MARYANNGI's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MARYANNGI MARYANNGI'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/ I AM OFF AND - - WALKING!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678231 I had my first cortisone shot on Monday and I almost danced out of the Orthopedic clinic! <BR> <BR> What a huge difference. No pain when I walk, go up the stairs, and even when I tie my <em>331</em> ! I couldn't do the sneakers before. <BR> <BR> I went for my first real walk in almost 4 months today and it felt wonderful. It was a short walk - 15 minutes - because I don't want to start to quickly and mess things back up, but it was the best walk in a long time. I felt so energized when ... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:44:55 EST FROM FEAR TO HOPE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670739 Fear can be a terrible thing, but when you let it control you it can be very destructive. And I learned this the hard way. <BR> <BR> In a previous blog, I learned that I was going to need hip replacement surgery very soon. I let this take over my life. But sometimes the wise words of friends can point you in a different direction and mine was to get a second opinion. I am so very glad that I did. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I met with a different surgeon and he advised that I not have surgery and t... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 21:25:35 EST FEAR is something I never expected! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5644761 Not in a million years. Now let me explain. <BR> <BR> In November I started having severe pain in my hip. It was effecting my workouts and getting progressively worse. So I went to my primary care physician and he sent me to a specialist. <BR> <BR> But sometimes ignorance is bliss!! I had e-rays taken and met with the orthopedic specialist. He looked at the x-ray and asked me if it (the hip) was worth saving. Saving???? Was he really saying what I thought he was. The shock must have shown ... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 19:47:11 EST I PROMISE. I WILL NOT QUIT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523394 Special thanks to SPARKLINGHOPE & JBASKETT63 for this great pledge. I am signing this and hoping that you do the same. <BR> <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> <BR> I pledge that no matter how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, to forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 18:44:55 EST DEPRESSION REALLY STINKS!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5518817 For the past couple of months I have known that things weren't right, but last weekend things hit the fan. Depression kicked with a kick to the gut and it knocked me for a loop! Didn't want to get out of bed, didn't want to get dressed, had to push myself to exercise, and had no real appetite. <BR> <BR> This was my DD's favorite time of year from a couple of weeks before Halloween to mid-January. She even went trick or treating when she was 17. She and a friend dressed up, went out and then ... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 20:56:36 EST I CAIN'T SAY NO AND I NEED TO LEARN HOW!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5470366 Yesterday I missed something very important to me and I am so angry with myself. It has nothing to do with food, but a commitment to myself and my BLC22 team the Spies. I let them and myself down. <BR> <BR> Between volunteering in our Kiwanis food booth for 14 hours over 2 days cooking, driving a friend to 240 miles round trip in Monday, working Tuesday & Wednesday all day, I was completely wiped. Plus taking MIL to the doctor's on Wednesday AM. I had one commitment to myself and I blew ... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 22:36:31 EST I TOOK THE BLINDERS OFF AND FOUND ME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5460391 Something happened the other day that helped me realize that for the past 55 years many of the things I did were to please others. From the cut of my hair, to grades in school, to in some cases my appearance! Wow! Is this really what I had been doing?? <BR> <BR> Yes, I lost weight for myself. But there was also that little voice in the back of my brain thinking that finally I would have my parents approval. It's not that they don't love me-don't get me wrong there. But no matter what I ha... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 21:39:34 EST 11 7/8" Gone - BLC22 is Awesome http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5451247 Last night a friend of mine listened to me whine (no cheese with that please) about being "stuck". Well sort of stuck. I stress ate the other night and when I weighed-in for BLC22 this week, I had gained 1.4 pounds. The good news is that when I weighed-in for the 5% Challenge today, I was back at the same old number - 175 pounds. <BR> <BR> So the really smart woman says; "Do you have a tape measure?" Me being me of course I did! She said to take my measurements! And with a really big sigh,... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 22:43:26 EST STRESS EATING - AGAIN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5448159 For the past 2 month I have been doing well - no stress eating! But yesterday was a different story. Things at home kept piling up and the pile just got so big that I turned to food. What a stupid thing to do. <BR> <BR> Instead of relying on my Spark Friends from several teams, I turned to food for whatever reason. And the result wasn't pretty. To much food, junk food eaten that I don't usually eat=severe stomach cramps all day! Should have remembered what happened when I ate those stupid Du... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 22:08:20 EST THE BEST NSV EVER!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5421992 Saturday I went to my family reunion and had a great time. Remember those things where you see people you haven't seen in forever?? <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Lots of family members came up and said how great I looked and what was I doing to get to this point in my journey. Told them all the same thing - lots of hard work, watching what I eat and the great support I get from the wonderful site I found online. <BR> <BR> But the best to things that were said were what topped everything. O... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 14:57:00 EST I'M SABOTAGING MYSELF!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5416140 Tonight I came to the realization that for the past couple of days (maybe even longer) I have been sabotaging myself. While talking to a friend (DIANDOESSMILES), I knew the only way I could figure out why was to put it into something I could read when and if this ever happened again. <BR> <BR> Don't get me wrong, I'm not going to blame anyone but me. Granted, my weight-loss has made my DH nervous, he bakes to tempt me, he thinks that when I get to my goal I might leave (foolish man). But ... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 23:58:42 EST THE STRANGEST THING IS HAPPENING! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5386393 Recently I have been exercising more and losing weight. My Spark Nutrition Tracker in its infinite wisdom decided it needed to increase my calorie intake. So I have been tracking consistently, but the strangest thing is happening! <BR> <BR> For some reason my brain (and maybe my stomach) seems to think it's OK to eat things that I haven't even thought about in a long, long time just because there are more calories to eat. For example, tonight instead of having my usual healthy dinner, I g... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 23:09:42 EST My BLC22 GOALS - TAKE 3! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5385186 1. Track nutrition daily and stay within my calorie range - good or bad. I recently tracked faithfully for 1 week and exercised for 6 days with 1 day of rest. I lost 2 pounds that week! Nutrition tracking is a must for me. <BR> <BR> 2. Be consistent about exercise. Exercise 6 days a week with Wednesday as a rest day. I will exercise a minimum of 30 minutes a day and walk or hike daily. If the weather isn't cooperating, then I will use the treadmill to complete my walk. <BR> <BR> 3. T... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 22:48:35 EST I'M SUPPOSED TO EAT HOW MUCH!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5382474 A few months ago I started using SparkCoach. I have used each different program as I needed them About 6 weeks ago, I hit a plateau and it started right after Spark changed my calorie intake. <em>234</em> GRRRRRRRRRRR <BR> <BR> So I talked to my trainer, and changed it back to the old settings. Simple right?? I started to lose again, but about .2 pounds a week. So - - I joined the plateau part of SparkCoach. I also joined BLC22. Between the 2, I am down to 180 pounds and am begi... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 13:34:28 EST I LAUGHED AND THEN I CRIED!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5346406 That may sound totally off the wall, but I did! <BR> <BR> For the past couple of weeks, all of my pants have been fitting horribly-especially in the legs and butt. It never occurred to me that it might be the size. We all know that for some reason manufacturers figure if you are plus sized, then you must have big legs. <BR> <BR> Well, my DH has an appointment in another town. Low and behold, there was a WalMart there! I figured what the heck I will try on a size 14. I grabbed 2 pair-ea... Sun, 5 May 2013 16:09:38 EST A THANK YOU TO SOME SPECIAL PEOPLE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5340856 Although I still have a ways to go until I reach goal, I would like to say thank you to some very supportive people that have helped a lot during the last 6-8 months. That may sound strange since I haven't reached goal yet, but they have me supported me when I needed it most! <BR> <BR> First off, my parents. They have been there every step of this journey. They are the first ones I call when I hit the scale for my weekly weigh-in. And lose or gain I have their support. <BR> <BR> My son... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 14:18:48 EST -45 POUNDS AND COUNTING! WHEN DID THAT HAPPEN? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5318955 While volunteering at a local emergency food pantry the other day, one of my co-workers noticed that I had lost quite a bit of weight. She asked how much I had lost and I told her I honestly didn't know. Sounds strange you might think, but I have always looked at the scale or how my clothes fit-not how much I had lost. <BR> <BR> Well yesterday, another person asked me the same question. So I figured I might just as well do the math. When I started my lifestyle change journey (about 2 wee... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 21:52:45 EST DOES WALKING 2 DOGS COUNT EXTRA??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5314987 I recently started walking my HS's GF's 2 golden retrievers Zelda and Tanus. They are great and once we get away from the road they are allowed to run free most of the time. <BR> <BR> But let me tell you, until I get to the point where I can let the loose, I get some pretty good exercise. Not only am I walking 2-70 pound dogs, but to keep them from taking off I am using all of my core and upper body muscles. Core especially it feels like right now! Top that off with muddy trail condit... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 19:26:54 EST WOOHOO!! 3 MORE POUNDS LOST! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5302569 This morning I weighed-in and I was shocked. I am now down to 186.4 pounds! Between Jacob - my personal trainer, the Biggest Loser Challenge, the 5% Challenge and tracking like fiend, the scale is starting to move again. YIPPEE!! <BR> <BR> But all this hard work has come with a strange price tag. Because I am exercising more, my calorie limits have changed. Who would have thought that an extra 100-175 calories would feel like so much more. I have felt like a stuffed turkey the past c... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 22:21:54 EST 5K YOUR WAY & MARCH EVALUATION!! WOO HOO! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5286558 For some reason, this month's evaluation with Jacob had me in a minor panic this AM. I know that the weight loss was a bust due to over compensating after 2 hpyoglycemic episodes. But I didn't gain! <BR> <BR> Here are this month's figures. I am pretty darn proud of them. <BR> Plank: 56 seconds +20 seconds <BR> Modified Pushups: 20 +3 <BR> Mile: 15 minutes down 22 seconds <BR> Weight: stayed the same <BR> Body Fat %: 40.6% -.6% <BR> BMI: stayed the same <BR> Waist: 41.75" -.75" <BR> H... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 12:53:57 EST THIS WILL BE TOUGHER THAN I THOUGHT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271707 Tonight I started the 5K Your Way Walk/Jog Program. I only got about 2/3's of the way through though. Could be because I had just eaten or it could be because my asthma was bothering me. Who knows. All I know that it is going to be tougher than I thought. <BR> <BR> So, I will try again on Tuesday. I have never been a quitter, so it's back to the drawing board I go. The good news is that I didn't make a fool of myself and fall off the treadmill. That would have been most embarrassing ... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 20:37:42 EST THREE THINGS I ACCOMPLISHED TODAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5267792 One of my SparkCoach assignments today was to put down 3 things that I accomplished today. So, here they are: <BR> <BR> 1. Completed 3 planks <BR> 2. Tried a new exercise. <BR> 3. Did 3.5 miles in 14 minutes on the bike at the gym. <BR> <BR> Wow. Putting things in black and white makes the accomplishments made me realize that I am doing positive things for a healthier me. <BR> <BR> Then I stopped to think about what I did at the gym yesterday. Let's see: <BR> 1. A 15.5 minute mile <BR> ... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 21:54:24 EST WHAT A TWIT I WAS TODAY!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5261482 I am hypoglycemic and today I did a very foolish thing. <BR> <BR> I went to the gym to weigh myself. Only thing it was at 9:30 AM. I hadn't had enough protein in the snack I had the night before. To top things off, my hubby took me out to breakfast as a surprise because I lost 1.6 pounds in the past two weeks. Dummy me had pancakes for breakfast. No protein. All those carbs burned off really fast. <BR> <BR> My husband says about 1 hour later, I turned dead white and looked like I was ... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 21:36:36 EST NEW WORKOUT CLOTHES!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5254186 Today I bought some new workout clothes (in a smaller size of course) and equipment. Namely a couple of sports bras and tees. Yoga mat and a foam roller. <BR> <BR> The tees were a must. I am soooo sick of my current workout clothes. Everything is either black or some shade of gray. YUCK! kind of depressing if you ask me. Well no more. I got a pretty blue and a nice spring green. The only thing I forgot to get was some sneakers to wear when I exercise at home. Seems kind of sill... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 22:41:49 EST TWO GREAT EVALUATIONS & WEIGH-INS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5244102 Thursday I had my monthly evaluation with my trainer Jacob. He does weigh-ins, measurements, endurance and body strength checks. I lost 1.6 pounds this month, and a total of 3.5" off my waist & hips (since starting in December). I completed a walking mile (including warm-up) in 15 min 20 sec, at 36 second plank (a miracle since I could only do 15 seconds when I started) and 20 push-ups. Whew! But it's all worth it, <BR> <BR> Friday, I met with my doctor for a recheck. In December, I ... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 15:09:06 EST ME AND MY BIG MOUTH! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5172589 When doing cardio at the gym Wednesday night, I noticed that my personal trainer was just finishing up with another client. (I hope that I don'!t look like he did after his workout!) I commented that I hadn't felt as sore as after some of the other workouts after Monday's session. I thought this was I good thing right? Boy was I wrong!! <BR> <BR> When I met with him yesterday (Thursday) he had changed my workout. Tweaked what he calls my warm-ups (NOT) and added a short set of push-up... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 05:17:18 EST WHAT HAVE I LET MYSELF IN FOR??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5155135 Today was the first time meeting with my personal trainer. Our first day was spent doing testing - leg press machine, chest press machine, planks, push-ups and the checking to see how fast I could walk a mile along with the dreaded Body Fat measuring and waist/hip measurements. <BR> <BR> I did better that I thought I would. I can do 6 reps of 90 pounds on the leg press machine, 5 reps of 50 pounds on the chest press machine, hold a plank for 15 seconds with great form (better than I even i... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 19:59:26 EST Health issues and major decision http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5148889 Today I got some very surprising news. I am anemic and my PC isn't sure why. And the anemia is also very recent. In October I donated blood and your iron is tested. My iron was 13.6 which is very good. When I had my blood tested this month things were off, so I had a more complete blood panel done. So far, all I need is iron supplements. Keep your fingers crossed. <BR> <BR> Now for the major decision. I don't know how many times I have tried doing the 28-Day Bootcamps - and I don't m... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 21:51:35 EST EXCUSES, EXCUSES & WHAT I AM DOING ABOUT THEM http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5089842 Today's SparkCoach lesson is about "mistakes" in my health lifestyle journey and how I perceive them. I will be the first to admit - I am a perfectionist about most things. When I mess something up, it will drive me nuts. Not quite OCD, but darn close at times. <BR> <BR> For the past week I have been slacking off when it comes to eating healthy, exercising and tracking things. My excuse has been that the Fall 5% Challenge would be starting on Saturday and I would begin then. Ha!! <BR>... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 10:33:05 EST Stress is affecting my sleep!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5081397 ONe of my assignments this week for SparkCoach is reporting how stress or anxiety are affecting my weight loss. <BR> <BR> Boy is that an understatement. For the past 3 weeks, my amount of sleep has been so far off, I have been considering joining the Sleep Challenge! I know that I need a certain amount of sleep due to a medical condition, but this is getting ridiculous. There are some nights where I only sleep 4-5 hours. It has gotten so bad that I will be taking a prescribed sleep aid w... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 23:34:15 EST NO MORE FAT PANTS!! YOO HOO!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5067951 Yesterday I got the shock of a lifetime! I walked into a local restaurant and said hello to a couple of people I know. One of them has always been a smart alec, but what he said kind of shocked me. He said; "Hi there miss baggy pants." I didn't know whether to be angry or happy. I know that he didn't mean it in a cruel way because he was absolutely right!! <BR> <BR> I had 3 pair of pants that fit right. Everything else is either falling off or close to it. They are also extremely b... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 13:56:29 EST IT'S WORKING!! -1.2 POUNDS THIS WEEK! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5040019 Ok folks - this may be a record! Two blogs in one week! DIANEDOESSMILES is going to have a heart attack! LOL <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> A couple of weeks ago I joined the SparkCoach Team. What a difference it seems to be making. One on one help if I need it, daily videos with plenty of tips, check-ins for myself, and lots of great info. What more could anyone ask right. <BR> <BR> I will admit that I can be a sceptic about anything that sounds to good to be true. But I was at the point w... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 13:03:41 EST What a Difference Eating Healthy is Making http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5033515 For the past week, I have been planning my meals the day before. My DH isn't to crazy about it, but it is making a difference for my <BR> <BR> 1. I have more energy. Things are getting done around my home. Which also means I am sleeping. <BR> 2. I am losing weight again and my clothes are fitting bettter. <BR> 3. I am starting morning exercises. Now this may not be permanent (I am a bit of a night bird <em>211</em> ) but who can tell. <BR> <BR> Using SparkCoach is keeping me more ac... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 17:09:29 EST My Quick & Easy Go-To Meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5025644 A couple of weeks ago, I joined the SparkCoach team. Many of you know that I recently lost my home to a fire. Since then I have lost my focus and my goals don't seem to be important. I am in the process of changing my goals and will be listing them soon, but the motivation hasn't been there. Soo - i joined SparkCoach. It is helping alot and if I need advice from one of the coaches it is there! <BR> <BR> Now for today's assignment - My quick&easy go-to meals. Since I do my chopping mont... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 23:05:48 EST A VERY, VERY SPECIAL GIFT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5008779 As many of you know in March, my DH and I lost our home to a fire. It was sooo hard leaving the place where we raised our children and thought we would spend our "golden years". It was a great place to live with a mountain in the back yard, another just across the river, and beautiful scenery all around. <BR> <BR> But the hardest part, I think was giving up our beautiful dog Sasha. She had been such a huge part of our lives. She is in a great home now and much loved. But I still miss he... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 20:30:33 EST Today, I promise I will not quit. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4998652 "Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations. <BR> <BR> I pledge to treat myself as I would my best friend, because that is who I am. <BR> <BR> I pledge to sta... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 21:36:35 EST THE STRANGEST THING HAPPENED . . . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4959199 The strangest thing happened the other day. I was getting ready for work and looked up into the mirror to make sure I was put together. (You ladies will understand what I mean) I looked and then I looked again! Who the heck was that person in the mirror?? <BR> <BR> I know that my clothes are fitting differently - thanks to climbing 16 stairs at least 8-10 times a day. I know that I have been losing weight - 2.2 pounds last week - because I have been faithfully tracking every little ... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 11:47:33 EST A VERY DIFFICULT DECISION http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4881569 It has been 6 weeks since the fire took my home, my physical memories of my daughter and the place my son could come home to. I still don't know what I feel or how to cope with the things rushing through my brain and my heart. <BR> <BR> For the past week I have felt like I am running in place and getting nowhere. I get all kinds of things done but feel like I haven't accomplished anything. I haven't been near the computer except at work either. I finished all kinds of things at Helping Hand... Mon, 14 May 2012 21:09:11 EST WHAT ARE YOUR EXCUSES?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4840113 I don't know about the rest of you, but I am a huge fan of the Biggest Loser. This season is called the "No Excusses" season and some of them are pretty thought provoking. <BR> <BR> Hmm, here are a couple that I remember <BR> 1. I don't have any motivation (this week') <BR> 2. I can't lose weight on vacation. Hello, they went to Hawaii and still lost weight. <BR> 3. I can't do it on my own. This is Spark People, you are never alone. There is always someone here 24/7 to support you when y... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 22:08:03 EST My Spoons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4705637 A Spark friend of mine recently told me that due to a health issue, she would need to cut back on her exercising. She gave the me the name of her illness. Being the curious person that I am, I asked what this name meant since I had never heard of it. She explained as best she could then gave me a link to a great article. Here it is: <BR> <BR> <link>www.butyoudontlooksick.com/articles/<BR>written-by-christine/the-spoon-theory-<BR>written-by-christine-miserandino/ </link> <BR> <BR> S... Thu, 26 Jan 2012 17:16:15 EST MY SPARK PAGE IS IN SHOCK! Day #3 and I'm still blogging! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4688071 I think this must be a record! I have blogged 3 days in a row. OK, what is up with this. Could it be Diane and Martha's challenge?? Hmmm. Or could it be that Diane's comment about 2 of her co-leaders being unable to keep up with her be the reason? Which ever it is, my poor SP is totally confused. <BR> <BR> Martha has set up a mini-challenge and today's topic for me is: "Do you understand when Diane writes to us?" Scarily I do. I don't think that I have ever seen anyone type with a ... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 23:12:03 EST I'M BACK!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4685524 Well my internet is finally back up and running. Yippee!! What a PIA being without internet for 4 days. The worst part of it is that we probably had it back on on Friday! When it went out on Thursday, I thought my DH has checked the connection at the box - he hadn't. When I called tech support today, they said that everything had been checked on their end and the ticket had been closed out. The poor tech went to his boss and I was put on hold. For some reason, I had DH check the line. ... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 21:47:09 EST Busy weekend and no internet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4683110 It has been a very busy weekend with the snowstorm that dumped 5 inches and cleaning my kitchen. Saturday morning I woke up to a 130 foot driveway that had to be shoveled. Thank God my DH decided he was going to do half, because it usually take about 1 1/2-2 hours depending on how heavy it is. Great workout though. And those kitchen walls and cupboards are coming along nicely, TYVM! <BR> <BR> I have been without internet since early Thrusday morning and it is driving my nuts! I really... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 22:09:58 EST I THINK I HAVE FINALLY THAWED OUT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4623200 I think I have finally thawed out after this morning. <BR> <BR> A local resort recently closed for renovations. They donated all of their kitchen supplies to local charities and our agency was one of them. I had a pretty good idea of what we would be getting, but I forgot about the sub-zero freezer they kept meats in. Do you have any idea what it's like to spend 50 minutes in a freezer thats -30 degrees? Then go outside to load everything we had onto a trailer and a pickup with it's 28... Mon, 12 Dec 2011 20:00:00 EST WHO LET THE DAWGS OUT?? I DID!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4610103 It's official, the Winter 5% Challenge has officially begun and the Dawgs are off and running thanks to a member in Australia - SUSIEPH1! And what a team we have. <BR> <BR> My life will start can now slow down a bit that the challenge has begun - sort of. I can get the Pre-Assignments (9 of them) done. Some are simple and others are not. They will be very helpful since I have set a very important goal for myself. June 15th would have been my daughter Jenn's 30th birthday. My goal is ... Sat, 3 Dec 2011 00:58:56 EST JOIN ME FOR THE 2011 WINTER 5% CHALLENGE!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4586373 Today the invites for the 2011 Winter 5% Challenge were sent out! Interested in joining us? The Winter 5% Challenge is an 8 week challenge to fun and exciting places (virtual) with a different Living The Good Life challenge each week. You will be joining a great team - the Spirited Underdogs of course - meeting lots of new friends, and working toward losing 5% of you body weight. Having fun along the way and the support of a great team are just a few of the great benefits of joining us. ... Wed, 16 Nov 2011 00:11:01 EST WHERE'S THE SUPPORT AND AM I AFRAID?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4544195 I was watching Biggest Loser tonight. One of the contestants won a trip home and the trainer went home with her. When she weighed-in, she lost big. Other members thought that she wouldn't. But after her workouts with the trainer, the quality time she spent with her family - a very large family - was spent walking and doing other activities. She had the support of her entire family and it made all of the difference. Even the members of opposing teams support each other. <BR> <BR> I am not r... Wed, 19 Oct 2011 23:35:21 EST TOMORROW IS THE DAY!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4497718 Tomorrow is the day!! <em>244</em> I am going to start walking again tomorrow. I have been putting off walking ever since I pulled that supid muscle in my foot. I think most of the problem was in my head. I kept thinking about how much it hurt. <BR> <BR> What I stopped thinking about was the fact that I completed the 5K in under 1 hour with a pulled muscle in that foot. Why was I only concentrating on the negative? So tomorrow, rain or shine, I will start walking again. No more ... Wed, 21 Sep 2011 23:42:33 EST It never ceases to amaze me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4468559 I know that we are supposed to be blogging about the Summer Challenge right now, but something happened this evening that made me wonder about how some people go out of their way to hurt others. <BR> <BR> I have a family member who is an epileptic. When she becomes very stressed, she will ahve multiple seizures -sometimes as many as 20 a day. Most medications do not work for her. Her youngest daughter decided to move to another state without telling her mother. In fact she went so far as... Mon, 5 Sep 2011 23:59:07 EST A picture made me realize something important! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4465116 Whlie volunteering at a local event last Saturday, I got my pitcure taken. When I saw the picture I was so surprised. It looked like I hadn't lost any weight at all. I have lost 32 pounds on since joining SparkPeople and the picture doesn't show this at all! <BR> <BR> Then I realized something. Even though I have lost the weight, I still think and most importantly stand like a larger person. I wasn't standing tall, I was slouching. When I stand straight, my posture is better, breat... Sat, 3 Sep 2011 23:56:30 EST