LALATIDAH's SparkPeople Blog LALATIDAH's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Busy busy day today! BUT FIRST!! Gotta get my SparkPoints!! <em>347</em> <BR> Didn't get to the gym to swim yesterday <em>39</em> and prolly won't get to go today, either. With my hubs & BFF birthdays tomorrow AND our 13th anniversary... we are going on a daytrip that may turn into an overnighter. So I have a TON of work to do to clear my desk so I can play ALL weekend! <BR> I'm loving my new friends! <em>223</em> The interaction we are having is beginning to build relationships! It feels so awe... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 14:12:48 EST No time for napping!! It's the first of the month <em>249</em> and SOOOO much is happening today!! <em>104</em> My company released some new products that I can't wait to get & sell... take a look at my website <BR> I have a busy day ahead of me.... hair appt <em>204</em> , posting for my Y Biz, billing for our alarm company & the gym to SWIM!! <em>237</em> Yes, I - the one who HATES TO SWIM - am going to swim 30 minutes minimum AGAIN for day #3!! <em>244</em> AND, I am exci... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 12:13:15 EST Where did my day go? Wow! It's already 2:30! <em>56</em> My morning was soooo busy and I was so wrapped up in helping my team that I missed the day's tanning hours! <em>67</em> It's the end of the month, so we're all trying to get that last bit of success in!! I'm still going to go to the gym and swim.. <em>237</em> after hubs nap! <em>102</em> I don't have time to nap today... I still need to get some alarm biz work done!! <em>386</em> <em>521</em> BUSY BUSY!! Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:42:11 EST I DID it!! I SWAM!! <em>237</em> I swam for 30 minutes! I know HOW to swim, I just never liked to do it. I love being in the water, splashing around a bit, but swimming laps has never been something I enjoyed doing. I am going to TRY to go everyday... my main aim is to get a tan without overdoing it or just laying in the sun.... no skin cancer for me! So, if my reward is a TAN, then... that's how I'm gonna do it! <BR> Thank you to all who commented on my blog yesterday. I know I was vague about w... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 18:00:40 EST NEW FRIENDS!! YAY!! My friends list is growing!! I don't have much time today... going to "rescue" a good friend of the family. No details... but I'm needed there... Hope you all have an awesome day! <em>223</em> <em>252</em> Sun, 28 Jun 2015 14:44:52 EST New Friends.... YOU? So yesterday I blogged about friends... Spark Friends <em>223</em> specifically... So far... I have one new one.. but I plan on adding more! So, if you would like to make the first move, please do! <em>220</em> <BR> Today is Saturday... the weekend... we are doing a lil clutter cleanup at our house. We have collected so much JUNK and some of it we've just kept just to keep it!! No more... it's goin <em>253</em> <em>253</em> <BR> It's gonna be a cool 94 today <em>259</em> s... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 13:18:33 EST Spark Friends I don't have many... I've been on this site for many years and just this past year, have used more and more of it's functions. Just this month, I started blogging everyday - I missed a few days due to being on vacay with no puter access. Without going into my daily SP routine, one of the things I do is try to get at least 100 SparkPoints, <em>347</em> by doing as many "tasks" on the SparkPoint page as I can. With that said, one of those things is posting a Blog entry... so here I am...... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 12:20:30 EST I'm a DORK... so I'm told yup, it's true <em>20</em> ... but the one who is calling me that is doing it all in jest! I know he loves me (in a friends kind of way) and he loves me for who I am. I don't pretend to be someone I'm not. I'm also the type that tells it like it is, but I am very diplomatic about it. <BR> I am a nurturer, a fitting way to be when you're a Mom. I like to help those in need. But I also get frustrated when someone asks for my help, gets my help, but then turns and goes back to the same... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 11:41:23 EST I love visits... I had an appointment today (if you MUST know.... to get my brows DID!) with a friend I have known for 19 years. She is a licensed Esthetician in a VERY NICE salon. I have only had my brows done once before and that was by my nail lady. I will DEFINITELY going back to the licensed Esthetician, not only because she is my friend, but because my brows look AMAZING!! She even took the time to explain to me how to tend to them in between appts should I decide to continue. But, I'm not blogging ... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 16:33:21 EST It's Mahvelous Monday So many people dread Mondays <em>198</em> ... it's just another day for me. <em>30</em> With 3 businesses that are not day of the week sensitive, all days that end in "y" are GOOD days <em>334</em> ! The only thing I MUST do on Monday are my reports (you don't need the details of that) which takes me less than 15 minutes. It used to take me 2 hours, but because of our awesome technology, my time is cut way down! So scheduling gym time is so much easier!! NO excuses!!! <em>521</em... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 12:20:00 EST No Father to celebrate this day... I don't talk about my Father <em>24</em> ... he passed away to cancer in 1979 and (sad to say...) we celebrated our freedom! <em>104</em> That's all I'm going to say, cuz I don't have anything NICE to say about him other than he gave me life. I have plenty of surrogate Dads & Papas to fulfill my need for a Daddy for <em>247</em> , support, & love. <BR> If you're a Father or Daddy, I wish you an awesome day! If you're a deadbeat Dad, then you should be ashamed of yourself! I have ... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 13:25:40 EST PAIN-FREE today!! I don't know WTH I did to deserve the pain I suffered yesterday. <em>198</em> I hadn't done anything strenuous to cause such pain. I slept <em>102</em> most of the afternoon, went out to visit some friends for dinner, then back in bed by 10:30 and had a GOOD sleep <em>102</em> til 9:00am this morning. I guess it was my body telling me that I needed some SLEEP! <em>102</em> It sure is nice being free of pain this morning! <em>334</em> <BR> I think I'll go to the gym toda... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 14:15:47 EST Not so kooky today... I woke up (Thank you God!) this morning feeling like I've been run over by a truck! <em>343</em> I hurt ALL over!! <em>198</em> My calves, my shins, my thighs, my lower back, my mid back, both shoulder blades, my biceps, my triceps and my neck. WTH??? I haven't done anything... oh wait... that's prolly why!! Well, that'll teach ne to not go to the gym!! It's been over a week since I've done any exercise to speak of. I AM going today.... It's going to be HOT today 93° <em>259</em... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 12:19:39 EST So.... it's the day after yesterday... yes! That makes it TODAY!! Just thought I'd throw that out there.. especially for my friend Bryan who thinks I'm a KOOK! (Shhh, don't tell anyone... I AM!!) <em>40</em> <BR> So, I have this ritual... I get up in the morning (duh!) and get my coffee (duh, again!) <em>469</em> and sit down at my puter <em>17</em> . Open my usual pages, one being SP <em>252</em> . I have this thing about SP.. I want at least 100 SparkPoints everyday. Some days it comes easy - like today (I'll g... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 12:20:36 EST Tuck & Roll Tuesday! You know that saying... tuck & roll... but what does it really mean? What comes to my mind is somersault... you tuck in your head, make yourself into a lil ball and roll.... it's a process to get to an outcome. So how does that apply to me? It doesn't... just something that came up in my head and I needed to put it out there so I could stop thinking about it... WEIRD!!! <em>38</em> <BR> I never did get to the gym yesterday! <em>39</em> Mondays are pretty busy for me due to all th... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 12:34:16 EST Do you ever feel like.... you're super busy, but not getting anything accomplished? That's me today! I've been up since 9:30 and have been non-stop busy but doesn't seem like I've been productive at all!! <em>198</em> <BR> Well... at least what I have gotten done really needed to get done! <em>250</em> <BR> Okay,... back to the grind... Happy Monday to you all... <em>252</em> Mon, 15 Jun 2015 17:45:18 EST FUNday Sunday and even got in a lil exercise. <em>342</em> Hubs & I went to the auction/farmers market with another couple. It was quite hot walking around on asphalt, but we got almost 1300 steps in... not as many as we should have. <em>198</em> I was expecting a lot more. <BR> Tomorrow is back to the gym day for me. <em>231</em> I will continue my SP 5K Your Way Walk/Jog program <em>364</em> . I will be on week 2 day 2. Hopefully, I can complete the program as planned. No, I AM gon... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 18:16:57 EST SUCCESS!! Some of you may know, my Hubs & I run a karaoke show <em>335</em> at our local watering hole. It is a lil over 800 steps (yes we measured on my FitBit!) <em>342</em> from our door to their door. The success I am talking about is walking to the club! <em>244</em> I finally got him to walk there & back! <em>380</em> No more fear of a DUI and getting a little exercise to boot! <em>224</em> Neither one of us drank much last night, so it wasn't a drunk walk. The weather wa... Sat, 13 Jun 2015 13:46:54 EST My Good Deed was a success!! <em>244</em> He LIKED it!! <em>250</em> Bryan, I'm glad you liked it & you were worth every point!! <em>247</em> <BR> Now, for today.... I had a set back with my sciatica acting up two nights ago. GAH! <em>198</em> My leg is still really tight and the swelling hasn't gone down enough to do any walking to count as exercise. <em>227</em> So another day of rest for me. <em>46</em> I am not happy about that, but I certainly don't want to aggravate it to... Fri, 12 Jun 2015 13:25:40 EST Did a FEEL good thing... So this morning when I spun the BONUS wheel <em>347</em> I landed on 1000 SparkGoodie points <em>224</em> . I rarely use them and had over 65K, so I decided to give one of my dear friend's a SparkGoodie. He is someone I have been online friends with for many years <em>223</em> . He has recently gone BALLS IN on losing weight! <em>243</em> I am sooo proud of him <em>334</em> . He has found swimming <em>237</em> to be his main exercise choice and he is doing GREAT! So,... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 13:30:13 EST Another day... another 2 miles <em>198</em> .... on the treadmill <em>315</em> ... SP 5K Your Way Walk/Jog Program <em>311</em> <em>312</em> ... week 2 day 2... I'm gonna DO IT!! <em>521</em> No, I don't find the treadmill boring! I have my iPad filled with books. <em>149</em> It's the only time I get to read and I find the time FLIES <em>530</em> by and sometimes, if the book is at a really good part, I'll stay on longer just to finish reading that part! <em>386</em> <BR> and B... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 12:00:01 EST Gonna TRY... to get to the gym today... I have a mile-high pile on my desk that MUST get done today. <em>198</em> I love that I work for myself and can make my own schedule, but sometimes my schedules makes me! Today is billing day and it's very important to get it done, for our customers are good paying ones and that's what keeps a roof over our head <em>436</em> , lights/heat & A/C on <em>189</em> , and food on our table <em>190</em> . I am also very lucky to own my own business... being a... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 12:10:25 EST I'm soooo excited Today I will be starting week 2 of the SP 5K Your Way Walk/Jog program! <em>244</em> I am really looking forward to gaining more stamina this week just as I saw (& felt) the increase last week! I love SPs programs! <em>252</em> <BR> I never thought I would ever run... I've hated running since running the track for PE in high school! But, somehow, this is different. Perhaps because I WANT to do it - I don't HAVE TO do it! All I know, is I am motivated, eager and excited about it no... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 11:05:19 EST YAY!! I'm going GOLFING!! <em>244</em> We use a golf cart, but I walk but let the cart carry my clubs! I can't wait to see my steps on my FitBit this afternoon!! <em>334</em> Sun, 7 Jun 2015 12:07:33 EST I am going to.... Enjoy my weekend!! After having a super busy week, I am going to take some ME time! I have a crochet project that I would love to work on and catch up on some of the DVRd shows that I rarely take time to watch... so... with that said... I wish you an AWESOME weekend! <em>253</em> Sat, 6 Jun 2015 14:17:14 EST I'm Gonna DO IT!! Day 3 of SP 5K Your Way Walk/Jog Program DONE!!! <em>224</em> I am so proud of me! <em>104</em> I have always hated running, but it isn't too bad now! <em>521</em> I don't see myself doing marathons, but this little bit of jogging doesn't seem so bad. <em>211</em> <BR> This program is AWESOME!!! <em>250</em> Fri, 5 Jun 2015 12:41:08 EST Busy busy day! It's a busy day for me... but won't get to the gym ....well, maybe late tonight... we'll see... <BR> Every morning, I sign onto SP to spin the wheel and do various activities found on the SparkPoints page. I try to get at least 100 points everyday and so far I have managed to do that each day this month so far. So proud of me! <em>224</em> <em>244</em> Thu, 4 Jun 2015 10:33:01 EST WOW!! BIG change!! This may not seem a big deal to you but it is to me!!!!! I can wear size 12!!! <em>224</em> I bought a pair of shorts at Costco so of course couldn't try them on. I put them on when I got home & I didn't even have to suck in my gut or lay on the bed to put them on!! <em>244</em> From size 20 down to size 12!!!!! <em>9</em> <BR> One year ago, I did the SP 5K Your Way Walk Program. I followed it with the SP 5K Your Way Walk/Jog Program, but only made it thru the first day!! Well, ... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 13:30:17 EST Good Day! Happy Mother's Day to all you Moms in SP-land! <img src=""> Sun, 10 May 2015 15:29:04 EST No Resolutions for me.... I don't set New Year's Resolutions... it's meaningless because you just set yourself up for failure! So, I look at more positive ways of making my life better. Of course we all want to be healthier, so we set up goals to get there - a much better way than trying NOT to do something! I am going to continue my goals of losing weight (20 more lbs!) by getting more exercise. I am really going to try to SCHEDULE the gym into my day 3-5 days a week. I did pretty good with that last year, so I'll... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 14:36:29 EST I know you want some.... WOW! I't been over 2 weeks since I blogged!! Shame on me!! I also must confess I haven't spent much time at the gym either! Of course the regular excuse of my sciatica acting up (which IS true) but I have an even bigger excuse!! I just started a new venture!!! A friend of mine had an online virtual party selling the new viral 3D Fiber Mascara. I had heard so much about it, but I am a skeptic.... I don't buy unless I try! Well, I DID purchase the mascara and guess what???? It WORKS!! I ... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 11:56:34 EST Lesson learned! So, I learned a lesson tonight.... I've been really good about going to the gym 3-5 times a week for the past few months, but the past week & a half, I allowed "other" things to take priority. Went to the gym tonight with Hubby. I got on the treadmill as I usually do and 1.5 miles into it, my back went into spasm. OWIE!! <em>198</em> <BR> Lesson learned... STAY ON TRACK!! No more skipping gym!! <BR> Heading upstairs now to ice my back! <em>46</em> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:33:45 EST September is here! It's a new month and again a new start! I must say, I did pretty well in August. <em>345</em> Went to the gym at least 3 times a week, sometimes twice in a day! <em>380</em> I hit a major success - 40 lbs down!! In 6 months! YAY ME!! <em>244</em> <BR> I have 6 pairs of shorts that I was "waiting" to fit into... I tried them on yesterday.... they are TOO BIG!! <em>9</em> I guess a few trips to the thrift stores are to be made in the next few weeks! <BR> I still have 20-30 ... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 12:36:36 EST YAY ME!!! I did it!!! <em>244</em> I hit a mini-goal!! <em>104</em> I am down 40 lbs!!! <em>9</em> <em>192</em> I lost 2 lbs last week... even after gorging in junk food & an ice cream sundae!! I don't know why I ate mindlessly <em>38</em> , but I did. I'm not going to say it won't happen again, cuz I know it will... but I may not be so lucky next time! <em>198</em> <BR> I CAN give credit to my workout efforts! <em>250</em> Since finding the Hoist circuit at the Rock... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:14:47 EST It's a GOOD hurt! I belong to a gym that has almost 20 locations within a 15 mile radius from my house and my membership allows me to visit any and all of them. I haven't been to all of them (yet), but there is one in particular that I really like. It is about 15-20 minute drive - so not too bad... but it is a beautiful gym! Many amenities that I won't use, but it's nice to know they are there. Climbing wall, 3 section nursery (infants in a private room within the nursery), toddlers and "bigger" kids. The... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 12:22:18 EST I'm not alone! As I was making comment on other members' blogs, I cam across someone who blogged something that I could have written myself! It made me feel like there really are others out there who feel & think the same way I do! <BR> Here's my rendition: I am really starting to look GOOD! <em>20</em> I still have a long way to go, but I am down 37 lbs from 220 <em>192</em> and am just now realizing that I am wearing a size 14 from a 20!!! <em>9</em> Thrift shops are my friend since I s... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 12:24:43 EST Woo hoo!! After I blogged yesterday, I went to the gym! GOOD news!! Weigh in showed a 1# loss!!! <em>192</em> YAY!!! Walked on the treadmill 60 minutes @ 3mph (3 miles) @ 2% incline! <em>231</em> <BR> Going to the gym this afternoon and will get another 3 miles in! GO me!! <em>104</em> Wed, 6 Aug 2014 13:34:37 EST Where have I been? I can't believe it has been 2 months since I blogged! GAH! <em>40</em> <BR> Well..... I've been busy! My daughter was married this past Saturday and that took a lot of time preparing! But... I DID go to the gym and exceeded my goal of going a minimum of 3 days per week.... <em>104</em> I made it 5 days a week for most of the weeks AND some days I went TWICE!! The scale hasn't moved much, but I am happy with the loss I did get... mostly because I haven't changed my eating or drin... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 12:17:29 EST New month... New start! It always seems to start that way! I'm not gonna say I'n gonna post everyday, cuz, in reality, it prolly won't happen! BUT... I am going to say... I'm starting off right... well almost.... missed the few first days due to unavoidable circumstances... <BR> My workout buddy/good friend started the SP 5K Your Way Walk/Jog Program today! It was surprisingly easy when you have a buddy to do it with. I tried it a while back, but - as usual - didn't follow thru, so I'm glad I have a buddy to help... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 15:39:48 EST Feelin' good! Yay me! <em>224</em> Gym two days in a row. Didn't walk as long (far) as usual, though. Didn't sleep well last night and am very tired. Got a bit dizzy on the treadmil, so I thought I'd better stop. Gonna take a nap.... <em>102</em> Hopefully, Hubby will want to go to the gym tonight and I'll get another workout in for today.... fingers crossed... <em>386</em> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 16:43:44 EST I'm feeling.... fit-er, healthier & happier!! <BR> Went golfing <em>278</em> today for the first time since August! I'm hoping to make it a weekly ritual and plan to start walking the courses that allow walking. No more golf carts unless they are mandatory! I got over 10K steps using a golf cart today, so I am imagining how manymore steps there will be if I walk!!! <em>224</em> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 23:13:10 EST Yay Me! Went to the gym with my Hubby... <em>224</em> <BR> Walked 2 miles on the treadmill (40 minutes @ 3 mph). <em>315</em> Had to stop cuz I got too hot & got a bloody nose! <em>198</em> oh well.... more tomorrow!! <em>521</em> <em>386</em> <em>381</em> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 00:47:30 EST Doing IT!!! I'm doing it!!! <em>224</em> YAY Me!! <em>521</em> 2.5 miles on the treadmill today (3 mph for 50 minutes). <em>315</em> AND.... Lindssay & I are going to the Intro to Zumba class this afternoon!! <em>355</em> I finally have a workout buddy!! and we're gettin fit!!! <em>381</em> Fri, 7 Mar 2014 15:44:48 EST Again.... What's with "firsts of the months"? It's becoming a habit - a BAD habit! Just cuz it's a new month shouldn't mean that we can just start with a clean slate! <em>24</em> Shame on me... <em>39</em> Okay, since I'm now confessing to this bad habit, it's time to BREAK it! <BR> I went to the gym today & walked 1.5 miles on the treadmill. Wanted to do 2 miles, but got a cramp in my left calf... grrrr <em>46</em> <BR> I'm just glad I went! I also weighed in and hit my 20% to goal m... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 17:41:32 EST It's a new month...and.... another re-start!! <em>224</em> <BR> Went to the gym today and walked 1.5 miles on the treadmill. That's a start... I didn't go to the gym at all last week due to my back pain and on top of that, I fell in the bathroom. <em>40</em> I'm lucky I didn't get hurt - a skinned knee, painful shoulder & tweaked my wrist... but nothing broke! Thank you, God! <em>30</em> <BR> After taking it easy & icing my back last week, I am now ready to hit the gym again... tomorrow, Weds & Frida... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 18:19:27 EST Oh boy!! Well, here it is Jan 20 and I haven't blogged since the 3rd & I hadn't been to the gym til today! What kind of fresh start was that??!?! Not a very good one, that's for sure!! Oh well... <BR> Did 1.75 miles on the treadmill today. Tried to make it to 2 miles, but got a cramp in my lower right leg <em>39</em> ... got it yesterday too.... it's right on the top side of my foot/ankle... really weird and hurts like the devil! <BR> Gonna go again tomorrow.... 2 miles! Yes I am! <em>521<... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 18:25:08 EST Day 3 Well, I made it here to SP, but not to the gym (yet) today. I'm just finishing up the closing of our business books for 2013, then have to reset for 2014, get the billing out, then I will have some ME time to go to the gym. So, I'd better not waste another minute here talking to my SP peeps... ttyt! Fri, 3 Jan 2014 15:43:14 EST Day 2 of 2014 Well, I'm kinda disappointed that nobody made any comments on my blog yesterday <em>39</em> <BR> That's okay.... it's not like I'm so important in the SparkWorld anyway... <BR> My day is being spent closing out 2013 - printing, filing, etc ~ no no gym visit for me today! GAH! <BR> Tomorrow, I will get the billing out and then I AM going to the gym! <em>244</em> <BR> If you're reading this today, please take a look at my post from yesterday, too. <em>304</em> <BR> See ya tomo... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 17:47:02 EST Happy New Year! Farewell to 2013 & hello 2014!!! It's gonna be an awesome year ~ I just know it! <em>244</em> <BR> I am appalled at myself for not visiting (posting on) my Blog since November! Shame on me!! <em>24</em> <BR> But..... I am going to do my very best to use my blog as a daily (DAILY!!! That means EVERY day!!) journal ~ unless of course we are away with no computer available. So, I need you help! Please comment - cheer me on, constructive criticism, and any other POSITIVE feedback - a... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 15:55:15 EST Revved up! I went to the gym today, but a different location... it was ultra modern and HUGE!! WOW!! One thing I did notice was there was not ONE single overweight person in that gym, except for me! But I didn't feel out of place or lacking in confidence... I am so excited about my 20 lb loss that I am feeling the next 20 are going to be a breeze!!! <em>521</em> Tue, 5 Nov 2013 16:03:00 EST