STACYH73's SparkPeople Blog STACYH73's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community February Focus ** Recap <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> No Spark T-Shirt for me... <BR> <BR> That's okay. <BR> <BR> Even though I did not lose 4 lbs, I became more fit and that's always a good thing. <BR> <BR> The last week and a half of Feb. has been a difficult one with plenty of distractions that life can bring. <BR> <BR> I haven't slept well which in return meant I didn't function well each day. <BR> I was tired, anxious and thrown off. <BR> <BR> I personally have not figured out yet how to *keep pushing* thr... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 12:32:19 EST February Focus ** Blog 4 Lost in Inches this week.. <BR> I'm thinking I gained muscle bc I can see it! LOL <BR> 171.0 lbs still ** <BR> Lost 1/2 in. off waist! ... Lost 1/2 in. off mid-section! ... <BR> in some other places it wasn't a 1/2 inch, but it moved down a few marks.. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday was "Supposed" to be my *Rest Day* <BR> <BR> Whatever! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Work was a NIGHTMARE! <em>198</em> (Server at Cracker Barrel) <BR> <BR> We had 5 Call Ins and we were Super Slammed! ... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 16:24:30 EST February Focus ** Blog 3 <em>192</em> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> I had a Successful Week 1! LOST 1.6 lbs! <BR> <BR> 2.4 lbs left to lose: 4 lbs total for the month of Feb. and Reward myself with my First Spark T-Shirt! <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> On to Week 2!! <BR> <BR> * Feelin' Motivated!* <em>312</em> <em>319</em> Sun, 9 Feb 2014 14:35:21 EST February Focus ** Blog 2 February Focus ** Blog 2 <BR> <BR> <em>345</em> <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> Saturday thru Today has been going GREAT! <BR> <BR> My Spark Calendar was just the "Inspiration/Motivation" I needed! <BR> <BR> I'm checking off my goal boxes and using spark stickers to mark my accomplishments and <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> One HUGE improvement is I have only had 1 soda in 5 days! <em>380</em> <BR> <BR> (I have always "fit my addiction into my calorie range.") <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> T... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 17:23:27 EST February Focus ** Blog 1 <em>521</em> <em>386</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> February Focus ** Blog 1 <BR> <BR> I came to SparkPeople a long time ago - broken and searching for answers... <BR> <BR> I was 197.7 lbs (my highest weight ever; I'm 5'8) and knowing I was about to hit 200 lbs was devastating! <BR> <BR> I was naturally thin (size 0 and 1) and once married and after having our son my weight loss battle began. (gained 65 lbs..Came out of hospital a size 11) <BR> <BR> Once finding SparkPeople, I got... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 14:15:02 EST 2014 ~*Happy New Year!*~ *January Plans* GOOD-BYE 2013! <BR> <BR> I had so many ups and downs... <BR> <BR> I had Success and Failures. <BR> <BR> Success: I lost 24 lbs! <BR> <BR> Failures: Too many to list, but I learned something from each of them. <BR> <BR> GOOD-BYE PAST <BR> <BR> HELLO Future!! **2014** <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I Will Work Hard this week * this month * this year! <BR> <BR> I Will Become Healthy & Fit <BR> <BR> I Will Reach My Goals <BR> <BR> I Will Be Rewarded with a New Me * A Health... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 15:13:05 EST *The November "Skinny Jeans" Challenge!* All Are Welcome! <BR> <BR> I hope you will join me! <em>521</em> <em>381</em> I'm very excited about this!! <BR> <BR> November will be a Life Changing month for me bc I'm TIRED of Excuses and Passivity! <BR> <BR> It's time to Follow Through * Be Positive * Think Positive and Take Action!!!! <BR> <BR> What about you? <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> PLAN AHEAD 4 the **November "Skinny Jeans" Challenge!** <BR> <BR> Please DO NOT click on Start Plan Now.. (Wait for Nov. 1st so we all can d... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 17:12:21 EST August Update AUGUST UPDATE: <BR> At this time I'm maintaining a 29.7 weight-loss! <BR> My routine has been knocked off track for now due to packing and gettin' ready for our move from NE Arkansas back home to Dallas, Texas! <BR> <BR> Aug. 18th is the Big Day/Move. I look forward to unpacking/getting settled quickly so I can get my life/routines back! LOL .. <BR> <BR> I'm staying at 168.0 lbs and I still have 18 or so lbs to get off to reach my goal weight! <BR> Slowly but surely I'll get there! <BR... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 15:29:23 EST Time for a FRESH START! It's Never Too Late!! UPDATE: I have totally lost my focus! <BR> <BR> Over a year ago my starting weight was 197.7 lbs .. <BR> <BR> I'm now 170.2 lbs. ** 27.5 lbs lost is awesome BUT before Dec. of 2012 I saw a new low of 163.3 ... <BR> I have gained 7 lbs since! <BR> <BR> I was very, very ill with pneumonia before Christmas and many other things for months! I just never could get well.. My fire and spark of course went out and I never could get back on track once I was finally 100% well! <BR> <BR> NEW GOALS:... Wed, 1 May 2013 15:36:43 EST Giving In does not mean GIVING UP!! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> The end of 2012 and the start of 2013 has been a rough one for me. <BR> <BR> For whatever reason (still not solved), I have been ill.. It started off with Bronchitis which lead to Pneumonia (lasted over 3 weeks) and then after 1 week of health, I relapsed and got sinus infection and bronchitis again. <BR> <BR> After that, a nasty virus. <BR> <BR> Through all that my weight went down and as I felt better it went up. <BR> <BR> Of course being so weak I have not w... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 14:36:47 EST I Will Rock 2013!! Will You? <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> It's my first Blog of 2013! <BR> <BR> First thing First is a Positive Attitude for this New Year! <BR> <BR> I'm so happy I will FINALLY Reach My Goal Weight Soon! (Shooting for SPRING!) <BR> <BR> I ended 2012 with a 34 lb. weight-loss! <em>244</em> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> Man do I feel GREAT! <BR> <BR> I'm super excited about my main C-Mas Gift I wanted badly! <BR> <BR> The Firm Express * Get Thin in 30 Program. I have a whole case of awesome work out dvd'... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 13:51:50 EST Spark Teams and Why They Are Important ~*The November Challenge*~ The November Challenge at READY * SET * SPARK!! Spark Team is helping me with focus and accountability. <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> Support and Team Work is so helpful! <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> The challenge keeps me motivated and more aware of what I'm doing. <BR> <BR> Then, there is also the fun part of being a little competitive with the score sheets and points earned! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <em>223</em> 's & Spark Teams are a BIG part of my success here! <BR> <BR> I find that... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 14:06:37 EST My Vision Collage ** I will Reach the Finish Line!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I will Reach the Finish Line before 2012 is over!! <BR> <BR> I have lost 34 lbs and have *14 lbs. to Go* to Reach My Goal Weight & Finish Line! <BR> <BR> Thanks to ME for FINALLY deciding to LOVE Myself and STOP being my own worst enemy! <BR> I was the WORST about Negative Self Talk (beating myself up daily) and setting traps for me to fall in and stay in "Failure-Mode." <BR> <BR> I was the yo-yo * fad diet que... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 20:01:23 EST SP Slow-Cooker Salsa Chicken (Review) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hey y'all! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> If you have not tried the Salsa Chicken as of yet, then you are missing out! <BR> <BR> It is so good! <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> My tweaks to the recipe... <BR> <BR> I add more spices/herbs to the SP Taco Seasoning Recipe: I added garlic powder, onion powder, dried cilantro and paprika. <BR> <BR> I used medium heat salsa as well. <BR> <BR> This is our 2nd time to try it! ... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 14:02:18 EST Take the *SCREAM* and *HORROR* out of Halloween! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hello Spark Friends! <BR> <BR> I wanted to share some tips with you that help me have fun on Halloween without eating 20 bags of mini candies! <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> <em>431</em> I love decorating for Halloween indoors/outdoors. I look so forward to passing out candy and checking out all the neat costumes as little ones Trick or Treat. <em>423</em> <BR> <BR> Tip #1 ...Wait until the week of Hallowee... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 14:26:13 EST ~*November Challenge*~ Take Control of the Gobble * Gobble <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> "Gobble-Gobble" means more than Turkey! <BR> <BR> For me, it means truly having to be on my toes to NOT sink back into old patterns of junk-eating and pigging out! <BR> <BR> It's so tempting as you walk around the grocery store to have the urge to place holiday cookies and baked goods in your buggy or let your nose jerk you to the Deli where they are frying chicken and then your eyes find themselves in heaven as they behold the sea of cheeses, rolls, breads, and ... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 12:54:15 EST SP Slow-Cooker Turkey Sausage & Bean Stew (Review) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hey Sparker's! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I'm just lovin' my SP Cookbook and I'm havin' so much fun I decided to Blog about what we are trying! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> The Slow-Cooker Turkey Sausage & Bean Stew is a KEEPER! <BR> This meal makes you feel like you're "cheating" because it's so savory & hearty. <BR> <BR> You're NOT though at 268.6 calories per serving! (1 1/2 c.) <BR> <BR> Super simple to put... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 13:53:35 EST ~*Sparking My Way To The Finish Line*~ Week 3 This Week..... <BR> <BR> I need to read Chapter 8 in Spark book and begin the Action Steps. <BR> <BR> * I need at least 4, solid work-outs <BR> <BR> * I need to keep my cals closer to the start of my range or in the middle. <BR> <BR> I had too many days last week where they were close to the end/"top-out." <BR> <BR> I also had 1 Binge Day where I went over! (taco bell and I pigged out!) <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I want to Reach the Finish Line & Get these Last 14 lbs OFF! <em>306<... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 13:52:07 EST ~*Sparking My Way To The Finish Line*~ Week 2 ~*Sparking My Way To The Finish Line*~ Week 2 <BR> <BR> I have to work on my *Fast Break Goals/Action Steps* from CH 7 in Spark book. <BR> <BR> 1 * Drink More Water <BR> <BR> 2 * Get In At Least 4 Work Outs <BR> <BR> 3 * Eat Breakfast <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>386</em> Sun, 14 Oct 2012 14:38:14 EST ~*~Sparking My Way To The Finish Line!~*~ Week 1 Week ** 1 <em>249</em> <BR> Sunday <BR> <BR> Calories were tracked and in my range. <BR> <BR> Exercise: Only work related exercise. 5PM to 11:30PM <BR> (I'm a server at Cracker Barrel) <BR> <BR> Weigh-In Day: Lost .8 lbs! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Previous Weight: 164.8 <BR> <BR> Current: 164.0 (New Low!) <em>9</em> Mon, 8 Oct 2012 21:42:04 EST ~*~Sparking My Way To The Finish Line!~*~ <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Hi Everyone. <BR> <BR> I joined SparkPeople last September and I have now lost 33.7 lbs! <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> I started at 197.7 lbs and was squeezing myself into a size 16 jean and was wearing 2X or larger tops. (depending on the style/material.) <BR> <BR> That was my highest weight ever! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I'm now 14 lbs. away from my Goal Weight! <BR> (I'm 39 and I'm 5'9) <BR> <BR> My focus is now going to be on that "Finish Line." <BR> I'm sett... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 21:33:09 EST Failure to Launch <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> In the past, blasting off with healthy eating, watching calories & finding my footing in exercise has been pretty easy now that I think about it.. <BR> <BR> Why? <BR> <BR> I have mostly been a stay-at-home-mom/wife for over 18 years.. <BR> <BR> I have only had to work here 'n there.. <BR> <BR> Once I found inspiration and my will power, I blasted off.. <em>312</em> <BR> <BR> What is different this time? <BR> <BR> I'm older and slower and now I work 5 days a w... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 02:34:35 EST **Starting A New Chapter** ~*GETTING BACK ON TRACK*~ <BR> <BR> Starting Weight: 168.6 (I'm up from 167.0) <BR> <BR> Weigh-In Day : On Sunday's <BR> <BR> (I started my journey a year ago at 196.6) <BR> <BR> First Goal to Reach: 155.5 lbs <BR> <BR> This will let me know what's going on with my body. <BR> I will not know until there if I can then maintain and tone. <BR> <BR> I have a feeling I will have to lose a little more. <BR> <BR> This week has started off rough! <BR> <BR> I had to help with bills so I have ... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 12:33:08 EST 2012 ** This is MY Year! 2012 ** This is MY Year! <BR> <BR> Make it YOUR Year as well! <BR> <BR> I lost 21 lbs. in 2011 <BR> <BR> I will Lose 25 lbs. in 2012 and REACH MY GOAL WEIGHT!! <em>279</em> <BR> <BR> I will stay positive, active, count my calories, watch my portion sizes, drink water & do my very best. <BR> <BR> I will be workin' toward reachin' my goal weight by May for sons Graduation! <BR> <BR> I'm off to a great start!! <BR> <BR> Even though I didn't "feel" like it, I made sure to end 2011 (New Y... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 14:45:57 EST Keep Your Chin Up! <em>430</em> November Stall <em>429</em> <BR> <BR> Time for an Important Reminder * Note To Self: <BR> <BR> So far, the scale has not been my friend for November. <BR> <BR> I hit my first stall last weigh-in and this weigh-in I'm up a little to 180.6 <BR> (my low is 179.6 which I saw 3 weeks ago.) <BR> <BR> This weigh-in "tom" is to blame. <BR> <BR> I have to Keep My Chin Up and remember that this is just temporary! <BR> <BR> I also have to remember that this time of year brings a... Tue, 15 Nov 2011 14:43:25 EST Heck Yes!! Weeza is HISTORY! ~~Wackin' Weeza~~ Good! <BR> <BR> I lost 2 lbs. Y'all!!!!! <BR> <BR> I'm so freakin' excited!!! <BR> <BR> I have had such a busy day "out of the house" today and couldn't wait to get home to check in everywhere and make my hard work known! <BR> <BR> Too funny bc when I got out of bed this morning, I actually felt thinner! <BR> My 14's that I just made it into last week were so loose today I had to keep pullin' 'em up! <BR> <BR> I have NO MORE clothes! <BR> Holy cow man... Hubby gonn... Tue, 25 Oct 2011 19:39:44 EST **Goals** For October 17th - 23rd Last week was pretty rough. <BR> <BR> I lost my beloved Aunt Kathy to breast cancer (3-year-battle) on the 13th. <BR> <BR> My week started off crazy to begin with. I was still tracking calories and exercising, but I made many wrong choices. "Fitting Junk" into my "calorie ranges" is not doing me any favors! <BR> <BR> I had one of those weeks where my plans/good intentions were completely thrown out the window! LOL <BR> <BR> I had so many unexpected tasks, errands, phone calls and issues p... Sun, 16 Oct 2011 14:50:15 EST Take A Wack At Weeza! <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Who "hasn't" seen Steel Magnolias, right? <BR> <BR> Who could forget one of the greatest scenes/lines as well re: "Take A Wack At Weeza?" <BR> <BR> I think we have an "Old Grump" in each of us! We can probably relate to Weeza in many ways as well. I know I do! <BR> <BR> There are days when I just want to stay in bed, be grumpy at anyone/everyone, stay in a bad mood & just keep the feeling that my slice of life has not been very fair to me! <BR> <BR> Where does al... Wed, 5 Oct 2011 14:00:23 EST