HSMOMX2's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HSMOMX2 HSMOMX2'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/ 2017 Winter 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6286396 2017 Winter 5% Challenge will start on January 14!!! It's a fun way to encourage you along on your health journey. I've already signed up. Here's the link if you would like to play along. <BR> <BR> www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_indiv<BR>idual.asp?gid=67977 <BR> <BR> Go Pick you a Team to help keep you motivated and moving during winter. There is also activities to help prepare you for the challenge as it's starting date gets closer. Check it out and see what you think. <BR> Wed, 28 Dec 2016 09:59:31 EST 2015 Firecrackers Winter 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5888598 The last weigh in for this challenge is today. It's been a great challenge with awesome leaders and members! I've learned a lot about myself and have come to recognize just how bad I allow perfectionism to dictate my path. I didn't allow it to stop me from finishing this challenge!! This is huge for me. <BR> <BR> Starting this challenge I weighed 235.5 and here at the end I'm 233.9. I did not make my 5% of 11.76 pound down. I'm not happy with the numbers but that's okay I didn't qui... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 10:07:32 EST Golden Phoenix - Letter to myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5888553 Dear Self, <BR> <BR> My plans are as follows: <BR> <BR> 1.GOAL-- is to be consistent with exercise <BR> Actions <BR> A. Schedule my exercise times <BR> B. Prepare my workout clothes the night before <BR> C. Find a health journey buddy to text/call/sparkmail with daily <BR> <BR> 2. GOAL- to Continue working on being my best supporter. <BR> Actions <BR> A. Recognize Perfectionism and learn to channel it in a healthy way. <BR> B. Make time for myself like just like all the others in... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 08:50:05 EST Goodbye 2014!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842131 During 2014, I put myself last consistently. It was a very difficult, hard and heartbreaking time in my life. It was full of family members serious illnesses, troubles and death of several including my Dad in April. I despised seeing so many loved ones hurting, picking up piece and struggling including my own children. Doesn't everyone? This year did shake me down, but I have chosen to get back up. I'm not going to allow this blog to be an account of unfortunate events time line or pity... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 17:06:53 EST Do More For You Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5488669 This was the week 1 ITC- Do More For You <BR> <BR> I've found at many times that I have struggled to do anything for me sometimes. So I've worked to carve out time for myself despite the many things I have going on within my life at this time because I'm worth it. A healthy journey for me has to have me in it. <BR> <BR> So here's what my goals were for this week's challenge: <BR> <BR> Get more than 6 hours sleep - <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Eat 4-7 fruits and veggies - <em>248</em... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 20:52:29 EST June's total progress/July goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5412181 Here's June's final progress! I had a wonderful month. I'm also on a 10,000 step streak that's now extended into July! This is the longest streak yet!! <BR> <BR> Steps - 291,469 (ave.- 9715.63) <BR> Miles- 125.68 (ave.- 4.189) <BR> <BR> 10,000 steps total for June - 21 <BR> *(20 of these days include in my current streak of 25 to date!!) <BR> <BR> 1- 15,000 step badge that was 19967 ( this made me sad) <BR> * It was so close to my first 20,000 badge. Hopefully, I'll reach tha... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 09:11:36 EST Fitbit first http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5399176 Last week was the first time I met my goal of getting 10,000 steps daily for the whole week. I achieve 109% of my goal of 70,000 steps. I also am on a streak 11 day streak of achieve 10,000 steps daily. I got a badge for 500 miles! <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> Right now I have a zip fitbit. I'm thinking about getting a fitbit that tracks the stair counts. Does anyone have has one that knows if hiking counts as steps or stairs on it? Also if you change fitbits out does it start you over... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 13:52:03 EST April/ May - goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5348521 April's warmer days helped me a lot. I've been pretty busy so this is the first I've had a chance to blog on April's results. I am glad to be able to say I've met 3/4 goals! May has started off to be trying but I look forward to taking positive healthy steps to my healthy life. I tried skating for the first time in my adult life this month. I was taken once as a teenager. I'm being brave or crazy (don't know yet) but I got out there instead of sitting on the sidelines watching others h... Tue, 7 May 2013 11:16:08 EST March/April - goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5309955 I was surprised by the tally results for March. I had a new high daily step count of 13272(progress yay!). I also earned a 250 lifetime miles badge. I met two out of four March goals. March had quite a few challenges, and rescheduled/canceled activities. I didn't like that I put myself last many days by skipping breakfast, extremely late nights, canceling things (because something else was more important) and lack of focus on food intake. These are all things that got me unhealthy in th... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 09:59:52 EST February Overview - March Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5273067 February was a rough month for our family. We had a death, an accident, two hospitalizations and a few illnesses. I did met one February goal almost two, pretty good. I did some strength training in February. I plan to do more this month. <BR> <BR> February goals: <BR> * Steps 150,000-175,000 - got 144,901 <BR> *Miles 63-73 - got 62.29 miles so close <BR> * 10,000 steps 3-4 times - met I made it 4 times!!!! <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> March goals <BR> * Steps 150,000-160,000 <BR> *... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 17:00:22 EST Happy start to a new week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5247108 I knew today was going to be an extremely busy day. My walking partner today canceled on me, so I was a little sad. So during my off hour I started off going to just walk around by myself and not let it get me down. Well, as I began my walking I was asked if this was my off hour and would I please consider teaching the physical education class. The teacher for that wasn't there (in hospital). The lady that asked me was off but in much better shape than me. I realized the negative part o... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 23:07:28 EST Monday was great! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5238354 Yesterday was just like the title great! I did not post yesterday because I knew I needed sleep. Sleep that's part of being healthy this night owl has a hard time doing. Guess what, I woke up in a great mood and feel very motivated this morning. Yesterday, I chose good food with a small splurge that was reasonable and ate them mindfully. I was awesome turning down snacks offered to but because I wasn't hungry. This was partly due to realizing I wasn't and making choices to do other thing... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 08:33:46 EST Progress/February Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5233720 My Zip Fitbit was received on November 24th and started using on the 25th. It's a great tool, that has taught me a good bit about myself. It's also got me encouraged to make a few goals so I can continue stepping into a better lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Stats: <BR> <BR> November Daily Averages <BR> Steps- 20,082 Ave-3,347 <BR> Miles- 8.69 Ave- 1.49 <BR> <BR> December Daily Averages <BR> Steps- 137,741 4,443.26 <BR> Miles- 59.23 ... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 20:25:50 EST January 29, 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5229561 Today has been a great day! I didn't get everything accomplished that I wanted to, but that will be around tomorrow. I made great progress toward not putting myself last. I am listing the top three non-scale victories for a reminder to me, that the world didn't fall apart when everything wasn't done. <BR> <BR> *I ate mindfully and 1/2 the way tracked. <BR> * I got in my vitamins, water and breakfast for a two day streak. (Breakfast is the hardest one out of the three for me, for some re... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 23:55:57 EST 10 Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5216330 I decided despite having a busy day, I was going to get in 10 minutes. After all I already felt like going to bed. Two hours go by before I head back! This is a wonderful non-scale victory to end the day. Sun, 20 Jan 2013 23:42:18 EST Progress! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5204350 So far for 2013, I've came close to 10,000 steps twice. Today, I got my 10,000 in along with a few hundred more steps! <em>104</em> Sat, 12 Jan 2013 23:16:55 EST Preparation for trying days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5190851 I've been giving some thought about this year. I decide to work on a "safety net" for those less than ideal times, that comes throughout every year. I know those times will come but the difference is the rebound time. Here are my "safety nets" I have for now. Please feel free to share some of yours. <BR> <BR> 1) I've started keeping a list on non-scale victories. This will be a great help for the times that the scales refuse to budge or when I just feel down work whatever the reason.... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 23:09:00 EST 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5189004 My motto for 2013 is: <BR> <BR> Everyday is my Day <BR> <BR> Each day, <BR> you choose: <BR> what to start <BR> what to end, <BR> and what to continue. <BR> <BR> by Doe Zantamata <BR> <BR> Thu, 3 Jan 2013 21:38:09 EST The aftermath of Thanksgiving 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5144378 It's the day after Thanksgiving 2012, what did I wake up to but sore muscles and not even an ounce of weight gain! I'm so proud with the results, effort and healthy choices that I made this year. I took Rice Krispy Treats, veggie tray and fat free dip, and an ice cream cake that was 1/2 of the sugar of norm. The veggie tray was brought despite being uninvited by the beloved hosting family member of the feast. The tray went over very well and we enjoyed it while the other foods where finis... Fri, 23 Nov 2012 16:07:14 EST Supermarket Shopping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5116125 I've been thinking about my supermarket shopping trips. <BR> <BR> *I'm realizing that alot of the things that I place or allow others to place in my cart have coupons. We shop like that to save money, but it's not really saving on the waistline. Does anyone here shop with coupons and save the waistline? Is it even possible? <BR> <BR> *I've also been buying lean meats while on sale and precooking them for quicker fix meals during the week. This has helped out great so we dont end up ... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 22:17:33 EST Despite everything http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4389104 The last few weeks/months have been difficult. Just before the new Sizzling Summer Challenge, I badly sprained my ankle to the point of the doctor request xrays. As that is healing, I mess up my knee on the opposite leg. Now for the last few weeks my lower back is out of wack. <BR> <BR> I've very please with myself for not giving up on this challenge despite what a difficult time its been. I'm in this challenge not only to loss weight but get healthier. They do go hand in hand. I'm h... Wed, 27 Jul 2011 08:36:53 EST December 31, 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3874710 As this year comes to a close, I've been looking back and thinking about how fast it went by. This past year has had its fair share of ups and downs. I'm very greatful for all of them. I'm looking forward to another year wonderful year with my family and spark. I've learned alot about myself from here. I hope everyone has a great and wonderful New Year! Please be safe! Fri, 31 Dec 2010 16:25:59 EST December 29th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3869906 I know I can do better than I've been doing. I'm not going to get mad at myself. I'm dusting myself off and getting back at it. I can and will get healthy. I knew this is a process and it will take time. I'm going to work on a goal/reward chart to encourage me. I hope everyone is having a great day. Wed, 29 Dec 2010 17:52:00 EST 5 motivational tips to help me during the challenge. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3821536 1) I'm in team Kiwi, so they need me to do my best. I will strive for my best. Accountability to my team will require me to be responsible for my actions or inaction take on my behalf. <BR> <BR> 2) I plan to read motivational blogs, articles, and magazines. I do good when I'm inspired. <BR> <BR> 3) I will focus on the positive choices I make and not dwell on slip ups. I'm only human. Perfectionism tends to lead to failure. So I plan to avoid it like the plague. <BR> <BR> 4) Time ... Fri, 3 Dec 2010 11:13:07 EST November 1st http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3754643 I just wanted to remind everyone to vote tommorrow. Mon, 1 Nov 2010 15:30:01 EST It's the weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3627283 Weekends can be such a challenge for new lifestyle changes. It got me thinking. How do/can people continue their new lifestyle changes, during what seems like the most vulnerable days of the week? I find that's the time I'm the weakness at sticking to goals and eating like I should. I've not done to bad on them, but I know there's room for improvement. Yet, I'm always looking forward to when it comes. On the weekends, there is so much to do with parties, family, friends, shopping and co... Sat, 11 Sep 2010 09:01:44 EST A New Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3589814 It already feels like autumn is knocking at the door. It's still hot from time to time but not extremely hot now. This morning it was nice and cool. While sending off the dh to work, we opened the door and saw a double rainbow just outside. What a fantastic way to start the day off! It's a new day and the start of a new week. The trials, choices and decisions that come along with it are beginning. Isn't it awesome how a new start on anything new always seems so energizing and refreshin... Mon, 30 Aug 2010 16:24:50 EST