TREE57's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TREE57 TREE57'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/ True Confessions....(not AGAIN?) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5674152 Okay, those of you who know me….know I am pretty OUT THERE (wacky-wise) and IN-YOUR-FACE HONEST….so this is my confession….lately I’ve been OUT OF CONTROL with my eating. Oh, trust me, I’m staying within my calorie range….BUT WITH THE WRONG FOOD GROUPS! Do you know how fast 1200 calories add up when you are eating homemade chocolate buttercream frosting??????? {{{{Snap}}}} whammy! <BR> <BR> I don’t know about you, but as soon as I posted my last BLC24 weight…my subconscious (the little Me... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:44:33 EST Love Letter to Trisia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5625936 February 2014 <BR> <BR> My Dearest Trisia, <BR> <BR> We’ve been together for quite a while now and many Valentine’s Days, but this one is truly special. I want you to know just how much you mean to me and I’ve noticed the positive changes you’ve made in the last year. <BR> <BR> I admire you in so many ways, your strength and willpower to change things that would hinder us being together for a long time. When you decided to strengthen our heart and lungs, it spoke volumes of your love for... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 22:30:27 EST 20 Year Wedding Anniversary! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5539651 I have started this blog three or four times now and each time I read it before entering the words just don't do this milestone anniversary justice. <BR> <BR> We vowed to respect and honor, to trust and love unconditionally and these are the cornerstones of our marriage. <BR> <BR> He is the love of my life. <BR> <BR> To US!!!! <em>181</em> <em>384</em> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 22:55:26 EST VICTORY WILL BE MINE....(whahahahaha!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534876 November 7, 2013 Day 4 of Phase One DASH Diet <BR> <BR> I have been in a slump, pause or whatever you want to call it since I lost the 8 pounds in one week last round. It was as if my fat self was saying, "Ha, this is just a fluke...no way did you really lose 8 pounds in one week." My new soon-to-be-healthier self didn't fight hard enough and so the old fat self won. And there I was in the on-again off-again saga that I have become so familiar with. However, <BR> <BR> I’m tired of the ... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 12:09:28 EST EYES POPPING OUT OF THEIR HEADS....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528206 Hello Spark WORLD.... I feel compelled to do a full confession. <BR> <BR> I have been so "out-of-it" lax this BLC round and am ashamed that my weight loss hasn't been higher. But, I haven't gained it back, just pausing. HA HA Ha, just lazy more like it! <BR> <BR> Last night we decided go home for Thanksgiving. That means the CRITICAL FAMILY EYES will be upon me. Yes, it's true I've lost 25-30 pounds since they saw me last but I WANT MORE. I WANT THEIR EYES TO POP OUT OF THEIR HEADS (gr... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 10:12:53 EST Success is detrimental to my continued success! Huh? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5509418 Please throw me a line I am having a tough time getting myself and the scale under control. <BR> <BR> I have identified that success is detrimental to my “continued success.” This week someone posted that when they have success, they struggle to succeed again. This may sound crazy to some, but makes perfect sense to me. Last round I was successful at losing…it was happening regularly for me and then at the end I had that large loss…success was happening. But over the break I got cocky an... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 23:22:16 EST DOLDRUMS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5483143 As most of you well know, I am a Type A personality (I can't help it....really). And most of you know that I don't let grass grow under my feet too long. But, lately (since last week of BLC22...hmmm could this be a coincidence?) I haven't felt very good, kind of down in the dumps. I don't know if it's the quiet chats on our team or if it;s just the down time of BLC...but I feel BLAH....BLAH....BLAH! <BR> <BR> The fitness center is getting new cardio equipment and weights, so rather than s... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 22:27:40 EST Successful BLC22 15.20 lbs. in 12 weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5469785 Today is Thursday, August 29, 2013, first day in-between BLC rounds. I have to say I surprised myself and did reach my original BLC22 goal (15-17 pounds). I finished strong and over all stats 15.20 pounds lost, 7% total weight loss percentage. <BR> <BR> My original baby-step goal when I seriously began this workout/weight loss journey on 8/27/12 was to go from 235.5 to 191 for a total loss of 44.5 pounds. I am not there yet, I have 11 pounds to go to reach baby-step goal #1. <BR> At the... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 10:31:28 EST I did it one day early! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5467286 Here is a photo of my scale from this morning when I weighed. I realize that it is not covering the 5 mark completely...but it's close enough for me. <BR> <BR> 30 pounds G-O-N-E...since August 27, 2012. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2019693957.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Now I will concentrate on the next 30 pounds, which will take me to my overall goal of 175. <BR> <BR> Below is one of the first photos I took when I decided enough was enough. <BR> <BR> <img src="ht... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 22:02:09 EST Three days to Go - Which is also my 1 year workout anniversary! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5466219 We're down to the wire here in BLC-ville. This past 12 weeks has flown by. During this time I've learned so much about myself and my capabilities. Our wonderful leader has given us so much information to make healthy decisions regarding our future bodies. I feel like I have been suited up in armor ready to do battle with the Yellow Fat Monster! <BR> <BR> Looking back over this past year, it has been a daily struggle watching the scale go up and down more times than I want to recall. Wh... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 22:34:42 EST Light Bulb Moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5460450 I have to tell you about my NSV: I tried on a skirt from my closet that I have been hanging onto because I love the material. The last time I was able to fasten it was about 15 years ago. Today, I could fasten it! So I thought I'd try on a sleeveless white blouse and if it looked ok I would wear it tomorrow night for our book club birthday celebration. The blouse was huge! I could gather fistfuls of material and hold it out from my body. The last time I had on this blouse it was so ti... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 22:34:44 EST Not stopping at the Belly Button!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5459814 Coming off of the 14 day Phase One DASH has really given me hope! <BR> <BR> The scale this morning was another .8 down, which brings the total for 14 days about 4.3 pounds. <BR> <BR> While I looked at myself in the mirror this morning, I noticed my belly bulge is shrinking. Since I had my hysterectomy (2002) I've been told I will always have a hysterectomy stomach. Well, I'm going to prove them wrong. Even though I was cut from side to side, I am determined to get this "bulge" down. ... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 11:20:04 EST 14 days of Phase ONE...D-O-N-E http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5459341 When I started this 14 day journey on August 5, I truly had no idea I would finish because there have been so many "diets" I've started in the past which just didn't hold my interest, or were too hard and complicated to manage. <BR> <BR> But this was just setting my mind to HEALTH. Knowing what I have put in my mouth over the years has been poison to keep me from being healthy....made all the difference. I guess I just got MAD. <BR> <BR> I got mad alright. I got mad at myself for allowi... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 23:04:30 EST Day 10 in the books. FOUR MORE TO GO! I FEEL AMAZING! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5455447 Day 10 in the books, FOUR to GO! <BR> <BR> Today started with a WOOT WOOT Happy Dance in my bathroom when I stepped on the scale. I am astonished every day when I see it go down, that's 2.8 lbs since last week! Folks, this is not water weight, it is true fat! My clothes are fitting differently, Under my bust before my waist there is definite definition that wasn't there before. I put on a pair of my most loved jean shorts today and they looked fabulous. <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> After... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 20:55:07 EST 4 months post op and first 5k http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5453965 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1100858416.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I had to document this for the record because I AM SO EXCITED. <BR> <BR> It's been 4 months since major surgery to repair two severed tendons in my right ankle. The longus and brevus. These are the two main tendons that move your foot up and down and side to side. <BR> <BR> I have been doing water jogging and water aerobics, but haven't really tried the long distance walking on the treadmill. BECAUSE I WAS A ... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 12:27:59 EST Eight Down, Six to Go!!!! The Downhill stretch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5453384 Today was much better than yesterday. The scale moved down to 212.0. I didn't have any cravings today and had higher energy level than any day during this phase one. <BR> <BR> Actually today was pretty non-eventful except for the scale moving and that produced a "happy dance." <BR> <BR> I'm on the downhill side of this 14 day phase one. It amazes me how routine it's becoming. I don't even give the bread or tortillas in the pantry a second look. When I fix my roll-ups they have veggie... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 22:20:51 EST Day 7 complete. Seven to Go. DASH AWAY ALL! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5452235 This is frustrating. The scale went up today. I can't figure it out. I am not cheating. I am following this Phase One completely. <BR> <BR> Some of the results of this toxin elimination. My skin is so clear and the pores are visibly smaller. My ruddy uneven complexion looks soft and smooth. I am hoping that it stays this way even after the phase one portion is over. <BR> <BR> To be entirely honest, I think two weeks is too long for phase one, but hey, no one asked me. It's becomi... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 22:36:26 EST Day Six Down - 8 to go!! What I've learned so far.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5451298 It's truly amazing what we humans can do when we are determined and have wonderful support. <BR> <BR> Never did I think I could go 6 days without sugar, bread, fruit, or starches. Honestly, I thought I'd probably do a couple of days and then ditch it. Before BLC I couldn't have done it, but with the support of my Spark Friends and the enormous amount of literature and information on this site. I have not even tasted one bite of any of these...none. <BR> <BR> I am astonished at my abi... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 23:33:38 EST DASH IT OFF DAY 5 of 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5450434 <em>134</em> <BR> Yes, I feel like a turtle...going slow and steady... <BR> Day 5 is now in the books. It was a challenging day due to the temptations right in front of me. DD brought over the sweetest looking cupcakes. Friday night is movie and pizza night. Husband and son had pizza, I DID NOT. Actually it smelled good cooking, but didn't tempt me after it was finished cooking. I had chicken breast with tomatoes and carrots. Not as exciting sounding, but filled me up. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 00:00:26 EST DASH IT OFF DAY 5 of 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5450432 <em>134</em> <BR> Yes, I feel like a turtle...going slow and steady... <BR> Day 5 is now in the books. It was a challenging day due to the temptations right in front of me. DD brought over the sweetest looking cupcakes. Friday night is movie and pizza night. Husband and son had pizza, I DID NOT. Actually it smelled good cooking, but didn't tempt me after it was finished cooking. I had chicken breast with tomatoes and carrots. Not as exciting sounding, but filled me up. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 00:00:19 EST DASH IT OFF http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5449092 I started on Monday, August 5 Phase One of the Dash Diet. Phase One lasts for 14 days and it is to supercharge your metabolism, wean your body off toxins like sugar and processed foods, as well as breads and starches (except beans), during this time all the visceral fat in the tummy area will start melting away! <BR> <BR> What brought me to this decision is I had blood work done in July that revealed 4 pts over normal on triglycerides and a low "good" cholesterol. These two factors are mar... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 17:19:18 EST 5-9 pounds in one week....HOW? Tell me HOW? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5430455 I don't like that I haven't lost more weight during this seven weeks. <BR> I can tell you that I am already thinking about how long the break is in between rounds. Since this is my first BLC, I'm not exactly sure. <BR> <BR> I know I will NOT lose what I predicted prior to start of BLC22, but if I can double what I have lost so far and not gain...that is success. Week 6 was a gain, the first I've had since August 2012. It was mainly water retention and vacation food, but it's been hard g... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 10:34:25 EST THE LIE-DETECTOR http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5396247 I’m so mad at myself and my scale. Since going bonky and recorded 10 different weights in ten different step-ons…it’s time for a new battery. I replaced the old and weighed this morning at 5 AM…it recorded 216, then I went back to bed. I hardly slept but dozed on and off and finally got up around 8 AM. I weighed again for fun and the darn thing said 215! So now if I weigh at 12:00 Noon will it be even lower? ARGH! FRUSTRATING! <BR> <BR> Last week was a good lesson for me. I can’t sli... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 11:37:21 EST FAT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5390395 Today I was preparing a pork loin for our dinner tomorrow and had to cut off quite a bit of fat. As I was trimming the meat, I thought I'd see what a pound of fat weighed. So I took my kitchen scale and plopped the fat in it! O-M-G it was so gross. To think that I have lost a little over 20 pounds and TWENTY TIMES the amount of fat I weighed today. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l280314967.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It is amazing what a pound of fat looks like and th... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 23:17:27 EST ABCs of Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5376029 ABCS OF TRISIA <BR> <BR> <BR> A is for ABOVE and BEYOND... <BR> Does competition give you an extra push? <BR> I love competition. It gives me that extra motivation to row harder. <BR> <BR> B is for BLC rounds... <BR> Newbie?(first BLC round) Oldie?(1-3 rounds) Goldie?(long time BLCer)? Former BLC team(s)? <BR> Newbie <BR> <BR> C is for CHILDREN... <BR> you have? <BR> One 13 year old son and a 29 year old step-daughter <BR> <BR> D is for DOWNFALL... <BR> what's you're biggest temp... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 21:45:16 EST My closet is almost bare! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5372432 O-M-G I have practically worn myself out trying on things in my closet and found that nothing fits right. If it doesn't fit, it doesn't go back in. Well, that left me in quite a predicament. NO CLOTHES! <BR> <BR> So, I took my body with a boot cast on my right foot to KOHLS and tried on Bermuda shorts. Well, of course I started in the PLUS size department. Found a couple styles I liked, then on the way to the fitting room, I decided to look at the REGULAR size racks. I found the sam... Thu, 30 May 2013 10:40:37 EST Spark Solution http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361468 • What made you decide to try The Spark Solution Program? <BR> <BR> I decided to try this program because I had surgery and thought that this would be a good "re-start" jump start to my journey. <BR> <BR> • Have you seen or felt any results in this first week? <BR> <BR> I am more confident of my ability to succeed. <BR> <BR> • What do you like the most about the program? <BR> <BR> I am very happy that the menus and daily motivators are all laid out for me. <BR> <BR> • What was your ... Sun, 19 May 2013 20:07:24 EST I MISS ___________! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5356534 Yes, the title is correct. I miss working out. <BR> I miss my step aerobics and Pilates classes. <BR> I miss going to the base gym and seeing everyone. <BR> I miss pushing myself to accomplish better form. <BR> I miss sweating (ew, I know that's gross, but I do). <BR> I miss the awesome feeling of stress leaving my body while I'm stretching. <BR> I miss watching the weeks add up in Spark Streaks. <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 14 May 2013 16:31:48 EST J-Lo Buns and all!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5351825 Yesterday I was able to stand with all my weight (and boy there's a lot of it <em>198</em> ) and I weighed myself. After my surgery when I couldn't hardly stand to eat, I knew I had lost weight, but then my appetite and my tummy troubles went away and I thought I had gained it all back. But, the scale revealed a 4 pound loss. I have even put on a couple of pairs of capris that I couldn't even get fastened before. <BR> <BR> So, now I'm gearing up for the Spark Solution two week challeng... Fri, 10 May 2013 08:47:33 EST My first look at the surgical site http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5333384 Today I got the original cast off (it's been on for three weeks) and it was my first look at the surgical site. <BR> <BR> Well, to the lay person it probably looked pretty gruesome, but knowing exactly what my surgeon set out to do and how, the site looked great. I had absolutely no bruising (due to her using my own blood by-products to seal the bone and stem cell sheaths on the two tendons). My husband got a bit queasy looking at it, but really it looked good. <BR> <BR> There were ab... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 20:25:50 EST Thanking a generous woman I've never met for her gift. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5310978 I'm writing this to express my appreciation for my surgeon, but thanking God for his marvelous creation, woman. <BR> <BR> I'm several hours post-op as I write this and must put on "paper" my thoughts. <BR> <BR> I'm in a full plaster cast from knee to tiny opening at toes. My brevis tendon was completely severed. Doc was able to retrieve both ends to weave and reconnect. The longus tendon was still intact, but barely, she (yes, she!) was able to weave and then apply stem cell to both. T... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 05:32:26 EST Surgery, April 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5295616 <em>46</em> I am happy that its going to be done, but totally terrified of its cost on my body. I have worked so hard since August, getting stronger and more fit. I'm not where I should be, but I am definitely on the way. This surgery is going to disrupt my life. And I'm a bit upset by that. <BR> <BR> No weight bearing for 6-8 weeks! Ha! Exactly how am I going to be still????? <BR> <BR> This is really going to be a challenge. <BR> <BR> I'll have to write more, I am falling asleep... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 23:07:00 EST Harder than I ever expected! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5293041 Well it's March, and it doesn't look like I'm going to make my planned goal. This is so much harder than I ever expected. <BR> <BR> I'm going to have to re-examine why the weight isn't coming off. I've definitely hit a snag, which probably can be attributed to tracking food, well some of it. <BR> <BR> I'm in quite a bit of pain in my feet and it's slowing me down a bit. I'm trying to keep moving, but even when I do, I'm so hungry afterwards that I eat everything in sight! <BR> <BR> I ha... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 23:07:10 EST Biggest Personal Accomplishment for 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5189222 This is my longest streak yet. 22 weeks of consistently working out 3x/week. I never would've thought I could sustain this workout plan, but I have. <BR> <BR> I look back to August 27, 2012 when I made this commitment to myself and I am so proud that I rearranged schedules and told a few people "no" to invitations on days that I worked out. That sounds harsh, but it's easy to say no to ourselves and to compromise our inner feelings for others. However, I didn't give up a lunch date with... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 23:42:15 EST Declaration of War on the Yellow Intruder http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5179369 "Warning...this blog is graphic and may not be what you're looking for to cheer you up." <BR> <BR> I've been so on fire lately about getting the fat out of my body. I saw a video the other day of several different amounts of fat and what it looks like around our organs. It actually made my skin crawl to think that yellow lumpy and squishy substance was lurking under my skin. That's what is hidden in our bodies. IT MADE ME SO MAD AT MYSELF. To think that I let my body be confiscated by t... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 23:08:26 EST Birthdays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5173298 <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> I love my birthday, even if it is 5 days before Christmas! As a little girl my parents always kept my birthday and Christmas separate. They didn't even put up a tree until after I had celebrated my special day! I know now that this was quite a feat...I can't imagine waiting until the 21st to put up our tree, but they wanted this day to be set aside for me. <BR> <BR> As I get older, my birthday is a cherished time to reflect upon the past year. This year I hav... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 23:06:55 EST Struggling! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5161604 I realize when I began this journey in August 2012 that I truly was out of shape, out of breath, and totally out of energy. Even though now the scale is really not moving like others on my team, I feel better than I have in years and I am sleeping sounder, which for me is an enormous accomplishment. I am loving working out and feeling the success in finishing an incredibly hard workout. This week will be my 5th Step Aerobics and Pilates classes at the base. I cannot even express how diffi... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 23:12:41 EST Savings of $800 a year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5153026 I am so excited about my new fitness goals. Last week I realized (w/help from hubby) I could be going to the base fitness center for FREE instead of $800/year! <BR> <BR> To tell you the truth, when I visualized the base gym...all I saw was GI's working out in a big weight room. <BR> <BR> Well, I went and took a tour. I saw lots of GI's working out, playing basketball, lifting weights, etc., BUT I also saw the classroom for STEP AEROBICS, ZUMBA, BODY PUMP, PILATES and YOGA. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 21:48:33 EST The look on my mother's face...priceless http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5147713 I decided to go back home for Thanksgiving because I was missing my mom. She didn't know I was coming and hadn't seen me since February of this year. So I arranged to stay with my sister and we decided I would surprise mom. <BR> <BR> I pulled in about 5:00 and rang the doorbell. When she came to the door she had a strange look on her face and when she figured out who I was she was so shocked. She wasn't just shocked to see me at her door, she was shocked to see me, well less of me. <BR... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 22:05:02 EST Marriage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5133346 I used to think about marriage and longevity in the context of my ancestors. My parents 50+ years prior to my dad passing and both sets of grandparents saw 50+ years together. I was in awe of the love each of them shared with their spouse. My maternal grandparents were the epitome of a couple in love even after 50+ years. <BR> <BR> Well this weekend, actually today, we celebrated 19 years. It just seems like yesterday when I fell in love with this wonderful man. He is my best friend. ... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 21:44:01 EST The "Old habit" trying to sneak back.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5127895 I was reading another blog by an awesome Spark Friend and she inspired me to write this blog. <BR> <BR> It's amazing the new healthy habits we develop after such a short time on Spark People. I track my food (almost every morsel), log my fitness and measurements. I faithfully look at my nutrition reports daily. In the beginning the colors of my charts were very different than they are now. The food passing my lips was full of empty nothingness...no nutrients, nothing healthy. But, today... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 23:13:14 EST I'm not a chicken anymore! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5125038 It happened today. I told a friend I couldn't do something because I WAS A CHICKEN! <em>145</em> <BR> <BR> At Zumba this morning, one of my workout buddies asked me to do Turbo Kick with her. I told her NO WAY that Turbo Kick was just too fast for me and my two left feet. I insisted that I would be too embarrassed to even try (I have peeked in the class before and WOWZA is it intense!) <BR> <BR> She said just stand in the back by the door and do what you can. No one will be watchin... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 15:01:36 EST Tempted, grateful and success. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5114667 This is a very rough time for me with Halloween candy. I bought some yesterday because our neighborhood is having a bash tonight. I ripped open the bag and started eating Reeses peanut butter cups like they were going out of style! When I realized what I was doing, it made me so sad that I could relapse. So I marched all the candy out to my husband's shop and plopped them in the freezer. If they are not in the house and frozen solid, I will not be tempted. <BR> <BR> This morning I weigh... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 12:44:18 EST Are the batteries going bad? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5106424 Today when I stepped on the scale, it showed a loss of 1.8 pounds! I was so stunned (because the scale doesn't move frequently for me) that I stepped on and off the scale about 6 times just to verify the number! First I thought the batteries were going bad, but then the number stayed the same! I did a little dance in the bathroom all by myself....whooping it up! <BR> <BR> Then that needling started, you know the kind...the one that tells you it's okay to eat something you know you won't... Sat, 20 Oct 2012 21:04:35 EST I am the incredible shrinking woman! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5094152 Last week one of the challenges on one of my teams was to take our measurements so we could see progress without gawking at the scale. I first thought, are you kidding me....put my measurements out on the web for everyone to see! Then it hit me, what better way to measure progress since the scale seems to stumble rather than glide. Horrified, I took my measurements and posted them on my team...when I measured this week I shrunk (lost just seems wrong, since I never want to find them again!... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 14:38:20 EST IT'S TRUE...it's FINALLY happening! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5082208 Well, you probably guessed by the title of this blog...and prior blogs. THE SCALE HAS MOVED! <BR> <BR> Honestly, I was beginning to think I was just going to lose inches, but stay the same weight. I started this journey on August 27, 2012. I weighed in at 235...all time high. At that time, I began cardio and strength workouts at the YMCA. By the end of the second week, I attempted my first ZUMBA and Body Pump classes (Before I just sat on the rowing machine and watched.) <BR> <BR> Toda... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 12:58:15 EST When, Oh When will the scale MOVE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5073011 Hitting it hard last week resulted in Zero energy over the weekend. I checked all my food lists, and there wasn't a single food item that really looked good! Really, I mean I'm planning my meals, measuring, sacrificing CHOCOLATE, and still the scale just sits there. Well, really, over the weekend it climbed .4. Oh, did I tell mention I drink about 150-20 ounces of water a day! <BR> <BR> I want to have a chocolate milk shake made with real ice cream. I'd like to buy that package of M&Ms ... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 13:22:13 EST Oh, you're just big boned! REALLLLLY? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5070331 I'm a 54 yr old, been married 19 years, and have 12 year old son. I joined Spark People when I just had enough. I have always been tall (5'9") and well proportioned, until I started working at home. Then the weight just seemed to creep on. Being tall helped camouflage the weight gain. People would say, "Oh you're just big-boned!" REALLY? or they would say "You're tall you can handle it." REALLY ????? <BR> <BR> Last year (2011) I was able to lose 15 pounds...it was great, however I w... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 12:22:34 EST YIKES AM I HUNGRY!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5065587 Okay, yesterday I overdid the exercising...two Zumba classes and circuit training, so today I am paying for it. First it was so hard to get out of bed today...hit the snooze twice. Got up and did my Cardio Pump class and was so hungry today that I went over on my calories by about 300! <BR> <BR> Now after logging in the last morsel of the day, I realized that it's okay. I have been so strict for the last four weeks, that it's okay to have 300 more calories...I burned most of that this m... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 22:43:16 EST 9/17/2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5063629 Well, today is my 4th week back at it and I did two Zumba classes, with strength circuit training in the middle. The first class is more rhythm and dance and the second was more real workout dance. Both classes are high intensity and you feel great at the end. <BR> <BR> Over the weekend, my 12 year old son told me he could tell that I was losing inches. He said he could see it in my face. <BR> <BR> Today, one of the trainers said about the same thing, however, I have only lost 5 pounds... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 17:28:54 EST