SWANATOPIA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SWANATOPIA SWANATOPIA'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/ My Schedule http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781202 September 21, 2014 <BR> Take a Step, Take a Stand <BR> PCOS 5K <BR> <BR> Oct. 11, 2014 <BR> Walk like MADD <BR> Take Steps to a Safer Nation - 5K <BR> <BR> Nov. 8, 2014 <BR> Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes <BR> 5K <BR> <BR> Dec. 10, 2014 <BR> Rock N Roll 10K Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:33:29 EST Workout was brutal.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761698 My no excuses workout today was running up my stairs 100 times plus walking 6 miles around my kitchen island. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2113487745.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I had to watch all the Rocky movies first for motivation...lol! <BR> <BR> WHATEVER WORKS ;) Sun, 17 Aug 2014 22:02:50 EST You gain some...You lose some... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761413 Wow, working and maintenance mode is so difficult. Most days, just laziness makes for a fast, prepared meal that is rather healthy but then I always forget portion control. Coworkers bringing in "cake and cookies" so they don't have to look at it in their house finally got to me as well. Snacks here and there, lack of activity and then comes the sugar crashes, insulin resistance and full force crappiness that seems to overwhelm anyone and bring us into that, not so happy, feeling from binge e... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 12:16:40 EST Broke the streak and.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710886 I did it on National running day...lol.... Oh, well, life, life, life, what can we do? <BR> <BR> My brothers kids are getting ready to move with my dad. Been a long week and very emotionally draining. I will be sad when the kids go but I know it's for the best! <BR> <BR> Obviously, streaks for me are unrealistic...lol...so tomorrow, I will go for a run without streaking ;~) Wed, 4 Jun 2014 22:59:00 EST Day 8 #RWRunStreak complete http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709348 Hectic day but I got one mile in.... made it happen! <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, Mapmyrun conked out on me so I threw it aside and will continue my streak without the GPS adviser. I still have my Fitbit to keep track! Technology these days....sheeesh. Mon, 2 Jun 2014 23:05:12 EST Day 7 #RWRunStreak complete http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708392 Took it easy today...more of a walk/jog going on, so I can hit it super hard this coming week! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1758890513.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 7/40 Sun, 1 Jun 2014 21:28:57 EST New running shoes.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708132 I figure after this challenge, I'm going to need a new pair. I chose these because I like purple! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l409359185.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Mizuno Wave Creation 15 <BR> <BR> The ones I have right now are Mizuno as well but are getting worn out! I like them too! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l213493082.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Mizuno Wave Enigma <BR> <BR> There's a big difference when running the treadmill vs outside w... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 13:57:54 EST Day 6 #RWRunStreak complete http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707671 O.....M.....G...... <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>198</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Boy, it was hot today.... felt like 100 but was only 90 (Texas heat) and the humidity was horrible.... but, I did it! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l19966051.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Took it easy today so I can rest up for the week! <BR> <BR> 6/40 Sat, 31 May 2014 20:33:20 EST Day 5 #RWRunStreak complete http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707073 Ran faster and stronger today. You would think I would be sore but, nope, I feel great! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l713749186.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 2.98 miles at the river! <BR> <BR> 5/40 <BR> <BR> Fri, 30 May 2014 21:12:42 EST Day 4 #RWRunStreak complete http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706307 Oh, it was a hot one today! Got 3.07 miles in and still streaking....hubby still right there with me! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1252180905.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 4/40 Thu, 29 May 2014 20:39:08 EST Motivation to run! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706193 If your looking for an app that will get ya going (running), look no further! <BR> <BR> Zombies, run!! <BR> <BR> Gotta check it out....so crazy, yet, seems motivational! <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.zombiesrungame.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> Same company but a walking game! <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.thewalkgame.com/ </link> Thu, 29 May 2014 17:12:04 EST Day 3 #RWRunStreak complete http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705525 What a great run husband and I had. We went to the river and ran along side it. It's a beautiful day in Central Texas! Got in 2.88 miles today. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l98667103.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Not sore or anything although I did start running everyday for the first week before the challenge started so I wouldn't be sore. <BR> <BR> 3/40 Wed, 28 May 2014 21:17:57 EST Day 2 #RWRunStreak complete http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704780 Well, I planned the day around the weather so I wouldn't break my streak. It is very unusual for me to leave my weather station when there is bad weather or tornado watches but that just wasn't my concern today... I was more worried about how, when and where I was going to get my (at least) 1 mile in for the Runner's World Streak. <BR> <BR> My husband came with me, because he has been running with me these last past days. I think he likes it! He does make me feel slow but I don't focus on hi... Tue, 27 May 2014 23:05:12 EST Day 1 #RWRunStreak complete http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703521 Challenge: <BR> <BR> Run at least one mile per day, every day, starting on Memorial Day (Monday, May 26) and ending on Independence Day (Friday, July 4). That's 40 consecutive days of running. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l969524150.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Feeling <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> To check out the challenge and join, go here: <BR> <BR> <link>www.runnersworld.com/tag/rwrunstreak </link> <BR> <BR> 1/40 Mon, 26 May 2014 12:33:50 EST Tackling some goals.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697328 Good evening Spark friends! Sorry it's been a while since I last updated... I have been super busy but things are starting to adjust, finally! <BR> <BR> Hmmm....where to start! <BR> <BR> Well, I finished paying my brother's Lawyer off and good things are going on for him. So far, the Lawyer is definitely working for my brother. Can't say much more because it's a legal case but it's looking really good for him ;) I am so happy that I could get that Lawyer for him...love him to pieces! I ... Sat, 17 May 2014 22:47:58 EST A new kind of schedule..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610036 This week, I have been working on a new schedule that works for me and my family...really difficult situation because my husband works as well, we home-school the two "teens" and we have a home business. Me working will definitely add a bit of hamper to the whole deal but it's only for a little bit, unless I end up absolutely loving the job which happens every time. <BR> <BR> My hours will be 8-5, Mon-Fri <BR> Husbands hours are 6-6, Tues-Thurs <BR> Ashlan still has basketball practice Tuesd... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 09:43:10 EST Reaching beyond..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5606645 Hello everyone! Well, I've decided to get a job and get my brother a Lawyer. 25-99 just doesn't settle well in my stomach, so for the next couple of months, I will be extremely busy. <BR> <BR> I have a job interview on Monday. God willing, I will get this job that is only 2 miles from my house. I plan to start jogging to and from work after I get adjusted to waking up in the mornings. It is a Drafting job which pays above minimum wage. <BR> <BR> I already have most of the money, the Lawyer... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 22:30:19 EST Burned Out on Exercise..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5599295 I thought this was really funny but somewhat true! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1986745095.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 1. On the way to the gym for your usual workout, you suddenly remember your sock drawer needs to be organized immediately. You hurry home before sock chaos ensues. <BR> <BR> 2. When your walking partner calls for the third time, wondering where you've been, you consider changing your phone number and, possibly, moving. <BR> <BR> 3. You're doin... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 19:13:19 EST Diet Binge Drinker.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5597029 I have to admit that when I get stressed out, I reach for the case of diet sodas; root beers, Frescas and Diet Dr. Peppers. Just because they are diet doesn't mean that they are good for me, I know that first hand because the day after, I usually suffer from a migraine, but, so far so good...I have only been through a 12 pack this week. <BR> <BR> Things are moving forward quickly with my brother and if you have been a follower of me, you will remember when I had to care for him when he had h... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 13:09:59 EST Serious upper body ST..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589667 My husband helped me with this today, as I had been putting it off all this time. Strength training in the legs, no problem.....arms and upper body...ugh, I'll be right back...lol! <BR> <BR> So, he showed me how to do pyramids (beginners). <BR> <BR> Here's what I did! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2111661569.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Oh my arms are sore! Yesterday, I did Jillian Michaels ab workout, which always makes my back, legs and abs sore. I did Taebo as well ... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 21:59:11 EST 5 and some change....2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589196 Last year my theme for the year 2013 was "My 5 Mile Love Walk!" I literally walked all year long, keeping at least 5 miles a day on my streak but aiming everyday for 10 miles! It was so rewarding but I didn't lose weight while doing this. It just helped me maintain and tone up! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5211598 </link> <BR> <BR> I like the number five! It's a good number to stop and and take a look backwards and/or forwards....ev... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 12:26:41 EST Windowpane Potato Chips http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585048 A recipe from Cooking Light....worthy of sharing! <BR> <BR> <link>www.myrecipes.com/recipe/windowpane-<BR>potato-chips-10000001918459/ </link> <BR> <BR> I love that these have four ingredients and turn out not only healthy but beautiful...I mean...I don't think I could eat them ;) <BR> <BR> Picture: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l82882528.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> <BR> 2 medium baking potatoes <BR> Cooking spray <BR> Assorted fresh herb sprig... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 23:10:28 EST Off to a good start! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582358 Starting the new year, I did everything possible to get back on my weight loss plan. The week before, I had lowered my calories and drank lots of herbal tea. This helped so much because I dropped 6 pounds right off the bat! The first 6 have always been easy to "purge" off when I start my program, so I was just waiting for it to disappear quickly but now, the real hard work comes in. <BR> <BR> Saturdays (today) I take my rest day and unfortunately, today, I suffered a migraine but I am glad i... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 21:24:15 EST 2014 ~ GOALS, GOALS, GOALS..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5575991 1. Measure, weigh and just say NO! <BR> <BR> Portion control every meal! Practice eating as clean as possible, whenever possible! <BR> <BR> <BR> 2. Less online and more outside! <BR> <BR> Implement more physical activities rather than “workouts!” <BR> <BR> <BR> 3. Breakfast, lunch and dinner! <BR> <BR> It’s time to cook morning, noon and night! Make no room for "easy" meals to sneak in! <BR> <BR> <BR> 4. Walking the walk! <BR> <BR> Maintain 8 miles a day on Fitbit! <BR> <BR... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 20:18:23 EST Getting prepared.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5575758 Today, I plan on: <BR> <BR> Downloading 10 hours (separated into 1 hour remixes) of workout music. This will help me get motivated this coming year. <BR> <BR> Download an offline workout generator software and calorie tracker. There will be no excuses if I have to go "offline" for a while. <BR> <BR> Reorganize my Before/after pictures. I do plan on re-starting this weekly pic process in order to assist me in my last 30 pound loss. It helps keep me motivated! <BR> <BR> Get rid of all my si... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 14:48:29 EST Looking back 2013..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574747 I had made some goals last year....let's see how I did..... <BR> <BR> My Goals: <BR> for the Year 2013! <BR> <BR> ~ Focus on God! - I have kept God my #1 this year. Learned so much but can never learn enough! <BR> <BR> ~ Reach goal weight - I hit my maintenance status. I had a weight in mind but realized, it's not about a number on the scale...it's how I feel! <BR> <BR> ~ Become Holistic Nutritionist - I didn't get to do this one because the cost was absolutely ridiculous but that hasn't ... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 15:33:49 EST Clean eating & getting healthy..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573867 I decided this week I am focusing on clean eating so I can detox the cookies and cake from my system....who's coming with me...lol! <BR> <BR> Today is going good! Yesterday went well (managed to keep calories under 1200), except I had to rush Kim to the ER because she was coughing up blood. I ended up taking her to another hospital because obviously, this hospital is worthless! They diagnosed her with having double pneumonia but took good care of her, so she should be good in a few days! I e... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 14:51:10 EST Fighting back the flu..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573066 I decided that it would be much easier and cheaper to fight the flu with healthy foods rather than medicine. <BR> <BR> So, here's what I put in my body today! <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> <BR> 1/2 cup oatmeal with 1 cup water, 2 teaspoon creamy peanut butter, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 whole wheat toast, 5 blackberries. <BR> <BR> 3 cups coffee (black) <BR> <BR> Lunch! <BR> <BR> Green salad; kale, spinach, mustard greens topped with salsa and Avocado. <BR> <BR> Juice: Beets, carrots, &... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 13:10:39 EST I burned my wagon...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572654 Ugh, well, I fell off my wagon and I think it blew up in pieces...lol. I haven't been able to find any motivation and once I get started, something drastic happens....like....the entire house catches the flu (current except me!) <BR> <BR> But the good news is I am not giving up, oh no I'm not. I have gained about 8 pounds, of course, my scale is on a borrowed battery from a much played XBox and mostly dead, so I question that gain. Looking at that weight was discouraging but it's okay, I nee... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 23:33:19 EST Energy ~ boost! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5505964 Well, folks, I have energy and things are getting done finally! It feels so good to be back to my own self where I can get all my projects back! Remember the old me? Out there for hours a day digging for a swimming pool...lol! Oh, about the pool, that switched to a winter project due to extreme Texas heat. We plan on getting an excavator this month and digging the hole and then the entire pool should be complete by the new year! <BR> <BR> We got a break this weekend because son didn't have a... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 12:11:42 EST Take it with a grain of salt! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5503370 This was my attitude about EVERYTHING yesterday. I felt so calm and stress free! Arguments, raised voices, judgmental views....all were experienced yesterday and I just shrugged them off and continued on... <BR> <BR> I really felt like I was on cloud 9 yesterday as far as being mentally on top of my game! I was able to complete all laundry, homeschooling and practices and get some things done for today. <BR> <BR> Great feeling! <BR> <BR> I hope it last ;) Thu, 3 Oct 2013 10:45:41 EST P.C.O.S. Insulite http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5502548 I received my Insulite system in the mail yesterday. It's a nice concoction of all the herbs and vitamins that are used to treat P.C.O.S. naturally. Keep in mind that I do not and have never taken over the counter meds for my P.C.O.S. (not counting a week trial of metformin which made me sick) so I was excited to find something that had every herb I had researched over the past years for P.C.O.S. already combined in one. <BR> <BR> I took yesterdays dose and felt an overwhelming of things. I ... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 13:53:45 EST Very Quick Update... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5496336 After much misery I have decided to give this herbal remedy a try for P.C.O.S. <BR> <BR> http://pcos.com/index.php <BR> <BR> I am hoping this works as my P.C.O.S. symptoms are making me miserable. I am doing better this week, still keeping with the daily routine of eat and exercise although by 2 pm I am drained and have 0% energy! <BR> <BR> Kim and I are going to join a gladiator workout....looks challenging and tough! We walk about 4-6 miles everyday while my son is at football practice. ... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 22:07:40 EST Birthday Bananas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5493863 The worst thing in the world is allowing satan to steal your joy! He has had me cornered all this week and I refuse to allow him to take one more minute of my life. <BR> <BR> With that being said, I had a great birthday. The entire day I was upset and mad at "I don't know what" but I learned a valuable lesson yesterday........life will go on whether I am pissed off or not. <BR> <BR> My kiddos and husband bought me a card and a whole plate of bananas because I had went running that morning ... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 13:24:42 EST Unintentional success stories.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5485288 I had a "blog" as I sat at my 15 year old son's football game last night..... all of these thoughts were in my mind. <BR> <BR> Man, my son, just a year ago was overweight and I thought for sure he was going to end up being my 30 year old gamer son on the couch...lol...I kid you not! Our lifestyle two years ago encouraged him to sit steady on the couch and play video games or get on the computer, swapping them both out when one becomes boring. <BR> <BR> My daughter's favorite meal two year... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 10:59:20 EST Celebration time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5473382 Yesterday was a day for celebration for me. <BR> <BR> September 1st! <BR> <BR> Facts when I started my weight loss journey: <BR> <BR> > Start date February 22 2012. <BR> > I weighed 245 pounds and I wore a size 24! <BR> > I was experiencing the worst symptoms of P.C.O.S. which included; heart palpitations, extreme migraines, breast lumps, hormonal issues, facial hair, hair loss and chronic fatigue. <BR> > I had been diagnosed with an enlarged heart (heart disease). <BR> > I smoked 2 pac... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 10:44:37 EST No rest in site.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5470048 This week was hectic! Waking up at 5:00 am every morning, cooking breakfast, taking son to football practice, practicing basketball with daughter, running the track for 2 hours while son practices, coming home and homeschooling, dealing with customers and fixing computers, laundry, cleaning, cooking and getting ready for the next day....ugh! <BR> <BR> I did survive this first week and it seems like I have been going for a month...haha! Tomorrow is his first game...yeah, I'm excited. We pract... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 15:47:31 EST Trying to schedule craziness.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5464113 I'm sitting here trying to figure out a schedule for this school year and whoa, do I feel overwhelmed. Between my daughters basketball and sons football practices, their games, homeschool, my home business, being a wife, a mother and trying to fit fitness/health in everyday....I'm really thinking I'm gonna have to have a superwoman cape to pull everything off...lol! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1410688546.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today, while son was at practice, I g... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 13:47:52 EST Tough Love..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5463345 Today, was a very interesting day for me. My son has been wanting to join football for a few years now but since I homeschool, I waited until he was beginning High School. Today was his first day of practice. Let me tell you that football is not for the weary or the lazy and my son practically came from couch to football...with that being said..... it was a crazy day. <BR> <BR> I sat through the two hour day of his first "observation" day and watched as he struggled through his drills, wanti... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 18:17:47 EST Keeping up with the cardio..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5453489 Hello everyone! I'm Sparking away, Just a little quiet lately as I transition my reading and lifestyle improvements into maintenance. There are so many useful articles on Spark and the blogs are so helpful! <BR> <BR> Yesterday, at the dinner table my husband told me I looked like I was withering away...lol. Thanks hon..but I had told him to tell me if I started looking too thin. Not trying to be skinny but fit. <BR> <BR> So, I am going to have to let go of most of my cardio. Right now, jus... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 00:15:31 EST August Goals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5442589 I took a much needed break the entire month of July! By break, I mean, I wasn't as diligent in logging in my workouts or nutrition. I did workout, almost everyday for at least 45 min. except for last week (schlitterbahn week but I easily burned over 2000 calories at the water park) and I was eating the same ole foods I have always eaten, so no calories over here. I lost 3 pounds last month! The weight is slowly but surely coming off! <BR> <BR> This month, August...oh, it's on! I still need ... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 18:52:49 EST What was the best part of your weight-loss journey? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5442126 I was asked this question the other day and didn't have to think about it too much. The best part of my weight-loss journey has always been knowing that I am setting a Good Example for my Children! <BR> <BR> See, my life doesn't belong to me, per say. My life belongs to my family (my husband and children). They are the reason I started and they are the reason I succeeded in my weight-loss journey! <BR> <BR> As a mother, I have always tried to live what I preach to my children and tried to r... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 10:21:37 EST Pool update... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5430135 Hi everyone! Just a quick update on the pool...it's been rainy and hot here for about a month or so....... my pool project came to a halt after filling with water, draining and hardening. My husband has promised me we will rent an excavator so I won't die out there...lol...he loves me. <BR> <BR> After our trip to Schlitterbahn this coming weekend, for the kids bday, it is going to be number 1 priority. I'd love to get it done by this summer...hoping it will happen. <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, I ... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 01:55:55 EST Where to start.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5428490 Today, our family had an Italian Potluck dinner! <BR> <BR> Homemade pizza, lasagna, garlic bread, meatballs, you name it we had it! <BR> <BR> I don't even know where to start on the nutritional tracker...lol. <BR> <BR> BUT I had one of each, very small portions and didn't stuff myself....of course I had to make room for mama Linda's Italian cream cheese cake and Brown Betty...OMG...so delicious! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1145852718.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My I... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 18:03:17 EST Choking the Ticker.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5416583 So, after throwing the scale to the side and pulling the batteries over two months ago, I decided I better check in! My weight had went back up to 165 pounds so that's the reason I tossed it aside. I don't like to allow the scale to dictate who I am (even though I know some may need it and that's fine, I used it when I started) but I a at a point where I can wing it ;) <BR> <BR> So, I stepped on this morning and it read 158! The weight has gone down so that is good! A few things have changed... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 10:21:49 EST My new project.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5414665 Hi friends....well I have a new motivational project going on! My brothers girlfriend needs some motivation so I am going to be her personal trainer! She is signed up on Spark People and you can visit her profile and add her as a friend if you would like! He username is KIMWALT and you can find her on my spark page under friends! <BR> <BR> Today, we did 45 minutes of Zumba and 20 minutes speed walking as warmup and cool down. Drank 8 glasses of green tea and was sweating! Tomorrow, it's trea... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 18:02:37 EST Todays workout & silly cat.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5408834 Today, we got our shipment of St Augustine grass in. Did you know that people just change their grass out in Austin so this is just thrown away? My brother works as a Landscaper so he got this and we will give it a good home...it's beautiful BUT we have to spread it all around and that a workout! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l929195576.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A truckload! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1832380558.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I dec... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 17:58:56 EST July Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5407594 This month I am going to challenge myself to some strength training! <BR> <BR> I need to get these arms toned up! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1005278005.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What are your goals for July? Mon, 1 Jul 2013 15:10:56 EST Who needs a vacation? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5406443 I do...... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l219179226.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Planning a trip to Schlitterbahn on July 30....it's going to be so much fun! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l279097303.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Close-up...I'm pretty bored on this fine Sunday...lol! <BR> Sun, 30 Jun 2013 14:57:35 EST Painting the shop brick... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5403025 Monday, husband and I started brainstorming and decided we better paint the computer repair shop because it looks like a house. My house is attached to the back of my shop, so it can be a little deceiving for customers. Not too mention, the siding is almost 8 years old, so the rain and weather has taken it's toll on it. Here's a before picture: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1094308657.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I really wanted something that will stand out and scream...... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 23:55:20 EST