MONIQUEDVA's SparkPeople Blog MONIQUEDVA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community March 1, 2018 Yes, it's the first day of birthday month. Yes, I LOVE birthday month. And it's not about things. It's about people & relationships & sharing your time with those you love. God knows I have enough things. To be perfectly honest I have too many things! So please, I don't want more things. Unless you have some front brake pads for me. I'll take those. Or concert tickets...which aren't really things...those are actually experiences & I'm all about those! <BR> <BR> So what does Birthday Month lo... Thu, 1 Mar 2018 11:05:57 EST 5% Exercise & Diet Commitment Why does the word commitment scare so many people? Why is accountability so difficult for so many of us? I think for many of us, it's because the behavior wasn't modeled in our own lives. Or if the behavior was shown, but never explained, we didn't put 2 and 2 together to equal 4 & realize that both commitment & accountability are great tools for life. <BR> <BR> In what SPARK calls the 5% community, which is comprised of those of us who over an 8 week span of time will attempt to lose 5% of... Mon, 18 Dec 2017 16:53:33 EST 347 days Yes, I had to know. It's been 347 days since I was actively losing weight & watching my body change. I have hit a plateau which turned into a full blown rut & is about to become my launching pad. Unfortunately, my summer challenges have not moved me as I thought they might. I just haven't had it in me. There has been too much flux in my life for me to propel myself forward. Is that an excuse...or a reason? <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Fall is my favorite time of year. <em>574</em> There's ... Wed, 9 Aug 2017 11:25:35 EST Rest Day(s) I couldn't decide if I wanted to call this "Cheat Day" Or "Rest Day" & I decided it was much more appropriate to call it "Rest Day". Yesterday I gave myself almost a complete rest day. I had worked at one job or the other for 13 days straight. The 50 year old body that houses my MUCH younger spirit needed to stop. I didn't just need to slow down. I needed a full stop. I had gone to bed on Saturday at a fairly reasonable 11 pm. I woke up a few times on Sunday morning for the usual bathroom bre... Mon, 31 Jul 2017 13:40:19 EST August 27, 2016 That was the date I broke out of the 290s. I was in the 280s & I was well on my way to life-changing weight loss. Well, here we are almost a year later & I'm still in the 280s & I need to figure out why & how to bust thru this stopping point. I would call it a plateau but I don't think plateaus last for this long. Not only that--but a plateau would indicate that I was still kicking butt & taking names & putting all the pieces into place that contributed to my success. <BR> <BR> And we all k... Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:35:22 EST Birthday Blog Today I turn 50! Seems like quite an accomplishment. Then I say oh p-shaw, people have been doing this for ages. And then I think about my cancer battle & my friends who didn't survive theirs & I am truly grateful to still be here. I am grateful to have seen the Bradford Pear trees in their beautiful bloom as well as the daffodils who don't know the weather man says that there is going to be snow on Sunday. <BR> <BR> I am grateful that I will get to see all 3 of my kids today. I'm repairing... Wed, 8 Mar 2017 12:31:30 EST February Fog Let's just say I feel like I have been in a fog for awhile now. I'm doing everything I have to do...but I'm not really doing it WELL & I'm not overly happy about doing it. I'm quite literally just going thru the motions. And I'm honestly not sure what brought this on or caused it or whatever. I don't know that I "need" that piece of the puzzle. But what I do need is the way to get off of this road. <BR> <BR> I need to work on my road map. I have a goal (destination). I know where my startin... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 20:00:16 EST January 17 Goals Hey there SPARK Friends!!! I started another Daisy challenge this past Saturday to lose 5% of my weight. That's going to be 14.25#. I've been pretty STUCK over the past 6 months or so. I lost that 50 pounds & my body said...OK I'm done. So instead of hitting the exercise harder or really focusing on the nutrition...I glided. I went on auto-pilot. I've lost the same 5 or 6 pounds several times over the past 6 months. <BR> <BR> So now it's time. I found a new Zumba class to add to my routine.... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:52:02 EST Da Blues There are so many more things I could have titled this piece, but the Blues seems to make the most sense. Today is December 21st & I haven't bought the first gift. I'm one of those crazies who has to be inspired. Please don't give me a list. Let me find the perfect gift for you. I want to show you that I'm listening & paying attention & that I know you & understand what you want & need. That being's Dec 21st...give me a darn list!!! <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I am NOT going to sit ... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 12:26:45 EST Run for the Hills 5K Today is October 15th, 2016 & I volunteered at yet another 5K today. I did not run. I did not walk. I didn't do the 1 mile "fun run". I did the behind the scenes kind of things. Some lovely (on the outside) runner walked past me & said to her companion..."Well, that's a good reminder to eat healthy & stay active." Yes, I fully believe she meant me...but this post isn't about her. It's about ME! <BR> <BR> Next year...I am turning 50. And I endeavor to be in the best health of my life. I won't... Sat, 15 Oct 2016 12:49:50 EST Seasons Some of us are familiar with the Pete Seeger tune popularized by the Byrds sometime in the 60s. Others of us are familiar with the Bible verses found in Ecclesiastes Chapter 3. <BR> "To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven." Don't worry...I'm not setting up to preach here. That's not really my thing. The wisdom of this verse & even the popular song are just resonating with me right now. <BR> <BR> I find many of the stereotypes for women are true for me whe... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:44:51 EST Evolution Today is July 4th which is the USA's Independence Day. I have recently exited an 11 year relationship & I am once again learning to be independent. It's definitely a process. And it's definitely not a simple one. The thing I think I am having the hardest time coming to terms with is that there is no longer anyone else to blame but me. I'm IT. I'm the adult. I'm flying solo here. If it goes wrong, it's my fault. Whatever IT is, I bear the full weight of responsibility & I have to make the deci... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 20:34:48 EST 2016 Summer 5% Challenge You know how long winded I can be, right? This blog will probably be my shortest ever. I have joined the 5% Challenge team for the summer. I did the "Spring Challenge" & while I didn't lose ALL of the weight I wanted to lose (15 pounds) it did keep me accountable & keep me going. Just like at all of those Weight Watchers meetings most of us attended, there is something very mindful about knowing you will be posting your weight in a public place for others to see. There was no judgment or nega... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 13:21:28 EST Hunger I am once again experiencing hunger. And it's ok. In fact it's more than ok..I'm enjoying the feeling of being hungry. When I read or hear people saying they are emotional eaters, I nod my head in understanding but I'm not really sure I do understand. Some people are presented with a stressor. They react or they don't react. And then in private or later based on that stressful event, they eat their feelings. I mean...I grasp the idea. I just can't say that was me. Because of the hunger. <BR>... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 00:44:09 EST Progress I have been on SPARK since May of 2008. I was inactive for a time while I was battling cancer, but I've been back quite awhile. And in almost 8 years on SPARK, I've watched other people set goals & meet them. I've watched people come & go. And I've watched other people (myself included) stagnate. So what is the difference? Where is that (cliché) SPARK that makes some people DO IT & others NOT do it as well? Am I just stuck in a cycle of inertia? And if I'm not then what is holding me back? T... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 13:01:30 EST Right Shoulder Hurts I should probably mention that "so" is one of my absolute favorite words & I tend to overuse it. That being said, I might also start ALL of my blog posts with it going forward. And then we can call a collection of my blogs "And SO on...". I'm witty this morning! <BR> <BR> I have gained weight since my hernia surgery back in Sept 13. It pretty much just crept up on me. Realistically, did I know it was happening? Sure I did. I had to stop going to my 3 times a week water aerobics class. I was... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 10:47:47 EST Finding my way... I am not an athlete. Never was. And in all honesty, probably never will be. I have NOT yet hit that place where I LOVE exercise. I dream of that day. I wonder if and when it will come. And I do, in fact, envy those people for whom exercise is like air. For them exercise is a necessity, it's a non-negotiable. If they miss their exercise session, they truly feel like something is missing. For them, a day without exercise feels wrong. <BR> <BR> So what, I must ask, is the difference between th... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 13:02:05 EST Breast Cancer...more than one month No, it's not October. It's not the official Breast Cancer month. You might have a different month where you are, but here in the States we pretty much PINK-OUT the month of October. You can race for a cure. You can make strides. You can do any number of things to be honest. But for some of us, men and women alike, breast cancer doesn't only happen in October. That's not the only time we urge our friends, our family, hell...strangers on the street to PLEASE get mammograms, please do self-exams... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 21:38:34 EST The Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with a Single Step. <BR> <BR> That's it. Focus!!! Tue, 24 Apr 2012 21:58:48 EST