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Sat, 11 Oct 2014 21:19:22 EST Thank you SP Family http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792910 <em>304</em> Everybody! My last blog was voted "Most Popular Blog"of the day <em>244</em> <em>252</em> <BR> I want to thank all 70+ people who gave me support and encouragement on my restart on this journey. Thank you for your compliments to my baby boy as well. It really motivated me this week to push forward. <BR> <BR> So to recap this week- I cooked all meals except on Thursday when we ordered pizza but that was still within my calorie range. I replaced 99% of my drinks with wa... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 17:23:16 EST I forgive me- my plan to get back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789560 Time to get honest and stop making excuses! I am ready to restart my journey to a healthier me. So let's make it happen. My current weight is between 220-215. My son will be 1 in January and this weight will no longer be "baby weight" but just plain old weight. So here are some things I have done to get ready <BR> <BR> 1. Finally took a long look in the mirror <em>204</em> This was hard because for so long I felt disappointed by my regaining my weight, but now I am over it. Time to do s... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:51:26 EST Good News and Feeling Great! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741978 This week has been pretty good for me <em>104</em> I went back to green smoothies this week for breakfast. This week I added oatmeal to help keep my full and it worked <em>250</em> <BR> This week I also tracked ALL my food, walked 2 miles a day with baby, and started a super deep cleaning of my house (you know cleaning all the hidden spaces and getting rid of all the junk we have accumulated). The cleaning is no where near completed but I am breaking a sweat getting it done <em>198</... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 09:09:47 EST Calling for HELP!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738629 I am calling out to all my Spark People Friends- I need HELP!!! <em>39</em> <BR> I have had a really hard time getting back into the swing of things. I KNOW I am an emotionally eater and I have truly been LOTS of emotional eating <em>15</em> <BR> Why I emotional: <BR> 1. I am not working and I am really concerned about not finding another job BEFORE my unemployment runs out in September <BR> 2. I have little to no summer clothes since all my summer clothes were from last year. This is... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:31:12 EST Getting Ready http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727296 So for the last two weeks I have been drinking green smoothies in the mornings and the results are in <BR> Starting weight 221 <BR> Current weight 219.4 <BR> Weight loss -1.6 pounds!! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Pretty good since I really was not tracking my food intake and have not started working out yet. My son also lost a little over a pound so he is also happy. <BR> <BR> I was looking for new green smoothie recipes since they have been working for us and came across the site- simplegr... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 18:33:44 EST Week 1 Review and Wrap Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722655 I am really getting the hang of this green smoothie thing. Loving the fact that my 11 year old son is also drinking them with me. <em>91</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Today marks the end of Week 1. What did I learn: <BR> 1. Collard greens do not make good smoothies- YUCK <em>24</em> <BR> 2. I love the creaminess that bananas create in the smoothies <em>334</em> <BR> 3. I can make up my own as long as I stick to the basics <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Orange Collard Smoothie- Sorr... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 09:46:08 EST Green Smoothie Review w/ recipes Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720630 Let me start my saying that I was wrong. I never thought I would be able to drink my meals but this past week I have embraced Green Smoothies. I have been drinking them in the morning for breakfast <em>91</em> <BR> <BR> Here are the recipes I have done so far: <BR> Basic Green Smoothie <BR> 1 cup baby spinach <BR> 1 frozen banana <BR> 1/2 mango <BR> 1/2 cup pineapple <BR> Review- this smoothie was good for my first one and even got a thumbs up from my 11 year old <em>211</em> <BR> <... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:03:47 EST At it Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720269 I am back! So much has happened. I am a proud mother of a very healthy son. Roshan Elijah was born on January 24th after 17 hours of natural labor!! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> He is growing so fast and I am so happy to have him. While on maternity leave I was laid off from my job <em>234</em> . But it is ok because it gave me extra time with my new little man. <em>251</em> <BR> <BR> I missed all my SP friends and am looking forward to making some new ones. I have about 40 pounds I am... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 00:01:13 EST 10 weeks down 30 more to go! (progress and July goals) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5413144 <em>213</em> Everybody! I can't believe its been over a month since I posted a blog. <BR> I am nearing the end of my 10 weeks of pregnancy <em>104</em> . I can't wait for this trimester to end so that I can get some of my energy back. <BR> <BR> How did I finally tell the hubby- well I created I collage of baby pics and gave it to him. He just laughed and was amazed it happened so fast. We had only been trying for a little over a month. My son was upset because he was scared that th... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 10:38:44 EST Progress with a BIG Surprise (shh don't tell) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5374335 Let's start with a recap for the month of May. <BR> May was my first month of true maintanince. <em>249</em> <BR> I increased my calories intake this month to about 1500 calories a day which was about 100 more than I was previously eating. I dropped the strength training and additional workouts and stuck with PT 24/7 workouts 5-6 days a week. <em>198</em> <BR> Here are my weigh in results <BR> Week : 178.6 <BR> Week 2: 176 <BR> Week 3: 175.2 <BR> Week 4: 175.2 <BR> Week 5: 177 <BR> M... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 07:54:49 EST Sweet treat and Sweat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5366996 Week 3 of May Maintenance started off with a new sweet treat <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1430737697.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Lemon Greek Yogurt Cheesecake! I found this recipe and it a definite keeper. <BR> <BR> I am still waking with Billy and crew in the morning and getting my PT 24/7 workouts done. I stopped any workouts after work and instead traded for some much needed spring cleaning this week <BR> <BR> Week 3 scale results 175.2! <em>248</em> I am rea... Fri, 24 May 2013 19:26:37 EST 15 days of Maintenance Check In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5357784 Quick check in - 15 days into maintenance <BR> <BR> So I started off this month at 178.8 which was higher than my ideal weight range of 172-177 <em>234</em> <BR> I had already set out some high expectations for exercise and was doing pretty well until this week <BR> PT 24/7 with Billy Blanks are get done in the morning before work. I had to stop my upper body workouts in the morning because my arms were too fatigued to finish the PT workouts. I had been doing 3 nights of circuit train... Wed, 15 May 2013 19:19:00 EST Spice it up- review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5356342 As part of a challenge with my new friends from the SPARK Maintenance team, I joined a challenge to make a new recipe each week. This came in handy since I had no idea what to make for dinner. These recipes can be found on skinnytaste.com <BR> <BR> Scallion Cilantro Rice with Habaneros and Lime <BR> Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes <BR> Servings: 4 • Size: 3/4 cup • Calories: 192 • <BR> 1 cup uncooked long grain rice <BR> 1 tbsp olive oil <BR> 1 habanero pepper, diced <BR> 1/2 tsp salt <BR> 2... Tue, 14 May 2013 13:17:05 EST Maintaining in May http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5342050 <em>235</em> to my first month of maintenance! Yeah I decided last week that I was finally ready to stop losing weight and set a range for maintenance. My maintenance range is 172-177 <em>211</em> Right now I am about 177 but I think is mainly due to eating alot of salt and not drinking enough water- I am fixing that now. <BR> Every month I set out to challenge myself by creating my own challenge goals. Well this month is no different. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Fitness <em>362</e... Wed, 1 May 2013 13:40:40 EST Whose that girl? Oh its me (with pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5338419 Today I was uploading some photos from my camera and came across some old photos. WOW I have changed so much. So I decided to write this blog to help motivate anyone who maybe struggling but also to celebrate how far I have come. <BR> <BR> July 2011- the start of it all. The day I decided that I was FINALLY going to make a permanent change. My start weight was 232 and this was taken on my way to zumba class <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l131257182.jpg"> <BR> <... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 16:11:14 EST Zombies have nothing on me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5331826 It feels great to be active and be able to do things I would never have dreamed of doing before. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I did the Walking Dead Escape! It is an obstacle course type race where we had to avoid contact with the Walking Dead Zombies <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Running, jumping and crawling through obstacles! <em>198</em> I did it with the hubby and we had a blast. I did leave him a few times <em>211</em> . Hey it was the zombie apocalypse- survival of the fittest <em>2... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 13:45:05 EST What's going on??- Check in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5325454 I can't believe that April is almost over! Where has it gone?? <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Well I set out this month to challenge myself. There was an obvious challenge but then some hidden goals as well: <BR> <BR> #1 Focus off the scale- I needed to stop relying on the scale to measure my progress. So I changed my tracker to measure fitness minutes. <BR> New goal 1400 minutes for the month <BR> <em>250</em> 800 minutes so far this month- not including my workout tonight <BR> <BR> #2 ... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 16:31:04 EST Super Busy Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5320725 I have been super busy this week- right now I should be working on another project but took a break to write this blog <em>18</em> <BR> Although it's Friday- I have to be at work at 6:30 am tomorrow to help with our annual Walk Against Hunger Run! So that means 5 am wake up call for me. <BR> <BR> I have decided to modify my workout plan for April. My original plan was to follow Hip Hop Abs workout schedule along with 30 Day Shred and Sundress Challenge. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Well ... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 11:09:50 EST Throwing the scale in the closet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5313675 Today is the end of Week 1 of my Beach body Challenge. I feel good with I have acomplished this week and not going to let the stupid scale get me down. <BR> <BR> OK Let's start with scales suck and after the Winter to Spring challenge, I will be putting mine up for awhile. Since alot of my workouts are more focused on toning than cardio, the scale is not the best measurement of my progress. <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Yeah the scale said I gained weight but I think that is more muscle weigh... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 13:17:27 EST Whole lot going on~ but I love it all! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5311855 April is turning out to a very busy month <em>198</em> . <BR> <BR> Work is really busy but in a good way. I am feeling good about the work I am doing for a change. It might have to do with my boss leaving last month <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I am in full swing with my fitness challenge for April after not feeling well on Monday. I have been doing my upper body strength and 30 Day Shred workouts in the morning before work and then doing Hip Hob Abs after work. <em>104</em> <BR> <... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 20:06:45 EST Getting Beach-body Ready http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5305539 This morning I finished my last week with Billy Blanks PT 24/7. I did a total of 7 weeks- I repeated week 2-4 after doing the initial 4 week program. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I feel stronger and I can tell that I lost inches in my waist by how my clothes fit. Last night my hubby told me that he could see the muscles in my shoulders and back <em>224</em> That let's me know that it worked in helping me tone up. <BR> <BR> It's crazy how working out has become a hobby rather than a chore... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 16:45:00 EST New focus- Living this lifestyle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5302041 This is my last week with Billy Blanks. I have done a total of 6 weeks of PT 24/7! <em>198</em> <BR> Time to think about what to do next. Yeah that is how mind works- new challenge and new focus. <BR> <BR> On Saturday I plan on weighing in and taking measurements for my new challenge. I also will change my SP tracker. <BR> <BR> New focus- fitness- living this lifestyle <em>224</em> That means that I will focusing on working out rather than losing weight. I am still ironing out the... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 12:52:03 EST The MONSTER is BACK! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5296204 Have you ever made a decision even though you know better??? Yeah that's me today. I finally got all my dental work done yesterday <em>24</em> which meant I ate hardly anything besides breakfast. Then PMS is here in full force ( the MONSTER) <BR> <BR> So what does that mean- I want to devour EVERYTHING!!! <em>4</em> It seems like all the "sometime" food cravings are turning into EAT ME NOW screams in my head. <BR> <BR> Started this morning with a coffee roll <em>473</em> from Du... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 12:11:28 EST Working it OUT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5287783 I just realized that I have not posted a blog this week. This has become a ritual for me and helped a lot during my weight loss. So I thought I better stick with the routine- not change it if its not broken right <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> This week I started a new challenge for myself. I am calling it the Spring Forward Challenge since it started on Daylight savings time. Here are some of the goals <BR> <BR> #1 Fitness <em>362</em> <BR> Burn 2,000-2,500 calories a week. <BR> Work... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 13:30:34 EST Not too late to change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5277829 Is it too late for New Year's resolutions?? <em>20</em> Throughout my journey I have always stated that my #1 goal was to be healthier. In the beginning I was so far from anything that I thought would be my "ideal" weight that I did not think about what I would once I got there. <BR> <BR> After reading about setting goals and about maintenance, I realize that I am there (or really close to it). I would like to get to the 60 pound mark of my weight loss journey but it no longer my primar... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 18:53:24 EST Marching into Maintenance - My March Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5269845 Let's start with a February update- <BR> #1 Start weight-180 <BR> End weight- 176 <BR> #2 I have done PT 24/7 for 3 weeks and am still alive. Even got a little muscle in my arms <em>85</em> <BR> <BR> The major thing for me right now is learning how to balance losing weight and learning how to transition to maintenance. <BR> <BR> I have been in weight loss mode for so long that when I looked up the calories for maintenace it scared me. It had to be wrong.. 1800-2100 calories <e... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 13:59:56 EST Bring it on Billy Blanks- Week 3 update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5263534 Are those muscles I see <em>211</em> ??? <BR> <BR> So I have been doing the PT 24/7 with Billy Blanks for 2 weeks. Not that long but I must say it is very effective. I think I am starting to get some muscle definition in my arms!! <em>84</em> <BR> <BR> Today marks Week 3. Is the workout hard? YES! But is worth it and once I got the moves I can even say its fun <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I have also been trying (except on week-ends) to follow the calorie ranges set by the program's ... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 14:40:15 EST 5 more to go and then what????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5252484 This morning was my 1st weigh in after starting the PT 24/7 workout last week <BR> I had gained wieght from m birthday and was back to 180 prior to starting the plan. Well the scale surprised me this morning..176.4 <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> OMG- I weighed myself like 3 times before I believed it. <BR> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <BR> <BR> I have less than 5 pounds before hitting my goal of 60 lbs GONE. I must admit I am scared. I know it sounds crazy to some people but I have lived... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 10:31:37 EST Really Billy?? PT 24/7 Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5248226 All I can say is.. Really Billy?? What did I do to you because you have been kickin my butt all week <em>198</em> and its only Tuesday!!! <BR> <BR> I started the PT 24/7 workout on Sunday and after dripping with sweat doing the Basic video- Yes the video that just shows you the moves! I knew I had made the right call getting this. I really wanted something that was going to help me tone and lose weight at the same time. Well this is it! Plus since each video is about 30-35 min I have n... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 20:34:15 EST SHRED Results and Master Plan.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5244305 Today is my last day of the SHRED diet. <em>104</em> Tomorrow is my offical last day and I may still follow it a little but I am trying to transition back to eating without the plan. <BR> <BR> Results: I started the plan on 12/31/12 with a weight of 187.6. I have not followed the plan all the time. If I were to do it again I think I have gained the skills to follow it more closely. But although I did not follow it 100% of the time I still lost weight <em>224</em> . According to my... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 18:50:42 EST Determined to have a Fabulous February http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5235921 I am appaoching the last week of the SHRED diet. This was a challenge that I can cross off my list <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I weigh in tomorrow for the start of Week 6- hoping for a loss. Week 6 is the last week and it got me thinking. What will I do next?? So here are my goals for this month <BR> <BR> Here are my goals for Febaury: <BR> 1. Finish SHRED diet on 2/10 <em>4</em> <BR> 2. Start Billy Blanks 24/7 workout on 2/10 for 30 days <em>216</em> (30 min workouts 6 days a week) <... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 16:06:46 EST Birthday Revelations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5234269 Good Morning Sparkers!!! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I am in full birthday countdown...3 more days until the big 38 <em>383</em> <BR> <BR> WOW where did the time go- I remember turning 25. But I am not in a midlife crisis mode more of a wish I had committed to this journey sooner mode. If I had the body I have now in my 20's <em>344</em> It would have been dangerous to say the least, but I have learned to not dwell on the past or live with regrets. That being said I have really enjoy... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 09:44:10 EST I did it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5227217 <em>242</em> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <BR> <BR> I got on the scale this morning....178.4!!!! 54 pounds gone! 23% of my body weight! <BR> <BR> I am now officially in 170-ville <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> I started Week 5 of the SHRED diet this morning. I am even more determined to see this to the end since it has helped me break out of 180-ville. <BR> <BR> This week is the Cleanse week so I have to drink hibiscus tea, pure cranberry juice & add flax to my morning lemon water <em... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 13:37:25 EST Feeling positive- Hello SP http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5224295 Hey fellow Sparkers! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I am doing well- back on the SHRED for a few days now. I am determined to stay on the plan this week-end and hopelly see some positive results on the scale Monday. I think am more excited about the fact that I have not given up. <BR> <BR> I found a group on facebook- Happy Shredders that is full of people doing this diet. That has been really helpful. I realized that I may been putting too many restrictions on myself. Also was glad to hea... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 11:53:45 EST Fallen but not out for the count http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5219009 So I am still HERE on the SHRED diet. I must admit after Monday's disappointing weigh in I wanted to give up. Really still in the 180's! 180.4 to be exact <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> But I decided to stay with it until the end of the 6 weeks. The temperature here has dropped and it is extremely cold. From 40's to the teens <em>259</em> That combined with this week being PMS time has a seriously increased my appetite <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> So far it has been a challenge this week- <B... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 18:18:38 EST Getting ready for the week ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5215795 This week-end has been pretty good. I got most of my errands and chores done and still managed some down time. I went off the SHRED plan yesterday and likely over in calories but I have done good today. It's all about balance right <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Today I am plotting out my next week. Exercise & food <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> I am about to start dinner for tonight- roasted lemon chicken with carrots& zucchini and brown rice <em>4</em> . I plan on using some of leftover chi... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 16:13:31 EST Transformation Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5214119 I am drawing near the end of Week 3 of the SHRED diet- Transformation. This week is the hardest so far, mainly because it consist of a lot of smoothies or soup meals. For those who don't know I have always said I would NEVER drink my meals- well I did it <em>243</em> <BR> <BR> There were times when I was hungry so I did grab an extra piece of fruit or something. This week I averaged about 1250-1380 calories. OK I did eat a 1/2 piece of fried fish that I made for dinner for the boys but... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 10:16:34 EST Struggled with the SHRED http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5201166 I do not want people to think that I do not struggle so here is the truth about yesterday <BR> <BR> Workout <em>24</em> Ah no I did not workout yesterday even though I promised I would so that I could eat some cake, and yes I still ate the cake <BR> Diet/Food <em>4</em> For some reason I was extra hungry yesterday. I am doing the shred diet. For lunch I was SUPPOSED to have a turkey sandwich but INSTEAD I wanted chicken salad, then I was SUPPOSED to have for dinner lean protein,veggi... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 21:03:30 EST I want a nap and maybe some cake! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5199086 Today seems like the longest day ever!! I just want to go home but instead I am at work writing this blog <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Just to update anyone who has been following my blogs, I weighed in on Monday to get the results from Week 1 of the SHRED diet. I lost 7lbs! OMG so amazing and I am now back to my 50lb loss weight of 180.6 <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Today is Day 3 of Week 2 and for some reason I am SUPER hungry! As I type I am waiting to eat my snack <em>4</em> . Today is... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 16:07:35 EST Week 1 SHRED Diet Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5193106 <em>244</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Today is Day 7 of the SHRED diet. I did it! I followed the diet 99% of the time with the exception of Day 1. I mean really who eats beans and veggies for dinner, but that day got me thinking. Did I mention that this was also New Years Eve?? <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> But I managed to pull together an under 400 calorie dinner that everyone loved! <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> Review of Week 1 <BR> <BR> I am not sure I would have been able to stick to ... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 12:44:59 EST SHRED for 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5182482 So I stepped off the scale a few weeks ago and indulged in Holiday festivities. Today is my restart day. Time to get back on the wagon as I am so close to my goal. Let's start with honesty and who is more honest then my good friend Lilly AKA the scale <em>192</em> <BR> 187 is what she said this morning <em>24</em> I should not be surprised considering the amount of food I have eaten this week alone. No need to cry about the nearly 7 lb weight gain just time to put a plan in action. ... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 15:59:49 EST I have a confession.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5169392 I have a confession that only my SP family will understand. I am not on a diet! I am living a journey to a healthier me. What does that mean? <BR> <BR> It means that sometimes I eat cake and ice cream at the same time <em>40</em> after eating pizza! It also means that I have learned to eat a sandwich without cheese or mayo <em>211</em> . It means that my body tells me when it's time to get back on the healthy eating train and that I am NOW wise enough to listen. <BR> <BR> It does n... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 18:41:52 EST 5 in 5- December Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5153422 Today I am really thinking about my goals for December and recap my November high and lows. In November I hit my 50 pound goal! <em>244</em> I gained weight over the holiday for 2 reasons- I was sick the week before and I stopped working out AND I ate all the Thanksgiving trappings <em>24</em> . Hey it happened and I already have a plan for Christmas. <BR> <BR> I am really close to my goal weight of 172 but I am not sure what I will do once I get there. I have changed my goal weight... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 10:37:01 EST Sometimes I slip but I always get UP! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5138335 I am not perfect and sometimes I slip back into old habits. There I have admitted it <em>211</em> Yesterday I let emotional eating take over my day. Let's start at the beginning. <BR> <BR> I bought a new scale because my old scale DIED <em>46</em> . I got on the new scale it read that I had gained 1.8 lbs <em>40</em> I know that scales differ and that this weight may not actually be a gain. I thought -"I will not let this affect me." So I tracked my breakfast and kept it movin... Sat, 17 Nov 2012 11:31:42 EST So happy to be 50- Check it out (with pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5129890 I have been waiting for this day to get here for so long. I decided that this was the month- let's <em>386</em> . I told myself <em>306</em> . A few weeks ago I lost 2 pounds and thought ok this is going to happen, but then for 3 weeks the scale went up and down. I needed a new plan <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> No more excuses, no more letting myself slide! Time to get serious. Goal 1800-2000 calorie burn for the week and staying within calorie range EVERY day not just Monday- F... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 19:08:29 EST My gift to you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5128125 This is for anyone who need some inspiration or a friendly reminder this month <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l507051724.jpg"> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>220</em> Thu, 8 Nov 2012 07:39:16 EST My recipe box http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5123936 My husband came downstairs and looked in the pot on the stove. He says to me- is that new? I must admit that I am not a standard cooking type of girl. We have eaten all types of food in the 13 years we have been together but this past 1 1/2 years has been the most adventurous. I credit for the reason I am still on my weight loss journey. <BR> <BR> I have a subscirtion to Cooking Light magazine, I watch the Food Network for fun, and often search sites like SP or eating well for recipes. ... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 18:53:52 EST Countdown to Thanksgiving 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5120835 Happy November!!! <em>104</em> <BR> This month I decided to do a challenge hosted by another website- Black Women Losing Weight <em>40</em> Don't panic I am still an SP Junkie <BR> <BR> The challenge consist of the following goals <BR> 1. Workout 5 hours a week <em>198</em> <BR> 2. No white flour products <em>250</em> <BR> 3. No sweets or candy <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to this challenge because on the week-ends my sugar intake can be quite INSANE <em>18</e... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 21:59:52 EST Surviving Sandy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5118213 I never thought I would say this but I am ready to get back to work tomorrow! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Since Sunday I have eaten everything not nailed down. <em>4</em> I have not worked out <em>230</em> I have been totatlly lazy <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> I am so happy that Hurricane Sandy is over and I can get out of my house. I love these people but I need a change on scenery ASAP <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> So tomorrow I will be climbing bak up the hill that is my journey <em>... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 17:43:39 EST