HANNALA1's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HANNALA1 HANNALA1'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/ Spring Challenge to Myself ~ Or anyone else who wants to join me... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4734915 36 Days Until Spring! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Are you ready? I'm not....yet. However, I'm working on that. For the past couple of weeks (minus all of last week due to illness) I've been doing a 12-week program and I love it. <BR> <BR> I recently found out that I may possibly be going to Arizona this year and that I'm for certain going to Kings Island near Cincinnati...which includes putting on a bathing suit and going in the Water Park. Last year when I went to Kings Island, I was 20+ l... Sun, 12 Feb 2012 10:15:51 EST Take a Walk With Us (A Picture Blog) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4699245 Here are some pics from our walk today. (Myself and my 6-year old.) Today is an abnormally warm day in Ohio....so we took advantage of it. The wind is crazy and we got sprinkled on for a few minutes...but otherwise, a beautiful day. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l440354344.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l970841650.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l496992460.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeop... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 14:49:41 EST Resolutions, goals, er...whatever ya wanna call 'em! ;-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4642977 So it's been nearly a month since I officially restarted Spark. I've lost 3 pounds and I managed to maintain through all the Christmas celebrations (mainly cookies...my weakness! haha) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l222641963.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I did good, though. I didn't bake my own cookies this year. Now just to get through the New Year's weekend and my daughter's birthday (mainly cake! haha). Then I'll be all set. <BR> <BR> So what are my goals for 2012 ... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 09:44:20 EST Christmas Survey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4626512 1. Have you been naughty or nice this year? Both! ;-) <BR> <BR> 2. What do you want most for Christmas? For everyone to be happy...even if for just one day.... <BR> <BR> 3. Do you believe in Father Christmas? I AM Father Christmas! lol (I have a young daughter.) <BR> <BR> 4. What is your favorite food at Christmas? Cookies! lol <BR> <BR> 5. Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? Yes but I'm not stressing about it. Shopping isn't what Christmas is all about. :-) <BR> <BR> 6. Ha... Thu, 15 Dec 2011 09:06:22 EST Wow! I Gained So Much! :-/ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4610391 I haven't been on Spark for awhile....and it shows. For many months I was going to get a divorce....not going to get a divorce....getting a divorce....and now (I think LOL)...I'm NOT getting a divorce. Then in October we bought a house. And somehow since the last time I weighed myself....I've gained just shy of 20 lbs! I can't believe it! I don't FEEL like I gained so much. (The mirror must be lying to me)...but it's true. So I'm pretty much back to the drawing board. I'm frustrated b... Sat, 3 Dec 2011 10:09:56 EST One Year Ago Today (A blog about my niece & other ramblings) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4100645 A year ago today I was frantically requesting prayers for my sweet little newborn niece who couldn't breathe on her own. She was in a neo-natal intensive care unit for a very long time then had to wear a monitor for months because she would stop breathing suddenly. Well I'm happy to report that one year later she is perfectly healthy and happy. <BR> <BR> Happy 1st Birthday little Jade!!!!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l640522159.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In other news, I ... Fri, 18 Mar 2011 10:38:00 EST Sending Birthday Wishes to Heaven.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4087798 Well, Pap, this is your first birthday in Heaven but I'm still celebrating it with you. It won't be with the cake and ice cream but, instead, with fond memories. You may be with the angels but that doesn't mean your birthday shall ever go unnoticed. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l895321619.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l272699787.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I love you and miss you, Pap. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 13 Mar 2011 09:57:50 EST Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4034496 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l236206191.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As part of the Spring Fever challenge for my Biggest Loser team, today's challenge is to find a motivational article, read it, and blog. I chose 9 Hidden Reasons to Stay Motivated. You can read the full article here: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat<BR>ion_articles.asp?id=196 </link> <BR> <BR> 1. Confidence. <BR> 2. Fit into that dress. <BR> 3. Make the week easier. <BR> 4. Gives you purp... Mon, 21 Feb 2011 08:44:14 EST It Felt Great to Walk! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4025186 I'm still not feeling 100% (still stuffy and have an occasional cough) BUT I decided to walk to the playground with my daughter since it's a warmer day. We've been couped up for so long, I figured the warmer air would do us some good. Boy, did it feel great to walk! <BR> <BR> I'm planning on walking/jogging in the Spark Virtual 5k in April...my health permitting. So keep your fingers crossed for me! I really want to do this. I did a virtual 5k (walking only) last year and had fun with i... Thu, 17 Feb 2011 12:00:04 EST I'm losing my marbles! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4006973 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l177674316.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I hate to whine but I'm really going nuts here and I need to vent! I have been sick for what seems like forever now and not only am I sick of being sick, I'm bored, depressed, frustrated, and I'm becoming absent minded too. I think the absent mindedness is from freaking out....but last night I left the oven on for several hours after dinner!!!!! Ooops!! And, unfortunately, there's been other crazy things I've b... Thu, 10 Feb 2011 13:33:16 EST The Sickies... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3989755 I was going to blog Sunday morning but I really need to vent. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l403450251.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Once again. Ugh! Yesterday my daughter started coughing and sneezing then she got a fever. Then I began coughing and now neither one of us can stop. Didn't we just get over this!?!?! Grrrrr I guess it's a good thing we're stocked up on green tea and honey! <BR> <BR> I have to cease exercising since this is in my chest. *sigh* I have t... Fri, 4 Feb 2011 10:52:22 EST It's not the falling down that makes you fail... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3973600 it's the failure to get back up! <BR> <BR> I'm not sure who quoted that quote....but I heard it awhile ago and I repeat it often. (I've probably even driven a few people nuts with it! lol) But it's so true! So I 'fell' this month. This pretty much sums up how I was in January: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l18554607.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Then I got the flu. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l731202094.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Then stayed the... Sun, 30 Jan 2011 09:48:05 EST Survey about Me... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3966110 I'm bored....so it's survey time! lol <BR> <BR> Survey about me. Just fun to know more about each other. Copy and paste it if you like! <BR> <BR> 1. What time did you get up this morning? <BR> 3AM the first time then 7AM the second..... <BR> <BR> 2. How do you like your steak? <BR> well done <BR> <BR> 3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? <BR> Toy Story 3 at the drive-in <BR> <BR> 4. What is your favorite TV show? <BR> Larkrise to Candleford <BR> <BR> 5. If you could l... Thu, 27 Jan 2011 13:20:06 EST My Birthday Girl and a Pep talk to Self http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3891889 My favorite little person: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l727768866.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ....and the evil cake: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l31527318.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sure, I thought it turned out nice....but that darn butter creme icing kept calling to me! Ugh! So, needless to say, I couldn't stay out of it and this morning the scales reflect that. I really need to learn self control. If I had it, I'd be at my goal by now. *sigh* <BR> <B... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 09:27:07 EST New Year's Survey ~ borrowed from a friend :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3883291 What was the best part of last year? I didn't really have a 'best part'. lol <BR> <BR> <BR> What was the worst part of last year? Losing my grandfather and my house going into foreclosure both around the same time. <BR> <BR> <BR> What are you most looking forward to next year? A vacation, maybe? No stress? lol Seriously, though, I'm hoping to move out of this apartment. :-) <BR> <BR> <BR> Is there anything you are not looking forward to next year? I'm not looking forward to the re... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 08:17:34 EST Review of 2010 and plan for 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3868861 Well in 2009 I lost almost 20 lbs. I began 2010 at 167 and it's looking like I'm leaving it behind at 168. Ugh! Well considering all of the traumatic events I've been through this year, I suppose I'm lucky it's not worse than that. I usually get depressed on New Years but, ya know, this time around I'm actually glad to put 2010 behind me. (Hopefully the stress will remain in 2010! lol I wish!!!) <BR> <BR> I'm beginning my plan for the new year a few days early. I'm beginning TODAY! (... Wed, 29 Dec 2010 10:07:50 EST Borrowed from a friend ~ Christmas Survey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3823516 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l753030206.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have you been naughty or nice this year? <BR> Nice, of course! lol I wouldn't tell ya if I was naughty! ;-) <BR> <BR> What do you want most for Christmas? <BR> To spend time with my family! <BR> <BR> Do you believe in Santa Claus? <BR> Nope....I AM Santa now! lol <BR> <BR> What is your favorite food at Christmas? <BR> Ham, mashed potatoes, cookies...cookies...cookies....lol (All the stuff that SHOULDN'T be... Sat, 4 Dec 2010 12:12:42 EST Never giving up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3790633 I just finished reading "How to deal with setbacks ~ Become a 'bounce back' believer..." <BR> This article was what I needed to read today. I have an all or nothing attitude so when I 'goof'....I really beat myself up about it. I'm guilty of saying "Well since I messed up today, I guess I'll just start all over tomorrow." Not anymore! This journey isn't easy...especially for emotional eaters who are overwhelmed by stress...but it's not about perfection. It's about consistency. When we '... Wed, 17 Nov 2010 16:58:49 EST One Word Responses ~ borrowed from a friend :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3580746 Bored so here goes.... <BR> <BR> One Word Responses: <BR> <BR> Where is your cell phone? <BR> purse <BR> <BR> Spouse? <BR> couch <BR> <BR> Your hair? <BR> frizzy lol <BR> <BR> Your mother? <BR> beautiful <BR> <BR> Your father? <BR> grumpy lol <BR> <BR> Your favorite thing? <BR> daughter <BR> <BR> Your dream last night? <BR> insane <BR> <BR> Favorite drink? <BR> coffee <BR> <BR> What room are you in? <BR> living <BR> <BR> Your hobby? <BR> German <BR> <BR> Your fear? <B... Fri, 27 Aug 2010 14:57:42 EST 5 Motivators http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3269186 1. Success stories ~ It's great to read and see pictures of people who have reached their goals. <BR> <BR> 2. Results ~ Visual and physical results definitely keep me going! <BR> <BR> 3. Oxygen Magazine ~ Okay..I'm not a pack rat...BUT I do, however, have a ton of Oxygen magazines that I refuse to throw out. (Sorry Hubs...it's never going to happen! lol) When I'm feeling BLAH, I grab a stack and flip through. Most times, I'm up off my butt immediately after! <BR> <BR> 4. Jari Love ~ ... Wed, 26 May 2010 08:31:25 EST Catfishin' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3206106 So I didn't get much sleep last night due to our catfishing venture at Buckeye Lake....and even though we didn't get anything but a few nibbles, it was definitely worth it! I absolutely LOVE to fish. If I could get paid to fish every day...that would be my career! LOL It was my daughter's first time night fishing and let me tell ya...she was extremely excited to stay up way past her 8 o'clock bedtime! lol <BR> <BR> Here are a few pics. (You know I couldn't resist! lol) <BR> <img src="... Fri, 7 May 2010 18:43:58 EST Back home & back to reality.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3182257 Hello Spark friends! <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> I just returned home this morning from visiting my family for a week and a day. For the most part, I had a fantastic time! It was also a sad time...but I'll get to that later. First happy things! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I finally got to meet my precious baby niece, Jade! As most of you probably know, she was born a month ago and spent time in a neonatal intensive care unit for apnea. She went through so much. She is home now and is hooked ... Sat, 1 May 2010 12:07:11 EST A little fishin' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3081347 So I was a little bummed at first yesterday. I wasn't able to make the trip in to spend Easter with my family and Hubs had to work half the day. We currently have one vehicle...so we were 'stuck'. It was our first Easter not doing something. We either spend it with my family or his. So it was up to me to make sure my daughter enjoyed the day and didn't notice that I was feeling a little down. So after she checked out her basket and all that good stuff, we went outside to kill some time ... Mon, 5 Apr 2010 09:02:06 EST Egg decorating fun.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3078338 Happy Easter everyone! <BR> <BR> Just thought I'd share a few pics of my daughter decorating her eggs yesterday. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l710160226.jpg"> <BR> It's very serious business! lol <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l228576797.jpg"> <BR> Putting on the finishing touches... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l169632935.jpg"> <BR> Still looking quite serious.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-a... Sun, 4 Apr 2010 09:42:36 EST Baby Jade is coming home!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3068735 My niece, Jade, is coming home today!!!! Thanks to everyone who's been praying and giving me much needed support!!! You guys are the greatest!!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l161362672.jpg"> Thu, 1 Apr 2010 10:47:40 EST Baby Jade Update & My Goals for April http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3064961 I had a minute so I thought I'd give an update on my baby niece, Jade. She hasn't had an apnea episode in the past 24 hours! YAY!!!!!!! We are hoping and praying the episodes are gone completely and she may come home soon! Thanks again for the prayers and support!!!!! xoxoxoxo <BR> <BR> Not being able to exercise has been extremely difficult for me. First I injured my shoulder and could only do my lower body and core...and then I got sick and couldn't exercise at all. Ugh! I still ha... Wed, 31 Mar 2010 11:49:21 EST Baby Jade pics & a little rambling.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3051713 Thanks again to everyone who's been praying for my family. I truly appreciate each and everyone of you!!!!!! <BR> <BR> A few days ago, Jade was transferred to a different hospital which had more specialists and better monitoring. My brother and sister-in-law like this new hospital except that their room is not close to where Jade is like as the other hospital. However they are impressed with the care she is receiving. Jade is still having non-breathing episodes so will have to stay in th... Sun, 28 Mar 2010 09:26:20 EST Updates On My Week-Old Niece (edited) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3041159 My beautiful niece, Jade Morgan has been through more tests in the first week of her life than most people go through in a lifetime. She has apnea...not sleep apnea...apnea. She stops breathing even when she's awake. They found this out after a reflux test where she had to have a tube down her little throat from 9AM until 6PM. The little sweetie has had a cat scan, an upper g.i., and will have an MRI today...among numerous other tests. Having worked in radiology...I must confess all this... Thu, 25 Mar 2010 08:29:55 EST *Update* Prayers still needed, please http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3028516 I have a fever as I'm typing this so there may be typing errors...but wanted to give everyone an update on my niece and her mother. <BR> First of all, my sister-in-law is doing okay. She had to have a spinal patch(?) because of something about the epidural (not sure all of the details) and is recovering fine. She was released and is staying at the hospital with my brother and niece. <BR> My niece is still having trouble breathing on her own. She does fine and then all of the sudden she'll ... Mon, 22 Mar 2010 09:24:40 EST Prayers needed!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3018947 Please pray for my newborn baby niece. She stopped breathing and turned blue!!!!! She was transferred to another hospital. Her daddy (my brother) is with her but her mom is in a different hospital in a different city because of a blood clot! Please pray for my family!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Thank you sooooo much!!!!!! Fri, 19 Mar 2010 11:51:38 EST My beautiful new niece & a short vent! lol http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3014301 Here is a pic of my brother's baby daughter, Jade Morgan....born at 7:49 this morning. <BR> <BR> She is 6 lbs 11 ounces & 19 inches long. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l257447258.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm such a proud auntie!!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> So I'm a little sad because my daughter and I aren't feeling too well. Well, I feel okay minus a swollen lymph node and sore throat...but my poor daughter has a fever. So we won't get to meet my niece until we're complet... Thu, 18 Mar 2010 09:19:39 EST Survey (borrowed from a friend) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2930114 <BR> 1. What time did you get up this morning? 6:00AM blah <BR> <BR> 2. How do you like your steak? Well done <BR> <BR> 3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Wolverine at the drive-in <BR> <BR> 4. What is your favorite TV show? I loathe television <BR> <BR> 5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Deep in the woods somewhere. lol <BR> <BR> 6. What did you have for breakfast? coffee & honey nut cheerios <BR> <BR> 7. What is your favorite cuisine? It... Fri, 26 Feb 2010 08:54:59 EST Setbacks aren't going to get the best of me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2926025 So this year has sucked so far as far as weightloss goes. It's my own fault. I let stress get to me, I binge, and therefore I gain. I also injured my shoulder. So grrrr at myself and grrr at my shoulder. It hasn't kept me from working out....I just avoid certain exercises. (I can still do overhead presses, but I can't do lateral raises without pain.) Am I giving up on my goals? Nope. Never. I just have to realize it's going to take me slightly longer than what it would have if I wou... Thu, 25 Feb 2010 09:51:41 EST My Plans for 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2659840 So there have been alot of ups and downs in 2009, let me tell ya! Phew! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> But guess what!?! I made it through. Yay! I managed to lose 20 pounds and I'm extremely proud of myself for that! I have 35 more to go and I will say goodbye to them sometime in 2010! My goals this year are very similar to the goals I set last year....but, hey, when I'm consistent, they work!!! So aside from the obvious goal of consistency....here they are: <BR> <BR> Daily goals: <BR> ~Tra... Sun, 27 Dec 2009 20:45:28 EST Updates :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2628567 Well it's been a little while since my last blog. 2009 has been an emotional year, let me tell ya! Ugh! I know alot of people have been praying for me and my family and I just wanted to give an update. <BR> <BR> First, an update on my Pap. He had his big surgery (to remove his bladder and prostate) last week while I was on vacation. (Talk about feeling guilty! I was a mess!!!) His chances of surviving it were not good because his heart is completely blocked on one side. Thank you to ... Sat, 12 Dec 2009 11:02:33 EST Mini goal met & update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2524307 Well I hopped on the scales today and was so happy to see that I'm 165! That means I've lost 20 lbs since January 1st! I know I could have lost more...but I got stuck in a few ruts along the way. Regardless, I'm extremely happy to be 20 pounds lighter!! I haven't changed my ticker yet since Thursdays are my official weigh-in days. Following these goals got me here: <BR> <BR> 1. Track food & stay in ranges. Sometimes I track on paper...but I do my best to track on Spark. <BR> <BR> 2. ... Sun, 1 Nov 2009 11:16:10 EST Three years ago today, I found Spark.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2470680 So today is my 3-year Sparkaversary. Please don't let my current weight discourage anyone who may be reading this. My life got really complicated in the past and I took a long break from Spark. When I've been consistent, I've done great....but when life gets chaotic, sometimes I push everyone and everything away. That's what I'm currently struggling with. My life is pretty complicated right now....but I'm doing everything I can NOT to shut everyone out. I need all the support I can get.... Sun, 11 Oct 2009 17:59:28 EST September Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2375760 Hey all. I've been so busy lately, I haven't been online much and I'm having withdrawal! lol Seriously, I haven't been feeling very well but surely that can't be the cause!?!? <em>20</em> <BR> I just wanted to update my spark friends on what's up ahead for this month. As you probably already know, I am getting ready to move to a village a little less than a half an hour from where I currently live. Apparently, if all goes well, we can close as early as this coming week....and no later ... Sat, 5 Sep 2009 13:55:07 EST What's going on with me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2274908 Okay so I haven't been on Spark much lately....and it shows. I've gained a few pounds. I have a bad habit...when life gets crazy and stressful, I stop taking care of myself. This is a hard habit to break and I'm going to try starting today! <BR> So what's been going on with me? Well I can't blog about it all but my family is going through hard times. They live in a depressed area that was already hurting long before the recession. I worry about them constantly. <BR> <BR> My husband and... Fri, 31 Jul 2009 09:06:52 EST 26 days, 5 hours... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2191495 ...until the race (the Allstate 400 @ the Brickyard!) I'm definitely not going to be in the 150s by then. So I'm going to work extra hard this month to try to drop 5 lbs and get my arms in tank top shape! <BR> I've slacked on my exercising lately because my husband and I have been house hunting. I've been sneaking in a walk when I can. My eating isn't the greatest either. We've been in the car alot and swinging through drive-thrus. I know it's not the healthiest option...but I've been... Tue, 30 Jun 2009 08:04:29 EST A Gain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2160779 Okay...so I gained two pounds this week. What to do? I could either sit around moping and feeling sorry for myself (as I started to do) OR I could do what I'm going to do. I'm going to kick my butt this week and BLAST those two pounds! I have goals to meet and I'm definitely not going to reach them by feeling sorry for myself and giving up! <BR> <BR> As always I try to figure out what mistakes I made when I gain....and I know exactly what the problem was this week. As always, it's my fo... Thu, 18 Jun 2009 07:43:42 EST It's June already!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2113116 Wow! Time is flying! Only 54 days left until the race! I weighed in today at 168. I want to be in the 150s by race day! Actually, I don't even care that weight I am...as long as I can wear jeans and a tank top and not feel embarrassed! <BR> I wore a tank top in public yesterday and I felt like an idiot! Seriously! I felt like everyone was looking at me and saying "Oh my goodness...what is she thinking?" I wanted to cry. Then I started to notice other people. There were people who wer... Mon, 1 Jun 2009 15:33:29 EST Down 15 lbs since restarting Spark! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2051557 So I've reached another mini goal! I've lost 15 lbs since January 1st!!! This means my goal of reaching the 160s by my birthday/anniversary definitely can be done! <BR> <BR> Well I'm doing great with all my new goals except the elliptical. I've got to work extra hard on that one! I need it to become a habit again! We'll see how I'm doing with it by next week! :) <BR> <BR> I am super motivated and ready to kick my butt today!!!!! (On my elliptical, of course! LOL) ;) <BR> <BR> <BR> <... Mon, 11 May 2009 07:31:13 EST For Wednesday, 5/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2041195 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/7/3/b733128873.jpg"> <BR> <BR> First of all, I'd like to say Rest in Peace, Tiffany....a friend of mine who passed away yesterday. I haven't seen her in many years, but I am very sad for her to lose her life so young. She was a wonderful person and I will never forget her. <BR> <BR> ****************************************<BR>****************** <BR> <BR> So yesterday I blogged about some new goals. Let's see how I did... <BR> <BR> 1. Stop rus... Thu, 7 May 2009 07:14:19 EST New Motivation and Goals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2038222 My husband surprised me yesterday. He is taking me to a NASCAR race in July! I'm so excited! So this is another event to motivate me to stay on track and really push myself. I can't go to a race being all frumpy and dumpy! LOL My next two weightloss goals will remain the same but I've added my goal weight for the race too: <BR> <BR> 165 by 5/27/09 (My birthday & Anniversary) <BR> 159 by 6/21/09 (1st day of Summer) <BR> 155 by 7/26/09 (The 400 @ the Brickyard! Woohoo!) <BR> <BR> Anothe... Wed, 6 May 2009 09:35:03 EST 5/4 Weight, measurements, & other ramblings... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2030817 Beginning Numbers <BR> 1/01/09: <BR> Weight: 185 lbs <BR> BMI: 31.6 (Obese) <BR> Estimated Body fat %: 40.04 (YMCA formula) <BR> Bust: 36 inches <BR> Waist: 40 inches <BR> Hips: 43 inches <BR> <BR> 05/04/09: <BR> Weight: 171 lbs (lost 14 lbs since Jan) <BR> BMI: 29.3 (Overweight) <BR> Bust: 34 (lost 2" since Jan) <BR> Waist: 33 inches (lost 7" since Jan) <BR> Hips: 41 (lost 2" since Jan) <BR> <BR> So I'm making slow but steady progress but I'll take it! I am, however, going to tr... Mon, 4 May 2009 08:55:10 EST Feeling better & new goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1992071 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/7/4/b749477591.jpg"> <BR> I've been sick for the past six days! Ugh! I have also gained 2 lbs during that time. I'm ready to return to my program. I walked at a slower pace for an hour yesterday. Even though I felt like I could do more, I held back. I feel great so I'm going to kick it up a notch today. I am doing a jump rope challenge for the next two weeks (as long as my body cooperates...which I think it will!). Also, I am going to start ... Tue, 21 Apr 2009 08:55:38 EST Short Spark Break: Going on a Trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1939392 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/6/8/b683437559.jpg"> <BR> This is a pic of my hometown, East Liverpool, OH. I'm leaving for Liverpool tomorrow morning to spend some time with my family and an old friend. I'll have a busy week ahead of me and I'm looking forward to every second of it! I plan on helping my dad around his house since his health is not so great at the moment, spending time with an old friend and her family, plus I'll be taking my niece with me to my mom's house in ... Fri, 3 Apr 2009 09:53:09 EST Numbers 4/1/09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1932265 Beginning Numbers <BR> 1/01/09: <BR> Weight: 185 lbs <BR> BMI: 31.6 (Obese) <BR> Estimated Body fat %: 40.04 (YMCA formula) <BR> Bust: 36 inches <BR> Waist: 40 inches <BR> Hips: 43 inches <BR> <BR> 2/20/09: <BR> Weight: 176.2 lbs <BR> BMI: 30.2 <BR> Estimated Body fat %: 33 (YMCA formula) <BR> Bust: 35 inches <BR> Waist at navel: 36 inches <BR> Hips: 42.5 inches <BR> <BR> 3/06/09: <BR> Weight: 175 lbs (10 lbs GONE!) <BR> Estimated Body fat %: 31 (YMCA formula) <BR> BMI: 30... Wed, 1 Apr 2009 07:42:33 EST Trying to stay positive...continued http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1917252 Well my dad went back to the ER yesterday and was admitted this time. He seems to be doing okay considering. I hope he won't be in there long. He had to have a kidney stent inserted for an obstruction....I'm thinking it's a kidney stone because he's had them in the past. I just worry about him because he has COPD and his lungs only function at 30%. When you talk to him or he gets winded, he coughs uncontrollably for like five minutes straight. I know a kidney stent has nothing to do wit... Fri, 27 Mar 2009 08:04:25 EST