SLIMMINJENN's SparkPeople Blog SLIMMINJENN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Been gone a long time... So I've been gone a long time from spark and a lot has happened...Last April bf of 7 years moved out suddenly one day while I was at work (Easter holidays actually). Lots of hurt/resentment and questioning. I did lose weight and have kept some of it off. My grandbaby is almost 17 months old and I just love her! I've started working a 2nd job so I'm at a 60 hour work week. With all that's been going on I've been struggling really bad with eating, exercising and just trying to figure thing... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 11:53:55 EST Lack of Patience I have zero patience for this new "journey" I am on. I am not seeing any results. The more I try to lose it seems that's when I gain....ughhhhhh Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:34:44 EST Trying to get back on track My grandpa passed away early memorial day....So now that its time to move forward, I am trying to get back on track with my health. I have the veggies and fruit loaded up. I am planning on cooking my meals and no longer depending on take out etc. I joined the fitness program through my insurance and will be starting at Snap Fitness tomorrow. If I can get my fitbit back up and running, I will be using that also. I will also try getting more active on spark again to help in my weight loss ... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 15:06:04 EST I've been MIA, trying to get back on track So I've been MIA for awhile from Spark.. My plan at the beginning of the year was to get on some teams and get my butt back in gear. But life had other plans for me. I've had major events with a few more coming so I just take it day by day. My grandmother was diagnosed with renal cell carnimoa at the end of January. She passed away May 10...I've spent the last few months just enjoying her company and helping my mom and aunts/uncles care for her. I found out about 2 weeks ago my daughter... Wed, 21 May 2014 11:14:58 EST Frustrated Its been a rough few months...I am slowly getting back into spark...I was really hoping to have a workout/accountablity partner to get me going but that has completely backfired. Got invited to do things, never heard from them again until they decide to let me know they are doing it...this was done by 2 people to me. Sad isnt. Oh well, I am going to just hold myself accountable.... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:01:07 EST Struggling, trying to figure it out I am still a huge (no pun intended) mess when it comes to figuring this all out. I am struggling with making exercise a priority everyday and not just certain days. M-TH is not a problem. Its the weekend that I always find an excuse to not go. I was thinking of going back in the am each day but the thought of waking up at 4:30 am is not appealing to me. Plus, I take my blood pressure meds in the morning with breakfast and although its been good, I am not sure if exercising before taking ... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 20:46:17 EST Disgusted, Disappointed, Determined This is a downer blog but its how I am feeling: <BR> <BR> Disgusted: I am disgusted on how I look...I put back the 30lbs I busted my butt losing... <BR> <BR> Disappointed: I am disappointed that I let other things sabotage what I worked so hard for and lost all motivation and just stopped caring. <BR> <BR> Determined: I am determined to get back into shape and not go down the destructive path I was on. <BR> <BR> I am on week 3 of the gym. I have been going 4 days a week. I am increas... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 23:06:22 EST Why I re-joined the gym.... I started back at the gym on Saturday. It was body attack and I enjoyed it a lot. My calves are sore but other than that I did really good. I am expecting to be really sore this coming week due to the fact that I haven't done weights are extreme cardio in over a year. I just hope when my 6 months is up, I can afford to keep going. I joined for a few reasons. The main was that I know if I am paying for it, I will use it. The other is I don't have support at home to keep me motivated to... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 21:16:36 EST Making changes to go in a positive direction Awhile back I had stated that I started zumba. I enjoyed it-at first. That didn't last. Why? Well, I am very picky on how classes are taught and how I am treated. I am the type who gets in the middle or back of class until I am comfortable with what I am doing. Once I am comfortable I am from and center. I am noticing trends with some teachers, they call you out. This teacher would make a big deal if you were new and not in front. She literally started teaching the class and turned it... Mon, 27 May 2013 22:28:58 EST Spark Solution <BR> <BR> Details: Post a blog on your SparkPage answering these questions: <BR> <BR> • What made you decide to try The Spark Solution Program? I am trying the program because I have seen many successful people on the site and I want to be healthy and fit. <BR> <BR> • Have you seen or felt any results in this first week? I have not but I am determined to continue <BR> <BR> • What do you like the most about the program? I like the food swap choices and the options to change if needed <... Mon, 20 May 2013 20:49:08 EST Frustrated beyond frustrated I am completely frustrated with everything. Still trying to exercise and eat right but geez. It's hard to do so when others around you don't seem to be too concerned with helping out at home. A workout buddy would be nice too but I don't see that happening. I have reached out to a few people to do stuff with but it never goes through. So I am not asking anymore, just will try and do it on my own. Mon, 6 May 2013 14:02:34 EST Trying to break free I am trying to break free of the always wanting junk food and I can always start eating healthy and exercising tomorow thinking. I write this after I went to McDonald's for lunch. My fault for not cooking this weekend (we remodeled my bathroom) and making sure I had something good to eat. I have been on a streak but not a good one.... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 13:50:53 EST Changes coming again.... So for the past year, life has been crazy. Lost a job, found one but i had the craziest schedule. Well, I finally found a new job that is very similar to the one I lost. This is a mon-fri, 8a-5p. Much more doable since I now have a set work schedule. I am now setting me up a schedule, so that I dont miss out, or rather have an excuse not to work out. I have been doing my les mills bodycombat and am thinking of getting the body pump workout. I will also try to start walking and riding my... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 20:37:51 EST Oh what a feeling I started back exercising today. I dd my combat dvd and it felt great. When I first got the dvd, I would work out but I would get out of breath easily. Just thought it was due to being out of shape since I hadnt been working out. I worked up a great sweat but I could breathe the whole time....It was a great feeling..... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 22:20:31 EST Woohoo! A Good Dr Visit So, I went back to the cardiologist on friday for the ultrasound of my heart and kidney...This was a really cool thing to see...I wish I could have a copy of it....Everything is fine, they found nothing wrong with either. The dr says it is a combination of genetics(most of my family has bbp issues) the wrong food choices and my weight. I have been cleared to start exercising again and I joined WW... they had a buy 1 month, get 1 month free so I figured it wouldnt hurt since food is a big ch... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 22:40:26 EST A Little Confession Although happy I lost some weight finally, I want to confess it is not because I did anything. The dr put me on blood pressure medicine that has a directic(sp?) in it. Since friday I have dropped 6lbs....its not reflected on spark b/c I didnt know I had gained 4lbs and didnt adjust my weight ticker...Just wanted to be honest...but I am still blood pressure has been up and down but seems to be going in the right direction.... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 23:14:46 EST Wondering how worse this will get? I went to the cardiologist today. My blood pressure went up again since my visit last week with my family dr. It shot up to 180 over 104. Pulse was still good. All my bloodwork came back fine. They did an ekg and that came out okay. He also believes the swelling in my foot has to do with the blood pressure. They gave me a pill to try and bring my blood pressure down. It hadnt gone down by the time I left the dr office, so they started me on bp meds. I checked my bp at cvs tonight and... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 21:04:54 EST Not a good doctor visit.... So, I went to the dr today about the swelling in my foot. My foot was x-rayed and there is nothing fractured or broken. There is also no bruising. The dr believes my foot is swelling due to my blood pressure. My blood pressure was 160/100...they also discovered I have a heart murmur. So because of all that, I am going to a cardiologist next week to see what is next for me.. They also did blood work and am checking me for diabetes, thyroid and protein levels. I am not freaking out just ... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 21:06:05 EST So-so, blah blah that is how i am feeling...i am not doing to bad with my food...i am still working on it though. Definetely can still use improvement. As for the exercise, its been blah.. I am still working on getting my mojo back. Tomorow I go to the doctor for my foot, it has been swollen for almost a month (although the swelling has gone down some). I also have problems with my ankles and feet after I have been standing all day and then sit down for awhile or just sitting too long...etc. Hoping its ... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 18:07:23 EST Forest Green Pixies ABC's A is for ABOVE and BEYOND...Does competition push you? yes <BR> B is for BLC rounds... Newbie <BR> C is for have? 2, 20 and 17 <BR> D is for DOWNFALL...what's you're biggest temptation? sweets <BR> E is for EARLY Bird or Night Owl? early bird <BR> F is for FURRY have? dog and cat <BR> G is for GROCERIES...what do you fill your cart with? chicken, meat (not enough fruits/veggies) <BR> H is for HOME...where do you call home? south Louisiana <BR> I is for INSPIRE... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 22:31:28 EST 2013 Goals I am not making a huge list of goals right now. I am going to try and achieve these and they will help me to achieve more (hopefully): <BR> <BR> 1. Drink more water. I had been doing this but have slacked... <BR> 2. Do at least 30 min of some form of exercise each day. I have dvd's and will walk or use my mom's treadmill. <BR> 3. Cook most meals at home. This will let me eliminate alot of processed foods. <BR> 4. Try more fruits and veggies. <BR> 5.Pack my lunch for work. <BR> 6.Keep spa... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 22:22:19 EST Breakfast Ideas I go to work most days very early...6:30am early..So, my dilema is trying to find something nutritious and healthy but convenient to eat. I prefer eggs for breakfast but I really dont have time to cook. I could get up earlier but I feel better with more sleep. All suggestions appreciated.. Sun, 30 Dec 2012 22:35:57 EST Undecided I am undecided if i want to post my new year's resolutions/goals on here. My goal is if I post it would motivate me and make me more accountable..but if i post and dont succeed, then i look like a lazy goofball on here. I am just tired of feeling like a failure and having the world see it all..... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 22:45:52 EST Bad Day Had a really bad day...I knew the 2nd job was not going to be forever, but didnt expect it to end so soon...I really needed to keep earning the extra money...Came home really upset and didnt exerise at all....Will try again tomorow...and to those respsonding on my blogs, I appreciate it and will try to respond back this week.... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 20:35:05 EST Combat-Day 1 So, I came home from work today, tired as could be. I got my 8 hrs of sleep but it felt like i didnt sleep at all. I knew I wanted to start the program today but didnt think I would. After David (bf) left to bring his daughter home from her weekend vsit, I changed and put in the dvd. I was happy to see it was only 30 minutes. The gym classes were an hour and I have 6 cd's with 2 -30 min programs to do, so if I want to increase (and will eventually), I can. Anyway, I did the program and ... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 23:28:11 EST Oh well, la de da.... Well, it seems my last blog hit a nerve with many people...I know I am not the only one who felt that way since I read it on other blogs...but oh well, they can get over it...Proved my point anyway.... <BR> <BR> On to something better, I received my beachbody order-Les Mills Combat...I cant wait to try it. I enjoyed taking this class when I was going to the gym. I know it will be different than the actual gym class but I think it will be fun. If I enjoy it, I will order the pump dvd also.... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 22:47:23 EST Wondering I am wondering about this site...It doesnt seem to be very motivating anymore....I read blogs daily and it feels like I am on another version of facebook... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 22:38:05 EST Catching up Hope everyone is doing well.. I am still struggling but trying to find a way to get back into it all.. I am starting to cook more again, as much as i can from scratch to make it as healthy as possible... I am trying to start walking again and using my eliptical again. Things have been crazy at home. I finished my certification class and will take the test in Jan. I am also looking for a 2nd job..partime of course since my 1st job is fulltime...Crazy yes, but I need the extra income to mak... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 22:09:46 EST How do I get to where I want to be? I am trying to figre out how to get where I want to be...I want to be fit and heathy, not this is chunky but I am.. The last time I really focused in weight loss, I lost 30lbs but as soon as I stopped, I gained it all back. I used to spend 2 hrs a day in the gym and tracked all my food. Before food went in my mouth, I tracked it. I honestly dont have the time for a 2 hr workout, I have other things going on. And since no longer go to the gym, I have lost those motivating friends. Even... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 19:37:39 EST Crazy, busy and still struggling Life is a little hectic right now...I am taking a 7 week certification course to help me in finding a better paying job. I go to class one night a week and then have online work to do the rest if the week. So, I have been trying to adjust to everything while trying to make better eating and exercise choices. I am doing better with the eating. By this I mean, I am making better choices on what i eat. Portion wise, I am still in the figuring out phase. I know that tracking is a great tool ... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 22:31:43 EST Accountability starts with me.... I am taking accountability/responsibility for myself and lack of control for food and exercise. But this is all changing, I am going to track my calories and find some way to get my butt in gear...It has been suggested that I try a herb supplement to help get my metabolism going. I am trying it along with diet and exercise...I will keep you posted.... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 22:57:46 EST My Motivation is MIA..... I've misplaced my motivation...I carefully took care of it faithfully but then life got crazy and depressing and it left me...or I left it?....This past year has been a nightmare....lost a job, found another one but its not enough to live off if....thanksfully i had a savings but once that is gone...i dont know what I will do....anywho....because of all of this I quit taking care of me...I used to be the gym rat-6 days a week...(closed on sunday)....I had lost 35lbs....Due to loss of motivati... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 21:58:46 EST Survived Isaac Survived another storm! This is the first storm that I have not evacuated for in almost 20 years...When it first made landfall it wasnt so bad due to us being on the west side of it....the second land fall came straight up Grand Isle, which is 1.5 hours from my home(I am also only and 1 hour from New Orleans too)...yep, I live only about 60 miles from the gulf of mexico....the parish turned off our utilities a few hours before the 2nd landfall but it was not uncomfortable...I slept through m... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 20:00:26 EST Preparing for the Storm I am preparing for Hurricane is boarded, sandbags secured, food the wait begins......will be back when i can...once it hits we will be without electricity etc Mon, 27 Aug 2012 23:20:41 EST Need to start tracking food before eating...... ugh...i tracked my food for the first time in a LONG time....should have done this before i got my food....went wayyyyy over...i will try to do better tomorow....i did exercise earlier today for a while...totally blew that with the food...i must do better.....the last time i lost the weight, i tracked every move, every morsel of food....not always possible especialy since when i am working i cant access to log-i dont have a phone to log into phone is plain and Fri, 20 Jul 2012 20:19:26 EST Tried 2 New Fruits....and a Vegetable! The title of the blog may sound strange to some but it is what it is.... I have never been one to enjoy many fruits and vegetables.... I am working on changing that... I tried a tomato, kiwi and a dragon fruit...I now enjoy tomatoes and kiwi....didnt like the dragon fruit....I am proud of means I am getting into a healthier place to be in life....I am stil working on the exercise...Nowhere near where I should be.....but I will get there Mon, 2 Jul 2012 21:21:31 EST Getting there but at a turtle's pace... I am slowly getting there in the exercise department...I need to find something that re-ignites the love i once had for exerise.... I used to be in the gym 6 days a week and found something to do on sundays... If i didnt go to the gym, I felt bad....Exercise made me feel awesome....Theres been alot of changes in my life in the past year and not all good...I know this is a big part of the problem...I am working on changing my outlook...I am getting better at eating but not 100% there yet...Onc... Sat, 23 Jun 2012 23:12:51 EST Help-Advice Needed!! I recently started a new job after being laid off from my other one. Its in retail which means I went from and 8-5, m-f to all kinds of crazy hours and days off....I need some help/advice on how to adjust to this new schedule and get back on the exercising regularly...I am feeling very overwhelmed with the new schedule...I get help at home with cleaning. laundry etc so thats not the problem...Granted, I have only been working a week so I know it will take some time but the question is how do... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 19:48:52 EST