HOPEFULCHANGE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HOPEFULCHANGE HOPEFULCHANGE'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/ Let's get real! Our enemy... the mirror. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5429574 We always want to "improve" ourselves, whether it's by: <BR> losing weight <BR> toning up <BR> accomplishing a goal <BR> constantly changing our hairstyle or color <BR> whitening our teeth <BR> tanning <BR> or <BR> even having the latest fashion. <BR> <BR> There is nothing wrong with pursuing any of the above, though I think it's extremely important that we ask why. <BR> Is it a need? Is it a want? Is it really going to benefit you or the others around you? <BR> Is it for us? <BR> Sho... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 15:48:26 EST Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5414420 Hey peeps! so I'm pretty hyper, talked about a mile a minute but thats what happens when you get some freedom, coffee and are excited! I was totally dancing in my kitchen before I recorded this by the way ;) Mon, 8 Jul 2013 13:39:03 EST Let's get real! Overcoming the fear factor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5379313 Most of you know that 7 months ago I had a c-section, some of you may not know that I also had emergency surgery not even a week after delivery because my incision re-opened(I don't wish that on anyone!). <BR> <BR> My biggest fear during recovery? It's pretty obvious, I was terrified of it opening again because I didn't even do anything to cause the emergency surgery to begin with! <BR> <BR> I babied that incision, you better believe it! Once I started running again there was always this f... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 15:36:11 EST Let's get real! I need to be honest. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5356520 So here's the deal, I feel as if I haven't been completely honest with you guys, not intentionally of course. Confused yet? Let me try to explain... <BR> <BR> Is it possible to get up off your rear, get active, eat less, eat better and drop 77+ pounds like I did? <BR> Yes. <BR> <BR> Is it possible to go from doing nothing all day long to running half marathons like I did? <BR> You bet. <BR> <BR> Is it possible to go from hating being active, to craving it? <BR> Absolutely. <BR> <BR> Is it... Tue, 14 May 2013 16:21:20 EST Let's get real! The "secret" to weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5251872 "What's your secret??" they ask... "I started eating less, eating better, and got active." I answer... <BR> "But how? how did you lose so much?" <BR> "Well, I found this website, called sparkpeople... I put in my height, weight, and how many pounds I wanted to lose a week, I selected the max amount of 2 lbs... it told me how many calories to consume in a day, and how many to burn in a week, so that's what I did. I counted every calorie I put in my body, and started running." <BR> "No, really.... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 17:25:41 EST Meet Wesley http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5232158 My newest baby! I know I'm a sight for sore eyes! haha! my apologies! ;) <BR> Much love <BR> em Thu, 31 Jan 2013 19:21:01 EST Let's get real! Negativity OUT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5196957 Anyone who knows me personally is well aware of my pessimistic personality, as well as my honesty (aka bluntness). I don't know why, I have just always been direct, and I tend to see things in a negative way before I see the positive OR the negative is a bigger deal to me. <BR> <BR> Yes, I'm very much a pessimist, SURPRISE!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Well, let me be honest right NOW... <BR> <BR> I'm SICK of it!!!!! <BR> <BR> I would say I have improved over the last three years, this journey ha... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 12:46:46 EST first post baby weigh in tomorrow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5170176 Hey peeps!! Miss your faces!! VLOG!!!! :) Tue, 18 Dec 2012 13:16:49 EST Let's get real about tomorrow's weigh in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5170053 For those of us who committed to weighing in on Wednesdays, tomorrow is that day! <BR> My emotions are like they've always been, I'm anxious, nervous, excited and hopeful. <BR> <BR> So if you're new to this... NO MATTER WHAT THE SCALE SAYS, if you can say you made a real effort this week, then you are winning, you ARE on the right track! <BR> <BR> Here's the deal: <BR> Scales are not ALWAYS going to reflect your work, believe me, I know all about the scale not budging... but there are othe... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 10:53:35 EST Let's get real! Wednesday Weigh ins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5163207 Here is the deal: <BR> Wednesday Weigh ins... why Wednesday? I have found the middle of the week to be the best because the closer you are to the weekend (Thursday or Friday) the more likely you are to ruin your progress. <BR> For example: You lost a pound(or more!), you're excited, and therefore, celebrate a little, and end up spending the next week trying to make up for the celebrating and never moving forward. It's possible the loss would help motivate you to stay on track for the weekend... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 12:01:00 EST Let's get real! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5154700 Here we go! It's time... time to make a plan, time to set some goals, and time to adjust to being a mom of 3! <BR> <BR> Let's get real... <BR> <BR> I can't start exercising until after my postpartum visit, which isn't until the first week of January and even when I can, I'm not going to be able to go out and run 3 miles. It will be a slow process because of having a c-section followed up with emergency surgery, BUT... you BETTER freakin' believe I will get there! I made a lifestyle change, ... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 12:19:23 EST Here he is... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5147185 I wanted to share some photos of our new little man with you guys, I apologize for the wait. The c-section went well, I was discharged in the evening and the following morning at home my stitching burst, my incision opened and my intestines were coming out :-/ <BR> <BR> This is not common at all, in fact, no one had heard of the intestines coming out. I took an ambulance ride to the ER, and had emergency surgery. Needless to say, this was all extremely terrifying for myself, and my family. ... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 13:48:01 EST 1 week to go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5124954 This is it peeps! A week from today I will have my little boy in my arms! I love you all and so appreciate all the support and well wishes! I hope to be VERY active on here again as soon as possible! Here are some pics to compare my pregnancies for those of you interested! Love you all!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l424371792.jpg"> <BR> My first pregnancy just before delivery(fuzzy I know) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 13:48:48 EST Get out of your uncomfortable "comfort zone" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5088197 It's funny... I'm still nowhere near the weight gain I hit with my other two kids, I'm still 50ish pounds away from my highest weight ever and yet I'm getting more and more uncomfortable. <BR> <BR> Part of this discomfort is just an overall icky feeling from not getting to work out my body how I used to, and how I love to. I can tell I lost some of my toning I had developed, which kind of bums me out, but I have every intention of being there again as soon as I'm able. <BR> <BR> When peo... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 17:54:03 EST yo peeps! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5081434 hi hi hi :) Mon, 1 Oct 2012 00:10:01 EST Don't just change, be an example! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5052793 30 weeks into this pregnancy, and have a mentioned yet how things keep getting harder? Yep, but I'm still perfectly capable of getting up and moving though. <BR> Don't get me wrong, sometimes I pack too much into a day and spend the following day doing absolutely nothing, but in reality I'm doing nothing because I've overdid it. <BR> That's kind of become my theme, pushing too hard I guess, but I am in tune with my body and I generally know when I need to stop, it just comes down to not bei... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 15:16:00 EST Change of plans, quitting isn't an option. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5034562 We make plans... and that's just what they are. Doesn't mean it will happen, but it can help keep us in check. <BR> <BR> Here I am, in the third trimester, 28 weeks, and I'm DESPERATELY missing running. My plans in the beginning were to run throughout this entire pregnancy, but it didn't happen. Between a bunch of hip pain that I struggled with, and extreme heat (we're talking a drought, temps well into the 100's with zero relief), it didn't happen. Yes I'll run here and there when I'm play... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 11:42:18 EST HEY PEEPS!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5022148 Ahhh!!!! 2 min update! Much love all! Sun, 19 Aug 2012 18:04:19 EST My own worst enemy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4978047 We set some goals... and we meet some goals. <BR> We push hard... and we see the results from doing so. <BR> We make choices all the time, even when we may not even realize it. <BR> <BR> Whether it's choosing to leave the house without your water, then an hour later swinging through the drive-thru to get a drink (and who is actually going to pay for water? Soda/tea/coffee it is), and maybe decide we're hungry too... because we also chose not to grab a snack before leaving. This isn't always... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 16:09:24 EST The fun begins... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4965404 Some of you already know... we're having a little boy in November, this brings us to one daughter and two sons. I'm going to have my hands full! It was fun telling the kids except my daughter balling her eyes out in disappointment, she really wanted a sister. She has really come around to the idea of another brother though, and even felt babyboy kick for the first time today, her face was priceless! One of the hardest things with us having another boy is picking a name, oy! My son's name took... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 11:41:57 EST Encouragment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4947957 For those who don't know... I LOVE music! It lifts my mood, pushing me in workouts, and I love dancing to it. So to kick off this weekend, I wanted to give you guys a song that is encouraging and the vocals are great too! I will post the link below to where you can play it on youtube and see lyrics. Have a killer weekend guys! <BR> <BR> Much love! <BR> <BR> Em <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tu8TzkeWL34 </link> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 16:23:46 EST Flashbacks... the ultimate reminder to fight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4945150 I'm being reminded daily why I never want to be obese again! As my clothes continue to get tighter, my body changing in shape, and of course not having energy quite like I did before. <BR> <BR> If you're thinking... <BR> If she doesn't want to go back... then why is she? <BR> <BR> Well, if you didn't know, I'm almost 20 weeks pregnant. The weight I'm gaining isn't from slacking with my exercise or resorting to old eating habits, it's all apart of the changes my body is going through while ... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 18:20:51 EST How I lost 77 pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4928029 My "secret" to weight loss <BR> <BR> Yes it's lengthy.... but it would of been a lot of typing and there IS valuable information here for those who have been asking me questions about how to be successful. <BR> <BR> Much Love!! <BR> <BR> Em <BR> <BR> Fri, 15 Jun 2012 16:28:47 EST Overall update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4905070 I'm so thankful for all the comments, you've all been so encouraging! I'm thankful for all the new adds and I'm excited to watch more people change their lives! <BR> <BR> P.S. I realize this is lengthy... but I had a lot to say since I fail at updating more often! I tried to keep it moving along ;) Wed, 30 May 2012 23:01:57 EST Trying to accept that getting bigger is okay http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4892146 I'm 14 weeks into this 3rd pregnancy journey of mine, I'm already into the second trimester, and things continue to rapidly change. <BR> I fought so hard to get all that extra weight off, to become healthier, stronger, more toned and now I feel my clothes getting tighter, more snug, and uncomfortable... this is a whole lot harder to accept this time around from my other pregnancies. Why? Because my other pregnancies I wanted that big round belly, and I set myself up to end up with an additio... Mon, 21 May 2012 22:25:45 EST A new kind of journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4872873 I have been living a healthy lifestyle for 2.5+ years, and suddenly, life has thrown a surprise my way. One of the things that led me to develop poor eating habits and laziness was pregnancy. I gained too much with my first child, and before losing it all I found out I was pregnant again, and gained even more weight that time around. I lost a little after having my son, but I soon piled it all back on until I was above my highest weight, only without a baby growing inside of me. <BR> <BR> A... Tue, 8 May 2012 19:49:14 EST Another pregnancy race... 10k :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4870997 update <BR> <BR> Sanfilippo : <link>www.teamsanfilippo.org </link> Mon, 7 May 2012 17:28:18 EST Magazine Weight Loss Photo Shoot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4863883 I had a good chance at being featured in a magazine a little while back for my weight loss, they kept asking for more information as well as photos of me dressed up, hair down, etc. So I asked a friend who is an awesome photographer to take some after photos for me, so here I am finally sharing them with you! I will throw in a few before photos for comparison. REMEMBER!! If I can do this... YOU can too! Make the choice to love yourself enough to change! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.... Wed, 2 May 2012 22:47:22 EST Pregnancy update: A trip to the ER http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4855258 BEFORE you freak out, I am OK! Here's what happened... Fri, 27 Apr 2012 17:36:10 EST Half-Marathon & Pregnant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4843241 update peeps! Thu, 19 Apr 2012 21:32:33 EST My 2nd and most difficult half-marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4838274 I woke up several times throughout the night checking the clock, the last time I checked was at 4:14am, just one minute before my alarm would “wake” me. <BR> I started the process of getting ready for the half,which included breakfast, because unlike all my other races... this one I was running while 9 weeks pregnant. <BR> I was dressed with everything in hand and out the door heading to my brother’s house by 5:10. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l235949474.jp... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 20:24:32 EST Easter & Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4821699 Let's talk about your easter plans! And how you are going to squeeze that workout in! Let's get motivated! Thu, 5 Apr 2012 11:04:56 EST Half-Marathon training-Knee pain update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4820252 here's a update, thanks for being so encouraging! everyone! Wed, 4 Apr 2012 12:21:28 EST Half-Marathon Training- a set back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4807941 whelp, there you have it. Less than three weeks... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 20:22:47 EST Update: Half marathon training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4801999 Just a quick update! Love you all! fight fight fight! Fri, 23 Mar 2012 22:39:32 EST The time is now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4797351 It’s time for you to make a move, to love yourself, to become brand new! <BR> No more being ashamed, get up, get out, and get in the game! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l811495681.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It’s time to get out of that pit, you have to work hard, and you have to want it! <BR> Too long have you been tired and worn, put up a fight, take life by the horns! <BR> <BR> It’s time to for you to rearrange, start anew, start to change! <BR> Soon all those fears will ... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 19:50:47 EST Let's talk... LIVE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4777933 CHANGE OF PLANS!!!!! <BR> The time is the same but we will do this via SKYPE instead! Make a free account, add me "HopefulChange" and I will add you to the group list! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow after! 1:00pm CST!! I'll will stay on for the hour! Check it out before hand and make an account if you want to get in on asking questions! I want this to be a lot of fun for everyone! Ask about health and fitness... life... whatever! :) Let's make it a date!! ;) :)Here is my profile: <BR> <link>www.ustrea... Thu, 8 Mar 2012 18:42:35 EST ustream session with me? (feedback please!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4774245 Okay peeps! I NEED feedback on this!! I'm thinking about doing some ustream sessions. What is that? Well, basically, I get out my webcam, and through a website you guys can ask me questions(via something like a comment box or chat room type thing) and I can answer. Obviously I don't know all the answers to everything, nor do I pretend to! The idea is being on a more personal level with you guys, more than just typing words into a blog. It can be anything from health and fitness, cardios, stre... Tue, 6 Mar 2012 18:12:49 EST That Moment... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4767772 A week and a half ago I balled my eyes out during one of my favorite shows. I relate to it, it motivates me, inspires me, and helps me find new ways to move forward. <BR> I’m talking about the Biggest Loser, for those of you who watch it on a regular basis, you may recall the episode from two weeks ago(week 8) where Bob Harper talks to Cassandra one on one. If you haven’t seen it, or can’t remember it clearly, I am posting a link to Week 8’s episode online… you can skip ahead to about 34 min... Fri, 2 Mar 2012 21:17:34 EST half-marathon training update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4763543 kick butt guys!!! Wed, 29 Feb 2012 13:56:49 EST Training for Half-Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4748312 I know I'm due for a blog... hoping to work on one tonight and maybe into tomorrow! Love you guys! Mon, 20 Feb 2012 19:43:35 EST EEK!! Excited!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4739050 Big news on whats next for me!! :) Ohh and at the end... I did a little joke ;) Just laugh, I like to have fun and I def. don't get offended by it at all :) Rock it out! Tue, 14 Feb 2012 19:59:07 EST What changes 1 year can bring(pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4732348 In just 1 year you can change a lot, even if it's just a little at a time. <BR> It may not be over night, like we all want it to be... but it's worth the time, so that we can actually get there. If we aren't patient, then we hang around longer where we don't want to be. Instead of getting there in a year, it's YEARS later because we get frustrated and fail. Take your time, and get where you want... get further than you think possible. Don't give up. <BR> <BR> These are photos from a valentin... Fri, 10 Feb 2012 12:31:55 EST My journey to obesity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4724708 How did I become obese? <BR> <BR> To be very honest, growing up I never had weight issues. Sure every girl always thinks she could be smaller or stronger, but I never truly struggled with it. I was always active, running around in the creek behind my parents house for hours, biking all over the neighborhood, to a park or church, climbing trees, parks, roller blading and softball were all a part of my life on a very regular basis. So what happened? When did things change? <BR> <img src="http... Mon, 6 Feb 2012 08:41:19 EST Catching up and transforming before your eyes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4722306 hahaha! Boy did I look rough this morning... stick around though, I always like to end on a good note ;) Sat, 4 Feb 2012 17:58:12 EST It's NOT all about the NUMBERS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4710500 The scale is a huge part of everyone's journey, most anyone who denies it, is lying to themselves. Our little weight loss world revolves around numbers. Numbers on the scale, numbers in the measuring tape... numbers that aren't moving, aren't moving fast enough, or moving the wrong way. <BR> <BR> People will say “Oh, I just focus on how I feel and the size of my clothes” etc... but if we were all real with ourselves we would admit that at times we are worried about and/or obsess over those ... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 15:24:25 EST The CHALLENGE! Project: Show your stuff! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4708398 The idea is simple... the task more than likely won't be easy. So are you in? NO EXCUSES! <BR> <BR> (Your vlog doesn't have to be as long as mine, and in reality should only be a few minutes, I just had a lot of explaining to do, you don't even have to talk, just record yourself and post! This isn't a normal workout for me. These are things I have done in the past, and/or present and enjoy. I don't normally do all at the same time. "No.... what??..... EXCUSES!") Sat, 28 Jan 2012 10:06:57 EST vlog blooper real? I say yes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4706281 Okay so, again you'll need headphones. These are clips put together of me testing this stupid mic volume... it made me laugh so I though I would share! ;) Fri, 27 Jan 2012 00:13:44 EST Just a little RESPECT!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4706212 HEADPHONES!! WILL BE A MUST. I have a new webcam to do vlogs but something with the mic isn't quite right yet, so if you wanna see me annoyed and get on a soap box to vent about it, grab some headphones! I realize this is a pain but should hopefully get it figured out/fixed soon. Again..... Sorry!!! And thanks! Thu, 26 Jan 2012 23:16:54 EST Neck pain/future challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4690172 oooooouch Wed, 18 Jan 2012 22:16:47 EST