SparkPeople Woo Hoo! Button to Celebrate Success! Messageboard We want to recognize your accomplishments, however big or small. Let us celebrate with you! SparkPeople Woo Hoo! Button to Celebrate Success! Messageboard Compliments 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 Down another pound. I am now 148 Sun, 29 Mar 2015 19:20:55 EST 10.5 pounds lost!! 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. 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 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 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 Totally figuring out how to preselect meals before eating out so I make healthier selections. Sat, 28 Mar 2015 06:47:19 EST Pants 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 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 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! 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! 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 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! 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! 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? 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! 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 - :) 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! 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 Down 15 pounds <em>30</em> Fri, 20 Mar 2015 21:12:46 EST Resting Heart Rate DOWN 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. 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 <em>244</em> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 15:07:43 EST 3 pounds and one size lower 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 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 Well I have lost another pound. <em>244</em> Wed, 18 Mar 2015 19:33:33 EST Stuck but not Giving Up <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! 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 Well I added 5 minutes more to each of my excerises today Tue, 17 Mar 2015 17:30:06 EST new job 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! 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 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! Lost 16 lbs before my goal date of April 15th. Mon, 16 Mar 2015 23:58:25 EST Hooray Lost another pound. <em>30</em> Mon, 16 Mar 2015 16:06:40 EST Yay me. 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! 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! 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! 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... 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! 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 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..... 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! 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 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!!!!!!!! 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! 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 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 I glowed today Thu, 5 Mar 2015 19:54:33 EST New exceises 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! 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 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 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! <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 Lost another 2lbs <em>224</em> Tue, 3 Mar 2015 14:30:01 EST Down 15 lbs. in 20 days 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!! 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 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 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! 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!!!! 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!!! 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 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! 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... ...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 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 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! 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!! 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 loss five pounds Sat, 21 Feb 2015 08:50:21 EST 52 days and counting! 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 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 Going down - 10 so far - whahooooooooooo Thu, 19 Feb 2015 15:34:52 EST 10 degrees! 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! 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! 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 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 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!!! 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 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! 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! 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! 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! 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? 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!! 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 :-) 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 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 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! 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! 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 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!!! 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 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! 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 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 <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! 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! 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 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 I did it! who wouldve thought after 4 kids i could have a six 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 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! 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! 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 :) 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!! 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! 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 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!!! :) 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! 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!! 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 Once you learn healthy 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 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!! 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! 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! 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 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 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! 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... 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! 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! ... 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! 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! 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!!! 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 ..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 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 Woohoo Mon, 19 Jan 2015 08:30:57 EST Big defeat for me this weekend 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 Yes! Sun, 18 Jan 2015 09:10:47 EST Breaking Out Of Limitations 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 Yep, I did a shoulder abs have come a long way, baby! Fri, 16 Jan 2015 15:27:06 EST Small successes... 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 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 I'm now level 6!! <BR> <BR> yay! Thu, 15 Jan 2015 16:38:14 EST Fit in Goal Pants much better! 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!!! 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!!! 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 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 :) 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! 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 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 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 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 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!! 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! 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 <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.... 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 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 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 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 :) 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! 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 :) 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! 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 ... 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!! 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 Lost the first 3 of my 8 lb holiday gain. YEAH! Sun, 4 Jan 2015 13:27:14 EST Losing 5 pounds gone <em>244</em> Sat, 3 Jan 2015 21:11:03 EST ... and I didn't die! 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! 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 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! 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 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? 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! <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 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! 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 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 <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! 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 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! 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! 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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!! 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! 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 <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" 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! 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! 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 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 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 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 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! 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 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! 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 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 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!! 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! 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! 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 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..... 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 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! <em>250</em> Sun, 16 Nov 2014 20:43:06 EST New Weight Loss Low! 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! 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 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 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 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 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! 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 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 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 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! 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 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 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! 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!!! 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.. 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! 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! 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 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 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! 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 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!! 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 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? 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!! <em>381</em> Wed, 5 Nov 2014 07:41:21 EST No night time snacking!! 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! 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 180 180 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 <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 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! 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 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 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!!! 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! 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! 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! 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 I made it to maintenance! Whoot! <BR> <em>353</em> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 11:57:52 EST Back to Work!!! <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 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!! 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!!!! 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... 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 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 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! 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!!! 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!!!!!!!!!!!!! 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 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 Lost my first 10 pounds!!! Hi Everyone, I started at the end of August. Figured out how to do SP and have been pretty steady in tracking and leaving off the excess snacking I was doing at the same time making healthy choices and watching portion sizes.I'm also walking and getting in more body movement! This time I feel confident I can get the 44 additional pounds off because it is a lifestyle change I am making not a "diet." I love vegetables so there is no reason I can't eat healthy from now on and be healthier and ... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:28:42 EST I'm now a CONTROLLED diabetic!! A1C 6.4%!!! I had my appointment with my doctor to update me on my diabetes and hypertension from last week's blood work. I don't cry much, but I did today. My doctor told me that my A1C is 6.4% and then he said he is changing my diagnoses from uncontrolled to controlled type II diabetes. I cried in front of him today and he started tearing up. <BR> <BR> He also said - <BR> <BR> 1. He is going to keep me on Metaformin for now. But, he said he may decrease it by half on my next appointment in April if t... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:07:45 EST Out of obese finally! Well I'm not going to lie, I had been completely discouraged having been in the 'obese' cateogory. I find it hard to believe bmi is 100% realistic. But I've finally done it, Officially at 29.75 bmi.. and 25 pounds from being classified as 'normal weight'. Super excited for when that happens! Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:23:28 EST Success! I was able to stay on track 100% yesterday even though I ate lunch at our school Barbeque Lunch and Christmas Sale. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 14:58:37 EST New Begining. :-) WHoo.. Got my Exercise bike home today.. had to bring it in pieces as cant lift more than 5kg at a time from injury.. Now can really work on my fitness and exercise.. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 01:32:50 EST FROM 206 TO 146!!! Today I celebrate 60 lbs weight loss!!! <em>244</em> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:38:34 EST Skinny Minny Someone who I hadn't seen in a while (my sons 5th grade teacher) called me a "skinny minny" this morning! I had been feeling a bit down as the scale wasn't going down although everyone has been so supportive on here and I have been working hard to focus on other measures of fitness and then her comment just solidified it :) Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:06:26 EST Ran 20 minutes this morning! I did it! I ran 20 straight minutes on Week 5 Day 3 of the C25K! <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 09:39:39 EST Finished my fitness minutes for this year!!! I thought 3600 minutes was a lot. However, over the year, a little at a time, I completed the goal. This is the first year that I did this after being a member of SP since 2010. It takes preparation and knowledge and trial and error for me to figure this out. And I did it. Recognizing other accomplishments besides weight is a huge success for me too. I guess I'm a turtle, a little slow, but finishing the race so to speak. Woohoo!!! Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:54:39 EST Calories DO count!!! I have been so frustrated at not seeing a weight loss, though I have been working out with my personal training for strength training now for 6 months. I have NOT lost, but I have gained....and I know it is muscle, because I wear the same size clothing. So that is a GOOD thing....but to promote weight loss, I have to manage my calories. When I calculated what I had been eating, though healthy, still WAY too many calories. SO, today, I am making a pledge to myself, to TRACK my calories fait... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 15:51:03 EST Out of town for a week for work- still lost! I was gone all last week for training. Lunch was soup, sandwiches, tacos, bbq, pizza, lots of sweets. And of course, I had to go out for dinner too. I still lost 4 lbs! If I can nail self-control in the face of all the goodies, maybe I can make it to my goal this time! <BR> OH, and I finished week 3 of couch to 5k today. <BR> <BR> One day at a time! Mon, 13 Oct 2014 22:46:33 EST Down 10 pounds I have been with Sparkpeople for about a month. I am so excited because in that month I have lost 10 pounds. This is the best program I have ever found and I thank you all. I really love this site. It makes me stay focused and motivated. Truly the best program ever. I have 90 pounds to go but I feel I can do this. I have never felt this way in my entire 61 years. Thank you so much. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 12:12:58 EST 170 gone As of this morning I have lost 170 lbs and it feels great. I have been walking a mile each day and climbing stairs, my right leg, not my left, it just follows up. becoming more active with each lb. lost. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 00:20:39 EST Down 80 Pounds!!! 60 to go!! I made it down to 192 pounds this morning and the three 5 minute runs (from the C25k) this morning were noticeably easier than last week! <BR> <BR> This is a big'on for means I have less to lose than I already lost. I now have 60 to lose. 60?!?!?! <BR> <BR> The scale must be so slow, but this is all working out! I'm learning patience! <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 11 Oct 2014 13:28:14 EST temptation resisted Spinach and Cheese croissant resisted at pre-meeting work breakfast. <BR> 250 calories DENIED <BR> I opted for two mini quiches (150 cal total) and a bit of fruit. <BR> Fri, 10 Oct 2014 11:57:38 EST persistence, breaking through I've been stuck, really stuck for about 8 months as I battled a plateau, my dad dying, up to 7lbs of weight gain, and 3 months of trying to get back in the game and get the weight off with nothing happening, only to lose 4.8lbs this week!! I don't know what has changed other than sticking to what I was doing to begin with and hoping it would pay off. <BR> <BR> I have 2lbs to go before I break through territory I haven't seen in almost 9 years. Gotta keep on plugging on! Fri, 10 Oct 2014 08:59:39 EST WENT to the gym 4 days in a row! I convinced myself for years that a gym WAS NOT FOR me...I also convinced myself that I could not ride an exercise bike. WELL I joined a gym and the past few days i have used an exercise bike. I feel invigorated and successful! YAYYYYYYY ME!!!!!!!!!! Thu, 9 Oct 2014 21:29:31 EST Two People Noticed!!! Happy results so far with the sparktracker, two people noticed that I was looking leaner. Yayyyy!! Thu, 9 Oct 2014 12:57:59 EST Day 100 of my exercise streak! Being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes was the kick in the butt I needed to start exercising. <BR> <BR> Started 100 days ago with a promise to do at least 10 mins. per day, but actually I only used the 10 minute minimum on 2 days -- once at the beginning when I was really sore, and once when I had some pains in my ankle that didn't go away by the 10 minute mark. <BR> <BR> Now I've worked up to 30 minutes per day and I am feeling much more energetic! Spark Guy says we should add to our stre... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 14:47:35 EST 20 pounds gone! I have a long way to go, but I really need to celebrate milestones along the way. So I am excited to announce (to no one in particular) that I have lost 20 pounds! Yippee! Mon, 6 Oct 2014 23:11:33 EST Today I reached my goal weight! <em>244</em> <BR> I am home today after a 9 day stay at my daughter's while she and son in law went to Jamaica. I had the use of her elliptical, the rolling hills to power walk on and all the time in the world for myself which I took full advantage of. Coming home and weighing in was amazing...........I lost 4 pounds and am now at my goal weight. <BR> <BR> I am a very happy person today. Weight loss goal will continue for another 10 lbs and most of all fitness to get better toned and rema... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 22:57:02 EST Yea Me! Today I hit 50 lb weight loss. It has been a struggle but I did it! I just joined SPARKPEOPLE because I know the next 18 lbs is going to be even harder. Say nothing about maintaining the weight loss once I reach my goal. But for now I am basking in the glory of knowing that I managed to reach my first goal of a lighter me. A 50 lb. lighter me. <em>521</em> Mon, 6 Oct 2014 10:33:12 EST Learning to Run at 49 I never in my life ever imagined I would be doing this, but I'm working my way through a C25K program with a goal of running a 5K in December! I have never run (willingly) in my life, never thought I ever would. But I decided I'm tired of saying "I can't run", I want to cross that negative off my list before my 50th birthday in January! <BR> <BR> I'm on week 2 of my program, although this week was actually my third week in the program. I'm repeating weeks if I need to, until I feel comforta... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 22:19:16 EST be strong be strong in all you do from talking to family for success , and reading the word of god praise him without ceasing. and continue to the ymca. god bless Sat, 4 Oct 2014 19:26:35 EST be strong be strong in all you do from talking to family for success , and reading the word of god praise him without ceasing. and continue to the ymca. god bless Sat, 4 Oct 2014 18:59:42 EST 25 lbs gone! Started the end of June, so just over 3 months to get rid of 25 pounds! 220 to 195. <BR> <BR> Right now I want to lose another 10 or so, to get out of the "obese" category, and then I'll see how it goes... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 15:58:13 EST 75 lb released.Not LOSTas Inever want to see it .. Woo hoo! Thu, 2 Oct 2014 16:57:30 EST ME (US) Life is all about me... <em>311</em> <BR> I am in charge of me... <BR> What I do or not do affects me... <BR> So why sometimes I don't always remember that? <BR> The good news is this program <BR> <BR> This program makes me accountable .. <BR> I am constantly learning new idea's to help me.. <BR> I want this me to be a healthy me..with this <BR> program I became an "us:.. <em>361</em> Thu, 2 Oct 2014 06:57:17 EST new milestone! 50 lbs down! Well today I weighed in and lost that last pound to get to my new milestone, I have lost 50 lbs since the end of March! Only 11 lbs to my current goal after which I will take stock and decide the next goal if there will be one. Thu, 2 Oct 2014 04:50:01 EST Lost 40 lbs! Still a lot to go but still happy. 30 i lost on my own in 3 months, and 10 i lost in the past week because i got my gastric sleeve done last tuesday; But still so proud of myself not just because of weight loss. I have lost and gained weight plenty of times before but this is the first time that i have been able to stick with exercising on a regular basis. Wed, 1 Oct 2014 12:58:14 EST Being honest with myself At the beginning of this summer, I took time for myself to watch documentaries and do research about healthy eating and proper nutrition. For example I learned about the toxic and addictive nature of sugar and chemicals and processed food. After my research I became passionate about eating REAL food for health. <BR> <BR> Today, I weighed in 30 pounds less than when I started! More importantly, I am healthy and energetic! <BR> <BR> My blog about being honest with myself: <BR> <link>plibby.... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 06:22:30 EST Almost under 200 I am almost in the 190's - 2 more pounds to go and am hoping by next weigh in. I have a total of 30 lbs to lose and I can do it <em>334</em> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:26:40 EST Celebrating small success' 10 pounds and 9 inches overall lost. They can stay lost, not ever to be found again!!! Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:33:25 EST Beyond the Scale I just got back from my week long annual fishing trip. I have been going with the same group of guys for years, and the last couple of trips things were really going downhill for me. I am not talking about sitting around on thebank of a river chugging beers and smoking cigars type fishing, I am talking about very physically demanding, up at 4:30 AM, hiking up to two miles to get to the fishing spot, being on the water from 6AM to dark, crossing rivers in strong currents, and basically stand... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:49:22 EST I'm officially overweight!!! My last official weigh in was 201.6 pounds. My BMI is 29.7, down from 37 when I started losing weight. That make me overweight and no longer obese. I NEVER want to be obese again. Even the very word obesity sounds disgusting to me. I am leaving it in the rear view mirror forever. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:29:07 EST Milestone Achieved: over 50 pounds shed! I did it! My 6'1" frame was carrying 300 pounds, and like most men, it was mainly around the middle. I now weigh in at 247 pounds. :-) <BR> <BR> I'm partially disabled and exercise is difficult for me. I rid myself of the weight through this phase by calorie reduction alone. Now that I am lighter I find I can move better and with less pain, and have started walking a circuit around the neighborhood at least twice a day, giving me over an hour exercise, a major breakthrough. I am so happy wi... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:41:02 EST coming back It's been two weeks since I have had a real depression problem. Trying to do some things differently. I got back to my spark friends and earned 371 points today. I am so glad I have other people to vent with. It makes thing a little easier. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:56:03 EST recognition There's this woman always in the front of the aquatics class who is always full of energy and a show off lol for some reason she decides to workout behind every one. As i was leaving she said wow you really working it and i've never been behind you and see you work. I thought i was going to need a life guard lol i always admired her. :) Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:08:03 EST Traveling on vacation & doing GREAT! Lot's of activity & healthy eating.... no scale so I am judging weight by my jeans! They were a little tight when I left home. <BR> <BR> The Safari park was a blast! 6 hours of walking up & down hills. <em>311</em> I came 'home' VERY tired... haven't been walking like that for about a year! The new tiger exhibit was AMAZING! I brought protein bars, but got hungry & instead of frozen sugar treats I opted for carrots <em>210</em> from a children lunch, GREAT FOR ME!!!!! Grilled salmon fo... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:33:24 EST my first week well I am happy to report I lost 4 lbs my first week <em>345</em> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 11:07:07 EST I did it! My husband & I went grocery shopping today and I had a plan and stuck to it!! <BR> I planned meals for every night this week and got stuff for lunch so I won't be stopping for take out!! <BR> I am happy to be back and feeling very motivated!! <BR> Thanks again Spark for always being here even if we fall! Sun, 28 Sep 2014 21:33:25 EST So excited and proud!!!! I have lost 17 lbs within the last 3 weeks I am so excited and so proud of myself!!!! I know as I keep going its gonna be harder to lose but even a pound each week will make me happy!!! Sun, 28 Sep 2014 13:35:05 EST it looks like i've lost a pound.... Years ago I lost 70lbs fairly quickly by becoming more healthy - I was losing a lbs to 2 lbs a week. <BR> <BR> Now, after having three babies, and still breastfeeding exclusively to my 3 month old Archie, the weight is taking a much longer time to come off. <BR> <BR> I'm not counting calories, as I don't want to restrict myself at all while breastfeeding, I just eat when I'm hungry and try to make some better choices where I can... but I've been incorporating exercise, which normally really... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 22:24:37 EST I completed my fitness challenge I set a very challenging goal for myself this year to complete three difficult fitness programs back to back. Today, I completed that goal. I did P90X3, P90X2 and P90X, all three 90 day programs, without missing any of the scheduled workouts. I wasn't sure I could do it--just the idea of trying sounded crazy. But I'm glad I challenged myself because the next time I face a hard task I will have the confidence to give it a try, rather than assuming I can't do it. Sat, 27 Sep 2014 21:35:39 EST First box jump!!! Ever since starting my journey I have NEVER been able to jump on that silly little box. The first one, the smallest one. EVER!!! I don't know why really. I think it was fear. Fear of falling and hitting myself. Hurting myself. <BR> <BR> Today I finally jumped on that thing!! Boy did it feel good!!! Before jumping on it I envisioned ALL that I fear right now in my life and pretended to crush it with my feet! Ahhh...that was awesome!!! I can't believe I did it! I've never been able to do it! ... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 16:16:37 EST a winning streak Hi everyone, <BR> A little shameful bragging perhaps but...I haven't binged in 8 days which is HUGE for me. I have also run at least 30 min for the last 4 days, have stopped eating past 7pm and am sticking to my seasonal detox, Day 5 and going strong. I usually don't have all of these accomplishments at once and I just feel so grateful and happy to be doing me right now :) Wed, 24 Sep 2014 13:37:27 EST Add protein when you're 50+ :) I'm almost 60 to be honest and I was really struggling to loose anything. <BR> I read somewhere here on SparkPeople, that it is important to get enough protein. <BR> So I started keeping track of "Protein" in my food tracker and found I was never getting enough, no even close. <BR> I have been focusing on my protein the last 3 days and I have lost almost 2 pounds !! <BR> I've been eating beans, yogurt, cottage cheese, milk and carnation instant breakfast and of course some meat too. <BR> I ... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 07:07:54 EST great work out mission accomplished! today I went for a walk after doing the rainy day workout. ( at least as much of it as I could.) then I went for a walk. not a very big deal. but when your 75 lbs over weight. and the last time you really exercised was when your car broke down and you had to walk to the nearest place to get is a very big deal. started walking with my dog. but that was only for 10 mins. but today I got throught a whole 30mins!! yay!!a great start! <em>224</em> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:22:39 EST Dr's appointment Went to the Dr today and he says my blood work came back looking good, I got rid of "2" of the daily pills I have been taking, I still have 6 to go but I'm feeling great. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:30:46 EST