LOUISEMID's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LOUISEMID LOUISEMID'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/ Old School Healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5113843 So I've been dropping weight doing a little of this and a little of that. My biggest loss came from my two rounds of HCG. Something I DO NOT REGRET doing AT ALL. I just want to make that very clear. It was the jump start I needed to get my head back in the right place. <BR> <BR> But since HCG is not a forever thing to do after I dropped the initial 60 pounds I decided I would try and lose the remaining 30 a different way. A way I would have to live the remainder of my days on earth. At... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 15:25:24 EST A Year From Now.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5028610 “A year from now you may wish you had started today.” &#8213; Karen Lamb <BR> <BR> This quote is birthed from a much older one. Carpe diem - Seize the day. I've had this quote on my signature since I started Sparkpeople. I've looked at it countless times but I never really understood it's meaning until today. <BR> <BR> Every year I host an event called Tent-A-Que. I invite a bunch of my friends over to my house. We set out tents in my back yard and proceed to drink, have a bonfire, ... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 23:04:18 EST ONEderland but I've got to live outside of the Mirror. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5012019 Good Morning everyone! <BR> <BR> I finally made it to ONEderland. A place I haven't been too in probably 7 years. But that's not really the interesting stuff. I've been learning to focus on my other talents and live my life how I want regardless of size! <BR> <BR> I've recently taken up knitting, jewelery making, and I'm attempting to write my first novel. I've been pulling myself out of the Mirror as it were. <BR> <BR> However, I will be the first to admit it does help that my confid... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 11:47:17 EST Why was I complaining again? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4951833 I was complaining about the oh so muggy day yesterday! Then I saw this. Opps! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l680223021.jpg"> Mon, 2 Jul 2012 11:41:45 EST Personal Experiences and Day Four http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4512166 So after watching Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead (a recommend read by SparkPeople it's self). I decided to give juicing a try for various reasons. <BR> <BR> 1. I have a liver condition and I'd been eating junk and creating a build up of toxins in my body. <BR> <BR> 2. I wanted to get rid of my sugar cravings and retrain my taste buds to love simple sugars like fruits again. <BR> <BR> 3. Jump start my weight loss. <BR> <BR> 4. Shrink my stomach <BR> <BR> Day 1: <BR> <BR> Stepped on the ... Fri, 30 Sep 2011 13:29:24 EST Celebrate the Losers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4328388 Naturally skinny people have no clue. They think, just stop eating, exercise more, it’s just that simple! The pounds just MELT off! Many think it’s a choice to be fat. I don’t know about you, but I never CHOSE to be ostracized, embarrassed, poked fun of, whispered about behind my back, and even sometimes to my face. The things I’ve read in the comment section of an article about obese people taking up an extra seat on an airline would make your hair fall out in shock. <BR> <BR> <BR> But... Tue, 28 Jun 2011 13:46:45 EST Journal Journal Journal!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4314346 I've finally broken down and bought a concrete, carry with me, old fashioned pen and paper, no more fudging numbers, journal. <BR> <BR> Where has this thing been all my life?! As long as I'm honest, and man I have been honest, it works. I right it down either right before or after I eat it and I can't lie to it. I've once again resumed weight loss. Why didn't I do this sooner?! Tue, 21 Jun 2011 22:20:54 EST The Great Plateau http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4133194 Dropped 8 pounds and then stopped at 232. I've been eating like a champion and exercising regularly. <BR> <BR> But I've stopped losing for the past couple of weeks. <BR> <BR> Should I eat more... should I eat less? <BR> <BR> Any advice would be welcome. Thu, 31 Mar 2011 23:49:18 EST It's been a great couple of weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4091510 Seems like everything is finally just clicking into place. I've broken through a few barriers that were holding my weight loss at bay. My significant other is now on track with me which is a huge help!! We've changed the entire way we eat and I've changed how I view food! I've dropped 5 pounds in the last two weeks and I'm feeling really motivated. I've beaten my addiction to sugar, (That was a bad month) and am able to have a piece of chocolate from a bar and not scarf the whole thing d... Mon, 14 Mar 2011 18:49:31 EST Take Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4073967 So I was perusing my site and noticed that I have been a member since 1/10/2010. since then and now I've lost weight, gained weight, and then just sustained. I've known triumph and disappointment. Thinking back, its all been a great learning experience. Learning what I was supposed to do and what I wasn't supposed to do. Now I'm on the right track. I only want to eat foods that are not only good but good for me. There is no more fast food in this house. My significant and I go to the gy... Mon, 7 Mar 2011 17:54:14 EST 1 week out of every month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4062225 1 week out of every month is hell. My weight stalls out my appetite sky rockets all because my body has decided it's time to procreate again!! (que the rainbows, butterflies and unicorns) <BR> <BR> <em>88</em> <em>437</em> (Couldn't find a unicorn, sorry) <BR> <BR> There are minutes when being a woman is just plan frustrating! <BR> <BR> In my current mood I'd love to hear from any ladies who want to gripe right along with me. Thu, 3 Mar 2011 00:50:24 EST HcG. Good or Bad, it can't possibly last. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4055262 Any of you heard of this? I've got an acquaintance who's doing this. Basically he's taking injections of a hormone (HcG) that pregnant woman have that burns fat and only eating 500 calories a day. In six days he's lost a total of 17 pounds. I'm almost certain the second he reaches his goal he's going to gain this all back. 1. He will no longer be getting hormones his body has NO way of making and 2. He will most definitely be eating more then just 500 calories. Why am I bring this up? ... Mon, 28 Feb 2011 18:32:01 EST ME:What is This White Stuff that Falls From The Sky?! My Dog: Duh... *rolls eyes* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4045610 So in a very unusual winter, I have seen snow fall 5 times this year. I live in Western Washington. We are blocked by mountains on one side and a giant body of SALT water on the other. Now there's a very good saying my friend once told me and I've taken to heart. "If you wait for it to stop raining, you'd never get anything done." All well and good and everyone knows W. Washingtonians are born with webbed feet. What we are not born with are snow shoes! Now my dog on the other hand... <B... Thu, 24 Feb 2011 21:59:55 EST Honest Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4034112 So in the spirit of personal growth and knowledge I have been watching documentaries on everything from credit cards to shopping centers. One thing in particular I've been watching is based on food and the information about food. Many things have stuck with me is that mass produced food is not good for you. My recommended watch list would include "Food Matters", "Food, Inc" and "King Corn". One thing that frightens me is that Farmers are not allowed to "Save there own Seed" anymore. Meani... Mon, 21 Feb 2011 01:46:09 EST The Power of Support http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4029213 It has finally happened. I've managed to cajole, push, prod, and badger my boyfriend into getting healthier with me! Okay... that's an exaggeration. This man doesn't do anything he doesn't want to do. But he finally gave up the cigarettes (Yeah!) and has decided to take on the whole package and get all the way healthy. It's going to be amazing to finally have a partner. Someone to lean on when the chocolate calls. <BR> <BR> Here's to getting healthy with the love of my life! <BR> <BR>... Fri, 18 Feb 2011 23:56:16 EST Keep Going http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3631394 So I'm back. Hello again. For awhile my weight loss was going great. I dropped 20 pounds in two and a half months. Then it stalled. No weight loss the third month, none the fourth. So I became discouraged. What was I doing wrong? Well by the fourth month I gave up. I started eating wrong again. Junk food, candy, and ice cream being my weakness. I never ate so much that I gained. I just fluctuated between 233 and 230 only slipping lower then that a time or two. But you can't let it get t... Sun, 12 Sep 2010 19:41:53 EST 2 Down 7 To Go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3152994 I've broken down my weight loss into 10 pound "sets" for a total of 90 pounds. 90 pounds sounded too scary, but 9 "sets" sounds very doable. First 20 pounds are now gone! The second "set" took much longer then the first one due to a month long plateau. But with dedication, tenacity, and hard work I managed to get through. <BR> <BR> Time to start working on the third "set". Fri, 23 Apr 2010 13:57:59 EST The Truth about your Not-So-Happy-Meal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3079074 I keep reading articles about healthy food options vs fast food options and the one thing I keep seeing in the comments are about PRICE. "It's cheaper to eat fast food"... Or "because of lower income and the recession people find it cheaper to eat fast food" <BR> <BR> This. <BR> Is. <BR> A. <BR> Lie. <BR> <BR> And it's driving me crazy! <BR> <BR> Lets break down the happy meal... <BR> <BR> For a cheese burger, fries and a drink you're looking at around... oh I'll give an estimate of 3.5... Sun, 4 Apr 2010 14:46:27 EST Every Pound Matters http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3019249 I was at the gym today thinking "Oh woe is me!! I've only lost 16 pounds. I hurt all over and I've been stuck for 2 weeks at my current weight. Oh. Woe. Is. Me." So I'm feeling sorry for my self before I start my arm curls. I'm pretty strong so I usually do 15 pounds for each arm. So here I am, doing arm curls and it hits me... I am curling the weight I've lost and it's HEAVY. This dumbell is 1 pound less then what I've shed from my body. I couldn't even imagine walking around with this th... Fri, 19 Mar 2010 13:10:25 EST My Gorilla Feet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2978545 That's what the DB calls my new shoes. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l528804827.jpg"> <BR> <BR> But these things are awesome! Sure I was getting some strange looks at the park today when I was out walking my dog. <BR> <BR> There's a lot of scientific evidence showing that going barefoot is good for your body, but lets be honest, who can RELATE to that? <BR> <BR> In order to help others know what it was like going "Bare" here is what happened on my walk/r... Tue, 9 Mar 2010 14:44:33 EST He Finally Noticed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2968919 There are only a handful of people who I actually care what they think of me. One is my little sister. She's always loved me for who I am and not what I look like. She herself is beautiful! But she's always loved me and has never said anything to me other then encouragement and love. Unfortunately she lives in Texas while I live in Washington, so I can't show my hard work off to her very often. The next person is my mother. She is also beautiful. (It seems I got most of my genes from my f... Sun, 7 Mar 2010 12:13:26 EST What is it called when you trip but don't fall all the way down? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2950151 Stumbling. That is what I've been doing last week. Sorta trying to catch my balance. However I'm dong better then I normally do. Which is get really excited about my new diet and how it's working and then when things slow down go into a funk and stop playing with my now less then shiny toy. But I'm not giving up and I'm not going let it get me down. I've come farther then I've ever done before. So I'm going to pull my self out of this funk. I've bought myself some cool new shoes to work... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 20:10:06 EST I know it's a Lifestyle when... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2917384 - When exercise isn't something I just do in a gym. <BR> <BR> - When 100 calorie snack packs "just aren't worth it" <BR> <BR> - When I can't stand the thought of eating candy, not because it will ruin my "diet" but because it's just gross. <BR> <BR> - When I'm urging my DB to take walks with me because I love taking walks and want to share them with him <BR> <BR> - When I want to go outside and throw a ball for my dog. <BR> <BR> - When I stopped rummaging around in the fridge any other t... Tue, 23 Feb 2010 11:04:36 EST Me and my Nemesis... English Ivy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2907506 So I've actually taken 3 days off from going to the gym. There's been no need. I've been working my BUTT off (literally) in the garden. Me and the DB had to get out of the house. He's quitting smoking and anything to keep his hands and mind busy is a blessing. So we've been spending 3+ hours in the yard. I love it. I love the sun and the fresh air and every thing to do with the out doors... except English Freak'n Ivy... I wish it would all shrivel up and die. You want an arm work out pa... Sun, 21 Feb 2010 00:37:45 EST 1 Down 8 To go. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2873762 I've broken down my weight loss into 10 pound "sets" for a total of 90 pounds. 90 pounds sounded too scary, but 9 "sets" sounds very doable. First 10 pounds are now gone! Didn't think I could do it, or that I could do it so fast. I've been struggling with the first 5 pounds for so long. Thank you SparkPeople for finally shoving it though my thick cranium that this is my life, not a diet. And I want to live a long and healthy one, no matter what weight my body finally settles on. This is... Fri, 12 Feb 2010 11:21:20 EST All the World a Stage... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2867119 And all the men and women merely players. <BR> <BR> So said the famous William Shakespeare. I love going over old and poignant quotes from time to time. It's one of my oddities. This one always makes me pause no matter how many times I read it or hear it. This one speaks to me. <BR> The rest of this scene breaks down life into seven acts. Infant, childhood, teenage years, young adult, mid life, silver years, and then finally the golden years. <BR> <BR> I currently reside in the fourth s... Wed, 10 Feb 2010 18:56:08 EST Who'd Have Thought it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2840833 <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Who would ever have thought that it would be me. Me who would be the one to encourage the neighbor to go and try new things. Or talk to a complete stranger, while wobbling around on my hot pink roller skates, or me who would be encouraging the person next to me on the elliptical that they could do those last 5 minutes. <BR> <BR> <em>315</em> <BR> <BR> Who'd have thought that I would be able to exercise every day to the point where I was burning 3/4's of the cal... Thu, 4 Feb 2010 14:29:21 EST For One Euphoric Moment.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2826906 Today I indulged. I have no problem with this since I haven’t done such a thing in two weeks. What happened was my DB and I were headed a short ways out of town to an electronics recycling place just doing our part for the environment. On the way home there was one of those burger joints that only a select group of people know about and it is absolutely fabulous. For those of you in Washington, you would know it as Frugals. It’s the one and the only one of its kind around these parts. The ... Mon, 1 Feb 2010 17:24:44 EST The Ho Hum's http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2817967 Living in Washington, you have to get used to a very fundamental truth. It rains here. All the time. If you can't handle the constant dribbles, drizzles, downpour, sprinkles, and a very odd kind of mist I have dubbed Floating Rain*, seek living arrangements else where. <BR> <BR> Now I live in a state where I can personally think of 17 different words to describe rain, I find that my “out door” activities tend to be limited and this can seriously hamper efforts to exercise without being s... Sat, 30 Jan 2010 18:29:50 EST The Failure of Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2813759 So I'm down 5 pounds which is awesome. Go me! So why is it when I celebrate a success, I'm looking for ways to sabotage myself not a day later. Just this morning I was thinking... <BR> <BR> “ I'm down 5 pounds. So awesome! I should get Chinese for lunch.” <BR> <BR> So we all know how we think. There wasn't even a PAUSE in between those two completely unrelated topics. Fortunately that little voice in my head has been learning that I'm listening again and it promptly pipped up. <BR> <... Fri, 29 Jan 2010 15:00:57 EST Listening to the voice in your head. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2810339 So I was scrummaging through the fridge and I had an interesting conversation. I wanted to eat the worst thing I could get my hands on. Now normally the thinking in my head goes like this. <BR> <BR> ME: "I'm hungry. I think I'll eat... (Pick the worse thing you can think of. Usually cake)." <BR> <BR> Voice in my head: "Umm excuse me... You really shouldn't eat that." <BR> <BR> ME: "Yea Cake sound delicious. Maybe I'll have the whole thing." <BR> <BR> Voice in my head: "Umm i don't think ... Thu, 28 Jan 2010 19:01:34 EST