MZMEGGS's SparkPeople Blog MZMEGGS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I Rocked My Resolution Sparkpeople's #RockYourResolution campaign was a great way to kick off 2014. I decided to rock my own resolution by being SURE I met my activity goals for January. <BR> <BR> The running group I belong to issued a challenge in January to run/walk/jog 40 miles from January 6th-31st. I'm happy to report I finished the challenge with a total of 50.11 miles. (My total for January as a whole was 62.2 miles.) <BR> <BR> The January "Get Out There" challenge motivated so many people to move that a c... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 15:10:11 EST Slow and Sometimes Not-So-Steady ... But I'm still in the race. <BR> <BR> 2013 was a whirlwind of a year for me, mostly in a very positive way. I was so busy living life that I didn't check into SP as often as I should have. I wanted to go ahead and post a look back for both myself and maybe for others who've struggled with being at what seems like a standstill as far as the scales are concerned. <BR> <BR> What I accomplished in 2013: <BR> <BR> *I went back to work after being a stay-at-home mother for eight years. Four m... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 08:40:44 EST Birthday Blessings! Today's my 35th birthday and what a gift I've given myself over the last six months! <BR> <BR> Six months have gone by since I joined this site. This time losing the weight has been a true lifestyle change rather than a diet. While I would love to drop around 80 pounds in six months like I did back in 2007, the reality of maintaining my weight has to be handled one day at a time with changes I can live with FOREVER. Back then I was working out sometimes as much as 3-4 hours a day. I took tim... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 12:11:54 EST It's a Choice I haven't blogged in a while and I don't have much to say today except this: <BR> <BR> I have been up and down on the scales this past few months but there's one thing I know - THIS IS FOREVER AND I WILL NOT QUIT! <BR> <BR> I may have Multiple Sclerosis and the elderly ladies at the park may out-walk me just about every day I hit the walking trail, but I refuse to give up. I will make healthy choices. I will track my calories. I will walk when I am able. When I am not able, I will know that... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 08:39:17 EST Never Give Up If you have 5 minutes to spare, or even if you don't... you NEED to watch this video on YouTube! <BR> <BR> From the video's description: "Arthur Boorman was a disabled veteran of the Gulf War for 15 years, and was told by his doctors that he would never be able to walk on his own, ever again." <BR> <BR> Arthur Boorman proved those doctors wrong. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Being given the diagnosis of Probable Multipe Sclerosis in early 2011 almost took me d... Fri, 4 May 2012 11:11:53 EST I "Can" Do This! I've been looking for ways to stay motivated since I know this journey is never-ending (and sometimes butt-kickingly frustrating to the point of tears). <BR> <BR> Last week I was unloading groceries and thought, "I wonder how many of these little cans I've lost in the last couple of weeks?" I was astounded to see that my weight loss since joining SP already amounted to the equivalent of TEN cans of food! So I've carved out a special spot in my kitchen to build an "I CAN" pyramid to visually ... Mon, 26 Mar 2012 09:17:11 EST You Gotta Do What You Gotta Do... Confession: I used to keep a bag of powdered sugar in my cabinet so I could mix up a quick "fix" of butter cream icing when I wanted to snack. Sugar has been my drug of choice pretty much all my life. It used to be the thing that made everything better. Not anymore. <BR> <BR> Tonight, my snack is made up of fruits and veggies, and I'm topping it off with eight ounces of skim milk. <BR> <BR> If I'm gonna give up my nasty sugar fix for something uber healthy that I'm not used to, I'm gonna m... Thu, 8 Mar 2012 19:40:24 EST Third Time's a Charm, Right? I've done this before. Twice. <BR> <BR> I've gotten within 40 pounds of my goal weight twice in my life... and then just given up. <BR> <BR> I weighed 260-ish in high school. My senior year I lost about 50 pounds and kept it off for about three years... I grew up a bit, got engaged, moved away from home for the first time and then it all tanked when my fiancé left me in a cloud of dust. The weight slowly crept back on, bit by bit. <BR> <BR> By age 22 I had regained about 20 of the pounds t... Tue, 6 Mar 2012 10:35:21 EST