WUBBY82's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WUBBY82 WUBBY82'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/ Changes Abound http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6331356 Day 28 <BR> <BR> While I was sitting at work yesterday and my hair got caught under my armpit for the umpteenth time, I decided it was time to chop it off. I googled some images and ended up requesting a bob with a slight A-line. Here is the before and after: before is at work and after is sitting in the parking lot fresh out of the salon. And by salon, I mean Great Clips. :) While I haven't styled it yet quite how I envision it, I'm happy to literally have that weight off my shoulders. ... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 13:24:07 EST Starting a Food Journal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330512 Day 26 <BR> <BR> I decided to start keeping a food journal of what I eat and drink throughout the day. Here's the start of today's entry... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c6e5d63d-46de-4579-a27d-2653e9af1175.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The last few days for lunch I have been making salads to enjoy at work. Today, I felt like throwing a croissant into the mix... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2a12c15f-eced-48c6-a6fe-52c7c779e7c0.jpg"> <BR> <BR... Thu, 9 Mar 2017 21:50:59 EST Day 25: Viva Healthy Eating! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330028 While I did have a cinnamon roll for breakfast, for lunch I enjoyed a grilled chicken salad (made from scratch), string cheese, strawberry applesauce, and juice. Dinner was a combo of egg whites, broccoli, kale, and corn, with water as a beverage. <BR> <BR> Lucy and I went for a jog after work, and I came home and did some more dumbbell arm exercises and some ab work on the weight bench. The tummy is sore, but you gotta do what you gotta do. <BR> <BR> This is goofy me after workout and pr... Wed, 8 Mar 2017 22:52:49 EST Day 24: I know I Have Abs Under Here Somewhere http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6329502 Yesterday, Lucy got in trouble so she was not rewarded with a jog. I went into our home gym and put in 15 minutes on the elliptical, and then did some work with weights and used the weight bench to secure my legs to do some crunches. <BR> <BR> Oh man! I wasn't feeling any after-effects until today until I attempted to do some more. No pain, no gain I reckon. <BR> <BR> We went for a jog today when I got home from work. I took a break to make dinner. A few minutes ago I was back in the g... Tue, 7 Mar 2017 22:33:00 EST Days 21 & 22: PROGRESS!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6328264 Sunday weigh in: 211.4 pounds - WOO HOO! <BR> <BR> Saturday was a great day! I woke up and drove down to South Mountain and spent two hours hiking. What a gorgeous view! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/24ba16cc-398b-42fc-a024-78762e32ded1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/644125df-623d-4c66-8041-66c682280de9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/476366a9-66a9-47c8-8900-392360312b13.jpg"> <BR> <BR> On m... Sun, 5 Mar 2017 15:58:16 EST Day 20: Feeling Good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6324183 Today was another on-track day for me. Lots of water; behaved food-wise. Jogged with Lucy. <BR> <BR> Don't really have much to add today. <BR> <BR> I made plans with my MIL to see the new Beauty and the Beast when it comes out later this month, so I'm excited about that. Anyone else going to see it?? After the movie, we'll grab some lunch and do some shopping. Good times! Thu, 2 Mar 2017 22:23:11 EST Day 19: Back on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6323628 Adam and I will be flying to my hometown at the end of the month, and he is determined to lose 10 pounds before we go. <BR> <BR> CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. <BR> <BR> Nutrigrain bar for breakfast. Two cups of green tea throughout the morning. Jelly sandwich, string cheese, fruit snacks and a bag with 5 mini Keebler cookies, with a Capri Sun. Lots of water all day long (probably at least 10 cups). <BR> <BR> Walked across campus and back and got a bunch of steps in. <BR> <BR> Dinner was lemon pe... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 21:37:09 EST Day 17: Some Days It Just Doesn't Happen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322579 The exercise, I mean. <BR> <BR> I knew today would be rough and I probably wouldn't exercise. But that's okay. Since I did jog yesterday, technically today could be considered my rest day. <BR> <BR> I had to stay a few minutes late at work, then I had a dental appointment to check on the status of the bone graft from my tooth extraction. <BR> <BR> Then I had a mystery shop to conduct. Yes, I do mystery shopping. Why? Because it's awesome. <BR> <BR> I didn't get home until about 7:00p... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 22:28:14 EST Day 16: A Day of Rest (Sort of) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322022 My morning started when I woke up just after 6:30am. I slept sooo well after all that hiking and exploring yesterday. It felt sooooooo nice to sleep through the night (I haven't done that for as long as I can remember!) <BR> <BR> I got changed into my workout gear and Lucy and I went out for our (now almost daily) jog. <BR> <BR> After that, I went to my platelet donation appointment. I schedule my appointments on Sundays so I guarantee myself a lazy day! :) <BR> <BR> While donating plat... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 22:42:52 EST Day 15: My Legs are Kaput http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6321567 Well, I went on my hike today. And it turns out that it is actually over 7 miles. Oy. But check out these stats! I got all this before the clock struck 9:00am! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2399e514-85e1-4f67-9ab8-fddd9fd6c095.png"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ae8a5ac9-a80c-48d7-89bd-8839ede0b83e.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4e63c0a7-6395-4bb6-a347-a7ec031ebb6f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My family and I then ... Sat, 25 Feb 2017 23:06:11 EST Day 14: Today Was a Good Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6321074 Today's weight: 214 pounds <BR> Down: 0.8 pounds <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/df91cbbc-f632-46eb-bac9-a562483ed0a8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is good. Aunt Flow is gone, so my body should be able to make up for the bloating pounds that were added on. <BR> <BR> Today was a short day at work. I had my annual well-woman exam (yay for getting the girlie parts checked out! LoL) Fortunately, my OB/GYN is awesome. Unfortunately, he is retiring next month so I have to f... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 22:04:58 EST Day 13: Keep the Momentum Going http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320577 My weight has gone up another pound. Don't you hate it when you're doing everything right, but Aunt Flow messes everything up? I'm being good, eating better, working out. All the right steps. <BR> <BR> Fortunately, she'll be vacating in the next day or so, and my body will catch up. <BR> <BR> Until then, I know I must stay the course. I'm not doing anything wrong, so pretty soon, my results will show. <BR> <BR> My immediate goal is to get back to ONEderland. Some days it seems so clos... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 22:19:07 EST Day 12: Lots of Walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320089 Today's weight: 213.0 pounds <BR> <BR> So the weight has gone up slightly. What can I say? Mini Snickers and the crimson wave have me up a couple pounds. <BR> <BR> Food intake has been good, and not to the extreme. I'm eating smaller portions at dinner, without feeling the need to make up for it later at night. Definitely a good thing! <BR> <BR> I've done good activity-wise, jogging with Lucy over the weekend and after work each day this week so far. Today, ASU had a Staff Appreciatio... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 22:32:50 EST Day 6: Being a Good Girl http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6317185 Today's weight: 211.2 pounds <BR> <BR> Yay for more progress! No mindless snacking today - the gals at the reception desk at my work keep a jar stocked with chocolates and I have yet to grab a piece. I think a took one few weeks ago, but that was it! <BR> <BR> I've been drinking a lot more water lately. I'll drink water and green tea at work and stick to water once I get home. <BR> <BR> Speaking of getting home, I got home just before 6:00pm and took Lucy for a jog. She did really goo... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 21:42:01 EST Day 5: Let's Get Real http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6316713 Okay, I'm going to break it down. Those of you who've read my past blogs know that I don't really sugarcoat much. Here we go... <BR> <BR> Please tell me I'm not the only one. I weigh myself most mornings. This is post bathroom, sans clothing to get my most accurate morning weight. <BR> <BR> This morning I weighed in at 213.2 pounds. After my shower and another trip to the bathroom, I weighed myself again: 213.0 even. I'm counting it!! <BR> <BR> Does anyone else do this? Like serious... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 21:49:41 EST Day 4: Just Say No http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6316210 So today is Valentine's Day. The day of chocolate and candy and overpriced flowers. <BR> <BR> I cannot lie. Adam had flowers delivered to me and they are beautiful. At lunch time I went to his work and gave him his manly valentine: an air filter for his truck. Say it with me...awwwwww... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8f016d8c-a1f0-427b-a344-53875cc89408.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There were cookies and candies at work. There were also bagels and muffins and croissants... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 22:34:30 EST Day 3: Another Day, Another Dollar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315692 One nice thing about weekdays is the fact that I can't just sit there and snack as easily as I do on my couch. I had my breakfast; I had my lunch; I had my dinner. Had a little bit of ice cream for dessert. I bought myself some last Monday because I had dental surgery last week and some days it just feels good. It gives me that little bit of oomph and makes my gums feel better. <BR> <BR> No jogging today as I had a dental follow up after work. Today was pretty sedentary for me because I... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 22:38:02 EST Day 2: Cleaning Out the Closet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315124 I woke up this morning about 6:30am and took Lucy out for a jog. We got home about an hour later. From there I had a mug of hot cocoa while I prepped a roast for dinner. I made breakfast for the fam: turkey bacon, scrambled eggs, and mini (silver dollar sized) pancakes. <BR> <BR> After that, got laundry done, cleaned the shower, washed the dog (oh my!!) Needless to say, I got soaked, so I had to change after, ha! In between all that, I got on the elliptical for a couple minutes. <BR> ... Sun, 12 Feb 2017 21:42:59 EST Day 1: I Have to Do This for Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6314657 I kept my word. Mostly. I was up before 6:00am. Got Lucy all harnessed up and we went out for a nice jog. We were out for about 45 minutes. We were home by 7:08am. <BR> <BR> The family had to go out and do some shopping today. We had lunch at Smashburger. I love burgers. But you know what? I had the cobb salad. You read that right. I did good. Cobb salad and iced tea. Good Shelby. <BR> <BR> All of that running around got me these stats: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.spa... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 22:29:34 EST Honesty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6314194 Today's weight: 214.8 lbs. <BR> <BR> Le sigh. <BR> <BR> Man, it is HARD to lose weight when I'm not the only person living in my household!! It was so much easier the first time around. I had the motivation to get up in the morning, knowing nothing would keep me up late. It was easier to get up early on the weekends to hike knowing I didn't have 4-5 loads of laundry ahead of me. <BR> <BR> Life was simpler when I was single. Not saying I want to go back to those days, obviously. But I'... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 22:58:04 EST Let's Try This Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6306340 Hello, my SparkleLovelies. It has been too, too long. I find it incredibly sad that my last blog post was February 2016. Almost a year. I have no excuse. <BR> <BR> I have not been doing what I should have been doing all along. So I find myself back in the 200 pound range. Back to clothes being tight. Back to not feeling attractive. <BR> <BR> It's not that I haven't been active. I just haven't been active as regularly as I should. <BR> <BR> Many things have happened in the past year... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 17:16:18 EST Time Keeps on Tickin' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6106211 I've been engaged for two months, and pretty much everything is planned. I'm not good with waiting. I want vendors booked and on my page. All I need is hair and makeup, an officiant, and our apparel. Less than 8 months to go. <BR> <BR> One thing that will take awhile is the weight loss. I've lost a few pounds in the last couple weeks, so I know I'm on the right path. I have been walking extra during the week and hiking on the weekends. Nutrition has improved greatly as well. This is ... Sat, 27 Feb 2016 16:20:48 EST I said YES! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6055427 To what, you ask? <BR> <BR> Well, 'A' proposed to me on Christmas morning in front of his entire family!! <BR> <BR> I said yes. I cried. His son cried. My hands were shaking. 'A's were shaking worse. <BR> <BR> And his mom got the whole thing on video. Haha. <BR> <BR> After all of the family's Christmas gifts were opened, 'A' disappeared and comes back holding an envelope. He says he has one more gift for me and tells me I have to read it out loud. I open the envelope to find a Chris... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 14:25:18 EST The Struggle is Real http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6022135 Oh man. How did I get here? Where is here, you ask? Here is back up to 210 pounds. I mean, I know how I got here...but how did I let myself get here? <BR> <BR> The past couple days, I have really been hating my body. I see all that hard work I put in completely gone. It's like I don't care. I know I do, but I'm sure not acting that way. I need to get myself mentally back to where I had been, where I'm excited to go workout and run and hike and all that jazz. I'm just not there. <BR>... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 15:45:19 EST My Name is Shelby and I Eat Way Too Much http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953439 I love food. There, I said it. I eat way too much and it happens way too often. <BR> <BR> Do you remember when I had gotten down to 170 pounds for my brother's wedding on October 13, 2013? I remember it. I felt so happy and healthy, vibrant and awesome. <BR> <BR> Since that date, I have slowly worked out less and started eating more. <BR> <BR> Today I weigh 205. <BR> <BR> Today, I don't feel so healthy, or vibrant, or awesome. I'm happy in so many aspects of my life: relationship, wo... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:28:51 EST When You Can't Tell Upside Down from Right Side Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950335 My last blog was on March 15. That's no good. My apologies. Here's what has been going on in my crazy world: <BR> <BR> APRIL 2015: <BR> <BR> 4/3 - My grandpa passed away following his courageous battle with cancer. The Tuesday prior to his passing, I was able to hear him say he loved me one last time. <BR> <BR> 4/8-4/14 - Drove home to Sacramento for services. When I got to town on 4/8, my mom tells me there's more bad news. Grandma fell and broke her hip. Was on the kitchen floor fo... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 14:27:07 EST Random Catch Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893395 Life is hectic. Life is crazy. Life is great. <BR> <BR> I have still been walking at work; not as much now that it's reaching the 90s, but I'm still going, and adding flights of stairs in the mix. <BR> <BR> I went on a hike this morning with 'A's family, which was about 4.5 miles in 1hr20min - not too shabby. But my legs feel like dead weight. <BR> <BR> 'A' is doing great. He bought a bike and has been riding that in the mornings. That, along with his gym time has got him down about 12 pou... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 14:47:17 EST One Day Becomes Three Weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5872618 Oh my Lovelies! <BR> <BR> As soon as I say that it doesn't feel right to blog every day when I have nothing to say, three weeks goes by without a blog!! Goodness! <BR> <BR> I'm still plugging along. I've been walking 3-4 miles per day at my work, so I've (for the time being) stopped jogging in the mornings. Food intake could be better, but it could also be way worse. You know what I'm talking about! <BR> <BR> Nothing really new has been going on - just looking at houses and dealing with ... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 15:36:32 EST The Highs and the Lows http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5855370 Okay Lovelies, I have decided that the daily blogging (keeping track with a Day 1, Day 2 blog, etc.) isn't really working me for. It makes me feel pressured to write when I don't necessarily have anything blog-worthy to say. So don't think I'm disappearing, because I am very much on track. <BR> <BR> I was so proud of myself this morning and this afternoon. Not only did I turn down birthday cake, I turned down ice cream sandwiches. Go me!! Major HIGH! <BR> <BR> Also, FitBit send me this a... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 22:02:03 EST Day 9: The Chinese Food Won http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852808 And my tummy was the loser. <BR> <BR> 'A' wanted to celebrate an event by having Chinese food for dinner last night. Of course, I was all for it. Unfortunately, I ate more than I should have and paid for it this morning, both with an off weigh-in and with tummy troubles. <BR> <BR> I should have known better. None of those leftovers came with me to work for lunch, as scheduled. He can have 'em. <BR> <BR> It rained last night so the roads/sidewalks were drenched. I completed a little ove... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 15:33:11 EST Days 7 and 8: Taming the Supermarket http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852191 Day 1 Starting Weight: 203 lbs <BR> Day 7 Starting Weight: 195.4 lbs <BR> Day 8 Starting Weight: 194.6 lbs <BR> <BR> The results are in. My total weight loss for the first full week back on the road to health is 8.4 pounds!! <BR> <BR> I know, my Lovelies. This doesn't sound healthy. It sounds like too much. Well, if someone else posted that, I would tend to agree. <BR> <BR> But knowing my body and what I HAD been putting into it, I know a lot was water weight and yucky crud that was ex... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 21:52:06 EST Day 6: Ready for the Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850680 Day 1 Starting Weight: 203 lbs <BR> Day 6 Starting Weight: 196.4 lbs <BR> <BR> I'm ready for this weekend. Are you?? Being so active this week has my legs feeling exhausted today. Each morning, I've jogged a mile. At work each day, I've walked at least three miles. But it feels great knowing it's paying off. <BR> <BR> Today, one of my coworkers moved into another position. According to management, this was the perfect opportunity to have cupcakes and apple cider. Awesome. <BR> <BR> We... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 22:46:11 EST Day 5: Even Shadows Give Encouragement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849855 Day 1 Starting Weight: 203.0 lbs <BR> Day 5 Starting Weight: 197.0 lbs <BR> <BR> I got all of my jogs and walks in again today. The security guard hollered out, "Back at it again, huh?" My response: "You know it!!" Truth is, I've changed up my route so I don't see him as often, because I'm still uncomfortable about his first statement. I only see him twice a day as opposed to six. <BR> <BR> During lunch, I saw this: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l88130656.... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 22:22:16 EST Day 4: Can't Nobody Hold Me Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848786 Day 1 Starting Weight: 203.0 lbs <BR> Day 4 Starting Weight: 197.4 lbs <BR> <BR> Down another 0.6 pounds. Feeling peachy. <BR> <BR> Oh man, was today a hard one to get out of bed or what?? I knew I had to keep my momentum going, so there I was at 5:30am getting my booty geared up and out the door. <BR> <BR> Good news! I didn't imaginarily lock myself out of the house this morning...so I had that going for me!! LoL <BR> <BR> And I hear you all about the security guard. I know (and knew t... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 16:47:18 EST Day 3: He Said What? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848075 Day 1 Starting Weight: 203.0 lbs <BR> Day 2 Starting Weight: 200.0 lbs <BR> Day 3 Starting Weight: 198.0 lbs <BR> <BR> Today's morning started out with a one mile jog. I leave the doors unlocked so I don't have to carry my keys with me. Well, I arrived back at the house at 5:55am...and the door wouldn't open. About 20 minutes and 50 phone calls later, 'A' was finally out of the shower and picked up the phone. He opened the door, which wasn't locked. But for some reason, it was stuck, be... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 21:57:37 EST Day 2: Feeling Optimistic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5847127 Day 1 Starting Weight: 203.0 lbs <BR> Day 2 Starting Weight: 200.0 lbs <BR> <BR> It's funny how a little bit of motivation, a little less eating and a little more jogging can make such a drastic difference in just 24 hours. <BR> <BR> I am down three pounds, right on the verge of my return to ONEderland. <BR> <BR> Today was good. I woke at 5:30am for a one mile jog. I was rushed this morning thanks to the kiddo, so I grabbed a package of belVita breakfast crackers to take to work. Enjoye... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 22:38:01 EST Day 1: Starting Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5845614 I've seen a few of my Sparkle Lovelies blogs where they date their posts. I think this may be great way to hold myself accountable. So here we go! <BR> <BR> DAY 1 <BR> <BR> 'A' and I talked last night. A few times yesterday, he asked what was wrong, why I wasn't my spunky self. At first, I just said I was tired, that I felt I couldn't take a break. He knew I wasn't being totally open with him. Then I came clean. "I'm tired of gaining weight. I'm not happy. I know it's my fault, but ... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 12:33:59 EST Hitting a Brick Wall http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5845215 Slowly, it has crept back. The weight, I mean. <BR> <BR> I was so happy to have found myself down to 170 pounds before my brother's wedding in October 2013. <BR> <BR> Here I sit, January 2015, weighing 200 pounds once more. I've gained 30 lbs in 1.25 years. Not cool. So not cool. <BR> <BR> I need to find a way to become accountable to myself once again. I don't know where my mojo went. It may have something to do with the fact that 'A' and I have become so comfortable with each other (he h... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 23:07:03 EST Compliments Never Get Old http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787372 I believe, as a society, that we should be building each other up and not tearing each other down. That is why compliments are so important. And I don't even mean comments about a person's physical appearance. Granted, those are always nice to hear. <BR> <BR> When I got to work yesterday, I had a voicemail from my boss waiting for me. Now, my boss is just about as sweet as can be, so I never feel taken for granted when she asks me to take care of something. This voicemail was asking to che... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 12:10:42 EST All Systems are GO! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770728 Happy Sunday, my Lovelies!! This is Shelby writing to you from the comfort of her own home, on her own computer, with her own internet connection!! It only took two years to make this happen again :) <BR> <BR> For those of you who have been following me on my journey, 'A' and I moved into our house on August 22nd. This actually involved three moves, which made for an exhausting weekend. Our house is almost fully unpacked and we are settling in nicely. We are definitely happy about this three... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 21:47:56 EST Still a Motivator? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752971 I'll be the first to admit I was blown away when I received an email from SparkPeople last night informing me that I was selected as today's Featured Motivator. <BR> <BR> I do my best to try to make others feel that they're not alone, because they're not. <BR> <BR> As you have seen lately, I've been slipping. I've gotten comfortable, which I think is a horrible word, because I don't feel comfortable. I feel fat again. My pants are tight, my shirts are tight, I won't wear my bikini withou... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 14:00:07 EST My Banana is Your Apple http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738787 Bizarre blog title? Maybe so, but bear with me. <BR> <BR> I was thinking about my progress the other day, which led me to think about prior times I had attempted to lose weight. This led me to the poignant conclusion that we are not cookie cutter. <BR> <BR> And thank God for that, right? How boring life would be! However, it also means that the answer for me is not necessarily the answer for you. <BR> <BR> My banana is your apple. <BR> <BR> And this is where life becomes tricky. I can tel... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:02:34 EST Time Flies... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727176 Was my last blog seriously written in April?!?!? Man oh man... <BR> <BR> Well, life + lack of computer with internet access leads to long posts that are few and far between. <BR> <BR> Update: <BR> <BR> I have slacked a little. I've gained a little weight. Nothing too dramatic, but enough for the pants to feel a little tight. I will not be ashamed of this, or embarrassed by it. It is what it is and I can't go back and change my poor choices. I even updated my stats on my weight ticker. Howe... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 14:18:44 EST Four Months - 20 Pounds? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672901 So here I am, trying to make a goal. Trying to pick a meaningful, realistic goal weight. Trying to pick a meaningful date for 'completion'. <BR> <BR> Completion. What a silly word to use. I reckon it's the day where I say, "Look at me!! I did it!!" <BR> <BR> What have I done? Am I going to stop? Does that date mean that I won't work out or eat healthy ever again. Of course not. Silly word. <BR> <BR> Completion. Just a little date that means nothing. And yet it still means everything. <BR> ... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:01:57 EST WARNING: Excitement Enclosed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657922 This blog really doesn't have anything to do with my journey in weight loss, but a large amount to do with my personal journey. I'm basically bursting at the seams, trying to maintain some sort of composure. <BR> <BR> It's not working out that well, and the thing won't be happening for about 6 more months, but still...When something changes, I get all giddy :) <BR> <BR> Drumroll, please!! <BR> <BR> 'A' and I will be moving in together (along with his son) when my lease is up at the end of ... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 15:06:49 EST Undefeated! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653284 That's what we all are, you know. If you're reading this, you're trying. You're working your butt off to achieve something great. You have not been defeated. <BR> <BR> Face it. We all have those days where all we want to do is sit on the couch and eat whatever delicious garbage we can find. I've done it. More times than I should probably admit to. But hey, I'm human. <BR> <BR> I had a strong comeback the other week, losing about four of the pounds I had gained. But, things happen an... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 14:04:58 EST Relaunch Success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5644711 Just a quick blog as I noticed I haven't posted in over a month. <BR> <BR> This past week, I have been kicking butts and taking names all over South Phoenix. Here is a snap shot of my work: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l159883612.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The result of my back on track-ness is a four pound weight loss last week. Please don't think that's too much for a one week loss. I'm still working on losing my winter re-gain, so the junk I've been putting in my bo... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 18:15:43 EST 28 Day Boot Camp with Coach Nicole - DVD Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610081 Hey SparkleLovelies!! <BR> <BR> I want to take this quick blog to let you know about the DVD SparkPeople sent me to try out and review for the SparkNation!! :) <BR> <BR> I was so excited when I was chosen to receive this DVD. I adore Coach Nicole and she always makes me feel great about myself, even when I can’t do a workout initially. I never beat myself up when she’s there motivating me. <BR> <BR> The DVD is called 28 Day Boot Camp with Coach Nicole. I know, I know. ‘Shelby, a Boot Camp ... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 10:25:58 EST 1,159 Reasons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5595355 1,159. <BR> <BR> The number of SparkleLovelies who have joined me on this journey (as of this post). <BR> <BR> 1,159. <BR> <BR> The number of reasons I share what I share. <BR> <BR> 1,159. <BR> <BR> The number of friends who know exactly what I've gone through. Exactly what I am currently going through. And exactly what I will eventually go through. <BR> <BR> 1,159. <BR> <BR> The number that shows me that I am not alone. <BR> <BR> 1,159. <BR> <BR> This number on my Friends page is mi... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 23:44:40 EST New Years' Commitments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576818 January 1st. The day millions of people resolve to go to the gym; to eat better; to be more active. How many times has this been you? <BR> <BR> I know it's been me MANY a time. New Years' Resolutions seem to build up so much hope that one slip brings you down. And brings you down quickly. <BR> <BR> No more New Years' resolutions for this gal. Mine is a New Years' Commitment...or Re-commitment, if you will... <BR> <BR> I know I can do this. I've already done it. I've already won. What I nee... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 14:49:48 EST