RED_WRITINGHOOD's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=RED%5FWRITINGHOOD RED_WRITINGHOOD'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/ Kicking Self-Doubt to the Curb http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5256597 As a child we could imagine ourselves as becoming anything in the world, a ballerina, an astronaut, a marine biologist…. (I wanted to swim with dolphins!). We never doubted we had it in us to become these things. We saw life through the eyes of our parents and teachers who said we could do anything and be anything… we were perfect just the way we were. Then as we grew older we start to realize maybe they were wrong. We received a bad grade in a class, the boy or girl we liked didn’t know we e... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 19:32:23 EST My Dietbet Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5104884 Dietbet is a cool way of losing weight and having a little fun in the way of placing a little friendly wager between you and your friends. The goal is to meet a preset percentage of weight you have to lose and if you do and others on the team do not then you get their share of the pot. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2145309439.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>www.dietbet.com </link> <BR> <BR> We started our Dietbet on September 17th by @Inelegant_Life and we had 28 ... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 11:43:35 EST Sleep Deprived and Caffeinated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5016743 So obviously I don't do well with 4 hours sleep, hyped up on Starbucks caffeine and starving, especially driving in Airport Road lunch traffic (where everyone in the entire city goes to eat lunch, hell on earth traffic!) To the gentleman, I was accidentally blocking, who I shot daggers at because I thought your thumbs up meant "wow you dumb a$$" and then tried to roll down your window to say you weren't mad and I was so embarrassed that I glared and pretended to stay offended. I apologize....... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 13:59:43 EST Self-Esteem; The Constant Struggle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4997850 I can only think of a maybe a handful of times that words have really cut me to the core in my life. Where I was struck completely speechless and stunned, as the person verbally assaulting me continued to speak on and on, and I couldn’t even defend myself. It’s this odd feeling of are they really saying what I think they are saying, surely I am imagining it, it almost feels out of body. <BR> <BR> I supposed I need a little back story on my life…. I wasn’t sure I was even going to share this ... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 11:10:59 EST MMMmmm Challenge :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4765809 After reading a blog by BIKERBABYZ I have been motivated to make my own MMMmmm plan :) I think it is the very thing that I need myself! I have let all of my hard work and weight loss slip away and I am going to take it back!! <BR> <BR> Here is my MMMmmm plan... <BR> <BR> Objective: <BR> <BR> To do some good old fashion hard work and lose 50 pounds in 90 days. <BR> I want to get back to ONEderland and straight into the 170's again. I was almost there a year ago but after 5 surgeries this... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 17:38:52 EST Getting Motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4620100 It has been a real struggle since my last surgery. I have been having the worst cravings for sugar and I am usually one who doesn't have the biggest sweet tooth. I know what I need to get done but getting motivated has been a bit of a struggle as well. I think it is because I have been working two jobs since July and I feel like I have absolutely no time for me and just relaxing. So I am spending the little down time I get doing just that, having down time. <BR> <BR> I need to start using i... Sat, 10 Dec 2011 10:30:43 EST Name Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4498206 I have been contemplating a name change on here for quite awhile. I feel that I need to let go of my past and move forward and to do this I need a name that reflects my new fiery personality.... so it is RED_WRITINGHOOD! Of course my real online nick name is Redhotwritinghood but Sparkpeople won't let you have that long of name lol. <BR> <BR> Which is better??? RED_WRITINGHOOD or REDHOTWRTNGHOOD <BR> (it can only be 15 letters) <BR> <BR> For some time now I have had a desire to start jour... Thu, 22 Sep 2011 10:10:27 EST Spirited Underdog Fall 5% Challenge Commitement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4492869 I have been participating in the 5% Challenges for a year now and I have enjoyed each and everyone. I seem to start out strong but then loose a little momentum but this time I am going to push myself to finish as strong and determined as I began it!!! <BR> <BR> <em>216</em> <em>311</em> <em>324</em> <em>320</em> <em>216</em> <em>311</em> <em>324</em> <em>320</em> <BR> <BR> How much and how often will you exercise? <BR> <BR> - I will exercise everyday! I want to get in at least a ... Mon, 19 Sep 2011 12:45:48 EST My First White Water Rafting Trip!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4428271 I graduated from the University of Alabama in Huntsville on Saturday morning 8/13/2011. It was such a proud moment and it took a lot of hard work and determination to get there!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l789792142.jpg"> <BR> <BR> To celebrate this momentous occasion my family took me white water rafting down the Ocoee River in Tennessee. It has to be some of the most fun you can have with your clothes on!! I had a blast, got soaked, and wanted to go back... Mon, 15 Aug 2011 12:45:18 EST DIY Challenge 7/11-7/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4364692 <em>47</em> <em>298</em> <em>464</em> <em>482</em> <em>218</em> <em>482</em> <em>464</em> <em>298</em> <em>47</em> <BR> <BR> DIY Challenge Instructions 7/11-7/14 Assignment 4 <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> I confess, this weekend I had an Oreo Klondike bar every night. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> BUT! I also am very proud to report that I walked every day. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> So I am forgiving myself and moving forward TODAY because I am feeling stronger and I know this week will be wonde... Fri, 15 Jul 2011 13:28:29 EST Declaration of Independence Against Self Defeat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4340505 Me, the person, in order to become a better self and to gain self confidence, do promise to no longer tear myself down, see the beautiful woman in the mirror, accept my victories as well as my defeats without letting my defeats rule me, love myself as I am as much as my family loves me, and continue the steps that I took on the start to becoming a healthier person. Mon, 4 Jul 2011 12:45:03 EST DIY Challenge Entry Form..... Let's Get It On!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4335492 DIY Challenge Entry Form <BR> <BR> <em>416</em> <em>401</em> <em>417</em> <em>404</em> <em>418</em> <em>405</em> <em>415</em> <BR> <BR> My Challenge Name: It's Gonna Be a Hot, Hot Summer! <BR> <BR> My Starting Weight: 196 <BR> <BR> Four Other things I will be measuring during this challenge & their current stats: <BR> 1. Waist: 36 <BR> 2. Hips: 43 <BR> 3. Thighs: 26 <BR> 4. Jean size: 14 <BR> <BR> If I am going to be 100% honest with myself, the reason I am doing ... Fri, 1 Jul 2011 14:05:48 EST R.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N. 100 Day Challenge - Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4268326 (5/31)Day 3 List reasons you will not give up this time <BR> <BR> 1. I have my priorities in check and I am doing it for all the right reasons this time. FOR MYSELF!! Because I am want to be healthy and I want to be a sexy mama! <BR> 2. I want to go on the cruise with my husband and look dynamite. I want to wear a bikini for the first time and I want my husband to know he has the hottest woman there!! <BR> 3. I have a plan for exercise and for nutrition and I am sticking to it!! I will log e... Tue, 31 May 2011 20:24:04 EST R.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N. 100 Day Challenge - Day 1 and 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4264676 Day 1, 29.05.2011 <BR> I have decided to join a few Challenges this summer to help me accomplish my goal of reaching final goal weight by the end of summer. One of these challenges is the R.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N. 100 Day Challenge. Here are the first 2 day's goals. <BR> <BR> Day 1, 29.05.2011 <BR> Weigh in: 190 lbs and pantry and refrigerator cleaned. <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Day 2, 30.05.2011 <BR> Reasons you have given up before. <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> On of the many reasons I would fail in ... Mon, 30 May 2011 09:41:57 EST 30 Day Music Challenge - Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4260601 Ok I am going to try and keep up with this Challenge because I love music and I couldn't let this one slide by. Inspired by JENERINO1! <BR> <BR> <BR> Day 01 - your favorite song "All Around Me" by Flyleaf <BR> Day 02 - your least favorite song "Achy Breaky Heart" by Billy Ray Cyrus "GAG" <BR> <BR> Day 03 - a song that makes you happy <BR> <BR> This a relatively new song and it's a little out of my ordinary genre but every time it comes on I just crank up the radio, roll down the windows, ... Fri, 27 May 2011 21:17:31 EST 30 Day Music Challenge - Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4258477 Ok I am going to try and keep up with this Challenge because I love music and I couldn't let this one slide by. Inspired by JENERINO1! <BR> <BR> <BR> Day 01 - your favorite song "All Around Me" by Flyleaf <BR> Day 02 - your least favorite song <BR> <BR> This is actually a tough one too..... there are some wonderful songs out there but there are also the equally horrible!!! I guess the song that would make me cringe and run for the knob faster than anything would have to be..... and yes it... Thu, 26 May 2011 19:58:07 EST 30 Music Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4255122 Ok I am going to try and keep up with this Challenge because I love music and I couldn't let this one slide by. Inspired by JENERINO1! <BR> <BR> <BR> Day 01 - your favorite song <BR> <BR> This is a hard one to decide because it is really based on how I am feeling that day and what kind of mood I'm in, but I guess my all time favorite would be.......... <BR> <BR> "All Around Me" by Flyleaf <BR> <BR> Click to watch the video on Youtube <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=xN0FFK8JSYE </link... Wed, 25 May 2011 09:53:58 EST Being Happy With Myself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4228754 I had made walking, exercise, and eating right such a habit last summer and let myself slide right back out of it. I really was disappointed with myself. I did manage to not to gain back too much of the 45 lbs I lost. I gained about 8 lbs, but that is 8 lbs I will loose again and 32 more lbs on top of that I want to loose this summer!! <BR> <BR> Well we are going on two weeks now and I have walked 3 miles and done my ST everyday with out one skip! I am so proud of myself! I have struggled a... Thu, 12 May 2011 19:26:48 EST 5% Challenge Commitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4215031 The Spring 5% Challenge is starting tomorrow and I wanted to post my commitment to this challenge. <BR> <BR> 1. I will walk at least 3 miles each day and get in my strength training. <BR> 2. I will eat healthy, made at home meals as often as I possibly can. <BR> 3. I will eat with in my calorie range not skimping and not going over. <BR> 4. I will be supportive to my team and give encouragement where it is needed. <BR> 5. I will post my excersise minutes everyday and all other points so my ... Fri, 6 May 2011 18:07:56 EST May Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4210720 I want May to be a month that gets my butt in gear. Here is my list of goals I have for the month, decided to throw pictures in to make it a little more fun. I am determined I will get it done!!! <BR> <BR> 1. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l947893805.jpg"> <BR> Go for at least a 3 mile walk each day. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 2. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l738407281.jpg"> <BR> Get my strength training each day. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 3. <img src="http... Wed, 4 May 2011 20:23:40 EST What A Crazy Week It Has Been! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4204803 Hey everyone! I just wanted to let everyone know that me and my family are all doing great and thank you to everyone who checked to see how we were. <BR> <BR> I'm sure everyone has heard about the tornadoes that ravaged Alabama last Wednesday. It was most definitely a terrifying experience. We were so blessed though because we didn't have any major storm damage to our property we just went without power for 5 days but believe me you realize how little that matters! <BR> <BR> <img src="htt... Mon, 2 May 2011 13:08:54 EST The New Do Not Try This At Home Diet!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4053900 Wow what a not so fun last couple weeks my friends. It all started the day after Valentines. Which it was a wonderful Valentine's Day!! Had a wonderful romantic date night with my husband. <BR> <BR> But....... <BR> <BR> Woke up the next morning with a huge lump on my jaw and ended up with what I have currently..... my tonsils, adenoids, and lymphnoids (I'm sure I missed spelled all of these lol) completely swollen painful and to put it politely, completely oozie with not so nice stuff!! A l... Mon, 28 Feb 2011 10:41:44 EST Time To Get This Thing Done!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3965531 <em>406</em> I WILL ENCOURAGE MYSELF NOT DEFEAT MYSELF!! <BR> <BR> Well I am 10 lbs heavier than I was 3 months ago and I am actually OK with that. I have not been eating the way I should or exercising like I had been doing but with the 2 surgeries and with the holidays I think it is understandable. I am not going to be self-destructive and hate on myself and call myself lazy or a failure. I am going to start from scratch and look at the fact that I am still almost 40 lbs lighter than I was... Thu, 27 Jan 2011 10:28:26 EST The Disappearing Act http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3814146 Hey everyone :) I just wanted to send out a quick blog and let everyone know just how much I have missed you all!! <BR> <BR> It has been very hectic and as I have done in the past the first thing I do when I get overwhelmed is stop taking care of me. It has been a real struggle and I have not been counting calories and exercising like I should. I thank goodness have only gained 5 pounds but those are 5 pounds I am going to take off again plus another 25 to go to reach my goal. I have worked... Tue, 30 Nov 2010 10:32:44 EST Finding a Renewed Sense of Accomplishment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3686942 August and September have been a little overwhelming for me. With school starting back up, all the homework... plus working, being a mother of a 15 yr old girl and a newlywed I was stressed beyond belief. It was hard to focus on myself and staying on task with my weight loss. <BR> <BR> I also have rheumatoid arthritis for which I am having surgery this Monday to repair some of the damage this has caused to my hands. <BR> <BR> Needless to say I have been pretty tough on myself about not be... Sat, 2 Oct 2010 13:09:34 EST A Nice Little Surprise This Morning :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3668262 Got up and went walking at 5 a.m. this morning like I always do. My friend Karen goes with me every morning. We started walking the track, flash light in hand... I started noticing smiley faces chalked on the path ever so many feet. I thought it was pretty cool. The path is about a mile long and the smiley faces kept coming and coming. I got a little smile on my face... well as we went a little farther we saw this. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l579132182.jpg">... Fri, 24 Sep 2010 19:31:44 EST Change of Attitude!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3646154 Hello Sparkers :) <BR> <BR> I feel like I have been such a slacker lately. I was doing so good and just shedding pounds left and right. I was feeling so upbeat and proud of myself!! <BR> <BR> I have been so down on myself lately though.... I am still loosing weight but it has slowed down quite a bit lately. A lot of it has to do with school being back in. I am taking 4 classes and all of them have a heavy work load. Plus I also have work, a husband and a 15 year old daughter. I know the we... Fri, 17 Sep 2010 08:13:18 EST Lose 10 by 10/10/10!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3581525 I do declare that I, Jessica Martin aka Frostynal, will lose 15 pounds by 10/10/10. Today I weigh 194. My weight on 10/10/10 will be 179 or less. <BR> <BR> <BR> I will accomplish this goal by completing the following: <BR> <BR> - eating in my target range of 1200 to 1550 calories <BR> - planning my meals ahead each week and shopping for them <BR> - preparing healthy good for you meals <BR> - eating lots of fruits and veggies!! <BR> - walking 45 min every morning & doing 4 days of additio... Fri, 27 Aug 2010 20:49:39 EST Making A Plan And Putting It In Motion!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3551464 It has been two weeks now that I am getting up at 5 am and putting in 3.5 miles to start the day. That sounds really good but on the negative side.... I have a hard time getting to bed early and therefore have not been getting my much needed amount of sleep. Because of this I am tired, worn out, lacking enthusiasm.... I really have to push myself!! Plus the added homework and going to class my free time is about zero! Because of this I haven't been planning my meals like I should and I've bee... Wed, 18 Aug 2010 19:59:56 EST Summer is officially over for me... Celebrated with Zumba :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3544381 <em>128</em> <em>128</em> <em>128</em> <em>128</em> <em>128</em> <BR> <BR> Well today was the first day of a new semester.... only one more to go after this fall till I graduate!! <BR> <BR> I got up at the butt crack of dawn to go walking with my friend Karen at 5:00 am. Got in a good 3.5 miles.... yay! Kind of woke me up lol. Now normally I have Mondays off and would have enjoyed playing on the computer but instead I had to get ready for my 8 am class. I was in a rush to get to cla... Mon, 16 Aug 2010 21:23:31 EST 50 Random Things :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3520993 1. What time did you get up this morning? 4:50 am (YUCK!) <BR> <BR> 2. How do you like your steak? Medium rare <BR> <BR> 3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Inception <BR> <BR> 4. What is your favorite TV show? What Not To Wear (I know....) <BR> <BR> 5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Sullivan Island, South Carolina!! <BR> <BR> 6. What did you have for breakfast? Nature Valley Trail Mix Bar and a few stolen bites of cinnamon roll. <BR> <BR> 7. Wha... Tue, 10 Aug 2010 09:13:10 EST Hello ONEderland!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3512200 I knew I had lost weight this week so I was expecting to be happy today on weigh in day but I didn't know I would be 3 lbs under 200!!! I did my normal weigh in rituals I got out of bed.... used the restroom to take off every ounce I could (sorry... I'm sure you didn't want to know that lol).... I got buck naked and stepped on the scale and this is what I saw!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l700256438.jpg"> <BR> YAAAAAAAYYYYYY!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> I congratulate... Sat, 7 Aug 2010 11:06:43 EST July What a Month!! 3 Month Annv... 30 lbs down!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3496929 Well July ended up being a great month!!! I lost 11 lbs! I am now 200 lbs and 1 lb away from ONEderland!! I have officially been on Spark for 3 months and have LOST 30 lbs!! <BR> <BR> I got new clothes.... yay!! Got some new bras finally! Went from a 40D bra... ended up buying 36DD! Bought new jeans... went from a size 18... to buying a size 14! Of course not all that was lost in July lol... just bought the new clothes! <BR> <BR> <em>331</em> <em>331</em> <em>331</em> <em>331</em> <em>... Mon, 2 Aug 2010 22:20:41 EST Finding Happiness in the Fitting Room!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3487956 Well I finally went on a much needed shopping trip last night. The objective was jeans and bras! I was beginning to look like I was in a rap video holding up my pants!! Well............ I was wearing a size 18 jeans when I started on Spark People and last night I bought 1 pair of size 16 and 2 pairs of size 14 jeans that all fit perfectly YAY!! and new bras! The girls desperately needed support!! Starting size 40D new size..... 36DD!!! YAY!!! <BR> <BR> Sorry just had to get that off my ches... Sat, 31 Jul 2010 09:37:50 EST Changes We Have a Hard Time Seeing in Ourselves http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3483053 It seems like more and more each day people are coming up to me telling me how thin I look and asking how much weight I've lost or asking me what I'm doing differently. My husband keeps telling me how my face looks so much thinner and my curves are looking great *blush*. It still comes as a shock to me and I'm never completely comfortable with the compliments. I haven't reached that point where I see it all the time. I still feel like that same sad... almost 30 lbs heavier person. But I'm rea... Thu, 29 Jul 2010 17:05:07 EST What To Do When Clothes Are Sagging :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3447466 Well I've been working hard... exercising and eating right and the inches are coming off yay!! But it is about to hit my checkbook :) I can put up with my jeans sagging and my shirts loose.... but what do you do when your bras are way too loose!! I am not completely psyched about boobage loose..... (yes it's a word!! in my dictionary anyway hehe!) I like my boobs and my butt and I would like to keep a smaller version of them around. I have been putting off buying new bras because they are soo... Mon, 19 Jul 2010 13:44:05 EST Reflections on Healthy Reflections http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3408751 "Something we were withholding made us weak, until we found it was ourselves." <BR> <BR> - Robert Frost <BR> <BR> I just got done reading Spark's Healthy Reflections from yesterday and this is what it said: <BR> <BR> "Who is standing in your way?" <BR> <BR> "Imagine someone regularly tying small weights around your ankles as you try to climb a mountain. Doesn't sound fair, does it? But that's exactly what you can do to yourself, a little bit at a time, if you don't watch out. When you th... Wed, 7 Jul 2010 18:59:57 EST Started Off Slow But June Was A Great Month!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3390739 June started off on a HUGE plateau and I thought it was going to be a huge disappointment but it ended with a bang. I lost weight and inches and I couldn't be prouder of myself!!! <BR> <BR> <em>331</em> <em>331</em> <em>331</em> <em>331</em> <em>331</em> <em>331</em> <BR> <BR> Weight: <BR> Lost 9lbs! <BR> <BR> Inches: <BR> Waist: -3.5 inches <BR> Hips: -1.5 inches <BR> Thighs: -2 inches <BR> Calves: -1 inch <BR> Arms: - 3/4 inch <BR> Neck: - 1 inch <BR> <BR> Waist to Hip Ratio: -0... Thu, 1 Jul 2010 20:24:32 EST Had A Great Week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3379421 Well for the first few weeks of June I hit this massive plateau and I was getting really discouraged! I was eating right and walking 3 miles every morning and I just couldn't seem to get over it. Then this past week I started adding strength training into my daily routine and it really helped!! I refused to let myself miss a single day! I didn't mark it on my ticker but at the beginning of the month I started gaining a couple of pounds back and boy did I panic! But as soon as Monday hit I sta... Mon, 28 Jun 2010 15:18:10 EST How I did on my goals for last week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3379233 After being inspired by TIFFN108 I am going to put the things I am wanting to get done for last week this was the list of things that I had wanted to get done. Didn't do too bad for a first attempt. Didn't get everything done but I am moving them onto this weeks things to do :) <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Go walking every morning <BR> <em>248</em> Do all of my strength exercises <BR> <em>248</em> Track all of my fitness and nutrition <BR> <em>248</em> Plan our meals for the week and go shopp... Mon, 28 Jun 2010 14:26:10 EST My Goals for the Week :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3357067 After being inspired by TIFFN108 I am going to put the things I am wanting to get done for this week into a list and putting it in a blog so you all know if I actually got it done... maybe if I make it a nice friendly competition I might actually get some of it done :)..... lol! I am not really good with planning my weeks out in advance but it is something that I have wanted to make myself do so here is my first attempt :) <BR> <BR> * Go walking every morning <BR> * Do all of my strength ... Mon, 21 Jun 2010 18:41:15 EST Happy and Loving Life - What Spark has taught me :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3334709 Well I haven't blogged for awhile so I figured now was a good a time as any :) <BR> <BR> Well..... I have been on Spark now for about 5 weeks. I have had a few ups and downs but really the majority have been overwhelming ups! <BR> <BR> I have lost 14 lbs! So happy and excited about that.... it is over 25% of what my goal is!! I know I can't expect that to last forever but it does help motivate you. The last 2 weeks I have slowed down a lot but I have also put in a lot of exercise and I kno... Mon, 14 Jun 2010 21:35:15 EST Ups and downs but mostly ups! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3310366 Well it's been awhile since my last blog... it's hard sometimes for me to express what's on my mind. It has been an interesting week for sure. It's had its ups and downs like everyone's. <BR> <BR> I've never told anyone on here that I have rheumatoid arthritis. It is something that I have had since I was 22 so it has been 13 years now. I have been taking care of it myself all this time (nothing but Advil)... mostly because of insurance but also because I am scared to death of all the medic... Mon, 7 Jun 2010 15:56:49 EST Dancin in the Shower http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3273386 Oh I am feeling so good this morning! I have so much energy and I can't tell you when I have been in such a good mood!! I really think the morning exercise is helping me to get in the zone and get ready for the day. I have had so much more confidence in myself and of course loosing weight helps with that as well. But it is nice to know that I have the drive to make myself get up and do that. The extra confidence has its perks too. My husband gave me a very nice hello this morning... hmm... hm... Thu, 27 May 2010 10:57:58 EST Getting myself motivated! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3262557 2 days in a row I have walked 3 miles and I am feeling so good about it. Exercise has always been such a struggle for me. I am glad that I have been able to push myself to do it. This morning I really didn't want to get up. Dan kept me up late last night discussing my issues with discipline (my daughter and my lack of discipline more like it) and I woke up this morning cranky, tired, and not happy. I said I wanted to just sleep in and the minute I said it I got mad at myself and made myself ... Mon, 24 May 2010 11:46:00 EST My new nirvana! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3251574 Well I found my new favorite grocery store! We just got an Earth Fare and I absolutely love it!! Of course it is completely crowded right now because it just opened and everyone is wanting to check it out but I am sure it will start to die down. It is a healthy grocery store where the food is either a natural food, organic, or vegan. I am originally from Alaska so this isn't a new concept for me, but living in Alabama now it is really hard to find good health stores so I am pretty happy to se... Thu, 20 May 2010 19:48:04 EST So, so tired and blah today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3217846 Well last night it took me till 1:45 in the morning to fall asleep. I usually am snoring and happily dreaming by 11:30. I didn't eat enough yesterday and I have been taking a steroid pack because I got some mysterious allergic reaction to something... who knows what. Not sure if that could be what is keeping me up or not. It does make me feel a little funky. So I am tired and dragging today. My poor husband got a crappy farewell as he drove off to work... I feel so bad about that. But it is h... Tue, 11 May 2010 10:57:13 EST Off to a pretty good start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3202893 Well it has been 4 days now since I have officially begun my healthy new lifestyle and I have been doing pretty good so far. I have been in my desired calorie range. I have been drinking more water and eating a lot more fruits and vegetables. I am actually feeling a lot healthier and more motivated. It is such an encouraging thing to feel better. I just need to push myself a lot more in the exercise area lol. I am such a busy person that I find it hard to make myself a schedule. But I need to... Thu, 6 May 2010 20:40:22 EST A Little Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3189226 My name is Jessica and I am 35 and live in Madison, AL. I have been a single mom for a long time and I have finally gotten remarried in October of last year. I have struggled with my weight for a long time. I had the attitude of if I was fat people would leave me alone and I wouldn't have to be open with people. I made the choice 2 and 1/2 years ago to work on my attitude and my feeling about myself and in doing that lost about 40 lbs. I am still far from reaching my desired weight but I have... Mon, 3 May 2010 12:35:56 EST