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Why I Love SP.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Today was one of those days/weeks where I really came to realize just why I love SP. I have made excuses all week for why I couldn't go to the gym or workout. First it was moving into my new apartment, then it was work, then hanging out with friends. And on top of missing my workouts, I was eating very unhealthy. I got to work tonight entirely disappointed in myself and feeling like I just wanted to quit trying at all- the weight will never come off.
But all it took was a couple of minutes scrolling through old SP blogs of my own and some of my SP friends, and suddenly I was in my workout clothes and now I am off to the gym.

I think it's important to realize that although I have a goal weight, eating healthy, working out and losing weight is not a task I can simple check off my list when I have reached that goal weight. Instead, it's a lifestyle change I have chosen to make and dedicate a lot of my time and thought to. This is a lifelong journey, not a 3-month process.

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ARRREAGLES 8/21/2014 12:50PM

    I totally agree. It's all about how people interact here that makes it. As if everyone is supportive and knowing and able to build each other up. I so enjoy that myself.

Thanks for sharing, it's a great reminder for me too. Keep up the great work, and glad to see you doing so well! (because, when we fall, it is getting up that matters...)

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EMMACORY 8/20/2014 10:20PM

    Great insight! Spark Friends help keep the "spark" alive. Blessings on your journey to a healthy lifestyle. emoticon

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KNEEMAKER 8/20/2014 10:16PM

  Awesome and oh so true! Now just keep on keeping on. Step by step you will be on your Life Journey. It goes by fast so enjoy every minute of every day. emoticon

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Simple Bliss.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Two days ago I began 3 different "30 day challenges", and let me just say that these are extremely challenging!!! These are the 3 challenges I am doing:
1.) Lose Your Love Handles (14 day challenge I plan on doing twice)
2.) 30 Day Beach Body Challenge, by 30 day fitness
3.) 30 Day Ab and Squat Challenge, by 30 day fitness
I will also be adding cardio to all of this.

To start out my challenge I took my beginning weight and some beginning measurements, and then used these measurements to calculate my Body Fat Percentage. I chose to do this because I am fully aware that in this month I am going to be gaining muscle and losing fat, but that the scale may not show my full changes. As I entered in my measurements, weight and height into an online Body Fat Calculator (at fitwatch.com) I was extremely nervous to see what my starting body fat would be, HOWEVER, I was pleasantly surprised to see my Body Fat was 27.5%, which is in the average range for women! Although I am still hoping for this to change after a month of what I consider to be very intense working out, I am happy to see that I am currently in a healthy range!

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GAYEPB 8/14/2014 3:50PM

    I am doing the Ab a& Squat challenge and let me tell you, the day of rest, I still try to do 25-30 because the day after, is always a crazy amount to do but I found that I can do half in the morning and half before bedtime and I make it just fine. You can do it!!! Keep up the great work. emoticon

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

These last couple of weeks have been very very frustrating.

I have continued to stay in my calorie range (1200-1570) five out of the seven days of the week, and the other two, I still do not overly splurge. I continue to work out 3-4 days a week for at least a half hour.

And yet, I'm GAINING weight instead of losing. I do not understand what I am doing wrong, or how I can ever reach my goal weight, when dieting and exercise are failing me. emoticon

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JGTHIELEN 7/23/2014 7:59PM

    I agree that my calorie range and exercise program is aggressive. So I realize I must be doing something to gain weight, I was asking for advice not judgement.

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KNEEMAKER 7/23/2014 7:44PM

  Believe and achieve! emoticon

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GEORGE815 7/23/2014 7:34PM

    You have a very aggressive calorie range. And exercise. Must be doing something to gain weight.

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One Year Anniversary.

Monday, June 23, 2014

One year ago I joined SparkPeople and began my journey to becoming a healthier and happier person. And although that journey was filled with an abundance of ups and downs, I am happy to say that one year later, I am still as dedicated to my journey as I was when I just began.

It's amazing what difference a year will make emoticon

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ARRREAGLES 6/24/2014 2:08PM

    I've been watching the whole year, and I'm really impressed. Some days you come in and seem down, not entirely happy, but you show up, and man, that's the hard part, right?

Good for you! It's been wonderful to watch and enjoy as you continue your journey.

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    Wow! Those results are amazing!!!

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MYTURNNOW2013 6/23/2014 7:00PM

    Very motivating results...the picture says it all. Great job! Happy Sparkversary!

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144AUTUMN 6/23/2014 12:43PM

  keep up the good work!!

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One Of Those Days.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

emoticon Do you ever have those days where you feel like the amount of food you are eating just isn't enough? Even if it's the same thing you have been eating for the past 4 weeks, and it filled you up every one of those times?
That is me today.
I try to eat a small something every two hours while I am at work as a way to stop me from snacking in between meals (like I used to), however today this is a struggle. I had an apple for breakfast at 10, and by 11 I felt like my stomach was eating itself. I had a weight loss shake at 11:45 and have been starving since about 12:30. I am hoping to make it until 2 to have my sandwich and then I have a granola bar for at 4 and get off at 6. But right now I just really wanna drive across the street and eat an entire 6 pack and a pound from taco johns.

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ARRREAGLES 6/18/2014 9:15AM

    It's okay, this happens. I think you should consider packing small "munchy" snacks that you can have pretty guilt free -- I like raw almonds or cashews (good protein and fat, raw makes them way healthier) or unsweetened banana chips (potassium and vitamin K, no added sugar) or those little tiny boxes of raisins. The fresh, raw, and healthy can usually tide you over a little, and for a small number of very good for you calories, you can get there.

Even so, you've been doing so well with your training and diet -- don't sweat it. Keep the faith and the good work, you'll make it through!

Good luck!

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