FLORENCEANN06's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=FLORENCEANN06 FLORENCEANN06'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/ has anyone seen my motivation? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614261 So, weight loss is tough. It takes so much longer than the initial motivation lasts! Well, I'm slowly gaining weight and getting frustrated with myself, so I'm stepping up and taking control once again. <BR> <BR> I leave for Israel in a month. I'm determined to lose 10 pounds be then. I know I can do it if I stay focused. Mon, 3 Feb 2014 18:01:51 EST weekend excitment and frustrations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609559 I took 13 youth, ages 10-13 to a retreat this weekend along with another adult leader. The retreat was a lot of fun. The kids got to go ice skating, and ate at a pizza buffet, and went to an indoor bouncy house playground. They really enjoyed themselves. Our theme for the weekend was Dare to be a Daniel and we learned about who Daniel was, what he did, how trusting God made a difference in his life, and how they, too, could be a witness for God by being obedient, disciplined, and trusting. <B... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 19:59:18 EST don't phone it in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600780 I started Jillian Michaels' Ripped in 30 DVD, which consists of 4 workouts, one per week for 4 weeks. <BR> <BR> She is tough. Like she really kicks my butt. <BR> <BR> Today I started week 3 and I killed! I quit halfway through, because it was tough. <BR> <BR> But then I went back and did the full workout. I was pretty pathetic in the last half, but at least I got up and did it. <BR> <BR> And now, for fun, a list of my favorite Jillian quotes: <BR> This is your workout. Don't phone it in. ... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 01:13:08 EST Goal setting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5258263 I have set a goal to lose 8 pounds in the next 4 weeks. <BR> <BR> 4 weeks from now is my birthday. Losing 8 pounds will be my birthday present to myself. <BR> <BR> I have another goal to run a 5K in June. I want to be under 200 pounds by then. That's 15 pounds to lose in 4 months. <BR> <BR> Goals are written out, posted by my bathroom mirror and I will reach them. Thu, 21 Feb 2013 03:43:36 EST Reasons I give blood http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5256946 I started donating blood when I was in college. A friend of mine brought me with her to a blood bank where I made my first donation. Since then I've been a pretty consistent donor. I enjoy every part of the process--from the initial interview and the hemoglobin test (for iron level, can't donate if you're too low) to the phlebotomist sticking the needle to the snacks afterward. But why do I do it? Here are my reasons, starting with the noble ones: <BR> <BR> 1. Blood donations save lives <BR>... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 01:41:07 EST back to work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5211747 I have done a terrible job at weight loss the last few months. I'm lucky just not gaining. Actually, that is something to be proud of. Months of not working out and not tracking food and I haven't gained... <BR> <BR> Anyway, I digress. The point is, I'm still overweight and I still need to be working on losing it and becoming healthy. I've been bad about it for the last few months, but I'm back and ready to change. Here are a few practical changes I'm making: <BR> <BR> 1. Working on making ... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 15:22:08 EST I just reached a goal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5095422 I'm really excited about this one. I have reached the lowest weight I had while I was on Weight Watchers. <BR> <BR> About 4 years ago I was on WW and lost 17 pounds. 212 was my lowest weight. I plateaued, so I quit because I didn't want to continue spending money on a program I wasn't following. <BR> <BR> Just over a year ago, I decided I needed to get serious about my weight and was suprised to discover I had gained 38 pounds since quitting WW. I have now lost that and as of this morning I... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 15:10:24 EST no poo--2 weeks later http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5077214 Here's an update on my attempt to stop usnig shampoo. <BR> <BR> Well, the first day was fine, my hair was great. The next couple days were kinda greasy. Then I figured out how to thicken the mixture a little, and the best method of application. That might have been the end of it, but then I couldn't stand the color of my hair. Well, I don't mind the color of my hair it was the crazy highlights. So I died my hair last weekend and I've had to shampoo it a few times. <BR> <BR> This weeks seems... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 14:12:27 EST no poo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5059744 No poo simply means no shampoo. I've decided to start cleaning my hair without shampoo. And I tried it out today. It worked fine, so I'm very excited about it. We'll see how it goes. <BR> <BR> Before you say "Ew, gross!" there are a few things you should know: my hair is clean, it does not stink, I did not slather my head in chemical-laden, overpriced, perfumed, water-based shampoo. Ok, now you can say gross. <BR> <BR> The no poo method involves washing your hair with dissolved baking sod... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 22:24:33 EST One of those 'ugh' days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5053692 I came home after work and changed. I stood in my closet and every shirt I tried to put on made me feel fat. I'm sure I didn't look fat..or no fatter than usual. My obsessive weighing shows I haven't gained anything significant. I just felt fat. <BR> <BR> Ugh. <BR> <BR> Well, here's to some better decisions tomorrow leading to some better feelings. Tue, 11 Sep 2012 00:29:04 EST why I hate water http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4952854 Ok, that's not true. I love water. I drink a lot of water. But there's just something about water that bothers me. Not water itself, but the reputation water has as a cure-all for every health problem imaginable. A reputation it just doesn't live up to. <BR> <BR> All these nutritionists and weight loss experts tell us to drink water to lose weight. My sparkpeople nutrition tracker gives me a place to record how many glasses of water I drink and gives me a goal to drink 8 a day. <BR> <BR> He... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 23:58:15 EST choosing to celebrate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4914750 This month marks one year since I actually started to live healthy. I've lost 32 pounds in the last year. <BR> <BR> I'm tempted to beat myself up for not losing more. If I had worked as hard in the last 6 months as I did in the first 6 months that number would have been more like 50. <BR> <BR> But getting angry with myself will not change the number on the scale today. So today I choose to celebrate what I have done in the last year: <BR> celebrate losing 32 pounds <BR> celebrate not gainin... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 12:43:19 EST It's been awhile http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4900393 Wow. I have not been disciplined lately. I have eaten junk, slacked off on my exercising, and just generally not kept up with my efforts to live healthy. <BR> <BR> The good news is I haven't gained any weight--not significantly at least. <BR> <BR> Last week I was at a class with friends I haven't seen for a while and I got several comments about losing weight. That was very encouraging and hopefully what I need to motivate myself to get busy again. Sun, 27 May 2012 21:08:23 EST being the fat girl http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4763943 Before I was a DONE girl (Done Being the Fat Girl spark team), there was a time when I was okay being the fat girl. As long as I could point to someone bigger or more unhealthy than me. <BR> <BR> It was a constant game of comparison. With every pound I added, I told myself it was okay, because "[insert name here] is fatter than me." You know that old saying "Lord, if you can't make me skinny, please make all my friends fat"? Well, I was serious when I said that. If someone else was fatter t... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 18:42:57 EST healthy planned-ahead meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4760844 I set up my nutrition tracker to give me a meal plan. I printed the meal plan and the grocery list. I went grocery shopping. I packed my lunch for tomorrow. I'm ready for this! <BR> <BR> Wish me luck. Tue, 28 Feb 2012 00:52:34 EST Now to tackle something new http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4758872 Meal planning. This is something I've needed to do for a long time and always avoided. I don't have anything against it. For a long time I grudgingly avoided tracking my food intake just because I couldn't stand the idea of monitoring everything I ate so closely. Obviously that didn't work. When I started with Sparkpeople, I began tracking my eating for the first time and saw it as a fun challenge. When I saw the results, I was encouraged and have kept up with it pretty regularly. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 26 Feb 2012 23:29:55 EST There's this guy I like... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4747710 I've liked him for a few years. I finally got a chance to tell him--well, and it took a while to work up the courage. I've always thought he liked me. <BR> <BR> After months of observing how we interact (he lives in another town, we don't see each other often) and spending the last few days together I have concluded that he does like me. But not as much as I like him. And not as much as he likes someone else. <BR> <BR> Time will tell, I guess. There may or may not be hope for any change in ... Mon, 20 Feb 2012 12:43:23 EST Non-Scale Victory! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4742722 I was traveling today, so I couldn't record my calories all day long. I thought carefully about each meal and tried to make healthy choices. As soon as I got home, I inputted everything I ate just to see how I was doing for calories--I was shocked to discover not only had I stayed under my calories limit (with 100 to spare for a snack), I was also right on target with all my nutrition goals. <BR> <BR> WooHoo! <BR> <BR> Now to keep it up--I will be gone this weekend, so I have three more day... Fri, 17 Feb 2012 00:29:55 EST Five months of hard work--pictures included! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4736078 30 pounds and I thought it was time to see if I've made any noticeable progress. <BR> <BR> First, the face: my double chin is gone! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l873355462.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l325325497.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And the neck: you can see my clavicles! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l117765813.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l53520715.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I still have a ways to ... Mon, 13 Feb 2012 01:06:29 EST Who's going to catch me if I cheat? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4734432 I had an amazing revelation today: if I cheat on this "diet" I'm only cheating on myself. No one else is keeping score. It's not like I have to hide it from anyone. I get tired on this healthy journey. Who cares if I cheat? <BR> <BR> I am accountable to me for the actions I do to my body. And, here's the great revelation part, some days I just don't care. Yeah, that's right. I want to cheat, I can cheat. <BR> <BR> Then I remember that quote "When you feel like giving up, remember why you h... Sat, 11 Feb 2012 22:38:59 EST I'm single and I love it...when I'm not hating it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4732299 Valentine's Day is less than a week away and I have to decide how I will respond to it. Will I wallow in depression, loathing my life of solitude and loneliness? Or will I put a plastic smile on my face and gush about the amazing love of God and love for friends and how wonderful it is to have a day to celebrate it? <BR> <BR> Neither response is accurate. I don't wallow in loneliness because I'm single. Yet, I don't celebrate it. <BR> <BR> Long ago I made peace with my singleness and I can ... Fri, 10 Feb 2012 12:00:26 EST My Aha Moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4710713 My "AHA" moment came in May last year when I decided to go skydiving. <BR> <BR> I had waited almost a year after purchasing my skydiving jump before I had a chance to use it. When I called to schedule my jump I was told the weight limit--10 pounds less than what I was told by the company who sold me the jump. My weight was right between those two numbers. I went on a crash diet that week and worked like crazy to lose those 5 pounds. When the skydiving day came I was barely under the limit (... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 17:50:02 EST 2012 is my year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4670388 I can do it. I will continue the work I started in 2011. I will continue to feed my body healthy meals. I will continue to take it to the gym regularly for exercise--cardio and strength training. <BR> <BR> I will reach my goals--both fitness related and non-fitness related. <BR> <BR> I will become more confident, competent, and satisfied with where I am and who I am. <BR> <BR> I will do this because 2012 is my year. Tue, 10 Jan 2012 01:26:35 EST Help! How do I survive a Christmas party? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4625862 I just found out today that I have to go to 2 Christmas parties next week--2 nights in a row. Both will be hosted at a pizza buffet restaurant and I am required to go to both. <BR> <BR> Pizza is one of my weaknesses. I will be tempted to overeat when I'm there. I can't just take one piece and be good with that. At a buffet, I will (typically) take one of each kind offered and eat until I'm stuffed. That is why I avoid buffets like the plague! <BR> <BR> Here are the only options I can think ... Wed, 14 Dec 2011 19:25:09 EST dear Santa http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4614202 Dear Santa, <BR> <BR> I've been good this year. Really good. Most of the time. <BR> <BR> Here is a list of things I want for Christmas this year. I know you can't give me all of them, but maybe you can work on one or two of them. Please? <BR> <BR> 1. To reach goal weight--it won't happen by Christmas, but I want to reach it in the next year. <BR> 2. To eat yummy Christmas cookies and treats <BR> 3. And not gain <BR> 4. To not use stress as an excuse <BR> 5. For anything unhealthy <BR> 6. ... Tue, 6 Dec 2011 00:22:48 EST December goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4608797 1. Reach 214 pounds <BR> 2. Do something specific for stress relief once a week <BR> 3. Track food eaten all day, minimum 3 times a week <BR> 4. Exercise 5 times a week <BR> <BR> I think these goals are manageable considering my hectic schedule. I am planning to celebrate any progress, even if the only thing I do is maintain current weight for the month. Fri, 2 Dec 2011 01:30:54 EST November goals report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4608792 Here are my November goals <BR> <BR> 1. Reach 220 pounds <BR> 2. Be thankful (post something I'm thankful for every day or write in a gratitude journal) <BR> 3. Run a 5K <BR> 4. Exercise 5 times a week <BR> <BR> My progress on each one: <BR> <BR> 1. Missed it by 1.6 pounds <BR> 2. Reached (most days anyway) <BR> 3. Reached (40 minutes!) <BR> 4. Was doing well until last week... <BR> <BR> I feel good about my November accomplishments. Now for December goals... Fri, 2 Dec 2011 01:25:57 EST Christmas is going to be harder than I expected http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4600662 I began to get a little excited about Christmas this year. I've been making so many healthy changes, I've lost weight, I've developed good eating habits, I've started exercising regularly. All these things made me think Christmas would be easier this year. And I'm sure they are helping. <BR> <BR> But it didn't make Christmas disappear. <BR> <BR> I've never really liked Christmas. I know, it's supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year. And, yes, I do think it's great to set aside a ... Sat, 26 Nov 2011 23:56:22 EST Winter Challenge--end of week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4597515 I admit it. I just danced around my living room like a crazy woman to get my last ten minutes of cardio in so I could get the 100 point bonus. I live by myself, so the dog is the only witness to my madness! <BR> <BR> I was telling myself it's a lot of work to go through to get points for an online competition that doesn't really mean anything. Then, of course, I remembered that it does mean something. No cash prizes as far as I know, but the prize of becoming more healthy is better than a ca... Thu, 24 Nov 2011 01:31:16 EST Winter Challenge--The Beginning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4580108 I joined the Winter Challenge for 20 Somethings with 50-99 pounds to lose team. This is my first challenge on SparkPeople (well except that one blog challenge I did once). Anyway, I'm really excited about it. <BR> <BR> There were several factors that finally led me to this healthy journey and using SP, but the last push I had was a challenge from my sister. One of my sisters challenged me and another sister to follow Jillian Michaels' diet for the month of September. The one thing I picked u... Fri, 11 Nov 2011 21:35:37 EST Donuts are evil! To me anyway. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4578266 So, I've mostly figured out the healthy meals. Check. <BR> I've learned how to make healthy snack choices. Check. <BR> I've learned how to fit in cooking when I can and warming up leftovers when I can. Check. <BR> <BR> But I can't seem to say no to the donuts. <BR> They aren't even that good. <BR> Just plain old calorie-laden donuts. <BR> <BR> We get boxes of donuts donated at work every day. I used to be good at resisting them, but for some reason they are my downfall recently. I'll eat a ... Thu, 10 Nov 2011 15:50:09 EST am I trusting? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4575423 I do a short, simple meeting at a nursing home in town on Tuesdays. Mostly i think of the meetings as mindless. I hand out songbooks, I lead songs using the CD player, I pick up songbooks, I talk for a couple minutes, I thank them all and leave. <BR> <BR> Well, today we were singing "Are You Washed in the Blood?" and the words hit me hard. <BR> <BR> Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing power? <BR> Are you washed in the blood of the lamb? <BR> Are you fully trusting in his grace this hou... Tue, 8 Nov 2011 22:12:44 EST having trouble with mid-day munchies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4571627 I do well with choosing a healthy and (usually) filling breakfast. I try to pack my lunch for work, so lunch is usually good. I have trouble, though with the afternoon snacks. <BR> <BR> We have tons of unhealthy food laying around at work, and that's about the time I start snacking. <BR> <BR> I know I need to plan ahead and bring my own snacks, but not sure what to bring. <BR> <BR> One of my goals this week will be to stock up on healthy snack options in the office. Sun, 6 Nov 2011 19:29:11 EST no slackers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4564099 One year at camp the theme for the summer was "No Slackers" The picture was the word slackers in black letters and a big red crossed out circle over the top (like a no smoking sign). We had so much fun with that theme. Though I personally think the "Holy Sweat" theme was more entertaining. <BR> <BR> I think about the "No Slackers" theme now as I'm working through one of the hurdles of weight loss. I passed the first hurdle of boredom about a month ago. Mostly by blogging, and making the tra... Tue, 1 Nov 2011 22:34:46 EST back on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4563367 I had a busy weekend and a funeral yesterday, so I started slacking, especially on tracking my food. <BR> <BR> I'm back and I'm back on track, because I worked too hard to allow myself to needlessly gain the weight back. <BR> <BR> This really has been making a difference in my energy level and enthusiasm, and I can't lose that momentum as I head into a really stressful/busy season. <BR> <BR> WooHoo! <em>252</em> Tue, 1 Nov 2011 13:58:38 EST weight is just a number http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4556697 I've been reading about the criss-cross effects of SparkPeople's program in The Spark and this week I really started to see it in my own life. <BR> <BR> I'm starting to connect the dots. The momentum is beginning to swing in the forward direction. I've lost weight, sure, that's motivating, but there are a lot more areas of my life that are changing. I feel more energy, less tired. I don't even drink coffee as often. I know, some of my friends will not find that a benefit, but I do. When I dr... Thu, 27 Oct 2011 23:26:23 EST confidence: just another byproduct of a healthy life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4552562 So, a week or so ago I was talking with a friend of mine about dating and I was telling him the reason I don't date is that all my guy friends are too young for me (I hang out with a college group, they're all about 4 years younger than me) and the second reason is that I lack confidence. <BR> <BR> I always wait for a guy to like me. I never know how to go after someone I like. <BR> <BR> Well, that changed last weekend. I was at a church retreat, hanging out with friends. One friend in part... Tue, 25 Oct 2011 12:59:06 EST I made it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4550949 My goal was to reach the 20 pound mark before this weekend. I was half a pound away! Errg. <BR> <BR> My secondary goal was to make the 20 pound mark by the end of the weekend. I checked this morning. I've lost 22 pounds! <BR> <BR> Woo Hoo! Mon, 24 Oct 2011 14:17:06 EST slow and steady http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4545063 I'm still working on my 5K training program. I'm in week 7 of 8 weeks and each week it gets a little more challenging. <BR> <BR> The first couple weeks, it was like no big deal. Then it got a little tougher. This morning I was thinking about quitting...but I didn't. <BR> <BR> The program is starting to kick my butt--and that's a good thing. I need a little kick now and again to keep me going. <BR> <BR> Just one more week and I will run that 5K. No one can stop me. I won't stop myself. Thu, 20 Oct 2011 14:13:50 EST Wear purple for Domestic Violence Awareness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4543696 Our speaker at Kiwanis today was from our area Safe House, talking about the services they provide, the families they help, and the needs they have as far as donations and volunteers. <BR> <BR> I didn't realize October was Domestic Violence Awareness. The speaker herself had a niece and a nephew that died as a result of domestic violence. I can't even begin to know how that would feel. I have had a niece and a nephew pass away from natural causes (SIDS). But to know that they died at the han... Wed, 19 Oct 2011 16:49:59 EST it was a good day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4537534 I took 20 kids to a music teaching day in Sioux Falls. It was wonderful to have so many children learning about music. <BR> <BR> But, the food they served was terrible. I didn't think ahead and hadn't brought my own food. They needed the adults to stay and watch the kids, so I couldn't get fast food. The meal was a breaded chicken patty sandwich, chips, and a brownie. The first thing I said when I sat down to eat was "There's no fiber." <BR> <BR> I was definitely missing fiber later. I stop... Sun, 16 Oct 2011 00:12:47 EST i will not quit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4534774 Every diet goes through stages. My experience has been in these stages: <BR> <BR> 1) Ugh! I really need to do something. <BR> 2) This isn't so bad. <BR> 3) Nice, results! <BR> 4) I'm bored. <BR> 5) What happened to the results? <BR> 6) It's not worth it anymore. <BR> 7) Back to calories <BR> <BR> Lately, I've been feeling like I'm working my way through stages 4 and 5. This is just like every other diet, I start off excited, get a little results, then lose interest. But this is not like any... Fri, 14 Oct 2011 01:15:17 EST vacation recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4529488 I lost a pound on vacation which is a total miracle since the eating choices were not the best. Man, we ate out a lot. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I lost a pound, did a little dance. Then the next day I started my period and the pound was back. :( <BR> <BR> However, I'm back home, back to eating my own food, back to watching my calories carefully and working out in my gym. That pound will soon be gone along with many others. Mwahaha. <BR> <BR> On another note, cramps are hurting. Ow. Not to mention ... Mon, 10 Oct 2011 23:43:59 EST ah, vacation woes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4523397 So I'm at my parents' house this week for vacation. At first I didn't think they had wireless internet and I thought I would have to go without sparkpeople. Anyway, my mom has wireless, so I have no excuse now. <BR> <BR> I did ok staying on program yesterday, though I was lacking in protein, carbs, and fiber. But I was ok on calories. <BR> <BR> Today I went way over my calories. I didn't do an intense workout, but I did go for a walk with my brother and the dogs, so I did some activity. <BR... Thu, 6 Oct 2011 23:32:52 EST 17 pounds make a big change (pictures included) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4515227 I've had a hard time seeing my weight loss lately. The scale continues to move, but most of my clothes feel the same. <BR> <BR> Then I looked back on a picture of me when I was at my heaviest in May of 2011. It's a picture of me in my Salvation Army uniform. It was obvious that I needed to get a bigger size, but I kept putting it off because they are expensive. I just had another picture taken today and I can tell there's been a change. The uniform is still tight on me, but not puckering. Al... Sun, 2 Oct 2011 14:38:46 EST homework...ugh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4513535 I have homework to do right now. <em>42</em> I have to write a 3,000 word paper on a management problem and solution. I've been putting this off for a long time and now it's due today. It won't be too hard once I staple my pants to the chair and JUST DO IT. At least I hope it won't be too bad. By now I'm just hoping for a passing grade in the class. <BR> <em>58</em> <BR> <BR> Well, wish me luck. I'm off to spend my day in study and paper writing! <BR> <em>253</em> Sat, 1 Oct 2011 11:34:13 EST traveling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4511282 This week I traveled for a pastors' conferece for my church and stayed in a hotel. I did fairly well for eating--staying close to my calorie limit, albeit going over. It's hard to make healthy choices when the meals are planned for you. But, as I learned this week, not impossible. They can set out a meal and I still decide what I eat and how much. For example, one day the lunch was sandwiches--I took one piece of bread and made half a sandwich, and I took extra lettuce and tomato slices and m... Thu, 29 Sep 2011 23:44:31 EST workouts for Jesus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4507623 So I did a workout on the elliptical this morning. I haven't been on an elliptical for a long time. I set the machine for variety and the resistance kept increasing. Whew! I was really sweating halfway through and by the time I got to the last 6 minutes I really had to give myself a pep talk. I just kept saying over and over "You are strong. You can make it." <BR> <BR> I was listening to my music. I had a playlist that I recently created and a song by Crystal Lewis came on. Yeah, yeah, I kno... Tue, 27 Sep 2011 22:54:03 EST shallow reasons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4505921 This was the blog challenge from Fierce, Fabulous, and Ustoppable Spark Warriors for last week. However, I want to add my list too. First because I love making lists, and second because these shallow reasons motivate me when I can't remember the deep reasons. <BR> <BR> 1. To look hot and sexy <BR> 2. To make guys notice--and let me know that they notice <BR> 3. To be honest about my weight and not be ashamed of it. To even be proud of it. <BR> 4. To have friends say "Wow, you're looking goo... Tue, 27 Sep 2011 00:05:42 EST FFUSW Blog Challenge: My Pep Talk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4505346 What do I say to myself to get myself out of bed in the morning? To get my butt in the gym when I feel like just going home to bed? <BR> <BR> Mostly it's just telling myself that it's worth it. That I'm worth it. I owe it to myself to workout--I'll feel better afterward and I'll be one step closer to my goal. I tell myself to get going because I already have the bag packed and ready to go. <BR> <BR> I guess it's nothing revolutionary, but it works, most of the time. Mon, 26 Sep 2011 17:39:28 EST