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/ 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 Fitness Tracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5976334 Accountability. <BR> <BR> <em>387</em> I just set my food & fitness tacker to be available on my own spark page for anyone to see. I think it will diffidently hold me accountable to work-out more. That's my most challenging part of this program. <BR> <BR> <em>550</em> I've learned that as long as I keep my calories under 1,500 calories, I lose weight. If I go over that, I don't. If I keep it closer to 1,300 calories, I lose the most weight. <BR> <BR> <em>362</em> I'm sur... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 00:31:33 EST Movie food...yuck http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5974133 <em>272</em> Well, went to the movies with my Mom & Daughter to see "Shaun the Sheep". Cute movie. It's Just like watching a 'silent film'....not ONE WORD spoken in the whole movie. It was very interesting. <BR> <BR> <em>477</em> However, Mom wanted a movie hot dog, and I hadn't had lunch either, so I got one too, (makes it more fun for her...nobody wants to eat alone.) plus popcorn and a cappuccino. <BR> <BR> <em>446</em> So after the movie we went to Hobby Lobby and walked... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 11:27:28 EST On my way... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5973687 <em>387</em> I pulled up my weigh-in report using spark, and since 2010 I have been yo-yoing between 268-233. My lowest at one point was 233, which I had forgotten about. Boy, if I would have stayed on my program back then, I would be long at goal by now. <BR> <BR> <em>2</em> It's really a shame to see how many years I have been doing this, and that I'm still in that same weight range. <BR> <em>442</em> Last December, 2014, I was down to 244. I was doing so well, and then Chri... Fri, 7 Aug 2015 12:14:51 EST Burn while you sleep. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5972856 (tip from Spark) Johns Hopkins researchers found that while aerobic exercise burns more calories at the time you are exercising, your metabolism returns to normal about 30 minutes after you finish your workout. Individuals who perform strength training, however, elevate their metabolisms (burn more calories) for two hours after their workouts end. <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> I never have an issue with sleeping. Doing a little strength training before bed, might keep some people up. <BR> ... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 23:04:54 EST Food taste soooo good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5972294 <em>550</em> <em>4</em> Since I have been eating "clean", food is starting to taste sooooo much better. <BR> <BR> <em>492</em> I just had a fabulous dinner!! And it was so simple. Normandy blend of steamed veggies, salmon, and couscous. But it all tasted amazing. <BR> <BR> <em>474</em> Today I was about to reach for chocolate ice cream, but instead my hand went to 1/2 of a grapefruit I had in the fridge. OMGoodness, that was so good. As I was eating it, I was thinking to... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 23:22:38 EST seeing my calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971541 <em>17</em> I've really began to crack down on my tracking, and using the spark daily food tracker, I see just where calories can sneak in. Little sneakers!! <BR> <BR> <em>387</em> This is truly motivating me to work harder to stay within my range. It's much easier to plan ahead, and stick to what I've already logged, than it is to track it 'after the fact'. <BR> <BR> <em>145</em> becoming a new me. <BR> <BR> Mon, 3 Aug 2015 17:04:18 EST earn 500 points http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5970996 If you haven't done this yet, I highly recommend it. I saw it, and decided to do it for the quick 500 points, but once I was going through it, I was very happy I did. <BR> <BR> Spark people offers so many different avenues to increase weight loss and motivation. I'm motivated even more, just after reading all the things this website offers, that I wasn't taking advantage of. <BR> <BR> Check it out: (hope this link will work). It's not just for new members, like it sounds, it's for an... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 20:15:03 EST I'm in LOVE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5970569 <em>129</em> I just discovered the Spark recipe-calculator... IT IS WONDERFUL! I can type in any made up recipe, that I've concocted, and it will tell me all the nutritional values & calories. It's amazing. <BR> <BR> <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-calcu<BR>lator.asp </link> <BR> <BR> <em>17</em> After keying in my favorite meals, I've discovered that I am not eating enough calories. However, I also discovered that my smoothies are waaaaay more calories than I ever expec... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 01:03:16 EST stuck http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5970336 <em>198</em> Ug....I'm stuck between 253-254...driving me insane! <BR> <BR> <em>234</em> I'm trying to not be to bothered by it because of this months prescriptions for the pneumonia I've had.....which I AM FINALLY OVER!! I know they caused water weight, and the steroids caused weight gain as well. BUT STILL!! NOT EVEN 1 POUND....REALLY???? <BR> <BR> <em>208</em> "Non Scale Victory" NSV is that my blood pressure is normal! It hasn't been there in years. I wasn't pre-hyperten... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 14:53:04 EST Cutting my hair! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5967574 <em>67</em> <em>259</em> ARRRGG...it' so hot. I do like the look of my long hair, but it's so sticky hot that I just can't stand it. I've never had such long hair before, it goes down past my bar-strap now. So I'm kind of stoked that I FINALLY grew my hair out!!!.....BUT I CAN'T STAND HOW HOT IT IS. I just live with it up in a pony tail....what good is that?...just gives me a headache. <BR> <BR> <em>204</em> I really do hate to cut i off, and just don't see how these young girls ... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:57:54 EST what a difference http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966450 <em>204</em> I wrote a week or so ago that I was noticing my face in the mirror seemed to glow with good health. <BR> <BR> <em>551</em> I thought it was just from healthy eating. I also had not been eating any bread. I had decided earlier this week to add small amounts of bread/wheat back into my diet. I noticed my rosacea was flaring up, and my cheeks were all red again. That's when I realized that my face hadn't been red and that is why I thought my face looked so healthy previo... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 13:21:44 EST low calorie/low carb cookies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5965156 Just wanted to share something that my Mom brought over today. She got them from Marshalls. <BR> <BR> They only have 60 calories for 7 wedges (cookies), and only 12 carbs. <BR> <BR> They are fairly large wedges too... and yes 7 is a serving! <BR> <BR> They are very light, lightly sweet, lemon flavor. They taste really good. (wafer type cookie) <BR> <em>254</em> <em>469</em> They go really good with a cup of tea. <BR> <BR> And for 60 calories with 12 carbs, you can't beat ... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 23:00:06 EST a clean house http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5964899 <em>436</em> I love a clean house.... and I actually enjoy cleaning to a certain point.... but for some reason, I put it off until even I can't stand it anymore... LOL It's a really strange cycle. <em>435</em> <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> The one great benefit of needing to clean all day, is that I usually lose weight while doing it. When I have my 'full day clean-days', I always weigh-in a pound or 2 less the next day. That's a pretty good motivator to clean my house.. LOL But stil... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 12:13:35 EST OMG...the whiskey cake from http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5964542 <em>4</em> Went out to lunch with my Mom today. She wanted to go to a restaurant called "Whiskey Cake". They are known for their roasted veggies, and of course their Whiskey Cake. I told her I would love to have some roasted veggies, but I wasn't going to eat any cake. <BR> <BR> Well, I reach to get my credit card to pay for our meals, both ordered nice healthy baked fish, and then she tells me she's not done yet. So what does she do??...she orders Whiskey Cake. <BR> <BR> <em>35... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 21:13:20 EST Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5964120 Monday & Friday <BR> <em>354</em> - Zumba (LA Fitness) <BR> <BR> Tuesday & Thursday <BR> <em>237</em> - Aqua-fit (water aerobics) (LA Fitness) <BR> <BR> Monday - Friday <BR> <em>307</em> Walk-away-the-Pounds with Leslie Sandstone DVD <BR> <em>328</em> & weight training (at home) <BR> <BR> Getting Fit! <em>362</em> <BR> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 01:51:29 EST Things are changing..and that's ok. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963921 <em>204</em> The last few days when I've looked in the mirror, I've noticed my face looks more pure & clear. I just thought I was having a couple of 'good' days. But when I got up today, and looked in the mirror again, that 'look' is still there. I'm not thinking about it when I glace in the mirror, I usually just look up for a second, then go about my way, but these past few days I've actually caught myself doing a 'double take'... That's when I put it all together and realized that m... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 18:49:21 EST maintaning while sick http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961798 <em>527</em> Blasted walking pneumonia. I've had 2 steroid shots, and am also on a number of other medications. I have another follow-up doctor appointment tomorrow to go over blood work. I'll probably be given another breathing treatment since my lungs still sound awful. <BR> <BR> <em>273</em> The doctor is trying not to use oral steroids with me because it causes weight gain, but I don't think the z-pack is helping, so he may wind up putting me on prednisone tomorrow. <BR> <BR... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 14:57:54 EST low blood sugar...scary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5960148 <em>467</em> I'm not counting carbs, I'm just not eating pasta or wheat, and not a lot of grains, like rice. My carbs mainly come from fruit, veggies & what's in dairy. <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> However, for the past few days I began having pretty bad dizzy spells, and yesterday started feeling quite nauseous while in the car with my Mom. It was getting pretty bad so I started to think of the carbs I had eaten, and realized that I most likely wasn't eating enough carbs, so I quickly tol... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 13:21:33 EST FINALLY! 254! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959077 <em>224</em> It feels like I've been at 255 forever... but actually I weighed in at 255 on July7th, and today, the 11th, I hit 254. For some reason it just seemed longer than it actually took. <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> But I am very pleased to be on the 'lower' side of the 250's....which means that the 240's are just around the corner! <BR> <BR> <em>44</em> So 1 pound down during the week of my daughter's 4th birthday, and my husband's hospitalization, is a nice surprise to receiv... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 13:08:34 EST Husband in Hospital http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5958514 <em>234</em> So it's been a whirwind for a couple of days. My hubby fell on the racquetball court & broke his wrist/arm. <BR> <BR> It was broken in a way that it could not be reset, so they had to go in and do surgery and put a plate & screws in. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> My husband is a TERRIBLE patient! He's sweet as can be, but if he's in pain....forget about it! LOL. "Give me my water.....turn down the air.....get me pain meds....etc. etc". But I know in that much pain, the p... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 09:29:08 EST staying on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5957498 <em>44</em> I got through my daughter's birthday party with success. I only ate 1 small piece of cake, and froze the leftovers for a treat on occasion, & for my daughter's sweet tooth. <BR> <BR> <em>480</em> I had about 2 bites of pizza...it wasn't good, so it wasn't hard to say no to it.. It was at chucky cheeses, but luckily they had a salad bar, which turned out to be really good. <BR> <BR> <em>205</em> It's actually been almost 1 month since I began my "restart", and I've ... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 11:32:56 EST My 1st attempt at cake decorating. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5957282 So I made my daughter's birthday cake. This is my 1st attempt at cake decorating. I had crooked lines all over the place, but over all..I guess it did the job. LOL I had a very small piece, and the left overs went into the freezer for occasional treats. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8452d0e1-cc86-43d6-a2f7-60cfa77377d5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fd6caa98-bd8e-41b4-bf7f-515260b3c319.jpg"> Wed, 8 Jul 2015 02:15:28 EST shedding the pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5956922 <em>9</em> <em>192</em> The scale is continuing to go down and it's filling me with more & more motivation. <BR> <BR> <em>90</em> <em>19</em> <em>179</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>44</em> Today is my daughter's 4th birthday. Last night I was up until midnight making her layered cakes to decorate today. I hope it turns out cute. I've never made a tiered cake before. It smelt sooooooo good while all of them were baking. I made a few cupcakes too, but I didn't... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 11:58:08 EST 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