GODDESSELLIE07's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=GODDESSELLIE07 GODDESSELLIE07'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/ First Comes Love, then Comes Marriage, then Comes... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5255421 Oh, where has the time gone... the last time I wrote a blog, I had just gotten married! Now, here I am, almost a year later and I'm on to the next big thing! <BR> <BR> I'M PREGNANT! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1677349653.jpg"> <BR> The Night We Found Out :) <BR> <BR> Justin and I are both so excited and cannot wait for baby to come. Getting that little positive test was one of the best days of my life. Here's a little blurb I wrote on my other blog abou... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 21:27:14 EST I'm Married!!!! (Tons of Pictures) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4860329 This past week was one of the best weeks of my life! Last Sunday, April 22, my fiance, Justin, and I got married on the beach in Cocoa Beach, Florida. It was an absolutely perfect day, although I spent a lot of time worrying about how it would turn out. The week before the wedding, the weather forecast in Florida was predicting an 80-100% chance of rain the whole weekend of my wedding. I freaked out the whole week, only to get to the weekend and have absolutely no rain. <BR> <BR> My youn... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 23:21:31 EST Review: Coach Nicole's 28 Day Boot Camp DVD http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4711842 **I received this DVD for free from SparkPeople and did not receive any form of payment for my review.** <BR> <BR> I got an e-mail towards the end of the year last year asking me if I would like to review the new SparkPeople "28 Day Boot Camp" DVD with Coach Nicole. I'm not one who usually works out to DVDs, but I decided that I would give it a try (for all those other people like me). <BR> <BR> Before I got the DVD, I went to Spark to ask Coach Nicole what kinds of supplies I would need f... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 09:40:23 EST I ordered my wedding dress! (Pictures) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4488106 I went to the bridal boutique last night and ordered my wedding dress! I am so excited and cannot wait until it gets in (sometime in January). I ended up ordering the Jasmine F304 in white (the pictures are in ivory). I've already talked to a seamstress about having it altered. I plan to have the train removed so that it just hits the ground, I'll probably need the strap altered as the one on the sample was very loose, I want to have bra cups added so that I can go strapless with confiden... Fri, 16 Sep 2011 11:19:47 EST Wedding Dress Shopping, Part II (Pictures Included) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4474663 So, for those that don't know, my fiance, Justin, and I are getting married April 22, 2012 in Cocoa Beach, Florida on the beach. We are so excited about this new chapter in our life and are working on planning our big day. After picking out our date, location, and booked our wedding company, I began the search... the search for the perfect wedding dress! <BR> <BR> I actually found a perfect dress on my second outing, but after telling the boutique that I was ready to order, they informed me... Thu, 8 Sep 2011 23:14:46 EST What can you do in 1,095 days? My Story, Advice, and (lots of) Pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4460800 Three years. <BR> <BR> 1,095 days… <BR> 31,788 spark points… <BR> 16,575 fitness minutes… <BR> 70 pounds… <BR> 74.0 inches… <BR> <BR> Yes, Saturday is my three year spark-versary. Three years ago, I got the crazy idea that I really needed to get back into shape (and not just round). Somehow, I had convinced myself that I looked fine and I wasn’t really gaining weight, even though my pants size was going up. I was convinced that it was just the companies changing the way they sized clothi... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 14:10:40 EST Wedding Dress Shopping!!! (Pictures included) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4398370 So, for those that don't know, my fiance, Justin, and I are getting married April 22, 2012 in Cocoa Beach, Florida on the beach. We are so excited about this new chapter in our life and are working on planning our big day. After picking out our date, location, and booked our wedding company, I began the search... the search for the perfect wedding dress! <BR> <BR> Today was my first day searching, and I took my three younger sisters and my best friend from college and hit up David's Bridal... Sun, 31 Jul 2011 21:41:24 EST The New Apartment :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4363373 Justin and I spent the last weekend moving into our new palce. We are all settled in and enjoying it very much. Just thought I'd share some pictures of our new place! Enjoy :) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l145330455.jpg"> <BR> Our patio... Justin is excited to grill for us! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l674555216.jpg"> <BR> The entry way and our dining room. (yes I hang my purse on the wall) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://pho... Thu, 14 Jul 2011 21:51:24 EST One Year... What A Difference!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4147429 Everyone loves before and afters, right?! <BR> <BR> Last week was me and Justin’s two year anniversary from when we started dating (and just a little over one year since we’ve gotten engaged). He decided to take me out to The Melting Pot to celebrate our anniversary (and his new job). I love going out to nicer restaurants because it gives me a reason to dress up. So I went to my closet and started trying on dresses that I have. For the most part, almost all of my dresses are now too big ... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 17:11:56 EST No Weigh Challenge... Halfway there :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4147100 When I first saw this challenge, mentally I told myself no way could I do a “no weigh” challenge, but before I could stop myself, I had already joined in. I am not one to back down on a challenge and once I set my mind to do something, I’m going to do it. The idea behind the challenge is to not step on the scale for two weeks, because my BLC team has two weeks between the two rounds. Now for those that don’t know me… I am addicted to the scale! I step on my scale first thing in the mornin... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 14:39:17 EST Shopping... I found some confidence! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4129474 *** TWO BLOGS IN ONE DAY... WOAH!*** <BR> <BR> Last week, my boss decided to reward the team I am working on for all of our hard work that we have been putting in lately by giving us each a $500 american express giftcard. Talk about being excited! I haven't been shopping in forever since Justin was out of a job. Any extra money we had gotten went into our bank account to pay bills. But this was a giftcard, not cash. So it was for me to spend (Justin agreed, especially since he just got ... Wed, 30 Mar 2011 14:35:06 EST BLC15 Non-Scale Goals Update... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4129371 BLC15 ends today. I had such an awesome time and I am really looking forward to the start of BLC16 in two weeks. I thought I'd do an update to my non-scale victories blog that I wrote at the beginning of the challenge and kind of recap where I am now. <BR> <BR> Starting stats (January 5, 2011): <BR> Weight: 148.6 pounds <BR> Chest: 38.00 inches <BR> Waist: 32.00 inches <BR> Hips: 41.50 inches <BR> Thigh (right): 24.00 inches <BR> Arm (right): 11.50 inches <BR> <BR> Ending stats (Ma... Wed, 30 Mar 2011 13:49:30 EST BLC15 Assignment... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4088978 For BLC15, we were given an assignment for our weekend challenge... "REFLECT on this whole BLC journey. What were you doing in the beginning, how have you evolved? Outline what is in your way and what will get you to your goal." So, this is my reflection. <BR> <BR> First off, what was I doing in the beginning? This challenge started at the very beginning of January. I had just finished going through December and the holiday season with a loss of only 0.8 pounds for the WHOLE month! I was... Sun, 13 Mar 2011 19:40:44 EST Help Sparkpeople... Which hairstyle should I get?! (pictures) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4067271 So I am planning to get my haircut as a reward for all my hard work I've done lately. I am trying to decide between two different styles that I like. I don't want anything that requires a lot of work, because honestly, I just don't like spending a lot of time doing my hair. So without further ado... here are the hairstyles I like.... <BR> <BR> Hairstyle 1: Reese Witherspoon <BR> Chin length. strait, shorter side swept bangs. Seems a bit more modern. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spar... Fri, 4 Mar 2011 22:38:44 EST Progress pictures... through the years... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4048404 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l12790898.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is a collage of photos I have... from 2004 through 2010. You can slowly see my weight gain as I top out close to 200 pounds (if not over) at the end of 2007. I started SparkPeople in 2008. You can watch my weight drop back down from 2008 through 2009. In 2010, I gain about 25 pounds back before starting heading back down again. <BR> <BR> I think I need a more recent picture... since I've lost about another... Fri, 25 Feb 2011 23:47:14 EST No way... really?! How'd I get here... and what took me so long? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4036871 This morning I weighed in at 138.6 pounds… my lowest weight in a long time… probably since end of high school… maybe beginning of college. <BR> <BR> When I first started Spark back in September of 2008, I set my goal to be 125.0 pounds. I picked it because it was what I remember as my healthy weight when I was younger. But as I got closer to goal, I got nervous about whether I could really get down to that weight. I got down to 139.6 pounds in May 2009. Right around then, I hit a plateau... Mon, 21 Feb 2011 22:24:23 EST The Muffin-Top Challenge... During (02.09.2011) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4004211 I joined a group back in November called "The Muffin Top Challenge" in which we agreed to work on losing our "muffin-tops" (see my before blog "The Muffin-Top Challenge... Before" for more information). I haven't taken pictures in awhile, but I finally did this morning. When I started, I had three different pairs of pants that I was trying to shrink my muffin-top to fit into. I realized the other day that I have been wearing one of these pairs of pants on a regular basis now! So here is a... Wed, 9 Feb 2011 13:52:34 EST Yoga. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3995562 <em>413</em> <em>404</em> <em>413</em> <em>404</em> <em>413</em> <em>404</em> <em>413</em> <em>404</em> <em>413</em> <BR> <BR> So I've been going to yoga now for about 5 months now... one time per week. I really enjoy it. I know it doesn't really burn a lot of calories, but I am okay with that. I do yoga for something other than a calorie burn. It is my me time. It is a time to focus on myself. It's all about being in the current moment. It's not about what happened before c... Sun, 6 Feb 2011 16:22:52 EST It's been awhile... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3992915 So it's been awhile since I wrote a blog other than challenge ones... so I thought I'd stop by and give an update. I guess I never really write because I don't really think anyone really wants to read about my life. But I'm going to go ahead and blog so at least I have a record of my journey. <BR> <BR> Haven't really been up to anything fun lately. I basically work all day and then chill at home at night. The company Justin worked for shut down right after the new year, so he's been out ... Sat, 5 Feb 2011 15:16:46 EST H.A.R.D.C.O.R.E. Challenge (Just to help track...) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3992846 <em>104</em> <em>321</em> <em>104</em> <em>321</em> <em>104</em> <em>321</em> <em>104</em> <em>321</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> WEEK 5 WEEKEND CHALLENGE: H.A.R.D.C.O.R.E <BR> <BR> OK team, this week the Navy Ninjas have invited us to challenge ourselves HARDCORE. I want everyone to know that even though it looks like a LOT, you are NOT expected to max out on all points. Rather, I recommend printing it out and working on whatever areas are most interesting and beneficial to you. It... Sat, 5 Feb 2011 14:46:39 EST BLC15... Non-Scale Victories to Work Towards http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3892178 So… first off… I’m doing the Biggest Loser Challenge: Round 15 (BLC15). For those that don’t know, it is a large challenge consisting of hundreds of Sparkers. We all join the group and are divided into teams that work together to lose the largest percentage of weight over a twelve week period. The group provides gym routines, challenges, work out ideas, nutrition facts, friendships, and much much more! (For those wondering, the challenge is now closed to new participants this round, but o... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 10:30:59 EST Christmas Challenge - Week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3829855 <em>192</em> Starting Weight: 151.4 pounds (-1.6 pounds) <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> <em>52</em> Monday, December 6, 2010 <em>52</em> <BR> <BR> Stay Within Calorie Range? NO - 2,500+ calories... went out for dinner and got dessert <BR> Drink 8 Cups of Water Daily? YES - 8 cups <BR> Get Daily Amount of Protein? YES - 62 protein <BR> Exercise 30 minutes cardio (minimum of 3 days a week)? NO <BR> Minimum 100 daily (crunches, pushups, or squats) (minimum 4 days a week)? NO <BR> Exercise 20 ... Tue, 7 Dec 2010 12:14:45 EST ~*~ WTFall??? CHALLENGE ENDPLATE 11/30 ~*~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3816625 ~*~ WTF??? CHALLENGE ENDPLATE 11/30 ~*~ <BR> <BR> So I didn't keep up with the templates, but I was still working my butt off and I thought it would be good to do a comparison of when the challenge started. <BR> <BR> <BR> Starting Weight: 163.4 pounds <BR> Ending Weight: 153.4 pounds <BR> <BR> Weight Loss Total: 10.0 pounds <BR> <BR> <BR> Starting Measurements: <BR> Measure your Waist - 33.75 inches <BR> Measure your Hips - 43.50 inches <BR> Measure your Thigh - 25.50 inches <BR> M... Wed, 1 Dec 2010 10:43:50 EST IHEIDIBEFITT's Christmas Challenge... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3812666 Heidi is starting a Christmas Challenge, and I am joining in! Need all the extra help I can get to make it through the holidays! <BR> <BR> I will be posting a new blog template weekly and updating the blog daily for how I did during the day. Day 1 starts December 1, 2010. So here goes! <BR> <BR> Starting Weight: 153.0 pounds <BR> <BR> Wednesday, December 1, 2010 <BR> <BR> Stay Within Calorie Range? YES - 1,335 calories <BR> Drink 8 Cups of Water Daily? YES - 17 cups <BR> Get Daily ... Mon, 29 Nov 2010 17:24:40 EST Are you wearing the right bra? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3805404 "Almost 8 in 10 women are wearing the wrong size- you may be one of them. Why? Your body changes over time, and your fit will change year to year as you lose or gain weight, exercise more or less, and so on. If you are experiencing discomfort, spillage over your cups or back strap, tight straps, or a gap between your cups, you are most likely wearing the wrong size." <BR> (http://www.barenecessities.com/fit_sizi<BR>ng.aspx) <BR> <BR> I recently decided I needed to get some new bras because m... Thu, 25 Nov 2010 12:09:18 EST The Muffin-Top Challenge... Before (11.16.2010) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3788746 So I'm sure some of you have seen the new challenge created by LOSINGITBABY. If not, here is the description of the challenge... <BR> <BR> "We all have them- that pair of too-snug jeans slung in the back of the closet after frustrated attempts to button, zip, or even pull them up past your knees. I know I have tons of them. The same jeans that once were loose are now threatening to find a spot alongside the others in the "reject pile" in the dark recesses of my closet. <BR> <BR> But NO! I... Tue, 16 Nov 2010 21:08:35 EST Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels...? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3778424 I see this quote all the time. I just don't buy it. I used to be a very skinny girl... I weighed around 115 pounds all through high school. I actually thought I was too skinny and wished I could gain weight, even just 5 pounds. Being skinny wasn't all that great. I was self conscious all the time. I never felt pretty or sexy. I felt awkward. I didn't have any self-esteem. I needed reassurance that I was acceptable the way I was. I'm not saying I didn't want to be skinny, but there i... Thu, 11 Nov 2010 22:42:54 EST Turkey Trot 2010... What Am I Thinking?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3742542 So... I have been reading a blog lately (www.bendoeslife.com) and it's about this guy who decided he wanted to live his life and he started taking care of himself and running and has now done an IronMan and Marathons and such and just recently got a corporate sponsor... so cool! Well the other day, he wrote an entry on his blog about how people say they wish they could run or how they will run "when they've done..." and I realized, I'm one of those people! I've always said I wanted to learn... Tue, 26 Oct 2010 21:03:10 EST Learning to love exercise.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3706189 I've never been one to love exercise. When I first started this journey, I was very strict with the amounts of what I ate (not that I was "dieting" and not eating the foods I loved... I mean I measured everything and planned out every meal), and I always went to the gym and did my 30 minutes on the elliptical after work Monday through Thursday. The weekends were for me. I considered the exercise work and work was not something I did on the weekend. Weekends were also a time to eat snacks ... Sun, 10 Oct 2010 20:31:00 EST What the fall?! Template for 9/28-10/3... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3677116 ~*~ WTF??? Template for 9/28-10/3 ~*~ <BR> <BR> List everything you did for exercise since 9/20. You can list this as minutes, exercises, miles, DVDs- or everything, but list it all out right here: <BR> <BR> Monday: 25 Minutes Cardio (Arc Trainer), Strength (Back Workout) <BR> Tuesday: 5 Minutes Cardio (Arc Trainer), Strength (Legs and Shoulders Workout) <BR> Wednesday: 60 Minutes Cardio (Zumba) <BR> Thursday: None <BR> Friday: 30 Minutes Cardio (Arc Trainer) <BR> Sunday: 70 Minutes... Tue, 28 Sep 2010 13:59:31 EST What the Fall?!... Week 1 Recap and Week 2 Template http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3657496 What the Fall?!... Week 1 Recap <BR> <BR> Starting Weight (September 6, 2010): 163.4 pounds <BR> September 20, 2010: 161.2 pounds <BR> <BR> Last week I said I would “have 5 cardio sessions and three strength training sessions.” I stuck with it and even got in some extra exercise walking to and from the park on Saturday to see the Balloon Glow. See below for last week’s workouts. <BR> Monday: 25 Minutes Cardio (Elliptical) <BR> Tuesday: Strength (Legs) <BR> Wednesday: 60 Minutes Cardio ... Tue, 21 Sep 2010 09:02:35 EST What The Fall?!... September 13 - September 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3634020 So one of my Spark friends (Yoovie) posted a template for a challenge that one of her groups is doing and invited everyone to participate, even if they aren't part of the group. I figured, what the heck... why not give this a go? I need something to help keep me motivated and a challenge against myself (rather than against others) is a great idea! Plus I'm finally starting to get back into the swing of things and am really feeling good about myself and my journey. <BR> <BR> <BR> Now... h... Mon, 13 Sep 2010 13:55:54 EST Twenty-Five Days... And I'm Feeling Fine :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3177302 I have been back on track since April 4, 2010... or twenty-five days. <BR> <BR> It was a long road to finally getting back on track. I had become so obsessed with my weight loss. I spent a lot of time trying to make sure that I was always on track and doing everything "perfect". I was convinced it was an all or nothing situation. So when life got so busy and I didn't have time to devote 100% of my time and effort to my journey, I just quit trying. That was back in April 2009. I put my ... Thu, 29 Apr 2010 23:25:36 EST A Healthy Survey :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3167700 1. What did you eat for breakfast? During the week I eat Weight Control Oatmeal and sometimes a piece of fruit. On the weekends, its normally pancakes or waffles or such. <BR> <BR> 2. How much water do you drink a day? At least 64 ounces every day! <BR> <BR> 3. What is your favorite workout? Arc Trainer, Pilates, and Yoga <BR> <BR> 4. What is your favorite fruit? So hard to choose... probably strawberries... but I also love bananas, apples, clementines, pinapple, grapes, etc. <BR> <BR> 5... Tue, 27 Apr 2010 15:21:58 EST I'm engaged! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3031782 This past weekend, my boyfriend and I took a trip to St. Louis to celebrate our one year anniversary together. We left his house Friday morning and headed to St. Louis. We had a great ride full of lots of fun and singing and talking (plus me sleeping for the last half hour... ha ha). When we got to St. Louis, we checked into our hotel. Justin had gotten us the Governor's Suite at the Westin (one of two five star hotels in St. Louis). Our room was huge! Living room, sitting area, dining ... Mon, 22 Mar 2010 22:49:23 EST Final Tally on 2009 Goals... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2692528 Food: <BR> Eat within my calorie range. - Did good about 50% of the time. <BR> Continue to incorporate fruits and veggies into my diet. - Better than I ever have been in the past. <BR> Get enough calcium at least four days each week. - Didn't even check. <BR> Keep sodium in check. - About 50% of the time. <BR> Learn new recipes. - Just started working on this one. Yeah for new cookbooks! <BR> <BR> Exercise: <BR> Use my gym membership religiously. - Ha ha... that was funny. <BR> Expl... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 15:37:11 EST The Cutie... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2369335 So I have been asked a few times about "the cutie" in my profile picture... so I thought I'd fill you all in. My smart ass answer is... well silly people, that's me! But I'm assuming you are wondering about the other person. That would be my new boyfriend, Justin. Yep... I'm dating again! We've been together for several months now. He is absolutely amazing! He treats me absolutely wonderful. I can't believe I put up with as much crap as I did in my lasat relationship. The bad thing i... Wed, 2 Sep 2009 22:40:25 EST Time Away... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2092832 So life has been busy lately and I have just been spending some time trying to enjoy friends and family. Last week I spent time with an out of town friend. We ate way too much, but it was a lot of fun... and I figured one week won't kill me. This week, I am in Ohio visiting my older sister, Becky, whose wedding is this Saturday. I am the maid of honor, so me and my younger sister, Kait, drove up here to help out with last minute wedding details. We are having a good time! So that is wha... Mon, 25 May 2009 23:24:07 EST Okay to change my mind? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2039219 So the past month or so, I have been maintaining my weight loss. I wasn't really trying to lose any weight, in fact I quit tracking anything. So, knowing that I can maintain without constant supervision of my self was a great discovery. The past week or two, I've starting tracking again so I can work on losing the last little bit of weight. As of this morning, I am 140.0 pounds! If someone would have told me eight months ago that I would weigh that little now, I would have told them that... Wed, 6 May 2009 14:04:37 EST So... I haven't fallen off the face of the earth... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1967030 Okay... so I haven't blogged in awhile... or done anything else for this journey in fact... besides go backwards. So I thought I would update everyone on my life and what's been going on with me. Life has been a *tiny* bit stressful for me lately. For those who do not know, I am getting divorced. So the past month has been full of all kinds of sh*t... from setting up accounts in my own name, trying to get the soon to be ex's crap out of the house, having the house refinanced to me, argui... Sun, 12 Apr 2009 23:55:16 EST More Before and Afters... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1910342 So as I said in my last blog... I've had a couple of off weeks. But for the new Spring into Summer Challenge, we have to take "before" pictures. So I took my pictures today and decided to put them side by side with my "before" pictures from October 2008 (which was actually two months into my journey). It is amazing to see the difference I have made since October 2008. Just something to make me remember how far I have come when I am having an off week. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-a... Tue, 24 Mar 2009 23:49:27 EST I won't let stress... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1910169 I won't let stress ruin my success. <BR> <BR> This is my new motto. I have more stress in my life right now than I know what to do with. The past two weeks I let it get the best of me. I ate way more than I possibly needed. And on some days... I just didn't eat anything really at all. I haven't worked out in about two weeks. I just let the stress get the best of me. But not any more! I am done with letting stress rule my journey. I am taking back control of my food and my life. I c... Tue, 24 Mar 2009 22:48:31 EST Before... Middle... Now... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1857243 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/7/2/b72044108.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Before: June 28, 2008 <BR> Middle: October 31, 2008 <BR> Now: February 8, 2009 <BR> <BR> Seven months later... I can't believe that I can change that much in seven months! It's crazy. I never noticed how chubby my face was... lol! Okay... that's all for today... just looking at pictures, trying to figure out my life. Good night! Sat, 7 Mar 2009 00:10:49 EST Six Months! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1846411 <em>516</em> <em>410</em> <em>516</em> <em>410</em> <em>516</em> <em>410</em> <em>516</em> <em>410</em> <em>516</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> Today I have officially been on SparkPeople for 6 months! My how time flies when you're having fun! It is hard to think how different my life was just 6 short months ago. I was very inactive and just really didn't care. I ate the worst possible foods you could imagine! It seemed like every time I went to the store, the clothes just got sm... Tue, 3 Mar 2009 12:16:06 EST New Month... New Me... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1840889 So it is the first day of March... that means spring and summer are just around the corner! I am so excited about getting new clothes to show off my new body. This morning I weighed in at 148.0 pounds! I am so excited! Only 1 more pound to go until I can say that I've lost 50 pounds... and only 23 pounds until my ultimate goal! My weight loss now is apparently much more noticable. It was pointed out to me yesterday that my face looked thinner since only a little over a week ago! <BR> <... Sun, 1 Mar 2009 20:13:20 EST Day 2.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1827348 So I started over again yesterday... not that I really ever stopped. But I decided that I needed to rededicate myself. So yesterday I started over and I'm going to try and journal more so I remember the rest of this journey. I've been doing good on both food and exercise the last two days. My legs are a little sore from overdoing it yesterday, but I'm feeling better now. I think I am going to run outside again tomorrow. My secret plan is to just have fun with running this week and start... Tue, 24 Feb 2009 22:10:29 EST Running Free... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1824279 So today I finally kicked it back into gear with working out. It felt so amazing! I started with a half hour on the arc trainer. I have been slowly working my way up the levels and I think I am ready to go to level 4 finally. After I finished my cardio and stretched... I went to the weight room. I think this is one of the first times I went to the weight room at this gym. I did several leg exercises on the weight machines. After that, I headed home. I had dinner and relaxed at home a ... Mon, 23 Feb 2009 22:25:25 EST Update on my 2009 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1792874 Food: <BR> Eat within my calorie range. - Still doing good on this. I've had some not so healthy food lately... but I am still in range. <BR> Continue to incorporate fruits and veggies into my diet. - This has been lacking cause I forgot to go grocery shopping for so long! I finally went and I am working on this again. <BR> Get enough calcium at least four days each week. - Haven't been checking this at all. <BR> Keep sodium in check. - Still working on this. I have my days that aren't so... Thu, 12 Feb 2009 10:57:37 EST pla-&#712;tô http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1708535 Plateau (pla-&#712;tô) <BR> A region of little or no change in a graphic representation; a relatively stable level, period, or condition <BR> <BR> I have been gaining and losing the same couple of pounds since Christmas... loss, then gain, then loss, then gain... it's so frustrating! I know everyone hits a plateau eventually, I was just hoping it wouldn't happen to me... ha ha! On the plus side, I am pretty happy with the view from my plateau. And I'm enjoying it rather than just giving u... Fri, 16 Jan 2009 23:49:59 EST Chocolate Emergency... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1625425 Five more days until 2009. I don't know if I am going to be able to get used to writing 2009... lol. I am very excited because on January 2nd, my family is getting together for our Christmas celebration. For those who don't know, I am one of 8 children. Five of us will have significant others joining us for the day... so we'll have at least 15 people over. My family hasn't had a family picture done in a while... as in the youngest was a baby and she is now 9... so my parents have hired a... Sat, 27 Dec 2008 01:17:40 EST