HHOLT6's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HHOLT6 HHOLT6'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/ Wednesday march 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5646462 Only 2 more days till we go to CA! <BR> Southern California here we come~! <BR> <BR> I am excited! Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:49:44 EST March 5 Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5640821 I have been feeling unmotivated today, well this week! I am back to work tonight. I have 7 work days until we leave for CA <em>334</em> I am not at my goal weight and I know I am going to feel crappy while I am there. It is hard to be around super fit people and be in a bunch of pictures. It was in the pictures the last time I was in CA that I realized my weight was getting in the way... that was 2 years ago! I am now heavier <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> But it is reality and like I s... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 21:37:19 EST Last day of February http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636437 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l291186006.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I just wanted to post something inspirational today. <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to March. We are going to California for a week and I have a birthday! <em>334</em> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:51:58 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5634597 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1564150298.jpg"> <BR> So I took this picture today after my exercising. <BR> <BR> I decided to weigh myself <em>192</em> I was back up to 270 pounds. I had been at 264 and feeling good. I know "it was the time of day" "water gain" "your time of the month?" All of these could be factors. It is just that I have been feeling really good, my clothes are fitting better, I am getting better sleep, I have been activie for 30 minutes at le... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 18:06:29 EST Tuesday another Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5627519 Things I like about myself: <BR> So I like that my eyes are very blue in this picture. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2019976709.jpg"> <BR> It even is a recent picture taken on Friday when my husband and I were out for dinner <BR> - I like to laugh <BR> -I am encouraging to others <BR> -I love my pets and my family <BR> -I am a good aunt, sister, wife, sister in a law, and daughter <BR> -I am beginning to try new things Tue, 18 Feb 2014 16:25:01 EST Keep it going! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5621599 I have to keep going. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1022968884.jpg"> <BR> this was me today coming back from the Aquatic Center. I only have a few more days to reach my goal of 10 pounds in the month! I have 5 pounds to lose, but I will be fine with 1 or 2! <BR> <BR> I have to remind myself that this is a journey. Healthy living for so many reasons... this is a lifestyle not a destination. <BR> Thanks to those who are following and commenting <em>381</em> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 17:49:26 EST Activity and Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5619010 <em>521</em> <BR> I am working on the 10 minutes a day of activity as well as another community challenge with friends to do 30 minutes of exercise a week and posting a selfie after the workout! I am in week one of all of this activity. I think it is good to start this the week of the the Olympics because there are so many inspiring stories. <BR> <BR> Now to get to work.. gotta love the 11pm-7:30 am schedule! <em>91</em> Sat, 8 Feb 2014 22:03:18 EST Pictures of SuperBowl Feast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613952 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l964947383.jpg"> <BR> Onion dip (low fat sour cream and onio soup mix) with fresh veggies (already cut up at Meijer) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1463293343.jpg"> <BR> Pumpkin brownies <BR> They may look burnt in this picture, but it is just that they are more cakey on the outside edge... just dry brownie mix and canned pumpkin (Spark Recipe) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l671... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 11:49:30 EST Super Bowl Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613626 <em>381</em> <BR> I experimented with many spark recipes today. <BR> <BR> - Faux cheese sticks <BR> - Chili Cheese Dip <BR> -Pumpkin Brownies <BR> <BR> Everything was yummy! I will have pictures soon <em>281</em> Mon, 3 Feb 2014 05:08:11 EST February http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611725 <em>425</em> that is what I have seen for over a month... I think we are at over 55 inches of snow... almost record breaking. <BR> <BR> The great part is that I was talking to my mom today and she stated that I am back to myself, I am interacting with the world in a more <em>224</em> positive and creative way! <BR> I do feel like I have more energy and that there are reasons to be optimistic. <BR> <em>192</em> <BR> I still have a goal of 258 by February 15 <BR> 248 by March 15 ... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 01:45:41 EST back in 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5597215 So I am dusting off my blog and my account and I am back to tracking and using sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> I am trying the Isagenix program now. I am doing ok with it. My goal is 10 pounds a month. <BR> <BR> I have now been working overnights for over a year. So I actually should be sleeping now! <BR> <em>425</em> more snow in Michigan today! Fri, 17 Jan 2014 16:27:51 EST First night of work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5126361 Ok friends, <BR> it was been a while. <em>198</em> I have been training for my first social work job. Tonight is my first overnight shift. <em>244</em> I am excited! I am also feeling like my eating and sleeping schedule is going to be beezerks! So I appreciate any and all support from other third shifters or those who know about how others deal with third shift. <em>303</em> <BR> I actually haven't weighed myself in over a month. One thing that I have been doing well is eating r... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 16:08:16 EST good intentions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5105788 So I had good intentions of posting more videos. It takes a while to download and I forget, then my computer goes into to "sleep" and I have to start over. <em>29</em> so now I will just have to go back to typing things up. <BR> So my new job is GREAT! I have had 2 weeks of training and 2 more weeks of training. I am sooo not used to 8 hour work days! One would think that I would be feeling so drained because I am sitting alot. The fact is I am waking up now at 8 am and I have ENERGY! ... Sat, 20 Oct 2012 09:24:32 EST Lake Michigan Walk 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5086746 Beginning of a walk <BR> I am going to post my walk on October 2nd. I apologize in advance of the wobbliness. There will be future "episodes" when it is not so. This is a little fall wall walk I was able to do because the weather is so nice. Thu, 4 Oct 2012 15:00:36 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5085829 <em>357</em> <em>403</em> <em>311</em> <BR> So that is the extent of my exercise today.... I am trying to be encouraging to myself by posting these images to remind me that these things... I can do! <BR> <BR> I will be starting training for my new job on Monday. One month of training at a "normal" time. Then I will be on Third shift 11 pm- 7:30 am. So calling all third shifters... I need your advice! Wed, 3 Oct 2012 22:01:05 EST Friday- sneak peak at my furry family http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5078645 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l184470914.jpg"> <BR> ok so it is sunny here in Michigan! As you can see from the bottom of my picture, Juno is walking a way from me (black lab) and Ally is hiding (gray cat) <BR> I think they are sick of me being in the house. <BR> Yesterday, my parents came to visit. We did a bunch of yardwork. My dad sawed down a few trees; including a lilac bush I was sad to get rid of! I love lilacs, but this one was just out of control. <BR> I am hopin... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 16:27:33 EST Tuesday phew http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5075103 Since I am finally feeling better I can thoroughly enjoy the fact that I will be working again in 2 weeks. I do think that my body has been telling me about stress the past week. I was carrying it in my stomach! <BR> I am so excited about a new exercise and life schedule. I will be working third shift... so I am going to be asking all third shifters to give me some advice. I am also looking at articles here for third shifters. I don't want to be in the high percentage of unhealthy people be... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 23:11:01 EST Feeling better! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5070637 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l747825351.jpg"> <BR> So I just realized that I am wearing the same shirt as in the picture earlier this week. This picture is from today though. Juno (my lab) and I just had a 40 minute walk around" to the library and to the park. I am beginning to be more comfortable eating food again. I have never been so nauseous in recent memory. I am tempted to go weigh myself now and hoping for a great new low number. I know if I do this though I wil... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 17:33:19 EST feeling yucky when i "should" be feeling terrific http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5068397 <em>15</em> so i am feeling so gross. These last 3 days I have had an upset stomach and nausea. Just thinking about food is... bad. I do need to drink more water because of this issue. So my belly is upset :( I have not even done 10 minutes of fitness since Tuesday. I ate maybe 500 calories in one meal today. So I can't even run a report! <BR> The reason I "should" feel <em>224</em> is because I was offered a job today! i have been unemployed since July 2011 looking for a Social W... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 21:51:19 EST Hi there! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5065095 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l405034244.jpg"> <BR> Hello yoohooo... <BR> I've been reading some blogs, watching some vlogs, reading some message boards, and trying to provide some encouragement and support in a small way to others. This is something that I love to do and I am very sincere in the words I write, the emoticons I choose, and sparkgoodies I send! <em>334</em> It is good to know that we are part of a community. Heck, I now have "friends" all over the nati... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 15:12:05 EST We gain strength quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5063440 We gain strength... <BR> <BR> We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot. <BR> <BR> —Eleanor Roosevelt <BR> <BR> <em>209</em> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 15:03:47 EST My trip to the Wisconsin Dells http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5058463 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l38853861.jpg"> <BR> So I was gone for a few days on vacation to the Wisconsin Dells. We went to a water park and theme park. We did take food with us... we grilled brats at a rest area. I also brought bananas, grapes, and apples. I ate fruit intentionally every day at least at breakfast. I did not listen to my body and stop eating when I was full. I overindulged with a pizza buffet, nachos, and a tasty ice cream and hot fudge sundae. ... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 00:27:24 EST Saturday September 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5050407 Hmm well <em>24</em> I had great plans to do this today = <em>319</em> , <em>313</em> , well there is still time for <em>319</em> if I don't mind getting in front of my husband who is watching <em>281</em> , which he deserves because he was <em>502</em> today. Yes we live in Michigan, we live on Lake Michigan and people <em>502</em> ! This is a goal of mine that we will be able to Stand Up Paddle Board long distances and that I wouldn't look like a blob. <BR> So anywa... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 23:34:33 EST Wednesday after Labor Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5046367 Ok so my eating was not great over the weekend, it seems. I did think more about what I was eating though and there were alot of healthy veggie options. That is a perk of having super healthy inlaws and a vegetarian MOL. Also, my nieces are young and I want to be a good example. They eat "bad" while at the cottage, which means they get to eat some sugar. <BR> It is always interesting to me to talk to my super fit sister in law. They do not eat dessert at their house. She said they don'... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 23:00:24 EST run and be proud http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5044744 <link>flintland.blogspot.com/2012/05/hey-f<BR>at-girl.html </link> <BR> This came from a "most popular blog" from SeaTurtle86 <BR> You may have already seen it. <BR> I am crying just reading this man's words. I like many of us think that I look like a fat cow, silly, and that all the athletic people are thinking "geez get out of my way" Although I really need to change that thinking because many athletic people that I know have been so very encouraging to me on my exercise journey. Many... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 22:29:35 EST wooo hoooo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5038134 <em>248</em> <BR> For the first time in 37 days I have met my nutrition for the day!!! in range for calories, carbs, protein, fat.... <BR> I thought this day would never come! <em>236</em> <BR> I eat at crazy times. I didn't get up until 11 am, so I ate cereal then, then I ate lunch at 3 pm with my husband (half of veggies and tofu with rice bowl) then dinner just now 10:30 pm. Yes, I know I need to eat for energy not for convenience. also, I will be going to bed nearly an hour and a ... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 22:57:27 EST Sabotage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5036358 So I was just reading the Question of the Day from Fitness in Motion group... <BR> Who sabotages you? <BR> Part of me wants to just say I sabotage myself. That is truth. It is my choice to move or not move, eat or not eat, right? <BR> I am in control of the cooking, grocery shopping, and my whole day because I am currently unemployed. <em>191</em> <em>33</em> <BR> I love my husband. He has only had a weight problem for 15 years. My weight issue has been since 2nd grade- when an older girl... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 16:58:49 EST Food "nazi" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5035063 Today is my sister's birthday <em>383</em> she isn't on SparkPeople nor will she ever see this, but I love my sisters alot. So I like to spread the love... My sister Kelly lost over 65 pounds with WW a few years back. She became a food "nazi" in my opinion. She kept asking me if I knew how many points was in everything that I ate. Boy I was glad she lived 12 hours away and I only saw her 2 times during her time on WW. I was very offended by her actions. I don't ever want to be that pers... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 18:30:25 EST Monday Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5033099 It is Monday everyone... How is your Monday going? <BR> I am trying something new... a protein shake for breakfast using Designer Whey Weight Control French Vanilla with milk. So it was about 480 calories. I am trying this because I tend to not eat breakfast at all. I did wake up at 11 am. So a new goal will be to get up and get motivated earlier. <BR> It is hot again in Michigan.. in the 90s and humid. So it will be evening walks or the Aquatic Center. I am lucky to have a membership to ... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 11:46:09 EST Friday August 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5029630 <em>198</em> My husband got his wisdom teeth pulled yesterday... which is sucky when you are not in your 20s. He is actually doing fine. The problem is he has to eat soft foods- ice cream, soup, grilled cheese, popsicles, lots of juices.... things I have a hard time portioning... and he is eating irregularly between sleeping- <BR> I am so effected by having him home all day, lounging, eating soft things! <BR> I ended up sleeping 11 hours today. It was great because I was at the famil... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 17:28:24 EST Procrastination Tuesday, Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5025335 So I did alot of walking yesterday. Today I have been doing more housework and outside work, but not feeling like I am "working out" per se. <BR> I am a big procrastinator so I am worried that I am going to get into that "Ill do it tomorrow" mindset. <BR> Blah. I don't know if admitting to my weakness is going to help or not. Tue, 21 Aug 2012 19:20:28 EST Size 10 is plus sized??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5023860 I was just reading an article on People.com the website for People magazine... They were talking to the new "it" model, and she is plus sized.... in a size 10! <BR> I am just about sick of the advertising world <em>28</em> <BR> <BR> Luckily I am old enough (I think) to not be influenced by advertisements. It is just so sad that a size 10 is soooo big! <BR> <BR> On a personal note- I got back to the gym today for a 30 minute jaunt on the treadmill! Feels really good to be back. <em>2... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 19:21:30 EST Saturday August 18 4 am http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5020250 Soooo iced coffee at 8pm and an hour nap from 4-5pm.... this is what I get... Not tired. I will be tired in 6 hours or so though :P <BR> I ate very wierdly today. A 12 inch subway flatbread for lunch actually was nearly all my calories for the day! I enjoyed reading success stories today. I have to remember to read those everyday! <em>515</em> Sat, 18 Aug 2012 04:03:54 EST Tuesday August 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5015409 Again the weather outside is great. Unfortunately i am having a hard time motivating myself to go to the gym. I feel stuck with my unemployment. I have applied to so many jobs. This is depressing. I really have to pick up the house. I just hate picking up after my husband and having him complain. I am in need of change. I am very glad I got my hair cut last week. That was a treat. Any advice for reclaiming self esteem? <em>33</em> Tue, 14 Aug 2012 16:34:44 EST August 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5008093 I am feeling pretty good today. The weather is cooler here in West Michigan. I went to the Dr. yesterday and she said I look healthy. This gives my spirit hope to start the process of trying to conceive! This is the first time I feel ready for this. I have many risk factors: age, weight... <BR> and also my husband's weight.... <BR> <BR> Also, I have been enjoying watching the Olymplcs- I am inspired by the amount of work these athletes put into their sport is amazing! <em>104</em> Thu, 9 Aug 2012 10:51:59 EST July 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4993540 I didn't track over the weekend. I am ok with that. Next weekend I will track. I did think about serving size and I was afraid of what my calorie intake would be.... <BR> I have been over my calories every day. this has been an eye opener! <BR> I just want to veg out today... but I need to get some housework done! <em>67</em> <em>464</em> Mon, 30 Jul 2012 17:31:05 EST Mixed nuts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4989240 Who knew that mixed nuts has soooo many calories in 1 cup? Well, now I know... no more 1 cup, must count them out! <em>230</em> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 12:11:27 EST July 26, 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4988225 I want to confidently more forward in to a new career. I am very disappointed with continually hearing, you don't have experience. Sometimes I wonder if people think I am pregnant or too out of shape to work for the organization. This is very disappointing to me. <em>39</em> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 17:57:10 EST