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/ 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 hav... 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 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