LIGHTERSTEPS's SparkPeople Blog LIGHTERSTEPS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I'm back!!!! <img src=""> <BR> Hello everyone, I'm sure you guys remember me.. I have been gone for soooo long. I had my bypass and am down over 80 lbs since Feb 3rd. Yes its a lot of weight but I have so much more to go. I am at a stand still and have been for over 4 months now. Going from 213 down to 211 and back up and back down. I started excersizing today at the gym and also eating healthier... Don't think bypass is the answer to all.. You ... Fri, 23 Sep 2011 17:25:11 EST Protein and me.. check me out Fri, 14 Jan 2011 10:56:44 EST Pre Op and Post Op Video Hey everyone, Here is a short video of pre op and post op video's I took.. Thank you Christopher for putting them together for me. Love you Fri, 7 Jan 2011 22:16:20 EST Hey everyone.... Stoping by to say hello Fri, 10 Sep 2010 17:01:27 EST I'm BACK!!!! Just a hello to all my friends Mon, 30 Aug 2010 13:57:31 EST New Hair style or is it the old one just longer hahaha Fri, 12 Feb 2010 15:26:06 EST Good Morning... Ohh boy don't I look special in this video blog haha Fri, 12 Feb 2010 06:45:48 EST Orange Team week 2 Blog 2 Let me start by saying.. I love my partner and I'm glad Lois is back.. yay!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Now moving on.. Last week yes I did push it and take up that slack but remember this.. that's what partners are for.. I went to the gym 4 days and 2 days of home video cardio.. I stuck to my calories, did my blogs, wrote on light blue pages and their blogs and much more.. <BR> This week has been a little harder.. I know we now have the blogs done and Lois is doing all her work outs.. I am doing 1 to... Wed, 10 Feb 2010 11:11:54 EST You can do all things... Thought for today... after a 8 hour 3rd shift.. yawn im tired and going to bed.. Sat, 6 Feb 2010 10:02:29 EST Make a choice!!!!!!! Can you stop saying CHEATED???? Fri, 5 Feb 2010 21:18:53 EST Orange Team week 2 Blog 1 Hello everyone!!!!!!! <BR> So today I went to the gym again and did an hour and 10 min... I feel so good after going to the gym. It's funny cause it keeps you from eating bad things.. I know that sounds funny but it really does. I went to subway again after the gym and got a foot long turkey with extra meat for the protein on honey wheat bread.. NO CHEESE and NO SAUCE... <BR> <BR> How is the Orange team doing? <BR> Well last week we had a good weight loss.. Nice and slow.. I believe toget... Fri, 5 Feb 2010 12:48:02 EST Emma and Me My granddaughter and me doing our first video blog together Thu, 4 Feb 2010 13:44:30 EST Orange Team blog 2 Good Morning my spark friends and family, <BR> <BR> I wanted to post our status again. I know my partner is supposta also post but its all good.. I'm sure once she is feeling better she will do her blog.. <BR> <BR> As for me - I'm eating on plan, sticking to plan, working out.. I did the biggest loser last chance work out yesterday and have my bag packed to do the gym today.. I think I'm going to walk for 30 - 40 min on the treadmil.. <BR> I'm getting in almost all my water.. I haven't ... Wed, 3 Feb 2010 07:36:14 EST Orange Team BLOG 1 Week 1 :) Hey everyone, I wanted to post my blog now.. Today has been great.. Lois and I are totally excited about the upcoming week.. And you know what? I hope that we all are the biggest losers this week.. <BR> Lois I wanted to say this.. I am way under my sodium intake today cause that's been a big issue for me. Water is almost down.. and even ate my smaller meals.. I got in 3 meals and 2 snack.. that's 5 woot!!!!!!! And did VEGGIES yay!!! <BR> Lois is doing good today of course the only way I ... Mon, 1 Feb 2010 20:15:26 EST LAST CHANGE WORK OUT WOW what a work out.. yay me Wed, 27 Jan 2010 09:23:26 EST My day today Hey everyone, I attempted to do a vblog today and it didn't work out. Grrrrrrrr... I was so frustrated.. But, as I go forward with this blog let me tell you a few things about what happened with me today.. <BR> Well my day started with me getting up and having a cup of coffee and relaxing at my computer.. Then the phone rings and its Gabes school calling to tell me he is not feeling well and I had to come get him.. So here I go jump in my car and get my son from school. yay... <BR> Then I ... Tue, 26 Jan 2010 18:05:49 EST Thank you so much everyone Just a blog to thank you and then talk for a few before work Sat, 23 Jan 2010 07:09:48 EST Hello TEAM!!!!! Just stopping by to say hello Mon, 18 Jan 2010 17:16:58 EST Monday morning thought How come we can say no to drugs because they destroy our bodies but we can't say no to food??? They are both addictive, Both hurt our bodies and both can kill us... <BR> <BR> Think about this today.. <BR> <BR> Hugs <BR> Angela Mon, 18 Jan 2010 10:16:00 EST Thought for Sunday Many people who are overweight or obese hate their bodies. Since there is really no way to disconnect one’s mind and spiritual energy from their physical body, this bleeds over into their own levels of emotional wellness. <BR> <BR> Really take the time to think about this.. <BR> Angela <BR> <BR> Sun, 17 Jan 2010 18:22:41 EST Saturday thoughts Hello spark friends, <BR> My thoughts for today... I've been really frustrated with not life but things in this life the past few days. Work has been good but deciding if we are going to keep doing what we are doing has been very stressful. We employee a lot of friends and family and don't want to see them with no jobs... Not only that I've been doing what I'm doing for 10 years.. I don't want to do something else. I have custmers that I've known for 10 years and we have great relationshi... Sat, 16 Jan 2010 18:27:34 EST Good Morning Spark People Lets rock Wed, 6 Jan 2010 10:35:34 EST Sick still 1/5/2010 I just can't believe how long this is holding on to me.. I hate being sick and this cold is kicking my butt.. I can tell I'm getting old (older) hehe.. Anyway if you all wouldn't mind can you say a prayer or two for me today? I'm doing great on plan you can go check out my food diary that's why I leave it open so anyone can check it out and leave me comments that might help.. Anyway, soon I'll be back to the gym and really give this a good kick start in the butt.. <BR> love you guys <BR> An... Tue, 5 Jan 2010 06:24:38 EST Today is another day 1/3/2010 I missed blogging yesterday because i was sick.. I'm also sick again today but I'm going to attempt to write something. I am already down 3 lbs this week. I know I know stay away from the scale.. I have been doing really good the past 4 days.. sticking to plan and stay away from foods that I shouldn't eat.. Last night I just wanted to snack.. so i am going to start keeping like 300 to 400 calories for snacks while watcing tv. I'll make them healthy snacks but I have to have something. A... Sun, 3 Jan 2010 14:10:37 EST 1/1/2010 HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone, <BR> <BR> Today is the first day of our new year... It's kinda exciting to start a new plan and with a new attitude.. I have before pictures up all over the house.. The Spark sitting beside me and reading it daily, Goals on my desk (short, med and long term) and I'm about ready to cook in bulk some meals and snacks that are good for us and not heavy in fats... Just hold on to your seats 2010 is going to be a crazy ride... woot!!! <BR> Love you all <BR> Ang Fri, 1 Jan 2010 11:44:07 EST Goals - short, med and long As I read the spark book I see that we need to set some goals... so here we go <BR> <BR> Short term goal - <BR> 1. Getting up a little earlier to eat a good breakfast <BR> 2. exercising daily if it be at home or at the gym <BR> <BR> Med Goal - <BR> 5 days at the gym for 1 hour each day <BR> 100 day exercise challenge <BR> <BR> Long Goal <BR> dropping 68 lbs by Dec 2010 <BR> 150 day exercise challenge <BR> <BR> I'm sure I'll have more goals over the next month or so to add.. But fo... Thu, 31 Dec 2009 14:26:17 EST Tomorrow begins my journey Tomorrow is the 1st of the year.. I have set a new goal of 68 lbs by Dec 2010... I know with all of you and my family I can do it.. Lets do this together.. Today is a day of planning and getting ready for my journey... Stick with me like glue and don't be afraid to hassle me.... Please... I need all of you.. <BR> Angela Thu, 31 Dec 2009 11:25:03 EST 12/30/2009 2 more days before I jump in with my whole body, mind and soul... As I posted on Christophers page.. Faith is the evidence of things hoped for but not yet seen.. I have the faith in the Lord that he can help me through this.. Now I have to remember that he gives me free will to choice and making chooses... I have to make the right ones... Alot like my walk with him... I can do this... <BR> Angela Wed, 30 Dec 2009 05:10:54 EST 12/29/2009 Well, my first day of my new life will be on the 1st believe it or not this time I have to stick to it.. I'm having a really hard time walking and standing. I'm not sure what I'm going to do for exersize but I have to do something. I think my best bet will be aerobics till I get some of this weight off and my feet can handle the impact.. I know I will need a lot of support and some really low cal but awesome rescipes would also be great.. I don't mind cooking I just get really board with t... Tue, 29 Dec 2009 12:16:32 EST The new year is to come... The new year is coming... I am so lost right now.. I just don't know what to do with myself anymore... I'm so frustrated with myself and how far I could have been if I could just stick to a plan long enough to get down about 30 lbs... I am so proud of Teresa (My sister) for the loss that she has accomplished over the past few months... I know we can all do it its just going to take time and commitment... I am really not sure what I'm going to do when I come back.. I am coming back soon just ... Sun, 27 Dec 2009 16:52:22 EST Happy Thanksgiving and I'M BACK!!!!! Hey team.... lets rock this fat off Thu, 26 Nov 2009 11:23:34 EST Lets try this again.... Blog from 11/10/09 duhhhh Wed, 11 Nov 2009 07:29:41 EST hey everyone its me... Hey guys... Thu, 5 Nov 2009 21:42:17 EST For my partner Jennifer Morning Jennifer Tue, 3 Nov 2009 09:31:56 EST Very tired but wanted to say hi.. Ashley its easy.. just do it... haha Mon, 2 Nov 2009 21:02:07 EST Hey everyone 10/30/2009 Hey everyone.. check out my blog Fri, 30 Oct 2009 22:41:04 EST Just for you Jennifer Video blog for Jennifer Fri, 30 Oct 2009 22:04:54 EST Oct 29th 3:45 p.m eastern time Daily blog.. I love video blogging Thu, 29 Oct 2009 15:43:29 EST Hey testing out new cam check it out Wed, 28 Oct 2009 18:16:28 EST Your Mind is a Powerful Thing... Was reading my book last night before I went to bed.. Got some really good things from it.. One thing is YOUR mind is powerful.. Try to think about good and positive things. When we dwell on negative things that's what we end up doing in our life.. Be positive and watch what happens.. Go on a negativity fast and every time you think or go to say something negative STOP... Think and speak positive and see what happens... <BR> God is so good <BR> Angela Wed, 21 Oct 2009 12:02:56 EST Hey everyone... I'm back... Well was trying to do a video blog but my cam is still not working.. grrrrrr.. That's what I get for going cheap... I'm going to go out and buy a better cam this next week when I can afford it anyway... Just keep me in your prayers... Life is good.. But not as good as God.... Mon, 19 Oct 2009 17:54:04 EST Keep up the support My video blog Sat, 17 Oct 2009 06:57:58 EST Day to day issues with weight loss Well whats the biggest thing that we all face when coming against day to day issues?? Emotional eatting... I made it past that yesterday and boy did I want to just scarf down at burger king or something.. I read my devotional and prayed and then went for healthy.. I wanted to put this blog up to remind all of you that we are all going through the same thing and all have some of the same day to day issues with losing this weight that we have on... I personally have not been doing as well a... Tue, 13 Oct 2009 09:07:39 EST Today was a good day... I had a great day today... Not feeling to well but stayed right on my target for calories and water.. Right now I'm in a size 26/28 and can't wait till I hit the 22/24.. my goal is one month from now... so that would be Nov 10th.. Lets see if i can do it... hey if not i know ill be half way there... <BR> Wed, 7 Oct 2009 17:41:07 EST MonaVie does it really help???? Guys, I'm not sure if it will help with issues you have but my husband had ACL surgery about a year ago and has NO pain now after drinking MonaVie for only 3 weeks.. He has now been drinking it for over 5 months and feels awesome.. I had arthritus in my hands and no longer have any pain after drinking MonaVie for only a week... I am now drinking 4 - 8 oz a day and have so much energy.. If you wanna try it out or even talk about it let me know.. check out my site <BR> Wed, 7 Oct 2009 16:55:02 EST It's not will I lose weight its a matter of WHEN!!!! Hey guys, I've been thinking alot this morning and over the past few weeks.. It's not a matter of if I will lose this weight its when... See it all depends on us.. We will lose all our weight but if we cheat, eat to many calories, eat to many bad calories or don't eat enough because we are trying to force the weight off then the weight won't come off as fast.. <BR> This is a marathon not a sprint!!!!!! <BR> You can do this... I can do this... Lets make it happen sooner not later... <BR> ... Wed, 7 Oct 2009 13:30:17 EST My Friends and Family this is a must add person..<BR>LONDIE510 <BR> <BR> Ok guys you have to add this girl to your friends.. AMAZING results on spark people.. and Teresa she is doing the same as us.. Same calories and everything.. I really want to talk to her so I'm going to send her a private message.. She was 5'4" and weighed 299 lbs now she is 128lbs.. come on baby.. read all about her and look at her pictures.. amazing.. Tue, 6 Oct 2009 11:18:04 EST Scale LIES!!! hehe Well I got on the scale again.. I know I know stop getting on the scale every day.. <BR> I still have not lost anything over the past week and a half. Now I decided to get out a pair of shorts that were really tight on me and every time I would put them on I would choice a different pair because these were <em>15</em> to tight.. Now when I put them on I could button them with no problem <em>244</em> So therefore the scale lies.. I have lost inches and not weight soooo I will continue to... Thu, 24 Sep 2009 09:33:58 EST New Team on spark people Hey everyone.. Check out our spark people page <BR><BR>s_individual.asp?gid=36470 <BR> <BR> ALL 4 Him Weight Loss and Exercise <BR> <BR> Join us and lets support each other.. more we do on here the less we will be tempted to eat... <BR> yay... <BR> Team Leader <BR> Angela Fri, 18 Sep 2009 19:36:29 EST 2nd week Well total for 2 weeks on my plan. I'm down 12.6 lbs I love you.. come on guys you can do it.. Just push a little harder then you ever have.. 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