GRACEFULJOURNEY's SparkPeople Blog GRACEFULJOURNEY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I can and I will "I can and I will" has become my new mantra. <BR> I say it to myself when I am just not quite motivated and soon "I can and I will" turns into a "I did it"! Fri, 22 Dec 2017 20:22:49 EST My winter 2017/2018 5% challenge exercise plan My plan is to make it to the gym 3 - 4 times a week to do elliptical and weight training. I will also be walking the dog in an attempt to wear her out ( a tired puppy is a well behaved puppy) daily weather permitting. Sun, 17 Dec 2017 10:17:04 EST Beautiful Sunday - great day for a walk I am headed down to a co-op grocery store where I know they sell fresh squeezed juices. I am going to treat myself to a delicious juice and then take my dog on a walk around the neighborhood and look at all the vintage houses. <BR> Might as well get some change of scenery as I rack up the miles :-) Sun, 26 Nov 2017 13:02:10 EST so i am back again... i wonder how many people have blogged about this same topic....? coming back to sparkpeople... Ha Ha... <BR> but what is not ha ha for me is that I realize that I have gained back much of the weight I had previously lost. <BR> I have been thru so much since I last logged on here to sparkpeople. It took me a few tries to recall my password but now I am back. <BR> The past is behind me and only good lies ahead of me. <BR> I am here to lose my weight and to become the lean strong graceful sexy... Sat, 25 Nov 2017 12:46:24 EST So I am back.... So I am back on here after being gone for quite some time. <BR> I read a few of my old blog entries and realized that so little has changed. I still want amazing results but still seem to be reaching for them. Why haven't I attained them yet? <BR> This time around I have to only give myself the option for success.... Fri, 30 Oct 2015 10:42:33 EST starting p90x (again) I tried p90x one time before. I managed to do 1 week and then got sidetracked. I saw some before and after pics of women who had stuck out p90x and I really, really want their results! :-) <BR> So here goes to trying it a second time and making it the entire 12 weeks and not stopping after just one week! <BR> <BR> woohoo! I can do this! <BR> <em>334</em> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 21:17:47 EST I am having amazing results with juicing after just a week!! I started juicing on Friday, January 25th. Today is my eleventh day and I am going strong. <BR> <BR> I watched the movie Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. Great movie and I highly recommend it! <BR> <BR> I saw results in seven days that has convinced me that this is something that I will be doing the rest of my life. Not only is my skin looking better, but my energy level is up tremendously and my brain is working so much better than it has for many, many years. <BR> <BR> I use to get nine hou... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 11:44:29 EST a kick in the butt is such a reality check.... So my boyfriend dumped me. I really shouldn't be so surprised considering all of the problems that we were having. <BR> So now that I have had a few weeks to cry over it, and two solid days laying in bed watching netflix, I have decided that this breakup was truly the only options. I am sad, in fact, I don't think I have ever been this sad after a break up. :-( <BR> I have decided to take time for me. I am setting a goal that I am not going to "go on the prowl" until I'm down to my goal we... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 18:58:46 EST Am wishing the holiday season was over already... I know that I am not the only one who finds the holiday season to be challenging in so many ways... <BR> <BR> I baked cookies for my neighbors and realized that I have very, very little will power. I honestly think I ate 4 cookies out of each dozen that I baked! <BR> <BR> Thankfully the cookies have been delivered and I did have the will power to dump all the remaining cookies in the garbage!!!! Thu, 20 Dec 2012 11:59:15 EST Apparently I am on a "plateau"... Apparently I am on a "plateau"... <BR> <BR> And it sucks! <BR> <BR> I haven't lost a pound in 2 weeks and I have been working out and have been really, really good about what I eat. <BR> <BR> I have upped my weight training, so there is the probability that I have lost fat but gained muscle. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 16:28:37 EST Rules I try to live by <em>47</em> Life is a learning experience. Every situation, challenge, and relationship contains some message worth learning or teaching to others. <BR> <BR> <em>47</em> Positive energy works more effectively than negative energy in each and every situation. <BR> <BR> <em>47</em> Never look to another person to make you happy - happiness in an internal, personal attitude and responsibility. <BR> <BR> <em>47</em> Live in the present moment and practice forgiveness of others. <... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 14:53:20 EST It seems that the journey of my life is ever changing, which, I guess is good. It would be much sca It seems that the journey of my life is ever changing, which, I guess is good. It would be much scarier if my life never changed… <BR> <BR> I met a most amazing guy right after I lost 30 pounds, which was half way to my goal weight. Since dating him now for almost nine months, I have not lost any more weight. <BR> <BR> One of the great things about him is that he had also recently lost 30 pounds. We had similar stories and understood the challenges of eating out and eating with-in a calor... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 17:39:25 EST meditation room I have come upon a great website that has some really nice meditation sounds to listen to. <BR> What I really like about it is that they are 20 minutes long, which I am finding to be a perfect length of time for me to meditate. Having the meditation sounds coming to a peaceful end is so much nicer than being jarred back to reality with an alarm. ;-) <BR> I recommend checking out the site for nature sounds and binaural beats. <BR> <BR> Sun, 7 Oct 2012 14:32:32 EST meditation I have read so many good things about meditation recently that I have decided to set a meditation goal for myself. <BR> I will meditate daily and also keep some sort of journal to watch my progression. <BR> <BR> I have been reading a book, The Joy Factor, by Susan Smith Jones, and there she talks much about that studies "found that after training in meditation for eight weeks, subjects showed a pronounced change in brain-wave patterns, shifting from the beta waves of aroused, conscious tho... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 12:55:36 EST coming back to what has worked in the past... It's interesting... admitting that sometimes I can't do things on my own. <BR> <BR> I have been good with the diet and mindful about working out, but I have stayed the same about for the last 90 days. I still have 30 pounds that I want to lose to reach my goal. <BR> <BR> I really have to admit that it was the support of others from this site - reading other peoples blogs, commenting on their ups and downs, that really kept me reaching for my own goals. I have to admit I haven't done much ... Mon, 14 May 2012 14:58:42 EST going to a dinner party and am nervous...! I have been doing so very good at watching what I eat and I have seen the results. <BR> <BR> I now am going to a dinner party where I know there will be fabulous foods and wine and plenty of it. <BR> <BR> I have cut wheat and sugar out of my diet and am very nervous that I will be put in a position of offending the hostess by not eating. <BR> <BR> Does anybody have any advice on how to deal with not coming off as rude by choosing not to eat? I don't want to just push food around my plat... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 19:18:51 EST puppy love motivation Nothing like having a puppy to get me off my butt and outside on walks!! <img src=""> Sat, 7 Jan 2012 17:24:33 EST feeling motivated I am feeling really motivated by some of the blogs that I have read.!! <BR> <BR> I think it is way cool to see the pictures of others and how they have progressed over their journey. I took a picture of myself holding my weight. I think it would be cool to also document in pictures what I look like and what my weight is each week. <BR> <BR> I am excited for my journey! <em>30</em> Mon, 2 Jan 2012 19:32:55 EST focusing Haven't been checking in and keeping track.... need to be focused on who I want to be. If I can dream it, I can achieve it.... :-) <em>41</em> Sat, 24 Dec 2011 08:33:56 EST