JADED_CHICK19's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JADED%5FCHICK19 JADED_CHICK19'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/ Michigan Paranormal Convention 2015 (PICS) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5983841 Well seeing it's almost been a month now since I went to MIParaCon I figure I should probably post some pictures to show you all how awesome it was. First let me say that I am SO happy that I got to go to this event. I have been wanting to go for quite a long time now and this was the first year that the stars aligned and I was able to attend. Even hubby enjoyed himself and the paranormal is not really his forte. Everyone was SO down to earth and easily accessible...no body guards..no red tap... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 12:38:43 EST V is for Vacation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5964935 Happy Wednesday Spark Friends!! <BR> <BR> Well it has been officially a full week back on track with Weight Watchers. I have to say that it was a great week. I really focused on my food this week and it went really well. I also found some great new recipes and alternatives to things I used to like. My favorite is this 8 point dessert (could be halved to make it 4pp) of 1 cup Arctic Zone ice cream with 1/4 cup sugar free chocolate syrup, and 4 Oreo Thins crushed on top. OMG YUM! It tastes li... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 13:20:08 EST Two Truths and One Wish http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962290 So as most of you know, I belong to the Dazzling Diamonds BLC Team. This week one of our challenges is to post a blog with a list of three things. Two of them are truths and one of them is a dream or a wish of something I hope to do one day. Your job my friends is to guess in the comments below which one is my dream/wish! I get points for every guess so make sure you comment! I'll be posting the answer in my blog next week Wednesday! <BR> <BR> Good Luck! <BR> <BR> 1. I have met an Olympic... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 13:42:01 EST Challenges and Promotions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961238 Howdy Spark Friends. It is that time of the week that I plan on posting a blog. Yup, every Wednesday. I figure that way I have a whole week of exciting life events to save up to tell you all about on my weekly Wednesday blog. Also, since I weigh-in on Wednesday I figure that will help me not only remember to blog but also I have at least one thing to talk to you all about. :) <BR> <BR> So let's start with weigh-in. It went bad. Very bad. I was at 273.2 this morning. Up another 1.6 from last... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 12:51:25 EST I Guess I Should Blog Today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5956975 Wow. I don't think I have ever gone this long without posting a blog since I started on Spark. Except maybe for those few times when I wasn't active on SP. I have been active though. I am still leading the Diamond team and posting my fitness minutes and reading blogs and commenting on pages. I have been around. I also have been losing and gaining the same 5 pounds for about a month. Before you even think about it, I am not on a plateau. So why am I blogging today? Because I need to get some f... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 13:41:24 EST Instagram http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5934632 Hey everyone! So I just wanted to post a quick message letting those of you who are interested in following my weight watcher journey know that I have a new instagram account dedicated to my weight loss journey. <BR> <BR> weightwatcherchick19 <BR> <BR> I decided that this is a great way to hold myself accountable as well as interact with others on WW and going through a lot of the same things. I made a new account so as not to annoy or bother those on my personal account with several posti... Tue, 26 May 2015 15:02:38 EST Is That Really Me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929728 First off I want to say Happy Sunday. I hope that you all are having a wonderful day and boo to the weekend being over. At least to those of us who are super lucky, we can look forward to a three day weekend next week. <BR> <BR> So I finally got off my butt and got to the gym. I did D1W1 of C25K. It was awesome. I was sweating more than I have in weeks and I went 1.86 miles in the 30 min workout. The 5.0 pace I did for my running sections felt good, even possibly slow at times and I really ... Sun, 17 May 2015 18:01:15 EST Happy Hump Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5927615 I can't believe it has been almost a month since I have blogged. I just haven't been in the mood I guess. I will say half the reason I am blogging right now is because I am exhausted and it will keep me awake. <BR> <BR> Halfway through May and I weighed in at 273.8 this morning. Not great but I was starting on another downhill spiral and actually weighed in at 276.0 yesterday. I was really pumped to see the 273 this morning. It also gave me a 0.4 pound loss over last week. I have been back ... Wed, 13 May 2015 16:33:07 EST Weekend in Chicago! (PICS) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915132 So I thought I would have a fun blog and show you all my great (but short) weekend in Chicago! Hubby had a blast like I knew he would so now he wants to plan a longer trip. Enjoy the pics! <BR> <BR> On the way down, we had lunch at the Rain Forest Cafe. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1679137941.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My good friend Kim. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1005100213.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The group. Jacob(Kim's DH), Kim, Me, and DH <BR> <... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 11:27:55 EST Calling On My Fellow Gym Rats... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908939 ...I need advice. I want to be getting the most out of my workouts and need a little guidance. <BR> <BR> Last time I consistently worked out and lost weight I was doing a mix of cardio and strength training. I would do C25K three days a week or a DVD workout and then would do BL Power Sculpt DVD 2-3 times a week as well. Since I have been working out 3-4 times a week consistently for a month now, I feel it's time to add in some ST. My only problem is without the video I'm not quite sure wha... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 14:11:47 EST Tuesday Ramblings... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5902996 Today's blog is not about how amazing I have done this month or how I met most of my goals. This blog is not about my April plans or how many pounds I want to lose. This blog is not about how happy I am with myself or how great my life is. This blog is an expression of how I'm feeling right now. Right this second. I am not looking for sympathy. I just need to get some feelings out regarding my "journey" and I feel that Spark is the only place that I can do this. It has always felt like a judg... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:45:02 EST Will I Ever Reach My Goals? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901860 Hey everyone. It's been quite a while since I have blogged. Just haven't really been into it. Last week was a disappointment as I only lost 0.2 lbs even though I did everything right. This week I had two bad days so I'm worried I will get the same result or worse. I've kept working out though and reaching or exceeding my goal of 120 minutes/1000 calories a week. I am still loving the gym! <BR> <BR> Last week Tuesday, my back started giving me trouble. I'm not quite sure what I did or what h... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 19:20:47 EST Fitness Consultant with Personal Trainer - RESULTS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5895267 Happy Hump Day Everyone! <BR> <BR> I've had quite a few people asking how my meeting with my Personal Trainer went the other day. Rather than answer everyone individually I decided to just blog about it. It's easier for me. Yes I'm selfish like that. HA! <BR> <BR> Anyways, I got there about 15 minutes early and the gym was crazy busy. At first I did not get a good vibe from the trainer. I felt that he was kind of an jerk and that he didn't really care to be there. He started out having me... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 13:14:38 EST It's Like I Flipped A Switch! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893995 Happy Monday! <BR> How was everyone's weekend? <BR> Did anyone have any St. Patty's day parties? <BR> <BR> I had a really busy weekend! On Friday I headed to the gym late and got in a workout. Saturday I had a hair appointment and then cleaned the kitchen, the bathroom, did 3 loads of laundry, and 2 loads of dishes. Then Sunday I woke up and cooked everyone breakfast, went to the gym, grocery shopped, and then did my fitness test for my BLC. I'm not sure where all that energy came from bu... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 13:43:10 EST This girl joined a GYM! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891160 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1778224144.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Happy Hump Day Sparkies! <BR> <BR> Just wanted to stop in and let everyone that didn't already know that I finally pulled the trigger and joined a GYM. I am seriously beyond excited. For a long time I have felt that being a member of a gym is too expensive and there was no way I could afford it. Honestly, I still feel that way but Anytime Fitness had a fantastic deal going on. I got 1 month free, free enrollment... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 14:06:14 EST Reviews of Last Week's Recipe's and This Week's Menu! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889835 Happy Monday Sparkies. <BR> <BR> I just wanted to stop by and post my reviews of the new recipe's that I tried last week and to also share what is on the menu for this week. <BR> <BR> So last week one of the first new recipe's that I tried was the Scalloped Potato and Ham Casserole: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1448545312.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My husband LOVED this one. He ate two helpings at dinner and one before bed. That is a first for him. I thought it was good... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 11:40:27 EST Goodbye February...Hello March http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5885628 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1038402483.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Well here we are in March. I can't say that I'm not excited for it to be getting closer to Spring. Don't get me wrong, I am not excited for the hot and humid weather we get in the summer. I enjoy warm weather but due to the age of my home and the lack of funds for updates, there are many windows that do not open and the insulation is not very effective and it can be similar to an oven in the summer. Think 90 degre... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 14:33:38 EST Valentines Day Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5876819 Hello everyone! Happy Valentines day a few days late. I hope that you all had a wonderful day with your significant others, friends, or family. I like to think of Valentines day less of a couples day and more as a day to appreciate the ones we love. <BR> <BR> I have been feeling sick and last week Tuesday I went to the casino with my friend. I have a tendency to smoke when I gamble even though I've quit about a year and a half ago. The next morning my throat was so sore and I thought it was... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 14:21:41 EST February Frustrations and Positive Thoughts! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5870661 First off I'd like to point out that I had originally typed up this entire blog and then my darn Mozilla crashed and I lost literally EVERYTHING I had been working on. Let's just say I was quite upset and it really shows just the type of week I have been having. I can't wait for today to be over. Right before that happened I had received an e-mail from the board asking for a document that I was unaware that they needed when I sent in a request. Do you think I had it done? NO. I am also workin... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 12:13:56 EST 10 Pound Milestone, February Goals, and Beginning to Hip Hop to Ab Status http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865246 Happy Thursday Sparkfriends! Guess what this means? The weekend is almost here! I am seriously so excited. Don't get me wrong...all that is planned is cleaning and grocery shopping but just not having to get up early and being able to drink coffee and stay in my yoga pants all day really has me pumped! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> So yesterday was one of my weigh-ins and I weighed in at 275.6 which puts me at 10.2 pounds down to date! I was so excited when I saw the scale that I did a little h... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:30:05 EST Review of DailyBurn So Far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5859912 I just wanted to post a quick VLOG giving a short review of Daily Burn for two days. I had a few people ask me my opinion so here it is. :) Wed, 21 Jan 2015 23:12:25 EST Sometimes You're The Windshield...Sometimes You're The Bug. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858698 Hey Sparkfriends! Happy Tuesday! I am so happy we are already on our way to the weekend! :) Today is going to be a relatively slow day at work but tomorrow I am traveling to another office about an hour away to cover the cases in that area until a new case manager is hired. That means it will go by pretty fast. Fast = Good. Yesterday I spent most of the day at a Martin Luther King Day Service Fair that was held at a local community college. It was pretty slow and not many people came but I wa... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 11:52:22 EST There Is No Failure Except Giving Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5855762 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1839499789.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I hope you are all having a great start to your weekends! Mine starts in less than 6 hours. :) So confession time. Last night was not a good night for me. The day started out great and my food was on track and everything was normal. I got home and ate my planned snack and then all of a sudden I was eating a salad (with full flavor dressing), more string cheese, a snack pack of cookies, a bunch of Mambas, and even ... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 12:05:59 EST Success is the Sum of Small Efforts Repeated Day In & Day Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5855162 <em>524</em> Friends! <BR> <BR> It's been about a week since I have wrote but I am doing well. Weigh in was great this week and I am 7.4 pounds down since I started on the 5th. I have already surpassed my goal of 5 pounds this month and I am very proud of how on track I have been. Here is my Week One photo that I took on Monday: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l266406487.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Don't mind the mess behind me or my sleepy expression. :) I look forwar... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 16:06:50 EST I Don't Want It To Happen To Me... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850211 So when I feel like I want to snack or am bored or just because I've been very active on Spark lately. I've been looking at success stories, reading blogs, looking at progress pictures ect. I've been focusing on people who had weighed what I do now or at least close to the amount of pounds that I am looking to lose. One thing that I have seen on numerous people's pages is the need for skin removal surgery. <BR> <BR> RANT TIME: Say what? I know that people who lose a lot of weight sometimes ... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 10:17:46 EST New Year = New Me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5847543 Not too much going on with me. I wanted to quick blog about my first day back and also about how I am looking into the New Year. I am still battling a cold but it seems to be sticking to my sinuses. I am very congested and talk a little funny but I'll take it versus what my friend has and what my hubby has. My friend's mom has pneumonia and they are thinking she has the same. DH is down for the count as well and has a sore throat, cough, aches, ect. My son is being his normal self and not get... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 10:54:52 EST January 2015 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5844914 Well two days and it is start day! :) Over this week I have been preparing to begin the next phase in my weight loss journey. I am nervous because I have failed so many times before but I am also excited because I feel so much more mentally prepared and I have my entire house on board with getting healthy. This is so much more than just losing weight and looking cute in clothes. (although that is a perk I am excited for!) Here are some of the things I'm most looking forward to in the future: ... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 16:17:47 EST Time to Play Catch-Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836836 Wow. It has been awhile since I have blogged! So sorry to keep you all out of my life for so long! I never meant to do it intentionally of course. It has been so crazy hectic with the holidays both at work and at home that honestly SparkPeople has taken a backseat. The last two weeks I have been all over Wisconsin attending end of the year meetings and also trying to get my kids to come in for their December appointments. I am very much looking forward to my vacation starting on the 24th. It ... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:38:37 EST Italian Chicken http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822427 So I made another yummy chicken dish tonight. I forgot to take a picture but it is incredible. It tastes like chicken parm only without the breading. Best part? My version only has 265 calories! Recipe listed below: <BR> <BR> <BR> 3-4 Chicken Breasts (I used 4) <BR> 0.25 cup Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto (I used Classico) <BR> 1 cup reduced fat shredded mozzarella cheese. (I used Sargento) <BR> <BR> Place chicken in glass baking dish. Spread pesto over the chicken. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 ... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 19:52:57 EST Changing Your Mind CAN Change Your Results. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819494 Good Morning Sparkies! <BR> <BR> It is hump day..we have made it halfway through the week and only a few more days till the weekend. Also for anyone who is counting..only 35 days left till Christmas! I am really excited for Christmas this year. I am probably going to be putting up the decorations this weekend. I usually do it the weekend right after Thanksgiving but my son will be at grandmas and he wants to help so looks like this is the weekend. Speaking of Thanksgiving…it is only going t... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:41:29 EST Frustration and Biggest Loser Fall Challenge Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818755 Well, here we are at the end of yet another BL challenge. I am once again going to weigh in higher at the end then I did at the beginning. I am disappointed in myself to say the least. I did not reach ANY of the goals I set for myself. I wish I would have done it differently. I wish I wasn't having such a hard time this entire year. But at the end of the day, the wishes and the regrets can only do one thing...fuel you to do what you gotta do. <BR> <BR> This last week I have really been tryi... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 07:33:22 EST Operation 15 Pounds by Christmas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813709 Yes it's true. I fell off the wagon yet again. I was hesitant to blog or make a big return to spark as I always feel somewhat nervous how others will react. I feel like I am always writing a blog about getting back on track and yet I fall off every time. But with that being said...I do have a plan that I am really excited about. <BR> <BR> Operation 15 Pounds by Christmas!! <BR> <BR> I have my workout schedule done and will be shooting for 1700 calories a day. Friday's will probably be my ... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 16:56:40 EST Day 9 - Catching Up and Other Oddities http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802314 Hey Sparkies..sorry for the almost week hiatus. Ive been sick since my last blog and have just been getting home from work and laying around. I got really bad on Friday night so most of Saturday was just me being lazy and sleeping. I can function and make it through the day but I am not at 100% and I am not enjoying having to function. I haven't been able to work out and I don't want to push it by walking outside because last time I did that I got sick! It's cold and windy and brrr so I've be... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:34:03 EST Day 3 - Sickness Strikes Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798829 Well its official...the sick bug decided it wasn't quite through with me. As most of you remember, I was sick last week for a few days but kicked it to the curb by Saturday afternoon. Unfortunately it came back and now he's out for blood! I am exhausted...if my nose isn't running it's stuffed to the point of a huge sinus headache, my throat hurts, and my body is sore. I can't wait to leave work and go to bed! At least Criminal Minds and Stalker are on tonight...yay for a night full of twiste... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:00:42 EST Day 2 - Perfection is Not Always Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798122 So here we are about halfway through my second day of getting healthy. It's going good. Yesterday I was within calorie range and went for a walk with the dog. I did get quite hungry around 9 p.m. and I thankfully had enough calories to have a small 90 calorie WW brownie. It was good but didn't make my tummy stop saying feed me. I went to bed and reminded myself that I could eat a nice big breakfast in the morning. Today has gone o... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:04:30 EST Day 1 - Getting Prepared, Finding Motivation, and Loving Life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797535 Day One - The day that you can begin fresh and new and not think about your past failures. Where you are only looking forward and not looking back. I decided last minute to erase all my old progress awards, start my ticker over, and change my goals. I have been on Spark about 4 1/2 years and I don't want to erase my time on here completely but I do need that fresh new car smell so to speak. I need to see how far I'm going to go and not how far I have fallen. This morning I weighed in and chan... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 16:14:27 EST All About Me! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793364 One of our challenges for the BLC Dazzling Diamonds team is to post a blog with a bunch of info about ourselves. I stole this from a Google search but hopefully this sheds some insight into who I am. :) Enjoy! <BR> <BR> 50 Questions Tag! Here are the questions and my answers: <BR> <BR> 1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? <BR> No. My mom swears my name came from a baby book but I've never seen it in one. (Full first and middle name: Zaneta Lael) <BR> <BR> 2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CR... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 11:30:06 EST To Learn To Succeed..You Must First Learn To Fail http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791895 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1817342607.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I hate to fail but I think that this is so true. In the last year, I have gained almost 30 pounds. The same 30 pounds that I lost last summer. I worked my tail off to lose those 30 pounds and yet they are back and just as taunting as before. I don't want to be this weight. I don't want my world to revolve around food. I don't want to live to eat. I don't want to be a failure. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spar... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 19:09:07 EST What a Difference a Year Makes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786746 Wowsers. <BR> <BR> You never know just how much stamina you have lost until you try to do something that you've done before easily. Last night I decided that I HAD to workout. I have to get out of this rut somehow. So I thought I'm going to do Rockin Body. It always gives me a great workout and it's somewhat fun. I wanted to start with Party express which is 25 minutes but remembered I haven't worked out in over a month so settled on Mark, Move, and Groove which is the beginning 15 minute w... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 11:17:51 EST How do I get my MoJo back? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785497 I've figured out that I'm depressed...not sure what is making me that way or if it's just my anxiety/depression catching up to me. I was diagnosed in 2006 however in late 2011 I lost my health insurance so I have since gone off my medication. It hasn't made too much of an impact...some days are worse than others but lately I have really been in a funk. <BR> <BR> My eating has really gotten out of control and I've gained about 5 pounds...yeah that reads GAINED. SMH. Don't ask...I don't know w... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 13:26:11 EST TGIFriday Ramblings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778525 Happy Friday! I am so happy it's the weekend! I am really tired from the week and I'm ready to just relax and maybe get the house clean. I say that every weekend but I know one of these weekends I'll actually do it. HAHA! Next week is going to be rough because I will be out of town Monday night, Tuesday, and Wednesday and will be eating out every day/meal. One thing that I know I need to do is set some time aside each night and get a workout in! That can offset the meals and then it won't be ... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:41:49 EST Where I Was...Where I Am..Where I Need To Be. (BLC Fall Challenge Goals) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777164 Well here we are at the start of another BLC challenge. I have been part of the Dazzling Diamonds BLC Team for almost a year now and over the course of that year I have gained back almost all the weight that I had lost last summer. It¡¦s a tough reality. Today was our beginning weights for the Fall challenge and the number on the scale was enough to knock me over. 267.6. 267.6. 267.6!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Some background for you: February of 2012 I had hit my highest weight ever of 289.6. Over a ... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 10:10:05 EST New Hair (Pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760993 Hope you all are having a great weekend!! So here are my before and after pictures for my hair! It's a huge change but it's perfect for fall and for starting a new job! It wasn't exactly what I had first thought about but after we decided on the color and I saw it..I love it! Still bold like I like but still toned down enough to be professional. :) Enjoy! <BR> <BR> Before: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1458316575.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 19:04:29 EST Alot Can Happen In A Week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758884 Wow. What a week it has been!!! First thing I want to apologize to all of you who have been cheering me on or following me recently for being so inactive and for my lack of participation this week. It has been an emotional roller coaster and my health and journey were put on hold. After weighing in today I was up 3 pounds. I'm not upset or shocked by the number and I'm totally fine with it. Instead of being upset I put my big girl panties on and started drinking water and planning for a healt... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:35:04 EST It Is Not Easy....But It Is Worth It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753582 Hello Sparkers!! <BR> <BR> So yesterday was weigh in but there was no change in my weight. Hung right in there at 260.8. It was a rough week. TOM was visiting so I wanted to eat everything in sight. Not just cravings but actual hunger all the time. I did give in to my binges and treats more than I would have liked so to come out the same means my working out did help. It is disappointing for a second week back on track but I'm not going to let it get me down! This is a marathon not a race a... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 11:37:35 EST Results Don't Happen Overnight..Neither Do Habits. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750280 Bonus Blog!! :) <BR> <BR> I figure now that I am only guaranteeing one blog a week that bonus blogs will come more often...isn't that how it always happens? So yesterday I weighed in for BLC and was the same as on Monday which made me happy because I know how fickle the scale can be from day to day. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had a planned cheat meal of Pizza Hut. For some reason this made my brain go YAY! I can eat whatever I want whenever I want because I'm going to be over calories. So I b... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:56:09 EST Week One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748180 Happy Monday! So today was weigh in and I'm so happy with Week One's results! Here are the numbers and look back on goals from last week. <BR> <BR> Weight 7/21- 265.6 <BR> <BR> Weigh In 7/28 - 260.8 <BR> <BR> Loss of -4.8 pounds. <BR> <BR> Week Goals: <BR> <BR> Stay within calorie range every day. <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Workout 3 days this week. <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Drink 6 glasses of water a day. - Made it about 4/7 <BR> <BR> Weigh in on Wednesdays and Mondays. ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:10:31 EST Because Today is Another Chance to Get it Right! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743778 It's been a long time since I have blogged so I figure I should catch you up on what's going on! <BR> <BR> For the last few months I keep restarting it seems every Monday and by Friday I have fallen off track. I am sick of it. I'm sick of not caring enough about myself to be the best that I can be. Today I restarted again. For some reason today was easy! Ashwin is being really supportive. He always was but he even cooked and ATE a Salmon burger tonight for me. I really really liked them and... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:21:28 EST Independance Day Photo Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732468 One of our challenges this week for BLC is to post a photo blog of how we celebrated the 4th. So here goes mine! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1934846089.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Me and Memphis started off the Holiday by going to the parade. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l136496094.jpg"> <BR> <BR> He had fun getting the candy and especially liked seeing the police cars. (He wants to be one when he grows up) <BR> <BR> <img src="htt... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 11:16:04 EST What the Hell is Wrong With Me??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725642 ** Disclaimer : This blog will not be puppies and rainbows and maybe even some yelling at myself. Please do not tell me to not be so hard on myself because I already know that but I just need to get some thoughts out and this is the best way for me to do it. ** <BR> <BR> So last week I was doing great. I was finally getting my food under control, having good losses, and I had my working out on point and ready to add in some more. I went out of town for a Manager's Meeting and all hell break... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 13:04:40 EST