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/ 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 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