RAFF73's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=RAFF73 RAFF73'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/ Recap of Leaves of Change Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5137163 Well here we are at the end of another challenge. I fell into a dark hole this challenge and let it suck me down. I pulled a muscle in my back so had to stop excerising to let it heal. Then got the news about my dad having eyelid cancer. The combition of these two things just have set me back a little bit. I need to stop being so negative and depressed and start climbing back out of the dark hole. I have to stop making the excuse that tomorrow will be a better day to eat healthy and sta... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 08:12:22 EST 8 months until the big 40 birthday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5060751 Hi all, <BR> It just dawned on me today while I was taking a walk, that my 40th birthday is in 8 months from today. So I thought about what I would like to see happen in those 8 months before I turn 40. I would like to continue to add more strength training into my workouts. I want to continue to eat healthy and lose weight. But I also want to become a more active, loving person and give back to others. So I think I am going to start looking for charity walks in my area and particpate i... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 19:11:36 EST Leaves of Change Challenge Week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5049958 Here is the list of five things that have held me back in the past from sticking with my weight loss and fitness goals: <BR> <BR> 1. I always looked at losing weight as a diet. I would go gun-ho for awhile and then slid back into my old eating habits. But in order to really lose weight, I need to look at it as a life style change and not a diet. I can still eat the foods I like just in moderation. (Learned this tip from reading The Spark this summer) <BR> <BR> 2. Excerise- I hated to do... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 16:40:48 EST My goals for the Leaves of Change Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5042881 Here later this week I will be starting the Fall Biggest Loser Challenge called Leaves of Change Challenge. I have been thinking about what I want to accomplish this challenge. Here are my following goals: <BR> 1. I want to lose 10 to 15 pounds this challenge. (Lost 12.2 in the summer challenge). Would be sweet to beat my summer challenge weight loss. But I will take what pounds I lose as a precious gift to myself. <BR> <BR> 2. I will workout everyday for 45 mintues to 60 minutes. I ... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 19:08:22 EST I am on back on track! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5031122 I am on the right path with my eating again. I had several days this past week, were I went over my calorie range limit big time. I know when I went to my mil's family reunion, I should have eaten a salad or veggies before going. Then I would have been full and only eaten a little bit of the food there. That started my week of over indulging! Then I went to school on Tuesday and they provided us Subway for lunch and cake for dessert. So naturally I had to have a piece of cake with my l... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 23:36:16 EST Biggest Loser's Summer Challenge for Team Titans Reflection!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5028435 I went into this 10 weeks wanting to jumpstart my weight loss journey again. I had fell off that journey big time last year. I let the stress of home, school and life just carry me along to bad habits of eating whatever and not excerising regularly. So I jumped at the chance to do this challenge. I am glad that I did. I have been able to eat healthier, cut my pop intake to one or two a day, gave up my McDonald's large sweet tea addiction, excerise daily and take time for myself for a cha... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 20:43:38 EST