REEBADABEEBOOS's SparkPeople Blog REEBADABEEBOOS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Time to Reignite the SPARK I used SparkPeople in the past to lose 100 pounds. But, obviously, I wasn't able to "maintain". I had heard rumors that maintaining was just as or even more difficult than losing. My 100 pound loss was followed by life circumstances that made maintenance more difficult. I just realized that I have been using those circumstances as EXCUSES. I've been acting like the victim and that has to stop. So I'm going to explain "my side of the story" once more and then put it to rest. Move on. So I hi... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 11:15:11 EST Farron Marie <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> I can't say I'll be back to using Spark much because life is so crazy, but I wanted to share a quick update. Farron Marie is happy, healthy, and four months old! Wed, 26 Aug 2015 22:53:27 EST Big News... I haven't been active on Spark for awhile, but I owe it to my dear SparkFriends to let you know the big news... <BR> <BR> My husband and I are expecting a baby in early April! We won't be finding out the sex until Little Baby arrives. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The first trimester was filled with nausea and fatigue, but the second trimester has been a blessing so far! I've been more diligent about tracking my food to ensure that... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:09:29 EST Hooping Video Well, Emily and I never got to do our dance/hooping videos to celebrate my 100 pounds lost because, let's face it, life jumped in and postponed that victory. (EDIT: That means I've put back on a few pounds and am no longer at 100 lbs lost. Sorry to confuse some of you.) <BR> <BR> BUT, I finally got some hooping footage up for y'all! My friend is obsessed with Reba McEntire and wanted to submit a video for a contest she's having to be in an upcoming music video. <BR> <BR> Here's what I put... Tue, 27 May 2014 21:44:45 EST Where Does The Time Go? I'm ashamed that I've been gone from Spark for a month! I love SP, but now that I have a smartphone, I'm rarely on the computer anymore and, unfortunately, the SP app isn't conducive to socializing. Let's get on that, SP, mmm'k? <BR> <BR> I started a new challenge this weekend on healthy … It's similar to that I've done before, but this one is a team challenge with a larger reward for winning. I'm excited to get some weight off before we start trying for baby (in Octobe... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 12:48:44 EST Finding My Mojo Hello friends, <BR> <BR> I'm trying so hard to find my mojo! This winter weather has really got me down. Spring is in the air this week, but I'm dreading the expected return of snow. <BR> <BR> I've only been managing to workout about once a week. My hubby has been doing an AMAZING job of hitting the gym and has been finding great success with his new weight lifting routine. It's encouraging me to get my butt in gear. <BR> <BR> I had a great meeting with my lawyer this week where we decided... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 17:41:13 EST Every Day I'm Strugglin' Every day is a struggle... I'm sure my mood will lift considerably when Spring comes. I always get a *touch* of seasonal depression during this time of year. Illinois is having one of the worst winters on record and it sure ain't helping anything! I also realized yesterday (while I was sobbing in the gym locker room Ugh) that there's a general sadness over my life - obviously - but it's because every passing day is another day FURTHER from the last time I saw my parents. Instead of feeling b... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 09:40:31 EST Keeper of the Moon My mom is the Keeper of the Moon. <BR> <BR> The week my mom died, my brother and his wife explained to their 4 1/4 year old son that his GG (Grandma Gail) went to Heaven to be with the angels and live among the stars. Well, Bub decided that His GG was in charge of the moon. <BR> <BR> There was a full moon that week. <BR> <BR> Bub went outside several nights that week to talk to GG and spent countless evening hours staring out the living room window at that moon. <BR> <BR> That precious ch... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 10:27:56 EST Third Sparkiversary Today marks THREE YEARS on SparkPeople and I'm so thankful for it. Unfortunately, I don't feel much like celebrating/blogging etc. You see, today also marks three months of my daddy being gone from this world and three months plus one week for my mom. It's been an emotional week, especially yesterday, of missing them terribly. <BR> <BR> I thought I had reached a point where things possibly couldn't get worse and it would be a steady climb up hill. No such luck. My only living grandparents j... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 09:59:30 EST Popping in to say Hello I'm sticking my head into SparkLand for a moment to see how everyone is doing. This feels good - I'll try not to stay gone so long next time. The new start up page befuddles me every time I log in. It took quite awhile to find out how to get to my SparkPage to post a blog!! How is everyone else liking the new layout? <BR> <BR> I continue to have good days and bad days and I'm sure I will for quite some time.The two days leading up to Christmas were incredibly hard - I'd say harder than the w... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 21:35:38 EST Every Day is a Struggle Each day is different and each day is a struggle. I never know what will strike a nerve or stir a memory or make me miss my parents. I'm thankful to say that I have more good days than bad days. Being busy at work sure helps to keep my mind off things. In the evenings, I go to water aerobics three days a week with two incredible friends - and the whole class is very supportive. So that helps fill my day and keep me active My eating habits have remained fairly consistent, although I haven't tr... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 14:37:48 EST Food Rules for Kids A good lesson for us and our kiddos. "French Kids Eat Everything": <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/book-review-french-kids-eat-everythin<BR>g-plus-a-giveaway/ </link> <BR> <BR> What do you think? Sat, 9 Nov 2013 15:05:42 EST My Dad Died... My mom died on October 18th after a four month battle with ovarian cancer. Over the past month, my dad was in the hospital and then nursing home with respiratory issues. He passed away Friday, October 25th - exactly one week after my mom. <BR> <BR> I'm grateful for the wonderful support system I have in my life... but this is the hardest things I could ever imagine dealing with. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://phot... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 23:13:27 EST My Mom Died Today <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 18 Oct 2013 22:53:00 EST Family Struggles My dad ended up in the ER on Monday with Pneumonia. Further testing showed COPD and possible lung/esophagus cancer from a lifetime of smoking. We are currently discussing various hospice possibilities and are unclear about how long my dad will remain with us on this earth, but we are certain that he is dying. <BR> <BR> Many of you know that my mom is battling stage 4 ovarian cancer. Needles to say, we have a lot on our plate. If my dad comes home, my SIL and I will become the primary caregiv... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 18:44:13 EST Photo Stream Update I think an update via the photo stream on my phone is in order. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> My Gramps turned 80. Here he is up to bat at his birthday party. My four year old nephew is pitching. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Hubby has been back on a gym streak. Look at his weight loss over the past 3-5 years!! (I captioned this: "Before: Fat and Happy, After: Skinny and Angry" ... n... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 23:00:40 EST Mom's Home! (Pic) This picture fills me with happy tears. This is my grandma, mom, future SIL, and I. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Mom came home from the hospital yesterday. She's still very sore but was a trooper and made it to my future SIL's bridal shower. She surprised everyone. <BR> <BR> In SparkPeople news, I'm still bouncing around the last five pounds to reach the 100 lb mark. Patience... <BR> <BR> Also? I rode a mechanical bull for the ... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 21:54:06 EST Mommy Update My mom had surgery last Thursday to remove the tumors from her abdomen and do a complete hysterectomy. We didn't get the news we wanted. Her cancer was progressed more than the doctors thought and most of the tumors were touching too many "things" to be removed. The surgeons also decided not to do a hysterectomy because it would take too long for her to heal and they want her to heal and get back on the chemo treatments as soon as possible. So, mom woke up to news she never expected to hear a... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 00:16:32 EST Hello Friends! Hey there, friends! <BR> <BR> Things have been busy around here. Hubby and I spent the last two weekends at the State Fair visiting with friends and going to concerts. It's been hard to get on Spark while I've been busy and I miss seeing my SparkFriends, but I have been using the Spark app (I just wish it had a social feature!). I've gotten back into tracking, even while out of town. I've been eating at the top of my calorie ranges and sometimes over it. But it's a lesson to me that eating ... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 23:18:36 EST MIA and It Shows Bad SparkGirl! Bad! <BR> <BR> I've been MIA from SparkPeople and it shows. My spark has been flickering - dwindling. I didn't exercise at all this week - partially due to the indoor pool where I take water aerobics being closed for cleaning. Partially due to the temperature being too chilly in the evenings to go to the outdoor water aerobics class. Largely (mostly) due to me, despite those other two reasons, not making myself go to the gym or pop in a DVD. <BR> <BR> I can't really say it's ... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 09:34:36 EST Hoop Bloopers! During my two hours of hooping Sunday, I made a lot of bloopers. Lucky for you, I caught some of them on camera! I enjoy laughing at myself and I hope you enjoy this as well. <BR> <BR> PS - This was my first attempt at video editing. :) Wed, 10 Jul 2013 00:05:01 EST Hooping Practice I'm excited for my upcoming 100 lbs vlog, so I thought I better start PRACTICING my skillz. Sun, 7 Jul 2013 23:48:46 EST Hula Hooping Progress In anticipation of my upcoming 100 lb lost (not yet!) hooping vlog, let's take a look at THIS awkward hoop video: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5304704 </link> <BR> <BR> I think my favorite part of this video is my hubby, the camera man, LAUGHING at me. Oh, but this video sure made me cringe! What awkward hooping skills. Haha. I'm happy to say I HAVE IMPROVED tremendously! Just you wait and see! <BR> <BR> In fact, we recently had a... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 09:59:23 EST Short Random Update I won both of my DietBets! Each was a $25 bet. I won $40.35 in the $25,000 DietBet. I can't wait to see what I win in the $150,000 DietBet! <BR> <BR> Mom is still in the hospital. 19 days and counting. I hope they get things straightened out and figured out soon. Her next chemo is Monday and I'm hoping she can go home at that point. Thanks for the continued prayers. <BR> <BR> So... I'm at 99 pounds lost! Watch out, Emily! Our dance videos will be coming up quick. :) My sparkfriend, EMELEE8... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 14:07:23 EST I'm Done Losing Weight. On to the Next Phase. Lots of people have asked "how much more weight do you want to lose?" <BR> <BR> My answer had been "we'll see." But I just decided. I realized that at this point, my weight loss has been for vanity. My health is good, I feel good, I feel fit and have energy. I no longer feel the ill effects of being overweight. I realized that I'm now losing weight to try any achieve a body and a size that looks good. But I tell you what - that's d@mn stupid. My mom was just diagnosed with cancer. Her body i... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 23:27:04 EST Yummy Dinner I'm stressed beyond belief, but I still lost TWO POUNDS this week! Honestly, it's probably because the stress has inhibited my appetite. I'm still exercising and eating my freggies. This is going to be MY WEEK in our 5% challenge because this week is FREGGIE WEEK and I love me some freggies! <BR> <BR> Hubby made himself dinner before he left for work while I took a much needed two hour nap. The sweet man made an extra turkey burger for me. On my way home later this evening, I was oh-so hung... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 00:20:34 EST Not Much of an Update Mom had more fluid drained yesterday and seems to be a littler perkier today. We met with mom's oncologist yesterday, but don't have much more information. It's still possible lung cancer, possible ovarian cancer, and now it sounds like possibly in her intestines as well?? Chemo is tentatively scheduled for Monday pending some test results. <BR> <BR> In the blink of an eye, I have become the caregiver for both of my parents, as my dad's health has been failing for a decade and mom is no lon... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 12:25:05 EST Here We Go... After weeks of thinking she was dealing with menopausal side effects, my mom asked me to take her to the ER today. Her abdomen was destended and full of fluid. We were told that she most likely has ovarian cancer and that she may have cancer in her lungs as well. The details are unclear at this point and will be until Wednesday or Thursday. I'm a mess as you can imagine. I managed to make it to water aerobics tonight although I didn't give it my full effort. I swam laps for fifteen minutes af... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 21:28:59 EST Weight Loss = Exciting, Frustrating, Expensive! Weight Loss is exciting, frustrating, and expensive! <BR> <BR> I've lost 95 pounds which is fun and exciting and wearing smaller clothes is exciting. But that's expensive too! And frustrating! When something I own becomes too big, I get mixed emotions which these days primarily consist of frustration (that I have to find a different outfit to wear!) and sadness (that another favorite item has to be discarded). <BR> <BR> So all of this got me thinking about ALL of the things I've had to rep... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 23:41:19 EST As Promised, My Article As mentioned in a previous blog, my employer posted my weight loss "success" story on the employee website last week. I typed up a blurb and submitted a before and after photo. <BR> <BR> Here's a screenshot of the website: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> And here's the story: <BR> The Charge employee wellness program is now in its third year I’ve been fortunate enough to be a participant from the beginning. I still vividly remember... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 20:36:19 EST Motivation RAMPED UP There are lots of things fueling my weight loss right now... <BR> <BR> 1. My brother's wedding in FOUR MONTHS <BR> <BR> 2. My 5% Challenge -I've gotta lose 5% of my body weight in 6 weeks and get in as many fitness minutes as possible. My team's counting on me! <BR> <BR> 3. I joined two DietBets ( I'm challenging myself to lose 4% of my body weight in four weeks. I had to "bet" $25 in each game. Succeeding members split the pot. I succeed, I make money. I lose, I'm out $50. <B... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 16:12:10 EST Quick Update with EXCITEMENT! I'M SO EXCITED! My baby brother is getting married October 5th!! Two days after my wedding anniversary. I think I can remember that. (And NO, she's not pregnant! Haha! I asked!!) <BR> <BR> Four months to plan a wedding? Whew - glad it's not me! CRUNCH time! That means four months of dedication to get smokin' hot! <BR> <BR> OK. Calm down and move on Courtney. <BR> <BR> Deep Breath. <BR> <BR> <BR> So.... you may have noticed my lack of yoga pictures. I decided to quit the challenge. My ... Thu, 30 May 2013 21:54:09 EST New Comparison Pic So there was THIS blog where I discussed my Spark Journey and a coinciding employee wellness program: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5338320 </link> <BR> <BR> I just submitted my before & after picture. My story and picture is going to be shared with the entire hospital containing THOUSANDS of employees. Oh dear. LoL. Here's the picture: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well, ... Fri, 17 May 2013 10:22:48 EST More Yoga Pictures Here are more pictures from my May yoga challenge. I took the last four days off due to recurring back pains. I've seen my chiropractor and am feeling better and I hope to get back into it soon. Some poses were hard and I had to modify. This has been a struggle - hence some of my funny faces. Here are the Instagram pictures and some of my captions. Follow me at @SomeCallMeQ :) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Firefly pose on Day 5 of #Spre... Wed, 15 May 2013 23:18:39 EST May Challenge Progress Pics I've got two challenges this month. <BR> <BR> 1. Yoga every day, following @deemoi and #spreadtheyogalove on Instagram. I'm a yoga beginner and this challenge is designed for beginners. WOOT! Here are my pictures: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Day 1: I tried two poses because I was confused by two different yoga challenges on IG. I dropped of of the second challenge because it was too advanced. So that's why I've got two poses on d... Sun, 5 May 2013 15:12:36 EST I'm Speechless. THANK YOU! Me. Speechless. It doesn't happen often but it has tonight. <BR> <BR> I just completed a 5% Challenge. In six weeks I managed to lose 4.27% of my body weight. Victory dance!! This challenge is so fun and motivational, I recommend everyone to check it out. It does take a time commitment, but it's worth it. The motivation, the competition, the friendship, and the team spirit are all super duper awesome. Here's the link to join the next challenge: <BR> <BR> <link> Wed, 1 May 2013 00:20:35 EST Looking Back My employer started an employee wellness program approximately three years ago - coincidentally, around the same time I joined SparkPeople. Each year, at the start of the program, participants are required to complete a quick wellness screening which includes, height, weight, BMI, blood pressure, and a diabetes screening. <BR> <BR> I remember my very first screening. I'm 5'10" and I weighed in at 325 pounds. In case that wasn't mortifying enough, I had to sit down with someone who calculated... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 14:05:56 EST Fitness Update & Rambling Last night, I was able to enjoy the nice weather and hula hooped in my backyard for 45 minutes after a 15 minute yoga warm up. <BR> <BR> I decided that wasn't enough, so I busted out Jillian Micheal's 30 Day Shred (level 1). I haven't done this DVD for a couple months so I expected to get my butt kicked. I've been using 5lb weights with some of my DVDs and grabbed them instead of the normal 3lb weights I've used for JM30DS. The 5 pounders definitely made it harder, but I was still surprised ... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 18:33:52 EST How I Know the Scale is Stupid I weighed myself twice this morning. You should too! <BR> <BR> Step One: <BR> Wake up and immediately use the bathroom, then dis-robe, and before having anything to eat or drink.... <BR> weigh yourself. <BR> <BR> Step Two: <BR> Put your PJs back on, eat breakfast, drink a giant glass of water, etc. then... <BR> weigh yourself again (clothes on). <BR> <BR> <BR> I had a difference of 2.5 pounds. I wasn't wearing shoes, or jeans, or other heavy clothing items. I didn't eat an enormous breakf... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 10:52:27 EST Weekend Recap in Pictures Happy Sunday, Sparkies! I hope you had a great weekend. Mine was fabulous!! I felt like a kid again and played all weekend. I love this weather!! Here are some pictures to recap... <BR> <BR> I made and decorated my first hoop this week: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It was a sunny 68 degrees in Central Illinois today. It's hard to believe that I was shoveling 12 inches of snow two weeks ago! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 21:35:40 EST Five Percent Challenge Progress TWO WEEKS LEFT IN THE CHALLENGE and it's looking do-able!! <BR> <BR> Starting Weight: 243 <BR> Goal Weight: 230.86 <BR> Current Weight: 234.8 <BR> <BR> 5%: 12.15 <BR> Total so far: 8.2 <BR> Pounds to 5% goal: 3.95 <BR> <BR> Also... I want to weight 225 by my birthday, May 17th. That would be 100 pounds lost and the very BEST birthday present I could ever have... 9.8 pounds in a little over a month? I think so!! <BR> <BR> 2/23: 243 <BR> 3/2: 243 <BR> 3/9: 240.2 <BR> 3/16: 240 <BR> 3/23: 23... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 10:16:18 EST Friday Donuts I woke up smiling because IT'S FRIDAY! <BR> <BR> AND then my husband found a bag of donuts on our doorstep this morning! A dear, sweet friend left them for us to find. You betcha I had one. <BR> <BR> I had one to celebrate.... <BR> <BR> to celebrate friendship <BR> <BR> to celebrate a fabulous weekend to come with fabulous plans with friends/family <BR> <BR> and the beautiful sunshine that's brightening my day today <BR> <BR> AND for hitting the 90 Pounds Lost mark when I stood on the ... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 11:31:53 EST Awkward Hoop Tricks <BR> I went to the park with two coworkers today. We went for a walk and then one of them stuck around to learn how to hoop. We hooped for TWO HOURS. The weather was gorgeous and absolutely perfect. SPRING! (Despite a bit of snow lingering on the ground.) We worked on some tricks which was super fun. I then came home and made Hubby film me! You'll hear him laugh at me in the video. I'm learning how to grab and raise the hoop while hip hooping and to lower it back down, as well as how to twi... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 20:11:11 EST Saint Patty's Day Picture Tutorial How to celebrate St. Patty's Day. <BR> <BR> Eat green food: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> And shape it like Mickey Mouse <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> (Hulk pancakes, apple, baked sweetpotato fries, and turkey bacon) <BR> Breakfast for dinner!!! <BR> <BR> Hulkcakes done differently: <BR> <BR> (one serving) <BR> 1 egg <BR> 3/4 scoop vanilla protein powder <BR> 1 frozen ban... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 21:31:58 EST I'm Back! Hello SparkWorld! <BR> <BR> I'm back! I had the most amazing trip! AND my mom and I hit up the hotel gym everyday but the day we flew home, plus we walked through museums and a botanical garden each day. I couldn't have asked for a better trip. <BR> <BR> Well, I guess I could have... I developed a sore throat and ear ache on the last day. So, I'm home from work today and about to head to Convenient Care to see if they'll give me some antibiotics. <BR> <BR> I have TONS of great pictures ... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 12:32:32 EST I'm Signing Off! I've got a short blog tonight as I'm tight on time and needing to hit the hay. 4am is going to come way too fast. We have a direct flight to Dallas and will arrive around 9am. We'll rent a car from the airport and then most likely meet my cousins at the Perot Museum because the little one is super excited to see dinosaur bones. That's about the extent of our plans. Everything else is, well, undecided! <BR> <BR> I didn't hoop yesterday or today, so failed my "hoop every day" goal a little bit... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 23:22:36 EST Outfit Sneak Peak Here are pictures of the two dresses I'll be wearing for my cousin's wedding. We have two ceremony/reception things to go to. One Saturday night and one Sunday night. In the Dallas, TX area. Warm weather, here I come! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.s... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 22:34:29 EST Today's Oufit and Temptations Today's outfit incorporates both of my favorites: stripes and belts. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And I still can't get over my figure. I mean, really. This used to be me: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> And this is what I had to deal with at work today: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This was my break room tod... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 17:39:06 EST Weekend Pictures I've been in the 240s since October. Well, today I weighed in at 242 and the 230s are sooo close. I can taste them... and they taste like delicious freggies. LOLz. My motivation has been sparked (even more)! Of course, the good weigh-in came AFTER my 5% Challenge weigh in. Oh well. Sorry, team. <BR> <BR> 5% Challenge Question: <BR> What are you doing to encourage yourself and keep on track? <BR> <BR> I don't really need to find encouragement... my goals (hooping and picture blogging) are ... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 09:38:47 EST Being Brave and Baring It That's right... I'm putting my bare belly out on the interwebs. <BR> <BR> I'm pretty happy with what I see so far because I can visualize what soon will be. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> In other news... <BR> <BR> The 5% Challenge wants us to work on a... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 21:58:50 EST