MONIQUE138's SparkPeople Blog MONIQUE138's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Holiday Eating tips (Funny) Holiday eating tips <BR> 1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Holiday spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they're serving rum balls. <BR> <BR> 2. Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly. It's rare... You cannot find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It's not as if you're going to turn into an eggnog-alcoholic or something. It... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 08:05:19 EST What a great feeling! Oh wow! finished 7 days of boxing and I feel great. I am really liking this so much. My workout buddy has been MIA from boxing for a couple of days but I realized since I missed a day because she wasn't coming I felt really bad. I had to get my butt in gear and just go alone. I have to do this with or without her. So I have lost 6 lbs since I started. She was amazed when I told her this and she said "so it's really working" what did she think. I don't know, so hopefully she will be bac... Fri, 10 Feb 2012 13:22:26 EST Boxing Class Round 4 : ( Had a great time on Friday with the girls. Had to test out my skills on my guy friend because he kept messing with my ponytail. I kept telling him to stop but he kept doing it and laughing at the same time. You know how we are about our hair. So I gave him a right punch to the chest and he fell in a chair through the back door. OMG! I didn't know I could do that. but he asked for it. LOL! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was my day to go to my class and I ended up NOT going because I sat there w... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 12:42:28 EST Knock out!! Time to celebrate Yesterday was my rest day. It's funny how I feel guilty for not going to boxing class. My body is aching and I need this break. I hope this break doesn't move me backwards and I start getting lazy. I'm also resting today its friday and I need a girls night out with my workout buddy and celebrate our 3 day success. I have planned a workout weekend of popping in my Biggest loser DVD on Saturday and Leslie Sanone walking DVD on Sunday. I have posted on the wall beside my bed to make sure... Fri, 27 Jan 2012 08:31:50 EST Boxing Class Round 3 Ding! Ding! Yesterday was my third day. WOW! I made it through. I know I shouldn't feel this way but I feel like quiting every time. We did some boxing techniques that I really like but I am the type of person that if I don't do it right I get mad at myself. I have to just know that I am a beginner and in time I will get better. He made us do every ab exercise there is. At one point I just laid there and wanted to just go to sleep and meany came over and looked down at me like what are you doing ... Thu, 26 Jan 2012 15:18:25 EST Boxing class Round 2 Ding! Ding! Yesterday was day 2 of my boxing experience. Now I have to say it was much lighter than Mondays class. We had a different trainer and he just made us laugh. The meany trainer from Mondays class saw me and gave me a thumbs up for returning and not giving up. So this class was just hitting the bags and slap boxing. The trainer would hold up his hands and you throw punches the way he tells it to you and show your strength. Then we did situps. I didn't know there were so many ways to do sit... Wed, 25 Jan 2012 08:45:04 EST Boxing Class Round 1 Ding ! Ding! <img src="">Well yesterday I started my first boxing class. Woooosh what a workout. When I walked in I knew I wasn't in a Lucille Roberts but I just ignored it and went to get ready me and my friend met a lady in the locker room she was like a size 2 and we asked her some things about the place and she said she loves it and she has been doing it for less than a month and lost 15lbs. We have all access to the gym so you don't have to... Tue, 24 Jan 2012 08:49:24 EST Big Girl Phobia Yesterday while out with my girlfriends I was very upset at what I heard from one of the friends and I know I can only share this with you because you will understand. They were discussing a BBT Party that happened on Saturday, now I don't know what BBT stands for but it was a party for big beautiful women. They were saying how the party was a success and there were about 200 to 250 people there. The "friend" who doesn't seem to have too much of a weight problem and she is a little petite b... Wed, 30 Nov 2011 13:35:30 EST 1:52pm Earthquake happened. OMG! we just had a mild earthquake in NYC. They said that Virginia had a 5.8 quack and we felt it here. I am going to count my blessing because it could have been worst. What is happening? I was strolling down the street and the rumbling started and the earth just tilted. I was so scared I thought it was the end. Everyone else in the city buildings went home but NO not my company we had to stay go figure. Please everyone tell someone you love them today and everyday after that because ... Tue, 23 Aug 2011 16:00:06 EST Where am I and where am I going ? Hello my sparkers! I have been MIA off and on. I hope everyone is doing great and feeling good. I have been busy and trying to get back where I was. It gets so hard sometimes when life gets the best of you. I have been trying har to get my business started, dealing with my job and the economy and family. I know all of us go through life's ups and downs but I am so stuck in a lingering space that I just feeling like screaming at the top of my lungs. I'm still trying to get fit and eat healthy... Mon, 20 Jun 2011 21:49:53 EST Where am I and where am I going ? Hello my sparkers! I have been MIA off and on. I hope everyone is doing great and feeling good. I have been busy and trying to get back where I was. It gets so hard sometimes when life gets the best of you. I have been trying har to get my business started, dealing with my job and the economy and family. I know all of us go through life's ups and downs but I am so stuck in a lingering space that I just feeling like screaming at the top of my lungs. I'm still trying to get fit and eat healthy... Mon, 20 Jun 2011 21:49:11 EST CAN I REALLY BE A MOTIVATOR? I can tell you that I have basically been keeping sparkpeople a secret because I felt that people would'nt understand why I joined a sight to lose weight and to find motivation. Before I joined spark I always said to people I got to lose weight, I got to lose weight, I'm fat, I hate the way my clothes fit. I just felt so unattractive but then I would lose weight then continued to put it back on. I felt really stupid saying this so many times and sharing it with others. So I decided to keep... Sat, 19 Mar 2011 09:45:57 EST Can't let the winter blues stop me. I have been stressing myself out these days trying to get back on track. I really hate the winter months because it's so hard for me to stay focused. These were my downfalls for the winter and the start of the new year. <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> 1) Gained 14lbs <BR> 2) loss of motivation <BR> 3) Down in run/walk and other exercise 1x to 2x a week <BR> 3) Not eating healthy <BR> 4) Not sticking with a program <BR> <BR> Now it's time to make a change. It has taken me some time to... Mon, 17 Jan 2011 13:16:28 EST At least I thought it was funny? My daughter said the funniest thing to me the other day. I said that I needed to stop eating so much bread because its all going to my pooch. She said " Aww your feeding your pooch". ( at least I thought it was funny) and why does she think its part of my vagina. I had to laugh. Why is this the hardest thing to go? Oh lord let me be free from this awful thing. It seem like it has a mind of its own. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 22 Dec 2010 14:58:27 EST Temptation is a B*tch! Urrgh Hello my Sparky Friends <BR> <BR> I'm at work minding my own business when I get a knock at my office door. When I go to open it why was there cake shoved in my hand and the words that were said "she said don't worry about it". Why I am now looking at not just one but TWO slices of cake sitting in front of me. WHY!!! Should I take a piece and throw out the rest or should I just throw it all out. I really don't like to waste food and I don't want to offend anyone. I would try to give ... Tue, 14 Dec 2010 10:29:46 EST Update on my Grandmother My grandmother had her surgery yesterday and everything went well. I am so relieved. She is in full spririt. What a strong women. I guess now I know where I get it from. LOL. She has to go through radiation every day for 6 weeks. She is not too happy about that at all but she knows she has too. Prayers can go a long way. <BR> <BR> Thank you all again for your support and prayers. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> Fri, 19 Nov 2010 16:01:12 EST My Grandmother has Cancer I just found out today that my grandmother who is 87 years old has cancer. How could life be so unpredictable. She has lived a long life and now this. Words cannot discribe how I feel at this moment. Life can deal you such a bad hand sometimes. She went to the doctor and they found a lump in her breast. They say that they found it early so she will be having surgery on the 18th to remove it. I know many people who have survived this horrible disease and I am hoping after this she will... Wed, 3 Nov 2010 14:55:07 EST Home Alone...Arrrgh! Today woke up feeling ready to get in a workout. I did one hour of cardio with fittv. It felt great. I was going to go to the park and get a run in and try to beat my 6 miles I did last week but just wanted to get in a quicky and start the much needed housework. Since my daughter went out with friends and did I mention my son moved out two weeks ago. I am so proud of him. He found a good job and is now rooming with his cousin. I had such a dinner planned for tonight for the hubby and I ... Sat, 2 Oct 2010 16:22:22 EST Birthday Promise to God and Myself. (singing) Happy Birthday to me....Happy Birthday to me.... <BR> and why don't I feel as happy as I should be. <BR> <BR> Today is my birthday ever since my 12th birthday I always felt a little sad when my birthday came around. I don't know why. Now I am trying to push those feeling aside and trying to feel better when it comes around. I don't feel sad because I'm getting older because I feel good at my age. I'm taking better care of myself by exercising and eating better. Now my birt... Sun, 12 Sep 2010 11:27:19 EST Motivation down because of work? For the past few weeks I have been really trying to keep my motivation up and getting back on track with my jogs in the park but I don't seem to be doing as well as I want to. The fact of the matter is that I think it has alot to do with my job and I work for the federal government. I have been going through some things at work that I think is affecting my motivation and not thinking clearly. I have been accused of doing something at work that was not my fault. I have a director that has... Fri, 6 Aug 2010 13:24:23 EST Routines are not for me. Today I woke up feeling rejuvenated once again because I have been having some minor set backs. Last night was my first time trying out kickboxing since it was something I've been wanting to do for a while now. When I got home last night I contemplated on doing any type of working out because I was so tired, but sometimes I think feeling tired is all in my head. So I got home and turned to my favorite FITTV channel and found that a kickboxing program (i forgot the instructors name ) was a... Wed, 28 Jul 2010 10:06:27 EST Just one word... HOOOOOOTTTTTT!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Why is the sun so mean today? I really would like to go home and get my work out on buuuutttt.... I don't have enough air circulating in my house and the going outside to walk is out of the question. WHY WHY WHY!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 6 Jul 2010 13:35:35 EST Great day at the park. I luv the weekends. Yesterday I had a great day fishing. Went to the lake and caught two bass about 5 -6 pounds a piece. Some of my DH friends came to the park with their family and we fished all day. I was having so much fun fishing that I forgot about getting my walk/jog in like I do everytime I go to the park. WHAT!! but it was all good because I got a chance to catch fish. I have been the one catching all the fish lately. So now we were acting like we were in a bass competition. So I caught two my D... Sun, 27 Jun 2010 13:31:02 EST Signs of the modern women (a lil chuckle) <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 23 Jun 2010 10:43:33 EST The Biggest Loser and Me Ok well I have found something else that has really kicked my butt....but I stuck with it. I have been doing the Biggest Loser 6 week cardio max DVD 3 - 4 days out the week for past 3 weeks and plus my walk/jog ont he weekend. There are 3 levels. Level 1 is only 30 minutes and you suppose to do it for 2 wks and level 2 for two weeks and 3 for two weeks and they both are 10 mins long. I do both levels 2 and 3 because I feel I need a longer workout. I am noticing that my legs and arms h... Tue, 22 Jun 2010 12:39:49 EST Doctors visit I wrote a previous blog about my health situation and that I was going to see a doctor because I didn't know what was wrong with me. As promised I said I would keep everyone posted. So I did see the doctor and everything is fine. He told me that some of my symptoms like my neck tension may be caused by stress. He says that my numbness can be from poor posture because I told him I sit in front of the computer at work most of the day and I may not have good support on my back and position ... Fri, 4 Jun 2010 09:24:27 EST How calories kept me focused. Me and the hubby went out to eat at Applebee's the other night. We were so hungry after not eating all day (only breakfast at 7:30am turkey bacon with egg whites on wheat toast) because we were too busy fishing and just lost track of time. When we got the menus the first thing that slapped me in the face was the very large print of the number of calories in each meal. WOW!! What a wake up call I received that day. I said too my hubby wow they are really trying to keep everyone conscious... Mon, 24 May 2010 09:36:08 EST Oprah walk pics May 9th I know I know im late posting this but I wanted to share my experience with you. I did a 2 mile Oprah walk on May 9th Mothers day. The walk was located at Times Square in NYC. I have to say I had a great time with friends and everyone was nice. The special guest were Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson (who is very thin now I was jealous LOL) Bette Midler and Oprah of course. I walked for FFEMA charity which is supported by Mary J Blige in support of young women striving for success and I al... Thu, 20 May 2010 15:47:26 EST The Doctor is in. I just made an appointment to see a doctor for next week. Thank you everyone for giving me that little push and showing me such great support. I needed that. I really hope everything goes well. It's just waiting for the results that will drive me crazy. Wish me luck. I'll keep you posted. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>212</em> Wed, 19 May 2010 12:05:24 EST What is wrong with me? I have not been feeling good for the past two days. Every time I'm sleeping my hands and arms go numb and it wakes me out of my sleep in the middle of the night. It's a feeling like when your foot falls asleep. This has been happening for a awhile now and for the past week the back of my neck has been bothering me. Just yesterday while reading my book on the bus on my way to work the words on the page looked blurry. When I got to work I felt dizzy and my head felt like it was in a dreamy... Tue, 18 May 2010 09:52:34 EST P90X and it was only Day ONE!! Well I started the P90X last night....................... (sigh) <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I started with the Lean program which is more cardio workouts. Let me tell you how I was sweating like a pig. I felt muscles working in places I didn't even know I had. If you ever think about starting this program you really have to be ready, but the good thing is that the trainer tells you if you can't do certain things as long don't worry about it because you would gradually work your ... Wed, 21 Apr 2010 12:07:10 EST Am I REALLY going to do it? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I just received the P90X last week. I was hesitating for a long time about getting it. BECAUSE I'M SCARED!!!!!. <em>40</em> So the only reason why it's here is because my son bought it. I think I'm only scared because I'm scared of myself. You're suppose to do it everyday for 90 days and I don't think I can do it because I like to do my walk/runs and I can get pretty tired after work. Do you really ha... Thu, 15 Apr 2010 09:07:03 EST Hard work is paying off little by little. I thought it was about time to take some before and after pics. I was constantly being told by people that I have lost some weight and I just couldn't see it because I am not at the stage I want to be and I was in denial that my body was changing. I just wanted to look at the excercising as just excercising and not think about losing weight. I think I am getting more toned than anything. I guess thinking like that has worked for me. I am very proud of myself for just being able to wo... Mon, 29 Mar 2010 12:16:53 EST Oprah Walk- May 9th If you happen to be in the New York City area. I'm in New York so I am attending. YA!! <BR> <BR> Oprah will lead the walk to raise money for ten different causes. And we're planning a little party with a few surpises when the walk ends. <BR> <BR> To register: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>Your-Best-Life-Weekend-Walk </link> Thu, 18 Mar 2010 10:50:25 EST I officially left the Gym. I am no longer going to a gym. I didn't have a bad experience or anything. I just found that I do my best work at home. I have a gym in my building where I work and I was going twice a week then it went to not at all since I started doing my running at home, working out with leslie and doing my walk run in the park or at the track. I find that I like the outdoors better then being cooped up in a sweaty hot gym. Then everytime I wanted to go to the gym at lunch time I could never find an em... Thu, 11 Mar 2010 15:06:19 EST Beauty Salon business I am officially tired of my job. I have been here for 19 years and I am done with the gossiping, childishness, disrespect and depressing situations. I need to take the skills I have learned and apply them to something useful and something where I will feel appreciated and my accomplishments will benefit me. I have always had the desire to be a beauty salon owner. If I need to take any type of risk it is going to be at my hands. This is what I really want. I have been researching what I h... Fri, 19 Feb 2010 11:44:51 EST God takes care of babies and fools. I'm writing this blog to thank God for saving my life. What happened to me this weekend has been on my mind since. I have been putting off (for a month now) fixing the hood of my car since my DH had an accident with it. It wasn't major because he is okay, but it left the hood of my car loose and the latch needed to be fixed. I said I would take it to get fixed Saturday morning because I didn't want anything to happen if I drove it. So on Sunday afternoon I wanted to go grocery shopping b... Tue, 9 Feb 2010 13:16:29 EST Haiti... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Lord, I just want to say THANK YOU, because this morning I woke up and knew where my children were. Because this morning my home was still standing, because this morning I am not crying because my husband, my child, my brother or sister needs to be buried out from underneath a pile of concrete, because this morning I was able to drink a glass of water, because this morning I was able to turn on the light... Fri, 15 Jan 2010 08:32:12 EST My Daughter is about to make me proud.. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I was sitting with my daughter the other night and we are always talking about exercising and weight loss. My daughter is having a hard time sticking with a routine. I always help her as much as I can and I think I am a good role model for her but she is so stubborn sometimes. She asked could we join a gym together but I told her it takes money and money is tight right now. So I asked her w... Fri, 8 Jan 2010 12:24:08 EST Woo Hoo!!! I just purchased my first Leslie Sansone DVD and I am so excited. I am planning on popping this into the DVD player as soon as I get home. I purchased the Walk Off the Pounds Ultimate Collection Edition. It has 4 workouts in one. I was told about it because since I can't get out as much to do my walk/run I will be able to do it at home with this DVD. I also purchased some 8 pound weights and bought a fabulous step by step workout book from Barnes and Noble that I got 20 % off on. I am ... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 15:18:37 EST A time to reflect...and make 2010 my time to shine. We all have goals. We all strive to do our best. It's hard but all we have is God , our selves and people that love us to keep us strong. I want to take this time to reflect on the past year and make 2010 my time to shine. I want to set goals that I will complete but with every goal I set there always seem to be another. So I will continue to set goals for the new year and never look back. I need to stay focus and motivated. I will make all my wrongs into rights. I have always made p... Thu, 31 Dec 2009 12:20:13 EST Esther Roll... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was watching the stand up comedian Wanda Sykes the other day and she had me in stitches when she made a joke about the pooch that we women can't seem to get rid of. Did anyone see this. She named the pooch ESTHER ROLL!!. She was talking about it like it was a live person or something. She said how when she puts on a gurdle when she goes out and somehow Esther finds a way to embarrass her around people because th... Wed, 16 Dec 2009 11:32:44 EST Winter....Sigh? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am so angry that is winter time. I am not a winter person at all. I especially feel angry because I can't get my run/walk on as much as I want to. I live up in the mountains so you know that we get more snow than others who live in the city and the snow stays on the ground longer. I just purchased some new winter work out clothes just so I can do my run/walk in the cold. I really don't like this. ... Tue, 8 Dec 2009 12:25:08 EST MY FIRST WALK FOR A CAUSE. Yesterday I participated in a Walk for Kids. It was to benefit the Big Brother and Sisters foundation. It was really nice. I just showed up for my regular walk/run and there they were so I signed up. I was excited because I never did this before. I think I'm going to start doing alot this. It helps me and it helps someone else. Kids are very special to me and I can't wait to find something else like this. They gave out some nice goodies bags too. LOL. Mon, 9 Nov 2009 13:18:03 EST It begins with you.. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> May today there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your s... Wed, 4 Nov 2009 09:17:42 EST I HAVE A CONFESSION.... This has been erking at me all day and I feel so guilty i have to share with all my Sparkfriends so you can give me a good licking. I won't mind I need it. Yesterday I had just come back from visiting with my mom because she was not feeling well. She sometimes have problems with her heart. I was a little worried. She is doing much better now, but yesterday I ate something I knew I shouldn't have eaten. I had one of those pizza pastas dishes with penne pasta, alfredo sauce and extra chic... Mon, 26 Oct 2009 13:16:13 EST GOOD BYE OLD ME?? I didn't have to go to work this morning. So I told myself that I would do another walk/run this morning. I woke up a 5:00 and just laid there with the tv playing my favorite news program. I said self self said get up but I continued to lay there nodding a few times. My daughter woke me and said she was leaving for school it is now 7:00!!. I told myself to get up and get going. Then I said I'll wait until all the kids have gone to school because my daughter might get embarrassed if all h... Thu, 22 Oct 2009 10:29:26 EST Woooosh.....can I really keep this up. I have completed my third day walk/run today. I am feeling so hyped about this but... you know how you can start something and get so motivated then WHAM!! Hear comes the obstacles that stand in your way if it be work, children or just getting so busy you don't have time or you just slow down because your tired. I have been at this point before. I don't want to be there again. I am pushing myself so hard to keep this going. Deep down inside I know I can do it but would life let me. I'm g... Sat, 17 Oct 2009 21:38:16 EST Day two...can't believe what I accomplished. I set out again this morning to complete another walk/run goal. I was so mad at my husband for making me late because instead of leaving at 7:00am I left at 9:00am. We were heading to the park together so I can do my run/walk and he can fish. When we got there I jump out of the car put on my Nike+ and took off. I couldn't wait to get started. He was like ok see you later. I didn't mean to just leave without saying anything but I was upset because I was late and because I wanted to get s... Sun, 11 Oct 2009 14:43:39 EST Day One AND I DID IT! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> In my last blog I mentioned that I purchased the Nikeplus sensor. Today was the first day to get motivated and finally use it. I jumped out of bed this morning around 7:00am and slipped into some work out gear. In my mind I was hyped and ready for this challenge today and I was not going to let anything stop me. The hubby was was gone and the kids were asleep so I took the the opportun... Sat, 10 Oct 2009 09:04:43 EST