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/ Day One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6263845 Welcome to my Re-Start! Yesterday I woke up to my highest weight ever of 307.3 pounds and I didn't like it one bit. Last week I went on a work trip to Chicago and by the end of that trip I could barely walk due to how much weight I was lugging around! I said enough is enough and I started to make a plan. <BR> <BR> I have decided to drop out of all of my current and future challenges for the time being and use that energy and focus on myself. It was a really hard decision because I feel like... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 12:12:59 EST September Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6227696 Welcome to my favorite season of the year!!! Ok, I know...I still have a few weeks before I can truly say it is Fall. I love Fall so much! I wish I could live somewhere where it was Fall all year long! That would truly be my happy place. I love the weather, the colors, the hoodies, the bonfires, the pumpkin spice...need I go on? <BR> <BR> Anyways, as some of you know I have re-started (AGAIN) on August 28th. I have a feeling this will be my last re-start. Something in myself has changed...I... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 10:49:51 EST August Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6212203 Wow, it's been a long time since I've blogged. I feel like I've only been blogging when I am super motivated or super depressed. So today I've decided to make a quick blog about my goals for August. <BR> <BR> 1. Lose 8 pounds <BR> 2. Log on to Spark every day between August 4th - August 31st. <BR> 3. Workout 10 times this month. <BR> <BR> That's it. I need to stop overthinking everything. I have been trying to get back on track for 3 years now and lose this weight once and for all. I don... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 13:47:48 EST Sick & Tired of being Sick & Tired. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6183429 Well this last week has been a rough one. For some reason after losing an EPIC 5.5 pounds after my first week, I fell into a deep depression. I cried over everything, I felt worthless, I wanted to just disappear from life for awhile. Of course this caused my eating to skyrocket and my tracking became non existent. Saturday I woke up feeling better after finding a nice outfit to wear to my husband's cousin's wedding and was feeling really pretty. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpe... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 13:00:17 EST Fat Lasts Longer Than Flavor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6169487 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d9ec224d-c4a2-4f46-af95-26f2dba544d1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Dang..it's that the truth. I saw that saying on a friend's FaceBook this morning literally minutes before I decided to write this blog. TIMING! I think part of the reason that I've been having trouble getting and staying on track is the fact that I have let myself get so big that even 20 pounds will only get me back to where I was last October....or in my head still big. And it is! If I lose... Tue, 24 May 2016 12:38:07 EST Register NOW for BLC Summer Camp!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6160709 The Biggest Loser Challenge (also known as the BLC) is a 15 week challenge that was INSPIRED by, but not based on the TV show of the same name. We have been around for 9+ years encouraging HEALTHY weight loss and fitness by helping you on your journey towards your goals. During the busy summer months, we have a Summer Camp round which runs for 8 weeks. <BR> <BR> What is it YOU need to reach your goals? Do you need lots of SUPPORT, to be CHALLENGED, to focus on NUTRITION, EXERCISE, or some co... Wed, 11 May 2016 09:46:54 EST The Girl Who Cried Wolf... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6160113 I feel like the girl who cried wolf. <BR> <BR> Do you ever feel like you make a ton of promises to yourself and others and fail to follow through...every time? That's how I feel. How many times have I sat here over the last 6 years promising that this was the time...that this was the day I began my healthy life? I'd have to say well over 100 times. I have promised myself, my Sparkfriends, my family, Facebook, Instagram...and yet here I am..still 287 pounds...still on the struggle bus. Well ... Tue, 10 May 2016 12:47:11 EST You Might Have to Fight A Battle More Than Once to Win It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6152112 I really wanted to do a vlog today but unfortunately I can't do those at work..so a blog it is. First off can the weekend come just a little faster? I know it is Thursday and it's right around the corner but one more day seems almost unbearable! I love my job but sometimes it would be nice to just get a week off every once in awhile..paid of course! Haha! Speaking of work, next week I will be going to Wisconsin Dells for training. I am very excited to get time away from the office and let loo... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:17:36 EST Last Wrestling Meet of 2016 (PICS) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6150002 Happy Monday everyone! <BR> <BR> So this past weekend was my son's last wrestling meet of the 2016 season and what a way to end the season! My son placed first and the team also came in first! Such an amazing day! So proud of my little guy and the whole team! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0e5d8644-82ff-4c99-a154-e32cbc8249b1.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c8f5e4ec-168b-47a6-a862-c5be371d9c71.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.s... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 12:58:29 EST This is a NEW Journey (PICS) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6146526 First off let me say Happy Wednesday! If you are like me and work a M-F job today is a great day because the rest of the week is all downhill from here! I have a pretty packed afternoon today so wanted to try and get a quick blog in seeing as I haven't written in awhile. <BR> <BR> This past weekend my son had a wrestling tournament and he got first place! It was his first time getting first and he did amazing...you could tell he really wanted it this time! He got two pins and won by points ... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 12:53:25 EST Weigh In Wednesday, Asthma, and Mean Moms http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6125822 Howdy my loves! I hope everyone is having a great start to this week before Easter! I am excited for Easter. We are heading to my in-laws for a large celebration! My husband comes from a gigantic family so there are usually at least 30-40 people at holiday functions. Somehow everyone fits! I am bringing my Texas Caviar recipe which everyone loves including myself and thankfully it is super healthy! <BR> <BR> So this morning was weigh in. I lost 0.9 this week which I am pretty happy about se... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 10:35:29 EST Praise the Lord It's Fri-Yay! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6122173 So not sure if you all know this yet but it is totally Fri-YAY! And this will pretty much be me at 4:30... <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/026fac21-c3db-499a-beb8-2ab6500ef79e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So Wednesday was weigh in and I was shocked and excited to see 285.5 staring back at me. I was hoping for 286 so the little extra really made me excited! Down 4.5 this week and 6.9 total since restarting 3 weeks ago. I still have a LONG ways to go and alot of learning to do. Wednes... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 11:19:47 EST Never Miss A Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6118957 I think that there should be exceptions on Time Change Weekends..just saying…but this girl did not miss a Monday and I did the Full Out workout of CIZE this morning. It was fast! I felt really blah this morning during my workout as well...not sure if it was due to being tired or if it was literally that hard for me. Either way, I am hoping that Wednesday's version goes a little smoother now that I've had some experience with it. I did get a workout in today tho! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 11:52:33 EST Wacky Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6115149 Well I am proud to say that this morning my alarm went off at 5 and I looked at it for a few seconds and thought it would be SO easy to just reset it for 6 and go back to sleep. But that is one of the ways I got to the point that I'm at now so instead I turned it off and got up. I decided to try the second routine on CIZE and let me tell you..it was SO FUN! I felt like I was really learning a dance routine and not just doing a workout video. My Fitbit told me that I burned 508 calories. 508!!... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 12:10:57 EST I'm Doing This On My Own http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6114407 So tomorrow is weigh-in. I had a bad week. I didn't workout and I ate garbage. I don't know why...the only reason I can think of is that it was easier. Doesn't mean it was a good reason but probably the one that works. This morning I was up 1.1 from last week. I guess at this point I'm just hoping that I can stick to the plan today and maintain last week's loss. Fingers crossed. <BR> <BR> I realized something this morning as I was analyzing why I did what I did this past week and why I didn... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 14:37:37 EST March Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6108667 So this is going to be my first full month back on track and using Spark People. Tomorrow is my first weigh in with my new goals so I am excited and nervous for the results. This week has been less than perfect but I have definitely made some great strides towards becoming a healthier person again. <BR> <BR> So here are my goals for March: <BR> <BR> 1. Lose 8 pounds <BR> 2. Stay in calorie range 6/7 days. Preferably 1700-1800 calories. (2010 is my max per SP) <BR> 3. Complete 450 Fitnes... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 15:04:28 EST Fun Weekend Back Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6102136 Last week did not go as I had hoped and then I went back home for the weekend for my best friend's bridal shower and bachlorette party and mistakes were made! But I had a blast and it was so great seeing all my friends! Here are some pics from the night! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/428485d6-af4b-44c2-8034-5c74e2c1fa57.jpg"> <BR> My friend Stephanie who I haven't seen in YEARS! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a532a53c-4764-461a-81bc... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 13:59:59 EST Smart Points Aren't So Smart For Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6097231 Happy Tuesday Everyone! <BR> <BR> Yesterday went well. I only made one slip up and had some Ritz cheese sandwiches after dinner. My night snacking is the hardest part of my day. I know it is just a habit that I need to break but it is probably the hardest one for me. <BR> <BR> Anyways, back to my title of this blog. I have been unsuccessful at losing weight for a long time now but I had given weight watchers a try back in April of have last year. I didn't stick to it very well but when I ... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 10:33:28 EST New Goals and What My Weekends Have Been Consumed With.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6096589 Hola Sparkfriends! <BR> <BR> Sorry I have been MIA lately. First I got sick. VERY sick. I finally went to the doctor's last week and they put me on some heavy medication. I am still really congested and still have the occasional cough with the once a day coughing fits. Then my computer broke and I had to send it in for repairs. Unfortunately I didn't have time every day to check in and here we are on February 15th right back where I started. <BR> <BR> Last week I sat down to really think ... Mon, 15 Feb 2016 14:59:39 EST Week Three Did Not Go As Planned http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6080769 Well this week did not go as planned. Some numbers before I start: <BR> <BR> Starting Weight 2016 : 288.9 <BR> <BR> Week 3 Weigh In: + 3.0 pounds <BR> <BR> Total YTD Lost: -5.7 pounds <BR> <BR> So this week was bad. I splurged on Thursday last week and my cheat meal turned into a cheat week. I would wake up each morning and say today is the day that I stop this and then I didn't. It felt impossible to stop! I would be on the drive home and start thinking about doritos or reeses cups...I... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 15:44:01 EST It's Been Two Weeks Since You Looked At Me... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6074632 Ok..Ok..I know..it's only supposed to be one week since you looked at me, cocked your head to the side and said I'm angry. (Who doesn't love a little Barenaked Ladies in their life?) But for me, it's been TWO weeks since I said I was angry of being fat and it's been TWO weeks that I have been on track. So just to post some numbers for you: <BR> <BR> Start Weight Jan 6th - 288.9 <BR> <BR> Week 2 Weigh In - 280.2 <BR> <BR> Total Loss YTD: 8.7 pounds <BR> <BR> I am beyond thrilled for pull... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 14:37:00 EST Week One In The Books http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6069300 First off, I just want to say thank you to everyone who posted comments on my last blog with support and suggestions. I haven't had the time to thank each of you individually so I'm doing the lazy general shout out! <BR> <BR> So yesterday was my first weigh in of 2016! Week One complete! Starting out it was rough. I won't lie. I couldn't stick to my points...I went off the rails..no matter what I did I couldn't stick to it. I was so scared that I wasn't going to be able to do it yet again. ... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 11:37:22 EST Failure Does Not Equal Defeat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6063164 So last night I failed. I failed hard. I did great all day. Stuck to what I had brought to work and all that jazz but when I got home I was so hungry it felt like I couldn't think about anything other than food! I felt shaky and that if I didn't eat I would die. I tried eating a healthy snack. I tried telling myself I don't need anything. I tried to wait till dinner but I couldn't. I was famished and I ate like I hadn't eaten in days. <BR> <BR> That's the bad news. The good news is, I sat d... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 13:33:58 EST Lean & Mean in 2016! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6061125 Happy New Year Spark Family!!! <BR> <BR> I am really excited for 2016. I think that it's going to be a great year filled with amazing things. At least that is my hope and wish. I have decided to create a better me this year in more ways than one. Here is a list of my resolutions <BR> <BR> 1. Get Healthy - I have wanted to lose weight for so long but I think that now it is a question of my health. This is my last year in my 20s and I don't want to start my next decade obese. <BR> <BR> 2.... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 13:21:39 EST Why Does Healthy Equal $$ (My review of my PT session) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6047965 Happy Tuesday Friends! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow will be my first weigh in since being back on the healthy train and I am excited and nervous to see my results. I FEEL so much better than I did a week ago when I wrote my looking forward blog so I would say that is a good sign. I just am excited to start SEEING results! It will be so fun and exciting! Overall the week has gone really well. I’ve stayed right at my Daily Points allowance every day except for my planned free day on Saturday which was ... Tue, 15 Dec 2015 15:42:11 EST Botanical Garden - Garden of Lights (PICS) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6047043 Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm so not ready for the weekend to be over..I think weekends should be three days long: One day for chores, one day for fun, and one day to just do absolutely nothing and rest! :) <BR> <BR> Anyways, yesterday I took my little to the Botanical Gardens with my mom and grandma. They set up a pathway with lights and you can ride a horse drawn wagon. It's really a neat thing! Here are some pics from the adventure: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com... Sun, 13 Dec 2015 21:26:19 EST Hindsight Might be 20/20 But I'm Only Looking Forward Now! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6044348 I didn't want to have to write this blog. I wanted everything to work out exactly how I had set it out to be in my mind. I wanted this to be the blog telling everyone I'm still on track and down X amount of pounds. But it's not. If that's the type of blogs you like to read then you might want to hit the back arrow now. Unfortunately this blog is about struggle and the feelings that go with it. <BR> <BR> For those of you who have been following my journey over the last few years know that in... Tue, 8 Dec 2015 14:13:38 EST Week One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6034224 Today marks one full week back to living a healthier lifestyle. I feel like I've completed week 1 about a million times now. I constantly fall of track and then pick myself back up and complete another week or two only to fall off again. I don't plan to fall off this time. I think I've been looking at this the wrong way. I've looked at it as a diet and that is not what this is. It is a healthy lifestyle and I need to remember that. It's ok to have treats now and then but not every day and not... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 12:10:11 EST Enough is Enough! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6022055 So I'm sure it's no surprise to any of you that for most of October I fell off the brightly colored wagon I was riding. It's the same ole racetrack for me. I get sick of being fat. I set new goals and a new plan. I am good for a few days or a few weeks. I crash and burn. Well enough is enough! Do I want to lose weight? DUH! But even more importantly I NEED to lose weight and I NEED to get healthy. <BR> <BR> This weekend I went shopping for new work pants...the most depressing task I ever ha... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 12:13:45 EST My plan of ATTACK! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6011719 So first off I would like to just say <em>304</em> so much to everyone who sent goodies or comments when I came clean about my binge yesterday. It was so great realizing that I am not alone! There are so many people in the same boat or who have been in my shoes before and that others have made it out successful! Together we can achieve success and this is just another way that Spark has shown how amazing this community is. I am so thankful to have stumbled upon this site all those years ag... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 16:17:57 EST Running Away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6011088 First off let me say that I probably should have done a vlog because this is going to make my fingers hurt. At least I have a million thoughts going through my head but that doesn’t necessarily mean they will all make their way to this blog. In fact, most of the time my blogs are just random messes of thoughts with no direction or purpose to them. So I apologize in advance if I am rambling…not getting enough points across…and listing complete chaos. But I am not a writer so you will have to b... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 15:08:16 EST Season of Changes and BLC29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5999683 Howdy SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> TGIF am I right? Fridays are seriously my most favorite day. I start waiting for Friday on Sunday nights! HAHA! <BR> <BR> Anyways, as part of my BLC Challenge with the Dazzling Diamonds, we needed to choose three habits that we are going to leaf behind. It is part of the theme of Fall with the season of changes. Here are my three: <BR> <BR> 1. Do not turn a Splurge Day into a Free for all. <BR> - I plan on making sure that I track everything. I get 49 ext... Fri, 18 Sep 2015 11:18:37 EST Milwaukee Adventures, First Day of School, and Getting Back on Track (PICS) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5993518 Howdy Spark Friends! <BR> <BR> I hope you all had a wonderful labor day weekend! I know I enjoyed having 5 days off. It made waking up this morning hard and being at work even harder but I thought I would take a few moments and type up a blog showcasing my last few days. <BR> <BR> So the trip started off a little rough when our car's serpentine belt went and the entire assembly had to be replaced..it was quite expensive and I was not prepared for the expense but my mom offered to take her... Tue, 8 Sep 2015 15:19:56 EST 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