MIDGIEDAWN2's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MIDGIEDAWN2 MIDGIEDAWN2'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/ Fall 5% Challenge-week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783417 Today is the first day of the fall 5% challenge. I am going to try something different this challenge and blog once a week with my exercise plan and goal weight for the week. I have started training for a triathlon, sprint length. For someone who can barely ride a bike a mile, this is a huge stretch for me. I can walk the 5k without any real difficulty, but need to improve my times so I don't finish last. <BR> <BR> This weeks goal weight: 266.0 lbs. A two pound weight loss. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 09:48:27 EST Missing Nate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732450 I know that know one here knows my friend Nate, but sometimes it is easier to express things when people don't really know me. On July 2, my very good friend Nathan passed away. He was only 31 years old. I am forcibly reminded how unfair life can be. My friend was far from perfect but he had a very rare quality. He loved me unconditionally. It didn't matter to him that I am far far from perfect I am. I know that he is in a better place because God wouldn't dare to keep him out of heave... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 10:45:43 EST 5k in 70 minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5680644 Tonight I did a practice walk. I was only planning on two miles but once I got moving I decided to see how long it would take to complete a 5k. Well it took me 70 minutes at a comfortable pace where I could still converse with my walking mate. So I didn't break any speed records, but after stretching at the end other than my feet being a little sore, I feel very good about it. One tiny step toward the mini triathlon I am working towards in August. It is the 10k bike ride that is going to... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 00:05:59 EST Modern Dating Sucks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671608 Tonight I had my first meet and greet (blind date) in a couple of years. He seemed like a nice guy when we were talking. He was pleasant when we met. He asked me to text him later. Then he told me that we wanted different things because I wouldn't go to bed with someone I just met. His goal is to have fun and not have any commitment. <BR> <BR> Am I such an odd duck to believe that sex should come later? That you should matter to someone before you go to bed with them? I feel like ... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 23:29:32 EST Feb 15, 2014- Happiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5625130 After finishing last week on a very rough note. Last night into today let me know that I am loved. For many many people being single on Valentine's day really sucks. Even for many people even if they have a partner it isn't much of a holiday. <BR> <BR> This year I was proactive and asked a friend of mine to dinner for the holiday so neither of us had to spend the day alone. What started as a dinner and movies via Netflix date morphed into a night at a hotel with bowling and keeping him... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 22:19:07 EST January 1, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577746 No setting of large goals this year. This practice doesn't go well, for me. So my only goals are: <BR> <BR> 1. Live well <BR> 2. Following the spark people plan for the next two weeks. <BR> 3. Be a good friend this year Wed, 1 Jan 2014 11:31:14 EST Fall 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5511361 Goal weight loss 13.5 lbs in next eight weeks. Sat, 12 Oct 2013 08:40:21 EST Does anyone Drink Green Smoothies? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5480023 To read the green smoothie diet book or the propaganda websites it looks interesting. I was wondering if any real people here drink them and in they improved your health and helped with weight loss? <BR> <BR> I am looking for any feedback. <BR> <BR> Thank you for your time. Sun, 8 Sep 2013 23:03:44 EST "Balls to be a Woman" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5460401 I found a song that made me smile because there is a lot of truth in it. So for all of those overachieving women out there here is a Song that might make you smile <BR> <BR> "It takes Balls to be a Woman" By Elizabeth Cook <BR> <BR> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zx-MHXc5z<BR>Gc Mon, 19 Aug 2013 21:45:57 EST Day #4 of 7 Questions to be Answered http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5275172 4) How are you doing day by day? <BR> <BR> Some days I do great and other days not so great. Sometimes I think I try to work on too many things at one time. Meditation should help me to calm my mind and focus on what is important. Some days it works better than others. For now, It is time for me to meditate and then get some sleep before traveling to see a sick friend tomorrow. Tue, 5 Mar 2013 23:28:01 EST Day #3 of 7 Questions to be Answered http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5273583 3) What are you doing to encourage yourself and keep on track? <BR> <BR> - I'm writing my blogs every day this week. <em>30</em> <BR> - It gives me an excuse to play with my new ipad and explore meditation options <BR> - I made a list of the reasons why I am meditating <BR> <BR> 1. I know it improves blood flow in my brain <BR> 2. When I meditate consistently it improves my mood <BR> 3. tI will help me reach and maintain my weight loss goals <BR> 4. I sleep better when I meditate <BR> ... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 23:10:49 EST Day #2 of 7 Questions to be Answered http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271606 How will you do that? <BR> <BR> The first step was to download some new guided meditations to listen to. I downloaded them from itunes podcasts. Next, I completed one guided meditation yesterday. Now however, I am off to work for an unplanned shift so todays won't occur until after midnight but I still going to count it as today as it will be before I go to bed. Sun, 3 Mar 2013 19:32:52 EST Day #1 of 7 Questions to be Answered http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5270077 1) What new habit you wish to develop? <BR> 2) How will you do that? <BR> 3) What are you doing to encourage yourself and keep on track? <BR> 4) How are you doing day by day? <BR> 5) What can you improve upon? <BR> 6) Do you need some motivation or advice? Ask for it! <BR> 7) Anything else you would like to share with your Team <BR> <BR> <BR> 1) The new habit that I would like to develop is to meditate for at least 10 minutes every day. I am aware of the medical and psychological be... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 17:53:40 EST The F Words http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5205235 Okay, So I borrowed the title from PIXIE-LICIOUS but it is so apt today. Her blog was about forgiving her husband for calling her fat and asking for his forgiveness for things that she had said. Then she said wonderful things about her husband. <BR> <BR> Her blog sparked something for me. The most important person that I need to forgive is myself. No one else seems to see me as harshly as I see myself. When I look into the mirror I see someone who is huge and gross. This image i... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 15:40:24 EST Day 7. One week into the new year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5195959 Well I am on track. I have done at least 20 minutes of cardio every day and strength training three times and meditated three times. <BR> <BR> With all of my good work I have lost 1.2 pounds. A nice steady loss. <BR> <BR> It takes me approx 60 days to set a new habit. Only 53 days to go. <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <em>40</em> <em>40</em> <em>362</em> Mon, 7 Jan 2013 22:26:00 EST I SUCK at Dancing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5187270 Okay, I don't really suck and I am much better than I was 11 months ago when I barely new my left foot from my right foot. However, when I went to my dance class this evening there was a demonstration by a dancer who was really good at west coast swing. As I was watching her dance, I felt completely inadequate. I don't think that it is possible for me to dance like her but I keep promising myself that I will get better. One day at a time. Wed, 2 Jan 2013 23:23:12 EST I figured out my Reward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5184461 One of my goals for the next three months is to lose 20 pounds. (I really want 25 pounds) I know that this is very do able. I was working on a craft project today and looking at all of the pretty colors and decided what my present to myself will be when I lose those 20 pounds and maintain that loss for at least two weeks. I will buy myself all new underwear. Yes I know it sounds silly but the idea buying all new panties one size smaller makes me feel almost Giddy. <BR> <BR> Now to Go ... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 18:02:30 EST New Year Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5181485 I've been puttering around for a week thinking that I would wait for the first of January to get myself back on track. What was I thinking? Why should I wait? What benefit is there in waiting? <BR> <BR> So this evening I started putting myself back on track. <BR> <BR> Goal #1 Lose 50 pounds in 2013 <BR> <BR> Steps of Monitoring <BR> <BR> 1. Take body measurements the first Sunday of every month (first measurements done today) <BR> 2. Weigh every Sunday <BR> <BR> Steps to Lose first ... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 22:16:35 EST What's Important in the New Year? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5178164 Ever know that you need to set goals but are not sure what they should be? I am still working on my goals for the new year. I have had a number of set backs this year and haven't truly decided what I want to focus on in the new year. Of course, I need to lose weight. Most of us here do. But I realized that there are more important things in my life this year. The problem is how to write those things as goals. For example, I have a friend who has cancer and it now living about 400 away ... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 21:38:10 EST 26 weeks, 180 days, and 18 things I’ve learned http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5155258 26 weeks, 180 days, and 18 things I’ve learned <BR> 1. I can exercise every day <BR> 2. I still don’t like exercise <BR> 3. It takes me at least 60 days to set a new habit not the average 30 <BR> 4. My weight loss may be slow but I am healthier <BR> 5. My knees have gotten much stronger <BR> 6. I have much less chronic pain <BR> 7. My blood pressure has improved <BR> 8. I still don’t like exercise <BR> 9. I can walk at four miles an hour and only feel slightly winded <BR> 1... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 21:39:25 EST Exercising While Sick http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5085890 Generally I would not reccomend exercising while sick. This is the nurse in me. But today was day 118 of my exercise streak and I couldn't bring myself to start over just because I didn't feel good. If I was severely sick I would have given in and started over. Instead I just kept the exercise light (stationary bike) and now I am off to an early bedtime for me. Wed, 3 Oct 2012 22:46:58 EST 5% goals and Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5072264 <BR> Current Weight- 263 pounds <BR> Target Weight- 250 pounds (5% but I am aiming for 245 pounds) <BR> Goal to eat Between 1310 and 1660 calories a day <BR> Goal Burn 1400 calories a week <BR> Goal to go from 263-245 by 11/24/2012 <BR> <BR> Exercise plan—Cardio 20 minutes a day, Strength training at least 30 minutes a week. Track intake every day during challenge. <BR> Sun, 23 Sep 2012 23:53:14 EST 5% Challenge Weight Loss Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5072226 Reasons to Lose Weight… <BR> - Lower my Blood Pressure <BR> - So that my knees hurt less <BR> - So that my clothes fit better <BR> - To have a BMI less than 30 <BR> - To no longer be obese <BR> - To look good in a swimsuit next spring in Australia and Fiji <BR> - Not feel so tired most of the time <BR> - To go hiking without any Shortness of Breath <BR> <BR> <BR> Other things I want to change <BR> - Improve my self esteem <BR> - Sleep better <BR> - Find a partner for dancing for both socia... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 23:24:22 EST Fall 5% Challenge- Pre Challenge #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5072163 Have you got your gym clothes, runners, water bottle, etc. ready to go? Bought new running shoes about 6 weeks ago. Mine were getting work out. <BR> <BR> What is your exercise plan? I have upped my cardio from a minimum of 10 minutes a day to a minimum of 20 minutes a day. I also plan to add strength training at least 2 days a week. <BR> <BR> Do you know what diet you will follow? Found some recipes? Have you stocked up on the foods? I just got my copy of the SparkPeople Cookbook. I h... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 22:41:20 EST What Have I DONE?!?!?!?!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5039493 Today, I drug myself (kicking and screaming on the inside) sooooo far outside of my comfort zone that I am going to have to completely redefine that zone. Some might ask How? Well the story goes like this. In early February I started dancing. The first classes were group and I was really awful. So, I started taking private lessons to go with the group lessons. I actually learned a few things. Then about 2-3 months into the lessons my instructor, Travis, suggested that I consider competi... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 00:03:36 EST 21 Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4947463 Today I exercised for the 21st day in a row. I know that it doesn't sound like much but my longest streak is only 24 days( two years ago). The goal at the moment is 90 days and then I want to do 180, 270 and then 360 days. Some days are only about 15 minutes and others are more like 55 but I am moving again. When I first lost weight I was moving almost every day and tracking my diet. It is time to go back to basics and other than the fact that I will have wedding cake tomorrow (I also pl... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 10:14:44 EST Day Shift. What is a Day Shift? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4914287 For the last 14 years I have worked night shift as a nurse. Mostly I really enjoy night shift. I enjoy the mindset of my co-workers and making even the sickest patients feel better in the middle of the night. However, my body can no longer take the strain of rotating between night shift for work and day shift for the rest of my life. I haven't slept well in a very long time. I am well aware that there are many studies that tie the lack of sleep to weight gain and depression. So I get to ... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 07:33:03 EST New JOB! New HOPE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4894055 Yesterday I accepted a new job after 6 months of searching. Now in 2 1/2 weeks I am making the switch back to full time days after working Nights for approx 13 years. This is a good thing because I am going to try to take my life back and start living like most of the rest of the world. I am hoping the my circadian rhythms will get back into a consistent grove and help me to make progress on my weight loss and health journey. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> <em>40</em> <em>46</em> <em>3... Wed, 23 May 2012 06:28:23 EST HMMM http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4864169 I just lost the blog that I wrote. I don't know why. Oh well, I guess it wasn't ment to be but I still need to go drag my motivation out from under the bed and attach my puppies to some strings and go out and walk despite having worked 13 hours and then I get to spend the rest of the day baby-sitting the bathroom remodel people. Thu, 3 May 2012 06:41:26 EST Goals- One week at at time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4837334 1. Track my nutrition every day this week <BR> 2. Eat within my calorie ranges <BR> 3. Exercise at least 10 minutes every day this week <BR> 4. Keep On top of School Work Mon, 16 Apr 2012 09:49:52 EST Competitive Dancing and Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4783302 Okay, I'm not making progress in my weight loss but I am slowly losing inches. My clothes are looser and a friend who hadn't seen me in a while noticed. :-):-) <BR> <BR> I have been taking dance classes and private lessons at a local dance studio and now my teacher is encouraging me to dance the PRO-AM dance at the end of September 2012. The idea scares me S***LESS. I know what I look like in a mirror and worse what I look like dancing in the mirror. It would take me WAY WAY outside my... Mon, 12 Mar 2012 09:24:10 EST One Week Done-January 8, 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4665550 My goals for this week were to: <BR> <BR> 1) Track my nutrition every day this week (I did it) <BR> <BR> 2) do a sparkpeople toning video each day (I did most days) <BR> <BR> 3) walk 30 minutes per day (walked more than 30minutes 6 days in a row) <BR> <BR> 4) drink 8 glasses of water per day (I did drink my water. <BR> <BR> Now I am going to repeat these goals for another week as I have lost the first two pounds (YYIIPPEEEE!!) <BR> <BR> I'll let you know how I did at the end of the s... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 07:11:41 EST 2012 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4648227 Total Weight Loss: 55lbs <BR> <BR> Weight Loss January 31st, 2012: 8 lbs <BR> <BR> Steps to meet this goal <BR> <BR> It's week one, day one of the January Jumpstart challenge. <BR> My goals for this week are to: <BR> <BR> 1) Track my nutrition every day this week <BR> <BR> 2) do a sparkpeople toning video each day <BR> <BR> 3) walk 30 minutes per day <BR> <BR> 4) drink 8 glasses of water per day <BR> <BR> I'll let you know how I did at the end of the week! <BR> <BR> Sun, 1 Jan 2012 11:54:23 EST Finding a Race http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4602183 A website to help those who want to find a fitness event in their local area. <BR> <BR> <BR> http://www.runningintheusa.com/race/ Mon, 28 Nov 2011 06:29:28 EST I DID IT! I DID IT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4572307 I finished my Master's degree on Friday. Now I just have to wait for the school to finish the paperwork and send me my graduation certificates. Six Years of working full time (plus) and going to school, HELL but I did it. I can't believe that it is done. Mon, 7 Nov 2011 08:09:07 EST Vitual Walk- 73.53 Miles. (1622.89 Miles to GO!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4546107 Virtual Walking Trip from <BR> Rio Rancho, NM to St. Augustine, Florida <BR> <BR> 1. Lisbon to Tarpon 0.09 miles <BR> 2. Left on Tarpon 0.1 miles <BR> 3. Left of 5th St. 0.5 miles <BR> 4. Right on Unser Blvd. SE 2.6 miles <BR> 5. Left on McMahon Blvd. 1.4 miles <BR> 6. Right on Golf Course 0.5 miles <BR> 7. Left on Irving Blvd. 1.6 miles <BR> 8. Right on Coors Blvd. 6.0 miles <BR> 9. Left onto I-40 E toward Santa Rosa 296.6 miles (I'm here- Through the Sandia mountains and near edg... Fri, 21 Oct 2011 08:45:23 EST 13 DAYS TO GO! WISH ME LUCK :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4546069 In 13 days I fly to NY for my Master's Degree final. I had planned to be down 10 pounds from the goals I set about 5 weeks ago. Well I didn't stick to my plans or my goals. My fault but that is okay. I still have 13 days to play with and just set a little goal instead of such a big goal. Yes, for me 10 pounds can be a huge goal. So the goal for the next two weeks is 3 pounds. I went back to my quick start guide in my spark book. A reminder from them. It is good to change up exerci... Fri, 21 Oct 2011 08:17:36 EST Two Weeks and 41.01 miles walked on Virtual Walk (1655.41 to go) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4526785 Virtual Walking Trip from <BR> Rio Rancho, NM to St. Augustine, Florida <BR> <BR> 1. Lisbon to Tarpon 0.09 miles (Today I am starting at my House) <BR> 2. Left on Tarpon 0.1 miles <BR> 3. Left of 5th St. 0.5 miles <BR> 4. Right on Unser Blvd. SE 2.6 miles <BR> 5. Left on McMahon Blvd. 1.4 miles <BR> 6. Right on Golf Course 0.5 miles <BR> 7. Left on Irving Blvd. 1.6 miles <BR> 8. Right on Coors Blvd. 6.0 miles <BR> i9. Left onto I-40 E toward Santa Rosa 296.6 miles (I'm here on the ... Sun, 9 Oct 2011 12:55:30 EST Pfive Things I Love About My Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4513295 Phil (Punxsutawney Phil Pforty). I decided that this was an evil Challenge. It was very hard to find five things about my body that I actually Like. <BR> <BR> 1. My Eyes (they change color depending on how I dress from Grey to Light Blue to Hazely) <BR> 2. My Hands (they provide care and comfort for many people) <BR> 3. My Hair (it is a pretty reddish brown and very soft) <BR> 4. My Lips (they are full and well shaped) <BR> 5. My Legs (still a little to big but still shapely and very, ver... Sat, 1 Oct 2011 08:56:11 EST Virtual Walking Trip Plans (1696.42 miles to go) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4502554 There are many groups dedicated to virtual walking plans. I didn't find a group that called to me so I decided to Create my own virtual walk and then give progress in my Blogs about once a month. It maybe slow going for a while as we are starting colder weather but I have my pedometer and am Ready to go. <BR> <BR> Virtual Walking Trip from <BR> Rio Rancho, NM to St. Augustine, Florida <BR> <BR> 1. Lisbon to Tarpon 0.09 miles (Today I am starting at my House) <BR> 2. Left on Tarpon 0.1 m... Sun, 25 Sep 2011 03:32:03 EST PMP Starting line http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4494133 Crunches completed in 1 minute - 28 <BR> <BR> Wall pushups (I can't do the other kind yet) completed in 1 minute - 21 <BR> <BR> How long (up to one minute) can you hold a plank or modified plank? 36 seconds <BR> <BR> Squats completed in 1 minute- 21 squats <BR> <BR> <BR> 2. What equipment will be you be using in this challenge? <BR> I'm going to be using dumbbells, a resistance band, exercise ball, and my own body weight. <BR> <BR> 3. What dumbbells weight/resistance level are you st... Tue, 20 Sep 2011 03:01:35 EST I need Advice......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4487611 OKay. I am here seeking advise. I have a workable plan in place for loosing weight. I have my motivation posture in my bathroom where I have to look at it every day. I have commited myself to this team and losing at least 30 lbs by Feb 2nd. Yes I admit to wanting 40 lbs but 30 is more realistic for me. <BR> Now for the advice required. I am trying to figure out how to put the rest of my life in order. Last year (like many before me) I survived a divorce where I thought I was h... Fri, 16 Sep 2011 02:53:52 EST I got asked to be a MODEL! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4479894 I don't know how many of you shop at C.J. Banks (a larger version of Christopher Banks), but I received an email invite from my local store to participate in their fall fashion show. I did their show last year when I was 25 pounds heavier and had a good time. I can't do this year as I am working when the show is scheduled but I will try to do their local spring show, but I want to be down to a size 18 (currently a 22). Something to plan for and work towards. Hey before them I had never be... Mon, 12 Sep 2011 01:30:15 EST No Motivation--Can I find it again?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4474865 My motivation is lost. I don't know if it died or just escaped and doesn't want to come back. I know that I have to many things going on in my life with work and school and family but what woman doesn't. Being busy is never a good excuse. I just spent two hours looking through spark teams and reading blogs. I was reminded that mostly motivation has to come from the inside. I was trying to borrow motivation from others and it just doesn't seem to be working. I decided that I need to go ... Fri, 9 Sep 2011 03:54:35 EST 8 Weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4448323 I have eight weeks to finish several goals. <BR> <BR> 1. The first is I will finish my Master's degree the first week of November. (YYIIPPEEEEE). <BR> 2. Loose 15 pounds in 8 weeks. (I know a huge goal) <BR> 3. Practice and Walk/Jog my first 5k in less than one hour for the October 31st 5k virtual race. (the fasted that I have done it so far was 1 hr 2 minutes) Maybe next year I can do it in less than 45 minutes. <BR> 4. And Of course, my ongoing goal to drink enough water. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 25 Aug 2011 17:54:23 EST I should Listen to my fellow Sparkers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4435785 Hi All, <BR> <BR> I don't blog very often. Maybe I should. There are studies that show that support can be key on the hourney for weight loss. I have been stuck at my current weight for months. But I have to admit that I have not been faithfully following the plan either. I am considering that maybe I should find a Buddy. I hooked a co-worker on sparkpeople. She's great but not a good sparkbuddy for me. She is one of those beautiful people who only want's to loose 10 pounds for h... Thu, 18 Aug 2011 23:31:08 EST SPARKPEOPLE to the RESCUE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4323049 It's 1:30am. I am suddenly wide awake listening to the evil cricket that won't quit singing in my closet and I am starving. I don't know where the hunger came from. I ate very well yesterday and even had a small snack at 10:00pm before going to bed at 11:00pm. I sleep better if my stomach is not completely empty. <BR> <BR> But when I woke up I just knew that there was a frozen pizza in the freezer calling to me. Not a slice of that pizza, mind you, BUT the WHOLE Pizza. The EVIL ME ... Sun, 26 Jun 2011 04:02:01 EST 7 Days and 3.8 pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4319254 There is only one week left in June and I still have 3.8 pounds to go to reach my goal. <em>234</em> . <BR> <BR> It seems like miles and miles. Yesterday, I actually went back the the beginning and reset my goals and got new calorie recommendations. Looking at the new calorie counts (about 300 calories below my starting recommendation--38 pounds ago). It is no wonder that my weight loss has been stuck. I have been eating at the top of my old calorie range and not always as consistent ... Fri, 24 Jun 2011 02:22:35 EST A YEAR AND A DAY on Sparkpeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4282276 I did great the first six months on Spark People. I lost35-40 pounds. It was the first time in my life that I have ever purchased smaller clothing. Since that time I have maintained that weight loss (for another six months. YYIIPPEE). I still have a long way to make my goals and realized this week that I have approx 150 days to reach my goal of another 25-30 pounds gone before completing my masters degree. I want to look GREAT when my college takes the pictures for my masters graduation.... Tue, 7 Jun 2011 02:01:55 EST Day #23 of Cardio Streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4229273 Today I completed my 23rd day of cardio in a row. I haven't done the extra strength videos every day but I have done some type of strength training almost every day for the last two weeks. The scale is finally starting to move in the right direction. I am actually more interested in seeing how my measurements have changed when I re-measure myself at the end of the month. I am going to continue to work toward my goal of 100 days of exercise in a row. Thu, 12 May 2011 23:44:50 EST