MYSPECIALKS's SparkPeople Blog MYSPECIALKS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I see spring! I hear the birds starting to chirp and the daylight lasting mind is wandering to long walks outdoors...... Spring is in sight! <BR> Unfortunately- winter virus' had its hold on me for a while. The belly bug had torn through my workplace. It put me out of commish for walking for a week,,but I am back on track! Quick way to lose a few pounds...but I'd rather sparkk it off!!! Thu, 19 Feb 2009 06:16:16 EST wow Its working!! its really working!! <BR> I stepped on the scale and i am down 9 pounds since I started back! <BR> I feel so energetic sitll! <BR> I am quite proud of my self..A good friend of mine is promising a reward when i hit ten- a non edible reinforcement!! <BR> I am so happy and excited- it feels great to be getting back on track! Mon, 19 Jan 2009 11:32:17 EST keeping it up! Ohhhhhh...This will be a rough week for me- 3 birthdays in the family- 2 in my very own house!!! We will dine out tonight- for DD's birthday- and again next week for husbands. I need to keep focus- I need to be here on the site- to remember meal at a time...if I stick to that I can and do lose....Need to get some batch cooking going as well...... Thu, 15 Jan 2009 10:10:51 EST They noticed! I had 2 frineds notice over the weekend that I am trimming down..granted its only about 5 pounds..but Ya know what??? They noticed! It felt great! I can't wait to lob off another five!!!! I am staying on track pretty well...and have lots of great Spring time activities to look forward i just have to keep my focus through the blah...winter! Mon, 12 Jan 2009 13:27:36 EST Energy Wow! Since getting back on my SP regime for the past few energy level is what i know form this is...those toxic things..cookies, chocolate....that I was consuming...are NOT good for me!! At least not in the careless manner I was consiming them in!!! I had such great energy this weekend!!! I stayed up late both nights, yet managed to be full of energy both weekend days Gosh- what a GREAT feeling!!!!!!!!!!!! Mon, 5 Jan 2009 11:31:37 EST Rang in 2009..and rang it in well! yeah me!!! I celebrated new years eve..and remained healthy! I made sure to have a light dinner, and be the one to bring the veggie tray and FF dip to the party- I also brought along my new gadget- my martini mixer....It was great fun to create pineapple upside down cake martinis for everyone at the party- I drank 2 myself(106 cals) in one I used extra fresh pineapple juice- to ensure less alcohol! I did GREAT! yesterday morning I felt healthy and sluggishness form overeating of ov... Fri, 2 Jan 2009 10:19:58 EST Time's marching on! That Rocks! Every year I look forward to the next..changes, excitement,travel.....and every year- believe it or not I look forward to getting another year older! Starting at SP...was a new chapter in my life..not because i was that overweight, but because it signified the beginning of me taking care of me ..and often putting myself first! So....2009..BRING IT ON! 43 will be my best year yet! And I will be 15- 20 pounds lighter! <BR> <BR> <em>253</em> Wed, 31 Dec 2008 11:59:16 EST I did it! Day one ..back on sp and I tracked all meals..stayed within range..and feel great today! I am so happy to be back- today I will search for a motivational pic that i will hang on my computer at work...yesterday i shopped for healthy foods and snacks, and supplies for 2 sp recipes- one i will make tonight! Tue, 30 Dec 2008 06:55:55 EST How did I let this happen? I recently stood on line at stop and shop...and saw a tabloid headline...with Oprah's chubby & skinny photos.....the headline-"how did i let this happen"? I could come up with a million whys....that Hiatal hernis I was diagnosed with, bloating my belly, going back on the pill- instant 10 lbs, the stomach virus-couldn't walk for a few weeks with know EXCUSES! I know now...I need to reverse the trend...I don't like myself like this..I still look good- afterall I am tall,,the weig... Mon, 29 Dec 2008 06:45:26 EST back again! I may have strayed..but I need to come back! Sooooooo...why not today? Sat, 13 Dec 2008 08:38:37 EST Blog 33 Although I haven't had time to hit sp site as often as I want..I am still sticking with my healthy lifestyle..I would still love to drop a few..It will happen..right now maintaining with esting right & walking a lot is working pretty well..would just love to loosen up the summer digs a little..some of the pants are a tad tight! <em>9</em> Thu, 15 May 2008 07:14:18 EST blog32 Need to keep my visuals going!!! Its been about 2 years since I decided to change my life & become a healthier person. Creeping up on my 42nd birthday...41 was an awesome year..can't wait to see what 42 brings!!! <BR> I am getting back on the train..walks just about every day & super healthy eating! It feels so good! Still have the winter 5-10 to shed..but i know I can do that! Just have to be consistent! <em>47</em> Fri, 11 Apr 2008 06:43:52 EST 313st Blog...coming back! I need to remind myself...Summer is around the corner... <BR> This winter has been hard...I was hit by bug after bug..putting a decent crimp in my exercise program...I need to come fully back to SP healthy living..or I don't stand a chance! <BR> So I am here to say..I'm coming back!!!! <BR> Mon, 25 Feb 2008 08:07:27 EST 313st Blog...coming back! I need to remind myself...Summer is around the corner... <BR> This winter has been hard...I was hit by bug after bug..putting a decent crimp in my exercise program...I need to come fully back to SP healthy living..or I don't stand a chance! <BR> So I am here to say..I'm coming back!!!! <BR> Mon, 25 Feb 2008 08:06:57 EST Blog 30 Well, I continue to chase away the winter blahs! Its going Ok. I think i did well during the holidays, and now i am doing fairly well- walking a lot and eating the right really has become a HABIT!! Great habit! It fewels good! Fri, 25 Jan 2008 07:21:19 EST Blog 29 Well in Jan it will be 2 years since sp entered my life! It has been a struggle the past few weeks- I am not checking the scale- but i am certain I have gained- I have just been overwhelmed by the holidays- Dec 26 is a new beginning for me!!! This week I haven't walked- too much to do- I am using lunch hour to shop or get errands done- it is what it is!!! Wed, 19 Dec 2007 07:01:50 EST Blog 28 I have really been so busy that I allowed SP to take a bit of a back seat- I am now less busy- its time to prioritize! I think those old obnoxuious pounds are creeping on!!! Gotta chase them away! <BR> I still log on every day but have found some other sites not related to health and wellness to take up too much of my time- time to give sp back the place in my life it deserves! Mon, 12 Nov 2007 17:28:27 EST BLOG 27 Wow! Fall is definitely uponus! Sxchool is in ful session(girls are both sick thanks to being back at school!!! Ughh!!!) <BR> I am doing Ok- a bit of a challange to walk as much- but I am trying- had 4 long walks over the weekend!!! Mon, 15 Oct 2007 06:52:44 EST Blog 26...Its time! Time to get back on track- the end of summer/back to school has been busy- I am living on the edge...edge of sanity! LOL <BR> Iyt really is time to batton down the hatcghes & get back into sp full swing! Wed, 12 Sep 2007 07:07:46 EST Blog 25!!! Blech --- I am not happy with myself! OK- so it all starts that this is my bad time of year- August gets busy- I slow down on walking, the weather gets bad, I slow down more, I go to hershey park, bring chiocolate home, have unstructured weekends, eat poorly, Ughh!!! Slow down on posting & visiting SP....its not good..I know what i need to do, I need to get back & journal every day, I need to exercise every day...walk at least!!! The scale hit me like a ton of bricks today- pounds come back on way too quickly!!! I need to pull my... Mon, 27 Aug 2007 06:58:48 EST Blog worst time of year! Gosh I dislike this time of year- my favorite season is winding down...I always know..August 1st...the crickets start chirping & the lazy carefree days of summer are coming to an end! Just don't like it! But to put it in a positive light, the routine(hectic & crazy) will begin, and the weather will cool enough for some intense walking..on my lunch hour & in the evening! <BR> I already know I am taking on a lot for the fall..I will be Team Mom(thats started already) for my daughter's cheer tea... Thu, 9 Aug 2007 07:01:26 EST blog23-Vacation time! Gearing up for my annual trip to Sanibel/Captiva. I really love this trip- I love the beach- I love that there is really nothing to do! Last year I was a sparker and I used the gym every morning. This year I plan on doing the same. I also plan on getting a facial and a seaweed srap...I can't wait!!!! <BR> I think I will also rent a bike to explore the islands as well- I have always wanted to do that! <BR> ON the down side- I am going through a tough time because it will be the 5 year annivers... Tue, 17 Jul 2007 06:15:05 EST Blog 22- been a long time! Oh boy- its been too long since I last blogged! I had been doing really well- walking twice a day, eating well- really just maintaining and firming up what I have- but the summer challange I face every year is starting to get the better of me- eating what I shouldn't & too much of it..on top of a little summertime inndulgence of a few drinks here & there! I am promising myself to start getting back on track TODAY!!! It just doesn't feel good the other way! Wed, 11 Jul 2007 06:20:52 EST Blog 21...lucky blog! I am still hanging in! I am really back on track feels great! I am taking advantage of the nioce weather and walking a lot- I am feeling pretty good- would love to drop about 5 and continue to firm up....I walk avary day now as opposed to my 3 x a week- I walk mostly every lunch hour at the local beach boardwalk..and at night for at least an hour with a is doing me a world of good! I just feel so in control- and I love how that feels! Wed, 13 Jun 2007 07:03:44 EST Blog 20 I am back! With 7 extra pounds! I am hitting the pavement hard & getting back to healthy eating- I hope by this time next week the 7 are gone! Wed, 30 May 2007 06:55:10 EST Blog 19......escape from reality i am doing well SP wise...But my mind has been whirling the past few weeks....nothing I can really get in to....but it is amazing how one event, one person, one circumstance can set your life in a its good that I am getting ready to make an escape....I'll pack up this weekend to head to FL,to my sister & Mom..with my girls to go on our Girls trip....3 nights on a cruise ship where i won't know anyone but my own family..... <BR> It will be some good thinking time...Maybe ... Fri, 18 May 2007 07:06:53 EST BLOG 18.....everythings green! Well..I have just entered my faviorite time of year! With the warmer weather I am walking nearly every day & feeling pretty fit & toned! i have a ways to go- but it feels great to be out there! <BR> In 2 weeks i will be cruising in Fl. The clothes will be minimal & bathing suit a must- so Its definitely crunch time! Almost hard to believe how much a part of my life sp has become! it has helped me so much! Sat, 12 May 2007 07:35:10 EST Blog bathing suit! OK- I think its time to get Jammin! <BR> OI ordered a hot pink- fuscis bikini yesterday w/ a nice pair of cover up pants... <BR> Its really nice..but will look good only on a fit bod! <BR> It is time to get really serious! <BR> Cruise time is in approx 4 weeks..eventhough its aladies only trip for us..I still want to look smokin'! Mon, 30 Apr 2007 06:48:05 EST blog16 Maybe its true...exercise really is the factor that gets me losing! <BR> Now that the weather is getting milder, and I can throw in a few extra walks, I am starting to see the #s drop. It has been so frustrating- I could eat like a saint..but the scale wouldn't mnove, the frustration would set in, I would snack, and i would gain! Now the extra walks, take up time, away form food & burn calories,,,, Fri, 20 Apr 2007 07:06:55 EST Blog 15 This week....Went to a taping at the West Babylon HS a few evenings ago of Rachael Ray! Our district is the only district in NYS partnered w/ national healthy alliance ( program, and rachael did a segment last night! I was invited to attend the taping- show will air 4/ was really interesting- focusing on how families & kids can eat healthier! I got a second to speak w/ the allaiance rep & told her about Spark people..hopefully she will check out the s... Fri, 13 Apr 2007 06:55:29 EST blog 14...newness! OK- this is new! Woke up to a new spark format! I am in a tizzy..can't find the wheel! Whats so special about it- It really doesn't "do" anything...I just spin it every day! if I can't find it I'll get over it..I guess much like I can get through any change- including healthy changes! I don't REALLY need those cadbury mini eggs- but I have them every year- by the maybe this year I will change that- buy only one bag....we' "good" am I at changing???? Thu, 5 Apr 2007 07:14:02 EST Blog 13...Lucky blog? Still plodding along- kinda maintaining- I'd like to be losing! <BR> I keep thinking- once it gets nicer..I'll be able to be exercising more- but it hasn't stayed nicer for long enough tobe consistent w/ "more'. <BR> I am hoping to stay in control the upcoming week- with the easter candy! Still haven't purchased my favorite- i have had the bag in my hand many a time- but have put it back down- i will buy one bag before easter candies are off the shelf- just as a treat! Mon, 2 Apr 2007 08:57:58 EST Blog 12 ........BIG HUGE SIGH!!!!!!! I just don't knowe what is wrong herte! i stick to my healthy eating habits, I exercise, but I can't lose! I want to....whats wriong with me???? I feel it must be something I am doing or not doing....I have even resisted buying my favorite easter candy up to this point- thats BIG for me!!!I am doing healthy the healthy way- I swear? Whats wrong? UI have to figure this out!!!!! <BR> Big huge sigh! Mon, 26 Mar 2007 07:20:39 EST BLOG 11 Its TIME!!! <BR> I am staying the same - time to jumpstart- I have added weights back in- slow but steday- at least i can firm it up a bit- But I really want to shoot to lose 8-10! Thu, 15 Mar 2007 07:12:51 EST BLOG 10 As I plod along..I realize I need the missing ingredient ...I need that last little thing that is going to get me moving towards loss agian..but what is it? I truly can't find t- I don't know!!!! I am maintaining....maintaininmg some of what I originally lost thats better than putting it all back on- but not good enough- still searching! Wed, 28 Feb 2007 06:23:22 EST blog 9 Well..a stomach virus certainly does wonders to jumpstart weight loss....I have been semi down with a bug this week- not having a heck of an appetite 7 being half scared to eat! <BR> I am hoping to get back on the treadmill today & resume normal healthy eating....I am realy ready to shed the pounds & tone up for summer!!! Fri, 16 Feb 2007 06:54:43 EST Blog 9 I know..Boring with the numbering of the blogs- but usually I have no philosophical thoughts in my head tyo wruiite about- I just ramble! <BR> I got back on track..mostly- exercised as planend last week, drank my water, eliminated the chocolate...but That dang ice cream keeps calling my name- I have to start buying the flavors I don't <BR> I'll continue to valiantly chase away the winter blahs, and do do my best to lose- its hard- not as easy as it was a year ago when I started SP-... Sun, 11 Feb 2007 07:48:25 EST Blog 8 Its one year for me at SP! I am proud of my accomplishment of just sticking with a healthier state of mind for the year! I am also a little frustrated after the holidays & my recent vacation saw the return of some of the habits I tried to shed, and some extra pounds- I really need to get started again....I need to sit down & decide how to go about it!!! Wed, 31 Jan 2007 06:51:49 EST BLOG 7 Trying ...still get the hang of blogging!! It isn't easy!! I am vacation bound next week- need to mentally prepare to use the gym and keep control of what I eat- Or I will come back larger- I'd love to just come back the same!!! We will be doing plenty of walking at Disney- but the cruise part will be a challange!! Tue, 9 Jan 2007 06:59:14 EST Blog 6 Feeling blah- BUT still committed to getting back on track w/ Spark! <BR> I am staying away from cakes cookies & ice cream..I think if I kept going at the rate I was for th holidays I would be 5 pounds heavier- so even if the scale isn't nose diving- I am STILL doing the right thing- day by day! Fri, 5 Jan 2007 06:03:21 EST BLOG 5 !The 1st of 2007! Hi! <BR> Blog number 5! I am slowly getting the hang of this! <BR> I am back in a serious way! I need to lose the holiday punds- last week one of my clients askedme if I was expecting! UGHH! I guess 8 or so pounds can do that! <BR> I am on track- back in my healthy routine & eating right!!! Wed, 3 Jan 2007 07:07:27 EST Blog 4 ...Ho ho ho Hi blog world! <BR> Still hard getting the hang of blogging! <BR> Christmas is upon us- love it for the family & kids- but can't wait for it to be over eating wise! <BR> bah humbug- too much good food & merriment! <BR> 2007 here I come! Fri, 22 Dec 2006 07:21:12 EST Blog 4 Still a new adventure- this blogging! <BR> In a way I almost don't know what to say! <BR> I guess I should be proud of myself for sticking on this site- even if my lifestyle isn't perfect -its a lot better than it has been in past times! <BR> Blog 4- there i did it...and I am still going strong on SP! Mon, 11 Dec 2006 06:45:24 EST blog3 I'm tryiing- I keep forgetting to blog- creature of Habit? I guess so! <BR> I am peddling through the week- the weekdays remain easier for me- its the weekend & off days of parties & festivities that get me! Natural I guess. Frustrating too! <BR> My Mom is up from Fl. Of course there is not enough time to spend with her- I'll do my best! <BR> Thats all one can do right? Tue, 5 Dec 2006 06:28:35 EST blog day 2 Here i torn between blogging & my community journal..guess I'll do both for a while! <BR> I am slightly back on track after the long weekend. I need to make a date with the grocery store tommorow- need to stock up on the GOOD stuff! Tue, 28 Nov 2006 07:04:01 EST The 1st official jump to THE BLOG This has been a hard transition for me- I was perfectly content posting in my little journal! I have never blogged before, nor did I think I ever would! <BR> I promised myself that afdter Thanksgiving i would start the community team requirement of blogging. so here I am. blogging...Ii think! Am I doing it right? if I am not i guess I will learn how to do it right. Thats enough for today..maybe more tommorow. to be continued..... Mon, 27 Nov 2006 06:39:47 EST A special k day My "journal entries can be found here! Fri, 17 Mar 2006 10:57:07 EST