PUNZIE73's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=PUNZIE73 PUNZIE73'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/ Remember the day-lilies... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4811239 It's a weird title, I know. Trust me it will all make sense soon. <BR> <BR> Today I pulled into my driveway and I was surprised to see just how quickly (not to mention how beautifully) my day lilies have bloomed! <BR> <BR> Last week my yard AND my flower beds looked a hot, unkept mess. (We're talking "Someone call her Home Owner's Association. She HAS to be breaking a law with that un-mowed kind of situation.) Fast forward to Sunday when I spent some time in my yard and in the matter ... Thu, 29 Mar 2012 20:03:26 EST I haven't done this in a while... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4771642 Blogging that is. I had fallen off the weight loss wagon and due to outside circumstances and wasn't always able to get to a computer to "spark" even when I was doing well nutritionally or even burning some calories. You've heard the old saying, "Out of sight, out of mind." <BR> <BR> Well, it's true. I've been back sparking, although not as much as when I first discovered the sight. As I was trolling around for some much needed inspiration I clicked onto my own page. <BR> <BR> Me? Mo... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 10:47:24 EST I'm finally ready. Mentally. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4650702 I'm ready. <BR> <BR> I'm ready to see just how great I can become and not get in the way of myself. That's it. Mon, 2 Jan 2012 09:58:36 EST My Arizonian Adventure - and yes, I have pictures! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4383502 It was this New Yorker turned North Carolinian turned Virginian's first time to this grand state. I thought New York City had skyscrapers but Arizona had the nature-made variety and it was beyond beautiful! North Carolina had its share of wildlife - but you haven't seen nothing until you've pissed off a rattlesnake! Virginia has its share of beauty too but we have mole hills compared to mountains out there! Everything was breath-taking and HOT! Most days hovered around the 105 degree mar... Sun, 24 Jul 2011 20:31:57 EST My caloric and exercise intervention http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4322805 I'm trying to get to the bottom of why my scale hasn't budged. <BR> <BR> Well, I KNOW why it's been teetering around the 189-190 mark for 2 months now. I'm not going to lie and say that I've done everything exactly to the letter. I tend to have an ALL or NOTHING approach which in some ways can be a great thing. In other ways it can be a huge hinderance. I've figured out how to maintain. Period. Not gaining, just being complacent. <BR> <BR> Here's the scenario... <BR> <BR> Three mont... Sat, 25 Jun 2011 23:07:40 EST I needed a new do to go with my new legs, so I cut my hair - myself. (PICS!!!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4299177 It's true. I'm impatient. I tried pinning my split ends up today and it wasn't working so I figured it I'd just snip a wee little bit and I could get the "effect" I want without the commitment. Needless to say, it didn't work. I went to work and decided, "Why the hell not?" So on my lunch break I had my friend finish me off! It's only hair, it'll grow back. I had super short hair 2 years ago. Anyway here it is. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l322330662.j... Tue, 14 Jun 2011 21:53:52 EST Wow! What a cool side-effect! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4290979 Something funny happened on the way to Lake Chesdin today. I discovered I can "officially" wear shorts. <BR> <BR> It all started waaay back on yesterday evening when my significant other, Vincent, said he wanted to take "Tranquility" (our boat) out for a spin. He had one condition. Only one. I COULDN'T wear jeans, a long skirt or even capris. He said I wouldn't be allowed on the boat unless I had on a... bathing suit. (Insert screech here.) <BR> <BR> "Say what now?" R-E-W-I-N-D. Co... Fri, 10 Jun 2011 22:23:55 EST My life told in pictures and things that make me ... me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4273570 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l172764861.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l616989234.jpg"> <BR> Betcha didn't know I can go from "pearl action" to pump action. <BR> <BR> I like to four wheel...even while rockin' my Burberry plaid sneakers <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l576342328.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I like to fish... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l73959264.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I hunt... <BR> <img src="ht... Thu, 2 Jun 2011 21:40:57 EST Excuse me, may I please borrow some booty? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4266493 As most of my Spark friends know and have heard me complain, I have no butt. I know, I know, I shouldn't complain, but why oh why can't I just keep the lil bit I got? Trust me, I've heard it all, "Girl, you must have been taking those noacetol pills." (No-ASS-at-all) "It's a good thing you have hips because you would look just pitiful!" Yeah, I know. "Maybe you should stick with A-lined skirts." I like jeans. "Have you considered getting that Brazilian butt lift?" I'm anti-surgery for co... Tue, 31 May 2011 05:37:48 EST Ahhh. Nature. Now that's good stuff. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4218730 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l934946425.jpg">I'm a control freak. A perfectionist. I'm wound so tight somedays I squeak. Even on vacation I can't sleep in. I'm trying NOT to be that way. I'm making attempts to really not-give-a-flip what others think and keep my two cents in my pocket. I'm quite opinionated and usually will say whatever I think - sometimes without a filter and you can probably bet your buttered biscuit it will not be "politically correct". <BR> ... Sun, 8 May 2011 19:01:29 EST Dressing Room Fashions. Updated: 5/11/11. NEW PICS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4203614 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l441510018.jpg">This was the verbage on my main page for the month of April. I want to remind myself of all the money I've blown (in a good way) on all my spring and summer fashions. So, this page is mostly for me, it will look boring-ly familiar to all who may have already peeped this page. But if ya like, enjoy the journey with me again. As I start wearing some of my wardrobe, I will post new pictures on this blog. <BR> <BR> Warm weath... Sun, 1 May 2011 23:24:13 EST Someone take my AMEX card, PLEASE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4150418 ...and my Visa and my Mastercard too! <BR> <BR> Seriously, I only pay cash for my purchases, so I'm not going into debt. (I am however doing my share to help our economy, but geez Louise - I'm outta control!) Here's the latest. I promise, this is the last of it (for now). <BR> <BR> These will be less frumpy looking when I got on my SPANX! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l711649328.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l865933194.jpg"> <BR>... Thu, 7 Apr 2011 21:35:10 EST You have to be freakin' kiddin' me! (March results) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4138297 Well, let me go to the bank so I can mail out a bunch of 25 cent checks. Apparently my mouth wrote a check -- but my ass couldn't deliver. I challenged myself (and the entire Spark Nation) that I'd lose 5 pounds in March. Only five. I know, I know, I should expect some plateaus, muscle weighs more than fat. Blah, blah, blah. No it doesn't. A pound. Is a pound. Is a freaking pound. PERIOD. That's what people say to make other folks feel better. I know, it's still a pound. I would NEV... Sun, 3 Apr 2011 09:28:47 EST Not there. But closer. My dressing room fashions. (pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4099297 Okay. So, I felt terrible last week and when I'm feeling icky I like to shop. So, a little retail therapy with the exploits of spring found me feeling girly and feminine and in the mood to rock some dresses and such. Here's a preview of some of my splurges. No full on hair and make-up here. These are incomplete pics. Just wait until I update them for a stylish photo shoot. I'll be able to say. <BR> <BR> "I was good. Now I'm better, so there." <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeop... Thu, 17 Mar 2011 19:07:28 EST I'm grateful for my Spark Family. For real. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4069168 I don't know where to begin. I'm truly at a loss for words, so this may come out as a bunch of jumbled thoughts randomly typed into cyberspace. <BR> <BR> I tend to operate in black and white. All or nothing. (Most of the time, or at least Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and the weekends.) I can go from being completely ecstatic at my success and than at the drop of a hat feel so completely inadequate. This my friends is my biggest obstacle. (Myself.) As some of you may already know, I've b... Sat, 5 Mar 2011 21:12:36 EST This just in. (Part 2) February results. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4059488 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l446017917.jpg"> <BR> As promised on my Spark page, I will post my progress (or lack thereof) monthly. Aye dios mio! Here's the part where I open my mouth and insert a stilletto! <BR> <BR> Here goes: <BR> <BR> Pounds lost in February: 2 <BR> Inches lost in February: 5" overall <BR> <BR> While I'm not doing cartwheels over my meager loss; I'm still happy the scale is going the other direction. At first I was weighing in too much. But I... Wed, 2 Mar 2011 06:06:40 EST I love my mom. I just don't wanna be like her. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4009127 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l605377059.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Okay, okay, so you're probably thinking what I said is kind of harsh huh? Let me give you a little background 4-1-1 on my wonderful parental unit. <BR> <BR> As a human, my mom is THE most caring, giving and generous woman I've ever known. She has literally given people the clothes off her back. And her looks? Gorgeous! She's got these big, expressive blue/green eyes. Her perfectly shaped lips are a thing of ... Fri, 11 Feb 2011 09:59:10 EST If this doesn't encourage you, nothing will. (Atheist: you may want to turn away from this one.) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3984946 I came across something that truly resonated with me and I wanted to share. It was too long to post as my status, so I snuck it in as a blog however I cannot take credit for it. I don't know exactly where this originated from, but I'm sure each of us at one time or another has felt the force behind how this makes us feel. I wouldn't call myself a religious person, I am however a spiritual one. <BR> <BR> Ask and He Gives <BR> <BR> I asked God for strength, he gave me troubles to make me s... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 19:08:46 EST This just in... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3982798 We now interrupt your program already in progress to bring you a special announcement: <BR> <BR> "Lea has lost an inch in her neck, that's right ladies and germs; an inch in her NECK!" (Honestly, I didn't think I had much to lose there, also lost 2" on my thighs!) Go me, go me! <BR> <BR> That's right Sparkies! I'm doin' it! Just like I said I would. I will be posting around the 1st of each month, my results regardless if they are good, bad, ugly or down right triflin'. <BR> <BR> Pound... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 02:10:51 EST Back in the day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3926000 I've always thought I was born in the wrong decade. I guess the 70's were great, but the 30's were where it was at! (Minus the the whole depression, segregation and woman being thought of as second class citizens.) Aside from that, the STYLE rocked! Glamorous, barely-there dresses. Nylons with a back seams and strappy sling backs! Not to mention the romantic waved hair. I have a black and white photograph of my grandmother (think the fabulous Lena Horne) just beauty personified! <BR>... Fri, 14 Jan 2011 21:14:33 EST Less Jiggle. More bounce. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3901342 One of my guy friends asked me who I wanted to look like when "this was all over." I thought for a minute and said, "Myself. Just a better version of me." <BR> <BR> For weeks he prodded me to give him names of celebrities that I should "channel" when working a certain body part. <BR> <BR> I could never have Kim Kardashian's or J'Lo's ass...I'm not shaped that way. <BR> <BR> I don't want Michelle Obama's arms, I like mine just fine. I just want them with less jiggle. <BR> <BR> As muc... Fri, 7 Jan 2011 18:31:02 EST DO YOU HAVE SJS? (Skinty-Jean Syndrome) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3866646 In this blog I will identify what skinty-jeans are and how to look for signs that you or someone you love may have Skinty-Jean Syndrome (SJS) <BR> <BR> Skin tee' geens. (NOUN) <BR> <BR> Skinty jeans is a state of mind. Men and woman of any age can have it, but it's most common victims are women between the ages of 18-58. Skinty jeans can be ANY article of clothing and is not limited to jeans, pants or outerwear. The only known cure for SJS is a slovenly lifestyle that prohibits healthy e... Tue, 28 Dec 2010 10:56:12 EST How Punzie's gonna get her groove back. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3851524 I've slacked the past couple of days. <BR> <BR> There. I said it. Now that I've acknowledged that, I plan on re-dedicating myself to a HEALTHY, HAPPY AND FIT NEW ME. <BR> <BR> How am I gonna do that? I'm going to start back with the vigor and zest I had when I set out on this journey a few months ago. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to read the very first blog I posted to jump start my ass and remember why I wanted to do this in the first place. (Damn those skinty jeans!) <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 18 Dec 2010 23:34:48 EST What? You scared or just shy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3843322 So... I have my "best friends" at the gym. First, there's my cellulite crushin' BFF, the stepper machine. (I named him Bob) Then, there's my waist-whittlin', heart rate elevatin' elliptical. (Jillian) I didn't like her at first but we quickly hit it off after a few run-ins. Then, there are a few of my free weight acquaintances (dumb-bells, pull-up machine, bicycle) that I say hello to every now and then. We're not exactly on a first named basis , but I'll wave "hi" if I see them. <B... Tue, 14 Dec 2010 11:01:29 EST I think I won! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3835569 As some of you may know, I recently went on an all-girls trip to Las Vegas. You may also remember that I commented on being terrified of binging out of control, not keeping track of my portions, interrupted or non-existent workouts and basically allowing myself a "free-week" that would eventually spiral into a whirlwind of bad decisions that would continue long after my vacation ended. <BR> <BR> I am SOOO happy to report that the exact OPPOSITE happened! Part of the reason was the company ... Fri, 10 Dec 2010 04:19:47 EST Pointy Shoulders http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3813220 It's Monday morning. I slowly crept toward my bathroom scale for my weekly weigh-in. I looked to my left. I looked to my right. (Just to make sure no one else was watching, duh.) Dropped trough. Took a deep breath while my eyes were gently shut. (Thinking nice, airy thoughts: Clouds. Cotton-balls. Bubbles.) I mounted the mute torture device and exhaled. ("I don't wanna look, I don't wanna look.") I opened my eyes to see a number I wasn't prepared for. <BR> <BR> What the hell? One-ni... Mon, 29 Nov 2010 21:50:51 EST Gym Warrior http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3811112 Now, let me preface this by saying, I'm not a gym snob. I usually get in get out and go about my business. However, tonight was different. <BR> <BR> I pulled into a nearly half-empty gym parking lot and was able to ease into one of the closest spots right next to the front entrance (SCORE!... that NEVER happens.) <BR> <BR> Tonight was a particularly chilly day in Richmond, so I assumed the cold kept most folks in the comfort of their warm homes. But no, I had to sign up on one of the ... Mon, 29 Nov 2010 00:40:36 EST I survived Thanksgiving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3806811 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l925879070.jpg">I'M THANKFUL... <BR> <BR> That I didn't have a food coma. <BR> That I drank 2-20 oz. bottles of water during dinner. <BR> That I DIDN'T see the stuffing or the ham that was on the other side of the room. <BR> That I had 2 mini cupcakes instead of 2 or 3 slices of EACH KIND of pie. <BR> For collard greens that were so good, I got all my veggies in, in practically one sitting. <BR> For the great company that kept my mind off FO... Fri, 26 Nov 2010 12:22:41 EST A promise note to myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3804768 Hey there you! <BR> <BR> I'm so proud that you've been committed to this healthy lifestyle. You're nearly halfway to your goal of 60 pounds lost. Good for you! I knew you had it in you. Don't drop the ball now. I know sometimes [we] can get a just a little big-headed, a little cocky. You know what I'm saying. Here's the scenario. You fit into your "skinny jeans" and start to think..."Wow, my ass looks REALLY good right now." Then you forget all about the promises you made to finish wh... Wed, 24 Nov 2010 23:58:32 EST Why this time is different http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3795389 I am... <BR> I am Inspired. <BR> I am Focused. <BR> I am Positive. <BR> I am Optimistic. <BR> I am Healthy. <BR> I am Rested. <BR> I am Centered. <BR> I am Present. <BR> I am Committed. <BR> I am Here. <BR> I am Important. <BR> I am in Control. <BR> I am Balanced. <BR> I am Hopeful. <BR> I am Adaptable. <BR> I am Improving. <BR> I am Evolving. <BR> I am Sexy. <BR> Because I AM WORTH IT. Sat, 20 Nov 2010 07:23:24 EST