HI_MISSY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HI%5FMISSY HI_MISSY'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/ 2014 is my favorite so far. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601310 Hello, my lovelies. I have missed 2 days out of 9 working out these past weeks, and I think 2 in 9 can technically constitute "rest days." What has been fun about all this (besides the elevated mood and energy levels) has been making a dent in trying all these workout DVDs I've purchased and not tried. I've enjoyed all of the kickboxing (This is Tae Bo, Gaiam's Cardio Kickboxing, and yummy Guillermo Gomez's Martial Fusion.) Those are keepers. I've loved my Leslie Sansone, which is funny,... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 13:53:36 EST Good morning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5593280 Sunday I skipped zumba. I am kind of joking, as I haven't been going to Zumba, but I planned to go, and then I got lazy and skipped it. I drank coffee, read my book, folded some laundry, bummed around, and then got on the computer. Logged into Spark...and felt guilty. So I went upstairs and did a kickboxing workout. Thus began my streak - 3 days of getting off my rear and working out, and counting. My abs, butt, and thighs are all sore, and my arms are going to be killing me tomorrow - ... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 08:47:02 EST Happy New Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5580907 New Years Eve I was asleep before midnight. In years past, I would have seen this as just another sign of my status as loser. This year I saw it as spending the New Year with my husband, who was also asleep. Someone set off fireworks in the neighborhood at midnight, waking me up just enough to mumble "Happy New Year" to my husband, who mumbled it back, and we both fell back to sleep. <BR> <BR> Exciting times, my friends. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I went to bed early, but not before I posted my a... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 15:08:20 EST Oops... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5400543 Ok, so today was not a particularly good start - I didn't sleep at all last night, and I ate like a pig today - up until after lunch. I had a very healthy dinner - not what is in the book, but healthy nonetheless. I'm definitely going to have to do some prep ahead here - maybe make a batch of brown rice, chop a bunch of veggies and fruits, etc. Also, and here's something kind of funny, I actually don't like eggs. But the bacon swiss scramble thing kind of sounds tasty, so I'll give it a t... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 19:15:35 EST Spark Solution http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5398183 I bought the Spark Solution book in May when it came out, and I've been reading it through. I'm going to do the Spark Solution challenge starting on Monday. <BR> I'm really bad at following through on these things. I've been subscribing to Shape and Self for years and years (you'd think I'd be super healthy with all the health magazines I read) and they used to have these step by step plans, complete with menus and workouts all the time. I started them all the time and never finished. R... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 10:52:32 EST Joined two more challenges - 'cuz one is not enough. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5236850 Maybe if I have enough people behind me, I'll be motivated, right? I've been doing the 100+ team challenges for the past two years; now I'm even posting the daily challenges, which I never meant to do, but there you go. Friday I started a Facebook challenge - Fab Abs February. Each day I've been doing the sit-ups, push-ups and planks, increasing the amount. I'm using my ball, because I really enjoy it more, it's easier on my back and neck, and it still hurts so good. Then I also joined t... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 09:32:09 EST Happy New Year, now let's move our butts. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5183580 A woman who is trying to make healthy changes in her life probably should not have to go on blood pressure medication. And that is just what happened last week when I went to the doctor. My blood pressure was dangerously high for the 3rd time in a row and he put me on medication. And if I want to get off this medication, I'm going to have to make a lot of changes. <BR> <BR> My depression and anxiety have been acting up since the beginning of December, and while the symptoms are tolerabl... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 10:50:06 EST Beginning of a streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5132893 Hi! I posted a promise on my other blog - I will exercise at least 10 minutes a day for the next 28 days. I have not been doing anything good for me lately, and it's time to build some good habits. So here we go - <BR> <BR> Day 1 - 15 minutes WATP <BR> <BR> I am dealing with the remnants of an upper respiratory thing, so I'm coughing and wheezing, and not getting enough sleep. So 15 minutes was about all I could get out today, but that's 15 minutes more than yesterday. Mon, 12 Nov 2012 14:47:14 EST Finding my Superpower http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5043118 When I was a kid I used to think maybe I could be telekinetic. I would stare at something and think at it so hard trying to make it move just the tiniest bit, and sometimes I swore it did. I loved books and movies about people with special powers, especially kids, able to take control of their own lives in ways I could only imagine. Maybe we all had it in us - some tiny part of our brains we hadn't unlocked yet - and we only had to work at it and develop that power. <BR> <BR> I'm not tele... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 21:59:20 EST The reasons I eat. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5040965 It was kismet. I opened my SparkPeople Start page and the article featured at the top was something along the lines of "The Top 10 Reasons We Eat (other than hunger)" which is something I've been thinking about this week, a lot. I've been a lot more active lately, trying to walk or get some movement in each day - but my weight isn't exactly plummeting (and yes, I realize it didn't all come on in a day, but it felt like it, didn't it?) Anyway, we all know that while exercise is important fo... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 09:56:17 EST Rainbows and Reasons Mini Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4992347 This week's mini challenge focused on eating a rainbow produce and blogging about our reasons for trying to get healthier. <BR> The past two weeks I spent taking care of my nieces and nephews, and it was freaking exhausting. I did not once get out and exercise since there were FIVE kids and wow, I'm glad I'm done. I love those kids, but two is enough for me. Anyway, so I did not really focus on anything healthy - I did make my goal (5 lbs lost at my first weigh in,) but not it's doubtful... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 22:39:27 EST For the Body I WANT Mini-Challenge Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4961084 So, our mini-challenge this weekend was to post a blog with a most current picture, most current measurements, goals, etc. I posted my goals last night, although I am adding "get 7-8 hours of sleep a night" to the list. So to sum up the (non-weight) goals: <BR> <BR> 1. Move more. I'm starting small because I get overwhelmed by big numbers - 10 minutes a day. In addition, do the 10 minute boot camp videos. <BR> <BR> 2. 80 oz water a day. <BR> <BR> 3. 7-8 hours sleep a night <BR> <BR... Sun, 8 Jul 2012 20:14:49 EST New Challenges! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4960069 Started a new DONE Girl challenge this week - I have a huge long blog to post later, but for now, here are my goals: <BR> <BR> Red Hot Heart Breakers Challenge <BR> Start weight ~ 282 <BR> One Voice (7/25) ~ 277 <BR> Relaxation (8/15) ~ 270 <BR> Labor Day (9/3) ~ 265 <BR> World Heart (9/29) ~ 260 <BR> Total loss aim ~ 22 pounds! <BR> <BR> My Goals: <BR> Fitness- I want to move consistently - at least 30 minutes exercise, 5 days a week. Make exercising a routine! Add ST to routine.... Sun, 8 Jul 2012 04:49:20 EST Time to Grow Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4892119 I haven't watched The Biggest Loser since the season Ali Vincent won, which was, like 2008 or something. I thought she was kind of a snot, but hey, she was a girl, she won, and she did more of it from home than other winners, so that was cool. Anyway, I am a big fan of the website Fit Bottomed Girls, I find it very motivational. I was reading an interview they did with her a few years ago, and something she said resonated with me: <BR> <BR> "I believe the biggest lesson I learned was th... Mon, 21 May 2012 22:08:04 EST A well-deserved lecture http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4867752 I went in for my annual yesterday and my blood pressure was sky high. I decided to make it a goal that I wouldn't have to go on blood pressure or cholesterol medication - my mother's been on them for years. If I keep up my bad habits, I'll be on medication before the end of summer. It was high enough that my mother was shocked, so that's saying something. <BR> It's not just the weight, obviously, it's the eating habits, the sleeping habits, the pop...All of it has to be cut down and deal... Sat, 5 May 2012 14:11:55 EST HI. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4845408 How often can I post here that I'm starting over before it becomes pathetic? I've been logging onto Spark most days, taking part in a challenge - just not being very committed to it. Consistency. The c-word, as far as I'm concerned. I wonder if there's an exercize to help with discipline. I have a friend who decided she wanted to lose weight and become fitter, so she just...did. She knew it was best, and she did it. How are some people so disciplined and committed and others just...are... Sat, 21 Apr 2012 13:18:26 EST I weighed in this morning... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4511744 and my weight is the highest ever. <BR> How many times can I type in here, "Starting over. REally dedicated now. Etc." 'Cuz here I am again. But I am less than 5 lbs from a number I swore I would never reach...I have to do something. <BR> I don't want to write anymore because it will be a lot of vitriol toward myself, and nothing uplifting, motivating, or, for that matter, good. I'll try to blog a little more when I'm in a better headspace. Fri, 30 Sep 2011 09:27:21 EST Metaphorical kick in the teeth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4423151 So many good intentions. Each blog I've posted has been so full of good intentions. And then a month goes by, and then another month. A night of Zumba here, a walk there...but no consistency, which is so key. When fitness is a habit, I have no problem just fitting it in, but I give myself a day off, and then another day, and then I just stop trying. <BR> <BR> I took my kids to the pediatrician for their yearly physicals yesterday. I knew my son had gained quite a bit of weight - I've ... Fri, 12 Aug 2011 15:02:29 EST Feeling good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4285159 It's been awhile, and I totally stopped all those nice habits I formed. Not thrilled with myself - life gets in the way, and I get tired. <BR> So this week I've given myself a bit of a kick in the rear. Monday night I went to Zumba, yesterday I did yoga for weight loss, and this morning I went to the arboretum and walked the trails. Only 2 miles, but they were hilly, humid miles. And honestly, I'm pretty proud of them - I was pep talking myself all the way there; I really really wanted ... Wed, 8 Jun 2011 10:07:20 EST Don't want to fall of the wagon completely. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4224916 I'm having some issues keeping the fitness thing going. Lately I'm having trouble falling asleep, which is making it difficult to wake up, so I'm not working out like I should be. I haven't exercized since Thursday of last week - almost a week. I think, in order to jump start myself again, I will go back to my "get at least 10 minutes in everyday." Restart the habit. Feeling good should be its own reward, but it's not cutting it right now, so I need to rebuild the habit. And work on my ... Wed, 11 May 2011 08:45:40 EST This week's challenge - why I am making changes. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4206928 I have been a fat girl for a long time. 14 years, actually. I've gone up and down a few times, and generally end up heavier for it. I joined Spark 3 years ago, and am heavier than I was when I joined. <BR> <BR> So, what is different this time? Why have I started working out and actually stuck with it for 4 months now (that is the change that I have maintained best thus far.) Two reasons: Zumba and strength and energy. <BR> <BR> I started doing Zumba a few years ago, but my close fri... Tue, 3 May 2011 10:04:28 EST So much for blogging everyday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4192209 The past few weeks I haven't been sleeping well. I don't know why, either, just one of those things. I go to bed early and lie awake for hours. Which means I have not had the energy to work out. Last night I went to Zumba and actually had trouble keeping up - just way too tired, and the humidity had me sweating buckets. I did sleep a little better last night and woke up at 5:30 to work out this morning. Here are my reviews of my recent DVD's: <BR> <BR> 1. Last week I did Rodney Yee's ... Tue, 26 Apr 2011 15:53:42 EST Motivation, and other updates http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4124945 In an effort to add a little more motivation to my current efforts to adopt a healthier lifestyle, I joined the Done Girls seasonal challenge - Fat Equals Funk, Fit Equals Fabulous (FEF). The first week's challenge was to A. plan the week's workouts, which I did on my teams page, and B. blog about 5 people who motivate or inspire me to lose weight. Here we go: <BR> <BR> 1. My mom. Unfortunately, this is a negative motivation - Mom had her first heart attack at 35, and has suffered 3 othe... Mon, 28 Mar 2011 20:04:09 EST Lalalala...more updates http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4110062 First of all, it is absolutely gorgeous out. Low 70's, sunny, beautiful. I just ate my lunch at the park, and really did not want to come back. <BR> Last week I did try a new DVD - Biggest Loser 30 Day Jump Start. They did mountain climbers. I haven't done them since the Army. Unfortunately the disk was kind of wonky, so there was a lot of skipping and stopping. <BR> This morning I woke up and did 20 minutes of pilates. I'd forgotten how hard just a few moves could be, but my abs will... Tue, 22 Mar 2011 13:00:31 EST Spring is in the ear... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4093220 Heehee. I'm in a bizarre mood, and that made me giggle, and since this blog is all about me, after all. <BR> I haven't done my new DVD for the week yet, but I will tomorrow morning. I did my Zumba last night, and I'll be treadmillin' tonight. I picked up the Biggest Loser 30 day jumpstart DVD from the library, looking forward to giving it a try. <BR> <BR> Also, with all this exercize, you'd think I would have lost a buttload of weight by now, but of course, it's about the calories in and ... Tue, 15 Mar 2011 11:37:51 EST Weeks 1 and 2 new dvd reviews http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4076662 I've tried some new DVD's and I thought I'd share - <BR> Last week, for week 1 of my March, try something new each week challenge, I tried the "So You Think You Can Dance Get Fit Cardio Funk (whew) dvd. Ok, I tried a part of it. I'm sure I will enjoy them more as I try them more, but the first time was a little hard to follow, the warm up was silly, and they talk a lot. They also say "yeah?" a lot as they instruct, which was a little annoying to the grammar mom in me. I'd like to take a... Tue, 8 Mar 2011 16:20:07 EST February Recap, March Goals, and a bit of a rant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4060840 So much for my blogging everyday, right? I see I haven't posted since February 15, and I haven't been working out everyday, but I have been hitting 5 days a week, which is awesome. I also discovered my library has an excellent collection of workout DVD's, which is where I get my biggest dose of exercize, and I've been trying out a bunch of new ones. That is my fitness goal for March - we'll up the minutes to 175 minutes a week, and a new DVD each week. Next month I want to try spinning. <... Wed, 2 Mar 2011 15:07:26 EST Whoa! Days 17,18,19, 20, & 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4020169 The days have gotten away from me, but not without a serious dose of fitness. Thursday night I had to do MarketDay at my daughter's school which meant a lot of lifting and running. I got home exhausted and fell into bed and slept straight through my alarm. I did not work out on Friday - I needed the day off, but Saturday I attended a 2 hour Zumbathon! and had a great time! The last time I attended a Zumbathon I almost passed out at the end, but not this time, friends. I shimmied and got ... Tue, 15 Feb 2011 15:48:01 EST Day 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4007047 Today was a light day (I did shred and zumba yesterday), so I did my 30 minute WATP DVD. I don't know what it is about Leslie Sansone - she's kind of goofy and cheesy, but I can't help but like her. And I always feel so peppy when I'm done with that workout. <BR> Having some sugar issues today - I can't seem to keep it away. Thu, 10 Feb 2011 14:01:29 EST Day 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4003796 Did some shredding today. I picked up an insert for my shoe last night, and oh the difference it makes. My heel still hurt, but not to the point of excruciating. <BR> <BR> Oh, and we're supposed to focus on non-weight related perks, so here's one I noticed last night (and this may be TMI, but it's my blog, so I can put as much information as I want, I guess.) Sex...ahem...is so much more fun when you don't feel like you're working so hard. Afterwards I wasn't gasping for breath and fee... Wed, 9 Feb 2011 11:23:33 EST Day 14 - aaahhh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4000552 Woke up early, did a new yoga dvd. Element Yoga for AM/PM. It was a lovely way to start the day. I feel really calm and fantastic. Didn't burn many calories, though, so I'll have to do some cardio this evening, maybe while dinner is cooking? <BR> This right heel killed during warrior poses. I ordered some inserts today. Tue, 8 Feb 2011 10:12:28 EST Days 12 & 13 - back on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3997321 Hopped on the treadmill for 30 minutes yesterday, and this morning I was up early and shredding. It hurt today, though, a lot. My right heel is getting worse, I try to keep stretching the tendons there, but it still hurts a lot. Ugh. Kind of a crappy start to the week. Mon, 7 Feb 2011 09:40:41 EST Day 11 - See, I knew it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3990453 Yesterday was Chinese New Year. I went to help a friend after work, and she convinced me I could treadmill after we went out for Chinese food. Big mistake, friends. Of course we didn't get home until almost 9PM, and I never got on the treadmill. and of course I overslept, and woke up feeling gross and groggy. <BR> <BR> Ok. So I slacked for 2 days. 2 days out of 12 is not too bad. My daughter has basketball practice tonight. I will try to get on the treadmill after practice. And cl... Fri, 4 Feb 2011 15:01:01 EST Day 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3983132 You know how sometimes you are feeling crappy and you just want to be proud of yourself for something? Today I am proud of myself for getting my butt out of bed and doing my Shred. I slept horribly and the wind kept me awake for hours. When my alarm went off I wanted to throw the clock across the room. But I didn't - I got up, laced up my shoes and went down and did the workout. I whined and complained, and I might get nothing else done today, but darn it, I got out of bed. <BR> sigh. Wed, 2 Feb 2011 08:42:55 EST Day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3981083 I set my alarm to wake up at 5:45AM, but the school called to announce a delay at 5:30AM. Oh well. I got up and slowly - very slowly - went downstairs to do my WATP DVD. I felt. awesome. afterwards. I love it when you get that energetic, fantastic feeling from exercize. <BR> Of course, then my son and I got into quite the argument. <BR> But the morning started out well. gotta love a teenage boy. Tue, 1 Feb 2011 15:18:40 EST Day 8 (whoohoo, made it past a week) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3976558 Woke up this morning to do the Shred. Did not feel up to it - really really had to push myself. My right heel is killing me, my husband says it's probably bone spurs, or plantar fascitis. It hurts enough that I limp when I first start walking. I'll keep stretching it, and I may have to give in and get inserts for my shoes - we'll have to see. Anyway, I did finish the workout, and felt better for it. I also have Zumba tonight - ole'! <BR> I'm adding a new habit to work on this week - wat... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 09:45:33 EST Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3974589 I went a little easy on my body today and did some very uplifting, lovely yoga. It was a good way to start the day, and I think I will leave it with that. Tomorrow we go heavy again, shred in the morning and Zumba in the evening (I love Zumbaaaaaa!) <BR> May I also share my delight in the fact that we have sunshine today? It won't last, but it is lovely... Sun, 30 Jan 2011 16:44:09 EST Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3972369 This was kind of a cool day, in that I didn't really think about it, I just threw my stuff on and stuck a DVD in. I won the SparkPeople Cardio Blast DVD on a lucky spin a few weeks ago and I got it in the mail the other day, so I decided to try it out today. It's a pretty cool video - 6 different 10 minute workouts you can mix and match to your heart's content, as well as warm ups and cool downs. I did the Walk it OUt workout and the kickboxing workout - started the Hop to It one, but my kn... Sat, 29 Jan 2011 18:52:44 EST Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3969699 Today did not start out well. <BR> I overslept and didn't get a workout in this morning. <BR> I weighed in today and GAINED 0.4 lb. After all the freaking work I put in this week. That is disheartening. <BR> I went to work on time and worked for an hour, wondering where everyone was. Our director had delayed opening our office and informed her friend Melissa instead of me. <BR> I got into an argument with a particularly frustrating coworker <BR> <BR> Ugh. Not a good way to start the ... Fri, 28 Jan 2011 16:49:10 EST Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3966437 I'm going with the idea that if I keep blogging it I'll keep doing it. Oh, my friends, I need need need the accountability. <BR> This morning I woke up hurting....bad. I went to stand up and my body said, "honey, I don't think that's happening." So I decided, darn it I'm still getting up, but I was going to see if 20 minutes of yoga would stretch out the hurt. Happily, it did. and I just coerced my brother into taking my son to help a neighbor so I can get some treadmill time in before... Thu, 27 Jan 2011 15:15:49 EST 28 days make a habit... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3962153 I set my alarm Sunday night to wake up at 6AM on Monday. I woke up and did my 30 day shred dvd. <BR> I set my alarm Monday night to wake up at 6AM Tuesday. I woke up, went to get out of bed and groaned. That DVD kills me. But I was not going to quit after 1 day - I got up and did a 30 minute WATP dvd. <BR> I set my alarm last night to wake up at 6AM today - got up and did my 30 day shred dvd. Tonight I'm going to Zumba. <BR> <BR> I read somewhere that 28 days make a habit. I plan to ex... Wed, 26 Jan 2011 09:41:10 EST Starting the week off strong http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3938347 I am feeling super motivated this week. I don't know what's up with that, but I'm running with it. Did Zumba last night, felt awesome. Woke up early this morning and did yoga before work. Got home and hit the treadmill for 40 minutes before dinner. Let's keep it going, woot woot! <BR> Also - packed my lunch, drank all my water for the day, drank tea instead of dessert last night before bed, watched my portions... <BR> Ok, so the year has just begun, and it's only 2 days. I just feel so ... Tue, 18 Jan 2011 19:04:42 EST 2011 Resolutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3878226 I always blog my resolutions on my regular blog, and I thought I'd post my health-related ones here - my Sparkfriends are great at keeping me honest. The broad-stroke, "I want to lose weight" kind just do not work, so here are some specific goals to work on this year: <BR> <BR> 1. Fitness: Establish a regular exercize plan. Start small with little bits a day and add each week. By the end of this year, I want to be fitting in at least 40 minutes of exercize a day, 5 days a week. <BR> <B... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 20:17:48 EST yuck http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3707193 My husband stuck a newspaper page to the fridge the other day. It had a picture of the 2nd grade from our elementary school doing a short program at our PTA meeting last month. Our daughter was front and center. Very cool to see. Until I noticed the very large woman in the front row. From behind -looking like she was taking up 3 seats. That's me. You know how they talk about body dysmorphia - not seeing your body the way it really looks? A lot of formerly fat people have that problem;... Mon, 11 Oct 2010 09:18:00 EST "Why are you so pissy?" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3583790 I've noticed something irritating about not living a healthy lifestyle - something besides feeling fat and nasty, knees aching, not being able to jump rope comfortably, etc. I feel I've kind of been in a rather bad mood...for awhile. I snap easily, and find myself easily irritated. And everytime my brother or husband or someone asks me a question, and I am rather - short - with my answer, they ask, "why are you so pissy?" Which just irritates me more. A lot more. I'm tired a lot more.... Sat, 28 Aug 2010 19:08:00 EST Week 2 challenge - at least part of it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3396487 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l87609740.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It has not been a good eating week. We were supposed to track our protein and do our vision collage - I did part two, anyway. I did have a gain. Ugh. How many "time to buckle down" blogs can I post before people stop reading? Hopefully, a lot. <BR> <BR> I realize, as I'm looking at the picture, that I did not do a very good job photographing, so I will describe it. I could have done it electronically, but i... Sat, 3 Jul 2010 21:14:38 EST Week 2 - kicking myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3379203 So I got those 200 minutes in last week. Go me! I also, however, gained weight at my WW weigh in today. I almost started knocking my head against the wall until the weigh in chick said, "do you have your journal?" Well, no. Because I haven't actually been tracking my points - you know, that thing I pay them money for? <BR> <BR> I know intellectually I need to track everything I eat, but I really hate it. Which is dumb. I only hate it because I feel more obligated to eat less. Duh, n... Mon, 28 Jun 2010 14:15:39 EST Weight Loss: The Adventure - The Frustration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3353956 When I joined SparkPeople, my goal was to buckle down and get the weight off before my 35th birthday. My mother had her first heart attack at 35, and while she has health issues I never had (high blood pressure, a tendency to freak out easily, she smokes), I have the family history and the obesity - a winning combo. Anyway, things went very well for the first few months - I was feeling healthier, exercizing a lot, eating well, and losing weight. <BR> And then I stopped. I admit, I have li... Sun, 20 Jun 2010 22:25:37 EST yay http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2392669 So I'm finally feeling like I'm making progress again. I've made a real effort over the past few days to avoid the mindless noshing - and this is a major challenge for me. One of the good things I learned from one of my many times with Weight Watchers was substitution: when you feel like eating, and you know you're not really hungry, find something to do to substitute for eating. Something that uses your hands or body. So the past two nights I've blogged, knitted, done my nails, done some... Fri, 11 Sep 2009 22:35:17 EST ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2337844 Wow. It has been well over a month since I last posted here. And I have done very poorly indeed, my friends. Usually summer is a good weight loss time for me - lots of produce and outside time. This summer though - let's just say I have not maintained control of my habits. <BR> <BR> Yesterday a group of girlfriends and I decided to start a support group of sorts. We will be weighing in each week. We will be accountable to each other. This could be a very good thing. <BR> <BR> I've ... Sat, 22 Aug 2009 22:43:54 EST