JOJOMKE's SparkPeople Blog JOJOMKE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Motivated The scale hasn't moved much but I feel more toned and have more energy. I am definitely motivated to keep this going. I'm taking baby steps and seeing some small successes early are things I can build on. Tue, 25 Oct 2016 21:13:55 EST Out of Control I was is in such a mood today. Just not appreciating what I have, feeling sorry for myself and then it hit me, I weighed myself and reality set in. I need to change and make small changes starting today. I was a member many years ago. Time flies and certainly that is no excuse. But habits can change. Looking forward to my new journey here. Sun, 9 Oct 2016 12:35:45 EST Week Seven Holy smokes...down 2 pounds! WooHoo! I'm contributing a lot of it due to stress but I'll take it! Really have had a week of highs and lows emotionally but I'm in a really great spot right now and looking forward to the opportunities that are ahead for me. <BR> <BR> Have a blessed Thanksgiving! Wed, 24 Nov 2010 06:33:09 EST Week Six Holding steady, didn't gain or lose which is okay. The week started off terribly with a lot of emotions and stress. Much better now and having a great week. Going to get some fitness is tonight and the rest of the week! Looking forward to working out. Thu, 18 Nov 2010 06:44:14 EST Week Five Down more which is great. Had a funny feeling this wasn't going to be a good week and it ended up being just the oppositie. I just have to believe in myself and it will happen. Tue, 9 Nov 2010 05:37:21 EST Week Four Down from last week and down overall which is good---just over two pounds. Changing my weigh in day to Tuesday from Mondays. Mondays are such a downer! Tue, 2 Nov 2010 18:04:06 EST Week Three Up one pound for the week but down overall which I'm happy about. Didn't think this week was a problem but I guess I need to move more to burn some calories. This week I'll have to make some good food choices since I'll be in training all week and not packing my lunch. Mon, 25 Oct 2010 07:24:15 EST Week Two Down 2.4 pounds overall and down 1.8 pounds from last week. I'm very pleased and know that I'm on the right road. Feeling more balance in my life too. Mon, 18 Oct 2010 18:14:17 EST One Week One week in and I'm down .6 pounds. My goal was .41 so I made my goal. I'm sure this week will be better but challenging with a few lunches out and some dinners out. Hope to kick up the fitness a little more too this week. Mon, 11 Oct 2010 21:00:12 EST Hello 2010 I'm so ready to start my journey to health and wellness today. Taking baby steps is key. Can't wait to see where I'm at in one month, three months and six months. <BR> <BR> Happy New Year Spark People! Fri, 1 Jan 2010 09:20:55 EST I'm Back and It Ain't Pretty Hello SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> I'm back, can't believe my last post was in November! Yikes, a lot has changed for me ---the biggest change is/was losing my job in April. Since then life has been a roller coaster of emotions. I've had good days and I've had bad days. I need to get control of things that I can change, like what I eat and my exercise routine. So today's the day to do it. If not now, when? If I don't take care of myself who will? <BR> <BR> Hugs to all...hope to post more s... Sun, 5 Jul 2009 09:57:20 EST Cold Season 11/12/08...lots of colds going around. Feeling a bit run down so my fitness is taking a back seat for a few days. Hoping to get back with the fitness by the end of the week. My appetite is off too which I'm sure will be better soon too. Hope the cold bug stays away from you all. Tue, 11 Nov 2008 20:36:06 EST Losing Momentum 11/4/08...I was doing so well and lost two pounds and now they are back! Yuck! And I've been working out in the mornings too. Well I'll keep at it and boost the intensity a few days a week. Maybe I'm more of a person that needs to workout at night. Don't know. I'm back teaching yoga one morning a week at my gym which I love and it will also give me a new perspective. Tue, 4 Nov 2008 17:56:21 EST Balancing Out 10/29/08...been a rough few weeks with lots of work and long days. Finally a quiet week and some time to focus on what needs to be done. <BR> <BR> I'm finally feeling more balanced in my life. I'm back to teaching yoga on Saturdays which is fun and so rewarding. I can't wait to get started again this Saturday. <BR> <BR> Things are turning around for my husband too in his line of work and I couldn't be happier for him because he's had a rough time getting through the not so good days. <... Wed, 29 Oct 2008 20:30:49 EST Fueling My Body 10/21/08...Yesterday was a big break through when at lunch all I ordered was chili. Granted the platters of burgers, fries and Mexican food going pass our table was tempting---I resisted and I'm the better for it. My body needs fuel and I have to give it the best fuel I can for it to run properly. Tue, 21 Oct 2008 17:36:56 EST Enjoying the Season 10/14/08...fall is in its full peak here. The colors are perfect, just like a post card. Hard to believe it will be over with in a week or so. It's like Mother Nature telling us to get ready for what season is next...just like in life. Enjoy every day because you never know what challenges or triumphs s the next day will bring. Tue, 14 Oct 2008 08:30:50 EST What's the motivation? 10/7/08...what motivates? Such a simple question but it's also very complicated. In different situations, I'm motivated by different things. Right now here on SP, my motivation is to have my clothes fit better and to be able to walk into a store and reach for the smaller size. I'm also motivated by the number on the scale which I know isn't the best tool to use when trying to drop pounds. Such simple things in theory but why are they so difficult to put into practice? Tue, 7 Oct 2008 18:58:43 EST Progress not perfection 9/30/08...still trying to get more balance in my life but feeling better than last week. Trying not to be such a perfectionist and letting some things go which is helping me feel less overwhelmed. Taking it one day at a time and learning new strategies as I go along. Tue, 30 Sep 2008 07:48:57 EST Balance 9/23/08...trying to balance it all is becoming tougher these days since I started working full-time outside of the house. If I get the household things figured out then it's my food and fitness that suffer. Working towards eating smaller portions during the day usually things that I can grab and go. Making my main meal is breakfast seems to help. Soup for lunch hits the spot most days. Supper is usually more of a meal, just smaller. My fitness is all over the place but a few mornings an... Tue, 23 Sep 2008 18:27:32 EST Signs of Fall 9/16/08...plenty signs of fall here in Wisconsin. Shorter days and cooler temps are only a few signs that fall is on the way. I actually like fall because of the slower pace, the comfort foods and just time to reflect. Funny how the seasons help us balance things in our lives. Tue, 16 Sep 2008 08:25:24 EST Started New Job 9/9/08...started my new job yesteray and I'm really going to like it there. I spent most of the day at orientation and then a few hours at my office getting familiar with their computer system and email. I even got a bouquet of fresh flowers! Thanks to everyone for their kind words of support. I don't know what I'd do without my SP friends! Tue, 9 Sep 2008 08:21:03 EST A New Start 9/2/08...I can't wait to start my new job on the 8th. It will be very challenging but I'm ready for whatever it will bring. I'm also going to rededicate myself to fitness and food here on SP. I'm looking to drop a few pounds in time for the holidays. Tue, 2 Sep 2008 07:51:40 EST Good News! 8/26/08...I got the job I wanted and I'm so happy. I start September 8th! WooHoo! It's with a large health care company in Milwaukee and I believe I'll find lots of great opportunity with this company. <BR> <BR> Getting ready here in Milwaukee for the Harley-Davidson 105th Anniversary this weekend...lots of "rolling thunder" coming to town! Tue, 26 Aug 2008 07:41:19 EST Still Waiting 8/19/08...still holding tight and waiting on my two job interview results. I'll keep you posted later this week or early next. <BR> <BR> Keeping good thoughts until then! Tue, 19 Aug 2008 08:05:56 EST Pivotal Week 8/12/ interview down yesterday, one to go today. In a way I wish this week was over so that I would know which direction my job search will take. <BR> <BR> My interview yesterday went well, just a basic screening interview. It's with the company I'm temping at. <BR> <BR> Today is an interview with a health care company and I'm really hoping to do well. It's the perfect job for me. <BR> <BR> I'll keep you all posted on how things turn out. <BR> <BR> Tue, 12 Aug 2008 07:13:08 EST More News...Another Week 8/5/08...temping is really paying off. I have been asked to interview for my position with the company I'm working for. So now I'll have two interviews coming up which is better than none. I'd take either job if they were offered to me. I'll keep you all posted on what happens. <BR> <BR> Thanks again for your support and words of kindness! <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Joan/JoJo Tue, 5 Aug 2008 07:33:58 EST A New Week 7/29/08...another new week and a new opportunity. I have an iterview for another position in a few weeks. It's with a large health care/hospital group in Milwaukee. I'm very excited about it and feel it's a perfect position for me. <BR> <BR> My temping is going well and I'm enjoying the work. <BR> <BR> Thanks to everyone for their support...I wish I could give each of you a hug in person! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> Joan Tue, 29 Jul 2008 21:31:24 EST Temping 7/22/08...funny how things change in one week. I started temping last Friday and love it! It's only a three month assignment but it could lead to other things. I'm still looking for a permanent postion but at least I have something now. <BR> <BR> I've been exercising in the morning before work which is working plus I'll hit the gym on the weekend too. Trying to work everything in is tough but I know I can do it. Planning meals is tricky too but somehow it gets done. <BR> <BR> Thanks ... Tue, 22 Jul 2008 21:18:46 EST Angry 7/15/08...feeling very agry today at myself and my husband. Our entire financial situation is really bothering me and I can't get past it. I just want to resolve it and move on which isn't going to happen fast. I can only blame myself and him for where we're at. <BR> <BR> The job search is going slow and that's frustrating me too. Right now my self-confidence is zero and I'm having a hard time looking towards the future because of all the uncertainty right now. <BR> <BR> Trying to sta... Tue, 15 Jul 2008 08:10:37 EST Feeling Fit 7/8/08...the scale keeps going up one pound every week but I'm feeling more fit and my clothes are fitting better. I'm going to kick up my fitness a bit and add more protein to my diet which should help the scale move in the downward direction. Tue, 8 Jul 2008 08:40:33 EST TOM 7/1/08...I hate feeling so bloated but I know it's a temporary condition. I've been trying to hit the gym more even when I don't feel like it and that has helped. Looking forward to a short week with the holiday and all. <BR> <BR> Job search is still going slow but I have had a few interviews...waiting to hear if I get called back for round two interviews. <BR> <BR> Thanks for all of your support! <BR> <BR> Joan <BR> Tue, 1 Jul 2008 09:13:21 EST Keeping At It 6/24/08...still on the job hunt which is beginning to control my life. I had a few interviews but no job offers yet. It's frustrating but I know that I have to be patient and wait---the perfect job is out there for me. This holding pattern is only temporary and everything happens for a reason. Tue, 24 Jun 2008 07:57:43 EST Still stressing 6/17/08...still stressing but not allowing it to get to me as much. Working out helps and definitely getting out for a walk to clear my head has done wonders. Haven't been sleeping too well but I know that will improve too. Taking it one day at a time which is all I can do. Tue, 17 Jun 2008 08:24:32 EST Struggling with Stress 6/10/08...feeling very tired and stress lately. Lots to do with financial things which are going to get a lot worse before they get better. My job search is going strong but I haven't gotten a lot of responses which is making me even more stressed. Looking forward to a productive and positive week. Tue, 10 Jun 2008 08:40:27 EST Stressful Week 6/3/'s been a stressful week which is good and bad. It would have been so tempting to throw in the towel this past week but I didn't. I'm proud of that and will continue to keep at my program no matter what! Tue, 3 Jun 2008 08:20:44 EST Finally Motivated! 5/27/08...I'm finally feeling motivated to get moving and lose some weight. We went to a wedding on Friday and the dress I wore fit but it was tight. I felt so out of it and just knew it wasn't me. So the last few days I've decided to watch my carbs, move more and be sure to drink my water. It seems to be working...according to the scale I'm down four pounds! WooHoo! Tue, 27 May 2008 08:29:45 EST Memorial Day 5/20/08...the official beginning of the summer season starts this weekend with Memorial Day. I'm looking forward to summer so much because our winter was so long, cold and snowy. Now to find a few cute summer outfits and I'll be set! Tue, 20 May 2008 08:06:14 EST Waiting for Spring 5/16/08...Things are getting green around here but still pretty chilly. I can't wait to plant my annuals just to see some color around here. I've been enjoying the extra daylight in the morning with a long walk with the dog. He's slowing down some but still loves his walks. I hope to report next week that my flowers are planted and spring is fully here. Tue, 13 May 2008 08:52:00 EST It's May! 5/6/08...I'm so happy for it to be May, finally. It was a long winter and I'm really appreciating the nice weather. Our ladies shopping spree never did occur on Saturday because a bunch of people had to cancel but that was fine with me. I'm still stuck at 146 which is good and bad. I feel good about my fitness and just need to improve a bit on my food. But I know I'm heading in the right direction which is important. Tue, 6 May 2008 08:05:43 EST So Tired 4/29/08...not sleeping well and it's starting to catch up with me. I'm going to try some OTC meds to see if they help. If not, I'll probably go see my doc for something. Trying to stay up beat about this...knowing it will pass. Tue, 29 Apr 2008 09:02:48 EST Struggling 4/22/08...looking at the number on the scale today it seems like I didn't have that good of a week after all. I did struggle a few days and splurged when I shouldn't have. Time to mix up my fitness routine and get moving more. I think I'm going to start jogging one day a week at the gym and look at the class schedule and add a class to my routine. I need to mix things up! Tue, 22 Apr 2008 08:14:25 EST Half Way to Mini Goal 4/15/08...half way to my mini goal and I'm doing okay. This past week was tough getting motivated to do much because of TOM and a cold. I'm looking forward to this week because I know I'll be eating better and getting more movement in my schedule. Looking forward to next week's weigh in. <BR> Tue, 15 Apr 2008 07:51:40 EST Feeling Better 4/8/08...reset my goals two weeks ago and I'm down two pounds! I'm so happy that I want to keep it going until I lose another five pounds. The thing that's working for me is setting a goal and a reward for each week. This week my goal was to stay in my calorie range and I did so now my reward is a massage. I can't wait to book that massage today! Tue, 8 Apr 2008 08:10:17 EST April Fool! 4/1/ is April Fool's Day...and Mother Nature sure has been handing out some tricks lately. March came in and out like a lion! I'm not sure what to expect for April. <BR> <BR> I reset my goals last week and have been keeping a separate spreadsheet with my goals and rewards for the week. It's been a good motivator to keep me focused and on track. Tue, 1 Apr 2008 07:36:16 EST Wanted: Spring 3/25/08...if you see spring, send it our way. You'll know what spring looks/feels like when you see it...warm temperatures, rain, birds, green grass, sunny days. Mother nature played a cruel joke on us last Friday with 12 inches of snow. Thankfully our days are getting longer which is one sure sign that spring can't be too far away! <BR> Tue, 25 Mar 2008 08:23:03 EST Easter 3/18/08...Easter is this Sunday and what a wonderful time of year to be thinking ahead to summer and all of those cute outfits. Going to ramp up my workouts this week and get a bit more fit before summer hits so I feel better and fit into my summer stuff. Tue, 18 Mar 2008 08:13:12 EST Daylight and warmer temperatures 3/11/'s so nice to have some extra daylight in the evening. It's still a bit too cold to be outside doing anything but it's nice not to have to be all bundled up and wearing several layers of clothing to keep warm. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to get out walking this week in the afternoon. Finally the snow and ice are melting so it's less of a hazard to walk. <BR> <BR> Tue, 11 Mar 2008 09:04:37 EST March...lamb or lion 3/4/08...March came in like a lamb but now it's feeling more like a lion. I'm never sure what to wear or how to dress. Seems like mother nature is throwing it all at us this month. Looking forward to warmer temperatures and more outside walking. Tue, 4 Mar 2008 11:08:52 EST Spring 2/26/08...I'm hoping spring gets here soon! At least we missed the huge amount of snow this storm, only an inch or so. I can't wait to try on some new spring that motivation or what for shedding a few more pounds! Think spring everyone! Tue, 26 Feb 2008 08:23:09 EST Sick of Winter 2/19/08...okay, I know it does no good to complain about the weather but winter is really getting to drag on here. We are in this nasty pattern of snow, cold, snow, cold. At least the sun will be out today. I know it could be worse but a 30 degree day here and there would sure do a lot to boost my mood. Well I guess these types of days give me more time to slow down and take time to do the things I like to do like read, cook/bake and knit. Once spring and summer get here there will be to... Tue, 19 Feb 2008 08:16:56 EST