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165 feels good.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

When weighing myself, I always weigh myself a couple different times throughout a day/week in order to make sure that I didn't just hit an extremely low point or high point before posting my weight. So when I weighed myself randomly two days ago and saw it was 165, I couldn't believe it and didn't post it. I hadn't been sticking to my workout schedule due to classes and work. So I waited. And I weighed myself yesterday, only to see the same thing. And the same again today.
I have finally accepted that the inevitable happened: I GOT OFF MY PLATEAU! After being stuck at 170 for what feels like forever, I was finally down and feeling BETTER THAN EVER.
To add to this great day, I aced my test at 8am this morning and did a 2 hour work out right after.

15 lbs to go for my goal weight, and I couldn't be more ecstatic! emoticon

  
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Change.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

This past weekend, I was looking back at pictures from my Freshman year of college.
I was absolutely astonished to see how big I once was, and how far I have come since then.

The pictures on the left are from freshman year, and the pictures on the right are from this year.
A two year difference.

  
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STEVEN2GO2 9/10/2014 7:53PM

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SUSANSUSAN14 9/10/2014 5:07PM

    I also so a recent photo that made me really cringe. I'm trying to get back to my old self slowly but surely!

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ARRREAGLES 9/10/2014 4:53PM

    The changes are often subtle, they are nearly impossible to see. But when you do have one of those moments of clarity, one of those "holy crap" moments, you realize that it isn't one big fix, one thing that solves it all, it's a long journey of choices made one at a time in increments.

And the results are fantastic. Wonderful job.

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Positive Thinking.

Monday, September 01, 2014

Today was one of those hard days.
A day when I looked in the mirror and hated what I was seeing.
A day when I sat down and could only think about the way my belly was bulging out and how large my thighs looked.
A day when I felt like giving up, because I was never going to get any smaller.

And that's when it happened. I stepped on the scale and saw I was down 2 pounds.
Just a small reminder that no matter how great you are doing, unless you keep a positive mind, it will NOT change your life.
You cannot fall in love with the changes your body is making unless you learn to love the body that you are in.

Blessed for a good scale day to remind me that this journey is one I still desire to be on.

  
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ARRREAGLES 9/2/2014 9:27AM

    Some mornings you wake up and you walk to the mirror like it's a walk from a cell to the electric chair. When you look yourself in the face and have to deal with what's underneath. I get that. It's not easy.

So have those days, but remind yourself often that there is a very big difference between you and someone who has already lost -- you're doing something about it. You're waking up and walking to the mirror. You're trying to eat better. You're working out. You're getting on the scale and looking down and not allowing the number to control you.

Learning to love yourself is hard, but it's meaningful, and important, and you're on that journey and doing well. I'm glad you're able to put some context to your emotion, and are continuing your journey. And SP will be here to help you along the way.

(and congrats for the 2 lb loss-- good on you!)

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LJOYCE55 9/1/2014 12:05PM

  Nice to have something to perk you up. Congrats.

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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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