MINISAPPHYRE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MINISAPPHYRE MINISAPPHYRE'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/ Lowest Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733181 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l22475491.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Lowest weight I've seen in a LONG time! Y'all are gonna hear me when I hit 239! I can't believe it! Oh wait yes I can I CAN DO THIS!!!!!!! WOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sucked that racing was rained out and my guy got wrecked out. But everything else is going great!!!!!!! Have a fantastic week everyone move those butts!!!!!!!!! Sun, 6 Jul 2014 15:15:31 EST Weight Is Going Down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729177 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1255762345.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Really, it's unintentional. We're flat broke and have hardly anything to eat in the house. I've been living on baked chicken quarters. No veggies, no bread, just chicken. We get paid Thursday and the government has reinstated my full food stamps so July is going to see the pantry, fridge and freezer full again. But I kinda like this weightloss stuff so when I shop for me, it's going to be light, healthy and l... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:38:41 EST Doing Great! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697678 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l622365255.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I reset my goals because obviously the end date had come up and I hadn't met the goal. But I'm going great and I can see that goal real clear! I got my own room that makes SUCH a difference! Life is good!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sun, 18 May 2014 13:09:32 EST Blessed Beltaine! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684913 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l648422726.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Happy May Day to all! <BR> <BR> As for me I'm getting out and tending what survived the winter (not much, really). Keeping to program and making this a wonderful day. Get out and bloom where you are planted! :) Thu, 1 May 2014 12:24:43 EST Determined http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671279 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1576019226.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm determined to succeed. <BR> <BR> That said, I'm into simple now. Trying to keep things simple, uncomplicated, what comes natural. A comfort zone I can slip into and live in. And I want to surround that zone with flowers :) Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:09:35 EST It Amazies Me . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645561 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l681145028.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's amazing when I see a day's food total less than 1600 calories. Because I'm so used to eating such huge amounts of food. If I track my WORST day, it would total around 5500 calories and astronomical fat percentages. Though when I eat well and stay within calories and am not really all that hungry, and don't think about food so much, I wonder WHY can't I do this all the time? Why is it taking me so long to m... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 18:00:50 EST Logging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5642073 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1879090444.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Getting back to logging my food, been lax at that. Sunny days giving me more energy, good thing I've lots to do. Hope everyone is having a great week and is doing well on program :) Fri, 7 Mar 2014 10:42:40 EST Breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637721 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1092142001.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ok so I finally got up this morning and actually ate breakfast. I know it's important to eat breakfast because if I don't I'm STARVING by lunch. So I'd bought some whole grain Quaker cereal and had that. Very good stuff. I'll have a good day now, won't need lunch for another hour or so. Racing today very hopeful Kasey will win but one never knows. All in all things are going well Sun, 2 Mar 2014 13:49:19 EST Spring Is In The Air http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5628405 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l412722513.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sunny and warm days have been upon us and things are going well. In a day or two, hopefully, a new home will be ours. A new to us home that is and will get us out of this cramped, decrepid hellhole we're living in. I am very excited. I'm doing more of the cooking for Mother and I and she seems to be enjoying it, she enjoyed the salmon I prepared for us. Today will be a good day foodwise, am working hard to kee... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 14:03:02 EST Got One!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5615330 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2015914373.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Who got a new exercise bike? This gal!! Tue, 4 Feb 2014 20:14:38 EST FAT FAT FAT . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605760 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l323250389.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ok so I've successfully swapped all my 'fatty' snacks to fat free versions. Well fat free or low fat. Chips are now Quakes. Pudding is now yogurt. Extra sweetness comes from fruit cups (only one per day!). I'm hoping hoping hoping we're going to be getting more warm days than cold in the future but I do know the coming week is going to be cold. Know what we got 2 days ago? SNOW. 4 freaking inches of it. It... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 23:43:40 EST Catch Me . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598084 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l149738333.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Some days I catch myself early and think "ok the day has just begun and you've not screwed up yet. Let's make it a great ON PROGRAM day!" I'm hoping I can catch myself EVERY day. Today is a fairly good day. There are things that can go better, there always is, but for now, it's good and I'm doing well. I will hold on to this :) Sat, 18 Jan 2014 14:21:28 EST 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579510 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l525265099.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm so cold. <BR> <BR> But yesterday I did well with my diet I ate ONLY the things I'd put on my Nutrition Tracker and did very well :) <BR> <BR> Today, equally good, so far, I think I'll finish out the day doing great, even getting some walking in so that's always good. <BR> <BR> Otherwise same ol stuff, still trying to find a job. Not many people are clamoring to hire someone who'd been out of work 3 years. ... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 13:38:52 EST Back To It . . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568059 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l940959928.jpg"> <BR> <BR> If there is one thing I know it's this: when you get started doing something you'll go no where without a plan. It's one thing to say to yourself I'm so tired of being fat! and deciding to do something about it, but without a path to follow, and a clear destination to keep in sight, it ain't gonna work. One of the things I'm doing differently is to lower my goal. I'm going for 190 which is 67 pounds rather than... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 13:58:57 EST Unwritten . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517107 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1102926640.jpg"> <BR> <BR> If you haven't grooved to Natasia Bedingfield's tune Unwritten in a while hop over to YouTube and give it a listen. Such an inspiration. I needed that today. Another wonderful fall-like day and I've been out soaking it in. Got some housework done, got more to do, got my walking in got more of that to do too. Why am I still doing this? Because I am still unwritten, today starts my book and the rest still to b... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 15:31:20 EST Good Start . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5516146 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1804555023.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Excellent fall day today. I just stepped out to check on my garden and didn't get bit by one mosquito! So I'm about to dress and put on my walking shoes and get my walk in. That's all I'm going to do this week is an hour walk every mid-morning, then next week break it up with my calisthenic workout combined with a cool-down walk. Life is looking healthier! <BR> <BR> Why am I still doing this? Because I CAN! Thu, 17 Oct 2013 13:40:02 EST Ok . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5515198 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l943641400.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So, day one sucked a little. On to today. Why am I still doing this? Because I deserve a healthy body. <BR> <BR> I have to do something about my nighttime binging. I had that licked, gotta kick it in again. But I will. Sad thing was I was gorging while watching The Biggest Loser. But it takes a day or three to get kicked back in good. I did get my water in that's a start. One day at a time, one step at a ... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 13:09:22 EST Why Should I Keep Trying? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5514234 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1452959904.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I think I need to remind myself of the reasons I am doing this. So for a while, I'll be starting my entries answering that question. <BR> <BR> Because food addiction is killing me. <BR> <BR> Beginning anew again today and have to get my head in the game. Probably will not be moving much because I woke with a headache and doubtful it's going to diminish any time soon. But I'll watch my fat/cals and stick with ... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 12:14:10 EST Feeling Better, Stronger, and Motivated . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5507033 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l921097017.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have I missed the premiere of The Biggest Loser? I'll check and see, don't want to be missing that but I have other shows catching my attention on Tuesday, especially The Little Couple. That kid of theirs is just too adorable. But I'll figure it out. <BR> <BR> I've gotten a new lease on life as of last night, another agonizing epiphany. Hell I don't care how I suffer as long as I stop, drop, and figure out tha... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 13:17:52 EST Fall Cometh . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5504466 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l669569861.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm so aggravated and irritable lately, I just hate everything right now. Hopefully the cooler weather coming will put a smile on my face. I weighed yesterday I don't weigh as much as I thought I did so I'm pleased on that front but I do still weigh way more than I want to so I'm back to being mindful of my foods, doing well so far today will try to keep it down some. Hopefully I'll have a better week next week,... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 13:58:16 EST A Good Start To A Good Day. . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5493766 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1668371222.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Started with a simple breakkie of coffee and yogurt. I feel better already! Going to get my exercise in by doing housework, we're getting cluttered again so I need to do some reorganizing. Happens sometimes. <BR> <BR> Other than that just fighting the good fight, I am up again but again I think it's sodium related. I got my hands on a box of white cheddar cheese its. STAY AWAY FROM THOSE THEY ARE ADDICTIVE!!... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 11:45:02 EST So Tired . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5478201 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1208478123.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Of summer! Still fighting the good fight, I've not weighed this week I just know it's up and right now I'm too fragile to see a gain. I'll kick myself in the butt and get a better weighin next week :) Mostly it's just too darn hot to move these days. Won't be cooling off here until the end of October, if then. We'll see. In the meantime I'm just keepin on keepin on. Eating melon for sweets, that's one thin... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 22:50:10 EST Happy Monday :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5460066 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l374892754.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Though my allergies are kicking my butt, it's been an alright day. Still hot here but tolerable at night and in the morning. I have a lot to do this afternoon that will help me walk off some of my lunch, got to tend the garden and mow a little when the sun goes down. I hope the weekend has begun well for everyone. Let's try this week to do better than ever! Mon, 19 Aug 2013 15:14:26 EST Some Exercises :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5457307 <BR> <BR> As I'm about to start some form of calestenic (sp) routine, I found this and thought I'd share. I wanna be a superhero! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>weighttraining.about.com/od/weighttr<BR>ainingforsport/a/20-Exercises-To-Make-<BR>You-A-Superhero.htm?nl=1 </link> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 14:33:25 EST What A Great Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5456293 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l163260508.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A friend of mine called yesterday wanting me to accompany her to a plant nursery, she wanted to get a couple of crepe myrtles for her mother. I agreed as there is nothing I love more than browsing in a plant shop unless it's BUYING the plants :). So today we went, I was apprehensive at first because her mother was going to go and they tend to argue, but her mother was ill so it was just she and I, I'd weighed whe... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 15:09:17 EST Yet Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5451799 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1552476315.jpg"> <BR> <BR> {forgot my pic!) <BR> <BR> Down another 2 pounds. Definitely working out everything I'm doing now just trying to maintain that momentum and see how much more I can go down. Things are looking up for sure Sun, 11 Aug 2013 13:47:28 EST Better :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5448858 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1050011827.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Down two more pounds! I guess I've just been retaining water, my water intake is a lot better now so I'm getting rid of a lot of it. I just keep a gallon in the fridge and have a glass every time I come into the kitchen, some of them I put a drink mix stick in 10 calories). So I'm feeling better about things. It's better now that I can regroup on my sparkpeople. EVER so grateful for this site and these people... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 13:13:17 EST Fighting the Fight . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5447949 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l919065401.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I was thinking to myself today that I'm never going to lose this weight. That I am fooling myself if I think I will ever get back to some kind of healthy weight. I'm not giving up though, I just can't. Whenever I think like this I just go over the things I know I can do to get back into the groove. Right now my biggest nemesis is the weather, we're in drought conditions, and our temps are staying in triple di... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 18:07:41 EST (Sigh) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5443361 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1471042335.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ok I have to refill my pictures folder, in the meantime here's my dog Gypsy! So I just got a brand new computer, this if the first brand new never used computer I've gotten in a long time, we've just had such rotten luck with the used ones we've been buying we're going this route. I've been off program, but have maintained in my weight so no gain is good too. But now I have my Sparkpeople back so I can concentr... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 14:40:49 EST Taking a HUGE Plunge . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5405628 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1497753758.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm picturing peace lilies because there are some things about to die out completely, once and for all and about TIME from my eating . .. FAST FOOD, SALT, SUGAR, and BAD CARBS! <BR> <BR> Since I've been without the refrigeration I've not been drinking soda so I see now it won't kill me to give them up. I've never been big on salt so going salt free isn't going to be that big a stretch. Sugar, well that's gonna ... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 16:42:50 EST Challenging Days . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5402800 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1168462637.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've gained 8 pounds. I'd gotten down to a lowest low of 245 and this morning the scale said 253. I'm having to eat a lot of canned crap because our refrigerator AND our freezer died and we can't get another one until after the first of the month. Cannot buy anything that has to be refrigerated or frozen. I think the biggest culprit is sodium, though at least in the soups I buy the reduced sodium stuff but I d... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 19:49:52 EST No Stress Just An Interview http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5393646 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l47081698.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Had a job interview today, waiting for a level 2 interview, but that won't happen I don't think until after the 24th, when the job posting closes. It would be such a great job and I just hope I have a chance. I'm trying to stay positive. I'm visualizing myself in the job, and hoping to make the visual a reality! Tue, 18 Jun 2013 16:41:21 EST Good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5380211 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2065453827.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Again out of the 250s so I used today to reset my goals since I've not been able to keep up until now. One thing I can say about summer, it really lightens my appetite! The thought of turning on the stove just turns me off. Too hot! But I got lots of healthy sandwich meat and healthy veggies to eat with grilled meats I can cook on my Foreman grill. I'm really slurping down the water I keep bottles in the free... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 10:41:18 EST I'm Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5379340 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1988776710.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Lost my computer for a month had to get another one NOW I have to find someone to extract my documents off the hard drive so I don't lose anything. I have nearly lost my mind low these last few months but as is I'm coming back to me and hopefully things will be ok for a little while at best now. <BR> <BR> So just saying hello and letting all know I've not slipped into the great void, not yet, anyway! Wed, 5 Jun 2013 16:06:38 EST Ugghhh . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5266309 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1534874396.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have a cold. I've had a cold for a few days now. I can breathe through my nose a little but can't smell or taste so I don't want to eat but have to so I'm eating all the stuff I have that I don't particularly care for and when I get better I can have tastier stuff (but healthy!) I hate being sick. Hopefully it'll clear up in another day or two. <BR> <BR> In other news, well, there isn't any it's too cold, w... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 18:01:11 EST New Year New Goals . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5238782 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1599012505.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Just reset everything I've gained too much weight to say I'm in a continuum. So I start over. Again. That's cool, I'm not giving up. At least I'm not starting over at my highest weight ever, I'm still more than 10 pounds below that and that's saying a lot. So . . . again . . . onward and forward! Tue, 5 Feb 2013 13:21:30 EST Starting Out Well. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5233610 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1727882771.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I can't really track my food today because we ate at a restaurant (Pueblo Viejo) and I can't find nutrition information for what I ate so I'll just hope I don't gain. But I do have to pat myself on the back, went to the grocery and didn't buy ANY junk food for me other than a box of Jingos crackers which have 130 calories in 23 crackers and no saturated fat. I did lousy in January but have gotten my head togethe... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 18:24:28 EST Frustrating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5227255 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l258014936.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've gained four pounds but I do think a lot of it is water retention as I'm not drinking my water lately and intaking a lot more salt than I need to. So I'm back to label reading and backing off on the sodium. Back to cooking each meal unless it's a reduced sodium product. Just a little hurdle to overcome, it will be done :) Mon, 28 Jan 2013 13:59:10 EST Major Stress Factor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5218855 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1450671776.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I love cactus. <BR> <BR> So things going on that are raising my anxiety level out of bounds and I'm fighting to hang on to sanity. Trying to turn to friends but everyone is busy with their own lives. Sometimes one just needs a hug, yanno? <BR> <BR> But, I persevere. One day, soon I think, things are going to fall into place and go my way and all this strife will melt away. In the meantime I stay motivated w... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 15:52:16 EST Down Again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5213156 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1797684879.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 247.2 this morning down from 250.8. Excellent. I’m on a roll gonna keep going. I’ve had a toothache for a week so that’s most of it. I don’t feel much like eating and can’t eat very well when I do. I just ate an overcooked pork chop with cheesy vegetables and my mouth is kind of ok right now but around 4 I’ll need to take more ibuprofen. I’m so glad to be out of the 260s for good. I’m doing really well I ju... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 14:17:07 EST Finally! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5202058 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l496697037.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The sun has come out so I'm about to have breakfast and get moving. I have a lot to do today and am not in the best mood even with the sun. But I will persevere, I always do. I weighed yesterday and am up 4/10ths of a pound so that made me pretty happy because I thought it would be worse. Now it can do down a LOT. So on to it! Have a great weekend all! Fri, 11 Jan 2013 11:41:11 EST Got To Get Moving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5197624 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l832798397.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Our days for days and days have been SO dark any overcast, today it's been raining on and off ALL DAY . . . that it just is so hard to get up and do anything. I did do a little today which is more than I've done in a week I hope to do a LOT tomorrow but the forecast is still calling for rain, but I am going to muscle around it and get something done. Gotta get started I want to see five pounds gone this month! Tue, 8 Jan 2013 20:17:33 EST In It To Win It . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5189816 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l560457290.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This year begins finding me up 3 pounds from my last loss. That's ok, this year I am IN IT TO WIN IT. My goal is 60 pounds by 12/31, and that gets me out of the 200s for the first time in a LONG time. That's 5 pounds a month and very doable. My first line of defense is exercise. Oh yes, I will be getting some. Days 1, 2, and 3 of the new year were not good but they don't define the year. Today, I begin the w... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 10:32:56 EST Year ending Sadly . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5177849 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l380534482.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Just laid my little 13 year old Chihuahua Cinnamon to rest, she passed away this morning. She is survived by a sister, Daisy :(. I guess my weight is ok I'd lost another 8/10ths of a pound but yesterday ate a huge fast food meal. I'll regret that next weighin I'll bet. I'm just glad this year is finally over and we're one month closer to February and the start of NASCAR season. Until then I'll be good and lose... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 15:16:42 EST Upward Spiral . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5155426 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1288627751.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've gained about 10 pounds. I'd lost a little but I had a really crappy day today, eating wise and just day wise. Mostly I've not had my computer over the last month so I've not had my Sparkpeople. Man this site REALLY works to motivate me and keep me in line. I screw up so badly when I'm without it! Anyway I'm glad I'm back and I can't wait for my ups to become downs! I can do this! Tue, 4 Dec 2012 00:09:01 EST Back in the Saddle Again . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5128640 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1010368180.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Doing fairly well, down 18 pounds and counting, though the last week my food choices, though not REALLY fattening, haven't been the healthiest they could be. The culprit is a new toaster oven, and now I can merrily toast hot pockets, pizza rolls, eggrolls, and all manner of premade goodies that are oh so tasty but not that great for me. SO I will still use my foreman grill and I'll figure out the vegetable angle... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 16:03:22 EST Back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5126354 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l510337356.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hot Pockets are safer eaten with a fork. <BR> <BR> Back after no internet for a month missed it so much. Great to have my SparkPeople back as well. I've done well though, consistently losing 5 pounds per month since July. Trying to keep it up, kinda hard this time of year but I'll persevere. Tue, 6 Nov 2012 16:00:43 EST Hello, Old Friend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5067764 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l181401454.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hello 251! I know you're just passing through, but it's so GOOD to see you! <BR> <BR> I lost 2/10ths of a pound this week. Saw 251 on the scale for the first time in a very long time. I’m now about where I was when we were starving in the shed. Once I start my raking routine again I’ll be getting lots of exercise. I’m so happy it’s coming off so consistently. I thought I’d gain I’ve been a little lax this we... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 11:43:33 EST Back To My Low . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5059248 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l482067935.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Back down to my last new low of 252 even. I'm glad I was a little concerned. But it's ok now, I'm losing again and should do well over the next week. I'm cleaning house today and will be maintaining it in the weeks to come, trying to get it absolutely spic and span. And I'm using Spic and Span! I love the citrus cleaner it smells so good and cleans really well. I have some cheap lavender stuff for the floor, ... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 14:49:00 EST Blue Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5052611 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l94250948.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have to find some more flower pictures. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm up a little today 6/10ths of a pound no biggie. Back on program. Life's not so easy these days, so much to do and my back is still fussing. Some days good some days, like today, not so good but I have stuff I have to do and can't put it off anymore so will be smiling though it. I can do that. I foresee some rough seas ahead and I'm trying to cope ... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 13:41:21 EST