LAINIESNEWLIFE's SparkPeople Blog LAINIESNEWLIFE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Mini Goal Our blog challenge on the 100+ First Steps team is to write about our next mini-goal and a couple of things we can do to reach that goal. <BR> <BR> My mini goal is to lose 15 lbs by August. I'm scheduled to go back to the dr. in August and I want him to be proud of me. I've accomplished a lot since our last visit by increasing my steps and walking a 5K. Now, I want him to see the weight loss as well. Plus, I want my A1C to go down. <BR> <BR> I will be continuing increasing my steps ... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 20:06:00 EST February 1, 2015 - 90 Day Challenge Well, I have the first month down. I had a great January. I lost 8 lbs for the month. I increased my steps. I'm now up to 5,000+ steps a day. I had my son take pictures of me. I really don't see a difference from last month. I think it's just too soon to see a difference. So here are my February pictures: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 22:56:39 EST 100 lbs Lost Forever! Today was my weigh-in day. I lost a pound today. It was the best pound ever. It made 100 lbs lost forever on my journey. It took several years to get to this point, but I made it. I've had ups and downs throughout this journey. The key for me was that I NEVER GAVE UP no matter what happened. <BR> <BR> Here is a picture of me when I first started at Spark People. I had already started my journey before I found Spark People. My highest weight was at 400+ lbs. I was down to around 367 ... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:43:46 EST January 1, 2015 - 90 Day Challenge Here it is the 1st day of 2015. I've come a long way since I joined Spark People in 2006, but not far enough. I found out I was a diabetic in 2006 and shortly afterwards I found Spark People. I have received so much support from my Spark friends. I've lost 93 lbs so far, but still have a lot more to go. I spent 2014 working hard on improving my health. I lost weight, but didn't quite make it to my goal of being under 300 lbs. I gained 1 lb during the holidays. For this month, I'm goin... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 00:17:13 EST January 3rd & January 4th January 3rd <BR> <BR> I forgot to post a blog on my day yesterday. I didn't get done working until 10 p.m. last night. I had such a busy day yesterday. I did accomplish all my goals. I walked the dogs twice yesterday. The second walk was at 10 p.m. I would not be walking that late at night without my son going with me. Between the dogs and my 6'4" son, I feel pretty safe. I also did a one mile Walk Away the Pound workout. We also tried another Spark recipe. It was a beef stir fry. ... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 23:45:09 EST January 2nd First of all, I want to thank everyone who commented on my blog yesterday. I'm sorry that I don't have time to thank you individually. It warms my heart to have so much support and encouragement from my Spark friends. <BR> <BR> Today I went back to work after having 3 days off. I had a busy day with work. I work from home as a telemarketer setting appointments. I start work at around 9:30 a.m. and end my work day at 9:30 p.m. I take breaks throughout the day, so I'm not actually workin... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 22:35:17 EST Happy New Year! The new year always seems to bring on a fresh start with all kinds of possibilities. 2013 will have a lot of changes for me. My son will graduate in May. I will have to move out of this house I'm renting for us. He will be moving into his own place. I will be moving closer to my sister and niece. My sister will more than likely move in with me. I'm looking forward to be closer to them. My niece has two little boys I adore. <BR> <BR> Before my son graduates, I want to lose more weight... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 19:38:43 EST Thank You! I just wanted to thank everyone for all the wonderful responses to my Christmas tree. I really appreciate it. I have left it the way it is. I didn't find any ornaments when I went out last night shopping. The ones I did find were a little too expensive for me. I'm on a tight budget and would rather spend that money on presents for my son and the rest of my family. I'll just have to watch the after Christmas sales. That's the best time to buy ornaments anyway. In fact, I believe most, ... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 16:33:39 EST My Christmas Tree I got my tree set up on Saturday. I have a 7 foot pre-lit tree. I'm a little OCD about decorating my tree. I have different color themes that I do. Lately we have been stuck on a blue, silver, and while theme. It took me 4 days to get my tree decorated. I'm still thinking I need more snowflakes on my tree. I may go on a search for more snowflakes over the weekend. <BR> <BR> I had my son take a few pictures of my tree. He did it through instagram so I'm not sure if I can post them her... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 23:02:24 EST My streaks are ........ going strong!!! Woo Hoo!!!! I realized that it's been awhile since I posted an update. I'm not very good at blogging. As of today, it has been 60 days going strong with no Diet Dr. Pepper and walking the dogs every day. <BR> <BR> I haven't given up soda, just Diet Dr. Pepper. I still have diet root beer from time to time. Most of what I drink is water, diet green tea, and light V-Fusion juice. I thought I would have a hard time giving up Diet Dr. Pepper, but it hasn't been as hard as... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 16:42:50 EST One Word Answers - taken from Pixie Not as easy as you might think! Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you. It's really hard to only use one word answers. <BR> <BR> Where is your cell phone? <BR> on my desk right next to me <BR> <BR> Spouse? <BR> None <BR> <BR> Your hair? <BR> little longer than shoulder length <BR> <BR> Your mother? <BR> Lucyanne - deceased <BR> <BR> Your father? <BR> Albert Sr. - deceased <BR> <BR> Your favorite thing? <BR> my TV shows <BR> <BR> Your dream last night? <BR> no... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 11:13:01 EST Days 20-25 of My Streaks Sorry I haven't been posting this week. I've been so busy this week with work and life. I have not missed a day of either one on my streaks. The dogs are so used to going for an evening walk now. I can't move without them getting excited thinking it's time for their walk. There have been some days where we have gone for two walks. <BR> <BR> Still going strong without the Diet Dr. Pepper. I drink water mostly. I have found a drink that I like to have with my lunch and supper. It's D... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 19:17:05 EST Day 19 of My Streaks I had a pretty good day today; still no Diet Dr. Pepper. I baked 3 loaves of zucchini bread and put 2 in the freezer. I was going to make my son's birthday cake today, but he wanted me to wait until tomorrow. I think he was afraid that he would be tempted to eat some today. I fixed a delicious pot roast for supper. <BR> <BR> Today we took the dogs for 2 walks. They so wanted to go out walking today. We took them for a walk in the afternoon. I didn't realize how warm it was outside. I... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 22:41:22 EST Day 18 of My Streaks Another great day on track with my streaks. I went grocery shopping at around noon today. I never even considered going down the soda isle. Although tonight I was thinking of the taste of the Diet Dr. Pepper and how it would be great to have a nice cold one. It was just a passing thought and I have no plans on ending my streak. I realize that this is the best for me. <BR> <BR> My son had to work today. I had to get up early to take him, so I could have the car and go grocery shopping. ... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 23:26:48 EST Day 17 of My Streaks Another great day staying on track with my streaks. Every day is easier and easier with no Diet Dr. Pepper. It was funny today, though. I wanted my son to go to Walmart and get all our water and a couple of other things so there is less heavy objects for me to bring in the house tomorrow when I do my regular shopping. Anyway as I was telling him what I wanted to buy, I almost said soda. I've been so used to telling him that. I had to laugh and told him what I almost said. He scowled at... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 21:56:21 EST Day 16 of My Streaks I'm still going strong with my streaks. It's fairly easy with the Diet Dr. Pepper now, especially since I usually don't leave my house during the week. As long as I don't see it, I don't miss it. For those of you who don't know it, I work from home. I thine this is what has really helped me get through not having my Diet Dr. Pepper. I really haven't had any thoughts about it during the day. <BR> <BR> This afternoon I did a WATP workout I hadn't done since the beginning of this year. ... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 23:57:59 EST Day 15 of My Streaks My streaks are going strong. I think this is the longest time I have ever gone without drinking Diet Dr. Pepper or any soda for that matter. I'm feeling great; no more headaches. Yay!!! <BR> <BR> Today we took the dogs for their walk before my son went to classes today. The weatherman said it was suppose rain in the afternoon and evening. I wanted to make sure that we got our walk in. It did start to rain in the evening. <BR> <BR> It was so funny this evening. I got done working at... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 23:18:43 EST Day 14 of My Streaks Last night I was so tired and completely forgot to post my blog. I did get through Day 14 of both streaks. It's getting easier not to think too much about Diet Dr. Pepper any more. I do miss it, but I am determined. Last night it was already dark when we went on our walk with the dogs. We stayed on our street instead of going around the block. I really don't like to walk at night, but the dogs were waiting so long to go. Benny kept sniffing his leash trying to get my son to take a hint... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 12:16:06 EST Day 13 of My Streaks I decided that I am going to continue with my walking the dogs streak, just rain delayed one day. So, that puts me at day 13 for both streaks now. We just got back from our evening walk. I was prepared to just take Benny on a walk after supper by myself, because Rocky was so tired after being on his feet at work for 8 hours without a break. I can't take both dogs by myself. Bowinkle is a bigger and stronger dog despite his age. I can't handle him on a walk. When I was getting my walkin... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 20:12:24 EST Rain & Day 12 of No Diet Dr. Pepper Well, my dog walking streak is over due to it raining when it was time for our walk. My dogs don't like the rain. Now I'm trying to figure out if the rain ends the streak or if I just have it continue tomorrow if it doesn't rain. So what do y'all think? Should I just have it as Day 13 tomorrow if we're able to walk or just start over?? <BR> <BR> I'm still holding strong on having no Diet Dr. Pepper. I went to Walmart twice today and walked right passed it. I hesitated just a second to ... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 23:41:09 EST Day 12 of Dog Walking & Day 11 of No Diet Dr. Pepper Yay! Friday is almost over. Let the weekend begin. My streaks are going strong. We took the dogs for a walk at dusk. It was a nice walk. There was a full moon out, with a light cloud cover. I knew there had to be a full moon today. A lot of the people I called today for my job sure were rude and some even acting crazy. After there walk, my son and I went out to dinner. Then we walked around Walmart. I thought I would get my grocery shopping done while we were there, but a lot of wh... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 22:50:57 EST Day 11 of Dog Walking & Day 10 of No Diet Dr. Pepper Still going strong on my two streaks. We went walking again in the evening. It was so nice outside. There was a nice little breeze. We decided to walk around the block this time. Benny was so hyper this evening. He sure gave me a good workout. I was sweating when I got home. <BR> <BR> I still think about how great it would be to be able to drink a glass of Diet Dr. Pepper, but there is no way I'm going to give up my streak. I'm drinking a Clear American Lemon flavored Sparkling Wat... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 22:35:05 EST Day 10 of Dog Walking & Day 9 of No Diet Dr. Pepper I will be so glad when this week is over. I have been so stressed this week. Even with all the stress, I have still kept my streaks going. I can't believe I have gone 9 days without Diet Dr. Pepper. This is definitely the longest I've gone. I drink 12 cups of plain water every day, which was what I have done previously. Now, I also drink a cup of V-Fusion and a bottle of Clear American flavored water. I feel this may be too much liquid. Of course, I used to drink the 12 cups of water ... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 22:38:04 EST Day 9 of Dog Walking & Day 8 of No Diet Dr. Pepper September 25th: <BR> <BR> Well, I made it through another day without Diet Dr. Pepper. I think this is the longest I have ever gone without drinking Diet Dr. Pepper. There have been a few times where I could have gone for one, but I'm staying strong. The headaches have all but disappeared. I am still determined to continue on without my sodas. <BR> <BR> Today we only went for a short walk with the dogs. Between my work, the repairman coming, and my son's classes, we finally went for ou... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 00:06:16 EST Day 8 of Dog Walking & Day 7 of No Diet Dr. Pepper Well, today has been a rough day for me. What I wouldn't give for a Diet Dr. Pepper today, but I held strong and didn't cave in. I did have my son run to the convenience store and get me a bottle of ice tea though. <BR> <BR> Today is the 11th anniversary of my younger brother's death. He died from lung cancer when he was only 41 years old. It just makes me so sad when I think of how he died too soon. Almost a year ago, his daughter who was only 12 when he died, gave birth to his first g... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 23:56:58 EST Day 7 of Dog Walking & Day 6 of No Diet Dr. Pepper First of all, I want to thank everyone for their continued support and encouragement. It has really helped me this week, especially with giving up Diet Dr. Pepper after over 30+ years of drinking it. I really appreciate all of you. <BR> <BR> We went for two walks today with the dogs. We took one this morning before my son had to go to work. It was our usual route with the dogs. They were so happy. Then we took a second walk after supper. This time we walked around the block. They lov... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 20:33:08 EST Day 6 of Dog Walking & Day 5 of No DDP I had a very busy day today. I got in a lot of walking today; lots of shopping. My son had to work today and then went to a friend's house afterwards. So, we got our dog walking in at around 6 p.m, which was great because it wasn't as hot at that time. Our temp got up to 90 degrees today. <BR> <BR> I'm still going strong with not having Diet Dr. Pepper. Today when I was grocery shopping, I bought a couple of kinds of V-8 Fusion, a bottle of seltzer water, and cherry/limeade flavored wat... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 23:29:32 EST Day 5 of Dog Walking & Day 4 of No DDP Today we had to walk in the afternoon again. I was too busy with work. It was 86 degrees when we walked. I was a little concerned, but it was fine. The dogs had another great time and didn't want to go in the house right away. So, we did the same route as yesterday. Tomorrow will probably be an early evening walk. My son has to work until 4 p.m. and then go to a surprise birthday party when he gets off. I'm going to try to get him to go for our walk after work, but somehow I don't thi... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 20:57:16 EST Day 4 of Dog Walking & Day 3 of No DDP First of all, I want to thank everyone for all the support and encouragement that you have given me this week. I truly appreciate everyone!!! It really has helped me tremendously this week. <BR> <BR> Today we had to take the dogs for a walk in the afternoon. Rocky had an early morning class and decided to go back to bed when he came home. I was busy working and then had a conference call that lasted an hour and a half. I took advantage of the time and exercised almost the whole time. I... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 23:58:14 EST Day 3 of Dog Walking & Day 2 of no DDP I have to tell you that my dogs are loving the walking with me and my son. As soon as I put my shoes on this morning, they went crazy running around the house and jumping up at their leashes. It was so cute that Bowinkle, the older dog, was running on the way down the road, but went very slowly on the way back and didn't want to go in the house. My dogs are so cute. They are my babies. I'm so glad we decided to take them for walks every day. <BR> <BR> Now on to my second day of no Diet ... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 22:59:43 EST Day 2 of Dog Walking Streak & My New Streak This is day 2 of walking the dogs. I decided to get out a little earlier today. It was calling for rain most of the day. The dogs are really loving going for their walks. It is so cute. If we even say the word "walk," they go crazy. Right now, we're just walking them down the road. It's not as far as when we walk around the block. I'm just trying to get them used to walking on a leash again since it's been awhile. Plus, I get a little worried, because there are so many dogs around th... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 20:15:57 EST Starting a New Streak <em>249</em> I started my new streak today. It's walking the dogs every day. We haven't walked the dogs around this neighborhood since we moved here over 2 1/2 years ago. I guess it's about time. They do have a huge fenced in backyard that they have been running around, but I guess it's not the same for them. My son bought them new collars and leashes a couple of weeks ago. We've taken them out a few times. They love seeing the neighborhood. <BR> <BR> Today I decided that this wou... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 18:24:22 EST About Me A to Z All About Me From A-Z <BR> <BR> A. Are you at all artistic? A little bit, but my younger brother and son got most of the talent in our family. <BR> <BR> B. What are your favorite burger toppings? tomato, lettuce, cheese, mayo, and ketchup <BR> <BR> C. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? blue <BR> <BR> D. Diamond or pearls? Diamonds <BR> <BR> E. What exotic pet would you like to have? None, I only like dogs for pets. <BR> <BR> F. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? O... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 11:35:30 EST I WILL NOT QUIT! I WILL NOT QUIT! <BR> Tuesday, September 11, 2012 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - Fitting pledge for today! <BR> <BR> "Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other pe... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 19:55:43 EST NEVER QUIT PLEDGE Sunday, August 05, 2012 <BR> <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations. <BR> <BR> I pledge to treat myself as I would my best friend, because that is who I a... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 21:42:44 EST Day 26 I received an email from work, but it really didn't have anything new in it. What it did do is make me think that it may be a little while longer before they will call us back to work. They promised more information on Monday. In the mean time, I am still filling out applications. Today I took a typing test and had my computer tested to make sure that my DSL was good enough to work at this company. I have one more test to do before they will call me for an interview. I first need to get... Fri, 27 Jan 2012 20:47:27 EST Day 25 This morning I woke up in a better frame of mind. I still haven't heard anything about my job or any jobs that I've applied for. I'm just trying to keep positive and stay busy. I did some cleaning this morning. I've been eating 3 meals and 2 snacks every day. I'm using the food tracker. For breakfast I had my favorite Multi-Grain Cheerios with banana sliced in it and 1% milk. Then for lunch I made a potato salad for lunch that wasn't too bad. I got the recipe from Mr. Food and made it... Thu, 26 Jan 2012 20:53:09 EST Day 24 I woke up this morning feeling down. Today I had to apply for last week's unemployment. I think that is what really got me down. The last time I was on unemployment it was over 6 months. I sure don't want to have to do that again. I'm trying to stay positive. We're suppose to hear something more this week. I'm praying for good news. <BR> <BR> Thank God for my wonderful Spark friends. I have gotten so much support and prayers from all the Spark friends and it means so much to me. One... Wed, 25 Jan 2012 18:15:01 EST Day 23 What a day today has been! Still no word about work or any calls from jobs that I applied for. The dogs weren't happy that they had to sleep in the kitchen last night. After my shower this morning, I let them outside and then I opened up the living room to them. I still had the hallway and bedrooms closed off to them. I let the dogs in. I went into my office to pull up my work email and a few minutes later I went into the living room to sweep the floor. That's when I found that Benny, ... Tue, 24 Jan 2012 19:43:14 EST Day 22 Today I got an update email from work. It was the first update in a week. They are hoping to know more on when we can start working again some time this week. I am hoping and praying that we will be able to go back to work soon. I haven't had any luck anywhere else yet. <BR> <BR> A few days ago I decided to join Pinterest. You have to wait for an invite. I got my invite today. So I started setting up boards and pinning things. It's definitely not as easy as Facebook, but it can be a ... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 19:30:06 EST Day 21 My WATP workout streak is still alive and going strong. Not much going on today. I did a couple of loads of laundry today even though this was suppose to be my day of rest. I've been watching recorded shows. We've had a gloomy day today. It's been foggy and misty all day. Yesterday we got up to 77 degrees and today we only got up to 55 degrees. I stayed indoors all day. I did a little walking indoors, but not much. It's been a slow day here. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a great week! Sun, 22 Jan 2012 20:50:38 EST Day 20 First of all, I want to thank everyone who reads my blogs. I really appreciate all the support and encouragement that I'm getting. It really helps to motivate me to continue with my program and to continue to blog. <BR> <BR> Last night I had such a hard time getting to sleep. The last time I looked at the alarm clock, it said 5 a.m. I woke up to let the dogs out around 10:30 and then went back to bed until around 1 p.m. I didn't let waking up late mess up my plans for the day. I forgot... Sat, 21 Jan 2012 21:10:36 EST Day 19 Last night I finally gave in and took Aleve, which helped to get rid of the headache. I woke up this morning headache free. Yay! I actually was woken up by the former co-worker I had been trying to get a hold of to get information on a possible work at home job. The company she works with isn't hiring right now. This is their slow period. She did give me some websites to check out though. After that early wake up call, I did a little Sparking and then went back to sleep. My son doesn'... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 21:44:16 EST Day 18 I woke up this morning with a terrible headache. I've had it all day. It doesn't seem to want to go away. Usually when I wake up with a headache, I'll drink a glass of water and it will go away. It didn't work this time. I know it's just stress. No news about my job. I did get an email from my former co-worker to call her at 8 a.m. to discuss the work at home job that she may have for me. I also applied for a position at the University Store where my son goes to school. <BR> <BR> I d... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 20:17:23 EST Day 17 Today has been a fairly quiet day for me. I was up earlier than I wanted to be. Mondays and Wednesdays my son has an 8 a.m. class. I usually set my alarm clock to wake him up and then go back to sleep. I may have dozed for a few minutes, but other than that I was wide awake. So, I decided that I would fold his clothes that he left in the dryer and to put in a load of towels and his comforter. I did a little more cleaning, but he came home much earlier than I expected. He only has two c... Wed, 18 Jan 2012 20:04:50 EST Day 16 Well, today didn't go as I expected it to be. I got up this morning determined to get some deep cleaning done since my son was finally out of my hair. He started back to classes this morning after being off for over a month. I started out by giving my couch and love seat a deep cleaning. I vacuumed both couches as well as deep cleaning them. Both couches have two big pillows in the back, plus two throw pillow for each one. It took be about an hours worth of cleaning. Then on to the mic... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 23:02:47 EST Day 15 I got up this morning feeling down. I turned on the computer to check to see if I had any emails from my work, but there was nothing. I decided to get some cleaning done. Today is the last day of my son's break from classes. The new semester starts tomorrow. I can't believe this is his second semester of his Junior year of college. Where is the time going? Anyway, we spent the day together. Then this afternoon I checked my work email again and there was an update. Our new software fo... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 20:49:43 EST Day 14 Today has been a quiet day for me. Sundays are my day of rest and relaxation. I have been watching recorded shows all day with a little bit of reading from time to time. I have been by myself most of the day, with the exception of the dogs. My son has been to a gun show and then to the shooting range. I don't approve of it, but he's 21. He's trying to talk me into letting him bring a gun in my home, but I'm not going for it. I don't like guns. So, as long as he lives with me, he has t... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 19:57:52 EST Day 13 Today I spent the afternoon at my niece's house to see the new baby and to celebrate his older brother's 2nd birthday. Paxton is just adorable. He is so tiny and to think my son was once smaller by 2 ounces. Now my son is 21 and 6'4" tall. It was so wonderful being able to hold a little baby again. He is just such a sweet baby and so alert. Just a little doll baby. Maddux is so cute too. We celebrated Maddux's 2nd birthday. It was a Toy Story theme with Buzz and Woody. He loves Buzz... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 20:53:13 EST Day 12 Today was a pretty good day. I kept up with my exercise. It was too cold and windy to go outside and walk. I did walking in the house. I did go outside to walk down to the road and get the mail and to take some trash out. That was enough for me. It only got up to 46 today and we were getting wind gusts up to 20 mph, which isn't good for my asthma. I am also still on my WATP workout streak. On Monday I will be switching WATP DVDs so my body doesn't get used to the same one over and ove... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 22:01:00 EST