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/ 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 <BR> <BR> Oct 15 <BR> <BR> Oct 22 <BR> <BR> Oct 29 <BR> <BR> Nov 5 <BR> <BR> Nov 12 <BR> <BR> Nov 19 <BR> <BR> Nov 26 <BR> <BR> Dec 3 <BR> <BR> Dec 10 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 TOOK A SPARK BREAK & LEFT A TOXIC TEAM http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755116 Its been rough this summer <BR> <BR> June 1st my great grandma passed away. I spent 72 hours flying from FL to IL and back within 36 hours. Then dealing with trying to get our other house sold and a difficult tenant. Then mid June my internet was disconnected and I've been Sparking from my phone here and there. I still tried to stay active on one of my teams that I really enjoyed. However, you can only do so much from a smart phone. <BR> <BR> Then in mid July the Kissimmee house was sold ... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 12:46:06 EST A HUGE MILESTONE IN MY LIFE HAPPENED TODAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718539 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1944521225.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There have been many things that I've struggled doing since Josh passed away. Many of those things being small and things that most people wouldn't need help with. Things like tying my shoes, shaving my legs, driving, etc. <BR> <BR> Well, as I've gotten healthier over the last several years some things Alan has been relieved of doing and I've been able to go back to doing them myself. With each of these things I... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 15:46:46 EST GETTING BACK ON TRACK -- FATHER'S DAY 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718443 June has been a very tough month this year. I thought last October was bad, nope, this has been far worse. <BR> <BR> June 1st -- My great grandma passed away <BR> June 3rd & 4th -- Flying to and from Chicago for her service <BR> June 8th -- Alan's son arrived in FL after not having seen each other in 15 years (Happy moment, not sad) <BR> June 10th -- Alan's mom passed away from cancer <BR> TBD -- Her funeral <BR> <BR> In the midst of all of this my emotions have been going up and down. I'v... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 12:46:37 EST Another Passing in the Family & Stress eating me alive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716834 Alan's Mom has been battling caner for the last few years. She passed away on Tuesday. Considering he's the oldest he's been put in charge of everything, what few things there are to do. She pretty much had all of her arrangements made and paid for. All he has to decide is where to lay her to rest. <BR> <BR> Then the added stress of dealing with his sister. I've lost my husband and daughter so I know what death can do to a family. You would think it would bring family closer together (like w... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 22:56:50 EST RIP Great Grandma.... Rough Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712478 On Saturday afternoon I got a text from my grandma (dad's mom) that my great grandma was not doing well. My great grandma has been in hospice for the last year. When I went to see her last June she didn't recognize me. I walked out of the nursing home in tears. I knew that day that that would be the last time I'd ever see her alive. <BR> <BR> My dad had sent me a message on Facebook around 530pm on Sunday afternoon saying that things weren't looking good and she was in her final stages of li... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 01:50:34 EST I'm Still Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705618 I'm still here. I haven't wrote a blog since Sunday afternoon. Well for good reason, I've not been feeling all that great. <BR> <BR> Sunday night I went to bed and tossed & turned. Then I abruptly woke up at 4am and got sick. I had taken my Glumetza around 10pm but forgot to have some toast beforehand. I'm thinking that's what caused the stomach issue. When I finally woke up Monday morning (TMI) Mother Nature decided to pay me a visit. So needless to say I was completely wiped out all day Mo... Wed, 28 May 2014 23:16:18 EST Rainy & Tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702959 I'm so tired today. I had another restless night where I think it was close to sunrise before I fell asleep. Then it start storming around 3pm this afternoon. Looks like we have rain in the forecast all week this week. Alan just came home from picking up a few things at the store. We're going to do a simple dinner of just hot dogs. I think I'll head to bed early tonight and hopes that I'll get some sleep. <BR> <BR> I know what's causing these sleepless nights. I'm worried about the mammogra... Sun, 25 May 2014 18:25:54 EST 1st Workout since last week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702418 Wow! When you haven't worked out since last weekend using 5 pound dumb bells to do ST is killer! Nothing over the top tonight, just simple stuff. I've had some poor food choices the last few days when it came to having dinner (Taco Bell last night & wings tonight). More than likely going to do some sort of stir fry tomorrow night. <BR> <BR> Brunch: spinach with a few diced pieces of grilled chicken and 1 cut up sliced piece of ham and 2 tbsp lite ranch dressing <BR> <BR> Snack: Peanut butt... Sat, 24 May 2014 22:21:32 EST Not A Lot To Report Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701105 I woke up far to early, had breakfast, and went back to sleep. I woke up a few hours later and piddled around the house. I did some laundry and enjoyed the beautiful weather outside. I'm on Day 2 of my Glumetza restart and so far today I've not had any issues. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had 2 triggers: <BR> <BR> A single Hershey nugget with almond <BR> A few swigs of a Coke (which I only started to drinking to wake myself up because I was so flipping tired) <BR> <BR> After the few swigs of Cok... Thu, 22 May 2014 22:52:25 EST 2014 END OF YEAR WEIGHT GOAL & RESTARTED GLUMETZA TODAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700134 MAY 21, 2014 (Wednesday) <BR> <BR> RESTARTED GLUMETZA -- 2,000 mg taken with breakfast <BR> <BR> WEIGHT: 177.4 <BR> <BR> GOAL WEIGHT FOR END OF YEAR: 164.6 (12.8 pound loss from May 21, 2014 - Dec 31, 2014) <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> How did I come up with that number? <BR> <BR> Simple: From June 1st - December 31, 2012 I lost 12.8 pounds with diet, exercise, & Glumetza. So, I made that the goal for now - end of the year. <BR> <BR> <em>207</em> CHANGED WEIGHT LOSS TICKER <BR> <BR... Wed, 21 May 2014 16:00:59 EST I Finally Figured Out What's Going to Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700081 A weight loss journey is never <em>338</em> and <em>437</em> . It can cause your emotions to go crazy <em>24</em> <em>30</em> <em>18</em> . There is no doubt you have your good days & your bad days. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l786929471.jpg"> <BR> You have days, weeks, or even months where you do everything and you continue to hit that brick wall (aka plateau) <BR> <BR> That is where I am at right now. I didn't fully realize it until this... Wed, 21 May 2014 14:32:22 EST SEMI HEALTH UPDATE FROM LAST BLOG http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699369 Semi Update: I called Tricare to figure out what was going on. They knocked me down from Prime to standard because I forgot to make a premium payment. <BR> She reinstated me to Prime but it won't go into effect until June 1st. So I can't get a referral or see anyone until that time. So I'm going to have to wait some time. <BR> <BR> I'm going here in a little bit to at the very least get my Glumetza refilled so I can start taking it again tomorrow. <BR> <BR> UNRELATED NEWS: <BR> <BR> I'm ... Tue, 20 May 2014 16:38:29 EST I Have What?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698771 <em>28</em> <BR> <BR> I went in for my annual physical today. My doctor found a lump in my left breast. Now, I know most people would say 'Oh don't worry. Its probably nothing." See, normally I wouldn't worry but the history of female cancer in my family is lengthy & only one sided (my mom's). My great grandma, my mom, my aunt (mom's sister), and my mom's aunt (my grandma's sister) have all had cancer or passed away from it. My mom's aunt passed away just a few short months ago due to (I ... Mon, 19 May 2014 22:15:01 EST Woohoo! First 5K on concrete! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697181 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l368765395.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I know it sounds like a silly title but its amazing the difference between walking circles in your backyard and walking concrete! Now this is the 2nd time that I've walked 3 miles with my watch. However, for whatever reason I didn't push to walk a little more to get that 5K completed. However, today, <em>244</em> I DID IT! <BR> <BR> I had fun thru part of it because I was texting back and forth with Alan's son... Sat, 17 May 2014 18:10:00 EST Excitement filled day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696698 Wow! Today went fast! <BR> <BR> Well, first things first... We got <em>67</em> !! <BR> <BR> This means I was able to get out and <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l998345269.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yes, you will notice its a funky distance. Well, there is a reason for that. I was shooting for 2 miles but by the time I made it to one of my "landmarks" my foot cramped up on me. I called Alan and have him come get me. I jumped in the truck and he asked ... Fri, 16 May 2014 22:59:57 EST May 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696693 Sorry I didn't get a blog in yesterday. Nothing much to report other then it was really raining and I did some basic ST. I had an awesome breakfast of eggs over easy, toast, and bacon. It filled me up pretty well to the point I wasn't hungry for lunch. Dinner we had tacos with a homemade seasoning I made, refried beans, and spanish rice. I need to add some cayenne pepper to the mix to give it a little heat for next time. <BR> <BR> Fri, 16 May 2014 22:48:39 EST Stupid Hormones, Exercising, & Frustrated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695000 Having PCOS (poly cystic ovarian syndrome) really wrecks havoc on your body. Basically to explain it in simplest form: its a hormonal imbalance. My hormones are all screwed up. When I got diagnosed in 2012 I managed to lose 20+ pounds that year. 2013 I lost 10 pounds. This year however, UGH. <BR> <BR> I honestly thought I was doing well. That is until I looked at my spreadsheet for the year and I've been yo yo-ing the same 2 - 3 pounds since January. I get around the 177. __ mark and its ju... Wed, 14 May 2014 14:33:08 EST May 13 -- Where Did This Day Go? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694543 Wow! This day seemed to have flown by! <BR> <BR> I didn't get a workout in until 10pm and even then it was a short 10 minute Wii Free Step. Hey, 10 minutes is 10 minutes, its better then 0! <BR> <BR> So last night we had some shocking things happen all within a couple hours. I talked to my aunt (well i still consider her that even though her & my uncle have been divorced for several years) for the first time in over a decade. It was nice to catch up with her. She's had a rough few years. <... Tue, 13 May 2014 23:54:18 EST DEPRESSION: NOT A JOKING MATTER http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693705 I was reading something on Facebook earlier in one of the groups I'm in. A woman was complaining about her brother. Apparently he was complaining about his kids and she was tired of hearing about it. Now, let me tell you I'm the first person to say point blank "Cherish your loved ones. Cherish your spouse, cherish your children" because I have lost both in a blink of an eye. I know what it feels like to live every day wishing you were able to take back that last petty arguement. <BR> <BR> T... Mon, 12 May 2014 21:12:59 EST