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/ Motivation comes in a variety of forms http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6207845 I went to youtube and typed in "i lost 100 lbs". Some of them are annoying, but there are others that truly rev me up. I love seeing other people succeed. It makes me happy, and sparks a whole new fire within me to do the same thing. <BR> <BR> Thank you all for your motivation and comments on my blogs. I'm going to work my nerve up and put a VLOG on here one of these days. LOL <BR> <BR> Rev up and ready to go! <em>226</em> <em>105</em> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 21:14:11 EST slowing getting back with it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206076 <em>192</em> Finally weighed myself, and I've gained back 5 lbs. Went to the store recently, and purchased my healthy fiber rich foods to get back on track. It'll be nice having this acid reflux gone again. I didn't have it at all when I was on my program. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Also, time for murder.....it's time to kill these sugar cravings again.. Falling off the wagon has brought sugar cravings back in a bad way. ug.. <BR> <BR> <em>387</em> I may have had a few carefree... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 22:22:36 EST Fell off the wagon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202607 <em>40</em> Ok, so with all the stress from the ceiling cave-in, and the long visit from long distance relatives, I fell of the wagon pretty hard. I haven't weighed myself, but I think I've gained back at least 5 pounds. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Last night I had a terrible nights sleep because of acid reflux, from chocolate I ate before bed. I haven't had that issue in a long time, because I hadn't been eating sweets, except for fruit. <BR> <BR> <em>7</em> So now that everyone ... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 13:18:29 EST stress eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6193870 <em>2</em> OK.... with the ceiling caving in, relatives from out of the country visiting until July 16th.. and 4th of July Holiday weekend...I have been stress eating in a fierce way. ...and it's been getting worse, but I am soooo ready to get back on track. <BR> <BR> <em>468</em> <em>473</em> <em>287</em> <em>495</em> I've been eating a lot of sugar again, and even went back on coffee.. I miss the way I was eating before we went of vacation, but I've just been to swamped t... Sun, 3 Jul 2016 00:02:59 EST Catastrophy at our house http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6188879 <em>198</em> Well, upon returning from our vacation, we were surprised to find a water leak in the attic over one of our bedrooms, and the ceiling caved in... It's been a rush to get it all fixed. The water leak has been repaired, and the room cleaned up, but now a new ceiling needs to be put on. UG!! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/35e41848-c9e5-4fff-b706-4a3a930b9154.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0a0a9697-9a16-429a-bd93-a617b713937c... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:50:58 EST Challenges of Summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6178277 <em>67</em> YUCK IT'S ALREADY HOT!!... Especially here in Texas! <em>610</em> <BR> <BR> <em>257</em> I can't wait to go visit Washington state again. I MISS IT SOOOO MUCH. (We moved from Seattle to Texas 2 yrs ago) <BR> <BR> <em>31</em> <em>436</em> So I'm looking forward to the cooler weather of Leavenworth WA next week, and staying in the little cabin we rented. Sitting outside in the cool evenings with a warm drink, looking over the mountains is going to be such a tre... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 11:19:29 EST OMGoodness! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6176400 <em>483</em> I made the most delicious healthy 'pizza' type dinner last night that was sooooooo GOOD!...****and still lost over 1/2 a pound!***** <BR> <BR> I used a small individual size whole wheat pizza crust. But I didn't have any pizza sauce to put on it, so I smashed up about 1/4 cup of 'chili black beans', and used that as the sauce. <BR> <BR> <em>485</em> <em>22</em> Then I topped it with yellow squash, zucchini squash, sliced baby-bella mushrooms, onion, and just a little ... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 13:51:51 EST I Challenge myself.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6175399 <em>535</em> I'm about to go on an exciting vacation in the WA mountains, and I can't wait!!! <BR> <BR> <em>7</em> But my challenge to myself is to actually lose weight and still have fun while on vacation. <BR> <BR> <em>295</em> <em>256</em> <em>342</em> Vacation doesn't need to be all about food. Making delicious healthy choices is still going to be a top priority. Walking town shops & hiking will be my exercise. Maybe even a little swimming. <BR> <BR> <em>55</em... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 21:43:41 EST 4 more pounds and I'll be in the 230's! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6175097 <em>7</em> 4 more pounds and I'll be in the 230's!! I haven't been there in years... I don't even remember the last time I was in the 230's. I guess it was around 1999. <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> I know...I know... I'm celebrating a little early... but 4 pounds away is so doable. I haven't even been to 244 in a very long time. So I'm excited about just that, as well. <BR> <BR> This is a new way of life...not a diet. <em>9</em> Thu, 2 Jun 2016 11:28:15 EST Birthday party http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171979 <em>410</em> Well, I just experienced my first 'party' after starting my new plan. It was at chucky cheeses, with pizza & cake for a 5 yr old friend of my daughters. <BR> <BR> <em>480</em> <em>44</em> I'm proud to say I only ate 2 small pieces of pizza, and no cake. It's not hard saying no to sweets anymore. I've completely cut my sugar addiction away. Boy was it bad. I didn't think I could ever stop eating sweets. But it has finally clicked, and I don't have that problem anym... Sat, 28 May 2016 15:08:26 EST Vacation is BOOKED! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170238 <em>298</em> We haven't had a 'real' vacation in probably 16 years. All our trips usually consist of going to visit family members. <BR> <BR> <em>610</em> Well, today I changed that. We moved to TX from Seattle WA 2 years ago, and I miss the Washington fresh crisp air, when I would walk out of the house every morning. I MISS it sooo much. <BR> <BR> <em>44</em> So for my 50th birthday, I planned a trip to Leavenworth WA, where Mike and I used to go for weekend getaways when we... Wed, 25 May 2016 15:45:34 EST Love that this is working so well. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166265 <em>185</em> I am so excited, and it's not just about the weight coming off. It's about getting my body healthy. Getting all the hormones, and machine parts working together the way they are supposed to. I don't want to hurt my organs with drastic fast weight loss, or pills. My utmost goal is to get each organ in the best heath it can be, to live a quality life all the way to the end of my journey here on earth, and not being a burden to others to take care of me in my elder years. <BR... Thu, 19 May 2016 11:43:58 EST re: Summer Clothes LOL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6164282 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7cab2e16-8050-47c4-aa78-08084e802b85.jpg"> Mon, 16 May 2016 17:17:29 EST success stories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162826 <em>248</em> <em>9</em> I love reading the success stories under 'community'. It is so motivating to see so many other people be successful with their weight loss, who were around the same weight as I am. <BR> <BR> <em>550</em> A lot of people I read that were successful, also turned to a whole foods, mostly plant based diet, as I have. So that's nicely reassuring that eating this way leads to a healthy life. <BR> <BR> <em>283</em> If you ever need a motivating boost...go o... Sat, 14 May 2016 13:22:42 EST It's still working http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162137 <em>67</em> So things are going great. Last week my weight stayed the same, but I wasn't surprised. It was a very busy social week of events, and I think we had to eat out 3-4 times. Thankfully they were nice upscale restaurants, which offer healthier options than cheap restaurants. So I was still able to eat on my program, but I'm sure the meals were higher calorie at the restaurants, than meals I would make at home. But I was totally happy with no weight gain during that week. <BR... Fri, 13 May 2016 11:29:07 EST Feeling so FREE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6156607 <em>38</em> I can't even describe what I'm feeling, because I am so amazed with it myself. The only way I can think to describe it, is that I feel like I now see food the way I think all these 'normal' people do. (And by 'normal', I mean people that don't have binge eating issues, constant cravings, or battles with food every day of their lives.) My mind for once feels totally free. <BR> <BR> <em>489</em> <em>486</em> <em>480</em> An example: In the past, when driving home a... Wed, 4 May 2016 23:29:32 EST Made it to the 240's! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6155567 <em>240</em> Ever hear there's more than 1 way to skin a cat? (I know...gross thought right?...sorry) <BR> <BR> <em>467</em> Well, most my dieting career I've always yo-yoed with cutting out bread. "Low carb, high protein", and I would lose weight pretty quick. So I learned that it was the only way I could lose weight. Yet, I always fell off the wagon and gained weight back, BECAUSE WHO CAN LIVE FOREVER WITHOUT BREAD? not me!!. <BR> <BR> <em>550</em> <em>492</em> <em>4... Tue, 3 May 2016 12:33:46 EST Going Well http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6153511 <em>4</em> I love love love everything that I am making. The majority of it is Vegan with plant based protein, but I do have a meal, here & there, with a small portion of animal protein. I honestly never thought I would enjoy a plant based menu, but I actually like my meals without meat, more than the ones that have it. <BR> <BR> <em>483</em> Last night I made a veggie pizza with a whole wheat cracker thin pizza crust, and chopped all my own veggies....asparagus, broccoli, yellow sq... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 16:15:52 EST Weight is coming off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6152135 <em>244</em> The weight is coming off and I couldn't be more happy about it. It's only been 1 & 1/2 weeks, and I'm down 8 lbs already. My blood pressure is so much better, and the rosacea (red cheeks) have already calmed down to a faint pink. I'm no longer drinking cows milk, or anything animal dairy, except for very little organic cheese... maybe I am allergic to animal dairy?... hum?? I've had these red cheeks my whole life...I guess an allergy would explain it. <BR> <BR> Before Pict... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:46:15 EST I finally get it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6148015 <em>551</em> <em>45</em> <em>140</em> <BR> Finally learning just how important fiber is. It's now one of the first things I look at before I buy or eat anything. <BR> <BR> I used to be scared of fiber and my GI system. But eating healthy with high fiber, is working out great for me, and because of some different health documentary's I've been watching, it's all making sense now. <BR> <BR> <em>550</em> Fiber is going to lead me home.....all the way to goal. <em>9</em> Fri, 22 Apr 2016 13:37:52 EST Still enjoying it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6146474 <em>272</em> I been watching a ton of documentary's about food and health. I can honestly say that I feel completely comfortable with being flexi-vegan. I'm flexi because I will eat an egg from time to time, and still allow fish, occasional chicken, and if out with friends and they're getting ice cream, and there is no soy ice cream, then I will enjoy a little ice cream too. Life's to short to be a stick in the mud, and be so strict that it sucks the fun out. <BR> <BR> But for the mos... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 11:53:54 EST Flexi-Vegan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6141427 <em>41</em> There may be an actual word for it, I don't know.. but I am eliminating all animal based dairy products and red meat, and eating fish & chicken only sparingly. <BR> <BR> I've watched Forks Over Knives several years ago, and liked what I saw the first time, but didn't think I could follow such a plan. I recently watched it again and have decided to follow the plan to help reverse certain ailments I have, and hope weight loss will be a side effect. <BR> <BR> I've only been ... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 11:24:23 EST Something not right http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6108579 <em>24</em> Well, something's not right... My weight is going up, when I've been eating so healthy. So I'm going to take a look at my plan again and see where I can cut back and improve, because it's not making any sense. <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> I thought maybe my scale was off, so I used my husband's, right after we put new batteries in his, and it weighed the same as mine. So it's not that. DARN! <BR> <BR> <em>194</em> It's not 'water weight' because I've been taking blood pr... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 13:16:18 EST Feeling Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6103642 <em>185</em> Starting my 3rd day of healthy eating, and I already feel so much better. I'm cutting processed sugar out, and starchy carbs. My gut just cannot take them anymore. <BR> <BR> <em>106</em> One thing I added back is caffeine. I've been drinking decaf for quite a long time now, but I realized that I just don't have any energy, or desire to do 'anything'... So I know it's a crutch, but I decided to put full coffee back into my diet, and try to cut back on it once I get clo... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 10:02:34 EST getting going yet again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6101392 <em>20</em> Yes, I've been up & down and all over the place. But at least I don't let it control my happiness. <BR> <BR> About to hit the weightloss program hard again. <BR> <BR> I'm going back to work full time for the company that I worked for when I lived in Seattle. I need to fly to Seattle to be in the corporate office for 3 weeks, and then return home to work from San Antonio. This has sparked a new interest in me to lose more weight before having to fly out and stay there fo... Sun, 21 Feb 2016 16:05:21 EST just for fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6076745 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/74e114a4-cb75-47e1-b15e-fe6bd701df38.jpg"> Sat, 23 Jan 2016 01:14:08 EST FEELING REALLY GOOD. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6072156 <em>58</em> I'm feeling really good physically, and with a good since of well being. I'm staying busy, and I'm being more attentive to my family. <BR> <BR> <em>17</em> I think I'm about to go back to work full time. That will be a huge change for me. Other than this short part time preschool position I recently held, I haven't worked since 2009. But it's going to be with the company I used to work for, which is a "work at home" job. My husband also works for them. It's a pretty de... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 21:17:00 EST Woman's World http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6069809 <em>191</em> I'm going to try a 48 hr "Christmas Cleanse" that I read about in the Dec 28th 2015 publication of Woman's World. It's basically just 2 days of low calorie, and no bread. <BR> <BR> It sounds pretty simple, so I'm going to give it a try, sort of like a 'kick-start'. I'll let you know how it works. <BR> <BR> <em>203</em> In this addition, I also read a lot of information that I hadn't read before, regarding fat-flushing veggies, and how the probiotics in greek yogurt ... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 23:55:19 EST Jessica Smith http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6068454 I really enjoy these FREE EXERCISE VIDEOS ON-LINE. (through Spark People) <BR> <BR> Enjoying the short 10 minute workouts with Jessica Smith. <BR> Several to choose from when you scroll down on this link. <BR> <link>jessicasmithtv.com/exercise-videos/ </link> <BR> <BR> This link is her new 15 minute ballet workout. (LUNGE FREE AND SQUAT FREE) <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=target_your_entire_lower_body_in_14<BR>_minutes </link> <BR> <BR> I also enjoy her 8 mi... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 12:06:40 EST peeved http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6066698 <em>198</em> Ever have an in-law or friend that acts like they're just sooooo busy, fit & fabulous...and you are just sooooo beneath them? <BR> <BR> She's tall....yes... But she's overweight too, and thinks she's a beauty queen with no weight issues... But me... we'll I'm just a little terd on the ground with no life of my own. <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> I'm so sick of hearing how busy she is, how great she's doing at work in her "most important job in the world", what a perfect parent s... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 12:20:05 EST Excited http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6058933 So still watching all the Christmas movies I have on my DVR...LOL <em>272</em> <BR> <BR> <em>442</em> Even me, Queen of Christmas, is starting to get a little tired of the same story line over & over. But of course, I'm still watching them. :-) <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> I'm very excited about this new year, and really getting a handle on my weight loss. I have no doubt that I am on my way to success. <BR> <BR> <em>195</em> I've been reading over my journals, that I've written ... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 13:16:17 EST Happy New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6056462 <em>249</em> Another year that God has blessed me with the chance, & opportunity to get my life in order and get back to good health. <BR> <em>43</em> Of which I am utterly grateful. <BR> <em>9</em> I'm simply counting calories, because I'm not going to follow any kind of deprivation diets. Deprivation diets NEVER lead to long term success for me. <BR> <em>551</em> Counting calories is somewhat like weight watchers.....you get to eat what you want, yet the portions are contr... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 23:24:29 EST comfort zone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6043502 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2486a5cb-4ccf-4e84-9980-cb3e7bc30018.jpg"> Sun, 6 Dec 2015 23:02:56 EST We'll I didn't... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6024684 <em>387</em> I wrote "stepping up my game" in my status bar back on Oct 4th, and needless to say... I DIDN'T! <BR> <BR> <em>90</em> <em>150</em> Most of you know I was doing really well, and then I took a preschool teaching position for 2-3 yr olds, of which I had done previously for many years. But since the last time I was in this type of position, back in 1993, I've been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. I didn't think it would effect me so much with working with these kid... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 11:49:18 EST AWESOME EXERCISE WEBSITE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6009202 <em>272</em> I'm going to start doing these videos. I got them from spark, but went to her own website and she has them all listed on this page with ease to find just the one you are looking for. All free of charge. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> She has a lot of 10 minute walking videos with & without resistance bands, 8 minute stretching videos, and an array of many many more. Even one for people with bad knees. <BR> <BR> <em>347</em> I'm starting slow. So I'll be using her short ... Sun, 4 Oct 2015 16:41:17 EST Type 2 Diabetes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6009170 <em>282</em> So, I've gone from pre-diabetic, to type 2 diabetes. The problem is, is that I didn't find out about that 'pre-diabetic' test result, until recently, which is over a year later since the test was done. I was going through my on-line file from my doctor in Washington, and saw it. I'm surprised they didn't reach out to me to make sure I new about those test results. Maybe they did, and it was during such a stressful time of moving to TX that I didn't listen. Who knows. Bu... Sun, 4 Oct 2015 15:37:11 EST Did better than I thought. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6008080 <em>343</em> Well, I did fall off the wagon. <BR> <BR> <em>473</em> <em>480</em> <em>495</em> <em>489</em> <em>486</em> <em>468</em> I was 'sort of' binging. On separate days, I went to the pizza hut buffet, Carols Jr. for a thick burger, and one night I ate 2 frozen pizzas. Oh, chinese & mexican too! I've eaten a lot of donuts, and sweets, and the only exercise I've done is working with 7 little 2/3 yr olds.... <BR> <BR> <em>49</em> <em>192</em> I thought for su... Fri, 2 Oct 2015 14:37:28 EST I'm still here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5998467 <em>213</em> I'm still here. Staying right around 248. So this month has pretty much been a wash, with very little gain, and mostly staying the same, which is not ideal, but it's not a gain. <BR> <BR> <em>190</em> I had relaxed a little on my food program, not journaling or counting calories, and as soon as I got home from work, I would crash and nap. So it's to be expected that I didn't lose any weight this month. <BR> <BR> <em>150</em> So I'm ok with it since I've been soo... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 10:09:46 EST when...where...how.??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5992647 <em>435</em> Ug... I guess I fell off the wagon more than I thought these past 2-1/2 weeks. But I've since climbed back up and back on the right track. <BR> <em>40</em> It's just amazing how quickly 1 day 'off' will lead to a few, and before you know it, you're yo-yoing again. <BR> <em>2</em> I don't want to admit it to anyone, but I know I have to hold myself accountable, so unfortunately, I've gained 4 lbs in about 3 weeks time. Instead of losing this month (8/20-9/20) I've ga... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 11:14:03 EST Rough week, had a little slide. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5991257 <em>198</em> OK... so 2 stressful weeks, back to back. First week I gained 1/2 pound, second week I gained 1 1/2 pounds. <BR> <BR> <em>150</em> So it's time to get this back under control. My daughter's first week of school, and then the following week was my first week of my teaching position. Both really took their tole on me. <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> I'm exhausted. The first day of class for me was treacherous. But the 2nd day was simply AMAZING!! <BR> <em>43</em> Lots... Sat, 5 Sep 2015 00:53:28 EST I got a job! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5989639 <em>39</em> Lots of changes, and I'm exhausted. I've been trying to stay on target, but I've let it slide a little. I got a new teaching job, which is for a part time preschool, and while we were getting the classrooms ready the other teachers always wanted to all go out together for lunch. I went with them, but tried hard to portion control what I ate. <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> I'm happy to say that I only gained 1/2 a pound that week. For eating out several times that week, I think ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 13:27:55 EST To busy to track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5984573 <em>198</em> Ug...I've been so busy with my daughter's first day of school, I haven't tracked for about 3 days now. <BR> <BR> <em>301</em> I think I've been doing fine with the 'eyeball' method, but it still worries me. <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> I've decreased my weigh-ins to once a week now. <BR> <BR> <em>150</em> Hopefully once a good schedule has been achieved with her school stuff, I will be able to track again on the computer. For now, I'll just try to start writing it ... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 14:17:08 EST Another POUND Bites the Dust! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5983790 <em>353</em> Happy Dance <BR> <BR> The weight is continuing to come off, and that makes me so happy. I'm staying on this no matter what, but it is so encouraging to see the weight coming off. <BR> <BR> I know there will be periods when the weight will plateau at times, but I also know that sticking with this, is the only way to see results. <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> It's happening and I'm not stopping this time. Someday I WILL be adding my story to the success list. <BR> <BR> <e... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 11:23:50 EST Blogging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5981534 <em>195</em> I blog almost every day just because it keeps me focused. <BR> <BR> <em>535</em> I'm happy that I'm losing weight, and I know how fast time flies, so even if it takes over a year to reach goal, when I finally reach it, it will seem like I just started yesterday. <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> And I always remind myself that I won't have to wait until I reach goal to enjoy it. Especially when I get to 190-200 I will be able to wear a size 18, and being in average size clothes... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 13:14:07 EST 20 lbs down! yeah!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5980829 <em>208</em> 20 lbs down total, 15 lbs down since restart on June 12th. So I'm pretty happy that calorie counting is working, and the SP food tracker makes it so easy. <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> Last year on December 3rd, I was at 244...(which I gained all back)..., but instead of seeing the negative, I choose to see the positive and say that since I'm at 248 now, I'm ahead of last year, because by December 3rd, I should be even lower than last year...AND THIS TIME I'M NOT GAINING IT BACK!... Wed, 19 Aug 2015 11:04:51 EST Daughter starting school http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979863 <em>90</em> Well, my daughter is getting ready to start school on Tuesday. Life is going to be soooooo different starting next week. It's Pre-K, but it's still 5 full days. 7:50-3:00. <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> Right now we sleep till 8:00, and I don't go to bed until around midnight. Having to get up at 6:00 am, will cut that whole routine out for sure! <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> The only benefit from it is that it'll probably kick my weight loss progress up a little. <BR> <BR> I'... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 21:56:19 EST Broke through!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5978869 Yeah!!! I finally broke out of the 250's and now in the 240's. whew! <BR> <BR> 260's....-GONE <BR> 250'S.... GONE! <BR> now in the 240's!! ... and NOT FOR LONG! <em>9</em> (HEY I MADE A RHYME!) LOL Sun, 16 Aug 2015 10:46:39 EST Running Total http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5978414 <em>192</em> Running Totals of my weight loss. <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> Heaviest: 268 <BR> Current weight: 250 <BR> <BR> (2014) 268-265 3 lbs <BR> <BR> (2015) (restart on June 12th) <BR> 6/12 - 7/12 (265-254) 11 lbs <BR> 7/12 - 8/12 (254-250) 4 lbs <BR> 8/12 - -1 lbs so far (as of 8/16) Sat, 15 Aug 2015 13:08:00 EST Staying within calorie range http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5978059 <em>211</em> Staying in calorie range proves to be easier than I thought with the tracker. <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> I just hope to see the 240's tomorrow or at least by Sunday. It feels like I've been at 250 forever! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 14 Aug 2015 20:56:19 EST OMGoodiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5977501 <em>473</em> <em>483</em> I was riding in the car with Mom today, and we passed a donut place that my husband and I used to get donuts at, several times a week. We also used to eat pizza, sometimes 3-4 times a week. (always getting 2 larges each time) I know.... OMG right? <BR> <BR> <em>2</em> It's hard to to think of just how poorly we were eating. It's actually embarrassing to confess to. <BR> <BR> <em>362</em> But now all that is behind me. Also behind me is high blood... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 21:45:17 EST