LORIELP's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LORIELP LORIELP'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/ Moving in the Right Direction. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5103760 It has been a few weeks since I have decided to take control of my weight. I have started to make healthier choices such as measuring my portions and eating more salads. I started taking my dogs for walks. I walk in the morning before work for about 15 minutes and also after work for 15 minutes. I have been eating salad for dinner and having a sugar free pudding cup to satisfy my sweet tooth in the evening. I have been trying to get to bed earlier too. I have not been able to drink more water... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 12:43:45 EST Ok So It is Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5096577 Ok so I made it through the last week and a half sticking to my plan of watching my eating. I said NO many times when I wanted to say YES. It feel good to be more in control of my actions. On a whole it hasn't been to difficult. But for some reason I am really hungry today. Maybe because it is colder today or I am extra tired. I have really concentrate on staying focused on my program and get through the day. There will be a pay off.... along with weight loss..... I will feel better. One day ... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 14:25:56 EST I was just thinkin' to myself...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5089877 Yesterday I was on my way to drop off two of my dogs at the groomer and I as I was driving I began to think.... It is amazing how much just a new mind set can do. As you know just a few days ago I came clean with myself and also my Sparkfriends about my weight gain. <BR> Since that moment of truth I have felt strong and full of energy. Sure I still want to eat that chocolate offered to me a lunch and I still want to eat larger portions but the mental tug-of-war only last for a few seconds.... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 11:04:22 EST Time To Be Honest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5086823 Ok so I will go ahead and say it out loud...... I have gained back FIFTY pounds. I am now experiencing some of the problems that prompted me to start my weight loss journey in 2008. My feet hurt. I can't sleep as well, who knows maybe I have sleep apnea again. I find my self making huffing and puffing noises when I get up too. I have out grown all me cute clothes and I am now regret giving all my big clothes away. It was so easy to gain it back 5 pounds at a time. Food is just like a drug to... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 16:17:27 EST Marley, my first Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4705338 Marley is my first dog. I got her when she was a puppy. She has been my personal trainer from the very beginning. Her legs are short so she has a cute little bounce in her step. She makes me laugh, I love her. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l978604379.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l944700546.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l823284168.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l730495481.jpg"> <img src="http://ph... Thu, 26 Jan 2012 13:46:15 EST Barkley, Wild Puppy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4703236 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l413699090.jpg">Barkley joined my pack in August. Now he is 8 months old. He is a real live wire. He keeps me and my other two dogs jumpimg. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l223753351.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l729948370.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l191517553.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l246830658.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeopl... Wed, 25 Jan 2012 11:58:55 EST I Love My Bentley http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4699150 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l81467959.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l861717656.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l331139095.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l514896025.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l310224900.jpg"> <BR> My Maltipoo, Bentley will let me do just about anything to him. That is as long is he is getting my attention. Mon, 23 Jan 2012 14:14:26 EST In Print...Finally!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3928213 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l269411816.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l962221806.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l969912235.jpg"> <BR> The magazine ALL YOU came out yesterday at Wal-mart stores. Imagine a whole issue with Sparkpeople members featured. I am so proud and totally honored to be included in this wonderful way to spread the Spark with readers every where. I know that we will be giving hope to people struggling ... Sat, 15 Jan 2011 18:01:46 EST Great News!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3853791 First I would like to thank all of my wonderful Sparkfriends for such kind words of encouragement in the face of my disappointment. I know that I can always count on all of you no matter what. Now that the cat is out of the bag so to speak.My exciting news is about my weight loss success story that will be printed in ALL YOU magazine I will have to give all of you the details....I have been assured by staff who worked on the piece that it will be in the January special health and fitness edit... Mon, 20 Dec 2010 11:28:29 EST Dealing With a Big Disappointment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3850869 O.K. so for me the best way to work through this is to talk about. So here goes, Back in September I was contacted by a magazine to do my success story about how my dogs had helped me lose 165 pounds without having surgery. Of course I was thrilled and wanted to tell everyone who would listen about my good news. I was asked to please keep it a secret until the article actually came out. So as hard as it was for me, I did as requested. Of course all my family and close friends knew what was ab... Sat, 18 Dec 2010 13:36:41 EST Bentley's Breakthrough http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3637567 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l253792361.jpg"> <BR> Marley Bentley <BR> I am happy to report that my dog FINALLY walks at my side without pulling, running ahead and zig zaging back and forth so excited that there there was no controlling him. I adopted Bentley a year old Maltipoo, 9 months ago from a rescue group. He came from a family who was moving and could not take him along. He was didn't have too many issues other than jumping up on people and pulling on h... Tue, 14 Sep 2010 13:32:10 EST A Picture From Behind!!??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3618915 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l87398620.jpg"> <BR> I have finally arrived at a place in my journey that I can see myself from behind and not get upset about how I must look to the rest of the world. No, I don't have that perfect shape and it's not firm and toned. But I really don't care either. I am just enjoying the fact that my body is able to take me anywhere that I choose to go. I thank my lucky stars every day that I decided to take action and change my lifestyle ins... Wed, 8 Sep 2010 14:21:29 EST Why Sparkpeople Works http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3366611 To be successful on your journey to become slimmer, you need to really dig deep and figure out if you REALLY want to make a change in you lifestyle. Programs like Weight Watchers are ok but I would say the majority of people loose weight and gain it back. I myself did Jenny Craig, Ankins Low Carb along with countless other diets that all failed. I lost 80 pounds. I sat through all the classes. Yes I learned what I was supposed to do too. Unless that concept of a Lifestyle change clicks in you... Thu, 24 Jun 2010 11:33:48 EST My Presentation on Maintaining Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3338995 Tomorrow evening I will be presenting what I have learned about maintaining weight to my support group. Here is one of the hand outs I plan to use. I hope that it goes well. <BR> <BR> <BR> Remember that you don’t have to be perfect to succeed at maintaining your weight. You just have to be determined. <BR> • Don’t let yourself slip into thinking you’re done once you’ve reached your goal weight. This event lasts for the rest of your life. <BR> • It is not a DIET, ... Wed, 16 Jun 2010 00:34:05 EST My Body Takes Me There http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3310740 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l952457076.jpg">It's been three summers since I started on this weight loss journey. This summer will be the best ever because I can go and do what ever I want. My body is not stopping me at all. Gone is the sore knees and feet. Gone is the pain every time I get up from sitting. I think about it all of the time. I am so grateful that I decided to get busy and stick with my plan long enough to really b... Mon, 7 Jun 2010 18:02:07 EST Prom Time Again...2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3297539 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l81127259.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday was Prom for the kids at the rec center where I work afternoons. Of course it was great and everyone had a great time dancing and eating. I was busy in the kitchen preparing and serving the dinner and also cutting and serving the cake. I am so glad the I had a really good lunch of a delicious salad before I got around all the food. I was so busy that I didn't even think about eating any of the off limit fo... Thu, 3 Jun 2010 16:45:26 EST Passing the 2 Year Mark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3270386 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l880825056.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l349724060.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am happy to say that I am successfully passing the second year of my weight loss journey. Two years seemed like such a long time when I began my adventure. Now as I look back, the time went by quickly. So many things about me have changed for the better. I feel so much better. I can walk and stand without pain. I can ... Wed, 26 May 2010 13:27:54 EST I Love My Dogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3218723 I have always been a cat person. I worked with a woman who had dogs. She invited me to go to the dog park with her one day. It was fun watching all the dogs there. After that I started watching the Dog Whisperer. Everyone would laugh at me, the cat lady watching a television show about dog training. I had been watching it for about six months when my big fat cat, Earl got sick and had to be put down. That's when I decided that getting a dog would be good for me. I would then have a walking bu... Tue, 11 May 2010 14:40:02 EST Pretty Disappointed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3162328 I posted a message in the Spark café several days ago and I have still not gotten one single response. My post went like this. "Looking for a maintenance buddy." Now I understand that most Sparkpeople members are in the losing stage but there have got to be some who are trying to learn how to sustain their weight loss. On my own I have begun to do research on just how to go about it. If you think that losing the weight is hard. Just try and Keep it off. Most people are not prepared for that s... Mon, 26 Apr 2010 11:25:25 EST Reflecting On the Past Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2927198 In my blog entry of a month ago, I reached out to my Sparkfriends. All of you responded with such kind words and encouragement. I want to thank all of you for your support. At this point in my weight loss journey I have come to a fork in the road. I am well aware that I must live with the consequences of my decisions and attitudes where food and exercise are concerned. I have learned a lot of things about myself and I am able to deal with most of my emotional feelings that caused me to eat my... Thu, 25 Feb 2010 13:56:07 EST Reaching Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2750051 Hi Dear Spark Friends, <BR> I am having a problem and I know that just reaching out to you will make me feel better. As you know sometimes just voicing how one feel is so very therapeutic. <BR> Here goes. I have been on this weight loss journey since May of 2008. Along the way I have lost 161 pounds and learned quite a bit about the why and how I ate myself into a morbid obese weight. Now I am enjoying my life at a somewhat average weight of 145 - 147 pounds. Some time through the hol... Fri, 15 Jan 2010 14:39:17 EST Celebrating a Non-Scale Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2691891 When I began my weight loss journey in May of 2008 I could only dream on ever being able to go to the Huntington Library and gardens. It my starting weight there was no way I would be able to do that much walking. So at the time I decided to make the trip as one of my long term goals. Now that I am 160 pounds lighter, I had the pleasure of reaching my goal! It felt soooo good. My daughter and I had a great day. Oh yes, I was thoroughly pooped out at the end of the day and my knees were prett... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 13:37:53 EST Trying New Things.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2610475 Ok, so.... I decided to walk in the annual Christmas parade tomorrow. I am taking the dog too. I am a little nervous about it though. I am pretty sure the parade itself won't be too far but of course there is the return trip back to the starting point to pick up the car. It should be a fun experience... I hope. I got a super cute Santa suit for the dog to wear. I'll post a picture. <em>198</em> <BR> Fast forward..... The parade went well. I had not problems walking the whole route. The dog ... Fri, 4 Dec 2009 16:18:47 EST Non Scale Celebration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2601806 On Thanksgiving day I had the pleasure of being able to actually get down on the floor and play bingo with my granddaughter. It was such a fantastic feeling. Honestly it doesn't seen like it has been a year and a half since I began my journey. My life has improved in so many ways. But this change is at the top of my list. I don't to ever be known as "Fat Grandma" again. Tue, 1 Dec 2009 14:40:07 EST I Had A Great Day Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2584853 I have the most wonderful day today that I feel like sharing it with all my spark friends. This morning I have an appointment with my orthopedist. The last time I was there was just about 2 months into my weight loss journey. With his head down into my chart, he asked me how I was doing. I proudly announced that I had lost 160 pounds in the last year and a half. So he says, "you had gastric bypass, RIGHT?" I answered with a NO, I decided to skip surgery. So the next question was, So how did y... Tue, 24 Nov 2009 02:03:45 EST Time Again to Spread the Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2566070 Wednesday I will be presenting my weight loss story again to the potential Gastric bypass patients at my medical group. This is the second time that I have been asked to participate. I plan to bring my manuscript copy of The Spark along with a few other books that were instrumental in my decision to pass up surgery. Along with the books, I will be showing the group my before pictures and my size 4x shirt. I plan to share my vision collage and of course I will pass out sparkpeople, You Have Be... Mon, 16 Nov 2009 13:55:03 EST Boot Camp at LA Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2526145 Today I participated in a boot camp training session at my gym. Of course some of the exercises were modified for me because of my limitations with my knees. I kept up pretty well with all of the other participants. I even run laps around the gym. When they first said you are going to run, my first reaction was to say to myself "you can't do that." I haven't even tried to do that in at least 40 years. For the last few weeks during water aerobics class, we have been running laps back and forth... Sun, 1 Nov 2009 23:26:43 EST Thanks to Sparkpeople.com http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2463005 I found Sparkpeople after I had lost 80 pounds attending a very good weight loss clinic. The program ended and I found this fabulous site while serching for something online to help me continue to lose weight. That was a year ago and I am happy to say that I don't go a single day without checking in. Thanks to the wonderful support and great tools I have successfully lost 154 pounds. I have around 30 pounds to go and I am positive that I can do it. Thank you Sparkpeople.com! <BR> <img src="h... Thu, 8 Oct 2009 12:05:32 EST I am so Fired Up!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2455038 My spark has been fanned into a flame again. I am participating in the pilot book program and I also took the leap and joined LA Fitness. I am not one to waste my hard earned money so I am going to make it my business to go when ever possible. I have already lost almost 3 pounds. I feel so energized. Now instead of thinking about what I will eat next and what I will watch on TV, I am trying to figure out how I can get dog walks and dog park time in with time at the gym. The only thing holding... Mon, 5 Oct 2009 19:14:57 EST This Is Not Just Another Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2415621 When I started this weight loss journey the doctor at the weight loss center told me not to think of it as a diet. I really thought he was crazy. How could it be anything else but a diet? Since then I have learned that it must be a lifestyle change not just a diet. Mind you I have taken off 80 pounds three different times in my adult life only to quit before I got even close to my goal weight. I have never been able to maintain for even a week. I would be able to diet to a certain point and ... Sun, 20 Sep 2009 23:10:00 EST Today's Reflection http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2381516 Today I spent the morning cleaning out my garage. I didn't get started as early as I had planned but fortunately it didn't get extremely hot. I try and tackle it every Labor Day. For the last two years I have not been able to get to it. Two years ago Labor Day I was recovering from surgery and last year I was in the hospital also. So as I cleaned I thought about how much my health and just life in general have improved since I decided to take control of it. It sure felt good to just do a simp... Tue, 8 Sep 2009 00:39:13 EST I Have Come A Long Way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2369554 Today I have come to realize that I sure have come a long way since I started on my weight loss journey. I have been given a opportunity to try out the local 24 Hour Fitness. Tonight was my first time ever to go into a gym. The trainer who was there to show me the ropes had also lost over 150 pounds. I felt very comfortable because I knew that she could totally relate. She said that she started going to the gym at 4:00am because she was embarrassed about her size them she first started to get... Thu, 3 Sep 2009 00:15:37 EST What I have Learned http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2336658 As this summer began I set a goal of losing 20 pounds over the course of 3 months. Sounded reasonable if I lost 6 pounds a month. Well summer is over on August 25 because I returning to work. I did not reach that goal. I lost 10 pounds though. I am pleased that I lost that much because I really did not exercise as much as I could have. I did go down from a 14 to a 10 though. That's the smallest I have been in at least about 18 years. It does feel good. I can move around so much easier. I can ... Sat, 22 Aug 2009 11:44:33 EST Changes Can Be a Good Thing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2313543 So after the shock of a pending transfer, I decided to get some answers as to why I am being moved to another school. I took a deep breath and made a call to HR. I was then refereed to the director of our district's special ed department. I am being transferred because that school hired a brand new teacher and they needed an experienced assistant. School starts in a little over 2 weeks and there wasn't any time to ask if anyone would like the position. Besides there is a hiring freeze so they... Thu, 13 Aug 2009 19:36:14 EST Sometimes Life Just Sucks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2305000 Today I returned from a trip to see my friend in Arizona. I had a great time, but I was also glad to be home again. One of the first things I did when I got home was to go through a week's worth of mail. There was a letter from my school district stating that after 8 years at the same school, I am being transferred to another school. Not budget cuts, or doing away with my position but an "administrative requested transfer" I have absolutely no idea why. Now I can only wonder until I talk to s... Mon, 10 Aug 2009 23:40:41 EST About Reaching Goal Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2279919 I have been at my goal weight twice in my adult life. Both times it was after very strict dieting. The first time it was when I was planning a wedding when I was 21. I went on shots of women's pregnant hormones. As I remember I had to eat only about 500 calories a day. I was weak and miserable. There was no way I could do any exercise or I would pass out. Wedding pictures looked great though. The second time was around five years after that I was turning 25 at the time. That time it was Herba... Sun, 2 Aug 2009 10:04:12 EST Spreading the Spark by Example http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2261036 Every day I work in a classroom with high school students. It is a special ed class so the students are with us all day long. In our program we form a close family like relationship. Most of these kids don't have any positive role models. We eat lunch together every day. For the last year they have been watching me on my weight loss journey. They are always curious about what I have brought for lunch that day. They say" that salad looks good, make me one tomorrow." It has made them aware of w... Sun, 26 Jul 2009 16:44:38 EST My thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2249089 People ask me all the time how I managed to lose all the weight that I have. They usually go on and on about how hard it must be for me. Honestly, I can say that it has not been so very difficult. It was just a matter of deciding to do it. I didn't have a final binge or feel like I would miss eating. I was tired of living my life with a painful handicap of being obese. I just did it. There is nothing nothing magic about it. I Eat less and moved more. It is such a simple concept. You have to t... Wed, 22 Jul 2009 00:49:49 EST Spreading the SPARK again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2232818 Today I spoke to a group of future GBS patients. There were two other speakers ahead of me. The first woman had surgery right around the same time I started my weight loss journey. She has lost 110 pounds. The next speaker had lost 187 pounds in about 3 years. Both had GBS but they both have changed their lifestyle and exercise daily. Then it was my turn to speak. I told my story and told the group that although I went through the same program that they were attending, I decided not to have s... Thu, 16 Jul 2009 00:45:57 EST The Importance of Walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2224712 A good friend sent this to me and I wanted to share it with all of you ......Here goes.... <BR> <BR> The Importance of Walking <BR> <BR> Walking can add minutes to your life. <BR> This enables you at 85 years old <BR> <BR> to spend an additional 5 months in a nursing <BR> <BR> home at $7000 per month. <BR> <BR> <BR> My grandpa started walking <BR> <BR> five miles a day when he was 60. <BR> <BR> Now he's 97 years old <BR> <BR> and we do... Mon, 13 Jul 2009 10:48:10 EST Sharing My Weight Loss Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2222644 On this coming Wednesday I will be sharing my story with my medical group's gastric bypass patient education class. These patients are required to attend meetings once a month for six months. I was in the program myself last year at this time. I will be presenting another option other than gastric bypass. I know that most of the people that I will speaking to are not interested in hearing that there is actually another way to take off their excess weight am just going to give them the infor... Sun, 12 Jul 2009 14:47:53 EST Thank You Dog Whisperer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2221568 I have been having a difficult time walking my dog. She get so excited that she runs and pulls. Now granted she is only ten pounds of fluff but she sure can pull this old lady with a bum knee down the street. So far it has sure been a test of wills as to who is the boss. Today I saw an episode of the Dog Whisperer that featured two super hyper labs. Those two dogs practically had Cesar worn down to a nub. As I watched it just clicked. I tried his technique tonight while on our walk. It worked... Sun, 12 Jul 2009 00:24:43 EST My Body Did Not Let Me Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2195214 Yesterday I was able to enjoy the results of all my hard work eating healthy and exercising. I was able to actually go to the beach with my daughter and granddaughter. It was great to be able to walk across the sand lugging beach chair, umbrella and bags filled with stuff needed for a day be the coastline. We had a great day together. When it was time to pack up and head for the car my granddaughter began to whine and ask to be carried. Of course our arms were full, so she was told she had t... Wed, 1 Jul 2009 12:09:05 EST A Good Time Was Had By All http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2185745 Today was a time to Show Your Spark with rallies being held in many different places. I attended the LA rally in Redondo Beach. It was really alot of fun. The park is right in front of the ocean so you have fabulous view of the waves. I connected with many fellow sparkers. We did group cardio and also yoga. We listened to the Spark guy speak and then we all took a turn spinning the spark wheel for points and prizes. We also had a chance to answer trivia questions for spark gear. A few others... Sat, 27 Jun 2009 21:33:14 EST Preparing for the Spark Rally http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2183139 I spent the morning trying to figure out a way to change up my Sparkpeople convention t-shirt. I don't like to wear t-shirts because my arms are really flabby. I also get a choking sensation from the collar. So I decided to make some changes. I am pretty happy with the way it turned out. What do you think?? <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/8/3/b83640786.jpg"> Fri, 26 Jun 2009 14:56:32 EST It's a Boy!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2157526 Today was a very exciting day. My second grandchild was born. Michael Timothy 8lb 3oz and 18 1/2 inches long. Mother and baby are doing just fine. I am thankful that he will never know me as Fat Grandma. Tonight I am watching my 3 year old granddaughter. Thank God I have the energy to get through it all. Life is so good. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/3/2/b326011368.jpg"> Wed, 17 Jun 2009 00:43:58 EST My visit to LA Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2149334 Ok so I got a post card in the mail a couple of weeks ago inviting me to the new LA Fitness in my area. I thought I would check it out. I wanted to see what kind of water fitness classes they had. I go to the local YMCA now but there is nothing fancy about it. So of course I had to put up with a sales man trying to sell me on signing my money away. I have lost 137 pounds and I am feeling pretty good about myself. But there I felt fat and old compared to all of the other clients. So bottom ... Sun, 14 Jun 2009 10:25:18 EST Getting Serious http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2142970 Well my vacation has officially started.The last few weeks I have felt like a hypocrite because I haven't been exactly been following my plan. My goal is to lose 20 pounds over summer. I have been getting into some old habits in the last few weeks such as grabbing crackers and chips. Although it is not large amounts, I know that these are triggers for me. I have been eating too many carbs lately and I think that is why I have been very hungry and I am not satisfied. I also find myself look... Thu, 11 Jun 2009 14:20:12 EST Girls Night Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2128345 I had so much fun yesterday. Six of us went to Los Angeles to see Dirty Dancing on stage. As the day went by I had noticed several different things about myself that I can say are the result of my new lifestyle changes. First of all, there wasn't any anxiety about how I would manage getting around. Before I would have had a difficult time getting in and out of my friend's van and also being strangled by the seat belt once I did manage to climb into the back seat. Of course there would ha... Sat, 6 Jun 2009 13:44:42 EST Prom 2009 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2121178 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/5/3/b535941767.jpg">I finally went to a prom. Well sorta, Today was prom at the recreation center for the developmentally disabled. I work there in the afternoons in an afterschool program for disabled teens. Their school doesn't have prom so we have one for them at the center. It is the first time in I have gotten so dressed other then my wedding. It was really fun to see the kids having such a great time. Their parents and siblings were also invi... Wed, 3 Jun 2009 21:55:13 EST