SparkPeople Woo Hoo! Button to Celebrate Success! Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard_topics.asp?imboard=33 We want to recognize your accomplishments, however big or small. Let us celebrate with you! SparkPeople Woo Hoo! Button to Celebrate Success! Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard_topics.asp?imboard=33 Nearly 100 lbs. down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=36182178 Hi, this is my first time here in the community, and I'm looking to connect with people who have already lost 100 lbs. or more. I am officially 99.2 lbs. down over the last 8 months and, as much as I have heard all of the complements from my amazing friends and family, I'm trying to wrap my head around all that I've been through in that time and the ramifications of those changes. I've lost my weight just by changing my diet and exercising, but have encountered lots of new things since maki... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 01:06:36 EST Taking flight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=36181417 As a newbie I'm trying to make small changes especially in the exercise arena. Today I parked on a college campus further away than I normally would so I could take some extra steps. I also chose to climb 5 flights of stairs rather than take the elevator...the last few flights had me questioning my decision....I was winded bit I DID IT, Sat, 25 Apr 2015 22:49:38 EST First time post of success http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=36180735 I am new to actually posting on the message boards. But I am celebrating the fact that as of today I have lost 11 lbs! But my biggest success if figuring out that one of my major triggers is TV! Yes. I shut off my TV service and that is when I started seeing success. Now I am working on getting myself moving again. I had lost all my weight 3 years ago, but had gained half of it back, so this new success is so motivating I had to share it. Sat, 25 Apr 2015 21:07:17 EST Junk food http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=36179909 Today my husband bought a chocolate cake. One of my weaknesses is chocolate. He gave me a piece and I had 2 bites of it and decided I didn't want it so I threw it in the garbage. Boy did he get mad cuz I threw my piece away. I said sorry but I realized that I didn't really want it. Sat, 25 Apr 2015 18:54:31 EST fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=36172413 I was able to do my 15 minutes on the ski machine with alternating 1 minute bursts at high intensity. It felt so wonderful. I havn't been able to be this active in over 5 years! This is huge for me. so excited. :) Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:44:04 EST Lost http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=36172286 Just wanted to say that today was my weigh in day and I lost 4 lbs. this week, <BR> my over all loss =20 lbs. <em>104</em> <em>244</em> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:45:47 EST Gym grind http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=36169856 I finally went back to the gym recently after not going for 8 months. I ran/ jogged 2 miles on the treadmill yesterday! (Usually go up to 1 mile and i'm done), I also noticed I was getting more flexible =) Fri, 24 Apr 2015 07:45:24 EST My first appearance on Congratulations board http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=36168690 I went for my weekly weigh in at my nutritionist's clinic and I saw my name on the congratulation board :). I can not believe this as I am the one who is reading the other names and wonder when my name will come there. It just made my day. what a lovely feeling. In last 5 months I have lost 5 kgs and 13 inches. I am loving it <em>521</em> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 02:23:41 EST No scale through the winter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=36167427 Last week, after a long winter I felt motivated to weigh myself when the capri's I put on were not tight, and they had been tight in the past. I was down 18 pounds from November! I am heavy enough that I honestly didn't know, but noticed the clothing fitting a bit looser. <BR> I had been so frustrated with getting on the scale, and the scale dictating how I felt, and so often it was not good. So I decided I was putting it away and not getting on it again anytime soon. Fast forward to a few da... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 22:19:36 EST Celebrating 50 days of tracking and losing 15 lbs. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=36167228 As a bonus I found my Spark tracker! I left it on top of my printer and It had blended in. I had only tracked 2 days and have looked and looked. Yay! Thu, 23 Apr 2015 21:37:54 EST Down 52.6lbs - Began Program in January http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=36164914 I am proud of how far I've come! It hasn't been easy and I have slipped up more times than I can count! But I have come a long way since middle of January! I just started working out last week, so I've been hitting it hard at the gym! May is gonna be my month!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1374272931.jpg"> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:25:52 EST I want to share this with you... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=36162968 I am soo happy I am currently 168 punds, I was 205 at my heaviest!! I havent been this light since 2011, 4 years now!! <BR> 36 pounds lost, 39 pounds to go. <BR> Best wishhes for you all, lets accomplish our goals together!! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <em>213</em> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l268059607.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2067938691.jpg"> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:43:27 EST FINALLY under 200 lbs!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=36147835 For the last 3 years, I've been going through infertility treatments. I have stage 4 endometriosis. Towards the end of that journey, I was put on a steroid to help control my hormone levels called dexamethasone. It is usually only used for cancer patients and causes extreme weight gain. Despite eating sugar free and 150g carbs or less each day, plus running a mile each day - I still gained 40 lbs in 4 months. Putting me at my highest weight ever of 211 lbs. <BR> <BR> Today I weighed i... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 11:18:39 EST 2 weeks in a row, over 20 miles!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=36145337 I walked/ran/sprinted over 20 miles the last 2 Saturdays--getting stronger! WOOHOO!!!!!! <em>244</em> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 06:22:09 EST MAJOR GOAL ACCOMPLISHED!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=36143791 Today, the scales say I have OFFICIALLY LOST 201 lbs from my Heaviest, my day has been made...... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:53:52 EST My clothes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=36138117 I have been working actively on being healthier this past month, and I've noticed my clothes starting to fit a bit better <em>104</em> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 08:04:42 EST End of Week One http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=36131095 Today is the end of week one, and I've got from 184 lbs to 180.1 lbs, which is more then I could have hoped! I'm feeling even more motivated by this win :) Sun, 19 Apr 2015 09:09:35 EST Week 1 Down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=36126904 I've had a good first week- down 4.5 pounds! It definitely helped tracking food and eating less sugar, which makes me hungry. I really like this site. Plain ol' calorie counting seems to be what is going to work for me! Sat, 18 Apr 2015 17:21:06 EST Three years of a new lifestyle http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=36123128 Three years ago today I started my weight loss journey. I've lost 40 lbs. Thanks to SP I have counted my calories almost everyday for three years and tracked my exercise. For two years I have been maintaining. my weight. In the past I had lost weight and had gained it back. This time I realized, I couldn't just go back to my old eating habits and not exercising after I reached weight loss goal. At my age, it takes just as much work to maintain my weight as to lose it. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 22:10:11 EST its been a rough 2 weeks - but I am not giving up http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=36118242 and this is a whoo hooo for me because normally I would give up and lose all the hard work I had already put in. It makes me realize that I am in this for the long haul and that bad habits don't change overnight - and life doesn't stop happening - good and bad. There are always going to be triggers and I just need to push through them. <BR> <BR> So today, I am going to get back up, dust myself off and look in the mirror and say "I am not giving up because I am worth it". I am going to sta... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 06:32:02 EST 10 pounds in a week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=36111228 Hey guys, <BR> <BR> I just wanted to share about my success. I have struggled with weight loss my whole life and finally have found something that works!!!! I am on a 30-day nutritional program that has allowed me to decrease my weight for first in 2 years!!! Also, everyone else who has completed the program, seriously glow and look beautiful. I really wanted to share my success, so other people could start feeling as good as I am starting to feel. Please message me on facebook (caroline e... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 08:31:36 EST NSV yay! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=36111201 Hi everyone just wanted to share! I started a new job this time last year and bought a load of new clothes to go with it... mostly spring/summery shirts that haven't seen the light of day for months due to the weather only just brightening up here in the UK! The shirts were a bit tight on me last summer and I've just gone to put one on today to discover they are VERY baggy! Needless to say they will look ridiculous for work but they should look nice worn oversized with jeggings! I'm so please... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 08:24:19 EST It has been 90 days! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=36094581 I have tracked my food, given up soda, sweets and bread for 90 days. The only thing I have ever committed to for that long is my husband <em>334</em> Oh and I am a weight I haven't seen in years! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Now I just gotta get on track with an exercise program. <BR> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 03:10:42 EST Getting stronger saying no. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=36092489 My husband just asked me if I wanted to go get ice cream and I actually said no without hesitating this time. I can feel I am getting stronger saying no to ice cream. He wants it everyday and I don't. Once or twice a week is good enough for me. Mon, 13 Apr 2015 19:31:32 EST starting again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=36090655 I am celebrating because I have the courage to start again. I have failed before, but not this time. This time it is about health and fitness, NOT meeting someone else's expectations. I am here. I am me. I am free to be all that I wish. I won't fall off this horse, but if I should; I am smart enough to get back on that horse, because I am going to tame it and ride it into the wind. <em>521</em> Mon, 13 Apr 2015 12:51:41 EST FINALLY!! Staying on the horse!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=36088560 Slowly but surely I can feel myself getting back into my health rhythm. I did really well the beginning of last year, then I fell off the horse and kept stumbling, this is the first time I can say I actually feel like i'm staying on the horse!! I've been drinking lots of tea and water these past several weeks, no juice/soda/ I have been cutting out coffee. Been taking my vitamins everyday, slowly starting to get more veggies into my diet, and now with my new job I have been walking more since... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 07:22:06 EST Got on my treadmill for the first time in 6 months http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=36083005 I have been doing the 10+ fitness minutes challenge and was walking during my work lunches during the week so it is kind of built into my work day...but then the weekend hit! The weekend is always where i have trouble keeping to my goals and plans but this weekend is different. This weekend I realized at 730pm i was headed to the kitchen to get something to eat - even though i wasn't hungry and that i needed to distract myself. I also hadn't done my fitness minutes yet for the day and so I... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 12:23:07 EST logged more than 20,000 steps on my pedometer! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=36082906 Whooooo hooooooo! And would you believe it, just by mall walking mostly! <BR> <BR> I am so happy! I feel it in my legs too! A good achy feeling! <BR> <BR> I really feel I've accomplished something today! And I had a blast doing it! Sun, 12 Apr 2015 11:51:28 EST Successfully lost 6 kilos http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=36073615 Only one more kilo to go, which will hopefully happen by the end of this month! My success is due to fasting. This is initially hard, but gets easier as time goes by. Sat, 11 Apr 2015 04:18:57 EST My daughter is taking to fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=36073466 Like most of the kids today, my 7 year old prefers watching TV rather than go out playing. But since the time I have started the weight loss program she sees me going to the gym, eating healthy and making a conscious effort to move more and now she has started thinking about following it. Now she wants to go hill climbing moving, sneaking exercise while watching TV and while I am writing this she has pulled her dad in a game of badminton and I cant be happier. <BR> <BR> I know I have play... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 03:42:38 EST I'm no longer obese on my WII Fit Plus! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=36071806 When I do my body test on my WII Fit Plus I have been obese for quite some time. Tonight before I jogged around the island, I did my body test and it said "That is overweight". <em>334</em> <BR> I am so over the moon! All the hard work is paying off. I am going in the right direction again. Thank you for letting me share. Keep up the good work everyone! <BR> XOXO Fri, 10 Apr 2015 20:29:45 EST Please tell me suggestions and help me to loose http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=36061282 I am new to Spark and due to two back to back car accidents in 2012 I have been unable to work out other than simple walking for maybe 30 minutes before the pain sets in. This is the most I have weighed in my whole life and I can't stand it. I am tracking what I eat and do, my weakness is Sweet Tea. (I'm from NC) I have to get back to a healthy weight and need any helpful advice. Thanks so much <em>247</em> Thu, 9 Apr 2015 08:34:56 EST Fitter Mindset? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=36057136 Took two walks today and felt REALLY good about it! My Fitbit has informed me that 10k steps for me is only a little more than 4 miles and I've been determined to get to 5 every day! And today I did it! Wed, 8 Apr 2015 18:30:42 EST My best NSV!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=36055673 It's been a while since I've been on here. <BR> <BR> I've kind of gotten distracted with the holidays and I've been working for the last month to undo all the damage. <BR> <BR> I'm proud to say that I've come back in full force and I'm back down to my pre-holiday weight. <BR> <BR> I think going right back into this lifestyle after a bump in the road is my best NSV because it shows me that I'm in this for the long haul and my body craves the morning runs and the healthy nutrition. <BR> <BR... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 14:29:49 EST a turning point http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=36050109 I was doing great logging in, tracking and with exercise. Then I got sick. For two weeks I felt extremely tired etc. I did not workout, but kept up with the healthy eating and tracking. Over those two weeks I managed to lose 1/2 pound each week...without exercise. <BR> Working out tomorrow and looking forward to it. Tue, 7 Apr 2015 21:37:21 EST happy yet sad moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=36046879 had not been to a restaurant in years that I attempted to sit in a booth. the other night I took my boys to a local diner and actually asked for a booth. after losing 75+ pounds I FIT!! yeah!!, with room to spare. But on a sad note.........I saw the fear in my 13 year old boys eyes when i went to sit down. I didn't think I would fit either but I did and easily too. When we were finished and out to the car I was filled with emotions. Happy and elated that I was able to fit in a booth yet sad... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 11:41:45 EST Lost 1 pound this week!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=36042008 Proud of myself for losing a pound this week. Especially because it was a holiday week end. Mon, 6 Apr 2015 20:26:15 EST WooHoo http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=36041659 Down another pound. Mon, 6 Apr 2015 19:22:20 EST weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=36034196 Since I have lost the weight it is a lot easier to get around. I try to walk everyday. Today I only got 15 minutes in and this morning at church I got around 10 minutes in. Sun, 5 Apr 2015 19:21:16 EST Very different week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=36024951 This week, not once did I have a negative feeling or beat myself up for eating something I used to consider bad. All I had was positive or neutral feelings. It reminds me of how I used to eat as a kid. I also feel great that I did 100% of the things I could easily do...like drink my water goal and increase eating of whole foods every day. Sat, 4 Apr 2015 13:24:56 EST Wow http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=36024556 Lowest poin ever - 197 lbs. Sat, 4 Apr 2015 12:11:30 EST Great http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=36018611 Made it under 200 lbs. Fri, 3 Apr 2015 15:45:15 EST only 4 lbs away from my 1/4th mark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=36012388 I'm looking forward to each of the 1/4 of the journey marks on my ticker. I have done so well averaging 1.4 lbs off a week. I had a great weigh in at the doctor's yesterday and woke up to the surprise of another 3 lbs off this morning. <BR> <BR> I remember thinking I knew what to do and that I was eating healthy. <BR> a) eating pale iceberg salad thinking this was good - I was just setting my body up to want more food - it needs nutrition. <BR> b) focusing on calories before getting protei... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 17:15:11 EST Yes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=36010237 Just lost another 3.5 pound which brings me to 12 pounds that I have lost! Thu, 2 Apr 2015 10:15:53 EST 15 lbs and feeling AWESOME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35997012 My weight has always fluctuated horrendously. I remember weighing in at the doctor in January at 235, not changing a thing, and weighing in at the gym a month later at 247. This was when I KNEW that I dont need a diet- a temporary fix. I need a complete lifestyle change. I needed a total and constant change even just to regulate my weight (I was hoping for a downward slope). I began monitoring my food intake and going to the gym 3x a week. I weighed in yesterday and I have lost 15 lbs since s... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:35:06 EST Under 200 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35996891 199 lbs and seem to be staying put there - now to drop some more. Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:00:21 EST I said no to Cheetos! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35996377 There I was, face to face with giant bags of Cheetos in the convenience store! I was there and I had the cash but I surprised even myself! <BR> <BR> After dreaming of Cheetos for WEEKS after that darn episode of unwrapped, I made the painful decision to not buy it! I told myself that even one of those giant bags will add to my belly fat, not to mention all that sodium! <BR> <BR> I am proud of myself for making the decision to not buy it! Plus, it wasn't cheap! I used the money to buy some ... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:18:29 EST 5 miles! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35992520 Started working out 3 weeks ago. Wasn't losing weight despite a fairly rigorous routine, so I came back to Spark to see if calories were the problem. Well, they were, and I've started tracking them again, so yay me for coming back. <BR> <BR> But what I'm really here to celebrate is threefold. One: I've worked out 6 days a week for 3 weeks straight (upper body lifting, then 20 min cardio the next day, then lower body lifting, cardio, etc. With Sunday off) at the gym despite serious social anx... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 22:26:14 EST FINALLY lost weight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35990325 After gaining weight when starting consistent exercise, I FINALLY dropped my weight below where I started! Plus, I haven't been this weight since last July! <BR> <BR> I was also able to do the exercise at the very end of one of the SP bootcamp videos that I haven't been able to do for the past 2 weeks. It's definitely the small victories that are the biggest! Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:52:04 EST Compliments http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35983272 Today I have been getting all kinds of compliments about how I look good. The compliments are from people that I have known for a long time. My husband isn't complimenting me trhough. Oh well his lose. Sun, 29 Mar 2015 19:28:06 EST weightloss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35983212 Down another pound. I am now 148 Sun, 29 Mar 2015 19:20:55 EST 10.5 pounds lost!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35982141 And I don't want to find them again. Its hard work. Bravo to all of us for sticking with it. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I am going to keep pushing forward. I am doing a non-food reward every 5 pounds so I am going to relish in that this week. <BR> <BR> Thanks for being here - it makes the struggle more manageable. Happy Sunday! <BR> <BR> XOXO Sun, 29 Mar 2015 16:06:58 EST I finally did it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35981322 I hit 200 lbs. - now just 20 more to go. <em>9</em> Sun, 29 Mar 2015 12:15:04 EST Haven't let the weekend "de-rail" me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35977493 I have less structure on the weekends. <BR> <BR> I also went to visit family this weekend. I've had 2-3 really good weeks. Didn't want to get derailed during visit --- and DIDN'T. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to being back home tomorrow to really be more sure of my own meals. Sat, 28 Mar 2015 22:15:48 EST WooHoo to Just Being Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35973753 WooHoo to all on this site for just trying to have a healthy body and lifestyle!! <BR> <em>243</em> <em>252</em> <em>244</em> <em>381</em> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 09:41:41 EST figuring it out http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35972819 Totally figuring out how to preselect meals before eating out so I make healthier selections. Sat, 28 Mar 2015 06:47:19 EST Pants http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35970349 I bought some pants a few months ago hoping they would fit in summer. Well I wore them today and my fiance was complimenting me quite a few times saying how good they looked! <BR> <BR> :) Fri, 27 Mar 2015 21:12:29 EST Toot!! I am just Elated :D http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35959805 3/26/15 <BR> <BR> I am so happy today! As some of you may know, I have a Wii U game console. I just love the Wii. I lost most of my weight using the Wii fit U. Well, I purchased the Wii Zumba Core a couple weeks ago. It is an awesome way to burn those calories. They have a section called "Learn the Dance". There are two settings Slow and Normal. Well, I kept doing the same one about a hundred times because I just couldn't get it on the normal. Well, evidently the Wii lady said "Why n... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:37:59 EST Hit "helathy" BMI range today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35959557 After plugging away for 15 months, I have hit "healthy" in the BMI range. My first success was to "overweight" and not "obese". I thought I would have to settle for "overweight" but got a second wind and am officially in "healthy". I plan to loose 5 more pounds to place me comfortably in the range and to allow for the normal day-to-day fluctuations while staying in "healthy" range. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 10:46:38 EST The small goals are the biggest! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35951912 Setback after setback has caused me great frustration. I read somewhere that small goals make the biggest impact, so in a last ditch effort to drop my weight, I have started making small and seemingly silly small goals. My weight has been stuck at 164.7 for what seems like an eternity and my first small goal was to see a "5" in my weight somewhere. I didn't care where, I just wanted to see a "5"...Well today was the day, I hit that first goal...I saw "159.2" and I shrieked with excitement and... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:10:55 EST I touched the floor! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35945606 I discovered I have the ability to bend over at the waist and without bending my knees I can touch the floor with my fingers. I usually don't stretch that way, I was just mixing up my post workout stretch at the gym last night and did it to see what would happen. Couldn't have done that 3 years ago. <BR> <BR> Funny, I just looked at my first Sparkpost from the introduce yourself thread....I do that periodically It's motivating sometimes to see how scared(?) and unconfident I was. <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 17:54:00 EST stick to it http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35943768 Apparently I'm on a roll! It's just a short one but it's the most consistent I have been in a while, if ever. I have exercised for 4 days in a row now and increased my time each day. This is quite a feat because I am very unfit and spend most of my time sitting or lying down. I don't like to exercise because it hurts. I have found that dancing to the radio is tolerable and I'm working it for all it's worth. I have also stuck with my eating program for the last 5 days and the plan is to s... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 11:32:42 EST Dropped 35lbs to hit my pre-pregnancy weight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35939529 I lost 35lbs in two months and hit my pre-pregnancy weight today. I am halfway to my goal weight! <BR> <BR> The first 20 lbs fell off almost instantly, without me doing any work. The last 15 required me to be responsible with food. I use Trim Healthy Mama, and it works for me. I love Spark People, because I can count my carbs and fats and protein at each meal! <BR> <BR> 30 pounds to go and I will be at my wedding weight. :) Mon, 23 Mar 2015 21:48:05 EST 20lbs gone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35936439 I hit the 20lb mark today! I'm definitely excited about it. This part went really fast. I expect it to slow down pretty soon. Mon, 23 Mar 2015 11:17:42 EST Are u talking to me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35936155 I went to buy a new pair of jeans and a couple of shirts for spring at a local shop and I saw a nice fake-leather jacket on the racks. I tried on one and the shop assistant told me "You should try a smaller size, you're thin and this one looks baggy on you". <BR> "Thin, ME? Are you kidding?" I wanted to say... but I didn't. Just took the compliment and bought the smaller jacket! <em>244</em> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 10:39:09 EST 2 pounds lighter! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35936138 I woke up this morning 2 pounds lighter! Finally reversing my tendancy of going up! Yay!!! Not only maintaining but actually going down :) Super happy! I've been listening to positive affirmations and they are really helping. <BR> <BR> I'm also doing some yoga videos and other exercise videos at home and eating more fruit and veggies. It's easier in the summer to eat fresh fruit. <BR> <BR> :) Mon, 23 Mar 2015 10:36:30 EST One pound down - :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35927760 I have lost 8.5 pounds total. I am proud of myself for sticking with it - sometimes it is slow going. I try to post inspirational quotes on my Pintrest page so when I am having a discouraging day I can go there and reference it. I've been trying to jog 20 minutes every other day - even if its "just" 10 minutes at a time. I need to do better about tracking my intake. <BR> <BR> It helps me to come here and celebrate success - it makes me realize I am not in this alone and we all have so much... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 08:34:20 EST Didn't snack last night! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35920820 I'm super stoked! I didn't do any late night snacking last night :) All I had was a banana, but no bread or carbs, nothing junk food (partly because I made sure I didn't have any junk food in the house ;) <BR> <BR> I'm so happy :) Now I just need to keep up the good habit for longer. If I can keep doing this, I will really help with weight loss. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 09:26:29 EST Happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35916930 Down 15 pounds <em>30</em> Fri, 20 Mar 2015 21:12:46 EST Resting Heart Rate DOWN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35910869 I am a regular exerciser, but have recently decided to pursue some more intense High Intensity Interval Training - trying to maintain 95% effort for 2-3 minutes (with a brand new high tech Suunto Ambit3 fitness watch to measure my efforts). <BR> <BR> After just, 1 week of this, I have seen my resting heart rate drop from 58 to 52. I am staggered (but delighted) to see improvements this fast. <BR> <BR> M@L Fri, 20 Mar 2015 02:19:53 EST I dont know why. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35908691 For some unknown reason when I am rideing my stationary bike everytime I am going to stop I find I am saying to myself just 1 more minute, even if I have ridden it for the time I have allotted. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 19:22:01 EST Learned choreography that felt impossible at first http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35907315 <em>244</em> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 15:07:43 EST 3 pounds and one size lower http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35901337 Last week was spring break. I went to my mom's. I had a plan, brought my own food, workout stuff and a goal not to let her mess me up. I bought jeans a smaller size at the end of the week and weighed 3 lbs less. I worked out everyday, ate well and had a good time. everyone at work noticed the loss. I am proud. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 20:56:32 EST Just one more http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35901137 Just one more lb off and I reach my 200 lb plateau and then just 20 to go. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 20:22:00 EST Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35900601 Well I have lost another pound. <em>244</em> Wed, 18 Mar 2015 19:33:33 EST Stuck but not Giving Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35898523 <em>244</em> I have not put any weight back ON for a month. <BR> <BR> Took off the 10 lbs I put on last Christmas. <BR> <BR> Still trying to get below that 200 lb mark, but NOT GIVING UP! <em>334</em> Wed, 18 Mar 2015 12:31:40 EST First Weigh In: 5 pounds down. Only 10 more to go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35896800 I'm SO excited. <BR> I started 2 weeks ago... I didn't weigh myself last week, but I did this week. I dropped 5 pounds, bringing me to 135.4! <BR> <BR> Only 10 more pounds to go until I reach my goal of 125. <BR> <BR> This is the perfect way to start off the day :) <BR> *wiggle dance* Wed, 18 Mar 2015 08:23:16 EST Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35892130 Well I added 5 minutes more to each of my excerises today Tue, 17 Mar 2015 17:30:06 EST new job http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35891473 i made healthy food choices when i was at work the other day! Tue, 17 Mar 2015 14:51:09 EST Reached My First Mini Goal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35889807 Pretty excited this morning! Scale hit 198.2 so I have hit my first mini goal of going below 200 lbs. Woo hoo! Tue, 17 Mar 2015 09:28:03 EST Completed 16.2 kilometers or running today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35886773 Today I set out to run/power walk 16 kilometers as a part of training to run a half marathon June 7th this year. I was able to complete 16.19 ks in 2 hours and 20 minutes. I am elated. <BR> Tue, 17 Mar 2015 00:24:28 EST Proud! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35886698 Lost 16 lbs before my goal date of April 15th. Mon, 16 Mar 2015 23:58:25 EST Hooray http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35884104 Lost another pound. <em>30</em> Mon, 16 Mar 2015 16:06:40 EST Yay me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35877412 weighed myself this morning and to my surprise I lost the pound that I gained back last week Sun, 15 Mar 2015 18:43:57 EST I just passed 22 pounds! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35874195 I just passed the 22 pound mark! WooHoo!! I feel good that my ability to move has improved too. I walked 4 miles yesterday and I haven't done that in at least 10 years! Sun, 15 Mar 2015 06:45:21 EST Continued weight loss success this month! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35861287 In the last 4 weeks I've lost 8.3 lbs and 2 inches off my waist!!! And I'm down 41.2 pounds overall!!! Fri, 13 Mar 2015 11:57:27 EST Fitness achievements! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35855602 Completed my first yoga inversion yesterday! <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> <em>244</em> <em>208</em> Thu, 12 Mar 2015 17:40:23 EST 10 more pounds and... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35847165 And I will be less than 200 lbs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I haven't been less than 200 lbs in many, many years!!! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>521</em> <em>386</em> <em>48</em> <em>334</em> <em>9</em> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 15:24:11 EST 4 pounds and feeling great! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35830947 I have done Sparks for a month and lost 4 lbs. I am 45 and have always had a slow metabolism. I always loss a lot of inches then weight. Like always my 4 lbs might seem like a little but I can really see a difference in my clothes. My energy and mood are a lot higher than a month ago. I have reflected on my previous month and have looked at my food consumption and water intake. This month, I need to drink more water, less coffee, more protein, less carbs and more portion control. <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 11:18:15 EST Proud of myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35824938 I have been doing the 100 day challenge, even though I have only lost 1 pound since I started this challenge it is a pound I lost. I am feeling great and plan to continue doing this. I am on Day 7. Sun, 8 Mar 2015 19:04:29 EST Tactics..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35824148 Will power doesn't always work but tactics do, for me! <BR> 1. I do not keep any 'bad' food in my house. <BR> 2. When I do buy 'bad' foods I buy single servings. <BR> 3. I donate or trash clothes that are too big, so that I don't have room to grow. <BR> 4. I throw away sock, bras, and panties at the gym to encourage good habits that lead to shrinkage. My thought is I have plenty current size panties etc to last x days and if I make good decisions at least 85% of the time then I should shr... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 16:32:44 EST NSVs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35823315 Went to Kohl's to buy socks and thought... you know... I don't have any clothes, really, just a bunch of old t-shirts from when I was heavy and winter tops, I should try some on. <BR> <BR> Tried on a size Large shirt (from their normal misses section)... too big... grabbed a medium... it fit! Tried on a pair of size 12 cargo pants... hmmm, wonder if the 10's will fit... THEY DID! <BR> <BR> HOLY MOLY WHEN DID THAT HAPPEN! <BR> <BR> I wasn't going to buy anything, but I found a pair of si... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 12:34:08 EST whoo hoo! 7 pounds down http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35821701 so excited! I am in the 190's again. I am actually starting to feel a difference. I am going to keep pushing forward - I know not every day will feel like today - but every step forward counts. Keep up the good work everyone! We rock! <em>386</em> <BR> Sun, 8 Mar 2015 08:11:04 EST Clothes are starting to get looser!!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35819205 Yep!!! One shirt size smaller and pants are able to come off without unbuttoning or unzipping them!!! I love it!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> Sat, 7 Mar 2015 22:23:32 EST proud of myself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35812352 So proud of myself, i worked out with my hubby and was able to somewhat keep up with him :) woohoo Fri, 6 Mar 2015 23:04:23 EST The difference http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35811184 I cannot believe the difference in the amount of energy I have since I started excerising and eating right. Its amazing. Fri, 6 Mar 2015 19:48:01 EST baby steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35803577 I glowed today Thu, 5 Mar 2015 19:54:33 EST New exceises http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35803556 Today I added 3 new exceerise to my day. They are toe touches, leg raises and high stepping. I feel great and I am going to get the job done come hell or high water. <em>381</em> Thu, 5 Mar 2015 19:49:41 EST Great workout today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35800722 Yay! I did it! I did a 60 minute online barre workout today! <BR> <BR> Youtube has lots of free videos and I will keep doing different ones to keep my body guessing! <BR> <BR> I've decided to take it one day at a time and not to obssess so much about my belly fat! <BR> <BR> All I can do is keep watching what I eat and to keep exercising! <BR> <BR> I have to keep believing that it WILL happen one day! I will have a tight sexy midsection! I just have to keep on keeping on! Thu, 5 Mar 2015 10:31:22 EST Finally out of that nasty "obese" zone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35792925 I've been at a stall for 2 weeks and the scale was my enemy so i put it away. My starting weight was 263, that was last may. Today i weighed in at 179 after avoiding the scale for a week. So proud but at the same time it seems funny because everytime i'm close to one of my goals the scale decides to stall but it just makes the victory so much more worth it. To me obese has always been such an ugly word, I hated it. So to be called overweight? I'll take that (: just not obese (or even worst mo... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 14:56:49 EST 30 Day Walk About Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35791060 Today is Day 30! I completed the walking challenge. (You can find it in the articles). I started as a couch potato. The first day I huffed and puffed through 10 minutes of moderate walking. Each day got easier and by the 2nd week I started feeling much better. Now I'm walking/running 30-40 minutes a day with more energy than I've had in some time! My next challenge - train for a 5K! <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> <em>364</em> Wed, 4 Mar 2015 09:04:25 EST I found "NEW" old clothes. .. in my closet! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35788917 <em>334</em> <BR> I'm so excited! I tried on a pair of jeans that I haven't been able to wear in years and it fits!!! YEA!!! Wed, 4 Mar 2015 03:09:34 EST Down a bit more http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35784864 Lost another 2lbs <em>224</em> Tue, 3 Mar 2015 14:30:01 EST Down 15 lbs. in 20 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35769425 Pretty excited about my loss so far. <BR> I've been doing the Dash Diet, the Marla Heller book. <BR> I've been on phase on for the 3 weeks and now switching over to phase 2. <BR> Feel good, and really don't feel like I'm depriving myself at all. Its just generally healthy eating. Sun, 1 Mar 2015 20:32:59 EST My daughter noticed!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35768818 Today before dinner, my daughter said "I was looking at old pictures of you and you look different" I replied "different how?" she said "I can see how much weight you have lost!" Soooo Happy!!!! <BR> Sun, 1 Mar 2015 19:07:40 EST Proud of Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35766980 I can tell that I really want this change now. Even when things have been triggering this past month or I haven't lost what I wanted to or I have been stressed out at work and school I still haven't given up. I am proud of myself. I can tell I am doing it for me now and that makes a big difference. <BR> <BR> I have tried to go easier on myself and keep plugging along. I didn't gain this 40 pounds overnight and I am not going to lose it overnight either. It helps me to have visual tools, wh... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 14:09:55 EST Didn't lose this week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35765068 I'm trying to look on the bright side at least I didn't gain. <em>386</em> Sun, 1 Mar 2015 08:55:25 EST 3lbs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35758875 I've lost 3 lbs this week! I'm no longer sitting on the curb, instead I'm on the road! Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:13:10 EST I've lost 26lbs and 48" since January 19th!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35750984 I'm so excited! I actually have lost a total of 36lbs since December, but I began an all natural nutritional cleansing program last month and I'm feeling better than I have ever felt. I'm also down 48 inches over my entire body. I measure neck, upper arms, bust, diaphragm, waist, abdomen, butt, thighs, and calves. I swear, I wasn't cheating with the tape measurer! Oh it is so nice to feel like I may actually reach my goal this time. Thank goodness! :) I've been too out of shape for long enoug... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:48:24 EST Woo Hoo!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35747339 I'm super excited! Three weeks on Spark People and I'm down 9 lbs. I was so excited when I went to bed last night about weighing this morning. It's been easy so far. Hoping I can keep this excitement up during the rest of my weight loss journey! <em>521</em> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 06:13:28 EST First time in forever http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35745084 Today is the first time in forever that I have been able to ride my stationary bike for 1 hour. Not steady, I broke it up into 3-20 minute sessons. <em>244</em> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:34:29 EST Woo Hoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35743355 first time at a fast food restaurant since I began Sparkpeople for real and I ordered food that was in my calorie range as well as the other important area! Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:25:58 EST I am at the fitness center... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35735687 ...and it's hard to type when you're on the treadmill, but I am here and I am Doing!!! Wed, 25 Feb 2015 18:06:44 EST fitness level http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35734328 what used to have me on overload was trying to finish a half mile. Today I did a video that was one mile and I feel great! Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:24:40 EST Ripping off the overeating bandage http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35731392 A week into this: didn't take long to see that I have been using overeating as a crutch to compensate (although it really doesn't) for lack of sleep (I'm working full time, going to school at night) and poor communication with my husband (who lost his job and is a late-night, loud TV watcher). No wonder the SparkCoaches said this is going to take the commitment of taking a college-level class.I have a nasty head cold and am so, so tired. But I'm going to do this. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 07:34:29 EST Woo Hoo! FINALLY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35719932 My scale has been "stuck" with no downward movement for the last 13 days, tho my jeans seem to be fitting better. I had kicked up my workouts and mostly stayed within my calorie range. I tried to keep positive by being grateful that at least I wasn't gaining. <BR> <BR> Finally today, my weigh in showed 1.5 pounds lost! Amazing how that makes me feel. : ) <BR> <BR> And now I am going to celebrate - not with cookies or ice cream, oh no, but with another workout on my stationary bike. It... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 21:50:54 EST Into the teens!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35719800 I started this healthy journey on Jan 15th. I started out at 207. It is now Feb 23rd and I am now down to 194. <BR> <BR> 13 pounds gone FOREVER! <BR> <BR> I feel like I am losing at a great rate!! Do you? <BR> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 21:20:28 EST Starting Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35699041 loss five pounds Sat, 21 Feb 2015 08:50:21 EST 52 days and counting! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35694666 52 days and counting on my sparkstreak! In those 52 days I've lost 22 lbs and feel more in control of my life. I have completed the 30 small change challenge and am 19 days into 30 days of Yoga with Adriene. I feel pretty proud of myself. <em>104</em> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 20:30:56 EST 70 pounds down http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35693021 I have lost 70 pounds since January 2014. I am having a hard time celebrating this huge success. Logically, I know it is a big accomplishment. Emotionally, I am having a hard time acknowledging it. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 15:38:24 EST Going down http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35684120 Going down - 10 so far - whahooooooooooo Thu, 19 Feb 2015 15:34:52 EST 10 degrees! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35683116 I walked anyway! It's 21 degrees with a windchill of 10 degrees. I was freezing for the first 10 minutes but then I warmed up a bit. Walked 2 miles at lunch...30 minutes! WooHoo! Thu, 19 Feb 2015 13:06:13 EST 39 pounds down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35682999 Six months ago l stopped eating sugar, gluten, and dairy. I noticed a big difference in inflammation because theyes are known to be huge contributors to inflammation. <BR> I've lost 39lbs. <BR> I lowered my overall cholesterol by 89 points. <BR> I lowered my triglycerides by over 120 points and now they are low/ normal. <BR> I reversed fatty liver disease, my liver shrunk from 1 1/2 X's normal to normal! <BR> My blood pressure dropped 30 points and isnow 110/ 62. <BR> l decided to cha... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 12:52:27 EST Lost 15 lbs since New Years! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35681260 Feel proud of myself! Its not easy to let go of comfort food but Im doing it. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 08:48:56 EST Small successes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35681249 I was able t do 60 Pushups on mat on 18 Feb 15. I did 10 Minutes on the Treadmill. I am 69 Years old. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 08:46:48 EST Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35674778 Yesterday, I celebrated 5 years of working out with a fitness trainer twice week! Wed, 18 Feb 2015 15:14:28 EST Lots of woo hoos for me lately!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35667074 It has been a while since my last blog entry, I guess that means things are going pretty well!!! We are still waiting for my husband's c-pap machine!!! He definitely needs it and is waiting patiently for it!!! The girls and him are still not as interested in this healthy life style journey, BUT I am not giving up on them or on myself!!! <BR> <BR> I also recently had two family members try to sabotage my weight loss journey on my Facebook page because I enjoyed a Krispy Kreme doughnut with m... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 19:11:37 EST Weight Loss Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35665800 Well - I am in my last week of the weight loss challenge at our gym. I have been in 1st place from the previous week, and I'll find out what my standing is from last week today when I hit the gym. I'm really pushing for 1st - but I'll be happy with where ever I end up - I'm losing and I feel great from working out! 2/23 is the last weigh in! Looking forward to my total loss from the 6 weeks. So far with the challenge I've lost 4.99% of my body weight. I started before the challenge, so my... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 14:03:13 EST New bike! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35661237 I got my SPAT last month and it took me a while to become consistent, but I've logged in to SP for 12 days now just so I could check my steps. My husband is supportive, and tonight he bought me a bicycle and an odometer that tracks calories burned and distance to help me keep track. He said he'll ride his bike with me too. Woo hoo! Tue, 17 Feb 2015 01:57:05 EST Reached a weight loss goal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35658848 I set a goal to get down to 135 lbs by the end of the Winter Freeze Off Biggest Loser Challenge. This morning I weighed in at 135.1 lbs. This marks 35 lbs lost since I started at the beginning of August. <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> <em>244</em> Mon, 16 Feb 2015 19:15:53 EST Never defined by my difficulties! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35652092 I recently took a local CPR/first aid class, courtesy of my very kind friend who paid for it! But I have chronic asthma. Anyone who has any experience with CPR knows that it's an absolute workout. I had already practiced quite a bit with knowledgeable friends but I had never had the kind of intense practice found in a one hour class. <BR> <BR> I chose NOT to tell the instructor/paramedic about my challenge. <BR> <BR> I decided that if I was to overcome it, now was the time. First compre... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 00:36:36 EST 25 pounds in 2 months! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35647107 I did it. My first real milestone is 50 pounds, but seeing 25 today made me smile until my face hurt. This is happening! Yay! Sun, 15 Feb 2015 10:38:07 EST Did I Just Grunt? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35642853 I worked out yesterday and my trainer kicked my butt. She had me working hard and pushed me to my limits. I did well,but found myself grunting. It wasn't very ladylike, but I felt like I was releasing my inner voice and proving her wrong. As a result - I finished my 30 minute circuit and did a full 30 min of arms and 5 min of abs! <em>104</em> Sat, 14 Feb 2015 21:54:15 EST Whew - it's over!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35640801 I participated in a biggest loser contest at work - went from Dec. 16 to today. I dropped from 175 to 153.8 in that time, for a total jump start of 12% of weight loss. <BR> <BR> I am having to buy clothes. :) Went through the airport yesterday and my pants were falling off. :D <BR> <BR> Today is definitely a calorie-cycle day. I have learned a lot during this time. Right before the game started I had been concerned about my metabolism. I looked at calories, and figured out pretty ... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 17:42:45 EST Successfully managed in restaurant :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35640608 I won a portion control battle today!!! <BR> <BR> My husband and I went to an unfamiliar restaurant for breakfast this morning. Not thrilled with the prices, so while I could have ordered an $11 egg substitute omelette, I chose a "short stack" of 2 pancakes with blueberries. While we waited I logged in my pancakes, butter, syrup, and creamer... then the pancakes came. They were HUGE. Easily the equivalent of four 4" pancakes each. So, I quickly asked the waiter for a box and cut the stack... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 16:45:08 EST 23 Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35635810 23 days ago I choose - life and not giving up. I was in pain, getting heavier, could barely move, and I couldn't go up stair but to do one step at a time. <BR> <BR> Today my body is singing. I'm 11 pounds lighter, I'm eating all healthy and even my "splurge day" going out stayed in a good calorie range. <BR> <BR> I'm not hungry. My body has adapted. I'm making good progress taming my inner monster that urges silly things to eat. I feel full of energy and have started to exercise. <BR> ... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 02:17:39 EST woohoo moments http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35632595 I think mine has to be how good the feeling of accomplishment and strength is after years of not exercising Fri, 13 Feb 2015 15:00:17 EST Made my first weight loss goal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35632313 I wanted to break my ultimate goal into little chunks. My first few pounds were to be off by my Daughters birthday on Feb 25th, but I made it today. <em>334</em> 165lbs and counting. Now I want to try and loose two more by Feb 25th. I am excited to keep going 145 here I come Fri, 13 Feb 2015 14:02:50 EST every time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35630828 Every time I start thinking I am not doing enough, Spark is there to remind me I am doing GREAT! <BR> Thanks Spark and all of you fabulous members who keep me going every day!! <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <em>304</em> Fri, 13 Feb 2015 08:08:39 EST Plateau http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35623935 I have done well to bring my weight down from 230 [ick!] to 200 in just about two months, but now my weight seems to stay right around that 200 mark whereas before I was dropping about .5 lbs a day. My wife said this is normal. I know from the love handles [though reduced] that I am still carrying a bit too much body weight or is it a need to tone up some muscles? Thu, 12 Feb 2015 12:49:50 EST Excited to start seeing results!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35616989 I am excited to say I am starting to see results both on the scale and the measuring tape!!! And probably the best results is actually seeing me say no to extra foods and what I consider no-no foods!!! Wed, 11 Feb 2015 18:54:40 EST Exercise moved back into my life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35604552 After far to long a streak of not exercising yesterday brought an 11 minute walk in my bldgs corridors. Today will bring 30 min of chair exercise and 10 min of fall prevention exercises to bring my weeks beginning to a new level! Tue, 10 Feb 2015 07:38:25 EST back in ballet! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35598757 I auditioned for a ballet with my old company yesterday, and got cast in a part that will be hugely fun. More importantly, I'm being given the opportunity to stage (that's kind of the ballet equivalent of directing in a play) the biggest scene in the ballet. <BR> <BR> The part I got is very small, but that's actually what I'm so proud of! I had to leave ballet several years ago because of an eating disorder, but now I'm healthy enough to get active, lose a little weight, and enjoy ballet and... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 13:31:24 EST Small, but a real achievement for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35593769 I have always struggled to get enough water into me in a day, preferring tea, coffee and sugary drinks; but today I managed to drink my eight with the helpful suggestions of my fellow sparkers. So thank you everyone. <em>381</em> Sun, 8 Feb 2015 22:48:07 EST Striving for 5% in February & need Reward ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35588299 <em>524</em> Hello friends! First let me say THANK YOU for such incredible support over these last 2 weeks since starting up here at SP. I'm down 7.8lbs in 15 day and am close to hitting my 5%. My mini-goal for February is to lose the final 4lbs I need to hit my 5%. <BR> <BR> Where I'd LOVE some continued support is with ideas for a reward when I accomplish my 5%. It can't be expensive although a little cash is OK and I don't want it to be food related (trying to stop that relationship). ... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 11:05:16 EST 6 weeks in and 14 pounds down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35579941 I've been a member of SP for 6 weeks (third time around!) and have lost 14 pounds - that's 2.3 pounds each week and right where the progress table says I should be. <BR> <BR> The key for me is to watch choices and portions, and to log nutrition. Granted, physical exercise has been not so good because of the weather, but I'm happy with the weight loss results. Once I get back into my overweight 42 pants I'll celebrate ... and continue. Isn't it funny that my first goal is just to be overwe... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 13:12:49 EST I finally got all 12 lights lit! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35572685 I've had my new Spark Activity Tracker for a couple weeks now and the most lights I've ever managed to get lit were 5. I usually only make 2 or 3. Today I put in a concerted effort and got all 12 lit. Woo hoo!!! Fri, 6 Feb 2015 20:26:38 EST whoo hooooo http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35571022 I got right back on track today after a terrible day yesterday for eating and exercising <BR> <BR> Yesterday is gone. Today is a new beginning. Fri, 6 Feb 2015 16:25:13 EST finally got my six pack http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35569149 I did it! who wouldve thought after 4 kids i could have a six pack..lol not me. And i might be entering my first NPC competition. but being judged is hard and ive worked so hard, it would stink if i didnt place. soooo idk about that yet. :) Fri, 6 Feb 2015 10:13:35 EST Woo Hoo Moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35565101 I gained 5 lbs over the holidays and now I am back on board where i left off. Woo Hoo!! 5 more pounds to lose before February 25. It is going to be a close race!!! I am working for another Woo Hoo moment!!! <em>9</em> <em>198</em> Thu, 5 Feb 2015 22:58:37 EST I made bran muffins! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35559851 I threw in chocolate chips, so now when I crave chocolate, I'm still doing something healthy :) Thu, 5 Feb 2015 10:32:12 EST One year: met all my goals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35558077 Thanks for giving me a spot to share this. I have been too irregular on this platform to have rebuilt my community after returning to work :( <BR> <BR> But while I have been irregular here, I have been consistent IRL. :D I started in earnest almost exactly a year ago. There were ups and down and it took longer than I originally planned and I MADE IT! <BR> <BR> -I fit all of my goal clothing; in fact, I even fit clothes smaller than my original goal pieces. <BR> -I completed all the 5k ra... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 07:42:13 EST 1st week on SparkPeople = 3 pound loss :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35555474 I considered my first week on SparkPeople a kind of experiment. With a 3 pound loss, I'd say it was a success. Also I took another fitness test after my first 30 days of exercising and went up one stage on the treadmill. The higher the stage, the fitter you are. It ranges from stage 4 (where I was at in January) to stage 15. So I have an awfully long way to go, but I it's a good start. Mostly, I'm proud of myself for not wasting the first month of the year. I don't intend to waste the next el... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 23:19:40 EST I've successfully beat emotional eating!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35550630 I wanted to take this time to share my story of success on beating emotional eating with you! While it may have not been long since I overcame this, it is a pivotal point in my recovery and becoming a healthy person for life. <BR> <BR> I used to associate nearly every feeling I had with being hungry. Sadness, anger, grief, happiness, etc. I didn't realize that this is why I ate and thought it to be hunger all of the time. With the help of various internet articles I was able to learn my tri... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 10:43:23 EST A1C level went down...YeeHaw! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35542274 Just came from seeing my doctor and she told me my A1C level went down to 6.1 to 5.7.... So proud of myself. Can't wait till I get my levels down some more. It goes to show how much I have tried and how much motivation I have. <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tammy Tue, 3 Feb 2015 13:11:41 EST Went to gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35539631 I have been paying for a gym membership for over a year but have not been going. Yesterday I went! I felt so awkward walking in but I held my head up and did what I needed to do! I felt great when I was finished! Nobody was paying attention to me, they were working on their own bodies. No need to feel awkward. Tue, 3 Feb 2015 06:42:08 EST I finally fit into my pre-pregnancy Jeans!!! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35532843 I am SO super excited to report that I had a pair of jeans that I had been holding on to for a while (like 7 Years!!!) and I just tried them on over the weekend and THEY FIT!!! <BR> <BR> This is a MAJOR milestone for me! I am so excited! <BR> It wasn't easy, I almost gave up so many times!! <BR> Now I am glad I didn't because it is worth it!! <BR> <BR> So keep going no matter how hard it seems-you can all do it!! <BR> Maisy <BR> <BR> Mon, 2 Feb 2015 11:57:52 EST Woooooooooooooooooooo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35532723 I am down 11 pounds since joining this site on 29DEC14!! I keep telling whomever will listen that if they're trying to make a lasting change, this is the place to be! Mon, 2 Feb 2015 11:34:14 EST 98.99!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35519317 As of this moment 7:40 pm adding my mileage for the month I have reached 98.99 miles! I just can't believe it! I am so proud I could stand up and cheer!! <BR> My husband and daughter have both offered to walk the final 1.01 mile with me so I can cross over to the 100 mile mark! I honestly am not sure I could walk any more today! It has been such a long and active day! <BR> It also gives me incentive to reach the 100 mile mark next month!! All I can say is I am happy and satisfied to be really... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 20:39:39 EST Slaying the Grocery Store Dragon http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35502318 Once you learn healthy eating...you can slay that dragon at the grocery store! Strut by that Starbucks stand with your head held high!!!! Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:08:20 EST My woo hoo moments http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35496394 Some are small - and some even smaller! BUT they are mine and I get to shout Woo hoo about them! <BR> <BR> I quilt - and recently took a flimsy (quit top), batting and backing with me to quilt class where I was able to find a large enough flat surface that my 4 kitties would not walk across. There one of my friends helped me to pin the batting and backing to the flimsy. Everyone commented on how pretty the top was! Needless to say I was inordinatey pleased! <BR> <BR> Smaller moments - e... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 21:21:23 EST I got up really early to exercise!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35490411 I never get up early... I love sleeping in! I recently got a new job working 9+ hours a day at a daycare and if I want to eat breakfast, make my lunch & coffee, and get ready in time for work, I have to wake up around 4:30 in the morning!! And when I get home, I'm usually so tired I fall asleep before 7:00. <BR> <BR> On Friday I also bought this fitness program called Crush 60 and I really like the workouts, they're different everyday and challenging and I decided I didn't want to cheat my... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:53:11 EST Losing to donate kidney! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35487964 Aug 29 I started my journey and haven't missed a day. Down 41 pounds and 42 to go til I can give my husband a kidney. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 21:58:28 EST Started my 4th week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35486100 It's the longest I have stuck with it, and I have been trying to lose weight for many years. I'm really proud of how hard I have been working, and have no desire to quit. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:09:29 EST I let my Treadmill choose my route http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35468626 Okay I let my treadmill kick my tail and I feel great, Reached a 20 on incline and maintained it!! Sun, 25 Jan 2015 14:52:58 EST 30 days I am a member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35467436 30 days I am a member - almost sounds like days in September! I sort of wish it were September. This winter thing is making it very difficult to get out and walk ... however ... <BR> <BR> I've shed 11 pounds in 30 days. Actually I shed that in about 21 days - the scale is stuck at the moment, but I am not panicking because I now better understand that the body takes a little rest (darn plateaus!) now and again ... sometimes lasting for weeks. <BR> <BR> I don't look or feel so bloated; cl... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 11:04:34 EST Just completed a 2 minute plank! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35455780 I m hoping to do a 5 minute plank someday soon! Well, I gotta go work my abs now! Sat, 24 Jan 2015 04:11:30 EST Mini-Goals that Move Us Along Our Journey... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35452486 I'm looking forward to seeing my collarbones again... <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> another mini-goal would be to be able to walk a mile again without stopping.... <em>313</em> <BR> <BR> What are the mini-goals moving you along??? <em>334</em> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:04:34 EST I reached my goal weight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35444727 I've finally reached the weight I'd like to be at! Now the plan is to maintain that weight for awhile and enjoy it. Instead of weight loss, I'm shifting my focus to taking care of my body with good nutrition and exercise. Everyone on here, keep up the good work! Thu, 22 Jan 2015 19:25:38 EST 20 lbs down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35438657 ... And 5 lbs away from my pre-pregnancy weight! This is after doing 3 rounds of the 21 day fix and I got these amazing results I just want to share with everybody <em>381</em> <em>224</em> <BR> Check out my page for my before and after picture, and feel free to reach out if you need an accountability partner! Wed, 21 Jan 2015 23:50:38 EST 14 pounds! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35435150 I lost another pound today, making it 14 pounds lost since 12/1. I'm especially proud because I've been practicing moderation. I haven't cut out any food groups. I'm enjoying a little of everything and getting a lot of activity. I'm really happy because I think this lifestyle change is sustainable! Wed, 21 Jan 2015 14:50:40 EST Back to the future! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35434061 It's official, this week's weigh-ins are proving that I am the slimmest I haver been in the past 18 years, and only 2 kilograms away from my goal - My weight 25 years ago! I'm glad I could achieve this through a healthier diet, without feeling deprived or experiencing desperate cravings, and some regular activity. I'll boast and say that I am proud of myself, because only one year ago I'd have never thought I could lose 11 kilograms in six months (quite effortless, too!). Sparkpeople has help... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 11:27:24 EST I only ate what I needed! whoo hooo!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35433089 My Mom came back from the market this morning with prawn noodles, curry noodles and roti jala, a kind of Malay pastry, to be eaten with curry gravy. <BR> <BR> As I was trying to keep my weight down, I just ate 4 pieces of roti jala, there was one left but I decided not to be greedy. <BR> <BR> After dialysis, my brother had eaten the curry noodles, the prawn noodles were as yet uneaten. Both me and my Dad love prawn noodles. The portion size was large, and both me and my Dad are not big eate... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 08:57:33 EST I've never posted in this forum before http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35431184 ..after almost 9 years on Spark. <BR> <BR> 10-15 pounds crept up on me, after years of maintaining without tracking, so I started using the tracker for the first time EVER. I set my goals very modestly, 0.25 pound per week loss, but lost 3 pounds the first week! I know it's mostly water weight but I don't ever remember losing more than a pound a week in my previous weight loss. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 05:58:26 EST Non-Scale Victory http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35425292 Someone took a group picture (from behind, no less!) during my fitness class and posted it to Facebook! My first thought was to be mortified by the size of my butt, by when I looked at the picture the only thing that stood out was how great I looked from behind! I actually have a waistline and back muscles, who knew? I was surrounded by fitness instructors and gym bunnies, and I fit in. Maybe I'll stop hiding from cameras after all. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 10:39:30 EST 200th day of logging in http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35414972 Woohoo Mon, 19 Jan 2015 08:30:57 EST Big defeat for me this weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35409581 I all weekend long did not sway away from my diet. I had plenty of temptations and while now being on the other side of watching instead of joining I felt great knowing I am doing what I need to do... Too bad I can not get the others around me to do the same <em>334</em> Sun, 18 Jan 2015 16:50:49 EST Another pound http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35407240 Yes! Sun, 18 Jan 2015 09:10:47 EST Breaking Out Of Limitations http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35401368 I've learned that the only thing that can stop me is me. So I won't allow it. I'm stronger than I was last week. Yay for progress. Sat, 17 Jan 2015 14:29:34 EST I did a shoulder stand in yoga class http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35394075 Yep, I did a shoulder stand....my abs have come a long way, baby! Fri, 16 Jan 2015 15:27:06 EST Small successes... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35393703 Two weeks tomorrow I started on my last and final journey to health. I have an overall goal of 55lb lost and Id like to do it by July. My wonderful husand (just married) has also asked me to focus on more than just the number. So here are my successes from the last two weeks <BR> <BR> 1. Worked out for 30 min daily on lunch break at work <BR> 2. Lifted weights three times this week <BR> 3. Enjoyed it <BR> 4. Skin looks better <BR> 5. Improved diet <BR> 6. Stayed within allotted calorie g... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 14:09:21 EST 29 Bottles of Beer on the Wall http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35390452 Weigh-in Day number three: Well, three weeks in and eleven pounds down! My initial goal is to lose 40 pounds by making good food choices, watching portions and calories, and by walking even if it means playing Nanuck of the North (within reason) during these very cold January temperatures. 40 pounds will take me out of the obese range. Isn't it strange to say my goal is just to be overweight/borderline obese? These eleven pounds came off rather easily and quickly. Maintaining weight l... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 06:43:08 EST Went Up a Level http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35385530 I'm now level 6!! <BR> <BR> yay! Thu, 15 Jan 2015 16:38:14 EST Fit in Goal Pants much better! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35385489 I bought a pair of gorgeous pink pants at Anthropologie marked way down on sale (from 200 down to 30) a month ago, size 28 (inches) planning on losing weight by june so they will fit well. I tried them on today and they are already looking a lot better!! <BR> <BR> I showed them to my fiance and he said I look hot!!! <BR> <BR> <em>346</em> Thu, 15 Jan 2015 16:23:25 EST Today was weigh day!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35384857 Weigh day after being super dooper consistent..... <BR> <BR> I'VE LOST &#10024;4&#10024;POUNDS!!!!! <BR> <BR> Since the new year I've been exercising 30 min everyday and trackinng every single bite. WHOOOOOOOT! Thu, 15 Jan 2015 13:26:49 EST Finished my first Marathon!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35384580 This past weekend I participated n the Disney Marathon! I had to make several stops, but I finished, and earned my medal!! I am so proud of myself! Thu, 15 Jan 2015 12:51:00 EST Better coping mechanisms http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35379897 Today was a stressful day. The semester has just started again (I teach and am a student) and the workload is hitting me pretty hard. On top of that, I had planned to walk my dog this morning, but ended up spending the morning with her in the vet's office because she has been sick. Turns out she'll need surgery that I can't afford at the moment. Then rushed to classes and staff meetings with no time to plan my meals for the day. Got home and just felt awful. Normally a day of bad news, stress... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 23:37:59 EST Fiance lost 7 pounds :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35375816 I have been working hard at improving our lifestyle for the last month and a half and I noticed this morning that my collar bones are showing more! And last night my fiance told me that he has dropped from 267 down to 260!!! (He is 6'3" and muscular so he carries it well but he still needs to flatten his stomach) <BR> <BR> Anyways we are so happy with the results we have seen since I have been practicing a heathier lifestyle with the support of Sparkpeople! I plan on dedicating the time I... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 14:27:28 EST Conquering the healthy eating! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35370001 This might sound really small for some of you but for me it is HUGE! I passed the convenience of buying lunch over making it at home. Today I feel sick, throat hurts, head hurts and I am congested. When I went to pick my daughter up from school I had the urge to buy a sandwich from Subway instead of cooking my lunch. Well.... I talked myself from it and came home and prepare my lunch. This is a huge accomplishment for me since I guess you can say I am addicted to the convenience of buying lun... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 21:13:27 EST walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35359312 I was going for my walk this morning and a lady tried to pass me but I kept walking faster and she wasn't able to!! <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> Mon, 12 Jan 2015 15:25:08 EST 8 Week Diabetes Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35358736 I've completed the basic requirements to complete the first week of the Challenge. One of the tasks was to set my goals for the 8 weeks. It's probably the first time I've ever set a goal that didn't involve a # on the scale at the TOP of the list! They are simple things..baby steps, you know? 1-track my food daily (even when the totals are not so pretty) 2-Get 20 minutes of activity everyday (it can be easy..it just has to be consistent right now). 3- Walk the dogs every day...we all need t... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 13:12:44 EST Little sucesses lead to big success!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35357856 A new years resolution for me was to track every single bite I take, and exercise 30 minutes a day. I've done both since NYD. <BR> <BR> &#10024;&#10084;&#10024;really proud of myself! I went to a party yesterday and I know that's a space where I tend to overeat. I decided to be ok with whatever calorie count came from it, but just to be honest with my tracker. &#128525;&#128525;&#128525; Mon, 12 Jan 2015 10:52:10 EST Family Party! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35351935 Attended a family party for most of the day today. Lots of food temptations! I wasn't even tempted to eat ANY of the cakes, cheese cake, Boston cream pie! Very proud of myself! <em>244</em> Sun, 11 Jan 2015 19:10:40 EST Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35349545 <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I'm so happy because I have been reliable weighing in at 149. I made a weight loss plan for this year where I want to be at 133 by october 1st. It allows for about 1 pound every 2 weeks. So far I am following my plan easily. I'm really happy because I'm noticing my clothes are getting looser :) <BR> <BR> I started at the beginning of december and it was really frustrating for the first month but I'm finally starting to see some progress. Part of it is due to m... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 13:46:56 EST Personal goal board update.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35348896 I use the Spark Personal goal board for quick reviews. About 2 weeks ago I put that I will lose 40 lbs by June 1st. I updated my board to say that I will lose 35 lbs by June 1st. <em>224</em> The 40 lb goal is gone and I am now working on the new goal so my board should reflect that! <em>521</em> Sun, 11 Jan 2015 10:59:41 EST Thoughts about authority http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35342552 Chapter 7 Respect Authority <BR> <BR> Love, respect, honor, authority, obedience, influence, healing, forgiveness, vs. anger, viewing self as unworthy. <BR> <BR> Understand this important concept of respect so that you will submit all of your life to God, who is the ultimate authority, and reap the blessings that come from a life of submission to Him. Only obedient men, who acknowledge that they are under God’s sovereign authority, are in a position to exercise biblical authority in a loca... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 17:41:51 EST Woo Hoo http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35342182 I did 199 minutes of exercises today, really happy about it because I have been really sick with the flu, cold, and sinus infection. Today my throat is sore. When is it going to end. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 16:38:00 EST whoohoo moments http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35341527 Mine is when I can be honest with myself and positive, making bad choices in the past better today, acceptance to and about my lifestyle change... key is staying away from sugar and staying on track with my diet. Whoohoo Sat, 10 Jan 2015 13:18:21 EST Burning calories :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35341180 I am very happy that since Sunday, I have burned 2623 calories of my weekly 2590 goal - and I still have today left to get to the gym. My goal is 500 calories at the gym each time so I am expecting to go over 3000. It has been a good week! <em>68</em> Sat, 10 Jan 2015 12:23:32 EST Success Breeds Success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35333012 I dropped 7 pounds in my first two weeks back with Sparkpeople! Yes, I'm happy about that, but I also realize the concept of water weight and the effects of initial caloric reduction and implementation of exercise, however moderate - I've been here before. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to convince myself that I can not and will not see these same results each weigh-in; you see, I've been here before and when I hit that blankety-blank wall I give up! <BR> <BR> I'm making myself the promise to pus... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 09:55:25 EST Doing great :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35317105 I am finally noticing that my weight is consistently lower, even if it's only by one pound. I'm also noticing that my measuring tape is consistently one inch smaller. The best sign is the measuring tape! I am finally feeling encouraged, especially after 2 great days of a ton of exercise and a fun day at my job, and a 2nd day with a ton of exercise, going to zumba at the gym, walking the dog to the park, and realizing that my body can still be in great shape and exercise <BR> <BR> <em>25... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 12:01:18 EST Did squats! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35310088 I did 5 min of squats, 5 min of sit ups and 5 min of step ups on a soccer ball! Completely self motivated at home :) Tue, 6 Jan 2015 15:46:52 EST I visited my doctor today ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35309223 I visited my doctor today. I was somewhat apprehensive because my visit just three weeks ago wasn't so good. My blood pressure and weight were up, fluid was making me look and feel bloated, and I felt like something generally found near the curb. The good doctor increased one of my blood pressure meds in order to get rid of some of the fluid. That day I returned to Sparkpeople. I had to DO something - I had to make a CHANGE. <BR> <BR> I've been religiously following the calorie goals an... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 12:35:58 EST Bypassed a binge!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35304695 I stood in front of the open frig wanting to binge on bbq hot pockets 330 calories each which I wanted to have 2 & 45 calories for 2 tblsp ranch dressing. I thank God that I was able to talk myself out of it and instead grabbed a medium sized apple at only about 75 calories which keeps me under my calorie count with all the exercise I did today and snow shoveling!! I'm kind of proud because I've made good choices a lot more often lately. Has anyone else had a victory like this that they want ... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 23:48:24 EST Bye Bye to holiday Bulge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35292049 Lost the first 3 of my 8 lb holiday gain. YEAH! Sun, 4 Jan 2015 13:27:14 EST Losing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35286621 5 pounds gone <em>244</em> Sat, 3 Jan 2015 21:11:03 EST ... and I didn't die! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35282018 Hey! I walked one and one-half miles this morning. It's only about 24-degrees here, but I bundled up and made the route in 28 minutes ... and I didn't die! Sat, 3 Jan 2015 08:29:51 EST I did my first consecutive week of exercise! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35275610 Hey everyone! I've lost a lot of weight on sparkspeople but gained about 10 back recently. I just started back at exercising and have completed my first full week (7 Days) of tracking, exercising, and eating healthy. Yay!!!! I've completed my first goal! Now heading into week two, wish me luck please. I got this! Fri, 2 Jan 2015 09:41:47 EST 200 gone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35261713 After weighing in this morning, I am shouting out, since 1/1/2014 I have lost 200 LBS this year. 202 to be exact and it feels great, Thanks for the help Spark people Wed, 31 Dec 2014 10:04:58 EST Leaving 85 lbs behind in 2014! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35258997 Wahoo! I'm now down a whooping 85.8 lbs! And I am officially under 300 lbs. I'm so excited to be going into the new year 85 lbs less than what I started this year at! Bring it on 2015, I'm ready! Tue, 30 Dec 2014 22:16:17 EST Getting started http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35258952 Trying to jump start my weight loss. I started today. I've just gotten to the point where I am just really unhappy with my body and uncomfortable all the time. I want to feel good in my own body. Which so something I never can remember feeling. So for the next few weeks I'm doing slim fast. I'm hoping this will help me get started without having to think a whole lot about every single meal. I have two small kids and i teach so time is an issue. I also don't want to do anything that feels over... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 21:58:34 EST Lost 30+ LBS with metformin - is it safe though? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35250092 So to date I have lost 45 lbs, I started at 280 and I am now at 225, I still find it hard to believe, my upper body doesn't seem to have lost as much... but my pants are practically falling off me on a regular basis, and I've gone down a few sizes which is AWESOME! <BR> <BR> But when my dr started me on metformin I had no idea I could lose THIS much, I'm not undereating, some days I am too afraid to even journal what i ate cause i know it was more than my daily maximum, but for the most part... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 19:23:29 EST Successful Sunday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35243045 <em>244</em> I had over 2 hours for exercise and mobility today! And I ate well without eating junk or unhealthy! Had a great day! Now on to a great week!! Sun, 28 Dec 2014 20:42:38 EST Hair Loss & Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35242251 That is what I am going thru. <BR> Don't mind the weight loss but the hair thing is really bothering me. <BR> Can anyone relate? <BR> Any solutions? <BR> All my labs and biopsies are normal. Sun, 28 Dec 2014 18:38:20 EST Lost some weight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35204338 After struggling for over one month to lose, I am finally noticing some downward direction on the scale and also the measuring tape getting smaller too. I'm so happy! <BR> <BR> I have big goals for myself for the next year and I want to stick to them. <BR> <BR> It's really exciting to finally see the scale getting smaller after one whole month of trying my hardest and seeing nothing, so I'm glad I'm finally seeing progress. Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:38:08 EST Finally found a workout I love http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35203702 I bit the bullet and ordered Slim in 6 from beachbody and I love it! Each video is an hour long so i know i am getting a good workout. An hour workout is awesome for me lol. I have also lost 8 lbs so I am feeling really good right now! Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:22:55 EST 1 more pound lost http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35203639 <em>244</em> Excited to lose a pound while recovering from surgery. Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:06:47 EST Best start to getting back to it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35156470 I've been wanting to get back into my workout regime but I recently quit my gym membership because of low funds and I just wasn't going to it. My friend I used to go with forgot this and texted me this morning about going to one of the classes. He was bummed....BUT.....I talked him into coming over and working out with me at my house (I offered to go to his house but he said it was too dirty) and we could work out to some good videos I found online. Surprisingly he agreed and we had a fant... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 22:14:42 EST Out of the 400's http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35138023 Out of the 300's <BR> Out of the 200's <BR> Yep, December 11th i reached Onederland w/ 198lbs. First time i have been below the 200's in my adult life, maybe even longer. <BR> <BR> Still amazed on the progress. This day i still get inspired when soaking up the milestones and success threads from fellow members here and other forums. Thanks to you all and also thanks to my beloved wife. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 08:45:19 EST OMG I have a jawline! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35133280 I touched my face today and noticed that I have a jawline. It's been a while... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 17:18:16 EST Maintained goal weight for a year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35118958 As of today, I've maintained a healthy weight for one year! <BR> <BR> Not only have I maintained the 85 pounds lost, I've reduced by another 15 pounds in the last year. I weigh what I did in high school. <BR> Wed, 10 Dec 2014 19:44:14 EST Then & Now http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35116201 Three months ago my weight (in my underwear) was 73.5 kilos. This morning I weighed myself when I was ready to go out for work, complete with jumper, jeans, coat, scarf, boots and my bag (containing, among other things, the agenda and a pocket umbrella). The scale said 73.5 kilos! It felt good and I am happy that I have lost 5 kilos on the way, and kept them away. I still have to lose some more, but I'm confident I'll make it. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 11:42:45 EST Fell While Running This Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35116092 Landed hard on my hip, scraped my hands up pretty bad. It was thoroughly humiliating. <BR> <BR> The part worth celebrating? I was back on my feet and running again so fast, my SPAT didn't even register a break in activity. <BR> <BR> I felt like such a trooper. <em>334</em> Wed, 10 Dec 2014 11:19:30 EST Today was a GOOD Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35110718 I had a great day today - all my levels after my meals were below 180!!! It was great!!! <em>334</em> Tue, 9 Dec 2014 20:40:25 EST 25 pounds gone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35092648 Yay and I did it with really healthy eating, no starving or special diets! ANd some exercise <BR> Have 35 to go, but still sooooo happy Sun, 7 Dec 2014 14:39:42 EST Goal Weight Met Nov 24, 2014 123 Pounds Lost http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35091424 On Nov 24, 2014 I met my goal weight loss of 123 pounds. I started July 9, 2013 at 283, and I now I am at goal weight of 160. It took just 16 months. It feels incredible, after years of being obese and miserable. It seems unbelievable. I wear a small top now and a medium bottom; a medium coat. . Before I was size 1X on top and 2-3x on bottom; and in poor health. <BR> <BR> I did it on my own, as after years of dieting I knew the drill, and knew I could never follow a prescribed diet. But o... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 09:37:07 EST Lost 35 pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35086875 Hello. I'm writing today to inform everyone that I have lost a total of 35 pounds. I have been working hard to accomplish my goals and the journey has been bumpy, to say the least! Although I have gains here and there, the overall persistence has paid off. I make sure that I track everything I eat, utilizing the SP tracker and track all my workouts. I try to keep moving. Even watching Football, I march in place and keep the blood flowing! Thanks to all my SparkFriends and my family for enco... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 20:32:16 EST whoo board-I am supposed to write of success http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35083642 I call it the Boo Hoo because that is what I am doing to work through the pain when moving. <BR> The positive is that I am trying and moving along. <em>521</em> Sat, 6 Dec 2014 10:12:51 EST 20 pounds gone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35069776 Hit my first small goal today! New goal of 15 and then keeping it off for good. Thu, 4 Dec 2014 07:31:14 EST Made it to wonderland!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35052000 I haven't been in wonderland for many, many years. I would not have been able to do it without sparkpeople. It took a year and an average of 2 lbs per month but I made it!! Mon, 1 Dec 2014 23:10:33 EST 70 lbs lost! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35051937 I am so happy, I went to the doctor today and I've lost a total of 70lbs since I started. Not only that I am completely off all diabetes medication and I now control my diabetes through diet and exercise and my AC1 was excellent today. My doctor told me I should write a book, which made me feel very proud of myself. I still have some weight to go, but I felt very good today. :) <BR> My original weight was 251 but I didn't start here until 245 that's why it says 64 lol Mon, 1 Dec 2014 23:00:25 EST Weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35045509 <em>244</em> <em>521</em> I have lost 18 lbs. since the end of Sept. <em>252</em> Sun, 30 Nov 2014 23:36:48 EST Made it to "One-derland" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35042640 Weighed myself today and the scale said 198! so excited and proud being under 200 is such an accomplishment for me. My starting weight was 263 so i've lost 65 lbs total. So proud of myself. I'm probably the only one in my family that lost weight on thanksgiving lol. Sun, 30 Nov 2014 13:22:39 EST Planned my meal--and ate to the plan! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35030738 I love Thanksgiving food--squash, turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberries, pumpkin pie, apple pie--yes, ALL of it!! But--I am stuck--on a plateau so I couldn't overdo. <BR> <BR> A teammate on my 5% challenge team said "list your Thanksgiving menu and what you plan to eat--it will keep you accountable". So I did that! I decided what I'd have (and listed it for my team to see) and then had to report back after dinner. <BR> <BR> Well, I did it!! I did have a 2nd slice of homemade bread and more ... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 19:38:08 EST Obese no more! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35028517 OBESE -- isn't that an ugly word? I have always hated it! <BR> <BR> Well, now I don't have to worry about it any more. As of this morning's weigh in my BMI is finally out of the obese range. <BR> <BR> For me this feels like a bigger accomplishment than losing the 35 pounds. I am so happy! <BR> <BR> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 11:48:11 EST weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35028204 I have lost over 90 pounds. I am down to about 105 pounds. That is where I want to stop now. I am feeling great! Fri, 28 Nov 2014 10:34:18 EST Stop and think http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35026093 Have not been doing well. A moment of realization today (thanks to Spark Coach) and on Thanksgiving at that! Just choose two small forward movements for two weeks. OK. Just two: drink water and track food. We'll see...... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 22:17:51 EST 1 pound http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=35003559 One pound left and that's all it takes to be out of the 200s!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am vowing to myself to never be back there again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:56:26 EST 190 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34997537 hit 190 LBS gone today and it feels great. also hit a new high on walking, 3 miles yesterday and now off I go to try again Sun, 23 Nov 2014 16:03:53 EST Gluten Free! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34992341 Down 27 pounds in a couple months from nixing gluten from my life. Feel much better! Haven't started exercising much yet aside from the occasional hike- but happy to get onto a dietary system that makes me feel good and that's helping me lose weight. <em>334</em> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:42:56 EST 41 days of ActivTrax http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34989112 Yeah for me, 41 days of ActivTrax <BR> <BR> I started as a beginner, moved through intermediate, now on level 3. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 13:23:10 EST Eating reasonably for 3 weeks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34984557 I undertook the 21-Day No-Binge-Eating Challenge, and I'm pretty pleased with how I did. Technically I didn't have complete success, as there was one day where, in the evening, I had a small pizza and a pint of ice cream. However, I really enjoyed that pizza and ice cream and didn't feel bad about it afterwards. And one evening like that in three weeks is fine, I think. I think I was actually not eating quite enough calories before, so every few days I would rebel and overeat. These past few ... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:24:52 EST Scary Scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34979721 I dreaded to get on the scale. I felt I hadn't been as careful as I could with eating. I stepped boldly on the sale expecting to have gained. WOW!! I lost 3#. WOO HOO!!! It is the walking and Spark People keeping me motivated. Thanks Spark People!!! I am feeling GREAT!! <em>252</em> <em>244</em> <em>198</em> <em>198</em> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 23:10:19 EST Back to Blogging and on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34977077 So happy to be back on track and blogging on a regular basis again. I've got this and am getting my health back :o) Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:52:22 EST My NSV!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34971381 I actually have two NSV that I want to share! <BR> <BR> 1. There have been Daylight Donuts in the teachers lounge for the past three days (today was day 3). I never caved in once!! This is a big deal because donuts are a binge trigger and I completely avoided certain self-sabotage!! <BR> <BR> 2. Today I didn't bring anything for supper, and nothing that was healthy in the school fridge looked appealing. (I do pay for what I take. This has always been a privilege for night-time custodians)... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 20:05:19 EST Getting Back in Shape! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34969986 I've only been on my exercise routine for a week, but it feels great to be able to pedal on the exercise bike for 30 minutes! I was pretty out of shape before then and could barely go for 10. It's amazing how fast my body has adjusted to exercise, probably with the help of my change in diet. How has your endurance improved as you started an exercise routine? Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:43:10 EST Today was a small success but I am happy with it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34969789 I had a great summer and lost over 25 lbs, but since school started back up in September, I haven't been as focused on weight loss. I have not has as much time to exercise, and I've been so stressed and busy with school. <BR> <BR> Since September, I have stayed exactly the same weight. Haven't gained (thank the lord), but i haven't lost either, which is obviously the goal. <BR> <BR> Today, I stepped on the scale (I am trying to weigh myself every Wednesday morning), and I am down 2 lbs!!!!!... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:11:06 EST The Weight Loss Fairy must have paid me a visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34954029 I broke the 200 lb barrier! I wasn't expecting good news when I weighed in this morning, since I haven't been keeping up with my calorie counting, but...195.5! That's 44.5 pounds lost, 65.5 pounds to go. Sending positive skinny vibes to all of you! Mon, 17 Nov 2014 10:33:12 EST If at first you don't succeed..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34952605 Back in July - July 22 to be exact, I was going for an early morning run before work, 5:00 AM. It was a beautiful morning and I was feeling good. Took a terrible fall off the side of the road (poorly repaved roads in my neighborhood) and hit the ground with great force. Landed on my nose (oh, it was pretty), had a severely sprained ankle (thought I broke it originally), two damaged knee caps - one of which still carries a lot of fluid, tore my hip flexor and had to pick gravel out of my ha... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 08:02:38 EST battery help not lighting up or connecting http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34950342 I am trying to replace battery, however with my new battery I am not getting any green lights only one red one. The battery is flat in the case but no connections. Any advice? Sun, 16 Nov 2014 23:12:31 EST I've been hovering around 182. Now 178.4! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34949512 <em>250</em> Sun, 16 Nov 2014 20:43:06 EST New Weight Loss Low! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34949495 I now am below my previous low for the past 2 1/2 years! This makes 27 pounds lost since January 2013, Either 3 or 4 pounds lost since joining SP in late October. <BR> Sun, 16 Nov 2014 20:41:46 EST Finally out of the 180s! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34931852 I'm actually shocked. I was hovering around 184 last week, and for the past week I have been really watching what I'm eating and working out. I weighed myself this morning, expecting it to be around 183, 182. Nope - 179.6! <BR> <BR> This was just what I needed to motivate me to continue. <em>85</em> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 15:33:57 EST small things http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34930139 Just wanted to share my 5.5 weight loss with some people who know what it's all about. 16 days and I'm feeling great!!!! Fri, 14 Nov 2014 08:58:39 EST Small success, but actually a big accomplishment http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34928869 Hello! <BR> <BR> I just wanted to share that I have been logging into sparkpeople and checking in EVERYDAY for OVER A MONTH. This is huge to me because I have never EVER EVER stuck to a program for this long before!! :) Fri, 14 Nov 2014 06:54:56 EST NSVs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34927920 Just a few NSVs. <BR> <BR> 1. To start, on Tuesday, my best friend and I decided to go to an extra Weight Watchers meeting before getting dinner. Originally, we planned on going out for fajitas (I usually take home leftovers.) Instead, we made a last minute change of plans and went to Panera. I ordered a Turkey Cranberry Flatbread sandwich with the Squash Soup and an apple. I didn't even eat the apple because it was tart, and I was in the mood for a sweet one. My friend got a different flatb... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 01:00:44 EST SPARK TRACKER http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34925057 I HAVE HAD A FULL WEEK OF DOING 10,000 STEPS <em>104</em> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 18:56:10 EST Graduated the C25k Program! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34923533 I'm finally a C25k Graduate!! <BR> <BR> Around 2 months ago I couldn't even run for 1 minute straight. But, this morning I ran for 30 minutes without stopping. It was cold when I started my run at about 33 degrees and I already did a run yesterday, but I figured my body could handle this. <BR> <BR> I wanted nothing to stop me. So it didn't! <BR> <BR> At the beginning, I was 90% sure I was going to give up. Something in my head thought that I would quit because it was either too painful or ... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 13:52:06 EST Depression and Weight Gain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34923408 I started out great, lost 10 pounds, got my A1C down to 7.9 from 9.8 and then for some reason my major depressive disorder came out to haunt me. I take meds to help but sometimes it’s just too much. Needless to say, I’m up 14 pounds and my A1C is back up. I know I’m slowly killing myself with the weight (now at 244 on a 5/5 frame) especially being diabetic. I’m so discouraged and depressed and disgusted. I am a carbaholic and I am a bad one. I would rather eat cake, cookies, candy, br... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 13:11:41 EST Juice Fast and Healthy Eating =34 # loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34922395 Since February 2014 I have lost a total of 34# by eating healthy and cutting the killers. In February, I started to give up wheat as recommended by my doctor. He is a doctor of functional medicine. I originally lost 20 # in about 6 weeks. I struggled to cut out the wheat completely until about August. I had gained back 3 #. In October we did a 30 day juice fast. That changed everything. The way I think about food is completely different. It taught me discipline in the kitchen instead of ... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 09:55:52 EST Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34921850 I guess I do not think of this as a goal that I have made, but I got to my weight where I want to be a long time ago. I really try to stay there and not gain any more weight. I have been doing great with that and really feel good. My little problem is my family who says "You can gain some weight." Go for it. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 08:36:24 EST Lost 109 pounds so far, feeling good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34915978 Back in January, I was wanting to lose over 100 pounds in a year. <BR> <BR> As of last Saturday I have lost 109 pounds. I started at over 400 and now at almost under 300. I'm thrilled because I'm fitting in sizes I haven't even considered before. Actually shopping IN stores, not ordering from special catalogs and special sizes. Things fit, I don't have to worry, it feels good. I'm still losing. I want to get to 275, maybe 250, who knows. I feel great overall about myself <BR> <BR> I've wo... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 17:45:56 EST for taking the first step http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34910135 My woo hoo moment...making the decision that this me right now is NOT the true me. I need the motivation to loose weight and SparkPeople is going to help me get there. They are my little secret I carry in my purse lol. <em>41</em> Tue, 11 Nov 2014 21:32:11 EST Losing these 22 lbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34905837 Since July of this year I have lost 22 lbs. Although its been a struggle and of course I wish it was more. I have to be thankful for what I have lost and hope to continue to lose. I don't think I have ever been so devoted to losing all this weight as I have these last few months. Very proud of myself so far <em>224</em> Tue, 11 Nov 2014 10:21:11 EST Two more pounds til onederland! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34898138 Started here at 215 back in October and now I weighed myself today and I'm at 202! Mon, 10 Nov 2014 09:26:13 EST 100 lbs down baby!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34892619 Hit 100 lbs lost and I am celebrating the heck out of it. In fact, I spent so much time dancing after stepping off the scale Friday morning, it made me late for the gym!! Hop over to my page and celebrate with me. Sun, 9 Nov 2014 16:09:09 EST I wasn't going to do it.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34885322 I told myself not to do . I begged myself to resist the urge. I knew that I had snuck 2 bit size snickers over Halloween and had a 3 oz hamburger this month &#128520; <BR> I did it anyway . Jumped on the scale for the first tome since starting Sparkpeople. <BR> I am down 8 labs in six weeks !!!! Might not seem like a lot to some , but to me it means I can fit comfortably in my clothes , wake up feeling better and enjoy my walks with the dogs daily. <BR> Thank you Sparkpeople... thank you than... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 11:59:20 EST I woke up in ONEDERLAND! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34873340 Today is the first day in all of my 20's that I have been in onderland. I am 31 days from being 30, but I MADE IT. Now to spend my 30's without a day OUT of onderland! <BR> <BR> HIP HIP----HOOORAY! Thu, 6 Nov 2014 20:57:40 EST Met my October Goal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34870946 I met - actually surpassed - my October goal of losing 10 lbs... I lost 15! WOOHOO! Mani/Pedi here I come! <em>334</em> Thu, 6 Nov 2014 11:57:27 EST Learning to Run at 49 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34870933 You are awesome! You've motivated me to go buy new running shoes and get my backside in gear. Couch to 5K here I come... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 11:55:17 EST Learning to Run at 49 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34870509 You are awesome! You've motivated me to go buy new running shoes and get my backside in gear. Couch to 5K here I come... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 10:05:06 EST Woo Hoo! Button to Celebrate Success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34870498 You are awesome! You've motivated me to go buy new running shoes and get my backside in gear. Couch to 5K here I come... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 10:02:19 EST starting again at 60 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34869672 so far so good... just over 3 months ago I was just coming up to 60, sitting on the couch a lot and decided not to let the rot completely take over so I bought a decent pair of trainers and downloaded the couch-to-5k programme with a measure of anxiety - I was worried because my knees have been dodgy for years and I hadn't jogged for about 7 years.. have back problems... too fat etc etc etc etc. <BR> 3 months later, despite set backs with minor disappointing injuries have successfully complet... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 07:54:14 EST First Week and excited!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34863522 I started taking the diet drug Qysmia ( actually a compounded generic slightly different version) last Monday, Oct 27th. I have not eaten ANYTHING between meals, tried to watch my carbs more than usual and drink, drink, unsweetened tea. Got on the scales yesterday morning and I had lost 15lbs!!! I was so excited. I know that the first week is mostly water and I still have at least 70 lbs to go but its a start!!! Wed, 5 Nov 2014 12:30:13 EST Weight verses BMI http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34862934 SO PROUD to report 40 lbs.down ,and BMI starting SPark was 50.9 and now is 43.8!!! <BR> I feel like it has taken way to long compared to other sparkers to get this far(11 mos).But determined to keep pushing to get healthy and feel better about me!!! <BR> Allie <em>521</em> Wed, 5 Nov 2014 10:19:29 EST How should I celebrate? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34862672 I've passed the half way point. <BR> I don't have a lot of money to spend on a reward, but I feel like I should do something to celebrate. <BR> What do you suggest? Wed, 5 Nov 2014 09:14:19 EST Feeling Good!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34862121 <em>381</em> Wed, 5 Nov 2014 07:41:21 EST No night time snacking!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34850850 I made it in one whole week with no snacking before bed time!! <em>4</em> The first night my stomach growled all night long so I didn't get much sleep <em>20</em> but each night got easier and easier. I keep thinking about all the nice cloths I have in my closet and which do I want more? <em>198</em> Cloths that are nice or junk food and dumpy cloths? I picked nice cloths. <em>334</em> Here is to another week. <em>250</em> Mon, 3 Nov 2014 21:31:04 EST I lost one pound while out of program! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34847866 My action step was to post a small WHOHOO. I got so excited I forgot to post mine! It seems very insignificant but its all about small steps, isn't it? Someone malwared my computer into oblivion and I was obliged to buy a new uptodate computer. It took me a week of research and looking to figure out what I needed and another week to find how to coordinate it, budget it, etc. and finally buy it. I did stray from my program a couple of times but I didn't want to get off task so far that I m... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 11:42:19 EST 180 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34839206 180 LBS gone and and the slats fell out of my bed last night. not enough to hold them down. Oh Yeaaahhhh! Sun, 2 Nov 2014 11:53:41 EST MY Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34836176 <em>248</em> I'm thrilled, I have lost all of the weight I wanted to loose. However, my situation may have been a little easier than others....I STILL DID IT!!!! I went from 190lbs to 134-136. Medication caused my weight gain. I was fortunate to be able to stop taking it. It was for sciatica nerve pain.Although I still suffer with the nerve damage, my weight is gone! <em>244</em> IT took over a yr to lose it....it made it and so can all of you. Never give up, the long hard rd is well ... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 01:57:44 EST 12.8 lbs down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34833641 1 month ago I was put on a low carb/high protein diet and phentermine. Expectation was 1lb per week loss. Went in for my 1 month follow-up and I've lost 12.8lbs! 3.2lbs per week!! Yay!! Sat, 1 Nov 2014 18:00:54 EST I beat the Halloween candy temptatioins http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34832158 So proud of myself today! This last few days and especially yesterday have been a complete success on my bumpy ass road to a size 10! But every little accomplishment should be celebrated and I certainly don't need encouragement to party! An added bonus was waking up this morning to see another two pounds gone. So here I am proud as punch of my will power these last few days and I just had to share with you all! This journey we've chosen together is long and harsh but I know you're all with me... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 11:37:08 EST No more high blood pressure pills http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34831794 Woo hoo! Went to the doctor yesterday and she was able to take me off my blood pressure pills!!!!! I've been on them for 9 years. What a great feeling! Sat, 1 Nov 2014 10:13:09 EST At Goal today!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34825942 I set my goal for 150 ibs, by Dec. 31 and was amazed that I reached it today Oct. 31st. I wasn't expecting this. But, I know that have been so consistent even at times that I ate stuff that I didn't intend to. It was the act of getting immediately back on track instead of letting little indulgences derail what I have been doing. And of course the regular exercise has made all the difference. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:45:56 EST 5K! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34822448 I've been doing the Zombies Run 5K trainer app. I went for my final run this morning, and went the distance, with time to spare (which I used for a good cool down walk). <BR> <BR> I'm so happy. I legitimately though I'd give up after a couple of weeks when I first started. I always hated running, and never made it through the cross country at school without walking. But it turns out that when I learnt how to run properly, I really, really love it. I love the way it feels when you go from "t... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:23:24 EST WOOHOO! Lost my first solid 5! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34805276 Lost my first five pounds over the course of a little over a week! Haven't really changed anything that much. Just not drinking anything except water, and LOTS of it! Loving how great I am feeling about myself. MY favorite part of tracking is meeting my fat, carb, and protein goals w/o going over; its a fun game to me! I'm just so excited to see what ahead in my journey! I can already picture myself at my goal weight! Just have to stay strong and motivated! HAPPY FALL YA'LL Tue, 28 Oct 2014 22:31:43 EST I have to brag! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34795352 I am now down 57.2 pounds! I still have a lot to go, but I am now closer to 300 than 400! And I'm also just 2.8 lbs from 60 lbs gone, which is the amount I lost my first time around on SP, back in 2006-2007. I'm SO EXCITED! Mon, 27 Oct 2014 14:33:53 EST Maintenance http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34794506 I made it to maintenance! Whoot! <BR> <em>353</em> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 11:57:52 EST Back to Work!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34789218 <em>334</em> Happy to be back to work full time. It helps so much with my fitness goals. I stayed active today and surprised myself with so much energy even at the end of the day. Today was my WooHoo moment......all day. <em>244</em> <em>353</em> Sun, 26 Oct 2014 21:21:39 EST Measurement http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34785626 Lost 2 1/2" off my waist this month, and 3" off my hips. Woo Hoo! Sun, 26 Oct 2014 10:42:21 EST I feel great and am ready for Round 2!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34776351 I just thought I'd share that I have officially lost 42 pounds since I committed back to my healthy lifestyle in July of this year and a whopping 77 pounds since I first decided enough back in 2009. I feel like a little celebrating is in order because I haven't been this thin in well over 10 years or felt this good in probably longer. <BR> <BR> I don't bring this accomplishment up often, so you can image how it's been eating at me! Has anyone else noticed how few people say anything after y... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 03:22:59 EST I'M SO EXCITED!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34774524 I'M SO EXCITED, I GOT ON THE SCALE TODAY AND I'VE LOST 22LBS. IN 4 WEEKS. I CUT OUT THE SWEETS, PORTION CONTROL, AND EXERCISING MORE!!!! YEAH!!!! Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:25:48 EST I went to the gym... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34773021 I know, it is such a little thing. But I DIDN'T WANT TO GO! <BR> My inner toddler was determined, but I forced myself, and here I now sit - not whining about how I didn't get the gym - but sweat drenched, with 45 minutes on the bike and 15 minutes on the treadmill - essentially 18 miles of ground covered - behind me. <BR> I feel good. I knew that I would. <BR> Take that toddler! Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:40:09 EST Spark activity tracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34770265 I just received my "Spark activity tracker", can't wait to see the results! Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:21:31 EST stayed on track yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34760890 I lost 20 pounds so far and the past week have been struggling but yesterday i was on track with little effort. I just need to keep with it. I havent given up!!! Thu, 23 Oct 2014 06:33:08 EST You need to stop losing weight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34757025 At work I hear "You look great! What have you been doing?" followed up by something along these lines: "You need to stop losing weight." "You've lost too much weight already." "It's not healthy to lose that much." "You're getting too thin." <BR> <BR> I'm sorry, I'm confused. Are you celebrating with me or are you trying to sabotage the progress I've made? We'll, I've made up my mind. I'm going to keep doing what I'm doing. Clean eating. Keep exercising. Drink lots of water. Avoid my list of ... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:27:22 EST Met first goal!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34755967 I was reviewing my goal board and saw that I had written that I wanted to lose 5 kilos by the end of October. <BR> I am so thrilled that not only have I got there, but I passed it by 1 kilo!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:55:17 EST Overweight!!!!!!!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34749265 Has lost 50.93% of my total body weight. Well i guess i am half the man i use to be. <BR> <BR> Today my BMI is 29.6 which puts me in the Overweight Category. Amazing that just last August 27th 2013 (Day 1) i was 60.2 Obese Class III. <BR> <BR> Also a few days ago i passed losing half my starting body weight. Its been quite the month. <BR> <BR> <BR> Obese III = 432lbs to 286lbs = 146lbs down (8 months, 6 day or 35 weeks) <BR> Obese II = 286lbs - 250lbs = 36lbs down (2 months, 28 days or 12... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:54:12 EST answered prayer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34748447 thank you lord, for my granddaughter, who now has first paycheck, and car insurance, phone paid, and help with groceries, praise god, and she has set up a budget so proud of her. and a new friend, she is a nice girl very hard working, god you are so good all the time, love you lord, Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:07:29 EST