MEMEJ4's SparkPeople Blog MEMEJ4's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Plank Challange (I just found this and I am starting now ) The 30 Day Plank Challenge will send your core strength through the roof! <BR> Day 1 - 20 seconds 1/5/2013 done <BR> Day 2 - 55 seconds 1/6/2013 done <BR> Day 3 - 60 seconds 1/8/2013 very shaky arms <BR> Day 4 - 60 seconds 1/9/2013 slightly shaky arms <BR> Day 5 - 70 seconds 1/16/2013 very shaky arms <BR> Day 6 - 94 seconds 1/17/2013 strong arms shaky core <BR> Day 7 - 120 seconds 1/18/2013 strong arms painful core <BR> Day 8 - 130 seconds 1/19/2013 OMG that was a struggle <BR> Day 9 - 12... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 19:55:38 EST If my scale disapeared, how would I know I reached my goal No scale, first I would mourn the lost of my friend, because my frendemeny the scale keeps me on track. I have a range of how much I weigh, I can go 3lbs lower or higher but that is it. <BR> I have a ritual for weighting myself <BR> I balance my scale with two 5 pound weights <BR> I disrobe <BR> I place my feet perfectly within the middle of the markings on the foot pads <BR> I set the levelers and stand straight up (repeat until scale is balanced) <BR> <BR> WOW I am nuts that is how I w... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 10:03:47 EST Daydreaming 10 years from now I will be 53 on the beach somewhere with my love, sipping a virgin pina colada, both of us looking and feeling younger than our ages. <BR> Really, retired this time and we will be on a 2 month cruise around the world. No cell phones no children no grandchildren. <BR> Our home will be a retirement village in Florida (no kids and no grandchildren). We will visit all five of the children in the summer and travel in the winter to warm locations. <BR> <BR> ~Meme Mon, 7 Jan 2013 00:58:20 EST Complaining from everyone Day one and all I got was negative comments and whining. <BR> One wanted more salt One said the food was too spicy and the kicker was this food doesn't fill me up. He eats dry ramen noodles and thinks a bowl of vegetable stew wont fill him up. They go all day with out eating I have made 3 meals and they complain. I don't think I can do this for 6 weeks. Mon, 17 Dec 2012 19:58:50 EST Went shopping 2 hours WOW <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Before and After Mon, 17 Dec 2012 15:27:30 EST Starting the new plan Monday I have to go shopping so we wont be able to eat totally vegan until Monday. We have so much junk food in the house. Yaya made cake and home made Twinkies for Carlton's birthday. Carlton freaks out when I throw food away, it actually looks as though it physically hurts him to see me do it. <BR> There are so many hurtles to overcome to get this motley crew healthy and fit. Sun, 16 Dec 2012 07:45:57 EST My family OH BOY We are all going back vegan this weekend. This has been a group vote, passed by all, but I am feeling dissension in the ranks already. Reo is pouting about the kind of peanut butter he will be allowed to eat and Carlton is asking way to many questions picking apart the plans. <BR> Yaya's ready to help cook, so the girls are on track. We just need to get the boys to stay in line with us. <BR> I feel having the kids workout with me is a wonderful motivating factor that I have never had before... Thu, 13 Dec 2012 04:34:55 EST One step forward two steps back I am ranting ~ <BR> I am exercising my butt off (literally) and I want to see more results. My stomach is bloated due to ovulation so that's 3 days of bubble gut. Some time next week pms starts and more bubble gut. <BR> I am so crabby right now. 40 sucks my hormones are wreaking havoc on my mind and body. <BR> <BR> WOOSAH ~ I needed that <BR> <BR> Spark Coach was so on point today. I really appreciate Spark Guys pep talk. <BR> <BR> Spark Cheers Tue, 28 Aug 2012 07:34:36 EST 3 month Inch loss challenge 3/4/2012 experiment over <BR> me <BR> waist 24.5" down .5" <BR> belly 30 " same <BR> <BR> cj <BR> waist 42 " down 7" <BR> belly 50" down 2" <BR> <BR> 2/26/2012 <BR> me <BR> waist 24.5" down .5" <BR> belly 29.5 " down .5" <BR> <BR> cj <BR> waist 42 " down 7" <BR> belly 50" down 2" <BR> <BR> 2/19/2012 <BR> me <BR> waist 24.25" down .75" <BR> belly 28.75 " down 1.25" <BR> <BR> cj <BR> waist 42 " down " <BR> belly 50" down " <BR> <BR> 2/12/2012 <BR> me (period) <BR> waist 24.75" down .... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 09:17:02 EST Happy Day <em>30</em> Tue, 31 Aug 2010 12:32:51 EST Short Month for me I was on vacation for 2 weeks and did pretty good. I did not gain and I walked every day. I ate a lot of salad and was good most of the time. New month new goals, it is so close to my birthday and the looming feeling that my buff 40 year old body will not be here to celebrate is sad. <BR> <BR> Meme <BR> Mon, 15 Jun 2009 07:34:36 EST Mile Log for the month of May 1st - 31st day 1 May 3 - 2.31 miles 30 min 230 cal <BR> day 2 May 4 - 2.40 miles 30 min 230 cal note-pain in right knee for1st 15 min <BR> day 3 May 5 - 2.53 miles 30 min 247 cal note-plus 30 min cool down <BR> day 0 May 6 - yoga day <BR> day 4 May 7 - 2.51 miles 30 min 251 cal note-plus 30 min cool down <BR> day 5 May 8 - 2.47 miles 30 min 240 cal note-I like pm running vs. am running <BR> day 0 May 9 - yoga day <BR> day 6 May 10 - 2.52 miles 30 min 253 cal <BR> day 0 May 11 - no treadmill today <BR... Sun, 3 May 2009 17:21:25 EST Starting over again again again again I have another do over. I am tired of do overs but glad to have the opportunity to start over again my goal is not outrageous. My goal is to look better then I do now, by August 21th. Obstacles are ever abounding but God is my coach my leader my cheerleader. Without God I would not have woke up. Without God I would not have got on that treadmill today. <BR> <BR> Happy Monday to the world. Mon, 13 Apr 2009 06:51:07 EST The flu has left the building I find it so angering that we try so hard to reach a goal and are knocked downed or back 5 steps by circumstances that are out of our control. <BR> <BR> I know my family getting the flu was not a curse or a punishment for trying to be more then what we are, but how frustrating this is that we try step out of our comfort zones and are knocked back into the box we have climbed out of. vent vent vent etc... <BR> <BR> OK enough complaining we are good, it was only the flu and we are back on ... Tue, 24 Feb 2009 13:43:50 EST oops up a pound I am up a pound and I am not as upset as I thought I would be. <BR> I ate a lot over the weekend and I really feel that if I had not been working out like had over the past week my weight gain would have been a lot more traumatizing. <BR> I know where I went wrong and can make the corrections thanks to my sparks menu tracking and holding myself accountable. <BR> <BR> I am still focused on my goals. <BR> <BR> I am now on day 36 of the Fab B4 40 plan. <BR> 173 days until my birthday extrava... Mon, 9 Feb 2009 08:42:15 EST I went out to eat and I did it guilt free I was so worried about going out to eat today. I am so grateful that my worry was unfounded. I had a plan and I stuck to it. I put all my motivational and goal setting articles to the test and I DID IT. <BR> My plan was <BR> 1. light breakfast which ended up being one homemade birthday pancake <BR> 2. olive garden for lunch (they changed it to dinner time) <BR> 3. fill up on salad <BR> 4. no bread sticks <BR> 5. a cup of pasta. <BR> yay spark people - I could not have done it without y... Tue, 3 Feb 2009 21:54:13 EST I had a ok week I am still focused on my goals. <BR> My monthly pest came Thursday and took me out of commission for a few days. <BR> <BR> I am now on day 28 of the Fab B4 40 plan. <BR> 181 days until my birthday extravaganza. <BR> 91 days before decision day party or no party. <BR> my menu for 5 weeks <BR> week 1 fruit and water (flax seed) DONE <BR> week 2 fruit vegetables and water DONE <BR> week 3 fruit vegetables nuts and water Done <BR> week 4 fruit vegetables nuts legumes and water Done <BR> week 5... Sun, 1 Feb 2009 20:50:43 EST Another nice week I have done very well on my fast. <BR> I have gradually added more calories to my daily intake I have not seen any weight gain as of Thursday, I actually lost 2oz. I will know on Monday if the added calories make a significant difference. <BR> I am finding it hard to eat all the food, the quantity of food is ridiculous vs. the few calories I get from them, this is amazingly eye opening experience. <BR> I am not eating after 6pm so I have to get in all my calories in before my cutoff time, a... Fri, 23 Jan 2009 03:09:27 EST He said I feel smooth (what!) I asked my husband if he had noticed a difference in me since I have been working-out, and his lovely reply was a heart felt YES you feel SMOOTHER. <BR> The love of my life gave me what he thought was a compliment. <BR> The sparkle in his eye melted the shock in my heart and made me so so proud to be smooth. I am going to assume that I was bumpy 3 weeks ago and now today I am smooth. <BR> I am smooth and to whoever may take the time to read about my wonderful compliment. <BR> I wish you sm... Tue, 20 Jan 2009 12:27:08 EST I had a very good week So far so grand, I lost a lot of water weight and toxins last week. I feel wonderful and energized. One downer is I started a new skin care regimen at the same time I started the fast, and I don't think the two are conducive to one another. My chin feels a little dryer then normal, but my skin is clear, oh well small price for big rewards. <BR> <BR> I am still focused on my goals. <BR> I am now on day 12 of the Fab B4 40 plan. <BR> 216 days until my birthday extravaganza. <BR> 126 days be... Fri, 16 Jan 2009 16:40:27 EST 223 days until my birthday I am very focused on my goal. <BR> I have not begun to plan my birthday extravaganza yet, for fear of not looking the way I want to on that day. I have given myself 90 days to get to my goal body shape, that will give me 133 days or so to plan the get healthy party celebration I envision. <BR> I for now am going to be micro focused on weight, fasting and inches for the next 85 days. The first 5 days have gone pretty good, I think I got rid of some water weight and toxins, so now I can have m... Fri, 9 Jan 2009 04:51:56 EST Five lessons I need to remember (this post is about emotional health) (this was gift from my cousin) <BR> Lessons to make you think about the way we treat people. <BR> <BR> 1 - First Important Lesson - Cleaning Lady. <BR> <BR> During my second month of college, our professor <BR> gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student <BR> and had breezed through the questions until I read <BR> the last one: <BR> <BR> 'What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?' <BR> <BR> Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the <BR> cleaning woman ... Tue, 4 Nov 2008 12:38:50 EST Personal observation time I moved my workout to a higher level. I think I sleep too much. I need to laugh more. I need to read my bible everyday. I want to learn a foreign language. I want to learn how to sing. I want to yell less and smile more. I want to wipe all cuss words from my vocabulary. I want to run a whole mile without stopping. I want to throw my scale out the window and focus on health not clothes size. I want all political commentary off television. <BR> <BR> I have finally pick the picture image of how... Sun, 2 Nov 2008 18:10:57 EST I am fully back on track back I am fully back on track back to working out and not eating after 6pm. It took me a whole month to get back in the swing of things after Carl’s hospital stay. Now that my hunny bunny is better and working out too, life is getting back to its routine. Work is slow so I have more time to focus on myself and Carl, before it picks up and I get busy. <BR> <BR> My new nemesis is chocolate cake when I was depressed about Carl’s illness I ate chocolate cake everyday. I don’t even like chocolate (wh... Sun, 26 Oct 2008 04:30:00 EST Road Blocks, Barriers, and Brick Walls Why is it when I set my sites to move to another stage in my life I am hit with <BR> road blocks barriers and brick walls <BR> I set my goals I plan my day I get focused and I am hit with <BR> a road block a barrier a brick wall <BR> <BR> I saw no way around this latest obstacle blindsided I felt overwhelmed <BR> I jumped the road block and stumble across the barrier just in time to hit my head on the granddaddy of all brick walls <BR> <BR> I am now standing up and shaking off the pain an... Sun, 12 Oct 2008 06:59:42 EST Who we are I am going to be fit and firm by next August. I have reached my weight goal and holding. My lovely husband has joined me in my goal to get firm. Carl is a former body builder. We have been Vegetarians for 3 years now, and have recently found out that we both are allergic to gluten (not severely allergic but enough to mildly impact our weight and digestion) <BR> <BR> Wed, 24 Sep 2008 09:21:45 EST