ELIFSART's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ELIFSART ELIFSART'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/ My Goals Became a Struggle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5343353 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l956440887.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hi Everyone, <BR> I do not know if there is any of you out there who is going through what I am going through. When I started to actively lose weight , my starting point was over 234 lbs. Between different work out spurs and dieting , I went down to 215 lbs. That was the lowest I have been in years. That is a total of 19 lbs. I know some of you will think wow that is a great deal and I know somewhat it is but consi... Thu, 2 May 2013 14:17:15 EST Questions About Atkins Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5237159 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l422819024.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hello to my Sparkpeeps :) <BR> I know that I have not posted for a while (again) , but it has been pretty hectic on my end just like any other time I disappear. I have been bad, have not worked out in weeks and I came to the conclusion that I need more daily motivation to keep up with my workout and I definitely need a solid diet plan. Lately, I have been hearing a lot about the Atkins Diet. I see results with othe... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 12:49:31 EST Long Time No Post http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5203532 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1315878054.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hi my dear Sparkpeople friends :) <BR> I know that I disappeared again for a while. I kind of fell off the wagon, I did not work out, I did not watch what I was eating and I did not post anything on here and more. I started my diet/ getting healthy regimen this past Monday. I feel great for now. I worked out everyday since. <BR> I have not posted any artwork either so here is one for the gold lovers :) <BR> I mi... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 11:45:48 EST Daily Art Post & Progress 13 - 20 :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5092670 I have been away due to the fact that a lot is going on as usual :) I am trying to keep up with my spark , my blog etc but sometimes it is too hard to accomplish if I do not get a chance to sit on the computer :) <BR> According to my scale I lost 2 lbs in 10 days - not good but better than gaining <BR> Lost couple of inches fom hips/ waist <BR> I am trying to stay on track - I need to work out more - time is the issue usually <BR> Here is a piece of art I did on a Moleskine journal :) Enjoy... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 12:47:35 EST Daily Art Post & Progess 10, 11, 12 & 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5083947 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l576250954.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l197547695.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hi everyone, <BR> I knoww....I disappeared for days at a time again but I have been super busy as usual and did not get a chance to post for days ... <BR> I have been watching what I eat , it seems as though I did not really lose any weight this week - its probably because I have been slacking on exercise in the past 3 days <BR> <BR> Question for ... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 14:54:58 EST Daily Art Post & Progress 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5078129 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l28587856.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am feeling great this morning even though I have cramps and just absolutely exhausted :) I did my Zumba last night - I try not to do it at night since it gives me more energy but there was not enough time during the day to spare and I did not want to go to bed without completing the task in hand :) <BR> I am going to try my best to eat healthy and get another hour or so of Zumba in today! <BR> <BR> What are you... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 08:59:39 EST Daily Art Post & Progress 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5076953 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l257179752.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hi everyone, <BR> I hope everyone is well rested this morning. I am suffering the consequences of not being able to sleep well last nite :( Not fun ... I still got up and cleaned the house, did 2 loads of laundry and made sure to EAT! Yes this morning I actually did not mind eating - I am really happy about that :) <BR> What do you all snack on? I really need new suggestions on snacks <BR> Stay happy, stay well <B... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 10:48:26 EST Daily Art Post & Progress 6 + 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5075644 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l918353626.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l688250454.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hi everyone, <BR> I have been very busy between having the cable guy trying to fix our network for many hours yesterday , grocery shopping, kids allocated play time cooking cleaning and etc. I did not get to post yesterday - my apologies <BR> I did eat this morning and had coffee so two thumbs up to myself for eating at least :) <BR> I do not kno... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 11:08:30 EST Daily Art Post & Progress 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5072694 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l269680871.jpg"> <BR> Hi everyone! <BR> It is definitely a better day, I hope everyone has a wonderful week :) <BR> I already cleaned the house did 2 loads of laundry and put them away , great start for a Monday. <BR> I have some listings to do, some food to eat, some art planning to do and of course Zumba :) <BR> <BR> Art - Today's piece (2 piece) is on canvas with black paint pen :) I do have a lot of patience when it comes to art LOL ... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 10:15:00 EST Daily Art Post & Progress 3 + 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5071065 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l503999283.jpg">Hi everyone! <BR> I know I did not get to post yesterday due to a horrific migraine and having company over for dinner and such afterwords. It has been very hectic, I wanted to go ahead and post to my blog before tomorrow gets out of hand :) <BR> I literally had one meal today besides my morning coffee and that was dinner. I was down with a migraine for several hours so there is no eating when that is going on :S <BR> Beside... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 01:34:42 EST Daily Art Post & Progress 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5069212 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l526889432.jpg"> <BR> Good afternoon everyone! <BR> Here is another hectic day and another day of not wanting to eat anything but hey I got two cups of coffee in and I am wired. I am not tired and I do have lots to do before the kids get home. <BR> I just wanted to post and keep my word on updating /blogging daily! I love your feedback on my artwork too! <BR> I am hoping to be able to eat something in the next hour or so and do my Zumba whe... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 13:05:46 EST Daily Art Post & Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5067666 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l814567287.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l898032855.jpg"> <BR> I love to draw and the markers are my best friends. I paint and draw over my paintings too :) <BR> I decided to post a piece or two of my artwork daily - whenever I can really and keep all of my fellow sparkpeeps up to date on how my progress is going. I know it sounds as though daily update is a bit much but hey it might keep me motivated :) <BR> Today... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 10:49:42 EST Bad Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5062468 It has been a crazy week between helping our best friends move, kids school work, talking to different galleries for artwork (internationally) - some commissioned piece sketches , and all the other craziness of a household. I have been bad, tomorrow is going to be a better day. Calorie counting and my exercising will return ASAP :) <BR> I hope everyone is doing well and staying on track :) Have a blessed week everyone! Mon, 17 Sep 2012 00:26:54 EST No Workout - No Energy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5037269 Hi everyone :) <BR> I am sorry that I did not get to check comments, post or log on in the past few days. I have been super busy with art stuff , which is a good thing in my line of work :) <BR> I feel horrible that I did not get a chance to work out in the past few days or keep track of what I have been consuming. However, I updated my weight and measurements. I am super excited. Lost 2 more lbs. Total of 9 lbs - with calorie counting and Zumba only (Mind you , there was a gap of no workout... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 10:49:56 EST An Article to Reality http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5028474 Hi my Spark friends :) <BR> I have been reading a lot of articles, success stories and many other materials that is updated daily on Sparkpeople :) I have been learning a lot of new things , changing things that I have been doing wrong and of course making sure to keep myself motivated by reading all the success stories and more. One of the articles was about getting up and working out even though if you do not have it in you to do so. I have been pretty good with my workouts but the past co... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 21:23:08 EST 1st Day of School for the Kiddos :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5024225 Hi Everyone :) <BR> Today was the first day of school for the kiddos so I decided that it would be the best time to rearrange my bedroom/office craft room all in one :) Finished the laundry, cleaned up the house - put away all of the clothes and got a lot of my bedroom done , tomorrow after finishing my space , I will be separating the kids smaller clothes, and toys that they do not play with anymore to donate. <BR> I started a new sketch for some abstract African Masks ... will post picture... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 23:19:16 EST Auction Piece http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5015869 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l655993377.jpg"> <BR> Hi everyone, <BR> Here is the piece that went for the auction for a wonderful cause tonight. I do not know the results so I can not just update yet but I hope it will give some help for the cause of fighting childhood cancer and help with families also. <BR> Starting a new piece at the weekend - I cant wait! <BR> Besides that , I am watching what I eat - did my Zumba for the Wii - 50 minutes - 769 calories <BR> Sticki... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 22:38:11 EST Crazy Couple of Weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5011543 Hi my dear spark friends :) <BR> I am sorry that I disappeared for a bit but it has been a chaos in my household. The school is going to start very soon so the chaos of changing life around that started to take place , I have had a few migraines since last week because of stress, we changed our vehicle and have been car shopping (Even though I do not and will not ever probably drive again) - Just for the hubby :) I have been working on a big piece of art for a good cause - Caleb's Crusade ( I... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 00:00:51 EST New Piece of Art http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4998896 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2048175.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hi everyone, <BR> Just wanted to drop by show my new art piece and let you know of what is going on with my life :) <BR> I am definitely exhausted, it was my sons birthday today (well now yesterday lol) - we had friends over we will have round 2 of bday party on Saturday :) <BR> I did not get a chance to work out between dinner get together for my son and pre bday party - i feel awful but I know i ll make it up tomor... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 00:44:53 EST Tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4995051 Hi everyone, <BR> I have not been sleeping well lately. I woke up pretty early this morning but I still did 1 hr of my Zumba 2 :) I was very excited about that. Now, its around 4 pm and I am just tired.. I figured out that working out in the evenings keeps me up, in the morning makes me exhausted :) When is a good time ???? Tue, 31 Jul 2012 16:16:34 EST 1 Week - Complete http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4992420 Hi Everyone, <BR> It has been a long week and a huge milestone to start something for myself :) I kept up with the rules of my weight loss plan and I saw that it is working , thanks to SP :) I am so excited for a new week, I hope everyone had a wonderful week/weekend and wish everyone a wonderful upcoming week :) <BR> xoxo <BR> Elif Sun, 29 Jul 2012 23:51:26 EST Staying on Track is Paying Off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4990566 Today is a super exciting day. I lost 3 lbs, lost 2 inches each from my waist, hips and neck and 2,5 inches on my thighs , no change on my calves :) <BR> First time, for the longest time I am so excited that I am doing something for myself and it is paying off :) <BR> Just wanted to share my excitement :) <BR> <BR> P.S. I have been working out for 5 days and counting calories for 6 days :) Sat, 28 Jul 2012 13:58:59 EST Another Day :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4987915 I woke up a little cranky due to not sleeping well however I still have energy :) I decided not to do Zumba after 10 pm since I feel like I have super powers of energy afterwards :) LOL <BR> I made better choices for breakfast, hard boiled egg, roma tomato, one piece of toast with a bit of cream cheese :) <BR> I spent time with the kids, cheered my son through Sonic Colors and played baby dolls with my daughter, fixed up the house ( I have a mild OCD when it comes to cleaning, so there is c... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 13:34:58 EST Eating Habits - Having Issues with Enough Calorie Intake http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4986545 Hi Everyone, <BR> I am definitely having issues with calories. I am supposed to eat up to almost 1800 calories a day. By force , I eat unhealthy things since I have them in my pantry or my fridge. I struggled to eat this morning. I ate a cup of mashed potatoes with cheese. Could not snack, nothing looked appealing so ate a pack of 1 oz Lays chips for lunch, literally. I need help with high calorie foods that will help with energy that is not much (in amount) and healthy. It would be great to... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 15:19:41 EST Zumba Fitness 2 for the Wii http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4985558 It has been a great few days. I have been doing the Zumba 2. Tracker says that I am doing pretty well with the moves and calories. I am very excited. I have been struggling and idling with my weight since my second child. One way or the other, life got in the way, schedules got in the way and of course the excuses got in the way. I am finally prepared to change it all. Fingers crossed , I am hoping to keep it up. I feel great so far :) <em>30</em> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 23:10:21 EST