MELIBUG's SparkPeople Blog MELIBUG's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community It's WORTH IT! Yesterday when logging my Saturday weigh-in, I realized that it has been a year and I have made NO PROGRESS! WTH?! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Though it is not all about the number, the number does give some indication of progress you've made or lack thereof. Additionally it's about how clothes fit and how you feel. <BR> <BR> What is the problem with me? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> It i... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 11:52:53 EST Springing Challenge - Vision Board My new vision board for the Springing Challenge <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 9 Mar 2013 23:58:55 EST Springing Challenge - Workout Game A workout game that can be done to any soap opera (daytime or prime time). <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 16:36:39 EST Progress I've Made Last year I said the time is now and thought today I'd take a moment to reflect on the progress I've made the past year as well as my journey since joining SP in 2008. <BR> <BR> Though it has been bumpy and I have not yet reached my final destination, I now love myself again and that is a GREAT accomplishment. Back in 2008, I had lost my identity and didn't care about me. It was not acceptable; however, I did not see it at the time. My husband tried to show his concern...though his tactic... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 11:43:43 EST Exercise & Your Period / FFF Week 1 Challenge Article 4 Exercise and Your Period <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=919 </link> <BR> <BR> Since my TOM arrived today, thought this was a fitting article to wrap up my challenge assignment. Ironically, I read this article back when I joined SP in 2008. However, it is a good refresher to remind ourselves that even though when TOM is present and do not feel like exercising, it actually improves the adverse symptoms that occur during that time of the month. It als... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 13:52:50 EST Stressed Out Parents & Fast Food / FFF Week 1 Challenge / Article 3 Stressed out parents - what, isn't everyone calm, cool and collective with a family? <BR> <link><BR>news_detail.asp?health_day=669884 </link> <BR> <BR> The article is based upon research in 2006 of a Philadelphia phone survey. Not sure the data is a good representation of the total population. However, I do get where there is likely to be correlation of stressed parents and kids eating more fast food. Those with little time may reach to what is fas... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 12:03:51 EST Falling for Fitness Week 1 Challenge / Article 2 Physical Education/Fitness in School - AAAAAaaaaah! <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=686 </link> <BR> <BR> Sorry... for a minute I was having flashbacks to school and all those hateful PE classes. I never liked PE and would take a sharp stick in the eye before going back to them. When you are not happy with your body image, the last thing you want to do is undress in front of others and be forced to shower in front of creepy female gym teacher. Grant... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 16:37:49 EST Falling for Fitness Challenge - Week 1 / Article 1 What...another thing I can blame my menstrual cycle for? <BR> <link><BR>news_detail.asp?health_day=669659 </link> <BR> <BR> I have struggled with a knee issue for the past year. Though it would be easy to blame on my TOM (time of month), it is not the case. My knee trouble is a result of several things (knee alignment, hyper-mobile joints, arthritis, repeated up/down from floor for dog's knee therapy, severe ankle sprain as a child, and my own weight... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 14:21:05 EST Doing Me! It's been a year since I made the decision to do me again! <BR> <BR> Somewhere along the line in the last 20 years following getting married and having a son, I stopped caring about me. <BR> <BR> As a wife and mom, we tend to focus on caring for everyone else and forget that we still need to take care of ourselves. We become consumed with running here, there, and everywhere to do what needs to be done for our family. What about us? We are just as important - but unfortunately, we can w... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 18:05:16 EST Halloween's Not Just for Kids I've never gotten into dressing up for Halloween. However, last fall I made a commitment to have fun and try new things to which I've been having fun ever since. Who says you have to be a kid to enjoy holidays or fun activities? <BR> <BR> Last year two girlfriends and I (in the middle) dressed in Mardi Gras outfits for a Halloween Party. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This year another girlfriend asked me to go with her to the local Zomb... Sun, 14 Oct 2012 22:01:32 EST Workout Play Lists For this week's Rock-It Challenge we were asked to share two new workout playlists; mine are as follows: <BR> <BR> PLAYLIST I (POP) / Approx. Time = 35 min <BR> > We Found Every Teardrop (Rihanna vs. Coldplay) <BR> > Payphone (Maroon 5 ft Wiz Khaflifa) <BR> > 3 (Britney Spears) <BR> > How Far We've Come (Matchbox Twenty) <BR> > Single Ladies - Put a Ring on It (Beyonce) <BR> > Your Body (Christina Aguilera) <BR> > One More Night Remix (Maroon 5 ft some other DJs) <BR> > She's So Mean (Matchb... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 15:17:12 EST Back at It! Week 5 of the current challenge and I need to keep my goal in mind! <BR> <BR> Up until last week, I have been consistent in my approach to fitness and nutrition. Mind you it has not been complete perfection, but nothing like last week! <BR> <BR> I could blame the fact I was out of town and forced to eat out for all meals. However, this is not the first time I have done so since I recharged my energy for losing weight. <BR> <BR> No excuses - IT WAS ME! I allowed myself to over-indulge and... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 22:06:12 EST DONE Girl Sass Challenge Reflection & Future Plan To reflect on my progress with the SASS Challenge, first I must look back at where I started... <BR> <BR> - My starting weight for the challenge was 227.5 and 193.25 total inches, with a desired goal weight of 207.5 (20 lb. loss). <BR> - I was completing cardio @ 30 min 5X/wk and strength 3x/wk. <BR> -My additional goal was to change my sleep habits by going to bed earlier (in bed by 10:30pm). <BR> - If I was successful in completing the SASS season, a reward to myself would be Black Leathe... Thu, 28 Jun 2012 13:37:45 EST Week 1 - Day 3 Sleep Diary Week 1 challenge is completing a sleep diary for 3 days this week... here is my Day 3 of completing: <BR> <BR> 1.What time did you wake up today? 7:30am <BR> <BR> 2.What time are you lying down to go to sleep? 12:15am <BR> <BR> 3.What, if any, was your bedtime routine? Varies (10pm-12am week; 11pm-2am weekend) <BR> <BR> 4.What were the last food(s) you consumed tonight? (Include type, amount, and time you ate) Fritos Corn Chips - 1 oz (11:00pm) <BR> <BR> 5.Did you exercise today? (Inc... Fri, 20 Apr 2012 00:49:50 EST Week 1 - Day 2 Sleep Diary I recently joined the Official Sleep Better Challenge Team (noticed on another SP friend's page and thought was just what I needed). If interested in joining, see my SP page to join too. Part of Week 1 challenge is completing a sleep diary for 3 days this week... here is my Day 2 of completing: <BR> <BR> 1.What time did you wake up today? 7:30am <BR> <BR> 2.What time are you lying down to go to sleep? 11:35pm <BR> <BR> 3.What, if any, was your bedtime routine? Varies (10pm-12am week; 11... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 15:41:18 EST Week 1 - Day 1 Sleep Diary (Saturday Night - Sunday Morning) 4/15 1.What time did you wake up today? 9am <BR> 2.What time are you lying down to go to sleep? 11:45pm <BR> 3.What, if any, was your bedtime routine? Varies (10pm-12am week; 11pm-2am weekend) <BR> 4.What were the last food(s) you consumed tonight? (Include type, amount, and time you ate) Small bag of Cheetos 10:30pm; 1 mini 3 Muskateer 11:30pm <BR> 5.Did you exercise today? (Include the type, duration, and time of day if you exercised.) Cardio 45m (low impact aerobics 15m, elliptical trainer 3... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 20:46:47 EST Food Blogging - Day 4 Final day of my food blogging challenge... <BR> <BR> Nothing new or exciting for breakfast - Marshamallow Mateys were the selection again today. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lunch was a quick grab this morning - Beef Taco Hot Pocket. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Afternoon snack - banana with a maple brown sugar granola bars <BR> <img src=" Thu, 23 Feb 2012 10:29:57 EST Food Blogging - Day 3 Another day and of course, the body requires more food! :) <BR> <BR> Breakfast for this champion was my Marshmallow Mateys again (aka Lucky Charms generics). <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My sandwich I forgot for yesteday's lunch - got to eat it today. :) <BR> Toasted with turkey, cheese and mustard. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Snack today is a banana, yogurt (different flavor than i... Wed, 22 Feb 2012 11:29:14 EST Food Blogging - Day 2 Ok - today is going to be a better day for food! What do I do first thing this morning?...forget my lunch portion of today's food at home on the table - UGH! Oh well, no excuses - I will be going out to purchase something healthy. <BR> <BR> Breakfast was at work today - so something portable was necessary. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For lunch - my favorite salad ever!!! McDonald's Southwest Grilled Chicken Salad - with the grilled ch... Tue, 21 Feb 2012 10:17:37 EST Food Blogging - Day 1 Well this week's challenge is a first for me - blogging my food intake for the day. Today is Day 1 of 4 that I must complete to satisfy the challenge. <BR> <BR> I am a cereal junkie, so I started my day with my favorite thing -CEREAL! Is it the best choice cereal - probably not. It is the worst choice cereal - definitely not! I eat what I enjoy while also being conscious of nutrition value. This is one that I enjoy and is better than others. Malt-o-Meal Marshmallow Mateys (aka Lucky Ch... Mon, 20 Feb 2012 10:43:15 EST What Motivates Me? It has been over 3 years since I first joined SPARK and though I made great progress early on, I found myself stuck in a rut or slump. Realizing this is my own doing, I decided to take control back and joined a new "Motivate" challenge with Done Being the Fat Girl Team. How appropriate as what I definitely need is motivation! Our first challenge is to assess what it is that motivates us...why did we join the challenge, SPARK, or made the decision to do something now? <BR> <BR> I joined SPA... Mon, 21 Nov 2011 11:12:22 EST Why is taking care of ourselves so hard?... or is it? Why do I continue to struggle in consistency in taking care of myself? I know what I need to do, but why is it so much easier to not do it? I cannot seem to keep myself motivated long term. Will power is a mind set; some days I choose to press over-ride and sabotage my own well being. <BR> <BR> I need to come up with a new plan; the past and present plan is not working. <em>198</em> <BR> I must find overall balance again (work, home, family, friends, school, and most importantly ME!). ... Sun, 15 Aug 2010 00:24:53 EST Reaching Completion x 2! <img src=""> <BR> When my little boy started school 12 years ago, I never imagined it to go by so quickly. I also never imagined him to turn out to be the extraordinary individual he is. Yes, we all have high hopes for our children, but realize they are human too and will make mistakes as they grow. I think back to some of the things my husband and I did as teenagers and here stories of what other parents have experienced, and realize we... Wed, 9 Jun 2010 23:45:08 EST 5 Things I Like Teal Trooper Daily Challenge - 5 things I like about me: <BR> <BR> 1) I am a strong person <BR> 2) I am dependable <BR> 3) I am caring <BR> 4) I am a good mother <BR> 5) I am not a quitter <BR> <BR> Why is it so hard to say what we like about ourselves? I am perfectionist, and find it much easier to find something that can be fixed vs. celebrating what is good... something I need to work on. Wed, 12 May 2010 22:13:52 EST Change feels good! For the past year, I have sabotaged my own success with doubt and allowing emotion to control my choices. The alternative seemed too daunting and unobtainable. It was just easier to continue on the negative path I had allowed myself to follow. However, I reached a point that I could no longer look at myself in the mirror and be happy with what I was doing to my body. It was necessary for me to make a u-turn and go back the other direction. Although, I knew what I needed to do, I was stil... Sat, 24 Apr 2010 13:41:37 EST It's been a long time overdue! I started Sparking 21 months ago and made progress for the first 6 months, losing 50 lbs. However, I stumbled along the way, lost motivation, and just plain stopped caring. As a result, I went backwards and gained back some of the weight back. I knew it was occuring, but chose to do nothing about it. The only person to blame is me. I finally reached a point when enough is enough. <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> This week is the beginning to the new me! My new journey started Monday and I have... Fri, 16 Apr 2010 16:09:23 EST Deserve Better! My life has been so busy that I have started slipping on making time for my own well being. Some days it is just a struggle to deal with life and accomplish the daily things let alone fitting in exercise. However, I do realize it would not only assist me in dealing with some of this stress, but I would feel better. I am not happy about my efforts lately, so I need to make a change. I have made it too far to get lazy now. Injury or no injury, I can find some form of exercise to stay activ... Sun, 29 Mar 2009 13:15:38 EST Smiling Today! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am smiling today, and the scale is smiling back! I am down 3 pounds and 1 inch for the week. It is so motivating to see that number move. Though I do realize it is not just about the number, but how "I" feel in my body. I have felt great this week, and the number change has made it even better. This is my SP anniversary week and I have accomplished more than I anticipated at this point... <BR> 40 pounds in 4 m... Sun, 16 Nov 2008 13:09:48 EST No More Excuses!!! - Fitness is a Priority! <em>227</em> making excuses!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I need to get off my duff and get back on the wagon with fitness as a priority, because time is a ticking! Though my schedule has been tough this past week, I still need to find a way to fit in my workouts. It is too easy to put off until tomorrow. My body deserves better and if I want to reach my goals, I have to be committed to making it happen no matter what. Otherwis... Tue, 11 Nov 2008 11:56:29 EST Stressed!!! <em>204</em> <BR> Mirror, mirror, near my cheek... why do I have to deal with so much stress this week? UGH! Stress just makes me want to eat; however, should pat myself on the back for the progress I have made as before starting SP, I would have been filling myself to find comfort. <BR> <BR> Work has been slow again for my DH, which brings financial stress... <BR> TOM has arrived earlier than scheduled... <BR> DS16 broke up with his first love girlfriend... <BR> Same DS got angry with e... Thu, 6 Nov 2008 00:20:19 EST Blue Day Having one of those blue days where I feel it is only me against the world. Though I realistically know this is not the case, common sense does not change the feeling from being present. I don't want to finish my paper for school, I don't want to exercise, I don't want to clean or do laundry. There is too much to do and not enough time to do it all. In this case I have time, but don't want to do any of it. The good news is tomorrow will be another day and it will all be there waiting for... Sun, 12 Oct 2008 18:25:27 EST First 5K - NAMI Walk MN I am doing my first 5K this weekend. <BR> <BR> NAMIWalks for the Mind of America, NAMI's signature walkathon event that is being held in Minneapolis, MN at Minnehaha Park on September 27, 2008. <BR> <BR> NAMI is very important to me as they have done great things to assist familes in dealing with mental illness, including my own. I am thankful that my schedule has recently changed allowing me to participate in this event. <BR> <BR> If interested in sponsoring me, you can do so at the link... Fri, 26 Sep 2008 15:59:11 EST Head to Toe Reward Sunday was my day of pampering and for rewarding my new milestone achieved (25 lbs DONE!). The plan was from head to toe with a haircut and a pedometer, but received a little more than I bargained for. <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> My normal stylist was off for the day, which should have been a sign for me to wait. However, I chose not to listen and went ahead on a daring mission to get a haircut anyway. I left there with more than a haircut, but a new style and length (not by request), pl... Wed, 24 Sep 2008 00:23:13 EST Shrinking <em>9</em> <BR> I am shrinking and can feel it - what a wonderful, wonderful feeling! I knew my pants were getting longer and felt like they were getting a bit droopy, so this morning I decided to pull out a smaller pair which have been a tighter fit to wear. WOOHOO! - they fit like pants should! No more suck it in and stand up straight to get them zipped. I feel GREAT! Though I still have a long way to get go to reach my final goal, the progress thus far feels so good. For some time,... Thu, 18 Sep 2008 09:55:25 EST Health Scare I've been a bit out of touch this past week due to more unexpected stress in my life... <BR> <BR> On Tuesday when I awoke, there was a message from my father's employer indicating to contact them right away as I was listed as his emergency contact. The message immediately sent me in to panic and concern. My father is an alcoholic and he has distanced himself from me more and more over the past couple of years. When I reached them, I was informed he had been taken to the hospital by ambula... Sat, 13 Sep 2008 20:13:13 EST PMS - Argh!!! <em>175</em> <BR> I feel like a puffer fish and want to eat, eat, eat!!! Though I have not given in to the temptation to eat everything in site, I have really desired chips, ice cream, and all of that fattening food I desire when PMS arrives. Tue, 2 Sep 2008 23:40:09 EST A Salad Sucked Me In! <em>4</em> <BR> I went to Quiznos to pick up something for my husband and I to eat for dinner as he was craving his favorite sandwich. My original plan was to get a 6" Turkey on Wheat for me. However, I saw these yummy looking flat bread sammie's or some salad choices with flat bread. Hmmm, what should I do as I know salad dressings tend to be loaded with calories and fat? Then I saw they had a Roasted (good word) Chicken salad version with Honey Mustard dressing, which I clearly was du... Fri, 22 Aug 2008 21:19:46 EST Off to the Farm I Go...not the funny farm (lol) Well it's off to the farm I go... not the funny farm though (LOL)... <BR> <BR> I am heading to the open country of South Dakota to visit relatives on their family farm. I am excited as it will be fun to spend time with them and do a bit of relaxing. However, I am also bringing my chore clothes with to get in some good ole' fashioned manual labor. Nothing like farm work to get you in the moooooood for exercise. I'll also bring my walking shoes since there will be a bunch of scenery for me... Fri, 15 Aug 2008 16:37:55 EST I lost this week!!! <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <BR> Can you hear me cheering!!! My scale made up for it's lack of movement from last week and showed 5 lbs. gone today! I was so in need of a reward for the work I did this past week. I exercised more and kept my daily nutrition levels in the lower range of my goals. <BR> <BR> Today we had a family BBQ and oh so many yummy things to choose to eat. In the past, I would have loaded up my plate to have a little bit ... Sun, 10 Aug 2008 22:27:19 EST Don't Sweat the No Sweat <em>23</em> <BR> Though it is my scheduled day for strength training, it has just been too long of a day and I've ran out of gas! I have been faithful in following SP recommended exercise schedule to this point, so missing one day is not going to be the end of my success. I have to let go of perfection and realize I cannot sweat the no sweat for the day! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is another day and onward I will move! <BR> <em>206</em> Thu, 7 Aug 2008 00:09:03 EST Scale did not budge!!! :( <em>39</em> <em>11</em> <BR> The stupid scale would not budge no matter how many times I stepped on it this morning, I still received the same result - nothing lost!!! How depressing! I stayed within my recommended daily nutrition goals (with the exception of one day where I was slightly over on calories - oops). Although, my exercise was a bit less in its intensity from the prior week (another oops), so this may be the reason for my disappointment today. However, I was still hoping ... Sun, 3 Aug 2008 14:55:15 EST Week 3 & Stage 3 - I am the one in Control! Though I'm only beginning my third week with SP, I am already back on track with what I know from my previous weight loss experience and reaching goal weight then. My real work begins with Stage 3; continuing this motivation and not allowing emotional eating to take over. This is the exciting part for me! <BR> <BR> I am so thankful for finding this site! Back in 2004, when I had a great friend to partner with in my weight loss, it had helped so much. I again began searching for this same... Wed, 30 Jul 2008 00:51:46 EST