OHANAMAMA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=OHANAMAMA OHANAMAMA'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/ Fast Metabolism Diet 1st 28 days complete... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672038 Yesterday was my last day of my first cycle on the Fast Metabolism Diet. <BR> <BR> Over the past few weeks I have stuck to this diet, doing my best to follow it as written. I did make mistakes here and there... eating foods that weren't on that particular phase's food list, and not exercising... not hardly at all... but I did make sure to follow it as best as I could, and I drank all the water... 10 to 12 cups per day. <BR> <BR> The results are: <BR> March 17 - started at 223 <BR> March 24 ... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:02:10 EST Mar 14 review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661859 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l420390992.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Progress. That sums up March in a single word. <BR> <BR> This month I turned 49. I started a new diet. I lost a few pounds. My weight-loss-mode switch has been flicked "on" and I have been focused and motivated daily. I will not turn 50 still needing to lose weight! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1241084586.jpg"> Tue, 1 Apr 2014 14:53:20 EST Fast Metabolism Diet Week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655477 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l802029246.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Aloha friends! <BR> <BR> Many of you know that I decided to try the Fast Metabolism Diet... due to the success of a couple of friends on here who have tried it... so I decided to give it a go as well. I'm committed. <BR> <BR> I bought my book on Amazon and started reading it on March 12th. Wow.. it sounded so good. I am going to fix my sluggish metabolism in 28 days and eat plenty of food in the process... but wa... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 14:54:48 EST Blue Orchid http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643565 Aloha! the advice I need is... how do I keep orchids alive? :) <BR> Yesterday while we were out and about, my hubby bought me the most beautiful tropical blue orchid I have ever seen, actually the only blue orchid I have ever seen... is it the real color? I don't know, can they alter colors in orchids like they do carnations? Anyhow, I just want to keep it alive, but I don't have a green thumb, so any help and advice is most welcome! Here's a pic of it but keep in mind, this pic does not do t... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 12:16:52 EST Feb 2014 review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636873 More stress. I gained this time, though ... not all I had lost in January, at least. Not much else to say. I'm bummed, but determined and keep telling myself to not look back, only forward. This is where I am NOW. I'm visualizing where I'm going to be in one month. <BR> I'm going to make March a success. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l295299542.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l550987338.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://phot... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 11:57:36 EST Jan 2014 review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611189 This has been one stressful month... <BR> <BR> I changed from working part time to full time, same job. I went from 24 hours per week (3 days) to 40+ and not having the couple extra days home to get things done is stressing me still. Also, since I'm considered "new" I don't have any vacation yet. You have to work full time for a year to get that, so my hubby is having to take kids to doc appts and other things and I'm not used to missing those. <BR> <BR> I am still working my other part tim... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 13:11:03 EST Breathe in... Breathe out... Move on... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582056 First of all... <BR> <BR> Many thanks and deep appreciation to all who posted on my New Year's Day blog. I haven't had the time to thank each of you individually, but I hope you all know that the thanks is there!!! <BR> <BR> I am feeling very overwhelmed lately!!!! <BR> <BR> I am trying really hard to keep up with my challenges... and it's been hard lately. I know it's just been a half a week, but during that time I have gone full time (not looking for a pity party, just understanding beca... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 16:04:39 EST Happy New Year! Goals... and a realization that I don't have to be perfect... just me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578440 Happy New Year! <BR> These are a couple of my favorite Happy New Year pics... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1597875481.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1250557609.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And a couple good pics on goals... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l662044357.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2104534273.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have such high expectations for myself th... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 19:28:02 EST Question about resetting goals. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573764 I was wanting to reset my goals for 2014 here on sparkpeople... I mean the complete reset from the account page that removes all past entries... <BR> <BR> it says "Delete all your goals and results. You will keep your favorites and food groupings, but all goals and anything you have tracked will be removed. (Some people find this helpful for reading their reports if they have tracked inconsistently in the past.)" <BR> <BR> My question is, has anyone ever done this? What all did it reset? Di... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 12:22:42 EST SparktheSeason - shopping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573651 I don't really like shopping when there are huge crowds, so most often I do as much shopping online as possible... and this is my favorite place: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l627483974.jpg"> <BR> <BR> when I do venture out... I usually will go to Sam's, Target, Dillard's, Walmart, &/or Sears. Didn't want to put tons of pics of those places on here, tho. LOL! Sat, 28 Dec 2013 09:52:28 EST SparktheSeason - Comfy/Warmth/Something Red http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573635 I think these pics will cover both of these days: :) and my warm, comfy blanket also happens to be something red. :) <BR> <BR> this is my old leather couch with a super soft blanket, pillows, and a hot cup of coffee right next to me. This is where I'm usually at when I'm on the computer... very comfy and warm. :) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2135976064.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and this is NOT my house. it's just a pic I found online a long while back and have always loved... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 09:34:13 EST SparktheSeason - decorations/home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573622 From my house this year... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1687453333.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l951287479.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l579206857.jpg"> Sat, 28 Dec 2013 09:17:54 EST SparktheSeason - Relaxation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573619 Nothing, to me, would be more relaxing than being able to spend unrushed time in these places right here... with a good book (preferably Stephen King), a delicious drink (ice water is a favorite, although something fruity with an umbrella would be nice, too) and a nice breeze, with these views and the ocean waves being the main sounds I hear... ahhhh.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2123982336.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l398... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 09:12:28 EST SparktheSeason - Someone I Love/Family http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573610 I am so far behind on the SparktheSeason photo challenge. I am so sorry! <BR> <BR> Someone I love... can't put just someONE, and Family... these picture will cover both of these SparktheSeason days: <BR> my beautiful girls <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l755716928.jpg"> <BR> <BR> my handsome boys <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l899786810.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My mom and my sis <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1961027080.jp... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 09:03:48 EST TSO Concert, one more... this was SO COOL! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571098 If you ever get a chance to see Trans Siberian Orchestra live, you must do so. They are awesome. The singing, music, lights, everything ... all together made for a fabulous show. I saw them in 2010 ... but couldn't go in 11 or 12, But I will not miss another in my area if I can help it! You really need to see them live to fully appreciate all that goes into it. <BR> <BR> This concert tour is their last performances of The Lost Christmas Eve. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/n... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 11:44:58 EST TSO Concert Wizards in Winter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570397 One of their more popular songs... so often used in home light displays. :) Mon, 23 Dec 2013 10:07:23 EST TSO Concert Opening Song http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570379 TSO is amazing. The show was amazing. They ROCK!! This is the opening song. I am the worst about knowing the names of a lot of these songs. Forgive me. :) And none of my videos do them justice. You really have to see the show in person! They are extremely awesome! Beyond Awesome! Mon, 23 Dec 2013 09:37:51 EST Halloween... a late blog. :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5569982 I have finally been able to upload my pics from my camera. It's been a while, I know... but better late than never, yes? :) <BR> <BR> so here are a few pics from Halloween 2013. <BR> I didn't get pics in costumes. I forgot my camera when we left... and then everyone changed quickly when we got home that evening... oh well. :) <BR> <BR> All our pumpkins: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1958149768.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Me: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spark... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 17:07:07 EST SparktheSeason - Breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5569974 Most days, this is my breakfast... a hot cup of coffee (here in my Christmas mug) and Sparkpeople. :) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l942122296.jpg"> Sun, 22 Dec 2013 16:58:43 EST I've not forgotten... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565084 My daughter is home and she brought me my camera! <BR> I shall be catching up on SparktheSeason blogs soon! <BR> I appreciate everyone who has read the other ones and commented, supported, and encouraged me along. Y'all mean so much to me. It really helps lift my spirits when I'm feeling down. Spark friends are the best! Thank you all!!! <BR> <BR> Meanwhile... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l511813708.jpg"> Sun, 15 Dec 2013 19:12:18 EST SparktheSeason Dec 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5560926 Snack... <BR> <BR> ideally I snack on this and I love pretty much all of it... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l171135836.jpg"> <BR> <BR> but too often I give in to these: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l644834886.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1885988363.jpg"> <BR> <BR> today I had these: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l539590347.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spar... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 23:39:45 EST SparktheSeason Dec 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559915 Best part of Winter: <BR> <BR> a terrific list... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l522906059.jpg"> <BR> <BR> another terrific list... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1065615026.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Christmas! It's the day we celebrate my savior's birth... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2044243844.jpg"> <BR> <BR> when your fave band puts on their Christmas... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l12807... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 17:48:52 EST SparktheSeason catch-up: Dec 2 thru 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559252 <em>247</em> <em>425</em> <em>247</em> <em>425</em> <em>247</em> <em>425</em> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> Many thanks to all of you who commented on my last two blogs. There are a lot of sweet people here! Thank you for your support and kind words and for being a great sparkfriend and taking the time to read my blogs! I sparklove you all! :) <BR> <BR> I am feeling so much better, too. Still not 100%, but working on it, for sure. I'm loving this winter weather in spite of it's ... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 17:41:34 EST I've been sick.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558227 Aloha friends. <BR> <BR> I have been sick this week. Monday I could not get out of bed at all. It was miserable. I did not throw up, but there was nausea, fever, and severe body aches. I could barely lift my arms and legs. It was like the day after the most intense full body workout ever and I could not get comfortable at all. But the worst feeling was the severe sharp abdominal pains that came in waves, and headaches. Hubs and I aren't clear on what it was. Symptoms lead to some kind of sto... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 09:02:33 EST Dec. 1 - SparkTheSeason http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5554382 Photo Challenge: Dec 1 - Lights. <BR> This is my tree from 2011. It pretty much looks the same each year, but with a star most of the time... this one happens to have an angel on top. I would've posted a pic of this year's but I'm not done yet. :) I will post a pic of it when I get done. This year I have a lot more colored lights instead of all white, too. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1740547346.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I challenge myself to keep several things consi... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 17:46:48 EST #SparkTheSeason Consistency Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5547989 Have you read this blog idea? I think it's a good one not to miss. December is often the hardest month to stay on track... <BR> Here's the link to the blog: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=want_to_stay_on_track_in_december_h<BR>eres_how#_a5y_p=1073403 </link> <BR> <BR> I don't see why the photo challenge couldn't be posted in blogs instead of instagram (in case you don't use it) That could be fun. I don't use other social media to talk about my weight loss, tho... I do t... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 20:53:10 EST Tattoo for Motivation? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5535662 Aloha Sparkfriends! <BR> <BR> Many of you know that I like tattoos. And if you know me, you also know I don't have any... yet, and that I have designated getting one as a reward for weight loss. However, my motivation is waning, I've gained a bit back (so hard to really admit to the world!) So, just this morning I was thinking and it dawned on me... why wait to get one as a reward... how about getting one to boost motivation? <BR> <BR> Has anyone here gotten a tattoo for motivation/inspirat... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 09:55:18 EST Pass this on.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5513385 Asked by a Spark friend to copy and paste ..... <BR> <BR> We could all use these words of encouragement now and then. <BR> <BR> Everyone will go through some hard times at some point. Life isn't easy. <BR> <BR> Just something to think about... did you know the people that are the strongest are usually the most sensitive? <BR> <BR> Did you know the people who exhibit the most kindness are the first to get mistreated? <BR> <BR> Did you know the ones who take care of others all th... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 15:44:42 EST Fall 5% Challenge Assignment 10 - Strategize http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5509406 List your reasons/excuses on why your diets and exercise plans have not been well executed in the past. Give 3 or 4 reasons and for each write a strategy that will keep you on track for 8 weeks. Let's learn from our past behaviors and make this our best Challenge ever! <BR> <BR> Wow, do I ever need this one right now. <BR> In spite of how motivated and determined I've been to rock this challenge... I have gone hog wild with food these last couple of days! Why???? I've named my triggers, I ha... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 23:08:11 EST Fall 5% Challenge Assignment 8 & 9 - My numbers/measurements. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5508117 This is mainly a recap of my starting point for this challenge, what I want to achieve during it and by when, and how I plan on reaching that last weigh-in goal. <BR> <BR> Current Weight: 208.5 pounds <BR> I want to lose at least 10.5 (that's my 5%) to 16 lbs (that's 2 lbs per week) during this challenge <BR> Target Weight range: 198 - 192.5 pounds <BR> By When: December 7, 2013 <BR> <BR> My Goal is to eat 1000 - 1300 calories daily from mainly fresh fruits and veggies. <BR> To drink 64 ... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 15:12:19 EST Fall 5% Challenge Assignment 7 -Triggers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5505240 Trigger Foods <BR> - pizza while watching a movie is by far the hardest. Every Friday night is pizza and a movie night at my house... can this change? Not any time soon... it's a family thing with my 4 kids and often their friends. Planning on how many slices I will eat and sticking to it... Easier said than done. I try, sometimes I succeed, sometimes I find myself scarfing down the 4th slice before I even realize what I've done. :/ Sometimes I drink a liter of water before the pizza... this... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 13:44:33 EST Fall 5% Challenge Assignment 6 -Why? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5504497 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1920247818.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today's assignment is to list all the reasons you want to lose weight. <BR> <BR> What do you want to change? I want to change my own perception of myself, and unfortunately, my self-confidence and self-esteem is directly tied to my weight, size, and appearance. What a drag and so very hard to change... but I'm working on it. I want to be confident and self-assured. <BR> <BR> How do you want to look and feel? I ... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 14:33:06 EST Fall 5% Challenge Assignments 3, 4, 5 -Check Lists? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5504267 #3 - Update Sparkpage. I do this pretty often. My info is generally up to date and I change my pictures and graphics often. so... done... often. :) <BR> <BR> #4 - Check List for today <BR> Do you already have a daily routine that includes your fitness and well being? I actually do not. I'm very much a spontaneous type person... routines, I know, are helpful. <BR> Please tell us what works for you. Being in the proper frame of mind. <BR> <BR> #5 - Check List for tomorrow <BR> Do you already ... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 10:04:55 EST Fall 5% Challenge Assignment 2 - Nutrition Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500384 What is my nutrition plan? <BR> <BR> portion control <BR> increase fruits and veggies, mainly raw fruits and veggies <BR> Stay within my calorie range <BR> Drink a lot of water. <BR> <BR> I like Dr. Furhman's food pyramid: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l354511059.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and this Plant Based Food Pyramid: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l21849699.jpg"> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:36:31 EST Fall 5% Challenge Assignment 1 -Exercise Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5499514 What is your exercise plan? <BR> <BR> I need to aim for consistency. So it's more than WHAT I'll do to exercise, it's the fact that I will just at least exercise each day. At least 10 minutes. I'll also be wearing my fitbit and trying for those 10,000 steps. <BR> <BR> Did you post your Fall 5% Challenge Exercise Commitment on your Spark Page? <BR> <BR> I did. :) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l449762127.jpg"> Sun, 29 Sep 2013 18:28:38 EST A little blip of a video as we were leaving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5498719 my son (who is so hilarous and was in a great mood), his girlfriend, and me as we are leaving. :) b Sat, 28 Sep 2013 17:45:25 EST Another FOB video http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5498709 Just One Yesterday clip Sat, 28 Sep 2013 17:30:26 EST Fall Out Boy Video http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5498700 Sugar We're Going Down Clip Sat, 28 Sep 2013 17:08:58 EST Panic! at the Disco http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5498699 a clip of them perfoming Miss Jackson Sat, 28 Sep 2013 17:01:50 EST Fall Out Boy! the concert. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5498694 My favorite band. Love their music... I got to meet them last night, it was terrific. I had a bit of an internal freakout, tho. I had so much I had planned on saying and doing... and all I did was be able to utter a few sign this pleases and several Thank you's and a big "fangirl" grin :) I did manage to get their autographs and a pic. The photographer took ONE shot... and guess what, as my luck would have it, my eyes were closed. I reckon I just need to go to another meet & greet next time t... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 16:48:40 EST I stayed the same same... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5491372 I was going down down... but then I pretty much just took a detour... not too far from my groove, but far enough that NOTHING has changed... Water weight booped me up a couple times, but for the most part, no change during the challenge for which the final weigh in is in the morning. (Saturday) <BR> <BR> Oh well... I'm already signed up for the next one. <BR> <BR> Success.... this is what it looks like: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1262759849.jpg"> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 18:02:19 EST My daughter's hair and ears. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5462505 Sunday we dyed my daughter's hair turquoise blue... I put it in a ponytail on top of her head, then bleached about 5" of the ends... then dyed them blue. She LOVES it. One boy at school told her it looked like a smurf barfed in her hair... she just grinned and gave him a thumbs up... LOTS of her girlfriends tell her they love her hair. She still has pink chunks in it, too... so it's very much like cotton candy. :) I wish I had a pic to put on here!!! I will try to ... so check back now and th... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 22:37:28 EST Which Pill Would You Choose. Just for fun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5459320 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1262430249.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l65923297.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Choose one or choose the order in which you'd take them, not knowing which one you'd have to stop with. <BR> <BR> Just for fun! <BR> <BR> For me: Blue and Orange tie for #1... then Green, Pink, Red, Grey, Black, Yellow <BR> Sun, 18 Aug 2013 22:42:47 EST I'm going down, down.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5435048 Today begins another 5% Weight Loss Challenge. <BR> <BR> The last one ended on July 6th with my final weigh in at 215.5 (that was a 16.5 pound loss for that challenge!) <BR> <BR> Today, July 27th, my starting weight is 211 lbs... that's another 4.5 pounds down!! <BR> <BR> My goal, final weigh in day being September 21st, is to be under 200 and hopefully down another size. :) <BR> <BR> I have a lot of incentive, too!!! <BR> My Fall Out Boy concert is just one week after my final weigh in... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 09:38:15 EST proof is in the inches.... :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5426640 Short blog with happy news: <BR> I finally measured myself, as many of you kept telling me I should do, and y'all are right. I have lost inches. <BR> I have lost 4.5 inches in my waist and 5.5 around my butt. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> Not so much in the boobs... which is good, cause I'd like to keep my boobs. <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I'm not going to fight or get depressed over the scales any more. I'm doing something right and it's paying off somewhere... be it the scales or the m... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 16:38:59 EST Working my ass off, but the ass isn't coming off! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5380357 Ok... this is a get it out of my system VENT. <BR> <BR> I have been exercising diligently, putting in some miles on the treadmill, along with a few other things that I'm not bragging about because it's minor... but still... I have been eating healthy. fresh veggies and fresh fruits make up the bulk of my diet, salmon, whole wheat low carb tortilla and an oz of cream cheese make it in on occasion. LOTS LOTS LOTS of water. <BR> <BR> My vent is with the stupid scales. I started really doing th... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 12:54:37 EST 25% gone! Goal #1 ~check. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5363629 I had put my first goal accomplishment on my status line... but then thought, I should blog about it! <BR> <BR> Yep, 28.5 lbs down from my high weight back in November 2012. I didn't really sink my teeth into my new eating plans and exercising until May 1st... did lots of try and fails over and over again over the last few months... with little success, yes, but that bouncing up and down the scales is so depressing. <BR> <BR> I don't know what made it click, really... it just did. I've been... Tue, 21 May 2013 15:16:32 EST sexy... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5350993 Y'all have seen me use this word a lot lately.... here's why: <BR> I have changed my way of thinking.... I'm not looking to lose weight, I'm looking to be sexy again. With sexy comes healthy and vice versa... so I'm on the right track. <BR> <BR> Looking at it this way has really changed my drive and persepective on this weight loss thing. <BR> <BR> It's working for me! <BR> <BR> I just want my sexy back. :) And I'm going to get it! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw... Thu, 9 May 2013 13:03:05 EST Feeling good about things now. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5347715 Thank you to all who helped me put things into proper perspective. <BR> <BR> I took advice: I looked at how far I've come.... I've lost 20 lbs! <BR> I broke up the goals into 4 chunks... I am really close to meeting the first one, that will be 25% of my excess weight GONE! <BR> <BR> I'm looking and finding motivation in all sorts of places... quotes, pics, music, success stories, sparkfriends... I am on my way! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1343673125.jpg"> Mon, 6 May 2013 18:21:10 EST I need a boost... or something... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5345531 I am getting discouraged when thinking about how long it's going to take me to reach my ultimate goals. I keep telling myself not to be discouraged... the time will pass anyway and either I will be there... or I won't... and I want to be there, but at times it makes me want to just give it up. I don't want to be fat forever... but I'm feeling restless. Any tips to keep me going? I regularly search for motivation through quotes sayings and success stories... <BR> <BR> I'm feeling scatterbrai... Sat, 4 May 2013 18:23:54 EST