SIMPLYDEVINE1's SparkPeople Blog SIMPLYDEVINE1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community TGIF (THANK GOD I'm FITTER) The other day I was on my way driving to a work conference and I kept thinking to myself that I couldn't wait to get there to eat the greek yogurt I had thrown in my purse and was going to have for breakfast. At that moment I began to praise GOD. I can remember times in my life where, I would stop at some fast food place on the way and get a breakfast value meal and gobble it down in my vehicle and then eat the danishes, donuts or whatever they were offering once I made it to a conference.... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 15:05:49 EST Gone but not forgotten Okay Sparkers, <BR> <BR> So I have fallen off the horse and even been dragged a little behind him as he galloped away (have not consistently exercised, eaten well, logged into sparks for over a month now). The horse I am talking about is the one I was riding to a healthier me. LOL <BR> <BR> This blog is in no way a "beat myself up" one because I am fine with my decision. It was, in fact, a decision, that I chose to make. I saw myself slipping. I wanted to hold on tighter. I felt myself... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 10:31:41 EST Update I have not blogged in a minute and just wanted to touch bases. UGH is the best word to describe the time between my last blog and now. I have been off track in a major way. I have not been excising or tracking and each day I say I am going to do better but haven't. <BR> <BR> I went to the Essence Festival for the 4th weekend and my eating was horrible. Continental breakfast by the hotel and then out in the streets of New Orleans. Surprisingly though, the scale said decent numbers. <BR>... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 16:26:37 EST PROGRESS I don't feel no ways tired.... <BR> I come to far from where I started from.... <BR> Know body told me the road would be easy. <BR> I don't believe he brought me this far to leave me. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I think of the words of this gospel song and I remind myself regularly with those words. I have been on this journey for a long time. I was at my heaviest so many years ago. <BR> <BR> Today I was chatting with a fr... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 15:14:54 EST MY NAME IS VICTORY My clothes are fitting looser, I am no longer taking insulin and I am closer to my original goal (10 lbs away). Praise GOD!!!! I have not been at this weight since undergrad. I am feeling better and I am feeling healthier. Now does anyone know where they sell the magic pill to get rid of this midsection. LOL. <BR> <BR> I got on the scale the other day and was shocked by the number it read. It was a good shock but I wondered if the battery in the thing was going bad. I went to WalMart l... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 12:41:12 EST Hair and weight and change and all that stuff! This is a recap of the last few weeks in my life were there have been a lot of changes. I am still dealing with an unexpected break up of a relationship of 1.5 years. I wish I could say that I am over it but I am not. It has been hard and I pray daily about it and I know that this too shall pass. <BR> <BR> My loose natural hair has also been challenging. I have not been able to do a successful twist out since I took my locs down. I am claiming victory this weekend over a good twist out ... Fri, 31 May 2013 17:34:00 EST No More Locs/Success: Operation Take Down <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Okay, so I did it. My locs are gone gone gone!! And I am loving my new loose hair. The picture shows the transition from my 12.5 years of locs to now. And can I tell you that taking down locs is an experience all in itself. From May 16-May 20 a friend and I dedicated 5-6 hours a day (on the 20th we worked more than that) to take down the locs. The end result, a head full of hair ( I almost forgot how thick my ... Fri, 24 May 2013 10:54:14 EST From Locs to Loose Hair Well, today is the day that I start my transition. A few weeks ago I reached my half way mark of 20 lbs lose and I promised myself the reward of taking down my locs. Yes, it can be done. It is a tedious and long process but you don't have to cut locs anymore to go back to your loose natural hair. <BR> <BR> A week ago I cut nearly about 14 inches off my 24 inch long locs. Due to scheduling issues and stuff, I could not get the days off until now and in a few hours I will start taking down ... Thu, 16 May 2013 12:55:34 EST I was sitting here reading blogs and making comments and just friended another person on this site. Reflecting on the "" site, I really have to be thankful that I was introduced to it by a co-worker. There is so much support and encouragement here, not even talking about ALL the information packed on these pages. Weight is one of those things that has a negative association for women especially. They say never ask a woman her age and it was also written to never ask a woma... Tue, 14 May 2013 11:18:58 EST Fighting The other day I had a change in my life that came out of the blue for me and since then I have been trying to hold. Less than a week ago, my boyfriend of a year and a half decided that it would be best that we be friends because of what he perceived as too much hurt he has been putting me through. This was from the furthest thing in my mind and I was blind sided. Now, life happens and I have lived long enough to know that. I am sad by the turn of events but I don't want that to get me off ... Mon, 13 May 2013 17:28:06 EST Other signs of progress My last blog entry was "I' m a scale watcher". Since that time, I have not been watching the scale as much. Maybe talking about it and admitting it was a step in the right direction. I have not been focused so much on the numbers because I know I am progressing. <em>41</em> . It may not be at the rate everyday, that I want it to be but overall there is progress. I took my measurements this past weekend and was happy to see a decline in those numbers from the last time I actually took me... Wed, 8 May 2013 11:08:20 EST Scale Watcher Hi! My name is Vonda and I am a scale watcher. . . . Okay. Okay. I admit that I watch the scale for numbers. I have read the articles, I have been discouraged by a friend and I have dealt with my own disappointment about this addictive action. Seeing the numbers decrease adds motivation and purpose to the hard work and deprivation I am putting myself thru. On the same token, when those numbers don't move or move in the wrong direction, I feel bad. It sucks my joy. I am trying to keep in ... Thu, 2 May 2013 11:28:48 EST Cut Cut. Snip Snip. At half way mark!!! Woohoo!!! So did weigh in today and I was overjoyed to see 218.8. I have been eorking hard to get to that 220 so that I could start my hair transition. I decided I wouldnt be defeated. Pictures to follow of my new hair journey. And to tge other 20 lbs, here I come!!! Sat, 27 Apr 2013 16:40:38 EST Holding on I weight in today and feeling a little discouraged. I have been doing my workouts, staying within my limits and I have gained. I was really looking forward to my next step of change (my hair) once I lost the last 2lbs (which would put me at my half way mark for my goal). The scale has gone up some pushing me further away from that goald and my end goal. I won't give up though. I am going to reexamine my calorie range today and try to work a little bit harder in those workouts. I ..... ... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 10:40:42 EST Small Victories! I am patiently waiting for this last 2 pounds to go somewhere but the scale has not been acting right these last two days. LOL. But, the other day, while goofing off with my boyfriend, he was showing me how to use the "perfect push up" equipement. I have to tell you that, prior to this ride I am on now, my upper body strength was worse than my weight. LOL. Well, I have been doing Coach Nicoles bootcamp and I am half way thru my second time doing the 28 days. I get on the floor with him, l... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 10:50:14 EST So Anxious Okay, so I am 2 lbs from my halfway goal. Yay!! I am ready to change my hair but those 2 lbs have to go first. I have been doing well logging and staying within calorie range and being active. Sunday I took my first official "cheat" day and I enjoyed it. I wonder though if I should even give myself that because now I have been hovering at that "needing to lose 2lb" mark for a few days now. I have not missed a work out and am up to level 2 on the intensity of it (from level 1). I'm just r... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 12:53:04 EST My Hair I have made a decision to change my hair as I do this weight lose thing. I have locs now and either will be going back to loose natural hair or cutting it all off and wearing it short. I have had locks for 12 years and as I prepare for some big life changes (weight lose and moving to another state) I feel it is only natural to welcome a new look for my hair. Looking for thoughts. Fri, 12 Apr 2013 16:10:46 EST Still Here This weight loss/healthy lifestyle thing is a very difficult thing. I have been hanging in here and I cling to the fact that I will not give up. We have all seen on TV the scene where some bully or bigger person is beating up someone else to pulp but that person just won't stay down. We cringe at each blow and pray that they put themselves out of misery and just accept the defeat but somehow they don't. Rocky, the movie, comes to mind. Well, that is how I am feeling today. I have not ye... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 17:35:42 EST YO YO TO NO!!!! Okay, so I am progressing along. Doing my exercise. Recording my weigh ins and I noticed a disturbing pattern. I work out M-F and take weekends off. I am progressing, losing weight and all that but on the weekend, I go in reverse and Monday is just the do over to get me to my last weigh in. NO. Stop. This is not the progress I want. I am putting down the yo-yo. I have decided that there is work to be done on the weekend and in doing so, this yo yo progress will end. Starting this Sa... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 11:58:24 EST Something is missing I have not given up. Each day I am conscience that I need to be healthier, that I need to be more active and that I need to lose weight. Even in knowing this, something is missing. It is that discipline that is needed to accomplish all this. I am not sure if I am not thinking about this in the right way or what but I will admit, I don't have the discipline right now. I want to succeed and my goal is minor (40 lbs) compared to the almost 100lbs I have lost in the past. I won't quit thoug... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 10:00:41 EST Ugh! This time around has been a little harder but I am almost 40 so I guess it's true what they say. I restarted this journey back in March and I am thankful that there has been a little progress each week of my weigh-ins. I am not progressing as fast as I would like BUT there is progress. I don't want to do this (watch what I eat or be more active). Most of the time I would rather lounge around my place and waste time or something but I know I have to do this. It is time to reach my goal on... Wed, 2 May 2012 10:13:30 EST My Old Intro I am 33 and have never taken my weight or eating habits seriously. I am diabetic and have high blood pressure and high cholesteral. One day I woke up and decided my life was worth living as long as I could. I was overweight and out of shape but I decided I'd start walking. I started and haven't stopped and at about 2 clothing sizes down from where I once was, I want to continue my lifestyle change one pound at a time! <BR> <BR> --------------------------------------- <BR> <BR> Okay, my n... Mon, 12 Apr 2010 14:06:17 EST I'm still Here I was looking for some motivation on Sparks today and came across this motivational quote by Marilyn von savant: Being defeated is often temporary, giving up makes it permanent. This says so much and right now I am very defeated but in the back of my mind I told myself not to give up. I have not been on track with my lifestyle change for a while now. I have been trying a while to get back on track. I had some things going on in my life that caused me to stop focusing on me. That was my big... Fri, 12 Sep 2008 12:49:54 EST Here we go again Okay, I really don't know what happened but my motivation is GONE! I am trying so hard to get back on the horse but he keeps on bucking and throwing me off. I am now back to the original weight I was when I joined Sparks. I know I felt better when I was eating better and exercising but even that fact has not given me the push to get back to it. I haven't given up though is all I can say right now Mon, 7 Jan 2008 14:54:11 EST I'm Back!!! Okay, I admit it. I have fallen off and not been on my lifestyle change. I ate what I wanted (to some degree) and did not exercise. I have accepted my down fall and now I am ready to get back on the horse and move on. I have 30 more pounds to lose by the new year and I WILL reach my goal. One thing I can say in this 1.5 month absence is that I had increased my metabolism to the point where I only gained back 4-6 pounds. I plan on losing 4 X's that much. Tue, 9 Oct 2007 11:33:47 EST Tilting the Scale When I first signed up on SP I stated by starting weight to be 236. This was the weight from my "official" scale. I was also weighing myself on a scale at home which showed my weight to be more than what the official scale showed so you know I picked the one saying I weighted less. Well, recently my "official" scale broke and I had to use the scale at home. Today when I weighted in, it showed my weight to be 223. YEAH!!! Official or not, it will now be the scale I am using and it's new ... Thu, 28 Jun 2007 14:01:14 EST