SPARKGIRL32's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SPARKGIRL32 SPARKGIRL32's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Day 1732: All Good Things Must Come To An End :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827545 Hi guys, I thought I would write a "goodbye" blog. I have decided to stop writing in here. As I have written in many entries, I keep a journal and write a lot of articles separate from this site. It seems to be a bit much to be writing in my journal, on 750words.com, on my personal website, and here on SparkPeople. I like to write, but not that much (LOL). <BR> <BR> So..I'm going to stop writing in here. Maybe I'll feel motivated to write a blog for my 5 year SparkVersary or something..but f... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 11:57:16 EST Day 1688: My Supermarket Habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802399 Today's prompt: Write a blog post about the pros and cons of your current supermarket habits, and how you plan to change them for the better. <BR> <BR> I am going to adjust this prompt a little bit... <BR> <BR> I have been very proud of myself lately. I have been preparing almost all of my meals at home and grocery shopping regularly..which is very different than it has been the past couple years. <BR> <BR> The past couple of years, I have had a tendency to eat out a lot because I work fro... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:20:28 EST Day 1687: 3 Things I Did Well This Week... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801331 Heyyyoo! I didn't do yesterday's prompt because it was a repeat of day 1684 :) <BR> <BR> Here's today's prompt: Today, list three things you've been doing well with during the past week. Are you sticking to your meal plan or putting a lot of effort into your workouts? Give yourself credit where it's due! <BR> <BR> I have been doing a lot of things really well the past week :) I am proud of myself. Here are some my favorites: <BR> <BR> 1. I am doing well at practicing non attachment...wher... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:26:29 EST Day 1685: My favorite quote... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800277 Today's prompt: What is your favorite motivational quote? Reflect on it in your blog. <BR> <BR> I have a lot of favorite quotes..so many it's hard to choose..but the first quote I put on my SparkPage when I started losing weight on Spark was "success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out." I think it's ironic I chose this quote..because it's very accurate of the approach I have taken on my healthy lifestyle/the approach that works best for me. It's not about changing every... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 09:36:04 EST Day 1684: How I feel in 5 words or less... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799859 Today's prompt: in your blog, describe how you feel in five words or less. <BR> <BR> 1. Motivated <BR> 2. Present <BR> 3. Peaceful <BR> 4. Crampy (lol-TOM for me) <BR> 5. Loved <BR> <BR> That was quick :) Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:08:40 EST Day 1683: My friends and their influence... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799219 Today's Prompt: Do you think your friends are a positive or negative influence on your healthy lifestyle? Write about this in your blog--and think of some ways you and your friends can make healthier choices when you are together. <BR> <BR> Welp, first things first...to be quite honest, at the moment I don't have friends that I am hanging out with. I am living in Florida right now and am from Chicago. Over the past few years, I have spent a lot of time on my own. For awhile, I was going to D... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:26:30 EST Day 1682: Going clothes shopping makes me feel... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798621 Today's prompt: Going clothes shopping makes me feel ____ (fill in the blank) <BR> <BR> Honestly, I have never really been a big clothes shopper. LOL. I like clothes..but I think the process of buying them is so boring. However, I Love going dress shopping (I Love wearing dresses and pretty much wear them whenever the weather permits). I'm pretty neutral about clothes shopping..unless I have a special event that is coming up (then I get excited). I also wear a lot of the same clothes (aka my... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:52:25 EST Day 1681: What I Love About My Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798137 Today's prompt: Name at least one thing that you Love about your body. Celebrate what you have RIGHT NOW. Loving yourself as you are will make your journey much more enjoyable. <BR> <BR> Okie dokie..I definitely agree with the fact that it's easier to move from where you are currently at if you Love what you already have. So here I go!!... <BR> <BR> 1. My ability to move/grow ~ When it comes to what I Love about my body, I always like to start with the fact that I am fully capable to partic... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:45:04 EST Day 1680: My major fitness goal I'm working toward... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797317 Today's prompt is: <BR> What major fitness goal are you working toward right now? <BR> <BR> One of the things I am actively working towards is getting away from the exercise mentality and focusing more on movement and getting grounded in my body. I have noticed that moving my body definitely has a huge impact on me and how I feel during the day. However, exercise sometimes feels forced to me. When I focus on moving my body instead..I feel like I am participating in an act of self-Love. <BR>... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 09:30:50 EST Day 1679: I am grateful for...my sensitivity :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796841 Hi guys..long time no blog..right?! :) I am checking out the SparkCoach program for the first time and I wanted to participate in the journal prompt portion of it because I LOVE to journal :) I have been mostly writing pen to paper these days..and on this site called 750words.com (that's why I haven't been around here:) <BR> <BR> When I checked what day it was on my Spark Journey..I could hardly believe it..it's day 1679!! Woweeee! How life has changed in that amount of time. Just wanted to ... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 13:19:59 EST Day 1528: Letting Go Of The Old Challenge - Day 1 of 28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695266 Hello! I'm doing a 4-week decluttering challenge. I have decided to call it my "letting go of the old challenge" :). I'm getting ready to move to San Diego sometime in between July and October...and I have to get rid of all of the stuff I no longer need. I started doing this in February/March and got rid of a ton. The problem is, I also have been having to get rid of a lot of other people's things that were left in my house too. So it's taking me a lot longer than it normally would. <BR> <BR... Wed, 14 May 2014 22:47:44 EST Day 1527: Meditation Challenge Complete + De-Cluttering Challenge Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694365 Hello, hello! Over the past 28 days, I challenged myself to doing a meditation/sending energy challenge :) Now, it's coming to a close...so it's time to pick a new challenge. <BR> <BR> This 4-week challenge is going to be around de-cluttering/letting go of what is not serving me. I am moving to San Diego in between July and October and I want to be ready when that time comes. I want to let go of anything I don't Love as well. This is also related to letting go of old relationships and habits... Tue, 13 May 2014 18:42:13 EST Day 1476: Do you have to follow a diet "perfectly" to lose weight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654495 Have you noticed that whenever people go to lose weight, they try to eat 100% "perfectly" (fruits, veggies, all nonprocessed foods, etc.)? I think this is one of the reasons why "diets" fail. People are trying to take too big of a leap from where they are currently at to where they ideally would want to be. The end result? Almost always...they get overwhelmed and throw in the towel. The "perfect" eating plan never lasts very long at all. <BR> <BR> For any of you that have been long time read... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 10:44:20 EST Day 1461: My 4-Year SparkVersary!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643946 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1454205088.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Wow!! I cannot believe it, but today marks me being on SparkPeople for 4 years!! Although I haven't been as active the past two years or so (my journey has shifted from weight loss to spirituality and I have started to write pen to paper instead of typing)...I owe Chris Downie, the community, and the resources within this site everything. I truly believe I would never have gotten where I am today without all the s... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 21:40:19 EST Day 1366: Diet Detoxing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5556028 So yesterday my bootcamp started and I am following along the program with my bootcampers. I gave them the assignment yesterday of going on a two week long diet detox. I am going to be journaling about my own diet detox here! :) <BR> <BR> So...today, I walked to breakfast...which was about 8/10 of a mile there and back. I walk quite a bit because I use public transportation to get everywhere :) I Love it! That started my day out on the right foot. <BR> <BR> Immediately after breakfast, I we... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 14:19:11 EST Day 1364: Building Momentum + Focus List http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5554066 I think one of the things that makes is so hard to lose weight is momentum...or really a lack of it. Even though I teach this stuff constantly, I still find myself wanting to do more than supports building momentum in the beginning. <BR> <BR> The truth is, momentum can be built so fast if we let it. When we set up to-do lists with a million things to do, we kill any chance of momentum being built. After all, how can we feel like we're getting things done when we're unable to check all of our... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 10:39:04 EST Day 1363: Guess who's back :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5553630 Hi guys!! Thought I would do a quick blog!! I'm wanting to stay accountable to some lifestyle changes that I'm making and figured posting in my SparkBlog would be a great place to do just that. I haven't been writing in here..not because I haven't been working on myself (I am!! :)..but because I use my paper journal to do most of my writing now. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to get a healthy lifestyle ritual going on again so I figured I would write in here. Ideally, I will have developed a morning r... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 18:44:12 EST Day 1233: Updates :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5430319 So I haven't been writing the past couple of days...I have actually stepped away from the computer. I write every single day in a journal..so it's no biggie. <BR> <BR> I am currently in Florida visiting my second family I talked about a couple of entries ago. My second mom is in recovery after the brain aneurysm bursting. So we're here for support and to help take turns at the hospital so she is never alone. I Love them so much and I have been very lucky to have that family in my life for m... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 08:46:43 EST Day 1224: Starting A Weight Loss Journey + The Presence Process, Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5420859 Hola! I'm back :) I'm on the fifth day of my presence process experience and felt like writing a little bit today. I may be bouncing around a little today..I have a lot on my mind. <BR> <BR> Something inspired me to write about the last start of my weight loss journey and how it was different from the millions of other times I had started new plans. You see, I had failed so many times on my weight loss journey...for the first time in my life...when I started, I didn't go crazy with creating ... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 15:55:12 EST Day 1223: Tough Love Isn't Necessary & The Presence Process, Days 3 & 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5419793 It never ceases to amaze me how...when I choose to work on something...The Universe immediately sends a tests. That's what happened two nights ago... <BR> <BR> My second mom had an unexpected brain aneurism on Thursday night. My parents have been best friends with her and her husband since they were literally kids. My dad and her husband have been best friends since fifth grade. When I first found out about it, I was told she had already passed away. This year has held so many lessons..but t... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 12:00:15 EST Day 1221: The Presence Process, Day 2 + Weight Loss Program Tip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5417855 Hey guys! I am back to report on the presence process..day 2! I had some time to reflect and decided I was going to do the first option of how to go through the process. I want to eventually work up to doing breathing sessions for 15 minutes twice a day..but I feel intuitively I am not ready to ask that much of myself just yet. I know it seems super simple..haha, but it was more difficult when I tried it. I really want to meet myself where I am currently at..maybe in a couple weeks I'll build... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 12:49:19 EST Day 1220: The Presence Process, Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5416663 Hola my little Sparkies! I know it's been awhile since I have written :). I have been enjoying my summer. Lots of stuff is going on right now, a lot of change ! It seems like it has been constant change since I started on my Spark journey back 1220 days ago! lol..so many lessons :) I am very grateful for all the lessons. <BR> <BR> One of the things that I have always had a hard time with was presence. Like a lot of you guys, I am definitely what you would call a planner. I Love goal-setting ... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 11:25:13 EST Day 1180: Tips To Deal With Dieting Guilt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5373375 I have found that guilt is your biggest weight loss enemy. When you feel guilty (or start having thoughts that you "should" be doing more when it comes to your diet and exercise plan or that you just aren't cut out for this diet and exercise plan)...for me, it's became a sign I needed to do damage control. Before I had fully learned how crucial it was to be kind to myself and not beat myself up, I would get guilty all the time. I would set these intricate programs, not be able to keep up, fee... Fri, 31 May 2013 08:31:43 EST Day 1152: My Weight Loss Perspective Now + Latest Pic :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5344089 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1848529677.jpg"> <BR> Latest pic :) April 22, 2013 :) <BR> <BR> Hey guys! Wanted to write in here since I Haven't in awhile. I have been writing in a real journal and another blog because my writing doesn't have too much to with weight loss..SparkPeople has genuinely helped me BECOME a healthy person. You know..one of those people that I used to look at like an alien! haha. I just had my three month anniversary of being vegan (Love, Love, L... Fri, 3 May 2013 08:33:03 EST Day 1120: Setting New Intentions + A Weight Loss Tip From Me To You http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5308493 Howdy homies! I thought I would write a blog today. I have actually started blogging on this site called Powerful Intentions, which is a Law of Attraction community. It's much smaller than SparkPeople, but since my goals have evolved I decided to switch over there when I am writing about my goals that don't have to do with my healthy living lifestyle. I was especially interested in the site because it's all based on manifesting, which I am a huge fan of. I Love studying it and everything abou... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 07:58:36 EST Day 1118: Presence & Accomplishing Goals :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5305150 Hola my little Sparkies! Thought I would write a quick blog entry. How have you guys been? <BR> <BR> I just got back from a vacation with my mom to Florida. It was amazing! I am so glad that we went. I swear, warm weather is my therapy. <BR> <BR> I have been getting organized for April. Jessica (DETERMINED_SOUL) and I have decided to keep each other accountable with our goals and I'm really excited for that. I'm really into the Law of Attraction/manifesting so I know how important it is to... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 09:44:33 EST Day 1112: Some Ramblings/Updates http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5297991 So, I know I owe you guys a 3-Year SparkVersary blog. I want to write something that is a little bit different from the past anniversary blogs I have written, but I am not exactly 100% sure how that is going to look just yet. I have been busy with the remodel of my house still and now I'm on vacation...Florida!! Woot woot!! <BR> <BR> Traveling is my therapy...especially to warm places. I Love it so much. I feel like every single time I go on a vacation, I come back clearer on my purpose and ... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 08:29:18 EST Day 1099: Shifting Into Who I *Should* Be http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5284004 Woot woot ! Sorry it's been a little while that I have written. I have been trying to streak with my writing on 750words.com and sometimes I post them on my SparkBlog as well. My streak got alllll sorts of messed up because I had tons of things come up. My apartment is getting remodeled and my dad made the decision to remodel it like the day before he started (he's not so good at planning..haha). So I have had to help out with that/go through all of my stuff so I can get rid of what no longer... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 13:28:55 EST Day 1087: (Recovering) Perfectionist Party! haha http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5267263 Woohoo! I'm happy to admit that I feel like my issues with perfectionism when it comes to my writing are finally healing up quite nicely. Wooo! What a relief. I officially posted my first blog since October and I wrote it in like 15 minutes. I want to get to the point where I am pumping them out real quick. I feel like we write our best when we aren't thinking about it too much. <BR> <BR> Thank goodness for Spark, I am so glad I have all of my blogs to look back on and see how much I've grow... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 13:02:32 EST Day 1086: Some A-has! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5265896 Hey friends! As you know, I'm trying to write more. I am on my 8th day of writing at least 750 words or more! Woohoo! I've actually written over 30,000 words just since I started this streak. Not bad, right? ;) <BR> <BR> I am doing this writing streak so I can finish healing my perfectionism with writing and tap into the creative flow more easily where the great writing practically just pours out. You guys know what I am saying? <BR> <BR> I had a really big a-ha today while I was journaling... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 11:24:16 EST Day 1085: Staying Focused http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5264998 Woohoo! I'm proud to say that I am on a 7 day streak of writing at least 750 words daily! I Love streaking!! hehe. <BR> <BR> Today, I wanted to write about staying focused. This has always been something that has been kind of hard for me because I LOVE to learn. Like a lot. I Love knowing how to do everything. Since I spend a lot of my time learning new things, often times I have so many things I want to do or hobbies I want to expand...but not enough time to do it! It takes some serious pri... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 16:51:28 EST Day 1081: How To Get (& Stay) Motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5260263 Heya! As you guys know, I have been trying to write more to heal my perfectionism when it comes to my writing. As a cure for myself, I have chosen to write for long blocks of time (up to four hours)...even if the writing is something like this blog or filling out journaling questions. One of my favorite forms of writing is where I am offering advice to others (go figure) or journaling my own self-development stuff so I can get clear on it. I have been doing most of this journaling in an actua... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 16:42:01 EST Day 1080: Is Your To-Do List Hurting You? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5258710 I Love to-do lists. Like a lot. I'm one of those people who write things on my to-do list that I've already done so I can have the satisfaction of crossing that item off. They can be really great momentum builders and make you feel like you are getting a ton done. The problem comes when we are putting too much on our to-do lists. Then they make us feel defeated and like we aren't accomplishing enough. No bueno! <BR> <BR> A little while ago, I read a tip on SparkPeople's Facebook "like" page ... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 11:55:15 EST Day 1079: Setting Better Goals For Ourselves + Mini Vitality Challenge For You Guys :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5257620 If you've kept up with me for awhile now, often times I have discussed how important it is to take into account the FEELINGS you are going after when it comes to your goals. So often, we feel like if we were to just ___ (lose weight, get a job promotion, find a boyfriend, have kids, move to that new house, etc. etc.), we would FINALLY be happy. Often times, especially as perfectionists, we get there and it is no longer good enough or it doesn't solve our problem like we thought it would. <BR>... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 14:18:40 EST Day 1077: (NOT) Stress Eating :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5255378 As I have written previously, in the past I have had a huge issue with emotional eating. All types of it! Sad, angry, mad, stressed, so happy I'm not paying attention to how much I'm eating, etc. etc. Over the past year, I have FINALLY transitioned to having a normal relationship with food. It hasn't been but the past three or so months that I was able to have such a healthy relationship with food, that I don't eat when I am *extremely* emotional anymore. I'm telling you guys that because if ... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 20:53:11 EST Day 1075: Emotional Eating + Veganism + Blogging Regularly Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5252414 Hey guys!! Hope you are all doing well! I have good news! I'm going to be blogging regularly again!! I have been journaling in an actual journal for awhile now (most of what I journal on now is about my spiritual path) and didn't have Internet at my apartment (wasted sooo much time on it-hehe) so I wasn't Sparking much. I just got Internet at my apartment so you'll be hearing more from me! <BR> <BR> I have officially transitioned to being a Vegan, which I have wanted to do for years but didn... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 09:24:49 EST Day 1036: I'm here! I'm here! I'm here! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5197510 Hello hello :) WOW! Somehow, I missed my THOUSANDTH day on Spark/missed writing in here. I haven't been sparking much because I don't have Internet at my apartment anymore! My roomie moved out and they had the Internet in their name. I was thinking about getting it after...and then I felt like I wanted to spend some time without it (see how much more I got accomplished ;)...boy, was I right! I wasted a lot of time on the computer! :) It's so easy to get distracted on the Internet!! I still ha... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 18:57:50 EST Day 972: Check-in :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5123699 Hola my lil Sparkies!! I figured I'd check in with ya!! It's been SO long since I have written in here! Don't worry, I'm not "off track" or anything of that sort :) I have actually been keeping a written journal (I'm a pen to paper type of gal). A lot of what I journal about now is in relation to my spiritual journey and not so much weight related...so I keep forgetting to update this. <BR> <BR> As far as my healthy living journey goes...I reread through ALL of my blogs since the start of me... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 14:42:55 EST Day 895: You NEVER Stop Learning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5021557 Oh my goodness..so I must share because I am so excited for myself. Whenever I figure something out personally, I always report it to my blog on the chance one of you guys will have an "a-ha" moment from it. As you guys know, I am huge into viewing your weight loss efforts as a self-development journey...you truly learn so much about yourself while in the process of losing weight. <BR> <BR> Spiritually, I believe that when the student is ready...the teacher will appear :). Meaning that, when... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 09:18:14 EST Day 884: Oh HEY There Old Friend :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5006809 So......I just did the 30 Day Shred for the first time in who knows how long ;) <BR> <BR> This past week or so (I'm on day 10!), I have been focusing on eating my meals at home (wrote about this last entry). I also have been spending an hour and a half when I first get up giving myself a Reiki treatment, doing my affirmations, and meditating. I wanted to add a short workout afterward to that..since the 30 Day Shred is under 30 minutes, I figured it'd be perfect :) <BR> <BR> For awhile, I wa... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 14:09:49 EST Day 881: I Feel Like A Rockstar ;) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5001855 Hey homies! So I wanted to say I'm proud to report I am on day seven of eating every single one of my meals at home and day 8 of affirming/meditating/doing Reiki treatments on myself every single day. Woohoo! <BR> <BR> I seriously LOVE affirmations...I know you hear me say it all the time...but I really kicked it up this week and made them a priority and BOY can I tell the difference. As you guys know, I was eating out ALL the time (more than I ate my meals at home). With the help of my hand... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 11:48:52 EST Day 875: Confession: I Gained Some Weight Back :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4993811 I keep meaning to writing a blog entry about this...as many of you guys know, I have gained about 15 pounds of my weight back. I know, ooo! 15 pounds..big deal, right (sense my sarcasm??)? But since authenticity/transparency is such a high value of mine, I do want to let you guys know. <BR> <BR> Yes, a huge part of my job is helping people lose AND maintain their loss. <BR> Yes, I "failed" at maintaining my goal weight once I reached it. <BR> <BR> As you guys know (if you keep up with me), ... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 21:24:48 EST Day 837: 15DVC-Love Letter To Your Body :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4937570 This is prompt #3 of the 15 Day Vitality Challenge! I am posting this to give you guys ideas of what you may write in your own letter :) <BR> <BR> “Hating something ties you to it, and if you want to move to a better place, start by loving what you have” –Sanaya Roman <BR> <BR> So often, we spend so much of our time picking apart everything we hate about our bodies. We tell ourselves that we’re fat, our nose is too big, our legs are too thick, our chest is too big, our arms are so flabby, o... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 11:27:41 EST Day 834: 15DVC-You CAN Do This (The Importance Of Belief) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4933146 Today's prompt #2 of the 15 Day Vitality Challenge (round 7!) is about building the belief that it isn't a question whether or not you CAN accomplish your weight loss goal. You've already accomplished SO much in your life...it isn't a question whether or not you are going to be successful on this journey, it is just a matter of time! I wanted to post the prompt and my current example for my push goal of building Vitality and helping others. Your belief statement is your time to BRAG and build... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 12:41:49 EST Day 807: Day 3 of the 15DVC (Round 6) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4895071 I didn't write yesterday...was super busy with work :) I decided I was going to change my goals to take into account my new FitBit...it tracks calories burned and steps taken...and I find that really motivating. Much more motivating than following an exercise program right now (hehe). I also realized that following the HHMD is a little much right now since I spend a lot of time out of my house. SOOOO...I'm going to aim to either eat 5-8 fruits and veggies (if I'm away from home) or track my c... Wed, 23 May 2012 19:03:13 EST Day 805: Day 2 of the 15DVC (Round 6) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4892157 Eyoooo! Day two! I am gonna writing something real quick ...gotta do my affirmations before bed and hit the hay! :) <BR> <BR> Today was really good as far as my food goes. I did a lot of walking, but did not do my ChaLEAN Extreme. So far, I have burned 1825 calories according to my fitbit...and I still have a few hours :) I also walked 12,000 steps! I got my water in as well :) AND I went grocery shopping and got allllllll healthy stuff :) YAY! <BR> <BR> How are you guys doing? What did you... Mon, 21 May 2012 22:33:19 EST Day 804: Day 1 of the 15DVC (Round 6) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4890347 Heyoooo - I wanted to blog every day for the next 15 days...I'm trying to eventually become vegan and I really think blogging helps for accountability. <BR> <BR> Self-Love: I didn't do my affirmations this morning but I am going to do them tonight :) I didn't stay at my house last night and was out of routine because of the weekend. Will make sure I do this tomorrow :) <BR> Nutrition: Today was one of my 5 days off :) <BR> Fitness: Going to double up workouts tomorrow to stay on track :) <... Sun, 20 May 2012 21:59:43 EST Day 782: I LOVE Priority/Value/Goal Alignment ;) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4856175 I thought I would share my values and priorities with you guys :). It’s creepy how similar we all are and I thought it may help some of you gain clarity on your own by reading mine ;). I am OBSESSED with priority/value/goal alignment…it is KEY to living a happy life!! Truly life-changing stuff!!!! <BR> <BR> My Top 8: <BR> 1. Love <BR> -As in God (Love is God and God is Love in my world :) <BR> -Self-Love <BR> -Love of others <BR> -Responding with Love always <BR> -Spreading Love (God) ... Sat, 28 Apr 2012 11:56:20 EST Day 742: Day 1 of 15 Day Vitality Challenge Round 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4795393 Woot woot! Today marks round 4 of the 15 day Vitality Challenge :) I am actively participating in this one myself...I wanna get back in routine of working out :) I have slacked the past few months, I'm not going to lie. I'll go through like week spurts where I'll be on top of it and then travel and get out of the groove. Habits! That's all this is! Let's build 'em :) <BR> <BR> Nutrition goal: drink 8-10 glasses of water :) <BR> Fitness goal: Work out at least 15 minutes 5-7 days/week <BR> Se... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 16:39:03 EST Day 727: Pics + My Weight Loss Story/Lessons/Tips + Updates + Gratitude!! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4770106 I'm super excited!! I have been taking a lot of time to myself and time off the computer (ME month is going great! :) and have been really getting clear on my life purpose and passion. With my 2-year SparkVersary coming up, there has been lots of reflection. WHOA has these past two years been a total RIDE...in an extremely positive way! So much self-discovery...I'm a COMPLETELY different person...the person I always wanted to be :) <BR> <BR> Story time!!! Props to you if you read it all, I t... Sun, 4 Mar 2012 13:42:46 EST