MATTEROFHEART's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MATTEROFHEART MATTEROFHEART'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/ Hello, Friends. It's Me Again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802897 Good morning, friends. I'm sorry to say that I have gone and done what I thought I would never go and do! I backtracked, fell off the weight loss wagon, blew it, let myself down, as well as all of you. I gained almost all of the weight back that I lost with Spark people. It is hard to imagine I lost 50 pounds one year only to gain it all back the next! I have my excuses and a few good reasons, but the main one is that I didn't make it a priority. I went through some difficult things thi... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:51:06 EST Mountains! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729492 So here we are in the mountains again! We took 2 days getting up here. I caravanned up with my brother and his family, so it was a lot easier trip for me. We stopped in Canyon on the way and visited the Palo Duro Canyon and saw the play "Texas!" We had a great time, but it was a long drive...10 hours in the car and then the play after that! It took about 6 more hours the next day to get here, but it feels so good to be back in the cool mountain air! <BR> <BR> I took it easy our first da... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 00:49:19 EST Catch Up blog with pictures! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724552 I am now 3 days into our Summer challenge, and so far so good. I am trying not to dwell on the fact that I am having to lose the same weight again that I lost last year! I have to just move forward from here. <BR> <BR> Today was mine and DH's 24th wedding anniversary and we had a nice relaxing day. We are going tomorrow for a little trip to the Texas Hill country just to get away and spend some quiet time together. Nothing special planned, just time to relax and be. I am really lookin... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 01:17:38 EST Here We Go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722928 Today is Day 1 of our Summer 5% Challenge and I am so ready to get started! I need this push and accountability to get me back on track. I will not go into all the reasons that I have regained nearly half of the weight that I lost, but I will just say that I am ready to jump in where I am and get moving again! <BR> <BR> I am excited to be on the Champions in the Kitchen team (even though I will really miss my Starfishies!), and ready to get to know some new SparkFriends and cheer them on! ... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 17:03:37 EST Good Morning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660683 Good morning, friends! I'm still here! I just took a break from the computer for the weekend. I finished my first week of "one day at a time" today and it went well for the most part. Some days were definitely better than others, but at least I am moving in the right direction again...down 3 pounds this week and I am so thankful! I did NOT want to see that 2 at the beginning of my weight again! <BR> <BR> I have been exercising with a co-worker after school each day and that has worked o... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 09:48:29 EST Checking In and Sewing Projects http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657698 So, I made it one more day! I met most of my goals yesterday, with the exception of water. I didn't quite get enough. But I did track, resist junk, and exercise, so that is definitely progress. It feels so good to be doing something again. I was even glad to wake up with a leg cramp this morning because it meant I was actually working hard enough to feel it. <BR> <BR> I am still enjoying my new sewing hobby! I even signed up for a quilting 101 class yesterday, so that I can learn how t... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 09:53:02 EST One Day at a Time (cont.) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656887 So far, so good. I was able to meet most of my goals yesterday. I tracked everything, drank my water, exercised, and chose healthy foods for the most part. The scale was even down a few pounds this morning. Now, I'm ready to face another day. I will keep the same goals for today, and just keep going one day at a time. <BR> <BR> Here are a few things that I discovered about the way I think as I was making my way through yesterday. Because I was in the mindset that I was just making it t... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:54:20 EST One Day at a Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656020 First of all, thank you all so much for the warm welcome back I received after posting my last blog! Your kindness and support overwhelms me. Thank you! <BR> <BR> Now, on to the blog. I woke up to a shocker this morning on the scale. 199.5!!! Yikes! I promised myself I would never get back in the 200's again, and this is about as close as you can get! So, here's the plan...one day at a time. <BR> <BR> For some reason, it just overwhelms me to look at long term goals right now, so fo... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 09:08:29 EST Time to Begin Again (Again!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653369 Very few of us on this journey actually have a straight line from start to finish. If you are anything like me, there are several twists and turns and ups and downs along the way, much like a roller coaster. Unlike the roller coaster, though, this ride has not been fun, and all I have to show for it are 15 extra pounds! It is way past time to get off of this ride! Time for a new beginning. I like the idea of new beginnings, fresh starts, clean slates, etc. I am ready to begin again. <BR... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 16:14:46 EST Good Morning, Sunshine! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5622998 Good morning, all of my sweet Spark Friends! The sunshine has finally come back into my life (both metaphorically and literally)! After many weeks of being in a deep depression, the cloud has finally lifted and the sun is shining through. My husband kept telling me that just because I couldn't see the sun, it didn't mean that it wasn't there. He was trying to help me hang on to hope, and of course, he was right. Thank you to all of you who kept checking on me and praying for me, even whe... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 10:01:18 EST Enough is Enough! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584524 I have pretty much been stuck for the past 6 months! Not stuck in the sense of a plateau, but stuck because I just can't seem to stick to my healthy eating! I've become rebellious. I don't WANT to eat healthy. It's not fair. Why do I have to do it when all these skinny people around me seem to be able to eat whatever they want? You get the picture...whine, whine, whine. Well, enough is enough already! <BR> <BR> I don't know the answers to these questions, and it doesn't really matter.... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 15:32:24 EST Christmas Traditions and More Projects! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570223 We celebrated Christmas at my parents yesterday with my brothers and their families (about 25 people!). We had a wonderful time with lots of Christmas traditions so I thought I would share a few with you. Since about 1982 (when I was 12), we have been writing and sharing Christmas papers with the family on Christmas day (or whatever day we happened to be celebrating). It is just a summary of the highlights of our year, and makes a great family journal. In fact, I had the papers bound into... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 01:53:35 EST New Hairstyle and Food, Food Everywhere!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568110 First of all, I wanted to show you my new hair style. I haven't had it cut or colored since I started my journey on Spark, so it was way past time. I was trying to wait until I reached goal to get it done, but then I finally decided I didn't need to wait until I was the "perfect" size to do something special for myself! So, here it is! I didn't really change the length that much (going to try to pull off the long hair look for as long as I can - is 44 too old to have long hair?). I did a... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 15:53:01 EST Tell Me the Story of Jesus" - video blog of Itty Bitty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5566416 Itty Bitty sang this solo in front of our entire congregation Sunday morning (about 350 people!) as part of our adult choir Christmas cantata! As you can imagine, I am one proud Mama! <BR> <BR> Thank you all for being so patient with me and not giving up on me! I am still here! I am finally at a point where I can start taking care of myself again! And hopefully offer more support to you as well. I am sorry I have not been there for you. I am doing so much better and feeling like my ol... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 10:35:44 EST I'm Sorry (trying to catch up!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5560647 Dear friends, <BR> <BR> I am so sorry that I have not been there for you the past couple of weeks. I have had a little setback. You see, after several months (possibly years) of being free of it, depression has once again reared its ugly head. I have been free of it for a long time. In fact, this is the first time since I began my journey that I have had to deal with it at all. Anyway, when this happens, I go into what I call my "survival mode." I do what I have to do to get through th... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 15:53:00 EST Day 396 - Trying to Find Balance (pictures!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5549846 Sorry I haven't been on much this week. I've been thinking for a long time that I have really gotten in to a rut, so as I told you earlier, I decided I need to find some kind of hobby. I wanted to find some balance in my life. For the last year, my life has pretty much consisted of work, church, and Spark. So, when the opportunity came, I took a sewing class. Sewing wasn't something I have ever been interested in learning, but it just happened to be the first thing that came up, so I gr... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 10:54:36 EST Day 388 - My little talk over donuts this morning... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5543821 It's Sunday! Sundays are usually a hard day for me. For one thing it's a very busy day. I get up at 6 to be at the church by 7, play the 8:00 service and then go home to wake up Itty Bitty and get her ready for church. Back at the church by 9:15 to teach my 3rd and 4th grade Sunday School class, then play the second service at 10:30! Whew! I'm already exhausted by noon! <BR> <BR> The other issue is that I bring donuts for my class each Sunday (this tradition was started before I came a... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 21:51:17 EST Day 387 - Sewing Class Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5543035 Well, I'm sorry to report that I had a bad weigh in today ~ gained 1 pound! Sorry, Starfishies!!! I'll try to do better this week. So since I had a bad weigh in, of course the logical thing to do was have a free for all food day (insert sarcastic eye roll here.)! Oh well, tomorrow is a new day! Beating myself up at this point would serve absolutely no purpose. I WILL do better tomorrow! <BR> <BR> Now, on to more positive things! I've kind of gotten into a rut in my personal life, so I... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 22:20:05 EST Day 384 - Another Good Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5540562 Another good day today! Maybe I will actually show a loss this week! One of the many things that I do as part of my job is manage the school's website, so I spent the morning playing around with that. It was a lot of fun and I got to come up with some cute graphics for the upcoming Thanksgiving holidays! <BR> <BR> Poor little Itty Bitty woke up with a fever last night, so she had to stay home from school today. She was so disappointed that she messed up her perfect attendance record, b... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 22:12:42 EST Day 383 - So far, so good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5539542 So far, so good. I stayed in my calorie range and exercised 45 minutes! I forgot to take my shoes to work today, so I couldn't walk there, but I did dust off my old Zumba DVD tonight and got a 45 minute workout in! I am really feeling it in my legs - ouch! <BR> <BR> Itty Bitty had choir after school today, so I took advantage of the time and went and got a pedicure and eyebrow wax (uni-brow look just wasn't working for me anymore - lol!). <BR> <BR> Brrrr...we had a cold front come thro... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 20:49:50 EST Day 382 - Quick Check In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538661 Work has definitely picked up and I am having a difficult time keeping up with everyone here on Spark! So sorry! I really miss y'all! <BR> <BR> Found out that I did not get the job that I interviewed for on Friday, but it is ok. I feel at peace about it. Don't like the idea of being rejected, but not disappointed about not getting the job. <BR> <BR> Part of my furniture (the media chest) is being delivered tomorrow and they are picking up the wrong dresser that they delivered last wee... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 21:47:53 EST Day 380 - Furniture Fiasco Finished? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536877 I sure am hoping so! I got up VERY early this morning to get over to the furniture store by 8:00 this morning to see if I could take care of my furniture situation. Just a quick recap - I finally found the furniture that I wanted, but when it was delivered, it was the wrong dresser and mirror. I had my contract that said what I bought and how much I paid for each piece, which turned out to be a very good thing. Somehow there was a mistake in how the buyers entered the numbers in the compu... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 21:32:56 EST Day 379 - New Job Opportunity? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536108 Finally had a good food day today! After eating so many calories that last few days, I wasn't really that hungry anyway. I tried to stick with mainly fruits and veggies to kind of clean all the junk out of my system. Now, I just need to stick with it through the weekend. That seems to be where I usually derail! <BR> <BR> So, about this job opportunity... On Monday of this week, the district I work in posted a job opening for a financial secretary at the High School. Currently, I am the... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 20:57:09 EST Day 378 - Still Floundering http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5535292 Ok, this is getting ridiculous! Want to feel better about yourself? Keep reading! Why, oh why, am I sabotaging myself? It's not that I can't lose weight. It's that I do not have the self discipline to stick with my program. My self control has left the building! I start off the day with every good intention. Then, I give in to the first temptation that comes along. What is wrong with me? This is the old Dachelle. Surely, I am stronger than this. <BR> <BR> Well, all I can do is try... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 22:14:36 EST Day 377 - I Can Resist Anything (but temptation!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534361 Oy! Not a great day today! This one started simply because I was not prepared. I did not pack my lunch today, so had to eat what they had in the cafeteria. Wouldn't you know it, today was pizza day! I had one piece and told myself that would be fine. Somehow, though, that just sent me on a downward spiral. The candy in the candy dish at the front office became irresistible. The homemade cookies they made that day were just too warm and yummy. Anyway, you get the idea. I tried to reg... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 22:40:39 EST Day 376 - Furniture Fiasco http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5533261 Yep, you read right! My furniture still isn't right! Can you believe it??? They delivered it around 1:00 today, so I came home during my lunch to meet them. They brought in the bed, which was beautiful! But then, they brought in the dresser and mirror. It looked nothing like the one I picked out in the store! I got out my paperwork and the numbers matched the ones the delivery man had, but the picture I had from the store brochure was not the same. I went on the website of the manufac... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 20:10:18 EST Day 375 - Year End Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5532310 I decided just to use the day of my journey as my check in #. Today is Day 375 of my journey with Spark People! <BR> <BR> Here are today's stats: <BR> <BR> Calories - 1413 <BR> <BR> Fiber - 44 <BR> <BR> Freggies - 8 <BR> <BR> Water - 4 <BR> <BR> Exercise - 0 <BR> <BR> ************************* <BR> <BR> There is definitely a lot of room for improvement in the above stats, but I am recommitting today to meeting those daily goals. <BR> <BR> Here are my goals for November and December.... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 20:24:54 EST Why I Blog (or don't!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5532165 So, after floundering for several months now and not really getting anywhere, I decided to look back at what I was doing when I was consistently losing. Turns out, I was blogging daily. I was daily being accountable to you, my Spark Friends. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure why I stopped. I think that I just felt like I didn't have anything important to say. I was going through a period of self doubt. There are just so many amazing, inspirational writers in our Spark Community, and I am NOT on... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 17:17:27 EST Still Eating My Emotions - Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523095 Thank you so much to all of you who offered such great support and advice for me on my last blog! Just thought I would give you a little update. <BR> <BR> Later that night, when DH came back in and had calmed back down, I tried to talk things out with him. It was a very long process (he has a very hard time expressing what he is feeling), but I was patient and just waited for him to respond to my questions. Sometimes it was 5 minutes from the time I asked until he was able to answer! Fin... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 10:41:53 EST Still Eating My Emotions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5520726 Like so many of us with weight issues, I am an emotional eater. I have been able to keep it relatively under control....that is, until today. Today, it became very clear to me how far I still have to go, and how I can never let my guard down. I still need to find other ways to cope when stressful or unpleasant situations arise. <BR> <BR> Today was one of those stressful days. Trying to pick out new bedroom furniture with DH has been very stressful, to say the least. For one thing, we ... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 21:24:32 EST Keep It Simple, Sweetie! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517427 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l797962942.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is the conclusion I have come to after floundering for several months now! I stalled for a little while after losing 65 pounds, and started trying to reinvent the wheel. I tried several different diets, some of them extremely low calorie, and while it did help me get past the plateau, it was not something I could sustain long term. In fact, I couldn't even sustain it for 2 weeks, and quickly started regaini... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 00:30:12 EST Mrs. Wishy Washy is Back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5515603 Did you miss me? I'm sorry to report it was not a great day, foodwise. My husband walked by me while I was eating a bowl of fruity pebbles (does that give you an idea of how it went?) and gave me a funny look. I said "I've decided to just be fat again. Is that ok?" He said, "no." I said "what?" He said, "no, I was just looking at some old pictures and you don't want to go back there." I said "but I'm hungry and I want to eat junk," as I ate another spoonful. He said, "you are amazing... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 22:46:44 EST Texas State Fair! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5514636 So, DD1 decided she wanted to go to the State Fair for her birthday present this year! Since I was not able to go with her, I talked DS in to going. It is about a 4 1/2 hour drive from where we live, so I feel better about her having him with her. I am so excited for them because it will be their first kind of grown up road trip adventure! As a mom, though, I'm also a little nervous because it will be their first kind of grown up road trip adventure - lol! They are both very responsible,... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 21:31:58 EST You Meet the Nicest People on Spark! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5513671 I was just thinking today of all the wonderful friends I have found here since joining Spark nearly a year ago! Seriously, I think we have the nicest people on this website. I have never had so much positive encouragement as I have found here. The thoughtful comments, the goodies with the lovely notes, friends checking in on me if I go too long without sparking...it is just a wonderful community! The community involvement has made the biggest difference in my quest for a lifestyle change ... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 22:08:27 EST Happy 21st Birthday, Dear Daughter of Mine! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5512686 I know, shocking, right? Trust me, no one is more shocked than me that I now have a 21 year old!!! It's true...DD1 turned 21 today! As sad as it is to realize she is growing up and becoming independent, I am even more proud of the young lady that she has become! She is beautiful, inside and out! She knows who she is and her faith is solid! She is thoughtful and genuinely cares about others. She has brought more joy to me than I could ever express. She has never given me cause for worr... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 21:58:51 EST 5% Challenge/Do you want the good news or bad news first? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5511786 Ok, bad news first. I have somehow managed to eat my way back into the 180s in the last couple of days! I was so close to the 160s and then I blew it. I really don't even have any excuses. I was sick this week and just wanted to eat and eat and eat. I let down my guard and just ate whatever I wanted to, so of course, the weight came back on. It was easy. So, time once again to suck it up and just move on from here. I did it before and I can do it again. <BR> <BR> Now, the good news. ... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 20:00:56 EST Day 19 of Last 30 / Back to Work and still feeling Bleh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5509340 Today's stats: <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> - 175.5 <BR> <BR> Calories - 1268 <BR> <BR> Fiber - 19 <BR> <BR> Freggies - 7 <BR> <BR> Water - 8 <BR> <BR> ************************* <BR> <BR> So, I went back to work today, but still not feeling good. Allergies are making me miserable, and anything I try to take makes me too sleepy. On top of that, it is really cold in my building, which isn't helping either! Any suggestions for allergy relief that doesn't knock me out would be greatly appr... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 21:32:33 EST Day 18 of Last 30 / A Day Off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5508385 Today's stats: <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> - 177 - on my way back down <BR> <BR> Calories - 966 <BR> <BR> Fiber - 18 <BR> <BR> Freggies - 5 <BR> <BR> Water - 8 <BR> <BR> ************************* <BR> <BR> Took a day off from work today. I couldn't sleep last night due to bad allergies and knew I would be miserable if I went. I got lots of rest and a little cleaning and laundry done, so overall, a pretty productive day. <BR> <BR> I enjoyed spending time with my parents a little toda... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 21:48:28 EST Day 16 of Last 30 / Feeling Better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5506384 Today's stats: <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> - 178 - up due to TOM and some unhealthy choices yesterday! <BR> <BR> Calories - 674 <BR> <BR> Fiber - 10 <BR> <BR> Freggies - 4 <BR> <BR> Water - 8 <BR> <BR> Steps - forgot to wear my pedometer today <BR> <BR> ************************* <BR> <BR> Hello, friends! I have been sick the past few days...still not sure if it was from severe allergies or if I really was sick. The allergies are still lingering a little, but much better. I took today... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 21:29:18 EST Day of 13 of Last 30 / A Little Setback http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5503919 Today's Stats: <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> - 175.5 - <em>49</em> 2! Yikes! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Calories - 1298 <BR> <BR> Fiber - 36 <BR> <BR> Freggies - 12 <BR> <BR> Water - 8 <BR> <BR> Steps - 7,000 <BR> <BR> ************************* <BR> <BR> So, not very happy about the reading on the scale, but that is ok. I know that fluctuations are normal, so I will not freak out! (that's what I've been telling myself all day, anyway) You would think that with a weight gain, I woul... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 22:42:19 EST Day 12 of Last 30 / Where Did the Day Go? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5503027 Today's stats: <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> - 173.5 maintained <BR> <BR> Calories - 1193 <BR> <BR> Fiber - 19 <BR> <BR> Freggies - 6 <BR> <BR> Water - 8 <BR> <BR> Steps - 6,000 - I need to work on this one. <BR> <BR> ************************* <BR> <BR> I just looked at the clock and saw that it is already 10:15! Where did my day go??? I haven't sat down since I got off work, except to eat supper! <BR> <BR> Had a busy, but good day at work. I am working on a project for my boss that... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 23:28:17 EST Day 11 of Last 30 / A Very Chocolate NSV! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5501892 Today's Stats: <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> - 173.5 <em>55</em> another half pound! <BR> <BR> Calories - 794 <BR> <BR> Fiber - 16 <BR> <BR> Freggies - 6 <BR> <BR> Water - 10 <BR> <BR> Steps - 9000 <BR> <BR> ************************* <BR> <BR> Guess what I was greeted with when I walked into my office this morning! A very large Halloween gift bag filled with chocolate! A very thoughtful co-worker anonymously gave me this as a nice surprise! Either that, or one of my competitors in t... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 22:15:59 EST Day 10 of Last 30 / It's a Keeper! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500763 Today's Stats: <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> - 194 <em>55</em> 1/2 pound!!! <BR> ***OOPS! - Should be 174!!!*** <BR> <BR> Calories - 1040 <BR> <BR> Fiber - 23 <BR> <BR> Freggies - 7 <BR> <BR> Water - 8 <BR> <BR> Steps - over 10,000 <BR> <BR> ************************* <BR> <BR> Today was Day 10 of my new eating plan. Going into this, I decided to give it 100% for 10 days, and then reevaluate what I needed to do from there. I have lost 9 1/2 pounds since starting, so I think it is saf... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 21:52:20 EST Day 9 of Last 30/A Day of Rest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5499664 Today's stats: <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> - 174.5 <BR> <BR> Calories - 1082 <BR> <BR> Fiber - 21 <BR> <BR> Freggies - 7 <BR> <BR> Water - 8 <BR> <BR> ************************* <BR> <BR> I had a very relaxing day today. Enjoyed church this morning with my family. DH and DD both helped me teach my 3rd and 4th grade Sunday School this morning, and I loved having them with me (especially DH as he was able to control those boys a little better than I have been). We really need more male r... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 21:18:32 EST Day 8 of Last 30 / 70 Pounds Gone! (pictures) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5498900 Hello, friends! Today was a big day for me! 70 pounds gone!!!!! It is still hard for me to imagine that I have actually lost that much weight from my body. I honestly never thought it would happen. <BR> <BR> For those of you who have not known me for long, I will tell you a little about my story. I was a normal weight growing up (of course, I didn't think so but I was around size 8-10 as a teenager and weighed between 125-130). I started gaining after I got married and was up to 150 wh... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 22:52:29 EST Day 7 of Last 30/Successful Dinner Out w/DH http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5498178 For those of you who have been following, I finished teaching my careers class today and I am so relieved! It was a very challenging group, but I am glad that I did it. <BR> <BR> I am kind of getting settled into my new eating plan and feeling really good about it. 7 pounds gone this week! <BR> <BR> DH took me out for a nice evening out at Outback Steakhouse. I had a salad with lowfat dressing on the side. DH ate my chicken and croutons, and I felt really good about my choices. A few y... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 23:16:16 EST Day 6 of Last 30/Quick Check In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5497224 Just a quick check in tonight, because my tummy is a little upset. The only thing that I did differently was ate meat with some veggies tonight, but I don't think that would have done it. Also, I was more hungry for protein, so I probably ate more protein and less freggies than I have been. <BR> <BR> Here are the stats for today: <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> - 176 - maintained <BR> <BR> Calories - 1090 <BR> <BR> Fiber - 10 <BR> <BR> Water - 8 <BR> <BR> Steps - 3,000 <BR> <BR> Ok, so not... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 21:24:40 EST Day 5 of Last 30/11 Month Sparkversary! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5496368 I know that's kind of silly to celebrate an 11 month anniversary but on this journey, I've learned to celebrate every little milestone! Today was another good day, but I am beginning to notice a few things that are different. <BR> <BR> For one thing, I seem to have more energy in the morning, so my evening workouts are getting more difficult to do. I finished my 5k training and kettlebell training about a week before I decided to start this new program. I made a commitment to follow thi... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 22:28:25 EST Day 4 of Down 30/ New Low Weight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5495355 So, today was a much better day in my class! Let me just say, movies are a wonderful thing!!! LOL! The lesson plan for my careers class called for watching a video on careers in television. It was actually very interesting. It made for a very peaceful class! <BR> <BR> Now, on to the good stuff! I was totally shocked when I stepped on the scale and saw a loss for the 3rd day in a row!!! This the lowest I have weighed since I was in my 20's! I am really beginning to believe that this c... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 22:07:02 EST Day 3 of Down 30/Not My Week for Teaching! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5494209 Day 3 went great! I think I am beginning to adjust to the new way of eating. My mind thinks I am supposed to eat a balanced meal every time I eat, so it is strange to eat just one food group at a time! Like I am finding out with everything else in this journey, it seems to be more of a mind game! <BR> <BR> A few weeks ago, my principal asked me if I would be willing to teach a Careers Class for 2 weeks while the regular teacher teaches a sex ed class. It was only for one period, and I us... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 20:38:19 EST