MENEFF's SparkPeople Blog MENEFF's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community it's like riding a bike, right? well it's been WAY to long!!! <BR> <BR> Gave birth to a beautiful baby girl last April 2015, and have been learning about being a mother ever since!! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Took a little longer than I hoped to get ba... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 11:08:23 EST common sense? What has happened to common sense in our lives? <BR> <BR> I just read on Facebook that my 3 year old nephew is in the hospital with viral pneumonia. My Sister-in-law posted on Facebook instead of calling family!?!?! I can understand not calling at 2 am since there was nothing we can do, but don't go online and post it on Facebook for the whole world to see when your immediate family doesn't even know! My poor brother just called at 9am to tell us. I said I already knew, and he had no clue hi... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 10:09:50 EST salvation The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. Psalm 118:14 (NIV) <BR> <BR> AMEN! <BR> <BR> Happy Friday and blessing to you all. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 08:37:37 EST A to Z about ME! A is for Age: 31 <BR> B is for Booze: an occasional glass of wine- Riesling is my favorite! <BR> C is for Car: Dodge Nirto & I love it! <BR> D is for Dad's name: John M Jones- all the males in my family are John Jones <BR> E is for Ego: I dont' have one (or at least hope I don't) and don't care for anyone who does! <BR> F is for Favorite song or music: Country, Jazz, oldies. Not sure if I have a favorite song- there are so many I love! <BR> G is for Goof off thing to do: dance around the kit... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 12:22:47 EST feeling proud feeling proud today. <BR> <BR> Remember this post: <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5396148 </link> (It's ok.. I'll wait for you to catch up!) <BR> <BR> Well today (5 months later) they are STILL in my drawer at work. I have looked at the everyday since June. I have NO DESIRE to eat them at all. And the worst part is they look exactly the same as they did in June. That's gotta be some strong chemicals in them to "preserve" them for 5 months. <BR... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 11:58:27 EST don't ever give up on yourself! No matter how slow you move, keep moving! <BR> <BR> No matter how long it takes you to accomplish your goals, don't stop! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> You make your own decisions that affect your own life. Don't ever give up on yourself. <BR> <BR> Make yourself your TOP Priority! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> ... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 10:34:36 EST ouch! Last night I had a major blonde moment. I fell down the outside steps when I was taking the dogs outside. I missed the step twisted and tumbled down. I landed on the landscaping rocks & pavers we have at the back door. I went down like a ton of bricks! <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> Luckily my husband was home and could help me get up and inside (and get the dogs off of me since they thought it was a fun game & mommy was on the ground to play! Love them!) He was sure I broke something from the w... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 09:49:57 EST emotional breakthrough If you have been reading my blog, you know that I have been doing a 4-week fitness program. <BR> <BR> Well... this is not a quick & easy program. The works are quick- yes (30 minutes of less), but they are extreme! But tomorrow marks the beginning of the 3rd week and I have not missed a workout yet. This is unreal to me, because I am the queen of skipping a workout! But I love that they are quick, I can get them done in the morning before work, each day is a different workout, and I am achie... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 11:20:41 EST strength <img src=""> <BR> I have learned in the past few days how strong of a person I really am. I had convinced myself that there was no way my body would be able to cooperate with waking up earlier then I already did to get in a workout. I was convinced that doing that would bring on a migraine. I was convinced that I would be falling asleep in the afternoon because I would be so tired. <BR> I can talk myself into or out of anything. Well I w... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 10:36:20 EST life update and HRM questions.... Yesterday was my 2nd Wedding Anniversary! Can't believe it's been 2 years already! So blessed with the most wonderful hubby! <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> This morning I stated my new morning routine. I have been a "workout when I get home after work" kinda person for pretty much ever! Well this morning I got up at 4:30 am to get in my workout before my usual wake up call at 5am. I feel great! Lately my workouts were the first thing to get scrapped when we had plans, or there were other thins ha... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 09:59:12 EST FALLing in love I don't know about you, but I LOVE FALL! It is my all time favorite time of year! <BR> There is nothing about this time of year that I don't enjoy. I am so glad that Fall has finally arrived! <BR> When I logged into Facebook this morning, my favorite artist (Katie Daisy- check her out!) had posted a new print for Fall. I love it so much and wanted to share it with all my spark friends :) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> here is a link ... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 11:03:25 EST progress After my big drop 2 weeks ago, I dropped another 1/2 pound last week. I am totally ok with that! <BR> <BR> I took a "mini-staycation" for a few days last week to stay home with my doggies and get caught up on some things around the house. It was FANTASTIC!! I feel refreshed, rejuvenated, and relaxed. I think my body really needed that break, and I feel like I got so much accomplished. Not everything on my list got done, but a lot of things did. I feel like I accomplished enough! <BR> <BR> I... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 10:36:20 EST staying motivated Sometimes during this weight loss / getting healthy journey, we all loose our motivation. <BR> Sometimes the scale doesn't move despite all our hard work. <BR> Sometimes we loose a few pounds overnight for no apparent reason. <BR> Sometimes we fall of the "wagon" with a few bad choices. <BR> <BR> But at the end of the day, we all have to remember why we joined SparkPeople in the first place. <BR> We are here to improve our health and wellness. <BR> We are here to get strong (not skinny). <BR... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 10:11:26 EST amazing what getting back on track can do! After I weighed in on Saturday, my weight was up. Higher than it's been in a month. I was mad!! <BR> <BR> Well after getting myself back on track this weekend, and working hard, I was down 5.8 pounds this morning!! SAY WHAT!?!?!?! I had to weigh myself about 4 times before I believed it. Grated I just finished my TOM, so some of that might be water weight, but still! <BR> <BR> I was in SHOCK! My body is finally getting itself back on track. I know this is not normal and I will not expect a ... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 07:27:09 EST Friday Funny I shared this comic yesterday on my Facebook page, but I thought it was to good not to share with all my Spark Friends! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> hahahaha... yep that's me! Fri, 6 Sep 2013 09:22:30 EST concentrating on progress, not perfection! Did my planned workout last night which was a nice walk. Felt good to get moving again. I had hoped to add an extra workout in with it, but that didn't happen. That's ok- I made progress with doing my planned walk. <BR> <BR> Progress, not perfection. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The start of this month has been rough, but I'm back on track. Eating is going well, and I am pushing the water because we all know what a difference that makes!... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 09:18:35 EST feeling determined Today I woke up feeling refreshed and better. I still have a lingering headache but I am ignoring it and moving ahead. Nothing can keep me down anymore. <BR> <BR> So the start to my month wasn't what I hoped it would be. Am I going to give up? NO! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am tough, I will not give up! Each day we wake up is a new chance to make a change. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 5 Sep 2013 10:55:25 EST I am my own worst enemy.... I was so pumped for September to begin and get cracking on my September workout plan. <BR> <BR> I got 1/2 of my kettlebell workout in on Monday before my video stopped working. Then I was super sick last night (I will spare you the details) so I skipped my workout since I couldn't really move. Was hopeful for a nice workout today, and I woke up with a migraine. <BR> <BR> Seriously?!?!? My body hates me right now and the feeling is mutual! <BR> <BR> All I wanna do is feel good, workout, and... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 11:36:13 EST planning my September workouts So my August workout plan was just way to much and I totally failed! For about the first 2 weeks it was great and then I just bombed! So when April (DeterminedApril) and I started talking about September, we were not surprising on the same page... scaled back plan that is achievable! <BR> <BR> I also learned that I cannot for the life of me do the SAME workout everyday- I crave variety! So I planned my schedule accordingly! <BR> <BR> for September's schedule I will be combining my LOVE of K... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 13:54:35 EST an open apology to all my weight loss clients read this article on "huffpost" this morning and it really struck a cord with me. <BR> <link><BR>an-open-apology-to-all-of_b_3762714.html </link> <BR> <BR> This isn't about diets, this is about eating good food, exercising, and living a healthful happy life. Sun, 25 Aug 2013 10:57:53 EST sad times & getting back on track with Exercise I have been really struggling to get my butt in gear lately. Food & Water are perfect. Exercise not so much... I'll get there. I know I can do this and I know how much I like sweating & moving. It's been a rough week (no excuses, just life). <BR> <BR> My BF (friends since we were 3!!) is having a rough go right now. She just told me a few weeks ago that she was pregnant with their second child, and called me on Monday to tell me she had a miscarriage. I don't know a lot details yet because s... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 11:45:54 EST my poor skin! Anyone else ever get boils? Well I got one on my underarm where my bra rubs. It hurt so bad, so my loving husband helped me put some cream on it and then covered it with a large band-aid. That was Sunday and it went fine and dandy. He did the same thing for me yesterday morning before work so it is "protected". I got home last night and when I took off the band-aid, well the band-aid took of some of my skin too! <BR> <BR> OUCH! #*%^$^*^& <BR> <BR> (read sarcasm) Correct me if I am wrong, b... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 11:10:52 EST sorry Jillian- you're Fired! I have fired Jillian Michaels so to speak. I have broken up with 30 Day Shred. I have moved on. <BR> <BR> while 30DS is a great workout, it was just not for me. Maybe someday I'll go back and try it again, but doing the same workout for 10 days straight was just plain boring. I need change, I need excitement, I need variety! <BR> <BR> So I have moved on, and gotten my "spark" back. I climbed out of my "funk" and am feeling so much better. I think I started to loose motivation because I just... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 08:33:09 EST slow results = lack of motivation things have been going really slow for my lately. I have upped my workouts, have my eating on track, and it feels like nothing is happening. I wish I could figure out what I am doing wrong, because this frankly stinks! <BR> <BR> I am trying to stay super motivated. I got in a great workout last night (even though it was the last thing I wanted to do) and am feeling great. I have stopped weighing myself for awhile (maybe I'll weigh-in on Monday, but I'm really not sure). It was a great motiva... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 11:50:08 EST is this a plateau? Is this a plateau?? I have been bouncing back & forth between the same 3-5 pounds for a few weeks now. <BR> <BR> I feel like I am working SO hard, following all the rules, and yet the scale is not moving. I have stopped weighing myself, because frankly I was just getting really annoyed with it. It's not moving, and it was not motivating me anymore. So the scale & I have broken up for awhile. Maybe by Monday we can be friends again and I will weight myself. We'll see... <BR> <BR> In the mean... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 11:43:11 EST frustrated with my scale I have been on a great workout streak, staying within my calorie range for eating, and getting plenty of water, yet the scale refuses to move. It actually went up over the weekend- WHAT!?!?! <BR> <BR> If that isn't enough to kick you down, I don't know what is. <BR> <BR> But I will NOT let this get me down or throw me off track. I worked harder yesterday, and am back to my "normal" schedule today. <BR> <BR> Is it that I am gaining muscle? Am I retaining water? What's the deal body!?! <BR> ... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 10:49:51 EST Jobs 2 blogs in 1 day(!?!) <BR> <BR> I just wanted to share a positive update for all those that have been here supporting me (THANK YOU!). Yesterday my hubby got offered a JOB! A fantastic, wonderful, fun job! Things are going to be A-OK! <BR> <BR> He is an electrician (and former firefighter) and now works (beginning Monday) for a company that builds Fire Trucks. He will be installing all the wiring and lights on the trucks. Every little boys dream, right?!?! <BR> <BR> It's perfect for him an... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 10:59:26 EST confidence in myself Each day I stick to my goals, I am building more and more confidence in myself that I can achieve anything I put my mind to... WOW! <BR> <BR> I completed day 1 of my August fitness challenge yesterday and I survived! I actually felt ALIVE at the end of the day when all of my activities were complete! Why has it taken me so long to realize how great it is to make a plan and stick to it!?! My fitness calendar hanging in the fridge is a happy site- Day 1 Complete (with a star sticker!). On to D... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 10:51:07 EST Bring it Jillian! So Pumped and ready to get home and start my August routine... very excited to try Jillian Michael's 30 day shred today (for the first time ever!!!) What have I gotten myself into!??! I'm kidding- I'm super excited about it! <BR> <BR> Plus as a late addition, I am going to add this 30 day plank challenge to my routine. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Because, who doesn't love a good plank? I use to be really good at them (holding for minut... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 08:44:22 EST Getting organized & motivated I am FINALLY getting my workout plan in place. I usually just wing it each day and do whatever I feel like doing- no plan, no schedule, no consistency. <BR> <BR> Well, this month I am getting myself organized and ready to go. Luckily this is mostly thanks to April (DETERMINEDAPRIL) and her <em>345</em> plan to do Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred together. I have been wanting to try it for awhile and this is the perfect way to give it a go. It just arrived in the mail yesterday and I cannot... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 11:11:35 EST in love with my kettlebells! Got in a great workout last night with my kettlebells. Some might say I am addicted to them, and I am totally ok with that! I am still a beginner in the "kettlebell world" but I just LOVE it! It is such an all around complete workout! <BR> <BR> Feeling super this morning after that sweaty mess of a workout! <BR> <BR> When did I start enjoying a sweaty workout!??!! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> <em>323</em> <em>344</em> <em>323</em> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 07:41:02 EST body image issues So my blog entry yesterday really gave me a wake up call- I have some major body image issues. <BR> <BR> After my hubby & I talked about all of my self esteem issues, and lack of body love last night, I realized a HUGH thing- I have no outlet for my "fat" struggles. <BR> My 2 best friends (sister-in-law & BF since we were 3) are both a size 2. They have also been fit & skinny even after both having multiple babies. I have NEVER had anyone to talk to about it all that "understood"! So I don'... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 10:57:49 EST mega stress causing fights my Hubby & I had a rough night last night. Stress levels in our house are sky high right now. And unfortunately, once the stress sets in, so does my lack of self-confidence. I get worked up about every little thing and he and I had a full blown fight last night. I won't get into details but things are better today. He and I tend to knock heads when we are both stressed. It sucks, but luckily he gets mad, walks away, I follow, I cry (always!), we talk, and it's over. It sucks- but at least it'... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 11:27:58 EST getting back to it & some Pinterest motivation Had a rough / emotional end to my week last week and pretty much disconnected from the world on Friday. I still tracked my food (for the most part) and stayed on track, but wow it felt so good to get away from the world. I must be one of those people who are ok with not being "connected" alllllll the time with others. I think this stems from my childhood. <BR> <BR> My family use to take summer vacations to the lakes in New Hampshire and rent a little cabin in the woods on a lake. No TV, no ... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 12:07:40 EST feeling down & out Hubby has been searing for a job now for a few weeks. He had a great interview on Wednesday and was sure he was going to get the job, He found out this morning that he didn't. Apparently the man said they wished that had 2 positions to fill so they could hire him. UGH.. so close! Hopefully they will remember him when another job comes along, but he needs to find a job NOW, not in a few months or years. <BR> <BR> Life SUCKS! I know a lot of other people have a lot of worse things happening in... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 11:38:43 EST HOT HOT HOT I don't know about the rest of you- but it is HOTT (so hot I needed 2 T's!) here in PA. It has been up around 100°F all week and through Saturday! <BR> <BR> It makes is hard to get moving when all you want to do is make sure you keep cool. Still getting little workout's in here and there! Had a good kettlebell workout last night and got real sweaty (not hard to do with this heat!) My hubby & I also put on our swimsuits and played in the backyard with the sprinkler the other night with our d... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 12:01:14 EST things must be working? So even though lately the scale & I are not seeing eye to eye, something must be working. <BR> <BR> I must be shrinking. Pretty much all my summer shorts are too big. I can literally take them off without unbuttoning and unzipping them. It's great! <BR> <BR> All of the clothes went from being way to tight to comfortable/getting a little to baggy. <BR> <BR> I call this a victory! Even if the scale & I aren't agreeing! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 10:53:45 EST to hot to exercise? It is brutal outside today! With one of my major migraine triggers being heat, I think I will forgo the workout this afternoon and just worry about staying cool and not getting a migraine. <BR> <BR> I really want to workout, but I also REALLY don't want a headache! <BR> <BR> It sucks, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. Maybe I can get on the elliptical for a few minutes while dinner is cooking. a few minutes is better than nothing I guess! <BR> <BR> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 15:04:24 EST stalling on the scale I feel like I am stalling on my weight loss. <BR> <BR> I lowered my calorie intake (changed my loss per week in the calculations to 3 pounds) a few weeks ago and have been struggling ever since. I am still loosing weight, but I feel like I am working 10 times harder for less weight to be dropping off. <BR> <BR> I can tell a difference, but am annoyed at the lack of results from the scale (I know the scale isn't the end all of results but it helps keep me motivated!) <BR> <BR> Am I maybe ... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 08:41:42 EST PRAYING (this blog is not weight related!) I am PRAYING so much this morning. <BR> <BR> My husband had a job interview (at a GREAT company) this morning. <BR> <BR> I am PRAYING they see the good in him. <BR> I am PRAYING they see how motivated he is. <BR> I am PRAYING they see how big of an asset he would be to them. <BR> I am PRAYING they can see how willing to learn and grow he is. <BR> I am PRAYING they see how much he wants to find a job for him to be at for years and years. <BR> I am PRAYING he exceeds all the other applicants... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 11:15:45 EST getting back on track what a weekend it was! I am only really getting myself back on track today! <BR> <BR> here's a quick recap: <BR> <BR> Last Wednesday (7/3) my hubby lost his job! Sucks, but we are working thought it and he is actively looking for a new one. It's hard since I have been at the same job for over 10 years and he can't seem to find a good job. I want to help, and he gets frustrated (with the situation, not me). ugh... not a great way to start our holiday weekend together. <BR> <BR> 4th July- st... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 10:03:21 EST NSV & blessing in disguise Non-Scale Victories: <BR> <BR> Even though I know the scale is moving down, it was a nice reminder this morning when I tried on some shorts that were previously way to tight to be comfortable in. They FIT! they are still a little tight, but not so much that I wouldn't wear them! <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> Also- the shorts I have been wearing for awhile are getting way to big! I have noticed a lot of my clothes are getting loose which is great! <BR> I also am aware about how much more energy... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 09:57:25 EST extra motivation Tuesday! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and my most favorite (hahahahaha!) <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 2 Jul 2013 14:40:45 EST migraine tales I had great plans to have a killer workout when I got home from work this afternoon, but I woke up with a killer migraine. <BR> <BR> I took some advil migraine (my drug of choice for migraines) and am pushing the h2o in hopes of knocking this thing out of me. Really hoping that by the time I get home, I am feeling better. At least better enough to get some sort of workout in..... <BR> <BR> Seem to be struggling this week... <em>24</em> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 13:30:09 EST My 1 Year SparkVersary WOW! today is my 1 year SparkVersary! I can't believe it was a year ago that I joined Spark. <BR> <BR> I feel like I don't have much to show for a whole year, but I fell off the wagon for a good 6 months and gained a bunch of weight back. However that taught me a big lesson. <BR> <BR> Spark is not something to take lightly... it's a true lifestyle change. I didn't change my lifestyle the 1st time. But I am back, I haven't given up, and I am working hard than ever! <BR> <BR> I am DETERMINE... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 09:00:12 EST workout videos & elliptical update in need of some new workout video's (for FREE!) to get yourself moving- check out <link> </link> it's FANTASTIC!!! <BR> <BR> I tried their beginner Kettlebell workout yesterday and it was oh so good! Really helped me push myself to the next level and I felt great afterwards- like I always feel after a great workout! <BR> <BR> They also have these 8 week Fat loss Workout programs that you can download and follow (for a few $'s) which I think I might give a try. The... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 09:43:25 EST disappointing fitness video's (so far) since the broken elliptical, I had been really disappointed with the fitness video's I have tried from SparkPeople's site. I tried the 20 minute fat blaster and it was ok (at least I felt a little sore the next day from the squats) and yesterday I did the 20 minute yogilates video which was basically a waste of time. It was just some stretched (not what I expected at all!!) <BR> <BR> So today I spent a little time searching youtube and am going to begin either some HIIT workouts from <lin... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 11:01:42 EST broken elliptical update Hubby looked it over & took it apart and he & my father-in-law think they can fix it. They just need a part. They think it was damaged when we got it, but just took this long to finally give out. (Totally not my fault which I see clearly now! ) However according to paperwork parts should be covered for 3 years under warranty so now we need to deal with NordicTrack to see if they will fulfill this. I read some online reviews that basically said good luck getting them to do anything, so we will... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 15:09:20 EST kicking the fat girl while she's down while I was working out today on our elliptical (a NordicTrack) it broke. And not just a little break or something, the entire elevation ramp broke. Nothing moves now, it's all frozen. <BR> <BR> Well as I am sure you can image, it sent this fat girl into a downward spiral. Like I don't have enough obstacles out in the world. I am getting healthier and fit, but this just made me feel like the whole world was pointing and laughing at my and the size of my body. <BR> <BR> When we got this elli... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 19:00:15 EST Greek Yogurt, love it or hate it? Have you tried Greek Yogurt? It's all the rage! <BR> <BR> You either love it or hate it. Me.. well I am not a fan! <BR> <BR> I have tried it twice and just can't get into it. It's to thick to be yogurt in my opinion, more like a sour cream consistency and even taste. Unless I'm putting in on my taco salad, it's just not for me. <BR> <BR> I can see the benefits of it (more protein, less calories & fat) and it seems like a great alternative for cooking & baking. But to sit down with a spoon ... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 11:11:39 EST