IMIN2GENES's SparkPeople Blog IMIN2GENES's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community VICTORY!! If I can then YOU can... Today I had quite the exciting victory or sorts... I came in dead last. <BR> <BR> Let me explain. On the surface, I'm an overweight, 46 year old woman. In fact, I'm about 100 pounds overweight. I've been on Spark for a few years now. I've had victories and I've had defeats. I've done the yo-yo thing too. <BR> <BR> But today, today's victory has to be one of the sweetest. Today I competed in a Fitness First Competition. It is my first competition in probably 20+ years... here's what it look... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 21:05:03 EST A Must See Story... This is really worth watching. Not just the main news story; but watch the video the trainer put together. Very powerful! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>be-fitness-star-declares-finally-got-m<BR>y-perfect-body-sho/21175239/?icid=main<BR>g-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl12%7Csec1_lnk2%26p<BR>Lid%3D1231528768 </link> <BR> <BR> Here's a link to just her video. It just about made me cry. <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> And we wonder why so many of us... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 20:58:11 EST Transition, Growth, and Renewal... One of my goals for 2015 is to be less stressed and more grateful. I'm a perpetual optimist, so I don't have to worry about that too much... <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> So, to help get me started each day, I've been taking the time to read inspirational, motivational, and positive messages. I've gotten several books to help with that in addition to the Spark Daily Motivational Message app on my phone. Each of my books has a theme for the month. My themes for January are transition, growth and ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:03:49 EST Personal VICTORY!!! <em>321</em> <em>185</em> <em>321</em> <em>185</em> <em>321</em> <em>185</em> <em>321</em> <em>185</em> <em>321</em> <BR> I went to the gym last night... <BR> <BR> Why is that a personal victory? <BR> <BR> I mean I've been going to the gym 4 days a week for the last 3 months. So what gives... <BR> <BR> Let me tell you... <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a horrible day for me. Everything that could go wrong, did go wrong. I'm up against some pretty tough deadlines that a... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 19:47:05 EST Jeans, jeans, jeans... oh, my! Howdy my friends! It's been a while and I figured I'm due for an update on my progress with my new fitness regimen. <BR> <BR> So, I think the best update I can give you comes with a good laugh... <BR> <BR> For the past few weeks, I've been bugging my hubby about bringing my old jeans (i.e. smaller ones) up from a box in the basement. They were in good shape and I didn't want to get rid of them. Plus I had hopes to fit in them again. <BR> <BR> Well, time was passing and he still hadn't bro... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 21:22:03 EST I'm an inspiration... What??!? <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> I almost couldn't believe my ears. <BR> <BR> Let me explain a little... <BR> <BR> Today is day 3 of my 4 days per week at the gym. I REALLY, REALLY didn't want to go. I was working in the lab all day yesterday and today and was in and out of the -80oC freezer (that's -112oF for all us non-metric folks... LOL!) both days. I started having a little bit of trouble with my breathing. Cold can trigger an attack for me. So I did a breathing treatment and tried ... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:11:24 EST An update on my new program... Wow! It's been pretty long since my last blog... I didn't realize just how long its been. I've been quite busy and a lot has been going on here. Since I'm on an enforced solitude, I figured its a good time to catch up with a blog... <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> Enforced solitude you ask? Yep! <BR> <BR> My doc is keeping me home right now. I'm not even supposed to go outside. Turns out I've developed pneumonia. It was pretty sudden. I was fine last Friday. Felt like I was getting a little head... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:55:32 EST My scale, my albatross... Okay, first, let me make it clear... I AM NOT defined by my scale. I am just frustrated by it. So please, don't send me rotten tomatoes or anything. I'm just expressing my opinion, venting a little bit and trying to sort out thoughts. I'm putting it here for me so that maybe someone else will see it and it will help them too. I'll say it one more time, I AM NOT defined by my scale. <BR> <BR> Let me explain my frustration a little... <BR> <BR> My whole life, it seems someone has been watchi... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 18:31:17 EST What's this? A blog... from me... Where to start… <BR> <BR> Well, it’s been a hectic two weeks for me. I’ve been quite busy and haven’t spent much time here in Sparkland; but never fear… I’ve been tracking diligently and still working out regularly. I just haven’t had much time to blog or read. So, here’s a big update from me. <BR> <BR> <em>528</em> Work: <BR> It’s been absolutely insane! Not in a bad way per say. I’ve just been super busy. Of course, when you’ve got more work than days stupid things go wrong. For exampl... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:21:41 EST Lots to celebrate! ... and not a single one involves the scale! <BR> <em>11</em> <BR> So... it's been 12 days since I started working with my trainer. I've been pretty diligent about following the nutrition plan he's set for me. Not completely perfect, but pretty close. <BR> <BR> Here's what's happened so far: <BR> 1. I can buckle my belt 1 notch tighter comfortably! <BR> 2. I'm wearing my bra comfortably on the middle hook. It was tight on the biggest! <BR> 3. I stopped drinking a big cup of coffee every... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 07:45:32 EST I'm still here! Still going strong! Updates on days 3,4 & 5 Howdy y'all!! Sorry I missed touching base these past few days. Life sometimes just gets in the way... LOL! <BR> <BR> I was super busy at work then had a ton of house stuff to do. Then last night, I spent a bit of time planning my menu for next week. The local Co-Op organic market I discovered is close to work, so I usually go Fridays after work. It's just easier. It's only a few miles out of my way on my way home as opposed to making a separate trip which is 25 from home. So, tonight I'm fu... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 21:17:19 EST Day 2 and still going strong... Well, today was a little easier; but I'm still feeling a bit stuffed. I think it will keep getting easier the more I learn. I figured this week would be the hardest. <BR> <BR> I also had some fun discoveries! I just got some organic, fair trade coconut oil. It's on my list of good fats and I need to incorporate them too. I also found almond butter. Yay! They had cashew butter too; but it was INSANELY expensive. So I skipped that. I also found some crackers that meet my requirements - they're... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 21:12:39 EST Stick a fork in me... I am done! Wow! So today was my first full day on the new plan with my trainer. Wow! I'm so stuffed I could likely pass for a Thanksgiving turkey. <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> I'm assured it will get easier. I sure hope so. It seems backwards to eat more to lose weight. But, I'm trusting my trainer and the process. I'm assured it does get better. <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> I'm proud to say that I exceeded by water goal. I'm targeting a gallon per day. At first I thought it was going to be hard, then I rea... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 20:42:19 EST A little bit intimidated... I've got the first part of my new program back from my trainer. Let me just say... OH MY GOSH!!! My first reaction was to ask him if he was sure about it. <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> He said yes. It just seems a little bit odd to me. But then again, I wasn't making it on my own and reached out for some help. This is why I selected him. So I think I better listen to him... otherwise, it kinda defeats the purpose. Right? <BR> <BR> So, I'm going to trust the process. I spent a good deal of time ... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 20:22:12 EST Why do it? Part of my new undertaking with my personal trainer/nutritionist was a getting started questionnaire. One of the questions was why am I doing this and what do I want to get out of it. Sounds like a blog to me... <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> So I spent last night and a good part of today thinking about it. I know there's a mental battle to win if I'm going to be successful and not just a weight battle. I want and need to be honest. All the help in the world from this trainer won't mean anything ... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:47:26 EST A new direction... and some cool pics! So, I'm counting today as a big NSV. <BR> <BR> I engaged the services of a personal trainer/nutritionist. I've finally come to the realization that to really become successful I'm going to need some help. I've got enough issues health wise and have yo-yo'd enough that I've decided it's time to invest in me. I don't have all the answers and I liked what I was hearing from this trainer as we were talking before I decided to take the leap. He's willing to listen to me and not just say "lose we... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:15:37 EST Just a little bit screwy... I just had to share this... <BR> <BR> An awesome quote from my favorite... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm still playing catch-up. Will it ever end? Geez! I feel like I'm always just a little bit behind. Keep your fingers crossed, I've got my doc's appointment tomorrow. I'm going to guess that my thyroid levels are a little low; but I guess we'll see. It would explain a lot! <BR> <BR> And, just one more to close with... <BR> <img src="http://... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 20:08:57 EST Just keeping it real... <img src=""> <BR> Sending you wishes for a wonderful weekend! <BR> <BR> Now I'm off to bed... <BR> Chris <BR> <em>102</em> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:07:36 EST Oh the irony... *sigh* Sometimes I get so dag-gone frustrated! I went to the doctor's office yesterday because I was feeling a little bit like I was the day before I had the whole respiratory issue. So, I figured I would go see the doc right away before anything got worse. <BR> <BR> The good news, all my breathing checked out just fine. I wasn't too worried because I could tell I was moving air okay and I check my blood oxygen frequently just to be sure. After describing my symptoms, my doc basically said ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:27:34 EST I did it! Well, I did it. I'm not one to ask for help. I've always been one to take care of myself. But today, I reached out and made contact with a trainer. I don't know if he'll be able to help me. But most importantly, I asked. <BR> <BR> I hate to ask for help. It's hard for me. I don't like to have to depend on other people. The fact is, I need to learn how to reach out too. <BR> <BR> I don't hesitate to help others. Any time I can, I jump in and do what I can. So, I suppose this is a step forwar... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:24:58 EST Catching back up... Well, we had a little bit of excitement last night. Our lights started doing this weird flickering thing, then the power flashed off and on several times and THEN it started making this woomp, woomp sound. Our HVAC system started making really crazy sounds so my DH ran down and shut off the power main to our house. Everyone of course started trickling outside... our whole neighborhood was out of power. Rumor is that it was a blown transformer just up from our development. <BR> <BR> Needless ... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:36:59 EST So much fun! Well, the weather held for us. Yay! DH and I were able to get out kayaking on the lake for about 1.5 hrs. We found some pretty cool spots just dopping around. I was nearly run over by a great blue heron. <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> My DH says "look coming here" ... I no sooner got turned and it flew by just to our right. We saw another 3 during our trip. I kinda saw where one landed, so I was paddling over to see if I could see it a little bit closer. As I came around a tree, it took off... it... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 20:50:30 EST Thankfully uneventful day... Not that it wasn't CRAZY busy! It was another one of those days that I put in 3 miles in the lab. <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> Those are always interesting! At least it keeps me out of trouble. Plus I'm making progress on digging out from under the avalanche of backlog. That's the way science goes sometimes though. Feast or famine... <BR> <BR> That reminds me... I just found out another one of our article was just published! That's 2 this year. Woo hoo! It's always good to get the work out the... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:43:28 EST Can't wait for the weekend! This has been one heck of a week... <BR> <BR> Monday - got caught in horrible, road flooding storm. <BR> Tuesday - had mommy/daughter date night without daughter... :( <BR> Wednesday - work computer died <BR> Today - I hit a crow on my way to work... <BR> <BR> No, you didn't read that wrong. It was a CROW. As in the flying, black bird. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I was minding my own business driving to work. I was just merging from one int... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:07:25 EST What a day... <img src=""> <BR> This was my morning greeting.... <BR> *sigh* <BR> <BR> It took the better part of the day; but our IT folks were able to recover it for me by the afternoon. I thought I was a goner when I got in and there was nothing but white letters spelling out hard drive failure. <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> The good part of it happening today though was that I had a ton of data to review in the lab. So I most definitely wasn't bored... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:08:54 EST Continuing the thought... First, I want to thank everyone for their comments and support yesterday. After reading them and rereading my blog, I realized that I hadn't mentioned that I've already been honest with her. <BR> <BR> Smoke has been a trigger for my asthma for longer than I've known her. Even before we were married, both my DH and I have mentioned it as a problem for me. She's seen me use my inhaler. She's even scolded her now ex-husband when he was smoking upwind of me. Of course, she's also said to others... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:41:24 EST Make it count! I saw this quote and I just had to share... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> How true is that? We only have 1 life to live. It's never too late to start to live it either. Sooner is always better than later; but I don't want to waste any more time on the "what if's" or looking back. <BR> <BR> Eyes forward. Let's go! <BR> <BR> Hope y'all are had a great weekend! Mine was lots of fun; but a little bit traumatic. My SIL is a smoker and that'... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 21:17:19 EST Another quickie... Today we were out and about at a party to celebrate our aunt's 80th birthday! It was a lot of fun and we got to see one of our cousins who lives in Colorado plus one of our uncles who lives in Arizona. It was a fun gathering; but over too soon. <BR> <BR> Hope you all have a great weekend! I'm ready for bed! <BR> Chris <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 21:23:48 EST The present moment... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Forgive the brief blog... I've got to go celebrate 22 wonderful years with my DH! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Sending wishes for a wonderful weekend to you all! Spark on my friends! <BR> Chris <BR> <em>247</em> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:48:49 EST Gummy Bears Strike Again... Ack!! What is it about those tiny little bears anyway??? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> They look so sweet and innocent... <BR> <BR> I don't have issues with sweets. Chocolate maybe a little; but that's another blog... <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> I don't crave sweets all the time. I can say no to cake, cookies, doughnuts, candy. I don't drink soda regularly. But stick gummy bears in front of me and you better stand back! <BR> <BR> Well, that's normal... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:47:26 EST Sharing an insight... Friends on one of the teams I'm on (One for All) posted an interesting article today that I thought I'd share. It's about artificial sweeteners "Sweeteners Trick More Than Just Your Tastebuds" - here's the link: <link><BR>k-more-than-just-your-tastebuds.html#i<BR>xzz2VWrHxVlk </link> <BR> <BR> I think it's worth sharing. It also reminded me of a personal experience which I think is worth sharing too. <BR> <BR> There came a time when I noticed I was g... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 19:22:24 EST What is a blog? I was pondering this question... <BR> <BR> I'm always curious. Why do some blogs get selected as "Featured" or "Popular"? Why do some get noticed and others not? What makes a good blog? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> That when I realized that it just doesn't matter... <BR> <BR> I'm not writing a blog to move mountains. I don't have all the answers for anyone. Heck I'm lucky if I can find an answer for myself sometimes... <BR> <em>246</em> <... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 19:57:13 EST Little bit of a scare... I realize I've been MIA for a little bit. Sorry about that! <BR> <BR> First, I was trying desperately to clean out my closet and bedroom to make space for our new bed. Then we were trying to get ready for vacation last week. <BR> <BR> We were supposed to leave for the beach 2 Sunday's ago (6/22). Notice I said supposed to leave... <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> Well, all was good on Thursday before our departure. I was wrapping things up at work so I wouldn't have anything to worry about over v... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 20:23:06 EST Still here, still streaking... Just really stressed out this week... <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> I've had better weeks and I've had worse, so I'm not complaining. So far, despite being stressed out, I haven't gone for the comfort foods and I haven't binged on anything. In fact, when I got home from work yesterday, I was starving. I had missed my late afternoon snack (planned in my menu) because of work. Instead of reaching for something "quick and easy", I had a plate of celery with a little bit of peanut butter. <BR> <em>... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 21:31:39 EST Food, food, food... Still tracking... that's a 15 day streak!! <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> Some days are better than others. I'm in range more often than not which is good. It's just making me realize how out of whack I was after I stopped tracking. So, I've had a little bit of adjustment going on right now. And, DH & I are both working on changing habits. We're slowly eliminating the "junk" food around the house in favor of better quality foods. Things like rice for example, we're replacing the white with brown ... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 21:38:27 EST Getting ready for the work week... DH just finished prepping my lunches for the week. This week I'm having foil packs again; but this time it's BBQ chicken with fingerling potatoes. A side of jello, sweet peppers and a smoothie for my late snack. I've got granola and greek yogurt for breakfast. He's kind enough to put it all together for me. Sometimes I just don't like cooking. <BR> <BR> So far planning and tracking like this have been working much better for me. I'm slowly getting back to the business of losing weight. Doing... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 22:00:12 EST A shopping we go... My debit card is weeping though... <BR> <BR> We spent far too much money at the bookstore. Despite the fact that I have a Kindle as does my DH and my DD. She just loves to read... at 12, I figure who am I to argue... there are much worse things she could be in to at that age than books. We also picked up a new game which is pretty fun! <BR> <BR> The best purchase though was at Hudson Trail Outfitters. We got a paddle for DD for her kayak. DH and I each have our own kayaks and when DD was l... Sat, 31 May 2014 22:29:53 EST I just have to say... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!! <BR> Chris <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> PS - Streak is still going strong! Plus I was in range again... <BR> <em>104</em> Fri, 30 May 2014 21:26:34 EST Sometimes the motivation finds us... When I was going through my Spark emails, I saw this <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> To which I say, once again, I'm being sent another message. It's a timely message for me since I've been struggling a little bit lately. <BR> <BR> It also reminds me to say thank you. Thank you my Spark friends for being my safety net and rekindling my flame. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Still tracking ... Thu, 29 May 2014 20:56:03 EST Short blog today... Still streaking and still in range! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <BR> But, I am WIPED out! It was a long day and a full comedy of errors... critical piece of equipment failed in the middle of my work (we - me and our facilities guy - were able to recover it) and a fire alarm complete with full building evacuation... in to the rain. <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> At one point I was manually shaking a plate of samples because the shaker was being fixed. Let's just say I'm g... Wed, 28 May 2014 19:58:40 EST Day 9 and still streaking... Yay! I tracked everything again. Surprisingly I was on the low side of my calories today. Almost too low... <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> I need to be careful of that. I had made foil packets for lunch - I take a chicken thigh, 2 tablespoons of fresh salsa wrap in foil and bake at 350 for 20 minutes. I also ate a cup of jello and carrots. I wasn't hungry at all; but my total calories for that was only around 200. I had yogurt and granola for breakfast; but my 2 pm, my calorie total for the day wa... Tue, 27 May 2014 20:59:07 EST Thanks awesome Teddies! My Teddy Bear team... I love you guys! Thank you SO much for making the day extra special! Y'all are the best when it comes to support and keeping my tushie moving. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tracked everything again today... my streak is building! A little bit over; but only just a little. <BR> <BR> For now, I'm off to bed... DH was snoring something fierce last night despite his CPAP so I didn't get a whole lot of sleep. <BR> <em... Mon, 26 May 2014 21:51:26 EST A little disappointed but still going strong... Keeping the streak alive and still moving forward. I've been tracking everything and once again came up out of range today. <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> That just convinces me even more that my "eyeballing" strategy was WAY off base. Geez! Your eyes can be fooled. Pretty easily too! I should have never given up the tracking habit. Unfortunately, I did... but I'm doing it again and getting my act together. Now I know just how crucial it is to MY success. <BR> <BR> I need to do it for ME. <BR> ... Sun, 25 May 2014 22:04:27 EST Just had to share... this made me cry and think hard... This was worth reposting... <BR> <link><BR>ark-videos-detail.asp?video=82 </link> <BR> If you haven't watched it already, please do. It made my cry to hear what so many women said about their bodies and made me realize that I'm not alone with the body hating. I can see beauty in so many things, just not myself. Interestingly, when I went yesterday to get my new CAC card for work - it has a photo on it - I said "well, that's not too bad a picture" and th... Sat, 24 May 2014 21:56:20 EST Finally... success in the bedroom... <img src=""> <BR> Made you look... <BR> <BR> But seriously, lack of sleep has been an issue for me for a long time. I'm lucky to get 6 hours a night normally. A few nights ago, I noticed just how much light pollution we have in our bedroom. There's light coming in our master bath window from a streetlight. There's light coming in our bedrooms windows from another streetlight - despite the fact we have blackout blinds in our room. The ca... Fri, 23 May 2014 20:52:50 EST Just checking in today... Day 4 of my streak... I think... <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> Yep! I'm that tired... <BR> <BR> I'm super happy that this weekend will be a 3 day weekend for me. I hope to get a little bit of down time. I could use it! <BR> <BR> I was in range again today. I still want to work on adding some more freggies each day. Maybe I'll make that my next streak... <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Hope you all are having a great week! Happy Friday Eve y'all!!! <BR> Chris <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> <img ... Thu, 22 May 2014 20:27:09 EST Another day in the streak! Woot! Day 3 it is... I tracked everything again today. I was in my range across the board. <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> I think I can count that as a little victory! <BR> <BR> Things are still pretty crazy at work. I like being busy and I'm trying not to let myself feel overwhelmed. There's a lot on my plate and I'm being trusted with some pretty critical work for our whole group. That just makes me stress myself out a little bit more because I don't want to goof up. <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> It su... Wed, 21 May 2014 19:33:50 EST Umm.... <em>246</em> <BR> Well, the streak continues in to day 2... I'm just not quite sure how "proud" I should be of it today. I tracked everything... including the decadent chocolate mousse pie. <BR> <em>2</em> <BR> We had a bake sale fundraiser today I forgot about. One of my friends was a chef and made it for the sale. Being the chocoholic I am and knowing it was going to be divine I couldn't pass. Well, I could have; but really didn't want to pass. <BR> <BR> So, I adjusted my plan, swi... Tue, 20 May 2014 20:42:48 EST Building momentum... I realized after rereading my blog from yesterday that I got interrupted and never did finish a few thoughts. LOL! I can't tell you how many times that happens to me... <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> One thing I know I'll need to focus on is getting proper sleep. I RARELY get more than 6 hours a night. Most nights I'm luck to get over 5 hours. I think that may be holding me back some. I keep reading about how much proper sleep benefits you. It's hard though. I've tried going to be earlier, readin... Mon, 19 May 2014 20:39:25 EST Fighting not to throw in the towel... *ugh* Right now I am feeling so frustrated and defeated. I'm going to try and use my blog today to help me sort a few things out... normally, when I'm feeling like this I tend to withdraw in to myself. <BR> <BR> So, this is me... trying to change my behavior and keep moving forward. <BR> <BR> Let's see how it goes... <BR> <BR> I've been a member of Spark since Feb. 2011 - so just over 3 years now. In my first year, I managed to lose just over 35 pounds. I also gained a TON of new friends ... Sun, 18 May 2014 17:58:37 EST