MOMWANTSNOWAIST's SparkPeople Blog MOMWANTSNOWAIST's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Week 8 : Culmination of the 5% Spring Challenge and I am 4.4 lbs. LIGHTER! Well~ it is FINALLY over and it was HARD to NOT GIVE UP the last couple of weeks! <BR> Spring is SO BUSY~ with culminating ACTIVITIES~ <BR> ~Homeschooling itself <em>149</em> <em>150</em> <em>203</em> <em>207</em> <em>280</em> ~last day of May~and we will have a special promotion ceremony <em>58</em> @ home for our DS since the Homeschool group does not have one except for the 12th graders.{We are ACCUSTOMED TO having a Promotion Ceremony as we had done where we used to l... Tue, 24 May 2016 16:39:08 EST WEEK 7 : SCALE VICTORY!!! ~4 POUNDS GONE!~only 9.6 lbs. to GOAL! When you are constantly on SP and doing the HARD WORK of using the NUTRITION TRACKER ,FITNESS TRACKER ,and trying to ALSO~monitor your <BR> ~FIBER <BR> ~FOLATE <BR> ~PROTEIN {I seem to have a harder time with protein!} <BR> ~LOWERING SALT INTAKE, <BR> it takes ALOT OUT OF YOU and not to MENTION ~TIME! <BR> BUT~ when I SEE my DH or DS 's eye LIGHT UP at my PROGRESS , or catch A GLIMPSE of MYSELF in the mirror and KNOW I am RE-SCULPTING my Body ~one POUND LESS ~at ~a ~time, then I KNOW my TI... Sat, 14 May 2016 22:59:12 EST JESUS,BE PRAISED! ~"Even a child is KNOWN by HIS DOINGS..." WOW! Sometimes, as a parent ,you get TO BE TOTALLY UNPREPARED for the AMAZING THINGS YOUR CHILD WILL DO! <em>43</em> <BR> Tonight @ A.W.AN.A. Club,{for those unfamiliar with A.W.A.N.A., it is an ACRONYM standing for~Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed~~"Study to show thyself approved unto God, A Workman that Needeth Not to be Ashamed,rightly dividing the Word of Truth. {my caps} {2 Timothy 2 :15 in the Bible} and teaching the Gospel of Christ to children and training them to serve Him.},... Wed, 11 May 2016 22:20:24 EST WEEK 6:THE STRESS WALL ~and FREEING MYSELF from IT!!!! What a week! <BR> Everything is due!{We Homeschool and are coming to the end of our 180 day school yr.} <BR> ~Report cards,display boards, potluck HOMEMADE dishes to be made, gifts to be wrapped, cards to be made,signed,and/ or bought! <BR> ~Mother's Day cards to be sent! <BR> ~Gifts for AWANA teachers since it is ending soon! <BR> ~More Little League games {and uniforms to wash} ~2x a week! <BR> <BR> I was starting to get into OLD HABITS OF A NECESSITY~ <BR> TWO nights of staying up til 4... Sat, 7 May 2016 14:00:05 EST Got my 3rd ICON TODAY ~LOST 15 Pounds ~And some ideas that HELPED ! When I did my first blog today {this is my 2nd and I usually only blog ONCE a day or a week}, it was 12AM . I was pretty downcast as I had STRUGGLED ALL THROUGH THE CHALLENGE to lose weight ~ down a pound ,up a pound and THIS IS EXACTLY how it went the LAST TIME 6 YEARS AGO~when I LOST the 15!!!~EVEN THE SAME MONTHS ! <BR> I had written the blog, went to bed,got up the next day and as Saturday is weigh-in Day for the 5% Spring Challenge, weighed myself and VOILA` ~~THERE IT SAID ~ 188.4= 1... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 20:43:27 EST Weight LOSS~It's a PERSONAL THING!!!!~CELEBRATE HOW you want! This week I am taking a break from writing about the 5% Spring Challenge and instead tackling something that is MORE PERSONAL to me: my OWN weight LOSS or ANYONE'S WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY for that matter. <BR> Weight loss. It is a personal thing. We each live in OUR OWN HOUSE~. Each person lives in his or her own body. MY HOUSE is MY BODY. Period. And it is HOWEVER you CHOOSE to take CARE of or NOT. It is no one's BUSINESS ,but yours. Each one of us has to 'DO THE HOUSECLEANING or HOUSEKEEPING '... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 02:23:27 EST Week 4 :OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE and my BODY is reaping the BENEFITS in the 5% Spring Challenge! Well, what a DIFFERENCE a week makes or even , a day , for that matter! <BR> LOST =0.6 of a pound~BACK IN the 180s!!!!YAY!!!~ {even after having my DH's HOMEMADE QUICHE LORRAINE yesterday ~posted on SP~144 cals for filling /55cals for the crust.}~Look on my Nutrition Tracker for recipe ~NO SALT!!! <BR> I am getting BACK INTO MY OLD FITTED SHORTS and JEANS!!!!! <BR> THIS PART of the Weight Loss journey is REALLY FUN!!! I won't GET any NEW clothes til I am down to my goal weight of 177. Peo... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 11:55:49 EST Week 3 on the 5% Spring Challenge~Or WHY I am GAINING the Weight! S~T~R~E~S~S!!!! I feel like I am pushing all my weight UPHILL! <em>386</em> <BR> We just found out that our fridge ~which is BRAND NEW {3 mos.} that BROKE~leakage of the Freeon ~will not be FIXED til MAY 2ND ! We were told it would be serviced April 18th,but b/c of the TECHNICIAN who neglected to log OUT, we were just INFORMED by SEARS that we will not be able to have the fridge SEEN TIL MAY 2ND! It has already BEEN A MONTH ~of GOING UP AND DOWN THE STAIRS to get the stuff from the RENTA... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 05:19:37 EST The ~CAN ~YOU ~ENVISION ~YOURSELF ~IN ~THAT~DRESS?~A "VISIONARY" ~FUN WITH FASHION ~BLOG~ I have been having FUN lately! <BR> While on SP, the FASHIONMIA dresses would show up and I would start LOOKING! ~AND LOOKING ~AND LOOKING! <BR> IT IS fun to IMAGINE MYSELF IN those dresses! I always have LIKED PRETTY CLOTHES! My mother ,though obese,would ALWAYS DRESS WELL! I think I got her "sense of fashion" ,though since I had put on the weight, I didn't seem to care these past years,but as I have been back on SP for 5 mos. and have lost some weight,{12-13 pounds depending on which day... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 22:33:36 EST Life and STRESS get in the WAY and the WEIGH~T goes ON UP!~Week 2 of the 5% Spring Challenge~2016~ <em>230</em> <em>230</em> <em>230</em> WHINY, LONG~~ BLOG ! <em>228</em> TO THE PITY PARTY!~Tried NOT to HAVE ONE ,BUT..... <BR> I am bummed! <BR> I let myself down and in a weigh~way, my Dawgies Team down on the 5% Spring Challenge! <BR> I was RUNNING HIGH ~189.8~! I have NOT SEEN that "weigh down" on the scale since 2010!!! <BR> I am beginning a pity party ~NO, <em>227</em> IT,BETSY!! YOU are SUPPOSED TO BE UPLIFTING! YOU are SUPPOSED TO BE UPBEAT! So, WHY did you BEAT your... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 03:06:37 EST A Notch in the BELT~OR should I BELT out my Good Tidings? To those of you whom I addressed in my last blog ~April 3,2016~ {my birthday ! <em>30</em> }where I said 'HANG IN THERE ,YOU CAN DO IT ! " and NOT TO BE UPSET BY THE NUMBERS YOU WERE SEEING as one day ,maybe not today or tomorrow,but ONE DAY, you WILL see the WEIGHT COME OFF? Well, HERE is ANOTHER WAY to MEASURE your success and it does NOT HAVE to be a NUMBER {well, you COULD MEASURE with NUMBERS ,but IT'S THE PRINCIPLE OF THE THING!}. <BR> I have not put on a belt in ~ I -don't-know-when... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 00:49:43 EST Reflections of LIFESTYLE CHANGES on my 56th Birthday!!!! This is a bittersweet birthday ! <BR> My father passed away a few days after his 56th birthday. <BR> My mother lived only 9 years after my father and passed away a few months after her 58th birthday. <BR> GOD WILLING, I plan to live to MY 60S, 70S AND BEYOND ~MAYBE 100 ,if the Lord allows! <BR> <em>383</em> <em>383</em> <em>383</em> <em>383</em> <em>383</em> <BR> I am MAKING A CHANGE in my FAMILY'S HISTORY! <BR> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> ... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 19:05:37 EST A little PEEK into ~MY FIRST WEEK in the 5% Spring Challenge~2016~ THURSDAY,MARCH 31,2016~12:16 AM ,CST~ <BR> I am participating for the FIRST time EVER on the 5% Spring Challenge ~2016! It is VERY FUN as you get to see exciting places around the world. <em>534</em> <em>535</em> <em>536</em> Our first stop was in Taipei ,Taiwan. <em>666</em> They had hippo sculptures at the Taipei Zoo! <BR> It has not been as hard as I thought it would be to put in my Fitness and Living The Good Life Habit ~ WATER ~GET YOUR 8 ! ~this week! <em>194</em> <em>19... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 01:16:09 EST GOD is GOOD ALL THE TIME; ALL THE TIME GOD IS GOOD! "Why do they call it Good Friday,Mommy?" my young son asked. <BR> I replied,"Good Friday has to do with Jesus dying on the cross for My sins and Your sins. The reason they call it "good" is because it represents the GOOD NEWS~that those WHO ACCEPT the Saviour's GIFT of Salvation that He FREELY GAVE for us ~will one day be in Heaven WITH HIM because of WHAT HE DID. So ,it is GOOD NEWS to us Born ~again Christians and Born ~again Jews.If He had NOT paid the price of the cross by BEARING OUR ... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 23:58:55 EST Being on a 5% Spring Challenge ~Thoughts Captured BEFORE the Challenge~ WOW! I am ON a CHALLENGE! After being invited and having to REALLY THINK IT THROUGH~ I thought it would be FUN AND INTERESTING to "read my thoughts" BEFORE THE CHALLENGE STARTS and see what I have on my mind~ <BR> 1.CAN I HANDLE THIS? <BR> 2.CAN I DO THIS? <BR> 3.WHAT LTGL{Living The Good Life} CHALLENGES will AWAIT ME? <BR> 4. Will I be ABLE to KEEP UP the 2 hours a day exercise regimen I have set up for myself? <BR> {2 HOURS is the MAXIMUM AMOUNT ALLOWED }.I KNOW THE ANSWER is YES~if it ... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 01:41:53 EST Short BLOG ~What SUGAR CHOICE do YOU SAY NO to?~ICON it! I was INSPIRED by my leader SINGINGLADY47TN on the Lowering Salt Intake Team one night as she emoticoned her day as "I WILL SAY NO TO:" and then she had a list of sugary items. I LIKED the IDEA! So ,I joined her. Now ,as I am on the THIRD WEEK ~OF~~ <BR> THE OFFICIAL TAMING YOUR SWEET TOOTH CHALLENGE, I AM HAPPY to find myself SWAPPING SWEET TREATS FOR GOOD FOOD CHOICES and saying NO TO THOSE SWEET TREATS! <BR> TODAY, I SAID NO TO <em>495</em> {THE CHOC.CHIP CHUNK COOKIE @ CHICK-FIL-A} ... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 03:08:41 EST MY MOMENT OF TRUTH~WANTING WT.LOSS MORE than what is offered...!!!!! <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>230</em> <em>230</em> DESCRIPTIVE FOOD BLOG ~NOT TO READ IF YOU ARE <em>4</em> AT THE MOMENT FOR <em>255</em> <em>255</em> <em>255</em> <em>494</em> <em>494</em> <BR> I stared at what was INSIDE the bag that was offered to me. It wasn't Valentine's Day,but there they were~FERRARO ROCHE~HAZELNUT CHOCOLATES~in a bag ,looking delectable in all their gorgeous GOLD WRAPPINGS. C A N D Y ~and one of my FAVORITES!!! <BR> I... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 17:33:01 EST Reminding myself that 1 BAD DAY AT THE FOOD TRACKER does NOT mean ALL THE LOST WT.REAPPEARS! Well, yesterday was NOT the best in terms of calories~I was about roughly about 325 calories OVER my Caloric Range. But I was doing SO WELL for the PAST 3 DAYS hitting THE RANGE on those 3 CONSECUTIVE DAYS ,which for ME = upcoming WEIGHT LOSS. <BR> Oh well! I have to REMIND MYSELF ~THOSE POUNDS ARE GONE ~GONE~ GONE!!!! <BR> They are NOT LURKING AROUND THE CORNER, ready to POUNCE UPON YOUR BODY AGAIN! <BR> I HAVE DONE THIS ~LOST THE WHOLE AMT. OF WEIGHT IN 2010~AND I AM DOING IT ~ <BR> 11 POU... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 02:33:41 EST Why They will NEVER UNDERSTAND NEED TO BE ON SP!!!!! OOHHHHHH, am I EXCITED!!!! I was invited to participate in the 5% Spring Challenge!!!! It is my FIRST EVER~~5% Challenge!!! I have not been told which team I will be on and I think it would not be fair to say in this blog which team I chose as I may get chosen for that team or not. <BR> BUT~~ THAT is NOT the reason for this blog ~although my EXCITEMENT is at an ALL-TIME HIGH just like when I FIRST JOINED SPARKPEOPLE in 2010! Most of you know when I have something to say about healthy... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 06:40:59 EST My 100th Day of Tracking FOOD and /or Water~11 lbs. LOST~Come JOIN the Celebration!!! <em>244</em> WOW! Has it been 100 days ALREADY ?~since 12.4.15 that I first got on SP {for my second go-round} thinking HOW could I FIT SP in with Homeschooling my child as it was too much for me to do the FIRST go-round 6 yrs.ago when I LOST the wt. and reached my GOAL {which is why I left SP the first time ~I couldn't get IN all of everything I had eaten in my day and was OVERWHELMED }. <BR> I learned to BE FLEXIBLE! I can GET UP EARLIER or learn that I CAN do little BITS of TRACKIN... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 03:16:47 EST SURVEY ~ WHAT DO YOU THINK OF MY NEW SNACK?! I REALLY have TROUBLE with my SWEET TOOTH! I like the <em>44</em> <em>35</em> <em>475</em> <em>471</em> <em>473</em> <em>468</em> <em>76</em> <em>293</em> <em>493</em> BUT ESPECIALLY THE <em>495</em> <em>495</em> <em>495</em> <em>495</em> <em>495</em> !!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> I tried the Taming Your Sweet Tooth Challenge and it DID start me on the JOURNALING MODE about WHEN I was craving the sweets or sugar at any time~ AND WHAT I DID about it. <BR> I ... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 09:12:32 EST FEELING STRONGER ...EVERY DAY !!!! WOW! What a JOY to be working in the garden again! <em>376</em> We are starting a fruit orchard [so far ~ 3 apple trees and a peach tree] in our meadow ~yes , a meadow.~ We had moved out of CA and bought ACREAGE~and I get to recreate my FRONT yard garden [ I had in CA] of flowers and especially ROSES! <em>214</em> <em>146</em> <em>214</em> <BR> What is SO FUN ~ is that I was SO HAPPY to be out in the sunshine and" working" 'out' ~so to speak ~that the time FLEW BY !! I LOVE tha... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 04:06:32 EST How many apple varieties can YOU name?~~What is YOUR favorite apple and apple product? Quick ~ can you name at least 10 different kinds of varieties of APPLES ?~~~~ <em>180</em> <em>434</em> <em>434</em> <em>434</em> <em>376</em> <BR> Now that we have retired and moved , we have lots more land to plant on ! So, in honor of Arbor Day {our state celebrates it on March 4~different states celebrate it on different days or weeks}, we planted three apple trees on our property yesterday!It burned 428 calories for 1 and 1/2 hours {I used the gardening application as th... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 08:15:12 EST Healthy Nutrition Tips ~~~ FOLATE /FIBER /POTASSIUM FOUND IN ..... <em>491</em> <em>491</em> <em>491</em> <em>491</em> <em>491</em> <em>491</em> <em>491</em> <em>491</em> <em>491</em> <em>491</em> <BR> I LOVE reading and do so for information many times. Since I am on SP and having to track my nutrition and REALLY LOOK at WHAT I am eating, I thought it would be fun {YES~FUN ! Remember : Knowledge is POWER and it can EMPOWER you to make BETTER FOOD CHOICES that= A BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE~after all, isn't that what we are striving... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 18:35:47 EST Lift Weights and LOSE the Weight~Pretty Simple or WHAT is that Girl Eating? Hi Everyone! I KNEW when I would <em>386</em> to exercise with the weights that I would LOSE the weight and my scale said YES ,1 MORE pound GONE! { First NOTE ~I have been walking a lot FIRST in the first 3 months and now I have added ST again to my workout routine.} Second NOTE: To clarify~ I do ST ~Strength Training 3x a week~ with a day's REST in between so my workout schedule is T/TH/SAT. It is NECESSARY to REST the MUSCLES. On other days ,{that would be Monday /Wednesday /Friday}~ ... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 09:26:37 EST It's ENCOURAGING to Hear Comments Like "You Lost Weight !You LOOK GREAT !"From... Well, I am HAPPY to lose the 10 pounds and say "BYE~BYE 10 pounds ~Don't want to SEE YOU ROUND HERE no more !"" <BR> I am HAPPY to hear people say , "Wow! You look Great! " or "You LOST TEN pounds with Sparkpeople? What's THAT?" And I start telling them about THE BEST WEBSITE that is a COMMUNITY of FRIENDS that HELP EACH OTHER with ENCOURAGING WORDS,GOODIES ,COMMENTS and the like. <BR> I was SURPRISED to hear my HUSBAND comment how he did WITH ENCOURAGING WORDS ~Don't get me wrong ~he IS ENC... Sun, 21 Feb 2016 00:28:46 EST THANKFUL BLESSINGS~Saying KIND Words~Beginning An UPLIFTING FAMILY TRADITION!~ How are you? How is your day going? How are you feeling right now? <BR> All kind questions that MAKE US THINK about OURSELVES and reflect inward. <BR> But I would like to share with you a tradition my DH came up with after a particularly HARD DAY of RAISING OUR DS! <BR> He said ~"After dinner, I would like to try something new. I call it ,"THANKFUL BLESSINGS". I want each of you to THINK OF ONE WAY to SAY A KIND COMMENT about EACH PERSON IN THE ROOM." We each took some time to reflect on th... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 07:36:11 EST LOST 10!~DID IT AGAIN ~ROUND 2 ~DING !! Well, I did it AGAIN!! I lost that TENTH POUND! It is SO REWARDING to KNOW that you have a WEIGHT LOSS TOOL that WORKS ! AND.. it KEEPS WORKING !! <BR> Backtrack ~a moment ~6 years ago~I was introduced to Sparkpeople and was enchanted ! Here was a WEIGHT LOSS TOOL that I could USE ,that was FREE and that WORKS~ THE HEALTHY WAY! It is ALL UP to ME! MY FOOD CHOICES, MY EXERCISE CHOICES ~WHAT FREEDOM! <BR> I like numbers ,calculations and INFORMATION ! SPARKPEOPLE has ALL of those! <BR> 6 years ... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 09:01:56 EST My VISION Blog~Setting Up GOALS for my PRESENT with a LOOK towards the Future! <img src="">This little boy of mine~I am going to let YOU SHINE! I couldn't I am WIDE-AWAKE on SP at 5:26AM in the morning and I am NOT a morning person! Those of you who see my friend feed or observe when I am writing comments KNOW I am a night o w l ! Right now~ I am hurting ~ you see, I fell down using my Soloflex ~the strap slid and down I went on the HARD STEEL post so I have a bad bruise on my l... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 07:49:37 EST WOO HOO ~Looking GOOD and FEELING IT,TOO!~{Photo included!!!} <img src=""> <em>244</em> I was looking in the mirror while choosing an outfit to wear for one of our Valentine's Day parties and <em>244</em> I was HAPPY to see I LOOK GOOD! So I took this selfie to record this for my blog! I hadn't lost any more weight since January 22nd, 2016~ {I happened to see one of my old blogs} and I haven't put my FULLEST CONCENTRATION yet on my PROBLEM AREA ~snacking ,BUT I DO SEE t... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 07:40:27 EST How to Make Those CALORIES WORK FOR YOU! ~A Few Tips~ Being on SP quite a while has its perks~for one, learning to put all the food tracked INTO my cupboard and USE it! Some of the foods that have helped me in which I get NUTRITION IN and LESS CALORIES OUT is..... <BR> <BR> LIQUIDS~WATER ~Drink MORE TEA ~0 calories <BR> ~Unsweetened ALMOND MILK {SILK SOY brand} ~1/2 cup = 15 calories * <BR> *This HELPS ME get in my dairy and protein at the same time! I USE IT instead of milk in my cereal. <BR> ~Soup~my DH made a 61 CALORIE VEGETABLE & WILD RICE... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 12:03:33 EST I AM FED UP~ with Folate,sodium,fiber levels! <em>230</em> WHINY BLOG ALERT ! <em>234</em> <BR> I am upset ,so I wrote the blog to vent ! <BR> I have been faithful to put all my food and exercise on the trackers! I have had A MAJOR STRUGGLE with FOLATE, {too low}SODIUM{too high} AND FIBER LEVELS{too low}! I ate extra carrots and celery today to help my fiber and then it went through the roof b/c of the bean soup I had my DH make to HELP MY FOLATE LEVELS~then the calories were TOO HIGH ~even for a 1/2 cup of soup!And DON"T MENT... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 20:50:52 EST Each NEW Baby Step,Each NEW Habit, inches me Toward a Better,Longer LIFE! As I am ON this WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY, I am beginning to REALIZE that EVERY TIME I FALL DOWN on this journey ,when I get up ~just like in learning to WALK, you <em>386</em> TO GET BACK UP AND you usually LEARN from the experience about WHAT NOT TO DO or eat even if it is your three favorite foods in the world~ <em>495</em> <em>480</em> <em>44</em> ! THOSE FOODS are NOT going to HELP ! <BR> I need to take baby steps and realize each one is A STEP FORWARD in the RIGHT DIRECTION~SO ... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 12:22:11 EST DOG OWNERS :Your BEST ADVICE for a FIRST TIME OWNER of a 1 yr.old Rhodesian Ridgeback Hi Sparkers! <BR> Calling for your help! My family just got our FIRST DOG this last week. We got Frankie ~ a Rhodesian Ridgeback/part Retriever @ 75 lbs.~our 1 yr.old dog~ from a fost/adopt local shelter and he is potty trained and crate trained. My DH is in the process of training him using the basics first ~ Come ,Sit ,Stay,etc. <BR> I have joined alot of SP teams recently to join in and learn more about my canine friend! We have 4 cats and Frankie is used to house cats. I thought it would... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 02:11:47 EST Well, Look Who Made The Cheesecake and ATE IT?! Oh, HOW could I DO it?? TOO EASILY!!! I am my WORST SABOTEUR!!! And I am not helping my family when I gave in to my DS 's request on our Cooking~ Together~ Day to make Homemade Double Decker OREO Cheesecake! <BR> Ok, I MUST NOT beat myself up about it ! I was doing SO WELL! The pounds were going so FAST , I thought something was wrong ! So I guess I MADE something wrong to check ! Well, I MUST NOT DWELL on this! Tomorrow IS ANOTHER day, like Scarlet in the movie ~Gone With The Wind says. ... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 23:55:00 EST MY 6th YEAR SparkAnniversary! Is it here already? I missed it! I was reading on UNIQUE55's birthday blog~January 21st ~one of my new Sparkfriends~ <em>383</em> and realized the date was the SAME ~ MY <em>507</em> + <em>503</em> had passed! Well, I am HAPPY to still MARK IT ~as an IMPORTANT DATE! It is where I lost the weight~maintained the loss for 8 mos. ~regained +6 lbs. and RIGHT NOW~have lost NINE and counting to my goal of 26 total and then MAINTAIN forever! <BR> I have met WONDERFUL PEOPLE~ SPARKMEMBERS, SPARKFRIENDS, SPARKCOACHES and ev... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 14:08:59 EST Let It SNOW!!! I can fit into my SNOW PANTS!!!!! <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <BR> Happiness is LOSING another Pound for a total of NINE! And GETTING INTO MY OLD SNOW PANTS of TEN Years ago!!! I won't be on SP today as I will be PLAYING IN THE SNOW WITH MY FAMILY!!! <BR> Happiness is ...FEELING LIKE YOU ARE GETTING BACK 10 years of YOUTH !!!!! <BR> SNOWBALL FIGHT ,ANYONE?!!!! <BR> PS ~Since we moved this is our... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 13:26:08 EST I CAN DO this! ~I AM DOING this! ~POSITIVE THOUGHTS EVERY DAY!~ It happened AGAIN and it WILL KEEP HAPPENING until I AM DONE ! ANOTHER POUND IS GONE!! I am ENJOYING THIS WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY RIGHT NOW as the total weight that has been LIFTED AND THE BURDEN OF IT IS GONE!!! <BR> It is NINE Pounds as of 1.22.2016 . One of the things that I do on SP EVERY DAY is a GOAL that I complete for my LATE -IN-LIFE MOMMIES TEAM and that is to SAY SOMETHING POSITIVE EVERY DAY! <BR> I used to think of different things when I was first on SP in 2010 and had lost the weig... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 10:02:46 EST It's About Time for ANOTHER THANK YOU ~LEADERS of SP TEAMS!!!!!! Step to the Podium and give your THANKS for your SP Leaders~ They give their TIME,ENERGY,EFFORTS AND SUPPORT UNFAILINGLY TIME AND AGAIN!! <BR> FIRST~ I would like to say THANK YOU TO ALL SP TEAM LEADERS OF ALL SP TEAM S~ YOU ARE THERE all the time for us Sparkers at Sparkpeople and you SPARKLE AND SHINE with your DILIGENCE in getting US TO DO THE RIGHT THING FOR OUR HEALTH!!!! <BR> I'll start ~ THANK YOU TO HOMEBODY 67 ~Marj~ I LOVE all you do on our FLYBaby Team ~ the FOCUS , THE QUEST... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 08:30:22 EST Help Needed ~What is YOUR Take on my weight loss? Hi Sparkers! I LOST ANOTHER pound this month! Great news ,right?! I think so!~However, I am afraid I am losing it TOO FAST! I guess my body could be in FAT -BURNING MODE that I have heard of ! <BR> I have been on SP before and lost the 20 lbs. in 4 and 1/2 mos.and I remember the FIRST TEN seemed to come off EASIER than the last ten and the last FIVE were HARD! I am going for 26 wt. pound loss, but am in no hurry to lose it as I KNOW fast loss= gain it back FASTER! Note: I am 6 feet tall. ... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 10:39:30 EST LOVE MY SPARK FRIENDS!~LOVE YOUR SUPPORT! <em>252</em> <BR> I LOVE SP!~~ It was the FIRST SUCCESSIVE TOOL that I have ever used that WORKED!!!! <BR> I lost weight in 4 and 1/2 mos. ,maintained for 8 mos.~ got lazy,no regular exercise, gained it back after 5 yrs. plus 6 EXTRA lbs. and now here I am on SP again,tired of being in the 200s, tired of fighting with the scale <em>225</em> ,and as I am now older, and a little more wiser, I KNOW I CAN DO IT ! WHY? <BR> Because I DID IT BEFORE and I DO IT AGAIN ! <em>521</em> ... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 06:06:58 EST I don't WANT tight jeans! LOOSER is BETTER! HAPPINESS for me is having my jeans fit LOOSER not TIGHTER today! <em>386</em> <em>521</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>244</em> <em>252</em> <em>81</em> Wed, 13 Jan 2016 09:08:55 EST 7 pounds in 1 month and 6 Days?!! ~CHANGE~The NAME of the GAME PLAN for my Weight Loss Explanation~ I AM HAPPY! <BR> HAPPY with LIFE! <BR> HAPPY with my GOD! <BR> HAPPY with my FAMILY! <BR> HAPPY with our new MOVE! <BR> HAPPY with our HOME! <BR> HAPPY with my NEW ORGANIZATION of OUR NEW HOME! <BR> HAPPY with our ACREAGE! <BR> HAPPY with my WEIGHT LOSS! <BR> Putting my PRIORITIES in order and putting CHANGE in my LIFE is what is HAPPENING! <BR> I have CHANGED MY: <BR> EXERCISE <BR> WATER INTAKE <BR> I can't say FOOD CHOICES YET{just look at my tracker!} BUT HAVE CHANGED my PORTIONS and QU... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 09:11:19 EST MOMWANTSNOWAIST~ What's In A Name? I have often been asked ~What does your SP name mean ?~ And when we were asked to come up with a name for SP and our identification~ I thought ,well, it should reflect me and be in conjunction with what I am trying to do on SP. So, I came up with ~I am a mom and I want to lose weight.But that was taken three times. So,I thought what would really identify ME? <BR> Then, I thought of how I wanted to get rid of the 'waist' I have~meaning my belly fat ,for THAT is my problem spot and where EV... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 07:46:12 EST I DID it! Another pound GONE! I guess all is working <BR> =measuring portions {the BIGGEST FEAT for me}(SEE YESTERDAY'S "To Measure ..."Blog! <BR> + <BR> upping water intake {from 4 to 8~the SECOND HURDLE } <BR> + <BR> exercising MORE{slowly since coming off of a sport injury!} <BR> + <BR> ... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 09:04:37 EST To Measure or Not to Measure~ THAT is the Question! This morning as I went to eat my oatmeal {with brown sugar and butter~ I have to have it that way !} that my DH had so lovingly prepared,I reflected on something my DH said~ " I did not bring it to you in a bowl as I know you want to measure it. " I thought about how IMPORTANT it is TO ME NOW to have my set of MEASURING CUPS and MEASURING SPOONS {especially the tablespoon}nearby whenever I am going to eat. <BR> I CANNOT EYEBALL food very well at all , so I NEED these small tools to help me. ... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 10:12:14 EST Having a GAME PLAN Makes ALL the DIFFERENCE! I was thinking about the difference in my last two days of tracking food today and why one day was SUCCESSFUL <em>104</em> <em>9</em> <em>521</em> {yesterday }1/2/16 and another day was NOT <em>198</em> <em>4</em> {New Year's Day~no,not b/c it was a holiday~}. It was because I had a GAME PLAN ready and IN PLACE! <BR> When I used to play softball <em>300</em> in college and on recreational teams and tennis <em>260</em> for fun with DH {before my hubby had an exceptionally b... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 07:28:12 EST YAY! Top TEN on Trivia Board!{Finally~and for the MOMENT! @ 5am this morning!} I LOVE playing the SPark Trivia! However, I am not very good at it~70% overall~up from 58% (due to this month and my SIX <em>100</em> questions answered !).I love increasing my knowledge whether I get all the questions right or not. I get upset at myself if it is a question I had before and I miss it AGAIN! <BR> But THIS time ,instead of being on page 20~{yes, I have looked up my stats once or twice just to see where I am}, I am in the TOP 4 ~just for this moment{@ 5a.m.!} answering 6 of ... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 05:33:56 EST Happy New YOU! Happy New Year and Happy New YOU! <BR> What a way to look upon the New Year as A NEW YOU! <BR> Everyone thinks this is THE YEAR I am going to DO IT ! <BR> I am going to LOSE THE WEIGHT! <BR> Well, you are on SparkPeople ,so THAT is the RIGHT START! <BR> You are TRACKING your FOOD,EVERY BITE ! <BR> You are TRACKING your FITNESS and getting it DONE ! <BR> My SP FRIENDS ,you are on THE RIGHT TRACK as you can see,so keep up with the CHALLENGES of life and stay the COURSE! <BR> HAPPY NEW YOU ... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 08:30:06 EST Ending the year with a LOSS! How many times have we heard a loss is not good? Financially,physically,spiritually,emotion<BR>ally? <BR> But on SP and in my world of being overweight, <BR> LOSS IS GOOD! <BR> LOSS IS FUN!{Done healthfully,of course!} <BR> LOSS IS HEALTHY! <BR> LOSS IS GAIN ~to one's thinking when it is a weight loss! <BR> Hoping {and KNOWING ~with Tracking food,watching portions, and a healthy ,daily dose of exercise + enough water+ enough sleep } on this New Year's Eve to see a NEW ME and a LOSS to the ol... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 07:02:19 EST