J0ETTE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=J0ETTE J0ETTE'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/ Confused at the grocery store? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5137296 With all the chemicals and stuff we are left to sort through when shopping for healthy foods for ourselves and families, the task can be very challenging. <BR> <BR> If you are a smartphone user, I highly recommend the FOODUCATE APP. It does a pretty good job helping at the store. It is even working on creating database information on GMO products. <BR> <BR> Www.fooducate.com is awesome too! Discovered that after the app. It's very easy to use! <BR> <BR> Another website I get daily email fr... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 10:12:56 EST Beautiful ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5058833 The person in my life that I believe is the most Beautiful person is My Sister! <BR> <BR> She walked in the breast cancer 3 day in August this year. This was in my honor. I am a 1 year survivor. She had an amazing adventure and shared some pictures, tears and laughter with me. I am so blessed to have the sister I have. She is an amazing person.. <BR> <BR> Here's the proof ;) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l463521773.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I call this picture "Beauti... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 09:48:14 EST SparkPage updated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4979750 My sparkpage had not been updated since I was active with sparkpeople several years ago. I had great success and fell off the wagon. The pictures and content were from around 2008. I finally took the time to update some pictures. <BR> <BR> I left a lot of the text the same, but take a look at the pictures. :D <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l488923601.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This was one of my first, "I feel good about me" pictures. I was down about 20 lbs here. Fri, 20 Jul 2012 21:12:12 EST Busy Project http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4895344 Those of you who are in my "Weekly Challenge(s)" team have been hearing all about my new garden for about a month. I am so happy with it! <BR> <BR> I started from scratch this spring. I decided to go with a "Square Foot Garden" method. These are raised bed gardens that are designed to not be stepped in. I have the equivalent of 4 square foot gardens. Each of my boxes measures 4'x8'. The method divides each 4x4 section into square foot spaces. That gives 32 spaces for plants in each of my bo... Wed, 23 May 2012 22:33:56 EST Thank You to my Sparklers! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4773641 If I knew who each of you were, I would thank you personally. I just got an email from SparkPeople letting me know that I have lots of people think I am a "SparkPeople Motivator" <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Thank you! <BR> <BR> If there is anything I can do to help any of you along this journey, please let me know. <BR> <BR> I love my Sparklers and everything here on SparkPeople! You guys are the best! Tue, 6 Mar 2012 11:50:50 EST Surprise! (it doesn't fit) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4745076 I have an article of clothing I had held on to for a long time. I hadn't worn it in ages, it was uncomfortable and way to small. I pulled it out today, it would have been a key article of clothing in my newest "skinny" outfit... But noooooo! Even my hubby said, " nope, not gonna work. It looks funny." <BR> <BR> The article of clothing was my used to be favorite black bra! <BR> <BR> I was momentarily sad....Moments like this that sad fades very quickly when the realization that my body is ... Sat, 18 Feb 2012 17:20:40 EST GOAL!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4711743 Today it's official... <BR> <BR> I reached my goal weight of 30 pounds lost. <BR> <BR> This is significant to me for two reasons. <BR> 1. I reached this weight once before with SparkPeople and fell off the wagon. I had to relose 30 pounds. <BR> 2. This marks the weight I was after having a baby. That baby is now 26! So, anything I lose from here on is going to result in a body I have only dreamed about... It's going to become reality! <BR> <BR> I celebrated by changing my ticker to a new ... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 08:52:55 EST Thankful for...odd stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4681199 I am thankful for something I feel is odd... I am thankful for the "I feel like crap". I ate like crap today. I had two parties to go to. I had good willpower for a little while, but by the time I got to the evening.... willpower was gone! <BR> <BR> sooo... tonight, i feel icky, like a slug. My stomach is all bunched up, and I am being pretty hard on myself. <BR> <BR> Why am I thankul? because days like this help me remember just why I am on the journey to create a better, healthier, lea... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 23:19:43 EST New Year...New ME http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4643931 I have never been one to make new years resolutions. I am not about to start now. <BR> <BR> What I am going to do in the new year is stick to what I have found that is working for me. <BR> <BR> Everyday: <BR> <BR> • Minimum of 20 minutes cardio, no excuses no matter what! (have not broken the streak since I got back on track in mid September) <BR> • Stick to the calorie range that is working for me. (900-1100 cals a day) I know this sounds crazy, but if I go over 1300 calories a day I gain... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 20:28:51 EST HAPPY HAPPY DANCIN' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4603267 I just dug out my "skinny" clothes and they all fit or were to big! I hadn't done this since I started my journey this time around. <BR> <BR> I also took a peek at my BMI numbers here on SparkPeople and am now in the middle of the "unhealthy" range. I was in the lower third of the obese area when i started. <BR> <BR> Nothing...NOTHING tastes as good as skinny feels! Mon, 28 Nov 2011 19:32:42 EST LOVE my vitamins! Will be lost without them. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4576517 One of the things I value greatly in my healthy lifestyle choices is the ability to purchase vitamins and supplements. I have found they are a wonderful addition to me being healthy and happy. I have had many positive experiences with my vitamins and other supplemental products. I have heard of many others with similar experiences too.  I have been so frustrated with information I recently found out about.  <BR> <BR> I don't normally rant or get involved in the politics of our country. BUT, ... Wed, 9 Nov 2011 14:08:10 EST Learning from the past.. Pushing forward to war! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4530627 I had enjoyed great success, in 2008. I had lost 35 pounds. Then something happened. I got lazy or bored, not sure what BUT if I had been paying attention to by own blog posts they show that I was slipping very quickly. It didn't take me very long to put all the weight back on. <BR> <BR> Here it is same time of year, in 2011 and I am starting over. This time with an added challenge! In May of this year I was diagnosed with Breast CANCER. Thankfully, God was merciful and I was diagnosed s... Tue, 11 Oct 2011 16:14:39 EST Getting back on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1264174 I've been slipping a LOT here lately. I had put back on a couple pounds and it's time to get back on track. <BR> <BR> I spent a couple weeks not feeling great... and then this week I spent 3 days without power. Kinda difficult to eat right when roughin' it. <BR> <BR> I've also been real busy and unable to work out. I am working very hard to get back on track. Some of the weight I put on while not feeling well is starting to come off and I don't feel fat and puffy anymore. :) Wed, 11 Jun 2008 15:54:34 EST scale creepin' up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1234066 My scale is beginning to creep back upward! I have been doing just about the same thing I have been from the start. The biggest change I can see in what I am doing is that I am in a streak where I am eating my own home made trail mix. It ends up being very healthy for me, but about 300 calories. I am staying in the mid range of my calories for the day. I am trying to avoid the trail mix for a few days to see if that is what the cause is. <BR> <BR> I also have not been walking like I was for ... Wed, 28 May 2008 11:24:22 EST Holiday weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1225493 I am looking forward to the Memorial Day Holiday weekend. We are opening the cottage this weekend. I will get to see friends that I have not seen since I started my new healthy lifestyle... 35 pounds ago! <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to 'playing house'. When I am at the cottage i spend all my time doing things that I wish I had time for at home. Yard work, cooking good home cooked meals... visiting with friends. I even find time once in a while to read a little bit. <BR> <BR> <em>232</... Fri, 23 May 2008 12:36:35 EST Schools Out... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1206301 I have had a pretty intense couple of months. I picked up 3 classes at the college instead of my normal 1 or 2. I figured that since my Real Estate had been really slow the past couple of years that it would be a good time to pick up an extra one. Well, I got busier than I had been in about 3 years with the Real Estate. <BR> <BR> I survived the Real Estate and 3 major school projects at the same time. :) <BR> <BR> Now that the classes are finished for the summer, I am excitedly getting ba... Tue, 13 May 2008 21:58:23 EST Short shorts ... Again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1191174 I uncovered my favorite pair of short shorts! I thought they were long gone. This photo is about 3 weeks old. <BR> <BR> I am sooo excited that I am able to wear these again. Tue, 6 May 2008 12:56:00 EST Summer Clothes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1167418 I had the opportunity to go shopping for some new summer clothes this week! It was a real adventure! I was trying on the size 4 shorts and capri's. They were to big! I couldn't figure it out. They didn't have anything smaller on the rack. Finally after an hour and many outfits in my stack of purchases to be made, I had decided I would have to make them do... At the last moment, I realized I could go to the JUNIORS dept to see if anything there would fit. Out of time, and a new revelation....... Fri, 25 Apr 2008 15:09:10 EST Happy Lunchtime http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1135328 This week I fixed a simple lunch that thrilled me. I enjoyed making it, and eating it. I had so much fun with it I had to take a photo and share it. <BR> <BR> I thought it was sooo pretty after I finished putting it on the plate. <BR> <BR> Eating healthy is not boring! Getting a little creative can be fun. <BR> <BR> ~~~~ <BR> Here's what I did: <BR> <BR> Peeled and sliced a sweet potato, like cottage fries. Placed a sheet of foil on a cookie sheet, and spritzed it with EVOO and a splash ... Fri, 11 Apr 2008 09:17:10 EST Missing my walking! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1122402 The last month or so I have not gotten out there to walk like I was. I am really missing the time to exercise! I am working to get back in to regular walks. <BR> <BR> I did manage to get my SparkAmerica goal for March. I don't know how I did it though. <BR> <BR> I am hoping to get my walking groups very active again. Spring is here and it's time to be outside! :) Sat, 5 Apr 2008 20:28:10 EST Time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1104532 Don't say you don't have enough time. <BR> You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein. <BR> - H. Jackson Brown <BR> <BR> I often tell others that I don't have enough time. I do think this at least once a day. It seems like my life gets busier but time never grows in proportion. This... Sat, 29 Mar 2008 10:40:07 EST After the last disgusting entry, I thought we needed something sweet. :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1102310 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKCVS57j284 </link> <BR> <BR> I snagged this floating around the message boards. If you haven't seen it already, it is really worth the 2 minutes to listen. It really is a reminder of how great a Nation we can be if we pull together. The teamwork these girls have is fantastic. Fri, 28 Mar 2008 09:31:01 EST A reminder why I don't like to eat out anymore http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1096443 Although not many of these foods were things I would normally have eaten, I do love a nice big juicy steak, and fries... These photo's looked really disgusting to me. Tue, 25 Mar 2008 18:03:59 EST Do not be afraid to ask dumb questions. They are easier to handle than dumb mistakes. ~ unknown http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1091161 Do not be afraid to ask dumb questions. They are easier to handle than dumb mistakes. <BR> <BR> When I first read this I laughed out loud. After a few seconds it did sink in. It really is easier to ask a dumb question than to own up to dumb mistake. <BR> Sun, 23 Mar 2008 07:59:30 EST TOO busy for exercise? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1088055 Hhmmmm.... this week I've found myself with the excuse that I am "too busy" to get out and walk. I was walking about 15 miles a week. I have only walked once this week and it was less than 2 miles. The cool thing is my walking partner was the leader. Although she had more than enough energy and enthusiasm, she could not have gone much farther...without feeling it the next day. I really enjoyed that short trip with Chili. I don't know why I don't take her with me more often. I think some of th... Fri, 21 Mar 2008 07:32:07 EST Queen Size? Not Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1080828 Today marked the day that I am officially NO LONGER a Queen. :) <BR> <BR> I got to wear the size B pantyhose...putting away the Q forever! No more will I have to wear the queen size in order to cover the tummy and the butt...in exchange for saggy baggy elephant ankles! I'm short! The queen size didn't take into account the height thing very well. Now, I wear the boots because the shoes do not fit...NOT because I am trying to hide the wrinkly hose. :) <BR> <BR> This weight loss journey has... Mon, 17 Mar 2008 16:38:04 EST Spring Fever or Life falling into place? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1069038 The past couple days I have been doing things that are very unlike me. I am working on decluttering my kitchen! I want to tackle the whole house...NOW. For those who know me, housekeeping is not one of my strengths. I have been a fluttering flybaby for almost 2 years. Some of the basics have stuck, but I most definitely do not have the routines that I should have by now. Anyway, I don't know if the cupboards that have gotten cleaned and the drawers that have been emptied are because of Sprin... Tue, 11 Mar 2008 21:52:57 EST Spring is on the way! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1059462 I must admit, I have LOVED the snow and winter this year. I am a winter person and have had opportunities to get out a few times with my snowshoes as well as my walking group has walked outside several times this year. I have truly been blessed this past six months. The new me that is emerging is fantastic. I have renewed energy, and look forward to spring. Seeing the Robins on my birthday a couple weeks ago was cool. <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to getting out and doing some bike ridi... Fri, 7 Mar 2008 09:45:05 EST I just realized I am married to the scale!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1043653 I am not sure it is a good thing. But, the first thought I had this morning when waking up in a very nice hotel in Traverse City, Michigan is that I 'forgot' to bring my scale with me! I woke up thinking "OH NO! I don't have MY scale. What am I going to do? How am I going to stay on track? <BR> <BR> STOP...in my thought process. "No, you don't! You are NOT going to let something as small as a scale bring down the fantastic vacation you are on. Get over it! :) <BR> <BR> I did bring enough ... Fri, 29 Feb 2008 08:40:22 EST Things to think about http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1041065 ~Remember that the sun will still rise tomorrow even if I had one too many slices of pizza or an extra scoop of ice cream tonight. <BR> <BR> ~Never blame my body for the bad day I'm having. <BR> <BR> ~Stop joining in when my friends compare and trash their own bodies. <BR> <BR> ~Never allow a dirty look from someone else to influence how I feel about my appearance. <BR> <BR> ~Quit judging a person solely by how his or her body looks — even if it seems harmless — because I'd never want... Thu, 28 Feb 2008 07:26:08 EST It's My Birthday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1033971 It's my birthday and I can cry if I wanna.... tears of joy! I have lost 27 pounds since starting this journey. I celebrated this weekend by emptying my pants drawer. Almost everything bit the dust. Those size 14/16 items are history! I replaced them with a good fitting pair of size 8's!!! I can fit the 6's but not comfortably. I chose to be comfortable instead of putting myself under pressure to "get into" something. I see the size six as another goal to reach. <BR> <BR> In my digging arou... Mon, 25 Feb 2008 11:53:03 EST The future is here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1003148 I did it! Today I blew past the 25 pounds lost mark. I am officially at 26.2 pounds GONE! It has taken me about 2 days short of 4 months to reach this step. <BR> <BR> That pair of pants I mentioned in my last post have not gone back to the store yet, but I plan on it. They weren't jeans that I loved. If I don't love it, I am not gonna wear it. I do look forward to the day that a size 6 is my normal size that I wear. <BR> <BR> It has taken me about 2 days short of 4 months to reach thi... Mon, 11 Feb 2008 21:51:20 EST Glimpse into the near future http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=969924 Over the weekend I had ONE day where I reached the 25 pounds lost mark! I needed to maintain it until monday to be official with my weigh in. I was up a few ounces by monday...so, here's to next week! <BR> <BR> I celebrated by trying on a new pair of jeans while out shopping with my family. I currently am wearing a size 14 jean. The new ones that I bought are a size 6!!! They create a terrible muffin top but I could have worn them if I had needed to. I did bring them home, but believe I w... Tue, 29 Jan 2008 15:25:51 EST It's a New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=895398 I started the new year by reaching 20 POUNDS gone! I am still wearing my old clothes, with the help of a good belt! :) The first thing that is getting replaced are some of my shoes! I am falling out of them when I walk. This is something I did not expect! I love most of my shoes and liked the size I wore. Now I will have difficulty finding my size 5 shoes in some other location besides the kids department! Most stores start the womens' shoes at a 6! I've done it before, and will do it again... Sat, 5 Jan 2008 18:38:23 EST 15 pounds GONE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=850706 Yesterday I passed the 15 pounds gone mark! I am so excited and amazed at the success I am having with my new lifestyle. I thank God for the blessings he has given me. I have been logging all my food and exercise. I am beginning to find clothing in my closet that are very quickly becoming to large to wear. Some of these items I really like! It will be a shame to see them go....NOT. I will find new favorites. :D <BR> <BR> When I started this adventure a couple months ago, 2 miles was a... Wed, 5 Dec 2007 06:48:24 EST YEAH! my husband is a SPARK :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=838543 Over the weekend my husband became a sparkpeople! I am excited. I am praying that he finds success too! Sun, 25 Nov 2007 19:45:13 EST Thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=837152 I am very thankful for staying within my calorie range on Thanksgiving day! I am even down a bit on the scale since thanksgiving 2 days ago. I am looking forward to Monday! I will get to log it on my tracker. <BR> <BR> My husband started sparkpeople yesterday. I am praying that he finds what will work for him. Sat, 24 Nov 2007 09:58:14 EST Can't keep me down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=805630 I had a great weekend at the cottage this weekend. But when I woke up Sunday morning, I had a foot that is all messed up. Hobbled around all day. My husband pulled the crutches out for me so I could try to get around easier until this passes. I didn't let it stop me this morning. I managed to take 1 crutch and walked around my block. It is .6 of a mile. I am planning another trip or two around the block before the day is done. :) Mon, 29 Oct 2007 10:47:03 EST Excited about my progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=800789 I just did a weigh in and am down almost 2 more pounds! I think the tools here at SPARK have definitely ignited my engine to keep motivated. I know it hasn't been that long and the plateau days will test the excitement, but for today... YEAHHHH <BR> <BR> My support team also includes my mom and husband. Another huge motivator is the walking group that I am organizer for. That has kept me motivated to walk. I had people mention yesterday that I am a fast walker! I have never heard that befor... Thu, 25 Oct 2007 07:14:52 EST Getting Noticed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=796040 I had a neighbor at my cottage this weekend notice right away that I look tanner and like I am slimming down! It was great to have that happen. Sun, 21 Oct 2007 22:53:25 EST walked 3 miles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=789169 Walked the block (.6 mile) by the kids school. Went 5 times around and was done in 50 minutes! Tue, 16 Oct 2007 14:40:32 EST Walked http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=787544 Walked with Henry at Dodge Park. Went approx 4 miles. :) Mon, 15 Oct 2007 13:20:05 EST