VICTORY2XS's SparkPeople Blog VICTORY2XS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community How I Visual Myself at the End of BLC23 My Vision of Myself at the End of BLC23 <BR> <BR> How do I see myself at the end of BLC23? <BR> <BR> I see myself better educated in healthy eating and in exercise techniques. That is something I am working on so hard this round. <BR> <BR> I have too often jumped into healthy living without doing my homework, and have wondered my results were not as good as I expected. <BR> <BR> I am losing slowly this round, and slowly is good for me. But more important to me is what I have been learn... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 13:55:08 EST My Goals for BLC23 My Goals and Rewards for BLC23 <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Friends/Family/Support Goals: <BR> <BR> See my sister once every two weeks and speak with her on the phone twice a week. This will boost my self-esteem. Reward will be giving her the gift of a jar candle at the end of BLC23. <BR> <BR> Continue to keep in touch with parents daily. <BR> <BR> Get together with exercise partner twice a week to accompany me to the gym or go for a minimum 3 mile walk. <BR> <BR> Continue to meet with di... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 10:09:42 EST TNT Blogging my Thursday Tighten and Tone (TNT) for full points! <BR> <BR> Here’s what I did, not necessarily in order: <BR> <BR> Warm-up – Stretches, Treadmill <BR> <BR> Upper Body: <BR> Modified pushups 1 set of 10 <BR> Wall pushups 2 sets of 10 <BR> Dumbell curves 3 sets of 10 <BR> Chest fly 3 sets of 10 <BR> <BR> Core: <BR> Crunches with ball – 2 sets of 10 <BR> Bridges – 2 sets of 10 <BR> Dumbell side bends 3 sets of 10 <BR> <BR> Lower Body: <BR> Lying abduction – 3 sets of 10 <BR> Forw... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 10:55:22 EST ASSIGNMENT BLC 22, WEEK 4 "ENVISION YOURSELF 5 YEARS FROM NOW" <BR> <BR> Me, 5 years from now - BLC22 Week 4 Assignment: <BR> <BR> Look at me! Would you just look at me! The me 5 years from now has achieved and maintained her weight loss goal! <BR> <BR> She had to undergo a tummy tuck to take care of all the loose skin from losing so much weight (about 60 pounds, actually). <BR> <BR> She’ll never be considered “slender”. That wasn’t her goal. Her goal was to be healthy, and that is what she is. According to the ... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 20:13:25 EST Imagine . . . Imagine . . . <BR> <BR> This is my Future Self, at the end of BLC22, answering this all-important question: <BR> <BR> "Denise, you have met your goals for BLC22! How do you feel and how did you do it?" <BR> <BR> My ultimate goal for BLC22 was to lose 11.8 pounds. I have reached my goal! My baby steps to achieve this goal, as previously stated, were: <BR> 1. Mindful Eating and Tracking. <BR> 2. Sleep 7 Hours per Night <BR> 3. Incorporate More Music into my Daily Life <BR> 4. 64 oz of Water ... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 13:48:46 EST 12-week Goals New Goals for the Next 12 Weeks: <BR> <BR> 1. Mindful Eating and Tracking <BR> 2. Sleep 7 Hours per Night <BR> 3. Incorporate More Music into My Daily Life <BR> 4. 64 Ounces of Water <BR> <BR> SMART Goal: <BR> Mindful Eating and tracking. <BR> <BR> Specific: When I eat, I eat sitting down, and I ONLY eat when I eat, no television, no distractions. Track what I eat on SparkPeople tracker. In the event I am out to eat with friends or family, I will put eating utensil down between bites to re... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 21:51:49 EST What I Have Learned in the Past 10 Weeks I have learned so much in the past 10 weeks. Mainly, I have learned that the Courageous Copper Cougars rock! You all have stuck with me through so much, and I know I can count on my team for encouragement and motivation. <BR> <BR> I have learned the importance of participation, not perfection. I wasn't entirely sure I understood this concept, but I do now. I feel it is so important to be there for my team and to rack up thos points for all of us! <BR> <BR> I have re-learned the importance o... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 21:57:30 EST On My Mind My water aerobics class, which I attend on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. <BR> <BR> I think working out in the water is amazing. You don't realize how hard you are working your muscles until you feel sore the next day. And the best part is that I get a great workout without getting all sweaty! <BR> <BR> I love water aerobics! <BR> <BR> Denise <BR> <em>41</em> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 00:55:14 EST What's On My Mind I'm watching final weigh-in on The Biggest Loser. It never ceases to amaze me how fickle the scale can be. <BR> <BR> That is why it is so important to have other ways to measure our success - the way our clothes fit, how we feel, measurements. <BR> <BR> I have been a part of Spark for almost a year, and I can not believe what I have learned. I have lost a total of 17 pounds, not a huge number for a year, but not that bad either. Slow and steady is truly the way to go. And that scale certain... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 21:42:33 EST Spring is On My Mind! Sunny day in the low 50's. This is the weather that motivated me to get outside. <BR> <BR> Even though the temp is expected to drop later in the week, I am optimistic. Very optimistic. <BR> <BR> It's almost here, so close. <BR> <BR> Soon I'll be able to go outside without a coat. <BR> <BR> Soon it will be time to pack away the Winter clothes. Time to get out the lighter, fun Summer clothes. <BR> <BR> So soon after Spring comes Summer, my favorite season. <BR> <BR> It feels like I ha... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 18:27:43 EST Healthy Habit Day 7 Anything else you would like to share with your Team?" <BR> <BR> I would sincerely like a spark buddy who also is motivated to exercise 30-60 minutes per day. <BR> <BR> My exercise consists mainly of fast walking, yoga, some strength training 3x a week and water aerobics 2-3x a week. <BR> <BR> I really want to be accountable to somebody though spark mail. <BR> <BR> I am especially concerned that when these Challenges end I will ease up on exercise because I no longer need to be account... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 06:18:23 EST New Habit 3/7/13 Do you need some motivation or advice? Ask for it!" <BR> <BR> I'd like to be accountable to a spark buddy to ensure I exercise daily. <BR> <BR> I'd like advice on what motivates others to get started exercising. Please let me know what works for you! <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> Thu, 7 Mar 2013 19:20:06 EST New Habit 3/6/13 What can you improve upon?" <BR> <BR> I want to schedule a set time to exercise every day and stick to that schedule. <BR> <BR> I want to continue to keep my workout clothes in plain sight and within easy reach. <BR> <BR> I want to use Spark exercise videos when I exercise indoors as there is a large variety to choose from so I don't get bored. <BR> <BR> I need to make exercise as easy as possible to get started. Once I get started, I am okay - it's the getting started that is the hard pa... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 19:17:48 EST New Habit 3/5/13 I am doing great day by day now because I am in this Challenge as well as the BLC21 Challenge. I have been exercising 30-60 minutes a day. <BR> <BR> My concern is when the Challenges are over will I continue with exercise. <BR> <BR> That is why I want to make exercise a daily habit. <BR> <BR> Denise <BR> <em>41</em> Thu, 7 Mar 2013 19:13:04 EST New Habit 3/4/13 Ten minutes of exercise a day is what I want to develop as a new habit. What am I doing to encourage myself and keep on track? <BR> <BR> I am using the exercise tracker that spark provides. I keep comfortable clothes in which to exercise in plain sight. I keep my favorite exercise dvd in the dvd player. <BR> <BR> Denise <BR> <em>41</em> Mon, 4 Mar 2013 19:41:34 EST Fun Photo of the Day 3/4/13 This is the pool where I have my water aerobics. Lots of fun memories here! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Denise <BR> <em>41</em> Mon, 4 Mar 2013 19:35:07 EST Fun Photo of the Day 3/3/13 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is my crazy little dog Liberty, who brings me constant smiles! <BR> <BR> Denise <BR> <em>41</em> Sun, 3 Mar 2013 19:25:34 EST New Habit - Day 2 of 7 I want to make exercise a daily part of my life. I will do 10 minutes a day to start with, and see where it goes from there. By not putting any other pressure on myself than 10 minutes a day, I am hoping to avoid the feeling that it is something I "have" to do, as opposed to something I want to do. <BR> <BR> Denise <BR> <em>41</em> Sun, 3 Mar 2013 13:19:13 EST New Habit - Day 1 of 7 - 5% Challenge The new habit I would like to develop is to exercise daily. I go for water aerobics 3 times a week. I do yoga and go for walks. What I would like is for exercise to become second nature, not something I feel I "have" to do. <BR> <BR> Denise <BR> <em>41</em> Sat, 2 Mar 2013 17:16:39 EST Fun Photo of the Day 03-02-13 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 103+ mph <BR> <BR> This is the boat I learned to water ski behind - the good old days! Had an engine out of a '72 Corvette, bored out 454 - we'd pull 7 skiers with no problem! Got a little crowded back there with 7 of us. Had one guy that used to barefoot behind it at 80 mph! <BR> <BR> Denise <BR> <em>41</em> Sat, 2 Mar 2013 17:13:10 EST Fun Photo of the Day 3 - 1 - 13 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> My Happy Pink Toenails! <BR> <BR> Denise <BR> <em>41</em> Fri, 1 Mar 2013 20:23:36 EST Giving I have a giving spirit. I enjoy giving the gift of kindness to others. I love the act of giving. I love the happiness an act of kindness gives the recipient. I love to see others happy. If I can contribute to that happiness in any small way, I will. An act of kindness costs nothing, but to the recipient may mean so much. I know how I feel when I am on the receiving end of an act of kindness. It feels like all is well with the world, it renews my faith in mankind. Kindness is a gift we all can... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 10:26:41 EST Confidence I am confident in who I am. I know I am overweight. I also know my personality far exceeds any negative outward traits. <BR> <BR> I take pride in my appearance. I still dress up for my boyfriend of five years. It's fun getting "all dolled up" for my special someone - every day, not just for special occasions. <BR> <BR> I care about what I look like. When I exercise I'm not so pretty, sweating and dressed in my exercise clothes. But I know exercise is a means to an end. And that makes me f... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 13:23:49 EST A Good Trait About Myself One of the traits I like myself is that I am sensitive to the needs of others. In all my relationships, friends, family, coworkers, I even try to anticipate others' needs and meet them before they ask. <BR> <BR> This sensitivity makes me an excellent listener, and also a great advice-giver. <BR> <BR> I like being a sensitive person, even though I can easily be heart because of it. Being hurt is always a learning experience and any learning experience is a good thing! <BR> <BR> Best wishe... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 14:14:11 EST I Smile - A lot! One of the things I like about myself is that I smile nearly all the time. <BR> <BR> I wake up and smile, I smile before I go to sleep - I am a perpetual smiler! <BR> <BR> I can always find something to smile about. <BR> <BR> Smiling lifts my mood, and elevates the mood of those around me. <BR> <BR> I am often called Smiley! <BR> <BR> And that makes me smile! <BR> <BR> Denise <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 12:52:51 EST Optimism One of the things I like best about myself is my optimism. The glass is always half full. My cheerfulness is contagious, too. I love it when I can lift the spirits of someone else! . <BR> <BR> My optimism has gotten me through some real tough times. By looking on the bright side of things I can get through just about anything! The world is a beautiful place when viewed through my eyes. <BR> <BR> Denise <BR> <em>41</em> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 11:02:20 EST Letter to the Future Me Here you are, at the end of BLC-21 already. You have made so much progress in the last 12 weeks! You have lost 10 pounds, and people are starting to notice your weight loss. You have a light in your eyes that comes from confidence. <BR> <BR> I know you are looking forward to BLC-22! Keep up what you are doing - you are changing they way you live, not just the way you eat. You are more active and exercise is getting easier for you. <BR> <BR> Thank you for having the self-worth to focus on i... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 16:59:38 EST Getting Back on Track After about a week of eating leftovers from Church function - and yes they were very good - I'm out of leftovers and out of excuses. So today was a back on track day, and I feel great! <BR> <BR> The Church food was mostly healthy, but I ate too much of it. And I have never heard of a healthy brownie! But that is in the past, and I have already decided not to go to the New Year's Open House if I am going to get landed with a week's worth of leftovers! <BR> <BR> Or I can leave early and prev... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 18:14:26 EST 10 Minutes to Get on the Right Track SparkGuy's idea of doing 10 minutes of exercise a day is a great way to start the day! <BR> <BR> Just 10 minutes of preferably fun exercise can change your initial outlook on your morning, making each day a little step closer to your goals, making each day a little victory unto itself! <BR> <BR> I enjoy low-impact exercise to a couple of favorite songs, my "good morning songs" that I love to hear! <BR> <BR> "The miracle is not that we do work, but that we enjoy it." Mother Teresa <BR> <B... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 17:19:38 EST Thought-Provoking Comment Today Pixie-Licious left the following comment on my SparkPage and I have been thinking about it all day - <BR> <BR> "How do you build up your bank account? By putting something in it everyday. <BR> Your health account is no different. What I do today, I am wearing tomorrow. <BR> If I put inferior foods in my body today, I'm going to be inferior tomorrow, it's that simple." <BR> -Jack LaLanne <BR> <BR> Here's to investing in our health account every day. Here's to making decisions today... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 15:14:06 EST Reminder "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." <BR> <BR> Sometimes other people's words can hurt, sometimes wound. No one can define us. We define ourselves. Our reaction to hurtful words speaks of our character, not the words themselves. <BR> <BR> May we always remember that we are in charge of our lives, regardless of how many others like to think they are in charge. Fri, 26 Oct 2012 20:44:38 EST Positive Self-Talk Lately I have been engaging in negative self-talk. You know, the voice in your head that says, you messed up!" and "I knew you didn't have it in you to keep this up" and "why bother". That nasty voice that has not right to be in our heads has been streaming steady negative thoughts at me and I have been letting it get me down. <BR> <BR> Not today. Nope. That voice is being flooding with positive self-talk. I have two good answered for each negative one. It's mid-afternoon now. That other v... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 15:52:49 EST Harvest Walk Today was the perfect day for the annual 5k Harvest Walk. My bf and his mom also walked. Really enjoyed all the walking and talking! <BR> <BR> Church service today was about helping others. I so appreciate all of you who have helped me with your encouragement and motivation! <BR> <BR> Best wishes! <BR> <BR> Denise Sun, 21 Oct 2012 18:40:58 EST Motivated Morning! Crisp, cool morning. Cloudy, but who cares? It's in the mid-50's and was a terrific day for a morning walk! <BR> <BR> I love the peace of the morning, as the world is waking up! <BR> <BR> "May you LIVE every day of your life." - Jonathan Swift <BR> <BR> Best wishes! <BR> <BR> Denise <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> Sat, 20 Oct 2012 09:11:01 EST One Word Answers Copied this from Leslie_2B_Less <BR> <BR> Not as easy as you might think! Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you. It's really hard to only use one word answers. <BR> <BR> Where is your cell phone? <BR> charging <BR> <BR> Spouse? <BR> fiance <BR> <BR> Your hair? <BR> brown <BR> <BR> Your mother? <BR> fragile <BR> <BR> Your father? <BR> strong <BR> <BR> Your favorite thing? <BR> daugher <BR> <BR> Your dream last night? <BR> interesting <BR> <BR>... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 23:51:35 EST Rainy Day As I look out the window on this very rainy day, I see the occasional rays of sun peaking through the clouds. I just know there is a rainbow somewhere; I just can't see it. But I know it is there. <BR> <BR> Here's to knowing the rainbow's there, even if we can't see it! Here's to the sun rays peeking through the rain clouds, an almost other-worldly vision. <BR> <BR> Here's to us continuing to reach for our goals, hour by hour, day by day. <BR> <BR> We can do this. I know it! <BR> <BR> Be... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 15:52:13 EST Keeping At It Even When I'm Not Feeling It Lately I have been skimping on exercise, feeling down about it, and starting the next day being hard on myself. <BR> <BR> What a ridiculous, unnecessary cycle! <BR> <BR> Today I woke up with just as little motivation, but a change of attitude. I do not have to be perfect. A few days does not mean forever. <BR> <BR> The result? I took a walk and felt terrific. I got on my exercise bike and didn't like it, but I didn't hate it either. <BR> <BR> Just a little change of attitude can change ... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 21:07:31 EST Sticking-with-it Sunday Went to a birthday party this afternoon. As cake is one of my major down-falls, I was a bit apprehensive. <BR> <BR> Then I saw the fruit salad! It was amazing! <BR> <BR> This fruit salad had its own rainbow of fruits: strawberries, cherries, cantaloupe, mandarin oranges, pineapple, honeydew, kiwi, blueberries and grapes! <BR> <BR> After two helpings of that, the cake just looked like a lot of useless fat and sugar! <BR> <BR> Best wishes! <BR> <BR> Denise Sun, 7 Oct 2012 21:05:08 EST Awesome Weekend! Went to local Oktoberfest yesterday. It was terrific! <BR> <BR> The 10th Mountain Division army band played German music, which was great. <BR> <BR> Then the 10th Mountain Division rock band Avalanche played many of my favorites, past and present. <BR> <BR> Farmers' marked yielded a rainbow of vegetables and fruit, including red, orange and yellow peppers, swiss chard, blueberries, eggplant and grapes; as well as cherry tomatoes, acorn squash, yellow squash, zucchini. I had quite a bount... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 09:54:22 EST Have A Terrific Weekend! My weekend started out great - shopping with a friend, then water aerobics. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is our local Octoberfest. There will be a large farmers' market, so I will get plenty of fresh vegetables and have a great time! <BR> <BR> Sunday - hopefully day of rest! <BR> <BR> Best wishes, SparkFriends, for a great weekend for all! <BR> <BR> Denise Fri, 5 Oct 2012 21:12:39 EST Great Day for a Walk Crisp day here in Northern New York, beautiful walk with the leaves changing. The air smells so fresh! <BR> <BR> Denise <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> Tue, 2 Oct 2012 15:23:35 EST Dancing Around My Living Room To some Rob Zombie and Slash/Myles Kennedy <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> my cat thinks i've lost it! Mon, 1 Oct 2012 15:02:25 EST Pat. Pat. Pat. Pat. That's me, patting myself on the back for sticking to nutrition goals for another week! <BR> <BR> Goal for this week is to get more exercise in. What I'm doing is not enough, and is not consistent enough. <BR> <BR> I want to continue seeing that scale going in the right direction! <BR> <BR> Thanks to everyone who has commented on my blogs and my page. I appreciate each and every comment, and I appreciate each and every one of you! <BR> <BR> Denise Mon, 1 Oct 2012 14:17:34 EST Congrats to Me! I went grocery shopping today and got only what was on my list. That's totally out of character for the old me, but suits the new me just fine! <BR> <BR> I am amazing myself with my will-power! This just makes me want to stick to my 12 week plan all the more! <BR> <BR> Best wishes! <BR> <BR> Denise Sat, 22 Sep 2012 23:33:08 EST True Wealth SparkCoach's quote today was great. Don't recall it exactly, but Health is Our Wealth, More Precious than Gold or Silver. <BR> <BR> How true this is. We need to value our health for the precious gift it is, protect it and build it up as we would a nest egg! When we get old, as we all will eventually, will all the riches of the world mean anything at all without our health? <BR> <BR> I vow to care for my health by daily giving my body, mind, and spirit the nourishment needed to grow stronger... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 21:48:05 EST Happy Saturday! I hope everyone is having as wonderful a day as I am having! <BR> <BR> Getting so much accomplished around the house that I have put off, feel really good getting tasks done! <BR> <BR> Staying on track today, and that is great! <BR> <BR> Spent some time with my sister, who I seldom see due to her erratic work hours. <BR> <BR> Yup, a great day! <BR> <BR> Denise Sat, 15 Sep 2012 17:30:27 EST Good Morning! It's Friday! Let's take a little "me time" and have some fun this Friday, even if we can only squeeze in 10-15 minutes! You'd be amazed at what that small amount of "me time" can mean in terms with you conquering the rest of the day! <BR> <BR> Best Wishes! <BR> <BR> Denise Fri, 14 Sep 2012 03:17:01 EST My Goals for the Next 12 Weeks During the next 12 weeks, I will make fitness a full-time job. The payoff can’t be beat! (As I am currently under-employed, this is perfect timing!) <BR> <BR> We are the sum today of all our own choices - Dr. Wayne Dyer. In the next 12 weeks I will make choices that will cause me to be a better person. This is the beginning of the realization of one of my short- and long-term goals - to get in shape physically, mentally and spiritually. <BR> <BR> I have pictures of myself at my ideal weight... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 21:38:42 EST Sept 9, 2012 <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> Pics taken August 25, 2012 - 204 pounds Thu, 13 Sep 2012 19:18:07 EST BLC 20 - Week 1, Day 1 Excited, a little apprehnsive. First time doing BLC, and I am so glad to be a part of this! 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