PRETTYHOWARD's SparkPeople Blog PRETTYHOWARD's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 2 Month Challenge! Its been a long time since I been on Sparkpeople. I been using MyFitness pal more often. But I need to use all the resources I can get. I'm going to start a 2 month challenge with my daughter. My 9 yr old daughter has faced weight problems since she was little, its been hard and emotional for us both. Together we are going to make healthy changes by watching what we eat and staying active, everyday. Sat, 28 Jul 2012 03:56:41 EST November 2011 4 Week Challenge I'm BACK!!! It's been a long while since I been on Spark. What can I say, life caught up to me :o) <BR> But I still stayed on track and since then I've lost a total of 16 pounds! <BR> <BR> Now that I've dropped 16 lbs, I'm working to lose about 20 more by December (maybe 30) but I'm going to start with the simple 4-week challenge. <BR> <BR> Month 1: <BR> Nov 1-8 <BR> Nov 8-15 <BR> Nov 15-22 <BR> Nov 22-29 <BR> <BR> Month 2: <BR> Dec 1-8 <BR> Dec 8-15 <BR> Dec 15-22 <BR> Dec 22-29 <BR> NEW... Wed, 2 Nov 2011 13:42:12 EST Week: 7 , 8, 9 (4/4/11-4/15/11) Okay so it's been awhile since I've reported in and unfortunately I been really busy with life.... But I am here to fill you in. Well I am sad to say that I haven't lost a dramatic amount of weight, but on the bright side I haven't gained!! Well okay maybe I've lost about 4 more pounds, but I haven't weighed myself lately. But anyway, kick boxing and zumba is kick butt I love them both. I brought my mom and my daughter to a zumba class it was hilarious how they could not keep up, but I'm p... Fri, 15 Apr 2011 11:27:27 EST week 6: 3/28/11-4/3/11 Well this week should be better, I been feeling a little down and out lately but when I bust a sweat I feel better, but then as I cool down I start to realize "wait I still have the same problem" I hate not feeling certain and unhappy. <BR> I mean just in general. It amazes me how one person can affect your whole life, positively or negatively. I feel so lost and alone when I don't hear from my spouse........ <BR> I try to just go about my business and say well it is what it is and that's... Mon, 28 Mar 2011 11:58:03 EST Week 5 (3/21/11) Well it's been a few weeks since I reported my last entry. I think I've missed about 2 weeks? 3/5/11-3/12/11, 3/12/11-3/19/11 <BR> <BR> Oh well, I can tell you in a nut shell, I did bad (LOL) but I don't feel guilty. It was my daughters birthday on 3/14 and we had her party on 3/11 so we had some good food, spent 2 hours cooking. Then we had spring break this past week and I got to spend a few days with my daughter and we basically lounged and relaxed all week. Then a baby shower was thi... Mon, 21 Mar 2011 15:10:37 EST Week 3 (2/28/11-3/4/11) Well this past week was good! My daughter and I stuck to our diet which consist of lean meats, (chicken/fish) and steamed veggies, and whole grains. She has been real good about taking her medication at diner time. She also has been very active with school activities, basketball practice and running around with her friends at home. I can actually see a small deference in her face, it's looking slimmer in her neck area. I'm really sticking to her diet and she's been working with me on this... Mon, 28 Feb 2011 17:47:55 EST Week 2 (2/21/11) Well I hope everyone had a good long weekend? I did, I had a great time with my baby girl. This week is already starting off good! I made a healthy diner last night for me and my little one, then afterwards my daughter had basketball practice. I know it's hard for her to just get up and go, it's hard for us adults, but I have to encourage her, just like I have to encourage myself to go workout. <BR> <BR> Tonight for diner I'm going to grab us some chicken, and make no fry chicken tacos wi... Tue, 22 Feb 2011 10:32:22 EST Week 1 (2/18/11) Last night after I got out of the shower I weight myself. Big mistake, but an eye opener! I weight 202 pounds, I've tried for 5 years to make sure I never reached the 200's again. And the sad part is I'm taking Kick Boxing and Zumba, I feel like I'm doing this for nothing. <BR> <BR> So I had to recheck myself and I realized that this weight gain came from my poor diet, I've been eating too much and a lot of unhealthy foods. I guess I figured that I could eat how I wanted because I can wor... Fri, 18 Feb 2011 13:52:05 EST How serious are you? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A motivation. Okay so what she's not real. But she makes it worth the try to get up and get going. Not that I want to be exactly like her, I love me and who I am. I'm a great person, smart, funny, sincere, brave, strong and not so bad looking. <em>211</em> <BR> But I've let this past year go to a waste with not completely staying on my goals. So instead of waiting for the new year to start off with a new slat... Wed, 1 Dec 2010 13:19:57 EST Nov 1 and still have not had any sweets!! Well it has been a rough 2 months but I made it and I still have not had a single bite of sweets! Not a cookie, a doughnut, a candy or chocolate..... nothing at all. <BR> As I sit here staring at a big bag of candy that someone brought in from last night's left over from Halloween. And it doesn't even appeal to me. <BR> I do someday get a urge to eat a sweet, but I kill it with a fruit or a smoothie......pretty yummy. I add bananas, splenda, low-fat milk and ice and blend away. I sometimes... Mon, 1 Nov 2010 18:17:15 EST (¨`v´¨)I still keep on going!! (¨`v´¨) It's October 1st and I have lasted the whole month of September NO SWEETS! And I feel great! I have reached my September goal and lost 6 lbs! My next goal is to lose 10 pounds for the month of October. This will be hard but do-able. I'm going to kick it up a notch on my workouts and I no my limits. I'm going to go for my usual Friday night run and do my usual workouts on Sat and Sun I am for sure going to BRING IT!! I am so proud of my self, I deserve a pat on the back. The best part i... Fri, 1 Oct 2010 11:30:24 EST Day 8 Well today is my 8th day of NO SWEETS and so far it's going good. Although I have to admit I think of homemade oatmeal cookies once in a while...(O: <BR> But I will be able to make homemade cookies for Christmas, I hope to find some great, tasty zero-calorie sweetener ones? If you have any great recipes to share please let me know. <BR> Well yesterday I went for a 30 minute walk for lunch, I did about 1.5 miles. I kind of took my time,but my legs were for sure burning and I did sweat! It'... Wed, 8 Sep 2010 17:49:17 EST Day 2 No sweets. 9/2/10 Well it's my day 2 and I have not broke yet. Last night dinner was delicious. Homemade pot roast in the crockpot it was yummy! Beef with carrots, potaotes, onion and celery....with a side of whole grain bread with a spread of canola oil butter, with a glass of water. I have a cold so this was perfect. <BR> I happy to report all is good Thu, 2 Sep 2010 13:46:26 EST September is here!...and a NEW me is near!! It's the 1st and I'm super excited for the fall to come. I live in PHX, AZ and for those who live here, visited here or drove through here in the summer! Than you know our city is no joke when it comes to the heat! So for the autumn walk in the evening and the morning I'm really looking forward to. This is the best time for me to lose weight because my daughter and I love to be outdoors. Plus it's football season!! Well this morning I made a vow to not eat any sweets until Thanksgiving! ... Wed, 1 Sep 2010 13:30:49 EST Thanks for the support SPark friends! I just want to thank all those who have commented, gave great advice, helpful tips and great suggestions to me on my daughters weight issue. For a parent rather a mother of father and even as a grandparent, aunt/uncle or just a caring family friend or relative/in-law. Seeing a young child who you care for deeply and love so much suffer from any health condition can be hard to see, and to even to try to explain how helpless it feels to see that you have tried and still no results, it's alwa... Tue, 10 Aug 2010 19:02:57 EST Helping my daughter get in shape Doctor said that my daughter needs to lose weight!! She has high blood pressure......again! )O: <BR> I'm real sad and scared for her, but can't let it show or she'll be afraid too. I have to be strong and smart about this. I have to support her and encourage her to do this. It's bad enough that as adults we suffer with weight and having to get the motivation to get off our butts is easier said than done. But if you think about it unless you have physical disability it really isn't that h... Sun, 1 Aug 2010 16:34:47 EST 2 weeks and still going It's been 2 weeks since I've weighed myself. I actually don't plan on weighing myself until I feel that I see my results be more visual to me. I'm still walking everyday or every chance I get. Really trying to focus on doing my P90x videos in the AM since it's the only chance I have to do it because I'm sooo busy after work till about 8:30pm, and I value my rest. Been drinking lots and lots of water and my green tea daily. Watching what I eat and how I eat. Salads, fruits, lean meats ea... Tue, 22 Jun 2010 20:29:19 EST 6/8/10 Has hard as it is already to even get the motivation to get up and workout even after a long days of work. It would help if I had the support. My inlaw give me looks and sighs with attitude when I tell her I'm going for run on my treadmill? I don't really understand what the big deal is to her? So what If I want to run and eat healthier. I know she has her own theories on diet, and she always compares me to her when she was younger....... I don't get what her past body image and eating h... Tue, 8 Jun 2010 13:14:59 EST Oregon here I come! I am planning a trip to Oregon in October to see my love and I want to look Fabulous! I really am trying my hardest to get down at least 20 pounds! If you think I can do it give me a toot! I want to see how I progress and I will be dotting down every thing I do over my weeks. Showing my progress. <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Well it's been about a month since I wrote this blog and so far, I feel great! I'm trying my hardest to stay on track and keep active. Running, Walking, swimming ... Fri, 14 May 2010 18:31:17 EST Hopelessly Devoted to ME! I seen this road many times before...... but now it seems to be getting harder! But this only makes me want to push harder and stronger! I still fee like a "moo" but I know that with persistence I will get to my goal. <BR> I been doing the P90X videos and OMG!! I am so sore every where!!!!! I can't even laugh b/c is hurts so bad.....but a good hurt. My gluteus are sore too, just every inch of my body is sore )O: but I know this will pay off most definitely. I been getting up in the mo... Fri, 14 May 2010 17:49:44 EST This was then....... in 2007 Hi everybody!! I'm a 26 year old mom, with a 5 year old little girl ( her with her daddy is posted)- My daughter and my husband are the best things that ever happen to me...When I meet my handsome husband I was thin of course we all are at first...but after we started dating for a year we both packed on the some pounds......I had gaind 48 pounds.Then we found out we were expecting- when I realized I was feeding for two, so there for it was okay for me to indulge myself....boy was I wrong! I ... Fri, 23 Apr 2010 18:01:47 EST Persistence is what will make me succeed! I'm am ready to face this and become a more active, healthy living person. I want to expand my horizons and try new things. I want to share these new things with my loved ones. I have a great feeling about this and will get there by being persistent! My eye is on the prize and I shall conquer this! <em>315</em> Mon, 29 Mar 2010 13:23:34 EST Positive is a great feeling I've came to the realization that Only "I" can make this happen for me. I have to be determined and motivated to make this happen. I am ready to healthy and happy. I can't wait to be in a place where I can look at myself and know I feel great inside and out. So many years I have wasted not on my health and wellness. I have the key which is motivation to get my life in a healthful state physical and mental which will lead to emotional well being. I am anxious to know how my great outcome... Sun, 28 Mar 2010 23:18:00 EST Concerned~worried~Afraid!! :( I am real worried about my daughters health (she is 6 yrs old). I am more afraid than anything, that she will have health problems that will effect her in the future. To give a little back ground of my daughters health: she was born at 7 lbs 4oz 20 inches long, to some that may seem a bit big, but to me that seemed normal. She was a little chub when she was around 6-7 months as most babies are. That is around the time I introduced her to cereal and baby food (loved them sweet potato and ... Fri, 4 Dec 2009 13:19:57 EST Grateful~ During this time of year as the end of the year nears I like to reflect on my past on how it was for me all the struggles, tears, happiness, laughs and pain I had to go through. Right now I am content with my life choices I may have made mistakes and I think I've learned from those mistakes or mishaps/errors I call it. I will keep trying to get to where I need to get. I have little support in certain areas, but I will over come those boundaries. I have realized making everyone else happy ... Mon, 23 Nov 2009 23:03:14 EST 5 months and have 60pounds to go I talked to a trainer to day at a gym. He chatted with me on the phone about me loosing some weight. I told him I have a goal that I want to reach I told him I want to get to 145-150 lbs. He said he can get there in 5 months!! I hope so because I have a goal that I want to loose 60 pounds by christmas! I hope I can do this!! <em>231</em> Mon, 3 Aug 2009 18:44:02 EST ~Focused~ Well I have 3 weeks to try to lose at least 10 lbs for the Beyounce concert! I bought a cute top that I would like to wear and look good in it..........I hope I stay focused trying to cut down on my carb intake and eat more protein meats and other goal is to help my daughter lose 10 lbs too, I hope we both do it. Wed, 17 Jun 2009 01:45:39 EST Sometimes we fall, but you MUST get back up again!.... Well it's been a while since I been on sparkpeople.......I been going through a lot in a short period of time in my life..........It's amazing how some people can let things, or others effect your ability to keep on track or stay focused. <BR> The last time I was on, I believe I was doing well, or at least trying too. I think I gained about 7-9 pounds since the time before last. I was trying my hardest to lose that little bit of weight but could not shake it off. I started getting into som... 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