WEN@TBAY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WEN%40TBAY WEN@TBAY'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/ Happy New Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578060 Not sure why I'm so happy today! I have nearly gained back all of the weight I lost for the cruise! :( HCG is powerful, but when you go off, the weight can pile right back on and twice as fast. <BR> I miss the appetite depressant effect but I can't live on HCG. I need to find a way to exist and have a healthy lifestyle without temporary fixes. <BR> <BR> My sister and bil lost a significant amount of weight on their own version of Atkins so I am finally trying to do the same. I didn... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 14:32:20 EST Making Progress... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5388473 I realized I was going nowhere fast so I reordered HCG at the end of January. I've lost 43 lbs in 4-5 months. It's been challenging but worth it. I am taking my 1st break from it so that I can stablize and go on my work cruise / convention and eat a bit more liberally. So far so good. I started a moderate Atkins Sunday. The 1st 3-4 days were hard b/c I wasn't used to having an appetite. HCG has a fairly strong appetite depressant effect. But I am adjusting. Need to start exercising... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 22:23:04 EST Fighting even harder! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5172085 Boy this weight is coming off slower than I thought it would. In spite of all the challenges and temptations, I have never followed Atk so closely and still, I have days and days where there is hardly any movement on the scale. I finally took my measurements but unfortunately w/o astarting #'s I won't see a change for a while. :0( <BR> <BR> Still, 10-14 lbs in a month is not bad and I do feel a LOT better. Its tough weighing every day and seeing all the tiny fluctuations but I had a bad ... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 13:43:53 EST Fighting hard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5168281 Well this is a pretty tough season to begin a serious low carb effort--but I couldn't face another pigout and another gain or buy any more large stretchy clothes! <BR> So I am about 2.5 weeks in and have dropped about 14lbs. I'm a little iffy on my start weight b/c I kind of backed into the low carbing and hadn't been on the scale in a while. ( I need to change my weight/tracker b/c I forgot to enter my start weight instead of my current weight. ) <BR> The hardest part has been being 100 % s... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 17:18:03 EST Hope Springs Eternal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5159321 I have been lamenting lately, and I guess it is the same for all addicts: <BR> <BR> "Why cant I just eat 'X" like a normal person?" <BR> <BR> I am sure any addict can fill in the blank with their own personal struggle... <BR> <BR> Why can't I drink wine, beer or liquor...? <BR> Why can't I go to the casino...? <BR> Why can't I go shopping...? <BR> <BR> Maybe we don't get to know why this side of heaven. All I know is that I don't eat "X" like a normal person. (Bread, sugar, simple carb... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 13:06:28 EST Well I lasted 5 weeks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4665090 I tried! I made ground flax tortillas every day for 5 weeks. And I lost 3 lbs the 1st week. Then plateaued for 2 weeks. Then gained 1.5 lbs. Then another 1.5 lbs! I even started taking Kelp b/c I was told it had to be my thyroid. But nada. ZIP! No weight loss! I did feel less achy but could not stick to such a drastic change without seeing very real success on the scale. I am sure the whole fats and nuts and cheese were the culprits --but Dr. Wheatbelly assured me I could enjoy the... Sat, 7 Jan 2012 22:20:35 EST Day 14 Wheat Free! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4524327 Well, here I am, ever the guinea pig! I guess I have known for a long time that I had an issue with wheat. But I just couldn't bear the thought of giving it up! It was part of every meal for pete's sake! I gleefully celebrated every time I heard the FDA recommend 6-8 servings of whole grains!!! But after decades of searching, I have to admit that the only real success (and heath & peace of mind) I ever achieved were done on plans that severely restricted or eliminated grains. I knew I... Fri, 7 Oct 2011 14:26:47 EST Mind blowing! This really works! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4353191 Wow. SO much has happened since my last blog! Many of you who know me know that the past few years have been very challenging. And the past two years have been incredibly tough...really took me to the breaking point several times. But a few weeks before my birthday I was praying about all that I had been doing and reading...all of the EFT tapping,.,,the secret...affirmations...etc. And although they had provided some stress reduction and some definite help with releasing emotions, I fe... Sun, 10 Jul 2011 14:20:22 EST Hapy BDay To Me : ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4098169 So the big day has finally arrived! The big 5-0! Incredible! I still feel around 30 inside so I guess that's way better than if it were the other way around!! <BR> <BR> (Everyone I tell seems so shocked but I tell them it's because I'm so immature!! : ) Then again, maybe they're just being polite!! ; ) <BR> <BR> I'll tell ya one thing...If I had known I was going to live this long I would have taken way better care of myself! But I Guess it's never too late! <BR> <BR> Since DH is wo... Thu, 17 Mar 2011 10:22:19 EST Getting in touch.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4022033 I've been doing a lot of work lately on just getting in touch with myself. WIth my body and with my mind and with my emotions. Allowing myself to feel without judgement. Taking time for myself. Allowing myself to dream for the future while still being thankful for the many blessings in my present. Creating a place of thankfullness and acceptance for myself--past and present. Doing some exercises that include appreciating and thanking my body and apologizing for treating it so harshly an... Wed, 16 Feb 2011 10:06:23 EST For My Father http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4000614 Since today is the anniversary of my father's death I am thinking a lot of him today. And I have a lot of regrets about things I did and things I failed to do. This is for him... <BR> <BR> Dear Dad, <BR> <BR> I'm sorry I did not show you the respect you deserved, no matter how much we disagreed. And, yes, you were right about a lot of things. <BR> <BR> I wish I had sought to understand you better, rather than insist you understand me better. I now know that you were doing the bes... Tue, 8 Feb 2011 10:31:26 EST Tough couple of weeks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3999664 Well 2011 has been full of some not so nice surprises so far ( and I had been so looking forward to the new year!) <BR> First my husband gets laid off ( I was laid off in October) with no reason given ( Florida is a "right to work" state so they don't have to have a reason!! <BR> And then I threw my back out two weeks ago and have been having the worst sciatica pain ever! I even went to my medical dr for some serious pain meds! Thank Goodness for Vicadin, muscle relaxants and sleeping ... Mon, 7 Feb 2011 23:08:00 EST Happy New Year!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3892684 Wishing all my fellow Sparkers a beautiful and a blessed and a Happy New Year!!! <BR> <BR> I started a new journal in October and it's really helped me to get and stay focused. For once I looked back over the past year and was able to recall and reflect on the journey. 2010 was a tough year in many respects. But it was also the year when I finally got serious about losing weight and dropped an additional 50 lbs (for a total of 75 from my highest weight.) And that feels really good, espec... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 12:40:49 EST Hey! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3836650 Hi All, <BR> <BR> So sorry I've been MIA. At first I was just too exhausted and drained to get on the computer at night. Then I started having computer trouble--pretty sure it was some kind of virus. At this point I can only check my email on webmail which I despise doing. Everything's in typewriter typface and all of the images are blocked. Huge hassle and no fun at all! <BR> <BR> I lost my craptastic job on 10/28 which sent me into quite the self-pity tizzy. I worked so hard for so... Fri, 10 Dec 2010 15:59:28 EST Hangin In There! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3606176 Hi All, <BR> <BR> Sorry I've been so out of touch but this new job is literally sucking the life out of me! I have recently realized that I am just not very good at it at all which makes me rather sad. It is very detailed and precise work with lots of rules and procedures and I am more of a "big picture" kind of a gal! I am not used to feeling overwhelmed and underappreciated all the time and it is not a good feeling! <BR> <BR> I kept thinking if I worked longer and harder I would ... Sat, 4 Sep 2010 10:42:43 EST Wow I can still eat like a world champion... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3513413 Holy Cow! My Load Days were obscene!! I gained 8lbs! UGH! But I had a ball! Even though I was felling pretty stuffed ! We went to Olive Garden and The Cheesecake Factory for my big treats. The rest of the time I just ate a lot of stuff I had been missing. Still, I was glad to get back on track. Although I did have a hard time adjusting the first week. Now I am back in the groove and have taken off all of the Load weight plus an extra 3 lbs or so. I am definitely being a bit more re... Sat, 7 Aug 2010 20:16:56 EST I'm Not Crazy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3464904 Hi All! <BR> <BR> Sorry I've been so out of touch lately but I was feeling SO sick! I thought I was developing pleurisy again and it was very frightening! I was having a lot of trouble breathing and had pretty bad chest pain and at one point I thought I might be having a heart attack. After taking baby aspirin for 2 weeks and getting progressively worse, I finally went to the doctor. I thought I must have pneumonia or asthma or CHF or something really horrible. <BR> <BR> My EKG was n... Sat, 24 Jul 2010 13:04:14 EST Loving Phase 3!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3395381 I cannot believe how well Phase 3 has been going!!! I am eating REALLY well and maintaining REALLY well and it is astounding to me! I guess part of me was still afraid that the moment I relaxed the weight would jump back on--I saw others doing well but I still had a hard time accepting the fact that it would work for me. I have always been the exception on most diet plans, you know, the one for whom "results vary"!!! <BR> <BR> The biggest thing I have added is cheese and fats. I have use... Sat, 3 Jul 2010 11:52:20 EST P3 DaY 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3391063 Well I was more than a bit nervous about going on Phase 3 but so far so good!! I dropped a couple of lbs during the transition days but since then I have stayed pretty steady! <BR> <BR> I am enjoying cheese and beef, full fat dressing and mayo in my tuna. Slowly adding things back in and seeing how they affect me. I have done so well so far I finally added some raspberries today. We'll see how that goes! <BR> <BR> I have gotten into some great new outfits that my sister gave me and my D... Thu, 1 Jul 2010 22:10:19 EST Starting Phase 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3373193 Well I have been going back and forth for a while now as to whether I would continue on P2 for another week or more, or go to Phase 3. Part of me wanted to get to a certain number first and due to my very overdue TOM and some add'l stress it backfired a bit and I ended up gaining a couple of lbs instead! So not only wasn't I getting closer to my magic # but I was starting to lose ground and enthusiasm. This is all very recent--it doesn't show on my ticker b/c I was not updating my weigh... Sat, 26 Jun 2010 14:10:15 EST Long Hard Week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3354018 Well this has been one heckova long hard week! To make matters worse I haven't been feeling well at all! I have had a terrible lethargy and a weird tightness in my lungs and chest --very similar to how I felt last year around this time when I got a bad case of bronchitis. I also have a weird pressure in my lungs when I lay down--just like 3 years ago when I got pleurisy--also around the end of June. It is totally freaking me out!! I wanted so much to make DH a nice dinner and take him to... Sun, 20 Jun 2010 22:45:42 EST Happy Happy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3329658 Man alive! I am ECSTATIC over my progress lately! The weight is just FALLING OFF (and in all the right places too!!!) I lost another few lbs and now have blown away my goal of 30 lbs and am solidly at 33 lbs lost in 46 days! INCREDIBLE! Except for some occasional headaches, I feel terriffic! <BR> <BR> I even had regular beef on Friday (was craving it and dug out a frozen burger and nuked it in desperation!) and extra protein yesterday and no negative impact whatsoever, which is encourag... Sun, 13 Jun 2010 12:50:42 EST Yippie! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3325726 Today is VCLD45 I a am down nearly 30 lbs since 4/28 and 54.6 since my heighest weight! I haven't stuck with something and had so much success since I got married 23 years ago! <BR> <BR> I was planning on going onto Phase 3 at 45 days, but there's some visits coming up in July and it would extend my P3 way too long so I decided to extend P2 instead. It has been a bit challenging but I am glad I stuck with it. The hardest times are at work. I made a post it note with my goal on it to ke... Fri, 11 Jun 2010 22:37:24 EST Feelin Groovy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3303451 Well it is VCLD 39 and I have lost nearly 27 lbs! I was really surprised when no one seemed to notice last night at bible study!! I feel that it is VERY noticeable--since I have lost a lot of inches and am wearing 2 sizes smaller clothes. But, I guess they have seen me yo yo quite a bit over the past two years so maybe they are getting accostumed to it. I ate strawberries while everyone was gorging on cake and chips but I was very happy. The only thing that bothers me is when I smell cer... Sat, 5 Jun 2010 14:01:35 EST Woo Hoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3284717 Well I finally reached my goal of losing 25 lbs today!!! Yay!!! I have lost 25.2 lbs in 34 days on the HCG protocol, 29.2 since starting Sparkpeople, and a total of 50.2 lbs since my heighest weight 3 years ago. I am more than 1/3 of the way to my goal. Very exciting stuff! <BR> <BR> I think i will have enuf sublingual drops to get me through the next 10 days or so and then I will have to open a new bottle. The company had originally told me it would last 30 days, but I only take 4 ... Mon, 31 May 2010 11:18:08 EST Feelin Super! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3280524 Well today is the day I have been planning for for weeks! My bil's bday! I didn't reach my original goal of 25lbs, but got VERY close--23.6lbs off in 32 days! Not bad considering I had 2 TOM's and a couple of long stalls! <BR> <BR> Work has been VERY challenging. There is constant temptation and stress as well as times when I have to push my lunch back or can't get my drops in on time. But I try as hard as I can and I do as much as I can to take care of myself my needs. And it's pay... Sat, 29 May 2010 19:20:54 EST Whew! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3258822 Wow. Last night was HARD!!! I knew it was gonna be!! I planned and planned but when it came right down to it...I just didn't have the guts to bring my prepacked cooler into the surprise party last night! I left it in the car! It was at a friend of a friend that I didn't know at all and I was just too embarassed to bring it in! And we had to park like 5 long blocks away! <BR> I thought there'd be some temptations there but was totally unprepared for the giant feast of greek delicacies... Sun, 23 May 2010 08:55:53 EST Woo Hoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3256508 SO excited! I am officially down 20lbs today ( VCLD25) ! Feels FANTASTIC!!! Took my measurements and I am down: <BR> <BR> 4" on my waist <BR> 3" on my hips <BR> 1.25" on my neck <BR> <BR> Need to dig up the old measurements for the rest, but all in all, very encouraging!! <BR> Ten more lbs and I will reach a very significant milestone, that I think will have a huge impact on me mentally. Can't wait. I know I can do it! <BR> <BR> It doesn't show on my ticker, but I have lost 45.8lbs to... Sat, 22 May 2010 10:45:38 EST Doin Fine! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3251532 Well I am down nearly 18 lbs on VCLD23!! Pretty happy camper!! And the inch loss has been significant as well! I ironed a cobalt blue outfit that was skin tight on me in Feb and it nearly fell off me! Like 5 inches too big!! I knew my clothes were getting ridiculously big, but this was still a shocker! Three weeks ago my sister gave me so of her cast offs and I couldn't get them over my butt and today I wore a pair to work! Big Smile!! <BR> <BR> Work is going well although it's been... Thu, 20 May 2010 19:29:17 EST It's a new day...a new job...a new me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3213879 Well I am down 14 lbs in 13 days! And that is with my TOM ! Cannot wait until my TOM is OVA! <BR> <BR> Mother's Day was great. I planned a LOT and had yummy chilli and baked apple as my treat! It was tuff making my dd a spinach omlette with cream and butter, but I will try to work some eggs and spinach into my week and will definitely be scarfing some down during P3. <BR> <BR> I am excited but concerned about starting work tomorrow... I usually sleep pretty late so doing without breakfa... Mon, 10 May 2010 11:06:03 EST Thank You!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3198944 Thank you SO much to all who sent kind thoughts and prayers my way!! Today's interview went AMAZING!! Totally clicked and it was very obvious that they wanted me...but we both had additional interviews to go to...so when i raced home I was VERY happy to see an email asking me back and letting me know they wanted to make me an offer...SO I went back and even tho the offer was a bit lower than what I had hoped for...I pretty much accepted the job....THEN I got a vm from my old boss with anot... Wed, 5 May 2010 20:03:36 EST Need this job!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3194536 Well today is actually day 7 of the VCLD, since most folks don't count the loading days as part of their 1st week. I am down 12 lbs!! Amazing!! <BR> <BR> I only lost .6 lbs over the past two days b/c TOM is hitting any second but I know that folks usually stall or gain at that time, so I am happy for any loss at all! I have had a headache yesterday and today but that could be more due to TOM than anything else. <BR> <BR> My energy levels continue to be unusually high and I am getting qui... Tue, 4 May 2010 17:02:46 EST One Week on Hcg http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3185919 Well I was down another 1.4 lbs today for a total of 11.6 lbs in the first week! : ) And I feel GREAT!!!! <BR> <BR> The only "side effects" I have experienced so far are: <BR> <BR> 1) Slight jittery feeling during load days. Also belching. <em>2</em> <BR> 2) Significant tightness in abdomen / rib cage after eating too much in one sitting during load days (-improved day 2) <BR> 3) Very slight headache VCLD 1 <BR> 4) Some crabbiness during day 1 & 2 but keep in mind TOM was imminent... Sun, 2 May 2010 16:31:02 EST Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3179509 I will start adding my recipes here. (They are not 100% Protocol so try at your own discretion!!) <BR> <BR> Hcg Mock Apple Cobbler <BR> <BR> By the was I just made the most AMAZING Hcg mock apple cobbler ever!!! Just had to share: <BR> <BR> I took a medim size organic apple. Peeled it. Chopped it. Put it in a pyrex dish. Sprinkled it with stevia (I use the Nu Stevia by Nu Naturals --no bitter aftertaste!!) and cinnamon. I sprinkied it with water --maybe 2 Tbsp and stirred it up. I also ad... Fri, 30 Apr 2010 13:50:52 EST Woo Hoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3179023 I was a bit nervous to get on the scale today!! I am so PMS and stayed up too late last night and was so ravenous I had an extra small roma tomato and some cucumber slices w/ salt. I pushed some extra water but have never eaten that late before so I had no idea what effect it might have. I also took a 35 min walk and experimented with some additional mixed veggie recipes as well as added a tiny amt of virgin coconut oil to brown my onions and garlic. <BR> <BR> And I still lost 3 lbs!!... Fri, 30 Apr 2010 11:39:56 EST VCLDP2D2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3177494 Well yesterday was a bit harder than I thought it would be. I usually never eat breakfast but I;ve been getting up earlier and the coffee doesn;t really hold me. So I have been having my melba toast as well. I got very hungry at noon and then it calmed down. Later in the day I felt really empty, even tho I had saved my apple for a 3pm snack. I also need to drink a lot more fluids, but I do feel like i am emptying my bladder every 30 minutes! <BR> <BR> But I have to say that I am feelin... Fri, 30 Apr 2010 00:25:25 EST Load Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3170147 My second load day went a little better, even though I did not want to eat even moreso. This is whast I ate: <BR> <BR> 10am hcg <BR> 1045 1 avocado, mayo, 1 slice of ww bread <BR> 1:30 1 T pnt butter <BR> 3:30 hcg <BR> 4:30 2 scoops ice cream <BR> 6:30 chicken with skin <BR> 7:30 hcg <BR> 10p 5 guys fries & ketchup, 5 choc chip cookies <BR> 11p bread w/ butter <BR> 12 hcg <BR> <BR> I had less issues w/ tummy tightness (I spaced out my food better) and had... Wed, 28 Apr 2010 08:46:55 EST HCG Links http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3166851 OK, here are the best links I've found so far...you will need to copy and paste them into your browser... <BR> <BR> This is the original protocol developed in the 50's by Dr. Simeon called Pounds And Inches: <BR> <BR> <BR> http://www.pounds-and-inches.com/files/c<BR>ompletepacket_0110.pdf <BR> <BR> This is a nice "Tools for Success" Site: <BR> <BR> http://www.hcgonyourown.com/skinny_me_cu<BR>rrent_017.htm <BR> <BR> This is where I bought my premixed sublingual Hcg from: <BR> <BR> http... Tue, 27 Apr 2010 11:46:17 EST Load Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3166555 Yesterday was my first loading day and it was tougher than I thought it would be! The great dream of every compulsive eater is to be told to gorge on rich fatty foods and not exercise!! To have finally been given the green light and have NO DESIRE TO EAT was quite the cosmic prank!!! <BR> <BR> I tried to keep it on the healthier side...here's what I ate: <BR> <BR> 10am 4 drops SL <BR> 10:45 1 slice whole wheat bread w/ 2 T cream cheese <BR> 11:30 2 T Peanut butter on a spoon <BR> 1:... Tue, 27 Apr 2010 10:40:27 EST Guinea Pig! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3161933 Well after a tremendous amount of research I have decided to try the sublingual hcg protocol. <BR> I just took my 1st dose ( of 4 drops / 4x per day) under my tongue and have been holding it there for about 5 minutes. ( They told me 1 minute but I'm an overachiever!) <BR> <BR> Today and tomorrow are loading days. That means I need to get in as much good fat as possible---organic coconut oil, avocado, extra virgin olive oil, cheese, etc. There will be some baddies mixed in as well (hey, ... Mon, 26 Apr 2010 10:18:34 EST Well all right then!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3064366 Finally!! The scale moved!! It took 3 days of a very strict version of the FAT FAST to budge off this plateau but it was worth it! I may even stick it out for another day (tomorrow) before I slowly ease up my calories and carb levels. <BR> <BR> I drank more water yesterday and went for a brisk 45 minute walk and plan on doing that today and tomorrow as well. I did not make my goal for March, but I got real close and I am okay with that. <BR> <BR> I just reset my ticker finally so t... Wed, 31 Mar 2010 09:53:19 EST I Passed!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3057825 Well I finally passed my state lnsurance boards!!! What a beast that was!! I was literally FREAKING OUT!! I could not answer the 1st 5 questions!! (of 100) and started to totally PANIC!!! But I calmed down and just marked the ones I wasn't sure about ( like HALF of them!!) and went back over it. I can't believe I timed out-- I thought 2 hours would be PLENTY of time!! Boy was I SWEATIN it!! I thought i flunked for sure! The questions were SO tricky!!! But I was shocked to get a 91!! ... Mon, 29 Mar 2010 18:27:10 EST Happy Bday to Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3010105 Wow! Hit the big 49 today!!! But I still feel like a kid inside!!! (If I knew I was gonna live this long...I would have taken a lot better care of myself!!!) But it's never too late to start and I am committed to taking really good care of myself from here on out. <BR> <BR> Getting close to nearly half a century old (!) has made me very reflective recently. There is so much left to do and accomplish before I leave this planet. I don't want to waste one more minute being fat and lazy... Wed, 17 Mar 2010 09:17:56 EST Clicking into Place http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3002401 Well I buckled down, got serious and back to basics and lost 4 lbs this week!! Feels purty good!!! <BR> I have been staying away from processed foods as much as possible, with the exception of the occasional Atkins shake or bar, and have slightly reduced my protein intake and upped my fat intake. My meals are more luxurious and decadent and satisfying and my cravings have dropped down to practically zero. I've been having some fun exploring new recipes and twists to "keep it interesting"... Mon, 15 Mar 2010 13:59:48 EST Good Morning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2990699 I woke up to a loud clap of thunder so I jumped out of bed to get some work done on the computer before we lose power! ( We lost power 3x yesterday and it was barely raining!!!) <BR> <BR> I have been doing much better with my eating and it is starting to pay off. Finally lost a lb yesterday and am trying to take off another few before my bday next week. Even though I did not achieve the goal I set for myself, I am still trying to get as close as I can and I still have the rest of the mont... Fri, 12 Mar 2010 09:45:24 EST Starting Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2982159 Well, I feel a lot better after that rant! <BR> <BR> I know what I have to do...I just need to flippin DO IT!! <BR> <BR> Last night I did a lot of cooking so I have plenty of low carb meals on hand. Two of my "experimental recipes" are a bit iffy. One is an Indian concoction with sour cream and onions that tastes a lot better than it looks. The other is a mexican concoction that looks a lot better than it tastes! A cross between mexican chicken chili, and stew, I guess. I bought a HU... Wed, 10 Mar 2010 10:57:16 EST hello... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2977985 Well, I have been playing around with 2 lbs for a month. Fun! Just can't seem to buckle down and get serious lately. I was so motivated to lose X amount by my bday but that backfired. The worst part of all is that my sister and bil have lost SO much weight since they started and it is really underscoring my failure. I am not great with competition and I know they are mentally weighing me every time they see me. And my sister keeps handing me a steady stream of her 'fat clothes" and m... Tue, 9 Mar 2010 12:25:06 EST Blog Questionnaire http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2869262 Day 22 <BR> <BR> (Copied from JenniferK2009) <BR> <BR> I always fill these out and love to see others' answers as well! Here goes: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. What time did you get up this morning? 8:00 <BR> <BR> 2. How do you like your steak? Medium <BR> <BR> 3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Julie & Julia with my mom and daughter <BR> <BR> 4. What is your favorite TV show? Tough One! A tie: 24, Breaking Bad, Mad Men <BR> <BR> 5. If you could live anywhere in the worl... Thu, 11 Feb 2010 09:50:50 EST A Celebration and A Question! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2865771 Day 21 today! Yes I miscalculated! I thought yesterday was Monday all day!! Wow. My job can't start soon enuf! My brain is apparently half turned to mush! <BR> <BR> I am on top of the world right now! Finally the scale budged in a big way!! I wish this did not have the power it has over me but it does. I am happy as a clam!! Especially since this is all still during my PMS! (Which lasts 10 days out of every month or so nowadays!) I knew I had been following the plan faithfully so ... Wed, 10 Feb 2010 12:49:46 EST Worth Sharing!!! : ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2861373 This beautiful prayer came from my dear friend Slenderella's page, Enjoy!!! <BR> <BR> A Valentine's Day Prayer <BR> <BR> "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres." Ð I CORINTHIANS 13:4-7 NIV <BR> <BR> Lord, <BR> Because love is... Tue, 9 Feb 2010 13:36:04 EST