NAQIDAH's SparkPeople Blog NAQIDAH's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Living the future now. <img src=""> <BR> So I was listening to a podcast today and part of the discussion was talking about waiting for the future, or dreaming of the future. Of the “one” day to come, when everything is magically in place and perfect. Dreaming of your future perfect home, job, marriage, body, etc., but never doing anything to achieve those “perfect” goals. How we spend all our time wishing, and hoping thinking that we will just wake up there o... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:32:18 EST Posted to my tumbler. Dear Big Girl at the gym, <BR> <BR> I see you there several times a week. <BR> Your face is always beet red and you are huffing and puffing and clearly struggling. <BR> You are wearing sweat pants and a big t-shirt. <BR> I've seen you at the back of the class trying so hard to keep up with everyone. <BR> Modifying the moves and doing the best you can. <BR> I saw you slowly jogging on the treadmill the other day! <BR> I smiled so big and thought to myself "that is so awesome!" <BR> I was so h... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 02:03:30 EST Hiking Petit Jean For my Birthday Will and I went Hiking to Petit Jean. It was so lovely and we had a blast. According to my fitbit we climbed 58 flights of stairs. and Walked 5.5 miles that day. Unfortantly our phones died so we don't have pics of the Waterfall from the bottom but we hiked down to where you can see it up close. Can not wait to go hiking again. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 30 Jan 2013 10:05:56 EST Leap frogging. Back out of the fire. I walked away from Sparkpeople and most everything really to do with weight loss. To see if I could just live and make progress. Well that did not work out so well. I'm almost back to my highest weight. I have been using the app a bit on my phone but I wish to get more out of the site so here I am back again. <BR> <BR> I do have other support groups. I enjoy them and they have been great for me on a personal and local level. But looking for more. Honestly I'm looking for the old. I did this ... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 02:08:49 EST Overwhelmed I have been overwhelmed by life and can not seem to find time to spark. Any suggestions on how to stay active while balancing a full load? Tue, 4 Oct 2011 12:46:28 EST the skinny... Okay I've been out for a while. Sorry. <BR> <BR> Ali has a type of hernia that has caused his stomach to move up in between his lungs. So life has not been much fun for him. <BR> <BR> I'm apparently very allergic to something blooming right now so if I don't take pills every four hours or I get nauseous. <BR> <BR> We are dealing with both. <BR> <BR> I'm still working out hard, but my food is crap. I have got to get that in order. So along with catching up on sparkmail I'm going to work ... Tue, 23 Aug 2011 19:18:52 EST Final I ain't quitting you!!!! DIY <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Final I ain't quitting you!!!! DIY <BR> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <BR> My Starting Weight:252.4 <BR> My Finishing Weight:244.4 <BR> <BR> Four (or more) Other things I will be measuring during this challenge & their current stats: <BR> <em>104</em> 1. Lower tummy (start) 49.75 <BR> (finish)46.75 <BR> (difference) 3 inches!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> 2. sit ups (sta... Tue, 16 Aug 2011 22:41:30 EST I ain't quitting you DIY Challenge 8/10 - 8/14 Assignment 12 <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> 1. What did you do since last Friday that you really didnt want to do at first? <BR> Got up and worked <BR> <em>104</em> <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> 2. How did you surprise yourself? <BR> by walking a 5k in under an hour <BR> <em>104</em> <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> 3. Tell me about the prettiest thing you ate. <BR> eggs, bell peppers, spinach. <BR> <em>104</em> <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Now its time for the final countdown t... Mon, 15 Aug 2011 12:34:26 EST I ain't quitting you!!!....DIY Challenge 8/5-8/7 Assignment 11 <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <BR> 1. At some point this weekend, you will be staring down a workout that you just do not want to do AT ALL. Your assignment is to git her done, anyway. This weekend, your excuses are out of town. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Lmao I forgot about this but it totally happened. 4:45 alarm goes off. I don't want too, I'm tired its early I've been sick I'm going back to sleep. 4:50 alarm goes off. Oh alright .. I ge... Mon, 8 Aug 2011 11:52:23 EST DIY Challenge 8/1-8/4 Assignment 10 WELCOME TO AUGUST! <BR> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <BR> 1. ReDo Your SparkPage! It's a new month and time for some fresh surroundings. Find a mantra for your background, or pictures from this summer, or an inspiring piece of artwork, or just a bright color to inspire energy! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Done! <BR> <BR> 2. How many workouts did you squeeze into July?! If you track things like fitness minutes, cardio sessions, ST sessions, turn in your ... Fri, 5 Aug 2011 23:29:12 EST DIY Challenge 7/29-7/31 Assignment 9 Late <BR> DIY Challenge 7/29-7/31 Assignment 9 <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <BR> This is the last weekend of the month. It's time to do a magic trick. Did you know that if you end one month on the highest note that you can, your next month will start off THAT MUCH BETTER? <BR> <BR> 1. Your assignment this weekend is to End July With A BANG! A real, honest to goodness, sweaty, hard core, balls to the wall, DYNAMIC fitness weekend. Do as much as... Fri, 5 Aug 2011 22:17:36 EST I ain't quitting you DIY Challenge 7/25-7/28 Assignment 8 <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> 1. Go back and read your DIY Entry Card and reaquaint yourself with the reasons you stated for doing this. <BR> <em>104</em> <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> 2. If you stumbled or fell this weekend, then it's time to give it your all this week. I mean seriously, YOUR ALL. Have a new motivator every day if necessary. But I want to see you guys pushing it. If its a heatwave, swim or workout inside. If food is your demons, I want to ... Sun, 31 Jul 2011 11:37:27 EST DIY Challenge 7/22-7/24 Assignment 7 <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> 1. Prove that you got a workout in. Be creative. Take a picture. Have your hubby notarize your tracker. Doesn't matter. Prove it. <BR> <em>104</em> I walked Jogged with the Memphis Sparkers at beautiful Shelby Farms and then went to a pool party and swam for hours <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 2. If you are in an area suffering fr... Wed, 27 Jul 2011 16:58:06 EST Sexy Beast Positive challenge <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I Love this pic it just makes me feel strong. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> this has been my mantra here lately <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> She just looks so happy I smile every time I see it. Wed, 20 Jul 2011 12:49:57 EST Sexy beast peace week challenge Sorry this was late been away from the computer with the pics on it. This was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed getting back into yoga. <BR> <BR> <BR> My Yoga instructor. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <im... Wed, 20 Jul 2011 12:19:07 EST Changes not on the scale Okay. So the Scale is not moving down <em>192</em> <em>55</em> like I would like. In fact it moves much more like it is caught in some weird time warp between my past weight ins and future weight ins and goes ah just pick a number <em>38</em> . But mostly they settle around 247. So we are going to look at other things. (my husband has no idea why it does that to me) <BR> <BR> I've been standing in front of the mirror a lot here lately, as I am want to do when I'm actively trying to lose... Tue, 19 Jul 2011 12:06:48 EST I ain't quitting you DIY Challenge 7/18-7/21 Assignment 6 I ain't quitting you DIY Challenge 7/18-7/21 Assignment 6 <BR> <BR> <BR> What did you accomplish this weekend!? <BR> <em>104</em> Worked out every day, swimming on Friday, basic work out on Saturday, and Sunday. I rested on Sunday too cause my body said I had too. <BR> <BR> What is one thing you are forgiving yourself for, that you did this weekend, and how are you going to fix it? <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> This weekend I spent a lot of time forgiving and making up for the weeks calorie e... Mon, 18 Jul 2011 13:09:57 EST I ain't quitting you 7/15-7/17 DIY Assignment 5 <BR> We made it successfully through the first two weeks of the DIY Challenge! <BR> <BR> As of 7/14, how many workouts have you completed? <BR> <em>104</em> I have worked out at least 30 minutes everyday except July the 5th. <BR> <BR> What have you noticed about your mood/stress levels/sleep quality on days you worked out? <BR> <em>104</em> I have been much much happier and nicer to be around too I think. Sleep varies. <BR> <BR> Be honest with yourself, ho... Fri, 15 Jul 2011 00:12:35 EST sweat induced creativity As I lay face down on my blue mat staring at the the weave pattern <BR> trembling and shaking all over <BR> covered in sweat and fear <BR> Feeling very much like <BR> I was laying before the great and powerful Oz <BR> asking him for a new body <BR> I realized I was <BR> And as I pushed myself up off my mat <BR> I realized I was going to give it to me <BR> Tue, 12 Jul 2011 18:18:08 EST Cause knowledge is power... aka how many bleeping calories! Super sonic cheese burger, omg you won't believe the calories, 1 serving 1,270 <BR> Sonic Mozzarella Sticks, 0.8 serving 328 <BR> sonic powerade slush rt 44, 1 serving 630 <BR> Lunch TOTALS: 2,228 254 17 83 <BR> <BR> <BR> This is isn't the first time I've made a post like this but I think the calorie shock is even greater then the last time. I love the little emails from spark that compare food. I read them every day and have learned a lot from them. However I think they need to start a... Tue, 12 Jul 2011 16:43:58 EST I ain't quitting you Challenge Instructions 7/11-7/14 Assignment 4 I ain't quitting you Challenge Instructions 7/11-7/14 Assignment 4 <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> I confess, this weekend I ate dough-nuts and chocolate milk for breakfast on Sunday <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> BUT! I also am very proud to report that I rode bikes with my husband, went swimming with my bf, and worked out hard on Sunday. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> So I am forgiving myself and moving forward TODAY because I finally made it to 247 and I... Mon, 11 Jul 2011 16:32:18 EST DIY Challenge Instructions 7/9-7/10 Assignment 3 and pics DIY Challenge Instructions 7/9-7/10 Assignment 3 <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. How many fitness minutes did you rack up in Assignment 2? <BR> <em>104</em> 310 total. I took Tuesday off. <BR> <BR> 2. If you picked a day to add up how many calories you dank... what was the total? if you didn't count, do it on one day this weekend. Just the calories you drink. <BR> <em>104</em> I'll have to work on this. <BR> <BR> <BR> 3. This weekend, you either hav... Sun, 10 Jul 2011 15:12:29 EST I ain't quitting you. JULY 5-8 report in. JULY 5-8 <BR> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <em>104</em> 1. List all the healthy good stuff you ate over the 4th of July weekend. <BR> Strawberries, and bananas. I didn't really eat anything bad. It was pretty much normal. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> 2. Mark your calendars with a star/sticker/happy face/ check mark- whatever you want- one mark for Cardio on each day you did it and one mark for Strength Training on each day you did it. You will use these same marks... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 19:56:03 EST DIY- Declaration of Independence. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Oh my I do declare! I will never treat myself like this again! <BR> <BR> I will give me what I need. I will love myself the way I should be loved. <BR> <BR> I will work my butt in the ground if that is what it takes so that I am a happy, healthy, and fit person. <BR> <BR> I will stand firm on this line and I will not move. <BR> <BR> That person in those pictures is a person in my past. She no longer exists and I declare her gone. <BR> <BR> We will be wiser, ... Sun, 3 Jul 2011 13:27:38 EST DIY - I ain't quitting you .. Before Pics <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Okay First just let me say it is taking all the brave I have to post these. I took them deliberately in clothes that offer no support so that the ugly truth could not be hidden. I also apologize for the crazy hair I just got out of the pool and it makes it wild. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.... Thu, 30 Jun 2011 20:53:48 EST DIY Challenge **** I ain't quitting you!****** DIY Challenge Entry Form <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>104</em> <em>243</em> <em>104</em> <em>345</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> My Challenge Name: I ain't quitting you <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>104</em> <em>243</em> <em>104</em> <em>345</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> <em>193</em> <em>249</em> <em>193</em> <em>249</em> <em>193</em> <BR> <BR> My Starting Weight: 252.4 <em>225</em> <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> <em>193</em> <em>249</em> <em>193</em> <em>249... Wed, 29 Jun 2011 21:17:20 EST The "Six Things I Love About Myself" Challenge! This is stolen from my friend Euphrates. <BR> <BR> Write 6 things you love about yourself, to tell those voices in your head that would bring you down, when your own your way up. <BR> <BR> 1. I love my ears. They are pointed. <BR> 2. I love the way I can make my guys giggle, not laugh actually giggle. Its so freakin cute! <BR> 3. I love my boobs. Hey their awesome. <BR> 4. I love my ability to pick movements up quickly. Dance, fight, etc. <BR> 5. I love my way with animals. I'm naturally v... Tue, 28 Jun 2011 10:13:51 EST Scale So after watching the scale bounce back and forth between 2lbs up and 2lbs down, and its a digital, I finally go to my husband in disgust and ask what is wrong with that thing. <BR> <BR> See my husband is a paid scale tech. From pin point lab scales, to great big rail road scales. He looks it over wiggles something. One of the legs is not moving and the others are. He explains that a scale has to move to work. He also says that the spring scales over time lose their accuracy and that load ... Mon, 27 Jun 2011 11:28:51 EST Sexy Beast Blog Well at first I wanted to avoid the answer to my sexy beast cause it just seemed to obvious with the RAwwwarrr. So I asked my friends and several online quiz's and they all offered different animals save one. Everyone gave me this one and it is an old image of myself. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm very much the lioness. I don't fall in to traditional roles in this animal kingdom. I've very protective and loyal. I'm lovable and li... Sun, 12 Jun 2011 23:29:20 EST tobe edited later The UV Project: 6/1- 6/5 <BR> (report back Monday 6/6) <BR> <BR> THIS IS YOUR SUMMER!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Exercise: <BR> <BR> What can you do? If you can’t see yourself (insert exercise here) every day, you shouldn’t be doing it to lose weight in the first place. <BR> <BR> <BR> Get out and mooooove: <BR> <BR> <BR> What do you love to do for cardio? Get out and move a little each day, and do some serious cardio at least twice. How many minutes/what was the intensity for the pas... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 11:16:00 EST thats all the time I have From and including: Thursday, May 5, 2011 <BR> To, but not including : Saturday, January 28, 2012 <BR> <BR> It is 268 days from the start date to the end date, but not including the end date <BR> <BR> Or 8 months, 23 days excluding the end date <BR> <BR> Alternative time units <BR> 268 days can be converted to one of these units: <BR> •23,155,200 seconds <BR> •385,920 minutes <BR> •6432 hours <BR> •38 weeks (rounded down) <BR> Thu, 5 May 2011 15:15:44 EST B2W ~!Mission 6 - 3/7-3/10!~ the plan <BR> well school kidnapped me for awhile but I'm back now <BR> <BR> ~!Mission 6 - 3/7-3/10!~ <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Pick one to work on- it can be one you have already done- or if you really want to stick to your formula- pick the one area you have not focused on yet. or just pick your favorite. <BR> <BR> B. CORE- will be doing <BR> <BR> Plan two workouts between now and when you go to bed Thursday night and STICK TO IT. Workout twice, log it, track it, prove it, picture it, blog about i... Wed, 9 Mar 2011 10:35:48 EST The more you know ... whats in my normal eating out food Caramel Apple SpiceSteamed, freshly pressed apple juice and cinnamon syrup. Topped with sweetened whipped cream and caramel drizzle. <BR> Short 8oz Tall 12oz Grande 16oz Venti 20oz No Whipped Cream Whipped Cream <BR> <BR> Nutrition Facts Per Serving (16 fl oz) <BR> Calories 310 Calories from Fat 5 <BR> % Daily Value* <BR> Total Fat 0g 0% <BR> Saturated Fat 0g 0% <BR> Trans Fat 0g <BR> Cholesterol 0mg 0% <BR> Sodium 25mg 1% <BR> Total Carbohydrate 74g 26% <BR> Dietary Fi... Tue, 22 Feb 2011 09:43:53 EST zumba time lapse same as title Mon, 21 Feb 2011 21:37:52 EST B2W MISSION ONE 2/18-2/20 ~*~ B2W Friday - Sunday Missions! <BR> This Weekend, MAKE ME WELL. <BR> <BR> 1. If you have not taken your before picture (if you are brave enough to take one) or you measured yourself or any of the other things you know you should do because you said you would... DO THEM. <BR> ~~DONE <BR> <BR> <BR> 2. This is about getting outside of your compfort zone and sometimes that means knowing a little more about yourself instead of choosing not to know. Knowledge is power, if you don't believe me..... Mon, 21 Feb 2011 21:24:31 EST one last b2w before pic Jean I could wear last fall <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 21 Feb 2011 20:53:23 EST Inner warrior blog This is for the Inner warrior challenge. sorry if I'm not wordy tonight still under the weather. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> She-ra Princess of Power was my first hero, and has a great deal to do with the hobbies I have today. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hawkgirl, She is a bad ass with a mace. She stands on her on and does what she has too, with out being a man hater. <... Mon, 21 Feb 2011 20:25:00 EST B2Wpics 245 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 16 Feb 2011 20:38:36 EST I'm not dead yet! Day 52 and B2W challenge <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ~*~ B2W Entry Template ~*~ <BR> <BR> <BR> MAKE ME _consistent_. <BR> <BR> Current Weight: <BR> <BR> Current Measurements: <BR> 1.bust 46 in sports bra <BR> 2.waist 42 <BR> 3.lower stomach 49 <BR> 4.hips 50 <BR> 5. biceps 17 <BR> <BR> Amount of time you can reasonably dedicate to exercise EACH DAY (oh yeah I went there): 30 <BR> <BR> Number of Rest Days needed per week (maximum): 1 <BR... Wed, 16 Feb 2011 20:17:35 EST Three cookies and a mug of snow please! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ugh! It gets cold(I mean with snow and everything) and I want sweets. Well normally that wouldn't be a problem just go out and hit it a little harder tomorrow, but I can't, I can't even hit it hard today. <BR> <BR> BUT!!!! I can't undo what has been done either. <BR> <BR> SOOO!!! I look for the bright side, it was three. At three I saw what I was doing and I stopped and I blogged. Now I'm going to go individually... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 19:57:36 EST Off the Bike but not the wagon. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well sunday afternoon I tore the head one on my calf muscles meaning according to my doctor your not exercising that. So I'll be changing my plan up a bit. In the morning I'm going to start doing pilates, it was meant for hurt dancers so it should work for me. I'll also start doing arm, shoulder and chest weight lifting in place of the up coming pod runner plan. <BR> <BR> But this is also where life gets interesti... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 00:06:54 EST Day 5 and a Happy New Year! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It was hard. I didn't want to do it. I didn't do it this morning. I also did it alone, but I got out there and I did it. <BR> <BR> on a side note. <BR> <BR> Dear people who make stockings. I like them too. I know, I know, I'm a big girl, but hey I do have taste so y'all should work on that. Fri, 31 Dec 2010 18:54:51 EST for a year.. day 4 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I think my biggest problem is sticking to it. I do alright for 20 to 30 days and seems ome small results but I think to see the results I want to see I need to give it a good long consistant run. <BR> <BR> So heres the plan. <BR> <BR> --30 Days of bike riding (on day 4) I do this with my husband everymorning <BR> and its nice to be together, even if its not nice to be up at 5:00 am <BR> <BR> -- Continu... Thu, 30 Dec 2010 10:17:40 EST My wish for the holiday Is to be back jogging a 5k by thanksgiving. simple but i need a simple one this week. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 9 Oct 2010 13:10:01 EST What do you wear on date night at Range USA? This is the question I posed to several of my girlfriends, and even my husband. Most common response was comfortable and causal tee-shirt and jeans. Wanting a little romance I wore a white peasant blouse, blue jeans and combat boots. All comfortable with a little flirt. The Husband approved. The shirt was an epic fail for two reasons. 1) White shows gun powder smoke. 2) I didn't know in my ignorance that automatic weapons threw their casings back at you. So when I wasn't even shooting I had a... Sat, 7 Aug 2010 12:37:42 EST Not going fast but going A lot of times when I jump off into a diet I'm gung ho and all out about the exersize and the fitness aspects. Well this time due to life its all I can do to get 30 min workout in. So now because of that I've been more about the food and what I put in my body. It has shown me a lot about how the exercising helps with the weight loss and is very important to it but that I can make small changes through diet. I've also learned where I balance out on cals so that I really neither gain nor lose a... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 22:12:10 EST day three I'm doing okay, but I'm just starting out. Not as hard and heavey as I would like cause I'm still a little sick. Will has been great and got me some walking hand weights and a food scale that I have been wanting. Ali is going to be getting up with me and ride his bike while I jog as soon he feels better. <BR> <BR> Man I'm a loved girl. Wed, 30 Dec 2009 08:09:48 EST the universe I've got a feeling, Erin, that 2010 is going to be your kind of year. That you'll be happier than you've ever been, laughing harder, smiling wider, standing taller, walking lighter, dancing crazier, hugging longer, living grander, loving louder, and if you want, selling the pictures to a tabloid to raise money for your new charity. <BR> Can you feel it, too? <BR> The Universe <BR> Wed, 30 Dec 2009 07:47:38 EST What I learned today Mcdonalds sausage burritos ... the little ones ... have 300 cals ... all on their little on .. thats just one burrito ... wow .. research and learn .. then change Thu, 1 Oct 2009 10:20:25 EST A State of Shock SparkFitness Mins <BR> This month: 0 <BR> This Week: 0 <BR> <BR> I have over 2,000 for this year, but not a one that I have at least recorded for this month. I know I have been busy with school and life and all but thats just sad. And while i have worked out some and have not reported it still thats a huge gap, no wonder I have gone up a few lbs and platuted. Must get back on the horse, must must must! <em>249</em> Sat, 21 Mar 2009 08:54:25 EST