MISSYMOOSE71's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MISSYMOOSE71 MISSYMOOSE71'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/ 2014 update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5641879 I'm haven't been logging on in a few months and the biggest reason is because I started using an app on my ipod that makes entering things here redundant. My time is limited and using my ipod makes more sense because it's portable. Also, I've been a bad SparkFriend & haven't connected with others the way I should. I think I have 1 friend who reads my blogs so I don't feel motivated to write when I don't think my journey is important to others. It's like writing in my diary & leaving it on... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 07:05:41 EST Christmas party dress pic! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568063 So I've been fighting for over 3 years with this weight loss thing. The first year I lost 20 pounds. The 2nd year I gained 10 then lost 15 (aka lost 5). The third year I lost another 5. Talk about super slow-mo weight loss! Anyhow, I started out obese & 2 1/2 months ago was teetering between overweight & normal but couldn't get a foothold in the normal range. <BR> <BR> I've been tweaking my diet with a nutritionist/doctor & in the past 2 1/2 months I lost 10 POUNDS!!! I am in absolute... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 14:04:06 EST 10 days till "D" day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5556543 There is only one event each year for which I buy a special outfit & get all dolled up and that is my husband's work Christmas party. I have posted pics of my outfits the last 2 years (burgundy top/black pants '11 & blue striped sweater dress '12) This year DH took me shopping & helped me pick out an awesome dress. It's another sweater dress. The label calls the color aubergine. It's purpley. <BR> <BR> When I bought it, I started the count-down to "D" day..... "dress" day. So, I uppe... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 07:11:07 EST Normal BMI & pic with goal (dream) pants http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5537215 I am so excited today because my weight is finally moving again. This entire calendar year it has fluctuated around 150 give or take 3-4 pounds in either direction but for the most part - it was not a plateau, it had flat lined. With the help of my new doctor (dealing with some health issues & tweaking my diet), I am hopeful that my body can improve. I've been stuck for so long that I recently gave up. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, this morning I weighed in at 144.4 which equates to a normal BMI & ... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 10:13:32 EST Update to my update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5535251 Me - the scale moved today & I didn't even pick it up or slide it. I'm on the cusp of a normal BMI. We'll see. <BR> <BR> DH - has decided to work with my whack-a-doo doctor. I am so excited & hopeful that he will find the relief he needs. He does a functional age test as part of the initial consultation by using a bunch of tests and found that DH is functioning at a 70 year old level. Not good. Although I'm 55. Now we can get better together. Next week I go for a follow-up. Maybe I'... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 21:20:58 EST Update... & request http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534589 Hey all, I'm still hanging in there. I did end up changing my goal weight to my current weight. I resigned myself to the idea that I was in maintenance mode... and then... I started seeing a new whack-a-doo doctor. I started with him because I wanted a doctor closer to home - the one I've been seeing for the past year for my breast lumps / hormonal imbalance was 45 minutes away & he was ticking me off by never calling me back. So, I've moved on. I tried a new guy who is similar but total... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 07:31:47 EST Fell off the SP wagon. I think I'm back. Not sure. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5506196 I don't know what to say. I worked so hard this summer & it got me no where. In June (when school let out) I started the Supreme 90 System with the goal of making some major physical changes over the next 3 months so that when I returned to work in September I would hear, "Wow, what did you do?" <BR> <BR> I ate healthy from my garden. I exercised damn near every day. I got to day 58 in the program (skipped days for Zumba and also family vacation) which I thought was a valiant effort. ... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 17:46:44 EST Supreme 90 Day System & general update. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5381302 I'm on day 5. (I added the Zumba for fun.) <BR> <BR> Monday - 1 hour Zumba + Chest & Back video <BR> Tuesday - Ultimate Ball video <BR> Wednesday - 1 hour Zumba - supposed to take a "rest day" <BR> Thursday - Tabata video <BR> Friday - Shoulders & Arms video (I may go swimming later.) <BR> <BR> I am feeling pretty good about my workouts & fairly good about my nutrition. I've been eating pretty clean for the most part but I am concerned about the amount of fat I'm eating. I eat a lot of n... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 10:24:37 EST Big day - DS graduated HS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5381272 It was such a mix of emotions - pride, happiness, sad to see him moving on with life, and about a billion other things, but he did it! We so proud of him. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l75212896.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Graduation one day - start full time job the next. LOL! Welcome to life. Fri, 7 Jun 2013 10:05:30 EST I... I... I work out. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5377213 My 12 year old son, who is in Boy Scouts, started working on his Personal Fitness merit badge. My husband told him that they would work on it together once school was out. We did all the preliminary tests tonight (# of sit ups, pull ups, push ups, measurements, walk a mile, etc.) <BR> <BR> A few months ago I bought a 9 disk DVD set from Big Lots called Supreme 90 for a whopping $6. It's the Big Lots knock off version of either Insanity or P90X. ?? Not sure. But for $6, I thought I'd... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 20:53:46 EST Braggin' on my kids (with pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5344808 My oldest, who by the way is making me OLD by becoming an adult in 6 days, went to the prom this evening with his lovely GF of 3 years. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l638609606.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My youngest is joining me on a new venture. I'm taking the 7 day juice challenge on the Food Matters website. I borrowed a juicer from my mom & I don't love it so I ordered a really nice one. DH & I are on day 2 of drinking a green juice each morning. It is going wel... Fri, 3 May 2013 22:05:17 EST Self-destructive behavior http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5330367 You know how sometimes when things don't go your way & you're mad, hurt, and frustrated, you go a little crazy? You have to allow yourself a period to deal with those feelings without guilt. You are a human. You have feelings. They are not always good & you have the right to feel them so that you can come to terms with them. <BR> <BR> That's me this week. Thursday was my doctor appointment. I was fully expecting a clear scan & so was my doctor. Imagine our surprise to see it was not c... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 08:45:53 EST Dr appt / Zumba stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5313494 I had a short appt with my dr Thursday. We're tweaking a few of my supplements. I'm so excited to say that my estrogen levels are finally dropping & my progesterone (which was screwed up in February) is now normalizing. He added something that should help with my lumps and gave me a recipe for a gall bladder cleanse. It should help with my energy. <BR> <BR> I'm so excited & nervous about my test in 2 weeks. I'm excited because I'm anticipating some great news that things are improving... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 10:24:55 EST Happy Sad Grumpy Mad Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5307182 That is me today. Happy it's April 1st & maybe we'll get some decent weather. Sad I've gained weight this week. Grumpy that Easter break was so short & I didn't sleep worth a crap last night. And mad at myself for breaking into my son's Easter candy last night. <BR> <BR> Saturday was BEAUTIFUL! I did Zumba in the morning for an hour, then went outside & spent ALL DAY with DH as he cut down 2 trees. I dragged brush to the burn pile, moved logs & raked the yard. I was mega-active! I fi... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 08:55:08 EST Why tracking works http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5291965 I start my day with an empty box. My box has very definitive sides with precise measurements of height, width & length. Every meal - every choice - takes up residence in a small portion of that box. When you weigh, measure and calculate every bite that enters your mouth, you know the exact amount of space it takes up in the box. When the box is full at the end of the day, you know it is time to close the flaps over the top, tape it up & put it on a shelf. It is done. <BR> <BR> From Fe... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 06:40:08 EST Happy new year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5183609 I love starting points! What a great time to renew my motivation and redefine my goals. 2012 has been a good year for my family. DH had work all year, DS#1 changed careers, got a job & signed up for college after he graduates, DS#2 doesn't have any major news which is good too, and I changed jobs at work & got a few more hours, stuck with Zumba & lost 10 pounds. Not too bad, huh? Oh, and I got a new nephew out of the deal! lol. He's such a cutie! <BR> <BR> The holiday was a little mor... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 11:03:32 EST Update, thermography -> good news! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5157917 It's been a while. Not much has changed in the weight department but I've lost 2 or 3 pounds & am holding steady which is good. <BR> <BR> As for the thermography, man is it a fascinating science!! It gives you a peak into what is going on inside your body using your own physiology without any harmful side effects/radiation/etc. To understand my journey, you'll need a little background. A normal healthy chest thermography shows heat levels that register as blues & greens. Normal. Got th... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 08:18:07 EST My new Christmas outfit... w/pic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5144531 My black Friday ritual is to hit the mall around 10 or 11 am - after all the crazies are back in bed (lol) & still pick up some door buster deals. I got a comforter for my bed & a comforter & sheet set for my son. That was all I was really after today but... <BR> <BR> Every year for DH's Christmas party, I borrow something Christmasy from one of my friends or my mom; usually a sweatshirt or sweater. It's normally too big & I look frumpy - but I was frumpy. Last year was the first time ... Fri, 23 Nov 2012 20:21:21 EST Thermography results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5096142 My thermography appointment went OK yesterday. Not as I'd hoped. No startlingly significant change. Slight improvement. Nothing to write home about. The spot is still there but the red near the lymph nodes is gone. That's about the only change but we're heading in the right direction. <BR> <BR> My doctor & the technician discussed the results & said that 6 weeks is probably not enough time to see much of a change - but another 6 weeks would so I have another thermography the end of Nov... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 08:24:03 EST Thermography TODAY & weight update, etc. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5094957 I go for my thermography after work & I'm so excited!! 3 months ago I had an area of concern & although it took me a while to research fibrocystic breast disease and estrogen dominance, find a doctor who I liked & supports my feelings on health care, and started taking supplements & vitamins to try to turn things around, it's been a good solid 6 weeks of consistent changes & I hope it's enough to see some sort of change on my thermography. <BR> <BR> If there is a visible change, I *may* p... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 08:36:24 EST Dr. appt update, car accident pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5073965 I went on Friday. It seems that some of the changes I've made are helping. I'm absorbing fats better (my brain says thanks for that!), and my hormone levels are beginning to normalize. I can decrease some of the supplements for those issues. <BR> <BR> I'm seeing some physical changes that tell me I'm heading in the right direction too. My "girls" are not as lumpy & don't ache like they did. And my other big complaint... let's just say it would be TMI, is easing as well. I'm a happy gir... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 06:56:47 EST What a messed up week... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5038392 This week held some incredible highs & some tragic lows. I'm SO numb I don't even know how I feel. <BR> <BR> Monday - deceivingly ordinary. <BR> <BR> Tuesday evening - my brand new nephew entered the world & is utterly PERFECT! I'm so happy for my baby brother!! <BR> <BR> Wednesday morning - my very dear friend, her husband & aunt were in a horrible 2 vehicle car crash. Her husband died on scene, her aunt later that night. She has a concussion & gashes but will recover.... or will she?... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 07:15:33 EST A (hopefully) short update - estrogen dominance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5032380 OK, so I've been reading myself into an information coma. I read 1 1/2 books + tons of info on the internet and have rendered myself useless. I have so much information that I am overwhelmed & don't know where to begin. <BR> <BR> So I went to my doctor... who knows NOTHING!!! She was NO help. <BR> <BR> Out of sheer desperation, I called the dr. where I had my thermography done. He's a naturopathic doctor. OMGosh, I LOVE him!!! He was amazing. <BR> <BR> So, he figured out that not... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 22:30:12 EST Estrogen dominance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4999517 Ever heard of it? Yeah, me either - until a few weeks ago. Apparently, I have it. For years I've been chasing around a list of mysterious symptoms with no cause... medical doctors think I'm nuts & need anti-depressants, so I've been seeking out information through more natural / holistic means. I thought it was my thyroid - no. I've messed with cutting out carbs because of a candida overgrowth (yeast) and had great results. But still there is something missing. It's like I'm doing ever... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 12:18:43 EST FRUSTRATED! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4965037 Last week I hurt my neck/shoulder & took it easy. Monday I was feeling SO MUCH BETTER that I decided to go to Zumba but I'd take it easy. Well, it felt wonderful to move & although I didn't give it 110% like I usually do ~ it was too hot. I did give it, you know, like 90%. Needless to say, when I went to the chiropractor for neck pain & a headache on Tuesday, there were more adjustments instead of less & they were the same ones I needed last week. It seems I re-aggregated the injury. I'... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 07:47:57 EST First walk/run experience... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4957613 Since my neck/back/shoulder/whatever injury, I haven't been exercising. There's not a whole lot I can do without exacerbating my injury and I have been in so much pain that even doing the dishes is not pleasant. Heck, picking up a tea cup hurts. <BR> <BR> But there is this thing looming over my head - eating at me. It is one of my spark streaks. I have been most proud of watching this particular number grow - like a little baby. It started out small... and then I noticed, slowly slowl... Fri, 6 Jul 2012 08:33:33 EST Guess I showed her! (7 yo) Now, where's my ice & ibuprofen? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4949177 See, there was this little 7 year old who takes gymnastics & she was showing off her cartwheels & round offs... yeah. So I had to show her up. I did a front hand spring & it went very well although the landing was a little rough. <BR> <BR> I told her how when I was a kid, I made up this thing that I liked to call, "THE FOUR SEASONS!!" I would say, "Winter" and do a cartwheel, "spring", and do a one handed cartwheel, "summer" and I would do a round off, but I neglected to realize until I land... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 16:22:06 EST My weird but delicious lunch w/ pic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4924941 In an attempt to eat more veggies, I sauteed some zucchini & mushrooms in coconut oil & seasoned them with salt, pepper, garlic, oregano & basil. I threw in a little parmesan & left over skinless boneless chicken breast. And just for fun, I threw in & heated through a few tablespoons of some black bean & corn salsa just for color & nutrients. It looked pretty and tasted better than I thought. I was a little worried because the salsa was in a vinegar & oil base. <BR> <BR> I love having ... Wed, 13 Jun 2012 13:52:53 EST Coach Nicole's Cardio Blast DVD http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4923136 A few weeks ago, I spun a free DVD on the log in wheel (shock #1) and got it in the mail a few days later (shock #2). How cool is that? Well, my Zumba addiction has kept me from trying it until today. I was looking for something new & was excited to give it a try. <BR> <BR> I am really impressed! There are 6 10 minute workouts. The menu will allow you to choose any of the 6 & it will play a warm up & cool down... or you can choose "play all" and get an hour of cardio with the warm up &... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 10:59:50 EST Summer plans & expectations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4911303 Today is the first *official* day of summer! Friday was the last day of school & I don't have to go back to work for 3 months!!!! (Well - I do have another job but it's only a couple hours a week.) I am so frustrated with my progress but I know I should be happy. Since my re-re-modified goal was to hit 140 pounds by June 1st, I need to re-re-re-modify that. I wish I could figure out how to copy my weight loss graph & put it in this blog!! I've been on SP for almost 2 years & have lost 2... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 10:25:41 EST Blog (it's about as exciting as this title) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4903818 I haven't felt much like blogging lately. I don't really have anything interesting to say. :-( But here's an update anyway. <BR> <BR> Life is good. DH is awesome. DS1 is 3 days from being a SENIOR in HS. I don't know where the time went. I'm so proud of the man he's becoming. He got a full time job over the summer in the trade he's learning in school. He's looking forward to earning a butt-load of money & buying a car. lol. DS2 is sweet. He drives me crazy - never stops talking. ... Wed, 30 May 2012 07:10:39 EST Kid brag - w/ pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4868039 Sorry, I just have to show off my handsome "little" boy. lol. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l434312162.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Last night was the prom. He had fun. It's so hard handing your keys over to a 16 year old.... ok, he'll be 17 this week, but still!! It was MY car!! Ugh. Not loving this whole growing up thing. I tell him that he has to drive careful. Two things that I love dearly are at stake. (Him & my car.) <BR> <BR> Speaking of growing up.... h... Sat, 5 May 2012 18:52:17 EST Shameless proud Mama brag & pic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4849437 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l890423965.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My baby is growing up & has been offered a REAL summer job! He's 16 & although he did work last summer, it was "just a job" in a warehouse doing prefab work for the electrical company that DH works for. It was busy work for minimum wage but it was a job. <BR> <BR> MJ goes to vocational school for Machine Trades a 1/2 day & his high school the other half day. He's a junior & is completing his 2nd of 3 years of t... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 08:25:39 EST Weirdness... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4842196 I've been so energetic lately. I've been kickin' @$$ at Zumba & giving it my all on strength days. My weight is creeping up & I haven't been tracking food. It's just so time consuming. I'm sure I'm eating too much but you'd think that the exercise would counter that. I'm not eating THAT bad! <BR> <BR> I've tried a few different strength routines. One was from a magazine. Lots of plank work ~ hurt my shoulder ~ took a break. Eh, I need something FUN to keep me interested but challengi... Thu, 19 Apr 2012 09:12:54 EST My spark is so big, something's gonna burn!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4819167 I don't know what has gotten into me but I like it! It's been 2 days (yeah, I know, pretty lame, huh?) of pure unadulterated perfection. I'm a happy girl. My diet has been dead on. I've added a lot of whole grains, fruits & veggies, controlled portions, drank water & followed my exercise plan. Reading what other people (successful weight loss bloggers & athletic friends) eat & consider "normal" meals has helped open my eyes to the importance of proper fuel for the body. I feel energeti... Tue, 3 Apr 2012 20:08:27 EST More Milo pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4808554 Sorry it took so long. He doesn't stay still. I finally figured out how to get his picture... with the aid of my son! <BR> <BR> My kitty baby is such a snot!! When he wants his Mama, he sits & meows until I pick him up and then he wants held for a long nap. But when he's not in the mood, there's no sense in trying to give him attention; he's off & running. He's 7 months old and almost the same size as my 11 year old cat. Milo is now a little over 10 pounds & MoJo (the old man) is 13 po... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 08:34:20 EST What a week. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4799242 I love my silly little 2 hour a day lunch lady job. It's perfect for a stay-at-home mom. I put my kids on the bus & I'm usually home (cough) to get them off. I never work evenings, weekends, holidays or snow days. This week has been a little crazy though. Thursday last week, the breakfast lady's father passed away. I was asked to fill in for her Friday, Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday. Not a problem. I work her job, run errands & then do my job. But on Monday evening, the cook's 29 year ... Thu, 22 Mar 2012 07:07:06 EST Kicking myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4785086 This weekend was a little unusual. We had out of town guests. I bought stuff I normally don't have around like lunch meat & cheese, cookies, made homemade chicken noodle soup, etc. So needless to say I didn't exactly track my food nor did I really watch or make conscious choices. Ugh. So I weighed in 3 pounds heavier on Monday morning. Sunday evening I had made the decision that I really really want to work on the extra junk around my middle. The only way to do that is up my exercise a... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 08:33:41 EST Banquet w/ pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4760568 The banquet went fairly smoothly yesterday. I'm so glad it's over. Here's my baby with his Arrow of Light Award. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l267487838.jpg"> <BR> <BR> During the cross over ceremony, where the boys cross from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts, they stand on one side of the bridge & get their blue (Cub Scouts) epilets taken off. They cross & then are welcomed by their new Troop members who put green epilets (Boy Scouts) on them. Here he is with his new ... Mon, 27 Feb 2012 21:33:45 EST Today is the big day I've been counting down for the past 18 months! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4757540 I don't care to unload in a public forum so let me simply say that 18 months ago a dear friend crushed my heart & soul in a public manner and totally destroyed my love for being a Cub Scout volunteer. After 4 months of dealing with the issue, I lost my resolve (sleep, my mind) and swapped positions with another leader. He has been in charge & I have taken on a different role where I don't have to deal with *certain people*. It's been better - but still eats at me. <BR> <BR> Today - AHH to... Sun, 26 Feb 2012 08:22:33 EST Can someone come & kick my butt? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4739615 Oh, I'm doing the slow & steady thing just fine... I want more. Why can't I muster more? Every day I enjoy a little indulgence so I don't feel deprived and don't lose my mind. It's necessary. Or is it? *sigh* Well, maybe if my "little indulgence" wasn't 400 calories, it wouldn't be an issue. Yesterday was a really weird but really good day. Extremely strange - I wasn't hungry. I ate breakfast. I did not have the opportunity to eat lunch so enjoyed the last 2 delicious cookies (now t... Wed, 15 Feb 2012 07:27:50 EST I've been playing with the food tracker..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4721970 So lately, I've been entering foods to see how they fit into my diet & then making choices of what I want to eat and then going back to delete the items I opted out of eating. It's been working really well. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I went shopping at BIG LOTS to look for all the health food overstock I could find. I made some very good purchases & only spent about $25! I got Bob's Red Mill Vegi Soup Mix. I LOVE THAT STUFF!!! I also got a whole wheat bread mix for my bread machine. Guess wha... Sat, 4 Feb 2012 13:10:47 EST I hate tracking food... but it works. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4700455 I love SP tools like the graphs & charts. They are so informative. They've informed me that from May '11 till Dec '11, I lost 2 pounds. I was exercising 4-5 days a week & trying to eat right without tracking. I was getting frustrated because I felt I was eating within my ranges & should be losing weight. Well, lemme tell ya, I started using the food log on January 1st & I've lost 4 pounds so far & we're only 3/4 of the way through the month. The first week & a half, I tried eating my no... Tue, 24 Jan 2012 07:12:27 EST Making changes - making progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4685561 I weighed in this morning & was pleasantly surprised to see I'm down a couple pounds. I've made a couple changes in my diet in the hope that I'd see some change. So far so good. <BR> <BR> I made a soup mix that has split peas & some barley & other good stuff. The calories & fat are low and the fiber & protein is really high. It's really filling. It doesn't taste that great (lol) but I don't even care. I've been doing better with water, fruits & veggies too. <BR> <BR> I want to keep... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 22:02:46 EST Milo update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4680021 A few of my SP Friends have asked & I just uploaded a ton of photos - so here ya go: <BR> <BR> The last time I took my little buddy to the vet, the vet tech was SHOCKED when I mentioned, "It's hard to believe this is the same kitten that I brought in a box." Her jaw dropped & said, "OMGosh, I never would have thought this was the same animal. We didn't think he was going to make it." Here was my sick little boy in September when we found him on the sidewalk (in the 100+ pound dog's mouth)... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 11:26:44 EST Detoxing? Brain meltdown?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4675754 OMGosh, what a bizarre week this has been. Today is day #3 of NO COFFEE and taking vitamins & supplements. I think my body is releasing all the bad stuff & it's now floating freely around my system waiting to be expelled. I freaked out because my husband's truck was missing. I thought someone stole it & I was afraid to go home. He took it to work that morning & I *neglected* to see his car beside mine and also that the truck was missing in the morning. So that afternoon, I freaked out. ... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 10:06:17 EST So siked for a new beginning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4648099 I've established some GREAT exercise habits in 2011 & am so siked about keeping it up. My body has changed so much with Zumba even though my weight hasn't changed. I *love* my new jeans & have gotten some really interesting feedback on my butt. LOLOL!!!! <BR> <BR> Looking over some articles about resolutions & weight loss, I'm currently doing everything right EXCEPT for food tracking. So it looks like that's where I need to focus some attention. <BR> <BR> I gained 2 pounds this week b... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 11:10:11 EST 2011 resolution - check! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4638527 My New Years Resolution for 2011 was to become more healthy. I'd just bought "The Spark" and had been a SP member for 4 months. I have been resolving to lose weight for probably close to 8 or 9 years. SP was the only thing that was new... and here we are at the end of 2011 & I can honestly say that I made it through the year and I AM a different person. I'm 20+ pounds lighter, 8 inches smaller, 3 pants sizes smaller, but other things have changed too. My energy level has sky rocketed. M... Mon, 26 Dec 2011 09:23:16 EST New Christmas outfit pictures & why I love SP http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4625541 My husband bought me a new outfit for Christmas because I hate shopping. Yes, I am a woman... but I truly hate shopping. I don't understand either. Anyhow, he wanted me to get something tight & sexy to show off my smaller figure. I, however, am more comfortable in big, baggy, hide the rolls clothing. I was so excited to find the perfect compromise outfit - sexy but not too tight. And the best part..... the pants are a size smaller than what I've been wearing!!! <BR> <BR> Here is my out... Wed, 14 Dec 2011 13:48:15 EST Happy Turkey Day!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4598400 What a great day!! <BR> <BR> I had a little bit of everything & it filled my plate, filled my belly & my soul. I had a piece of my husband's AMAZING pecan pie & and am content with what I ate. I didn't over do it by any stretch of the imagination but I probably won't need to eat anything else today. lol. <BR> <BR> Happy Thanksgiving everyone! <BR> <BR> Thu, 24 Nov 2011 23:00:01 EST