MICYWALTON's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MICYWALTON MICYWALTON'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/ Fat Shaming and trying to get over it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5996592 You hear about fat shaming on social media all the time...there's a huge push to have people understand that this attitude of "I'm better than you because you're fat" needs to go away. I've never had to deal with this in Wyoming and considered it to honestly be something that wasn't a concern for me. Sure, I feel uncomfortable in social situations and I can't always fit into chairs that are provided...it never struck a nerve too badly for me. That is, until this last Friday. I went to an ur... Sun, 13 Sep 2015 11:57:06 EST The first 6 weeks of BLC http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810299 As of Wednesday, October 29th, I have lost 15.4 pounds during the first 6 weeks of the BLC. Week 12- the final Weigh-In- is on my birthday this year. <em>409</em> Kinda cool, but could be really bad. I'm a little nervous. <em>29</em> <BR> <BR> So what have I done that's different this round? I'm eating based on the ketogenic diet. Before you tell me that it's dangerous and it never works and your body needs carbs, hear me out. My body feels 100 percent healthier and stronger than... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 21:56:08 EST Camp WannaBeFit Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670457 My goals for the first week are: <BR> <BR> Kick Clutter to the curb <BR> Cardio (mostly option 4) <BR> Good Nutrition Basics <BR> <BR> I have been wanting to start Flylady again, and the kick clutter challenge is a perfect way to get back into the swing of it. <BR> <BR> I've also been feeling pretty much like a sloth lately, so getting back to the gym and on the treadmill is going to be great for me. I'm going to take my daughter with me so we can have some bonding time, and I can teach h... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 11:51:36 EST A Perfect Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5549974 I have to say that this past weekend was a welcomed break from my normal life. Dan finally graduated from the Culinary Academy on Saturday. Everyone was so nice, and they all told me how much he talked about me the whole time he was there. I truly felt welcomed into a whole new family, and it felt sooo nice! I'm so freakin' proud of him. Now on to finishing his last year of school and getting a degree, and me getting into nursing school. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Saturday evening, Dan mad... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 13:43:06 EST BLC 22 Review and Rewrite! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5430016 All right, so over halfway through this round, and what do I have to show for it? <BR> <BR> -zip, nada, zilch, nothing! <BR> <BR> My goals for this round were: <BR> <BR> 1. To be able to wander over to the weights area of my gym without feeling self-conscious. <BR> -Yeah, still haven't had the guts to do this one. <BR> <BR> 2. To finally figure out the best eating style for me (other than soup like the end of last round lol) <BR> - Nope, not yet. Although I have been leaning towards pal... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 23:22:52 EST Letter to Self http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5400150 I know what you're doing. You saw the number on the scale yesterday, and you're slowly working to sabotage yourself again. 240.6...we've been here before at the end of BLC last round. Just because you're at that number does NOT give you the right to slowly eat the calories back. I know that it's been a really long time since you've been below 240, and I remember what made you climb to above that number. What happened in the past is in the past- it's not an issue anymore. You're not in that s... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 11:50:20 EST June 16-30 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5390715 So I was feeling sorry for myself last night and refusing to do anything, eating cheez wiz and crackers, bar nuts and soda. I was watching The Following on hulu and ran out of episodes to watch so I started scrolling to find something to watch. I found a show called Extreme Weight Loss and I remembered that someone had told me it was a good show, so I decided to watch it. The first episode didn't really get to me, but the episode with Meredith did. She may be younger than me but she's dealing... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 10:52:58 EST May 2013 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5339709 So I'm feeling like I need to put this down on paper for next month. I feel like I'm heading in the right direction for making progress, but I know how easy it can be for me to slip up and fall off the wagon. So here's what I feel I need to do to be successful in May. <BR> <BR> 1) Drink 2.5 L of water, or 10 glasses. I've been able to do this most days, but I need to remember this! <BR> 2) Try to work out at least 5 days a week/ 30 minutes per day. I lost my motivation for a little while, bu... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 16:12:25 EST My Reality http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5328899 So I signed up today for the StepUpCheyenne.com's event today. This is an event that they do every few months...kinda like dietbet.com, but you do it with a bunch of local people. I was really excited to do this last night...set my alarm clock for MUCH earlier then I would normally get up. Told myself I was going to go there in the morning and sign up for this and I would be "happy" about it. <BR> <BR> Something happened between last night when I closed my eyes and when I woke up this mornin... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 16:28:39 EST The conversations I have with myself... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5305580 So I try to go to the gym five to six days a week. Every day, it's the same conversation with myself... <BR> <BR> "But I don't wanna go to the gym!" <BR> Tough... <BR> <BR> "But people will be looking at me.." <BR> And?? <BR> <BR> "I hate being here. These people are so much more in shape then me." <BR> You have something to look forward to then, huh? <BR> <BR> "Why am I wasting my money on a gym membership?" <BR> What would it buy you? Another dinner at McDonald's? Another pound heavier?... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 17:50:38 EST Trying to be a better me...needing advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5288972 So I'm thinking about signing up for the color run in Denver in June. I have all the information and I just need to sign up....the problem, the actual "running" of the color run. I signed up for the couch to 5k program, and it states to walk 5 minutes, run a minute and then walk 1.5 minutes...20 minutes total. But what do I do when I can't run even that much?? I walked 5 minutes today and then jogged a minute...instantly, the outsides of my calves started screaming. So I stopped and stretched... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 16:40:04 EST What's on My Mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5282967 Physically, I'm sick to my stomach and suffering from yet another migraine. I thought I was doing better, but going up a set of stairs this afternoon proved otherwise. I instantly started feeling nauseous and lightheaded...which, at this point, is not normal. I did get 20 minutes in this morning, and a few squats done throughout the day...least it's something. <BR> <BR> Mentally, I'm kinda freaking out right now. My landlord called my BF about a truck that we bought that hasn't been working ... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 19:31:48 EST My day so far... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5278702 NSV...I tried on a pair of pants this morning expecting to not be able to button them up. I haven't been able to wear them comfortably for over a year. They went on and I was able to button them and sit down in them without any problems...Woot! I was worried that as the day went, though, they might not feel too comfortable so I put them back in my closet...maybe another week or two. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Spilled my coffee this morning in the elevator...on a patient's shoes. <em>198</... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 10:38:41 EST March 2013 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5276126 So I've been going through the tracking thread for my group today...and I noticed that the ones that had more exercise minutes had bigger weight losses this week. Obvious to everyone but me, I guess. I know that with my new position I'm sedentary for 8 hours a day. My old job I was on my feet at least 7 hours daily...walking halls, lifting heavy patients...working! I'm fighting an uphill battle right now, and I know it. Maybe it's time to change my game plan <BR> <BR> March's Goals: <BR> <B... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 15:16:27 EST February 2013 goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5253718 For my New Years Resolutions, I decided to break up my resolutions into monthly goals. Here's my list for February. <BR> <BR> 1. Get taxes done. (Hoping to work on that today. for some reason I'm dragging my feet on this one.) <BR> 2. Set up a Christmas fund for this year. <BR> 3. Work on my DD's birthday party. (still not sure what she's wanting to do- maybe I can work on it tomorrow.) <BR> 4. Lose 5 pounds for the month. <BR> <BR> According to my calculations, I did lose 5 pounds last mon... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 15:14:33 EST To my 16 year-old self http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5223836 Michelle, <BR> <BR> There is so much that I want to tell you, but at the same time I know that if I tell you not to do something, it will change the outcome of where we are now. So here's what I can tell you. <BR> <BR> You are perfect just the way you are. You are beautiful, so don't worry that the stupid 16 year-old boys don't see it. You're becoming a beautiful, young woman without all that drama. <BR> <BR> Don't listen to your mother so much. Make some mistakes. The beauty of it all is ... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 00:15:47 EST January 2013 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5188287 A New Year! I know I'm late writing this, but I still need to put it down. =) <BR> <BR> January <BR> <BR> 1. Cut back on soda. Drink more water. I was really good about not drinking very much soda for a few months, but the holidays got me. I know I can do this again! <BR> <BR> 2. Start working out again, no matter how small the amount. It all adds up! <BR> <BR> 3. Start planning meals better. With me working days now, there's more temptations available for wrecking my healthy eating.... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 13:45:44 EST Handbook 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5182179 Stolen from BonnySparkGirl's page, but I wanted to post it here on my page to be able to look back on it this year. =) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> &#128158;Handbook 2013&#128158; <BR> <BR> òúHEALTHòù <BR> <BR> &#128313;Drink plenty of water <BR> <BR> &#128313;Eat Breakfast like a king, <BR> Lunch like a prince & <BR> Dinner like a beggar. <BR> <BR> &#128313;Live with the 3 E's-- <BR> Energy, <BR> Enthusiasm & <BR> Empathy. <BR> <BR> &#128313;Make time to pray. <BR> <BR> &#1283... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 12:19:07 EST Inter-Team Challenge-Week 1 Team Amethyst http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5165062 All right, so for this week, we're supposed to be thinking of ways to de-stress a little, especially with the holidays around the corner. Here's what I'm thinking so far... <BR> <BR> 1. Calling my best friend- I haven't physically talked to my friend, Lisa, in over a month. With me working nights, I haven't had a chance to talk to her. She's going through a divorce right now and I really want to be there for her. I'm going to try to do this Sunday afternoon. <BR> <BR> 2. Put my Christmas ... Thu, 13 Dec 2012 05:03:10 EST One Step At A Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5153242 http://youtu.be/PIE5QtkxzvM <BR> <BR> If you enter the link, Jordin Sparks' video will come up...I've been listening to this song over and over the last few days. For some reason it's really making sense right now. I want so much to lose this weight, but I'm having motivation issues. I want so much to get into nursing school, but I'm scared. Why am I dragging my feet lately? <BR> <BR> Here's my goals for the next month. Yes, I know that it's going to be a tough month...my birthday is on the... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 06:19:21 EST November 2012 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5123196 For November, I'm getting back to the basics. I'm walking more, and I'm doing more sets of stairs at work. My water intake is getting better again, and I feel healthier. <BR> <BR> 1. Walk whenever possible. A fellow Viking told me to park farther from the store and walk a little more. I've started doing that. I'm also purposefully getting up more at work and walking the halls every 30 minutes. <BR> <BR> 2. Drink more water. I'm up to 6-7 glasses a day. A lot better from when I was sick abou... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 05:29:07 EST I've lost the spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5117562 So there I was....having tracked everything I had eaten for the morning. Getting ready to go for a walk outside since it wasn't really THAT cold outside...excited to do a few sit-ups even. Then it happened- an emotional trigger. I knew what it was, but that didn't stop my immediate reaction...I ate...a lot. I went to McDonald's and snuck in two cheeseburgers and a small fry. And then I wanted to cry. I don't understand why I can't get it through my thick skull that things like this are going... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 06:58:23 EST BLC 20 Mid-Way Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5108000 So for the challenge this week, we're supposed to review our challenge goals that were made back in September. I went back to look through my goals, and I'm just underwhelmed at what I haven't done so far this challenge. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> 1. Walk or jog at least 6 days a week (trackable goal) When the weather starts getting bad, I'll have to join a gym to keep this up. <BR> ---> I haven't been doing this. I've lost my mojo on this...really need to get a gym membership. It's really st... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 07:18:56 EST Tuesday, October 16, 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5100846 So I was looking back over my goals for October...boy have I messed up on these. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> 1) Needing to start walking- Okay, I've done this one...though not as much as I would like to be doing. I know I can kick my butt and get moving more. <BR> <BR> 2) Plan my meals- total fail on this one. If it's not part of the weekend challenge it doesn't seem to get done. I know this is a work in progress, but it's hard admitting defeat on this one. I have done better about the type... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 06:16:39 EST October 2012 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5084667 New Month, New Goals! <BR> <BR> 1) NEED to start walking! I've been really sick this past week, and I've honestly missed walking and jogging when I can. The weather channel says it's supposed to start snowing tonight (ugh!) and it's going to be pretty nasty from then on, so maybe it's time to look into a gym membership. <BR> <BR> 2) Plan my meals. I really liked the weekend challenge we had this past weekend....it had a challenge to plan your meals out. I actually found that it does make a ... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 04:36:30 EST BLC 20 Week 3 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5075265 All right, so week 2 didn't go according to plan. Life got in the way. I didn't do as bad as I had thought I had. Only ended up gaining 0.8 of a pound. I was really proud of myself for doing almost an hour's worth of a workout yesterday. My body's sore, but not too sore (just lets me know I'm alive!). <BR> <BR> So what do I need to do to keep my motivation up this week? Hmm...I know I need to make myself a priority, but how? First, I need to keep my inner fat kid in check. Second, I need to ... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 05:09:19 EST Sunday, 9/23/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5071120 Sunday...a start to a new week (or the end of an old one, depending on how you look at it). I have to say this last week I have not been too kind to my body. I've gone without lots of sleep that was desperately needed, I've put junk in my body that I knew better than putting in my mouth. Why? I know the big reason is stress, but I shouldn't use that as an excuse. I'm worth more than this and I know it. So, today, I am choosing to put myself up there (at around the top) on my list of things to... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 05:30:10 EST Stressed!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5064425 This past weekend was supposed to be one of fun times and going to a Greek Festival with some yummy food. Instead, it seems that all I did was cry. My eyes are so swollen, even my co-worker commented on it. <BR> <BR> It appears that I have trust issues. My bf decided to try to keep something from me and I found out. I've been fighting with him all weekend. It all came to a head yesterday afternoon when I asked for something so small but that would mean so much to me. I asked for honesty and ... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 06:59:33 EST BLC 20, Day 2...Dreadful Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5058593 I'm sure everyone has those people in your lives that are truly frustrating...just the sight of them makes you want to climb the walls. My daughter is in Girl Scouts, has been for a few years. The troop has gone through some leadership changes, and the current leaders are not exactly the nicest people. I've tried changing troops, but my daughter is stubborn and wants to stay with her friends. I try every time to just bite my tongue, but every time I have an interaction with them, I just want ... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 06:16:39 EST BLC 20 Weekend Challenge, Week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5057125 For the Creative Writing part, we're supposed to plan for success for the next 12 weeks. This is my plan: <BR> <BR> 1) Continue drinking 8-10 glasses of water per day. I've found that having Mio really makes it easier to drink all that water lol <BR> <BR> 2) Really start tracking all of my food intake. This is a hard one for me, but I'm going to try to keep on top of it. <BR> <BR> 3) Increase my freggie intake...right now, it's about 1-3 servings a day. I know I can make this better. I'm ... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 06:31:56 EST If I do not achieve my goal... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5052364 If I do not achieve my goal: <BR> <BR> 1) I may not be there for my kids at their graduation. <BR> <BR> 2) I will not be the mother that I want to be. <BR> <BR> 3) I will always have to wear "old-lady" plus-size clothes that will always make me feel bigger then I already am. <BR> <BR> 4) I will end up like my bariatric patients who have diabetes, are always out of breath, and have no sensation other then pain in their feet and hands. I would not be able to handle this one <em>46</em> ... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 10:48:01 EST Overcoming obstacles (Leaves of Change Fall 2012 Amethyst BLC team) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5049380 I'm really having a hard time with this list. With just starting out, I haven't located all of my triggers yet that hold me back from weight loss. I'm gonna give it a go, though. Some of this may not make sense to anyone else other than me, but I'm okay with that. <BR> <BR> 1. Lack of sleep- I noticed this yesterday. I only got a 3 hour nap during the daytime, and I seriously ate everything in sight for a while after waking up. When I finally realized what was going on, I grabbed my water b... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 06:58:56 EST This body http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5048026 I was snuggling with my baby boy tonight before bed, and he fell asleep curled up into me. My first thought was wow! this never happens anymore! lol But then I started thinking about how lucky I am to have two great kids, perfect little people that I adore completely. And I started thinking that it was my body that made them and held them for 9 months each-and it was my body that gave the nutrients to make these perfect little children that are smart and growing like weeds! <BR> <BR> Got me... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 04:34:02 EST BLC goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5045617 Goals for the 12 weeks of BLC...hmm...since I've never done one of these before, I guess I'll start small? Here goes... <BR> <BR> 1. Walk or jog at least 6 days a week (trackable goal) When the weather starts getting bad, I'll have to join a gym to keep this up. <BR> <BR> 2. Weight loss goal is 10-15 pounds for this round (again, trackable) <BR> <BR> 3. Walk 3 flights of stairs without getting winded ( not sure if this is trackable...but I'll be able to tell the difference) <BR> <BR> 4.... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 13:35:50 EST Not a great weekend? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5044060 Okay, so I didn't work out all weekend. I walked Friday evening, but that was really about it. This is the first long weekend I've had all year, and I just wanted to be a bum. Brownie points lost on that part. <BR> <BR> But I did do something that's been REALLY hard for me in the past- I ate freggies every day, 4 servings a day...and I'll tell ya a secret...I really liked it! I liked the way I felt about eating something super healthy for me instead of junk food all weekend. My boyfriend mad... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 13:48:44 EST September's goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5038311 My goals for September: <BR> <BR> 1. Start walking/jogging 6 days a week. I have a beautiful greenway walk right outside my door. I really need to start using it. <BR> <BR> 2. Start making myself a priority. I don't need to spend a lot of money or schedule spa days weekly (although it'd be nice!) but I can do little things. My daughter has tons of nail polish colors- I'm sure I can find one I like. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> 3. Turn in my nursing application. I think I'm ready for this next s... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 04:40:18 EST Found a few more to add to my collage! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5035543 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l481539659.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l825898666.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l777844631.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Just had to share these! =) Wed, 29 Aug 2012 05:00:49 EST BLC 20 Collage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5032606 So for the BLC 20 challenge, we are supposed to make a collage and place it somewhere where we'll see it every day. I figure since I'm on this page daily now, why not here? (that and I've seen a few fellow BLC'ers doing the same) So here goes. =) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l305192540.jpg"> <BR> My mascot at the moment. I need to remember that no matter what, I can "restart" and make my life better. It's my choice! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spar... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 04:36:47 EST