SNOOPYMOMMA72's SparkPeople Blog SNOOPYMOMMA72's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Decided! Zumba Next Week! Well, I have decided Zumba it is. It is in town, the schedule works and the price is right! I have never wanted to do Zumba - but I am desperate. I figure I will try a few classes and see how it goes. Everyone loves it and from looking on the website people are successful! <BR> I am going to start this next week! I am going to make a schedule and put it in my planner and actually plan my week next week so I have time for everything. Not sure how long this schedule thing is going to wo... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 16:39:02 EST Disappointed in Myself. What motivates you to keep going? This is not a pity posting - not in the least. However, I am really trying to rationally figure myself out. I lost 30lbs and now gained 15. Why can't I keep the weight off? Why can't I keep this going all year round? Yes, this weather does mess me up! I am so not a winter person and if I could afford it I would be living in the south in the winter. Or hibernating like a bear if that was another option I could afford. BUT what truly makes people keep this going while others cannot? I... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 21:05:11 EST Can't wait for Spring! Ok, I know me and the weather again. But this snow is getting depressing now - first today, Wednesday and then Sunday. UGH, I need warmth and sunlight! At least the days are long so it isn't dark so early. But these days make me want to not do a darn thing! <BR> It is really hard to struggle with myself to do something when the mind says to do something, but the body is like, "you want me to do what?" Or sometimes it is vice versa! But I digress, this is going to be a never ending fig... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 21:52:53 EST 1st day of Spring! March 20th, 2014 Less than 2 months away is spring! I cannot wait! I am tired of the cold! January is almost over! One more day and that cold month is in the past! <BR> <BR> I am so happy Spring is on the way! Off to bed to try to get some sleep! Night everyone or Good morning - depending on where you are at! <BR> <BR> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 22:04:58 EST A Few Words about Snow... There is a time and place for snow. A bit of snow before the holidays doesn't bother me. Snow on Christmas Eve is a magical thing! Snow about Christmas is useless! <BR> School delays, work delays, school closings - stuck in the house - feel like a prisoner and blah! <BR> <BR> Snow about Christmas to me is so pointless! This cold, cold air only makes me want to hibernate! I think the bears have it right! Now if you didn't have to pay bills during the winter - I would hibernate as we... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 21:38:00 EST Weekend I have been doing well with keeping my promise to myself about logging in my food everyday. It doesn't take long and I do much better. <BR> <BR> I have one more week for this promise and then I am going to add another promise starting next week. Which is going to be an exercise promise. Those are the two daily promises I am going to make to myself. <BR> <BR> I am going to make long term promises to myself as well once I decide. I am doing well with this line of thinking. Now all I ... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 23:12:27 EST So tired! But my promise to myself to log was nagging at me. So came on for just a few to log my food, steps and some check ins. <BR> <BR> Really sticking to this and doing it is making me feel good about myself! It is working! <BR> Now i am going to bed...I am exhausted. Good night peeps! Wed, 22 Jan 2014 22:38:42 EST A Promise is a Promise... But leads to more.... <BR> <BR> As you know I stated I was going to promise myself to log my food for 2 weeks. Well, because I am logging my food, I am being more careful what I am eating. Because I am being careful of what I eat - I am also exercising! So one promise to myself of logging my food has carried over to what I am eating and making me exercise! <BR> Never fails - the minute I log, I do watch what I eat and feel that I have to exercise! I am going between 15 - 30 minutes on ... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 19:45:24 EST Finding a Balance I have to say that I feel that is the key to many things in this life. I am so trying to find a balance in so many things. But I won't get into that now. <BR> What I will say is I am trying to find a balance in keeping my health a priority and do all that I need to do as well. <BR> Therefore, I am promising myself that I will log in my food for 2 weeks. That is going to be my first promise to myself. The word "promise" is magical for me. It is amazing that throughout the day I do tel... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 20:35:08 EST Make a Promise to Yourself! I started reading a book by Chris Powell last night. If you don't know him he is on the show Extreme Weight Loss, although I am not a regular of his show and only watch it time to time I do like his personality and he seems "real" to me when I watch him. Anyways, I came across his book on sale on amazon and decided to purchase it. I am just at the beginning of the book, but I already picked on piece of information that will be very helpful to me. That is "make a promise to yourself". The... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 00:21:27 EST The Family that Pukes Together .....Stays Together! Well, I had every intention of going to the gym...until my son got a stomach bug over the weekend and I got it on Sunday night. So that ended that! UGH! It was horrible. I am over the bug for the most part and food is staying down. I got over my fever too. Now I just feel exhausted and no spunk. So gym is going to be put off until I am over this. <BR> Here's to starting the gym as soon as I feel back to myself! It was so bad, I lost 6lbs in 2 days. ...If only losing weight was usua... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 18:43:51 EST Gym This Week! I have been telling myself all day that I am going to start going to the gym tomorrow. I know telling myself is not going to be enough - so I am putting it in writing and am telling all of you as well! <BR> This way when I get tired and start to "talk" myself out of it, I can't! Because then I am going to have to tell all you guys that I didn't go! And who would want to do that!?! <BR> Not me! So I am going to start going to the gym this week and am going to start tomorrow! Not plann... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 22:06:17 EST January - Time to Move! Tomorrow is the day that I get started on losing the weight I gained over these few months and then continue to go back down. I am getting excited again thinking about all that I am going to do and it is motivating for me. <BR> I signed up for a January Challenge and am going to really stick to it and have January make a real difference. I am going to be really committed this month to make a big difference health wise! <BR> So here's to getting the body moving in January and making this... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 21:43:55 EST New Year is Upon Us... Oh boy....another new year will be ringing in very soon. Time for those New Year's Resolutions. Every year I do a bunch...well not this year. My resolutions this year are to be happy, healthy and as productive as possible. <BR> What does this mean you might ask? <BR> <BR> Happy - look at things as half full instead of half empty. Try to find the good in everything even when it seems like there is just a glimmer. <BR> Healthy - I gained 11lbs back within the passed few months since I s... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 15:29:39 EST Best Motivator! I went out to dinner tonight with a friend and then went clothes shopping. <BR> It was such a beautiful thing to buy more size large clothing. Not having to go into the XL section/woman's section was so great! <BR> I came home to try on my 2 new sweaters, new shirt and new pants size 16 - no more 18's and all fit so well! I can't wait to get into mediums! <em>334</em> The best motivator is smaller size clothing - that not only fits - but fits well! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Fri, 1 Nov 2013 23:41:23 EST Now I am getting somewhere! So I really don't care for the app of SP on my phone. I originally got it for free and didn't like it. I don't want to spend another 4 bucks on something I don't like. I instead started using the fitbit app on my phone to track my food as well as my steps. <BR> I love it! Fitbit and SP work together so if I track on one thing it automatically goes to the other. Boy does that make it easier for me to log my food and then forget it. <BR> I really love the new SP start up page too! It ... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 19:18:04 EST Trying to Keep Up With This I feel so bad I am not on SP as much as I would like to be. I can't seem to find a healthy balance between everything. Although I know if I don't then I won't be seeing 199 by January. Everything is so overwhelming me. Eh, I don't want to complain. I just want to apologize to my friends for not being here and being supportive like I would like to be. <BR> On a happy note, I just bought a jacket today in a size large - I think I am finally done with Extra large and oh what a feeling! <... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 20:21:07 EST Treat weight loss like school.... So yesterday my hubby asked me where I was with joining a gym. I told him that I was waiting for a friend to do it with me. He didn't understand why I would have to wait for a friend to join a gym. I feel bad because I did ask her because she has to lose a lot of weight too and I thought I would be helping her and having fun at the same time. <BR> However, now she and I just can't get it together. So that ends that. He was still asking me about joining one. I then told him when do I ha... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 18:52:01 EST Another week gone by... Trying to lose weight then you are not working and not going to school is so much easier! <BR> You can find time to plan menus, watch everything you eat, take time at the grocery store and plan exercising and actually do it! Oh and you can find time to clean and keep the house looking really tidy! <BR> Now, that is is completely a different story. I have been working for a month and going to school and well everything is still not as it should be. It is a work in progress. <BR> My frien... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 09:38:14 EST It's the end of the month again.... And my measurements are the same, but I am down 2 more lbs. <BR> My friend and I decided to join a gym together and I am pretty excited that I will have her do this with me for extra motivation. We are going to go and visit in on Wednesday. I am sure that will really help. <BR> Still going for my goal of 199 for January! Sun, 29 Sep 2013 20:09:39 EST New Plan for the Week - well sort of! Since yesterday I was formulating a new plan to do better with goal of 199 by January 1st and it was becoming complicated. I have a tendency to think too much and into things way too much so I made it easier. Before what I would do is take a few moments here and there to get some exercise in. Well, why not go back to that! <BR> This morning I got right up and did 15 minutes on my bike. I set it to more resistance so 15 minutes was good for a start. Then I did some cleaning and then laid ... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 11:23:06 EST Working hard, but not on me! I have to say I am thrown for a loop again in trying to keep up with work, school, my family and other things that once again me and my weight loss and health has taken a back seat. This always happens. It is really difficult for me to focus on me when there are too many other things going on. Especially when I leave my house at 715am and don't return until 830pm. My day is pretty much gone and all I want to do is lay on the couch for a bit, relax and then go to bed and read - which is al... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 08:27:00 EST Men and their fit bit! I have been really enjoying my fit bit. I leave it on the bed side table at night before I go to bed and as soon as I get up, I grab it with my phone and off to the bathroom and dressed I go. I have it on me all the time as I move so much I want every step to count! <BR> Well, I asked my husband where was his and how is he doing with it? <BR> He said he didn't know, that it was too small and he didn't know where he put it. <BR> <BR> Well, here comes laundry day! I put clothing in the ... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 16:03:50 EST Fall Weather Today when I woke up I could feel a slight chilly breeze coming in from my bedroom window. At that moment, I felt Fall is here! I opened up all the windows in the house to let all the fresh air come in and air out the house. I also lit a candle - well I usually do that as I love candles and love having the house smell pretty. I love when people come in my house and tell me "your house smells wonderful" or "this is how a house should smell!" <BR> <BR> The morning also made me think of w... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 19:13:02 EST Frustrated, aggravated - if weight loss is not a priority it isn't going to happen... Well, since I started my job I have gained 6lbs. I really thought that moving more with all my steps would help lose weight. But no I gained. Besides bike riding one day a week I haven't done any formal exercise. I really thought the step thing would work helping me to lose weight - although it makes me more more the scale went UP! <BR> I am so annoyed. It just goes to show if I don't exercise and log my food this is just not going to happen! I am so upset with the 6lbs weight loss! I ... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 16:59:55 EST First week down - on to the next! I am slowly getting used to my new schedule. It is going to take a while. I am going from 0-60 in no time flat! <BR> My son is doing well in school and likes his teacher. So that is a plus. My job is going well and the people there are very nice, so for that I am happy. <BR> I just am not used to having to be to work and classes in the evening anymore. I am slowly getting used to it. I am really happy that I have my fit bit. I am not doing any major exercising right now - I am just... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 22:11:35 EST New Scale - what the hell? We got the new scale - it has me weighing in more than the old one did...3 lbs more! ACK! So does that mean now that I didn't lose all the weight I did? What the heck? <BR> Didn't expect to see that? This scale seems better than the told one. It was consistent when we each weighed ourselves 3 times. The old scale would go up and down a pound. <BR> But really a three pound difference? Geez! That just stinks! <BR> Well, instead of complaining I am off to go and do my stationary bi... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 19:25:07 EST September's Plan for loss! I have put together my plan to lose at least 4lbs this month. In order for me to get to 199 by January 1st, I have to lose 4lbs a month for the next few months. I really don't like to say that I have to lose a certain amount of lbs each month, but to reach the goal - it has to be done. <BR> So there is the plan for this month: <BR> <BR> 1. Keep going forward with my goal of being 199 by January 1st! <BR> 2. Exercise daily - even if it is only for 20 minutes on my busy days. <BR> 3. Bi... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 10:32:05 EST End of Month Weight and Measurements! I did better than I thought - I am happy! <BR> <BR> I lost 2.5lbs this month. Now down to 213.5 from 216 last month. <BR> I lost an inch off my stomach I was 38 now 37! <BR> I am soo surprised at this one with me and my fat ass....I lost an inch - I went from 47 to 46. I tripled checked that one I was so surprised. <BR> And my hips are the same. But I can't complain because that was where most of the inches were lost last month. So still 41 inches. <BR> <BR> So now here comes Se... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 08:52:22 EST Well, no pilates class for me! I can't find any that match my schedule between school and work. I was just checking out crossfit classes, but not sure if that is too much for me? <BR> I emailed one place to see if they offer a free class. I am waiting for a reply. <BR> I would really like to try to take one health class a week. I feel like it will be something just for me, myself and I. If that makes sense. I am really going to find a way in the month of September to figure out how the strength training can remain... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 18:12:19 EST I don't want a cookie darn it! This is the madness that us people trying to lose weight and eat health have to deal with! <BR> Tonight in class, the teacher brought in cookies. The big chocolate chip kind that are probably 250 calories a cookie! <BR> So I saw him bring them in and offer them to us. I first thought second though - think of all the fat in that cookie and how hard you are working to lose weight... <BR> Well, that was all I needed to say NO, thank you! The the lady next time, grabbed a cookie an... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 21:44:36 EST Well, waddaya know?!? After writing on my blog last night about how I figured I didn't do well for August, I decided to go on the scale this morning! Much to my surprise I lost 2 more lbs! <BR> I am pretty happy with that loss! I didn't think I would lose a darn thing! Now 214...getting closer to my goal of 199 for January 1st! All is not a total loss for the month of pun intended! <BR> Well, I will wait to do my measurements on Saturday! Maybe another .5 lbs will come off by then...if... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 15:28:01 EST Don't think I did too well for this month.... I am due to weight in and measure on Saturday. I don't think I am going to get too good results this month like I did last month. I am hoping that I lose something. But last time I looked at the scale I gained .5. <BR> Well, I guess I will find out on Saturday when I do my weigh in and measurements. If I don't do well, I will try not to beat myself up over it - just make myself do better next month. That's all I can do right? <BR> <BR> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 21:56:27 EST Need to get used to this! I am so tired after today's orientation that I was wanting to go to bed an hour ago. I have been fighting not going to sleep now. Hopefully I can make it for another 2 hours at least. <BR> I did well with my food today and I am happy for that! <BR> <BR> I have to get used to being back at work again. I attempted to do some workouts on my stationary bike, but felt like I was pushing myself too had so I stopped. <BR> <BR> Think I will relax for the rest of the evening and just watch ... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 19:29:45 EST Planning, planning and more planning! I am now registered for school, have a job - let the fun begin! <BR> I am going to make a schedule for keeping the house clean, getting school work done, cardio, strength training and meals. Lots of planning and schedules - but I figure it will help keep me on track with everything this semester and not fall apart! Oh and recreation planning for the weekend! A girl's gotta have fun too! <BR> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 10:18:04 EST Do husbands ever pay attention? Geez.... My husband sometimes really cracks me up. I swear he doesn't listen to half of what I say or pays attention - which I am not upset about - that is just him. He listens to very important stuff - but little stuff pretty much goes in one ear and out the other. <BR> So - I think it was a few months ago I showed him a fitbit at the store. I told him I was thinking of getting one and showed him what it looked like. I got "eh". Which pretty much means he doesn't care. Ok - so today we are ta... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 14:57:36 EST Lose 17lbs by January 1st to see 199 on the scale..I think it's doable! I just checked the scale. I am up .5lbs. I am not kicking it like I was before so need to get back into gear! It is only going to get harder with school, work and my son's schedule. <BR> I am still getting in cardio daily - but my food is not as healthy. I feel like I am falling into old habits again. I have been so tired and then I wind up eating something quick and not so healthy. I have to find other ways to deal with that as my hubby and I are working hard to lose weight. My bein... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 07:27:46 EST Pilates anyone? I am really interested in trying a pilates class to help with the strength training. Seeing the reformer - I think it is called looks like a lot of fun! <BR> Anyone take this kind of class before? <BR> <BR> I think it will be a nice me time thing to do especially with work and school. I want to get in to shape and think going to a class twice a week will help with my strength training goal. <BR> <BR> Any thoughts? <BR> <BR> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 09:49:53 EST Goals are important! I realized this morning that I had a goal in my life and it came true! <BR> I told myself that my goal was to have a job in August and I made the goal happen! <BR> Pretty exciting! Goals help YOU to take control of your life and make things happen the way you want them to happen! <BR> <BR> Knowing that I made a goal happen empowers me to start working on other goals! <BR> I am going to set another 2 goals to work towards and make them happen! <BR> <BR> Set your goals today - make t... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 10:50:30 EST Getting Nervous now.... Well, Tuesday starts my first day of work. I have no idea whether I will be working a whole week - half week or what until Tuesday. I hate no knowing...but am going with it. <BR> Getting nervous as I feel I have to get a ton of stuff done before I start. Reality is I don't have the time and have to make schedule to do these things. I am also cramming in a lot of fun stuff with my son as our summer vacation will end early with my going back to work. I am thankful I did have really a lot... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 21:39:54 EST Employed Again! I am really happy that I got a job offer for the position I wanted. It isn't a full time teaching position..but it is a job and I am taking it! <BR> I am going to miss being home with my little guy, but I was lucky to have a lot of the summer with him. <BR> This week I am going to make the most of the rest of it and go to a few fun places! <BR> Now, the big thing is - what am I going to bring for lunches?!? Wed, 14 Aug 2013 09:05:42 EST How do you get rid of arm flab? I am seriously tired of looking at my arm flab... I am doing upper weights.... <BR> So what else can I do to get rid of it? I am back to it bugging the heck out of me again! <BR> <BR> Thanks for any suggestions? Mon, 12 Aug 2013 09:46:13 EST Motivation! I really like reading these sort of messages! Here is a favorite one - <BR> <BR> There is no magic pill... <BR> No special shake.... <BR> No special diet.... <BR> <BR> JUST MOVE YOUR ASS! <BR> <BR> How true is that? <BR> <BR> Have a great rest of the weekend everyone! Sun, 11 Aug 2013 17:27:01 EST Anyone else hate food shopping? I don't know what it is - but I hate food shopping! Well, to be fair I hate all shopping! I hate clothing shopping that's for sure too. But for me food shopping is the worst! <BR> Why does food have to be so expensive? It isn't like it is a luxury! We all need food to live! <BR> Then I also have to decide what to cook and all that stuff too? I am bored with food. I go through these periods where I really don't care what I eat. Of course having a family that doesn't work too well....... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 08:56:00 EST End of the Week Today I went on the scale and lost 1lb! Yahoo! Guess I am doing something right! <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> I am now down 25lbs since last year! Yay! I started strength training again this week and will keep that up! <BR> <BR> I went on the last interview of the week. <em>198</em> Eh...I wasn't that impressed with this one either. <em>40</em> <BR> So I am holding out for my favorite one where I go on my 2nd interview next week. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I am sooo tired... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 11:43:54 EST Crappy night sleeping! I had a horrible night sleeping last night. Went to bed at 10:15 and I don't think I fell asleep til about 2. Then it was hit and miss all night. I don't think I ever went into a deep sleep. I got up at 530 because I was getting annoyed about not going to sleep. Plus I have to get up soon so might as well just get up! <BR> I don't think I could sleep because of all the interviews and changes that I know are on the way. <BR> Last night at 7pm, the director for the private school contact... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 06:49:10 EST Another day of NSV and another interview Today I was able to wear my size large shirt! And once again my size 16 pants! So nice to be able to wear a size large and not an extra large and a size 16! <BR> <BR> When I went on the interview my friend came to see me and the first thing she said is, "Wow! You lost a lot of weight!" I haven't seen her in a year so that made me feel awesome! Another NSV! <BR> <BR> The interview went great. Basically the woman told me I was her top pick and she wanted to keep me there and put me in... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 15:59:20 EST The latest blog I have ever wrote so far.... I usually write morning blogs and afternoon blogs - but never a late blog. I guess that is just the way the day is going. <BR> I picked up my son's friend and he spent the entire day with us. We had a lot of fun playing in the house and we went out and did a few things too! <BR> As much as I need to work, I also feel blessed to be able to spend this time with my son and see him really happy to hang out with a friend. <BR> The summer is almost done and I know I will be working soon (ho... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 20:44:17 EST NSV and Interview I don't have many clothes for interviews right now. Oddly I have suits for winter, but really nothing for summer. So I decided to try these black pants that I have and haven't worn for years - well guess what now they fit! They are a size 16. They are a little snug, but fit well enough to wear. So I was happy with that! <BR> The interview went really well. They are going to schedule a 2nd interview with me on Friday when someone they want me to meet with comes back. It seems like a r... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 13:07:16 EST This week is going to be a busy week! Today I am going to check out some business opportunity. Not enthused about going - but will go. I said I would.... Come home and get my bike ready and take a bike ride with my son. He got a new bike yesterday and is loving it! <BR> Tomorrow is my first interview. I hope I get there quicker than an hour and 10 minutes. I really hate long commutes - but it's a job. Wednesday and Friday are other job interviews. I also have PT for my hip on two days. I am going to have to find some f... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 11:02:02 EST