LESLIES537's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LESLIES537 LESLIES537'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/ You are appreciated! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579497 Happy New Year!! I just wanted to share something I read on Spark Guy's blog today. :) <BR> ** <BR> <BR> You don't have to actually answer these questions, just ponder them. <BR> <BR> 1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world. <BR> 2. Name the last five Heisman Trophy winners. <BR> 3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America Pageant. <BR> 4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize. <BR> 5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and a... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 13:28:06 EST Some pics to update y'all! 2014--YOU'RE MINE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5575211 Hi all!! Just checking in! I haven't really blogged in so long I don't know where to start so I'll just take the easy way out and post some pictures! They make it easier to tell a story anyways. :) <BR> <BR> Kaitlyn is 10 now, turning 11 in March! Kyler just turned 9 at the end of September. He's in 3rd grade and she's in 5th. It seems like just yesterday they were in preschool. Next year Kaitlyn will be in middle school!! It doesn't seem possible! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 01:05:13 EST Thank you for your prayers :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5487483 I just wanted to say thank you for all of the prayers for myself, my aunt, and my family. My aunt earned her angel wings yesterday morning and her battle came to an end. We are glad she is no longer suffering and is now in the arms of the angels. The services will be in Des Moines Wednesday and Thursday and my boyfriend will be attending to show his support. I know this is bringing up some memories for him and he’s being a trooper about it. I’m so glad I have him in my corner. Thanks again fo... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 17:20:42 EST Don't know how to deal with Cancer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5484805 Just a quick blog to let out some emotions. A lot has been going on that I need to catch you up on. My first 5K, a big SP meetup that was AWESOME, 1st day of school pics of my kids, and so much more! Right now though I’ve been consumed with dealing with grief again. That sneaky lil bugger creeps back up on you no matter how much you try to not let it. <BR> <BR> My aunt has been very ill and is being cared for by hospice right now. Cancer has taken another victory while her family is left to... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 17:16:47 EST Feeling GREAT! Update on myself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5409829 I FINALLY feel like I'm back into the swing of things! I fell off track for some time and gained half of what I had lost back BUT the good news is that I stopped it before I gained anymore! That's a victory in itself! Usually I would've gained it all back and then some but not this time!! I'm down 11 pounds from April and I feel SO much better about myself. I'm only about 15 lbs away from where I want to be and I KNOW I'll get there again. <BR> <BR> I've started running and low and behold, ... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 16:33:04 EST My Graceful Stunt & a Pledge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5295213 You should've been a fly on my wall today. I pulled the most graceful stunt and am just bummed nobody was there to laugh with me! <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I was going up my steps with one arm inside my shirt, (not exactly sure why LOL I think I was undressing to get in the shower.) My cat was hanging out at the top of the stairs like she usually does. I now wonder if she sits there on purpose, plotting to move in front of me as I walk past her. Evil little thing. <em>239</em> <em>18</... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 15:53:43 EST Accountability Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5291427 I'm trying to stay accountable by blogging once a week at least. I've been doing really well with my March goals and can definitely feel my mojo coming back! I've dusted off some old workout DVDs and have even done a few days of the 30DS! My motivation and will power are slowly yet surely coming back. Thank God! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I downloaded the C25K app today and think I'm going to try running again! I'm just desperate to drop some of these pounds FAST and running always has seeme... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 17:23:58 EST March Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5267539 I'm trying to get back into the Sparking thing. I've reset my ticker and have accepted the reality that I'm overweight....again. I know I said that my weight loss was for good and that I would never gain that weight back again, but somehow it happened. I thought I had made changes that would stick for a lifetime, but I lost focus, stopped counting calories, and went back to eating the way I was before SP. Not quite sure what happened but I'm done sitting around moping about it. Time to make a... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 17:47:16 EST Updates on my career goals--things are looking UP! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4948902 Holy moly, where do I begin?! We have got some serious catching up to do!! I'm SO sorry about being MIA on your blogs--catching up on SP is one of my missions for the weekend. I've missed you guys like crazy!! I still think of you all often and know I have a kicka$$ cheer-leading section here! Your support means the world to me! <em>432</em> <em>26</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> As you guys probably read in my status, I got a new job!!! It's been nearly a year since I left the bank and went... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 12:02:49 EST Please help!! My friend has lost all hope! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4918383 I come here today with a favor to ask. I knew I could come here and get some answers. You see, I had a friend reach out to me today on Facebook and I really want to give her the best advice possible. I don't want to screw this one up b/c A.) I care about the girl. B) This is the 2nd time she reached out. It's been over a year, maybe two, since she reached out the last time. I didn't hear back from her so I fear I didn't say the right thing. Can you help? <BR> <BR> How would you respond to ... Fri, 8 Jun 2012 23:23:47 EST Totally random updates http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4876978 I have so much to say and so little patience to write a long, well-written blog. Prepare yourself to hear very random things that you may or may not care about. lol! ;) <BR> <BR> ROCKFEST is tomorrow!! That's what my ticker has been counting down to. What is it you ask? Only the biggest rock concert in the country!!! 12 bands for just $35, can't beat that! All day show and it's going to be totally EPIC! I can't wait!!!!!! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Class is almost over and I scored a 50/50 on... Fri, 11 May 2012 11:44:29 EST LOTS of pictures, tips, and humor! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4828049 I found a couple of really good ideas and just had to share with you guys! I'm definitely going to try this! <BR> <BR> Tip yourself some money for every time that you workout. Then after so many days, say 100 for example, you spend the money on yourself as a reward!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l678089771.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here is another picture I found of an idea for getting all of your water in. How smart is this?!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeopl... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 01:00:30 EST Just saying HI! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4822051 Don't worry about my absence, I'm just.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l723320453.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is doing well! Just wanted to take a chance to say HI! I miss it around here, but I'm trying to keep close to my friend feed so I can at least keep up with your status updates. <em>223</em> <BR> <BR> Oh, and if I don't get back on here before the holiday, I wish all of you a very HAPPY EASTER! Love ya, Spark friends!!!... Thu, 5 Apr 2012 15:04:05 EST The Time Was Finally Right.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4787840 Well, I just completed the last thing I had to do for Chris. I wanted to blog so I could document this day and look back on it in the future. <BR> <BR> You see, Chris had a third child that he didn't speak of much. He was very involved with Montana and AnnaBelle, (his other children), but there was another son that he had with another woman that he had lost contact with. I don't know many details as to why or how, but I do know Chris and his family blamed it on the kids' mother. I also know ... Wed, 14 Mar 2012 18:47:30 EST Pics from my vacation and a SP meet-up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4776598 I'm back from vacation at Disney World and had such an amazing time! The kids had an absolute blast and made such awesome memories. <BR> <BR> I definitely got my exercise in, too. We ended up walking almost 10 miles just on Friday and I had walked over 20,000 steps by noon on Monday! It was worth every step and blister, though! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Here's a few of my favorite pictures. I just love how they turned out! <BR> <BR> This was our first day at the Magic Kingdom. It was about ... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 23:37:32 EST AMAZING video! A must see! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4758437 This video is simply AMAZING! Be sure to watch it until the end! I would be selfish not to share it with you all! What an awesome example of what we can achieve through persistence and perseverance. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=suTPns5cy_Q&<BR>feature=youtu.be </link> Sun, 26 Feb 2012 18:37:23 EST A Planking I will go.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4753113 Long time no see! Err, I mean talk, err type! Whatever! lol I've been hittin' the books and getting back into the school groove. My algebra class is giving me fits which is really frustrating b/c I aced it in high school. I was even past algebra but being away from it for 10+ years has proved to make things difficult! Oh well, I'll live. I just wanted to pop on here and show you my planking pics from the other day. Half of you probably already saw them on Done Girl so just ignore me! ;) <BR> ... Thu, 23 Feb 2012 11:15:23 EST DGOTD?!!!!! Awesome! TY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4727058 WOW!! I'm so completely honored to be "Done Girl of the Day!" Who knew creating my little corner of the world on Facebook would become such a hit! I gained a fan yesterday that happened to be a co-leader of the DONE being the Fat Girl team, and what do you know? She honored me with the title of DGOTD! <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> I just want to say thank you to each and every one of you for your comments and support! You made my day! (actually, I'll probably be excited about this for about a mon... Tue, 7 Feb 2012 12:13:10 EST Okaaay, I'll spill the beans! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4694160 Okay okay, I'll stop keeping you in suspense! This whole last week I have been working non-stop on researching a different career route. This past semester I have learned a lot about the social work field through other students and teachers and it turns out that they make even less than I thought! It seemed like I was doing a lot of hard work to end up with a crappy paying job. I thought at first that it didn't bother me and that social work was still what I wanted to do, but the more I thoug... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 20:43:54 EST New Year, New Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4678583 I'm off to a running start this year! I've taken some new "before" photos and measurements because I figure that this is a new leg of my journey and I'm kind of starting over. The scale started moving in the wrong direction over the holidays but I'm DONE with that! Before Spark I would've just kept gaining until all of the weight was back on but now I realize that I'm not destined to be fat! That is a lie I've told myself for too long! I'm destined to be FIT, SEXY, and gosh darn beautiful! <... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 15:06:18 EST I'm DONE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4656580 Okay, I've gone and DONE it now! I've revamped my spark page and I'm ready to get my butt in gear! <BR> <BR> I've decided that I'm DONE! <BR> <BR> <BR> ...DONE with unhealthy habits and choices! <BR> ...DONE with putting others first and neglecting myself! <BR> ...DONE using food as a source of pleasure rather than nourishment! <BR> ...DONE with excuses! <BR> ...DONE being the FAT girl once and for all! <BR> <BR> JUST DONE! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 10:36:56 EST Happy New Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4650270 HAPPY New Year everyone!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l420716582.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l539097475.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Go on...make 2012 your year to shine! I AM!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l859326556.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l248689012.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l287464809.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img ... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 02:17:29 EST Time to get honest... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4644302 Hi! I'm trying to get back into this sparking thing again. I've got to spend more time working on ME, my goals, my needs...above anything else! The time I do spend on Spark is going to be more centered on reading articles, popular blogs, and tracking my nutrition and exercise. Those are the things that motivated me in the first place and I've got to go back to what I KNOW works. <BR> <BR> It's time to be honest...I've gained nearly 1/2 my weight back. Yup, freakin sad but true. I had a brea... Fri, 30 Dec 2011 01:29:06 EST Tribute Video--Angelversary tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4634579 Wow, has it really been 2 months since I've blogged?! I guess I've been away longer than I thought! I just finished up my first semester of grad school, as many of you know, and am so thankful to be on break! Boy was it a lot of work, but I tell ya what...any self-doubt I had went out the door when I received A's in all of my classes! WOOOHOOOO!! Statistically, I fall right into the category of the people who are most likely to drop out, (over 30, female, with children). I'm NOT going to be a... Wed, 21 Dec 2011 22:18:55 EST Had a great weekend :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4561839 Ever since I got all that off my chest I feel like a weight has been lifted. Thank you all SO much for your awesome advice and support. You guys are THE <em>285</em> <BR> <BR> Thanks to you, I'm giving myself permission to take some time for myself, and for my family, to do what I gotta do--guilt free! Thank you for showing me that that's O.K.! <BR> <BR> It always helps boost my spirits to spend some quality time with my family so that's exactly what I've been doing! We went to a footbal... Mon, 31 Oct 2011 17:24:52 EST Not myself lately http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4556673 Wow, it's been a long time since I've blogged. Partly because when I don't comment on my friend's blogs, why should I expect them to comment on mine? That wouldn't be fair to anyone now would it? Another reason would be because I've found myself so depressed lately. I really don't know why either. It's probably a combination of things. Mostly, I think it's from my "life change" of going from working full time at a job I've been at for six years to totally changing my schedule. In a way, I'm m... Thu, 27 Oct 2011 23:10:05 EST Spark Circle of Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4533895 I received this from a treasured friend. I printed it off over a year ago and saved it. Just yesterday I was feeling like I needed to express to all of my Spark friends how grateful I was for them. Then I found this and thought, "Perfect!" Hope you like it as much as I did! <BR> <BR> Two Boxes <BR> <BR> God's Boxes <BR> <BR> I have in my hands two boxes, <BR> Which God gave me to hold. <BR> He said, 'Put all your sorrows in the black box, <BR> And all your joys in the gold.' <BR> <BR> I ... Thu, 13 Oct 2011 14:02:46 EST Proud Mom--must brag! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4526736 I'm finally figuring out how to balance Spark, my Fabulous Fitness group on Facebook, school and life...I think! ha! I use my phone a lot to make comments when I'm on break at class or waiting at my kid's baseball practice. It really helps with my busy schedule...gotta love technology! <BR> <BR> I'm not keeping up with my fitness as I should, but I'm at least being active every day and eating clean most of the time. I've struggled a little with stress eating but think I've pretty much got th... Sun, 9 Oct 2011 12:13:35 EST My first Spark Meet-up with demanded pics ;) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4515705 So much to say, where do I begin and how do I make it short enough that I don't bore ya?! hehe I made it through my tests and my research paper with flying colors!! I ACED first graduate level exam! Any self-doubt I had went out the door with that grade. I also received an A on my paper and am STILL excited about that one! <BR> <BR> My son turned 7 this week and was so stoked about his party this weekend. I ended up sending out almost 25 invitations!! He gave 10 out at school origina... Sun, 2 Oct 2011 20:18:55 EST Getting caught up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4500044 I've got 2 of my 3 stressors of the week out of the way, thankfully! I turned in my paper yesterday, just took 1 of my exams and will be completing the 2nd one online this weekend. The prof extended the deadline a couple of days so that helped ease my stress. This school thing isn't so bad after all! I feel like I'm in my element. <BR> <BR> I've missed being away from here and have started catching up on my blogs, slowly but surely. I've been hearing a lot of my friends talk about training o... Fri, 23 Sep 2011 11:35:06 EST Taking care of business http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4494025 Many causes have contributed to my MIA status lately. I've prioritized my studying as my number 1 responsibility! If I have work to be done, I don't allow myself to get on my social networking sites. I come from a family of educators, (fun fact you may not know: my dad was the principal of my high school, the biggest in the state! He worked in education for 36 years, establishing a community service requirement for HS graduation and recently received the honor of having this named after h... Tue, 20 Sep 2011 00:12:33 EST Exercised my stress away! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4458587 Instead of a nice hot bath to relax me yesterday, I decided a heart-pumping round of cardio was in order! <em>312</em> <BR> <BR> I busted out: <BR> <BR> 50 jumping jacks <BR> 50 squats <BR> 50 push ups <BR> 50 sit ups <BR> 50 jump tucks <BR> 50 mountain climbers <BR> and another 50 jumping jacks. <BR> <BR> <em>215</em> BOOYA! <BR> <BR> Then this morning, I went on a 2.7 mile run! I set a personal record for myself by running a whole 14 minutes without stopping. That was DOUBLE the t... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 13:18:20 EST Need a Hug http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4456970 To say that this last week was stressful would be an understatement. I was a ball of nerves going back to school but now that I'm getting into the swing of things, it's not so bad. One of my classes is going to be easy, *knock on wood*, and the other one is going to be the death of me! My 3rd one, (which is undergraduate and needed to fulfill a requirement for this program), is going to meet ALL day on Fridays. 2 lectures, 2 labs, all in one day--oh joy. Don't think I'll be looking forwar... Tue, 30 Aug 2011 17:23:27 EST Household of Students http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4446716 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l723645417.jpg"> <BR> <BR> That's my little cheerleader! Not only is she always on the sideline cheering me on, she's going to be cheering for the boy's football team! She is SO excited and loves every minute of it! <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> I've also sent both my kids, myself, and my bf off to school this past week! Everyone in the household is a student now! Finally, discounted movies! <em>272</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Here's a coup... Wed, 24 Aug 2011 21:35:18 EST Goofy Challenge and Planking Pics! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4437081 The fun has begun! KritKrit just posted an awesome planking picture and Bo and Susan have started off the by skipping up and down their driveways. I thought, ah what the heck, I'll throw in some skips while I'm out on my jog. Before I knew it, I was skipping up and down the street without a care in the world! Well, I didn't exactly make eye contact with anyone but I had a blast doing it! lol I didn't realize how much of a workout it was, though! My blood really got pumping and my heart... Fri, 19 Aug 2011 16:15:43 EST Goofy, Shameless Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4434572 Well, it's happened again! I've been challenged! My SP friend CRAZYDOGLADYBO blogged about how she has no shame and will exercise in public doing goofy things like hula-hooping or just running up and down her driveway. I told her I wished I could be more like her and right away she came to my page and suggested this goofy challenge. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I thought it sounded FUN and took her up on it! We're both going to blog about the goofy exercise we did that day and will try to ev... Thu, 18 Aug 2011 11:24:34 EST Got rid of the fat pants...for real this time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4430330 I'm happy to report that I'm finally feeling better! <em>244</em> Thank you for your well wishes! <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I was feeling great and spent a full 6 hours cleaning my house. I must've still been sick or something b/c that's not something I usually do! <em>246</em> It was something I've NEEDED to do though and finally put on my big girl panties and just did it. I got on my hands and knees and scrubbed my floor, did several loads of laundry AND cleaned out my closet! I fou... Tue, 16 Aug 2011 11:44:25 EST My New Hair http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4424759 The other day I enjoyed a day at the spa! I was treated to a 60 minute facial, 30 minute back massage, and a haircut and style. All compliments of my daddy! (A gift certificate he bought me for Christmas that I finally used!) It was so nice and relaxing. I could hardly stay awake! Just what the doctor ordered! <BR> <BR> Before: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l171796107.jpg"> <BR> <BR> After: (2 inches shorter, layers and side-swept bangs) <BR> <BR> <im... Sat, 13 Aug 2011 14:44:56 EST I'm still here, just not feeling the best! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4424516 It's been over a week since I blogged and so I thought I'd give you a quick update. I caught some stomach bug last Saturday and it really did a number on me! I was violently sick the first day and just felt awful for a whole three days straight. I've felt better since the 4th day, but there's still something not right about my tummy. I haven't felt 100% and am now burping constantly--like all through the night, practically waking everyone up. I tell ya, it's so sexy! lol I don't feel aw... Sat, 13 Aug 2011 12:01:21 EST How Spark People helped me get into Graduate School http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4408917 <em>252</em> <em>285</em> <em>345</em> <em>252</em> <em>285</em> <em>345</em> <em>252</em> <em>285</em> <em>345</em> <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> I've credited Spark with LOTS of things, but there is one thing I've yet to tell you about. I referenced Spark People in my application to graduate school and I think it was one of the highlights of my application! I truly think that it helped me get accepted into my master's program! <BR> <BR> This is what I said... <BR> <BR> "I'm... Fri, 5 Aug 2011 12:53:19 EST My Inner Athlete is IN DA HOUSE! LOL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4405907 Well, I've been off work for a week now and have done pretty awesome with my food intake and exercise. I was really worried about getting off track because it seemed I always did better when I was at work. It was the weekends that I have struggled with so with every day being like a weekend, I was concerned. But so far, so good! I'm happy to even report a 2 lb weight loss! <BR> <BR> Not only do I want to stay on track, I want to take advantage of this extra time and exercise like crazy.... Thu, 4 Aug 2011 00:44:28 EST My Secret Lover... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4396117 <BR> What has.... <BR> <BR> ...as much fiber as a bowl of oatmeal? <em>481</em> <BR> <BR> ...as much Calcium and Vitamin D as an 8 oz. glass of milk? <em>466</em> <BR> <BR> ...as much Vitamin C as a cup of blueberries? <em>277</em> <BR> <BR> ...as much Iron as a cup of spinach? <em>84</em> <BR> <BR> ...as much Vitamin E as two cups of carrot juice? <em>210</em> <BR> <BR> ...as much Vitamin A as an 8 oz. glass of tomato juice? <em>194</em> <BR> <BR> ...as much Vitamin ... Sat, 30 Jul 2011 15:49:02 EST Just Never Give Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4394124 When I went to pick my kids up from daycare just the other day, my son could hardly wait to see me. He came running up to me and said, "You have to see what I made today!" He rushed over to his cubby and got out this piece of felt he had made into a cross. Then he tells me, "I made something for daddy's grave. I worked my whole play time on it and never gave up." His eyes just gleamed with pride as he held up his creation. I told him how much I loved it and how proud I was of him. What... Fri, 29 Jul 2011 12:43:15 EST A Leslie Update ;) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4385510 I had a great time on the float trip! We canoed 8 miles down the river and were on the water for around 9 hours! Needless to say, I was worn out by the time we got back to the campsite. I slept like a baby even in the 100 degree weather! We had a great time and I can't wait to do it again next year! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l926876792.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here's a pic from this weekend. My eyes keep getting drawn to my shoulders and how much slimmer I'm... Mon, 25 Jul 2011 16:40:54 EST Nothing exciting lol http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4379699 Who's bored?! ME! I guess that means it's time to post a picture blog! lol <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> First off, my produce I bought for the week last week next to my lover, Mr. Keurig. (the single cup coffee maker that is a.m.a.z.i.n.g!) <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l547970877.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Next, here's a pic of my step-kids by love, as I like to refer to them as. They're Chris's kids and we are still close and hang out often. Last time... Fri, 22 Jul 2011 16:47:02 EST Random bits of Awesomeness! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4377427 <em>345</em> <em>334</em> <em>345</em> <em>334</em> <em>345</em> <em>334</em> <em>345</em> <em>334</em> <em>345</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Quick bits of awesomeness I've done this week... <BR> <BR> I made some delicious chicken on the grill the other night! I also made potatoes with peppers and onions and served up some yummy sweet corn! I knew dinner was a success when my son told me, "Mommy, if you want to work again, you can cook at a restaurant because your food is re... Thu, 21 Jul 2011 15:37:02 EST Following my Heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4372531 So you may have seen my status announcing my resignation from my current job. In case you missed it I've put in my notice to the boss and my last day is a week from today! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I'm both excited and very nervous at the same time. This is the start of a whole new career path and I'm leaving my comfort zone behind! I'm ready, though!!! Yes, I'm taking a huge risk in leaving my current job with the economy like it is but I'm doing what I know has never failed me before---... Tue, 19 Jul 2011 12:16:45 EST A Fabulous Friday!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4365603 Today was a fabulous Friday! <em>224</em> I really wasn't feeling like doing any sort of exercise today but pleasantly surprised myself by busting out my best work out yet! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I really wanted to try out my new toy I just got--a new HRM!! YESS!! I took it for a spin by trying some HIIT (high intensity interval training) and ended up burning 378 calories in just under 30 minutes. WOOT! <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> I also got a foam roller and did some stretching. I... Fri, 15 Jul 2011 23:40:44 EST I've joined another challenge!! Just TRY and stop me NOW! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4357848 Well, I signed up for a new challenge on facebook. I was invited by my awesome friend RUN2MYDREAMS and I think I'm going to LOVE it! <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> It's basically the same challenge I was doing, (so I can keep my same goals), but instead of just self-fulfillment as rewards, there's actually prize $!! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> So yesterday was Day 1 of my 90 day challenge and Day 4 of my other one! I've pretty much just combined the 2 challenges into 1 and will do my ... Tue, 12 Jul 2011 12:13:52 EST Change is Scary! Tomorrow = D-Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4354274 Tomorrow is a BIG day for me!!! <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> I've worked in the same job for 6 years now, and for the past 6 years I've been waiting for that day to tell the boss to stuff it! Hey, don't we all have those secret fantasies?!! <em>18</em> <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is THAT day! <em>215</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Now IS the time! The stars are aligning and I just KNOW it! <BR> <BR> I'm ready for this new saga in my life! <em>224</em> <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> (oookkk, I'm... Sun, 10 Jul 2011 23:55:18 EST