LADYOLIVER's SparkPeople Blog LADYOLIVER's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Happy 6yr Anniversary <img src=""> <BR> I'm celebrating 6 yrs of this life style change journey. I'm moved to tears that I'm still in this game. (Being over weight since the age of 9/10, and yoyo dieted since the age of 18) These 6yrs were tough... but by His grace I'm still standing. Oh my mom would be so proud of me. The day before her passing, she committed to joining me on changing her life style, but she transitioned to eternity ... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:45:27 EST PHASES <img src=""> <BR> Scale knows nothing about me. It operates on how it feels on any given day. Even knowing that, it can still control how I think on some days. Like today... well last couple of weeks... I was stuck on, if the numbers(scale) not changing I'm not changing.😞 But looking back... I realized as long as I keep pushing forward, even when I have to pause, I'm changing. The yellow top is when I decided ... Wed, 2 Nov 2016 14:41:29 EST FIVE YEARS!!!!!!! <img src=""> <BR> IT'S 4LIFE!!!!!! I knowledge each moment of my journey. I continue to face many ups and downs, personal issues, family issues, and health. However, I keep pushing. As long as God give me breath and strength to move I am in this game. <BR> <BR> My passion and love is still the iron(weight lifting). I love it.....I have created an in home playground that is my place of serenity. I have accomplishe... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 13:22:27 EST IT'S NOT OVER.....IT'S 4LIFE <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 2015 is only coming to an end, my journey is still in process. When you choose your health and fitness journey to be 4LIFE, it will always be CONTINUING. Life continue to throw distractions, detours, and delays....I opt not to be DEFEATED. Yes, I have PAUSED. But I try to make those moments of PAUSE brief. I am a woman on a mission. I desire a physique change by 55. <BR> <BR> <img src="htt... Wed, 2 Dec 2015 19:30:35 EST SHE LIVES!!!!! <img src=""> <BR> Hello to all my SparkFriends. I am still on my journey 4Life. Being it's 4Life it has lots of changes going on. I am still learning a lot about weight lifting and what works and does not works for me mentally and physically. My body is changing in ways that have surprised me. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am also experiencing a bump in the road. <em>40</em> In t... Sat, 2 May 2015 15:09:31 EST It's Not Over....... Though it may seem I am not active according to Spark, know that I am. Spark is where I started this journey. Spark is where I keep my written history. Hoping that my written information encourage and support others on their journey to a healthier lifestyle. <BR> <BR> As of a few weeks ago I have "divorce" the <em>193</em> . I will now be using mostly pictures, and how my clothes fit, and my measurements to determine my progress. <BR> <BR> <BR> When I got to my lowest weight, <BR> <... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 16:32:42 EST AND THE JOURNEY GOES ON!!!!! As I view back from my beginning, I KNOW that I must keep moving forward on this journey. 2015 my plan is to continue to build muscles and reduce my body fat as mentioned before. I am in my second round of Body Beast. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am loving my transformation. The work is HARD. And there are continued ups and downs. BUT I CLAIM NO DEFEAT, AND I WILL NOT GIVE UP. I am still working on my nutrition. I have had to reduce g... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 19:17:04 EST IT'S 4LIFE FOR ME <img src=""> <BR> <BR> WOW!!!!! 2014 has been filled with more challenges than one can expect. I've been knocked down and around both spiritually and emotionally, and I AM NOT DEFEATED!! <BR> Why am I not defeated, you already know the's been by HIS POWER, GRACE, AND MERCY. My Lord keeps HIS promises. Do I understand it ALL? NO. <BR> <BR> As I view my pass journey to a healthier me; I am so THANKFUL that I am not where I s... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 19:39:54 EST I'm In Love!!!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Let's see what a new year do for me. Tue, 11 Nov 2014 20:16:15 EST NO DEFEAT, IT'S 4LIFE <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm still in this game called life transformation. Challenges are real but by His grace I refuse to let them hinder me. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm lifting with my bodyguards. AND I LOVE IT! The scary part of this journey the scale goes up. So out with the scale and in with the pictures you determine my progress. I'm stronger! My ultimate goal is to red... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:21:43 EST Changed Directions Hello my SPFriends <em>30</em> . If you know me personally you know my LIFE have been filled with storms. They have had some major impacts on me, however I continue to <em>386</em> . <BR> <BR> I'm still on the journey of a healthier me. In releasing the stressors of life, I started lifting more weights. <img src=""> <BR> "Body Still Under Constructing" <BR> <BR> Yes, I was at my lowest weight, but not as strong as I would like to b... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:08:33 EST "Am I There Yet?" 2014 has been the most challenging part of my journey and the most rewarding. I have loss four people who are very dear to me; my mom, sister, father-in-law, and my Mom Margie. <em>39</em> The pain of these losses are still in tow. I am using this pain to <em>386</em> . Knowing that each of my love ones would want me to do so. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So I share my rewards on their honor. <BR> <em>205</em> I'm off... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:34:57 EST Defined I've changed title from "Found Extra Weight" those that don't know me don't understand my since of humor. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> First pic is April Boo, Second June Boo. This has silenced what the <em>192</em> speaks. <BR> <BR> NSV <em>530</em> <BR> <BR> For those of you that don't get my since of humor, let me explain. In addition to stress I've been doing T25 and 21 Day Fix for the last few months. Being I ... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:54:19 EST Cloudy Sunrise and Sunset Leaving a little early this morning to witness a sunrise and I got cloudrise. <img src=""> <BR> Though there are clouds I'm not disappointed. It's always an awe moment to God at work. There is no day the same. <BR> <BR> Sunsetting <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 15:26:30 EST "YOU ARE THERE" YOU ARE THERE", what does that mean? <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> My texting buddy, Pat(PREDEL), made this statement in her comment on my blog "What Do You See". This statement spoke volume and caused a nagging feeling in my spirit. I didn't understand what was going on. Pat(PREDEL) then gave her explanation of this statement on my page. Again that nagging feeling came upon me. <em>40</em> This time the soft voice of the Holy Spirit was speaking into my spirit..."Listen Up". I knew then tha... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 15:35:55 EST WHAT DO YOU SEE? Drea?!?!? What do you see? Ugh, I don't want to look at that. No, look! What do you see? *Sigh*.... Okay, I see stretch marks; I see markings from two pregnancies; I see those horrible scars from three surgeries... Look, what else do you see? Hhhmm, OMG! <em>198</em> I SEE, I SEE definition of muscles forming. Oh my look at those little dents... Oh look at that it's not a keg any more.. Uh maybe a 4-pack? WOW!, where did that come from? <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> That came from you choosing ... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 08:59:53 EST WHAT?!?!?!?! - 24yrs Celebrating 24yrs of Marriage - What a life transformation marriage can bring. Looking forward to what else The Lord has in store for us. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 24 May 2014 15:34:43 EST The Science of Silver: Know Your Numbers! <em>2</em> For those of you that know me, know numbers play an important part of my journey. <BR> <BR> However, I don't feel that my numbers are quite accurate. WHY? Due to the level of stress that is involved in my life. Especially with my BP, which is up. It had not been up in a while. My BMI is not normal NOW, but over. <em>198</em> SHOCKED? NO! I expected it. So as I am learning to cope, I know these numbers will change. <em>211</em> Fri, 16 May 2014 17:27:37 EST COPING 101 (PAUSE) I am not the first and I won't be the last to travel the journey of grief. Some form of loss is taking place every second of the day. <em>198</em> LEARNING to cope is what's important. All of us will go through different phases of trying to cope. <img src=""> I have heard many ways of coping but until you are actually on the journey it doesn't make sense. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> The process of coping with the loss of multiple love on... Fri, 16 May 2014 15:17:38 EST Fitness Test 5/2014 <em>244</em> Done! Not really knowing what to expect from this test, I found I have improved in my areas of consistency and fell behind in areas of non-consistencies. <BR> Pushups - standard 19, modified 45. I remembered when I couldn't do ONE standard pushup. <BR> <BR> Crunches - 49 Being I have perm artificial mesh material left quad of my abs. These use to burn and feel like my ab was ripping. <BR> <BR> Mile walk - 17:05... This is my area I'm not consistent, well I don't do at all... Mon, 5 May 2014 13:51:46 EST "Keeping it 100" BLC-25 Keeping it 100!, means I will <img src="">. I will stay true to my journey. I will share my struggles. I will admit when I have made the choice to stray and not make excuse or play the blame game. I will confess "I AM NOT IN CONTROL" when "LIFE" takes a different road from what I plan, but MY LORD is! I will accept "delays" and the "different routes" that may appear on this journey. I will PRAY about ALL things. <BR> <BR> Now this is the... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 19:57:43 EST STARTING OVER!!!!!! Round24 of BLC has come to an end, and I am coming on completion of my 3rd year with SP. Many things has taken place on my journey of TRanSForMaTIon. I have been hit hard in 2014 alone, but guess what I am STILL STANDING <em>104</em> . <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am not standing where I would like to be, but I am not standing where I was. I didn't end R24 at goal as "I" had plan, but I ended it stronger in my faith, smaller tha... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 20:54:59 EST STILL DELAYED "NOT DEFEATED" 2014 with plans, knowing that some may change because it's not me that has the final say. I know "LIFE" happens, but I never expected it turn complete inside out. <BR> <BR> That happened when my family and I loss three very close love ones within a week and half; my sister, 4 days later my mom, a week later my father-in-law. <em>46</em> <em>40</em> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As I type this, we are still in the process of final... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 22:13:28 EST DELAYED" NOT DEFEATED When BLC24 started I was raring to go..... <em>312</em> . I mentally and physically designed my goals, and if you read my blog I included a waiver for that thing called "LIFE". <em>228</em> <BR> <BR> In addition to the start of BLC24, I was lead to spend some time fasting and praying for the month of January. Anyone who have done fasting and praying to seek God to answer prayers or just to draw closer to Him, know that satan hates it. <em>234</em> Guess what God gave him permission to... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 12:38:29 EST CRUISE TIME TEAMAZURE BLC24 <em>524</em> <em>524</em> TEAMAZURE! Let's rock this <em>340</em> <BR> Yo DJ, you know what to do <link><BR>MKQHkPE </link> <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <em>244</em> I am so excited to be aboard Azure Destination! My last cruise BLC23 was an amazing journey. When it docked in Dec. 2013, I stepped of a BEAST and on fi-ya. <em>346</em> I also didn't step off solo. I now have a loving and supportive extended family. <em>247</em> <BR> <BR>... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 20:35:00 EST SSSHHHHEEE'S BACK W/HOLIDAY DAMAGE <img src=""> <BR> Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve 2013 <BR> <BR> This is what the holidays have left me with, and I am ready to take these next 12 weeks by storm!!! NO EXCUSES, CLAIMING NO DEFEAT!!!! <BR> <BR> Weight 150.6 <BR> Bust 36.5 <BR> Chest 32 <BR> Waist 30 <BR> Ab 34.5 <BR> Hips 38.5 <BR> Thigh(rt) 23.5 <BR> Calf(rt) 13 <BR> Upper Arm (rt) 11.5 <BR> Fore Arm(rt) 9 <BR> Neck 13 <BR> <BR> See you on the BLC24 journey. TEAMAZURE... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 20:45:34 EST Will 2014 Be MY Year???? 2014 WILL BE MY YEAR and so will each year after, for me to continue with becoming a healthier and more fit ME. <BR> <BR> I was pondering AGAIN the decision of the needed change in my life/weight/health at year end of 2010. My tools of source to assist in my life style change was revealed in 4/2011, SparkPeople. We are now year end of 2013, and I must say I am very very very excited with where the Lord have brought me. NO QUICK fixes, hard labor. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spar... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 20:25:42 EST Christmas 2013 <img src=""> <BR> Family, Fun, and Food. Every moment with my family is priceless. Just a view of my loves. <BR> <BR> Oh how I love them....... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople... Wed, 25 Dec 2013 22:04:13 EST THEN and NOW Though I don't think there is much different in the pictures, the numbers speak change. <BR> <BR> THEN the starting of BLC23 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Neck: 14 <BR> Bust: 37.5 <BR> Chest: 32.25 <BR> Waist: 30.5 <BR> Abs: 36 <BR> Hips: 41 <BR> Rt. Thigh: 25 <BR> Rt. Calve: 13.75 <BR> Rt.Upper Arm: 12.5 <BR> Rt. Fore Arm: 10 <BR> <BR> NOW the ending of BLC23 <BR> <img src=""... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 15:34:15 EST What a great place to PAUSE!!!!! Hold Up....wait a minute <em>198</em> A size 6!! <em>40</em> It's Real. The few size 8's jeans and dress pants aren't quite fitting the same any more, so I was wondering if I should try on a size 6. I did, and they fit! <em>40</em> Not with the wiggle room that I like, but they fit. I thought 6 ain't my number 8 is, so what!!! <BR> <BR> Reflection: After doing my quiet time, it hit me on what happen earlier today. I, ANDREA AITCH-OLIVER, fit into a size 6. OMG!!!! Yes, there were t... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 20:57:21 EST INVITED BY A FRIEND - BLC23 When a SP Friend (GODZDESIGN95) invited me to join the BLC, I agreed, with no idea of what I was getting myself into. <em>40</em> She briefly updated me on the requirements of BLC. UH UH OKAY!!!! <BR> <BR> I was a little fearful of the requirements, because I had been off of SP for awhile. I had become overwhelmed and found myself off track more discouraged than encouraged. Now to commit to be on here OFTEN...YIKES!!!! But I took the challenge, covering it in prayer. <BR> <BR> I found ... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 19:57:41 EST "Dancing Like David" "Dancing Like David" <em>354</em> is a term of celebration for me. My way of giving God praises for the blessings HE grants in my life. All my family and friends know that when I get to Heaven, I will ask David to teach me the Israel Shuffle. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Sunday weigh-in was not a good one <em>39</em> ....TOM and Crave Monster hanging on for dear life.. <em>15</em> <em>28</em> UGH! UGH!, and apparently I wore the wrong shoes yesterday because my plantar fasciitis is ... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 15:40:25 EST "It Didn't Happen" <em>198</em> OH NO!!!! I DIDN'T HAPPEN!!! I did not maintain a NUMBER on the scale. <em>334</em> What do I say to that.....SO WHAT?!?!?!?! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I had set my mind on maintaining a specific NUMBER weight throughout my Thanksgiving holidays. However, it didn't happen. But this NUMBER gave me focus and boundaries throughout this time. This NUMBER on the scale was used as a TOOL. <BR> <BR> I was set to maintain or be below by my next weigh in, and guess what I did main... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 11:35:43 EST PAUSE!!!!! <em>198</em> Whew!!!!! Week 5 of the BLC23. I have been having a blast. Things have been FAST and FURIOUS for me. UPS, downs, and of course arounds. <BR> <BR> This morning my weigh-in was EXACTLY as last week. <em>104</em> As I welcomed the numbers, my spirit was prompted with the message that this is a good place to PAUSE!!!!!. Hhhhmmmm PAUSE?!?!?!? Yes, PAUSE! Following up the prompting with prayer, I understand. <BR> <BR> Durning this entire journey, I HAVE NOT stopped to reflect, n... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 12:51:06 EST When Does it Become REAL?!?!?!?!?! Two and half years, from a size 14 <img src=""> to a size 8 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> However, I still feel and see the size 14. I know it's mental, but when do my mind catch up with what's real. I slip on the size 8, knowing it's a size 8, but I feel <em>15</em> . When people say how much more weight do you want to loose (indicating they feel I am small enough) I just reply I don't... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 20:27:08 EST NOW YOU KNOW!!!!!! CLAIMING NO DEFEAT I am a WARRIOR.....and just in case you didn't know, now you know!!!!!! <BR> <link><BR>jt5JTIQ </link> <BR> <BR> I know there are others who join me on this journey.....LLLLLEEEGGOOO!!!!! Sat, 12 Oct 2013 20:26:45 EST STRESSED!!!!!! by Weigh-Ins No weapon formed against "me" (stress) shall prosper, <BR> And every tongue which rises against "me" in judgment <BR> You shall condemn. Isa. 54:17a(NKJ) paraphrased <BR> <BR> I AM TOTALLY STRESSED BY WEIGH-INS. <em>15</em> I was awaken this morning, actually awaken off and on through the night being anxious. My body tingling and mild burning, heart racing, and frustration. When I mentally reviewed my journey back over the last three weeks these episodes has been consistent with the days ... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 06:16:44 EST Goals 4 Cruising w/TEAMAZURE23 When this boat dock in December 2013, I want this ride to be more than one to talk about, but one that TRANSFORMATION as taken place. The staff and crew are <em>345</em> , therefore the support, encouragement, love, and push will come easy. But I have to still do my part. <BR> <BR> My blue print is as follow: <BR> <BR> CONSISTENCY is the key.. for life time. I sometime start hard and then drift. NO DRIFTING!!!!! <BR> <BR> EAT CLEAN! EAT GREEN! Drastic changes in my nutrition has been... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 16:05:40 EST It's About ME!!!!!! <img src=""> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 18:30:43 EST TWINS DAY (PART 2 pics) Sisterly love <em>334</em> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 22 Sep 2013 23:20:08 EST OFFICIALLY TWINS DAY Part 1 (pics) You already know I love my family, and my other/better half (twin) ranks top. <em>104</em> <BR> Celebrating our 49yrs young. <em>383</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Real cake <em>334</em> , I have been sugar-free since April. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 20 Sep 2013 23:41:22 EST WE ARE FAMILY(Pics) I love love love my family....we love love each other. Any time we are together it's never a dull moment. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> With my sisters and nieces <em>30</em> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> FACE OFF w/my BabyBoy.... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> AWWWW Love thi... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 16:46:01 EST TWINS4LIFE <img src=""> <BR> The relationship of identical twins are <em>345</em> . I tremble in awe at how unique we are (Thank You LORD), and the things we share knowingly and unknowingly. <BR> <BR> YES, we have some twin stories. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Stay tune of an updated photo....we do our twin photo shoot every year on our BDay... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 10:20:37 EST Victory!!!!!! REPEAT! <BR> <BR> <BR> WE ARE on a winning team....that's why we can CLAIM NO DEFEAT with CONFIDENCE <link> </link> <BR> <BR> LEEEGGGOOOO TEAMAZURE!!!!!! <em>334</em> Sun, 8 Sep 2013 18:17:49 EST From the Beginning I started from the I am here <em>244</em> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I thought it was only fair to post from the very beginning picture. <BR> <BR> I am working very hard changing 40yrs of the wrong way of treating my body....the quick fixes, diet pills, and diet fads <em>40</em> It's been all natural changes in diet and exercise since 2011 <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> By His Grace ALONE.....yes there are days I am moved t... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 20:52:41 EST Why?????? Why I want to shed the pounds???????? <BR> <BR> 1. To not have to take cholesterol medication and blood pressure medication. I am off the cholesterol, but still taking BP meds. The Dr. claim I will be on this medication the rest of my life because of my family history.....UH NO! I refused to accept that, therefore I had start making changes. <BR> <BR> 2. I wanted to be able to sleep on my tummy comfortably. Due to the surgeries I have had I still have complications with my abs, and being o... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 21:56:43 EST Challenged!!!!!! BLC23 is a new phase in my life TrANsfOrmAtIOn journey. I am looking forward to what my Lord has to reveal to me within these 12 weeks. For me it's never just about my physical but my spiritual as well. <BR> <BR> This is my first POST with numbers and pictures to track my goals. <em>40</em> Meaning I am allowing another first of letting myself be open and transparent. Stepping outside my comfort zone. <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 5 Sep 2013 21:08:26 EST Knowing Me To know me, you have to know my family...... <img src=""> <BR> My wonderful husband <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> My oldest son and second string bodyguard <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> My BabyBoy and BodyGuard <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> He's actually my shadow...I love my boy... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 14:55:35 EST I Got a Testimony All of our journeys are different, and no one can tell of your success and failures like you. <BR> / <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 3 Aug 2013 11:17:27 EST Eating with The Enemy!!!! Side swiped by some storms of life this last week <em>198</em> . These storms have awaken the enemy of "EMOTIONAL EATING". <em>46</em> I feel horrible. <em>15</em> . <BR> <BR> What this storm has reminded me of....that I still reside in my unredeemed flesh. And if not careful those old ways will resurface, both spiritually, mentally, and physically. <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> I thank the Lord that He has helped me identify the root of I acknowledge, confess, and repent. I am turn... Sat, 23 Jun 2012 18:21:02 EST