JCBURROW's SparkPeople Blog JCBURROW's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Fighting An Enemy OK, I have several enemies (sloth, clutter, quitter to name a few), but at this time "Self Pity" is at the head of the pack. <BR> * I'm still trying to recover from a miscarriage from a year ago. <BR> *My father passed away on 12/22/13 after a 3+ day bedside vigil. <BR> * My father-in-law passed away on 1/5/14 after a 3+ day bedside vigil. <BR> Although these are valid reasons to feel sad and grieve--I am trying so hard for them not to become excuses to bring my self-esteem down while my w... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 09:39:48 EST Daily reports for 6-17 & 6-18 Reports for 6-17 through 6-18 Still trying to get into new habits <BR> <BR> NUTRITION: 1 pt I really have got to make a way to find the time to track...I know this will become a crucial point <BR> <BR> EXERCISE,: 4 pt I am still trying to walk as much as I can each day <BR> <BR> SLEEP: 1 pt <BR> <BR> FAMILY: 2 pt <BR> <BR> DAILY TOTAL: 8 <BR> <BR> ACCRUED TOTAL: 44 <BR> <em>227</em> PLEASE DO NOT COMMENT TO THIS POST--see "BLC 22 A New Begining" blog if you want to p... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 09:25:38 EST BLC 22 A New Begining--returning to basics I know I had success in the past, so I need to return there to try to move forward. A major part of my plan for the next 12 weeks will be to work at being healthy one day at a time. I am going to try again to use a daily point system. If at first you don't succeed try and DO! <BR> <BR> 1 pt--TRACK EACH MEAL <BR> 5 pt--STAY WITHIN SET LIMIT PER DAY <BR> 5 pt--DRINKING at least 64 oz OF WATER PER DAY <BR> 10pt--DRINKING 110 OR MORE oz OF WATER PER DAY <BR> 1pt--EVERY 20 MIN. PLANNE... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 19:38:26 EST Finding the Victory For those that know me, my favorite moto has been: "Victory continues today!" Unfortunately in the past several months I've let life issues (many medical, some mental) take my eyes of that "VICTORY." <BR> <BR> "Victory" can have different meanings for different people. For me it is includes being a faithful servant of God and trying to become a healthier person. <BR> <BR> Today I am looking at where I am now so I can refocus for my future. I have come a long way, but lost a lot of precio... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 10:39:01 EST Jodie's BLC 19 Truth or Dare challenge entry We are in the 4th week of BLC 19 and we are challenged to review our current progress in our self-improvement journey in an attempt to determine and refocus our approach to achieving success. Completing assignments like this is exactly the type of accountability I seek in participating in these 12 week sessions. While specifically looking at where I am now, I can't help but to include entirely where I've come from. <BR> <BR> My approach to food intake has significantly changed in the past ... Mon, 21 May 2012 18:36:26 EST GOING THE EXTRA MILE <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This is just part of the group that showed up to support my friend Zach, his family & others with Prader-Willie Syndrome. We call ourselves...TEAM ZACH <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> These 4 Sparkers are some of my greatest encouragers on my personal weightloss/healthy journey! (Upper lef... Sun, 6 May 2012 15:28:21 EST PRADER-WILLI SYNDROME--How much do you know about it? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Maybe you have heard it referred to it as the "lock your refrigerator/cupboards " or the "those people eat themselves to death" disease. Maybe you thought those phrases were just myths to cover for binge eaters. Maybe you thought you were becoming one of those people. <BR> <BR> Prader-Willi Syndrome [PWS] is a life-long, incurable genetic disorder that causes a lower metabolism rate, very low muscle tone, and a ... Wed, 2 May 2012 19:30:20 EST My BLC 19 Game Plan My topmost goal for this 12 weeks is to lose @ 20 pounds to reach 199(& preferably by 6/21). I know this is a very high goal, but if I don't work as hard as I can to get there...I'll NEVER get there. SO...I'm going to "borrow" an idea I have seen on a recent blog (forgot which one & their incentive plan was much more elaborate than mine). I really struggle most with tracking every meal/every day and drinking my water. I also know I can get a whole lot further with more sleep. Therefore ... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 10:37:58 EST Facing Myself Update It has been almost 14 months since I have decided to embark on a journey to become a healthy person. If you had read my 3/4/11 blog ("Facing Myself'), you would know that it was seeing my father in a very poor state of health (weighing 413 lbs.) that sparked me to finally make a change in my life. <BR> <BR> In that time I have dropped @ 42 pounds, gone from a size 28 dress to a size 16/18, gone from a shoe size of 11 to 9.5and shrunk 48.5" combined throughout my body to = the height of my b... Thu, 12 Apr 2012 23:51:12 EST A Timely Non-Scale Victory I did not know what time it was when I went to pay a bill in a local office building. I took one look at the stairwell and thought to myself..."Yup, I can make it up 4 floors without any problem." I was right, not even one huff as I made it up to the landing of the forth floor. <BR> <BR> I had to make my way past several people waiting for the elevator as I opened the office door I needed. I was greeted by a smiling receptionist that said, "Got to let you know,if you had been 15 second... Wed, 14 Mar 2012 17:58:13 EST Celebrating An Accomplishment Yesterday (Sunday-March 12, 2012) was an afternoon for honoring 3 young men who achieved the Boy Scout lifetime rank of Eagle Scout. Our entire church was treated to a complimentary pasta dinner. <BR> <BR> The banquet hall was festively decorated with Blue & Gold balloons & confetti. The platter of salad & basket of fresh baked Italian bread were self-serve. I surgically eliminated the croutons for my & my husband's servings of salad then swapped my bread serving for his salad. (He was a ... Mon, 12 Mar 2012 10:40:52 EST Help Wanted: Lunch ideas needed As a Private Duty Nurse, my current weekday assignment leaves me without access to a refrigerator (I do use icepacks ) or a microwave. I want to break away from cold cut sandwiches. I would love it if you could share some low-sodium alternative with me. Wed, 1 Feb 2012 14:12:36 EST Some directions for taking measurements This is the guideline I use for my monthly measurments. I'm sorry I do not know the internet source for this info. <BR> PS: I obtain my neck measurment by placing measuring tape around the back of my neck and having a helper read it from the front just below the bony part of my chin. <BR> <BR> I take separate readings on right & left sides every time (they do differ on occasion). However, when reporting in places like the SparkPeople traker; I list the right side measurements to remain ... Tue, 29 Nov 2011 21:24:12 EST Jodie's BLC 17 Thankful blog--Measurements Wow, I have so much to be thankful for that I couldn't possibly contain it in one blog (you can read some of my other ones if you want to know more). Soooo...I'm going to stick to 1 subject--"Measurements" (I know I have written on this subject in the past, but for me it is currently something I am very thankful for.) <BR> I had heard of people (Spark & otherwise) measuring each area/body part with a fabric tape measuring tape once a month in order to keep track of inches lost (or gained-es... Sun, 27 Nov 2011 16:23:49 EST It is well with my Soul…Update #2 <em>213</em> It's been about 5 months since I've written about the amazing medical mystery journey that I have experienced this year. I want to give glory to God for all He has/is doing/and going to do in my life! <BR> <BR> Outside of some visual problems, I am stronger than ever physically and doing my best to be stronger in the LORD every day! <BR> <BR> Today I saw the Opthamologist who treated me in between my hospitalizations. I continue to be totally clear of the Optic Nerve Neurit... Thu, 3 Nov 2011 21:36:41 EST A GREAT DAY After I had to miss 2 registered 5K walks due to hospitalizations [suspected Multiple Sclerosis*] a month apart, I had developed a concern that I should not sign-up for anymore events. Four months have now passed and I'm tolerating working full-time without any problems beyond a cataract in my left eye. <BR> <BR> With encouragement & companionship from some Sparkers and their families, I completed my first scheduled 5K today! It sure feels great to not only conquer a fear, but to partake i... Sat, 24 Sep 2011 15:01:29 EST Improvements (My NOW Challenge for 5/30) Yes, I have seen some improvements during this first half of my 1st BLC Challenge. <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> I'm losing inches. My close friends make our "Measuring Parties" a joy to look forward to instead of dread <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> <em>10</em> The accountability is helping a lot like I expected it to. I find the challenges help keep me on track too. <em>101</em> <BR> <BR> <em>277</em> I'm loving my FREGGIES <em>267</em> <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> More of a "Perk" than an improve... Mon, 30 May 2011 08:14:44 EST GOT SLEEP? (My NOW Challenge for 5/29) We've all heard it from many sources. Even THE SPARK clearly addresses this underestimated issue. GET (at least 8 hours of) SLEEP! <BR> <BR> It's something I've always taken for granted. I have had the habit of staying up until 1-3am so often that my body no longer lets me sleep for more than 5 hours at a time even if I do go to bed @ 9-11pm. I accepted that and thought it was fine living with it that way. <BR> <BR> Now that I'm struggling with medical issues (mainly Multiple Sclerosis)... Sun, 29 May 2011 14:20:16 EST My NOW Challenge for 5/28 Bad habit: not tracking... limited internet access is not good enough excuse. I know I should write everything on paper then input it later. I always fall under the trap of "I'll remember it later"--Never works. I've got to try harder. <BR> <BR> Sat, 28 May 2011 19:22:53 EST My NOW Challenge for 5/27 O: Overturn a bad habit--be it nutrition, physical, mental (ie beating yourself up) then JOURNAL or BLOG about it - Post a blog entry or write in a personal journal about your Mid-challenge Thoughts. What bad habits do you have that are keeping you from your goals? What can you do to break these bad habits? Are you WHERE you wanted to be? What are your goals to Finish STRONG? What's your plan? <BR> <BR> 1) Copy my entries before hitting Spell Check or Post. That way I won't lose all my har... Fri, 27 May 2011 05:34:26 EST It is well with my Soul…Update #1 It has been a great week! <BR> Sunday 4/17: Came home from Hosp. Stayed home while my husband gave his first Word(sermon) at our church [ Bro. Gordon Burrow--David & Goliath]. My mother arrived from Richmond, VA late in evening. <BR> <BR> Monday 4/18: Got my Mom Hug! Vision still 100% restored. Jaw tightness active but manageable with Tylenol/Motrin. My mom drove me all around (especially to OCC campus). I got to get my cap & gown . Go... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 00:53:57 EST It is well with my soul... I felt like starting a different daily blog for myself. OK, so I will not be able to participate in a group competition to see what percentage of weight I can lose...I can still praise my LORD! His grace is sufficient for me. <BR> <BR> PS: You don't have to read this blog if you don't want to...but I need to write it to record & sort out the events for myself. You are welcome to come along with my journey if you wish. For's voluntary. <BR> <BR> This blog will follow a percenta... Wed, 13 Apr 2011 02:54:47 EST BLC 16- My Challenge! I am very excited that I took the plunge and entered the Biggest Loser Challenge 16. I know I'm only going to succeed with my weight loss if I am pushed. I can't think of a better pace setter. <BR> <BR> The only sports team I am on is "Competitive Target Shooting," but that is more like competing with yourself. I am looking forward to being a TEAM PLAYER. I am going to give it my best. <BR> <BR> 23 days until the BLC 16 begins! Mon, 21 Mar 2011 09:17:45 EST Facing Myself I have been obese most of my life. I have tried to loose weight several times, but then I would go back to eating what I wanted to and being "comfortable" with my lumpy, frumpy, sedentary self. <BR> All my life I've been told I look just like my father. I have never seen the connection, but then again, I never look at my face in the mirror. Recently, I have reconnected once again with him. Seeing him for the 1st time in 11 years I was shocked into seeing what I could become. Layi... Fri, 4 Mar 2011 12:10:15 EST