MISSEDIVA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MISSEDIVA MISSEDIVA'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/ Maintaining... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5267465 Wow, it's hard to believe that I haven't blogged here in over a year! But for one, I had a very challenging year in 2012...yes, almost the entire year. I went through some depressed stages and I ate emotionally so I gained back almost all of the weight I had lost. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1137671854.jpg">But starting in November of 2012, I was over being emotionally & spiritually down so I just had to push myself to take steps to do better... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 16:11:56 EST One Month n Eleven Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4644640 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l567185684.jpg">One month and eleven days ago, I began my newest (and current) fitness challenge. The main part of this challenge is weight loss but it incorporates some other things as well. <BR> <BR> One point of the challenge is choosing the healthiest food options possible. That means fresh is the best and basically fast food should be last resort, if at all. This morning I had a modest fast food breakfast to include a chicken biscuit an... Fri, 30 Dec 2011 10:15:18 EST Doing Well with the New Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4641061 Wow, it's been almost a month since I've posted a blog entry! How time flies when you're having fun...and working...and sticking to the challenge! LOL! <BR> <BR> I'm proud of myself for still being so amped about the Trinity's Corner challenge. At our 30-day weigh-in, I had lost 9lbs and a little off my waist and even a bit off the hips. I admit that I could have done better but I'm not beating myself up about what's in the past. I usually get myself a Christmas gift and this year, I took a ... Wed, 28 Dec 2011 01:34:50 EST Thankful That I'm Sticking to It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4602685 OK, so it's only been like a week and a half since I started my new fitness challenge but I am SO motivated! The 4-week protein-veggie-legume diet is the most challenging diet that I've done...ever. But I've learned so far that I have to be prepared. Since I have been taking the time to prepare, it's a lot easier to stick to it. The structured meetings that incorporate education and workout also helps me a lot...it's already put into my weekly schedule so I am less inclined to skip a day. The... Mon, 28 Nov 2011 12:32:52 EST I'm Back! New Challenge, New Attitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4595285 Wow, so my last blog entry was August 5th. Yeah, that totally sucks. Anyway, I am back yet again determined to reach my destination on my health/fit journey. <BR> <BR> First things first...I gained back all of the weight that I lost on my challenge at the beginning of the year. Plus about 5 extra pounds. I had stopped exercising and was not making healthy eating choices. Ok, enough of that depressing stuff... <BR> <BR> Fast forward to a few days ago... <BR> <BR> I've signed up for 90-day F... Tue, 22 Nov 2011 11:07:40 EST To Track or Not to Track... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4408823 ...is that REALLY the question??? It shouldn't be but I find myself not wanting to track my nutrition on days that I know I've messed up bad. But I've made an effort to track no matter what. At first, I was thinking that I didn't want to put myself thru the torture of knowing how bad I'm messing up. But then I realized that it makes a difference because it makes me be more alert about what I'm eating, and if I do splurge I have in my head that I won't go too far. <BR> <BR> HAVE A SUPER WEEKE... Fri, 5 Aug 2011 12:04:05 EST My Painful "Monthly Challenge" - Input Please http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4374676 Every month since I was 12 years old, I've had to deal with a visit from "Aunt Flo", as it's been called. About 6 months after my menstrual cycles began, I started having really bad pain. Over the years, I've had to deal with this...no treatment, including surgery, has stopped it. Of course, the last resort its a hysterectomy <em>39</em> , which I've been holding off on because I don't have children yet. <BR> <BR> So...now that I've started my journey to a healthier Diva, every month I do re... Wed, 20 Jul 2011 11:04:38 EST SP 5-month Anniversary! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4346732 Wow, I've been an official member of SP for 5 months! Yaaay! I haven't met my weight-loss goal but I still look and feel great!!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l119131117.jpg"> <BR> At the beginning, I had more time to track, exercise, prep food, etc. Right now I should be doing other work but I just had to stop and do a little self-celebration for staying semi-active on the SP site. <BR> <BR> No, I didn't stay on the plan that I was on in January when I started bu... Thu, 7 Jul 2011 09:49:58 EST Savannah Trip ~ May 2011 ~ Two Thumbs Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4253694 So i took a little mini-vaca trip to Savannah, Georgia this weekend and had a BLAST! It has something to do with the company I kept...yaay for good company! I only wish I had a little longer to enjoy myself. <BR> <BR> I arrived on Friday night around 11:30pm, so I was only interested in crashing <em>102</em> at that point...which I did. <BR> <BR> Saturday was the big day; we didn't have any plans so we ended up browsing through one of those tourist brochures. We axed ideas of riverboat lu... Tue, 24 May 2011 16:28:42 EST On Track Even When I'm Not Tracking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4220353 HAPPY MONDAY!!! Well, I haven't done a blog entry in a couple of weeks so I just wanted to do an update for me and for anybody else who it may motivate. <BR> <BR> First, I hope everyone had a nice Mother's Day...I'm not a mother, as in I've never given birth to a child but I have Godkids, nieces, nephews, friends' kids that I love and treat like they are mine...so I enjoyed MY Mother's Day. <BR> <BR> I lost the 2lbs I gained back in April, which I am very happy about. I just had to make sur... Mon, 9 May 2011 11:53:05 EST Yoplait Challenge Results...Not Good :-( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4183489 So I did the Yoplait Challenge. Okay, I started out doing the Yoplait Challenge but I deviated from the plan too much. I gained 2 lbs instead of losing 5lbs. <BR> <BR> I'm a little disappointed but I know I did not stick to the plan like I was supposed to. In retrospect, I ate too many carbs, not enough veggies. I did great on breakfast & lunch but when it came to dinner...I was WAY off base. Some days I didn't even take in enough calories. I was also challenged with my monthy madness (ladie... Fri, 22 Apr 2011 10:11:09 EST 50 Things About Me Q&A http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4183468 Okay, I LOVE these Q&A things...I like to give silly answers...so I copied this from another blog. HAPPY FRIDAY!!! <BR> <em>41</em> <BR> 1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? <BR> Everyone who was named before me...duh! LOL! <BR> Ok, really, my middle name is from a lady that my mom really admired. <BR> <BR> 2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? <BR> Sunday <BR> <BR> 3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? <BR> I'd rather type it...I'm a computer geek! <BR> <BR> 4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT... Fri, 22 Apr 2011 10:03:42 EST Diva's Yoplait Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4143662 I am 4 days into my April challenge to 'Spring it Up a Notch'. A couple of days ago, I opened one of those marketing emails (yes, I'm one of those ppl) and it was actually worth it this time. <BR> <BR> Presenting THE YOPLAIT 2-WEEK TUNE-UP! If you follow their plan for 2 weeks, you can lose up to 10lbs. My first thought was that I was gonna be hungry if I did this challenge. BUT I decided that I'd try it anyway. I mean, I like the items they present on the plan and they're affordable items I... Tue, 5 Apr 2011 09:40:57 EST Springing it Up a Notch in April http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4128691 I haven't been very active on the SP site lately because I haven't been doing all that I need to do. Can we say "ashamed"? I guess I don't want my SP friends to see how bad I'm doing. Well, maybe I shouldn't say bad. I have maintained my weight loss pretty well, which is better than I've done in the past by gaining it back. I just haven't been taking the extra intiative to lose more weight. <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> So I decided that I am going to do another month like I did in January (when ... Wed, 30 Mar 2011 09:41:13 EST Healthy Living is More Than Meets the Eye http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4041511 I just read some of the replies posted about First Lady Michelle Obama as related to Rush Limbaugh's criticism. I also had to add my 2 cents and I was inspired to do my own blog that directly relates to my comment. <BR> <BR> Having a great/better body is only a part of healthy living. I personally (and I see that many others agree) think that Mrs. Obama looks amazing. I only saw a few comments where ppl didn't agree that she looks great. <BR> <BR> One comment that stood out was a negative ... Wed, 23 Feb 2011 13:04:11 EST Self Photos as Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4038520 For many years, I would not take a full body photo of myself. Why? Well several years ago, one of my co-workers 'blessed' me with a photo of me at an office event that had just taken place. Until I saw that pic, I didn't realize just how fluffy all the fast food and convenience store meals had gotten me. So, I would only do headshots. <BR> <BR> I did other things at this point too like wearing big clothes, not shopping for new clothes (and Divas LOVE to shop) and just being unhappy with mys... Tue, 22 Feb 2011 13:24:01 EST If You Stray...Don't Stay! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3997813 So in my last blog, I shared how I did SO WELL in my first 30-day challenge of this year. But this past weekend, I strayed from my healthy habits more than I planned...or rather, I just didn't plan at all this weekend. I DID do my scheduled cardio on Saturday but no strength training the whole weekend. And the eating...I know it was horrible so I didn't even attempt to do the 'nutrition tracker' because I don't want to see how bad I was. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Anyhoo...Super Bowl weekend i... Mon, 7 Feb 2011 11:57:24 EST Diva Goes Hard for 30 Days ~ Final Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3985859 Well, I have officially made it through my DIVA GOES HARD FOR 30 DAYS self-challenge! Yaaay me! First and foremost, I must say that this has been a LONG 30 days! LOL! <BR> <BR> If I'd rate myself overall in a subjective manner, I'd say I did a pretty good job. I have definitely toned up, shed a few pounds, controlled my temper very well and grown closer to God. I've learned a lot about myself and I think that will help me to do well for the rest of this year and beyond. And that's what this... Thu, 3 Feb 2011 00:34:12 EST Counting Calories ~ It's All Good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3971005 I've been on my journey to a new me for just under a month now and I feel SO <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> But I notice that by me tracking my nutrition and fitness, which is easy and rewarding here on SP, I have been doing better than any other time that I took on my own personal plan for a healthier lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Yes, I've been successful in the past - I'd lose 10lbs or 15lbs here and there...but then I'd find those pounds again AND they'd bring along some friends. But by actually seein... Sat, 29 Jan 2011 08:25:17 EST Diva Goes Hard for 30 ~ Only 7 Days Left! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3964827 (This is a repost from my personal blog http://fyi.imerikaonline.com) <BR> <BR> Wow, what a journey so far! I have learned that I have discipline and I can do what I set my mind to do. I have also seen that I am unique so by me doing my own unique plan to a better me...well it works for me! I know I've used the experiences, knowledge and guidance that I've gathered over the years, but the bottom line is that I know what works for me. <BR> <BR> Anyway, enough of that - I'll do a DGH Reflect... Thu, 27 Jan 2011 02:06:29 EST Diva Goes Hard for 30 ~ Half Way There! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3943685 (This is a repost from my personal blog <link>fyi.imerikaonline.com </link> ) <BR> <BR> WOW! I am half-way through my 30-day challenge. It seems like it has been more than 15 days. As I revealed yesterday on my Spark Page, I’ve taken my success thus far and chiseled a 9-month goal: lose 50lbs by the end of September! I can totally do it if I stay on task. <BR> <BR> One of my fellow SparkPpl has inspired me to get a tape measure so I use more than just my weight to track my progress sin... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 10:35:21 EST Small Goals Lead to Big Goals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3940238 I began a 30-day journey 14 days ago on January 4, 2011. My "Diva Goes Hard for 30 Days" endeavor is almost half-way over and I am on track (yaaay me <em>104</em> )! I'll post an 'official' half-way (15 days) entry later this week with pics and updates. <BR> <BR> SOOOO...with me doing so well on my "small goal" thus far (and I have no intention of jumping ship...I CAN DO THIS!), I began to think about a BIGger goal: Lose 50 lbs by my birthday! <BR> <BR> It sounds like a LOT to me when I s... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 10:15:56 EST Diva Goes Hard ~ 7 Day Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3916160 Please refer to my Diva Goes Hard for 30 post to see why/how I'm tracking my progress this month for thirty days. <BR> <BR> ***Today is 11111 (1/11/11)...don't you love anomalies and palindromes? Ok, it's just me.*** <BR> <BR> <BR> DGH30 PROGRESS REPORT <BR> Report from 1/4/2011 to 1/10/2011 <BR> TOTAL SCORE THIS WEEK: 86 of 100 (up 24 pts from start date) <BR> ————————————————————————————————————————<BR>————————— <BR> [Physical 25 pts] <BR> - Weight: 252 lbs / Score: 10 of 10 (lost 3 l... Tue, 11 Jan 2011 23:33:26 EST Diva Goes Hard for 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3909649 (This is a repost from my personal blog - I will be incoporating my SP stuff into my personal blog) <BR> <BR> In my last post - Resolutions of a Diva - I mentioned sharing a particular item here on my blog. I have decided to go for it. As the title of this post states "Diva Goes Hard for 30", that's exactly what I'll be sharing. What?? Oh, you want details. Sure, no problem! <BR> <BR> Today, January 4, 2011, is my official first day of "going hard for 30 days". What the heck does that mean?... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 10:46:56 EST