MINI-ME2BE's SparkPeople Blog MINI-ME2BE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Not changing my pics just yet I began SP in 2008 and lost over 30 lbs. Even kept it off several years. Last year I had knee surgery from an injury so of course the physical activities slowed down. Geez, how easy it is to make excuses thereafter. I put on pounds and ate freely without regard to weight gain.....knowing full well, the weight was slowly creeping back up. Needless to say of course, as you gain weight, the impact on your back, knees, etc. also gets worse and we all know if "we don't use it, we lose it" ... Sun, 24 Sep 2017 10:57:43 EST New Beginning I knew I was regaining all the weight I worked so hard to lose. Job stress was the first sign, knee surgery the second, and inflammation of the hip the third. Not to mention lack of enthusiasm and consuming additional sweets. SO easy to fall back into bad habits. <BR> Well, here's the scoop and the goal: Knee surgery was exactly one year ago; hip inflammation is currently SO much better so mobility is at 100%; and the job causing me a tremendous amount of misery and stress is also gone. ... Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:27:24 EST no resolution for 2012 Nope..... not going to do that. I'm not waiting until next week to begin my renewed healthy life style resolutions, etc. It begins today. It's a nice sunny morning and I am energized to get out there in the coolness of the day and walk.... run.... My hibernation is over for the holidays. 5.5 pounds later...I must admit this was the worst indulgence of holiday foods and lack of physical exercise since joining SP in 2008. Just didn't seem to care getting caught up eating with the best o... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 11:02:53 EST Not just greens <img src=""> <BR> As I was cleaning out my china cabinet today, I ran into a pretty box filled with folded notes. I knew right away what they were although had completely forgotten them as they were stashed away. <BR> The folded notes are little ideas such as "Try a new SP recipe today", "walk an extra mile", "clean one closet out in your house this week", "call a long time friend you haven't heard from", etc....... I remember how excit... Fri, 21 Oct 2011 20:04:12 EST New season, new beginning <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After reading my response to one of the chat topics, I decided I'd copy it to my blog because I feel it will motivate me even more each time I feel I need to read it. :) <BR> <BR> I've gained 6 pounds over the summer and not all at once. Just ever so gradually. I just let my guard down with all our programs at work that offer food and I'm too busy to make my own, etc., etc. Could make excuses till the cows come ... Sun, 29 Aug 2010 12:27:34 EST 6 to go please <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well, tomorrow is June 1 and I didn't make my 5 pound goal to 150. I have now 6 if maybe not 7 pounds to lose to reach it. I was on track.....even got to 154. My lowest ever but..... I got a second job...temp only which took out of my running and working out routine. How easy it is to lose that routine. <BR> BUT.....I'm done with the temp job and give myself to July 1 to reach that 150 mark. It took forever t... Mon, 31 May 2010 10:47:53 EST Forward, backward, forward, backward, forward, backward........ <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's all about 2 steps forward, one step back. I'm very happy with my accomplishments and no longer beat myself up with a couple pounds of weight gain. I've decided anything less than a 4 pound gain is nothing to panic about. I step it up in my cardio, step it down in my caloric intake and lose not only the 4 but an additional 2 or 3. I know in my heart of hearts I'll never allow myself to be where I came from... Sat, 24 Apr 2010 11:47:55 EST WHAT a RUT!!!!!!! <img src=""> <BR> No, that's not me in the pic....just one I found and it's perfect because it's SOOOOO miserable looking.... just like I felt today. Although I have a nicely decorated "space" that looks nothing like the above pic and I try to make it as comfortable as possible considering I spend more time in my cubby than at home.... (although thankful to have a job...... today was a meltdown and on occasion, we are all entitled to ... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 21:49:04 EST Ring it in; bring it on! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy New Year. The last year of another decade, the first of the year for new challenges. May they be good, happy and above all healthy and safe for us all. <BR> <BR> Next week is my 2 year/30 pound lighter anniversary with SP. Very awesome. Where does the time go? So my point in this blog is this: Most of us want that instant gratification, instant weight loss, instant results. All which we can accomplish...... Sat, 9 Jan 2010 09:56:48 EST One week later <img src=""> <BR> <BR> One week ago today, we had our last "vacation breakfast" on the open terrace overlooking the ocean..... sat in the sun with one more drink before fighting the airport and wondering what warm clothes to carry on the plane heading home to winter..... <BR> I am so proud of myself - as I gained no weight at all. I enjoyed all the foods they offered but followed all the advice of the little SP voice on my shoulder telling... Sat, 12 Dec 2009 09:41:12 EST I should be thrilled <img src="">...and really I am! I leave for Puerto Vallarta tomorrow morning...for one week, a resort on the beach ...all inclusive - food and drinks are endless. Matter of fact... the first pic on my spark page is a friend and I walking and look how BIG I was. I weighed189 and have a noticeable muffin top and tight clothes. This year I will go at 156.7. ~~ 33.5 pounds lighter than 2 years ago exactly. Yes, I am thrilled. I'm going with ... Fri, 27 Nov 2009 19:37:51 EST On top of the world!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Isn't that a great picture? It's not me on that rock but it IS how I feel at the moment. For months I've tried getting below 160 and finally.....FINALLY it 1.5 pounds. I haven't weighed that in years. Not knowing what to expect on my scale and seeing the 158.5 pop up made my day! It's renewed my drive even more. I didn't allow myself to get upset over seeing no changes for so long but would be lyin... Sun, 25 Oct 2009 12:19:03 EST I feel like an inchworm <img src="">Baby steps, ONE day at a time, 2 steps forward, ONE step back, little by little...... and on it goes...... it's the self determination that makes it all work. It's the little train that says "I think I can, I think I can....... I KNOW I can" <BR> <BR> I have ONE pound to go before losing the 160 mark forever and it has taken me 2 months to get to 160. I thought FOR SURE this weigh in would do it but it teases and taunts...... Sun, 27 Sep 2009 10:56:51 EST Under the weather <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Been a tough 2 days with me. No H1N1 that I know of but sure is some flu bug. Felt it coming on at work Thur -worsening as the day progressed. My calorie consumption hasn't passed 700 the past 2 days. Today was my weigh in and I've lost 4 pounds in a week. I would like to contribute half of the loss to my being so good with eating healthy and exercises the past 4 weeks rather than from being sick. I'm sure it's a... Sat, 5 Sep 2009 20:12:24 EST Makes no sense <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For the past 2 weeks, I have kicked butt....walking, burning LOTS of calories and keeping the food intake well to my limits. The first week I could sort of understand not losing know...body getting back to routine, adjustments, etc....but this past week, I assumed (NEVER ASSUME) I would well make it up. I anxiously stepped on the scale Sat. a.m. thinking minus 2 or maybe even 3 pounds andWHOA>>>>>>> ON... Sun, 16 Aug 2009 10:55:02 EST I choose <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What amazes me is that it takes so long to lose weight and get in shape but as soon as your guard is down, it's like starting all over again. It really IS a life style change. Company from Germany the past 2 months and the busiest time at my place of work has really thrown me off but you know.... it's ME that determined that. No matter what, I should have given MYSELF time... not just everyone else. Live and learn... Wed, 29 Jul 2009 23:37:43 EST YES!!! FINALLY!!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today I weighed in at 3 pounds LESS than the past oh...... 3 months??!! I have been working on putting a hardwood floor down in my room and not eating big at night....that may be my magic ticket. I have tried forever to get below my 160 mark and think (KNOW) I just got my new spark from weigh in today. It's so much easier and motivating to keep going when you FINALLY see the pounds dropping again. I'm going to get... Sat, 9 May 2009 10:55:36 EST OUCH <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I did... I fell off the wagon and here's how easy it is! You find yourself in a good routine, eating healthy food, exercising, etc. but then .... the holidays and after that one b-day after another, cakes, drinks, food, restaurants more food. Once you're out of routine, it's difficult to get back into it. Always one reason or excuse after another. So what happened to the time I gave myself before all these "spec... Sun, 29 Mar 2009 13:24:47 EST Happy Heart - Sharp Mind <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Holidays are over. This time of year lacks energy and color outdoors. The temps are freezing and the thought of pulling my rear out from my warm covers to exercise is just.....well..... funny! However, just as the picture denotes, you CAN enjoy the cold. Sadly we have no snow in the south - otherwise I would have all new outdoor hobbies. Here I have my outdoor fire pit and back porch to enjoy warmth outside on a ... Sat, 17 Jan 2009 09:24:46 EST Beginning today! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Day one of 2009! Sunny, very breezy and cool outside. New beginning and first rung of my ladder to success! I make my choices, I am responsible! I will reach my goal this year! Thu, 1 Jan 2009 10:52:47 EST Welllllll....... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ahh finally, the holidays are least the daily feasting. Don't get me wrong... I'm not ungrateful and I love them as much as the next person but no matter how many articles and warnings about over is still extremely difficult to gage myself when all that yummy stuff stares me in the face each day . I can proudly say, however, that I gave a lot of the sweets and eatables away as gifts. It was... Sun, 28 Dec 2008 19:19:04 EST Turkey Spark for me's almost Thanksgiving. My first since joining SP. I'm down 29 pounds since beginning SP in Jan. 08. I probably could do better but hey...I've gone from a tight size 14 to a tight size 10. My goal is to wair that 10 loose and comfy. I have that miserable extra 10 pounds to lose and have struggled with it for several months now. I know what I need to do ...I've just chosen to take a break I guess...mentally..... I must regroup and remotivate. I am however maintaining, give and ... Sat, 15 Nov 2008 09:32:14 EST New Beginning Normally, folks look at Fall as the ending of the year.... the preparation for hybernation to await spring. Well for me, Autumn is an awakening of cool breezes, beautiful colors, brisk fresh air and frosty nights. The cooler weather gives me a new burst of energy to walk faster and further through gorgeous parks and walking trails. Invigorating!!!! <BR> Now is the time for me to begin burning my calories with walking again. Every day..... 10,000 steps.... that is my goal. Wed, 22 Oct 2008 10:33:45 EST Stuck Okay, I have read SP articles regarding plateaus... enforced by SP'ers that this can and does happen and I confess.... I've been "over confident" HA! I'm there..... the biggest plateau ever. Stuck..... for the past month or more.... I KNOW the scale shouldn't matter but when I initially set that "weight goal" I want to include the "weight" accomplishment - scale and all! <BR> Pulling myself up at my boot straps to re-eval the situation. I think I know the problem and it's so simple des... Sun, 20 Jul 2008 09:42:54 EST Cheers to Summer Another month passed, another few pounds lost, another dress size down. Funny... I try on a size 10 and it fits. I check the label INSIDE the garment ....JUST to make sure it isn't mis-sized. I must have more faith in myself and believe it's truly happening..... <BR> Summer is officially here which brings me to a new state of mind. I, like others here, go up and down...not just with weight but motivation and the likes. Despite the fact I still track my nutrition (religiously) and for t... Sat, 21 Jun 2008 11:07:45 EST Accomplishment It's a battle won and a goal accomplished. I made it to 163 by the time my daughter graduated. My initial goal was 162. Close enough. I'm proud of this accomplishment and more determined than ever to keep on going, not gain it back and feeling good about myself. I DID IT! I'm not done yet, but the first big goal is truly accomplished :) Mon, 26 May 2008 20:40:45 EST Getting rid of big clothes I've dropped from a tight size 14 and bought my first size 10 shorts the other day! Funny that although I see a significant change in the way my clothes fit, I tell myself "oh, that size 10 is just a brand that runs big".... I have to convince myself otherwise and feel GOOD about this accomplishment rather than doubt it. It's just been sooo long since I've worn a size 10 I can hardly believe it! <BR> So, last week, I bagged up all my size 14 clothes and donating them to a shelter. Some peo... Sat, 26 Apr 2008 09:22:40 EST Broke thru the barrier, met my short term goal-Happy Birthday Sometimes it seems to take forever to realize how things work or how to get results. Sometimes we make mountains out of mole hills because we know no better and are just afraid or confused. We battle with ourselves over many things throughout our lives. <BR> <BR> But.... like a jet breaking the sound barrier - we cross that line of uncertainty and see the big picture. Something is suddenly working... REALLY working! <BR> <BR> It took a few weeks to start seeing results and then it came... Mon, 24 Mar 2008 15:26:45 EST Marching on (corny, eh) March 1.... my month.... - started it off just as I hoped....under the 180 mark for my weigh-in today... YIPEE!!! I have 23 days to lose 5 pounds by my b-day! I can, I will!!! I know what to do and will get there. Lost another inch in my waist and several people are now commenting on my weight loss! My clotheare feeing looser and Oh yeah.....FEELING GREAT! Happy March! Sat, 1 Mar 2008 09:54:28 EST 1.5 pound away from 10 lb loss 2 days left before my weigh-in and I'm really "weighing" (pardon the pun) my bets on losing that 1.5 pound by Saturday. I was hoping for it last Saturday and didn't make it. This week, I've pushed hard to keep my calorie count right below 1200/day! We'll see. <BR> Otherwise, clothes are looser, I'm climbing 4 floors to my office without getting winded nearly the way I did before and several people have commented on my "weight loss". <BR> Today I got back into my size 12 slacks and I'm shoo... Wed, 27 Feb 2008 20:45:48 EST Found a great website For some of the servings and food types not shown on our food tracking, I found a detailed site on fish, vegies and fruit that may help. Sun, 17 Feb 2008 21:25:53 EST (no title) 2 pounds less than the last weigh-in and feeling GREAT! My goal this week is to lose 2 more which will bring me under the 180 mark.....NEVER to return there. My confidence will inrcease 2-fold because it will prove to me the rewards my determination and choices can bring. My choice is to make it work! Sun, 17 Feb 2008 11:19:18 EST Appropriate for today! Road Not Taken ROAD NOT TAKEN, By Robert Frost: <BR> Picture: Chantilly Cezanne <BR> <BR> Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, <BR> And sorry I could not travel both <BR> And be one traveler, long I stood <BR> And looked down one as far as I could <BR> To where it bent in the undergrowth; <BR> Then took the other, as just as fair <BR> And having perhaps the better claim, <BR> Because it was grassy and wanted wear; <BR> Though as for that, the passing there <BR> Had worn them really about the same, <BR>... Thu, 14 Feb 2008 11:12:19 EST (no title) It's Valentines Day. The day belongs to ME. It's cold, crisp and sunny outside and god was my 2.5 mile walk in the park invigorating this a.m.. Sounds of birds, and smells of nature pass through me as I take in the fresh air and good things around me. I shake off ALL thoughts of work. It's just a crappy job! Let it run off my back like water on a duck! It is NOT my life! Nothing is permanent! My thoughts today are happy and clear and I feel GOOD! My path to inner strength is well on... Thu, 14 Feb 2008 10:59:46 EST Overcoming my drab Crappy week at work has gotten me down this evening. The politics, and having to work with a slacker while I'm having to do more and more is making me very unhappy. I have not focused much on my SP this week due to this situation. It's stressing me out. NOT GOOD! I really hate the place. <BR> I am taking a mental health day off tomorrow. (MY chicken soup day if you will). I will reasses my workout, do yoga to good music and, take a relaxing bath . This will be a day for ME. Work wi... Wed, 13 Feb 2008 21:31:20 EST Mighty good feeling Yesterday was my weigh-in. I do this each Sat. morning...FIRST thing after visitng the girls room. Having only lost .5 lbs last week, I was scared to step up to the weight (scale). Slowly.... I did so.... Looking down I saw 5 POUNDS LESS than last week. Of course I repeated the steps to be sure I saw correctly...and yes.... it's TRUE. I shed 5 POUNDS. It was the incentive I needed to do everything this week that I did last week. I realize 2 lbs should be the max but I didn't do a "sta... Sun, 3 Feb 2008 09:49:37 EST What a day!!! --It's just now 8 a.m.! Half way to work I realize I left my purse, license, I.D., $$, EVERYTHING in my purse at home! Driving 26 miles to work in heavy traffic is stressful enough but without my license .....well....need I say more! <BR> --Had to track someone cleaning buildings to unlock my office door because my keycard is ...yes, of course....also in my purse. <BR> --Good news... I managed to bring my lunch bag..... bad news, I left my whole wheat light english muffin in the toaster at ... Thu, 31 Jan 2008 09:19:10 EST SPRING IS COMING!!!! Spring will be here soon. Breezy warm nights..... yellow daffodils and purple iris will soon show their colors! Birds will soon be singing their songs and I will be 10 pounds lighter as I spring into the new season! Thu, 24 Jan 2008 09:28:00 EST