WORDGIRL830's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WORDGIRL830 WORDGIRL830'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/ Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6095105 This has been a long road. It is not the first time I have lost weight, but it feels like the most successful. So far, since my wake up call in December, I have lost 15 pounds. I followed the Whole 30 plan as best as I could for almost two weeks. Due to circumstances beyond my control, I fell off. I have fallen off of many plans more times than I can count. This time, though, I was able to see success, not just with me, but with two of my kids. That's what makes it different. For once ... Sat, 13 Feb 2016 15:20:58 EST 63 Days to a Better Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5911429 I have been exercising for quite some time, but not as consistently as I would like. I saw a Sparkpeople video about a lady who exercised for 100 days straight and lost 2 pant sizes. Since last Saturday, I have 63 days left before our family trip in the summer. I am planning to exercise for 63 days straight (9 weeks) incorporating everything in my repertoire. I have so many videos and things I like to do (yoga, T-tapp, walking, bike riding, line dancing, Turbo Jam), that I shouldn't get bo... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 22:10:12 EST Stress will not have me today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802322 I had to pull several tools out of my stress fighting tool box today. Some days, I have a really hard time accepting how we are treating kids with the ridiculous expectations we are putting on them. After a while, I didn't feel like venting. I felt like someone had let the air out of my tires. So when I came home, after dealing with some mama duties, I sat outside barefoot in my backyard. Journalling always helps, so here I am. I let my dog out and played with her. Just being outside he... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:49:33 EST Stress Plan for Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778805 It had started to get dark already, so I took the kids outside and stayed close to my street. My kids rode their bikes and I walked a little over a mile for 20 minutes. When I finish watching one of my favorite shows, I will do a yoga video. Stress will not have first dibs on me this school year... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 21:25:31 EST How I Dealt with Stress Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776937 My cousin bought me a Starbuck's gift card for my birthday. There are so many delectable treats there that I don't need, but I am definitely going to use that card. My boss graciously let me miss my Open House so I could attend my ninth grader's. I was thrilled. By the time we got through most of it, I was so tired. Today was pretty busy with back to back resource groups (my schedule just changed as of today...just a regular, expected, part of the job), and an ARD to end the day (thank G... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 00:44:46 EST The Purpose of Nature http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765139 I've been on this quest to better deal with stress in life. We just finished our first week back at school as teachers and everyone is feeling anxious. So today I went to my park in my neighborhood. I've been hearing and reading about meditation lately. I haven't really tapped into it, yet, but I tried juat walking with no music. No facebook, no Pandora, no amazon music, just nature. I have always loved walking outside, but that is the first Time I wore headphones around my neck and listened ... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:24:54 EST Promises I'm Making to Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759277 It seems like everybody I know that feels the 40s coming upon them quickly starts to analyze things about their life. I have been in pain for the last several days in my ankles (particularly the left). Later on, my back started to hurt, also on the left side. Frankly, I know this can be a number of things, and I will go to the doctor if it continues. But I think that I have done and not done things to cause this problem. My brain still thinks I'm in my early 30s and I have been skipping ... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 23:07:00 EST Activity Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755398 I got in lots of activity today. The best part about it was that I did it with my family. All of us went to the bowling alley and bowled three games. When I got home, my eight year old dd did 21 minutes of DDP yoga with me (I should have taken a picture since she had her own exercise mat!) My dh and my two ds played basketball in the driveway. Then we went to the park and got in a little over a mile walk. I feel stronger today and even more enriched since I got to spend great time with... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 22:35:43 EST I'm glad there's Sparkpeople... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717528 Or I would have given up a long time ago. I could get depressed looking back over old blogs and journals and looking at how many times I've gained and lost. But I'm still in the fight, as long as God gives me strength. The plus is if I've done it before, I can do it again. And pray that it sticks this time. I'm turning 40 in August, Lord willing. Where did the time ago? We're going to Cali in July, so I am starting T-tapp workouts again with my walking and yoga. I plan to do one t-tapp... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 23:16:54 EST I've started another bootcamp... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661299 I'm back doing T-tap again. I know it will get me in shape, I just pray I can stick to it this time. I want to stay with it until I lose 3 pants sizes. I'm in it to win it... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 23:20:02 EST I've Fallen in Love... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5618921 There is a lovely park in my new neighborhood where there is so much scenery, my 13 year old enjoyed it. My kids took pictures by the lake. We crossed over the bridge and looked at the water springs. My legs felt great after I did my exercises for my knees. I want to be out there every day if I can... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 19:55:38 EST Today was a good day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5608708 School was out. In H-town we don't know how to drive on ice. Some of us can barely drive in rain, so I'm glad they shut the schools down. Anyway, I've been cleaning up and handling business all day for hubby and home. I managed to do 41 minutes of line dancing and 43 minutes of Turbo Jam. Trust me, it's been a while since I've done that much exercise in one day. I felt great when I was done. I do believe it has something to do with the fact that I tried not to snack as much today and r... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 22:58:58 EST Realization http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598069 I have been having some weird symptoms the past several months. I have been to the doctor several times and they can't tell me what it is. Frankly, I feel sluggishness in my throat and tongue. I feel it when I eat. After I feel it so long when I eat, I get a tingling and exhausted feeling all over my body. My coworker told me that her friend was told she was low in Vitamin D. When I take it consistently, I don't feel the symptoms. If I go too many days without it, the symptoms come back... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 14:06:16 EST Still Hanging On http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5591670 I've lost 2.5 pounds total so far. I have been doing oil pulling every day. I'm not sure if that's what's finally getting the pounds to come off, but I'm sure the tracking has something to do with it. Either way it goes, I'm proud. I set a goal to lose 5 pounds this month. I'm halfway there. I don't really like to get hung up on what the scale tells me, but it sure feels good when it gives me good news. Sun, 12 Jan 2014 21:21:14 EST Celebrating Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5586898 I'm on track with my fitness goals for this year. I lost 2 pounds! <em>244</em> <BR> Thanks to all who encouraged me. You are appreciated. I also signed up for the Biggest Loser competition at my school. I'm ready for the challenge and I'm tracking my food again today! Yippee! Wed, 8 Jan 2014 12:50:06 EST I'll Take It... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5586338 Today, even though I had an interesting day at work, wasn't bad. I was happy that I tracked my food, but I'm still trying to figure out the breakfast thing. I brought Raisin Bran and milk to work to eat, but after the meeting this morning, I never got to eat it. I don't normally eat before I leave the house, but I feel like I may have to start. Not sure how I'm going to get this done, but we'll see. I'm in calorie range, and I didn't eat anything too outlandish, even though when I don't ... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 00:05:44 EST Announcement! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585043 I'm in calorie range today and I'm not even hungry! Woohoo! Mon, 6 Jan 2014 23:08:11 EST Still Have Work to Do, but Doing a little better today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584404 So I'm back to tracking my food. Thank you to all of my Sparkfriends who left inspiring and encouraging comments on my blog. I appreciate it. I think I was missing in action for a while, and that is the exact reason why I wasn't doing so well. I really can't run (or walk) this race without support. I didn't do so well with breakfast today. Frankly, I drank coffee and that spoiled my appetite, so I didn't eat any. In the past, that normally makes me go out and buy something I don't need... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 13:46:01 EST I'm Still Here... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582136 I've been afraid to blog. As much as I like to write, I have fallen off on my plan and have gained weight instead of lost. For a minute, I had almost given up. There are some bad habits I have that I was too stubborn to break. But, I'm still here. I'm starting over my fight. I signed up for a challenge in one of my teams. My job is starting their annual Biggest Loser challenge as soon as I get back to work. I don't like to track food. At all. But that may be the reason I am gaining,... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 17:55:16 EST How It's Going for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5297231 First off, I had a great walk this morning. I took my time to warm up my muscles (at first I was walking too fast and my muscles were crying). After I warmed up, actually about 4-5 minutes, then I took off. I tried to maintain proper walking form and I felt a major difference. My heart rate rose higher than it had been on my other walks, but was well within range. My muscles were taking care of me and my legs felt strong. I felt great! I walked two miles today, and it felt really good.... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 13:24:12 EST Killing Two Birds with one stone, and other updates http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5291711 I put some affirmations in my phone as my assignment from my blog yesterday. I set a reminder in my phone so I will be forced to look at it everyday. I had fallen off from reprogramming my brain, and I'm fighting to have more positive thoughts as far as body image. When I look in the mirror, I say what I want to see instead of what I actually see. Affirmations really do make me feel better. <BR> <BR> We got home late today after working late and grocery shopping. I took a walk outside, ... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 22:15:05 EST A Bad Habit I Would Like to Break http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5290123 I've heard it said before that we should treat ourselves the way we would treat a good friend. We build our friends up and encourage them to keep trying. We are positive and we don't let them fail. It's a shame that I don't encourage myself like I encourage others. I was typing a comment on a blog and realized that fact. So as of today, I'm going to make a new note in my phone. Everytime I say something positive to someone, I am going to type the same thing in my notes. When I'm down o... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 17:50:56 EST The day is off to a great start... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5285151 Hubby and I started this morning with a walk. I don't know why I struggle with consistency...walking outside is my most favorite exercise. It makes me feel good inside, and I noticed I have been sleeping much better. I'm really going to miss Spring Break! Anyway, we came home and made smoothies and scrambled eggs. One choice at a time, we'll get to where we're trying to go. Wed, 13 Mar 2013 11:20:44 EST Exercise is Going Well so far this week... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5282537 We're getting ready for the family fitness run/walk that my job started sponsoring last year. My daughter won 1st place girl in her age group last year. We have been telling her she needs to 'train' so she'll be ready. She's pumped up about it, but we still have to keep her humble. Last night I told her she would be running with bigger kids since she will change age groups after her birthday. She says, " I can beat those kids. Big kids run slowly." Wow. Where does she get this stuff, ... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 12:44:29 EST 190 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5280393 That's what showed up on the scale this morning. I can't pretend that I don't know why. I had three days of not so great eating; the worst one on date night. This would be the part where I would stop getting on Spark for awhile, get depressed with myself, and kind of give up. But that's not what I'm going to do this time. I'm going to accept the fact that my body is not going to allow me to eat what I want whenever I want it. I'm getting a little older, and the distance between now and 4... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 18:31:27 EST 5% Challenge, Week 2, Days 6&7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279556 I have received all of the motivation I need from my teammates. My son walked with me one day and we came home and played Zumba Core. Today, I only got about 10-15 minutes of exercise in while I was at work. We had our HoeDown today at my school and we love line dancing here in Texas. I worked up a sweat just dancing to Cotton Eyed Joe, ChaCha Slide, and Cupid Shuffle. All of the kids had a great time. <BR> <BR> Hubby and I went out on a date. It seems the older we get, the faster we c... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 23:21:34 EST 5% Challenge, Week 2, Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5276561 What can I improve upon? <BR> <BR> I would like to do more yoga. So far, I've been walking and doing Zumba. Not that I don't love them both, but I don't believe I'm getting enough stretching in. Still, I'm pretty proud. I'm following through on my goal. I'm glad they do these challenges every season. I need to be the first one on board everytime! Wed, 6 Mar 2013 21:21:44 EST 5% Challenge, Week 2, Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5275156 So far, things are going well. Because I know I have to blog about my day, it is forcing me to exercise no matter how I feel. Today I had a stressful day at work, and all I could think about was getting home to go for a walk. Even though I didn't get a chance to walk since my wonderful hubby was cooking and I decided to hang out with him, I decided to do Zumba Core and got a great workout. I'm glad I made my goal attainable. I'm feeling successful today. Tue, 5 Mar 2013 23:17:27 EST 5% Challenge, Week 2, Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5272447 My new goal - Exercise or get at least 15 minutes of activity every day <BR> <BR> How am I keeping myself motivated and on track? Blogging everyday is really helping me to stay on track. I love this challenge, because I feel it is set up for me to be successful. Just knowing that recording my exercise minutes helps the team is encouraging me to do something everyday. I plan to also let my exercise minutes earn me money to buy books since I love to read. I buy them on line alot, so I ma... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 10:00:24 EST 5% Challenge, Week 2, Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271764 My "new" habit I am hoping to accomplish is to exercise at least 15 minutes a day. My goal is still to exercise 30 minutes 5 days a week. What makes this goal new is that I still want to do some form of activity on my off days, preferably playing with my kids, dancing, or yoga. I want those days to be something fun, outside of what I normally do. I plan to do this by enlisting support from my family, particularly my kids. God has blessed me with kids who actually listen when I start talk... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 21:16:56 EST 5% Challenge, Week 2, Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5270341 This is really not a new goal for me, but one that I need to revisit and develop consistency. I plan to exercise or get some type of activity done for at least 15 minutes every day. Right now, I have been aiming for five days a week at 30 minutes per workout. Today, I got a whopping 89 minutes in because I rode bikes, played volleyball, and walked at my husband's aunt's house in the country. We had a blast, and everybody got a good workout. I would like to use my off days (from cardio) ... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 21:34:29 EST Celebration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5269547 I don't think I've ever been this happy to lose one pound! It was so exciting to get to post my weight today. I had a not so desirable day and wasn't sure how it will affect the scale. But sometime soon, I must take my measurements so I won't just quit when that scale doesn't show me what I want to see. Anyway, today, I'm celebrating! Sat, 2 Mar 2013 10:10:19 EST For the first time in a long time... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5263827 I drank 48 oz of water before I even got home from work today. This challenge is motivating me to come up with more creative ways to get that water in. I drank 16 oz first thing this morning, and I took my cup to work with my 32 oz jug. I poured the water into the smaller cup and took it with me to my classes. I was surprised when I finished it! I haven't done that in a long time. <BR> <BR> I plan to drink 16 more oz before I go to bed. I am working on stopping liquids by 9 pm so I won... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 19:39:51 EST Feeling Pretty Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5261593 I got my exercise in today. I'm going to pull T-tapp back out of my bag of tricks. It's sad how you know something is good for you, and you have to make yourself do it. I love how T-tapp gets my body in shape, but I get bored so easily. So I think I've got to use mind over matter. It's what's good for me. Period. But I also love different types of cardio and DDP yoga. I made out an exercise schedule for myself and made appointments for them in my phone. To combat the boredom, I'm lea... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 23:31:03 EST Inconsistency is making me sick...Literally http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5260768 I'm just wondering today how long it will take me to realize that until I make some changes and stick to them, the scale is going to keep on inching up, one bad choice at a time. I've done extensive reading on trying to get rid of H-pylori bacteria, and I know what I need to do. But it's not the knowing, it's the doing that's tripping me up. <BR> <BR> Normally, I'd be really down on myself right now, especially after I stepped on the scale for the 5% challenge. But when I looked at the nu... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 08:24:08 EST 5% Winter Challenge - Assignment 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5247197 Why do I want to lose weight? One of the reasons that I want to lose weight is that I want to finish something I started. I have been battling my weight for years now, with my lovely babies sprinkled in between. I want to set a good example for my family, especially my children. I want to relieve the pain I have in my knees and I would like to completely heal from H Pylori bacteria. I am trying to do it naturally since the antibiotics didn't work, but I'm having a time cutting back on su... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 00:55:04 EST Still in the Fight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5237733 Yesterday, I got a good workout at the park with my kids. I rode my bike one time on the trail (1.3 miles) and then I walked one full time. <BR> <BR> I have a buddy at work and we were planning to walk together. She ended up joining a gym and I'm not sure I want to make that investment right now, especially since I have enough equipment at home. The gym is so close to our house, but doesn't have classes yet. So, we agreed to just keep each other accountable and encourage each other to ex... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 20:20:06 EST Challenges at Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5202911 I know my title sounds like there are some negative things going on at my job. Well, that is the truth, but that is not what this post is about. Everyone is in a season of change at my job, but I'm learning to be content with whatever they throw at me. It's been a long road, but I'm gettting there. <BR> <BR> Anyway, we have a Wellness department at my job, and we just completed a Maintain Don't Gain challenge. Every year, before Thanksgiving, we have to weigh in. When we come back after... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 23:09:29 EST Good News Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5199290 First off, I lost two pounds from the last time I weighed. Woohoo! I am loving the Zumba Core right now and plan to do my second workout today. <BR> <BR> At work, we are starting a Biggest Loser Challenge to last throughout April. I am planning to participate and found out that one of my coworkers is doing it also. I have several coworkers participating, but I'm so excited about this particular coworker because she lives less than five minutes from me. We both talked about buying skat... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 18:48:28 EST So Far, So Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5197604 I purchased the Zumba Core for Kinect and it came in the mail today. Whoa what a workout! I am excited, even though I have to learn so many new steps. I know the basics, and I'm competitive, so I will figure it out. I am not satisfied with 2 and 3 stars! Anyway, I sweat and enjoyed myself. My job is having a free Zumba workout and one of my schools (the one my kids attend) is having a health fair on Thursday. I am planning to attend them both. We'll see how it goes. I feel like I am... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 20:06:14 EST Today, I am Thanking God for.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5194145 My Xbox 360. No doubt. My dh set it up so that I can do my January Jumpstart exercises on my tv. Now I don't have to move the laptop from my desk to the floor and slant the screen so I can see when I'm doing floor exercises. <BR> <BR> I am also thankful today for all green veggies. They really do a body good. Mon, 7 Jan 2013 00:13:09 EST Today, I'm thanking God for... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5191813 My dear husband. 2012 was a great year for us, in spite of some low points. We lost a couple of close relatives this year, but we are still relatively healthy and our kids are okay. I had to make some changes for the sake of my kids with where they go to school, but I am blessed that I even had an option to put them somewhere else. God is good all the time, and it is my plan to thank Him more this year than I ever have. So I'm starting today with my dh. This has been a long, up and dow... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 15:41:07 EST H-Pylori Bacteria http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5134415 Okay, here's what I learned today from a herbalist in my hometown. H-Pylori is hard to fight and can even be resistant to antibiotics. Sugar feeds the bacteria. Of course, I did not learn any of this from my doctor. He suggested some herbs to take, as the regimen that I was taking from my doctor didn't completely take care of the problem. So now, I have to drastically cut back on sugar and I already ordered the herbs he suggested. When I can stick to this regimen, I know that this weigh... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 19:32:36 EST Lessons from a Six Year Old http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5131453 My hubby and I watched a biography of Marla Gibbs yesterday (Florence from The Jeffersons). According to her story, she didn't start acting until she was 41. All throughout the story, she keeps saying, "It's never too late" to do anything. My hubby thought the show would inspire me and he was right. I think I've been moving slowly toward this thought for some time now, so Marla's story hit home. On one hand, my job is what it is, but it's never too late for me to accomplish the dreams I'... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 11:14:18 EST Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5125585 I'm just getting over a horrible stomach bug. I'm not sure if it was food poisoning or a 24 hour virus, but it took everything I had. It looks like everything is back to normal. I'm sticking with our family plan of eating grilled, baked, and fresh, along with 15 minutes exercise. I came home today and got a 20 plus minute walk out of the way. If nothing else, I need to do it to deal with stress. I'm just glad to still be here on Spark. Mon, 5 Nov 2012 23:30:01 EST I Thought I had Lost them, but I think they found me... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5117355 Well, I braved the scale again. Looks like I have gained back the few pounds I had lost. I'm not angry. I know exactly what happened. I had lost my "Want To" and I need to read Made to Crave again. I let stress and football and other outside factors get in the way. Then the negative thinking seeped back in. "I knew I wasn't going to lose that weight. And now I'm starting from scratch. Again. Blah blah blah." I think I'm going to write a letter to myself and act like I'm giving a pe... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 22:45:46 EST Gratitude and Moving Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5108855 First, I want to say thank you to all that reached out to me when I posted my last blog. I appreciate all of the love. I needed every bit of it. I am still pressing forward with getting a better handle on health and wellness, and my goal is to take baby steps. Here are the three goals I'm working on: <BR> <BR> 1. Exercise 10 minutes a day <BR> 2. Eat all meals before 9 p.m. <BR> 3. Drink at least 32 oz of water <BR> <BR> I know that 32 isn't all that I need, and 9 p.m. is a little l... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 18:41:16 EST I need help http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5100356 I can't pinpoint where I fell off. I have lost my motivation. I feel like I haven't done much of anything in years as far as weight loss. I am struggling to get inspired. I'm not drinking water like I should. My eating has fallen by the wayside. My sleep is off. I'm stressed out at work. Somehow, my exercise has even fallen off. I think it seems that when I had at least some things going, I was only maintaining. I'm feeling negative and I sure need a pick me up. Man, I miss Sparkli... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 19:12:02 EST Reflections, Realizations, and Resolutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5074944 A lot has gone on in the past month or so. Frankly, my sparkfriend (thanks Karenmarie!) was right. After having chest pains, excessive gas, changes in bowel movements (sorry if TMI), pain in both palms, and tingling in my arms, I decided to se the doctor after prompting from several people. The diagnosis? H pylori, the bacteria that causes ulcers. Thank God I had not developed an ulcer. Yet. But boy did I get an epiphany. Several. First of all, even though the nurse didn't tell me so... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 21:00:08 EST Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5065404 Well, I have fallen off from blogging for a while. School is completely in session now, and my stress level is through the roof. Because of Sparklive and Sparkpeople, I have several strategies that I try to employ. Still, a good old fashioned cry is sometimes in order. So I had a good one yesterday. I'm so overwhelmed, and I feel like I have three jobs this year. Our days are longer, and life is rolling full swing. Even so, I've got the greatest dh anyone could ever asked for, who enco... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 20:29:15 EST