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  • I want to keep going...But HOW?

    3/24/2015 8:50:07 PM, by HEALTHYNCGAL

    I happened upon this quote the other day on Pinterest, and I haven't been able to stop thinking about it. I can't even recall how many times I've failed (aka given up). I was talking about it with my SIL last night, and both of us want to stick to it this time. I mean, I've wanted to stick to ... Read more

  • The Cool Thing About Spark

    3/24/2015 4:23:36 PM, by MOMTOMONKEYS2

    So for the last week I've been slipping back into some bad habits and I have not been choosing to log my food and my fitness has been marginal. I don't want to give up and go back to bad habits so easily but its been a struggle. Today I was sitting at my computer at work contemplating a "wal... Read more

  • Weekend Update and Monday

    3/23/2015 12:49:11 PM, by MOMTOMONKEYS2

    Well another fast weekend behind me. Survived the (SW) State Wrestling Tournament and B took 2nd place in his weight class. I am proud of him - such hard work for such a little guy. It was a crazy tournament as one of his teammates broke his arm above the elbow (he is just 40lb weight class and ... Read more

  • South Beach Diet, Phase One -- Week One

    3/22/2015 12:12:31 PM, by HEALTHYNCGAL

    BOOM. Week One is DONE. I did really well this week. I kept my promise to myself and worked out all but one day last week (during the work week). I worked out Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. I stayed on Phase One, but I did have some baby carrots. (They were in a bag of raw mixed veggi... Read more

  • An Off Week

    3/19/2015 10:52:21 AM, by MOMTOMONKEYS2

    This has been sort of an off week this week and has turned from a good start to just trying to get through it! I started the week with 2 days in a row of getting up and doing my 10&10(4)10 challenge of 10 minutes of cardio/10 min of strength but the last two days I've not gotten up. I only mana... Read more

  • St. Patty's Day Challenges

    3/17/2015 1:24:30 PM, by MOMTOMONKEYS2

    I completed Day 2 of my 10&10(4)10 Challenge. I did JM 30 Shred for the second day in a row. I wasn't as sore as I thought I would be this morning from yesterdays workout so I increased my weight to 3lb weights and used them to do the shadow boxing cardio interval...I am feeling it so I would susp... Read more

  • Day 1: 10&10(4)10

    3/16/2015 12:14:31 PM, by MOMTOMONKEYS2

    Today is Day 1 of my 10 minutes of Cardio/10 Minutes of Strength for 10 days. I'd been getting in some walking but struggling with the strength so I'm hoping it will get me in a groove of getting in some strength. I also hope it will help me get in my 8 glasses a day of water 194 This morn... Read more

  • Pre Day ONE!

    3/15/2015 9:36:15 PM, by HEALTHYNCGAL

    I'm starting over again tomorrow! I'm going to do it. I weighed myself, took all my measurements, bought healthy food, purchased some new weight-lifting DVDs (I'm not comfortable lifting weights at the gym). My SIL and I are starting Phase One of South Beach Diet tomorrow. I will do Phase One for tw... Read more

  • Hopeful.

    3/12/2015 9:10:21 PM, by HEALTHYNCGAL

    I used to be in such phenomenal shape. I was a gymnast. A swimmer. A bike rider. I was moving from the time I woke up until the time my head hit the pillow. I felt like my body could do anything. I was so strong. I really felt badass. I miss that. I miss it so much. For so many years, I've... Read more

  • Thursday and Weigh Day

    3/12/2015 12:15:56 PM, by MOMTOMONKEYS2

    I've made it to Thursday 345 And its been a hard week this week. Its been a month since I started my 1 Good Thing Challenge that got me moving in the right direction of losing weight instead of continuing to gain weight. The reality is I could just as easily be at 186.5 instead of being at 178.3.... Read more

  • Tuesday Check In

    3/10/2015 12:27:35 PM, by MOMTOMONKEYS2

    Well, my weekend went fast and wasn't my best weekend as far as food and exercise but I've also had much worse. Yesterday I walked for a total of 45 minutes thanks to my car blowing a hose and leaking antifreeze requiring me to drop it at the shop and walk up to work and back down to get it when i... Read more

  • Never felt like this before.

    3/9/2015 6:30:47 PM, by HEALTHYNCGAL

    I am in tears. I weigh 236 pounds. I've gained even more weight, and I am currently not only the heaviest I've ever been, I am almost exactly TWO TIMES heavier than I was when I met my husband. I just did a little math on my calculator -- when I moved back from GA in September 2011, I was 162. In 3.... Read more

  • Friday Finally

    3/6/2015 12:30:07 PM, by MOMTOMONKEYS2

    So my spouse is out of town this week and next for that matter. I'm on my own with juggling children and their activities. I really reached my threshold last night when for the 3rd night this week I got home late and didn't eat dinner until after 7. I had at 180 calories in reeses miniatures and ... Read more

  • Hard Day

    3/5/2015 3:46:40 PM, by MOMTOMONKEYS2

    This is my second hard day this week. Not sure what's up but I'm really struggling. I'd give my whole left arm for some chocolate right at the present moment. I have carrots and hummus and a chobani in the fridge but neither is really doing it for me. I'm doing terrible on water and have had non... Read more

  • Let's Talk Cravings & Strategy

    3/4/2015 11:07:05 AM, by MOMTOMONKEYS2

    Yesterday I was having cravings something terrible at work. Some of my Spark Friends had some good suggestions in lieu of caving to the mini candy bars that were really great, including * strawberries* which would of been lovely with a tablespoon of light whip topping and they would of been a fract... Read more

  • Ok, Let's Talk About This Water Challenge

    3/2/2015 2:52:40 PM, by MOMTOMONKEYS2

    So last week I was all cocky and I'm like ok, let's do a water challenge - 8 glasses a day for 2 weeks to get back into the habit of drinking water like I'm supposed to, it will be pretty easy, it's just water. WELLLLL, let me tell you this is tough and I've not made 8 glasses once so far, grrr 2... Read more

  • Saturday

    2/28/2015 5:40:28 PM, by HEALTHYNCGAL

    I didn't go to the gym today, but I DID do something I haven't done in a long, long time: I WAS SOCIAL. I took Daughter to the animal shelter where she volunteers. My niece was also planning to volunteer today, so my SIL and I sat out in her van for an hour and a half and visited. We talk... Read more

  • Thinking about trying again (again).

    2/27/2015 9:28:59 PM, by HEALTHYNCGAL

    I think I may actually go to the gym tomorrow. I've been feeling so terribly depressed about my gains, and about my humongous weight in general, but I felt positive and optimistic this afternoon and evening for some reason. I know in my heart that my body won't look better if I keep doing what I'm d... Read more

  • 1 Good Thing Challenge: Day 14

    2/26/2015 11:30:53 AM, by MOMTOMONKEYS2

    2/26/2015: Today day is the last official day of my 1 good thing challenge. Tonight I am meeting a girlfriend for a glass of wine and to catch up. I'm looking forward to it. I don't leave my family to their own devices nearly often enough, lol. Today I had a hearty breakfast of oatmeal an... Read more

  • 1 Good Thing Challenge: Day 13

    2/25/2015 12:07:42 PM, by MOMTOMONKEYS2

    2/25/2015: Day 13 It has almost been 2 weeks since I started my 1 Good Thing Challenge. I've gone from feeling like I didn't do anything for myself to being able to list several things a day that are just for me, just for my health and well being. It feels really great! Tomorrow will be my l... Read more