VINTAGEPAGE's SparkPeople Blog VINTAGEPAGE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community The Lyrics to Firework are so inspiring to me ! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Firework" by Katy Perry <BR> <BR> Do you ever feel like a plastic bag <BR> Drifting through the wind, wanting to start again? <BR> Do you ever feel, feel so paper thin <BR> Like a house of cards, one blow from caving in? <BR> <BR> Do you ever feel already buried deep six feet under? <BR> Scream but no one seems to hear a thing <BR> Do you know that there's still a chance for you <BR> 'Cause there's a... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 18:57:56 EST A simple thought can get you going! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So simple...time to do this! <BR> <BR> I am starting over at ground zero. Walk/Run...and you know what... does that mean I cannot call my self a runner? Absolutely not. One day at a time I will get back there. The hopelessness of recent past has gone and I am back fighting to get back to where I was. It will be a slow rebound but thats okay. I know more now about myself and I can better prevent a relapse in the f... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 17:11:30 EST Week 1: Restart and Respark! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Week one is complete. I am down a total of 9lbs. <BR> <BR> Even typing that stings abit I have to admit. I mean I was there already. <BR> <BR> This blog is going to be a completely honest one on my part. Like it or not this is how I feel. <BR> <BR> So here I was last year ready for a change and ready to go. Started running, feeling great. Lost all the weight. Almost to close...mere lbs...then... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 11:19:51 EST A clever way to get back to sparking - challenge accepted! So sparkles here is the update of my journey. <BR> <BR> So the prior hormone craziness seems to have balance out. My head is clearer and I am defintely feeling better mentally. <BR> <BR> New job has equalled more time. Bonus for me for sure. <BR> <BR> So why the heck have a been still eating horribly and not running or anything? Well it's lack of motivation... Yep me..upbeat motivator... Unmotivated. <BR> I have it in my head, that I was close to my goal, doing awesome and now that I am ba... Sun, 5 May 2013 09:59:54 EST What the heck happened to VintagePage? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Well...I went M.I.A...almost. <BR> <BR> <BR> I had been fighting for awhile. It happens every time I get close to my goal. Something sabotage me or I do something to sabotage myself. This time I think it was a little of both. <BR> <BR> <BR> Where do I start... I guess the beginning. <BR> <BR> Here I am, VP. Fearless leader. Motivator. Sparkle extraordinaire. Then what the heck? <BR> <BR> I noticed th... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 21:57:16 EST Week 28 & 29: What a whirlwind of ups and downs <img src=""> <BR> <BR> February 1st was the start of the 30 day shred challenge on my spark team. It started off great. I was focused, eating well and shredding it up. 10 days later and I was tired. Up to late getting up to early and shredding and then as my guard was down the sugar started to sneak back in to my diet. <BR> <BR> I know I was doing it but I was at a wedding and I had make all of these wonderful cupcakes and then I deci... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 10:27:03 EST Warning Mass Sugar - Confections that I have created (pics) I know some of you have wondered what type of confections and cakes I make and since it is Sunday I thought that I would show you a few sweet treats that I have created all on my own! I have hundreds of sweets I could show you but these are just a few of my favorites! I am self taught and this is my little business on the side that keeps me quiet busy if I let it. <BR> <BR> The first cupcakes are the ones I made for the last minute wedding this weekend. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> WARNING! These ... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 16:03:41 EST I'm a SparkPeople Motivator! Woot!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am so happy to be a spark people motivator that I cannot express how honored that I am to have this title. I try my hardest to motivate and inspire you all, and in turn you inspire me to work harder and not let you down. I am so fortunate to have found such and amazing place to express my feelings and help me work towards my goals and without all of you amazing sparkles I would definetely not be as far as I... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 13:17:46 EST Week 27: One Challenge done and on with the next No change on the scales to report this week. No biggie. On with the rest of the blog. Yep that's right just like that, forward I go. <BR> <BR> I started the New Year off on December 29th, Yep early, with a 30 day No Sugar Challenge. No refined sugar, no artificial sugars and no added natural sugars. Fruit is okay and all the naturally occurring sugars are okay too. The first week was brutal, I will be honest. Migraine for 5 days straight, chills, sweats, shaking, nightmares, loss of sleep, w... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 21:02:53 EST Week 26: Winning this week! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> With last weeks NSV I was hoping for even the tiniest win this week. I know its not all about the scale but I had such a crummy week stress wise that I just needed something to give me a little boost, a little your doing great even in this stress mess. <BR> <BR> This week strict counting has brought me down -2.5lbs! WIN! <BR> <BR> That means a few things :o) I have finally shed all of my December indiscretion we... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 09:44:56 EST Week 25: The NSV (aka: Non-scale victory) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This week has been a really great week although I didn't have much fitness involved, which I am okay with since I was still making sure I was up to par and getting back into the swing of things. <BR> <BR> No change on the scale this week but since I am still not consuming any kind of refined, artificial or added sugars I feel amazing. No bloating and my stomach is visibly flatter. I was actually shocked whe... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 10:19:20 EST Week 24: Sickness and Staying Strong <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Down 1lb this week and I am good with that. <BR> <BR> <BR> This week didn't start out like planned that's for sure. I went through a crazy week of testing, pain, pokes and prods and all with no answers to why my stomach was trying to hurt me. Without getting all into it, I am feeling much better and today I dare say I am at 95% power. <BR> <BR> This is 2 weeks of the Sugar free challenge to which I... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 07:56:34 EST Sole Sparkers - February 30 Day Shred Challenge! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The Sole Sparkers Team Proudly Presents The Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred Challenge! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> When: Friday, February 1st - March 2nd - 2013 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This will be a great challenge to help us shed some pounds and get in shape together. Closer to the event I will post a new thread in the Team page ... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 11:18:48 EST Week 23: 1 week Sugar Free and -3.5lbs down! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Week 23. Serious action make serious results. <BR> <BR> -3.5lbs lost this week! <BR> <BR> This week I cut out sugar. Cold Turkey. No refined sugars, no artificial sugars, no added natural sugars. Clean eating only. I would like to say that it was easy but it was really hard in the beginning of the first few days. The withdrawals and cravings were a bit crazy at times but I knew that they would go away even... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 09:04:46 EST Sole Sparkers 5km New Years Race! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> After a week off of training, I felt it was okay since I ran a 10km race last Sunday, I took park in a wonderful Team race that was posted by the motivating BLESSED2BEME. <BR> <BR> The Challenge was a New Years Day 5km. I was so impressed by the response that the Team had to this idea it made me so proud of all of them. It was motivating and encouraging right up to today race day and continues ... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 11:09:50 EST Thinking of Eating Clean? Some Great beginners info! <img src=""> <BR> Photo: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> So its only been 3 days since I have started eating clean. This seemed to come naturally with cutting out added sugars -refined and artificial and at this time natural added sugars like honey, stevia etc. from my diet. I am doing a 30 day SF Challenge and so far so good with some crazy things happening to my body in such a short span of time. <BR> <BR> <BR>... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 14:24:30 EST Yep...Its all Fruits (pic) When I said I was cutting out sugar and eating clean. A friend of mine told me, well you have to cut out fruits too you know....they are sugar filled. <BR> <BR> Errr...Yes but not the same....Viva La Fruit! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 31 Dec 2012 10:14:29 EST Week 22: Recovering from December starts today <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> So Week 22. I have finally bucked up and faced the scales. Head down. Feeling shameful...I know what is coming. <BR> <BR> Total gain for December is 6.5 lbs. <BR> Total loss from August 2013 - 15lbs <BR> <BR> Not too bad considering all the junk and bad things I have consumed all month. I mean not even trying to be on plan and succumbing to all my eating desires. <BR> <BR> This goes to show you th... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 09:32:29 EST Okay Sugar....It's time you and I break up <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Dear Sugar, <BR> <BR> I am tired. We have gotten back together time and time again and after a few short weeks of me falling in love with you and you holding me tightly I think its time we break up. <BR> <BR> Its you sugar. Even thou you are refined and always there.You are bad for me. <BR> <BR> You make me feel things and do things I don't like. You control me and I have little say in this relationship ... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 20:59:03 EST My First 10km Race December 23, 2012. After a long 8 weeks of training today was the day for my first virtual 10km race and out I went on the chilly, windy winter day. <BR> It was -4c (24f)out there and my lips felt like they were going to freeze off but they didn' <BR> <BR> It was a great experience and very hard on my body. I had to dig deep and push it to make it to the end but I did it! <BR> <BR> Total time was 68m 20s. <BR> <BR> When I go home my DH and little trainer has strung up a finish li... Sun, 23 Dec 2012 14:19:11 EST Week 21: The Re-Invention of VintagePage <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is where it's time for me to take it back. Take some responsibility and stop fooling myself. Its been a long 2 weeks of the old me back with a vengeance. Rationalizing, rewarding, sympathizing and so much more. <BR> <BR> The support I have received is truly overwhelming to me. None of you gave up on me even thou my thoughts were definitely elsewhere and I had almost lost all hope of any motivation or the ab... Sat, 22 Dec 2012 21:30:39 EST Christmas Binge? Off Track? Some great info So I am way off track and December has been a very unproductive and unkind month and this was a great read to help me :o) <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>r-from-a-food-or-sugar-binge/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 16:44:25 EST Week 19 and 20: Like and Ostrich in the sand, Time to face the truth <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yep that's me. Head in the sand, knowing exactly what I have been doing to my self and yet still continued doing it all week. Time to fess up, with all exercise and determination and motivation it still doesn't go as far as to counter act all of the December damage that I have been doing. <BR> <BR> The list is long and only started to happen a week ago. Last Saturday I weighed in after my 8km run. No change and I... Sat, 15 Dec 2012 07:59:15 EST Coconut Avocado Smoothie ! <BR> <BR> Smooth, Creamy and super green! Enjoy :o) <BR> <BR> Coconut Avocado Envy <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=2316936 </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 11:09:25 EST I can do this, Focus and motivate! (pics) Stop slipping, regain control. <BR> <BR> I need to fight for what I have worked so hard for, do I want to start all over again? <BR> <BR> NO. So, stop it right now and do it! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> and remember.......... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 07:29:48 EST Motivational Pic - Get up and get going! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 6 Dec 2012 11:29:16 EST Week 18: Focus =2.5lb loss <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This week I vowed to stay on plan and in my range and it paid off with a boom! <BR> I am proud to report a 2.5 lbs loss this week bringing my total loss since August First to -22 lbs gone! That's 4 months of hard work and consistency with a few hiccups along the way. <BR> <BR> This week I changed it up and had a great smoothie every morning instead of my usual cereal and fruit. The smoothie I adore is ... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 09:44:31 EST Winter Running. Am I in or out? So after much....much deliberation this week and almost to the brink of insanity I have made my final choice for running in the winter this week. I debated over joining a gym or buying some winterized running shoes. <BR> <BR> I spent the week researching shoes, outdoor running and went to all my local gyms and tried out the ol' treadmill. It came down to finances and a pro's/con list and ultimately the decision that I really love running...outdoors. <BR> <BR> Today I finalized my decision w... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 16:52:28 EST Surprising pictures – your weight has little to do with your body fat! I stumbled upon this today while looking around and to all those NSV this is a great way to see that you are probably making progress. Just hang in there and make sure to measure and see the changes even if the scale hasn't budged or is actually up! <BR> <BR> Read this great info here :o) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>at-does-your-body-look-like-on-the-ins<BR>ide-more-reasons-to-lift-weights/ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 27 Nov 2012 11:23:24 EST Week17: I'm wide awake... Time to re-adjust and focus So here I am. Another day of slipping stuff in to my diet. A little of this a little of that. a hot chocolate here and some chips there. I dont need to measure it . I don't have time.Who will know? I'm not going to add it... I have been doing this for a few weeks.Content at first with the rationalization that I run and I can burn it off and it just a few extra calories. <BR> <BR> Wow... Stop... I'm fooling only myself. Why am I not losing? I will tell you why... I am a cheater...but now I r... Fri, 23 Nov 2012 21:28:04 EST Chia Snaps - Recipe I made some changes to my favorite sesame seed snaps recipe and voila! <BR> <BR> Chia Snaps! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=2300409 </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> (webphoto) <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 21 Nov 2012 12:51:01 EST Ch..Ch....Chia! The Superfood you should be adding to your diet! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 12:22:31 EST Week 16: Changeless Victory As I suspected this week was no change and I am completely happy with that as last weekend I binged and binged and binged some more for Every meal and this was for 3 days. I was working on our house and when in construction you just grab what available when you didn't smartly plan ahead and you are working so hard with concrete and shoveling for 12 hours that you just eat whatever is closest to your mouth... Lol. Some how while slugging it away a burger and fries sounds more substantial then ... Sat, 17 Nov 2012 11:09:29 EST Thursday Motivational Thoughts...(Pic) <BR> <BR> <BR> Check, Check and Check! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> True Story! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 10:53:54 EST Week 15: No scale change this week Good morning sparkles! This week has been an eventful one for me regardless of no change on the scale. I am not surprised really. Sunday I had a planned binge with a ginormous turkey dinner. Worth it! The rest of the week was tracked but not the best choices so this week I will focus more on that and less sodium. <BR> <BR> I did stick to my 10k training plan and got up early to boot! <BR> <BR> Onwards we go sparkles! Lets make this a great new week! <BR> <BR> Xoxox Sat, 10 Nov 2012 08:57:19 EST My New GPS Watch Review: Garmin Forerunner 10 Recently I have had the awesome fortune of being rewarded for all my hard efforts with running and sparking with a gift certificate to purchase whatever running watch/monitor that I would like. So that being said I still had a budget since it wasn't in the amount of infinite <BR> <BR> Here it is my Pink Garmin Forerunner 10! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> At first I was overwhelmed. These items are not the cheapest t... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 15:01:04 EST Wow you lost weight! Is it magic? A pill?...Nope :o) (pic) <BR> Just had to share :o) <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 5 Nov 2012 17:52:58 EST Week 14 : Woot! 2lbs more gone this week! This week has been a great one for me, changing some habits has pushed me past my plateau and on-wards to victory! <BR> <BR> I am so please to report a 2lb loss this week bringing my total to: <BR> <BR> 19lbs gone in 14 weeks! <BR> <BR> No magic pills, no fad diet just hard work and cleaner eating. I am so amazed still that a plan so simple has given me the attainable results that I have witnessed so far. I eat whatever I want and I naturally have leaned towards the healthier options on my... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 09:19:13 EST Rise and Shine! My Week of getting up early to run! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So lately I have been struggling a bit with fitting everything into my super hectic week. So I had decided to give getting up earlier a try. Why not, I thought? I already run in the dark anyway so that's not any different but I definitely have never been a morning person....ever. <BR> <BR> So the first morning I wake up 3 hours before the alarm, then 2 then one hour before and then finally 15 min before. My brai... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 15:58:47 EST Looking for a Running/Walking group? Join mine ! I couldn't find what I was looking for so I made my own spark team! Maybe you will like to join me in a motivating and positive way! Sole Sparkers is up and running just in time for November! <BR> <BR> <BR> Welcome to the Team Sparkles! This is for all levels from novice to advanced. Walkers and runners unite! There will be goals set and Spark goodies up for grabs :) Let's start Kickin' Asphalt! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img s... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 14:07:12 EST Mmmm...Brains......The Zombiefication of VintagePage (pics) Guess I better keep on running unless I want to end up like this in the <BR> <BR> Enjoy and Happy Halloween! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 08:49:14 EST Week 13: Reporting a 1lb loss this week! Well my change in plan for the week was rewarded with a 1lb loss and this was a tough week! It's a good thing I didn't give into those binge demons or I would have been the same or up for sure! Thanks again for the support with that sparkles! <BR> <BR> Total lbs lost to date : 17lbs in 13 weeks! Not to shabby! <BR> <BR> This weeks plan of attack is going to be a little different as I am going to cut out some carbs and add another day of cardio aka:run. I am also going to try a get up early... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 09:29:10 EST Fight the good fight and Do what you love! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> So yesterday was a close call for me. It is amazing how stress and changing things can make the emotional eater in me emerge like a angry beast that is hard to control. <BR> <BR> Hard, but not impossible. <BR> <BR> Enter my amazing sparkles that I cherish and love so much. You guys really did make all the difference yesterday in my life. I called for help and I received it, in abundance. I wa... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 13:03:19 EST Wednesday Motivation (pic) To keep me on Track and moving forward! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 14:24:47 EST Random Entry for Halloween! My zombie makeup - test 1! Almost Halloween! What else would I want to be?! The thing I fear most and run from every time I am out of course ;) it's only a flesh wound! <BR> <BR> Practice makes perfect, my first attempt is a success! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 21 Oct 2012 21:27:27 EST Week 12: Not a budge Week 12 and I'm not sure what to think. I have been on track and going strong and no change. So far this month I am only down 1lb. I have to be perfectly honest, with all my hard work it is slightly disheartening. <BR> <BR> I am feeling slimmer and I guess I should have been measuring inches as well so I could see the changes more. DH says I am looking thinner and trimmer so that makes me feel like it is still on the go. Nothing much else to report. <BR> <BR> This week I will try harder an... Sat, 20 Oct 2012 09:48:24 EST Motivational Keep calm for Thursday! (Pic) <BR> Made this little pic just for all of us! Yay! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 14:31:27 EST Green tea! Good for what Ails you! (pic) <img src=""> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 13:03:37 EST Week 11: Not a change, Not a shock.. Week 11 brings about no change in the scales. Which to me is not a shock. A couple of weekends now I have not been exactly on plan. With me going away to the work conference in week 10 and then last week I went to the fair and had our Thanksgiving I am sure that I may have indulged a bit more then I should have. <BR> <BR> The fact that I did not gain anything makes me happy. This is a new week with new goals and I am going to try my best not to have any extras :) No worries :) <BR> <BR> Kee... Sun, 14 Oct 2012 08:27:21 EST Motivational Pics for Thursday! Words to live by...Keep on Sparkling! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 12:29:21 EST