MSMOSTIMPROVED's SparkPeople Blog MSMOSTIMPROVED's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community My Three Positives Starting over requires me to keep reminding myself to look forward. It really is easy to fall into a slump of thinking of how much faster I walked, how many more sit-ups I could do in the past and this was much easier the last time. I appreciate the opportunity to remind myself of the positive accomplishments in such a short time: <BR> <BR> 1. Drinking water daily. There really was a time in the not so distant past that my water consumption was far less than wine. No imbibing during the work... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 10:40:35 EST New Orleans I love the Big Easy. It is my paternal family home. Whenever I go back, my family is always incredibly hospitable. This city is made for a foodie and I took full advantage of all she had to give. <BR> <BR> I knew this was going to be a challenge. My cousins will feed you, your momma, your auntie, and everyone in between. Butter and fat are main staples in EVERYTHING. Resistance is futile. I didn't want to set myself to fail so, I gave myself 2 rules: (1) move my body everyday and (2) drink m... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 18:53:00 EST Fat Disaster I've been focused on getting in my calories with proper nutrition. I am not going to live on carrot sticks and dry salad. I have tried to eat well-roundly and mostly at home. This is new for me. I only picked a few quick pre-packaged go to foods. <BR> <BR> This brings me to my FAT DISASTER. Of the pre-packaged foods, I have some fruit/veggie Popsicle bars. I bought Milano dark chocolate cookies in the 2 pack for better control my access to portions. For good measure, I have dried fruit and ... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 20:41:50 EST Overcoming Fear of Public Workout Last Tuesday I was all set to get in my workout while waiting for my son to get out of practice. I was dressed, remembered my headphones and even updated my playlist. However, I walked in the gym and froze when I saw all the other parents loitering in the halls. Plan busted. I'm not really shy but, since I've gained weight, I'm more conscious of everything. The idea of breaking out in squats in the hallway was sheer terror. I was really disappointed because I the old confident me would not... Thu, 3 Nov 2016 20:22:03 EST Fear of Public Workout I have to take my kid to basketball practice which gives me a solid hour and a half to focus on me. What a great time to get in a little extra fitness. I get dressed and put in my sneakers fully intending to get my work out done. Unfortunately, the basketball gym is packed with energetic kids running around. I didn't want to interrupt or distract the kids and coaches. There were parents milling about in the hall so, I didn't feel comfortable just starting my squats there. I think I'm goin... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 20:16:15 EST Slow and steady but not really I'm so lost in this new app. I like it but, I haven't got a flooooow yet. I'm still floundering but I'm not quitting yet. Pep talk: just do it!!!! Fri, 27 May 2016 22:46:43 EST So I Fell Off Time to start again. Cue music! Wed, 18 May 2016 22:56:22 EST The Color Run 3-2-1 Countdown I am totally excited that the Color Run is going down this Sunday at the Harbor. I don't think I am in any shape to run the whole thing but, I will move really fast. Most importantly, I will be completing this race with 2 of my best buddies while wearing AWESOME race swag! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I hope everyone has a healthy and active weekend. I sure am going to try my best! <BR> <BR> Ms Most Improved! <BR> <em>212</em> ... Fri, 16 May 2014 18:12:43 EST Trampoline Fun <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Oh man, I re <img src=""> <img src="">ally did it this time!!! I did the trampoline thing-ee Sun, 11 May 2014 18:34:24 EST Changing the conversation First, I must say I am really happy today. The scale gave me a little wink to let me know I am moving in the right direction. I have a million things to do but, I have a plan of action and I already got my morning walk run out of the way. It is was a little cloudy this morning with that it's gonna rain any minute sky but the temperature was perfectly cool for working up a sweat. <BR> <BR> As I was walk/running, a few thoughts came to mind where I had to challenge myself to change the conv... Fri, 9 May 2014 11:28:19 EST Scales- and other ways to measure up... 1. I finally decided to just jump on the scale this morning. It started with a real stern. " you ain't the boss of me" look followed by " please don't be awful" and lastly "I don't care what it says." <BR> <BR> I'm up. Considering I have spent 8-10 months of eating, drinking and being merry, this should be of no surprise. It wasn't as awful as I thought but nowhere near where I'd like to be. Sometimes ignorance really is bliss. <BR> <BR> 2. I had a revelation today. Whenever I am at my heal... Fri, 2 May 2014 23:33:30 EST Intuitive Eating I am suppose to use my intuition to guide my eating today. It would have been easier to track my steps to the bathroom as I have kicked the water consumption back into high gear. When I ask myself, "are you hungry" my first thought is I am ALWAYS hungry. If I am not hungry, I am thinking about what I am going to eat when I get hungry. <BR> <BR> Listening to my body to figure out when I am going to eat is going to take more than a day. For now, my focus is just to be consistent, drink water a... Thu, 1 May 2014 12:32:51 EST Great Awesome Spectacular & Wonderful News!! I silently wept while standing on the corner at the MVR as I watch her parallel park. She couldn't find the hazards lights. There is nothing more stressful than seeing your baby struggle and not be able to jump in and help make things all better. Today, it was sink or swim for my daughter as she left me all alone to take her driving test. <BR> <BR> She passed on the first try and now she can officially drive to school without a chaperone! Her grandma passed down her gently used car so she i... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 23:20:11 EST Spark Coach Activity- Long Term Goals I almost skipped my workout today. I got so busy at work that I didn't want to even take a potty break and I was drinking lots of WATER! So, as I think about my long term goals there is one central theme that comes to mind: BALANCE. <BR> <BR> 1. I will always put my health and fitness first. No short cuts and no breaks. It is a habit like Suzymobile taking a morning walk. It just gets done. <BR> <BR> 2. I will buy clothes because I like them and not because they hide unflattering body parts... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 00:00:56 EST Poem Scoot you stupid gremlin voice <BR> residing in my head <BR> I swear I don't have time for you <BR> your time with me is dead <BR> <BR> Today is for moving and grooving <BR> Getting my tummy tight <BR> You can not defeat me for <BR> I will win the fat fight <BR> <BR> BOO YAH!!! <BR> <BR> Ms Most Improved -- heading to bed so I can have another good day!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:06:58 EST I can walk! After 6 months of doing almost nothing, I have spent the last 3 weeks trying to move my body more. The first week was painful as you might expect. I could barely drive home from the gym and I crawled into the bed in sweaty gym clothes because I was to tired to bathe. Week 2 wasn't much better since I worked out sporadically. Happily, I can report I may be hitting my stride this week. <BR> <BR> Once again, I am craving my workout. Instead of summoning a kid to bring me food or drink to my of... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:55:42 EST My Do Over I have taken 206 days off from Sparking and I am officially back to my original highest weight. There wasn't any really reason I stopped. One day turned into a week and then into a month. You get the idea. <BR> <BR> At first I was depressed, sad, and embarrased that I let all my good habits fall by the wayside. This morning I decided either I permanently stay in my fat clothes and get used to barely making it up the steps or I get back on track. <BR> <BR> So here I am again. I love the new... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 12:54:16 EST Tsk Tsk Tsk I'm a firm believer in explanations don't excuse and excuses don't explain but, after being off the grid for nearly 8 weeks I should at least let you know I'm alive and well. I started using this Sonic Boom wellness tool through my company because there were all sorts of lucrative incentives attached. For a while, I tried to do my Spark and my Boom but, tracking on one website is hard enough to be consistent. Trying to do double tracking of food and fitness was stupid. I was completely overwh... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 11:10:52 EST Is It June Already So we're already into the month of June? Geez Louise, who knew. I am glad I am going to get another chance to do this thing over again. It's a little past my bedtime but, I wanted to pack my bag, catch up with my lovelies, and drink one last glass of water. <BR> <BR> I am listening to the rain and it is so very soothing. I am going to sleep knowing everything starts anew in the morning. <BR> <BR> Happy and healthy wishes dear Peppers! I am sending you only the best and brightest wishes for... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 22:03:34 EST Bonafide Meltdown I haven't done anything since last Friday. I don't know why. I feel really sad and I know I need to get it together but, I am having the hardest time. The crazy fitness lady has even started to check up on me. I think she might miss a little bit. <BR> <BR> I think I'm the saddest cheerleader ever. I am not doing what I was meant to do but, I don't know what my end game is. There are so many people that need employment and income that I am ashamed and saddened that I complain about my circu... Fri, 31 May 2013 15:29:27 EST OK Sue Me <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I ate cookies. I devoured way more Snickerdoodles and almond butter cookies than any human should dare. They were so sweet that I'm not sure I enjoyed them. The smell hooked me and my weakness sucked me in. I have avoided most temptation like the plague. Today I just threw in the towel. I wish I had a good excuse like a bad day or stress but this was plain ole greedy fat lady wants a cookie deal. <BR> <BR> So, th... Wed, 22 May 2013 22:24:28 EST Busiest Blog Ever <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> Without boring you to tears, I'd like to share a few highlights from May: I took the kid to get her license and for a round of laser tag. Both were scary. <img src=""> Then I got a shiny gold bathing suit for Mothers Day. <BR> <BR> I brave... Sun, 19 May 2013 19:03:10 EST Sweet 16 Not me silly! My baby girl will be 16 on Friday. Where did the time go? I am going to do the mommy/ daughter spa date tomorrow and then I will be forced to chaperone a gaggle of teenagers through dinner and laser tag way past my bedtime. Pray for my sanity and patience. <BR> <BR> On a more somber note, my spouse is off work for a whole week due to a bad foot. The doc's tentative diagnosis was degenerative arthritis and possibly gout. It is scary to see him wake up nearly beddridden overnight... Wed, 8 May 2013 22:35:08 EST Mini Triumphs I dragged myself out to gym for first bootcamp of the Spring season. It was hard as heck! I mean you take a couple of weeks off and all your muscles melt. OK those cheesy goodies and wine might have contributed some but let's just leave the past in the past. <BR> After a killer bootcamp session complete with basketball drills, jump rope, stability ball, and resistance band torture err ummmm fun, fat burning fitness session, I squished all of these jiggly bits into a swimsuit for hydrospin. Mr... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 22:18:07 EST Spark Coach Activity- Accomplishments Today's activity is to write down accomplishments so I can focus on the positive. This was easy (sorta) since I'm doing pretty good this week. <BR> <BR> I started this week with a commitment to refrain from all adult beverages during the weekday. What happens Monday morning? 2 bottles of wine from Sonoma arrive, my co-worker delivers a bottle of beer from Germany as a souvenir along with a ram horn to drink from and I got invited to 2 Happy Hours. Seriously, sometimes its safer for me to si... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 09:49:26 EST The Comeback Kid <img src=""> <BR> I have been on the road for 3 weeks straight. Do you know how fat and unhealthy one can become when you live out of a suitcase for 3 weeks? Trust me, you don't want to know. <BR> <BR> I started off strong and somewhere between time zones and flights, I caught the "all you can eat" bug. She's a nasty little bugger and hard to shake once you're infected. After freezing my buns off in Anchorage (very lovely place aside f... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 12:19:07 EST On the road again I made it out of wine country without doing to much damage. The hardest part was trying not to graze on the snacks at tastings. Nobody does veggies-- it's all cheese, nuts, and fruit that's been dried or jellied. Thursday was our grand finale complete with a limo to Chateau Montelena and Domaine Carneros for wine tasting and dinner at JoLe. We planned to go over by an hour with the car service but, it was more like 3 extra hours. Time Flies when you are having fun. Fortunately, I have only a... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 16:02:51 EST Wine Country I am blessed to spend the week in Sonoma with my girlfriends. I missed checking in yesterday which will blow my "consistency" streak. There are so many places to fail here that my goals are modest. I will be satisfied if I continue to drink my water, workout and eat 5 fruits and veggies daily. <BR> <BR> I did pretty good today. I went on a long walk, ran around a vineyard and led a mini-bootcamp for the girls. Lots of water but way to much cheese. Although I'm pretty pleased with my moderat... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 03:06:39 EST Mind Over Matter <img src="">I decided I was going to have fun in my spin class today. I bathed in my daughter's fancy Bath & Body Works gel, applied my fav Ruby Woo red lipstick and dressed in my solid gold leotard and black work out pants with the gold stripe. I wanted to feel like I was going to a disco party before work. I made a special playlist of songs that remind me of vacation and teeny bikinis. <BR> <BR> It worked. Everytime I had to stand up ... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 15:12:57 EST Black History (it ain't just for black folk) <img src=""> <BR> My son was Bass Reeves, the first Deputy US Marshall who was also known for his bushy mustache. He was a sharp shooter that escaped slavery and became a Deputy US Marshall. His character was the subject of the recently released movie Django. Wed, 20 Feb 2013 22:36:41 EST Quick Update on my 1st spin class.... I thought I was going to die and I was only 8 minutes in. At 8 mins 30 secs I was sure I was going to keel over and die of a heart attack or from being stabbed in the chest by gear shift after being knocked unconscious after passing out and hitting head on steel handle bars. Power through it. You can do it! That worked until 9 mins 45 secs or so. <BR> <BR> I had so much sweat in my eyes, I could barely read the digital screen to be sure I was in the right gear. I wanted to cry. I am a spi... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 22:21:15 EST Spark Coach Activity- 2morrow meal plan I am not a planner. I really just go with the flow in all things. Sometimes it works and sometimes it's an epic failure. Sadly, being disorganized and scattered presents many challenges beyond just meal planning. I've taken fancy organization classes that seem to motivate me for a little while but, I always seem to fall back into procrastinating and failing to plan. <BR> <BR> During my most successful Spark moments, I can credit my laser focus on being more organized. Planning my gym time, p... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 22:29:04 EST Pah-Tay Time <img src=""> <BR> I love birthdays-- especially my own LOL!!! I start at the end of January and roll str8 thru March. I'd probably go until April if my husband would indulge me. I always have fun but, this year has been truly one of the best. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I had lunch with one of my mentees, shimmied into Downtown DC and had pre-dinner cocktails at POV on top of the W... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 01:03:51 EST Pic Journey- (very interesting if I say so myself) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I got married a long time ago. I feel like I've been married all my life. I met my DH when I was barely 17 [insert Rick James] and we've been going strong ever since. I know most of you will never believe it but, I can't help but be honest sometimes. On our 1st date, I told him I like to eat and I wasn't about to pretend I didn't. A few months later, we were at a buffet and he told me to drink more Pepsi so I coul... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 23:51:33 EST Note To Self Look here Missy, the next time the holiday season rolls around, I'm goin' to need you to hold it together a little better. There is no such thing as taking a weekend or 2 off and getting right back in it. Yes, that may work for normal people but daaahling-- you are special. <BR> <BR> One scoop of ice cream leads to one cookie, one more cocktail here then taking a day off from tracking there, and then its all down hill. Your bad habits are like that comfy old tee-shirt with the holes and ta... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 16:48:09 EST More Revelations I just spent 7.5 hours getting my hair done. Let's just say I had plenty of time for reflection. I went to 2 water classes this morning and my team mates missed me. Of course they gave me a hard time about my hiatus but all in good fun. We worked so hard but laughed the entire way. I even rewarded myself with a hottub break. Then I parked my very weary hind parts in a salon chair. Many hours later, I'm more sore than when I started but, I did pretty good today. Here are my revelations- nothin... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 21:24:26 EST This is a message of HOPE <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A very dear friend gave me this card in 2011. It's a cute curly blonde haired boy in a diaper with cowboy boots. It claims he grew up normal, got married, and had kids. It was a message of hope. <BR> <BR> <BR> I just had a real good cry-- you gotta have one every once in a while. Now, I'm feeling hopeful. I think that rose soap has my name on it and I shall take a nice dip in the shower. I might even get my hai... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 17:08:32 EST Stupid Spark Coach I know all you fat girls-- { don't send me angry mail. It's really just me talking to myself and not a personal attack on anyone else and their weight} are logging your food and working out like it's going out of style so I'm writing this blog for me and all the rest of us as I have been instructed by SparkCoach. I ate 2 slices of pizza today. I didn't feel good so, I didn't go to the grocery store. I also did not workout-- no excuses. I just didn't feel like it. I didn't even run this morn... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 17:22:40 EST Hmmm I think I am going to be OK <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Monday was a really bad day. I got a flat tire, the spare tire was flat, the first tow truck couldn't help because the back tire was flat and my car is front wheel drive, the 2nd tow truck puts my car on the flatbed BUT, then my husband's battery died while we waited. You can't make this stuff up! I finally get on the road but, my morning was shot. <BR> <BR> What in the world does this have to do with weight-los... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 21:50:41 EST Slacker Reform I have been a slacker since Christmas Eve. I went to bootcamp (land & then water) today. I was thrilled!!! I sweat so much I started to slip in my planks. I even checked in with my Spark Coach. I revisited my old check ins and got completely reinvigorated! It turns out I fail a lot in this diet game but THANKFULLY continue to be successful. My daily notes were filled with daily failures. However, the few positive comments made me happy to read. From now on, I will continue to remind myself to... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 04:33:31 EST Let's Get to Work <img src=""> <BR> I was invited to the White House today. I am a HUGE supporter of President Barack Obama and Michelle, the political process (for better or for worst) and I truly believe that we can learn from each other even if I don't initially support your position. <BR> <BR> I have been active in the Student Gov't since elementary school. I was chosen to participate in the HOBY Foundation in JHS and lost my first race for office ... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 20:06:54 EST What's a Mommy To Do- Kid Sneaking Food Dilemma I have a very energetic and lovable (most days at least) 8 yr old boy. He's chunky for his age and his eating habits sadly mimic his parents worst eating habits. I've been modeling better eating habits and gotten him involved in more physical activities such as soccer, swimming and most recently my morning bootcamp. <BR> <BR> Last week, I found protein bar wrappers and juice boxes stashed behind his bed. Even scarier, today he denied eating the last 2 snack packs we bought for his lunch. Th... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 17:56:20 EST Bootcamp & Me... I survived the first week of free torture at bootcamp. My trainer sent a lovely text about all the "Amazing New Workout Moves" she's going to add to our program. She wants to do a 90 transformation program starting on January 1. I told her to slow her roll because I have to get through Decmeber first and I'm not sure I'll even have arms or legs left given the fact she's trying to work them off! <BR> <BR> I plan to go back tomorrow morning and lucky me-- she's moved the time from 5:30 am to 5... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 19:06:32 EST Bo Jackson Lost the blog where I poured out my heart. God looks out for fools and babies. Tonight I get to pick one. <BR> <BR> Bo really does know. Sat, 8 Dec 2012 22:39:57 EST EEK!!! Spark Coach Plateau Blog The scale is not moving. Luckily, my charming personality and good looks are favorable enuff to keep professional help on the payroll for cheap :) My trainer keeps suggesting shakes but, I need to bite my cals.She's a vegan which is totally cool but every thing is not for everybody. I am most afraid of being lactose intolerant and unable to contol my flatulence with milk protein shake. <BR> <BR> not sexy <BR> <BR> <em>15</em> Thu, 6 Dec 2012 13:28:02 EST Trials and Triumphs I loathe trying to Spark from my cell phone. Its slow, responding to blogs is a chore bcuz my typing skills suck and the Spark Wheel doesn't spin. On Mon & Tues I am forced to use the cell phone because I am the office. HOWEVER: Wed, Thurs & Fri I can enjoy my Spark time at home!!! OH YEAH Sparklers! <BR> <BR> In addition to aqua bootcamp on Saturday, I'm trying land boot camp for the first time this week. My trainer is offering it for FREE M-W-F so, I have to go. It is one of the harderst t... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 12:51:16 EST You Can't Make This Stuff Up Me: Sir there is only 1 shoe in the box. <BR> Dude: Yeah, that's how it was in the back <BR> Me: <em>40</em> Um, I'm going to need 2 shoes <BR> Dude: OK, I'll check. <BR> <BR> This is yet another reason I shop online. Trying to get 2 water shoes shouldn't be this hard. Tue, 4 Dec 2012 13:20:07 EST Hotter than sliced bread I survived the crazy weekend, Soccer games, dance practice , exercise guru, gun range shooting and Zumba dancing! I went to boot camp at the butt crack of dawn and stayed for hydro spin class. Well it wasn't easy but there are a few things I learned about myself. <BR> I have an uncanny ability to square my shoulders and lean back into a very commanding walk. I am the hottest thing since sliced bread plays like a number one record in my head. <BR> This is not a boastful declaration. This is m... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 20:59:36 EST Got to get in bed QUICK!!! Holy Smokes Batman! Its 10:18 pm which is just a smidge over my weekend bedtime of 10PM and I just have to write this blog and sprint to my bed before I screw up this week's success: <BR> 1. Tracked food daily (no cheating...not that I would ever cheat myself... well... not on purpose- sometimes I just forget and then when I remember the next day I forgive myself and start anew) <BR> 2. Ate within my calorie range every day since Sunday. I don't think I've done that since I've started. <BR> 3... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 22:41:00 EST I can't believe I had another revelation First, let me thank you for all the get well wishes. I am feeling so much better. I'm even nearing my pre-festivities weight. This renewed focus is actually showing some positive results. Try as I might, I'm still secretly a tramp when it comes to that stupid scale. She's like the frenemy I keep around so I can show her I'm matured and sophisticated and she's still stuck in the bathroom with her square figure. <BR> <BR> So--here's my revelation which I am very exicted to share.... <BR> I am ... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 15:48:16 EST