SHAR8676's SparkPeople Blog SHAR8676's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Season of Change So I have a motto that means something to me. <BR> <BR> Season of Change - <BR> <BR> I will explain: As we go through life we may go through a period of time that has resulted in certain outcomes - some good and others bad...but this position we are currently in does not define us. Just as a caterpillar goes through a season of change after building their cocoon - they transform into a beautiful butterfly. The caterpillar has transitioned through a variety of seasons in its life.... <BR> ... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 07:33:34 EST Evaluation of my nutrition plan When I take a look at my nutrition plan I see that there are some changes I still want to make to my diet and I also want to make some occasional things a normal way of doing things. <BR> I haven’t been eating well within my range. I need to work to get back on track and eat within my calorie range. <BR> I have increased my veggies by eating salad and carrot sticks for work lunches. I have had protein shakes for breakfast mixed with fruit and have had fruits for snacks or to go with my lunch... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 10:12:28 EST Sunny Gal ~ Visionary Board I love the idea of this challenge. This was so great!!! As I am thinking of what I want to do, what my goals are and the steps I want to take. The first thing I know I need to do is release the things that I control. By holding onto those things, I am stopping myself from losing weight. I am holding myself back. I have to give up on the things I am trying to keep together in order to let go and start finding success in my weight loss process. <BR> <BR> Here is my visionary board. <img src=... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 12:43:33 EST Tackling The Burden There are so many things that I want out of life, but what I don't want is to look back reflect and regret. I have had enough of that. I am afraid that my lack of dedication and ambition is a thorn in my side at this point, and I want to change it. <BR> <BR> I have been increasing my exercise and activity as well as my water. I am working to become a fitter and better me. I want to and need to lose this weight so that my dreams of having children of my own can come to fruition. I need to be... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 22:24:44 EST BLC 21 transformation - Note to self <BR> Do you remember the feeling of being out of control and wishing you hadn't given up? Do you remember the feeling of cleaning out your closet of clothes you don't wear, not because they are ratty or no longer your style, but because you no longer fit into the? Do you remember the feeling of seeing your family and friends and thinking, will they notice that I have put on another 20 pounds since last year? <BR> <BR> Do you remember the promise you made that you would not go through anothe... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 18:04:32 EST Ready...Set...Go!!! Ready.....Set... <BR> <BR> Alright...I have had enough of this cold!!!! Over the past week I have felt so crappy physically I have not done well nutrition wise. We had run out of my safe foods and I guess I gave up...and ate what ever I had around - mostly leftovers. Usually I plan my dinner to be the highest amount of calories, which is fine...but it hurts me to eat left over dinner for lunch and then another dinner... this week at the grocery store...(which is getting so expensive mind you... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 17:51:29 EST Note To Future Self....Failing For Fitness Blog <BR> You have made lots of great strides to become healthier. You have quit smoking, have become aware of foods rich in anti-oxidents and are learning how to use your diet to keep you healthier. You are looking for foods that will provide value to your body rather than just foods that taste good. You have made lots of changes such as replacing foods that aren’t good for you like white sugar and white bread and pasta with whole wheat bread and spaghetti squash or a healthier form of these f... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 08:45:54 EST Keeping up with my streaks Well - Over the holidays I fell off the wagon so to say....and I gained back a lot of weight. Since they have ended I have begun journaling again, drinking my water, and exercising. Over the holidays I hurt my back so that stopped my exercise plan as well, and being home not moving did not help me iwth my plan. <BR> <BR> I am doing well the past few days and I have started the C25K team and plan to train to jog/run a 5k!!! This is something I have wanted to do for a long time and 2013 is go... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 08:47:10 EST Today is the most important day of 2012 - because it is the last day and it is the present day We don't need to look back and we have to becareful how we look forward, but we do need to learn how to appreciate where we are right now. Because now, we are in the present. This is the moment when we can change our focus, breathe, cry, sigh, sleep, be awakened, have a resolve, make a resolution, complete a task, become driven, encourage others, encourage ourselves, change our thinking, become positive thinkers, be a do-er. <BR> <BR> I chose to focus on positive things we can do, because we... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 12:58:15 EST Knowing Yourself means finding your Balance Knowing yourself means knowing your limits. These limits need to be set in balance. When you have balance then everything is working. Knowing yourself means understanding what levels are necessary in your own life to obtain the balance necessary to be successful. Sometimes the levels have to shift, which means all levels and limits are not the same. But in order to have balance each area needs to be weighed properly. <BR> <BR> So how to I rate my priorities, my diet, my employment, my hobbi... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 14:42:06 EST I have been out of control Hey Team, <BR> <BR> So this past weekend has been and is our family Christmas weekend. Santa came to our house Friday night!!!! <BR> <BR> On Friday I worked most of the day but anticipated getting out of work early. I didn't bring food with me - so by 2 pm I hadn't eaten anything. I was supposed to have lunch with my husband but when I got home he was sleeping because he worked a 24 hour shift the day I waited for him to wake up which was around 4. In the mean time, I was starv... Sun, 23 Dec 2012 08:41:38 EST The Weekend is done - My food is posted = Time to move on Hey Team, <BR> <BR> So the weekend is over and I ate a lot of white stuff!! Not good for my plan, but the weekend is over. I started to mess up early in the day yesterday but I regained my ground and the day wasn't an utter failure. After Saturday night and a few drinks my Monday morning weigh in does show the scale went up since my last weigh in on Saturday morning - but I am back on track today!!! <BR> <BR> Yesterday I wrapped presents for about 7 hours. My husband helped me for the last ... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 08:26:59 EST Workin my plan!!! and it is workin!! So I have been working my plan and sticking to it for almost two weeks. I have lost 4.2 pounds over two weeks so far and I feel really good about that. I have been struggling with a cold and I haven't exercised. I am hoping to feel better soon and get that piece moving in the right direction. <BR> <BR> Tonight I am going to a Christmas party, and I have to work to be careful I don't eat too much or too many carbs. I am planning on dancing though!!!! I am super excited. I am planning to take... Sat, 15 Dec 2012 09:35:24 EST Week One complete - Down 2.6 I have completed a week on my plan and I have lost 2.6 pounds. I am feeling pretty good about this, and feel like I am in control. I am drinking more water, and eating less. It is such a great feeling to be in control again. I am praying for motivation and endurance to keep this up through out the holidays. <BR> <BR> I am pretty impressed with the weight loss. I lost even though I am with my monthly friend...which may be TMI, but I lost this week with that factor being a part of it. <BR> ... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 19:17:01 EST Day 6 and still within range!!! Today was a crazy day, but we got a lot accomplished. I helped my husband take out and install a newer dishwasher, and we installed an over the stove microwave, as well as cleaning the kitchen and getting our house back in order. Then I finished a blanket I made for a gift. So all of this took a lot more time than we thought...we had to deliver the blanket as it was a gift for my MIL and my SIL is delivering it for us. So we had to get it to her. I ate a very light breakfast, expecting lunch,... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 21:00:17 EST Day 5 Today is day 5 and I have managed a streak!!!! I have stayed within range all week on my eating and I have been drinking my water. Next step is to incorporate the exercise back in. <BR> <BR> One step at a time. I have to plan just as well for next week. Planning ahead has made me successful. I have two more days left to complete this week. <BR> <BR> It feels so good to be back on track!!!!! When I have the right tools and the foods - I am able to be successful!!! <BR> <BR> I am so gratef... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 19:25:23 EST Day 4 Hey All, <BR> <BR> Today was another successful day!!! Today was easier than the past couple of days, but that is also because I have prepared myself. I am starting to feel a little more control. <BR> <BR> I have been journaling my food and counting calories. I have stayed within range for 4 days now. When I am hungry I am munching on veggies or I have even been drinking warm tea!!! <BR> <BR> I need to fit the exercise in now. I have a lot to do in my house. My house is completely out of... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 21:08:23 EST Day 3 of my starting over Hey Team, I survived day 2 - and the hot tea was a great help. I will keep that in mind today too. <BR> <BR> On day 3 - we have a work Christmas Party lunch / gift swap today. I am a bit nerbvous, because on my carb cycling plan I can eat protein and veggies today, with some healthy fats. So that is not bad - but no carbs. <BR> <BR> On all days I should avoid the sugars and white bread stuff....but knowing there is a party today, makes me a bit nervous. So I have still packed a lunch that... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 07:03:40 EST Day 2 of my starting over - not going so well I have been able to maintain my eating and I haven't strayed. I am struggling with some feelings and cravings right now. I feel like an addict waiting for their prize!!! <BR> <BR> I have only battled with addiction with cigaretes, but I remember how that felt when I was quitting. It is weird that I am feeling some of that anxiety now. I am feeling like I am going to binge - and my day is over and I will be heading home soon. I am recognizing this feeling and I am nervous about how easy it is... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 15:12:35 EST starting again... So I am starting again.....I don't know how many times I have said that, but here I go!!!! <BR> <BR> I am a carb and sugar addict!!!! It is horrible. I love all carbs - this is from veggies to starchy veggies to breads and everything else. <BR> <BR> I am starting the carb cycling solution tomorrow. I have done this before and I am going to start over now. <BR> <BR> I hadn't done this earlier because I wanted to try to see how to get more protein in my diet from other sources than meat, a... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 17:03:02 EST Positive Thougths for a Positive Weekend A positive thought can transform a bad moment into a good one. <BR> <BR> If we lose hope, we lose our dreams. We need to hold onto our hope to reach our goals and dreams. This may be hard to do at times. Life likes to through tests and trials into our paths. Even when these moments and experiences feel burdensome and overwhelming the success of it all is that these moments shall pass and when they do we are here and we can continue to move forward. <BR> <BR> I had a very stressful week. Lo... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 09:35:57 EST I haven't been on target...Restarting With New Goals I haven't been on target in a while. I have been loosy goosy with everything. I have not been successful in doing things that will hold me accountable. I need to get back to the basics. <BR> <BR> I am going to start over and reset some goals for myself: <BR> <BR> I am going to track my food - use a journal. Sometimes this is hard to do in SparkPeople for me, so I will keep the journal online or in a book, but I am going to keep a journal. I want to eat between 1200 - 1500 calories a day. <B... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 17:58:13 EST uh oh...what do I do now I have had one meal today - went out for chinese food and I have already had 1642 calories. This has been the only meal I have eaten today. I skipped breakfast and ate a late lunch...I didn't even eat that much, but my choices were very poor. <BR> <BR> I am recognizing what I have done and owning off to better choices!!!! Fri, 28 Sep 2012 16:01:43 EST 10 Things I am Grateful For: 1. My faith <BR> 2. My family <BR> 3. Being Loved <BR> 4. Being in love <BR> 5. My home <BR> 6. My education <BR> 7. My support system <BR> 8. My abilities <BR> 9. My future <BR> 10. My job <BR> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 15:20:37 EST Entering a new season It is a cold and dreary day, with the rain that is pouring and washing away the summer warmth that has blanketed my surroundings. As with all seasons there is a there is a beginning and an end. As we move from summer to autumn there is a new beginning and an end. With each change, we move from what is comfortable and enjoyable as well as unwanted things that we remember of live with. We move into the unknown and something new, and we can choose to embrace it or nervously approach it. <BR> As ... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 14:59:59 EST BLC20 - Before Pictures Here is a Current Picture <img src=""> of Me... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 20:40:31 EST BLC20 Goals My Goals <BR> <BR> For the BLC20 round my goals are to get back in line with my diet and exercise. <BR> My diet I want to get back to measuring and counting calories. I want to get back to low carb or no carb, and I also want to have at least one vegetarian day a week. I want to remove ¡¥white¡¦ stuff from my diet again (I haven¡¦t been eating lots of white stuff, but more than I have been). I want to switch up my recipes and not cook the same food all the time. <BR> I want to drink water... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 20:22:38 EST Starting A New Challenge... My husband and I have decided to move forward in our family health. As of today my husband has not smoked a cigarette for 18 days and I couldn't be prouder of him :-) <BR> <BR> We have decided to make a challenge between ourselves and from Sept. 1st - Dec. 31st we are going to see who can lose the highest percentage of weight loss. <BR> <BR> I am excited that he has taken a higher level of interest in his health as well. Sat, 18 Aug 2012 19:14:55 EST The Ps...Passion, Preparation, Perseverance Well I can't take credit for the three Ps....that came from David Copperfield while being interviewed by Oprah but I have really been pondering a lot about passion and purpose. <BR> <BR> I have been pondering to step into my passion and walk in my purpose and when you discover your passion you need to do the preparation and continue moving in it with the perseverance.... <BR> <BR> I think I have many passions in my life, and I want to be able to live within my passion, I don't want to just ... Sat, 28 Jul 2012 18:38:51 EST Tough Thoughts Hey Team, <BR> <BR> So I have been having a tough couple of weeks. I am struggling with putting me first again. I am struggling because I feel like I am living below the level I should be living at I guess and I want so much more!!!! <BR> <BR> I want more out of my career, my home, my goals, in everything. I want more financial freedom also, and I feel stuck there too. I am hoping my vacation will help me to relax and be a good time. We have been working hard to save up for this vacation. I... Sat, 28 Jul 2012 08:15:05 EST Identifying the Good and the Bad When I look at what brings me closer to success and what hinders my movement I have noticed a couple of things. <BR> <BR> When I am on target and doing well, I am also drinking my water. For me the required water is a great tool to help me. I think maybe being hydrated keeps my appetite at bay, where if I am not hydrated, I will eat a lot, so my body is searching for something. <BR> <BR> I have been eating a low carb diet, this is critical for me. Right now I am focusing on the carb cycling... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 10:44:21 EST Reflection and Moving Forward As I have been moving on with this journey as a Sunny Gal I have had the opportunity to find new skills that work for me. Being a member of a team which shows accountability not only to myself but to the team has helped me. The challenges have been a valuable resource to me, even when I was busy and didn't follow the weekly challenge goals, I had a place to come and check in. Hearing the successes and ideas of the other team members was a great source of motivaton to me. <BR> <BR> I have fo... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 09:08:00 EST PROM weekend Hey Everyone, so I had the pleasure of spending time with my oldest step daughter at the salon her mom works at. I was there to watch her get her hair prepped, she got a pedicure, and her nails done. We spent the afternoon together and I felt like I bonded with her mom too. (How weird is that....) but it was so much fun!!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <... Sun, 13 May 2012 08:34:18 EST My Future....What does it look like? Stopping by the local coffee shop and grabbing a quick ice coffee made with cream and splenda. I pay the girl at the counter for the drink and exit the establishment. I rip open the straw and insert it into the cover of the cup. A sense of accomplishment and enticement for the cold sweet drink is increasing my anticipation for the first sip. Walking to my car, I take the first sip and feel a rush of relief as the cold drink moves through my warm tired body. The sweat dripping down my back an... Fri, 11 May 2012 09:30:59 EST A Mark Today has left a mark with my scale. Last fall, I was desperate and discouraged because my scale would teeter between 248, 250, 252...that was so hard for me, and I felt angry at myself for allowing this to happen. But today, my scale is 230.4 for me this is a victory, because I have shed 20 pounds since the beginning of January. I am making "ME" and my health a priority, and seeing the scale go down, really feels good. <BR> <BR> I had set a goal of 181 by my birthday in August, and I see t... Sat, 5 May 2012 11:10:08 EST Every step brings me closer to goal I have lost 13.6 pounds in 14 weeks. <BR> <BR> That is almost a pound a week average. My goal was 2 pounds a week, but even at the 1 pound a week I am over 10 pounds lighter, and I weigh now what I did last summer. I feel like I am gaining ground....I was what I consider at the onset of thin the summer of 2008, and I feel like the closer I get to that weight again, the more I take control back, over my life. <BR> <BR> The excitement will begin when I go beyond that point. The weight that ... Sat, 21 Apr 2012 09:03:40 EST Day 5 of Carb Cycling Week Well, I have been trying to get used to the diet and the one thing I have found is that planning is soooo very important. I have been drinking water like crazy and with my weight I should be drinking 15 cups of water a day, which is just about a gallon. Some days I have been drinking 1 1/2 gallons of water, because as I am drinking it so much, I feel thirsty for more. <BR> <BR> I am finding that I am mixing up some of the foods that I am eating, and I am not following the diet to a T. So I a... Fri, 20 Apr 2012 08:16:18 EST Day 3 of Carb Cycling So, today is the third day of the Carb Cycling diet. I still need to MOVE today. Eating is a little tough on these three hour increments, and drinking the water!!! Holy Moly, I am constantly going to the bathroom. Today I am only supposed to eat 1200 calories and I feel hungry and tired, but hoping this will pay off for me. I am nervous about how I will eat so often and get all the liquid in when I am at work. Well - here is to trying something new!!! Hoping to see a difference on Saturday. Wed, 18 Apr 2012 17:28:31 EST Hoping for more change So this week I gained, not sure how that happened:( I exercised last week and pushed myself harder on the bike and treadmill, plus I did sme strength training and pilates. <BR> <BR> This week I am starting the carb cycling diet by Chris Powell. The foods that I can eat are the same foods that I eat now. The difference will be that I will eat less calories every other day than I do now, and the other days the max calories will be the low end of my daily calorie range. This will help me to fi... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 09:40:16 EST This week - marks success! This week has been a rough week for me. It started last Sunday. I was out in the yard working, and getting in a workout at the same time. I was cleaning up leaves in the yard, when I realized I was working in poison ivy. I stopped working and quickly tried to rinse the oils off of me. - unfortunately it was too late, the little bumps and rash appeared first thing Monday morning. Monday also began the onset of my allergy episode. Being outside on Sunday and then Monday too was too much. I was ... Sat, 7 Apr 2012 09:37:47 EST Out with the Old and In with the New As the month of March is ending, I am preparing for new things to come in April. I am leaving behind my sedentary lifestyle and bringing forth an active and healthy lifestyle. In the month of March I met my fitness goal and I exercised 1,022 minutes!! Each month since January I have increased my fitness minutes and I have met the goals I have set. <BR> <BR> My family is also eating healthier because we buy healthier foods. I am excited to see what is in store for me during the month of Apri... Sat, 31 Mar 2012 11:53:49 EST switching things up - hoping for more success Hey All, <BR> <BR> Well the scale is not moving the way I would like it to at all. I am feeling a little overwhelmed by that or disappointed. I am exercising, and eating better, staying within my target zone, not cheating and being responsible about what I am choosing to eat. So what is wrong??? Well obviously I am still taking in more calories than I am burning off...there is no other explanation for it. So, I was reading in spark people and I am thinking that my body has such a large porti... Sat, 24 Mar 2012 12:04:51 EST Little Changes = Big Victory!! I have been making changes here and there and I can really feel them adding up. I got on the scale this morning (a day early) but i was so so excited to see that I have officially lost 10 pounds since the beginning of January. I have lost 13 but that included some from December. The start of my weight loss journey has been up and down and I gain a little and lose a little and go what feels like back and forth, but I am still moving downward. I have learned that the weeks when I get my work ou... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 07:58:32 EST Woo Hoo March is HERE!!! I am so excited to start another month!!! This is very exciting. I am going to be participating in three challenges this month. I am a member of the DONE girls team and I am finishing the Shamrock challenge, I am beginning the SASS challenge, and I am signing up for a Biggest Loser challenge at work!! <BR> <BR> I am so excited to have the time to invest in my health. This is my priority!!! I am feeling so motivated right now. I have to figure out how to protect my motivation and not sabotage... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 10:36:32 EST Giving March meaning... I have begun my SP journey in the beginning of January and my progress didn't really start for me until February. During the month of February I gave the month a meaning or a focus. Because of Valentines Day and love, and love is from the heart, I made February my heart healthy month. On my calendar I have red hearts on every day that I completed activity...and let me tell you I have a colorful month!!! so as moving into March I have to think ahead because if you fail to plan, then you plan t... Sun, 26 Feb 2012 10:58:52 EST It is very slow...but it is progress I weighed in today and I lost the two pounds I gained from last week. I am making some changes, and it is slow but it is going in the right direction. I have only lost 7 pounds so far. Next weeks weigh in will mark two months. I would like to lose at least one more pound to have averaged at least a pound a week. If I keep this up, by the end of a year I will be 52 pounds lighter, and with the exercising I will be in better shape because I will be more toned. So even if it is is mo... Sat, 25 Feb 2012 08:45:37 EST My goal for the end of Feb..... So the month of February is almost over, and I now have over 500 workout minutes, so my goal is to reach 700 work out minutes by the end of the month. Today I am beat. I did my cardio and have increased some strength training work out. I am so pumped that I did it!!! I am excited for my weigh in tomorrow. I Hope it shows the results I am looking for. Fri, 24 Feb 2012 21:03:46 EST staying on track I am here and in January I set a goal to exercise 3x a week for 30 minutes. I have done that for 4 weeks. Now, I would like to increase my exercise to 4x a week for 45 minutes a day. I set this goal, and I have done this on Saturday and Monday, so far, I am half way through the week and I am going to do it again today. I have also decided to increase the intensity during the workout, and that I have done as well. <BR> <BR> I am trying new and different foods, and I am trying to make them fo... Tue, 21 Feb 2012 12:53:25 EST Another Day = Another Success I think I can...I think I can...I know I can...I know I can. <BR> <BR> I am...I am....I am.... <BR> <BR> I am making more changes, and battling and pushing through the struggles. I exercised 4 times this week, when my goal was to exercise 3 times. Fri, 10 Feb 2012 21:48:08 EST Ready For A New Day Yesterday was a trying day, and one that I would normally just throw in the towel on. My schedule was hectic but I succeeded in the end. I don't normally exercise on the nights I have the girls, but last night I did. I put in the Zumba game we have for the PS3, and I danced with my little one. She had such a good time. She loved it. We danced for 15 minutes, and then I danced by myself for a while, and my older one came and joined me. We danced together for 25 minutes. So - I managed to get i... Thu, 9 Feb 2012 07:52:21 EST