VDSHIELDS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=VDSHIELDS VDSHIELDS'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/ My FIT-VERSARY!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717767 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2003533446.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's my fit-versary!!! One year ago today I put on my gym shoes and started walking, it took 50 minutes to go two miles but I did it! 60 lbs, 6 dress sizes, many inches, two 5k races, hundreds of miles running, hundreds of hours of working out, learning to love my body and how to nourish my body! A bit more to go but I am encouraged. <BR> Sat, 14 Jun 2014 10:34:34 EST Me at bootcamp http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659424 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1038379443.jpg"> <link>https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v<BR>=223469774513923&set=vb.10000552705190<BR>8&type=2&theater </link> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 16:02:16 EST Soooo Much has changed since 5/25/13 video blog!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5406636 I got my Spark back!!! Sun, 30 Jun 2013 19:33:02 EST THANK YOU ALL FOR THE SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5392470 Day 4 of walking and it helps with my mood tremendously!! Mon, 17 Jun 2013 20:14:36 EST I am scared and unhealthy. I do not feel good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5367371 I am not doing good. Sat, 25 May 2013 08:12:33 EST I just crossed the border to ONEderland!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4954029 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l36258377.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Happy dance, happy dance!!!!! Woot, woot!! <BR> <BR> I was 245 at the end of February and I am 199.5 today!!!!! Tue, 3 Jul 2012 19:04:23 EST OMG!!! I am so close!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4950218 So close to a 1 in front I can feel it!!! My daughter (Reina), my dog (kibbles) and myself discussing this very exciting info!!!! Sun, 1 Jul 2012 11:49:22 EST I am down 40 lbs!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4914206 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l946519381.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I feel so good, now I have to work out. This was all diet modification. Wed, 6 Jun 2012 05:49:16 EST My fitness plan for this week.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4805424 I know myself and I put stuff out there, I do it. So I am putting my fitness plan on here to help guarantee that I will stick to it. <BR> <BR> Monday-Treadmill <BR> Tuesday-Zumba <BR> Wednesday-Treadmill (or rest?) <BR> Thursday-Strength Training <BR> Friday-Rest <BR> Saturday-Zumba <BR> Sunday-Hike <BR> <BR> Fingers crossed that I achieve this!! Mon, 26 Mar 2012 11:18:55 EST LONG WAY TO GO http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4654459 I just got off of the treadmill for the first time in a while and I want to throw up. I was only on for 11 minutes (alternating between jogging and walking). It was hard but I am determined to keep it up. Tue, 3 Jan 2012 14:51:12 EST So Mad at Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4605341 I am back with trying to get healthy. My last weigh in was on 4/1/11 and I weighed 218. I weighed today and back up to 246. :( Extremely depressed. Wed, 30 Nov 2011 01:49:35 EST I Need Motivation to Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3958233 Working out became a habit of mine a few months ago. I enjoyed it! I didn't think about going, I just went. Now, with all of the changes in my work schedule I can't get a routine together. Now I am started a new job and I am trying so hard to figure out when I am going to get my butt to the gym. <BR> <BR> I worked midnights for so long, that my body isn't on a schedule yet (I just started day shift yesterday after working midnights for almost 13 years.) I am thinking that I am going to ... Tue, 25 Jan 2011 00:25:05 EST Blood Pressure Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3950957 *Update on my doctor's visit/blood pressure <BR> *Stress level <BR> *Meet my doggie, Kibbles Sat, 22 Jan 2011 19:21:54 EST This Is It!!!!!! No More Midnight Shifts!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3946341 Tonight is my last night on a full-time midnight shift!!!! I have been working midnights for about 12-13 years and now it is over! I cannot wait to sleep in my bed at night. To take my kids to school each day and be alert when they get home is going to be great. <BR> <BR> I think I am going to buy new pajamas and pillows to celebrate my sleeping at home at night and developing better sleep habits!!!!!!! <em>102</em> <em>102</em> Fri, 21 Jan 2011 05:43:45 EST I Want To Drop A Dress Size Already!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3942995 So far I have lost 22 lbs and I am still a size 18! I want to be a size 16 already! I thought the rule was: 15 lbs. = 1 dress size. When oh when will I have the pleasure of being a size 16 again?????????? (Can you feel my frustration? <em>234</em> ) <BR> <BR> But hold on... <BR> <BR> Maybe this has to do with the fact that I stuffed my butt (and other womanly parts) into a size 18 for far to long. <BR> <BR> Wait a second...this size 18 pants feel much more comfy than it use to. I ca... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 03:33:52 EST My Trip to the E.R. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3935963 Two days ago my head started hurting like crazy. It was so bad it zapped the life right out of me. I neglected to listen to what my body was saying to me because I was busy caring for my dad and my mother (both who were recently released from the hospital). Well, when I went to my parent's house to monitor their blood pressure, I decided to check mine. It was 180/120! I checked again 173/118, I couldn't believe it. I called my doctor and she said go to the E.R. immediately. <BR> <BR> T... Tue, 18 Jan 2011 03:25:45 EST Singleness... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3926662 Being single sucks sometimes.... <em>24</em> . But my marriage sucked all the time so I will take the occasional "sucky" day over a lifetime sucky days. lol <em>224</em> Sat, 15 Jan 2011 06:04:31 EST Down 20 lbs (20.6 lbs to be exact)! I am so happy!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3912719 On November 1, 2010, I weighed in at my doctor's office at 245 lbs and that is the heaviest I've ever been in my life. I was shocked and knew I had to do something. That week I started using SparkPeople again, stopped fast food and soda. I went to my first Weight Watcher's November 8, 2010 and my weight was 242. Today, I weighed in at 224.4 at my Weight Watchers Meeting. Down a total of 20.6 pounds! <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> Tue, 11 Jan 2011 03:20:58 EST Update on my job situation... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3899199 In my previous blog I told how I accepted the lower paying job to follow my bliss! (It's all about the pursuit of Virginia's happiness this year.) I was a bit uneasy about it at first but I am so glad I followed my heart. <BR> <BR> But guess what happen in the meantime..... <BR> <BR> The same company offered me an additional contingent position (only 3 shifts a month) yesterday and of course, I accepted it because it will give me the opportunity to keep my foot in the hospital but not r... Fri, 7 Jan 2011 04:23:34 EST One of the first major changes leading to happiness... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3895432 I am resigning from my current position! The job that I have now has been a constant source of aggravation. I get no respect from my boss and I don't understand why because I have gone above and beyond in my care of my clients. I am extremely bored, it does not challenge me or my nursing skills. There is no advancement and I feel as if this would be career suicide if I stay here. The pay is excellent but it is not worth my happiness. Not to mention I am at the point that working midnight ... Thu, 6 Jan 2011 02:16:28 EST My Year of Happiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3887210 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l499603382.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This year I will be happy with: <BR> 1. My self overall <BR> 2. My children <BR> 3. My weight <BR> 4. My diet <BR> 5. My fitness routine <BR> 6. My relationship with others <BR> 7. My job <BR> 8. My life! <BR> <BR> I am 37 years old and tired of allowing others to have control of my happiness, it's mine and only I can control it! Watch out 2011!! <em>334</em> Tue, 4 Jan 2011 04:38:32 EST My Personal Mission Statement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3884194 I will live my truth and realize that I do not have to be anyone but myself. I will live a life of happiness and peace for my sake and that of my children. I will let go of people and situations in my life that are bringing me unhappiness and chaos. I will take care of my body, mind and spirit by feeding them with things and experiences that will raise me up to a higher level. I will pursue work that I am passionate about that challenges my nursing skills, knowledge and creativity. I wil... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 12:13:03 EST My Mantra for 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3875865 My Mantra for 2011 <BR> <BR> Mantra is defined as "a sound, syllable, word, or group of words that are considered capable of "creating transformation". (wikipedia) <BR> <BR> My mantra for 2011 is: <BR> <BR> "We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come."- Joseph Campbell <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> My life did not exactly turn out as I planned it. I became a single mom at 19 ... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 06:25:49 EST I think I see a little difference in my "facial fat" lol....(Pictures) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3872360 This is me at work on 11/17/2010 weighing 237 lbs. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l756661798.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is me at work on 12/16/2010 weighing 230 lbs. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l886158121.jpg"> Thu, 30 Dec 2010 17:26:32 EST Ok...There's This Pair of Jeans.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3858686 I have had a pair of jeans hanging in my closet with the tag still on them from January 2003. It was after I had my daughter and I thought I lost all of the "baby weight", I went into Lane Bryant and bought a pair of size 16 jeans (my normal size at the time.) I choose LB because their clothes ran a little bigger. My husband said, try them on. I declined, "No, no, no! I've been a size 16 for years, I can get in these jeans." I got them home and put them on. (Let me rephrase that statemen... Thu, 23 Dec 2010 03:35:47 EST Bootcamp is going good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3857791 Just too busy to blog about it everyday. <BR> <BR> <link>vdshields.blogspot.com </link> Wed, 22 Dec 2010 14:07:57 EST My 31 Day Reset for the New Year Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3850710 <link>vdshields.blogspot.com/ </link> Sat, 18 Dec 2010 11:40:51 EST Day 5 of the 28 Day Bootcamp Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3846673 Had another sleepless day. Went with my dad to the cardiologist as follow to his recent hospitalization and then teaching my sisters and my mom his treatment plan. Then setting up the ton of meds he is on for the week. Very emotionally draining day. <BR> <BR> I only got 10 minutes of cardio in and the day 5 video. Will do better tomorrow. <BR> <em>39</em> Thu, 16 Dec 2010 01:20:49 EST Day 4 of the 28 Day Bootcamp Challenge (On a day that I was very tired!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3844781 I was so super tired today, which made the work outs difficult to fit in today. It is freezing and extremely icy here in Michigan, so going to the gym was not an option for me today, so I choose to do videos. <BR> <BR> How did I fit it in today? <BR> I got off work at 8:30 am and went straight to the optometrist. I was back home by 10:30 a.m. and in bed by 11:00. No school today for the kids, so I was back up by 1:30pm to make lunch for them. Ran some errands, then back home by 4pm. Prep... Wed, 15 Dec 2010 01:40:45 EST Day 3 of the 28 Day Bootcamp Challenge/Dr's Visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3842180 Success! I went to the doctor and she was very pleased with my weight loss over the past 3 weeks (8 lbs). On the previous visit, she was concerned both about my blood pressure and the fact that the labs showed that I was insulin-resistant (on the road to type 2 diabetes). I had to lose weight and I did!! She was impressed with how I was losing it: THE OLD FASHION WAY! Which includes WW, SP and working out. So my treatment plan is to CONTINUE TO HOLD OFF ON THE MEDICATIONS!! No pills for no... Mon, 13 Dec 2010 19:37:45 EST Day 2 of the 28 Day Bootcamp Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3840158 I've completed my activities for day two of the bootcamp challenge. And I must admit that it was very hard getting started today. I had a boatload of excuses for the 3-4 inches of snow outside to "I'm trying to watch Sherlock Holmes". But my inner healthy girl forced me to haul my butt into gear. <BR> <BR> So I did the Day 2 strength video focusing on the lower body. It was good but I am sore. I also did a high impact, intense kickboxing video. Took a nap and then shoveled snow at my ... Sun, 12 Dec 2010 20:39:04 EST Day 1 of the 28 Day Bootcamp Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3838268 Wow! I am really out of shape! <BR> <BR> I went to the gym after work and did 25 minutes on the treadmill. I jogged for 5 of the 25 minutes (a big accomplishment for me because I usually don't push myself). Came home and got some sleep and then did the Day 1 Bootcamp Cardio Video. I couldn't keep up with the jumping jacks or the final two drops. But by the end of this challenge I hope that I can do it. <BR> <BR> I will stick with this! <em>311</em> Sat, 11 Dec 2010 16:53:06 EST I am much stronger than I thought.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3826706 I am a woman that is capable of wonderful things. I have been to hell and back and I am still standing. My knees buckled at times but I did not fall. Some have tried to trip me but I regained my balance. I have avoided pitfalls and I am still here. <BR> <BR> I am so much stronger than I thought I was, I just have to keep reminding myself of all that I have survived. And I am still here! Mon, 6 Dec 2010 02:57:19 EST I Need To Become More Than Just Physically Healthy. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3822981 I am working hard on being physically healthy. Now I want to, correction I need to work on being healthier in other areas of my life. <BR> <BR> Relationships: <BR> I have a very unhealthy relationship with my husband that I have been separated from since July 2009. He does not want to be with me but yet still he is always at my house and calling me when he needs help. He makes me feel like I am the worse person on the face of the earth. We have a daughter together and because of that I... Sat, 4 Dec 2010 03:46:18 EST OMG!! The zipper on my jeans is not broken, it was just under pressure! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3820114 On this journey to be healthier, I am learning to celebrate the small milestones. I have a pair of size 18 jeans that fit me very uncomfortably and the zipper would always unzip. (But I like them and I refuse to go to a size 20) I thought it was broken, I liked the jeans so much that I would just where a longer shirt to cover this "defective" zipper. <BR> <BR> Well after wearing the jeans all day today and the fly not unzipping once..I realized something! THE ZIPPER WASN'T BROKEN IT WAS J... Thu, 2 Dec 2010 18:26:59 EST Wow!! I don't require all 12 inches to be satisfied (not aiming for full anymore)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3817723 I ventured out to Subway and ordered the Oven roasted Chicken breast sub, no cheese, no dressing (they didn't have fat free, so I wait until I got home), full of veggies but unfortunately no black olives for me today. <BR> <BR> Anywhoo...I am getting sidetracked. <BR> <BR> I fell pry to the marketing "geniuses" and order the footlong for $5 instead of the 6" for $3.50. I would usually eat all 12" without thinking. But since I have been eating slower and listening to my body signals, I... Wed, 1 Dec 2010 18:31:46 EST Seduced by the Cookie yesterday but Victorious Over the Pizza Today!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3816068 Ok, The Giant Cookie got me yesterday. I did good the rest of the day. Made the famous zero point cabbage soup and ate my 0 point fruits and veggies for the rest for the day. Did a kickboxing video. All was well....until I got to work! <BR> <BR> There were trays and trays of pizza <em>480</em> and christmas cookies <em>495</em> everywhere! I couldn't believe it. I lost the battle with the giant cookie yesterday, I was not to be defeated again. GAME ON! <BR> <BR> First, I removed ... Wed, 1 Dec 2010 05:44:41 EST I ATE THE DARN GIANT COOKIE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3814169 I ate the giant cookie from Panera. 13 points on WW. I am not going to beat up on myself. I was stressed (Dad's in the hospital) and tired. Too weak to resist it. Will just have to make better choices for the rest of the day. O point fruits and veggie soup. I see some kickboxing in my future for this evening. <BR> <BR> It's ok, I have not failed, I am not defeated! <em>495</em> Tue, 30 Nov 2010 10:41:12 EST Why can't I haul my butt into gear?!?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3807861 Ok, I've been walking occasionally but I have not gotten back into the routine of exercising "hard core" as I did at the beginning of the year. Working out was second nature to me then....It was automatic, I didn't even think about it. I was just at the the gym 3-4 times per week. I need to get that back! <BR> <BR> I felt fabulous working out in 2 months I lost 17 inches overall. <BR> <BR> It was a stress reliever for me but it is the stress in my life now that I believe is preventing ... Sat, 27 Nov 2010 04:47:38 EST Is really trying to get in tune with my body http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3805724 This week in WW for me was about paying attention to my body signals. I am really trying to be aware of what my body is telling me. I check myself often during the day and see if I am full, hungry or ok for now. I am trying to stay away from extreme hunger or fullness. <BR> <BR> Also, I exploring why I eat in between meals. Am I not eating filling foods during meals or am I eating because of being bored, lonely, sad, etc. <BR> <BR> After I eat, I am listening to what my body is saying to... Thu, 25 Nov 2010 17:17:16 EST Early Morning Phone Call from My Doctor...Insulin Resistant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3804077 Before leaving work this morning, I received a call from my doctor. I saw her last week due to me being fatigue all the time. She ran a bunch of lab work. Most came back essential normal but I am in her words, "somewhat insulin resistant". This was one of my biggest fears since I gained weight was the possibility of being at risk for type 2 diabetes and/or heart disease. <BR> <BR> My mother has type 2 diabetes and watched her struggle with it for years. Now that I know that I am "somewha... Wed, 24 Nov 2010 15:43:12 EST Why do I allow him to continue hurting me..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3802419 I left my husband July 15, 2009 and he still is emotionally/verbally abusive to me. I depend on him to take our daughter to school in the morning and he is using that as a crutch for me. I just want him out of my life. He makes me feel horrible and I hate it. <em>39</em> Tue, 23 Nov 2010 19:09:30 EST Down by not much but still down...that counts right?????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3800532 Well considering it was my TOTM and I went to Bahama Breeze last week, I won't be disappointed in my 1.6lbs weight loss this week. I am almost down 10 lbs since I started and now I begin a new week, determined to be a loser. Mon, 22 Nov 2010 20:57:30 EST Wasn't Well Prepared Yesterday.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3793400 My food choices were kinda "suckie" yesterday. I was extremely tired so I did not cook, I slept and slept some more. <em>102</em> The sleep made me a happy girl but when I woke up through out the day, I snacked on fruit and pretzels. I didn't have any really solid food yesterday. <BR> <BR> I have to be better prepared for days like that or I am going to slip in to going to fast food restaurants again. I can and I will do this right but I must prep better. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Fri, 19 Nov 2010 02:42:07 EST Has the worse headache...I think it is my Blood pressure! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3790952 I have to check my blood pressure because I think this is the problem. I went to the doctor yesterday and my blood pressure was initially 177/110. Rechecked manually 155/96. I checked last night at work and it was high again, (150/106). I really don't want to get back on antihypertensive meds again!! <em>46</em> <em>24</em> Wed, 17 Nov 2010 19:58:12 EST Went walking this morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3787332 I walked in the park this morning and let me just say...IT IS COLD IN MICHIGAN!!! But I did walk faster than normal to get all my laps in, lol. Cold..My new motivator!! <em>311</em> Tue, 16 Nov 2010 09:39:16 EST I am a loser and I like it!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3786312 I lost 5 lbs at my first Weight Watchers weigh in!!! Mon, 15 Nov 2010 20:27:12 EST Switching gyms tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3782411 Ok, so I am ready to switch gyms. I haven't been to my current gym in months because it is not convenient for me to go. There's a Planet Fitness right down the street from my job and I know that I will go before work. <BR> <BR> It was basic but very clean and you can't beat the price. A lot of cardio equipment and I like that. <BR> <BR> I need to set myself up for success. Sun, 14 Nov 2010 03:31:00 EST Today...I am going to start detoxing my life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3780685 After much thought, my triggers to eat and living an unhealthy lifestyle are....that I have a extremely stressful life, I haven't been a priority for a long time for myself and I have toxic feeders around me. <BR> <BR> It is time for me to start detoxing my life of unhealthy/toxic foods, people and attitudes. I want to be happy and healthy for myself and my children. <BR> <BR> I have a soon-to-be ex-husband that still tries to destroy the small shreds of self-esteem that I have regained.... Sat, 13 Nov 2010 02:42:27 EST Here I go again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3776529 Starting over once again but now with even more weight to loss! <em>46</em> Thu, 11 Nov 2010 07:49:47 EST