KNYAGENYA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KNYAGENYA KNYAGENYA'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/ Freedom from numbers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732458 It seems wherever I go I am hit with the importance of numbers. I am going to focus on numbers pertaining to weight. <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> I'm stuck trying to figure out where I should be weight wise. <em>40</em> In the beginning of my weight loss journey I had a goal in mind but to be honest I never thought I would get there. I thought I would give up or just not lose the weight. I surprised myself and actually lost the weight and went well under my goal. <em>30</em> I started ... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 11:02:33 EST Happiness is.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699280 Sometimes I wish I had an answer to this question. Some days, I think I know the answer but lately it's a day to day thing. <BR> <BR> Life seems to be throwing me a lot of curve balls lately. <em>60</em> Work is going well. I have been able to pick up some additional hours and that has helped a ton. <em>528</em> I applied for a job at the Rape Crisis Center that is also run through my mental health center. I am officially off of probation so now I can be considered for it. Please, k... Tue, 20 May 2014 14:08:40 EST Goodbye chubby clothes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656262 I have spent the last couple of weeks going through and throwing away a lot of items. I decided it was time to say goodbye to the last of my chubby clothes. <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> I am not sure as to why I decided to keep the clothes for as long as I did. I found a garbage bag and filled it with clothes and then I donated it to the local Salvation Army. Not only am I cleaning out my closets, but I am giving someone else the opportunity to have some clothes that fits them. <em>41</em> ... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 13:52:42 EST I need a break! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614150 I know that life is not going to be easy. I know there is going to be hardship and not everything will go that way that I want. It seems as if nothing is going right for me lately. <em>39</em> I need to take a break from negative thinking and put a positive spin on it. <BR> <BR> 1). I can't find a full time job to save the life of me. I have found a part time job working at the local mental health center as a crisis phone clinician so something is better than nothing. <BR> - Positive- I h... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 15:04:28 EST I'm sorry I haven't been around much lately. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555177 I'm sorry that I haven't been around as much as I would like. My life has taken a huge turn for the unexpected and I haven't been able to be on SP as much as I am usually. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Here is a little update- I was hired as a nanny. I hated it. I was hired to take care of an autistic boy. Well, it seems as if the mother had other plans for me. She wanted me to be at her beck and call. She made a contract that really only benefited her. She was not very happy when I refused to ... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 15:21:32 EST My Nordic Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5520531 My in-laws have decided to move in with my sister-in law and they have been getting rid of household items. <em>534</em> They had a Nordic Track that I hoped would be offered to me. <em>548</em> Well, guess what? It was! <em>224</em> Yesterday, my father in law offered it us and we were able to take it home. It took me a little while to get it going as I found it awkward. Today, I was able to work out on it for 2 hours. I had to break it up in one hour sections but I did it. I reall... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 16:14:06 EST The adventures of Princess Glutina http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5507069 Yes, I am Princess Glutina. <em>285</em> I have been gluten free for over 16 months. It is a lot easier than I thought it would be. I have improved in knowing what I can eat and what I need to stay away from. Sometimes I end up being glutened but it is only because I forget to ask family members what is in a meal. They know I am gluten intolerant but forget and put something with gluten in a meal. <em>39</em> You live and you learn. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> I just returned from Disney ... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 14:08:23 EST Shopping! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5489480 Today I decided to spend some money on me and buy some much needed clothing. I am going to Disney World next week with my friend and her daughter and I need summer clothes. <em>224</em> I really haven't been able to go clothes shopping since I was laid off. I have been able to get a couple of pieces here and there but it isn't much. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> On Wednesdays the local thrift store has the whole store 50% off. <em>244</em> I went early and started to find clothes. I was th... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 16:49:00 EST Old vs. New http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5485444 I wanted to post a blog comparing the old me to the new me. <BR> <BR> Old me: was 211 pounds <BR> New me: 133.4 <BR> <BR> Old me: size 18 <em>15</em> <BR> New me: size 4 <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> Old me: wore the biggest sized clothes I could find <BR> New me: wants to wear clothes that actually fits <BR> <BR> <BR> Old me: ate everything under the sun <em>39</em> <BR> New me: weighs out food and learned to say no <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Old me: would eat a lot of cookies a... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 14:17:15 EST Adventures with underwear http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5481637 WARNING- possible TMI so beware! <em>228</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I decided that it was time to get a proper bra fitting. I hadn't had a proper fitting since I lost the weight. <BR> <BR> Here is a little background info. About 12 years ago I had a reduction since I had horrible back pain due to having a 36FF chest. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made and always recommend women to look into it if they are in a lot of pain. After I had the surgery, I went dow... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 12:29:19 EST A new low http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5470971 This week has brought me to an all time low. <em>224</em> I can now fit in to a size 4 pair of pants. I can also fit into a small shirt. <em>9</em> Happy dance on that one. I never thought I would see that number. I have also never been at this low of a weight. I have been at 134.2 for about 2 weeks now. The weight isn't coming off as easily as it once did <em>39</em> . I would like to lose about 9 more pounds, but if I don't, I'm not going to get upset. I might have to rethink my eat... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 15:02:10 EST My step tracking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5459056 Last year my hubby was given a pedometer as a Christmas gift from a co-worker. This was when he was actually interested in being healthy. <em>30</em> This has all recently changed. <em>39</em> Oh well, that is his decision and it is not going to stop me from being healthy. I was cleaning the other day and I found it. So, I asked him if I could have it and then I took it and set it up. Well actually, I set it up before he even said I could have it. <em>2</em> I think I chose a bad we... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 17:15:26 EST What I have learned from Sparkpeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5455223 I celebrated my 1 year Sparkiversary yesterday. <em>503</em> So much has happened during this year. Here is what I have learned while I have been here. <BR> <BR> 1. I learned that I had been over eating. I ate the wrong foods and a lot of them. <em>495</em> <em>483</em> <em>489</em> <BR> 2. I had to relearn how to eat in a healthy manner. I had the knowledge but I needed to put it to use. <BR> 3. The only way to have safe weight loss is through exercise and eating right. Don't ... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 15:35:09 EST My personal Tough Mudder- Bike version http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5450945 Today I was all excited because I was able to explore different trails at the new Metropark. I did the usual route first and then I went to the new park. I took a path that led me through a river. Yes, through the river. <em>30</em> So, I went through the river. Then I had to turn around because the path ended. <em>40</em> Thanks! A notice would have been nice. Back through the river I go. Then, I decided to go along the marked trail. I thought I would take it around the park and then p... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 15:14:44 EST My bike ride in a different park http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5448841 Today I took a bike ride in the Lorain County Metropark system. <em>332</em> I rode my bike to Day's Dam to Bur Oak, and then to High Meadows. I then decided to try the French Creek Metropark. It was really nice. It isn't paved for the bulk of the ride. So I took my mountain bike off the pavement and on to gravel. I find it funny that I have a mountain bike as there isn't a single mountain in Ohio. <em>30</em> I have plans to go back tomorrow. There were more trails to bike and hike on.... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 13:00:48 EST My ride in the Metropark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5438790 I love living in the greater Cleveland area. I am very close to museums, restaurants, the lake and tons of other things. I'm also happy to be so close to the Metropark. For those of you not from the Cleveland area, a metropark is a huge park system that is semi-connected from Cleveland and surrounding suburbs. It is usually made up of trails. Not a park that has equipment for kids to play on. Cleveland has a great one and it connects in several cities. Its nickname is the Emerald necklace. I... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 16:01:35 EST Moderation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5431944 Webster defines moderation as" avoiding extremes of behavior or expression : observing reasonable limits." <BR> <BR> Of course, this concept never entered my mind. <em>30</em> If it did I would not have allowed myself to get to 211 pounds. <em>15</em> Through Sparkpeople, I have learned how to eat in moderation. <em>180</em> I'm even learning how to have sweets in moderation. <em>475</em> The bad thing is now I need to learn how to exercise in moderation. <em>332</em> <BR>... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 13:50:57 EST What being unemployed has taught me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5429587 I have been unemployed for going on 9 months. <em>39</em> Here is what I have learned. <BR> <BR> 1. It stinks. I thought I was set as a social worker. I worked with children who were diagnosed with a mental illness. Boy, was I wrong! My agency had huge budget cuts and I was one of them. I haven't been able to find a job. I've had 12 interviews with 12 rejections. I keep plugging away and hoping that something comes soon. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> 2. It can be lonely. I am a very social ... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 15:59:06 EST What being unemployed has taught me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5429586 I have been unemployed for going on 9 months. <em>39</em> Here is what I have learned. <BR> <BR> 1. It stinks. I thought I was set as a social worker. I worked with children who were diagnosed with a mental illness. Boy, was I wrong! My agency had huge budget cuts and I was one of them. I haven't been able to find a job. I've had 12 interviews with 12 rejections. I keep plugging away and hoping that something comes soon. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> 2. It can be lonely. I am a very social ... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 15:59:05 EST It's time to admit I'm an emotional eater. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5415542 Yes, I can deny this to myself but in all actuality I am an emotional eater. <em>39</em> I never thought I was until I decided to sit down and actually take stock of my life. I had a couple of "aha" moments while I was thinking. <em>3</em> I figured out that I will emotionally eat when I am stressed or anxious. I do not eat when I am happy, sad or angry. I see this as a small victory since I am not emotionally eating for all feelings. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Well, things have chan... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 12:52:26 EST Today I have been cancer free for 3 years! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5404752 Today is the third anniversary of my being cancer free. <em>244</em> I am really happy that I was able to get here. Here is my little story. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I had come to the conclusion that I did not want to have children. <em>176</em> I like kids, but I just don't want them for myself. Some people were meant to be mothers and I am not one of them. <em>251</em> Kids are needy little buggers. I like it if I have extra money in my pay check I can spend it on... you guessed ... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 15:38:33 EST My journey in the Gluten free world. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5400371 I have been gluten free now for going on one year. I have to admit that I feel great. <em>30</em> Here is how it happened. <BR> <BR> I was watching an episode of the Dr. Oz show. He had on a guest who had a gluten intolerance. She was going to show everyone how to make gluten free scones. So, I sat through the commercial to see what she had to say. She started talking about her stomach problems. Oh my goodness...those are the same problems that I have. <em>29</em> I had been diagno... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 15:16:10 EST Weight loss can be funny. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5397600 It was early in the morning and my dog woke me up to tell me that he needed to go outside. <em>338</em> So I roll out of bed and I put his leash on. I walk down the stairs and I'm standing in my driveway when all of a sudden my jammy pants fall to the ground. <em>2</em> (Since I lost the weight I was laid off from my job and have been unable to afford a new wardrobe.) Luckily for me, it was 6 am. Thank goodness for 6 am and no one was out. <em>128</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>9</e... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 17:35:15 EST I love my yoga class! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5387090 My local YMCA has several yoga classes. <em>414</em> Most of them have an additional fee but I found one that is free. I can afford free. <em>244</em> I am able to take it in-between spinning classes. <em>332</em> It isn't at the most ideal time for me since I would rather finish my workout day with yoga but I manage with what I have available. Well that and beggars can't be choosers. <BR> <BR> So, today after my first spinning class and some time on the treadmill I went to the... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 15:00:29 EST How far I have come... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5384713 I was on the fence about blogging about my weight loss journey. Today, I decided to do it. Today I am going to write about how far I have come. <BR> <BR> I decided to take control of my life about a year ago. I was at my highest weight of 211 pounds. I am 5'0 and this weight was certainly taking a toll on my health. At the time, I needed to be on several blood pressure medications and I needed to watch my cholesterol. I couldn't go a day without having some kind of horrible pains in my feet.... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 15:04:13 EST