GHETTA's SparkPeople Blog GHETTA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Working on it. Finding what works for me has taken so much time. Years. But Calorie Counting is working out, so I am planning to keep with it. It has been hard because we had horrible flu in the house and it has been 1 week that we have been trying to recover as a family. I have to wait until next week to be able to workout and it has been hard not doing it this past week. I wanted to get in some cardio, but I knew that I had to keep resting until my lungs cleared up enough to breathe heavier. That will be... Fri, 26 Jan 2018 17:19:07 EST Calorie Counting I have been on a long journey with my weight loss. When I came to Mexico in 2013 I decided to change my life. I started exercising and tried to work on the diet. I have had more success with the working out than with the diet part. I tried all kinds of eating plans and thought of a million ways to lose weight. I started at 227 in 2013 and now I am 179.8. Although I feel much better, I still have not gotten to my goal of 145, which over time has changed from 135. Recently I had gained weight (... Tue, 9 Jan 2018 19:41:06 EST Coming back again to my healthy lifestyle <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After this Easter I was back in the 180's. I had been around 176 for a long time and all of a sudden I found myself at 187! I was in shock! I actually started to panic because there was no way that I was going to start going down that road again. So I went into complete overhaul mode and worked hard at it all week and I actually got back down to 176 a day ago. I am starting to hold water for... Sun, 23 Apr 2017 16:39:18 EST Coming back, again, and again, and once more. I keep falling down. But I keep getting back up again. It is feeling a bit like a comedy now, actually. It is crazy, for sure. Losing weight is always on my mind. I get up with goals. Sometimes I achieve them and sometimes not so much. When I fall down and let go, it is only for awhile. A little bit of my mind reserves the future to "come back to it" during those times. And I do. But it is sooooo frustrating for my weight loss goals! When I came to Mexico nearly 4 years ago, I planned on exer... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 18:11:56 EST Keeping the momentum This is a crazy world we live in. I may not know how the world deals with their problems, or if they need any help to. But I am there when my friends need me, and I am there for myself like I have never been before. When I am at the track, I sometimes get caught up looking into the faces of other people and wonder what they are all about. But good or bad, I really don't know the truth because they are total strangers. So I keep running. I don't worry about it and I go on taking care of this g... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 17:16:24 EST Weekend break I have done a great job with the diet and exercise this past week. I got down on the scale, as I intended and I made great strides with my workouts. Last night was Friday night and my husband and I unwinded from the week, as we usually do. We have a few good drinks, and I also had some other treats like peanuts from Christmas. I ended up having taken in too many calories for any weight loss, but I felt like I was able to unload some stress. Today is another day. I woke up and did not go to ... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 18:17:38 EST Blog away the days In my quest to stay focused, I have decided to blog on Spark when I feel that I need to vent about weightloss and my effort towards it. I decided that even if I have to make a blog every day, if it helps, then that is what I will do. I don't have many physical contacts right now and spend a lot of time in front of the computer or doing mother/wife duties. Blogging has been a great way for me to get out on "paper" what is on my mind. I heard someone on Facebook comment one time that they do no... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 16:40:36 EST Ready to move on. I have been fluttering around the 170's for awhile now, a good few months. But now that the New Year has started, I am ready to move on. I have a good program and a good meal plan. I just need to stick to it more and to not veer off like I have this past holiday season. But that happens during the holidays and I will not beat myself up over it. I did not do too much damage anyways. I thought that for sure I would be up in the 180's after all was said and done, but luckily I only got up to 178... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 18:38:45 EST Attacking weight loss by hitting it softer I have been in the 170's for what seems like 6 months. I just can't sustain a lower weight right now. I went up to 184 recently and it really scared me. The truth is that the previous week I had been working my arse off trying to lose weight. I upped my 40 minute exercise to 2 hours a day. I started drinking an aloe gel concoction with lemon in hopes to drop weight. I stuck to my meal plan and drank plenty of water and green tea. I did not lose any weight. In fact, I actually gained some quit... Thu, 27 Oct 2016 17:09:38 EST Touched the 160's, back up again, hopefully not for long I hit 169 at one point! That was incredible! I haven't been that low in years! But with my current lifestyle and habits, I am back up to 175-173. I have been working hard these past few days to get back down and it has been helping. I feel so good about myself and my efforts. I look pretty good in the mirror, for my own sake. It has been quite awhile when I looked in the mirror and liked who I saw looking back. I also feel like I have proved to myself lately that I can still hit it when I don... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 17:01:55 EST Trying to get into the 160's I have been making a big effort for the last couple of weeks to try to get past this point in my weight loss. I have been around 175- 173 for a couple of weeks, maybe even 3, and I am ready to move on. I am on the verge of dipping below that. I have increased the intensity of my cardio. I started to run more. I know that walking has taken me very far on my journey, but it is time to amp it up in that area. It is hard and today I did not want to run, but I did it anyways. I hated it, but I put... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 18:58:29 EST Doing Well <img src=""> <em>34</em> <em>312</em> <em>194</em> <BR> <BR> Things are starting to turn around for my weightloss. I had plateaued at around 180 for a few long months. I dipped down into the 170's only once or twice, but always headed back up to around 180. I found this frustrating like you cannot believe. I was exercising, and eating salads for lunch and doing many things that I knew I should be doing. Bu... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 15:48:34 EST Not weighing in everyday I decided that I will wait to weigh in on Wednesdays. I had been getting fixated on the numbers by checking everyday and even a few times during the day on top of that. So that I don't get discouraged I decided to make my weigh ins on Wednesday. It is hard for me to wait because when I have a particular good day, I want to jump on the scale and see what is up. <BR> But I will try to just concentrate on the healthy choices that I am making and not the number on the scale. One thing that I am u... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 15:30:43 EST Proud of myself today I have been doing good lately. I am proud of it. I give a lot of excuses sometimes why I am not, but today I am doing good. They say one day at a time. I weighed in today at 177.4, and I am very excited for that. It shows that I am making progress. I read an article on Sparkpeople today about apps that we can use to help us lose weight. I checked out a free app, called RunKeeper and I downloaded it. I used it for the first time today. I like it. It had some interesting data about my run at th... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 16:49:09 EST Getting back into a routine I had slipped off of my routine this past month. I had been working out at the track and doing strength training for my arms and shoulders. I had also been trying to work on my stomach and rear with specialized exercises. Things were going great and I was happy with my progress. But then came two big events that started my health to go in the opposite direction. We had a big 2 day trip to Mexico City and the Pyramid ruins at Teotihuacan. It was a bus tour that we did, our first. The trip was ... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 17:39:55 EST Here is the dress that I recently made for a walk in. <img src=""> A friend of mine asked for a picture of the dress that I recently crocheted for a walk in my little store in Mexico. Here it is. She liked it and has already picked it up. Tue, 15 Mar 2016 17:01:11 EST Trying to get back on a routine. The weather has been very cold lately. I have not been able to go run at the track like I like to do. I had been doing exercises in the house in the morning, but I have not done anything for a little over a week. My appetite has increased lately, but I think that is because my AF is here to visit. I have been having a hard time trying to stick to my meal plan. I am still doing what I can to fill in the gaps, like drinking more green tea and taking my fiber supplements. I am trying to get in m... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 16:01:57 EST Doing what I can A woman asked me to crochet a baby dress for her Nino Dios doll (baby Jesus). She gave me a dress as an example. I have not found the pattern that the dress is made of and it is almost 2 weeks later and I am still not done with the dress. She will be by anytime soon and will wonder why I am not done. I have suffered over this little problem for awhile now. I was working on the dress everyday using another pattern, but it turned out to be too intense and would take me a month to finish. So I t... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 19:00:15 EST Had a hard day Today I was made aware of some personal things that I do not want to share about here. But what I would like to say is that it hurts and I don't like that at all. Especially since I have put much effort into being a good moral person in this crazy world. But things happen in life that we cannot always control and one either has to die with dispair because of it, or learn to survive despite it. I have learned a lot in my life, and I do not want to lose the lessons that I have been taught by gi... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 20:07:12 EST Avoiding sabotage Like I mentioned in my last blog, my mother in law is a food pusher. A big one! She does it to show her love, I know, but it has had a bad effect on my body lately and it has to stop! I have tried telling her that I am on a diet and that I cannot eat at her house, but she does not register that and still offers me food and even brings plate of it to me! Here is what happened yesterday: I told myself that I would not eat at her house and then she came home and made dinner and offered it to me.... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 16:44:28 EST This year I want to get to my overall weight goal. This is January. The beginning of the year. By this time next year I hope to have conquered my problem with being overweight. I am no longer obese, technically, since my weight is more or less in the 170's. But I would like to get down in the 150's and maybe, if I can manage it, to the 130's. That would be wonderful to me. Hubby would be super happy with me at 150. I want to get to 135, just to see it again. I am starting to workout at home since I have been very sick with a chest cold recent... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 17:00:14 EST January, birthday month! This month I will be turning 43 years old! Wow! I am getting up there! I have been watching what I eat lately since I am still sick some with that flu I had in December. I have traces of infection still and hubby doesn't want me to go outside to run. I downloaded a video to workout with at home. Today is the first day and I feel great! Nice to finally get back moving again! I have to work on my upper arms, I see that they are a bit flabby. Over all not bad for going on 43. I have decided to j... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 15:46:53 EST December so far. So now it is December 2015. My weight is 173.2 at the moment. I had gotten down to 170 because I had the flu and was losing tons of fluids. I am better now, thankfully, but it took a good two weeks. Before that we had done a whole month of going to concerts, drinking and eating. It was fun, but it wrecked my body. But the flu kicked in (probably from being exhausted of all the parties) and I lost the weight that I had gained. Now I am up 3 pounds but am starting to make efforts to go down aga... Thu, 10 Dec 2015 15:39:08 EST Trying to get on a routine. Life has been difficult, somewhat, lately. My husband had just gotten a job after a long time unemployed. While I am very thankful for this, the new rountine has been anything but routine around here! I used to get up early every morning and do what I needed to do in the peace and silence. I would go to the track every morning and put a good 45 minutes in when I was feeling good. But this past month, I had been super tired in the morning and could not get up. Plus, the new job had me getting ... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 17:11:16 EST Looking for a loss <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is weigh in for BLC 28. I have been doing good lately and I am hoping for a loss. It is that time of month for me, sorry for TMI, but that usually means bloating and water weight. I plan on not eating my regular popcorn for snack tonight because I usually pile on the salt. Last night I avoided it. I got in plenty of water yesterday too and today I weighed in less. Now if I can only eat well today and stay far away from that pesky salt shaker, I think that I c... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 16:17:35 EST Body Measurements Results after first 6 weeks of BLC. I took my body measurements around the first day of the BLC. I planned on taking them after the 6 week mark, and then after the final weigh in after 12 weeks. So far here are the results: <BR> <BR> May 22, 2015: July 1, 2015 <BR> <BR> Neck: 13 1/2 13 1/4 <BR> <BR> Upper Arm: 11 1/2 ... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 17:44:54 EST Big discovery! <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> I just found out something AMAZING! First of all, I have been trying to lose weight. I have been making lots of efforts as far as diet and exercise is concern. I even try all the tips like drinking more green tea, lots of water and lowering salt. Today I was looking on the net for help with weight loss in the belly area. My body is very weird. I have almost skinny arms and legs. My neck and about 90% of me is what you would consider "normal". The problem is, and has... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:36:43 EST June 29, 2015 Today is my husband's 37 birthday. We are going to have cake and celebrate his birthday today. Not a big party, but small and cute. It is nice to be with family. I am lucky to be married to such a great guy. <BR> <BR> I have really been trying to get this weight loss thing down. I am making progress, too. I am going to the track on most days of the week. That right there is a big accomplishment. It is just something that I do, part of my day. Going to the track is nice because you usually se... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 18:15:47 EST Weigh in tomorrow <em>9</em> <em>38</em> <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is weigh in. I am looking forward to it. I have worked hard this past week. I did not drink this past weekend. I drank the water that I was suppose to. I exercised almost everyday. I think that overall effort was about 95%. I feel smaller. I know that I should not base all of my success on the scale. But it is hard not to get the numbers that I want. I think that tomorrow I will lose weight, but I hate worrying about it. I d... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 18:04:36 EST How it is going <em>311</em> <em>274</em> <em>9</em> <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> Well, it has been going okay lately. We just came off of a week celebrating here in my little town of Cortazar, Guanajuato. There was a festival called the Cera where there were many beautiful floats that are traditionally made of wax. It is a long held tradition to go to this event and it last most of the week. On the days that we attended this festival, we ate festival foods. I had not planned this for my menus and I w... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 17:48:14 EST Tracking When I was in BLC the last round, I was a Violet Virtuoso. Unfortuneately the team disbanded. I did learn on it, though, that if I tracked, it would really help with weight loss. I am finding this to be true. I track using pen and paper and also I use the Spark Food Tracker. Between the two I am able to fit in the foods that I am eating for the day and to see how they are falling in my plan. I made a menu plan to follow a few weeks ago and it has been uneventful until recently. There has bee... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 20:03:16 EST Keeping the ball rolling I lost weight again this past week! I am so happy! I have made a good plan for myself that is working! It is not easy to stick to plans, but with determination it can be done. I have to admit, there were some mornings that I woke up and did not want to go to the track. I was discouraged more than once this past week. But I just stuck to it and went everyday, whether I really wanted to or not. It paid off. That plus being careful with my meal plan, drinking the 2 liters of water a day. I am go... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 18:39:46 EST New BLC round and new effort to lose weight I had another cycle of being inactive on Sparkpeople, but I am back! I just came back from the US after a 2 week visit. I had lots to do but still had time to visit a little with family. It really was nice reconnecting with my fam. I really liked seeing my second daughter, Mariah, who is going to be 23 and whom I have not seen in over 2 years! Time flys when you are away. <BR> <BR> I did have a eye opening experience while I was in the States. I did not plan on going there, but had to all o... Tue, 26 May 2015 17:27:07 EST Doing okay Been doing okay with my weight loss efforts. I did eat a little too much this past week. We drank a little last night too, which is out of the normal for us. We usually stick to just Fridays. But that is how life goes I guess. I have been able to make it to the track lately, which makes me happy. I had been working since the beginning of the month on a purse for myself. Usually I make things for my Etsy shop, but I was in need for a new purse, so I took my time and did a good job! I love it... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:33:35 EST Reviewing <em>58</em> <BR> <BR> I am reviewing my efforts since I last posted my weight on my sparkpage. I am up from the 170's and am in the 180's. I was around 186 a couple of weeks ago, but now these past 2 weeks I have been slowly getting back to trying to lose weight. My goal over all is to get to 135. That seems like a long way to go. Right now I would be happy to get out of the 180s. I have had a rough year, I cannot say it enough. I think that it was the worst of my life, as far as my healt... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 19:21:57 EST Get up and go! I got up and went to the track today. I was so tired and I had not even finished my first lap! I ended up only making 4 laps, but it is a start. I am proud of myself for getting back to it. It is not easy to get back on track , but it is what you MUST do if you don't want to give up your dreams of getting fit and feeling better! <BR> <BR> One day at a time. One effort at a time. It will all build up. Just like the fat that built up after many days and nights of making the wrong decisions, so... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 18:23:50 EST Planning the future. I am trying to plan my future. I want to lose weight. I would like to lose 50 pounds. So far this year I have not had any luck. But that is the past! I plan on getting up tomorrow and going back to the track. I have had many obstacles in my path this year so far. It has been discouraging! But that is something to be overcome. There has been many good things about this year so far too, so I must not lose sight of that! It has been a long time that I have stalled at this weight. My original wei... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 17:22:23 EST One thing after another It is days like today that I think that life is one big pain in the neck! I had been on a down hill slide since the holidays. I over ate through them and gained weight. I got very sick for a few months with stomach problems. I then waited for BLC 27 to start and when it did, my very first workout I totally threw out my back and was extremely injured for an entire month. This past week I FINALLY got the ok to walk again at the track. The weather here in Mexico is warm, but cool in the morning... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:36:02 EST Gain this past week. I gained a couple of pounds this past week. It is now Friday and I am going to try to turn that around. It takes effort, but I can do it. My plan: to cut back on all the eating. I feel like I have a decent diet and what I need to do is to cut down on the amount that I eat. I will see how it goes by next weigh in on Wednesday. <BR> <BR> I am happy this Friday because I got finished a project that I had worked on earlier this week: a crochet pattern for a Storm Trooper hat. <link> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 16:26:22 EST Making progress-with work! I have been making progress with my work, which is creating crochet clothing and accesories. I have been very busy with it this season. I have not been able to get out and go to the track lately because of all the hustle and bustle, but not all is a loss! Since I crochet at every free chance that I can, I have been too busy to over eat. I did gain a little since Thanksgiving and Christmas, but I am not too far behind. I have been having some success lately with my Etsy website; <link> Sun, 28 Dec 2014 16:21:03 EST Busy time of year This is a busy time of year. You have the holidays, which are great. Being the cook of the family, there is a lot of work there already. Also, my line of work is making crochet, and the demand for it picks up during the colder months, like now. I have been busy with work and getting prepared for the holidays. I have been sick in the stomach for awhile, and have managed not to gain too much weight so far. But I do need to make time to exercise amoungst all this work and prepping. So I hope all... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:03:10 EST Diet Exercise and Effort This is a rough part of my weight loss journey. I am very involved in promoting my creations online and also physically here in the store. All of this effort has taken much of my attention and energy. What is suffering for this is my diet and exercise. My weight loss has stopped and I even gained a couple of pounds. I have been pretty lucky, for it could be far worse. I know that the amount of work that I am doing does not leave much time or energy to tackle a serious weight loss effort. But ... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 18:59:05 EST Coupon code for Etsy! I just made a coupon to introduce my Etsy site to the world! The coupon will allow you to get $2 off a purchase of $10 or more! The coupon code is: INTRO34 <link> </link> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 18:16:12 EST Etsy site up and running I finally have my Etsy site up and running. It took a lot of work, fotos and stuff. I still need to work on the sign, but it is good to go. Here is the link: <link> </link> Been trying to get myself organized. Was able to make it to the track for a few minutes this morning. Need to work on my diet and exercise this week. Been off a bit. Gained a couple of pounds since last week's weigh in. But making small steps to a better life... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 19:37:05 EST Crochet dress #3 This is the last dress that I am featuring here on my blogs. I hope that these beautiful dresses will find a home with some lucky little girl! This light pink dress is a little finer than the other two dresses, which are made with a bit bulkier yarn. Here is dress #3: <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My sparkfriend ... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 17:28:43 EST Crochet dress #2 Here are some pictures of the second crochet dress that I am featuring for one of my sparkfriends with the hopes that she will like it and buy it! <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> Tue, 4 Nov 2014 17:17:58 EST Crochet dresses-Dark pink and light pink <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I run a small store in Mexico where I sell clothing that I crochet. A sparkfriend of mine noticed the dress that I sold to someone in the United States and she became interested in some dresses. I decided to make 3 blogs with pictures of 3 dresses that I have displayed in my shop tha... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 17:04:25 EST Catching up! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hi everyone! Here is the dress that I made that I wrote about in my last blog. Today I just found out that the woman who asked me to make the dress is definately going to purchase it! I am so happy! I felt kinda bad that she was hesitant about it when I had gone through so much trouble to get it done. But things are working out and I might even ship it off to the States as early as tomorrow! Sometimes you have to... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 19:42:26 EST Lately. losing, and distractions Lately I have been kind of distracted by life. I was very focused on the BLC26 for the first few weeks. and I did very well in losing about 10 pounds! This past week was different. I was asked by the sister of my sister-in-law to make 3 dresses for her 3 month old daughter. She wanted the dresses to be for a 6 month old, and she sent me pics on my crochet Facebook page, <link><BR>h-Purses-and-Hair-Ties/204560516235336 </link> <BR> <BR> of the dresses ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:35:43 EST Missed Opportunity When I was younger, I was a good student in school. I got a lot of awards and attention for my scholastic achievements. Later I wanted to finish college and become an Electrical Engineer, like my father. But that did not happen. What happened was that I got pregnant at a young age. My father had died around that time too, and my dreams about becoming something wonderful ended. I went through life making many mistakes along the way. I got really lost. I did have the good fortune of finding h... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 16:17:59 EST