LUVGOODMUZIK's SparkPeople Blog LUVGOODMUZIK's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Wanna Be Like Mike? No.. More like Janet. (Ms. Jackson if you're nasty) <BR> <BR>, I have read and often go back and read a book titled the Secret. You may have heard of it. Oprah made it a big deal years ago and there was a documentary. I think you can find on Netflix or Hulu if they haven't removed it yet. Well, it's all about the power of attraction. Like attracts like and all that. You ever hear some people say "Speak it into existence?" well, it's sorta the same thing. <BR> <BR> A couple of paragraph... Wed, 27 May 2015 18:49:09 EST Workouts: The Good Kinda Distraction I have to confess something. When I see these diehard fitness folks in the gym and on Instagram and on Facebook I say to myself, "they must not have a life outside of the gym." Sometimes I go the opposite with it and say, "They must be using working out as a distraction from what's really going on in their life. Nobody hangs out in the gym that much.. I mean really." I am/was a total Gym Rat hater. <BR> <BR> You see that's my way of making myself feel better for being a slacker. In my min... Tue, 26 May 2015 19:32:21 EST The reason color coordinated/cute workout clothes are important. You know that day when you wake up and get dressed in your "workout" clothes because you plan on hitting the gym first thing but then one of your sons comes in and reminds you he has basketball practice for the summer league which only lasts about an hour and a half but because you don't like to rush through your time at the gym you decide to wait until after his practice is over. Then after you get him back to the house, one of your other sons reminds you he is out of batteries needed for hi... Mon, 25 May 2015 14:35:47 EST The Cheat meal (yea right, Cheat day) I'm on my way to the gym in a few minutes but didn't want to go too long without posting a blog. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, ended up being a "cheat day" instead of a day with a "cheat meal." <BR> <BR> We found ourselves at Denny's on a whim and I planned to order a "Fit Slam" which includes a spinach egg white omelette, english muffin and I can't recall what else. No coffee and skip the english muffin. I had my workout clothes on for goodness sake, no way will I partake in anything else. <BR> <... Sat, 23 May 2015 20:39:49 EST We had a little victory this morning and I got "the tea." I probably posted about this during my last go 'round but I'm not the only one in my house who needs to drop some weight. My fiance' is also on this journey. We agreed to do this together; however, he tends to slack-up and will indulge in a sweet treat or two. I learned from our last quest that I needed to focus on my own goals and not rely on him to be my accountability partner. Love him but fitness inspo he is not. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 21 May 2015 11:50:45 EST I Want to Thank The Mirror I've always owned a floor length mirror. Of course, we all need one to make sure our pants' legs aren't too short, decide if we should tuck a shirt in or not (couldn't tell you the last time I did that), take selfies and practice twerking, you know all the important things. Anyway, I haven't owned one since we moved and didn't really miss it since I've lived in jogging pants and jeans for the last few months. <BR> <BR> Well... I sure should have purchased one then maybe I wouldn't have be... Tue, 19 May 2015 10:56:38 EST My love-hate relationship with Spark. I have to tell you, every month I think about deleting my Spark account. It's been almost 6 years and I'm still talking the same ole yang yang since day one. I talk about losing, lose a few then gain it back and then I blog (whine) about how I fell off and vow that this time will be the last time....blah,blah,blah. <BR> <BR> Today was supposed to be the day I get rid of my Spark page but something stopped me. I had already removed MyFitnessPal and RunKeeper from my phone since I have accep... Sun, 17 May 2015 19:28:30 EST Got Kicked Out of Club 180 and Fat Tuesday pics I can recall being kicked out of quite a few places but being kicked out of the 180 club stings the most. lol! I have no good reason for it, I'm guilty as charged because I took the term "Fat Tuesday" a little too literally. (That's another name for Mardi Gras) I knew when I ate that one slice of king cake I would go down hill with a pair of roller blades on. It's been non-stop tomfoolery ever since. <BR> <BR> I was teetering on the edge of the 189/190 line for a minute and the scale ev... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 22:19:53 EST Off Track But Still Here I've been pretty busy this past week or so getting things in order for my second or maybe third attempt at self-employment but I told myself I would at least log on to keep at least "one" Spark streak going.. sadly I've forgotten to log on twice. Sad face. <BR> <BR> While I may not be working out or eating "right" all the time, I wanted to stay active on the site so I won't fall all the way off the wagon. I still make conscious decisions with my food choices but it could be better. I figure ... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 09:41:21 EST How bad do I want this? So.. over the last week or so I learned what's keeping me from achieving my weight loss goals. Communication with the outside world. It has been made clear to me that in order for me to lose an ounce of fat I will need to move into a cave and go into total isolation. I have found that my level of willpower is at level zero. <em>24</em> (just kidding about the isolation thing... well, not really) <BR> <BR> I did have a little too much fun last week and went back into bad habitville ag... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 10:42:50 EST I Think I've Developed A Habit Within this past couple of weeks, I've been making my way over to the park at least three days-a-week. I particularly like it when I go alone (no diss to my fella) because it allows me to think and listen to the ratchet music that I claim I don't listen to. <BR> <BR> My "alone" walking puts many things in perspective. I'm allowed to think about whatever steps I'm going to take without distraction. It's also helped me come up with an idea which I hope will lead me to declaring myself a "bus... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:37:03 EST If Only... I am participating in a weight loss challenge started by the group BBQ. I just knew I was going to be at least a pound and a half down... humph! <BR> <BR> Well.. I'm not but the bright side is that I haven't gained. <BR> <BR> Now I'm sitting here saying... if only. <BR> <BR> If only I kept my walking streak going. (You see what had happened was...the cable guy took up my entire day Thursday -still didnt fix the problem- then it rained the rest of the day and all day Friday) <BR> <BR> If... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 10:55:56 EST Today's Not a Good Day My whole plan to have a "cheat meal" spiraled completely out of control. I decided to enjoy something "bad" during either lunch or dinner. <em>489</em> <em>480</em> <BR> <BR> know what they say, fail to plan - plan to fail. <BR> <BR> I should've strategized the entire day out. Cheat lunch/dinner turned to cheat breakfast. (Sausage McMuffin - 450 calories) Ok, I can work with that. Then came lunch time. I planned to eat a Tuna Salad left over from yesterday and I did BUT... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:35:01 EST It's so easy... It is now 11:27 am CST which means an entire morning has passed by without me doing anything that will help me on my healthy lifestyle quest. About an hour ago I convinced myself to skip my walk today because... well, just because. I also told myself, I need to spend the rest of the afternoon job hunting, resume revising and all that jazz but still have yet to get started. You wanna know what I've managed to do? Watch back-to-back episodes of Top Chef... productive? I think not. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 12:36:52 EST The Walk Race <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lately my cardio has consisted of walking at least 4 miles three days a week, or more if I can. Now.. since I'm still on the job hunt and my current job is "call-you-when-we-need-you" status, I have time during the day to get my walk on. I can take my time and there aren't many people out. <BR> <BR> Everybody knows the protocol for the trail, stay to the right or to the left. If you're a slow walker, allow thos... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 19:33:25 EST Meatless Monday ( a success story) You never realize how much meat you consume in one day until you make the conscious decision to leave it out of your diet. Then the minute you do decide not to eat it, you crave it even more. <BR> <BR> Anyway.. here's how my meatless day went: <BR> <BR> Breakfast was pretty easy since I normally skip it (bad...I know) or eat two multi-grain waffles and sugar free syrup. Coffee is always on deck. <BR> <BR> Lunch... now this is where things get tricky. My usual is either a salad of some so... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 21:47:32 EST Meatless Monday (and possibly Tuesday) Well, last week was a total bust. I had a lot going on but there was really no genuine excuse for the bad decisions I made last week. I managed to get one 30 minute walk in. I picked up the dumbbells a few times but didn't really push it like I normally do....and don't get me started on the food. We could be here all night. <BR> <BR> One of my new goals this time around is to attempt to go meatless at least one day a week and I can't think of a better time to start than this week. So tomor... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 21:48:46 EST Week of Blah This week hasn't been the best week in my land of fitness. The only thing I can be proud of is that I managed to stay within, if not below, my calorie range and even that's questionable. I am still picking up the dumbbells so I did manage to get some movement in. <BR> <BR> I also found myself making excuses to NOT workout. It's been pretty chilly and a little rainy this week so I bypassed the trail. I couldn't go to the Wellness Center (for which I have a free membership) because... well,... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 19:05:02 EST I Loved This..This Girl Can. This video was on my Facebook feed. Very inspiring. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy! Wed, 14 Jan 2015 10:49:10 EST Effective or nah? I am not always able to do all of my strength training exercises in one session. It's very sporadic but I sometimes do squats in the morning while watching the news. If I can squeeze in a few deadlifts, I throw those in too. Later in the day, I do what I call my "kitchen workout." <BR> <BR> I bring my dumbbells in the kitchen while I prepare dinner and do one or two reps of each exercise between each function. Pre-heat the oven - bicep curls. Waiting for water to boil - lateral raises. Fry... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 20:00:35 EST Limits I'm not sure if it's the fact that I've decided to get these extra pounds off once and for all or the day-to-day job hunt or maybe I'm going through a mid-life crisis, I don't know. One thing I do know is that I've had a lot of time to think and reflect. One thing I did come to realize was the amount of limits I put on myself. <BR> <BR> There were many things I dreamed of doing or pursuing, some since childhood, but never set out to do because of limits. Some self-imposed, some imposed b... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 17:23:07 EST Small Victory I woke up with nastiest 'tude this morning. I was mad with the world for no reason. Upset because it's cold outside (how dare it be?!). Disgusted because I have to make a final decision about enrolling in school. Totally frustrated about needing to find a full-time job in the meantime. All in a tizzy because I didn't make change yesterday for the boys' lunch money today. Wanting to go walking on the trail but couldn't find my knit cap and realized I apparently gave my "cold weather walking cl... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 12:11:17 EST Amateur Hour is Over Since I've been on my self-declared "42 at 42" journey, (That's 42 pounds at age 42) I just haven't felt totally satisfied with my cardio. As much as I hate to admit it, it's due to my "fitness partner-in-crime." I love my fella but he is killing my vibe. <BR> <BR> I told myself after the holidays I would begin getting my walking done in the early morning right after I dropped the boys off at school that way there would be no excuse. Well, my fiance works overnight and sleeps til about 12 o... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 11:20:45 EST Back to Normal..and randomness. Besides my oldest son, the children have returned to school. Hallelujah!!! Which now allows me to workout in the morning and get it out of the way. (Well, besides this morning... been applying for full-time work for the better part of the morning but trust and believe I will be working out today) <BR> <BR> I also decided to forgo my walk yesterday and try a little Tabata workout instead. Let's just say... I was sweating profusely 5 minutes in. I also decided to step it up a notch by using ... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 12:03:55 EST You Would Think... I think it may be a blessing in disguise that I work part-time. I work at a Wellness Center (a fitness center ran by a hospital). You would think because it's a place that should be totally focused on all things healthy there wouldn't be a plethora of temptation. Lies!! <BR> <BR> Every day that I've worked at this place there has been some form of cookie, cake or candy in the forefront. The reasons being: <BR> <BR> 1. I started during the holiday season so of course there was Christmas cand... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 16:06:43 EST Not so great start... I was so determined to begin this year with a really good sweaty workout but here we are in day 3 of 2015 and I have yet to get it going...(and I ended the year so well). <BR> <BR> My last workout was on December 30th. <BR> <BR> I spent New Year's Eve night in the ER with my oldest son who then required emergency surgery but he was released the following morning about you can only imagine how much sleep I got. (He's fine and is recovering well but glad we went in when we did) <BR>... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 09:52:01 EST This New Year I refused to make a slew of resolutions I know I will not keep. I have already put myself in the mindset to stay on track this go-round with my weight loss journey so there is no reason to declare all that weight-loss jazz again. <BR> <BR> But... <BR> <BR> There is one thing I will promise myself. It's something I found myself doing over and over again last year to the point I found myself physically ill at one point. I will no longer sweat the small stuff. <BR> <BR> My little crew went ... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 21:44:57 EST I would like to recommend something... This morning I woke up slightly hungover and re-evaluating everything I ate at my cousin's birthday party last night. She had a pretty healthy spread (hummus, homemade guacamole, baked chicken so that wasn't too bad) but I decided to indulge in this pineapple-orange juice/ Southern Comfort combo which I'm sure was loaded with about 100 grams of sugar per Sugar is my new I tried to avoid her as much as possible. <BR> <BR> Anyway... I woke up just in time to catch the... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 10:22:54 EST It's Not About Just Being Sexy... I've been in my feelings since yesterday, no crying or anything, but just really aware of our mortality and taking life for granted. <BR> <BR> I found out via Facebook yesterday that one of the most-liked managers at my former employer passed away from cardiac arrest Saturday night. The company is pretty huge with thousands of employees and we were used to getting news about someone passing away but normally they were elderly or had long left the company but this one hit the team members o... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 20:39:53 EST Love This! I found this on Pinterest and had to share. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Have a productive Spark week!! Sun, 28 Dec 2014 17:53:41 EST Red Bull gives you wings..yea, ok. Yesterday afternoon da fella and I drove over to our good ole walking trail but since he was feeling sluggish and "not in the mood" he decided to stop at Walgreens and pick up a Red Bull. Since they were 2 for $4 and sugar free, I thought I might as well get one too. <BR> <BR> So, we get to the trail and the energy kicked in. The trail is two miles long and usually he is disgusted and tired about a mile in but this time he even jogged a little. I didn't run but I went around twice (which I ... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 16:16:17 EST I really tried yesterday... really, I did. So.. yesterday I woke up with every intention on keeping my holiday indulgences to a minimum. No cake (lost that battle). No white rice (the gumbo killed that idea). No hard liquor (let's the just say the bottle of Skinny Girl Wine I bought was completely forgotten about once my step-dad put on "Shake your booty" by the Commodores). All thoughts about calorie tracking and damage control went out the window. "Can somebody pass me another slice of that ham, please?" <BR> <BR> But.. unlike ma... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 14:51:30 EST The Not So Bright Idea My fiance and I decided to do the walking trail instead of the gym today and on the way we had what I think was one of the most ludicrous conversations anyone who is serious about losing and keeping weight off would have. It was the "how we are going to treat ourselves when we drop the next ten pounds" discussion. His treat... a two piece from Popeyes <em>40</em> .. I was no better, I dreamed of a honey bun from this bakery in Thibodaux, La that bakes the best donuts on this planet. The... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:14:56 EST It Just Got Real On a whim.. I bought a new scale. I've been using my old school standby and was pretty satisfied with it...but I decided to go with a new digital one that shows your BMI and all that jazz. <BR> <BR> So.. last night we (my fiance and I) decided to try it out and enter our profiles. I was pretty confident that I lost at least a pound and a half this week so it was all good. Lies! The scale picked up right were the other one left off. I even tried it again this morning after my morning ritual ... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 15:04:22 EST The Friday Before Christmas I went through a spell last night where I almost regretted starting my weight loss journey (again) during the holiday season. How am I going to sit there and watch everyone else eat all the cakes, cookies and pies and I look for piece of fruit or some nuts? And don't get me started on the egg nog with bourbon... oooh chile. <BR> <BR> But I had to remind myself ... self, you have enjoyed over 40 years of good sugary treats so I think you could skip a slice of cake or two this year. Now... I... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:31:19 EST Gym at my fingertips Today was the first day at my new gig, the wellness center, and the young lady training me advised that I have free access to all of the facilities. I can come in during business hours whether on or off and have it. I thought maybe we would have a discount or something like the rest of the hospital staff but since we actually work in the center it's all complimentary. <BR> <BR> <BR> Here it is.. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Two... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 16:23:58 EST Surviving the Road Trip Ever since Hurricane Katrina back in '05 I have done quite a bit of roadtrippin'. I chose to stay in Dallas after the storm but majority of my family, my mama, decided to move back to New Orleans. Since everybody has to go home to see their mama and 'nem during the holidays or what have you, I found myself travelling back and forth on the highway at least twice or more a year. What I discovered along the way from Dallas to New Orleans was quite a few road stops that offered cajun meat pies,... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 09:11:08 EST Say what now? I know I need to lose weight. I can stay in denial as much as I want to but the bottom line is this weight has got to go. <BR> <BR> So... my my fella was trying to take advantage of a free flu shot at his job. The nurse took his blood pressure and stopped him in his tracks. She called his captain (he's in law enforcement) who made him go over to the urgent care to get checked out. Which then led to the ER (why, I'm not sure why..because he was already cleared by urgent care...but that's a... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 08:00:13 EST 42 at 42 I told myself I wasn't going to write another thing until I actually got serious again. I have been on Spark since 2009 and been talking the same smack for the past five going on six years. One minute I'm all in the next I'm like "bump this," I'm just going to stay fat. <BR> <BR> Well ... I don't know if it's divine intervention or what, but after moving back to my hometown in September without so much as a prospect on the career front, I done found myself with a gig at a fitness center (a... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 18:26:53 EST Letting Go. This is not so much about weight loss as it is about me facing a week of pure anxiousness. I really want to start retraining my brain to began this weight loss journey again, but this is the last week my oldest son will be home before heading off to college. What I thought was going to be a easy transition is leading to daily secret crying in my bedroom closet. Seriously. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Everybody that knows me knows that I'm a the complete Mother Hen. I am in save-the-day mode al... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 12:36:29 EST The whole package Once again I had another wake up call or "moment of enlightment" if you will, and it came in the form of a package of Chips Deluxe. I know I've slacked off for the hundredth time (you see what had happened was... I had my step-daughter for the summer, my oldest is going away to school so I'm dealing with mother-son attachment issues, the "fella" was going through some serious homesicknessness, I was being plain ole lazy...did I cover everything? yea, it seems I did) <BR> <BR> Anyway, it app... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 11:16:57 EST Black Girls Run?! We Walk, Too! As long as I've been part of the Spark Family (since 2009) I'm pretty sure I've posted many blogs about my becoming a runner. I wake up with these dreams of sprinting on trails and treadmills with ease. I tell myself everytime I start that I will not give up and this will no longer be a dream deferred. <BR> <BR> Well..I'm here to tell ya. I'm a walker and proud of it. <BR> <BR> It's always been my thing and I see no reason to change now. I can do it with ease (no foot pain, no serious c... Mon, 26 May 2014 15:04:27 EST Weekend Mantra I've decided to attempt this "runner" thang again. My calves feel like they've been set a-fire, but no pain, no gain. <BR> <BR> Plus.. I was Googling "tips on becoming a better runner" last night and read that running is a natural human ability. Duh!! There is no physical reason why I should not be able to do this. I done let this whole "walking is better for you" theory allow me to be brainwashed for years. What the hell am I scared of? <BR> <BR> We'll see how this goes. (Lawd knows I do... Fri, 23 May 2014 11:21:57 EST Day 127 - Water Besides my ability to guesstimate the amount of calories in a single item, drinking water was something I managed to hold onto during this process I call "the ongoing weight loss debacle." <BR> <BR> I have fallen so far into slacker mode, even my water consumption has decreased. I used to drink water before/during and in most cases after every meal but recently I'm only drinking a bottle maybe two a day. <BR> <BR> So... starting today (which I was supposed to restart everything yesterday ... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:15:29 EST Day 115 - My Oh My Wow... 115 days in and it feels like Day 1 all over again. <BR> <BR> Anywho.. this last week or so has been filled with purging (I was one magazine away from my own Hoarders episode, I tell ya), moving and transitioning so my gym visits have fallen to the wayside. Now that it seems life is getting back to normal, I'm trying to get myself re-committed. I try not to think of what progress I would've made if I would have found the time to at least get a 30 minute walk in or leave the fast fo... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 17:03:53 EST Day 100 - Best not to Stress Here I am at day 100 of my "Finally Getting Serious" weight loss journey and I must admit I'm not where I thought I would be and discovered once again how hard it is to keep that beast mode momentum going. But... I did realize one thing (as if I didn't know this already), stressing about not achieving goals won't help you accomplish a thing but headaches and food splurges. <BR> <BR> I don't know why I put so much pressure on myself to achieve this magical size that I swear would change my ... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 17:29:36 EST Day 96 - The Power of 'dem Jeans I've managed to make it to the gym pretty consistently this week. Trying to get the eating habits back in check, but I still am indulging a little more than I should. <BR> <BR> However.... I managed to slip on an old pair of jeans today that I haven't worn in quite a while and I didn't have suck it in, jump up and down or button under the belly. It was the wake-up call I needed. I'm not as off track as I thought I was. <BR> <BR> Someone can hold their head up a little higher this weeken... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 17:04:33 EST Day 90 - Spring Forward I did make a big promise to myself that I was going to start the month of March off in "beast" mode (well, in my case "small monster" mode) but needless to say, things haven't exactly worked out as planned. Too many distractions. Too many excuses. Each have gotten in the way of progress. The only thing I have to hold on to is my dedication to the treadmill during lunch hour and my strawberry smoothies with chia seeds. The other food items I consume in between are just shameful. <em>198</em... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 13:21:08 EST Day 84 - Time to Regroup February was not a good look so it's time to set some more mini goals to get myself back on track. <BR> <BR> 1. Gotta get my gallon of water in a day. (How I stopped doing this? I do not know) <BR> 2. Three days of strength training (no excuses) <BR> 3. Have at least two meatless days a week. <BR> 4. Remind myself again, this does not happen overnight. <BR> <BR> Hopefully by the end of March I can drop 5 pounds or at least get into a size 12. <BR> <BR> Mon, 3 Mar 2014 09:47:06 EST Day 76 - Uniquely You I saw this on Pinterest today and wanted to share. Enjoy being you! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Enjoy the week ahead! Sun, 23 Feb 2014 14:25:04 EST