NASCAR_CHICK's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=NASCAR%5FCHICK NASCAR_CHICK's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ The Ultimate Roller Coaster Ride... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757996 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l880690107.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I think this picture is a perfect example of what my weight loss journey has been like (& many others that I know of as well)... an unending roller coaster filled w/ ups & downs, twists & turns, loops that toss your world upside down & inside out, and just when you think you might hit a plateau, here comes the next "bump in the road"! <BR> <BR> I say "unending" because I have literally been fighting this "battle... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 04:00:12 EST Squat & Push-up Challenge... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638684 I have had several people ask about the Squat & Push-up Challenge that I did in February, so here it is... <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l772960960.jpg"> Mon, 3 Mar 2014 14:34:29 EST Attention: Nascar Fans... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620931 Hey there ya'll... a new season is upon us... <BR> <BR> Once again this year, we've got a "Pick Five" game going for the Nascar season. We'd love to have some new people join in on the fun... the more, the merrier! <BR> <BR> It's really simple... basically each week, you pick your 5 top drivers (or fav, your choice) and then you receive the same points that your drivers do. <BR> <BR> This is year #5 for this game and it is a blast for all involved... hope to see some new fans join in th... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 00:16:22 EST Biggest Loser Winter Challenge: Special Challenge for Week #8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5615548 So this week's special challenge is to blog about my goals & action plan, so here goes... <BR> <BR> <BR> SHORT-TERM GOALS: <BR> I have my short-term goals broken down into 5% weight loss goals. So far I've reached 15%, and by the time I reach my "ultimate" goal, I will reach 45%. I also have a couple of "milestone" goals thrown in for good measure. So my upcoming short-term goals are as follows: <BR> <BR> 20% Loss (218 lbs) <BR> 25% Loss (204 lbs) <BR> "ONE"derland (199 lbs) <BR> 30%... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 03:34:54 EST January 2014 Results... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609447 So this has been a pretty good month for me... I've done a great job w/ my nutrition, and stayed on track "fairly well" w/ my fitness. <BR> <BR> So, here are my results for January: <BR> <BR> Weight: 7 lbs. lost <BR> <BR> Body fat %: 1.1% lost <BR> <BR> Upper arms: 0.25 in. lost <BR> <BR> Chest: 0.25 in. lost <BR> <BR> Waist: 0.5 in. lost <BR> <BR> Hips: 0.75 in. lost <BR> <BR> Thighs: 0.25 in. lost <BR> <BR> Calves: no change <BR> <BR> TOTAL: 2 inches lost <BR> <BR> <BR... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 17:28:57 EST New Year, New You poem... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578497 (I can not take credit for writing this... and I'm afraid that I can not give credit to the person who did as I don't remember who shared it w/ me last year... but I wanted to share it w/ all of my Sparkbuddies on this first day of the new year!) <BR> <BR> <BR> Twas’ the day after Christmas and all through the house <BR> are enough dinner goodies to tempt any mouse. <BR> <BR> Momma in her nightie and Dad in his tee <BR> share cookies and candy with brother and me. <BR> <BR> The feasti... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 20:15:46 EST 2013 in Review... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578207 2013 was a roller coaster year... <BR> <BR> The first 1/3 of the year I was all gung-ho... participating in a Lifestyle Change class at my gym w/ my future DIL. We worked w/ dietitians, personal trainers & a lifestyle coach to help us get on the right track w/ diet & fitness. I did very well w/ it, and was very focused. <BR> <BR> Then the middle 1/3 of the year was one of injury, indulgence & laziness... I'll admit it: when I wasn't injured, I didn't feel like working out, so I just did... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 16:17:09 EST Results from BL FALL INTO FITNESS Challenge... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5546276 Back in September, I joined the Biggest Loser "Fall Into Fitness" challenge... and I am so excited about the results I've achieved from it! My goal was to lose 15 lbs. during the 10-week challenge... and not only did I meet that, but surpassed it! <BR> <BR> <BR> Here are my results: <BR> <BR> Weight: 17.9 lbs. lost <BR> <BR> Body fat %: 1.9% lost <BR> <BR> Upper arms: 0.5 in. lost <BR> <BR> Chest: 0.75 in. lost <BR> <BR> Waist: 0.75 in. lost <BR> <BR> Hips: 1.5 in. lost <BR>... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 16:22:21 EST Things That I Love... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5471397 Had a fellow BLC team member post a blog like this earlier, and I liked it so much that I decided to do one myself... <BR> <BR> <BR> Things that I love... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l144107741.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My loving hubby... <BR> we will celebrate our 10th anniversary this NYE! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1890702091.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My wonderful boys... who agreed to "retake" this pic for me... <BR> Back row: ... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 03:27:18 EST My Top 10 "Good Things" List... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5448050 I accepted a challenge from KALISWALKER's blog... to write my own version of "My Top 10 Good Things" list. I'm always looking for new ways to inspire myself & keep myself motivated! <BR> <BR> 1. I only have 4 lbs. left to reach my "low wt" for 2013. <BR> 2. I am getting into my smaller wardrobe. <BR> 3. As I "shrink" out of my bigger clothes, I am donating them to Goodwill. <BR> 4. I have made several new Spark friends in the past couple of weeks. <BR> 5. Since I've been on medical le... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 20:25:57 EST July Recap... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5441718 This month has definitely been a roller coaster... between my hip injury, medical leave, my son's visit from Florida, and my big birthday blowout last weekend, I have had one busy chaotic month! So I wasn't really sure what to expect this month and was honestly just hoping not to GAIN too much by the end of the month... <BR> <BR> Here's my results as of August 1st: <BR> <BR> Weight: 0.6 lb. gained <BR> <BR> Body fat %: no change <BR> <BR> Upper arms: no change <BR> <BR> Chest: 0.25 ... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 00:23:33 EST Good News... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5430096 Just a quick update: <BR> <BR> Had good news today at physical therapy... I am progressing well enough that they upped my weight bearing status from just "toe touch" (which is basically nothing) to 25-50% weight bearing (which is so much easier to maintain). <BR> <BR> Fortunately this happened just in time for our big birthday bash this weekend! <BR> <BR> AND while I'm blogging, I'll just add that I'm very excited that my son will be here from Disney tomorrow! YEAH!!! Tue, 23 Jul 2013 00:41:13 EST 1 Month Streak... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5425991 Celebrating the fact that I have gone 1 full month (30 days) without drinking any type of caffeine... including my daily Diet Mt. Dew and the energy drinks that I used to rely on to get me through my night shifts! <BR> <BR> Even better... I never suffered from the "caffeine withdrawal" headaches that I have dealt with in the past. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 02:17:35 EST Quick Update: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5424584 I survived my initial week of pretty much "bedrest" since the doctor wanted me to take it easy w/out going too stir crazy. It was getting rough by the end of the week, but fortunately some of my kids came to visit and that really helped get me outta the funk I was delving into... <BR> <BR> This week I've started physical therapy... the days in the gym are just a little bit of stretching and a couple of strengthening exercises, followed by alot of e-stim and ultrasound. Feels kinda weird wh... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 20:52:06 EST And the Diagnosis is... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5414793 So today I had my follow-up appt. w/ my ortho doc to discuss the results of my C.T. scan from Friday, and figure out what the treatment plan is... <BR> <BR> Gotta say, that I got better news than I expected: NO surgery required! YAY!!! <BR> <BR> However... that doesn't mean that it was necessarily "good" news either... <BR> <BR> I have a partially torn ligament that connects the pelvis to the front of the hip bone... which explains the "give" I feel when I step, as well as the pain. Thi... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 20:53:59 EST A "Not-So-Festive" 4th of July Weekend... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5412002 So this week has not turned out at all like I thought it would... I had a short 2-day work week scheduled, and then was planning to enjoy a nice long 6-day holiday weekend! Had plans for a couple of fireworks shows, some lake time, a little road trippin' w/ my hubby & father, a visit to the stepson who lives a couple hours away... and even a little retail therapy. Sounds like a perfect weekend, right??? <BR> <BR> Well, that all got kabashed on Wed AM (actually Tuesday afternoon)... <BR> <... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 01:04:51 EST 4-Month Recap (aka The Good, The Bad & The Good)... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5407890 Evidently I haven't posted a blog in awhile... so let me share the "good" first... followed by the "bad"... and now the "good" again... <BR> <BR> <BR> So the 1st GOOD: <BR> <BR> After I completed my weight loss classes at my gym, I was very successful, <BR> <BR> So, here were my results on April 1st: <BR> <BR> Weight: 4.9 lb. lost <BR> <BR> Body fat %: 0.9% lost <BR> <BR> Upper arms: 0.5 in. lost <BR> <BR> Chest: no change <BR> <BR> Waist: 0.5 in. lost <BR> <BR> Hips: 0.75 in... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 21:23:49 EST February Results... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5266246 So like I did last month, I am going to post my TOTAL losses since Feb. 1st instead of from my previous measurements... <BR> <BR> So, here are my results since Feb. 1st: <BR> <BR> Weight: 6.6 lb. lost <BR> <BR> Body fat %: 1.1% lost <BR> <BR> Upper arms: 0.5 in. lost <BR> <BR> Chest: 1 in. lost <BR> <BR> Waist: 1.25 in. lost <BR> <BR> Hips: 1.25 in. lost <BR> <BR> Thighs: 0.75 in. lost <BR> <BR> Calves: 0.5 in. lost <BR> <BR> For those of you following my blog posts, I do ... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 16:43:46 EST Mid-Month Progress Report... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5250580 So far, February has been a very good month for me... I've stayed consistent w/ my eating, I've actually made it to all of my gym classes (even going to an extra one or two), AND I've finally gotten back to strength training. <BR> <BR> <BR> So, here are my results since Feb. 1st: <BR> <BR> Weight: 4.6 lb. lost <BR> <BR> Body fat %: 0.7% lost <BR> <BR> Upper arms: 0.25 in. lost <BR> <BR> Chest: 0.25 in. lost <BR> <BR> Waist: 0.5 in. lost <BR> <BR> Hips: 0.5 in. lost <BR> <BR> T... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 15:29:48 EST The A-Z of Me... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5231080 (I've had several of my Sparkfriends post this, so I decided to join in the fun) <BR> <BR> <BR> A - Available or married: Married - just celebrated 9th anniversary on New Year's Eve. <BR> <BR> B - Book: I'm not much of a reader, but I did give in to the craze & read the "50 Shades of Grey" series this summer. <BR> <BR> C - Cake or Pie?: Most likely neither, but if I ate either these days, they would be homemade & "tweaked" to a healthier version! <BR> <BR> D - Drink of Choice: Water... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 00:45:13 EST January Results... (a day or two early) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5229633 So I'm a couple of days early w/ my monthly measurements, but I wanted to see how I was doing after my week of restrictions from exercise. I know that I posted a "mid-month" results, but I'm going to post my TOTAL losses since Jan. 1st instead of from my previous measurements... <BR> <BR> So, here are my results since Jan. 1st: <BR> <BR> Weight: 8.6 lb. lost <BR> <BR> Body fat %: 1.4% lost <BR> <BR> Upper arms: 0.25 in. lost <BR> <BR> Chest: 1.75 in. lost <BR> <BR> Waist: 0.5 in. ... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 01:50:00 EST Making the Most of My Restrictions... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5219543 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l243525209.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is what I keep telling myself while I'm "benched" from my Zumba & water aerobics & gym workouts! <BR> <BR> Just 2 more days of restrictions, and then I can SLOWLY start getting back to my fitness routine... yep, that's right - I can honestly say that I have a "fitness routine" these days! <BR> <BR> On the upside, I did manage to lose 4 lbs. when I weighed in on Monday... makes me wonder how much I might've l... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 04:23:23 EST Minor Setback... but NOT a Failure... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5216032 So some of you have probably noticed my status posts regarding "taking it easy"... thought I should explain what I'm dealing w/ right now... <BR> <BR> Thursday evening before work, my father, hubby & I took my stepson & his GF out for dinner for her 21st birthday. I did a great job of ordering... I checked out the menu before going to the restaurant so that I could be prepared for ordering. I had a ham/turkey wrap (w/ a tomato basil tortilla) and the dressing on the side so I minimize how ... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 20:05:37 EST Mid-Month Progress Report... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5207758 So, I'm only 2 weeks into the new year, but I'm wanting to really stay on track w/ my eating & fitness efforts... so I thought I would post a mid-month report in addition to my monthly one to keep me accountable throughout the month. <BR> <BR> So, here are my results since Jan. 1st: <BR> <BR> Weight: 3.7 lb. lost <BR> <BR> Body fat %: 0.6% lost <BR> <BR> Upper arms: 0.25 in. lost <BR> <BR> Chest: 1.25 in. lost <BR> <BR> Waist: 0.25 in. lost <BR> <BR> Hips: 0.5 in. lost <BR> <BR> Thigh... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 02:30:20 EST Kick Start... and We are off & running!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5189277 Today my local gym started it's annual fitness program for the public: Kick Start. As part of the "kick-off", I had to do a pre-assessment to measure my current fitness level & stamina. Of course, there will be a post-assessment after the 10 weeks, and I certainly hope that I see some major improvement by then! <BR> <BR> Here are my "pre-assessment" results: <BR> <BR> Sit & Reach: 13.5 inches <BR> Wall Pushups: 26 reps <BR> Full Squats: 20 reps <BR> Low Cable Rows: 46 reps <BR> Plank... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 00:29:05 EST Happy New Year!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5186394 One Word "getting to know you" game. It's been awhile since I did one of these, and w/ the new year upon us, it seemed like a good time to do so again. <BR> Thanks Sunny (SUNNY332) for a sharing... <BR> <BR> Where is your cell phone? Armrest <BR> Spouse? Dano <BR> Your hair? Long <BR> Your mother? Dead <BR> Your father? Busy <BR> Your favourite thing? Puppies <BR> Your dream last night? Sad <BR> Favorite drink? Lemonade <BR> What room are you in? Living <BR> Your hobby? Fishing ... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 14:47:45 EST 2012... Year in Review... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5185914 So as I mentioned in my last blog, 2012 pretty much destroyed all of my previous weight loss successes. Here is a rundown of where I stand compared to where I first started w/ Sparkpeople 4 years ago: <BR> <BR> <BR> Weight: 13.6 lb. down (best -84 lb.) <BR> <BR> Body fat %: 2.4% down (best -13.3%) <BR> <BR> Upper arms: 0.25 in. down (best -2.75 in.) <BR> <BR> Chest: no difference (best -8.25 in.) <BR> <BR> Waist: 0.75 in. down (best -7.5 in.) <BR> <BR> Hips: 1.25 in. down (best... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 11:08:19 EST Revamp, Redesign & Renew... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5157763 So, 2012 has pretty much been the polar opposite of everything that I have attempted to achieve on my weight loss journey... I've gained back most of the weight that I initially lost, and am essentially starting over. <BR> <BR> But, obviously, I know that I can do it, because I've done it once already... so it's time to "revamp, redesign & renew"... <BR> <BR> Revamp - I've revamped my entire plan. I have a little over 1 month of Nutrisystem foods left in my cabinet. I am going to use them... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 01:51:57 EST Countdown to the 2012 Fall 5% Challenge... Assignment #8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5073795 So we have another pre-challenge assignment... <BR> <BR> List YOUR reasons/excuses on why YOUR diets and exercise plans have not been well executed in the past. OK that might be too long a list, so give 3 or 4 reasons and for each write a strategy that will keep you on track for 8 weeks. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. EXCUSES: I've gotta million of them! I am always able to come up w/ an excuse why I don't have time to exercise, or there's something more important that I need to do than workout, o... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 23:58:18 EST Countdown to the 2012 Fall 5% Challenge... Assignment #5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5069512 So... today's pre-challenge activity is to figure out what our 5% goal is, and then adjust our goals on SP to calculate our calorie allocations appropriately: <BR> <BR> <BR> 5% Goal: 12 lbs. <BR> Current Weight: 239.4 lbs. <BR> Target Weight: 227.4 lbs. <BR> <BR> <BR> Goal to eat 1380 - 1730 calories per day <BR> Goal to burn 820 calories per week <BR> Goal to go from 239 to 227 by 11/24/2012 <BR> <BR> <BR> Here's to a successful 5% Challenge!!! Fri, 21 Sep 2012 17:57:29 EST Countdown to the 2012 Fall 5% Challenge... Assignment #4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5068646 And on to the next pre-challenge activity... and something we should all think about... Trigger Foods: <BR> <BR> 1. List ALL your trigger foods: <BR> My one specific food would be Cheetos. (they are my "can't eat just one" food) <BR> There are actually several foods that I end up "triggering" with... mine is more of a situation than a particular food... other than the Cheetos! <BR> <BR> <BR> 2. What are the sources of the Triggers Foods? <BR> Drive-thru's after work in the AM is reall... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 02:21:57 EST Countdown to the 2012 Fall 5% Challenge... Assignment #3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5066675 Another pre-challenge activity... so here we go: <BR> <BR> 1. List all the reasons you want to lose weight: <BR> This list could go on & on... <BR> To be healthier (hopefully get off some of the meds I am on) <BR> To live longer (grandkids are in my future & I'd like to watch them grow up) <BR> To look better (would love to shop in a "regular" dept vs. plus size) <BR> To hurt less (my knees feel better as I lost weight) <BR> To be more active (I loved running... hoping that I can do that ag... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 16:40:58 EST Countdown to the 2012 Fall 5% Challenge... Assignment #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5065487 In preparation for starting the next 5% Challenge, we've been asked to do some countdown assignments... here is the first one: <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Have you got your gym clothes, runners, water bottle, etc. ready to go? <BR> Absolutely... even got some new stuff! <BR> <BR> 2. What is your exercise plan? <BR> I plan to workout at least 30 minutes 3 days per week. <BR> and then 10 minutes on the other 4 days. <BR> I have a gym membership to use after I work in the AM, a... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 21:34:15 EST Motivation... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5060842 Sitting here watching reruns of earlier Biggest Loser episodes on Halogen, and it reminds me of numerous quotes from Bob & Jillian that have motivated me at various times. I decided to post my favorites here for all to hopefully benefit from them... <BR> <BR> <BR> From Bob: <BR> <BR> "Stand up & finish what you started" <BR> <BR> "Work, work, work... just stop talking & do it" <BR> <BR> "This isn't about winning a game; it's about fixing what's broken" <BR> <BR> "This is your life. Wh... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 20:44:55 EST Damage UNDONE... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5059750 Good News... as of yesterday, I have undone all of the damage that I did last weekend, and even managed to lose another lb. <BR> <BR> Plus... I made it to the gym today and eeked out a 90-minute workout, cardio/weights/cardio... which may I say felt GREAT!!! <BR> <BR> Now to keep this momentum going... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 22:29:20 EST Weekend Damage... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5052677 So, the results are in... up a little over a pound to 244.1 after my weekend at the fair. I'm not surprised, as I ate off my nutrition plan, and I'm sure there was a ton of sodium in most of the stuff I did eat, so hopefully it should come off rather easily this week. <BR> <BR> Not gonna get upset over it... I knew this could happen w/ my little "treat day" at the fair, and now I just have to work hard to get it back off before my next weigh-in! Mon, 10 Sep 2012 14:27:21 EST Fair Feasting... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5051558 I said I would come back and share what I chose to nosh on at the fair, and so here I am: <BR> <BR> Before leaving the house, I did just grab one of my Nutrisystem cinnamon rolls for breakfast. They are small and low calorie, but I didn't want to forego breakfast completely. <BR> <BR> At the fair, we did alot of snacking, but we would buy an item and share it amongst 5 of us, so you basically got a couple of bites & that was it. <BR> <BR> Chocolate-covered strawberries (3) <BR> Mointz B... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 20:41:18 EST Continued Success... and a "Challenge" Tomorrow... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5048707 So, today's weigh-in was another good one: down another 2 lbs. since Monday... total of just under 10 lbs. since restarting my journey again! WooHoo!!! <BR> <BR> Now, for the "challenge"... <BR> <BR> Tomorrow, my hubby, my father & I are heading out on our annual trip to the Kansas State Fair, and this year, we're taking my youngest stepson & his girlfriend, neither of which have ever been to it before. Now, anyone who has been to a State Fair knows that the food there is definitely not ... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 15:04:57 EST I'm Back... and Rarin' to Go... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5044960 So 2012 has been an interesting year... w/ plenty of ups & downs... esp. on the scale! Had my 25th Class Reunion this year, which makes one feel old as hell. Also married off my middle stepson to his high school sweetheart, in fact, just one week after the reunion. Been down to Disney a couple times to visit my own son, who's extremely happy there (who wouldn't be, working at the "happiest place on earth"? LoL). Overall, a pretty exciting year so far... <BR> <BR> BUT in the midst of all... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 02:05:21 EST ATTENTION: NASCAR FANS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4754357 With the season getting it's "official" start this weekend, I wanted to invite anyone interested to join us in a very fun game during the Nascar season. <BR> <BR> The name of the thread is "2012 Pick Three", and you'll find it in the "Nascar is the game ..who is your driver?" Sparkteam under the general team discussion forum. <BR> <BR> It's very simple: each week before qualifying you simply post the three drivers you want to pick that you think will do well that week. That's all there... Fri, 24 Feb 2012 03:50:18 EST January Results... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4742616 So... considering that this is actually a POSITIVE blog, I'm not really sure why it has taken me so long to post it... but better late than never, right? <BR> <BR> My renewed motivation in January has been continuing, w/ me participating in a couple of bootcamp workouts at my local gym as part of their Kick Start program that I mentioned in my last blog, as well as working out here at home too. I haven't kept up w/ the bootcamps as I started to notice an increase in hip pain after them, s... Thu, 16 Feb 2012 22:54:30 EST 2011 in Review... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4658629 Wow... I can't believe that I haven't posted a blog in 3 months... I apologize for that! I have been around "on/off"... but around none the less. I'm not gonna try to update you on my results from Oct, Nov & Dec... believe me, they were nothing to write home about anyway! But I will kinda "wrap up" how my year went... <BR> <BR> Speaking of year, can you believe that another one is in the books??? My goodness, I swear this year flew by even faster than last year, and I though it went by a... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 01:29:30 EST September Results..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4532889 Gotta start this by apologizing for taking so long to post my September "results" blog... I've been so busy that I didn't even realize until the 6th that I forgot to do my weigh-in and measurements for my end of the month results. <BR> <BR> So... I have been on Nutrisystem the entire month, and I'm happy to say that I have had some good results during my 1st month. So, here they are: <BR> <BR> <BR> Weight: 5.5 lb. lost <BR> <BR> Body fat %: 1.21% lost <BR> <BR> Upper arms: 0.25 i... Wed, 12 Oct 2011 21:56:45 EST A Step in the Right Direction... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4464207 So, it's only been 2 weeks since I "restarted" my journey... and I've got to admit, I haven't been "perfect" w/ my eating... but I have stayed w/in my nutrition goals every single day. I could easily have made some "better" choices, but I'm definitely eating better than I have been doing over the past couple of months! <BR> <BR> Anyway... I have made some small moves in the right direction... and here's what I've done in just 2 weeks: <BR> <BR> Weight: 0.04 lb. lost <BR> <BR> Body fat %... Sat, 3 Sep 2011 13:07:17 EST Time for a "FRESH START"... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4431882 Obviously, as any of my SparkFriends who follow me know, I haven't done a "real blog" lately... and I can't say that I really have a good excuse for this, except for the following reason: I went into a total backsliding meltdown over the past couple of months! <BR> <BR> In some of the comments on my previous blogs, I've been thanked for my frank honesty... so I figure why change now. So, this blog is loaded w/ more of the same... <BR> <BR> I knew I'd done some damage, that was obvious... Wed, 17 Aug 2011 05:19:32 EST SparkBuddies... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4425092 (This was shared w/ me from a friend on FB... and it just seemed so appropriate for SP that I had to share it w/ ya'll) <BR> <BR> <BR> They warn you about making friends online (which is good advice in a lot of cases) but once in awhile you truly find some great friends online, that you have never met, and that seem to care just as if they have known you your whole life... <BR> <BR> That describes all of my SparkBuddies! <BR> <BR> I'm so thankful to have found a few of those 'special peop... Sat, 13 Aug 2011 19:49:32 EST Mid-Month Update: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4319305 Well, it's been an interesting month, to say the least... <BR> <BR> I spent the first half of the month reading up on OA, as I mentioned in my previous blog. There are no local "face-to-face" meetings in my area, but I did attend several online meetings, as well as one phone meeting (which is kinda strange, I must say). I think it's an awesome organization and I highly recommend it to those who truly need it and for whom it will work, but I don't think it's a "right fit" for me. OA believ... Fri, 24 Jun 2011 05:12:07 EST A Potential "A-HA" Moment... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4256890 So, I already shared in my previous blog how bad the month of April was for me... well, sad to say that things have not improved. I had great intentions, but just was not able to get out of this rut... <BR> <BR> Then I had a bit of a revelation... I believe that I am probably dealing with a true food addiction here. I've found myself binging on food, hiding food from others, hiding the amount of money I've spent on those binges, and even thinking to myself as I'm eating: "I'm not really h... Thu, 26 May 2011 01:37:43 EST April Results... and Confession... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4207957 As you've probably noticed by my lack of blogs lately, I've been kinda MIA. I did have moments where I came back to check in on the Sparkteams that I lead, but as for my own participation on SP, it's been half-hearted at best. April was NOT a good month for me... mentally, physically, emotionally... and because of all of that, it ended up not being nutritionally either, as I returned to some very bad habits from the past... (can anyone say "binge eating"???) <BR> <BR> Well... I believe in... Tue, 3 May 2011 17:31:03 EST 50 Questions... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4177351 50 Questions (Everything you either did or did not want to know about Nascar_Chick) I stole this from Sunny332... please feel free to steal it from me so I can get to know you better too! <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? <BR> The nurse that delivered me at the Army hospital. <BR> <BR> 2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? <BR> Today talking to a friend. <BR> <BR> 3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? <BR> Yes - I've been told I have very nice handwriting. (if only I could g... Tue, 19 Apr 2011 16:58:21 EST