SWAZY33's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SWAZY33 SWAZY33'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/ 2013 promises to me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5181898 1. <em>347</em> I’m resetting all my spark streaks and ticker. Even though I haven’t gained weight back…I have been stuck at 60 pounds lost for 2 years and somehow seeing that 60 pounds lost on my page…has had some kind of mental block on me. So, I wiped it out and I think looking at it now saying ZERO pounds lost will motivate more to get that ticker moving again! <BR> **I promise that my ticker WILL move down this year!** <BR> 2. <em>368</em> <em>370</em> Focus on nutrition and... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 09:28:57 EST My lil hat spreading cheer :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5171722 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l578817865.jpg"> <BR> Ok...so I got these tiny santa hats at a craft fair and they have been such a hit. I have a red and pink one (pictured) As I walk around the hospital or out shopping....ppl automatically <em>334</em> when they look at me :) <BR> <BR> The first day, I forgot I had it on and thought what the heck is going on...Ppl are so happy and smiley today? <BR> <BR> Who would have thought that a tiny lil Santa hat could spread... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 06:26:13 EST Some random updates and topless pic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4867476 <em>213</em> Well my first half week back into the swing of everything has been interesting and crazy at the same time! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Wednesday was my first day back to work and I go in very early. I got there at 5:30 and ran into my office building and a homeless person jumped out at me!!!! <em>40</em> Ok so…I lost a couple years off my life with THAT scare and had to run to the other side of the building to get inside. I usually run up the stairs but now was terrified and... Sat, 5 May 2012 10:41:52 EST Don’t let just one thing in your life be the item that defines you. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4485906 One of my favorite parts of me has always been my hair. I never really had to fuss much with it. A good hair day can and has lifted my spirits on many a day. Then cancer and chemo entered my life and although I remain positive and upbeat throughout this fight…the hair loss was a hard one for me. I thought to myself… Am I really that shallow? And my answer to that question finally is no. It was more of me needing to “mourn the loss” of my hair. Yes, it was a hard thing to go through but,... Thu, 15 Sep 2011 06:58:56 EST Wake up the fighter in YOU! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4414456 Everyone has their own set of struggles… <BR> It’s what you do with those struggles that can make or break you! <BR> <BR> I choose to be fighter and to make it! <BR> <BR> For all of us … “our fight” will be uniquely ours. <BR> Some may need to battle with a few unwanted pounds; <BR> Others struggle with a lot of unwanted pounds… <BR> Sometimes it is our personal family issues or <BR> as in my case…my health. <BR> <BR> I am just starting out on this breast cancer battle but feel like I ha... Mon, 8 Aug 2011 13:00:13 EST Thank you sparkfriends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4328034 Overall, I am a very positive person that always has a smile :) Lately, I have found myself struggling with little things like with leaving an upbeat status. I believe that Spark is place for positivity and really do not want to bring ppl down with my feelings like I’m falling apart. But, I am who I am and cannot fake or force perkiness and happiness. People that I deal with on a daily basis can read me right away. I have heard “are you sure you’re Ok?” many times this past week. So, I d... Tue, 28 Jun 2011 11:27:42 EST Running in the sunshine = Payday?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4209093 I always made it a habit to run early in the morning or later in the evening when it was dark out. I guess I was hiding from the world. Felt embarrassed that people would see things jiggle when I run? I never wanted to run in my neighborhood either for fear of running into someone that knows me. <BR> Well this year…all that’s a changing! <BR> I’m ready for my spotlight…Cue the sunshine! <em>67</em> <BR> Ahhh…feels so good running with the warm sun shining down on me! <BR> Look at me worl... Wed, 4 May 2011 08:11:30 EST 400 pounds of inspiration :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4160377 Yep, that is what inspired my status today! <BR> Last night at the gym, a 400 pound man (he announced his weight to class) was on the bike directly in front of me in spin class. He blocked my view of the instructor but I did not care. He was such an inspiration. He told the instructor it was his first time and the instructor told him to just take it easy and see how long you can last just spinning your legs...telling him that he doesn't have to stand when the rest of the class does or up t... Tue, 12 Apr 2011 10:50:45 EST Another goal accomplished... and my review of the new class http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3895616 I accomplished my goal of attending a new class at the gym. <BR> I did the Centergy class last night. I took the class because ppl kept talking about how tough the class is, and how it totally transformed their bodies, etc, etc… <BR> Well, I don’t know if I was just doing the moves wrong or I am in better shape than most of the ppl in the class but, I thought it was waaaay easy. It was a combo of yoga, pilates and tai chi. There were several balance moves that everyone was falling over and... Thu, 6 Jan 2011 06:40:35 EST A plan…I need a plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3883109 Yes planning has never been one of my strongest areas. <BR> I do lots of last minute things….some work out better than others. <BR> I have taken last minute vacations that were fabulous but… <BR> have made last minute dinners that have not turned out well or healthy in the least! <BR> <BR> So, it’s a new year, a fresh start and I am making a plan! <em>249</em> <BR> My fitness plan is great! I have a great schedule and do get to the gym at least 5 times a week but…. <BR> This year I will bec... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 06:50:08 EST Motivation from a random *hot* guy :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3511854 Well, I'm falling back into a great exercise groove now that baseball is finally over. I have been back to some of my favorite classes at the gym and was able to keep up my usual stamina and *feeling great* after each class. <BR> &#9829;•*´¨`*•:·.·: :·.·:•*´¨`*•&#9829; <BR> One area that is harder for me to "jump back in" is the running. I was on such a good schedule and really building with each week. And so, I've been trying to run a little each day to try and get back where I was. I ... Sat, 7 Aug 2010 09:09:25 EST Hits, Homerun, Hayrides…Hooaah! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3494101 As many of you know, I spent last week in Cooperstown with my son Bryan. <BR> His team was playing in a baseball tournament there. And what a wonderful experience! I could go on and on and probably should of done a daily blog for each day but, here’s a quick summary! We arrived up there Friday night and I got to spend some nice Mom/Son time. <BR> <BR> Saturday morning he checked into bunkhouse with the rest of the team and coaches. He has such a nice group of goof balls on his team and I’m... Mon, 2 Aug 2010 09:06:33 EST Recap of my first 5K!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3055711 &#9829;&#9829;¸.•*´¨`*•. ¸&#9829;¨`*•.¸&#9829;&#9829; <BR> &#9829;&#9829;¸.•*´¨`*•. ¸&#9829;¨`*•.¸&#9829;&#9829; <BR> &#9829;&#9829;¸.•*´¨`*•. ¸&#9829;¨`*•.¸&#9829;&#9829; <BR> &#9829;&#9829;¸.•*´¨`*•. ¸&#9829;¨`*•.¸&#9829;&#9829; <BR> <BR> &#9829;.•*¨-:¦:-. ;.•.&#9829; * Well, I did it! * &#9829;.•*¨-:¦:-. ;.•. <BR> …•*¨-:¦:-.;.•.&#9829;* I ran my first 5K* &#9829;.•*¨)•*¨-:¦:-. <BR> &#9829;&#9829;¸.•*´¨`*•. ¸&#9829;¨`*•.¸&#9829;&#9829; <BR> &#9829;&#9829;¸.•*´¨`*•. ¸&#9829;¨`*•.... Mon, 29 Mar 2010 10:00:23 EST Less than two weeks until first 5k...HELP!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3007638 Ok, what have I gotten into here! My sis (TURNINGJ) and I will be running our first 5K together. I really want to run and not walk this thing. I have been trying to build up, but, still can't run a solid 3 miles. I just came back from the gym and did 2 miles on treadmill in 29.35. Well, I was so excited! I never made made it under 30 minutes. So, I'm thinking maybe I can do really do this! I was estimating about an hour for the race, but, now, maybe little less! woo hoo! My problem to... Tue, 16 Mar 2010 16:27:20 EST My spin instructor is a rock star! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2738747 As many of you know...I LOVE my one spin instructor. <BR> He makes the class so much fun. Well, as usual in January, <BR> the gym is packed and it is even more hard to get into his class <BR> than ever!! You have to get there an hour in advance and put <BR> your stuff on a bike and then 40 minutes before class...the line <BR> for the tickets start forming! It is just crazy...his class "sells out" <BR> in seconds! Just like a rock star! haha! <BR> The part that gets the "regulars" mad are t... Wed, 13 Jan 2010 09:28:14 EST Spin class...or was it a dance party?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2635183 I had the BEST spin class ever last night. <BR> It WAS a dance party on a bike! <em>108</em> <BR> <BR> 1). It was with my favorite instructor. <BR> 2). I FINALLY got spin shoes and was trying them out for the first time! <BR> 3.) The music was AWESOME! <BR> <BR> Our Monday night instructor is the best! You have to come an hour early <BR> just to reserve a spot in his class! Ppl line up outside to watch the class. <BR> Last night, he had pulled out some older CD he said he found tucked ... Tue, 15 Dec 2009 10:14:37 EST Open heart surgery tomorrow :( Prayers needed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2623877 Tomorrow is the day. My brother is having open-heart surgery. <BR> Deep down, I KNOW he will be Ok, but, it is really SO scary. <BR> I mean were talking about the heart. You REALLY need that! <BR> So, I’m asking for all my spark angels to PRAY for Michael and family… <BR> *TODAY as I know we are all anxious and nervous beforehand. <BR> **TOMORROW, surgery day! That God will guide the surgeon’s hands with precision. <BR> ***DAYS AFTER for a speedy recovery. <BR> <BR> Good Spark Friends ar... Thu, 10 Dec 2009 07:43:10 EST You want to take my picture...sure go ahead! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2621212 <em>442</em> <em>443</em> <em>444</em> <BR> We are doing classes for charity at our gym. We bring in a toy for "Toy for Tots" or food to be donated. Well, last week after the class was over, the instructor (a guy) decides he wants to take a picture of us all. All the women were like...you want to take the picture NOW...Couldn't you have taken it at the start of class before we were sweaty messes??!! But, he's a guy and they just don't think like that, so, there we were squeezing our sm... Wed, 9 Dec 2009 07:01:48 EST Rollercoaster day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2573536 Yesterday was such a rollercoaster day for me. <BR> I was up early (as usual). I started my workday <BR> and was getting a lot accomplished. <BR> I had a great breakfast of oatmeal with blueberries. <BR> Then I was off to a couple meetings. <BR> I was still doing great and had an apple and yogurt for a snack. <BR> For lunch I just had cheerios with banana. <BR> I was thinking this is great…and then my downward spiral started. <BR> <BR> Out of nowhere, I started with a fever, headache and ju... Thu, 19 Nov 2009 07:51:54 EST Cruise pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2571307 Just wanted to share a couple pictures from my recent cruise: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/2/8/b281972302.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/5/1/b517158199.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Fun Trip! Fun memories! Wed, 18 Nov 2009 10:57:56 EST Pants falling off...good, Rings not so http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2409727 I've officially had to give up all my old pants. <BR> They would literally fall to the ground if I jumped up and down. <BR> I still want to lose more weight, so, just purchased a few pairs. <BR> Even though, getting a new wardrobe adds up $$, I was happy. <BR> <BR> The one thing, I didn't even think about was my wedding ring. They have become so loose that they both fell off (really flew off) my hand during a zumba class! Panic moment trying to find my rings in a room of 75 ppl with the lig... Fri, 18 Sep 2009 10:28:30 EST A carrot, an egg, or cup of coffee (which are you?) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2398489 A carrot, an egg, and a cup of coffee... You will never look at a cup of coffee the same way again. A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose. Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. <BR>... Mon, 14 Sep 2009 12:06:13 EST Remembering 9/11 (8 years later) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2390826 It was eight years ago, but, my memory of that day is so clear. <BR> It was a beautiful clear sunny day. <BR> I just dropped by children off at school. <BR> And then the word came over the radio... <BR> We are under attack. <BR> I was driving towards work and even though I was in NJ, <BR> I could see the smoke. I kept praying so hard for these ppl. <BR> Please Lord let them get out of the building and then... <BR> then other tower was struck. I watched in disbelief on tv as <BR> the bui... Fri, 11 Sep 2009 09:04:15 EST The Paradoxical Commandments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2340829 I saw this on one of my team pages and wanted to share and also file it in a place that I can read again: <BR> <BR> The Paradoxical Commandments <BR> by Dr. Kent M. Keith <BR> The version below was found written on the wall in Mother Teresa's home for children in Calcutta: <BR> <BR> People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. <BR> If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. <BR> If you are successful, you w... Mon, 24 Aug 2009 07:21:27 EST What's "the secret"...everyone wants to know http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2303292 I don't get out of my office that often. So much work, has me tied to the desk for most of the day. So, I sometimes can go months without seeing some co-workers. Well, today, I ran into one that I haven't seen in a awhile and he was going on and on about how great I look and of course wanted to know..what was the big secret to my weight loss?? I have gone over and over this with ppl so many times. And what always follows is their disappointment when I tell them...hard work, watching portion... Mon, 10 Aug 2009 13:24:16 EST Couch to 5K...I can do this! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2286311 I started the C25K program yesterday. It was a crazy day to start this, but, I just went for it! It was my daughters birthday and we spent 5 hours at the water park (climbing many stairs to the slides) and then I took my usual cycle class. I had my husband drop me off at the gym because I wanted to force myself to start this C25k program and walked / jogged home! I'm sore today, but, am proud of what I accomplished yesterday and am looking forward to today's walk/run. <BR> <BR> I also sta... Tue, 4 Aug 2009 10:37:41 EST Water Park..a fun day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2272699 I took my son and 5 of his friends to the water park for his birthday. I had forgotten how fun water slides were! I have always been a water baby...love the ocean and in the past loved water parks too. But, in the past years, (since I was not happy with my size) I pretty much avoided them as much as possible or if I did go...I stuck to wave pools and lazy rivers. But, no more!! My son and his friends were "cracking up" watching me (screaming all the way) going down all the slides! I really... Thu, 30 Jul 2009 12:59:19 EST Vacation (wonderful!) the extra 2 pounds (not that horrible right?) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2269153 Well, I spent last week in beautiful Palm Beach Florida. I am happy to announce that I needed to purchase all new swimsuits for this trip! We had a perfect weather week and really for once enjoyed a relaxing vacation of lying around by the poor and on the beach. The pools and beach were sooo nice. It was a nice change from crazy Disney or Universal vacations of the past (which I love equally...but, they are exhausting!) I really tried to stay pretty close on track while away. The waiter by ... Wed, 29 Jul 2009 10:09:00 EST Strength! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2233865 Today's blog was inspired by member Wendy's status today that read: <BR> Today she is working on strength... in more ways than one! <BR> And it got me thinking... <BR> Strength is something we all need! <BR> *strength to eat what's good for us and to avoid what's not <BR> *strength to have extreme patience in dealing with a teenager lol! <BR> *strength in dealing with a sick relative or friend <BR> *strength to push through all the craziness of the day and make sure we get our needed exercise... Thu, 16 Jul 2009 11:49:55 EST How could it be??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2152418 How could it be? <BR> For two weeks in row now...that scale has not moved down. <BR> On the up side, it hasn't moved up either =], but... <BR> I feel like I'm doing everything I'm suppose to: <BR> * Work out to the point of being "drenched" one to two hours x 5 days per week <BR> {and trying to always mix up those work outs} <BR> * Always under my calories <BR> * Eating whole foods, natural foods, mostly veggies and fruits <BR> * Getting my 8 hours of sleep <BR> * Drinking lots of ... Mon, 15 Jun 2009 12:36:59 EST What are your best ideas for keeping mind off eating? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2142261 Lately, I feel so obsessed with what healthy item can I eat next. Even though, I'm not hungry right now, I just went and washed an apple in anticipation, if hunger hits me...the apple is ready right on my desk. I've lost a good chunk of pounds but, still need to lose much more. I really wanted to shift my mindset from always thinking about (or daydreaming) that it's only a few hours till my next meal. <BR> <BR> It was a big lifestyle change for me. Starting in the Fall 2008, I started t... Thu, 11 Jun 2009 10:29:38 EST always under my calories? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2078396 I have been using nutition tracker for almost a month now and it always seems that I am under my recommended calories, carbs, fat, etc. I feel like I'm eating a lot and make sure I'm tracking EVERTHING...even the chocolate =] Not sure if I should try and increase my calories or lower my recommendation?? Wed, 20 May 2009 11:57:26 EST running is getting easier http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2057993 When I first started this journey to health and wellness back in Nov, I could barely walk on the treadmill for 10 minutes. Yesterday, I hit a big milestone...I pressed that run button 6 mph and actually ran intervals for 30 minutes! It felt great! Wed, 13 May 2009 08:28:52 EST