MRSBLAK27's SparkPeople Blog MRSBLAK27's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Checkin' In... A week into June already, time waits for no man/woman... <BR> <BR> Let's see, I'm 3pds away from the goal I set for myself <em>244</em> <BR> I mixed up the workout this weekend, went to a steep hill by the house with one of my daughters. Went up and down that badboy 2 times, doing a slow jog... thought I was going to passout lol, but I completed it. Next day my legs feel like lead - all in all a good workout. <BR> Stayed on point with my eating, most times weekends are the hardest to sta... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 10:46:16 EST June Goals Lose 5pds <BR> Eat veggies w/ every meal <BR> Water, water, Water <BR> Evening Walks <BR> Get into some type of group ( reading, walking, bible studying) <BR> <BR> Workout, cryout, sweatout - weight, pain, inches <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> NSV: <BR> take better care of my appearance <BR> facials/hairdo/manipedi <BR> Thu, 30 May 2013 09:21:39 EST Adding Inspiration <img src=""> <BR> allows me to get back to why I'm doing this <BR> where I've come from <BR> where I want to go <BR> and gets me back on track when I feel like giving up <BR> <BR> what about you? Fri, 24 May 2013 09:44:53 EST Hiding Out - that's what I've been doing Hiding out in my grief over the loss of my daughter <BR> slowly falling into a depression that seems like I'm the only person can understand <BR> from accepting that I am worth the work it would take to be the "best me" <BR> from fighting for my mind to be @ peace <BR> from Life, really <BR> <BR> its' time I joined LIFE AGAIN Wed, 22 May 2013 14:56:20 EST 12Wk Program May 15th - August7th I'm starting a Workout/Eating Plan for the next 12wks <BR> Workout - starting 2 a days <BR> morning walks 30mins/evening walks 30mins <BR> gym 1hr 3-4 days a week (cardio, class or pool) <BR> 3x's a wk strength training <BR> (arms, back, inner thighs and stomach) <BR> <BR> Meals <BR> No fried meats <BR> no white carbs <BR> no coffee <BR> <BR> Wed, 15 May 2013 15:41:32 EST Truth in Scale What once was a friend, wanting to see it everyday, excited about seeing it is now avoided at all costs. <BR> Why? because I've not embraced what it means to me... <BR> <BR> I'm talking about my SCALE, finally got the nerve to visit it this morning; you know it wasn't a bad conversation I came in @ 199.4 (thought it would say 200+). So I'm going to make the effort to get back involved with myself and be excited once more to see my friend - the scale <BR> <BR> Tue, 14 May 2013 09:26:33 EST Not a Thang not one workout session, <BR> not one weight has been lifted <BR> not one meal that was all healthy <BR> NOT A THANG!!!!! <BR> I feel really bad about it too; its just been one problem after another. <BR> So today, <BR> I am going back to the basics of Walking during my breaks at work; putting in an hour at the gym (cardio for the rest of the week) <BR> And most importantly putting a stop to eating without thinking about what it will do to my body. <BR> <BR> this is my promise to myself <BR... Mon, 13 May 2013 12:54:59 EST Updates Morning, <BR> <BR> In the past week I've been overwhelmed with "family issues" nothing bad just everything coming at me, from every direction - all at once. <BR> <BR> On another note, <BR> <BR> I'm trying to maintain my workout ethics and my new way of eating. Weigh in is Saturday looking for a loss. <BR> <BR> I may not have responded to blogs, but I've been reading them to keep me inspired <BR> <BR> Everyone is doing so well, <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <em>334</em> Thu, 9 May 2013 11:44:16 EST May Time to WORK!!!! <BR> <BR> I'm dedicating the Month to Working - no more talking, analyzing, evaluating etc... <BR> <BR> Here's to seeing RESULTS <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <em>324</em> <em>331</em> <em>323</em> <em>319</em> Wed, 1 May 2013 10:51:31 EST Weekend Overload It started out good, then BAM!!!!! <BR> <BR> I ate a great dinner - ww buritto (chicken, bb's, corn,tomatos, lettuce, brice)very healthy <BR> Saturday- breakfast was fine, lunch not so much (famous dave's ribs/fries) dinner italin beef/fries -NOT Good <BR> Sunday - bk was ok, we were treated to a meal in'between church services I had apple pie w/ice cream - smh, bread -what , chicken/rib meal with ff, broccoli & carrots - I didn't eat it all took most of the ribs home but by then I had alre... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 12:23:14 EST Ramblings <BR> I'm almost done with my self-imposed NO fried meats, no carbs after lunch - I did much better <BR> than I thought I'd do (only slipped up a few times) <BR> So I'm thinking about what's next... <BR> I will only give myself a pass on fried meats 2x's per week <BR> Keeping the Carb thing going (less is more) <BR> <BR> I'm really going to work on my knee/ankle situation - the knee is becoming a problem! <BR> I think for the next 2wks I won't give myself a set routine for the gym - just go ... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 11:24:41 EST Struggling <BR> I can't seem to get it together: my eating is all over the place, my workouts aren't <BR> counting because my eating is off. I'm taking my vitamins, taking herbs too but I'm not <BR> focused on the process. <BR> I've taken on the challenge of not eating fried meats <BR> The not so funny thing is - I'm gaining weight! <BR> <BR> I'm not giving up on myself just need to make everything click into place so I can move on to the low 190's- 180's <BR> <BR> I know I just need to get my mi... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 09:34:34 EST Detoxing & Cleansing - Naturally Thats my plan for the weekend... <BR> <BR> I also think I'm going to do more strength training vs. cardio for the next 2 weeks. <BR> <BR> Weigh In tomorrow - I've done a good job of working out/eating right, here's to the scale reflecting that. <BR> <BR> have a good weekend! Fri, 19 Apr 2013 16:11:45 EST 4wks That's the time I have until my daughters graduation from College. So I'm going to give it my all until the last week. I already have 2 dresses to choose from, I need shoes and haven't decided on what to do with my hair. <BR> But I'm ready to give it the Snow-Go lol! Really hoping this weather breaks soon, it just helps with my mood. <BR> <BR> On another note, My husband looks great! He hasn't lost pds, but them inches has his pants falling and we just bought jeans a couple months ago - smh... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 12:19:32 EST Progress Wk 2 Morning, <BR> <BR> I had a .3pd loss and I'm glad about it. I was dealing with TOM it was the worst I've had in years, not sure of why but it derailed my workouts. <BR> <BR> This week I'm back to my regularly scheduled program <BR> <BR> 4days of cardio <BR> 2 days of s. training <BR> every other day of abs <BR> <BR> Only Chicken, Fish Turkey - no fried meats <BR> veggies/fruit with every meal <BR> NO CARBS after lunch <BR> no white anything lol <BR> <BR> Working hard to have Great Health... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 08:52:19 EST My Plan Is paying off if I go by the numbers 3.2 down. yes! <BR> So let me try for consistencey this week I will do what I did last week: <BR> 4-5 days of cardio <BR> 2 days of s. training arms/back & legs/thighs <BR> abs every other day <BR> <BR> Chicken, Fish, and Turkey - No fried or red meats <BR> veggies as much as I can stand then add more lol <BR> Minimal carbs - none after lunch <BR> No whites!!!! Mon, 8 Apr 2013 10:26:27 EST Progress... How is it defined for oneself? <BR> Let's see: I'm exercising regularly, eating health choices, going to church, praying nightly, talking to God daily, loving my children unconditionally & thanking God for my supportive-loving Husband. So am I making progress on this Journey called Life? As long as I am not standing still I would have to say Yes... even when I feel like I'm losing my mind, lost my way or not making any progress - I know that I am <BR> <BR> I know this is a bunch of rambling... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 10:20:02 EST April 1st My plan is in motion as we speak: <BR> <BR> 20 min Home workout DVD - done <BR> Meal plans - Set <BR> <BR> <BR> Cutting my sugar intake to bare- min. <BR> <BR> Will Check-In on Sat or Sun to give my results <BR> <BR> Scale this morning read 201.7pds an I could feel every pd of weight Mon, 1 Apr 2013 13:16:15 EST Planning my April... I've been going to the gym a few times a week, but now I have to step up my plans if I want to see some results. I've been looking into a good detox & cleansing program that won't last more than a week, if anyone know of a program PLEASE let me know. My eating has suffered greatly and I need to jump-start my body again so Detoxing & Cleansing will help that. <BR> <BR> My plan: workout 4-5 x's a week Cardio & Abs <BR> 2days of strength training (legs/thighs and back/arms) <BR> ... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 09:50:44 EST Starting Over Today I am starting over concerning my weight issues. <BR> Weigh In: 200.3pds Goal: 175pds <BR> I am committed to losing 25pds by May (My daughter Chrissy graduates from College and I want to look my best) <BR> <BR> With God's Help All Things are Possible! Mon, 4 Mar 2013 09:29:31 EST Random Ramblings Yesterday I took the day off work, trying to re-start my battery. I went to the gym an put in 2hrs(haven't done that since last summer) and hit Cardio hard 860calories. Then went home and baked salmon with black bean & corn salsa on top with a side of broccoli. <BR> <BR> I think it was just what I needed to get myself back on track. I didn't think about cleaning the house, washing clothes, cooking dinner, putting in a productive day at work - NOTHING stood in my way of Putting me First. Don'... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 09:57:48 EST Feb Time to set my goals for Feb: <BR> <BR> Less is More - Carbs & Sugar are my Enemy until I can get these under control I will be X'ing them out. <BR> <BR> This ankle is trying to Block my Workouts, but I won't let it. <BR> 2 days a wk I'll be taking a class /30mins Cardio <BR> Everyday is a Cardio Day 45-1hr/ abs, back, legs, arms (1 a day) <BR> Sauna after every workout <BR> <BR> Hair workout: <BR> wash 2x's a week I'm following the Nioxin System using Natural oils for moisturizing <BR> ... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 09:31:10 EST Nice Surprise to know that certain t-shirts & tops that I wear regularly are now big or huge on me. Case inpoint, I took out an exercise top(its a bright pink so I put it away for the summer) took it out this past weekend and its too big now lol. My exercise pants are all at least a size too big(my daughter told me to buy new ones because these are ridiculous - YES! My middle daugter sent me money to go buy new gym shoes, did that yesterday scored - Asics $20 bucks @ Jcpenny. So now my oldest daughter is t... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 11:13:20 EST Leaving the Scale alone until... Weigh in day: THURSDAYS... <BR> <BR> I've been getting on tha scale everyday trying to gauge how I'm doing. Which I know is unhealthy, I know what it can do to your mind(playing tricks, changing moods, etc.), yet there i was - smh! No more, I won't be getting on that thing until thursday, and whatever it says I'll try not to let it get me up/down because I will have workout - going hard, giving it my all. As long as I stick with the plan I've set up for myself the end result will be what I'v... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 09:14:27 EST Nobody made me, I did this on my own I got my behind on the scale this morning <em>40</em> smh because I did this to myself. NO one made me bake a cake on sunday and eat 3 slices <em>198</em> , no one made me make a pot of chili this weekend (even though it was healthy) an go to town by eating 3 bowls friday & saturday <em>198</em> . So I'm owning my mess and weight gain, thank god its not my weigh in day, otherwise I'd be a mess... so I've got a few days to work some of this off <em>231</em> <BR> <BR> I have to keep in t... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 08:55:52 EST I'm a Winner because: I chose to stay never give up on myself <BR> I keep coming back, even when I get knocked down <BR> Because the Devil IS a Lie <BR> I have it within me to WIN, An I'm gonna <BR> I'm done with complaining about my limitations, life is full of them but I'm an overcomer <BR> <BR> God made me who I am - and HE'S the altimate winner (to God be the Glory) <BR> <BR> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 10:05:58 EST Time It waits for No One; <BR> Is so precious <BR> Seems like we have it to do what we put off doing until later <BR> Is of the Essence; didn't know what that meant until I realized that IT WAS <BR> For me to put a plan together & work it <BR> To make the necessary changes if I want what I WANT <BR> <BR> Time <BR> <BR> I'll be making some changes to my blog very soon, right now I'm juggling too many balls & they all seem to be falling down on me. Trying to work a full time job; help take care of... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 09:14:25 EST Trying to Figure out, Why am I so sore? <BR> <BR> Disclaimer: this may be too personal for some reading ears. <BR> <BR> I have been so sore starting from the back of my thighs going to the top of my behind and everywhere in between (if you know what I mean). I could hardly sit down to use the washroom it hurt that bad. Well I believe the mystery has been solved: in running to the hospital for the past 10-12days straight there's a steep hill going up to the hospital entrance that on some days I ran up to others i... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 08:52:02 EST So much going on... Happy New Year to all: <BR> <BR> I've been going through alot, refuse to complain God Is Good All the Time. I was on vacation starting 12/22 - 1/3... And I'm so tired, an in NEED of a break/vacation. <BR> <BR> My Mom went into the hospital on the 22nd and she's still there - kidney failure, mild heart attack among a few other things; my father passed almost 2yrs ago so this situation is more than frightening. My husband Uncle passed away the 2nd - we are devasted, he was my favorite uncle, ... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 11:44:15 EST Holding On... That is my Mantra for the week. <BR> <BR> I thought I had more time to do my Christmas shopping ( I have 1 gift) smh. Although I planned my menu & grocery list, I haven't bought a Thang, lol. On top of all of this, The Christmas Partys have begun & I'm failing badly. I've worked out 1x this week, I did alot of walking yesterday, not sure if I'd consider it a workout. I have a few doctor appts for my teenagers that I cannot cancel. So my workouts have suffered this week; I feel like I'm slowl... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 15:56:27 EST Facing Myself... <img src=""> and the picture is not pretty. <BR> <BR> I stopped weighing myself for the month of Nov. and that was a big NO-NO! I'm one of those people that need to weigh in at least once a week (it helps keep me accountable)don't judge me, lol. Needless to say I've gained 4pds, when I should have lost those pds (lol), so I'm back to weighing in; and on a mission to lose 5pds before the New Year. Its challenging, but I know I can do it!... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 10:29:42 EST The Fight is with... <img src=""> ME. <BR> <BR> I'm in a place(mentally) now where the obstacles have been removed; yet here I stand/sit in limbo - all because I'm fighting myself. Making small-bad choices, not all the time but enough for me to not see progress only maintainance. <BR> NO MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<BR>!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Tue, 4 Dec 2012 10:21:50 EST Detox/Cleanse over, It was a really good program. I feel lighter, you can see that the toxins are still coming out in my face as well as my body. I can't say if or what amount of weight I've lost as TOM has shown up the day after the detox program was over. Not to get 2 personal, but TOM is very painful this time, not sure why maybe due to all the toxic waste leaving my body. <BR> <BR> I'm workingout regularly which is good I average 500cal per workout, with my injury that's pretty good. I'm still trying to get... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 12:53:43 EST Reporting in after Thanksgiving I gained .1 which is amazing after I think about all that I ate, for me the trick was to have small amounts of sweets. I also did alot of cooking which kept me on my feet alot of the time. <BR> I'm now doing a 7day cleanse/detox (on day 2) its going pretty good as well I'm going to the gym today I only plan on doing cardio with very little strength training. I don't want to over do it while I'm cleansing. <BR> All in all, my Thanksgiving was great!!!! Mon, 26 Nov 2012 15:19:30 EST Thanksgiving Is going to be really good, My girls will be home from College... so I'll have the entire family home, that hasn't happened since last Thanksgiving. <BR> Until that time I plan to workout 5 days a week an stick to my strict meal plan. I'm not fooling myself, come Thanksgiving I plan to enjoy all that I cook, bake an sip on (lol). Taking some extra pds off will insure my not overdoing it then. <BR> <BR> Ps.. I always do maintanence for the fall/winter months If I lose GREAT, but its all abo... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 12:17:21 EST Stressful last week, but... I had a very stressful last week. Chile if it wasn't one thang, it show was another (lol). But its come & gone never to return so I'm regrouping & pushing forward. <BR> I've planned to do nothing but Cardio this week - with a sprinkle of ab work. <BR> <BR> Sliding on my food choices have stopped as of today. I had a very healthy breakfast, followed by a even healthier lunch. Getting those veggies in with a high count of protein. <BR> <BR> I have my gym bag all ready to go afterwork with on... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 13:15:59 EST New Goals Hi SF, <BR> It's that time again... <BR> During the Fall/Winter my goal is usually the same - to MAINTAIN MY WEIGHTLOSS. I just feel like it gives me the opportunity to get comfortable in the "new body" I've achieved over the Spring/Summer WL. <BR> This time I will strive to take off last 20pds as well. I know its going to be hard because I'm starting to want the warm/hot meals already an its' not even as cold as it's going to get for the CHIcago. Still I plan to try. <BR> Update: <BR> I'm n... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 09:36:29 EST Birthday Wishes Thanks to all that left me a message. My birthday was nice! Anyone who knows me, knows I love Breakfast, so my baby took me to my favorite spot... <BR> <BR> the kids all called, I received a card, $$, songs left on vm I was treated to a late dinner & a movie...Most importantly I was blessed to see another day <BR> <BR> Mon, 29 Oct 2012 15:59:08 EST Ramblings First, my hair has broken off in several places, not sure what that's about - I'm not stressed, I'm taking vitamins on the regular, eating good & working out. I wouldn't have noticed except Saturday when I got my hair done at the shop my daughter stopped by & asked what was going on, as well my beautician said she was going to say something but my daughter beat her to it. Then this morning, I took down my wrap and was bumping the ends when I found 2 additional spots that I wasn't shown on Sat... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 15:35:27 EST Back on my Grid I kept going even though I wasn't really putting much effort into the workouts; and I defintely wasn't taking care with what I ate. Even still I managed to lose a pound or two. <BR> <BR> But now I have a new energy & desire to get back on my grind & get it done. <em>244</em> <em>104</em> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 11:45:40 EST Welcoming the Weekend This week has been everything I didn't need it to be ugh! So I am making the weekend be everything I want it to be, and its starting off on the right foot. I was mentioned in my sf blog, she lifted my spirits, and I'm happy for her epiphany(Ms. Queenchakalata). I'm hitting the gym tonight to get a good workout; my eldest is coming home for a few days (she now lives in TX) can't wait to see her and finally I'm pampering myself with hair & nails. <BR> <BR> Have an Awesome Wkend, I'm planning t... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 10:57:16 EST Blowning off Steam! I'm so very frustrated with my ankle situation to the point of feeling like things won't get better. I am still working out but not as hard as I have in the past, my motivation has taken a big hit. Not to mention this week I've eaten WHATEVER I wanted, the scale has shown up 1pd, not bad but not progressing either. I know what I need to do, how to do it too but like I say it all has come down to NOT being motivated to do it. <BR> <BR> I'm just going to keep going with the workouts and try t... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 11:12:06 EST October countdown to my Birthdate So i've been feeling a funny kinda way about my lack of progress. <BR> 1st I didn't have a goal to reach because I reached it before my vacation. <BR> 2nd I didn't know what I wanted my next goal to be, so I was in limbo. <BR> 3rd my ankle really started bothering me which slowed my workouts down to less than half <BR> 4th I lost my drive to keep pushing <BR> <BR> But I woke up this morning with my mind made up that I would keep going, not only keep going but to push myself to achieve my n... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 13:13:18 EST Right Now I'm at a Standstill... I'm on the fence about my progress. I believe I've hit a plateau,I'm putting in the work, but movement on the scale is not showing it. So what do I do, for the first time in my life I don't want to throw in the towel & give up on myself. Now that is something to be proud of; because in all past times I've done just that - Give Up! <BR> <BR> This weekend I'm going to evaluate what's going to be my next move, because before I take back a pound I'll add to my lose. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 10:38:07 EST Samuel Jackson ad is hiliarious Has anybody seen this? Its on Yahoo OMG blog... <BR> <BR> let me know what you think Thu, 27 Sep 2012 14:48:03 EST Just had to write about it Not even an hour ago a co-worker said to me " I didn't know who you were, your just melting away" I graciously said thanks for noticing, but inside I was like "YES" hard work is paying off. It helps to keep you motivated, this person has had their share of struggle I believe they said they lost 80pds so far, so they know the dedication it takes to get real results. <BR> <BR> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 12:02:29 EST What's a Girl to do? I've been fighting off this feeling of "what to do now" concerning my workouts. First my right ankle has swollen & become painful everyday for the last month or so. Now I've been fighting through with my workouts attempting to not let it bother me. It got so bad that I had to see a Doctor, so I did last week. <BR> <BR> Results: Severe P.T. Tendonitis translation the muscle that acts as the spring in your step is sprained & bruised, because I am flat footed & knock-knee'd it has made my dia... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 09:57:25 EST ? when is a loss a loss I was thinking this morning that ? because I ONLY lost .2 pds. It felt like I hadn't done anything worth talking about, especially since I'm trying to lose 10pds by my Birthday. But on my way to work I thought about all the hardwork I put in at the gym, how I ate healthier meals; you know what I earned the .2 so I'm saying <BR> <BR> <em>243</em> <em>244</em> <em>380</em> <BR> <em>386</em> because my change will come. <BR> <BR> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 10:06:17 EST See for yourself (its funny or scary) Morning SF, <BR> <BR> Well my 2days off did me a world of good. The tightening I was experience in my legs has subsided, I'm refreshed an ready for my next round. I really can't judge on how much I've lost because "TOM" has come upon my body to cause all kinds of problems (swelling, weight gain, cramps, and pain). So I won't get a good reading until the end of the week, by then I'll have put in another 4days of intense workouts - so we'll see. <BR> <BR> I did make it to my hairdresser an ... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 11:02:43 EST Random Thoughts Hey Fam, <BR> <BR> I'll be taking a few days off from working out, just giving my body time to adjust from all the hard workouts, 2 days. <em>403</em> <BR> I have a hair appt, your appearance is part of your confidence; and here lately I've had NONE. So I'm doing something about that this weekend. <BR> Finally, I know I can do better concerning my eating habits. I'll be working hard to do that this weekend as well, then carrying it over to the workweek. <BR> <BR> Have a Fantastic weekend Fri, 14 Sep 2012 10:28:10 EST