LUVTOBOWL's SparkPeople Blog LUVTOBOWL's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Just A Thought! I really have wanted to blog since my last blog in February 2015, but could'nt get there. Just sad times for me that's getting better each day! <BR> <BR> I have a couple days off from keeping my granddaughter so hopefully I can get on here once a week. <BR> <BR> I've been thinking about all the different methods we use to lose weight, exercise, drink more water....and wanted to say, it doesn't matter what we chose to do ( scale, no scale, low carbs, no meat, healthy shakes, streaks, no str... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 14:07:46 EST My Heart is so Heavy... Hello Spark Friends: <BR> <BR> My heart is so heavy right now..... <BR> <BR> I just want you all to know why I've not been on here and responding to anything that you might have sent me. I don't take any of you for granted, but I really appreciate you from the bottom of my heart for all your support. However.... <BR> <BR> On January 31st my dad passed away and I was in Michigan for over a week and returned home on February 8th. The upcoming Saturday, February 14th, my grandbaby passed away... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 15:01:17 EST No Matter What... No matter what comes my way, I will never give up! <BR> <BR> Let me start by saying, that this new year that I couldn't wait to enter into has started off kinda shaky. <BR> <BR> My knees have been really bothering me and I haven't been able to workout the way I want too. During this time me left foot really started acting up...swelling, soreness, so when the swelling went down, I notice a knot on the top of my foot, ok so enough is enough, I decide to go to the Doctor, which at this time I'... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 22:48:49 EST 90 Day Challenge! Happy New Year! <BR> <BR> Today is the first day of the 90 day challenge I'm in where I'll post a picture every 30 days (front/back) and compare the pics and without a doubt I should see some difference for the best if I DO what I'm suppose to with my eating and exercise. <BR> <BR> I will not try I will Do or not: " Do or Do Not, there is No Try"...Yoda. <BR> <BR> Well here are my first pics <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img s... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 21:46:34 EST 90 Day Challenge! Happy New Year! <BR> <BR> Today is the first day of the 90 day challenge I'm in where I'll post a picture every 30 days (front/back) and compare the pics and without a doubt I should see some difference for the best if I DO what I'm suppose to with my eating and exercise. <BR> <BR> I will not try I will Do or not: " Do or Do Not, there is No Try"...Yoda. <BR> <BR> Well here are my first pics <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img s... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 21:21:40 EST Fit By Fifty!!! Hello Sparkers: <BR> <BR> Today I entered my last year of the forties and I'm so excited! I'm the youngest child of eight, so I like to say my parents saved the best for last! <BR> <BR> On August 18, 2014, I decided to get my butt in gear because I want to be fit by fifty and I wasn't going to wait until December 20th of this year to get started. So far I have loss 17 pounds and can wear some 1x shirts from a 3x and I'm able to wear my 18 jean shorts (a little tight but I can get back in t... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:56:49 EST NSV and more!!! Just wanted to share my excitement with my Spark Friends. <BR> <BR> I loss 6 pounds this month and I got into my pink Georgia that I had hanging up as a goal for the last two months. Yay! <BR> <BR> I'm going to hang up another shirt to keep me on track. I've got to get my computer working right so I can start posting pictures...hopefully soon. <BR> <BR> My first short term goal is to lose the 46 pounds I put back on since losing 55 last year. I'm taking it one pound at a time so I can get ... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:40:30 EST Priceless!!! <BR> My granddaughter asked me at the beginning of the week if we could ride our bikes in the park this weekend (she even wrote me a cute note too), I told her I'd see. I thought about Saturday, but it's usually so crowed and she's a beginner. Sunday is my rest day which I use to plan meals, shopping list, ect; however, I knew it was the best day to take her, so bike riding we went. I'm so we did. She had a ball and asked "Gummy (that's what my grands call me), can we come back again soon"? ... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 15:32:59 EST Go Ahead, look now... Just wanted to write a short blog about me and my mirror. <BR> <BR> I was talking to my youngest daughter the other day and said to her on most days I don't look at myself in the mirror and really I prefer not to at all, buttttt......there are times when I must. She said to me "mom, you need to do it now, you are doing so well and need to remember it so you can say, I remember when". " Continue to be proud of your results" she said. <BR> <BR> My youngest daughter is a constant support to m... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:10:59 EST My Home Gym... Just wanted to write a short blog to let you all know what I've been up. <BR> <BR> Some of you may see I've been racking up on spark points mostly due to heavy duty cleaning, well here's why: <BR> <BR> My oldest daughter, her husband and two babies (19 months and 4 months) moved out of our house last week. I've been helping her by taking some things in my car to their Townhouse and cleaning/unpacking at their place too. <BR> <BR> Cleaned my family room and hallway from top to bottom, doing... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 23:31:20 EST My Life Now!!! Hello all my dear Spark Friends: <BR> <BR> I hope all is well with each of you and your families: man, have I missed you! <BR> <BR> I am writing to give you all an update on my life now......ok here goes. <BR> <BR> First of all my dad (who lives in MI, I'm in GA) had not been feeling well for almost two months and couldn't eat, even the sight and smell of food made him sick to his stomach, anyway, after all his testing my he found out he had cancer in his stomach, colon, large intestine so... Sat, 17 May 2014 18:15:06 EST My Goals for April... My goals for April: <BR> <BR> * Change my "stinkin thinkin"...only positive thoughts, faith, hope, believing in me. Renewing my mind is key and keeping it there is the icing on the cake! <BR> <BR> * Reach 1500 fitness minutes again! March went very well. <BR> <BR> * Plan my meals! Get 4-5 freggies daily. <BR> <BR> * Drink my daily amount of water. <BR> <BR> * My workouts: The Firm, Margaret Richards strength training, Denise Austin (fat burning blast), bowling, Zumba, walking in the park... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 23:34:13 EST Failure/Fail? Not Me! I've often thought of these words and never wanted to call myself either one of them; I'm so glad I never did <em>334</em> . <BR> <BR> Failure - a failing; total defect; non-performance. I just picked out a few that made me realize that these words don't apply to me because, even though, I put back on 37 pounds from last Spring through January 2014, I've never totally stopped performing at exercising (just not as much), I'm not defective, I can still use my limbs to cook healthy and worko... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 17:58:14 EST Not Finished! Today I woke up and was excited about weighing myself so I can get back on track, you know you're off course and don't need anyone to tell you - you just know. Well.......I'm up 37.2 pounds since April 2013. I had some road blocks get in the way and set me back a few months, but by no means am I giving up. I wrote in my journal last night that no matter what the scale number was I would still see myself as a conqueror! <BR> <BR> I sent a text to my youngest daughter (she is my huge family m... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 16:36:06 EST I Did It! I did it! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> This morning I finished the 30 Day Shred by Jillian Michaels. <BR> <BR> On July 1st I committed to do levels 1-3 for 10 days each with my Spark friend Pixie. I wanted to do the same workout schedule that she was going to do. I usually workout 6 days a week and have Sunday as my rest day but wanted to do something different and challenging for the summer. I did 30 days strait! <BR> <BR> One thing I learned is that you can't have a great exercise regime... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 21:55:51 EST Determination! Let me start this off by asking a question: <BR> <BR> How many of you know that you must have determination while on this weight loss, healthy for life, getting fit or whatever you chose to call it - journey? Well that's what I have and was especially determined to complete the 30 Day Shred by Jillian Michaels in 30 days straight. little slip up caused me to detour. <BR> <BR> Friday morning, July 19th, I got up and completed day 19 showered, and put the final items in hubby... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 15:45:28 EST I Walked Into A NSV! Yesterday morning as I was out in the park for my morning walk a woman which I hadn't seen walking for months (due to her foot injury), stopped in the middle of her walk and asked me how much weight had I loss, I told her 55 pounds she looked at me and said "It shows, you look great!", "I can surely tell - I bet your clothes are falling off you...keep up the good work." <BR> <BR> I always had a personal goal on the inside of me that I didn't write in my journal.....I wanted to look different... Fri, 17 May 2013 09:38:07 EST I Refused To Move The Scale! This is my first blog and I am so exited to write it! Read on to see why. <BR> <BR> On December 31st, 2012, I gave myself a goal to reach before writing my first blog, so if you're reading this......yep, you guessed it, I reached that goal! <BR> <BR> Let's go back a little. In 2010, I weighed 275 pounds and loss 52 pounds that year, well, I put all of it back on except for 14 pounds; I refused to put it all back on and I did succeed there. I told myself that was just a taste of maintenance ... Mon, 13 May 2013 16:51:13 EST