GHETTA's SparkPeople Blog GHETTA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Weigh In... Tomorrow is weigh in. I am a little worried about it. I lost 5 pounds last week and tried to keep up the momentum this week. It was very difficult. I was able to do the things that I wanted to as far as challenges and working out. Diet went well too. I may be under eating, if anything. Today was difficult for other reasons. It is the end of the month and we have much to get done in October. Me and the hubby, Ismael work hard everyday towards making a better life for ourselves and our famil... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:14:40 EST BLC26 BINGO and other stuff <img src="">Friday started off the WEC through Monday. I have been working on it all weekend. I am going to be short of filling out the whole page because I did not reach two nutrition goals, which were protein and carbs. Other than, I did FANTASTIC on this challenge! I really like having the water goal because it kept me drinking the whole weekend. I think that I will try to do this more often! <BR> <BR> On a side not, and sorry for T ... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 14:37:54 EST Lots going on <em>36</em> <BR> <BR> A lot of happenings around here! First of all, last week, we celebrated Mexican Independence Day. I made green pozole and it turned out great! The kids dressed up in traditional attire and we spent time with mi suegra(my MIL) and we even went downtown to the centro to watch a free concert. It was nice! The week went by quickly and on Saturday we had a quincetta to go to. I was worried that I would over eat and drink too much. But luckily the night did not end up lik... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 18:02:32 EST What are my expectations for BLC26 This is the first BLC that I have participated in awhile. This time around, I expect to find support from my teammates, the Violet Virtuosos. I want to get to know them well, and to work with them towards our goal of losing weight. I entered the BLC in order to find competition as well as a forum to meet others on the same path as I am on. I enjoy the fellowship with my teammates and will benefit from their good influences. I expect to be motivated and to provide motivation back. So this is... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 16:17:02 EST Excited! Tomorrow I will be finding out what team I am on in the BLC26. I am so happy! I have not checked in for a few days, so I did not know what was going on. Glad that I stopped by today. The challenge starts on the 17 and I am soooo ready! <BR> <BR> I have been getting up in the morning and running. At first it was hard because I have had a couple of weeks off of the exercise. I had gotten behind. But once again I was motivated by my hubby who always talks some sense into me. Thank goodness! I ... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 17:42:55 EST Whew! Life is so busy sometimes! I spend most of my days taking care of my family with meals and cleaning. I work most of the week at a store that I created. I crochet hours at a time to fill the store with neat things. On top of that I am constantly trying to learn things that hold my interest. Right now I am beginning study of Spanish. (I am at intermediate level right now). I am also researching how to decipher Mayan hieroglyphics. As all this is happening, I am trying to eat right and get in ... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:07:58 EST Getting back to it Once again I am getting back into the swing of things. My daughter just departed back to the States and the kids will soon be back in school. Life is going to be more predictable soon, thankfully. Much has happened since my last blog. The visit with my daughter went spectacular! It was so incredibly nice to hang out with her and the wonderful woman she has become. I am very proud of her for becoming a nurse! We all enjoyed her visit. We all took a trip to Mexico City area and visited the leg... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:02:23 EST Life keeps happening There is always something that is happening. My daughter is about to come and visit us in Mexico in August. Our van is giving us trouble and we are trying to find out what is the problem. Hopefully it will be fixed before she comes so we don't have to find an alternative ride for her. My husband just said "Isn't it weird that the problem would happen NOW and not AFTER she had her visit?" He is right, life is like that sometimes. You just have to do what you can to deal with it. <BR> <BR> I h... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:34:34 EST Recovering Today I ran for the first time in a long time. I had waited until I felt like my body could handle it. I have been sick with a slight cold after recovering from my back injury. So those two things have held me back with the running. It is the rainy season here in Central Mexico, and the mornings when I run are cooler than normal. I was already sick and thought that I might get worse if I ran hard. Today I went ahead and ran but I was dressed warmly. I feel a little sicker, but I think that I ... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 16:24:09 EST Back to it. Walking the track. I had been down with an injury for nearly a month. I am just getting back into some formal exercise. Before I was running and doing Hip Hop Abs, jump roping and doing strength training moves. Now I am just starting to do a bit of walking and some strength training. It has been humbling to be out of the loop for so long. I went to the track for the first time in a long time on Monday. I had hit it a bit too hard and I had to take off Tuesday. Wednesday I was back on it and Thursday and today ... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 16:51:18 EST Feeling Better I have not been able to do any exercises. I have been watching what I eat and resting. I am feeling better. The pain is lessening. I still have been unable to go to the doctor. I do have pain meds that I use when I need to. Rest is about the best thing that I can do right now. I feel like I have lost weight with my diet recently, so this is a plus. I had been going off track when I first got injured because I was so upset about it all. I know that only a couple of years ago if something like... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 15:57:03 EST Not feeling well I feel bad. My back is still hurting and I need to see a doctor. It is not easy to do right now because I am from the United States and I do not have health insurance here in Mexico. It would cost a bit of change to get x-rays, which is what I need. So I am not sure if I will be able to get this done because we are watching every penny. This is a very unfortunate event for me and the family. I cannot run or do any exercise because I am in way too much pain. It is hard to sit for too long and ... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 15:25:08 EST Bye Bye Hip Hop Abs I injured my back once again. I had been in training for the visit that is coming in August with my daughter Mercedes. Part of my routine involved doing Hip Hop Abs. I really love all the moves that are in the series. It is fun too. The problem is that I have a degenerated bone in my back and some moves aggravate it to hurt. Well, I did it again. I threw out my back and was a mess for about a whole week. I could hardly walk and had pain the whole time I was awake. Everything hurt, from sitti... Tue, 27 May 2014 19:04:26 EST Training I am training. I am not going to do a 5k or anything, but I am training. It all started with a my sister in law. I knew that she had been trying to lose weight for awhile and I had heard that she was doing good. I then saw some family pictures that she put on Facebook with her and my nephew and niece and brother in law. She looked great! I was happy for her. I do admit that it made me feel a little insecure because I have been struggling with my own weight loss. That wasn't the problem. The ... Mon, 19 May 2014 17:20:57 EST Up a little. <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> I just exercised and dieted until Wednesday last week. The kids were sick and we had a lot of days that went unchecked. Today I got up early and hit the track. I did good! I felt a whole lot better about myself when I got done. I had been feeling the literal weight of it all before I went running. I am tracking my calories again today. This is the start to what I plan will be a week of makeup and getting back on track. <BR> <BR> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:09:21 EST 184.8! I am getting closer and closer to my goal of reaching 180 pounds! I weighed in today at 184.8 pounds! I am so happy! I had been hovering around 190-189 for the longest time. It seems like it was a whole month and I could not lose any weight. But I kept going every morning to run and I tried to stick close to my calorie goal as much as possible. It worked ! I am now under 185! This is so great! I only have about 5 pounds left to go and then I can start trying to conceive my last baby. Wow! I ... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 18:30:49 EST Pics <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here are some of the pics that I took of me in that blue blouse that I made my last blog about! I feel pretty good today too. Thanks for all the great responses! Thu, 27 Mar 2014 18:36:29 EST I feel pretty today. About a month or two months ago, I bought a shirt from a store that was too small for me. I did it because I told my husband that I would be in it in a short time. And today is the day! It is a beautiful royal blue blouse that I intend to wear if I go back to work in the US when we get back. I have been trying to build up my professional wardrobe and this is a new piece. I love it! I think that I look good today, so I am writing this blog to have a non-scale victory celebration. I am finall... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:46:15 EST Up down , turn around! Wow! I have been through a lot since I weighed in a couple of weeks ago at 189.4! I think that I let it all hit me and it knocked me down! I lost it there for awhile. I was proud of myself for making it to the 180's, but I was so mad that it took me so long just to lose a couple of pounds. I had tried so hard that last week to get that number, I was killing myself with intense exercise and watching every little calorie whenever I could. I think that all of the pressure just drove me mad! So I... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 17:58:51 EST 150, 135? I have been teetering on which weight loss goal weight to chose. I would LOVE to be 135 again. It has been years since I was around that weight. When I was, I looked sooo good! But now that I am older, I have been wondering if I should settle on a less ambitious number, like 150. I am having my ups and downs about this. I am 5'5 and I think that 135 is not a crazy number to want to get to. I am kinda scared to even try to get to that weight! Because, what if I was successful? Then what would... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 16:35:48 EST 189.4 I made it! Today was weigh in day, and I am officially 189.4! So happy! Man, that took like 3 weeks of up and down to get into the 180's! But I am here and I will do whatever it takes to stay here and keep going downwards! Thanks to all my Sparkbuddies who have given me support while I struggled these past 3 weeks! I made it!! <em>363</em> <em>192</em> Fri, 7 Mar 2014 18:56:56 EST A little down today. I was a little down today. I went to the track like I wanted to , but I mosty walked since I had ran so hard yesterday. Today was like a recovery day. That is not why I was down. I was down because I feel like I am still a bit away from the 180's. I have been wanting to get into the 180's for over 3 weeks now. I have been having a hard time. But the good news is that I went out with my hubby today and saw my reflection in the mirror. I thought that I looked pretty good! So I felt better. I h... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 20:12:18 EST Dang ole McDonalds! Last Saturday the family and I went on a trip to Celaya, a bigger city near here. It was fun. We went to McDonalds to eat lunch. My husband ordered for all of us. And though he did, no one but me was the one to blame on eating all that I did! I had a large fry, a large Coke, and a sandwich called a McMenu Magnificant. It was over 1000 calories. Goodness! <BR> Since then, I have been struggling to get into the 180's. I think that I am still in the 190's. I am upset about it, of course, but I... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 15:43:19 EST Through stress and through good times. I chatted a bit today with my younger sister. She is living in Fort Wayne, the city that I was living in for a long time. She seemed to be nice at first, but that did not last. There are reasons that I was able to move to Mexico. Mainly one reason was that I could be far away from some toxic relationships. Hers being one. It saddens me that even though I have spent the last 13 years of my life trying to be a better person, to make sacrifices for family and my marriage, that she would still be... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 17:22:36 EST One step back. Now two steps forward... <em>363</em> <BR> <BR> I have had a crazy week! I spent most of last week working and then drinking in the night. On a couple of nights I just had two beers. But I drank for almost 4 days straight! Usually we just drink a little on Friday. I think what had happened is that we were very stressed from the big move to another house. We spent almost 2 weeks painting and cleaning, and then the actual move itself took a lot out of us. I think that we are just worn down. <BR> On top of it all, I... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 16:37:34 EST Exercise and calories <em>180</em> <em>312</em> <BR> <BR> I have been tracking my calories. I had set up a range by using Sparkpeople's recommendations for me. When I set this up, I did not factor in exercise. Over the last few months, I have been active on and off, but I still aimed to get between 1200 and 1500 calories a day. This is not good, now that I have done some research. Lately I have been increasing my intensity level of activity and I felt like it was wearing me down instead of giving me more ... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 16:22:59 EST Enjoying the day! <em>67</em> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I am sitting here listening to a favorite singer, Nek, who is Italian but sings in Spanish too. Living in Mexico has been such a wonderful experience. I don't think that I would be this motivated to lose weight if we were unable to move here. I was stuck in a rut in Indiana. I had been born and raised and lived in the same city for all but 1 year of my life before we moved. I am 41 years old. That is a long time to be in one city! I was depressed, eve... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 15:47:35 EST Documenting progress <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am documenting progress that I am making in my journey to lose weight. I am 190 pounds right now, if not less. I have 2 days until weigh in , so I am not sure if I lost any weight since my last weigh in. Things have been going well since I decided to get serious about losing weight last year. I am finding encouragement from friends and guests here on Spark, and it means so much! <BR> <BR> Still fighting! <em>... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 16:42:11 EST Fell down, and got right back up. Yesterday was a fall down day. I had run out of the lunch meat that I have been making our lunches with and so I did not have anything prepared as far as food was concerned for lunch. It is hard when you are out of the house and cannot make a meal for everyone. So every time we stopped the van for some reason, I got out and bought what ever was there. 100 % of it was junk. We did not have a meal so we snacked on this and that. Finally, for dinner, we were able to stop by my MIL's house and s... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 17:28:31 EST 190, so close to the 180"s! I went for a long walk. I did 8 laps around the track that surrounds the park that is nearby my house. It took me 75 minutes to do, but I was determined and finished it! Today was weigh in day, so I wanted to get a good head start. I am now 190 pounds! I am soooo close to the 180's! My goal is to get to 180 so that I can change my current meds and start trying to conceive. I just have 10 pounds to go! I have been making progress. This makes me sooo happy! I am thrilled that I am getting do... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 19:37:17 EST Getting into a routine <em>670</em> <BR> I am just getting into a routine. I have not been exercising consistently lately. It has been on and off. I am still making an effort to do it. Today I got up early and went to the nearby park and walked. I saw a couple of older gents and they were jogging pretty good. I felt a bit ashamed of myself and started to jog too. You know what? It felt good! I did not do a long run, but I got in a good half hour. I am proud of myself for pushing it a bit harder. If those guys ca... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 16:00:44 EST Health update <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> For the last 5 months or so, I have been making an effort to lose weight. I had started off with doing Hip Hop Abs in my house every morning. I was good for about a month. Then I started to feel pain and after a little while I had developed a big injury to my back. I was bed ridden for more than a week. I could not walk. It was one of the most horrible experiences that I have ever endured. Needless to say, I was kind of worried about exercising after that. But afte... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 18:19:25 EST Thinking about the States. The husband and I are missing the States. We both love Mexico, but things just run smoother in the States. We miss our house in Fort Wayne. While we have been here in Mexico, we have been renting. It is hard when you rent because you do not have the right to make changes to the house like when you own one. We still have a lot to accomplish here in Mexico before we move back to the States. But we do miss it. I am just glad that we are here having this experience, because before I knew no ot... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 16:32:18 EST It has been awhile The family and I have been living here in Mexico since last March. It has almost been a year already. We are preparing, at least mentally, for a move that we will make once our lease is up at the house that we are currently living at. My husband is going through the process of finding work, and it is not easy. We have a lot on our plate concerning our immediate family, and then there is the big task that we have of selling the house of my mother-in-law's. Big changes are coming soon. I plan o... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 17:26:24 EST Fighting illness For the past two months, my husband and I have been sick with flu. First, our son brought home stomach flu. Then, we started getting weird symptoms that ended up being flu again. We are just now getting better. I spent 5 days bed ridden because I was so ill and weak. My husband is still getting back his strength, and although we are feeling better, we are not a 100%. <BR> The weather here in central Mexico is a lot different than in the Midwest United States. The summer is full of rain until... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 16:52:04 EST Just thoughts Today we went out of town for once. We had paperwork to do at the BMV. Now we just have to wait to get the plate on Wednesday. Tomorrow is my son, Victor, 6th birthday. He is growing so fast! I cannot believe that my only son, my baby boy, is 6 already. He has been a mother's dream. He is gorgeous and polite. He loves me and his dad and of course, his sisters. My daughter, Claudia is soooo excited about tomorrow. We have running around to do to get things in order. <BR> <BR> My efforts at we... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 18:05:16 EST Goals and other stuff I have a goal of losing weight and getting pregnant. I already have been blessed with 4 children, but I do want that last one. I am very overweight right now, probably like 210 or even more. (I don't know because I don't have a scale right now). I was very heavy for my last child, Victor, and I had a hard time when it came to giving birth. The nurse had to jump on my belly because I was too exhausted to push anymore! But this is my goal for myself this year. <BR> <BR> I want to start an exer... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 14:41:43 EST Splash! store and more I opened a Splash! store here in Cortazar, Guanajuato Mexico in order to sell my hand made items. I also sell gently used clothing and shoes. Business has been good and it makes me feel wonderful. <BR> <BR> My youngest is going to private school. He enjoys it very much. Next semester my daughter will start school here in Mexico too. Very exciting for them. <BR> <BR> Husband has been doing well taking care of business and finances. He is a wonderful partner. <BR> <BR> We are doing well in... Sun, 19 May 2013 14:02:42 EST Enjoying new house. We moved into the new house. It is more space and modern. The only draw back is that the addition that it is in is so new tha there is no phone line or internet. Well, it is cozy and nice anyways. Thanks for your prayers! Tue, 9 Apr 2013 10:58:30 EST