LDYSABELLA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LDYSABELLA LDYSABELLA'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/ Finding the Miraculous in My Life Everyday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5117852 My sister from another mother was in a bad car accident last night. I'd been worried for her because she was running late. She was supposed to have dinner with us before we left for my TOPS group. I decided I would be late and drive to my Mom's where she had left from to see if I could find her. <BR> <BR> She had made it to my apartment complex before things went horribly wrong. It seems as though she blacked out while turning and lost control of her car. She crashed through a small tree and... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 11:39:06 EST I Will Not Treat Myself Like a Garbage Can http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5116736 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1805849999.jpg">I was truly inspired by a post on a message board. It was posted on August 14, 2012 by SJKRACH. This entry really made me think and I wanted to share it with my TOPS group as the program for tonight. I had a devil of a time tracking it down because I thought it had been posted as a blog instead of a message board. Here is the post: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Garbage Can Body? <BR> <BR> Over the last few days I've realized that ... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 12:24:37 EST What an Amazing Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5114145 Today was a really wonderful day for me. Every year around this time are the school Harvest Parties for my kids. My little guy is the last elementary student we have. I went to his 3rd grade class today. Having been through many of these gatherings over the years (my oldest Dear Daughter is now 16) I noticed some big differences. <BR> <BR> There are only 3 handicap parking places at the school and I had to walk a quarter of a mile from my parking spot. I was able to do this. The pain was the... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 21:45:24 EST Adapt and Overcome http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5112730 After camping, I had a really hard time getting back into my routine. I got the creeping crud my mom and husband had. By the time I started to feel better I was dealing with lots of stress from the kids' schools. I either got sick again or never managed to completely get over the crud leading up to lots of work for our annual Halloween party. <BR> <BR> It was a fun, successful party that turned out much like the camping trip two weekends before. I ended up supervising teens, running for supp... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 17:16:10 EST The End of an Era? Disenchanting Camping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5090349 I had a really rough weekend camping physically, mentally and emotionally. It used to be so much fun. I would look forward to it all year. I usually end up with the lion's share of the work, but I didn't mind so much because the benefits outweighed the draw backs. <BR> <BR> My husband came down with the creeping crud Wednesday and didn't go with us Thursday night when we left. My Mom who is usually also there was getting over the crud she gave to my hubby so she didn't spend much time either... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 18:26:23 EST Walking the Path or Not Letting Camping destroy my Program http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5086554 It's been pretty crazy for me juggling four kids and my husband these last couple weeks. I've wanted to sit down and write, but just haven't really had he time. That's a real shame too. I find that journaling is the best way for me to sort out what I'm thinking and how I feel. <BR> <BR> Physically I feel fairly good today. I started my aqua therapy and it felt good until I walked another mile doing laps at the grocery store immediately afterwards. I really had to put my leg up and ice my kne... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 12:11:48 EST Baby Steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5073298 I'm preparing for another TOPS meeting. I've got laundry started, a healthy dinner in the crock pot and protein thawing in the refrigerator for tomorrow's dinner. As I wait for time to go I'm sitting here troubled. I visited my Sports Medicine doctor last week. He took a look at my knee which has been constantly swollen and in pain. He said that I'm not ready for surgery yet, but I shouldn't be working with a personal trainer. My knee is too injured for that. I need to get back into Aqua Ther... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 17:21:29 EST Focusing on the Right Things Makes All the Difference http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5064709 I had a good strength training work out with my Personal Trainer yesterday afternoon. I also made it back to TOPS with my BF in tow. I wish we lived closer so she could come with me all the time, but she would be better served finding a local chapter. <BR> <BR> The program was two halves of a whole concept; how our tendency to concentrate on how we didn't meet our goals is discouraging as opposed to how we feel when we make small achievable goals and meet them. I really found it helpful. <... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 10:45:25 EST Moving in the Right Direction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5063045 I had a good day yesterday. I got the kids to enjoy Honey Bran Muffins with an addition of a handful of chocolate chips. I got to play Guild Wars 2. For dinner I made Buffalo Chicken Pizza with my 33% red wheat herbed pizza crust. These are small triumphs along the way to getting my family to come with me on this. <BR> <BR> I also got to the office, which is a 5 minute walk for me each way, and on the stationary bike for 50 minutes. I feel tired, accomplished and fulfilled. Today I meet with... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 11:14:38 EST From the Inside Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5004229 I went for my second session with my Personal Trainer today. We meet in a workout room at an apartment complex near my Dear Friend's home. I was able to very slowly and carefully get on a tread mill and walk for 7 minutes holding on for dear life the whole time. I also used the "gynecology" machine as that one comedian calls it. As I was opening and closing my legs towards the parking lot, I began to look at myself. <BR> <BR> I tend to think of myself in terms of being trapped in a piece of ... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 22:18:03 EST Silver Linings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4999388 So far so good. It's Friday and I have been back at tracking my nutrition for five days. The only hitch I have is Monday is short an entry for high fiber nutrition cookies I had at my friend's house.As I sit here typing this all in, the survival show my kids are watching has been interrupted for a Lipozene commercial, yet another miracle drug to solve all your problems. As much as I wish these things were true, I know better. There are no shortcuts to getting fit and healthy. <BR> <BR> I fin... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 10:50:00 EST Keeping it Real http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4996123 After my terrific weight loss, I went to a pain doc and started a medication for my arthritis that seems to have increased my appetite severely. It has helped with my arthritis pain, but I've gained back 15 pounds which makes everything worse. I've quit taking it and can already feel a difference in my comfort level and my appetite. I believe being able to have control over what I eat and make better choices will be better for me in the long run than the benefits of the arthritis medication. ... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 10:24:07 EST Black Holes and Revelations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4862036 On Optifast I've finally learned something that I've been "not getting" for a long time. I need to treat food like medicine my body needs to be healthy. There is good medicine that builds a stronger healthier me and foods that are to be taken in very limited quantities because too much is detrimental to my health and well being. <BR> <BR> I have used food for everything but what I truly need it for. I eat when I'm not hungry and indulge when I feel like I need comforting. I eat when I'm bore... Tue, 1 May 2012 21:37:34 EST Dilemma for Anniversary Movie Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4840873 My problem is this, although I'm really truly looking forward to the Marvel Movie Marathon leading up to the release of the new Avengers movie, I've realized I've committed a grave oversight. I forgot that I'll be a the theater over 14 hrs and will need to stick to my diet somehow. <BR> <BR> I'm thinking I want to sneak my hand shaker/blender in so I can use my shakes for the day. The Optifast protein bars are for the 800 calorie program and have twice the carbs that I'm used to. They are al... Wed, 18 Apr 2012 11:32:34 EST Struggling with Sabotage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4840856 I'm having a rougher time this week. I've lost 20 lbs in two weeks but it isn't getting easier. A big part of the problem is my family. My kids aren't using the quick and easy dinners I got for them to prepare and they leave food everywhere. I've finally dug out of the Easter candy I've been surrounded in for almost two weeks. My husband is no better. He's spending so much money eating out for lunch instead of bringing it to work and then bring home crap for him and the kids. <BR> <BR> Sund... Wed, 18 Apr 2012 11:19:55 EST Optifast 70 Week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4833655 This is my second week into the Optifast 70 program. For those of you who don't know what this version entails, it is five shakes a day for a total of 410 calories a day with 70 g of that being protein. So far I'm doing pretty well. I've experience a minimum of hunger, even the first three days on the program I'm having bullion once a day to keep my sodium up so my blood pressure doesn't bottom out. I'm allowed sugar free gelatine which I've been adding to my routine once daily. I also take e... Fri, 13 Apr 2012 15:38:24 EST Binge Free Party http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3610121 I'm so proud of myself. I went to a house warming party tonight and didn't binge on all the tempting food and alcohol offered. I kept my cup of water filled and didn't eat or drink anything else. I was afraid that if I did, I wouldn't be able to stop. I made it through and can chalk another Binge Free day up. <BR> <BR> Someday I know I'll be able to eat reasonably at parties, but not yet. Until then, I've proved to myself I can fight the temptation. Sun, 5 Sep 2010 22:26:22 EST Accepting Myself as a Whole Person http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3601500 For so long I've been at war with my body. That's got to change. I'm trying so hard to learn to love myself and respect myself enough to make these changes for a healthier life style. I don't want to be skinny and I'm not trying to be a certain size. I want to be fit and active so I can keep up with my kids and live my life the way I want to. I deserve this! Thu, 2 Sep 2010 19:00:16 EST Family Get Together Weekend Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3588136 I;m back home from our weekend up at the lake with the Fam. Weekends with my cousins family are something I look forward too and dread at the same time. I have a chance to unwind, relax, and catch up with my email and journals. It means walks along the beach, movies, and a nice chunk of time when the kids are actually entertained and not derailing my train of thought every 3 minutes. <BR> <BR> The flip side is really stressful in itself. My dear cousin's hubby is Greek in the Big Fat Greek ... Mon, 30 Aug 2010 09:27:22 EST Small Step Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3574597 So the appointment with my doctor went pretty well. I'm getting a referral to the Eating Disorder unit for evaluation. With that in mind, he is not going to prescribe me Meridia, leaving the decision up to the experts. Also, it was gratifying to see my weight has dropped 3 lbs in less than 24 hours. <BR> <BR> Today was a bit of a challenge. I didn't end up having enough time to get all of our salad materials together and eat before running to the doctor. I saved myself by remembering the pr... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 20:01:55 EST Small steps forward on my Vision Quest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3572966 I put my inspirational collage back up on my desktop. I also printed out a copy for my refrigerator door and my Living Well folder. It's the one without me in it. I just can't stand to look at that first one and my "before pictures is now almost 15 lbs lighter than where I am, and 6 years younger. I need to dwell on the positive and the possibility that my shape is not a forever thing. i guess I also <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l275348378.jpg"> need to take another befor... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 10:50:26 EST Another day crawling along the path http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3572741 Well here I am. Another day has dawned. I have a fresh slate, another chance to make the right choices. It's wonderful that we awake each day to this opportunity.Ii weighed in last night at my heaviest ever. I'm telling myself that I know I'm retaining water, that I didn't eat 14K extra calories last week. I have to repeat this over and over again to ward off the deep disappointment I feel. It feels like I am doomed to stay like this for the rest of my life. It hardly seems worth it. <BR> ... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 09:59:13 EST August 17th from LiveJournal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3572667 I can't diagnose myself, but it's come to my attention that I has been exhibiting symptoms of Binge Eating Disorder for years now. I'm pretty much the text book definition. You would think that OSU might have some kind of program to treat eating disorders, but the nearest one is seems to be in Pittsburgh. <BR> <BR> Since I'm not completely brain dead yet despite years of exposure to Nickelodeon and Disney, I've been doing some deep soul searching and lots of reading in lieu of a good therapi... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 09:42:06 EST August 16th from LiveJournal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3572660 I'm up and awake. DD3 was in first thing to ask what is for breakfast, as if food isn't my first coherent after the I free myself from the night's dreaming. My body isn't far behind demanding it's share. I hope I can appease it and the kids without going overboard. I want cereal to be enough. I can't get in too much trouble with cereals. I tend to actually be content with the bottom of the bowl. <BR> <BR> I spend so much of my day thinking about food. I fret about the stores of groceries goi... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 09:40:45 EST Full Steam Ahead on an Exciting Healthy Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2489105 it's been a hectic weekend, and the week ahead is going to one long crazy fun haul culminating in our Halloween party Saturday night. I'll be working my butt off (hopefully literally) doing yard work, painting ceilings, bottling beer, cleaning house, and decorating. I'm also going to try making yogurt at home tomorrow since we're blessed with an oven that has a dehydration/proofing cycle which can maintain the right temperature. I've been researching different home recipes, and I'm excited to... Sun, 18 Oct 2009 20:54:25 EST Ironic Isn't It? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2464263 We just got The Biggest Loser for the Wii and the DS. The DS version has a digital calorie counter, recipes, and tips from Bob and Jillian. <BR> <BR> The Wii game is supposed to customize a nutrition plan for you including recipes, customize a workout, provide health and Life style tips, and give you advice Bob and Jillian. the funny thing is that it shows people using the Wii board on the back. The Wii Board has a weight limit of 330lbs. I won't be using those exercises for a while. It ju... Thu, 8 Oct 2009 21:36:44 EST Keeping to the Path http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2463222 It's nice and chilly today, and I'm feeling it. I've noticed when I'm cold, I'm more inclined to choose higher fat foods. I'm still keeping control of myself and trying to get in the five fruits and veggies I promised myself. It's too bad beans and legumes don't count towards it. <BR> <BR> We're expecting 4 inches of rain later, so I'm not sure how or where I'm going to get my cardio in. I'm too heavy for our treadmill and the thing bores me to death anyway. I did get my strength exercise in... Thu, 8 Oct 2009 13:26:58 EST Taking my first steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2457785 Boy did I over do it on our camping trip, and I'm not talking about the eating. I brought lots of healthy snacks along with some fun junk. I was really pleased with my family. We made trail mix with mixed nuts, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds and M&Ms which are the only thing that's left in the bag. <BR> <BR> I worked so hard, even after being diagnosed with asthmatic bronchitis, to make it fun for every one. I am worn out. My cough is still lingering and I have a few more kitchen duties... Tue, 6 Oct 2009 16:44:34 EST Saturday night's all right for fighting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2432312 I knew last night would be rough, but I stayed in control somehow. I went over might fat allotment for the day, but stayed within my caloric goals. Not a bad fight to stay on track. The worst part is to come while camping next week. No shakes for me, just lots and lots of activity and walking. Sun, 27 Sep 2009 10:56:57 EST Thanks but No Thanks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2424143 It's so hard to turn down something you like that is offered as part of a buffet, but it's even harder to turn down trigger foods being offered to you by well meaning people who have no idea they're torturing you. <BR> <BR> I went to a school function today where they fed everybody pizza and tons of cookies. I managed to ignore the cookies and ask for a slice of cheese pizza. They gave me two. I couldn't resist finishing both even though I ate the first very slowly with a whole glass of wate... Wed, 23 Sep 2009 21:01:31 EST Developing a sustainable plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2419092 I weighed myself this morning. I think I lost weight while I was sick because I'm down 5.5 pounds without really trying. However that kind of weight loss plan stinks. <BR> <BR> I think I need to figure out a feasible way to do this using the Total Soy shakes alternated with my favorite TLC and Fiber One bars for at least four small meals throughout the day when it's just me and mom. It's much easier to control what I eat when I'm fighting off cravings and offers to share from one person ins... Tue, 22 Sep 2009 07:16:56 EST Gearing up for Camping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2418511 I'm hoping to jump start my weight loss by using the Total Soy plan until next Wednesday. If I could drop any weight, I will have an easier time of it. Unfortunately tracking all this stuff is painfully time consuming. There are all kinds of temptations including home made sugar cookies baked with love by Libby. I'm going to go hide in my room now. It's almost time for bed anyway. Mon, 21 Sep 2009 22:19:24 EST Spilling my Miserable Guts after being AWOL Many Moons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2359124 Have you ever noticed that even when your friends and family ask you how you're doing, they aren't looking for an honest answer. It's merely polite conversation. It's the same on blogs. I have MySpace, Livejournal and Facebook accounts, but feel like I can't say anything on them either. Nobody understands or cares to comprehend where I'm coming from. So I come to you, because you just might recognize what I'm going through. <BR> <BR> I joined Sparkpeople a long long time ago and initially di... Sun, 30 Aug 2009 18:48:43 EST Gardening, It Does the Body Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1279143 I have been in a great mood today. My work load was light because I put in some extra effort early on this week. It was actually cool enough that I finally got to do the majority of my planting. Boy did I work. I dug the hardest hole I've ever done... 1.5 feet of gravel down and diameter for my Jacobs Robe climbing rose. <BR> <BR> I got the circle with the lilies and poppies mulched, and about half of the back vegetable garden as well. It's been fun carrying it in a muck bucket, but we don't... Wed, 18 Jun 2008 19:54:10 EST Moving Right Along http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1277098 It's Tuesday evening and I'm pretty happy with how my day went. I got all my work done. I got to see My youngest's Brownies Honor Court. I even helped my oldest get her sundress cut out. <BR> <BR> I'm taking things one step at a time, in my own time and not letting people rush me through. It's nice to not stress about things, and so much easier to keep my hunger under control and eat the right things. Tue, 17 Jun 2008 22:26:53 EST Loving Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1265627 I seem to always put myself last. I'm a natural care giver. I give of myself freely until I'm like a sponge that's squeezed completely out and yet forget to give the same care and attention to myself. I'm guilty of self neglect and I think part of the reason is that I find it hard to love myself. <BR> <BR> It's hard for me to look in the mirror and see the good things rather than the bad. I 'm very slow to forgive myself if I have a lapse. I've been putting my needs in the category of... if ... Thu, 12 Jun 2008 09:39:25 EST The Man Has His Priorities Screwed Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1264770 I feel hurt, angry and resentful that my husband has said that "my career" ha ha if you only knew, is more important than taking care of myself. I can' bloody well earn any money if I drop dead now can I? <BR> <BR> Whew! I had to get that off of my chest. I guess I have to accept that we are at an em pass and move on. At least I have My priorities straight. <BR> <BR> Now that I'm off of the Prednisone, I'm doing much better. It's so much easier to control my hunger. Now if I can just get my... Wed, 11 Jun 2008 21:38:12 EST Counting My Blessings, One Day at a Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1243112 I'm exhausted but satisfied after the party last night. I finally got all of the girls' guests back home. There were more than I had bargained for, and they were not all well behaved. I'm glad to see them go. <BR> <BR> I spent the afternoon walking around Oakland Nursery with Mom collecting plants for our yard. I'm very pleased with the new roses and my day lillies. I still have to find somewhere with Prince of Orange and Scarlet Empress poppies to go with my blush and white. We got all our... Sun, 1 Jun 2008 23:28:23 EST Wow What a Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1239386 I got the kids to school and took a nap. I only got 6 hours sleep which isn't enough for me to function. I got up and ate lunch and managed to get all the boxes and junk from the side of the house out to the curb. We went to three stores shopping for tomorrow night's bonfire. I made sure to get lots of veggies and reduced fat chips. I already have garden burgers so I'm good to go. <BR> <BR> I came home and started moving more trash from the garage. Before I knew it, I was weeding all the bed... Fri, 30 May 2008 22:30:19 EST Thursday May 29, 2008 - Overall a Very Good Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1237994 I had a good, full day. I got my work down early and Mom and I headed to OSU for Jason's AFROTC Pass and Review awards ceremony. The cadets were impressive. I'm so very proud of Jason. We walked around campus until I was sore. I was terrified of climbing the bleachers, but made it up with the help of a wobbly guard rail. I'm also so glad I bought my two pairs of dress tennis shoes. They look like cloth Mary Janes but feel like sneakers. I can't wear dress shoes without wanting to die because ... Fri, 30 May 2008 08:19:21 EST I need 8 extra hours a day so I can sleep... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1235327 I'm completely mentally, emotionally and physically wiped from these last few weeks. I need to sit down and record everything so I can look at it with a little perspective after the fallout ceases, but I'm too tired tonight. At least I'm back. Wed, 28 May 2008 22:05:04 EST I'm Still Alive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1183155 I've been just chugging away at work and carting my kids around. By the time I do household maintenance, I don't have time for much else. <BR> <BR> I've struggling to maintain my weight, because with the end of the school year approaching, I'm completely overwhelmed. Sometimes I don't even get to read my email for days. Still I'm not giving up! <BR> <BR> I'm going in to a sleep center to see if I have sleep apnea, and I'm going to go ahead and get that bariatric consult. We'll figure out ho... Fri, 2 May 2008 21:20:08 EST Crazy two weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1116721 I've gotten off track... I'm not sure how far. These last two weeks have been utterly mad because of Easter and Spring Break. I haven't been able to keep up my journal which means I haven't always made the best choices. Now that the excitement is dieing down and four kids are back in school. I'm going to try to get back to a healthy routine. <BR> <BR> I'm also getting prepped for the MS Walk our TOPS group is participating in next Saturday... <BR> <BR> My friend Lou Ann from our Take Of Pou... Thu, 3 Apr 2008 09:51:16 EST An Altogether Wonderful Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1081515 Well I had a great day today. My Mom, Sis and I took my little guy and Yenta our Basset hound to the St. Patrick's Day parade. We went to the old Bag of Nails afterwards where I enjoyed myself with out blowing my plan. We split an appetizer and fish and chips three ways, and still got our green beer. Éirinn go Brágh! <BR> <BR> I weighed in tonight at TOPS with a 1.8 pound loss bringing me to 336.6. This puts me past the 15 pounds down mark! I'm thrilled. I was a little nervous because of Tot... Mon, 17 Mar 2008 22:49:30 EST I did a bad bad thing... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1075854 OOH boy did I have a bad night last night. Girl Scout cookies are EVIL. I've been so good and resisted them so long, but my resolve broke and I binged on them. <BR> No worries though. I'm right back at it. I'm planning to stay at the low end of my calorie range this weekend. <BR> <BR> I'm so very very tired. I've really been through it this week. I think I'll try to get that proper amount of sleep and revel in not having to get up at 6:30. Fri, 14 Mar 2008 23:40:01 EST Moving and Loseing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1068927 I meant well, but by the time I found my exercise clothes and got myself and my four year old to the gym this morning, I was way late for Spinning class. Instead I went to the Cardio theater and did some intense cycling on the transitional bike. <BR> <BR> I was so proud of myself. I took the random hill program for 30 minutes, averaging 19 MPH. I also got to see part of Dream Girls as well. I drank two pounds of water during my workout, but only weighed a pound more afterwards. Thank goodne... Tue, 11 Mar 2008 21:00:47 EST Spinning Class for the uninitiated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1061454 Spinning class is a bunch of people on stationary bikes. We have an instructor who sets the pace and resistance to give us a varied workout. Much of the class is standing up and pedaling. I can't do that for more than a minute at a time, but I'm getting better at it. <BR> <BR> It's really motivating to be spinning together and a really good workout. If you haven't been on a regular bike in a while you may find your butt is really sore afterwards. I bought a gel seat cover to help with that. ... Sat, 8 Mar 2008 10:38:24 EST Gary Gygax has Departed on his Last and Greatest Adventure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1056969 The man that created a framework for our imagination and creativity has passed on. Gary Gygax brought the world a pen and paper role playing game that has inspired many of todays books. movies and videogames. His Legacy D&D has been part of my life since I played my first game in sixth grade. <BR> <BR> Gygax is responsible for many of the memorable moments in my life. I owe him a lot of happiness tears and my dear husband. We met through D&D. I've known him now for 21 years. Thanks Gary for ... Thu, 6 Mar 2008 08:03:39 EST Gaining Momentum while Losing Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1054984 I weighed in at TOPS Monday night with a 3.6 lb. loss for the week. I was a bit concerned since 1-2lbs. a week is recommended for maintainable loss, but was reassured that it's probably due to my extreme obesity and cut way down on salt last week. So that's 13.6 lbs. down from the beginning of February. <BR> <BR> I also made it to Spinning class. I managed to stay at it through the whole class and even stand up and pedal in short bursts. I under stand now why much of the class is done standi... Wed, 5 Mar 2008 10:41:53 EST I did it! I gt my butt to Yoga http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1048966 I made it to my second yoga class today. i also got my strength training in as well. I even got 20 minutes in the sauna. If I hadn't fallen on the ice outside Esmi's house when picking Alex up, i would feel really good now. Oh well. <BR> <BR> I've pledged on our TOPS Century Club in Waiting group to lose 5 lbs. this month and go to the gym at least twice a week. I can't wait to start spin classes! Sun, 2 Mar 2008 21:40:38 EST