STACEY3940's SparkPeople Blog STACEY3940's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I hate my new hair cut Well last night I decided to go from long straight hair to a short bob style... ok so I didn't really decide to do that it just happened. My hair looked like this: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> and not it looks like this: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm not going to lie, I hated it at first, in fact I'm still not thr... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 10:01:18 EST Meet my new baby, Noah Its been awhile since I've even logged onto sparkpeople... I do not think I even got on once the entire 3.5 months I was on maternity leave. Today is my first day back to work and because its been so emotional trying to return to work I decided I needed a spark-break and here I am blogging about the new love in my life. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> He was born 6/3/13 at 10:55am and was 8lbs 14oz and was 21.5" long. I love that hi... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 15:06:43 EST Reaching My Goals I have had some experiences lately that have made me realize a couple things... <BR> <BR> 1. No more waiting to live, no more waiting until I reach a certain weight, no more waiting until I have so much money in the bank, no more waiting until this is done or that has been accomplished. <BR> <BR> 2. I am only getting this one life and part of me feels like I'm hiding in the shadows and missing part of my life because of my weight. I recently went to an amusement park where I was nervous... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 15:23:42 EST Two Crazy Puppies! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The one in front is our newest addition. Her name is Lexi and she is an 8 week old collie pup. We are just getting to know her. She listen pretty well and is starting to know her name (we only got her this past weekend). The only problem is she cries in her crate all night long, and I'm talking ALL NIGHT. It's been keeping us up. I guess we were spoiled the last two months with the other dog because she never ... Thu, 12 Jul 2012 08:25:37 EST Time to get real As I said in the previous blog, I'm ready to give this 100% again. I'm not going in with the attitude that I can do it a little at a time or that I will make exceptions along the way because I still have to live my life. Yes, any extreme change is likely to be short-lived but I need to error more on the side of extreme than not because for me it's all or nothing. I did it before when I first joined sparkpeople years ago. Actually until about 10 months ago when I stopped taking a long term... Wed, 13 Jun 2012 14:38:38 EST The same old story I've said it before a million times but I really need to get back butt back in gear. I am determined to make this year a good year... but i've already pass by half of the year with no changes which is sad to me but I'm going to start now. No more saying I don't have time or things get in the way because that shouldn't be the case... I'm worth putting the time into and ultimately what is more important than our health right? <BR> <BR> So here are some of the things I've been thinking of..... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 09:38:34 EST Meet Cassi This last month and a half has been very difficult for my husband and I. On 4/1 we lost out 7 year old lab Isaac due to a terrible accident. He was a wonderful dog and we miss him very much. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Then on 5/2 we lost our other dog Buddy at 11 years old. He was very sad over losing Isaac and we think that played a roll in his passing becuse before Isaac left us both dogs were very active and playful. After Isaac ... Tue, 15 May 2012 08:19:35 EST I will never forget you Buddy <img src=""> <BR> One month and one day after losing Isaac, I lost my other dog Buddy. He was my best friend and him and I had a special bond. This has been an exceptionally difficult time for my husband and I as these two were our fur-children. We lost Isaac to a terrible accident and before we had time to heal from that our other baby was gone. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Tuesday even... Tue, 8 May 2012 15:28:51 EST Week 3 My goals for this week are going to be much like the last 2 weeks because I'm doing something correct... not fast enough but its better than doing it wrong. So far this month I've lost 2.8 lbs. I know thats not much but its better than gaining and considering I was a basket-case for the first 2 weeks of April after losing my dog I think I'm doing just fine. <BR> <BR> Monday 4/30 <BR> <em>334</em> Stay under 1500 calories- I'm going to say yes, but technically I was 3 calories over!!! ... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 14:45:18 EST Week 2 I am off to a late start for this week but I'm going to post my goals for the rest of this week and hope it gets better. I did this last week and it held me more accountable. I didn't do it yet this week and my diet has not been so great nor have I exercised even once. I cannot tell you what I'll be doing each day after work or what my meals will consist of but I am setting 6 goals for each day and I'll report back how I did on reaching this goals. <BR> <BR> THURADAY 4/26 <BR> *Stay below... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 14:50:08 EST This week.... is going to be the start of a new and refreshed me. To do that, I'm going to give myself goals for the week and I'm going to check back and see how I did. So here are my goals: <BR> <BR> <BR> MONDAY <BR> I am working out in the field today so I should get some exercise in during the day. It is going to storm tonight so I doubt there will be any outside exercise but to make up for that I'm going to do some indoor weight resistance training (pushups, balance ball, etc). Also, as I'm writi... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 14:52:17 EST RIP My Sweet Puppy Isaac This is one of the saddest blogs I have ever written. I lost my 7 year old dog Sunday and my husband and I are just so upset about it, maybe more so than most would understand. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> He was run over by a car driven by someone I know... it was in our driveway where he should have been safe. I live nowhere near a busy road so there is no reason he should have been in danger. It was a freak accident but that ... Wed, 4 Apr 2012 13:56:14 EST My Plans to Save the Planet... or at least my corner of it LOL! Its been awhile since I have blogged but I'm here now. I do not have much to say but I thought I'd check in since I have some time. Recently my hubby and I have been working on a deck for the back of the house. We have french doors there but have not been able to use them in the 3 years we have lived there. So that project is officially done... and I couldn't be happier. We are going to put a deck around the pool and attach both decks but that's another project for this summer. Some of ... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 15:41:01 EST YUCK!... no actually DOUBLE YUCK! I just read this article about nasty crap thats in foods we eat every single day... like dissolved human hair in grocery store bread. They apparently put it in there to "improve the texture" of the bread... NASTY! <BR> <BR> Oh and another favorite of mine is that the FDA allows up to 19 maggots and 74 mites in every 3.5 oz can of mushrooms. Who allows that? Why would any maggots or mites EVER be ok in our food? Oh this crap just makes me sick. <BR> <BR> I've been thinking a lot abou... Fri, 17 Feb 2012 11:35:27 EST Saving Money and Eatting Healthier Everyone seems to think that eatting healthy is much more expensive than eatting the processed foods but I have noticed that the opposite is true and it doesn't take nearly as long as I thought to prepare truely 100% homemade meals. <BR> <BR> I use to think that I made "Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup" by pouring some sodium filled canned broth in a pot and adding various cut up veggies and some chicken. Don't get me wrong... this is MUCH better than the canned version of the soup but its no... Fri, 10 Feb 2012 15:33:19 EST 2011 IN REVIEW (w/ pics) and GOALS for 2012! Warning- this may get long and boring as its kind of a way to check in on myself in all aspects of my life (health, finance, personal, etc). <BR> <BR> 2011 IN REVIEW: <BR> <BR> In June my hubby and I went on a wonderful vacation to Yellowstone. We rented a beautiful huge cabin style house and had it all to ourselves for a week. There was a hot tub and a fireplace and we were about an hour from the parks (Grand Teton and Yellowstone) so it was amazing! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sp... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 15:30:53 EST Falling off the horse and getting right back on Ok, so the title may be a metaphor but in my case its absolutely true.. but it also relates to the struggles many of us are facing around this time of year with getting our diets and exercise routines back on track. <BR> <BR> As some of you know I recently got 2 horses. Well Santa brought me a new saddle for Christmas (which I absolutely love by the way). <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So of course the first thing I want to do is "pla... Tue, 27 Dec 2011 11:42:54 EST The Tale of Two Stacey's Ok first of all let me apologize if the other Stacey happens to read this, I'm super happy for your accomplishments and I do not want to sound as if I'm not, but... <BR> <BR> I read a blog one of my spark friends wrote and in it she mentioned her current weight of 143.2 and it struck me that I weighed in this morning at exactly 100 lbs more than that. If thats not enough I think about that our lives are pretty similar, we are both working professionals and find time to keep our home lives i... Thu, 8 Dec 2011 12:22:35 EST What a great weekend! This past weekend was AMAZING! The weather was wonderful and my hubby and I spent the entire weekend together and we got soooo much done around the house and was still able to get some much needed relazation in! <BR> <BR> This is a picture I thought I'd share. It was taken this past weekend by a friend of ours. Its not too bad I guess! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Friday I was off work, he had to work so during the day I cleaned the... Tue, 15 Nov 2011 09:14:01 EST PB2... love this stuff! Has anyone tried PB2? I read about it a long time ago on a fellow sparkers (GLAZED DONUT) blog but never tried it. I was shopping at GNC the other day and saw it and thought I'd give it a try and OMG its great! Its a powdered peanut butter. You mix 2 T of the powder with 1 T of water. It was $5.99 for 6.5oz of powder. Its not super cheap but its very good and the best part about it is the makers of this stuff somehow took the fat out and left all the good for you stuff! <BR> <BR> Nut... Thu, 10 Nov 2011 13:49:17 EST Yesterday was a BAD day! *Warning, some complaining and confessing coming.... I am feeling a bit guilty (along with bloated and fat) and am hoping blogging will help! <BR> <BR> I have had bad days before but yesterday tops the list. It was bad! I started the day with good intentions... I had my morning coffee black (to skip the unnecessary calories from the creamer), had a fat-free yogurt for my morning snack, had a leftover cabbage roll for lunch (made with grass fed beef and home grown tomatoes for the sauce)...... Wed, 2 Nov 2011 08:52:26 EST My Birthday Is Almost Here As of tomorrow there will be exactly 30 days until I turn 28. I am going to renew my challenge to myself to do at least 10 minutes of exercise each day and eat within my calorie range. I'm not setting a goal of how much weight to lose by that time because quite frankly whatever my body says I'll lose is what I'll lose. As long as I play by the rules I will eventually win the game... it just may take my body a little longer than someone else to get there. I have a notebook that I've been k... Fri, 28 Oct 2011 12:51:23 EST Extreme Couponer? & Calorie Cutting Ok, so maybe not an extreme couponer but I did have a really good shopping experience yesterday!!! I needed to get a new curling iron because mine suddenly stopped working. There is a Rite Aid down the road from my work so I googled for Rite Aid Coupons thinking maybe I could find something like $5 off a purchase of $25 or something I could print. Well... no such luck but I did run across a website for some lady that is somewhat of a coupon expert and she shops at Rite Aid ( Thu, 20 Oct 2011 11:41:59 EST 30 Day Workout Challenge & Change of Calorie Range I seen something on SparkGuy's website about him doing a workout challenge to do 10 minutes or more of exercise for a certain amount of days and I really like this idea so I'm going to adopt it for myself for the next 30 days! I figured 30 days is a good number to start with. The exercise can be anything as long as its 10 minutes or more. I have a lot of options here and I think I probalby get that much in every day anyway with mucking out stalls and other things around the house that need... Mon, 17 Oct 2011 12:38:29 EST Great weekend and a great unconventional workout! This weekend was absolutely beautiful here in SW PA!!! The weather was in in the 80's, no humidity, slight breeze, sunny, all that combined with the leaves starting to change made for a series of the most beautiful and perfect Fall days! <BR> <BR> Saturday I was involved in a benefit for a friend of mine that is having some financial/health problems right now. Her husband is a self employed truck driver and due to doctors orders he has been unable to drive for about 4 months. She works ... Wed, 12 Oct 2011 10:50:42 EST New Season = New Motivation Its only been feeling like fall for the last couple days but I'm actually excited for fall... dont get me wrong I love the long days of summer beacuse we get so much done around the house but fall is certainly my favorite time of the year (except for the fact that winter follows). <BR> <BR> This summer did not turn out like I thought it would. For anyone that doens't know, my hubby and I are always neck deep in some project around out house ever since we started building it about 3 years ... Wed, 7 Sep 2011 09:34:02 EST Meet Arty and Ben! This is Arty, he is the newest member to our little family... ok so not so little anymore (Me, My Husband, 2 Dogs Isaac and Buddy, 2 Cats Chasie and Fluffy, and now 1 horse Arty with another horse, Ben, coming soon!). We got him about a month ago and he is soooo sweet. He thinks he is a "lap horsey". He is soooo affectionate and well behaved. My hubby who never rode a horse before in his life is able to climb on him and go anywhere he wants to go. <BR> <BR> He is a 12 year old register... Thu, 11 Aug 2011 09:45:20 EST My Life In Photos... (well at least the last month of it) I've admit it, I've been MIA for nearly a month. Things have been so crazy busy for me for the last month... there is sooo much to catch up my spark-friends up with. There are at least 4 or 5 recent events that I normally would have written a blog about and included pictures but I didn't have time. So, I'm going to cram everything into one blog cuz I certainly do not have time for that many blogs and who wants to read that many anyway right? So I'm warning you, lots of pictures coming! <B... Thu, 23 Jun 2011 16:02:45 EST 36 Days Left... and other random stuff I have a wedding coming up in about a month. I have been trying to lose weight for the darn thing since they got engaged. Same story over and over again. I managed to lose 5-7lbs then TOM comes and I go outta control... on top of it being TOM I also had the shower at my house this weekend for the bride and OMG was it stressful. It was planned to be outside but it was rainy and chilly so we had to cram nearly 40 people into my house... along with all the tables and chairs. I must say the ... Fri, 13 May 2011 08:51:45 EST 47 Days I'm going to periodically create blogs just to keep myself accountable. I've settled on a goal of 15 lbs by 6/18/11 because thats just over 2 lbs a week between now and then. Over the weekend I think I did pretty darn good. I went to a cookout on Saturday and I had a burger (no mayo which I normally would use) and skipped the baked beans and macaroni salad and had just fruit salad as my side. I did have a couple bites of spinach dip but I did not eat much of it nor did I even sample any o... Mon, 2 May 2011 08:15:05 EST Only 50 Days Til The Wedding Wow, today is 50 days until I'm the Matron of Honor in my best friends wedding. Our bridesmaids dresses came in the other day and I was NOT THRILLED with how I looked in mine. I expected that. I'm "apple" shaped and I think the bride picked the worst style dress for my shape. The dress is strapless (not good for a big chest like mine), sweetheart neckline (just to add a little more cleavage), and empire waist (which accuntuates my big round belly in my opnion). I know, the day is not abo... Fri, 29 Apr 2011 11:46:37 EST How many fresh foods can I eat today Its surprising how many fruit fruits and veggies one can have and still keep calories very low. Last weekend I went to a local grocery market that sells really great fresh produce and got soooo many fruits and veggies! For $30 I got 1 head of broccoli, cauliflour, lettuce, and cabbage, bag of baby spinach, container of mushrooms, 1 pineapple, 1 honeydew melon, 4 kiwi, 2 containers of strawberries, 1 bag of grapefruit, 1 bag of baby carrots, and container of green beans. Their prices were ... Wed, 30 Mar 2011 12:52:21 EST You wont believe how dumb I can be :-) As my previous blog says, I am doing a 7 day challenge to myself that I can eat 100% good foods and measure everything rather than just "eyeball" it as I've have been doing. Well, I must confess that I only made it a few days cuz I totally screwed up this weekend. I rarely drink, well actually I rarely get drunk I should say. I do have the occasional glass of wine or mixed drink but Sat was a totally different story. I went to a fundraiser for the local fire dept and started out strong. ... Tue, 29 Mar 2011 11:21:33 EST I Promise Myself... After reading a friend blog (GLAZES-DONUT) I realized that I get frustrated over my lack of results but its my own fault. I avoid exercise like its the plague, eat junky processed foods, and I do not take the time to enter recipes and measure everything like I should. Dont get me wrong, I try to eat healthy and track but how is that going to work if I'm not giving it 100%. I have been telling myself that I dont want to push myself to do more than I could never keep up forever (such as tota... Wed, 23 Mar 2011 09:54:19 EST I've snapped out of it! I think I've had a case of the WINTER BLUES lately! I didn't even realize it until recently but looking back my attitude was "oh who cares" about everything. I love cooking and baking and I have not tried a new recipe or baked anything in months! I was making the same meals over and over, based on ease of creating rather than trying new healthy meals all the time like usual. I also had the idea "I HATE EXERCISING" which is still am not interested in getting on my exercise machine but I've... Mon, 21 Mar 2011 09:43:51 EST Can I lose weight without exercise? I am in this funk where I have zero motivation to exercise. I've gotten off my exercise routine before but never like this. I use to let other things get in the way but I still "wanted" to exercise. I just don't feel like it EVER! And its been this way for months. I log a few minutes here and there... mainly unconventional exercise like stacking firewood or something along those lines but only a few times a month can I make myself get on the exercise machine and even then I literally HAT... Tue, 15 Mar 2011 16:16:23 EST I'm so bored I'll do this survey thing..... A. Age: 27 <BR> <BR> B. Bed size: Queen <BR> <BR> C. Chore you dislike: Vacuuming, I have to do it ALL the time (see answer below) but I HATE the sound of the darn thing! <BR> <BR> D. Dogs (Or other Pets): 2 dogs (one chocolate lab, the other a yellow lab/chow mix) and 2 cat (both long hair)... I'm totally crazy I know! <BR> <BR> E. Essential start to your day: Not sure I have one. On days I'm here at work I need coffee, but I dont really drink it on days I'm home. <BR> <BR> F. Favo... Fri, 11 Mar 2011 15:05:11 EST Yellowstone Here We Come! My husband and I have been wanting to go to Yellowstone for a long time! I decided this year is going to be the year. Maybe we should be saving the money or using it to finish things around the house that still need done... but you only live once and I think the memories we will make are worth the money we will spend! <BR> <BR> I booked our flight, car, and lodging. Rather than staying in a hotel we've decided to stay a little further from the parks and rent an entire house. We are sta... Tue, 22 Feb 2011 14:20:29 EST 120 Days Left / Bridesmaids Dress Picked There is 120 days left for me to drop some weight before my best friends wedding. Actually there is a little less than that cuz the dresses are coming in the beginning of May therefore the fitting for alterations will be shortly after that. We finally decided on a dress and much to my surprise, I actually like it. Not just for a bridesmaids dress but I think its cute in general... and she picked colors that I love together... brown and a teal/blue. Its going to be super cute. Unfortunate... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 08:50:43 EST Mondays :-( As if Mondays are not bad enough, today I had to drive over 5 hours to work from an office across the other side of PA. I'm hoping to try to keep myself on a healthy track even tho I'm not home and doing my normal routine. <BR> <BR> My plan was to work out this evening but the darn gym is literally between the hotel bar and restaurant... and because of the glass windows surrounding the gym room I would have totally felt on display. So, I decided I would workout in the morning, which shou... Mon, 24 Jan 2011 20:53:46 EST 1/20/11 Food Blog 133 DAYS LEFT <BR> <BR> As I said in yesterdays blog, I am going to try to keep a food blog to keep myself accountable. I decided to do this after I scarfed down a donut for breakfast... so no pic of that. <BR> <BR> Breakfast: 1 Donut, 1 cup coffee, 2 T. french vanilla creamer <BR> <BR> Lunch: 2 slices low cal wheat bread, 1 slice Kraft free American cheese, 2 slices of lean ham lunch meat, 1/2 cup of peaches <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ... Fri, 21 Jan 2011 10:13:59 EST 133 Days I need to drop at least 25-30 lbs by my best friends wedding which is in June. The bridesmaids dresses are actually very nice but not suited for a "larger" girl... they are strapless with a sweetheart neckline so I can imagine I'll be literally falling out of it and fussing with it the whole night (not to mention I do not look good in strapless). Also I am the only "large girl" in the bridal party, the bride and the other 2 girls are both actually very small (like size 4s) so I'll stick out... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 08:32:24 EST Fatter Friends or Skinnier Me? <img src=""> <BR> 2011 MOTIVATIONAL PICTURE! <BR> <BR> This is my best friend and I. The picture was taken New Years Eve night. Its actually not a bad picture of me... decent smile, nice clothes, hair not a mess, etc.... but OMG either I need fatter friends or a skinnier body huh? Well it doesn't help that she's a size 2 (and might I mention she doesn't work out or watch what she eats). <BR> <BR> Guess I'm going to look at this as ... Wed, 12 Jan 2011 08:50:11 EST 2010 Reflection and Plans for 2011 I decided to look back at my first post of 2010 and see what, if any, of my goals for this year were accomplished! I am certainly not pleased with my progress this year, actually its more of a lack of progress. Here is what I wrote: <BR> <BR> 1. Feel better about myself. I tend to be very critical of myself and compare myself to others. I think having good self-esteem is very important in reaching your goals, you have to think you are worth the effort. <BR> <em>40</em> Goal Semi Met- I ... Thu, 30 Dec 2010 09:46:14 EST Interesting Food Article As I was wasting time on the internet this morning, I ran across an article on Yahoo that I thought was somewhat interesting. Its not anything I have not heard before, but for some reason it got me thinking again about something I've been kicking around for awhile... the concept of clean eating. Infact I even blogged about it in the past I believe. I started thinking I really need to do more "clean" eatting because I can always tell when I've been eatting too many processed foods. My body... Wed, 29 Dec 2010 11:23:57 EST My plan for next week I figured I should put my plan for the next week into a blog and then follow up and see how I did. Maybe if I know I'll have to confess to every goal I didn't meet and why I didn't do it, it'll give me more motive to just get off my butt and do it. <BR> <BR> This weekend is going to be really busy for me. I am not even done decorating my house and I have not even started to decorate the monster tree my hubby brought home the other day. Yes, we are really behind this year. Got side-trac... Fri, 17 Dec 2010 14:30:44 EST Feeling the Pudge! As the title suggests, I'm disappointed in myself. I managed to lose about 5 lbs last month at one point, but by the time the end of the month rolled around I put that 5 lbs right back on and am now officially at the same exact weight I was on Nov 1. To make matters worse, this morning I tried to put on a pair of jeans I had been able to wear and they were too tight. I only tracked what I a little more than half of the days in Nov, and actually worked out even less than that. I totally sl... Wed, 1 Dec 2010 10:30:37 EST Thanksgiving Birthday! Yep, I turn 27 today! <BR> <BR> Thanksgiving was a lot of fun. My hubby and I hosted my moms side of the family and his family at our house. Only about 12 people so nothing too exciting. I took last week off so I spent most of the week cooking and cleaning. Then Friday I shopped all day (why I went out on Black Friday I dont know, I usually stay as far away from shopping as I can). But it worked out because I'm about 95% done with my Christmas shopping now and I got some really good dea... Mon, 29 Nov 2010 09:35:23 EST What is ur plan for Thanksgiving? I'm wondering, what is everyones plan for staying on track for the holidays? I am hosting Thanksgiving with my moms side of the family and Christmas with my dads side... so I need some creative ideas. There will be between 15-18 adults and 7-8 kids for both holidays. <BR> <BR> I did this last year for the first year (previously we had to split it between different households because all my cousins have kids and there were too many people to fit in one house, but since my new house is big... Mon, 15 Nov 2010 09:26:19 EST I think I'm back! I've been sort of MIA for the past few weeks. My husband and I recently experienced three losses of people we knew very well and that left this world way too young (under 30) within a week of each other. It was a very difficult time for everyone in my husbands family because one of those deaths was his cousin... and his death is the third family member since April. Its been a difficult year to say the least! I still logged into sparkpeople occasionally but I was bascially making a decisio... Thu, 4 Nov 2010 08:41:41 EST