MPALMER15's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MPALMER15 MPALMER15'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/ FREE Kindle book on Food Cravings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5090323 <link>amzn.com/B009EB6VV8 </link> <BR> <BR> Saw this on Amazon today. It's free for a limited time, so make sure of the Kindle Price before you put it in your cart. Don't know how good the book is, but it never hurts to learn a new perspective on why we make the food choices we sometimes do. Knowledge is power! <BR> <BR> If you don't have a kindle, you can download a free app to read on your Ipod Touch or Computer. That's what I do. <BR> <em>41</em> <em>203</em> Sun, 7 Oct 2012 17:56:01 EST My New Motto http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5049934 No whining! No complaining! Just get it done. And don't forget to smile! <em>334</em> <BR> I guess it's no different than "fake it until you make it," but I am determined not to let anything get in my way. Look out scale! You're goin' down! <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Sat, 8 Sep 2012 16:15:25 EST Little People have the Biggest Sparks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4833656 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l974912945.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Never underestimate the enthusiasm or relentless energy of an eight-year-old! They make awesome work out buddies, provide continuous encouragement, and push you beyond what you think you can do. We logged 9.7 miles today. I can hardly walk, lol. My next fitness equipment purchase? Padded bike shorts! <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> P.S.: My son says I have to buy him padded shorts too!... Fri, 13 Apr 2012 15:38:27 EST Just a Quickie ;-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4797612 I know I haven't logged much or been around much this week, but I promise that Sparks have been flying. <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> It is Spring Break for the kids, so we have been filling our time with ice skating <em>425</em> <BR> and bike riding. <em>332</em> <BR> Tomorrow night we go roller skating, my favorite exercise! <em>334</em> <BR> Friday it's bowling! <em>294</em> <BR> Eating has been decent (lots of fruits & veggies), <em>140</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <BR> but not ... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 22:40:47 EST Spark - Take 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4774806 Well here I am again. After losing 52 pounds, I have regained almost 20 pounds back. Ugh. Why is it that I feel like such a hypocrite? Why is it that I thought I didn't need Spark anymore? I don't know WHAT I was thinking. Yesterday I had a long talk with myself. It went something like this: <BR> <BR> "Melissa, your pants are getting too tight. Nothing fits right any more, and you're tired all the time. Snap out of it, woman! It's time to stop being embarrassed, stop being a hypocr... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 00:50:28 EST Glad to be Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4662455 Hello Sparkers, <BR> <BR> I know I haven't had a chance to catch up with everyone yet, but let me start by saying that I have missed you all! This last year has been full of big changes for my family, so I have had to devote my time to things other than this site. Has it hurt me? I confess it has a little. I am up 15 pounds. I'm not worried about it because I know exactly what to do and how to do it thanks to Spark and all of my Spark Buddies. I do know that NOW is the time to get back... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 16:55:56 EST Today I will........... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4214785 Maintenance has not been as easy as I thought it would be. Life has thrown plenty of stress my way and I will be the first to admit that I could be coping better than I am. So, starting Today I will........... <BR> <BR> 1) Speak positive words and leave the negative energy behind me. <BR> 2) Move my franny! Stress isn't a license to quit working out! <BR> 3) Eat within range and cut out the empty calories. Just because they fit in my range doesn't mean I should eat my fair share EVERY da... Fri, 6 May 2011 15:12:00 EST Fit, Fun, and Fresh for the Summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4170423 Somehow since I reached maintenance I have forgotten how much I love exercise, how good it makes me feel, how energized I am when I do it. I can't explain why I hit the doldrums; I just did. I think the key for me is to keep it fresh. So here is my plan for a Fit, Fun, and Fresh Summer: <BR> <BR> <em>332</em> Riding my bicycle! I love riding my bike. I recently dug it out of the garage and have already logged quite a few miles. The kids and I have taken many successful excursions ov... Sat, 16 Apr 2011 18:34:18 EST If you think that living a Sparked Life means dieting, think again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4117624 Here is a quick food blog to show you that eating healthy doesn't have to mean skimping, skipping, spending a fortune, or eating icky diet foods. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l847491698.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today's lunch consisted of a 1/2 sandwich made with fresh spinach, Healthy Ones Turkey Breast lunch meat, Reduced Fat Cheese, Brown Mustard, and Whole Grain Oatmeal Bread; 1 small California navel orange; 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries; 1/2 cup fresh mango. <B... Fri, 25 Mar 2011 12:36:00 EST WHY I AM LUCKY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4101628 (for the Lose 1 Pound or 1 Inch a Week team challenge) <BR> <BR> I have lots of reasons I could give for being lucky: I have a great family. I have a very rewarding job as a stay-at-home mom. I have great friends. I have two cats that keep me laughing. I have a roof over my head and food on the table. Really, life is pretty good for me even when it throws a curve ball my way. <BR> <BR> However, as you all know, I feel extremely lucky to have found my Spark this last year. I can't ade... Fri, 18 Mar 2011 18:44:49 EST I tried on Swimsuits & Didn't Even Cry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4077390 Last night, hubby and I took our daughter swimsuit shopping. <em>237</em> <BR> It was her 13th birthday and she picked out a really cute 2 piece suit from Target. She has grown so much this last year that we were shocked to find that she was in Women's sizes. <BR> <BR> Today we were back in Target picking up goggles that we'd forgotten to buy. We had at least an hour to kill before heading to the pool, so I decided to go ahead and try on some swimsuits. I was originally going to wait un... Tue, 8 Mar 2011 21:42:38 EST No way, girls! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4051183 <em>495</em> <em>495</em> <em>495</em> <em>495</em> <em>495</em> <em>495</em> <em>495</em> <em>495</em> <BR> Oh, no! It's Girl Scout Cookie Season! It's true! They are everywhere I go...........Walgreens, Winn Dixie, Publix. They smile so sweetly and ask so nicely. How can I say "no" to those cute little faces? I did make a small donation the other night because there is NO way that I can buy one box of cookies and not eat the whole darned thing. Those cookies are pure evil (o... Sun, 27 Feb 2011 10:17:05 EST Excuse Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4037132 I was in Walmart over the weekend, when an old acquaintance passed me by in the aisle. She was with her daughter and I haven't seen her in about a year. As she passed, she looked right at me, smiled, and said "excuse me" as she squeezed by with her cart. At first I was a bit stunned. I thought maybe she was angry with me for some unknown reason. We used to spend hours together every month working a food co-op and never had a cross word. I just couldn't figure out what her deal was as I ... Tue, 22 Feb 2011 00:02:43 EST Can it really be.......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3964173 One year since I committed to Spark? One year ago today I weighed 170 pounds on my 5'2" frame. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l444908675.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l371311370.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I was unhappy. I was tired all the time. I had trouble catching my breath after walking up stairs or through a mall. I was having blood sugar issues and would often need to nap after eating certain foods. I hid my body in loose fitting clot... Wed, 26 Jan 2011 21:21:44 EST Hurt Myself with some Insane Cycling. Now what to do? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3863430 I am not sure how I made it to goal without any serious mishaps in my untrained efforts to exercise, but I'm guessing it was dumb luck? <BR> <BR> This week has been weird. I actually went a whole day without the usual workouts. There were just not enough hours in that day to accomplish everything I needed to do. So...........the next day (Friday) I decided I would put in extra time to help make my weekly calorie-burn goal. <BR> <BR> Then I got the bright idea that I should ramp up the in... Sun, 26 Dec 2010 18:56:44 EST Don't Let Fear Hold You Back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3860196 Fear. <BR> <BR> Webster's defines it as such: <em>150</em> <BR> <BR> –noun <BR> 1. a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid. <BR> 2. concern or anxiety; <BR> 3. that which causes a feeling of being afraid; that of which a person is afraid. <BR> <BR> –verb <BR> 4. to regard with fear; be afraid of. <BR> <BR> *** <BR> <BR> What is it about weight-loss and dieting that we fear? I... Fri, 24 Dec 2010 03:29:59 EST What Happens When You Reach Your Goal.......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3857558 You do a happy, happy happy dance while singing the Dora the Explorer Song "We did it!" Then your seven year old looks at you and says "that's great, Mom, but you're not a very good dancer." Pshaw! Rotten kid, lol. I won't be foiled in my celebrating. I have lost FIFTY POUNDS! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> Wed, 22 Dec 2010 12:00:35 EST Thank You! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3844712 Tonight my Sparkfriends made me cry. Not in a bad way. They were tears of gratitude. I opened my email to find a notice from Spark telling me that I was nominated by my fellow Sparkers as a Sparkpeople Motivator. I am humbled. I really feel like it is you all that motivate me. I wouldn't be at the finish line if it weren't for the friendship, encouragement, advice, and even prodding that I've received this year. YOU ALL helped me to reach my goals. I wouldn't have done it without you.... Wed, 15 Dec 2010 00:26:59 EST Latkes, donuts, and cheesecake. Oh, my! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3815048 <em>500</em> <em>499</em> <em>500</em> <em>499</em> <em>500</em> <em>499</em> <em>500</em> <em>499</em> <em>500</em> <em>499</em> <BR> <BR> For those of you that aren't aware, Chanukah starts tomorrow. I am not dreading it. In fact, I am looking forward to it. I am, however, dreading all the temptation. To give you an idea of what I'm talking about, here is a humorous (yet true!) description of the holiday foods. The only food that isn't mentioned is chocolate of whic... Tue, 30 Nov 2010 17:27:54 EST Before and After, 170+ lbs. to 122 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3801902 I just uploaded a new pic today at a Spark Friend's request and was pleasantly surprised to see my Before and After results. I'm happy right here, right now, whether I move the scale those last two pounds or not. It's a happy day and I'm doing a happy dance! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l30017592.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l898729991.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> ... Tue, 23 Nov 2010 13:32:01 EST Don't forget to Enjoy the Scenery! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3798057 I spent enough time earlier this year on a treadmill to know that I do not enjoy watching a display while working out. It's monotonous enough to make you hate fitness if you do it long enough. When my treadmill died, it was the best thing that could have happened to me. I headed outdoors out of desperation and found that I enjoyed my fitness time far more when I had things to look at, people and cats to smile at, and different routes to take. <BR> <BR> This weekend, I pestered my family t... Sun, 21 Nov 2010 19:29:02 EST Weekend Reflections http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3783736 Who says weekends have to be dull and dreary, spent in front of the television? <BR> <BR> Don't stand on the sidelines while life passes you by....... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l116738765.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Monkey around a little! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l875778271.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Don't be afraid to stick your neck out........ <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l351760989.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ask your family to joi... Sun, 14 Nov 2010 19:53:30 EST Why is it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3756979 Why is it that people feel the need to comment on your body when you are losing weight? I don't mean the compliments; keep those coming! I mean when people tell you "you need to stop losing weight." <BR> <BR> Is it because they have a legitimate concern, even though they never bothered to say anything when you were obese and at risk for heart disease, diabetes, etc.? Or is it because they feel inadequate in their own body image? <BR> <BR> Sometimes I wonder why people say the things that... Tue, 2 Nov 2010 13:00:12 EST "To be skinny like you......" What?!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3731429 I am having a fabulous day. It may be my son's 7th birthday, but I was the one to get THE BEST PRESENT EVER! We stopped in Panera this afternoon so I could upload and send pics to the grandparents of our birthday celebration in the park. I plugged in all the electronics and headed to the counter to purchase some cups and a cookie for the birthday boy. While chatting with the cashier, I found out that I was entitled to a free smoothie or latte thanks to my Rewards card. I told the cashier... Thu, 21 Oct 2010 17:31:59 EST October Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3686032 Before Spark, I was never much of a goal-setter. I was always more of a "fly by the seat of your pants" kind of girl. <BR> <em>213</em> <BR> It worked for me in most areas of my life, but not all, especially when it came to fitness or eating. <BR> <BR> So today I am laying out some goals and am posting them here for accountability. Why am I doing this now, when I am near the end of my journey with only 7 pounds to go? Because my Spark Friend, Becky, got me thinking about goals today.... Fri, 1 Oct 2010 23:30:19 EST Who Wore it Best? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3642486 At the beginning of summer, hubby and I took our 12 year old shopping and bought her two blouses. They were cute and he suggested I try one on as well. Hers were size Medium from the Junior's/Misses Department of Dillards. I tried on a Large. Well let's just say that this style and size did NOT look so good with my fat rolls and chubby arms. I immediately put it back on the rack and said "not for me!" <BR> <BR> So here I am 3-1/2 months later; lighter, leaner, and finally seeing changes... Wed, 15 Sep 2010 23:15:21 EST Size 8? Can that be right? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3626175 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l130038051.jpg"> <BR> <BR> YES, YES, YES, YES, YES! It's right! <BR> <BR> Dear Daughter told me I need to stop wearing my capris. She calls me "Baggy Butt" and likes to yank on them to demonstrate how low they can slide down. Yea, she's almost 13, lol. <BR> <BR> I finally went to the mall today and purchased two new pairs of jeans. I could hardly believe that a size 8 would fit over one thigh, let alone pull all the way up, but my daug... Fri, 10 Sep 2010 19:40:05 EST I lost a six year old. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3535478 I lost a six year old. Not this cute, smart, funny, adorable six year old that is my son. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l317498633.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Actually, I couldn't lose him if I tried. He sticks to me like glue, lol. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I did, however, lose 38 pounds which is exactly the weight my son is today. It is such a weird realization. When I watched him step on the scale this morning, it just hit me that he and I together on the scale wou... Sat, 14 Aug 2010 01:13:22 EST Getting to Know Me Through ABCs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3513913 Thanks to several of my SparkFriends for posting this blog today. I am gladly stealing it! <BR> Melissa <em>18</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A - Available or married?------married for 16 years <BR> B- Book? -----currently enjoying the Fablehaven series with my kids <BR> C- Cake or Pie? -----cake <BR> D- Drink of Choice? -----unsweet iced tea <BR> E- Essential Item? -----sports bra, lol. Don't leave home without it! <BR> F- Favorite Color? -----blue <BR> G- Game to play or watch?-----hockey!... Sat, 7 Aug 2010 23:26:56 EST Making Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3501298 An amazing SparkFriend of mine posted a blog tonight titled Can you MAKE time? I confess that I took the time to read it four times tonight! It really struck a chord with me. While our lives and stresses are very different, I see a lot of myself in that blog. I remember what it’s like to be that busy. It is in my nature to be busy. <BR> <BR> For the past 20+ years it has been my habit to over-commit. My friends have always called me when they needed help with something because they kn... Wed, 4 Aug 2010 03:02:30 EST A Happy Medium http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3486811 For the past 13 years shopping has been a much dreaded affair when it comes to finding things for myself. The cute stuff is usually in smaller sizes. <BR> <em>346</em> <BR> <BR> In larger sizes, I've always had to choose between dressing older than my age, or just finding something that fits no matter how it looks. Last year I began shopping in Plus size stores where everything seemed to be un-flattering for a person my height (5'2"). Needless to say shopping has been something I have a... Fri, 30 Jul 2010 20:34:12 EST Shake Things up with Something Green! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3477048 I live in Florida where smoothie and yogurt shops are everywhere. Anytime I have ever gone into a smoothie place, I am amazed at all that goes into their smoothies. Why does a smoothie need yogurt, sugar, protein powders, antioxidant powders, artificial sweeteners, etc? If you are using real fruit, sweet fruit, ripe fruit, you shouldn't need to add sugar or yogurt or antioxidants! Maybe I'm a smoothie snob? I dunno'. I just know that I like the KISS method. Let's Keep it Simple........... Wed, 28 Jul 2010 01:05:27 EST Elliptical Trainer or Stationary Bike? Help me decide! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3463724 My body is struggling with exercise these days. <em>198</em> <BR> Due to some medical issues, I've had to dial down my exercise big time. Instead of being able to do more intense exercise for shorter periods of time, I've been walking <em>311</em> for 2+ hours every day just to burn a mere 500 calories. <BR> <BR> I won't even go into the foot problems I'm having from all that walking. <em>39</em> I'm exhausted and I just don't have 2-3 hours to give every single day, especially ... Fri, 23 Jul 2010 23:58:24 EST More Free Workout Music http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3439686 <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.motiontraxx.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> This website provides FREE workout music that you can receive through Itunes or download direct from the site. I've gotten a good variety of workout choices over the last six months and never get spam from signing up. <BR> Keep moving and sparking! <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> Melissa Fri, 16 Jul 2010 21:49:02 EST I think I'm going to cry. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3436453 Today I stepped on the scale and found out that I am no longer considered Overweight. <em>224</em> <BR> Wow! How in the world did I get here?! I am still a bit in shock. It feels good, but I can hardly believe it. <BR> <BR> I can honestly say that when I started my Spark Journey, I never believed I would get this far. I weighed 170 pounds with a BMI of 31.2. I was considered Obese with my 5’2” frame. I thank G-d I stepped on the Wii balance board to play Fit Plus with my kids. When... Thu, 15 Jul 2010 21:24:44 EST Free Workout Music http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3427255 This isn't really a blog. It's just the easiest way to share this cool link with everyone! <BR> <BR> <link>www.workoutmusic.com/pages.php?pagei<BR>d=49 </link> <BR> <BR> This is FREE workout music that I downloaded through Itunes for my Ipod. This same company produced The Biggest Loser Workout music that I got from Subway and LOVE! There are several free albums to choose from right now, so download them all! <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> You can also "subscribe" to this podcast for... Tue, 13 Jul 2010 11:09:28 EST I never thought....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3391101 It was the end of January when I finally had my "aha" moment and began Sparking regularly. I learned to log my food each and every day. I learned to exercise every day even if it was only for 10 minutes. I joined a half dozen Spark Teams and found myself more motivated than ever to continue my Spark Journey. <BR> <BR> Today I posted a new picture of myself. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l973946933.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You can't see much of me because I am stand... Thu, 1 Jul 2010 22:21:19 EST I am thankful for my hormonal cat and my crummy transmission! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3303178 Yesterday was a crummy day. I only managed to get three hours of sleep thanks to our kitty being in heat and howling incessantly all night. I then had to get the kids up early to take hubby to work, so I could have a day of errands with our one and only vehicle. <BR> <BR> Then the transmission started shifting poorly, again. This is the same transmission that was rebuilt in November and cost us a ton of money to repair. This is the same transmission that "broke apart" (mechanic's words, ... Sat, 5 Jun 2010 12:04:01 EST I've Come a Long Way, Panera! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3249583 Here I am sitting in Panera Bread. If you've never been into a Panera, it is a carb-addicts heaven. The smell of fresh baked bagels and breads can make anyone hungry, even 5 minutes after Thanksgiving dinner. Made-from-scratch soups are simmering for the upcoming lunch hour. It smells absolutely divine in here. But here I sit, blogging on Sparkpeople, chatting with my kids who are eating bagels, and enjoying the free Wi-fi with a cup of tea. While the aroma is appetizing, I have no desi... Thu, 20 May 2010 09:45:17 EST Spark beats out Facebook any day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3244408 Since seriously starting Spark in January, I have given up several addictions: <BR> <BR> 1) My addiction to Pepsi. No more! <em>262</em> <BR> 2) My addiction to junk food. No more! <em>473</em> <BR> 3) My addiction to the couch and television. No more! <em>17</em> <BR> <BR> Now I have given up a fourth addiction that may surprise some. Are you ready? <BR> <BR> I GAVE UP FACEBOOK! Woohoo! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Sparkpeople is a MUCH healthier "addiction," one that I gladly... Tue, 18 May 2010 22:01:38 EST Why the fatigue? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3230126 Last night's birthday party was great. My friend was not offended at all that I ate before we went. Although I did find out that she bought the rotisserie chicken just for me, so I wouldn't have to eat fried chicken with everyone else. She also put out a veggie platter with dip. She's so thoughtful! <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> I did save enough in my numbers to have one small vanilla cupcake. I decided to go for it and enjoyed it. I'm not much of a cake eater, but it was just nice to have ... Fri, 14 May 2010 15:56:25 EST What do you do when you don't want to eat? Eat first! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3219475 My family was invited to a birthday party tomorrow. <em>409</em> <BR> We are all looking forward to being with friends and having a good time. Today I found out that the menu consists of Rotisserie Chicken, Fried Chicken, <em>53</em> <BR> Baked Beans, Macaroni & Cheese, Cake, <em>44</em> <BR> and Ice Cream. <em>76</em> <BR> Not a single fruit or vegetable! What will I do? I think I'll eat a nice healthy dinner before we leave and choose not to indulge. After all, if I'm going to... Tue, 11 May 2010 18:59:22 EST I need a dress! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3199763 This Saturday is Mom's engagement luncheon. This isn't a problem for me the way most people would expect. I'm actually looking forward to the luncheon and to getting to know her fiancee a little better. The problem for me is that I have a closet full of clothes that don't fit me! I am almost halfway to my weight loss goal. 24 pounds doesn't seem like too much to me, but it's enough of a loss that my clothes definitely are not fitting me well. <BR> <BR> Tonight I tried on every dress and... Wed, 5 May 2010 23:52:54 EST "Those pants look like they're about to fall off of you." :0) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3190458 My little guy fell off a bounce house yesterday, so we made an impromptu run to our family chiropractor this morning. Since I started working out with Spark People, I have only had one adjustment and figured I could use another as long as we were there. <BR> <BR> When I climbed onto the table and laid face down, my chiropractor immediately said "Melissa, those pants look like they're about to fall off of you. Are you losing weight?" --Insert Big Grin here!-- I was beaming from ear to ear... Mon, 3 May 2010 18:03:43 EST Who says you can't afford fresh produce? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3180087 Today's haul from the Farmer's Market: <BR> 18 honey mangoes <BR> 2 large cantaloupe <BR> 1 large honeydew <BR> 2 baskets of large tomatoes <BR> 1 large bunch of cilantro <BR> 1 basket of jalapenos <BR> 2 bags of green grapes <BR> 2 large bags of raw peanuts <BR> 1 bag freshly shucked corn <BR> <BR> $37 <BR> <BR> Gotta' love the farmer's market! Fri, 30 Apr 2010 17:23:11 EST How do Happy and Sad fit into one single day? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3133854 Today is a weird day. First I must apologize in advance for this blog. I am struggling with my emotions today and just need to let them out rather than heading out to find a Pepsi! <BR> <BR> A friend was killed along with her three small children one year ago today. Her husband then took his own life. While this horror story is beyond difficult to fathom, it is what it is and they are all gone. I miss hearing from this sweet woman and reading her funny Facebook posts. She was one of th... Sun, 18 Apr 2010 20:01:16 EST I am Freecycling my Clothes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3120502 If you have never heard of the organization called Freecycle, let me just say that IT ROCKS! It's main purpose is to keep usable items out of the landfill. <BR> <em>343</em> <BR> <BR> By joining a local Freecycle group, you can give away your used items and even receive items, all at no cost to you. It is a neat way to de-clutter your house and make friends at the same time. <BR> <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> That being said, a Freecycler I know gave me 2 boxes and a huge bag full of Size 12... Wed, 14 Apr 2010 21:34:43 EST What is 20 pounds? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3110145 Is it a box of Kitty Litter? Yep <BR> Is it four 5-pound bags of potatoes? Yep <BR> Is it a toddler? Yep <BR> Is it 4.4 gallons of ice cream? Yep <BR> Is it two Toaster/Convection Ovens? Yep <BR> Is it ten cartons of Fat Free Chicken Broth? Yep <BR> Is it 2.4 gallons of water? Yep <BR> Is it 24 boxes of Whole Grain Thin Spaghetti? Yep <BR> <BR> Now let's see what being 20 pounds lighter does for me............ <BR> <BR> Does it mean that I can now walk through the mall without getti... Mon, 12 Apr 2010 13:06:30 EST Sparks are Flying............. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3065745 the good kind, that is. I haven't been on SP too much the last few weeks. I miss reading the blogs and interacting with my SparkFriends. However, I grew up in Florida and love the surfer's philosophy "when a wave comes, you ride it!" For me, the wave (momentum) that came was going to my mom's. I began walking 3 miles a day at a pretty quick pace. I saw that I CAN stick to eating healthy even when away from home. I learned that if you are determined, you really can change your lifestyle... Wed, 31 Mar 2010 15:07:34 EST Who is that woman? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3040009 The kids and I are staying at my mom's for a few days. She lives about an hour from us, just minutes from beautiful white sand beaches. Since hubby had to go out of town for work this week, we thought it would be a great time for a visit. It's been wonderful to play catch-up and just enjoy each other's company. It has also been a great place to recharge my "spark batteries!" <BR> <BR> Yesterday we clocked the townhouse neighborhood road. Three laps around the complex is exactly one mile... Wed, 24 Mar 2010 21:47:09 EST