TIME4AMY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TIME4AMY TIME4AMY'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/ First thing to acquire... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604809 So, I came across these adorable bracelets! If you've heard of Alex & Ani, they remind me of the meaning/messages behind it. They are probably the next craze. Maybe Alex & Ani is just local...I'm not even sure. After all, they originated in Providence, RI and I'm near the state line. Anyone unfamiliar? <BR> <BR> Anyway... <BR> I was going to purchase a few until it dawned on me...why not work towards it! It would be a gift to myself ...an incentive...and it would mean so much more! <BR> <B... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 22:38:48 EST How about motivating myself!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601695 Ok, so I post a silly "about me" to throw myself out there in a unique way and I have replys shortly after. (I forgot how nice it is to hear from a stranger...and my long lost spark buddies) I've created a distance with my spark friends for quite some time. I pop in and out. I normally have had a couple days with great tracking and then I lose touch with the site. I often use the app to track and I don't socially entwine myself with spark friends, etc. I'm sure many of you have played this g... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 21:28:37 EST Repost (about me)... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598847 <BR> So, I borrowed this for a Sparkfriends blog and thought Id throw myself out there. I think it would be wonderful too see other peoples answers and get to know other little things about each other. Our info descriptions and blogs tend to miss things, so without further ado... <BR> <BR> A is for Age: <BR> 34 <BR> B is for Booze: <BR> Not a big drinker, but my once in a while is probably going to be a fruity concoction! (Pineapply, coconuty, strawberryish...mmm) <BR> C is for Car: <BR... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 10:55:41 EST A blog for myself... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5470336 Wrote a loooong blog tonight and it erased somehow! Rrr... <BR> Felt good to express myself. Sorry I don't have it in me to do a rewrite. <BR> <BR> Finding my smile again... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2106910849.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 22:11:02 EST Writing or rewriting your story? You're the author. Create your own happiness! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5389758 A sparkfriend of mine suggested that I start blogging again. I've had the urge, but it has seemed as though my mind has been leaning toward negativity and toward feeling down on myself. I didn't want to whine or complain. I didn't want to rain on anyone's parade. Negative thinking can truly be detrimental in the process of change, but venting whether negative or positive, can be a healthy way to rid of those negative emotions. So, I won't call it "venting" (that sounds negative). I'll ... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 08:37:25 EST Oops...missed blogging my week goals past/present. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5073638 This past Friday came and went and I forgot to review my past goals and perhaps create new ones. I need to have a redo...read on... <BR> <BR> GOALS FOR WEEK 2: <BR> <BR> DRINK MOSTLY WATER <BR> Mostly is the key word here. I have a coffee on most days, a diet soda now and then. So, I guess you can consider this goal met. <BR> <BR> STAY WITHIN SPARK RANGE <BR> I would say that I did well for last week, until this past weekend... hit with family get togethers and a night out with bowling,... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 21:58:33 EST 1 week down...week 2 goals established http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5059390 It's made it through 1 whole consistent week!! <BR> <BR> Goal #1 - <BR> WATER ONLY! <BR> <BR> Ok, so I don't know why I was thinking coffee wasn't a beverage...haha...but it suddenly occurred to me, when a fellow sparker said, "Wow! Water only?", that I've had coffee...drrr <BR> I still have my coffee once a day on average, but I've had mostly water throughout the day. I think I had one diet coke on a couple days too. Well I guess that goal wasn't specific enough. MOSTLY WATER sounds b... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 17:06:47 EST Back in the saddle... WEEK 1 GOALS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5048552 Yes I'm hoppin' on and riding this one out, as far as the road may lead. I don't just want to...I HAVE TO! This is just not a healthy lifestyle. I can't get out of my own way and god forbid someone gets in the way of me! I'm so miserable and moody. Upset with myself is what it is. I don't know how I aloud myself to put this weight back on and I'm not sure if I care about the excuse. Only thing I care about, at this point, is taking the time to care about ME. I know I can do it, so I'm... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 13:02:45 EST From 75 pounds lost to 26... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4922053 Ok, I give in...I own it. Yes, that's right. I've gained back almost 50 lbs of the 75lbs that I lost last year. I could make excuses, but the fact is... there is not one excuse for it. It's simple. I made bad food choices, lacked the exercise, and somehow lost my strength to move forward. I've felt down on myself, cried about it, became angry, and gave into my cravings. I forgot how much I'm worth, watched myself gain and didn't take control, was angry at myself, and didn't say NO when... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 17:35:33 EST The scale tipped... 20 lbs. ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4773868 ...the opposite way! Yes, you read it correctly. <BR> <BR> I've stopped putting myself first, mindlessly ate sh*t I shouldn't have, stayed off the scale, stopped tracking, ate on the go, ran around to a crazy busy schedule, and this is where it's got me. I am 20 lbs. heavier than I was. 20lbs!!!! I knew I was gaining. I even had to buy a size bigger in my jeans. I knew it was starting to feel uncomfortable, but I ignored it. It tugged at my heart often. When I finally decided to st... Tue, 6 Mar 2012 13:43:17 EST 3 months lost... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4632175 It's been 3 months, since my last post. I've made some accomplishments and have allowed some to slip through the cracks. I was promoted at work fairly quickly, due to my dedication and hard work. I had lost 70+ lbs. when I began working, only to allow the stress to get the best of me and gained about 5 back. This is where I draw the line! I made a promise a while back on SP. If I ever gained 5 back, I would get my A$$ back into full swing, just like it was my first attempt at this. <B... Mon, 19 Dec 2011 23:15:17 EST Holding on to my pants and walking with pride! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4497380 I was in desperate need of some new clothes! I walked across campus today, holding onto my jeans, for they were slipping down (not a good idea to wear silky underwear either...haha). It was time to treat myself and let go of the last pair of my smallest pants in the drawer. They were now too big! <BR> <BR> As I walked into my local Lane Bryant (where they know me very well and have seen my weight fluctuate before), I am greeted with, "Heyyyyy! YOU LOOK AWESOME!!" What a boost, when I f... Wed, 21 Sep 2011 20:08:37 EST Lights out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4459315 - No power going on 5 days. <BR> - Eating out, due to no fridge use. <BR> - No tracking for the past few days, because I have no access to a computer. <BR> <BR> I NEED a little spark to make a fire or something! ...haha I'm at my mom's for dinner, paying bills on her computer, checking email, and catching up with my sparkfriends. <BR> <BR> I'll be in touch soon! <BR> Take care all!!! The storm will not take me down with the trees...haha <em>27</em> Wed, 31 Aug 2011 20:33:01 EST 70 lbs. lost! (Before & After) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4435880 I've officially lost 70 lbs.!!! The number itself still sounds crazy to me. I never thought I would take this much weight off, let alone in 7 months time! What doesn't sit well with me, is that I still sometimes look in the mirror and see myself as "fat". I forget how far I've come at times. I forget how much easier things are now that I'm 70 lbs. lighter. <BR> <BR> Changes that have made a difference, no matter how small they are... <BR> <BR> - I can weigh myself on a digital home s... Fri, 19 Aug 2011 00:29:18 EST Sickness, no taste buds, gastric bypass, and some words of wisdom. It must be 2am...haha http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4433979 I'm sick. Sniffles, runny nose, stuffy nose, slight cough and heavy chest at times...ugh! <BR> <BR> I wasn't particularly hungry today, but I made sure I ate something for each meal time. The cereal I ate this morning, I could taste. Although, come lunch time...I could've ate a mud pie and I wouldn't have known it! The only soup available at work was a "cup o' soup" and when I got home for dinner, I realized that even if I was a tad hungry, eating anything that I couldn't taste seems p... Thu, 18 Aug 2011 02:09:48 EST Name calling... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4419768 "Get out of my f'n room, you f'n retard!" <BR> <BR> What a way to end the shift! Good lord! I was trying to check up on a girl, who recently found out a staff member (of 2/3 yrs.) was leaving the program. She was upset about it and wanted to take some space...understandable. So, 10 minutes go by and I want to check on her and see if she wants to process today's findings. That's what I got... So much for being there for ya kiddo! Only it didn't end there. I had to discuss some thing... Wed, 10 Aug 2011 22:32:03 EST Procrastinating... No updated pics, no gym, no new list of goals, no ambition.. July has passed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4403234 July has ended. My 32nd birthday will have passed by me so quickly in about... 3 1/2 hours. Normally, I'm eager to set up new goals, but there are so many from last month that I haven't completed! <BR> <BR> I haven't taken an updated pic, like I've done all along. I'm afraid that there is no visual difference, because it's been only about a 4lb. loss this past month. Although, I always follow through, so I'll take one ASAP. <BR> <BR> I'm completely bummed about not getting to the gy... Tue, 2 Aug 2011 21:00:40 EST Dreadful job... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4397347 I recently aquired a new job, which entails working with adolescent females in a treatment home setting. I had done a years worth of interning/volunteering there and enjoyed it very much. <BR> <BR> It's like I'm a totally different person. Staff are not respected, even if you were as an intern. Now you are having to tell them what to do and they don't like that. As mothering at times that I try to be...as much as I give of myself...even though I am completely available to their emotional... Sun, 31 Jul 2011 10:50:33 EST Imagine losing one of your senses? (Taste) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4362986 Where do you want to go for lunch today boys?!" <BR> "PIZZA!!" <BR> <BR> Why me?! haha... Of course, I could've ordered a salad, but do you know how sick I am of ordering salads at every restaurant that I go to?! Soooo, I gave in! One day, right?! WRONG! I didn't have "a" piece. I didn't have "another". I had 4 pieces!!! Yup, I'll own up to it. It's not that I did it without thinking, because each slice that went down the hatch, I thought... "I shouldn't have!" I was actually t... Thu, 14 Jul 2011 17:38:55 EST Attention ladies in the high 200's!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4355466 I'm weighing in at 286 as of today and just curious to how many calories those, who are in a similar weight catagory, are consuming. <BR> <BR> I calculated 1500 tops with regular exercise (3 - 4 times per week) <BR> <BR> Thanks for any advice/info!!! Mon, 11 Jul 2011 13:05:52 EST Scales... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4351320 I'm frustrated with the scale. Mainly because I check my weight too often! Of course it varies during the week, but I never know what to track my weight as. Usually, I weigh myself on Thursday mornings. <BR> <BR> The week prior to last, it looked as if I lost a lb. and went down to 287...then, I was looking now and then, after eating cook out food for the last two weekends, and it went up to 288... ??? Last week I didn't lose anything! Maybe even gained a lb.?? This week it looks like... Sat, 9 Jul 2011 12:55:42 EST Officially a working girl! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4349656 I am DONE with trainings! I'm officially a Counselor at a female adolescent treatment home! I work my first shift tomorrow evening 4 - midnight. I'm psyched and a tad nervous. I did my year long internship at this particular residence and I know the ropes...somewhat! I still have a different role to play, different work to complete, and more policy's to adhere to. It will be a learning experience along the way. <BR> <BR> At CPR and First Aid training, I was kneeling over a dummy and r... Fri, 8 Jul 2011 14:32:03 EST Happy 4th! mmm... A so good, but so bad for you recipe!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4339494 Happy 4th of July folks! <BR> <BR> I was introduced to a new party appetizer... "Buffalo Chicken Dip"...mmm It's so tasty. It's so not healthy, but it's such a crowd pleaser! <BR> <BR> 1.5 packages of "Perdue Short Cuts" (fully cooked/packaged honey roasted chicken) <BR> 2 - 8 oz. philly creme cheese <BR> 4 T - Ken's chunky blue cheese dressing <BR> 1 container of crumbled blue cheese <BR> 3/4 of a bottle of "Frank's Buffalo Wing Sauce" (add a lil' xtra for a kick!) <BR> 1 bag of shred... Sun, 3 Jul 2011 21:42:29 EST Another month has flown by! New goals in place. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4334510 ~ JUNE GOALS ~ <BR> <BR> 1. Walk, walk, walk... as a matter of fact, I may get myself together and go out for one! <BR> <BR> HARD TO DO WITH THE KIDS HOME FROM SCHOOL. COULD DO SO AT THE GYM, BUT I'M YEARNING FOR THE OPEN ROAD! <BR> <BR> 2. Weigh myself ONLY on Wednesday mornings. That scale can be the devil in disguise!! <BR> <BR> YAH RIGHT! GOAL NOT ACCOMPLISHED! I'VE BEEN LOOKING DAILY, WAITING FOR A GAIN FROM THE PREDNISONE THAT I'M ALMOST FINISHED WITH. NO GAIN THOUGH! <BR> <B... Fri, 1 Jul 2011 07:10:14 EST "You look HOT!" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4333590 I've been hearing this lately from my fiance'. As amazing as it sounds, my emotions haven't caught up with my weight loss. I'm still very self conscious and I guess I don't see myself as looking "HAWT!" (He has a Boston accent...haha) I know that I personally don't consider 288lbs. HOT!, but I am feeling so much more beautiful than I had in the past couple years or so. <BR> <BR> I guess hearing this has just made me want to push harder. I have LOTS more to lose, but it's happening. I... Thu, 30 Jun 2011 18:19:51 EST SPARKPEOPLE get around! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4331931 While running errands today, I figured that I would look for a lunch box to bring my healthy breakfast, lunch, or dinner (depending on my shift). I feel like I'm going back to school! haha... <BR> I found an adorable lunch tote, which was the size of a small purse. Well, small in comparison to my big ol' bags that I use. I was more excited to find that it also came with a container that also contained 2 small containers for snacks or sides and an icepack. Perfect!! $30 value and I paid $... Thu, 30 Jun 2011 00:39:43 EST Honesty... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4330082 I read a blog this a.m., in regards to being honest about eating something they shouldn't have. No more hiding it. No more letting an addiction get the best of ya! <BR> <BR> So, about my honesty... <BR> I overate last night! Why?! I'm not sure. I had a couple marinated steak tips, a couple left over ribs, and a few chicken wings WITH left over potato salad and baked beans. Ugh! I'm sick just thinking of it all! <BR> <BR> I was hungryyy and had done well all day, but had no snacks in... Wed, 29 Jun 2011 09:00:22 EST Wish that I could take a bike to work! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4309866 No headaches, no hassles, no payments, and it's cheap to fix a flat or buy a new chain!! haha... <BR> <BR> I don't have the greatest track record when it comes to buying cars lately. My (3 yr. lease trade in) Nissan Pathfinder, that I bought 2 years ago, was in/out of the shop for the first year I had it! Knock on sparkpeople, it's been good to us since. Keepin' it. <BR> <BR> I also bought an '09 Honda Accord last week, figuring it was immaculate and had low miles...no need to pay a dep... Mon, 20 Jun 2011 07:32:35 EST Parent's Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4308122 When my fiance returned home from work yesterday, I was out and about. The kiddos and I took off to pick up his Father's Day gift. I had to throw out the story that I was treating them to McDonald's. He, in turn, said he could really go for some McDonalds!! (I've been depriving him of such crap!) The truth is... I was just going to pick up a watch that he had viewed and loved at Kohl's this weekend, when we were out getting Father's Day stuff for his dad. Want to hear an awesome deal!? ... Sun, 19 Jun 2011 09:55:10 EST Super Mom! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4303480 For 10 years, I've been a stay at home mother of twin boys. When they were toddlers, I decided to return to school and attend night classes part time at the Community College nearby. It took me 4 years to achieve a 2 year degree, but I did it...and I did it well! I graduated Summa Cum Laude and was even asked to apply for valedictorian! Who me?! Valedictorian of a young group of kids!? I applied, but because I would not have completed my internship in time for graduation, I was not chos... Thu, 16 Jun 2011 19:20:19 EST Enjoying a date and not thinking about calories! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4290643 Ok...so the date is at home, but it's time spent together. He's worked overtime and Saturdays, so I'll take that and run with it! He requested Chinese and a movie. As much as I cringed at the word "Chinese", I had a craving for it lately and was suppressing the feeling. (Thanks hun!) Usually, the discussion will go like this... <BR> <BR> "I can't have that. What else could you go for? Something healthy." <BR> <BR> I was just going to go with the flow tonight. It's been almost 5 mo... Fri, 10 Jun 2011 18:32:15 EST healthy girl = lazy landscaper http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4277156 Now that I've taken off close to 60lbs., I can finally hop on my riding lawn mower and cut grass! See, before I couldn't even see below my belly to where the gears were located...between my legs. My fiance' worked overtime today, so the yard work was up to me. Well, it wasn't up to me...but I was going to surprise him and have it all done! <BR> <BR> As I was mowing the lawn and feeling thinner (due to my healthy habits), I got to thinking... this is a pretty lazy way of mowing a lawn! h... Sat, 4 Jun 2011 18:04:29 EST Sparkin' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4272016 Ok peeps... What is the first thing you do when you log in? <BR> <BR> <BR> My scenario... "LOG IN"... <BR> 1. go directly to nutrition tracker in the a.m., log in food for the day to stay under my calorie intake, and make sure it's balanced <BR> <BR> <BR> then... <BR> 2. spin the wheel!! <BR> 3. check the status of my sparklers and read a blog or two...or three... <BR> 4. take the time to thank and respond to those who have taken the time to pop in <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This has been th... Thu, 2 Jun 2011 09:22:03 EST Goodbye May, helloooo June!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4269958 GOALS SET OUT IN MAY: <BR> <BR> 1. I want to spend time with friends. Whether it's going for walks, having a lunch date, or bringing the kids to the playground, I just need to enjoy being social and being happy again. I lived too many years not feeling comfortable being out and about. <BR> <BR> Ideas: <BR> - I want to go to Colt State Park (near the ocean) and take a walk & have a picnic <BR> - I want to go out for a lunch date at a restaurant and eat whatever I want, not obsessing over... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 12:28:42 EST Poor lil' butterfly... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4269444 Some butterflies are dark and dreary. Some are bright and vibrant. Although, there is something so captivating about the butterfly, no matter the color. As a child, I would chase them through the fields on my daddy's farm. Now, I stare and follow it's whimsical fly pattern, wondering if it's a sign of my father. <BR> <BR> When my father passed, the only way I knew how to explain to my young boys about death and afterlife, was how a caterpillar transforms into a butterfly. Since then, ... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 09:30:36 EST LIve! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4267074 I enjoyed my holiday weekend and I hope ya'll did, as well! <BR> <BR> We attended ball games on Friday and Saturday, but was able to take off to visit my mother at a campground on Saturday afternoon/evening. Sunday, we filled out credit apps at a dealership (still waiting to see how that pans out) and worked in the yard, and then on Monday, we took the boys to a carnival (what a rip off!) A busy weekend and not once did I want to sit down and not move, because of the hot/humid weather. ... Tue, 31 May 2011 10:17:51 EST "Planting" my butt at home... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4257782 I'm trapped... for who knows how long! My fiance's car died (literally dead) and we had it towed off to the scrap yard... $430.00. Ugh! I feel like the car was stolen! We had traded his car in a couple years ago toward our new truck and he decided to use my dad's 1996 Mercury Grand Marqui... 200,00 + miles later...it was useful while it lasted. It just wasn't worth putting tons of money into. Now, he takes my truck to work and I'm left at home with no transportation to go ANYWHERE!! (At... Thu, 26 May 2011 13:09:53 EST Gardening has healing powers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4256079 This afternoon, I spent a couple hours at my father's grave. Even though that is where he was laid to rest, I never truly feel like he is "there"... so to speak. Although, when I am there gardening, I feel like he is looking down on me...so proud that I make his memorial garden so beautiful! <BR> <BR> The American flag placed by his grave, waved in the wind and the sun shined down upon him. After all the rain and the overcast weather that we've had for weeks, it was refreshing to be out... Wed, 25 May 2011 17:08:40 EST The right time to weigh yourself... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4240476 I've been told to always weigh yourself first thing in the morning, after you've used the restroom. Well, I've used the restroom (x2..haha...) and I've even ate my cereal this morning. I wanted to make sure that last nights reading was correct at a 4 lb. loss and my scale actually read 299!!!!! That means I'm officially OUT OF THE 300'S!!!!! I don't care if last night it read 300. I'm soooooooo going with 299! <BR> <BR> Now to stay off the scale, until next week...haha... Wed. mornings... Wed, 18 May 2011 08:54:41 EST No more "ERROR", only correction! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4239904 I received a phone call tonight from my step-dad. He had just been to the pharmacy with my mother to pick up photos that they had finally developed. In viewing them, old ones and newer ones, they came across photos of me from last Summer and from this Easter. He was in awe and just had to call me! He said that looking at them side by side amazed him! <BR> <BR> My mother told me, later that night, that he was so happy to see these the changes. He said, " I think this is it! I think sh... Tue, 17 May 2011 22:42:24 EST Fish for breakfast anyone?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4217858 This morning, I was woken by Shayne saying, "Good morning mom! Happy Mother's Day! Come downstairs. I have a surprise for you!...oh and the fish is dead..." <em>24</em> <em>14</em> <BR> <BR> I walk downstairs into the kitchen to find the Shayne & Evan, standing with their arms around each other, smiling, and screaming "Happy Mother's Day!!!" Next to them on the table was a homemade card, a toasted bagel, and a cup of milk. The kitchen was even cleaned up!! Then, Evan says, "Uhmm...... Sun, 8 May 2011 08:56:41 EST Goodbye April, helloooo May!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4207144 NOT TOO MANY GOALS ACCOMPLISHED IN APRIL, BUT I LOST WEIGHT! I'LL TAKE THAT AND RUN WITH IT...HAHA <BR> <BR> ~ APRIL ~ <BR> <BR> 1. I want to walk at least 3 laps around my front field on my "off" days. Especially when there isn't enough time to get to the gym. Not sure the acreage, but it's about the size of a football field, not as wide...just a lil' under. <BR> <BR> DIDN'T ACCOMPLISH THIS AT ALL, BUT IT STILL AWAITS! <BR> <BR> 2. Finish raking out my gardens, my yard (IT'S HUGE!!!) ... Tue, 3 May 2011 11:24:52 EST Don't be afraid to dance... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4201904 I attended a wedding last night on good ol' Cape Cod. The afternoon was beautiful, although a lil' chilly on the Cape. It took place at a historical museum/home in Sandwich, MA. The reception was in an old "Grange" barn, which was a nice change to the usual wedding festivities. <BR> <BR> I wondered on our drive what would be there to eat. I knew that it was going to be homemade food, but just didn't know the choices. When it was time to eat, there was stuffed shells, pasta, meatballs ... Sun, 1 May 2011 09:45:27 EST The weight of the world... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4194604 I've said before that I felt like I held the weight of the world on my shoulders, when I was at my highest weight. Well, today I held a bit of the world in my hands... <BR> <BR> I arrived at the gym this afternoon to hear the manager and my trainer say, "WOW! You're looking great!" What a way to start a workout, right??!! Then, my trainer says he wants to show me something... He brings over a HUGE round weight from the weight bench and asks me to hold onto it. I'm wondering if he wants... Wed, 27 Apr 2011 16:12:03 EST Dear Sparkfriends, http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4189587 You are always here. You always make me feel better. You are always supportive. You always make me smile. I seem to always run to you... <BR> <BR> I dedicate this song to you...for always being here for me. I hope you all know that I am here for you, as well. Love you guys!! <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Listen and feel my support... <BR> <BR> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Af8mB9ABu<BR>JA Mon, 25 Apr 2011 14:05:07 EST happy mom = happy home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4189002 "Just as the airline attendant tells you to put on your own oxygen mask in an emergency before helping a child with theirs, you must take care of your own basic needs before you can attend to the needs of others. " <BR> <BR> I just read this and it dawned on me... That's exactly right! I always put my family first, but I tend to forget that in order to help others, I need to help myself first. I still battle with who or what comes first, but I've noticed that if I'm well rested, taken care... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 10:32:39 EST SparkPeople calorie range... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4182515 Why the heck does this calorie range of mine keep spiking back up?! I changed it to 1500 - 1700, but this is the second time sparkpeople spiked it up to 2000 or so. What's the deal? Am wrong for being where I'm at? It seems to be working just fine... Thu, 21 Apr 2011 20:54:18 EST 50 questions cures boredom... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4182082 1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? <BR> No, but my middle name is my mothers, and hers is her mothers...etc.. <BR> <BR> 2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? <BR> Over the weekend. <BR> <BR> 3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? <BR> Yes. A little like typed words. All capitals for some reason. I always get compliments. Working on getting compliments in other areas...haha <BR> <BR> 4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? <BR> smoked Turkey <BR> <BR> 5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? <BR> Yes, twins! ... Thu, 21 Apr 2011 16:21:25 EST "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4178602 I visited my father's grave on Monday with the kids and placed a butterfly birthday balloon there. I watched the balloon sway in the wind and I thought about how proud he'd be of me for getting this far in my weight loss. But, I could hear his voice saying, "You can do more!" When he was alive, I would get offended by a comment like that. Couldn't he just be happy for what I've accomplished? Funny thing is, I realize now that he never wanted me to settle for less. I knew that I had been... Wed, 20 Apr 2011 08:19:50 EST Lessons learned... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4167338 My son had a dentist appointment yesterday after school. He also had his first scrimmage for baseball scheduled as of recently for around the same time. Dentist 4:45pm/ baseball 5:30pm. I know that you never get seen right away and its at least a 20 minute drive to the ball field. <BR> <BR> I break the news to my son after school about needing to go to the dentist before the scrimmage, which he already knew about the appointment, but I don't think he put it all together. I told him we ... Fri, 15 Apr 2011 09:48:27 EST