KBEAR9963's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KBEAR9963 KBEAR9963'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/ First week results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6329751 I did my weigh in this morning and I'm down 4.8 pounds and 4 inches! That gave me the push I needed to stay on track. I went on a 5 mile walk (in strong wind I might add. We're having gusts up to 40-60 mph) and did my exercises. I'm feeling a lot more confident than I have in a while. Only 15 more pounds to go! Wed, 8 Mar 2017 11:43:53 EST Hanging tough http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6329446 I had another good day today. Yesterday I logged over 12,000 steps and today's total was just under 10,000. I'm actually looking forward to my weigh in tomorrow. I feel like it will be just enough to keep me motivated. Fingers crossed! Tue, 7 Mar 2017 20:34:45 EST A pleasant surprise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6328775 I was not as faithful as I should have been this past weekend. I went over my calories and under my steps. I woke up determined to start my week out on the right foot, so I reluctantly decided to step on the scale and assess the damage I had done. To my surprise, it didn't end being as bad as I expected. Seeing that, gave the needed confidence to get started with a morning walk. I grabbed my umbrella and my iPod and headed out the door. Before I realized it, I had walked 11,000 steps! Now, I'... Mon, 6 Mar 2017 13:46:56 EST A small step backwards http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6328265 I slipped a little bit on my calories and haven't made my step count for the past couple days but I have been able to do all of my exercises so I still consider that somewhat of a win. Normally, if I miss something, it makes it easier for me to miss everything. Instead, I'm doing everything I can to at least make sure I keep up with anything. Tomorrow is my day off so the game plan is to hit the ground running. I'm still hopeful that when I weigh in on Wednesday, it will show an improvement, ... Sun, 5 Mar 2017 15:58:17 EST My virtual mission http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6327747 I found an app on my phone that allows me to take a virtual walking trip. I'm walking from my home in Michigan to Tampa, Florida. My grandma used to live near there and I always loved going there when I was younger. Being an avid walker, I'm really excited about this app. It allows me to plot my miles every day and even shows me where I am on the map. I'm hoping it will keep me motivated to get my steps in. Can't wait to see where I end up each week. Sat, 4 Mar 2017 13:44:39 EST Not as good as I had hoped http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6327374 Today didn't go as well as I had hoped it would. I got called in for a strange shift at work and wasn't able to have a lunch like I normally do. I did however think ahead and brought a few healthy snacks with me so at least I was able to have something. I've been trying to get at least 10,000 steps in every day but today I've only done 7,000 which isn't altogether bad but I had really hoped I could go farther. Regardless I'm still somewhat happy with the day and will chalk it up as a win. I'l... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 19:34:10 EST It's definitely a start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6323931 Well, my first day back at it went really well. I stayed within my calorie limit, did all of my exercises and logged 12,718 steps. It helped me feel exhilarated and made me feel ready to get started today. So far I'm close to 8,000 steps and the day is only half way over so there's plenty of time for me to reach my goal of 10,000 steps. I'm definitely feeling hopeful that I will be able to stick with it this time. The weather will be getting warmer soon and I'm looking forward to taking nice ... Thu, 2 Mar 2017 11:52:01 EST It's time to get serious http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6323209 It's been almost 2 months since we celebrated the new year. I started the year the same as every other year and ended up failing, just like every other year. I could list all the reasons why I didn't stick with it but it feels like they would just be excuses. Well, it's time now to buckle down and push past the excuses and prove that I am stronger. I'm starting with a better diet plan and I'm taking a virtual walk from my home in Michigan to Tampa, Florida. Hopefully, I can stay motivated eno... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 06:17:38 EST One day at a time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6298843 This back injury has really gotten me off track. I have not hit my step goal since Wednesday. I'm not trying to get too far behind but I realize the danger of pushing myself too hard. With that in mind, I will continue to take it one day at a time. I want to feel better before I have to work on Tuesday. Sun, 15 Jan 2017 21:14:21 EST Time to rest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6297024 So my back is still bothering me but I managed to make it through another work day. Unfortunately, it's bothering me so much tonight, that I felt it best to take tomorrow off. That will give me a 4 day weekend. I really think that will give me a chance to rest it enough to be able to go back to work on Tuesday. In the meantime, I plan on eating healthy and take it easy. Thu, 12 Jan 2017 22:41:15 EST Just not my day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6296253 Today was just one of those days. It started horrible but I managed to survive it. Before work, I fell on the ice and hurt my back and shattered my favorite water jug. Somehow, I also managed to meet my step goal but my exercise goal is shot until further notice. I'm determined to stay on track but will definitely follow doctors orders because, ultimately, I know it isn't worth possibly hurting myself worse. Wed, 11 Jan 2017 20:47:48 EST Striving to make the necessary changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6295569 So I missed writing a blog yesterday because I fell asleep early. I did really well with staying within my limits and I met my step goal. I also reached another goal. A couple years ago, 1 of my spark teams recommended a book called 52 small changes, in which you make a small change every week. The first week was increasing my water intake. I have done that with no problem. The second week was to get a full night sleep. I've been having a little trouble with this, but I'm working on it. I'm ... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 20:22:25 EST All about the family http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6294105 Today I decided not to be as aggressive as I have been lately. My son and his girlfriend wanted to make dinner and just have the whole family spend the day together. We did just that. It was nice to just enjoy each other's company. I still managed to stay within my calorie limit so it was a great day. Sun, 8 Jan 2017 19:54:09 EST Officially 1 week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6293450 It has now officially been 1 week and I'm still on track. Normally, by now, I have begun to lose interest or tell myself that I'll just do better tomorrow. I haven't weighed myself in yet and have pretty much decided to hold off on doing that until next week. Sat, 7 Jan 2017 20:12:07 EST Much better day today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292726 After slipping a little bit yesterday, I did much better today. I stayed within my calorie limit and met my step goal. I went shopping with my husband and got many of the foods I wanted to have on hand to make healthy meals. I even made out a meal plan for work days. Now, I have no reason to slip again. I know I will have certain days that I may go over my limits, but they shouldn't happen very often. Fri, 6 Jan 2017 17:30:40 EST Slipped a little but tomorrow is another day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292186 So today I went over my calorie limit, but not by very much. I was a little bit worried but then I realized my step count today. It was 9,000 steps. Most of that was done ay work so I didn't realize I had gone that far. Feeling a little relieved but will make a more conscious effort to stay within my limits tomorrow. Thu, 5 Jan 2017 21:11:03 EST Killing it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6291397 Day 4 and so far I've stayed completely on track. Normally, I start losing interest by now. Today, I have done all my exercises, walked almost 7,000 steps, stayed within my calorie limits and done today's bible reading. I'm feeling very accomplished and confident. I really think that, this time, I GOT THIS!!! Wed, 4 Jan 2017 19:32:16 EST It's all about moderation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6290586 So this year I'm doing things a little different. I used to start out my dieting by looking at a 20-30 pound weight loss. I used to walk 8-10 miles a day. I used to all but starve myself to make sure I would see results. Looking back, it's no wonder I've never been successful. This year, I still have to lose the same amount of weight, but I am going to do it 5 pounds at a time. I have tarsel tunnel in my right ankle so I am limited to no more than 5 miles. Right now, I have limited myself to... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 18:09:10 EST It's a start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289278 Well, yesterday didn't completely go as planned but it was a good start. I didn't reach my step goal, but I did reach all my other goals. I stayed within my calorie limit, I did all of my exercises and completed my water intake. Today I plan to do better with my steps and will continue to keep everything else on track. Happy Monday everyone! Let's do this! Mon, 2 Jan 2017 07:53:18 EST Happy 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6288643 Here we are, another January 1st, and I've promised myself, again, that this will be the year that I lose my unwanted weight and get back into better shape. I do this each year, but it never lasts long. Each year, I say "this year will be different " and each year it doesn't turn out the way I want it to. This year, I gave myself extremely easy goals so that I don't feel overwhelmed. Hopefully, this will make it easier to stay on track. Achieving small goals will be the best way for me to ach... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 12:29:18 EST Oops! I did it again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852082 Ok, so I was doing really good yesterday, then my daughter was nice enough to offer to take me out to lunch. We went to Applebee 's. I ordered the fish and chips because I thought that would be a somewhat healthy choice. When I got home, I entered the information into my food plan and, to my surprise, my entree was 1,700 calories! That was way over my limit, and that was just one meal. I know it had to show but I refused to get on the scale. Instead, I tried my best to keep the remaining calo... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 19:21:11 EST All systems go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5851184 Got up this morning, ready to set up my Fitbit, and come to find out, still no internet connection. I'm really confused because everything else was working just fine. Some of my other spark friends said that the site was having problems. I messaged the company and they walked me through setting it up on my iPhone. I thought I had to do it online because it comes with a dongle. Now, I can sync it to my phone every time I open the app. Now I can get closer to my step goals since I no longer hav... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 16:20:37 EST A minor setback http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850695 After what I thought was a good weigh in yesterday morning, I slipped a little bit and ate some things I shouldn't have and it showed this morning. I'm disappointed in myself but, at the same time, I know I will have days like this. Putting that behind me, I did my workouts, doubled my step count from yesterday and vowed to do better today. Things were looking better when the mail came and my Fitbit was delivered. I was very excited until I realized that there is a problem with my internet co... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 23:09:43 EST Its all about realistic goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849625 When I started out on January 1st, I knew I had 24 pounds to lose to reach my goal. Typically, I would hope to lose 5-6 pounds the first week, only because I've done this in the past, then gained it all back because I lost it too fast. This year, I decided to give myself mini goals and if I meet them each week, I will reward myself at the end of the month. Realistically, I think losing 2 pounds a week is a reasonable goal at this point, which works out perfect because when I weighed in this m... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 16:14:37 EST Thank you spark buddies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848703 I've been with spokespeople for a few years now and I admit I've been a bit fickle from time to time. I start every new year off with the best of intentions for losing weight but it only seems to lasts a few days, and then it just becomes a distant memory. This year started out the same, but is now so very different from years past. I am using my blogs as a journal, if for no other reason, than to keep track and give myself a visual "diary" of my thoughts and emotions during this process. Wha... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 14:47:55 EST Attention Fitbit users http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5847984 I bought a Fitbit One 2 years ago and have loved every minute of it. It has motivated me to push myself farther than I thought I could go. I starting logging miles, found my self climbing stairs, and I found out how well I was sleeping because it allows you to track your sleep. Lo and behold I lost it almost 2 years to the day of having it. I have been lost without it. It had become an extension of me. A friend of mine suggested that I write to the company and see if I could maybe get a disco... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 20:01:49 EST Almost through the first week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5846608 Here I am at day 5, and I'm feeling so much better than I thought I would. I am accomplishing almost every goal I have set and each I do better than the day before. I joined the sisterhood of the shrinking jeans and am doing the January challenges. The have squats and pushups. Each day for the month, I have a certain number of each to do. I also added the crunch challenge because I need some help around my midsection. It feels strange because every fifth day, I get a rest day so there are no ... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 11:48:47 EST Sunday is family day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5845667 I got up early and did all of my exercises, had a nice, light breakfast and got my 32oz. cup and filled it with water. Now I am spending time with my family, waiting for the football game to start. I'm feeling very blessed today and plan to enjoy this precious time. Now that my children are getting older, I know that days like this are going to be rare, so I plan to cherish every minute! Have a blessed day spark friends! Sun, 4 Jan 2015 13:40:42 EST Still going strong......but http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5844991 Well, I'm a little disappointed that I didn't hit my step goal yesterday but I still met all of my other goals so I consider it a win. I did all of my workouts, did my bible reading, and stayed within my calorie limit so I feel I had a good day. Today, unfortunately is going about the same where my steps are concerned, but again, I've done everything else so I'm happy. It's been so cold and miserable outside that I think that may be the reason for my lack of steps. I walk as much as I can ind... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 18:27:21 EST Completely nailed my first day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5843934 I set very specific goals for myself this year. I thought long and hard about everything I wanted to accomplish for myself, then wrote them all down. I got up yesterday, determined to start my new year off on the right foot. I completed my workouts, logged 11,000 steps for the day, began my bible reading plan (the Bible in 90 days), logged in to Sparkpeople, and I managed to actually stay under my calorie limit. Today, I started out much the same. I have completed my workouts, so far, I've st... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 13:43:39 EST Happy New Year Sparkers!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842796 After a slight hiatus, due to ongoing health issues, I am back and ready to get lean and mean in 2015! For the last couple to months, I have been battling bronchitis and asthma so I was forced to take it easy and I wasn't able to reach my exercising and fitness goals. After much rest and recuperation, I am starting the new year off with a positive attitude and a fitness plan that I hope will allow me to meet my goals whether I'm sick or not. I'm determined to make this my year. We can do this... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 12:12:40 EST We interrupt this program........ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808905 We interrupt this program due to health issues. I made it through most of October and did really well, but it all came to an abrupt halt when I developed some significant breathing difficulties. I started to experience chest pains and had a hard time breathing. It was determined that I was developing severe bronchitis and because I already suffer from asthma, I was in danger of developing pneumonia. I was instructed to take it easy and get as much rest as possible. I'm happy to report that I ... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 20:54:18 EST Motivation ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803570 I realized today that when I'm working the hardest and accomplishing the most, it seems to be when I'm listening to music. With that in mind, I am going through my iPod and setting specific songs that motivate me and make me move. I admit to dancing while doing my housework and I'm guilty of be-bopping when I hear a good song come on so it makes perfect sense to make a playlist of my favorite music to help keep me going. I've found a few songs but I'll have to put more work into it tomorrow. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:16:43 EST Feeling accomplished http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802982 I got a lot accomplished today. I incorporated my workout into my daily chores. I did all the laundry, which led to climbing 10 flights of stairs. I washed every dish in the house, and wiped the cupboard shelves down. Add vacuuming and you've gotten a total body workout. Tonight, it's more research and planning for my novel. I feel like I accomplished quite a bit today. It's nice to have a clean house. Hopefully, it shows on the scale too! Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:40:20 EST Cold but motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802247 It's really chilly today, so I've been trying to stay inside today. I'm doing all my workouts and having soup and hot cocoa to warm me up. Generally I love this time of year, but today it feels exceptionally cold. I'm not a fan of the cold. Maybe the cooler temperatures will keep me motivated enough to work harder to stay warm! Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:39:39 EST Back to basics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801667 The beginning of a new week and I'm back on track. Family day was awesome yesterday but now it's time to get back to my journey. I got up and did my workouts, then got some things done around the house. I even found time to go and get my hair cut. (Can't have a new me without a new look!) Cut 7 inches off! Great start to the week! Can't wait to weigh-in on Wednesday! I have a good feeling! Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:44:32 EST Family day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801012 Today is going to be all about my family. We have been spending the day together, laughing and just having fun. It was a stressful week for us, with me being sick and my son having an abscess removed, so we decided that, for today, we are making this a day just for us! Tomorrow, it's back to basics and I plan to hit it hard. Enjoy your day today sparkfriends, and enjoy your families!!! Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:07:24 EST Break time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800384 I did most of my exercises today, but I have decided to take the rest of the day off. I was up most of the night worrying about my son. He has quite the hole in his leg from where they drained his abscess. He's having difficulty walking around so I'm doing my best to help him out. I lost a pound and a half yesterday because I was too worried and stressed to eat like I normally do and we were at the hospital very late. Today, I'm going to curl up and take a much needed nap and watch some footb... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:16:00 EST Not how I wanted to spend my day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800032 As many of you may know, through my blogs, I suffer from chronic MRSA in the form if severe abscesses that, more often than not, require incising and drainage procedures. I have had over 75 of them since March 2012. They are extremely painful. Today, my oldest son asked me to look at a "sore" on his right leg. Lo and behold, he has one of those infamous abscesses. Now here we sit in the ER waiting for them to drain it. I feel like this is all my fault because the doctors can't figure out why ... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 20:07:43 EST A day of thought and decisions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799407 I spent much of my day planning next month's goals. I went through several 30 day challenge ideas, so I could come up with next month's exercise routines. I think I have the majority of it done but will revisit it again in a day or so. I also began writing done ideas and plots for my NaNoWriMo project that begins November 1st. National novel writing month is a great way to exercise my brain. I tried it last year but didn't finish due to my work schedule. Being unemployed this year, I'll have ... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 17:00:55 EST 2 week weigh-in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798748 I'm a full 2weeks into my journey and I'm feeling good about my current progress. I didn't lose any weight this week, but I did lose another 2 inches! So, in 14 days, I have officially lost 5 pounds and 4.5 inches overall! I'll take it! I knew I wouldn't lose my weight overnight and that it would take time and hard work. Today's weigh-in shows me that I'm doing something right and that, if I keep pushing myself, I will eventually hit my goal. I'm more determined than ever to keep up the hard ... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:36:56 EST I am a warrior http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798178 As a young girl, I was plaqued with frequent upper respiratory infections and tonsilitis. As I grew older, I acquired asthma and diabetes. Nowadays, I battle celiac disease and chronic MRSA (since March 2012). As a result, I am now considered to be immune-compromised so I am susceptible to a lot of viruses. Today I was told I have bronchitis, sinusitis and tonsilitis, (the entire itis family), but I strive to fight through. I learned a long time ago that I can't let my chronic illnesses keep ... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 16:14:38 EST Setting limits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797435 I've been trying to be realistic regarding my weight loss journey. I know how much I want and need to lose, but, like everyone else, I want it gone now. Now, I know this is unrealistic, but a girl can dream, right? So, with that in mind, I am giving myself mini-goals so that I can reach my goal. I lost 5 pounds my first week and I know that the chances of that happening again are highly unlikely, so for my second week, my goal is 1 pound. At that rate, by Christmas, I should be within 7 pound... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 12:41:52 EST Better than I thought http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796919 I feel like I went a little overboard with my eating yesterday so, against my better judgment, I got on the scale this morning and found I lost almost a whole pound. I guess I must have been just active enough to make up for everything I ate. I try to be really conscious of my calorie intake but somehow got off track a little bit. Anyway, today I'm accounting for every calorie and am doing much better. My combination of 30 day challenges has really proved to be a huge confidence builder for m... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 15:50:01 EST Mystery solved http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796468 I got up this morning feeling completely refreshed. I got my workout done and decided to spend some time on my family tree. My dad always knew he had 2 older brothers but that the oldest one had passed away at a young age, before my dad was even born. My grandparents never talked much about him but always referred to him as Wayne. I did some searching in the places I knew they lived in around the time he may have been born and found his birth certificate. His first name was really Francis. Ne... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 18:57:37 EST Taking a necessary rest day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795803 I've been working really hard the last 9 days and have lost weight and inches, but today, my body is telling me to rest. I have decided to spend the day curled up with my pillow, blanket and heating pad with a nice bowl of soup. Taking it easy once in a while is sometimes the best way to keep your progress coming. Tomorrow's plan is to get back to my regular program, but today is officially my day off! Fri, 10 Oct 2014 11:25:27 EST Pushing through http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795152 I woke up this morning with some lower left back pain. Nothing major, but enough to get my attention. At first I thought I would have to skip my workout today, but then I decided to try to do it anyway, in moderation. I figured if I started and felt any difference in pain intensity, I would stop. As it turned out, I was able to complete my full workout and, after stretching, actually felt a little bit better. Just to make sure though, it's a heating pad and relaxation for me for the rest of t... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 09:29:43 EST One happy girl! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794514 So today was the weigh-in for my first week toward the new me and I am down 5 pounds and have lost 2.5 inches! I've been working so hard and it helps to be able to see that my hard work is paying off. This will give me the needed push to continue working hard because my goal is attainable and I am worth it! I'm one happy girl! <em>9</em> <em>224</em> <em>244</em> Wed, 8 Oct 2014 08:10:13 EST A whole week straight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794164 I started October determined to stay on track and committed myself to logging in and blogging everyday. So far I have been successful. I have logged and blogged each day, stayed within my calorie limits and done my workout plan at least once a day (a couple days I did them twice) so I'm feeling good about my weigh in tomorrow. Fingers crossed that my hard work shows on the scale! Tue, 7 Oct 2014 16:32:11 EST It would be so easy to give up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793239 Things have not been going so well lately for me. I've been unemployed since June and, as you can imagine, it's getting more difficult to make ends meet. I bought a new car last summer, not realizing I would be struggling to keep it this year. I've gone on dozens of interviews, but no success because of my health. I have been battling chronic MRSA for 2 1/2 years and, when I'm contagious, I can't be around anyone. I'm collecting unemployment but that won't last forever. It would be so easy to... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 08:09:36 EST