ROXONA's SparkPeople Blog ROXONA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 162.4 1 lb. down 8 more to go to reach my goal. The clothes I normally wear are getting so big that I really need to buy new ones because they look so baggy. It's a neat feeling, but I hate shopping for clothes. <BR> <em>9</em> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 09:38:32 EST 163.6 1 lb. down into my new challenge. 9 more to go by the end of the year. It will be exciting to break the 160s and enter the 150s. I can almost taste it! Thu, 3 Oct 2013 09:21:58 EST 164.6 I was looking at my history, and I haven't been this weight in about five years. I can officially wear a size 12, but I don't like the way I look in some of my skirts, so I'm still wearing my size 14 skirts. Size 16 for the most part is way too big, and I need to cull all of that out of my closet. I can now wear shorts I haven't been able to wear in years and be comfortable in them. I feel really good and have the most energy I've had in years. The only problem I've noticed is my legs an... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 11:05:53 EST When Pigs Fly... I received an email from a woman I stay away from at work yesterday. She's generally a hateful person who spreads gossip and causes grief where ever she goes.... <BR> <BR> In the email she told me that she had just walked past me and noticed that I had lost a lot of weight, and that I look marvelous. I sent her an email back thanking her for the compliment. <BR> <BR> ...I think you could hear my jaw drop to my desk. I've gotten a few compliments in the last couple of weeks, but this one ... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 08:08:41 EST 165.8 It seemed like I was stuck at 170 lbs. for a really long time....but I just blast through to 165.8 in what seemed like a week. I think I can attribute it to a couple of things. <BR> <BR> First, my BF and I were eating out at nice restaurants in the initial weeks of our relationship. I tried to eat as healthy as possible, but sometimes it just couldn't be helped to eat the wrong things or eat a little too much of something that was really good. Now we're over a month into our relationshi... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 08:02:27 EST 167.8 Lost about 3 lbs. in one month. Slow and steady wins this race. I'm eating healthier and feelings really good. I don't crave sweets or bread anymore, but I still like to have part of a special treat every once in a while. Last night I shared a hot fudge sundae with my boyfriend, and it was perfect. Sat, 21 Sep 2013 09:09:25 EST 170.4 The scale initially said 169.8, but when I re-weighed two other times, I got 170.4. I'll take it. :) Sat, 17 Aug 2013 11:29:41 EST 171.4 Cutting out carbs and soda has been the key element for me in losing weight. I feel better, have more energy and am not as hungry as I used to be. As of today, I have lost 25 lbs. from my highest weight. I feel terrific, and I'm starting to look good too! <BR> <BR> <em>240</em> Tue, 6 Aug 2013 10:49:11 EST 172.6 Going without most carbs and portion control is really working! Mon, 5 Aug 2013 10:25:26 EST 173.8 Moving right along. Happy Friday everyone! Fri, 2 Aug 2013 08:56:42 EST 174.4 My 7 week challenge is almost over. My son will be back home on Saturday. Over the past 7 weeks I have lost 10 lbs., dropped from a size 16 to a size 14, and I have learned a few things about food. I have learned that protein and green veggies are best for my metabolism. I feel better and have more energy when I eat this way. Carbs and sugar cause me to bloat and make me feel sluggish. I won't cut carbs completely out of my life. I don't think I could and I don't really want to. That ... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 09:56:24 EST 175.6 I haven't seen this weight in probably three years. What an excellent way to start the day! <BR> <BR> A couple of months ago when I moved into my house I organized my closet by size, and had tried on a bunch of different clothes to see where I was with them. Most of them I could zip up but size 14 was really snug and size 12 was definitely out of the question. <BR> <BR> This past week my sister came to visit, and we went shopping at all the nice clothing shops. We walk up to White Hou... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 10:55:54 EST 7 Week Challenge - Week 1 It hasn't been quite a whole week since I started my 7 Week Challenge, but some things are definitely happening. <BR> <BR> I have been pretty good about sticking to my South Beach Phase 1 food and recipes with the exception of a few Fritos (not many) here and there (because they were still in the house when I started this challenge). They're gone now, and I wouldn't say I miss them. I think they actually might of helped a little because there were a couple of days where I was missing the c... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 10:39:40 EST My 7 Week Challenge to Myself My son is away for the summer, and I have seven weeks to make the most of it. Sunday morning was spent going over the recipes in my South Beach book in order to make a shopping list of what I needed for week 1 of Phase 1. Went to the grocery store today after work, brought everything home and made my first South Beach dinner: broiled salmon with rosemary, asparagus and a salad with South Beach approved veggies. Phase 1 is going to be the hardest because it's all about detoxing my body of a... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 22:56:25 EST 182.0 On New Year's day I weighed 183.6. Getting back on tract. 2013 is going to be a great year! Fri, 4 Jan 2013 10:20:42 EST 182.2 - Fall Closet Clean Out I spent the day cleaning out both of my closets today. One contains the clothes I can wear and the other contains two sizes of clothes I'll get to use again once I lose the extra weight. I was able to zip up all of my size 14 clothes. They're still a little snug, but maybe in another 5 lbs. they'll be more comfortable to wear. I went ahead and put them in my what I can wear closet and put my summer clothes away until next year. I even bagged up some clothes that are too big for me and so... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 23:04:50 EST 183.0 I'm exercising, working and out and trying to be more active, but the weight is not coming off as quickly as I like. However, my carb intake has been moderate, and for me I think carbs are what make me hold onto the weight the most. I did manage to get down to my lowest weight that I have seen in many years, so I think I'll try to make this a low carb week and see what happens. Mon, 1 Oct 2012 08:27:51 EST 183.6 This week I have worked out four times, instead of my usual three. The elliptical trainer is getting easier to use, and I'm starting to go faster on it. I pushed myself a little harder today and feel a little more sore than usual. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Sat, 15 Sep 2012 14:50:57 EST No hiking today :( I wanted to go hiking today, but my son decided to sleep in until 11. I won't go by myself because there are too many weird people in the world, I don't have a big furocious dog, and it's not safe to hike alone for lots of reasons. My son said I should have just woke him up, but I've done that before, I get nothing but whining...I'd rather go to the gym than listen to him that's what I did...went to the gym. <BR> <BR> I didn't lose any weight this week, but I didn't gain any eit... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 14:51:47 EST In search of good dinner recipes Money's tight, so I've been searching the web for low cost recipes that will also be tasty and healthy. I've looked at a few websites, but a lot of them want me to pay for the recipes. I guess they're just trying to make a buck, but I'm not willing to spend it. Guess I'll just keep searching. <BR> <BR> My son bailed on PT today. He says they did PT at school during ROTC, although they didn't do any cardio. I went to the gym anyway and did my usual 30 minutes on the elliptical trainer, a... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 21:21:11 EST PT Schedule After much dilberation, my son and I finally settled on doing PT on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. I had to drag his buttocks out of bed Saturday morning, and he made a half hearted attempt on the elliptical trainer and didn't quite do a whole 30 minutes. I did my 30 and then did a mess of arm exercises on the weight machines. <BR> <BR> Today was much better for both of us. Josh ran on the tread mill and did his pull ups and arm exercises. I did my 30 on the elliptical and also did so... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 21:37:56 EST Marine JROTC My 16 year old son joined the Marine JROTC unit at his school this year. Part of his homework is to work out 30-60 minutes 3 times a week. Guess who gets to train with him....that's right, I do. Maybe this will be the incentive I need to stick with a program longer than a couple of weeks. We did our first workout today. Tue, 14 Aug 2012 21:30:37 EST Back again! My last blog entry was in May...boy does time fly. I have to admit I've been lost for a little while since losing my Mom at the end of April. I've spent the last couple of months in a dizzy whirlwind of confusion, heartache and indecisiveness. In addition, I wasn't sure if my relationship of almost two years with my boyfriend was right for me. I love him very much, but he doesn't like kids and really doesn't want a more permanent/shared life with my 16 year old son, and makes me feel guil... Sat, 11 Aug 2012 15:46:48 EST 183.6 - 10 lbs. down It's May, and according to my resolution of losing 2 lbs. per month, I'm right on tract. I can button and zip my hiking pants, but they're still a little tight. I actually wore them hiking at the beginning of the month, but that was only a 1 lb. difference. Maybe they will be comfortable at 180 lbs. I tried on an old pair of size 16 shorts. I think I bought them in the junior department because they're cute, but it's going to be a while before I can put them on successfully because teens... Sat, 19 May 2012 09:59:26 EST 184.4 It's been two weeks since my last blog. I weighed this much last Saturday, but didn't have time to log or blog about it. I had gotten a call at 7:45 a.m. telling me that my mother had died suddenly from a heart attack. This past week has been a blur. My sister flew in from California, and today she and her family are leaving to go back home. It's been nice to have her here, but I am looking forward to some time on my own. <BR> <BR> My eating habits have been sporadic this week. So ma... Sat, 5 May 2012 12:16:15 EST 185.2 I have officially lost 8 lbs., and I am right on track for my New Year's resolution of losing 2 lbs. per month. Most of my size 16 clothes fit very comfortably now. There is this one pair of hiking pants that I was hoping to fit into comfortably at 185, but I'm not quite there yet. They are size 16. I can get them on, button and zip them, but they're still a bit taught through the middle...maybe they'll fit right at 183? 180? Another mini-goal to look forward to. <BR> <BR> I went shopp... Sat, 21 Apr 2012 12:31:37 EST Down 2 lbs. Since my last blog, I've lost 2lbs. I haven't logged into Sparkpeople much, but I have been watching what I'm eating. Going through the breakfast menu and deciding what I should be eating has really helped. I haven't had a bagel since I restarted this new plan. <BR> <BR> The new plan was my New Year's resolution to lose 2 lbs. per month. It might be considered a small goal, but losing 24 lbs. in a year is actually a good amount of weight, and the plan makes sense to me. It took me many... Sat, 14 Apr 2012 11:40:55 EST Small Victory Yesterday I was able to comfortably wear my grey wool slacks for the first time in a year! YAY!! <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> Wed, 21 Mar 2012 15:22:55 EST How could a billion rabbits be wrong? Well, at least that's what I'm telling myself... <BR> <BR> Went downstairs to get some soup from the food vendor for lunch, but the only warm thing they had was meatball sandwiches. Blargh! Seems like they serve fewer and fewer things these days. They did have a few containers of raw veggies and fruit, so I purchased one of each. <BR> <BR> Here's to the rabbits! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 19 Mar 2012 14:48:14 EST Beautiful Spring Day It's gorgeous out there today. The lilac bushes are starting to leaf out and all the flowering trees are in bloom. Makes me want to plant something. I purchased some hollyhock seeds online last year, although I think the seeds are old because only one seed germinated in my first test group last summer. I think I'll plant them in a small greenhouse box that I have today to see what happens. I really want to plant some hollyhocks outside of my craft room. Jeff nursed the one plant that ge... Sat, 17 Mar 2012 14:14:49 EST Happy Early St. Patrick's Day!!! In celebration of this holiday, Jeff's mother made the most scrumptious cornbeef and red cabbage for dinner tonight. I knew this was coming, so I saved most of my calories for dinner tonight, so I could try everything....including the homemade Irish Soda Bread....OMGosh!!!! It was all devine and so delicious!!! Definitely, a good thing I really watched what I ate today, and I still managed to come in just under my calorie intake goal. I'm going to have to watch what I eat again tomorrow..... Fri, 16 Mar 2012 00:44:00 EST Thought I was on the verge of being bad, but I wasn't! So, I woke up thinking to myself...self, are you going to work out this morning or this evening after dinner with Jeff and his mom? I don't like to get up in the morning, so it is determined I will work out after dinner. I ate well for breakfast and lunch, but I was kind of dreading dinner...mexican, which I love! Who doesn't, but Oiy! The calories! Jeff's mother is beautiful. She is the epitomy of growing old gracefully, and I admire her in this regard. She pretty much always has the ... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 23:58:28 EST Breakfast Spent the evening going over the SP breakfast meal planner. I like some things on the meal planner, but other stuff not so much. So, I have reduced the full menu and made a speadsheet of the things I like from the planner. This will eliminate lost time and distraction over using this portion of the meal planner. Still need to do the others, but this is a good start. <BR> <em>9</em> Tue, 13 Mar 2012 00:16:13 EST Crash and Burn and Start All Over Let's try this again....and this time keep thinking about Princess Kate and Taylor Swift. Albiet both of these girls are waaay too skinny, but I love their personalities and their sense of style. They are terrific role models, and they inspire me to be a more healthier person. <BR> <BR> Today is my first day of daylight savings time. I just got off of vacation today, so this is my first real day to enjoy the longer evening, and my first day back in the gym. I'm so out of shape, and I loo... Mon, 12 Mar 2012 22:01:18 EST This is hard It's hard to make myself do these exercises! Why does something that's so good for my body have to be so hard to maintain? One would think that the body would actually like it and want to do it more. I suppose some people get to that stage, but I certainly have not. <BR> <BR> I do feel less tight when I walk and go upstairs, and I wake up thinking of going to the gym. Most of the time I have to talk myself into it. I make myself get on the scale, and when I don't like what I see, I get... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 08:45:31 EST Week 1 - Completed It has been one week since my birthday, as well as when I started down this new path. Today was my first weigh in and I have lost 4 lbs.! Of course, I think 2-3 of those pounds were from the weekend at Susan's. I still have two more pounds to go to get back to my start weight of 185. Maybe this week I will get there, so I can really start working toward my goal weight. <BR> <BR> I worked out 5 of the 7 days and burned off a total of 1,500 calories, which is about a day's worth of calorie... Wed, 13 Jul 2011 09:04:52 EST Yes, you have to! That was the answer to my question when I woke up this morning. All I really wanted to do was just lay there like a pillow on my bed and go back to sleep, but that's what got me in this shape in the first place! Get your butt out of bed and get your exercise on, girl! <BR> <BR> So I did. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Went to the market last night and grabbed all sorts of healthy stuff to munch on...and one bag of tortilla chips....and boy are they good - salt free, gluten free, transfat free!... Tue, 12 Jul 2011 09:00:12 EST Monday, Monday The Opera trip was great! My dress was beautiful albeit a bit warm since the Santa Fe Opera is an open air opera (I'll know better next time). Saturday I shopped at the Plaza while Jeff golfed. The biggest meal I had all weekend was dinner Friday night at the Opera House....mmm filet mignon and dark chocolate mousse with strawberries! I enjoyed it very much and tried to be more sensible the rest of the weekend. <BR> <BR> Mom and I celebrated our birthdays Sunday. There was pizza and sal... Mon, 11 Jul 2011 09:02:32 EST Day 3 and another 300 calories bite the dust! That about sums it up, but I have to admit, today was a little easier getting through the process than the first two. I stopped at 15 minutes to get a drink of water, which actually seemed to help. Maybe I'll start breaking the time up in 15 minutes increments on a regular basis. <BR> <BR> Today is opera day, and I have a lot of things to do to get ready to go to Santa Fe. Jeff is going to be stressed because he has so much work to do and already his flight back from Lubbock is delayed ov... Fri, 8 Jul 2011 09:00:23 EST Dressing for the Opera Albuquerque sure doesn't like to get dressed up! It is nearly impossible to find a size 16 dress in either Dillard's or Macy's, so I was forced to venture over to David's Bridal. I prefer couture, but who am I kidding...I'm in Albuquerque! I was prepared to be disappointed because I've been in this David's Bridal before and the selection was dismal. However, I was able to find a lovely gown in deep plum, and the best part is I was able to fit into a size 14! <em>205</em> Thu, 7 Jul 2011 23:29:08 EST 21 Days I've heard that if you do something for 21 day you will form a habit. Gosh, I wish it were easier than that! So, I got up and burned 300 calories on the 2. Jeff made me a scrumptious b-day dinner of scallops with angel hair pasta and pesto. Hopefully, the calories weren't too obscene. <em>20</em> Thu, 7 Jul 2011 08:58:06 EST The answer to everything... I'm officially 42 today. I just got back from a fabulous vacation in San Diego with my boyfriend. Five whole days of wine, food and more wine...did I mention wine? But now it's time to refocus on my health goals, which I can't seem to get a hold on. It used to be that if I altered my food intake, the weight would come off, but not anymore. In fact, I can see the scale increase with each piece of food I put into my mouth. My metabolism has come to a screeching halt and started moving in ... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 09:14:19 EST COUCH TO 5K - STEP 1 Amazingly, I got my butt out of bed at 5:30ish this morning and went to the gym. Jeff and I have been wanting to start a program called "Couch to 5k," and so I decided to try the first step today. (Sorry, hun, I thought of calling you, but didn't want to wake you if you were still sleeping). <BR> <BR> The first step starts out with a 5 minute brisk walk and then alternates 1 minute of running and 3 minutes of walking for the next 20 minutes. For my weight, I burned 180 calories accordin... Mon, 18 Apr 2011 09:04:11 EST Mean People I linked a blog to my Facebook the other day about the "War" with my sister. Now, I realize this opens me up to all types of comments, but you would think that people, especially people on your "friends" list, would use a little judgment before posting something mean. Nope! Someone posted that they didn't know I was that fat. Wow!!! The balls on him! It just goes to show how superficial and vain some people can be. <BR> <BR> His post really doesn't upset me because I'm comfortable and h... Sat, 16 Apr 2011 15:34:14 EST This is WAR!!! So, my little sis has seen some of my posts on Facebook, and has decided that SHE needs to lose a few extra pounds. She has alway been better at managing her weight than I have, so she only needs to lose a little bit compared to what I need to lose. SHE has decided that we need to up the anti a little bit and bring on some competition, so we both have until 05/15/11 to work hard on losing as much weight as possible. The one with the highest percentage weight loss wins, and the loser has to... Fri, 15 Apr 2011 13:31:10 EST UGH!!! I did it again! Well...I found that job, and it has managed to suck up every bit of time from August until now. That really makes me sad because one of the main reasons I moved to ABQ was to find my center and learn to be a healthier, happier person. <BR> <BR> While I might not be any healthier, I am my personal live. I have found the most wonderful man, Jeff, to share my life with. On the otherhand, my work life has become a nightmare, and I am currently taking steps to change that. <em>... Wed, 13 Apr 2011 22:52:04 EST That Didn't Last Long! Well, I'm back. I see that my last attempt to become healthy didn't last long at all...a mere week or so? Anyway, I'm back, and that's what matters most. <BR> <BR> I have recently moved back to Albuquerque, which is where I grew up. I have many good memories of time spent in New Mexico, and have always felt better here, spiritually, than any other place I have ever been. Even though I have entertained the idea of moving back for several years, my move this summer was spontaneous. It w... Thu, 19 Aug 2010 11:39:04 EST Concentration Well...I could have done much better, but darn those chocolate covered pretzels that were in the house from before I started working on my health took control over me and made me eat them. I only went over my limits by just a little bit, but I should have had a much better day. <BR> <BR> I started out today with a strawberry & blueberry yogurt parfait which was very yummy. For lunch I have a asian vegetable frozen thing. Unfortunately it's high in sodium. I seriously need to print off th... Thu, 14 Jan 2010 11:25:35 EST Yesterday I did very well on my eating yesterday. If anything I needed a tad more protein, but I managed to stay well withing my other limits. Subway has a Fresh and Fit Kid's meal which is awesome. It contains a mini sub, apples and milk. I don't usually drink milk, but I figure I probably should since it's better for me then soda. I actually got chocolate milk this time which was 150 calories more than the regular milk, but boy did it taste a whole lot better! <BR> <BR> My ex-boyfriend sent me ... Wed, 13 Jan 2010 13:14:20 EST The World Came Crashing Down Last week everything was wonderful. I had a new boyfriend who seemed like the perfect fit for me. I was working on making myself better. Moving more. Eating less. Eating better. <BR> <BR> Friday night was the best night of my life. Eric told me that he wanted to be with me exclusively. We had a wonderful dinner, and then went to his work. He wanted to show me a new flight simulator they had received. He introduced me to everyone, people he has worked with for 17 years, as his girl... Tue, 12 Jan 2010 15:45:50 EST