TJWGCT-SPARK's SparkPeople Blog TJWGCT-SPARK's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 21 Day (other kind of) Spark Challenge... So, I'm also obsessed with John O'Leary (who I grew up with...amazing it out!) and his Rising Above message, mission, etc. <BR> <BR> Just started a 21 day Spark Challenge through it -- a journey toward taking back your life, igniting your possibility and changing your world! -- and wanted to challenge anyone who's interested to join me (that's the day one challenge, invite your family and friends to meet their potential and ignite their 'spark'). I think i... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 09:52:42 EST Just read this. it's brilliant.... So, I'm obsessed with Marc and Angel Hack LIfe's Blog (google it, subscribe, its a must, really!). This morning's gave you 7 little changes to make to stop feeling miserable. And wrapped up with this, that I had to share (and post so I could constantly be reminded, as well): <BR> <BR> We all make choices but in the end our choices make us. Do good and feel good. Do bad and feel bad. It's that simple. So don't be afraid to make the necessary changes to start over. Right now is a brand new opp... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 09:37:24 EST Day 20 - The end is near <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So it's probably taken me more like 40 days to get to day 20...and I've bitched a lot along the way...but I gotta say, when I saw day 20 I got a little sad. Just ten more days and it's over. Then what am I going to talk about?! I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy this a little. Hmm....perhaps there's another blog challenge out there somewhere? A guide for people who wanna blog but just don't know what to talk abo... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 11:06:22 EST Day 19 - I don't wanna talk about it... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When is the last time I ate fast food? I don't really want to talk about it and I'm not sure that's any of your damn business. Can we just leave it at that?! <BR> <BR> Ok, fine...I ate fast food this weekend. McDonald's. The damn 15 month old insisted on a happy meal and he hates eating alone so for his sake, I had a Big Mac. Oh and it gets better. The guy at the drive through accidentally made an extra strawber... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 10:42:10 EST Day 18 - What Food is (you mean isn't?!) my weakness? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> On today's agenda...what food is my weakness? That's a real good question. How much time you got?! <BR> <BR> Food's pretty much my weakness. Good food. All food. Thankfully my taste buds like healthy (like they prefer chicken to beef, salad to fries, that sort of thing) but they also like unhealthy too. Like Ben and Jerry's Chocolate Heath Bar Crunch by the pint. And chips and french onion dip. And cookies. And p... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 08:02:37 EST Day 17 - Because the Challenge Made me do it <img src="">I'm trying to re-find my spark. I've been eating right. Tracking. But it seems the spark is gone. I just can't get myself to the gym. Just can't do it. I manage to get in my little mini-challenge strength training thingamabobs. Just because they're easy, quick, simple. If somebody finds my spark I'd appreciate it if they could return it to it's proper place. Inside me. So I can get my ass back in gear. <BR> <BR> Till then, I... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 10:04:11 EST Guess who's back, back again?! Tricia's Back...Day 16! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ok, so it's Monday. Time to put the past week (or two) of slacking behind me. It's been ugly. Gained some lbs for sure. Didn't go to the gym once last week. Literally exercised once. Not twice. Not every day. One time. Pathetic. But Super Tricia 2.0 (seriously, I watch WAY too much Sesame Street) is not going to spend another minute beating herself up. It's a new day. A new week. Time to get back on the damn horse.... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 09:10:51 EST The Challenge - Days 14 and 15 - and stuff <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So, again, slacker took over and I missed yesterday. For some reason, I was SORE. Really sore. Like 85 year old woman who just ran a marathon sore. No idea why. Day before I did a little walking and jogging (maybe 3.5-4 miles in 50 minutes, nothing crazy) and that's it. Went to the Zac Brown concert that night -- and incidentally met my soul mate in the form of one Zac Brown, singing aside, he really is amazing, an... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 07:38:09 EST Returning after a brief hiatus, Operation I'm a blogger Day 13... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Let me start by apologizing to my doting (yeah, right!!) fans for my brief hiatus. I lost my groove. Or something. Couldn't blog...or get off the couch...or eat right...or, um, really anything at all good, positive, or productive for a few days there. I'm sure you missed me. And I promise never, ever (or at least for the next 17 days) to do it again. <BR> <BR> So, the question of the day: Am I losing weight in a ... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 10:05:15 EST Two Birds, One Stone: Blog Challenge Day something...and Heartbreakers 'Why' Challenge Ok, so an effort to be efficient...give myself more time for important things like hitting the gym (or the real housewives, of somewhere, i mean it is Sunday) I'm going to do a little combinage this morning. <BR> <BR> First, the easy part, the blog challenge...What do I eat? When I'm eating right (which is probably about 85% of the time, these days) I eat a healthy breakfast (or healthy-ish if the baby insists on a McGriddle...he wants what he wants, ya know?!). More often than not if I hav... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 11:00:03 EST Day 11 Blog Challenge- What the hell's a thinspo blog?! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ok, so today's question: Your favorite thinspo blog and why? Well you've finally stumped me. I don't have a fricking clue what thinspo is. an effort to keep the streak up, entertain, and so ya'll can get to know me 50 questions better, I'm going to give in to the peer pressure... <BR> <BR> Here goes nothing... <BR> <BR> 1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? Nope. Though I do in a round about way, owe my name to... Sat, 28 Jul 2012 10:30:10 EST Day 10 - Blog Challenge <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The hardest thing I gave up, huh?! <BR> <BR> You know, I can't really think of anything (which may have something to do with why I've lost the same 7 pounds over and over and over again!). <BR> <BR> I guess I could say I've given up ice cream (the mocha ben and jerry's kind with the big chocolate chunks. Heaven!) by the pint on the weekends. Microwave popcorn every night before bed. McDonald's for lunch with L... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 11:01:05 EST Day 9 - Operation I'm a Blogger <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I should start out by saying I woke up bitter today. May have something do to with the fact I slept like crap. Woke up about midnight to sounds of the awful show my husband apparently fell asleep watching - Hard Core Pawn Shop - or some kind of nonsense like that. I mean we watch Pawn Stars. I love Rick, Chumlee, etc., which is perhaps why he turned it on. But these fools are enough to make somebody wake up a few s... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 09:13:31 EST Day 8 - My workout routine <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Finally, the nice and easy day I was looking for. No deep thinking. No insight. Just the facts. <BR> <BR> To call it a routine might be a stretch...between working from home, a maniac of a 15 month old, a very needy (like WAY more needy than my 15 month old) mother, and a husband who has decided to go back to college after 20 years there is nothing in my life routine. And unfortunately I fall victim to being... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 10:46:08 EST I will not quit! Too good not to share! <BR> <BR> copied & pasted from amandaunbidden's Blog: <BR> <BR> "I Will NOT Quit" Pledge <BR> <BR> Tuesday July 24, 2012 <BR> <BR> <BR> Share and spread the Spark! <BR> <BR> <BR> "Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> <BR> I pledge to take... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 07:36:42 EST Counting's never been a strong suit of mine - Operation I'm a blogger Day 5! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So for any of you that are paying attention (seriously, who am I kidding...I mean I'm good and all, but surely not good enough that anybody out there's paying that close of attention) while it turns out I'm quite a blogger (or at least I enjoy blogging, when given a nice focused topic to blog about) apparently I'm not a very good counter. And in my world 6 & 7 come before 5. <BR> <BR> So here's day five, just one... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 08:40:06 EST Day 7 - Blog Challenge - My Parents?! Now that's a Challenge! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When all's said and done you may be sorry you asked, all mighty blog challenge dude. Do my parents know I'm trying to lose weight? Do they care? Again, the best approach (especially when you asked a question about MY parents!) would be to just simply answer the question. Yes. No. That is all. <BR> <BR> But what would I learn about myself with that? Not a damn thing. And that's not why we're here, now, is it. <BR... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 08:15:20 EST Blog Challenge - Day 6! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yes or no questions, my favorite kind. <BR> <BR> The simple answer to 'do I ever binge' is no. That's all, have a good day. <BR> <BR> Or not...I guess...since that doesn't make for a very good blog. Have I binged? don't get to 200+ by eating daintily! I've certainly overeaten. Eaten the fast food/candy/ice cream combo of a 300+ lb man. Only to feel disgusting and like I want to die, can't get my f... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 09:03:00 EST Operation I'm a Deep Blogger - Day 4 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My greatest fears about weight loss...hmm...very interesting question, Blog Challenge writer, velly, velly interesting. <BR> <BR> I really don't have any fears at all other than the obvious...that I can't pull it off...and keep it off. That I'm never going to be consistent enough to actually see a real sizable loss. I mean I feel better, I'm certainly in much better shape, but it's not like I'm losing weight bigg... Sat, 21 Jul 2012 14:47:21 EST Operation I'm a Blogger - Day 3 Today's Question ... Post a pic of my thinspiration. What features do I like about this person?! <BR> <BR> Finally a tough one. I'm up for the challenge. I ain't skurred. Know why? Cuz I'm a blogger. ... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I really like everything about the both of them but maybe I'd give the nod to Misty May - mostly because I could never be as tall as Kerri :). She's not skinny, I mean I'll never be (nor would I want ... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 08:30:49 EST Operation I'm a Blogger - Day 2! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> If all I had to do everyday was talk about my height, I'd have absolutely NO problem at all being a blogger! <BR> <BR> I'm pretty sure (unless I'm as delusional and crazy as my husband sometimes suggests) that I used to be about 5'9, according to Doctor's visits and such. Lately though I'm measuring in at barely 5'8...which involves some serious shrinkage, at the ripe old age of 37, if you ask me. I mean where do... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 07:48:30 EST Blog Challenge - Day 1! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So, blogging is the one sparky thing I've never been able to bring myself to do...I'm pretty active (I think) in every other realm, when I'm not being a total slacker like I have been the past five days or so, that is. So this challenge is PERFECT for me. Here goes 1... <BR> <BR> My Stats: <BR> Highest Weight: 250-ish (the day I gave birth 15 short months ago) <BR> Sparkpeople Starting Weight: 192-is... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 08:13:32 EST Yesterday was a terrible, no good, very bad day... ...really it was, in every sense of the word! <BR> <BR> So I couldn't have been happier to wake up this morning to a blog from my very favorite inspirational couple, Marc and Angel, in my inbox. Seriously they're great...and it's just what I I thought I'd share. <BR> <BR><BR>0-ways-to-nurture-your-happiness/#more<BR>-428 <BR> <BR> Check it out if you don't already. Subscribe. They're brilliant. Way more brilliant than me so today I th... Thu, 29 Mar 2012 08:26:21 EST Blog - Take Two So, my first attempt at blogging went up in flames (or disappeared into cyberspace) so here I am, trying again, probably in vain, in an attempt to earn those three oh so important spark points ... and vent ... and perhap entertain one or two folks in the meantime. <BR> <BR> The first blog went a little something like this: <BR> <BR> People always tell me I should have been a writer. Or a comedian. And I must admit I'm kind of funny and I've been writing since, say, the age of five so I gue... Wed, 21 Mar 2012 11:23:41 EST