RUDITUDI2000's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=RUDITUDI2000 RUDITUDI2000'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/ To reset or just continue http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826377 I struggle with the urge to reset my page and clear all information or just let it be a record and continue. My impulsive side says delete and start anew. The truth is though that I'm not starting over. We don't start over every time we mess up. We simply choose each moment and each day if we will make good choices or poor choices. All those choices have consequences. Some good, some bad. In light if this truth, I'll continue on my journey vs looking at this as a reset. It's just me, choosing... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 11:35:48 EST 10 minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776929 I want to say only 10 minutes tonight..but 10 is enough. It's enough for a sleep deprived mom who is sick, plus sick kids. I am feeling hopeful that my son at least is on the mend. I am feeling stressed due to being behind 2 days of school due to all thus yuck floating around. With vacation coming up in just over a week it will be tough to get and stay on top of all my responsibilities. I had some chocolate chips tonight and they were not planned. I will have to be careful and manage my stres... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 00:31:55 EST Up up and away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776260 <BR> <BR> I've spent the last few months eating poorly <em>24</em> and barely exercising <em>15</em> . I've been overall happy, but stressed <em>198</em> . My husband works a lot during extreme weather and it's been a very busy time for him. Which means a very busy time for this mama. I love my life. It does however get lonely sometimes when my man is gone so much. I don't like feeling so disconnected and just plain miss him. So I've been eating, and not weighing, and barely exercis... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 02:46:04 EST Weekend Planning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751641 I am spending some time planning today & will update when I have it laid out. Things I want to keep in mind as I plan: <BR> <BR> Do not do anything to set yourself up for failure-unreasonable expectations are no good. <BR> Choose lifestyle choices that will replace those pesky old habits that have been rearing their head lately. <BR> Trackable goals so I can measure my progress. <BR> Have a short, mid range, and long term goal on paper. <BR> I need a target! <em>292</em> <BR> <BR> Thi... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 11:48:41 EST Sore and Blue... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751442 Well, the weekend is upon us! I am sooo sore today from the strength training I did the other night. I am used to doing functional workouts that involve my whole body. This workout was 5 lb weights and 55 reps, quick. It was tough keeping speed and form a priority. I was totally fatigued after 50 minutes. I don't know that I"ll do this kind of workout forever because it seems like a recipe for injury! <BR> <BR> I don't regret the workout and I will likely do it again, it was fun to mix it u... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 01:15:25 EST Wednesday ramblngs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749818 <BR> We are planning our vacation to Orlando and that is great fun. I am motivated to do more strength training so I feel confident in my swimsuit while we are there. I've been slacking on my strength training lately, and my running too...hmm. <BR> <BR> My week has been good! My friend from TX is here visiting and I love spending time with her and her family. A blessing for sure! <BR> <BR> The rest of the week is pretty busy. Tomorrow we are swimming with friends. Tomorrow night we may c... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:17:44 EST Eye of the Tiger http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742077 Eye of the Tiger is the song that was playing as I finished up my run this morning. <em>40</em> I used it to ponder my next steps. Before I go int those, I'd like to ask for your help and advise. <BR> <BR> I have struggled for the past few days to eat healthy. I've been drowning in potato chips and chocolate chips...I may have to boycott any food with the words chips in it--for eternity. They seem to be a major trigger food. <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> What I have learned this week from ... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:01:51 EST Update time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739496 Well, its been quite a struggle the past month! <em>28</em> BUT I am on track now, 3 days and counting! <em>224</em> It feels so much better to be in control than to eat with wild abandon and live with the guilt hangover! <BR> <BR> I am eating whole, healthy food. Food undressed, in its original form (well I do COOK the food) but its not processed into something that resembles food but really has not benefit to the body. I'm enjoying it! <BR> <BR> I had introduced dairy, gluten, su... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:05:08 EST Non scale victories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715987 Several non scale victories this week! When I ran sprint's, my heart rate monitor chest strap was sliding down to my waist! So I was quite happy to tighten it up before my run last night. <BR> <BR> Number two: last year I wore the same red Nike running shirt all year...I love the comfy material. Well! Now it is so loose. It hangs down past my hips & totally covers my rear! Crazy. <BR> <BR> Number three: I do not hate trying on swimsuits! I may even wear the new one without my shorts over ... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 19:05:01 EST June http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710947 I am settled into a good groove at the moment. I am still eating a high nutrient, anti Candida diet, and loving it. I am wearing shorts size 8 & 10's right now! Last July I was busting the seams of my size 14's. I feel great, healthy and strong most days. I gave up coffee & black tea last month. I am convinced it is why I'm feeling so good. I am so much more chill. I had no Idea how it was affecting me, until I gave it up. I'm running a few days a week, walking a few, doing full body workouts... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 00:32:21 EST Last weeks mileage report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693519 Short & Sweet! <BR> <BR> Last week my mileage was 11 miles. Not quite 15 as I'd hoped but it was a rough week. No excuses just reality. Lets see how this week works itself out! It may be hard for me to do the 15-25 without a bike ride. SO! This week, I dream of a bike ride....Will have to work on making that happen....and soon! <BR> <BR> <em>217</em> <em>108</em> <em>332</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 12 May 2014 15:32:28 EST This week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693449 I would love to bust outta the 180's asap! My next weight goal is to see 179 on the scale! I weighed myself today & its 184 (TOM). <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> I'm very happy there has been progress, I was back up to 208 as of last July 2013. Just at 194 close to 4 weeks ago. I'm not where I want to be, but I am SO blessed to be making sustainable lifestyle changes! I'm loving the anti candida diet. Its so healing for my body. I do appreciate that soon, I'll be eating fruit again! I don't mi... Mon, 12 May 2014 13:43:22 EST No turning back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689368 I think I can...I think I can....I think I can..... <BR> <BR> I've decided to remove caffeine for awhile. SO! Today I had a terrible headache and absolutely did not want to get outta bed! I ended up not eating much today, was recovering from too much sodium yesterday. I was out all day enjoying the History Museum and picnicking. I did stay on track which is great, however, the meats were salty and the nuts were salty and I munched munched munched too many of them. <BR> I did push myself to ... Tue, 6 May 2014 23:40:13 EST May Ramblings.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686825 This is the first time in awhile that I have felt the need to set some goals! I'm kinda excited! <em>353</em> <BR> <BR> In May I'd like to get in some exercise 5 days of the week. Strength training is becoming very enjoyable...love seeing some muscles starting to take shape. <em>344</em> <BR> <BR> I want to log 15-25 miles each week. Biking, walking, running all count. <em>312</em> <em>320</em> <em>332</em> <BR> <BR> I will continue eating the anti candida protocol 100% o... Sun, 4 May 2014 00:07:17 EST Things are coming along! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683167 I am feeling pretty good. I'm in a few weeks now with the anti-candida diet protocol. I hope to soon be able to afford to see my functional medicine doctor again. I was supposed to see her early February. So until we have the funds, I will continue working towards this on my own. She is awesome though, and I could sure use her advise, encouragement and support! <BR> <BR> We are making great strides here with the finances. My husband is working his tail off on these side jobs. He is tired, m... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 12:49:54 EST Phew http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679089 I made it! Those first 8 days were ROUGH getting back off the sugar/grains/dairy/gluten....I'm happy to say I survived! I am feeling it again! Remembering how good I can actually feel. With God's grace, my body will continue the process of healing. <BR> <BR> Some things I was feeling...defeated...I am tracking a 90 day time frame to determine some patterns of "on & off" track. On track means I am following the anti-candida protocol 100%. This seems to be the only way to combat it, to starve... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:27:44 EST Life :) Easter Celebration! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675903 God is faithful! The love I have felt from Him this week, as I've drawn near to Him in the word, has been SO sweet. Loving the extra time with Him I've been stealing. <BR> <BR> My week has been good. I am back on track after a fun filled, sugar bonanza this past Saturday night. That was some GOOD cake and a fantastic night celebrating our Classical Conversations achievements for the year. <BR> <BR> The deal is though, that I cannot be "off track" more than 4 days now. When I am, I am so ph... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:47:52 EST On the go.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658985 The week is going great! Feeling great overall. A few misunderstands this week and stressful moments but no falling into the bad habit pit! Spiraling downward...tired if it! It's what happens when I veer off the path that keeps me healthy. I'm blessed to have good whole good! <BR> <BR> Had some great run/walks this week and today was sprints on the treadmill while kids swimming. We are all wore out, in the best kind of way! Nighty night all! Fri, 28 Mar 2014 23:35:13 EST Fun & energizing week in progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655811 I'm slowly making progress. I'm happy. My body is liking the walk runs vs straight running. I'm especially excited for the extra hour of light spring blesses us with. <BR> <BR> In looking forward to running with my best friend tomorrow. She has inspired me so much these past 3 months by changing her lifestyle and losing 36 pounds, so far. <BR> <BR> I'm excited for a new bible study starting this Wednesday with some great women. <BR> <BR> Thursday is always an exciting day. Thursday night... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 23:59:59 EST Great week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645795 Its been 9 days of solid effort. Finally. Feeling. Like. Myself. Again. It,has to be a combination of a few days of sunshine, re-vamping my food choices, spending more time with friends, consistent outdoor exercise.. I think all these things contribute to less fatigue, sleeping better, renewed sense of dependence on God, appreciating my blessing... <BR> <BR> Its been an amazing week so far and its,only Tuesday! Praise you Jesus! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 23:42:13 EST Praise & Prayers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5642827 I made it through the night without going off track, and it wasn't really hard! I seem to have found the right mindset for the time being to keep myself moving towards my goals. I even survived a night out with girlfriends last night, of all places to the Cheesecake Factory! What tempted me the most was to have wine, then cheesecake, that looked phenomenal! There were four pieces at my table and oh my oh my, besides my dairy allergy, no sugar, no grain diet, that would have injured my gut bad... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 11:06:50 EST Planning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630005 I am happy to report a successful experience this week..I DID 10 or more minutes exercise each day...enjoyed Bible study & prayer time daily...ate awesome meals...focused on the positive and lovely things..SUCCESS. <BR> <BR> To continue down this path will require some planning. What a great skill to have and pass along to my little people.. <BR> <BR> Off I go to implement today's plan and prayerfully obey promptings from the One who has our best plan already mapped out! Happy Friday and Pr... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 10:43:18 EST SUNSHINE... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5627875 <BR> <BR> Today was awesome because the SUN was shining! Oh my oh my oh my! So after we finished lessons, the kids and I headed off to the park. My son flew circles around us on his scooter, my daughter roller bladed alongside my walk/jog. We finished 2 miles exactly in 30 minutes. Loving it! The kids had a blast riding through the major puddles from melting snow! <BR> <BR> We did a study this morning on attitude and its still making my heart smile as I prepare for bed and am reflecting ... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 00:26:17 EST long break! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5625989 I have not blogged since January! Wow! Last year I struggled in Jan and Feb due to injury...this year? Im not injured, so what is going on? I am truely struggling, in many ways, most areas of my life. I will spare details here but humbly ask for prayer! <BR> Tomorrow I am tracking and making some small but important changes. <BR> This weeks goals: <BR> Read bible & keep up with study on attitude with kiddos <BR> Count my blessings <BR> Bless others intentionally, once a day I want to do som... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 23:38:58 EST Change to this weeks goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5586865 So far this week, I've been very tired/lethargic. Running or YOYOG scheduled workouts will not serve me best this week due to recovery needed from said workouts being counterproductive to my goal of getting healthy. I will take a break, at least until this phase in my healing breaks. I pray its ONLY a few days.. just through the weekend, maybe sooner! I'm hopeful this will only last that long! If not, I'll be visiting the doctor earlier than planned. <BR> <BR> If I've learning two things W... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 12:24:24 EST Mondays progess http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584832 Well aside from the progress made INSIDE in my last blog.... <BR> <BR> I went from 184 lbs on 12-30-13 down to 180 lbs this morning. The goals I set and carried with me, hung up in my house, were exactly what I needed to refocus. I did not even drink on New Years despite initially deciding I would compromise. I did not compromise and that is PROGRESS! <em>521</em> I met those goals and found such joy in pursuing them! <em>334</em> I'm keeping on with same goals again.... <BR> <BR> H... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 20:20:53 EST My Wake Ups...My Why... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584816 This past Friday I had an apt with my Functional Medicine Doctor. I assured her my head was back in the game....I was ready to pursue healing again. I made it 50 of the 90 days she previously prescribed of a yeast/candida protocol diet & supplements. Now, I'm ready to finish this.... <BR> <BR> I will be spending from now until Feb. 15th following the anti-candida protocol she prescribed to me (no dairy, no grain, no fruit (aside from 1 cup berries every day), no sugar of any kind-stevia to s... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 20:07:35 EST Journaling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576704 Thanks to fellow sparker STRONGCOURAGE for asking me a question yesterday, that spurred on a NEW way for me to journal! She asked me if I printed out my goals for the week and how I stayed on course with them. SO I DID print out my goals & I used it mid day yesterday to see where I was, then I used it to journal my progress that evening, right on the same page where the goals were! It worked beautifully! I don't think I'll print it out every day, however, I will review them mid day and end of... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 12:58:44 EST Candida overgrowth in a nutshell http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576690 I am posting this here so I can easily find it later when I'm tempted by wine or something else I cannot have (at this time).....Its a great article and may help some other sparkers too? Very quick, easy read. I am working with a Functional Medicine Dr. in my area to beat this candida! Its proving to be difficult to stick to the extreme diet involved, but I won't give up! I want my health back! God willing~ He is my healer, my savior, my all. Thankfully, He is in control! <BR> <BR> Here's t... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 12:49:26 EST Monday weigh in & goals for week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5575478 Time to put some goals up! My weight loss efforts are in need of renewal and focus! I was down to 178, now I'm at 184! Stop! U-turn! <BR> <BR> This week I will: <BR> READ the Bible daily <BR> RUN twice 3-5 miles, walk at the end or sneak some in whenever possible <BR> YOYOG total body workouts DVD with Mark Lauren 3 times <BR> TRACK NUTRITION daily <BR> JOURNAL and problem solve when I run into emotional eating/temptations/true hunger and false hunger <BR> PRAY more! <BR> EAT 100% on plan... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 10:14:06 EST Follow through! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5562178 Now that I've made my decision to follow through with my best effort towards my health through the Holidays, I'm following through! Today I am eating great food that just so happens to have excellent healing properties to it! I love the double whammy. I forget so many good things until I focus! Grit through the pain of being off track (sugar/carb cravings) and now I'm rolling and loving this food and the way its making me feel! I don't regret the month long struggle. I think it was necessary ... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 13:59:11 EST The cost of a Holiday "weight loss break" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5560912 This was the title of an article I read this morning on sparkpeople. It really resonated with me! I encourage you to read it! It was in section two of the start page, coaching area? I may fall flat some days but am learning to get up quicker each time! I know that I can meet my goals, as long as I don't quit! Taking a break has been on my mind. Its been tough and touch and go! After reading the article, I'm sticking to it....I may only maintain, may only lose a few but it sure beats a 25 lb g... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 23:18:41 EST Baking.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551000 This holiday baking is so difficult this year! <em>495</em> I love to bake. <em>475</em> Today I baked from scratch: gluten freee pancakes, gluten free cookies...I used a bread maker to make a loaf of gluten free bread, I used a roll of store bought sugar cookie dough and my daughter made those....Then I made chicken with onion, garlic, seasoning and frozen green beans with a green leaf lettuce salad with lunch. This was all before 2 pm today. SO! I ate 4 cookies-two from each recipe! W... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 20:34:23 EST Weekend and Plan for success this week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5549350 I am back on track! I was thinking over the weekend, just what is the thing I missed the most? (I was on track since July 27th thru 10-31-13 Primal/see marksdailyapple.com for the plan I was following). The thing I missed (while sick & taking a 3 week rest, was having a little cereal, ice cream, chocolate, gf pancakes,gf scones)....was having a CLEAR mind, not feeling cluttered in my mind, or overwhelmed, having a peace about me that I could accomplish the things I'm called to do.. I could no... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 20:08:53 EST Whirlwind of a month! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5547105 Well, its been a month of one thing or another! First was the crazy hormone stuff starting Oct. 13th. them I wound up with a sore throat viral thing, then came stomach virus, then two weeks ago ~on a windy day, my pointer got slammed (locked) in my car door (eggshell fracture- the tip of my finger is in 6 pieces that we can count & the dense nerve bundle was crushed causing much pain. They were most concerned that there was an infection that was close to bone, so Augmenton was prescribed & it... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 17:05:17 EST I refuse... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5532500 As much as I'm struggling right now, I refuse to give up. I am not giving up...I am not giving up! <BR> <BR> I am being told to rest, reduce stress, drink more water, eat more often & keep it light like soup, drink ginger tea for upset stomach....rest and repeat. My body needs to heal... <BR> <BR> Rest. I don't like it. I don't do it well....apparently.... <BR> <BR> I seriously feel like giving up. Feel like...why am I struggling so hard, only to feel terrible? I want to eat everything i... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 00:21:19 EST November Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529731 Still making progress but slowing a bit. <BR> Oct. 1st 187.6, November 1st 181.0. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> My goal for November is to exercise more! I am just back to running consistenly, twice each week, 5k each time. I am itching to go further, maybe add a 5 miler every weekend! I think that is just the ticket! <em>312</em> <BR> <BR> I need to push myself to get my strength training going consistently again. I am feeling jiggly! I will aim for three 20 minute sessions every week. I ... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 00:21:11 EST Little detours.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5522102 I have been a little off track! Life is busy, but I love my life. <em>334</em> I have however let things slip back in, like way too many nuts! I also figured out this past week, during some really intense chocolate cravings, (TOM) how to make my own, sugar free, delicious chocolate. <em>493</em> Its not a good thing! So I'm not making more or buying the ingredients for a bit. Yikes it was good! <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> I have let my water consumption slip too! Today I am filling a pitc... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 09:30:20 EST Week 11 Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5512927 My effort to get to my best health began on July 29th this year. My world has been crazy full this year. My cup overflows! <BR> <BR> Here is side by side weight & measurements: <BR> July 29, 2013m 208.4 lbs ~~~~~ Oct. 14, 2013, 182.4 lbs <BR> Neck 14 ~~ 13.5 ~~ -.50 in <BR> Shoulders 44.5 ~~ 43 ~~ -1.50 in <BR> Biceps 13 ea ~~ ... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 07:45:38 EST Thankful for unsweetened cocoa & my thoughts :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5508707 I know it silly. I am OK with that! I am so thankful for unsweetened cocoa. This cocoa from Trader Joe's is amazing. It blends so well in hot water or hot coffee. Even in my cold shakes after a workout. It has been a big part in my success staying sugar free! I do not feel deprived because I can have clean chocolate! <BR> <BR> SUGAR is not a necessary nutrient. It is an addictive one. WOW. I just did not believe that something non-narcotic, legal & sold to children, even fed to them seemin... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 08:27:25 EST Oh my Oh my, Attitude adjustment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5508152 Oh my...I so need a day off. I'd really like to just lay down and rest today, right after I hire someone to clean my house, cook the meals, educate my kids today, plan and prepare the lessons for my Thursday teaching gig, read my bible study for Wed night study, fold and put away laundry, shop for groceries, and oh yes someone must drag me out for a run! This is just the beginning of my crazy week. Only a few weeks left and my schedule frees up by 15 hours (15 hours I'm out now, I'll be home ... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 16:07:01 EST Figuring it out?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5503228 Time to figure out how to get the scale moving downward again....This number is where I mostly sat for the past 4 years...don't want to get stuck HERE again! <BR> <BR> Drink more water (100 oz day as goal) <BR> <BR> Exercise more (even if only 10 minutes!) <BR> <BR> Stop eating NUTS (just driving myself nuts already with these addicting things!:}) <BR> <BR> Be patient, when October ends my schedule frees up an extra 12-15 hours a week...So looking forward to that! <BR> <BR> More sleep ... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 07:59:16 EST Week 9 weigh in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5501178 This week I lost .4 pounds. Not real exciting EXCEPT in the past, I would have seen a gain! You see this past Friday & Saturday I was away from home, staying with girlfriends, feeling Cherished at a Daybreak Women's Conference! There was a dessert gala with one of my favorite childhood desserts being served (cream horns from McAllisters Bakery), there were donuts and biscuit and gravy for breakfast, there were cookies in the lunches, there were fancy creamers for coffee and LEFTOVERS of every... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 09:02:43 EST 8 Weeks of Effort~ Results :- ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5493623 Its been 8 weeks of effort! Drum roll please.... <BR> <BR> Start weight (7-29-13) 208.4 <BR> Today I weigh (9-23-13) 188.0 <BR> <BR> Loss of 20.4 pounds <BR> <BR> I took my measurements too: <BR> I have lost a total of 35 inches... <BR> Neck -.25 <BR> Shoulders -.50 <BR> L Bicep -1 R Bicep -1 <BR> Across Chest -4 <BR> Under Chest -3 <BR> Waist -4 <BR> Belly Button -4.5 <BR> 2" under my belly button -4 <BR> Hips -3.5 <BR> L thigh -2 R thigh -2 <BR> L knee -1.75 R knee -1.5 <BR> L Cal... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 09:39:45 EST Saturday 9-21-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5492234 Today was successful! So happy to be tracking food again. I am meeting my body's needs for fuel and nutrition! Just heard back from my Doctor today that I CAN eat any veggie except for white potatoes. That makes me really happy. I went to Trader Joes yesterday and that place is fantastic! They pretty much have everything my family needs to eat. I could totally skip the crazy full of junk grocery store altogether if Trader Joes was not so far away. Well, the good news I suppose is that I can s... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 20:39:09 EST 9-20-13 Successful Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5491472 <em>9</em> I totally fit into all my clothes from last year that were too small~ just a short time ago! And they fit great. I'm hoping not for long....really looking forward to being a size 10 again. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <em>301</em> Finally got my avocado and almond intake under control today! Measured out & totally savored 1/4 cup of raw almonds. Skipped the avocado altogether. I ate great food today, though I did overate on veggies at dinnertime. Its that TOM you know & with NO... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 20:28:30 EST New Workout Schedule & Plan to Succeed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5490720 I will start working out again with consistency TOMORROW. I am feeling so much better than I have for two weeks! Finally! Was wondering how long I'd have to wait to feel good again. <BR> <BR> New workout days will be TUES, THURS, FRI, SAT, SUN. <BR> Workout options to choose from, dependent upon energy/health that day: <BR> running 3-5 miles <em>312</em> , walking <em>311</em> , biking <em>332</em> , run/walk <em>363</em> , DVD You are Your own gym by Mark Lauren <em>320</em> . ... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 00:26:56 EST Tues 9-17-13 -- New Level of Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5488226 Life has been crazy busy the past two weeks (until the end of Oct then I think I'll be able to breathe!)..... Our homeschool is in full session here (I'm planning & implementing lessons with 4th & 2nd graders), the kids evening activities are in full swing now two nights a week (Mon & Wed), my sons sessions with the functional neurologist (an hour drive each way + the hour long session) are Mon, Wed, Fri every week after lunch, our Classical conversations community (tuition based program) sta... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 11:52:50 EST Day 44 GROWTH & TRANSFORMATION http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5481640 Well, I'm not sure why this happens....does the scale NOT know MONDAY is my weigh in day?!?!? I'm NOT hyper focused on the scale and that is a huge blessing! It frees me from the "defeat" I'd feel if I did not see the loss on my weigh in day. That would typically lead to a "why does it matter, why am I trying" mentality. If I were, I'd surely have given up! Having said that, I do weigh daily. It keeps me focused and moving forward with good decisions. Tracking is a real blessing too. I NEVE... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 12:31:15 EST Monday weigh in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5480293 <em>40</em> The scale was at 196.6 this morning. There is no good reason why the scale is stuck here, things are going fantastic diet and exercise wise. SO! I will be moving ahead this week as planned: <BR> <BR> <em>296</em> I will be spending time studying my favorite book! Finding my peace, strength, stability and growth during this time with the Lord. I will be thankful and blessed each day for this time. <BR> <BR> I will do my best to get 7 hours of sleep each night. Last night wa... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 08:37:51 EST