NEWMAC2011's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=NEWMAC2011 NEWMAC2011'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/ TGIF http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279562 Anything else to share with my team: <BR> <BR> Finished my 1st week of work at my new job. Time flies as there's lots to do. We had a sad week. DD & I had a stray kitty who seemed to have adopted us. It was hanging out on our porch; we were feeding it and took it to the vet because it seemed to have eye problems. Turned out the poor kitty was blind. That meant we were probably going to have to keep her (already have 2 rescued cats and wasn't looking to add more but..) After testing we... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 23:27:14 EST Long time, no blog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5270466 It's almost a year since I wrote my last blog here on SP. It's been a tough year but things are turning around. Now I need to get back to the gym and work towards my personal goals. The 5% challenge will be helpful in that regard! <BR> <BR> So the theme is: "What new habit you wish to develop?" I want to commit to doing some form of exercise everyday. Some days I'll do 10 minutes but at least 3 times a week I will work really hard and give it my all. Sat, 2 Mar 2013 23:06:09 EST A "weighty" issue http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4805247 <em>192</em> <em>198</em> <em>193</em> <em>24</em> <em>192</em> <em>234</em> <em>193</em> <em>101</em> <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> So we're into week #2 of the Spring 5% Challenge. Some are happy with their results and others are bummed by that number on the scale. <BR> <BR> Isn't it amazing how a number can absolutely ruin a perfectly wonderful day if we let it? Others go so far as to throw up their hands and actually give up, quit, throw in the towel!! Ov... Mon, 26 Mar 2012 09:52:20 EST Spring 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4789924 <em>174</em> <em>126</em> <em>174</em> <em>126</em> <em>174</em> <em>126</em> <em>174</em> <em>126</em> <em>174</em> <em>126</em> <BR> <BR> And so it's about to begin again. This will be my 4th 5% challenge, my 3rd as ML (motivation leader) of the awesome Teddy Bear team. Last spring I was really getting off track and had regained about 12 lbs when THETURTLEBEAR invited me to do the Summer 5%. That completely got me back heading in ... Fri, 16 Mar 2012 00:06:51 EST DD's professional theater debut with photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4719709 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l265719368.jpg"> <BR> poster & playbill cover <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l452925082.jpg"> <BR> Theater Marquee <BR> <BR> DD found out that a local theater was having auditions for their upcoming season last June. This is a professional equity theater, one of the top regional theaters in south Florida. She got a call-back which was pretty exciting and then, about 2 weeks later, had the final audition... Fri, 3 Feb 2012 02:09:45 EST Spring Teddy pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4717734 Following SVELTEWARRIOR's lead, here are a few more teddy pictures to consider for Spring. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l362155561.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l440064725.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l791333280.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Of course we're open to any others that you Teddies find & post. Thu, 2 Feb 2012 00:23:06 EST Forget the scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4682713 The scale was up again yesterday for my Winter 5% weigh in (sorry Teddies, I thought I had posted it but was mistaken). Actually up .7 above my start weight for this challenge. I've been focusing on strength training now as my goal is to be firm and fit without any jiggles! <BR> <BR> Noticed that lots of Teddies have weight that is either staying the same (plateau) or up a bit and I DON'T WANT YOU TO GET DISCOURAGED!! It's not the number on the scale that is the only measure of the progre... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 19:00:00 EST 7 days of blogging for LTGL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4680664 DD has 2 shows today so I do volunteer work when I'm not watching the show (and no I'm not going to see all 30 performances!) Going to a new sushi/thai restaurant for dinner (it's yummy; have eaten there twice already) then will watch the show from the control booth where they call the cues and do the lighting and sound. Never been in there before so I'm excited! <BR> <BR> I'll be posting a blog about DD's show this week (since we have to blog for points for the LTGL (living the good life) t... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 17:39:50 EST What a difference a year makes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4666706 This week was my 1 year Sparkversary. Things are so very different now. When I joined SP on 1/2/11 I weighed 189, had a BMI in the OBESE range, was a couch tater supreme who never worked out, ate lots of horrible food and barely cooked, wore size 16/18 clothing and was embarrassed to be seen by anyone. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l99335999.jpg"> <BR> This was taken a couple of weeks after I joined SP so I probably looked even worse! <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 17:49:19 EST Getting ready for the Winter 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4603678 TERESA159 & THETURTLEBEAR had the right idea, putting all the pre-challenge assignments in one blog. I've been busy dealing with DD's eating disorder but decided to take some time to get these completed. <BR> <BR> #1 Getting Ready <BR> Have you got your gym clothes, runners, water bottle, etc. ready to go? - Since 1/3/11! <BR> What is your exercise plan? - Going to up my ST this challenge. <BR> Do you know what diet you will follow? - Will continue to track my food & stay within calorie ra... Mon, 28 Nov 2011 23:48:17 EST Am I responsible for DD's eating disorder? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4594874 Here's some irony for you. I joined SP this past January determined to get healthy. This would entail losing about 60 lbs. to have a normal BMI instead of the obese number I started with. Along the way I started eating healthier, cooking new recipes, working out. My DD & I are extremely close; she knew what I was doing and was very encouraging and proud of my progress. I counted calories on SP. She thought that was kind of cool so she joined SparkTeen and began to do the same. She, unl... Tue, 22 Nov 2011 03:07:50 EST My 1st 5k race! (lots of photos included) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4501438 8 1/2 months ago I was basically a couch potato. See scary before photos below! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l60109233.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l855091706.jpg"> <BR> 4 days after joining SP <BR> <BR> The thought of running a 5k wasn't anywhere in my head, body, neighborhood. Thankfully I found SP and got off my big fat a** and started going to the gym. Didn't get on the treadmill though as I didn't like it. <BR> <BR... Sat, 24 Sep 2011 10:33:56 EST Getting ready for the Fall 5% Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4491661 The Fall 5% Challenge starts on Saturday, September 24, less than a week away. We have pre-challenge assignments and this is the 3rd. I redid my sparkpage to get ready and reflect what I want to accomplish in the Challenge. Also, I'm the Motivation Leader for the Teddy Bear team so I want to be able to help others do well in the Challenge. <BR> <BR> Today's assignment is to list all the reasons you want to lose weight. I've been on SP for 8 1/2 months and have already lost 47 lbs. I hav... Sun, 18 Sep 2011 20:27:39 EST OMG, I ran a 5k! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4488786 The thought that I'd ever think about running a 5k, or train for a 5k, much less actually run a 5k was unimaginable to me. MOM2PIPER had been doing it and invited me to do one but I didn't. I saw TERESA159 running and KRISTI2661 running and other Sparkies who weighed more than me. Could I do this? Was it possible? <BR> <BR> Well thanks to SP and its great training programs, I ran my 1st 5k today! I started the 5k Your Way Rookie Running Program on July 16th to coincide with starting the... Fri, 16 Sep 2011 20:01:40 EST The Summer 5% is over! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4476452 Tomorrow is the last weigh in for the Summer 5% Challenge. It was so awesome being a part of a team (Yay Teddy Bear!). You really had to push yourself so that you didn't let your team down; it wasn't all about doing your own thing. <BR> <BR> Before the Challenge I was getting off track too often. Pounds were coming back on, definitely heading in the wrong direction!! The Challenge completely turned things around. I lost all the pounds I had regained plus a few. I started the 5K Your Wa... Fri, 9 Sep 2011 23:15:45 EST Getting stronger! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4472325 It's important to realize that we make strides in ways other than pounds lost. I can tell how much stronger I'm getting. And I did change my goal to becoming fit rather than just losing a certain number of pounds. <BR> <BR> When I did Day 2 Week 6 of my 5K training on Tuesday not only was I able to spin for 64 minutes and then do the training (for 63 mins) but I was able to do 9 intervals instead of 7 and ran for 3 1/2 minutes for 5 of them and 4 minutes for the last interval instead of 3 ... Wed, 7 Sep 2011 20:21:14 EST Challenge yourself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4470629 Are you getting complacent? Are your workouts routine? You know it's important to change things up so that your body doesn't get into a rut. Think about joining the Fall 5% Challenge (click on the link) <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=52982 </link> . It's filling up fast so don't miss out. <BR> <BR> The Challenge will push you to do more, try something new, even learn something. When I joined the Summer 5% Challenge (which ends this Saturday) I also was ... Tue, 6 Sep 2011 23:36:53 EST Join the Fall 5% Challenge! You'll be glad you did! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4468534 THETURTLEBEAR invited me to join the Summer 5% Challenge and it was just what I needed. After over 6 months on SP, I found that I was getting off track a little too often. Joining the Challenge helped me to refocus and got my motivation kicked up again. <BR> <BR> I definitely recommend doing the Fall 5% Challenge. Each week there's a different lifestyle task to accomplish which will help you live healthier. I now read the ingredients on all labels which helps me make better choices and o... Mon, 5 Sep 2011 23:45:09 EST How to go to DisneyWorld & eat healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4466656 DD & I went to DisneyWorld from Monday to Wednesday. My main purpose was to meet TERESA159 since she'd be there with her sister. It's only a 3 hour drive from me so how could I resist? It was really thrilling to meet one of my dear SparkFriends in person. Hate the photo but have to include it. We had dinner at one of the sit down restaurants at Disney. DD & I split the veggie sandwich and a salad which were very good. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l697388... Sun, 4 Sep 2011 23:32:21 EST What's in the food we're eating? Prepare to be horrified! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4439591 In the Summer 5% Challenge we have different lifestyle tasks each week. A recent one was to read the labels on foods we're thinking of buying. I started reading labels when I was on WW but that really entailed seeing how many calories, carbs, & fats were in the foods in order to figure out the point value. This task was to read the ingredients and I know from reading the posts that it was eye opening for many people. This is an essential thing to do in order to make smart choices about wh... Sun, 21 Aug 2011 09:43:10 EST My weight loss story; what's yours? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4427081 Saw this on TERESA159's page and think it's great. Answer "What's your weight story" with these questions on your own blog (you'll get points for it LOL). <BR> <BR> 1) How old are you? <BR> 52 but feel (and think look) much younger. It's just a number! <BR> <BR> 2) How long have you been overweight, obese, or physically not fit? <BR> A) Overweight -- I have been overweight my whole life (except when I married 22 years ago or got to goal at WW for a few years 8 years ago). Food has been m... Sun, 14 Aug 2011 22:37:31 EST Loving the Summer 5% Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4377715 Today is the 6th day of the Summer 5% Challenge and it's going GREAT! This Challenge is just what I needed. After 6 months on SP I was getting off track a little too often & slacking on the exercise and tracking/staying in food range. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l221219201.jpg"> <BR> Summer 2011 5% Challenge Team <BR> <BR> I highly recommend participating in a team challenge. This has completely gotten me back on track. I committed to exercise at least 3... Thu, 21 Jul 2011 18:36:05 EST Assignment #3 for Summer 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4352102 We've been given a different assignment every day in preparation for the start of the Summer 5% Challenge. Assignment #3 is to list all the reasons you want to lose weight. What do you want to change? How do you want to look? How do you want to feel? What things will you be able to do in the future with a slimmer healthier body? And list all the OTHER things that you want to change! <BR> <BR> My main focus continues to be getting into really great shape. This will include working out ... Sat, 9 Jul 2011 22:03:46 EST 6 month Sparkversary and July goals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4337071 6 months ago I joined SP & it's been such an incredible life-changing experience. 40 lbs down is a great indication that SP works. I've reached 14 of my mini goals and have 9 left, including the biggest which is reaching goal & maintaining my healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Here are my July goals: <BR> <BR> Track my food every day <BR> <BR> Cook 5 new recipes a week <BR> <BR> Work out 5 to 6 days a week for a total of 2,000 fitness minutes <BR> <BR> Add workout DVDs 3 days a week in addit... Sat, 2 Jul 2011 11:17:47 EST Spark Bracelet Revolution challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4278526 This has been traveling around and I decided to join in. Some Sparkers have chosen to wear a bracelet for 30 days as a reminder to themselves to keep on sparking and to stay motivated. Every time you look at the bracelet it's a reminder to be good to yourself and stay on track. I got the idea to join in from my friend LINDAKAY228's blog: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_j<BR>ournal_individual.asp?blog_id=4272021#<BR>comments <BR> She got the idea from some of her friends who also post... Sun, 5 Jun 2011 13:36:20 EST Music blog, day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4275967 A lot of my friends have been posting this blog. I wasn’t going to join in because my biggest love music-wise is classical, especially opera, but TERESA159 said it would be interesting if I did it. It would be great if you decided to listen to some of my choices and broadened your horizons. <BR> <BR> Here's how it goes. You post a song each day following the criteria for that day. Often I will be posting a choice of music that is not necessarily a song: <BR> <BR> day 01 - your favorite... Sat, 4 Jun 2011 00:02:22 EST Music blog, day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4272731 A lot of my friends have been posting this blog. I wasn’t going to join in because my biggest love music-wise is classical, especially opera, but TERESA159 said it would be interesting if I did it. It would be great if you decided to listen to some of my choices and broadened your horizons. <BR> <BR> Here's how it goes. You post a song each day following the criteria for that day. Often I will be posting a choice of music that is not necessarily a song: <BR> <BR> day 01 - your favorite s... Thu, 2 Jun 2011 13:57:15 EST 30 day music blog, day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4271018 A lot of my friends have been posting this blog. I wasn’t going to join in because my biggest love music-wise is classical, especially opera, but TERESA159 said it would be interesting if I did it. It would be great if you decided to listen to some of my choices and broadened your horizons. <BR> <BR> Here's how it goes. You post a song each day following the criteria for that day. Often I will be posting a choice of music that is not necessarily a song: <BR> <BR> day 01 - your favorite s... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 20:56:07 EST Completing challenges & accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4263247 Yesterday I completed 2 challenges, the Spring into Shape Bootcamp Challenge and the 30 Day Shred DVD. The 1st Challenge I completed in the allotted time, the 2nd I didn't. I actually started the 30 Day Shred, a personal challenge, on April 25 and was supposed to finish on May 24 but I didn't finish until May 28. However, in the 34 days, I did the Shred 36 times because I did 2 levels on 6 separate occasions. I'm very literal so when I skipped a day because I didn't feel well I wasn't sur... Sun, 29 May 2011 13:57:03 EST 30 day music blog, day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4257869 A lot of my friends have been posting this blog. I wasn’t going to join in because my biggest love music-wise is classical, especially opera, but TERESA159 said it would be interesting if I did it. It would be great if you decided to listen to some of my choices and broadened your horizons. <BR> <BR> Here's how it goes. You post a song each day following the criteria for that day. Often I will be posting a choice of music that is not necessarily a song: <BR> <BR> day 01 - your favorite... Thu, 26 May 2011 13:46:47 EST Music blog, day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4256163 A lot of my friends have been posting this blog. I wasn’t going to join in because my biggest love music-wise is classical, especially opera, but TERESA159 said it would be interesting if I did it. It would be great if you decided to listen to some of my choices and broadened your horizons. <BR> <BR> Here's how it goes. You post a song each day following the criteria for that day. Often I will be posting a choice of music that is not necessarily a song: <BR> <BR> day 01 - your favorite s... Wed, 25 May 2011 18:01:49 EST 30 day music blog, day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4253671 A lot of my friends have been posting this blog. I wasn’t going to join in because my biggest love music-wise is classical, especially opera, but TERESA159 said it would be interesting if I did it. It would be great if you decided to listen to some of my choices and broadened your horizons. <BR> <BR> Here's how it goes. You post a song each day following the criteria for that day. Often I will be posting a choice of music that is not necessarily a song: <BR> <BR> day 01 - your favorite... Tue, 24 May 2011 16:14:25 EST Here's my 30 day music blog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4251862 A lot of my friends have been posting this blog. I wasn’t going to join in because my biggest love music-wise is classical, especially opera, but TERESA159 said it would be interesting if I did so here goes! Maybe you'll be inclined to listen to some of these & discover some incredible music for yourselves! <BR> <BR> Here's how it goes. You post a song each day following the criteria for that day. Often I will be posting a choice of music that is not necessarily a song: <BR> <BR> day 0... Mon, 23 May 2011 20:50:27 EST Another "getting to know me" blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4247924 This is another fun “getting to know me” blog that I borrowed from a wonderful SparkFriend and have to pass along. Please copy and post as your own personal blogs as well if you're so inclined. <BR> <BR> 1. You are on a deserted island, alone. You can request the musical collections of five artists/groups. Whose music would you request? <BR> ** This was extremely difficult to pick: <BR> Prokofiev’s ballet “Romeo and Juliet”, Broadway musical “Sweeney Todd”, operas “La Fanciulla del West,”... Sat, 21 May 2011 22:35:46 EST Changing the focus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4235270 Today starts my 19th week with SP. I realize that my focus has changed. In the past, it's always been about the weight. Have to lose the weight. How much weight did I lose that week. How much more weight do I have to lose. How much I want to lose by a certain date. <BR> <BR> This time I'm concentrating on getting fit, getting in shape. I know the weight will come off, that a lot has come off already. Don't get me wrong, I still want to see a lower number on the scale. But more than... Mon, 16 May 2011 02:03:53 EST My A to Z list http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4209252 This has been making the rounds. It’s a good way to learn more about each other! <BR> <BR> <BR> A. Age: 51, 52 on June 4 <BR> <BR> B. Bed size: King (which is weird since I’ve been single for 15 years!) <BR> <BR> C. Chore you dislike: housework in general <BR> <BR> D. Dogs: allergic so none for me <BR> <BR> E. Essential start to your day: synthroid pill (had my thyroid removed so have to take this 1 hour before I eat) <BR> <BR> F. Favorite color: purple & turquoise <BR> <BR> G.... Wed, 4 May 2011 09:33:27 EST I'm "trying" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4205655 My motivational SparkFriend CORKYTHEMOM always writes very inspiring and thought-provoking things. Recently she wrote "the only difference between try & triumph is a little umph!" I thought that was really great and it got me thinking about the word try. <BR> <BR> To me there is doing or not doing. I feel that "trying" is another word for "not doing." Hope no one is offended by this; it's just how I feel. People say that they will "try" to do this program, they will "try" to exercise, t... Mon, 2 May 2011 20:07:16 EST Making the switch to healthy eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4196021 Not that long ago my DD came into my room & laid down on my bed (I'm a fortunate mom whose teenager still likes to talk to me & cuddle!) "What's that?" she asked. Well, to my horror, she had just spied the box of Devil Dogs I had hidden under my bench. She told me that she didn't eat those so I didn't have to keep them in my bedroom. What she didn't know was that I was hiding them so that she wouldn't see me eating them! That's right, I was a secret eater. I'd come home & stash the unhe... Thu, 28 Apr 2011 09:24:57 EST Really liking the 50 question thing so here are mine. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4183774 I've been enjoying reading my friends' entries so here's a little about me: <BR> <BR> 1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? <BR> Yes, my father named me after his favorite ballet dancer, Melissa Hayden. If it had been up to my mother I would be called Baby Coyne because she couldn’t make a decision! <BR> <BR> 2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? <BR> I cry all the time for happy things and sad! My daughter calls me a cold-hearted b**** as a joke. I cried on 4/21 when I reached 4 of my SP go... Fri, 22 Apr 2011 12:12:14 EST I can really see a difference! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4148653 The jeans almost falling off are definitely a big hint that I'm not as I was (and these jeans were more than painfully tight a few months ago.) This photo, of my & my DD taken on her 16th b-day on 12/21/10 definitely shows the progress I've made in my 13 weeks with SP. <BR> <BR> I'm feeling like a new person and excited about the journey continuing with all my SP friends along the way. I put these photos on my Visual Motivator. I will never look like the 1st photo again! <BR> <BR> <im... Thu, 7 Apr 2011 08:01:55 EST 30 Day Gym Streak COMPLETED! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4148132 On March 8 I decided to do a 30 day gym streak as I would be leaving for a NYC trip in 31 days. I thought it would kick things up a bit. Today was Day 30 and I went to the gym every single day since March 8 (even though we left for NYC on Day 30, not after I'd finished my streak as I had originally planned.) <BR> <BR> I went to the gym every day, no matter what: When I didn't feel well, when I was exhausted, when I had to leave town unexpectedly for a funeral, when I had to attend the fun... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 22:37:58 EST Not giving up, no matter what! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4133761 I'm up 1.2 lbs today. No, this is not an April Fool's Day joke. I'm not discouraged, hopeless, or frustrated. I did Level 1 of Jillian Michael's "30 Day Shred" 3 days ago. Today I can almost walk normally. The past 2 days I was limping around, groaning when I stood up or sat down; it was comical. <BR> <BR> I know sometimes people won't change their weight tickers if the weight is up. I did it for a reason. I'm hoping to inspire others to not give up! In my posts I often write about ... Fri, 1 Apr 2011 09:01:41 EST Put it in writing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4099747 25 days ago I noticed my dear friend SUGARBEHONEYPIE write "Day 1 of my 27 day 'Boot it into Spring' Bootcamp Challenge". Of course I wondered what that was and asked her about it as I'm sure other friends did. And every day since then there's a new status with the days advancing. She's now at 25 Days. Am I excited for her? You bet! Am I proud of her? You better believe it! <BR> <BR> I was also impressed, and more than that, I was inspired. She sparked me to start my own streak. I w... Thu, 17 Mar 2011 22:30:25 EST Give Someone a Goodie! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4048394 I know that getting a goodie can really put a smile on my face. It can cheer me up when I'm having a bad day or just make me feel good when I've achieved something. <BR> <BR> We know that to be successful in reaching our goals it's important to be active on SP & on your teams. If you're following that advice then perhaps you huddle with your teams. But do you scroll down and read the huddles? Sometimes someone posts "I reached a goal" or "I'm making progress" or "I need support." I like... Fri, 25 Feb 2011 23:42:36 EST What I've learned in 6 weeks with SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4017116 6 weeks ago I started my journey to a healthier lifestyle with the help of SparkPeople. I've lost almost 15 lbs and now go to the gym 5 or 6 days a week! I am so grateful that this site exists, offering so many wonderful tools to point us on our way to reaching our goals. Support is essential and I'm extremely appreciative of the encouragement I receive from my SparkFriends and from people I don't even know! The teams are excellent and I'm enjoying forming relationships and working towards... Mon, 14 Feb 2011 14:03:58 EST