HEATHERALENE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HEATHERALENE HEATHERALENE'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/ New Me Resolution -- Wake up call http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4655370 Yes, I know it's January 3rd....and yes I know it's very cliche...everyone does it and so many don't go through with it. But....I'm making a resolution. I'd call it a New Year's Resolution, but I'm all about making it more than that...it's a New Me Resolution. And the need to do it hit me like a ton of bricks.... <BR> <BR> I'm sitting at my computer desk, like I've done for the last couple of weeks, right as the holidays started, and I'm looking around....tin of cookies...chocolate...gumm... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 21:32:00 EST Slacking.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4461243 Ok, so I've been slacking a bit this week....just got the kiddo home last week and started in school. Sunday, DH came home after being away working all summer and the kiddo's first FULL week of school began and I went back to work after a wonderful week off. Needless to say, we've all been re-adjusting to the once 'normal' routine we had going on. I'm also on a mission to find the DH a good pair of sneakers so he can stop using it as an excuse not to go to the gym (which, I got him a membe... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 19:05:45 EST End of the week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4449436 Yay for Friday! Of course, this week I'm going into the weekend feeling GREAT! A week off work, spending time with my son and pushing myself to get stuff done....just what I needed! In fact, I wish I could take next week off work too just to keep on going! But alas, back to work I go on Monday morning. I am SOOOO glad I got myself up and to the gym this week....the feeling great afterwards is it's own motivation to keep going. Next week will start a new routine; how to work 8 hours duri... Fri, 26 Aug 2011 10:40:28 EST To create a habit.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4447584 Ok, so this morning I woke up and I was sore.....and SO didn't want to go to the gym. But, in the spirit of fitness, health and creating good habits, I got up, I got me and the kiddo ready, dropped him off at school and then...WENT TO THE GYM! I have to say, I am proud of myself. With the school so close to the house, it would have been way easy to just turn around and come home. But I think the motivational part of myself that tells me that I need to go workout and it's good for me and I... Thu, 25 Aug 2011 10:45:41 EST New Year Resolution.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4445735 Ok, so I know it's not actually the beginning of the new calendar year...but it IS the beginning of a new Heather year.....turned 29 two weeks ago and realize that even tho I've been slowly getting to where I want and slowly making positive changes, it's time to kick it up a notch. The gym I joined last month...went for the 2nd time today <em>2</em> But....I told myself today that I would go and I did. I just need a routine....so today starts a new routine. I think my issue has been not... Wed, 24 Aug 2011 11:25:15 EST On track and feeling GREAT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4371290 <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I did it! I got off my lazy, nerdy butt today and finally joined the gym I've been thinking about...and then went and worked out! I felt so good when I got home that I planned out all my meals for tomorrow and put together what I have to take to work! I guess I just needed a little bit of a push in the right direction...and boy did I get that push! I just got back from 2 weeks in NYC for my annual active duty time and while there, had a very good friend who was w... Mon, 18 Jul 2011 22:06:02 EST Snooze addiction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4210924 Yesterday, motivation was running pretty darn high! Today, it was back to work after a random middle of the week day off (had a sick kiddo at home...poor guy. But he's feeling better and back to school today), and for some reason I am just DRAINED. I had every intention of coming home, getting some dinner and housework in order, putting the kid to bed, and then it was workout time before my own bed routine. Instead, here I am, kiddo in bed, housework still needing finished and I'm struggl... Wed, 4 May 2011 22:00:43 EST If at first you don't succeed.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4206875 ......even if it's not the 1st or 2nd try for me at this point...try again I will! I am DETERMINED to keep active (both with fitness and with SP) this time!!! I think the issue is that I go so strong for the first little while that I just burn out. And I've failed to set an actual routine and haven't made myself stick to my plans. But I'm working on it....so we start out slow. Today, it's logging into SP and resetting my goals. I've decided that while I want to lose some weight, I think... Tue, 3 May 2011 09:46:27 EST Been awhile....But I'm back and ready to bust my butt!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3762677 Today I'm grateful for.... <BR> <BR> *Internet access!!!! <BR> *Enjoying my work <BR> <BR> Wow!! It's been FOREVER since I've logged in! *phew* It's so nice to be able to get online again! I don't know how I've survived the last little while without internet access! And I had a nice new pretty computer to use too and no internet to surf on it <em>39</em> <BR> The last little while has been FULL of ups and downs for me and the family. The DH was out of work for what seemed like FORE... Thu, 4 Nov 2010 20:28:28 EST New month, new start! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3595787 Today I’m grateful for: <BR> *peppermint tea – settles my tummy! <BR> *my sweet hubby <BR> *a new month, with new challenges and opportunities <BR> <BR> Good morning and Happy September!! <BR> Had a slow start this morning…still suffering from dontwanttogetoutofbeditis this week but I’m managing to push myself up and out the door anyway! Had my first weigh-in for September and am ready to start my September challenges! <BR> <BR> Goals for September: <BR> *Read my copy of the Spark (fina... Wed, 1 Sep 2010 09:28:35 EST Making it through Monday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3588398 Today I am grateful for: <BR> *COFFEE!! <BR> *My reserve ‘tank’ of energy (I must have one or I couldn’t have gotten up this morning…Kind of like when your gas light comes on in the car…you’re on “E” but still have JUST ENOUGH gas left) <BR> <BR> Today was a challenge to get out of bed! This past weekend was military drill…so no sleeping in for this busy lady! Saturday I was actually a little excited…I was going to be able to actually hop on a treadmill or elliptical at the gym at my reser... Mon, 30 Aug 2010 10:24:20 EST Thought for the day:The power in positive thinking! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3577000 Today, I am grateful for: <BR> *Me time <BR> *My new computer! <BR> *Apple cinnamon herbal tea...yummy and makes me think of fall! <BR> <BR> Thought of the day: There really is power in positive thinking! It’s AMAZING what a few positive thoughts do for not only the individual, but for the people around them! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was SUCH a good day. The kiddo is doing great and enjoying his first week of 1st grade, we have sat down to family meals each evening since Tuesday night and we’r... Thu, 26 Aug 2010 13:08:17 EST Do high heels count?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3573071 *The coffee filter packs I found last night when I thought I was completely out of coffee! <BR> *Small, portable spot steam cleaners and mild smelling room spray/fabric spray <BR> *The temperature change! Not nearly as hot as it has been outside today! <BR> <BR> On day 2 of my “gratitude journal”, I am pleasantly surprised at how much more content I am with my day just by listing a few small things that I’m grateful for! Time to introduce the idea to the family; have each family share some... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 11:20:01 EST Thoughts for the day...a new perspective http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3569596 Today, I am grateful for: <BR> *the lunch my hubby made for me this morning when I started running short on time <BR> *my son’s great mood when he woke up this morning <BR> *a new day with a new perspective <BR> <BR> Well, I had my first weigh-in since for my ‘start-over’ on Friday. I’m definitely not where I want to be, but I’m not up where I was before so while I went backwards, it wasn’t all the way to the beginning. I’ve got about 30 lbs to lose to get to my ultimate goal. But that’s ... Tue, 24 Aug 2010 11:51:29 EST Starting over...once again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3545801 Good morning fellow Sparkers! It's that time, once again, to go back and start with Day 1. I just browsed through my last blog post (June 4th! *gasp*) and realize that as motivated as I was, I should have been able to carry that through the summer months. But alas, as I've heard plenty of people say before, life happened. My DH got hurt and has been out of work for a while now (but hopefully starting a new job up soon) and I've been working like crazy at both of my jobs, trying to make s... Tue, 17 Aug 2010 09:46:41 EST Check In: TGIF and Payday!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3299680 Happy Friday! Wow, what a week it has been! I'm definitely ready for this weekend! Stress level today seems to have dropped <em>244</em> and I'm seeing a little bit more 'me' time in my future...for the next couple months at least. But it's bittersweet...it also means that my little guy is off for the summer <em>39</em> Yesterday, my sweet little boy graduated from Kindergarten! I'm so proud of how well he did in school this year....he truly is a smart guy! But now that it's offici... Fri, 4 Jun 2010 09:39:28 EST Friday Check-in: Woohoo! I'm losing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3276602 Happy Friday all! Today is weigh in day and I'm down another 2.5lbs from my last weigh in this past weekend! I haven't quite hit my goal for the month of May, but I'm losing! Energy level is still low and the stress is still there, but I did manage a little 'me' time last night to play around on the computer doing what I like to day. Got some reading in too. This weekend, we're escaping the house for 2 days after all and heading to the MIL's house. It'll be out of town, out of our house... Fri, 28 May 2010 09:56:43 EST Today I just need to vent... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3269319 AARRRGGGHHHHH!!! It's just turning out to be one of those day...or weeks...or months or whatever! I have had ZERO energy lately, no matter what time I go to bed. My sleep quality SUCKS and I'm finding it so hard to be positive and motivated! It seems like no matter what I do to try and keep above water, I keep sinking farther and farther. Everything piles up and I get more stressed by the day. I'm surprised I haven't pulled all my hair out of my head! And why is it the days you're in ... Wed, 26 May 2010 09:09:21 EST Monday...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3261920 Well SP friends...here it is, Monday again. I swear, the weekend goes by WAY too fast!! But it was a productive weekend. Saturday was grocery shopping day...BLEH! But I planned out two weeks of meals ahead of time, wrote my shopping list around those meals and ended up spending WAY less money than usual! Woohoo! Sunday was tiring...spent the majority of the day doing heavy cleaning and painting at my VFW post. However, that counted as quite a bit of cardio! Yay! I did weigh my self ... Mon, 24 May 2010 09:19:45 EST Check-in, May 21 -- Survived!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3253258 Finally made it to FRIDAY!!!! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Here I am, continuing my quest to get back on track after the hectic week and half/2 weeks that I've had. Of course, on my stumble to the shower this morning, silly me forgot to make a stop at the scale for my weekly weigh-in...again! So, postponing until tomorrow morning. <BR> <BR> To the despair and suspicion of my wonderful DH, I've made the decision that we're going to cut back on the amount of meat we eat at home. I started... Fri, 21 May 2010 09:47:15 EST What a bunch of craziness! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3249483 TGI-Thursday! One day closer to Friday, one day closer to pay day and boy am I glad for that money tomorrow!! It's been a busy week (well almost 2 weeks). I finished all my finals so school is on break until summer semester starts in June (which I have to get registered for) but when one thing lets up, others seem to rush in to take their place! Work has been extra busy (hence the me not logging into SP for a few days and not staying long when I have) since my co-worker has been out for t... Thu, 20 May 2010 09:21:43 EST Check-in: Feeling frustrated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3178507 *sigh* Ok well today was weigh-in day. I don't know if it's because I usually weigh-in first thing in the morning right before my shower and today I waited a little and didn't weigh-in until after I got to work...or maybe the scale here is wrong...or maybe the scale at home is wrong, but apparently I'm back up another 2 lbs!! This is very frustrating!! Especially since I've been adding that lunch time, 1.3 mile walk to my routine everyday! Ok....can't let this get me down. Minor setback... Fri, 30 Apr 2010 09:45:45 EST Check-in: Day 1 of my Quit and other great stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3098854 <em>249</em> <BR> It’s QUIT day! Today is my Day 1 smoke free! My official quit date! Yesterday was my last day EVER as a smoker. I CAN DO THIS! I already feel better about myself. I know that this is going to be a difficult road at times, but I won’t let that discourage me and I will not give up my quit! Off to a good start so far…normally by this time I’d have already had one smoke at least and would be getting ready for another. Today, I’ve had a big fat ZERO! Go me! <BR> <BR>... Fri, 9 Apr 2010 09:34:14 EST Check-in: Going backwards?? What? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3086823 Well, it was my make-up weigh-in day today. I have one certain weight that I seem to have the most problems getting past. I can get stuck on it for weeks and weeks on end. Last weigh-in I had finally dipped below it by 1.5 lbs! I was so happy! This week…I’m back up those 1.5 lbs!!! I have to say I was disappointed when I saw that. Maybe I didn’t do as good this weekend as I thought I did. But I won’t let it get me down…I’m going to keep pushing on and get back below that stubborn numb... Tue, 6 Apr 2010 12:14:27 EST Check in for Friday...TGIF!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3046045 Happy Friday! Here in Central Texas, the day is shaping up to be a beautiful one. I’m looking forward to the weekend starting….countdown: 6 hours to go. LOL This weekend is supposed to be beautiful outside. The plan is to spend plenty of time outdoors with the family, enjoying the weather. Saturday, I’m taking the family to a local homestead to walk around, explore, maybe buy a few things and possibly have lunch. Sunday is family picture day…finally talked the hubby into it even though... Fri, 26 Mar 2010 11:42:51 EST New partner in crime....or SP rather LOL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3037246 I am so proud of my hubby…last night we got to talking about his snoring. As he’s gotten heavier, his snoring has gotten worse. He hates where his weight has gone, but told me that it’s been hard for him to find the motivation to workout. So I agreed to help him…we’re going to do this weight loss journey together, which I think is wonderful and will help us to both reach our goals. Plus, it’s something we can do together as a family, getting the kiddo involved too with being more active. ... Wed, 24 Mar 2010 09:34:20 EST Wow...I'm really eating THAT? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3034187 Wow…actually taking a look at the things that I’ve been eating on a daily basis really is an eye opener like I figured it would be. And I’m only on day 2 of tracking my food again. Not to mention I forgot to add in last night’s dinner…but I’m sure it would’ve just made it look worse lol home made chili dogs…not the healthiest dinner. But at least we’re starting to eat at home more. Now I just need to work on making myself lunches every day. I think that’s part of my downfall…I stopped br... Tue, 23 Mar 2010 13:44:59 EST Spring has sprung...I think http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3028555 Happy Spring everyone! The first day of Spring was carried in on blowing rain, and cold, cold wind here in Central Texas. Of course, in typical fashion, this yucky weather followed sunny, warm days the previous week. But I have my hopes up…this week, the warm weather is supposed to be coming back! <BR> I am SO ready for an actual weekend! I’m going into day number 8 straight of working…working full time during the week, going to school, following that work/school week up with military dr... Mon, 22 Mar 2010 09:32:20 EST Another day....pushing myself along http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3014831 Well, I didn’t quite make my ‘glasses of water’ goal…actually fell REALLY short. And the soda…yeah, had about ½ of a large Dr. Pepper for dinner. Didn’t help that the hubby decided to be nice and bring home burgers, fries and sodas for dinner last night. I mean, it would’ve been plain RUDE to not eat it! LOL He went to all the trouble of stopping on his way home from work. Today, I’m off to a slow start with my water…but I can do better! I think I’ll especially need it to wash down the ... Thu, 18 Mar 2010 11:09:38 EST Happy St. Patty's Day everyone!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3010187 Ahh...St. Patrick's Day. An excuse to wear green, pinch others and eat/drink green stuff. <em>30</em> <BR> Yesterday, I actually got up to 7 glasses of water. It used to be so easy to get 8 in! Somehow, I got too used to downing soda and barely any water again...it's like once I stopped sparking, I fell back into a lot of bad habits...not packing my lunch or cooking a lot at home and of course, the water. I'm working myself back up to it tho and will get there in the end. Today, I cha... Wed, 17 Mar 2010 09:32:06 EST Back at the beginning.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3006415 I don’t even know how it’s been since October since I’ve posted, blogged, tracked, ANYTHING here on SP! One day, I was engrossed with the site….tracking everything I ate, every activity I did, was active in several teams, posting and sharing recipes, reading articles and being crazy motivated. Then one day… …I think it started with a busy day at work (where I normally did all my Sparking <em>41</em> ) no time to log in and track or post or blog. From there, I think it all just went down... Tue, 16 Mar 2010 11:42:38 EST Need more weekend (Day 15) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2453453 <em>419</em> <em>422</em> <em>424</em> <BR> <BR> *sigh* Boo for Mondays! Why is it that the weekend passes by SO FAST? I feel like I didn't even get any time off. Was up early both days...Saturday, I had to come into work for about 2.5 hours to pay everyone. Sunday, the kiddo was up by 7:30. But for being short, the weekend was pretty good! Saturday night we went to see a college football game, which was a blast, even though it rained for part of the 1st quarter...BTW, soggy nacho... Mon, 5 Oct 2009 09:50:50 EST Day 11 -- Happy October! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2444242 10 days, 9 hours, 31 minutes and 41 seconds smoke free. <BR> <BR> 104 cigarettes not smoked. <BR> $25.00 and 19 hours of your life saved. <BR> <BR> Yay for October 1st! I'm starting the month off GREAT! I'm so happy to have those first few days of the quit behind me. Doing this makes me realize I can do ANYTHING that I put my mind to. If I can give up a habit that I've had for the better part of 10 years, I can change the eating habits that I've developed in the last few years and de... Thu, 1 Oct 2009 12:47:52 EST Day 10 -- Can't believe it!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2440598 9 days, 8 hours, 44 minutes and 55 seconds smoke free. <BR> <BR> 94 cigarettes not smoked. <BR> $22.50 and 17 hours of your life saved. <BR> <BR> Wow!!! I can't believe I'm on day 10. I honestly didn't think I'd ever survive this long not being a smoker! I don't think I gave myself enough credit or ever realized what I'm capable of! I can't believe the willpower I actually have! My wonderful hubby is still a smoker (and it's not up to me to make him quit...when he's ready, he'll do i... Wed, 30 Sep 2009 08:56:27 EST Day 9 -- Goodbye cranky! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2438107 Wow, I feel SOOOO much better today! Since late last week, I have just been feeling BLEH! I've been cranky and so frustrated at just about everything! Today, I woke up and felt GREAT! I don't know what changed overnight, but I'm glad it did! I got some great sleep and I woke up ready to go! I feel re-motivated and ready to kick some fitness butt! And I feel great with out those crazy cigarettes! I'm GLAD I quit! It's getting so much easier! GO ME!!! It just feels like it's going to... Tue, 29 Sep 2009 11:12:11 EST Smoke Free -- Day 8?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2434600 Ok, so I'm not gonna lie. I tried to smoke this weekend. I had a few beers on Friday and *attempted* a smoke. Got about 3 puffs in and had to stop. Sunday, same thing. So does it count? I didn't buy smokes, I didn't smoke repeatedly. I'm not completely smoke free for the last 7 days, but I didn't fully start again. AARRGG!!! <BR> <em>198</em> Need input! Do I have to start all over??????? HELP!!! <BR> <BR> Mon, 28 Sep 2009 08:55:54 EST Day 5 --- Almost hit a week smoke free! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2427697 4 days, 7 hours, 55 minutes and 20 seconds smoke free. <BR> <BR> 43 cigarettes not smoked. <BR> $10.00 and 7 hours of your life saved. <BR> <BR> Wow, I don't think I have ever, ever gone this long being smoke free, with the exception of when I was pregnant with my son! Of course, when I quit then, I did it for him and his health, instead of for me as well. This time, it's for me as well. I feel great! And I've been getting SO much support from so many people here on SP. Thank you to ... Fri, 25 Sep 2009 08:04:44 EST Made it to Day 4 Smoke Free!! Woohoo!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2425041 3 days, 8 hours, 15 minutes and 30 seconds smoke free. <BR> <BR> 33 cigarettes not smoked. <BR> $7.50 and 6 hours of your life saved. <BR> <BR> Doing great!!! I'm not one to pat myself on the back, but... *pats self on back* I'm so proud of myself!!! I've definitley had some cigarette cravings the last couple days, especially with yesterday and the major frustration at work, which somehow seemed to leak into some frustration at home. But, instead of smoking, I hopped onto SP and poste... Thu, 24 Sep 2009 08:19:22 EST Smoke Free -- On Day 3!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2422340 2 days, 9 hours, 27 minutes and 2 seconds smoke free. <BR> <BR> 24 cigarettes not smoked. <BR> $5.00 and 4 hours of your life saved. <BR> <BR> I finally made it to day 3!!! Yesterday afternoon/evening, I took some advice and logged into Quitnet.com. A lot of great resources and support for quitting! And now, I can see exactly how long I've been smoke free! I love it!! Going strong today. ALMOST gave in last night (the kiddo was stressing me out and that's usually when I light up), ... Wed, 23 Sep 2009 09:30:42 EST Smoke Free -- Back on track...on to Day 2 again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2419438 Alright, I made it through my second attempt at Day 1...and did it! It seemed a little easier this time than last week. Day 2 is well on it's way and I have full faith that I can do it! I'm already starting to feel better for not smoking...healthwise and just all around. Go Me!! <BR> <BR> <em>270</em> Tue, 22 Sep 2009 09:34:12 EST Smoke Free---Back to Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2416320 <em>198</em> <em>46</em> <BR> I slipped...I smoked this weekend. So I'm back to Day 1. I can't believe I gave in! It is so frustrating! But, I'm going to do this!!! It was a set back, not a show stopper. Today is Day 1, again. I will be strong, I will kick this habit, I will be SMOKE FREE for good!!! No more setbacks, no more slip-ups. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>270</em> Mon, 21 Sep 2009 09:12:52 EST Smoke Free Day 2 -- I made it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2409470 I made it through Day 1 of no smoking! Go me!!!! I'm on to Day 2. Yesterday was both easier and harder than I thought it would be (weird...how is it both?). During the day wasn't so bad...I chewed my gum, drank my water, completed my QFC early (fitness to curb cravings), and had a few pieces of candy that I fit into my nutrition goals to eat through out the day to help. I did darn good! Driving home from work was a little weird b/c I'm so used to lighting up, but it was ok. Home is whe... Fri, 18 Sep 2009 08:53:53 EST Day 1 -- Smoke Free http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2406764 Today is Day 1...I will not smoke anymore! I stopped with the excuses of why I couldn't quit each day. The whole idea that if I still had smokes left, it would be a waste of money not to smoke them is out the window. Especially since I always seemed to run out in the middle of the day and then just bought more because, let's face it, I'd already smoked that day so I might as well keep going and start tomorrow! *rolling eyes at myself* I have almost a full pack of smokes left....and they ... Thu, 17 Sep 2009 09:15:53 EST Time to kick it up a notch! Need some support to do it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2405307 Since I've been her on SP, I've talked a good game. And hey, I've even had some GREAT days where I've stayed with in my ranges on food and gotten some exercise in. I've seen my weight go down about 5.5lbs. And I've seen it go back up a few (this weekend was not the greatest and I've gained back a little of the weight). So something isn't quite clicking. I have the motivation to lose. I have the dedication to logging into SP (except weekends...that's one area I REALLY have to work on...s... Wed, 16 Sep 2009 17:28:21 EST My favorite thing about fall--random rambling! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2388183 Summer is finally winding to an end. Don't get me wrong. I enjoy summer! As a kid, it was one of my favorite times of year (hello...can we say summer vacation? lol). As an adult, it lost a little of it's fun since I had to work. But by the end of winter, I'm ready for warm sunshine, tank tops, flip flops and the swimming pool (how I miss my swimming pool). But after a while, that 100+ degree heat just gets too me and I start wishing for fall and winter. And now, it's FINALLY almost he... Thu, 10 Sep 2009 10:08:36 EST End of summer changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2383291 As summer comes to an end, I look forward to the climate getting cooler. It is so hard for me to get myself motivated to get outside and be active during the summer days when the temperature gets up to 100 degrees. And in the evenings it takes so long to cool down (when it does) that by the time that I feel it's cool enough to go outside and be active, it's already so late! If I only had access to a swimming pool.... But with the cooler temperatures, my plan is to start getting more fitne... Tue, 8 Sep 2009 16:00:09 EST September!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2369150 Wow! I can't believe it's already September!!! This year has FLOWN by. Yup, September...a new month. August is behind me, with all of it's ups and downs in my journey. There were the days that I did GREAT and at least got a LITTLE bit of exercise in each weekday (weekends...that's my struggle!). There were the good eating days and the 8 cups of water everday days...then there was the WEEK that I just lost it...no motivation to do anything. I can blame it on a lot of other things...my s... Wed, 2 Sep 2009 21:43:51 EST My motivation (blog prompt) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2360714 What motivates me when trying to lose weight. Well....there are a few things. The big motivator is my 5 year old son. He has so much energy! I want to be healthy and fit enough to at least TRY to keep up with him! I want to be able to have the energy to go run around and bike ride and throw around the football or kick around the soccer ball with him. Like a lot of people, I also have those 'skinny clothes' that I want to fit back into. Or rather, next year, I'd like to be able to throw... Mon, 31 Aug 2009 10:03:38 EST Enjoy excersise? Me?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2328275 So this is my first blog using the weekly blog prompt! Yay me!! LOL <BR> So the question is, do I enjoy excersise and why/why not. I can honestly say I used to DETEST excersise! Couldn't stand it! But as I look back I realize that I felt that way because it was forced. It wasn't something I wanted to do or, honestly, even thought I needed to do. And I just wasn't having any fun with it. Now, I enjoy excersise. I WANT to do it. It makes me feel better afterwards. I sleep better the d... Wed, 19 Aug 2009 09:48:56 EST MOTIVATED!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2315848 So I first joined SP because I was searching diets and exercise and fitness routines online and I found SP and I thought to myself "Self, this just might help you out!". I loved that I could track my fitness and my food and my blah blah blah...just about everything. And hey, I earned points while doing, which I love, cause I like good points...kind of like gold stars. Who doesn't like getting a gold star? Then I started tracking...and OH CRAP! I got discouraged! You mean THAT'S how much... Fri, 14 Aug 2009 15:22:30 EST