ROBYNROSE26's SparkPeople Blog ROBYNROSE26's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community December Goals I started back on the path to a healthy life on September 1, I was at my highest weight and feeling very unhappy with myself. <BR> <BR> Fast forward 3 months and I am down 24.8lbs. I am exercising daily, making sure I get a minimum of 10,000 steps each day, tracking what I eat and overall feeling great. <BR> <BR> On September 1st I set a goal to lose 37lbs by my 37th birthday, so I have just 12lbs left to go and have 8 weeks to get there. <BR> <BR> So my goals for December are: <BR> <B... Wed, 2 Dec 2015 15:28:53 EST 2 years Its seriously been 2 years since I paid attention to my health or weight...and it shows! I've been a yo-yo dieter for years, lose 20 gain 25, and so on. I am at my highest weight and doing something about it. I have been back at it for 3 weeks, and I am down 7.2lbs. I am happy with that and I am really motivated. I have a goal, 37lbs by my 37th birthday, which is 18 weeks from today, since I am down some I have about 30lbs to go. Now this is really just my first big goal, but since I us... Tue, 22 Sep 2015 15:54:57 EST Hitting the Reset Button Well its my all too familiar 'restart' blog. One day maybe I can figure this out! <BR> <BR> I have gained about 8-10lbs over the past 3 months, summer is just so tough for me! We spend every weekend at the lake and partake in way too many adult beverages and delicious food in excess. <BR> <BR> So the kids are back in school, we only have one more weekend at the lake so its time to get back on track. I rarely drink in the "off season" so that will help. Then I just need to keep the food ... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 12:05:33 EST 4 Year Sparkversary Well I just realized I missed my Sparkversary... <BR> <BR> Happy <em>506</em> to me! <BR> <BR> I am celebrating that I am now officially at the lowest weight since I have started! <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> I also have more fitness minutes so far for the year than I had all of last year combined <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I finally am seeing the scale moving again after a 3 month plateau <em>355</em> (thats me doing a happy dance) <BR> <BR> I feel really great and the reward is that I ... Thu, 23 May 2013 14:21:48 EST May 11/13 I haven't blogged in over 2 months, not much of a blogger actually, never know what to write? <BR> <BR> So January 1st, I got serious for the 4 millionth time, but this time I had solid reason to lose, 12 days in the Mayan Riviera....No way was I going feeling how I felt! So I made a goal and away I went, one major difference this time, hubby was on board too! So we started off really strong and sorta fizzled a bit in the middle, but overall have stuck with it. <BR> <BR> Hubby is down 39l... Sat, 11 May 2013 13:09:51 EST Vision Board for Springing Challenge <img src=""> Mon, 4 Mar 2013 13:47:53 EST Visualization I have been thinking about Visualization lately, can visualizing your dream body help you get that body? Ok so don't get me wrong I don't think that just wanting to look like a certain way is going to get me there, but can it help? Jon Gabriel says this: "Almost all great athletes practice some form of visualization. As author Wayne Dyer says, "you'll see it when you believe it." Spend some time each day visualizing your ideal body and going about your day in a balanced and emotionally pois... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 18:30:04 EST February Recap Well time to review my progress this month! <BR> <BR> January 1 SW 213 <BR> Feb 1 W 199.8 <BR> Feb 28 W 195.2 <BR> <BR> Total February Loss 4.6lbs <BR> Total loss since 01/01/13 17.8lbs <BR> <BR> Measurements <BR> <BR> Bust -1" total -2" <BR> Waist -1" total -2.5" <BR> Hips -1" total -3" <BR> Neck Same total -0.5" <BR> Bicep - .5" total -1" <BR> Thigh -1" total -2.5" <BR> Calf -0.50" total -1" <BR> <BR> Nutrition <BR> <BR> My goal at this time is 1500 a day, But Spark has my Range ... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 13:51:51 EST Friday Funny <img src=""> <BR> <BR> (picture take from pinterest) <BR> <BR> The opposite is actually true for me, I am quite aware that I look like Ace Ventura when I am doing Zumba, but I like it anyway! Fri, 1 Feb 2013 17:44:51 EST January Recap Well time to review my progress this month! <BR> <BR> Jan 1 SW 213 <BR> Jan 31 W 200 <BR> <BR> Total Loss 13lbs...WOOHOOO <BR> <BR> Measurements <BR> <BR> Bust -1" <BR> Waist -1.5" <BR> Hips -2" <BR> Neck -0.5" <BR> Bicep - .5" <BR> Thigh -1.5" <BR> Calf -0.25" <BR> <BR> Nutrition <BR> <BR> My goal at this time is 1500 a day, But Spark has my Range from 1270-1620, so after reviewing my charts for the month, I went over twice, Under 5 times and then was in range the rest of the time. Sa... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 12:47:29 EST My 34th year Well now I've gone and done it...34 years old today! Wow!!! When I turned 30 I was probably close to my highest weight ever, not really sure my weight then, but I kinda guess 225-230, just from the look of the photos from my party. I lost 10-15 pounds and then found Spark the following May... <BR> <BR> I can't say that the journey has always been successful, but I have managed to not get any bigger. So today on my 34th Birthday I weighed in at 201.2 <BR> <BR> This is my starting point f... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 13:20:09 EST Why I need to change long term I have really been thinking and reading about this process and why it is so important to me. It really started because we have booked 11 days in Mexico in May/June and I really don't want to go looking and feeling like I do, I admit it is amazing motivation. <BR> <BR> But the more I consider it, the more my reasons change. I started on Spark almost 4 years ago, when I turned 30 I probably weighed in at 225-230, not sure, didn't weigh then, but when I started I had dropped a little weight o... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 19:47:04 EST Falling For Fitness Challenge- Streak Blog Well a few weeks back our challenge was to develop some streaks we wanted to implement, mine were water and fitness, can't say I did well implementing those initially, but I have been doing well this past week. <BR> <BR> So going forward I want to continue to drink a minimum of 2L per day of water and work out 250 minutes per week. <BR> <BR> <em>194</em> Sat, 5 Jan 2013 12:59:04 EST New Year, New Me-2013 Gosh, every year starts the same....bla bla bla, last year I failed! Well this year will be different(yup, I've said that defore too). <BR> <BR> In 20 weeks we are going on a 10 day vacation in the Mayan Riviera, it is going to be amazing, but if I don't lose weight I will be miserable and hiding under a moo-moo! <BR> <BR> 2013 Goals: <BR> <BR> Lose 35lbs by May 24, 2013 <BR> Drink 2L water minimum per day <BR> Stay at 1500 calories per day <BR> Exercise a minimum of minutes 5 times per... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 12:45:00 EST Update Well this is probably the 300th blog of this sort I have written! So Yup fell off the wagon with a load thump and now I am thinking what have I done! <BR> <BR> So I weigh 10lbs more than I did at this time last year, that is not the direction I wanted to be going in! But you can't go back you can only move forward so I have decided to make a goal, this is not a weight related goal it is a exercise minute goal. <BR> <BR> I am currently at 19133 fitness minutes so my goal in 30 days is to ... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 12:38:01 EST Rock It Blog 4 Ok so seriously who invented Chinese good but so bad! A bunch of DH's family is here for a 40th Birthday Celebration this weekend and the weekend commenced with a dinner at a Chinese Smorg, so seriously after one plate I really wasn't hungry, but did I stop??? No I got another plate, it was only a small amount and was mostly Chop Suey, but still, Why didn't I just stop? I felt gorged and full when I was trying to fall asleep, hours later. <BR> <BR> I had a tiny 0.2lb loss, am ... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 12:23:21 EST Rock It Blog 3 OK seriously I hate blogging...what do I write? I am trying very hard to get all the blogs in for week 13 challenge of Rock It, but I really find bloggin tough! I saw a couple of the other girls posting on 10 Things they are greatful for so seems like a great plan!! <BR> <BR> 1. My Kids <BR> 2. My Husband <BR> 3. A close relationship with my family <BR> 4. My home <BR> 5. My good paying job <BR> 6. I am HAPPY <BR> 7. Support <BR> 8. My Health <BR> 9. The health of my loved ones <BR> 10. Fr... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 19:53:28 EST Rock It Blog 2 Excuses and I'll do better tomorrows really don't cut it! It certainly didn't stop me from gaining 10lbs in the last 2 months and it isn't helping me lose those 10lbs frustrated with myself. <BR> <BR> I am back on Weight Watchers and I really enjoy the program, LOVE that veggies and fruit are zero points! Overall I think it is easy to stay in points, just need to resist temptation with treats. <BR> <BR> October will bring better things for me, this I am sure! Thu, 27 Sep 2012 18:16:47 EST Rock It Blog 1 This weeks challenge has me blogging again, I am not a big blogger, but its nice to get things off your mind once in a while. <BR> <BR> I am so frustrated that I can do so well and then really just blow it! If I can stay away from restaurant food, fast food, take out I am usually ok. We have been pressed for time with all my Gramma Drama lately, she finally was moved into a care home yesterday so hopefully I can stop worrying about her? I have had zero time or motivation for exercise, whi... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 20:15:51 EST Rock It Road Blocks Rock It Road Blocks: <BR> <BR> 1. Portion Control <BR> <BR> 2. "Treats"- I often will do great all day and then sabotage myself with ice cream or candy :( <BR> <BR> Plans to Overcome the Road Blocks <BR> <BR> -Pay attention to serving size and stay within them <BR> -Keep the "treats" out of the house to remove temptation <BR> -Remember that ignoring either of these roadblocks will only lead to failure of my goals Sat, 21 Jul 2012 12:35:29 EST Week 1: Rock It Challenge Week 1: Rock It Challenge <BR> <BR> (Plan 3-5 workouts through out the week and complete them. Once you have your plan picked out, either post in your team or on your blog.) <BR> <BR> So here is my plan for the week, I have a late start, so I will have to bust my butt the rest of the week to make my goals! <BR> <BR> Tuesday: Recumbent Bike (60 min) <BR> Wednesday: Plyometric Cardio Circuit (Insanity) (40 min) <BR> Thursday: Power Walk 3 Miles (48 min) <BR> Friday: Recumbent Bike (60 min)... Tue, 3 Jul 2012 14:00:26 EST Read this and thought I'd share: Top 10 Unhealthiest Items at McDonald's Top 10 Unhealthiest Items at McDonald's <BR> By | Shine Food – Wed, 13 Jun, 2012 10:41 AM EDT.. . <BR> <BR> For all the criticisms lobbed against it, McDonald's is certainly good for some things. (Oatmeal, maybe. Fries, definitely. Cheap coffee, sure.) And yet it's hard to picture any of its proponents describing McDonald's as healthy. That is, until just recently, when the "senior director of culinary innovation" for the chain said, "I don't see anything on the menu that's unhea... Fri, 15 Jun 2012 13:24:33 EST Friday Food Blog OK so here is my last food blog for the SASS challenge. It has been fun, I need to check out other blogs to get some new meal ideas. <BR> <BR> Breakfast: Yogurt, honey bunches of oats and almond and a banana <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lunch: Michelinas frozen meal, apple and nectarine <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Dinner: Spagetti, garlic toast and salad <BR> <img src="http://phot... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 16:15:21 EST Thursday Food Blog Wow I actually remembered to take pics today, well except for dinner because I have Spin Class tonight so want to get this blog done early. I prepared Chili for dinner and have it cooking in the slow cooker as we speak, yummy. <BR> <BR> Breakfast: Yogurt with harvest crunch and almonds and a banana <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lunch: Salad with cherry tomatoes, cucumber, cheese, almonds and strawberries, fat free ranch dressing and a ne... Thu, 31 May 2012 17:52:04 EST Wednesday Food Blog This weeks SASS challenge is a daily photo blog of our food <BR> <BR> Breakfast: Apple and Tea <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lunch: Special K and Fruit <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 30 May 2012 16:10:38 EST Tuesday Food Blog This weeks SASS challenge is a daily photo blog of our food <BR> <BR> Breakfast: Apple and Tea <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lunch: Special K and Fruit <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 30 May 2012 16:06:14 EST Monday Food Blog This weeks SASS challenge is to blog photos of our food: <BR> <BR> Breakfast : Smoothie <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lunch: Tuna Melt <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Dinner: Grilled Cheese and Soup <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Wed, 30 May 2012 16:02:20 EST This week wt Pics Finally I saw the scale make a move. I have been working hard and I am enjoying it so much. I have tried some new things, like a spin class. Wow it was pretty hard but I liked it, I am going again next thursday, but then that is the last week until fall :( I am looking into a bootcamp, that will be crazy hard, but fun I think. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I got up early and went for a walk, man I love being out on the trail and I took afew photos to show you all the spectacular surroundings. Cra... Sat, 26 May 2012 13:14:41 EST May 16 I have really been thinking about the rollercoaster ride I take my body on. Why can't I stay consistent?? <BR> <BR> It is emotionally draining looking to the scale daily and letting that dictate my mood and my perception of my progress. I am so tired of worrying about that stupid number. <BR> <BR> Of course I am watching what I eat and tracking but I just can't switch to a diet of salad and fish, because I know I can't stick to that long term, I love food too much. <BR> <BR> So though I... Wed, 16 May 2012 14:52:34 EST Its Time Ok, it is time to get serious here! I have been gliding along just doing the minimum, and what has that got me??? Nothing I am exactly where I was a month ago! DH and I decided that we are attending a family reunion in July, so now I really need to buckle down, I really don't want to see his family feeling frumpy and fat. <BR> <BR> The Plan: I have scheduled exercise for the next 9 weeks, not just riding the recumbent bike which is really doing nothing for me, but really getting moving!... Sat, 5 May 2012 19:22:43 EST Frustration I am so frustrated. I've been counting every calorie, getting daily exercise and nothing....same weight for weeks of being good. What the heck is going on. I am not giving up, I feel better getting that daily exercise and I feel so much less stressed, but I just don't get it at all! Thu, 12 Apr 2012 12:30:24 EST My 33rd Year Well in 2 days I will turn 33, kind of funny because most of the year I thought I was already 33. In my 33rd year I really need to make changes and stick to them! I have 2 wonderful boys who are 8 and soon to be 5 and they are impressionable. I want a more active and healthy way of life for them. My husband has gained a lot of weight in the last 10 years too and is feeling like me, time to make some lasting changes. You see where I have struggled with my weight for my entire life my husb... Tue, 24 Jan 2012 13:45:07 EST Trying to tread water Well I am trying to keep my head above water and keep moving forward. I am really trying to get on track and lose some weight. I am working on getting 20 minutes a day of exercise just for a start, 2 days down so we'll see if I can keep it up. <BR> <BR> I went to the doctor on Monday and my doctor wanted me to be screened for a few things. He checked my blood pressure, it was Good, Checked my waist circumference, Yipee, have to fast and do some blood tests to check cholesterol, diabetes ... Wed, 7 Dec 2011 13:51:20 EST Workout plan for the next 72hrs So the Hubby and kids are heading to the lake this afternoon and hubby will come back tomorrow night for work friday but the kids are staying out with the grandparents until we go out friday night so my workout plan is as follows: <BR> <BR> tonight, Thursday morning, Friday morning, Saturday morning: Walk University Hill, 5km total <BR> <BR> I was thinking if I blog it I can't back out! Wed, 24 Aug 2011 18:33:51 EST Hair and Walk Well I got my hair cut last night, it was a dude that did it which is new for me, but he did a great job, I have EXTREMELY thick hair so he thinned it a lot. I am getting used to styling it, he must have cut off about 4-5 inches, I feel bald. <BR> <BR> So headed out for my favorite walk this morning so I thought I would add some photos of that with the haircut photos. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is having a fabulous weekend! <BR> <BR> Just heading out, foggy this morning! <BR> <img src="http... Sat, 13 Aug 2011 18:17:37 EST Getting off to a good start I am really trying to get back into a groove in August. I really feel my only chance is to get back into my exercise, seems like everything else comes together when I am on track with fitness. So this morning I got up with the kids and took them to the skate park as I have been promising all summer and haven't done yet. Then we headed to the track and I decided to start my C25K program, but somehow got side lined and only made it half way, so we came home and took a local trail, so I start... Mon, 8 Aug 2011 23:05:50 EST FEF Review I have to honestly say I did not put my all into this challenge, actually didn't put much in at all :( <BR> <BR> I am excited to start inspire and get a chance to start fresh. My plan for the next challenge is to get back on track with my fitness, I feel my entire success or failure stems from how well I do with working out. I will work out 4 days a week no excuses!! I would love to finally hit my goal by the end of the year and am doing to do it!!! <BR> <BR> I will also be more involved ... Fri, 29 Jul 2011 12:23:19 EST Wow, slacker alert! So last night I worked out for the first time since June 6. I mean I have done stuff but I only count intentional exercise, not a walk with the kids or a bike ride unless I set out for fitness. I have gained weight and I have been letting myself go :( <BR> <BR> It is time to get back into the swing of things before I undo all the work I did in the last part of 2010 to lose 30lbs. I gained almost 10lbs in the last 6 monthes and I want to lose that plus 10 more by October 31,2011 <BR> <BR>... Wed, 27 Jul 2011 13:06:16 EST Health Resources FEF Challenge First I want to start by saying Spark is my favorite!!! You cannot match the friends and support you can find here, but I also love Weight Watchers for recipes and the PointsPlus system, I have alternated 3 months of WW with Calorie counting for the last year. Another resource I use is Health Magazine, it always has exercise ideas, fitness gear articles, health Q&A, and lots of recipes! <BR> <BR> I am really interested in looking at that was recommended by a fellow sunny ga... Thu, 7 Jul 2011 14:13:51 EST NSV's Well this weeks FEF Squared Challenge is to blog about our non-scale victories. Since joining the Sunny Gals in November some things have changed for me. One NSV is that I moved from Obese to Overweight, I don't put that much into how that is calculated because everyones bodies are so different but just the work obese is hard to take. Another is self confidence, it is so nice to get dressed and not try and always cover my butt and thighs, and also nice to not feel like the "fat" mom! <BR... Fri, 10 Jun 2011 19:49:13 EST Accountability: June 1 WW Points: 30/31 <BR> Activity: 0 <BR> <BR> What I did do: Worked until 5:30, went to Costco, picked up son from parents house, arrived home 6:30, made dinner BBQ Turkey Sausages, rice and sautéed zucchini, mushrooms, onions and tomato...Yummy!, did dishes, picked up, vacuumed, cleaned bathroom, 3 loads of laundry, kids tucked in and hit bed at 9:30!! <BR> <BR> I wish I would have done some sort of planned exercise, but I was BUSY! Need to get back into the morning workouts, its the onl... Thu, 2 Jun 2011 14:22:16 EST Getting back on track I really need to get back into things for a couple reasons. Reason one is I am not at goal and reason 2 is that daily exercise makes me a happier, less stressed person! <BR> <BR> Start weight on Sept 21, 2010 : 218.5 <BR> Lowest weight on March 4, 2011: 187.8 <BR> Current weight as of today: 193 <BR> <BR> I fell out of my program at Christmas and have sorta just been floating along not really going up much but not losing either. I have done nothing that would make me think I would lose, h... Sat, 28 May 2011 13:37:02 EST Spring Activity Well the weekly FEF Challenge is to do something Spring-ish. So yesterday the family and I took a bike ride, it was nice to get the bike out of the shed and just go! Funny thing is I expected a sore butt today and nothing, YAY!! I do rock a large cushy granny seat on my bike and though it looks funny, it is definitely worth it! <BR> <BR> The weather looks good for the remainder of the week and I have a short week with the holiday on friday, unfortunately I work saturday :( BOOOO! <BR> <B... Tue, 19 Apr 2011 20:26:53 EST Vision Collage <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 16 Apr 2011 16:55:11 EST Being honest with myself Well the last 3 weeks has been tough, the kids were sick and I used it as an excuse to eat what I wanted. On top of the lack of exercise since Christmas, I am doing terrible!! The last 3 weeks I haven't been weighing in because I knew I was doing bad, but I was peeking and the scale and using that for my challenges, but I faced the music and am up like, that came back easy! <BR> <BR> I need to get back on track and start exercising regularly so I can reach my goals. <BR> <BR> Tue, 29 Mar 2011 13:59:32 EST My Journey to 30lbs lost Well its been a journey thats for sure! The beginning was pretty easy I got on track and stayed there all the way until Christmas Eve, then I got derailed and haven't quite made it back on track. So I have been back on Spark since September 21, so 24 weeks total and I've lost 30.8lbs, not the best I could have done, but 30lbs I don't have to lug around! My Journey goes something like this: <BR> <BR> Sept 21,2010 218.5 <BR> Oct 1, 2010 213 <BR> Nov 5, 2010 206.5 <BR> Dec 3, 2010 195.8 <BR... Sat, 5 Mar 2011 12:46:48 EST Push Playlist Challenge Playlist #1 <BR> <BR> This one helps me keep a quick pace with all the upbeat songs! <BR> <BR> The Time- Black Eyed Peas <BR> Hey Baby- Pitbull <BR> Check it Out- ft Nicki Minaj <BR> Electric- Shawn Desman <BR> Forget You- Cee-Lo Green <BR> Whats My Name- Rhianna ft Drake <BR> Loca- Shakira <BR> Teenage Dream- Katy Perry <BR> Lose Yourself- Eminem <BR> Letting Go- Sean Kingston ft. Nicki Minaj <BR> Telephone- Lady Gaga ft Beyonce <BR> Only Girl- Rhianna <BR> Fire Burning- Sean Kin... Fri, 18 Feb 2011 20:29:11 EST Confidence Blog I can think of a number of times in my life that I felt confident and great about myself, but I gotta say I really think the camera only comes out when I am fat! I don't have pictures of those times I felt great... <BR> <BR> The picture I am posting today is a wedding photo, I felt beautiful that day, I don't think I was smaller than I am now, but I was so confident that day! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 5 Feb 2011 12:40:54 EST February Goals Well it is time to set some goals! Its been a really horrible 4 weeks or so, I have been doing OK with eating, but I have been HORRIBLE with my workouts! The past 4 weeks I have had a lot of stress and it just seems easier to sleep in then get up and workout, I need to get in the majority of my workouts in the morning or it just doesn't happen. <BR> <BR> So I have decided to schedule specific workouts for the rest of the month and work off it, I am hoping that just doing what is on the sch... Sat, 5 Feb 2011 12:21:03 EST 30 Days of Pictures day 8 Day 08 - A picture of your favorite color <BR> <img src=""> <BR> On me I like green it looks good with my skin tone and brings out my eyes <BR> <img src=""> <BR> But my house is full of red accents, I have charcoal and tan paint colors with red accent it! <BR> Day 09 – A picture that motivates you to do more <BR> Day 10 - A picture of your closest friend <BR> Day 11 -... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 18:56:53 EST