KARENDEE4's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KARENDEE4 KARENDEE4'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/ LONG week....why I have been MIA http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5158499 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l490128461.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Warning kind of a downer type blog… <BR> My week has been dreadful. I left something on the stove Friday and filled my home with smoke. Then the next day (Saturday) my son broke his collar bone in wrestling. Now his season is over and he is in pain a lot. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l387695698.jpg"> <BR> Now I have something in my lungs. A month ago I had a heart ablation to... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 18:23:19 EST Sparkpeople: Total Body Sculpting (2012) My review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5147445 Sparkpeople: Total Body Sculpting (2012) <BR> With Coach Nicole <BR> “I received this DVD for free from SparkPeople but did not receive any form of payment for my review” <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <BR> Let me start of by saying thank you to spark and my spark friends. I received a free DVD due to one of my popular blog post awards. Thanks to all my spark friends that voted for me on my blogs!! I LOVE YOU GUYS!! <BR> <em>304</em> <BR> I am writing a review since Spark was nice... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 18:00:26 EST Update: Saw my doctor and paleo or somthing else? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5147319 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1365451044.jpg"> <BR> I saw my doctor for my check up. We reviewed my awesome labs! She said she has never seen trigucerides under 50 before. WOW I was 47. lol <BR> <BR> She discussed my weight my heart and my diet. She suggested trying to maintain 200-210 pounds for about 5 months. She thinks my toubles losing lately are a sign I need a break. She said my body needs to reabsorb all the fat (or something like that). She suggested 2000 calo... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 15:53:13 EST Update blog...post cardiac ablation and other stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5139763 I have not blogged in a while so I thought I would ramble a bit... <BR> <BR> I had a cardiac ablation a week and a half ago. It was due to some PVC's or an arrhythmia I have. Most people have PVC's but I get them so much it causes more problems. <BR> <BR> It was not to bad and it involved them inserting catheters(5 places) into my veins in my leg and my femoral artery. It was painful and long. I was there for 12 hours laying still not able to move my legs. NO FUN. The pain in my chest was ... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 21:39:07 EST WUB weekly update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5112871 I have decided to go through with an Ablation procedure for my heart. I asked a nurse a bunch of questions. I did hear that I have to stay out of work for a week, no strenuous activity and no driving. For one week I will be frustrated and bored. I have ideas to sew, read, paint my nails and relax. It is going to be tough not exercising for a whole week. However It will probably be good for me. It will give my body a chance to reset and I can work back into exercise. <BR> <BR> Any suggestion... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 20:09:49 EST My Lab Tests (Cholesterol) Over time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5111337 Today I had my 3rd set of lab tests. I was worried my cholesterol would not have changed much since I was not losing weight as fast. However I was way wrong. Plus my good cholesterol improved this time. <BR> <BR> I have pasted my results below because I wanted to share with my spark friends. Health is my priority and I have to remember weight loss is a bonus. I want to get healthy and live a long time. (I had other tests as well and they all came out great and many improved) <BR> <BR> So e... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 14:13:25 EST WUB Weekly update, heart arrhythmia update and weight loss finally! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5105827 This week has been great for my weight loss. The scale moved!!! I stopped the dreaded heart meds (with the advice of my cardio doc) and I am losing again. The meds were not helping so why take them? He agreed! They made me so tired and sluggish. My resting heart rate was 40 on them! Yes 40, I am now back to around 60-70. I have not taken it while resting for a while yet. <BR> <BR> I have a medical procedure called ablation scheduled for Nov 8th. They hopefully will be able to remove the pr... Sat, 20 Oct 2012 10:02:15 EST WUB:: Weekly Update blog and journal prompt. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5096229 I am on track with my goals. I am still working on being positive each day as well. I also have bought some fiber one 90 calorie bars for my chocolate craving. I was eating no sweets and no treats. I needed something small as a treat. I was going for about 4-5 days being perfect and feeling so deprived that I was binging (or over indulging) <BR> <BR> I am on track with monthly goals except my clothes cleaning project. I need to get that started today! <BR> <BR> Friday, October 12, 2012 <BR>... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 09:28:42 EST Weekly Update Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5093616 I am doing okay this week. Not excellent but okay. I am realizing I tend to restrict myself to much with food and feel deprived and then I am more likely to slip up. <BR> <BR> This week I will focus on allowing myself a small treat. (might be as simple as a granola bar with some chocolate on it) This treat will be in my calorie range for the day. <BR> <BR> <BR> Update on <BR> My goals for October <BR> 1. Exercise Daily but don’t focus on killing it every day (I was over training) ---DON... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 07:36:52 EST Do you ever find yourself judging someone else who is overweight? Are you ever distracted by or cond http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5086394 I had a tough day yesterday so I decided a blog promt was in order today. I hope you enjoy my blog. Feel free to comment or answer the questions yourself. <BR> <BR> Karen <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l419981359.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thursday, October 04, 2012 <BR> Today’s Blog/Journal Prompts <BR> Do you ever find yourself judging someone else who is overweight? Are you ever distracted by or condescending towards someone who is 100+ pounds over... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 10:21:01 EST October Goals Update Blog for GONE team http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5083391 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l915942082.jpg"> <BR> <BR> October Goals Update Blog for GONE team <BR> <BR> My goals for October <BR> 1. Exercise Daily but don’t focus on killing it every day (I was over training) <BR> 2. Lose some weight (I don’t have a specific number just something) <BR> 3. Stay in my calorie range <BR> 4. Exercise 6 days a week and stay active on day 7 <BR> 5. Practice Positive Affirmations . <BR> 6 Clean my piles of clothing and donate large items.... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 07:54:50 EST Weightloss survey (borrowed this survey from Proudlilmom and Babeinwaiting ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5078034 I borrowed this survey from Proudlilmom and Babeinwaiting and think it's a great way to share our weight loss journey. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. What was your highest weight, what do you weigh right now and what is your goal weight? <BR> <BR> Highest weight: 323 <BR> Current weight 217 <BR> Goal weight: 155 <BR> <BR> 2. What is your #1 motivation for losing weight? At first it was my health. I was borderline diabetic and had some cholesterol problems. <BR> <BR> <BR> 3. Have you always been... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 07:31:50 EST Week update and a journal prompt my biggest fears http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5074219 <BR> Tuesday, September 25, 2012 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l364808623.jpg"> <BR> Well I had a bad weekend. I am back on track and not letting myself give up. I share my bad times with spark because I want everyone to know that even though I lost over 100 pounds I struggle too! We all struggle sometimes. <BR> <BR> I have been drinking a lot of water and some green tea. I am hoping the water weight from the salty food over the weekend leaves me soon. I know... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 10:25:34 EST Blog or journal about 1 thing that you are planning to work on this Fall Challenge. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5062390 Blog or journal about 1 thing that you are planning to work on this Fall Challenge. We will compare in Week 10 and see how far we have come <BR> <BR> ...................... <BR> <BR> One thing I plan to work on is self sabotage. I get to a goal and do well them I overeat and ruin it. I try to exercise a little extra to help offset the calories but it never works. today I went over and I am 5 pounds heavier for it. I would like to think it will go away but it won't. When this happens no matt... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 23:21:09 EST GONE TEAM....And a weekly update WUB http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5052281 I am looking forward to a challenge in October. Not sure what we plan to do yet. <BR> <BR> I can invite you to join the team if you want to try it. We challenge each other and we work hard!! <BR> <BR> A place where friends can support, encourage, and have fun while striving to meet our weight and fitness goals through team challenges! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l557527110.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Also I have decided to put away my scale. I was weighing my... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 10:06:30 EST Weight loss can be a bizarre experience sometimes. What's the craziest excuse you've made for gett http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5028984 Today's blog/journal had more questions to answer.... here they are for those of you interested... <BR> <BR> Feel free to share your own answers with me. <BR> Karen <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l82139584.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Friday, August 24, 2012 <BR> Weight loss can be a bizarre experience sometimes. What's the craziest excuse you've made for getting "off the wagon"? What's the most outrageous comment you've received about your weight loss? What's the goofiest... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 08:50:37 EST What keeps you going, even after you fall off the wagon, hit a wall, overeat on your program, get st http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5026033 I found a bunch of weight loss writing prompts for keeping a Journal. I thought I would share my first one with everyone. <BR> <BR> they are all posted below for your use... <BR> <BR> Karen <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wednesday, August 22, 2012 <BR> <BR> What keeps you going, even after you fall off the wagon, hit a wall, overeat on your program, get stuck at a plateau, etc.? <BR> <BR> I try to remember that I am doing this for my health. I also know that I will overeat some days and th... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 09:00:30 EST Took photos in my origional clothes wow what a difference... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5011909 I was waiting until I hot goal to try on these clothes. The grey pants were once so tight I almost never wore them. Now I can't even keep them up. I am shocked I was once this big! The shirt is so loose you can see my bra. It is so long now it goes past my undies and before it fell at my waist. <BR> <BR> I suggest to newbie's keep some origional clothing and try them on when you need a boost. <BR> <BR> This morning I also weighed 213.8. Which means I lost all the weight I have gained from... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 10:25:26 EST Weekly update (a little late) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5006495 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l456608946.jpg"> <BR> Weekly update (a little late) <BR> <BR> I have been eating poorly over the weekend and Monday. (which I corrected Tuesday) I thought it was about time to do a weekly update. I am working on losing a few pounds I gained to poor eating, new medicine and lack of good quality workouts. Just because I have lost a little over 100 pounds does not mean I have this weight thing figured out. I am learning more everyday though. <... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 11:16:32 EST MUB-Monthly Update Blog….goals etc. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4989531 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l39434291.jpg"> <BR> MUB-Monthly Update Blog….goals etc. <BR> <BR> This has been a crazy month. I started a heart medicine that causes a slow metabolism. The doctor asked me to consider Ablation where they use a catheter to burn away the part of my heart that is malfunctioning. I am not really considering that yet. If I keep gaining weight when working hard, I might change my mind. <BR> <BR> I did quit my terrible job. Next week is my last ... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 15:57:02 EST WUB July week 3 (Weekly update on my goals) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4978840 Well this week has been better. I lost 5 pounds of the weight I gained. Now I have 1 more to go!! I took the loss off my activity feed because I had a gain first. I was at 214 went up to 220 and now back down to 215. <BR> <BR> I am going out of town for 2 days. I hope I can survive with other people cooking!! I plan to take some low calorie cereal and low fat milk for breakfast. I might also take some veggies to add to dinners. We are staying with 3 other families in a HUGE house. It has 12... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 08:03:32 EST July Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4949980 July <BR> Exercise 500 calories + 6 days a week (don’t just exercise for minutes but make it quality exercise) <BR> Take one active rest day per week <BR> Eat 6-7 Freggies a day <BR> One day per week allow myself to go over calories by 100 or so. Just to reset my metabolism <BR> More healthy snacks after dinner. <BR> Find something motivational at least once a week <BR> <BR> <BR> I am losing my motivation. I need to keep trying! These last 50 pounds are the hardest!!! Sun, 1 Jul 2012 08:58:27 EST WUB last week of June . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4947669 Exercise 500 calories + 6 days a week (don’t just exercise for minutes but make it quality exercise) <BR> -----done for 3 days this week. Still have a cold but getting better <BR> <BR> Take one active rest day per week <BR> ---I took 2 this week <BR> <BR> Do Strength Training 3-4 times a week <BR> ---almost there on this one! <BR> <BR> <BR> Eat 6-7 Freggies a day <BR> ---Slipping on this will re-focus <BR> <BR> <BR> One day per week allow myself to go over calories by 100 or so. J... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 12:24:59 EST WUB June Week 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4939357 This is a short blog. For exercise this week I have done less than usual. For 4 days I have been too sick to exercise. I did some ST and kept my calories in check. I also applied for several jobs. <BR> <BR> So even though I am sick I kept my goals in check (somewhat) Next week will be better. I did notice I lost a little when I ate more. Maybe it is time to up my calories some. So I went uo about 100. <BR> <BR> Exercise 500 calories + 6 days a week (don’t just exercise for minutes but ma... Sat, 23 Jun 2012 19:46:42 EST WUB Weekly goals update etc http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4928799 It has been a stressful week. My work is putting me back on the horrible afternoon shift from 1230- 6:30 Where I don't get to eat until I get home and never get bathroom breaks. They used me to clean the classroom and get it ready for a big evaluation we had this week. As soon as it was over they are closing my classroom due to low enrollment and moving my kids to another room where I work afternoons. YUCK. I am still upset and frustrated by this. I was so happy I was going to see more baseba... Sat, 16 Jun 2012 10:17:08 EST WUB Friday June goals update blog....WK1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4917242 Thursday, June 07, 2012 <BR> <BR> <BR> It has been a long week! We go out of town Friday-Sunday and I am planning to eat well and exercise. I was slipping but I am doing much better. I feel like all my sparkfriends are behind me cheering me on when I think of eating too much or skipping a workout. <BR> Thanks spark friends!! <BR> <BR> Since I have writtien so many blogs this week I will keep it short <BR> <BR> <BR> June 2012 Goals Weekly Update <BR> <BR> Exercise 500 calories + 6 d... Fri, 8 Jun 2012 06:23:39 EST Doing much better thanks to my spark friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4915982 I posted a blog about me slipping recently. My spark friends gave me so much support and advice. I think a big part of my success is due to the spark friends I have. I get the support I need just from writing a blog or posting a status update. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l463402325.jpg"> <BR> I was stressing about work. I have made some changes with the kids so now things are better in my classroom. I was also offered the morning shift which will probably be 7:30-1... Thu, 7 Jun 2012 09:25:58 EST I am slipping...but I don't want to give up!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4909945 I am slipping...but I don't want to give up!! <BR> <BR> <BR> I am not sure why this is happening but I am slipping. There are several factors contributing to the slippage though. <BR> <BR> I know others have felt this way before. I keep looking at the last 3 months and the plateau I just broke and then I do badly. It is strange I have one good day then one bad day. I am trying to take a hard look at why this is happening. Some things that are possibly a contributing factor are, work stres... Sun, 3 Jun 2012 12:14:10 EST Well it is that time again. Time to make some goals for June. Here are my plans! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4908556 June 2012 Goals <BR> <BR> Exercise 500 calories + 6 days a week (don’t just exercise for minutes but make it quality exercise) <BR> Take one active rest day per week <BR> Do Strength Training 3-4 times a week <BR> Eat 6-7 Freggies a day <BR> One day per week allow myself to go over calories by 100 or so. Just to reset my metabolism <BR> Less Snacking after dinner. Limit to one snack <BR> Apply for at least one job per week <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l... Sat, 2 Jun 2012 10:04:43 EST WUB -- Weekly update blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4898287 This week went by pretty quickly. I was so happy to see a loss on the scale on Wednesday. I weigh myself every morning while hubby is in the shower. I yelled out "finally" When I saw the number on the scale. I told him it has been months with just a little loss. For a chick that was losing 2-3 pounds a week 3 months with no big loss is hard. <BR> <BR> I get on the scale every morning. I know some people say weekly or monthly but every morning is working for me. I take in to consideration th... Fri, 25 May 2012 23:13:47 EST WUB-- goals for May-- quick update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4886351 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l994510235.jpg"> <BR> This has been a busy and exhausting week! I finally went to the doctor this week. I have some antibiotics for my upper respiratory infection. I was being stubborn and hoping it went away on its own..... <BR> <BR> The nurse heard something on my heart so I had an EKG. I have missing P-waves now which means the signals don't work (pretty much). My hear then beats incorrectly. <BR> I have an arrhythmia and an older EKG s... Thu, 17 May 2012 21:13:34 EST Weekly Update Blog (Update on goals) Plus a little on calories and my new Toy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4876769 My favorite quote! My Baseball son loves it too <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l78728232.jpg"> <BR> This week seemed long to me... Not sure why. I am still stuffy and fighting a cold or sinus infection. I am being stubborn and have not gone back to the doctor. Maybe I will schedule an appointment next week. <BR> <BR> I am getting the biggest Mother's Day present I have ever gotten. A Motoactv by Motorola. I am happy cause it has GPS, Heart rate monitor (with a chest... Fri, 11 May 2012 09:30:46 EST Weekly Update Blog --- WUB http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4867334 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l443498191.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Weekly Update Blog --- WUB <BR> <BR> Well it was a crazy week! I had a tough work schedule. Friday I worked 10 and 1/2 hours with children. That was a long day. I got a big headache and could not workout much. Anything I did made it worse. So I came home took a shower and went to sleep after a snack. <BR> <BR> I did get to buy some smaller pants. I got a size 14/16 and size 16 yesterday. I was so darn excited. ... Sat, 5 May 2012 08:55:06 EST May 2012 Goals (For GONE Team) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4857925 May 2012 Goals <BR> <BR> Exercise 2500+ minutes <BR> Run/Walk 3 times a week <BR> Take one active rest day per week <BR> Do Strength Training 4-5 times a week <BR> Eat 6-7 Freggies a day <BR> One day per week allow myself to go over calories by 100 or so. Just to reset my metabolism <BR> Try a New Type of Exercise In May <BR> <BR> <BR> April was hard. I missed a few goals due to illiness. I did not run 3 times and missed my exercise minutes. However, I was glad I rested those days. ... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 17:22:37 EST Do you have trouble with positive comments? .....I do… http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4851440 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l414324700.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Do you have trouble with positive comments? I do… <BR> <BR> I find myself feeling strange when people say nice things about my weight. I know I should be happy running around telling everyone I lost 100 pounds. (I thought I would enjoy the positive comments much more than I have) <BR> <BR> Since I have quite a few pounds to go I feel like I would be lying if I love the positive comments. <BR> <BR> Don’t get me ... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 10:48:29 EST Quick Weekly Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4837290 A little late but life has been busy. <BR> <BR> We have baseball tournaments every weekend so Spark is harder to get on sometimes. <BR> <BR> I also started a new job last week with preschoolers. Wow I am tired at the end of the day. lol <BR> <BR> I also keep losing and gaining the same 2 pounds. I hope it is the job stress and lack of sleep. Both I will work harder at this week. My work schedule will change this week which will give me mornings to workout. <BR> <BR> I have lost some inche... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 09:29:30 EST Weekly Update Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4822885 Weekly Update Blog <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l511939754.jpg"> <BR> It has been a busy week. I was offered a job as a preschool teacher and I took it. I had one day of work Thursday and will go back on Tuesday. It is not my ideal job but it is a start and I a getting excited. It is a great place. <BR> <BR> I got an xbox kinect over the weekend. I have been playing games and downloading demos to decide what games I will buy next. There is a game called Zumba Rush ... Fri, 6 Apr 2012 07:47:46 EST My Charm Bracelet for my 100 pounds lost reward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4816760 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l660398816.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Thanks to my good friend Jacqueline's (JANDK156) suggestion I bought myself a reward. <BR> I found a charm bracelet. I love this idea. Many others have used charms to reward themselves. <BR> <BR> I also had one as a child and I pulled it out. It brought back great memories. I even took 2 of those charms and added to my new one. <BR> <BR> Here is a little about each charm: <BR> <BR> The K is my initial <BR> <B... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 12:29:38 EST April Goals (for M2W Elite team) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4815044 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l329636880.jpg"> <BR> April 2012 Goals <BR> <BR> Exercise 2500+ minutes <BR> Run 3 times a week <BR> Take one active rest day per week <BR> Do Strength Training 5 times a week <BR> Eat 6-7 Freggies a day <BR> One day per week allow myself to go over calories by 100 or so. Just to reset my metabolism <BR> Try a new food once a week! <BR> Send out one resume or apply for at least one job per week (unless I get a new job) <BR> <BR> <BR... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 13:53:02 EST For M2W Elite Team: Organization Blog....donating clothing too big for me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4814058 Organization Blog....donating clothing too big for me! <BR> <BR> If you get a chance to donate clothing it is a great feeling! My husband is a veteran so I chose a Veterans Charity. They even come and pick the items up!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l862247064.jpg"> <BR> I have sorted kids clothes and lots of my clothes. Several bags of clothes. <BR> They will get 6 bags like this! 2 of those were kids items the rest was mine (with a few of hubby's ugly stuff I st... Sat, 31 Mar 2012 20:26:04 EST Short Monthly Update Blog for my M2W Elite Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4812607 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l43259955.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Short Monthly Update Blog for my M2W Elite Team <BR> <BR> Wow what a crazy week it has been! In March I hit 100 pounds lost. I still cannot believe it. I also got into a T-Shirt that I have been saving since august. So much to be happy about!! <BR> Currently I have over 100 comments on my 100 pounds lost blog (124 comments as I write this). I am so honored that so many spark people decided to leave me a message. I ... Fri, 30 Mar 2012 17:32:05 EST I officially hit 100 pounds gone... w/ photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4808892 Warning Another Brag blog.... <BR> <BR> I hit over 100 pounds gone today. I began my journey on June 22, 2011 at 323 pounds and today I weigh 222.2 pounds. That is 100.8 pounds lost. <BR> <BR> I am a little happy but the post about the shirt fitting that I made yesterday. It was a NSV and I love those. <BR> <BR> <BR> Here is a comparison of a photo I took yesterday vs. a photo in July 2011 (In July I had lost about 7 pounds) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l4959950... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 11:52:24 EST I fit into a shirt!! NSV Alert http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4807781 Last August my son got a shirt for Baseball. I grabbed a size Large and thought maybe someday I can wear it! This will be his third year on this team and I have never had a shirt supporting the team. <BR> <BR> The reason I never had one is they did not have many in size 3x or even 4x. <BR> <BR> So in August I had lost 24 pounds so far. The shirt was hard to get on and off! <BR> Here is a photo of me when I got this shirt. This was taken Aug 7, 2011 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpe... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 18:03:21 EST Blog of my weekly hobby for my M2W Elite team (Very SHort) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4802643 I did 2 sewing projects for my bonus hobby... <BR> <BR> I made a tank top from some fabric I had. I made up the pattern so the shirt is not perfect. lol <BR> <BR> Here are photos... <BR> <BR> Sorry about the messy bathroom in one photo. I took it in my kids bathroom. <BR> <BR> I also have not even styled my hair....oh well <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l881501449.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l365832273.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here are th... Sat, 24 Mar 2012 12:51:55 EST Weekly Update Blog (WUB 3) (Goals progress too) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4802563 Weekly Update Blog (WUB) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l40440298.jpg"> <BR> It has been a good week. I had a gain for almost no reason. I was eating well and exercising a lot. I lost it now and I HOPE next week is the week I lose a little weight. I don’t need a lot just a little! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I worked on a hobby this week which was sewing. I still need to finish the tank top I made. I will also attempt today to alter some cotton crop pants. It is h... Sat, 24 Mar 2012 11:54:18 EST Weekly Update Blog (WUB) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4790221 <BR> Weekly Update Blog <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l16389230.jpg"> <BR> <em>322</em> <BR> <BR> I have worked so hard this week. I have been hungry so I pushed myself to my calorie limit. I have some water weight gain this week so I am worried about weigh in Monday. I have been drinking a lot of water to help this. I hope it works! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> I am so close to my 100 pounds lost goal. I am not sure if I will make it this week but I am still going ... Fri, 16 Mar 2012 08:54:04 EST Weekly Update Blog (WUB) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4778810 Weekly Update Blog (WUB) <BR> <BR> Well this week I really cranked up my cardio. I hit 790 minutes on Thursday. I also did more ST than I usually do. I did a minimum of 30 minutes most days. I am trying to build muscle so I won’t be a big flabby mess when the weight comes off. I have loose skin and I am hoping ST helps like everyone says! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l892525148.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am so very close to the 100 pounds lost mark. I am at about 94 pounds... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 09:20:20 EST Short on Month Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4769958 March 2012 Goals <BR> 1. Exercise 2500 minutes --I know I can do this one <BR> 2. Run 3 times a week -- With a long run at least 2 times in the month <BR> 3. Take one active rest day per week --Don't use rest day to just sit around. Active but not formal exercise. <BR> 4. Stay on track with nutrition --I can do it <BR> 5. Do Strength Training 4-5 times a week <BR> 7. Eat 6-7 Freggies a day <BR> 8. One day per week allow myself to go over calories by 100 or so. Just to reset my metabol... Sun, 4 Mar 2012 11:57:17 EST MUB: Update Blog (also about my wrestling kid) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4754729 MUB: Update Blog (also about my wrestling kid) <BR> <BR> This week I joined a new spark team. It has been fun doing their challenges. (Thanks Jacqueline and Jessica). I also realized I have been on spark for 8 months now. <BR> <BR> Last week I was not feeling well so I took it easy on my exercise. I was better this week so I got back to my more vigorous exercise. It has been a busy week, I don’t know where the time went or what even kept me so busy. <BR> <BR> Last weekend I overate on Sa... Fri, 24 Feb 2012 09:47:18 EST I am half way to my goal weight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4741545 I almost did not notice. I have now passed 1/2 way to my goal weight. My goal is to lose 175 pounds and I have lost 89 pounds (as of Monday's weigh in and I feel like I lost some more since then) <BR> <BR> Things are getting better. People are beginning to say positive things to me. It is hard for them to ignore the weight loss now. Almost losing 90 pounds is a lot not to notice. Those that do say something then like to talk about how they need to lose weight. (Recently happened with 2 Mom's... Thu, 16 Feb 2012 10:08:01 EST