MOTIV8N2LOSE's SparkPeople Blog MOTIV8N2LOSE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I completed another goal..woo-hoo <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> I was determine to stick with the program and complete all the Insanity workouts. <BR> My work schedule, illness,exhaustion and appointments had schedule extended than <BR> the normal 65 days to complete them. I first started the program on 2/17/2013 and <BR> finished the last final Fit test on 5/16/2013..that was way longer than 65 days..haha.. <BR> but I was determined not to give up. Sweat, tears and pain, that Shaun T, Kicked ... Fri, 17 May 2013 10:50:07 EST 'Time flies when you're having fun' ~~~~~~May 5, 2012--- May 5, 2013 <em>248</em> <BR> <em>503</em> <em>292</em> <em>244</em> <em>205</em> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I can't believe it's been a whole year being on SP. <BR> My goal was to stick with <BR> my plan for the year and lose and I did just so. <em>104</em> <BR> (I'm going to start posting pics soon, so watch out! <em>100</em> <em>388</em> <BR> I've learned so much on this journey. <BR> I am happy that I didn't rush my weight loss. <B... Sun, 5 May 2013 13:52:41 EST "Age is nothing but a number..." No excuses!!! Ernestine Shepherd , she inspires me.... <BR> <BR> Ernestine Shepherd: World's Oldest Female Bodybuilder <BR> At 75, she continues to be an ageless inspiration..... <BR> <BR> A must watch video: <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 06:40:42 EST "I am Not my Hair..." On 4/24-I decided to undo,taking them down, no longer growing or whatever you <BR> want to describe it..but I am no longer having my beautiful locs..It's a sad and long transition, but one positive note I am happy I am not cutting my hair but being patient and taking them a loose one loc at a time. <BR> I have lost my motivation because I feel like I shouldn't have gone this route. I haven't had a chance to do my 'Intense workouts' my Insanity, <BR> due to this hair project and als... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 18:38:06 EST I'm loving the scale today :-) I know I have a love/hate relationship with my scale, but when I stepped onto it this morning. <BR> I jumped for joy <em>355</em> --a big difference from last weeks blog. <BR> I am continue to drink my water and watch my's all about SELF CONTROL. <BR> <BR> Today is the last day for the 2013 Winter 8 week challenge and I'm excited to say that I lost close to 10 lbs by participating. I enjoy participating in those types of challenges, they keep me on my toes and everyone is s... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 14:12:42 EST I won't let the scale upset me I worked my butt off last week. Insanity workout videos, Zumba, walking, jogging,roller skating and other things in between. I was one fitness queen-I was on a mission. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a reality check for me <BR> because when I went to weigh myself, I just knew that I was going to have a good number because I had burned off lots of calories, but when I stepped onto the scale <em>192</em> <BR> and I only dropped down .4lbs. <em>40</em> I was very disappointed. --Now I und... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 08:36:06 EST Insanity all the wayyyyyy... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I finally completed four weeks of the Insanity workouts. Due to illness and my work schedule It's taking me longer to do the outline workout schedule. I am <BR> determine not to give up and I will continue the program. I am going <BR> to start the Recovery Week tomorrow and try to hang in for the next four to five weeks. <BR> I have noticed that I lost inches and so far almost lost 10 lbs since starting the progr... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 17:56:13 EST Just a Press of a little button.. I'm starting to realize that a lot of my motivation for my weight loss is involving lots of buttons. <BR> I turn on my computer and read my favorite articles and go to Sparkpeople for more energy. <BR> <em>252</em> I have my 'fancy' Striiv pedometer, which I really enjoy using. <BR> <img src=""> I press the little 'on' button on that little device and I am on a mission all day. <em>311</em> . I have my small Ipod, push play on tha... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 06:24:52 EST ~~New habit~~finale 7) Anything else you would like to share with your Team? <BR> <BR> Yes. <BR> <BR> __DON'T FORGET TO HAVE FUN...Make your workouts enjoyable-interesting-change them up and you will never get bored.. <BR> <BR> Today start with the Harlem Shake.... <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> (harlem shake in a fitness class, lol) <BR> <BR><BR>DY <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>--------------------------... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 09:51:38 EST ~~New habit~~pt. 5 Question #6 of this week's challenge... <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>-------------------------- <BR> 6) Do you need some motivation or advice? <BR> <BR> I WILL ALWAYS NEED MOTIVATION AND ADVICE....... <BR> <BR> “Motivation is like food for the brain. You cannot get enough in one sitting. It needs continual and regular top up’s.” ~Peter Davies <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>244</em> Thu, 7 Mar 2013 08:42:24 EST ~~New habit~~pt. 4 5) What can you improve upon? <BR> <BR> I can improve on my water intake since I am doing an intense workout program. <BR> I am sweating it out and must replace the fluids I am losing. <em>194</em> <em>198</em> <em>91</em> <BR> <BR> Water: <em>194</em> <BR><BR>ess_articles.asp?id=101 <BR> <BR> I need to also make sure I get plenty of sleep. My work schedule has my sleep cycle all screwed up, but I must get enough sleep. Sleep also... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 05:52:09 EST ~~New habit~~pt. 3 4) How am I doing day by day? <BR> <BR> I'm doing better now that I'm finally over my illness. I have my energy back. I <BR> was happy that I was able to get some exercise in while I was sick. I am doing my Insanity and mixing up my workouts..with Zumba. <BR> <BR> I like to change it up so it won't drive me insane. I like being the team leader of the ~Insanity & The Asylum Insaniacs sparkteam... <img src=""> <BR> ... that motivates... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 09:27:14 EST ~~New habit~~pt. 2 What am I doing to encourage myself and how am I staying on track? <BR> <BR> I am encouraging myself by focusing on what I have accomplished so far. <BR> I am taking photos and trying on outfits that I couldn't fit before and <BR> yesterday I tried on a skirt that I couldn't wear for over two years. <BR> I'm excited to say I am down three dress sizes <em>9</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I keep pushing on and my family and spark friends have helped me a lot to keep <BR> going. ... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 04:42:28 EST week 2: ~~~New Habit~~~part 1 1) What new habit do I wish to develop? <BR> <BR> I need to eat more -get more calories in order to lose more. I don't want to come to a halt with my weight loss. I need to increase my healthy food intake. I'm working out and doing an intense workout program,but not eating enough can make a very slow or low results. I'm on the right track, I just don't want my numbers going up..i love to be a loser. <BR> <BR> 2) How will I do that? <BR> <BR> It's going to take planning, calculating,... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 06:55:59 EST A new day.. “Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb” ---Unknown Author <BR> <BR> <BR> I am definitely seeing changes since i started Insanity. I want to post before and after pictures, but I'm too shy. <em>2</em> It's been a week and I am feeling str... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 06:05:57 EST I'm still staying motivated...... I have been feeling terrible. <em>39</em> I had to call off from work last night and still not feeling the greatest. I don't want to have to call off again,but my body is telling me do so, I am feeling down because as usual, everytime I have such a good workout routine going <BR> I end up getting ill. It's like my body can't handle the stress I put it under or the heat..sometimes I feel like I have MS. <BR> I know I do push myself hard, because today, I am still thinking how I am ... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 14:46:12 EST Assignment #4 - Trigger Food- Innerview- This interview..wont be in your local grocery store..(sorry) <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> LET'S ASSESS THE TRIGGERS-- <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>--------------------------------------<BR>-------------------------------------- <BR> The interview begins: <BR> <BR> Can You please list ALL your trigger foods. Is it a snack food or part of a meal? Are they sweet or salty? Hot, cold or room temperature? Carbs, comfort foods? <BR> <BR> A. Some of my trigger foods are Chocolate... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 00:01:46 EST Today- I accepted the invitation to join the Winter 5% challenge... I know--I didn't want to join at first because I didn't want to face that <em>192</em> . I said it in my last blogs that I have a love-hate relationship with that thing. I don't want to get obsessed with numbers not at all this time with this challenge. I will have to come up with a plan so I will be able to stay in control. I don't want to over do it, I know my hard work paid off, not to brag, but I did win the 2012- Summer 5% -Teddy Bear <em>174</em> Challenge.. <em>104</em> <em... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 13:59:57 EST I found a method and is motivating me even more... I STARTED off by reading some great advice from my other favorite new site and what motivation indeed. It even helped me to stick with not obsessing with numbers and I feel much better not looking at the scale all the time. I've tried the teas that Dr. OZ talked about in his show and it has been helping..I drink OOlong tea and White and Green,Acai Berry and will purchase the Pu-erh tea soon. I've been purchasing Weight Watchers smoothies mix and so delicious with my Almond M... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 09:20:57 EST Every opportunity counts <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The Challenge: <BR> <BR> 1.While on the phone: walk in place <BR> 2.In the kitchen: 25 counter push ups <BR> 3. While waiting for that dish warming in the microwave: <BR> do jumping jacks-- aim for 100 jumps <BR> 4. Watching a favorite television program: jog in place or toe touches- during commercials. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Reminder: ... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 20:28:38 EST Weekly Motivitation: 'Parking spot' 'The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places'- author uknown <BR> <BR> What is your Plan to avoid that temptation of parking, giving in or giving up on <BR> your goals? <BR> <BR> I see so many 'parking places' that it is easy to just stop and take it easy and <BR> let life move on around and accept whatever life brings on. <BR> <BR> So I am going to learn to place obstacles/distractions or things that just frustrate me in these parking places. Remind myself that this m... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 23:13:44 EST It was very hard for me to log back on to SPARK... I was on such a roll last year. I was down almost 30lbs! What happened? <BR> I ALWAYS let my stupid -stressed-out - LIFE ruin what I worked soo hard for and <BR> that is what made it so long for me to start back. <BR> <BR> 2012 was such a CrAzY year for me. I'm mad that I gained all that I lost. I haven't stepped <BR> on the scale to see what I weigh now, but I know I gained because of the classic <BR> signs. <em>15</em> but I am still determine not to give up that I still haave time to ... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 12:25:36 EST Kick starting my motiv8n2lose... I stopped <em>227</em> and thought about what direction that I am heading. <BR> What will I be saying and complaining about in 6 weeks. I fast forwarded to <BR> November and I could see myself complaining about the weight I gained <BR> and my clothes that I am starting not to fit anymore. <BR> Oh and then I noticed my thighs WoW!, they are starting to rub again <em>15</em> . <BR> .that is when I jumped up and went for a walk/ jog in the dark and the fresh air <BR> felt really good.... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 18:17:59 EST I'm still on my Vegan Challenge and going strong... I am determine to complete the challenge. <BR> It's really not a challenge, it's a lifestyle change. <BR> It helps you to think about your food choices and what <BR> is really damaging our health. I did have my 'oops' moments <BR> when I forgot about certain foods to <BR> avoid.. I know I am not doing the "hardcore vegan' diet, but this <BR> is a great start. <BR> <BR> I can't believe I'm on Day 10, I have 11 more days to go. <BR> I don't know if I will stop or will I continue on ... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 09:57:05 EST feeling... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I hope to be at the <img src=""> <BR> <BR> soon...right now I am sitting bundled up <BR> <img src=""> <BR> as if it's snowy out there. <BR> I can't wait till I am up and about so I can <BR> <img src=""> <BR> and <BR> <img ... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 14:48:19 EST The 5% Summer challenge kept me focusing on my goals.. This was my FIRST time participating in this summer challenge. <BR> <BR> I want to Thank all my teddy bear/sparkfriends that helped me <BR> to keep pushing and staying strong during <BR> this challenge. I am glad I didn't go into hibernation. I was able to complete <BR> the 5% weight loss challenge. I couldn't reach my goals without all of your <BR> support. I hope I was able to motivate others during this challenge. <BR> <BR> I will continue to do a lot of the weekly challenge... Fri, 17 Aug 2012 11:00:41 EST I want to thank you all for your encouragement today... I was planning to Delete this blog when <BR> the situation had ended, but I decided <BR> to keep it to remember this day and the words of <BR> wisdom that will help me later. I know this situation <BR> has not ended a new chapter has just opened up .. <BR> <BR> The blog was titled: <BR> "Urgent: I want to know if I am wrong. What Should I do? <BR> Please be honest." ( You can read it below) <BR> <BR> I needed some advice online because I didn't want to let them hear <BR> me on the p... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 16:40:28 EST Motiv8n2lose feeling even stronger.. I had a sneak peak of my current weight . I will put my entry of my weight on my tracker tomorrow because Saturdays is the day I usually change my trackers. <BR> <BR> I got on the scale this morning and I was so surprised that I lost weight. In the past <BR> week, I decided to sit down and catch my breath because this is and will continue <BR> to be a long and hard race that I have signed up to do for life. <BR> I have jumped over many' hurdles and climbed up many hills, mountains <BR... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 09:57:32 EST Losing it on my own... Feels good to reach my first goal. I've been doing this my way and I'm seeing changes and feeling very energetic. I am going to reward myself as planned for losing the first 15lbs. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> 1st <em>248</em> !!!!!! Sat, 21 Jul 2012 23:58:21 EST It's been a very long time since I've enjoyed... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ...My WEIGHT Loss Journey... <BR> <BR> I have really embraced my new lifestyle. I am making better choices and I feel <BR> dedicated to myself to change the outcome. I have been very active and I am loving the <BR> new me. <BR> The STRIIV pedometer,that I purchased weeks ago , has been soo motivating. I am so glad I bought that gadget. I also enjoy coming to this site and... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 10:58:20 EST Day 1: Not Bumpy at all.. I'm sitting across from JASON AND HE'S LOOKING GOOD. Oh, his wife just <BR> noticed me starring better keep reading my fitness magazine. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> (Don't wake me, I'm dreaming) <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> I'm little nervous but It's been a great start. <BR> I feel energetic and I'm motivated everyday to enjoy the journey. <BR> <BR> <BR> Hope you have a fun journey. Don't forget to spice it up. You will go fart... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 08:39:45 EST I'm saving $40.00 a month and losing it my way In the past I usually try to change my lifestyle and want to stick with a plan to lose weight. I always let distractions in my life get me off track and then I'm back where I started. I've tried so many plans, but none has really worked for me except- Weight Watchers. The program always had me losing weight and I get so confident with my weight loss that I feel I can lose it on my own. <BR> I stopped going to the meetings and I felt better that I didn't have to pay for it anymore. Two weeks ... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 20:27:40 EST My Strategy to avoid the triggers...(#4) 5% Summer Challenge #4 <BR> <BR> I wish I was able to read this assignment before all the junk I ate today. <BR> I know I'll have days like this,but I feel terrible because I didn't get a chance to do any of my work outs. <BR> <BR> Assignment #4 <BR> <BR> For the purpose of this assignment a Trigger Food is defined as the one that gets you off course for the next hour and you are not eating because you are truly hungry. A Trigger Situation is where you are, who you are with and what you a... Wed, 13 Jun 2012 19:56:47 EST Why do I want to lose? 5% Summer Challenge Assignment #3 <BR> <BR> -Today's assignment is to list all the reasons you want to lose weight. What do you want to change? How do you want to look? How do you want to feel? What things will you be able to do in the future with a slimmer healthier body? And list all the OTHER things that you want to change! <BR> <BR> A. I want to lose weight to feel healthier, boost self esteem, fit <BR> into my clothes that I have that are brand new still hanging in my closet. <BR> Go ... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 08:06:11 EST "Move Something" I went skating last night,even though it was Adult night, I felt like a small child on the rink that was just in the way. <BR> This is what they were saying----> <BR> I felt like that because most of the adults were doing all those freestyle skate moves which I love watching. One day I'm going to be able to busta move just like them without breaking any bones. I am going to try to go often. I I had a good day. The Striiv pedometer has had me going ... Thu, 31 May 2012 14:16:42 EST Every little step Every little step counts. I did it!! Today 10,800 steps by 730pm EST <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Trying to increase those steps everyday if possible. <BR> . This week also starts my 2nd week of Turbo Fire . Sun, 27 May 2012 20:04:37 EST Motivating tool to keep me on the move.. I received my fancy lil' pedometer yesterday. I opened the package and charged it for an hour . While following the directions on how to set it up I was ready to begin. <BR> The first thing that irritated me was the screen goes to sleep mode if you don't touch it in 5 sec. I called customer service because this thing seems so confusing. I didn't even give the lil' thing a chance. I only used it for 10mins. and telling the rep. I was going to return it. Well, after giving it a chance to try... Sat, 26 May 2012 12:56:19 EST Feeling Hot-Hot-Hot Current Status: <BR> <BR> I'm Thinking how one day I'm going to fit in a dress similar to Toni's in my profile image. I'm going to be too hot to handle. I still have to increase my water intake. <em>91</em> I also still need to control eating those bad carbs and Step up my game. I'm doing Turbo Fire which is fun,fast and you will hear lots of familiar music while working out.. I was laughing when I heard one of the songs playing was 'Booty Call'. <em>100</em> I'm waiting for my ped... Fri, 25 May 2012 07:44:25 EST I am on a great start i have all my dvds, memberships,support groups,devices, foods, outfits,music, equipment, friends, schedule and the right attitude <BR> to keep me going. I just ordered on 5/19 a pedometer that is cool. <BR> It has challenges , games, awards and it will make you want to go walking. <BR> I ready to use them all. Sun, 20 May 2012 12:35:33 EST