DOTTY7267's SparkPeople Blog DOTTY7267's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Is it Friday yet?! Today has been a pretty trying day for me diet-wise. I had quite a bit of bread/carbs today. I am still without Pepsi, which is going on 2 weeks this Sunday. I must admit that the last few days I have really craved one. I have quite a few contributing stressors also, which doesn't help. Let me just say: <BR> <BR> 1. This is the anniversary of my nephews fatal accident involving a motorcycle, and it has been extremely hard on his widow and children. It has been 2 years, but she walks in const... Wed, 8 Mar 2017 15:12:45 EST Still Holding Strong! I've been with Sparkpeople for quite a while now, and I thank them for the relationship. I've drifted and come back multiple times. This site has never failed me when I've decided to recommit myself to eating healthier and living a more fit lifestyle. I will be 50 this year. . .this is a monumental year for me, as my children are fully grown adults at this point. I believe this year is a year for me to take back my individuality as a person - not mom, girlfriend, or wife. Somethings that I ha... Thu, 2 Mar 2017 13:04:03 EST Day 3 - October Challenge <img src="">Well, I've been pretty good about returning to the gym, with today being my 5th day in a row. I'm going to be concentrating on my arms and abs today, so I'm not sure what my steps are going to be. <BR> <BR> I been asked by people why do you do so many 5Ks and/or fitness events? And have I always been this active? My answer to the first series of questions is pretty simple. I do the 5Ks because it helps... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 12:36:11 EST Today I begin again! I've been inactive for the past several months while I've completed my degree, which was a goal that I accomplished in August. . . .yeah me! Anyway, while studying and working fulltime, I have put on quite a bit of weight. I must admit that although I have gained weight, it has not completely been through inactivity. I have gotten quite a few miles under my belt riding my bike. And recently, as of October 3, I have completed my 7th 5K charity event this year. I still plan on participating in... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 16:34:26 EST October Fitness Plans Here I go, if I don't post them I feel less accountable for my actions, so I'm posting. <BR> <BR> 1. October 4 - Sista Strut on the RiverWalk and Grand Opening Celebration of western wing of the RiverWalk (will enjoy the food trucks - so extra steps are necessary) <BR> <BR> 2. October 11 - Annual Breast Cancer Walk at Ford Field with my church <BR> <BR> 3. Joined the BWDW October Squats Challenge. <BR> <BR> 4. Registered for the 2015 Commitment Day 5K in Detroit, which will be physical... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 14:23:40 EST Got bike. . . .will travel! The last two weekends have been pretty busy with mini goals I've set for myself to keep me motivated as well as in a healthy mindset. On the 14th of this month I rode 12 miles to benefit the uninsured and underinsured in metropolitan Detroit. On the 27th I walked 7 miles to benefit Mental Health issues within the community in honor of my deceased brother David who suffered from mental illness. <BR> <BR> On Friday I got my new bike! I'm excited because all the bike riding I have done has b... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:21:03 EST Starting Again, Again! Well, it has been quite a while since I've been back and active on this site, but the one thing that I know, is that when I get serious about my weight management - I need to be here! I have put on several pounds, 30 to be exact. I have made the commitment to get down by December 2014, which I believe is feasible. <BR> <BR> I have started bike riding in addition to walking daily. I have just started back with protein shakes and better nutritional choices. Today is my 2nd day without pop,... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:02:28 EST So here's the scoop! Yes, I've been MIA for a couple of weeks, but not because I've fallen off the wagon, but because I recently moved and my cable/telephone/internet were not installed until a couple of days ago. This meant that I could not communicate like I normally would. I know I could have went to the library, etc. etc. etc. but the fact is I didn't. I did a lot of visiting (some things I just had to see on the H2 Channel - which appears funny to my family because the History Channel is history! Which is... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 16:24:38 EST Still Juicing and down 2 pounds! Well, I successfully made it through Mother's Day weekend without any major mishaps, which was hard. On Saturday I felt a little sluggish, but I guess it could be because I woke up so early in preparation of this new Spring challenge. I put together my juices for the day, but midday I realized that I was better off having a real lunch versus waiting until dinner for my 1 solid meal. I had a lot of things that I was sorting through mentally, so I didn't spend much time focusing on much else... Mon, 13 May 2013 13:57:31 EST Day 6 and I have some converts! Well I've been juicing now for 6 days, and I must say I am enjoying it. On day 3 I had a bad headache because I was missing the pop and vending machine, but it was over by midday. I still have not gone a complete day without a meal, and today I begin the 5 juices and 1 evening meal cleanse for 3 days (Joe Cross). <BR> <BR> I've been reading the Juicing Bible and found some nice recipes for diabetes that I referred to my sisters. They are on day 2 of drinking the Diabetes Breakfast. I mad... Sat, 11 May 2013 08:31:08 EST The Challenge begins. . . <img src=""> <BR> Im ready! I've put my information on the board at work for the team challenge, and I've printed out a copy for home. NO EXCUSES!!!!! <BR> <BR> I guess you can tell that the juicing has gotten me a little hyped lately. <BR> <em>283</em> <em>283</em> <em>381</em> <em>283</em> <em>283</em> Fri, 10 May 2013 15:23:39 EST Day 1 of The Juicing Experiment <img src="">Well, I buckled down and made my purchase of a juicer, and my daughter and I started the process of chopping and juicing and prepping for today. This morning I started off with a protein shake that I used the fresh juices for. I packed my lunch, which consisted of a salad with tuna fish, sunflower seeds, broccoli, tomatoes, and cucumbers on romaine lettuce. I will have another juice once I get home for dinner. I plan on j... Mon, 6 May 2013 16:33:35 EST It's Been A While It has been a while since I've posted my own blog, although I daily read and comment on others. I actually don't have many exciting things happening that I feel others might like to know about, so I kinda stay in the background. I plan on starting juicing on Monday, and I want to track my progress in pictures, measurements, and overall feelings about the changes that I hope/anticipate feeling. I hope that the challenges and triumphs I experience will aide someone else in their own. <BR> <B... Fri, 3 May 2013 14:04:10 EST Just so not feeling it today! It started with the traffic this morning that I set in for over an hour!!!!! Let me just say that there were no accidents, pullovers, etc. just protests of the new Emergency Financial Manager in the city. There was an attempt to slow him down his first day at work, but I guess they forgot to read and/or listen to the news to find out that he reported to work at 7am this morning. Anyway, I finally get to work - late, and this is my 3rd week on the job. <BR> <BR> I normally try to see the po... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 15:16:46 EST Where Motivation Comes From. . . For the longest time I have been trying to motivate myself through various forms and challenges to no avail. I was trying to figure out if a conference would do it, maybe some new gym equipment, a video, who knows. Nothing seemed to be doing the trick, until the wee hours of the morning on Sunday, January 27. <BR> <BR> I was up, because I could no longer sleep, and was browsing through FB on my phone. I happened on a comment and hit the like button. To my surprise a friend was up as well... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 12:06:32 EST I've Been Bad!!!! <img src=""> <BR> I have been really bad. Since my move I have done literally not a thing regarding fitness. Yes, things are in a mess right now, and yes, I didn't have internet connection for over a week. But the truth is, I was tired from the move and the organization afterwards. I'm still getting things together, and I haven't had any time off from work to do it. Hopefully, this week will get me back in stride, and I will be able... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 16:08:31 EST Drag Queen Bingo <img src=""> <BR> This Saturday I have been invited to celebrate a birthday, at of all places, Drag Queen Bingo. We are asked to "dress up" like a drag queen as part of the festivities, and I must admit I'm a little torn about going. Last year the party was a little wild and a had my cell phone stolen at one of the stops we made. The year before was "Diva's Night" and we had to dress up and seen a female impersonator show. The dressin... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 09:39:32 EST Thought for the Day. . . "We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action." ~Frank Tibolt <BR> <BR> How many times have you said "I'm waiting for an inspiration to hit me"? well, if you haven't, I have said it enough for everyone. Things only began to change for me when I decided to do something. I had to get tired of where I was at mentally and physically to make a change, any change that was better than where I current... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 11:36:19 EST Just what I needed today. . . "God grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to know it's me." ~Author unknown <BR> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 12:12:27 EST My Pledge <img src="">Fitting Pledge for Today! <BR> <BR> "Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 08:46:33 EST Friday, September 7 This morning during my scripture reading, I came across this passage by Charles Stanley, and it really spoke to me about where I'm at right now. <BR> <BR> "When God gives you a tough assignment, remember that as your Creator, He has designed specific tasks for you to achieve. If you refuse to obey, you'll miss what He has planned for your life. Just think what Moses would have forfeited had he said no. Too much is at stake. Trust God and go!" <BR> <BR> That really helped me this morning whe... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 08:27:36 EST Tuesday. . . .and only 3 more days to go! It's Tuesday, and the only thing that I could think about this morning was I have only 3 more days to go until Friday and my 3-day weekend. It's the last big weekend before the children go back to school and the parents who had given me a brief break from the road, will be back. It's nothing like having a car in front of you during rush hour who has no immediate need to be anywhere, but a couple of blocks away to their children's school. <BR> <BR> I remember this time of the year being rea... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 14:30:02 EST My 45th Birthday Weekend was Great!!! I had been planning this weekend for months now. It was the 50th Anniversary of the Jazz Festival/Macy's Music Festival in Cincinnati Ohio. I have been going for several years, with a brief hiatus from 2009-2011 due to sickness/surgeries. This time no excuses would do. Even when friends and family backed out at the last minute for varying reasons, I still moved forward. Here are the selections I had for 1 night's concert series. Just think about how many sundresses I bought for the 2 da... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 16:46:45 EST The Magnums were Saved!!!! Okay, well it was a battle, but I along with my daughter, were able to save the Magnum ice creams from melting in the power outage. We thought "what would be the least likely to survive the outage that was not scheduled to be restored until Sunday?" We determined that the sacrifice had to be made to our calorie intake, we had to save the Magnums! <BR> <BR> Anyway, we settled down in the heat of the day, which was the high 90s, and began our quest. The only thing I thought was, why did I b... Fri, 6 Jul 2012 10:36:28 EST Day 8 Well, I wish I could start off by saying that the weekend went really well, and that I stayed on track. Unfortunately, I can't say that and be truthful, and I feel I need to be truthful in my journey. I started out really well on Saturday, and matter of fact, it wasn't until late evening that I broke down and got a bag of potato chips. Erika and I got out early and did the track before the heat kicked in. We went by a fresh fruit stand, and I purchased some tomatoes and limes. <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 11:47:08 EST Day 5 Okay, I'm hyped because today is not only Friday, but the girls and I will be completing our first week of dieting together. I must admit it has been a struggle for me to commit to this 14-day 400 calories per meal diet, but I am seeing results. I can't wait to see what the measuring tape says on day 14, because the scale already shows pounds lost. <BR> <BR> Even though I am making very healthy choices and planning out my meals ahead of time and in accordance with the guidelines, I am havi... Fri, 8 Jun 2012 10:08:09 EST Day 4 Okay, so yesterday started out really great, until dinner time. I had finally figured out what I needed to do to get myself somewhat satisfied with the meals, and then we ran out of lettuce. I had my dinner planned out, but I wanted a little side salad to make up my calorie difference, so I went to Kroger. . . .big mistake. Coming in to the store, I ran into the most beautiful cherries one can imagine. One of my weaknesses when in season, and it was from a local distributor too! Anyway I... Thu, 7 Jun 2012 10:12:37 EST Day 3 Well, yesterday went pretty well. The girls and I made it to the track and did a mile and a half brisk walk because it was getting quite late when we got out there. We didn't get a chance to walk the dogs because for some reason their leaches were missing. <BR> <BR> I was so starving yesterday. So I decided to have a heavier lunch with foods that would break down slower over time, and sustain me through my work day. The calorie count is still the same though. I've decided to break up my... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 08:57:02 EST Day 2 Well, I'm feeling good going into day 2, but last night was rough. When I added up all the condiments and additives I added to my tea yesterday, I ended up not being able to have much by the time dinner rolled around. I had a very large salad with plenty of vegetables, but nothing else! <BR> <BR> After dinner we all went to the high school track and jogged/walked around for 60 minutes. Even Hank came along, which made me very excited, because he is finally getting on board with my exercis... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 08:32:30 EST Ok, Here I go. . . Today is the beginning of my new program to eat much healthier, and decrease my need for quick fix items. I also am on day 3 of no Pepsi/Mountain Dew, so the posts may get a little crazier as the day progresses <em>20</em> . <BR> <BR> I've set some more goals to motivate myself, which I need. And I have also decided to post these goals, to not only make me aware of my commitment, but to also foster support and encouragement from my Spark Friends. <em>220</em> Here they go: <BR> <BR> 1.... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 09:04:19 EST It's gone! Yes, I can't believe it myself. Just when I was resigned to believe that it may never happen, I looked in the mirror this morning while preparing for the morning, and noticed it. A complete roll in my back was gone!!! I turned and looked again, and again, and flexed and looked again. Yes it was true, it was gone, like it had not been there for years shrinking but never quite disappearing. And I'm glad too. After doing 110 minutes of cardio the day before, and making a slow drag to my bed... Fri, 11 May 2012 09:54:01 EST Yes, I'm going to Celebrate! I'm celebrating my 45th because I deserve it! I have not celebrated my birthday, and I think it's about time that I show thanks for God keeping me all these years. I have had many opportunities for the tragedies in my life to overtake me, and in a couple of incidences almost lose my life. For so long I've felt guilty about my birth because I was the final and surprise pregnancy to my parents after already having 9 children. So this year, I'm celebrating me and the accomplishments that I h... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 10:07:59 EST My First Bikini Okay, so looking at all the postings and advertisements that show before and after pictures of women in bikinis, I thought "why not". Also, WalMart had a sale on them for $6 a piece. I must admit that I have never worn or purchased one in my whole life, not even when I was a young teenager without "war scars" (lol). Any way, I purchased a black top and bottom and had my daughter take a "before" picture so that I could show my progress when I have my "after" or "big reveal" in July. <BR> <... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 10:28:00 EST Monday. . . I don't have anything in particular to post about, other than I haven't posted in a while, and it's about time that I did. I've made a commitment to review other peoples blogs and leave positive comments daily to at least 2 of them. I must admit that some of the ones I have read today have made me a little frustrated. <BR> <BR> When has it become okay to collectively ridicule people that are different from you? It's not okay to say things about someone who is overweight, even though peo... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 12:28:50 EST I need some motivation. . . I need some motivation to reach my goal for the big 45th Birthday in July. You have to understand one thing about me. I don't celebrate birthdays for myself, or should I say I haven't. But this year is different, and I mean it this time. I plan on celebrating this year as a testiment to all the struggles I have overcome in the last 1 1/2 years. This is a transitional year for me in many ways, and I plan to be a healthier and happier me. <BR> <BR> Now with all that said, I want to create... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 10:16:03 EST Little Things that make You Smile. . . I'm just sitting at my desk at work, and I glanced over to see a current picture of me and the girls, and my little god-grandbaby. It made me smile to think of how she thinks she is my youngest daughter Erika. She thinks because she resembles my daughter when she was a baby, that she is her. It's funny because the picture has my 2 girls in it, and she knows the oldest one is Ashley, but fails to accept that the baby is not herself. How is rationalizes that Ashley is an adult (who was 3 i... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 13:29:38 EST Ever had 1 of those weeks?. . . This week has been extremely unusual in that I have heard from people that I haven't spoken to in quite some time. It appears as if something in the atmosphere said "contact Doris", and they listened. I am scheduled to have dinner with a few former co-workers on Friday, that I have not seen in almost a year. It could be the weather, but who is really to say? I am just really glad to reconnect with them. Thu, 8 Mar 2012 11:59:38 EST It's Friday Ya'll!!!! Good Morning! Can you believe that its Friday already? I'm excited about it. The weather is pretty nice for a Michigan winter's day. And above all else, I am wearing my new size 4 Skinny jeans from Old Navy. I don't know why it's so important to me, I mean I have worn size 4 clothes before, but to be able to just pull something off the rack and "know" it will fit me, and then it does, is crazy satisfying. And there is no muffin top either. Things like this get me excited about going to... Fri, 2 Mar 2012 11:02:18 EST Monday 2/20/12 I feel so pumped today. I got up and put on some make-up and had a great ride to work (I forgot that people still get Presidents Day off). I got to work and today's scripture email was just what I needed to hear: <BR> <BR> "Nothing we own on earth can go through the gates of heaven with us. Therefore, the best place to stack our earthly treasure is on the altar. Surrender yourself and your possessions. Draw close to the all-sufficient Father, who will comfort you and guide you through per... Mon, 20 Feb 2012 09:47:54 EST TGIF! I'm feeling so good today, I really want to go to the gym and workout today. I will take it slow, and pace myself accordingly. I plan on just spending a few minutes on the treadmill, and work a little on some machines. I really am going to fight the urge to visit the wet area, because I don't believe I'm strong enough yet to handle the steam and sauna. <BR> <BR> I may even go dancing, if I'm still feeling this perky :o)! I'm just so excited to be feeling well again, after so many months ... Fri, 17 Feb 2012 11:25:57 EST It's Thursday! . . .and only 1 day before Friday. I'm so looking forward to Friday and having an opportunity to work around the house. I know it sounds crazy that I'm excited about cleaning, but when your health is compromised and you can't do much of anything, the little things are important. So, it's going to be cleaning and snapping pictures for selling on eBay/Craig's list. <BR> <BR> I'm purging. . .all the unnecessary things like exercise equipment, scrapbooking supplies, etc. Thu, 16 Feb 2012 12:35:24 EST Well Hello! Well, it has been quite a while since I last posted anything to my page, and I thought it was about time to do so now. 2011 was a tremendous year of change for me, and I am so thankful that I made it through triumphantly! I have my mind in tact, and my health is on the upswing. I have maintained my weight loss, and have actually lost additional weight, which places me now in the healthy BMI range (Yeah!!!!). I still make sure that I eat correctly and monitor and minimize unnecessary snack... Wed, 25 Jan 2012 09:58:53 EST 43 and 364 days old. . . Tomorrow's my birthday and I can honestly say this last year has been an adventure to say the least. I am looking back and see how I didn't really know myself. It's amazing that the more you grow and mature, the more you learn about YOU. Mon, 25 Jul 2011 21:54:47 EST Can it get any worse. . . .Yes! JUST TO LET YOU KNOW THIS IS NOT WEIGHT OR MOTIVATION RELATED. . .I have had one of the worst days since I don't know when. It started with a dream as it always does two days ago. The dream was very disturbing to me and woke me up to pray for peace and understanding of what it was trying to tell me. I retold my dream to several people in hopes that someone could tell me what it meant, but no one could. Anyway, today after having lunch with my Mom and going to several second-hand stores, I... Fri, 15 Jul 2011 21:23:40 EST Frozen Food Isle I noticed something very miraculous yesterday after leaving the gym and going to the grocery store hungry. I am no longer tempted by the snacks and ice cream in the frozen foods section! It really just came to me yesterday as I was walking the isles at Kroger. I was starving because my protein bar had worn off after my workout, and I had to get some things for dinner that evening. I normally try not to go into the grocery store hungry because instead of buying the $50 worth of stuff I had... Tue, 19 Apr 2011 17:38:03 EST Day1. . . Well, today is my first day of unemployment after 17 years, and I feel good. I had been stressing for the last several months about the job and hoping that something would come about to change it for me, because I seemed unable to do it for myself. One thing that I have noticed about me, is that I tend to procrastinate when it comes to myself. I'm not going to say that the transition is not going to be hard, because in actuality, I have not been without a steady job in over 17 years! The ... Fri, 15 Apr 2011 05:06:29 EST It's been a while. . . I haven't done a posting since July, so I guess I'm due. It's been a very rocky 2010, and I've undergone several medical concerns, but have made a major turnaround healthwise. I'm finally in the all clear and can workout again. I just have to get my mind and body in alignment so that I can brave this cold weather to go to the gym. I want to start swimming lessons so that I will be ready for the summer events, but can't seem to brave the cold to go to the gym to just workout, so going in t... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 21:37:15 EST Wow. . .what women go through! I had another doctor's appointment today and could not believe what we go through in order to get the "all clear". I don't know if its a factor of my age, but I find that the things that are supposed to be slightly uncomfortable, is down right painful. Who gauges the pain threshold? Wed, 28 Jul 2010 21:11:01 EST Where will 2010 take me? I can honestly say that 2009 has been a challenging year for me both physically and emotionally. I have gone from extreme highs to the lowest I thought that I could feel. In 2009 I lost my oldest sister, who was only 57 years old, to colon cancer. I had surgery that was supposed to take 2 weeks of recovery, that turned out to be 8 weeks off work, and I'm still recovering. Financially, the company that I work for put a freeze on all non-bargaining/leadership salaries and denied our annual ... Sun, 10 Jan 2010 12:27:07 EST I'm doing ok. . . I've been looking back over where I've come over this last year, and I can honestly say I'm doing okay. I'm not going to belabor myself with all the things I've yet to accomplish, I'm just going to enjoy the successes for a moment. . .something I rarely do. Who would have thought that I would be where I am today? I must admit that I had thought it, but the reality of my situation is much greater than I could have even imagined. <BR> <BR> Today I'm just thankful for my life, my children, a... Tue, 1 Sep 2009 22:10:17 EST