WISSABEE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WISSABEE WISSABEE'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/ Pray for Jude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2764207 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/6/7/b67501161.jpg"> <BR> This is Jude. He lives in Haiti. My husband and I have been his sponsor through Compassion International since he was 5 years old. He just turned 12 on Jan. 9, and we had just gotten a letter from him when the horrible earthquake happened. We haven't heard anything yet, but Compassion has promised to notify us as soon as they have contact with him and his family. We are asking everyone we know to pray for his safety. ... Mon, 18 Jan 2010 20:59:28 EST flying high http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2183407 this is waaaay late, since the last time i was on a plan was over the Christmas break, but better late than never. <BR> <BR> we planned a trip to north carolina to see my husband's family over the Christmas break. we had to fly, because school is only out for 11 or so days. now the last time i was on a plane, those airline people were tracking me like i had broken the law. they were whispering behind hands, following me around and peeping around corners, because they just knew they were ... Fri, 26 Jun 2009 17:01:50 EST monthly standstill http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1608937 well, it's that time of month again! what time, you ask? it's that time of month when the weels of weight loss come to a grinding halt, as your body juggles the hormone circus that is going on within. you guessed it girls! i know you know what i'm talking about!! <BR> <BR> this time of month used to stress me out to no end, and i just about became unglued every month at first. but you know what?? this wonderful monthy pause does NOT phase me anymore! why? well, what can i do about it ... Sat, 13 Dec 2008 13:48:13 EST best birthday ever!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1602277 today is my birthday, and i have to say that i will remember this one for a long time. lucas sent an edible arrangement bouquet to me at work instead of chocolates or cake. it was pineapple cantaloupe and grapes arranged on skewers in a vase. it looked just like a floral arrangement! i felt pretty special that he took the time to think about giving me something that was good for me. <BR> <BR> we went to dinner on the riverwalk, where i chose healthy grilled meat and veggies instead of al... Mon, 8 Dec 2008 22:51:27 EST adventures at wally world http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1433060 for the first time since i was in grade school, i was able to walk into my friendly neighborhood walmart and buy a pair of pants--and they weren't even the largest size!!! <BR> <BR> now i know some people are saying, "why, oh why would you want to buy a pair of pants at walmart anyway?" can you say "bargain hunting??" it costs to clothe my wideness in all its glory!! i was able to get six items last night for the price it would have cost me for maybe two things at the local big girl shop... Sun, 31 Aug 2008 17:17:55 EST extra skin: free to a good home! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1392414 i have extra skin. it is wrinkly. it is annoying. it is embarrassing. it is unsightly. it is shrively (is that even a word??). it is abundant. it will not go away. <BR> <BR> but you know what? it is also beautiful. it means that there is less fat to stretch me out like sausage in its casing. it means i can do this. it means i have a good excuse to go clothes shopping. it means i'm winning. <BR> <BR> but if i could give it away, donate it to a burn ward, sell it for science expl... Sun, 10 Aug 2008 16:12:51 EST happy anniversary to me!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1284518 this past sunday, my husband and i celebrated our 12th anniversary. we usually start asking each other what we want as a gift, and we try to plan something to celebrate. this year, i told him i didn't want "stuff". i just wanted to spend our afternoon together doing something fun. <BR> <BR> we went to a place called malibu castle. guess what they had there?!? bumper boats!!!!! now i'd never been on a bumper boat, because i've always exceeded the weight limit. not this time!! i got ... Sat, 21 Jun 2008 13:01:38 EST spark encounters of the fit kind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1237613 i got to meet a fellow sparker live and in living color. sugarinthesun and i met to work out at the weightwise gym today. it was really neat getting to meet someone from sparkpeople; it makes everything seem more real. we worked on the cardio machines for over an hour. i look forward to the opportunity to interact with local sparkers even more! Thu, 29 May 2008 23:07:16 EST so did i tell you about the time i lost 100 lbs?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1208923 well, it finally happened. when i stepped on the scale this morning, i found out i've lost exactly 100 lbs!! <em>104</em> i know i could never have done it without strength from God, so all the glory goes to Him!! <BR> <BR> you know, it almost felt like fireworks were going to go off, confetti was gonna drop, and balloons would come floating in from nowhere. that's how good it felt! i even called lucas in to look at the scale, and that NEVER happens! <BR> <BR> i can do anything i set... Thu, 15 May 2008 06:40:52 EST Target http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1169327 for the first time ever, i was able to walk into one of my favorite stores and buy an article of clothing for me!! not for someone else, but FOR ME!! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> yesterday, i went to target just to browse (target's an adventure for me <em>20</em> ). i saw a blouse in the plus size dept that was really cute. now i have always been too big, even for the plus sizes at target, so look is all i usually do. i'm usually stuck shopping for clothes at catherine's and avenue, and i ca... Sat, 26 Apr 2008 17:58:15 EST OMIGOSH!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1081556 where we live, there is a lake with a 1-mile walking trail around it. it used to take me about 20 minutes or so to get all the way around. i'd have to stop or slow down to catch my breath, because it was hard for me to keep up with my husband. <BR> <BR> i'd been sticking to the gym for a while, so i hadn't been walking the trail lately. this evening, for an extra workout, lucas and i went for a walk. in 23 minutes, i went around the track TWICE!!!!!!!!!! i am in awe of the good works ... Mon, 17 Mar 2008 23:12:29 EST we won!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1076435 we had a 6-week fitness challenge at weightwise that has just finished up. it was a boot camp, and each group of 4 tried to lose the most lbs. and inches. the winners got a month's free gym membership and 20% off any services. <BR> we won!!! i can't believe it!! our team lost over 50 pounds combined and tons of inches!! not bad for my first challenge!! i can't wait for the new challenge to start. team "one and done" will be back to win again!! Sat, 15 Mar 2008 11:55:42 EST check it out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1014242 hey guess what?!? i'm on you tube! the weight loss clinic i go to had a promotion day last fall, and they interviewed some of us and had us drop the amount of weight we'd lost off this hydraulic lift. it was pretty fun, but then i didn't think anymore about it. well, they decided to post some of them on you tube! it was kinda goofy, but if you want to check it out, go to you tube and search for drop those pounds - melissa. i think you'll be able to guess which thing was the most fun to ... Sun, 17 Feb 2008 00:03:49 EST i think it finally hit me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=996638 yesterday, i went to a dr. jean teacher workshop. i ran into some teachers from the school i used to teach at until 4 years ago. one of the teachers didn't recognize me at first! <BR> <BR> i think it really hit home that i AM changing. i went home and looked at a picture that was taken at the last dr. jean's (that was 4 years ago, too), then i looked at my new one from yesterday. OMIGOSH!!!! i look like a totally different person!!! <BR> <BR> i guess since i see myself every day, i... Fri, 8 Feb 2008 23:46:13 EST feeling good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=820211 went to the dr. today for my monthly follow-up. after 3.5 weeks in the program, i've lost 40 pounds!!!! WAY COOL!!!! i lost lots of inches in different places, too! God is good!! Thu, 8 Nov 2007 23:40:56 EST 1st blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=813869 okay, so this is the first time i've actually sat down to type in a blog entry (cue the cheering and applause in the background). i guess i never thought i had anything important enough to say. <BR> <BR> well, i guess i still don't have any profound words or revelations, but i'm feeling pretty good about myself right now. my weight loss is finally starting to be visible with the naked eye!! woo hoo!!!!!! my husband actually notices changes now (i usually get "well i see you every day, h... Sun, 4 Nov 2007 17:40:41 EST