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/ Noticeably Less http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6422686 <BR> I love NSV's. (For those who don't know, that stands for Non-Scale Victory.) For me, an NSV is always more exciting than a number on a scale. As a matter of fact, I do not even own a scale. <BR> <BR> Fourteen weeks ago, my husband offered to start doing yoga with me 3 times a week. I quickly took him up on that offer, because I was ready for a change. I think I was probably the heaviest I'd ever been at that point. Since I don't own a scale, I can't tell for sure. But I was about to b... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:45:37 EST Back From My Sparkbreak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6406783 I haven't blogged since January (!) so I'm probably a little rusty. I've been on a Sparkbreak that was intended to be short, but turned out to be longer than I expected. Now I'm back because I really missed this place and all my awesome Spark friends. (I hope you're still out there!) <BR> <BR> I must confess that I spent a lot of my Spark break overeating and not exercising. I gained a noticeable amount of weight. I don't know exactly HOW MUCH weight I gained, because I don't own a scale. Bu... Sat, 2 Sep 2017 10:06:02 EST Non-Scale Victories of 2017 (So far...) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6304259 My new years resolution to get back on track has been going great! Not perfect, but still pretty darned awesome. I've only missed 2 workouts so far this month. I'm struggling with eating right, but I'm doing a LOT better than I was this time last month. There is still room for improvement...but I've already made a lot of improvements so far this month, and I'm proud of that. I'm just taking it one day at a time, and reminding myself to aim for progress, not perfection. <BR> <BR> I don't wei... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 07:30:46 EST Starting Point http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6293701 Like millions of other people around he world, I made a new years resolution to get healthy and lose weight this year. <BR> <BR> So with the support of my husband, I got back on the eating right and exercising wagon. I'm very blessed to have a husband who supports me not just with words, but with actions. He promised me that he would join me for my DDP Yoga workouts 3 times a week. <BR> <BR> We did our first workout together right after breakfast on January 2nd. I laid out our mats while h... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 08:46:45 EST On Day 5 Of My Streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292558 As part of my "fresh start" in getting back on track, I have committed to blogging more regularly. Its hard to know what to blog about right now, because I'm only on day 5 of my streak. I don't have any progress to celebrate. At least not yet! But I know that time will come, if I continue to work for it. <BR> <BR> So how am I working for it? Well, I'm tracking my food, and I got rid of all the junk food in the house. (And boy, there was a lot) I've worked out every day this week and I'm sup... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 12:02:30 EST Fresh Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289371 I haven't blogged since June. I haven't been eating right since July, and I haven't worked out since October. <BR> <BR> Now that the bad news is out of the way, I can focus on the good news, which is that I'm still here, and I am ready to start over. <BR> <BR> Today is <em>249</em> of my fresh start. I'm not going to berate myself for not working out or for eating all that terrible junk food over the past few months. There's no point in a fresh start if you're going to keep beating yours... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 09:29:22 EST Starting Over Is Not A Bummer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6188156 Today is day 2 of my streak! <BR> <BR> Having a streak going is one of my favorite ways to motivate myself to stay on track. I love seeing all those "on track" days in a row add up! I had a pretty decent streak going...almost three weeks! But then I had an off track day, so I had to start my streak over. Yesterday, when I posted in my status that I was back to <em>249</em> , one of my Spark friends said it was a "bummer" that I had to start over. <BR> <BR> Guess what? Starting over is NO... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 09:52:18 EST My BEFORE Pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180181 Today is day 9 of my streak! <BR> <BR> Yesterday evening, I had my husband take some front and side pictures of me, and what an eye opener that was! Honestly, I knew I'd gained a lot of weight, because I was back into my size 3X clothes, and I was really filling them out. But somehow I'd convinced myself that I didn't look too bad. I had myself believing my own lies, such as "I carry my weight well" and "I don't look as big as I am." (Huh? That one didn't even make sense, but I kept saying ... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 09:44:19 EST OOPS! I (almost) did it again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6178308 Today is day 6 of my streak! <BR> <BR> My last blog was about how I almost went off my streak by impulsively buying a pack of cookies at the country market.(I didn't eat them, though. I took them back inside and got a refund.) <BR> <BR> Well, I almost did it again today, although not with cookies. I was at the hardware store when it happened. Yes, temptation can happen anywhere, even at the checkout counter of Ace! <BR> <BR> I'd gone in to get some ant killer, and as I was waiting in lin... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 12:15:01 EST My Sunday Evening NSV! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6177438 Today is day 5 of my streak! <BR> <BR> I had a non scale victory (NSV) yesterday. It was in the evening, close to dinner time, when hubby said "Let's go for a drive." This is something he often likes to do on Sunday evenings. We just get in the car and drive along the back roads for a little bit. Usually we end up at a convenience store, where he'll get a cup of decaf coffee, and I'll get a little two pack of cookies, which I share with my son, Joshua. <BR> <BR> So anyway, I did the driving... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 08:58:08 EST Never Grocery Shop On An Empty Stomach http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6175821 This morning I drove my husband to work so that I could have the car to go grocery shopping. I made the mistake of not having breakfast before I went. I'm sure you know that its not a good idea to go grocery shopping when you're hungry! I've known this rule for decades, but I still broke it today. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2bd04708-5c61-4f83-b789-f7646b450f03.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And boy, were there so many temptations at the store! Yes, I admit that I was tempte... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 13:03:28 EST Enjoy The Ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6175078 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/af7c6a26-bb9e-4b83-a681-3be1b7ff10e4.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Its been a few months since my last blog, and that can only mean one thing...that I'm way off track. When I avoid blogging, you can usually bet that I'm not doing well at all. So here's the truth; I have gained back a lot of weight, and not only am I back in my size 3X clothes, I'm finding that they are even a little tight on me in certain areas. <BR> <BR> Last night my dear husband mentio... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 10:48:29 EST She Believed She Could... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6085844 Today is day 6 of my streak! <BR> <BR> My workout for this month, aside from my usual DDP Yoga, is the Coach Nicole 28 Day BootCamp. I own 3 or 4 Sparkpeople workout DVD's, but this one is my favorite! A few of my friends on the private team that I am co-leader of, FAB-ruary, are doing the workout with me and I certainly feel extra motivated because of that! And my Sparkfriend Chris had the great idea to put stickers on our calendars for each day we do our workout. A small thing, but I know ... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 12:15:19 EST Snow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6079704 <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ba79b6bf-4672-40b7-95d8-f389070fbc58.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The blizzard of 2016 has come and gone! My family and I got through it just fine. I was really nervous that the power would go off due to the high winds. I don't mind not having the lights on, but I DO mind not having heat! But the power stayed on and we were nice and snug in our little mobile home! <BR> <BR> Actually, the worst part of being snowed in was that our internet modem was ... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 12:41:15 EST Two NSV's! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6069208 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7b8ae0e4-fbf4-4f60-81cc-542bc3b584d1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is day 19 of my streak! <BR> <BR> I've got two NSV's to share, but first I want to tell you about a challenge I started on Monday with some of my Sparkfriends on my private team. We're doing a 30 Workouts Challenge. The goal is to see how long it will take us to get 30 workouts done. So far I've already gotten five full workouts in this week! Being on the challenge really helps me to ... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 09:43:22 EST Ten Years Ago http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6058791 Today is day 8 of my streak! <BR> <BR> In my previous blog, I mentioned that hubby found a disc of old pictures from 2005/2006, when I was working out at Curves and losing weight, preparing to move to Florida in June of 2006. (Ultimately losing 86 lbs.) So I thought I'd share some of those pictures in this blog. <BR> <BR> This first picture was taken a week before Christmas, 2005. At this point I was 44 lbs down. My goal had been to lose 50 lbs by Christmas, and while I didn't meet that g... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 10:31:15 EST My New Years Resolution http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6057177 <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9a5bec0e-a6f1-4fa9-864d-1aee7204abdb.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> In the fall of 2005, my husband, son and I were making plans to move to Florida, to live in a tiny trailer in a campground. My family thought it was just a whim that I'd soon tire of, but I was so excited! I was really looking forward to moving and starting a new, simpler life. We had several months ahead of us before we could make the move though, and I decided to use that time ... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 16:38:18 EST I Am Grateful For Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6043708 Today is day 8 of my streak! <BR> <BR> Yes, I'm back at it again. Sometimes I worry that it might appear that I'm all talk and no action. I start streaks and do well for a few days, then fall off track and give up for a while. But I never ever give up completely! There is always some part of me that knows I will pull myself back up and start again on my journey to lose weight and get healthier. <BR> <BR> I've been on this weight loss journey ever since I was in my late twenties, and I'm 5... Mon, 7 Dec 2015 10:00:46 EST The Passage of Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5997879 One of my biggest motivators for trying to lose weight and be healthy is my youngest son, Joshua. I have two sons, and I love them both equally. But I've always felt a special bond with Joshua....he's my "twin soul." <BR> <BR> When he was two years old, Joshua was diagnosed with autism. It was devastating, especially because way back then in the 80's, they didn't know as much about autism as they do now. But they told me right away that there was no cure, and one specialist even suggested th... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 11:16:35 EST Earn Your Shower! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5983859 <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8af1c954-d468-474b-98f0-15d7512a712b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> On my private team, we have a little challenge starting today and lasting through the end of the month. It is called Earn Your Shower....you earn your shower by working up a sweat by exercising every day. <BR> <BR> After my husband left for work this morning, I ate a healthy breakfast and then went into the living room to workout. I did a half hour of cardio with a Kelly Coffey-Meyer... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 12:59:49 EST The Power To Amaze Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5983085 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e942b1d9-1dd3-4cf3-a959-c190c4577a0a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In 2006, I was at my goal size. After 9 months of working out at Curves and eating right, I'd lost over 80 lbs, reaching a size 10. My husband had a brand new camera, and he liked to take pictures of me, because he was so proud of my weight loss success. Back then, it seemed like I was always wearing a Curves t shirt. I started out in a size 3X and worked my way all the way down into a Med... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 10:04:11 EST Astounding Accomplishment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5972565 Wow, its been two months since my last blog! I didn't mean to let so much time go between blogs, especially since blogging is one thing that helps me to stay on track. The accountability keeps me on the straight and narrow! <BR> <BR> This morning, I was going through a box of photographs, sorting and labeling them so that I can eventually put them in an album for my son. While digging through the box of photos, I came across a notecard with a picture of Italy on it. The card looked sort o... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 12:07:33 EST Friday Temptations, & Reward For Staying On Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929101 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2d53b5b6-1728-498a-9b76-71172816e762.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is day 18 of my streak! <BR> <BR> Yesterday, my husband went out on a job interview bright and early in the morning, and after the interview he stopped at the donut shop for a cup of coffee...and while he was at it, he bought a couple of donuts to bring home! When he came in the door bearing this bag of sugar, fat and temptation, he was smiling wide, proud of himself for bringing me s... Sat, 16 May 2015 11:41:50 EST A Little Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5927543 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9f9763b7-3d60-4567-b7d4-57e1c98892a7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is day 15 of my streak! <BR> <BR> My workouts for this week are DDP Yoga and lots of cardio! I'm going "old school" for cardio this week. I've been doing My Fitness Coach (Wii game) and its a surprisingly good workout. Here's a picture of me after a 45 minute My Fitness Coach workout; <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8a59c8e5-fbc1-4c14-a789-dcf5bf6501f3.JPG... Wed, 13 May 2015 13:13:32 EST Day 13 Of My Streak! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926326 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l893033658.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is day 13 of my streak! <BR> <BR> I've gotten out of the habit of regular blogging, but I know that I need to get back into it, because it really helps me to stay on track. So I'm going to try to blog at least 3 times a week from now on. <BR> <BR> I turned 54 last month, and I decided to give myself a new motivational mantra; <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l590976840.jpg"> <B... Mon, 11 May 2015 11:35:38 EST Day 7 Of My Streak! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5922923 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l717068098.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is day 7 of my streak! <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I went out to lunch with my two sons. As I was getting ready to go, I realized that all of my "suitable to wear in public" shirts were in the hamper! All that I had left hanging in the closet were workout shirts and a couple of tops that I never wear out of the house, because they have cap sleeves. <BR> <BR> Whats wrong with cap sleeves? Not a thing...except that ... Tue, 5 May 2015 08:51:34 EST Day One Of My Streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914513 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l923311289.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Since my last blog, I have had some good days...but unfortunately I've had mostly bad ones. I haven't thrown in the towel, though. I just keep picking myself up and starting over..and over. (It isn't failure unless you completely give up!) <BR> <BR> I've decided to go back to what has worked for me in the past, and that is a Spark streak. I want to see how many days in a row I can eat right AND workout. Havi... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 11:10:33 EST Coming Out Of Hiding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5897021 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1797196815.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1241782058.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is my first blog in over a month. When I skip blogging, its a sure sign that I am not doing very well at making progress towards my goals. <BR> <BR> I've been hiding, in a way...and I finally realized it yesterday morning. I had a gift card from a department store, and it was about to expire. So after breakfast, I headed o... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 13:42:37 EST Day 47 of 90; Giving Myself A Fresh Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5876733 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2039801988.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is day 47 of my 90 day challenge. More than halfway through the challenge, and I have not made much progress at all. <BR> <BR> Some of my team mates on the 90 Day Challenge team have made awesome progress. I absolutely love it when they share that they've lost weight, or that they've increased their endurance during their workouts. It makes me so happy to hear about their successes! But I'd like to have my ... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 11:56:06 EST Day 32 Of My 90 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5867183 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2088572674.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is day 32 of my 90 Day Challenge! <BR> <BR> As part of the challenge, I will be posting new front and side progress pictures each month. Unfortunately, there isn't any progress to show in my pictures for February, but I'm still posting them because I want to be honest and accountable. <BR> <BR> <BR> On the 90 Day Challenge team that I started, I have been posting motivational articles and questions eac... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 13:41:32 EST Day 26 Of My 90 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862955 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l724240962.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is day 26 of my 90 day challenge! <BR> <BR> This is also the last week of January, and I am determined to make it the best month of the year so far. <BR> <BR> For my 90 day challenge, I am posting new front and side pictures of myself on the first of each month. My goal is to make noticeable progress from month to month. So on Sunday (February first) I will blog again, with new pictures. But I do not expec... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:23:05 EST Day 20 Of My 90 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858778 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1598636953.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is day 20 of my 90 Day Challenge! <BR> <BR> I was off track last week, but I'm determined to make this week better...and so far, so good! I still have plenty of time to make noticeable progress on this challenge, and I'm ready to work for it. <BR> <BR> I don't belong to a gym. I do all my workouts at home, in my living room. All my equipment is there; barbell and weights, kettlebells, dumbbells, Pilates ci... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 13:08:44 EST Day 16 of my 90 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5855718 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1431243297.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is day 16 of my 90 day challenge! <BR> <BR> My 90 day challenge started out as just a personal challenge to myself....to make as much noticeable progress in 90 days as I can. My goal is to just do my best each day to take steps towards my goals. I'm not weighing myself, but I am planning on taking new progress photos (front and side view) at the beginning of each month. <BR> <BR> Even though I started ou... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 10:59:02 EST Day One Of My 90 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842805 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2081131522.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is day ONE of my 90 Day Challenge! <BR> <BR> I woke up this morning feeling so excited to get the challenge started. For the next 90 days, I am challenging myself to stay on track so that I can make noticeable progress. I've got the kitchen stocked with healthy food, and I have all my workouts planned out in my workout notebook. That was the easy part! But the hard part is the most important part of the ch... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 12:20:37 EST My New Year's Resolution http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5840567 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1137984430.jpg"> <BR> <BR> EVERY day is a fresh start, but there is something about the beginning of a new year that just seems to make it a little more "official." So now is the time when most people start to make their New Years resolutions. <BR> <BR> It can be fun and motivating to set goals for the new year, or to write up a list of resolutions. But I sometimes feel that there is pressure, too. I know that in the past, I've ... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 12:12:40 EST I've Got Goals To Reach http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830318 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l518143436.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is day 97 of my streak! <BR> <BR> Its been a couple of weeks since my last blog. Even though my streak has continued, I have to admit that my motivation has begun to fade lately. We got some bad news last month, which is impacting us financially. That, combined with the fact that I've been at a plateau for about a month now, has really been a mojo killer. But motivated or not, I know that I have to ea... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 13:00:27 EST Instant Gratification, Or Something Worth Waiting For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817238 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l755410240.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is day 73 of my streak! <BR> <BR> I've been having non scale victories (NSV's) left and right lately! I love it when I get in the car and I can slide right into the drivers seat without having the steering wheel pressing against my stomach anymore. I love it when I pull my jeans on and they glide over my thighs, and I love it when I can get deeper into yoga poses because my belly has gotten smaller! I don'... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 11:57:28 EST A Treat? Or A Threat? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814105 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1431872801.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is day 68 of my streak! <BR> <BR> Sunday is usually my grocery shopping day. I like to go in the morning, before it gets crowded. There once was a time when I could just blaze right through the grocery store in record time. That was back when I just loaded my cart up with garbage....frozen processed meals, salty junk food of every kind, lots of sweets, and many cans of high sodium soup. The only thing I car... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 09:34:34 EST Don't Forget To Be Your Own Hero http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807574 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1673467669.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is day 57 of my streak! <BR> <BR> I don't know when the "holiday season" officially starts....but according to the stores I shop at, it must have started in September! My local grocery store has had Halloween candy right next to Christmas candy for weeks now. And coming soon, we'll be inundated with Thanksgiving and Christmas commercials for all sorts of tempting food. <BR> <BR> I know there is more to t... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:17:03 EST My Workout Appointment Book http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805735 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1939075721.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is day 54 of my streak! <BR> <BR> I'm ready for a healthy week, and I hope you are too. My day got off to a great start. I had a healthy breakfast and a protein drink, and then I hit the gym (er....my living room, that is) to workout with Les Mills Pump. <BR> <BR> Hubby got me the Les Mills Pump home set for Christmas, and it came with the barbell, weights and 7 workout DVD's. Today was my first time do... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 13:49:03 EST 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> 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> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l596538056.jpg"> <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 been a... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 14:02:38 EST