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Mon, 30 May 2016 23:14:33 EST Starting Over Again (My wt. loss journey) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162530 Hi Peeps, <BR> <BR> I wanted to start a new blog like I did so long ago (8 yrs ago) when I first discovered SP. To reach out and let myself and my friends know I was starting a new journey. So here are the Stats. My starting weight is 235 ish..... I have been off of depression medication for 1.5 months but still struggling with it. I am currently out of work and semi looking. I have given myself until the end of June to focus on myself and live on my savings and wait to start a new job. ... Sat, 14 May 2016 01:27:58 EST 2016: What are we going to do to celebrate growing older? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6085009 Hey Peeps, <BR> <BR> It is 2016 and I just celebrated my 45 birthday! In many ways it is good and bad to get older. The great thing is I am less worried about what other people think but more worried about how I feel about myself. I know gaining weight is hard for all of us but why does it have to be sooo much harder as we age. As the saying goes Youth is wasted on the young. In my case if I knew I would be thin for such a short time in my life I would have enjoyed it way more! <BR> <B... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 15:35:09 EST I am excited to teach a beginner Bootcamp and Boxing class http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5935805 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/73752be1-d2be-485a-b97c-52c8b625f77b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hey Peeps, <BR> <BR> How's it? As they say in Hawaii. <BR> <BR> I haven't blogged in a long time. Generally been a Spark slacker this year. My weight is at an all time high not for lack of trying that is for sure. <BR> <BR> So this week after an incredibly hard six months of taking care of a very sick kitty. (I had to put him down on Saturday) I decided to pick myself and start a ne... Thu, 28 May 2015 16:22:40 EST Obsessing over our Body Fat is unproductive! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848710 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l454235983.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have been conscious of my weight since I was 12 and grew to 5'10 and 100 pounds. I remember thinking all my friend are under a 100 so I must be fat. Yet I was truly in the norm for this height and weight and did not consider the fact that my friends were all shorter than me by a long shot. <BR> <BR> I started seriously dieting when I hit middle school and have been on a none stop obsession to find the pe... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 14:51:50 EST It is oh so more than a pair of pants http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802862 <BR> Why do I want to lose fat? <BR> Because I want to fit into a smaller size of pants. <BR> <BR> But why do I want to fit into a smaller size of pants? <BR> Because when I’m wearing smaller pants, I think I’ll look better. <BR> <BR> But why do I want to look better? <BR> Because when I look good, I feel good about myself. <BR> <BR> But why do I want to feel good about myself? <BR> Because when I feel good about myself, I’m more assertive and confident. <BR> <BR> But why do I want to be... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:09:34 EST What do you do to keep motivated when the scale goes up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769423 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l586521800.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hey Peeps, <BR> <BR> I recently paid $1100 to start a new exercise/diet program called Precision Nutrition based out of Canada. It is an online program that tries to help keep you motivated with daily workouts and healthy habits everyday. I have been looking at it for probably two years thinking boy that's a lot of money and you can not get a refund unless you stick with it for a year. (which stinks since I ret... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:31:37 EST Summer plans and Summer goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729314 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1031455667.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hey Peeps, <BR> <BR> So it is officially Summer and it is going by quickly. I just got back from Hawaii and am surprisingly happy with my body for once. Ironically seeing all the women in Maui wearing two pieces (that prob. shouldn't ) made me realize I am not looking so bad in comparison. Also I am finally back into some of my tighter items including my bathing suit (a two piece, I might add). <BR> <BR> I ... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:47:03 EST The most amazing video of Harry Shum (dancer) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683250 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elILetNPyr<BR>4 <BR> <BR> Love, Love,Love this video. So inspirational. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 14:26:22 EST It is getting to be a lot like Springtime..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666578 Hey Peeps, <BR> <BR> What have you been doing to welcome in the Spring? I finally cleaned my small back yard and bought a bunch of mulch and scattered it all around to cover up my horrible clay dirt. I originally was hoping to grow some flowers but my area gets very little sun due to large trees and facing the wrong side for direct sun. <BR> <BR> But have bought two big Hydrangas in pots and even am trying my hand at an herb pot. It actually looks really cute but it is a lot of work to r... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 13:55:37 EST 40 Days of Lenten (What I am doing this season) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645324 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1787851408.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hi Peeps, <BR> <BR> Wanted to check in and let you all know I am doing better. I was incredibly sick from January thru the end of February and still have a lingering cough and congestion. But am sort of well enough to go back to work. I was out of work for 7 weeks and have been put on half days while I am still recovering. It was tough being home for so long with nothing to do but watch TV and think of ways ... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 11:59:46 EST Been sick sick Day after Christmas and counting.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5591585 Peeps, <BR> <BR> I am horribly sick with the flu but would appreciate your kind thoughts and prayers. I am also suffering from terrible depression so could use some relief on that front too. It is the worst on the TOM. LOL I get crazy one the first day... Very weird. <BR> <BR> I am on medical leave until next Friday until I see a Psychiatrist to change to a new med that works. I am currently on Welbutrin and have had no more than 4 hrs of sleep for over a week due to complications wi... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 19:59:36 EST The end of the year Blues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565928 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1039575091.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hey Peeps, <BR> <BR> Well it is the end of 2013 and I am definitely feeling the year end blues. For an assortment of reasons I can not type or I might cry and since I am at work that would probably not be good. <BR> <BR> But I am trying to keep my head above water and have just restarted depression medication this week to help lift me out of this funk. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a great Christmas and a Happ... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 18:50:33 EST Life..... is not measured on a scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534237 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l685342404.jpg"> <BR> I wrote this poem/blog my first month on Sparkpeople. I like this poem because it puts the perspective back into my view of things. This year, I really have focused on my weight and my health issues and the lack of control I have been feeling by not losing a stitch of weight and getting more and more obsessed to see progress. <BR> <BR> But God and my friends see so much more to me than my weight. So I need to also se... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 19:47:21 EST What type of person do to have hidden inside of you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528598 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1793654416.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Okay this picture says it all. This has been how I have been feeling all year. I feel like the real me has been overshadowed by my weight issues and I have been working way to hard and seeing zero results. <BR> <BR> So for November I want to work on being happy with myself and my current circumstance and finding some new clothes that make me feel good about myself and my current size. <BR> <BR> I know that I w... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 19:05:34 EST 80%-20% Goal for October http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500365 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1949826696.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hey Peeps, <BR> <BR> It's hard to believe I am in my third month of my habit changing goals but here I am looking at the week of Oct. 1st thinking where has the time gone (and more importantly Why haven't I lost any weight <em>20</em> ) But if the original goal was to get better habits and become a healthier eater then I have been making great strides. <BR> <BR> Alas I have not lost any weight and in fact se... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:22:13 EST Carbs, Carbs, Carbs they are everywhere! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5483958 Hey Peeps, <BR> <BR> Been having some serious stomach issues lately (the past two weeks) so thought it would be a good idea to scale back on my gluten and other starches to see if that would help. So I am a week into making all of my meals from scratch (including my own mayo, salad dressings, and gluten free muffins) But still no relief. Plus I have lost exactly zero weight even though I have made a conscious effort not to go over 150 carbs a day. <BR> <BR> I am currently waiting for m... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 19:49:15 EST How easy will it be to change up my daily routines? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5469157 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l54734817.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hey Peeps, <BR> <BR> I have been contemplating a lot, how I can make the major changes I need in order to see real sustainable weight loss. One of the things, I decided to do was create 1-2 bi-monthly and or / 1-2 longer monthly goals to see if I can really change my over all habits. Last month's goal was to add 1 more veggie and 1 more fruit to my daily eating plan and to wake up on time. <BR> <BR> So how did I... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 17:47:07 EST There’s no such thing as one, universal “best” diet. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5447937 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1456733855.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here is an article I downloaded from Precision Nutrition. I copied the best part of the article since I found it really thought provoking. <BR> <BR> (Conclusion: Most popular diets — when done with care, attention, and a little coaching — help control appetite, improve food quality, promote exercise, and raise nutritional awareness.) <BR> <BR> Here is how... <BR> <BR> " 1. They raise nutrition awareness and a... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 17:46:03 EST August goals for a new start (number 1 of a series) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5440066 Hey Peeps, <BR> <BR> I wanted to add a blog with my weekly goals/results for the second half of the 2013 year. I really have been struggling over the past 7 months (gaining 30 pounds since last July) but really am excited to see what the rest of the year will yield with my new goals. I am more hopeful than I have been in a longtime and really know that a 5% to 10% change in my body composition is realistic in 5 month. So roughly 10-20 pounds or more importantly a few inches all around to ... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 17:03:36 EST Figuring things Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423359 So I have been trying to restart my weight loss all year and still have not found one thing that has really helped me see real big results. <BR> <BR> For the past few weeks I have been pondering joining a new coaching program from Precision Nutrition. The pictures of the winners results are amazing and the website information is enticing. But it all seems way too good to be true. I can't find any real reviews on the program online and only see the winners pictures and stories but questio... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 19:19:43 EST Dove Beauty Ad~ How we see ourselves vs. strangers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5373783 <BR> http://realbeautysketches.dove.us/ <BR> <BR> <BR> Hey Peeps, <BR> <BR> I have been feeling super down on myself for months. So much so, that it has been hard for me to think any positive things about myself. I am constantly catching myself thinking negative things about my body or my life and really want to turn it around so that I am more satisfied with my life. <BR> <BR> With that said my sister forwarded me this add for Dove. It was a great reminder of how we are our worst cr... Fri, 31 May 2013 15:04:18 EST Does eating 5-6 times a day work for you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5365990 Hey peeps, <BR> <BR> I have been trying to get on a better eating plan for the past 6 months and nothing seems to have helped me lose any weight. In fact since January I have gained 12 pounds. And last year gained an over all 10 pounds. Basically I am about 25 pounds larger than last June. Worst of all I was at my goal size of 12 last June and now size 16. <BR> <BR> So I am going to try to eat more often and see if that will work better for me. I am also going to try to reduce my carbs ... Thu, 23 May 2013 19:01:57 EST Battlefield of the Mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5336628 So I just shared this with two of my close Spark friends, but thought I would post it as this week's Depression battling tools. Maybe it will inspire you to pick up a new/old book. <BR> <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> Last night, I found a book my friend had given me years ago about battling depression and changing your thought processes called "Battlefield of the mind". <BR> <BR> It is from a Christian writer and uses bible verses to get her points across. It uses the premise t... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 17:35:44 EST Working on Gaining a New Positive Outlook http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5335563 Hi Peeps, <BR> <BR> As some of you might know I have been struggling a ton over the past 6-8 months with pretty consistent weight gain. It started during the second half of the year at about 1 pound a week and has continued ever since. In the beginning I was hoping it was just the added muscle I was getting from my TRX class, weight training and boxing. But now it has grown into a much bigger concern. <BR> <BR> My lowest wt. last year was 180. I have hit this weight a few times but have... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 18:11:03 EST Vitamin D and the Winter Blues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5299840 Hey Peeps, <BR> <BR> I have been really depressed over the past 3-6 months and found out that my vitamin D levels were almost depleted. My doctor prescribed a 10 week course of the vitamin D and I just finished my last weekly pill. I have to say upping my vitamin D, really helped give me back some of the energy I was lacking over the winter and helped with my winter blues. This vitamin actually helps restore serotonin levels to the brain. I had no idea it did that. <BR> <BR> I also fo... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 18:03:45 EST New Training classes for Fall Quarter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5066736 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l463721985.jpg"> <BR> <BR> HI Peeps, <BR> <BR> <BR> How is everyone? <BR> <BR> I am good. A bit frustrated since I have gained back all of the pounds I lost earlier in April and May. I am now hovering around 196. Last month I was 190 and the month before 185. I even got some of my Jenny Craig money back (1/2 of initiation fee) by getting down to 180 in May. And I am not eating a lot of calories on any given day. Def. not enough to ... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 17:25:36 EST What I learned this Summer (2012) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5036155 Hey Peeps, <BR> <BR> Thought I would add an end of the Summer blog since it is almost Labor day and alas Summer will be ending soon. So here goes with my list of what I have learned. <BR> <BR> 1. Even though I want to be bathing suit ready, doesn't mean it always happens (May) <BR> 2. Allergies suck and ruined my vacation to Vegas. (June) <BR> 3. I can do anything if I am determined and have support! (walked 18 mile charity while sick) (June) <BR> 4. Make plans on July 4th cause staying h... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 13:59:01 EST How does Caffeine affect you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4967361 Hey Peeps, <BR> <BR> Okay so I started out strong when I started my Primal lifestyle but with the summer and my love for diet soft drinks I have been really bad on my soda intake. I know all the studies on how bad they are for me and I do notice a shift in the way I eat and crave things when I drink them but I am addicted to the taste. <BR> <BR> I like to drink water when I am exercising but generally not as a way to just drink for refreshment. I find it tasteless and boring and only dr... Thu, 12 Jul 2012 14:51:39 EST Food Journal Confessions (Day 1) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4932115 So I am recommitting to being more diligent on my Primal Diet. I had been bad on re-introducing bread into my diet and that was a slippery slope to diet coke. Now I have to cut out my diet cokes and the bread. <BR> <BR> But I know I can do this! I have done it before and actually have been able to maintain my weight loss pretty easily even with the last month of being off plan. <BR> <BR> So here goes! Day 1 Food Journal below. <BR> <BR> <BR> So far I have eaten: <BR> <BR> 9:AM Breakf... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 19:56:32 EST She Let Go..... (downloaded from Fitchicks group on Facebook) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4897737 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l519488920.jpg"> <BR> <BR> She Let Go <BR> <BR> ... <BR> <BR> Without a thought or a word, she let go. <BR> <BR> She let go of fear. She let go of judgments. She let go of the <BR> <BR> confluence of <BR> <BR> opinions swarming around her head. <BR> <BR> She let go of the committee of indecision within her. She let go of all the <BR> <BR> ‘right’ reasons. <BR> <BR> Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry, she just let go. ... Fri, 25 May 2012 14:18:19 EST Starting my third month of Diet Changes (Grok On!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4896238 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l316258618.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So I am now starting my third month of the Primal diet. I think I am on day 65. I have been doing pretty well. And so far I have lost about 12 pounds, give or take a pound and gotten into my skinnier jeans. But still a size 12. Haven't lost a lot of pounds since the first 2 weeks but am losing inches slowly. <BR> <BR> This is the longest I have consciously remained on a diet and really believe this is a livea... Thu, 24 May 2012 13:53:02 EST Charity event to benefit injured Military (May 19th) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4859746 Hi Peeps, <BR> <BR> <BR> I live in CA (Bay Area) and was forwarded a cool challenge this week to join the cause Push-ups for charity. It will be in 3 weeks and will last for 90 seconds. My goal is to do 90 push ups in 90 seconds. This charity helps injured military coming home. Would love to have some donations if you can help. No amt. is too small. <BR> <BR> Here is the concept: <BR> <BR> http://www.crowdrise.com/befitbootcamps/ <BR> fundraiser/majellabushman <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> G... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 17:33:39 EST Out of the Darkness/ Suicide Awareness org. (June 9-10) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4851567 Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> I decided to honor my brother's passing by walking the Out of the darkness walk June 9th in SF. <BR> <BR> It is an 18 mile event that raises money for Suicide Awareness and prevention. <BR> <BR> My brother took his own life in 2008 and we have all mourned in our own way. I am glad I found this organization and walk to help me heal from this loss. <BR> <BR> I will post a donation link once I set it up for anyone that would like to help. <BR> <BR> Please check it... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 11:53:53 EST 40 days to a cleaner better Diet! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4848511 I just realized today that I am now on day 40 of my caveman/primal diet and it is getting so easy to eat this way! Although I am a bit sick of my breakfast options so googled new breakfasts this morning at work. So I wanted to post a few new sites I found online of people also following this diet. <BR> <BR> Today after work I am going to pick up bananas and shredded coconut to try the no oatmeal/ oatmeal on the Primal website and a blueberry dessert I found on everyday Paleo. <BR> <BR> I ... Mon, 23 Apr 2012 16:37:25 EST Day 19 of the Primal Diet! And Going Strong! or should I say Strong Goddess. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4817207 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l426840423.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Update: 4/23/12 Big Milestone: Day 40! Can't believe how easy it is becoming. <BR> <BR> <BR> Hey Peeps, <BR> <BR> I am on day 19th of the Primal diet and have learned so much about how my body processes carbs. For one I have been suffering from low carb flu since last sat (about 14 days)and am surprised how inefficient our bodies become after eating processed foods and how we need to reset/retrain our bodies t... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 17:10:06 EST Starting my own Personal training Career! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4800032 Hey Peeps, <BR> <BR> Decided to start training people for money! Been doing it for free for years. I just sent out some feelers and have already got some portential clients. Below is my new pricing for Personal training. I know it is way below market value but I wouldn't be licenced for a few months. So these are pricing for my friends as I build up real clients. <BR> <BR> Level 1 training <BR> <BR> 1. 30 minute PT focused on core, and over all body $20 <BR> <BR> 2. 30 Min. PT with... Thu, 22 Mar 2012 15:45:51 EST Conquering my fears and starting the Paleo lifestyle! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4785749 Dear Peeps, <BR> <BR> Okay today I am def. in need of losing inches and fast! My pants are so tight right now that all I can do is focus on the tightness of my pants. If I wasn't at work I would be un-buttoning them. How did I get to this point? <BR> <BR> It is obviously my current workout schedule (bulking up) and eating routine (too many carbs and processed foods). I don't eat a lot of calories so traditional slashing my calories is not going to work at this stage in my evolution. ... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 14:45:29 EST Proper Perspective at Work! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4777732 Hey Peeps, <BR> <BR> I just read this really good blog on a site called everydaypaleo.com It was so great. It was about one of her clients coming to her with a goal to increase her deadlifts instead of losing weight or getting a "better body". <BR> <BR> It was such a nice reminder to me that in order to be happy with myself I need to focus less on how I look and more on how I feel and function as a person. Lately I have been reminded of this by more than a few people. With my knees ca... Thu, 8 Mar 2012 16:16:11 EST Water is essential for a healthy weight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4772509 So many of you might know that I started a water goal at the beginning of the year to help me reduce my diet coke intake and to have a goal that was both measurable and attainable and non-weight related. Last week I upped my game by going cold turkey on my diet cokes (it is now day 8) and sticking to a min. of 90 oz of water a day. <BR> <BR> The funny thing is I haven't seen any real weight loss or inch loss due to this big change in my diet but today is different. I must have been lax on ... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 19:48:38 EST Being Aware of changes in your Body, when the scale does not move! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4765542 I am so happy I am finally to the point that I am giving myself the opportunity to use other tools to evaluate my Body other than a scale. My end goal for the next 12 weeks is to lose 5-10 pounds of real fat and that means that the scale might not move at all or at least only a few pounds. <BR> <BR> So I am committing this weekend to get my inches redone and to get a new before picture done as well. I am going to post the picture on my mirror in my bathroom and every time I see it (will ... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 14:34:59 EST Kicking fat to the curb! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4730852 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l478962593.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hey Peeps, <BR> <BR> <BR> Just wanted to check in and let everyone know what is going on in my world. I titled this blog "kicking fat to the curb" because I am hoping that positive thinking and saying it out loud will help me to remember to continue with this goal even when the numbers do not reflect it. <BR> <BR> This morning I weighed in (again) at 191.5 and to tell you the truth I am very disappointed with ... Thu, 9 Feb 2012 14:57:14 EST The Caveman diet and other interesting trends... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4705711 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l173866772.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This post isn't necessarily to discuss popular diets like the caveman/ palio, clean diet or raw diet. But to inform my sparkfriends of all the new ideas that have been floating around latey. <BR> <BR> Also I want to have a place to keep track of my diet treaks that I am implimenting to find the perfect eating plan for me. <BR> <BR> My final goal is to reduce my dependance to frozen foods, processed carbs and su... Thu, 26 Jan 2012 17:59:16 EST How's life everyone? Just checking in for year end Blog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4556304 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Just wanted to say hi and see how all of my sparkfriends are doing. I miss all of you guys and hope this Fall is finding you well. I have had my ups and downs and currently I am in a down phase of my life since I recently lost my father to cancer and am not loving my job at the moment. But I am hoping things will change and that I can start feeling happier. I know as long as I keep trying and continue to find avenues to both keep me busy and keep me in tune with my... Thu, 27 Oct 2011 18:12:05 EST How things have Changed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4390622 Hey Peeps, <BR> <BR> I wrote this my first month here on the Spark! (in 2008) How things have changed. Back then I could never have imagined being on the site for 4 long years. And definitely wouldn't have thought I would be at my goal size and kept on with all my new lifestyle changes. My journey has been quite a ride. <BR> <BR> I like this site because it really is a great way to keep track of our progress and reminds ourselves of all of our ups and downs and ( hopefully ups again.) ... Wed, 27 Jul 2011 20:44:46 EST What do you do when you get negative feedback? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4335728 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l964594249.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hey Peeps, <BR> <BR> Yesterday I prob. got the worst review of my life on a 360 review of my peers. I was so upset I burst out crying during my review with the consultant. Humiliating and very unprofessional to say the least. I was so upset I even contemplated throwing in the towel and quitting. I felt so hurt that my co-worker's gave me such low numbers. <BR> <BR> But after a good night's sleep and talking aga... Fri, 1 Jul 2011 16:27:42 EST My 6 month Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3967974 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l703307957.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hey Peeps. <BR> <BR> Getting very close to my final goal so wanted to both look back as well look forward to what I have accomplished and what I will achieve. <BR> <BR> Goals: To lost 1-2 pounds a week and exercise 3-5 days a ( depending on the intensity) To lose inches as my weight plateaus. <BR> <BR> <BR> My Original goal was 175 but revamped it to include a few tranches. See below. <BR> <BR> To get back t... Fri, 28 Jan 2011 03:06:20 EST 4 Simple Questions to ponder. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3897365 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l996483327.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hey Peeps, <BR> <BR> The Done Girls had a post last year that asked 3 interesting questions. <BR> <BR> 1. Why are you Overweight? <BR> 2. Why do you want to lose weight? <BR> 3. Why have you been unable to maintain weight loss in the past? <BR> <BR> And I added a 4th <BR> <BR> 4. How far have you gone in your journey? <BR> <BR> Please add your reponse below and share it with all of us. I think we can le... Thu, 6 Jan 2011 15:44:54 EST I copied this from Teeny Bikini's page http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3891207 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l791674338.jpg"> <BR> <BR> hey Peeps, <BR> <BR> I just read this on a new friend's page and loved it. <BR> <BR> So I am passing it along... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Are you stuck in your head worrying about the flab on your arms, the pimple in the middle of your forehead or the cellulite that keeps hanging around on the back of your thighs again? <BR> <BR> Listen, Hon. <BR> <BR> You don't need to lose those "last 10 pounds." <BR> <BR>... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 01:07:21 EST Keeping track of my weight loss for the next 12 weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3834447 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l433632192.jpg"> <BR> Hey Peeps, <BR> <BR> I set up my next goal for the next 12 weeks. In Sept. my class and nutritionist gave me a goal of 14 pounds or 7% in 12 weeks. At the end of the class I lost 10 pounds or 6% of my weight. I was very happy I was able to learn to keep track of my food and to reduce my calorie intake during those 12 weeks. But I was a bit disappointed I did not lose more weight. I really thought I would be able t... Thu, 9 Dec 2010 13:54:53 EST