SHELLS514's SparkPeople Blog SHELLS514's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Not Leaving Spark but... I have been struggling for MONTHS up and down, you know that proverbial yoyo! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> While overall the scale is going down...s l o w l y... I figured I needed something new so I joined Weight Watchers! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I am excited and hope it will motivate me more! I won't leave Spark, I can't, it is a wonderful thing for me and I have wonderful friends here so I will be juggling between the two. <BR> <BR> Anyone else doing both <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 15:50:19 EST I Can't Help Myself, I Have to Share More Pix! I am so proud of my baby girl and can't believe she is married - October 17th was the big day. The photographer did a wonderful job capturing every moment and I just had to share some of my favorite photos. <BR> <BR> Lindsay & Ben <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 15 Feb 2016 15:47:44 EST My Baby Girl's Wedding Day :) It came so does an entire year pass by so quickly? I enjoyed every minute of the planning and preparation. I'm grateful my beautiful Lindsay wanted my advice, wanted my help every step of the way. It made it special for both of us, lots of wonderful memories. <BR> <BR> When I look at her I am so thankful she doesn't have my issues with weight, that is such a blessing. I know being at her true weight has spared her so much hurt and anguish that I went through. <BR> <BR> I ... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 15:43:14 EST *Results* I completed the 3 Day Military Diet! So, I did it. <em>244</em> I followed this 3 day diet to the T and got amazing results. <em>224</em> I was very skeptical about the diet, I mean, it included servings of ice cream for goodness sake, BUT my testimony is that it does work. <BR> <BR> I lost 7.3 3 days. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Now, I am not condoning a 'fad' diet by any means, but for me I needed that jump start and this did the trick. Now I am looking forward to going back to healthy eating and countin... Thu, 17 Sep 2015 11:59:59 EST The Military Diet... So, I started the military diet this morning with my BFF! <em>244</em> I know it's probably considered a 'fad' diet, and certainly not long term or conducive to normal eating...but I need to do something to jumpstart myself so I do go back to my healthy eating, I have been off track too long. <BR> <BR> I need the structure, the discipline to start off with so I hope this does the trick! They say it's a good one to lose quickly on for an event and I have my beautiful daughter's wedding... Mon, 14 Sep 2015 13:41:30 EST Fun weekend, I am blessed! We live in a beautiful place and it was gorgeous today. Perfect, tranquil, sunny blue skies. We enjoyed the day with a BBQ for my son's 29th birthday. <BR> <BR> As I sat watching family interact, the little nephews playing with their silly uncle and the cat and enjoying our beautiful yard my husband has spend so much hard work in I realized that I am very blessed for so many reasons. My son is just one of them! <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday to my son Dane, our sweet big ol teddy bear <em>1... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 22:06:30 EST Another New Start... After a couple weeks of yoyoyoyo'ing and realizing I was VERY LUCKY <em>137</em> to only have a .8 pound gain I have a renewed sense of purpose! I feel emotionally charged and ready to hit it hard again. <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to The Biggest Loser Summer Challenge and know it will really help me stay the course! <BR> <BR> This pic marks Day 1 of another new start, another commitment to myself and my health, another chance! <BR> <img src=" Wed, 27 May 2015 18:11:35 EST Happy Mother's Day! Wishing all my Spark friends a wonderful Mothers Day. <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> I am blessed with two wonderful children and am thankful for them each and every day, they are truly my treasures <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> My little curly tops: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Just a few years later: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My handsome son Dane, our 6'6" gentle giant~ <BR> <img sr... Sun, 10 May 2015 01:03:30 EST To Celebrate... return to my old job after 2 loooooong months, I got my hair done. Decided to add blond streaks, I think I like it! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 29 Apr 2015 00:58:31 EST Wonderful Day, Full of Priceless Memories... Today was wedding dress shopping with my beautiful daughter Lindsay and it was a wonderful day. Weather was perfect, 75 and sunny, gorgeous. She tried on 15 dresses and lucky number 7 was the stand out by far. <BR> <BR> This is the beautiful gown she chose. I think it is absolutely gorgeous but of course it is so much prettier in person. I couldn't be more proud of this girl, she is an amazing person and daughter, precious in every way. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 23:14:33 EST Excited for Today! In just a few minutes I will head out to pick up my daughter, mother and sister for my beautiful daughter's bridal shop appointments! Finally the day has come that we get to see her try on wedding dresses! <em>336</em> <BR> <BR> I know this is a memory making day so I will be snapping lots of pictures all along the way and doing whatever I can to make it special for her. It feels a little bittersweet too, a letting go of sorts but I can't be more happy for her! <em>26</em> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:15:39 EST These Last 2 Months Have Been Rough... BUT! I received a phone call yesterday that changed everything! Feb. 20th I was let go from my job, cost reduction. I was devastated...I felt I was in a state of denial that it happened. I couldn't let it go, checked my phone a hundred times a day, every day waiting, waiting, hoping, hoping. Then suddenly, the call. <BR> <BR> The mill manager called and said they found they could not do without admin help in the mill and offered my old job back, permanently. Same great pay and benefi... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 23:39:11 EST Ask Me Why It's a Good Day?!.... ...Because I realized my jeans were getting a little baggy so I went to my closet where I have a myriad of sizes and hesitantly pulled out a couple. So excited to find that I fit in the next size down and easily too! <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> It put a little pep in my step the rest of the day! <em>224</em> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:46:39 EST Another nice day so... <em>185</em> I am going to get out there and pressure wash the deck and concrete slab in the back yard. then getting the hubs to help bring up the patio table and chairs! Yay! <BR> <BR> I also have several pots to spray paint some pretty colors to get ready to add flowers <em>184</em> and I really, really want to work more on getting our shed organized. This type of thing really is good for me on en emotional level. I can forget about all the what if's in my life right now and hav... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 13:16:56 EST It's a Nice Day So... the hubs and I got some work done outside! It felt good to get in that fresh air! It is sunny but still has that bit of chill in the air, perfect for yard work. If it's too hot I am worthless outside, I move like a slug! <BR> <BR> We moved around some plants, it seems to be what we do for some unknown reason <em>198</em> and got some seeds started in the greenhouse. <em>376</em> The radishes are already sprouted which is exciting! We tried a new planting technique, made a 'glue'... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 20:06:17 EST I Set a Mini Goal...and.. I did it! I am a beginner to exercise so any time I get on the treadmill is victorious. <em>104</em> But this morning I realized I was starting to challenge myself as I went along, to push myself just a little further, a little faster <em>313</em> and as I did so I found I wanted to reach that certain number by a certain number of minutes and I did it, I beat myself by 3 minutes the last time! <em>208</em> <BR> <BR> It's just a small victory in the big world of exercise but I lov... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 13:42:50 EST One Point... I reached the first 'mini' goal I had set for myself yesterday! <em>224</em> <BR> I made it by just one point but wow, such an incredible motivator! Who knew! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> It simply felt wonderful to see that number appear unexpectedly...just one little point can make such a difference in our psyche! It kept me on track all weekend and I am already looking forward to my challenge weigh in on Thursday. <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> I am so glad to be back, on track and doing ... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 20:22:18 EST Weekend Rut! So there we were...Saturday night at 5:00pm. My hubs in the recliner sound asleep, me in my subsequent recliner about to crash myself. <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> I sat there pondering this 'situation'. <em>24</em> Then it hit me... it was ONLY 5:00, it was time to get moving and do something and not just sit there like a lump! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> So I woke my husband up and said; let's get ready and go out! <BR> <BR> And that we did! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeopl... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:33:17 EST Today is Weigh Day.. ...and I was very happy with my progress. Down another 3.3. This is very encouraging of course but I realized a few things thinking back on this past week. <BR> <BR> 1) I rarely felt hungry <BR> 2) I had good size portions when I felt I needed it; but just of the right foods <BR> 3) I ate out once <BR> 4) I had cake at a birthday party (and chips!) <BR> <BR> It proved to me that 'dieting' isn't really all that difficult if you are mindful; that it doesn't have to be sacrifice and deprivat... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:25:20 EST Forgot My Lunch Today But.... turned into a bit of a victory! I left my Lasagna Lean Cuisine on my kitchen table! Drat! I have been craving pasta! <em>4</em> What would I do? If I let myself get too hungry it will throw me off! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> But then I was Thursday! At work we have a little group lunch on Thursdays where we take turns bringing in lunch for the 7 of us. Yay! I will have food! <em>224</em> Wait <em>40</em> I will have food~ but what kind of food? <em>15</... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 16:08:09 EST Ugh...Calories Add Up SO Quickly!! I ate 418 calories for breakfast! Considering I want to keep between 1200 - 1500 a day that is a huge amount. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I was appalled when I tracked up what my little healthy breakfast ended up being! <em>198</em> I had a multigrain English muffin with an egg, 1 piece of turkey bacon, half of a 2% American cheese slice, 6 oz Honey Greek Yogurt and a tiny sprinkling of blueberries and raspberries. Healthy right?! And in the right proportions too. <BR> <BR> It shows ... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 14:11:22 EST What I am Thinking at This Very Moment... I am thinking that I am so happy and grateful that I have had a good week weight loss wise; that I am getting my groove back; that I feel hopeful again, finally after what felt like forever. It feels good to begin to care about me again. <BR> <BR> That's a nutshell; happy dance. <em>354</em> <BR> <BR> Thu, 8 Jan 2015 00:31:58 EST 2015 is here..Is it 'the' Year?! So, I joined the Biggest Loser Challenge on December 14th and since then....I have gained a couple pounds. Not horrible, but I could be discouraged about it. However, I have decided to give myself a break; a pardon so to speak. The holidays are the hardest time of the year so smooth sailing must be ahead, right? Well, I know it can be if I keep my focus and eye on the prize. I have such great support and friends here and I know I will need each of you to stay the course; you are so appre... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 15:33:42 EST I joined a challenge.. ...and tomorrow will be my first weigh in to start it. <em>40</em> <em>192</em> I don't want to weigh; to face the facts of my behavior; but I know joining this challenge will hold me accountable so I will do it. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I saw that the others were logging in their weight on the challenge and I just can't do that. I know it seems silly; it's not like it matters and I know that but my weight has always been such a secret thing. To post it to what feels like the wo... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 15:30:14 EST Disneyland Proposal! <em>337</em> The baby of our family Lindsay got engaged a couple weeks ago in Disneyland! She and her fiancée Ben have been together for 6 years so we figured it was about time even though they are just 24. She is the most precious, lovely daughter ever and we are so happy for her! They set the date for October 17th; a fall wedding here in WA state will be beautiful! <BR> <BR> I love this picture of her pointing out her ring totally calm on Splash Mountain while Ben is screaming and han... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 15:53:15 EST My Fortune Cookie! Ok, I was bad and ate Chinese food on the run yesterday...I know better but I did it anyway. BUT, the meal ended with a welcome little note from my fortune cookie. I actually said out loud...I need a good message! What did it say? <BR> <BR> <em>344</em> Focus on your long term goal ~ good things will soon happen. <em>334</em> . <BR> <BR> I like that! I need to keep my goal of getting healthy and making it to my goal weight down the road but in the meantime I need to quit using the ... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 15:09:48 EST Make Over Step 1 Ok, here is a before and after with my new haircut. Nothing too dramatic but it feels much better! Opted to color it myself rather than pay $60 so that's on the agenda for today. Hope it turns out! <img src=""> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:03:08 EST I Need a Makeover! Decided to bite the bullet and get my hair cut and colored tomorrow. It is getting too long; I can't do a thing with it anymore and it looks washed out! When I have a bad hair day; which has been EVERY day now for weeks on end I find my self-confidence waning. Is that weird? <BR> <BR> Here's wishing you a great hair day! <em>334</em> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:45:07 EST Trying to Make a Come Back! I have been fighting to get back on the wagon for some time now. Been beating myself up for my lack of control and not keeping my eye on the prize which is better health and feeling better about myself. But my BFF Kim once again has been there for me and with her wise advice I am feeling better today about climbing back up on that wagon. Thank you Kim; you are always there for me and it means so much! <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> I've been guilty of being a Spark-lurker, <em>198</em> sn... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 15:15:24 EST 52 Tomorrow~ How can that be? How can I be turning 52; it just sounds so strange because in my head I have the numbers backwards...25 is more like it! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> As I reflect on another year that has passed I realize that though I complain of aches and pains I really am pretty healthy considering that I have so much weight to lose. I am so grateful for that. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I have high hopes that I will use my birthday tomorrow as a new beginning to do better before my nex... Tue, 13 May 2014 15:37:46 EST Have a Wonderful Mother's Day! Wishing you all a Happy Mother's Day! <BR> <BR> Here is a pic of the best things I have ever done in my entire life! <BR> My babies who are now almost 28 and 24; where does the time go? They are such a blessing and I'm grateful for them every day! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And the whole family taken last year: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 10 May 2014 17:32:41 EST Going out tonight!... <em>339</em> Tonight I am going to see The Oakridge Boys at our little renovated theater just 10 miles from home with my husband, sister and brother in law. <em>334</em> I'm not a big country fan but I do like select groups but I know these guys will be great; I'm ready for a fun time! And we got 3rd row seats! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> We are so blessed to have this little theater so close and I'm always so surprised at the big names they book there; it is one of the best things to... Fri, 9 May 2014 08:33:01 EST Productive Weekend... Boy am I beat but glad I got in plenty of exercise! Despite it raining here, er...I should say pouring buckets the hubs and I got outside and started landscaping the bank in our front yard. A project we started 2 summers ago! Here are some pics of a work in progress; it's coming along nicely, can't wait to add the bark and rocks to finish it up! <BR> <BR> Before: <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 4 May 2014 15:17:29 EST Does this Mean I'm a Hoarder? So, I decided it was time to go through some clothes and get rid of know, to make room for some new ones, right! <em>224</em> Now, I am self-conscious so I always wear an over shirt plus it looks a little nicer for work so that's an excuse too. I tackled my closet and found plenty to donate then hit my 'tank top' drawer. <em>2</em> I knew it was pretty stuffed but to my amazement I pulled out...I can hardly believe this...38 Tank Tops! <em>198</em> Several I forgot I e... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:45:49 EST Just some pics... I couldn't resist taking a few pictures around the yard as it is so pretty here on the coast of Washington state today. I love the flowers and pretty colors popping up everywhere. <BR> <BR> My husband loves bleeding hearts so I picked this up for him a couple years ago; it's doing good! <BR> <em>224</em> <em>8</em> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> These are my dads tulips. He planted them in this planter he made from a log. He passed i... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 15:58:05 EST Reflecting on this Beautiful Spring Day... Isn't springtime lovely; it's all things new and fresh and beautiful! I love this time of year; it is so rejuvenating. Have you done some spring cleaning? It sure sets me in motion; funny how I can spend hours of exercise via reorganizing and cleaning yet can't get on the darn treadmill! I guess it's all good. Soon it will warm up and we will be busy with our little garden and greenhouse. I am already looking forward to fresh vegetables and the canning season. I'm working on resetting... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 15:22:39 EST A Window for ME...No Excuses... So, the hubs leaves tomorrow night for a trip to visit family for a few days. I elected not to go for a couple reasons; one of course being the usual "I'll go someday when I lose weight" and the other I don't speak Spanish and there will be lots of that going on and laughing with people I don't know so it doesn't sound like much fun to me plus it will save $$. I'm grateful he wanted me to go anyway and doesn't see me the way I see myself. <em>202</em> He's proud of me regardless and I k... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 15:29:45 EST It Sounds Like Nothing... BUT, for me it is a huge deal. <em>334</em> I have been fighting with all my might to stop the cravings for sweets. I mean I have been like...attacked...seriously out of control. It is confusing; I have no idea why that was happening. I've always over-indulged in sweets; duh.. <em>198</em> it's part of why I am here in the first place but this craziness was just different. <BR> <BR> BUT, <em>104</em> I made it through yesterday without giving in; and not only did I 'make' it th... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 15:35:53 EST Fighting Hard to Get it Together! Ok, I am trying again. <em>198</em> I was in the slump of the century I think! <em>40</em> During that slumpy time I realized a lot of things as to why I was in that frame of mind....DUH Ralph! <em>189</em> I had stopped doing everything and I know better! Stopped water; stopped tracking; stopped shopping and cooking properly; stopped preparing; just didn't care. <em>39</em> I started not caring because I wasn't feeling good. When I get into that stage of headaches and just ... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 15:31:02 EST Didn't Leave the House! So we finally got snow here on the coast of WA state. Only about 4 - 5 inches but enough that we just don't go out in it unless we need too. We aren't used to snow here or driving in it much for that matter, so there are always lots of people in the ditch etc. <em>198</em> Better to just stay out of harms way! So this turned into a completely indoor weekend and I got lots of stuff done I had been putting off including heavy duty housecleaning. Made a decision that we have too much stu... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 18:09:31 EST Day 2...Again... I am desperately trying to get back in the swing of things. I had gotten so far off track; wasted away the entire month of January and started the new month with a weekend of eating like it was my last meal! <em>4</em> <em>29</em> <em>24</em> Geez, I need to get a grip! <em>198</em> But, but! is day 2 of a new challenge I am in and so far so good...down .8 since yesterday so tracking, drinking good ol water and moving more is already moving that number finally downward! I... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 15:53:30 EST Busy, Busy, Busy....But it's Fun Busy! So been a busy few days; haven't had a lot of time to Spark and I really need too! Today was my hubby's birthday so had family over and lots of food. I didn't over-indulge..yay! Tomorrow the fam is all headed over to my sons for his Superbowl party; so more food but some fun too! Go Seahawks! Thursday night was a date night; Styx came to our local little renovated theater so we wouldn't miss that! Had row 4 seats and midway through they let the crowd come up to the stage; we made our ... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 21:19:37 EST Chicken Piccata Recipe - A MUST TRY! much yumness~ <em>4</em> You simply MUST try this Spark is DIVINE! <em>4</em> <BR> You Must! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR><BR>tail.asp?recipe=869064 <BR> <BR> I made mine with chicken pounded thin and replaced the onions with mushrooms and served over a cup of angel hair pasta with some steamed broccoli on the side. This is also fantastic with pork tenderloin, again pounded thin. Don't wait to try this! <BR> <BR> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 15:24:22 EST Impromptu Weekend Getaway... Yesterday morning we woke up to an unusually warm, bright sunny day, absolutely gorgeous. <em>67</em> So we are sitting in our recliners and about 9:00am the hubs says "it's so beautiful out, why don't we go to Cannon Beach (Oregon) for the day, about a 2 hour drive. <em>345</em> It has such charm; it is one of our most favorite places on the planet. We got ready in 30 minutes and headed out the door, grabbed some warm clothes just in case, a cup of coffee and shoes to walk on the bea... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 20:16:47 EST A Shakin My Head... So, I've been struggling the last few days but finally had a decent day today. I was within my calorie range though more than I like to do. My husband always beats me home, get's home a couple hours earlier than I. He is a manager at our local Walmart (yeah, I don't know how he does it!), but working there means he runs into good deals now and then and brings them home. This is what today's prize was: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 22:14:17 EST Just Sayin... This emoticon kinda scares me <em>81</em> I mean...kinda ick right?! <BR> <BR> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 15:41:04 EST I Hope They Aren't Stuck Like This! So, I was looking at a picture of myself...ick, such a traumatizing thing to do! <em>198</em> Seriously, I hate pics of me, it is simply depressing. But I realized that one thing I really, really want that only losing weight will help with, besides the chin, stomach, hips, legs, everything else is that I want my arms to hang straight! <em>104</em> Ok, not up like that but down! <BR> <BR> You know, how the arms kinda bow out around the body from the shoulder down and around?? (I am ... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 15:36:16 EST Migraines...Why?!?! Ugh, as I write this I am dealing with a 4th migraine headache since Monday and I had 2 on Monday, morning and night! <em>198</em> While I am prone to migraines and have a prescription for them, I didn't have one all through the insane eating through the holidays but since restarting my plan on Monday, BOOM! <em>40</em> I don't get it, its like my body is in full panic mode because it isn't getting pure junk, idk. But it is frustrating. <em>234</em> When I don't feel good you know ... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 22:55:17 EST Some Quotes for Me I Want to Share With YOU... I love these and they are important to remember every day! <BR> <BR> I am not telling you that its going to be EASY, I'm telling you that it is going to be WORTH it. - Yes, so worth it! <BR> <BR> Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try. - So let's continue to try! <BR> <BR> TODAY just get up and GO, because yesterday you said TOMORROW. - How true is this! <BR> <BR> Getting up from a fall can make you stronger than you had never fallen. - Really think on this one, it has... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 15:26:16 EST Sunshine!!! Oh Happy Day! I live in the Pacific Northwest about 30 miles from the coast in the state of Washington. <em>257</em> I just have to say it is cold today but breathtakingly beautiful! Clear skies earlier and sun, sun, sun! <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> I LOVE days like this, it energizes me and motivates me. <em>353</em> <em>356</em> <em>354</em> I was just thinking how perfect the timing is as tomorrow I am starting my official structured RESTART plan! <em>224</em> I've been counting the days an... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 19:17:10 EST