EVASTEPHEN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=EVASTEPHEN EVASTEPHEN'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/ I'm Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5141332 It's been too long since I've been on Spark people and I'm back!!!! I have made a comittment to start tracking food and exercising again. That's okay, I'm ready to start again and I'm going to do it! Tue, 20 Nov 2012 09:46:39 EST A pat on the back. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4860759 Sometimes words of encouragement is all you need to keep going forward. I know that I have to do the exercing, and I have to watch my diet, but when someone notices that you are doing those things and compliments you on it, it feel great. I want to thank my spark friends for giving me encouragement to keep on trying. It's a good feeling to hear that you are "doing an awesome job". It keeps my momentum going. Tue, 1 May 2012 08:45:11 EST It's a hard fight. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4799313 Woke up late this morning but still went to the gym. I do feel good when I go, but sometimes getting there is a struggle. Last night I was so tired, and I munched out on Doritos and Chex mix and had two glasses of wine. It is so right, that when you are tired you will eat. Especially when you have to stay awake. I should have just went to sleep, but I had to look after my Mom. <BR> <BR> I take care of my Mom and it's hard mentally. She has dementia. I wanted to go right in my bed af... Thu, 22 Mar 2012 08:23:53 EST A Present to Myself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4794522 This morning I woke up late and almost didn't go to the gym. I went anyway, even though I didn't want to I went. That's what it takes. I have to get that feeling in my bones. I felt good afterwards. I also lost weight this week, which is always a bonus. <BR> <BR> I get so discouraged so easily when I don't lose weight. I have to understand that this is a slow process and steady wins the race. I always want everything "right now". My thinking tells me if I exercise everyday for a week... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 08:29:13 EST It's a new week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4771339 This morning I went to the gym! Yeah!!! I did two miles on the treadmill and burned some calories! This weekend wasn't a total bust but my daughter pointed out that I "push" it with the calories. I'll eat some raisins here and some nuts there and they do add up. My son also pointed out that I have to watch my calorie intake because if I don't I'll be "fit" but I won't look like I've been working out. So they think they know a little about losing weight :) <BR> <BR> I've started the w... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 08:43:54 EST I did some strength training this morning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4766701 This morning I worked out and I feel great. My body is sore, but it's okay. I took it easy. I did some strength training and gave my legs a rest. I am enjoying working out these days. It's hard but worth it. Yesterday I took a class - Body Flow, and it got to stretch and then relax and meditate for a few minutes afterwards. I tracked my food intake also. Spark people has everything that I need. Fri, 2 Mar 2012 08:25:01 EST I love the gym! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4761125 I went to the gym this morning and did 30 minutes of walking on the treadmill. I am so happy. I feel so good. Just being in that environment keeps me committed and builds my strength. I went to the gym last night also. After I got back home I took a nice bath and relaxed. I also drank some more water! Yesterday was really successful. It is so good to feel good. Tue, 28 Feb 2012 08:30:06 EST I joined the gym. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4759469 I joined the gym this Saturday. I was always reluctant but decided on Saturday that I was worth it. I always said that it was a waste of money, I could work out on my own, go to the track, do videos but I did it for myself. I take care of my family, I am paying an orthodontist bill for my son, why not spread the wealth around and take care of myself. I deserve it! Mon, 27 Feb 2012 10:23:03 EST I am wonderful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4749018 Today I am wonderful. I feel terrific. Last night I ate well and I rested. This morning I didn't let things stress me out. I went with the flow of things. It was great. I have had some fruit and on my second helping of water. Today is going to be a fantastic day. I am not going to beat myself up, I am going to be positive and enjoy. I am going to use the tools that I have - spark people and let you guys help me. I use to be so private, I use to be so ashamed of my weight and what I ... Tue, 21 Feb 2012 08:05:26 EST I gained! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4747255 I'm up 3 pounds....aaugh!!!!!!!!!! I'm not going to beat myself up and give up. It is what it is. I know I wasn't eating right. I was depressed. But today is a new day and a new week and I have to choice to start fresh. Sometimes I feel like a failure, but I just have to hold on. I have to commit to this and get it done. No more sobbing. I can do this, I will do this. It's going to be a great day! Mon, 20 Feb 2012 08:52:36 EST I resisted candy today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4742076 Today I had control over myself and resisted eating a snickers bar. You might think it's not a big deal, well it is a big deal. I have so much on my mind these days it's easy to say forget it, but I resisted temptation and now I feel wonderful. I am almost finished drinking my water and I feel great about that. Spark people gave me the umph to stay strong. I appreciate the support. Thu, 16 Feb 2012 15:22:13 EST What day is it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4739637 I have had a whirlwind of a week. I broke up with my boyfriend, had issues with my daughter and my son. I am taking care of my Mom, everything has just been going haywire. I think it was the full moon last week. But that week is over! <BR> <BR> I am back and ready to start fresh. I am so glad God has given us another day. I am going to track my food and water and take life as it is divinely given to me. I still want to lose a pound this week. I know I have to exercise, so be it. I ... Wed, 15 Feb 2012 07:44:09 EST Is it Day4 or back to 1? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4724680 I did exercise this weekend on Saturday and Sunday. This morning is a different story. There was so much going on I am still recovering. If I exercise sometime today I won't have to start at day one. Here I go. I did well with my diet, I was very conscious. I am proud of that and I lost 3.5 pounds. This tracking thing really does matter. I am glad that I did. It feel good to lost a couple of pounds. I just have to stick with it. What I did notice was I didn't have any chips this we... Mon, 6 Feb 2012 08:18:03 EST Back at Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4719921 Yesterday I didn't exercise and it really bothered my all day. What a waste of thought energy. I was thinking about when I was going to exercise, if I was going to exercise and all that thought process for what....for not exercising. This morning I exercised. I did Bob's tape. I am so happy I got that out of the way and I can be proud! The streak is on again. I am at Day 1. <BR> <BR> I ate pretty well yesterday. I am glad I started tracking my food intake. I was out of control most o... Fri, 3 Feb 2012 08:11:58 EST Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4716669 I got up this morning and went walking for 28 minutes. I am so proud of myself. I have been tracking my food and feel great. I will lose at least one pound this week. Wed, 1 Feb 2012 14:16:34 EST Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4713896 I got up this morning and went to the track. I walked 5 laps. I am very proud of myself. I also logged all the food in the tracker and almost hit 2000 calories. Boy oh boy. I had no idea I ate that much, that is ridiculous. I am go happy I am doing this, it paints a clear picture. Tonight I am going to see if I can reduce my calorie intake. I am proud of myself though. I just have to keep at it. Tue, 31 Jan 2012 09:05:54 EST Starting back at 1! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4712327 I didn't exercise at all this weekend. I feel off the wagon, but I'm back at it. I got up this morning and went walking at 5:45am. I did 4 laps. I am very proud of myself. I am going for a streak. I have also drank 72 ounces of water so far today and I am logging my food. I am at it again. I am trying. Mon, 30 Jan 2012 13:13:48 EST Day Eleven http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4707150 It was another close day of no exercise. I almost succumbed to my inactiveness. I got to work and I did exercise in my office. Surprisingly I was even sweating. I feel so committed. I also haven't smoked since I started the Daniel Fast which was January 2nd. I have gained the weight back that I lost but I am exercising, this is day eleven! :0) Fri, 27 Jan 2012 13:14:36 EST Ten http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4704940 It was another day of "OMG I don't think I am going to do it!" I didn't let it happen. Everyday I seem to get up later and laterer. But I did do my tape and it makes me happy. I am going to go 21 days and exercise each day! That is my goal and I am sticking to it. I will succeed. I will conquer. Thu, 26 Jan 2012 10:18:12 EST Nine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4702924 This is day nine. I got up and exercised this morning, didn't think I would do it but I did. I am so happy about that. I was just being lazy but I pulled through. My taste buds have changed a lot since I did the Daniel Fast I am happy about that. I don't crave certain things anymore. Hurray! Wed, 25 Jan 2012 09:56:46 EST Eight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4700791 Today was very tricky. I didn't do a tape but I did get up and do a little stretching. It was kind of cheesy. I glad I didn't skip it, but I will do better later today, but definitely tomorrow. Tue, 24 Jan 2012 10:21:17 EST Seven http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4698356 Today is day seven of my exercise challenge. I got up this morning to my mother saying that she had to go home! It was 4:45am. I wasn't that tired because I had went to sleep sporadically. This morning I had to take her to drop the kids off and wait for Michelle to come because I couldn't leave her in the house. Needed to vent. <BR> <BR> I did do exercise in spite of the change in my daily routine, and I am proud of it! Mon, 23 Jan 2012 08:51:41 EST Day six. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4696921 This is day six of my being active challenge. Today I did pilates. It was slow but I figured it was a great way to exercise my body on a Sunday. Today is also the end of my Daniel fast and I lost 10 pounds. I am not going back to my old ways. I am going to stay on course. <BR> <BR> The sermon today was God can do things that you can't imagine. He can move mountains but you have to believe. I believe. <BR> <BR> Just wanted to be accountable and report my exercise. Sun, 22 Jan 2012 13:29:52 EST Today is a good day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4695316 It's day number 5 on the exercise streak. I am so proud of myself for getting up and exercising this morning. It's Saturday but I still did it. I am very happy with this accomplishment. Today it's raining but still a beautiful day nonetheless. I am motivated. Today is a good day! Sat, 21 Jan 2012 14:31:37 EST It's day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4692930 It's day four of my exercise challenge and my body is sore. It's funny how your body gets so stiff when you don't move it. I know that, but I get so lazy. Right now I am comitted to exercising 21 days straight. I look so studpid, I hear my flab hitting my thighs, but I have to keep going. <BR> <BR> Spark people thanks for the motivation today by posting all of your sucesses you keep me going. Fri, 20 Jan 2012 09:25:55 EST I'm back... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4686510 I have been on the Daniel fast and I am doing very well. I am glad about that. I haven't exercised for a long time. So long in fact, I got up and stretched this morning. That is signifigant. Tomorrow I am going to do some physical activity also. I am going to start moving. I feel very well. Tue, 17 Jan 2012 10:48:45 EST Little by little! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4504449 Today I exercised. I got up this morning and jogged around the track six times. I am proud of myself. It is taking a long time to lose this weight but I am not going to give up. It's a lifestyle change, nothing quick. I am going to run a 5k in October so I am training! Mon, 26 Sep 2011 09:47:13 EST When things seem hard. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4473553 When things seem hard, I put them off and try to forget about them. It never happens. It's seems like it's ingrained in my head. Once I bit the bullet and do the thing that I think is so hard, it's never as hard as I thought it was. <BR> <BR> It's the same with my weight loss. I act like this is so easy. I have lost weight before. I have done it over and over again. I know I have to burn more calories than I put in. I know I am supposed to exercise, I know I need to drink at least ... Thu, 8 Sep 2011 12:21:13 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4178637 I haven't written in my blog in such a long time. I am doing wonderfully. Even though I took a break from the Spark, I was doing a 21 day cleanse. The cleanse has been very helpful to me. It has given me confidence, it has relaxed me, and generally made me happier. <BR> <BR> I have started exercising again. I did Bob's biggest loser DVD this morning and felt great about that. I plan to log my food more and of course drink water. I am motivated and excited about losing my weight. It... Wed, 20 Apr 2011 08:34:24 EST Time to check in! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4112030 I haven't posted in awhile, I don't know why, just haven't felt like it. But I am sure glad that spark is still here. I was weighing myself everyday and was getting discouraged, and then my digital scale broke. That took care of that! I was upset, but at least I am forced to get away from the scale. I tried on a dress that I haven't been able to get into for years, it's doesn't fit the way I want it to, but it has never fit better! That's what I have been doing, trying on clothes that a... Wed, 23 Mar 2011 09:11:02 EST God takes care! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4080874 I've been on a role, weighing myself in the morning, weighning myself at night. I know this isn't good but I've been doing it anyway. Well the battery died in my scale. That's the end of that. God really does take care of me. Thu, 10 Mar 2011 08:30:10 EST Keep on pushing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4040678 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l608498136.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today I decided to get on the scale, 169.5 I am psyched! That's under 170. I am happy, happy, happy! I am going to stay on course today, I have 9.5 pounds to lose in order to reach my goal. I am going to do it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l608498136.jpg"> Wed, 23 Feb 2011 08:41:28 EST I'm Gonna Do It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4034428 I have been putting off losing this weight for too long. I am going to do it. I am going to reach my goal. I have gone to school and taken classes and there are sacrifices that I make. I can't watch that show, I can't go out because I have to study. I can catch up on things that I have missed while I was in class. I am going to apply the same concept to my weight loss. I can't have those Cheetos, or that fried chicken, but that doesn't mean it's all gone to oblivion. When I finish rea... Mon, 21 Feb 2011 08:24:12 EST Tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4024533 I am so tired today. My alarm went off and I went back to sleep, no exercise with Bob, no oatmeal (I have to psych myself up for that). I am really tired. Today I just have to relax and go to be early tonight. That's what I'll do. I also have to drink lots of water today, although I am starting with coffee. That's not what we're suppose to do is it? Anyway, I am here. I have logged on and it's time to get this day started. Here we go! Thu, 17 Feb 2011 08:06:41 EST Day Two for oatmeal. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4021750 I got up this morning with my breakfast in mind, and yes I ate oatmeal again. I ate more than before, but it wasn't the whole bowl. I put bites of apple and blueberries in it. It's beginning to taste a little better. I am still proud of myself for trying oatmeal. I never thought I would eat it. I didn't get on the scale this morning either. That is unusual for me. Yesterday my weight was good, so today it should be even better. I am going to weigh myself once a week. That is a good ... Wed, 16 Feb 2011 08:30:16 EST I'm still here. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4018961 I can't believe it's been so long since I've blogged! I wasn't feeling very motivated, but today I got on the scale and was under 170. I am so psyched about that. I was so psyched that I tried eating oatmeal. Can you believe I actually cooked it and took some spoonfuls. I put a little honey and some apples and some blueberries. It wasn't that tasty but I did it. I am so proud of myself. Liittle by little. The fact that I even had oatmeal in my house is a good thing. I also got up an... Tue, 15 Feb 2011 08:32:59 EST Still Exercising http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3959132 Today I woke up and did day three of P90X. I am so proud of myself. It is day three. I had a little image problem this morning, I didn't like my thighs, but I turned that negative noise off and loved them anyway! I have drank all of my water already and it's 10:37am. I will probably drink extra water today. Yeah!!! I've been thinking about the food I ate yesterday. I wasn't perfect, but at least I thought about it. Today is a good day! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/... Tue, 25 Jan 2011 10:44:07 EST Exercising Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3955349 I started exercising again yesterday, PX90, it's my second day. It's funny what a little exercise can do for you. I feel motivated, I feel psyched and I am ready. I hear all the time how just 90 days can change your life. In 90 days you can develop new habits, a new way of thinking and get a new life. I am committed to this 90 day exercise program. I haven't committed to the diet, but the exercise I am committed to. Here's to a new beginning! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/... Mon, 24 Jan 2011 09:10:09 EST Making Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3916915 I realized that I have to think about not eating before I enter my home. Once I get home, I go on a rampage. I have to be more conscious and think things through. I have to wake up to what I'm doing! Wed, 12 Jan 2011 09:07:48 EST It's cold and rainy outside. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3913849 Although it's cold and rainy outside, I still had to come to work. Why don't we take our exercise so seriously? This morning I didn't exercise. Maybe I will when I get home. I really should. I have been tracking my eating this morning and I am proud of that! Today is a fantastic day. I sun came up and things are great. Tue, 11 Jan 2011 12:11:12 EST Day Two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3903962 I went walking again this morning for a whole half hour. I am so excited that I did it. I am glad. I feel energized, focused and ready to start the weight loss. I even logged what I ate last night. I drank my water and I am ready to get started. I am going to succeed. Sat, 8 Jan 2011 15:53:00 EST I started! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3899590 Today I got up and dressed for the weather. It was cold! I went to the track and walked for 17 minutes. It was hard. It was degrading, but I have to start somewhere. I am very proud of myself for starting. I am going to exercise everyday. I am going to succeed. I am going to have fun doing it too. Today I started and I feel wonderful about it. I am so happy. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l840412276.jpg"> Fri, 7 Jan 2011 09:10:23 EST It's time to start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3896201 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l944221980.jpg"> <BR> I have decided to start again, begin anew. I make no excuses for not starting sooner, the time is now for me to begin again. I have changed my starting weight for the next segment and have my goals in place. I feel fresh and new. I am ready to start again and achieve my goals. It's a one day process and a happy for this new challenge. Thu, 6 Jan 2011 10:30:56 EST It's almost 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3845207 It's almost the end of 2010 and I'm thinking about what I want to accomplish for 2011, what I want to strive to do. One of the things that I want to do is wear a size 10, why...because it's something that I have wanted to do for a long time. I want to do into a store and go to the rack and reach for a size 10. I have started envisioning myself as a size 10. I am going to eat like a size 10, exercise as a size 10 and live my life as a size 10. I also am going to open my heart, body, and m... Wed, 15 Dec 2010 10:08:40 EST It's cold outside! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3829312 It's so cold outside. Today I'm back posting. I feel so much better when I post. Why don't I do it everyday? Lazy, too many other things to do? Same thing with exercise, I feel so much better when I exercise, why don't I do it everyday. It's a matter of discipline, it's a matter of taking time for yourself and taking care of yourself. I feel really good right now as far as my mental health and my physical health. I am learning to love my thighs and every other thing about me. It fee... Tue, 7 Dec 2010 08:23:54 EST Time to start again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3811387 It's Monday and the first part of the holidays are over. I ate, and drank, I went to the movies and I did exercise. I had a fabulous time. What I didn't do was get on the scale. Today I am starting my program again. I am excited. I am motivated and this month I am going to start tracking my food again. I am excited about this month. It is going to be great! Mon, 29 Nov 2010 08:13:08 EST Thanksgiving Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3808284 It's two days after Thanksgiving and I am still so, so thankful. I have done everything that I have planned for my Thanksgiving weekend. I made a hugh dinner and have been eating all weekend. Starting Monday I am going to get on task and start my eating plan once again. I feel really good. I worked out this morning but haven't gotten on the scale. I will get on the scale after two weeks into my eating plan. It's Thanksgiving and I am having a fabulous weekend. Sat, 27 Nov 2010 12:09:33 EST I feel good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3795676 Today is Saturday and I am on sparkpeople checking in. I love when it's Saturday and I log in. That signals that I am enjoying the day and I am doing what I am suppose to be doing, checking in on myself. I am so motivated, you wouldn't believe. I just feel inspired, I feel healthy, I feel like I am going to get to my goal weight. I feel so good, I wish I could give you some. I worked out with Jillian this morning. That was tough. I am up to level 2 now. I plan to stay on this level u... Sat, 20 Nov 2010 10:55:00 EST Bit by bit! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3787310 Today was the day that I set my goal weight as 165 pounds. I am 166.5. I am not disappointed. There were times when I didn't think I would ever get down to that, but I did. What I have learned is that you have to keep on trying, keep on working and things happen. Bit my bit, things can change, your body can change, your mind can change. The secret is you have to work bit my bit, nothing is too small because it all adds up. Tue, 16 Nov 2010 09:30:56 EST Tracking things...making progress. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3785622 This morning I got on the scale and was overjoyed. I see myself getting to my goal. I have been moving forward lately and I love it. I have also been tracking my time. I am trying to log all my time so I know how I am spending it. I am also tracking my money. This is a time period where I know where I am going. I am getting control over my life and I am loving it. Mon, 15 Nov 2010 14:43:16 EST