MZPERSEVERANCE's SparkPeople Blog MZPERSEVERANCE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Alternative Medicine….HMMMM Well, I have decided to give ALTERNATIVE medicine a shot. I have been struggling with my Thyroid and traditional doctors for many years. My blood work shows NO issues, but the NODULES in my throat tell a very different story. Due to these conflicting results, I have been left to struggle with YO-YO weight gain, low energy, the whole NINE. I have managed the mood swings with SELF TALK and 5-HTTP on occassion, but that doesn’t ward off the low energy or the cyclical weight gain. Anyone who ... Wed, 22 May 2013 08:47:35 EST Peachtree Road Race Lottery Winner Yep, yep, I got selected once again... <BR> <BR> I will be doing a <em>365</em> on the 4th of July. <BR> <BR> As I have stated on more than one occasion, I am definitely not a RUNNER , but I am a HECK of a POWERWalker/Jogger <em>311</em> . I completed the last race in 98 mins, but that was prior to my car accident and knee injury (putting those things behind, I press). <BR> <BR> I am stepping out on FAITH. Training started this morning and my goal is to beat my last record. Yes it is... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 12:15:44 EST I Can Dance... I have always desired to run, but for many reasons, I have come to the SAD conclusion that I am not a RUNNER and I am finally OKAY with that! <BR> <BR> I can't run <em>312</em> but I can DEFINITELY DANCE! <em>353</em> <BR> <BR> I started Hip Hop ABs Extreme 3 weeks ago and ROCKIN Body last week! <BR> <BR> Hip Hop ABs EXTREME is a great workout, it incorporates the basics from the original Hip Hop ABS and Insanity, but if you are a HARD CORE PARTY GIRL LIKE ME and you just love ... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 10:36:13 EST I am so blessed... Today is my oldest daughter's 19th birthday!! <BR> <BR> I keep asking myself where did 19 years of my life GO? I remember the day I brought her home from the hospital, now she's a second semester freshman and a National Honor Society Member. <BR> <BR> When I look back over my life, is every thing the way I want it to be? Of course not. Am I proud of the choices I've made? Not all of them. Am I the size I want to be? No where near. Are my finances where I'd like for them to be? Really, Re... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 11:12:07 EST Mirror, Mirror - A 30 day Reflection Woke up this morning, stomach looking flatter, feeling lighter…stepped on the scale and what did I see, 3 more lbs.’ looking back at me (okay that was my futile attempt at rapping). <BR> <BR> So I stepped back on the scale just to make sure my eyes weren’t deceiving me and the 3 lbs, were still there. Then I started feeling that way. You know “that way”, the way you feel, when you know, that you know, that you know, you’ve eaten right, exercised and your body hasn’t given you your “props... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 08:39:37 EST Root Cause Analysis… As I peal myself out of bed (I have the FLU or some nasty contagion) and walk into the bathroom; I stop to take a look in the mirror and my 1st thought is YUCK!!! <BR> <BR> My hair’s a mess, no problem I think, to be expected. My skin looks horrible; I can handle that; “Who really drinks water when they have the flu (orange juice, herbal tea and ginger ale overload)?” But the flu doesn’t explain the belly fat, the cellulite or the other unsightly bulges that VEX me to my core. <BR> <BR> Be... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 20:39:14 EST WENDY IDA - My new Fitness Hero!!! Mrs IDA is such a great motivator, especially for us ladies in the 40 and over club!. <BR> <BR> It's not just about her physical accomplishments...but her emotional victories as well! <BR> <BR> I fully believe in the concept of Taking BACK MY Life... <BR> <BR> Looking forward to the arrival of my book!! <BR> <BR> Sat, 13 Oct 2012 06:43:40 EST July Retrospective First of all let me say (DRUMROLL) - I did lose 20 lbs. My goal was 30. I was shooting for the stars and landed somewhere in the clouds which still puts me ahead of the game, but my real progress was made on the emotional front. <BR> <BR> With me, as with most, 2011 and 2012 have come with their fair and unfair share of adversities and my attitude has been less than favorable. I was frustrated, depressed, in a constant state of complaining and fault finding which was getting me no where. I... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 12:30:10 EST My Obsession Has Returned ..with the Scale that is. <BR> <BR> I am back to weighing daily. I know, I know, the scale isn't the only measure of success, but for me; it's my biggest motivator, my most faithful accountability partner and his honesty is unyielding. So every morning I check-in and my friend tells me to keep doing what I am doing or it's time to make some changes. One day my obsession will end, but for now this co-dependent relationship works and my philosophy is, "if ain't broke don't fix it". I have... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 19:39:14 EST Supplement Addiction I really think I am addicted to ST John's Wart, 5-HTP and DHEA, I could probably go on. Since my late 30's I've been experiencing really bad mood swings (horrible mood swings <em>41</em> <em>46</em> <em>234</em> ) and by 40, it was on. I probably should have gone to the doctor's, but I am a self proclaimed physician so I decided to treat myself. Anyway, I attempted to stop taking St. John's Wart (slowly weaning my self off). Well last week was my 1st week not taking any and I was fine. ... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 11:25:43 EST I Want Some CANDY.... because I am stressed. I hate when this feeling comes over me. My daughter's tuition is due, my school loan payments are due, I just acquired a new platform that I am unfamiliar with and 12 new projects to boot, college tours for my youngest daughter and NO ADULT vacations in SITE!!!! <BR> <BR> I am drinking water, I am working out, I am even breathing, I have even tried sugar free chocolate (that's the biggest joke on the planet)..not helping! The problem is sugar and carbs have always... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 15:05:25 EST It's been almost a year... since my last blog and the irony is, it's been almost a year since I was truly committed to my health and fitness. <BR> <BR> I've had fitness bouts, fitness spells, fitness moments but the FIRE - the SPARK, had definitely flickered out. I could blame is on "LIFE", but as long as I live "LIFE" is going to happen. So my choices are to deal with life Fit and Fabulously or Flabby and Frustrated. Being FIT goes beyond the physique; it's a mentality. So I am stepping out of the matrix. <BR> ... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 07:30:49 EST Peachtree Road Race 2011~~~Is Done!! It was such an accomplishment to cross that finish line!! I was there with 55,000 other people!! <BR> <BR> As I was walk/jogging by a group of MOTIVATORS...I read a sign that said..."IF IT WERE EASY, EVERYBODY WOULD BE DOING IT". Then I read another sign that said, "EVERY DAY DO SOMETHING THAT SCARES YOU"!! Life is about the experience...I am I am experiecing mine until it is over!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 05:17:07 EST White Water Rafting ~~~ What Was I Really Thinking!!! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I think I may be having a slight mid-life crisis. I have never been adventurous!! Social yes, adventurous, not so much!! <BR> <BR> I am starting to have these INDIANA JONES moments (enlisting in all manners of foolishness)~~~at least until it's time to go. I have been up peaking <em>40</em> around since 3am trying to figure out how to keep myself inside that DANG RAFT!! <em>198</em> . <BR> <BR> Oh wel... Sat, 11 Jun 2011 05:23:09 EST I think I'm suffering from post lay-off syndrome.... All of my friends are gone...all of them!!! I am so ANGRY and ANNOYED I could scream...I'm trying not cry, but I can't stop...It was wrong just WRONG!! I should be greatful that I still have my job but I can't get past my ANGER.. There was no reason, no justification nothing. I pull up this morning the police are here...It was like a CRIME SCENE!! Nobody acted out...people just packed their personal belongings and left....Please LORD please help me, PLEASE!!!! <BR> <BR> Thu, 2 Jun 2011 14:21:03 EST JM Challenge 10 - Prepping for the HBCU Walk/Run Today is registration day!!! <BR> <BR> 25 days to prepare. The holiday is behind us...which I tracked and stayed within my calories all weekend anyway!! I plan to do JM for strength training, but I have to get out on the TRACK!!! I've been doing the treadmill because of my allergies and the HEAT in GA!! I am originally from the NORTH and the one thing I still don't like is the GEORGIA SUMMERS <em>259</em> <em>198</em> . <BR> <BR> Anyhow, this evening, I'll hit the track, popping my ... Tue, 31 May 2011 08:55:57 EST JM Challenge - Day 8 & 9 ~~~ Memorial Day Weekend 2011 I hope everyone is having a FABULOUS Memorial Day!! I know I am...and I'm really not doing much!! My son graduated from the 6th grade on Friday(I love him sooo much)!!! I went to the Carribean Festival Saturday and church Sunday!!! NOT MUCH TO SCREAM ABOUT!! But I am tracking my meals again. I think I skipped two days...anyway that's behind me!!! <BR> <BR> As my "SP GOAlS" indicate...I have teamed up with Beautyful-1 and Journey2lovinme...we have our ACTION PLANS locked and loaded. We ha... Mon, 30 May 2011 13:15:20 EST JM Challenge - Day 7 & The upcoming lay-offs... Not feeling like exercising today. All the stress from the pending layoff (not because I am STRESSED about my fate) is doing a number on me from a motiviational standpoint. I know that GOD is my source, that company is just a resource. So if my season is up...when God closes a WINDOW he opens a DOOR!!! You can look at the glass as half empty or half full!! 1/2 full glass for me please...LOL <BR> <BR> I guess it's just the atmosphere that's draining...The moral SUCKS, people are either go... Wed, 25 May 2011 21:04:15 EST JM Challenge ~~ 6A <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We can consider this my BEFORE photo!!! 5 1/2 days of working out...I couldn't have made that many STRIDES! Tonight it's Kettlebells. I may PRESS the play button on the SHRED DVD, but no promises... <BR> <BR> This weekend, I didn't workout so I am calling today, DAY 6A!!!! Mon, 23 May 2011 21:01:46 EST JM Challenge - Day 6 Took a break yesterday...My body was sore and mentally I just wasn't there. Had some chores that needed to be addressed and I needed to do a little financial bootcamp as well!! All and all yesterday was very productive... <BR> <BR> NAP time...then Kettlebells with Jillian~~~Then to the skating rink with my kids!!! A mother's work is never done!!! <BR> <BR> Happy Sunday! Sun, 22 May 2011 13:04:58 EST Day 5 - JM Challenge TGIF <BR> <BR> I am sooo glad it's FRIDAY!!! Only my FATHER in HEAVEN knows how happy I am. Tonight will be very low maintenenace. Not necessarily that I want it that way...that' s just how the cookie will crumble. <BR> <BR> I have been doing exceptionally well with tracking. Nothing pleased with all I have been consuming, but over-joyed regarding my tracking. <BR> <BR> Tonight's game plan <BR> <BR> Maybe a power walk with my daughter...MAYBE <BR> <BR> Defintely the 30 MIN SHRED.... ... Fri, 20 May 2011 15:30:28 EST Day 4 - Gun Range Today <BR> <BR> I went to the gun range for the first time...Bracing your arm and steadying yourself seems to be a workout of its own!! My daughter has an honors ceremony tonight, so the plan is to do zumba and then get in a kettle bell workout session. <BR> <BR> This is how we do it. Thu, 19 May 2011 13:58:39 EST JM Challenge - Day 3 Took my before photo...not too shabby!!! Could be better, but I think I am still a cutie!! Anywho, I did really good with my nutrition tracking today. I went to subway for lunch...wouldn't have been so bad if I didn't eat the two chocolate chip cookies that came with the COMBO!! But they were good...and now me and Jillian are about to burn those babies off!! <BR> <BR> Tonight will be 30 DAY Shred...then it's a Wii FIT Just Dance show-down between me and my kids!!! <BR> <BR> Wed, 18 May 2011 20:46:01 EST Jillian M. 30 Day Shred/Kettle Bell Combo I have teamed up with my SP Friend "Beautyful-1" to complete a 30 day personal challenge!!! We will be blogging everyday for accountability SAKE!!! Consistently posting is more challenging for me than the workouts themselves...but when 2 come together touching and agreeing, it shall be done!!! <BR> <BR> DAY 1 - JM Kettlebells (30 mins) - 5/17 <BR> DAY 2 - JM Kettlebells (30 mins) & 30 day shred <BR> <BR> Tue, 17 May 2011 21:30:42 EST Tracey Anderson's (The Method vs Metamorphosis) I completed Tracey's lower body web cast --- those were the longest 16 minutes, I am here to tell you. <BR> <BR> <em>417</em> <em>417</em> <em>418</em> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I am considering purchasing Metamorphosis (Hipcentric). I think I will complete a couple more of her pod cast 1st.... <BR> <BR> Mon, 2 May 2011 09:28:05 EST This Blog is dedicated to my two sorors As I type this tribute to the both of you, I am holding back the tears... Phillipians 4:13 states, through Christ ALL things are possible. <BR> <BR> I look at the before and after photos of the two of you and smile. <BR> <BR> Look at where you started and where God has brought you. This has not been an easy journey for any of us...but the two of you have continued to press and persevere inspite of personal set backs, work drama, MAN DRAMA (AMEN) and just life in general....but you're still... Wed, 20 Apr 2011 19:30:12 EST I Wish That I Could Have This Moment for LIFE <BR> I’ve never been a huge Nick Minaj fan (I think she’s beautiful and has a killer body, but just not my thing). Now I LOVESSSS me some DRAKE….I have two teenagers, so I have become acquainted with songs that I normally would not listen to. Anyone who knows me will tell you I’m a dancer…I’m the friend who leaves their handbag with you all night at the club, because I am on the floor. A funky beat will get me going every time, but as a Christian I realize the importance of the lyrics and ... Mon, 11 Apr 2011 11:45:51 EST Peachtree Road Race Lottery!!! I signed up for the Peachtree Road Race!! This race has become so popular that if you miss the initial sign up in January, you have to register for the LOTTERY and be selected in order to participate. <em>312</em> <em>331</em> <BR> <BR> This is year, not only do I want to get FIT, I want to give back...So I will be doing the LUPUS walk in April, The Susan G - 1 day and I am trying to find a team for the 3-DAY in October!! <BR> <BR> I am blessed in so many ways. I have my health, my stre... Thu, 17 Mar 2011 19:22:13 EST I survived... ...the Prom!! <BR> <BR> Last week was insane. Out of town guest...Long Nights & Early Mornings! But the smile on her face was priceless!! <BR> <BR> Now I can shift the focus back to me and cover some serious ground!! 10 lbs down in February, striving for 10 in March 2011!!! <BR> <BR> My Baby!!! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Me & My BFF!!! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Mon, 14 Mar 2011 09:18:09 EST 15 Ways to Burn More Fat!!!<BR>ys-burn-more-fat <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 23 Feb 2011 07:27:43 EST I am excited about stepping into the INFERNO ...the Turbo Fire Inferno that is!!!! <BR> <BR> It's that time of the year and our new corporate challenge will take place in the INFERNO!! <BR> <BR> We are pairing up to see who can burn the most poundage...with Beachbody's Turbo Fire by Chalean <BR> <BR> I love Turbo Jam and this is Turbo Jam on steroids!!! <BR> <BR> There's nothing like an office challenge!!! <BR> <BR> Whooo-hoooo!!! Wed, 19 Jan 2011 10:07:46 EST The Moment of Truth.... I stepped on the scale this morning <em>40</em> only to confirm what I already knew!! No depressesion, no tears, no regrets <em>46</em> . I enjoyed my birthday <em>236</em> , Jamaica <em>607</em> and all the Christmas <em>443</em> one could eat!! <BR> <BR> So today is officially <em>249</em> !! <BR> <BR> Two glasses of water down, now it's time to press play on the DVD!!! <BR> <BR> Sun, 26 Dec 2010 08:16:34 EST Sexy Boot Season... Hey ladies... <BR> <BR> If you're like me and you carry most of your weight down under <em>344</em> !!! You have experienced the pain of trying to find sexy knee high "wide calf" affordable boots...Well search no longer!! Macy's has heard our cry. I ordered two pair of 4 inch heeled...YES 4 INCH HEELED...wide calf boots!!! <BR> <BR> It's gonna be dangerous this FALL & Winter Ladies!! <BR> <BR> Happy Shopping Thu, 7 Oct 2010 17:05:12 EST Jennifer Hudson's Weight Loss<BR>04/2010-08-04_jennifer_hudson_drops_5_<BR>dress_sizes_but_admits_youre_never_goi<BR>ng_to_see_me_skinn.html Wed, 15 Sep 2010 09:37:30 EST The Power of Words!!!! As most of you know, I am going to Jamaica for my 4oth bday!!! <BR> <BR> I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt 2010 has been filled with it's fair share of obstacles and adversities...but this too shall pass!! <BR> <BR> I kept saying...I am going away before December...I don't know how, I don't know when...but I am going on a vacation before my BDAY!! Well low and behold one of my besties!!! Offered me her timeshare in Orlando for next week...FREE!!! Let me say it again...FREE!! She is pay... Mon, 13 Sep 2010 12:57:31 EST These families need our Prayers!!!! <link> </link> Tue, 3 Aug 2010 09:09:48 EST Frozen meals in a pinch~~Muscle and Fitness Frozen foods aren't the ideal when attempting to shape and sculpt a lean sexy body, but if your calendar looks anything like mine.....3 kids, football practice, cheerleading practice, volleyball , college tours, a full time and part-time job (AND A SMALL PERSONAL LIFE OF MY OWN!!!)...a busy MOM's got to do what she's gotta do...Here are some green light choices to make life a little easier!!!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>99 </link> <BR> <BR> MAKE IT HAPPEN!... Sat, 31 Jul 2010 09:36:34 EST Newsweek Poll: How Much Is Beauty Worth at Work? Today's job market is tough enough, ask anyone who has been laided off , down sized or off-shored, but now, not only do you have to compete with more skilled applicants, but there's also a segment of the interview process for fashion and beauty!! Really...Fashion and Beauty!! Technology has allowed us to see friends and family around the global with a click of a button..but mentally we have not evolved enough to look beyond the external **if only for a moment **to see what really matters...T... Mon, 19 Jul 2010 18:17:09 EST Am I Too Big for Love? Good Morning SP Friends <BR> <BR> I generally get up in the morning...say a prayer...get a light workout in, log on to SP and prepare for my Exodus to work; this morning I couldn't help but to take a few moments to read this article!! When I first saw the title, I said OOOOH Boy hear we go~~~but in summary the article spoke to the necessity of loving YOU right where YOU are. Not everyone wants, needs or desires the same body type. In our journey's to become fit and healthy we must be mindf... Thu, 8 Jul 2010 07:47:49 EST God's Rhyme......<BR>77qa50 Mon, 17 May 2010 14:05:26 EST I have never..... ....been in a workout class that I didn't check the CLOCK until today!! <BR> <BR> I finally experienced ZUMBA and Im never turning back!! That was the best class I've ever taken! I was shakin like I was in a NIGHT CLUB!!! If they had camera's in the gym...DANCE w/STARs would come lookin for ME!!! <em>236</em> !!! <BR> <BR> If you've never tried ZUMBA find a class near you!! <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend!!! SHAKE IT BABY!!! Sat, 13 Mar 2010 14:16:28 EST Not March Madness ~~ Temporary Insanity!!! .....That's my plea for yesterday!! My first born turned 16 <em>46</em> and I ate like I had the metabolism of a 16 year old!!! Talk about SWEET 16~~~ my Moscato was sweet, my cupcake was sweet and so were my MOCHA's W/AN s!! <BR> <BR> BUT I've return to PLANET reality this morning... <BR> <BR> 150 crunches <BR> 50 push ups <BR> C25K run <BR> <BR> ~NOW off to the SALON~ Gotta keep it SEXY at REGARDLESS !!!! <em>204</em> <BR> <BR> Happy SATURDAY Sat, 6 Mar 2010 06:42:40 EST Rev Up Your Metabolism... Found this article on MSN...Every little tip helps~~~Like my girlfriend says "Eat the fish and spit out the bones!!! " Use what works for you and throw the rest away!!! <BR> <BR> Happy READING <em>17</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mastering metabolism is one key to losing weight. It's our body's way of turning the food we eat into energy that keeps us going. The faster your metabolism runs, the more calories you burn. The more you burn, the easier it is to shed pounds. <BR> <BR> But with each birt... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 23:29:13 EST March Madness~~~GO DALLAS!! ~~CAUSE I'm a Maverick <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ...a Maverick is defined as someone who exhibits great independence in thought and action, UNBRANDED!~! That's me all the way!! But for the CC March Madness Challenge it all about TEAM work and I'm gonna be a pusher motivating each and everyone one of my CC Buddies into the SWEET 16! <BR> <BR> My Sweet 16 will be 16 mins of exercise per day for the entire MONTH of MARCH!! <BR> <BR> Nothing BUT NET!!! <BR> <BR> Sm... Fri, 26 Feb 2010 18:21:05 EST Hard Head Makes A Soft.... ... <em>174</em> bottom!!! <BR> <BR> When I started P90X (AGAIN)...I read several of the forums...that clearly stated...Take your starting measurements, as well as, your before and after photo...then stay off the scale until after the first 30 days...Well what did I do!!! JUMPED right on the <em>192</em> after 3 days...only to get my feeling HURT <em>40</em> ! So I'm gonna give my scale to the kids to HIDE until March 13th!!! NO PEAKING...NO CHEATING!! This is gonna require great constr... Wed, 10 Feb 2010 08:36:13 EST Guess What Im Wearing Today?? The Garment of Praise ~~~ Isaiah 61: 3 ~~ says, when we experience heaviness to put on the GARMENT of PRAISE!!! Because the joy of the LORD is our strength,. The battle is not ours, it's his!! So I've decided to give it all to him, to cast every care on him, cause its way too heavy for me...the disappointments, the failures, the grief, the lonliness, the false and misguided expectations...whatever it is...he wants me to cast it on him and all he is asking for in exchange is my praise...So ... Mon, 8 Feb 2010 15:49:33 EST Friendship Is Not Suppose to Be One Sided!!!! all my SP please forgive me...Several of you have sent me emails or left comments on my page informing me that you've added me as a FRIEND!! Well foolish me <em>334</em> thought if you added me as your <em>223</em> that automatically made you mine <em>220</em> . Not SOOOOOOOO!! <BR> <BR> So again if I haven't added you as a FRIEND...please don't take it personal..Charge it to my head <em>198</em> and not my <em>26</em> !! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Have a great weekend!... Fri, 5 Feb 2010 15:19:13 EST Is Dating Making Me FAT???? My divorce was final in Feb of 2009...Actually, yesterday was my 1 year anniversary!! I have truly enjoyed this last year. I have met some nice men~~REALLY NICE MEN!! I didn't realize ATLANTA had so much to offer <em>224</em> ! BOY I've had WAYYYY too much fun!! And my hips and thighs are telling the STORY!! <em>15</em> I have gained 20 lbs since the divorce 20 lbs...all those glasses of wine...dinners...deserts and late nights have definitely caught up with I think I'm going to u... Wed, 3 Feb 2010 10:08:54 EST For what shall it profit a man.... .....if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Mark 8:36 <BR> <BR> As I was preparing to get in my morning workout this scripture began to resignate in my HEAD and in my HEART...I can get up and workout for an hour, but I can't give the LORD...who made it possible for me to step out of bed the first hour of my day!!! <BR> <BR> So this morning instead of getting in my 5 mile walk...I spent some quality time with the ONE who gives me life, health and strength!!! After my time... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 09:29:50 EST AB Circle Pro - Week 2 Update!!! I just wanted to give everyone an update of my progress...As I'm starting week 3...I can honestly say ~~~the LOVE HANDLES are GONE!!! But you know why????? The FAT has shifted to the FRONT!!! So the fat isn't gone its just taken up residence else where...Now we'll see where the FAT goes in the next 2 weeks...PHOTO COMING SOON!! <BR> <BR> Happy Sparking!!! <BR> Mon, 1 Feb 2010 11:33:04 EST