MELNELO's SparkPeople Blog MELNELO's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community i figured this would happen... someday. My intro paragraph to the Calling All Vegetarians (and Vegans)! Team Forum <BR> <BR> <BR> My husband and I have been working on a healthy diet since October of last year (he took a little longer to get on board). We are tossing around the idea of cutting out red meat (to start). We don't eat much as it is in the line of red meat besides family/friend gatherings, mostly due to cost. He and I both work seasonly with the economy the way it is and we are coming up on a time where neither of us ... Tue, 17 May 2011 15:41:02 EST Trust Me. Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God! Now I am deeply discouraged, but I will remember you... ~Psalm 42:5-6a NLT <BR> <BR> i have faith that His plan for me is best but my heart still hurts. i feel like a failure. everyone keeps saying "it will happen when it's supposed to" but last night i felt like maybe it's not supposed too. today i want to NOT want a baby so i will feel better... i feel like i'm putting my... Thu, 10 Mar 2011 14:04:49 EST i'm a big ole' TARD! PLEASE READ! OH EM GEE!!!! i have to share. please learn from my mistake!!!!! <BR> <BR> okay, so... i'm a box checker, crossser-offer, list making type of gal... <BR> which is why i think spark really works for me cause i get to log EVERYTHING and SEE results. <BR> <BR> with that said.... <BR> <BR> i clearly, log religiously, everything on the nutrition tracker. mostly cause i love it. i hate it when i am like 1 CARB away from the range the website has said i need. i would almost stress about it. i wo... Thu, 13 Jan 2011 21:20:53 EST DDD Desire - Discipline - Delight. <BR> <BR> this was what we talked about in church on Sunday. it was pertaining to prayer. if we have the desire, we add discipline and it leads to delight! <BR> <BR> i think this concept can apply to anything. even exercise! <BR> <BR> all we need is a desire to get fit or exercise. we are on spark people so there is step one. if we add discipline, make an effort, take baby steps... <BR> <BR> eventually, with time, that discipline turns into DELIGHT! <BR> we... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 16:10:46 EST bu-bye 2010 It's a new year. 2011. It's brand new and everything that will happen this year is ahead of me. I'm happy to say goodbye to the old me from 2010. Last New Years I joked that 2010 would be "size 20 to 10 in 2010" haha. Too bad I didn't start till October on that! BUT at least I started. <BR> <BR> In October of 2010 we celebrated our first anniversary on 10/10/10. I weighed 248 lbs and there was no way i was going to see 250. I refused. I actually decided to do something about it. Sitting her... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 16:33:58 EST an idea for Thanksgiving... i'm trying to eat 6 -300 calorie meals a day. i know turkey day is around the corner and i've yet to figure out a game plan for not turning into a butterball with my family for the holidays. <BR> <BR> so for lunch today i tossed a couple ounces of pork on the good ole george foreman along with some sweet potato slices. i put that into my nutrition planner and noticed i needed another 100+ calories to add to that. (i didn't plan ahead today) so i opened the fridge and didn't see anything i wa... Thu, 4 Nov 2010 17:45:19 EST the problem with landmarks so today, i went walking with Rachel. i generally always walk alone cause i'm usually home alone, not cause i don't like people coming along.... <BR> <BR> when i walk outside, i wear a watch and i plan to go for 45 minutes. i wear my pedometer and i know my landmarks. when i get to the desired place i know i've gone a mile and it's time to turn back or circle round to get home. when i get on the treadmill, i set it for 45 minutes. i know i can watch two episodes of a tv program off a dvd set... Wed, 27 Oct 2010 21:37:39 EST it all started with jeans. my husband had suggested that i try on another size of jeans and i just laughed. you see... we live upstairs at our apartment complex and of course, he always says, "ladies first" when we get to the steps. i know it's not just to be polite, he likes to check out my derriere. haha <BR> <BR> i've only been working out for two weeks. i didn't want to jump the gun and get disappointed by trying on a size smaller jeans and have them be too snug. <BR> <BR> i figured that the jeans i was wearing w... Mon, 25 Oct 2010 12:46:26 EST "before" 2 weeks in - 8 lbs lost <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> October 22, 2010 - 240.6 lbs. - 2 weeks on <BR> Size 20 pant – Size 42 DDD bra <BR> 46.1% Body Fat – 36.4 BMI – 80.6 lbs. to goal of 160 lbs. <BR> Fri, 22 Oct 2010 17:20:19 EST the chart i've come to the conclusion that i'm a visual person. i make lists. i check off lists. i make "what i need to do today" lists, grocery lists, paying bills lists... i SEE results this way. it works for me. <BR> <BR> i made "the chart" last night. i hung it on the wall in the bathroom behind the door. <BR> <BR> you see, i purchased a scale this week. i love to hop on it and see a difference. i got one that tells me sooooooo many things. it tells me my weight, my hydration percentage, my bmi,... Thu, 21 Oct 2010 13:30:08 EST watch out for my body rolls! <link> </link> <BR> <BR> when i first saw this video, i didn't know what to think. now i can't get enough of it. i figure, if this chick can dance her booty off in spandex, gold, glitter pants... on the internet for the world to see, i can surely get out and walk/run around the neighborhood! maybe i'll even sing "watch out for my body rolls" as i run! <BR> <BR> be inspired by Leslie Hall! Tue, 12 Oct 2010 13:09:55 EST