JUNESHOPE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JUNESHOPE JUNESHOPE'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/ July one...making it fun. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953894 <em>283</em> <em>530</em> <em>298</em> <em>232</em> <BR> <em>249</em> So It's July 1st... A NEW MONTH <BR> <BR> <em>76</em> Holiday's always bring on weight loss challenges... tons of food & drinks. Fourth of July cookies, ice cream, cakes, ribs, rolls, and alcohol. <BR> <BR> <em>45</em> Extra planning & portion control is an important tool for holiday's like this. Fresh fruit, healthy nuts, and limiting to 1 alcoholic drink will work for me. The protein part is no pro... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 11:39:28 EST 9 lbs down for the month of JUNE. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953614 <em>4</em> Went out to eat lunch today at a very fattening place. But found a grill 'bowl' on the menu and ordered it. Turned out to be absolutely wonderful. One of the best things I've had in a restaurant in a long time. <BR> <BR> <em>58</em> I left feeling so good with the choice, knowing I didn't blow the diet, and can eat out and still LOVE it.. It seemed so natural when I was looking at the menu, to order something healthy. My body doesn't want to 'feel yucky' anymore after... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 23:16:40 EST Staying Strong http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952467 <em>361</em> <em>535</em> <em>534</em> In the Midst of a lot of family visiting for an extended visit, I have found myself challenged by the food choices they continue to want to make for their time here. We're in San Antonio TX....they want good Mexican & good BBQ! LOL and of course pizza & desserts. <BR> <BR> <em>36</em> The good news is that I haven't been fazed a bit. I let them make their choices, and then I find a healthy alternative WITHOUT EVEN BRINGING ATTENTION IT I... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 23:26:31 EST Down 8 lbs since restart! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950739 <em>244</em> Down 8 lbs since my restart earlier this month! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Noooooo <em>227</em> ING Me! Thu, 25 Jun 2015 09:57:10 EST Poison http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5949476 <em>341</em> <BR> Walking down the isle's at the grocery store, and seeing foods that I used to eat that did nothing but make me gain weight & feel terrible, just made me think about how toxic they are, and that they are truly poison to me. <BR> <BR> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>491</em> <em>45</em> I'm trying to retrain my eating habits. Every time I want something sweet, I'm making myself reach for raw fruit. I'm planning that this will reset the switch in my head, that... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 23:24:44 EST Another great day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947771 Healthy Eating <em>551</em> <BR> a little walking <em>313</em> <BR> <BR> Good Choices make for a guiltless head & a good nights sleep. <BR> <BR> Staying strong and doing it right! <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> NOT <em>521</em> ... but ...I AM doing it! <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> Fri, 19 Jun 2015 13:19:20 EST Is feeling great, strong & determined. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947244 <em>104</em> I have been feeling great. The more the weight comes off, the better I feel, and the more I want to stay on track. <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> Yesterday I looked at my weight charts on SP that showed all my weigh-ins since 2010. From 2010-to now, my weight has fluctuated between 233-268..over & over again. <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> I AM SOOOOO READY TO BE OUT OF THE 200'S. There is no looking back. Seeing all those years honestly put it into prospective for me. When I wa... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 13:15:04 EST Clarity already! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945739 <em>224</em> I've only been back on the low carb plan for a couple of days, but already feel so much clarity & energy. <BR> <BR> <em>353</em> It's amazing how much more energy I have when I don't eat starchy carbs, like bread & pasta. I expected it after a week or two, but after just a few days it's amazing. <BR> <BR> I'm so glad to be back on this plan. No acid relux or heart burn, feels great! <BR> <BR> <em>185</em> LOVING IT! Mon, 15 Jun 2015 20:25:01 EST free diet books http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944506 Did you know you can get free entire book downloads from amazon, for weightloss stuff? (maybe other subjects too, I've just always looked up health/diet stuff) <BR> <BR> (do not click 'kindleunlimted'...you have to pay a monthly service for that.) <BR> <BR> To get free books, follow these directions: <BR> <BR> Once on the amazon sight........, <BR> 1) click the drop down menu on the search bar & choose 'books'. <BR> 2) type key word like 'low carb', 'atkins', 'diet', etc. and click se... Sat, 13 Jun 2015 14:37:57 EST Great Success Stories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944477 Great success stories with "Walk-Away-the-Pounds" DVD's. <BR> <BR> Scroll down and see all the stories listed underneath the "submit your story" bar. Lots of motivational before & after photos. <BR> <BR> <link>www.walkathome.com/success-story/ </link> Sat, 13 Jun 2015 13:09:59 EST So I am now at 49.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943501 <em>535</em> Oh how time flies..... <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> I had to actually use the calculator to see how old I really am... My husband is always upping my age by a year, so he can say I am 2 yrs old than him... So I double checked on the calculator to see how old I really am.... LOL Once, for the whole year, I thought I was a year older, until my birthday when I used the calculator and found out I was just turning that old.. I could have killed him! LOL <BR> <BR> So I am 49 with ... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 13:02:05 EST being left out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943218 Family came to visit and 'they' enjoyed playing together and going to Sea World, going swimming, etc., <BR> <em>312</em> <em>342</em> <em>361</em> <em>363</em> <em>185</em> <BR> and then theirs me..... <em>15</em> feeling huge... staying home because these activities just are not fun for me at this size. <BR> <BR> <em>90</em> My 3yr old actually caught an upper respiratory infection, so I got to stay home with her, without much humiliation. <BR> <BR> However, it wou... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 00:47:26 EST Good link with easy to read pictures. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930509 <em>272</em> This link is a pictorial with short easy explanations on each picture of why carbs cause weight gain & a rise in Triglyceride levels. <BR> <BR> It's been a help to me. After you click onto it, just click onto the top of the first picture, and that will blow it up, then just scroll down from there. <BR> <BR> <link>blogs-images.forbes.com/bethhoffman/<BR>files/2012/02/Carbs_Are_Killing_You.png </link> Tue, 19 May 2015 00:14:40 EST Before & After pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930191 Sadly, not of weight loss, but of my backyard! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/968f574d-9b23-43ba-9817-433803c9b887.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b53a8a4b-e920-4793-b2b4-bcf27fe46344.jpg"> <BR> Before Photos: <BR> <BR> AFTER PHOTOS: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d9bdd8ba-1557-46ef-abbd-32b17543ffc2.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0871eea7-a59d-4827-b881-fe3838cd8701.jpg"> <B... Mon, 18 May 2015 12:58:49 EST Eating Crow... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930167 <em>40</em> Well, that sounds pretty gross. But it means fessing up. I did lose a pound a couple of weeks ago, but since then, I've gained 2. <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> back up to 261. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Why am I having such a hard time with this? Weight loss has never been so hard before. <BR> <BR> I've got my backyard looking great. I can't believe that soooo much work didn't yield more weight loss. But truth be told, I've been eating horrible. <BR> <BR... Mon, 18 May 2015 12:18:19 EST Gaining my life back while losing. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5922050 <em>55</em> <em>192</em> <BR> So it's been a long 'break', but I'm finally back on track. <em>435</em> <BR> <BR> I am feeling stronger daily and more confident about staying in a healthy lifestyle. <em>362</em> <BR> <BR> <em>319</em> <em>301</em> It's my new life, and after a couple of weeks, this new way of life will become a natural habit. <BR> <BR> <em>58</em> I'm educating myself of healthy eating, and what foods have benefits for weight loss and good health.... Sun, 3 May 2015 22:10:20 EST Interesting Facts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921581 <em>469</em> Facts about the benefits of Honey (with warm water) <BR> <link>www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/<BR>9-benefits-honey-water-you-never-knew.<BR>html </link> <BR> <BR> Benefits of eating a diet without limiting fat. (except no transfats) <BR> <link>www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/<BR>the-5-surprising-benefits-eating-more-<BR>fat.html?utm_content=buffer29e3b&utm_m<BR>edium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&ut<BR>m_campaign=buffer </link> <BR> <BR> For Cellulite Reducti... Sun, 3 May 2015 00:08:17 EST Yum...for low carbers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915490 6 More Ways to Use Cauliflower Instead of Carbs; CLICK LINK BELOW <BR> <BR> <link>tiphero.com/6-more-ways-to-use-cauli<BR>flower-instead-of-carbs/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> AND HERE IS 1 OF THEM! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l879674299.jpg"> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:01:22 EST As good as a Cookie! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915360 I picked these up at our local grocery store, and just opened them today. I thought they were plain rice cakes with hemp, but to my surprise, these are slightly sweetened with organic can syrup. <BR> <BR> ONLY 1g of sugar per rice cake. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <em>495</em> These will keep any cookie craving you have at bay. <BR> <BR> I think I actually like them better than cookies. A little high in sodium per rice cake, but not to bad. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-a... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 20:11:29 EST 260 ug http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914524 <em>49</em> <em>192</em> So I've gone from 240 on December 2nd, to 260.... <BR> <BR> I'm 8 pounds from my original heaviest weight. ug <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> <em>15</em> I could feel I was gaining. I could actually feel that I was back in the 260's. It is a totally uncomfortable weight for me. <BR> <BR> <em>234</em> The heavier I am, the harder it is on my arthritis. Getting up from a sitting position is so painful. This weight puts way to much pressure on my join... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 11:31:53 EST Planned and ready http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914273 <em>195</em> So I've got the whole new program planned out and I'm ready to get going on it!!! <BR> <BR> <em>321</em> I feel good about this newer version of my plan, and finally feel like I am back on track. <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> 4/20/15 is my new day 1. I've been off program since after Thanksgiving. I've just had absolutely no spark to get back on track. I would try, but it just wasn't there. But now it has hit me hard, and I'm sooooo ready to DO THIS! <BR> <BR> It's a... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:47:04 EST Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913431 I don't know who this is, but I came across a lot of great before/after photos of people, and it just helps put in perspective of how GREAT this is going to feel when I reach goal! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l705347011.jpg"> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 11:55:39 EST Finished Home Gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5903758 So finally finished putting together the home gym. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l668109893.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l742441921.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l634793926.jpg"> <BR> After following all the directions....I finished it!! And it's ALL CORRECT! LOL <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1911500682.jpg"> <BR> The Pro-form Hybrid Elliptical/Recumbent Bike combo <B... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 19:39:48 EST Buds & blooms with weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901724 <em>126</em> As spring time appears, and I see buds on all the trees, and flowers blooming everywhere, it gives me a new awareness of starting fresh. <BR> <BR> I worked outside all day yesterday, on my backyard, and I can't wait to work out there more. I have made that "my new healthy hobby"....landscaping my backyard like a southern plantation garden. It will take many hours, and even years, but I think it's a great healthy hobby to have. I want to make it my peaceful haven. <BR> ... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 13:55:16 EST so many irons in the fire. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896713 <em>198</em> I've got so many things going at one time, that my weight loss program seems to be stuck in neutral. <BR> <BR> <em>328</em> I am in the process of getting my home gym up & running, but it all hasn't been delivered yet. <BR> <BR> <em>378</em> <em>379</em> I'm trying to get my yards back in shape, now that spring has sprung, and still working on getting our home settled, after our big move from Seattle to San Antonio. (yes that was in July, but we've been playing ... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 22:03:05 EST Home Gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891536 This is HUGE for me. I've wanted a home gym for as long as I can remember. <BR> <BR> I am in the process of setting up a small home gym. It won't have a lot in it, but enough for me. <BR> <em>314</em> Stair stepper <BR> <em>549</em> Mini-tramp <BR> <em>314</em> Elliptical Machine <BR> <em>324</em> Stationary recumbent Bike <BR> <em>328</em> and a weight machine/home gym. <BR> <BR> We have joined up with the YMCA, so occasionally I will go there. But I honestly enjoy... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 06:22:54 EST healthy v.s. unhealthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883781 <em>180</em> <em>45</em> v.s. <em>489</em> <em>486</em> <BR> <BR> I actually enjoy "healthy eating" so much more than "unhealthy eating". So why is it soooo easy to fall back into a rut? CONVENIENCE!! <BR> <BR> Unhealthy food is so freaking convenient. It's fast, it's cheap, and usually finger food, so easy to eat without messing up the kitchen. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> oh brother! It's a love/hate relationship for sure! <BR> <BR> 1 bite of healthy food is soooo yum... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:27:57 EST My mission http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5880776 <em>149</em> When at Boarders Books the other day, I picked up a book about the works of Mother Teresa. I am not Catholic, but because of a poem she wrote, I've always been interested in her. She was a kind hearted woman, with one of her main goals being to "lift people up' with positive words and actions. <BR> <em>251</em> I started wondering what my mission is supposed to be here on earth. And the biggest thing that came to mind, is that I want to raise my daughter to have a *he... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 21:26:36 EST Great Article http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862897 I found this article to be surprisingly helpful. <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.yahoo.com/health/9-ways-<BR>to-wake-up-slimmer-108487717653.html </link> <BR> <BR> Hope all my SPARKLES out there are doing well. <BR> <BR> Keep on keeping on! <em>381</em> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:14:47 EST Joined Weight Watchers Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5859559 <em>40</em> Well....I did it. I joined weight watchers AGAIN!... 3rd time's a charm right? <BR> <BR> LOL .. Actually I only joined for 3 months (1 month free), just to use as a 'cheer leading team' to jump start me back on track. <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> I've done that before, where I just used their meetings as motivation, but didn't actually use their 'plan', and I lost crazy weight really fast. So I thought I would just do that again, but after reading their success stories o... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 13:36:10 EST Thank you for your prayers & well wishes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5857573 <em>304</em> <em>214</em> Thank you all so much for your responses to my "sick" blog. I was soooo sick, but finally got a break in it today. <BR> <BR> I still can't taste anything, which I don't guess is all that bad...LOL. But I still have 100 temp, and frequent nausea. But the constant cough is gone, and I can breath & sleep again. <BR> <BR> <em>195</em> I'm going to start counting my calories again, to help me stay on track, for a while. Once I see I'm consuming the right... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:24:42 EST Sick http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5855112 <em>527</em> prayers please... I haven't gotten sick in a very long time. I used to get this every year, and always felt like I was dying! But I've been blessed with around 2 yrs of clean health. <BR> <BR> <em>273</em> <em>282</em> What doesn't make since is that I'm already on steroids & antibiotics for an ear infection, so how can I get sick while already in the treatment of that? <BR> <BR> <em>288</em> Anyway, my experience from the past is that what ever I have is progres... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 14:15:54 EST Kicking it up a notch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849504 <em>216</em> Well, it's time to kick this plan up a notch. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> I've been trying to get back on track, but I am so super busy lately that I've fallen back into "quick" foods, and "I deserve it because I'm so tired" syndrome. <BR> <BR> <em>227</em> After weighing myself this morning, and seeing it up another pound, I know it's time to just stop and GET REAL with it again. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> Time to step it up and plan ahead. I do much better when I pl... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 12:45:03 EST Daily changes make a difference http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5847654 Just read an article about making daily changes, and how it has helped this person lose almost 100 pounds. I agree with that for sure. I make small changes slowly. <BR> <BR> <em>313</em> Even with exercise. I don't go 'all-in' in the beginning...I add exercise slowly. The reason I do that is so that when I hit a plateau, I have 'room' to increase it a little to get over the plateau. If I start '90 miles to nothing', when a plateau hits, I don't have anything left to give, to get ov... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 12:32:08 EST Helping others also raises our feelings of purpose. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5846604 <em>195</em> I read an article recently about 10 steps to emotional happy health, and one of those steps was to volunteer and help others. This gives a since of purpose, and builds self esteem. But after I read a story this morning on FB, see below, it also made me see that it's something God has directed us to do. God knew all along that we need purpose in our life, and one way to achieve that, is by helping others. <BR> <BR> You may ask what does this have to do with weight loss. I... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 11:47:01 EST History http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5844994 Looking over my weight chart. <BR> *I've lost 15 pounds for the whole year of 2014. <BR> *12 of those pounds were lost since September 2014. (4 months) <BR> <BR> It wasn't until last September that I've gained such a huge excitement and strength for losing this weight. It was different and stronger than in the past, and it's STILL GOING STRONG. <BR> <BR> My heaviest is 268, which was some time between 2007-2009. I could get down because it's taken so many years just to lose 24 poun... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 18:27:57 EST Big Women Big Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5843866 <em>272</em> Anyone watch this show? It premiered last night. I haven't really watched it, but I have it recorded on my DVR. I scanned through it quickly to see if I would like it, and it looked like some women had good esteem, while others didn't. I feel so bad for those that feel inferior, because I know that is the way I feel when I'm around people. However, I can feel that emotion starting to disappear with the more weight I lose and the healthier I get. <BR> <BR> <em>90</em> ... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 12:38:49 EST Happy New Year Everyone. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842844 <em>409</em> <em>410</em> Happy New Year. <BR> <BR> <em>15</em> I wasn't quite the rock I should have been over the holidays, but I wasn't to bad either. <BR> <em>192</em> I gained 1 pound back over Thanksgiving, and last time I weighed, I'd gained 2 lbs back through December. I will weigh tomorrow to see if I've gained more. I speculate that I've gained back 4 lbs total since before Thanksgiving...but we'll see. I forgot to weigh-in this morning. <BR> <em>344</em> I s... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 12:56:53 EST Made gingerbread cookies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829079 <em>443</em> Ok...so I made gingerbread cookies for the first time. For some reason I had been wanting to try a gingerbread cookie, but mostly I've been dying to decorate some for other people. <BR> <BR> <em>442</em> I've never made, or decorated gingerbread. For some reason I was having a difficult time decorating them. I think my regular Christmas cookies are easier to decorate. <BR> <BR> <em>443</em> <em>443</em> After I made them, they smelt soooo good that I really sta... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 11:46:46 EST Christmas Season http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826411 <em>442</em> <em>443</em> <em>444</em> <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <em>460</em> <em>447</em> <em>19</em> <em>144</em> <em>425</em> <BR> It's Christmas Season and I still feel so strong about getting healthy. Every year in the past, I've always said "I'll start on January 2nd". Well, not this time. History IS NOT repeating itself. <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> I have no temptation to cheat, or go off program. I allow myself small portions of 'holiday specials', from... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 12:38:40 EST Going Well http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825788 <em>426</em> Well, everything is going well. I weighed in when we returned from Nashville, and I had only gained about a pound over Thanksgiving, but when I weighed in this morning, I already lost that pound and was back to where I was when I left on Sunday...242. <BR> <BR> So looking forward to getting into the 230's. <BR> <BR> <em>527</em> But I've got a nasty cold, and it's getting worse, before it gets better. So I'll just ride it out. ug <BR> <BR> <em>433</em> Thanksgi... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 12:09:34 EST Happy Thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821079 Super busy... Expecting overnight guest today for Thanksgiving. Wish I had time to read everyone's blogs. I probably won't be back until after Thanksgiving, so I wanted to say Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. <BR> <BR> <em>227</em> Stay strong. I don't intend to over eat this holiday. I've already worked up a response to people who say.."oh, don't diet on Thanksgiving, you can diet later"... <BR> <BR> <em>428</em> <em>446</em> <em>409</em> <em>129</em> I'm going to te... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 11:11:54 EST Feels Confident http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817247 <em>49</em> <em>55</em> <em>321</em> I've been yo-yoing since 1998, and I've never felt more confident about my weight loss as I do now. <BR> <BR> <em>296</em> <em>188</em> I feel like a head strong powerful being, like the ArchAngels above. I have no temptations and I'm thinking RATIONALLY about food. <BR> <BR> <em>185</em> I don't feel like I'm on a diet, I just feel like I'm living a healthy lifestyle now. It's actually hard for me to even remember or think of the ... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 12:18:19 EST Be Happy NOW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816758 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1755289361.jpg"> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 13:04:16 EST NSV today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815743 <em>208</em> So I had a NSV today... (Non-scale Victory) It's pretty cold here, so I was looking for a long-sleeve tee, and came across one that I bought a few years ago, but could never wear because the arms were way to tight... (still had the tag on it.) I put it on and WALL-A!...it fit just fine. I enjoyed wearing it soooo much today. It has sparkly snowflakes all over it....perfect timing for the weather. <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> <em>55</em> <em>192</em> So currently, it lo... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 20:00:30 EST Surprised to be happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814211 <em>20</em> I used to never be happy about losing 1 pound, because I always felt that 1 pound fluctuations on the scale could be anything, and not really fat loss. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> But this go-round I've been so happy to see each pound lost. I'm happier when I weigh-in the next day and it still reads that the 1 pound is gone. Then my mind believes that it was truly fat-loss. And each pound keeps adding up, and I'm starting to see the results. It seems like just yesterday I w... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 11:54:32 EST Comfort & Joy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813599 <em>335</em> sitting here with Christmas music in the background, and the Christmas tree glowing across the room. I would say it's peaceful except that my 3yr old is going bonkers... LOL Having a toddler in my late 40's sometimes seems like a piece of the puzzle that is trying to fit where it doesn't belong.....in a funny way... LOL <BR> <em>445</em> This is her time of year, which is fitting since her name is Noel. She tells everyone her name is Noel Christmas, but of course it's n... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 12:36:13 EST Photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813111 <em>55</em> <em>192</em> Down a pound... sooooo happy. 5 lbs to the next level, and I'll be in the 230's.. I haven't been in the 230's since 2005. <BR> <BR> So here are the Christmas tree photos. (9' Montana fir) It's so nice to see see such a beautiful sight in the living room. We threw the flake snow over the tree and it looks really nice, but hard to photograph. Still need to get the hook for the wreath, and garland for the fireplace. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeo... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 13:19:07 EST Suicide - say NO. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812306 I research diet programs constantly. I read about people that have lost tons of weight on different plans. And it all boils down to what works for you........is what works. <BR> <BR> There is no right or wrong. The secrete is to pay attention to how the body reacts to what we are doing. <BR> <BR> I've been weighing myself daily to see how my body is reacting to what I have done, eaten, etc., the day before. And it is quite interesting. One of the biggest keys for me is to make sure ... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 01:05:12 EST Stand Strong http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810996 <em>102</em> Over the entire weekend, yesterday & today, I have been extremely tired. Not sure the cause of it, but speculate low iron & less water consumption than my normal amount. I had a lot of errands to do with my Mom, and I don't like drinking a lot of water when I'm out & about, because of the lack of bathroom breaks. <BR> <BR> I'm starting to feel better tonight. <BR> <BR> Galatians 2:22-23: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 23:26:51 EST