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 walking I took a 35 minute walk today, and it felt good. Mon, 24 Jul 2017 18:01:52 EST Finally SUCCESS! I am sooooo happy that I have finally lost 25 lbs AND on my OWN! Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:04:13 EST 5lbs off my first week :-) So my first week was completed yesterday and 5lbs gone :-) <BR> <BR> so pleased Mon, 17 Jul 2017 10:11:41 EST Getting there! Lost 5 pounds this week and am feeling so much energy. So grateful. This site makes it fun! Sat, 15 Jul 2017 12:38:27 EST 10 pounds gone Today was scale day, I had dreaded it. I was surprised to learn that I have lost 10 pounds since July 3rd. Now to add exercise with my diet changes. Fri, 14 Jul 2017 10:55:52 EST No cheesecake for me, thank you. I turned down the strawberry cheesecake that my mother-n-law offered me. She offered me chocolates, ice cream, and many other desserts. I had sliced cantaloupe instead. I have no regrets, I didn't even feel bad about politely turning her down. <BR> <BR> This may seem like a minor accomplishment, but when I go to my ML house I'm use to eating sinfully delicious desserts. It's a hard habit to break. Sun, 9 Jul 2017 00:21:41 EST Yay!!! I have lost 6lbs feel really good just need to keep up the good work now xx <em>244</em> <em>521</em> Fri, 7 Jul 2017 04:06:29 EST 50 pounds gone! It has been a long, sometimes difficult road but a big goal reached! Still have a long way to go but woot! Looking for the 50 pound lost sign to put on profile pic. Anyone know where it is? Thu, 6 Jul 2017 08:33:34 EST No clue... No clue if I've lost weight. We're on a working vacation in Germany and away from home. However, we've only missed 2 days in 19 in walking LOTS! Far more than we do at home, and more than we thought we could. DH now has a sinus infection, but we're still going. So much to see, and trying to stay clear of the G20 demonstrations. Wed, 5 Jul 2017 15:00:33 EST Advanced Kettlebell DVD I ALMOST got through it I almost made it through my advanced Kettlebell dvd for the first time today, after I had already been out on my bike hitting the hills for an hour. I had to take longer rests and I had to modify it a couple times but I am an almost 55 year old woman with asthma, so I feel like I accomplished something! I am pretty happy even though my legs feel like logs. If I keep this up surely the scale will start moving again or some inches will come off. <em>244</em> <img src="http://photosaws.spark... Tue, 4 Jul 2017 19:18:22 EST "2 lbs. lost + inches" I am very pleased to say that I have lost another 2 lbs. for this week and that, <BR> makes me at #73 lbs. lost for my overall loss. <BR> <BR> "And I also lost 20 inches as well off my body" (happy) <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <em>192</em> <em>7</em> <em>104</em> Sun, 2 Jul 2017 14:37:20 EST I am grateful! This morning I am so grateful of my body, all 257lbs of it! Can I run a marathon yet? No but I can walk 4 miles a day, I can weight lift for 45-60 minutes at a time! <BR> Yesterday I Kayaked for over an hour on a lake that was pretty rough (A LOT of boaters and jet skis) so yes I am proud and grateful. <BR> I would also like to apologize to said body above for all the crap I shoveled into it over the years, but I am trying to make some changes to give you more fuel and less garbage! <BR> <BR... Sun, 2 Jul 2017 11:02:25 EST I made healthy food choices We went out to lunch, I already committed to myself that I was going to have a salad, we went to a bbq place for lunch and I stayed accountable to myself and ordered a wonderful salad and enjoyed every bite!!! Sun, 2 Jul 2017 10:35:53 EST Surprise Loss of 5 lbs since last week I was very surprised when I weighed myself today, because been on a pleateau. 5 lbs. Feel it in my clothes just a little and my face and shoulders seem a little thinner. Every pound I lose helps ease pain on my joints. Yipeee. very pleased tonight. <em>198</em> Sat, 1 Jul 2017 23:39:22 EST Woo Hoo I have been using SparkPeople program for over 90 days now. The support and information I have gotten from it have helped me meet my first weight loss goals. It has also taught me a great deal about setting goals. I subscribe to the premium package. It is a bargain. How much is your health and well being worth? Think about that. Thu, 29 Jun 2017 12:08:51 EST 453 Days logging in! <img src=""> I'm about to go away on a holiday and so proud of myself for logging in for all this time. Not sure if I'll be able to keep up the streak but that's okay. I'm now six months on maintenance. Woo Hoo! Mon, 26 Jun 2017 22:14:36 EST Positive Steps I've Taken Today I've been feeling a little down and afraid of failing at this wellness journey, so decided to focus on the positive steps (and writing them down in my journal) I'm taking each day. Its seems to be helping - 2.8 lbs down this week and only 3 lbs away from my next milestone! I say that was a <em>244</em> moment! <em>252</em> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 15:04:35 EST "71 lbs. Gone" I am so proud of how far I have come as my weigh in was today and it said, <BR> that I lost another 2 lbs. for this week and that made me Happy today, <BR> because my overall loss as of today is =71 lbs. <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> <em>104</em> <em>590</em> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 11:12:17 EST I lost 10 pounds without exercise! From March to mid June, I ate healthy but didn't workout. Turns out I still managed to lose 10 pounds. So delighted and I've just started working out again. Looking forward to more great results. <em>9</em> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 20:38:56 EST Passed a milestone without even trying I've been keeping a journal since the beginning of the year, and each month I build myself a little graph where I can track whether or not I achieved a personal goal that day. Things like make the bed, work out, avoid soda/alcohol... all kinds of things. <BR> <BR> Sodas are one of those things I'm just addicted to: I can easily drink 3 in a day so I try to avoid them entirely. So today I looked at my journal and realized I hadn't had one all this month. And I looked back and realized ... Tue, 20 Jun 2017 21:08:30 EST I'm a Loser! Just weighed and I'm down 11 lbs.! I really didn't think I could lose weight at my age. I've got a long way to go, but I'm feeling encouraged. Tue, 20 Jun 2017 07:44:37 EST Back on Track after Beach trip <em>521</em> Mon, 19 Jun 2017 11:32:42 EST I went up a level today I moved up to level 7 today. <em>250</em> <em>244</em> Sun, 18 Jun 2017 19:36:24 EST Another great day!! Right on track to hit my 10,000 + steps 6 days in a row Thu, 15 Jun 2017 13:20:17 EST Slow and steady Down 8 pounds in 60 days...slow and steady.... Thu, 15 Jun 2017 09:44:47 EST Got a morning workout in Today I decided to ride the bike in the 10 miles in before work and will probably do at least another 5 miles when I get home from work tonight. It feels good to have some of it accomplished <em>244</em> Wed, 14 Jun 2017 13:08:43 EST Walking I started walking at the high school track early mornings. Sat, 10 Jun 2017 08:43:46 EST Made it to week 2 of my Zombie 5K program! Luckily I am still motivated. Will finish this time. Fri, 9 Jun 2017 00:18:50 EST Onederland is here <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 198.6! Mon, 5 Jun 2017 13:04:40 EST Very Nearly Normal! After spending YEARS wearing nothing but plus sized clothing... I am now very nearly normal! <BR> <BR> I'm down to a sixe 1XL, or occassionally an XL! <BR> <BR> My goal of getting completely out of plus sizes by Christmas seems very much doable! <BR> <BR> My body has come so far from where it was when I started, and I am so prouc of all I have achieved! Fri, 2 Jun 2017 12:14:15 EST Yea Me I can't say that I have been doing as much exercise as I should have but as of yesterday that has changed. I now have a We Go tracker which records my exercise steps, etc. Won't sync with Spark People but I can get numbers and manually put them on the site. Made my 10000 goals. <BR> <BR> I am eating much healthier than I used to. So I can honestly say Yea Me on all fronts. <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> Tue, 30 May 2017 13:35:02 EST Paleo, 2 months in and doing Great! Never thought I would say this but, not missing bread nor white potatoes. Raised in a meat and potatoes family and married into the same. Management of Diabetes was not consistent. Along came Paleo and for the past 2 months Blood Sugars are consistent and I'm not going hungry and Life is finally looking up once again! Tue, 30 May 2017 12:47:06 EST Below 100! Had another below 100 glucose reading...94! Might not seem like much to some but it is to me. Been below 120 for several days- FG. Tue, 30 May 2017 09:05:22 EST another 1.6 lb gone Kicked another 1.6 lb to the curb for trash pickup <em>334</em> Sun, 28 May 2017 23:35:51 EST First month Ketogenic WOE I was afraid when I started this way of eating that it would be too hard. I am amazed at how easy it's been, even with a lot of travel it was pretty easy. It has been expensive to set up pantry, buy cook books and some new tools, but the food is great, I have not been hungry or bored with what I am eating. Lots of cooking on weekends but I did that anyway just a bit more with this as I have made sure I have the right snacks on hand as well as meals. As of today I have lost 14 lbs in 1 month... Sun, 28 May 2017 10:26:15 EST Starting Over So I'm starting over again and I really want to dedicate myself to a healthier lifestyle. I want to do this for me and my husband so we both live long happy lives together! I also want to hike a mountain and do a 5K so I need to be in shape for those! Thu, 25 May 2017 22:46:06 EST I officially don't care any more! I know this sounds like a negative post rather than something for the celebration boards, but it's not, because this morning I realised this morning that I officially genuinely do not care about my number on the scale any more woo hoo! I weighed myself this morning out of curiosity, and realised that it just doesn't have a hold over me any more - I'm fitting clothes that before I only fitted when I was at least 10 pounds lighter! <BR> <BR> I weight train 3 times a week, and the satisfaction ... Thu, 18 May 2017 07:44:45 EST Diebetes-the fine balance between diet and exercis Lost 42 lbs. and was removed from my meal time insulin, working to get off of night-time insulin. Tue, 16 May 2017 11:42:58 EST So excited about my progress Started my journey on April 3rd. weighed in at 238. Today I am down to 214. Life is good especially when you don't let yourself give in to set backs. Mon, 15 May 2017 09:42:41 EST I've lost 15 pounds in 15 weeks!!!! And all with just a few small diet changes!!!! I can't imagine how much more it could have been if I had actually been intentionally exercising along with the dietary changes!!! <BR> <BR> This was the kick-start I needed to actually get motivated :) <BR> YAY!! Mon, 8 May 2017 16:36:51 EST Slow and steady 6 Month anniversary down 30lbs... 4-5 lbs a month the way to go. Not stressing the inside and outside. 6 months to go.. Stay Motivated Sun, 7 May 2017 15:38:11 EST Personal Milestone My healthy mindset has finally taken over. A coworker brought in Chick-Fil-A chicken biscuits (used to be one of my major weaknesses) for breakfast this morning and offered me one. With bag open and the aroma wafting toward me, I was confidently able to say "no thank you" and proceeded to happily eat the healthy breakfast I brought from home. <BR> My choices have now allowed me to lose 15 pounds in the last month and I couldn't be more excited! Mon, 1 May 2017 14:48:17 EST "I lost" I just wanna share my success with you all that for this week I did good, <BR> by losing my 6 lbs. for the week and I am very happy with those pounds, <BR> lost and so to get me to my first goal I need 72 more lbs. to go by the end, <BR> of the year and I am hoping close to it or at it. <BR> <BR> "Anyway 6 lbs. out the door...I did it" <em>590</em> <em>244</em> Mon, 1 May 2017 12:52:16 EST Lost 100 pounds!! Finally, hit my first target of 100lbs. It felt like such a daunting goal when I first started on my journey, but I'm so glad I took it on. I now weight 176, and have set 150 as my next mission. Wish me luck... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 11:41:19 EST Surprise on the scales this morning I hit a plateau a few weeks ago and didn't think it would ever break. I joined the plateau busting challenge and have followed it worked! I stepped on the scales this morning and finally moved... a lot! Today I am able to celebrate losing my first 20 lbs. At 52 years old, I didn't think it was going to happen. I still have more to lose, but this is huge for me. Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:59:49 EST I am so happy Started trying to better my health about 1 month ago. I started at 286 and was very sedentary. I bought a bike and started doing simple 10 minute exercise video routines every other day. I have lost 4 inches in my waist, 3 inches in my hips, 1 inch in my thighs, and gained a 1/2 inch in my upper arms. I now weight 271.6, a grand total of 14.4 pounds lost! 11 pounds left until my first goal is met, 21 until my second goal. 71.6 until final goal! Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:54:19 EST Kept a Plank for 1 minute I am so pleased with my effort. This time last year I could only hold a plank for 20 seconds. Today I kept it for 1 minute with good form. <em>320</em> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:50:00 EST Made it past 10,000 steps 2x I've reached 10,000 plus steps 2xs now. Very happy!! Fri, 21 Apr 2017 20:48:34 EST I didn't give up & I'm back on track. -80 pounds In the past I was bouncing on the yo-yo string. In 2015 I started a plant based eating plan and shed 80 pounds. Then I moved and got caught up in trying all the restaurants in my new town. Needless to say I stalled out and even gained 20 pounds back. (Who knew you can gain weight as a vegan. lol) In the past I would have spun off my plan completely and gained it all back and then some. This time I re-committed to my plan and I've shed the 20 and I'm still going strong. I'm sad when I ... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:00:04 EST Great News!!!! I am sooo Happy!!!!! <BR> <BR> My Eprex injections has been decreased by 2 jabs a week!!! Which means I only require 4 jabs a week, not 6 anymore! This means a savings of at least RM200 a month!!! <BR> <BR> I have been taking my Iberet Folic religiously, that's why my bloodwork has tremendously improved!!! My cholesterol and trigliceride levels are excellent too!!! This means I have been eating healthier!!! I have stopped Mcd's cold turkey!!! No more pizza too!!! <BR> <BR> For those who... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:50:33 EST I Showed Guts..... I posted A Video of Me To Facebook.... I'm The Person Behind a Camera, Or Video. <BR> I Don't put Video out for God and Everyone to See. Well Today I Did. I Want to See <BR> me Change . I want To keep Me Going, I Have Messed up so Bad, Smoking For 23years, and being Obese for Longer. I want to Just Feel Better. I Can't Reverse time but I Can Be Stronger, Healthier and Lighter. I'm Going to put one up every month. I Hope I will See Big Changes in 6 Months... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 22:26:56 EST Ketosis, I am in you Woohoo! Down 4 lbs in 2 weeks from low-carb, kicking it up a notch with a full keto plan. Thu, 13 Apr 2017 13:01:22 EST Whooo hoooo! I can't believe it! I am back in my size 6 jeans! At last, SUCCESS! <em>9</em> Wed, 12 Apr 2017 17:13:09 EST 21 day Reset, down 6 lbs Been stuck for awhile on this plareau. Decided for 21 days to cut out alcohol, wheat, dairy and added sugar! Wish I had done that sooner. Basically I cut out almost all processed foods! Ladt time I did that I lost 60lbs, so I know it works. More alert, more energy and generally feel better! Mon, 10 Apr 2017 07:29:14 EST I'm back and ready to have SUCCESS! <img src=""> <BR> It has been a LONG time since I have been motivated to try to REALLY work at trying to achieve my goals.....Coming back to Sparks is sure a step in the right direction! <BR> Sat, 8 Apr 2017 14:31:14 EST Noticing when I'm comfortably full I noticed today that I actually get full pretty quickly and don't need nearly as much as my mind tells me to eat sometimes. It's kind of a huge realization for someone like me who tends to eat for a lot of reasons other than hunger. I think my poor body couldn't even tell it was full anymore. Thu, 6 Apr 2017 01:47:31 EST Rewards :) I moved this question over to the Staying Motivated board. Sorry all, but I don't know how to delete completely :) Wed, 5 Apr 2017 10:02:01 EST Finished the Challenge!!! Today is my last day on the "Walk your way 5K" challenge. I always start out to hard, get burned out and quit, so this time I took it easy and followed the plan. I am going to restart the challenge tomorrow and really kick it hard this time. Then I will move on to the Walk/Jog challenge. Wed, 5 Apr 2017 08:40:15 EST Thanks again to Music2HisEars' encouragement I've been on SP sporadically since 2009! I'd see little improvements for the little effort I was exerting, and impatient me fell off the wagon over and over in lieu of instant gratification. This week is our Spring Break at school, and I though it would be a good time to get a little obsessive about my health again. I'd already gone back to the Dr. and discovered sugars, cholesterol, and all the other bad stuff is higher than my last report, and I'd gone back to chiro and massage therapist f... Tue, 4 Apr 2017 10:26:19 EST Hooray for a great first week! It's a small success, I haven't even weighed myself to see if I've lost anything but I have tracked my food everyday, stayed within 1200 cal everyday this week and worked out 6 days out of the week, so hooray for me!! Today was a little hard because I didn't get much sleep but I did my workout and tracked my food anyway. I ate a little more than the other days (close to 1300) but I didn't get out of control. I'm feeling pretty good about this:) Tue, 4 Apr 2017 01:30:18 EST Doctor visit Blood pressure NORMAL! I'm 51 years old, and I've always had high blood pressure--till now! Mon, 3 Apr 2017 20:53:14 EST Grateful for SP! What a tremendous program and community at SP! Down 6# in 6 weeks!.....losing slowly helps you to appreciate the effort and understanding of the journey! Mon, 3 Apr 2017 09:27:39 EST Personal best I jogged a mile today, start to finish, a first. I also finished 3.7 miles of walking/jogging in under 55 minutes, personal best time. When I thought back to where I was one year ago, and how I struggled to finish walking one mile in that same park, I cried. I sat and stretched and looked at my time and I wept like a baby and thanked God for giving me a chance to change my life. And thanks to Sparkpeople for being there for me, I COULD NOT have done any of it without this site. Sat, 1 Apr 2017 10:20:19 EST Weight loss is happening with lower body fat! I'm finally seeing the scale move down and with three weeks of consistent workouts my body fat percentage is finally in the 20s not the 30s! I've calculated I've lost five pounds of just fat so far. Fri, 31 Mar 2017 09:54:37 EST Streak continues Been following my streak of tracking, drinking 8 cups of water, and exercising every day for 38 days now. Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:29:31 EST My Blue Jeans!!!! I am wearing my size 12 blue jeans!!! <BR> And they FIT!!!!!!!!!! <BR> I haven't been able to zip these jeans up for the past year :) <BR> <BR> Whoo-hoo!!!! Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:41:18 EST Worked out everyday for 2 weeks straght and my food choices have been on target! Feeling good about that. Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:40:03 EST Passed on the donuts! I'm in training all this week. As in 8 am to 5 pm... They brought it doughnuts today and I passed them right on by! <BR> <em>244</em> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:51:03 EST Cholesterol still under control I've been off Crestor for over 3 months now, and a recent blood test showed that my cholesterol readings are all good. Sat, 18 Mar 2017 14:55:25 EST Met my first goal! I've lost my first 20lbs and met my first goal! I'm so excited that I did it! And it even looks like my next goal is projected to be met on my anniversary. It would be a pretty fantastic anniversary present to myself to be 1/2 of the way through my weight loss journey on my anniversary! So cool! I'm pumped to get this next 25lbs out of here! Mon, 13 Mar 2017 09:20:45 EST Small victory! I am only one pound away from getting out of "obese" and into "overweight". The light at the end of the tunnel has been turned on. It's faint, and I have to squint to see it, but it's there! :) Sat, 11 Mar 2017 22:50:23 EST Exceeded my Challenge! My 5% challenge was to lose 9 pounds in 8 weeks. I lost 12 pounds! Total loss:39 pounds! <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> Sat, 11 Mar 2017 15:18:44 EST back on Track- Yay! Hey! Just so happy- lost 2 kilos these 10 days- I am back on track and there is where I'll stay!!! Sat, 11 Mar 2017 13:31:38 EST finally made it Finally have seen the scale move after 2 years. About 5 pounds but Ill take it. Switched to fat and eating no white grains or cheese. Made a difference. Sat, 11 Mar 2017 01:38:45 EST Getting Started I'm a 57 year old, unmotivated african american women. Does anyone have any suggestions for getting started. Thu, 9 Mar 2017 15:01:24 EST Just 4 more pounds to go! I'm so excited. I am just 4 lbs away from my first goal. Granted that is just the first of 3 goals, but still. After struggling mentally with getting my stuff together and making some changes in my life to lose the weight I've been steadily gaining for years, I'm finally moving in the right direction. I haven't taken my health seriously in almost a decade so to see results and see myself moving in the right direction feels phenomenal! I'm looking better in my clothes, and even getting too... Wed, 8 Mar 2017 13:22:12 EST So Happy! In less than two weeks, I have dropped 8 pounds! I have been walking/jogging at least 4 times a week if not more and been not going over my calorie limit. Ive went out to eat two times this week. The first time was at a pizza/ pasta place and I got a half order of pasta, a salad( with light dressing) and water. When before, I would have gotten a full bowl of Pasta, salad with regular dressing and a Dr. Pepper. Yay! Then tonight a friend wanted to go out so instead of a burger, fries and shake... Sat, 4 Mar 2017 23:06:43 EST The Dance of the Scales I've had a certain weight marker on the scale that's held me at a plateau off and on for a long time (we're not talking months)! Today, I broke it and beat the scale at its own dance. <BR> <BR> I give partial credit to SparkPeople's 21-Day Sugar Challenge. Sugar has always been my weakness. I'm not a believer in deprivation. If I can't EVER have something, it makes me want it more, especially sugar. I went through this challenge four times. It helped me land with a plan that works for me. S... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 11:57:39 EST Baby weight Its been a little over two years since my Twins where born and I am so excited that I am 1.5 pounds away from my pre-baby weight. Hitting that number was my first goal. It makes me feel very optimistic that I can hit the rest of my goals losing another 35 pounds. Sun, 26 Feb 2017 17:06:00 EST Tracked Food I went back to tracking food and figured out my problem with maintenance yesterday! Woohoo! Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:02:16 EST SO proud of my goals! goal start: 1/8/17 <BR> goal end: 3/5/17 <BR> Goal weight to lose: 10 lbs or 10 inches (4.5kg / 25.4cm) <BR> To date: 6.4 lbs / 11 inches <BR> 3.6lbs more to lose by 3/5! <BR> ________________ <BR> <BR> <BR> Next goal: 1/8-6/4 <BR> Goal: 30 inches or 30 lbs lost <BR> ________________ <BR> Have only worked this week, no gym..... I had the stomach flu for 2 days and lost an entire pound. <BR> 1/8/17 :..............297 lbs <BR> 2/19/17: ............291 lbs <BR> <BR> VERY happy, again... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 13:55:59 EST Helped out my sister I know it doesn't seem like much but I went to sisters place this morning and took her out to breakfast. She is pretty much homebound at this point, unable to get out on her own. We had a really nice chat just about life in general. My Woo Hoo moment for today. Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:25:38 EST "Woohoo" I have some NSV that I would love to share here with all my Sparkfriends, <BR> I raised my shirt up tonight after dinner and boy was I surprised, <BR> I have a waist line and that made me feel great because I haven't seen my waistline, <BR> in years and now I have one how awesome is that...My mom and hubby even saw it, <BR> and they all were just as surprised as I was awesome they told me how proud they are, <BR> of me and was great after all these years wow. :) <BR> <em>104</em> <... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 23:59:48 EST 16 lbs in 42 days! 2nd Round of The 21 Day Fix and 16:8 fasting and I am down 16lbs :) <BR> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 17:01:45 EST I'm Back On Track Ok, been back on track for a week now. Woo Hoo. <BR> <BR> I cut out sugar and sugar substitutes and I'm no longer craving sugar. <BR> <BR> This week I lost 10.2 pounds. Mon, 13 Feb 2017 11:38:30 EST lost 2.2 pounds I am down a total of 11 pounds in the last 4 weeks. Sun, 12 Feb 2017 18:46:05 EST "Another Weight Loss" Well another weight loss for this week....3 lbs. and that made me very happy, <BR> and it was hard work but I know I have to do this for my Diabetes and so far, <BR> my over-all loss =28 lbs. since 1/1/17 <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <em>192</em> <em>590</em> <em>355</em> Sun, 12 Feb 2017 14:23:10 EST Contrave Anyone currently taking Contrave? Any success stories? I just started today. Sat, 11 Feb 2017 00:21:09 EST Staying Consistent WooHoo! I'm on my 5th straight week of working out 5 days/week. I'm keeping my promise to myself and feeling stronger for it! <em>521</em> Fri, 10 Feb 2017 09:27:22 EST No alcohol for 32 days! I have decided to stop drinking any alcohol altogether. I think this should help significantly in my efforts to get healthier. Sparkling water "Cheers!" to ALL! <BR> <em>274</em> Thu, 9 Feb 2017 22:16:45 EST 29 lbs down since November 2016 So happy about this! <BR> <BR> Re-started my journey on Spark in November 2016, at 303.5 lbs - the highest weight I've ever actually recorded!! <BR> <BR> Happy to see that this morning it weighed in at 274.5! YAY ME!! Mon, 6 Feb 2017 11:29:49 EST "I lost" Today was my weigh in day and I lost 4 lbs. for this week and my over-all loss, <BR> was #25 lbs. "Woohoo" I am so happy over my great loss. <BR> <BR> "Anyway I lost my 25 lbs. in 2 months." <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <em>590</em> <em>345</em> <em>380</em> <em>247</em> <em>91</em> Sun, 5 Feb 2017 19:32:36 EST 2017 Pick your Part Challenge I've been struggling with challenges, so I made my own up <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311358 </link> <BR> <BR> This is where I'll check in daily.... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 18:42:31 EST Walking away the pounds I love to walk outside. Since old man winter has descended on us here, I don't chance falling on ice or freezing my butuzki off. I started some easy walks from YouTube to get back in the swing of things. First 1 mile killed me, then I got through 2 miles. Today, I challenged myself and did 3 mile cardio walk! <em>590</em> I am over the moon proud that I stuck with it. Fri, 3 Feb 2017 08:01:30 EST Have you maintained a weight loss? i'm at 4 years <em>252</em> Sat, 28 Jan 2017 18:01:52 EST 15 Pounds and counting. . . This puts me about 25% of the way toward my goal. It has been a long slow slog to gain this much ground. I joined Medifast in November 2016 and I only lose about 1.25 pounds per week on average, but then, I'm old -- a younger person with better metabolism would have faster success, I'm sure. <BR> <BR> But you know, I'm going to be 65 this year and whether I'm overweight or at my "happy weight" -- I'm still going to be old, so I may as well choose happy! <BR> <BR> So if 12 weeks means 15... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 13:18:54 EST 5 POUNDS GONE I guess this really works. Tue, 24 Jan 2017 12:29:08 EST My Eprex jabs dosage has gone down! Eprex is a brand of hormonal jabs to aid in making more red blood cells. I'm on dialysis and my dose has gone up to 7 a week, which is a LOT! The doctor warned me that if I were to require 9 jabs a week, he would have to order a bone marrow test, which will hurt like hell! <BR> <BR> Anyway, after the blood test last Wednesday, I got the good news that I will now require 6 jabs a week instead of the usual 7 yesterday! And the dose may go down even more after a repeat blood test in a month's t... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 08:58:27 EST Ten pounds less of me to love Couldn't believe that I'd passed the 10 pounds lost mark when I stepped on the scale today, but there it was. I've never stayed on a diet past one day, and I've lasted on this one since Jan 1 so far. Even with minor slips here and there, progress has continued. So, it has taught me not to beat myself up too much for having a healthy snack (or two) when I'm hungry here and there, if it keeps me on track instead of going totally off the rails. Tue, 24 Jan 2017 07:16:18 EST Holidays I am on holidays in Hawaii. I am pleased with myself that I am staying on programmes days. Eating helthy and getting my exercise in most days. I have only fallen off twice from going to dinner at friends house and eating and drinking more than I should. However, the very next day I get back on track. So for those of you who are trying to get in shape for the beacH there's no reason why you have to stop when you get there. <BR> <BR> Linda Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:37:53 EST The process works! Have tracked my food and exercise since 1/2/17 and am down first 10lbs! The first time in years I have truly been accountable and it is working! We can do this! <em>381</em> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:09:02 EST Back on track I've found my eating stride again! Lots of water and healthy choices. Feeling Groovy! <em>532</em> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:54:30 EST Made a good choice! I just had a weird moment where my blood sugar dropped after eating! Normally, I'd grab a candy bar or drink a sugary soda. However, today, because we had it in the fridge, I chose to eat blueberries to get that sugar I needed. I'm feeling happy about this choice and my sugar level is better too! Win, win, WIN! ( the last win is for giving my body antioxidants!) Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:55:59 EST I hit my goal weight Woohoo, I hit my goal weight and I feel great! My fitbit, the gym and spark people got me there. Anyone who is discouraged, don't give up, you can do it! Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:13:14 EST Doctor did a double take!! Lol Hello all, <BR> I'm new to Sparkpeople and this is my first post ever! I had a three month follow up appointment for my blood pressure. The doctor did a double take when she walked into the room. She did not recognize me! Coolest. Feeling. Ever. <BR> Sun, 15 Jan 2017 11:35:50 EST Weight Gain Have not had unusual weight gain for over a month now. My weight does vary up and down in small amounts, but I consider that normal. Thu, 12 Jan 2017 14:45:01 EST 4 pounds down! I'm down 4 pounds, I'm choosing healthy foods over unhealthy ones. I'm also keeping with making my lunches for work and not going to the cafeteria, which costs an arm and a leg, even with my employee discount, and I usually choose unhealthy cause salads cost too much. I walk around and keep up my steps while my patients are sleeping. And I have yet to have a Starbucks drink since the beginning of the year due to my Ninja Coffee Bar being available at home. This year is about changing bad habi... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 02:16:06 EST A 1st for this century! I weighed in today at 99.7 kilos. I am under 100 for the first time this century... damn... that is a long time ha ha <BR> <BR> 16 kilos down - 14 to go! Been a good 4 months. Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:39:31 EST Before and after pics. I have 117 lbs to lose it would be great to see some before and after pics with how much weight was lost, for encouragement. Thanks. Sun, 8 Jan 2017 17:36:09 EST 1st week I have been on here consistently a week now. I've been doing the 21 day challenge for new Spark members and watching what I eat and drink. I've been drinking A LOT more water, and my food intake has been decent. I've been eating more fruits and veggies daily which I know is something I really need to work on. My food intake isn't perfect, i'm still learning the basics on nutrition, so swapping out a greasy or cheesy lunch and replacing it with a self serve salad bar or an extra side of green ... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 12:18:57 EST Down 5 lbs 1st week of spark using premium which I love having a coach I lost 5 lbs. I Having a coach really helps me. I'm ready to keep going. Fri, 6 Jan 2017 08:09:00 EST Braved the weight room today!!! I joined a small local gym that offers a indoor track, gymnasium, and a small weight room. I started this journey last January but have not hit the gym. At first I just need to lose some weight so I could move better but even after I lost 80 lbs I still did not go to the gym. I have a lot of anxiety, and going to a new place and working out with strangers seemed to be more than I could take. However, after i peeked into the weight room yesterday and saw that they offered mostly barbells a... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 21:02:26 EST 3 pounds down! Woot woot! 3 pounds down this week!! Wed, 4 Jan 2017 21:49:08 EST Proud of new habits While I am thrilled to be within a few pounds of my goal weight, what I am really proud of is the healthy habits I have developed over the last year. I was disciplined about taking it easy with my exercise when I began, and adding challenge as I got stronger. I faithfully tracked my food intake - even on "cheat days." Now I am able to do challenging workouts most days of the week and feel as energetic as I did 30 years ago. I am so grateful to Sparkpeople for creating such a great trackin... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 12:07:33 EST A win is a win, I'll take it The scale isn't budging, in fact it tried to creep in the wrong direction. In spite of that my measurements are down and today I bought a pair of pants a size smaller than I have been wearing. I realized I'm constantly hitching up my pants, and thought, what the heck, let me see. They fit! I'm motivated to try on clothes, that's a first in a looonnnggg time for me. Fri, 30 Dec 2016 21:04:07 EST Down 18 pounds End of the year and have lost 18 pounds. Fri, 30 Dec 2016 06:07:00 EST Down 30lbs!! Major milestone for me!! I haven't been this weight since before I had children! Not only am I down 30lbs but I have bought my first pair of size 10 jeans!! I'm so excited about the commitment I have put into myself with getting healthy!! Thu, 29 Dec 2016 23:36:08 EST maintenance I have been maintaining my weight for a year. Nov.2015 to Nov 2016 <em>244</em> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 27 Dec 2016 08:05:04 EST My WooHoo Moment-Spark Coach When I signed up for Premium Spark People I also received Spark Coach. It is helped me look at SparkPeople in a whole new way. It has kept me focused as I try to maintain and even loose a little. Sun, 25 Dec 2016 13:29:09 EST My pants fell off! I was invited to a party, at a nightclub, so I figured long pants were in order. I only own one pair of pants that fit... I live in board shorts. I can't even remember the last time I wore my long pants. Anyway, I was getting dressed and they felt a little loose. I buttoned them, let go, and the slid right to the floor! It was awesome. My wife thought it was funny. Of course I can't find my belt or suspenders. I have not worn either in over 2 years, and we moved houses last year so there... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 20:25:49 EST My first month down! I have successfully completed my first month and am down 8 pounds :D It had its ups and downs but perservered! Sat, 17 Dec 2016 11:36:35 EST QUOTED TWICE in TOP STORY on SP ~12/6/16!!! Imagine my surprise when a friend,SEAJESS, says on my page,"WOW,you've have been QUOTED in a Spark TOP STORY!" Well, I did not believe her {shame on me~sorry,SEAJESS!} and went to read it and sure enough,not once,but TWICE QUOTED from my blogs in "What it Feels Like to be Skinny" {and , of this date, I have 10 lbs. to go!~LOST 16 and maintained that for a year}. SO ,this was really a DOUBLE WOOHOO WOO HOO day!!!!}.LOVE it when things like this happen and they do not every day!!! It FEELS <... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 11:24:26 EST It fits I wore a skirt that I haven't been able to wear in 4 years! Tue, 6 Dec 2016 21:44:19 EST Skin? Congrats to all those who have lost enough weight to have new and exciting problems to focus on, i.e., skin. Please advise how you are accommodating/addressing your new found empty bags of skin hanging off of you. Mon, 5 Dec 2016 14:37:49 EST 80 lbs down!! 2011 I was 300 lbs. It has taken me 5 years but I'm down to 220lbs!! Yay!! Sun, 4 Dec 2016 18:13:08 EST First 10 Pounds Gone! I've been struggling FOREVER to finally commit to the hard work of losing weight. Because I have a lot to lose (60 pounds total, now 50), I've become overwhelmed and easily discouraged each time. Finally, I realized that 60 pounds seems insurmountable, but losing one pound 60 times is much easier...sounds strange, but it works for me! Today, and every day, I am only focused on losing that next ONE pound. I'm so grateful to Spark People for all the support and resources that are available! Sat, 3 Dec 2016 07:19:36 EST Changed obesity Class I just noticed that with this morning's weigh in I am officially no longer Class 2 obese. I moved up to Class 1! Hey... I take joy where I can find it ha ha. I started at 38.7 BMI and I am now 34.8. One step at a time, baby. <BR> <BR> I was not monitoring it but my MonitorYourWeight app let me know. Glad to see it. <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> 11.7 kilos down - 17.8 to my goal. Then... we shall see... <BR> <BR> If my lazy butt can do it then we all can! Thu, 1 Dec 2016 08:03:26 EST Survived Spin Class Last week after a gap of a year and weighing 10 kilos more I attended the Spin class and very much wanted to be carried on the stretcher afterwards. after close to working out regularly for two weeks I dared to go for another spin class. And I could do it till end without stopping. Of course I was the slowest in my class but boy what a feeling! Its amazing how our bodies adapt !!!!! <em>224</em> <em>324</em> Thu, 1 Dec 2016 02:19:51 EST 23 lbs gone Wooooohoooo.. Down 23lbs I can't believe it. About 4 months ago I started martial arts and not for my health either.. Its because I love it. It made me watch what I put in my body and I honestly loved every second of it. Here's to losing another 23!!! I am doing it! Sun, 27 Nov 2016 20:36:38 EST my atta girl to me I went for my 6 month check up at the Dr's and I was down 22 pounds my BP was 128 over 80 (it is normally very high ) and I am cancer free I just had to share <BR> Tue, 22 Nov 2016 07:27:01 EST I can cross my legs! I know that this seems silly. For the longest time, I could only cross my legs at the ankle. But I now can cross them easily. On both sides. While I know it isn't good for you for extended periods, but I find myself doing it from time to time just to do it. Mon, 21 Nov 2016 15:59:41 EST Biggest Loser Fall 2016 Challenge Completed with a total weight loss of 12 lbs! Mon, 21 Nov 2016 07:02:31 EST My WOO HOO for me moment Today I am 9 years SMOKE FREE! No looking back. Yes I gained a "little weight", got diabetes, high blood pressure and a thyroid condition after I quit. My nose is super sensitive and I can smell things others can't. <BR> <BR> YAY ME! <BR> <em>594</em> <em>595</em> <em>592</em> <em>590</em> <em>270</em> Tue, 15 Nov 2016 03:23:23 EST My Woohoo Moment I recently experienced a WooHoo Moment. My friend and I went to a church revival. Afterwards, she suggested that we go to McDonalds for Ice Cream. My WooHoo moment was when I actually said, I'll have a glass of water instead and you can have the ice cream! Sun, 13 Nov 2016 09:08:20 EST Exercise Streak This week is 203 consecutive weeks of exercising at least 90 minutes a week. Hard to believe I'm the same woman as the one 5 years ago whose butt was glued to the couch most of the time, and was out of breath with any activity. Keeping active does feel so much better, and having a fitness tracker makes it much easier to maintain the streak, so I don't have to remember to track manually. I have to say this streak is very motivating for me. Even when I have a crazy busy week, towards the e... Fri, 11 Nov 2016 13:31:31 EST Back on Track! Back at sparkpeople after months off. Today was day five of eating right and exercising, day two of tracking with sparkpeople and day one of using my fitbit again. I think I can officially say I am back on track! Fri, 11 Nov 2016 11:09:45 EST NO fast food Today marks three straight weeks with no fast food at all. Haven to gone this long without fast food in years Mon, 7 Nov 2016 14:30:29 EST Birthday Party Had a birthday day dinner for my 93 year old mom. I was careful not to over eat and I lost 6 tenths. WooHoo <em>383</em> Mon, 7 Nov 2016 07:38:16 EST Little Victories!!! After many months of effort, I can fit into my jeans comfortably again and have the beginnings of a 6 pack and a smaller belly roll. <BR> <BR> Nowadays even when I am seated like in church, I will do invisible ab exercises, like sitting upright and tensing my ab muscles for a few seconds then releasing. I also sit upright without resting on the backrest of the chair. And while standing up to sing, I do calf raises! Sun, 6 Nov 2016 06:34:04 EST 25% lost this year I have lost 25% of my weight since February 1 and gone down from 191-143 pounds as well as 10.5 inches off my waist. I have 50% kidney function with my chronic kidney disease,a blood clot in one lung a 1 inch lump in the other that I get checked in 4 weeks as well as no hormones from my kidneys to replace red blood cells. I was given a hormone replacement shot and Iron pills with hemoglobin as I have little of to help my severe anemia. <BR> I start a new exercise program in one week with a s... Mon, 31 Oct 2016 04:39:08 EST First major milestone met! Well, I now have less than 50 pounds to lose! Granted, I only needed to lose about 65 to begin with... but a good start is still good. I must say it is has reinvigorated my motivation. Been dieting for 2 months, on Spark for 1 month. Thanks for all the support so far. <BR> <BR> I do everything in kilos now, but grew up on pounds. So saying 49 pounds means more, on an emotional level, than 22 kilos ha ha Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:14:15 EST Weight loss I'm down 48 pounds which makes me 20 pounds from my goal! Getting closer!!! <em>244</em> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 17:33:19 EST Inches and clothes size work too!! I'm losing inches and clothing sizes faster than the scale is moving down. <BR> <BR> I'm pretty sure this is better FOR ME, because I DO want more muscle! <BR> <BR> I don't want the scale to plummet because I've lost muscle mass. So I'll just keep taking time, stick with my nutrition and supplements, and workout plan, and look forward to body transformation in the coming weeks and months. <BR> <BR> I'm able to comfortably wear a pair of slacks that I haven't worn for, like, two years. I'... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 23:26:08 EST Sparktastic! I just completed my first 5k walk. Over 12,000 people walked for breast cancer awareness. Sat, 22 Oct 2016 21:53:25 EST From 287 to 219 I'm so proud of my self that I dropped so much weight. Even dealing with all I do with the depression, fibromyalgia, teenagers and just life. I kept on pushing. A lot of people motivate me. Especially here on spark. I just keep trucking along with hopes of seeing my goal weight. I wish everyone here the very best. <em>381</em> Sat, 22 Oct 2016 10:08:06 EST Migraine pit fall averted! Normally when I get a migraine I get horrid cravings for coke and Mcdonalds (pretty much anything greasy!) Today when I got my ravenous appetite that comes with my migraines I decided I wanted mac and cheese. As it was cooking I glanced at the calories, sodium and over all lack of nutrition so I only ate a little plate of it but added in broccoli and light tuna in water for a nutrition boost and didn't have to feel guilty! <BR> Migraine is all but gone now (lasted about 14 hours) and I think... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:19:43 EST Happy button Met my fiber goals for 1st time. Keep on keeping on <em>465</em> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 22:27:21 EST 130 Lbs down - Couch To 5K & Paleo (Before/After) Just wanted to drop by and share my success. I was hiking in England through a castle last year and I couldn't breath. I had hated how far I had drifted into unhealthiness. I decided to make a change. I couldn't run for 60 seconds when I started. 4 months later I ran a 5K in 23 minutes. It can be done. DIG FOR IT!! <BR> <BR> I'm on Facebook as Steve Coma Hall <BR> <BR> I tried to embed a photo here, but it says "No Links". I put my Before/After as my profile image. <BR> Fri, 14 Oct 2016 03:39:40 EST Staying motivated I was so tired tonight, but I still needed to ride my cardio bike. I rode for 25 mins. <BR> <em>244</em> Thu, 13 Oct 2016 02:05:52 EST Was plateauing, but losing again :D So (I started BEFORE Sparkpeople) I started at 194, as of today I am 161 and feeling FANTASTIC. I'm running 25-30 miles a week, have TONS of energy...strange, I hit a plateau for about two weeks, THEN I tried ADDING calories (added 200 to my regular) and low and behold I started losing weight again, the body is a strange animal <em>18</em> I'm SO glad to have found Sparkpeople. One of the things, I'm autistic and also have the congenital brain defect Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum...b... Mon, 10 Oct 2016 04:38:31 EST walking away the pounds An outside walk and walking in place while watching tv (on the computer) has helped me lose 2 pounds this week. Woohoo! Sat, 8 Oct 2016 14:42:09 EST Beat My Cravings! Last night I had a little more than enough calories left to enjoy a treat of some blueberry frozen yogurt ice cream (YUM!). It was definitely a comfort after coming home from work exhausted, a feeling that took hold of my entire night. After I had finished my portioned bowl and was getting ready to lay down with a book (Dracula), my miserable energy levels made me think, "I've been so good lately, I want the rest of that ice cream, darn it!!!" With 2 servings left in the container, the impact... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 14:17:39 EST Weight Creep I let loose this summer and kept lying to myself saying "only gained a few". I decided use the tightness of my pants to gauge how I was doing, my pants kept getting tighter but ignored and kept on my partying ways. Got on the scale and 21lbs off my lowest weight. I'm back on the scale and back to logging and keeping track of everything I eat. I'm pissed off at myself for letting this happen. Wed, 5 Oct 2016 09:40:29 EST 50 days!! I know it's a little thing - but for 50 days I have logged in, done some exercise daily, tracked food, drank my water... all things I have never been consistent with - and that has led me to lose 30 pounds (faster than I even thought I would). Here's to consistency (my past arch-nemesis?) Mon, 3 Oct 2016 20:57:40 EST exercise change So I decided to try a personal trainer. I go to a park district gym and they have several personal trainers you can hire. So I went all in and went for the six hour session package. My Trainer Emily is a doll, she worked my butt off for an hour and was so encouraging. I did all the circuits she designed for me and I feel very proud of myself. I am already stiff and probably will be achy tomorrow, but I am so happy I did it. I plan on keeping it up. She said she was surprised she didn't... Mon, 3 Oct 2016 18:08:23 EST 41 pounds gone! Woo Hoo!!! down 41 pounds. Sun, 2 Oct 2016 17:47:33 EST Celebrating the little stuff I've been struggling for the last few weeks - no change on the scale whatsoever, after losing 4 pounds really quickly, so I was feeling down. <BR> <BR> Then when I spoke to DH about it last night I realized that I was focusing on the one thing I'd promised myself I wouldn't -- the number on the scale. When I started SparkPeople I had told myself that my goal was to make small changes over a long period of time. So my first change was to add in regular exercise. I have now had a streak of a... Sun, 2 Oct 2016 12:11:55 EST Finally hit my goal weight! For the first time this morning I saw the magical numbers, 135 lbs.! Ok, my weight is 135.8, close enough to 135! Now, it's maintenance mode! Sun, 2 Oct 2016 07:23:36 EST Just saying hi! I just want to say hi! I started two weeks ago and have so far lost 2.5 pounds. I hope to lose 1 pound a week. So far, so good. It's now 11:30 pm, so I'll also say goodnight Sparklers! Thu, 29 Sep 2016 23:29:12 EST Onederland Continues Last month my mini goal was Onederland ( under 200 lbs) by 9/1. Made that goal and set a new mini goal under 190 by 10/1. Made that goal today at weigh in..189 <BR> WooHooo. <BR> New exercise clothes coming my way. Thu, 29 Sep 2016 22:34:43 EST I'm still here That I am still here at Sparkpeople is an achievement. There are so many resources on this website. I'm still discovering them. <BR> <BR> There are so many people here who share their stories and achievements and pain and support- Indygirl's, Bobcatgirl76, Onekidsmom, and on and on. They have helped me realize the journey we're on is worth it. <BR> <BR> The menu plans helped me start losing weight. (Turn on the meal plans and use the food substitution lists. On the website, just click... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:15:01 EST Works for Me I'm so pleased. After 40+ years of dieting and/or not dieting, but thinking about it, I think I've found a lifestyle that works for me. It definitely helps that I'm retired now and not stressing about work. The 5:2 plan is perfect for my temperament. I was forced to walk my dogs routinely even when I didn't feel like it because of not having a fenced-in yard. The small walks strengthened my ankle and today we walked about four miles without it giving out on me. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:24:52 EST I guess I did it! I thought I had 4 more pounds to go but according to Fitbit, my BMI is now overweight and no longer obese! Yay!!! Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:30:29 EST Down 40 pounds! I'm really pleased with myself! Down 40 pounds since I started tracking May 18th! And instead of having a lazy, celebratory day, I got in a 4.5 mile, moderately challenging hike this morning and did a bunch of more challenging hula hooping this afternoon. My first day to break 15,000 steps. The loss is slower now, since I started so overweight and out of shape, but I feel so much better. Healthier, happier, stronger, fitter and lighter. I mostly have figured out what works for me and it's fee... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 23:14:55 EST Finally, I thought that pound would never go! Ugh it's hard to get stuck. Dang scale, go down, go up, go somewhere!!! Finally got off that stubborn stuck weight. Now, onward! <em>198</em> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 09:28:39 EST 36 percent I have now lost 36 percent of ME! Its crazy. I really knew I would not quit but I never really looked this far forward. I started at 338 and am now at 215. I'm still obese but I'm getting closer to being overweight. Who would have thought that would be exciting. Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:04:37 EST broke 170 I'm so excited. The scale was stuck at 170.8 for too long, and then finally I busted through to 170.2. I just wanted to be in the 160's!!! Today it happened. 169.2!!!! Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:46:46 EST Down 30 lbs My wahoo moment came today when my health provider weighed and measured me today. I'm down 30 lbs and 7 inches in my waist. Tue, 20 Sep 2016 22:18:05 EST Any progress is success I lost over one hundred pounds with the Spark. I though I was invincible. Now that I have gained back fifty, it is time to go back to the basics. This week I will track every bite and drink eight glasses a day. <BR> <BR> Anything well begun is success. I refuse to call a mistake a failure, even if I let it go on a little too long. Sun, 18 Sep 2016 16:54:24 EST Lost 2 more pounds I can't believe I'm down two more pounds. Yesterday, I went with our lesson students to the 4-H Horse Show all day and I even had to eat out. I tried to pick items that were lower in calories, not easy at fast food restaurant. I did a lot of walking and I think that offset the fast food. Next weekend, I will just pack a lunch. <BR> <BR> Modify and Adjust Sun, 18 Sep 2016 09:03:41 EST 46 lbs gone...went shopping in my closet Went shopping in my closet and a pair of jeans I have not worn in a five years were loose! yES! Sat, 17 Sep 2016 21:03:06 EST Five pounds down! They're not "lost", they're "gone". <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I almost feel silly posting this under the previous entry where someone dropped 95 pounds (go you!), but I decided to do it anyway, because it feels great. Thu, 15 Sep 2016 10:30:01 EST I had a long talk to myself First, Thank you all for answering my last post. I did discuss with my DD that she can bake but has to put the goodies away. I froze a couple pieces of pie and will have them sometime. I went to the gym today and did an hour on the bike, but more important, I spoke to one of the trainers and got information to get a few sessions. I needed to discuss it with DH before spending the money, but he was all for it and I will sign up tomorrow when I go to the gym. I decided I was worth the cost... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 20:42:02 EST Being recognized This is a spark coach assignment. About 9 months ago we went to a funeral were we used to live and go to church. The pastor showed my hubby around the new building but I did not have the stamina to join them. I went to the sanctuary by myself. There were all these people that I knew but nobody recognized me. Eventually, a friend figured out who I was. Then people heard my voice and came to greet me. There were reasons for me not to be recognized. I would look in the mirror, and say that... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 14:54:44 EST Not for me... This weekend I was at my son's cross country meet and I was watching the people around me (I am SUCH a people watcher) when I was in school I was not an athlete, and I didn't join much as for as activities went. So over the years of raising my kids and now my step kids I love watching the support these kids give each other. <BR> I saw what I usually see, teams pumping each other up. Motivating their team mates to do well but I watched a little closer. I saw one of the boys who was one of the ... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 21:10:37 EST Ultramarathon! I ran my 5th ultra (50k) today in 9:22. Sun, 11 Sep 2016 08:11:45 EST Accomplishments Continuing to lose weight now that back home in routine, major cleaning getting done, Enjoying art classes, planning podcast, feeling positive. Fri, 9 Sep 2016 09:17:34 EST Physical Activity Getting exercise even though I am working and tired at the end of the day! I am scheduling this in and doing it! <em>244</em> <em>244</em> Fri, 9 Sep 2016 06:43:20 EST 70 Pounds Down & Off Meds I have lost 70 pounds and with doctor's orders have been able to go off my beta blocker and blood pressure meds and have cut my cholesterol med in half. Not bad for being 69 years old. Thu, 8 Sep 2016 22:44:57 EST Awesome moment Walked into the clinic yesterday and the nurse made a comment on how great and fit I looked. That rocked! Thu, 8 Sep 2016 10:31:36 EST Reached My Goal Weight! After years and years (and more years) of yo-yo dieting, I finally reached my goal weight - and even exceeded it. I started this year at 196 with a goal of 145. I am now at 138 lbs. Woo hoo! My new challenge is to keep the weight off and continue eating healthy. Will try to stay between 135 and 140. <BR> <BR> What did I do differently? I adopted a whole foods plant-based diet and made a commitment to eating high quality vegetables and fruit every single day - lots of leafy greens, beans, b... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 08:17:21 EST 45 pounds lost this year I have lost 45 pounds in 7 months. I have gone from size 16 to size 10 and lost 10.5 inches off my waist and 15% body fat. I am 53 years old and 146 pounds and the same size as in High School. <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> <em>306</em> <em>243</em> <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Sat, 3 Sep 2016 04:25:42 EST Week One Success with Spark People! Woo Hoo I was down 7.2 pounds at my WW weigh in last night at 7 pm. How's that for week one here learning the ropes? Fri, 2 Sep 2016 22:24:13 EST WHOOT WHOOT Down 5 Pounds in a Month yaaaaaaa Wed, 31 Aug 2016 18:42:28 EST Binge Free Still! Excited about having a 9 day streak of being binge-free AND of doing morning exercise. Yay me! Tue, 30 Aug 2016 16:44:37 EST Gym day 1 Made it to the gym: first time ever...I have 2 more days on a 3 day pass...then we will decide if we are going to go for the membership or not. <BR> <BR> But day one down and 2 to go!! Mon, 29 Aug 2016 12:39:15 EST Woot! skinny me here I come. I actually walked today! I started yesterday day by walking 1 1/2 miles. I walked today for a mile and was almost ti my house when my daughter, (who I have been trying to motivate to join me in this change of life style) walked me to see if I had a bottle of water she could get. she was headed to the park to walk the trail with a friend! My youngest daughter and i joined her. so I walked another mile. 2 1/2 miles! Woot! Doing a happy dance. Just a short dance because my calves are tired. <em... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 15:44:01 EST Binge Eating Disorder I have BED. I believe I've had it all my life, but it has not been identified properly as an eating disorder and in fact, they are still doing research on what causes it and how to treat it. I am excited because I've been BINGE-FREE FOR SEVEN DAYS! Doing all the right things to show love to myself and it feels great! Sun, 28 Aug 2016 11:20:34 EST Review: 30 Day Jumpstart Your Workout Challenge I completed the 30 Day Jumpstart Your Workout Challenge today. Today's challenge was to plan the next thirty days of workouts which I've already planned on the 30 Day Plateau Busting Challenge so that's easily done. In addition I still plan on doing the usual cardio, and I'll redo one of the challenges' core workouts for strength training. The core was always the hardest. One strength training move that I discovered during this challenge and like is the lying triceps extension: <link>www.sp... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:32:37 EST Yay Goodbye 25lbs I started my healthy lifestyle change in the beginning of July and I am now officially 25 lbs lighter. I am so excited I hit 200 lbs and I can't wait to be out of the 2's . I feel so motivated to keep pushing to reach my goal! <em>244</em> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 08:05:50 EST Double digits! I weighed myself this morning and found I have lost 10 lbs overall! To celebrate I bought myself a colorful bouquet of flowers. Here's to a great beginning and many more bouquets of flowers! <img src=""> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 21:25:32 EST The scale finally showed me good news! We are having a wellness/fitness challenge at work. FINALLY the scale showed me that I lost weight. I had been retaining water (I am on a medication for that) and wasn't having bowel movements as frequently as I normally do (and I drink plenty of water - well in excess of 100 oz a day usually, as well has consume plenty of fruits and veggies each day). <BR> <BR> I was thrilled to finally see some results on the scale. Now I just have to keep going, and stay motivated! Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:40:09 EST 2 pounds! In one week! Go me! Sun, 21 Aug 2016 12:40:43 EST Loving this Progress! I just have to share... <BR> <BR> When I started this journey in late January of this year, I was just shy of 450lbs. I could barely walk the city block between my company's buildings and often had to rest at the bus stop in the middle block. <BR> <BR> Each morning, by the time I walked from my car to my desk, I needed my fan, was sweaty, and completely winded. <BR> <BR> I was ECSTATIC in June when I broke out of the 400s and into the 300s. I was even able to walk a little over a quarter m... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 14:37:47 EST 24 lbs/6 months-here's how I changed my diet Here is some of my diet info for anyone interested: <BR> <BR> The very first thing I did was to cut out of my diet anything that is processed like junk food and most things that come in a box, and anything with wheat in it especially. (very vaguely following Wheat Belly) <BR> <BR> I started having a smoothie every morning with Chia Seeds in it and I have a boiled egg a little while after that - salad for lunch with protein in it like beans or meat or eggs (with olive oil and balsamic vinega... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 11:00:17 EST 24 lbs/6 months-here's how #1 I Make My Own Rules! Let me tell you baby it feels good to be wearing size 10 again (from a size 16)! I still have another 34 pounds to go to get down to 140, which is my ultimate goal. <BR> <BR> If I were to point out exactly what has worked for me so far this time it's this: <BR> • I make my own rules <BR> • I am under no pressure because I'm doing this for me <BR> • I push myself to move my body as much as I can each day <BR> • I do planks etc. almost every night along with stretching/yoga, push ups <BR> • I... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 10:28:32 EST Trying to find the point! Two years ago I had Vertical Sleeve surgery, lost 50 pounds and have been slowly gaining back for the last year. I moved to another state and haven't been going to a bariatric doctor here. I have been in therapy for depression and am slowly improving my attitude. However, I will be 70 this year and every time I think about getting serious, eating right and exercising, my voices inside say, "What difference does it make? Even if you lose the weight you'll be old and baggy and probably won'... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 21:38:03 EST Finding Motivation Again I reached my goal weight my first year with Sparkpeople, losing 50+ pounds. In the last four years I've struggled to stay there but recently I gained 12 pounds and couldn't seem to stick to a healthy plan. With the help of a Spark friend, I found my motivation last week, and have been on track six of the last seven days. It feels good! Thu, 18 Aug 2016 11:33:27 EST lost 7lbs. So I started a 30 day fitness thing at my local gym. It ends on Sunday. I haven't weighed my self at all as I was discouraged by their number of 151. <BR> Well I got curious today and weighed myself. I now weigh 144. 5more pounds and I will be where I was prior to getting sick. What a treat to see I had lost so much in 30 days well not quite. Sticking to a program works specially when you are having fun too. Wed, 17 Aug 2016 17:20:47 EST Finally under 200 WooHoo!!!!! For the first time in years I am just under the 200 mark - 199.4! I feel so incredibly happy and confidant that this is only the beginning. I've hit 4 of my initial goals: 10 lbs lost, 20 lbs lost, 10% of my weight gone, and under 200 lbs. <BR> All thanks to SparkPeople, the tools I have learned and put into practice and the encouragement from the SP community. I'm so excited! Wed, 17 Aug 2016 07:32:43 EST Meeting goals early! I wanted to start getting up earlier to walk for 30 minutes/day before work. Today I was able to get up early enough to walk for 60 minutes before work! I know it isn't a "major" accomplishment, but it felt great! <BR> <BR> I have found that even 20 minutes of walking in the morning gets me off to a great start. <BR> <BR> Tue, 16 Aug 2016 10:28:49 EST 30 pounds, gone I have officially lost 31 pounds. It feels good to be in the 280's. Sad that the weight loss is still unnoticeable. I can't wait until I lose enough weight for someone to say, "hey, you look pretty", or "wow, you look good, are you working out?" Sun, 14 Aug 2016 22:01:51 EST Measurements The scale has been slow to move lately so I decided to take measurements. I didn't take them when I began on Spark, so going from when I first measured, about a month after I started, I've lost 22 inches overall, from bust, waist and hips. <BR> I'm gradually nearing that magic land of 'overweight', and out of 'obese', only a few more points to go. <em>521</em> Fri, 12 Aug 2016 16:19:24 EST First Legs class at gym Had my first legs class at the gym I go to and it didn't kill me. The trainer even said my legs are very strong already. I love the gym Wed, 10 Aug 2016 20:53:13 EST Looking much better! Yay! Hi all! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I haven't lost much in the past three months. Approximately 7 lbs, but I look entirely different! My belly is not sticking out nearly as much which thrills me to no end! When I look at myself in the mirror I see myself standing erect and not slumped over. It's nice to see me like this. I'm starting to look pretty strong and healthy. All the exercise and clean eating is paying off for sure! <BR> <BR> Thanks for reading <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> <em>41</em>... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 11:19:52 EST One donut instead of five! ...or a doz!! <BR> Firm believer in lifestyle vs diet. <BR> I really, REALLY wanted an apple fritter this morning. <BR> <BR> My old MO would be to get that fritter and while I was there, I'd take this, and that, and that over there, etc. Pretty soon I'd be walking out w/ a big box. <BR> <BR> Not today! I had ONE, enjoyed the heck out of it, and will eat decently the rest of the day - happy and satisfied. I'm calling it a victory! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 6 Aug 2016 13:59:38 EST Non-Scale Victories! 1. Do not need a seat belt extender! <BR> 2. Can fit into ANY restaurant booth! <BR> 3. Had to pull seat closer to dash! <BR> 4. Someone asked me how much weight I'd lost! <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> Thu, 4 Aug 2016 11:29:37 EST messaging to see my tracker... i don't know how else to see my ticker! LOL I don't always enter my weight, but I'm back down to 190 !!! :D <BR> <BR> edited to add... <BR> <BR> as I don't remember my starting weight, it's been way too long, I don't remember where that puts me. down 25 lbs! wooohoo! hooray for sp ticker! LOL :D Thu, 4 Aug 2016 04:01:53 EST 40 lbs. gone! Go me! <em>334</em> <em>224</em> <em>9</em> Mon, 1 Aug 2016 08:17:17 EST "Milestone" I am so happy that I have met another milestone and that makes me, <BR> excited to say hey guess what I can take a bath every-night now and that, <BR> pleases me a lot because I haven't took a bath in years it has always, <BR> been showers and man it is so nice to take a bath I can now fit into out tub. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 30 Jul 2016 22:35:12 EST 3 months of Sparking <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Same shirt thought not the same pose or lighting. Can you tell a difference? I can! Thu, 28 Jul 2016 21:50:16 EST 5 months of Progress...and feeling GREAT!!! I didn't forget about my journey. I promised here it is, 5 months of progress. I started the beginning of March, taking first pictures end of March. A reminder of my goals: <BR> 1. Beat diabetes <BR> 2. Not sweat the number on the scale, but the fat vs. muscle on the body. <BR> 3. Get healthy, live longer. <BR> <BR> I have had 80% of diabetes medications cut and looking forward to my next blood draw, I am confident I will be medicine free for diabetes. <BR> <BR> I have li... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:50:28 EST More Tangible Results! Woohoo! Ran into an old coworker and friend today on my hike/bike trail. She didn't even recognize me at first because I had lost so much weight since I last saw her (50 lbs, saw her about 2 yrs ago)! he, he! I just LOVE those kind of greetings! Wed, 27 Jul 2016 19:34:09 EST Good Bye 30! I am four days shy of being on Spark People for four months and I hit the 30lb. lost mark today! A bit over 7lbs lost per month...I can handle that! Already dropped a size and it won't be long before I can drop one more. I have lots of too small fall/winter clothing in my closet that I will be able to enjoy again! YEAH! Wed, 27 Jul 2016 17:07:04 EST Health alternative I used a spark recipe for the Wendy's Frosty knock off , then added instant coffee to make a 20oz Frappuccino with only 110 calories ! Fri, 22 Jul 2016 20:10:12 EST Our Fitness Documentary is on iTunes! Several SparkPeople community members were part of a team of twelve people that lost, combined, over 1200 pounds. And then we ran the Ragnar Relay from Miami to Key West, Florida, to celebrate our weight loss. <BR> <BR> Our journey was captured in the documentary, "From Fat To Finish Line." We were featured on the Today Show, in Runner's World Magazine, and several times here on Spark <BR><BR>?post=sparkpeople_members_in_runners_w<BR>orld... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 19:40:39 EST I lost moweight I am down another two pounds, for a total of 22. Woo hoo! Fri, 22 Jul 2016 16:20:01 EST Hit my Goal Weight! At the start of 2016 I set a goal weight of 147 by July 26th...made it nine days early. Go meeeee! Sun, 17 Jul 2016 10:12:56 EST 100K SparkPoints! YAY!! I did it!!! <BR> I try to hit 100 a minimum of 100 SparkPoints per day! I have learned so much in doing so! <BR> Thank you to all my SparkFriends who have helped me along the way! Fri, 15 Jul 2016 13:54:17 EST Good For You <BR> That is the best feeling when you can wear something that has been off your choices for a while. <em>9</em> Thu, 14 Jul 2016 12:58:35 EST NSV I am conquering the mid afternoon slump! Since rehauling my diet, I have noticed I don't feel the need to have a nap around 3-4pm! Tue, 12 Jul 2016 12:09:42 EST I cannot believe I am making progress!!! I currently have lost 59 pounds! I have about 120 or so to go but I can say I am making progress in my weight loss journey. Sadly it hasn't been in the best way (I stay sick and in the hospital a lot) but it's a major difference in my eyes and thats what matters. I even went on 3 walks today. I'm so proud of myself. I just had to get this out there because I'm so proud of how far I've come. <BR> <BR> I'd love to have friends on here and people to talk to me and leave comments on my page yet ... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 03:58:05 EST small woo hoo moment!! So, today at work, was having some issues with my dress. it wasn't fitting right, my bra was sticking out, I looked a hot mess. I go into the bathroom stall and strip! I ended up tightening up the shoulder straps on the dress and the bra, and then tightening up the back strap on the bra! It is as tight as it can get! So I'm thinking to myself, are my clothes stretched out, losing elasticity?! <BR> <BR> But....While the dress is a few years old, the bra is only a few months old and har... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 14:15:39 EST 50 lbs. Gone I am so happy with what I have lost so far but more to lose down this long, <BR> winding road and so 50 lbs. gone and 170 lbs. to go. <BR> <BR> I started out @ 370 lbs.-50 =320 lbs. lost it in 6 months. <BR> now lets see if I can lose another 50 lbs. for the next 6 months that would, <BR> take me to the first of the year of 2017. but if I don't lose 50 lbs. that's ok, <BR> to because I will lose something close to that weight as long as I can get, <BR> to a weight under 300 lbs. I would be v... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 12:01:19 EST 25 pounds down as of today! Officially, I am 25 pounds down since I returned to Spark People! <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> <em>252</em> <em>9</em> <em>252</em> <em>9</em> <em>252</em> Fri, 1 Jul 2016 18:20:38 EST exercise I realize that I need to make exercise a priority for myself. Not just something that I know I should do but put off because other things are more important to me. Really, my health is important Tue, 28 Jun 2016 22:39:18 EST Shredded 12 pounds I have lost 12 pounds in 2 weeks <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Tue, 21 Jun 2016 19:33:31 EST Tried on a pair of my old shorts. 52lbs down yay!! <img src=""> Tried on a pair of my old shorts. I feel so much better without all that extra weight. Tue, 21 Jun 2016 17:22:59 EST 95 pounds down I'm down 95 pounds and getting closer to my goal. I still have 44 pounds to go. I wonder more and more what it will be like. I figure it took me seven years to gain seventy pounds of this weight. That's less than a pound a month. Will I keep it off? <BR> I do have a plan. I do have a plan. This time will be different. I'm much older, soon to be 58. I can keep it off. For this reason, being more aware, I do believe I can keep it off. My plan is to continue to log my food here on SparkPeople... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 09:41:13 EST Shopping in my Closet I randomly pulled out a pair of capri pants yesterday morning that I had stashed away in the "someday" pile. You know that pile...everyone has one! Well my pile of pants was pretty tall and many of them I have not been able to fit into for the last two summers. The pair I picked fit!! I wore them to work and everyone commented on how cute I looked, guess it was because I wasn't hiding in my fat clothes for a change. Today I tackled the rest of the pile. I pulled three pair out of my cur... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 18:21:28 EST Plateau I have always had a mental block at 150 pounds, I could never get below it, and always gave up after a couple weeks. Stuck to my guns, though. After being the same weight for 4 weeks, I finally broke the plateau! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Fri, 27 May 2016 11:28:28 EST got to 3 miles yesterday Finally, got back to walking 3 miles, but pain at night on my bad ankle. Walked at a 3 MPH. Will have to cut time to about 2-2.5 MPH. Have a great day!! Wed, 4 May 2016 23:59:14 EST I'm 5'1" a 196 lbs Jean size? I'm 5'1" and weigh 196lbs. My weight fluctuates 10-17 pounds either way? I can never find the right size jeans....HELP!! They are either to long or the waist is "Erkle like". Any have advice on what type of jeans? Currently I wear size 15 in one Jean and 18 in others actually the size 15 is the best and sometimes size 14! Just want something that fits the waist and length. Thanks for any and all help Mon, 4 Apr 2016 10:04:19 EST Woo hoo moment I went into my local quilt store that I hadnt been to in awhile and the ladies all wanted to know where the rest of me was. I dont really see myself as losing weight as I actually gained a couple pounds but I have lost alot of inches all over. But these ladies who are always blunt direct and honest could see a big change in me. Thu, 17 Dec 2015 14:23:19 EST MIghty achievement I know that this may not seem like a huge accomplishment to many but I am proud to say that I am celebrating my return to Sparkpeople. I am celebrating my determination. I, like many, have tried, tried, and tried again to reach a weigh loss goal. I continually take 2 steps forward and one step back. I have made progress scoring a bronze medal but now it is time to go for gold. Look out world cuz your gonna hear me rooaaarr!! (In my best Katie Perry voice) <em>521</em> Thu, 12 Nov 2015 05:21:11 EST Can you toot your own horn? Please share I look at the mirror and see that I am getting smaller. Things I can be thankful for... I have tracked food since early march, drinking water each day, did devotions, prayer, and stayed positive.Not everything went so smooth but today I remember some of the many things I can give thanks for, Amen Sat, 18 Jul 2015 08:21:26 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 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 Weight vs. caring for yourself Last week I finally got it. The big lightbulb went on. I used to set goals based on the number on the scale. Rewards for pounds lost. Consequences for pounds gained. It's a horrible roller coaster that does not encourage caring for myself. In fact, it's based on self hate. Last week, I set up a goal board with stars and fun rewards for CARING ACTIONS like meditating, making good food choices, and having positive self thoughts. Well, what a major shift in how that feels! I'm loving myself and ... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 20:23:08 EST How much do you weigh and what size do you wear? I weigh 177 and I wear a 14. Hoping I will get down to a 10! Wed, 26 Aug 2009 15:13:57 EST