JITTERBUGJOY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JITTERBUGJOY JITTERBUGJOY'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/ Update Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5525819 It's been a little while since I have blogged. I suppose it's time to get back to that! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> So happy to be the Bright Star of the Day!!!! <em>334</em> I have an awesome team for the Fall 5% Challenge! Each and every member keeps me motivated to keep moving and doing my best!!! <BR> <BR> The last couple weeks have been pretty good in my house! Been doing my best to eat good foods and limit the junk food. I have to say that I have been doing pretty good with this! <em... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 18:03:39 EST Sick, but on the Mend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5516499 On Saturday morning my son woke up very sick <em>527</em> His cough was (and still is) absolutely horrible. Hubby and I looked his symptoms up online and we believe he had croup. Not cool! We waited for hours on both Sunday and Monday at outpatients trying to get him seen by a doctor but because it's a holiday weekend here we ended up leaving before he was seen. My family doctor saw him first thing Wednesday morning and said he for sure was sick, he can't say what he had because he was on t... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 22:20:20 EST Challenge About to Begin!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5511121 In just a few hours the plane takes off for the Fall 5% Challenge!!!! <BR> <BR> For the next several weeks I will be working at getting myself back on track and making living a healthier lifestyle the way I life rather than something I think about. <BR> <BR> It's time to get up, lace up those shoes, grab a water bottle and a banana and get moving my booty!!! Fri, 11 Oct 2013 22:03:05 EST Life is Good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510965 Things in my life are starting to really feel right! Like everything is slowly falling together and letting me know that I am on the right path! <BR> <BR> When we moved into our little trailer at the beginning of August we had such dreams of what we would be able to do up here! We have been dreaming about small scale farming/homesteading for a few years now and because we were living in town weren't allowed to have any animals (other than our cats and dog) or even a small vegetable garden ou... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 17:47:54 EST Fall 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5508176 For the past little bit I have been prepping myself up for the Fall 5% Challenge!! I'm excited to get this challenge underway and push myself out of my comfort zone of doing absolutely nothing most of the time and make a change in my life and in my health! <BR> <BR> So, though I have been reading them, and mentally doing some of the pre-challenge activities, I have not been actively writing all of them or updating my page or whatever else the activity stated. <BR> <BR> So...here I go... <BR... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 16:41:20 EST Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5507481 Over the past couple days I haven't been on my computer a whole lot. I have been out and about with family, enjoying the wonderful fall activity of making apple cider!!! <BR> <BR> Mmmmmmm!!! It is sooooo tasty!!!! <BR> <BR> One of the best things about it is I know exactly what went into the making of it! Apples! Crushed apple juice, to be exact. Nothing else!!!! <BR> <BR> I am really tired of worrying about what goes into everything I eat. I really wish it were simpler to go to the grocer... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 23:02:23 EST One Step at a Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5503790 So much to think about when you are looking at making a complete overhaul on your lifestyle. Where to even begin?!?!?! <BR> <BR> Well, I have been spending some time looking at meal plans and exercise routines. I am going to focus mainly on my food at first and aim for at least 10 minutes of physical activity a day. I have a three year old so 10 minutes is probably much less than I accomplish on the average day without even realizing that I am exercising! But I know my eating habits are what... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 19:56:58 EST Fall 5% Challenge Exercise Commitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5499565 Fall 5% Challenge Exercise Commitment: I will walk for 10 minutes every day! <BR> <BR> I know this sounds like a rather small commitment, but it's something I know I can accomplish every day, even on busy days. I can certainly do more, but I know that one those days when I just can't do a 30 minute workout video, or walk for an hour, I know I can walk for 10 minutes. I have all kinds of spare 10 minutes kicking around my day, I'm going to start borrowing some of those time spans and putting ... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 19:37:23 EST Getting Life Back on Track! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5496882 I have been absent from SparkPeople for a while now. Life has just been going all over the place for me! <BR> <BR> On August 1st we moved into our little dream place! The trailer is much smaller than the house we had been living in but we are out of town (really in the middle of nowhere) and have 30+ acres of land to call our back yard! We are still renting but our landlords here are fantastic and very encouraging of us to have a small farm and live the life we have been wanting to live whil... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 12:39:52 EST Getting Back on Track - Small Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401885 It has taken me the past few months of working to try and sort out any form of schedule or regularity in my daily life. It isn't easy, when I work strange hours compared to the hours I was used to keeping at home before I went back to work. I am currently starting work at 2:30 pm and finishing at 11:30. I have worked later than that, and even an occasional shift earlier than that. It has been making it difficult to try and manage my diabetes too. Everything shifting up and down on me is just ... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 23:06:41 EST I Got Rid of the Scale! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5286439 I have tossed my scale out! It`s gone! (I didn`t really toss it out but I gave it to my dad and step-mom). <BR> <BR> I don`t care what the scale tells me anymore! <BR> <BR> For a long time I have talked about, and motivated people away from the scale while I would always (secretly) be too concerned with the numbers on it. I always had to check. As much as I have been aware that there are other ways to measure success, such as measurements, how your body physically and mentally feels, as wel... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 11:14:56 EST Better Sleep Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5261128 I have decided to start off my SparkPeople program this time with focusing on my sleep and helping increase my energy levels by first making sure I am getting enough sleep at night. <BR> <BR> I am starting small and slow and this is an area that I have been struggling with for years. <BR> <BR> My goals: <BR> 1. get to bed by 11:00 pm <BR> 2. wake up by 7:00 am <BR> 3. keep a sleep journal (daily) Sat, 23 Feb 2013 14:09:40 EST SparkPeople is like a Worn, Comfy Sweater http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5261127 I have decided, with a bit of encouragement from a friend, to return to SparkPeople after a decently long absence. Life got fairly hectic for me and I lost track of a lot. Work, school, running the home, everything added together to make me feel like my head was going to explode. <BR> <BR> When she had first encouraged me to come back I wasn't sure I was going to. Then I thought more about it and SparkPeople is kinda like a worn, comfy sweater...you will always go back, no matter what! There... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 14:08:04 EST Where Do I Want to be at the End of BLC21? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5228046 The idea of trying to see myself at the end of the 12 weeks for the Biggest Loser Challenge is a bit to contemplate. Where do I want to be by the end of the challenge? <BR> <BR> I see myself as being more aware of the foods I am consuming and into a regular exercise routine that will help me continue on my health and weight loss journey. <BR> <BR> I will be out of the 200 pounds range and back into the 190s! That, in and of itself, is a fantastic goal!! <BR> <BR> Mainly I see myself as bet... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 23:47:49 EST Back on My Feet Thanks to My Spark Friends!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5222335 So last week I fell off the wagon a bit. Wasn't feeling the greatest for a few days, thought about my daughter a bit, and started feeling like nothing would ever work for me so why even bother? Yeah, I've been there before, will probably be there at some point again, but it's how long I stay there and the fact that I actually get back up that matters! <BR> <BR> It took me a couple days of beating myself up (I know this gets me absolutely nowhere) before I realized that there was no reason to... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 22:34:44 EST Forest Green Pixies' ABC's http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5204436 A is for ABOVE and BEYOND...Does competition push you? <BR> I am really hoping it does! <BR> <BR> B is for BLC rounds... Newbie?(first BLC round) Oldie?(1-3 rounds) Goldie?(long time BLCer)? Former BLC team(s)? <BR> Newbie <BR> <BR> C is for CHILDREN...you have? <BR> 1 beautiful son, Gabriel (3) and one beautiful spirit daughter (Rowan) <BR> <BR> D is for DOWNFALL...what's you're biggest temptation? <BR> Chips <BR> <BR> E is for EARLY Bird or Night Owl? <BR> Night Owl <BR> <BR> F is for ... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 00:46:29 EST The Last Few Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5204286 I haven't been around the past few days. Been spending time time out and about with friends and family! I have been feeling great! <BR> <BR> On Wednesday I met up with a friend. We had some coffee, talked, walked (a fair bit) and hung out some more! She has lost a good amount of weight herself and looks absolutely fantastic! It was so encouraging to talk with her about what she has been doing and how she is willing to help me reach my goals! <BR> <BR> On Friday I had an herbal consultation ... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 22:23:45 EST BLC21 Week #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5195874 So, it's time for those "before" pictures...I have decided to suck it up and share my pictures and my information. <BR> <BR> Here goes... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1438678688.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l814415550.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Phew! Ok, that wasn't so bad! So here is me at 216 lbs! <BR> <BR> Here are my beginning measurements: <BR> chest: 44.25" <BR> waist: 48.5" <BR> hips: 49" <BR> thigh:28" <BR> upper arm: 14... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 21:42:23 EST Dancing, It's Good for the Soul! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5187074 It took me a while today to get my booty up and move but once I did I felt great for having done it! I practiced some belly dance this evening with my three year old son cheering me on! It was hilarious! I'm not used to having an audience but having someone with as much energy as him is never a bad thing! Dancing is also good for the soul; you are moving, exercising and feeling so free all at the same time! <BR> <BR> Today was a tough day for me, emotionally. I didn't want to do anything unt... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 21:43:02 EST Goals for 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5184467 There are many things I want to achieve in 2013 and am chomping at the bit to get started with everything! I am super excited for a brand new year! To me this is a great time to set goals as timelines are easy! There are 12 months, 52 weeks and 365 days ahead to work with when setting appropriate timelines! <BR> <BR> I am diving right into my life! I am setting goals in all areas and cleansing as I go! <BR> <BR> My goals for 2013 are (in no particular order): <BR> <BR> -graduate college in... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 18:05:58 EST 2013; A New Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5183418 Wow! 219 lbs! That's up eight pounds in just over a week! That's a bit insane! <BR> <BR> Actually, I knew I had gained a couple pounds over the past week. I have had three Christmas dinners, a couple family nights that included loads of snacking and generally just not eating well over the past week. Then last night hubby and I bought a couple bottles of wine and decided to have a good night staying in! It was a fun night but after the drinking and the insane snacking I did last night I am so... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 09:41:43 EST Happy New Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5182654 We had a few offers tonight to head out but hubby and I decided not to bother. We didn't want the hassle of getting a taxi home and spending all the money. So we decided to get some wine and stay in and have a good evening together! Not going to do well on the healthy aspect and I will most likely be bloated tomorrow morning for my first weigh in of 2013, but it's gonna be a good night! <BR> <BR> Happy New Year everyone! Mon, 31 Dec 2012 18:30:59 EST My Woman's Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5180260 So hubby and I had a bit of a bickerment today about my body! <BR> <BR> I have always had a hard time accepting my body. It never looked like the media told me it should and therefore I was never happy with it. I have come to a point in my life where I am trying to pull away from that media generated image with the knowledge that that is simply not realistic for the majority of the world, but it's difficult to change a way of thinking that I have had for several years. Even when I had been d... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 21:30:34 EST Just Some Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5175445 I did get seven minutes of yoga in this morning but that was about it. We were pretty busy with visiting peoples today and had very little time, until later this evening, to do much of anything. By the time we got back home I was pretty tired and didn't feel a whole lot like exercising. Not to mention it's bloody cold out and that will keep me from walking if I can help it! I am a weenie when it comes to being out in the cold. <BR> <BR> Today was also my son's third birthday! We had his part... Mon, 24 Dec 2012 21:06:16 EST Not a Bad Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5174661 The past couple days I have been working hard at making some changes to the way I have been living. I have been working at getting my 8 cups of water in and getting off my tush and moving my body! I went for a 2.98 mile walk yesterday and a 0.84 mile walk today (it's pretty nippy out there today but at least I went!) <BR> <BR> I have also been poking about my house and getting some cleaning done. Our house is in quite a disarray at the moment, as per usual. We are not just inactive people bu... Sun, 23 Dec 2012 19:55:42 EST Bag End to the Lonely Mountain - An Adventure? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5173717 An adventure eh? Nasty things, adventures. Not something respectable folk do. However, whether or not I could be classed as respectable folk all depended on who you would ask I suppose. <BR> <BR> I have never had an adventure in my life; had no use for them really. Then, one day, the thought of doing something different started dancing it's way around my head. This was very unusual for me and I tried to push that irritating little thought away - I had become quite comfortable in my non-adven... Sat, 22 Dec 2012 13:38:44 EST This is My Story... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5173304 So apparently I lied about going to bed right away...I am tired but have once again gotten myself sucked into SparkPeople! It happens!! <BR> <BR> Anyone out there ever watch X-Weighted? I haven't seen the show in a while since I haven't had cable for more than a year and a half, but I remember the idea of the show and I have always kinda wanted to do some sort of test like that myself. Set goals for myself with a time frame to achieve them, about six months, and push myself to see the result... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 23:17:32 EST Healthy Solstice Dinner Made by Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5173236 This blog will be short and sweet because I am tired! <BR> <BR> Hubby was sick today so the cooking of the entire Solstice dinner fell to me!! First time I had ever cooked a turkey in my life! First time I had ever cooked for so many people!! Our families were here to share the evening with us so there were 11 people plus my toddler (who was happy as peaches to have everyone around!) <BR> <BR> Well, dinner went off without a hitch! I am so proud of myself!! Woo Hoo!!! <BR> <BR> For the mos... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 21:44:33 EST No More Excuses or Blaming http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5171265 I like to think of life as an adventure. The greatest adventure any of us will ever experience. <BR> <BR> What we do in our lives, with our lives, is completely up to us all, individually. No one else can make those types of decisions for us. <BR> <BR> A good portion of my life I have been making excuses for everything. My excuses have become like my friends, I don't know what to do without them. I have been blaming the bad decisions I make on other people, saying that what I do is because ... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 16:35:25 EST