SUCCESSN2014's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SUCCESSN2014 SUCCESSN2014'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/ Treadmill Intervals on Day 4 at Planet Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822927 NSV: Mother Nature is very moody today and its pouring. When I had Alan take me to the gym it was raining so hard it was hard to see cars. Luckily the gyum is less than 10 miles from our house. I hadn't originaly planned on going today but I decided late last night that I wanted strictly a cardio day. This of course meant the treadmill. I won't get on a bike at the gym due to having one at home. It just seems silly to waste precious gym time on a machine I could simply use at home. <BR> <BR>... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:21:58 EST DAY 3 at Planet Fitness & NSVs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822386 24:32 minute mile (no incline) <BR> <BR> 10# DB Lateral Raises 2x10 <BR> <BR> 10# DB Alternating Bicep Curls 2x10 <BR> <BR> #80 Leg Press 2x20 <BR> <BR> Fly rear delt facing forward 2x10 <BR> Fly rear delt facing back of seat 2z10 <BR> <BR> Ab machine 4x10 <BR> <BR> 12:21 .50 mile <BR> <BR> NSV #1: I've struggled the last few days of doing 20 crunches on the abdominal machine. Today I cranked out 40! <BR> <BR> NSV #2: When I got on the treadmill to walk half a mile I increased the in... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:30:03 EST GYM WORKOUTS (Old Workouts From When I Had a Trainer) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821813 3 sets of 15 (3x15) <BR> <BR> Ab machine <BR> Chest press #30 <BR> Leg press #80 lbs (lowering weight so I can work myself back up to the heavier weight) <BR> Lateral V Row #40 <BR> Overhead press 15# <BR> Standing ball twist #10 ball (2x10) <BR> <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>--------- <BR> 3 x 15 <BR> <BR> Ab machine <BR> Chest press (20#) <BR> Pull Down (20#) -- working my way back to heavier weight] <BR> Preacher curl (20#) <BR> Leg press (80#) <BR> Leg Curl (30#) <B... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:32:49 EST REST DAY & PREPARING FOR NEXT WEEK http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821751 <em>244</em> <em>334</em> <em>192</em> <em>315</em> <em>344</em> <BR> <BR> When I weighed in on Thursday morning upon coming home from Disney I was 194.6 <BR> <BR> I went to the gym on Friday & Saturday & am taking today off. <BR> <BR> I got on the scale this morning, 193.6! <BR> <BR> Going back to the gym tomorrow. I'm hoping Alan will join me this time! <BR> <BR> I did some searching and I found entries from one of my old Fitbooks that I used back in 2010/2011 when I had... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 17:38:34 EST 2nd Day at Planet Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821151 11/22/14 -- 2nd day <BR> <BR> 24:32 mile, 103 cals <BR> <BR> Fly rear delt 2 x 10, 30 lbs <BR> Chest press 2 x 10, 30 lbs <BR> Overhead press 2 x 10, 30 lbs <BR> Lateral pull down 2 x 10 <BR> Leg press 3 x 15, 80 lbs <BR> Ab machine 2 x 10 <BR> Hip abducter 2 x 10, 30 lbs <BR> DB Lateral Raises 2 x 10, 10 lbs Sat, 22 Nov 2014 14:27:48 EST My First Workout at Planet Fitness!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820833 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l494209613.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I did a 10 minute warm up on the treadmill. I did 5 minutes at 2 mph. Then I did 5 minutes at 2.5 mph. <BR> <BR> That was followed up by: <BR> <BR> Chest press 30# 2 sets of 10 <BR> Overhead press #30 2 sets of 10 <BR> Ab machine 2 sets of 10 <BR> <BR> Lastly, (pictured) <BR> <BR> 24 minute mile <BR> <BR> ** I did try the arc trainer that they have. They are very similar to elipticals. I tried it for a few mi... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:38:58 EST STAYING FOCUSED AT DISNEY WORLD http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816462 PLAN OF ACTION: <BR> <BR> Taking healthy non perishable snacks with me so that I'm not tempted by all the junk at Magic Kingdom on Saturday. I'm taking: beef jerky, Slim Jims, peanuts, and raisins. I'm also going to only drink water while I'm walking the park. My pedometer is also packed. I will be texting myself at the end of the day everything I ate and the mileage for each day. <BR> <BR> November 12th WI: 192 <BR> November 19th WI: I'll miss <BR> November 26th WI: I'm hoping to be down ... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:05:33 EST STAYING FOCUSED AT DISNEY WORLD http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816461 PLAN OF ACTION: <BR> <BR> Taking healthy non perishable snacks with me so that I'm not tempted by all the junk at Magic Kingdom on Saturday. I'm taking: beef jerky, Slim Jims, peanuts, and raisins. I'm also going to only drink water while I'm walking the park. My pedometer is also packed. I will be texting myself at the end of the day everything I ate and the mileage for each day. <BR> <BR> November 12th WI: 192 <BR> November 19th WI: I'll miss <BR> November 26th WI: I'm hoping to be down ... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:05:33 EST I joined Planet Fitness Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815795 After a very emotional day yesterday (not weight loss related) I made a decision to try to kick my weight loss back into high gear. I got on Planet Fitness website and looked around. I liked what I saw but wanted to drive up to the gym and see it in person. <BR> <BR> Alan drove up there with me and we got the tour. I have to say compared to the 24 Hour Fitness I was part of years ago in TX, the gym here is much bigger. I like the circuit training areas that they have. I'm also looking forwa... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 21:37:19 EST Races I WILL complete NEXT year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813912 This year didn't go the way I had planned as far as my fitness goals and weight loss journey were concerned. <BR> <BR> These are the races I plan on doing next year. I had hoped to do a few this year but it didn't pan out and I didn't get any accomplished. <BR> <BR> I still need to find one for December. October I'm hoping to do the 5K at Disney World during the Tower of Terror 10 mile weekend. <BR> <BR> Shamrock Marathon 2015, 8K (Virginia Beach, VA March 21, 2015) <BR> Divas Half Marath... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:13:34 EST The Coming Weeks Will Be INSANE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812873 I'm going to enjoy this weekend because the next few will be chaotic <BR> <BR> We're leaving for Disney World on the 14th and will be returning home the 20th. My birthday is the 26th. Thanksgiving is the 27th. <BR> <BR> Did you get all of that? <BR> <BR> That means that I have to get my holiday food shopping done before we leave for Disney World. So, this is what my upcoming week will look like <BR> <BR> MONDAY: GROCERY SHOPPING <BR> TUESDAY: MANI/PEDI <BR> WEDNESDAY: HAIR APT <BR> THURSD... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 00:24:46 EST "Red" Our New FurBaby! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812780 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1386253347.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Our newest family member, Red. <BR> <BR> He's a 3 year old pit bull/boxer mix. We got him from a local rescue. <BR> I'll be honest I wasn't happy about this after first. Only because we had plans to go somewhere else to look at puppies and Alan came home with him without even talking to me about it. Yeah, to say I was a little upset would be an understatement. <BR> <BR> I stewed for a few hours, that is until Re... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 20:20:38 EST RE EVALUATING 2014 WEIGHT LOSS (Jan 1 - Nov 5, 2014) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811460 I love the tools that Sparkpeople provide in order for me to track my weight loss journey. I was able to take the last few minutes and evaluate how the year has gone. I more than likely won't do another one of these at the end of the year, because I honestly don't see much changing in the next 8 weeks. Time will tell though. <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> JANUARY 1, 2014: 179.6 <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Lowest Weight of the Year: 176.4 (Feb 19, 2014) <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> NSVs <em>244</e... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 16:55:58 EST How I've Been Staying on Track Since Sept 1st http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808927 I've showed totals at the end of each month but never actually showed the spreadsheet. I'm not all fancy with mathematic equations and such with Excel. I'm merely using it for tracking purposes. If I accomplish a task I put a 1 in the space. <BR> <BR> However, this month will be a tad different. I've added cells for (# of fruits & # of veggies). Obviously in those spaces I'll put the number of servings per day. <BR> <BR> I had said before leaving for my cruise that this was an area I wante... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 21:25:30 EST Nov 1, 2014 -- Espresso, 52 Degrees, & Walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808855 I woke up this morning & took a look at the weather app on my phone, 52 degrees! HUGE difference from the 80 degrees we had yesterday! <BR> <BR> We did some grocery shopping today and I had been looking for something that tasted similar to the mint mocha lattes I had on the Disney cruise. I lucked out! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2037061380.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I added a splash of mint extract and some hershey syrup and it was just like I was on the cruise ship... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 19:00:30 EST Oct 31, 2014 -- Halloween Walk with Rosco http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808852 Yesterday I decided to take Rosco for a walk. Between Alan and I both being sick after our cruise he hadn't been walked in a week. I'm sure he was having withdrawls after being walked every other day while he was at the pet resort. <BR> <BR> I walked him for a quarter mile and came back to the house to go to the bathroom. He was having issues with just being on his leash connected to his collar. Smaller dogs have problems with this due to the size of their small trachea (sp) and sounding lik... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 18:53:07 EST OCTOBER 2014 RESULTS & NOVEMBER 2014 GOALS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808406 <em>419</em> OCTOBER 2014 RESULTS <em>419</em> <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> October 1st WI: 185.2 <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> October 31st WI: 190.8 <BR> <BR> <em>49</em> 5.6 lbs <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1419388193.jpg"> <BR> <BR> OCTOBER RESULTS: I had set goals of losing 2 pounds, ST x 2, Cardio x 3, and 2 rest days during the month. The only thing I was successful in was the cardio. <BR> <BR> NOVEMBER GOALS <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:44:30 EST SICKNESS & OVER DOING IT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807557 I still for the most part feel okay but clearly my body is telling me otherwise. Yesterday I did 12 miles on my recumbent bike and felt fine. Today a simple few minutes of vacuuming and bending over to get baseboards and I'm worn out. Okay, mental note no crazy house cleaning until later. I did manage to eat some scrambled eggs today. Since we've been home its just been quick grab stuff or fast food. Yeah, we're both sick and don't care about cooking at this point. <BR> <BR> Alan is picking... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:50:37 EST Disney Fantasy Western Caribbean Cruise was AMAZING! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805867 A few notes before I begin what will more than likely turn into a novel: <BR> <BR> Yes, we are 2 grown adults going on a Disney cruise <BR> Yes, there were a ton of kids ranging from a few months old to 17 onboard <BR> Yes, I would book another Disney cruise <BR> No, I was not annoyed or bothered by all the kids onboard (drunk adults yes, kids no) <BR> Yes, I will include a seperate posts with pictures <BR> <BR> ------------------------------ <BR> <BR> Our Itinerary: <BR> <BR> Day 1: Por... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 17:55:54 EST YESTERDAY WAS CRAZY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798407 I felt like a chicken running around with my head cut off. We spent the day getting prepared for our upcoming cruise. <BR> <BR> First things first, a trip to Wal-Mart! We stocked up on toiletries and then I had to go find panty hose. While I was off trying to decide Alan had gone to the other end of the store and got a garment bag for our formal wear. We also picked up a few t-shirts for him (gotta love the clearance rack) and socks. <BR> <BR> We got home and I realized "Crud! I forgot s... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 01:52:43 EST CARRIBBEAN BOUND COMING SOON! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797169 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l486574669.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We are setting sail on Disney Fantasy Saturday for the Eastern Carribbean. We will enjoy port calls in St Marteen, US Virgin Islands (St Thomas Island), and Castaway Key, Disney's private island. <BR> <BR> I still have a few things I need to get from the store tomorrow. I need panty hose for my dress and a garment bag to put our "formal" wear in so it doesn't get all messed up. <BR> <BR> I spent part of Saturday ... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 01:50:40 EST This Week's Progress Thus Far (Oct 8 - 14) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796567 EXERCISE: I'm accomplishing the goal I set out at the beginning of the month. 3 cardio, 2 ST, & 2 rest days per week. <BR> <BR> CARDIO: THURSDAY & FRIDAY AND SCHEDULED FOR TOMORROW <BR> ST: TODAY (SAT) AND SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY <BR> REST: WED & MONDAY <BR> <BR> WATER: Is getting better.. I've had a few days where I've hit 64 oz! <BR> <BR> TRACKING: Still tracking water (ozes) & food daily <BR> <BR> I'm in the process of preparing for our cruise that we leave for on Saturday. When we get ... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 23:06:54 EST SEPTEMBER 2014 RESULTS & OCTOBER GOALS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791225 <em>465</em> SEPTEMBER 2014 RESULTS <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> September 3rd WI: 188.2 <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> October 1st WI: 185.2 <BR> <BR> <em>55</em> 3 POUNDS! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1127936687.jpg"> <BR> <BR> (ST, DAYS OFF, OTHER CARDIO NUMBERS REFLECT THE # OF DAYS OUT OF 30) <BR> <BR> SEPTEMBER 2014 NUMBERS <BR> <BR> <em>431</em> OCTOBER GOALS <em>431</em> <BR> <BR> Lose 2 pounds <B... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 16:40:18 EST Weight Loss from October 2011 - Last Week (9/24/14) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788727 I have a rough idea that sometime this summer my weight starting going up. Although I couldn't pinpoint exactly when it was. Then I read one of the popular blogs here on Spark and the poster talked about looking at her weight loss charts over the course of a time frame. So I decided to do the same thing. Wow! talk about eye opening! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1316034342.jpg"> <BR> <BR> That graph starts on October 23, 2011 and goes through my last weigh in... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 23:22:39 EST New Dress in an ASTOUNDING size! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788150 Alan and I had talked for the last few weeks about taking a trip sometime in October. We don't live far from the cruise terminal here in FL. Its been 4 years since we've been on one and we thoroughly enjoy them. We're big kids at heart and LOVE the Disney cruise line even though we don't have children. We've cruised years ago with a different company and hated the experience. Then we went on a Disney cruise and now that's the only one we'll go on! <BR> <BR> So all of this talk got me to some... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 23:19:07 EST 3RD WEEK OF SEPTEMBER RESULTS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785071 This blog will explain what changes I've made for this go around in my journey <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780695 </link> <BR> <BR> SEPTEMBER 15 - 21st <BR> OFFICIAL BLC WI SEPT 17: 186.2 ( <em>55</em> 0.4 of 1 lb since previous week) <BR> <BR> TRACKING: 7 DAYS <BR> WATER: 296 OZ <BR> ST: 1 DAY <BR> MILES: 1.03 (over course of 2 days when walking Rosco) <BR> OTHER CARDIO: 4 (Wii) <BR> EATING OUT: 4 <BR> OFF DAYS: 3 (Sick, PMS... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 22:19:46 EST BLC 26 Expectations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784173 I'm not one to make expectations during BLC. Some rounds I do really well, while others I fail miserably at. This summer proved to be rough emotionally & mentally. I'm taking this round slow and whatever victories I have I will celebrate. I feel like I'm back at the starting gate and still trying to get my footing so I can successfully get out of the gate. Right now my main focus is to get thru this round of BLC. Sun, 21 Sep 2014 16:41:26 EST BLC 26 DAY 1 ON CAMO CREW! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781769 BLC 26 RUNS SEPTEMBER 17 - DECEMBER 10, 2014 <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> Starting Weight: 186.2 <BR> <BR> GOAL FOR BLC: <em>55</em> 6.3 LBS -- (This will put me back into the 170s) <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> CARDI0 = 3 DAYS <BR> <BR> <em>34</em> ST = 2 DAYS <BR> <BR> <em>298</em> REST DAYS = 2 DAYS <BR> <BR> <em>321</em> STAYING ON TRACK <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> I will stay on track by: <BR> <BR> Daily water consumption, tracking my food (and other items on ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:11:03 EST Strolling with Rosco http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781225 Today was a win win for Rosco and I both. <BR> <BR> I admit I've not been one to hook him up to a leash and walk him. Honestly, the only time he's ever on a leash is if he's going from the car into the vet's office and vice versa. We live on over a third of an acre fenced in so he has plenty of room to run. He loves to chase squirrels along the fence line. Alan and I both get a free comedy show every time he goes after one. Luckily, he's never caught one & quiet honestly he'd probably have n... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:09:41 EST A DIFFERENT APPROACH -- 1st Two Weeks of September Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780695 For those of you who don't regularly follow my blog a short backstory: <BR> <BR> *** I started my weight loss journey in October of 2011 at 224. At my heaviest I was 233 pounds. For only being 4'11 that is a lot of weight on a very short frame. From October of 2011 - October of 2012 I lost well over 20 pounds. In the summer of 2012 I finally got a diagnosis I had struggled for years to get while still living in TX. I was diagnosed with PCOS and put on Glumetza. Even with the not so fun side ... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 01:12:44 EST 7 DAYS BEFORE BLC 26 STARTS & MY PROGRESS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777379 BLC 26 officially kicks off September 17 <BR> <BR> I became part of the "pre BLC" team and was getting to know some of the members. Part of joining this team is to get yourself familiar with members and learn basics such as tracking your weight, completing small challenges, etc. This gives you a rough idea of what you have to look forward to during the actual round. <BR> <BR> I spent these last few weeks talking with people, tracking my weight, and trying to get back on track. <BR> <BR> I... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:45:01 EST Emotional Last Few Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772999 Around Labor Day I start to feel really down. I honestly thought I was going to be okay this year. Well, I started seeing all the posts from friends on Facebook about their kids going back to school. It sent me into a really bad talespin. I was angry, depressed, sad, etc. I was up until 5am Wednesday morning after having gotten up around 10am Tuesday morning. So you do the math, I was up almost 24 hours. <BR> <BR> My daughter would have been in 3rd grade this year. I'm angry. Why am I angry... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 00:07:52 EST Things That Lead To My Summer Weight Gain, What I learned, & How To Get Back on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771517 Stress, inactivity, not following my routine, bad food choices, and WAY to much eating out were all contributing factors to my weight gain. In May I was 176ish pounds. As of Sept 1st I'm 186.8! Yeah, NO BUENO! <BR> <BR> Another huge factor was I wasn't weighing myself once a week like I normally do. I was luckily if I remembered to weigh in bi weekly at some times. <BR> <BR> Now, I realize everyone is different with their relationship with the scale. Some tuck it away and don't use it. Som... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 23:21:21 EST SEPTEMBER GOALS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770134 Considering I gained some weight over the summer I need to get back to basics. Good grief I think I've said that a million times over this weight loss journey, lol. Oh, well such is life <BR> <BR> GOALS <BR> <BR> WEIGHT LOSS: LOSE 2 POUNDS <BR> <BR> MILES: 90 biked, 10 walked (may tweak over the next week or so) <BR> <BR> FITNESS MINUTES: 1,000 <BR> <BR> FOOD: <BR> 1. One Fruit/Veggie daily <BR> **Eventually want to get back to drinking a smoothie a couple times a week** <BR> <BR> 2. On... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 21:08:03 EST No Exercise Today, Organizing, & Labor Day Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769602 I biked on Wednesday & Thursday and hit my 100 miles for the month. I can't remember the last time I did that. <BR> <BR> I spent a few hours this afternoon working on getting my office the way I want it. I'm nowhere near done yet, but its starting to come together. Its amazing what you discover when you go thru boxes and bags that haven't been touched in years. I found our missing heat pad & a swimsuit that I had been looking for since May. <BR> <BR> I also found a box that had things of m... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:31:26 EST PRE BLC & BLC 26 WEIGHT TRACKER http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769063 PRE BLC <BR> <BR> Sept 3, 2014: 188.2 <BR> <BR> Sept 10: 186.6 <em>55</em> 1.6 pounds <BR> -------------- <BR> <BR> BLC 26 <BR> <BR> Sept 17: 186.2 <em>55</em> .4 of 1 pound <BR> <BR> Sept 24: 184.8 <em>55</em> 1.4 pounds <BR> <BR> Oct 1: 185.2 <em>49</em> .4 of 1 pound <BR> <BR> Oct 8: 186.6 <em>49</em> 1.4 pounds <BR> <BR> Oct 15: 187.4 <em>49</em> 0.8 of a pound <BR> <BR> Oct 22: N/A CRUISE <BR> <BR> Oct 29: 191.8 <em>49</em> 4.4 pounds <BR> <BR> Nov 5: 190.4 ... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:52:16 EST Back From Trip -- Cold Hard Facts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768164 OYE! <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> Since Aug 14th, I'm up 2.6 pounds, putting me at 186.4 <BR> <BR> That number wanted to make me puke. <BR> <BR> I know I said I wouldn't get on the scale today but the cold hard truth is whether I weighed in today or tomorrow it was going to not be pretty. I'm hoping to be down 2 pounds by the start of BLC (Sept 17). I set a goal to lose 6 pounds during the challenge. Okay so total that's 8 pounds by end of BLC (weeks before Christmas). That would put me at 1... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:54:29 EST Making BLC 26 Work For Me -- Goals for BLC http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766078 During my break from BLC over the summer I learned a few things about myself. I had started an exercise streak last August and up until May it was still going. However, it was during the last few weeks of that streak I started realizing something. <BR> <BR> I was doing everything right. I was eating healthy, tracking, drinking water, exercising, etc. Yet, the scale wouldn't move. Its then I realized that I needed to stop the exercise streak. It wasn't helping me. So I continued all my other... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 14:15:51 EST A Few More Days in IL & Then Getting Busy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765456 My grandma and uncle Darian should be here soon. We'll spend the day together catching up & making memories. Then Sunday is our last full day in IL. We're heading out early Monday morning. I reserved our hotel in TN. Its only 16 hours from here to our house but I loved the hotel we stayed at. So we'll consider it a mini vacay within our vacay. We'll be home late Tuesday night. Typically I weigh in on Wednesday but I think I'm going to wait and put it off on Thursday. <BR> <BR> Thursday I al... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 11:18:53 EST BLC 26 starts in September & I can't wait! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763823 This summer has been an emotional, mental, physical, and financial rollercoaster. Needless to say instead of losing weight, I gained considerably. I'm back in the 180s and am hoping to be back in the 170s by the start of BLC. <BR> <BR> I'd be lying if I said I wasn't bummed about how this summer went. I had high hopes to be in the 160s by start of this coming round. Well, life got crazy chaotic and I'm not ashamed to admit my weight loss and healthy habits got put on the back burner. I'm a ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:36:04 EST Enjoying Time With My Uncle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763095 My uncle lives in a very small town in IL, roughly an hour from Chicago. According to the last population census report there aren't even 1,000 people in this small town. He's lived in the same house since before I was born. He moved into it right after it was built in 1977. <BR> <BR> My uncle lives half a mile from "Main Street" where the post office is. Growing up "Main Street" had a bank, the post office, a grocery store, and a bar. Well over the last 5 or so years the store is gone, the... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:55:13 EST NSV: Furthest Biked Distance to Date! (8/15/14) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760583 Tonight I biked 16 miles in 80 minutes & burned over 400 calories on my recumbent bike! Needless to say the shower afterwards felt awesome! We're leaving at 3am to head out of town. I'm going to swim some laps while I'm at the hotel tomorrow afternoon. Sunday will be a much needed rest day. We should be to my uncle's early afternoon that day. Monday, I'm going to walk a mile around his neighborhood & revisit places from my childhood. <BR> <BR> Edited to add: August 8 - 14th I biked a total o... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 23:19:54 EST I'm Proud of my Baby Steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759983 I know the last several blogs in this week have sounded repetitive in nature but I can't help but be proud of the small steps I'm taking. This week I didn't focus so much on what I was eating but that I was drinking water & getting back into exercising. I've drank 64 oz of water the last 3 days in a row. WOOHOO for a water streak! Including tonight's mileage, since the 8th, I've biked 59 miles. We ate tacos tonight that I made. Tomorrow night I'm making beef & broccoli. <BR> <BR> I've come ... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 23:58:04 EST ROAD TRIP! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759316 We're leaving bright & early Saturday morning for IL. We'll stop for the night in TN. Then continue onto my uncle's house Sunday. If weather stays nice & we don't have traffic issues we should be there early afternoon. <BR> <BR> I've sat here the last few hours trying to come up with a plan as far as food & exercise are concerned. When I was at the store earlier I bought two 4 packs of my favorite muffins & some granola bars. I'll eat 3 of the 8 muffins before we leave town. I'm going to br... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 00:13:28 EST SLOW & STEADY WINS THE RACE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757822 I can actually say I'm proud of what I accomplished today. <BR> <BR> We went to lunch before heading to Wal-Mart. I had a club sandwich & side salad with a sweet tea. My go to healthy meal at our favorite restaurant. It may not seem healthy but considering all of the other things on the menu (wings, burgers, quesdillas, etc) its pretty good. <BR> <BR> Then we went to Wal-Mart and got a few groceries for the next week before we leave for IL. <BR> <BR> I've got bagels & eggs for breakfast. I... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 21:07:16 EST Frustrated & Ready For Stress to Go Away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757700 I'm tired of bending over backwards to help adult children, especially when they aren't even mine. That's what I get for thinking that "Oh well his son will act differently from his daughter. They do have two seperate mothers." HA! His son is nothing but lazy and wants everything handed to him. I'll be glad come the middle of the week when the kid is gone. <BR> <BR> It just goes to show how some people just aren't raised with an ounce of responsibility or respect for others. Heck, at the ag... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 16:53:03 EST DOWN DAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756579 Today was a painful day between lower back pain & Mother Nature giving me issues. I have a fairly high tolerance for pain but when laying in my recliner almost brings me to tears, its time to take some action. Alan went to Walgreens (after we ate some lunch) and got me a heating pad. Heating pad + comfy bed + pain meds = glorious 4 hour nap. <BR> <BR> Needless to say day 2 of Mother Nature is always bad. On top of back pain I just felt run down, tired, and overall just blah. Although I know... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 22:12:27 EST RESTARTING WITH BABY STEPS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756045 Life isn't perfect. We always try to make plans with the best intentions. "This month I'm going to eat healthier, exercise more, drink water, etc". We mean well and most of the time start out with a BANG but then BAM life happens. Before we know it days, weeks, months, or even years have gone by before we realize "Crud! What have I done?" <BR> <BR> Well, that's how I've felt the last few months. Finally after getting internet back up and running here at home I've been able to get some of my ... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 23:29:25 EST I NEED TO MAKE A PLAN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755820 The last several months have been crazy. I'm up over 10 pounds that I know of, but am not even really sure exactly how bad the damage is. I know I could simply figure it out by going and looking at my previous weigh ins from months back. Although, I don't think I REALLY want to know just exactly how bad it is. <BR> <BR> I'm not in denial about it. I know what caused it. The main 2 culprits: Eating Out & No Exercise = SCALE GOING UP & UP! <BR> <BR> The house is still in disarray from every... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 14:48:02 EST To Join BLC 26 or not, that is the question http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755258 I know my fellow Geckos wanna see me back after taking BLC 25 off. Right now I don't know if it'll be doable. After getting bad attitude from a former team leader I have a really bad taste in mouth about joining another organized team that has objectives to it. I have way to much on my plate right now with trying to get my house in order, traveling to IL next week for a few weeks to help a family member, etc. I'd love to join but I honestly don't think its a good idea right now. <BR> <BR> O... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 17:37:57 EST