GUS4ME's SparkPeople Blog GUS4ME's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Changes can be good! In two weeks time, I will be downsized by my current employer. Its not all bad though; I will be using this opportunity to back to school and get that degree in Health Information Management, Lord Willing. <BR> <BR> I am so very thankful and grateful for a chance to go back to school. I love to learn. Plus, the college has a gym free to students that I will be taking full advantage of. This I am excited about. <BR> <BR> Still, I will miss visiting with friends from work. Some I have kn... Mon, 20 May 2013 11:52:35 EST Moving right along with my 5K challenge Added an extra day to my work out; I run/walk 3 days now and rest/condition 3 and rest totally one day. <BR> <BR> Feeling good getting stronger and feeling the inches come off!!! Mon, 25 Feb 2013 16:28:53 EST Running to win in Christ Today I run solo. This is a challenge for me because my running buddie is a great motivator. <BR> <BR> Today I will use this time to talk to God about the "small stuff" I have been sweating lately, i.e. my finances, being a Godly example, improving my relationship with others. <BR> <BR> I need to run farther than I have before, this I will do Lord Willing. God can does equip us for every good work. It is my desire to dedicate this lifestyle change to God and hope that He will use it to... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 11:56:34 EST Making great progress with the 5K plan Feeling great today. Enjoyed my run walk yesterday with my running buddy. I ran for 5 minutes and it felt REALLY good! I impressed myself, didn't think I could go that long running. <BR> <BR> My brother who is a runner says its all in my head that I "can't run". I am beginning to believe he is right. As long as I stayed focused on my form and my breathing I was good. I felt like I reached a milestone yesterday toward many others Lord Willing. <BR> <BR> Truly on my way to that first 5K... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 10:10:24 EST Celebrating another birthday; feeling mighty blessed! All the Glory goes to God for grace that's brought me safe thus far. I have a great family; myself, my daughter and her son Jeremiah. I have lost 2 1/4 pounds so far and I fill full all day everyday. <BR> <BR> My sugar craving have gone nearly to zero. I prayed and really gave my health to God. I want to run 5K's for charity. <BR> <BR> My goal this year is to run at least one 5K!! Lord willing, it will happen! <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday to me!! <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <img src="... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 15:11:40 EST Beginning in earnest on my 5K Challenge EXCITED MUCH! <BR> <BR> I get to workout twice week beginning next week with my workout buddy! I got support from my daughter and her BFF (whose my grandson's Godmother); she will pick up my grandson twice a week so I can work out! <BR> <BR> This was such a prayer answer; I gave God this 5K challenge wanting to get in better shape to be here for my loved ones and to race for charity. So happy I get to do this. <BR> <BR> Any tips on conditioning to improve my stamina would help, I use to ... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 15:31:32 EST Great News: I have a workout partner for the 5K challenge! So excited this morning and for good reason; a work friend of mine asked if I would like to workout together! She use to run track in High School and College and won trophies for it. <BR> <BR> I told her about the 5K challenge I am trying to do and she said she could work with me. I am so happy, she is so very discipline so there will Totally NO Slacking allowed!! Exactly what I needed and prayed for, Thank you God!!. <BR> <BR> Be blessed and be fit Wed, 30 Jan 2013 10:52:11 EST Day #1 for the 5K challenge Hey all, <BR> <BR> Life got in the way of my 5K workout but fortunate for me I had 35 minutes of brisk walks during my breaks and lunch so I wasn't a total slouch! <BR> <BR> I did some cross training today to build strength. It was tough, it's been awhile since I did any strength work. I will feel this tomorrow for sure! <BR> <BR> Glad I got up a 6am to do all this, feel like it was really worth it. Going to do it again tomorrow. This time I will do the 5K wall/run routine so I will be s... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 09:03:00 EST Recovery from surgery complete, onto learning to run! I just joined the 5K Your Way here on Sparkpeople. This will be a challege but a welcome one. I can now walk for 45 minutes no problem ( at a fast or slow pace). I want to now push myself to try something different. <BR> <BR> I ran when I was younger but only short sprints (100 yard dash kinda thing). This will be different. Will need to do all the things you need to do when you take good care of yourself: get plenty of rest, eat right and often, get shoes made for running, and of course... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 14:07:44 EST First back excercising after long absence Its been sometime since I last blogged. I have been out with health issues that did not permit me to workout at all till I got cleared by my doctor. Now that I have I am walking again, slow to start then build back up. <BR> <BR> All the while I was out, I kept a close eye on what I was eating. All but 5 meals were prepared at home. I am so pleased about that. Its a huge savings and a real blessing. <BR> <BR> Praying for strength to get back on track and requesting prayers from you all ... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 16:00:05 EST Having a great day Just thought I'd share that today is a great day for me and I hope its great for you too. After re-dedicating myself to better health I've lost 2 lbs and gained a new confindence. I walk with my head higher by the Grace of God. <BR> <BR> Its is my prayer that you have a great day! Wed, 3 Oct 2012 14:44:01 EST Charity Walk was a great walk! This past Saturday, my co-worker and I (E-2 Pacemakers) trekked the 3 miles to raise money and awareness for the American Heart Association. I met people that work in the same building but had not been introduced, it was great! <BR> <BR> There were neat freebies available and I got a much needed new pedometer! Great time, great cause. Was I sore the next day? Nope, felt great and didn't hit the snooze button!! Mon, 1 Oct 2012 15:40:46 EST Zumba on XBOX 360 - Just WOW My daughter just had a handsome babyboy (Jeremiah Tre'). <img src=""> <BR> <BR> She wanted to get back her "Sexy" as she calls it so I bought her Zumba for her Xbox 360. She loved it!! <BR> <BR> Then my daughter insisted that I do it too! I did pretty good and I love all that intensity: I love feeling like I worked hard and I sure did. <BR> <BR> The Zumba has lots of different routines and that music SUPER WOW! I just may get back m... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 14:49:03 EST Walking and Talking God = Power Walk My friend/work buddy use our lunch hour to walk for at least 20 to 25 minutes. We also talk about our day but the majority of the time we talk about our favorite topic God! <BR> <BR> I shared with my friend that I was reading a book (this is my devotional God time book) its called "Failure is Not the End". Don't let the title throw you off. For example I read Day 9 (Book designed to be read once a day for a month) "Why is My Life on Hold?" Boy did I need to read the chapter and learn from ... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 16:20:53 EST Pray and a walk are a good thing Last night I needed to blow off some steam, so I took a walk and invited Jesus to come with me. The entire I prayed and pounded the pavement. On reflection, what great combination: talking to our Creator and working to keep the temple of the Holy Spirit (my body) healthy. <BR> <BR> After my walk, God answered the prayer I prayed during my walk. I felt and feel so much better. <BR> <BR> Getting out of my comfort zone today, going to check the gym located in the complex beautiful clubhou... Fri, 17 Aug 2012 10:11:46 EST Back again...needing support Weight loss is soooo hard!! "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength" Philipian 4:13. <BR> <BR> I have been gone from my SparkFriends long enough to gain some weight back, not excercise as much and let my eating get out of control once again. <BR> <BR> This I want to change so much. Tired of looking in the mirror and not liking some of what I see and all of what I don't like is totally preventable. Nothing keeps me from working out but me. <BR> <BR> Time for some change... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 10:25:54 EST Getting it together and taking it off in 2012 I am down to my last 35 pounds. <BR> <BR> I just spoke with a great work buddy, she is so encouraging. It not so much that I struggle with food or even excercising; its the STAYING committed that is trouble for me. <BR> <BR> So, I simply want to get it together and keep it that way. I need a plan that will work for and fit me. I recently found out through work that I am really good at managing a project. All those details; logisitics are like music to my ears. Strange that I never appl... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 13:20:14 EST I am REALLY struggling with my healthy lifestyle change The holidays for me are not easy times. I am not that crazy about Thanksgiving nor Christmas. I was just never much into it though I put on the brave face for family and friends. <BR> <BR> Truth be told, the holidays for me just make me bluer than blue. My eating is out of control, excercising hasn't happened for weeks. I am a mess. <BR> <BR> I still have tons of hope I will turn the corner and everything will truly be okay. I am just not feeling my best. I could use some encourageme... Fri, 2 Dec 2011 13:07:13 EST Out sick but now much better I will testify that I am the worse person alive when I am sick. I am super irriatiable, nothing makes me happy when I don't feel well. I am so cranky I don't want anybody around. My daughter will come around just long enough to see if I need anything and then she clears out, bless her sweet heart. <BR> <BR> I am so use to caring for others, working hard to make them feel better, its bugs me to no end to be sick. I hate not being able to DO anything!. It just bites actually! I endured a... Mon, 19 Sep 2011 13:10:18 EST So Far the Scale is not my friend but not the end of the world In the midst of more changes. Hit a plateau recently so made some much needed changes. Turns out I wasn't eating enough so I started adding more calories to my diet. Also started adding running intervals to my boosted walking routine. <BR> <BR> In order to gauge in part where I am now I weighed myself today. I gained 4 lbs, Ughhhhhhh!!! <BR> <BR> Frustrated at first. I am working out hard but thinking about it I could work smarter in each work out. So, I will be worker smarter in stre... Wed, 7 Sep 2011 17:07:13 EST I don't eat enough: Big Surprise to me! I participate in a program at work that accesses you for various health risk i.e. diabetes, High Blood Pressure, etc. After I had my blood drawn and went online to figure out how many calories I need to consume to lose 2 pounds a week: 1471 calories (this for a woman age 45yrs, at 173 currently and is very active). I thought that did not seem like a lot of calories till I entered the foods I consumed yesterday and today. Turns out I am not eating enough! This news flash is huge to me. <BR>... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 16:31:38 EST Thinking I need to think some more Speaking from experience I can talk myself into and out of just about anything. <BR> "Those shoes are amazing and there on sale, Just one chocolate chunk chip cookie will not spoil your diet, I just can't this, its too hard"! Uggh!!! <BR> <BR> All this can be true of anyone. Our minds are a powerful weapons that can work for and against us. And the power to that is all up to us. My strength comes from God. In everyday life and excercise I am most times fully engaged: " I can do all th... Tue, 30 Aug 2011 10:16:20 EST Need more intense workout - looking for suggestions August is nearly gone, wow did it zip by!! <BR> <BR> I feel like I fell into a rut last night when I actually questioned why I was excercising. <BR> A sign I think I need to make some changes to keep the lifestyle change fun and interesting. <BR> <BR> Looking around SparkPeople for some tips which I know are in abundance. Feeling like I am ready to step it up another notch on the intensity meter. I love that feeling when I push myself super hard and at the end of the workout I am totally ... Fri, 26 Aug 2011 10:56:00 EST How food Allergies make my lifestyle change easier You might think at first glance people with food allergies have it tough: you can't eat this or that. I was diagnosis with Allergic Rhinitis several years ago with the normal sensitivity to pollens, mold and dust mites. Unlike some folks who have this concern seasonally, I suffer from this malady year round. Its an adjustment and I make it work. <BR> <BR> At first, it was extremely difficult to accept that I had food allergies. When my ENT/Allergy specialist told me that I was allergic t... Thu, 25 Aug 2011 11:21:06 EST Hurricanes, Earthquakes and fitness oh my This is such a big news day: <BR> <BR> I live in Florida and Hurricane Irene is making her presence know after being upgraded to a Catagory 4 storm (thats fancy weather talk for really bad). I am fairly inland but keeping an eye on it because storms like this have a mind of there own! <BR> <BR> After returning from my lunch break at work, my cubicle neighbor tells me there was an eathquake on the EAST coast. I thought he was pulling my leg. Turns out to be true; 5.9 on the reicher scale.... Tue, 23 Aug 2011 16:14:10 EST And the Loser is.... Well here we are, one month ago I made a "biggest loser get a free dinner" bet with my daughter. <BR> <BR> We were both loser but we did not reach our benchmark 10lbs. Yet I am very pleased to report the scale registered 5lbs less, 2 inches off my chest, 1/2 inch off my waist and 1 inch off my hips. <BR> <BR> I love being a loser!! It was fun to have a friendly battle against a common enemy, obesity. I will restart the month beginning today and continue to work down to my goal 10lbs at ... Fri, 19 Aug 2011 08:47:58 EST Tomorrow is the Day: Weigh in for free dinner Well, tomorrow is the big weigh in for me and my daughter. Who gets to treat the other for dinner?? We'll see!! <BR> <BR> Nervous excited is what I am feeling. Since my daugther and I started that bet, I feel like I have been more focused than ever with my healthy lifestyle choices. I was always a very competitive person back in high school, guess I still am. <BR> <BR> Whoever loses the most is the winner but we both win because we are having fun together tackleing those extra pounds as ... Thu, 18 Aug 2011 10:53:26 EST Managing the "I don't wanna" zone I liken not working out with walking through a mine field of other activities that will get in your head a tell you your a failure. <BR> <BR> Sunday was not a busy day; I prayed and read God's Holy word (stayed home from worship with sinus headach), did a mild house tidy and took a nap. I love naps! <BR> <BR> Anyway, the day was winding down and I had not yet done my workout. I was feeling much better than when I woke up this morning; felt strong and had everything ready to blast those f... Mon, 15 Aug 2011 09:52:38 EST Knee Strengthening Excercises are a huge boost to my workout With the help of a SparkPeople expert, Certified Personal Trainer Jen Muleller, her suggestion for strengthening the muscles around the knee are a stroke of genius! <BR> <BR> Her article "11 Excercises to Help Decrease Knee Pain", has help me tremendously. <BR> <BR> I sit at a desk where I work, I get up every hour and move around and walk outside for fresh air. Sometime though, my knees really make hard to choose to move. So I did a SparkPeople search for excercises to relieve knee pain ... Wed, 10 Aug 2011 16:05:52 EST Re: Lose 10 lbs Win a free dinner from your daughter I am at the half way point with my bet set last month July 19th that the one who could lose 10 lbs by the same date next month would treat the other to dinner. <BR> <BR> I have so far lost 5 hard fought for but so glad there gone pounds!!! <BR> <BR> SparkPeople gives me the edge: suggestions to plan your week of workout, meals, snacks, tips for eating healthy on the run have been a tremendous boost to me. <BR> <BR> And the time spent with my daughter is priceless as are the times spent in ... Mon, 8 Aug 2011 13:25:20 EST Ooops, she didn't do it again! I was workout challenged yesterday. <BR> <BR> My daughter became ill and needed to see a doctor ASAP. She had fever, chills and was quite shakey. She did feel safe driving; so of course Mommy to the rescue. We were at the Urgent Care office for quite awhile. No Strep throat but Upper Chest Infection has her side-lined for a day or so. <BR> <BR> So you say what didn't I do again? Workout!! Day before yesterday because of my OA (Ostesoarthritis in my right knee) and yesterday to help m... Fri, 5 Aug 2011 11:36:21 EST I get to workout today! I get to workout today, big deal right? why yes it is! this week I was diagnosised as having osteoarithitis in both knees. I am a chronic walker and would hate to have to give it up. I found out that I don't have to! In fact, I am encourage to continue walking, strength training, and stretching to keep me limber. <BR> <BR> I am also looking into Yoga. I recently purchased Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown. This woman is a beast when it comes to working out but I love it!! I am working st... Thu, 28 Jul 2011 12:11:04 EST Doing less is more! I know sounds like a oximoron but its true. We need rest between our workouts to reap there benefits. <BR> <BR> This week I am taking the advice of a health coach and increasing the length of my workout to an hour 3 days a week and continuing to workout as least 5 days a week. <BR> <BR> It was explained to me when we stregth train our muscels need to time to recover to prevent injury. I am all for that. I want nothing to take away those stress busting workouts. I need them and its feels ... Mon, 25 Jul 2011 10:04:18 EST Eyes on the prize: how I plan to win a bet with my daughter I visited my daughter yesterday. We were chatting about nothing and everything. Then I mentioned we had not visited our favorite resturant in a different city in ages. My daughter then proposed this challenge: "the first to lose 10 lbs (safely) one month from today (07/19/11) will pay for dinner at our fave place. " <BR> <BR> I so said yes to this!! I know, sounds silly; what kinda Mom doesn't let her kid win? The kind of Mom that likes it when her 24 yr old daughter picks up the tab fo... Wed, 20 Jul 2011 10:04:21 EST Going to see your doctor is not all bad I recently went in for a follow up visit to doctor's office. I have had some unusal swelling in my knees but no pain. <BR> <BR> My blood test were normal; she checked for arthritis indicators but found none. She then sent me for an xray. <BR> <BR> I say the news is not all bad because none the swelling in my knees has not hindered my activity level at all. It actually motivates me to do more. Initially I thought the swelling to be just my carrying extra weight in my thighs (I am a pea... Tue, 19 Jul 2011 16:43:07 EST I'm Back!!! I'm back from a way long absence from SparkPeople. Its so great to be among others who encourage you to get healthy and have fun while doing. <BR> <BR> I missed the support. I am from a large family and in my household I am the only one that works out on a regular basis. I find this hard at times. you know those days when you want to throw the covers over your head and say "i'll run tomorrow." Having a workout buddy to light a fire under me and keep me accountable would sure help in t... Wed, 13 Jul 2011 16:45:53 EST My first "Wow, you've lost weight outfit was a big hit I was a little embarrassed today at work. I have been showered with compliments on my new outfit. This is the first of many, I am sooo certain, to be bought for the cause a dressing me now that I weigh less. <BR> <BR> I used to my co-workers being pleasant and positive. Its just catching me off guard the physical changes that have happened. I am very excited. Just a few weeks before I was fretting over the scale not moving but fitting into a size 10 for the first time in 15 yrs feels jus... Mon, 15 Nov 2010 15:47:02 EST Plateau time: not having fun here!! I have reach a point in my weight loss were I am not gaining any more weight nor am I losing. VERY frustrating!! My Health Coach suggest that I kick my workout up a notch. <BR> <BR> I started running 2 weeks ago and I am also looking into mixing up my workouts to see if this will shake me back along the weight loss highway. <BR> <BR> Its a struggle to get up and workout some days, like today, but not working out makes cranky all day. I don't like cranky its not fun for me nor my family a... Wed, 3 Nov 2010 09:49:01 EST Stress Eating; make a plan to stay healthy I just re-read an article on SparkPeople that explains quite clearly (and much to my relief) that the scale is only one way to measure weight loss. BUT, the article also said that stress can trigger you sweet tooth and put into overdrive! <BR> <BR> Wow, I learned something pretty important today. I only eat sugary stuff when I am stressed then I don't want it anymore. I have quite a bit of stress in my life right now; my sister and her daughter moved in with me and my daughter so that har... Mon, 1 Nov 2010 12:48:43 EST When the scale just won't move down, yikes!! <em>46</em> I know all of us have been there: you step on the scale after a whole month faithfully working out and going full throttle on your healthy lifestyle changes only to have that scale seemingly tell: Not Good Enough!! <BR> <BR> I have been reading some very great article on our SparkPeople website. I have to re-train my thinking on what the scale is really saying and that there is more than one way to measure success in weight loss. For example, for me though the scale has not m... Fri, 29 Oct 2010 17:11:35 EST Whoops, I didn't do it again!! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I have been really slacking with this boot camp challenge. I started with every intention of finishing. When I had a workout buddy, it made a huge difference. She would push me ( like sisters do) and I would do the same for her. But since her health is not the best she can't workout for now. So I am without a buddy and am left to push myself. I do and I don't push myself. I do push myself out of bed when I would much rather sleep that extra hour. I have pushed... Thu, 28 Oct 2010 13:46:38 EST Day 2: Boot Camp Challenge - WOW Feeling pretty good today with this bootcamp challenge. slow getting this morning but once I got going felt really good, stronger in my mind for doing something past my own theshold of mind over matter. <BR> <BR> I also ran for a much farther distance today; again thank you God so much for that. I recite The Lords Prayer when I run so I can keep my breathing even. Its just short of a miracle really. I haven't run since high school. I am so loving this. Can't wait for what's up next for ... Wed, 6 Oct 2010 13:13:39 EST Day 1: Boot Camp Challenge Made it through day 1 of the Boot Camp Challenge. I see now why its called bootcamp; you are doing things in the workout that you would not normally do! Which for me is good. I have been needing a change. I have hit a plateau so now I had to do somethings differently. <BR> <BR> What I like most about the challenge is how focused and orgainized. I don't have to go to another site for the workout, everything is all in one spot. <BR> <BR> My start weight is 170 lbs with my goal at 150 lbs.... Tue, 5 Oct 2010 19:57:59 EST