LOSTARTS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LOSTARTS LOSTARTS'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/ A Year on Spark People http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4410376 I just realized that I have been a member of the Spark Community for a year now, give or take a few days. I felt that was worthy of dusting off my neglected blog and saying a few words. This also marks a year of seriously trying to make a positive and permanent change in my life, to reach a goal I had thought was forever out of my grasp. <BR> <BR> The end result? I'm a yoyoer. <BR> <BR> I have made absolutely no lasting progress. I am perhaps 5 pounds lighter then I was at this time last ye... Sat, 6 Aug 2011 09:31:38 EST Day 4: Whats Holding Me Back? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4224256 Wow, I made today fantastic. <BR> <BR> I woke up early when my little niece woke up, got her settled watching Dora the Explorer with a sippy cup of milk and hopped on the exercise bike. I pushed myself to new limits with a harder program then I have been doing lately and completed all 30 minutes of it! By the time Dora made it to the Big Big Hill I had as well. <BR> <BR> That made for a fantastic start to what would prove to be a trying day at work. But while I was standing there I began t... Tue, 10 May 2011 22:33:45 EST Exercise Streak: Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4221429 Hello world! <BR> <BR> I have been off and on reading The Spark on my Kindle and I was inspired by the idea of Post-It-Notes declaring what day of exercise you're on in order to hold yourself accountable. Granted, I'm not far in but its a start and no one starts on day 50! <BR> <BR> They say that it takes 28 days to make a habit, so here is to hoping! <BR> <BR> I have read countless articles about how exercise not only keeps you in shape, but it changes how you think. I can remember not lo... Mon, 9 May 2011 19:56:04 EST May I Make Myself a Priority Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4206956 I had such high hopes for this month, and it has only just started. On the plus side that means I can just hop back onto track quickly instead of mourning the days gone by. <BR> <BR> I have found exercise and eating healthier harder these last two weeks. My brother and his family were evicted from their apartment and we allowed them to come live with us while they get back on their feet, but that brings the grand total of people in the house up to 8, 4 adults and 4 children. The two oldest n... Tue, 3 May 2011 10:12:05 EST Reigniting the Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4062873 I only recently bought The Spark for my Kindle. I've been taking my time reading it so I can absorb the wisdom held within its pages. I've attempted SparkPeople twice before, the first I joined but didn't get active. When I returned I jumped right in, was active daily, tracked my weight, joined challenges and made friends which lasted for several months. I saw progress, and it spurred me on, there was nothing more exciting then seeing the scale finally drop below 240, I can't remember ever be... Thu, 3 Mar 2011 10:01:31 EST Viva Las Vegas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3717631 I wish to apologize to all my friends, and groups. I have been remiss in my writings, and even in keeping up with my Spark challenges! Apologies everyone, I love you and so sorry! <BR> <BR> I was sick over the weekend, and then the rest of the week has been crazy busy for the following reason: <BR> <BR> Viva Las Vegas, baby! <BR> <BR> A week away from my life and I have to tell you I am excited. I love my family but it has been so long since I had 'me' time that I don't even know who 'me' ... Fri, 15 Oct 2010 15:44:58 EST Fat Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3622982 Everyone has off days, and blame it on various factors, family life, food, finances, hair. I did not have a bad day today, but it was definitely a 'fat' day. I wore an outfit to work today that I normally love because I feel it makes me look slimmer, and pretty. Its my go to pick me up shirt. And today I just felt big. My tummy was poking out and that hurt my feelings a bit. Silly tummy. <BR> <BR> I hit the gym hard today, vowing to try to master 20 minutes on the elliptical. I'm a Gleek, so... Thu, 9 Sep 2010 19:01:07 EST Victory! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3612543 “Victory is won not in miles but in inches. Win a little now, hold your ground, and later, win a little more.” - Louis L'Amour <BR> <BR> I woke up early today and pulled on my new workout pants, sizes smaller then I normally wear. Its a tight fit over my generous rear, but nothing a few wiggles can't handle, and then they are comfortably on, they feel amazing. It might be the light fleece that warms my legs in the chilly September weather, but I think differently. Sure they're knit, and st... Mon, 6 Sep 2010 19:15:36 EST Buyers Remorse and Gym Memberships http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3587281 I joined a gym recently. I wasn't really sure I wanted to. I have an exercise bike I ride at home daily, a stability ball, varying hand weights and two resistance bands, in addition to a library of fitness DVDs I attempt to rotate though, admittedly, I could do better with using the resources on a regular basis, but it is there for me to use. <BR> <BR> But a friend that I've been harping on to get fit with me doesn't want to work out at my house, there are too many distractions. Point for he... Sun, 29 Aug 2010 23:42:44 EST Eating Healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3574316 I'm not the first to struggle with it, I certainly won't be the last, and I know for sure I am not the only one fighting to eat healthy in today's world. It can be so hard. I made the choice to exercise, and attempt to eat correct potions of food that is both good, and good for me. Which is harder then I thought it would be. <BR> <BR> My eating habits were first influenced by my parents, as nearly all of us are. When my mom met my father and my siblings and I were born she was reveling in he... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 17:53:23 EST