MISSME1223's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MISSME1223 MISSME1223'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/ I'm baaaaaaack!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4676242 where do I even begin? the last several months have been soooooooo hard. I guess I will do the Cliff's Notes version... <BR> <BR> In early September I discovered my husband of almost 15 years has been cheating on me for the last 5 years. Within 2 days my untreated depression landed me in the hospital for the next 5 days. I am now on medication and seeing a psychologist. I'm feeling better, but every day is a new day and sometimes still a real struggle. <BR> <BR> My "husband" and I are ... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 13:32:30 EST I'm still here...REALLY I AM!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4520670 I know it's been a while since ya'll saw me around here...life just got a little...ALOT...crazy, and I was having a really hard time with my depression. I don't want to go into it all, just know that I am doing well and will continue to do so. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> I am thinking about going to school...well, I know I'm going to. I just don't know what for yet. LOL I want to go for something specific that will take about a year or year and a half. No regular college courses as I know I... Wed, 5 Oct 2011 11:31:54 EST HELP!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4258167 I haven't been using my treadmill because of shin splints...when i walk at a faster pace they really kick in! And if you have never had shin splints...let me tell you...THEY FREAKIN HURT!! <BR> <BR> Anyway after reading KIYOSHI04's blog about how she goes slow on the treadmill just has the incline way up, I figured I would give it a shot. =) <BR> <BR> I got on and started out at 5% going just 1.5 mph, I increased the pace but never got up to 2 mph. But I got the incline up as high as my ... Thu, 26 May 2011 16:31:35 EST velvet red...mmmmm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4229012 I don't drink that much...hardly ever actually...but the other day I was really wanting a glass of wine, so I stopped by the liquor store to pick up a bottle of my usual Arbor Mist Blackberry Merlot (yeah, I know...nothing fancy...LOL) as I walked up to the rack another bottle caught my eye...Velvet Red...hmmm...so I read the back..."Tastes and smells like ripe, just picked Concord grapes." Now I'm really intrigued as I like a sweet wine. So I take the bottle to the counter and they inform ... Thu, 12 May 2011 21:49:28 EST and the dinner is... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4215430 Spinach Tuna Casserole..this is SUPER YUMMY!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l551876829.jpg"> <BR> took this after we ate =) <BR> <BR> 5 cups uncooked egg noodles (I used no yolk noodles) <BR> 1 cup (8 oz) reduced fat sour cream <BR> 1/2 cup fat-free mayo (I used mayo with olive oil, reduced fat) <BR> 2-3 tsp lemon juice <BR> 2 tbsp butter (I used 3 tbsp I Can't Believe it's Not Butter) <BR> 1/4 cup all-purpose flour <BR> 2 cups fat-free milk (I used 3 cups) <... Fri, 6 May 2011 22:29:49 EST WOOO HOOOOOO!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4212664 I had a big WOO HOO moment yesterday! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I got new tie-dye shirts for Christmas, but they were a little too small. I was ok with that because I wanted to lose weight (although at that time I wasn't actually making an effort) anyway...I got one of the new too small back then tie-dyes and put it on...IT FIT!! and it even fit well enough to get the attention of my husband (he's usually not that observant)!! <BR> <BR> THEN... <BR> <BR> I pulled out a pair of denim capri... Thu, 5 May 2011 16:00:47 EST I LOST INCHES! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4205006 ...and I never wanna find them!! <BR> <BR> I measured today...about a week later than I planned...but that's OK...I'M SOOOOOO HAPPY!!! <BR> <BR> the inches I lost... <BR> waist - 1 inch <BR> hips - 2 inches <BR> thigh - 1 inch <BR> upper arm - i inch <BR> <BR> I knew I could see a little bit of a difference...but never imagined FIVE inches! <BR> <BR> YAY!! <em>9</em> Mon, 2 May 2011 14:29:55 EST 28-Day Bootcamp - Days 26-28 (with before/after pic) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4202312 YAY! I did it! <BR> <BR> I only lost 5 lbs during the challenge, but I can see a difference in the pictures. My shirt fits looser. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l289815914.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Now I'm doing the 8-week Diabetes Challenge and possibly the new Spring Bootcamp... Sun, 1 May 2011 12:47:25 EST 28-Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge - Day 24 & 25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4194416 been keepin at it...today i did a new cardio workout...well...it's actually cardio and toning because it is intervals...I was sweatin' when it was done...and it's only 20 minutes <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l354203587.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I had to do a little modifying because i can't do jumping moves...but it was still a great workout! Wed, 27 Apr 2011 14:38:04 EST taco soup...mmmmm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4189846 this is one of my favorite recipes =) and it's super easy to change it up to whatever you have on hand... <BR> <BR> Taco Soup <BR> <BR> * 1 lb. ground turkey or lean beef <BR> * 1 large onion, chopped <BR> * 1 (1 oz.) package Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix <BR> * 1 (1 oz) package Taco Seasoning Mix <BR> * 1 (16 oz.) can pinto beans <BR> * 1 (16 oz) can chili beans (either hot or regular) <BR> * 1 (16 oz) can whole kernel corn <BR> * 1 (16 oz) can black beans <BR> * 1 (8 oz) can Mexican-s... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 16:03:44 EST 28-Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge - Days 22 & 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4189839 still doin' it...lol <BR> <BR> only 5 more days =) <BR> <BR> no video today...will double up videos tomorrow...I'm feeling so hot and I'm sure I'll feel better tomorrow =) Mon, 25 Apr 2011 16:00:03 EST 28-Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge - Day 20 & 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4185870 3 weeks down! <BR> <BR> only ONE week to go! <BR> <BR> I'm ready for different strength training exercises! Sat, 23 Apr 2011 15:39:50 EST a new favorite =) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4182744 ~ TRUVIA ~ <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l705871433.jpg"> <BR> <BR> OMG! I LOVE IT!! and this is saying ALOT because I have NEVER likes diet drinks, fake sugars or anything like that! the only thing I have ever liked with fake sugar is low-fat yogurt. and I think that's because that's the only way I have ever eaten it =) <BR> <BR> anyway...a while back I blogged about missing my sweet tea...well...I am missing it no more!! YAY!! I can have it now and not worr... Thu, 21 Apr 2011 22:43:31 EST 28-Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge - Day 18 & 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4182645 last 2 days were pretty good days...today's workout was a lot later than usual because I got to spend part of the day with my bestie =) <BR> <BR> better late than never, right? Thu, 21 Apr 2011 21:54:01 EST and the dinner is... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4182402 oven-fried fish nuggets! ...from the Taste of Home Comfort Food Diet cookbook <BR> <BR> this was the first time I made this recipe and it is YUMMY! I didn't have any corn flakes so I used panko japanese style bread crumbs instead (nutrients are pretty much the same) <BR> <BR> I have to say it again...this was soooooooo good!! <em>29</em> <BR> <BR> <em>492</em> <em>492</em> <em>492</em> <em>492</em> <BR> <BR> 1/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs <BR> 1/3 cup crushed corn flakes (I used p... Thu, 21 Apr 2011 19:53:08 EST 28-Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge - Day 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4178661 yesterday's workout... <BR> <BR> I did my new Leslie video...it's a walk/jog and I love it! Ended up sweating my butt off! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l789892159.jpg"> <BR> <BR> then I did the bootcamp video...upper body stuff <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 20 Apr 2011 08:44:34 EST 28-Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge - Day 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4174094 30 minutes on the stationary bike...then the bootcamp video <BR> <BR> I'm ready to be doing different videos...I really wish they would put some music with the videos they make...would it really be that hard to play a stereo when they record them? <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> Mon, 18 Apr 2011 11:46:31 EST 28-Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge - Day 14 & 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4171706 Yesterday all I did was 22 minutes on my stationary bike... <BR> <BR> so today I did days 14 & 15 of the bootcamp videos <BR> <BR> hoping my mood gets better...but considering it's almost that time of the month I'm not too sure about the mood changing...sigh Sun, 17 Apr 2011 12:13:54 EST 28-Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge - Day 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4169996 day late blogging about this again...LOL <BR> <BR> I rode my recumbent bike for about 20 minutes <BR> <BR> than did the bootcamp video...almost 2 weeks down <BR> <BR> to be completely honest, I'm getting a little bored with these videos...good thing they are only 10 minutes...LOL <BR> <BR> I will complete this challenge! <BR> <BR> btw...I got up this morning and weighed again (bathroom scale) and I was down 1 pound! WOOT! Sat, 16 Apr 2011 14:17:30 EST weighing in on the wii fit... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4167385 Since I started this journey I have been weighing in on the wii fit...choosing to have it minus 2 lbs for my "light" clothes. I know the clothes I usually wear don't weigh a whole 2 lbs...but the other options were to weigh with my clothes on and not deduct anything or strip nekkid right there in the living room! O.O <BR> <BR> Well...today I stripped nekkid and weighed on my bathroom scale (which happens to be a pretty nice scale, albeit dusty...LOL) and I weighed 246.5 lbs. That happens... Fri, 15 Apr 2011 10:03:59 EST 28-Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge - Day 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4165851 today so far I have done 1 mile with Leslie and the bootcamp video <BR> <BR> today's video was all about legs...I like this one alot! <BR> <BR> later, I plan to do another mile or get on my stationary bike =) <BR> <BR> <em>316</em> (wish they had a recumbent bike <em>211</em> ) Thu, 14 Apr 2011 15:14:10 EST 28-Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge - Day 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4165279 OK...so this day 11 blog is a day late...LOL <BR> <BR> I DID do the workout yesterday...was just a distracted kind of day. <BR> <BR> I like the standing ab workout...but I feel like I get a better ab workout on the floor. <BR> <BR> cardio was not as much as usual...just 20 minutes of walk at home Thu, 14 Apr 2011 11:06:16 EST 2 Month SparkVersary =D http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4162684 Actually the 8th was my SparkVersary. YAY ME! <BR> <BR> I have been waiting for the little trophy to become available. I check every day for it...but so far...nothing... <BR> <BR> Then today I noticed in the emoticons window that there isn't a 2 month SparkVersary. There are 1 month, 3 month, 6 month, 9 month, then yearly. I'm guessing this means there isn't a 2 month SparkVersary trophy =( If so I'm totally bummed. <BR> <BR> I have been looking forward to getting that trophy (and... Wed, 13 Apr 2011 10:11:07 EST 28-Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge - Day 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4161108 2 miles with Leslie...check <BR> <BR> bootcamp video...check <BR> <BR> substituted tricep extensions for tricep dips...check <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Tue, 12 Apr 2011 16:02:54 EST 28-Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge - Day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4159053 it was a pretty good day today...video was good but knees did not agree with the lunges... <BR> <BR> Cardio was really good...I DID 3 MILES WITH LESLIE!! YAY ME! Mon, 11 Apr 2011 20:17:26 EST 28-Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge - Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4155997 OK...so it was the cardio video today...I'm pretty sure it will be a while longer before I can do everything in this video. Arthritis in my knees does not like the up and down on the floor stuff. <BR> <BR> I was still sweatin though...LOL Sun, 10 Apr 2011 16:27:53 EST 28-Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge - Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4154209 I liked the core work today...awesome! <BR> <BR> for my 30 minutes I did Leslie Sansone 2 miles of Intervals. There are 3 segments where the speed is bumped up into a 90 second jog. I really really like this walk! it's AWESOME!! I checked it out from the library, so I guess I better check ebay for a copy =) Sat, 9 Apr 2011 18:48:33 EST 28-Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge - Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4152638 Better late than never...LOL <BR> <BR> I was having a rough day today, so my workout almost didn't happen. But I sucked it up, warmed up and did today's video. It was a good one and I look forward to doing it again when I am in a better mood and can put more into it. <BR> <BR> Now I think I will go get on my bike for a little while. Fri, 8 Apr 2011 21:15:11 EST tracking food & burning calories...oh my! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4151654 I haven't successfully tracked food since I joined SparkPeople...I have tried a few times but I never got past breakfast. I have just been watching my portions and drinking my water. The water I HAVE been tracking. <BR> <BR> Since being diagnosed diabetic a couple days ago I have been tracking my food and watching those bad carbs. and I have to say... O...M...G! this is HARD!!! Especially since alot of the food I have been using to keep the fat and calories down (mainly the FiberOne bar... Fri, 8 Apr 2011 11:55:34 EST 28-Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge - Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4149266 I really like today's Bootcamp workout! I love doing leg work on the floor! <BR> <BR> I did a 2 mile WATP, but split it up again. 1st mile...Bootcamp video...2nd mile <BR> I really like doing the workout that way. <BR> <BR> Thu, 7 Apr 2011 12:12:46 EST Diagnosed Diabetic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4147775 Last Friday I went to the Dr, had a great visit, told her all about SparkPeople and she loves the idea and that it has been helping me. I was super excited to tell her. And even though it was my annual women's visit, my blood pressure was great! <BR> <BR> The nurse called me today with the results of my lab work. Turns out I am diabetic. I'm still in the range that it can be controlled with diet and exercise. So I am already on the road to beating this. Until now I haven't been using t... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 20:19:57 EST 28-Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge - Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4146941 Today I did Leslie Sansone's Walk at Home - The Big Burn 2 Miles of Intervals...WOOOOO! that was a workout!! there are 3 or 4 90 second segments of jogging. WOW! felt GREAT!! <BR> <BR> Also did day 4 of the Bootcamp Challenge. this was the standing core workout, I like this one! <BR> <BR> btw...my triceps are a little sore from yesterdays workout...I like it when I'm a little sore! =) Wed, 6 Apr 2011 13:34:44 EST 28-Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge - Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4144226 so I did it a little different today...I started a Walk Away the Pounds 2 mile walk...at the 1 mile mark I did the bootcamp video...then finished the last mile. <BR> <BR> most of the video was good. but I could not do the tricep dips. I TRIED, but my ass is just too heavy right now to hold up like that! I got back up on the chair and did tricep extensions instead. <BR> <BR> I also couldn't do complete push-ups, I did the best I could and my arms are still burning! Tue, 5 Apr 2011 13:02:01 EST 28-Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge - Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4141353 OK! <BR> <BR> Day 2 workout is done. WOOOOO! Legs are sure gonna feel it tomorrow. I'm hoping this will get me into the habit of strength training. I seem to always put it off. <BR> <BR> Did 2 mile Walk Away the Pounds for the 30 minutes of cardio...SWEATING! sure feels good though! <BR> <BR> Mon, 4 Apr 2011 12:33:02 EST 28-Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge - Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4138871 OMG! that was INTENSE!! <BR> <BR> I did modified jumping jack because the regular ones are too hard on my knees (I have arthritis). I also went back to the modified jumping jacks and some knee lifts during the hands on the floor bits at the end. <BR> <BR> I may not have been able to go all out like Coach Nicole, but I feel great and I still ended up dripping in sweat! YAY! <BR> <BR> WOOT WOOT! Sun, 3 Apr 2011 14:19:04 EST Shred-It with Weights http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4136552 So I checked out Jillian Michaels Shred-It with Weights from the library. I'm still waiting on the 30 Day Shred dvd. I have always though Jillian was a little scary...OK...really scary...LOL But since I have seen so many people on SP using the Shred-It dvds, so I figured I should at least get them from the library so I could look at the workouts. I haven't worked out with the dvd yet because I wanted to watch the whole thing first to get an idea of how much of it I would actually be able ... Sat, 2 Apr 2011 11:48:19 EST Lookin' for a SparkBuddy...or 2 or 3...or more http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4124619 (this is also posted on my SparkParge) <BR> <BR> What am I looking for in a SparkBuddy? <BR> <BR> Most important for me is someone with a positive attitude and similar goals; to get healthy and fit, total weight loss goal for me is 107 lbs. I think it would be good to have a buddy who is also working out at home. I’m doing Walk Away the Pounds and I have a stationary bike. I also play on my wii and I recently bought Zumba for the wii. I’m not very coordinated so I haven’t really played ... Mon, 28 Mar 2011 17:12:40 EST missin' my sweet tea... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4118275 So I'm totally missing my sweet tea! I used to drink it all day, every day! I know cutting waaaaaay back ( I'm down to 1 glass every 2-3 days!) has been a part of my weight loss so far. But I WANT MY TEA! =) <BR> <BR> Is is completely wrong/crazy to count 1 class of tea as part of my water for the day? If I drink my 8 cups of water I usually don't have room in me for anything else to drink...LOL When I make my tea, I only put 3/4 cup of sugar to a whole gallon of tea, so it's just 33 c... Fri, 25 Mar 2011 18:30:48 EST ...my goals...my plan... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4113519 I have been putting off posting my goals…well to be honest I have actually put off writing them down at all…not that I was dreading it or anything, I just haven’t done it…until now! YAY! I had it all in my head and now I have revised and written and now I’m posting! Another YAY! <BR> <BR> So I guess I could tell you what my goals were starting out…they were pretty simple. The ultimate goal of getting healthy and losing weight. <BR> <BR> 1. Do at least 10 minutes of exercise every day <BR... Wed, 23 Mar 2011 19:24:27 EST DONE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4111506 I'm DONE!! <BR> <BR> I'm DONE with excuses <BR> <BR> I'm DONE feeling tired <BR> <BR> I'm DONE having sore, “krispy” knees <BR> <BR> I'm DONE hating the way I look <BR> <BR> I'm DONE wearing men’s sweatpants <BR> ...although I will wear the ones I have until they wear out…LOL Tue, 22 Mar 2011 23:49:28 EST walking to the beat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4072940 I'm so excited! I was trying to figure out the perfect music to make a playlist to walk to...and I stumbled across this site... <BR> <BR> <link>www.bestworkoutmusic.com/search.html </link> <BR> <BR> you can search their database for songs OR download the "BeatScanner" and figure out the beats per minute to your favorite songs! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Mon, 7 Mar 2011 11:33:42 EST it's so hard! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4027673 I have lost weight before...several years ago...and since then I have gained it all plus some. Actually more than just some. I was doing great when I was losing weight...I was exercising and eating right, drinking water all the time. I would exercise because I loved how it made me feel! I felt great back then! Everyone commented on how good I was looking. <BR> <BR> but now... <BR> <BR> I feel tired all the time and I have ZERO motivation! I'm on meds for high blood pressure, high chol... Fri, 18 Feb 2011 11:10:12 EST