MLDELANGEL's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MLDELANGEL MLDELANGEL'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/ A different kind of Saturday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676079 On the last Saturday in March I went to the dietitian with the intention of starting the program I am now on. For the two Saturdays after that I was happy to report continuous weigh loss and in a good amount. <BR> <BR> This Saturday was different, I did NOT go to the dietitian. You see, in Mexico, Holy Week almost always translates into holidays, at least on Good Friday, Good Saturday and Easter Sunday. Therefore, my dietitian was not open. I knew that ahead of time. I have agreed with... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 01:48:34 EST Trying out something... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666008 Last week, after my return to Sparkpeople, I was very motivated. Went to a new dietitian, got results (3.5kg/somewhere around 7lbs) during my first 5 days!! :) <BR> <BR> But I ended up soooo tired! You see, I eat lunch at work every day and someone else was preparing the food. When I had to do it last week every night I was just exhausted! I must also say I live in Mexico and the "big" meal of the day is lunch, not dinner. <BR> <BR> Well, this week I decided to do something different.... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 21:35:38 EST A new journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661004 <em>249</em> Today, March 31, 2014, marks the start of yet another weight loss journey. Needless to say, my last one was a bad one. It ended with me weighing a lot MORE than I started out with. Dropping off the race in a very short time. And definitely not in a great mood. <BR> <BR> Today the mood is different, I am hopeful this time will end up with me in a better place, specially physically. <BR> <BR> I have met with a new doctor that will help me follow up on my nutrition. I need t... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 16:27:42 EST A Cycle Has Ended http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5460140 I had been running the idea around in my head for over a month. I was 99% decided to end my participation in the support group I had so lovingly formed with a few women I now call friends. Last night I made the final call and told our psychologist I would not attend the group any more. There were only two of us left. There was not much feed back from others that are going through the same thing we are. <BR> <BR> I can say one thing: once I add all the positive things the group left m... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 16:43:08 EST A Cycle Has Ended http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5460139 I had been running the idea around in my head for over a month. I was 99% decided to end my participation in the support group I had so lovingly formed with a few women I now call friends. Last night I made the final call and told our psychologist I would not attend the group any more. There were only two of us left. There was not much feed back from others that are going through the same thing we are. <BR> <BR> I can say one thing: once I add all the positive things the group left m... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 16:43:06 EST Travelling with tennis shoes... my first time... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5107888 Last Wednesday, as I was packing for a trip to visit my brother's family I decided to take my tennis shoes with me. Many of you would think this is a common thing, well, not for me! I have never before consciously planned to exercise on a vacation. Honestly, it felt GOOD! I even got up early on Saturday morning to get my walk in before the day got too hot to do anything. <BR> <BR> I felt empowered by the fact that I did not let my vacation ruin my training schedule (I joined the "5K yo... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 02:13:33 EST New life!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5092043 Today I/we have injected new life to our group. My wonderful group, where I have met some incredible women that I now call friends. <BR> <BR> For a while there I thought it was dying. Members were not attending the meetings. I felt we were going nowhere. Finally I got fed up, spoke to the few members that want to continue in the group and to our psychologist and finally got the group revved up and going again!! <BR> <BR> I am really excited!!! <em>244</em> <em>381</em> The last ... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 23:09:42 EST What I learned today.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5025700 I just learned a new thing today... If you make some noise on SparkPeople while you're active, there will always be someone around to kick your butt and get you going again when you are slacking. Fortunately for me I have a face-to-face group that does that on a regular basis, but I still miss doing my SparkPeople things and know that when I am doing my tracking, taking up challenges and staying active on SparkPeople the weight starts dropping and I keep smiling. When I'm not, I stop paying... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 23:46:00 EST And the journey starts yet again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4992839 Today will mark a new beginning. After taking 10 days off my fitness and nutrition plans, today I go back with renewed energy and forward momentum... and, of course, with a few more pounds. Not funny, not what we all want our journey to look like, not what we should strive for, yet definitely something to make a note of. <BR> <BR> I am NOT definitely NOT giving up!!! I just took a detour that may make my journey a bit longer. Maybe next time I opt for the longer road my detour will be ... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 09:56:20 EST What? 8 hours sleep.... on weekdays?!?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4967161 So you see, I have this "small" problem. I seldom get enough sleep during weekdays. I'm almost never sleeping before 1am (and then I'm up by 6:30am). I really do wish I could make up my mind and go to bed by midnight at least. But it is never the case. I am there, stupidly watching television and knitting well into the night. <BR> <BR> It's not a question of sleep itself. I am good at falling asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow. The real problem is I do not turn off the lights a... Thu, 12 Jul 2012 12:32:36 EST Happiness.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4954504 This is the answer to my motivational challenge this week: <BR> <BR> Are you happy? Yes, I am happy. Do I yearn for other things or life situations sometimes that I think would make me happier?? YES! But then again, I think that is what normal human beings do: strive for more! <BR> <BR> How do you even know IF you are happy? You are happy when you are surrounded by your loved ones, when you are at peace with the situations and people surrounding you. When you realize how much more than... Wed, 4 Jul 2012 01:23:03 EST JULY 1, 2012 - Election Day in Mexico http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4951276 Today we cast our votes, for senators, federal representatives and, more importantly, for president. <BR> <BR> Our term for president lasts 6 years, so we have to tolerate ours 2 more years than you do yours, but we cannot reelect them (which is sometimes good, and others not that good). <BR> <BR> My vote today was for Josefina Vazquez Mota. She's the first woman to run for president of Mexico (or the first one I can recall). Her campagin, although badly managed, offered, in my point of... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 02:58:56 EST Falling off the wagon.... and getting back up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4941435 Ok, so the past couple of days have not been my best nutrition-wise. I think it is a bit too much to get pizza on Wednesday, tacos on Thursday, caramel corn at the movies Friday, fried shrimp and pasta Saturday and a BIG Carls Jr. Portobello mushroom burger on Sunday. <BR> <BR> ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! It was all good, it was all fun but I know I will pay the consequences this week. <BR> <BR> This morning I am back on the healthy eating wagon, I know I can get in at least my 3 days of cardio w... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 10:46:09 EST Mad at myself... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4939591 Ok, so I am/was mad at myself. I've been getting my cardio in at least 3 times a week. I'm doing some strength training (not a whole lot but soooome!). I go to the nutritionist last night and ... I'm up! 100 grams gained in the last two weeks!! So, obviously I'm mad at myself! <BR> <BR> I've been following the nutrition plan fairly well, even keeping at the low end of my calorie limit. <BR> <BR> The "mad" comes from knowing that I had a couple of social engagements. One involved piz... Sat, 23 Jun 2012 23:37:37 EST Motivated??.... not today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4937848 It has been a long week. My energy is low, I think it has something to do with having had incredibly hot weather and now some rain has started the past couple of days, so it is cooler, nicer, but the barometric pressure must be playing on my body. <BR> <BR> I've been wishing I could just take naps all day the past couple of days at the office! There has not been much work here lately so it is tough to keep busy for 8-9 hours. Then I tell myself I'll just get home and exercise and go to be... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 14:51:12 EST A good thing..... and a "scare"! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4934565 First the good thing: <BR> <BR> Yesterday I went out for a walk with my friend, Elmira. I love walking with her because we always have tons to talk about and the exercise time flies by. I got home at a decent time so we decided to take a route through the neighborhood instead of walking at the park. We like changing it around sometimes, specially if we start early. <BR> <BR> It was kind of overcast but we were hoping no rain would come. Sometime around the 1km mark a few drops fell. So... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 10:58:21 EST Friday... a different day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4928532 Today was different from other Fridays. You see, there will be elections for a new president in Mexico July 1st, so the full campaign close is here. The candidate I'm rooting for is currently 3rd place (it's what the polls say, God knows if it's true!). She was in my hometown, Tampico, today. So we got permission to leave the office at midday to go hear her speech. She convinced me even more that she's the right person for Mexico so I was happy I went. <BR> <BR> In the rally I saw someo... Sat, 16 Jun 2012 02:03:11 EST Again with the sneaking in fitness... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4926219 At one point this morning, while sitting at my desk, I realized (a) I really did not have a whole lot to do (b) I was alone in the top floor of our building. <BR> <BR> This little idea started forming in my head, "What if I were to stand in front of my computer and "sneak in" 5 minutes marching?? <BR> <BR> My little devil said, "What if someone comes upstairs?" I sit right at the staircase landing on the second floor. <BR> <BR> That went on for a bit. Then all of a sudden I told mysel... Thu, 14 Jun 2012 11:26:29 EST "Sneaking in" exercise.... or letting exercise sneak in on you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4923039 I've been taking part in a challenge where I have to keep track of the way I sneak in exercise in my day. The little things like doing dishes, shopping, etc. <BR> <BR> Well, last night it dawned on me: It's not just sneaking in exercise, it's letting exercise sneak in on you! <BR> <BR> Let me explain. As I was driving back from work yesterday (it takes 45 min to an hour to do this) I was thinking I was having friends over at 7pm (a group of us getting together for support on our weig... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 10:06:18 EST My perfect day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4920140 <BR> My perfect day would be one where I get out of bed around 9 (the usual is around 6:45am), take a shower and have some breakfast (actually, the stuff I'm eating now that I've decided to eat healthy is pretty good :) ). <BR> <BR> Then spend the rest of the day reading or doing any of my other hobbies, not worrying if work is going good or not. <BR> <BR> Have a nutritious and delicious lunch with friends. <BR> <BR> When the sun is a bit less hot in the afternoon I'd maybe take a wal... Sun, 10 Jun 2012 13:08:45 EST 8 weeks..... 8 kg!!! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4919634 Yesterday afternoon I went to the nutritionist. This is the 8 week mark after i started the plan and started moving a bit. I got on the scale, not really sure how much it would move.... and WOW!!! I'd lost almost 3kg in the last two weeks!! That makes a total of 8kg and over 17.6 lbs lost! It sounds like a lot, it gets me closer to my first goal, 12.1kg/26.6lbs by my birthday (Sept 28). It's looking totally do-able!! It's looking like I might get there a lot earlier too, if I keep going... Sun, 10 Jun 2012 01:11:03 EST The 10 Best Things About Being Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4908251 At the risk of sounding conceited, which I do not think I am, the following is in response to a motivational challenge in one of my SparkTeams... The prompt of which was: The 10 Best Things About Being Me..... so here I go! <BR> <BR> 1. I live in beautiful Mexico, near the beach <em>298</em> , in hot <em>67</em> humid weather (some might think this a pain in the rear but frankly I like it, plus the humidity keeps me from getting tons of wrinkles) <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> 2. I have a ... Sat, 2 Jun 2012 00:59:34 EST Ok... so motivation it is.... or is it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4904897 Crappy thing... today I am supposed to blog about staying motivated and it has been about the day less full of motivation that I can think of. I really need to focus on the problem. <BR> <BR> What do I do to stay motivated? Easy, speak to other friends about what we are all doing to stay on track, read motivational articles and focus, definitely try to focus on the food you're eating. <BR> <BR> Let us see how it is going to help me for the rest of the day. <BR> <BR> PS - I know I was no... Wed, 30 May 2012 20:35:17 EST Back to blogging.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4904261 After a blogging absence of more than a week (it is getting to be too time consuming to keep up with several of my sites and I want to do things other than sit at the computer)... I'm back... and loving it! Need to organize better. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a huge milestone for me: I finally walked for a whole hour!!! I had not done this since I started this journey so it felt really well to do it yesterday. And it was all karma, I went out feeling I should go for a walk even though I wa... Wed, 30 May 2012 12:16:12 EST Back to walking.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4893605 Ok, the fitness side of the plan did not get actually done last week. It is hard for me to be consistent in that. I have never been fond of exercise, much less sweating, but here I am, trying to introduce walking into my day, with little success, I might add. <BR> <BR> A new week started yesterday, and I did not get to walk. Today, it felt good to get back into the walking routine again. Did almost an hour, got to walk with a friend, so we were able to talk and be entertained while we wa... Tue, 22 May 2012 21:02:06 EST Saturday night blog. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4889297 It is Saturday night... 2am... I should be sleeping but instead I'm Facebooking, SparkPeopleing and MyFitnessPalling...lol.. yes, 3 websites at once. I do not think I am paying the correct attention to any of them, but still I keep going at it. <BR> <BR> One of my friends is doing a Donna Summer tribute on Facebook (playing/posting her videos on his wall). Interesting, it brings back all kinds of memories from my early days in music. I felt so grown-up when I heard her sing! One of the f... Sun, 20 May 2012 03:10:39 EST Friday... and why I love weekends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4887480 One thing for sure, most weeks, when Friday rolls around I am definitely pooped, totally and utterly tired. Then I think again and smile.... I have two whole days to devote to things other than work, so all of a sudden, everything is wonderful. Two days to see friends and family, to get up a bit later than usual, to plan the meals for next week or to just plain do nothing!! <BR> <BR> When the week has been hectic, Friday marks its close and the hope that next week will be better. When it ... Fri, 18 May 2012 15:37:37 EST Group.... Therapy! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4881955 Like I said before, I get together with a small group of friends that have all started to try to lose weight and get fit. I feel comfort in the group. We talk about how our week has gone, what our triumphs (big and small) have been, where we have fallen and how we manage to get up and start over. It is very gratifying and I feel their support all the time. <BR> <BR> We have done a few things to try to make the group work better. We started a "secret" group on Facebook, therefore all the ... Tue, 15 May 2012 02:49:07 EST Ok, so I went a little crazy today, what's the big deal? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4879923 Today I went nuts!!! Went waaay over my food limit. Knew I was doing it, but could not for the life of me resist! You see, it all started very well, breakfast within the limits, didn't even have my fruit portion thinking I'd go for a smoothie later today. Went out, did my shopping... bought tons of fruit and veggies. All very good.... Then along came lunch. <BR> <BR> Homemade burgers, not so bad, right? Ok.. I had the whole bun instead of just half. And had the fried potatoes (only 10... Sun, 13 May 2012 21:35:04 EST FRIDAY.... the time for reckoning has come! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4877686 I knew I had followed the meal plan as closely as possible considering we had Mother's Day yesterday along with a couple of baby showers during the last two weeks, so good enough should have been enough. Then, why was I sitting at the nutritionist's office thinking maybe the scale would read the same as two weeks ago??? <BR> <BR> Well.... IT DID NOT!!! <em>30</em> The <em>192</em> read 3kg less!!! YIPEE!!! I could not believe it!!! Deep inside of me I was geared for 1kg less... fear... Fri, 11 May 2012 22:47:56 EST FRIDAY.... the time for reckoning has come! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4877684 I knew I had followed the meal plan as closely as possible considering we had Mother's Day yesterday along with a couple of baby showers during the last two weeks, so good enough should have been enough. Then, why was I sitting at the nutritionist's office thinking maybe the scale would read the same as two weeks ago??? <BR> <BR> Well.... IT DID NOT!!! <em>30</em> The <em>192</em> read 3kg less!!! YIPEE!!! I could not believe it!!! Deep inside of me I was geared for 1kg less... fear... Fri, 11 May 2012 22:47:09 EST Wednesday.... Not so good :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4874810 Today was not so good, I still felt too tired after yesterday's workout to do anything today. My legs hurt, I was just not in the mood. I know I need to get my act together, but I was just too tired. I did not get much sleep last night, stupidly I went to bed at 2am knowing I had to get up at 6:30... dumb me... when will I ever learn!?!?! I need to work on that part too, getting more sleep throughout the week. Oh, well... fortunately tomorrow is a brand new day and a fresh start for me!!... Wed, 9 May 2012 23:44:43 EST TUESDAY... a day of accomplishments... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4872988 <em>67</em> Sunny day, very hot <BR> <BR> I started walking again... my last walk was on Friday and I had not been able to go yesterday. I was afraid if I did not go today I would start making up excuses to stop going and I know exercise is what will make the difference this time around. <BR> <BR> I not only walked, I walked for a whole hour!! Ok, a lot of it was thanks to L, she would not let me stop until we had completed the hour. On the last turn around the park I honestly did not ... Tue, 8 May 2012 21:25:31 EST Monday.... again! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4871016 Well, I never thought I would say this (or admit to saying it) but, "It's Monday again! <em>30</em> ". And, yes, I said it with a smile! <BR> <BR> You see, I like the start of a new week when I am trying to stick to a nutrition plan (notice I did NOT say diet, I am trying to brainwash myself into thinking this is me for the long run). Weekdays bring you back to routine, and it is always easier to stick to eating what you should when you are in a routine. <BR> <BR> I do not think I was to... Mon, 7 May 2012 17:48:33 EST THE WEEKEND.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4869590 I have no idea if this happens to everyone. The weekend to me means not really doing a whole lot, getting up later than during the week, taking it easy, maybe seeing family, attending Church and that's about it. <BR> <BR> I get a bit mad when people schedule social events at the weekend. You know, the kind you can't avoid (i.e. your coworker's baby shower.... ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON!). Well, I got exactly that kind of invitation this weekend. I had hoped for R&R. Well, it was not to be. <... Sun, 6 May 2012 22:42:56 EST THE WEEKEND.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4869589 I have no idea if this happens to everyone. The weekend to me means not really doing a whole lot, getting up later than during the week, taking it easy, maybe seeing family, attending Church and that's about it. <BR> <BR> I get a bit mad when people schedule social events at the weekend. You know, the kind you can't avoid (i.e. your coworker's baby shower.... ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON!). Well, I got exactly that kind of invitation this weekend. I had hoped for R&R. Well, it was not to be. <... Sun, 6 May 2012 22:42:55 EST THE JOURNEY BEGINS... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4867159 This is how this journey with weight loss, nutrition and a better, healthier lifestyle begins. <BR> <BR> Like I said in my previous blog, I have had weight issues for a long time. Sitting around at 140kgs/313lbs was doing nothing for my health. I have been taking hipertension medicine for at least the last 5-6 years and earlier, if you count the time before my Lapband was installed. I have the silent kind of blood pressure, the kind where you do not notice it's high unless it is really re... Sat, 5 May 2012 02:21:50 EST Here goes.... MY FIRST BLOG!... about me and my history regarding weight issues. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4866397 Good morning! Today I decided to start blogging this new weight loss / fitness / healthy lifestyle journey. I have never written a blog before so I am hoping I'll get better with time. <BR> <BR> Let me start by letting you in on who I am and how I've dealt with weight issues in the past: <BR> <BR> I was born Maria Luisa Del Angel, in Tampico, Mexico, 45 years ago on September 28, 1966. I was a long (54cm / 21 1/4 in) and skinny baby (2.500kg / 5.5lbs), the first child of a happy couple. ... Fri, 4 May 2012 13:31:33 EST