ROSEACLARK's SparkPeople Blog ROSEACLARK's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Doing well!!! So I am down 12 lbs!! This makes me very happy!!! After so much self loathing about letting myself get so out of hand, I am on track, watching and recording all my foods. <BR> For anyone who is feeling really discouraged about their weight loss journey, my advice to you would be...DON'T GET DISCOURAGED!! It only leads to dispair and downward feelings. If you fail on one day, just start again the next day. Don't stay defeated. Put your mindset on the positive. You didn't become overweight ove... Fri, 15 May 2015 20:21:15 EST week 1 Hi everybody!!! <BR> During this 1st week back, I have lost 6.2 lbs!!! Yea me!!! But I would be lying to you all if I said I ate well and exercised and did everything I was supposed to do. Truth be told...I have been sick all week. Not in the mood to really eat anything at all. Drank a LOT of liquids...but really not much food. But the food I did have, really was nutritious. Home made veggie soup with lots of broth, lots of tea with lemon and honey for the darn sore throat(which is gone) and... Fri, 1 May 2015 20:37:39 EST Try, try again... I'm back... it's been a long time. I have come to my page, looked at it, got disgusted of where I used to be, and where I am now.... <BR> I've been on the pity train far too long and it's time to get off!! <BR> I have made promises to myself, and broken them over and over again. But I am ever diligent that I will take one day at a time and do this. I will not be discouraged with tiny little weight losses, I will rejoice that they are indeed, losses, and not gains. I will log my food, I will... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 22:58:25 EST Here I am!!! I've been faithful to log, exercise, weigh, measure, and all the other things that go along with losing weight. I just haven't been blogging. <BR> Things are going well. I'm on track, lost a few pounds and my clothes are feeling loose again. (That's always a good sign). <BR> I became a grammy again on Sunday 1/16. Baby Jeremiah was born weighing in at 8lbs 15.5 oz, 20 in. long. Healthy and the family is doing great! Once more grandkid to chase around, ( when he's mobile, that is) so I gonn... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 18:45:17 EST Week 1 of starting over Ok, so with the best of intentions of starting the Spark journey again, I have come down with a cold!!! Happy New Year to me!! <BR> So to say that everything has been on hasn't. Oh, not that I have totally thrown my endevors out the window, but I haven't been diligent in my eating and exercising. I sucked it up for a while, but I have fallen by the wayside over the last few days. I am feeling better now, not 100%, but I have made the decision that enough is enough and I a... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 10:21:12 EST Happy New Year! To steal the words from the Beatles...."another year over, and a new one just begun". <BR> So I am starting over. I didn't do so well over the holidays, and bit by bit the weight came back on. Not as badly as before, but none the less, it's there. So I am tracking, exercising and motivating myself to reach my goals. <BR> WHO'S WITH ME!!!???? <BR> To those of you who kept sending encouraging messges to me...thanks! You really did keep me from going totally over the edge with my eating. Just w... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 14:26:25 EST Been here, but not. What a confusing title. All I am saying is that I have diligently been here on SP. weighing food, measuring food, exercising, thinking happy thoughts, etc.... <BR> I just haven't been blogging. <BR> I'm still stuck on this plateau and I can't seem to get off!! <BR> It's over a month now, and I'm just not moving the scale. oh wait...I did lose one pound. I didn't gain it, so I am very happy about that, but I really really really want my weight to go down, like it was before. One pound a week... Fri, 5 Nov 2010 21:27:32 EST Stuck on the Plateau That is not really a correct title, but its what I feel like I am on. <BR> To be honest, I am happy to be on a plateau, if thats what you need to call it. I shared in a previous post that I had enjoyed a very big slice of my grandsons birthday cake, and had a few extra treats along the week so while I didn't GAIN any weight, (I don't know how that happened!), I didn't lose any either. So my weight was the same. Now, this week, I have been really and for truly back on track, and I still didn'... Sun, 3 Oct 2010 18:14:18 EST Reflecting... So, last week I posted that I had a really big piece of cake for my grandson's birthday party. And I said that I was going back on track the next day. <BR> Ya...Right. <BR> I did more or less go back on track, but what surprised me was that I found myself thinking about sweets and things that are counter-healthy to my weight loss goals. A lot! Not having had sweets for a quite some time, at least since the Mexican Fiesta Party that I attended back in August, my mind was just preoccupied thi... Mon, 27 Sep 2010 15:14:35 EST It's all over but the shouting! I am making this short and figure out the end of the story. <BR> <BR> 12 weeks of counting calories, measuring, good healthy cooking,etc. <BR> 12 weeks of exercise <BR> 12 weeks of drinking water <BR> <BR> 1 grandson's birthday celebration <BR> 1 really big piece of cake!!! <BR> AND BOY WAS IT GOOD!!! <BR> <BR> Ok, so I told you the end of the story. <BR> <BR> Back on track tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Everybody have a wonderful week! Sun, 19 Sep 2010 19:57:22 EST Happy Autumn! Good morning Sparkers! <BR> The air is getting crispy, the leaves are changing to beautiful colors, (at least in New England) and my weight/ improvement endeavors are going along wonderfully. My vacation is almost over, but unlike other vacations I have had, I stayed home and tackled many projects that needed to be done. I also stayed on track for my meals. Given the fact that I did stay home, I was in total control of what I ate or didn't eat, I didn't treat the vacation as such, just a v... Sun, 19 Sep 2010 07:46:49 EST Still tracking it! Good morning Spark Friends, <BR> It's been another successful week! My weight is down, my energy is up, I'm on vacation and doing major fall cleaning. Hows that for oppposites?! <BR> As I read other peoples blogs about how they have a hard time with their weight/exercising goals, I just want to let you know not to give up. It can be done. I know how hard it is because I have started and failed so many times I can't keep track. And yes, it is soooo discouraging to work hard all week, only to... Sun, 12 Sep 2010 10:08:14 EST Stayed the same, but not discouraged Hey! It's me again. I had a fabulous week, stayed on track and did everything I was supposed to do. So why did my weight stay the same? Perhaps I need to step up the exercise? Maybe eat less food? May be I just shouldn't be so concerned about it? I'm not really concerned because this happens to me like every couple of weeks. Nothing changes in my routine, but I will "plateau" for a week, then then the next week, I'm down the weight. I am feeling good in the skin I am in right now. People ar... Sun, 5 Sep 2010 07:42:20 EST I'm wearing down Up until today, I' ve been pretty much right on track. Today I just about gave up. At work there was an amazing and heavy and soooo yummy. Ya...I ate some, like 3 pieces. And they were not small pieces. I don't know what got into me!~ I was possessed!!! And then there were the sausages with peppers and onions. Ya, had some of those two. I really feel icky and bloated now. I think my system is rebelling against me. Junk overload is not something I can do anymore. I guess that's a ... Sun, 29 Aug 2010 21:04:14 EST How many weeks has it been? Hello there Fellow Sparkers, <BR> My weekly blog is here, for those of you who know me, or have been following my musings here on SparkPeople. Yeah, I'm kinda goofy, but losing weight is serious business and I like to lighten up the mood, (at least for my own benefit, if not for anyone else!) <BR> Weighing my food, and making careful decisions, along with exercising and sleeping well has brought me to the weigh-in of today, and I LOST NOTHING!!! <BR> Didn't gain anything, but I was disappoint... Sun, 22 Aug 2010 17:01:48 EST August 8 Hello, fellow Sparkers, <BR> It's my weekly update on my weight loss journey. I am very happy to say that I have lost another 4.5 lbs. I suppose I should be concerned that the weight is coming off rather quickly, but it's not because I am starving myself. I am eating my full required calorie allotment, drinking plenty of water and am excercising daily (bike riding everyday, and areobic video's 1-2 times a week). I'm sleeping well and have plenty of energy. So what is going on with the weight ... Sun, 15 Aug 2010 20:41:03 EST 28 days (isn't that the name of a movie?) Ok. It's 28 days since I have committed to being on a weight loss journey. And the journey so far has been wonderful! 4.5 lbs gone!!! Bringing my total to....drumroll please.....20.5 lbs. Not too shabby! <BR> All I can tell you is that perserverance is the key. If you have a plateau week, don't give up. Keep weighing and measuring, exercise, and maintain a positive attitude that "you can do it" and it will pay off. I know that life likes to throw curve balls at us, but if you are fit, then yo... Sun, 8 Aug 2010 08:07:09 EST Still inspired. Ok, today was day off and I did mostly nothing, which is a good thing to do sometimes. Tonight was a different story. I decided to go for a bike ride. Now, I usually ride my bike to work every day, but its only a 30 minute ride to and from work, and not real strenuous. So tonight I rode for 50 minutes, going a at decent speed, 11-12 mph . Kept the heart rate up for the majority of the ride, and rode along all the way just enjoying the scenery. Reading some of these blogs is what did it! <BR... Mon, 2 Aug 2010 18:49:13 EST Week 3 Ok. Here I am still going strong on my new lifestyle of eating and exercising. Down another pound....which is kind of surprising because of the dramatic weight lost of the last 2 weeks. But maybe it was just water weight? Don't know, all I know is that I am still staying motivated to keep it going. I will admit that wasn't as vigorous in my exercising this week, maybe that had something to do with it. But I will press forth and keep on my track! <BR> To my fellow Sparkers....I hope you all ... Sun, 1 Aug 2010 21:07:33 EST Week 2 Ok SparkPeople! <BR> Get the tune to that James Brown song in your heads. (I think its James Brown) <BR> I FEEL GOOD! I FEEL GOOD! I KNEW THAT I WOULD, YEAH!. SO FINE...SO FINE. <BR> BA BA BA BA BA WHOOOOO! <BR> Ok, I guess you might be able to figure out that I had a very successful week in my weight loss journey! Yeah, I am proud. Proud that I was able to stick to the eating plan, proud that drank my water, exercised, and even had a good attitude while doing it! I even refused to eat the do... Sun, 25 Jul 2010 08:06:21 EST One week later The sun is shining, the birds are singing and I am down 8 lbs!!! All is right with the world! I really feel good today. I'm off to work, pedaling my bike. It's not a long ride, but its enough to get me motivated. Downhill to work, and uphill on the way home! It's been a good week. I can honestly say, that by weighing and charting my foods, I can really see where I need improvment. I thought I had it all together by "eyeballing" my portions, but sadly, I suffer from "proportion distortion." I... Sun, 18 Jul 2010 11:18:24 EST Day 2 Ok, I haven't failed yet. That is a definate plus!!! Things are going well, and surprisingly, I have stepped right back into the swing of things with the weighing and measuring. I can see where I messed up so many times, when I have fallen off the wagon, so to speak. My"guesstimation" is way off the charts! Since I am an empty nester, I have time to fool with preparing my meals and counting and all that good stuff. So...I put what I would normally eat on my weight loss plan on my plate., THE... Tue, 13 Jul 2010 17:49:54 EST I'm back! And I wish I had never left. My lack of motivation has been really really bad. I am beating myself up over it too. My clothes don't fit, which is really bad, because the last time I lost my weight, I gave away the "fat" clothes". Now I am in serious trouble! I don't have the "cushion" to prolong this any longer. I hate the way I look. I don't know why I let myself go the way I did. Yeah, I's because I was just to lacadaisical to stay on track. An extra bite here, a bigger serving ther... Sun, 11 Jul 2010 10:29:17 EST So I goofed up! So, if anyone has noticed, and I am sure you have.... I haven't been posting my victories. That's because there have't been any. I fell off track and gained a few pounds....4 to be exact... and a couple of inches on parts that I had lost on. So... I am back on track now. I feel like I am starting over, which in a sense, I am. Back to weighing and measuring my foods. I did slack off on that aspect, and I know that had something to do with the weight gain. You would think that I could "eyeball"... Thu, 28 May 2009 20:09:06 EST I'm a Winner!! I really feel great about my recent challenge that I took for the month of March with the Massachusetts Sparklers. We had to do 3 things. Stay within our calories, drink at least 8 glasses of water daily, and exercise for at least 10 minutes. I took on that challenge and surprisingly, day by day, I met that challenge. We had to log on and post whether we did our "challenges", and it was fun seeing everyone log on and all strive toward the same goal of getting healthy and setting new habits o... Tue, 7 Apr 2009 21:26:58 EST