SIMPLICITY235's SparkPeople Blog SIMPLICITY235's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 2 Weeks with the Spark!! Today is my 14th day since I have been back on SparkPeople and if you have read my blogs then you know that I have been having the BEST time with these new changes in my life. I have lost 11 lbs in the last 2 weeks! I'm so proud of myself for what I have accomplished so far and above all embracing this new healthy lifestyle. I am living proof that baby steps and being optimistic really does work. I take each day one step at a time and it has made things so much easier. I give everything a po... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 04:02:30 EST Some people really upset me! Today something interesting happened to me. I was in town with my son walking around and doing some shopping. Out of no where this group of young men passed me and then for no reason yelled to me " You're a Fat Cow and should be locked in a cage". The fact he said this to me didn't bother me as I am used to being insulted by strangers because of my weight but what did bring tears to my eyes was my son. He is only 3 years old and he turned to me and said " Mommy, why did that man say mean thin... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 14:07:22 EST Day 12 complete! Well I am sick today but I still managed to make today a success. This is my 12th day since starting up on SparkPeople again after years of being away, and so far everything is going brilliantly. My mind is set this time and just looking at this whole weight loss in a totally different way then I ever had before has made such a difference. Having a good plan in place and being ready to make a permeate lifestyle change is everything. When you stop seeing it as a " diet" and start seeing it as ... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 12:35:17 EST Feeling under the weather but still did well today! Well today I'm not as " cheery" as usual because I'm sick <em>39</em> . However, I still managed to do everything I set out to do today! Working out this morning went well as I didn't feel as bad this morning, its progressed through the day. I'm always one for trying to be optimistic so I'm reminding myself that while I feel horrible the silver lining is your body burns more calories when you are fighting an infection. Haha! ( I still have my sense of humor) <BR> <BR> I might need to ... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 11:31:31 EST Always Think Ahead! Planning seems to be the real key. I am on day 10 of my new journey and have found it to be going very well so far. I credit my smooth transitions towards a healthy lifestyle to have been easy thus far to the fact that I have planned ahead. <BR> <BR> I , like so many others on here am not new to " dieting" or trying to renew a healthy lifestyle. If anything the years of succeeding and failing have made me a bit of an expert on the subject. I am a researcher, I look into everything and know... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 11:22:00 EST I kicked todays butt !! This is day 9 of my new journey and it has been going better than expected so far. I used to be a very active person. The gym used to be my home away from home and I was worried that after years of not being as active as I once was that it was going to be difficult to get back into things but it hasn't at all. Granted I am not as fit as I once was but I am really enjoying being active again. <BR> <BR> One thing I have learned is being active doesn't have to be boring. I love going for walks... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 10:40:03 EST If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results. I used to be a person who was obsessed with seeing results. I wanted everything yesterday. I was always impatient when it came to losing weight. That would lead me to try crazy diets and go to extremes. I once fasted on water alone for 90 days. And while I might of lost weight here and there I was never able to maintain my weight loss. I always gained the weight back and usually more. <BR> <BR> My problem was I never addressed the real problems. My relationship with food and the way I used... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 08:18:45 EST Discovered a fun way to burn a few extra calories with the kids! I just spent the last 20 mins having a pillow fight with the kids. We all were laughing and having so much fun and at the end of it I felt absolutely exhausted ( in a good way). It just goes to show you that getting in a little extra work out can be very fun and enjoyable. One thing that is challenging for parents of young children especially single parents like myself is finding time to get your work outs in. I manage to do it by breaking up my work outs through out the day. This has motiv... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 09:31:32 EST Feeling Great! I started my new " Healthy" journey about a week ago now and I'm already feeling better. Its amazing what a good routine of exercise and healthy eating can do for you, not only physically but also mentally. I feel De-stressed and overall happier right now. And it has really got me motivated to make other positive changes in my life. I am feeling very optimistic for 2013! I know that everyday wont be without its challenges, however , I'm looking forward to fighting through! I want to prove to ... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 04:12:37 EST Struggling with Protein I have always struggled with getting enough protein in my diet. Not so much when I lived in the USA but more so since moving to the UK. The choices of foods are limited and different over here. It is a struggle to find the same variates of beans you can pick up in any grocery store in America. Just last week I had to go to 5 different stores to find Black Beans. One of my goals this week is to research the best ways for me as a Vegetarian to get all of the nutrition I need. I say I am Vegetar... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 02:46:37 EST My long Journey towards Health and Happiness I am determined not to go on another 'diet' but to make a permanent lifestyle change. A road that I have chosen to get on and never get off again. After repeating a dangerous cycle of losing and gaining weight for the last 15 years I have grown tired. Its a cycle that I'm finally ready to break. Im taking baby steps, one day at a time, each hour and min at a time. And I will not stop when I reach my goal weight , yet I will keep going to maintain my new and healthy lifestyle for good! Tomorr... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 06:54:03 EST