starbucks are my downfall. Since starting on the Spark program I have sworn off this creation. It's full of creamy vanilla soft serve icream, espresso and is topped with whipped cream, and drizzled with Caramel, Hazelnut or Chocolate on top. It's the most delicious creation I've tasted in a long while. This drink gives me enough energy to work 18hrs st... Mon, 3 May 2010 11:28:29 EST Shirley & Marcy..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3163056 This little joke was so cute, I thought that I would share! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l980670395.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> A mom was concerned about her son beginning kindergarten and insisting he could walk to school alone. She wanted to give him the feeling that he had some independence, but know that he was safe. <BR> <BR> So she asked a neighbor who walked for exercise with her toddler/stroller every morning if she would please follow him to school in... Mon, 26 Apr 2010 13:56:21 EST Beautiful Baby Girl http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3027520 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l952563709.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's been one week since my C-section, but I am still recovering from my whirlwind hospital visit. Because my high blood pressure, my doctor thought that it would be best to induce labor. I was induced Friday morning, and spent the next 22hrs trying to get my cervix to dialate to a 5. My doctor finally decided to end it all with a C-section. I was very disappointed and very upset. I was discharged from the hospita... Sun, 21 Mar 2010 23:25:25 EST Blessings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2743609 To all of my dear Spark Friends, <BR> May you be blessed this new year...XOXO!!!! <BR> <em>26</em> <em>223</em> <em>26</em> <em>223</em> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> http://www.blessyoumovie.com <BR> <BR> Thu, 14 Jan 2010 08:53:14 EST Things I've lost http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2529136 Recently, I was watching the Joni Lamb show, and there was a doctor on the show discussing the brain. She was saying that there were good thoughts that made the cells in your brain grow healthy living tree structures in the brain, and bad thoughts/ideas that produced dead halloween looking tree structures in the brain. My take away from the show had me realize that my negative emotions were affecting my brain as if I was taking drugs, to kill off portions of my brain. Now that I think about ... Mon, 2 Nov 2009 20:56:09 EST Progress Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2232609 Hey Spark Friends, <BR> <BR> Happy Wednesday! I am still hanging on, best I can. I have definitely Felt the pull from a lot of things this week. <BR> <BR> 1. My weight is steady at 50lb loss. No more no less. ARgh! <BR> 2. Wondering if being married is for me. (I still relate a lot to "Carrie Bradshaw" ) <BR> 3. Getting concerned about healthy eating in case a Baby comes along one day. <BR> 4. Trying to maintain exercise routine so if baby comes I will not lose myself too much. <BR> 5. Try... Wed, 15 Jul 2009 23:14:41 EST My key to weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2201855 Don't be slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. (Heb 6:12) Here on Sparkpeople, there are so many who are walking the path and reaping much success. I just have to remember that, I can do it too! <em>252</em> <em>9</em> Sat, 4 Jul 2009 08:38:10 EST Selfish Ambition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2159501 Things have been going a little hectic for me. My fiance whom I recently broke up with wants to get back together. I am pretty torn up about this, because I'd purchased the "Love Dare" book and really tried to make the relationship work. Since it didn't really, I moved on and found someone new. Now he's pressuring me to pick back up where things left off. My job seems to be pushing me out the door, and bills are beginning to pile high. I am trying to study to get my teacher certification ... Wed, 17 Jun 2009 17:33:10 EST The best things in life are Free http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2086744 I finally got up and walked to the park instead of hopping on the treadmill. I recorded the distance, so that I will know how long its gonna take me to walk to work every morning. Hopefully I can replace my 5 minute drive to work with a healthy walk instead. It will help me to save gas, and its going to force me to get in one more hour of exercise everyday. I definitely need this. AND the weather is so gorgeous right now, I don't EVEN have an excuse to be lazy! <BR> <BR> 1 walk to ... Sat, 23 May 2009 11:06:51 EST Summer Shopping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2071014 Getting back on track with exercises and meal plan today. <em>224</em> <BR> I have been secretly shopping for a swimsuit for months now. For some reason purple is catching my eye. I am trying to come up with a few styles to make my debut in August. Hopefully I can get my body whipped and shredded by then! <BR> <BR> Ideas I'm pondering: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/8/1/b815197189.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/3/0/b309185276.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Mon, 18 May 2009 05:41:26 EST Mayday Mayday--Crash Landing!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2066670 Ever hear of the quote: "If Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries what am I Doing in the Pits?" That's my life right now. Everyday events are spiraling out of control, and its leaving me with the BLUES! <BR> My job/income reduced to nothing this week. My diet plans are falling down, Exercises are getting to be a chore. Being able to record data on Sparkpeople has become almost impossible. My Internet issues started out as security breach and spiraled to a burned out modem, which spiraled into se... Sat, 16 May 2009 09:31:35 EST Poem http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2026094 I tend to lose my goals and focus. Today I found this poem from www.newbirth.org that helped me have an AHA moment. <BR> <BR> The Habit Poem <BR> I am your constant companion. <BR> I am your greatest helper or heaviest burden. <BR> I will push you onward or drag you down to <BR> failure. <BR> I am completely at your command. <BR> Half of the things you do you might as well turn <BR> over to me and I will do them - quickly and <BR> correctly. <BR> I am easily managed - you must be firm with ... Sat, 2 May 2009 18:01:21 EST Are You Neglecting Your Body? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2018922 That is the question of today's healthy reflection. I have to say Yes to this. I have been neglecting doing as much time in my workouts, some days I neglect them all together. I have been neglecting to record my food intake, stop by sparkpages and blogs and gather sparkpoints which I used to do religiously. I got back to doing some of my workouts this week. Jogging on the Treadmill listening to my Ipod/MP3 had me in tears. Why have I been neglecting myself all this time? What's wrong with... Thu, 30 Apr 2009 06:10:11 EST Hard ABS: Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1993870 The ab workout I did before is easy stuff compared to this intense workout which has me bawling like a baby!!! <em>46</em> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Here it is!!! <BR> <BR> cross arm crunches: 20 <BR> legs @ 90degree crunch: 20 <BR> legs @ 180degree crunch: 20 <BR> left abdominal crunch: 20 <BR> right abdominal crunch: 20 <BR> reverse crunches: 20 <BR> 2 count trunk twists: 20 <BR> bicycles: 30 <BR> bicycle with straight legs lifts: 15 <BR> hip lifts: 20 <BR> crunches with right arm extensi... Tue, 21 Apr 2009 18:25:53 EST Hard ABS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1985497 Today I did a new abs workout. It was extremely difficult!!! <BR> But I am positive that I will see results soon, if I stick with it. <BR> <em>418</em> <em>402</em> <em>406</em> <em>249</em> <em>9</em> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> "Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peacable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby." Hebrews 12:11 KJV <BR> <BR> Sun, 19 Apr 2009 07:02:16 EST Reclaiming what's Mine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1953314 I am currently in a strange “season.” Many of the events in my life, have caused me to have an emptiness, and broken spirit. For many years I have been in a depression caused by abuse, betrayal, slander, and isolation. In the past 2 years I have changed jobs 3 times. Situations From Being robbed at Gunpoint, To being Slandered by Co-Worker that wanted my Manager position, went behind my back and told lies to my Supervisor which he believed, even though I'd worked with him for years he took ... Tue, 7 Apr 2009 22:45:36 EST Thank you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1932416 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/8/4/b845878260.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hello Spark Friends! <BR> <BR> I just want to thank you ALL for ALL of your wonderful support!!!!!And also an extra Special Thank You to all who have offered encouragement to me during my breakup! Thank you So So Much! <BR> <BR> FTLSWEETIE <BR> SHRYNKABELLE <BR> BUGGIE726 <BR> SHININGTHRU126 <BR> KIERAE <BR> YOGATICHA <BR> HOMIELUVRFRND <BR> NIGHTSRAINFALL <BR> MOCHAMOM33 <BR> TELERIE <BR> CARLA3B <BR> HONEYLOVE6 ... Wed, 1 Apr 2009 08:49:11 EST