SHAY4HIM's SparkPeople Blog SHAY4HIM's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Finally Getting Somewhere I've started over, and this time I'm finally getting somewhere. I found an app on my iPhone called Lose It! It has really worked for me. It gives me a daily calorie budget. I'm also preparing, once again, for a 5k held in August 2012. <BR> <BR> I actually FEEL like I can reach my goals. I'm going in stages so as not to get overwhelmed. I'm loving it!! <BR> <BR> I have great support from a dear friend. He encourages me all the time. I have also been an encouragement to others. Co-workers... Fri, 8 Jun 2012 21:33:45 EST Onto the next stage...! Well, I managed to lose 12 of the 15 lbs I was shooting for for the first stage of my goal. My first goal checkpoint was 15 lbs by April 24. I didn't do too bad. As a matter of fact I did great, in my opinion! Now onto the second stage. (I think three stages should do <BR> <BR> My next goal checkpoint is approx. 16 lbs by July 4. <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> Tue, 26 Apr 2011 22:05:00 EST Amazed... Just taking a moment to say that I am amazed at how I am doing this time. I actually have the determination and mindset to reach the goals I have set for myself. I thank God that it is going so well. I set a goal for 15 lbs by April 24 and it looks like I will make it....Yay me!! <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> Tue, 22 Mar 2011 20:32:05 EST So Far, So Good.... For some reason, this time I am REALLY doing this thing!! On Feb. 28 I made a decision to really work towards, not losing, but eating healthy, working out, and not eating any junk food for 2 months straight. Amazingly I have been able to do it! I have shunned the sweets (my ultimate temptation!), the chips, and the sodas. Funny thing is I haven't even been tempted to eat them!! I've been doing OK with my water intake. I incorporated green tea this week. I've also been journaling...writ... Tue, 15 Mar 2011 18:31:59 EST Another Day...Another Chance... Trying this one more time. Not putting too much pressure on myself. Taking it one day and one step at a time. <BR> <BR> I started doing Zumba on 2/12! <BR> <BR> First goal is 15 lbs. Mon, 14 Feb 2011 21:09:40 EST First Goal... This isn't much of a blog; it's more of a mile marker. Just a place that I can look back to when I need a little inspiration/motivation. <BR> <BR> My first goal is to lose 10 lbs by my son's birthday on September 3. That gives me one full month. So, here goes...! Tue, 3 Aug 2010 02:40:53 EST Who re-oiled my slippery slope?! Wow! It sure doesn't take much to get you off track! And it doesn't help when TOM is around the corner. The good news is that I am back ON track. I'm not going to beat myself up or go on and on about how bad I did...just gonna jump back into my routine. <BR> <BR> I'm thankful for my Spark Friends because it is encouraging reading about everyone doing so well and continuing on their journeys. Plus, I've had so many people tell me that I have been a positive influence for them...So I'm no... Tue, 9 Feb 2010 01:46:52 EST Warrior X-Fit...My new personal trainer I told myself that when I hit 150 I would start working on strength training along with my cardio. I didn't know exactly what I was going to do, but I figured I would have something by the time 150 came. It just so happened that a friend of mine called this past weekend and gave me some info about a website that focuses on strength training and body conditioning! <BR> <BR> The site is called Warrior X-fit ( As the site promotes, it's like having your very own personal... Mon, 25 Jan 2010 20:26:16 EST -20 lbs??? Seriously?! Wow! This morning when I got on my scale I was pleasantly surprised. I weighed in at 152.5!!! My jaw dropped...LOL!! When I started Spark in 2007 I weighed in at 172.6. So, that puts me at -20 lbs since starting Spark and -5.5 since I recommitted on January 5. I am ECSTATIC!!!!! <BR> <BR> I give thanks, first of all, to God because He has been very instrumental in my success. I'm so grateful for what He is teaching me. Secondly, I would like to thank my Spark Friends! You all are SO... Mon, 18 Jan 2010 12:12:51 EST One notch or two?! I just realized today that I've moved over two notches on my belts!! Like, OMG!!! I knew that I had been losing weight around my middle because I can tell the difference in my pants, but TWO notches!!?! <BR> <BR> Yayyyy for NSV's (non-scale victories)!!! <BR> <em>9</em> Sat, 16 Jan 2010 22:19:36 EST Bye-Bye 160's!!!!!! I am soooo happy to be out of 160-ville FOR GOOD!!! It seemed like I would be stuck there for! I began SP Dec. 2007 at 172 lbs, and I did pretty well. I learned a lot and I was loving the support. I still had not given it my all, though. I fell off then I came back again in 2009. Same thing happened. I really believe I was trying to do too much AND overthinking it. <BR> <BR> Well, when I decided to do it this time I said that this is not just about me losing weight. I wan... Fri, 15 Jan 2010 17:59:34 EST Recommitment "A daily recommitment is not to ensure we'll never fail, but to help us develop the mentality that every single day is a new day." ~~Beth Moore, Praying God's Word: Breaking Free from Spiritual Strongholds; from the section Overcoming Food-Related Strongholds <BR> <BR> Often when we hear someone say that they are recommitting to something our minds automatically take us to the thought that the person failed to reach a particular goal or outcome. Yet, Beth Moore brought it to my attention th... Tue, 12 Jan 2010 17:52:31 EST WooHoo--Lord, You are AWESOME!! God is so amazing to me! All the times that I tried to lose weight my way for the last 2 yrs ended up faltering. I did end up losing 13 lbs, but I struggled so much just trying to lose a pound. This time I allowed God to do it for me, and look at the results--I've lost three pounds already, my skin has cleared up again, my clothes are already getting a little more room, and I am getting to know God even more!! <BR> <BR> I thank God for wisdom, knowledge and understanding. This time aroun... Mon, 11 Jan 2010 11:46:28 EST Yayyy!!! Wow, today I made it through fried chicken, potato salad, carrot cake, chocolate doughnuts, curly fries and a Frisco burger!! And you know how I did it? By desiring to be obedient to God! (Lord, You are an awesome wonder!!!) I even worked out today 15 minutes longer than I usually do! <BR> <BR> Praise the Lord!!! Sat, 9 Jan 2010 23:52:22 EST Foot Loose The following is a prayer from Beth Moore's book PRAYING GOD'S WORD, coming from the chapter dealing with overcoming food-related strongholds. It's the companion to her book titled BREAKING FREE: Making Liberty in Christ a Reality in Life: <BR> <BR> Lord, I have too long given the devil a foothold. (Ephesians 4:27*) Please help me to stop offering him so many opportunities to bring defeat into my life. Your plan for me is victory. <BR> <BR> *(Ephesians 4:27--...nor give place to the de... Sat, 9 Jan 2010 01:16:15 EST ...all things through Christ... Today, instead of giving in to my THOUGHTS of hunger, I turned to God. I have some index cards that I've written scriptures, prayers, and positive messages on to help me with many areas of my life. One set of cards is about overcoming food-related strongholds. One scripture that really helped me today was 1 Corinthians 6:12. It reads as follows: <BR> <BR> All things are lawful [permissible] for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful [permissible] for me, but I will no... Thu, 7 Jan 2010 19:18:32 EST It all began with a salad... Seriously! I had a salad at about 9:30 pm (1/6/10) and after that I just wanted to keep eating. The salad was DELICIOUS...but I didn't stop there. I allowed my crunchy cravings to take over my mind and the mini rice cakes won the battle. (Waaahhh) I broke the rule--I ate after 8 pm. I was a little hungry, but I think if I had chewed some gum and had some water I would have been alright. <BR> <BR> Lesson learned: follow the rules that I have set forth! <BR> <BR> I wasn't going to blog ... Thu, 7 Jan 2010 01:43:15 EST Trusting in Him... As stated on my SparkPage, I'm taking a different approach. When I feel that I am giving in to temptation or just need a little strength I will pray then I will come here and "write" about my feelings. <BR> <BR> *** <BR> Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths. ~Prov. 3:5-6 Tue, 5 Jan 2010 01:57:40 EST ...try, try again! After being MIA for about five months now, I have decided to start my journey over again. Nothing fancy...just taking it one day at a time. :o) Wed, 8 Jul 2009 00:25:37 EST Moving forward! I am back in the 150s and I am here to stay...well, for a couple months at least (heehee)! I am proud of my progress. I am on the right track and I have continued to move forward this time. My BLC9 (Biggest Loser Challenge 9) teammates have been very instrumental in my success. They really keep me going and help me to challenge myself. <BR> <BR> Thanks to all my Spark Friends for keeping me motivated! You guys ROCK!!! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Wed, 4 Feb 2009 18:19:10 EST I'm making progress! Since starting this 12 wk's Biggest Loser Challenge, I have begun to see things differently. I am more motivated than ever, and I have been making so much more progress. I really am determined this time to reach my challenge goal (-12 lbs), which would put me in the 140s. <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> As I mentioned in a previous post, I will be a bridesmaid in my brother's wedding. When I went for the fitting I had to order a size 14 (darned ill-fitting dress sizes!). Well, when I go back to... Sat, 31 Jan 2009 14:32:45 EST Size 8, please! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well, today I went to get fitted for the bridesmaid dress that I will be wearing for my brother's wedding. It's a beautiful dress. Sure to show off all my curves (*ahem*)! Well, I tried on one dress that was a 12 and it was a little too big, so the lady gave me a 10. It fit nicely. The only problem was that it was a flowy dress, and the dress that we will be wearing is what they call a 'mermaid' type dress. Sinc... Wed, 14 Jan 2009 22:45:44 EST New Year Workout Today was my first official workout of the year. I did 15 minutes on my elliptical and 20 on my treadmill. It felt good, as I have really not worked out for the two whole weeks that I was on vacation! <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> Anyway, time to make it happen again! My goal for the month of January is to get down to 156, which will be about 5 lbs. I will be dedicated this time. No turning back! I have my plan where I can see it each day. I've uploaded some rockin' music onto my MP3. It's ... Sat, 3 Jan 2009 21:37:53 EST 2008 Reflection I am very proud of myself. I ended 2008 weighing 10.7 lbs less than I did at the beginning of the year!! To me, that is something to celebrate! I had a lot of ups and downs, but all-in-all it was a pretty good year for me. I accomplished many things, such as running my first 5k and learning how to swim (woohoo!!), I learned a lot about living a healthier lifestyle, and I made some new friends. <BR> <BR> I am so very thankful for SparkPeople. I look forward to meeting new challenges thi... Thu, 1 Jan 2009 02:40:49 EST Refreshing... Isn't it refreshing to know that even when you don't quite hit the mark you can try again? Well, it is to me! I've been a little slack lately in the 'healthy lifestyle' department. Miraculously I have not gained much weight. I've actually maintained--which is really saying a lot to me. It's saying that, even though I have not been following the plan precisely, I have learned enough to not fully sabotage all my efforts. It's saying that I've taken some things to heart--like not overeatin... Tue, 30 Dec 2008 03:24:06 EST Sick :o( I finally broke down today and went to the doctor after being sick for about a week. I have yet another upper respiratory infection. They all but threw me out the door at work! As I said, I have not been feeling well for a week and today I was feeling worse (coughing, hoarse, etc). My co-workers kept asking me if I had been to the doctor. (I'm sure they wanted me out of there so they wouldn't catch whatever I!) <BR> <BR> I already knew what it was(and I'm not cont... Mon, 24 Nov 2008 20:43:11 EST Size 8?! Can it be??!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> YES! It CAN be!! Yesterday I went shopping to find something to wear for a night out dancing to celebrate my birthday this week. Well, I found some nice pants at Cato, a women's clothing store where I LOVE to shop at. I usually wear a size 12, but some 10's fit me OK now (woohoo!). Unfortunately the only size 12 they had was a 12P (petite). There also was a size 8, size 8P, and some 16's. Soooo, I grapped the 1... Sun, 16 Nov 2008 14:47:03 EST Happy Birthday to Me! <em>107</em> <BR> Today is my birthday and it has been one of the best ever! My family, friends, and co-workers made me feel like the greatest and most special person in the world today. My son made me a card-book that he drew Hello Kitty pictures on (and they look AWESOME!), my BF had a framed collage made of my 5k pictures, my co-workers took me out to lunch and gave me some gifts/flowers/cards/a cake. My mom cooked dinner for me and my family was there to celebrate with me. My dad st... Wed, 12 Nov 2008 21:58:40 EST How Embarrassing... OK...Before I begin, I want to say that I don't want anyone to take what I'm about to say the wrong way. This is just how I am feeling at the moment, and I feel that I need to express it so that I can get it out of my system AND so that I can have something to look back on when I finally complete my journey. With that being said, here goes... <BR> ************************************* <BR> I am embarrassed with myself because I am close to one year being on Spark and I am losing and gaining... Tue, 28 Oct 2008 22:51:42 EST Just wanted to say... ...that I am proud of myself for the accomplishments that I have made. I am pressing on toward the prize even though it has been almost a year since I've started SP. I am determined to lose the weight that I set out to lose on December 26, 2007. I AM THE BIGGEST LOSER!! <BR> <BR> Shay :o) <BR> <em>208</em> Tue, 21 Oct 2008 22:39:09 EST I MADE IT!! <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> I finally made it into 150-ville!!!!!! I weighed in on 9/30 at 159.2 (just made!). I am so excited and so proud of myself. I have not been in the 150s for at least four years. On to the next challenge--the 140s!!! <BR> <BR> Thanks to everyone who has cheered me on and given me support throughout this journey. You don't know how much it has helped me. <BR> <BR> My next mini goal is to be at 153 by the end of October. :o) <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> Wed, 1 Oct 2008 00:28:13 EST My first 5k! I did it!! I ran my first 5k on August 23. <em>244</em> <BR> I won't lie, when I first started running I was thinking to myself, "What on earth have I gotten myself into? Why did I sign up for this stupid race?!" After a while, though, I was OK. I managed to finish within the time that I wanted to (less than 35 minutes). My time was 32 minutes exactly. Yayyy!!! I only stopped twice and walked. I beat my practice time by 3 minutes! (I did a practice run last Sunday to see how the r... Sun, 24 Aug 2008 22:00:38 EST Can't Believe It! Today I did a practice run for my 5k that I will participate in next weekend (23rd). I did much better than I expected! I honestly didn't think I would make it the whole way, but I did!!! My BF trailed behind me with some water and he kept time for me. <BR> <BR> This was the first time that I've ever run anywhere outside of my apt. complex. I usually don't even keep track of the distance--just the time. I usually run for about 30-45 minutes. I was really surprised to see that I had al... Sun, 17 Aug 2008 21:13:49 EST WOW!! Someone actually said that I am GOOD at swimming!!! <BR> <BR> I am taking my second session right now (along with my sis, my boyfriend, and one of my co-workers!) and we have a new girl in the class. She is pretty much in the same boat that I was in last month (she was having trouble floating last week). Well, she saw me swimming and she said to the instructor, "Look at her...SHE'S GOOD!!" My instructor was like "Did you hear her? Did you hear her? She said you are GOOD!" My jaw drop... Mon, 11 Aug 2008 23:18:40 EST Signed up for 5k! I signed up for my first 5k yesterday!!! It will be on August 23. One of my goals for 2008 is to run a 5k, so I stopped procrastinating and decided to go ahead and sign up. I am so nervous!! I'm going to do my very best to run it the whole way, but I may end up walking some because I get shin splints easily after about 15-20 minutes of running. (Anyone know how to remedy that??!!) <BR> <BR> <em>182</em> Thu, 31 Jul 2008 21:37:14 EST I Met One of My 2008 Goals Today!! Today I did something I never thought I'd be able to do...I went swimming!!! I actually let go of the wall and swam across the pool! I am still floating on my cloud because of this...LOL! <BR> <BR> For those that don't understand, I have never been able to swim, float, doggie paddle...ANYTHING! I am almost 32 years old and I've never done any of those things. (People always tease me because I was in the Navy and didn't know how to Well, I decided at the end of last year that... Mon, 14 Jul 2008 22:53:36 EST Starting Over I've decided that I need to go back to the basics so that I can get back on my feet again. I got so involved in going to school that I slacked off a lot. Old habits are sneaky little critters!!! <BR> <BR> I'm writing out a new plan with new goals. I have something new to work towards--my brother is getting married in May 2009. I refuse to be the size for the wedding. I have waited so long to be a bridesmaid...I have to look HOT in that cute little dress!!! Plus, the bride-to-be is lett... Wed, 2 Jul 2008 23:43:56 EST Wii Fit ROCKS!! After calling about and searching for a Wii Fit without any luck whatsoever, I finally resolved to go to ebay to see what I could find. (My son was not going to let me rest until I DID get one.) Well, I ended up finding one and got a pretty decent deal on it (it was brand new). <BR> <BR> I figured the thing would be pretty good...but this thing ROCKS!! There are many different exercises, including yoga, strength training, aerobics, & balance. OMG! It is fun AND it works. It was money w... Sat, 7 Jun 2008 16:52:32 EST My "Trouble" Goal In this week's Fast Break it tells me to blog/journal about my "trouble" goal. I feel that my "trouble" goal/area is getting in enough cardio. With the program that I have right now (which consists of 135 cardio minutes in Jazzercise, 60 cardio minutes on the elliptical, and 30 cardio minutes on the treadmill) I should get in about 225 minutes per week. I realized that I need to move my body more in order to burn fat and kick this plateau. <BR> <BR> So, I will be adding more to my plan.... Fri, 9 May 2008 11:57:29 EST My Take on Becoming a Healthy Hottie On one of my teams (Fabulicious Status) we have a challenge going on against another team to see who loses the most weight. Within the two teams there are also mini teams. My mini team consists of myself and Mya (GOGOMYA). (I know that I have stated this previously in another blog, but I'm just recapping in case there are any new readers.) The name of our mini team is Healthy Hotties. <BR> <BR> In order to live up to our team name I know that I'm going to have to give it all I've got. I... Sun, 4 May 2008 15:34:19 EST My Fab-U-Licious Challenge Blog I'm participating in a team challenge called the FIGHTING TEMPTATIONS & Look FABULICIOUS Fit Club Challenge. In this challenge we buddy up to make a team of at least two people. My buddy is Mya (GOGOMYA)! We have pretty much the same amount of lbs to lose. The name of our team is Healthy Hotties (Okaaay?! LOL!). I look forward to working together with Mya to reach my goal and to help her reach hers. <BR> <BR> I think this challenge is going to be great because it will keep each person ... Sat, 26 Apr 2008 01:34:18 EST I Got It!!! My BF is the BEST BF in the whole wide world!!! He bought me my elliptical today (well 4/16/07). I was totally shocked! I have waited SO long (since 3/11 when I hit my 10 lb mark) for it. Sometimes it seemed like I would never get it...BUT I HAVE IT NOW!!!! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Halle Berry, here I come!!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> Thu, 17 Apr 2008 00:05:16 EST I Kept Going...! Tonight I am so proud of myself!!! Not only did I get on my treadmill and workout (didn't want to let my fellow Pixies & Imp down!), but I ran. What's so special about that? Well, I started out running, since I warmed up for 5 minutes by dancing (yes, to disco I was feeling so good that I said to myself that I would run till I reached 1 mile. Well, I reached one mile(14 minutes)...AND I KEPT GOING!!! I kept running and I ran for a total of 20 MINUTES!!!!! <em>244</em> <... Sun, 13 Apr 2008 23:02:29 EST I LOVE Disco Music! Boy, does it make a difference in your workout...LOL!! Twice this week I didn't feel like working out, but "Skinny Me" wouldn't let that happen (woohoo!). So I hobbled upstairs and got on my treadmill...then hopped back off and turned on some disco music and it was ON!!!!!! After that, I didn't even want to stop...LOL! <BR> <BR> I started a new thing for myself so that my treadmill workouts wouldn't be so boring: I walk/jog for 10 minutes, then I hop off and boogie-oogie-oogie for 2-3 m... Mon, 7 Apr 2008 00:29:23 EST The 160 Blues I'm a little peeved today because it seems like I will never get out of 160-ville. Don't get me wrong; I don't feel like quitting and I am still motivated to keep doing what I need to do. I am just peeved today (plus it's a dreary day). I revised my program once again to see if it will help. <BR> <BR> That's all. I just needed to put my emotions in words just to get it off my chest. I actually feel better! I'm excited about getting home to work on my revamped program. <BR> <BR> I am m... Mon, 31 Mar 2008 13:10:58 EST I won, I won!!! DRUM ROLL please. . . . . . . <BR> <BR> the (2) FABULICIOUS BEAUTIES for our WEEK 4 Challenge is ~ <BR> <BR> SHARANDA a.k.a SHAYSHAY*HK for the workout & for the most weight loss this challenge is MYA a.k. GOGOMYA!! Great Job Ladies. <BR> <BR> Sharanda ~ Girlfriend you are makin' it happen with your workouts! I know that your gonna touchdown on your GOAL before you even know it. Thanks for always being such a big motivator in our team and keepin' the team on FIYYYAAHHHH!! <BR> ________... Tue, 25 Mar 2008 21:20:33 EST Bouncing Back Boy, bouncing back after being sick sure is tough! I had a bad weigh-in last week because I had started eating again but I had not been exercising (plus TOM). I'm hoping that next week will be much better for me. I'm reeeaaallly hoping to be moving into 150-ville next week. <BR> <BR> I have been doing really well with my consistency challenge. I think I will have some good results. I'm loving it, though! After this 2-wk challenge is up then I will concentrate on something else. This... Sat, 22 Mar 2008 22:50:08 EST I'm Not Perfect Nope, I'm NOT perfect. That doesn't mean, though, that I must use this as an excuse. I realized today that I have been using this as a crutch. Not just when it comes to my weight loss efforts--for every aspect of my life!! If I slack up with my healthy eating habits--"Well, I'm not perfect." If I'm late one too many times--"I'm not perfect...Nobody is on time ALL the time." If I make mistakes at work--"Nobody's perfect. I'm not a freaking robot!" <BR> <BR> Well, it's high time I BECOM... Sat, 15 Mar 2008 19:59:35 EST I've Lost 10 lbs!!! I finally did it! I've reached my first goal of 10 lbs!!! I am SOOOOO happy. This really makes me feel like I can go on and win it. I mean, I wasn't thinking about quitting or anything...this just gives me super motivation! <BR> <BR> I'm so glad to be a part of SP! I am so thankful for the Biggest Loser Challenge that I'm in also. I'm certainly going to stick with it next go round too. <BR> <BR> I now get to get my first reward--an elliptical!!! With that "machine of pain"--heehee-... Tue, 11 Mar 2008 21:29:52 EST Getting Better I am now getting over an Upper Respiratory Infection. I went to the doctor on Monday, March 3 and was diagnosed. The doc ruled out the flu. She did this HORRIBLE flu test on me by sticking a super long Q-tip up my nostril, halfway to my brain!!! I think they should administer flu tests to convicts...that's what I feel about THAT test. SHEESH!! I was out of work Mon-Wed, went back to work on Thur. and they told me I needed to go back I finally stayed the whole day Friday. I... Sun, 9 Mar 2008 21:04:26 EST