LIVING4HIM_INWI's SparkPeople Blog LIVING4HIM_INWI's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Life Is Good! First of all, drum roll...... Yes, I am at my ideal weight for my height! Yay! Ya Hoo! Yippeeee!!!!! What a journey! Since being at my heaviest, 180 pounds back in 2002, I've lost a total of 45 pounds! I weighed close to 170 pounds when I started using Sparkpeople 3 years ago in 2010. <BR> <BR> As you can tell, it didn't happen over night or quickly by any stretch of the imagination. At first it was all about establishing better habits a little at a time improving eating and getting the bod... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 14:19:14 EST 25 Days Until Convention & Lots To Do! Here we are just 25 days until convention! So many things have happened and so many things to do yet. First of all I have to say that I love Shakeology!!! I drink it every day, yummy flavors, love chocolate and the new vanilla too. I have lost 13 pounds since the end of March!!! I've only done a couple days of extra workouts during that time, so it is the Shakeology that is curbing my appetite that helps give me time to think if I really need that tasty morsel or am I just popping it into my ... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 14:31:33 EST Updates So many things to update! <BR> <BR> The Biggest Loser Contest went very well! 40 people in our small community. But it did add a lot of stress to my life and I didn't do very well in the challenge. In fact for me it backfired, I started staying up later trying to stay on top of things to encourage others and I started snacking on M&Ms to keep me going. It started huge cravings for them. I was a bit out of control. <BR> <BR> Thankfully, Shakeology entered my life. The first shake I tried wa... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 17:26:10 EST People in my community want help losing weight. Here is an update. I had shared that I was going to co-host a Biggest Loser contest for people in my community. We did minimal spending for advertising, a few flyers in local businesses of our small community, emails, and a Facebook event. We thought we would be lucky to have 15-20 people sign up. Well, we have 40!!! I am still in awe!!! There is a huge need, the people really want to make changes, and they do want help. <BR> <BR> When they signed up and weighed in, I gave them a sheet of l... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 23:05:26 EST Life is Busy! I have enough to do on a daily basis, on days that I teach Zumba, I am gone from home for 12 hours, that happens 3 days a week. But the classes need new people as something keeps happening to my regulars, mostly health issues that come up. So I took another business person up on a suggestion, we are starting a Biggest Loser Contest in a couple of weeks. So I'm busy trying to get the word out so that people are interested in signing up for it and also trying to get other businesses to donate p... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 20:48:18 EST Spark Friends, Please Read This! :) Thanks for being there for me Spark Friends!!! Not one single thing in my life is any better than what it has been except for my own attitude. I was in a funk and I believe that we all have to go through those from time to time. I was right that I was stuck, but not stuck in my life, I was stuck in the funk. I strongly encourage each and every one of you that if you are ever in a funk, talk to someone or blog or get those feelings out there some how. Just taking that one step is how you start... Sat, 22 Dec 2012 23:43:05 EST Asking for Prayers I've been wanting to blog, but I have a really hard time blogging when I can't be positive. I will just ask a favor - Please keep me and my family in your prayers. There isn't anything major that has gone wrong lately. It is hard to put into the right words. <BR> <BR> A large part of my frustration has been because of unexpected expenses that keep coming up and money is very tight. I'm not looking forward to Christmas. I've talked to the my daughters about this and they are fine with having... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 23:21:46 EST Sharing Pics - Happy Event! I've been pretty busy, we had a special event in the family, a WEDDING! My daughter came up with so many neat ideas! They bought a place in the country and had their wedding there, outside ceremony, reception and dance in their haymow. They put a lot of hard work into fixing the place up, it was beautiful! It was a royal wedding country style! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> A stunning picture before the ceremony at a nearby orchard! <BR> <img s... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 23:17:21 EST Life Isn't Always Sunshine & Roses... I know that most of my blogs are upbeat and positive, but want everyone to know that my life isn't perfect - far from it. So why don't my blogs reflect that? For one, I don't like focusing on the negative. I simply have a hard time writing blogs about anything that brings me down. But writing is easy when I'm in a great mood. But also I don't let life keep me down. I've been down in the dumpster years back and I had to work very hard to dig my way back up. Now when I start feeling a little lo... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 18:32:50 EST Can It Be? Oh My, The Scale Is Actually Going Down! All the stars and planets must be in perfect alignment because the scale is slowly going down!!! This losing pounds is tough business! But here is what I am finding, although Sparkpeople is a great resource, there is still more to losing weight than reading and tracking. I have learned a ton from reading articles and blogs, even more from tracking. But it is darn near impossible to have everything planned out in advance, meals, snacks, and fitness minutes. Even if I did have everything go acc... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 23:20:48 EST Self-Awareness Moment: I Like Challenges I had an ah-ha moment today. I love challenges! It's not that I'm a perfectionist or a person that can't say "no". My super busy life is stemmed partly from the need to earn money but also because of the challenge. <BR> <BR> I've always loved puzzles; jig-saw puzzles, crossword puzzles, word finds, and others. I often think about my job at school as a puzzle, trying to figure out what will best help the young children understand the concept. My sewing alterations are definitely a puzzle, thi... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 15:27:36 EST Crazy, Wildy Awesome, Fantastic Zumba Adventure! I really should be getting some things done, but I just have to share my exciting adventure! You are all going to think that I am really crazy, my family does and they are still shaking their heads in disbelief. But it is a good crazy, trust me. <BR> <BR> So I was at home alone on Saturday. DH was away at work (that's another story). It was getting late, close to 11 pm, I checked my email and FB one last time and was going to shut it down and go to bed. Well, I had a surprising message, this... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 14:17:46 EST Wires Crossed? I have been doing some soul searching today. Today is the deadline day to turn in signatures and an essay to be nominated for a new Zumba(R) Fitness Council referred to as ZCOM. I really felt drawn to this and when a get that strong of a feeling to do something, I know that it is God urging me to go forward and to be His light. But now since I don't have enough signatures, I've been reflecting and wondering if I got my wires crossed. I knew it would be a long-shot because I am in a very rural... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 15:04:58 EST Appointment Burnout The past few weeks have been filled with appointments! The awesome routine doctor visits including blood tests and mammogram. I needed a crown, so a couple of dental appts. It was also time to get my hair done. There have been several dress fitting appts. for future brides and for bridesmaids. Of course there have been Zumba classes too. A new one for me is a serger class. God was smiling down on me and someone I knew was looking for someone to sew to give away a serging machine to. Yippee! I... Thu, 21 Jun 2012 19:31:04 EST Summer Camp! :) I was lucky enough to be asked to do a Zumba session for a summer camp! The camp theme was on healthy choices. It's not a paying gig, but more to enlighten people on how fun Zumba is! It was a blast!!! The kids were so great! There were 26 kids, from 2nd grade to 5th. I told them that they were going to have fun and that there wasn't a right or wrong way to do any step, they can add their own style or flavor. They put their all into every dance! There were several that were right up front th... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 13:14:13 EST What a Day! What a day! The first day without any appointments. I've put off all things until June, so I had my hair appt., dentist appt, and dr. appt. one day right after another, plus Zumba classes and a jogging/running program in there too. I had such high hopes for today; I had planned to go on a run and then dig into a sewing job that has been waiting for me. I am sure that the bride would appreciate my intentions on getting a start on it. But alas, my plans were foiled. I don't want to know how man... Thu, 7 Jun 2012 19:55:30 EST One Step At A Time... Finally June is here! <BR> <BR> There are so many things to work on. My house is a disaster, it has been low on the priority list since I have been so busy. My weight has gone up by 10 pounds because I kept eating like I was teaching 6 Zumba classes a week even though I am only teaching 3 now. I have been so tired, I can get up at the same time of day without a problem, but I just can't go to bed any earlier. I have been drained. I wanted to get so much done yesterday but I napped for 3 hou... Sat, 2 Jun 2012 16:32:26 EST Some Lifestyle Changes Are Easier Than Others This has been a real journey with many changes. Tackle one and go on to the next. I had given myself permission to maintain and just make it through until June. But things in life convinced me otherwise. A dental visit showed how unhealthy and expensive it is to not drink enough water. We are finally getting to the core reason for me having so many dental problems. So can the water intake wait? NO! So as long as I'm working on that and as long as my Saturday morning Zumba class asked for an e... Fri, 27 Apr 2012 22:15:12 EST Goals Are Still Intact But..... My goals are still there and still important, but I am not able to follow through very well right now. I have been battling a respitory flu which hasn't totally shaken loose yet. Plus, I have taken on too much for this spring. Working a full-time job, plus teaching Zumba fitness 5 days a week, and altering a few prom dresses is just a bit too much. My DH has been great helping out at home but now he is working overtime so he just isn't able to do it all either. So, I am in survival mode until... Sun, 8 Apr 2012 22:07:39 EST Finding Direction For the Future I am taking some action to get headed in the right direction. I have encouraged two of my Zumba(R) Fitness students to go for the training to become instructors. Now some would say, "What are you doing?" Some would think that this would run myself right out of a job. But Zumba(R) Fitness doesn't work that way, the more chances there are to Zumba, the more interest there is. Plus, there already is interest in adding another class. I'm already teaching 4 days a week, 6 classes a week plus anoth... Sun, 11 Mar 2012 21:30:10 EST I Resolve! Am I too late for a Resolution? Nope, I have always believed that changes should be made at any time of the year. On Jan. 1, everything was on track, I wasn't losing but I was maintaining, holding my own and managing the busy schedule. Since then I've caught several respitory bugs from the lovely little children that I work with on a daily basis. There wasn't time in my busy schedule to be ill, no time for extra sleep. Silly me only took one day off from my full-time job and didn't take any t... Thu, 8 Mar 2012 22:23:09 EST Story in local paper with names changed Whether your New Year’s resolution is to lose weight or simply live a more healthy life, you may have heard of the latest craze in the fitness world, called Zumba Fitness. It is a Latin-inspired dance party that burns calories and entertains people of all ages, shapes and sizes, and there are plenty of opportunities in the area to participate in this fun exercise program. <BR> Local instructors include Michele at B, Jenny at Curves, and Ashley at Dance. Each instructor’s class offers a diffe... Fri, 27 Jan 2012 20:45:25 EST 2011 - A Very Good Year!!! I will always remember 2011! It was a very busy year where I really felt overworked, but here are the wonderful things that I will remember: <BR> <BR> I passed the 8th grade level test for Math and English! The drama and extra stress is over! <BR> <BR> It was the year of the falling pants! I lost some weight, 20 pounds, which I'm very happy about, but even better is losing 4 pant sizes! It was a challenge to find something to wear that fit well. But I'm not complaining. I'm so glad that the... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 10:51:19 EST A Reflection: The Year of the Falling Pants I have been on Spark for a whole year, logged in and tracked my nutrition and fitness every day! Was it worth the time? Heck, yes! <BR> <BR> People are seeing a difference! I've only lost about 15 lbs., but I've dropped 4 pant sizes! It's been a challenge having clothes that fit well, but I got through it. The real pay-off is that I feel better today at 50 than I ever remember feeling! I'm embracing the new age because I feel so great! <BR> <BR> Here is a picture of my family at my daught... Sun, 30 Oct 2011 19:17:02 EST Changes in Time Management I've decided to make some changes. I'm just spending too much time on this computer. Don't worry, I'm not going to leave Spark or my Spark Friends! But I had to figure out what things are really the most important to me. I am going to keep tracking nutrition and fitness so that I'm balanced and hopefully will still lose more pounds and inches. And I'm going to stay on teams and keep in touch with friends. What I'm not doing is trying to get more points. I'm done with the emails for points, th... Tue, 30 Aug 2011 21:33:28 EST Beautiful Day!!!! Today was perfect weather! We had a little rain yesterday which was greatly appreciated! Today was sunny, just right temp, in the 80's with a cool breeze. It was a perfect day for my daughter's bridal shower in a park shelter! <BR> <BR> I have to admit that usually I hate showers, (bridal and baby). Most of them I fret over what to buy for a gift, I arrive, eat, play games, ooh and aah over the gifts that everyone else gave, and leave. My family knows and shares my dislike for the most part.... Sun, 14 Aug 2011 22:08:51 EST 5K Goal Met! So I've had an interesting and very busy summer. I've taken on more than what anyone could possibly handle. I'm working half days for the school district's summer school program, I'm doing sewing alterations for numerous weddings, and I'm teaching Zumba Fitness classes. I'm working like crazy because we really need the money and I'm not one to turn down a job. But last summer I had worked really hard at becoming a runner, well extremely slow jogger is more like it, but at least I could go in ... Sat, 23 Jul 2011 14:10:36 EST A Blog About Blogging I know that I should blog more often. I love reading everybody’s blogs. I learn a little about the people and I get to either cheer them up or cheer them on! <BR> <BR> My number one reason for not blogging more often is time. I’m already spending a lot of time on the computer logging food, catching up on friends, and tallying up a ridiculous number of sparkpoints. I’m doing all this while trying to keep up with all three jobs. I’m working half days at summer school this year; I’m teaching Z... Sat, 25 Jun 2011 21:57:43 EST A Ten Year Milestone: A Tragedy that changed my life. Have tissues ready! Ten years ago, we were anxiously awaiting the birth of a granddaughter, Michaela. We had gone through so many emotions. I was a driven Momma. I was determined to bring up my daughters with every opportunity possible with our very limited funds. We were struggling dairy farmers, long hours of work for so little money that we qualified for government help even with my full time job as a teaching assistant in a local school. I wanted more for my children. I drove them to so many club meetings, s... Mon, 23 May 2011 13:36:05 EST Fun Excitment! Zumba training was awesome! Hours of sweaty workout fun! I'm not sure why they said to bring a chair, not much sitting time. I learned a lot and have a lot to do before I would be ready to lead a class. I am glad that I said no to any Easter festivities, I was a bit sore and very tired. Now I am anxious to get started on memorizing some routines. I want to be able to practice a few songs in front of other people. I need to get this done because I want to start teaching this summer. The oppor... Tue, 26 Apr 2011 21:45:59 EST Stress Has Been Unbelievable! The stress has been unbelievable. I am used to do a lot of things, juggling them and somehow what needs to get done does. I work full-time, I do sewing alterations on the side, mostly bridal, I have been working out several days a week, and usually able to handle other things that come up. But it has been a lot of other things. My DH lost his job last November. There are the added emotions and things to deal with there. A good part of that for me is that he has been doing the majority of the ... Wed, 20 Apr 2011 21:32:43 EST Stress Is Rising, But I Still Believe What a day! I was thrown off guard today when I found out that I and all other teaching assistants in our school district will be taking a test on Tuesday. Supposedly this is a requirement that we should have done before and supposedly it won’t make any difference in our jobs. It just seems strange that it has come up now. I live and work in Wisconsin. If you have watched the news at all, you know that there have been a lot of shady things going on in our government that has left almost ever... Wed, 16 Mar 2011 22:27:28 EST Did Well On Challenge, But Not As Planned So my challenge was to get more sleep during the week. For many years, I have been shorting myself on sleep during the work week and playing catch up on the weekends. Sleep is very important to my body. More important than what I want it to be because I am one of those people that need more sleep than the average person and when anything different comes up where my body has to work harder, it needs even more sleep. Anyway, I did very well, the first night allowing myself a good 9 ½ hours. I ... Sat, 12 Mar 2011 02:27:05 EST Final Missing Piece of the Puzzle With some experimenting and observation, I think I know what I have been doing wrong. I can do everything right but if I don't get a full 8 hrs. of sleep, the weight doesn't come off. If I do get the sleep, it comes off pretty easily even if my eating isn't perfect. Some nights I don't sleep very well, and if I am up, well, I can't go back to sleep unless I use the bathroom. For an experiment, I would weigh myself each time and again when I was up for the day. It is amazing how important tha... Sat, 5 Mar 2011 14:41:13 EST Be The Turtle!!! I was browsing the message boards and came across a person's thoughts about something she ran across - "It said "BE THE TURTLE". This isn’t a race but if it were I would want to be the turtle. He may have been slow but he was persistent and he WON! From now I am letting the turtle motivate me. " <BR> <BR> I think this is a brilliant concept. Think about it, we don't need to feel bad about not being perfect. Each day, we choose to take steps forward. Do the best that you can each day. Keep go... Sat, 29 Jan 2011 15:15:21 EST Timely Lesson? Or Slow? There are a lot of things in life that I wish I had learned earlier on. For instance learning that Jesus loves me and died for me. I wish I had known that and understood that. My life would have been a little easier and my children would have grown up with that knowledge and love. I don’t know if it would have changed their course in life or not. There are some things like that make me wonder. <BR> <BR> My latest slow lesson that I wish I would have figured out earlier is SparkPeople and the... Sat, 22 Jan 2011 13:13:32 EST ~Reflections Of Big Strides Made In 2010~ Wow, what a difference a year can make! Last year at this time, I was not physically active at all. In 2009, I did a lot of walking because that is what my doctor wanted me to do after my spinal fusion surgery in 2008. Then when deer hunting season and colder weather came in November of ‘09, I quit walking and didn’t do anything for exercise until late January of 2010 when some co-workers started a Biggest Loser competition. This was a great start to a year of taking more steps towards a heal... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 18:05:57 EST Rollercoaster of Life Life is like a rollercoaster. We need to hang on, try to stay calm through the ups and downs, we are not in control of most of the ride, and there will be many ups and downs and you know that it will end at some point. You can also scream if you want to, but it won't make much difference. <BR> <BR> My life has had many of these ups and downs and God has been in control and has seen us through each step. The latest down, my husband lost his job, isn't over yet, but right away the very next da... Sun, 12 Dec 2010 16:58:15 EST A Closed Door This is a journey of health, a season to take care of myself. And since we are close to Thanksgiving, a time to be thankful. Yes there are so many things to be thankful for; God & Jesus; my health; my family; my friends; my job; my home; and the list goes on and on. I know that I am on this journey for a reason, but I can't help but wonder what lies ahead and why I need to be in good shape. I am pondering this even more today than ever because when I came home today after work with a car load... Tue, 23 Nov 2010 23:24:59 EST