WICCANCHICK73's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WICCANCHICK73 WICCANCHICK73'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/ Career choice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5298492 So I joined Spartanburg Community College.... AGAIN.... (it's been awhile). <BR> I am going to study Culinary Arts..... And will be a chef for people with chronic illness. <BR> ....Yay me!!!!!!.... It only took me my lifetime to figure out what I wanted to be "when I grow up" <BR> <em>4</em> <em>380</em> <BR> <BR> I start in the fall. <em>211</em> Sun, 24 Mar 2013 17:46:06 EST Specific Carb Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4956627 So, I am going to try the SCD to get my crohns and its (crappy...ALL pun intended) side effects under control. So .... from now on I will shop on the OUTSIDE edge of the grocery store. I'm only going to eat fruits, veggies, legumes, meat, seafood, eggs, and limited dairy. <BR> I HAVE to get my crohns under control... There has to be a BETTER way than drugs to "fix" me <BR> <BR> Anyone else tried this diet? And DOES IT WORK?????? <BR> (has to right?) Thu, 5 Jul 2012 14:19:16 EST surgery yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4803450 I finally had my hysterectomy yesterday.... I'm sore today...and probably will be for a few days.... <BR> however.. this should fix my crohns disease flares.... <BR> fingers crossed and hopeful. Sun, 25 Mar 2012 00:45:29 EST Crohn's Walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4439173 On October 2, 2011, I will be participating in a Crohn's Walk to find a CURE in my neighboring county. <BR> <BR> I had initially intended on participating in the 1/2 Marathon on Dec 4, in Las Vegas, However, finances and bills got in the way of me being able to afford to register. <BR> So, I signed up for my local walk (that doesn't require a registration fee) <BR> <BR> For any of you who were wondering how to make a donation, here is the link: <BR> <BR> http://online.ccfa.org/site/TR?p... Sat, 20 Aug 2011 23:42:12 EST 1/2 marathon...... yes, I will http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4386116 So, Last year, I was INTENDING on participating in the CCFA (crohns and colitis foundation of America) 1/2 marathon in Las Vegas on Dec 5...... fear of not being able to raise enough money to cover my trip kept me from doing it. <BR> <BR> this year, the event is on December 4th.... <BR> and you know what.........?????? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> To Hell with being afraid. <BR> <BR> I have lived with this CRAP (no pun intended) for 15 years....I've had it up to my freaking EYEBALLS with le... Mon, 25 Jul 2011 22:02:27 EST colonoscopy friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4328854 So, as some of you may know I have crohns disease, and therefore.... every 2 years I have to have a colonoscopy to be screened for colon cancer. <BR> This will be my 5th one. <BR> In the past, the stress from having this done has made me PROFOUNDLY sick. <BR> I'm assuming the reason that has not happened THIS time is b/c I'm on Cymbalta. <BR> (YAY!!!) <BR> <BR> I was also supposed to have a hysterectomy done on the same day, however, I do not have to have it done... <BR> <BR> <BR> Yet ... Tue, 28 Jun 2011 17:26:33 EST step one http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4247856 I started my C25K training today!!! <BR> My son and I went to the Jr High track and I started it today. <BR> <BR> The next time I go I will run the straight-aways and walk the curves (of the track) and when I go to the gym, I will go to the track screen and do it the same way there. <BR> <BR> Its too hard for me to keep up with the timing. So, I figure that will be a good way to do it. <BR> .... <BR> Yep, so this is day one, step one. <BR> <BR> <BR> And I will be at 145 by my birthday (... Sat, 21 May 2011 21:53:21 EST surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4226678 I went to see my gyno today to see what my next step to try to control my crohn's disease flare-ups..... <BR> This was what I decided.... <BR> I am having a hysterectomy in July. <BR> I have to have my next colonoscopy in July, and my gyno told me I could have BOTH of them done on the same day. <BR> I make my appt for the scope on June 22. And I will set up the appt for the surgery at the same time. I'll have my hysterectomy done first, then my scope. <BR> Spend the night in the hospital... Wed, 11 May 2011 21:55:42 EST My reluctant decision http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4033779 One of my goals for this year was to run the Cooper Bridge Run (10k) at Charleston, SC this April. <BR> However, this past year my crohns disease has been FAR beyond under control. I have been to the ER/doctors office EVERY month since December 09. And, I have been twice in the past week. <BR> <BR> I was talking to my younger sister the other day and I told her I am "afraid" to do it this year b/c of that..... That I am afraid the "stress" of running it will cause me to flare up.... AGAIN... Sun, 20 Feb 2011 22:37:05 EST Another Doctors Appointment part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4007352 So, the gyno thinks that my hormones are causing my crohns flares, and this it what I decided to do.... <BR> I will start taking my birth control pills again, but I will take them for 4 months without taking the "period pills", hopefully, this will straighten out my hormones... <BR> Otherwise, I will have to have a hysterectomy. <BR> <BR> .....Like I said before, I'm just tired of being sick. <BR> Thu, 10 Feb 2011 16:10:25 EST Another Doctors Appointment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4006232 So, here lately, I've been seeing my family Doctor to try to figure out why EVERY time I have a period, my crohns disease flares up..... <BR> ....EVERY month since December 2009. <BR> Today, I have an appointment with a Gyno. <BR> I had myself a "breakdown" at work last week with the last one.... <BR> I started crying and just could NOT stop, so I had to leave work, and go home. <BR> This is really getting to me.... I am getting really tired of being sick all of the time without getting any... Thu, 10 Feb 2011 09:20:36 EST Goal Met. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3993869 And I am going Monday to get my Tattoo! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l543835448.jpg"> <BR> I will post a pic when I get it. <BR> I want to thank all of my WONDERFUL friends I have made on here and I thank you all for the support and encouragement. <BR> <em>248</em> <em>345</em> <em>304</em> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> Sat, 5 Feb 2011 22:52:55 EST My New Years Resolutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3872869 I have been so very opposed to New Years Resolutions for ..... well, years. <BR> This coming year, I have two. <BR> 1st and foremost, To RUN the Cooper Bridge 10k in Charleston, SC on April 2, 2011. <BR> (and by RUN, I mean.....RUN the ENTIRE thing) <BR> ~My younger sister and her husband as well as my son are all going to run this together~ <BR> My second one is to run another race (at least one), either a 5K, 10K, or a 1/2 marathon. <BR> <BR> <BR> I started taking Cymbalta a couple of we... Thu, 30 Dec 2010 21:40:19 EST New Department @ work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3815659 I was moved a couple of weeks ago, from a fairly easy job to a job in the Shipping Department. <BR> I work at ADIDAS and we ship out ADIDAS, Reebok, and Rockport. <BR> Let me be the first one to tell you... Rockport shoes? Are freaking HEAVY. <BR> Some of the boxes weigh just over 30 pounds, and I pick them up off the line and load them onto pallets. I step over and around pallets while carrying these boxes. <BR> I am the ONLY woman who works in my department and feel an ..... OBLIGATION to... Tue, 30 Nov 2010 22:42:29 EST Again???? Are you KIDDING me????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3808941 In case you were wondering.... <BR> The BEST way on earth NOT to overeat on Thanksgiving? <BR> <BR> Have a crohns disease flareup. <BR> <BR> This one started on Wed. at work..... <BR> And is FINALLY subsiding... I've pretty much laid in the bed and slept since Wed. night. <BR> I was up long enough on Thursday to roast a chicken.... <BR> Since Wed. the only thing I have eaten is: <BR> 2 6 oz containers of Activia Vanilla yogurt. <BR> a 16.9 oz Sprite Zero... <BR> I HAVE to go see a gyno... Sat, 27 Nov 2010 20:36:24 EST Upcoming Thanksgiving dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3777567 I just realized that Thanksgiving is ONLY TWO WEEKS from today.... <BR> My, my, my, this year has flown by, has it not? <BR> I really don't see Thanksgiving dinner will be THAT big of a problem, see, my younger sister, Kim is ALSO on her weight-loss journey, so there will be at least 4 healthy dishes at our Thanksgiving Day table.... <BR> (each one of us makes two dishes) <BR> <BR> I am SO looking forward to going through all of the Turkey-day recipes on Sparkrecipes.com <BR> <BR> <BR> ..... Thu, 11 Nov 2010 15:08:34 EST A pound gained...but, I'll take it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3706365 Last week I weighed 158.0 <BR> Then Last Saturday morning I went to the ER with a SEVERE crohns disease flare up.... <BR> My second one in a matter of 7 days. <BR> When I went to the ER they gave me a 6 day prednisone treatment.... <BR> 6 pills the first day and decrease each day by one pill until they were gone.... <BR> Usually when I get a prednisone treatment it is 2x a day for 5 days.... <BR> The thing with me and prednisone is....if I don't eat enough when I take it, it makes me itch lik... Sun, 10 Oct 2010 21:53:16 EST My crohns is plotting on me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3671913 For around the past TWO months every time I have a day off, my crohns goes freaking haywire.... <BR> My stomach was cramping yesterday morning when I woke up, and progressively got worse until I was throwing up at 9:30 last night.... <BR> Only did that once, but once is enough to make me afraid to eat.... <BR> I ate a cup of soup (chicken noodle) for lunch, and a Boost nutritional drink around 2.. <BR> However, my stomach is STILL cramping as I am typing this..... <BR> <BR> I hate being s... Sun, 26 Sep 2010 16:42:11 EST My goal is within my reach http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3663537 As some of you know, I have been a part of three 5% challenges with the Lady Bug Team. <BR> The last challenge I actually MET my 5% goal!!! <BR> I am a part of two challenges that will run together for me... <BR> The Fall 5% (Lady Bug) Challenge as well as the Biggest Loser challenge.... <BR> I have less than 10 pounds to go.... <BR> I will be AT MY GOAL WEIGHT at the end of this Fall Challenge <BR> Nine weigh-ins...to lose just under 10 pounds? <BR> I am SO gonna do this. <em>252</em> <em... Wed, 22 Sep 2010 23:17:11 EST Biggest Loser http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3658351 Starts TONIGHT!!!!!! <BR> YAY!!!!! <BR> My MOST FAVORITE show on the planet!!!!! <BR> <BR> lol....I'll calm down now. <em>224</em> <em>334</em> <em>244</em> <em>250</em> <em>211</em> Tue, 21 Sep 2010 12:49:08 EST I'm proud of myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3619904 So, we had a "cookout lunch" at work today.... <BR> Hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, cole slaw, a brownie, and a drink.... <BR> I guess it was their way of saying Thanks for the hard work.. <BR> Well, today was a scheduled day off for me and they are having one on MY shift tomorrow as well..... <BR> I had the chance to eat some REALLY good looking burgers.... <BR> I ACTUALLY ate...... a grilled chicken salad with Salad Spritzer salad dressing. <BR> This time LAST year? I'd have LOVED to... Wed, 8 Sep 2010 20:56:46 EST Lady Bug Summer Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3608458 OK....... I'm gonna toot my own horn here for a minute..... <BR> My BIG, GIANT <em>244</em> Moment!!!! <BR> <BR> These are the statistics for the THIRD Lady Bug Challenge I have participated in... <BR> Starting weight *168.2* <BR> 5% goal *8.4* <BR> Goal weight *159.8* <BR> <BR> July 17~ 168.2 <BR> July 24~165.2 (-3.0) <BR> July 31~164.6 (-3.6) <BR> August 7~163.2 (-5.0) <BR> August 14~163.0 (-5.2) <BR> August 21~161.2 (-7.0) <BR> August 28~161.2 (-7.0) <BR> September 4~159.4 ... Sun, 5 Sep 2010 09:25:35 EST I really want your opinion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3570639 OK, I am going to TRY to raise money to participate in the 1/2 marathon run/walk for the Crohns and Colitis Foundation. <BR> I have to raise a whopping $3300 by Dec. 4. <BR> I will be set up with a "template" email/letterhead that I just have to personalize with my story and information. <BR> I work at ADIDAS and was going to send them a corporate sponsorship request. <BR> What I want, is everyone's opinion on is other ways I could raise money. <BR> I've never done anything like this. <... Tue, 24 Aug 2010 17:15:06 EST Decision made....and it sort of surprised even me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3531331 So, I post a blog yesterday with a bit of a dilemma... <BR> I was trying to figure out whether or not I wanted to run/walk the 1/2 marathon in Las Vegas on December 5, 2010. <BR> Well, I was at work today talking to a friend of mine about it..... she said... <BR> "Do you want to go?" I said, "Yes, I do." <BR> ......"So go"........ <BR> You know what..... <BR> I am. <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> So, on my way home I told my boyfriend about it and asked him if he wanted to go with me.... <BR> He... Thu, 12 Aug 2010 21:01:33 EST somewhat of a debate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3527351 I live in South Carolina, The Crohns and Colitis Chapter in my area is in Charlotte, NC. The CCFA (Crohns and Colitis Foundation of America) has a half marathon on December 5 this year in Las Vegas. <BR> I am driving up to Charlotte on Saturday to get information on the run..... <BR> <BR> My debate is...... would I be able to afford the trip, that is what the only issue would be. <BR> I want to do this SO bad..... simply to be around this many people who have the same "issues" I do.... <B... Wed, 11 Aug 2010 21:16:52 EST Ouch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3504144 How, exactly, does one pull a muscle in your back while running? <BR> <BR> When I went to the gym the other day, I apparently pulled a muscle in my lower back while I was doing my intervals... <BR> i didn't know you could actually do this... <BR> It hurts to even breathe. I woke up probably 25 times last night.... <BR> Hope it gets better quickly.... <BR> I am off for the next 2 days, so I won't have to lift any boxes at work... and I can at least WALK on a treadmill... <em>39</em> Wed, 4 Aug 2010 21:18:30 EST Determination and Accountability August Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3495845 The Determination and Accountability team has monthly challenges.... <BR> Short, and to the point, right? <BR> These are my goals for August.... <BR> To have at least 1000 fitness minutes <BR> To weigh 157 on Aug 31 (7.2 pounds) <BR> and to be at a BMI of 23.2 (1.0 points) <BR> <BR> These are my goals...... they are very much realistic and attainable. <BR> <em>306</em> Mon, 2 Aug 2010 16:27:43 EST running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3489700 So, I just got back from the gym... <BR> by the way... 7:30 on a Saturday night is a WONDERFUL time to go to the gym. <BR> Anyway.... <BR> <BR> I walk and run in intervals, at the time being, because it HAS been so long since I ran (Nov 1991, to be exact).... <BR> I just wanted to say.... I LOVE running..... the way my muscles feel during..... the feeling of my feet hitting the treadmill..... the way my breath quickens...How it makes my lungs burn...... how everything is tuned out and I c... Sat, 31 Jul 2010 21:52:35 EST Lady Bug Weigh-in Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3466132 Today was weigh-in day ..... <BR> And.... I lost THREE POUNDS this week. <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> I WILL make my 5% goal this time!!!!!! <BR> Sat, 24 Jul 2010 22:53:00 EST Lady Bug Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3452633 Finally found the Daily Caloric Differential Report today, so, now I can actually tell what kind of caloric deficit I have at the end of each day.... <BR> I didn't go to the gym today because my hips are KILLING me.... <BR> I REALLY, truly despise having crohns disease... <BR> Crohns related joint pain freaking SUCKS. <BR> Not gonna beat myself up about it..... <BR> Tomorrow's another day. <BR> Tue, 20 Jul 2010 22:07:06 EST Lady Bug Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3448840 I said I was going to do this every day during this 8 week challenge... <BR> I went to the gym today and walked on the treadmill for 30 mins... <BR> Not an outstanding feat, by any means, but after I ate dinner my stomach started cramping up REALLY bad..... It would have been longer, had I felt better.... <BR> But, it's better than nothing, right? <BR> <BR> OK... going to bed now... Mon, 19 Jul 2010 21:35:02 EST Let's see if I can commit to this. Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3444387 OK.... I am in my THIRD 5% Lady Bug Challenge, where your goal is to lose 5% of your body weight in 8 weeks.... I have come CLOSE in the last two, but have not reached success as of YET. <BR> In the past 2 challenges, I have told myself that I will work out on my days off.... of which, sadly, I have NOT done. <BR> <BR> Our new challenge started yesterday, and my thinking is.... I cannot NOT make the 5% AGAIN... <BR> So, I figure, if I blog EVERY day during this challenge... <BR> I'll HAV... Sun, 18 Jul 2010 17:02:35 EST I just HAD to post this one!!!! A WOO HOO moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3416153 I ran. <BR> <BR> Not, I jogged for a bit.... <BR> <BR> I RAN!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> So, I haven't been to the gym in a while.... been sick and feeling over-all crappy.... <BR> So, I told myself today, I'm going to the gym. <BR> <BR> And I did...... <BR> <BR> <BR> And I ran!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> LMAO.... OK.... I'm (somewhat) calm..... <BR> <BR> <BR> See, the thing is.... I haven't RAN since.... <BR> <BR> drum roll please...... <BR> <BR> NOVEMBER 1991.... <BR> <BR> And I R... Fri, 9 Jul 2010 22:52:01 EST My Birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3410788 I had initially gave myself a Birthday goal... <BR> To be AT my goal weight on my Birthday... <BR> I was also going to get a Tattoo... today.... <BR> well.... I am NOT at my goal weight... <BR> yet. <BR> And that is FINE!!!!! <BR> and as for the tattoo...... probably gonna get it tomorrow.... <BR> Payday is tomorrow <BR> However.... when I get it... I'll post a pic here to share with all of you.... <BR> <BR> So...... Happy Birthday to me!!!!! <BR> <em>236</em> Thu, 8 Jul 2010 10:49:24 EST Happy Birthday Steven http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3383116 Today, my son turned 17 <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> My best friend and I are taking him out to Cracker Barrel for dinner.... <BR> BEFORE, this would have been an indulgent NO-NO for me.... <BR> However, I already entered into the nutrition counter what my dinner will be.... <BR> Lemon Pepper Grilled Rainbow Trout (2 pieces) <BR> Applesauce <BR> Tossed Salad <BR> And my (indulgent item) fried okra... <BR> The total for my meal is grand total of 475 calories.... <BR> Which still leaves me 410... Tue, 29 Jun 2010 15:51:51 EST new shoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3355735 So, I finally bought me a pair of running shoes... <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> I FINALLY went to the ADIDAS outlet here in Gaffney, SC and found a pair of "Bounce" running shoes.... <BR> I'm happy, <em>244</em> <em>312</em> Mon, 21 Jun 2010 12:04:30 EST Thought it was a fluke. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3330887 So, after the weigh-in LAST week, I was somewhat discouraged.... <BR> Didn't know what I had done wrong... <BR> STILL don't know. <BR> So, when I stepped on the scale Saturday morning for my weigh-in, and the scale said 167.0 <BR> I was BEYOND happy. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I wanted to see if it was, indeed, a "fluke"..... <BR> <BR> So, This morning, stepped on the scale AGAIN.... just to see.... <BR> To check.... <BR> To be CERTAIN. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> 167.0!!!!!!!!!!!!!!... Sun, 13 Jun 2010 21:23:16 EST A small note to my teams/challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3325630 I am sorry I haven't been participating here lately as much as I should, but my Overtime at work has started, and I work 12 hour shifts, So, my gym time and participation on here has somewhat suffered...... <BR> <BR> You are ALL in my thoughts, and I am sure things will calm down for me..... <BR> I hope so, anyway..... I'm TIRED... <BR> Fri, 11 Jun 2010 22:02:43 EST 5K walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3294533 So, on July 17, 2010 there is a 5K walk, 5K run as well as a 10K run at a local festival in the next county over... <BR> At the SC Peach Festival. <BR> I will DEFINATELY do the walk.... <BR> Possibly the run...(but I seriously doubt that one) <BR> <BR> Sounds like fun <em>311</em> Wed, 2 Jun 2010 21:46:32 EST Memorial Day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3286209 I did NOT do good today... <BR> Not going to track my food today, because I am NOT gonna get a freaked out by what I ate today. <BR> I refuse to get so wrapped up in my calories ALL of the time. <BR> I think I am entitled to a day, so, I took one. <BR> Gonna go to the gym tonight, as well as tomorrow, as well as Wed. <BR> One thing I have always said about myself is this: <BR> I'll be fine..... <BR> I'm always fine. <BR> Mon, 31 May 2010 20:27:53 EST finally feel better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3273860 For the past 2 days, I have had stomach cramps from my crohns disease.... <BR> That's how it is, most of the time now...... just pain..... no "real" ..."sickness" that I can speak of..... <BR> However, this was the first time since December that I have NOT had to call my gastroenterologist or go to the ER for a shot to make the cramping stop. <BR> This time, it was, on a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being what I call..."Kill me NOW" pain) <BR> This, was a mere 3..... the cramping "cycles" were v... Thu, 27 May 2010 13:08:20 EST 20.6 pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3256724 When I started Sparkpeople, I was really lax about what I did here..... Well, I really didn't DO...anything. <BR> Then, I got fed up. <BR> Fed up with my crohns going haywire all of the time. <BR> Fed up with being tired. <BR> Fed up with how I looked naked. <BR> Fed up with the rolls that went all the way around me like an inner-tube. <BR> Fed up with....me. <BR> So.....sometime ago....I don't remember when, exactly, I decided to change. <BR> <BR> It all began with me tracking my food...... Sat, 22 May 2010 12:04:41 EST My amazing son. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3244335 My son, Steven will turn 17 next month.....And believe me, genetically? He is his fathers son. <BR> He is 6'4" and weighs 145 lbs of muscle..... my child has abs for days. And he has arms that make his daddy jealous. <BR> Anyway, he is VERY supportive of me on my weight loss journey.... and when I ask him what he wants for dinner, it is ALWAYS something healthy. It's never pizza, or tacos ect... <BR> He asks me all the time how my diet/weight loss is going, and if I had a good workout. <BR>... Tue, 18 May 2010 21:41:23 EST LOL... WOO HOO http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3229956 So, I just changed my clothes to go to the gym.... Today, I put on my sports bra and a "workout" tank top... you know, the form fitting ones with a built in "bra". <BR> Anyway, I pull the tank down.... and turn around and look in the bathroom mirror.... <BR> Holy crap!!!! My "back fat" is almost completely gone.... <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> All of my not so little rolls I had back there, are almost completely gone.... <BR> <em>9</em> <BR> Pardon me, while I dance around my living room...... Fri, 14 May 2010 15:01:18 EST My 3.2 Lb realization http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3224877 So, I just checked my BMI on the Sparkpeople BMI calculator.... <BR> All I can say is WOO HOO!!!!! <BR> I am, NOW..... officially ONLY 3.2 pounds away from a HEALTHY BMI!!!!! <BR> That is HUGE..... I weighed in this morning and I am just 2.2 pounds away from being out of the 170's .... <BR> I'm FREAKING ECSTATIC!!!!!!!!! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>148</em> Thu, 13 May 2010 08:34:39 EST The BEST question EVER!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3209493 I work swing shifts..... on 2 off 2...ect...ect... <BR> When I first started in the building I am in now, we all worked 5 days/ Mon-Fri. <BR> A few months ago they split us up...... <BR> So, I hardly ever see half of the people I used to work with. Like I said in my previous blog, my overtime started back today.... <BR> (I'm rambling, sorry) <BR> Anyway, A lady I worked with come up and asked me today.... <BR> "Brenda, How much weight have you lost?" <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> BEST QUESTION... Sat, 8 May 2010 23:36:48 EST YAY..... GREAT DAY!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3206473 So, my car decided it wanted to be a 2 ton paperweight last week on my way to the gym. <BR> However... I had been putting money away into my savings account, SO.... I had almost enough for the down payment.... Today, I had $1000. The total down payment was $1500. I have until the 28th of this month to come up with the rest of the down payment as well as the taxes & tag transfer fees. <BR> All in all, I need $845 by the end of the month.... <BR> That SOUNDS bad.... well, it does to ME anywa... Fri, 7 May 2010 21:24:40 EST One more commitment to myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3199364 Next year. 2011. <BR> I will run in the Cooper River Bridge 10K run. <BR> They hold it at the end of March every year.... <BR> Yep, I'm going to be there. <BR> And I will be AWESOME. <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> *Cooper River Bridge, Charleston, SC* <BR> One of the most beautiful places in the South. <BR> http://bridgerun.com/about.php Wed, 5 May 2010 22:01:21 EST WOO HOO http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3199137 My ZigTech Shoes will be delivered TOMORROW!!!! <BR> <em>250</em> <BR> On a more annoying note..... I think the motor blew up in my car.... <BR> NOT good.... But you know what? I'm NOT gonna let myself get stressed out about it... <BR> Worse things have happened..... <BR> <em>312</em> Wed, 5 May 2010 21:03:48 EST I'm annoyed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3194836 I went to the Mall today to buy me a pair of Reebok Zigtech running shoes...... <BR> I had originally ordered a custom pair from reebok.com and there was an issue in re-directing me back to their site after I made my payment.... SO, my payment was cancelled b/c it was not confirmed. <BR> Anyway, I don't want to wait 5 weeks for a custom pair of shoes..... So, I headed out to the mall after my Doctors Appt..... <BR> There is NOT ONE SINGLE store in the mall that sells WOMENS Reebok Zigtech... Tue, 4 May 2010 18:58:58 EST