REDVELVET21's SparkPeople Blog REDVELVET21's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community New week!!! Looking forward to the new week!!! I havent written out my plan, this weekend was busy however I didnt skip the gym!!! I'm looking forward to zumba and kickboxing!!! Sun, 21 Aug 2016 23:27:04 EST Trying something new Kickboxing, I've never tried it however, I'm interested!!!! Looking for change Tue, 16 Aug 2016 18:18:43 EST Winning We are Winning just by being here. Winning by thinking of your health, taking one small step is better than no step at all. We are winning by each physical and mental step. We are winning by each food choice we take, change or notate!!! We are winning by each positive affirmation that we reflect on. Every moment that you encourage yourself you encourage others.... We are Winning!!!! This stems from someone asking me at the gym what my plan was, I dont know this person, however being as I am... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 20:49:13 EST Re Committed..... Tomorrow comes a new month <BR> <BR> I have a committed to a friend to celebrate her birthday in a challenge of walking, running, hopping, skipping or jumping 40 miles for her 40th birthday!!! <BR> <BR> I have opted to walk 40 miles and I will show my results through my fitbit log!!! <BR> <BR> This past month I started a gym membership close to the house in which motivates me to go to zumba, 3-4 times a week, weight train and do other cardio. I love it because its a 24 hour spot meaning ... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 10:03:25 EST Falling out of place to FALL into place.... Life is busy for me right now, so many things are falling out of place so that the right things can fall into place. No longer will I try to hang onto people or things that are not in Gods plan to be in my life. I have so many things that I need to release that I cannot continue to hold on when its not helping me. <BR> <BR> I cannot sit here and stress over these things/ people anymore. Life is too short and I know there are things that I need to grasp and get a hold of!!! I am moving forwa... Sun, 27 Sep 2015 17:52:50 EST Time Frame..... Two sets of time frames that I am looking at include: <BR> <BR> "15 Weeks until 2016 " <BR> <BR> This can help with the new year to come and reach a goal of 30 pounds loss!!! And continue unto the success of staying on my journey of weight loss!!!! <BR> <BR> 9 months until Summer 2016 <BR> <BR> I want to be out of the 200 club and into Onederland by Summer 2016!!! <BR> <BR> Sun, 20 Sep 2015 17:35:15 EST 2 Tales of Time..... Close to the end of the month I like to look at the time that has passed, and the time to come. It helps me to reflect on what I have been doing that has been helping me and the changes that I need to make to help me even more. <BR> <BR> So the tale of time is that I need to watch my food choices more. This month was a little hard because I lost my Grandma and I was more worried about my Mom, so being an emotional eater I eat when I worry, get sad and even in times of joy, however I know th... Sun, 20 Sep 2015 17:18:11 EST Dilemma pt 2 So Saturday I had to make a choice between Dinner with my co workers or to attend the Glow in the Dark 5k. I went to both. I went to dinner with my co workers and being that the restaurant was so crowded I never got my food, I left an hour and a half later in order to make it to the 5k in time. I went to the 5k alone, my two friends had life to happen to them. I went on and walked by myself with many other people so I was not alone. I was so happy that I did it. I went over in my time by 3 mi... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 19:56:58 EST Are you still standing there??? This year I made a few goals to achieve and it was funny because 6 weeks into the year I heard from a mentor asking, Are you still in the same place that you started the new year in? or are you moving on with your goals? I was still in the same spot. I had some tough decisions to make and some moves that I had to make, I had to make some consultations and get with the right people to help me with some changes! I can now say that I am on the right path and I am moving along and here we are 4 m... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 16:30:41 EST Dilemma Why does it seem like whenever you want to do something that you are excited about more events come up? Any other weekend I would have no options. Later today there's a Glow in the Dark 5k and a coworkers graduation dinner 630 Sat, 22 Aug 2015 00:48:34 EST Feeling lighter but still have a ways to go!!!! I have been working out consistently for the past month and a half!!! I am feeling lighter however I still have a ways to go. I am going to reach my goals and when I do, I am determined to maintain. Right now I am on my way out of 280 land. I left 290 land quickly because I was not going to see the 300 mark. I felt ashamed to be as close as was to the 300 crossover, however I feel better to know that I am working towards getting myself on track and make my way down. One day at a time. I am no... Wed, 19 Aug 2015 21:33:15 EST life changes..... Either they can help push you ahead or bury you in the sand.... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 21:06:00 EST June 18, 2015 So far so good. I have been fighting of the urge for a shake from Sonics all day because it was their celebrate summer day, so alllllllll day long shakes were half price!!! <BR> <BR> My favorite is their pineapple shake size small of course but we all know that smalls are no longer small but actually a medium our time frame and probably xlarge decades ago. <BR> <BR> I have been getting my steps in fitbit wise and killing the fitbit!!!! <BR> <BR> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 21:59:02 EST 37 days until my bday.... <em>35</em> <em>179</em> <em>409</em> <BR> <BR> Is it everyone or just me, that we seem to go into a deep evaluation right before our birthdays and the new year? I will be turning 36 and I made some evaluations at the beginning of the new year and I have acted out on some and some I have not. However with my birthday coming of course I want to make some changes and get things right for 36 however this time I know that it takes time, dedication and consistency. <BR> <BR> so here ar... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 19:39:00 EST Traumatic Gift(s) I had one of the hardest questions this week to answer! <BR> <BR> Q: In the midst of a traumatic experience, what was the gift that you received? <BR> <BR> A: I am not ready to answer that yet..... <BR> <BR> I know that some people are a ways in their walk and they can answer this however I am not there yet. I know that for me I am still on my journey of recovery and I feel that in life there will always be something to come through. I do know that in the midst of it all that we must keep... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 14:20:31 EST Huge Step Coming up.... There is a time that comes along when you have to stop playing the safe route and just get out there and do what you need to do and move on..... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 17:51:05 EST Adjustments.... I am going to have to make some adjustments. I had a schedule change put into place and now its like my whole schedule has been thrown off....Time for some readjustments.... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 21:31:56 EST Let it Go.... (not Frozen) This week I learned through a dream that I am developing more on my self awareness and release skills. I am learning to let go of people and things that no longer serve any purpose to me or that I no longer do so for. I am noticing more of when I am no longer growing, or helping growth to occur then it's time for me to move on!! Sat, 17 Jan 2015 23:53:29 EST Grace I truly believe I am where I am because God is taking me somewhere special and he is bringing along someone special as well...... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 20:12:51 EST Alternatives... I went to the gym however it was too crowded and busy so I left. I have been using commercial breaks to walk around the living room and throughout the house trying to catch my 10,000 steps. On the first and the fifteenth of the month I will be inputting my money for the 10,000 step days!!! So I will share how much I have made every two weeks. I am doing good so far, so on the 15th in 2 days I will share how far I have come so far!!! <BR> <BR> Tue, 13 Jan 2015 19:53:16 EST Chatter Box Okay here we go..... <BR> <BR> I have been tested by the doubt in my mind the last few days and its funny because in church last night we talked about this being one of the weapons that the devil uses. I posted that I wrote an apology letter to someone who did me wrong, however I felt the need to apologize in the way that I handled the situation. I have seen things that the person has posted about ignoring me however I continuously reach out to them. It made me feel bad because out of the w... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 17:01:05 EST Heart Tugs.... I took a moment to to write a letter to someone who I felt did me wrong, however I asked them to forgive me for the way that I handled the situation. I feel as though God kept telling me to look at how I responded regardless of what they did! We can't be responsible for what others do but we are responsible for our own actions!!!! I couldn't rest until I handled that... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 23:29:17 EST Chattering.... I truly thought that this morning the gym would be packed however it wasn't. I was surprised that not as many people were there because we all know that when the New Year hit then the gym is overcrowded and there are way too many people and not enough equipment. However because there weren't many people I stayed on the treadmill a whole lot longer and the gym staff even was extra nice. The gentleman at the desk was extra nice when I was coming and going. I even got to talk to a friend who is ... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 14:05:35 EST A day Late and a Dollar Short.... Yesterday I didn't reach my 10,000 steps goal, so therefore I didn't earn my dollar..... I <em>39</em> However today I am earning that dollar, right now I am 728 steps away, so don't think that I am going to be here too long. I took advantage of taking two teens to the mall and while they browsed the clothes in the teen clothing areas I walked around the mall. I didn't make it to the gym I woke up feeling groggy. My voice is raspy and constantly clearing my throat however today is not over ... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 20:08:52 EST Last day of 2014 I have said that I am not going to make a NEW YEARS RESOLUTION.... However I am tempted to make some goals for the beginning of the year!! I like to refocus each month and make changes according to my goals for the previous month and for January 2015 puts me at the half mark until I turn 36!!! <BR> <BR> So for January I want to continue working out and reaching my goal of 10,000 steps a day! Each day I reach it I am going to put $1 in a jar and when I reach $100 I will be able to get someth... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 14:09:29 EST Gym Buddies I love my gym buddies!! <BR> <BR> I have one who wants to encourage me to continue on my journey and I love the inspiration and then I have another who thinks the best thing for me to do is to take supplements to help with weight loss and then another who thinks I need to wear a suite to help with weight loss and baby oil to help sweat more.... <BR> <BR> I am learning that there will always be people who want to give advice freely, some helpful and some just not what we need. I listen becau... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 15:05:51 EST Positive things to think about.... #1. The journey of losing weight is sometimes a merry go round, the best thing we can do is to keep trying until we get it right keep and stay on our journey for weight loss until we reach our goals. <BR> <BR> #2. The journey is more than seeing the numbers going down for weight loss but also about seeing progress from within an working on solving our issues with real life strategies rather than use food. <BR> <BR> #3. Being aware of our surroundings, people and food!!! So that we don't ov... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 12:24:09 EST Fitbit power..... Working on increasing my steps in order to lose weight and reach my goals!!! Sat, 13 Dec 2014 12:17:15 EST Trying to move on and make sense of it all <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The last three years have been a blur, however I know that the only person who is holding me back is myself!!! Having the courage!!! Sat, 6 Dec 2014 12:47:16 EST Work in progress..... I have come to the conclusion that i cannot rely on man to make me better however to look to God and work within myself to focus on me and become a better person by looking within me and working on me to fix my flaws. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:52:08 EST 6 Weeks until...... 6 Weeks until the NEW YEAR!!! However its my 1/2 way mark until my 36th Bday!!! I have fallen and yet I keep getting up. I have 6 weeks to make some changes to get a head start of the New Year Wagon!!! I am on it, Losing weight is more than the physical, its also the emotional baggage that comes with it. I have learned so much about myself these past 3 years. I am learning to cope with loss in a different way, I don't if its worse to lose people to death or to just the change of journey in ou... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 16:16:05 EST Happy Birthday to Me!!!! Tomorrow I turn another year older and another year wiser!!! I am working to get to where I want to be and I know that it doesn't happen overnight but I am working on it!!! <BR> <BR> My goals for this new year to come: <BR> <BR> Work out getting in 10,000 steps a day!!! <BR> <BR> Lose weight at a healthy pace!!! <BR> <BR> Go to the doctors for my annual check up, eyes check, and dental visit!!! <BR> <BR> Let go of the Dead weights in my life!!! <BR> <BR> Be better each day than I w... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 17:54:00 EST Changes So far since I have been working out changes that I have noticed include : <BR> <BR> My tummyskin is pulling side to side when I do sit ups or the elliptical. I take that as its getting smaller and when I wear certain shirts they no longer hug my tummy like they used to and they no longer seem short but they have somehow gained some length. <BR> <BR> I am now making the conscious thoughts of what I am going to eat, however what's going to fuel my body properly. <BR> <BR> Little steps help... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:48:25 EST Counting down.... Why does it seem as if when the new year and our birthdays come is the time we really reflect and vow to make the new year a better year than the year before. I am counting down until my birthday on Sunday and what great way to start it on the beginning of a new week, new age, new year. I am just wondering what am I going to do to make the new year better than the previous year has been. January I set out to accomplish some goals before this birthday but I have not reached them.... am I disap... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 23:07:46 EST Journey..... Trying to lose weight is a journey. Its a journey to see all that is wrong if you look at things a little more carefully. There are so many obstacles to get around to get to the gym when you are trying to workout. Friday I didn't work out because I had to do my car registration renewal after work that took me nearly 2 hours ..... then a meet up with a friend for a party.... Saturday I worked out twice but in the midst of going to workout a friend who I was supposed to meet up for a brief mome... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 11:43:28 EST Fitbits can be contagious...... Ever since I have started using my fitbit other co workers have caught onto the buzz of wanting and purchasing one as well! Its fun to get fit together because we motivate one another by the dashboard. I am #2 right now out of 7 friends!!! My top friend has 89,000 steps from the last 7 days and I am following with 84,000! I have been getting over my 10,000 step per day challenge for the GiveIt100!!! I am going to keep going and get this!! Wed, 9 Jul 2014 21:49:40 EST My Tools Inspired by LilHobbit29 !!! <BR> <BR> My tools to help with weight loss!!! <BR> <BR> #1. <BR> <BR> #2. The App for Pandora it helps with music when I am working out. My favorite stations are Rihanna, Beyoncé or even Black Eyed Peas because the music is up beat and keeps me inspired to move. <BR> <BR> #3. App Water Your Body (android) <BR> It helps to send me reminders to drink water, keeps track of my consumption and helps me to reach my daily goals <BR> <BR> #... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 00:14:45 EST Success or Failure I know that one of the ways to succeed at this weight loss journey is to surround myself with others who are on the same journey! I have learned that coming through situations in life we sometimes put off our goals in order to meet the needs of others and I am guilty of putting the needs of others before me, holding onto fears in the midst of storms or even shutting down and those are not the way to success however I am learning that a way to success is to acknowledge those things and do what... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 21:22:55 EST Working out and Water!!! So today I got off early, I went to the gym and got my workout in, as I was walking out of the door one the soldiers on detail asked me was I going to workout tomorrow, I told him yes, he said you should stay home and chill out! Lol funny, I told him that I enjoy my morning workouts and that I don't get to do them too often so I was going to be there early! However then I was thinking I don't sleep in on the weekends because I am so used to waking up early throughout the week and then when I... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 20:34:48 EST Mindset I had a battle with myself today!!! Go workout or stay home and sleep. I am tired! I want rest, but because yesterday I didn't push myself as hard as I should have I know that today I needed to get up and <em>311</em> ! I decided to get up because I want results. I want to be further today than I was yesterday. Well in order to get a step ahead I have to get out and do better. I have to make sure I put forth effort. I have to get out and workout, eat right and stay emotionally balanced. I ... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 21:28:28 EST Highs and Lows I feel like sometimes the weight loss journey is filled with highs and lows! <BR> <BR> Today I walked into the gym not feeling like working out but I know as soon as I get started then I will be inclined to finish my mission. Upon working out this guy comes up and start telling me to stick with it, it will pay off. I politely said Thank you! and kept working out. He decides to come closer and ask me how often am I working out, what am I eating and then........ he calls over another guy to a... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 21:51:26 EST Nuggets NUGGETS are good things that have happened! <BR> <BR> 1. Another gym member came to me to say how much they admire that I get in the gym early on my weekends, when I could be sleeping in. <BR> <BR> 2. I found a great salad that I enjoyed from Walmart! A seafood salad that is 520 calories for the whole salad but its supposed to be for 4 servings and I feel that half for lunch and half for dinner works out fine, or just one meal! <BR> <BR> 3. A friend who I haven't seen in a couple of week... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 21:36:01 EST June Victories!!! July Plans * I started the Give it 100 Challenge <BR> <BR> *I completed round 1 and started round 2 of the 21 day fix <BR> <BR> * I have lost 6 lbs <BR> <BR> * my shirts aren't hugging my belly like before, however I still have some to lose <BR> <BR> ***July Plans*** <BR> <BR> * Lose 10 lbs <BR> <BR> *continue working out <BR> <BR> *KEEP SPARKING* <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 15:08:55 EST Whats your Value??? I can spend a lot of time on the things that have gone wrong in my life or I can spend time and be thankful that I am still standing! I choose option B but to me its an A+ option because I don't have the time or the patience to dwell in what has happened to bring me pain, things that have happened to break me apart but look at how God has used it to repair and restore me!!! I have come through some things and I know that its not over but I know that things are going to get better! I also know... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 22:13:51 EST Day 9 of my Giveit100 challenge!! I am putting in my steps!!! I had someone tell me that they think my fitbit isn't accurate in my step count however I am busting my tail wearing my fitbit to calculate my steps 24 hours a day except when I shower. I felt offended but its okay because my progress is going to show off in the long run! Ifind it funny when people overestimate how many steps they think they have walked and I know the reality of getting these steps in. I am in love with my fitbit!!! Its a great motivator!!! Walking... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 18:58:24 EST Day 8 of the Giveit100 Challenge I am still running the race!! I reached over 16,000 steps on my fit bit and my challenge is to get over 10,000 steps per day! I am not complaining! I am really trying to lose this weight and make some changes to my life! I can't wait to see where I am 100 days from now and where I am 6 months from now and a year from now! I am going to succeed at this game! I want so badly to be slimmer, trimmer, fitter and finer! I am going to get there you just wait and see!!! Its coming!!! I am going to lo... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 22:07:16 EST I didn't plan for weight gain.... but I am planning for weight loss!!! All of this weight to lose and I didn't plan to gain any of it. I guess you can say I did at the end of the thought because for one I didn't take the precautions not to gain it. I didn't plan my meals to keep from gaining and I didn't take control of my emotions, nor did I workout strategically to keep from gaining. <BR> <BR> So I have learned my lessons and I know I will be continuously learning new things along the way. I have lossed and gained before, I am tired of the cycles and that st... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 12:55:02 EST Day 4 Still going strong!!! Give it 100 Day 4 check in here!!! I hit the gym today and I got in 14,010 steps in and I did some strength training from my 21 day Fix workout program!!! I need to improve in my eating on the late night cereal kick. Sometimes at night I eat cereal out of a teeny tiny bowl. However I am going to lose this weight and take everything one day at a time. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 22:36:52 EST Day 3 of the Give it 100 challenge!!!! Today I made my steps count! I really want to achieve this weightloss!!! I have hit my 10,000 steps mark. I am actually at 12,851. I am happy for that. I am battling a summer cold right now and its no fun! But drinking lots of water, salt water gargles and sweating out this cold will help me to get this out!!! I am aiming for health and rewarding myself based on non scale victories!!! I am going to go back to weighing myself once a month on the first of the month. I don't want to be obsessed.... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 17:59:17 EST Give it 100 Days Challenge!!! Yesterday I started the Give It 100 Days Challenge!! <BR> <BR> My goal is to walk 10,000 steps a day!! I was already on that goal through my fitbit but I was falling short, so now that I am going for a 100 day streak I am keeping tabs on accomplishing my goal. I have a calendar that I have numbered it for the 100 days and Now I am going to do the stickies on a section of my wall to help keep track of my 100 days!! Day one I got in 14,562 steps!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Day 2 here!!! <BR> <... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 18:14:04 EST