PLATAS0827's SparkPeople Blog PLATAS0827's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Time to make a new goal.... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> NOT ANYMORE !!! <BR> <BR> I have done it... I have gotten down to under 300lbs for the first time in over 5yrs. I stood on the scale and actually cried when it stopped. I am so stoked, not just for getting to this goal but also because now I get my reward.. besides being under 300 lol.. I purchased myself an IPod so I dont have to use my phone to listen to music at the gym... Sat, 4 Aug 2012 12:30:48 EST Uh.. Hey Guy.. Thanks but No Thanks.. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have a great Chef in my kitchen at work whom is from another country.. he is a US Citizen now.. but of course still holds on to the ways from his country. Before I started losing weight, he would feed me. He said he loved feeding me because, "Healthy Fertile woman eat"... lmao.. I still laugh every time I think of it. <BR> <BR> So, as I started my journey which I am sticking with now, every time I would ask for... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 18:04:03 EST I guess I didnt fool anyone... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Just a few minutes ago I get a telephone call from my mother here at work. She usually doesnt call me unless there is a problem so of course I was dreading picking up the call. <BR> <BR> She preceded to tell me that the other night while my youngest brother and I were BS'ing in the other night in the living room and she came in she noticed that I had a smile on my face. I told her I didnt understand be... Sat, 21 Jul 2012 13:53:40 EST Ooops... sorry dude. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ok.. I have been going to the gym almost every night and walking/running on the treadmill. I like it because the gym has a number of them and a whole bunch of TV'S that hang from the ceiling. I go to the same 4 ones every time because they have te best 3 TV's with channels. They have ESPN, The History Channel, or The Discovery Channel on. All in a row, three of my most favorite channels are on so no matter which one... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 23:43:11 EST My reward.... I have done it... I have hit the 40lbs lost mark!!! I am so proud of myself. As soon as I saw I reached it.. I went to the gym, signed up and paid for my membership. <BR> <BR> I can not wait to start the water arobics classes and Pilates/Yoga classes they offer.. plus all the awesome machines that they have there. <BR> <BR> If any of you dont know.. I set mini goals and large goals and reward myself for all of them. One of my large goals was that as soon as I lost 40lbs, I wouldget myself s... Sun, 8 Jul 2012 23:41:53 EST OMG.. I cant believe I actually did this.... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ok, so, I decided that I am going to go balls to the wall this time and actually post pictures on here.. possibly the first pictures I have taken of myself in a long freaking time that havent been only head <BR> <BR> I am not doing this to make myself feel bad. I am doing this to remind myself that even though I dont think I feel... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 23:30:58 EST I shouldn't be forced to wear shoes... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I live in SW Florida... I should not be FORCED to wear shoes.... EVER!! <BR> <BR> If I could pretend I was in elementary school/middle school/ high school... I could probably get away with it... again... but not anymore. I used to run and jump and play soccer barefoot... all the time.... and I never had any problems. I loved it.. feeling the cool grass between your toes when it is sweltering outside was always so a... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 15:35:06 EST It tastes so good in my mouth... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Bacon.... <BR> <BR> That's Right.. Bacon... <BR> <BR> I havent had Bacon in 3 weeks.. I had to lay off it for a couple of weeks because I was eating differently and Bacon was not on the menu. <BR> <BR> When I finally had my first square of Bacon I was worried that it would taste different.. that I would have ceased to love it.. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.. <BR> <BR> The square of Bacon tasted sooo goo... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 18:00:19 EST It tastes so good in my mouth... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Bacon.... <BR> <BR> That's Right.. Bacon... <BR> <BR> I havent had Bacon in 3 weeks.. I had to lay off it for a couple of weeks because I was eating differently and Bacon was not on the menu. <BR> <BR> When I finally had my first square of Bacon I was worried that it would taste different.. that I would have ceased to love it.. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.. <BR> <BR> The square of Bacon tasted sooo goo... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 18:00:11 EST I felt like that lady in the Wizard of Oz.. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I live in SW Florida. Tropical Storm Debbie has been going crazy for the past week and I havent really been able to enjoy the great outdoors so to speak. So, after the downpour from this morning.. it cleared up long enough to the point that the sun actually came out of the clouds for 35 mins. As soon as I saw the sun starting to poke its pretty head, I jumped on my bike and went for what was supposed to be a really... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 20:59:08 EST I went shopping... in my closet I dont know about any of you.. but I know that I have spent money on clothing iteams that I couldnt fit into because I liked it, thought it was pretty, and dreamed that I would fit into. <BR> I knew it wasnt really the best thing to do but I refused to not purchase things.. even if I would only wear it while standing in front of my "Magic Mirror", I still wanted it. <BR> <BR> Today I was getting ready for work and realized that I had not done my work laundry, so I had not one blouse to wear.... Sat, 23 Jun 2012 16:35:23 EST My mini goal reward.... I am one of those people who loves rewards... <BR> <BR> So, I set "mini goals" and reward myself for those when they are achieved. <BR> I have wanted this really awesome watch that tracks all types of stuff.. like your time, steps, calories, mileage, heart rate, ect. It is awesome and I wanted it, so when I left the doctors the other day after finding out I have reached my first mini weight goal of 30lbs lost.. I made a friggin bee-line straight to the store to purchase my prize. I even to... Fri, 15 Jun 2012 18:36:08 EST Balancing Work and Workout Sometimes it is easy to blame work for why you dont workout. "I work to many hours", "Im so tired after work", I'm too stressed to workout.. walking nowhere on a treadmill will make me kill someone." <BR> I have used all of these and more but after my awakening at the Doctors Office a while back, I have come to realize that I wasnt really making excuses not to workout.. no.. I was making excuses so I could continue to be the lazy, extremely obese and unhappy person I have been. <BR> ... Wed, 23 May 2012 18:50:37 EST When enough was enough... The last time I went to the Doctors office for a flu-like bug, I stepped on the scale and it couldnt read my weight. I was mortified and couldnt look my doctor let alone my nurses in the eye.. I cried all the way home. I went to a pretty bad place for a few days until I decided that this was not me. I am not the type of person whom will sit by and watch life pass her buy. I was not raised that way, had never lived that way, and will be damned if i will die that way. So, I started eating healt... Fri, 18 May 2012 18:23:29 EST Rewarding the little Things.. I have decided that in my life I have never really accomplished large goals, although little goals I have followed through with and accomplished. <BR> So.. using that mind set, I have decided that I am going to reward myself for the little things I accomplish. <BR> For example.. I used to drink 20 oz-1 L or Coke (vanilla) a day.. I have not had a coke, let alone a soda, in a little over 15 weeks!!! This may not seem like a whole bunch to others but I know that you all know how big that accom... Sat, 12 May 2012 16:19:07 EST Keeping it up everyday... I have been exercising everyday for the past 2 weeks and it feels great. I am sleeping better and have more energy and I only have 1-2 cups of coffee on the weekends when I work my 3 doubles unlike before when I had 3-5 cups a day. I have been using the Wii Fit Plus and it is so much fun and I have such a good time doing it I dont even realize I'm exercising or that all that time has past. I am a competitive person by nature so it works well for me to keep trying harder to beat my scores from... Sat, 4 Dec 2010 11:49:55 EST SOB's in Wii Tennis I spent 5 days.... FIVE DAYS playing the same two guys who are computer generated opponents... and I could NOT beat them. I tried and tried and tried and heck.. I dont even LIKE Tennis.. but I refused to stop playing until I beat them best out of 5. So, 5 days, and a total of 720 MIN. LATER... I have finally beaten them!!! Last night I decided that I wasnt going to go to sleep until I beat these two guys... I REFUSED to go to sleep knowing that these SOB's beat me again. I have been tired all... Sat, 20 Nov 2010 14:06:14 EST Finally able to get back on track... My mother had a total L knee replacement and needless to say, she is possibly the NEEDIEST PERSON I have EVER I love her but good Lord above, I deserve a friggin medal for dealing with her. My brothers both took the week off to "Help me take care of mom", so how did they help, they made tee times for 0730, then went home, took showers, ate real food, slept in their own beds and only came to the hospital for 30 min or so a day to "visit". I thought I was going to freak ... Sun, 24 Oct 2010 18:39:50 EST I OUT-Walked my Dog Today!!!!! I decided that it was safer to walk with my dog than by myself so for the past couple of days I have been taking my dog with me on my walks. Well..... Today I got home from work, changed my clothes, and got her leash. She was all excited until about mile 2. That is when she started falling behind and I was having to pull her along as I was hauling my so, I have her behind me and all I keep saying is, "Come on Brandy, Come on, just a little bit farther, you can do it.." I was givi... Tue, 19 Oct 2010 18:07:13 EST A tough day.... I had put in for this promotion a month or so ago. I am qualified, have the required amount of experience.. even a little more. They gave me the job 2 weeks ago for about and hour and a half, then took it back and said that they had to interview a few people for paper puropses but that I was going to get it. I told myself not to get too excited but it is someonething that I love doing and so ofcorse I started coming up with so many cool ideas about how I could better the Quality of Life for m... Mon, 18 Oct 2010 20:29:46 EST So much energy.. it was almost Today I had sooo much energy that everyone noticed.. even my old peeps that usually dont notice anyone. It was great and I felt so great. I forgot how much energy you can get when you start eating right and movin to the groovin. I smiled... truely smiled.. all day long. Yes, it was a little hectic but that didnt even faze me. We had rooms to move and furniture to move, and some heavy lifting and I was on it. I even took the residents that cant really help you move them so they are like dead w... Sun, 17 Oct 2010 23:25:34 EST The Fruit Nazi..... I work in a Nursing Home/Rehab Center... I work 14hr days on Fri, Sat, and Sun. I work with a number of women who are overweight and who are always trying the newest diets and fads. The one I call the Fruit Nazi came outside today while I was sitting in the sun enjoying my ginormous bowl of fruit that I cut and packed at home, loving the unseasonably cool weather for SW Florida. She comes out and makes a bee-line.. yes, a bee-line for me and starts bad mouthing my fruit. Talking about how fru... Sat, 16 Oct 2010 21:08:44 EST My poor Blackberry I was washing one of the large coffee pots at the book store and my phone rang and I went to turn off the water and answer it and it slipped right into the coffee pot.. and of corse, I had a delayed reaction of DID THAT REALLY JUST HAPPEN!!! Then I grabbed it real quick, dried it out, and now it totally doesnt work.. <em>39</em> So now I have to save my money and buy a new one... which is a rediculous amount of money.. but it will be ok, I can do it... <BR> <BR> Yet on the Plus side... ... Wed, 13 Oct 2010 19:10:40 EST Jamaica.... Here I come!!!!! My best friend and I have been talking about going to Jamaica since How Stella Got Her Groove Back came out and we sat in my livingroom talking about how we should "Totally Go!!" Well, we have decided that next year is our year and that in the past, what, 10 years since that movie came out, that we have been through enough to warrent a week long vacay to Jamaica... <BR> <BR> So, now I have to get healthier so I can hike up to that beautiful waterfall I saw in the tourist and not ... Tue, 12 Oct 2010 18:31:36 EST Getting Back to Basics I am happy to say that I have gotten rid of all the negative things in my life. My old job, my old boyfriend, my old outlook. I didnt realize until I quit my job and dropped my good for nothing boyfriend and got over it how truely unhappy I really was. I was isolating myself from everyone and so moody and mean and nasty that it makes me sick. I didnt see it because I was so stressed and upset all the time I didnt realize how sad and pitiful my life had actually become. <BR> <BR> Once I coul... Thu, 25 Mar 2010 14:07:42 EST To those of you whom commented on "When do you say enough is enough" Thank You Thank You Thank You..... <BR> <BR> I trually appreciate all the comments and support that you have all shown me. I decided that I was going to call the corporate hotline and see if I could talk to someone about what is going on. The V.P. of Resident Quality of Life is coming in this week to talk to me and to lay everything on the line. <BR> <BR> I am very excited. <BR> <BR> Thank You all once again!! Mon, 24 Aug 2009 13:26:41 EST When do you say enough is enough.... I dont know if it is just a bad day or if this has been building for a while, but how do you know when to say, "I have had enough of this". I have never been a really good dealer with change.. when I get a job I stay there until they close down and shut their doors or until.... well, no, all the jobs I have ever had I have stayed at until they either didnt need me anymore.. the side jobs.. or they closed up shop... with my major jobs. <BR> <BR> I have been working at this nursing home fo... Fri, 21 Aug 2009 11:57:59 EST Reprioritized... if thats how you spell it..loll Well Well Well... here I am again and back crazier than ever. I have been on a LOA for what has been forever when it wasnt supposed to but now I am refocused, reprioritized and ready to get back on that bicycle and ride to my goal. I am still very realistic about my goals and have rethought a few of those also. Since I was gone i lost a little more weight but was having a hard time finish due to lack of outside, I guess I am here for some help to keep motivated and ... Mon, 17 Aug 2009 17:50:37 EST No More Smoking!!! <em>270</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> I have Stopped Cold Turkey Smoking Cigarettes. Let me be the first to tell you that it has not been great and that I want one more than I dont want one but I am not giving in. I have even turned them down when people at my work offered them to me. <BR> <BR> Why all of a sudden am I stopping??? I have my reasons that are others besides the fact that I am poor and buying cigarettes makes me even more or that yes, they are bad for my ... Sun, 7 Sep 2008 12:10:12 EST Need some advice... Hello everyone..... <BR> <BR> I entered in a "Memory Walk" for the Alzheimer's Foundation and I am trying to raise money for Alzheimer's Research. <BR> <BR> I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on how I can ask people for donations... I am not very good about asking for money but I thought because this is such an amazing organization, that it might be a little easier. <BR> <BR> If anyone has any suggestions, or knows of anyone whom donates to thses types of things, if you could P... Fri, 8 Aug 2008 12:07:33 EST My Poor Peeps Ok... <BR> <BR> This is just a rumor as of right now... but to get the SAME rumor from 2 COMPLETELY different sources is sort of un-nerving. <BR> <BR> I was told today that the local hospital is going to take over half, if not all of my building and turn it into a Psyche Hospital. Whcih is nice for the people whom need a place to go but bad because if they only take 1 side of the building.. I know that a NUMBER for families are taking their family members and RUNNING away.. plus, that mean... Tue, 15 Jul 2008 22:42:53 EST I DID IT!!! I completed my Woman's Challenge Walk Across America. I walked from the West Coast to the East Coast!!! I feel GREAT accomplishing this!!! Wed, 2 Jul 2008 22:39:51 EST The Sun will come out... tomorrow... Well... I really hope the sun will come out tomorrow because I have a Dentist appointment and I have decided to walk there. This is a BIG step for me. Why you ask, when I can walk to miles and miles with my dogs... because. I am going to be ALL ALONE when I walk in the morning. It is about 3.5 miles to the Dentist, and 3.5 miles back. So... as long as it all goes well.. I will be WALKING 7 miles all by myself tomorrow I am looking forward to it because I know I can do it but I... Mon, 30 Jun 2008 23:31:02 EST Harry Potter Theme Park!! <link><BR>/ </link> <BR> <BR> Here is the official link to the web site about the Harry Potter Theme Park Tue, 24 Jun 2008 22:16:46 EST What I realized about my Parents Well, I did a great thing tonight... instead of going out with the "Shot Pushing Guilt Trippers"..a.k.a. my I opted to stay in tonight and hang out with my folks. The 20th was the 4 year anniversary of my mothers father passing away and we pretty much sat around, them drinking wine, me drinking decaf green and telling stories of my grandpa, before grandkids and He was a funny guy... and my parents were clueless parents at which made my gran... Sat, 21 Jun 2008 00:42:32 EST Smith Magenis Syndrome... Please Help Smith Magenis Syndrome... SMS <BR> <BR> Does anyone have a family member, a friend, a friend of a family member that is dealing with having or taking care of anyone whom has SMS.. <BR> <BR> I only ask because you know how sometimes when you care for someone, you like to have a support group of people dealing with the same thing.. I know that they have support groups for it.. but I thought that seeing as how Spark has helped me in sooo many other ways, that I might be able to find some peo... Mon, 16 Jun 2008 22:47:35 EST Snakes Challenge SO I HAVE A CHALLENGE FOR ALL MY SNAKES THIS WEEK: Look at the changes, challenges, and obstacles that are happening in your life. How can these events (or non-events) be viewed as a good thing? <BR> <BR> See, it is funny that Arletta would suggest that we do this seeing as how I decided to take a sort of "inventory" of my life. I sat there and thought to myself, "If I am going to change myself.. I really should start from the inside out." So, I decided to write a pro's and con's list about... Sun, 1 Jun 2008 23:37:40 EST What I like about myself (challenge 8) <BR> <BR> You know.. when you are sort of forced to take a look at yourself and decide what you actually like about yourself.. it is sort of difficult.. at least for me. I have spent so long looking at myself and only seeing the bad, I never stopped to really take a good look at what it is that I actually liked. Now when I look at myself, I try to find something I like but all I see is the bad. I cant see any good so I actually had to ask my mother. I felt sort of stupid because I couldn't ... Thu, 29 May 2008 09:04:12 EST Chubbs I have just got done putting a friends baby to sleep.. well, it is my brothers friends.. and my mother and I watch the baby when they want to go out. All I have to say is that there is NO EXCUSE for being THAT ignorant. I understand that they are just children themselves and that this baby is their third!! but you would think that you could take care of this one (keeping him clean and fed) seeing as how you have two other children whom are still alive even after you have cared for them since... Sat, 24 May 2008 14:55:09 EST Mamma said Knock You Out..... I am ready to knock out my weight with a "huh" and a "hi-ya". <BR> <BR> I am so super stoked because I completely forgot what it felt like to do my Pilates at nightbefore bed.. it makes me feel great in the morning. I have spent the morning on the treadmill and doing my pilates and i feel AWESOME!!! <BR> <BR> I have also decided to start a journal that I write in about what exercises I do, how they make me feel.. what I think I can do to change them up a bit, and if I think I can do more e... Mon, 19 May 2008 11:32:20 EST I Think I am... going back to school and finish my LPN. I went and almost finished but I stopped because I kept getting in trouble for talking to the patients too much. They said that I was there to pass meds... not talk to them. I didnt like the fact that I was constintly getting in trouble.. so I left. Yet, now I am at a place in my life where I need to finish what I started.. So, I think I am going back. <BR> I am a little nervous though. I know that I am smart enough because I did it before, but I ju... Sat, 8 Mar 2008 21:23:07 EST Where is it written..... Is there an unwritten law that once you reach a certain age.. your parents are the ones that become children and you the adult? If so, did you go through it or is it written in the restricted section of the library, because I am about to rip ALL of my hair out dealing with these people whom now, only resemble the people whom where my parents. Now, they are quarreling, name calling, tattling children whom come to me when they don't get their way. <BR> <BR> I want to know when I signed up for... Fri, 29 Feb 2008 21:53:04 EST And the Beat Goes On........ right down the I love that <BR> <BR> Anywhoo, I am sorry to those whom have been asking where in the heck I have been.. it is not like me to be silent as long as I am still here. With everything going on.. BF going back to ARMY... my fathers health problems... and the fact that my hair is FALLING OUT!!!!.. probably due to stress.. which includes my stress/emotional eating and drinking.... plus my 2 I have been tired and not in the mood much for tal... Thu, 28 Feb 2008 22:16:11 EST pushups.. pushups, and more... Pushups.... <BR> <BR> I decided that I was going to go all out with the pushups this challenge. I have decided that I would do them throughout the day, instead of just picking a time once a day to do them.. because I could get more from it. Same with the crunches actually... I usually get 100 - 200 done at night before I got to bed but with this challenge, I have been finding spare time.. in little bits mind everywhere. A few minutes here.. a few minutes there.. its helpful. <BR... Sat, 9 Feb 2008 12:51:59 EST Smooth Criminal You know these people.. they are the ones that come into your world when you are not paying attention and proceed to destroy it. They then start to breed with others that they have brought in when you erent paying attention because you were trying to find a remedy for the first. They are like Ants or Cockroaches.. the only pleasure they get is by making you miserable. <BR> <BR> <BR> Well... NOT ANY MORE. <BR> <BR> There is a NEW Sheriff in town and she isnt taking any crap from these so ... Wed, 6 Feb 2008 15:07:41 EST I am now SCARED of.... Fruits and <BR> I decided that I was going to go "ALL OUT" for this challenge and change my diet COMPLETELY for the week. I am only having fruits and veggies ALL DAY with the exception of my 1 meat/chicken a day. I have been having ALL TYPES of fruit every morning for breakfast and then taking with me to work for a snack, whatever I don't finish. Then, I got the AWESOME ladies in the kitchen at work whom have been making me these great veggie plates for lunch with either a me... Thu, 31 Jan 2008 22:35:59 EST My New Now.. I have not watched MTV since they actually played music videos on it... BUT, my youngest brother turned me on to the Tv show called, "Rob and Big". It is about a professional skate boarder who has "Moved on Up" and is living in the Hollywood Hills with his body guard Chris "Big Black" Boykin. This show is possibly the FUNNIEST thing that I have seen on TV in a while. It is great. They are so funny and I guess I find it funny because they have the luxury of spending whatever they want O... Fri, 25 Jan 2008 19:30:13 EST Hogwarts You know.. you never really understand how much you really needed something until you take a moment to look back and notice that your fitness and lifestyle goal have become an attainable goal all due to the new surroundings you have put yourself in. <BR> Well... I think that they wonderful people here at Hogwarts have helped me keep my goals in constant focus. Now, that is not to say that my other team mates from other teams have not helped, because they have, at a time that I couldn't have b... Tue, 22 Jan 2008 13:15:00 EST Lovin, Touchin, Squeezin Today I have done it... I have made the meanest woman I have EVER met laugh and it is all because of "Lovin, Touchin, Squeezin" by Journey. I was cleaning, cutting, shaping, and painting residents nails this afternoon... my normal Sunday ritual... and this woman said that she needed her nails done. She is NEVER nice to me and to be completely honest.. she has actually made me cry like twice. I wheeled her over to my table and began to clean her nails. Now, I always have to radio on, and I am ... Sun, 20 Jan 2008 17:44:18 EST Same Poo different day Well... I am not sure but I think that in the past week I have added a couple of lbs... I am not sure why but -------------------- WHY LIE TO MYSELF!!!! I know exactley WHY.... I havent been watching what I am eating... heck.... I had 2 donuts for friggin breakfast. I know that doesnt sound big.. but normally I have a fruit bowl and get in like 3-4 different fruits... but NOOOOOO.. not today, and not yesterday because I had sausage gravey and biscuts!!!! I am such a putz. <BR> You know, ... Sat, 5 Jan 2008 08:35:35 EST