WARMSUNSHINE56's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WARMSUNSHINE56 WARMSUNSHINE56's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Back track to back on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805054 I had a cold for what seemed like the past three months, but was actually about 3 weeks. I just noticed that my last spark status read "can't shake this cold" 21 days ago. I think today is the first day I've felt back to myself since September. I was on all kinds of meds and the steroids combined with my lowered will power (being sick) did not do anything to help me make progress with my goals. <BR> <BR> I go to the Dr this week and I think it will be the first time since July that I won't ... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 13:22:10 EST This Week's Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643500 Last week I didn't take the time to write out my goals, and I didn't lose any weight. I wasn't as focused and I struggled. I'm starting this week right, with the hope that I will refocus on my health and well being. <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> No Soda M-F <BR> Work out 3 times <BR> Walk the dog 6 times <BR> Eat on purpose, no extra "handful" snacking <BR> Drink more water <BR> Get out of the 250's! <BR> <BR> I guess my other goal for the week is to get pregnant; I should be ovulating this week at... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 10:39:03 EST This Week's Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631928 No soda M-F <BR> Eat veggies <BR> Drink a water bottle at school everyday <BR> Bike 36 miles (11.5, 12, 12.5) <BR> <BR> Halfway to our first hotel night this week <BR> <BR> New reward plan: out of 250's = candlelight yoga DVD <BR> <BR> Found out today it will be at least another month before we get to be pregnant. I'm worried about this month. Our baby we lost would have been due this month. It seems like half my Facebook friends are also due in March... <BR> <BR> All I can do now is try... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 20:35:18 EST This Week's Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5625626 1) No soda M-F <BR> 2) Stay in range <BR> 3) Work out 3 times, walk the dog 3 times <BR> 4) Eat veggies <BR> <BR> Rewards: <BR> <BR> Every two weeks of exercise goal = one hotel night on road trip this June <BR> <BR> 10 days in calorie range = candle light yoga DVD <BR> <BR> I'm ready to renew my goals and get myself healthy. My doctor emphasized this week that a healthy lifestyle could help us get pregnant. I can't stand the idea that my habits might be holding us back, so we are working... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 14:57:54 EST Hopes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576894 It seems appropriate to look ahead to this new year with hope. I could never have guessed all that 2013 would bring, but God saw us through all of it, the good and the heartbreaking. <BR> <BR> I hope: <BR> <BR> 1) For a second chance at pregnancy. It's hard to have a goal that you have so little control over. It takes faith and more patience than I trust myself to have, but I hope for it anyway. <BR> <BR> 2) For a healthier body. The stresses of this fall - miscarriage, terrible work stres... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 16:11:51 EST Getting There http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5554436 I've been tracking my food and exercise for a week now. I haven't been worried about ranges, just about honesty and getting back into the habit of entering. I've discovered just how much I eat without even realizing I'm over eating. <BR> <BR> This week needs to be about ranges. I need to make that real effort to stay down and not give in to cravings and using food for more than nourishment. <BR> <BR> I have goals. <BR> <BR> 230's in December <BR> <BR> 190's by June <BR> <BR> I get the... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 18:53:25 EST Finding the Words http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5549019 I'm dealing again with the pain of another month passing without a child growing inside me. I had hoped deeply that this would be the month we would get our second chance, but it would seem that is not the case. <BR> <BR> I cried all through church this morning, but only partially from grief. Today we heard the Song of Zechariah. Our pastor reminded us that Zechariah had lost his words from the day the angel told him he would have a son until the day his son John was born, and on that day, ... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 10:54:55 EST Recovery is a Never Ending Process http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542903 In case you come to read this, please understand, I need a place to let loose my thoughts in a way that I would not normally. I'm processing as I write. If I come off as selfish, frightened, angry, jealous, or any other undesirable trait, it's because like every other flawed person, I feel those things sometimes. <BR> <BR> We tried to get pregnant for 8 cycles without luck. It was to the point that I was angry when my period was late in June because it might interrupt my vacation. I was so u... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 19:12:17 EST My First Negative http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5136313 I took my first pregnancy test this week. I can't believe how disappointed I am that its negative. No matter how many times I told myself it was unlikely I would get pregnant in our first month of trying, I still feel down about it. <BR> <BR> When I told my husband, I started crying. I didn't even know how down I was about it until I had to tell him and it all just came out. He was great about it and made me laugh. It doesn't seem fair of nature to have us find out that kind of news right w... Thu, 15 Nov 2012 12:00:44 EST Ready to Go for It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5110458 Yay!!!! I went to the doctor today and am officially cleared to try to get pregnant! My doctor was pleased with my weight loss and the lifestyle I am living. My husband and I are sooooo excited! Rather than starting my next pack of pills tomorrow we can start something totally new! <BR> <BR> I am trying not to hope too hard that we'll get pregnant right away. I know that I might have to be patient and that lots of different things could happen, but I can't help being excited for this next s... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 21:17:34 EST Getting there! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5097505 I feel so proud of myself. I have been able lately to fight through stress cravings or atleast track the extra food I consume mindlessly when I do cave. I have been eating within my range 6 days a week for 2 months now! <BR> <BR> Once a week I still take a non-track day and allow myself indulgences. I challenge myself on these days to listen to my body. I find I have come to hate the over-full feeling I used to almost need in order to relieve my stress. While I do eat higher calorie foods, ... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 11:35:43 EST Working toward success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5036429 This summer was successful in many ways. I got myself back into tracking my food, focused on eating for nutrition, and exercising for results. <BR> <BR> For the first time in several years, going back to school hasn't thrown me off my plan. I missed one workout in the process - just one! I have been tracking the whole first week of school and staying in my range. I am .4 lbs away from hitting 10 lbs lost. My goal before Dr's app. in November is losing 24 lbs. Getting closer and feeling sooo... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 18:17:23 EST Awakened http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4893552 There's nothing so rude as the realization that the outfit you felt fabulous in turning up on facebook making you look like a bloated moose. I've known for a long time that my body isn't what I want it to be. I've struggled since high school and younger with the knowledge that I was the largest of my friends. <BR> <BR> Somehow that picture today brought me back here. Spark helped me lose 20 pounds before my wedding. I've used it in the four years since, but never with the same devotion. I'v... Tue, 22 May 2012 20:16:45 EST One Sad Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4489282 My focus was hardly on my weight loss this week. On Sunday I found out one of my first grade students had been killed in an accident. He was only six and had the brightest smile. <BR> <BR> Needless to say my week was full of ups and downs. I've never felt so completely emotionally drained after a day of teaching. Getting home last night was such a relief. I was so proud of my school and students. They showed so much love and kindness to eachother, me, and the family. Teaching in a Christian ... Sat, 17 Sep 2011 07:45:54 EST Back to where I was... success? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4477696 Hurray! Today I finally weighed in at what my ticker reads...... yay? <BR> <BR> I have struggled this year with mini-yoyos. I lose some, I gain a little and so on. Atleast my trend has been downward ... but its a slow trend! I am pleased that I'm starting to feel back in the swing of the school year and have been tracking more than not. I've been successfully exercising 6 days a week and running three of those days to prep for my 5K in October. <BR> <BR> Running has been starting to feel c... Sat, 10 Sep 2011 19:37:58 EST Hot Days and Other Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4464033 I finished my first full week of school .... yay! The kids are back and pumped for music class with my new wonderful instruments (so awesome!!!!) We had a couple really hot days which were challenging but we made it through just fine, sweaty, but fine. <BR> <BR> My husband and I got back to running this week. My first 5K is scheduled for October 3rd!! I had a rough time running this week. My first run was just a mile and I finished in just under 12 minutes which was my fastest ever - so exci... Sat, 3 Sep 2011 11:18:48 EST Summer results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4452009 I had a lot of plans and goals for this summer. I wanted to lose 25lbs and run a 5k and return to school and wow all my teacher friends with my success. <BR> <BR> I didn't make it - not any of it. I didn't lose any significant weight - about 2 lbs. I didn't run my 5k. When I returned to school no one noticed a thing. <BR> <BR> And yet ... I feel pretty good about my summer. I completed the rookie running program! I chose to postpone my 5K from this weekend to Oct. 1st because this first w... Sat, 27 Aug 2011 22:50:03 EST Hey! It's a new month! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4399274 I just realized that today is August 1st! What a great day to get back into tracking my food and exercise - and how cool that I decided to track before I realized it was August 1st! <BR> <BR> I did well so far this summer. I have completed the Rookie Running 5K spark program and am running 3 days a week to get ready for my first ever race Sept. 3rd. I have been doing acceptably with my food and not gaining weight and occasionally losing a pound or two. <BR> <BR> Over all I have lost about ... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 09:47:14 EST I could have been sleeping :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4209117 So I am a teacher - which means I have terrible difficulty convincing myself to take a day off. Through a large amount of procrastination and not quite finding the right time between rehearsals and projects and otherwise enjoying my students, I wound up with 2 left over personal days and 1 week to take them! SO, today on a Wednesday, for no particular reason, I'm home. Yes, like a teaching freak, I'll be going in later to practice with my strings groups, but right now, I'm just home enjoying ... Wed, 4 May 2011 08:24:08 EST Mini Challenge Blog - BLC2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4207943 <BR> <BR> The mini challenge this week was to find a success story that motivated me. I chose the above sparkpage - what a success! I am so impressed when I see successes like this one and so motivated. <BR> <BR> I have been on my weight loss journey several times and I know its a lifelong process. I think what impressed me most was that her weightloss took 2 years to achieve. I am good with that scenario for my own life. I've come to believe that it doesn't matter how long it takes - as l... Tue, 3 May 2011 17:23:06 EST Breaking 200 BL Challenge - Motivational Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4170203 <BR> <BR> I find this blog to be a HUGE challenge ...... it's so hard to define what drives me to succeed. So I will start with what has kept me going: <BR> <BR> It certainly hasn't been consistent results! I think what has really motivated me to continue is the way my body feels when I take care of it. When I drink water, don't overeat, and get my exercise I feel slender and smooth. I feel more confident in my clothes and in my skin - even when there are no measurable physical changes. <... Sat, 16 Apr 2011 16:10:59 EST What's next? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4113408 I'm looking for some new motivation. I'm stuck in the same weight range wondering if I'll ever be able to really lose this weight. I'm approaching my second milestone goal for the year (my birthday) and had hoped to be so much further than I really have gotten myself. <BR> <BR> I keep seeing mild success as I adapt my lifestyle and add goals, but then my weight just seems to stall and/or go back up to 235. I feel like I am always struggling and fighting and consistently losing the battle wi... Wed, 23 Mar 2011 18:23:50 EST 5 Hour Challenge - Week 2! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4014183 Last week I challenged myself to 5 hours of exercise for the week. <BR> <BR> As of midnight Saturday I had hit 4 hours and 45 minutes! I consider the week a success and I am looking forward to hitting 5 hours or more this week. <BR> <BR> I gained .6 lbs this week, but since it is my time of the month, I'm not really concerned about it. I am hoping for a downward movement next week! <em>303</em> <em>55</em> <em>303</em> <BR> <BR> I also did my measurements for the first time since the ... Sun, 13 Feb 2011 13:23:14 EST Five Hour Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3999086 My body and I are in a stalemate. I have not lost weight in several weeks and I am ready to make this work. When I went to my doctor last fall I asked her about weight loss and even though she made me feel like she didn't think I could do it, she said resent research suggested to lose weight, I would need to work out for an hour a day, 5 days a week. <BR> <BR> So I'm ready to try it - a five hour goal. I got started tonight with a killer hour long dance workout. I feel so good! It's my hope... Mon, 7 Feb 2011 19:58:07 EST This Isn't Easy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3950464 Making a real lifestyle change isn't easy. Making old choices is. Really focusing on what is going in my mouth is not easy. Having whatever I want is. Working out extra in order to reach my goals isn't easy. Lounging is. <BR> <BR> But you know what is awesome? Making it through the extra workout and feeling accomplished. Not being able to pour water in a bottle without making a mess because my arms are so fatigued. Waking up in the morning and feeling just a little bit sore and strong instea... Sat, 22 Jan 2011 15:16:49 EST Week 2 - 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3928759 In week 1 of this year I lost 5 pounds! yay! <BR> <BR> This week I lost exactly 0 pounds, but in the grand scheme I am still 1lb ahead if I am meaning to lose 2lbs a week. I'm staying positive. I've decided that beating myself up over holding strong after a solid month of gaining (december) would be foolish. <BR> <BR> This week I worked out 6 times including strength training. <em>216</em> <BR> <BR> I did have some serious trouble controlling my eating. I went over my calories by 200-3... Sat, 15 Jan 2011 21:51:08 EST Challenge Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3906836 When I set my weight goals this time, I set what I really want to achieve. This time I made myself see what I really can do. I have failed and failed so many times before. I lost 40lbs in high school, I gained 60 in college. I lost 20 for my wedding and gained 40 being married. I lost 20lbs last year and gained it back again in December alone. <BR> <BR> I weighed in to start my BL Challenge at 240lbs (again) <BR> <BR> My Goal is to weigh 125lbs which I have never done (even in my teens.) ... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 14:56:58 EST October is here and so am I ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3685234 I have been terribly inconsistent the past year. <BR> <BR> Here is my new plan: <BR> <BR> 1 month - October <BR> <BR> I pledge to log in everyday. I commit to eating and tracking within my range 6 days a week. I promise to exercise and meet my calorie burn every week. I will drink 8 glasses of water a day. I will record my weight every Saturday morning. <BR> <BR> I will repost on Halloween and update. <BR> <BR> If I do the above - I will buy myself a new outfit. <BR> <BR> I know that ... Fri, 1 Oct 2010 16:16:18 EST 101 Reasons - BL Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3680466 240-139. That's what I hope to accomplish on my journey. I don't know by when, but I know I won't quit until I get there. Here is a reason for every pound I have lost and one for every pound I have yet to lose. <BR> <BR> 1) A long full life <BR> 2) To be comfortable in my skin <BR> 3) Jeans and a fitted top <BR> 4) Dresses without the rub <BR> 5) Confidence <BR> 6) Self-Respect <BR> 7) Strength <BR> 8) Poise <BR> 9) My husband to pick me up <BR> 10) Sitting in his lap <BR> 11) Being able to... Wed, 29 Sep 2010 19:44:14 EST When the cat's away... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3656435 the mouse will eat? <BR> <BR> My husband has been gone a lot lately in the evenings with his new job. It's not a huge deal relationshipwise, but I'm finding it is completely derailing my eating habits. On a normal night I eat a snack 100-200 cals when I get home and fix dinner later when he gets home. We both help eachother stay on track with evening eating and things go fine. We maybe have a small dessert but nothing off track. <BR> <BR> Now that I'm dining alone 2-3 times a week I am fin... Mon, 20 Sep 2010 21:57:40 EST BLC Before Picture http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3631481 Here's the picture of the outfit I want to wear at the end of October after the BLC challenge. <BR> <BR> The skirt is maroon corduroy and I love this top -It's just too tight to button comfortably. The skirt buttons and zips fine but is too tight to be presentable. I think I can do in the next few weeks. The shirt is a large and the skirt is a 16. This would mean finally leaving behind the XL's and 18's! Can't wait to post afters - bring on the exercise and healthy choices! <BR> <img src="h... Sun, 12 Sep 2010 20:14:14 EST Reward for Completion of BLC http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3625142 Wow, the end of the BLC challenge seems really far away..... what do I want???? <BR> <BR> If I complete the biggest loser challenge all the way to the end (even if I don't lose all my weight) <BR> <BR> I will get: <BR> <BR> A belly dance hip scarf and bra! - with lots of coins to shake as I shake! <BR> <BR> Fri, 10 Sep 2010 12:15:49 EST BLC Song Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3624749 I made this video as part of the 20 Somethings with 100 pounds to lose Biggest Loser Challenge - GO Sexy Shrinkers! I promise I really am a music teacher - I just also happen to have bronchitis. I think this song is great for me because I've been on an 8 month plateau but have yet to give up! I'm hoping this challenge will help me break through this terrible barrier. I have been between 222 and 218 over and over again, always hitting 218 and then a road block like illness, injury, or Christma... Fri, 10 Sep 2010 10:13:44 EST BLC Pledge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3586537 I Pledge that during the BLC I will... <BR> <BR> ...be good to my body and fill it with healthy foods and enough water to drown a fish. <BR> <BR> ...treat myself and my teammates with kindness and RESPECT. <BR> <BR> ...weigh in every week, no matter if I lost, gained, or stayed the same. <BR> <BR> ...follow ALL of the rules of the contest, and ask my group leader if I have any questions. <BR> <BR> ...ask for help and support when I need it, and give others help and support when they... Sun, 29 Aug 2010 19:50:50 EST Bad Day gone GOOD! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3500036 Who knew going to the grocery store could turn a lackluster day into one full of goodness?? <BR> <BR> I had to get up early to teach at a camp this morning - ick #1 <BR> I had to drive 2 hrs today round trip - ick #2 <BR> I had to repair my dog's bed that she ate - ick #3 <BR> I've been moving for a whole month now - super ick #4 <BR> <BR> Then I went to the grocery store - bought all kinds of wonderful veggies for dinner and some turkey sausages. <BR> <BR> I left my turkey sausages in the... Tue, 3 Aug 2010 18:44:18 EST Someday is today ... or never http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3452546 I had a revelation today - if I ever want to get to that fit, healthy person I know I can be, I have to start living it right now! <BR> <BR> Maybe for others this is obvious - but for me I think it had to settle in. I feel so far away from healthy with 80lbs to lose and wearing size 18s. I spend so much time imagining what it will be like when I get there - to that mystical skinny person I dream of becoming. I worry people will see me as a fat person striving for unattainable goals - I worry... Tue, 20 Jul 2010 21:38:03 EST Water goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3330445 This week my new goal is to drink water! I am going to track my intake to make sure. I will have only one diet pop with dinner and one snack soda otherwise during the day, with the plan to cut it down from there in the coming weeks. I don't want to lose my caffeine all at once - might get a little ugly! <BR> <BR> I am hoping this will help lead to a successful week in terms of health and results - so far trackable results have been hard to come by. <BR> <BR> I will continue to follow my w... Sun, 13 Jun 2010 18:50:44 EST Growl. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3323513 Two weeks into my summer workout/eating plan and I have gained 3 pounds. <BR> <BR> I'm so angry! I feel like crying because I feel so good about all I've done, but so ticked that I have not lost an inch anywhere and have gained weight. I just want to growl. My body feels strong, my endurance is becoming incredible, and my overall confidence is awesome, but I still feel like poop. <BR> <BR> I feel like healthy people can't weight 220lbs. I feel like I should get to look like I workout twic... Fri, 11 Jun 2010 08:54:47 EST Summer plan - day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3298024 Dear Self, <BR> <BR> You can do this! <BR> <BR> Love, Me <BR> <BR> <BR> I am now 3 days into my summer plan and LOVING the way I feel! My body feels strong and aware - I can feel my muscles working (since they're all a little sore). My calorie intake has been about 100 high the past two days. With the extra working out, I feel hungry all the time. I've been reminding myself to try to fill up on water before eating, but am still fighting my snacking impulses several times a day. When I ge... Thu, 3 Jun 2010 20:03:20 EST Day 1 of summer! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3290461 Dear Self, <BR> <BR> You can do this! <BR> <BR> From, Me <BR> <BR> <BR> I have officially started my summer fitness program. The first days are always so exciting and fun. I am a little sore, but overall, very satisfied with my work today. I did my strength training this morning and went for my walk with the hubby and pup this evening. An oversized breakfast sent me over my calories, but I ate very healthily for the remainder of the day. I had so many fruits and veggies today! My body fee... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 21:15:45 EST New Scale Woes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2973112 Momentum is hard to find lately. As in this year. I can't believe I've gone 2 months with almost no results. It gets so frustrating. Even more frustrating was my very broken scale. It was becoming impossible to see any results and believe them with my scale swinging 5lbs in a matter of minutes. <BR> <BR> My wonderful husband bought me a new progress tracking scale as an early birthday present this weekend. It is so much better!!! It doesn't even swing a tenth of a pound. It's such a relief.... Mon, 8 Mar 2010 12:01:35 EST Yikes! Says the full view mirror! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2909213 I had planned to buy new pants as a reward for hitting 209. Well, necessity and falling off track has caused that to need to be done early. I resigned myself to go buy some in my current size. Let me just say that the multi-view mirrors in dressing rooms are both useful and unforgiving! I did not find any pants I wanted because I could not find any that hid my butt. And I mean the little dimples that my non-new pants seem to hide just fine. Funny how a year of wear and stretch can make pants... Sun, 21 Feb 2010 14:16:22 EST Still recovering from Christmas.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2846344 When I gained over Christmas I had no idea it would set me back this far. I was down to 214 before break, and here I sit in February stuck once again at 218. I spent weeks just before the holidays powering but not succeeding to break 218, until I FINALLY did. Now I am stuck again. <BR> <BR> Does anyone think our bodies might have some natural sticking points? I just seems odd that I would be stuck at this exact same plateau. I'm trying hard not to get discouraged. I'm loving the tone I'm ga... Fri, 5 Feb 2010 20:07:35 EST YAY BALL! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2758035 I purchased my $9 stability ball with Christmas money from my aunt. I had intended to use it with the Spark Bootcamp. While the specific bootcamp didn't work for me - I have fallen in love with my ball! I have set a goal to do something active every day and my ball is a big part of it. I bought a book today with 101 ball exercises and tried about 20 when I got home. I got such a workout. I feel toned and strong - so great! <BR> <BR> I love that it forces technique and I feel so much less s... Sun, 17 Jan 2010 16:10:25 EST Sharing my Journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2679743 I woke up late last night (early this morning) and was worried. I was worried about heading back to teaching in 2 days and worried about the effect this break has had on my weight loss. <BR> <BR> I work with some wonderful people - people who really care about the others they work with. So, naturally these people noticed when I lost 25 pounds from July-December. They were calling me their biggest loser and asking what I was doing - even inviting me to Zumba and other things. It felt really ... Sat, 2 Jan 2010 09:55:23 EST New Year, New Chances http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2673242 OK - I'll be honest - I overindulged this Christmas break. Not just a little. I did ok leading up to travel, but I did not stick to any plan once out of my home. The damage - 7.5 lbs up. I've given myself until Sunday for an official weigh in on my tracker - hoping some hard workouts and better eating can bring me back down a little. <BR> <BR> This January I will be participating in the Official Spark Your Body Bootcamp. I plan to do those videos in the morning when able and supplement with ... Thu, 31 Dec 2009 19:04:38 EST 25 lbs, 25% http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2578815 When I started out in July, I really think I was just giving it a try. I just wanted to make an effort, because I knew I was heavier than ever, and I was so very uncomfortable. <BR> <BR> I have now lost 25lbs. 25! Last year when I was trying to get in shape for my wedding I managed to lose 20 in 10 months. I've now lost 25 in 4 months. I know that doesn't seem lightning fast or record breaking, but I am so happy with it! I really feel amazed with myself. In all the times I've attempted weig... Sat, 21 Nov 2009 12:52:25 EST The Unbuttonable shall be buttoned! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2573698 If you've read any of my blogs lately, you know I've been struggling with a plateau. And it sucks. bigtime. <BR> <BR> UNTIL TODAY! Today I have hit the elusive 217! I did a dance in front of my bathroom mirror and told that scale who was boss! hah! <BR> <BR> And, while trying to make an outfit in which I could wear a cover-up sweater to hide behind, I tried on one of the shirts I had out grown last year - and it buttoned! I feel like throwing a party! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople... Thu, 19 Nov 2009 09:00:08 EST Jump Rope Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2563377 It has been 3 weeks since I lost weight. I got my motivation back last week, but my work just didn't show up in numbers this weekend when I weighed in. I decided last weekend I needed to do something more to beef up my progress, but not too much in order to avoid burn out (which I am VERY prone to). <BR> <BR> I bought a clearance jump rope a few weeks ago at WalMart thinking it couldn't hurt to have one with winter approaching and days shortening, but I never really tried it.... <BR> <BR> U... Sun, 15 Nov 2009 15:55:31 EST Renewed goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2524856 My motivation has stunk for atleast two weeks. Even when the scale moved down, I didn't really care. I didn't care if I went for my walk or ate right. Amazingly, I did continue walking and eating well - thanks to my husband sharing this journey with me. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, the scale went up this week and I had to stop and think, "Do I just want to stop and fail again, or am I really in this for life?" <BR> <BR> The answer - I'm sticking with it. I'm back on track as of today. I've dis... Sun, 1 Nov 2009 15:02:08 EST