MJ-SHE-BEAST's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MJ%2DSHE%2DBEAST MJ-SHE-BEAST'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/ Challenging Myself aka It's About Darn Time! Plus pics of me with blue hair http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6093733 Until a month or so ago, I had gotten so lazy, so complacent, so into making excuses for not doing anything to bust the plateau that has plagued me for almost a year. I lost so much weight after VSG surgery, but once I hit 80 pounds gone it was just like I hit a wall that was impervious to all of my efforts. My doctor warned me this could and would probably happen because of my age and metabolic and auto-immune disorders, but I chose to ignore him and hoped it wouldn't come to pass that the r... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 17:25:00 EST New Year Kickstart Challenge Picture for Week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6065975 First, if you are a member of the San Antonio Spark Team and haven't welcomed your new leadership team, please take a few minutes to do so and let these wonderful ladies know you appreciate their efforts. I leave the team leadership with full confidence that we as members are in good hands! <BR> <BR> Second, this is a new year and I'm making it my resolution that this is the LAST YEAR I HAVE TO MAKE A HEALTH RESOLUTION REGARDING MY WEIGHT. I will hit goal this year. I'm done with wondering ... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 17:10:38 EST I'm Sorry...Can We Still Be Friends? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6011591 This blog is dedicated to my San Antonio Spark Team, but is directed at not only them, but to all of you who are on my various teams and have friended me over the years, followed my journey as I have followed yours, encouraged me, and cared for me. I owe you a debt, my thanks, and an apology. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b8dc861d-9426-4f2b-9ebc-2207117f2e0f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I left leadership at the end of 2... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 11:27:19 EST Returning to Leadership - I'm Baaack! (Things I've learned) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953879 I resigned as a leader from my beloved San Antonio Spark Team at the first of the year. I needed a break after 5 years. I had my WLS at the end of July 2014 and it was just time to focus more on ME and MY journey. I'm at 82 pounds lost, by the way. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I needed a break from coming up with challenges, being responsible for greeting new members and making them feel welcome, and from feeling guilty if I didn't check in on the team daily. I'm so grateful to SBEAR5, UNSTOP... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 11:10:57 EST Something Weight Loss Surgery and Losing Weight Won't Do http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5938009 Weight loss surgery, whether lap band, gastric bypass, or gastric sleeve (my procedure) is a marvelous tool. Some of the things it does for you: <BR> <BR> 1. Restricts the amount of calories you can take in. This causes: <BR> 2. Fast weight loss in the beginning. This causes you to: <BR> 3. Move more and move better. This causes you to: <BR> 4. Feel better, stronger, healthier, because you are! <BR> <BR> The compliments come in (usually). Your doctor brags on how good your blood work loo... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 17:17:21 EST ENOUGH with the FAT SHAMING of OURSELVES! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5907711 ENOUGH! Thin friends on facebook calling themselves "fatty", "chubby", "lardo". Not so thin friends posting memes that, while intended to be cute and funny, suggest they are too fat to wear swimsuits, be ready for summer, wear this or wear that. ENOUGH ENOUGH ENOUGH! <BR> <BR> First and foremost, there is nothing shameful about being heavy. Yes, you are more likely less healthy if you are fat. You are also more likely less healthy if you have diabetes, have cancer, anemia, a bad heart or ot... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 12:30:08 EST Rockin' Body Workout with a Sexy, Sexy Man http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866639 Sounds very...appealing, yes? Hahaha! <BR> <BR> When I can't get to the gym, or sometimes even on days I do go to the gym but find myself with extra time and energy, I do Sensei Guillermo Garcia's Martial Fusion style workouts. One in particular that I like (because it is not too high intensity for my joints) is his Rockin' Body workout. Lots of side knee lifts, punching, (I love punching!) and some little sexy latin dance step moves here and there. His accent and Latin good looks aren't ha... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 17:01:44 EST More Meditation in the Park, Positive Affirmations, NSV (PICS) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5863063 I am not going to screw up and forget to post a blog again this week for the Involvement challenge on the San Antonio team. <BR> <BR> We are continuing Meditation in the Park on Sundays. We had a nice group of folks this week which included a couple of spark friends. UNSTOPPABLEJEN, one of the SA team leaders and her husband SPURSFAN21 were kind enough to join us. Here's a couple photos taken after we finished up yesterday. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l6... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:06:49 EST Meditation and Yoga in the Park - Involvement Challenge Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5847570 I joined the Involvement Challenge on the San Antonio Spark team for January. Basically it is a challenge to get us more involved in the team via greeting members, posting on pages, posting on threads, etc. One of the requirements is a weekly blog about a work out, along with a picture of ourselves during the work out. <BR> <BR> My daughter-in-law is NOT a yoga instructor, but she finds a lot of peace and flexibility through very simple (and fairly easy) yoga moves and meditation. I find t... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 11:16:48 EST ONEderland! NSVs! Silly Pic! Some TMI stuff but I'm sharing anyway! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837612 Yeah, this happened today: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1117438895.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I haven't weighed under 200 pounds since before my son was born in 1987. I'm 54. You do the math. I'm beyond thrilled. I'm proud. I'm feeling accomplished. I'm also very relieved because I had set my goal of being under 200 by the end of the year. Feels really good to hit it more than a week early. Since June I have lost 72 pounds. My next goal is to hit 175 by my 10th... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 18:29:11 EST So close to ONEderland - Update and progress pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831917 In 19 days we will see the end of 2014, the year of my rebirth, the year when friends, family, and total strangers pulled together to donate money, purchase t-shirts, rummage sale goods and baked goods in order to help me get the much needed gastric sleeve surgery that would give me a second chance at living a longer, healthier, fitter life. <BR> <BR> As of this morning, I am down 68 pounds. My goal is to have lost 72.2 pounds by the last day of this year, putting me under 200 pounds and in... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 11:58:10 EST Does this count as an NSV? Funny, but true story! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810840 Sorry if TMI, but I thought you could all use a giggle at my expense. <BR> <BR> I had a wardrobe malfunction at the gym this morning. I've lost inches across my chest, not to mention some volume, and all of my "hold 'em ups" are getting pretty loose. I reached up to grab the bars on the stretching cage and the "girls" slid out the bottom of my bra. Yeah...this happened. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Not sure if anyone noticed. I was afraid to look around. I crossed my arms over my ches... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 17:38:48 EST Reflections of the Way Life Used to Be (lots of pics!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805140 If you are over 40, I bet you heard the Supremes singing the title, didn't you? <BR> <BR> It's really hard to remember life before Spark. It seems it has been a part of me forever, even though I joined in 2010. It's just that ingrained in my life, I guess. <BR> <BR> I'm reflecting today on the last 5 years of being a Spark member, and on the last 4 years as a Spark team leader here in San Antonio . There have been some major highs, let me tell you. I've climbed hills and dined with some of... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 16:01:46 EST *Plunk* *Plunk* PLANK! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801072 Today I am 83 days post VSG surgery and 53 pounds lighter. I am 99 pounds from my goal of 120 pounds. If I am thrilled with my results at 130, though...I'll stop. At 4'10, the doctors tell me 105-115 is where I should aim, but since my family has boobs, butts, and thighs I am not really listening too close. <BR> <BR> I've been doing some very basic yoga for flexibility and strength training with weights. I've noticed I am a bit stronger and definitely more flexible. I'm in less pain than... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:22:19 EST Are you a VICTOR or a VICTIM? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790419 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2091813378.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Thirteen weeks from today we will see the end of 2014. Three months from now, millions will be proclaiming the following: <BR> <BR> "I'm going to lose weight this year!" <BR> <BR> "I'm going to quit smoking!" <BR> <BR> "I'm going to get fit this year!" <BR> <BR> " I'm going to eat healthier!" <BR> <BR> "I'm going to learn to manage my stress better!" <BR> <BR> "I'm going to exercise more!" <BR> <BR> Every ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 12:24:12 EST BAD BACK? EXERCISES TO TRY AND THE ONES TO AVOID! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769418 I adore the internet! <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> I was planning out my exercise routine for the next two weeks, getting ready for the San Antonio Spark team's "Streaking into Fall" challenge. While my back is "some" improved due to the nearly 40 pounds I've lost, it is and will remain a "fragile back", due to spinal stenosis, lumbar degeneration, neural foraminal narrowing, etc. So I researched, researched, and researched some more. So much good information out there if you take the time to w... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:23:50 EST Something to make you grin and laugh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766276 This has almost nothing at all to do with weight loss, but it does have something to do with health. Why? Because this will make you laugh and laughter is healthy, and it uses up calories. <BR> <BR> My husband Charles does a pretty decent Steve Urkel. If you don't know who Steve Urkel is, you are either very, very young, or very, very reclusive and television phobic. 'Nuff said about that. <BR> <BR> He was challenged to do the ALS ice bucket challenge and to make a donation. We sent a ch... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 21:05:53 EST 8 Days Post Op Weight Loss Surgery and *pics* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753615 As I sit sipping 4 ounces of tomato soup for breakfast (I moved from clear liquids to creamy liquids yesterday), thinking on how quickly the last 8 days have gone by. Despite the monotony of 7 days of clear liquids, this has not been an unpleasant experience at all. <BR> <BR> I was at the hospital by 8:00 a.m. on Monday, the 28th of July. Our morning started out kind of funny. The ladies in registration were double, triple, quadruple checking every single thing on every single paper. I was ... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 12:21:07 EST Less than two weeks from today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740061 I will be having vertical sleeve gastrectomy surgery. For those who don't know, this means my stomach will be reduced by about 80%. I elected to have this procedure rather than the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass for a number of reasons, most prominently because I don't want to have a lot of re-routing of my intestines, making it much less invasive and easier to heal from. There isn't so much of that awful "dumping" syndrome you hear of with bypass, either. What differentiates a gastric sleeve pr... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:07:47 EST Surgery Coming! Thank You, Save the She Beast Campaign! PICS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723395 Now that all of the fund raising is done, I can post more openly about it without violating any Spark People terms of use. My daughter started the Save The She Beast campaign on facebook <link>https://www.facebook.com/SaveTheSheB<BR>east </link> to raise money for me to have bariatric surgery when our insurance refused, despite letters of medical necessity from several of my doctors. Feel free to like the page, no one is asking for funds, it is now just a page to keep up with me on my j... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 12:24:51 EST A picture worth a thousand words and few of them were good. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698363 I'm realistic. I know I'm a big'un. I also know I am amazing, smart, beautiful, loved, caring, generous, loving and a whole lot more. What I didn't know is just how bad I looked when not really posing and just sitting around being silly with my 4 year-old grandson. He picked up my phone and said, "Smile, Grandma!" so I made a kind of silly face at him. I wasn't cleaned up. Hadn't even brushed my hair. I didn't have a bra on. No make up. Didn't angle my head to hide the super-sized chin. Di... Mon, 19 May 2014 11:15:37 EST A Fun Video for EVERYONE with Body Image Problems http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678949 May we all have this much humor, this much stamina, and this much self-esteem and joy for life. May we all be so non-conscious of our bulging bellies and jiggly arms and thighs that we never forget to get out and have some healthy fun. I could watch him all day long. Makes me want to join in with him! <BR> Tell the truth, what did you notice the most after the first 60 seconds...his big 'ol belly or how much fun he was having and how much fun he was bringing those around him? <BR> <BR> Fu... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:16:17 EST Just a Little Easter Cuteness *pics* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677205 I have about eighty or more pictures from yesterday, but am only posting a few I thought you might like to see. It was a day of family, traditions, fun, and love - aren't those some of the most important reasons we are on this journey? Here's wishing you and yours many years of love, health, fun, family, and memories. May we all attain health and wellness on this journey that we never miss a moment of living life fully and enjoying all this world has in store for us. <BR> Never give up. Ne... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:39:06 EST Save the She Beast Update and Pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673667 I haven't written a blog in over 7 weeks. I rarely go this long without touching base about my journey and what's going on with me. It's about time for a Save the She Beast campaign update, too. <BR> <BR> For those of you who haven't been following the story, I have been turned down a number of times by my insurance carrier for gastric sleeve surgery, despite now having submitted 4 letters of medical necessity from 4 different doctors. I do not have $15,000 for the surgery. My knees and... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:44:32 EST For anyone who has ever felt shame about their size... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673564 I haven't blogged in nearly two months. I got a little burned with a blog I wrote about the fundraising campaign my daughter launched to fund my future gastric sleeve surgery. Someone felt it was inappropriate for me to post about it and reported me to the authorities. I think I am over it, now. I will post a new update on things in my life later on, I promise (lots has happened!). <BR> <BR> For now, I wanted to share this little cartoon that really hit a cord in me. I've always said NO ON... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EST Writing a Book, Small TV appearance, Big Hopes. *pics* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632251 The fundraising campaign my daughter set up to help finance my bariatric surgery is well underway. She's so far started a facebook page, a page on a fundraising site, organized a Premier Jewelry party at her home run by GOLDENDOMER00 (Melissa) who donated all of her profits from that event to the campaign. Her generosity made us $500 closer to our goal! Carly has even garnered us a small spot in the audience with a shout out about our campaign on the local CBS morning show, Great Day SA for ... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 08:09:21 EST Links to the Associated Press Article & Video of Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5624044 Matt Perrone of the Associated Press did a print article about how hard it is for obese people with health insurance to get covered and approved for bariatric surgery. I was featured in both his written article and in the video report done by Cindy Sharp, also of the Associated Press. <BR> <BR> I was pretty shocked at the ugly comments the video received on youtube.com, even though the report mentioned how active I had been and how I had watched my nutrition intake. One comment even suggest... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 14:16:14 EST Put on Notice by SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613757 So, it seems my posts about the fundraiser set up by my daughter offended someone and broke SparkPeople rules. <BR> <BR> That was never the intent. If you know me, I never seek to offend, break rules, or cause discord. I'm a Spark Team Leader. I'm a motivator, and generally a pretty gosh darn good person, if I do say so myself. I was raised in a world where, should someone take offense or see a wrong that needs righting, that person should approach the offending party in a kind and friendly... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 09:04:23 EST Articles Are Being Written About...ME! (links and pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610731 If you read my last blog, you know that I was refused yet again for the bariatric surgery my doctors have all agreed is pretty darn necessary in order to get the weight off of my damaged joints and bones, which will not bear the weight much longer, as well as improve my other health conditions and keep me on this Earth a while longer. Not to mention I will be able to move and feel better! Our insurance company just will not pay for any type of weight loss surgery. You will also know that my... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 00:25:31 EST My Daughter's Campaign to Save My Life. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605490 My youngest daughter is a Political Science/Public Administration double major. She announced to me a few days ago that I am her project for her Fundraising for Nonprofits class this semester. She has named it the Save the She Beast Project. I've never asked anyone for money for myself before, but she insists this is what she is doing. I'm overwhelmed, a bit uncomfortable, a little embarrassed even, but also very grateful. I'm so touched by the depths of my daughter's love for me. <BR> ... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 17:37:10 EST Forgiving Myself and Making a Promise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598104 Would you neglect/abuse/mistreat your child? Would you allow your child to sit in bed watching movies while stuffing her face with chocolate covered cherries, kettle corn popcorn, and strawberry Twizzlers for hours on end? Would you allow your child to sit for hours in front of the tv, computer, video game console - never once making her get up and move around, stretch, go outside and get some fresh air? After all, she is doing her chores and making decent grades, so let her do what she wants... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 14:50:18 EST 4 years of my life with Sparkpeople - wasted? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582002 1-11-10 - Joined sparkpeople <BR> 12-10-10 Became a leader of the San Antonio Spark Team <BR> <BR> I've been doing this for 4 years. Tracking food, learning to exercise, falling, failing, getting back up. Making friends, real friends in real life made by creating local meet ups and staying in touch. Watching a couple folks hit their goals or near goals. Seeing 100 pound losses. Seeing amazing strides. Completing my very own half marathon (walking) in January of 2013. Having success upon suc... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 15:00:06 EST DESIGN challenge - Armani vs Chanel -Are we models, now? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538421 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1731880467.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The DESIGN challenge has started! What is the DESIGN challenge? It was the brainstorm of my fellow leader on the San Antonio Spark team, POOKASLUAGH. DESIGN stands for Daily Exercise, Sparking, Intake, Goals, and Nutrition. We've had a great sign up and I'm hopeful that most of the participants will stick it out for the 8 weeks of the challenge. <BR> <BR> We have two teams. Team Chanel is headed up by POOKASLUA... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 16:22:45 EST Unexpected Motivation - Just When I Needed It Most! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534884 "Congratulations! You are today's Featured Motivator! SparkPeople members selected your Spark Page as being motivational, and therefore you have the "SparkPeople Motivator" icon on your Page." <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1767794193.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is what I found in my email today, along with a number of notifications that people I know and many I don't know where commenting on my page and sending me goodies. <BR> <BR> I'm a motivator - at least I always ... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 12:20:10 EST Short Update on my chemo and new grandbaby pics! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523016 I'm back. Still weak but determined to get stronger as my immune system rebuilds itself. <BR> My hair loss, which was a great big vanity issue for me, was minimal compared to what it could have been. I lost areas of hair, but never went anywhere near bald. My hair is very short now, but the bald areas are easy to spot even though there is growth there. It's like having a shag rug with astro turf interspersed throughout...not terribly attractive, I know, but again, so relieved it wasn't worse... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 09:23:32 EST Can I Make Bald Look Good? - or - Hat Shopping Time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5482976 Many of you know the health issues I've faced over the years. I've had a heart attack and stents. I have COPD from foolishly smoking, though I did quit almost 13 years ago. I have back degeneration and spinal nerve damage along with fairly severe Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteo Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, and SLE (Lupus). I am also more than 100 pounds overweight. I weigh exactly double what I want to weigh. This didn't stop me from training for a year and walking 13.1 miles in January, even if I w... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 18:29:27 EST My Daughter's Maternity Shoot - *pics* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5442495 My sister-in-law is a pretty fair photographer. I have a good eye, having been my father's assistant on many shoots during his long career as both a military and professional photographer. I can tell you what makes a photo pop and pose photos well, but don't have the photographic talent nor professional camera of my sister-in-law so I asked her to take maternity pictures of my youngest daughter and family and offered to assist her. My Carly is the mother of my youngest grandson, David. Those... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 16:30:39 EST The Bare Naked She Beast Truth - My 3 week Soul Search http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5441052 I took about 3 weeks away from Sparking. It wasn't a vacation, it was a step back to reevaluate my lack of progress and my dedication. I've been so down about the great amount of weight I have gained over the last 4 months. 3 weeks ago I was at my all time heaviest weight...EVER. During this time I learned several things, most of them productive. I also learned some not so pretty and kind of petty things about myself. They are, in no particular order: <BR> <BR> 1. I need sparkpeople.com. I ... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 12:28:36 EST She Beast Sabbatical - A much needed break http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5411603 Tuesday I had the angiogram and angioplasty to clear some blockage. They had to go through the artery in my groin. I'm not bouncing back as fast as I thought I would, but I'm doing okay. Having anything go wrong with your heart or coronary arteries is always kind of unsettling. I went through a period after my heart attack three years ago this month (almost to the very day of my procedure) where I was afraid to move much, afraid of every twitch in my arm, shoulder, or chest. I just knew I was... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 14:28:49 EST She Beast Confession Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401334 I roar a lot. <BR> I jump around and make a lot of noise. <BR> I appear fierce at times. <BR> I love deeply and fight hard for those I love. <BR> I'm a warrior - always have been. If I believe in something or someone, I give my all. <BR> That's why it is so hard for me to keep fighting this battle for a healthier lifestyle and find myself flailing and failing. I have to confess that I feel jealousy for those of you whose journeys have been so much more successful than mine. I rejoice with y... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 12:11:59 EST Coming Clean http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5396456 I've had several weeks of feeling down, tired, and unmotivated. I've worked at it here and there, trying to find my drive and get my "spark" back...but it's so dim right now. I knew I wasn't doing right by the San Antonio team as a leader. I was so fortunate to have HEALTHYHABITGAL and JELAWTON3 step up to the plate and become a part of the leadership team. I roused myself enough to rally, rant, and beg local members to pledge more fitness minutes for June to raise us back up on the Spark Ame... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 15:17:45 EST Learning to Health Up Fatty Patty Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5372862 Less meat and more healthy whole foods is what we are going for in my house. We are NOT cutting out meat, just eating a lot less of it and adding in more fiber, fruits, and veggies. Since we don't want to give up the taste of foods we love, this can be a bit of a stretch. Had a pretty successful dinner experiment tonight, though! <BR> <BR> Tonight's recipe was called Mascarpone Pasta with Chicken, Bacon, and Spinach, which has 637 calories per serving, 3 grams fiber, and 28 grams of fat.... Thu, 30 May 2013 18:27:59 EST The Embroidery Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5367803 Yes, sewing is now part of my exercise routine. My daughter is giving birth to her second baby in early October. Each of my daughters have given me a grandson, this will be my first granddaughter! I make each child a story blanket based on the animal or mythical creature they will be nicknamed for. We have done this among my siblings since we first started having children and grandchildren. We have Donny Duck, Carly Bear, Kimmy Cat, Robby Dog, Joli Jaguar, Ian Alligator, Riley Roo, and David ... Sat, 25 May 2013 18:31:51 EST Sounding off about Abercrombie & Fitch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5352399 “I don’t want our core customers to see people who aren’t as hot as them wearing our clothing.” <BR> <BR> “In every school there are the cool and popular kids, and then there are the not-so-cool kids,” he told the site. “Candidly, we go after the cool kids. We go after the attractive all-American kid with a great attitude and a lot of friends. A lot of people don’t belong [in our clothes], and they can’t belong. Are we exclusionary? Absolutely. Those companies that are in trouble are trying ... Fri, 10 May 2013 17:25:10 EST 5 Stone Cold She Beast Truths Some May Not Want to Hear http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5336766 1. If you "wait on the weight" to start living, you lose a helluva lot of your life and miss a helluva lot of great experiences you will never get back. Don't avoid those reunions and get togethers because of your size. You cheat yourself and you cheat others out of the glory of YOU. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2035279364.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> 2. If you can't list 10 positives about yourself then you: <BR> Have way too few redeeming qualities and need to w... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 20:51:05 EST Excuses are like...well...you know..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5330900 Excuses are like ...well...you know. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1936156169.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Armpits, yeah...that's what I meant. Excuses are like armpits; everyone has them and generally, unless you pretty them up, they all stink. <BR> <BR> I have no excuse for not being further along in my journey. I have reasons for some of the setbacks, but no excuses. I choose not to allow excuses in my journey. Why? Because it would be SO EASY to just say to someone... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 19:18:23 EST She Beast Proud: Wedding Pictures & News! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5326516 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l613208903.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The weather couldn't have been lovelier, warm with a cooling, soft breeze from the lake behind the gazebo. The bride couldn't have been more radiant, nor the groom more handsome (well, unless he had cut his hair and shaved, but I'm his mama and I can say that). The bride giggled from nervousness. The ceremony was performed by my brother. The opening prayer was the Mitakuye Oyasin, a Lakota prayer for all our relati... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 13:38:41 EST Wedding News, Torn Hamstring & Calf, DDP Yoga, a Pic & Stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5317496 My only son gets married in 4 days on Saturday, April 13th. Not only am I the mother of the groom, my duties have included catering nearly the whole shebang for approximately 175 guests, helping make the invitations which were all individually handmade, helping make all of the bouquets, making the bird seed favors, candy favors, scripting the wedding ceremony from start to finish, having the programs printed, writing something for me to read at the wedding per the bride's request, calming the... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 18:46:47 EST My Apologies as a Team Leader http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5297443 I feel it very necessary to send out a public apology to my San Antonio Spark team. I've been very remiss for a while as one of your leaders...as the senior leader in terms of how long I've held the role. <BR> <BR> My son is getting married 3 weeks from today. As the mother of the groom, this is not normally a terribly hectic and huge responsibility. In my case, being a surrogate mother to the bride to be, it has fallen to me for months now to not only be a big part of the planning, financi... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 17:32:22 EST She Beast Victory! 10% Goal Hit! *Pics* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5287717 Hello, My name is MaryJane and I am a 3 year Sparkaholic. I'm not a super successful Sparkaholic, but I am a very consistent one! It is this consistency that makes today's victory possible. As I have said over and over, the She Beast never gives up, and never gives in. <BR> <BR> Many of my obstacles over the last three years have been health-related and out of my control, such as a very stubborn thyroid that just wasn't functioning correctly. We finally got the dosage right for that proble... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 12:32:20 EST