LILSHINE's SparkPeople Blog LILSHINE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Day 22 ...almost there I've had such a hard time getting spark to load on my iPad that I just gave up waiting. When I'm at work I'm using a MiFi so it's slow sometimes. But I'm back today <BR> <BR> As for last week I continued my plan although I wasn't feeling well. I didn't get in any workouts. My weigh in on Saturday showed I gained a pound. Not bad... <BR> <BR> This week I'm continuing on my plan. Trying to stay within my calories and carbs. This is a hard thing to learn. Food is so complex I see why so many ... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 08:05:45 EST Day #18 ...month half way over Yeah time is flying by. Soon it'll be Thanksgiving, then Christmas and New Year!!! Seems like yesterday I said we have four months left. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a pretty good day. I didn't workout though. I really felt blah by mid day so I went home after going to the store to pick up a few items. I'm sitting here forcing myself to eat my omelet. My appetite right now is blah. I feel better today as far as the cold is concerned. <BR> <BR> I ordered some new workout DVDS a while ago and t... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:47:37 EST Day #17 it got me The cold that I was denying last week. I went down but not without a fight. I stayed home resting all weekend and just came back to work today. I feel better but the cold is lingering. I'm still fighting... <BR> <BR> Went to gym and did 30 minutes on the elliptical yesterday. That's all I had mojo for. I'm still working on lowering my carbs and recording my intake daily. I haven't finished a gallon of water in a few days. Something about having a cold that I just didn't feel like drinking. W... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:29:29 EST Day 12.... I will not, I am not Getting sick, no cold, bronchitis nothing....geez. I love my honey but he gets sick and always say it's not a cold but two days later I'm sick too. I drink my emergen C and do my best to not get it but here I am today feeling like dung...if it wasn't for this class I'd be home in my bed. It's suppose to rain all day which makes the office colder because there's no sun beaming in. I'm fighting back... <BR> <BR> Yesterday was good with the exception of my dinner. I went over my calories by 10... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 07:24:04 EST Day #11 I see that (re yesterday's blog) <BR> <BR> Morning I skipped yesterday's post for some reason. I'm in class this week so I have a little time to do my morning routine before it's time to go. But I'm hanging in there on this journey. I walked on Tuesday for a little while. But I didn't do any exercises yesterday. My sinuses/allergies were giving my grief. The weather changes here have not been my friend. Today I'm trying to come out of a Benadryl fog. <BR> <BR> But it's my high ... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:54:12 EST Day #9 this ain't easy This journey, food journaling, carb cycling, exercising. It's almost like having a part-time job if you're doing it right. I guess once I make this food journaling a habit it won't be such a daunting task. I was quite short on my food intake yesterday. I'm in an all day training class that's very interactive so I got a lil side tracked with my eating yesterday. Hopefully today that won't happen. I have my meals planned lil better today since it's a high carb day. It's on the low carb days I'... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 07:52:22 EST And then the 8th day came ...weigh in results Howdie doodie time!!! <BR> <BR> Last week was my first week of attempting carb cycling. I started on Sunday and my first weigh in was Saturday morning. I'm down 3.2#s!!! I'm now closer to my goal of 265#s...about a pound away...yes!!! This week I'm going to try and get back to working out. I took a few days off to give my knee and foot a break. They were giving me grief so I listened to my body and spark friends and rested. Even if I can't get any cardio in this week I at least want to ge... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 07:39:34 EST On the 5th day.... We keep moving forward and we don't quit!!! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was high carb day. Did well and I did better getting closer to using all my points/calories for the day. Finished my gallon of water before bedtime. No workout. I decided to give my foot/leg/knee a break for a few days. Hopefully today I'll get around to lifting. I found a bike shop online that refurbishes used bikes so I want to go by there hopefully this weekend. Hopefully I can find a bike that I can ride when my legs/knees... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 07:20:48 EST The 4th day...on top Made it through my low carb day yesterday. I managed to keep my carbs down under 50% but I'm not meeting my calories for the day according to myfitnesspal. Who said this journey is easy? <BR> <BR> I didn't feel like exercising yesterday. I tried to talk myself out of it but...I went to the gym. It was hard but I did it. When I got there my battery was almost dead on my phone and I was thinking I wouldn't have music to workout too but it lasted. I only walked the treadmill for 30 minutes wi... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 07:45:17 EST It's the 3rd day...whatcha gonna do? As for me and my body we're going to keep pushing towards our goals. With Gods help I know I can make. I had a dream the other day that the scale reading was 260.9!!! I woke up like I see the vision and I can do that. Just under 9#s and I'm there. Today when I completed my food log for yesterday it said my projected weight is 250.9 in 5 weeks. I'll take that too. Notice anything in common with these two numbers? They both end right before the next milestone and have that .09 in common. So I... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 08:01:45 EST September day 2's September and we have 4 months left in the year. As I think about this I'm gazing and envisioning what I can do in that time span. If I stay focused and the body cooperates I could reach and all time low weight. At 5#s a month I can reach 20#s loss and weigh 249 my lowest was 247. With 10#s a month I'm looking at 40#s and a weight of 229 crazy!!! What a celebration that would be....even if I lose 3#s a month that's 12#s and a weight of 257 which is still a low for me. That's ... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 09:04:18 EST I win!! My challenge is over...but did I meet my goals? Mmmm Okay so I gave myself a 32 day challenge. It started off being twice a day smoothies and veggie/fruit for snacks with sensible dinner. Life happened and that didn't work out for me. Got lazy and distracted. Soooooo....I continued to try and eat right. I was suppose to journal my food through weight watchers. Again I got lazy that didn't last the entire 32 days :(. I was aiming to drink a gallon of water everyday. Well besides a portion of last week I stuck with this pretty good. My other ... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 07:55:42 EST Tomorrow's the day..challenge today 15 squats per bathroom visit last day and I can weigh in!!!! OMG I almost weighed this morning. I was like what's the difference? But I hung in there and walked away. A promise is a promise. <BR> <BR> Got bad news today...why do people post everything on Facebook/social media? I was on the train today and checked Facebook and there it was the posting of the passing of one of our church ministers. She passed yesterday after a battle with cancer but geez...what a way to find out. I'm not a family member but ... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:52:53 EST 3 days of 32 to go...I challenge you...10 wall push-ups per bathroom visit Made a counting mistake yesterday or the entire 32 But Thursday is the end of my august challenge since my mini vacation starts Thursday afternoon. I'll do my weigh in that morning which is my first weigh in two weeks. Too darn long for me but I'm making it. <BR> <BR> I did pretty darn good yesterday. I finished my gallon of water by 2pm and had two extra bottles by the end of the day. I completed my hour of cardio by doing 40 minutes on the elliptical and 20 minutes on treadmill.... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:13:53 EST 5 days left of 32...and I messed up this weekend Yes you read that correctly. What good are plans, goals and desires if you don't stay disciplined? When I say messed up I mean I ate junk and more junk. Sad part I didn't even give it thought while I did it I just ate junk. Shows me that this journey takes 100% focus at all times or those bad habits that I've harbored for years will show up. I guess it's like people addicted to drugs, alcohol, etc., it can return if you're not completely delivered. God I need you to help me <BR> <BR> My g... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 07:46:18 EST Yaaaayyyy 7 more days I got this One week left...almost a month gone. I'm still in the game!! Woohoo <BR> <BR> So yesterday was my busted day. I just had a day of nothing...I did finish my gallon. Other than that I did nothing positive on this journey. But I'm back today. No reason, no excuses it was just that day, that moment no emotions mixed in it. <BR> <BR> Today I'm back on target and focused. I will be extremely focused for the next 7 days. No games, no slacking, no excuses. It's 7 days of work and getting it done.... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:48:13 EST 8 more days of challenge ...and my mini vacay I don't know which of these I most excited about Both!!! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a good day. I ate well, drank most of my water. First day I didn't finish the jug this week. I was close though. Walked on treadmill for an hour and then did strength training for another 45 minutes. Did full body circuit since I missed the day before. <BR> <BR> I'm ready today as well. I'm only doing cardio today. Body in recovery. My friend who I'm in this weight loss journey with had the ... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 07:37:18 EST 9 more days of 32... I miss my scale...hanging on Most people don't want to know how much they weigh. I think about people you see on biggest loser or extreme weight loss...most of them have no idea how much they weigh. I weigh all the time...even when I'm not watching my journey to healthy I bite the bullet and weigh. That weigh in is what usually gets me back on track. My all time high was 291#s and I can honestly say I was going through something. I always said I would never get to 300+ pounds. If I had not been taking the plunge to weig... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:50:42 EST Day 11,12 of 32 ...changes take time...extreme snoring?.. Howdie! <BR> <BR> You ever have a good day where you've been on track and doing everything right? You think after ONE day of being good you're going to be like Bam! Slimmer? Hey come on I know I'm not the only one! Lol well's moments like those that i realize that changes take time and continuous hard work. <BR> <BR> Some days I look at my tummy and think, yes it's going down and then there are other days when it looks the same. I'm taking photos of myself on the regular now so ... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:06:25 EST Day #22 of 32 ...just about there...what can I do in 11 days Good day Sparkers!! <BR> <BR> My energy is much better this morning. Can't say I got rest but i chilled this weekend. I didn't allow the weekend to derail my journey and that right there is victory in my book. I read somewhere...don't let the weekend ruin your hard work. I had a revelation the other night while strolling through Instagram. God always answer when you're paying attention and listening and watching for it. I had just eaten something after my workout that really cancelled out my... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 07:51:27 EST Day #19 of 32 better today Yesterday I was feeling bummed about not hitting my goal at weigh in. After talking with a few people and someone whose experience in this arena I value I learned some things. Don't focus on the scale so much since I'm lifting weights more. To pay more attention to how I feel and the way my clothes fit and photo changes. <BR> <BR> So in an effort to do that, my friend whose on this journey as well challenged me to not weigh until the 28th of this month. This is hard for me because I "thin... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 07:37:16 EST Day 18 of 32 WHY? why? Why? The weigh in Why oh why did I do it? Gained a pound! 271.2 whyyyyyy I was so close..... <BR> <BR> That was my cry to God this me Jesus! <BR> <BR> Okay I did some things yesterday and this week that contributed to me not reaching my goal of 260 something today. Let's analyze: <BR> <BR> 1. Only one day this past week have I finished my gallon of water, I vie gotten close but that doesn't equal finished. <BR> 2. I drank soda every evening with my dinner a cup full...why? Because I had i... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 08:33:33 EST Day 15 of 32 day challenge...almost half way there Well I probably won't remember tomorrow when I reach the half way point so I'm going to take a look at what I have and have not accomplished on this challenge. <BR> <BR> 2x a day smoothies...out of 15 days I think I've only accomplished this maybe 4 days <BR> 21 days or now 32 days of straight exercising ...I've missed one day <BR> No sweets...I've had a pack of mms and almond joy over the last 15 days <BR> Lose 10-15 pounds ...I'm down 5 <BR> Strengthen my knee from surgery...much better <... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 07:44:37 EST Day #12 of 32 Hi! <BR> <BR> Yesterday wasn't bad but i made a few bad choices. Well one really. <BR> <BR> I only strength trained yesterday. Gave my knee a rest day. Back at it today. I finished my gallon finally. It's been a few days when I would have about 1/4 left. But I had a goal yesterday to drink at least 3/4 before I left work and finish the rest while working out or with dinner and I did. So I'm going for that again today. <BR> <BR> My honey is leaving me again for a week to train some emplo... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 08:05:31 EST Day 11 of 32 weigh in day Good morning, afternoon, evening to you. Hope you had a wonderful day filled with many blessings. If you keep a positive attitude change is around the corner. <BR> <BR> So... Yesterday was a really good day. Quite successful despite a few minor struggles. The knee was a bit stiff yesterday and the arms a bit sore but that's to be expected when you wake up dormant muscles. So I'll keep pushing forward. <BR> <BR> I drank my water and smoothies and ate my snacks and had a good dinner. I onl... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 07:43:11 EST Day 10 of 32 Everything is going great!!! Yesterday was quite successful met all my goals for the day. Managed to stay on elliptical for 30 minutes and I feel great today. Ate well, drank my smoothies and water. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is weigh in day and I'm hoping things are progressing in the right directions Well this is gonna be short today but my goals for today are the same. Continue with smoothies, exercise an hour and drink my water. Wed, 6 Aug 2014 10:36:27 EST Day #9 of 32 challenge So far so good! Ate within points range yesterday. Actually I was a bit under my points. I only did weights yesterday. I decided to hit Target for some items I needed. I was planning to hit the park around the corner from Target but the rain kept me away. Today is no excuses gym day. Got to get that cardio in and some strength training. It's gonna be a successful day. <BR> <BR> I finished a little over 3/4 of my water yesterday. I could have made the whole gallon but those smoothies had me... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 07:45:26 EST August 28th challenge ... Day #8 of 32 changed from 21 day challenge Good morning Sparkers!! <BR> <BR> I changed a few things for my challenge and August goals. Instead of the 21 day challenge I've renamed it august 28th challenge. That's my honey s birthday and I'm hoping to get away that weekend because I need it but I'll say it's for his birthday.... <BR> <BR> So instead of it being a 21 day challenge it is now 32 days! My goals are still the same even though I forgot to count my miles for Friday and Saturday workouts. Oh well ... I think it was about ... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 10:33:33 EST Day #5 of 21 day challenge... Okay I'm still not working my smoothies. I've decided to continue doing my best with my meals this week (it is Friday) and start fresh tomorrow. I realize that I need to prepare and pre-pack my smoothies. This early morning work schedule pushes me to get out the house on time. Chopping fruit and veggies and trying to blend, pack snacks and smoothies to go is waaaayyyy to much for me. So this weekend I'm going to prepare my meals for the week. I'm not going to start the count over but will con... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 07:54:15 EST Day #4 of 21 day challenge...not going well Okay I'm really falling down on this 21 day smoothie challenge. I only drank one yesterday :(:(. None today as I didn't bring any with me. I did however bring in the last of my boathouse smoothie to have with my salad for lunch. I got to do better with this. <BR> <BR> The second part of my challenge to exercise for 21 straight days is going great. My goal was to do something everyday even if my knee gave me grief. Well yesterday was one of those days. My knee felt super tight yesterday and ... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:37:02 EST Anyone know a great beach vacay place in Florida? Hoping to do a quick getaway this weekend looking for a beach vacay with hotel near by. I live in Miami so I looking to go north no more than 3-4 hour drive..... <BR> <BR> <BR> Beach, entertainment, great food and not to pricey.... <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:47:22 EST Day #3 of 21 day challenge Hanging on by a thread. This is the hard part. Went to bed with a headache and woke up with a worse one :(. So smoothies were the last thing on my mine this morning. The main focus was making it to work which I did. I ate breakfast and took my meds so I feel a little better right now. <BR> <BR> As for yesterday I was on track completely. Worked out walking only for 40 minutes. Ate right, drank my smoothies and water. Today I get on the scale and this week since Sunday I have gained almost 7... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:44:28 EST Day #2 of 21 day challenge Day #1 results: <BR> <BR> Had one big smoothie as my snack yesterday. I ate a mini breakfast (eggs2) at 7 am. Had my smoothie at 10 and a tuna wrap for lunch at 1pm. Then dinner at 7pm. Too much time without eating. I did not do so well with the smoothie challenge yesterday. I'm keeping it honest and real. I realized that I was really unprepared with my snacks. I made two boiled eggs for breakfast which I'm allowing myself more protein. By lunch I realized I didn't have any snack to go wit... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:36:27 EST 21 day challenge day #1...join me if you wish Good morning. Last few days of July already. Summer is about over and it's almost time for the kids to head back to school. <BR> <BR> My weekend was boring as usual but that need to change and quickly. Time to get back to life. Sad part is since I stopped shopping I'm like what else is there to do?! So sad...but I'm not shopping until I lose so much weight I have no choice. I have waaaayyyy too many clothes and have no room for more. It's really ridiculous. I have to admit that. I guess I ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:07:58 EST I can't think of a title ..... Sippin on my dunkin donuts coffee as I type this. Yet my mind is blank when it comes to this blog. My eyes are still in sleep mode but I've made one week on my new shift. Getting up at 5am is a big change. Funny thing...I kept trying to get up that early to do a morning workout and that never happened. I am doing it to get to work by 7! <BR> <BR> Wow.... <BR> <BR> I didn't workout yesterday. I went home and relaxed, took a nap and iced my knee. It wasn't so much my knee but sc... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:27:09 EST Thanks for your response on tennis shoe suggestion I will be visiting a running shoe store quite soon. Thank you very much. <BR> <BR> Today I'm down resting. My knee/leg is letting me know it needs a break. I did the elliptical and treadmill yesterday for a total of 45 minutes. Did my stretching rehab exercises as well. So I'm resting and icing today and probably tomorrow. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:03:48 EST Gaining ...I need recommendations on good tennis shoes Strength not weight! Made it to the gym yesterday. Managed to workout for 40 minutes. Did 20 minutes on both the treadmill and elliptical. Knee felt great. Did my knee/leg strengthening exercises when I got home along with a few bar bell lifts. <BR> <BR> Almost finished my gallon yesterday. Had about 1/4 left in the jug. I changed my hours at work to 7-3:30 so I need to figure out my eating schedule and water drinking schedule. I'm now trying to focus on staying awake. I love the new hours... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:07:34 EST Back to regularly scheduled program Good morning <BR> <BR> I'm feeling much better today. My walking speed is improving and I'm feeling pretty good right now. I went to the gym yesterday after I got the stitches out my knee. I walked on the treadmill for 20 minutes at a mere 1.5 pace and then the elliptical for 10 minutes. <BR> <BR> I asked doc what I could do and I was surprised that he okayed the elliptical. The physical therapist recommended the bike and treadmill. Doc said no bike as I have pretty bad arthritis and bon... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:11:20 EST Sugar0814 she's awesome!!! Today's blog is dedicated to my virtual friend!!! <BR> <BR> No matter what I blog about whether I'm struggling or going through an ailment or having success on this journey...she's always there with an encouraging word! <BR> <BR> I just want to say thank you so much. You are a great supporter, cheerleader and praying friend. So special to me even though we're miles apart you're my BFF....thank you <BR> <BR> I wish you an abundance of blessings and good health. We got this journey and we ... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:33:43 EST Weigh in day is upon me Okay short and sweet. I'm back down to 267.4 and in the 260s. Which is -2.8 this week. I can't complain since I'm home, lazing around....eating whatever I definitely can't complain. <BR> <BR> I look forward to working out again. My knee is feeling much tighter today. I know I got to keep strengthening it. They used 3# ankle weights on me yesterday so I plan to get some. I've been watching some videos using them lately so they'll come in handy. Therapist said I need to build up strength in b... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:21:15 EST Day #5 making a come back Finished day 2 of my therapy and I actually felt like I was working out today. He used ankle weights today and I rode the bike as well. So I got a little workout done today. <BR> <BR> Been good with logging in my food, staying in calorie range and drinking my water. So tomorrow is weigh in day and I'm believing there will be pounds loss. <BR> <BR> Have a great day Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:53:04 EST Recovering knee saga continues Day #4 home with leg propped up and icing. Why is it when you're at work you want to be home? When you're stuck home you want to be at work or somewhere besides home? Hmmm... <BR> <BR> So my therapy went really well. Very little swelling and great range of motion. God is sooooo good!!! Therapist was like wow okay you only need one more session. I know the fact that prayers are answered and because I kept staying active my healing is better. <BR> <BR> Today I'm going to do my therapy wo... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:32:20 EST Bored Okay I'm not even half way through my recovery and I'm already bored being home. <BR> <BR> Today is my therapy evaluation so I at least get to go out. I started my day yesterday tracking my food through my fitness pal. Trying to get better at this. My scale peek shows I'm back down to 266.4. Which is pre surgery weight. So I look forward to doing better this week. It hard when I'm home but I'm determined to stay focused. <BR> <BR> Well that's it for me today. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 06:36:46 EST I'm okay surgery went well <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Everything went as planned. Been doing well,with recuperating!! A bit of pain but I made it. My honey was my hero yesterday and Friday. He's been taking such good care of me. I'm blessed. <BR> <BR> Today I'm still on limited movement with ice packs every 30 minutes. I get to take dressing off later today. My first therapy session is tomorrow morning. Hoping this is over soon. Thanks girl your prayers Sun, 13 Jul 2014 10:07:26 EST Weigh in and the day before Good weigh in is and is not what I expected. Why? I haven't been focusing on my diet but I haven't been going wild either. But it's not all too bad! I've gained 2#s this week and it placed me right 270. I'm sure by the next weigh in I'll be back to the 260s. <BR> <BR> I'm excited and weary about my arthroscopic knee procedure tomorrow. I was doing some research on it yesterday after talking to a friend that had the surgery 5 years ago. I couldn't remember if I discussed t... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:12:33 EST Coasting for the moment That's pretty much how I feel about my journey today. In two days I'll be down for a week or more. I've been a little off with my eating this week. Really haven't planned well. I'm hoping to be juicing or on smoothies while I recuperate but I know how I am at home. My discipline is not that great. But I remain optimistic about making efforts to stay consistent. I'm going grocery shopping today and hopefully do my B.J.s run tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Im still not exercising. Pretty much staying o... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 08:14:54 EST What is it About up coming medical visits that cause our bodies to react differently? I'm scheduled for arthroscopic surgery on my knee Friday. My knee/leg has been better and I've been walking without the cane for a few days now. Not much swelling. It seems the closer I get to Friday my knee/leg is giving me pains I haven't had since this issue began. I'm like so over this I can't wait to be on the other side of this journey. <BR> <BR> It's like my motivation to do exercise is over the top but....I... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 11:15:05 EST The morning after...a long weekend How you doing?!! <BR> <BR> My weekend was boring and slow. Didn't do anything. Didn't go no cheating at any bbqs. Just lazed around...moping...and longing to get my knee back in order so I can get back to a little more life. <BR> <BR> I typed this from home this morning. Doctors office called Thursday and someone lost a tube of blood. So I have to go back today so they can have the results and prepare my clearance letter. It's been a rainy weekend and it looks like rain gain ... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 09:41:49 EST Yaaayyyy is Friday....weigh in day Missed posting yesterday, had a doc appt and I finally applied for my passport. Ready to hit the travel circuit when it comes back! <BR> <BR> Weigh-in this morning...down .02 ounces. Hey I'm at 268.0 so I'm happy with the .02. Brings me a step closer to 265. I didn't make that goal for June but I did get out of the 270s. So I keep pushing forward. <BR> <BR> I did pretty good with my eating yesterday. I drank all my water yesterday. I cleaned and mopped for my exercise. Today I got allergie... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 08:51:21 EST Moving in the right direction Which is...forward. Each day is new and fresh and the opportunity to improve on prior days is at hand. So no matter what damage I did over the weekend I'm moving towards renewal and progress. <BR> <BR> I did well yesterday. I completed 75 wall push ups. Drank half a gallon of water, and ate well. I didn't go to the gym. I decided to run to costcos, gas station, grocery store and walgreens. By the time I left costcos I was done. That place is huge and my knee was getting tired. I brought 3 ... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 10:13:09 EST