MARDGY's SparkPeople Blog MARDGY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Keeping on Track I am excited to report that I am still on a roll as far as my paying attention to my weightloss program. I am still moving at a turtle pace but I am glad of my progress. I am not trying to over think my progress but take one second, one minute, one hour and certainly one day at a time. Sat, 23 Mar 2013 18:30:58 EST Spa Castle in Two Days I am looking forward to my afternoon appointment at the spa because it is my small Oasis in the desert and I look forward to finding some relief from my busy schedule. I thank God for providing me with His guidance and strength. Tue, 19 Mar 2013 07:03:33 EST March Drive I have been so busy at work that I am losing focus on my commitment to changing my way of eating and exercising. This week is going to be a better week where I will make it to the second part of my exercises so that I push for the other 8lbs this month. So far in my journey I have lost 13 lbs in two months so I think that I can reach my goal again. Sat, 9 Mar 2013 18:41:51 EST Two More days Two more days before February ends and I am still streaking up a storm on sparkpeople. This helps me so much that I am seeing the results in my body structure, the scale and I am feeling a bit accomplished emotionally so thanks Sparkpeople. <em>244</em> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 06:54:26 EST Saturday's Challenge Saturdays for me has usually been a challenge because I would take a rest from all of the running around during the week. Therefore, I promise to shift that this year so I am planning on heading out but I am also making sure to check in with Sparkpeople to ensure that I gain my points for the upcoming trophy. Sat, 16 Feb 2013 08:10:07 EST Day 14 of Birthday Month What an amazing feeling to keep trekking in February as I have from the start of the year. I am in the middle of the month and have continued to get up early to do my devotion and I have already reported to Sparkpeople as a means of taking care of myself. WhooHooo!!! who can ask for a better start on Valentine's Day. Thu, 14 Feb 2013 06:16:50 EST Day 7 of Birthday Month I am up and alive and ready to do my routine for this Thursday morning. I am optimistic that I will achieve the goals I have set so my prayer is that I would reflect the joy, peace and love that I received from my Maker to the people I encounter today. Thu, 7 Feb 2013 06:20:14 EST Day 2 of Birthday Month I slept in this morning because I was exhausted and I am happy for the Internet to be able to still achieve a goal that I had set this year. This is week 2 of that commitment and I would work on sleeping goals this week so that I would be able to keep my commitment to going out of the house on Saturdays. Sat, 2 Feb 2013 13:45:35 EST February Madness Twenty-eight days to make it happen. Hope to move to the next trophy by the end of this month and that would mean that I am going to have perfect attendance, track my food and ensure that I exercise as planned. I know that anything is possible if you believe and I have faith that it would happen this month. Fri, 1 Feb 2013 08:33:25 EST Week Four This was another committed week and I am working diligently to acquire Perfect attendance since starting Sparkpeople. This online support system worked for me before and I am making it happen for me this 2013. The year that I am inspired to call my Golden year. I am striving for feeling younger than my average age of 21. With my water, exercise, food tracking and motivational sparks I am going to make it. <em>386</em> Sat, 26 Jan 2013 08:20:51 EST Taking Leadership Today I decided to take the bullet and see if I can mobilize my Brooklyn Team by sending out a request to an inactive leader. I have limited time but I figure if I take this role I might be able to work on my on motivation by supporting others like myself. I have a challenge to earn at least 100 points a day and find that it takes about 30 minutes to do if I remain focus. So far so good in January. With being mindful, I have managed to lose about 10lbs already and I am going for more in a... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 05:13:08 EST Still Trekking I am taking this journey slowly and I already seeing the results on the scale and the way my clothes fit. Thanks to Sparkpeople I am reminded that the simple things in life can be attained if I keep being mindful of my choices. I am gaining a more spiritual, physical, educational and financial balance at this time. Sat, 19 Jan 2013 10:52:06 EST 2013 Golden YEAR I am taking this journey again with seriousness as I attempt to complete the goals that I set out in 2010. Therefore, I am about positive changes and though it is hard repeating the small changes, I am doing what I can to stick to my goals. Thanks Sparkpeople for providing me with a firm foundation. Sat, 12 Jan 2013 17:30:22 EST Third Day Back What an amazing feeling to read up the spark pages to work on myself. I missed getting the motivation to work on myself by just reading various articles, blogs, comments that encourages me to take one day at a time to work on my weightloss. I feel 10llbs lighter already because I know that this system worked for me in the past and will work again for me in the future. Sat, 3 Mar 2012 11:43:26 EST Rebooting is My Theme I cannot believe that it has been a year since my last Blog. Today is the first and I like starting things on that date so I am doing this again one second, minute, hour, day at a time. If there are any supporters out there I am game. Thu, 1 Mar 2012 05:41:03 EST Next Level Today, I am going to level 15 and this is something spectacular because it means that I have been sticking it out with Sparkpeople. I had some set backs from the holidays but I am finding myself going back to the mission of weightloss and that is in part from the support received on this website as well as my group engagement. I am under a lot of stress at work but I find that working on myself helps to minimize my sense of being out of control. Tue, 22 Mar 2011 07:15:31 EST Procrastinating I am tired of taking this approach to life sometimes because it leads to anxiety which causes me to make poor decisions when it comes to my eating. I am about to get back into my routine and although there are a lot of pressing matters in my life going back to what I had last year is what gave me the most confidence in years. I have been on SP again almost everyday with the exception of two days so far so I am encouraged that I am getting back to what I know works. Sat, 19 Mar 2011 07:37:23 EST Jogging Epiphany Today it has just dawn on me that the reason for me reaching a plateau has to do more with me no longer jogging as a routine. I did extremely well as I built this into my exercise routine and once I began to slack off then maintaining my weight gain over the Holidays has a definite reason. I am recommitting to doing it again and I am heading to the gym with my music so that I can begin to train in serious for my 5K run. I am able to do this and making this a priority is my goal in spite of... Tue, 15 Mar 2011 06:01:35 EST March 11, 2011 I am nine days into my ORC bootcamp and I had a pit stop this week where I ended up being unable to workout as I intended. I am swamped with work and I have unresolved housing issues that makes for a bad combination for me to relax. I am suffering from a boost of sciatica and this means that I need to slow down and smell the roses. Fri, 11 Mar 2011 13:03:26 EST Birthday Month It's going to be my birthday this month and I am so happy that I have made a renewed contract with myself to continue the hard work I began in 2010. I am so delighted to still have access to a computer and to make it out to the gym again. We are having some snowfalls this winter that we had not had in years. I must say that it makes me feel excited and happy to see all of the white in the mornings and that I still have the energy to go out to work. I just read an article on SP that remind... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 05:17:54 EST Dancing with Wii Here it is December 26, 2010 and I am with family dancing with the Wii. I am excited to finding a way to move during the holiday because I have been overdoing it with the food. I am putting in some time at the gym but I am not sure how much damage control it is since I do not have a scale to show the results. I am going to invest in one for my sister's place so I can invigorate her to join in on the reporting in sparkpeople. She is already a member but has not been consistently joining in... Sun, 26 Dec 2010 20:44:42 EST December 5, 2010 Today is another Sunday of Spinning since I have begun to add more classes in the week. I must say that it has been fun and the scales is beginning to show signs of my hard work. This makes me want to continue to pursue the goals of making this positive change so as to continue my journey to a new and healthier me. Sun, 5 Dec 2010 23:24:28 EST December 1: Day 1 of the last month of 2010 shows that time waits for no one. We are speeding down the hill to the finish line of 2010 and I a happy to see that I am making the last last of this journey with more determination to put a dent on my healthier lifestyle so that the scale shows this effort eventually. I am so happy for having committed to doing something about my weight and making exercising a part of my daily routine. I am happy to having been acquainted with Sparkpeople because it has ma... Wed, 1 Dec 2010 04:15:37 EST One more Day I am kicking and screaming down to the finish line. I have another 23 days before my last weigh in for Bootcamp. I am not going without a fight. The last I checked I was only at 1.05% down of my weight. This means that in the next four (4) weeks I have to step it up and that I will. I have been adding another workout in the evenings and watching what I am eating. I am aiming for 235 and I just weighed in today and I was 244.6. I have to reach my goal or face being sent to a lower level... Tue, 30 Nov 2010 08:22:12 EST October 27, 2010 Another day another dollar is what I say. My efforts from yesterday morning has gone South today. I am losing a bit of a steam with my positive attitude so I am trying to keep afloat. I gain back the pound that I lost and I seem to want to remain in this relationship with Mr. Two-Forty. I am tired of him sticking by me and not allowing me to branch off in meeting my new Mr. Two-Thirty. Wed, 27 Oct 2010 07:32:37 EST October 26, 2010: It is another run for the mills with having been to the gym for my 6am class and I must say it feels good. I was able to made some good decisions as far as food was yesterday and I hope to take this attitude to another day. I am about to get dress for work and I look forward to being productive as I have been doing lately. I am pulling everything together and tackling them as it comes as opposed to putting it off for another day. Tue, 26 Oct 2010 08:28:42 EST October 25, 2010 This is the week of the true test of my commitment to weight lost. I have not been doing that great coming to the end of this week. I actually chose to buy ice-cream like my old self and pretty much ate the whole thing in spite of the lies I told myself that I could just take a little and save it for another time. This was not something that would help me in the long run to reach my goal but I know that if I sit and dwell in this fact, I would remain in a place of "oh Well" just give up si... Mon, 25 Oct 2010 05:31:30 EST October 22, 2010 One more week left before seeing whether or not I was able to pull off going to the other side with seeing 10lbs off. I am so tired of yoyoing back and forth from 243 to 247. I think it is time that I saw a 230+ weight on the scale. Fri, 22 Oct 2010 23:35:47 EST Day 19 of October 2010: I am still posting as I promised since the start of the month and I am amazed at my continued commitment to myself about doing what it takes to keep me motivated on this journey of weight loss. I just came back from doing my most favorite thing in the world (spinning class) and I have two buddies that are also committed to working on our ABS after the class. That feels great to be able to work on something consistently. Tue, 19 Oct 2010 07:52:07 EST October 18, 2010 It is Monday morning and I have gone to the gym already for an hour and a half workout. This is a good indication that I should be on a good grove this week. I woke up with a slight headache and still headed for the gym so I know that I am going to make the target this week on losing before my weigh-in on Wednesday. Just need to watch what I am putting in my mouth. Mon, 18 Oct 2010 09:18:09 EST October 17, 2010 Taking one day at a time is a way of being in control without the fear of giving up since I am not putting any pressure on myself to do it all. I am in the 17th day of the month and I was hoping to shake things up on the scale. However, I still hopeful that I will make a difference by the end of the month so I am not giving up. Sun, 17 Oct 2010 23:04:47 EST October - 16th Day Yesterday I woke up with a migraine and this caused my plans to be altered. I often time get upset when I did not get to sign in to Sparkpeople and with my full day of celebrating at my job and then working part-time, I just fell asleep without logging in and have had to start this streak all over again, which sometimes feel discouraging but I am surprised that I am back on track and not allowing this setback to take over my goals for the rest of the week. I am back on Plan A. Sat, 16 Oct 2010 19:12:20 EST October 14, 2010 Tomorrow's the big day of celebrating some of our client's accomplishment and this often comes with a lot of running around. I am happy to report that I did some of the work today so that I am not as overwhelmed tomorrow and can still make time at the gym for myself. <em>243</em> <em>244</em> Thu, 14 Oct 2010 23:53:45 EST October 13, 2010: I had some energy this morning to get my bills in order and this felt great. I was late in going to the gym but having it ALL is something that I struggle with all of my life. Therefore, I am taking things in stride and made it to my workout and kicked some butt on the treadmill. I went faster than I would normally and did not lessen my time so I feel like that was a great accomplishment. Wed, 13 Oct 2010 09:26:31 EST October - 12th Day I figure that I have two options one to dwell on the fact that the scale has gone back up after that hard work on Saturday. Or, I could continue with my routine with exercising and watching what I eat so that I can see a better results as I have intended. I am not sure what is going on with me but as I looked at the food log for the day on Saturday, I ate a lot of high calories and as much as I walked for more miles in a day, I may not see the results until another week. I am hopeful and e... Tue, 12 Oct 2010 08:16:10 EST October - 11th Day Today is another day and I should not make the scale a dictator of my progress. However, I could not help but feel a bit disappointed to see the scale go up after walking such long distance. I know from experience it can go down again but I am tired of remaining in this range for so long. I want to see the 230's like yesterday. Mon, 11 Oct 2010 14:27:01 EST October 10th Day Today I have recouped rather well from my 14 mile walk yesterday. I could claim my 4 Borough in one day right. I started from Brooklyn via subway to the Bronx, then I walked down on Broadway to the end by the Battery, then took the Ferry over to Staten Island. This was a planned event and I attained the goal then today I was able to head out to the gym and work. <em>244</em> <em>243</em> Sun, 10 Oct 2010 23:04:25 EST October - 9th Day Hey SP the clock is ticking for me to leave my house to walk for 14 miles. I am truly excited because this would be another one for the books. I am looking forward to training for a marathon one day but I am only taking it one day at a time. I hope that everyone is having a great weekend. Lets drop the pounds people. Sat, 9 Oct 2010 08:04:13 EST October 8, 2010 The unexpected happen in that I saw a 2lb drop on the scale again. This was a weight that I had seem about three weeks that I posted to indicate that I had further lost weight. I am down 0.6 more that that weight and I plan on doing some more damage this weekend as I walk for 14 miles. I am on a roll now with my new found determination that I do not want to break it at this stage of the game. Fri, 8 Oct 2010 07:54:00 EST October - 7th Day I must say that I am on a roll with another 0.6lbs down from yesterday. I am truly excited and cannot wait to see Mr. Two-Thirty. He is my next blind date and Mr. Two-Forty is already aware that I want a divorce and we have agreed to see other people. I am just as excited to get to the date as he is just as excited to get rid of me since he knows that we have not been happy. We kept going back and forth this last month with no significant change and with being more diligent now, he is see... Thu, 7 Oct 2010 05:41:30 EST October 6, 2010: Day 6 of my new determination for the month of October. I am happy to report that I lost four pounds since last week. I seemed to have found the ingridents again to weight loss and that is the balance of the meals with the vegetables and fruits. What a difference this is making to my scale. I am also paying attention to the hunger vs. craving rule so that I am not feeding into any impulses. Wed, 6 Oct 2010 07:34:33 EST October 5th Day This is day 5 in October and I am keeping up with my plans to post a blog everyday this month. This is a way of me earning another 3 points and keeping me accountable to my personal goals. I am so pleased with my results on this program and feel bless to be a part of the Spark family. I took another day off to recoup from my flu and I am coughing more than ever. I no longer have the scratchy sensation in my throat. Tue, 5 Oct 2010 14:51:15 EST October 4th Day I got up feeling sick this morning so I was not at the gym for my usual 6am run but I plan on getting there some point today since I took the day off from work. I have been battling a sore throat and I am coughing on occasion so I did not want to infect my crew at work. I am on day four of my plan and I am happy to report that I lost a pound from just being focused and resilient this weekend. This is a first in a long time and I am going to continue on my path to attaining my 10lbs this mo... Mon, 4 Oct 2010 08:40:40 EST October 3rd Day: I was able to get back on plan by going to the gym this morning and keeping my food under control. I am not sure what the results would be on the scale but I am keeping an open mind when I get on the scale in the morning. I have committed to posting a blog everyday on my results since I want to hold myself accountable to losing ten pounds this month. I am going to see at least 239 on the scale but to be true to the 10lbs I have to go down to 233, which is my last reported weight on sparkpe... Sun, 3 Oct 2010 22:11:26 EST October 2, 2010: Today I set out to do what I planned by being at the gym for my 11:30am class. It was great being able to stay with the instructor as she had us lifting weights and doing some Ab work. I was drenched within the first 15 min of the class so I always feel that this is a good sign that I am working on something good. I did the crossramp machine for 35 min after the class. I noticed a drop on the scale this morning for about half a pound. Sat, 2 Oct 2010 21:23:39 EST October's 1st Day I wanted to talk myself out of going to the gym this morning due to the excessive rain but as I am on Spark people writing about my plans to lose ten pounds this year, I know that skipping going this morning will only lead to be not exercising for the day. Here is me doing my Pre-5 talk into going so I will no be long on the site but will be doing something about shaking off the pounds. Thanks for this site that allows me to stay focus on building a more healthier lifestyle for myself. Pea... Fri, 1 Oct 2010 06:48:19 EST Recommitting I am finding it difficult to shake off the pounds to go into the next decade of weight loss. I have been dating Mr. Two-Forty for over a month and I am tired of him feeling as though it does not matter for him to yoyo back and forth. The lowest I have see him was a 243.6 and I am tired so I am about to make another commitment to kicking him to the curb by shaking up how much exercise I will be doing and the amount of food I am putting in my mouth. Wish me luck!!!! <em>309</em> <em>402</em... Wed, 29 Sep 2010 09:06:40 EST Getting in Touch with Nature Yesterday, I had the good fortune of visiting a great park out in the Bronx. I enjoyed the serene view of the hills with some nice plants that beautified the grounds up there. Being up close to various bees, trees and views of the other side of town was enough to make me want to put it in a bottle for future references. Sun, 19 Sep 2010 21:45:04 EST Getting back on Plan A My sense of despair is ending tonight because I plan on getting on track with my continued success since the start of the new year. My goals is to get back to the basics in losing the pounds. This round of bootcamp does not leave room for us slacking off since my goal is to attain the certificate for losing the most weight. Therefore, with determination, perseverance and humor, I will make it to the finish line. Wed, 15 Sep 2010 23:58:56 EST Slow Start This month I am starting to see a trend of me binging on sweets and I know that this is not healthy. I have been finding ways of sneaking them in even though I notice that the scale is not working in my favor. I believe that in spite of seeing a nice drop to 243.6 o one day, I was back to my usual anxious self where I started to sabotage my success. I know that I deserve to reach my ultimate goal so I need to make the necessary arrangement that would allow me to attain the goal and not att... Tue, 14 Sep 2010 07:56:41 EST