NORAELIICE's SparkPeople Blog NORAELIICE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Starting AGAIN Well, I have finished another term in school and have one more class left for my Master's degree. It is really difficult being a single mom, working full time, and going to school. Over the last 6 weeks, as I worked more hours to complete the masters capstone project, I found myself eating fast food. Fast food was easy and fast, as I rushed from work, to taking my daughter to camps or school, and home to do school work. <BR> <BR> It is time for another fresh start. Tue, 8 Sep 2015 09:53:25 EST Menopause and weight When I was told I was in menopause a year ago, I was shocked and not ready. By June of this year, I was not loosing weight and my upper arms looked flabby for the first time in my life. I already struggled with weight gain from PCOS, but now what worked in the past was not working. Then started the hot flashes, not sleeping well, being tired all the time, not able to think clearly, emotions off, daily headaches and not able to loose weight. After two months, I said enough - I am not going... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 13:00:33 EST Setting new goals My work contract ended last Friday. I found that when I went into an office each day, I was eating more. I was especially eating more breads than I normally do. I ended up putting on pounds instead of loosing them these last 9 months. <BR> <BR> I am taking this time to get on track, prepare healthy meals at home, exercise daily, and finish my grad school term. Mon, 11 Feb 2013 10:28:08 EST Struggling for a change I have been trudging forward, however I have not been making much progress. While many people look at the New Year as an opportunity to make new resolutions to loose weight and exercise - it is now March. I think it is time to re-evaluate all those hopes and dreams of January to see where you are now. <BR> <BR> Well, it has been a hard winter here in Colorado for me. It seems as if me or my daughter, or both of us have been constantly sick. Although I have progressed in some unstated goa... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 00:20:00 EST A Bit Down I have been feeling down this week. I was going over my pictures from the holidays. I am so fat, it is depressing. I do not even want to keep the pictures. <BR> Fri, 13 Jan 2012 19:43:39 EST New Year Happy New Year. I hope this year will be filled with love, laughter, peace and prosperity for all. <BR> <BR> Over the holiday school break, my 7 year old daughter was very excited at my fat loss. It was very touching for me to see her excitement when she saw me one day and exclaimed, "Mom you have lost so much weight! I am proud of you!" <BR> <BR> It can be discouraging to see that I am not loosing on the scale, but I can get into clothes I was not able to wear before. I look forward ... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 13:10:38 EST Too much fast food I usually work at home, however, the last few days I was helping out move offices. Yesterday I found myself going way over my nutrition goals due to eating fast foods. So I need to figure out what I can take with me for lunch on days that I go into the office. I am not a morning person and mornings are busy getting my daughter off to school. So it will have to be something quick and easy. Wed, 2 Nov 2011 12:52:21 EST Boo at the Zoo Today the Denver Zoo had the Boo at the Zoo event. My daughter wanted to go, so I put the hiking boots in the car and we went. We are planning a trip to Orlando for Christmas and of course a visit to see Mickey Mouse. I am overweight with bad knees and a broken foot, so this was a good trial run. My 7 year old daughter was very patient and helpful. We only went for the afternoon too, to minimize my pain. <BR> <BR> At the end of the day my knees were good and the broken part of my foot... Sat, 29 Oct 2011 21:44:15 EST Ready for the Challenge I started to look into loosing weight and feeling better when the school year was ending for my daughter. I spent the summer working and taking care of her. We did have some time to walk and dance. Now that she is in school and I am past a negative setback in my life, I am ready to continue my journey to loose the weight. With the help and support of friends, I look forward to documenting my journey, loosing the weight, and being able to participate in more activities with my family. Wed, 19 Oct 2011 13:47:37 EST