GHETTA's SparkPeople Blog GHETTA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 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