SVELTEWARRIOR's SparkPeople Blog SVELTEWARRIOR's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Recycling an old blog as a reminder for the New Year With the New Year minutes away I decided to recycle this old blog of mine as a reminder to myself. <BR> <BR> <BR> Dear Mo; <BR> <BR> I feel that we have to talk. I am really having trouble with your attitude about me. I am tired of you blaming me for your laziness and lack of conviction. <BR> If you want me to be a smaller size stop putting to much food into me and you might try moving me more. I am also tired of you complaining about how I let you down. Let's be honest here it is you wh... Sun, 31 Dec 2017 23:46:43 EST Time To Shake Off My Funk (AKA Self Pity) Hello Spark Friends, It has literally been years since my last blog. The last year to year and half have been full of changes. Some of them good and some of them bad....well they seemed bad at the time. <BR> <BR> Those of you who have known me for awhile know that I had problems with my youngest DD. <BR> She went to college and tried to hurt herself and had to take some time off from college. She went back but hated living in the dorms and moved back home and took the bus to college ever... Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:16:58 EST I Love My Backyard I love my backyard, I always have lots of visitors. This year I have had more then normal. <BR> Here are a few. <BR> <BR> <BR> A turkey. She disappeared for a while <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> She came back with her babies <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Squirrels <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 15 Aug 2015 19:58:01 EST Some Of My Summer Fun In Pictures DH and I spent a day and night at Lake Erie <BR> <BR> We met some geese <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Saw some houses you have to row to. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Stopped at the beach <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Saw a old lighthouse <BR> <img src="http:/... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 23:34:08 EST Fun Overnight Bike Trip My Hubby and I put our bikes on the back of the car and drove to a trailhead and then hopped on our bikes and rode 20 miles. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There was a lot of pretty scenery <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src="http://photos... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 22:50:07 EST New Day Of Exercise And New Pictures My favorite form of exercise <BR> <img src=""> <BR> My Biking Buddies Bike <BR> <img src=""> <BR> My Biking Buddy <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Me being silly <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Beaut... Sat, 30 May 2015 01:00:20 EST Todays Exercise In Pictures <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> Mon, 13 Apr 2015 23:55:52 EST A reminder to myself I don't know exactly what it is lately but I have been feeling so tired and run down. I have also had a couple flair ups with my COPD. So of course my reaction is to be angry at my body. So once again I went back through my blogs and found the one posted below. I posted this mainly for myself to put things in perspective. <BR> <BR> <BR> Dear Mo; <BR> <BR> I feel that we have to talk. I am really having trouble with your attitude about me. I am tired of you blaming me for your laziness... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 01:05:02 EST The Before Picture <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This didn't want to load with my blog <BR> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:58:33 EST Fall Challenge Assignments 9 to 16 So, heres the more to come I promised. I have read what Spark considers exercise and I will include my daily activites on especially busy days but for most part I will go above that and add intentional exercise. I believe I am ready for success and the spark quiz seems to agree with me. <BR> I have decided to make little post it notes with some motivational sayings on them and post themin various places in my house. Things like Just Do It on my exercise bike, Stronger Is Better <BR> on my ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:55:01 EST Fall 5% Challenge Assignments 1 to 8 Hello, I am am doing the Fall 5% Challenge, I have dusted off my scale and finally got all my daughters stuff out of my exercise area. I have wiped down my stationary bike and total gym now that I can get into the area. I have also dug out a few Wii exercise programs that I haven't done in a while. My exercise plan is basically to get in my 10,000 steps a day and to add different exercises weekly. I will keep switching things around so I don't get bored and my body doesn't get used to a rou... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 03:01:37 EST To All The Fall 5% Challenge Teams Some of you may have noticed me hanging around your team pages and wondered who I am. I thought it would be quicker to write an introductory blog than to introduce myself team by team. <BR> I am Mo, I am one of the OELs, I am new at this position so please bear with me. I have been a member of Sparkpeople since 2008. I have lost track of how many of these challenges I've done, while I have yet to make my 5%, I have gotten stronger both physically and mentally. I also have learned a lot abou... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:53:12 EST Not The Best Summer So, I did the summer 5% challenge. I started off great, I was watching my food and getting in plenty of exercise. Then I started suffering from overwhelming fatigue, I did keep exercising but no where near the intensity I needed. This lead me to feel frustrated which led me to eat.....and eat...... and not healthy either. I am still feeling fatigued but have decided to stop feeling sorry for myself and get back on track starting with my food. I will start walking a lot again and then ad... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:28:09 EST The Summer Of Mo AKA The Summer 5% Challenge As usual I am behind on my 5% challenge assignments so I will put them all into this blog. I have got my water bottle ready,my workout clothes and shoes are out and waiting for me. I went through the kitchen and fridge and tossed out the unhealthy foods. I went shopping and replaced it with healthy fruits,vegetables and grains. I made up a menu for this weeks dinners. <BR> I will make up a menu of dinners every week of the challenge so I will know what I will be eating. <BR> My basic nut... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 01:29:03 EST Teddy Bear Heading To The Spring Challenge It is time for the Spring 5% challenge and once again I am lucky enough to be a Teddy Bear. I love these challenges, they make you take a long hard look at yourself and encourage you to become stronger and healthier. <BR> I have my water bottle ready, my shoes are ready, heck I have my bike all geared up and ride ready....can't wait to hit the trails. I have cleared my kitchen and fridge of all junk food. I have stocked up on fruits and healthy cereals, whole grain bread, and healthy snack... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 01:47:43 EST February Goals So January is over and February has begun. So, here are my February goals. <BR> <BR> 2/1: Track my food <BR> <BR> 2/2: Start doing yoga again <BR> <BR> 2/3: stretch more <BR> <BR> 2/4: continue my 10,000 steps or more a day streak <BR> <BR> 2/5: make sure I have enough books to read on my nook..........this is my me time <BR> <BR> 2/6. do some wii fit <BR> <BR> 2/7. do planks <BR> <BR> 2/8: do wall push ups <BR> <BR> 2/9: squats <BR> <BR> 2/10: try a new recipe <BR> <BR> 2/11: cru... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 20:03:44 EST Need to get back to a schedule I have been really off kilter with my schedule lately. I have been going to bed late and sleeping later which makes me feel rushed all day. I have a tendency to do my fitness after I do all my chores for the day.....which makes me feel energized which makes me stay up later.....see the pattern here? I have tried getting up earlier but then I am just tired and cranky. I think I am going to have to put in my fitness minutes sometime in the afternoon and let my chores wait until I am done... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 00:56:38 EST The Season Of A Healthy Me (AKA The Winter 5% Challenge) Part 2 I believe my diet and exercise plans have not worked in the past because I let other people talk me out of it. Now, please don't get me wrong I AM responsible for what I put in my mouth and planting my butt on the couch but I allow myself to be swayed by my husbands wanting to go out for dinner or him complaining that I never spend time with him is the same with my daughter when she is home. I will continue to go out for dinner with my husband but I will make healthier choices from t... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 00:33:58 EST The Season Of A Healthy Me( AKA The Winter 5% Challenge) Part 1 I have updated my page and my profile picture in anticipation of this challenge. I chose this picture of the female warrior because she is strong and beautiful but also she is is looking ahead to future battles and not back at past battles. This is how I am approaching the Winter 5% <BR> Challenge, I will not look back at pass challenges, this is the challenge that starts my healthier future. I have dusted off my stationary bike,gazelle, and put fresh batteries in my Wii. I have my <... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 01:51:57 EST WTF!!!!!!!!!!! (warning...rant) If you dared to read this after reading the title warning Thank You!!! <BR> <BR> So my youngest DD had therapy for her depression yesterday. She got home just in time for dinner. So, what's the problem you ask.... it is at dinner she informs me that she wants to join the Peace Corp. I ask her what about finishing college? She informs me she hates college....everything about college and that I just don't understand that it's not about her being lazy it is just a waste of time. I in... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 23:52:42 EST Asked by a friend to pass this on............ words we all need Asked by a Spark friend to copy and paste ..... <BR> <BR> We could all use these words of encouragement now and then. <BR> <BR> Everyone will go through some hard times at some point. Life isn't easy. <BR> <BR> Just something to think about... did you know the people that are the strongest are usually the most sensitive? <BR> <BR> Did you know the people who exhibit the most kindness are the first to get mistreated? <BR> <BR> Did you know the ones who take care of others all th... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 23:49:12 EST All My Fall 5% Pre Challenge Assignments In One Blog I am ready to start to start the the Fall 5% Challenge. I have a new pair of sneakers and I have dusted off my exercise equipment. I have my water bottle ready to, heck I even went so far as to get a new sensor bar for my Wii!!! I have cleaned my house of all junk food and bought in freggies. I updated my page and I will update my numbers and take my measurements the first day of the challenge. I plan on exercising at least 5 days a week, I will vary my exercise. I will use my Gazelle... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 02:48:14 EST Fall Into Winter Mileage I am going to do this with my friend HONEYBUNMINI. <BR> <BR> <BR> September Mileage Goal/Estimate: 50 <BR> 09/22- 5.46 <BR> 09/23- 5.22 <BR> 09/24- 3.93 <BR> 09/25 - 2.56 <BR> 09/26 - 5.15 <BR> 09/27 - 2.67 <BR> 09/28 - 14.38 <BR> 09/29 - 2.40 <BR> 09/30 - 6.24 <BR> September Actual Total: 48.11 <BR> <BR> <BR> October Mileage Goal/Estimate: 100 <BR> 10/01 - 5.89 <BR> 10/02 - 3.42 <BR> 10/03 - 7.00 <BR> 10/04 - 5.03 <BR> 10/05 - 5.27 <BR> 10/06 - 2.60 <BR> 10/07 - 4.70 <... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 20:16:11 EST The Scenic Side Of Todays Exercise <img src="">The Hubs and I went to Lake Eries Presque Isle and did a an eleven mile bike ride. Here are some pictures. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src="http... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 22:50:53 EST Last Weeks Bike Ride Last Monday and Tuesday The Hubby and I went on a 16 mile bike stayed at a B&B and then rode 16 miles back. Here are some of the sights. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 17 Sep 2013 00:17:03 EST First Day Of The 5% Challenge Today was the first day of the 5% challenge. I posted my numbers, My weight now is 151, my 5% goal weight is 142 which means I have to lose 8 pounds this challenge. I have cleaned out the kitchen of all trigger and unhealthy foods. I plan to track my food and stay within my calorie range. I also plan on doing a minimum of 6 hours of exercise per week. I plan to huddle and post on my teams forums. I plan to support my wonderful Teddy Bears!!!!! I am ready to rock this challenge!!!!!!!!!!!!... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 23:28:46 EST So........Does This Make Me A Bad Person? This is going to be a lengthy ranty've been warned!!! So one June 28th my sister moved into my house. For a year now now she has been in and out of the hospital, she will never admit it it is all due to her drinking. Well she became very ill and could hardly walk and became dehydrated and malnourished (drinking and not eating). In the hospital she was a fall risk and didn't listen and stay in bed as a result she fell twice and sustained a head injury. Se then checked h... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 01:48:49 EST Summer Challenge....Can't Wait!!!!! I have my workout clothes ready and my workout equipment cleared off!!!!! I even spruced oup my page just for the challenge!!! I love these challenges because they make me think of the reasons I am on this journey. Sure I want to lose weight so I can be more active and look better but more importantly I want to be healthier and feel stronger. I also contemplate why my diet and exercise hasn't worked in the past. I think it is because I tend to put everything and everyone before myself. I ... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 00:34:15 EST Paris Or Bust I saw this challenge on IMIN2GENES blog. It sounds like a great challenge. Does anyone else want to join us? Here is a link to her blog. <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5402871 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ============================ <BR> <BR> Template for Summer Mileage Challenge <BR> <BR> June Mileage Goal/Estimate: 10 miles <BR> 06/21: 6.59 <BR> 06/22: 4.33 <BR> 06/23: 4.59 <BR> 06/24: 6.23 <BR> 06/25: 6.66 <BR> 0... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 14:03:35 EST My Thursday And Friday Exercise In Pictures On Thursday my Hubby and I went on a twenty mile bike ride. It started out fine but then half way there is rained and rained and rained. I also want to add how proud i am of my Hubby. This was his longest ride and he did great!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This At The Start <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 23:47:53 EST A few more Teddy Bear images I came up with a few more. Which do you like? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:03:07 EST Teddy Bear Images Yes it is time once again to look through some Teddy Bear images and let me know what you think. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR>... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 23:29:30 EST I Want To Share A Wonderful Secret!!!!!!!!! Hello Spark Friends; <BR> <BR> I am here because I want to share a wonderful secret with you. Do you like traveling to exotic locales (virtually)? Do you want to learn healthy new habits such as tracking and blogging about your journey? Would you like to make friends with liked minded people? Would you like to do all of this while getting fit and losing weight? This is where my secret comes in..... you can do all of this when you join the Spring Into Summer 5% Challenge. S... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 10:20:52 EST What Else Would I Like To Tell My Team!! I would like to tell my team and all my Spark friends too, I love you all!!!! You are without out a doubt the kindness and wisest people I know!!!!!! <BR> I also want to thank everyone for their comments, spark mail, and taking the time to read my blogs. Please know that it make take me some time but I will get back to all of you!!! <BR> <BR> I love you all!!!! Fri, 8 Mar 2013 22:30:48 EST Ask for help or advice Well I have been doing well with the emotional eating. However, tonight I was informed that my DD is getting out of the hospital and I automatically wanted ice cream. I didn't succumb but the urge is strong. I am happy about my DD coming home but I know this is going to be emotional. Her attitude is somewhat hostile and right now I am not sure how to deal with that. I want to be there for her but I will not be walked on either. I know there is going to be conflict with her and my DH wh... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 19:53:16 EST What can I approve on? Wow, that is a loaded question!!!!!! There are so many things I can improve on but I will keep this related to my healthy habit. I guess what I need to improve on is giving others opinions and feelings more importance then mine. I need to stop letting other peoples moods dictate how I feel about myself. Letting these things happen usually means I start feeling bad about myself, which means I want to stuff down the bad feelings with food. I guess I can sun this up by saying ...... I simp... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 22:54:07 EST How Am I doing??? I am actually surprising myself. I haven't resorted to food to deal with my feelings. Trust me this is no small feat with everything going on. Today would have been one of those days where I would turned to food. Along with everything that is going on with my daughter, I woke up this morning to no water!!!! If that wasn't enough my Fitbit died!!!!!!!! Not once did I reach for food in anger, frustration!!!! Instead I came to Spark and did some sparking!!!! <BR> I must admit I had a piece... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 23:11:40 EST Encouragement..........Hmmmm How am I going to encourage myself? I thought about this long and hard and here is what I came up with. I let go. I let go of the need to be perfect. I let go of the need to try and control everything. After I let go I will give myself permission. Permission to make mistakes. Permission to think about myself. Permission to like myself. How will this help? It will help by letting me be me....... not what everyone wants me to be. That will mean I won't have to stuff down my feelings... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 23:47:49 EST How Will I Do This How do I plan to keep myself from emotionally eating? I touched on this a bit in my last blog. <BR> The main thing I am going to do is feel my emotions. I know this sounds like a simple thing but for me it is not. I have pretty much been trained to keep my feelings inside because to so them was weak and annoying. As a result I have stuffed them down with food. So I have decided to just let myself feel,if my emotions annoy someone....well that.s their problem. I also will include some ... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 01:28:50 EST The Healthy New Habit I Am Working On I am working on my emotional eating, maybe I should say I am working on not emotionally eating. I believe this is my biggest stumbling block and those of you who know me know I like to go I have had a really emotional week this past week and I did not emotionally eat. This made me wonder what I did differently. Are you ready for this??? I felt the emotions!!!!! I didn't stuff them down because they may make someone uncomfortable or make some angry. I didn't worry about what ... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 23:05:22 EST I Am So Sad Today This blog is going to be short. Today has been a horrendous day for me. I woke up to a phone call from my youngest DD this morning. She apparently tried to hurt herself and committed herself to a psychatirc hospital. I have been crying all day. Thanks for listening. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 20:03:51 EST The Start of The 5% Challenge And A Repost Reminder To Myself. I have finished up the second day of the 5% Challenge. I am happy with me exercise but my diet needs a little more tweaking. I've not been doing terrible but I haven't been doing my best either. I will be remedying that right away. I did something different this challenge. I decided that I would reset all my streaks and such on the first day of the challenge. I decided a new challenge, a clean slate. <BR> As some of you know I have been having some health issues that need surgery and I w... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 00:22:27 EST Winter Challenge Assignments 4 To 6 What are my trigger foods. Without a doubt it is ice cream. As matter of fact it is my gateway food. Ice cream can lead to cake and pie. Well why not they taste so good together. <BR> I find that I tend to turn to ice cream when I am lonely or sad. To prevent the ice cream meltdown I will pick up the phone to call someone or go for a walk. If it is in the evening I will <BR> reintroduce myself to my wii. <BR> I think my diet and exercise plans haven't worked in the past because I te... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 00:03:04 EST Winter Challenge Assignments 1 And 3 I am doing the Winter 5% Challenge!!!!!! For those who do not know the <BR> Winter 5% Challenge is an 8 week challenge where your goal is to lose 5% of your body weight. Your exercise minutes are virtual air miles that you use to visit fun and exocotic locations! So in anticipation for this challenge I have laced up tennis shoes and dusted off my scale. My workout clothes and water bottle are ready for action!!!! I have some health issues so I am commiting to doing AT THE LEAST 10 minu... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 23:12:43 EST Winter Challenge, Thinking About Restarting, More Teddy Bear Images I am going to be doing the Winter 5% Challenge. This is a challenge where you exercise minutes are magicaly turned into aer miles on a vertual airplane to exoctic wonderful places. The goal of this challenge is to lose 5% of your body weight. While losing the 5% is the goal you will gain so much more!!! You will gain new friends, plenty of support, confidence and most importantly a healthier you!!! I invite youto join me.... if you wish to join this challenge click on this link. ... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 20:02:19 EST Images For Teddy Bears Winter Team <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I thought these were cute. What do you all think? Wed, 30 Jan 2013 00:13:50 EST My Christmas In Pictures <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> These are from Phipps Conservatory. Where DH and I spent a day enjoying the beauty <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The Tree <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 00:27:34 EST The Fall 5% Challenge...Part Two I have cleaned out my fridge and kitchen, I then went grocery shopping and stocked up on healthy food!!! I stocked up on fat free plain yogurt and seasoning which I will use instead of mayo. I have some salsa that I will use on baked potatos and such. This will save me some fat and calories!!! I will also keep grapes in the freezer for my sweet attacks. <BR> I have failed in the past by letting my familys wants,needs and problems come before taking care of myself. I will always be the... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 01:13:35 EST My 5% Fall Challenge commitment aka assignments 1-5 My scale is dusted my workout shoes and clothes are ready to go. My water bottle is filled and on hand. My diet plan is moderation. I will track my food and stay in my calorie range of 1200-1550 calories a day. I am going to do various types of exercise to keep for getting bored and hopefully from plateauing. I commit to do at least 30 minutes of cardio at least 5 times per week. I will also do at least two days of strength training a week. I want to lose this weight for health reason, I hav... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 01:28:34 EST Teddy Bear Images Here are a few Teddy Bear images I am submitting for the Teddy Bears Team. What do you think? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Mon, 24 Sep 2012 23:39:08 EST