VINOTEA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=VINOTEA VINOTEA'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/ Nature's Woodland - Snowflake table http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567685 Along with my beautiful attire I showed off last blog, here are some table decorations I found while shopping... And hey, they match my dress perfectly! <BR> <BR> Entire Table decorations: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1441505568.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1081009713.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1473374623.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2116195712.jpg"> <BR> <img ... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 01:43:06 EST My Hogwarts Holiday Ball Attire http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558761 Alright folks. Hogwarts is having a holiday ball and I finally found everything this last weekend off. Here you go ... <BR> <BR> Dress #1 I tried on ... pretty, but kind of plain <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1299063079.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Dress #2 I tried on ... a bit more, but still not "fun" <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1044157875.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Dress #3 This is the one ... fun but still pretty <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeo... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 00:14:51 EST Looking for fellow HP Witches/Wizards... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5455656 Hello!! I am sharing a fellow sparker's blog over *here* and I hope, if you know others that would love to join in on a little friendly competition, a bit a' role-play and an awesome batch of challengers, that you will pass it on too!! If you've been a part of "The Challenge of Harry Potter" team and can't seem to find your way back to the castle, this is part of the same group. <BR> <BR> Are you a Harry Potter fan? Would you like to participate in a 3 month challenge? Join Hogwarts Active C... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 01:03:51 EST February Recap and Checkmark System http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5275244 February Recap: <BR> February was kind of a down month for me. Out of 28 days I only worked out for 7 days. Also, I started the journey mid February 2010 and this month I weighed in at the same weight. Looking back over the past three years, there are changes that I can see for the better. But there are also things that I slacked off on, exercise being the main one. Some highs of the month include a 15,000 step day. Yay!!! March I'm hoping is a good month (and not just cause it would be a bum... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 00:25:28 EST Workout Issues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5255580 14 Tips for Starting and Sticking with a Workout Routine: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness<BR>_articles.asp?id=73 </link> <BR> <BR> 8 Reasons Why Your Workout Isn't Working: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness<BR>_articles.asp?id=1638 </link> <BR> <BR> Are You Cheating Yourself at the Gym? Part 1: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness<BR>_articles.asp?id=820 </link> and Part 2: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness<BR>_articles.asp?id=892 </link> <BR> ... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 23:46:17 EST January Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5232520 I started BLC 21 as one of the captains for the Violet Venus team. Can I just say I love the close-net atmosphere of our team? From the beginning, we have been offering love and support. It's not just about the numbers with this team, but how we are doing day to day that is important. As part of BLC 21, I also signed up for the 12-week streak, which is going strong after 2 weeks. <BR> <BR> Exercise in general has been pretty good. I'm up to 10,000+ steps somewhat consistently on work days, e... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 00:50:22 EST A-Z of Me!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5212416 *stolen from Jbelicious, who stole from GreasyJoan, and seen on a few other friend's pages too <BR> <em>337</em> A- Available or Married: Married - 3+ years, but we joke 6+ years since friends were calling us an old married couple after just a month of going out <BR> <em>160</em> B- Book: Duckat!!! "Odd" said the duck, "very odd!" <BR> <em>44</em> C- Cake or Pie: Cake, definitely! <BR> <em>181</em> D- Drink: umm, alcohol! fruity and sweet. <BR> <em>388</em> E- Essential Item: c... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 02:35:10 EST BLC 21 Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5212398 Below are my stats for BLC 21. The before picture is actually one I took at the end of BLC 20, but body looks the same, and I didn't want to redo it (sorry). <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l864433339.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> Starting weight: 171.8 <BR> <em>7</em> Measurements: <BR> CHEST: 38" <BR> WAIST: 43" <BR> HIPS: 45" <BR> R THIGH: 26" <BR> R UPPER ARM: 13" <BR> <em>362</em> Fitness test: <BR> 1-Mile Walk: Time - 15:30; 40% ~ Heart Rate: 126 <BR>... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 01:24:30 EST New Year Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5183110 Here are my goals for 2013, or what I hope to achieve. <BR> <BR> 1. Photography – I would like to improve my skill with my camera and with editing photos. The best way to do this is to take lots of pics and then edit them on a computer. I will accomplish this by always carrying a camera with me (oh wait, I already do this…) so that I am ready to take that “perfect” shot. I will also use challenges to help get the creative juices flowing. I have a personal photo project of capturing all 26 le... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 02:40:36 EST End of 30 Day Blog - Highs and Lows http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5181675 29 – Goals for the next 30 days. <BR> 30 – Your highs and lows of this month. <BR> <BR> Sorry, but considering the last day of the year is tomorrow and I need to talk about my goals for next year, I’m skipping #29. And instead of talking about the highs and lows of the month for #30, I’m gonna talk about my goals I made at the beginning of 2012 and review how they went instead. Then tomorrow, I’ll let you know what my plan is for 2013. Sound like a deal? Good, cause you get no say in the mat... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 02:37:03 EST Missing Problem - 30 Day Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5179462 27 – A problem that you have had. <BR> 28 – Something that you miss. <BR> <BR> Sorry, it’ll be pretty short tonight. Not because there isn’t stuff to talk about, but more because I’m going kind of vague and basic on answers tonight. <BR> <BR> A problem that I have had, well present tense on that – what to do when I’m on break. I’m one of those who welcome a break from the usual, but at the same time doesn’t want to be too long because then I get bored. Yep, I’ve been off for one week and I ... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 02:27:00 EST Fascinating People - 30 Day Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5177298 25 – Someone who fascinates you and why. <BR> 26 – What kind of person attracts you. <BR> <BR> Wow! Those are hard questions to answer. And to be honest, I’m not sure I can answer them accurately. <BR> <BR> Well, let me attempt to answer the first one with – my husband. He’s someone I don’t understand. We seem like total opposites of each other. I’m loud and talkative, always saying whats on my mind while he’s quiet and reserve, saying very little but always deep in thought. I get frustrate... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 02:47:01 EST Favorite Movie and Christmas Time - 30 Day Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5175601 23 – Holiday: favorite, least, how do you celebrate? <BR> 24 – Your favorite movie and what it’s about. <BR> <BR> Starting with the movie – My favorite movie is Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. A brief summary is that a girl finds herself living in the home of a monster who finally learns to love. <BR> <BR> Now on to my favorite holiday (not talking about my least cause there really isn’t one) – Christmas. Here is a typical Christmas gathering when I was growing up. Christmas eve we would go ... Tue, 25 Dec 2012 02:00:48 EST Photo Project & Change - 30 Day Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5174136 First of all, let’s start with the 30 Day topic for today – How have you changed in the past 2 years? <BR> <BR> Well, that’s a hard question to answer, even for my husband, so I expanded it to 6 years, cause that’s how long we’ve known each other. I won’t go into details, but here is what he had to say: <BR> <BR> ~ Driving <BR> ~ Money management <BR> ~ Classroom management <BR> ~ Less confrontational <BR> ~ Healthy living <BR> ~ Photography <BR> <BR> Speaking of photography, a project pop... Sun, 23 Dec 2012 02:21:08 EST 5 Famous Guys (and Girls) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5173400 21 – Give pictures of 5 guys who are famous who you find attractive. *Note, the list is not in order of attractiveness <BR> <BR> Okay, to be honest, this was originally supposed to be #23, but the original topic is going to take some work, so it’ll come later. <BR> <BR> Hmm, 5 guys (who are famous) that I find attractive … <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1479053086.jpg"> <BR> Daniel Radcliffe <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l20530... Sat, 22 Dec 2012 02:13:54 EST School Memories - 30 Day Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5172531 20 – School memories: favorite subject, teacher … <BR> <BR> Alright, let’s go in order of grade and talk about things that stood out. Also, I’m not talking about clubs and other activities, just what I remember about teacher’s classes specifically. To be honest, I’m not sure I have a favorite teacher, but there are things that have stuck in my head that I would want to duplicate or that I can learn from. My favorite subject would probably be English, Music (strings or choir), or Math, plus E... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 00:44:27 EST My Family - 30 Day Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5171650 18 – Talk about your siblings. If an only child, talk about what it was like. <BR> 19 – Talk about your parents and growing up in your house. <BR> <BR> For the sake of their privacy, I will not tell you their names. I will only refer to them as my brother, sister, mom, and dad. <BR> <BR> That being said, let’s start with the youngest – my sister. For the most part, I think me and my sister got along pretty well growing up. We were three years apart in age and shared a bedroom, so there is t... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 02:44:55 EST No 30 Day Blog Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5170708 Nope, not going with my 30 day thing as I don’t have that much time to think. Besides Day 18 and 19 fit nicely together. <BR> <BR> So, let me tell you about the craziness that occurred after I got off work. As I got on the freeway to come home, I noticed that it was a bit more of a bumpy ride than normal. Pull over at the next exit and inspect my car. Boy does my tire look interesting. Apparently my tire went flat and this is the resulting outcome… <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spar... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 03:23:29 EST High and Low - 30 Day Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5169691 17 – Your highs and lows of this past year. <BR> <BR> Hmm, that’s a tough one. I guess for my high, it would be starting at my job as an elementary school librarian. Okay, if you want to get technical, I started the last week before winter break, but that was only 4 days of work before the kids left, so it wasn’t long enough to really establish myself. I had applied for other schools, but of course was denied. When I went to interview for this position, the principal loved my enthusiasm and ... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 00:20:31 EST Mainstream Music - 30 Day Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5168455 Day 16: Your views on mainstream music. <BR> <BR> First of all, yes, I know I started this in November, but with the business of Thanksgiving and traveling, this challenge got derailed. So, I thought I’d pick it back up and continue so that it is fully complete by the end of the year. <BR> <BR> Now, that being said, back to the topic at hand. <BR> <BR> Before I can state my opinion, let’s define what I think of as “mainstream music”. Mainstream music is the type of music you hear on the ra... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 20:53:11 EST Early Memory & Favorites - 30 Day Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5137009 14 – Your earliest memory. <BR> <BR> Hmmm, that’s a hard one. I’m not sure if I can distinguish between what is actually my memory and what memory is from my parents. <BR> <BR> I’d say my memory would from fourth grade of random stuff. Learning long division. Teacher popping popcorn (and letting us use her microwave too). We also took a field trip to downtown Colo Spgs via public transportation. Definitely not something that would happen nowadays. There was a girl from Alaska. And I was ins... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 01:44:49 EST My Day & England - 30 Day Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5134706 12 – Bullet your whole day. <BR> <BR> - Got up and had french toast for breakfast (made by hubby) <BR> - Poked around on the computer (email, facebook, sparkpeople) <BR> - Went to in-laws house and did a load of laundry <BR> - Watched “Top Gear” episodes on TV and made a brief stop to McDonalds for lunch in between the washer and dryer <BR> - Chatted with in-laws when they came home and watched a recorded show about depression <BR> - Went to IHOP with in-laws for dinner <BR> - Went home and ... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 02:13:27 EST Movie Quote Challenge - Day 4 (My Answers) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5133524 Quotes: <BR> 1. “Even a poor tailor is entitled to some happiness!” <BR> 2. "I know you are, but what am I?” <BR> 3. "They're not gonna catch us. We're on a mission from God.” <BR> 4. "Life moves pretty fast. You don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." <BR> 5. “How's it going, royal ugly dudes?” <BR> 6. “Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary." <BR> 7. "They're here!" <BR> 8. "Yo, Adrian!" <BR> 9. “Come back to me.” <BR> 10. "No matter how ... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 03:01:35 EST Love, Kiss, and Music - 30 Day Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5132223 10 – Discuss your first love and first kiss. <BR> <BR> Hmm, I would put this in two different categories, cause it would involve different people. *No names, just initials will be used in the telling of these memories. <BR> <BR> First Kiss – This was my junior year of high school. The boy (D) I met my freshman year, but we didn’t go out until I was a junior (he was two years behind in school so was only a freshman, but we were only a year behind in age as he was held back a year in school).... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 03:27:17 EST Movie Quote Challenge - Day 3 (My Answers) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5131697 Quotes: <BR> 1. "...Bond. James Bond." <BR> 2. “I'm sorry, sir. I could never answer to a whistle.” <BR> 3. "Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye." <BR> 4. "Hasta la vista, baby." <BR> 5. "I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries." <BR> 6. "Surely, you can't be serious. I am serious, and don't call me Shirley." <BR> 7. "My precious." <BR> 8. "I'm the king of the world!" <BR> 9. "Say 'hello' to my little friend... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 15:40:39 EST Movie Quote Challenge - Day 2 (My Answers) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5130614 Quotes: <BR> 1. "Houston, we have a problem." <BR> 2. "We all go a little mad sometimes." <BR> 3. "I can't believe I gave my panties to a geek." <BR> 4. "I'm not bad. I'm just drawn that way." <BR> 5. "...I have nipples, Greg. Could you milk me?" <BR> 6. "Have fun storming the castle!" <BR> 7. "Stand up. Your father's passing." <BR> 8. "Do you enjoy...knives?" <BR> 9. "Gentlemen, you can't fight in here. This is the War Room!" <BR> 10. "I gave her my heart and she gave me a pen." <BR> 11. "Th... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 14:08:29 EST Happy Times, Pisces & Pig - 30 Day Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5130171 8 – A moment you felt the most satisfied with your life. <BR> <BR> Hmmm, this is a hard one for me. Even happy moments have things I want to change about them. I guess one of the reasons this is hard for me is I’m am a pretty happy person most of the time. I’m up beat and always smiling, generally finding the good in things and not letting the bad things keep me down. There have always been things in my life I would change, but overall, its been pretty good. Things that pop into my head that... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 02:32:35 EST Movie Quote Challenge - Day 1 (my answers) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5129997 Quotes: <BR> 1. "I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse." <BR> 2. "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn." <BR> 3. "Go ahead, make my day." <BR> 4. "Here's looking at you, kid." <BR> 5. "I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore." <BR> 6. "May the Force be with you." <BR> 7. "Show me the money!" <BR> 8. "You can't handle the truth!" <BR> 9. "I'll have what she's having." <BR> 10. "I'll be back." <BR> 11. "If you build it, he will come." <BR> 12. "Mama always said life was like a ... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 21:33:32 EST Thoughts on Recent Election - 30 Day Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5128005 7 – Talk about your opinion on the presidential election. <BR> <BR> Kind of long winded, but I wanted to let you know where I stand on these issues. For the record, you will get very little political talks out of me, so I guess I kind of go off on a tangent when I do talk about it. I guess it was sort of a special occasion with the election and such. Also, I apologize now if I offend anyone with my thoughts. I am just expressing my opinion. If you ever do become offended, please feel free to... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 03:02:27 EST 15 Facts - 30 Day Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5126810 6 – Write 15 interesting facts about yourself. <BR> <BR> 1. One eye appears more open/wider than the other. <BR> <BR> 2. I’m a huge Disney fan! My dream vacation involves something related to Disney. Yes, the Disney store is someplace I always visit when I go to the mall, and yes, I sleep with a Winnie-the-Pooh stuffed animal. I’ve been told the two Pooh characters I would resemble most are Tigger cause I’m bouncy and always go-go-go and Pooh cause I’m lovable and always smiling. <BR> <BR>... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 01:36:27 EST Unhappy Time - 30 Day Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5125655 5 – A moment when you were unhappy with your life. <BR> <BR> Ummm, I’d have to say my unhappy time would be the few months after my move to California in 2006. During this time, I was living with a gentleman that I barely knew. My family and friends were all in Colorado. My relationship with my boyfriend (now husband) was rocky as we were only together a few months. My dream job had gone down the drain earlier that year and so did my back-up plan. The only people I hung out with was my husba... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 01:34:15 EST Religion - 30 Day Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5124307 4 – Your views on religion. <BR> <BR> Wow! This was a hard topic to think about. I guess because I don’t currently practice or follow a religion. I just have my beliefs, and those are hard to put into words. I do know that everyone should be free to practice and follow what they belief without worry about what others are going to say or being pressured to follow another. I feel that is one problem with America today. We are a land of opportunity with many different cultures and religions. Wh... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 02:25:09 EST Drugs and Alcohol - 30 Day Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5122975 3 – Your views on drugs and alcohol. <BR> <BR> Well, by drugs, I assume you mean cocaine and marijuana as opposed to medicinal stuff like allergy pills. Well, as a rule, I don’t do it. Not because I never got the chance to try it, but because it never interested me. I don’t like the smell of smoke, so why would I want smoke to go in my body? However, some people seem to be okay with that. I think that if people are responsible with it and realize the health concerns that are associated with ... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 22:05:42 EST 10 years - 30 day blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5121983 2 – Where you’d like to be in 10 years. <BR> <BR> ~ Hmm, well for starters I’d like to have a full-time job in the school that gave me full benefits (meaning I would have medical, dental, and vision 100% covered). Preference would be as a teacher or librarian, but in the office would be okay as well, as long as it was at a school still. <BR> ~ I would like to be at the point financially and with my hubby’s issues that we could have kids, either by birth or adoption. <BR> ~ I would like to be... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 22:32:38 EST 30 Day Blog - Relationship http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5120900 1 – Your current relationship. If single, discuss how single life is. <BR> <BR> My relationship is happily married, for the past 3 years. We met 6 years ago working at the same boy scout camp. At the end of the summer, he helped me move to California where I lived with a friend of his til the new year. Then, we both moved in together. We had a small wedding (like 50 people or less) at a scout camp we worked at. We now have two cats and are temporarily living with my BIL and his family. <BR> ... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 22:59:19 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5120873 Alright, November is NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month, a challenge to write a novel in a month. Well, I'm not a writer, so instead, I'll be participating via blogging. This is my commitment to (attempt) 30 days of blogging. I hope by posting it here and on my wordpress account ( <link>vinotea.wordpress.com </link> ) that hopefully some accountability will help keep me on track. Below is my list for the challenge. Here's hoping I actually make it to the end. <BR> <BR> 1 – Your curren... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 22:38:32 EST BLC Halfway http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5109376 Okay, when I started this program at 168.2, my goal was to get out of the 160s officially, but also to be off a plateau I've been on since last BLC (that would be May). As of now I'm only at 166.6 so there is still some room to go. That's a little over 1 pound a week. Can I do it, yeah, it doesn't seem to unreasonable. Now will I, that remains to be seen as of yet. <BR> <BR> Let's look at my original goals and see how they are doing and evaluate any changes needed. <BR> <BR> ~ Exercise: My ... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 02:24:14 EST BLC 3 Loves - Mon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5100426 Wow! It is hard to come up with 12 things that I love about myself for this challenge. I ended up skipping Sat and Sun so I only have to come up with 6, and that is still hard!!! I guess the whole low self-esteem thing doesn't help either. I totally would have failed this assignment if I worked to come up with all 12. As it is, I'm just squeaking by with the 6. Okay, last blog covered the first 3 so here are the last 3. <BR> <BR> 1) I love working with kids. I also love working in a school. ... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 20:25:58 EST 3 Loves and Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5097111 Alright, two homework assignments in one blog. <BR> <BR> First up is BLC - Three things I love about myself. This will have several days of posting, so first up we'll go physical features. 1) I love my eyes. Thus part of the reason I want contacts or the ability to not wear corrective lenses at all, cause I feel the glasses hide my eyes. 2) Another feature I like about myself is my hair. I sport the classic ponytail most days, but also try to mix it up sometimes. Sometimes, I try to do style... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 00:24:42 EST 10 Reasons for this journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5075207 For one of my challenges, we are supposed to share 3 reasons we are on this journey. Well, I got to typing and it kind of expanded a bit. Now, I know I'm not perfect and I will make mistakes again, but I will make it some day. Slow and steady wins the race, right??? Well, without further ado, here are 10 reasons I'm here on SP and on this journey. <BR> <BR> 1) I want to be able to share pants with my husband again. (When we first met, we could wear the same size jeans. I want to be at that s... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 01:29:18 EST BLC - 12 week plan & pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5062168 What is my plan for this 12 week group? Well, for starters, lets talk about why I'm here. <BR> <BR> ~ Why? I'm a part of BLC because it is a community of people that I can look to for support, accountability and motivation, both my team and the group as a whole. I seem to be one of those that need a competition and a buddy and BLC gives me that. (Okay, so does CoHP, but this is a BLC assignment, so that's why they are getting named). I'm also here because I'm trying to lose weight. At this p... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 20:52:03 EST CoHP - Episkey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5062095 Hmm, something that is bothering me. To be honest, there isn't a whole lot that I can talk about. There is something that creeps up between me and my husband, but unfortunately its an off-limits conversation to everyone else. Even his parents don't know the full extent of things. That being said, I guess the other thing would be my BIL and his family. They moved to here because the job economy is better and my FIL is helping them out by giving them a starter loan as they look for work/housing... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 20:03:51 EST My weight loss issues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5050040 Okay, spark land. I posted this blog on my wordpress site, but thought the content was relevant, so I'm sharing this here too. <BR> <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>------------- <BR> <BR> Alright. So, I joined sparkpeople.com with the goal of losing about 30-40 lbs in February 2010. Two years later and I’m still at it. At one point I saw 10 lbs lost, but currently I’m at the 6 lb lost range on a steady plateau. Why can’t I seem to go lower? Why have I been stuck on a platea... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 18:03:49 EST Pre-BLC plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5036136 OMG! 2 weeks til BLC 20 kicks off. I'm so excited!!!! <em>224</em> To help get me ready, my hubby has presented me with a challenge to help me boost my weight loss as I seem to be stuck on a plateau. <BR> <BR> For 2 weeks, I have to track my food (write it down, including calories) while focusing on my snacking. I also have to come up and work on getting consistent with exercising. I've noticed in the past that if I'm not losing weight, one of the first reasons is that I'm not exercising c... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 13:49:53 EST COHP Progress Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4900676 I have made progress since starting my journey in 2010. While I can't seem to get past the 10 lb mark, there is progress with my eating and exercise portion. What I need to work on right now is that I feel I get into a rut point every so often where I just feel blah and have no motivation. I don't talk on team chats, I don't want to participate in challenges, I don't care what I eat, I don't want to exercise ... I even feel it just in my daily life where all I want to do is just sit in front ... Mon, 28 May 2012 02:48:01 EST Something I avoid http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4890575 Alright, so for the Challenge of Harry Potter group, we're supposed to blog about an excuse we tell ourselves or something we avoid. Well, something I avoid ... actually something I'm not honest with is my snacking habits. I love sweets! I never want to give them up. I don't think I'm as committed to weight loss as I should be because I'm not fully committed to changing my diet. I'm willing to make changes, and I have done that. Changes that have occurred are ... <BR> <BR> ~ I don't eat dess... Mon, 21 May 2012 01:44:17 EST New Home update and Half Marathon (with pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4881927 Well, A few weeks ago I participated in my first half marathon. To be honest, I didn't train very well for it, and I knew that going in, so my goal was to just finish it. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l553223596.jpg"> <BR> Woot! All ready to start! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l333026715.jpg"> <BR> Funny face to hubby as I cross the line <BR> <BR> During the race, I would set myself a starting place to jog "when I get to the sign ...... Tue, 15 May 2012 01:54:18 EST Looking Back to Look Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4854236 Alright folks! Here's the deal ... We are two days into BLC 19, 3 weeks into the spring term of CoHP, and I have been on this site for just over 2 years. And do you want to know what I accomplished in all this time? Well, that depends on how you look at things. <BR> <BR> Positive things that have happened since joining SP ... <BR> 1) Completed two 5Ks (3.1 miles) despite not being a runner. Seriously, I still get sore sometimes when I run, and never would have guessed that I would have done ... Fri, 27 Apr 2012 01:18:25 EST Sugar cut down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4794235 So you know that story I posted a few days ago about a pig in a candy store? Yeah, that's totally me. I love chocolate and oreo cookies! I admit there are some sweets I'm good with, but others are hard to say no to. I saw there was a "Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge!" and it seemed to jump out at me and say "join me". So, I am joining and taking steps at cutting down on the sugar in my diet. Now, I will come right out and say that I don't want it gone competely, but I do want to be able to go... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 00:29:39 EST The Pig at the Candy Store http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4784826 For CoHP, we're supposed to talk about a secret we have about our weight loss journey. Well, I was reading Fables by Arnold Lobel and came across a story that I think tells my secret better than I could. <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> All night long, the sleeping Pig dreamed of candy. He sprouted wings of spun sugar. He flew up through marshmallow clouds to a glowing marzipan moon. The stars that twinkled in the sky were chocolate kisses wrapped in shiny foil. <BR> <BR> The Pig woke up wi... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 00:50:51 EST