DIVA711's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DIVA711 DIVA711'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/ Reset Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5476219 Today I reset my goals. I surpassed my 9/4 goal. I am energized to keep going. The next goal is to reach 266 by October 31st. <BR> <BR> Starting weight 4/25/2013: 355 <BR> Starting BMI: 59.1 <BR> Current Weight 9/4/2013: 275 <BR> Current BMI: 45.8 Wed, 4 Sep 2013 23:06:34 EST It's been a while.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5469875 I'm am still very much active. I'm now walking 5 miles a day, working 50hrs a week, attending school full time. I'm very grateful for the changes I've made to my life and the loving family I've built here. I am however going to flip back to my original eating plan. I've felt really run down from eating a "balanced diet of gf grains, protein, veggies, and fruit". So on that note, I'm returning to my modified paleo diet by eating organic, responsibly sourced animal protein (once or twice... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 11:52:51 EST Aww! I broke my login streak! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5455146 I broke my longest login streak of 80 days but I'm happy to report I've lost a total of 70 lbs since spell and finally walked my 355 miles. It was time to reset my goals anyway. I am 285 today and feeling great. I need to get back to work. I'll provide updates later Wed, 14 Aug 2013 13:49:25 EST Weight loss from an ill-gotten way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5450594 I have lost 8lbs this week, bringing my weight to 287lbs. Hold on now....no need to celebrate. Here is my long but albeit comical synopsis of my week. My bf returned from China on Monday. I was happy about that. I was able to walk/jog 10 miles between Monday and Wednesday. The real fun started on Tuesday when I ate a bag of Bettermaid hot corn chips in a day of whole food goodness. Wednesday I had 4 Sargento Cheddar Cheese snack sticks and another bag of Bettermaid hot corn chips. Thursday I ... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 07:46:01 EST Recap of the last three months http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5444087 In May, I took myself off Prozac (depression) and Metformin (symptoms of insulin resistance and polycystic ovarian syndrome). I went on a quest to better health and clean eating. <BR> <BR> I started with a paleo diet, then raw, then low carb paleo, and back to whole foods eating on the lower range of carb intake. I only eat meals with rice once or twice a week. I eat raw nuts, fruits, and veggies during the workday. I eat a cooked meal in the evening. <BR> <BR> I have worked out consisten... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 11:11:52 EST Day 6,7,8 of my 355 Mile Trek http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5444059 Day 6: 1.5 walk/run <BR> Day 7: 6.5 walk/jog <BR> Day 8: 1.48 mile walk/jog (W1D1 of C25K Walk/Jog Program) <BR> <BR> Sun, 4 Aug 2013 10:49:11 EST Day 5 of my 355 mile trek http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5441588 I am super tired today. I am seriously burning the candle at both ends with school, work, looking out for bf mom and sister, and working out. <BR> <BR> Today I walked/jogged 2.10 miles in 25 minutes in the early afternoon. <BR> In the evening I walked 4.56 miles in 56 minutes. <BR> <BR> Thu, 1 Aug 2013 22:01:53 EST Day 3 and 4 of my 355 Mile Trek http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5440331 Yesterday I walked and ran 1.25 miles <BR> Today I ran 2.25 miles straight. This was tough. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 21:59:42 EST Day 2 of My 355 mile Trek http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5437679 Today I began the Couch to 5 K walk/jog program. I walked/jogged 1.46 miles. I want to improve my endurance in running. I felt really heavy today. <em>386</em> <em>312</em> I will become a runner! Mon, 29 Jul 2013 17:58:43 EST Day 1 of My 355 mile Trek http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5436186 My goal is to walk a mile for each pound I formally weighed. I walked 2.90 miles towards this goal today. Sun, 28 Jul 2013 12:30:07 EST Changing Eating Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5436085 Today I am going to start doing something different. I am doing a combination of foods. I feel that balance is necessary to a healthy lifestyle. I am returning to my original plan. I need balance. I am not doing low carb, raw, gluten free, or paleo. I am doing a combination. <BR> <BR> - Fruits and Veggies <BR> - Proteins <BR> - Gluten Free Grains <BR> - Butter, Coconut and Olive Oils <BR> - Vitamins and Minerals Sun, 28 Jul 2013 10:28:59 EST Starting my day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5435243 Here are my starting stats. 4/25/2013: 355. 7/27/2013: 302. I started the day at 6:30am with 8oz of Green Goodness smoothie, a banana, and a nectarine. I peeled myself out of my bed to go walking. I really felt like sleeping in! I walked 4.28 miles at River Bends Park in Shelby Township, MI. <BR> <BR> <BR> I am fighting the urge to make a pound cake. I am having sugar cravings. I am off to study. I will put something more beneficial in my mouth besides cake.... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 12:46:38 EST Day 57 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5429903 Today is day 57 of me logging into SP consistently. I am very tired today. I wanted to sleep when I returned home from work. I remembered I had to check on BF's mother and sister with special needs, my dad and little sister with special needs, work out, and do homework. I'm thinking I should not have volunteered to look after additional family members while he is away in China when I am just getting back to work after two months, starting my graduate program, and continuing my weight loss jou... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 21:46:39 EST Walking for a cause! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5428257 I am walking my first 5K for a cause...American Lung Association in September. I am getting the hang of this walking. I never thought I would come this far. I thank God for this as it was just two years ago that I was in cardiac critical care with pneumonia. I could not walk to the bathroom without oxygen, let alone walk a 5k. <BR> <BR> <link>action.lung.org/site/TR/RunWalk/ALAM<BR>S_MidlandStates?px=3485727&pg=personal<BR>&fr_id=7710 </link> Sun, 21 Jul 2013 12:48:42 EST 55 days of Consistency http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5427547 Today is my 55th day logging into Sparkpeople. I have lost 50 lbs, walked/jogged 136.77 miles, developed a habit of logging and measuring everything I consume, and can sleep for 8 hours straight every night. I also have been 50 days without antidepressants, metformin, asthma, and sinus medication. I am only eating clean and taking vitamins. <BR> <BR> I have a clear mind, truly feel happy, and have no pain/breathing issues. I also received news I am ovulating naturally again. I also noticed ... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 17:49:12 EST C25K Done! Next Steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5425750 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I have been slacking on my blogging. Work is so busy and I am in the last week of one of my classes. However, I managed to workout and finish my 5k Walk. I walked 3.1 miles in 37 minutes. My next goal is to walk/jog 355 miles ( a tribute to my former weight). Have a happy Thursday everyone! <em>312</em> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 21:02:55 EST Post Birthday Reflections http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5420823 I had a nice birthday. There was no cake involved (or party for that matter....). I had to reflect upon those I choose to have in my circle. I had three major milestones this year (getting bachelor degree, getting into graduate school, and getting my first direct hire position after ten years of contract work). My birthday also passed and I now lost 50 lbs. I am grateful for completing all these milestones but I cannot help but notice it is time to prune some of those relationships that are ... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 14:59:18 EST Updates! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5417122 Hello! <BR> <BR> It's been a while since I last posted. I started a new job on Monday and feel so welcomed there. This is my first direct hire position in about ten years. I have worked in information technology as a contractor for a while now. <BR> <BR> Okay, now on to sad news. My boyfriend is going to China for about 3 weeks. I will miss him terribly. I do pray his safe journey and return. I hope he enjoys his trip. <BR> <BR> Exercise: I have walked 3 miles a day since Monday. I am g... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 20:26:44 EST Couch to 5K Week 3 is Complete http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5411547 I am so stoked to end another week in the C25K Walking program. Today I walked 4 miles in 53 minutes. I added a short cool down and stretch today. I feel great! Today is also the 40th day I consistently logged into SP. I am becoming more consistent with my workouts, eating, and interacting with my community I developed. I am definitely in this for the long haul this time. I love you guys! <em>247</em> <em>212</em> Fri, 5 Jul 2013 13:30:29 EST Couch to 5K Week 3 Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5409959 Today I had two workouts - 40 minute circuit training in the morning and walking miles this evening. I walked for speed, endurance, and distance. I tried to reach five miles but I was too tired near the end of the fourth mile. I kept walking to cool down and stretch. There is always next week. Tomorrow is my crosstraining day. I'm thinking belly dancing..... <em>386</em> Wed, 3 Jul 2013 19:56:53 EST Link to my blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5408997 Here is a link to my blog. I started journaling my thoughts. I hadn't posted since last year. Take a look. <BR> <link>kiesjourney.blogspot.com/ </link> Tue, 2 Jul 2013 21:17:58 EST Happy July! 10 Days till my birthday! Goals for this week.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5407074 I had a goal of getting to 320 by July 11th (at which time I will get a new tattoo). I am happy to say I reached the goal 10 days early. I stepped on the scale this morning and saw 319.2. Amazing! So here goes the goals for the next 7 days....Happy Monday! <BR> <BR> -Spend time with God <BR> -Walk 28 miles <BR> -Do Strength 5 times this week <BR> -Blog each day in my new blog and SP blog <BR> -Support others in their goals everyday <BR> -Tweak a natural insect repellant oil <BR> -Lose 5 lbs ... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 08:02:20 EST Couch to 5K Week 3 Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5406599 I am off a day because my baby sister was not feeling well the past few days. I walked 5.4 miles in an hour and 40 minutes. My legs felt real heavy towards the end.....#teamfitdiva Sun, 30 Jun 2013 18:46:40 EST Couch to 5K Week 3 Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5403816 Today it started to rain quite heavily. However, I managed to walk 2.5 miles in 30 minutes. I would have kept walking , but it got real dark and it's a lot of trees in the park. Oh well. Time to do another workout....stay tuned.... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 17:59:23 EST Paleo Diet Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5402760 I am a little over three weeks into a full 100% Paleo Diet. I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical about me sticking with it. I have noticed my skin clearing, having more energy, and losing tons of weight. I do occasionally crave sugar or a bowl of cereal; however, I overcome it. Here's to continued great progress in my healthy lifestyle. Wed, 26 Jun 2013 18:59:32 EST C25K Week 2 Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401371 Today was an interesting day. I walked to and from the park (5 mile roundtrip); but, walked/jogged 5 miles in 55 minutes, with stretching for 10 minutes. It was also raining. I usually drive to the park but I felt like walking. <BR> <BR> Along the way, I came across three men walking taunting me saying "Look at her rolls jiggling, fat people shouldn't run", "She's causing an earthquake". It hurt my feelings but it also made me get out of jogging and RUN! This is the hardest workout I have h... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 12:49:38 EST New Week, New Loss...gaining momentum http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5400025 This is the fifth week into a new habit. I am posting and interacting on SP; and, with my weight loss buddies offline. This is usually the time I would drop out, but there is a new spirit and attitude that is giving me continued strength. It is community and the visions of my future. I wrote a vision wall on my whiteboard in my apartment. I have the entire wall covered with whiteboard paint. I wrote what I see in my short-term, medium-term, and long-term future. <BR> <BR> I see a future wit... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 10:00:38 EST C25K Week 2 Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5399066 Today I walked 3.33 miles in 59 minutes. I feel good. I peeled myself out of my cool bed to walk in the hot sun. #TeamFitDiva <em>311</em> Sun, 23 Jun 2013 11:47:40 EST C25K Week 2 Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5397578 I am onto the next week. I got 1.5 miles in today. I was a bit slower today as I am sleepy from late night studying. Happy Trails everyone! Cheers! <em>386</em> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 16:51:53 EST June 28, 2013 - 328 and dropping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5396723 I thought I would journalize my progress in pictures also. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1975099655.jpg"> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 21:29:38 EST Gratefulness Blog Day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5396708 Today I was reminded of how important my relationship is with my boyfriend. We have known each other 8 and a half years. We have been together now almost three this time. We have grown so much and have so much in common. We both work in information technology, just received our bachelor degrees, have sisters with special needs, and working on several businesses together. We spent so much time going through fertility problems, take care of our families, building our careers, and pursuing our e... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 21:13:35 EST Couch to 5K Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5395121 Today is the end of the first week in my couch to 5K Walking Program. I am really energized and focused. I have walked approximately ten miles since Saturday. I walked 5 miles in 79 minutes today. Of course I feel it in my legs and thighs, but I feel a rising in my spirit to keep moving towards my goals in every area of my life. Wed, 19 Jun 2013 11:19:53 EST Gratefulness Blog Days 7 and 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5395117 I am a day behind. But I was unplugging to take time to read. I am truly grateful for Sparkpeople. I know firsthand how this resource helps people meet their health goals. I have met so many cool people here. I am further motivated by seeing others meet their fitness and weight loss goals. Here's to all my Sparkfriends! <em>223</em> <em>252</em> <em>380</em> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 11:16:51 EST Goals for the week beginning 6/16/2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5392096 - Spend time with God <BR> - Interact in my Sparkteams and communities <BR> - Eat 100% Paleo <BR> - Walk 14 miles this week <BR> - Do Strength 5 times this week <BR> - Work on Bible Studies for ministry <BR> - Work on thesis <BR> - Complete School discussion boards and assignments <BR> - Lose 2-4 lbs <BR> - Include social time with friends Mon, 17 Jun 2013 13:49:32 EST Gratefulness Blog Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5392019 Today is a beautiful sunny day in Shelby Township, MI. I was able to walk 3.5 miles continuously at River Bends Park. I am on week one, day two of C25K Walking Program. I was supposed to walk 1 mile, but was lost in the sauce jamming to my music. Before I knew it, I was 1.75 miles down the track. I had to walk around to get back to my car. I heard the birds singing and was in a complete daze. I felt the walk when I finally sat down. Perhaps I will walk 5 miles on Wednesday... <BR> <BR> I am ... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 12:42:25 EST Gratefulness Blog Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5390926 Today is father's day and I am grateful for my Dad. By the time I came along, my parents were slightly older. It was also a surprise since my mother's tubes were tied when she became pregnant with me (surprise!). This kind of created a bit of a gap and old-fashioned ways I adhered to growing up, like calling elders "Sir" or "Ma'am"; or, coming in by the time the street lights came on. He will be 77 this year and I am thankful to have him in my life. It is strange because we butt heads quite ... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 15:01:27 EST Gratefulness Blog Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5390076 I was taking a walk through the park and it was so serene, beautiful, and breathtaking. It is amazing to see nature. I am not necessarily a "nature girl" but I am getting the desire to do more as I challenge myself to lose weight, like hiking and camping. I would like to go rock climbing and skiing as I gain more strength. I am grateful for new revelation, meeting goals, and creating new challenges. I am wanting to live more, instead of watching from the sidelines or living vicariously throug... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 15:23:23 EST Gratefulness Blog Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5389012 I am grateful for living in a peaceful environment. I am learning to enjoy the "now". The joy is in the journey as well. Knowing I am living to see another day to pursue education, better health, and enjoy support from my offline and online family is a wonderful feeling. We are all connected in some kind of way. However, each of us are at different stages of our journeys. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was approached by someone who said he was a veteran and had a cognitively impaired adult son to ta... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 11:58:55 EST Gratefulness Blog Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5388170 I am grateful for the resources to attend school, workout, and carry on with everyday life. I have what I need. For that I am truly grateful. Blue skies are ahead.... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 15:27:37 EST Gratefulness Blog Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5386776 I have experienced sadness seeing women walk with their babies, pregnant belly and ultrasound posts on Facebook, looking at Baby Story, and hearing my friends complain about their pregnancy/children. This causes so much emotional and mental pain. Today is a new day. While I am not able to conceive at the moment, I have started to look at what I do have. It more than outweighs what I do not. <BR> <BR> I am thankful for being able to sit in my "quiet" 1500 sq ft two bed, 2 bathroom apartment ... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 10:05:24 EST One week into a new routine and down 10lbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5385843 Hello, <BR> <BR> Today I am 336.2, down 10lbs from last Tuesday. I can breathe better. It was a struggle eating this past week but I have accomplished a lot. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1857814157.jpg"> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 12:54:17 EST Four Days into the week and 7 lbs down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5382434 I am 7 lbs down <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1328525222.jpg">and four days into the start. I am having sugar cravings (gummy bear habit), but found whole foods satisfying. I also like waking up with so much energy and less pain (joint pain). Three weeks or more makes it a habit, right? So I will make it a habit. Sat, 8 Jun 2013 12:45:40 EST June 4, 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5377473 30 day Paleo diet Tue, 4 Jun 2013 02:17:03 EST June 4th Weekly Status http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5377459 Today I decided to do something different. I will be showing pictures and videos of my progress. Next year in October, I will meet my goals. I will complete my first masters degree, see an exponential profit in both internet businesses, make at least ten new friends, and get down to 145. Stay tuned..... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 01:29:03 EST My personal vision http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5367453 I am learning about creating a purposeful vision. A vision is summed up in the following questions: <BR> - Significant purpose: What business are you in? <BR> - A picture of the future: What will the future look like <BR> if you are successful? <BR> - Clear values: What guides your behavior and decisions <BR> on a daily basis? (Blanchard, 2012) <BR> To apply the vision statement to my life is the following: I am in the business of becoming healthy while pursuing my career and building a natur... Sat, 25 May 2013 10:14:41 EST New Beginnings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5355829 Today is the beginning of a lifestyle change. After careful thought, prayer, and research, I am adopting the paleo diet. It is a diet based on whole, unprocessed foods. It is a diet consisting of mushrooms, eggs, fruit, vegetables, meat, and fish. I will omit grains, pasta, dairy, processed meats, and sugar, (Wiss, 2010). This is a huge change; however, it is a necessary change to improve and maintain health. I have an intolerance to gluten; and, allergies to many other foods. It is a diet I ... Tue, 14 May 2013 00:33:10 EST Breaking Point and so many emotions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5346612 I have had this at many times in my life the past almost twenty years but today I have reached my final breaking point. I am at the size where I am not able to be intimate with my mate, conceive naturally, or be able to have normal body processes. <BR> <BR> I am excited about my upcoming commencement but am kind of feeling bittersweet about it. I have finally completed my bachelor degree but will not have my mother there to see me graduate. I vowed and broken many times to lose all of this w... Sun, 5 May 2013 20:31:33 EST Goals for tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5246939 -Do 30 minutes of yoga in the morning <BR> -Do 30 minutes of core strength in the afternoon <BR> -Complete management and control section of team business plan for MGT 420 <BR> -Complete marketing, management and control, and finance sections of strategic plan for senior project class <BR> -Clean apartment <BR> -Unpack nail items and get the guest bedroom organized <BR> -Meditate <BR> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 20:55:16 EST Weight Loss Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5232015 Weight loss Goals <BR> 3 Months (4/30/2013): 50lb loss <BR> 6 months (07/30/2013): 75lb loss <BR> 9 month (10/30/2013): 45lb loss <BR> 1 year (01/30/2013): 33.6lb loss <BR> Total loss: 203.6lbs <BR> Ultimate size Goal: 9 <BR> Reasons to lose weight <BR> • Health Reasons <BR> o To breathe better <BR> o Healthy Immune System <BR> o Healthy Skin <BR> o To be able to get pregnant and have healthy children <BR> o Reverse the symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome <BR> o To be pain free in back ... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 16:38:05 EST 10 days later....13 lbs down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5118300 332.4 today. I am proud of my progress. This is not over. I have just begun to fight.... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 19:39:59 EST