UNIONDIVA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=UNIONDIVA UNIONDIVA'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/ back Again.. first goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5560917 So I am back again.. really debated about blogging and putting my failure in my face.. but I am going to do it (again) and take care of my body and lose some weight! <BR> <BR> My first goal is 25 lbs by Valentine's day... I know I can do it <em>212</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 9 Dec 2013 23:24:43 EST My triggers! what I am learning from BLC#21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5257686 Here's what I have learned in this process! <BR> 1) Long days affect my ability to stay on program: when I work over 10 hour days, it affects my ability to plan my meals. the added stress means I eat off program <BR> <BR> 2) Days in the car : when I have long travel days (see above) I usually resort to fast food (because I am on a schedule) but I don't make healthy FF choices. I also don't get cardio or exercise in because I am wiped out. <BR> <BR> 3)I do better when I plan better: when I... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 15:31:52 EST Making it work! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5254250 Tried a new spark recipe! <em>250</em> <em> <em>249</em> 345</em> <BR> <BR> Took a nap! <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> Spent some quality me time <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Ready for the week, <BR> <BR> "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" Sun, 17 Feb 2013 23:54:19 EST Hitting reset! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5253162 I had a not so good week... Work <em>230</em> <BR> Diet <em>245</em> <BR> Exercise <em>303</em> <BR> But, I am determined to make it work! <BR> Sat, 16 Feb 2013 23:56:38 EST Vision board http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5237031 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1078314033.jpg"> <BR> Here is mine Mon, 4 Feb 2013 11:26:10 EST Personal Trainer! Visit one http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5233740 So I met with Natalie for our trial session today. I think it went well and I did stuff I never tried before, like sit-ups on the exercise ball! <em>319</em> I was the only one in the gym for this session,so I was a little more comfortable than if it had been a big group! I am scheduled to o back for another session next week. I think I am gonna sign up for the six week program with body fat analysis and fitness assessment. It can only help <em>84</em> Fri, 1 Feb 2013 20:44:04 EST How will my life change? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5225911 How will my life change once I reach my goal weight? I will still be the same funny, smart, loyal person that I am today! That is for sure... But I will be in a updated package... <em>30</em> I will be healthier and will have more ability to meet the demands of life! I will have the energy to travel and experience life and defy the stereotypes of bring "woman of a certain age". <BR> <BR> I will be able to keep my sexy... Lol. I will have the confidence that comes with success! Sun, 27 Jan 2013 17:28:55 EST Today is my Birthday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5206984 Today is my birthday and I am giving myself the greatest gift of all, the gift of acceptance. I accept that I have no control over other people and their decisions. I accept that I am entering a new phase and that it is exciting and uncomfortable. I accept that I am no longer doing one step forward and two steps back.... I will just be still... And then move forward! I accept calmness within the roaring sea that is Life..... I thank God for the life he has given me and the adventure that awai... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 15:42:19 EST Oh well http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5199407 Today I saw goals I posted for 2011..,, yeah, 2011. <em>198</em> I have made progress on my career and family goals but not so much on the weight loss <em>39</em> my goal was to be under 200lbs and to fit into a size 12/14 <em>234</em> I am not there. Yet. One thing that I do know is that I am not a quitter! I am determined to get there but i have allowed myself to be put on the back burner when life happens! I am not gonna change overnight, but I am determined to meet my goals this... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 20:19:47 EST the evidence (before BLC 21 pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5193404 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1592333721.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l854008124.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>46</em> It has to get better! Sun, 6 Jan 2013 16:10:03 EST BLC 21 goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5191891 My goals during this challenge is to do three things: <BR> <BR> 1. Lose one dress size! I know the scale doesn't always work for me but clothes don't lie <BR> 2. Lose weight . I want to lose 2lbs a week during the length of the challenge <BR> 3. Prep for a 5k. I did three in 2010 . I am having some knee issues, but when cleared, I want to complete a 5k during the challenge <BR> 4. Eat clean 80% of the time Sat, 5 Jan 2013 16:54:16 EST Day ten: NO MEAT.. yes I made it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5156523 OK.. I did make my no meat challenge goal of no meat. I had fish twice but other than that veggies, fruit, whole grains.. I actually loved it and didn't feel deprived.. I would go longer but I have some social events coming up and no meat isn't an option because most of the veggie meals have cheese (which I don't like). I will probably continue to limit my meat intake significantly (with the exceptions of the social/holiday events). I have also limited myself to two diet cola's a day... wh... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 22:51:09 EST Day five : no meat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5151000 So today is day five in my ten day no meat challenge.. I haven't had meat at all..only fruit, veggies and whole grains . I did cheat and have some Tilapia last night and some sugar free jello <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I did do my 20 minute kickboxing yesterday and will get cardio in tonight. Tomorrow I will try to add in weight and ab work <em>104</em> . I know the weight didn't get here overnight and it won't disappear overnight. I need to have more realistic expectations about my p... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 21:00:38 EST Hey Everybody http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5148866 Has anybody heard or done the Retrofit program? it is really expensive but guarantees that you will lose 10% or 15% of your body weight.. Tue, 27 Nov 2012 21:32:44 EST starting again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5094636 on a quest to lose 20 lbs by the end of the year.. can I do it.. YES I CAN! Wed, 10 Oct 2012 22:42:27 EST Dental Surgery! (and carb cycling) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4979798 Last night I had dental surgery <em>234</em> but I did get good drugs <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I am on a soft diet for the next day or so.. and it is really hard to have a lo carb day while on a soft diet <em>198</em> but I am doing my best. <BR> <BR> I can't exercise until tomorrow evening either <em>46</em> but it's just a temporary blip over the long run.. <BR> <BR> In the meantime, I am gonna do the best I can! Fri, 20 Jul 2012 21:59:34 EST carb cycling update! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4975013 So far so good.. I haven't been hungry and it has been pretty easy to stick to.. I do have some trouble getting all my food in, but I think that is pretty common when I read most of the blogs and carb cycling sites. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was one of my famous travel days and no, my eating was not perfect, but I was able to stick pretty close..the water is the hardest thing when I am traveling because who drinks a gallon of water when you have two flights (LOL) <em>194</em> <BR> <BR> So, I am ... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 18:35:47 EST Carb Cycling Day 2 (3lbs down) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4964416 not hungry at all.. was a little tempted by some potato chips but did not indulge.... <BR> <BR> I have one more meal to get in all my carbs today.. it was a little harder than I thought.. planning the low carb day was def easier. <BR> <BR> But I lost three lbs , which basically means I am back at my ticker weight.. but progress is progress.. I am sure some of that is from my Zumba overkill.. but hey <BR> <BR> I am trying to stick through labor day.. let's see how it goes! Tue, 10 Jul 2012 19:44:21 EST Carb Cycling Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4963094 I am trying this carb cycling program. similar to the Chris Powell program on ABC. Today was a low carb day and I had no real problems and got in all my water as well <em>194</em> . <BR> <BR> I did have some sugar cravings, but mainly because my family was eating all kinds of crazy LOL.. tomorrow will be a real challenge because I have to go to work and wonder about eating all my meals. I plan to have my oatmeal and protein shake in the am and have eggs boiling for snacks.. I have a lunc... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 23:02:35 EST Zumba today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4959580 OMG.. I am exhausted... almost three hours of Zumba in 24 hours.. I came home, drank a protein shake and went to sleep.. and guess what??? <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> I haven't been on the scale in two days.. but probably will jump on in the morning. <BR> <BR> I am gonna try carb cycling from now until labor day starting out with one low, one high.. for the first week (Chris Powell carb cycle) and hopefully morphing into three low to one high ratio.. we will see.. <BR> <BR> Well,tomorrow will ... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 18:02:59 EST two Zumba Day (again) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4958532 yes, I did two classes today and I am feeling it... will do one class tomorrow,, then will go to get my hair done (washed and flat ironed) and chill with the family! <BR> my tracker says I burned over 900 calories today <em>244</em> . <BR> <BR> I won't be able to do two classes always, but I am committed to do when I can! Fri, 6 Jul 2012 21:17:19 EST getting motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4952872 well, my out of town trip wasn't really as successful as I wanted it to be but I have been back on track since I haven been at home,. This week I am on a mini staycation and trying to clean house <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I did two Zumba classes today, each for 45 minutes and will get up and walk in the am, before I go to our Women's ministry. Then it will be time to get ready for the holiday and celebrate with my family and friends. <BR> <BR> I haven't lost the weight I gained on the trip... Tue, 3 Jul 2012 00:16:56 EST my first video blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4922029 my first video for my one hundred day challenge Mon, 11 Jun 2012 17:16:13 EST Back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4918472 I have been missing in action for a little bit but I am back ! I am happy to report that DH has a pedometer and is doing his 10,000 steps so both of us are on the path to better health! <BR> <BR> I am hoping to make my monthly goals and continue a lifestyle that makes my family healthy! <BR> <BR> Thanks so much for continuing to spark! Sat, 9 Jun 2012 01:22:20 EST NEW YEAR! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4655484 Hey Sparkfamily, I am so ready for this new year. I am gonna renew my wedding vows to celebrate my 25 year wedding anniversay.. <em>334</em> I am gonna meet my weight loss goals <em>244</em> and I am starting today! <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> I am really so excited... what does the new year hold for you! Tue, 3 Jan 2012 22:02:09 EST why I won't lose my 20 lbs (please read) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4618404 the day before thanksgiving my daughter in law took the boys for thanksgiving. my son has physical custody (and has for three years). She refused to bring them back, after taking them to her mother's in another state... no warning. she hadn't discussed this with my son.. needless to say I was devastated.. so sad.. we didn't get to say goodbye and I have no idea what they are thinking.., <BR> <BR> I am beyond sad and angry about this, and turned to my old standby.. food, to deal with the em... Thu, 8 Dec 2011 22:32:24 EST Whassup? Pre thanksgiving planning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4586319 Thanksgiving is next week? how do you handle eating and exercise on such a "food focused" holiday? Tue, 15 Nov 2011 23:27:23 EST I can see the change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4577186 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l51641500.jpg"> <BR> <BR> this picture was about a year ago <BR> <BR> <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> compared to my profile picture... WOW Wed, 9 Nov 2011 22:31:54 EST Update: Anyone else with Anemia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4576318 working on my health challenges and not able to blow the cardio the way I want. However, I just finished with three weeks of Iron infusions and am starting to feel more energy. Gonna try to get back to higher impact cardio (ZUMBA and SHRED) this week after I see the doc. <BR> <BR> Anyone else have this issue? how long until you felt like "yourself" . I haven't gained any weight.. <em>198</em> Wed, 9 Nov 2011 12:12:24 EST Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4542643 <BR> Crazy day today with travel, meeting changes etc... I did use the hotel treadmill for an hour.. <em>311</em> yes, indeed! hopefully I will get home in time for Zumba! <BR> <em>104</em> missed my weight and measurements.... will post tomorrow Wed, 19 Oct 2011 00:18:07 EST got my numbers from the dr. :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4540806 Ok... I got my numbers back from the Dr. my blood count is only 8.3 which means that I will be getting intense treatment for my recurrent anemia... caused by stomach surgey which has created an absorption problem,,, not really the worst news but a big disappointment because I thought I had passed that hurdle. <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> I can still exercise but just need to make sure that I watch my endurance.... make sure I eat and am hydrated because I could faint or something (y... Mon, 17 Oct 2011 23:15:41 EST this weeks update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4532474 I lost 3lbs <em>224</em> <em>345</em> Wed, 12 Oct 2011 16:42:55 EST My Motivation: 25 years! (pics included) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4521922 Hey, all, next year I will be married for 25 years and we will be renewing our vows. yes, I want to be healthy and all that... but I want to be fierce when I stand before my friends and family on that day next year.. here are some pics of the dresses I have tried on <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l870495870.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l434330997.jpg"> Thu, 6 Oct 2011 05:19:10 EST 96 Days left???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4505743 OK.. this crazy A$$ sinus/allergy/upper respirtory infection meant no Zumba for me last weekend.. <em>234</em> so this week of course, I travel to Boston for work with allergy meds, antibiotics and feeling like crap ! <em>198</em> How am I doing today,,.. finally feeling like a human being and not coughing every five minutes... had oatmeal for breakfast <em>4</em> and fish for lunch <em>43</em> <BR> but a hamburger for dinner <em>46</em> <BR> I go home tomorrow..and I will Zumba ... Mon, 26 Sep 2011 21:50:14 EST Join my 100 day challenge or Help Diva lose 20lbs by the end of the year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4500923 Yes, as of yesterday , there are only 100 days left in 2011 <em>198</em> I am determined that I will end this year in a better place. My challenge goal is 20lbs by the end of year. It is not an easy goal but it is reachable and that's exactly what I need <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> So you can join me, with your goal.. help encourage me on my journey or something in between. <BR> <BR> Today, I went to the dr. my blood pressure was good, weight wasn't <BR> <em>15</em> but that's not gon... Fri, 23 Sep 2011 22:41:55 EST I did a double Zumba http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4476358 Yes, I went to a 10 am class and the 6pm class... now after a tylenol and subway sandwich I am almost feeling normal... I will be in the 10 am class tomorrow and Sunday will definitely be an off day....having a new menu plan and workout schedule to help me get ready for the last three months of the year... <BR> <BR> Progress for sure, because I could not have done this last year.. trying to lose 20 lbs before the end of this year... <BR> <BR> Fri, 9 Sep 2011 22:16:26 EST Zumba Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4444926 first time since my hiatus... i hung in there.. finished the class... hoping I won't be sore tomorrow <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I am getting my groove back! Tue, 23 Aug 2011 22:58:26 EST Getting my groove back (with pictures) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4442716 I can say that I have seriously fallen off the sparks wagon. I have been eating (relatively) welll but man, no cardio, no zumba, no walking... NOTHING <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> Between work, children and grandchildren and STUFF, I fell into the old pattern of not doing what I needed to do for myself... <em>46</em> and I have been more stressed and the insomnia has returned.. <BR> <BR> So, as of today, I am back on track. I did a quick 30 min walk today but I am ready to get my Zumba Tu... Mon, 22 Aug 2011 21:21:42 EST PCOS?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4433418 Yesterday my 20 yo daughter had surgery to remove two cysts from her ovaries. One of them was the size of an orange. My dd doesn't have any children and has never been pregnant but loves kids. We were alerted that they might have to remove an ovary/tube if they were unable to get the cyst any other way. Thankfully. they were able to preserve her ovaries. They think she may have PCOS... <BR> <BR> The surgery was yesterday morning.. came home last night.... moving into dorm tonight with ... Wed, 17 Aug 2011 20:31:03 EST H*O*M*E http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4396844 <em>224</em> I am home for the next few days.. no hotel rooms, rental cars or airports... <BR> <BR> Spent a great day with hubby and daughter.. ate way too much <em>29</em> but I am so happy to be home for a while.. <BR> <BR> Next trip is to Wisconsin.. then back to Detroit.. but I am gonna enjoy home while it lasts... except for the dirty dishes (and cleaning the bathroom) <em>211</em> Sun, 31 Jul 2011 00:31:47 EST Today: FEET HURT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4388425 In Dc for work and walked hella miles after someone told me my destination was 4 blocks away.. took Metro to wrong stop and had to walk in another instance. I was wearing flip flops (leather) so not shoes made for walking <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> on a good note, I got my exercise in and arrived at my destination sweaty, but had a great meeting Tue, 26 Jul 2011 21:57:42 EST Detox on the road=Epic Fail http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4383761 it didn't work... back on a plane in the morning... Sun, 24 Jul 2011 22:41:41 EST extended road trip for work and food detox http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4367341 I am out of town next week Tuesday-Friday... home for the weekend and <em>334</em> <BR> then in DC Mon-Wed... whew... not sure about internet access <BR> <BR> buit I will be doing a detox during this week ( at least that's my plan) we will see how it goes.. I usually do ok except for the caffeine <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> I will post on Tuesday... wish me luck Sun, 17 Jul 2011 00:08:41 EST Missing in Action http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4352159 my Church has been having our 25th anniversary celebration this week. So I have been MIA on a number of fronts. No time for workouts either... but I am on the committee and I have to be able to trust God in this area as well. So back to sparking next week.. tomorrow (Sunday) concludes our celebration! Sat, 9 Jul 2011 22:36:45 EST Happy Fourth of July http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4341073 I am writing a blog post instead of eating <em>43</em> but I want to eat... I want to eat the ribs but guess what, I am gonna eat the chicken <em>43</em> because I want to lose weight this month.... I want you to know that I LOVE the way my husband makes ribs, but even he "gets it". <BR> <BR> I am hoping that you are having a great fourth of July! No workout today... but on the grind again tomorrow! Mon, 4 Jul 2011 19:10:40 EST 5K Tomorrow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4331797 I am doing my 2nd 5k ever on tomorrow... the firecracker 5k which starts at 6:30 pm in Wicker Park (highland, In). I am so excited! my times have been slow this week, but I know I will finish which is the most important part... <BR> <BR> I am seriously considering a 10k or half marathon <em>311</em> <em>198</em> for the fall! <BR> <BR> Who would have thought??? <em>38</em> Anyway, will try to post pics on Friday... I am going to sleep when I get home tomorrow night! <em>246</em> Wed, 29 Jun 2011 23:26:17 EST New Challenges! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4320432 OK, I have a 5k next week! <em>334</em> and I am excited about this, since it is my second one! <BR> I am still not ready to run... but I will be walking my way to fitness with these 5k races <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> I am still doing Zumba and will be adding an " abs and booty" class soon! <BR> <BR> Still getting through the shred too! <em>320</em> although my new challenge will be level 2! <BR> <BR> I am still trying to get the diet thing together, but I am losing inches ...I got to wea... Fri, 24 Jun 2011 15:22:06 EST The Second Half of the year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4277525 <em>46</em> I could cry or complain... I am not where I want to be... I haven't lost the weight I wanted to lose <em>24</em> , but I am not giving up... I am further than I was when I started! <em>334</em> and I am moving ahead, even if I am making baby steps. <BR> <BR> I am gonna get there and I am not giving up. I have done a 5k and getting ready to another! I am looking good in my clothes and feel GOOD! my health is improving and I am motivated to continue! <BR> <BR> So setbacks or ... Sat, 4 Jun 2011 22:22:15 EST Back from Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4261815 Wow, I had a great vacation. We took a cruise to Ochos Rios and the Cayman Islands. and I did not Spark during the whole trip/ I was able to dance some for exercise, but I mainly just chilled and relaxed. Today, I started getting back in the groove with my food tracker and did an hour of Zumba (which kicked my butt). <BR> <BR> Right now I am between a 16/18 and my goal is to be a 14 by July. I may have to make some changes to that goal but I know that I am healthier than I was last y... Sat, 28 May 2011 16:18:02 EST Woohoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4240068 Tried on clothes for my vacation <em>298</em> since I leave Friday, I should have done this a week ago.. but surprise to me <em>224</em> that my "skinny" clothes all fit.... some of the pants were a little snug... but I could get them on and button them.. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Anyway. I need this vacation. My cruise is going to Ochos Rios and Cayman Islands... I won't have cell or internet access after Saturday night, but I am gonna try to post some pics.. <BR> <BR> PLEASE. try to take... Wed, 18 May 2011 00:18:32 EST