PIXIE-LICIOUS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=PIXIE%2DLICIOUS PIXIE-LICIOUS'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/ Changing The Goal Date http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803891 Today is day 51 of my streak! <BR> <BR> In September, I bought two size 1X shirts, which were too small for me. I called them my Motivation Shirts. They now hang proudly in my living room/workout room, where I can see them every day and be inspired to keep pushing myself. My original goal was to fit into those shirts by the middle of October. I knew that it was highly unlikely for that to happen, but I figured that such an ambitious goal would motivate me to really push myself to do my bes... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:26:02 EST Accident Free For 47 Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801524 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l978994102.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is day 47 of my streak! <BR> <BR> Have you ever seen those workplace signs that say "X number of days without an accident" or something similar? Those signs are there to motivate the workers to keep up the good work and stay accident free. <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm on a Spark streak. My goal is to make each day as healthy as possible by eating right and exercising. I don't NEED a streak in order to keep me goin... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:43:25 EST One Step Closer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800338 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l931960632.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is day 45 of my streak! <BR> <BR> Being back on track feels great. I'm seeing and feeling so much progress, and I've had some awesome NSV's. (Non-Scale Victories.) My clothes have gone from being so tight that I could barely fit into them, to now fitting just right. (And some things are a tad bit loose!) I'm not ready to go down a size yet, but I can tell that a size change is really not that far off, and i... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:25:28 EST Eat According To Your Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797445 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1344571941.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is day 40 of my streak! <BR> <BR> Last week was very healthy and successful, and now I'm ready to just keep on going and make this week healthy, too! I got off to a good start yesterday. I went out to breakfast with my two sons. They have no weight issues, so they both got the big breakfast. I think it was called a Lumberjack Breakfast! For half a second (okay, a little longer than that) I was tempted to ... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 12:58:36 EST The Motivation Shirts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795812 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1363485988.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is day 37 of my streak! <BR> <BR> Last month, I got a couple of new shirts that were one size too small for me. I call them my Motivation Shirts, and I hung them up right in the living room, which is also my workout room. I guess it looks kinda strange to have two women's shirts hanging on the entertainment center, but I don't care! Whenever I workout, I see those shirts and it really does make me want to... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 11:34:35 EST Ready For A Healthy Week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792842 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l635406918.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is day 32 of my streak! <BR> <BR> I'm all ready for a healthy week! I have my workouts planned, and the kitchen is stocked with healthy food from my trip to the grocery store this morning. I got celery, carrots, hummus, cantaloupe, strawberries, apples, bananas, watermelon, eggs, sweet potatoes, veggie burgers and Greek yogurt, to name just a few things. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sp... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 14:27:39 EST Tough Love Got Me Back On Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789742 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1590522521.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is day 27 of my streak! <BR> <BR> I've spent most of this year being off track (and gaining back almost all of the 71 lbs that I'd lost.) I wanted to get back on track, and I tried to do it (many times) but to be honest, my efforts were just plain wimpy. I almost completely stopped working out. And when I did workout, I would just barely go through the motions, and then I'd quit before the workout was don... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:20:21 EST Two Weeks On Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781585 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l364147411.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is day 14 of my streak! <BR> <BR> This week has been going really awesome so far. On Monday, I got two great workouts done (Les Mills Pump and DDP Yoga), and then in the evening I mowed the lawn. It felt great to be so active, and to know I was burning away a boat load of calories! <BR> <BR> On Tuesday, I went to lunch with both of my sons. We went to a buffet restaurant so we could sit and linger over ou... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:12:03 EST 7 Days On Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777244 Today is day 7 of my streak! <BR> <BR> I just wanted to do a quick blog to update how I'm doing on my fresh start. In my last blog, I confessed that I have really done terribly this year and I've gained back most of the 71 lbs that I'd lost. But I'm back on track now and I'm trying to only look forward. <BR> <BR> For the past 7 days, I've been tracking my food and working out faithfully. Not just working out, but really putting effort into it for a change! This week I am doing three differe... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:05:11 EST Fresh Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774615 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l632854342.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l596538056.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is day 3 of my streak! <BR> <BR> It has been a while since my last blog...over a month! Truth is, I haven't felt like blogging because I've been WAY off track, and I didn't want to admit it. <BR> <BR> Now I'm going to be completely honest. This has not been my year all. I started out feeling highly motivated, though. I had ... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 14:02:38 EST A Non-Scale Victory At The Grocery Store http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741530 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1504938525.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I got up bright and early this morning to go grocery shopping with my youngest son. I had my list written out, and I was ready to only buy healthy foods. No junk! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l292300886.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1170278957.jpg"> <BR> <BR> But as I walked up and down the aisles with my son, it seemed like at almost e... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:10:52 EST Trusting The Process http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739389 When I gave up the scale three weeks ago, I posted an index card on the refrigerator that says TRUST THE PROCESS in bold red letters. My hubby asked what it meant. Well, to me it means that I am going to trust that if I eat right, measure my portions, drink my water, exercise and stay active, I will lose weight. <BR> <BR> But it really means more than that. Because I'm not in this just to lose weight...I'm in this to gain health, get stronger and improve the quality of my life overall. I'm... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:11:09 EST My Mistake http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735327 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1504670365.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I made a mistake, but I'm glad I did because I learned from it! <BR> <BR> When I began my journey back in 2012, I got my starting weigh in, and then I literally threw my scale in the trash. I'm not a wasteful person, but I knew that getting rid of the scale was the right thing for me. I know its not for everyone, but tossing the scale out made it a lot easier for me to focus on my health as opposed to obsessing ... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 12:15:58 EST No More Scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722806 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1434080033.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I haven't blogged much lately, but I know I need to get back to a regular blogging routine, because the accountability of blogging helps me to stay on track. <BR> <BR> In May, I went ahead and bought a scale. This might not sound like a big deal to most people, but it was a big deal to me! I much prefer NSV's (non scale victories) to measure my progress. But I've been stumbling for a long time, and a lot of peo... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 13:12:09 EST No Weigh In; A Non-Scale Victory Instead! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716425 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l134988766.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I (purposely) missed my weigh in last Monday. <BR> <BR> When I bought that scale in May, I said I would weigh myself once a week. So I got my starting weigh in...and discovered that I was 5 lbs heavier than I thought I was! Not the best news, but I was glad to know where I really was, weight-wise. After weighing in, I got down to business....eating right and working out, doing my best to have a good week. U... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 10:45:23 EST My 3rd Monday Weigh In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710352 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1992774406.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A week ago on Monday, I had my 2nd weigh in on my new scale, and surprisingly I was down .6 of a pound. I wasn't expecting that, since I'd had a binge. I thought for sure I would have had a gain! So it was a relief to actually be down a little bit. I put that binge out of my mind, and just got myself back on track. <BR> <BR> So this past Monday, when it was time for my 3rd weekly weigh in, I was ready! I'd been ... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 08:50:53 EST My Second Monday Weigh In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703439 Well, today was my 2nd regular Monday weigh in...and I'm not thrilled with the results. <BR> <BR> Last week started out GREAT. I got my first weigh in and then I was off and running. I was tracking my food, pushing myself during my workouts, drinking my water, and just generally doing my best to make each day as healthy as possible. I was being my own hero, one choice at a time. <BR> <BR> And I could tell that I was making progress. I felt better, and was performing better at my workouts. ... Mon, 26 May 2014 10:31:04 EST Almost A Binge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701435 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2073954818.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I bought a scale last weekend, and had my first weekly weigh in on Monday. <BR> <BR> I'd resisted getting a scale for a LONG time. In 2012, I got myself on track with eating and exercising, and I did it without a scale. In 6 months I went from a size 3X t shirt to size XL. I had a ton of non scale victories. I was doing great, and I didn't NEED a scale! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.... Fri, 23 May 2014 11:32:00 EST My First Monday Weigh In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698228 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l267797463.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This morning, as soon as I woke up, I got out of bed and went into the guest bathroom to weigh myself on my new scale. This is probably a very ordinary sounding thing, but it was a pretty big event for me! <BR> <BR> You see, a little over two years ago, I decided that I was going to do something about my obesity. I weighed 286 lbs and my every day life was a pain. I was in terrible shape! My knees and hips and an... Mon, 19 May 2014 09:09:33 EST I'm Getting A Scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696969 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1116411695.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm going to buy a scale today! <BR> <BR> This is a HUGE step for me! It represents a major change in my thinking. <BR> <BR> You see, when I started my journey to lose weight and get healthy, I decided to do it without a scale. That was on March 1, 2012. I got my starting weigh in and then I literally threw my scale in the trash. I knew I could lose weight without having a scale to answer to. I didn't want to fo... Sat, 17 May 2014 10:58:45 EST Making Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694926 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1537206428.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I need to make some changes. <BR> <BR> Back in 2012, I made a huge change in my life. At that time, I weighed 286 lbs, which was the most I've ever weighed. I was tired all the time, and even the slightest exertion would get me out of breath and have my heart racing. My whole body hurt. I just felt like crud all the time, and for a while I accepted that. <BR> <BR> But then one day I was watching my son play. H... Wed, 14 May 2014 12:51:16 EST I'm 53 Now! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684898 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l222950106.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is day 3 of my streak! <BR> <BR> I had to start my streak over, because I went off track for my birthday. Hubby took me out to lunch and I had a great meal AND dessert! Oh well, one day off track isn't the end of the world. (But I'm glad that birthdays only come once a year!) <BR> <BR> My dear Spark friend, Jane, sent me an absolutely lovely birthday present...three flavored teas and two dish towel... Thu, 1 May 2014 12:06:23 EST Fresh Start & Other Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676257 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l931910456.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is day one of my streak! <BR> <BR> Actually, its day 41... but I'm going back to day one because I just felt like I needed a fresh start. I've been on track, but it feels like I've gotten a little careless over the past week or so. I haven't been truly putting forth my best effort. I've just been doing "good enough." But why should I accept mediocre, when I am capable of so much more? <BR> <BR> Don't ge... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:09:49 EST I'm Not A Quitter Anymore http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672635 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1980212487.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is day 36 of my streak! <BR> <BR> Thirty six days ago, I issued myself a personal challenge...to get myself back on track and commit to STAYING on track for 90 days. I got out my calendar and marked the date when this challenge would end; June 8th. And then I got my personal journal and wrote down my plan, because I know that when I write my plan down, I'm more likely to stick to it. <BR> <BR> <img sr... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:45:13 EST Change of Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663491 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l383480530.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is day 24 of my streak! <BR> <BR> Have you ever heard the old saying, "The best laid plans of mice and men often go astray"? Well, I laid out a success plan for the month of April, and it has already gone astray. So here is another saying..."Be stubborn about the vision, but flexible with your plan." (John C. Maxwell) <BR> <BR> Part of my success plan for April was which workouts I would be doing. I ... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 12:49:58 EST My Success Plan For April http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660620 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1406199970.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is day 21 of my streak! <BR> <BR> I am going to make progress in April. <BR> <BR> I'm not going to just dream about it or hope for it. I'm going to WORK for it. <BR> <BR> One day and one choice at a time, I am going to put forth my best effort to make progress towards my goals. I know I won't be perfect, and I'm not even going to try. But I WILL try to make each day as good as possible. <BR> <BR> <img... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 08:56:09 EST Not The NSV I Had Planned On.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659343 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2099291393.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is day 19 of my current streak! <BR> <BR> It sure is great to be back on track, but yesterday I was feeling a little bummed out. As some of my Spark friends know, I was off track for a while and ended up gaining back 31 of the 71 pounds I'd lost. My clothes were super tight, so I broke down and bought one pair of elastic waist jeans. I absolutely hated having to do that...but the truth of the matter is, I H... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 13:09:22 EST Today Is The Only Day That Matters http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656884 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1512794525.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is day 16 of my streak! <BR> <BR> When I started my streak 16 days ago, I issued myself a personal challenge; to stay on track for 90 days. I counted up the days and found that in 90 days it will be June 8th. I put a big star on that date on my calendar, and then I got to work. <BR> <BR> It wasn't easy. I had been off track for so long, and I had gained back 31 of the 71 lbs I'd lost. Getting started... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:52:35 EST 76 Days From Now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655404 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l980534198.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is day 14 of my current streak! <BR> <BR> I have 76 days left on my personal challenge to stay on track for three months. I am counting the days...and making the days count! Of course, not every day is going to be perfect, but I am determined to make each day as good as I possibly can. <BR> <BR> Its really exciting to think of where I could be in 76 days. Already, I am seeing some progress! The muscle fi... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 13:23:40 EST Three Months From Now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653926 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l54856289.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is day 12 of my current streak! <BR> <BR> I am giving myself a challenge....to stay on track for the next 3 months. During that time, I will do my best to eat healthy food and to stay within my calorie range. I will exercise every day for at least 30 minutes (except for my regularly scheduled rest days.) I will not weigh myself. I will look for non-scale victories. <BR> <BR> I know it won't be easy. There a... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 13:20:46 EST Obesity Is Not Benign http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651547 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l960524983.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is day 9 of my streak! <BR> <BR> I am still far from reaching my goal....but I'm also 9 days closer, and every day is a chance to get even closer. Its up to me to make the most of each day, and I am up for the challenge. <BR> <BR> My journey originally started on March 1, 2012. At that time, I thought I would be walking a straight path from obesity to goal weight. Well, I found out the hard way that the ... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 12:03:49 EST Back On Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5647551 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1516038557.jpg"> <BR> Today is day 4 of my current streak! <BR> <BR> This streak is my "back on track" streak. I didn't have the most successful winter. I allowed myself to get almost completely off track! I was eating a lot of junk food, and I was not completely faithful to my workout plan. And even though I could tell I was putting weight back on and losing some of my muscle firmness, I just couldn't seem to find my mojo again. <BR> <BR>... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 08:52:07 EST Clothes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645265 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l709620419.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is day one of my current streak. <BR> <BR> As I had blogged about previously, I have gained back 31 of the 71 lbs I'd lost, and naturally my clothes have gotten really tight on me. I hate that feeling of being squashed into what I'm wearing and seeing all the "extra bits" poking out. I'm all about loving yourself no matter what you look like, but the truth is...its hard for me to love myself right now. I loo... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 10:45:06 EST In Memory of My Dear Friend, Little_Queen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639316 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l632164.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is day 2 of my current streak. <BR> <BR> I want to tell you about a very special woman who passed away over the weekend. Her Spark name was Little_Queen, but her real name was Lori. I called her Sis. <BR> <BR> I originally joined Sparkpeople in 2008, and was overwhelmed. I wasn't sure if I'd fit in here. Believe it or not, I was really shy back then! Lori was one of the first people to add me as a frien... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 09:12:00 EST I Am (Still) My Own Hero http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5635122 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2032642052.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is day 18 of my current streak! <BR> <BR> You'd think that after 18 days of being back on track that I'd have some NSV's to report, wouldn't you? Like maybe some looser pants, or the steering wheel not being so close to my tummy. But nope, none of that! Am I discouraged? Well, to be honest, I was starting to get there! Its hard to stay on track when you're not seeing any visible signs of progress. Bu... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 10:01:12 EST The Scale and Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5624793 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1477530399.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is day 6 of my current streak! <BR> <BR> In 2012, I was at the highest weight of my life, and I was dying from obesity. I had no energy, I hurt all over, and the slightest exertion made my heart race and got me out of breath. I was not really living anymore. I was trapped in an unhealthy, out of shape body. I wanted to change, but I had such a huge amount of weight to lose that just thinking about it... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 13:16:58 EST Happy Valentines Day To Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5622224 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l199763291.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is day 4 of my current streak! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1575338906.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I wanted to take a moment to wish myself a very happy and healthy Valentines day! And even though Valentines day is only one day of the year, I am going to love myself enough to be my own Valentine all year long. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l174256860.j... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 11:55:03 EST The Scale, The Steering Wheel & Elastic Waistbands http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5621364 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1076408241.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is day 3 of my current streak! <BR> <BR> After coming clean in yesterdays blog about my 30 pound weight gain, I made a promise that I would be completely honest about how I am doing on my journey....good, bad or ugly. I'm not going to hide the truth from my Spark friends, or from myself. Being honest and open about everything helps me to stay accountable, and thats something I obviously need. <BR> <BR> So... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 12:54:48 EST The Secret Is Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620351 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1754065298.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is day two of my current streak! <BR> <BR> I've been struggling for a long time, but I have not given up. I've lost a lot of weight, and then gained some of it back. Its hard for me to admit how much I've gained back over the past 6 months, but its time to come clean. Of the 71 lbs I lost, I've gained back about 30. <BR> <BR> Whew, it feels kinda good to just flat out admit that! I know that some people mi... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 11:42:08 EST Back to Bootcamp! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614781 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1587671705.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is day ten of my current streak! <BR> <BR> February is off to a great start, and I hope I can keep this momentum going. But one thing I've learned is that you never know when life will throw you a curve ball. Like last month... I started doing the Coach Nicole 28 Day Bootcamp DVD, and I was really loving it. I even wrote a blog review of it. (If you're interested, here's the link to my blog; <link>www.spar... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 09:11:32 EST Planning For An Awesome February! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612014 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1724590099.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is day 7 of my current streak! <BR> <BR> Its a new month, and I am going to make the most of it. I am on a challenge to make as much progress as I can by the first day of Spring, and I am excited about the possibilities. As of today, February 1, there are 46 days until Spring. Thats plenty of time to make some real, measurable, HEALTHY progress! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 11:27:07 EST My Success Plan For February Starts Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605131 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1964877064.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've been off track for two weeks, and I've gained weight. But I am not beating myself up about it. I'm just picking myself up and moving forward again. I've got my success plan for February all planned out, but I'm not waiting for a new month to start before I get back on track. Why wait? There's no better time than today! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l412493137.jpg"> <BR> ... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 10:05:02 EST Turn Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5603193 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l22669795.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've been completely off track for almost two weeks now, and it is showing. I don't weigh myself but I can tell I've gained weight. My clothes are not just a little tight, they are a LOT tight. Uncomfortably tight! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l296178518.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My husband started feeling really ill a couple of weeks ago. He was nauseous and had pains in his stomach. It was ... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 09:49:03 EST My Turn To Be Strong http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5597913 My streak of being on track ended on Monday. My husband had been feeling ill since early Sunday morning, and he refused to go to the hospital. I was so worried about him and I couldn't even think of working out. To see him in such pain scared me, to be honest. He was literally shaking from the pain, but it wasn't until Wednesday that I was finally able to talk him into letting me take him to the emergency room. I actually had to threaten to call an ambulance first! I just thank God that he fi... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 11:30:08 EST Thank you for your prayers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5596837 Just a quick blog to thank my wonderful Spark friends for sending me well wishes for my husband, either by leaving a message on my page, commenting on my feed, or giving me a goodie. I appreciate the care and concern so much! <BR> <BR> For those who don't know, my hubby was having stomach pains, which he thought was indigestion. He took some antacids but the pain didn't go away. It steadily got worse. I wanted him to go to the emergency room, but he wanted to wait to see if he'd get better. ... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 10:16:41 EST Spring Countdown http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5592308 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1436379296.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is day 19 of my current streak! <BR> <BR> Over the holidays, I was blessed to be on a private challenge team with a great group of Spark friends. We were there to support and encourage each other as we did our best to stay on track during the holiday season, and to make as much progress as possible by New Years day. <BR> <BR> To be honest, I normally gain around 10 lbs every holiday season...yikes!... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 11:51:51 EST Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589144 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1250469929.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is day 16 of my current streak! <BR> <BR> Yesterday when I was working out, I came to a portion of the workout that was really HARD. Even with the modifications, I was struggling a bit. <BR> <BR> Once upon a time, if I was working out and it got too hard or I got too tired, I would give up. I would say "Nope, I can't do this, I just might as well stop trying." And since I workout at home, it would be eas... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 11:40:24 EST Coach Nicole's 28 Day Boot Camp DVD! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5586919 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l184414939.jpg"> <BR> <BR> For the past two weeks, I've been doing a great workout DVD... Coach Nicole's 28 day Boot Camp. I already own two other Sparkpeople workout DVD's. I have Cardio Blast, and Fit, Firm and Fired Up!, but the 28 Day Boot Camp has become my new favorite. <BR> <BR> The workout DVD comes with a little booklet containing a few recipes from the Sparkpeople cookbook...I love the recipe for Stepfanie's Quinoa and Black Bean ... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 13:05:26 EST My First Workout With Les Mills Pump http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579075 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1218930859.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is day 8 of my streak! <BR> <BR> Did you get any fitness related gifts for Christmas? Thats the kind of gift that I LOVE to get, and I'm blessed to have a hubby who knows it. The next holiday coming up is Valentines Day, and I know hubby won't be giving me a box of chocolate or roses....he's certain to give me a workout DVD or a yoga mat or maybe some new workout pants. And I sure don't mind not... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 08:42:20 EST Plateau? Or Self Sabotage? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576600 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l79942496.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is day 6 of my streak! <BR> <BR> I've been at a plateau for so long...or have I? Has it really been a plateau, or has it been self sabotage? <BR> <BR> Truth is, its been a little bit of both. <BR> <BR> I lost 71 lbs in 2012, and then I hit a plateau towards the end of that year. I didn't freak out about it too much at first. Plateaus are normal. After all, losing 71 lbs was a shock to my body! It probably ... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 11:27:01 EST