MAMA2GRACEE's SparkPeople Blog MAMA2GRACEE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Key West is now a blur... Had the best time ever on my trip to Key West with my sister. We had a relaxing time away from home and enjoyed the good things in life, like food and drink! We did walk about 3 miles every day! (Much against my sisters wishes!) <BR> <BR> Came home only 2 pounds up with a new goal in mind. For the next three months, I am going to incorporate more strength training and focus on building muscle and minimizing me belly fat. CORE, CORE, CORE. <BR> <BR> OH, and have some exciting g... Fri, 4 May 2012 10:45:34 EST 5 pounds shy on first goal...but it's all good! I LOVE the me that I am right now! Confident and strong and HEALTHY! Eventhough when I started this new journey on January 9th, I set my first goal to be 25 pounds lighter before April 19th (my 36th birthday!). I am 5 pounds away and with only 2 days to go, realize this will not be a possibility, however i am THRILLED!!! I am down 20 pounds in just over 3 months and I have never felt better. I am very proud of my renewed dedication and my inner strength as well as my new body! Afterall... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 16:17:24 EST getting discouraged here...any advice appreciated! hello fellow sparkies! <BR> <BR> i am in a bit of a rut. i got on the scale this morning and sadly am reporting a big fat ZERO weightloss this week. now it was the TOM and I did have some wine yesterday at a superbowl party...GO BIG BLUE!!!! Awesome game! <BR> <BR> i am still following the south beach diet (on week 5) and i am still not eating cards. i did start eating fruit again, which has been great! i am never hungry and have been workign out 5 days a week, cardio and strength, bur... Mon, 6 Feb 2012 10:43:26 EST Key West Countdown... my twin sister and I have been taking annual trips during our birthday weekend for the past few years and one of our favorite places to go is Key West. We decided to go back this year for birthday #36! <BR> <BR> so, that leaves me 93 days to lose 20 pounds...which is totally doable. that is approx. 1.5 pounds per week... <BR> <BR> after a great week last week on SB, i am staying strong. goal weight before KW...160! Tue, 17 Jan 2012 16:27:33 EST Great Quote I heard yesterday "People say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily" <BR> -Zig Ziglar <BR> <BR> I just loved this and wanted to share with all my Spark firneds! <BR> Have a good day everyone! Thu, 14 Jan 2010 09:51:41 EST could it really be true??? ok, so right before i found out i was pregnant with my daughter, i was doing weight watchers with my mom. i really did not feel like i needed to lose a ton of weight but was doing it to be a support system and buddy for my mom who is a bit overweight and suffers from type 2 diabetes, has trouble walking, high blood pressure and all that stuff. long story short, i got pregnant and stopped the program and my mom used me not being there as her excuse to stop. (i am struggling every day to get h... Thu, 7 Jan 2010 13:43:31 EST couch to 5k....again!!!! ok, so i went to the gym last night to get in some cardio and as i was going through my ipod and stepping on the treadmill, i came across my c25k podcast from suz and decided....WHY the H$%^* NOT!?!?! <BR> <BR> i did it...W1D1 and i felt great! i even did the bike for 15 minutes after! my legs are burning today but i am proud of myself! <BR> <BR> now i just need to keep going! that is going to be the hard part! i can do it, i can do it, i can do it! :-) Wed, 9 Dec 2009 10:47:20 EST felt like i was on the Biggest Loser! so last night was my first session with the trainer, Steve! i TOTALLY felt like i was on TBL. he had me doing things that i had NO idea i could do. i was like"you are crazy!!!!"and then he pulled a bob attitude and was like "get on there girl and do it!" <BR> <BR> i loved every minute of it. wish i could have him help me every day but i have to wait until thursday! but i have plenty of work to do before than! <BR> <BR> speaking of excited for the finale tonight! GO DANNY!!!!... Tue, 8 Dec 2009 09:10:33 EST the shocking truth first i have to say i am so excited to officially be working working with a trainer. i signed up for a 5 week session (2x a week). i realized that i really need to get some focus and push for what i want. there is no better place to start than by education yourself and learning what is right for your body, how to burn the most effectively and how to build proper muscle! <BR> last night was an eye opener for sure. i have been going along the past 6-7 weeks feeling really good about myself.... Wed, 2 Dec 2009 17:21:57 EST Early Weigh In, tiring weekend and unbearable sadness. So, I had to weigh in today (even though tomorrow is my official weigh) because i have a busy day and will not be able to check in! happy to say i am down another 3.5 pounds! <BR> <BR> this weekend was my daughter's 2nd birthday! we had such a great time. i had family and friends over and i cooked 2 HUGE pots of sauce with meatballs and sausage and salad. my sister made homemade foccacia bread (i was bad and had a piece...but i did not have any pasta!). grace was so happy and excited! ... Mon, 23 Nov 2009 10:01:08 EST November Workout Schedule OK, so I have decided to layout my exercise for the month, in hopes that planning ahead will make me more accountable! <BR> <BR> I will come back and update daily! <BR> <BR> 11/1 Sun: Zumba Festival (3 hours of Zumba) - COMPLETE! <BR> 11/4 Wed: Zumba Class (60 min) - COMPLETE! <BR> 11/5 Thurs: Stability Ball Class (60 min) - COMPLETE! <BR> 11/8 Sun: Fitness Pilates Class (60 min) - COMPLETE! <BR> 11/9 Mon: Start ChaLEAN Extreme - Burn 1 (36 min) - COMPLETE! <BR> 11/10 Tues: Kickbox Jam Cl... Mon, 9 Nov 2009 11:57:35 EST My new favorite quote from BEACHMOM45 <BR> "One word of advice I have for everyone: DON'T EVER DOUBT YOURSELF!!! Losing weight isn't some miraculous and insane phenomenon that only a few get to experience in thier lives; each and everyone of us holds the power to be healthy and love ourselves. Just dig deep, hold on for the wild ride, and remember to find love in taking care of yourself and your body. You will get there!!! I STILL LOVE myself on the inside, and that's what truly matters!" <BR> <BR> I just really wanted to shar... Fri, 6 Nov 2009 11:16:13 EST my new found love and appreciation for meatless options! two words...BOCA BURGERS!!!! these things are the best kept secret of vegetarians around the world. i just happened on a blog the other day that mentioned these small gifts from god and i felt a duty to try them. well, they certainly pack the protien punch! there are heavenly! <BR> <BR> the cheddar burgers are quite possibly the most delicious thing i have ever had! i have had one every day this week with lunch and they are addicting! <BR> <BR> my only negative is i wish they sold them ... Thu, 5 Nov 2009 13:48:27 EST my new scale is already making me fatter! OK, so even though I am down another pound this week, I am a little disheartened! <BR> <BR> I bought a new scale (one of those elctronic ones) and this morning, my normal weigh in day, I decided to weigh in on both to see if they were the same. <BR> <BR> Well much to my surprise, the new fancy electronic one told be I was actually 4 whole pounds heavier than what the manual one said....HUH!?!?! <BR> <BR> So, to alleviate this little problem, I have decided to reset my start weight to 4 pou... Tue, 3 Nov 2009 09:16:20 EST a war with my microwave! so day one went GREAT and i stayed on my plan perfectly. the one major issue i had was with my microwave. everytime i used it there was an explosion and my meal was spread all over the d%$^ inside! ARGH! i got so mad! is it a conspiracy??? does my microwave not want me to be eating healthy!?!?! hahah! <BR> <BR> well, today is a new day and me and the good ol' micro have kissed and made up! i am on track again today and have the full support of my microwave! <BR> <BR> all is right in... Wed, 14 Oct 2009 12:45:31 EST out with the with the new! well, today marks the end of my time at 176lbs! i am never going to wake up and be that weight again. what a refreshing thought! knowing that tomorrow and the day after that and the day after that i will be closer and closer to a new healthy, more slender me! <BR> <BR> today i started day 1 of my new plan and i feel great! i am energized and excited to do this and feel confident that i will hold onto that drive and determination throughout my plan and my life. <BR> <BR> afterall, i ... Tue, 13 Oct 2009 09:08:07 EST "a picture says a thousand words"... well, i finally jumped out of my stage of denial...i took pictures of myself to see just how bad i have let it become. <BR> <BR> i know we all have our own vision or what we want to be, what kind of parents we can be, what kind of friend, what kind of love. we get so swept up in doing and being all of those things that we forget the fundamental person that is underneath all of those responsibilities! <BR> <BR> i see her now, in these pictures. i see my sadness and discomfort with myse... Fri, 9 Oct 2009 09:17:37 EST I did it...I ran my first 5k!!! OK, so it was not record time...42:45 but you know what...WHO CARES!!! <BR> The point is, I did it. I finished it and I ran! It was hot, exhausting, challenging and i wasnted to give up. It was such a rewarding feeling crossing that finish line! <BR> <BR> I have been doing the couch to 5k running program and only made it to week 3 before getting sick and have only started again this past week. So, why would I run a 5k if I was not really ready??? GOOD QUESTION! <BR> <BR> So here is t... Mon, 27 Apr 2009 13:54:49 EST