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/ 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 Lost weight over Halloween!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809138 <em>100</em> Hahahaha... I can't believe it. As you know I weighed in on Friday, instead of Saturday, because I knew I was going to have 1-2 drinks on Halloween, so I wasn't going to dare weigh myself the day after. <BR> <em>181</em> Well, 1-2 drinks, turned into 5-6! LOL <BR> <em>480</em> But I only ate one tiny piece of chocolate from my daughters Halloween candy, & 2 small squares of my Mom's homemade pizza. I stuck to my guns and didn't weigh in on Saturday morning, because... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 07:38:07 EST Maintained http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808076 <em>192</em> <em>9</em> So instead of my usual weigh-in being Saturday morning, I decided to do it today, since my Mom is coming over, and my neighbors stay outside to handout candy, sort of like a 'block party', and we'll be having a drink or two. <BR> <em>480</em> Mom wants to make a vegetarian homemade pizza tonight, and I haven't been eating 'bread stuff', so I'm going to try to eat a very small piece, or maybe even make mine without crust....which is basically just veggies, sau... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:53:17 EST Evil Furby http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807633 <em>86</em> Our community had a neighborhood garage sale a couple of weeks ago, and I came across this purple furby, and the lady only asked for $1. These things used to be $60 new! We have a white one at home, and I heard that they can talk to each other, so I bought this one to watch them talk. <BR> <BR> <em>18</em> While we were driving around, looking for more garage sales, it was going off talking, burping & farting. I thought that was strange, as our white one does not do tho... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:05:11 EST Since 1997 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807155 <em>150</em> I have a journal I have written in since 1996. (actually I have 4 of them.) I decided to read through them to remove any remarks that my loved ones would be hurt by, if they were to read it after I'm gone. <BR> <em>40</em> (we all vent...and I knew I had a few hurtful words in there about some people, so I wanted to get them out...lol) <BR> <em>198</em> I just finished the first one and I cannot believe how many times I said I was "STARTNG A NEW DIET", and that "THI... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:01:40 EST My baby girl. Costume Photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804601 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1105958704.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1476634655.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1152575022.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l194045531.jpg"> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 16:18:52 EST Going Down. before/after pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804522 Before/After pics.. helps to see the transformation my face is going through. So excited. <BR> 21 pounds down. I seem to always lose it in my face first. weird. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1211098667.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1248034473.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 13:03:35 EST Still in the 240's! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803920 <em>224</em> When I reach a new '10' (260, 50's 40's, etc.) I always get so nervous that I'm going to do something wrong that's going to throw me back up into the previous 10. But so far so good, and with this 'program' I'm on, it's been relatively easy. <BR> <em>192</em> When I reached 249 on Saturday morning, I was sooooo excited to finally be in the 240's. <BR> <em>234</em> Yo-yoing so much in the 250's almost drove me crazy. But then I started the 'frozen entree' thing, and... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:21:22 EST My favorite (picture posted) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801471 This is my favorite type of Christmas tree. I'm going to try to manipulate a fake tree to look like this one, since I can't find any artificial ones out there that look like this already. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l447277519.jpg"> <BR> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:30:37 EST I'm gonna POP! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801127 <em>446</em> This blog has nothing to do with weight-loss.. Well, maybe it does in a round about way. <BR> <BR> <em>447</em> I'm so excited for Christmas I just feel like I'm going to pop! I can't wait to put up all my Christmas stuff. I think as soon as Halloween is over, I'm going to drag everything out and start putting it up. (Yes, even before Thanksgiving!) <BR> <BR> <em>445</em> I've got to check with my HOA and see what the rules are about when we can put out Christmas l... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:47:31 EST OMGoodness!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800311 <em>55</em> <em>192</em> <em>208</em> <BR> I FINALLY GOT INTO THE 240'S!!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>58</em> I graduated into the next level of the 40's... then the 30's, 20's 10's & ONEDERLAND!! <BR> <BR> <em>346</em> Yesterday afternoon I realized I sure do keep pulling my pants up all the time, and then I noticed just how big they were on me. So I went to my closet and pulled down the next smaller size, and they FIT! SO I'M DOWN A WHOLE PANT SIZE. <BR> <BR> <em>425</em> So... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 10:47:18 EST From the heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799265 <em>32</em> I feel at peace with things, even though life is throwing us a few curves. My eyes seem to be open more to where I'm starting to enjoy the actual daily steps of life. <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> Sometimes in the past I've wondered "what's the use", "does anyone really enjoy life", is 'happiness a true thing'. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't depressed, It just seemed like everything was such hard work, and hard on my body, that I just didn't see how I could ever actually enjoy doi... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 11:32:43 EST Derailed a little http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798036 <em>40</em> So yesterday I went off program. Not sure what happened, but I binged a little on 1 & 1/2 cupcakes. They were the gourmet kind, made at the bakery with lots of icing. Very sugary. <BR> <BR> <em>489</em> I ate a huge Carl's Jr. Burger, which actually made me incredibly sick. I haven't eaten fast food in months. What used to taste good to me, tasted sooooo gross. So why did I keep eating it?... YUCK! <BR> <BR> <em>435</em> Weight loss is not happening as quick as I ... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 11:34:44 EST Staying clear from Agave http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796272 <em>227</em> No more Agave sweetener for me! <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Last year when I was dieting, and things were going along well, I changed from using organic honey to organic agave, and my weight started creeping back up rather quickly. I wasn't sure if it was the agave or not, but suspected it, so I stopped using it. <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> Almost 2 yrs later, I decided maybe it was just a coincidence, so I decided to give it another try and started using it again at the beginn... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 10:07:20 EST Thank YOU! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795376 <em>304</em> Thank you all for your encouragement on my last blog. <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> I have a sneaky suspicion of what was causing the extra cravings, and scale changes, but I'll share that later once I have a little more evidence. <BR> <BR> I honestly feel that nothing is going to stop me from trying. I think that I am actually going to go the long haul this time, and "get-er-done". I was driving home, after picking my daughter up from school, and I just started thinking abo... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 16:02:04 EST Lord give me strength http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794825 <em>494</em> <em>421</em> The past 2 days I have been having more sugar cravings than normal. I'm not sure what triggered it, but its been pretty hard to fight off. I'm doing fairly good at it though. <BR> <em>192</em> You would think me being so close to the 240's that I wouldn't want to jeopardize that, but I've had some tiny bites of a few things. (I shouldn't have bought Halloween candy so far in advance) ug. <BR> <em>311</em> I also haven't exercised this week. My hu... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 18:47:49 EST Great motivator phrase http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793049 <em>249</em> <BR> There are 7 days in the week, and SOMEDAY isn't one of them. Sun, 5 Oct 2014 21:59:06 EST 2 pounds this week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792338 <em>55</em> <em>192</em> 2 pounds... yeah! <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> This week was a little tough. I had some pretty big temptations, but I was able to thwart most of them off. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> I exercised for the first time!! 3 times this week! By the 3rd time, I could tell it was already getting easier. But boy did I try to make excuses not to do it....every...single...time! Proud that I didn't give into any of them. <BR> <BR> Was hoping for the 240's. ... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 16:01:56 EST Eye opener http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791091 <em>40</em> OMG... while driving my daughter to school yesterday I saw a city worker trimming the grass & pulling the weeds on one of the medians. When he walked under a tree branch coming towards me, I saw him in full form. He had a large belly hanging over his jeans, a big white t-shirt, and a cigarette hanging out of his mouth. <BR> <BR> <em>270</em> I felt bad for him because, not only is that a hard job in the TX heat, but being over weight, and having impaired lung function, ... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 11:36:43 EST Amazing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789896 <em>341</em> Well, going to the grocery store can be a big trigger for me. <BR> <BR> <em>475</em> In our grocery store, the bakery is right when you enter the front door. And it's not just any bakery....it's freaking gourmet and marvelous. <BR> <BR> <em>35</em> I usually look, and will occasionally purchase a single slice of something. But what I noticed today was amazing. <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> I did my shopping, went out, put my things in the car and started driving awa... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:43:02 EST Risky game, I know http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788510 I woke up this morning and felt compelled to weigh myself. Yesterday was my weigh-in day, which showed a 3 1/2 pound loss for the week. When I weighed today, I was down another pound. <BR> <BR> That's exciting, however, weighing in on days other than weigh-in day, is a risky little game to play. If it showed even he slightest gain, it 'could' have thrown me off on a binge. But luckily, it showed another loss, which inspired me to be even better on program today. <BR> <BR> I'm 2 poun... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 15:52:12 EST 3 1/2 pounds down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788009 <em>185</em> yipeeee!! <em>55</em> 3 1/2 pounds! <BR> I haven't even added exercise yet. I ate really healthy all week, and was not hungry. I would say my carbs were probably moderate to low this week. Aside of a spaghetti dinner with a small bit of noodles and 2 slivers of garlic bread, my carbs only came from fruit & veggies. <BR> <em>106</em> (& a little honey in my coffee) <BR> <BR> <em>195</em> I'm going to continue to tweek the plan to make it fit for my life, unt... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 17:39:09 EST Carbage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786362 <em>343</em> A fellow sparker said it best.... How great they feel from not eating crappy "Carbage" anymore. <BR> <BR> <em>550</em> I'm not cutting the carbs down as low as I thought I would. They are around 60 per day. But I'm not eating 'bad carbs' either. I'm eating very few carbs from bread. Most all my carbs are coming from fruits, & veggies. <BR> <BR> <em>10</em> My Dad came over for dinner last night, so I made my famous spaghetti. I had very little noodles, and mos... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 20:27:39 EST Confession http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784141 <em>2</em> Ok...so for the last 4 days I've been carb overloading (binging) because I knew I was starting my low carb plan today. <BR> <BR> <em>49</em> <em>192</em> I knew doing that would most likely put the 3 lbs back on, that I lost over the last 2 weeks, but I did it anyway, and sure enough, they're back. <BR> <BR> <em>46</em> And it's a shame I did that, because I could have been ahead 3 lbs before even starting the new program, but I'm not now. And that's ok....no sinc... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 15:37:15 EST Nothing fake http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783704 My low carb plan will NOT consist of anything fake. <BR> <BR> <em>48</em> Organic when ever possible. <BR> <em>227</em> No artificial sweetners (lots of the low carb recipes call for this) <BR> <em>227</em> No low carb bread... yuck... I'd rather do without. <BR> <BR> So it's going to be a struggle to find things to always fit into my plan that doesn't have sweeteners. But I'll work it out. No processed artificial foods. <BR> <BR> I'm doing this my way. <em>362</em> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 20:41:05 EST Gearing up to start low carb http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783168 <em>53</em> Well, I've decided to give the low carb plan another try. It's been a while since I've done it, but was successful the 1st time, so here it goes again. <BR> <BR> <em>332</em> I'm actually looking forward to going low carb again. Last time I did it, I had amazing energy. <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> So anyway. I start it on Sunday. (I know....I shouldn't put it off, but I'm still researching and putting the plan together.) My weeks start on Sunday, so I want to start th... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:42:41 EST Success on Low Carb? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781877 <em>38</em> Has anyone out there had good success on a low carb diet plan? <BR> <BR> <em>58</em> Anyone...anyone...Bueler?....Bueler? LOL <BR> <BR> <em>253</em> <em>382</em> I've visited the low carb groups, but it looks like a lot of them have been inactive, or have a lot of inactive members. So it makes me curious if long term success is possible. <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> So I'm just curious if there is anyone out there that has actually had success on a low carb program... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:29:16 EST Stuck http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779919 <em>192</em> <em>38</em> The scale seems to be stuck. I think I need to revamp a few things. <BR> <BR> <em>76</em> Cut back on sugar will probably be a big one. <BR> <em>274</em> Amp up the water <BR> <em>180</em> Cut back more on bread <BR> <em>311</em> Amp up the exercise <BR> <em>551</em> Eat smaller portions <BR> <BR> I'm still happy with my energy level, so I can tell I'm still getting healthier from within. Eventually my body will let go and stop fighting me... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 22:02:28 EST The WAR IS ON! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778565 <em>18</em> My Body has held myself hostage for a long time, and I've allowed it to because I was to lazy to fight to be set free. <BR> <BR> <em>530</em> This is no 'Journey' for me, this is WAR. War with myself, my hormones, my mind. I'm taking over and I'm going to live like I'm already at my goal weight, and not allow these bad habits to continue. <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> One small thing lead to another, and before I knew it I went from 139 in 1997, to 268 by 2005. My mind sho... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 11:54:25 EST Decided against the gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778556 <em>40</em> I know...I sound crazy don't I? <BR> <em>81</em> <em>19</em> Well, I started thinking about the whole gym thing and my Mom paying for it as a Christmas gift. I think I really need to be the one paying for it, to hold myself accountable. This is one thing that I just don't feel I should accept from someone else. <BR> <em>18</em> Not to mention that it may make my Mother more controlling over me, and I don't need that for sure. She offers to pay for stuff for my br... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 11:37:42 EST Better workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778146 <em>237</em> So today I did water aerobics. It was kind of a strange class, but I could tell I still got a good workout. Instead of the instructor being in front of everyone and yelling out things to do with music on, she just turns on some background music, gets in the pool and starts talking....everyone starts talking... It's more of a social circle. She'll give an instruction of something to do, then everyone starts doing it and goes back into the conversation, doing that step for ab... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 20:19:52 EST Ug...Work-out day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776912 <em>315</em> So all I did was walk the treadmill for about a mile. <BR> <BR> *) The first treadmill TV was fuzzy, so moved over to the next one. <BR> *) The next treadmill TV had the screen start bouncing around near the 3/4 mile part. But stuck with it since I was almost done. <BR> *) I forgot my headphones, so I couldn't hear the TV. (but they had on closed caption) <BR> *) My water bottle wasn't working correctly. <BR> *) Messed up using their locker combo lock thingy, and had to g... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 23:34:32 EST A great gift http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776030 <em>407</em> <em>19</em> <em>144</em> <BR> Well, surprisingly I received a call this morning from my Mom, and she said that she is going to pay for my gym membership for 1 yr, as my Christmas gift. <BR> <BR> <em>43</em> I am very appreciative & thankful I get to join the one that has everything I really want. So I'm super stoked and excited! <BR> <BR> <em>315</em> I am starting tomorrow morning! fun fun fun. Can't wait! <BR> <BR> <em>357</em> <em>319</em> My M... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 17:43:39 EST a new week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775514 <em>521</em> I relaxed a little over the weekend with food choices, but still made wise choices. <BR> <BR> <em>28</em> Searching for a gym is a daunting task. The issue is whether or not I want to pay for one. I don't 'need' a gym to workout, so is it really worth the money? <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> This move has really drained our budget, so I may decide just to keep my DVD's and do exercises at home. We'll see. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> I've got a free week trial at Gold's ... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 00:04:23 EST What's your Gym? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774885 We went & checked out 3 different Gold's Gyms, all right here in our area... The best one was $170/month! WAAAAY out of our budget. The cheapest one was around $70/month, but was in an area that will be really hard to get in & out of, with this San Antonio traffic. <BR> <BR> So Gold's Gym is OUT. I'm still leaning towards the women's gym, Bella for $27/month, but we are going to check out LIFETIME FITNESS tomorrow. (ANYONE A MEMBER OF ONE OF THOSE?) It's in a great location, and my Mom... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 23:34:07 EST Healthy Oatmeal Cookies-no flour or sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774549 Egg-less, dairy-less, flour-less, and with no added sugar. Oatmeal cookies <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1446651168.jpg"> Sat, 6 Sep 2014 11:42:43 EST It's ok http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774514 <em>192</em> The scale didn't budge. Kind of surprising because I'm eating very healthy, but I haven't been drinking much water at all, and still haven't added exercise, so at the same time, it's what I expected. <BR> <BR> <em>535</em> So it's ok, because I feel great. This heavy weight of junk food & over eating, has been lifted off my shoulders, and my energy has skyrocketed. <BR> <BR> <em>231</em> I'm honestly going to try to incorporate exercise into next week. I'm going ... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 10:55:32 EST Tomorrow is weigh-in day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774065 <em>38</em> <em>192</em> Not sure about any weight-loss, but I know how much better I FEEL, which is most needed. <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> My daily nap is starting to disappear. When before, I didn't see how I could do without it. I would feel so tired, I felt like it was a danger for me to drive! <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> But now I am ALERT, and with that comes more activity. I've been eating healthy, which is what is giving me this energy, however, without exercise yet, I don't... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 15:04:37 EST Getting active again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772101 <em>252</em> So I'm trying to get active again and joined some new groups, that seem to fit into parts of my program. <BR> <BR> My main goal is getting healthy, and getting vitamins from food, and getting the nourishment by body needs, while losing weight in the process. I don't like pills, or extreme weight loss programs using certain types of food deprivation, or dangerous vigorous exercise routines. I want my organs to run at full capacity with the proper nutrition, and get my body... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 19:02:16 EST The year is not over! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771084 <em>12</em> If you think about it.... We have almost 1/2 a year left, minus 2 months... <BR> <BR> So a lot can be done in 4 months. <BR> <BR> <em>298</em> <em>421</em> <em>431</em> <em>429</em> <em>430</em> <em>442</em> <em>443</em> I admit, there are a lot of Holiday's in these 4 months, that can totally detract a diet.. Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving & Christmas! <BR> <BR> <em>195</em> Planning is the key. Alter favorite recipes to make them healthy... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:17:41 EST Happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770455 <em>30</em> Feeling really happy. I'm glad to be getting my life back on tack. So happy to be having a bit more energy. <BR> <BR> <em>204</em> I was staring at myself in the mirror yesterday, as I was getting ready, and I was thinking to myself how different I'm going to look, once I reach goal. I'm going to have these skin-tags removed from my neck, and not be so self-conscious about wearing wide-neck t-shirts. I won't have the wide neck & double chin. I'll have cheek-bone defi... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 11:57:18 EST Lost 3 lbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769900 <em>55</em> <em>192</em> <em>244</em> <BR> Yeah, down 3 lbs this week. I haven't even added exercise yet. It's amazing how just eating healthy tells the body that it doesn't need to hold on to unhealthy fat anymore. <BR> <em>9</em> <BR> This is my first week back, and it's simply amazing that I'm noticing my energy already increasing. <BR> <BR> <em>227</em> I read a girls website a while back, that said she didn't even add exercise until she lost 50 lbs. I mention that be... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 11:33:39 EST